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A Tale for the Time Being
A Tale for the Time Being: A Novel | Ruth Ozeki
A brilliant, unforgettable novel from bestselling author Ruth Ozeki—shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award“A?time being is someone who lives in time, and that means you, and me, and every one of us who is, or was, or ever will be.”In Tokyo, sixteen-year-old Nao has decided there’s only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates’ bullying. But before she ends it all, Nao first plans to document the life of her great grandmother, a Buddhist nun who’s lived more than a century. A diary is Nao’s only solace—and will touch lives in ways she can scarcely imagine.Across the Pacific, we meet Ruth, a novelist living on a remote island who discovers a collection of artifacts washed ashore in a Hello Kitty lunchbox—possibly debris from the devastating 2011 tsunami. As the mystery of its contents unfolds, Ruth is pulled into the past, into Nao’s drama and her unknown fate, and forward into her own future.Full of Ozeki’s signature humor and deeply engaged with the relationship between writer and reader, past and present, fact and fiction, quantum physics, history, and myth, A Tale for the Time Being is a brilliantly inventive, beguiling story of our shared humanity and the search for home.  
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Booknerd222
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Oh. 197

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CouronneDhiver
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Bailedbailed

Interesting premise and well-narrated but it lost me at magical realism... no thank you!

haileybean That actually makes me want to get to it sooner! I love magical realism :) 2w
CouronneDhiver Go for it... it‘s a really decent book, but I‘m just more of a literal/realistic lady. @haileybean 2w
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Luv2readbookz
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Currently listening to this gem and - aha the ebook is on sale on Amazon. 😁

CouronneDhiver It‘s a really good audiobook so far! (40%) Still liking it? 2w
Luv2readbookz @CouronneDhiver - yes! Loving this book! 💕 1w
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CouronneDhiver
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Read by the author and quite interesting so far ... 🎧

#Audiobook #Contemporary #MagicalRealism #Japan 🇯🇵

Lcsmcat Loved this! I did it as an audiobook too. 3w
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Jas16
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Thank you so much @Kdgordon88 ! A friend of mine was raving about this book again recently and I was mentally reminding myself to move it up my TBR. You are a mind reader! I love the bookmarks so much too. I cannot thank you enough!

gradcat Is it your birthday? Such a lovely gift! 🎁 By the way, if it is your birthday, I hope you have a great one! 🎂 (edited) 2mo
Jas16 @gradcat Thank you so much! So far it has been a wonderful day. 2mo
Kdgordon88 I am so glad it arrived in time! Happy Birthday 🎂 2mo
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dragondrool Happy birthday! 2mo
Jas16 @dragondrool Thank you!!! 2mo
Suet624 Such a great book!! 3w
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klshaw

Have you ever bullied a wave?

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abbielistenstobooks
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Pickpick

Enjoyable! Did not expect supernatural elements, but it worked.

PurpleyPumpkin Loved this book!👍🏽 4mo
abbielistenstobooks @Karkar I've finished and I loved it! The ending was fully satisfying. 4mo
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abbielistenstobooks
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About 75% through and really enjoying this one! Two stories are weaving together, ten years apart. From reviews, it seems the ending is... less than satisfactory? So I'm bracing myself for that.

Karkar I do not remember being disappointed in the ending. I will be interested in seeing what you think when you are done. 4mo
abbielistenstobooks @Karkar that's encouraging! I'll keep you posted. 4mo
PurpleyPumpkin I really enjoyed this book. Maybe I‘ll reread via audio one day!👍🏽 4mo
abbielistenstobooks @PurpleyPumpkin the author reads it herself! She's really great at it, too 4mo
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85eliana
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Excellent! Reads like a realistic fiction with a compelling magical realism twist. It also features a completely badass Buddhist nun.

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ApocalypseArchives
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Has been keeping me engaged on my subway rides to work. #ruthozeki #Japan

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Amiable
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Pickpick

Ruth, a novelist living on a remote island in the Pacific Northwest, finds a diary that has washed onto shore in a Hello Kitty lunchbox. She assumes it's debris from the 2011 tsunami that devastated Japan. As she reads the diary – written by a 16-year-old girl in Tokyo – she is drawn into the girl‘s story about her suicidal father, being bullied by her classmates, and her 104-year-old Buddhist nun great-grandmother.

Day 20: #adventrecommends

Lcsmcat I loved this one on audio, read by the author. So good! 5mo
Amiable @Lcsmcat I read this only because a coworker pressed it into my hands and said, “you have to read this!” And I felt obligated. Didn‘t think I‘d like it – but I was wrong. I loved it! 5mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Lcsmcat I agree!! The audio was fantastic!! Book was fantastic but it was so much better because of the audio! 5mo
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ShariEstaLeando
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Pickpick

So unbelievably good! 🌊🌊🌊📚🖊🗺🎎

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Bevita
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Pickpick

Terrific! A little slow to get started (maybe it was just me) but I ended up racing to the ending. Parallel story of an unhappy girl in Japan and her relationships with her Buddhist nun great-aunt and suicidal father and an author, her husband and cat (Pesto) on an island off Canada. Want to go to Japan.

cajunsyd I enjoyed this one too! Glad you liked it. 7mo
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Augustdana
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#riotgrams day four #shelfie I recently organized my shelves and I had such an overflow of books, I decided to make a ladies only top shelf!

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shadowspeak17
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Total books read: 4
Ebooks: 1
Physical books: 3
Borrowed: 1
#booked2018 prompts completed: 1
#makemereadit books completed: 3 of 5

Average rating: 3.25 stars

#AugustStats #AugustWrapUp

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shadowspeak17
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1. We‘re taking a day trip to visit a friend on Monday.
2. A Tale for the Time Being
3. Several come to mind, but I‘m going to go with pickles.
4. Nope. My coordination is atrocious. 😂

#friyayintro

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Deborah42
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Pickpick

Ruth is a blocked writer trying to write a memoir about her mother‘s death from Alzheimer‘s. She finds a bag containing old letters, artifacts, and a young girl‘s diary, washed up on the beach. As she reads the diary, she gets drawn into the girl‘s story.

Nao is a Japanese teen who wants to kill herself to escape loneliness and school bullies. Before she ends it all, she intends to tell the story of her great-grandmother, a Buddhist nun.

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shadowspeak17
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
It took me a while to get into this, and I found Ruth‘s storyline less interesting than Nao‘s, but about halfway through it hooked me, and I loved it. Thought provoking, beautiful, and heartbreakingly sad. This book touched me. I would definitely recommend it.

#MakeMeReadIt 2/5
#catsoflitsy #Ember

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shadowspeak17
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Ddzmini Deep seas deep seas 😋📖 9mo
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shadowspeak17
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1. I honestly have no idea, but The Incredibles came out around that time, and I know I loved that movie, so I‘m going to go with that.
2. That depends on how good the fries are. 🤔
3. It‘s quite a mix of things...
4. I‘m about 60% through. 👍🏽

#friyayintro

JulAnna Good book! 9mo
Lcsmcat I loved that book! 9mo
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shadowspeak17
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Up next for #makemereadit.

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parasolofdoom
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Pickpick

I loved this so much! It took me a bit to get into but SO WORTH IT

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parasolofdoom
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Way more involved with tonight's reading than I was by the first 50 pages!

monalyisha I adore this book! 10mo
parasolofdoom @monalyisha I wasn't sure about it at first but I'm really into it now! 10mo
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ruskigurl16
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So it has taken me a couple of days to come to terms with the beauty and elegance of this book. It deals with a subject matter that is typically difficult to talk about (suicide) in a respectful, creative, and inspiring way. It illustrated the power of family. And showed the beauty of resilience. It will stay with me for a very, very long time. #inspiring #emotionalread ❤️🖤😱😢😰😊

Leelee.reads This has been in my TBR for ages... Thanks for the reminder about it! Going to try to read it this summer. 10mo
ruskigurl16 @Leelee.reads you are so welcome. Picked it up based on the cover and spine art. And the blurb in the jacket. Best decision. 😊😍 10mo
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parasolofdoom
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Read about 50 pages tonight. So far so good but not feeling it enough to monopolize my reading time yet. Totally guilty of adding this to the tbr a couple years ago because I couldn't resist the cover 😂.

mcctrish This is a book that requires commitment and it doesn‘t disappoint but you have to invest 10mo
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Beachesnbooks
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Here's my stack for #makemereadit ! Ok Littens, let me know what book you want me to read the most in August in the comments. Since I'm a mood reader, I'm going to commit to definitely reading your top 2 picks, but I'll probably try to get to more of them too if I can! I've been meaning to get to some of these books for awhile and need some motivation, I'm excited 😄📚 @TheReadingMermaid

TheReadingMermaid 🤘🏻 you should join us for the #LitsyBuddyRead for that one in July 11mo
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monalyisha Beautiful stack, by the way! 11mo
shellleigh33 This is one I‘m dying to read so I vote 11mo
Beachesnbooks @TheReadingMermaid I wish I could join for July but my tbr this month is already so full! 11mo
BarbaraJean Some great picks here! My vote is for: 11mo
Beachesnbooks @monalyisha Thank you! 😄 11mo
TheReadingMermaid I definitely know how that is. No worries 😉 11mo
glitterkitty459 Nice stack! ❤️ 11mo
LibrarianRyan Hazel wood 11mo
Chelsea.Poole I have the biggest book hangover from this one I just finished ♥️ 11mo
TheKidUpstairs Definitely 11mo
bridge12 Red Clocks 11mo
Rachbb3 It's on my tbr too. 🤪 11mo
Reviewsbylola A Tale for the Time Being! 11mo
erzascarletbookgasm I‘ve not read any of these but Circe has so much Litsy love. So, Circe! 11mo
UwannaPublishme So many great choices here. My vote is for: 11mo
ElaineHowlin Red Clocks 11mo
hes7 Circe!! 11mo
alisonrose CIRCE!!! 11mo
AnneCecilie I'm reading Circe now and really loving it so far. So that get my vote (edited) 11mo
TheBookKeepers First choice: 11mo
TheBookKeepers 2nd choice (I‘ve read both) 11mo
Beachesnbooks Now closed! Thanks everyone for voting 😄 10mo
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ruskigurl16
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A creative beginning. And one that had me hooked. If you want to find out more, I suggest you read this book. I am enjoying it immensely. #currentlyreading #recommendsday #tw #emotionalread ❤️🖤📖

Oryx I love this book. 😍 11mo
ruskigurl16 @Oryx I loved it, too 10mo
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Neale
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A fellow GR reader‘s review reminded me of how much I loved this book. Hmmm, time for a reread I feel. 😊

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MrBook
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The second #NYC book club met right after the first one. It was the 102nd meeting of the #2030SomethingBookClub! It was a packed house with two dozen members coming out to talk about this great book 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻!

Richryan52 Where do you meet? 11mo
Amiable Loved this book! 11mo
cariashley Wow big group! I gotta join you guys sometime! 11mo
emilyhaldi Great book ❤️ 11mo
Caksf Love this one! 👍🏻 11mo
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EmmaMae
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Pickpick

This book peers into the lives of two characters with very different experiences. The author draws you into both stories not only because of the well written, engaging characters but Ozeki draws you into caring for these characters deeply as they each grow throughout the story. I found the story of Naoko more interesting but I believe there is something for everyone in this book that could invite them to enter into the story. #airplanereads

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AshleyC816
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Pickpick

Sooooo good! Definitely trigger warnings for suicide and rape. I loved the way she wove the different story lines together.

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RealLifeReading
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Love this paragraph!

SkeletonKey I loved this book! 12mo
JSW This book is so beautiful 12mo
RealLifeReading @SkeletonKey @JSW it is such an amazing book 12mo
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RealLifeReading
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A fruity breakfast and a tale set in the Pacific Northwest - just right as we are currently on the Oregon Coast!

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EmilyM
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Mehso-so

This book gets two ratings from me: one for Nao's narrative (4 🌟) and one for Ruth's (2🌟). Told in two narratives, the story is very lopsided in development. Nao's narrative was very well developed. Ruth's narrative was undeveloped and boring, at times. At the end her story gets some weird dream sequence and quantum physics thrown in and it is just weird. Nao's narrative was compelling enough to get me to finish the book.

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sakeriver
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I enjoyed this book, but it was also at times hard for me to read, having the sort of existential anxieties that I do. In some ways this book felt like a primer on Zen Buddhism in novel form, which makes it sound dry or esoteric when it‘s not those at all. It‘s by turns funny, sad, calm, enraging, and just really well done.

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thereadingwomen
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I had heard good things about this book, but it far exceeded my expectations. At the beginning of the story, we meet Nao, a sixteen-year-old Japanese girl who has decided that suicide is the only answer. We then meet Ruth, who lives in Canada and who finds a diary washed up on the shore one morning after a storm. It's Nao's diary. And that's where things get interesting. More here: readingwomenpodcast.com/blog/2018/05/02/ep-43-were-going-places

Reviewsbylola Sounds really good! 12mo
Jilly6183 This book was great! 10mo
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sakeriver
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This book is doing some really interesting things with form and structure and voice so far.

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hfpotier
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Book haul from Book Warehouse, a book store near me that I didn't know about. #lucky

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Dogearedcopy
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#HumpDayPost

1️⃣ This week, my fave snack is a plate of corn chips with sour cream & Siracha sauce

2️⃣ My #blameitonlitsy read is actually a #litsygoespostalog title! (Tagged)

3️⃣ I‘m allergic to pollen, soy, squid/octopus ink, chemically treated cat litter, and certain laundry detergents.

4️⃣ I used to be insanely clean and organized, but after I became a parent that compulsion disappeared.

5️⃣ Last movie I watched: ‘Mudbound‘ -
So-So

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I think you just introduced me to my new favorite snack. That sounds amazing. 14mo
hes7 Yum! 😋 14mo
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LibrarianJen
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1. Coffee is a snack, right?
2. #blameitonlitsy and #litsygoespostalog
3. Yes, seasonal latex and capsicum 👎🏼
4. I prefer the term cluttered.
5. Coco and yes, yes, yes, all the yes‘s!
#humpdaypost

Librariana It IS a snack! 😄😍❤☕ 14mo
tournevis Capsicum? Oh, I could not live with this one. I need the endorphin kick daily! Spices please? 14mo
MelAnn I love Coco!!! 14mo
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hike.read.repeat
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I listened to this book last year and am relistening as my bedtime audiobook.

My mind has been racing before bed and focusing on a story prevents my thoughts from keeping me awake.

Then I get to relisten to a story that I enjoyed which is great because I‘d love to reread books but I feel guilty because there are so many books that are unread.

jwashreads I feel the same way. I *rarely* reread books because then I'll never catch up on a new books I want to read. Not that I ever will anyway.... 14mo
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iggyreads
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1. 🙇🏻‍♀️🧠📚📖📝🤷🏻‍♀️ 2. No particular one sticks out but I remember loathing the school bullies in ‘The tale of being‘. We can‘t avoid this occurrence in school environment (heck even work place) but measures do need to be taken to ensure every1 has the right to stand up to it 💪🏻 3. Over 4. Yes! 5. @GripLitGrl @Eggs @Lindy @GarthRanzz ~~~random shoutout! #littens {thanks for the tag @thereadingowlvina ☕️} #friyayintro @jesshowbooks 💃🏻

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Dogearedcopy
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#HumpDayPost

💜 The journals that accompanied the latest #LitsyGoesPostalOG book are purple, and yes, that‘s a purple-gel ink pen 😉

💜 My current favorite dessert flavor is hazelnut chocolate

💜 I wear at least one pair of silver stud earrings everyday

💜 No uniform or dress code for work. It just needs to be comfortable.

💜 Taxes have been filed 🙂

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Dogearedcopy
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Pursuant to my last post‘s question about the difference between Chinese and Japanese chopsticks, it appears that China, Japan, Korea, and Thailand all have their different styles. But interestingly, in the US, restaurants/markets are rather indiscriminate about it all. For instance, the chopsticks second in from the left came from a Korean restaurant but those are definitely not Korean chopsticks (which are flat-ended and come with spoon!) 🥢

LibrarianJen Huh. I‘ve never even thought about it! I don‘t have any fancy chopsticks but I do have a pack of those generics on the right. I think the ones that they give at our local sushi/teppan place are round and get skinny towards the end. 1y
Dogearedcopy @LibrarianJen LOL, I never thought about it either but now I‘m curious and curiouser! 1y
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Dogearedcopy
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Technically, these are *Chinese* chopsticks as opposed to Japanese chopsticks but I had to work with what I had! Also, is there a difference?🥢

Instead of heading over to the sushi place and then going to see Black Panther, we went to what a restaurant that serves food that I call “Ashland Asian” (pan-Asian with a slightly pretentious Oregon flair,) and then to see a play/musical, Crazy for You directed by a friend of mine.

#LGPbooktour

TrishB Last time I was in China I was told there is a difference country by country. 1y
Chelsey From what I can tell, Japanese chopsticks are much narrower at the tip than Chinese ones and sometimes have a bit of texture for gripping 1y
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Matilda
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Reviewsbylola Great picture! 1y
ephemeralwaltz Nice!!😍👏 1y
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Dogearedcopy
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If you have the UK version of this book, dnload the Blippar app and point your camera at the book cover. The cover becomes animated and then a menu is displayed for bonus features!

Image: Left, the actual book cover; Center, the Blippar app logo; Right, the cover “reveal”

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CherylC
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Pickpick

Oh my, so many choices—book club pick, Christmas gift, just for fun....I just started A Tale for the Time Being and I am enthralled! I‘m just sorry that I am reading a friend‘s copy so I can‘t underline or highlight passages. I may have to buy my own.

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