Book Snap #42

Title: Feminasty: The Complicated Woman’s Guide to Surviving the Patriarchy Without Drinking Herself To Death

Author: Erin Gibson

Date read: January 20, 2019

Two Snaps.

Brash, acerbic and a little bit ‘feminasty.’ Expertly mixing social commentary, political satire and off colour jokes— can’t say I didn’t laugh out loud, and I definitely enjoyed it. Will not be everyone’s cup of tea. Mature audiences only.

I have since also found Erin’s podcast, which she co-hosts with Bryan Safi– called “Throwing Shade” where they irreverently and unabashedly discuss: women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, progressive politics and pop culture. Erin does not back down from tough topics nor abide political correctness. However, she does contribute thoughtful and poignant analysis of issues in need of discussion, just as she does in her own book. The voice in her book is so clear and laden with style, I was only reaffirmed to actually hear her speaking aloud in her podcast. Have a listen here: Throwing Shade Podcast

Snappy Passage from Feminasty:

“What the people who are so scared of #MeToo need to realize is the goal isn’t to limit sex or discourage men from doing their men stuff like MMA and long conversations about Paleo diets. #MeToo is about our complaints being heard for the first time and being taken seriously. What some see as the collective anger of a thousand wronged women, I see as the expression of frustration and hurt. #MeToo is about making sure women are not operating out of sheer terror for their own safety. It’s about telling the office clown, Chase, it isn’t cool or normal to send porn GIFs at the end of Slack convos. We’re envisioning a better world, one where Justin Timberlake won’t tweet “Here we come!! And DAMN, my wife is hot! #TIMESUP #whywewearblack,” sloppily mixing male objectification with a hashtag designed to make people aware of lopsided power dynamics. A new world where Justin Timberlake uses the hashtag #timesup and then ALSO feels shame about starring in Woody Allen’s Wonder Wheel. A world where Justin Timberlake refuses to do the Super Bowl halftime show WITHOUT Janet jackson. A world where Justin Timberlake is actually funny and not just a guy in a wig making funny faces.” (p.40-41).

If you liked Feminasty, may I also suggest:

Title: Difficult Women

Author: Roxane Gay

Deep, powerful writing about complex, riveting female characters. Roxane Gay’s non fiction writing is powerful and academic (read also: Bad Feminist)— her fiction is compelling and rich.

Book Snap #41

Title: French Exit

Author: Patrick DeWitt

Date read: January 19, 2019

Two Snaps.

These are some interesting characters to spend time with. The story traces a fall from grace: from the elite of the New York socialites to a strange melange of misfits in a Paris apartment nearly destitute– Frances and her son, Malcolm, are odd, witty, wise, and deeply self-destructive. A good read, for sure.

Book Snap #40

Title: House Rules

Author: Jodi Picoult

Date read: January 6, 2019

One Snap.

The last of the holiday novels. It may be a bit formulaic, a trait of Picoult’s I am not really fond of, but I think for the most part she had a good story and she certainly does offer some insight in to Asperger’s Syndrome and a family deeply impacted by it.

Book Snap #39:

Title: Empower: What Happens When Students Own Their Learning

Author: John Spencer

Date read: December 29, 2018.

Two Snaps.

A great reminder about allowing students choice about how and what they learn. A great refresher and way to infuse second semester with a little extra excitement! Looking forward to John Spencer visiting teachers in our district very soon too!

Book Snap #38:

Title: Girl, Wash Your Face

Author: Rachel Hollis

Date read: December 28, 2018.

Oh Snap!

I was intrigued by this title and I didn’t know much about Rachel Hollis, but her picture made me think she was quirky and fun. There were parts of this book I liked— but for the most part I found it to be a long narrative humble brag with too much religious-preachy-white-conservatisms… not really my bag.

Book Snap #37:

Title: The Music Shop

Author: Rachel Joyce

Date read: December 23, 2018.

Two Snaps.

A sweet story, and a lovely tour of music, complete with its own Spotify playlist. Thanks so much for the loan, Natalie Webb, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and listening to its accompanying music. Super cool!

Book Snap #36:

Title: Bear Town

Author: Fredrik Backman

Date read: December 16, 2018.

Two Snaps.

Spent some more time in Fredrik Backman’s little hockey town in the forest. So many stories and thoughtful messages about family, friendship, community and telling the truth.

Snappy writing that sticks:

“The love a parent feels for a child is strange. There is a starting point to our love for everyone else, but not this person. This one we have always loved, we loved them before they even existed. No matter how well prepared they are, all moms and dads experience a moment of total shock, when the tidal wave of feelings first washes over them, knocking them off their feet.”

And…

“For me, culture is as much about what we encourage as what we actually permit.”

David asked what he meant by that, and Sune replied: “That most people don’t do what we tell them to. They do what we let them get away with.”

This book is so much more than a hockey story.

Book Snap #35:

Title: For Everyone

Author: Jason Reynolds

Date read: December 3, 2018.

Two Snaps.

Read this poem/letter in one sitting. I told you already to read everything Reynolds writes… still true. This book is a poem. A nod. A nothing to lose. Needs to be passed on.
One line sticks, especially: “I’d rather suffer from internal eczema, constantly irritated by the itch of possibility.”

Book Snap #34:

Title: Us Against You

Author: Fredrik Backman

Date read: December 2, 2018.

Two Snaps.

Such a wonderful story. Thoughtful, insightful, well written. Lines still tossing about in my mind. This is the fourth of his novels I’ve read, I’ve loved them all. Big thumbs up!

If you’re reading in order (unlike I), Bear Town comes first.

Book Snap #33:

Title: Fear: Trump in the White House

Author: Bob Woodward

Date read: November 17, 2018.

One Snap.

Woodward does not hold back, he allows us a ring-side seat, but… do you really want to be that close to this presidency?

“Grievance was a big part of Trump’s core, very much like a 14-year-old boy who felt he was being picked on unfairly. You couldn’t talk to him in adult logic. Teenage logic was necessary.”
― Bob Woodward, Fear: Trump in the White House

For me, this quote from Rex Tillerson sums it up: “He’s a fucking moron.”