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The Appetites of Girls

The Appetites of GirlsTitle: The Appetites of Girls
Author: Pamela Moses
Source: LibraryThing
Rating: three-stars
Links: Amazon|Goodreads|Indiebound

Summary: I loved the character development in this book, but I was disappointed by how little the characters interacted and by how little time was spent on the positive parts of the story.

“Self-doubting Ruth is coddled by her immigrant mother, who uses food to soothe and control. Defiant Francesca believes her heavy frame shames her Park Avenue society mother and, to provoke her, consumes everything in sight. Lonely Opal longs to be included in her glamorous mother’s dinner dates—until a disturbing encounter forever changes her desires. Finally, Setsu, a promising violinist, staves off conflict with her jealous brother by allowing him to take the choicest morsels from her plate—and from her future. College brings the four young women together as suitemates, where their stories and appetites collide. Here they make a pact to maintain their friendships into adulthood, but each must first find strength and her own way in the world.” (Source)
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Male vs Female Writers: No, It’s Not “Their” Fault

LiteraryRomanceIn this blog post, I’m going to strongly disagree with this post from Brenda at Daily Mayo, so I’d like begin by saying that I think that she wrote a wonderfully provocative post and asked a great question. Although I disagree with her conclusion, I think she makes a lot of good points along the way. However, I think she also accepts some biases which it’s important for readers to challenge. She points out that women authors are taken less seriously than male authors, with everything women write often being lumped in the chick-lit category, and suggests that women authors should respond by writing less romance. I have a number of problems with that statement, so I’m just going to run through them one by one and will include some direct quotes I’m referring too.

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Nonfiction Friday

NonFictionFriday2Non-Fiction Friday is a link-up where you can find all of the awesome non-fiction happenings of the week. Be sure to link-up your non-fiction posts too!

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Nonfiction Friday

NonFictionFriday2Non-Fiction Friday is a link-up where you can find all of the awesome non-fiction happenings of the week. Be sure to link-up your non-fiction posts too!

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How to Build A Girl Read-Along Wrap Up

caitlin moranAs the last post in a read-along, this post is definitely going to have spoilers! Honestly, I was a bit let down by the ending of this book, but there were a number of things in the last section I liked quite a bit too. In fact, I really loved that Johanna finally realized she has control of her life and should be asking herself what she wants. A part of me also wonders why on earth it took her this long to realize that because… obviously. I also liked her more introspective thoughts, about what she does want and what love means to her. In particular, I thought it was wonderful that her family was secretly looking out for her when she thought she was looking out for them and I liked that Johanna realized that was their way of quietly loving her. Continue reading

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Maze Runner Book to Movie Read-Along

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This is one of those books that I’ve been hearing good things about for a long time, but have never gotten around to reading… until now! I always try to read a book before seeing a movie adaptation, so this is the perfect time to start a The Maze Runner read-along. For this read-along, discussion questions will be posted a week in advance so you have time to write posts answering them. Feel free to go rogue though and just discuss what interests you! Then we’ll finish up with a twitter chat  to share our thoughts on the book. The full schedule is below: Continue reading

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Toms River

15798109Title: Toms River
Author: Judith Frank
Source: from publisher via NetGalley
Rating: ★★★★★
Review Summary: This book was engaging and easy to follow, a perfect mix of science, history, and human interest stories.

Toms River had been a dumping ground for chemical pollutants for years before anyone suspected anything might be wrong. However, watchful parents soon noticed a disturbing increase in local cancer cases. It took years of unceasing efforts by residents for an investigation of chemical dumping in Toms River to begin. Even then, it was difficult to impossible to determine the different chemicals dumped in Toms River over the past half century and even more difficult to determine whether that dumping influence cancer incidence. Although families were convinced pollutants were the problem and a settlement was reached, the exact nature of the pollutants dumped at Toms River and their relationship to cancer there may never be known.
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