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Deborah42

Deborah42

Joined July 2016

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A good resource for young people who have no idea AT ALL about how finances work. If you already have a basic understanding of your financial life, other books would probably be a better fit.

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Certain Dark Things: A Novel | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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A riveting, action-packed vampire tale set in Mexico City. Atl is the last surviving member of an ancient vampire family. She‘s on the run, desperately seeking a way out of Mexico when she meets Domingo, a street kid who is fascinated by the vampires he reads about in comic books.

I‘ll definitely be reading more by this author.

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Jane Steele | Lyndsay Faye
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“Reader, I murdered him.”

Jane Eyre meets #MeToo meets Dexter. A rollicking good time with a heroine who is not going to put up with men‘s bad behavior.

Loved it!

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Evie‘s stepfather returns from fighting in WWII and at first it seems like things are back to normal. But when he suddenly whisks the family away for a vacation in Florida, Evie begins to realize that all is not what it seems.

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What a depressing book. The chokehold the super rich have on our political system is both horrifying and fucking maddening. I had no idea that all of their philanthropic organizations are little more than tax shelters where they can fund things that directly affect their bottom line. If you‘re not sure we need more oversight, read this book.

What I wanted most at the end of this book was to know what we can do. I mean, besides DRACARYS.

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Histoire de Babar le petit éléphant | Jean de Brunhoff, Laurent Brunhoff
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Enfin un livre que je peux lire en français. J'ai lu ceci en anglais il y a plusieurs années. Babar est aussi gentil que je me souviens.

Jari-chan I used to love those when I was a kid 😍 1mo
Eggs J‘adore Babar 💗💗 1mo
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Madison has been missing for three years. Naomi is an investigator who specializes in finding missing children, as she was once a lost girl herself. Her search for Madison leads her closer to her own awful truth. There is a side story about a missing infant that also got me right in the feels.

The writing is gorgeous and the abuse is mostly seen through a child‘s eyes (more emotional than graphic), but trigger warnings for harm to children.

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The Enchanted: A Novel | Rene Denfeld
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Grimly lyrical, steeped in magical realism.

An unnamed (until the end) narrator tells the story from his death row cell. He blurs the lines between fantasy and reality, victim and victimized.

All the trigger warnings and all the feels.

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A journey from the beginning of the digestive system all the way through to the end. Funny and informative.

Deborah42 @LiterRohde Stiff was fascinating. I liked it better than this one. Oddly, I find death less squicky than poop. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2mo
LiterRohde @Deborah42 Agreed. 🤣 2mo
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Vinegar Girl | Anne Tyler
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Cute retelling of The Taming of the Shrew.

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While I didn‘t love every piece in this eclectic collection, there was enough weird and creepy deliciousness to keep me reading. And Gaiman narrates the audiobook, which is always a delight.

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The Radium Girls | Kate Moore (Writer and editor)
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While I didn‘t love everything about how this book was written, I cannot get the (TRUE) story out of my head.

The radium girls worked in a factory where they painted luminescent numbers on watch faces. The glowing paint contained radium, which was thought to be harmless. Of course, even after the factory owners knew it was dangerous, they continued to deny it.

A good book to pick up if you want to get in touch with your molten core of rage.

Ekkross I think being in touch with my molten core of rage is my default setting 2mo
marleed I completely agree, the facts you learn are heart wrenching. I had to remind myself the book was nonfiction. I wonder if she could have made the telling better as an historical fiction. It‘s one of those books when I hold the editing team at fault for the final writing. 2mo
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Winter of the Witch | Katherine Arden
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Book three in the Winternight trilogy.

I don‘t know what to say without giving away spoilers from the first two books, except that it is lush and wonderful and a perfect ending to one of the best trilogies I‘ve EVER read.

BookwormM I agree brilliant trilogy 2mo
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Twelve Years a Slave | Solomon Northup
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Solomon Northup‘s memoir of being kidnapped and sold into slavery for twelve years, despite being a free man, is a chilling portrayal of a shameful time in American history.

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After her husband‘s death, an Indian woman plans a trip to America to find her estranged son. All the feels.

Suet624 I liked this one a lot 2mo
Deborah42 Me too. I especially loved the ending. 2mo
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Book two in the Winternight trilogy.

Vasya‘s adventures continue as she declines both marriage and life in a convent. Exiled from her village, she disguises herself as a boy and rides off to have adventures and save the world. Atmospheric and utterly wonderful.

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Good Omens | Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
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An angel and a devil have been living amongst humans and have actually come to enjoy life on Earth. With the Apocalypse fast approaching, they agree that they don‘t really want either side to win, so they‘ll just sit this one out.

This is the satirical retelling of The Omen that you never knew you needed.

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The Hazel Wood | Melissa Albert
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I liked this when I read it, but now that I‘m writing a review, I don‘t remember exactly why.

Alice and her mother have been running (from bad luck) for as long as she can remember. Something to do with a book of dark fairytales. When her mother is kidnapped, Alice joins forces with a fairytale fanboy to find a way into the magical Hinterlands to rescue her mother.

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An Unkindness of Ghosts | Rivers Solomon
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A dystopia featuring a spaceship that is supposedly on its way to a new planet. Darker-skinned people are housed on the lower levels and treated as less than human, while light-skinned people control the upper decks. TW for all kinds of trauma.

Aster is a healer who has learned to survive in the lower deck slums. She is queer, black, and neuro-diverse. A suspicious death leads her to clues her mother left that might lead to a way off the ship.

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A God in Ruins | Kate Atkinson
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A companion book to Life After Life.

In Life After Life, Ursula Todd dies and reboots to the day of her birth time after time as the author creates alternate realities and gives Ursula the chance to do things correctly. Ursula plays a minor role here, as this is Teddy‘s story.

Teddy is a fighter pilot during WWII, and even though he fights on the “right” side, he is still damaged by the savagery of war.

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Kya has been deserted by her family members, one by one, as they escape her abusive father. First, her mother goes, and then each of her siblings. She learns to survive in the marsh at a young age and builds a life for herself. She eventually forms a few friendships with people from the town, but when handsome and popular Chase Andrews is found dead in the marsh, the locals suspect Kya.

For lovers of poetry and descriptive writing.

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Raymie Nightingale | Kate DiCamillo
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After Raymie‘s dad runs off with a dental hygienist, she decides that winning a beauty contest will make him so proud that he‘ll come home. Along the way, she discovers the importance of her friendship with Beverly and Louisiana.

A lovely middle grade story about friendship.

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The Kingdom of Copper | S. A. Chakraborty
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Daevabad Trilogy, book two.

Hard to talk about the plot without giving away spoilers from book one, but the story is told from three perspectives—Nahri, Dara, and Ali. Each are flawed in complex and believable ways, and locked into conflicts that are not entirely of their own doing.

If you enjoy fantasy with lots of realistic history and political intrigue (à la Tolkien) this series is for you.

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Historical fiction set in a small English town in the summer of 1914, right before WWI. This is a quiet book where not a lot happens, but the atmosphere is wonderful. Beatrice, whose father has just died, comes to the town to teach Latin. The townsfolk are shocked at her independence, but she eventually becomes part of the town. When Belgian refugees come seeking help, the town will never be quite the same.

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Station Eleven | Emily St John Mandel
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Similar to Margaret Atwood, but slightly less depressing.

The novel starts with the on-stage death of a famous actor playing King Lear. As the story jumps back and forth in time, it follows the actor and four people whose lives intersected with his—the child actor who watched him die, the would-be paramedic who tried to save him, his first ex-wife, and his oldest friend as they navigate a world decimated by a virulent flu pandemic.

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Winternight trilogy, book one.

In this atmospheric fairytale based on Russian mythology, Vasilisa (Vasya) is a young girl who can see the old spirits. But when her father brings home a new wife, Vasya discovers that her new stepmother is a religious fanatic who fears the old spirits. Vasya defies her stepmother and continues to make offerings to strengthen them, but the arrival of a young priest may prove to be the undoing of them all.

5 🌟

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Prodigal Summer | Barbara Kingsolver
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I‘ve discovered a love of nature writing, esp. when it‘s poetic. Three stories intertwine here, but my favorite character was Deanna, a biologist living alone in the woods. Her job is to observe local wildlife and protect it from poachers. Lusa comes to live on her husband‘s family farm, only to discover that she is an unwelcome stranger. Cranky old Garrett can‘t let go of a feud w/ a neighbor.

All 3 come together in a lovely, satisfying way.

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I‘m not even a fan of monster movies, but I was riveted by Milicent Patrick‘s story. After creating the iconic costume for The Creature from the Black Lagoon, her department supervisor not only took full credit for her work, but also ruined her career and erased her story from official records. Now I want a list of monsters and movies created by women!

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“One of the hardest things about misogyny in the film industry isn‘t facing it directly, it‘s having to tamp down your anger about it so that when you speak about the problem, you‘ll be taken seriously. Women don‘t get to stomp around like Godzilla. Someone will just ask if you‘re on your period.”

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Fledgling: A Novel | Octavia E. Butler
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A gorgeously written vampire story that kept me up way past my bedtime.

A young girl wakes in a cave with no memory of who she is or how she got there, but with a powerful hunger that only blood can satisfy.

In her creative twist on vampire legends, Butler explores the need for connection, the use and misuse of power, and the toxicity of racism. And though there‘s nothing too graphic, it‘s sexier than I expected.

Highly recommended!

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American Street | Ibi Zoboi
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Born in America and raised in Haiti, Fabiola and her mother return to Detroit to care for her Aunt Jo. Fabiola is allowed in, but her mother is detained. Fabiola goes on to her aunt‘s house, where she reconnects with her three street-savvy cousins, even as culture-shock hits hard. Life in the little house on the corner of American Street is gritty and Fabiola faces tough choices. She also brings the magic of Haitian Vodou to her new home.

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Promise Not to Tell | Jennifer McMahon
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A murder mystery with supernatural elements.

Kate returns to the small town where she grew up to care for her mother, who is rapidly succumbing to Alzheimer‘s. The night she arrives, a young girl is murdered in the same way as Kate‘s childhood friend, Del, whose murder was never solved.

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Cold-Hearted Rake | Lisa Kleypas
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When Devon inherits a title and a crumbling estate, he intends to sell it off, kick out the former earl‘s widow and three sisters, and continue his dissolute life. Kathleen proves a match for him, and he sets out to win her.

❤️ the first third of the story, with the verbal sparring between Kathleen and Devon and the hate-to-want-you energy. I preferred the secondary characters, esp. Helen and Weston. I might continue, to see their HEAs.

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Sh*t My Dad Says | Justin Halpern
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Guy tweets out some of his dad‘s pearls of wisdom, gradually gains attention, and collects aforementioned zingers into a book (along with essays about their relationship). Funny and poignant.

Don‘t pick this up if profanity bothers you.

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Sh*t My Dad Says | Justin Halpern

On Friendship, Part II:

“I don‘t need more friends. You got friends and all they do is ask you to help them move. Fuck that. I‘m old. I‘m through moving shit.”

Eggs 😂 precisely 😂 6mo
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Shit My Dad Says | Justin Halpern

On Silence:

“I just want silence....Jesus, it doesn‘t mean I don‘t like you. It just means right now, I like silence more.”

Eggs ❤️❤️ 6mo
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A compelling argument for getting more sleep, taking breaks from our ever-present screens, and staying more present with the people you love. I enjoyed the mix of personal stories and and easy-to-implement suggestions for making changes.

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A father‘s memoir of his son‘s descent into meth addiction and the rollercoaster of treatment and relapse.

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Heart Berries: A Memoir | Terese Marie Mailhot
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Despite being a short book, this memoir isn‘t quick or easy to read, especially for white readers who lack background knowledge about life on a reservation or come into the book expecting a linear story structure.

Mailhot is brutally honest and vulnerable about her history of abuse and mental illness while also crafting her story with gorgeous, poetic prose.

A must read.

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A twisty psychological thriller with (possibly) supernatural elements.

The unnamed narrator is a masseuse/psychic in a shop where where men come for “happy endings” and women come for psychic readings. When a wealthy client shares concerns about her creepy stepson and a house that is possibly haunted, the narrator sees an opportunity. She offers to cleanse the house, even though she doesn‘t actually believe in spirits.

So. Many. Twists.

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A collection of essays about Graham‘s experiences as an actress, with some behind the scenes glimpses of her time on Gilmore Girls and Parenthood. She narrates the audiobook herself, which is a treat.

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City of Brass | S A Chakraborty
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Muslim-inspired high fantasy with a lot of worldbuilding and a focus on the complex political squabbles between the various djinn tribes.

Nahri is an orphan who has used her wits and her gift for healing to survive on her own in 18th century Cairo. She is a skilled con woman who gleefully steals from noblemen who cross her path. When she accidentally summons a powerful djinn, her life will never be the same.

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A charming collection of short stories about women, romance, travel, and embracing one‘s authentic self. I am a sucker for anything related to Paris!

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A dad runs out to buy milk for his children‘s breakfast and gets caught up with pirates and aliens in a very silly adventure. Honestly, not my favorite by Gaiman, but I did enjoy listening to him read it.

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Dad Is Fat | Jim Gaffigan
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A collection of essays based on Jim‘s stand-up comedy about his love of fast food, his family life, and living in a small New York apartment. Funny.

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Crazy Rich Asians | Kevin Kwan
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I was so excited to read this, but I found it disappointing. Maybe because I can‘t stand trashy reality TV and that‘s pretty much what this is. A bunch of entitled, petty rich people talking about their designer fashions. I can totally see why people would enjoy this, but it‘s most definitely not my cup of tea. I hope the movie is better.

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Red Glass | Laura Resau
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Sophie‘s family takes in a boy whose parents died crossing the border. Some time later, they locate his remaining family and take him to Guatemala so he can decide if he wants to return home or stay with his new family in the US.

Sophie, anxious about everything, embarks on a journey of her own and discovers she is stronger than she realized.

Lots of Spanish sprinkled throughout, along with mouthwatering descriptions of Central American food.

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Landline | Rainbow Rowell
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Georgie and Neal are fed up. She is a busy TV writer and Neal is a stay-at-home dad. Georgie has to work over Christmas. Neal takes the kids to his mom‘s and leaves Georgie to work.
She stays with her mother and when she calls Neal from her mother‘s landline, she reaches a Neal from 15 years in the past, before he proposed. It‘s a chance for a do-over, but what should she change?

I like Rowell‘s style, but the plot never grabbed me.

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Fangirl: A Novel | Rainbow Rowell
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Cath and Wren are twins and fangirls of a Harry Potter-esque fantasy series. The books and the fandom helped them through tough times. Now that they are off to college, Wren wants to leave all that behind while Cath prefers to stay in her room writing fanfiction. This is a character driven coming-of-age story. The relationships between the characters are compelling and nuanced, but the plot kind of fizzles.

Stephaniereads1 One of my favorite books. 6mo
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Every Note Played | Lisa Genova
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Richard is a concert pianist who has spent his life following his passion while neglecting his family. Karina gave up her own career to support Richard and raise their daughter. One day, Richard feels a tingle in one finger. Soon, he‘s lost control of his hand and received a diagnosis: ALS. Karina becomes his reluctant caretaker.

A moving portrayal of a couple and the brutal disease that forces them to finally forgive themselves and each other.