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So You've Been Publicly Shamed
So You've Been Publicly Shamed | Jon Ronson
Now a New York Times bestseller and from the author of The Psychopath Test, a captivating and brilliant exploration of one of our world's most underappreciated forces: shame. 'It's about the terror, isn't it?' 'The terror of what?' I said. 'The terror of being found out.' For the past three years, Jon Ronson has travelled the world meeting recipients of high-profile public shamings. The shamed are people like us - people who, say, made a joke on social media that came out badly, or made a mistake at work. Once their transgression is revealed, collective outrage circles with the force of a hurricane and the next thing they know they're being torn apart by an angry mob, jeered at, demonized, sometimes even fired from their job. A great renaissance of public shaming is sweeping our land. Justice has been democratized. The silent majority are getting a voice. But what are we doing with our voice? We are mercilessly finding people's faults. We are defining the boundaries of normality by ruining the lives of those outside it. We are using shame as a form of social control. Simultaneously powerful and hilarious in the way only Jon Ronson can be, So You've Been Publicly Shamed is a deeply honest book about modern life, full of eye-opening truths about the escalating war on human flaws - and the very scary part we all play in it.From the Hardcover edition.
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Megabooks
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This is my first Ronson, and I thoroughly enjoyed it! I will be reading more from him. While he moves through his own thoughts and questions organically, at times, the path wasn‘t as clear as I would have liked it to have been. He moves from Jonah Lehrer to mass shaming on Twitter to shaming as punishment to helping prisoners feel less shamed with a hundred stops between! 4⭐️

#bfc #bfcr2 #goteam book 14/28

TorieStorieS He‘s great in audio format too!! 1w
Megabooks @vivastory Thank you for the rec! 1w
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Megabooks @TorieStorieS Ooo! Great!! 1w
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 You‘re making great progress on your book goal! 1w
KathyWheeler This is a great book! I generally like Robson. 1w
Amiable I read this a few years ago and still think about it. And I recommend to others. That‘s the sign of a good —or at least thought-provoking— book IMO. 1w
Megabooks @wanderinglynn Thanks!! 😊😊 1w
Megabooks @KathyWheeler It is! I can‘t wait to read more from him. 1w
Megabooks @Amiable That‘s great! I can see myself mulling it over awhile from now. Definitely thought-provoking! 1w
JaneyWaneyB I loved The Psychopath Test might have to have a read of this one too. Thanks for the recommendation 😁 1w
Megabooks @JaneyWaneyB You‘re welcome!! 1w
Emilymdxn Amazing progress on your book goal! 1w
Megabooks @Emilymdxn Thanks!! 😁👍🏻 1w
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Megabooks
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Well, hmmm. One of the journalists mentioned SYBPS is someone I went to college with. I haven‘t had any contact since, but March of his senior year he asked me, “Is there a way for an employer to know you haven‘t minored in economics when you say you have?” Me, “They can ask for your transcript.” 🤦🏻‍♀️

He worked as an analyst on Wall Street for a year and wrote a book about it before becoming a journalist full time.

I‘m enjoying both books!

Bookwormjillk I really enjoyed So You‘ve Been Publicly Shamed 2w
MicheleinPhilly Why did you go to college with so many scam artists? (Really just 2 at my last count.) 😉 2w
Megabooks @Bookwormjillk I‘m really enjoying it, too! It‘s interesting that shame was seen as a punishment worse than death. I guess that says something for 2w
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Megabooks @MicheleinPhilly This guy was born in Greenwich, CT, and grew up in Chappaqua, NY, so he was going to some expensive college. Compound that with, unknown to me at the time of application, Duke seems to attract slippery characters who aren‘t good at covering their tracks. 🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️ 2w
JackOBotts You‘ve got a non-slippery Dukie over here! 🙋🏻‍♀️ 😉 2w
Megabooks @JackOBotts Yay!! 👍🏻👍🏻🥳 Me too, I hope!! 2w
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andrew61
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My social media focus book was absolutely engrossing but incredibly terrifying. Jon Ronson has a wonderful way of getting to the heart of issues with humour and without judgement, he reflects on how we can use the anonymity of the crowd on social media to destroy people as was done in the stocks centuries ago. A brilliant read, couldn't put it down.
#booked2019 @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft @Cinfhen

Cinfhen I was initially planning on reading this book for the same prompt. Glad to hear it‘s a pick!!! 2mo
Itchyfeetreader Loved this - so many interesting things to ponder 2mo
Aimeesue I agree. I read this one several years ago and think about it often. 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Oooh. Sounds good and also intense. 2mo
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Aaronlisa
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Mehso-so

I read this between May 11 & 13th and gave it 3.5 stars on Good Reads. While an interesting topic and book, I felt it was just scratching the surface.

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Aaronlisa
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Currently reading this book. It‘s rather interesting, but I may take a break from it. I really want to start Liar of Dreams by Libba Bray.

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Betterthanasharpstickintheeye

“few weeks passed. And then I received an interesting e-mail from Max Moseley”

Punctuation and grammar is as it is in the book. It bugs me a bit. This is the second time a paragraph has started with a lowercase letter. Maybe it‘s because I‘m reading an ebook.

Betterthanasharpstickintheeye Oops, it does appear to be because of the book‘s format because there‘s a random capitalized A on the next page. 3mo
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Betterthanasharpstickintheeye

“It‘s about the terror, isn‘t it?”
“The terror of what?”
“The terror of being found out”

Too true.

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Betterthanasharpstickintheeye

Wow, this is interesting and a bit uncomfortable to read about. There have been times I‘ve felt sorry for people who have been shamed and others times I felt that they should have been shamed more.

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JulietBoydAuthor
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Public shaming, the physical kind, such as the stocks and whipping, was outlawed in many countries, a long time ago, but now it's back with a vengeance, on social media. Why do we do this? Is there a way to survive it without your life being ruined?

An interesting discussion. Well worth the read.

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Amiable
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A book about "public shamings" that are being conducted via social media, and the role we all play in it. Scary--you will want to delete your Facebook and Twitter accounts after reading what happened to the people profiled in the book. 3.5 stars

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emileereads
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3/5 ⭐️

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Markdelmar
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Hits close

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tholmz
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What a fascinating book, and something I wish everyone would read before participating online. I don‘t 100% agree with all of Ronson‘s opinions — his white, male privilege for sure shines through at times — but this book was still a very interesting and significant read.

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rachelk
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My first completed book for the #readathon and I loved it. I was a sociology major in college and collective behavior fascinates me anyway - but this was more than well researched and informative, it was just so entertaining. I don‘t think I‘ll ever view social media the same way again. I highly recommend. @DeweysReadathon

C.Perone 👍 1y
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GripLitGrl
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#ReadingResolutions #Shame @Jess7
Haven't read this one but the title seemed fitting for today

Samplergal I actually bought this on a recommendation from a friend. I hope it is good. 1y
GripLitGrl @Samplergal hope you enjoy it. I'll be interested to know how you like it☺ 1y
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Melissa_J
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I read this one a few years back. It‘s an interesting look at public shaming and social media‘s role in its rise. #itsashame #Aprella

LauraBeth I still want to read this one! 1y
vivastory @LauraBeth It's great! I also never tire of recommending Lost at Sea. It has one of the strangest nonfiction pieces I've ever read 1y
LauraBeth @vivastory I just added Stephen Florida to my TBR after hearing you talk about it - stop adding books to my TBR! 😂 *adds Lost at Sea to TBR.* 1y
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vivastory @LauraBeth I hope you love it! I can't wait to see what Habash writes next 1y
Cinfhen Same @LauraBeth I definitely want to read the tagged book😍nice choice, Melissa 1y
emilyhaldi Perfect for today‘s prompt! 👏🏻 1y
Swe_Eva I read an article about it and picked up a copy, but it‘s still sitting unread on my Kindle. Need to rectify. 1y
Mdargusch Media definitely loves public shaming! 1y
Reviewsbylola I‘ve been curious about this one since it came out! 1y
Melissa_J @vivastory I‘m going to have to add that one to my TBR! 1y
Melissa_J @Swe_Eva I have so many books on my E-readers that I could say the same thing about! 1y
Melissa_J @Reviewsbylola it‘s really interesting! 1y
Melissa_J @Mdargusch they sure do! 1y
Swe_Eva @Melissa_J Ah, the Kindle, where we hide all our purchases we don‘t was to fess up to to other people... 😂 (I may have been talking about myself there...) 1y
Melissa_J @Swe_Eva ha! I have a Kindle and a Kobo, so my e-book buying problems are twice as bad LOL Plus I still do most of my reading in print so I‘m constantly forgetting about the books on my e-readers! 1y
Swe_Eva @Melissa_J Haha, me too! I tend to give away my read paper books, so as long as the going-out rate is the same as the coming-in rate, nobody needs to know that I'm practically insane in my ebook-shopping. 😂 1y
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Emilymdxn
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I found this book really interesting and it gave me a lot to think about. I didn‘t agree with everything he said though I guess I‘ll need to think about it all some more. I like this guys writing style but didn‘t enjoy as much as the Psychopath Test. I‘d love to hear from other people who liked/didn‘t like it what they thought?

Aimeesue I read it a good long while ago, and it's stuck with me. I was thinking about it yesterdAy, actually, as I was listening to an Invisibilia podcast about the way societies use shaming and fallout culture. Lot of interesting ideas there. 1y
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Emilymdxn
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Excited to be reading this! I love sociology and I loved The Psychopath Test so this should be really good. Really interesting to hear it in the authors own voice

PurpleyPumpkin Ooh this one is on my tbr. I hope you enjoy it and I look forward to reading your review! 1y
Emilymdxn @PurpleyPumpkin it‘s really good so far! 1y
PurpleyPumpkin Good to know! I should push this up my tbr... 1y
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vivastory I really enjoyed this one. I also loved 1y
rwmg The Psychopath Test is on my virtual TBR shelf, so I'll be interested to hear what you think of this 1y
Emilymdxn @vivastory stacked! That one looks so good too 1y
Emilymdxn @rwmg I really enjoyed the Psychopath Test too! 1y
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stephanie.winsor
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Excited!

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kristinshafel
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What does such a brutal public shaming do to a person? How does one recover from such profound humiliation? Ronson‘s book covers stories of shaming to varying degrees of disgrace to illustrate the point that pitchfork-wielding angry mobs are still alive and well—they (we) tar and feather the “offender” behind the anonymous safety of the internet now instead of in the streets. Why do we do this? Simply put: because we can, but also much more.

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vivastory
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Just finished the tagged book. Really interesting look at shaming on social media. I'm happy with my time for today. Time to get some sleep! #24in48

GarthRanzz Awesome job on the 15 hours! You deserve the rest! 1y
vivastory @GarthRanzz Thanks! I'm really happy with my time! 1y
catebutler Wow! Awesome reading time!! 1y
TricksyTails 🤘😁 You‘re rocking it!! So awesome! 1y
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Uhhh...😵😬

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Isn‘t it a crazy book! The other one I‘ve read of his is Them, equally interesting and bizarre 1y
jbhops Oh my.... 1y
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vivastory
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Seems scientific...🤔😂

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vivastory
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I've spent most of the #24in48 finishing the 4 books I was in the middle of. (It's very rare for me to read more than one at a time, much less 4. 4!!) So, I can't wait to start the tagged book. Ronson's "Lost at Sea" is one of the best nonfiction books I read last year.

Kalalalatja Excited to hear what you think of it! I have been on the fence about whether to read it or not 1y
vivastory @Kalalalatja I love it so far. I think you'd be especially interested with your Psych studies 1y
Eggs 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1y
Kalalalatja It didn‘t take more convincing than that - Stacked! 😄 1y
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kendrastephaniekaryn
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NOTE: The tagged book is not this book. This was an Audible exclusive which is not catalogued on Litsy.

I enjoyed this one! I had some issues with some of the chapters, but Jon Ronson answers the question he sets out to answer: what is the cost of "free" porn? He explores sexuality in the Internet age, which was especially interesting to me as a young Milennial. The chapter about the sex offender registry was fascinating.

blithebuoyant Wishlisting this right now! 1y
kendrastephaniekaryn @blithebuoyant It's free on Audible! Or it was when I downloaded it recently, at least! 1y
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Minervasbutler
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Readable and thought-provoking account of the phenomenon of shaming in the social media era, with uncomfortable conclusions about the nastiness we are all capable of showing when we feel we are on the right side of the mob.

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Minervasbutler

"But a wronged person is a wronged person, even when they're an unfashionable wronged person."

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TheDoubleLetterThief
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Be careful what you tweet, and be prepared for the public onslaught if you‘re not. A great read/listen.

Laura317 Not only tweet, but post on any social media. 👍🏼 2y
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TheDoubleLetterThief
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This week‘s listen. Totally looking forward to it.

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TheDoubleLetterThief
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Next few audiobooks.

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nomierosie
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It was a pleasure to meet Jon Ronson #publicshaming #jonronson

Kaye Oh, I‘m jealous ! 2y
nomierosie He was lovely! 2y
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nomierosie
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My haul from Jon Ronson's psychopath night #psychopath #psycopathtest #jonronson

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Joanne1
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Fascinating topic and engaging narration by the author. This made me think differently about online interaction and what impact it can have. This should be compulsory reading for anyone who uses Facebook, twitter or the comments sections anywhere on the net.

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Joanne1
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It's such a glorious day today. I've been out in the garden, walked the dog and took the kids to the park. All the while listening to this sometimes scary take on modern reality.

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Joanne1
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Doing this on audible read by the author. I'm only an hour in but it's fascinating in light of how social media steers so much (too much!) of our world.

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suvata
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Modern Mrs. Darcy‘s Book Club companion read for Young Jane Young. This book made me think a lot about my online presence. Ronson really tackles the issue of how easy it is for people to gang up on others and shame them online in this Age of Social Media. I have never been and do not want to be that kind of person. But, I will think twice from now on even when I post something I think is innocuous. Good book.

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Lacythebookworm
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Led a lunch time faculty book discussion for the university‘s common book. Small group, but great discussion!

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Suelizbeth
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This is another book that is hard to rate and review. I think it is well worth reading to gain a better definition of what modern public shaming consists of and how or why we participate in public shaming and whether we should participate. I thought this was going to be a cringeworthy read, but it‘s not. In the end, the author‘s research leads him to rethink his participation in social media shaming. #deweys24hourreadathon

vivastory I love Ronson. Lost at Sea is one of the best nonfiction books I've read all year. 2y
Suelizbeth @vivastory Good to know. Bad for my TBR, 😂 2y
elkeo_TheBookDragon I rarely read nonfiction, but Jon Ronson is an autobuy author for me! 2y
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LilithHomer
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I don't think I've ever read a nonfiction book about an idea, not a moment in history, that felt like it had surprise twists. I love the way Ronson commits to a question not an answer in his books.

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readsusieread
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I had the brilliant honor to hear Jon Ronson speak at the university I work at tonight!

RebL This is on my TBR. 2y
readsusieread @RebL I recommend it! I listened to it on audio. It was quite good that way! 2y
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readsusieread
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I finished the reading of seven things last week. I had started What Happens When A Man Falls from the Sky before last week, but I'm still counting it as a #7in7readathon success!

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Rachael5248
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Thank you @Leigh0906 for the books and bookish items! Thanks you @collegecatlady for setting up the exchange. #bibliophilebookexchange

JoeStalksBeck 👏👏👏👏👏👏 2y
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Paule: "The author interviewed people who have been humiliated in public. When I first came to America from Burkina-Faso, I was publicly shamed every day in school. I couldn't speak English and dressed differently. We had uniforms but I always added a flower or a bow. tie. They picked on me because they wanted me to be like everybody else. Like, being different is not fair. Now I'm unapologetically me."

monkeygirlsmama I always look forward to your posts! I think it's really cool how you "interview" random people about the books they are reading. ❤️?? 2y
Anna40 YES to "being unapologetically me"! 2y
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jdtchicago

A crowd is only impressed by excessive sentiments. Exaggerate, affirm, resort to repetition, and never attempt to prove anything by reasoning.

EllieDottie Interesting 2y
keithmalek Trump? 2y
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jdtchicago

I kept remembering something Michael Fertik had said to me at the Village Pub in Woodside. 'The biggest lie,' he said, 'is "The Internet is about you." We like to think of ourselves as people who have choice and taste and personalized content. But the Internet isn't about us. It's about the companies that dominate the data flows of the Internet.

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jdtchicago

You combine insecurity and ambition, and you get an inability to say no to things.

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jdtchicago

A lot of people move around in life chronically ashamed of how they look, or how they feel, or what they said, or what they did. It‘s like a permanent adolescent concern.

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Lacythebookworm
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Today I received a copy of our university's campus wide read for the fall semester. Thoughts on this one?

brilliantglow I thought it said "ew in" ?? and I was trying to figure out what was so gross 2y
Cinfhen I love the idea of a campus wide read! When my daughter was a college freshman the entire incoming class was assigned 2y
Lacythebookworm @brilliantglow Oops, maybe not the best sticker placement! 2y
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Lacythebookworm @Cinfhen Yes! It's a great way for all of the freshman, faculty, staff, and upperclassmen to have something in common to chat about! The author will also visit campus which will make the experience even more personal. I'm excited! 2y
Robothugs It sounds pretty interesting! 2y
brilliantglow Now that I'm inside and not out in the sun I can clearly see the "n" 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I listened to this one on audiobook.... very good! 2y
Lacythebookworm @Robothugs I think so, too! 👍 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Lacythebookworm Oh and the author is coming too! Now I'm jealous.... I just finished listening to his other book 2y
Laura317 This book sounds really good! I'll see if i can't find it at the library along with his other book!! 2y
PurpleyPumpkin I've got this one on my tbr. Bought it after I saw him on the Daily Show. It sounds so interesting and Jon Ronson was quite funny! Would love to see him live. 2y
hyacinth It was a really interesting read. I thought it would be preachy tbh but it doesn't get that way. 2y
minkyb Seems like a good choice! 2y
LeeRHarry Fascinating read - really got me thinking 😊 2y
ApoptyGina69 We had 1984 as a campus-wide read before my sophomore year in 1983. 2y
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Jewelms
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A must read! Fascinating and multi layered

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