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JMEdwards

JMEdwards

Joined March 2018

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Finding Dorothy: A Novel | Elizabeth Letts
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This was a most interesting read. You not only learn about the behind the scenes filming of the Wizard of Oz, but also the life and times of the author of the Oz books as seen through the eyes of his wife, Maud, daughter of the famous suffragist, Matilda Joslyn Gage.

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A Room with a View | Edward M. Forster
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If you have an interest in how middle class British folk talked and felt in the early 1900s this would be a good read. I found them highly annoying. But I guess that was the point of the novel. A mediocre romance at best.

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This Tender Land: A Novel | William Kent Krueger
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I really enjoyed this book. Life is such a hard scrabble isn't it? Just couldn't help but root for these kids as they struggled to survive. Having lived in Minnesota for several years, it was also interesting to trace some of its history and read about places I've been. This opened the door for me to do more research on the subject matter.

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Man Called Ove | Fredrik Backman
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Well, three years later I finally pulled this off my TBR shelf and gave it a read. It confirms my belief that every book has its time. Turns out I ended up liking this book once I got past the first sentence. Several laugh out loud spots and several teary-eyed spots. Highly recommend.

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I definitely pictured him much older. 8mo
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Finally got around to reading this classic. What a bizarre but compelling read. If you have an interest in the horrors of war, the bombing of Dresden in WWII, the aliens on Tralfamadore, or the nature of time. Give this a read. He doesn't pull any punches. Many people die. So it goes.

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Wow! What a powerful read. You know a book has done its job when you want to hear more.

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Kaleidoscope | Brian Selznick
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A new cafe and a new book. A great way to spend the day!

A collection of short stories with a central theme. Just finished "The Spirit Machine". Hope nobody sees me balling in the corner of the Cafe. So much emotion in 3 1/2 short pages. ?

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Interesting! This author attempts to link the hallucinations of indigenous Amazonian shamans to DNA.

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The First Free Women
Original poems inspired by the early Buddhist Nuns
An Ancient Collection Reimagined

by Matty Weingast

I loved this collection of poems! Women's voices speaking to us from 2600 years ago. Thanks to the author for this modern interpretation of an ancient text. Before this book caught my eye, I had never heard of the Therigatha. Women's struggles remain the same.

#poetrymatters

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Project Hail Mary | Andy Weir
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Look for Andy Weir's next book coming out 5/4. What a fun, fast read!!

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"Darwin had in his personal library a copy of an obscure scientific journal that contained an article, written in 1866, with the answer. But he never got around to reading it..."

There is a lesson in here somewhere.

Crazeedi Have to read 2y
Copwithabook 😂 2y
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Haven't popped into the Goodwill for a book look in a while, nice haul for $30🤗

Soubhiville 😲 wow, really nice haul! I loved To Sleep in a Sea of Stars. 2y
wanderinglynn Great haul! 2y
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Beautifully written page!

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Some survival stories for my reads this "weekend". Gobbled up Hatchet last night, starting on Paulsen's Autobiography today.

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See the world through the eyes of someone newly born to it and able to articulate what they are experiencing, limited though they may be in their ability to actually process what is happening around them. Klara will stay with me for a long while. To be released March 2, 2021.

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Interesting psychological thriller. I really enjoyed the author's insights into human nature. Quick read.

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Some authors have a gift for transporting you to another time and place. Not sure what it is exactly that sets them apart. Jennifer Robson certainly falls into this category with her latest book, Our Darkest Night, due out January 2021. A story of a family struggling to survive in Italy during WWII. I was sucked in right from the start and resurfaced a couple days later.

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About a third of the way through. Loving it so far!

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Don Quixote | Cervantes
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Excited to find this 1923 two volume special edition of Don Quixote at the Bizarre Bazaar in Ft. Collins, Colorado!

Megabooks 😍😍 2y
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Charming book! Listened to the audio book and thought it was well voiced.

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Sucker Punch | Laurell K. Hamilton
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Reading Laurell K. Hamilton's latest, Sucker Punch. More than halfway through and still waiting for something to happen. It started out well then stalled. Way too much time being spent on how everyone is feeling. Would benefit from less talk and more action. Loving the Lavender Fairy Tale Cookie though, and enjoying the view across the Bay towards Michigan...how appropriate.

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"Great Achilles."

@ShyBookOwl
#BookHunt

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the hate you give | Angie Thomas
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I really enjoyed this book. I was surprised at the amount of humor given the subject matter. The narrator was exceptional. Painted a clear picture of each character with her voice.

#40miles20hours

About half way... on to the next read (or should I say listen?)

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North of Boston | R. Frost
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"Part of a moon was falling down the west,
Dragging the whole sky with it to the hills.
Its light poured softly in her lap. She saw
And spread her apron to it. She put out her
hand
Among the harp-like morning-glory strings,
Taut with the dew from garden bed to eaves,
As if she played unheard the tenderness
That wrought on him beside her in the night."

From The Death of the Hired Man by Robert Frost

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the hate you give | Angie Thomas
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"Seven and I said we were Slytherins since almost all Slytherins were rich. When you're a kid in a one bedroom in the Projects rich is the best thing anybody can be."

#40miles20hours

@KristenDuck

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"He created the conditions for successful spontaneity. "

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A Tale of Two Cities | Charles Dickens
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Found this complete set of Dickens, published 1891. Not in great condition, but well loved in its time: silk scrap bookmarks, writing in the margins, pasted in articles from an 1893 newspaper, and several ripped pages that were carefully sewn back together.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa It reminds you how rare and precious printed books were then, and how hard they were to replace if torn. 3y
Soubhiville Wow, how cool! I‘ve never seen a hand stitched page before! 3y
Lcsmcat Amazing! What a great find. I didn‘t know you could sew pages back together. 3y
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"The fisherman and his wife, thrifty and hardy peasants, refused to be distracted by the country's incompetent aristocrats and corrupt rulers, who had lost their nation to thieves."

It's a good sign when you're already quoting on page one.

BarbaraBB I learned a lot from this book. 3y
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Very heavy on the statistics but peppered with enough anecdotal stories to keep it interesting. Light on the solutions, but straight forward enough to tell you that people giving you "solutions" is part of the problem. We don't need more on our to do lists!!

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Circe | Madeline Miller
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What an amazing talk by Madeline Miller at the Loft in Minneapolis! I am inspired🤗

MrBook Niiiice! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3y
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The Song of Wandering Aengus | William Butler Yeats, Marina Marcolin
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Some books found on my travels thru London and Dublin, now to pack...

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The Second Sleep | ROBERT. HARRIS
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A cautionary tale with all the subtly of a sledgehammer to the side of the head.

Crazeedi I've enjoyed the books I've read by him, I'll have to look for this one! 3y
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The Second Sleep | ROBERT. HARRIS
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In between my first and second sleep... just a few more pages...

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Joan of Arc | Mark Twain
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Stopped in to the Second Shelf while in London. A Bookstore focusing on primarily rare books written by women.

esurient Oh, I lust to visit there. 3y
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Widely diverse stories were used to illustrate theories on why and how we can misread some people so badly. Because the author was constantly interweaving different scenarios, the book felt a bit disjointed at times. Every story he used, was a familiar one where we have asked ourselves, "how could this happen?" The conclusion was a bit weak and could have benefitted from a more lengthy summary, but overall, highly recommended.

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"We have a default to truth: our operating assumption is that the people we are dealing with are honest... We start by believing. And we stop believing only when our doubts and misgivings rise to the point where we can no longer explain them away."

Suet624 Yup. It gets me every time. 3y
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Thunder Bay: A Novel | William Kent Krueger
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OriginalCyn620 🇨🇦😊 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Cool photo!!!! 3y
Buechersuechtling Wow. Wonderful picture‼️😍 3y
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On vacation in Jackson, WY, found this souvenir. Such beautiful illustrations!

LeahBergen How pretty! 3y
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Untitled | Unknown
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What a melancholy thought!

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Milk and Honey | Rupi Kaur
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I love how forthright and honest she is in her work. I found her second book even more compelling. I wonder if she's working on a third?

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julesG That's beautiful! 3y
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There are some gems in here not to be missed!

charl08 Love this! 3y
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The Mapmaker's Dream | Bill Meissner
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Highlight of today's Book Festiful was stopping by Bill Meissner's tent. If you gave him a topic, he would type up a poem for you, on the fly, on his old typewriter! Here's mine!

#LoftWordPlay

esurient Awesome! 3y
SW-T So cool! 3y
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Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club | Amy Tan, John Henriksen
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Amy Tan Ladies and Gentlemen !!

Henrik_Madsen And Stephen King on guitar?! 🤨 3y
JMEdwards @Henrik_Madsen yes! And Ridley Pearson on the right. They are members of the Rock Bottom Remainders along with Greg Iles, Mitch Albom, Scott Turow, Alan Zeiebel, Roy Blount Jr., Mary Karr, and Dave and Sam Barry. They were at First Avenue in Minneapolis to open our first ever Word Play Book Festival. 3y
Soubhiville That‘s so cool! 3y
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Outsider | Stephen King
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Soubhiville 😮 whoa! 3y
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Northwood | Maryse Meijer
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This weekend is going to put such a dent in my wallet! Stopped by #theLoft #OpenBook to pick up my wristbands for the #LoftWordplay and found these beauties at #MilkweedBooks.

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What Is the What | Dave Eggers
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"...and it is my right and obligation to send my stories into the world, even if silently, even if utterly powerless. "

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The Collector | John Fowles
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A beautiful day at the #NorthfieldBookFair. Think I have some interesting finds!