Book Review: The Court Dancer by Shin Kyung-sook

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$11.99 on Kindle The Court Dancer is a historical fiction novel set in 1890s Korea under the Joseon Dynasty. As the title suggests, it follows the life of an orphaned girl who later becomes a palace court dancer - Jin. She is a girl with humble beginnings but whose unparalleled beauty casts her in the gaze of many men. The…

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7 Science Fiction Books for Curious Minds

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Whether it's multiversal travel, virtual reality, dystopian futures, UFOs/UAPs and Aliens or Genetic Engineering, science fiction has no shortage of strange and exciting topics to explore. The good news is, this list has them all! It is barely an exhaustive list and it doesn't include the most popular titles, but it's a good place to start. The stakes are high:…

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10 Books for Women Giving Up Alcohol (by Women)

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The Sober Diaries by Clare Pooley Clare Pooley was a Managing Partner at one of the world's biggest advertising agencies when she became an overweight, depressed, middle-aged mother of three who was drinking more than a bottle of wine a day, and spending her evenings Googling 'Am I an alcoholic?' In a desperate bid to turn her life around, she…

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8 Books on Strained Family-of-Origin Relationships

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Brothers, Sisters, Strangers: Sibling Estrangement and the Road to Reconciliation by Fern Schumer Chapman Fern Schumer Chapman understands the pain of sibling estrangement firsthand. For the better part of forty years, she had nearly no relationship with her only brother, despite many attempts at reconnection. Her grief and shame were devastating and isolating. But when she tried to turn to…

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6 Books On Being Happily Single

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The Unexpected Joy of Being Single by Catherine Gray Single in your late twenties or, hold the phone, in your thirties or beyond? Oh hi! You're in the right place. Over a third of us are now single. With the single camp growing at ten times the rate of the actual population, it is now the norm to be single…

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9 Self-Help Workbooks for People Doing the Work

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Recovery from Narcissistic Abuse, Gaslighting, Codependency and Complex PTSD (4 Books in 1): Workbook and Guide This groundbreaking, therapist-recommended book includes four books (workbooks and guides) that will teach you from start to finish, everything you need to know about Narcissistic Abuse, Gaslighting, Codependency and Complex PTSD, as well as how to recover from each one of them. Book 1:…

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8 Books on Being Childless by Choice or Circumstance

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Women Without Kids: The Revolutionary Rise of an Unsung Sisterhood by Ruby Warrington Foregoing motherhood has traditionally marked a woman as “other.” With no official place setting for her in our society, she has hovered on the sidelines: the quirky girl, the neurotic career obsessive, the “eccentric” aunt. Instead of continuing to paint women without kids as sad, self-obsessed, or…

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A Concise Chinese English Dictionary for Lovers

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I always find myself gravitating towards books written by women of color, particularly Asian women. They have no qualms about writing things plainly. When they talk about poverty, they lay it out for all to see. There are no pretensions, no shame. They have no trouble writing about taboo subjects. For instance, the shortcomings of their parents – the mothers…

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8 Essential Texts for Female Empowerment

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Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit In her comic, scathing essay, "Men Explain Things to Me," Rebecca Solnit took on what often goes wrong in conversations between men and women. She wrote about men who wrongly assume they know things and wrongly assume women don't, about why this arises, and how this aspect of the gender wars works,…

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8 Memoirs By Comedians That’ll Make You Laugh & Cry

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Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah Trevor Noah’s unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison. Living…

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