from my bookshelf: the most powerful woman in the room is you by lydia fenet

papercut the most powerful woman in the room is you gave me the wake up call i needed. once i started reading it, i woke up a little earlier, had a spring in my step, and felt reenergized about my career path (and gave me peace about not knowing exactly what my career path may look…

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from my bookshelf: queenie by candice carty-williams

papercut queenie (yes, that’s her real name, and you better not ask her if it is) is 26 years old. when the love of her life wants to take what she understands to be a “break,” sh*t hits the fan. she experiences severe anxiety and panic attacks, turns to shallow attention from men who do…

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from my bookshelf: red clocks by leni zumas

papercut red clocks takes place in a version of america where congress ratified the “personhood amendment”, which gives fundamental constitutional protections to a fertilized egg from the moment of conception. abortion is illegal in all 50 states and abortion providers can be charged with second-degree murder, abortion seekers with conspiracy to commit murder. in vitro fertilization…

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from my bookshelf: all we ever wanted by emily giffin

papercut nina browning marries kirk browning, one of the wealthiest men in nashville; they met at vanderbilt, after nina left her simple life in bristol, tennessee, behind. kirk elevated their lifestyle from well-off to what some call “obscenely” wealthy after selling his tech business. their son, finch, is a senior at an elite nashville private…

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from my bookshelf: is everyone hanging out without me? (and other concerns) by mindy kaling

paper cut  mindy kaling covers a lot in this book: romance, friendships, the crazy ups and downs she has experienced to date as she learned how to survive (and thrive) in hollywood, and her childhood. in the introduction, mindy swiftly denies that this is meant to be an advice book; she candidly shares she doesn’t…

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from my bookshelf: the diary of a young girl by anne frank

papercut anne frank’s diary was found in the attic where the 13-year-old lived during the last years of her life. anne was a jewish girl who fled her amsterdam home to go into hiding from the nazis in 1942. for two years, the franks and another family lived in tight quarters in an old office building,…

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from my bookshelf: go set a watchman by harper lee

papercut lee’s second published book is set twenty years after to kill a mockingbird. in it, scout finch is 26-years-old and travels from new york city to visit her father, atticus in their hometown of maycomb, alabama. scout learns repulsive truths about her family’s stance on race (yes, even atticus, the man who seemingly is the…

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from my bookshelf: sharp objects by gillian flynn

papercut post-psych hospital stay, reporter camille preaker is assigned to return to her small hometown to cover the murder of two young girls. leading up to her trip back home, camille has been estranged from her hypochondriac mother and her thirteen-year-old half sister, whose charm and beauty seem to have cast a spell on the…

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from my bookshelf: to kill a mockingbird by harper lee

papercut lee delves into rape and racial injustice in the deep south through the lens of a young girl, scout finch. to kill a mockingbird ultimately is the portrait of a stark contrast: the story of a black man falsely accused of a horrible crime by a majority of his town and in the end, an…

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from my bookshelf: the rules do not apply by ariel levy

papercut ariel levy leaves for a reporting trip in mongolia in 2012 pregnant, married, and successful. her life is unrecognizable a mere month later. levy invites you to a painfully honest personal account about how she coped with a complicated love, the loss of a life she forever will feel responsible for, and living up…

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