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    This probably belongs in the book forum, but I'll get more answers here.

    I have a sister who just turned 13 and is a freshman right now. I'm looking to buy her some good books for Christmas about being a teenager and female empowerment. They can be fiction or nonfiction. They can't be vulgar or anything.

    Any suggestions?
    Sure why not?

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    What sort of books does she currently like?
    ...and the milk's in me.

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    I was in the audience for this in Bulgaria on Friday night... it was absolutely magical.


    I wish I could see the whole trilogy this way, but it's sadly beyond my reach... any of you guys should definitely do it when it comes to the Lincoln Center in NY in April: http://lc.lincolncenter.org/shows/21...-08%2019:30:00, especially if you're a fan of the films and especially the music.

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    Quote Quoting Watashi (view post)
    This probably belongs in the book forum, but I'll get more answers here.

    I have a sister who just turned 13 and is a freshman right now. I'm looking to buy her some good books for Christmas about being a teenager and female empowerment. They can be fiction or nonfiction. They can't be vulgar or anything.

    Any suggestions?
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    Quote Quoting Watashi (view post)
    Any suggestions?
    If she has any interest in fantasy, my girlfriend highly recommends this

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    Quote Quoting Mara (view post)
    What sort of books does she currently like?
    The typical young adult stuff: Harry Potter, Hunger Games, some sci-fi fantasy stuff.
    Sure why not?

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    STRONGER (David Gordon Green) - 6
    THE DISASTER ARTIST (James Franco) - 7
    THE FLORIDA PROJECT (Sean Baker) - 9
    LADY BIRD (Greta Gerwig) - 8


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    Quote Quoting Watashi (view post)
    The typical young adult stuff: Harry Potter, Hunger Games, some sci-fi fantasy stuff.
    Just about anything from Catherynne M. Valente. One of the strongest, most unique feminine voices in genre literature today. Her prose style is complex but immensely readable, she deals with complex themes, and she speaks to both a younger and older reader. She's tremendous.

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    Quote Quoting D_Davis (view post)
    Just about anything from Catherynne M. Valente. One of the strongest, most unique feminine voices in genre literature today. Her prose style is complex but immensely readable, she deals with complex themes, and she speaks to both a younger and older reader. She's tremendous.
    Any particular suggestions?
    Sure why not?

    STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI (Rian Johnson) - 9
    STRONGER (David Gordon Green) - 6
    THE DISASTER ARTIST (James Franco) - 7
    THE FLORIDA PROJECT (Sean Baker) - 9
    LADY BIRD (Greta Gerwig) - 8


    "Hitchcock is really bad at suspense."
    - Stay Puft

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    Quote Quoting Watashi (view post)
    Any particular suggestions?
    The Orphan's Tales: In the Night Garden. It's a series of nested stories in the vein of Arabian Nights. Really beautifully written and narratively rewarding.
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    Quote Quoting Watashi (view post)
    Any particular suggestions?
    Her book The Girl who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of her Own Making was the best book I've read so far this year. It might skew a little young for 13, but I liked it at 35, so...

    Some other recs:

    Keturah and Lord Death by Martine Leavitt
    The Perilous Gard by Elizabeth Marie Pope
    Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
    Quest for a Maid by Frances Mary Hendry
    Beauty by Robin McKinley

    These are all (to some extent) fantasy stories, well-written, age-appropriate, with strong female characters. Dealing with Dragons is a comedy.
    ...and the milk's in me.

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    Quote Quoting Lazlo (view post)
    The Orphan's Tales: In the Night Garden. It's a series of nested stories in the vein of Arabian Nights. Really beautifully written and narratively rewarding.
    Quote Quoting Mara (view post)
    Her book The Girl who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of her Own Making was the best book I've read so far this year. It might skew a little young for 13, but I liked it at 35, so...
    These would be my recs as well. Nice thing about Valente is that your sister can grow with her. She's pretty prolific, and writes things for most age groups.

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    I didn't realize she writes YA stuff. The one I read opens with a young girl banging an old man on a bullet train.
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    Th Girl etc. is middle grade (10-14 years old or so.) It's more of a fairy tale than anything.

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    I am involved in A Thing at work and boy oh boy do I wish I wasn't. I think my boss is actually being written up for something that got all mixed up during my transition into my new job. She has said it isn't my fault and another department has it out for her, but I'm trying so hard to put my best foot forward and develop positive relationships and... in my experience when you are close to A Thing its stink gets all over you.

    And it is kind of my fault because I "corrected" someone with bad information which exposed the original miscommunication/mistake. Eughhhhhh.

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    Aaaand it won't die. I just got multiple e-mails on the subject.

    BY THE WAY this whole debacle came from an assumption that I am supposed to work 8 hours a day, AKA a totally normal amount, when I guess I was hired for 7.5. Therefore I have a week where I was barbarously overworked for 2.5 hours. THE HORROR.

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    I'd demand overtime
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    Quote Quoting Gizmo (view post)
    I'd demand overtime
    Oh, they're going to pay me. They sound very threatening about it, too.

    *shivers*

    WHY DID I OPEN MY DUMB MOUTH?

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    I wish I was on salary for these types of things.

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    Quote Quoting megladon8 (view post)
    I wish I was on salary for these types of things.
    There are pluses and minuses to being hourly. I've actually never been salaried at a job... maybe someday.
    ...and the milk's in me.

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    My #1 celeb crush was right behind me at Starbucks and I was literally shaking and I said I just wanted to tell her she's great as Britta and I briefly forgot her name like an idiot and when I said I didn't want a selfie or anything silly like that she insisted and someday I'll marry this woman.



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    Aw, she sounds great. Between this and being besties with Spinal's son I think she should just go ahead and join MC.

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    Good job not slinging an arm over her like a creeper, BTW.

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    Quote Quoting Mara (view post)
    Good job not slinging an arm over her like a creeper, BTW.
    There was no time for hover hand.

    Also, she had to show me how to flip to the front camera on an iPhone.

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    Everything I've heard about her makes her seem super cool. She went to the same high school as some of my friends, but was slightly older than them.

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    ...who is she?

    *sulks away*

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