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CampbellTaraL

CampbellTaraL

Joined March 2018

I'm here for books as a reader. I write about Science, Technology, and Disability
over here: https://taralcampbell.medium.com/
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Braiding Sweetgrass | Robin Wall Kimmerer
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A collection of essays by a person who is both scientist and indigenous, the latter of which is the primary lens used to understand our world. There are many takeaways that move you to do something, namely starting with a hard look at the materialistic worldview of our (dominant) culture. Reverence, gratitude, reciprocity, respect; not just for humans, but every thing, the inanimate included.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I really liked this one too. 5d
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I enjoyed this origin story of Merlin (Lailoken) and his twin Languoreth, the woman and prominent queen we wouldn't know had existed without Pike's years of dedicated research and wonderful storytelling. Once you've finished reading, be sure to check out the author's notes for more details about the work that went into developing the story. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.

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Thankfully, this was not an in depth examination of what it's like to quit showering for extended periods of time. Instead, an illuminating look at the history of our excessive fixation on "clean." The classist, racist, and residual ideology of purists has left us in the west with a host of health problems that are exacerbated by too much soaping up.

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CampbellTaraL On top of that is the gross marketing practice, and zero regulation, of the entire body care industry that leaves us feeling compelled to add yet one more product to our daily regiment. The chapter on pre- and probiotics in relation to eczema and allergies is eye opening. And the point that we in the US "clean" the dirtiest part of our bodies with dry paper is really funny but so disgusting. 2w
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The Empire of Gold | S. A. Chakraborty
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I needed to do something after work... I've read this one already but love the series so much, finally got the third book in my favorite format. All set for a reread now.

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Braiding Sweetgrass | Robin Wall Kimmerer
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I started reading Braiding Sweetgrass and this passage got me thinking about how we treat gifting. The passage is about so much more than just gifts, but in light of the supply chain problems as we enter the holiday season, it stood out for me today as a reminder of what a gift really is about: "a feeling-bond between two people."

Crazeedi Parts of this book were beautiful, parts I wasnt as crazy about, but this passage is very true 1mo
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There's a lot of societal and medical BS surrounding menopause, and I didn't even know half of it until I read this book. By no means a light read but it's accessible and written with honesty and a bit of wry humor. I highly recommend it regardless of where you fall in proximity to menopause.

Also, it's left me eager to learn more about the grandmother hypothesis.

mandarchy I found the grandmother hypothesis fascinating. It makes a LOT of sense. 1mo
CampbellTaraL @mandarchy It does! I'm going to spend some time looking into it over the next few months. 1mo
mandarchy @CampbellTaraL are you saying what I think you are saying? 👶? 1mo
CampbellTaraL @mandarchy Hahaha, oh no, not yet. But I am looking forward to being a grandy one day. 🤗💛 1mo
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Third Place Books | Lake Forest Park, WA (Bookstore)
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My first bookstore trip in the new location. Not only is it a neat indie new/used place with space for gathering (bookish get togethers, what?) it also has a chocolate shop next door. Now to save my pennies for every rainy day because there are a lot of rainy days here. 🤓

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A complex range of intersecting conflicts (generational, regional, racial, familial, etc.) but the author pulls it all together with expert ease. I liked the complicated characters that were both likable and loathsome, it really forced you to look at the situation to empathize with their perspective.

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On sexist medical terms used with menopause:

"In describing menopause it's not uncommon for textbooks and articles to use the word "exhausted" when there are no more follicles capable of ovulating, but the ovaries aren't exhausted, tired, or used up."

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I just started this book today and woo-boy, I'm stoked already. I listened to Dr. Gunter on a podcast (WHYY's The Pulse) episode and she's the kindest, gentlest sounding being ever. Here I am now in giddy awe of her fierce straightforwardness on the BS treatment of (or lack thereof) ovary-having persons going through menopause. And I only just finished chapter 1 this morning.

*settles in* This is gonna be good.

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A must read for the base premise which is society is so saturated with alcohol culture that non-drinkers are cast as extremists or fundamentally broken. The author is incredibly candid about her experiences, and I agreed with so much of what she writes. Even if you have no interest in an alcohol-free existence, this book forces you to reckon with uncomfortable truths about alcohol.

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The Hobbit | J.R.R. Tolkien
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I don't know what number on the re-read I've reached with The Hobbit but I'm not sorry for adding another year to the count.

🍁🍂📚🎉 Let's get going with fall now!

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A short read (the book is over half recipes and references) but fun nonetheless. Since this is a self-published work, it's meant for those who are pumpkin fanatics and not too worried about editing, style, or perfection. Go in like you're reading an account (and a recipe book) handed down by grans, generation after generation.

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Pumpkin season, ah yes! I first heard about Anne Copeland and her obsession with pumpkins on the Ologies podcast a couple years ago. I finally got Copeland's book last year but didn't read it during the garbage that was 2020. This year, however, I'm feeding my own pumpkin obsession and finally reading the book. Also, I'm making pumpkin chilli today /hi5 self.

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The Hobbit | J.R.R. Tolkien
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Happy September! It's re-read time 🤓🍁📚🍂

In two weeks, I'm moving back to WA where I'll finally get to call the Puget Sound area home. Rather than risk further damaging my delicate little copy of The Hobbit, I'm reading the book on my Kindle. I'm super thankful for technology, changing of the season, and any excuse to bust out hot beverages and baked goods, as one does with Septembers and Dwarves and Hobbitses.

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Mehso-so

I struggled to get into this one, immediately put off by the YA aspect but I kept going, and while not completely rewarded for the effort, it was a good story overall. Some sections I was annoyed and skimmed while in others I was hooked. A lot tried to resolve all at once at the very end.

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I'm bummed I had to bail on this one because a) PNW outdoors fan who loves learning about trees, and b) Douglas Fir trees are remarkable--wide spread but also not a fir tree.

The book reads like a slog through a boring history text. The authors are deeply committed scientists with decades of experience in their field. They really ought to have sought an expert storyteller for their life's work on Douglas Fir trees though.

mandarchy They should have hired Robin Wall Kimmerer. Have you read her books. I have only read Moss and I was shocked how fascinated I was about moss - I haven't read Braiding Sweetgrass yet, but I keep hearing about it and I am not surprised it's a Kimmerer book. Also, I am in and from the PNW. I am only a few miles from a stand of Douglas firs full of Douglas squirrels. 3mo
CampbellTaraL Hello fellow PNWer! I haven't read Wall Kimmerer yet. I'd bought Braiding Sweetgrass as a gift for my kid and meant to borrow it but I'm thinking I need to get my own copy instead. I'll check out Moss while I'm at it, too. 3mo
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A Thousand Ships | Natalie Haynes
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Not a bad telling of the fall of Troy from the women's perspective. The horrors inflicted are hard to get through, so go in prepared. The bravery and absolute dedication to vengeance is impressive. My least favorite was Penelope pining over Odysseus, I skipped a chapter or two when she came up.

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Between a So-So & Pick. Pollan writing about his experiences cultivating and using licit and illicit plants: poppy seed tea (opiates), caffeine, and mescaline. I appreciate the care taken to respect the religious aspect of indigenous use, and its eye-opening just how convoluted the laws are regarding plant cultivation in order to work it into the now failed war on drugs. Good audiobook read by the author.

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They Fought Like Demons: Women Soldiers in the Civil War | DeAnne Blanton, Lauren M Cook, de Anne Blanton
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Picked up a couple books from the library today. I've been looking forward to this one for awhile.

Reggie How interesting! 4mo
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I think my last running book read for awhile, this one was strongest with it's experiential and mental aspects. The author writes as though you arrived on location for a week of training. Unusual but neat. There are clearly defined guidelines on how to get started wherever you're at with running. A pretty good balance to other more textbook options.

4/5 ⭐

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As recommended, read through before attempting the work defined in this book. Since the 70s running injuries have increased to rates that other sports would deem unacceptable. The failure is assuming we know how to run, that everyone's individual method is A-OK. It's not. As with all activities, there is correct technique that must be followed to ensure safety and efficiency. This guide teaches you how to run correctly.

CampbellTaraL Check out runrx on Instagram (she's a coach and a former student of Dr. Romanov) -- her visuals are so, so helpful with understanding proper running technique. 4mo
Readergrrl Thanks for suggesting this. I use to be an avid runner and then, well, life happened… I‘m getting back in shape but, since I‘m 52, I want to be extra careful with how I start. I always ran in minimalist shoes and cured my severe plantar fasciitis through foot strength training and relearning how to run without all the heavy cushioning and heel striking. It sounds like this book will be right up my alley! 4mo
CampbellTaraL @Readergrrl oh yes, definitely! I am new to running, started about two years ago off and on after watching runrx, and I'm taking the plunge on minimalist shoes, waiting for my first pair's arrival. Hope you're able to get back up and running, literally, safe and soon. 4mo
Readergrrl @taraWritesSci Any zero drop shoe will be great. Personally, Newtons have been my absolute favorite. I do need a little cushioning, but the zero drop is key. Altra is another good brand and Merrill is what I started with. Run on!!! 4mo
CampbellTaraL @Readergrrl Sweet, thanks for the recs! Looking up Newtons now. 4mo
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The Hidden Palace | Helene Wecker
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I waited a long time for the sequel to The Golem and the Jinni and was not disappointed. A lot of story and character complexity is packed into the book, almost too much so that some resolutions seem a little too convenient, but they work--it helps that the story is ancient mythology come to life in the early modern era.

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4/5 - Informative, reasonable view on trying to find the balance between our digital and analog world, and a whole lot of evidence showing we lose deep reading, and thus contemplation and empathy for others, when we rely on devices for content. Even on the dumbed down Kindle Paperwhite, our brain processes the written word only at a surface level.

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CampbellTaraL (cont.) I wish the subtitle had alluded to the fact that this is all about babies' and children's development as readers. You won't find anything about how to "come home" to reading as the title implies. It's all about strategies or interventions for the developing minds of children. New or upcoming parents really need to read this book. 5mo
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Oh wow, this one caught me off guard. Blurb and beginning hooked me. Then the story switched gears in it's character focus and I wasn't sure I liked where it was going. Just as it felt like a saggy middle book, the style clicked and every prior segue suddenly served a purpose. The ending delivered. This book requires your full attention, it's definitely not a fluff book, but it's so worth the effort.

DrexEdit Intriguing! Stacked! 😊 5mo
CampbellTaraL @DrexEdit Yay! 🎉 5mo
Crazeedi I started this one a few months ago, from net galley, never finished 5mo
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Bailedbailed

I threw in the towel at the Obliger chapter. I get that the book is aiming for tendencies and not meant to be taken as a hard-line prescriptive for understanding people, but the writing and tone felt otherwise. This person studied law then turned to writing and is not a psychologist. The example phrases for all types other than Upholder (the author's) were petulant, childish at best.

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A timely book for the painful ride that is 2020/2021. One of the most helpful parts is understanding how loneliness is such an easy spiral into further isolation. You have to have a thick skin to reach someone who is lonely, and you have to be persistent to push through the dark veil of your own loneliness. There's a lot more to the book, overwhelming when you think of how many are affected, but it's important information and well worth the read.

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An amazing story that does a lot of work while maintaining its enjoyable, heartfelt edge through to the end. There's history, sciences of many types, experts, laypeople, and a bunch more perspectives you wouldn't expect all woven together to demonstrate that humans were born to run. I loved the humor, was moved to tears, and frequently experienced goosebumps in response to the many revelations. Highly recommend either print or audio versions.

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It's hard to word right now, that's how much I loved this story. Beautiful, beautiful writing. Brilliant weaving of themes, people, emotions, politics, and the devastation that is colonialism. I'm a David Mitchell (Cloud Atlas) fan and within a few paragraphs, I felt like I'd stumbled into his successor. I really can't praise this book enough.

SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime such a great book! 6mo
bookseller_cate I‘m also a David Mitchell fan. Thanks for the rec. 😊📚💚 (edited) 6mo
BookwormM You had me at David Mitchell 6mo
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CampbellTaraL @bookseller_cate @BookwormM David Mitchell fan club! I'm sure there's one but it's fun to find like minded organically like this. 💛 6mo
CampbellTaraL @SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime I had checked it out from the library on a whim, hasn't heard about it before the other day. Now I'm waiting for my copy to arrive, first up on the re read list 🤓 6mo
BookwormM @SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime @taraWritesSci my library have it too waiting on it arriving 6mo
SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime @taraWritesSci yess i definitely need to reread it one day 6mo
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Some of my favorites things. 🤓 Even though I've already read them, it's nice to finally have my own copy of each. 📚🤖🍄

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You ever want to just slap everyone around you with a book? Try this one! In all seriousness, a good read with great insight on how to feel comfortable with not knowing, being wrong, and finding joy in the freedom that comes with all of the above. I'm good with all three already, but the big help for me is how to engage with others who are definitely not at the same place with their thinking.

Tip: slapping with facts only results in failure.

Crazeedi I love the subtitle 6mo
Christine Sounds great! 6mo
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If you want to get right down to the bones of the three-fund portfolio strategy, this book delivers. However, because the process is so uncomplicated, what you're getting here is a consolidated quick guide of info found online. This isn't the best place to start learning about investing but the book is great for cutting through the noise to remind you of the strategy that works.

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I really like Phillipa Georgiou, both iterations, and this book fleshes out Emperor Georgiou in her current predicament of being stranded in the Discovery verse. Witty, not in the least bit squeamish in her cruelty, but there's a redemptive quality that the "good" verse draws out no matter how hard she fights against the act.

I did not mind the plot but it was a little meh. The full focus on Georgiou smoothes most of that out, for me anyway.

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A great resource on asexuality. The book isn't intended to be comprehensive, it's an intro, but it's packed for an overview. I appreciate the many scenarios, what ifs, FAQs, debunking, and straightforward language that makes this topic accessible. I love the logic tests for some of the dumber and crueller assumptions by non-asexuals.

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Not book related per se, but I'm really, really excited to finally leave the finance industry.

Pretty sure there's a bookstore trip happening tomorrow to celebrate. 🤓

DrexEdit 🎉 🎉woot! 😊 7mo
Suet624 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻😁 7mo
DogMomIrene Wahoo! Here‘s to new adventures🍷 7mo
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Jas16 🙌🏽 7mo
Ruthiella Congratulations! 😃 7mo
DGRachel Congratulations 🎉 7mo
Avanders Congrats!! 🍾🎈🎊 7mo
JessClark78 Congratulations! 7mo
Crazeedi Congrats!!🎊🎉 7mo
Reggie Congratulations! 7mo
Nute Congratulations! So very happy for you on the start of your new adventure!🎉 6mo
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Embassytown | China Miville
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My second attempt after waiting a couple years but I just could not do it, though I did get past the info dump of the first 17% of the book. I think if I were younger with more free time I'd wade through to find out where the story goes. As it stands now, I really don't care about the protagonist, the gossip, or the socio-political drivers in the story.

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Too Much Lip | Melissa Lucashenko
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I couldn't put this one down and had to pace myself. The story weaves contemporary race, poverty, and colonial issues with mysticism and cultural traditions that hold families together in Australia. One minute a tough callousness, the next a deep-rooted awareness in all living things. This is not a tidy story with a clear bad guy; a whole lot of messy nuance involved.

Cathythoughts Great review! I loved this one 8mo
CampbellTaraL @Cathythoughts Thanks! I'm going to order it and add to the re-read list 😁 8mo
BarbaraBB Great edition. I loved this book too! 8mo
CarolynM I adore this book. I'm delighted that you liked it too. That's a great cover for it. 8mo
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Written for everyday readers, this is a good starting point for understanding keto/LCHF. Bodies are varied in the same way minds are; it is ignorant to assume one way of eating works equally across the board. If you have never been overweight or obese, you don't know hunger the way those of us who fatten easily do. Overweight/Obesity is not about self-control or willpower.

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CampbellTaraL Note #1: I'm biased. I dropped 60lb in 2019 like it was nothing. 2020 was 2020, and while I didn't lose anything, I also didn't gain. Maintenance for a year demonstrated for me that this is sustainable. I'm now on track for my last 15lb this year and have no concerns. My doctor couldn't be more impressed with my blood work.

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CampbellTaraL Note #2: I strongly recommend reading The Case Against Sugar (Gary Taubes), and The Big Fat Surprise (Nina Teicholz). These are deep journalistic investigations with heavy science citation, tombs of info that can be hard to wade through, but well worth the effort. 8mo
Reggie Wow great job and review! 8mo
CampbellTaraL @Reggie Thanks! 💛 8mo
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Afterlife | Julia Alvarez
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A moving literary story that hits home in so many ways while giving insight to the complicated state of being foreign, but not, and privileged, but not. I immediately empathized with the main character and her loss as well as the flaws that she struggled with while impossible situations kept popping up and forcing her out of the protective shell she'd constructed. I love the dual use of language and how it flows whether you know the words or not.

Reggie Great review. I liked this a lot. 8mo
CampbellTaraL @Reggie 💛 your review was how I learned of the author, and I'm grateful! Happy Sunday 8mo
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Pachinko | Min Jin Lee
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Don't get attached to anyone, the story is based on real world events and beliefs of the 1930s-80s Japan and Korea where life was beyond brutal. The effects carried over with each generation, and just when you think someone is catching a break, systemic racism knocks them, and their entire family, down the whole peg board. A phenomenal piece of work.

Smarkies I started reading this shortly after you wrote your review - and until now I still chuckle at the beginning of your review. 😅 8mo
CampbellTaraL @Smarkies Ha! I mean the realities of the period was so well written and tactfully handled, but my western brain struggled mightily at how disposable lives seemed. 8mo
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A good read with helpful information. The hardest part for me is realizing that a child raised in a family with fixed mindset people, and then sent off to a school system full of the same, crushes the growth potential for the rest of their lives. Talk about heavy. I like that the emphasis is on challenges to grow, not praise for "innate" abilities.

Tools and strategies are included to help nourish growth mindset in ourselves and others.

DogMomIrene When I was teaching, this was one of the professional development books we were required to read. The small group discussions with other middle school teachers were so helpful. 9mo
CampbellTaraL @DogMomIrene It's heartening to hear this, though as an educator and having this knowledge, the pressure must be intense. Or the frustration when you're up against parents with a fixation on ability. 9mo
DogMomIrene @taraWritesSci Sadly, yes and yes. This particular MS was in an affluent district that had the state‘s highest test scores. Even with site leadership that wanted to stress growth mindset, there were powerful people on the district level who watched numbers carefully. I‘m glad I‘m out of education. 9mo
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Maybe reading this during a pandemic wasn't the best choice--I'm beyond pissed. Don't get me wrong, I love Quammen (one of my favorite science writers) and this is a great example of his careful research written in accessible style. But the information in this one book alone is enough to have every government in the world moving infectious disease management to the top of the priority list. Instead, the US gov slashed funding, ignored the science.

batsy Yes, it drove me crazy when I was done. I went around last year ranting about it to anyone who would listen... And one year later very few governments seemed to have even learned anything from the past year! 9mo
CampbellTaraL @batsy Appalling, and I'm right there with you. It's inexcusable. Can't even imagine the level of frustrating Quammen must be going through. Good grief. 9mo
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Ice Storm | Rick Moody
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NBR: We can't have peaceful snowflakes coating everything, it all must be encased in ice!

It's pretty, but so destructive. Two large trees in our complex fell over from the weight of the ice, took up the entire root system too. Fortunately the power lines were spared but there's over 200K people in this area who are not so lucky. ❄️

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Foreign Soil | Maxine Beneba Clarke
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An unsanitized account of real humans from different places in the world. Not survivor tales, washed down to a palatable level for privileged audiences. The stories don't resolve neatly, many leave you desperate to go do something so no one else ever suffers that way again. And that's the point. The author knows humans and it shows in every line written of this book.

Gaps in the Hickory was my favorite story in this collection.

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Powell's City of Books (Portland) | Portland, OR (Bookstore)
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Indie bookstore order for my birthday last month arrived today. I've already read Braving the Wilderness but liked it so much I wanted my own copy. Looking forward to some poetry work and more ace info.

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Every section of this book, every chapter, makes me angrier for the devastation going on right now with Covid-19.

We knew this was coming, experts were screaming from rooftops, but policy decided to gamble with the world's lives instead. I have three sections left of this incredible book. I might lose my mind to absolute rage by the end.

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A good argument for the idea that empathy is not a recent development in humans often associated with intellectual capacity. Using animals as the basis of the research presented, De Waal demonstrates how empathy is ingrained in all animals, not just humans.

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CampbellTaraL I have trouble with the points he tried to make using dated ideas about autistic children, and gendered behaviors. Both areas have shown significant flipping of the script once studies we're controlled for social norms that treat babies differently even before they're born. But other than that, the overall argument warrants serious consideration. 10mo
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Panpan

I couldn't get into the story because it switched point in time and characters within two minutes of the chapter starting. Also not in the mood to read about a man's midlife crisis using "the fate of the Galaxy" as an excuse to bail on his kid because he feels inadequate as a parent. Probably redeemed in the end, but I couldn't handle the whiplash required to get there. Bummed because I really wanted to read more about L3.

#StarWarsBuddyRead

TieDyeDude Good to know. I've been trying to keep up with the new canon novels, but I've been putting off this one. 10mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @TieDyeDude I really liked this one 🤷‍♀️ 10mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I‘m sorry it wasn‘t for you @taraWritesSci 10mo
CampbellTaraL @Riveted_Reader_Melissa It's no biggie! Plenty more waiting to be read. 🤓 10mo
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Section: Dinner at the Rat Farm

Here the book is about the SARS-CoV outbreaks (a coronavirus), the hunt for the reservoir species (source of the virus), the amplifier species (what enabled the virus to jump from the source into humans), and the multi-country collaboration to find answers.

The unbearable part? We had all this knowledge already and our leadership chose to cut funding anyway.

batsy This book was so eye-opening and just left me angry. The media constantly sells a story of how much is not known, but there is also a lot that is in fact known among experts in the field. 10mo
CampbellTaraL @batsy Completely agree. I had avoided reading it for a year or so, before Covid-19, because I was trying to prepare for a Hot Zone like narrative and wasn't sure I was up for it. This book is nothing like that, thankfully, but the shock and anger of our garbage policies is so much more potent. 10mo
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Not book related, but I wanted to show you what my daughter gave me for my birthday today. My heart burst. Mom bear, polar bear, and my two loves. 💛

MsMelissa That‘s lovely 😊 10mo
Reggie How nice and thoughtful! 10mo
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Reggie Also, Happy Birthday! 10mo
batsy That is so lovely! 😍 Happy birthday! 🎂 10mo
MySharonaK Beautiful! Happy birthday ❤️🌷🥳 10mo
AmyG Beautiful. Such wonderful symbolism...wisdom and strength. Happy Birthday 🎂 10mo
BookishMarginalia Lovely! Enjoy! 10mo
CampbellTaraL Thanks everyone 🤗💛 10mo
mabell Happy Birthday! 10mo
Jas16 Happy Birthday! 10mo
JessClark78 Happy Birthday! 🎊🎂🎉 10mo
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