Thanksgiving alternatives
Blog, Social Justice

3 Alternatives to ‘Celebrating’ Thanksgiving

How can a wholesome holiday such as Thanksgiving represent something so heinous? To those of us who question the way our culture continues to celebrate Thanksgiving, some might respond, “Well, we should show gratitude, and getting together with friends and family is what it’s all about. Stop making everything political.” But diminishing the violent history …

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Victorian-era romance - Mimi Matthews interview
Author Interview, Blog

Victorian-Era Feminism in The Belle of Belgrave Square

I had the privilege of speaking with Mimi Matthews, the author of the Belles of London Series. This romance series began with The Siren of Sussex and continues now with the recently published The Belle of Belgrave Square. Matthews spoke with me about feminism’s place in the Victorian Era, outdated medical treatments like bloodletting and …

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Shauna Robinson interview + THE BANNED BOOKSHOP OF MAGGIE BANKS book cover
Author Interview, Blog

Shauna Robinson Talks Reading, Representation, and The Banned Bookshop of Maggie Banks

In The Banned Bookshop of Maggie Banks by Shauna Robinson, anti-bookworm Maggie Banks comes to Bell River to help out in her best friend’s bookstore. But she struggles to follow the strict rules put in place by the historic society, and eventually decides to play by her own rule book in order to bring new …

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Author Interview, Blog, Book Reviews, Podcast Shownotes

Baking the Resistance with Our Favorite Sweet Feminists

In honor of Becca Rea-Tucker’s new cookbook BAKING BY FEEL, Renee sits down with @thesweetfeminist herself and best friend/mobile bakery owner Jeney Christensen. The three of them discuss baking as an outlet to process emotions (including feminist rage), how baking can be subversive, and how working in the kitchen can help us accept our imperfections. …

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Author Interview, Blog, Podcast Shownotes

Women and Westward Expansion + A Good Story Never Dies with Roseanne Montillo

Mariquita talks about her new favorite non-fiction book, Brave Hearted: The Women of the American West. The book captures the voices and stories of so many women who participated in, were carried along by, and were impacted by Manifest Destiny and the American drive westward in the mid- to late-1880s. It’s a real heartbreaker and …

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I'm Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy - a book review
Blog, Book Reviews

Book Review: I’m Glad My Mom Died By Jennette McCurdy

[cw: eating disorders; physical, emotional, and substance abuse] One of Hollywood’s worst-kept secrets is its widespread exploitation of child actors. The issue is so well known and publicized that laws were passed in an attempt to ensure that child actors don’t reach adulthood indigent due to their guardian’s money mismanagement or greed (Jackie Coogan, Gary …

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