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In real time, I've officially hit the halfway mark of my 100 Days of Books project over on Instagram! Fifty photos! Fifty little reviews! And fifty more to go before this wraps up on July 12. I'm still having a lot of fun with the project, although the next couple of weeks are definitely going to [...]

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Books, books and more books! My 100 Days of Books project is still in full swing over on Instagram. I’m approaching the halfway mark – Day 50 is next Tuesday! – but I’m heading into what I anticipate is going to be the most difficult stretch. I have plans to be traveling for a good [...]

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As of today, I'm about 31 days into my 100 Days of Books project. Posting a photo and short review of a book every day is definitely a challenge, but it's been really fun so far. I feel like I'm getting to think more creatively about my photos, and spend some time revisiting books I [...]

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As I was skimming back through my most recently-read books, I realized that I've been on a bit of a kick reading books about what it means to be a woman -- challenges, contradictions, friendships, expectations, institutions, whatever. It makes sense, really, since so much of the last few months has been wrapped up in [...]

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On a foggy summer night, eleven people -- ten privileged, one down-on-his-luck painter -- depart Martha's Vineyard on a private jet headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later, the unthinkable happens: the plane plunges into the ocean. The only survivors are Scott Burroughs -- the painter -- and a four-year-old boy, who is now the [...]

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During my vacation last month to Milwaukee and Chicago, I found myself totally absorbed in a couple of big, epic family stories. While they're set in totally different places, both authors are really skilled at weaving together historical and contemporary threads. And despite covering huge topics, both books manage to feel specific and character-driven in a way that kept [...]

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I wasn't originally planning to write about Girls and Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape by Peggy Orenstein and Spinster: Making a Life of One's Own by Kate Bolick in the same post, but as I was gathering my thoughts I started to see some connections between the two. Both are excellent examples of journalism and cultural [...]

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Reviewlettes: Three Fun Comics

One of the (many) things I love about my local library is that they've been doing a lot to expand their collection of comics. When I stopped in before the Readathon, I managed to walk out with quite the stack to choose from. I had to return many of them unread -- I'm trying to [...]

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The most surprising fact I learned about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg – aka Notorious RBG – this weekend is that her reputation as a fiery dissenter on the Court is a product of just the last 10 to 15 years of her tenure. For most of her storied career, RBG has been someone [...]

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If there's one trend I can already see in my reading this year, it's that I am most interested in reading books by and about awesome women. In fact, my fiction reading has been almost entirely female-dominated, which isn't all that bad of a place to be. Here are four books in the last couple [...]

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