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ontheBL

Joined January 2017

Wandering bibliomaniac. Literary lifestyle. Polyglot. Houston now; Iowa born. Instagram: @onthe.bl https://onthebl.org
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Diving into complex women‘s issues and how society dealt with the women in question paralleled by a century of “change.” I was utterly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I wasn‘t sure what to expect, but Julie Kibler captured my interest and respect with her cutting and insightful novel.

https://onthebl.org/2019/10/03/home-for-erring-and-outcast-girls-by-julie-kibler

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The Water Dancer: A Novel | Ta-Nehisi Coates

"She'd gone from that warm quilt of memory to the cold library of fact."

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Davis had a nice novel until the last five pages when she throws it in the toilet. The ending comes quickly and suddenly. It‘s as if her editor asked her to wrap everything up with a nice bow. It was saccharine and a little vomit inducing how spoon fed it felt. Otherwise, it's a nice story combining a mystery with a touch of love and a lot of independent women searching for belonging.
https://onthebl.org/2019/10/01/the-dollhouse-by-fiona-davis

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“Not scared of change, like Darby was, but scared of staying put, staying unchanged.”

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Erin Carlson is wonderful at bringing fascinating women to life. Queen Meryl is a fascinating read about a complex and interesting woman who has captured people's attentions on stage and the silver screen for five decades.

https://onthebl.org/2019/09/24/queen-meryl

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Motherland | Elissa Altman
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I absolutely loved this memoir by Elissa Altman from Ballantine Books. It is absolutely fabulous and heartbreaking. Altman writes about her trying relationship with her mother. I honestly can't explain it in a concise way other than it is amazing. There are so many amazing quotes. I read it in one sitting.

https://onthebl.org/2019/09/22/motherland-by-elissa-altman

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"Men go without saying, and women don't get said at all.” That quote is a gut punch because it is so true. At its core Invisible Women Caroline Criado Perez from Abrams Press is about discrimination. The data gap may not be malicious or even something done on purpose, but it exists and perpetuates gender inequality around the world in small and big ways. You can read the entire book review at https://onthebl.org/2019/09/16/invisible-women

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"the chroniclers of the past have left little space for women's role in the evolution of humanity, whether cultural or biological. Instead, the lives of men have been taken to represent those of humans overall."

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Thank You for My Service | Ross Patterson, Mat Best, Nils Parker
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Thank You For My Service by Mat Best is one of the better military memoirs I've read. He's a badass, I guess... I think he would've been cooler as a Marine, though. I'm not biased. As military adjacent, I like reading up on military nonfiction/memoirs, but as a critic, I'm wary because I've read some racist bullshit masquerading as a war memoir.
https://onthebl.org/2019/09/06/thank-you-for-my-service

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Thank You for My Service | Ross Patterson, Mat Best, Nils Parker
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“Thinking you‘re going to die and wanting to die are totally different things. I didn‘t have a death with. It‘s just that, in my experience, the more you deploy and face the dark realities that exist in life, the more comfortable you become with the idea of death.”

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The Travelers | Regina Porter
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Simultaneously concise and epic, Porter packs a punch with every character and plot line. Spanning seven decades, it explores the realities of living in the United States through a variety of lenses and eras as two families come together. Porter‘s real triumph is her resistance to explain. The stories are for the reader to consume as they are. This is good Literature with a capital L. It is one of the most affecting contemporary works of fiction.

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101 Things I Learned in Law School | Matthew Frederick, Vibeke Norgaard Martin
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101 Things I Learned in Law School by Vibeke Norgaard Martin is a great little book filled with humor and levity about how lawyers are not all-knowing but fallible human beings. There are illustrations, history lessons, definitions, explanations, and more in bite sized chunks, so you can look smarter the next time lawyering comes up in a conversation.

https://onthebl.org/2019/08/15/101-things-i-learned-in-law-school

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The Farm: A Novel | Joanne Ramos
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Joanne Ramos has quite a literary career ahead of her if The Farm is what she brings to the table with her debut novel. Golden Oaks is a place the extravagantly wealthy go to incubate their babies in Hosts, who are every color, background, ethnicity, and all in desperate need of money.

You can read the full review at https://onthebl.org/2019/08/13/the-farm/

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“While similar networks existed throughout France, the “caretakers of Invalides” literally carried the keys to what was arguably one of the safest hiding places in the country…”

Louise Sounds like a fascinating book! Stacked! 📚 2mo
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How to Date Men When You Hate Men by Blythe Roberson is a hilarious and insightful look into the weird world of dating as a semi aware person with a love hate relationship for the opposite gender. Roberson is wildly honest about her Timothee Chalamet obsession, but who am I to judge with my love for bagpipes. She's funny, deep, smart, and intensely real.

https://onthebl.org/2019/08/06/how-to-date-men-when-you-hate-men

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Gods of Jade and Shadow | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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There are good things and bad things about Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. I liked the story quite a bit, but the characters and the storytelling fell flat. It is the perfect summer read because summer isn't over yet!!!

https://onthebl.org/2019/08/03/gods-of-jade-and-shadow

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The Farm: A Novel | Joanne Ramos
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"As if being a good girl and being strong willed were in conflict."

britt_brooke Lovely photo! 3mo
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I Like to Watch by Emily Nussbaum from is the best book I've read this summer. As the work-from-home, freelancer, hermit, stay-at-home dog mom, I mean, writer I am, I watch a lot more TV than I own up to. I have a lot of opinions, and I'm yet to find one of Nussbaum's I disagree with. Here's my review; you should read it, then read the book.

https://onthebl.org/2019/08/01/i-like-to-watch

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If you're looking for a harsh yet kind not completely bad book review, look no further. Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes made me sad because the plot sucks. The dialogue is good, but it's definitely nothing more than an escapist read for vacation.

https://onthebl.org/2019/07/25/evvie-drake-starts-over

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I grew up on 80s comedies. Steve Martin‘s SNL skits were performed by a twelve year old me in the hallways of my church for a captive audience of my peers who were less educated on comedy of years gone by. Nick de Semlyen reminded me of all the comics, skits, and movies I grew up loving in Wild and Crazy Guys, an exploration of a decade of comedy that changed everything.

https://onthebl.org/2019/07/20/wild-and-crazy-guys

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Death in the Air by Kate Winkler Dawson brings people‘s lives and struggles to life on each page creating a compelling book difficult to put down about the deadly smog and serial killer of 1952 London. I don't normally like books about serial killers, but I do love books about London and history. If you're looking for a book filled with dark and creepy details, this is definitely a good one.

https://onthebl.org/2019/07/13/death-in-the-air

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Passing | Nella Larsen
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Passing by Nella Larsen is one of those books you want to sit with letting the words roll through your mind reveling in the meaning and feeling of it all. It is an amazing book holding up ninety years after it was first published. I absolutely love this little book. It is absolutely enthralling and relatable. I couldn't put it down, and I can't stop thinking about it.

https://onthebl.org/2019/07/10/passing-nella-larsen

BarbaraBB Great review. I listened to it on audio and loved it too. 3mo
ontheBL @BarbaraBB So much good packed into a little book. 3mo
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Passing | Nella Larsen
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“”It‘s easy for a Negro to ‘pass‘ for white. But I don‘t think it would be so simple for a white person to ‘pass‘ for coloured.””

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Time After Time: A Novel | Lisa Grunwald
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It is a love story conquering time and obstacles. Set in 1940‘s Grand Central Station. A great light read for summer vacation. The plot is slow but not boring. I don't like the male lead character, but the female lead is pretty great.

https://onthebl.org/2019/07/07/time-after-time/

marleed I just wanted there to be a little more of something in the day to day of this story. But otherwise I really enjoyed it. I love the cover esp after reading. 3mo
ontheBL @marleed I thought it was boring. 3mo
marleed But your photo is awesome! 3mo
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Zero Sugar Cookbook | David Zinczenko
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Sugar is really yummy, but cutting it out of your diet doesn‘t have to mean you feel like you‘re eating cardboard.

https://onthebl.org/2019/07/06/zero-sugar-cookbook/

LapReader I feel so much better when I don‘t have sugar. 3mo
ontheBL @LapReader I love sugar. 3mo
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Sabrina & Corina: Stories | Kali Fajardo-Anstine
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Sabrina & Corina is a haunting debut from Kali Fajardo-Anstine. It is a memorable collection of stories centering around latina women of indigenious descent and their lives as women, mothers, sisters, friends, and as people in the American West.

https://onthebl.org/2019/07/02/sabrina-and-corina/

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Sabrina & Corina: Stories | Kali Fajardo-Anstine
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"I was ashamed of myself that I still wanted her close to me, even after everything she had done."

EKonrad Absolutely loved this book! 4mo
ontheBL @EKonrad It's so good! 4mo
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The Stonewall Reader | New York Public Library
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The Stonewall Inn was run by the mafia and a haven for the poorest and most persecuted among the LGBTQIA community. 50 years ago, a momentous event began which would shift cultural attitudes and launch gay rights into the public view. The Stonewall Reader is a moving and brilliant collection of stories from before, during, and after the Stonewall Riots curated by The New York Public Library.
https://onthebl.org/2019/06/28/the-stonewall-reader/

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Paul is young and queer in the 90s on a journey and shapeshifting along the way. It is quite the book. I've never read anything quite like it before.

https://onthebl.org/2019/06/27/paul-takes-the-form-of-a-mortal-girl/

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Transgender History by Susan Stryker is an amazing book full of information, insight, and emotion. Trans rights is a heated topic religiously and politically, but at the heart, people's lives are at stake. Read the full book review at https://onthebl.org/2019/06/23/transgender-history/

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I really like this one.

DivineDiana And I really like this photograph! 🙂 4mo
ontheBL @DivineDiana Thank you! 4mo
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Sarah McBride is more than a trans woman; she is extraordinary. Tomorrow Will Be Better is a memoir about her life and the obstacles she has encountered and overcome. From the personal to the political, she writes with honesty, dignity, and kindness. I read the entire book through happy, sad, and hopeful tears.

https://onthebl.org/2019/06/15/tomorrow-will-be-better/

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Dating is weird. Even since I was in high school, dating has changed a boatload. Aziz Ansari feels the same way and decided to write a book about it: Modern Romance. It is a funny and informational book about how weird dating is now with all the choices we single people have. Ansari and researchers explore dating in the U.S. and abroad. Read the full review at: https://onthebl.org/2019/06/13/modern-romance/

MrBook Great review! 4mo
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DivineDiana Love this photo! 💜 4mo
ontheBL @DivineDiana Ah thank you! 4mo
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Sandra Day O'Connor was the first woman on the Supreme Court, but she was so much more than that. Evan Thomas gives a beautiful and intimate look into her life and work.

https://onthebl.org/2019/06/11/first/

MrBook Great review! Love the pic! Seasonally apropos. 😁 4mo
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From the creators of theSkimm. They walk you through the basics of being a successful adult from what they mean when they‘re talking about wine to networking to taxes. How to Skimm Your Life is like a cheerleader in a book. It's glossy and bright and pretty with a huge sense of humor!

https://onthebl.org/2019/06/10/how-to-skimm-your-life/

Chrissyreadit Why so-so? I‘m wondering if it is worth getting. 4mo
ontheBL It's good. I just knew all the information in the book already. 4mo
MrBook Great review! I want that chair. 😆 4mo
ontheBL @MrBook Me too 4mo
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Rolf Dobelli gives his guidelines to living a good life. Some of them I whole heartedly agree with, and some of them I could leave behind. He writes with a sense of humor and life experience.

https://onthebl.org/2019/06/08/the-art-of-the-good-life/

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Rich People Problems is the last book in Kevin Kwan's Crazy Rich Asians trilogy. It is probably the best of the three books but still has a lot of pitfalls. The character development is lacking. The plot is solely driven by the opulence and drama.

https://onthebl.org/2019/05/31/rich-people-problems/

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A beautiful memoir about Rinpoche's physical and spiritual journey.

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Kamal retells Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice set in small town Pakistan. The Binats are a good Muslim family but have the misfortune of five unmarried daughters at home. This is a beautiful novel combining a British classic with modern Pakistani culture.

https://onthebl.org/2019/05/30/unmarriageable/

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The fast paced and drama filled plot covers up the poorly developed characters. It's a fun summer read, but completely lacking in depth.

https://onthebl.org/2019/05/21/china-rich-girlfriend/

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Fire & Blood by George R. R. Martin is a testament to his genius. It takes an incredible mind to flesh out a fantastical history from nothing. That being said, it is very dry and boring. History textbooks are more entertaining.

Also I had a lot of fun dressing up in a burgundy ball gown at Glassell in Houston's museum district.

https://onthebl.org/2019/05/18/fire-and-blood/

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This is one of those memoirs you'll start reading and find your hand over your heart. This one story represents thousands and thousands of untold stories. Kan's coming of age memoir touches on China's one-child policy, hukou, forced, sterilization, religion, and much more.

https://onthebl.org/2019/05/16/under-red-skies/

MrBook You‘ve got a lot of creative pictures. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 4mo
ontheBL @MrBook It's my job. 4mo
MrBook That makes sense 😆🙈. Creatives bring life and excitement to the world. 😎 4mo
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“...no plan made by man has ever withstood the whims of the gods above.”

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Home Remedies | Xuan Juliana Wang
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Home Remedies by Xuan Juliana Wang is a beautiful collection of short stories about a generation of Chinese.

https://onthebl.org/2019/05/11/home-remedies/

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“I had set off on my own to intentionally seek this disruption through what I had been thinking of as an ego-suicide mission.”

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““Bernard has no money. He only gets about ten million a year to live on,” Carol confirmed.”

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Helen Zia brings a human and personal aspect to the struggle and resilience of the thousands of people fleeing Shanghai during the communist revolution.

https://onthebl.org/2019/05/05/last-boat-out-of-shanghai/

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Vanessa Hua gives immigration a story in A River of Stars, which is much needed right now in the unstable political climate. Immigration is a hot topic. Sometimes, I think, we forget we're not just talking about an issue, we're talking about people's lives and the lives of their children.

https://onthebl.org/2019/04/30/a-river-of-stars/

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“Daisy didn't realize that you might share the same bed, but dream different dreams.”

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Claire Mazur and Erica Cerulo are the cofounders of Of a Kind. They use their experience as work wives to write about the ways female duos and trios are changing leadership and the workplace. For the better in my opinion.

https://onthebl.org/2019/04/27/workwife/

DivineDiana What a pretty picture! 💐 6mo
ontheBL @DivineDiana Ah, thank you!!! 6mo
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