Woman No. 17 by Edan Lepucki

Cover of Woman No. 17 by Edan LepuckiWoman No. 17 by Edan Lepucki

Hardcover, 320 pages
Published May 9th, 2017 by Hogarth Press
I received a copy of this book for my participation in the TLC book tour.

High in the Hollywood Hills, writer Lady Daniels has decided to take a break from her husband. Left alone with her children, she’s going to need a hand taking care of her young son if she’s ever going to finish her memoir. In response to a Craigslist ad, S arrives, a magnetic young artist who will live in the secluded guest house out back, care for Lady’s toddler, Devin, and keep a watchful eye on her older, teenage son, Seth. S performs her day job beautifully, quickly drawing the entire family into her orbit, and becoming a confidante for Lady.

 

But in the heat of the summer, S’s connection to Lady’s older son takes a disturbing, and possibly destructive, turn. And as Lady and S move closer to one another, the glossy veneer of Lady’s privileged life begins to crack, threatening to expose old secrets that she has been keeping from her family. Meanwhile, S is protecting secrets of her own, about her real motivation for taking the job. S and Lady are both playing a careful game, and every move they make endangers the things they hold most dear.

Darkly comic, twisty and tense, this mesmerizing new novel defies expectation and proves Edan Lepucki to be one of the most talented and exciting voices of her generation.

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Almost Missed You, A Spring She Reads Pick!

Cover of Almost Missed You by Jessica StrawserAlmost Missed You by Jessica Strawser

Thriller
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published March 28th, 2017 by St. Martin’s Press
Goodreads | Amazon | Indigo

Almost Missed You is a spring She Reads pick! I received a copy for my honest review.

Almost Missed You is an emotional thriller about marriage, family, secrets, and what it means to really know someone.

The story begins on a beach in Florida. Violet, Finn, and their son Bear are on a beach vacation, soaking up the sun. When it’s time for Bear’s nap, Finn takes him up to the hotel to put him down. After a while, Violet decides to go check on them. When she gets to their room, no one is there, and only her belongings remain. Where have they gone? Where is her son?! Read more…

Dope Linkz | What I’ve Been Reading on the Internet This Week

Emily Dickinson’s Herbarium: A Forgotten Treasure at the Intersection of Science and Poetry Via Brain Pickings.

Rihanna meme turning into an actual movie, Via Vulture. This is both hilarious and ridiculous, but also amazing.

Men Don’t Get to Say we Don’t Need Safe Spaces Via Marie Claire:  “To men like Stephens, an issue like rape can be an abstract notion, but women don’t have the privilege of sexual violence as a thought exercise. It’s easy to mock the idea of safety when it’s not something you have to think about on a daily basis.”

Young people are less racist, via Quartz. Stop telling people they are being “too sensitive.” We’re just becoming less of jerks.

Up to 82 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram have been reportedly released! Via the Independent.

The Manchester attack was specifically targeted at young women and girls and the LGBTQIA+ community, Via the Atlantic and Teen Vogue.

Is your sunscreen safe? Via Thoughtfully. Food for thought this summer when you’re getting ready to head out into the sun

Dick Grayson Vs. Toxic Masculinity via Book Riot. Why is the comics industry insisting on pretending that hyper-masculine cis hetero white men are the only people in the audience? 

Banning 13 Reasons Why Isn’t The Answer

I think at this point we are all familiar with 13 Reasons Why  and the controversy surrounding the Netflix series. I know, I know. It’s been talked to death. But let’s talk about it for Mental Health Week anyway.

If you’re not familiar with the controversy, let me fill you in.

The Netflix adaptation of Jay Asher’s novel young adult novel 13 Reasons Why has been receiving both praise and criticism. The story depicts the life of a group of teenagers after the death by suicide of a girl named Hannah Baker. Hannah leaves tapes behind describing the thirteen reasons she had for dying.

While mental health advocates and professionals believe that talking about mental illness and suicide is important, they also believe that the makers of the series did not handle this sensitive material correctly. Not only so, but the makers seem often to actively go against media guidelines for talking about suicide.

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Why People With Anxiety Make Hella Great Friends

Anxiety is a natural response to certain situations. Social anxiety is an evolutionary response. Belonging to, and being accepted by, a group was the difference between death and survival. Humans are social beings meant to be part of a community.

People who have anxiety disorders have natural anxiety on a large-scale. It doesn’t shut off. While there are not a whole ton of things that make having anxiety great, there are a few things that it teaches us.

I know that it can be hard to have friends with anxiety. There are a lot of little things and limitations you have to be aware of and sensitive to, and it can be frustrating. But anxiety can teach those who suffer from it and can give them different perspectives. One of those things is how to be a good friend.

Sure, people with anxiety have all different types of personalities and character traits. But in general, our anxiety makes us alert to certain things and these can benefit those who are around us.

So, this Mental Health Week, here are 14 awesome things that make people with anxiety great friends to have.

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Know Someone With Anxiety? Here are Six (Mildly Snarky) Dos and Don’ts

Hey y’all! It’s Mental Health Week! Let’s #GETLOUD for mental health.

Anxiety. Mental illness. Heavy topic, huh? It doesn’t have to be. Important topic? Absolutely.

I know that mental health and mental illnesses have been getting more mainstream coverage and acceptance of late (which is good), but it’s not enough. It’s something that we still need to work hard at to normalize. This is something that is okay to talk about. It’s important to talk about. 1 in 5 Canadians have or will suffer from a mental illness in their life. That’s 20% of the population, guys.

Although there are a lot of us out there, mental illness can be incredibly isolating. But, knowledge is power, yo! Educate yourself. Know someone with anxiety? (You probably do, whether you know it or not). Here are some (a little snarky) dos and don’ts.

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A Little Tribute to The Outsiders On its 50th Anniversary

This may be a little late, but I thought it necessary to pay tribute to the seminal work The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton.

I think we all know the book I’m talking about. Ponyboy. Sodapop. The socs and the greasers. The now infamous refrain: Stay gold.

I remember when I was introduced to The Outsiders.

It was in grade seven or eight. I was always one of those kids that tended to enjoy assigned reading, and this was no exception. I struggled to not read ahead.

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Confessions of a Murderino: How I Became Interested in MURDERERS (i.e. True Crime)

 I haven’t been doing a ton of reading in the last couple of weeks. I haven’t been doing anything particularly constructive though, either. What I have been doing though, is binge listening to tons of podcasts.

Now, I’m not saying that listening to podcasts isn’t constructive. There’s a ton of great shit out there, man. It’s just that usually when people listen to stuff like podcasts or audiobooks or whatever, they are doing something else.

Maybe they’re on the bus, or driving, or walking, or cleaning, or cooking, or literally anything else. But me? I’m usually just curled up on the couch with earbuds in and eyes closed.

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Dope Linkz

Since I heard that Teen Vogue had become more newsy and political, I’ve been following them online. Best. Decision. “What Defunding Planned Parenthood Means.”