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DocBrown

Joined June 2016

UPS driver, sociologist, feminist, explorer, runner
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I decided to read this after The Foundling raised the issues of criminality, heredity, and eugenics. It‘s an excellent exploration of how at least 60 members of just one family have been imprisoned or under supervision for committing a crime. The book doesn‘t really settle the nature/nurture debate; it‘s likely an interaction between the two - as with so many other (anti)social phenomena. A family saga of a different kind ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Groundskeeping | Lee Cole
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This book was very meta. Young Paducah, KY, writer takes college writing courses while working a campus job & living with grandad. Published immigrant girlfriend is pursuing a career as a writing professor. So, LOTS of conversations about writing, literature, representation, & appropriation. Plenty of local color & depictions of cultural/political/class differences. It doesn‘t try to do too much, but what it does do, it does very well ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

DocBrown Paducah. I‘m wondering if that word serves as a dog whistle for you @britt_brooke. 1d
Bklover Beautiful dogs!!❤️❤️ 1d
SheReadsAndWrites These pups!!! 🥰 1d
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britt_brooke Yes! My hometown! Thanks for the tag. 🤍✨ And where have you been? Did you disappear from Litsy for a bit? 👀 21h
Aimeesue Puppas!❤️❤️ 20h
DocBrown Does three years count as 'a bit' @britt_brooke ? 😂
One word: pandemic! My life got turned upside down, but I landed on my feet.
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britt_brooke @DocBrown It‘s been 3 years?! 🤯 Glad to see you back! 20h
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So I figured out that what Littens really want to see are my animals so I‘ll keep on posting pics of them! This book was a bit didactic but definitely a page turner. Held my attention throughout with plenty of twists along the way. Others have mentioned the many social issues raised in the story. I especially appreciated the fact that nearly all the MCs, heroes & villains alike, are women. Action-packed! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Reagan You can‘t go wrong with animal photos 😁 5d
JenReadsAlot Cute! 5d
Bookwormjillk Haha it‘s true. Mine get so much more attention than I do 😆 5d
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RowReads1 Yah! Cats in boxes. 5d
Tamra 😹 5d
catiewithac 😻 5d
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Groundskeeping | Lee Cole
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Trying to enjoy some reading before work today, but am feeling a bit distracted.

CBee Your doggies are precious 😍 6d
SamAnne Oh my word. 6d
DivineDiana This is the kind of distraction I would love! 🥰 6d
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plemmdog I enjoyed it a lot. 6d
Deblovestoread Oh my. That cuteness would be hard to resist. 6d
JenReadsAlot Omg all that cuteness 😍 6d
ShelleyBooksie I'd be on the couch with them. Adorable!! 6d
BookwormM Too cute 🥰 6d
Tamra Stackables! 😆 6d
DocBrown What did you enjoy @plemmdog? 5d
DocBrown Thank you @CBee! If only they were housetrained! 5d
DocBrown @SamAnne I know right? 5d
DocBrown They're really bi-polar @DivineDiana. Lazy one minute and rambunctious the next! 5d
DocBrown @Deblovestoread Didn't get much reading done! 5d
DocBrown Is there such a thing as 'too' cute @BookwormM? 5d
DocBrown @Tamra I see what you did there! Clever! (edited) 5d
plemmdog @DocBrown I liked how he portrayed working-class Americans with nuance, and also how he captured a sense of place. Kentucky is one of those states that isn‘t quite Southern, and isn‘t quite Midwestern. 3d
DocBrown Thanks for weighing in @plemmdog! I just finished the book yesterday and am still thinking about what I want to say about it. 2d
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I can think of a few other titles that work equally well for this book. Nightmare Machine. Terror Machine. Outrage Machine. Radicalization Machine. Polarization Machine. Destruction Machine. Emphasis on Machine. With the rise of AI algorithms, the humans have left the building. But they aren‘t off the hook. As long as decisions are made to prioritize profit over human wellbeing and development, it will keep getting worse. A sobering read ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

ShelleyBooksie Stacked - this sounds depressing but really good! 1w
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Latecomer | Jean Hanff Korelitz
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I absolutely LOVED this juicy, twisty, clever, puzzle-like book where the various storylines weave & intersect. PLUS it situates the characters among actual people, like Joseph Süß Oppenheimer (above) - always a bonus for me. Like The Goldfinch, art figures prominently in the plot. Likewise religion, politics, & vocation. But ultimately a story about family finding themselves, individually & together. Not at all too lengthy. Exquisite ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Suet624 Sounds fantastic! Stacked. 2w
Ruthiella This does sound fantastic! I‘ve only read this from her 2w
DocBrown @Ruthiella I haven't read anything else by her. My wife happens to be reading The Plot and was saying she didn't care for it at all. But then we like very different books! 😂 2w
BookNAround I have this one on my tbr pile. Sounds like I need to move it up or convince my book club to read it so I definitely get to it. 2w
DocBrown @BookNAround It was definitely a winner for me. I'm still casting about for my next fiction read. 2w
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Mercy Street | Jennifer Haigh
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Our local abortion clinic is the site of a pop-up church, & across the street from the Salvation Army. I drive past it every morning in my UPS truck. The protestors I see are usually older (white) people, mostly men. I wanted this book to shed more light on those folks but it felt like the author couldn‘t quite get inside their heads/hearts. More heat than light here (see what I did there?) But an interesting story overall ⭐️⭐️⭐️-1-2

Tamra This pic engenders a lot of conflicting emotions for me. 3w
SamAnne Another Litten in my city! I thought, wow I drive by a really similar looking PP....oh it's the same one! I am a big believer in free speech. And reproductive rights. But the way our police department has not reined in the yelling and disruption for patients walking in the door is infuriating. There have been many times in my life where PP was the only health care I could afford, and I've run that awful gauntlet. Stacked. 3w
DocBrown @Tamra, would love to hear more if you're willing. @SamAnne, SO COOL! I've been inside the new facility only once to deliver a package. Felt like a warm and bright sanctuary from all the din outside. 3w
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SamAnne I‘ve not found a fiction book that captured the complexities of the perspectives on this issue. I really disliked Joyce Carol Oates‘ novel American Martyr that featured only a caricature of the anti-abortion activist. 3w
DocBrown Yeah @SamAnne, I felt a little that way with this book. But the character development overall was good, and they intersected in interesting ways. Worth a read, I think. 3w
DocBrown BTW @Tamra and @SamAnne, I HIGHLY recommend Jessica Valenti's daily newsletter/podcast Abortion, Every Day . It's usually about 10-15 minutes of audio, and a GREAT way to stay current on all the latest developments. 3w
Tamra As @SamAnne said, I too am a strong supporter of free reproductive choice & freedom of expression & religion. Nonetheless I feel for all patients who are subjected to the expression entering & exiting the clinic. It‘s one of those grey uncomfortable zones in life where differing moral beliefs and legal rights can clash. It makes for intellectually stimulating thought though. 3w
Tamra @DocBrown thanks for the tip! 3w
DocBrown Thanks for sharing @Tamra! A fraught and provocative issue if ever there was one! Jessica Valenti signs off every day with 'I hope you talk with someone about abortion today, and I'll be back to talk with you about abortion tomorrow.' I love that! We need more conversations and more dialogue on this of all topics! 3w
Amiable I have been a volunteer escort at a local PP clinic for almost 7 years. We are stationed in the parking lot and on the sidewalk to greet patients and walk them into the building so they don‘t have to walk through/past a gauntlet of protesters screaming in their faces on what may be one of the most difficult and emotional days of their lives. And you are right—the overwhelming majority of the protesters are old white men. What does THAT say? (edited) 4d
Amiable It comes across as misogyny, as men attempting to control women‘s lives and choices. The frustration that I have with them is that they don‘t offer alternatives. I once walked in a patient who was in tears —she told me that she and her boyfriend were homeless and living in their car. How did the protesters think she should bring a baby into that, she wanted to know? “Give it up to a family that wants it !” is the party line. Do you know how many (edited) 4d
Amiable kids are already in foster care? A LOT. Where are these old white men for those kids? Nowhere to be found. And the hypocrisy! Say that woman decides to continue her pregnancy. Who is paying for her healthcare? And when the baby arrives, who pays for the next 18 years? If the mother needs assistance, the right-wingers label her a welfare queen and rail about government handouts. They are pro-birth. Not pro-life. 4d
Amiable Because once the baby is here, they don‘t want to support any programs that may give financial, educational or emotional assistance to the mom or baby. Especially if the mom and baby are people of color. 4d
Amiable Plus, it‘s really simple biology. Don‘t like abortion? Then you should be devoting your energy to programs and services that prevent unwanted pregnancies. That‘s literally what PLANNED Parenthood does. It‘s right there in the name. They should be throwing money at PP, not blocking the sidewalks and threatening violence on the staff who are treating patients. Because—yes. That happens as well. We volunteers have been threatened, too. (edited) 4d
DocBrown Thank you so much for sharing @Amiable. Abortion would disappear tomorrow if men took more responsibility when it comes to sex and birth control. 3d
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I resonate with all the Litsy reviews on this book. More than a memoir about ‘accompanied suicide‘ — in a room like this one, in the suburbs of Zurich, because it‘s illegal everywhere in the US without a terminal diagnosis of 6 months or less — more than an account of a spouse with Alzheimer‘s, this is a depiction of a married couple whose sweet & gentle love for each other is stronger than the death that ultimately separates them ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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The Latecomer | Jean Hanff Korelitz

Oh my goodness, I‘m less than 1/3 through but am loving all the juicy twists and turns! Apparently there are more to come.

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Conover is a masterful narrative nonfiction writer. As a bonus, he narrates his own audiobooks. Although the area he depicts here IS definitely remote - I've driven through it more than once - it sounds/feels familiar to me as a UPS driver in the Pacific Northwest AND as a fan of the Little House series. The pioneer impulse is alive and well in the 21st century. A superior companion to Nomadland ⭐⭐ ⭐ ⭐

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Three Women | Lisa Taddeo
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This burrowed underneath my skin and flayed me. It‘s not, as so many have asserted, about female desire. It is in fact about female invisibility. If it is about desire it‘s not so much sexual desire as the desire to be seen, and believed, and respected, and equal, and empowered. This could never have been written about 3 men, as it‘s still very much a man‘s world. The words go down like butter but come up like bile. A tour de force. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

runswithscissors007 Great review. (I kept reading that it was about desire. I kept thinking “huh. I feel like it‘s more. “ but I only just finished it and couldn‘t put it in to words. ) thank you. 3y
sprainedbrain Excellent review. 3y
DocBrown Thanks @runswithscissors007 and @sprainedbrain. Although it may not be a particularly revealing book to female readers, as a male it was definitely eye-opening. 3y
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Reggie Great review!! 3y
Suet624 I was just thinking of you. You‘ve been off litsy for a long time! Wondering how you are. 13mo
DocBrown Thanks for thinking of me @Suet624! I'm fine, but life has been busy since Covid. I finally feel like I have space again in my life for books, and for Litsy. 2w
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This is my top nonfiction pick of the year so far. I‘ve read some very good books but this one is excellent! I can‘t believe this actually happened!! If you believe your relationship with your mother is complicated and fraught, you‘ve got nothing on this author! I don‘t want to spoil it but you don‘t want to miss this one! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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I have no idea how I managed to pick up this book but boy am I glad I did! This isn‘t a difficult read. It‘s chock full of wisdom collected from personal stories, stories shared by friends and clients, and through her copious encounters with books. We are all blessed by older women in our lives. Reading this helped me appreciate that even more. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Fleishman Is in Trouble: A Novel | Taffy Brodesser-Akner
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Y‘all. This book wrecked me. I. Am. Devastated. My insides are all torn up and I know I‘ll be feeling it for weeks to come. It‘s the first novel I‘ve read this year and it may very well be the last — nowhere to go but down from here. This helped me see myself, my marriage, and my spouse in sharp focus. Shimmering brilliance. All the stars for all the feels. Stack it! Read it! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

BarbaraBB Isn‘t it the best when a book has that effect on you? 💕 3y
Megabooks Loved this one too!! 3y
squirrelbrain Great review! 3y
KarenUK Such a great book... 3y
Reagan A great review! Stacked! 3y
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Fleishman Is in Trouble: A Novel | Taffy Brodesser-Akner
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‘That was what I knew for sure, that this was the only way to get someone to listen to a woman — to tell her story through a man; Trojan horse yourself into a man, and people would give a shit about you.‘ This sentence explains the entire book.

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Fleishman Is in Trouble: A Novel | Taffy Brodesser-Akner
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‘Whatever kind of woman you are, even when you‘re a lot of kinds of woman, you‘re still always just a woman, which is to say you‘re always a little bit less than a man.‘

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Fleishman Is in Trouble: A Novel | Taffy Brodesser-Akner
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Can I get a witness?

runswithscissors007 That‘s not how you play it othello...🤣 3y
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Camgirl | Isa Mazzei
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Reads like a female version of Cherry by Nico Walker. I found myself learning a lot about how so many of us try to redeem our brokenness through manic self destruction on the one hand, and the earnest yearning and reaching out for connection on the other. A wild ride — albeit the most unsexy depiction of porn and kink imaginable. Depressing but not without hope. ⭐️⭐️⭐️-1/2

Dolly I‘m distracted by the kitties. Are they sleeping or caught mid-rumble? They are beautiful. 3y
DocBrown @Dolly They‘re resting in front of the fire. They do like to tussle and chase each other at breakneck speed when they‘re not busy snuggling with each other. 3y
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Camgirl | Isa Mazzei
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What is wrong with the publishing industry, that a book written by an English major, and presumably edited by one or more English majors, makes such an easy — albeit — common mistake!! It‘s ‘left Lucy and ME,‘ and ‘gave my sister and ME‘! Direct objects people!! Am I the only grammar nazi in the house?!?

Texreader This trend has been driving me batty. And outraged. 😡 It‘s happening everywhere: in books, in the movies, in the news, in interviews. I‘m with you!!!! It sounds like an attempt to be pretentious and comes across as simply uneducated. Thanks for bringing it up. It hits me everyday and I cannot get used to it. I‘m glad I‘m not the only one. 3y
MommyWantsToReadHerBook Good grief. I'd like to give those editors a piece of my mind! 3y
julesG It always reminds me of the Queen's "My husband and I". For anyone still on the grammar fence: http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/radio/specials/1837_aae/page37... 3y
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rachelk 🙌 Yes!!! 3y
ravenlee Drives me absolutely crazy! I see this all the time. Especially “between you and I;” I see that one everywhere. 3y
Reviewsbylola This one does bother me. I can overlook a lot of mistakes but that‘s a bad one. 😬 3y
BookNAround Grammar grump here too. 3y
DocBrown @Texreader You AREN‘T the only one! 3y
DocBrown @MommyWantsToReadHerBook I‘d do it myself but I don‘t have any mind to spare! 🤣 3y
DocBrown @julesG Thanks for the resource!! 3y
DocBrown @ravenlee I heard it from the mouth of an English prof yesterday—it was all I could do not to jump down his throat! 3y
DocBrown @Reviewsbylola It‘s the worst! 3y
DocBrown @BookNAround Welcome to the club! 3y
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In 26 days I‘m running 26 miles for the 26th time — 26 years after being diagnosed with T1 diabetes. I‘ve chosen to make my upcoming race in Jackson a fundraiser for the Diabetes Foundation of MS, which provides a range of services & programs for the nearly 400,000 diabetic Mississippians. Will you consider being 1 of my 100 supporters? I‘m asking for $26.20 but you can donate any amount; nothing is too big or small! Link is below. Thanks!!

DocBrown www.justgiving.com/fundraising/runner-martin-hughes 3y
wanderinglynn Congrats! What an awesome achievement. Good luck with no. 26! 👏🏻🏃🏻‍♂️👏🏻🏃🏻‍♂️🎉 3y
DocBrown Thanks @wanderinglynn! It's a very special event for me. 3y
BookwormM Go you much respect ✊ 3y
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An important but not always an interesting book. Unless you‘re interested in the behind the scenes work of journalists you may not find all of this compelling reading. However, as a document of the rise of the #MeToo movement and the part the Weinstein investigation played in that, this will be required reading going forward. I did appreciate how gut wrenching the process was for Christine Blasey Ford — helped me understand how that unfolded.

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Like John in exile, this author‘s extended meditation on the cataclysm of climate change reads like an apocalyptic vision of the future. The haunting beauty of his lyrical description belies the horror of what fossil-fueled growth has already put in motion. Relentlessly bleak, the true takeaway is that we can‘t shop or consume our way to a better world; our only hope is through political action. A must-read for all global citizens. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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That part in Batman Begins where Bruce and Rachel survey the ruins of Wayne Manor. He says he will rebuild it just the way it was, brick by brick. Alfred suggests improving the foundations. Meanwhile, from The Uninhabitable Earth: ‘It took New York City 45 years to build 3 new stops on a single subway line; the threat of catastrophic climate change means we need to entirely rebuild the world‘s infrastructure in considerably less time.‘

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Big Numbers | Jack Getze
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Aside from my mortgage, there aren‘t a whole lot of big numbers in my life. Here are 3 I‘m celebrating today as I cross the threshold of 10,000 in both total Litfluence points AND total running miles on my Garmin. As my 16 yo son would say, ‘Let‘s GOOOOO!‘

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🙌🏻🎊🎈 3y
ShelleyBooksie Congrats! 3y
Ruthiella Congratulations! 🤩 3y
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Megabooks Congratulations!! 💜💜📚📚🎉🎉🥳🥳🤩🤩🥂🥂 3y
sudi Congrats 🎉🎉🎉 3y
DocBrown Thanks so much @Megabooks and @sudi !! 3y
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‘What that means is that we have not, at all, arrived at a new equilibrium. It is more like we‘ve taken one step out on the plank off a pirate ship....The last few years of climate disasters may look like about as much as the planet can take. In fact, we are only just entering our brave new world, one that collapses below us as soon as we set foot on it.‘

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‘Climate change is a “hyper object” — a conceptual fact so large and complex that it can never be properly comprehended. But time is perhaps the most mind-bending feature, the worst outcomes arriving so long from now that we reflexively discount their reality.‘ It‘s a calamity that we confront such a problem at the very moment in history when our attention spans have never been shorter.

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1 of just 25 books to make NPR, NYT, & WaPo year-end lists, this is an ideal analysis of who DJT is & why he does what he does. Describes the 4+ decades of Trump‘s prodigious relationship with TV. Context about the changing nature of storytelling & industry are also insightful. I hope this will help us think & talk differently about this man instead of always reacting & playing his hateful destructive game. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️-1/2.

skewermann @Singout @mdhughes72 you might also enjoy my prescient, pyromaniacal parody of "Fire and Fury"... "Dire and Puny" ? ? #satire ? #Orwell https://www.amazon.com/dp/B081S5JLTX 2y
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So true!!

Aimeesue Exactly. We have all lost our damn minds. 3y
DocBrown @Aimeesue The whole media — anti as much as pro — are riding the Trump Gravy Train. 3y
Aimeesue Yep. All driven by clicks and likes and the attention-span economy. How sad for all of us. 3y
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👆👆👆So much good stuff here! 👆👆👆

Aimeesue YES! Exactly. 3y
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Snowy Day | Ezra Jack Keats
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‘The Caldecott-winning tale of a young boy‘s encounter with snow has been checked out 485,583 times from the NYPL since it was published in 1962.‘ As a child this book was a revelation for me — not just because it‘s about a little black boy, but because it‘s about snow. It snowed exactly once in the town I grew up in, all of .01” After living 25 years in the desert I now live where I can enjoy all 4 seasons, including snow in the winter.

Joanne1 Amazing!! Not the I‘ve ever heard of the book. 3y
DocBrown @Joanne1 Do yourself a favor and check it out! 3y
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Trick Mirror | Jia Tolentino
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This essay collection is fresh and sharp, lean and tight, moving deftly from autobiographical material to cultural commentary and back again. The author is smart and self-aware, and yet she doesn‘t take herself too seriously. She accepts herself as the walking talking contradiction that she is. And maybe that‘s the biggest takeaway of all — in today‘s world how can any of us be anything but? ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Trick Mirror | Jia Tolentino
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I had to read and reread this paragraph before I finally realized that Trump is the precise personality that FB depends on to fuel its massive hellish empire. If Trump didn‘t exist in real life, FB would have had to create him.

MariettaSG Have you seen the documentary The Great Hack about Cambridge Analytica? 3y
DocBrown No I haven‘t @MariettaSG. Would you recommend it? 3y
MariettaSG Yes, most definitely, it is about how data collected from such sources as Facebook was used to influence “persuadables” in their vote during various elections worldwide. 3y
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DocBrown @MariettaSG I‘m astonished by how people let themselves be manipulated. But like the great philosopher Keyser Soze once said, ‘The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn‘t exist.‘ 3y
Suet624 Facebook also shifts attention away from certain candidates. 3y
DocBrown Did you have any candidates in mind @Suet624 ? 3y
Suet624 Bernie. 3y
DocBrown @Suet624 Don‘t hold back!! 3y
Suet624 I used to work for Bernie when he was Mayor and Congressman. He's a man of his word and has done amazing things. I feel as though Facebook (and a lot of media) treat him like he's a joke. 3y
DocBrown @Suet624 I wonder how 2016 would have turned out had Bernie been the nominee. Can he go the distance in 2020? 3y
Suet624 @mdhughes72 In 2016 the Democratic Party superdelegate shenanigans did him in. While they changed the rules slightly several years ago, they can still yank away his nomination now. Established Dems still want Bernie out, despite the passionate support of so many. So I don't have high hopes. People talk about “Bernie Bros“, but my friend was a Bernie delegate in 2016. The vitriole and threats by Clinton folks traumatized her. So we'll see... 3y
DocBrown I‘m convinced that the Democrats are truly afraid of success. They‘re their own worst enemies!! @Suet624 (edited) 3y
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Trick Mirror | Jia Tolentino
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‘It‘s very easy, under conditions of artificial but continually escalating obligation, to find yourself organizing your life around practices you find ridiculous and possibly indefensible. Women have known this intimately for a long time .... When you are a woman, the things you like get used against you. Or, alternatively, the things that get used against you have all been prefigured as things you should like.‘

DocBrown ‘Sexual availability falls into this category. So does basic kindness, and generosity. Wanting to look good — taking pleasure in trying to look good — does too.‘ 3y
ladym30 What a lovely face! 3y
DocBrown Thanks @ladym30 !! 3y
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Laughterhp Your pup 💚💚💚 3y
emtobiasz This quote is so real. 3y
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Trick Mirror | Jia Tolentino
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FB‘s goal of showing people only what they were interested in seeing resulted within a decade in the end of solidarity. This choice, combined with the company‘s $ incentive to continually trigger heightened emotional responses in its users, ultimately solidified the current norm in newsmedia consumption: today we mostly consume news that corresponds with our ideological alignment, which has been FINE-TUNED TO MAKE US FEEL SELF-RIGHTEOUS & ALSO MAD

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Erudite yet eminently accessible, this book crosses the centuries and circles the globe while still feeling intimate and animate. Packed with fun facts along side of Things We Should Have Learned in School, I found this an engaging read albeit a tad overlong. Still, highly recommended and probably one I‘ll purchase for my permanent collection. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️-1/2

Amiable Cute kitties! 3y
DocBrown @amiable Thanks! Looks can be deceiving! 😉 3y
Amiable @mdhughes72 Ha! Got one of those myself. 🐱 3y
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I think of my fellow Littens who live in countries where English is not the first language, and yet they‘re compelled to read books in English, or at least to write about them in English on this Anglo-centric platform. It hardly seems fair. And yet I‘m part of the problem, monolingual that I am.

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Learning so much about the history of the ‘Greater United States‘ from this book! Did you know the Japanese bombed Alaska and conquered several Aleutian Islands during WWII? And that Hawaii was placed under martial law for 3 years? This despite greater than average numbers of war bonds purchased, soldiers enlisted, or medals awarded to service members from these territories. Crazy!!

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There really is a lot of history we are not taught in school. Thank goodness for amazing, and curious historians and writers that gather the info and write the books!
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DocBrown @Cortg I consider myself educated, traveled and well read so I‘m embarrassed by all I don‘t know about the history of my own country. It‘s sad how much of official history — not to mention the historical events themselves — is warped by racial bias. (edited) 3y
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I‘m only on page 16 of this book and I‘ve already learned so much, including this little tidbit about the origins of the design of the U.S. dollar. Who knew?

Aimeesue 😳 3y
DocBrown @Aimeesue Right?? This book is chock full of fun facts — not to mention inconvenient truths. 3y
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So the author is cut from the same cloth as her subject: meticulous in her research, copious & charitable in her descriptions, & eminently sociable as she goes about putting all the pieces of the puzzle together. Enough has already been said about the book‘s tripartite structure. All I can say is that it was a pleasure to read, I learned a lot about a lot of different things, & it helped me understand what happened to Nelle Harper Lee. 👏⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Asymmetry | Lisa Halliday
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Interesting characters and engaging passages. But this is another one of those books like The Mars Room foisted on the reading public by breathless critics. I don‘t know about anyone else, but story always matters more than pretty or clever words. This added up to a whole lot of nothing. Pass.

BarbaraBB I have this one on my shelves. Now I am not really looking forward to it anymore, since you compare it to the Mars Room, which bored me immensely. 😉 4y
DocBrown @BarbaraBB Not the worst books I‘ve ever read, just the biggest letdown from all the hype. 4y
emmaturi I didn't really enjoy it either! 3y
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David takes on Goliath but this time Goliath wins. This Pulitzer winner is well written and compelling, and I kept hoping for vindication but none came. Frustrating as hell!! Prepare to be outraged by corporate greed, governmental incompetence, and citizen powerlessness in this story of the human (and animal) cost of fracking.

Suet624 Ugh. I don‘t think I can read this one. I feel such a weight every day because of the many injustices occurring. 4y
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The Mars Room: A Novel | Rachel Kushner
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Mehso-so

A whole lot of What, not as much How, and very little Why. I found the premise interesting and was hoping that the story would actually go somewhere. But no. Just bleak vignettes of life in a California women‘s prison. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Naj This book was unbearable. I couldn't even finish it. 4y
tammysue Thanks for your honesty, will def remove from tbr. 👍🏻😊 4y
britt_brooke I liked this one, but you‘re right, very bleak. 4y
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The Mars Room: A Novel | Rachel Kushner
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‘To work at IHOP, you first go to Walmart or a place like it to get work shoes. Where you see if you didn‘t already know, that most of the adult-size shoes they sell are for working on construction sites, or in hospitals, prisons, restaurants, and schools. And the children‘s shoes are starter versions of the same. Waitress shoes and medical assistant shoes and work boots. Cheap factory knockoffs for people whose choices are to work these crap...‘

DocBrown ‘jobs, or crack up and go to a much lower grade of a low grade shoe made by prison industries.‘ 4y
Paula3 Wow 😎 4y
Christine This passage has stuck with me, too! 4y
Suet624 Truth. 4y
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Intercepted | Alexa Martin
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Mehso-so

Hackneyed. Cringey. Trashy. And yet, like a terrible car accident, I couldn‘t look (actually listen) away. I guess that‘s what they call ‘hate-reading?‘ I don‘t know. This wasn‘t a quick easy listen for me like some other Littens. It didn‘t feel at all like a story of female empowerment. Same old ‘damsel-in-distress‘ and her handsome prince. Ugh. The disgusting ways that random strangers (men) interacted with her felt very real, though.

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Unsheltered: A Novel | Barbara Kingsolver
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I want to have Barbara Kingsolver‘s baby. All the elements of a BK book are here: science & nature, complex characters & relationships, living & dying, past & future, disappointment & hope. Grown up stories for grown up readers. I mostly enjoyed the ways she wove the two story lines together, focusing on residents of one New Jersey town from two different centuries. Her lilting narration on the audio was a bonus for me. Which BK book to read next?

wanderinglynn KITTENS! 😍 too cute! ❤️🐱 4y
wanderinglynn (Good review, but it‘s hard to focus on the book with that much cuteness around. 😉) 4y
squirrelbrain Exactly @wanderinglynn - it‘s not like a Litten to say ‘who cares about the book?!‘ but...kittens! 😻😻 4y
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JenReadsAlot I want those kittens!!!! 4y
CouronneDhiver 😂😂 Maybe you can have Barbara‘s kitties ... they‘re pretty darn adorable and perfect 4y
Meeko93 So adorable 💜 4y
DocBrown You can‘t have them @JenReadsAlot! You‘d have to fight some very fierce people for them! 4y
DocBrown Maybe I can, @CouronneDhiver, she‘s my kind of person! 4y
JenReadsAlot I'm sure!! So cute 😻 4y
Suet624 Oh, those sweet faces. 4y
Nute I love everything about this post! Excellent review! 3y
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Meet My Cats | Lesley Anne Ivory
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One week ago we welcomed two new members of the family. Not sure yet how they feel about us but we‘re crazy about them! #catsoflitsy #nationalpetday

Jennick2004 OMG!!!! What are their names?? 💜💜 4y
DocBrown @Jennick2004 Mookie and Bennie. My wife is a rabid Red Sox fan. 4y
Naj They're adorable!! 😻😻 and yes, we need the names. 4y
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Naj @mdhughes72 cute names for cute kitties 💜 4y
MicheleinPhilly 😍😍😍 4y
QuietlyLaura Aww! They‘re so cute! 💕😻😻 4y
Stacy_31 Precious babies!! 😻😻 4y
Tamra So sweet! 4y
rretzler Oh, they are so precious! Makes me want some new kittens, too! We added 3 kittens 1.5 years ago to keep our 13 yo cat company (we lost his brother). One of the kittens, Mycroft, would run from everyone, no one could get near him. I took the time to try to befriend him and finally after a long, long time, he became friendly to everyone. 4y
JacqMac Awwww so cute! 4y
Sungirl79 Super cute!!!😻 4y
tammysue Adorable! 💕 4y
JoScho So. Cute! 4y
Chelsea.Poole Precious!! 4y
BridgetteM 💕💕💕 4y
SW-T Congrats! They‘re adorable 🥰 (edited) 4y
CouronneDhiver What are their names? 4y
Meeko93 💜 4y
DocBrown @rretzler That‘s a great story with a happy ending. I hope our kittens grow up to be loving and cuddly too! 4y
DocBrown @CouronneDhiver Their names are Mookie and Bennie. We have a couple Red Sox fans in our family. 4y
Suet624 Mookie! Benny! As a fellow Red Sox fan I must applaud you for their names. 4y
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My Own Two Feet | Beverly Cleary
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Happy 103rd birthday Beverly Cleary! 🎉 Her books about Henry, Beezus, & of course Ramona helped impart a lifelong love of reading in me & countless other kids, including my three boys! She revolutionized children‘s lit — we don‘t even know just how much we owe her. It was as a children‘s librarian here in Yakima, Washington, that she first became inspired to write for her young patrons. My wife took this pic of the library yesterday while in town

saguarosally I love library pictures! 4y
rretzler I fondly remember reading about Henry, Ruby‘s, Bezus, and Ramona! Both as a young child and to my young children. Thanks for sharing! 4y
Reggie In 3rd grade way back in 1985, our teacher, Mrs.Muncy, the one teacher with a prosthetic leg, because of a turkey hunting accident, read all the Ramonas to us that year after lunch. 4y
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DocBrown @saguarosally This one isn‘t much to look at but it has historic significance. 4y
DocBrown You‘re welcome @rretzler! Her characters are unforgettable aren‘t they? 4y
DocBrown @Reggie that sounds like my kind of teacher! Isn‘t it great that her books have been read year in and year out, across the generations? They‘re so relatable! 4y
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Small Fry | Lisa Brennan-Jobs
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I feel for the author. I really do. Growing up with Steve Jobs as her dad was hard. Of course, so too was growing up with her mom. But there‘s a tinge of ‘poor little rich girl‘ to her account, one she never really acknowledges or explores. She can‘t seem to see her own privilege to be able to check it. This book prompted me to reflect on my relationships with my own parents and kids, which I think ultimately is the value of reading it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Suet624 Good point. 4y
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There There: A novel | Tommy Orange
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I thought I‘d just zip right through this on audio, but the rich tapestry of Native characters and stories insisted that I slow down and digest it slowly. I‘m already ready to work my way back through it again, this time in print. Reminiscent of the scope and intimacy of Dos Passos‘s best works, this one lives up to all the hype. Truly a Great American Novel, one of my top picks of the year so far ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

CouronneDhiver Maybe I‘ll give it a try... I love First Nations storytelling. 😍 4y
RebL I found this book engrossing & like how it came together. I‘ll have to think on the ending a bit, though. 4y
DocBrown @CouronneDhiver If you love First Nations storytelling, I think you‘ll really enjoy this. It does take place in Oakland, California, but I don‘t think you need to be familiar with that area to still appreciate the book. 4y
DocBrown @RebL Yes the ending was a bit abrupt. My son would call it a Truman Show Ending. 4y
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