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No Walls and the Recurring Dream
No Walls and the Recurring Dream: A Memoir | Ani Difranco
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The celebrated singer-songwriter and social activist Ani DiFranco discusses her life and career Grammy award winner Ani DiFranco is the indie artist of our time. After releasing her first album at the age of just twenty on her own label, Righteous Babe Records, DiFranco has continued to blaze her own trail, becoming the voice of her generation. In her conscious rejection of the mainstream recording industry, the ultimate DIY artist breaks all the rules, maintaining a level of artistic integrity that has impressed many and antagonized more than a few. She continues to be a major touring and recording artist, runs her own label, and serves as a celebrated feminist leader whose songs provide a lens into the women's movement. In her new memoir, DiFranco connects herself to people in a new way and re-experiences her life from a place of hard-won wisdom and maturity that combines personal expression, music, feminism, political activism, storytelling, philanthropy, entrepreneurship, motherhood, and much more into one inspiring whole. Here in poetic, honest pages is the tale of an eventful and radical life. Her story in No Walls and the Recurring Dream is defined by an ethos of bravery--from being an emancipated minor sleeping in a Buffalo bus-station on her sixteenth birthday, to performing two weeks after 9/11 to bring her fans together in a time of need. For past and future fans, Ani is living proof that you can overcome all personal and internal obstacles to be who you are and to follow your dreams.
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Hyggescence
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Current reads. I‘m actually doing the Ani on audio and am really enjoying hearing her tell her story. The Etaf Rum is turning out to be just okay, which surprised me considering all the hype. Lots of potential but the narrative is very repetitive. I‘m at 78% and eager to finish.

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Lindy
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I loved hearing Ani Difranco narrate her own #audiobook. Her music was a soundtrack to my life in the early 90s, so I revisited my own past as I listened. She‘s a great storyteller and this memoir covers her early years up to 2001. 🎸
“Let the records show that there are in fact whole other girls with the same face and same name who lived concurrently to the one in this story, but this is the one that got written down.” 🎸#LGBTQ

sarahbarnes Agreed! I‘m seeing her play next month and I‘m so excited! 1mo
Lindy @sarahbarnes Oh! I would be excited too. Enjoy! 1mo
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Lindy
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Nature‘s math seems to me to be possessed of a profoundly simple grace: 1 = 0; 2 = infinity. As in, there‘s really no such thing as a singularity, operating outside of relationship, and two is always the springboard to infinity. I do not believe it‘s necessary to denigrate or deny any of nature‘s persistent binary themes in order to understand gender as a spectrum. Binary systems in nature possess infinite potential.

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BookishTrish
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This is somewhere between a pick and a so so for me. I thought it picked up very well towards the end - and I‘m so jealous she has a Prince anecdote! It was good for dipping into and out of, but was vague sometimes when I wanted more detail.

Hooked_on_books Love your picture. So arresting! 2mo
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BookishTrish
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I‘m not loving the writing but it‘s anecdotal enough to keep reading.

StayCurious Those raspberries look good 😁 2mo
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BookishTrish
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Unexpected late afternoon reading view

BethM Unexpected reading is the best kind! 2mo
CoverToCoverGirl Impressive view.. do I spy a Canadian flag? 😊🇨🇦 2mo
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brandybear22
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What came in the mail yesterday!

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jveezer
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Traveling is still the oldest and most poetic form of higher education there is. Not traveling in some elite, upper class bubble, mind you, but really traveling.

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brianherbergerbooks
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I have felt this many times while standing in the front row at an Ani show. “Not only is my relationship with my fans back to being a human-to-human thing. I believe it to be one of the very best human-to-human things.” ~ Ani DiFranco

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brianherbergerbooks
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Those who sit furthest from the center of power, see it the clearest. ~ Ani DiFranco

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jveezer
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Holy crap. I‘m sitting in a church and will literally be 20‘ from Ani Fucking Difranco. And I‘m feeling overcome with the love and emotion that her songs have always made me feel...

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brianherbergerbooks
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30 pages in and loving it. Grew up in Buffalo just a few years younger than Ani, but totally different childhoods. I keep thinking, “What year was this? In Buffalo? How d was she?” Still wrapping my mind around how different things could be 30 minutes from my neighborhood, but also remembering that we never went downtown.

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Hyggescence
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This came in the mail today! Can‘t wait! 😍

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RowReads1
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brandybear22
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Pre-ordered myself a birthday present

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madamereadsalot1
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Not book related (except that she has her new book out now that I want to read, I tagged it!) BUT Ani is on tour and is again coming to Houston! And again, IM GOING TO GO SEE HER! It's gonna be my 12 year olds first concert too! We're both so excited! I just had to share it here!

Trashcanman Sounds like it will be a blast. I hope it's an awesome memory for her. 4mo
madamereadsalot1 @Trashcanman thanks, me too! 😊 4mo
vivastory I've seen her a couple of times. It's been awhile, but I remember she puts on a good show. 4mo
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madamereadsalot1 @vivastory I had the honor of seeing her about 3 years ago for the first time. It was AMAZING! I went by myself and was thankful for the experience. This time, I'm glad I'll get to share it with my daughter and my sister. 4mo
vivastory You must go to a lot of concerts. You should make a post of your favorite concerts you've attended. 4mo
madamereadsalot1 @vivastory I went through and decided to just do concerts I've taken pictures of and still have that were top of the line, excellent shows, just to make it easier to pick and not be a huge list. And still, it's a lot. 😅 So it'll be a few posts even with making photo grids. Would you share some of your favorites too!? Maybe make a hashtag of it for people who want to play along? Like #ConcertCountdown or #LiveMusicLove or something more clever? 4mo
vivastory Definitely! I can't wait to see your posts! 4mo
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I love Ani but this is a mess.

Leftcoastzen That‘s too bad ,I love Ani too. 5mo
BilboBookends 😢😢😢 5mo
brandybear22 What made it such a mess? 4mo
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ReadingEnvy @brandybear22 it is neither linear nor a complete story... She sets herself up as a wünderkin without a lot of self scrutiny... It doesn't have as much about the songs... The writing seems first draft and just needs to be tighter, lots of repetition 4mo
brandybear22 @ReadingEnvy Well that‘s pretty disappointing. I have noticed that her work has shifted a lot over the past couple decades, I‘d hoped she would share about that journey, with which I‘d expect some self reflection. I‘ll make sure I‘m in the right mood when I read it! 4mo
ReadingEnvy @brandybear22 it focuses on the years up until 2000 or so 4mo
Hyggescence Oh no!! I have so been looking forward to this! Got it in the mail today. 4mo
ReadingEnvy @Hyggescence hopefully you'll have a better experience 4mo
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angrylilasian
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One of my favorite bookstores in Chicago is Women and Children First. If you visit, stop by. They have the best selection of feminist, activist, LGBTQ books, for kids & adults. My kids have gone to Story time with Drag Queens there. And they have some amazing authors & artists come through. I love Ani DiFranco‘s music so I am beyond excited to hear her talk about her life and work! I had no idea she was coming out with a memoir! Anyone else a fan?

Soubhiville Yes! I‘ll be seeing her in Austin next month! 6mo
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