Edelweiss #6/16|Book Review: Sex Object: A Memoir by Jessica Valenti

Sex Object Book Cover Sex Object
Jessica Valenti
Feminist Memoir Social Science
Dey Street Books
June 7, 2016
Kindle Book
288

No longer maligned as a fascistic movement of man-haters or declared dead on national magazine covers, feminism is now the zeitgeist. Beyoncé calls herself a feminist in forty foot lights; democratic candidate Hillary Clinton stumps for women’s rights on the 2016 campaign trail; and a vibrant conversation is happening in real time across social media. “Gutsy young third wave feminist” (New York Times) and Guardian US columnist Jessica Valenti has been leading the national conversation for over a decade and is widely credited with sparking the online wave of the women’s movement. In Sex Object, Valenti focuses on funny, painful, embarrassing, and sometimes illegal moments from her own life that illuminate what it’s like to be a woman today. Structured in three acts to follow the arc of what a woman’s life is supposed to be focused on—Bodies, Boys, Babies—Sex Object explores drugs, sex, harassment, assault, bad boyfriends, too-nice boyfriends, abortions, birth, class anxiety, impostor syndrome, work, death threats, resistance, and family. Feminism is once again “having a moment" and Sex Object shockingly illuminates the contemporary female experience—and the woman who is helping to shape it.

reading time: Feb. 25 to March 25

My Thoughts

When I saw the cover of this book on the book list on Edelweiss it caught my eye and made me read the synopsis then I requested it. When my request was approved by the publisher I was really pleased as I  have never read any books with a feminist slant to them and I know I need to read more memoirs/biographies.

I had never heard of the author before so I had no expectations as to what to expect from her and I was really pleased. Valentine’s wiring was captivating and enlightening, Continue reading

Book Review: Silenced in the Surf (Pacific North West Mystery #3) by Kate E Dyer-Seeley

Silenced in the Surf Book Cover Silenced in the Surf
Pacific North West Cozy Mysteries
Kate Dyer-Seeley
New Adult Mystery Fiction
Kensington
March 29, 2016
ebook
304

Covering a windsurfing competition should have been a breeze for reporter Meg Reed, but with a killer in the curl, she's headed for rough waters… Hood River in the Columbia River Gorge is the windsurfing capital of the world, and Meg is stoked to cover the King of the Hook event for Portland's Northwest Extreme magazine. Before the competition gets under way, Meg has a chance to try some windsurfing on her own. But when the current sweeps her downriver, she spots a body snagged on the rocks. The dead man is Justin Cruise, aka Cruise Control, a celebrity windsurfer and not exactly a nice guy. It's soon clear his death was no accident, and Cruise had no shortage of enemies. As Meg dives right in to discover who wiped out the windsurfer, she'll need to keep her balance--or she too may get blown away. Praise For Scene Of The Climb "A splendid overview of the greater Portland and Columbia River Gorge region, perfect for travel buffs. Her protagonist shows promise with her determined attitude and moxie." --Library Journal "A fun, terrific adventure." --Suspense Magazine Includes Adventure Guides!

My Thoughts
Wow wow wow OMG!! This was another fantastic installment in this series Kate’s writing is amazing and keeps you hooked from cover to cover. I loved all the main characters as I have in the previous books and I love the way that Kate just keeps developing them more and more as individuals as well as their inter-relationships. The new characters in this story were interesting and incredibly well developed.

It was interesting seeing how Meg handled her new assignment Continue reading