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Deborah Hoad

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Read this, white Americans!

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Reviewed: 09-01-2019

Moving, relevant and insightful. Dyson has a very clear, honest and ultimately compassionate way of articulating the experience of black people in America. I also think it will inform the way I view the experience of indigenous Australians (though of course they have their own story to tell).

Gloriously angry

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Reviewed: 06-01-2019

This book is honest, relevant and needed. It articulates the experience of being a woman in this world with clarity and nuance. I appreciate the way Ford also acknowledges the limitations of her privilege and is inclusive of all women.

I feel so full of hope

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Reviewed: 01-03-2018

This book will change your life. It’s all the wise advice I wish I’d gotten at 18 and that I’m still super grateful I got at 50. I’m going to give it to every young person I know. It’s my new favourite engagement or wedding present.

Timely with important themes

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Reviewed: 17-01-2018

I like this main character very much, even when she was making choices that made me grow in frustration. This is a good story that surprised me a couple of times. I think the ending will divide opinion. Either way it’s a story that will (ironically) generate a lot of conversation, not just around free speech, branding and copyright, but also on society, poverty, sacrifice and many other topics. Recommended for high school age and up.

God, the drama

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Reviewed: 05-01-2018

The story is real and lovely, but only being told from Elio’s perspective makes it hard going sometimes. More angst than a Twilight novel. Still, there are moments of pain and beauty to which I think most can relate.

He makes a good case

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Reviewed: 30-12-2017

I find myself angry at the sugar industry and associated industries for the decades of lying to us about a product as likely, or more likely, to kill us as tobacco. I also find myself very motivated to quit sugar, even though I know it will be difficult.

Excellent

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Reviewed: 17-07-2017

This book is interesting, entertaining and at times deeply moving. Fascinating to understand the extent to which what we think of as human abilities and characteristics are present in other animals. It made think a lot about what this indicates about human evolution and evolution in general.

Important for our time

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Reviewed: 13-01-2017

Clarified a lot of the issues for me and gave intelligent suggestions for how to move forward. I'll be pursuing other titles by both authors.

Hit and miss, but good overall

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Reviewed: 25-12-2016

Fans of the podcast are likely to enjoy this audiobook. There's certainly a lot of Night Vale goodness (read: weirdness) in there and the magical balm that is Cecil's voice. But the story felt slow at times, with a lot of repetition (at least 10 instances of failing to talk to someone or find someone could have been edited out without losing anything from the story). The characters of Diane, Jackie and Josh were strong, though, and it was nice to finally solve the mystery of the man in the tan jacket with the deerskin suitcase.

Really valuable resource

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Reviewed: 13-04-2016

Everything discussed in these sessions is interesting and helps you to understand yourself and others better, but I know for me there was a moment that really hit home. It was during the discussion on numbing and gave me an important insight into my response to a hurtful event that had changed things in my personal life last year. My defensive response to that hurt had become a part of my everyday behaviour and I hadn't realised it. I imagine almost everyone who listens to this audiobook will have moments like this where they realise something about themselves that is revealing and helpful and gives them strategies for useful change. I recommend the book to anyone who wants to know themselves better and improve the important relationships in their lives.