From Oyster Girls to Pickpockets: Reading All of Sarah Waters’s Books

I have been having a love affair with Sarah Waters’s books, since even before I actually read any of her novels. As an undergrad, I worked in a little bookstore, and during my shifts I would drift around, waiting for customers, waiting for my next class, passing the time by trailing my fingers along the spines…
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The Anglophile’s Guide to (Bloody Brilliant) Historical Fiction

Dear Reader, there is nothing that brings me such unbridled joy as what I consider to be a richly-written, atmospheric historical fiction novel. I have never been one to wish for times past, because I am a modern lady who enjoys modern amenities such as public works systems, vaccinations, and air conditioning units. However, I…
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Fake It ‘Til You Make It

The piercing sound of your alarm goes off at exactly 8:32 am, a sound that can only be described as “dying space robot whales” but is labelled as “Sci-fi” on your phone. You roll out of bed, grudgingly, and stumble to your bathroom, bleary-eyed and groggy. After a late night of binge-watching Netflix (will Luke…
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No More Columbus Day: An Indigenous Peoples’ Reading List

Indigenous Peoples’ Day was first officially discussed as a construct in the late 1970’s, but it wasn’t officially enacted until 1992 (the 500 year anniversary of Columbus’s fateful maiden voyage) in Northern California. The city of Berkeley declared October 12 of that year “Indigenous Peoples’ Day” in protest to the ever-problematic Columbus Day. Since then…
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