Where they found her – Kimberly McCreight

Where they found her – Kimberly McCreight
By Rajinder B.

Where they found her – Harper Collins

The synopsis of this story is bleak; the main character suffers a personal loss and has to work an assignment that is close to it. It takes place in a suburban town, university and lots of tragedy.
Kimberly’s character development is really good, as each perspective is different, her ability to write it was well executed. The pacing of the story was really good, the back and forward, even the twist was really interesting. If you liked The Girl on the Train, I highly recommend reading this one.

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A New Model – Ashley Graham

A New Model – Ashley Graham
by Rajinder B

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Source A New Model – Ashley Graham

Available from Harper Collins

Available from Amazon.ca

Ashley Graham appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated. For a while she’s appeared in the media as a proponent of curvy models.

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Source Hailey Clauson, Ashley Graham and Ronda Rousey.

Her book A New Model, is a really good read. She goes right from the beginning of her model career, the ups and downs and says it in a really good uplifting way. There’s a lot involved with being a model, as she details, setting up preparing for shoots, then going on the walkway. She even goes through how being a curvy girl, plus size, being bullied by designers, stylists even by salespersons. I could only imagine being a curvy girl in a group of mean bullies, queen bees, and so on. She also mentions how it still goes on today. She makes a lot of good points how some high end designer clothing still do not have plus sizes, making it more challenging for woman to pick out outfits, but she does give tips on how one can mix and match different outfits. She’s featured in several line of clothing.

Swimsuits
Swimsuits for all

Lingerie
Addition Elle

Ashley Graham’s Official Shop

Ashley Graham’s page

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Source Ashley’s first magazine cover as mentioned in her book

In her book she really gives good all around advice, to modeling, relationships with Justin (her husband), and many areas of life. It was a really good read, highly recommend, as she says: “Beauty beyond size.”

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Paula Hawkins – The Girl on the Train review

Paula Hawkins – The Girl on the Train review
By Rajinder B

I read this one and really enjoyed the lead character Rachel, around page 41, you have one of her famous rants. Which are along the lines of female jealously. Her rants are great.
The story is told from three different perspectives. Rachel. Megan and Anna. Each character has their issues, but someone it crosses.
It starts off with Rachel on her daily commute seeing the ideal couple from the train window and from there the story starts.
I found it to be a really good thriller with female leads, I couldn’t put it down. If you like thrillers, highly recommended read.

Paula Hawkins page

There is also a movie, which I have not seen yet, but heard it was good.

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Mr. Mercedes – review

Mr. Mercedes – Stephen King – review
By Rajinder B

The opening of this book is quite memorable, starts off with a guy runs people over in line. Story is about Brady is working a dead end job in an electronics store, and an ice cream truck driver. Hodges character can be quite overboisterous, while Jerome being African is good to see a variation, and Holly a bit slower.

The book reads like a CSI show, which is really good, some good lines from Stephen King

“Every religion lies. Every moral precept is an delusion. Even the stars are a mirage. The truth is darkness, and the only thing that matters is making a statement before one enters it. Cutting the skin of the world and leaving a scar. That’s all history is, after all: scar tissue.” ― Steven King

There are no fantasy elements, just a detective novel. It was fast paced and a really good read. There is another two books in the series, I haven’t read. Though I heard that the second one is Hodges, Jerome and Holly solving cases, while the third one Brady returns. Looks like they are making a TV show out of it too:

http://bloody-disgusting.com/news/3434052/stephen-king-will-cameo-mr-mercedes-tv-series/

A recommended read if you like Stephen King’s work, but with a more CSI/detective aspect.

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Stephen King’s The Shining review

Stephen King’s The Shining review
By Rajinder B

I read The Shining quite a while ago and really liked it. I saw the movie too, obviously the book goes a lot more into detail, you get a lot more slow psychological trouble that Jack goes through. How Danny shine’s comes about too. It’s really set in the 1970s, with references to products, media, of that time. Clever use of ‘redrum’ and I find the book really well written, and really well done.
If you’re into horror, definitely a must read.

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Ariel Levy – book review

Ariel Levy book review

This post was just supposed to be writing a few words about Ariel Levy’s book, but then I find the need to add elements. I would add a lot more, but maybe another time. At this point, since I’m doing this off memory, I almost want to dig up my course notes and write more about; maybe I will get around to it.

I heard about Female Chauvinist Pigs – by Ariel Levy in a debating sex and gender class I took at least a decade ago for the gender studies certificate. The teacher suggested we read it and it was a suggestion from a student. I ordered the book read it and found it really interesting. It was right where my views were about some things, and I still stand by them today.

In class, we read lots of different articles, learned a lot, gender terms, we watched some videos, and read people’s stories of those with ambiguous genitalia and then when those involved made a decision on the gender because things weren’t well defined and after the person would have to change orientation, it can be a very complex and challenging for those involved.

We also learned about the beefcaking of american men. The more I think about it, its relevant too with the men’s body images too.

In addition, If I remember correctly, Ariel mentioned that women in the past were working towards equal rights, while for some today it is the raunch culture. Obviously the gender equality, pay equality and lots of other issues are relevant.

I liked how we got a small base of feminism, gender studies; I really liked how we were able to view different perspectives. I find Ariel’s book added on to that and it was really relevant as in I could relate to views I have and it was good. In other words, the gender theory was the primer and her book and views was like a bit of paint.

Different perspectives, provides a more balanced look at things and it’s also like reading a book written by a female and with female leads, e.g. Wolf Winter, female lead, mother and daughters, Valley of the Dolls,  Agent Carter Wiki TV show, how she’s always fighting the male bosses, and stereotypes of that time, probably played out differently today. I should get around to writing little blurbs about each.

Now I’m not at school, so not exposed to the trends, on what’s going on, e.g. whatever students, people do nowadays. I do not know anyone into these topics, so it would be have been nice to see what the trend is nowadays.

You can check out these urls for more analysis, its been so long that I read it I remember bits and pieces of it. I don’t want to spoil it too much either.

Ariel Levy’s Wiki book page

Ariel Levy’s Website

While on topic, I like how Trudeau chose a gender balanced cabinet as indicated here

CBC Article

And now in the UK there’s another female Prime Minister, Theresa May, which is good. Before the UK had Margaret Thatcher at the last female Prime Minister.

http://www.tmay.co.uk/

Theresa May Statement

Back to the book I remember it looking at the raunch culture, peer pressure, and certain people might use that to get ahead, attention. I find its a very relevant view into this, I find it added on to the base knowledge we had attained in our courses, and was really relevant take on what was going on then, and today too. The book was very accessible, straight forward to read, I learned some things in there I didn’t expect at all. I do think that if you are fortunate enough to have kids, daughters even boys, that are interested in these things, reading a book when like this makes one view things a bit different. Even just having them read it for learning is great too.

Overall, I really found Ariel’s book a really good read, informative, learned a lot and highly suggest it.

©2016 Rajinder