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Have a Great Weekend.

Have a Great Weekend.

What are you up to this weekend? My twin sister is coming to visit for our birthday! We’re turning thirty-something-or-other on Tuesday, and I’m looking forward to blowing out candles on a very chocolate-y cake. Hope you have a good one, and here are a few links from around the web…

What a fun marriage proposal!

Missed connections for parents. Made me laugh.

Egg sandwiches for a party.

What financial type are you? Take this quiz.

How Iceland got teens to say no to drugs. Amazing.

Wise words.

How pretty are these outfits?

What a good night’s sleep looks like, by the numbers.

What a beautiful tennis magazine, of all things.

Bra nicknames.

Here’s a great new Wall Street Journal tool that helps people get out of their bubble.

On that note, I recently ordered this book.

Plus, three comments from readers:

Says Shannon on swapping books: “I was dating this man who found out my favorite book is Jane Eyre. One night out of the blue, he said he wanted to discuss something with me — and promptly whipped out a copy of Jane Eyre! He had been furiously reading the whole thing just so we could talk about it together, because he knew I loved it. Well… Reader, I married him.”

Says Claudia on five-ingredient meals: “In France, we have ‘the easiest cookbook on earth.’ [There’s an English version.] Four-to-six-ingredient recipes made in four steps — tops! They’re delicious.”

Says Jenna on the Women’s March: “I drove from NYC to D.C. this weekend; two things I never want to forget: 1) The Wendy’s was out of salads at the rest stop off the highway. How funny is that? I can’t imagine that happens too often. 2) On the drive back, we came upon a car accident between two cars of ladies coming back from the march. I assume they were strangers before the accident. By the time we passed them, the women from both groups were hugging one another. I think the weekend energized us all.”

(Photo by Amanda Jane Jones.)

  1. Brittany says...

    My husband read the entire LOTR series (my all-time favorite) before we started dating because I had jokingly said I could not date someone who had not read it. :)

  2. Allie says...

    Late to the game and it feels so weird to say this but I just love your sister. Though I’ve never met her, I think of her often. Cheers to you both and may you have a wonderful year! xo

  3. Isabela says...

    Thank you so much for sharing the article about Iceland! I liked it a lot and I wish I could see my country’s government invest so much money and effort on that! I am Brazilian and this feels so far away from my country’ reality!
    I just finished Hillbilly Ellegy and really loved it! It is a very good way to try to understand what is going on in America right now. When I was 16 I lived in the States and I could really see what he was talking about! Hope you enjoy it and happy birthday!

  4. love this post, full of super inspiring and positive things! x

  5. Love how frequently you post, and that the information is always so nice and relevant.

    Lots of people are talking about Hillbilly Elegy, and I am glad you are reading it. I finished it about a month ago and wrote about it on my day-old site. Would be great to see what your audience would also think of talking beyond Hillbilly Elegy. Vance got the conversation started, but now it’s time to maintain it :)

  6. I haven’t read Hillbilly Elegy yet, but I am really happy to see the kind posts & comments about bubbles. My goal for this year is to do the same, although in the opposite, since I voted Republican in this election. I think the WSJ feed is interesting, but more for the fact that I don’t get my news from any of the Republican sources (although I definitely read Slate & Vox on the left). Mainly if I am looking for a conservative viewpoint I read City Journal or National Review, or more libertarian Reason. I also highly recommend realclearpolitics.com. Every morning & afternoon they post links to popular political articles and have a fairly even amount of the viewpoints they recommend. Take care! xo, Ali

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you, ali!

  7. Sophia says...

    Joanna, Happy birthday to you and Lucy!

    I also just want to say thank you for speaking out about what you believe in, especially over the last few months. This political climate has been really rough for a lot of people for many reasons. Its heartening to be a part of such a supportive, smart, sassy community of women who care. It warmly reminds of Bobby Kennedy’s quote about finding “companions in every corner of the world.”

  8. Genevieve says...

    The parents’ missed connections are references to Jersey City! Love it :) I used to live across the street from Prato and it was my go-to cafe. In seriousness all those places mentioned in JC are my faves and great for kids.

  9. Clare says...

    Not quite a nickname but my 6 yr old calls bras ‘Barbaras’ from mispronouncing it as a toddler and I found it so cute I never corrected her. I think she does actually still think they’re called Barbaras 😂

    • Mine says “ladies brows”. It’s brows and it’s always LADIES. LOL.

  10. That Red Feed / Blue Feed WSJ site is so dismaying. How are we ever going to get through to one another when we are living in totally different realities? Maybe the first wall we need to take down is the Facebook one… On the subject of getting out of our “bubbles” and book swaps, maybe we can have a project where we can do book swaps with different-minded family/friends using these two book lists…
    https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2016-11-30/five-books-to-change-conservatives-minds
    https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2016-10-11/five-books-to-change-liberals-minds

    • This is exactly what I’ve been looking for! I started a book challenge on Instagram, but didn’t know where to start. Thank you! #BipartianBookChallenge

  11. Lisa says...

    The missed connections for parents is hilarious! Here’s mine – me, exhausted 30 something mother trying to get infant to stay in pushchair for five minutes so we could go home. You we’re mid 40s builder who distracted baby long enough from screaming that they forgot to continue and fell asleep instead. Words cannot describe …

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      awww! too sweet!

  12. Happiest birthday to you! I hope you and your sister have a blast and *plenty* of cake. I always enjoy your collection of interesting things from around the internet. Also, the sentiments from your readers are the best. (You have a great community here!) I love the sense of unity that was stirred up among women who supported or participated in the march. Our march in Seattle was also lovely!

    http://www.thewefiles.com

  13. Sarah says...

    Joanna, I’d love to read a post from you all about which books you recommend for new moms during pregnancy. I haven’t come across one that I like; they all seem so old fashioned!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh my gosh, perfect timing: we are writing a post about that for this afternoon! :) stay tuned… xoxoxo

    • Isabela says...

      I’d love to see that too! I am seven months pregnant and I haven’t found yet a book that I’d loved! Thanks!

  14. The article about Iceland really made me think about the amount of quality time I spend with my children and how to do that in such a digital age. Hillbilly Elegy has been on my list for a few months; I am inspired to move it to the top of the list. Happy Birthday! Amy

  15. Noelle says...

    Hello there!

    I LOVE your blog. So much!

    One thing I was wondering…I have been working in an independent, family-run bookstore for about 13 years, and I often wonder why bloggers such as yourself don’t link your book picks to local, independent bookstores in your area. Forgive my assumptions, but if your readership is financially able to support full-price items by makers such as Madewell and Aesop, etc, why not empower them to pay full price for their literature choices at their local bookstores? Especially in this political environment, I have seen first hand that bookstores like mine function as community centers, where people gather to talk and share their experiences. NYC in particular is quite well known for a few amazing bookstores that still stand, in spite of economic difficulty and changing business landscapes.

    The reason that Amazon is able to offer steep discounts on books is that they are a rather massive business, compared to small sellers like us. And those discounts certainly do not benefit our local communities in the same way.

    So for example, your link to Hillbilly Elegy (which is an excellent book!) could look like this:

    http://www.wordbookstores.com/book/9780062300546

    I mean, who DOESN’T LOVE the Word Bookstore in Brooklyn?!!
    OR if you wanted to just link to IndieBound, which is an incredible community of independent booksellers, it would look like this:

    http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780062300546

    You’ll see right next to the book you are looking at that there is a little box where you can put in your zip code and find your closest bookseller.
    That way, your readers can make their own choices about where they would like to put their money in exchange for their literature.

    I know that in the world of the interwebs you certainly CANNOT please all of your readers, (and of course it is totally fair that you are probably monetizing your blog through Amazon, and we all gotta pay our bills!) BUT I do think this one small change might be an enlightened and community-oriented step towards supporting small businesses, AND at the same time, supporting the settings we have in our towns and communities for the free-sharing of ideas. Now more than ever, we are very much in need of places where we can go to discuss the issues that are facing all humans in these politically volatile times.

    THANK YOU ever so much for all the good work you ladies do,
    I am so appreciative!
    -Noelle

    • Vanessa says...

      I also love this blog and work for an indie bookstore (on the West Coast). I have seen other readers comment on this and be ignored before. I imagine it’s because she makes money from linking to Amazon when other’s follow her link to buy the item. Its a very common way for blog writers to make money.
      That said, if Joanna knew how insanely hard it is to make it monthly as an indie bookstore I’d like to think she’d switch!

    • Lisa says...

      Great suggestion!!!

    • Brianna says...

      Yes to this! I order from Amazon a fair amount, but I also support my local indie as much as possible. Besides the great selection of current and classic books, the staff is friendly, they host a ton of free events (with books for sale, of course, but readings are always free and open to the public), and have a good reward program ($10 off for every $100 spent). I don’t get there as often as I used to now that I don’t live a few miles away, but still…

  16. Elizabeth says...

    More tools for getting out of your bubble? Pulic radio’s national podcast, “Indivisible” – the one we aired this Thursday was really, really, really helpful -“What most people don’t understand about why I voted the way I did”

  17. Theresa says...

    A very Happy Birthday to you both!

  18. Johanna says...

    Never hide your age!! You’re beautiful and healthy and happy (I think!) and have lived another year. Besides I’m gonna be THIRTY NINE this year so I’m older and wiser than you and I can say it. Happy Birthday!! 🎈

    • Mimi says...

      I agree wholeheartedly!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      you’re the sweetest! thank you!!! :)

  19. Meredith says...

    Happy Birthday to you and Lucy, Joanna! May this be a wonderful year for you both.

  20. Sheet pan eggs, what a fabulous idea! I’ll need to try this out for my family, who needs a party when you live with four big egg eaters. Yum!

  21. Emma says...

    Happy Birthday to you and Lucy. My twin sister and I also have a birthday coming up at the end of January (ours is Monday). I never minded sharing our birthday, except the year we turned 13 and I wanted to invite boys and she said no! Funny to think about now. Happy weekend xx

  22. Karin says...

    I read Hillbilly Elegy last year and thought about it often during the election–especially in the aftermath. Really helped me see another perspective.

    • Eliza says...

      I’m halfway through it right now, and it’s an engrossing and educational read.

    • Kaitlin says...

      I’m halfway through, too! SO interesting.

  23. Jen Vercelli says...

    I just finished Hillbilly Elegy, read it for the same reason. It was a revelation to me, but not for what I learned about the struggles of middle America and particularly the rust belt, but for what it told me about myself. I recognized elements of my childhood and now have a greater understanding of and sympathy for my adult struggles; turns out I have more in common with the early lives of the hillbillies than I do with anyone in my current liberal middle class life.

  24. Happy Birthday!

  25. jen says...

    I just read ‘Hillbilly Elegy,’ and I liked it. He explains a great deal about some people I didnt know much about, but really has no solution, other than pick your parents carefully. (He was saved by a supportive grandmother.)

  26. Jessica says...

    That last bit about the salads made laugh, and the story about the car accident gave me goosebumps after this tough week. Women need to rule the world.

    • Lisa says...

      Me, too. (Little smile)

  27. Inbal says...

    A very happy birthday to you both 🌻🌻

  28. Happy happy birthday weekend of celebrating to both of you!

  29. I am overjoyed seeing how many commenters are leaving their comfort zones (or as I’ve also seen it said “bubbles”) and doing what they can to learn about the other side of American voters! It gives me so much hope that there may be some healing. Thank you COJ for really making a point of this.

  30. Nebiat says...

    I just finished hillbilly elegy and now I am reading Just Mercy (Bryan Stevenson) and I think its an interesting juxtaposition. Both relevant for our current times. BTW I love cup of Jo – I am a faithful consumer :)

    • Jenny says...

      Let me second everyone reading Just Mercy. I met Bryan Stevenson and him/his book radically changed me. As a law student at the time, it really reorientated me onto a path of making my career goal to be helping others overcome what is a really broken system in our country. It is a wonderful book and Bryan also has some speeches on YouTube that are so worth the time.

    • Rebecca says...

      And I want to third this. I worked for Bryan Stevenson and he is every bit the hero he appears to be. I would much rather see Cup of Jo promote his book (sales of which, by the way, support his work at the Equal Justice Initiative) than a book by a guy who thinks if only everyone worked harder they too could go to Yale Law School and become a principal and a venture capital and private equity firm. https://newrepublic.com/article/138717/jd-vance-false-prophet-blue-america

    • Rebecca says...

      Oops, I meant a principal AT a venture capital and private equity firm.

    • LYNN says...

      Yes yes please read this. I’m reading it now – book club post soon?

      Also the New Jim Crow for a more rigorous review of the criminal justice system.

    • Lauren says...

      I couldn’t resist the opportunity to also share praise for Bryan Stevenson! I had the opportunity to see him speak at a national education conference last year and my colleagues and I are still not over it. I can honestly say it was the most inspiring talk I have ever attended. I had tears streaming down my face the entire time. He is truly incredible! I encourage everyone to read his book and if you have an opportunity to see him speak, run don’t walk!

  31. my birthday is on tuesday as well! i’m turning 30 something or other too. :) happy day to you both! and to justin timberlake.

  32. deanna says...

    Your sister is speaking at my work on Wednesday! I’m really looking forward to the discussion. Happy (Early) Birthday!

  33. Anjali says...

    Hillbilly Elegy is on my book list too. Continuing on that same vein of stepping out of our bubbles, I just finished Waking Up White, by Debby Irving, and it was hugely eye-opening. I highly recommend it.

  34. ES says...

    Have a terrific birthday, Joanna!

    By the way, THANKS for sharing that comment from reader Shannon. What a wonderful story – he sounds like a real keeper! :)

    • Aww, thanks, ES. He really is a keeper!

      When I mentioned to him that a comment of mine had been featured (after feeling all aflutter seeing it here! Aaaah!) he was skeptical…Until I read it to him and he was pretty excited about being the subject of the comment, haha.

      Thanks so much for putting it in this weekend post, CoJ team! It really made my day!

  35. CP says...

    Funny coincidence – have a scheduled induction for my twins on Tuesday (just glad they didn’t come on my birthday yesterday).

  36. Ana says...

    Happy bday to u and your sister! Its a big thing, day of birth…at least for me haha I just love celebrating my birth and my life. Hope you’ll spend those hours with lots of love in the air, laughter and delicious treats ;)

    I like those bracelets with afirmations and positive quotes!

    I was thinking about something to post here in this post, I was thinking about what your writing about, specially about themes that are about womens nature, womens life , womens strenghts…I was criticaly thinking about new US president and especially about reactions about Melania, why especially, because she from country Im coming from- SLOVENIA. I am trying to see as much wide as I can when weighting my thoughts about what is she representing as a woman and 1st Lady, who she choose to be her lifetime partner etc…and then in between it happend something really more positive again that comes from my country and woman again is in the front…and is important for me to mention…to promote my country with stories like this: http://www.theworlds50best.com/blog/News/ana-ros-puts-slovenia-on-the-gastronomic-map-as-worlds-best-female-chef-2017.html

    Although I’m not happy about how Melania is now “representing” my country (neither I’m at peace with really mean reactions from some US “stars” like Chalsea Handler, Madonna…), Ana is doing her best and hope you’ll visit our country one day…maybe just because of food hehe

    Anyway, one thing is about being a woman, thinking about us, our nature, our missions, strenghts…in my opinion we must think about ourselves that we are 1st humans (then woman), second: as tender as we are, as sensual and emotional we are, brave and social….we need to nurture our greater self that lives in us, not spreading hate, especially if we do not know personally people we are tlaking about in public. Public self is dangerous when instead of talking about what we can do for better, we mention who we hate, how is he/she stupid etc. (thinking about marching)…
    So blogs as yours are really important for spreading great stories about women and going beyond average horizons of thinking…and you’re doing great job. Keep on :)

    Hugs from Slovenia

    • Lisa says...

      Hugs back to Slovenia. Xo

  37. Kelly says...

    But Joanna, TODAY is National Chocolate Cake Day! That just means you have to eat extra chocolate cake. :D

  38. Kate says...

    I hope you have a wonderful birthday, and I’m very glad you and your sister can celebrate together. <3

  39. Katie says...

    Hi there! Love Cup of Joe and am a longtime reader :) This is so random- but I attended the Bo’s Place Hearts of Hope luncheon in Houston this week and your sister was the keynote speaker! Wow! She is gorgeous and truly had such a light from within shining bright. I have read the book– SO moving and beautifully written. I did not have the opportunity to visit with her- but just wanted to say that am sending prayers, love, and light as she continues to heal on her journey. Wishing ya’ll a very happy birthday.

  40. Such fun links this week! And that photo is unreal!

  41. The bra one definitely gave me a good laugh! Happy early Birthday to you and your sister!

    xo, Sofia
    http://www.thecozie.co

  42. Happy Birthday! Loved the story about the salads at Wendy’s :)

  43. Sasha says...

    Happy birthday!!! I hope that chocolate cake is the best.
    It’s my birthday too, my dh rented a forest service cabin, high in the mtns, an hour away. We’re skiing in with hot cocoa, corn chowder, chocolove bars for smores, and our three dogs. No electricity or running water, just a cozy fire, amazing views, my sweetheart, books (bio of Ada Lovelace and Thich Nhat Hanh’s new memoir!!), solitude and chocolate. And hopefully some fresh snow.
    Here’s to deep winter birthdays!!

  44. Lillian says...

    Hillbilly Elegy is sooo good, I just finished it!

  45. Ashley says...

    I couldn’t even focus on the Madewell clothes because the models were all holding the most bizarre items!

    On the topic of clothes, however, any chance for an eberjay code before Valentine’s Day? Pretty please.

  46. Colleen S says...

    On the financial quiz, I discovered I am a “Cash is not King” type, which after reading the results, is 100% correct.

  47. I wanted to comment on your post after the election, but never got around to it. I’ve heard good things about Hillbilly Elegy and hope to read it as well! I did not support Trump but really see the push and pull within conservative circles and why it was hard and confusing for a lot of them, or easy to be swayed. It saddens me though, because I think he has the potential to do a lot of damage to the reputation of Christianity in America, when he does NOT embody it. Many Christians in America are caught between their ethics and politics and I think that’s sad. I’m a Christian in as biblical a sense as possible, but to me that means welcoming refugees, caring for the broken, and a lot of other non-republican tendencies. Anyway….I had wanted to thank you for your graciousness and wanting to understand those who are different, and not just shutting down or shutting out those who disagree, like some others in the public eye have done. (I was so impressed by Emily Henderson’s response, too). From an atypical reader, you for that!

    • Katie says...

      You might be interested in following the new group, Stand Up Republic. It’s founded by Evan McMullin and Mindy Finn who are two young conservative leaders who embody a lot of the positive things you’re talking about above. It’s been encouraging to me to see some conservative voices start to join the call for change and for leadership that embodies the best of both American and Christian values (really the best of anyone’s values at this point!). Hopefully they’re some of the new leaders on the right, as well as the new leaders on the left, who help us to have better options that don’t pull people between ethics and politics and personal beliefs. And maybe even leaders on both sides of the aisle who are able to work together across beliefs rather than becoming more divided by beliefs.

    • Emily says...

      OH I wish more Christians like you would speak out! I find it so funny that my hard core Christian friends think rubbing elbows with the privileged and elite, and not supporting those is need is okay. This goes exactly against Jesus’ teachings. Thank you Cait. I needed to hear what you wrote today.

    • Great comment. Until recently, I identified as conservative (I now find myself more independent). I was taught to believe not to turn away those in need but to make sure that you took care of yourself and your family first, then gave all you had to others. Kind of like the airplane oxygen mask – you really are in no place to help others until you help yourself. It was ingrained in me that if we all thought like that, then there would be less need for handouts. Does that make any sense? I’m not saying it’s “right” but, perhaps may help offer insight on why some conservatives seem “selfish”.

      My life and opinions are different now, but, I thought I might explain some of the mentality I was taught when I was younger.

    • Lisa says...

      Cait and those who replied – I really appreciate all you are saying and the info and links you’ve shared.

    • Thank you all so much for your replies. It’s encouraging to know we aren’t alone. I’m following some of those suggestions. HUGE fan of Preemptive Love as well, if you haven’t heard of them.

  48. Diana says...

    So I just took that financial quiz and my result was: Inconclusive. That can’t be good.

  49. Erica H. says...

    I JUST bought Hillbilly Elegy, too! Trying to break out of my bubble

  50. Vanessa says...

    Happy Birthday! Hope you and your sister enjoy your cake!

  51. Emily says...

    I did not vote for Trump, and in trying to understand why so many did, I read Hillbilly Elegy upon recommendation. After reading the book, I then read interviews with the author (after the book became popular and specifically his words on Trump, who by the way, he did not vote for). Reading the book gave me some insight. We need to understand the opposite side. We all need to do that in order to heal and grow.
    Love that egg sandwich for a party recipe!

    • Understanding is always good! I definitely have to read this now

  52. I started a new project on my Instagram (#BipartisanBookChallenge), where I am encouraging folks to read books of the opposite political party of which they belong. Hillbilly Elegy is next on my list! :)

    • Carmen B says...

      What a great idea for a book challenge.

  53. Elissa says...

    The last two posts are so helpful. Thanks for posting!

  54. Amelia says...

    I was about to pick up the Vance book, but a friend of mine who grew up in rural Georgia pointed me to many critiques of the book, including this one from a colleague of this who grew up in southwest Virginia (“J.D. Vance, The False Prophet of Blue America”). https://newrepublic.com/article/138717/jd-vance-false-prophet-blue-america
    Worth a read alongside the text, if nothing else.

    • Julie says...

      Thank you so much for this! I have not read the book yet but I am so happy to have this counterpoint.

    • Mary Beth says...

      @Amelia – I am adding my thanks for the New Republic link. It was a very interesting and I thought, compelling counter opinion. The part about the Nazi party funding healthcare sent shivers down my spine….

    • gpc says...

      Yes, the New Republic article was excellent and spot on. I would highly recommend Nancy Isenberg’s “White Trash…” way over “Hillbilly Elegy”, and I have read both.

    • Catherine says...

      As a Southwest Virginia native, I find that article in the New Republic to be spot on. I also have to agree that White Trash by Nancy Isenberg is a necessary read alongside Hillbilly Elegy—It points to a lot of things Vance conveniently ignores (predatory behavior of mining companies, the government’s role in trade agreements that contributed to poverty and leaving people either ill-prepared or unable to leave and compete for equivalent paying jobs elsewhere) and it smartly tackles a long, too often untold history of race and class in the south. I think JD Vance has identified something, though, that we clearly need right now. Whether or not he is a “false prophet,” I hope more writers and thinkers continue to bring their similar histories and stories into the light.

  55. Jennifer says...

    I really love how ya’ll post readers’ comments… It really adds to the sense of community on the blog and really opens the lines of communication and hi-lights the oft-overlooked but existing reciprocal nature of blogs! Love it!

  56. Rachel says...

    May need to pick up that book…currently reading this one, “Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right,” to get a better understanding of America.

  57. If you’re reading these comments Shannon, that is the most wonderful story!

    • thanks, Bobby!!

  58. happy, happy, happy birthday joanna!
    i love the missed connections for parents- i wish that was real!

    xo, brittany
    http://www.notablob.com

  59. Lindsay says...

    What I do every weekend–try to take down the patriarchy!

  60. The marriage proposal is adorable.

  61. The Missed Parents Connections had me laughing out loud this morning. #7 in particular struck a cord because, well, I have three kids. And I offer the same advice/warnings. Ha! (Obviously I love them…but three is a game-changer!).

    And we seem to be on the same trajectory with books lately. I just picked up “Americanah” (I’m loving it) and “Hillbily Elegy” is next on my list. I would love to hear what you think of both when you’re finished.

  62. Carmen B. says...

    I’ve been listening to Hillbilly Elegy audiobook this week. It’s entirely fascinating and a completely different perspective. I’m glad for it.

  63. Elisabeth says...

    I hope you enjoy “Hillbilly Elegy”! I didn’t realize until I’d started it that I was the same age as the author and grew up about 30 minutes away. Anyway, it was a fascinating read and I followed up that book with “Just Mercy” and now “Strangers in Their Own Land.”

    • Lily says...

      “Just Mercy” is incredible. The stories in that book are so haunting, heartbreaking, and inspiriting.

    • After I finished “Just Mercy” I wanted to buy a copy for everyone I know and force them all to read it. I settled for my immediate family…for now. It’s such a wonderful book.

  64. claudia098 says...

    We just picked Hillbilly Elegy at my book club last night! We’re doing a double-header by pairing it with Class by Lucinda Rosenfeld.

    • claudia098 says...

      Also, happy birthday!!

    • I’m about to start reading Class as well! Hope you enjoy it.

    • Carmen B says...

      I’m adding Class to my pile.

  65. I always forget you’re a twin…happy birthday! That picture you linked to of you and your sister – you look EXACTLY like Toby. Crazy how genes work. ;)
    http://www.wonderlandsam.com

  66. Yes to Hillbilly Elegy! Read it a couple of months ago and it really opened my eyes. It’s so interesting how regions and people in my own country can be more foreign to me (a “coastal liberal elite”) than actual foreigners.

    Can we do some kind of book club in-depth discussion of this book when you’re finished? I have lots of thoughts. I’ve discussed them with some of my (mainly liberal) friends but would love a variety of viewpoints on the subject matter (though I do realize your readership leans to the left).

    • Elisabeth says...

      I was just thinking the same thing! I would love to have a virtual book club of some kind (although I’m not sure how that would work).

  67. what a great story from the women’s march! happy friday!

    -kim
    midnight snark