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elizabethlk

elizabethlk

Joined October 2017

Avid reader. Amateur writer. Spoonie. Canadian. thefeministbibliothecary.wordpress.com
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This is the perfect book for anyone of any age who is exhausted from having to explain that Hanukkah is an entirely separate tradition from Christmas and isn't just "Jewish Christmas." Genuinely funny, especially if you enjoy the Lemony Snicket brand of humour. Also educational for those coming from a place of limited familiarity with Hanukkah origins and traditions. A fun read all around, and one I would recommend.

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Engraved on the Eye | Saladin Ahmed
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Our latest #litereads pick is Mister Hadj's Sunset Ride by Saladin Ahmed. This work of weird west is about a bounty hunter's recollection of adventures with his mentor and friend Mr. Hadj. My full article (linked below) includes the link to read the story or to hear it read by Levar Burton. Once you've read the story, be sure to drop a comment to share your thoughts. Enjoy!

https://wp.me/p9KSXu-lI

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Our double week #litereads selection of Bread of Sacrifice by Samira Azzam has come to a close. Despite issues with the copy I was able to provide for access to read, this was an intense, emotional, and hyper realistic depiction of a Palestinian man's experience as a soldier in the 1947-1949 Palestinian War. Drop a comment about what you thought. Full review in the link below. New selection announced tomorrow.

https://wp.me/p9KSXu-l5

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This is a great poetry and illustration collection, and my first experience with Hana Shafi's work. Exactly to my taste. It's the kind of book I could connect with even when she was talking about things outside of my experiences.

My favourite illustrations were Enjoy Your Latte, Economics 101, and the one featured on the cover. My favourite poems were Severe Women, The Friend Breakup, Vanilla, Avocado Toast, Bad Brown Girl, Jinn, and Ritual.

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Our newest #litereads pick is Bread of Sacrifice by Samira Azzam. This modern classic of Palestinian literature deals with the trauma of the 1947-49 Palestine War on the Arab community and individuals. You can find a link to read an English translation of this story in my full post below. Be sure to drop a comment to share your thoughts once you've had the chance to read the story.

https://wp.me/p9KSXu-l4

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Our latest #litereads week has ended with our completion of A Lady's Maid by Sarah Gailey. This story is a Victorian comedy of manners full of secret android technology. It was completely to my taste, and I had a lot of good laughs throughout. You can read my full review in the link below. Drop a comment to share your own thoughts on this story!

https://wp.me/p9KSXu-kB

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Even my pup loves a bedtime comic.

This wasn't as solid of an anthology as the previous book in the series but it's still a solid read. My favourite art was in The Mask Dance and Loah. My favourite story was probably Radio Adrift, closely followed by Carapace and Desert Island Playlist.

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Our new (and late, I'm sorry!) #litereads pick is A Lady's Maid by Sarah Gailey. This steampunk short story was published a couple of years ago by the B&N SFF blog. You can find the link to read the full story in my full introductory post (in the link below). Drop a comment to share your thoughts on the story described as "A Victorian comedy of manners: Androids, bad clams, bad men, and one ambitious kitchen girl."

https://wp.me/p9KSXu-ky

elizabethlk Tagged a different work from the author since A Lady's Maid isn't on here. 1mo
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Bloodchild | Octavia E. Butler
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This past week's #litereads pick for the #halloweenreads #octoberreads season (our final as part of our spooky fall reads) was Bloodchild by Octavia E. Butler. This scifi modern classic story is a fascinating read that deals with an alien culture, pregnancy, love, and coming of age. I definitely enjoyed it, and you can read my full review in the link below. Drop a comment to let us know what you thought of this one!

https://wp.me/p9KSXu-kb

elizabethlk Apologies for being behind schedule, my health has been especially disagreeable recently. I'm hopeful that everything should stay back in the Sunday-Saturday schedule after this. 1mo
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Pumpkinheads | Rainbow Rowell
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Looove this. Cute and funny and charming and sweet. It's a perfect fall read for anyone interested in sweet rather than spooky. Genuinely laughed out loud and had moments that made my heart go aaaaaw. Just really enjoyed everything about this one. I have really enjoyed Faith Erin Hicks in the past, but this is my introduction to Rainbow Rowell and I'm definitely interested in reading more of her stuff.

Definitely recommended!

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No Earls Allowed | Shana Galen
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I've definitely been in a romance mood this week despite wanting to do some Halloween reading, and this one hit the spot. Well worth staying up to finish, even though I'm exhausted. It isn't perfect but it has a really enjoyable story and some truly delightful characters (both from the ongoing series and newly introduced). It made me smile a lot and it gave me feelings. A really solid read, and I'm looking forward to the next in the series.

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Bloodchild | Octavia E. Butler
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Our new #litereads pick, and the final #octoberreads pick, is Bloodchild by Octavia E. Butler. Published in the 80s, it tells the story of a colony of humans working closely with an insect-like alien race, including hosting their eggs. This gruesome award-winning science fiction story can be read or listened to online for free, and you can find links in our full introductory post linked below.

https://wp.me/p9KSXu-ka

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Our most recent #litereads #halloweenreads pick was The Fruit of My Woman by Han Kang, and the week for it has come to an end. This story of a woman transforming into a tree is a wild ride, and one I found to be engaging and enthralling. You can read my full review in the link below. Drop a comment to let us know what you think of the story.

https://wp.me/p9KSXu-jR

#octoberreads #womenintranslation

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Our newest #litereads selection, chosen especially for our #halloweenreads picks, is The Fruit of My Woman by Han Kang. This Korean story, translated to English by Deborah Smith, inspired the author's later book, The Vegetarian. This short story depicts a woman's transformation into a plant. You can read the story in full for free from the link in the full article below.

https://wp.me/p9KSXu-jQ

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Locked Doors | Mary Roberts Rinehart
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Apologies for the lateness, but the full review of last week's #litereads pick, Locked Doors by Mary Roberts Rinehart, is now available! This classic gothic mystery starring a nurse was a fun and interesting read, and it kind of reminded me of Scooby-Doo. You can read the full review in the link below. Drop a comment to let me know what you thought of this one!

https://wp.me/p9KSXu-jq

#halloweenreads #octoberreads

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Locked Doors | Mary Roberts Rinehart
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Our newest #litereads selection for the #halloweenreads season is Locked Doors by Mary Roberts Rinehart. This story from 1914 is from the classic Hilda Adams mystery series, and has some classic gothic elements as well. You can find a resource to read the story for free from the full introductory post linked below. Give the story a read, and drop us a comment to share your thoughts.

https://wp.me/p9KSXu-jp

#octoberreads

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Untitled | Anonymous
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It's a bit late, but my review for this past week's #litereads pick, Sweetmeats by Linda Cheng, is now available. This fairy tale inspired YA horror was chosen especially for our #halloweenreads and is probably a new favourite for me, but I want to know what you think too. Drop a comment to share your thoughts. You can read my full review in the link below.

https://wp.me/p9KSXu-jg

#octoberreads

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Untitled | Anonymous
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Our new #litereads pick is Sweetmeats by Linda Cheng, chosen with the Halloween season in mind. This modern day, horror-tinged, YA fairy tale can be read online for free, and you can find the link in my full article below. Give this story a read and let us know what you think!

https://thefeministbibliothecary.wordpress.com/2019/10/06/lite-reads-selection-s...

#shortstories #shortstory #reading #halloweenreads #octoberreads

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We have complete our most recent #litereads pick, The Phantom Coach by Amelia B. Edwards. This gothic ghost story from 1864 is exactly what you'd expect from the genre. It doesn't break the mould, but it makes for a solid kick off to the spooky fall season. You can read my full review in the link below. Be sure to drop a comment to share your thoughts, and look out for the next Lite Reads selection soon!

https://wp.me/p9KSXu-iQ

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Through the Woods | Emily Carroll
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Definitely falling in love with Emily Carroll's gothic horror fairy tale style, regardless of whether she's writing for kids, teens, or adults. This collection of short stories (suitable for teens and up) is genuinely great. I didn't dislike a single one, and a couple of them really knocked my socks off. Definitely enjoying for the season as well.

CoffeeCatsBooks I loved this one too. I gave it as a gift to several people. 2mo
elizabethlk @CoffeeCatsBooks Nice! I think I'm the last of most of my friends to get into this since the author is local. 2mo
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I've been dying to read this one since the last book, and especially since I picked up a copy when it came out, but I only just got to it. I may have stayed up until after 5am reading last night/this morning. Oops. Totally worth it though. Tessa Dare novels are just too wonderful to put down. Girl Meets Duke books have been some of her best ever, this is no exception.

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Our newest #litereads selection is The Phantom Coach by Amelia B. Edwards, our first for the Halloween season. This 19th century piece of English lit is a gothic ghost story, a good start for a spooky halloween reading season. You can find a link to read the story in our full article below. Drop a comment to let us know what you think of this one!

https://wp.me/p9KSXu-iF

#halloweenreads #octoberreads

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Angaaray | Snehal Shingavi
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This #BannedBooksWeek #litereads pick was Dilli Ki Sair (or, A Trip to Delhi in English) by Rashid Jahan. The story isn't a favourite of mine, but it's an interesting depiction of life in purdah in 1930s India, it makes a lot of good points in a short space, and it is a good example of a banned short story. Drop a comment to share your thoughts on the story. You can read my full review in the link below.

https://wp.me/p9KSXu-ik

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Freeze Tag | Caroline B. Cooney
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I came across this childhood favourite at the local goodwill. I didn't pick it up, but I may go back for it since I haven't seen a copy in many years. I loved anything Caroline B. Cooney, but this was up there with the Face on the Milk Carton for me, even though it was a bit cheesy. This was even the same edition I read as a kid.

Beatlefan129 Gosh I loved Caroline B Cooney! My favorite was 2mo
elizabethlk @Beatlefan129 I think all of my friends loved her too. I read a ton of her stuff, but other than Freeze Tag, my other favourite was the obvious 2mo
IndoorDame That cover takes me back! This was a favorite of mine too! 2mo
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Angaaray | Snehal Shingavi
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Chosen especially for #BannedBooksWeek this week's #litereads selection is Dilli Ki Sair by Rashid Jahan. This story was part of a 1931 anthology that was highly controversial and widely banned. The story details a woman's meditations and frustrations related to purdah and patriarchal society. A link to read the story is in the article linked below. Be sure to drop a comment to let us know what you think of the story.

https://wp.me/p9KSXu-i3

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This past #litereads week is over, as we've finished The Virus by Magogodi oaMphela Makhene. This South African story depicts local rural culture, society, and history, in a world where countries with better cyber infrastructure are undergoing cyber warfare. Drop us a comment to let us know what you thought of this one.

https://wp.me/p9KSXu-hT

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The Nameless City | Faith Erin Hicks
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I've been reading a lot of middle grade graphic novels lately as they have felt good for my burdened soul, but this one was a real standout. I like the art style, the story was engaging, and the characters were easy to connect with. Recommended, and looking forward to the next book!

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Our new #litereads pick is The Virus by Magogodi oaMphela Makhene. This South African short story that was shortlisted for the Caine Prize features a story set in the realistic setting of a changing rural South Africa while the rest of the world is plagued by cyberwarfare. You can find a link to read with your eyes or ears in our full post linked below. Be sure to drop a comment to share your thoughts once you've read it!

https://wp.me/p9KSXu-hK

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Our most recent #litereads week has come to an end, as we've finished The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas by Ursula K. Le Guin. This sci fi utopian story is a deep philosophical look into the scapegoating of a child. You can read my full review in the link below. Drop a comment to share your thoughts on this story.
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#shortstory #shortstories #sciencefictionshortstories #scifi #reading #utopianliterature

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Our new #litereads pick is a classic, The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas by Ursula K. Le Guin. This philosophical science fiction classic can be found to read in full in a link in our article below. Be sure to let us know what you think of it!

https://wp.me/p9KSXu-hf

#shortstories #shortstory #classicshortstories #classiclit #sciencefiction #sciencefictionshortstories #scifi

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The Old Lie | Claire G. Coleman
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This #litereads week has come to an end as we finished Noplace by Claire G. Coleman. This dark science fiction story of a utopian colony collapsing on itself is a fascinating read that gave me a lot to think about. I definitely enjoyed myself, and I look forward to reading more from the author. My full review is in the link below. Drop us a comment to let us know what you thought of this story!

https://wp.me/p9KSXu-h7

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The Old Lie | Claire G. Coleman
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Our new #litereads pick is Noplace by Claire G. Coleman. The author of Terra Nullius has brought us this incredibly dark science fiction story that you can find the link to read in full in our full article below. Be sure to drop us a comment to let us know what you think of this one. TW for suicide mention.

https://wp.me/p9KSXu-gY

(This story isn't on here, tagged book is her brand new novel).

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The Stories of Eva Luna | Isabel Allende, Margaret Sayers Peden
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Our double week #litereads pick, Two Words by Isabel Allende, has come to an end. This final pick for #womenintranslationmonth featured a woman selling words for a living and a politician desperate for some of those words for the purpose of winning speeches but is more impacted by the private words only the two shared. I definitely enjoyed reading deeper into this story, and you can read my full review in the link below.

https://wp.me/p9KSXu-gE

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The Stories of Eva Luna | Isabel Allende, Margaret Sayers Peden
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Our new #litereads pick is Two Words by Isabel Allende, chosen with #womenintranslationmonth in mind. You can find a link to read this classic magical realism / political short story from the Chilean author in our full post linked below. Be sure to drop us a comment to let us know what you think of this one.

https://wp.me/p9KSXu-gx

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The week has come to an end for our latest #litereads selection, Kunfoosa the Terrible, Or; How to Tell the Difference Between Harmless Pets and Very Harmful Jinn by Tamar Hochstadter. This pick for #womenintranslationmonth is a fun fairytale style read about the dangers of jinn, the wisdom of elders, and more. You can read my full review in the link below. Drop us a comment to let us know your thoughts on this story.

https://wp.me/p9KSXu-g8

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Our new #litereads selection is Kunfoosa the Terrible, Or; How to Tell the Difference Between Harmless Pets and Very Harmful Jinn by Tamar Hochstadter. This is another one chosen for #womenintranslationmonth and we hope you enjoy this bit of #kidlit focused on the mythology of jinn. You can find links to read the story in the full article linked below. Be sure to drop us a comment to let us know what you think of this one.
https://wp.me/p9KSXu-g4

elizabethlk Also, this is our fifty-second short story pick for Lite Reads, making this the end of a full year of our short story club! The one year anniversary of Lite Reads is officially tomorrow, August 12th! 4mo
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Quilt & Other Stories | Ismat Chughtai, 'Ismat Cuugghta'i
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This week of #litereads has come to an end as we finished The Quilt by Ismat Chughtai. This selection was chosen with #womenintranslationmonth in mind. I didn't really love this one and found some of the content too much for me, but I appreciate it for what it is. You can read my full review in the link below. Be sure to drop a comment to let us know what you think of this one.

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Quilt & Other Stories | Ismat Chughtai, 'Ismat Cuugghta'i
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Our new #litereads selection for #womenintranslationmonth is The Quilt (or Lihaaf in the original Urdu) by Ismat Chughtai. This literary realism story had progressive elements that were controversial for the 1942 release and had Chughtai in court on obscenity charges. You can find a link to the English translation in our full article below. Drop us a comment to let us know what you think of this classic short story.

https://wp.me/p9KSXu-ff

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The most recent #litereads week, The Snow Traveller by Ayfer Tunç, has ended and you can read my full review of this Turkish short story in the link below. This creepy literary mystery was a mixed bag for me, with some good elements and some weaker ones. I would recommend it to anyone interested, but it wouldn't be the first thing to come to mind as a recommendation.

https://wp.me/p9KSXu-fd

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Ojiichan's Gift | Chieri Uegaki
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I've actually had Ojiichan's Gift by Chieri Uegaki (illustrated by Genevieve Simms) on hold at the local library since January when they preordered it. It was so worth the wait. This story of a girl's relationship with her grandfather and the love they share for their garden is so absolutely precious. Genuinely teared up reading this one. Definitely recommended.

BarbaraTheBibliophage Litsy is just killing me. Last week it was a book using my grandma name (which is Japanese). (I ordered it of course.) Now you‘ve got one with the formal version of Mr. B‘s grandpa name. I might order it also, based on your review! 4mo
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August is #womenintranslationmonth and we're beginning our celebrations a bit early with our first #litereads pick for the occasion. The Snow Traveller by Ayfer Trunç is a suspenseful Turkish story, translated to English by Stephanie Ates. I hope you enjoy this story; you can find links to visual and audio versions of it in our full article linked below. Be sure to drop us a comment to let us know what you think!

https://wp.me/p9KSXu-eP

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This #litereads week has come to a close with our review of A Fist of Permutations in Lightning and Wildflowers by Alyssa Wong (read the full review in the link below). This intensely emotional and painful fantasy story is well worth the read with its big topics and intense and beautiful imagery. I definitely enjoyed and appreciated this one and will need to reread it to get the full benefits of it.

https://wp.me/p9KSXu-eQ

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Our new #litereads selection for this week is A Fist of Permutations in Lightning and Wildflowers by Alyssa Wong. You can find a link to read this fantasy short story through our full post linked below. I hope you'll give the story a read and drop us a comment to let us know what you think.

https://wp.me/p9KSXu-eO

#fantasy #tor #shortstories #shortstory

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The Goddess of Mtwara and Other Stories: The Caine Prize for African Writing 2017 | Lesley Nneka Arimah, New Internationalist Publications, Limited, Chikodili Emelumadu, Bushra Al-Fadil, Arinze Ifeakandu, Magogodi Makhene
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Our most recent #litereads week has come to an end. We read The Story of the Girl Whose Birds Flew Away by Bushra al-Fadil and we want to know what you thought of this flowery, poetic, violent tale. I personally didn't love the story, but I adored the writing style and the translation. Drop us a comment to let us know what you think. You can read my full review in the link below.

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The Goddess of Mtwara and Other Stories: The Caine Prize for African Writing 2017 | Lesley Nneka Arimah, New Internationalist Publications, Limited, Chikodili Emelumadu, Bushra Al-Fadil, Arinze Ifeakandu, Magogodi Makhene
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Our new #litereads pick is The Story of the Girl Whose Birds Flew Away by Bushra al-Fadil. This Sudanese short story was awarded the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2017. I hope you enjoy this short story. Let us know what you think of it in the comments. You can find a link to read it free online or link to listen to an audio version within the full blog post below.

https://wp.me/p9KSXu-eF

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Hungry Hearts | Anzia Yezierska
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Our most recent #litereads week has come to a close with the completion of The Fat of the Land by Anzia Yezierska. This Jewish American classic short story wasn't my favourite, but I did enjoy it, and definitely found it worth the read (and worth recommending). Be sure to let me know what you think of this one in the comments. You can read my full review in the link below.

https://wp.me/p9KSXu-eD

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Hungry Hearts | Anzia Yezierska
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Our new #litereads selection is The Fat of the Land by Anzia Yezierska. This 1919 shirt story is a rags to riches tale of immigrant Jewish women in Manhattan's Lower East Side. I hope you enjoy the story. Be sure to let us know in the comments what you think. You can find a link to read the story in our full article below.

https://wp.me/p9KSXu-ez

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river woman | Katherena Vermette
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Half as Much by Katherena Vermette was our last #litereads pick for #indigenoushistorymonth and chosen with #canadaday in mind as well. This story is about an elderly Metis man as he learns of the Supreme Court ruling recognizing the Metis as Indians under the constitution. I'm a big dan of the author, and this story was no exception. My full review is available at the link below. Let us know what you thought of this one.

https://wp.me/p9KSXu-ep

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Baba Yaga's Assistant | Marika McCoola
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My poor girl injured her tail this past week, so she's doomed to The Cone (until next week). She's so uncomfortable that I can't say no when she asks me to read to her in bed, even if I find comics a bit awkward to read aloud.

Baba Yaga's Assistant was a fabulous read though. Cute and funny, fun and heartfelt. It was everything I had hoped for. Anyone who enjoys fairy tale retellings and anything to do with Baba Yaga should give it a go.

TrishB Awww ❤️ poor Doggo 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awwww 💔💔 5mo
kezzlou85 Poor doggy. All better soon, I hope. 5mo
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readordierachel Poor thing 💕 5mo
DGRachel Poor puppy! Bailey hates her cone, too, but every time I try to give her a break from it, she licks her paw. 😔 I hope your baby heals quickly! 5mo
elizabethlk @TrishB @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @kezzlou85 @readordierachel I'll give my girl your sympathies. Less than a week until she gets the stitches out and can lose the cone. 5mo
elizabethlk And @DGRachel I hope your baby heals quickly too. It's hard not to feel helpless to care for them when they clearly just don't understand why it has to be that way. 5mo
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river woman | Katherena Vermette
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Our latest #litereads selection is Half As Much by Katherena Vermette, our final pick for #indigenoushistorymonth and also chosen with #canadaday in mind. I'm looking forward to this short story focused on an elderly Metis man as the country learns of the Supreme Court decision to recognise Metis as Indians under the constitution. You can find a link to read the story in our full post below. Let us know what you think!

https://wp.me/p9KSXu-ek