When Self-Help Books Go Horribly Wrong

When Self-Help Books Go Horribly Wrong

In conjunction with the tiny daily habits e-course I'm taking, I thought it would be worthwhile to do some reading on the subject. And since it was around New Year's, the book store had a large display of self-help books on display. One of them was Gretchen Rubin's Better Than Before and it looked like it would be decent and it had a blurb from Brené Brown...

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Hyperbole and a Half, Allie Brosh

Hyperbole and a Half, Allie Brosh

I read this shortly after it came out and I've been meaning to write about it but, for whatever reason, hadn't gotten to it. Story of my life. Everyone I know is a huge fan of Allie Brosh's Hyperbole and a Half, so I'm honestly not sure what to say about this volume.  It's a collection of blog posts as well as some new material.  It's a substantial book,...

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When Women Were Birds, Terry Tempest Williams

When Women Were Birds, Terry Tempest Williams

I picked up Terry Tempest Williams's When Women Were Birds on a whim after reading a review of it over at I Will Dare. As Jodi says, this is a strange and lovely book. It's not very long--just 228 pages in a small-format paperback--and I do recommend getting the paper version of this: Picador did a wonderful job, deckled edges, French flaps and a lot of...

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How to Suppress Women’s Writing, Joanna Russ

How to Suppress Women’s Writing, Joanna Russ

As I mentioned on Friday, some of my weekend reading was devoted to filling a large gap in my reading, Joanna Russ's How to Suppress Women's Writing. Two things struck me as I read this book. First: this is a magnificent accounting of how writing by women is suppressed using a variety of different techniques--many of Russ's ideas seem to have permeated...

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Hello! I'm Natalie Luhrs.

I write about books, culture, disability, and whatever else strikes my fancy. I have many opinions.

I am a two-time Hugo Award finalist, in 2017 for Best Fan Writer and in 2021 for my essay “George R.R. Martin Can Fuck Off Into the Sun, Or: The 2020 Hugo Awards Ceremony (Rageblog Edition)” in the Best Related Work category.

Please do not offer me medical advice. I have something like 10 doctors and it’s already pretty challenging to keep up with what they want me to do. I do not have the bandwidth to process any advice that doesn’t come from one of my doctors, no matter how well meant the advice may be. Thank you!

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