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Bewilderment
Bewilderment | Richard Powers
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The astrobiologist Theo Byrne searches for life throughout the cosmos while single-handedly raising his unusual nine-year-old, Robin, following the death of his wife. Robin is a warm, kind boy who spends hours painting elaborate pictures of endangered animals. He's also about to be expelled from third grade for smashing his friend in the face. As his son grows more troubled, Theo hopes to keep him off psychoactive drugs. He learns of an experimental neurofeedback treatment to bolster Robin's emotional control, one that involves training the boy on the recorded patterns of his mother's brain...With its soaring descriptions of the natural world, its tantalizing vision of life beyond, and its account of a father and son's ferocious love, Bewilderment marks Richard Powers's most intimate and moving novel. At its heart lies the question: How can we tell our children the truth about this beautiful, imperiled planet?
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merelybookish
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Mehso-so

This is the second novel by Richard Powers I've read, and probably the last. What he is trying to accomplish with his fiction is noble, to write urgent stories of climate crisis that operate on both the individual and planetary level. What he writes is heartbreaking, horrifying & beautiful. But his tone bugs me. It feels self-important & the characters feel idealized.
I understand why people love this book. Truly a case of just not right for me

merelybookish View from my beach. River slowly going down. 1w
rockpools Oh interesting! Powers is on my ‘must try‘ list but it‘s good to hear a different opinion. 1w
merelybookish @rockpools Yes, check him out! For whatever reason, he doesn't work for me, but I'm in the minority. 1w
RidgewayGirl That was my take of The Overstory. 1w
merelybookish @RidgewayGirl Fortunately this one is shorter than Overstory! 1w
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merelybookish
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I'm about halfway through this and . . . Something about it is bothering me, but I can't quite say what. Something about how the boy is written? Or the tone? I don't know. Anyone else struggle with this one?

EvieBee You‘ve got me thinking. I discontinued it about 10% in and thought maybe I‘d revisit. Figured it was my mood. 2w
merelybookish @EvieBee Could be my mood too. I didn't like this last book much (The Overstory) so maybe I just don't like his writing style. 2w
EvieBee @merelybookish Funny! I had the same experience with The Overstory! It may be that I don‘t care for his writing style either. 2w
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merelybookish @EvieBee I think maybe I just find his writing kind of pompous. 😬 2w
Ruthiella @merelybookish @EvieBee I read this and The Overstory and I don‘t like his writing style either. It‘s not just you. 😐 (edited) 2w
EvieBee Okay, good to know! At least we tried, right?! LOL! @merelybookish @Ruthiella 2w
merelybookish @Ruthiella @EvieBee I'd say we are in good company! 2w
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Graywacke
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Bewilderment is a good word for my general mindset.

Powers latest, on last year‘s Booker longlist, gets mixed responses. Starts out with tropy extremes - overwhelmed single widower father, extra-intelligent difficult son, a questionable new psycho-therapy. But he caught me. My anxiety peaked as I rushed through. We‘re all doomed, our planet is doomed and humanity is pathetically helpless. Now calming my anxiety with denial again.

BarbaraBB I so recognize my attitude towards the state of the world in what you say. 2w
Currey @Graywacke I also was shaken by this book and by the state of our 🌎 2w
Graywacke @BarbaraBB @Currey Part of me was very interested in what he was doing and how much it reached me, and whether in might still do that ten years down the road, and how worked up I still am, but the rest if me knows this is really sad. 2w
batsy That's how I feel. Doomscrolling, then engulfed in gloom. And then trying to resist doomy pessimism. 2w
Graywacke @batsy this is a book that will feed your doomscrolling itch. (It also uses the word doomscrolling once, which I kind of liked) 2w
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vlwelser
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There's also this work of art which was my April #BookSpinBingo board. I read a lot and didn't get even 1 bingo.

@TheAromaofBooks

BkClubCare A very pretty page! I had the non-bingo thing happen in March even though I read a LOT! 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Great month!!! 2w
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Caryl
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May already?! Well, I always enjoy making a list of books. 📚 #BookSpinBINGO

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2w
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Graywacke
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“… ninety-eight percent by weight of animals left on earth were either Homo sapiens or their industrially harvested food.” - !! Really?

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Graywacke
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And a second book I just started, this time for the 2021 Book Longlist - I‘m still working my way through. No clue what to expect but the first 30 pages went by quick.

Leftcoastzen 😻 3w
Graywacke @Leftcoastzen The title might be a poor match for him. I‘m sure he has some clear yet discretely wicked thought in mind. 🙂 3w
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vlwelser
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Pickpick

This book was beautiful but the Flowers for Algernon vibes were a bit overdone. Still gave it 5 🌟

#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3w
Graywacke I finished this last night. I‘m thinking about it today. 2w
vlwelser @Graywacke I think it's brilliant except for the Algernon parallels/foreshadowing. 2w
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AlizaApp
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Mehso-so

The writing is nice and I agree with the environmental message, but honestly mad about the ending so I had to deduct some (metaphorical) points.0

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perfectlywinged
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I enjoyed Powers‘ previous novel The Overstory but that felt very complex. It‘s nice to read a story on a smaller scale with a lot of heart about a dad trying to help his son who appears to be on the spectrum.

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wen4blu
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“But we might never find them?”

#firstlinefridays
#currentlyreading

@ShyBookOwl

Bklover What great pillows!!!! 2mo
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HeatherBlue
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Well. That gutted me. Such a beautiful book!!

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kathedron
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Pickpick

I finished this several days ago: it gave me a serious book hangover! While I thought it did tip into sentimentality, RP's fusing of the emotionally involving and intellectually stimulating takes some beating. This is only the second of his novels I've read (the other was The Overstory): now I want to read everything he's written! 😊

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thevagabondlawyer
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Pickpick

After reading Bewilderment by Richard Powers, I thought the book is deep and masterful. My first foray into the works of Powers, I can see why he won so many awards, including the Pulitzer for his opus The Overstory. Bewilderment is ingeniously structured with a hint of literary crossing over to science fiction. I don‘t think it matters but I guess what is remarkable is the astonishing force that Powers delivers his 👇

thevagabondlawyer message to be earthbound, to go back to the earth while not giving up hope to discover life beyond our sphere, to set an example of saving our environment from human-made massive destruction. This novel just checked my literary boxes: compelling and humanizing characters, astronomy and astrobiology, and beautiful prose. 😊👌 3mo
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kathedron
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📚 Preach! 📚

BiblioLitten The ‘all-you-can-eat buffet‘! I miss the lending histories… libraries don‘t have that these days. Thank you for sharing 💕 3mo
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vivastory
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It's a Venti morning after only a few hours of sleep last night. Stopped by Target for a pillow & figured I might as well grab the tagged book and the Yanagihara. Looking forward to both. Anyone else like the starbucks sweet potato chips?

monalyisha Oof. Having a similar, exhausted morning. Hope the Venti helps! 4mo
RaeLovesToRead Aww man, I really want a Starbucks now, but the nearest one is a 20 minute drive away 😭 4mo
readordierachel Hang in there! I haven‘t tred those particular chips, but sweet potato chips are generally yummy. 4mo
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Leftcoastzen I need to try those chips.I have bad nights too sometimes, caffeine will help you a bit. 4mo
vivastory @monalyisha Thanks! I just hope to make it through this afternoon & then I can go home & take a nap & start the vicious cycle all over again... 4mo
vivastory @RaeLovesToRead Do it 😈 4mo
vivastory @readordierachel I'm such a sucker for sweet potato 4mo
vivastory @Leftcoastzen Next time you're at Starbucks I recommend getting a bag. They're great. I don't drink nearly as much coffee as I used to so when I'm in desperate need it doesn't take as much to wake me up. 4mo
Branwen I love those chips! 👏 Also Bewilderment is sooooo good! 4mo
vivastory @Branwen So delicious! I'm glad to hear that you liked Bewilderment! 4mo
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Writeme
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If Richard Power‘s book “The Overstory” was destined to be an award winning bestseller, this book is more like the perfectly crafted masterpiece that the artist keeps for himself to hang in a place of honor and peek at from time to time. Lovely, slightly strange story of a father and son that explores life, death, astrophysics, autism, climate change, and human connection. Marvelous, sobering, and very personal.

Leftcoastzen Love your review! I need to get to it. 4mo
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Nathan_Opland-Dobs
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Mehso-so

😘

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jlhammar
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#12Booksof2021 Remarkable read from September. A slim novel packed with meaning. Emotional & compelling.

Graywacke Good to see this. l get to it in February. 4mo
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BookwormM
Bewilderment | Richard Powers

#12Booksof2021 #August

I would have liked this to win the Booker.

Andrew65 I rarely find the right books win prizes. 4mo
BarbaraBB My favorite too. 4mo
jlhammar Agreed! 4mo
Graywacke Oh good. I‘ll read this soonish 4mo
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FelinesAndFelonies
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"Nobody's perfect. But, man, we all fall short so beautifully." ☄️

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Soubhiville
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Wow this was intense.

I have to say if I could some way experience the emotional mind of a passed loved one, I would probably do it.

This left me with mixed feelings- I loved the interactions between father and son, and watching Robin‘s evolution. I relate so strongly to his wishes to protect endangered species and share his frustrations with most people‘s ignorance and disregard for the trajectory of human impact.

Truly a bittersweet read.

Soubhiville This felt very much like a modern interpretation of Flowers for Algernon. I think the melancholy I feel on finishing this mirrors how I felt reading that. 5mo
Megabooks Truly exceptional review!! 5mo
Hooked_on_books I just loved this one! I‘m glad you enjoyed it, too. 5mo
Soubhiville @Megabooks ☺️ Thanks! 5mo
kplovesbooks This sounds so good! I just placed a hold for it at my library. 5mo
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kathedron
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Belated Christmas #bookhaul !
I hope that all who celebrate had a fabulous Christmas: I woke to a migraine so had to spend much of the morning sleeping it off (and was thus late getting the dinner under way). Mercifully I felt well enough by the afternoon to enjoy my lovely presents!

Bookwomble Pleased to hear you're feeling better 🙂 5mo
Cathythoughts So glad you felt better. I‘ll be interested to hear your take on Bewilderment 📚😍 5mo
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Emilymdxn
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I‘m an unstoppable Waterstones beast. I‘m trying to spend Christmas money on things that‘ll help me be healthy in the new year - so as well as leggings to help me feel a little confident returning to my yoga studio in January I replaced my lost and broken coffee cup and water bottle, got Bewilderment half price which I‘ve desperately wanted since it came out.

Aaand a couple things for @moll ‘s birthday which are secret since she got Litsy 🤐

BkClubCare Beautiful! 5mo
Moll Omg excitiiiiing😂🎁 Also very in support of the rest of this too, gooo Emily go! 5mo
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Cinfhen
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I really loved the relationship between Theo & Robin; father & son. I think any parent can relate to that sometime frustrating feeling when dealing with a sensitive, intelligent child and the need to protect them. That arc of the story felt so intimate, raw & personal. It was the scientific dystopian arc I didn‘t really care for. At times I felt Powers was speaking down to his readers, a little too sanctimonious. Good narration.

Cinfhen I believe this was on both @Hooked_on_books and @jlhammar #Top21of21 lists and I can see why 🤓 5mo
TrishB Great review 👍🏻 I shall probably wait for an offer on this one. 5mo
Cinfhen I‘m happy to mail you the book @TrishB xx 5mo
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KarenUK I‘m not sure this author is for me…. The “sanctimonious” bit of your review, puts me off! 5mo
Smartypants @Cinfhen I felt the same. I could have done without the science fiction portion of the book. It could have stood on its own without it. 5mo
Cinfhen I would say #BorrowNotBuy @KarenUK / there‘s some gorgeous writing but it did feel a bit preachy at times. Totally agree, the book would have stood fine without the science fiction part @Smartypants 💜💜💜 5mo
Ruthiella Great review. I think the sanctimonious part of Powers gets to me too. At least in the two books that I‘ve read so far. 5mo
Cinfhen I definitely felt that same way while reading Overstory @Ruthiella 5mo
TrishB Ah that would be cool ❤️ no rush! Also remind me when/what buddy reads we‘re doing, because I‘ve already forgotten! Thank you 😘 5mo
Cinfhen I probably should have written down all our big plans @TrishB but I know we discussed reading The Girl with the Louding Voice & Mercies. @Librarybelle is hosting Mercies as part of her #LiteraryCrew in March so I‘m going to glob unto that group read. I know @squirrelbrain wanted to read Louding Girl too…there were some others. Need to go back and see. 5mo
Hooked_on_books Glad you enjoyed it! The actually loved the sciencey stuff, which I feel is underutilized in fiction, so I‘m happy when I find it. Thankfully I don‘t find Powers sanctimonious as I see how that would rankle. 5mo
Librarybelle Mercies will be the February read for #LiteraryCrew …so glad you can join us, @Cinfhen ! Join us too, @TrishB ! It‘s a very low key #buddyread . 5mo
Cinfhen Ooopsssie @Librarybelle Glad you corrected me!!! And YAY!!! I‘m looking forward to reading this sooner than later. I hope you‘ll join @TrishB 💕💕💕 5mo
TrishB @Librarybelle thank you 👍🏻 sounds fun. 5mo
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Kalalalatja
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Hi Littens ❤️ celebrating my first day of Christmas vacation/maternity leave with a little relaxation and reading. My belly and baby girl are getting bigger and bigger, but I still have around 10 weeks to go. I‘m feeling great, though, and plan on using the time, until she comes, on reading, relaxing and prepping all the baby-related stuff 😅

Hopefully, I‘ll get better at checking in once in a while in the new year 🤞

Happy holidays friends!

DivineDiana What an exciting time for you! I read to my daughter while she was still in the womb. You might consider including some of your favorite children‘s book! Sending lots of love and wising you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 💖 💕🎁 5mo
squirrelbrain Glad you‘re feeling great! I hope you have a lovely relaxing festive season! 🎄 5mo
CarolynM Enjoy some me-time amongst all the preparation, you may not get a lot of it once the baby arrives. Merry Christmas😘 5mo
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Cathythoughts How lovely! Enjoy 💕 5mo
AnneCecilie Your in for a treat readingwise. Merry Christmas 🎄 5mo
BarbaraBB That belly 🥰. Enjoy the last weeks of me-time ❤️ 5mo
erzascarletbookgasm Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! 😘 5mo
JackOBotts Congratulations! 🤗🤗🤗💜💜💜 5mo
TrishB Happy you time ❤️ enjoy resting, reading and nesting . Happy Christmas 5mo
Itchyfeetreader Congratulations 5mo
batsy ❤️ 5mo
Caroline2 Merry Christmas to you and bump! 😘 5mo
Chrissyreadit So exciting! I hope this is a wonderful season of Joy and Calm 🤍 5mo
MaureenMc 💗💗💗 5mo
LiteraryinLawrence So excited for you! Wishing you all good things in the new year! 5mo
youneverarrived Definitely make the most of the reading/relaxing time 💕 not long to go now, exciting! Glad you‘re doing well. 5mo
julesG 😍😍😍 A bump!!! 😍😍😍 5mo
Reggie Happy Holidays!!! 5mo
LeahBergen Look at that beautiful bump!! 🥰🥰 5mo
BookwormM Congratulations not long now 💕💕 5mo
mrp27 💗💗💗 5mo
Megabooks So happy for you!! 💜💜 5mo
Avanders ♥️🎄♥️ Happy New Year! 🎆 4mo
BookBabe Yay, so happy for you! 😃👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻I have a baby girl too (she‘s 15 months) and she totally changed my life for the better! Baby update when you get a chance please! 💕 3mo
Avanders It‘s almost time!! You‘ve got this mama! ♥️♥️ Thinking of you. 2mo
Cinfhen Just checking in 💕💕Hope all is well 2mo
Kalalalatja @Cinfhen @Avanders Hi! All is very well - our little girl, Hannah, arrived on March 4th, and has turned our lives upside down 😍 I‘m completely in love, and utterly exhausted, and just so happy ❤️ 2mo
Avanders 🥰🥰🥰 yay congratulations!! So happy to hear it! ♥️♥️♥️ 2mo
Cinfhen OMG!!!! Congrats!!!!! Yay!!!! You‘re a mama 🥰my heart is bursting with joy!!! Such a beautiful name / please share a photo with me if you feel comfortable ( do you still have my email???) I‘m so happy for you💕💕💕 2mo
Kalalalatja @Cinfhen thank you! ☺️ I‘ll be happy to send a photo, and I think I got your email, unless you‘ve changed it? 😅💕 2mo
Cinfhen Email hasn‘t changed cindyh666 at icloud dot com ….I‘d love to send a little gift to Hannah, can you also include your mailing address 😘 1mo
CarolynM Congratulations! I'm so pleased to hear your news. Welcome Hannah💕💕 Exhaustion goes with the territory, I'm afraid😆 Hope everything us still going well for you all.😘 1mo
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BookBosomed1
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⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ “Holy Crow.” This book broke and mended my heart. I need to sit with my feelings for awhile and process what I just read. If you haven‘t yet read this book, get yourself a copy soon. Wow.

jlhammar Yes, couldn't agree more! 5mo
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BookBosomed1
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Everyone in my household is cuddled up & cozified in the living room, lulled to sleep by the wind outside…except for me because this book has me gripped in its pages.

Chrissyreadit Checking in- did you receive your Winter Solstice Swap package? 5mo
BookBosomed1 @Chrissyreadit Yes! Thanks for checking. I retagged you in a comment in the post about receiving it. 5mo
jlhammar Love this book. 5mo
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Readerann
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Pickpick

Profoundly disturbing, yet beautiful. Anxiety levels will be up for a while, but I‘m not sorry I read it.
#ToBLonglist

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Addison_Reads
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Pickpick

Like The Overstory, I am finding it difficult to review this book. Did I love it? No. But Powers has such a way with language and presents environmental topics that are near and dear to me, so I am giving this a soft pick.

Some of the more emotional moments between Theo and Robin felt out of place to me. The story of love and grief is one I feel many people will relate to, but for me, at times everything just felt a little too precious.

Brimful Thoughtful review! I was not the fan others were 5mo
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Ruthiella
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Mehso-so

There is an earnest quality to Powers‘ novels that irritates me. I agree with his message of conservation but have trouble with the medium. Single dad Theo is raising a 9 yr old son who has behavioral problems. Animal rights lawyer wife/mom died 2 years earlier. A cutting-edge neural feedback experiment may promise not only a cure for Robin but also bring his wife back to life (sorta). Meanwhile, 🌏 goes from bad to worse. #ToB22Longlist #20in4

Cinfhen Would this work for #HopePunk ??? 6mo
BarbaraBB I liked this one a lot but I felt the same about 6mo
Ruthiella @Cinfhen It would be a stretch ... For that category I was going to try this book that was recommended by @Centique (edited) 6mo
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Ruthiella @BarbaraBB This one was much shorter than The Overstory, thankfully! I did like the interludes where the dad “discovered” new planets for his son. 6mo
squirrelbrain Great review! I enjoyed this while I was listening but then, on reflection, had much the same view as you. (And I hated the ending!) 6mo
Cinfhen Damn!! I was hoping it would work!! I‘ll look into the book you and the delightful @Centique recommended 😊 Thanks 6mo
Cinfhen It actually sounds great 👍🏽 and sci-fi fantasy is usually not my thing 6mo
Megabooks I loved this but I can see what you‘re saying. 6mo
Ruthiella @squirrelbrain Thanks! He‘s such a smart writer. I just wanted a little more subtlety. 6mo
Ruthiella @Megabooks I think it‘s totally a style thing. Have you read other books from him? I‘d be curious to know what you think of them. 6mo
Centique @Cinfhen if a sci fi heist is not your thing, this is sweet and short and definitely #hopepunk 6mo
Centique @Ruthiella hope you like it! 6mo
Cinfhen Thanks @Centique for both recommendations 😘😘how are you?? How‘s my favorite book reviewer #HisElderliness 6mo
Centique @Cinfhen all good - I‘ll go do a post about him 😍 6mo
BkClubCare Didn‘t make the shortlist!! (Btw, it‘s out!!) 5mo
Ruthiella @BkClubCare Wot? Thanks for the update!!!! 5mo
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ReadingEnvy
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Reading Envy Podcast Episode 233: Get Into Trouble with Ruth @Ruthiella

Jenny starts off the episode by announcing a big project for 2022! Ruth teaches her a new word and we discuss a recent Tournament of Favorites, plus as always, books we've read and liked lately.

Listen and subscribe:
https://tinyurl.com/ReadingEnvy233

Reggie @Ruthiella methinks you did so great!😜And Jenny it was so nice to hear you laugh so much and have so much fun. The Love Hypothesis is high on my radar. And now I can go in with my Star Wars eyes open. Lol 6mo
Ruthiella @Reggie Thank you for saying so Reggie. I find the experience fun but also nerve wracking. 😰 6mo
ReadingEnvy @Reggie It's a fun read! (Most of the time I edit out most of my laughter haha!) 6mo
BeckyRoy @ReadingEnvy I can‘t wait to listen to hear what the big project is. I was surprised at how much I loved The Love Hypothesis, but it was so good. 6mo
ReadingEnvy @BeckyRoy it was good! I gave it five stars for sure. 6mo
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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Panpan

I am not a grieving parent of a troubled child, so I have wrestled with my feelings on this book. But goodness did I mutter "Get that child a therapist" way too many times to enjoy this book. The core of the book is supposed to be this environmental pre-apocolypse idea, but it gets way overshadowed by Robins mental health issues and the father's parenting.
The book itself was overwritten and overall just not for me.

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mjtwo
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15 Oct-9 Nov 2021
Booker longlist 7
A novel of its time: infectious disease, a mad president refusing to concede the election, and the increasingly irreversible destruction of the environment.
Theo‘s work is to look for signs of life in the universe and parenting his son, Robbie, after the death of his activist wife. After receiving experimental neurofeedback treatment, Robbie seems to improve but the Flowers for Algernon has forbode a tragic end

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ChaoticMissAdventures
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We time change this weekend and I hate it so much, I have taken Monday and Tuesdays off, going to hibernate and clean and read and start fresh on Wednesday.
Weekend reading goals:
(Finish) Things We Lost In The Water - Eric Nguyen
Bewilderment - Richard Powers
City of Mist - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The Trouble With White Women - Kyla Schuller

BrittanyReads Beautiful reading spot! Enjoy your time off. Sounds lovely! 💛 6mo
Cortg I love that you took off Monday AND Tuesday! Wish I'd thought of that, I need some time to read and clean and that sounds delightful! 6mo
ChaoticMissAdventures @Cortg I truly, desperately hate time change 😂. Also I had a hair appointment on Tuesday where I would leave work an hour early so why not the day! I think I am going to do this every time going forward. 6mo
Cortg Sounds like a good plan to me! 6mo
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Bookboss
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I finished Powers‘s The Overstory, then I picked this up because it is short-listed for the Booker Prize. Both novels are a plea to humans to wake up to environmental destruction. The story references Flowers for Algernon, and it is a retelling of that story with a twist. Instead of the large cast of The Overstory, this novel centered on Theo and his son after the death of Theo‘s wife. I was invested in this story about loss and grief.

BarbaraBB Which one did you prefer? 6mo
Bookboss @BarbaraBB It‘s hard to say, because they are so different. Bewilderment is more compact and tightly written. The Overstory is a sprawling epic. 4mo
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Pinta
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^^Absent wife looms large, a ghost, a moving target for grief, a light of ecstasy.

P131 (animal rights activist Aly flashback):

They think we‘re neurotic, Theo. That we‘re a bunch of nutjobs.

I was not included in that disparaged WE. She meant her kind, the ones who could feel their way across the species line.

Why is it so hard for people to see what‘s happening? … What happens when they‘re gone? When it‘s just us? How is this going to end?

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Pinta
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In the near future, widowed astrobiologist Theo Byrne searches for evidence of life on other planets even as life on Earth is imperiled by drought, fire, disease. His sensitive 9-yr-old son is diagnosed on the autism spectrum & tries an experimental neurofeedback treatment that links him to his dead mother‘s brain activity. Familiar Powers themes: nature, empathy, family, science. Big universe, small relationships. Tender but too precious? 2021

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MinnieTimperley
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Flowers for Algeron is explicitly referred throughout and the comparison is clear. As in The Overstory, Powers uses fiction to explore the very real ecological destruction being wreaked on the planet. Told from the point of view of Theo, astrobiologist widowed father of 9 year old Robin whose autism acts as the catalyst for the plot, the scientific terms and world creation passages sometimes distracted otherwise vivid writing. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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"But we might never find them?"
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BookishTrish
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Mehso-so

I did not enjoy this book. Theo was super pretentious / precious and I couldn‘t decide if Powers was being darkly comic or too earnest. One more description of their meals and I‘d have bailed. On the other hand Eduardo Ballerini‘s narration was excellent. #audiostitching

JamieArc I enjoyed the book, but I had similar thoughts about the boy. He seemed to “special” or “golden child” or something to me and I couldn‘t figure out if we were supposed to take it seriously. 7mo
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BookishTrish
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Anyone else get excited when a book mentions pangolins?

wanderinglynn 🙋🏼‍♀️ 💚 7mo
megnews He‘s so cute! I love him! 7mo
Megabooks Yes!! 7mo
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Twocougs
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Pickpick

So I got the tears to finally stop. Stunning 😍. Richard Powers is a master storyteller. A father, a son, the universe and a what really matters… omg this was beautiful.

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AnneCecilie
Bewilderment | Richard Powers
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A father and son who are living on as their wife/ mother has died. Their love of nature drew me in and I loved the stories Theo tells Robin about the different planets.

Robin is acting out after his mother‘s death, and it‘s never explained if it‘s because of grief or because his autistic or something else. As Theo says, the therapists all says different things. But I loved his love for Robin and his fight to keep him away from medication.

AnneCecilie A book about a father‘s love and how life takes unexpected turns and nature and the ending broke my heart. 7mo
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ClairesReads
Bewilderment | Richard Powers
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Pickpick

Well this book really hurt my feelings. I‘ve tried to write a review for over a week, and I‘ve decided it‘s really too difficult to put my response in words. Richard Powers is an exceptional writer and this is an urgent call to arms to save our world.

thebluestocking I totally agree! There just aren‘t words. But I loved it too! I‘m sad it didn‘t make the #tob2022 shortlist. 💙 5mo
ClairesReads @thebluestocking such a wonderful book and I agree such a shame it didn‘t make the TOB shortlist! 4mo
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MinnieTimperley
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I am looking forward to next Sunday when I will get to hear Richard Powers read from this along with the other authors from the Booker shortist.

JamieArc Is there a Booker nominee that you are rooting for to win? 7mo
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Therewillbebooks
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Mehso-so

New episode is up and out! We choose a new long seasonal book to read, and Peter reviews the new Richard Powers. (spoiler, he wasn't impressed). Enjoy!

https://anchor.fm/peter-murphy8