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Larry Nassar Complains It’s Too Hard To Listen To Victims’ Stories, Judge Eviscerates Him

Posted: 19 Jan 2018 07:44 AM PST

Judge Rosemarie Aquilina read Nassar’s letter aloud in court before tearing him apart

Former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar is about to go to prison for a very long time on child pornography and child molestation charges, but first, dozens of victims of his heinous sexual abuses get a chance to face him in court to tell him exactly what he’s done to their lives.

And he has the nerve to whine that it’s too hard for him to hear.

In a letter to County Court Judge Rosemarie Aquilina, Nassar complained that “listening to impact statements is detrimental to his mental health.” Apparently it’s too hard on him hearing his accusers detail the horrific abuse they suffered at his hands. He called the days of court time dedicated to the victims telling their stories in his presence a “media circus.”

As she read the letter, Judge Aquilina said, “Now this is entertaining to me,” referring to Nassar’s plea to stop listening to his victims describe the abuse he inflicted on them. She read portions aloud to the court.

“Aquilina said if I pass out she’ll have the EMTs revive me and prop me up in the witness box.” She literally scoffed after reading this part, and for that, we love her.

Aquilina told the convicted molester, “I suspect you have watched too much television. It’s delusional. You need to talk about these issues with a therapist and that’s not me.”

Nassar has pled guilty to molesting seven girls in Ingham County and his plea agreement allowed all of his accusers to give impact statements at his sentencing. Over 100 women have decided to face him in court to tell their stories, or to have someone else read a statement for them, like USA Olympic gold medalist McKayla Maroney. Her statement, read by an attorney said, “Dr. Nassar was not a doctor. He in fact is, was, and forever shall be a child molester, and a monster of a human being.”

Nassar’s six-page letter stated that he thought it was Aquilina’s fault the media was present for the reading of the impact statements. “Aquilina is allowing them all to talk,” the judge read from the letter. “She wants me to sit in the witness box next to her for all four days so the media cameras will be directed at her.”

Aquilina rolled her eyes and said, “I didn’t ask any media to be here.”

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The judge explained that having Nassar sit in the witness box is “not for my entertainment, quite honestly, [but] so that your victims can face you in the eye without turning back constantly.” In the letter, Nassar notes that he fainted twice before his federal sentencing on child pornography charges and Aquilina claims she took that into account when it came to where he should sit to hear his victims speak.

“I could not have you with a heart condition standing for 4 days. That would be cruel and unusual punishment.”

Rosemarie Aquilina is an absolute hero.

The fact that this garbage monster has the nerve to complain about having to hear about what he did to over 100 girls and women is nothing short of infuriating. It’s also an incredible relief that his complaints are more or less falling on deaf ears with Aquilina fully recognizing that the hurt his victims went through is far worse than his “ordeal” hearing their statements.

“I don’t have a dog in this fight, sir,” the judge told Nassar. “I didn’t want even one victim to lose their voice.”

“Spending four or five days listening to them is significantly minor considering the hours of pleasure you had at their expense and ruining their lives.”

Wife Pulls Brilliant Plant Prank On Husband Years After Her Death

Posted: 19 Jan 2018 05:42 AM PST

Antonia Nicol’s said even though she’s gone, she can hear her mom “chuckling” about it

When Antonia Nicol’s father was getting all set to move into a retirement home, he was packing up the beloved bathroom houseplants his wife left behind after she died. Since the death of his wife, Nigel Fitton had been religiously watering the plants because that’s exactly what his wife, Phedre, wanted him to do.

Unfortunately for Nigel, his wife was pranking him — many years after she died. Antonia shared the sweet and funny story on Twitter, and the tweet quickly went viral.

“Before my mum passed away, she gave my dad strict instructions to water the plants in the bathroom,” she wrote. “He’s been religiously watering them and keeping them alive. They look so amazing he decided to take them to his new home, only to discover they are plastic! Can hear my mum chuckling.”

How adorable is this story? It’s the definition of bittersweet and a testament to what marriage is really like. Also Antonia’s mom sounds like she was a total blast, tbh.

The original tweet seemed to have struck a chord with many people on Twitter, who were quick to share similar stories and send their best wishes to Antonia and her dad.

Antonia, a firefighter in London, said in subsequent tweets that whenever the water would overflow the plants (you know, because of the whole plastic thing), her dad just assumed the toilet was leaking. “When she died, my dad was grief stricken and just followed her wishes,” she told Scary Mommy. “He religiously watered them for a few years.”

When we lose someone we love, grief and loss can be such an overwhelming presence that it’s hard to focus on much else. Getting to a place where you can remember the wonderful, lighthearted qualities that made them who they are can help ease the pain a bit.

“This is such a lovely memory of her,” she said. “And the messages have been so wonderful. So many people reminiscing about their loved ones or how they would like a relationship like this too. It’s brought a tear to my dad’s eye.”

Antonia’s dad seems like he’s just as awesome as her mom was, considering his good humor at the reaction to his “flora faux pas.”

A ‘Party Of Five’ Reboot Is Coming!

Posted: 18 Jan 2018 07:25 PM PST

The show will center around a group of siblings left alone after their parents are deported

If your ’90s experience was anything like mine, then you used to spend hours on the phone with friends talking about Charlie, Bailey, Julia, Claudia, and Owen as if they were actual people instead of fictional characters in a television show.

Party of Five may not have been as popular as those kids in Beverly Hills who hung out at the Peach Pit, but there was enough drama in the Salinger family to make the show plenty entertaining (and Scott Wolf’s dimples didn’t hurt).

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Hollywood agrees, which is why Disney’s Freeform just made the exciting announcement that they’re putting together a reboot of the series — this time with a new plot line that will strike a cord with anyone who follows the news these days.

In case you don’t recall, the original Party of Five followed five siblings as they learned to carry on after losing their parents in a car accident. The reboot will center on the five Buendias siblings, who have to learn how to navigate life together after their parents are deported to Mexico.

While this means we may never find out whether Claudia was ultimately happy choosing Juilliard over Stanford, major respect to Freeform to taking on such a relevant topic. Dramedy plots are usually more entertaining than relatable (it’s not every day a college student takes guardianship of his four younger siblings) but families getting separated due to this country’s broken immigration system is something that’s actually happening right now in real life.

This is so much more than a plot twist. It’s a show daring to offer diverse story lines that reflect the reality of living in America today. For that reason alone, the relaunch of Party of Five is already one of the best new shows of the year.

Fans of the series took to Twitter to share their excitement over the news.

There was this brilliant idea to tie the reboot and the original together.

Superfans may recall that Julia actually got an internship offer with the National Organization for Women at the end of the first series, so this could actually happen. Writers, make a note?

Of course, there are those who just want to know if the original cast will be making an appearance at all.

Another solid idea for the writers’ room to consider.

In a best opening credits song throw down, “Closer to Free” wins over “I’ll Be There for You,” hands down.

Original series creators Amy Lippman and Chris Keyser are set to both write the pilot and serve as executive producers for Party of Five version 2.0. Rodrigo Garcia will direct. So far only a pilot’s been ordered, but hopefully an entire season (at least) will get the green light.

We’ll be watching.

A Wedding Dress Party Is The Very Best Kind of Party

Posted: 18 Jan 2018 06:00 PM PST

When I was planning my wedding, the detail that made me the most excited was my wedding dress. I simply couldn’t wait to wear the veil I’d chosen and I loved my simple, off-the-rack dress from a big box bridal store. I felt like a princess when I wore it and when our big day came and went, I was actually a little depressed to have to pack my pretty ivory frock and veil away.

Over the years, I’ve pulled the dress out to show my kids and to make sure it hasn’t been devoured by squirrels or moths. And when I open the box, the first thing I do is put on my veil. I sigh heavily when I put it back in the box because it’s just not socially appropriate to wear your wedding dress out to go grocery shopping. (Though it damn well should be.)

A few months ago, my friends and I were talking about the old Friends episode where Rachel, Phoebe, and Monica decide to hang out in their apartment while wearing their wedding dresses. As we laughed at the absurdity, one of my friends suggested we throw a wedding dress get together of our own. And after much discussion, The Great Wedding Dress Party of 2017 was born.

That’s right.

Five of my friends and I decided to surprise our husbands on New Year’s Eve by coming downstairs, resplendent in tulle, satin, and a whole lot of giggles. They stared, agape, wondering how they got so lucky to be married to such fun and amazing women.

When I posted about it on Facebook it turns out, we weren’t the only ones dying to wear our wedding dresses again. Hundreds of comments by women who all cheered us on for throwing the best. party. ever. Because who doesn’t want to feel like Molly Ringwald at the end of Sixteen Candles every once in a while?

Seriously, ladies, dust off your wedding dresses and plan your parties, already.

As the evening approached, we were practically giddy about our big surprise. Group texts flew, jokes were made and we all sent pictures of our dresses as we unearthed them from the recesses of our closets.

The only problem? We all got married 20 years and 8 kids between us ago. Let’s just say that our mom hips had far expanded the satin we needed the first time around. But NBD — nothing a few pins and some duct tape (or a whole roll of duct tape ) couldn’t fix.

Christine Burke

Potential wardrobe malfunctions notwithstanding, I’m no quitter and I was determined to participate in the fun, even if my mom boobs had other plans.

Because we wanted it to be a surprise, we hatched a plan to clandestinely get our dresses to my friend Dana’s house. She was hosting her annual New Year’s party and what better way to ring in the new year than to wear a wedding dresses. Because duh.

When our husbands were comfortably settled at her basement bar, we brides tiptoed upstairs to the bridal suite — er, my friend Dana’s guest room — to get ready for our vows.

Together, we howled with laughter over the styles of our dresses, our ridiculous over the top veils and the fact that half of us could barely squeeze into our dresses. I don’t think I’ve ever laughed harder in my life, and given that we’ve birthed a few children, they was probably a few drops pee leaked as well.

Christine Burke

Christine Burke

We snapped a few pics before we went downstairs to surprise our husbands, and then, it was time for the big reveal.

Christine Burke

The six of us gathered up our petticoats and delicately descended the stairs to our waiting grooms. I’d like to say the husbands melted into a cacophony of “Aw, look, it’s my beautiful bride!” and “Honey, you haven’t changed a bit!” but I’d be lying. The men stared at us open-mouthed and confused as to exactly what was going on. And then they all laughed as hard as we were laughing. Seriously, did I mention how lucky they are to have such fun and funny spouses?

While, yes, our bodies have changed and our dresses have seemingly shrunk, the fact is, we loved every minute of reminiscing with each other about our weddings. Because we all met each other well after we’d all married, wearing our dresses felt like we had attended each other’s ceremonies in a way. A wedding do over, if you will.

Christine Burke

And, naturally, I made sure my hubby found the garter because tradition is good luck, bitches.

Christine Burke

We loved wearing our dresses so much that we are trying to devise ways to wear our dresses more often. We might just put them on and hit our local Starbucks for coffee, who knows? And, I bet a PTA meeting would be a hell of a lot more fun with a cake-cutting while we wear our veils, amiright?

All I know is that I’m happy to wear my veil any chance I get. Because my veil will always fit.

5 Ways to REALLY Help A Divorcing Friend

Posted: 18 Jan 2018 06:00 PM PST

When my husband and I separated and divorced, I felt entirely alone. Given 40-50% of all marriages end in divorce, statistics suggest I should have known someone in the same boat, but I didn't.  I was aware of some single parents and blended families, but they existed only on the sidelines of my life.

Filled with pain and guilt, and overwhelmed by navigating a process I knew nothing about, I turned to my friends for help. Most of them had no idea what to do. Their intentions were good, but our conversations left me feeling more alone.

My ride-or-die girlfriends helped most. Their kindness and love and unwavering support still stops me in my tracks, years after our divorce was final.  My closest friends did five things for me during my divorce that moved me forward.

If your friend (guy or gal) is newly separated, or navigating a divorce, here's what you can do to help:

1. Listen without judgment.  Really.

You may think you are already doing this, but the truth is you're probably not.  If you are agreeing with what your friend is saying about his ex, you're not doing this. If you're “helping” your friend think about the effects of divorce on her children, you're not doing it. Listen and acknowledge the feeling and stop talking.

Grief is a circular process. Decision-making can be circular too. People going through separations love their partners even as the relationship dies. In fact, no one loves or cares for her ex more than your friend. Those circular processes combined with that love means that your friend will want to stay one day and leave the next.

My best friends didn't agree that Billy was an asshole. They didn't agree that I should stay with him. Years later, I still don't know what they thought I should do. That impartial stance made it easy to keep talking to them.

My friends simply listened. They comforted me in my sadness and helped lessen the load of my guilt. They encouraged me and shared their hope. They held space for me.

2. Be LOUD about your support.

This is a tricky one, because it has a caveat. Be loud about your support for your friend, not her decision (because it may change). Be loud about building her up, without tearing her ex down.

Here's what that sounds like: You're coping well. I support you. You're a strong person and will get through this. I am here for you. You're smart and capable and will handle anything that comes your way. I'll help. You're a good mom. You're a loving father. In a year, this will feel better. What do you need? I love you.

Say those things almost too often. It should feel like you're shouting. This is important because your friend has so much noise surrounding her that it will be hard to hear you, hard to remember your support. Text, call, write, talk. Show her you are unwaveringly on her team.

3. Recognize milestones.

Call on the anniversary. Call on Valentine's Day. Increase your support around holidays. Don't ignore the event hoping your friend will forget it; he won't. His history is still his story, and has value.

My maid of honor called me on my first wedding anniversary after our separation. She asked how I was feeling, and we ended up talking about what a beautiful, fun day our wedding had been. I appreciated that call for months afterwards.

Recognize and celebrate the milestones in your relationship with your friend too. Remind her that she has a story and life outside of her marriage. My college roommates took me on Spring Break after Billy and I separated. We'd been steadfast Spring Break travel buddies in college, but hadn't taken a trip together in years. Sitting under the palm trees with my girlfriends helped remind me who I was before I was Billy's wife.

4. Share resources.

Begin collecting information for your friend. He's navigating a new process, and there is a lot of information to learn. Connect him with other divorcees, pass on the name of a good divorce attorney you heard about, send an article about coparenting, share the Pinterest Kids + Divorce resource board you found.

Two tips on this one: first, wait for when your friend ready, don't overwhelm him.  That might take some time. Second, don't share the information and what you think he should do with it. Just the facts, ma'am.

5. Include her.

Invite her out when she's available, especially if she is adjusting to a new child custody schedule.  Meet her at the movies on a Tuesday night. Spend a Saturday morning learning yoga with her. Take a cooking class. Fill up her newly free time with fun, distracting activities. She'll be able to do this on her own in the coming months, but you can help in the beginning.

Include her in things you used to do with her as half of her marriage. This can be tricky, if you're also close with her ex, but it can be done. One of my best friends invited Billy and I to game night at her house every Friday night. We kept showing up after our separation, we just rotated which Friday each of us attended. Don't assume she won't want to come to something just because she's now single.  Don't assume it will be weird. Invite and allow her to make the decision.

What if you can't do these things?

That's okay. The most important thing is don't pretend.

If your loyalties are truly torn, or you believe she is taking the wrong step, think carefully about whether or not to tell her. It may have serious implications to your friendship. If you must say something, be kind and honest and stand quietly by your truth. Don't dwell in drama or make this about you: it isn't your journey.

Be the friend she needs right now, and if you can't, don't.

As A Teacher And A Parent, This Is What We Need To Remember

Posted: 18 Jan 2018 06:00 PM PST

I'm a teacher. However, I'm also a human being. A human being who makes mistakes, who tries her hardest but sometimes comes up short.

Who is hurt when you tell her she isn't good enough.

I know that, as a parent, I'm going to be fiercely protective of my baby girl and any other future children I have. However, I'm also going to be respectful. Here is my oath that I'm putting out there now. Hold me to it when she hits school age.

Instead of accusing, I will inquire kindly — just as her teacher will do of me — if maybe I drop the ball and forget to do something.

I will thank the teacher for her hard work even if my child doesn't get every concept immediately. I will put the same hard work in at home with her. I will understand that it isn't lack of effort sometimes, but the child just isn't ready for that yet. I won't stop trying, but I'll celebrate her successes as well and ask what I can do to help.

If something doesn't come home graded immediately, I will remember that the teacher has a family too. She may have chosen to snuggle her sick baby that night instead of grading a math paper.

I will understand that there are a lot of moving parts at a school and that the teacher can't control all of it. I won't take my frustrations out on the teacher when it is out of his or her hands.

I will ask my child what happened, but I will also take the teacher at his or her word unless there is a glaring reason not to.

I will understand that teachers have 2 eyes and 20+ children. Not everything can be seen, but I know they're trying to. They want to send them home in the same or better condition than when they arrived.

I'll understand that the teacher didn't discipline my child because he or she is mean. I won't think he or she did it to humiliate her or make her upset. As much as it breaks my heart when she's upset, I will look for the lesson the teacher was trying to teach and work to reinforce it at home. They're teaching my child to be responsible, take responsibility for their actions, treat others well, work hard, and many other things we work on as parents as well. School isn't just about learning math and reading.

I will not try to change my child's grades. She didn't turn something in? There's that lesson again. A low grade? Maybe we needed to practice more during homework time, ask for tutoring, or ask the teacher if she could go back over it with her. I will try to teach her how to cope with it and how to avoid it happening in the future.

If my child is having a continual problem with another child, I will let the teacher know but will also be teaching my child peaceful ways to deal with it. I won't let her get bullied or hurt, but I will understand that kids are kids. If someone says they don't like her shoes, she can tell them they don't have to wear them and that it hurts her feelings when they say that. Conflict resolution is so much more valuable than fighting or avoidance.

I'm teaching my child to be a responsible, kind person. I appreciate that the person spending eight hours a day with her is doing the same thing while away from his or her own family. Be kind to teachers. They love your kids. They want the best for them. They are doing their best.

My Husband Isn’t The Man I Married

Posted: 18 Jan 2018 06:00 PM PST

A few days ago, as I was searching for new pictures to pin on the cork board above my home office desk, I found myself looking through old photos of my husband and me. There were pictures of us feeding ducks at the park, walking around a county fair, and attending a horror movie fest downtown. We were all smiles as we cuddled together or walked down the street arm-in-arm. They were such sweet pictures and I found myself thinking, as I looked at them, "I'm not that girl anymore."

I've changed so much since my husband and I were first married. He's changed, too. I don't think that the people who knew us six years ago would recognize us today, and that's a good thing. My husband and I, we changed each other, but that's what marriage is supposed to do. It's supposed to encourage you to become the best possible version of yourself. I don't know why people say not to try to change each other. I think that's really shoddy advice. You should try to change your spouse, you should want to change them. At least, you should want to change them in a way that helps them become a stronger, healthier, more confident version of the person you already love.

That's what partners, teammates, and lovers do. They work and they improve. Think of it like teammates on a sports team, they don't try to change each other necessarily but they do encourage, train, and practice together repeatedly to become the best possible versions of themselves.

That's what marriage is like too.

My husband never forced me to change. He wouldn't do such a thing. I never forced him to change either. It's just something that happened, slowly, over the years we've been together.

When I met my husband I was trying to figure this whole "life" thing out. I was in my mid/late-20s, but I still wasn't "adulting" like I should be. I spent far too long in a relationship I didn't really want to be in, I was working in a career I didn't love and that wasn't going anywhere, and I hadn't graduated from college even though I'd been going off and on since finishing high school. I was just aimless and I didn't really believe in myself. I felt like the awkward ugly duckling that was just swimming in circles over and over again trying to figure out how to get out of the pond.

When I was struggling with days where I felt overweight and ugly, he was there to tell me I was beautiful.

When I was struggling with days where I felt lost and confused, he was there to remind me that God had a purpose.

When I was feeling defeated (again) over school, he was there to tell me that I was capable of finishing and achieving my dreams.

When I was nervous about applying for new career opportunities, he would tell me all of the beautiful strengths he saw in me and that he believed in me.

He said it over, and over, and over again until I started to believe him.

Every morning now as I wake up and I get ready for the career I love, but never thought I'd have, I find myself curious about the woman staring back at me.

I think to myself, "Who are you? Where did you come from?"

I still look the same (plus or minus a few inches of hair and about 10 pounds), but I know that I'm not that same girl anymore. That man I married? He changed me. He loved a confused young woman who lacked in self-confidence and, through his encouragement and partnership, helped her become an empowered woman that believes she can conquer the world. He didn't do it by demanding change, or by telling me I was flawed and what to fix, or by being a savior who took control. He did it by saying, "I love you and I believe in you."

That's all it took.

"I love you and I believe in you."

We did it together…and alone.

Some of it, I did on my own. I mean, I finished school, I sent my resume, I completed interviews, I work a career, and I started a blog. Some of it we did together. For example, we moved to a new city, we developed a budget and savings plan, and we decided to pursue adoption. Some of it he's done on his own as he's changed too. He's taken control of his life, he sets boundaries now with people that don't encourage him to be his best and happiest, he launched his own business, and he is stronger in his beliefs and convictions.

So, we're not the same people anymore, but we're better people for it.

Don't listen when people tell you not to change your spouse.

You shouldn't force them to change, but you should encourage it. You should encourage their personal growth, champion their dreams, support their visions and aspirations. Through your marriage, and because of you, they should grow in self-love and confidence, strengthen in their resolve to set boundaries and control their own destiny, and learn to own this life of theirs…of yours…together.

So, I'm not that woman anymore. He's not that man. Those people have changed…evolved…grown…and we are both much better people because of it.

12 Books By Badass Women Authors To Light A Fire In Your Soul

Posted: 18 Jan 2018 06:00 PM PST

Even if you weren’t specifically looking for inspiring reading that just so happens to be written by badass women, you are absolutely going to want to peruse this list. With an eclectic mix of genres ranging from science fiction to suburban suspense to spirituality to evolutionary anthropology, these books will enlighten you, inspire you, and generally empower you to make 2018 your bitch.

1. You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero

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Currently the 13th most read book on Amazon. And can you really go wrong with a book that has a chapter titled “Fear is for Suckers”?

2. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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After 45 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list (only recently bumped from number 1), The Hate U Give has become the fictional representation of the Black Lives Matter movement. Everyone needs to read this book. Full review here.

3. Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers by Anne Lamott

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Publishers Weekly says Help, Thanks, Wow is a “prayer manual for people who wouldn’t be caught dead reading prayer manuals.” A short guide to opening yourself to the power of prayer (but not necessarily prayer to any specific god) that you will consult again and again.

4. The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish

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Did you see this woman’s interview with Jimmy Kimmel about her swamp tour with Will Smith and Jada Pinket Smith? If not, Google that shit. You won’t be able to stop yourself from buying her book. This woman is comedy GOLD.

5. Kindred by Octavia Butler

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Historical sci-fi African American fiction, Kindred is about a modern black woman living in California who gets snatched from her home and transported back to the antebellum South. Brilliant concept, rave reviews.

6. The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

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After a childhood spent in the foster-care system, newly emancipated Victoria is unable to get close to anybody, and her only connection to the world is through flowers and their meanings. Based on the reviews, The Language of Flowers will tug on your heartstrings, big-time. And by the way, it’s only 1.99 on Amazon Kindle at the moment (but we have no idea for how much longer).

7. Hunger by Roxane Gay

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Called “intellectually rigorous and deeply moving” by The New York Times Book Review, Roxane Gay’s memoir about learning to feed your hunger while taking care of yourself articulates the inner struggles of so many of us.

8. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

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A runaway bestseller with almost 36,000 Amazon reviews, and soon to be a major motion picture, The Nightingale is a novel of love and strength in the face of war. Don’t be the last person on the planet to read this one.

9. So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

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A brand-new release, word on the street is this one’s going to go big. From Forbes: “While so many people want to become ‘thought leaders,’ ‘bloggers,’ or even just ‘influential,’ Oluo is eons past that.”

10. The Color Purple by Alice Walker

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A classic that if you haven’t read, you must, and if you have read it, you should consider reading it again. Walker’s unique, powerful first-person prose paints a picture of Celie, a woman who has suffered unimaginable hardship and falls in love with her abusive husband’s beautiful mistress.

11. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

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Named a Best Book of the Year by more publications than we can list, and number 10 on Amazon’s most read list, Little Fires Everywhere is a “riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives.”

12. Mothers and Others by Sarah Hrdy

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A fascinating (but accessible) analysis of the primatologically unique length of human childhood. This book, whose scope stretches far beyond what you might guess by just looking at its cover, will scratch your intellectual itch. From Salon: “[Hrdy] argues that human cooperation is rooted not in war making, as sociobiologists have believed, but in baby making and baby-sitting.”

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