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BooksForEmpathy

Joined March 2016

Reading to connect & empathize with the world. School MFT. I ❤️ SF, movies, food, travel, asking all the questions + reading all the books.
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Claude Monet | Claude Monet, Sean Connolly
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Visited Monet‘s gardens in Giverny today. Really breath-taking and idyllic. We missed our train coming back (very difficult to find a taxi from Giverny to the train station!) so I am trying to stay calm and peaceful with my photos from earlier. It does give me some extra reading time though...

stacybmartin So jealous - this is so gorgeous! 😍 15h
mreads Wow 😍 11h
Toniyesss Oh man Giverny is definitely on my bucket list!! So beautiful! 11h
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The Idiot | Elif Batuman
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An absolutely perfect afternoon spent reading in the Jardin des Tuileries 🌳☀️🌸🌷. I am loving The Idiot so far, although I‘m sure I‘m missing more than a few references...

BarbaraTheBibliophage Looks lovely! 3d
youneverarrived I‘m jealous. Enjoy 💚 3d
sparrowssavvy So jealous! This looks amazing! 3d
sprainedbrain Wonderful photo! ❤️ 3d
LeahBergen Beautiful photo! 3d
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Bookshelf Design | SendPoints
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We have made it to Paris! Our first stop last night was to see my aunt and cousins who live in the 6th. This is a picture of their covetous wall of bookshelves and books. So dreamy 🥰.

erzascarletbookgasm 😍 whoa! 5d
Susannah Oh my goodness. How wonderful! 5d
BethM 😍 5d
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Sarah83 Gorgeous 😍 5d
Eggbeater Wow! 💓 5d
saresmoore Incredible! 5d
MicheleinPhilly I‘d be moving in ASAP. 😍 5d
youneverarrived Amazing! Have a great time in Paris. 5d
LeahBergen How marvellous! 5d
Gissy I can stay there a looooooong time🙌 3d
ferskner 😮😲🤯 3d
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Everyone! I did something SO cool this morning. I got to witness a TRUFFLE HUNT 🍄!! This was our sweet guide and three of his eight dogs 🐕 (each worth 6,000 euros!) and we followed them throughout this protected forest as they found 4 kilos of truffles in about 2 hours! Incredible. Truffles are shaved onto most dishes here in Umbria, and it has been delicious. I have downloaded the tagged book to learn even more now that I have some context!

Crazeedi So you have to read this one too! It's part of a series, but all about truffles!!! 1w
cariashley So awesome, I would LOVE to do this!! 1w
BarbaraBB I looove my truffles, but they are not affordable most of the time. Enjoy your vacation ❤️ 1w
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BooksForEmpathy @BarbaraBB Oh I knowww 😤. It is so frustrating (but understandable now that I know more) that here in Umbria a huge truffle is very affordable at around 20 euros only. It is a way of life here, but back in SF, the same size truffle would go for hundreds of dollars. 1w
LeahBergen Very cool! (edited) 1w
BellaBookNook Thanks for sharing. That‘s so cool. 1w
ferskner WOW!!! That is so cool! How did you get hooked up with him? 1w
BooksForEmpathy @ferskner It was very cool! The Airbnb we are staying in is actually part of a hotel here (we didn‘t know this!) and they have a list of fun activities to do that we could sign up for. Truffle hunting was our first choice! 1w
ferskner It would be mine too! It sounds like the experience of lifetime. 6d
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Umbria: A Cultural Guide | Ian Campbell Ross
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Happy Monday and happy reading 📖 💕!

erzascarletbookgasm Gorgeous! Happy reading! 1w
Crazeedi Beautiful!! 1w
BarbaraBB Incredible! 1w
Gissy 😍❤️❤️❤️❤️ 5d
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East of Eden | John Steinbeck
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So EXCITED for this buddy read of #EoE! My second time reading it, and it was pretty life-changing the first time through.

Cinfhen 🧡 1w
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Into the Jungle | Erica Ferencik
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I have a thing for books about jungles. I think it‘s the risk and the heaviness and the sounds and the tricks it can play on you. Like it‘s alive.

Thank you Erica Ferencik for bringing me this novel that is magical and real and full of pain and sorrow and also hope. For this novel that took me into the jungle, to feel the humidity, the fear, the thrill, the curiosity, and the ever present astonishment you are nowhere you have been before.

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Ask Again, Yes: A Novel | Mary Beth Keane
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This novel washed over me. It felt familiar; gently holding up a mirror to parts of my own life and buried history. My childhood was wonderful in many ways, and it was also strained (and later broken) by mental illness and its effects. For a long time this was shameful. I tried to act perfect, showing no one my pain. I resonated with how one isolated incident is never really isolated and it ripples for generations.

“Love is only half the story.”

squirrelbrain What a wonderful, honest review. ❤️ 1w
BarbaraBB 💜 1w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 1w
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Eyelit 💙 1w
Toniyesss I love you!! ❤️❤️❤️ 1w
Cathythoughts I can‘t wait for this book to come out here 👍🏻 1w
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Ask Again, Yes: A Novel | Mary Beth Keane
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Sometimes after an all-day food tour in Perugia, you just have to wear your favorite bookish shirt (can anyone guess!?), pour yourself some Sagrantino 🍷, and finish your newest read. All from the comfort of your bed.

Cathythoughts Can‘t wait for this book to be out here in August 1w
Reviewsbylola Heaven! 1w
youneverarrived Perfect 👍 1w
BarbaraBB A Little Life! I recognize the font! 1w
BooksForEmpathy @BarbaraBB You got it!! Yay! 1w
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Ask Again, Yes: A Novel | Mary Beth Keane
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This book is SO good. I hope to just read all day right here and finish it 💕.

marleed I felt the same way! 2w
Cinfhen I enjoyed this one more than I initially thought I would 2w
Crazeedi What a beautiful place to read!💕 2w
Bklover 💙💙🌞lovely! 2w
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Home for the next 6 nights. I feel like I‘m channeling my inner Elio from CMBYN. Italian country house and lazy days by the pool reading.

I don‘t see any 🍑 though... just a bunch of olive trees 🌳!

Bklover Enjoy! 2w
DivineDiana So beautiful! ❤️ 2w
Christine Totally re: CMBYN vibes!! 😍 2w
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Crazeedi Oh my aren't you just in heaven! 2w
BarbaraBB Great place! 2w
Toniyesss OMG YASSSSSSS 😍😍😍 2w
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A little taste of what we‘ve been mostly doing in Rome 🍝.

britt_brooke Totally envious!! 2w
LibrarianJen Mmmm pasta 😋 2w
Leftcoastzen I want that!! 2w
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Kimberlone 🤤 2w
CouronneDhiver The best 👌🏽 2w
MellieAntoinette Super jealous ... and hungry! 2w
Bklover Yum!!!!! 2w
readordierachel You are doing it right 👍🏼 2w
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Ask Again, Yes: A Novel | Mary Beth Keane
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We are off to Europe for 3 weeks! I‘m only bringing a kindle, but these are the first books on my list to read on our flight to Italy! I love both covers so very much. Happy summer ☀️ 🇮🇹 📚!!!

TheLibrarian Enjoy Italy!! It‘s gorgeous! What part(s) are you going to? 2w
Crazeedi Bon voyage! And have a wonderful time! 2w
Megabooks Enjoy your trip! 2w
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BooksForEmpathy @TheLibrarian First stop is Rome and then some more time driving and eating through Umbria!! Time to re-charge! 2w
Leftcoastzen Enjoy! 2w
Simona Enjoy❣️ 2w
ferskner I covet your travel schedule! 2w
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What a cover, right? Well, the book is even better. The tone is reflective and haunting, and I felt on edge while tearing through this collection of essays about T Kira Madden‘s childhood, her parents, her friendships, and her relationship with herself. There‘s a lot of brutal moments, and I wanted to reach through the pages and hold her in my arms. There‘s also a lot of strength and truth, and real tender moments of love. Highly recommend!

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It‘s here!!! As a true 4, I cannot wait to dive into this one and be alone with my feelings and learn more about why I do the things I do. Who has taken the Enneagram test!? What‘s your number!? I would be so curious!

Caterina Ohhh I love the Enneagram!! My brother is a 4(w5). 💕 I'm a 1(w2). Honestly the Enneagram has been such a healing experience for me and my entire family (mom's a 9w1 and dad's a 6w5). ❤️ 3w
Caterina Have you listened to Sleeping at Last's Enneagram songs? 3w
EKonrad I‘m a 6. Just started following enneagram stuff on Instagram. It‘s so fun! 😀 3w
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BooksForEmpathy @Caterina WOW. So many thoughts! Yes. I am a 4w3, and I need to embrace more of my 1 tendencies to move toward health. I love knowing about your family‘s experience with the enneagram. I‘m glad it was healing for all of you. What‘s your experience being a 1w2? What do you identify with? And then! This album! I had never heard of it before, and I just listened to the Four song. Beautiful and sad and melancholic. I need to listen to more songs! 3w
BooksForEmpathy @EKonrad Yes! I have a high score of 6 tendencies as well. This book is really fun, and the author has a podcast that discusses the enneagram in a really relatable and accessible way. Enjoy your exploration!! 3w
merelybookish I love the Enneagram! 🙌I'm a 5. It's been helpful for me to understand my solitary ways. (I have this book from the library! 👍) 3w
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Into the Jungle | Erica Ferencik
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Super in love with everything in this picture! We made chickpea flour pancakes topped with baby kale + chicken sausage + halloumi. Plus PEONIES! And, saving the best for last means this new #bookmail. I am dropping everything and reading this one. Right. Now.

Drocchio03 Hard yes to it all. Beautiful picture! 3w
mhillis Peonies 💕 3w
saresmoore So lovely! 3w
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Lost and Wanted: A Novel | Nell Freudenberger
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The more I sit with this novel, the more I come to appreciate this slow-burning story. Love and death is examined here, within the context of science. I can get behind love and death; science has always dragged for me. Still, I pushed through and found myself surprised along the way by Freudenberger‘s ideas. Like, one person dying is not just losing one person, but actually ALL the people that person was to all the people who knew that person 🤯!

minkyb Wow. That is a lot to contemplate. I can't decide if that is comforting or disturbing! 3w
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Ahhh! Did anyone else know about this!? How did I not!?

One of my all-time favorites coming to the big screen in September. I cannot wait!

glitterkitty459 I'm excited!! 😁 4w
Zelma Interesting cast! 4w
Kalalalatja I‘m beyond excited! 4w
QuintusMarcus It better be good, it was a fantastic novel. Being released in September is a bad sign - that month is usually a dump for movies that the studio didn't think quite worked. 4w
readordierachel I guess it's time to pull this one off the shelf! 3w
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Birthday: A Novel | Meredith Russo
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Beautifully and powerfully done, Meredith Russo. I loved her first book, and I loved this one even more. Definitely listen to it - there‘s an interview between the narrator and the author at the end!

Recently, a student I work with came out as transgender to me. It was emotional for me, and also for him, especially when he said that he liked telling me because I had a positive reaction. Like it wasn‘t guaranteed 💔. WE NEED TO DO BETTER.

MicheleinPhilly Oof. That‘s a punch to the gut. 😢 4w
Crinoline_Laphroaig 💔 is right. 4w
readordierachel Yes we do 4w
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My Education | Susan Choi
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Where I‘m at this Sunday afternoon 💕. Wine tasting + hiking + swimming + cooking + chatting + books + cheese shops. Loveeeee.

Also, liking this book so far. Immediately after Trust Exercise I bought this one from the same author.

erzascarletbookgasm Sounds wonderful! Enjoy! 1mo
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I‘ve been in a bit of a reading rut and Susan Choi‘s novel was everything I wanted and didn‘t even know I needed.

I loved the structure and the story (with A+ themes of memory, first love, artistic endeavors, power and abuse, relationships between mentors and students) and most importantly, how Choi forced me to take an active role in what I was doing + reading + believing. Reading is a “trust exercise” itself, and this realization was thrilling.

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We made saag paneer style spinach + feta from a new favorite cookbook: Indian-ish. BLEW MY MIND.

And. My therapist recommended this book to me because I do reflect (and ruminate if I‘m being honest) on death and my death and other people‘s deaths. I didn‘t know that there is a tradition of zen monks writing haikus the days, or hours, before their own deaths. They‘re beautiful, and touch on the meaninglessness and meaningfulness of our lives.

readordierachel Can I ask which cookbook? That looks amazing. 1mo
readordierachel Ohhh, gotcha. I thought that was just a descriptor, lol. Thanks! 1mo
ferskner Ooooo I have a galley of that cookbook! I'll move it up my list to test. 1mo
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Yesterday was really nice 💕.

I have about 50 pages left in this book and I think it‘s exquisite. It‘s subtle and can be dense, yet I was all in from the first “trust exercise” the characters take part in. I loved participating in drama therapy exercises in grad school and this reminds me of how immersive, terrifying, and deeply cathartic they can be.

saresmoore ♥️♥️♥️ 1mo
BarbaraBB That picture 😍 1mo
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Lori Gottlieb, a therapist unknown to me, has written my favorite book of the year so far. I am a therapist, so this is definitely a personal pick. This is about all the things I care about: human connection, how we share and re-work our stories, the discomfort of being able to help others while not seeing our own lives clearly all the time, humility, change, resilience, and the magic that can happen in the therapy room.

Also, summer is coming!

Tamra Yum for summer eats! 1mo
JSW I couldn‘t put this one down. 1mo
Gezemice Great review! I enjoyed it, too, and I am not a therapist. @jsw I could not put it down, either! 6d
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Troubling Love | Elena Ferrante
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Huge platter of heirloom tomatoes + burrata. Steak on the way. Birthday book from Santa Cruz Book Shop on the horizon! Happy Tuesday 😍.

sparrowssavvy That looks so delicious!!! 2mo
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House of Broken Angels | Luis Alberto Urrea
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Book club + birthday celebration tonight with some of my favorite girlfriends. I am so lucky to be able to share a love of books and reading with such fantastic women.

This book was highly rated by all of us. It‘s about love & family, being Mexican, borders & how we create distance/closeness w/ people different than us. And death (a favorite topic of mine). It‘s poetic. It‘s reflective. It‘s funny and sad. Urrea has a glaring gift for writing.

BarbaraBB What a great picture 😍 2mo
minkyb I truly loved this book. 2mo
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New book has me daydreaming about CAKE. I‘m thinking of making one tonight as a treat during GOT.

Odette Williams has only a few cakes in this book, but there are many variations and she also includes recipes for frosting and glazes and decorations and helps find the perfect cake for any occasion. My heart warms looking through it 😍.

JSW I love cake! 2mo
Leftcoastzen cake!!!!🎂🎂🎂🎂 2mo
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Farewell, Shanghai. You have been beyond my wildest expectations and you fired me up even more to continue traveling to the biggest cities throughout Asia (by plane ✈️ and by book 📚!). Xoxo.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 💗❤️ 3mo
TrishB It‘s an amazing place! 3mo
BarbaraBB Gorgeous picture! 3mo
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The Red Word | Sarah Henstra
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Close up of our favorite earl grey crepe cake 🍰! It‘s our last day in Shanghai and we are doing a “tour of favorites” as we say goodbye to this city. We are starting off at our favorite cafe for tea and cake and espresso (called Drops!) and some reading before heading off to sesame noodles for breakfast/brunch!

Soubhiville Oh wow, that looks amazing! 3mo
mcipher That cake looks awesome! Have a great last day - sounds like a fabulous trip. 😊 3mo
Texreader I love that idea! The tour of favorites! Have a ball! 3mo
Kalalalatja Omg that cake looks sooooo goooood 🤤🤤🤤🤤 3mo
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The Red Word | Sarah Henstra
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Ian snuck out for this picture and I‘m glad he did! A wonderful spot by the open window this afternoon for reading and matcha mint tea ☀️🍵. It‘s warm today and we have plans to go visit the Shanghai Tower later (second tallest building in the world!).

The tagged book is so good! College and Greek mythology and women and feminism and Greek life. I wish I had read it before I rushed a sorority in college - I deactivated two years in.

Cinfhen Great photo!!! So vibrant!!!!! 3mo
Heideschrampf 😍 3mo
saresmoore Lovely! 3mo
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We took a long walk tonight through a beautiful garden (Shanghai is full of them) and I wanted to share it with all of you. It was a bit drizzly and grey and really just perfect. We were relaxed and the conversation flowed and we just kept walking. There are many more cityscapes we have photographed and I‘ll share some soon. Happy reading 📖 💕!

Crazeedi What a beautiful photo! 3mo
Lindy Lovely. 3mo
ferskner AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH I love this so much!!!!! It looks exactly how I experienced it. I'm loving all your pictures! 3mo
398.2 Beautiful 3mo
sprainedbrain So gorgeous! ❤️ 3mo
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Cafe this morning. Reading + tea + earl grey crepe cake 🍰. Also, do you see these flowers!? I wish I could be forever doing exactly this!

candority This is a lovely photo 😍 3mo
Sarah83 Great picture 3mo
Gissy Yes, nostalgic reader photo! It can be in a magazine!👌 3mo
JSW This looks absolutely perfect! 3mo
silentrequiem Crepe cake? That sounds amazing! 3mo
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At Shanghai Disney, the Alice in Wonderland attraction is a walkthrough maze that is so beautifully chilling and immersive; complete with the most ominous music while you make your way through the rabbit hole into Wonderland. We met the creepy, stone-faced Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, the elusive Cheshire Cat, felt swallowed up by the flowers, and had tremendous fun at the bizarre Mad Hatter‘s tea party. Here I am about to see the Red Queen 🌹♥️.

Crazeedi Just awesome!! 3mo
readordierachel Very cool! 3mo
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We had a xiaolongbao (soup dumplings!) making class this morning and we made pork and mushroom dumplings! We were the only two in the class. It was so fun 🥟 and we ate all of these 😋 while chatting with CiCi, our wonderful teacher, about Shanghai, motherhood, education, academic pressures, chopsticks, marriage, independence, and travel. Most dumplings were steamed but some got fried up and topped with sesame seeds + green onions. YUM.

kgriffith Delicious! 3mo
batsy Oooh, yum!! 3mo
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saresmoore So lovely—all of it! 3mo
Tamra Lucky you! 3mo
MicheleinPhilly Sounds marvelous! 3mo
JacqMac That sounds wonderful! And yummy! 3mo
LeahBergen I adore XLBs!!! ❤️❤️ 3mo
Toniyesss You‘re going to crush our next dumpling night!! 3mo
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Lonely Planet Shanghai | Lonely Planet
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Scene at a coffee shop while I‘m waiting for my Chinese white tea ☕️. Lovely 😊.

BookNAround How charming! 3mo
Gissy Lovely! 3mo
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Perfect afternoon “chill out” tea and book for our first jet lagged day in Shanghai! My tea came with a 4 minute timer that beeped when I needed to take the tea bag out! Already love this sparkly and tall and busy and well-manicured city.

Also, anyone read this book yet? The cover is even more beautiful in person, but looks pretty good on the kindle too 😍.

ruskigurl16 Visiting Shanghai would be a dream come true. Enjoy your tea, travels, and your book. 3mo
saresmoore I hope your trip will be full of life & fun. I look forward to hearing what you think of this book, as well as Shanghai! 3mo
taylorm0810 I just ordered this today! Can‘t wait to starT it. 3mo
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Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle | Emily Nagoski, PhD, Amelia Nagoski, DMA
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It‘s here! It‘s here! I have been eagerly awaiting this book. I absolutely was forever changed with Emily Nagoski‘s first book Come As You Are, and this one (written with her twin sister!) is just as exciting.

So far, the “stress cycle” is spot on. We (as women) have to both deal with our external stressors, AND the stress response in the body has to COMPLETE. It‘s a physical thing. Exercise, hugs, 6 second kisses, and laughter help!

Bookcation74 Yes! I bought this Tuesday and plan to read it this weekend. 3mo
JamieArc Come As You Are was a game changer for me too! Really looking forward to this one. 3mo
Heretherebedragons The authors were on today's episode (344) of the "Smart Podcast Trashy Books" podcast and they were great! This is definitely going on my TBR. 3mo
saresmoore I‘m currently reading this and loving it! It couldn‘t have come at a better time for me. Well, eleven years ago, pre-children would have been helpful, but 🤷‍♀️ 3mo
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The Dragonfly Sea: A novel | Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor
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Pasta and new #bookmail! My flowers also match the cover which I find delightful. Happy hump day!

readordierachel Gorgeous flowers! 3mo
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Sour hazy IPA and the comfiest couch ever and some reading time this Saturday ☀️.

This collection is not really doing anything for me. And that is hard to admit. I am reading it for Book Club because so many of us liked the Cat Person story in the NYT but none of these are capturing that same energy. Please tell me it gets better!!!

8little_paws I'll admit I've heard.... not great things about this collection 3mo
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Lonely Planet Shanghai | Lonely Planet
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We are headed to Shanghai in one week!! Please let me know if there are any Shanghai-related books you recommend or things to do once we‘re there! I am so excited. I am hoping for culture shock but also trying not to have many expectations.

ferskner Oooo I forgot that I promised that I'd ask my sister for recommendations. My recommendation of Madame Mao's Dowry and the Bund Sightseeing Tunnel still stand. :) 3mo
ferskner Okay! My sister says the French Concession, and that the skyscraper that looks like a hand-vac (haha!) has a glass viewing floor that's awesome. She said all the touristy stuff is good, too, but also recommends a fast train day trip to Suzhou, where she used to live. :) I've been there, and the gardens are amazing. 3mo
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Ahhh! I have been waiting to read this. But now looking at it I am wondering if I should save it for Book Club!? Either way, the topic of kids and having them and when and why and how it‘s going to go and how it‘s going to change everything is weighing heavily on my mind and heart.

BibliOphelia Such a tough and personal issue - I wish you luck with it. 3mo
JamieArc @BooksForEmpathy I‘m in the same spot as you, thinking about the same things... 3mo
Toniyesss Ooooh girl I can‘t wait to read this book for all those same reasons 3mo
8little_paws Ditto!! 3mo
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Greens, hummus, and this book. I have a new client today and so I‘m doing some extra reading to really get inside her head! I like this one suggestion: have your daughter create a weekly report card that focuses on soft skills like empathy and kindness. Some examples could be complimenting a friend, inviting someone new into your group, listening to others. Then rate yourself and have your daughter rate herself.

I could benefit from this too!

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I‘m enjoying this a lot. And also I‘m upset while watching this too.

How is everyone else doing with it?

Kimberlone I binged the whole thing with my BFF this weekend! I really enjoyed it, but there are definitely some hard parts to watch. 3mo
Julsmarshall Amazing, so well done but definitely hard to watch in parts. close to home, you know? I will say that the pool scene is one of the most moving things I‘ve ever witnessed on television. Wow. 3mo
JamieArc It was refreshing. I saw things in these episodes I‘ve never seen portrayed on the screen so authentically. I‘m only upset there are only 6 episodes! 3mo
Leftcoastzen I read the book ,really liked the show, difficult at times ,but I think the authenticity was worth the tough parts.Hope there will be more . 3mo
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So excited to read this for Book Club next week! I keep hearing more and more great things.

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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Taylor Jenkins Reid can write an irresistible book. I loved her first one, and this one brought me back to the days where I watched Almost Famous most weekends and was so in love with Russell Hammond it hurt.

It‘s dark and funny and feminist and deep and explores addiction and celebrity and love and feeling unlovable and running away and maybe finding something to hold on to.

Fantastic audio.

kspenmoll Thanks for such a helpful review. I am leaning towards audio. 3mo
Soubhiville I love Almost Famous so much! I was in love with Penny Lane though. 😊💕💕💕 3mo
BooksForEmpathy @Soubhiville Hah! I was into her, too 😉. That hair! Those sunglasses. 3mo
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Today is going to be a good day ☀️.

WhatDeeReads Excellent life decisions. 3mo
JennyM Pretty picture 💐 📚 3mo
SilversReviews Very pretty photo. I unfortunately did not like this book. 3mo
Reviewsbylola I really enjoyed this book. 3mo
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House of Broken Angels | Luis Alberto Urrea
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Last night a few of us from Book Club went to see Luis Alberto Urrea speak. I had never heard of this author before picking up this title, and I was BLOWN AWAY. Damn is he a storyteller. The kind you could sit dumbstruck in front of for hours as your heart expands and you realize just how much love and sorrow this world can hold.

He reads the audiobook and I will definitely be picking that up.

P.S. He‘s smiling for the camera!

minkyb Great experience. I would love to hear him speak. I really loved this book. 3mo
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This novel is EPIC and incredibly dense and detailed and I lost track of characters and story often. The addition of the audio helped me stay focused and engaged. It is masterfully crafted and imaginative and unique. Often I felt like the story was ahead of me; that I hadn‘t caught up yet. I would arrive at a scene flustered, and hope it would make sense soon. I marveled at the story-telling, even as it flew by me. Sometimes without me.

Suet624 I love this post. 4mo
JSW Nailed it. I often felt lost, but never out of control. It‘s hard to explain but you did a great job. 3mo
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I spent a few hours tonight making eggplant parmesan and it was sooooo amazing. I‘m pretty proud! Also, new #bookmail!

Soubhiville Mmmmmmm! 4mo
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The Left Hand of Darkness | Ursula K. Le Guin
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Back home! Plowing through this one for Book Club next weekend. It also felt so good to put together a salad for myself after a week of mai tai‘s and laying by the pool!

chaoticgoodhufflepuff I have that exact copy of this book! ❤️❤️ 4mo
Lcsmcat Anytime you want to come make a salad for me, I‘m ready! 4mo
Heideschrampf Both look great. Is that the folio edition? 4mo
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