A Review of “The Lie Tree”: the power of a lie
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A Review of “The Lie Tree”: the power of a lie


Disclosure: This page may contain affiliate links. Clicking through for additional information or to make a purchase may result in a small commission. Frances Hardinge’s The Lie Tree was the perfect read for my summer holidays in Catania last week. The book is fast paced with some good suspense and plot development. At the core … Continue reading

Male neutrality and female bodies in Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale”
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Male neutrality and female bodies in Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale”


Disclosure: This page may contain affiliate links. Clicking through for additional information or to make a purchase may result in a small commission. The Handmaid’s Tale was published in 1985 before I was born, yet even today this novel holds an extremely terrifying place in contemporary politics surrounding women’s bodies and bodily autonomy. The red … Continue reading

25 years since Jeffrey Eugenides’ debut novel: “The Virgin Suicides”
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25 years since Jeffrey Eugenides’ debut novel: “The Virgin Suicides”


TRIGGER WARNING: This review deals with death by suicide. Disclosure: This page may contain affiliate links. Clicking through for additional information or to make a purchase may result in a small commission. The Virgin Suicides were first published in 1993 and it was Jeffrey Eugenides’ breakout debut novel. It was received with critical acclaim and … Continue reading

A Review of Historical Texts on the Death Penalty and How They Shaped My Opinion on Capital Punishment
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A Review of Historical Texts on the Death Penalty and How They Shaped My Opinion on Capital Punishment


Noose: True Stories of Australians Who Died at the Gallows written by Xavier Duff is a brief history of some of Australia’s most infamous capital punishment cases. The book opens with the Mile Creek massacre, which was one of the first times recorded in Australian history where white Australians were trialed and found guilty of … Continue reading

Eating Animals: a review of “Killing It” by Camas Davis
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Eating Animals: a review of “Killing It” by Camas Davis


Disclosure: This page may contain affiliate links. Clicking through for additional information or to make a purchase may result in a small commission. In the world of food I often feel like there is very little compromise. There is a big divide, which is social, cultural, and moral that forces people to make ultimatums between … Continue reading

Frankenstein’s monster by any other name: a comparative review of Ahmed Saadawi’s and Mary Shelley’s monsters
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Frankenstein’s monster by any other name: a comparative review of Ahmed Saadawi’s and Mary Shelley’s monsters


Disclosure: This page may contain affiliate links. Clicking through for additional information or to make a purchase may result in a small commission. Mary Shelley wrote her novel Frankenstein in 1818, which tells of the young scientist Victor Frankenstein who experiments with nature and biology to reanimate a human. Frankenstein’s monster is a combination of … Continue reading

Learning How to Accept Gifts: a review of Lisa Dempster’s travel memoir “Neon Pilgrim”
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Learning How to Accept Gifts: a review of Lisa Dempster’s travel memoir “Neon Pilgrim”


Disclosure: This page may contain affiliate links. Clicking through for additional information or to make a purchase may result in a small commission. Gifts are complicated things. The simple premise of giving someone something they need, love, or want is what actually complicates the definition of a gift. Gifts, before anything else, function like a … Continue reading

“From Here to Eternity”: a review of Caitlin Doughty’s latest book on death
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“From Here to Eternity”: a review of Caitlin Doughty’s latest book on death


From Here to Eternity: Traveling the world to find the good death is Caitlin Doughty’s latest book. Part anthropological study, part travel memoir Doughty travels to far and wide places around the world to learn about how different cultures deal with and treat death. This book feels like the natural flow-on from her previous book … Continue reading

My Top 5 Books About Death, Dying, Medicine, and Grief
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My Top 5 Books About Death, Dying, Medicine, and Grief


Disclosure: This page may contain affiliate links. Clicking through for additional information or to make a purchase may result in a small commission. It is coming up to Christmas, the end of the year, and the 21st of December. Whilst many people around the world are making Christmas lists, dusting off menorahs, tentatively imagining New … Continue reading

#12 The Opposite of #Blessed
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#12 The Opposite of #Blessed


I am culturally Christian, which means that other than Christmas and Easter religion doesn’t play a role in my life. I tried Christianity on a few times, but it always felt like a shoe that was too tight; restrictive, uncomfortable, and not easy to walk in. Christians have told me that faith in God and … Continue reading