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Whether this is your first book of poetry or you’ve lost the count, Kate Bear’s debut collection will take you on a quick but memorable ninety-page journey through femininity.

This New York Times bestseller is instantly Screenshot Gold. Start the chain of text to discuss your twenty, first loved ones, and forbid the phrase “getting your body back”. Misdirected advice about bridal showers, surprising things kids say they don’t have it all, and why it’s time to buy a hat.

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A poem from What Type of Woman

Things my friends teach me

If in doubt, try it on. Keep it simple

Don’t waste time worrying if they’ll see it

You from behind. Nobody at all

The earth cares more about your life than about you.

Eat breakfast. Find a god. Make a casserole

freeze. When you walk down a deserted road

Send me your location. Remember you don’t

need a straw.

Drink more water. Fold your sweater. These

is the time to buy a hat. When life throws

You a bag of sorrow, hold out your hands.

Gradually mountains are climbed.

Excerpt from what kind of woman. Copyright © 2020 by Kate Baer. Excerpted with permission from HarperCollins. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without the written consent of the publisher.

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