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  • Miss Lattimore’s Letter

    Miss Lattimore’s Letter by Suzanne Allain

    RECOMMENDED: Miss Lattimore’s Letter by Suzanne Allain is $1.99! Carrie reviewed this one and gave it a B+:

    This book is grounded in good detail and good characters who undergo believable and meaningful arcs, but it’s basically the warm fuzzy socks of the book world – super comfortable and comforting, completely non-demanding, and not challenging in any way.

    The woman who never made a match of her own is making matches for everyone else in this hilarious comedy of manners from the author of Mr. Malcolm’s List.

    Sophronia Lattimore had her romantic dreams destroyed years ago and is resigned to her role as chaperone for her cousin. Still, she cannot sit idly by when she becomes aware that a gentleman is about to propose to the wrong woman. She sends him an anonymous letter that is soon the talk of the town, particularly when her advice proves to be correct. Her identity is discovered and Sophie, formerly a wallflower, becomes sought after for her “expert” matchmaking skills.

    One person who seeks her out is the eligible and attractive Sir Edmund Winslow. As Sophie assists Sir Edmund in his pursuit of a wife, she wishes she could recommend herself as his bride. However, she vows to remain professional and uninvolved while aiding him in his search (especially since the gentleman surely does not return her affections).

    Three unexpected arrivals soon show up at Sophie’s door—the man who once broke her heart, a newlywed who is dissatisfied with the match Sophie made for her, and the man madly in love with Sophie’s cousin—all wanting her attention. But when her onetime beau and Sir Edmund both appear to be interested in her, Sophie can’t figure out if she’s headed for another broken heart­­ or for the altar. How can she be expected to help other people sort out their romantic lives when her own is such a disaster?

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  • Girly Drinks

    Girly Drinks by Mallory O'Meara

    Girly Drinks by Malloy O’Meara is $2.99! I mentioned this on a previous Book Beat because it sounds like right up the Bitchery’s alley. If you like niche non-fiction or loved Amy Stewart’s The Drunken Botanist, maybe try this one.

    “At last, the feminist history of booze we’ve been waiting for!” —Amy Stewart, author of The Drunken Botanist

    From Los Angeles Times bestselling author Mallory O’Meara comes a lively and engrossing feminist history of women drinking through the ages

    Strawberry daiquiris. Skinny martinis. Vodka sodas with lime. These are the cocktails that come in sleek-stemmed glasses, bright colors and fruity flavors—these are the Girly Drinks.

    From the earliest days of civilization, alcohol has been at the center of social rituals and cultures worldwide. But when exactly did drinking become a gendered act? And why have bars long been considered “places for men” when, without women, they might not even exist?

    With whip-smart insight and boundless curiosity, Girly Drinks unveils an entire untold history of the female distillers, drinkers and brewers who have played a vital role in the creation and consumption of alcohol, from ancient Sumerian beer goddess Ninkasi to iconic 1920s bartender Ada Coleman. Filling a crucial gap in culinary history, O’Meara dismantles the long-standing patriarchal traditions at the heart of these very drinking cultures, in the hope that readers everywhere can look to each celebrated woman in this book—and proudly have what she’s having.

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  • We’re Going to Need More Wine

    We’re Going to Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union

    RECOMMENDEDWe’re Going to Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union is $2.99 and is a KDD! Sarah read this one and gave it an A-:

    Her perspective as a parent, an actress, an activist and artist, and as a person was a treat and a privilege to read. Half my friends are probably tired of hearing about this book in every text and message, but it’s worth passing along. This was a thoughtful and honest memoir, and I very much recommend it – especially for the Prince stories.

    In the spirit of Amy Poehler’s Yes Please, Lena Dunham’s Not That Kind of Girl, and Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist, a powerful collection of essays about gender, sexuality, race, beauty, Hollywood, and what it means to be a modern woman.

    One month before the release of the highly anticipated film The Birth of a Nation, actress Gabrielle Union shook the world with a vulnerable and impassioned editorial in which she urged our society to have compassion for victims of sexual violence. In the wake of rape allegations made against director and actor Nate Parker, Union—a forty-four-year-old actress who launched her career with roles in iconic ’90s movies—instantly became the insightful, outspoken actress that Hollywood has been desperately awaiting. With honesty and heartbreaking wisdom, she revealed her own trauma as a victim of sexual assault: “It is for you that I am speaking. This is real. We are real.”

    In this moving collection of thought provoking essays infused with her unique wisdom and deep humor, Union uses that same fearlessness to tell astonishingly personal and true stories about power, color, gender, feminism, and fame. Union tackles a range of experiences, including bullying, beauty standards, and competition between women in Hollywood, growing up in white California suburbia and then spending summers with her black relatives in Nebraska, coping with crushes, puberty, and the divorce of her parents. Genuine and perceptive, Union bravely lays herself bare, uncovering a complex and courageous life of self-doubt and self-discovery with incredible poise and brutal honesty. Throughout, she compels us to be ethical and empathetic, and reminds us of the importance of confidence, self-awareness, and the power of sharing truth, laughter, and support.

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  • The Bear and the Nightingale

    The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

    RECOMMENDEDThe Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden is $2.99! This fantasy novel has elements of Eastern European mythology and I made a soothing cocktail for it. The book is whimsical and perfect for the winter, though it can drag at times, in my opinion.

    A magical debut novel for readers of Naomi Novik’s Uprooted, Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus, and Neil Gaiman’s myth-rich fantasies, The Bear and the Nightingale spins an irresistible spell as it announces the arrival of a singular talent with a gorgeous voice.

    At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn’t mind—she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.

    After Vasilisa’s mother dies, her father goes to Moscow and brings home a new wife. Fiercely devout, city-bred, Vasilisa’s new stepmother forbids her family from honoring the household spirits. The family acquiesces, but Vasilisa is frightened, sensing that more hinges upon their rituals than anyone knows.

    And indeed, crops begin to fail, evil creatures of the forest creep nearer, and misfortune stalks the village. All the while, Vasilisa’s stepmother grows ever harsher in her determination to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for either marriage or confinement in a convent.

    As danger circles, Vasilisa must defy even the people she loves and call on dangerous gifts she has long concealed—this, in order to protect her family from a threat that seems to have stepped from her nurse’s most frightening tales.

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  1. kkw says:

    I liked The Bear and The Nightingale, and I agree it dragged. Those are practically the only two things I remember about it, which doesn’t make much sense. I mean, it’s very typical for me to forget everything! Just, I don’t usually bother to finish something if it bores me, and if I am sufficiently invested then I remember why, and I still don’t tend to recall the experience fondly.

  2. FashionablyEvil says:

    I apparently read MISS LATTIMORE’S LETTER and gave it three stars on Goodreads but don’t really remember it, so I guess it was fine but forgettable?

  3. flchen1 says:

    Currently free:
    – Pam Mantovani’s Courting the Coach
    – Shannon Stults’ Daring to Fall (Willow Creek 2)
    – Lauren Royal’s A Duke’s Guide to Seducing His Bride (Chase Family 4)

  4. spinsterrevival says:

    Highly recommend GIRLY DRINKS, and I don’t even drink. 🙂

    It covers so much fascinating history, and the author makes it very engaging considering she covers thousands of years in a very readable format. O’Meara also is a cohost on the Reading Glasses podcast which I really enjoy (honestly I think I found the book first which led me to the podcast, but the podcast has been around for over five years I think).

  5. SusanE says:

    I did not check other vendors but I just picked up a free anthology for my Nook called Tempting a Lady with ten books in it:

    Annabelle Anders: Trapped With the Duke
    Tammy Andresen: Don’t Tell a Duke You Love Him
    Dawn Brower: When an Earl Turns Wicked
    Amy Quinton: What the Scot Hears
    Lauren Royal: Tempt Me at Midnight
    Lauren Smith: Wicked Designs
    Rachel Ann Smith: Desires of Lady Elise
    Tracy Sumner: Ice Duchess
    Tabetha Waite: Bedeviling Lord Coxford
    Nancy Yeager: One Kiss from Ruin

  6. Lynn Pauley says:

    Calling all Eugenides fans — Moira’s Pen: A Queen Thief Collection by Megan Whalen Turner which came out this November is on sale at Amazon and Barnes and Noble for $2.99. Not sure how long this sale will last, so I would snap it up soon.

  7. Kareni says:

    Thank you, @Lynn Pauley! The series is a favorite of my daughter, and I just bought the book to give her as a gift.

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