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Linda Hilton

Reader, Writer, Merciless Reviewer and Incurable Romantic

Currently reading

Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America
Nancy MacLean
Progress: 134/574 pages
Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy
Christopher L. Hayes
Progress: 17/304 pages
The Secular Scripture: A Study of the Structure of Romance
Northrop Frye
Progress: 43/200 pages
Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right
Arlie Russell Hochschild
Progress: 96/454 pages
Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
Ibram X. Kendi
Progress: 22/750 pages
All the President's Men
Carl Bernstein, Bob Woodward
Progress: 73/383 pages
Women's Gothic and Romantic Fiction: A Reference Guide (American Popular Culture)
Kay Mussell
Progress: 17/157 pages
The Looking-Glass Portrait
Linda Hilton
Really Neat Rocks: A casual introduction to the rocks & gems of Arizona and the lapidary arts
Linda Hilton
Progress: 61/61 pages
Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith
Jon Krakauer

Reading progress update: I've read 159 out of 285 pages.

My Life on the Road - Gloria Steinem

On the response of women to Hillary Clinton's failure/refusal to leave Bill after revelations of his infidelity:


"It dawned on me that if a sexual connection is the only bond between a husband and wife, an affair can make her feel replaceable -- and perhaps cause her to be replaced.  This was not only emotionally painful but devastating when it also meant losing social identity and economic security as well.  I began to understand that Hillary represented the very public, in-your-face opposite of the precarious and unequal lives that some women were living.  In a classic sense, they were trying to kill the messenger."






This is a very powerful section for me to read, often bringing tears to my eyes.  The chapter is titled "When the Political is Personal."  I did not expect it to hit home as hard as it has.


I've admired Steinem for a long time, and have read a lot of her writing.  This book, however, is making everything personal.  Even though I'm only a little more than halfway through it, I highly, highly recommend it.  She'd have to really eff up from here on out for this to be anything less than a full and enthusiastic five stars.