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JackieSmith

JackieSmith

Joined April 2016

English teacher & book recommender
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A Fortune for Your Disaster by Hanif Abdurraqib
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Notes from the Field by Anna Deavere Smith
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How the Light Gets In | Katy Upperman
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How the Light Gets In is, on the surface, a sweet teen summer romantic mystery...but under the surface Upperman explores serious issues such as grief, family, and clashing values.

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JackieSmith Callie is on the cusp of womanhood and, since the death of her younger sister the previous summer, has questioned everything she believed was true about her life. She used to think that she'd go to college. That she might be falling in love with her cute new neighbor. That she'd find value and worth in her swimming accomplishments. That her family was unshakeable. Now she's unsure about all of those things. 1w
JackieSmith The central questions for every characters are “How can I go on when I've played a role in such a traumatic event?“ and “What does it mean to grieve what was, what could have been, and move forward into a new and uncomfortable 'normal'?“ #teachersoflitsy
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With the Fire on High | Elizabeth Acevedo
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Another must-read from Elizabeth Acevedo. Emoni‘s story of struggle, loneliness, family, resilience, & becoming confident in herself is going to resonate with so many of my students.

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Let Me Hear a Rhyme | Tiffany D. Jackson
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Book mail is the best mail, amirite?

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Normal: A Novel | Warren Ellis
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What are the consequences of our actions? (Yes, this is Warren Ellis the comic writer.) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

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Everything Under | Daisy Johnson
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Just starting this book & hoping I can squeeze in a few hours of reading this afternoon before returning to work Monday. The writing is wonderful so far.

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Bookish gifts from my sweet husband. He knows me well. ☺️ Shirt & mug (reveals titles when it gets hot!) via @outofprint

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“But she could see that the blizzard had blown itself out & left in its wake, as the worst storms often did, a luminous day.

Though it was, as any good Quebecker knew, an illusion. The sun was gleaming off its fangs.”

*”gleaming off its fangs”.* Wow. I wish I would‘ve written that.

tpixie Wow! 😮 6mo
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There There: A novel | Tommy Orange
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This book. I thought I was reading to find more about modern Native Americans, but found myself reflected back to me. I‘m amazed by how Tommy Orange manages to make this story specific yet universal. I know, aren‘t all stories specific yet universal? They are. But not like this. 6/5 stars

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Elevation | Stephen King
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Set in Castle Rock, this suspense thriller took me on a rollercoaster of emotion. Scott is losing weight--losing gravity—though his physical appearance remains unchanged. What will happen when he doesn‘t have any more weight to lose? Probably one of my favorite King stories ever.

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The Chosen | J.R. Ward
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It‘s a Black Daggar Brotherhood book: what more needs to be said? This one reveals the new holy being as well as a new threat against the King.

PenguinInFlight I‘m rereading this series right now! 🤗 I realized there were a few new ones out that I hadn‘t read (this being one of them) and started at the beginning. I‘m currently on book 5. 9mo
JackieSmith @PenguinInFlight the first few in the series are my favorite. I did like this one as it featured the ladies more than the past few have. Frankly I‘m impressed that she keeps publishing one of these a year. 9mo
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Oryx and Crake | Margaret Atwood
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My library‘s display of end of times/apocalyptic books is on point! Each of the paper jackets had a brief summary & representative drawing. I think I‘m going to do something like this in my classroom library for Halloween. #teachersoflitsy #litsyloveslibraries

JaclynW So cool! 10mo
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Determined to finish this as my third #24in48 book!

Jess7 🎉📚🤗 11mo
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Went to the public library to use the free restroom. Bought a book. My husband said, “How did you buy just one?” 😘 I love him! Side note: Ocean Beach Public Library has a fantastic book sale section.

Christine Ooh, which Ocean Beach? San Diego? If so I must check out their book sale, haven‘t been to that branch in a while! 11mo
JackieSmith @Christine yes, San Diego! It‘s even organized by genre. 👍🏻 11mo
Christine Oh yay! I will be heading there soon. :) (edited) 11mo
Peddler410 I read this when it first came out. I‘ve recently purchased a new copy. 2mo
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#currentlyreading this amazing book & mad that I‘m over halfway finished. It is SO GOOD!

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Not Quite Narwhal | Jessie Sima
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Last week my mom retired from teaching. I finished with my students the previous week; so I got to read to her 2nd graders on their last day of school. They were enchanted by the words, pictures, & message of this book. And they-unprompted by me-impromptu debated whether unicorns are myths or reality. I‘m looking forward to reading this with my 10th graders in the fall! #teachersoflitsy

Bette I loved this when it came across my desk. ❤️👍 12mo
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Are You Sleeping | Kathleen Barber
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This novel juxtaposes transcripts & social media regarding a true crime “Serial” type podcast with prose regarding how the podcast is affecting the life of the victim‘s family (one daughter in particular). I guessed who actually committed the crime so it‘s between a so-so & a pick for me (I rounded up to ‘pick‘). This would be a good beach read as it‘s quite readable but forgettable.

Cinfhen Helpful review! Thanks 13mo
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A Case of Need: A Novel | Michael Crichton, Jeffery Hudson
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Crighton‘s early medical thriller about abortion, published before Roe v Wade, is still current in that it asks that the reader consider medical law versus medical ethics. Crighton‘s intimate knowledge of the medical field, especially pathology, adds rich layers of detail. Though not as well written as his later works, if you enjoy thrillers or suspense you‘ll enjoy this.

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True crime meets thriller in McNamara‘s posthumously published account of the Golden State Killer. If you enjoy true crime this is not to be missed, especially with the recent arrest of Joseph James De Angelo.

Drnkpnkprincess I‘m almost finished with this book and am completely fascinated. I will never feel the same driving on the 680 again. 😢 13mo
JackieSmith @Drnkpnkprincess I lived on the same block where he was seen in Visalia! 😳 13mo
Drnkpnkprincess @JackieSmith SO scary! It‘s amazing how a group of people didn‘t give up and now these cases *could be/should be* closed. 13mo
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Everyone Poops | Taro Gomi
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Someone slipped this into my classroom library & I can‘t stop laughing!

bookishkris But I love that it‘s called toilet teaching and not training; I had a director at the child care I used to work at say that it was toilet learning, we weren‘t training them to do tricks. 13mo
JackieSmith @bookishkris 😂I love that perspective! 13mo
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Forgot I preordered this paperback! Unexpected book mail is the best mail, amiright? 😜

cocomass Such a good book! 1y
britt_brooke Nice!! I have this but it‘s still #TBR. 😬 1y
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An American Marriage | Tayari Jones
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It‘s not me, it‘s you. We‘re breaking up. (I can see why people like this book. But it put me into a foul, foul mood. #dnf and happy about it.)

ReadingSusan It‘s definitely a super depressing and sad book. 1y
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American War | Omar El Akkad
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American War is the story of a strong woman finding her way when all she has are hard choices. I especially like how the author interspersed “found” nonfiction (interviews, articles, depositions, etc) within the narrative. If you enjoy dystopian &/or novels with strong female characters you‘ll enjoy this. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

MicheleinPhilly This has been on my unread #BOTM shelf for AGES. 1y
Megabooks I loved this too!! 1y
JackieSmith @MicheleinPhilly What are you waiting for? ☺️ 1y
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JackieSmith @Booksandcooks Isn‘t it so great? I think I love it as much as 1y
Megabooks @JackieSmith I do love it but not as much as station because station is my all-time favorite book! 1y
LeeRHarry I couldn't finish this but loved Station Eleven 😊 (edited) 1y
Cakeypal Just finished it. I liked it but I didn‘t love it. Glad you lent it to me though! 13mo
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Starting Spring Break off right: in a coffee sho, reading with my love. His: Nowhere Men; mine: American War by Omar El Akkad. He wanted to read Sex Criminals but was too embarrassed to read it in public. ☺️

JackieSmith The book I‘m reading: 1y
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I hope you have a better day tomorrow, @mrozzz ! XOXO Rhino

Tanzy13 🐶 1y
Texreader Oooooh someone‘s so happy!! 1y
JoScho 😍❤️ 1y
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mrozzz Rhino?! OMG 😮😍☺️💜💜💜💜 Thank youuuu 1y
RaimeyGallant So cute! 1y
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We Were Here | Matt de la Peña
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I‘m feeling so fortunate to have met Matt de la Pena & heard his personal journey & his reading of his newest book, Love. He then had a personal conversation with everyone who brought books to be signed. What a wonderful experience. #teachersoflitsy I hope you have some/all of his books in your class library.

Tamra Such a beautiful book! 1y
Cakeypal I love that book. It‘s inclusiveness and sweetness especially. 1y
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American War | Omar El Akkad
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Airplane reading. So far is heartbreaking & wonderfully written & raw.

EvieBee I‘m loving this spartan cover. 1y
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So excited that my #cupidgoespostal package arrived from Polska! I‘m spoiled beyond belief: several books from my TBR, bookmarks, pencils, sweet treats, & a book bag from Krakow‘s English bookstore. Dziekuje bardzo @CaroPi !!!

MrBook Oooh! 😁 1y
LeahBergen Those bookmarks!! 😍😍😍 1y
CaroPi I am so glad Is finally there. Now I can open my box!!! 1y
Avanders Yay!! 💖💋🌸 1y
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Promise Not to Tell | Jayne Ann Krentz
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A fast paced thriller with lots of twists & turns, this is classic JAK in the best sense. It does connect with other books but can be read as a stand-alone.

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Behind Her Eyes | Sarah Pinborough
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For fans of surprising endings/Girl on a Train/Woman in Cabin 10 type narratives. I guessed part of this thriller correctly. The writing style was challenging for me, & I found one of the characters to be dumbfoundingly naive & another to be unobservant—when his job is to be observant. 🙄 Still, the ending felt satisfying; so it ends up as a ‘pick‘ for me.

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Behind Her Eyes | Sarah Pinborough
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Spending time in dr offices means more time to read. This was recommended by a good friend who said “it‘s worth it for the last 3 pages,” & I‘m currently wishing I was the type of reader who could read the last 3 pages & move on to another book. It is so slow right now!

Kappadeemom It is so good!! 1y
JackieSmith @Kappadeemom I told my friend that it better be worth it! 😂 I read Sleeping Beauties faster than this! 1y
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Playing Cupid | Jenny Meyerhoff
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My #cupidgoespostal package is winging its way across the country! I had sooo much fun picking everything out! Thanks for hosting @MrBook @BookBabe @Avanders

BookwormAHN Cool 💜 1y
Avanders 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽💘💘 1y
JackieSmith @BookwormAHN you should receive it by Friday girlfriend! 💕💕 1y
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Spill Zone | Scott Westerfeld
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A graphic novel (that is “to be continued“ grr) focusing on a young woman & what she does to support her younger sister, who has been traumatized by the events in the “Spill Zone”. Fans of dystopian and/or sci-fi narratives will enjoy this story.

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Sleeping Beauties | Stephen King, Owen King
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This was a feminist narrative with excellent pacing and good character development. If you enjoy “what if” plots, feminist themes, and hints of magical realism, you might want to pick up Sleeping Beauties.

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Sleeping Beauties | Stephen King, Owen King
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Trying to finish this tome today. I‘m enjoying it much more than I thought I would. #2017goals

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Books I received as gifts...feeling very loved!

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Long Way Down | Jason Reynolds
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This novel in verse is both a testament & love letter to the real life experiences of many of my students. Jason Reynolds is able to craft character & establish an emotional connection quickly. Fellow teachers, this is going in my classroom library & will also be used as a mentor text. #teachersoflitsy

WanderingBookaneer I started this one today! 2y
JackieSmith @WanderingBookaneer I‘m excited to see what you think! 2y
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Long Way Down | Jason Reynolds
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Working with my husband at Panera Bread: he‘s writing papers for grad school; I‘m reading this amazing novel by the sexiest author of 2017.

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Dark Matter | Blake Crouch
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If you like Michael Creighton you‘ll like this dark thriller. Read the entire book today. I love vacation! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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This Is Where It Ends | Marieke Nijkamp
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Warning: You‘ll begin this book & won‘t put it down until you‘re finished & crying cathartic tears. I appreciate that Nijkamp explores some of the complexities of being a teenager in an uncertain world. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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New in! I think her poetry is trite BUT my students love it, so...into my classroom library it goes.

britt_brooke Trite is accurate. 2y
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Looking for Alaska | John Green
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My local library‘s Banned Books Week display only had a few books left!

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One of Us Is Lying | Karen M. Mcmanus
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Warning: this fast paced YA thriller will keep you up toooo late as you & the main characters try to figure out whodunit. It was well paced & believable, & I adored both sets of strong, supportive sisters. My students are going to love it!

CoffeeK8 This was great! 💕 I really found myself invested in all the characters by the ends 2y
Bette Totally agree. 😀 2y
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Timeline | Michael Crichton
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New favorite shirt.

Meeko93 I love it! 2y
Cortg Cute! 2y
Lmstraubie Love this!!!!💙💚💛💜 2y
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Revolution | Deborah Wiles
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Forgot I had an appointment today, & happy for unplanned reading time!

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#bookmail makes my heart go pitter -patter. Thank you so much @ArielElise for The Moor's Account! The writing is gorgeous & it has a very satisfactory conclusion. I'll follow your recommendations any day. The bottom four I'm going to read & then put in my #classroomlibrary

ArielElise I'm so glad you enjoyed it! Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits by Lalami is another great read. It's faster and the prose is less dense. The Moor's Account is still my favorite of hers, though. 2y
JackieSmith Thanks @ArielElise ! I've added it to my TBR list. 2y
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Ready for #litsypartyofone -- half checking Litsy, half watching National Speech & Debate Awards & wishing I was there with my students. After that will jump back into The Moor's Account, which I'm finding beautiful but slow reading.

RealLifeReading This wasn't the easiest of reads but I really liked it 2y
Nat_Reads I just started this book! 2y
JackieSmith @RealLifeReading @Nat_Reads it looks as if my bookmark is standing still! 2y
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queerbookreader Do you teach debating? 2y
JackieSmith @lemonlime799 Both speech & debate are extracurricular at my school; I'm the head coach. And of course I teach argumentation in class (English). Do you coach/teach debate? 2y
queerbookreader @JackieSmith Oh my GOD no. I'm a college dropout with severe social anxiety--nothing about me makes me qualified to teach debate 😂 I was just wondering because none of my schools ever had debate teams and I think it's a really useful skill to learn 2y
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Notes on the Assemblage | Juan Felipe Herrera
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Still on an emotional & literary high from attending the opening of the Laureate Lab yesterday at California State University Fresno along with 40 students. It is amazing to see Juan Felipe's vision in 3D, & to have students beg to stay longer. All three of our Fresno Poet Laureates were present, along with Margarita Engle, the newly appointed Young People's Poet Laureate.

Vblancsbooks Oh wow I am a Fresnian! I ran into Juan at a local Starbucks n had a fan moment! Such a great man and soul! 2y
JackieSmith L-R: Peter McDonald, Dean of Library Services; James Tyner, former Fresno Poet Laureate 2013-2015; Juan Felipe Herrera, former US Poet Laureate 2015-2017; Lee Herrick, former Fresno Poet Laureate 2015-2017; Margarita Engle, Young People's Poet Laureate; Bryan Medina, current Fresno Poet Laureate 2017-2019. 2y
JackieSmith @Vblancsbooks Girl you have GOT to get to the Lab. It's inspiring! And you're right, Juan Felipe is so kind & genuine. 2y
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melbeautyandbooks That's awesome! 2y
ArielElise Fantastic photo! It was great meeting you at the 4Cs last weekend. Feel free to email me at arieleandrew@gmail.com & I'll send you the Lalami book I forgot to bring.😊 2y
JackieSmith @ArielElise I emailed you (finally)! Thank you! 2y
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Lola | Melissa Love
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I won a Goodreads giveaway! Yay!

Cinfhen Yay! Congrats 🎉🎉🎉 2y
LeahBergen 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
Simona Congrats 🍾 📚👏👏👏 2y
Bandrea Yay!!! I finally won one a couple months ago! 2y
TheLibrarian 👏🏻👏🏻🎉🎉 2y
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This was everything I wanted it to be & more: tender, harsh, heartbreaking, real. All told in gorgeous prose. I cried when it was over because the last page brings all of the stories together. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people (28). #amwriting #writingview

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