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jillrhudy

Joined March 2018

Librarian. Appalachian. Anglophile.
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Liking this audiobook very much from RBDigital, borrowed from the library. Narrator is Luke Thompson. #anglophilesoflitsy #WWII #historicalfiction #theblitz

Aimeesue So I went to one of Cleaves' readings for Little Bee at the Margaret Mitchell house years ago and he said that he picks up the accents and verbal cadences of his characters by eavesdropping on people on public transport and listening to radio programs from their home countries. 😂 2d
jillrhudy He‘s gifted with dialogue! (edited) 2d
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Washington County Public Library System | Abingdon, Virginia (Library)
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I just realized that instead of a book you can tag a PLACE. Such as THIS place. How about that? If you're ever in Abingdon, Virginia, which is on Interstate 81 (exits 14, 17, 19) come and see us! #librariansoflitsy @aimeesue

Aimeesue Will you give me a library card to add to my collection if I do? 😄 3d
jillrhudy @Aimeesue It will cost ya! $10 a year. And I can't imagine we have anything one of your libraries doesn't! 3d
Aimeesue @jillrhudy Oh, I can swing ten bucks a year to add to my pile of ❤️LIBRARY CARDS ♥️ And the important part is, does your library have what I want WHEN I want it? 3d
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Aimeesue And I'll say this: having cards from libraries in different areas, it becomes readily apparent that tastes vary widely between regions. Jax has a lot more Sci-fi than Fairfax County, and DC has MANY more books related to the experience of Black Americans, for obvious reasons. 3d
jillrhudy @Aimeesue If I were you--and I'm being VERY disloyal here--I would get library cards from libraries with statewide Overdrive consortia. Tennessee READS has a delicious number of British titles. That way you can just load a whole deck onto Libby and shop around! 3d
Aimeesue @jillrhudy Ooooooh! 2d
RaimeyGallant I love this feature! Hope to visit someday! 2d
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Tryst | Elswyth Thane
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Talk about VINTAGE! At the request of Leah, here‘s an EIGHTY year old library bound copy of Tryst. It‘s filthy, spotty, torn, and has a Dole Banana sticker on p. 53. Out of print for eons. Stamps in the back go back to 1972.
#coololdbooks #vintagebooks #librarybinding #romance @LeahBergen

LeahBergen Haha! Look at it! 😆😆 So awesome! Check this out, @rubyslippersreads ! 4d
rubyslippersreads I love the funky designs on those old rebound library books. Thanks, @LeahBergen 😊 And @jillrhudy if you haven‘t already read this book, it‘s one of my favorites 4d
jillrhudy I‘m getting ready to dive in! 4d
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Recursion | Blake Crouch
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Sometimes it happens that I grab a fresh book out of cataloging and don‘t get a chance to read it due to life and ARCs and whatever, and then I feel bad after 5 days and let the salivating patrons on the holds list have it. So it is with Recursion! Back it goes! I can always read it after the dust settles. #librariansoflitsy #guilt #holdslist

Crazeedi I had to do the same, returned it, I may get it later...😉 6d
jillrhudy @Crazeedi yep! It's not going anywhere. If nothing else I can get on the holds list for an e-book. Audio would take until Christmas, because our audiobooks are in HOT demand, but a plain old e-book would be about a month for me, or less. 6d
Crazeedi @jillrhudy agree!! 5d
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You thought the book was disturbing? Try the graphic novel. 😱 #graphicnovel #atwood #handmaidstale #dystopia

marleed My Daughter-in-law is such a big fan of the series so I convinced my son to purchase the graphic novel as an actual surprise gift. She loved it! 6d
jillrhudy @marleed It's intense!!! 6d
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Mehso-so

I received an advance reader's copy in exchange for an honest review. I tripped over the book's poor organization. I also wanted more about how the author approached being a social worker differently after one of her children became an addict. I felt for Lamb, both in her job and as a mom; I didn't think this book pulled the conflicts together. Full review at https://www.librarything.com/work/22688562/reviews/170615749

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I predict this will be a challenging if not positively gutting piece of nonfiction. Out since June 25 but only just now received it. #bookmail #arc #parenting #socialcommentary

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City of Girls | Elizabeth Gilbert
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Everything good you are hearing about this novel is true. #nyc #WWII #fashion #theater #historicalfiction #deservesthebuzz

Cathythoughts Really ??!! I better just get it then 2w
marleed Made my Top6Reads. I just loved it! 2w
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Recursion | Blake Crouch
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It‘s good to be a #librarian. Littens are raving over both of these new books, so they both go home with yours truly. #librarylife #newreleases #fiction #librariansoflitsy

Crazeedi City of girls is marvelous!! 2w
jillrhudy @Crazeedi It certainly is so far! I know some theatre folks who would eat it up with a spoon! 2w
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Here are my #top6reads of 2019 so far. All great! All very thought-provoking! Lots of strong females represented including Dave's dear dog, Lucy!

marleed Your last 2 books are dropping from a library near me very soon! 2w
jillrhudy @marleed I couldn't recommend them more! I'm seriously thinking of buying them both to have forever. 2w
marleed Evvie was just loaned to me! Boy I spend way more on books because of my free Elib. If a book meets my strict 5 star requirement then I get to go purchase- even at full price. So far in 2019 I‘ve had 6 5-star reads which was perfect for today‘s prompt! 2w
Cinfhen Need to checkout some of your titles!!! Thanks for sharing ❣️ 2w
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As chick lit goes, this is absolutely wonderful, with unusual depth and perception. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Conklin‘s writing is nearly flawless and she carried me right along in rapt fascination despite some perspective changes and time jumps. Love the whole sibling dynamic theme. These four reminded me a good deal of the Brontes but I still don‘t get the title. Also it meandered some toward the end before the author pulled it all together very nicely and I cried a bit. Just the right touch of dystopia. #siblings #family #addiction #strongwomen

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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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These Irish kids started out interesting but began to bore me to tears. Loads of emotion related flatly. No quotation marks (which I hate). When Connell and Marianne went to college, I lost interest. This kind of story works best in high school, where it has a meaningful backdrop and can remain all angsty and Breakfast-Clubesque. I‘m also weary of waiting for the young couple‘s socioeconomic class difference to mean something.

BookwormM The book went nowhere so you are not missing anything 3w
jillrhudy I suspected as much. It‘s a shame really, because she nailed that whole uncomfortable adolescent love vibe. 2w
Aimeesue I liked it, but I'm not bothered by the weird lack of quotation marks. I think it's better viewed as a whole, where you can see how each affected the outcome of the other's life so far. That's kind of the point of this one, I think. 2w
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I Miss You When I Blink: Essays | Mary Laura Philpott
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Mary Laura Philpott hits me and all perfectionists right in the solar plexus with her essay collection “I Miss You When I Blink” 🤗#IMissYouWhenIBlink #essays #selfhelp

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Bailedbailed

Dr. Oz quackery with gorgeous design still quacks. Not that there isn‘t some decent advice herein. He‘s pushing product in this book and when he says “numerous studies show” he cites none. For nutrition advice, try “Dressing on the Side.” For sleep advice, try “The Sleep Solution.” Brushing your skin won‘t “decrease the load on your kidneys” 😂 but feels nice. This is where I bailed.

Aimeesue I didn't even know my kidneys were carrying anything! 2mo
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Mehso-so

With great regret I declare it only so-so. Very derivative of his earlier and much superior works, right down to the feces-smearing monkey, the girl in a tree, the commune, and the guru. Entirely predictable. None of Boyle‘s trademark black humor—straight up tragedy except for when the midsixties changes to the hippie era. Maybe I would like it if it was the first of his books I‘d read. As it is, it just made me sad. #addiction #sixties

Aimeesue Aw, too bad. Disappointing books from favorite authors just make me sad. 3mo
jillrhudy I will say this: the portrayal of parents of a child slipping into addiction, one compromise at a time, is genius. (edited) 3mo
jillrhudy This is my 17th Boyle! 3mo
Aimeesue @jillrhudy You're Boyling over. 2mo
TheNerdyProfessor I just started this one... About 30 pages in and I'm feeling pretty engrossed. I actually think many of Boyle's books paint a bleak portrait for humanity. 2mo
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Women Talking: A Novel | Miriam Toews
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There isn‘t a CAN‘T EVEN big enough for how much I can‘t even. Based on true crime, it‘s about a closed society where men have ALL the power and women decide to take back some. Anybody who thinks women in these situations need to “stay and pray” can get in line to kiss my ohhhhhhkaaay here are some hashtags #domesticviolence #rape #coverups #sexualabuse #mennonites #canada #faith #survival #feminism #whydonttheyjustleave #because1000reasons

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Very arty, wild, profane, and full of honest-to-goodness inspiration and insight. Applies just as much—maybe more—to mature readers who have been kicked around by life. A keeper for re-reads. #design #selfhelp #productivity #inspiration

Aimeesue That's a great cover! 3mo
jillrhudy It folds out for more of his art and so does the back! 3mo
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A fun listen! I went into the audio knowing nothing about the book and I‘m glad. I might have rejected it based on a broad description for not being “my thing.” However, the person who recommended it to me knows fantasy lit better than almost anyone. The book has been one surprise after another and halfway through, I‘m all in! A steampunk Girl Power book that blends many elements of classic novels together. #audiobook #fantasy #Victorian

Aimeesue Just borrowed this via Libby. I'm trying to take longer walks with the doggos so maybe a book instead of a podcast will help. Plus I've now listened to all the episodes of A Good Read that are available on iTunes. 😁 3mo
jillrhudy I laughed like crazy—over Diana especially. 3mo
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Busman's Honeymoon | Dorothy L. Sayers
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Delicious, and Lord Peter is narrated by Ian Carmichael, but it is not “unabridged.” I know exactly what Lord Peter said to Harriet on the wedding night, and it‘s not included. The production is on the Libby app and at Internet Archive.
https://archive.org/details/BusmansHoneymoonByDorothyLSayers
#audiobook #libby #mystery #countryhousemystery #england #dorothylsayers

rretzler One of my favorite series. Too bad the audiobook is abridged. 3mo
jillrhudy It‘s a dramatization, as it turns out, from the BBC. Not strictly an audiobook 3mo
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This was quite good. The myriad parts of the immune system are over my head, but I learned a lot about immunology, medical wonders and general well-being. #medicine #immunity #arc #earlyreaders

Aimeesue My immune system sucks. It attacked my pancreas, with no provocation whatsoever! I‘m still not very happy about that. 3mo
Aimeesue The book sounds very interesting though! 3mo
Crazeedi Stacking!! 3mo
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Wouldn‘t Flavia love today‘s Google Doodle! I‘m working my way through the Flavia De Luce series. Just finished book two. Strains credulity at times but very fun light reading.

Crazeedi One of my daughters favorite series! Her kitty is flavia 3mo
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A lightweight mystery with an engaging heroine and a touch of romance, nicely read, great for listening to while doing housework. #audiobook #mystery #england #twenties #betweenthewars #brightyoungthings

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Just got this #arc thanks HarperCollins! #medicine #immunity #science #health #wellness

Aimeesue Oooooh! Science!❤️ 4mo
jb72 That‘s looks very interesting. I‘ve added it to my TBR. 4mo
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Once Upon a River | Diane Setterfield
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You know when authors introduce characters 1-5 and you‘re totally hooked, but then they jump to characters 6-8 and you‘re quasi-okay but REALLY want to get back to 1-5, but instead, in the next chapter you get character 8 foisted upon you plus 9, 10, and... you don‘t care enough to wait around for 10 to get fleshed out or even that much about characters 1-5 any more? Because they could be two whole chapters away still? 😠

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Early Riser | Jasper Fforde
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Delicious, with a Pratchettesque wit that the #OokBookClub and @Aimeesue will appreciate. 😂 I‘ve missed Fforde! #scifi #fantasy #dystopia #Wales

Aims42 What, Pratchettesque?!? I‘M IN 👍🏻 4mo
Aimeesue Huzzah! 4mo
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Victory Garden | Rhys Bowen
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Magnificent! Highly recommended for Maisie Dobbs fans. Read it from cover to cover. Definitely stacking her other standalone titles. I‘ve long enjoyed her “Her Royal Spyness” series. #WWI #historicalfiction

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Truly excellent book on #nutrition. Covers many topics.

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Fukuyama makes a lot of connections, economic and political, across history. He‘s in favor of national identity and assimilation in moral terms—your religion doesn‘t allow you to enslave women, for instance; you must adopt American values—and he goes to the root of identity politics. Very thought provoking 🤔 #socialcommentary #economics #politics #immigration

Aimeesue And what are “American values,” according to Fukiyama, please? 5mo
jillrhudy Democracy, equal rights (including all marginalized groups), basic freedoms per Bill of Rights 5mo
jillrhudy Oh, and the Rule of Law (which my husband calls the Rulala) and so he makes a strong anti-Trump case 5mo
Aimeesue Rule of law is great, compared to what came before, but it‘s troublesome when the laws are enacted to keep those in power in power. I‘m more for Rule of Justice. Not likely to catch on though, is it? 4mo
Aimeesue I do like “Rulala” though! 4mo
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Philosophical, but very accessible and easy reading so far (on p. 30). #Politics #Socialcommentary #philosophy

Aimeesue Hmmmmmmmm. 5mo
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Good Riddance | Elinor Lipman
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Crime and Punishment | Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky
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If you want to concentrate on a deep book but your brain is itching for your phone, here‘s a tip 🧠 📲 🖊 grab a paperback and a pen, and scribble, scribble, scribble. #russianlit #classics

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I‘m not a Boomer, I‘m generation X, but this book makes me glad to be a woman in a way that nothing else has ever done, except nursing babies. It‘s like five self-help books rolled into one and reminds me of Madeline L‘Engle and Anne LaMott. Deep, relevant, brilliant. #selfhelp #aging #feminism

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Scribe: A Novel | Alyson Hagy
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Bailing due to bewilderment. Not everything in a book should be a mystery; a reader needs a place to set her feet.

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Scribe: A Novel | Alyson Hagy
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Girl tries to eke out a living and protect herself in Appalachia after a war in this dystopian novel. Sounds like my 2001-2008 memoirs. Mixed reviews per “it‘s twisted.” Count me all in. #appalachia #dystopia #survival

kyraleseberg I really enjoyed this one! 6mo
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The poems of Ursula K. Le Guin‘s last four years of life are powerful, powerful—even as the poet weakens. #poetry #aging

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28 out of 38 of my Modern Library Editions with dust jackets. All that will fit on this credenza. I have 27 without dust jackets also. 🥰 #collectible #oldbooks #modernlibrary #blumenthal

Lcsmcat Have you read Winesburg Ohio yet? My interest is piqued after having read Prairie Fires, which mentions it multiple times. 6mo
jillrhudy @lcmscat no but of all people who should, I am at the top of the list! Maybe I will read it this week. 6mo
Crazeedi Nice!! 6mo
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RealLifeReading Nice collection! 6mo
LeahBergen Lovely! 6mo
Aimeesue “Credenza” is such a fun word to say. “Go put that on the credenza.” “Yes, your keys are on the credenza, I believe.” I may get one just so I can say it all the time. 6mo
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“This is [Ted] Cruz doing what Cruz does best, perorating into the realms of absolute good and evil, which are, let‘s face it, so much more thrilling than all the drag-ass negotiating and compromising of functional politics. So much simpler to declare holy war on your opponent then to sit down and hammer out a compromise...”

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Too sweet for words, like “Heidi” or “The Secret Garden.” #childrensliterature #childrensclassics

Aimeesue I still have a copy of an abridged illustrated storybook of this one that my grandmother gave me when I was a wee tot. I didn‘t realize until a couple years ago that it was only part of a much longer story. 6mo
jillrhudy @Aimeesue I had no idea! This edition is lovely and going to my niece. 6mo
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The Library Book | Susan Orlean
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Endlessly fascinating, loaded with history and real accounts from within the LA Central Library. And of course my copy is literally a library book... #librariansoflitsy

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I thought I‘d love this cozy mystery. The detective is ex-M15 and an Anglican priest. I was really bored for most of the novel and the only character with any depth at all was the murder victim. I felt the writing was subpar and didn‘t capture my imagination. Does the series improve?

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Untitled | Unknown
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@RealLifeReading #In2018 being a librarian sure helps; books, authors, book sales, library events and even Littens like @tjwill come to me! More details in comments! #librariansoflitsy

RealLifeReading That‘s so cool! 7mo
jillrhudy Bought from Greedy Reads, Fells Point, Baltimore 7mo
jillrhudy Attended stuff at my own library. Met Rick Bragg 🥰 7mo
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jillrhudy Hangman‘s Daughter series is translated from German (sometimes badly) 7mo
jillrhudy I constantly take quizzes, buy paraphernalia and burn the midnight oil. 7mo
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Mma Makutsi: Ninety Seven Per Cent piece of work. In the 19th book in the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series, our erstwhile co-detective-in-chief or joint CEO or whatever her latest demanded job title is, decides that she is a DOER, MOVER, and SHAKER.

“But here was Mma Makutsi, an identified and admitted doer, lying in bed, thinking about these matters, and not actually doing anything.”

Aimeesue Haha! Every time I hear “ninety-seven percent” about ANYTHING, I think of Mma Makutsi. 😂 (edited) 7mo
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Doctor Olaf van Schuler's Brain | Kirsten Menger-Anderson
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Moving through the generations in New York with a family of doctors, healers and quacks, with madness cropping up now and again, this novel is wonderfully written and knitted together. I was mesmerized by all of the family members, not just the one swinging watches with the entrancing voice. Came highly recommended by @Aimeesue in a parcel from same! #saga #shortstories #shortfiction

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Doctor Olaf van Schuler's Brain | Kirsten Menger-Anderson
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Package of books from @Aimeesue has wonderful post-it notes including:
“Have read, was good, can‘t keep, NO SHELVES (!!) Left!!”
“Had 2 copies of this - WHY??? Still haven‘t read it yet!”
“Had 2 copies of this (The Pick of Punch) from the $10 Folio store...” Thanks Aimee! 🤣
#bookmail #bookhaul #foliofreaks #readingbuds

Aimeesue I am ridiculous. 😂😂😂 7mo
LeahBergen 😂😂 Love it! 7mo
Amiable This is awesome! 😀 (edited) 7mo
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I found his writing confusing at times, but I was looking to be really stretched and challenged by a different viewpoint, and Laymon‘s memoir did that in spades. He impressed me with his honesty. Some passages were just brilliant. The book is written to his mother. #memoir #south

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Whoa. The book is called Heavy and boy, is it ever. I feel like this is the contemporary book by a black man about his experiences that I have been waiting for. #memoir

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Dragon Rumpole 🍷 7mo
Aimeesue My library system has 16 copies and NOT ONE of them is checked out! Not sure whether I‘m appalled or grateful. 7mo
LeahBergen I just found this at my secondhand bookshop this weekend. 👍🏻 7mo
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jillrhudy @Dragon pass the Plonk! 7mo
Dragon At the nearest wine 🍷 bar ! 🎄 7mo
Aimeesue “Château Thames Embankment” ??? 7mo
jillrhudy @Aimeesue a Plonk for the truly discerning palate 7mo
Aimeesue @jillrhudy That‘s what I shall serve at my next holiday soirée- Chateau Thames Embankment ant a Wet Heathcliff pudding. Excellent! Menu sorted! 7mo
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Time Remembered | Miss Read

When life gets stressful I put on a bed sweater, put a quilt over my feet, and lose myself in Miss Read‘s English countryside. It‘s Prozac prose. #memoir #england #cozy #anglophilesoflitsy

Dragon I need a bed sweater! 👍🐉 7mo
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A Man Called Ove: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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Once in a while (like four years ago) a book takes over the whole world for good reason. I don‘t know if I have the emotional fortitude to cry and laugh on every single page. 337 weepies and 337 crackups.

Aimeesue I loved this one, and My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry was pretty good, but I couldn't get into Beartown because of all the hockey. I know hockey's not the point, exactly, but it s so depressing to read about a whole town centered on winning and the fallout from that. DNF!!! Rant over. 😋 8mo
jillrhudy I feel the same way about old British that‘s too horsey @Aimeesue 🦊 🐎 7mo
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