"Trees fall with spectacular crashes. But planting is silent and growth is invisible."
I can order #poetry like you can order Big Macs. I asked for something tree inspired to go with my current read. https://instagram.com/gios_typos?igshid=19x7v2hpa8gcw
Can't wait to see him in Tampa in two days!
"That's the trouble with people, their root problem. Life runs alongside them, unseen. Right here, right next. Creating the soil. Cycling water. Trading in nutrients. Making weather. Building atmosphere. Feeding and curing and sheltering more kinds of creatures than people know how to count. A chorus of living wood sings [...] If your mind were only a slightly greener thing, we'd drown you in meaning."
@lkurgs Just finished Calypso this morning and look what came in the mail today!! Time to tear into this beauty. I love the cover so much that I want to frame it. #ecolit #ecofiction #pulitzerprize #ecology #greenreads
"I'm often misunderstood at my supermarket in Sussex, not because of my accent but because I tend to deviate from the script. Cashier: Hello, how are you this evening? Me: Has your house ever been burgled? Cashier: What? Me: Your house--has anyone ever broken into it and stolen things?"
"If you were fortunate enough to be born into a family whose ancestors directly benefited from genocide and/or slavery, maybe you think the more you don't know, the more innocent you can stay, which is good incentive to not find out, to not look too deep, to walk carefully around the sleeping tiger. Look no further than your last name. Follow it back and you might find your line paved with gold, or beset with traps."
Although I got kind of impatient with the rambling narration, this touching novel about #grief, #loss, and the human-#animal bond had me hooked from beginning to end. It even jerked a few tears out of me. What I didn't appreciate is that it's full of random and disturbing facts that I didn't need to know and that don't seem to contribute to the story in any meaningful way. Even so, I loved the story and would recommend it. #dogs #nationalbookaward
"Most adults claim not to believe in magic, but Klara knows better. Why else would anyone play at permanence—
fall in love, have children, buy a house—in the face of all evidence there‘s no such thing? The trick is not to convert them. The trick is to get them to admit it." I was pretty slow to get into this book, but I have to admit that it really won me over. It's also full of great quotes.
My perfect Saturday: a gorgeous day outside with delicious food from Golden Dinosaur Vegan Deli and a thought provoking novel about the nature of sentience and intelligence. This mind-bending sci-fi book is unlike anything I've ever read, and is giving me so much to think about. I'm a quarter of the way through and keep pausing to jot down my thoughts. I can't wait to discuss with book club! #scifi #ecolit #sciencefiction #ecology #greenreads
I picked this treasure up at a used book store. It's a bit slow moving, but powerful. I couldn't put it down. A fascinating #dystopian novel about authoritarianism and the manipulation of information and a must-read for fans of 1984, Station Eleven, and The Handmaid's Tale. #readwomen #egyptianauthors #africanauthors #diversebooks #middleeast #dystopia
This book has left me breathless. Truly a masterpiece, though it definitely would not be appreciated by everyone. It's a book that needs the right reader, as it might seem downright weird to some. The novel tackles trauma, powerlessness, mental illness, gender nonconformity, body/mind disconnect, and multiple personality disorder through the lens of Igbo spirituality, myth, and folklore. Brilliant. #Nigerianauthors #readwomen #diversebooks
I normally don't post cookbooks on here, but this one is special. Whether you are #vegan or not, this is the best cookbook ever. If you have any doubts, check out Lauren Toyota's "Hot for Food" YouTube Channel and you too will be rushing out to get this. There isn't a bad recipe in here! Great for feeding your carnivorous friends amazing vegan food they won't be able to resist. #cookbooks #recipes #food #plantbased #cooking
I am officially obsessed with Banana Yoshimoto. This book was soooo good! It's one of those books that was sitting on my bookshelf forever, and I only just got around to reading it. It really touched my heart in a personal, profound way. #grief #loss #readwomen #japaneseauthors #bananamania #diversebooks
Just finished this intriguing #scifi novel that takes place in a (post-earth) space ship traveling in search of a "Promised Land." The ship is organized much like the antebellum South and governed by a cruel and ruthless sovereign. Recommended for fans of Octavia Butler, or anyone interested in examining perspectives on race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual identity. #readblack #blackauthors #civilrights #slavery #genderstudies #civilwar
A very sweet stray cat has set up permanent camp on my doorstep. Anyone in the Tampa Bay area looking to adopt? His name is Oscar, after the character in the book, because he has so much love to give and just wants to be loved, but he can't catch a break. 😂 #catsoflitsy #tuxedocat
Sooo good! Picked this up after attending a great author talk at a school #librarian conference. Teens and adults alike will appreciate this gritty #immigrant #ya novel with excellent dialogue and writing, complex characters, and spiritual-- indeed magical-- elements. Like Jason Reynolds' All American Boys, this is a book for building empathy and understanding. #Haitian #voodoo #teens #teenlibrarian #realistic #immigration #culture #diversebooks
Wow. This book was beyond incredible. I have no words. Just read it. A flight carrying an Uruguayan rugby team crashes in the Andes. Survivors of the crash struggle for their lives in the most brutal conditions imaginable with no hope for rescue. Recommended even if you don't normally go for nonfiction. (I usually don't). This book is thrilling, fast paced, and completely #unputdownable. #survival #nonfiction #memoir
Jerusalem, circa 70 C.E. The writing was beautiful, the characters very well developed. The Dovekeepers is a story told from the perspective of four different women. I really enjoyed it, but also found myself really wanting the plot to move along. I found it tiring that the same events were retold again and again from different perspectives. I look forward to reading more from Alice Hoffman. #historicalfiction #readwomen #bookssetinthemiddleeast
"Through reading, we can witness all that is noble, beautiful, or horrifying about other human beings. [...] Reading is a communal act that connects you to other readers, comrades who have traveled to the same remarkable places that you have and been changed by them too." #education #librarian #teaching #reading
I read this in a single day. I couldn't put it down from the moment I started it. It's so artfully written, making you feel a steady drip, drip, drip of dread as you read. It's dark and tense and powerful, but in the most subtle of ways. I think I may need a mindless romcom or something to lighten the mood... possibly even therapy. I'll probably pick up a middle grade or young adult novel next to cleanse my palette. #manbookerprize #bookerprize
16-year-old Travis is dying. Cancer has spread throughout his entire body, so doctors manage to remove his head, cryogenically freeze it, and eventually attach it to the healthy body of another boy who has died of a brain tumor. Travis wakes up 5 years later, as if from a nap, while the entire world has moved on without him. It is a story of loss, second chances, regret, and letting go. #ya #youngadult #teens #speculative #realistic #librarian
This is probably the best #youngadult novel I have read in a long time. Set in a #dystopian future, after a civil war has been fought over reproductive rights. It's frightening, #disturbing, #suspenseful, and fast-paced. Great for getting reluctant readers hooked on a book. #speculative #ya #teens #librarian #horror
"How did humans manage to cross this critical threshold, eventually founding cities comprising tens of thousands of inhabitants and empires ruling hundreds of millions? The secret was probably the appearance of fiction. Large numbers of strangers can cooperate successfully by believing in common myths." #history #anthropology #humans