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Riverine
Riverine: A Memoir from Anywhere but Here | Angela Palm
Angela Palm grew up in a place not marked on the map, her house set on the banks of a river that had been straightened to make way for farmland. Every year, the Kankakee River in rural Indiana flooded and returned to its old course while the residents sandbagged their homes against the rising water. From her bedroom window, Palm watched the neighbor boy and loved him in secret, imagining a life with him even as she longed for a future that held more than a job at the neighborhood bar. For Palm, caught in this landscape of flood and drought, escape was a continually receding hope.
Though she did escape, as an adult Palm finds herself drawn back, like the river, to her origins. But this means more than just recalling vibrant, complicated memories of the place that shaped her, or trying to understand the family that raised her. It means visiting the prison where the boy that she loved is serving a life sentence for a brutal murder. It means trying to chart, through the mesmerizing, interconnected essays of Riverine, what happens when a single event forces the path of her life off course.
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MamaGina
Bailedbailed

I didn't get far with this one. I need to be grabbed and pulled in by memoirs as well as the fiction I read. Just didn't happen with this one. Perhaps I don't have the patience for a slower pace after recent favorite memoirs like The Fact of a Body and The Red Parts🤓

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Panpan

Something about this author just rubbed me the wrong way throughout this book--though there was some good stuff in the final hour. Oh well.

Hooked_on_books I had trouble with this one, too. 3y
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Nonaroo
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Tomorrow is my birthday. We went to Half Price Books last night for some birthday books and I got a few books and some reading glasses! I'm of a certain age now where I have to stash my readers around the house like a squirrel! 🎂🎁🎉👓

Christine Happy Birthday Eve!! 🎈 3y
AJBowers Happy birthday!! 3y
BookishMarginalia 👍🏼💜💜💜💜 3y
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DivineDiana Wishing you a year filled with ⭐️️⭐️️⭐️️⭐️️⭐️️ books! 🎉 3y
Mimi28 Happy Birthday!!🎊🎉🎁🎈🎂 3y
christineandbooks Happy birthday! 🎊 3y
acorter Happy birthday!!! 3y
JessClark78 Happy Birthday!!! 🎂🎉 3y
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thereadingwomen
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Cracking open the first book of 2017. What are you starting the year with?? #thereadingwomen

tammysue A Gentleman in Moscow 3y
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clpreston Nocturnal by Scott Sigler 3y
Redwritinghood I'm having trouble getting into my first read this year. 3y
Laura317 The Private Lives of the Tudors and listening to 3y
danibourgon The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet 3y
sdbruening Elizabeth the Queen - I watched the first season of The Crown about a month ago and then saw this at a library sale. It's wonderful so far! 3y
cpreja Oliver Twist 3y
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autumnprivett
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Starting today.

Godmotherx5 Ooh, sounds good 3y
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kaberryhill
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I've been in a bit of a slump the past few months, picked up some steam with some fluffy reads, and ready to dive into this. Also, I really love this cover.

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Liberty
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Who needs sleep? 😝📚💗

Zelma Not I. 😆 3y
balletbookworm Your choice of reading material is excellent :) 3y
Aleida No truther truth has ever been uttered. 3y
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Liberty
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Today's plans. 💕

(Discovered a while ago on the Oblong Bookstore's FB page - if you know the artist, please share their name in the comments!)

readinginthedark I was just thinking this last night, how I need to build a fort for reading! ❤️ 3y
Zelma Hey @Suzze you may need to upgrade the cat tent! 😆 3y
Suzze @Zelma Ha! 3y
MicheleFilgate AC (who I used to work with at Community Bookstore) is the artist! 3y
BookBabe 😸📚😻 3y
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BookishMarginalia
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Pickpick

This is a challenging book, because the chapters in this memoir are really meandering essays where the author follows digressions and inserts observations that are only tangentially related to whatever seemed to be the main points. That said, these braided essays do reward the reader. This memoir --intimate and introspective-- makes a great companion and foil to Hillbilly Elegy, a wider-read memoir that generalizes way too much. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

MyNamesParadise I took creative nonfiction in college and balancing the essays was difficult for me. I prefer fiction writing 🙂 3y
minkyb In other words...do whatever the f*** you want! At least that is what I got from it. 🙃 3y
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BookishMarginalia
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In Riverine, memoirist Angela Palm embraces the braided essay as a form that explicitly and purposefully encompasses digressions and contradictions. As a reader, you have to be okay with just following along and trusting the experience will indeed be worth it. I just wish this explanation had been at the beginning of the book and not the end; I wouldn't have been surprised by all the meanderings in the text.

OffTheBeatenShelf.com I love braided essays. They're also one of my favorite things to write. ❤️ 3y
BookishMarginalia @OffTheBeatenShelf.com You'll love this book! 3y
ReadingEnvy I don't know if you have ever read Joni Tevis but she was the first essayist to come to mind for that description. 3y
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BookishMarginalia
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#Septimus wants attention 😜#catsofLitsy

LeahBergen Oh, Septimus! 😂 3y
Megabooks Aww!! 3y
Faibka I'm familiar with that stare! 😸💜 3y
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Notafraidofwords Is this book good? It's on my list. 3y
BookishMarginalia @Notafraidofwords I liked it, but it's a challenging read, since the author digresses on purpose, so the narrative is not really linear. It actually makes a good companion piece/foil to 3y
Notafraidofwords @BookishMarginalia oh okay. Great, because that book is on my list too. 3y
MrBook 😻😻😻😻😻😻 3y
BookBabe 😻😻😻 3y
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BookishMarginalia
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On the preeminence of corn, in the US in general and in her community in particular (as the author grew up in Indiana farm country and once worked as a corn picker.)

cariashley Oh man, the corn industry has terrified/fascinated me for ages 😳🌽 3y
Texreader Here in Texas it's all about the stories of the cotton pickers. My moms relatives picked cotton. I've seen pictures. Such a hard hard life. 3y
Nebklvr @Texreader that had to be brutal. Cotton is poky. I always thought it was soft--not so 3y
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Texreader @Nebklvr yes I've heard that. Even the littlest kids had to pick cotton. And they were so so poor. We are so lucky. It's one reason I enjoy historical fiction. It reminds me how hard life was for most humans not that very long ago. 3y
badnorthern I will never forget reading in one of Michael Pollan's book about how we have so much corn in our diet that there are traces of it in our fingernails! 3y
quirkyreader Now this is stuck in my head, There is more than corn in Indiana. It's the heartbeat of Americana. I grew up in Michigan corn country and now I live in Indiana. The corn industry is especially creepy considering everything it's in. When some kids see what real corn looks like, especially Indian corn they freak out. The corn of 2016 is way different than the corn of 1816 and 1916. 3y
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BookishMarginalia
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About the attitudes of the memoirist's parents (and community) when migrant workers of Latino descent arrived in the late 1990s to rural Indiana. As recent events show, attitudes have not changed much, have they? 😢

melbeautyandbooks Unfortunately no. 😥 3y
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BookishMarginalia
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Why is it that adults are obsessed with girls' bodies?!?

Robothugs I always enjoyed being told I had "child bearing hips" ? Not really something to tell a young girl - find another way to build her self esteem! ? 3y
Robothugs In order to change the way boys are with girls and girls think of themselves, we need to teach them young. But unfortunately society has already gotten to the adults who are supposed to teach the children... 💁🏻 3y
Hooked_on_books I goes along with an ad I saw a few years ago with a female toddler and the caption "Be there to see her get married." Oh, so that's a woman's main life goal? How about "Be there to see her graduate"?!? 3y
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Dolly ☹😠 3y
courtney @Robothugs I've gotten that before, too! Nothing weirded me out more 😂 3y
Amandajoy @Hooked_on_books Yes! My cousin & I are the same age. She's unemployed with 3 kids & her & her husband live with her mother. I have 2 Masters degrees & pay my own bills, but the only thing anyone in my extended family focuses on is that I'm unmarried & have no kids. But she gets props for having kids & a husband. 😡 3y
Robothugs @courtney Yeah! It's like... how do I react? Then the realization of what they meant. Then feeling weird someone was scrutinizing my hips 😂 3y
Robothugs @Hooked_on_books Wow that is some crazysauce... we are more than the sum of our parts, and we should be made to strive for more than just marriage... it should be an OPTION not an absolute. ( @Amandajoy ) 3y
Seekingtardis All the props in the world to @Amandajoy you to girl! Strong independent woman that don't need no man! (And we won't judge her if she gets one! Or a woman! Or a cat! 😂😍) 3y
melbeautyandbooks This is a great discussion ladies. Not great that so many of us can relate to this BS, just great that we can have a safe space to talk about it. 3y
Notafraidofwords I know!! Till this day my father comments on my weight. 3y
Loretta That paragraph is so much me... 😒 3y
audiothing Adults are concerned because they want to save their fat kids from all the world of hurt that fat adults suffer 3y
MyNamesParadise My Pop Pop (greatest man I've ever known) would indicate when I was younger to stay trim, but he framed it in the sense to avoid health problems. My Dad (just an odd man) likes to be a d*** and make comments but maturity wise he's a child so I tend to make fun of the gut he has now developed as he's gotten older 😏😏 he won't give up his cheese puffs!! But buys fat burning pills off tv infomercials 🙈 3y
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BookishMarginalia
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Life as a denizen of river country #memoir

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caitfish4311
Mehso-so

So well-written, but it would take me more than one read to catch all the nuances of her writing. While it is a good read, I can't see reading it again.

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caitfish4311

Like Harlow's monkeys, I would have curled up with a wire doll if I thought it would love me back.

Notafraidofwords This : I want to read so badly! 3y
caitfish4311 @Notafraidofwords It is really well-written! 3y
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caitfish4311
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New books from the library!

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Liberty
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Only a few more days until the #readathon! I know I'm excited. It's a great chance to check out a few #ScaryReads and knock a few books off your #AllHallowsRead TBR. And I hear @DeweysReadathon is trusting their Litsy account to a lunatic that day. (SPOILER: It's me.) 📚🤘🏻🎉

Jenshootsweddings WHY DO READATHONS ALWAYS HAPPEN WHEN I'M WORKING! 🙁 hopefully they'll be a few this winter! 3y
RealLifeReading Woohoo!! 3y
CocoReads I can only do readathon in the morning and maybe in the wee hours. I was all set to do it but family obligations reared their ugly heads! 3y
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bookwormkara I'm beginning to think you're quietly starting a bookish-social-media monopoly and soon you will be the Time Warner Cable of the bookternet because I swear you have a finger in every pie!...or, a finger in every book? on every page?...something like that. 3y
Gissy When is this readathon? What are the rules? How it works? 3y
OutlandishLit Yay!! I'm going to run the twitter for a couple hours! 3y
kspenmoll Can you tell me details? I may just do half day. 3y
Liberty @kspenmoll @gissy Visit the @DeweysReadathon profile and there's a link to the challenge site. 😊 3y
Liberty @bookwormkara And I'm right behind you. 3y
PassportBooks Maybe with the readathon I can get caught up on my Goodreads challenge ☺ 3y
capriciousreader I wouldn't give it to any other lunatic!! ❤️ 3y
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Hooked_on_books
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Mehso-so

I found this book a bit frustrating. It is a braided essay of a memoir. The sections about her childhood friend/love Corey are the strongest: full, rich, emotional, and heart-rending. Some of the other thoughts are quite good, but others weigh down the story, making me want to skim past them. I would have preferred a narrative more filled with her life with and without Corey; it would have been stronger.

rivercityreading I'm with you on this one. I think I just expected there to be more to the story, I think? Without that expectation going in, I think I may have enjoyed it more. 3y
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Hooked_on_books
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"Books, though, had never shut me out or made me feel like I didn't belong." Truth!

Hornsby78 That is the absolute truth. 3y
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Hooked_on_books
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I had a panic today when my nook crashed and stayed down for 30 minutes. 😱 I was planning an emergency B&N trip (and it's not close) to get a new one, but thank goodness it is back up (wipes forehead with hand). 😃 I wasn't sure about this one in the first few pages, but the end of the first chapter convinced me to keep going.

Notafraidofwords This is on my to buy list..how are you liking it? 3y
Hooked_on_books @Notafraidofwords It's interesting so far. Nothing earth-shattering yet, but I get the sense of something looming. Her father makes my blood boil. 😤 3y
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anniehartnett
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Leaving my computer (and phone!) at home and headed to Vermont for the weekend with my husband, my dog, and this book. Can't wait! #harveyandbooks

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Graywolfpress
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🔶RIVERINE by Angela Palm🔶Pub date: 8/16/16!🔶We're tapping our toes with excitement!🔶

Tammygrrrl This looks great! I love Graywolf Press. 4y
MrBook Great pic! 4y
TsahaiMakeda And lovely shoes 👠 4y
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kdwinchester
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Palm knows how to write creative nonfiction. No question. At first I didn't like the navel-gazing feel of the narrative, but I kept reading and discovered what she had done structurally. She wowed my socks off (considering this is her first book). And seriously, rural childhood in a riverbed, teenage angst, murder, what's not to like? I can't wait to see what she writes in the future. Def worth of the Graywolf nonfiction prize of 2014. | ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Misanthropester I'm always anxious about creative nonfiction & memoir for exactly that navel-gazing reason, but Greywolf is great press so I'll trust it & your rec 4y
kdwinchester @Misanthropester Yeah, I hate navel gazing with a fiery passion. But Palm's writing makes up for hers. Well, most of it anyway. :P 4y
Notafraidofwords This is in my wheelhouse for sure! 4y
SusanInTiburon Depends on the navel, no? 4y
mdemanatee I just read the full blurb of this and it set close to where I grew up and *grabby hands* 4y
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kdwinchester
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⬆️ Book theme in a nutshell. #memoir

RebeccaH Want. 4y
subwayreads How is it? Haven't started mine yet, it's somewhere in the middle of my TBR 4y
kdwinchester @subwayreads It's pretty good! 30 pages left. going to review it tomorrow after I let it sit. :) 4y
Notafraidofwords I need 💛 4y
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Amanda
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A memoir of rural Indiana and murder.

BookwormBeth Intrigued 4y
RebeccaH Want. 4y
kerry I cannot wait to get to this one. 4y
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Carol
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Behold the beauty of my #24in48 #readathon prize! Thank you so much @Litsy @Graywolfpress and @24in48 🎉🍾🤓📚

kdwinchester Wooohooooo!! I hope you love it! 4y
WordWaller 💖💖 Graywolf!! 4y
balletbookworm Yay!! Loved that one 4y
ReadingEnvy What a cover! 4y
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Deafbibliophile
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Got my winnings from the 24 in 48 giveaway!! Thank you again

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kdwinchester
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I just can't wait any longer to start this book!! I am throwing caution to the wind, and the schedule of books I need read by a certain date, and just starting this beauty. 😘

autumnprivett You reckless reader. 😂 4y
DreesReads What a gorgeous cover! 4y
kdwinchester @AudreyMorris Oh my goodness, yes! I want to frame the cover and hang it on the wall of my tree-themed living room. 4y
mrldg This looks great! 4y
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balletbookworm
Pickpick

Beautiful and evocative memoir. Palm focuses on how her childhood environment shaped herself as opposed to her friend Corey. The strength of the writing fades a bit in the last 50 pages but overall it is a very vivid and compelling work.

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Graywolfpress
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"The girl, our girl, makes it out of the riverbed, but she carries traces of brown water in her lungs and sediment in her pockets so she knows the river is still there, despite all her moving on."--RIVERINE by Angela Palm.

Pub date: 8/16/16

Cynbalch Another beautiful shot!! 4y
kdwinchester I am super excited to read this one! I keep itching to reach for it on my shelf, but work calls. 😞 How many days until the weekend? 4y
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Dolly
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American housewife stories😂😂🔥👖#readathon, #24in48

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24in48
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Another giveaway from @Litsy thanks to @Graywolfpress and check out the Hour 36 post on www.24in48.com #24in48

balletbookworm Reading this right now - so good! Everyone go enter!! 4y
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Litsy
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This giveaway is brought to you by RIVERINE, the winner of the Graywolf nonfiction prize, from @Graywolfpress !!

For a chance to win this memoir, share one of your favorite bookish quotes on Litsy. Be sure to tag us and use #24in48 and #readathon so we can find your post! Three winners will be chosen at 4PM EST. May the odds be ever in your favor!

(🎉Congrats to the winners of our last giveaway, @Sharanya @Treatyoshelf @AKinderman !!!🎉)

Sharanya Awesome!! Thanks @Litsy ! 4y
AKinderman Yay!!! Thank you! 😊 4y
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Treatyoshelf Eeep! Thank you! #TeamNoSleep 4y
subwayreads Added mine! Yayay thanks @Litsy 4y
Graywolfpress ❤️❣❤️❣❤️❣❤️❣❤️ 4y
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