It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #SundayPost #SundaySalon

Linking to: It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? at BookDate; Sunday Post @ Caffeinated Reviewer; and the Sunday Salon @ ReaderBuzz

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Life…

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I’m late posting this week, and I’m about to head out to join my local #WomenMarch4Justice

Graphic by Rae Mitchell @morraessey

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

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The Husband Poisoner by Tanya Bretherton

Grace Under Pressure by Tori Haschka

The Ministry of Bodies by Seamus O’Mahony

The Codebreakers by Alli Sinclair

Tipping by Anna George

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New Posts…

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International Women’s Day & Southern Cross Crime Month

Review: You’ve Got To Be Kidding by Todd Alexander

Review: The Husband Poisoner by Tanya Bretherton

Review & Giveaway: Grace Under Pressure by Tori Haschka

Review: The Ministry of Bodies by Seamus O’Mahony

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What I’m Reading This Week…

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A sassy, heart-breaking and jaw-dropping memoir of life behind the scenes in a funeral home and strip club, written with all the panache, honesty and sensitivity of Rosie Waterland’s The Anti-Cool Girl and Sarah Krasnostein’s The Trauma Cleaner.

Emma Jane Holmes had her dream job, working in the funeral industry, caring for those who could no longer care for themselves. But when the bills mounted after her marriage breakdown, she turned to her other dream – dancing on stage as a showgirl – and her glittering alter ego Madison was born. Emma Jane kept Madison a secret. Madison kept Emma Jane an even bigger one.

But what happens when death touches the neon world of the strip club? And sex – in the form of a cute co-worker – encroaches on the funeral home? Could the answer be life, lived in the day, because that’s the only day you have?

Emma Jane Holmes’ debut will take you into the mortuary, cemetery and crematorium – and behind the scenes in night clubs – and answer all the questions you never wanted to ask ..

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Long past its heyday and deep in drought, the riverside hamlet of Nowhere River is slowly fading into a ghost town. It’s a place populated by those who are beholden to it, those who were born to it and those who took a wrong turn while trying to go somewhere else.

City-born Carra married into Nowhere River, Lucie was brought to it by tragedy, Josie is root-bound and Florence knows nowhere else. All of them, though familiar with every inch of their tiny hometown, are as lost as the place itself.

The town’s social cornerstone — St Margery’s Ladies’ Club — launches a rescue plan that turns everything around and upside down, then shakes it until all sorts of things come floating to the surface. And none of its inhabitants will ever be the same again.

This is the highly original and heartfelt story of a place where everybody knows everything, but no one really knows anyone at all. Brimming with heart and humour, this is a delightful novel that celebrates the country people and towns of Australia.

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The elegant Miss Phryne Fisher returns in this scintillating collection, featuring four brand-new stories.

The Honourable Phryne Fisher – she of the Lulu bob, Cupid’s Bow lips, diamante garters and pearl-handled pistol – is the 1920s’ most elegant and irrepressible sleuth.

Miss Phryne Fisher is up to her stunning green eyes in intriguing crime in each of these entertaining, fun and compulsively readable stories. With the ever-loyal Dot, the ingenious Mr Butler and all of Phryne’s friends and household, the action is as fast as Phryne’s wit and logic.

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A brilliant examination of literary inventions through the ages, from ancient Mesopotamia to Elena Ferrante, that shows how writers have created technical breakthroughs—rivaling any scientific inventions—and engineering enhancements to the human heart and mind.

Literature is a technology like any other. And the writers we revere—from Homer, Shakespeare, Austen, and others—each made a unique technical breakthrough that can be viewed as both a narrative and neuroscientific advancement. Literature’s great invention was to address problems we could not solve: not how to start a fire or build a boat, but how to live and love; how to maintain courage in the face of death; how to account for the fact that we exist at all.

Wonderworks reviews the blueprints for twenty-five of the most powerful developments in the history of literature. These inventions can be scientifically shown to alleviate grief, trauma, loneliness, anxiety, numbness, depression, pessimism, and ennui—all while sparking creativity, courage, love, empathy, hope, joy, and positive change. They can be found all throughout literature—from ancient Chinese lyrics to Shakespeare’s plays, poetry to nursery rhymes and fairy tales, and crime novels to slave narratives.

An easy-to-understand exploration of the new literary field of story science, Wonderworks teaches you everything you wish you learned in your English class. Based on author Angus Fletcher’s own research, it is an eye-opening and thought-provoking work that offers us a new understanding of the power of literature.

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25 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Tammy
    Mar 15, 2021 @ 11:23:53

    One Last Dance sounds like a lot of fun😁 Hope you have a good week!

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  2. Anne Bennett
    Mar 15, 2021 @ 12:07:20

    How did the #March4Justice go? I hadn’t heard about anything happening around here, but I sometimes have my head in a hole. My Sunday Salon post

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    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      Mar 15, 2021 @ 19:30:04

      It went well. It was an Australian thing in response to several recent high profile sexual assault cases involving ministers in our government so I’m not really surprised you didn’t hear anything. Even though it was a significant event, the Murdoch controlled has stepped on any real reporting of it.

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  3. Kathryn
    Mar 15, 2021 @ 14:53:49

    Hope the March went well, don’t think we’ve had them here.

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  4. Greg
    Mar 15, 2021 @ 15:07:04

    I love the look of the Miss Fisher book. I want to watch the series too- I started it a while back…

    I hope the March went great!

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  5. rabbitearsblog
    Mar 15, 2021 @ 15:18:34

    Oooh! Lots of interesting books here! Hope you have a great week!

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  6. Stephanie @ Bookfever
    Mar 15, 2021 @ 21:35:05

    Have a great week and enjoy your reading! 🙂

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  7. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Mar 15, 2021 @ 23:25:55

    I am curious about One Last Dance. Enjoy your week, that march, and your books! Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  8. Kathy Martin
    Mar 16, 2021 @ 00:03:52

    Nice assortment of books! I have just discovered the Phryne Fisher books and have lots to catch up on. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  9. gulfsidemusing
    Mar 16, 2021 @ 00:30:34

    Hope the March went well. I’m going to look for the Miss Fisher books… love the cover!

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  10. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Mar 16, 2021 @ 00:40:36

    Good for you. Glad you were able to participate in the march. It’s one way we have to share our thoughts with those who run things.

    I like the look of Grace Under Pressure. It doesn’t seem to be here in the US yet. Hope it will make it’s way over.

    I love the sound of Wonderworks, and it is here. Happy day! I look forward to reading it and to hear what you think of it. It sounds very intriguing.

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  11. sandysbookaday
    Mar 16, 2021 @ 02:12:09

    I really like the look of the Meg Bignell, Shelleyrae. I hope you had a good turnout for the march.❤📚

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  12. Susan
    Mar 16, 2021 @ 02:21:23

    Way to go on the Women’s March 4 Justice! I looked it up on the news & the turnout looked amazing across Australia. I really hope it has a big impact there. I liked the sign that said: On Mondays We Smash the Patriarchy
    Well done.

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  13. Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies
    Mar 16, 2021 @ 02:37:08

    I hope the march was exciting and fulfilling! One Last Dance and Welcome to Nowhere River both sound so good — looking forward to reading your reviews. Have a great week!

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  14. Erin @ Cracker Crumb Life
    Mar 16, 2021 @ 02:54:53

    One Last Dance sounds so fascinating!! And I love Phryne – at least the show. I really really need to read the books!

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  15. Anne - Books of My Heart
    Mar 16, 2021 @ 05:38:48

    It’s great you were able to march. We are limiting everything still until we get our Covid vaccination.

    Anne – Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post

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  16. yvonne473
    Mar 16, 2021 @ 06:43:22

    The Kerry Greenwood book looks so good. I hope you have a great week!

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  17. Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer
    Mar 16, 2021 @ 09:05:01

    Grace Under Pressure looks good. Nice haul this week. I hope the weather was nice for the march.

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  18. RAnn
    Mar 16, 2021 @ 15:01:48

    One Last Dance looks fun. Have a great week.

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  19. Helen Murdoch
    Mar 17, 2021 @ 07:02:08

    A march for justice is always a good thing. I hope everyone stayed safe and made their voices heard!

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  20. Jen at Introverted Reader
    Mar 17, 2021 @ 08:16:11

    Thanks for standing up for justice!

    One Last Dance sounds interesting and I thought The Lady with the Gun Asks the Questions looked like a Phyrne Fisher episode before I read the synopsis! They obviously got the cover right!

    Enjoy your week!

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  21. Laurie C
    Mar 17, 2021 @ 12:50:35

    I’ve been eyeing the Phryne Fisher books for a long time. I usually listen to mysteries on audio, and rarely read them; my audiobook TBR might be longer than my book TBR!

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  22. Lisa Mandina
    Mar 21, 2021 @ 02:52:37

    One Last Dance looks really interesting! Hope you enjoy it. Thanks for stopping by my weekly blog post on Lisa Loves Literature earlier!

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