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An American Childhood
An American Childhood | Annie Dillard
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Nessavamusic
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1. Strawberry Shortcake & My Little Pony
2. Yes!
3. Smurfs
4. Cheese and crackers
5. No, I always brought lunch
6. I walked all the way until high school
#YourStory @nu-bibliophile

nu-bibliophile I remember all that walking. It was pretty much my exercise for the day. 2mo
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squirrelbrain
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Mehso-so

I didn‘t love this book. It‘s a series of dreamlike vignettes that lend a more novelistic feel than non-fiction. Indeed, one of the reviews on the back described it as a ‘metaphysical memoir‘ - I prefer a more straightforward autobiographical style.

#wil I learned a lot about rocks, birds and the polio vaccine... and also a new word, sempiternal, meaning everlasting.

#nfnov
#readingtheUSA2019
#pennsylvania

Blaire I felt the same about this one. Had seen it recommended a lot and just didn‘t capture me the way it had others. 3mo
Librarybelle Good review! 3mo
rsteve388 9 pts I see you learned something. Finished this and made a post! Please use the hashtag so I know for sure next time. 3mo
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squirrelbrain Apologies - Which hashtag did I miss @rsteve388 ? I used #nfnov and #wil - is there another one I should be using? 3mo
squirrelbrain I‘m glad it wasn‘t just me @Blaire ! 3mo
Caroline2 Oh that is a good word!! 😯 3mo
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squirrelbrain
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#weeklyforecast

You can see from the sticky-out bookmark that I‘m getting there with Ducks..... 700 pages in. Managed to renew it again at the library, which I didn‘t think I would be able to, but I still want to get through it soon.

Just started An American Childhood for #nfnov and #readingtheUSA2019, and the other two books also fit both prompts.

Will also try to start The Romanovs on Kindle for #nfnov and a #buddyread with @Caroline2

Cinfhen Woohoo 🥳 🦆🦆🦆🦆 3mo
Cathythoughts Are you liking Ducks ??? Is it worth the time .... ? ( sorry for all the questions .... 3mo
RachelO Wow! That‘s some chunkster! 3mo
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youneverarrived Almost there! I was going to ask the same as @Cathythoughts 3mo
squirrelbrain @RachelO - it‘s the one with no paragraphs and about 7 full stops.... 😬 3mo
squirrelbrain @Cathythoughts @youneverarrived - I am enjoying it but I think it‘s getting a little bit samey now. It‘s also not one you could read in one go - I‘ve been reading it for a month now in between other books. It also depends if you relate to the MC - I think I do as she‘s rather anxious, has weird dreams and the whole book is her talking to herself, trying to convince herself everything is fine. I know some people have found her really irritating 😁 3mo
Caroline2 It‘s exciting this #nfnov lark isn‘t it! I‘m loving it so far but I‘m already feeling the pressure to read all my non fiction books right now!!! 😆 I have 3 on the go at the mo and I‘m starting to feel like I have ADHD as I flit between them! 3mo
youneverarrived Sounds like my type of MC actually.. thanks Helen I think I‘ll definitely give it a go now 👍 3mo
squirrelbrain I know @Caroline2 - it‘s a great push to make us read books that have been languishing for a while... although I seem to be mainly going for the newer ones.... 🤔 3mo
Caroline2 I know what you mean, I am desperately trying to read my older books but the new ones are soooo tempting!!! 😆 3mo
rsteve388 1 pt 3mo
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paulfrankspencer
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#friyayintro @howjessreads
1. Loved reading about my hometown, Pittsburgh PA, and Annie's experience growing up here.
2. Too warm. Need fall.
3. Blind date set up by my aunt. Just 0 connection.
4. I am responsible for myself and that's it. I don't even have plants.
5. My Friday the 13th wish is to see @SailorMoon return to us and share her informed opinions on books once again. I hope she is well.

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hwestfall
An American Childhood | Annie Dillard

"Those of us who read carried around with us like martyrs a secret knowledge, a secret joy, and a secret hope: There is a life worth living where history is still taking place; there are ideas worth dying for, and circumstances where courage is still prized."

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hwestfall
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"Whole stacks at the library held books devoted to things you knew nothing about. The boundary of knowledge receded, as you poked about in books, like Lake Erie‘s rim as you climbed its cliffs. And each area of knowledge disclosed another, and another. Knowledge wasn‘t a body, or a tree, but instead air, or space, or being—whatever pervaded, whatever never ended and fitted into the smallest cracks and the widest space between stars."

BookishMarginalia What a lovely quote! 13mo
Bradleygirl Beautiful. 13mo
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Pam.Kokomo
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Pickpick

“I grew up in Pittsburgh in the 1950‘s, in a house full of comedians, reading books.” To be honest, I loved this book and was disinterested in it by turns. Still trying to figure out why.

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Lauram
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Bailedbailed

This is my book club‘s selection for the month. It‘s just not for me.

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Beck9lol
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Pickpick

I listened to this book for a challenge I‘m doing. The criteria was a book that takes place in your hometown (or close enough for me). The beginning was slow and at points I wondered if people who were not familiar with Pittsburgh would still enjoy this. The author had a good number of funny and/or insightful comments sprinkled throughout, which I think makes it worth the read. I‘ll give it 3 1/2 ⭐️s

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Lissa00
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It made it to four different states and back home again! @Beckys_Books @DarcysMom @slategreyskies

#lmpbc was fun, thanks all!

slategreyskies 🦄🦕🦋💕 2y
slategreyskies It was a really cool experience!! I‘m glad I got to be a part of it. :) 2y
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Chrissyreadit
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1.Little Women and Nancy Drew 2. Books, always had a book in my hand 3. Kraft Mac and Cheese 4. Rainbow cookies. (I need a vegan recipe)

JoScho Rainbow 🌈 cookies! 2y
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Beckys_Books
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Such a great read to finish #LMPBC #GroupC and with that it's on its way back to @Lissa00

Thank you @slategreyskies and @DarcysMom and @Lissa00 for selecting such memorable reads!

GatheringBooks i‘ve only read one annie dillard book - and trying to find another title from her collection, this just may be it. :) 2y
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Beckys_Books
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Started my last #LMPBC #GroupC book today. Not making much progress since it's DAYTONA RACE DAY!! Have my fantasy team selected, and the wreck at the end of Stage 1 caused me to bring in my garage driver.

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DarcysMom
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DarcysMom
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I am about 10% in and don't want to put it down!
#LMBPC #GroupC

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slategreyskies
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Pickpick

I really enjoyed this memoir! I don‘t generally reach for memoirs, and it was nice to get out of my comfort zone and try something different. It was also really cool to read @Lissa00 ‘s marginalia as I went through the book! Yay for #LMPBC!! This is fun! I‘m excited to start next month‘s selection!! :)

#GroupC

slategreyskies @DarcysMom I mailed this off to you this morning. Tracking says it should be delivered on Tuesday!! :) 2y
DarcysMom Awesome! I look forward to it. 😃 2y
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slategreyskies
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Up next for the #LMPBC !! Thanks for the cute card and bookmark, @Lissa00 ! I‘m excited about this book and also about reading your highlighting and notes! :)

#GroupC

Lissa00 It‘s a contemplative read so I‘m curious to see what others think😄 2y
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Lissa00
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@slategreyskies I wanted to get this out before the craziness of the holiday so it is going in the mail today! #lmpbc #groupc

slategreyskies Brilliant idea!! I need to get mine sent out too. The end of the month is coming up fast!! :) 2y
slategreyskies I got it a couple of days ago, but I haven‘t been allowing myself to enjoy it yet, since I‘m still working through my #LMPBC selection! 😬 2y
Lissa00 @slategreyskies I‘m glad you got it ok! It definitely not a hurry, you have a long time to read. I just got it out early because I did some traveling around Thanksgiving:) 2y
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Lissa00
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Serious reading is just so hard sometimes #catsoflitsy😹😹

Bookzombie 💕🐱 2y
Tanzy13 🐱 2y
GondorGirl What an adorable monster! #KAL 2y
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Texreader 😍😍😍 2y
Ms_T 😻 2y
sparklemotion What a cutie 😍 2y
suomi 😍 2y
Lmstraubie Definitely with all that cuteness around 😻 2y
Serotonin Aww, what a cute kitty 🐱 ❤️ 2y
kspenmoll 😻😻 2y
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Lissa00
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It‘s November 1 and I am officially starting my #lmpbc book! Excited to see how this works😁 @DarcysMom @slategreyskies @Beckys_Books

Beckys_Books I'm out of town for work and forgot to pack my choice! I'll start it Saturday when I get home. 2y
Libby1 @Lissa00 - what is lmpbc? 2y
Lissa00 @Libby1 it‘s the Litsy Markup Postal Bkclub, organized by @suvata. We are divided into groups of 4 and pick a book to read, markup and pass on to the next person. In the end you receive your book annotated by three other people. It‘s too late to get in on this round, but there may be future ones:) 2y
Libby1 @Lissa00 - that sounds great! We‘re doing something similar in the UK with #whodunituk . It‘s great fun. Enjoy! 2y
Lissa00 @Beckys_Books I only read 10 pages😂. It going to take me longer than normal, because I don‘t usually make notes. 2y
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VioletBramble
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I am presently at a reunion of Coast Guard Brats on Governors Island. The house they are letting us use as a base camp is, on every other weekend, the Book House. It has a table with bookmarks and bookish pins, author photos on the walls and this interesting poster.

Reviewsbylola That's pretty cool! 2y
rwmg And are they still expecting you to join in ghe reunion activities? Or is reading one of the major activities planned? 2y
VioletBramble @rwmg Sadly, I was expected to be at least semi-social all day. No reading. Kevin Fitzpatrick, author of Explorer's Guide: Governors Island, had a table set up in the house, with his book for sale. We did all talk about the book. Our reunion was listed in the weekend Book Events as "Governors Island History". Next weekend the house hosts The Center for Mark Twain Studies. 2y
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oliviasmathers
An American Childhood | Annie Dillard

"Consciousness converges with the child as a landing tern touches the outspread feet of its shadow on the sand: precisely, toe hits toe." (11)

DebinHawaii Welcome to Litsy! 🎉📚👍😀Hope you enjoy it here! 3y
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Nittnut
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The pain of awareness - I have only rarely felt it - that desire to live the moment so fully that it becomes a permanent part of you.

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Nittnut
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Nittnut My feelings so exactly. 3y
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ELil
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Pickpick

This book, autobiographical about the author's childhood growing up in Pittsburgh in the 1950's, is gorgeous. The vignettes she writes of, in essay form, and her amazing gift for descriptive language make this one of the books that has stayed with me most throughout my life. Perfection.