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Bringing Down the Duke (A League of Extraordinary Women #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984805683
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Published: Berkley - September 3rd, 2019

This lively story is one that you will not forget. Following a new Oxford student turned suffragette in 1870's England, this book is full of surprises and romance. Our main character, Annabelle Archer, is often the smartest person in the room, but her station and rank cause interesting predicaments, often leading to witty verbal sparring with those who use propriety/status to promote inequality. Never sacrificing her agency, Annabelle evolves throughout the novel as she finds a match who complements her personality and perserverance.

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ISBN: 9781573228732
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Published: Riverhead Books - January 8th, 2002

This book is one of my new favorites of all time. Affinity is immediately engaging and atmospheric from the first page as it introduces a mystery that we never fully contexualize until the end of the novel. A love story, a ghost story, and a gothic tale: This book succeeded in keeping me up at night and continually occupies my thoughts. 

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ISBN: 9781400033416
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Published: Vintage - June 8th, 2004

Beloved is a classic, and rightly so. I am in awe of Morrison's prose and her incredible ability to translate pain and emotion into words that leave a forever impression and understanding in the reader's mind. Incredibly written, detail-oriented, and so important to engage with even years after its release. This is a truly brilliant book, and it is something that you should read in your lifetime.

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ISBN: 9781984801258
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Published: The Dial Press - March 10th, 2020

An introspective, smart book involving our wellbeing and how to harness the truest version of yourself. This is the first book I have read by Glennon Doyle, but it is definitely not the last. Her command of metaphors and her take on "knowing" your truest self is truly exquisette.