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Mormon Enigma: Emma Hale Smith- Linda King Newell and Valeen Tippetts Avery
Ffff this book is so great. Growing up Mormon, you're taught about Emma as this wonderfully inspirational figure, but then nobody ever mentions what happened after Joseph died, so it was really cool to learn more about her and specifically about her strong misgivings about polygamy, which I didn't know more than the bare minimum about.

Brief Interviews with Hideous Men- David Foster Wallace
[personal profile] wrabbit saw the movie of this before me, so I thought I'd try to beat her to reading the book. It was good, I'm not really sure that I preferred the book or the movie, but it made me actually like the movie more, since they did a very thorough job adapting it.

Women and Redemption- Rosemary Radford Ruether
Like everything else Rosemary Radford Ruether writes, this book makes me want to roll on the floor It's a really good survey of theological thought on women and redemption (as you may have gathered from the title) and it's just so well-written and organized.

Use of Weapons- Iain M. Banks
A [personal profile] wrabbit  recommendation. Good, although I kind of just wanted the entire book to be Skaffen-Amtiskaw having snarky android adventures.

Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling- Richard Bushman
This is a really good cultural history of Joseph Smith, but I would probably recommend reading it after reading something more specifically about just Smith himself, like No Man Knows My History. It does a great job surveying the events happening around Smith but occasionally gets to the point where I'm like "okay so it's really great that that's what the governor of Missouri was up to, wtf was Joseph Smith actually doing".

The Italian Secretary- Caleb Carr
Borrowed from [personal profile] wrabbit . Recommended for Mycroft being great and Watson being distressed, if those are things you're into, which I totally am.

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