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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian

CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian

Joined September 2016

Bisexual. Librarian. New Parent. Writer. www.caseythecanadianlesbrarian.com
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I love starting a new book that I'm really excited about
#QueerBooks #LGBTQBooks #TransBooks

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The Deepest Breath | Meg Grehan
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A heartfelt queer middle grade novel in verse. I wish it had done more with the fact that it's in verse but the story and emotions are so sweet and true. Stevie is an 11-year-old with anxiety, which she deals with by arming herself with knowledge. One thing Stevie is afraid of is the ocean. Another thing is the weird fizzy feeling her friend Chloe gives her. The book charts her journey to telling her single mom, with the help of a kind librarian.

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People Change | Vivek Shraya
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A thought-provoking book of essays I gobbled up. Shraya covers a lot of ground discussing change, reinvention, and fluidity through referencing fashion, trans identity, Sai Baba, Madonna, her own artistic practices in multiple mediums, friendships, bisexuality, divorce, and more. Shraya's writing on trans identity reminded me of Meredith Talusan's memoir Fairest, which also resists mainstream narratives about arriving at an inevitable true self.

batsy Sounds really good! 1w
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People Change | Vivek Shraya
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About guru Sai Baba: " his biography ... wasn't unlike a queer coming-of-age: the delightful but odd child who doesn't quite fit in, the act of 'coming out,' the disapproving family, the change of name. Was my devotion to him forged in a belief that I too could recast my differences in a new light?"

"Seizing the moment has been less about embracing the present and more about understanding that I am not entitled to a future. None of us are."

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Baby Loves: Yoga | Jennifer Eckford
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An alphabet book of yoga poses and terms. I loved the diverse kids and the bright illustrations. This is clearly not for babies though! (Both in the fact that babies are not learning the alphabet and the poses are for older kids as shown in the illustrations none of which are babies)

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The Deepest Breath | Meg Grehan
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"I'd like to be an octopus / even though the sea is scary / I think all that fear / might be worth it / for three hearts / nine brains / and blue blood"

#QueerBooks #LGBTQBooks #LGBTQ #MiddleGrade

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Yerba Buena | Nina LaCour
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A perfect book? Just lovely: gorgeous, understated, evocative prose; a rich sense of place; a focus on pleasure, beauty, and growth while not forgetting pain, loss, and grief; intricate queer characters whose lives felt so true. LaCour follows two women, Emilie and Sara, from teenagehood to late twenties, charting their journeys until they have a chance meeting and are instantly drawn to one another. This book made me feel good about being alive.

CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian Sara is a bartender, hence the bookmark the publisher gave me with a cocktail recipe on it! 1w
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Formally and thematically interesting and accomplished poems, but they didn't move me emotionally which is pretty much all I want from poetry.
I did really like the imagery in "Small Claims Court":
"I took the twenty-seven bones from my left hand / and made a xylophone on which to play you love songs. I dragged a wheelbarrow / of sugar backwards over the parking lot / so the ants could spell out your name"
#QueerBooks #BisexualBooks #Poetry

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This is full of very cute babies reading books and at storytime and having snacks. The illustrations have some fun easter eggs too. But I can't help but feel like this is about a library not a bookstore! Bookstores do not let you hang out all day and sprawl on the floor reading books, especially of you are a little one likely to drool on, tear, or otherwise damage the book.

Please enjoy my baby's red plaid socks!

KathyWheeler Oh my! Those socks are just great; I want them. 😊 2w
Bookzombie Cute socks! 2w
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Yerba Buena | Nina LaCour
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Loving this book so far, gorgeous writing and very real characters. I also love mint chocolate chip ice cream. #QueerBooks #LGBTQBooks #LGBTQ #BisexualBooks

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Okay this baby book is not in the database which isn't surprising but it is pretty cool so I wanted to show it. The pages feel like paper but are stronger, able to be wiped down, and don't have sharp edges. The illustrations are gorgeous! The words are simple, just "goodnight" and counting nighttime objects like the moon from one to five. On the edge there is a BPA free teething strip, since we all know babies put everything in their mouths.

Bookzombie That‘s a neat book. 2w
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The Velveteen Rabbit | Margery Williams
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Sadder and more complex than I remembered! Jimena got this one as a Christmas present in board book form.

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Early morning queer poetry reading

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Christmas book presents!! Very excited to read all of these. Good picks from my dad, sister, and her boyfriend. One west coast BC book, one Irish, and one Dene (northern Canada First Nation). 🎁🎁📖📖

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People Change | Vivek Shraya
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What a delightful Christmas eve package this was! Vivek Shraya's new book, a cute little tote, and some mini hair conditioners. I'm not surprised Vivek Shraya has partnered with pantene as she has great hair. Looking forward to diving into this book length essay on change!

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A bit of a mixed bag of a book that doesn't quite know what it is. There's a fair amount of practical information in here that doesn't really fall under the umbrella of self-care, while some chapters focused on talking about issues at a level so high there wasn't any practical advice. That said, a lot of the high level discussion was affirming and reassuring. Some sections, especially on eating and body image, had great practical suggestions.

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The casual racism and racial slurs in a few of these is terrible and much of the language I suspect would be lost on today's kids. Some of the portraits of anthropomorphized cats are funny though and have neat rhymes?

StaceGhost That‘s disappointing 😞I expected more from the author of the wasteland 1mo
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @StaceGhost I think honestly the racism there was pretty standard for white people at that time and place. 1mo
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A Potato on a Bike | Elise Gravel
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A very silly book with a nice surprise of an ending. Featured with cute baby toes!

Mccall0113 Potato piggies!! 1mo
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This book is trying but... It's supposed to be a counting book, but there are TONS of references that are too complicated, "honorary doctorate," "sensory-processing disorder," etc. Instead of interesting stories we get boring facts (like the names of physics awards someone has won) so there can be a tenuous connection to a number. The women featured are 3/4 white. I'm disappointed it doesn't mention Megan Rapinoe's an out queer athlete.

Clare-Dragonfly 🤦🏻‍♀️ 1mo
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An intro to Edgar Allan Poe's "Nevermore," this board book has cute gothic illustrations and two sets of text: excerpts from the original poem and a a loose kid-friendly modern translation. The dual texts don't work; sometimes the way it's displayed breaks up the modern text, which is often choppy anyway. Also I'm not interested in teaching my kid a poem that fictionalizes the death of Poe's wife, who he married when he was 27 and she was 13 ?.

CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian I'd love to see this illustrator work on a book about another poet and poem. There are so many better options than Poe. 1mo
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Black outlined retro-style illustrations of Christmas staples like Santa, a tree, hot chocolate, presents, etc. No narrative, just pictures. Cute!

Pictured from the point of my baby as we were reading 🐣🎄🎁

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I really liked this book: authentic #bisexual rep, quirky characters, witty British dialogue, baking (yum!), and a sweet love story with a working class hero and single mom heroine. The way Rosaline's bisexuality is an important part despite the love interests being cis men resonated. This book is marketed as a romance, which it doesn't fit as Rosaline spends 80% of the book dating a "wanker". I want much less Alain (wanker) and more Harry (hero)!

CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian Also forgot to mention the setting of this book is a Great British Bake Off like reality show. So great! 1mo
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The Mysterious Benedict Society | Trenton Lee Stewart
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Just downloaded this #audiobook that was recommended to me by my friend's 12-year-old. Anyone else read this series? #MiddleGrade

Clare-Dragonfly I‘ve read this book a couple of times, but never continued the series! 1mo
Zoe-h It‘s a great first book! But the author clearly wrapped things up with the third book, and then undid all of that and wrote a fourth. But again, the first is amazing! 1mo
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @Clare-Dragonfly if it's worth a reread it must be good! 1mo
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Will | Will Smith
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An entertaining, thoughtful, vulnerable autobiography: Will Smith's childhood (incl. a physically abusive father, fyi), early hip hop days, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, chasing commercial success as a movie star, parenting, marriage, and searching for true fulfillment, love, and happiness when achieving his career dreams didn't get him there. Wonderfully narrated as an #audiobook by Smith, with song clips. (Also check out the ebook for photos!)

Ddzmini Just received mine I have other books I‘m in the middle of so it‘s at the top of my tbr for 2022 🤨 1mo
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @Ddzmini hope you like it too! 1mo
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3am reading with a sleeping baby on my chest.

Very funny dialogue and authentic bi rep so far! Love to see it.

#QueerBooks #LGBTQBooks #BisexualBooks #Romantsy

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Far from Munsch's best, although the concept of a kid who won't go to sleep because he loves to sing is fun. The repeition of everyone in his house coming to tell him to be quiet is fun too, but I could DEFINITELY do without the addition of the policemen coming to tell him to be quiet. No cops in my kids books please!

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Will | Will Smith
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Cool story about how this song almost didn't get made! Will Smith listened to the music and wrote in the airport as his flight was delayed and then decided to not get on the plane and go back to the studio that night to record so that it would make it onto the album.

Also check out their very early 90s clothes. The bright multi coloured jackets!!

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The Girls I've Been | Tess Sharpe
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This YA thriller about a bisexual teen girl who is the daughter of a con artist was page-turning. Nora escaped her mother 5 years ago. But her past is comes back to haunt her when she, her gf, and BFF/ex are taken hostage in a bank robbery. The edge of your seat story in the bank is interspersed with Nora's years with her mom and her more recent past trying to heal from her trauma. A dark story, but ultimately hopeful. Nora is a badass survivor!

CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian Content warning for psychological, physical, and sexual abuse #QueerBooks #LGBTQBooks #LGBTQ #BisexualBooks #YA 2mo
jenniferw88 @AbigailJaneBlog Casey may be of use to you? 2mo
AbigailJaneBlog @jenniferw88 ahhhh thank you so much! 2mo
rachelsbrittain I adored this one! 2mo
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A mixed bag. Some chapters I found very useful and interesting, esp. on young children's immune systems, vaccines, and allergies. Other chapters leaned towards the authors' beliefs and/or only applied to a Swedish audience. Their stance is fairly neoliberal feminist in emphasizing the importance of women's career and financial success. They also advocate for things like splitting parental leave 50/50 but admit this isn't a reality in Sweden.

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Making lemon shortbread this afternoon from my favourite baking cookbook by a baker from a bakery I used to work at as a young person in my hometown. You have to bake it in two steps but it has very few ingredients and it's delicious! 🍋🍰

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A childhood favourite of mine my mom saved and gave me to share with my baby. It's a fun silly story about two kids who meet a mole who wants to have a birthday party but doesn't have a birthday cake. The kids go down to the mole's underground home to bake a cake but somehow balloons get baked into the cake, fill up with batter, and explode. It has an (unnecessary?) frame narrative where the kids see a mole burrowing and decide to "make believe."

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Will | Will Smith
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Starting this #audiobook by my high school celebrity crush

Cinfhen I‘m almost done!! It‘s gonna be my TOP audio of the year!!!! It‘s BRILLIANT 🥰enjoy 2mo
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @Cinfhen glad to hear! It was a no-brainer to do this one in audio. 2mo
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Payback's a Witch | Lana Harper
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This isn't really bad but the characters are a bit flat and the amount of exposition / world-building info dumping in unrealistic ways (like the main character's dad explaining stuff to her she would surely know from growing up in the town!) isn't doing it any favours.

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Payback's a Witch | Lana Harper
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Started this #audiobook in the wee hours of the morning with my baby. It is so autumnal! I'm just sneaking it in before winter holiday season kicks in in full. 🎃🧙‍♀️🧹🦇👻 #QueerBooks #BisexualBooks

Awk_Word_Smith I mean, that is a great title! 2mo
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The Only Good Indians | Stephen Graham Jones
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This is very good, but I cannot handle how much there are animals being harmed and killed. 😥

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I'm resistant to this concept of "we're really all the same"; it's used to belittle experiences of difference / marginalization and as this book shows, uses whiteness as a default norm. Also: if we're saying having ten fingers and toes is what all babies have in common what about babies with disabilities? There is also an Inuit kid drawn with a penguin. Penguins only live in the southern hemisphere! A poor attempt at depicting different cultures.

CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian I've also learned looking at other reviews that the cover image, which features a white baby, is included inside the book but with an Asian baby. They changed the cover version of the illustration to centre whiteness!! Ugh. 2mo
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Squad | Maggie Tokuda-Hall
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Becca is the new girl at school and is surprised when the popular clique recruits her--they're a werewolf pack who need a 4th member. They prey on predators, satisfying their hunger by eating shitty guys. Things get more morally grey when one of their boyfriends is killed. Great vintage horror vibes in the art & storytelling. Also: a cute coming out, sapphic romance, and a complex mother-daughter relationship. Strong vibes of The Craft and Buffy.

Bookzombie Great review! I‘m waiting for my library hold to come in. 🐺 2mo
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @Bookzombie thanks! Hope you enjoy it too! 2mo
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Read this old used copy of a classic to my baby in the wee hours of the morning today. I hadn't read it in years and it was just as great as I remembered. The ending where she tells off the prince (who she rescued from a dragon!) for criticizing her not looking like a princess anymore is hilarious. "Ronald you are a bum." Hahaha. Also love how she outsmarts the dragon. Dressing up as her remains my best Halloween costume.

KathyWheeler This is one of my favorite children‘s books. It‘s just great! 2mo
Bookzombie Thanks for posting this one! I put a hold on it. 🙂 2mo
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @Bookzombie I hope you like it! 2mo
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Personal Attention Roleplay | Helen Chau Bradley
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A wonderfully inventive authentic collection of queer Asian Canadian short stories: a queer metal band's tour with a new manager; a woman replacing her codependent relationship w/ her roommate w/ an ASMR channel; a tween gymnast w/ a crush on her older teammate; a kid who sabotages a friendship when she feels she doesn't measure up. So emotionally true, lovely writing and skilled storytelling (one story is told solely in unattributed dialogue!).

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The Lights of Prague | Nicole Jarvis
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Which Halloween appropriate book should I read next??

🎃👻🐺🧛‍♀️🔪😱

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Watch out for heffalumps and woozles today!!
HAPPY HALLOWEEN!! 🎃🦇👻🧙‍♀️🧹🐺🧛‍♀️

Also this Winnie the Pooh story is fun, but could be better written and illustrated, I think. I'm sure the original is better than this Disney version.

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Hmm I'm not sure about this one. The colour characters and the blending of the kids to the rejection of the parents are clearly a metaphor for racism and acceptance. I'm just not convinced a nice hug (what the parents do) is what's going to overcome racism? It's a typical depiction focusing on individual prejudice instead of structural oppression.
Lol at the people being like, what a cool book about art and colours.

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We've been having a lot of rainy days here lately so I thought we'd try this book out. The story has potential that I feel isn't really harnessed (a girl is stuck inside on a rainy day and everything she tries to do to get rid of the boredom goes wrong). They end up going to the mall at the end?? There are some cute Easter eggs in the illustrations though, with her cat doing funny things and her mom looking in on her with amusement.

Chrissyreadit I love this picture!!! ❤️❤️❤️And wondering about some Recommendations - I want to send my daughter and her girlfriend books for All Hallows‘ Read, any amazing books off the top of your head? 3mo
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @Chrissyreadit Thanks! 😊 Halloweeny favs of mine are Beetle & The Hollowbones, both of Emily Carrol's graphic novels, My Favorite Thing is Monsters, and Fist of the Spider Woman: Tales of Fear and Queer Desire. I have Squad by Maggie Tokuda-Hall on hold at the library, which I hear is really good too! 3mo
Chrissyreadit I bought the Squad for myself after your quiz- I figured I‘d send it after I read it 🤣thank you!! I‘m looking them up now. 3mo
Chrissyreadit OMG!! Beetle for the win- Brynne loves both Steven Universe and Adventuretime- and that is what this is compared to 🙌🙌🙌 3mo
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @Chrissyreadit Yay! It is so sweet and wonderful. Hope your daughter likes it too! 3mo
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Personal Attention Roleplay | Helen Chau Bradley
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"The top of her head smells like a good dream."

"I thought about how enormous life was and how enormous also the space between people could be."

#CanLit #QueerBooks

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I was intrigued by this gothic darkly magical book at first, with its grisly introduction that included a 19th century surgery and a unique business-oriented woman looking for a husband for practical reasons. But 75 pages in I'm losing interest and finding the romance aspect forced. This is the second or third gothic book I've dnfed this year. I think I may have to conclude that while they always appeal to me, I don't actually like reading them??

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Pride Colors | Robin Stevenson
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My baby's first #LGBTQ book! And by a local Vancouver Island author no less. This board book is just beautiful. Lovely rhyming text about love, acceptance, opportunity, affection, and more centred on the meaning of the colours of the Pride flag. There are photos of racially diverse babies/toddlers and queer couples with kids. The last page introduces the idea of the Pride parade. I can't wait to take my kid to Pride!!
#QueerBooks #LGBTQBooks

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Getting some reading in with this cute little snoozing gremlin on my lap 👼📖

charl08 Aw! 😍😍 3mo
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The Only Good Indians | Stephen Graham Jones
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What a beginning! Also great audiobook narration so far. I thought I recognized the actor's voice and looked him up to realize he also performed in Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse. #IndigenousBooks #NativeReads #Horror

Suet624 Oh boy, SGJ.
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @Suet624 it's my first book by him! 3mo
sprainedbrain Love this book so much! 3mo
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A fascinating, affirming read.Topics include the placenta, drug/alcohol guidelines, breastfeeding, labour/birth support, and the exchange of fetal and maternal cells. Garbes's own experiences are woven throughout. The argument is information should be available so women (using that deliberately) can make their own decisions. YES! Unfortunately there is a weird inconsistent mix of inclusive (pregnant people) and exclusive (mother's milk) language.

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"From a very young age, we teach our children to be awed by the changes in the natural world. Can we ever see our own changes with the same generosity and wonder?"

"I had been exposed for the beast I truly was; my primary concern was enduring."