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"Levine argues that over the course of evolution, human beings never developed sophisticated and accurate skills to detect deception as it was happening because there is no advantage to spending your time scrutinizing the words and behaviors of those around you. The advantage to human beings lies in assuming that strangers are truthful."

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The Nickel Boys: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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"He talked like a college white boy, read books when he didn't have to, and mined them for uranium to power his own personal A-bomb. Still--sturdy."

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The Nickel Boys: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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"A figment from tenth-grade science struck him: a Perpetual Misery Machine, one that operated by itself without human agency. Also, Archimedes, one of his first encyclopedia finds. Violence is the only lever big enough to move the world."

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The Nickel Boys: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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"Reassembling those fragments into confirmation of a shared darkness: If it is true for you, it is true for someone else, and you are no longer alone."

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Ask Again, Yes: A Novel | Mary Beth Keane
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"There was no real way for a person to try something out, see if he liked it--the words he'd chosen when he told uncle Patsy that he'd gotten into the police academy-because you try it and try it out and try it a little longer and the next thing it's who you are. One minute he'd been standing in a bog on the other side of the Atlantic and next thing he knew he was a cop. In America. In the worst neighborhood of the best known city in the world."

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"The kettle clicked off and I warmed the teapot, then spooned in some first-flush Darjeeling, my mind still focused on the putative beauty of my slumbering troubadour."

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The Library Book | Susan Orlean
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This is so delightful that I couldn't parse it down into simple quotes.

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The Library Book | Susan Orlean
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"War is the greatest slayer of libraries."

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The Library Book | Susan Orlean
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"But if something you learn or observe or imagine can be set down and saved, and if you can see your life reflected in previous lives, and can imagine it reflected in subsequent ones, you can begin to discover order and harmony. You know that you are a part of a larger story that has shape and purpose--a tangible, familiar past and a constantly refreshed future."

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The Library Book | Susan Orlean
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"As a kid, he dabbled in the minor deliquincies and pranks that delighted an audience. Girls liked him. He was charming, funny, dimpled, daring. He could talk anyone into anything. He had a gift for drama and invention. He was a storyteller, a yarn-spinner, and an agile liar; he was good at fancying up facts to make his life seem less plain and mingy."

What a gorgeous set of sentences.

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The Library Book | Susan Orlean
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Right in the introduction page!!

"Memory believes before knowing remembers." (Quoting William Faulkner in Light In August)

I had to read that several times to really let it sink in. Wow.

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Love and Ruin: A Novel | Paula McLain
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"It seemed unlikely that I would ever see him or any of the others from the ship again. Something had happened to us all, something that might never be fully comprehensible to anyone who had not gone through it. That was the thing about experience. It took distant strangers and made them family. A family of one moment. There was no other way to see it, even as we scattered to the wind."

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Love and Ruin: A Novel | Paula McLain
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"Not that I didn't have ambition. Sometimes I thought I was entirely made of it. As I'd said to Kyle, I meant to show him and everyone else that I could be a proper journalist, a writer others admired and respected and remembered. I wanted my name to count but for the moment was still an apprentice, and particularly in this crowd, where heroes were milling about, ready to be clung to. It would take time for me to earn my way. To prove myself..."

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The Hate U Give | Angela Thomas
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"I can't believe I let Hailey say that. Or has she always joked like that? Did I always laugh because I thought I had to? That's the problem. We let people say stuff, and they say it so much that it becomes okay to them and normal for us. What's the point of having a voice if you're gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn't be?"

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The Hate U Give | Angie Thomas
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"Ain't this some shit? Not even five minutes ago, I was stuck-up because I go to Williamson. Now I'm lucky? Trust me, my school has hoes too. Hoedom is universal."

I'm dying. Page 7 and I can already see that I'm going to adore this novel!

IvoryLunatic I loved this book! I have some recommendations if you'd like along these lines too.
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"My favorite part of the Gospels was in Matthew, when Jesus said: love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you. I shared in this desire for moral superiority over my enemies. Jesus always wanted to be the better person, and so did I. I underlined this passage in red pencil several times, to illustrate that I understood the Christian way of life."

Wow

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"I knew it was my own fault: I had gone out of my way to provoke Nick into fighting with me. Now, lying on my own in the silent house, I felt I'd lost control of everything. All I could decide was whether or not to have sex with Nick; I couldn't decide how to feel about it, or what it meant. And although I could decide to fight with him, and what we would fight about, I couldn't decide what he would say, or how much it would hurt me."

LonelyPineReads I really need to read this! I absolutely loved Normal People! 2mo
EmMcKee I also read Normal People first, and having just finished this one, I'm really struck by the similarities and the differences between the two! Definitely let me know what you think when you read CwF! 2mo
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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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I am still in a bit of shock from this novel--a bit gutted, honestly. Absolutely worth a read, though if you are anything like me you'll chuck it across the room in a temper (onto the couch, let's not get crazy and risk actual damage to the tome, now!) at least a half dozen times. And that was all in the space of the single day it took me to devour this book.

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"For the majority of the human species, and for tens of thousands of years, the idea that humanity includes every human being on the face of the Earth does not exist at all. The designation stops at the border of each tribe, or linguistic group, sometimes even at the edge of a village."

Quoting Claude Levi-Strauss from the book Say Nothing

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"If Dolours had a big fault, it was perhaps that she lived out too urgently the ideals to which so many others also purported to be dedicated. She was a liberator but never managed to liberate herself from those ideas. Sometimes, we are imprisoned within ideals."

Eamonn McCann, quoted in Say Nothing

Suet624 Yes. Great quote. I felt badly for Price. 2mo
EmMcKee In military hierarchy, those who give the orders are held the most responsible, and the entire thing hinges greatly on this point; Price and Hughes were left out to dry. No wonder she was bitter and twice-traumatized. 2mo
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A Grief Observed | C.S. Lewis
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"But there are two questions here. In which sense may it be a house of cards? Because the things I am believing are only a dream, or because I only dream that I believe them?"

CassieT Are you enjoying this? I love this book, but then I‘m a huge CS Lewis fan in general. I loved the Narnia books when I was young, but now I really appreciate his other works. He was brilliant. 3mo
EmMcKee It was a great read, honestly. Despite any differences in beliefs and whatnot, he's got an incredible mind and I hugely enjoyed his intelligence!! Thanks again for suggesting it--if my friend were more of a reader I think it would provide her with a lot of comfort. 2mo
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A Grief Observed | C. S. Lewis

"Fate (or whatever it is) delights to produce a great capacity and then frustrate it. Beethoven went deaf."

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A Grief Observed | C. S. Lewis

"It is hard to have patience with people who say 'There is no death' or 'Death doesn't matter.' There is death. And whatever is matters. And whatever happens has consequences, and it and they are irrevocable and irreversible."

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"Whatever had Lee spooked, she found a familiar way of handling that stress and all the others: the shortage of facts, the lack of an ideal protagonist, her unfamiliarity with the lives of African Americans, a certain uncomfortable moral muddiness concerning black criminality in a criminally racist society, and a related discomfort with her own deep delight in the self-serving mythologies of the southern Gentry."

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(Harper Lee, in a letter to Gregory Peck)

"Writing is easy; all you do is sit staring at the blank sheet of paper until the drops of blood form on your forehead."

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"Nothing writes itself. Left to its own devices, the world will never transform into words, and no matter how many pages of notes and documents a reporting trip generates, the one that matters most always starts out blank."

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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover

Everything I had worked for, all my years of study, had been to purchase for myself this one privilege: to see and experience more truths than those given to me by my father, and to use those truths to construct my own mind. I had come to believe that the ability to evaluate many ideas, many histories, many points of view, was at the heart of what it means to self-create. If I yielded now, I would lose more than an argument.

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Speak | Laurie Halse Anderson
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I wish I had found this book decades ago. This is beautifully written in the perfect voice of a teenager who‘s been through a trauma. A must read for anyone who‘s been a victim of an assault.