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I Am, I Am, I Am
I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death | Maggie O'Farrell
An extraordinary memoir--told entirely in near-death experiences--from one of Britain's best-selling novelists, for fans of Wild, When Breath Becomes Air, and The Year of Magical Thinking. We are never closer to life than when we brush up against the possibility of death. I Am, I Am, I Am is Maggie O'Farrell's astonishing memoir of the near-death experiences that have punctuated and defined her life. The childhood illness that left her bedridden for a year, which she was not expected to survive. A teenage yearning to escape that nearly ended in disaster. An encounter with a disturbed man on a remote path. And, most terrifying of all, an ongoing, daily struggle to protect her daughter--for whom this book was written--from a condition that leaves her unimaginably vulnerable to life's myriad dangers. Seventeen discrete encounters with Maggie at different ages, in different locations, reveal a whole life in a series of tense, visceral snapshots. In taut prose that vibrates with electricity and restrained emotion, O'Farrell captures the perils running just beneath the surface, and illuminates the preciousness, beauty, and mysteries of life itself.
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Caterina
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Wore myself out with my hike this morning, especially since I was still sore from weights and running yesterday! It feels great to sit on the porch with the dog and read. And the weather is a little cooler today! 💕 #BookFitnessChallenge #BFC @wanderinglynn #dogsoflitsy #bostonterriersoflitsy #Pippin

TheLibrarian Cute pup!! Bostons are my favorite. (edited) 4d
wanderinglynn Cute pup! ❤️🐶 4d
BookwormAHN Cute doggy 😻 4d
Read4life Great job with the hiking, weights and running. 4d
Clwojick Eeeeeeeeeee! ♥️😍♥️🐶♥️😍♥️ 3d
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Erynecki
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17 essays held together by the theme of the author‘s brushes with death. It‘s a poetic look at each of those moments with the maturity of hindsight. It‘s about death and cheating death and the awareness that so much can change in a moment. There is no single story arc and yet O‘Farrell brilliantly weaves together her narrative that somehow seems to have a beginning, middle, and end. Life is unpredictable; live it to the fullest.

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Billypar
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I really liked this approach to memoir: slices of a life, nonlinear and centered around a common theme. In this case, it's a terrifying one, as O'Farrell relates her various brushes with death, many taking place while traveling, and some due to an illness from early childhood. She writes beautifully, whether about mortal terror or quieter moments. As a person who is fairly risk-averse, I admired her zeal for new experiences, in spite of her luck.

TrishB I liked this one and this author 👍🏻 1mo
Billypar @TrishB It was my first of hers- can't wait to read more though: already added a few others to my TBR. 1mo
Cathythoughts Great review.. must read this one. I‘ve only read 1mo
Billypar @Cathythoughts Just saw your rave review, and those of several others, so I stacked it- sounds pretty interesting! 1mo
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Megabooks
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First, Maggie is a badass, who has lived an interesting life.

Second, this book has pulled me out of a reading slump twice. 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 Seriously, it‘s good.

Third, I went to Vanderbilt Hospital about my foot, and the MRI done in my hometown cuts off where I‘m having pain. So I need another MRI and appointment. 🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️ At least I liked the doctor! 😂😂

valeriegeary Love this book! Sorry about the foot. 😢 2mo
wanderinglynn So sorry about your foot. I hope it‘s an easy fix. 💚 2mo
Megabooks @valeriegeary It is really good! And thank you! 2mo
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Megabooks @wanderinglynn Thanks! 💛 I hope I was just given the wrong PT based on a wrong diagnosis. (edited) 2mo
readordierachel I loved this book, too! Sorry about the MRI 😔 2mo
Megabooks @readordierachel It‘s such an interesting book. Thanks! 💙 2mo
BibliOphelia Ugh. My year has been beset by medical missteps. You have my sympathy! 2mo
Megabooks @BibliOphelia You as well! Thank you. 💛 I hope you‘re able to find answers, too. 2mo
BibliOphelia The struggle is real. ✊ 2mo
SW-T It was an interesting book. Reminds you of the importance of good health! Invaluable. Sorry to hear about your foot. 2mo
Megabooks @BibliOphelia For sure!! 2mo
Megabooks @SW-T It does. And listening to your body and instincts. And thank you! 😊 2mo
Cinfhen Was hoping to get an update about your foot!!! At least the second opinion confirmed your suspicions about the original MRI 2mo
Cinfhen I still didn‘t like this book, though!!!! But I‘m glad it got you out of your slump!!!!! 2mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen Yes, I hated to be right, though! It was funny, the orthopedist I saw had gone out with a field vet and saw a horse castration. She was all, “I didn‘t think it would be so bloody!!” 🤭🤭 Sorry you didn‘t like the book! 😬 2mo
Cinfhen Horse castration, THAT sounds freakin bloody to me!!! 🤢🥴🤮😮 2mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen Donkeys are worse! That was a bad day on Field Services! There‘s also a story about a sick llama that lived at a Hampton Inn! 😱 2mo
Cinfhen Hahaha!! Just had my morning coffee... not ready for the sick llama 🤪 2mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen I‘ll refrain!! In honor of coffee everywhere 😉🙃 (edited) 2mo
BarbaraBB I just bought this one as I‘ve become a real fan of her! 2mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB I want to read more by her. What do you suggest? 2mo
BarbaraBB But there are a lot of her I really really like 2mo
Megabooks I did not realize Maggie is Irish. I thought she was from Wales. Can I count this as my #booked2019 #irishauthor? @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft 🇮🇪 2mo
Cinfhen 💯 💋 2mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen thanks, friend! 🥰 2mo
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Megabooks
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1. Right now, but I like @julesG ‘s not in the mood! I‘ve been watching 7 Little Johnstons.
2. Usually just rolling with it. Sometimes switching genres or formats.
3. Rural/small town American South
4. The Veins of the Ocean, The Italian Teacher, and Sissy (glitter 👍🏻) are some fav covers!

#wondrousWednesday @Eggs

Eggs Thanks for joining in 🤗💗 2mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen So good! It‘s in my top 5 of all time! 2mo
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Linda906
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I think Maggie O‘Farrell was aiming to make readers really consider how fleeting moments can alter the course of their lives. In this memoir, it is clear that her near misses with death gave her a new respect and awe of life that she shares with her readers in a very profound and extremely personal and intimate way. And that last chapter about her daughter left me breathless. i was afraid to read this, but I‘m truly glad I did!

erzascarletbookgasm Great review 2mo
Becker The very last scene in that book-more specifically the last line, brought me to tears. 2mo
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Itchyfeetreader
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This is a unique way of telling an autobiography. Each (non chronological) chapter reflects on a near death experience of the author and are beautifully written. I was incredibly moved by the story of two of her children and her fertility issues as well as a childhood case of encephalitis in particular. This really moved me and at times resonates strongly

charl08 Great book! 2mo
Reagan-reads I loooved this book. 2mo
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catebutler
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It‘s been a hot minute! My brother visited from Germany, so it‘s been a fun-filled 2 1/2 weeks with his cute little family. We had a blast but I‘m exhausted! 😩 My little introverted nature has kicked into overdrive & all I want to do is retreat & read.

Right before they came, an unexpected & delightful package arrived in the post, which included the book & postcard pictured. Thank you @Jas16 for the lovely surprise! #JB #justbecause

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful photo!! Have fun with the fam!! 💗 3mo
catebutler @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you! They just left yesterday, I already miss them, but it will be nice to get back to a normal routine. 3mo
Jas16 Wow that is a gorgeous picture! I am glad it arrived safely and hope you enjoy! 3mo
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catebutler @Jas16 Jennifer, you absolutely surprised me with your package, THANK YOU! I have heard so many great things about this book, so I can‘t wait to check it out. 3mo
RvnclawWhovian Glad you‘re back!! 3mo
catebutler @RvnclawWhovian Thanks Ashly! I‘m so happy to get back to a regular schedule. Hope you‘re well! 🧡 3mo
Freespirit I've missed your beautiful posts Cate. 2mo
catebutler @Freespirit Sally, you are always so kind, thank you! It was such a fun time catching up with family, but I‘m glad to be back! Hope you‘re having a wonderful weekend. 🌿 2mo
Freespirit I have just had zucchini pancakes and a coffee for breakfast with hubby and I'm planning the day..a bit of gardening, a bit of sewing and of course some reading! It's a beautiful Autumn day so it draws me outside😍 2mo
catebutler @Freespirit Your weekend sounds heavenly! What a wonderful way to spend the day. Enjoy! 2mo
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AlexGeorge
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Oh, this book. #thunderstruck

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Traveler13
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Sooooo gooood.

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Tex2Flo
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#popsugar2019 advanced unusual chapter headings
Intrigued. Lots of thoughts of My Favorite Murder and “f... politeness”.

Samplergal On my list. Too many books and not enough time. 3mo
Tex2Flo It‘s short, if that helps at all. 3mo
KarenUK Gorgeous graphics! 😍.... loved this unusual book.... for a book about near death experiences, I found it so life-affirming and beautiful. Love Maggie‘s writing. It‘s simple but cuts to the heart 💕 3mo
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KarenUK
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#audiobaking to the words of Maggie O‘Farrell (as a re-read for a bookclub)
A friend is coming over to play cribbage this afternoon, so thought I‘d make her favorite Lemon Drizzle with some added blueberries I had handy....

tpixie Yummy in my Tummy!! 3mo
Cathythoughts Oh yum 😋.... looks good 3mo
Kalalalatja Yuuuuuuuuum 😍 3mo
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Tamra So yummy! 3mo
JennyM Looks yummy 😋 3mo
SilversReviews Yum!! 3mo
AlaMich Lemon and blueberry is the best combination! 3mo
Suet624 I wish I could find a cribbage partner! 3mo
Reagan-reads I‘m obsessed with this book, it haunts me and I loved it. How was the audiobook? 3mo
KarenUK @Reagan-reads Really really good. 👍💕 3mo
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whatrebeccasread
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Maggie O'Farrell has bravely allowed us all to see a snapshot of her life, but rather than show us the best parts, she's shown us the times when things could have easily ended differently - her near death experiences. I liked this collection but I wasn't amazed by it and lost interest somewhere in the middle. It's 3 stars for this brave and thought-provoking memoir.

My full review is up on my blog now 📚

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ephemeralwaltz
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• I am, I am, I am (2017) by Maggie O'Farrell

I actually read this in 24h - hadn't done that in a long time! I was hooked on this memoir. O'Farrell gives the reader little snippets of near-death experiences she has had (not necessarily her own), and since they aren't chronological the reader slowly puts together all these isolated moments of her life. Her writing is, as always, outstanding, visceral, and personal. I loved learning more about her.

ephemeralwaltz ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5mo
ephemeralwaltz She'll be speaking in Barcelona next month but I won't be able to attend because of work schedules 😭 5mo
Tanisha_A I have this gifted by sweet @Cathythoughts. I better get to it soon. Nice review! 5mo
ephemeralwaltz @Tanisha_A @Cathythoughts what a lovely gift! Hope you enjoy :) 4mo
Cathythoughts @Tanisha_A 👍🏻😘 4mo
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Jeg
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I haven‘t read a lot of her books but found this on the new books shelf. I loved her style of writing after some of the books I have tried recently. However I woke early one morning and read right through to nearly the end. A mistake. This books needs to be read slowly, perhaps just a couple of stories at a time . An amazing life.
@MrsMalaprop

LeeRHarry I loved this one 5mo
Jeg @LeeRHarry thanks for that. I‘ll look out for it. Sounds like something I‘d enjoy reading. 5mo
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MrsMalaprop I‘ve read both of those @CarolynM & @LeeRHarry & agree they were excellent. Think we might‘ve done one of them for book club years ago Joy 🤔. 5mo
Jeg @MrsMalaprop that would be right!! 🙃🙃🙃🙃 5mo
Jeg @MrsMalaprop I still think I could have those 30 books and just read them over and over! 😊😊😊 5mo
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Jas16
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Here is my #24in48 stack which I am hoping I will actually stick to other than a few ebooks and an audiobook yet to be chosen. This readathon could not be happening at a better time. Work was crappy this week and next week is going to be even worse so a weekend of reading is just what the doctor ordered.

robinb Sorry your work week has been bad, but hopefully your weekend will be great! I so want to read this one! 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘m sorry about your work week ☹️ 5mo
Jas16 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @robinb Thank you both.❤️ 5mo
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Reagan-reads
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1. Edmonton, Alberta 🇨🇦
2. Maggie O‘Farrell
3. Over 200 on Kobo, over 300 print. Well over 1000 on Goodreads. The shame 😬
4. Anywhere! I like to read on my commute.
5. I Am, I Am, I Am by Maggie O‘Farrell or The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

#littenintro @tessavi

tessavi I read/ listen during my commute as well! 5mo
JazzFeathers I read on the commute too, thought tonight l'm so tried l'm just browsing Litsy 😆 5mo
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RebeccaH
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Some favs from this year.

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vicgreentoriafield
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I enjoyed this and some of Maggie's near death experiences were horrible, but some I found myself thinking "Duh". I felt like she did a few things that were kind of dumb and landed her in specific situations.

I listened to the audio and loved the narrator, it was not Maggie. Her voice was so soothing.

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thewallflower0707
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🥁
I READ ACTUAL BOOKS!!

I am, I am, I am: a quick read, at times very emotional, an interesting way to tell the story of your life ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Choice: I have decided to only read books about the Holocaust by actual survivors. Edith Eger is an inspiring woman, and I wished I would reach only one iota of her wisdom and kindness. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#holidays #reading #covers #biographies

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jhod
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Thanks so much Caroline! Been wanting to read this one for ages! Merry Christmas! Hope you're having a lovely break xxx
@Caroline2

Talewaggingreads Reading The Hand That First Held Mine and loving it! Eager to hear what @jhod and @Caroline2 have to say about I Am. 6mo
jhod Will let you know! 6mo
jhod @Talewaggingreads sorry Shellye! 6mo
Caroline2 Merry Christmas!! And I hope you enjoy the book! 😉 🎄 6mo
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vicgreentoriafield
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Finished one audiobook, HP2 Reread, and started another yesterday.

Maggie O'Farrell had me tearing up within the first story. I have about an hour left in this audiobook but I needed a break from all the heartbreak. Maggie has definitely poked my anxiety.

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emmaturi
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I am nearly finished only 4 chapters to go! Some of the stories, like the first one is unimaginable to have gone through that! And there are 17, Maggie O'Farrell has been really unlucky! #books #bookcover #bookcrazy #reallifestories

readordierachel Loved this book! 6mo
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Mel01
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One of the most beautiful covers I‘ve seen for a long time

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Mel01
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One of the most beautiful covers I‘ve seen for a long time

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Macnjen
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Pickpick

Oh wow. This audiobook was really amazing. The narration was fantastic and the stories are truly amazing. Lots of triggers as this is about the 17 near-death experiences the author has endured. The story telling is so good that I will read more of her work. Not an easy subject but definitely worth the time. Thank you @annebogel via “What Should I Read Next?” podcast for the recommendation.

Megabooks This is a great book! 7mo
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Macnjen
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Latest audiobook and OMG.

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Cathythoughts
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#NoFemmeBer #Shewill I havnt read this one yet .... lots of Litsy love has been showered on this book. #SheWill keep on living 👍🏻❤️

Cathythoughts I only thought of this one after seeing @Billypar ‘s post ... Thankyou Vinny 7mo
Cinfhen Well done, Cathy!! I‘ll be curious to hear your thoughts if and when u get to this book. 7mo
Tanisha_A A gift from you! I shall get to it soon! ❣️ 7mo
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TrishB Great interpretation! 7mo
erzascarletbookgasm I like your interpretation 👍 7mo
Flaneurette Loved this one! 7mo
Billypar Can't wait, can't wait, can't wait to read this and other work from O'Farrell based on all the good stuff I've heard 😀 7mo
Cathythoughts @Billypar that‘s great that‘s great 😂😂😂 7mo
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Suet624
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I definitely wouldn‘t trade places with this author. The book just ramped up my anxiety about how many tough things can happen to a person! 😀

saresmoore 😬 7mo
lynneamch Love Maggie's fiction. Was so moved by this memoir. A reminder that we don't necessarily think about the personal life of famous people. Currently reading 7mo
LauraBeth Just stopping by to say hey! 😘 7mo
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Suet624 @LauraBeth Thanks for saying hi! Depression and reading slump has me by the throat. Hanging on but it‘s a bit of a slog. 7mo
BarbaraBB Just checking in. I hope you‘re feeling better 💜 7mo
Suet624 @BarbaraBB thanks so much for checking in. Body isn‘t doing too well. How about you? Lyme is the gift that keeps on giving. 7mo
BarbaraBB @Suet624 A horrible gift, I feel for you and hope it‘ll draw back a bit soon and you‘ll feel better. Wishing you strength and all the best. I hope we at Litsy can be a bit of a distraction and consolation 💜🍀 7mo
Suet624 @BarbaraBB thank you so much. The depression keeps me from doing what I enjoy. That‘s why I‘m really pushing to post and read other people‘s posts. 7mo
BarbaraBB @Suet624 Don‘t push yourself too much. We‘ll be here waiting for you. Maybe just reading will help you a bit (I can‘t imagine how you must feel). X 7mo
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britt_brooke
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Panpan

⭐️⭐️ Did this really need to be gimmicky? Perhaps, it‘s just me, but I would‘ve connected better with a traditional-style memoir versus one that relies on a catchy subtitle. And while a few of these stories would absolutely be considered “brushes with death,” many hardly seemed as such. It‘s as though she threw in some random instances just for quantity‘s sake. Some were melodramatic to the point of feeling disingenuous.

#unpopularopinion

britt_brooke @Jess7 Sadly, I wasn‘t a fan. I appreciated the essays on her miscarriages, her childhood illness, and her daughter‘s severe allergies, but most of the rest felt pointless or avoidable. It just didn‘t work for me, but I‘m glad I read it. 7mo
britt_brooke @Cinfhen Did you feel similarly? 7mo
Trashcanman Here I thought this was about Sylvia Plath. 7mo
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britt_brooke @Trashcanman 😉 It was a ballsy move using such a well-known line for the title. 7mo
MarriedtoMrT I felt the same. (edited) 7mo
readordierachel I read it more as her confronting the concept of her own (or loved ones') mortality, rather than literal near death experiences. So it worked for me. But I also loved her prose. If I hadn't, I can see it being a little pointless as you say. 7mo
britt_brooke @readordierachel If I had gone in with that mindset, it would‘ve been better. I did think her writing was nice, it was just the overall concept and organization that didn‘t appeal. 7mo
britt_brooke @MarriedtoMrT Always happy to have an ally! 7mo
Cinfhen Excellent review! I DID feel similarly. I thought many of “near death” experiences were overly exaggerated to the point of fake hysteria. It was a bit incredulous, I wasn‘t a fan. I‘m not sure but I might have given the book a soso rating because I thought it was well written. Also she׳s either incredibly lucky or unlucky depending on how you view most of those situations 🙄 7mo
Cathythoughts Interesting to hear your take on this one ... I havnt read it yet , I did like her novel The Hand That First Held Mine - a lot. 7mo
britt_brooke @Cinfhen Thanks! 💚 That was the frustrating part. You can tell she‘s a talented writer, yet this book doesn‘t make me want to read her again. The premise and organization just seemed weird. Too dramatic. It didn‘t work for me at all. 7mo
britt_brooke @Cathythoughts Thanks! I know I‘m in the minority on this one. 7mo
Cinfhen Hehehe!!! This #TeamBritt thing feels good 💚💚💚 7mo
britt_brooke @Cinfhen 👯‍♀️🙌🏻💚 #teamcindy 7mo
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Megabooks
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The first and last brushes with death were the most memorable and impressive. Some of the middle ones are a bit of a stretch as far as actual death, but they all made me reflect on my own life and my family‘s lives. Excellent choice for a rainy weekend. Recommended 4⭐️

#nonfictionNovember #nonfiction2018

Samplergal It‘s in my November TBR. I want to start it so badly, but I have three due to the library first. Glad you liked it. 7mo
Cinfhen I had major eye rolls from this book! I couldn‘t decide if she was really lucky or terribly unlucky to be in all of those situations. I kind of hated this one #unpopularopinion 7mo
Megabooks @Samplergal I hope you enjoy it. It‘s a library book for me, so I totally get you on due dates. 7mo
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Megabooks @Cinfhen oh Cindy! You always make me smile. Some like the knife throwing and STD testing were taking it a bit too far, but I genuinely found her encephalitis very interesting. And the parasites too. But that‘s because I‘m a vet. 7mo
Cinfhen Hahaha!! And you make me smile too 😘😘😘 7mo
Cinfhen I‘m still chuckling “and the parasites too”😂😂😂 7mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen I‘m laughing, too! I wasn‘t even intentionally being funny. Oh dear. 🤦🏻‍♀️❤️❤️😘😘 7mo
Prairiegirl_reading I totally agree with you. I kept thinking maybe when you are overly dramatic and a writer this may be a brush with death. But at those times the writing carried it through. Also there is a really great description of tea (even though I don‘t agree with her). I laughed out loud. (edited) 7mo
Megabooks @Prairiegirl_reading Yes, totally agree that the writing trumped the drama. I was skeptical going in, tbh, but she made me a believer. 7mo
britt_brooke @Cinfhen I‘m reading this now and feeling similarly. Look at us agreeing quite a bit lately! 😙 7mo
Megabooks @britt_brooke @Cinfhen That‘s great! I love having a buddy. I need to find a new one. I obviously didn‘t hate it, but I see y‘all‘s point. 😘😘 7mo
Cinfhen It‘s a good feeling- being on #TeamBritt @britt_brooke 💕🤗 7mo
Cinfhen Meg, a new buddy read just started~ we are reading if you want to join in. Discussion is Saturday ~ I think we are reading up to chapter 8. @EadieB is hosting!!!! (edited) 7mo
britt_brooke @Cinfhen 👯‍♀️💚 7mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen Serial killers terrify me. I tried to do Helter Skelter last year and couldn‘t finish. That‘s a perfect choice for nonfiction November, though! I hope y‘all enjoy it. 7mo
Cinfhen I get it!! I‘ll keep you in the loop for further buddy reads 😘 7mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen Thank you so much! I follow nearly 10k ppl, and I sometimes get overwhelmed! 7mo
Suet624 I agree that the first and the last were the most memorable. 7mo
Megabooks @Suet624 👍🏻👍🏻 7mo
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Jess7
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3.8 ⭐️⭐️⭐️🌟stars — I‘m still processing #IAmIAmIAm by Maggie O‘Farrell, but I really did enjoy it. I listened to the audiobook and it was very powerful. However, I did not like the switching from first person to third person narrative or the the sporadic timeline. That said, I was captivated by the interesting and terrifying brushes with death the author has experienced. Some were small, and some were terrifying! #jpbookreview #bookreview #review

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readordierachel
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"We are, all of us, wandering about in a state of oblivion, borrowing our time, seizing our days, escaping our fates, slipping through loopholes, unaware of when the axe may fall."

I finished this book last week and it's been in my heart ever since. A beautifully rendered memoir of 17 times O'Farrell has come face-to-face with death. My first by this author; won't be my last.
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Cathythoughts Great review... still on my shelf .. must get to it 7mo
readordierachel @Cathythoughts Thanks! I hope you love it as much as I did. 7mo
lynneamch Yes. Yes. Yes. I love everything by Maggie O'farrell. My first (maybe still favorite) was 7mo
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readordierachel @lynneamch Excellent! That will be the next one of hers I try! 7mo
lynneamch This one is really good, too. 😉 7mo
lynneamch Warning on this one: it's really a downer, but at least the title makes that pretty clear. 7mo
readordierachel @lynneamch Noted! I'm excited to dive in to more of her work :) 7mo
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Megabooks
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Who else is doing #nonfictionNovember? I‘m going to try to read two or fewer fiction books this month. Here‘s a lineup of (mostly) unread #nonfiction. I‘d love recommendations in the comments. 😊💜 #nonfiction2018

Victoriahoperose These all look great. Can‘t wait to see your posts! 7mo
BookNAround I have and keep thinking about picking up I Am I Am I Am. 7mo
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Kalalalatja I just finished Good and Mad yesterday, and it was so good! 7mo
Prairiegirl_reading I am I am I am is really good! 7mo
Megabooks @BookNAround That‘s what I‘m reading right now. It‘s good. A bit emotionally loaded at times, but very well written. So far, it‘s a solid Pick. 7mo
Megabooks @mrozzz Great recommendation! Thank you. I‘m going to see if my library has it. 7mo
Megabooks @Kalalalatja I really enjoyed her other book, and I‘m hoping this is as good. Thanks for the review! ⭐️ 7mo
Megabooks @Prairiegirl_reading Agreed!! I‘m about halfway through. 7mo
laurenbescoby I read I Am I Am I Am recently and loved it! 7mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I really liked Good and Mad 7mo
Megabooks @miralunasbooknook Awesome! 👍🏻👍🏻 I‘m enjoying it so far. 7mo
Megabooks @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I‘m not sure if I should save it for Election Day/night? I have a feeling I‘ll need some solidarity. I‘m not in the 6th district but if Amy McGrath pulls off a win there, I‘ll be happy. 7mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Megabooks I understand that, but boy this election has me worried! 7mo
Megabooks @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I remember being able to joke a bit with the other side years ago. Now, I don‘t find any of it funny. The stakes feel high or maybe I (we) don‘t just shut up and take it anymore. I‘m worried too. 7mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Megabooks I think that is part of it, as things get worse, we (usually introverts) are getting less likely to just keep quiet and smile, we are all expressing our feeling much more verbally. 7mo
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I started this a couple of days ago. Her definitions of near death experience are generous, but it‘s thought-provoking. I find it especially interesting because I just had a medical procedure yesterday that stopped my breathing for a moment. It‘s an odd thing to consider. #nonfictionnovember

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AshleyC816
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This was such an interesting book, she focuses only on her near death experiences and how they affected the trajectory of her life. Really well written and interesting.

bookcollecter I put this in my Amazon wish list a few months back.....so it's worth it? 8mo
AshleyC816 I thought it was, it‘s a snapshot of different periods of her life. It jumps around in time, so by the end you have a big picture. I thought the writing was really good too. 8mo
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OhNoMersault
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I am so surprised at how much I loved this one. I initially thought the idea of this book was a hokey means of writing a memoir but the non-sequential story telling made a complete picture in a way that was organic but also memorizing.

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1. The best book!
2. 97
3. I got a job! I‘m a library technician! I graduated!
4. I quit my second job!
5. Hi @wanderinglynn

#hellothursday (a day late!)

wanderinglynn Congrats on graduating & the job! And thanks for playing! 👋🏻😀 8mo
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Fridayfilms
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Highly recommend this one. The chapters comprise of short, autobiographical episodes of mortal anxiety. It‘s difficult to imagine anyone having so many close calls in one lifetime, although if you reached far enough into your own childhood memories, and polled a few close family members, it might not be such a stretch.

BookHermit I loved this one on audio. The narrator (who is not the author) did an amazing job of convincing me this was her lived experience. A very weepy listen for me but a great book on which to end the year. 5mo
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Lel2403
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Not sure if this is for me, but it sounds original.. 99p on kindle at the moment

Velvetfur I really want to read this so I've just bought the ebook - thank you so much for letting us all know!! 8mo
Lel2403 @Velvetfur seemed a shame not to share a bargain 8mo
bookcollecter I wanted to check this one out 8mo
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thebluestocking
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This was a fascinating and terrifying look at O‘Farrell‘s brushes with death. The writing is present and visceral. The first essay in particular had me holding my breath as possible danger quivered at the edges of the pages. I‘ll definitely be reading more of O‘Farrell‘s work in the future.

Decalino I read this book a while ago, and still think about it. Extraordinary. 9mo
thebluestocking @Decalino I have a feeling it‘ll be like that for me too. 9mo
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KarenUK
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Maggie O‘Farrell is fast becoming one of my favorite authors. This memoir of “17 brushes with death” captures a life in snapshots, with such gorgeous writing that I found it so moving and relatable.
I loved the structure, reminding me of “Dear Mr You” with the choice to tell an autobiographical story through random moments, rather than a chronological progression.
2 x 5 ⭐️ reads for me (“This must be the place” being the other). Loved this 💕

Samplergal Book club? 9mo
KarenUK @Samplergal I think it might be! 😉 9mo
mrozzz I simply MUST prioritize this book soon! 9mo
Cathythoughts You really did like it !!! I must push it up my list too 👍🏻❤️ 9mo
BarbaraBB Great review. I must stack it now! 9mo
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kezzlou85
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Yay book mail and new books. Sleeping Beauty is my fave fairy tale so can't wait to see what this story is like.

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britt_brooke
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It was hard to get all of my #NashvilleMeetup loot in one photo. 😳 The books on the left are ARCs from @ferskner 🤗, the cute #booksleeves are from @BooksTeasAndBookishThings 🤗, the top two books were blind dates, and the rest is from The Book Shop. So much generosity! The best part was getting to know everyone better and, of course, talking books! #bookhaul

BooksTeasAndBookishThings You know it‘s a good haul when it won‘t all fit in one picture easily 📚 9mo
LeahBergen Fun!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 9mo
silentrequiem Nice haul! 9mo
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Leftcoastzen Sounds like you all had a great time! 9mo
Cinfhen Wowza!!! Fun 💚💚💚 9mo
mom2bugnbee Such a great day! 9mo
Kalalalatja Looks great! 9mo
britt_brooke @LeahBergen @silentrequiem @Leftcoastzen @Cinfhen @Kalalalatja Thanks - it was such a fun day! We have such a fantastic group! 9mo
MicheleinPhilly Litsy meetups make my ❤️ swell. 9mo
britt_brooke @MicheleinPhilly Mine, too! 💕 9mo
Reviewsbylola Wow, quite a successful day! 9mo
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Bianca
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This is incredible. #audiobook

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KarenUK
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#septembertbr
An ambitious #tbr for September.....
A couple for #booked2018 , 3 for bookclubs... and the rest for fun!
I have a transatlantic flight home and back, so hoping for lots of lovely reading time 👍💕📚✈️

BarbaraBB Some great reads there! 10mo
Cinfhen Oooh, safe travels ✈️ 10mo
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