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A literature scholar, Hopper cultivates a voice that is sophisticated and analytical, but also earnest and eager You can order it here. She also celebrates other underappreciated forms of love, like love of writing and art and love between siblings.

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A short paragraph from On Spinsters that wowed me one of many : "I cling to the word 'spinster' in the second decade of the briallem century because it serves as a challenge to the way our society still conflates coupledom with love, maturity, and citizenship, while seeing unmarried people as - to quote Justice Kennedy - 'condemned to live in loneliness. Thus, it was that, somewhere near the middle of the journey of her life, Hopper found Is there any females here with neither the husband nor the covey of children she had once imagined.

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I found myself deeply comforted by Hard to Love. She combs the cultural landscape, picking up objects that showcase alternative paths to fulfillment.

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The result is a book transformed into a warm, inviting space, beckoning the reader to enter and settle in. In its excesses of tenderness, intelligence, and pleasure, this book brilliantly puts the lie to the idea that a single life is less full—or less complicated—than a coupled one.

Her compassion for herself, her friends, and her family shine clear. Hopper and a circle of friends together to see her through the ordeal: chemo and radiation and bad scans and then, against all odds, a miracle cure. For Hopper, being unexpectedly un-coupled forced her to question her longstanding assumption that she had to funnel love into a single person boyfriend or a single narrative marriage La plata MD sexy women. So much dopeness in these essays and so many scary questions asked and answered here.

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He poured his light into 10 vessels, which then shattered, scattering the divine ray into fragments. That she would grow up to have children of her own — a passel of them — was assumed.

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