Five Star Blog Roundup 420: Three Great Posts and a Leila Slimani Quote

This week's Five Star Blog Roundup is brought to you by the fact of too many guns in the United States, a personal history of an old bookshop, a love of mommybloggers, and a quote by Leila Slimani:

 Thibaut Chapotot/Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication [ CC BY-SA 3.0 fr ],  via Wikimedia Commons

Thibaut Chapotot/Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication [CC BY-SA 3.0 fr], via Wikimedia Commons

I too am interested in identity and Islam, which is what people expect of us. But one must not write what is expected.
— Leila Slimani —

Happy reading!

"Guns, Church, and an Unreasonable Moon" by Janelle Hanchett at Renegade Mothering:

The moon over our porch was ridiculous. An irrational brightness with barely a sliver gone, illuminating the back of a broken sheet of clouds, its face hidden in gray then bursting out between puffs of white.

Look at me, it seemed to scream. I’m the brightest shit around

“If you look at that moon long enough,” I said, “You can almost forget we live in a country where twenty-seven people are murdered while praying to God at church.”

"Death of a Bookseller" by Robert Archambeau at Samizdat Blog:

If, like me, you can’t pass a used bookshop without going in, to emerge at least an hour later with as many titles as you can carry shoved into your bag and your jacket pockets, then you’ll know that such establishments come in two kinds: the carefully curated variety, with titles categorized precisely and books wrapped neatly in protective mylar; and the other kind, where you wander among heaped mountains of books, ready at any time to be stunned by either a rare first edition or an avalanche.  Chicago’s Aspidistra Bookshop, which held down a spot on Clark Street for close to thirty years before closing in 1998, fell into the second category.

"Mommy Blogs Made Me a Real Girl" by Suebob Davis at Suebob's Red Stapler:

Dear Reese Witherspoon,

I just want to type “Take a hike,” and hit publish, but I have a bit more to say.

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