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Normal Women: From the Number One Bestselling Author Comes 900 Years of Women Making History

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They are the “healthy, strong, intelligent, spiritual and sexual” beings who did everything: nurtured families, farms and businesses, dug graves, birthed babies, brought in harvests, staffed factories, led riots and held communities together…Gregory has the novelist’s eye for the quirky and the vivid; the wryness of a confident narrator. It details how the double shift was born and how 'women's work' was gradually forced to the home where it was unseen. Thirty-five-year-old Dani has given up condo life in the city to move back to her hometown Metcalf with her husband, Clark, and baby daughter, Lotte. She’d always thought she was destined to do something special but failed to equip herself with the skills to achieve it. Ostensibly a yoga center, The Temple and its guardian, Renata, are committed to helping people reach their full potential.

Throughout history women have faced the threat of sexual violence and, sadly, it's no different today. This was marketed as a mystery and made it seem like this woman who is dealing with becoming a stay at home mom becomes obsessed with a woman who runs a cult.The novel focuses on Dani navigating the tribulations of motherhood and the social pressures of parenting, marriage and inequities in the roles of motherhood versus fatherhood. Finally, Dani has found something she could be good at, even great at; meaningful work that will protect her and Lotte from poverty, and provide true economic independence from Clark. Although probably a biased sample because I’m not seeking out women, but I am forced to endure the horror that is straight men’s dating app bios). A landmark work of scholarship and storytelling, Normal Women chronicles centuries of social and cultural change—from 1066 to modern times—powered by the determination, persistence, and effectiveness of women.

That seems unfair because it’s written way better than some of the four stars I’ve read this year, but the ending might put it on my worst books of the year list.For someone who hates children with every fiber of her being, I’ve read a lot of mommy horror, and I usually enjoy it. Professor Jane Humphries, economic historian at the University of Oxford and London School of Economics anddata scientist Edwina Dunn, founder of the educational charity The Female Lead, which empowers and listens to women. And if it’s supposed to be a horrific ending in that she’s lost to the cult and brainwashed, it’s not exaggerated enough to make that obvious.

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