Friday, February 14, 2014

Valentine’s Day Self Love Book Collection Giveaway!!!


Happy Valentines Day!

The contest has ended and the winner has been contacted.

Who better to love and spoil than yourself?! So I’m going to try to help one of you in that endeavor with 12 books on body/fat/self acceptance! I know, right?! So exciting! I’ve been wanting to do this for ages so I’m super pumped about it! (Hence the million exclamation points!)



This collection includes all of the following:
  1. Beautiful You: A Daily Guide to Radical Self-Acceptance by Rosie Molinary
  2. Big Big Love: A Sex and Relationships Guide for People of Size (and Those Who Love Them) by Hanne Blank
  3. Body Outlaws: Rewriting the Rules of Beauty and Body Image edited by Ophira Edut
  4. Fat Kid Rules the World by ‎KL Going
  5. Fat Ladies in Spaaaaace: A Body-Positive Coloring Book by Theo Nicole Lorenz
  6. Fat: The Owner's Manual by Ragen Chastain
  7. Health At Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight by Linda Bacon
  8. Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love, & Fashion edited by Virgie Tovar
  9. Lessons from the Fat-o-sphere: Quit Dieting and Declare a Truce with Your Body by Kate Harding and Marianne Kirby
  10. Two Whole Cakes: How to Stop Dieting and Learn to Love Your Body by Lesley Kinzel
  11. The Unapologetic Fat Girl's Guide to Exercise and Other Incendiary Acts by Hanne Blank
  12. What You Really Really Want: The Smart Girl's Shame-Free Guide to Sex and Safety by Jaclyn Friedman

Pretty awesome, right?!


Beautiful You: A Daily Guide to Radical Self-Acceptance by Rosie Molinary published by Seal Press
Rosie Molinary forcefully encourages women — whatever their size, shape, or color — to work toward feeling wonderful about themselves despite today’s media-saturated culture. Drawing on self-awareness, creativity, and mind-body connections, Molinary incorporates practical techniques into a 365-day action plan that empowers women to regain a healthy self-image, shore up self-confidence, reframe and break undermining habits of self-criticism, and champion their own emotional and physical well-being. Through accessible, doable daily actions, women and girls learn to manifest a healthy outlook on life — teaching them to live large, and starting them on the path to learning to love themselves and others.



Big Big Love: A Sex and Relationships Guide for People of Size (and Those Who Love Them) by Hanne Blank published by Crown Publishing
Big Big Love is the only one-stop-shopping handbook on relationships, sexuality, and big sexy confidence for people of all genders, sizes, and sexual orientations who know that a fantastic love life doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with the number on the bathroom scale. Covering everything from dating to sex toys to getting on top, this guide also features tips on navigating tricky topics like making peace with your belly, coping with weight-related prejudice, and creating a happy, satisfying sex life in a culture where no body is ever perfect enough. …Big Big Love’s savvy, sane advice can help you tackle every hot-button issue you may confront in the bedroom and in love.




Body Outlaws: Rewriting the Rules of Beauty and Body Image edited by Ophira Edut published by Seal Press

(This is the book that first introduced me to the concept of self acceptance and body positivity.)   
The writers in this groundbreaking anthology reveal a world where bodies come in all their many-splendored shapes, sizes, colors, and textures. In doing so, they expand the national dialogue on body image to include race, ethnicity, sexuality, and power—issues that, while often overlooked, are intimately linked to how women feel about their bodies. Body Outlaws offers stories by those who have chosen to ignore, subvert, or redefine the dominant beauty standard in order to feel at home in their bodies.



Fat Kid Rules the World by KL Going published by Speak
Troy Billings is seventeen, 296 pounds, friendless, utterly miserable, and about to step off a New York subway platform in front of an oncoming train. Until he meets Curt MacCrae, an emaciated, semi-homeless, high school dropout guitar genius, the stuff of which Lower East Side punk rock legends are made. Never mind that Troy’s dad thinks Curt’s a drug addict and Troy’s brother thinks Troy’s the biggest (literally) loser in Manhattan. Soon, Curt’s recruited Troy as his new drummer—even though Troy can’t play the drums. Together, Curt and Troy will change the world of punk, and Troy’s own life, forever.




Fat Ladies in Spaaaaace: A Body-Positive Coloring Book by Theo Nicole Lorenz
There's a whole universe of body types out there, and they all deserve to be represented. This coloring book features eighteen fat scifi heroines doing what they do best: trekking across the time and space, blasting off into adventure, and saving the day.


 
Fat: The Owner's Manual
by Ragen Chastain published by Sized for Success Multimedia
This book is more than just the story of a fat woman who managed to win respect and National Championships in the thin-obsessed world of dance. It's more than just a trained researcher's examination of the evidence about weight and health. It's a book about living life in the body that you have now, and making decisions about what you want in the future, and how to get there. Whether you want to change your body, fight for size acceptance, just live your life, or understand and support your fat friends and family, this book provides the insights, aha moments, humor, and hard facts to help.




Health At Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight by Linda Bacon published by BenBella Books
Fat isn’t the problem. Dieting is the problem. A society that rejects anyone whose body shape or size doesn’t match an impossible ideal is the problem. A medical establishment that equates “thin” with “healthy” is the problem.  The solution?  Health at Every Size. Updated with the latest scientific research and even more powerful messages, Health at Every Size is not a diet book, and after reading it, you will be convinced the best way to win the war against fat is to give up the fight.


Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love & Fashion edited by Virgie Tovar published by Seal Press
In this fun, fresh, fat-positive anthology, fat activist and sex educator Virgie Tovar brings together voices from an often-marginalized community to talk about and celebrate their lives. Hot & Heavy rejects the idea that being thin is best, instead embracing the many fabulous aspects of being fat—building fat-positive spaces, putting together fat-friendly wardrobes, turning society’s rules into personal politics, and creating supportive, inclusive communities. Writers, activists, performers, and poets—including April Flores, Alysia Angel, Charlotte Cooper, Jessica Judd, Emily Anderson, Genne Murphy, and Tigress Osborn—cover everything from fat go-go dancing to queer dating to urban gardening in their essays, exploring their experiences with the word “fat,” pinpointing particular moments that have impacted the way they think and feel about their bodies, and telling the story of how they each became fat revolutionaries. Ground-breaking and long overdue, Hot & Heavy is a fierce, sassy, thoughtful, authentic, and joyous collection of stories about unapologetically—and unconditionally—loving the body you’re in.



Lessons from the Fat-o-sphere: Quit Dieting and Declare a Truce with Your Body by Kate Harding and Marianne Kirby published by Perigee Books
When it comes to body image, women can be their own worst enemies, aided and abetted by society and the media. But Harding and Kirby, the leading bloggers in the "fatosphere," the online community of the fat acceptance movement, have written a book to help readers achieve admiration for-or at least a truce with-their bodies. The authors believe in "health at every size"-the idea that weight does not necessarily determine well-being and that exercise and eating healthfully are beneficial, regardless of whether they cause weight loss. They point to errors in the media, misunderstood and ignored research, as well as stories from real women around the world to underscore their message. In the up-front and honest style that has become the trademark of their blogs, they share with readers twenty-seven ways to reframe notions of dieting and weight, including: accepting that diets don't work, practicing intuitive eating, finding body-positive doctors, not judging other women, and finding a hobby that has nothing to do with one's weight.




The Unapologetic Fat Girl's Guide to Exercise and Other Incendiary Acts by Hanne Blank published by Crown Publishing
This empowering exercise guide is big on attitude, giving plus-size women the motivation and information they need to move their bodies and improve their health.  Hanne Blank—a fellow plus-size girl who’s been there and has the worn-out sports bras to show for it—will help you discover activity that works for you no matter what your size or current fitness level.  Featuring incendiary acts like “Flail proudly,” and “Claim the right to be unattractive (just like anybody else),” Hanne serves up years of hard-won fitness advice with humor and self-acceptance.




Two Whole Cakes: How to Stop Dieting and Learn to Love Your Body by Lesley Kinzel published by The Feminist Press
In the age of The Biggest Loser and the “war on obesity,” we’re pressured to conform to certain body standards at any cost. Sure, everyone should eat right and get exercise, but what if you do that and you still don’t fit into the clothes at the mall? … Lesley Kinzel tells stories, gives advice, and challenges stereotypes about being and feeling fat. Kinzel says no to diet fads and pills, shows by example how to stop hating your body, celebrates self-acceptance at any size, and urges you to finally accept the truth: your body is not a tragedy!




What You Really Really Want: The Smart Girl's Shame-Free Guide to Sex and Safety by Jaclyn Friedman
published by Seal Press
In this empowering, accessible guide, Jaclyn Friedman—co-editor of Yes Means Yes—gives young women the tools to decipher the modern world’s confusing, hypersexualized, sometimes dangerous landscape so they can define their own sexual identity. Friedman decries the hypocrisy and mixed messages of our culture (we’re failures if we don’t act sexy, but we’re sluts if we actually pursue sex; we need to be protected from rapists lurking in bushes, but deserve “whatever we get” if we have a drink at a party and wear a skirt), and encourages readers to separate fear from fact, decode the damaging messages all around them, and discover a healthy personal sexuality.  ...readers will build new skills for safely expressing their sexuality with lovers and explore effective ways to talk about tricky issues with family and friends - and learn how to make the world a little safer for everyone else’s sexuality along the way.


The contest has ended and the winner has been contacted.

Full Discloser
If you click those links to Amazon and buy anything (not only the books), I get a small percentage of it.  (Which I usually use on vitamins because I’m a mess!) 

How to Enter
Leave a comment telling me about a book that changed your life. (Because I need more book recommendations!)

Additional Entries
Post about this giveaway on your blog/website/facebook/tumblr. You get one entry for each post you make. Limit one per site.

Tweet about it! Limit three tweets.

You don't have to follow me, subscribe to me, like me, or anything.  This is about you, silly, not me!

Specifics
Make sure you include your email address in all entries.

Create a separate comment for every one of your entries. Example: you post about it on facebook and tweet it three times. That means you need to make four comments on here, linking to each one. I'll be using a random number generator so if they're all batched together in one comment, they'll only count as one. Make sense?

This contest is open to everyone. If you win and you're in the US, it will be shipped to you at no cost. If you’re outside of the US, I’m going to need you to pay for part of the postage. I know, it sucks, but I wouldn’t do it that way unless I had to!

This contest will end Friday, February 21st at midnight EST.

Good luck!

Oh my god, I'm so excited!!

52 comments:

  1. the book that changed my life was carrie by stephen king, yes its a horror book but it reminded me that even the most outsider person (carrie) can kick arse and take names and destroy a whole town in the process....

    yes i am very odd in that way Heidi and its an odd and unusual choice but I related to Carrie in more ways that King realised when he wrote her...

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  2. A book that changed my life would be either Fat!So? by Marilyn Wann or Cunt by Inga Muscio!! <3 <3

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  3. OMG, so exciting! As far as body acceptance goes, I was a wee collegiate when I read Naomi Wolf's The Beauty Myth. It was an eye-opener, as far as the effects of dieting and weight loss. Later, when I shelved books for a living, I found Paul Campos' The Obesity Myth, which went beyond eye-opening to mind-blowing, and led me to Marilyn Wann's Fat!So? and a bevy of other books. jayceewells@yahoo.com

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  4. A book that changed my life? "Go Ask Alice" How dark is that? But it was the gritty writing, and the angsty teenagery content (I was 14 at the time) that just spoke to me. As much as this is NOT the message, it really taught me that I was allowed to just be a normal teenager, and have angsty feelings. It also started my interest in writing.

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  5. I also posted about this on my tumblr http://toni-colada.tumblr.com/

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  6. Lessons from the Fat-o-sphere changed my life as it was my first introduction to fat acceptance. Unfortunately, I don't actually own the book though! Another great book is The Fat Studies Reader. Lots of great academic articles and such!

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  7. <3 this Giveaway! One of my favorite books and most influencial reads was Black Girl In Paris by Shae Youngblood. A novel about a young Black American in Paris and her experience with race, love and politics. As a young political activist of the 90s this book spoke to me on every level. <3

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  8. Facebook Post! https://www.facebook.com/sweetleighsewn/posts/10151864691562003?stream_ref=10

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  9. Twitter Post by Vanessa Lewis! https://twitter.com/sweetleighsewn/status/434409121924644865
    akavundergurl@yahoo.com

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  10. A book that changed my life was "My Gender Workbook" by Kate Bornstein. It really opened my eyes as to how gender is socially constructed.

    Email: erin.mckelle@gmail.com

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  11. Ohh look at all those great books! Hello my name is Karlene. I have a blog but I've not written on it in a long time but there are quite a few I love to read. I just saw yours via Virgie. I'd love to win the books. Thank you for the opportunity.
    karlene1972@yahoo.com

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  12. What a fab giveaway! I can tell you one book that changed my life is The Fat Studies Reader. I'm a glutton for academic and scholarly reading on the topic of FAT and this satiated my needs.

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  13. Lady Green's "The Sexual Dominant Woman" changed my life because I was struggling to deal with my dominant sexual desires and the fact that I am a childhood abuse survivor. It helped me see that I wasn't an abuser simply because I wanted to be in charge in my sex life.

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  14. I shared on FB under my name just moments ago.

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  15. I tweeted this giveaway via my "thetammyjo" twitter account a moment ago.

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  16. Actually, Big Big Love changed my life pretty thoroughly. I thought I was comfortable with who I was but then I laid hands on it and realized that I had barely just begun to make peace with myself. When the second edition came out, I had such a moment of reflection--it was awesome. Also, I've given away several copies, because I keep finding people who need it.

    If you're looking for book recommendations, though, I recommend Beasts of Burden. It's a graphic novel about canine paranormal investigators that will break your heart over and over and keep you coming back for more. :)

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  17. Also, tweeted. :) https://twitter.com/pathar/status/434431139097239553

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  18. And hey, why not: I shared it on Facebook too. :) https://www.facebook.com/pathar/posts/10152184258598711?stream_ref=10

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  19. I wanted to share that I also included you on my blog! http://www.molly-pocket.com/2014/02/well-its-been-while.html I will also be sharing your post on my Facebook page (Molly-Pocket).
    Thanks!

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  20. a book that changed my life: Cruddy by Lynda Barry.

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  21. I love this idea! I've been wanting to read most of those books for a long time.

    The first book that comes to mine from your prompt is "Down and Out in Paris and London" by George Orwell. Orwell recants his time working behind the scenes in a Paris restaurant and living with transients in London. He talks about poverty and what it's like to live poor. The line that stands out for me from all else is: "You thought it would be terrible; it is merely squalid and boring." I've been lower middle class or poorer my entire life. As a disabled adult dependent on Medicare and other programs for health care, who also happens to be a poet, I project that I will always be on a meagar fixed income, but I have love and some peace. I often think back to this statement when I haven't been able to take in any leisure activities because I can barely afford to feed myself. It's BORING, but I can bare it. Plus, having no spare funds forces me to use my vivid imagination to entertain myself and that is making for some superb writing. I hope you do check this book out even if I don't win, I would recommend it to anyone. :)

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  22. A book that really impacted my life was The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck. drbrendardnatgmaildotcom

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  23. A book that really impacted my life was The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck.

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  24. Tweeted. https://twitter.com/fatfriendlyRDN/status/434540706493767680

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  25. Posted on my Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dr-Brenda-NutritionistEating-Coach/782480225110814?ref=hl

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  26. Cleaving by Julie Powell. I just related to the narrator so much and found it comforting that I could.

    Email: casiekersey@gmail.com

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  27. I also tweeted about it! > https://twitter.com/RaptorInRapture/status/434723471684153344

    Email: casiekersey@gmail.com

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  28. Big Fat Manifesto was a great book. The protagonist is a fat girl writing a column in her school newspaper about being fat, and the book deals with her as an actress and her relationships with her friends and boys.

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  29. A book that changed my life is Echo by Francesa Lia Block. I first read it when I filched it from my eight grade English teacher's classroom bookshelf (he never got it back- I am notoriously absent minded about returning books, as my library fees can attest to).
    At the time I was struggling through my first bout with anorexia and bulimia. I wasn't able to focus on anything, had become dull and withdrawn, and had trouble doing simple things like walking for more than two minutes at a time and getting up a flight of stairs. My parents were terrified, my friends refused to talk about it, and I felt completely isolated and alone. At thirteen years old, I was actively trying to starve myself to death to escape.

    In Echo, the protagonist also suffers from an eating disorder for a time- though I knew what ed's were, I had never found any mention of them in books, my constant companions. Not only was it the first time I had seen one mentioned, but the way it was mentioned just spoke to me- while not going into specific rituals or practices of an ED (thankfully), Block writes with piercing accuracy about the mental anguish of suffering from one, and the beautiful process of letting one go. Her words are lyrical and poetic, not harsh and prescriptive like so many accounts of ED's are.

    To put it simple, Echo made me want to live again. After reading it, I bravely marched to my parents on my weak legs and told them everything, and began the long process of recovery. I've had relapses, setbacks, and missed so many opportunities in life that is makes my head spin, but I am still here. I am still fighting. And eight years later, I can honestly say that I am no longer afraid of living, and I am no longer suffering from an eating disorder. I am a badass curvy babe, and I love the person I've become. If not for Echo, I'm not sure I would be around to say that.

    I think what you're doing is wonderful. Even if I don't win the giveaway, I am grateful that there are people like you spreading self love throughout the world.

    My e-mail is kathryndeanna@gmail.com.

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  30. A book that changed my life...hmm so many! As I think it's related to HAES, I really appreciate End Emotional Eating: Using Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills to Cope with Difficult Emotions and Develop a Healthy Relationship to Food. I think it's been a great tool that's given me a lot of insight in not just how I approach food but all of my emotions and how I look at the world! email: taxionhighway@gmail.com

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  31. 14,000 Things To Be Happy About by Barbara Ann Kipfer most definitely has changed my life. On and off I have struggled to control issues surrounding depression and bipolar disorder and have had days, weeks and for a while months where I couldn't get out of bed and just function at a basic level. The joy of life was sucked out of my being. This book and its 612 pages helped me see the beauty that is happening all around me all the time. I tend to carry it with me wherever I go and when I can catch myself slipping back into those dark spaces that consumed me, I randomly turn to a page a read.

    My email address is: Unecasette@gmail.com

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  32. Here is the giveaway reblogged on my main Tumblr:
    http://sixty-watt.tumblr.com/post/76750035379

    My email address: Unecasette@gmail.com

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  33. Here is the giveaway Tumblr post reblogged on my secondary blog:
    http://varicose-vain.tumblr.com/post/76750329818

    My email address is: Unecasette@gmail.com

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  34. A book that changed my life?
    The Purity Myth: How America's Obsession with Virginity Is Hurting Young Women, by Jessica Valenti. That book opened my eyes to what's really going on in the US, and made me a dyed-in-the-wool feminist.

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  35. I also reblogged it here:

    http://serpentsgarden.tumblr.com/post/76753918776

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  36. Also on Facebook!:

    https://www.facebook.com/Kit.Pawlowski/posts/10152259071029721?stream_ref=10

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  37. A book that changed my life...hmmm...Probably The Living by Annie Dillard, I love the way she writes about people and their inner thoughts. For some reason it helped me connect more with people as I let go of my need to make every thought action and decision in my life so IMPORTANT and just started living my life more in honesty and with acceptance for my humanity amidst life's challenges.

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  38. I love your blog, your bravery, and I really hope to be as comfortable in my own skin as you seem to be in yours.

    Five years ago, I made a decision not to have a child. When I was finally in a place to be able to raise one, I couldn't have them anymore and I spent years punishing myself and grieving for my choice. It was starting to ruin my life. Then I read Jen Kirkman's "I Can Barely Take Care of Myself". After that, I realized I was trying to fulfill what I thought I was supposed to want (kids, traditional marriage, etc.) I never thought I'd be ok with a child-free life, but that book single handedly ended years of cultural brainwashing that without kids, I wasn't really a woman of value. If you haven't read it, I really hope you enjoy it. 721madi@gmail.com

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  39. https://twitter.com/AniaWjcik2/status/434801112550354945
    anjas12@op.pl

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  40. Tweet # 1 https://twitter.com/MAliceAdLibitum/status/434794383947231232

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  41. A book that changed my life was Fat Girl: A True Story by Judith Moore. We read that in a women in lit class. I was amazed my prof assigned this book although kind of terrified to talk about it because I was the only fat girl in class. But it definitely mirrored a lot of my experiences and made me feel less alone in them. Highly recommend!
    bkmontana@gmail.com

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  42. Fat!So? by marylin wann changed the way I saw my fatness and myself. It opened my eyes to the political and feminist issues of fatness and to questioning everything I had just assumed was "the way things were."

    laurencohnfrankel (AT) gmail

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  43. I shared this on FB too: https://www.facebook.com/cohnfrankel

    laurencohnfrankel (AT) gmail

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  44. A book that changed my life would have to be the Lord of the Rings. Simply because it pulled me to online fandoms and led me to the life I now have, knowing the people I now know.

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

    sinipiika (at) outlook (dot) com

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  45. Reading "Why Not Me?" by Gladys Milton changed my life. It's an autobiographical account of a Black midwife from Florida who attended numerous births, primarily serving low-income, rural women of color. It also provides an account of the way the state used racism to delegitimize her and her work!

    shandanette [at] gmail [dot] com

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  46. I tweeted about the giveaway! Yay! https://twitter.com/subwaystitches/status/436269047941197824

    shandanette [at] gmail [dot] com

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  47. I posted on Tumblr!

    http://subwaystitches.tumblr.com/post/77213928720/thesugarmonster-attackofthesugarmonster-com-is

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  48. A book that really changed my life is Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi. It started my love of memoir, among other things. graciegirl (at) sbcglobal (dot) net.

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  49. I read a lot of books about Goddess worship which promote a lot of body acceptance. Be a Goddess by Francesca De Grandis is a good one.

    nin_goddess [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  50. I know I'm too late for the giveaway, but that's ok. Book I've read recently that has made an impact on my thought process: Tiny Beautiful Things, by Cheryl Strayed. It's part advice column, part memoir, all incredible.

    PS - I'm not sure it's letting me comment with my online handle/website (WordPress and Blogger, why must you fight so?), so goingloopy.wordpress.com / twitter.com/goingloopy.

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