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Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All
Laura Ruby - Oct 01, 2019
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The unforgettable story of two young women—one living, one dead—dealing with loss, desire, and the fragility of the American dream during WWII.When Frankie’s mother died and her father left her and her siblings at an orphanage in Chicago, it was supposed to be only temporary—just long enough for him to get back on his feet and be able to provide fo...
Kate McKean
Apr 27, 2021
@thatlauraruby GREAT COVER!! (And great book. I loved it!!! :) )      source
Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater
Okun - Mar 19, 2019 (first published in 2018)
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The Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater is a memoir about life truths learned through crafting.People who craft know things. They know how to transform piles of yarn into sweaters and scarves. They know that some items, like woolen bikini tops, are better left unknit. They know that making a hat for a newborn baby isn't just about crafting something sma...
Kate McKean
Mar 14, 2021
@EverywhereErica I’ve got a book for you (cc @alanna)      source
The Best of Everything
Rona Jaffe - May 31, 2005
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Before Valley of the Dolls and Sex and the City--the iconic novel of ambitious career girls in New York CityWhen it was first published in 1958, Rona Jaffe's debut novel electrified readers who saw themselves reflected in its story of five young employees of a New York publishing company. There's Ivy League Caroline, who dreams of graduating from t...
Kate McKean
Feb 16, 2021
@paperalphabet Add Rona Jaffe’s THE BEST OF EVERYTHING if you’re looking for novels that are like this. My fave book of all time.      source
The Equivalents
A Story of Art, Female Friendship, and Liberation in the 1960s
Maggie Doherty - May 19, 2020
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An important new work of narrative nonfiction: the timely, never-before-told story of five brilliant, passionate women who, in the early 1960s, converged at the newly founded Radcliffe Institute for Independent Study, stepping outside the domestic sphere and shaping the course of feminism in ways that still resonate today.In 1960, at the height of ...
Kate McKean
Feb 16, 2021
Malcolm Cowley telling writers in the 1960s that short story collections don’t sell (from THE EQUIVALENTS by @magsrdoherty) is certainly a mood—that’s lasted 60 years. (This book is great. Read it ASAP.      source
Their Eyes Were Watching God
Zora Neale Hurston - May 30, 2006 (first published in 1937)
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Fair and long-legged, independent and articulate, Janie Crawford sets out to be her own person -- no mean feat for a black woman in the '30s. Janie's quest for identity takes her through three marriages and into a journey back to her roots....
Kate McKean
Feb 11, 2021
I listened to THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD by Zora Neale Hurston and it is now one of my top 5 favorite books of all time. Stunning! I'm mad at myself for not reading it sooner. Ruby Dee's performance of the audio was transformative. Thanks @librofm!      source
Leave the World Behind
A Novel
Rumaan Alam - Oct 06, 2020
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A magnetic novel about two families, strangers to each other, who are forced together on a long weekend gone terribly wrongAmanda and Clay head out to a remote corner of Long Island expecting a vacation: a quiet reprieve from life in New York City, quality time with their teenage son and daughter, and a taste of the good life in the luxurious home ...
Kate McKean
Aug 02, 2020
I INHALED @Rumaan’s new book LEAVE THE WORLD BEHIND. I raced to the end, heart pounding, desperate to know how it ended. It’s a beautiful, delicious, terrifying novel. I want to read it again. Preorder now.      source
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The Once and Future Witches
Alix E. Harrow - Oct 13, 2020
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In the late 1800s, three sisters use witchcraft to change the course of history in a Hugo award-winning author's powerful novel of magic amid the suffragette movement....
Kate McKean
Jul 14, 2020
Why do I have so many books that feature scissors so prominently in their marketing? Anyway, read THE ONCE AND FUTURE WITCHES!      source
New Waves
A Novel
Kevin Nguyen - Mar 10, 2020
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Set in the New York City tech world, a wry and edgy debut novel about a heist gone wrong, a secret online life exposed, and a young man's search for true connection....Lucas and Margo are fed up. Margo is a brilliant programmer tired of being talked over as the company's sole black employee, and while Lucas is one of many Asians at the firm, he's n...
Kate McKean
Mar 29, 2020
I just finished @knguyen’s book New Waves and it was excellent. It’s the most thoughtful book that deals with technology I’ve ever read and I didn’t want it to end. If you’re On Here, you’ll like it. Go read it.      source
The Extra Woman
How Marjorie Hillis Led a Generation of Women to Live Alone and Like It
Joanna Scutts - Nov 13, 2017
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You’ve met the extra woman: she’s sophisticated, she lives comfortably alone, she pursues her passions unabashedly, and—contrary to society’s suspicions—she really is happy. Despite multiple waves of feminist revolution, today’s single woman is still mired in judgment or, worse, pity. But for a brief, exclamatory period in the late 1930s, she was a...
Kate McKean
Sep 17, 2019
Dr Scutts’ book is amazing and I bet her class is too. (She’s not a client—I wish!—I just genuinely loved her book!)      source