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Anna40

Anna40

Joined November 2016

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Am Fluß by Esther Kinsky
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The Summer Book by Tove Jansson, Thomas Teal, Kathryn Davis
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Moving House | Anne Civardi
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The first three things you need to do when you move to a new city/state: 1) supermarkets 2) doctors/health care 3) library card. Check, check and check. :)

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Well written, solid, not - your - average crime thriller, focuses on the victim's sister and her grief but would recommend borrowing or buying it second hand, not sure why the book costs 16 Dollars.

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@Izai.Amorim and look what I found in the book

Anna40 I would translate the quote by Novalis as 'poetry heals the wounds that the mind inflicts' 1mo
Izai.Amorim Perfect translation I would say. 👍 1mo
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@Izai.Amorim yes! Sounds great!

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Mary Stuart | Stefan Zweig
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When I saw this, I did a happy dance! I adore Stefan Zweig and Maria Stuart is at the top of my to read list. This is a beautiful bound copy from 1958.

Aimeesue Pritty! 😍 1mo
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Wolf among Wolves | Hans Fallada
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These are the other books I received: Hans Fallada is at the top and Collected Works of Hans Carossa at the bottom.

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The Bavarian Gate | John Dalmas
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@Izai.Amorim Look what the bookstore I always go to got and passed on to me!

The lady who owned the books must have been from Munich or somewhere else in Bavaria. No idea how she ended up in El Paso, Texas. Wish I could have met her, she passed away. I will cherish her books that are a true treasure for me.

Izai.Amorim Wow! Lucky you! By coincidence I live in the house where Shalon Ben-Chorin was born. Never read anything by him but there‘s a bronze plaque on the facade. The “zähes Luder”book is certainly interesting. 1mo
Anna40 @Izai.Amorim Wow. You live in the house he was born in? I still am looking at these books in amazement. They're really mine:) I'm trying to find out more about the owner. It's such am unusual collection of authors... 1mo
Izai.Amorim He emigrated to Palestine in his early twenties so he never published anything in Germany. From that time I like Lion Feuchtwanger‘s Erfolg. 1mo
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The Sabbath | Abraham Joshua Heschel
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I love the idea of a second soul.

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The Sabbath | Abraham Joshua Heschel
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It does not matter if you are Jewish or not, believe in G-d or not, this book will make you want to slow down and allow yourself one day - a whole day - of true rest. No work, no negative thoughts, no running from one place to the other - but one spiritual day that can be spent meditating but most of all with learning through reading the Torah. A day dedicated to the soul. The Sabbath is a remarkable poetic book that I will read again.

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The Tea Book | Linda Gaylard
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Helping me with my yucky uni course is novel tea. Thanks, @JulietteGF . Would rather be on a walk than read about video game localization YUK!!!

JulietteGF I totally understand what you mean! Classes can be a burden sometimes. I'm looking forward to seeing you 1mo
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The Only Story: A novel | Julian Barnes
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"Would you rather love the more, and suffer the more; or love the less, and suffer the less?"

The Only Story is about the one relationship / the love affair that we experience only once and remains our only story even if there are others after or there were others before and it is not as depicted in a Hollywood movie. Heart wrenching, honest and clever.

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When a Woman Rises | Christine Eber
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Probably my favorite book club meeting! Christine Eber is a fascinating woman.

Izai.Amorim Long time no see... 1mo
Anna40 @Izai.Amorim Yes! Moving to Maryland at the end of the month and crazy busy. How are you? 1mo
Izai.Amorim @Anna40 Also very busy, trying to finish my manuscript. Wish you a good move. 1mo
Anna40 @Izai.Amorim Thank you! When are you going to publish your book? 1mo
Izai.Amorim Oh, at least one year after it's finished, edited and proof read. I'm aiming for September 2020. 1mo
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When a Woman Rises | Christine Eber
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Unity/solidarity, equality, indigenous culture, mother - daughter relationship, Zapatistas are some of the topics embedded in this little book. Once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down. What a powerful story... I'm looking forward to meeting the author this weekend!

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A Raisin in the Sun | Lorraine Hansberry
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Wow! Highly recommend it. Will read it again and try to see it on stage.

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The Detective Dog | Julia Donaldson
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My son and I love this book! 😍

Tamra Oh, a Julia Donaldson! We haven‘t read this one. 4mo
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Salvador | Joan Didion
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The first half is vague and shallow, e.g. when she describes the journey to Gotera (Mozote massacre), she ends it with the observation that the woman in the taxi was using the perfume Arpège. I do not understand the relevance of this comment and in fact it often sounds like she stitched her journal entries together- e.g. no interviews with members of the opposition. The second part is better, the writing is outstanding! Between a pick and so-so

Anna40 To be fair, she travelled to El Salvador in 1982, US citizens were murdered, so it might not have been possible to interview anyone from the opposition. If you read it as a collection of observations from someone visiting the country at that time, it works but if you expect an in-depth analysis of the political situation and US involvement, you won't find it in this essay - or I missed it... 4mo
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Beautiful bookmark - thanks @Faibka :)

Faibka I‘m glad you liked it! 4mo
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Set in the 70s, a spy story not dealing with the Cold War but Israeli/Palestinian politics. The story develops slowly, starting with a bomb attack in Germany, moving on to the recruitment of the female spy Charlie and finally her life as a double agent. It's well written, entertaining, Charlie's infatuation with Becker a bit annoying but overall a solid 'pre-technology' spy thriller.

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@Izai.Amorim the new year hasn't started here yet. This is what I'm doing in the last hours of 2018: reading The little drummer girl 😁

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Yes, Abbey is a very gifted writer and whenever he writes about nature and its beauty I enjoyed his essays very much, but OH! the ranting, the endless ranting and snobbery of who should or should not be allowed into the parks, at times also the macho comments and sheer stupidity of arguments (mandatory birth control for the poor????!!!) spoiled it for me, I started skipping his polemics. To me this is a 3 out of 5. What a shame...

Nebklvr Hmmm.... I have heard a lot about Abbey but that pretty much puts me off. People who supposedly love nature but don‘t think they should need to share it or any other resources with others.....yeah, no 5mo
Anna40 @Nebklvr to be fair, the ranting is short compared to the time dedicated to nature writing, but he totally disregards the facts that a) not everyone CAN hike, it's not only people who don't want to and b) when people see and experience nature, it is more likely that they will not only appreciate but also try to preserve it. Also some preadolescent idiotic arguments and the macho comments were annoying, I found it disappointing 5mo
Izai.Amorim Einen guten Rutsch ins Neue Jahr, Anna! And a happy new year! 5mo
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Anna40 @Izai.Amorim Same to you! Vielen Dank! 5mo
SamAnne Love him but he is a mixed bag. And having come of age as a wilderness/environmental activist I lived it. 4mo
Anna40 @SamAnne what books would you recommend by him? 4mo
SamAnne I loved essays in Down the River and the Journey Home. Those would be my two faves. 4mo
plemmdog I agree. It‘s hard to view him through the lens of today...I need to read some Annie Dillard to counterbalance him 3mo
Anna40 @SamAnne thanks! 3mo
Anna40 @plemmdog I tried Annie Dillard but have to admit only one essay and couldn't really get into it. Will pick something else next time:) 3mo
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The Door | Magda Szabo
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Next to Brad Thor in the right hand bottom corner is my copy of Magda Szabo's The Door. This is the first time that I give away a book that I liked😉, the first time I leave a book in a little free library and the first time I write a short note to whoever picks the book. AND I did not take anything 🙄

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The Summer Book | Tove Jansson, Thomas Teal, Kathryn Davis
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The Door | Magda Szabo
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What a strange little book. I neither could relate to the narrator nor Emerence but was drawn into their story centering on their weird relationship and power games.

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The Summer Book | Tove Jansson, Thomas Teal, Kathryn Davis
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I can open my present from the cozy little opcit bookstore in Taos, NM tomorrow. This will be my first book by Tove Jansson
Happy Holidays and Happy Reading everyone!

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The Door | Magda Szabo

Even as I spoke I was thinking that I had never believed those nineteenth-century novelists who compared a character's face to a lake. Now, as so often before, I felt ashamed to have dared question the classics. Emerence's face resembled nothing so much as a calm, unruffled, early-morning mirror of water.

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What happens if the world, as we know it, ends? The apocalypse story told from the perspective of an indigenous community. Even though I would 'only' give this a 3 out of 5, I highly recommend it and am looking forward to reading more by the author.

Anna40 The photo was taken in Valles Caldera National Preserve, NM. 5mo
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Saturday | Ian McEwan
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Not Saturday but Thursday book shopping with lovely @JulietteGF at Literarity independent book store (in El Paso). Be sure to drop by if you happen to be in the area ;). @JulietteGF - what was the name of the book and author that you recommended? I didn't write it down ...

JulietteGF It was Vercors - Le Silence de la mer ;) 5mo
Anna40 @JulietteGF Thanks :) 5mo
Anna40 @JulietteGF : there is a bilingual edition! 5mo
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In the Fog | Richard Harding Davis
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Yesterday morning - it was eerie and beautiful. First time I've experienced fog in the desert

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The Diary and Letters of Kaethe Kollwitz | Käthe Kollwitz, Hans Kollwitz
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Chinua Achebe's and Bobby Byrd's poems brought up feelings that Käthe Kollwitz's pietá had evoked when I saw it in my early 20s and was not a mother yet. Already back then it moved me deeply but I could not fully understand the bond between parent and child and how that separation devastates or destroys you.

Anna40 She made this sculpture for her late son. According to her diary entries, the mother is shown as reflective rather than grieving but I don't know, to me there is a lot of pain despite the intimacy. 6mo
Izai.Amorim Is this the same one that Helmut Kohl chose to display at the memorial for the unknown soldier in Berlin Unter den Linden? It‘s very powerful indeed. (edited) 6mo
Anna40 @Izai.Amorim good question but I think so! Wasn't he criticized because it represented 'only the 'German' victims? 6mo
Izai.Amorim @Anna40 if I remember correctly, he was criticized because it wasn‘t his decision to make. He was chancellor, not king. He vetoed the winning design for the Reichtstag, too. Foster had to redesign everything. 6mo
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This poem can be found in White Panties, Dead Friends (not in Litsy yet). It's another poem about a mother grieving her child and part of a series called The Hospice Poems.

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Collected Poems | Chinua Achebe
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This one touched me deeply.

kathedron 😩 6mo
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@Izai.Amorim yes, scary and sad..you have no idea what is going on here at the border... Let's hope for people to wake up and vote for humility, empathy and resilience in two years- none of them characteristics of Orange Man ... enjoy Berlin!

Izai.Amorim Thank you. And you take good care of yourself. Don‘t let Orange Man depress you too much. There‘s life after all this. Good night! 6mo
Anna40 @Izai.Amorim Yes. Thanks. :) 6mo
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Chess Story | Stefan Zweig
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Excruciating mental torture: the questions of 1) How does a human being cope, if faced with Nothing (Nichts): forced to live in a small windowless room with nothing to do, nothing to see, no one to talk to. 2) Can we save ourselves from going insane through our own imagination? Zweig embeds these questions in a story about chess, a game that requires intellectual skills but also two players, to answer these questions. Brilliant!

Anna40 @Izai.Amorim Hey! How are you? Have you read any other books by Stefan Zweig? Can you recommend what to read next? Hope you're well! 6mo
Izai.Amorim @Anna40 Fine, thanks, sitting on the train on the way back to Berlin. I had Fronturlaub this weekend. Unfortunately I haven‘t read anything by him yet though I‘ve heard about the chess book, very good. I bought my first Hannah Arendt but I forgot it in Munich. Not that I have much time to read anyway. Haven‘t read much in the last months. Free time is all for writing. But it will be over some day. How are you? 6mo
Anna40 @Izai.Amorim doing well too - despite Midterms 😖😭... Am busy with my translator course and we're moving to the Washington DC area in April / May, so these are the last few months in the Southwest ... which book by Hannah Arendt are you reading? 6mo
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Izai.Amorim I bought the German edition of “On Violence” only to realize that she wrote it originally in English😂. But I didn‘t have the chance to start it this weekend. I got a hardcover with all Brechts play in Berlin, I read it when I have the time. There‘s a new German movie on Die Drei Groschen Oper. I found it surprisingly good, a “film in film”, which is a difficult thing to do. Washington DC? Wow! Never been there, supposed to be cool despite... 6mo
Izai.Amorim @Anna40 ... despite the politicians, I‘ve heard. Congratulations! 6mo
Anna40 @Izai.Amorim Oh No! You can always get it in English as well... yeah, congrats ... 😖I didn't vote for Ted Cruz, so ... . 6mo
Anna40 @Izai.Amorim the movie sounds cool. Did you watch Transit based on Anna Segher's book. They didn't show it here 6mo
Izai.Amorim @Anna40 Almost in Berlin! Just out of the “Funkloch” and can see your message. East Germany is really a desert. I haven‘t seen Transit. I‘ve followed the midterms with interest and awe. What happened to the principle of one person, one vote? And even if Democrats make it next time, will the madness really stop? Obama didn‘t have an easy life... The divisions are too deep. The proverbial divided house will fall. It‘s so sad! Wish you all well! 6mo
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The Chosen | Chaim Potok
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The first 20 pages drew me in - I never thought the description of a baseball game could be this suspenseful

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Alfredo Corchado presented his new book Homelands (not in Litsy yet) at Literarity last week Sunday.

zsuzsanna_reads "open books open minds" What is an "open" book? Is it physically open? Is its content open? Do they really mean "opening" books open minds? Or is it a command: open books in order to open minds? ? 7mo
Anna40 @zsuzsanna_reads I think it's the idea of open books = read books not only to entertain yourself (reading Tom Clancy for instance would be pure entertainment to me) but also to open your minds = get a different perspective of the world, read something that makes you think... but that's my interpretation :) 7mo
Anna40 @zsuzsanna_reads just wanted to say that I dont read Clancy, but I think a lot of people do because reading his books is like watching TV. 7mo
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A Song for the River | Philip Connors
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Intelligent, talented, eloquent, witty, charming - Phil Connors presented his book at Literarity today and I am very happy that I could attend this event. To me, he's one of the best contemporary nature writers.

Leigh_Medeiros Haven't read his works. Will look into his books! 7mo
Anna40 @Leigh_Medeiros He wrote 3 books, all non-fiction, two are part memoir, part nature writing, the other one is about his brother. He's probably one of the best contemporary (essay) writers in the US. At the reading he came across as a highly intelligent, sensitive, eloquent and funny person. I can highly recommend this author. 7mo
Leigh_Medeiros @Anna40 All of that is my jam. Thanks! 7mo
RaimeyGallant Sounds like time well spent. 7mo
Anna40 @RaimeyGallant :) was a great afternoon :) 6mo
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Vote! | Eileen Christelow
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Maybe it's just me being ignorant, but in case you didn't know either, while waiting in line to vote, you are not allowed to use your kindle to read, so bring a book - waiting lines in El Paso have been crazy!

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Transit | Anna Seghers
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Transit is about escape and finding refuge but also about being a Mensch in a world that has gone mad. It's a book that I want to read again.

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Handmaid's Tale | Margaret Atwood
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Went to a wonderful discussion/reading of The Handmaid's Tale at Literarity today and couldn't resist, bought a copy with this beautiful cover. If you're ever in El Paso, make sure to go to Literarity Book Store on Mesa Street, it's our little Parisian Shakespeare and Company :)

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The last word is 'decisions', it was cut off.

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There There: A novel | Tommy Orange
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Brilliant writer, exceptional book. Read it!

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It Rained on the Desert Today | Ken Buchanan, Debby Buchanan
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"A blinding flash, and a thunderous crash, startle even the bravest, among us! - Our hearts pound in our chests, as the booming echoes roll, across the clouds. - My mouth goes dry, and the hair on my arms, stands up straight, toward the sky." -- my 4 year old son, who always picks books about cars or sports, chose this gorgeous, poetic children's book describing the formation of a thunderstorm in the desert and we have read it 4 times already. ?

Faibka That‘s great! 8mo
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Yes, the writing style reminded me of a police report BUT what an achievement - infiltrating the Klan and weakening it! Mr Stallworth is not a writer or journalist and has written his story in his own style and I loved that. In this book he exposes the hypocrisy as well as the stupidity of KKK members, without underestimating how dangerous KKK members are.

Faibka Yes, I was a bit put off by the writing but the story is fascinating! 8mo
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Not too happy with this solution but better than on the floor. Can't find a book case that I like and is cheap enough ...

Faibka Looks wonderful to me! 😊 8mo
Anna40 @Faibka Thanks :) 8mo
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Fortunately, the people I was dealing with [KKK] were not, to use an old adage, "the brightest bulbs in the socket," ... ???