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Keep Moving: Notes on Loss, Creativity, and Change
Keep Moving: Notes on Loss, Creativity, and Change | Maggie Smith
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For fans of Anne Lamott and Cleo Wade, a collection of quotes and essays on facing life's challenges with creativity, courage, and resilience. When Maggie Smith, the award-winning author of the viral poem "Good Bones," started writing daily Twitter posts in the wake of her divorce, they unexpectedly caught fire. In this deeply moving book of quotes and essays, Maggie writes about new beginnings as opportunities for transformation. Like kintsugi, the Japanese art of mending broken ceramics with gold, Keep Moving celebrates the beauty and strength on the other side of loss. This is a book for anyone who has gone through a difficult time and is wondering: What comes next?
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thebluestocking
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This little gift book was just okay. My book club selected this, and I didn‘t realize it was based on the author‘s tweets. She‘s a poet and wrote inspirational notes to herself each day after her husband left her. The tweets are interspersed with short memoir-like musings. A few of the tweets did speak to me, but there was not a lot of depth here and a whole lot of repetition.

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merelybookish
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I started this 3000(!) piece puzzle on Boxing Day. It's ridiculously big. It's driving my family crazy, and me too. But I am close...I hope. 😆 Tagged book is keeping me company. #joyousjanuary #readathon @Andrew65

ErinSueMreads Omgggg I thought it was a tablecloth 1w
RaeLovesToRead Wow! I wish I had a big enough table to do puzzles like that 😍😍 1w
batsy Oooh that is impressive! 1w
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Tamra Yikes! 1w
vivastory That is seriously impressive! 1w
SRWCF Gorgeous!!! 1w
Soubhiville Wow! 😮 1w
merelybookish @ErinSueMreads It spreads over the whole table! 1w
merelybookish @RaeLovesToRead This is our dinner table which is part of the reason why my family hates the puzzle so much. 1w
merelybookish @batsy @vivasstory I think this will be the first and last time doing a puzzle this size. 1w
merelybookish @SRWCF The picture is very bookish and pretty! 1w
kspenmoll Wow! But it is beautiful!!! 1w
SRWCF @merelybookish Yes! I've never really been into doing puzzles, but I'm pretty sure I'd enjoy that one! 😉 1w
AlaMich I got some of those trays when we did a 1000 piece puzzle (for the first time) over our winter break. My wife made fun of me until she saw how useful they were. 1w
Flaneurette Love this! 1w
DrexEdit Wow! Amazing! 😍 1w
merelybookish @AlaMich Yes! I got them for Xmas with the puzzle. With soooo many pieces, they helped A LOT! 1w
merelybookish @Flaneurette @DrexEdit You are all so much nicer than my family! 😄 1w
MaureenMc Wow! 😳🤩 1w
Andrew65 Wow! Love this. 1w
EvieBee Okay wow! This looks amazing! 1w
Cathythoughts It‘s a big one alright 😳... you‘re flying it 👏👏👏 1w
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BookishMarginalia
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Mehso-so

Meh. This did not resonate with me, at all. The fact that I was also listening to the audiobook —read by the author— didn‘t help. The title is actually used as a catchphrase, repeated after every single short note. On the audio, it‘s SO annoying, and makes the observations seem trite instead of heartfelt. It would probably be better in small (tiny) sips… #GiorgioCat #catsofLitsy

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StaceGhost
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#audioknitting to Maggie Smith this morning during office hours & had to stop for a second to write this down: “have (& live) your own say” ❤️ we write the story ❤️ keep moving, one row at a time #knittersoflitsy #hookersoflitsy #knitsy

Kdgordon88 💜💜💜 2mo
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PurpleyPumpkin
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Pickpick

This would probably resonate more in trying times. For me, the short statements acted as reminders of how strong and resilient we can be when life gets tough. 3/5⭐️

UwannaPublishme This last year certainly tested our resilience. Glad we‘re emerging strong and mighty. 💪🏻 9mo
PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme you are so right! 💜 9mo
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Smrloomis
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Pickpick

This is a short read but uplifting in its own way. I appreciate that she wrote this. I would recommend it if this sort of thing appeals to you.

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pyjamaviking
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Pickpick

This is amazing! Beautiful. Definitely recommend.

TheLudicReader The Maggie Smith? 10mo
pyjamaviking No, just the same name 10mo
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EH2018
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Definitely needed to see this ❤️ 11mo
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monalyisha
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This is the single Tweet of Maggie‘s that I hope to keep in mind, moving into 2021.

What is it that I want to do “religiously”?

thebluestocking This one spoke to me too. And the Pluto one. 💙 2d
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monalyisha
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Mehso-so

Maggie Smith created this book out of a Twitter exercise she began for herself: a Tweet a day, with the words “Keep Moving” at the end, to get her through her divorce. I can see how the practice must have been rewarding; people learn through repetition. Writing the same messages over & over but finding new words for them each time *would* foster growth. But repetition doesn‘t serve the reading experience quite as well. 👇🏻

monalyisha 1/2: Out of some 200 Tweets, I snapped a screenshot of 16 of them to remember. Any wisdom is good wisdom...but those aren‘t great odds. I don‘t do well with books that are meant to be nibbled at, anyway. This is more of a bedside table book than one you snuggle down & settle in with. But that‘s not my style. I got more from the short essay/reflection portions than I did from the Tweets. 13mo
monalyisha 2/2: The idea that will stay with me, from one of these longer-form reflections, is that of the “Beauty Emergency.” When that phrase is uttered in the Smith household, her family knows to drop everything & rush as fast as they can to view some fleeting, gorgeous thing before it‘s missed completely. That‘s something I plan to adopt. And something that can hopefully be put into easy practice. 13mo
ChaoticMissAdventures Ohhh so this isn't Dame Maggie Smith...of Downton Abbey? I was so confused 😂 13mo
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monalyisha @ChaoticMissAdventures Ha! I‘m in the tiny minority of people who didn‘t watch DA, so that thought didn‘t even occur to me! 13mo
Megabooks I think I enjoyed this because I read it as an audiobook. I don‘t think I would‘ve liked it as much as a print book. 13mo
monalyisha @Megabooks Mmm. I don‘t know if I would have enjoyed it that way, either, to be honest — unless the drives were short. My commute is 45 minutes & I think I‘d have the same problem with it being repetitive. I will say that the design of the print book was great! Neon orange for the cover; electric blue, black, & white for the inside pages. Very simple & bold. 13mo
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monalyisha
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“I realized pessimism wasn‘t going to get me out of bed, or get the coffee made, or pack the kids‘ lunches, or do the laundry, or make my deadlines. Pessimism wasn‘t going to help me or my children. And so, in a very dark time, it occurred to me that being optimistic moment by moment was a gift I could give myself. Even if whatever I‘m hoping for doesn‘t materialize, I am feeding my spirit in the meantime.”

Suet624 Great post. 13mo
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Chelsea.Poole
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Pickpick

This is a short little audiobook I listened to before bed last night. Though I'm not going through change or grief at the moment, I can see how these affirmations would help at a point in life when I inevitably go through something difficult. I wasn't familiar with the author before reading this, and have since discovered she's a poet.

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AlexGeorge
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Pickpick

Moving, inspiring, full of wisdom and hope. I know I‘ll be returning to this again and again. Highly recommended for a good kick up the arse (as we Brits say.)

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monalyisha
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My husband‘s family has been having a hard time lately; internal rifts & big life changes. I keep picking up books with a soft edge of self-help, wondering if they‘d be appropriate for my mother-in-law. But I always read them first.

Although I‘m lucky to not be struggling the way many people are right now, I still find the words bolstering. Storing up shores of wisdom...because I know there will always come a time when they‘re needed.

PurpleyPumpkin This sounds like a great book. Little snippets that you can read anytime to bolster your spirits! We all need that at some point.💜 13mo
Megabooks I enjoyed this book as well. Sending hugs! 💕💕 13mo
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Well-ReadNeck
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Reviewsbylola
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Alas, I did not finish The Shuttle last night. Sleep overtook me with 75 pages to go. 13 books total books is how I finished October.

My total included 7 print books and 6 audiobooks. If I could stop bingeing Below Deck in November, my totals will be going up. 😂🤦🏼‍♀️

Megabooks I will not start watching below deck until I have read 300 books this year. I‘m pretty sure it will happen this month, and then I‘m with you!! 1y
Reviewsbylola Can‘t wait to hear your thoughts. It is SUCH a time suck because there are so many seasons. I‘ve watched all five seasons of BD Med and I‘m on season 6 of the OG BD. @Megabooks 1y
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Erynecki
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Keep Moving is one of those books you return to, finding encouragement in its words of wisdom, poetic aphorisms, and brief prose. It‘s not so much the details of the author‘s personal story — although she gives us glimpses into her journey — as it is a gentle push from a kind stranger to get perspective, to see the good in the bad, and to remember our courage when we seem to have lost it.

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seibelsays
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Trust that everything will be okay, but that doesn't mean everything will be restored. Start making yourself at home in your life as it is. Look around and look ahead.

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Megabooks
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Pickpick

I. Loved. This. #audiobook. Beautiful, lyrical look at the season of change in life, in particular parenthood and life after divorce. Even though neither of those apply to me, I still found this book lovely and uplifting. I think I‘m going to send a copy to a friend going through a divorce similar to Maggie‘s. 5⭐️

sarahbarnes I loved reading her social media posts that led up to this book. I had one of them written on a sticky note in my office. ❤️ 1y
Megabooks @sarahbarnes I had never heard of her until @Reviewsbylola read it. I think it works really well as an audiobook. The repetition of “keep moving” is very rhythmic. I can see how that repetition could be negative in print, but I really loved it. 1y
Reviewsbylola My local bookstore is doing a zoom with Maggie and Saeed Jones on Thursday! You should see if you can get a ticket! I think the tickets were only $5. Gramercy Books in Bexley, OH. I‘ll be “attending” obviously. 😂 1y
Megabooks @Reviewsbylola thanks for the heads up!! 😊😊 1y
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Reviewsbylola
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This is pretty much a coffee table book, but that label doesn‘t seem powerful enough for what it is. Maggie Smith went through a divorce a few years ago, and the disintegration of her marriage was a punch to the gut. She began posting affirmations and inspiration daily on Twitter and FB, always ending with the line Keep Moving. This is the collection of those posts. I can tell her musings will stick with me for a very long time.

Chab256 I follow her on FB! 1y
Megabooks Thank you for posting about this. I picked it up and loved it! 1y
Reviewsbylola I‘m so glad! I found it so inspiring. I wrote Keep Moving on our kitchen chalkboard and brian poked fun at it (in a loving way 😂) @Megabooks (edited) 1y
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Reviewsbylola
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Cannot WAIT! Just bought my ticket. Maggie is very local to me and I just read Saeed‘s memoir. 🙌🏻

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britt_brooke
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Panpan

⭐️⭐️ Minuscule snippets of Smith‘s divorce, miscarriages, and postpartum depression are buried among annoyingly repetitive self-affirmations. The phrase “Keep Moving” appears 170 times in only 224 pages (per kindle 🔍). As a whole, this lacked cohesiveness and purpose. A straight up memoir about her experiences would‘ve been more impactful.

PUB DATE: 10.6.2020 #netgalley

Suet624 Ugh 2y
Reviewsbylola So her son is in Genevieve‘s class at school 😳 Crazy yeah?! I don‘t know her very well but I‘m excited to read this after reading her article (I want to say it was in the NYT) about her divorce. She‘s a poet tho, which is not my jam at all and I‘m guessing her book really showcases that. 2y
britt_brooke @Reviewsbylola That is crazy! I hope like it more than I did. 🤞🏻 Not my cup of tea at all. 2y
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Well-ReadNeck
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Pickpick

I love following poet Maggie Smith on Twitter. This book contains her uplifting and thoughtful pep talks alongside essays that bring them to life. #ARC #Edelweiss

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sakeriver
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When I first heard about this book, I expected it to be just a collection of aphorisms. That was fine with me, because I love Smith‘s work and the tweets that form the backbone of this book have been meaningful to me. But the books actually does a lot more—the essays in it give context that give the aphorisms more depth, and they are also meaningful in their own right. I‘m glad I got the chance to read this.

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Reviewsbylola
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I pre ordered this book months ago, because I read Maggie‘s essay in the NYT and it was amazing. And I‘ll be honest, I am a bit star struck because her son is in G‘s class at school.

https://www.columbusmonthly.com/lifestyle/20200108/maggie-smith-keeps-moving

Cinfhen Cool/ thanks for sharing 🙏🏻 2y
Hollie Oooh maybe she would sign it for you! 2y
britt_brooke Awesome! I was contacted by Atria (via NetGalley) today to read the arc. 🤗 Sounds like a great read. 2y
Reviewsbylola Oh nice!! I‘m super excited to read it. @britt_brooke And I will probably have to ambush her and ask her to sign it. 😆 @Hollie 2y
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