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Good and Mad: How Women's Anger is Reshaping America | Rebecca Traister
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From Rebecca Traister, the New York Times bestselling author of All the Single Ladieswhom Anne Lamott called the most brilliant voice on feminism in this countrycomes a vital, incisive exploration into the transformative power of female anger and its ability to transcend into a political movement. In the year 2018, it seems as if womens anger has suddenly erupted into the public conversation. But long before Pantsuit Nation, before the Womens March, and before the #MeToo movement, womens anger was not only politically catalyticbut politically problematic. The story of female fury and its cultural significance demonstrates the long history of bitter resentment that has enshrouded womens slow rise to political power in America, as well as the ways that anger is received when it comes from women as opposed to when it comes from men. With eloquence and fervor, Rebecca tracks the history of female anger as political fuelfrom suffragettes chaining themselves to the White House to office workers vacating their buildings after Clarence Thomas was confirmed to the Supreme Court. Here Traister explores womens anger at both men and other women; anger between ideological allies and foes; the varied ways anger is perceived based on its owner; as well as the history of caricaturing and delegitimizing female anger; and the way womens collective fury has become transformative political fuelas is most certainly occurring today. She deconstructs societys (and the medias) condemnation of female emotion (notably, rage) and the impact of their resulting repercussions. Highlighting a double standard perpetuated against women by all sexes, and its disastrous, stultifying effect, Traisters latest is timely and crucial. It offers a glimpse into the galvanizing force of womens collective anger, which, when harnessed, can change history.
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Pedrocamacho
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This is a great book on the value of female anger as well as all the ways women are punished for expressing it. Valuable read.

Hooked_on_books Love this book! 5d
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JenniferEgnor
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No one can promise that our work now will remap our landscape and remake our future. That burden is on those of us who want desperately for it to do so. ~We~ determine whether or not we change the world.

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JenniferEgnor
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Women understand that this has to be the beginning of something...because they‘ve seen, for the first time, the real consequences of inaction. So you have women who are waking up and seeing that they don‘t have the luxury of going back to sleep. —Stacey Abrams

JenniferEgnor @JanuarieTimewalker13 this weekend, we MARCH. And we scream, we protest. We keep fighting until the world is different. 5d
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JanuarieTimewalker13 Cool!!! I wish I could March, but I‘m walking badly right now. I will think about next year, for sure!! 5d
JenniferEgnor @JanuarieTimewalker13 encourage others. Tell your story. Volunteer! Vote in every election, no matter how small! And never, ever give up! 5d
JanuarieTimewalker13 Yes!! Oh, I do, believe me. I tell everyone how great women are. And how they‘ve always been an impetus for social change. 4d
Leftcoastzen Stacey Abrams is awesome! So was this book. 4d
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JenniferEgnor
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Once you wake up and see how important local elections are, it‘s hard to go back to the shadows and stick your head in the sand. On election night, a switch got flipped in me. I‘m starting to call it my ‘I‘ll be damned‘ switch. I‘ll be damned if I‘m going to be quiet anymore. —Kim Drew Wright

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Change won‘t come from women running for office; it will also come from the women who are engaging in their campaigns, volunteering, paying attention, educating themselves, becoming activists for the first time in their lives. And in the years since Trump became president, those women are legion.

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Part of the reason that we‘re seeing women running is we know that our voices are needed to the see the change we‘re looking for, because we can‘t count on someone else to be the advocate. —Lauren Underwood

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JenniferEgnor
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The tsunami of #metoo stories hadn‘t just revealed the way that men had grabbed and rubbed and punished and shamed women; it had also shown us that they had done it all while building the very world in which we still were forced to live.

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JenniferEgnor
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Not only are women expected to weather sexual violence, intimate partner violence, workplace discrimination, institutional subordination, the expectation of free domestic labor, the blame for our own victimization, and all the subtler, invisible cuts that undermine us daily...we are not even allowed to be angry about it.

—Lindy West

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JenniferEgnor
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A white woman has only one handicap to overcome—that of sex. I have two—both sex and race.

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JenniferEgnor
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Do a Google image search on any of the powerful women in politics or public life, especially those who threaten white male power— and you‘ll turn up scores of photos of women with their mouths open, unrestrained. The best way to discredit these women, to make them look unattractive, is to capture an image of them screaming; the act of a woman opening her mouth with volume and assured force, often in complaint, is coded in our minds as ugly.

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JenniferEgnor
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The furious female is, we are told to this day, in innumerable ways, both subtle and stark, a perversion of both nature and our social norms. She is ugly, emotional, out of control, sick, unhappy, unpleasant to be around, unpersuasive, irrational, crazy, infantile. Above all, she must not be heard.

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JenniferEgnor
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We are primed to hear the anger of men as stirring, downright American, as our national lullaby, and primed to hear the sound of women demanding freedom as the screech of nails on our national chalkboard. That‘s because women‘s freedom would in fact circumscribe white male dominion.

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We are taught it— give me liberty or give me death, live free or die, don‘t tread on me—as patriotic catechism, but only when it has been expressed by white men has it sounded or been transmitted to us as admirable, reasonable, as the crucial catalectic ingredient to political change.

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JenniferEgnor
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The antipatriarchy movement is building, aiming to undo ten thousand years of recorded history. Women are gonna take charge of society. And they couldn‘t juxstapose a better villain than Trump. He is the patriarch. This is a defining moment in the culture. It‘ll never be the same going forward. —Steve Bannon

DAMN RIGHT.👊🏾✊🏻🖕🏻

BookishMarginalia I‘m confused. Bannon IS the patriarchy (among other things...) 2w
JenniferEgnor @BookishMarginalia this was one of his ‘warnings‘ about pissed off womxn. Sounds like he‘s scared, to me. He should be. 2w
BookishMarginalia Ah, that makes so much sense! 2w
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Furious women...speaking alone or working together against tyranny or oppression or injustice in this country...moving it closer to where it must be if it is to fulfill its patriotic, and yet unmet, promise of equality.

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JenniferEgnor
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On both the right and the left, the kind of foul-mouthed, performative anger that I had gawked at coming from women trying to storm the political gates in earlier eras was in 2016 being directed ~at~ the woman who had come closer to knocking those gates down than any other before her.

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We must come to recognize our own rage as valid, as rational, and not as what we‘re told it is: ugly, hysterical, marginal, laughable.

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JenniferEgnor
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Perhaps the reason that women‘s anger is so broadly denigrated—treated as so ugly, so alienating, and so irrational—is because we have known all along that with it came the explosive power to upturn the very systems that have sought to contain it.

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There has always been an understanding of the power of women‘s anger: that as an oppressed majority in the US, women have long had within them the potential to rise up in fury, to take over a country in which they‘ve never really been offered their fair or representative stake.

JanuarieTimewalker13 We‘ve been brainwashed by a patriarchal society. You can look at the 3 major religions and see who‘s on top. At (almost) 58, I now see the true power of women. I used to have to convince myself I was powerful in my thirties, but now I truly believe it. We‘re kind creatures, and had we been on top or at least shared the top, we‘d have a lot less problems in the world today. 2w
TrishB @JanuarieTimewalker13 I‘d like a different ‘top‘ though, that gives us an equal society, that looks after the poor, homeless and disadvantaged. I don‘t want to be at the top in this capitalist hell hole we currently have ☹️☹️ 2w
Addison_Reads @TrishB 🙌🙌🙌 such very true words. 2w
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JenniferEgnor One day this fight will be over. But we can‘t give up now. 2w
TrishB I‘m not giving up (but I‘ve been fighting for a long time!! 😁) 2w
JenniferEgnor @TrishB misogyny is the oldest prejudice in the world. I know I‘m just getting started in the fight but while I breathe, I hope. 2w
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Nitpickyabouttrains
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I really liked this non fiction about women in my politics right now. People are mad and taking action.

Emilymdxn I loved this book! 1mo
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monalyisha
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This book about female anger: its historic, current, & manipulative suppression; its insurrectionist release; & its power to change the world (largely through politics) is nuanced, carefully-researched, & passionate. Well-worth the read (or listen)!

*Likely the shortest review I‘ve ever written, but this in no way reflects the time you should spend with it.

monalyisha I listened to the audio, so I couldn‘t go back to look for quotes but there‘s an entire *chapter* that I wanted to pull out & record! It‘s a discussion of men‘s discomfort, specifically in the #MeToo age, & about their complaint that they constantly worry that their actions & intentions will be misinterpreted (personally & professionally) as sexual or threatening; she makes the point that this is how women & people of color ALWAYS feel. YES! (edited) 3mo
Leftcoastzen An incredible book.So glad I read it. 3mo
Hooked_on_books I LOVED this book. 3mo
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Samplergal
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This song was written in 1972 for the feminist wing of the DNC held in Miami. I was a raging feminist back then. And I‘m angrier now than I was then. I marched at age 17 for Roe. Marched for ERA amendment. Why is this generation not? I‘d love to hear what other generations think. #goodBook.

Bookwomble I think there's just as much activism now, but generally less reported by the mainstream media, for obvious reasons. There have recently been marches of 10s of thousands of people in the UK which got no mention (that I saw) by our national broadcaster. Fall all its many faults, social media does come into its own in this respect. 3mo
Clare-Dragonfly Which generation do you think is not marching? 3mo
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Samplergal
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Read this if you're a woman who has ever felt thatv things need to change. Or if you're a man who wants a clearer path to understanding that women are justified in they're anger.

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monalyisha
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I‘ve been listening to the tagged book & thinking. I came up with an idea that I think could be BIG if organized & promoted properly:

Treat March 1st (the first day of Women‘s History Month) as if it‘s New Year‘s — but instead of making New Year‘s Resolutions, make #feministresolutions. Hashtag it, convince the other women in your life to do it, & the men, too. Make it go viral! Feminism is for everyone. 👇🏻

monalyisha 1/1:I‘m thinking about posting it in the Library groups I‘m a part of on Facebook because I‘ll need help with promotion & compiling resource guides. For instance, lists of books to educate yourself. Community resources. A list of media for men to consume to upset the gender stereotype & get in touch with their emotions: books/movies etc to make men cry. Anyway, if you want in or you have ideas & you‘re a PLANNER/ORGANIZER/RESEARCHER, let me know! 3mo
DaveGreen7777 This is an amazing idea! I‘ll definitely be making some #FeministResolutions! (edited) 3mo
monalyisha Thanks, @DaveGreen7777! 🖤 3mo
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monalyisha I‘m thinking of finding a person or a small team of people to be responsible for creating a guide of Actionable Items by State. I could potentially make a website & get everything up & running, but I‘d also need a handful of webmasters to check on it seasonally & make sure it‘s up-to-date. (I‘m already stretched pretty thin with going back to school.) Just thinking out loud here! VERY beginning stages. (edited) 3mo
LapReader My suggestions for making men cry are Handmaid‘s Tale and Big Little Lies. My partner did anyway. He has 2 daughters so that may have helped. Both of the shows just make me angry. My dad cries at funerals and at songs not shows. My ex husband never cried perhaps that is one of the many reasons he is my ex. Ha! 3mo
Christine DO IT! ❤️ 3mo
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monalyisha
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“Most women I knew did not want the “opportunity” to patrol the borders of patriarchal overreach; we felt torn about both the vague prospect & the observed reality of these men losing their jobs. We thought of their feelings & their families, fretted that the disclosure of their misdeeds might cost them future employment, or even provoke them to harm themselves. But this was something else we were being compelled to notice: 👇🏻

monalyisha 1/1: “THE WAYS IN WHICH WE WERE STILL CONDITIONED TO WORRY FOR THE MEN, but somehow not to afford the same compassion for women — their families, their feelings, their future prospects — even in a reckoning that was supposed to be about us, not them.” [emphasis my own] (edited) 3mo
Hooked_on_books I. Loved. This. Book. 3mo
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#7Days7Covers #CoverCrush

Day 7

Post 7 book covers that you love over 7 days, with no explanation.

Have you been tagged yet? If not, you‘re it! Join the fun!

Addison_Reads Great choice! Such an important read. 4mo
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Bldough
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History of woman‘s discontent and its impact on politics

SW-T I enjoyed this one also. Welcome to Litsy! @LitsyWelcomeWagon #LitsyWelcomeWagon 5mo
LitsyWelcomeWagon Welcome to Litsy! Here are links to #Litsytips: http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: goo.gl/UrCpoU. There‘s lots of fun things to do: book exchanges, buddy reads, photo challenges and more! 5mo
RaimeyGallant Welcome! 5mo
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Augustdana
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Finally picking this book up again, I‘ve had a very steady stream of library holds grace my ereader. Wanna get to at least two more books before school starts up in a few weeks. Wish me luck!

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TrishB
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#thisonesforthegirls #lilithjuly
These few are 😁
Thanks for a great month Cindy and Karen 👍🏻😘

Kalalalatja I have only read one, and the rest are tbr - thanks for reminding me! 6mo
KarenUK Perfect selection! And same as @Kalalalatja said! 😊👍💕 6mo
KathyWheeler I‘ve read the front three but not the ones in the back. I‘ve added them to my TBR. 6mo
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Cinfhen Excellent 🙌🏻💕 6mo
Caroline2 These all look awesome!!! 😎 6mo
TrishB @Caroline2 all worth a read 👍🏻 6mo
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Cinfhen #HellYeah 💪🏼 6mo
TrishB Great pick 👍🏻 6mo
KarenUK 🙌🙌🙌💕 6mo
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clairemaire34
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I‘d listened to so many interviews with Rebecca Traister before I got my hands on her book that I was beginning to wonder if I needed to read it at all. Of course I did. It was exactly what I need to read. Anger at injustice and oppression is exactly what we need to feel. Using anger to drive action and change is perfectly legitimate. This book helped me feel less alone in my anger and more empowered to use it.

Leftcoastzen Great read👏👏👍 7mo
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merelybookish
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Today's #bookmail. (Impulse buy courtesy of my rage over shrinking women's rights in the US.)

readordierachel 🙌🏼 8mo
batsy That looks so interesting! 8mo
merelybookish @readordierachel @batsy It came with a PDF version. I'm happy to share if either of you'd like a copy! 8mo
batsy That would be great. Thank you! 💜 My email is subashini.navaratnam@gmail.com 8mo
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TieDyeDude
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I won't go into how asinine the abortion debate is, but if you want to hear a good discussion about the value of women's anger, give this podcast a listen. I'll definitely be checking out her book!

TrishB She‘s always a good read 👍🏻 8mo
Weaponxgirl Thanks for recommending this podcast. This book has been on my tbr a while and is available on scribd in the uk. 8mo
minkyb Found it. Thanks for the rec! 8mo
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Kamisha
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Everyone should read this book!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Jen2
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Hell yeah!!!

stacybmartin Yes!! I just read this one as well and felt the same way! 💪 8mo
Bibliogirl I feel like I need this one. 8mo
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RebelGrrrl
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I..... needed this book on a level I didn't realize. This book was brilliantly written, and gave me a whole lot of feelings as I read, sadness, hope, and (of course) a good dose of anger. Definitely a must read and a reminder that anger is a good thing and can be connective and inspiring and be the start to something truly revolutionary. Damn. I *absolutely* needed this.

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stacybmartin
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Although a bit repetitive, this book is an important read during these times. We‘ve been taught so long to repress emotions other than happiness, positivity, and politeness that it‘s important to teach women how to use their voices (and anger) and the differences we can make when we do.

FeministBookClub Such a good one. The angry trifecta is this book + Soraya Chemaly‘s Rage Becomes Her + Brittney Cooper‘s Eloquent Rage. 8mo
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stacybmartin
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Next up on #labsoundtrack! I have a feeling this one is really gonna speak to me. 😈

Gissy ☺️ 8mo
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JaimeDawn
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Wow. I really needed that!

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Sg1224
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May01- starting my book club reading for the month! Super hyped to finally ready the thoughtful #jb read from @Jas16 - 🙌🙏 thank you again! 😊

Jas16 I hope you enjoy it! 9mo
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shaynarae
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YES!! This book is awesome, and I loved it on audio. I‘ve listened to several books now about women‘s rage, and this one has its niche in focusing primarily around politics and activism. I cried several times because I found it so moving. As a white lady, I would strongly recommend this to all women, but particularly American white women. Definitely pick this one up!!

Emilymdxn Glad you loved it as much as I did! 9mo
shaynarae @Emilymdxn It was just SOOO good! 💪 9mo
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Bailedbailed

I hate to say this about a book I was really excited about...excited enough to buy the hardcover, but after months of trying, I‘m calling it a bail. I tried to get into it and skimmed about 90 pages but none of it was new to me. It may be a function of the amount of knowledge I had going in (possibly too much on this topic), but I just wasn‘t drawn in. #unpopularopinion

MelissaSue81 I struggled with this one too. It was just.. missing something.. 9mo
Blaire @MelissaSue81 so glad I‘m not alone. 9mo
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mspixieears
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Got my signed last night at the talk the author gave in Melbourne!

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Jess7
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Currently listening to.. 🤗

Leftcoastzen I got a lot out of this book. 9mo
Emilymdxn Great book! 9mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I concur....Great book! 9mo
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amma-keep-reading
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Throughly researched. Deep introspection. Honest conversation. A definite must read. Highly recommend.

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This read definitely stirs up a healthy rage. 5⭐

“Anger has driven women to develop a million approaches to changing the world.”

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riversong153
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I‘m mad as hell! 😡
This book should be required reading.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 out of 5

Samplergal I bought it because I saw it here! 9mo
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riversong153
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#grateful21 Day 3
1. Good and Mad - this book is giving me life right now.
2. I surprised my mom with a gift and she loves it
3. My doctor‘s appointment went better than I expected! 👍🏾😍😻🥰
@Eggs

Eggs Great 👍🏼 on all 3 👏🏻🌺🤗 9mo
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