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The Must-Read “A Heart in a Body in the World”

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In A Heart in a Body in the World (Simon Pulse), Deb Caletti has written a gripping story for the young adult market, but it’s a novel everyone should take the time to read. The extremely timely novel, which was just released this month, follows Annabelle, a troubled teenager, who struggles with the notion that women are responsible for every bad thing that happens to them. Caletti does an excellent job getting inside the head of the protagonist who believes she is responsible for a boy’s actions, even though she did nothing wrong. The reader is first introduced to Annabelle as she sits in a parking lot of a local fast-food joint called Dick’s. After a stranger inappropriately touches her in the restaurant, memories…

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Before You Plug into Netflix, We’ve Got Your Jessica Jones Cheat Sheet

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I’ve been waiting months for the premiere of Marvel’s Jessica Jones on Netflix and the debut of our first female comic-book anti-hero. As much as I dig Agent Carter, Supergirl, Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel, their heroics lean towards the squeaky-clean. Jessica Jones will be our first female hero with some grit under her nails, dirty laundry lying around the apartment, and the smell of alcohol on her breath. Up until now, flawed heroes were limited to men—Wolverine and Iron Man, to name a couple. Jessica will be our first 3-dimensional female superhero. And it’s not just because of the conventional noir trappings of too much hard living and hard drinking; it’s the character herself. She’s deeply damaged and powerfully conflicted.…

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