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Cosmos_Moon

Joined May 2016

mother, scientist, writer, bibliophile
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The Marriage of Sticks | Jonathan Carroll
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Another haunting tale by my favorite author. Second book in the “Cranes View” series. Follows Miranda, a rare book dealer and epiphanies of her lives and the bizarre world she realizes she‘s altered from her selfishness. Encounter some of the characters from Kissing the Beehive, and takes us back to the strange sleepy town, Cranes View, New York.

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The Story of Harold | Terry Andrews
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Has anyone here read this book? It is mentioned in The Marriage of Sticks by Jonathan Carroll and now I want to read it! The book is sooo expensive though and doesn‘t look like it is available at my local library. My former grad school library looks like they have it in their rare books collection, but now I kinda want it! Has anyone here spent $100+ on a novel before (not even signed or 1st edition), or am I being silly? I love this cover art.

Ruthiella I‘ve never spent that much on one book, but it isn‘t that much when you consider a new hardback is $25. 3w
Cosmos_Moon @Ruthiella Yes, I‘m still really considering it, but feel like I need a spend freeze for a bit. I‘ve spent $300+ on textbooks in college, and that was almost 20 years ago 🥸 2w
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King Zeno: A Novel | Nathaniel Rich
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Audio listen after I read the book a few years ago. Related to my work but fiction. First 100 pages are boring & a struggle to get through. Easier to listen but even boring on audio. It picks up & worth sticking with. Historical fiction with an ax murder mystery that ties in construction of the NOLA industrial canal & the birth of jass (or jazz). Didn‘t care for the reader‘s character voices & a few mispronunciations of local words. Still good!

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An audio I finished a little while ago. Picked up for some history regarding my work. Very intriguing and entertaining for a history/non-fiction. Would have liked the full version, but only abridged was available from the library app. Maybe will have to pick up a hard copy.

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Kissing the Beehive | Jonathan Carroll
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Less fantasy than most, more murder mystery. Still a twisted psychological story. I can‘t go wrong with Jonathan Carroll.

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I enjoyed how this book made me uncomfortable & made the point to say white people need to be uncomfortable. We don‘t deserve to be comfortable when so many injustices have been done by people who look like me. I hope to be an ally, speak up & strive for anti racist actions when needed. I hope others confront me if I express racist words or actions so I can correct my behavior. It is not about my intent, but about the impact it has on others.

violabrain You should read Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad next and do all of the writing prompts. Fantastic book that will make you think and really engage with your internalized, unconscious racism even more than this one. 3mo
Cosmos_Moon @violabrain thank you. I think that one is on my TBR. I‘ll check it out soon. 3mo
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Hello, Molly!: A Memoir | Sean Wilsey, Molly Shannon
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I loved this audio. I cried so many times. Just a warning… it is quite a tearjerker. She tells a fantastic story of her struggles in childhood and making her way to SNL and beyond.

britt_brooke I had no idea of her family trauma. Heartbreaking! 3mo
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Tar Baby | Toni Morrison
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I loved some of the beautiful flowing and descriptive prose throughout the book. I enjoyed the character development and some of the outrageous scenes. Entertaining and haunting interactions, and quite compelling supporting characters. My biggest letdown was being very unsatisfied by the conclusion. I wish there was just a little more resolution. Not one of my favorite Morrisons.

Ruthiella This was my first Morrison and I loved it, but never reread it. I‘d like to pick it up. 3mo
Cosmos_Moon @Ruthiella i think Home was my first Morrison. I really loved that. I think my most favorite is Beloved. 3mo
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Going There | Katie Couric
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Very good audio read by the author. I always enjoyed her reporting & mid ‘00s “auto tune the news” youtubes. I had no idea about so many of her struggles. She generally seems humble in knowing how fortunate she‘s been given her financial resources. Although at times, I couldn‘t believe her casualness talking about multiple millions she‘s made/year in some contacts. Katie is charming, sassy, serious & funny. Overall enjoyed through laughs & cries.

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Station Eleven: A novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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This book gave me nightmares, combined with some snippets of my current audio (Katie Couric‘s Going There). Imaginative, emotional and doesn‘t seem that far fetched. Wonderful characters and character development. I felt vested in them. Book wrapped up well, too. I heard there‘s a series (Netflix?)… has anyone seen it? Want to watch it with some friends after passing around the book.

CuriousG I loved the adaptation! That being said, there are some significant deviations from source material so you need to be open to that if you're going to watch it. It stays true to the overall concept though. 4mo
Cosmos_Moon @CuriousG thanks! I‘m glad to hear it was good. It is a given that there will be deviations from the novel. I was trying to figure out some scenes in my head as I was reading. I could see how some embellishments would be good. 4mo
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The Master and Margarita | Mikhail Bulgakov
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This book took me FOREVER to finish. I‘m not sure what one thing it was—I felt like it had small text, long unusual names, lots of characters, I kept falling asleep & it felt disconnected. You might ask, why a pick then? It was a unique story that came together well in the end & one that will stick with me a while. A story of love, evil & the good in evil. Chaos & finding peace. Loved this line that the moon rules. Rings true in my house.

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The Glass Castle: A Memoir | Jeannette Walls
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My friend Bridget @BCfinn just joined Litsy… welcoming her and her new journey reading! I gave her the tagged book last week. She‘s told me she hated reading before, but seems to be liking it and finished a few books already this year! And here‘s a picture of a-hole caterpillars we have in the south US, just cause.

Ruthiella Welcome to Litsy @BCfinn ! 😃 4mo
Bklover Welcome @BCfinn You will love it here! (edited) 4mo
eeclayton Welcome to Litsy @BCfinn 🎉 4mo
Vansa Welcome to Litsy @BCfinn ! It's a really fun social media! 4mo
JessClark78 Welcome to Litsy! @BCfinn 📚🙂 4mo
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For a comedian, I cried more than I laughed with this one. Good book, interesting story and tribute her family.

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Finished this and watched his new movie a couple weeks ago. I loved getting to know Grohl through his creative, funny and thoughtful writing. The movie I didn‘t like as much. Getting to know his band mates and past struggles through this book makes my heart break more hearing about the untimely death of his good friend and drummer Taylor Hawkins.

peaknit This was so good, so 💔 about Taylor. 4mo
Cosmos_Moon @peaknit I know! I couldn‘t believe it. Did you see Studio 666? My husband thinks they cursed the band by making that movie. I hope not 😔 (edited) 4mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I have this on audio and hope to get to it this spring. I was so shocked about Taylor's death. I saw a trailer for the film and I must watch it. 4mo
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Men Without Country | James Norman Hall, Charles Nordhoff
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Good little WWII era book. Now to see the movie, Passage to Marseilles. Found this old crusty copy on my bookshelf at home. Was going to send it to my dad and it was a quick read, so I had to do it. I usually never give anyone a book I haven‘t read. Now I can‘t help but wonder if this was an original copy owned by someone involved in the movie, with actors‘ names listed in the back. Didn‘t realize it was a film until I saw that and looked it up.

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This was okay and worth the listen as my commute audiobook. Some good insights of life, although I thought it was a little hilarious at one point in the book when he said something like, “now that I‘m in my 30s” stated with a sense that now he‘s so mature and has the answers 😅 I guess a little mansplaining.

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This is fantastic… I just heard “fuck” about 348 times on the way to work. I‘ll have to check out his other one “Everything is F*cked”. “We‘re never going to cure cancer, go to the moon or feel Jennifer Aniston‘s tits, and that‘s okay. Life goes on.”

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Pretty good. Audio on recommendation from a couple friends. Want to watch the movie now. I had some inkling of H‘s IRL identity.

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The Master and Margarita | Mikhail Bulgakov
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On layover coming home after my grandma‘s funeral and contemplating Jesus.

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Goliath | Tochi Onyebuchi
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Dystopian post-apocalyptic future story, with a new Wild West, and urban migration. I enjoyed the first half of this but a little disappointed with the end. The book is filled with many characters and is primarily third person, multiple points of view, and a few sections of first person narrative. In the second half I had a little trouble making connections, but it came back together a little. I‘d give this a 7/10. Overall a pick, worth reading.

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Coming Ashore: A Memoir | Catherine Gildiner
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The third of three memoirs by psychologist Catherine Gildiner. She was a trailblazer of a woman in the early 70s. Really enjoyed this!

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Goliath | Tochi Onyebuchi
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I love this description of a fly. Don‘t worry… this guy probably deserves it.

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Looks like a good list from the Atlantic. I'll have to check some more of these out! Have read two, so a few more to read! https://www.theatlantic.com/books/archive/2022/01/critically-acclaimed-books-atw...

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Intense stories of five people who had encountered unimaginable childhood trauma. Psychologist Catherine Gildiner helped them identify their monsters and overcome barriers that had arrested their lives. My jaw dropped so many times.

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Black Cocktail | Jonathan Carroll
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Sometimes we come together with all of our soulmates and it is magical… here‘s some of the backstory of Ingram York in a little novella. I was introduced to him as Maris‘s brother in Sleeping in Flame. Need to work on my J. Carroll character web!

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Goliath | Tochi Onyebuchi
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Excited for my first #ARC from my BFF! About 1/4 through and so far it is interesting. Lots of characters; a futuristic, dystopian sci-if that jumps geographies a bit, and creatively deals with current social issues of structural racism and gentrification.

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Sleeping in Flame | Jonathan Carroll
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Finished this last week. Love the art on the various editions of this book (pulled from google). I barely remembered this story, from having read it long ago. Although it was a reread, I really could not remember the end. Loved it! Always such crazy stories.

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Sleeping in Flame | Jonathan Carroll
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Rereading my first I ever read by Jonathan Carroll many years ago, as it is part of the “Answered Prayers” series and I‘ve just read all the others. I am thinking of making a web diagram of characters and places that interact between his books. Love the cover art on this edition.

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Crow's Dinner | Jonathan Carroll
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Sooooo excited about this book haul 📚 I spent more than I‘ve ever spent for a book on The Crow‘s Dinner from eBay, but less than listed on Amazon, and it is signed 🤩 working on my JC collection with some hard to get titles. I can‘t wait to get through these two. As short stories and somewhat autobiographic prose, look so different than others I‘ve read 💥 merry Christmas to me, and you all too!

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This was okay… good tips and anecdotes. Trying to keep myself motivated in my career and moving ahead. Time to focus.

fredthemoose Oooh… I go through phases of the same thing and reading similar books. I remember liking the tagged book but it‘s been a few years. Are there others you recommend? 8mo
Cosmos_Moon @fredthemoose I read Cheryl Sandburg‘s Lean In this year, I give it an “okay”. I liked it better than I thought I would. I thought this one was better, focusing on women and confidence by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman… (edited) 8mo
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After Silence | Jonathan Carroll
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On my journey to read every JC book… I don‘t think it is possible for me to give anything but a “pick”. Although this one is not close to my favorites, it is still a chillingly amazing story. I was immersed in it - cheering for the antiheroes, hoping they‘d win out in the end, despite their horrible acts.

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Behind on some reviews! Finished this a few weeks ago. Beautiful collection of stories and history. I wish history I was taught and what is taught today was less one sided and took a faceted view of what brought the world to where it is today.

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After Silence | Jonathan Carroll
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This just cracked me up a bit…

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“It was an unbearably steamy August afternoon in New York City, the kind of sweaty day that makes people sullen with discomfort.”

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Bones of the Moon | Jonathan Carroll
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On a JC kick lately. after starting #AChildAcrossTheSky did some digging, cause the characters were overlapping. I learned this is part of a series, cryptically not shown on the books themselves. And I‘ve read these “Rondua/Answered Prayers” books well out of order. Not really necessary to read the in series order. Neat how the characters and plots have some overlap. I read #SleepingInFlame (book 2) so many years ago, I need to revisit. Love it!

Cosmos_Moon This is book 1 apparently. Fantastic and shocking til the end. 8mo
Cosmos_Moon Book 2 - I remember loving this, but probably read it like 15 years ago. (edited) 8mo
Cosmos_Moon Book 3 - just read this one last. 8mo
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Cosmos_Moon Book 4 - read recently 8mo
Cosmos_Moon This one is not listed as part of the series, but has some of the same characters (edited) 8mo
Cosmos_Moon And After Silence is apparently in here too… bringing in characters from Outside the Dog Museum, Voice of our Shadow, Bones of the Moon, and From the Teeth of Angels… this is before book 5, chronologically in the story and by the publication date. (edited) 8mo
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A little dry and took a bit to get into, but I actually really enjoyed this audio. Oddly funny at times. As it was alluded to in two of the recent books I‘ve read, I had to check it out. An unpopular opinion on Litsy, I‘m giving this a pick 🤘 I could see this as an interesting movie someday. A coming of age story with its struggles, overcoming and self-experimenting, it is an early first-person account of the experience opium addiction.

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Voice of Our Shadow | Jonathan Carroll
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I am never let down by the imagination in Carroll‘s books. 100% my favorite author. A shortie, but goodie… creepy, dark and cerebral. One of the only of his books I‘ve felt could be somewhat autobiographical, but nuts. At first, I felt like the end was a bit of a cop out, but after a day of contemplating it, I like the way it ended anyway. Open to interpretation in a few ways, to take as literal or metaphorical, gets your brain juices flowing.

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Amazing and insightful! And makes me want to eat cacti and poppies 😜 great gardening tips and discussion of what makes possession of certain plants illegal. Really enjoyed this listen!

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Read this hybrid paperback/audiobook in the car. A dense wealth of knowledge to enlighten myself in a life filled with addicts. Building empathy, compassion, understanding and kindness toward family and others.

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A Child Across the Sky | Jonathan Carroll
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Perhaps the most chilling J. Carroll book I‘ve read, and if you know JC, that is intense. I had no idea this was part of a series. Almost all characters I‘ve known from other books. My mind was blown. When I was on the 2nd to last chapter a most horrible dreadful feeling washed over my whole self. I felt like it was a final feeling of how I would feel the last few minutes before I die. Like I just knew it was the end. It was very creepy.

Cosmos_Moon I‘m glad it was just the book ending. 10mo
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The Giver | Lois Lowry
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One of my all time faves, I first read in 6th grade (I think it may have come out that year), my husband‘s too. I‘ve been trying to get my 5th grade son to read it & I thought he was procrastinating. I put it on during our drive back to New Orleans, after evacuating from hurricane Ida & made the whole fam listen to it 💚 good production. I liked the voices used by the reader. Made my boys give a synopsis when it finished. Still 🖤 this book.

emz711 One of my all time favorites, it's what hooked me on reading. The other 3 in the series are good too. Didn't ruin this one for me. 10mo
JacqMac I read it a few years ago, when my fifth grader came home and said, “Mom, you have to read this book!” 10mo
Cosmos_Moon @emz611 yes! I think the others are great, too. I like how they‘re their own stories but have a connecting thread. I got the box set last year, just cause I love them so much and want my kids to read them. It came with foldout map of all the different lands. 10mo
Cosmos_Moon @JacqMac YES! My oldest is in 5th this year… I think he did actually read it already, but didn‘t seem as interested. My 3rd grader was resisting listening to the audiobook in the car 😒 10mo
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From the Teeth of Angels | Jonathan Carroll
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I procrastinated reading this for a while because it had lower ratings than some other J. Carroll books and I was worried I‘d be let down by my favorite author. My BFF had just gotten it, too, so we decided to read at the same time. Turned out to be great, and sad I was getting down on it. As always, mind bending ideas, crazy worlds of life and death. Love it.

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Pretty good understanding of what is different for women and what it means to be a woman in the workplace, how to use confidence to advance and what confidence means. Good research. I‘ll have to look into some of their other books. They talked a lot about why women biologically portray confidence differently. Something I didn‘t like as much—the amount of discussion of the lack of confidence vs what I can do about it. Maybe I just need more info.

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Interesting and brave perspective from a youth climate activist. Spotted this at 5 Below and picked it up for a different angle in my own profession as an environmental manager. I am writing some programs and policies for my agency now, and sparked a few nuggets of ideas. While it is not the most eloquent or organized writing, it is an easy read that is courageous and sets forth climate actions for all ages.

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Amazing and brave story. I look forward to Malala‘s future successes for women‘s rights and access to education. I enjoyed hearing her perspective. I had to go back when the book finished and listen to the prologue again, as read by the author.

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An interesting vintage find from my favorite used bookshop‘s 25¢ must-go shelf. It is a somewhat self-loathing half fiction, half autobiography intertwined. Gives me Bell Jar vibes in a 100-ish page novella, with parallels, self reflection and coming together, to what seems like letting pieces of herself go in the end. The cover and title are really what drew me in to this one. Overall 3/5 pick.

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Outside the Dog Museum | Jonathan Carroll
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Once again, Jonathan Carroll does not disappoint. Always gets my brain wheels turning with his modern fantasies. Love it.

Leftcoastzen Awwww!🐶 12mo
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I cried, I laughed, but mostly cried… such a great discussion of how racism has not only oppressed its targets, but all of the population. I hope that we can move our country and world to work together for common goals for the greater good so we can all have nicer things.

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Conjure Women: A Novel | Afia Atakora
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A story of the beautiful complicated lives of the struggles and magic of women through the end days of slavery, war and abolition. Loved the characters.

Catsandbooks That cover is gorgeous! 1y
mrsmarch I almost bought this paperback yesterday! Wasn‘t sure what Litsy thought of it. Now I know! 12mo
Cosmos_Moon @mrsmarch I recommend it for sure. It still gives me feelings thinking of the story now 💚 12mo
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A Promised Land | Barack Obama
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Very good history of Obama‘s campaign and first term. I love the way he talks about the love for his family and love for the people of America. All the work he‘s done has been an effort to make the lives of less fortunate better.