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5 Real-Life Sisters Who Inspired Historical Fiction Novels

5 Real-Life Sisters Who Inspired Historical Fiction Novels

by Elise Hooper The renowned anthropologist Margaret Mead reportedly said, “Sister is probably the most competitive relationship within the family, but once the sisters are grown, it becomes the strongest relationship.” The novel Little Women portrays the lives of four of the most well-known sisters in American literature, and I read it with fascination in my girlhood. Were the real Alcott sisters just like Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy—the dutiful daughter, the tomboy, the angel, and the spoiled baby? I…

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Laughs From the Past: 5 Fun Historical Novels To Read Now

Laughs From the Past: 5 Fun Historical Novels To Read Now

by Greer Macallister Historical novels make for great reading, but to be honest? They can also be a bit of a downer. Some of the most popular novels set in the past are also some of the most depressing. It doesn’t mean they’re not worth reading – they are! – but when you’re finally kicking back in your beach chair, sipping something out of a coconut, you might not be in the mood for stories about wartime death and destruction,…

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Girlhood Illuminated: A Review of Olivia Gatwood’s “New American Best Friend”

Girlhood Illuminated: A Review of Olivia Gatwood’s “New American Best Friend”

by Anna Szilagyi New American Best Friend, Olivia Gatwood’s debut poetry collection, lives in adolescence. It lives in the bathroom with your childhood best friend guiding a razor over your leg, in your middle school health class, at a yoga session with Long Island women arguing in their thick New York accents. Published by Button Poetry on March 28th, 2017, New American Best Friend holds poems readers may recognize from Button Poetry’s YouTube channel and from literary magazines, but they have…

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Out of the Lab, Onto the Page: A Conversation with Hope Jahren

Out of the Lab, Onto the Page: A Conversation with Hope Jahren

by Tana Tymesen Despite what the reviews and the summary descriptions say, Lab Girl is a love story.  Lab Girl is, categorically, a memoir, and Hope Jahren is, categorically, a scientist. However, she’s possessed with the linguistic dexterity to make the lifespan of a tree and its family history sound like poetry. Her frustrated descriptions of the trials of federal funding sizzle. Jahren’s clear, wry voice is explicitly feminist, and she’s brutally honest about her journey as a woman in…

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The Ultimate Deception of Difficult

The Ultimate Deception of Difficult

by Tana Tymesen Roxane Gay’s stories highlight women of supreme independence and ambition, women bold enough to feel lonely in the presence of men and radical enough to ferociously love themselves and other women. Difficult Women is for readers for whom the middle class ennui of the bored is unfamiliar. It is a collection of tales of individual women who, in real life, would probably classify themselves as “hard to love” because that’s what society tells us they are. They…

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