#MeToo by Lori Perkins (Editor)

#MeToo cover

#MeToo Essays About How and Why This Happened, What It Means and How to Make Sure it Never Happens Again is a collection of twenty-six essays—written mostly by women, but also a few men—with many sharing their personal stories about sexual harassment, assault, or rape.

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Love and Hate in the Heartland by Mark Phillips

Love and Hate in the Heartland: Dispatches from Forgotten American cover

I’m not sure what I was expecting when I started reading this book. Maybe I somehow misunderstood what it was about, to some degree… I don’t know. I’m finding it difficult to articulate what I was expecting to read in this book, but it wasn’t quite this.

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It’s Messy by Amanda de Cadenet



Apparently, I’ve been living under a rock, because I’d never heard of Amanda de Cadenet until I read this book. (Or perhaps it’s more accurate to say I’ve been living with my nose permanently stuck in one book after another.)

I made a decision earlier this year to broaden my reading horizons and read books I wouldn’t ordinarily have read in the past. This is the sort of book that, in past years, I would have been curious about and maybe even skimmed over a few pages before putting it back on the shelf. As a general rule, I’m not one to read essay collections and I don’t think I’ve ever read a book where one of the main topics is feminism, either. This book hit the spot twice over on broadening my reading horizons, so obviously I had to read it.

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