A Review of Kavita Bedford’s “Friends and Dark Shapes”: sharehouses, the gig economy, and millennial living
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A Review of Kavita Bedford’s “Friends and Dark Shapes”: sharehouses, the gig economy, and millennial living


Disclosure: Sections of the blog may contain affiliate links. Clicking through for additional information or to make a purchase may result in a small commission. This helps keep this small independent blog going. This is one of those times where I bought the book because the cover was just too beautiful. Despite the old saying … Continue reading

Review of “The Coconut Children” by Vivian Pham: immigrant voices in Australian literature
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Review of “The Coconut Children” by Vivian Pham: immigrant voices in Australian literature


Sonny and Vince find each other in the chaos of trying to unpack their parents’ struggles and traumas as well as navigating the two worlds of Vietnamese culture and Australian culture. And possibly even a third culture – Vietnamese Australian identity. It is a beautiful and bittersweet teenage love that just had me sighing and clutching my heart. Continue reading

Book Review of “About A Girl”: transgender lives in Australia
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Book Review of “About A Girl”: transgender lives in Australia


Disclosure: This page may contain affiliate links. Clicking through for additional information or to make a purchase may result in a small commission. About a Girl was written by Rebekah Robertson about her experiences as a mother of twins, and as a mother of a trans daughter. Although this goes beyond being just a memoir. … Continue reading

Reading Race in “The White Girl”: A review of Tony Birch’s novel
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Reading Race in “The White Girl”: A review of Tony Birch’s novel


Disclosure: This page may contain affiliate links. Clicking through for additional information or to make a purchase may result in a small commission. I didn’t always enjoy audiobooks, but in recent years I have been loving them. I tend to stick to nonfiction books, but I do occasionally go for some fiction when I listen. … Continue reading

"Paris Savages" Review: how do we write about uncomfortable history?
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"Paris Savages" Review: how do we write about uncomfortable history?


Disclosure: This page may contain affiliate links. Clicking through for additional information or to make a purchase may result in a small commission. I picked up a copy of Paris Savages when I was in Hobart, Tasmania this February. Thinking about how easy it was to fly there and how care-free we were is a … Continue reading

There Is Something Rotten In  Corporate Australia: a review of Eliot Perlman’s novel, “Maybe the Horse Will Talk”
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There Is Something Rotten In Corporate Australia: a review of Eliot Perlman’s novel, “Maybe the Horse Will Talk”


Disclosure: This page may contain affiliate links. Clicking through for additional information or to make a purchase may result in a small commission. I am no stranger to pitfalls of corporate work. I have experienced everything from verbal abuse, sexual harassment, and discrimination to then watch it all get covered up by HR and middle … Continue reading

“Boy Swallows Universe”: Housos, casual violence, and courage in Trent Dalton’s debut novel
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“Boy Swallows Universe”: Housos, casual violence, and courage in Trent Dalton’s debut novel


Disclosure: This page may contain affiliate links. Clicking through for additional information or to make a purchase may result in a small commission. This was the first book I bought after arriving back in Australia in October 2019. It is hard to miss this book; it has won quite a few literary awards, is in … Continue reading