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Sweetbitter, by Stephanie Danler

I started and stopped writing this review a handful of times. Every time I started writing, I thought about the beautifully lyrical quality of Stephanie Danler’s writing in Sweetbitter and I just had to stop. A unique compliment for a debut novel, I found every ounce of Sweetbitter to be dripping with visual visceral language. I’m such a sucker for a beautifully written sentence. So when I came to write about it, I felt weirdly inadequate. Like my writing is a little sucky today, and it’s embarrassing because I’m trying to tell you how awesome and beautiful Sweetbitter was,...

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Book Club Brunch – Chapter 48

Hi there, Happy first full week of summer! I took a proper stay-cation last week, enjoying the sunshine in Washington, DC and catching up on some much needed quality time with my bookshelves. I finished Rubyfruit Jungle, which made me absurdly happy. I’m not sure what it is about this book. It’s a pretty universal coming of age story, but there are elements that feel so new and original despite the fact that it was written in the 1970s. I’d say that it should be on high school reading lists, but I never know how far to go when...

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Book Club Brunch – Chapter 46

Hi lovelies! This week has been all about Wonder Woman for me! I don’t know if you’re feeling the Diana Prince love the same way I am right now, but watching the film was a serious experience in girl power (woman power?) for me. It also made me realize that I know way too much about the history of Wonder Woman. I was gifted a copy of The Secret History of Wonder Woman a couple years back, and once you’ve read that, there’s no going back. I rarely burn through non-fiction the same way that I do fiction, but...

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TRADE | 3 Wonder Woman Comics Worth Reading

Over the weekend, the new Wonder Woman film hit the world by force. Shattering so many expectations, and topping the charts, Patty Jenkins and the rest of the team behind DC Comics Wonder Woman quickly broke a whole smattering of records. This new incarnation of Wonder Woman sparked a whole new fanbase for a timeless character. Checking out the premiere last weekend with Gal Gadot and Chris Pine truly brought Diana of Themyscira and Steve Trevor might have been a lot of people’s first introduction to a truly mythical heroine. With over 75 years of history to build on – including...

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Book Club Brunch – Chapter 45

Hi there! Y’all, I feel like I owe you an apology. For the first time in almost two years, last week Imaginary Book Club didn’t have a single book review go up. What? I can imagine that’s not what you want to hear from me, but it happened. And it happened because apparently I’m old and falling apart. Early in the week, I started getting this bizarre achy pain in my legs, and a sharp pain in my back. I assumed I was dying, because I haven’t felt pain that bad since I destroyed a tendon in my right...

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Read more small press with Vibrant Margins!

Great novels from small presses are out there. But how do you find them? When you have limited time and energy, it’s easy to only see the big books being released by the major publications. Being part of a thriving literary community means reading outside your comfort zone. Picking up a book from a small independent press can be a great way to support smaller authors and explore! There are a lot of amazing books from amazing authors out there that are getting published by small independent press. There are also a lot of duds. Fortunately, we’ve discovered a way...

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