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The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter

Someone please make The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter and it’s sequel, European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman, into a series on one of the seemingly hundreds of streaming services. Please. I’ll sign up for your service for a year and watch it over and over. Read more

Forget Having It All

Forget “Having it All”

If you’re a woman who uses the internet, you’ve likely seen the quote that mothers are expected “to work as though they don’t have kids and parent as if they don’t have jobs.” If you’re like me, when this popped up in your feed, you hit like then scrolled through the comments to see responses like “THIS!”, “YES!”, “TRUTH!”, and a variety of enthusiastic hand gesture emojis.The quote that seems to have hit a nerve for so many women comes from the excellent book, Forget “Having It All”, How America Messed Up Motherhood – and How to Fix It, by Amy Westervelt. Westervelt does a deep dive into the history of motherhood in America and when I say deep, I’m not kidding around. Read more

Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World

Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World

Want a really good research tool that isn’t Wikipedia. No shame, I love wikipedia, I just used it to write about Alice Bowman. Anyway. If you want to start slow on a topic, go directly to the juvenile nonfiction section of your local library and there you will find adult topics with training wheels. Thin books with lots of pictures and simplified sentences describing complicated ideas. In books written for younger readers the authors aren’t trying to impress their colleagues or their haters. All they are trying to do it convey the essence of the topic. And this brings us to Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World by Rachel Ignotofsky. Read more

Poetry

Poetry

Don’t panic, I’m not going to present you with a poem written 200 hundred years ago then say, “Now what do you think the poet meant to convey?” I’m almost willing to bet even the poet had no idea what they truly meant to convey. I also won’t ask you how a poem made you feel. Instead, I will begin with my own embarrassing poetic past. Read more

Sharp: The Woman Who Made an Art of Having an Opinion

Sharp: The Women Who Made an Art of Having an Opinion

Michelle Dean’s Sharp: The Women Who Made an Art of Having an Opinion acts as an excellent primer on interesting women, the work they produced and the lives they lived. From Dorothy Parker to Zora Neale Hurston and eight other in writers in between, Dean’s book acts as an introduction to some and a reminder to others. Read more

The Last Black Unicorn

The Last Black Unicorn

You can read Tiffany Haddish’s The Last Black Unicorn or you can listen to it. She narrates it and it is so funny and smart and heart breaking you might think Tiffany Haddish is your friend. And you might be right because it is highly likely Tiffany Haddish loves all of humanity. Read more

Book Giveaway

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

Maybe you’ve seen the Tidying Up series on Netflix but haven’t got around to buying the book. Or your name is on a 400 person long waitlist at your local library. Well, here is your chance to own your own copy of Marie Kondo’s 6 million copies sold bestseller The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Read it then pass it on or build a little shrine to it. Whatever works for you. And you get the mug and the pouch! Read more

Veronica Speedwell Series

Veronica Speedwell Series

During a mercifully brief bout of spring cleaning, I found a copy of Deanna Raybourn’s A Curious Beginning under my couch. Surrounded by broken crayons, a school of goldfish crackers and some truly impressive dust bunnies, the novel’s pretty cover was the best thing I’d seen all day. Read more

Marie Kondo

Marie Kondo

Marie Kondo is our Talent Crush. I can practically hear you rolling your eyes. Stop it and keep reading. Since Netflix scheduled one of the most brilliant release dates for a TV show in the history of TV by debuting Tidying Up on New Year’s Day, people all over the world have been cuddling their sweatshirts close to their chests and whispering to themselves, “Does this Fred Flintstone hoodie bring me joy?”

In case you aren’t sure, the answer is a blanket and resounding ‘no.’ Get rid of it, it’s stupid. Read more

Loretta Chase

Loretta Chase

Loretta Chase is considered one of the best romance fiction writers of all time. I have loved her books for years and have recently taken on the enjoyable task of rereading all her novels. Read more