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I really enjoyed this #nfnov memoir of growing up in a logging community in #idaho and the author‘s battle to find her place as a teenager in an increasingly religious family.

#wil I learnt of some really interesting parallels with recently-read ‘My Name is Why‘, although entirely different countries, where both authors were abandoned suddenly by foster families for no reason, and their journeys questioning why.

Librarybelle Sounds interesting! 1mo
Clwojick 9 pts. 1mo
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My Name Is Why | Lemn Sissay
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Borrowed this from the library yesterday lunchtime and finished it on the train to work this morning.... I just couldn‘t put it down.

The poet Lemn tells of his childhood growing up in a foster home and care homes - #wil what I learned is that adults can be truly uncaring and that the care system in the UK is broken.

Despite his harsh upbringing, where he felt no love, Sissay still brings positivity to his story - a must-read.


arlenefinnigan I love this book so much. He's well worth following on Facebook/Twitter. 1mo
squirrelbrain @arlenefinnigan - I would follow him if I did Facebook or Twitter... 😳 There‘s been a few press articles recently that have been fascinating.... 1mo
Clwojick 9 pt. 1mo
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On the Road | Jack Kerouac
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“...Ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow Roman candles exploding like spiders across stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes ‘Awww!‘”

Kerouac and his imagery!! Gives me the chills.

What about you? Have you read On the Road?? #nfnov #nonfictionnovember

#WIL jack didn‘t like living up to the fame that he gained from writing the “Bible of the Beatniks.

Kaila-ann I have this one on my TBR but haven‘t read it yet. 1mo
Freespirit I haven‘t read it but I should! 1mo
ljuliel This is one of those One of These Days books. I like travel books, but I‘m not even sure if the book is written much like a travel book or something completely different ? 1mo
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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego "There was no where to go but everywhere" this book is very quotable! 1mo
readingjedi I read it in my 20s and absolutely adored it, read it in my 30s and still loved it but had some issues with it, need another reread now I'm in my 40s. 1mo
Lifeisasnap @Freespirit yes, you should!! 1mo
Lifeisasnap @ljuliel well, I‘m only a few chapters in and it‘s like a travel book written Grapes of Wrath style. Descriptive, full of amazing imagery and even smells. I read it as a teen however, it seems like something I‘ve never read now that I‘m reading it today. It‘s very weird. 1mo
Lifeisasnap @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego so many quotes!! What you don‘t see in the photo is the numerous little tabs marking perfect imagery. It‘s been slow reading because of it. Which I don‘t mind. 😉 1mo
Lifeisasnap @readingjedi you should. To me it‘s a whole new book in my older age. 😀 btw- I love your profile name. 1mo
Lifeisasnap @Kaila-ann definitely move it up your list!! (edited) 1mo
rsteve388 4 pts sounds like a TIL 1mo
Lifeisasnap @rsteve388 yes sorry, that #wil should be #til. Thanks to the points. 1mo
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I loved this autobiography! Sandi takes a journey from home to work on the no 12 bus and the sights she sees both on and off the bus bring back memories of her life.

It‘s funny, heartwarming and witty - highly recommended.

#wil I l gained a lovely new word - ‘absquatulate‘ , which means to leave somewhere in a hurry

Caroline2 Ahhh, I love Sandi! 😍 1mo
squirrelbrain I think you‘d love this one @Caroline2 - it was definitely favoured reading over The Romanovs anyway! Actually, I‘m not getting on too bad with that one, how are you doing with it? 1mo
Clwojick This sounds like it would be enjoyable in audiobook format 1mo
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squirrelbrain Yes, I think it would @Clwojick, particularly if Sandi reads it herself... (edited) 1mo
rsteve388 9 pts 1mo
CarolynM I need this! 1mo
squirrelbrain @CarolynM - it was on NetGalley a week or so ago, not sure if it still is.... 1mo
CarolynM Thanks for that, I'll have a look🙂 1mo
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An American Childhood | Annie Dillard
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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.


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. 1mo
Librarybelle Good review! 1mo
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. 1mo
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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? 1mo
squirrelbrain I‘m glad it wasn‘t just me @Blaire ! 1mo
Caroline2 Oh that is a good word!! 😯 1mo
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Such an annoying book - very woe-is-me and everyone else is to blame for their problems. The author and her husband owe the IRS a huge debt so they go to live in a shack in the mountains of #northcarolina and raise goats (there ends up being about 10 goats so goodness knows where the title comes from!)

#nfnov #wil #whatIlearned Possums do actually ‘play possum‘. Oh and don‘t be such a whinge-bag when you brought it on yourself!


Librarybelle I‘ve heard this one isn‘t that great. Good for you for staying with it...another state down! 1mo
Crazeedi I borrowed this but didnt read before I had to return, probably wont be in a hurry to get again. Thanks for review 1mo
squirrelbrain I wouldn‘t bother @Crazeedi - very annoying! At least it was free on Libby and a quick read! @Librarybelle 1mo
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TrishB 😂 great review 1mo
Hooked_on_books Hmm…sounds more like a pan! In good goat news, did you know that the Reagan library used a team of hundreds of goats in the spring to eat back ground cover around the library and this probably saved the library from a recent wildfire? Hooray for goats! 1mo
rsteve388 9 pts 3 for TIL, 5 because you finished it and 1 for the post it's self. 1mo
squirrelbrain That‘s fab news @Hooked_on_books ! They certainly are good goats! 1mo
Crazeedi @Hooked_on_books that is awesome, I've heard of places using goats to clear growth, this is fantastic 1mo
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