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Floresj

Floresj

Joined June 2016

mom, teacher, library lover, runner, outdoor enthusiast, self proclaimed nerd😊
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Part history, part science, part political, part innovation, Chip War walks the reader through the innovative of the “chip”, it‘s fabrication, ramifications, and its uses. How we got to the Asian dominance of chip production was interesting and where we go from here is complex and well explained.

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Five families are followed throughout their experiences in the suburbs. Really interesting but I felt that it was more about schools than suburbs. That being said. I think the author should have included teachers‘ point of views of the suburb evolution, city managers and mayors to round out the challenges. I also believed every word of the parents‘ perspectives of what happens in schools. It‘s a wild world out there in public education.

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This Other Eden | Paul Harding
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Quick novel about a mixed race community. Written well, and the plot moves quickly. Characters were interesting and I wanted a bit more- great sign.

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Excellent, page turning description of the development, physics, chemistry, weather, evacuation and defending the city from the Canadian fire in 2016. The explanation of how hot the fire was, how it moved, and the citizens‘ reactions was so good. For me, the last 1/4 of the book lost a little momentum, but that could be because the first 3/4 was so good.

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Readable and informative look at the anatomy of the ocean, its movement and why, biodiversity in all the layers, and complexities. Portions of the book will find its way in my Honors Science class- interesting without being dry, informative not too technical, and a perfect explanation to listen to climate news with more understanding. Excellent.

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This 642 page book spanning different POVs of an immediate family throughout events and flashbacks sometimes meanders. However, the ending is on point and pulls together seemingly loose ends to make the final 1/4 a wonderful page turner. Developed and flawed characters, a slow burn, and worth the time!

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This informative book presented aspects of roads and infrastructure that impact an area‘s ecology in ways I never even considered. Readable and organized, it changed what I noticed on my drive to mountains on I70 in Colorado. Not the usual ecology book- which made it so enjoyable.

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Eastbound | Maylis de Kerangal
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Fantastic novella about a Russian trying to escape conscription with a French woman leaving her relationship as they travel on a train across Siberia. Perfect pacing of plot makes this well written book a quick and enjoyable read.

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I agree with a lot of his points, the information is readable and motivating, and connects many aspects of improving your healthspan. It‘s heavy on the author‘s personal experiences and anecdotes, which started to get off putting. Spoiler alert: exercise- cardio, strength, stability is the best strategy of staving off effects of aging.

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North Woods | Daniel Mason
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This is like a bunch of connected short stories that all use the same setting-a house. I think it was creative and some characters/ stories were great, others….meh. This one is mixed for me.

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Wellness | Nathan Hill
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Following a couple throughout their beginning, childhood and mid-life stories, this book switches perspectives and timelines frequently. There‘s some background information that makes this a long read, but it added justification and explanation to what and why the main character did everything in their relationship. It‘s not perfect, but neither are the characters- which makes this book so enjoyable.

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There is so much of this I loved- the structure of explaining each system, the evolution of the system, how each system is different from a male, and society issues of each system. It was fascinating and so funny. I learned so much- and makes me think that, perhaps, my kids need to deliver a bigger Mother‘s Day gift each year🤣.

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If you are mildly interested or adore owls, this book is wonderful. A lot of interesting topics are presented: how different species hunt, roost, mate, hoot, migrate, take care of their young, and hear. Good anecdotes about researchers that show their love for their work and owls. Good read for my 100th book of the year!

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This memoir reads like a dystopia, but chronicles the Philippines drug war. It‘s graphic, and the title warns you that there will be indiscriminate killing. Though it‘s heartbreaking, it‘s believable. I can absolutely believe/imagine voters supporting a candidate who promises to clean up the streets witb an iron fist and kill addicts, drug pushers and thieves. Added bonus of the book: quick synopsis of Phillipine history.

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How to Say Babylon | Safiya Sinclair
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f you liked Educated, you‘ll like this. Sinclair is a poet- and you know it as you read her memoir. Excellent memoir depicting her dysfunctional family, education and intelligence as an escape hatch, and page turning events. I have a few minor complaints, but overall, this is deserving to get the press it‘s getting.

Christine I keep not getting to this one, but your review encourages me to fix that! 2mo
Tamra I‘m so anxious to get to this one! 2mo
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This is a great anthology of Ms. magazine. Covering reproductive rights, equal rights, Nancy Pelosi, USWNT, fashion, rape, women rappers, prison, balancing work and housework, letters to the editor, and fiction, this book hits the high points over 50 years of reporting. I read this magazine in my early 20s and loved its independent streak- giving me more agency to chart my path that was quite different than I ever thought it would be.

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A bus of Palestinian kindergartens flips, and what ensues is a tragedy. Thrall expertly recounts this event through the generations of families, history, locations, maps, and policies. Well written, informative and heart breaking, this was an excellent “How did we get here?” book. It doesn‘t explain everything, but it added layers to a deeply complex situation.

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The Woman in Me | Britney Spears
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It‘s clear from the writing that Britney wrote this book. She‘s not perfect (and admits her faults and mistakes). However, her family and those around her who took advantage of her age, her acumen, and her body were constant and manipulative. Just like in Spare, the loss of freedom, fame, and public scrutiny on every action take a mental toll that is difficult for a teenager/ young adult to process.

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Absolution: A Novel | Alice McDermott
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Great writing. Good turn of storytelling in the last 1/4 of the book. Vietnam is the setting, but really how the rich, well to do, make a difference, is the focus. However, after reading A Man with Two Faces, the absence and/or Vietnam story in here could have made this more than what it is.

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I love foreign journalists‘ memoirs and this one is fantastic. Readable, vulnerable, intense and informative, Ferguson showcases her life‘s work in Yemen, Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq- the beauty, the people and the tragedy. She has more courage than I could muster, and it makes me be reminded of how much to appreciate those who tell the stories of civilians in war.

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On one hand this story is really engaging and exciting. On the other hand, this story includes some inconsistencies and/or extra details that brings down the pace of the plot. I‘d love to read snippets of her information that she relayed to elevate what intel she found. Mixed review on this one.

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This is very readable, good anecdotes, and preaches succinctly to the choir. Reminds me a lot of the books looking at the electoral college, gerrymandering, and threats to our democracy. This one will most likely verify your views or you‘ll abandon it (or never choose it). I agree with the points, so I liked it.

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The Fraud | Zadie Smith
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‘m going to disagree with the Times best books of the year in this one. It‘s good enough, and reminds me of the older style of writing. I scanned a good portion of this book, good premise but long.

Anna40 I loved the humour & dialogues, the writing & listening to Zadie Smith reading is a delight but somehow I couldn‘t focus & eventually bailed halfway through. I think I‘ll pick this up again but maybe she‘s too intellectual for me or maybe it‘s really too long in places? 3mo
Floresj @Anna40 I had a hard time focusing- I think it‘s just too long in places as well! 3mo
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Not only is the writing beautiful, raw and brilliant, the structure and use of the page was creative and thoughtful. So much in this memoir/ history/ memorial that I‘m lacking for an accurate critique other than that this was my 90th book of 2023 and it was the best book I‘ve read in 2023.

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Pleasant, meandering first person account of the craziness that was the beginning of the pandemic- but through a daily, humorous take that spun it in a enjoyable way. Writing about writing was great, literary connections and just a very enjoyable book.

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The Vaster Wilds | Lauren Groff
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A servant girl flees a colonial settlement and is forced to attempt to survive weather, beasts, navigation, and her memories. This book, for me, was when I truly saw what everyone already said about the genius of Groff as a writer. I loved this book and devoured it.

Chelsea.Poole Agree! 3mo
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Adam Grant writes an inspirational book about character and provides some great motivational zingers. Lots of great anecdotes and the first half is excellent. The second half lost a little steam for me- there‘s a lot of athletic stories, and the education aspects were weaker than other chapters. Even still, it‘s an inspiring, quick book to lift spirits.

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The Shakurs (Afeni,Zayd, Mutulu, Tupac) influence on American society through Black Panther groups, prison breaks, free breakfasts for children, robberies, prison breaks, hospitals using acupuncture for drug rehabilitation speaking up for civil rights, music, and media presence made this book highly entertaining. It‘s worth a read- interesting, entertaining and provocative.

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Pet | Catherine Chidgey
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Quite the enjoyable, page-turning, sick-in-bed read. Some parts of the ending were a little far-fetched, but that didn‘t stop me from turning the page faster.

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Temple Folk | Aaliyah Bilal
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Collection of short stories about black Muslims. Ad with any collection, some are great and others okay. The ones I liked stopped too soon, and the others meandered a bit too much.

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Bright Young Women | Jessica Knoll
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Novel chronicles two women‘s investigation of who killed their friends (Ted Bundy). I loved his name was never used and the focus was on the women, their backgrounds, and their friends. Good read.

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Holly: A Novel | Stephen King
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I stopped reading King years ago after needing to read the ending of one of his books in the middle of the night so I could sleep. As it turns out, his ability to write an obsessively suspenseful novel hasn‘t diminished during my sabbatical. Even when you know the killers in the first 25 pages, it‘s still suspenseful. Some parts could have been shorter, but it‘s truly superb.

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This started strong, weird and funny. It‘s good, and some stories are fantastic and others were just ok. It needed 3 more really goods to get a 4/5 stars😜

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Interesting book about the people, history, technology, nonprofits and companies trying to map the ocean floor. Some parts are really interesting and other parts less so. It‘s weird to read a book about mapping with no figures, pictures, graphics or maps. I think visuals would have elevated this book for me.

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4.5 stars rounded up to 5.
There‘s some leaps in believability. This doesn‘t make you think deeply of societal issues, but it does make you turn the page quickly. Creative way of telling this story that adds to the crescendo of the excellent last few chapters.

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Last year, I started using a 5 year journal, and noticed how it did make me happier. This is somewhat like that, and the essays are informal and loose. There‘s a lot to like in the book, and I think I liked the idea of a book of delights more than the essays. Good book, nonetheless.

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In the Distance | Hernan Diaz
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This is an exceptional book of traveling the west and trying to be good in crazy situations. In a weird way, it reminded me of how I felt while/ after reading Life of Pi.

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All encompassing investigation about waste in every form. That doesn‘t sound really interesting, but it is. Told from a variety of locations on Earth, personal stories and impacts on Earth, it‘s informative and engaging. Highly recommend!

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The Postcard | Anne Berest
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A gripping WWII story that chronicles one family‘s experience in France and various countries. The postcard storyline felt forced to me, but the rest of the story was well done. Good historical fiction novel.

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Witness: Stories | Jamel Brinkley
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As with many short story collections, I felt as though some were superb and others ok. The average fell a little off for me- but the ones that hit on, definitely did. Some stories I wanted longer whereas some I had difficulty connecting. Good collection.

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Small Mercies | Dennis Lehane
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Thriller set in Boston during the desegregation of 1974 in South Boston. Mary Pat is a bad ass and though her methods are morally questionable, it didn‘t make me like her any less. “Broken but unbreakable” might be one of my favorite quotes of the book.

jlhammar Great read! I just watched this related American Experience (PBS), makes a great companion to this book:
https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/films/busing-battleground/hickleberr...
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This was mostly about a black mother‘s garden in Fort Collins, CO. However, it was also about being a mother during remote learning and COVID, being black and living in Fort Collins/US, environmental practices, and neighbors told eloquently by a poet.

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“The past is never dead. It is not even past.” This book tells the story of the 12 students who integrated Clinton High School- and all the violence, personal stories, and events that went with it. Schools always seem to be a battleground.

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This is a well written, completely engaging historical fiction novel set in 1500s China. Chinese culture and women‘s friendships, roles, and responsibilities create an engrossing storyline. Concubines, foot binding, Chinese medicine, family drama, and midwives makes this one receive a high recommendation from me!

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McBride has a distinct ability to create colorful characters and a cadence to his story telling that makes reading fun.

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Goodell does a fantastic job of using each chapter to explore a different issue on the ramifications of a warming planet. The science is solid, personal stories to make the human impact of heat relatable, hope in solutions, and warnings if we don‘t act with urgency. Great read!

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This is a thoughtful, readable, funny, interesting analysis of pop culture. Harris is a little younger than me and since I do t watch a lot of TV series, some of the examples I didn‘t know firsthand. It didn‘t take away from her points, and each essay was biographical, connected and well written. I‘ll be thinking about her points for awhile. Excellent!

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Blue Hour | Tiffany Clarke Harrison
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Lukewarm 4/5 stars. There‘s so much here- fertility, past trauma, past destructive behavior, family, marriage riding with the dilemma of choosing to have a child with today‘s racial climate. Told from what feels like a stream of consciousness and bouncing time periods, I felt as if I was in the narrator‘s mind. There‘s a lot in this short, well written novel.

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Monsters: A Fan's Dilemma | Claire Dederer
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This is part memoir and part essays of if we can still love the art of horrible people. I loved so much of this book. I found the essays to be thought provoking and vulnerable, when I really expected a scandalous read of the horrible crimes of famous artists…which it wasn‘t. It‘s a mental exercise of how/if one is allowed to enjoy what monsters make.

SamAnne I‘ve been trying to get to this one! 7mo
Megabooks Agree! Great review! 7mo
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Harold | Steven Wright
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Some parts of this book are really funny and well done. Harold is a 7 year old, and the entirety of the novel is the thoughts (and dreams) that Harold has. I thought the random thoughts were funny, and I loved the teacher vs Harold comments and moments with his grandfather. I couldn‘t get into the dreams as without a plot driving the novel, these just missed the mark for me.