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EmmaMae

EmmaMae

Joined January 2018

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The Red Pole of Macau | Ian Hamilton
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Another fun story. I love as you read through the series Ava's works gets wider.

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Another fun, captivating story. I appreciate how Ava's connections and world is expanding throughout the series.

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Another fun, compelling story in the Ava Lee case.

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A fun story with unexpected twists. The narrative keeps you engaged and Ava Lee is a great character to carry the story along.

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A fun, well written story.

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Then She Was Gone | Lisa Jewell
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A powerful narrative. The story is carried through various perspectives telling their part of the horror that is the main plot line for the book. I would not describe it as a psychological thriller. But I would a captivating, interesting, well written story. #bookclubreads

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The Amateurs | Sara Shepard
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An interesting YA suspense novel with an unexpected twist. The writing style did not draw me in easily and was choppy. Overall a good story but lacks some sophistication in the writing style.

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Aria | Nazanine Hozar
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A story of mothers and women. A story of socioeconomic classes and religious minorities. A story of growing up in Iran. Beautiful, hard, and an interesting picture of the realities of living before, during, and after the Iranian Revolution. #bookclubreads

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Some books are important because of your context. This is one of those for me. Growing up embedded in purity culture and trying to figure out how to move on from that as I understand myself and my place in the world in new ways can be challenging. This book provides narratives to explore this, ask questions, and recognize new ways of being.

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The Power | Naomi Alderman
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A really interesting novel that explores roles of gender, power dynamics, and relationships between friends, families, and romantically in interested, compelling ways. #bookclubreads

LeeRHarry Going to my bookclub tonight to discuss this one 😊 on the whole I found it interesting but oh so depressing! 😩 (edited) 3mo
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Women Talking: A Novel | Miriam Toews
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This book is as compelling and beautiful the second time. A profound narrative of manifestos and resistance and community. #bookclubreads

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Morgan Jerkins wrote a compelling book of essays on the realities of her life. It was powerfully convicting on my whiteness and what expectations of whiteness I have on others. #bookclubreads

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A beautiful, in depth look at what drives four generations of Chinese Immigrant women. Lee captures the generational impact of the generations before, alongside the difficult circumstances these various women find themselves in.

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On the Come Up | Angie Thomas
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A beautiful, narrative YA novel that brings you intimately into the life of the main character; Thomas weaves a well done web of the main character's successes, struggles, and finding out what matters through the eyes of a black teen. #bookclubreads

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Orphan Train: A Novel | Christina Baker Kline
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An interesting novel based both historically and at present detailing a compelling fictional account of the experience of children put into Children's Aid Societies in the states. An interesting telling of the story. I am happy I read it but probably would not read it again.

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The Handmaid's Tale | Margaret Atwood
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"Nolite te bastardes carborundorum"

A profound and important book.

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A complex and beautiful memoir. Kate tells a story of being in the middle of hard things, the questions we ask, what is important, and whom and what matters without trivializing her experience. #bookclubreads

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The First Four Years | Laura Ingalls Wilder
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A lovely end to the little house series. This book is the least fanciful which makes sense as Laura grows and her life is now that of an adult with responsibilities of a family. It sums up the challenges and the optimism in a lovely way.

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An interesting historical fiction that explores the realities of Children's Homes in the states. The book seemed to trivialize the horrors that many children experienced paired with a story that uses this story to create a love story. #bookclubreads #firstreadof2019

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Homes: A Refugee Story | Abu Bakr al Rabeeah, Winnie Yeung
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A beautiful and profound story that captures the reality of the refugee experience. Intertwining the experience of family, war, living in community, and the challenges with starting over this story captures the realities of love mixed with the reality of trauma telling a story of resilience.

Maria514626 Oh my. This sounds so good. 10mo
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A compelling read with complex characters and a thrilling story line.

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An attempt at looking at our connections to others in the world. Instead it sometimes separates groups so much or takes such a stand that it becomes damaging. The interesting pieces did not outweigh the extreme harm this book can perpetuate for women, children, and those in the LGBTTQ* community.

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Another delightful read. This book is filled with so many elements of Laura's growing up. It brings you into her world as she grows and matures.

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A delightful read that draws you into the importance of the narratives we tell through a handful of intriguing characters.

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Little Town on the Prairie | Laura Ingalls Wilder
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Another delightful read in the series. This book captures so much of Laura's maturing through so many different experiences. It gives a picture into whom and what shapes her.

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The Long Winter | Laura Ingalls Wilder
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Another delightful read in the series. This book tells a more serious story of making things work in difficult times, the importance of hope and of risk taking for the betterment of all.

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Women Talking: A Novel | Miriam Toews
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A profound and lovely read using a narrative structure to explore the realities of women making a difficult decision. A really wonderful book about what shapes our worldview and what we can do about it.

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By the Shores of Silver Lake | Laura Ingalls Wilder
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Another delightful book in the collection. This book, as the girls grow up, has more hard things come up as they are older and Laura must now take on responsibilities she didn't have to before. In some ways it is less whimsical and a more realistic picture of their life perhaps.

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On the Banks of Plum Creek | Laura Ingalls Wilder
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My favourite of the series. So many good stories.

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Little House on the Prairie | Laura Ingalls Wilder, Garth Williams
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Another delightful read through an old classic. This book asked many important questions about colonialism and racism that I had not before considered in this book.

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Little House in the Big Woods | Laura Ingalls Wilder
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A quick, delightful read through an old classic.

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False Report: A True Story of Rape in America | Ken Armstrong, T Christian Miller
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A heavy, hard, important read. This topic is so timely. Systems must make changes as they continue to break and be broken. #bookclubreads

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A profound glimpse of a teenager living their life within the realities of their existence. It was filled with an important narrative sprinkled with beautiful moments.

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This book gives a unique view, through the lens of the author's personal experiences, the injustices in the United States for black lives. She does not shy away from the realities; she speaks not only to the reality of injustice but also what resistance can look like through organizing. #bookclubreads

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This book peers into the lives of two characters with very different experiences. The author draws you into both stories not only because of the well written, engaging characters but Ozeki draws you into caring for these characters deeply as they each grow throughout the story. I found the story of Naoko more interesting but I believe there is something for everyone in this book that could invite them to enter into the story. #airplanereads

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Tuesdays with Morrie | Mitch Albom
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An important read on living in the world in a full way.

"Are you trying to be as human as you can be?"

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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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A compelling, heart wrenching, empowering story about the role of education in worldview, view of ourselves, and how that impacts how we live in the world. #bookclubreads

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In the Land of Birdfishes | Rebecca Silver Slayter
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Some books are a good strange, that's this one. It weaves narratives and stories and questions together in a mysterious but also beautiful way.

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The Hate U Give | Angie Thomas
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This book tells a compelling story about the importance of justice, the presence of injustice, and what our role in injustice could be.

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Nadia tells a heart breaking, powerful story of her experience as a Yazidi captured and escaped from Daesh (ISIS). She is unwavering in her call to justice through actions against oppressors and alongside those experiencing injustice. #bookclubreads

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This book had gems sprinkled throughout the book. It told a story in a unique, beautiful way and gave voice to the author in intimate, sometimes unexpected ways.

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This book was a beautiful, funny collection of stories from the author's life looking at love, relationships to one's body, parental relationships, a connection to the homeland of her parents and more through the eyes of a child of immigrants. #bookclubreads

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A seemingly hopeless, disjointed narrative about many individuals connected to a community in Canada. I think the author's point was "that it was possible to be crazy as loons and happy as larks at the same time"; I was unconvinced.

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An intricately woven book; it is both a personal journal about the long term effects of trauma and a social commentary on relationships with our bodies, especially those that don't fit the status quo.
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