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Our Bookish Lives

Like poetry? We have three books for you.

Posted by Melissa Eisenmeier on

Lately, it seems like all my friends are writing and reading poetry. I’m getting back into it too, after over a decade of not reading or writing any. Here are three cool poetry collections we’ve discovered in the last few years. Click the titles for links to buy the books. Love Rhymes With Everything by Kat Von Cupcake and Dana Feagin is really cool because it combines poetry, art, and animals. There’s art of cats, dogs, and even goats by Dana Feagin. The poetry, by Kat Von Cupcake, is animal-themed. Stan Lee hasn’t given it his purr of approval yet;...

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On beach reads by Rebecca Douglass

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Let’s hear it for beach reads! Yeah, those books that we never mention when someone asks “what have you been reading lately?” The ones that we feel just a little guilty for liking so much, because after all, they really aren’t improving our minds or making us think or whatever it is that reading is supposed to do for us. But hey, there’s a time for thinking, and a time for enjoying the ease of a book that just about reads itself. And I will argue that vacation is the time for the latter. I’ve been tramping New Zealand with...

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3 books to read for Women's History Month

Posted by Melissa Eisenmeier on

It’s Women’s History Month! To celebrate, here are three books about real women from the past. If you're looking for something salacious to read, Lucrezia Borgia by Sarah Bradford is the book for you. Lucrezia Borgia and her family embody everything that was sinister and corrupt about the renaissance: incest, political assassination, unscrupulous power grabs, and more. Her father was Pope Alexander, and she was accused of having sex with him when she was married. Rumour has it her father ordered the execution of her first husband when he was no longer needed and the pope needed a better alliance....

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#girlssupportinggirls: an adventure in reading

Posted by Melissa Eisenmeier on

Lately, I’ve been reading a lot of books by other women, in part because #girlssupportgirls. It's been a really fun, interesting adventure, and even though I like books by guys, too (Dear America by Jose Antonio Vargas was positively swoon-worthy), it’s nice to support other women. It sort of feels like a special tribe of book-loving women. Here are some of my favourites. I read The Quelling by Barbara Barrow about two months ago. It’s about two sisters, Addie and Dorian, who have spent most of their lives in a locked psych ward with a rare disorder called Reactive Attachment...

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3 small press books you need to buy

Posted by Melissa Eisenmeier on

Books published by independent publishers are fairly popular right now. I think some of it is due to the "buy local" movement, but a lot of it is because people are realising a lot of the cool, edgy books currently being published are from independent publishers like Raw Dog Screaming Press and Lanternfish Press. Here are three of my favourites. I'd heard about Reactive Attachment Disorder, which the main characters, but didn't really know much about it before reading The Quelling, by Barbara Barrow. Dorian and Addie have been in a locked psychiatric ward for most of their lives after...

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