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The Art of Asking
The Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help | Amanda Palmer
Rock star, crowdfunding pioneer, and TED speaker Amanda Palmer knows all about asking. Performing as a living statue in a wedding dress, she wordlessly asked thousands of passersby for their dollars. When she became a singer, songwriter, and musician, she was not afraid to ask her audience to support her as she surfed the crowd (and slept on their couches while touring). And when she left her record label to strike out on her own, she asked her fans to support her in making an album, leading to the world's most successful music Kickstarter.Even while Amanda is both celebrated and attacked for her fearlessness in asking for help, she finds that there are important things she cannot ask for-as a musician, as a friend, and as a wife. She learns that she isn't alone in this, that so many people are afraid to ask for help, and it paralyzes their lives and relationships. In this groundbreaking book, she explores these barriers in her own life and in the lives of those around her, and discovers the emotional, philosophical, and practical aspects of THE ART OF ASKING.Part manifesto, part revelation, this is the story of an artist struggling with the new rules of exchange in the twenty-first century, both on and off the Internet. THE ART OF ASKING will inspire readers to rethink their own ideas about asking, giving, art, and love.
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brilliantglow
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I started today! Only have one class this morning (On Sparta!) But still excited. Also really loving this audio book. Amanda is such an interesting person. And I've always been a fan of her music and I loved her Ted Talk.

Branwen Good luck and have a great day! 💕 2mo
brilliantglow @Branwen thank you❤ 2mo
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gradcat Yaaasss! ♥️ 4mo
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wanderinglynn
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#moonreflections
1. Continuously learn & gather feedback.
2. Tagged. And the quote: “Any arbitrary turning along the way and I would be elsewhere; I would be different” Francis Mayes
3. Blessings to all! @Mitch @LapReader @cobwebmoth 😘

cobwebmoth Thank you! Hugs and blessings to you!❤ 4mo
Meaw_catlady Oooh I stacked that book! Looks great! Thanks so much for posting! Blessings 🌚🖤 4mo
LapReader Right back at ya xo 4mo
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MaleficentBookDragon
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My morning consisted of a trip to the post office, library, and bakery. Now I'm off to see Dark Phoenix.

BiblioLitten The Silent Patient was my last read. 😊 4mo
Crazeedi Yummy looking baked goods!💞 4mo
LeeRHarry I saw Dark Phoenix earlier in the week - hope you enjoyed it! 😊 4mo
Avanders Mmmm your morning sounds great! 🧘🏽‍♀️ 4mo
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cobwebmoth
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1. When I worked at the library I discovered lots!
2. Yes
3. Tagged. It's part self-help, part memoir. I loved it. I love Amanda so much.
4. I don't know.
5. Whoever wants to play.💞 Thanks for the tag @Stacy_31 !
#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

Eggs Love # 1!!! 5mo
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Pickpick

I dug this. Amanda herself narrated, occasionally pausing from the memoir to sing. Her story is a fascinating one, how she would “statue”, how she got involved with and ended up married to Neil Gaiman— I really respect how she achieved fame and genuinely cares for her fans. 💕

readordierachel I dig it too ❤ 5mo
JamieArc This book really changed my perspective on asking for help and giving it. 5mo
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Chelseabillups30
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Mehso-so

This book was heartbreaking, hilarious, insightful & challenging.
The format itself felt unorganized and scattered throughout, although I did enjoy the snippets on the audiobook of Amanda‘s music.
This book was a beautifully written narrative delivery of Amanda‘s wild ride of life thus far.
We could all stand to pay more attention to her living with reckless abandon and choosing to bravely connect with strangers, friends and lovers alike.

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Chelseabillups30

I think the real risk is the choice to disconnect. To be afraid of one another.
We make countless choices everyday whether to ask or to turn away from one another.

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Chelseabillups30

To erase the possibility of empathy is also to erase the possibility of art. Theater, fiction, horror stories, love stories. This is what art does. Good or bad, it imagines the insides, the heart of the other, whether that heart is full of light or trapped in darkness.

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Chelseabillups30

To erase the possibility of empathy is to erase the possibility of understanding.

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Chelseabillups30
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The difference between wanting to be looked at and wanting to be seen.

This is definitely one of those “close the book and stare at the wall for a minute because that‘s so eloquently and beautifully written and I just can‘t even with it right now” moments.

Have to make it public to y‘all though because I need you all to experience it right along with me!!

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Chelseabillups30
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This convo between Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman is such a classic depiction of the fiercely independent woman persona and the poor soul single man who just wants his woman but is having a serious eye roll moment right now AND IT HAS ME DYING OVER HERE Y‘ALL!!! 😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂

lostinabookbrb I can just see him saying his responses all calmly, too. 6mo
Chelseabillups30 @lostinabookbrb, this segment is why I‘d highly recommend the audiobook reading with the book itself....it enhanced this moment so spectacularly!! 😂😂😂 6mo
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Chelseabillups30

When you openly, radically trust people, they not only take care of you, they become your allies, your family.

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Chelseabillups30

All art, no matter what shape it is, has to come from somewhere.
We can only connect the dots we can collect.

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Chelseabillups30
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Asking for help and the power of “We.”

tammysue 👍🏻 6mo
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Chelseabillups30

Those who can ask without shame are viewing themselves in collaboration with—rather than in competition with—the world.

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Chelseabillups30

You‘re an artist when you say you are. And you‘re a good artist when you make somebody else experience or feel something deep or unexpected.

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Chelseabillups30

Often it is our own sense that we are undeserving of help that has immobilized us. Whether it‘s in the arts, at work, or in our relationships, we often resist asking not only because we‘re afraid of rejection but also because we don‘t even think we deserve. What we‘re asking for. We have to truly believe in the validity of what we‘re asking for.

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Chelseabillups30
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Happy World Book Day, Littens!!

It‘s a neat thought to consider that many of you are from other corners of the globe, yet we come together and celebrate our love of reading and books!!

Tagged is the book I‘m diving into today!! Tag yours in the comments, I want to know what everyone is reading wherever you are!!

Prettytears Someone Knows By Lisa Scottoline. Happy World Book Day 😊 (edited) 6mo
Birdsong28 I am currently reading 6mo
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Naj Just started 6mo
Sophia1 Finally got the time to start the 😍😍 6mo
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BekaReid
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Last night I had the privilege of seeing Amanda Palmer's show. It was sad. It was powerful. I cried. I laughed. I smiled through the tears. #therewillbenointermission and the icing on the donut 🍩 😉 was that I got the chance to meet her preshow! It was amazing and beautiful.
I was first introduced to her music after reading her book. And the opening line makes me smile every time.

monalyisha I saw her once by accident. I went to her show solely because Neil Gaiman was also reading a few of his stories. I left totally blown away by her — to the point where Neil wasn‘t even the highlight anymore (not that he wasn‘t great, because he was). She‘s amazing! 6mo
Eggbeater Amanda Palmer is my hero! I am so jealous! I love her music. I am one of her supporters on Patreon. Was this in DC? 6mo
BekaReid @monalyisha Neil Gaiman was my "introduction" to Amanda Palmer as well. Yes, they're both amazing!! 6mo
BekaReid @Eggbeater I'm also one on her patrons in Patreon!😊 and this was in Philly. I heard the DC show was phenomenal as well. Both definitely were long and wonderful as they were nearly 4 and hours. 6mo
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Not really book related, but she did write a book & I‘m still super excited.
I have been a fan of Amanda Palmer since 2006ish and read her book a few months ago.
Well, my boyfriend surprised me with a ticket to go see her in concert last night. This was the first time I‘ve ever did anything like this by myself, and it was one of the best experiences I‘ve ever had. It was sad, and beautiful, and hilarious, and I couldn‘t ask for more. ❤️🖤❤️

cobwebmoth Awesome! I'm going to see her in Nashville next month. 7mo
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Pickpick

I didn‘t know who Amanda Palmer was until I attended a Neil Gaiman signing in 2013. I‘ve been interested in reading her book since it came out. I am blown away! I have so much respect and admiration for this amazing woman!! I ❤️ her narration of the audiobook; her voice and story telling brought me complete zen and peace. #theartofasking #ReadingUSA2019 #Massachusetts

Readergrrl I saw her perform at last year‘s Fringe Festival in Edinburgh. Amazing!! 7mo
GrilledCheeseSamurai Her new album is 👌 7mo
Librarybelle Awesome! Your review has convinced me to read this! 7mo
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lahousewyfe Love this book! It changed tge way I look at selling and fundraising. 7mo
Suet624 I assume you‘ve seen her Ted talk? If not, check it out. I loved this book. 7mo
BekaReid My introduction to Amanda Palmer was through her book nearly 2 years ago. Then I started listening to her music, and the rest is history. And her new album released this month is powerful! 7mo
NatalieR @Readergrrl I bet that was awesome! 😀 7mo
NatalieR @GrilledCheeseSamurai Good to know! 😉 7mo
NatalieR @Librarybelle I hope you enjoy it! 😀 7mo
NatalieR @lahousewyfe Me too!! 🙋🏻‍♀️ 7mo
NatalieR @Suet624 Not yet, but I will check it out. Thanks! 7mo
NatalieR @BekaReid Awesome! Thanks, I look forward to checking it out. 7mo
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You guys. I‘m feeling too inspired today. Got any suggestions along the lines of these? Looking for memoirs by badass women. Here is a blog about why I like these mylifewithinthepages.com

Happy international women‘s day!

Freespirit Magna is an Australian actress, her memoir is rich and well written...you don't need to know of her to gain something from it! 7mo
ErinSueMreads Ah! Perfect! Thanks for the suggestion @Freespirit 7mo
SharonAlger Say Hello by Carly Findlay. I‘m reading it at the moment, and my other books are being neglected, because I can‘t put this one down! 7mo
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Weaponxgirl I found this book both inspiring and sad. People weren‘t convinced she would make a good spy in the Second World War but she did it anyway and why it hasn‘t been made into a biopic I don‘t know as it‘s more exciting than any fiction I‘ve read. 7mo
alysonwrites Memoirs by badass women—one of my favorite genres! 💋👊🖤 This one is my all-time fave. Malika Oufkir lived a fairytale childhood in the court of the King of Morocco until her father, the king‘s closest aide, was executed after a failed assassination attempt. Then Oufkir, her mother, and all her siblings were stripped of everything and sent to a desert prison. It‘s a page-turner with plenty of badassery and inspiring perseverance. 7mo
Weaponxgirl @alysonwrites ohh this sounds great! It‘s one of my fave genres too. 7mo
Weaponxgirl I love this woman and her memoir was really well written too 7mo
alysonwrites @Weaponxgirl Your rec sounds great too! Women spies, yass! 7mo
alysonwrites @ErinSueG And I enjoyed reading your blog post. I love Amanda Palmer‘s The Art of Asking too! 💕 She‘s so fierce and vulnerable at the same time. I am not nearly so bold as she is, but I aspire... 7mo
Vagablonde Nichelle Nichols' autobiography is far more than just tales of Star Trek. 7mo
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This was a brilliant book. I thought it was a book about anxiety (“how I learned to stop worrying”) but it is more about how to ask for help and how to receive it, within the context of creativity mostly but also relationally. @amandapalmer is a kickstarter/crowdfunding genius and it was fascinating to read about how that process actually works. I‘m also a Neil Gaiman fangirl so the insights into how they met/married/etc were wonderful. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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StardustSoul
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Just finished this book and I'm still crying. So good, so inspiring, so touching and raw and real. If you have a free weekend, spend it with this book!

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Pickpick

I started this book 5 months ago and put it down as I wasn't "feeling it". I picked it back up, and actually quite enjoyed it. Yes, it's self-indulgent but that's just Amanda Palmer. I love that we have all kinds of people in the world and that many choose to share their art and soul with the rest of us.

TieDyeDude She just did an episode of the podcast "Conversations with People Who Hate Me." Pretty interesting 8mo
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Chelseabillups30
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And this is what happens when you visit the bargain books section of your local bookstore and find a book that has been on your TBR list for too long with a price tag of $5.99.

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#septemberdanes @Cinfhen @Kalalalatja

#WarriorWorrier

I like the "moon" my page refresh/screenshot created. It fits with AP looking up.

Kalalalatja It does look pretty neat! 👌 13mo
DivineDiana This was such a good book! ❤️ 13mo
Eggbeater This woman is my hero! 13mo
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Mehso-so

I liked the message for the most part in this book but I didn‘t love the way it was portrayed. I just felt like she talked so much about all the negative things that happened to her and her message got lost in there. I also really didn‘t love this on audio. I didn‘t know much about her going into this so maybe someone who knows of her and is a fan would like this more.

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TheKidUpstairs
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Don't you just want to be couple friends with these two? Share dinner parties and wine?

https://m.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=59&v=IZrjMhBaXnE

JamieArc Absolutely 💜 1y
readordierachel YES ❤ 1y
JaclynW Yes! Definitely! The conversation and laughs would be off the charts I'm sure. ❤💜 1y
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Eggbeater
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Thanks for the tag @MidnightBookGirl @thereadingowlvina

1. Chelsea Wolfe
2. Dresden Dolls/ Amanda Palmer
3. Weird stuff like dark cabaret and industrial metal and then goth, punk, blues, different types of rock
4. Spotify and Pandora although neither are paid subscriptions
5. Tag @Trashcanman !

#HelloThursday
@wanderinglynn

MidnightBookGirl I do love Coin Operated Boy by Dresden Dolls. 1y
StephBengtson I love Chelsea Wolfe! 1y
wanderinglynn Thanks for playing! 😀 👍🏻 1y
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monalyisha
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Touché, AFP, touché. ?

LauraJ Woo-hoo! 1y
sprainedbrain Gosh, I love her. 😂 1y
AmyG I saw this. She‘s the best. 1y
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ashesofabookdragon
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Today‘s #bookbattle is for nonfiction! Are you more historical non fiction or memoir non fiction? I find I prefer memoirs as they‘re personal experiences ❤️ #reading #memoir #books #greatreads #bookworm

Aurys Hmm... I‘d probably have to go with memoirs too. It adds so much emotion to the history! 1y
ashesofabookdragon @Aurys agreed! It adds a degree of relating that I think a reader needs.... well. That I need as a reader 😂😂 1y
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4ravens
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My current walking companion

BookaholicNatty Ooooo I need to read this!!! Stacking!❤️ 1y
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I'm re-reading The Art of Asking (well listening to it on Audible) and just remembering so much that I loved about it. From when she talks aboutthe fraud police to taking the flower. This book is filled with useful and powerful quote worthiness lines.

everlocalwest I read this in print immediately when it came out and have done the audio twice because Amanda makes my heart happy! 2y
leahrosereads @everlocalwest same! I remember grabbing this as soon as I could and can't believe it's taken so long to "reread" this and via Audible no less! But I definitely needed the reminder to ask recently and what better way than to hear via the Queen herself. 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage One of my favorite audiobooks! 2y
leahrosereads @BarbaraTheBibliophage It's fast becoming one of mine also 😁 2y
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wanderinglynn
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#ManicMonday
1. The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer is the only book o could think of that I‘ve read that‘s at least somewhat music related.
2. Coldplay, P!nk, Jimmy Buffett, Yo-Yo Ma, Hole, STP, Foo Fighters, Green Day, David Bowie, Sara Bareillis, Garbage ...
3. Garbage
4. currently, Malibu by Hole

JoScho Foo Fighters ❤️🎶 2y
britt_brooke STP 💚 2y
wanderinglynn @britt_brooke STP also puts on a good concert. I got to see them during their reunion tour in 2009. 2y
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wanderinglynn @JoScho Yes! Sadly, I haven‘t gotten to see them in concert ... yet. 😉 2y
TK421 Jimmy!! 2y
wanderinglynn @TK421 yes! Because Margaritaville. 😀 2y
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1. And 2. I would take Neil Gaiman for author and Amanda Palmer for musician. They're a married couple and seem like really great people. All happy and creative and open-minded. I figure they'd get along and I'd be able to stand them. Think strategically! Plus they are two of my favorites.
3. I need tea with milk so I'm saving space by bringing tea and 1 dairy cow. No arguments!

#trivialthursday @GarthRanzz

Trashcanman Hello, so I have a question. How do I take the photo you posted with the questions and put it on my wall? Thank you! 2y
Eggbeater @Trashcanman you have to take a screen shot and then select add image in the blurb. @Chelleo made some youtube videos with instructions on how to do that in case my directions aren't adequate. I'm still pretty new myself and I don't remember the links to her videos so I tagged her. 2y
Trashcanman @Eggbeater thank you. 2y
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monalyisha
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Any East Coast US Littens thinking about going to this year‘s Mermaid Parade? Neil Gaiman & Amanda Fucking Palmer are going to be the King & Queen & that might be too cool for me to pass up! 😵🧜🏼‍♀️

#mermaidparade2018 #mermaidmeetup?

vkois88 I can't bc of baby, but just based on King & Queen, it sounds fun... have a good time!!! Can't wait to see posts 😊 2y
readordierachel That sounds rad! I was at one of her solo shows a few years ago and he came out on stage and read a story and they talked about love and it was the most adorable thing ever. 2y
Heideschrampf Whaaaaaaaaaat!?!?! How awesome! Too bd there's an ocean in between... 2y
monalyisha @ReadOrDieRachel Me too! I bet we saw very similar shows! 🖤 2y
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Pluralconstant
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I‘ve never listened to an audiobook before, but so far I‘m enjoying this one.

wanderinglynn I really enjoyed this book. 2y
Pluralconstant @wanderinglynn I‘m definitely enjoying it so far! 😊 2y
bnp This is intriguing - may have to check it out. 2y
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Pluralconstant @bnp the audiobook is definitely great! I‘m only at the beginning still, but she already presents a powerful argument that asking for help is okay, and not a sign of weakness. 2y
bnp @Pluralconstant I could definitively use some help learning this skill. 2y
Pluralconstant @bnp oh yeah, samesies. It‘ll take time, but I think this book will help 😊 2y
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Heideschrampf
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Yaaay, the first tickets for the #edinburghfestival2018 are booked - thanks, @scripturient !! Can't wait to see Amanda FUCKING Palmer live again 😍

AmyG Yay! I would love to see her...just once...some day. 2y
scripturient Sooo looking forward to it! 😊😘 2y
Readergrrl I am so glad that I saw this post!!! I‘m traveling to Edinburgh for the Fringe Fest and JUST ordered my ticket to see Amanda!!! So excited!! 1y
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Heideschrampf @Readergrrl awesome! Which date will you be there? Do you have tickets for the book festival too? 1y
Readergrrl I do not have tickets for the book festival! Tell me more! 1y
Heideschrampf Www.edbookfest.com heaven on earth! @Readergrrl (edited) 1y
Readergrrl Ooh!!! I‘m traveling over from the US and my focus had been the Fringe, so I hadn‘t paid attention to this. Will be checking some of these seminars out! Too bad Alaska is sold out!!! But of course he would be!!! 1y
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I only knew Palmer from watching her TED talk years ago. This book expands on the theme of her talk and also serves as a memoir. I now have listened to every Dresden Doll or Palmer song I could find. She is inspiring and It highlighted the fact that I am living a much smaller life than she is. 😀 Her passages about Neil Gaiman and her mentor Anthony often brought tears to my eyes. I really enjoyed reading this.

AmyG I have had this on my TBR forever. Glad to know it‘s good. ❤️ 2y
Suet624 @AmyG sometimes it can feel just a tiny bit repetitive but it always led to a deeper reminder about connection. 2y
kspenmoll Have this too but wondering if audiobook might be good. 2y
Suet624 @kspenmoll I wonder. I think you get to hear her songs on the audiobook. I wonder what it would be like if you didn‘t like her music. (edited) 2y
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I had no idea these two were married when I started reading/listening to these books simultaneously! I love what Palmer has to say about Gaiman.

readordierachel They're such a cute couple ❤ 2y
Suet624 @ReadOrDieRachel 💕💕💕 2y
kspenmoll I had no idea either!!!! 2y
Suet624 @kspenmoll Crazy and perfect, right? 2y
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Linsy
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This book is just everything. Listen to it, let it sink in, repeat. We could all use a little less worry in our lives.
#bookandmusic #marchintobooks #bookprovement

readordierachel Yes! I really liked this one too. 2y
Booksnchill Loved it as well! 2y
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mommamatch Survey complete! Keep it up ladies! 2y
thereadingwomen @mommamatch Thank you!! 😍 2y
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