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Author: Whitney

Book Club Brunch – Chapter 54

Hi there, ROUGH WEEK Y’ALL. Freaking Nazis everywhere. This is just garbage.  As a little themed reading, I picked up a copy of Art Spiegelman’s The Complete Maus. I suppose when there are Nazi’s running wild, the best thing to do is to remember the last time that happened and keep in mind how important it is to use every ounce of your personal privilege to fight for the rights of people who don’t possess the same privilege. It’s a real challenge to maintain energy, enthusiasm, and momentum in a resistance that’s about a slow burn in the face of racism...

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Book Club Brunch – Chapter 53

Hi lovelies, Welcome me back from the great white north! Or the great smokey north, as most of British Columbia seems to be on fire, spreading smoke across the better part of BC, Washington and Oregon. Oh, did you not hear about that? Too worried that we’re going to war with North Korea? Yeah, me too. On crazy mad weeks like this one, I feel like I need the hide out of reading a great book just to keep me grounded. Fortunately, I’ve been breezing through our book club pick this month – Commonwealth falls solidly within my bread and...

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Book Club Brunch – Chapter 51

Hi lovelies, It’s been a hot minute since I’ve made an appearance at Book Club Brunch. After two years of managing Imaginary Book Club, I needed a solid break. I think it’s natural that occasionally the thing that you love the most becomes the most draining part of your life, and I felt like I hit a wall. Happily, I’m now on an upswing – focusing on the positive and finding myself more energized than before I took a break. Listen to your bodies, people. I’m also coming off a horrible reading slump. Everything I Never Told You just...

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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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