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    Leanne Phillips is a writer, a feminist, and a historian. Her work has appeared in Kelp Journal, the Los Angeles Review of Books, The Rumpus, The Coachella Review, Persimmon Tree, and elsewhere. She earned an MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts (fiction) from the University of California at Riverside, Palm Desert. Leanne is the Books Editor for GXRL. She is a voting member of the National Book Critics Circle. She lives on California’s Central Coast where she spends her time working on her first novel, reading good books, and beachcombing.

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    Books: The Pink Hotel by Liska Jacobs

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    One of my childhood friends used to carry around snacks with him, constantly. Bags of Funyuns stashed in his front sweatshirt pocket. Bags of...

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    Books: The Waiting Is the Hardest Part: Agency in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice

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    Books: Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

    Here I go again. Writing about a woman author who became nameless through no fault of her own. It’s kind of my thing, and...

    Books: Midnight Champagne by A. Manette Ansay

    Midnight Champagne by A. Manette Ansay Author A. Manette Ansay was born and raised in the Great Lakes region of the United States. She had...

    Books: Girly Drinks by Mallory O’Meara

    When I met Mallory O’Meara briefly a couple of years ago, she’d just published her first book. The Lady from the Black Lagoon: Hollywood...

    Books: Beautiful Days by Joyce Carol Oates

    In her famous 1929 extended essay A Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf urges women to create their own forms of writing—not...

    Books: The Boys of My Youth by Jo Ann Beard

    I first read Jo Ann Beard’s 1999 memoir in essays, The Boys of My Youth, during a particularly vulnerable period. A friend who writes...

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    Books: The Pink Hotel by Liska Jacobs

    If there’s one thing I can say about Los Angeles, it’s that the city is a mess, and quite frankly, I don’t think I’ve...

    SNEAKY SNACKS

    One of my childhood friends used to carry around snacks with him, constantly. Bags of Funyuns stashed in his front sweatshirt pocket. Bags of...

    Books: Thursdays at Orange Blossom House by Sophie Green

    Thursdays at Orange Blossom House by Sophie Green is a novel about three women, at different stages in their lives, who are brought together...

    Books: Nightcrawling by Leila Mottley

    (Photograph of Leila Mottley by Magdalena Frijo) Deep sadness runs through the pages of Nightcrawling, the much-anticipated debut novel by Leila Mottley. There is little...

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