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    Book Review: Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud by Anne Helen Peterson

    In this collection of short essays, Peterson briefly dives into the world of American society’s most “unruly” women. These are women who push the envelope in terms of acceptable ways of performing femininity – everything from their bodies to their Twitter presence is scrutinized for not fitting the mold. Peterson features women like Serena Williams, Melissa McCarthy, and Madonna in her quest to showcase the unruly women of the early 2000s and 2010s. I like this book a lot in theory. I love that it showcases women and talks about the ways their careers have pushed against patriarchal gender roles. Peterson leans into her PhD background and writes with an…

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    Welcome to ICYMI!

    Happy Sunday and welcome to my new weekly post, In Case You Missed It! Each week I’ll be rounding up all my favorite pop culture moments, viral content, and everything thing that I’m culturally consuming at the moment. I definitely still plan on doing more in-depth posts on things like the Bachelor (duh) and posting more book reviews this year, but I wanted a space to more casually share everything on my radar. This Week’s News: ○ Kim & Kanye are expecting baby #4! Chicago, Saint, and North are getting a new sibling and rumor is they’re hoping for a boy. The baby is being carried by a surrogate. Congrats,…

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    5 Books to Add to Your Summer Reading List

    Bachelor Nation by Amy Kaufman For: Fans of the Franchise and Reality TV Buffs I’m a pretty recent fan of The Bachelor shows – I watched my first full season last summer – but have become 100% invested in the franchise ever since. So, of course, I pounced on this book when it came out. It’s so gossipy and fun and definitely doesn’t take itself too seriously. But it still asks some good questions: Why are feminists so into The Bachelor? Do the producers go to far? How does no one get STDs while on the show?? It’s a super quick read so it’s perfect to bring along for a…

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    The Complexity of Choice in “Everything I Never Told You” by Celeste Ng

    I picked up Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng expecting a popular thriller. What I got was a beautiful, dark, intersectional portrait of American womanhood. The other day, I popped by my favorite local bookstore here in Madison, A Room of One’s Own, for something new. I came in with a few titles in mind, but, alas, nothing was in. As I browsed, I picked up Everything I Never Told you – I’d seen it all over Instagram and knew Ng had another book out that was pretty popular, too. I was looking for something quick, so this thin, self-described page-turner seemed to do the trick. I don’t…

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    What’s on Your Human Reading List?

    A few weeks ago, my mom and I went to the Art Institute of Chicago for a little field trip. We dropped into Cauleen Smith’s exhibit Human_3.0 Reading List while we were there and I’ve been thinking about it ever since. In the exhibit, Smith offers a proposed canon of literature for the modern human. Some of my favorites included Gender Trouble by Judith Butler, Cruising Utopia by José Esteban Muñoz, and The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander. Weighty, important, academic books. The whole thing got me thinking: what would be on my human reading list? There’s a part of me that’s very hesitant to answer that question since I’m like the…

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    Book Review: Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

    Like many of the books I read, my mom gave me the Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes on a trip home earlier this year. I had seen a few of Rhimes’ shows – I followed Scandal pretty closely in college until it got too torture-y and watched the first season of How to Get Away with Murder because they’d filmed a few episodes at Bryn Mawr – but I wouldn’t say I was a huge fan of hers. I had heard good things about the book, though, and as an influential woman of color in the entertainment industry I was interested in hearing her thoughts on media and TV…

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    Book Review: Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

    Just a heads up: this post has major spoilers in it and talks about domestic violence, so read no further if this isn’t for you. This book took me by surprise. I bought it on a whim after a big glass of wine at the airport (because who doesn’t impulse buy paperbacks when they’re tipsy?). It caught my eye because everyone was raving about the HBO series and being the skeptic I am, particularly when it comes to popular culture, I wanted to see for myself. It started out as I expected: young single mother moves to rich suburban town, doesn’t fit in, and drama ensues. But about 100 pages…

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    Book Review: Modern Lovers by Emma Straub

    Genre: Fiction Summary: Beach read about rich hipsters in Brooklyn. Not a lot happens. But like in a good way? Pair with: A sun hat and a cold corona. I’ve been seeing Emma Straub everywhere! Her book, The Vacationers, was the book of the summer in 2014 and Modern Lovers seemed to follow suit last year. I’m a little behind the times just getting to it now, but I’ve had my eye out for it at the library for ages. I finally had some downtime on a quick trip to Florida a little while back and brought it along. Here are my thoughts, if you’re thinking of picking it up… Modern Lovers…