“Fem-i-nist Fight Club / n. Your crew, your posse, your girl gang; your unconditionally helpful professional support system; your ride-or-die homies.”
Given I am a working woman, I figured I needed to read Feminist Fight Club: An Office Survival Manual For A Sexist Workplace by Jessica Bennett at some point, even if it was only to see what it was about without serious expectations. Even if I was not suffering in my workplace. I felt like there would be at least one thing I could learn from this book, even if it was small.
I was right.
“The father and the husband, from that moment, had been transformed.”
The story seems eerily familiar. An upstanding citizen, a pillar in the community, is accused of sex-related crimes with minors. In The Best Kind Of People, George Woodbury is a teacher who, years ago, was a hero in a school shooting. Now? He wins Teacher of the Year, and just about everyone trusts him. Well, they do until a few girls come forward with stories about sexual assault and harassment. The word rape is even out there. Once the police arrest him, everything seems to unravel. But the damage is not limited to George—it extends to his family.
“You’re only a supporting character if you let yourself be.”
Have you seen the YouTube series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries? If you have not, I would highly suggest you do, even before tackling this post. You can find the full playlist, along with Lydia’s videos and the other spinoffs, by clicking on this link.
I prefaced this review by saying that because this book is essentially a sequel to those videos and the accompanying novel, The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet. For those who are not aware, the YouTube series is a modern adaptation of perhaps Jane Austen’s most popular work, Pride and Prejudice. Just about everyone is familiar with that story on some level, right?
“If it comes, let it come. If it stays, let it stay. If it goes, let it go.”
Two By Two by Nicholas Sparks is about a man, Russell Green, who seems like he has everything he could ever want: a successful career, a gorgeous wife, and a lovely daughter. However, it seems like all of a sudden, everything changes and he is left with very little. How will he move forward in the face of this adversity? You have to read to find out!
“A fast didn’t go fast; it was the slowest thing there was. Fast meant a door shut fast, firmly. A fastness, a fortress. To fast was to hold fast to emptiness, to say no and no and no again.”
The Wonder by Emma Donoghue is about an 11-year-old child, Anna O’Donnell, who claims she can live without food. In fact, she claims her sustenance is manna from Heaven. Months pass and the child’s popularity grows within her small Irish village. Her popularity grows so much that a nurse from London is sent to watch her for a few weeks to verify Anna’s story. Or, rather, find out where she is getting food from, since the nurse in question does not believe Anna could possibly be surviving without any food and only a few teaspoons of water a day.