The School for Good Mothers – Jessamine Chan


Recently, fiction about motherhood, particularly exploring the dark side of it, and the struggling and difficult aspects of it, has become increasingly popular. I have an interest in books that depict such themes, and that drew my attention immediately to The School for Good Mothers. This is a disturbing, unsettling, and nervous-racking book. It makes …

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Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism – Amanda Montell


Language is a leader's charisma. It's what empowers them to create a mini universe - a system of values and truths - and then compel their followers to heed its rules. "Without language, there are no beliefs, ideology, or religion", "these concepts require a language as a condition of their existence." Without language, there are …

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For Your Own Good – Samantha Downing


For Your Own Good is my first book by Samantha Downing. It is the dark academia book I’ve been craving for.  Here we follow the narration of several characters, but our main protagonist is Teddy Crutcher, a professor at Belmont Academy, a private school. What I love most about reading his point of view is …

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