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Ella Dawson is a sex and culture critic whose writing has been published by ELLE, MTV, Vox, Women's Health, and more. In her talks, she speaks to the crisis of miscommunication in our lives, from our dehumanizing culture of casual sex to how shame keeps us silent about our mental and sexual health.
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Carrie
Stephen King - 2011-08-30 (first published in 1974)
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Carrie knew she should not use the terrifying power she possessed... But one night at her senior prom, Carrie was scorned and humiliated just one time too many, and in a fit of uncontrollable fury she turned her clandestine game into a weapon of horror and destruction......
Ella Dawson
2021-06-13T00:33:13.000Z
@FABlichert Carrie is one of his shorter books, VERY dark and experiments with format in cool ways. It was my first Stephen King and I loved it. The Shining is a classic for a reason, really great character study and building of setting + suspense. Probably my favorite book of all time.      source
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The Shining
Stephen King - 1990-05-01 (first published in 1977)
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Jack Torrance's new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he'll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote...and more sinister. And the...
Ella Dawson
2021-06-13T00:33:13.000Z
@FABlichert Carrie is one of his shorter books, VERY dark and experiments with format in cool ways. It was my first Stephen King and I loved it. The Shining is a classic for a reason, really great character study and building of setting + suspense. Probably my favorite book of all time.      source
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Devon Sawa
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The City We Became
A Novel (The Great Cities Trilogy (1))
N. K. Jemisin - 2020-03-24
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Five New Yorkers must come together in order to defend their city from an ancient evil in the first book of a stunning new series by Hugo award-winning and NYT bestselling author N. K. Jemisin.Every great city has a soul. Some are as ancient as myths, and others are as new and destructive as children. New York City? She's got six.But every city als...
Ella Dawson
2021-05-13T13:57:05.000Z
@bfishbfish I will vote for anyone who says that their favorite book is @nkjemisin’s The City We Became      source
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The Duke Who Didn't
Courtney Milan - 2020-09-21
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Miss Chloe Fong has plans for her life, lists for her days, and absolutely no time for nonsense. Three years ago, she told her childhood sweetheart that he could talk to her once he planned to be serious. He disappeared that very night.Except now he’s back. Jeremy Wentworth, the Duke of Lansing, has returned to the tiny village he once visited with...
Ella Dawson
2020-12-07T16:20:59.000Z
I just finished reading @courtneymilan's The Duke Who Didn't, and I don't think I have ever read a romance SO delightful, SO comforting, SO funny, and SO charming. It's like a big smart warm hug and I want to buy a copy for all of my friends.      source
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Ella Enchanted
Gail Carson Levine - 1997-04-25
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At birth, Ella is inadvertently cursed by an imprudent young fairy named Lucinda, who bestows on her the "gift" of obedience. Anything anyone tells her to do, Ella must obey. Another girl might have been cowed by this affliction, but not feisty Ella: "Instead of making me docile, Lucinda's curse made a rebel of me. Or perhaps I was that way natural...
Ella Dawson
2020-11-23T15:56:07.000Z
"Ella Enchanted makes it clear that obedience is not a virtue, and that never having the option to refuse is a miserable, unlivable existence." One of my favorite children's books is a great primer on consent:      source
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If He's So Great, Why Do I Feel So Bad?
Recognizing and Overcoming Subtle Abuse
Avery Neal - 2018-03-27
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Foreword by Lois P. Frankel, Ph.D., New York Times bestselling author of Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office ARE YOU A VICTIM OF SUBTLE ABUSE? Are you always the one apologizing?Constantly questioning and blaming yourself?Do you often feel confused, frustrated, and angry? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you're not alone. Nearly ha...
Ella Dawson
2019-09-26T03:41:40.000Z
For the love of all things good and loving, everyone should read Avery Neal’s book about subtle abuse.      source
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Luckiest Girl Alive
A Novel
Jessica Knoll - 2016-04-05
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HER PERFECT LIFE IS A PERFECT LIE.As a teenager at the prestigious Bradley School, Ani FaNelli endured a shocking, public humiliation that left her desperate to reinvent herself. Now, with a glamorous job, expensive wardrobe, and handsome blue blood fiancé, she’s this close to living the perfect life she’s worked so hard to achieve.But Ani has a se...
Ella Dawson
2018-03-01T21:25:07.000Z
@DanaSchwartzzz I'm so curious how she handles Luckiest Girl Alive... that book is total brilliant chaos.      source
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Want Me
A Sex Writer's Journey into the Heart of Desire
Tracy Clark-Flory - 2021-02-16
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In her bold memoir, a prominent sex journalist shares the confusing, funny, and sometimes painful moments that shaped her young adulthood, offering an honest look at sex and culture for modern young women.Tracy Clark-Flory grew up wedged between fizzy declarations of "girl power" and the sexualized mandates of pop culture. It was "broken glass ceil...
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Healing from a Narcissistic Relationship
A Caretaker's Guide to Recovery, Empowerment, and Transformation
Margalis Fjelstad - 2019-09-11 (first published in 2017)
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When a relationship with a narcissist ends, the caretaking partner is often left confused, deeply hurt, and often still emotionally connected, while the narcissist seems to easily move on to the next relationship. Healing from a Narcissistic Relationship offers guidance about what to expect as the relationship unravels and how to cope with the fall...
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The Ethical Slut, Third Edition
A Practical Guide to Polyamory, Open Relationships, and Other Freedoms in Sex and Love
Janet W. Hardy - 2017-08-15 (first published in 1997)
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The classic guide to love, sex, and intimacy beyond the limits of conventional monogamy has been fully updated to reflect today's modern attitudes and the latest information on nontraditional relationships. For 20 years The Ethical Slut has dispelled myths and showed curious readers how to maintain a successful polyamorous lifestyle through open co...