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10 Thought Provoking Quotes by Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf, a literary genius, an advocate for feminists everywhere, a tormented, complicated soul, celebrates her would have been 138th birthday today. And on this special day, we want you to remember some of the remarkable sayings Woolf has blessed us with. So, here are 10 quotes by the prolific author, which makes us realize why she became such a profound figure worldwide.

1. On history

“Nothing has really happened until it has been described.”

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2. on personal growth

“I am made and remade continually. Different people draw different words from me.”

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3. on comedy

“Humor is the first of the gifts to perish in a foreign tongue.”

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4. On feminism

“As long as she thinks of a man, nobody objects to a woman thinking.”

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5. on fiction

“Fiction is like a spider’s web, attached ever so lightly perhaps, but still attached to life at all four corners.”

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6. on aging

“The older one grows, the more one likes indecency.”

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7. on nature

“The beauty of the world, which is so soon to perish, has two edges, one of laughter, one of anguish, cutting the heart asunder.”

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8. On diet

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”

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9. on youth

“I don’t believe in ageing. I believe in forever altering one’s aspect to the sun.”

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10. on being authentic

“If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.”

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These quotes make it easy for us to realize the impact Virginia Woolf has had on culture, feminism, life and writing, and why her significance is as prevalent to this day.

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Lee Child Delegates to Younger Brother

We can’t just say good-bye to beloved hero Jack Reacher. Author, Lee Child, thought about killing off Jack, but instead he is passing the series along to his younger brother. Child knows how much his readers love the series and are expecting a lot more books to come. The first book, Killing Floor, was published in 1997 and 23 books followed.

 

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Andrew Grant, who is already an author, will now write the Jack Reacher series under the pen name Andrew Child. Grant’s most recent novel was released just a couple of weeks ago, the second novel in his Paul McGrath series, Too Close to Home. Not only does Grant have to tackle actually writing the books but he must also live up to the legacy his brother is leaving him in continuing on the Jack Reacher series.

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According to Lee, he is aging out of the series and not able to produce anymore books. Lee describes his brother as a ‘tough guy’ writer, who has more energy and is full of more ideas. Even though they were raised under the same roof, Andrew is fifteen years younger and is best suited for the job now. However the next few novels will be written by both brothers and then Lee will officially be stepping back and passing the baton over to Andrew. According to Andrew, he’s been a fan of the books since the first one, so he understands what the readers want.

Lee has sold over 100 million copies of his books and now Amazon is looking to adapt the books to series. So, Andrew is going to do his best to give the fans what they want, and of course his big brother will be watching.

 

 


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Edwidge Danticat and Caribbean Relatability

Late last year, I had the unbelievable pleasure of meeting Haitian-American author, Edwidge Danticat. I had read her first novel, Breath, Eyes, Memory, over the summer and she quickly became one of my favorite storytellers.

 

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If I’m being quite honest, I fell in love with Danticat’s work, especially the relatability I feel in reading it. As a Caribbean-American woman, it’s rare that I find novels and stories that reflect things that I’m familiar with. Danticat must have heard me complaining because I can relate to a lot of her stories and their nuanced portrayals of island/immigrant life.

 

 

While I love all of Danticat’s work, I’m especially a sucker for New York Day Women, a short story from Danticat’s Krik?Krak! collection. The story follows Suzette, the adult daughter of Haitian immigrants, as she spies on and follows her mother around New York City. At one point in the story, Suzette’s mother mentions that clothes should not be given to Goodwill when they can be saved and shipped home. “We save our clothes for the relatives in Haiti,” she says. The line makes me instantly think of my own mother, who packs up old clothes to ship to Jamaica every so often.

 

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Can we just say that I love Edwidge Danticat? She gave me a place to see myself and my family in fiction. She has inspired me to write stories like my own without fear of not being accepted.

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BBC Releases Trailer for Adaption of Normal People

The BBC have released the first trailer for their upcoming adaption of Sally Rooney’s acclaimed novel Normal People. The 12-part series is set for release later this year and the script been worked on by Rooney personally.

The book follows Marianne and Connell, two young people from a small town in the west of Ireland, as they move on to university. From two very different backgrounds, their relationship shifts and changes over the years, the dynamics of their social standing constantly playing off against their love for one another.

 

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The adaption stars relative newcomers Daisy Edgar-Jones and Paul Mescal.

The trailer, released earlier today, features various clips of the pair throughout the series, with a phone call providing the soundtrack. Take a look below:

 

Normal People is the second novel from Rooney, who previously penned Conversations with Friends. The novel was a breakout of 2018, so popular that for a while it was difficult to take the subway or the bus without spotting it in somebody’s hand. BBC acquired the rights to a TV adaption in 2019 and filming commenced in May of last year.

 

 

Normal People will be released later this year on BBC Three in the UK and Hulu in the US.

 

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Birthday Girl’s Best Reads!

Michelle Obama is the queen we all need daily advice from. But since she’s sadly not on our speed dials, we will have to draw as much influence and inspiration from her recommended book list. For her birthday, we have put together a number of books this mega powerhouse of a lady thinks we should read. Make sure you snag these books as fast as possible if they aren’t already in your bookshelf!

 

1. an american marriage by tayari jones

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Similar to BecomingAn American Marriage discusses race, gender roles, and of course, love. A newly married couple, Celestial and Roy, find their lives turned upside down when he is convicted of a crime he did not commit. Left on her own while Roy starts a 12-year prison sentence, Celestial drifts away from him, emotionally. So what will happen to their marriage now?

 

 

2. the grapes of wrath by john steinbeck

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Published in 1939, this story is set against the backdrop of economic depression and ecological hardship, and has remained hugely popular to this day, and is a staple in Michelle’s list. It follows the fortunes of a family as they travel the iconic Route 66 from Oklahoma to California in search of a better life.

 

3. song of solomon by toni morrison

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It’s no secret that Michelle is a Toni Morrison fan, because back in 2011, during Take Your Child to Work Day, Obama noted Song of Solomon was the book that made her love reading. Song of Solomon is a coming of age story that discusses, in a literal and figurative sense, what it means to fly. The book has stirred up quite some controversy as it confronts many topics some have found uncomfortable, including racism, murder, and abusive relationships.

 

 

4. white teeth by zadie smith

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“I love the way the story weaves together so many complex and powerful forces that affect our lives and our relationships – family and parenting, religion and politics, and so much more. Plus, it’s just plain funny. I love books that make me laugh every now and then.”, says Michelle.

 

5. educated by tara westover

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Michelle says: “It’s an engrossing read, a fresh perspective on the power of an education, and it’s also a testament to the way grit and resilience can shape our lives. Tara’s upbringing was so different from my own, but learning about her world gave me insight into lives and experiences that weren’t a part of my own journey.”

 

 

6. conversations with myself by nelson mandela

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“I like to flip through it from time to time because it always seems to give me an extra boost when I need it. I cherish this both because it was signed by him and because he gave it to me as a gift when my family visited his home in 2011.” says Michelle.

 

 

Michelle Obama is the inspirational spirit animal everyone needs, and although she may not be the First Lady anymore, her book list is a portrayal of her vision and guidance, and we are thrilled to be able to share it with everyone.

 

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