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LWagoner

Joined April 2016

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The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
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3.5⭐️. I love books about bookstores- fun to read. This one has mystery, heartbreak & reconciliation with tons of literary references. Enjoyable!

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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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Story- we all have a story. Michelle Obama has shared hers here in these pages. She has been very honest, open & vulnerable in her sharing. When we take time to hear one another‘s stories, understanding increases, walls are taken down & and we find that we all have a lot in common. Thank you for sharing your story. You are a woman like me, a wife like me, a mother like me, a friend like me.

BeaG I loved when she said that she is an ordinary woman put in an extraordinary situation or something like that. 6d
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I always love a good nature/ science book! More info in this book on how nature and weather give us clues to what‘s happening or what‘s about to happen. Insights were given on the hazards of over watering and fertilizing- our plants and trees become weaker and unable to withstand the harsh realities of nature.

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Such a powerful little book. The poems and bits of wisdom contained within its pages made my heart lighter, empowered my spirit, and encouraged my soul. This is a book I will treasure and keep on my nightstand. Page 61 “Take time to carefully consider what you let be part of your being and your spirit.”

SW-T 🙂🙂🙂 3w
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Near Witch | V E Schwab
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So glad this book was rereleased! V.E. Schwab‘s writing talent is so visible in this her first book. I couldn‘t put it down! The writing just kept pushing me to read more. She is an expert at building tension and creating amazing characters. This story did not disappoint. You can sense the winds and threads she cultivates in this book in all of her current writing.

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Whiskey & Ribbons | Leesa Cross-Smith
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Read for Open Canon Bookclub‘s May 2019 Read. This is an amazing story about family, love, loss, secrets and resilience. I was blown away by the prose, the structure & the storyline. The story is told by 3 narrators, Evi, Eamon, & Dalton, in sequential chapters. Definitely one of the best books I‘ve read this year!

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3.5 ⭐️ This memoir as it‘s title suggests is about the author‘s marriage & the medical accident that changed their lives. It‘s about coming to terms with life, learning more about who you are & holding on to what is most dear. The in-depth look into her husband‘s medical event will have you advocating for your loved ones in like circumstances. How do you stay calm or should you stay calm when you have real concerns about the care one receives?

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This is a collection of short stories connected by the thread of characters introduced in the first story-6 girls at a boarding school who experience the tragic death of one of their teachers. The rest of the stories focus on each girl- ages & time periods progress with each story coming full circle with death.The writing flows & paints a vivid picture. The depth of emotion built into the stories is palpable. Beautifully written #librarything

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Milkman | Anna Burns
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This novel is a stream of consciousness. Very interesting novel from a writing style perspective as well as from the themes it deals with. Told from the perspective of Middle Sister the reader gets a first look into this young woman‘s life in a violent Ireland and how her life and relationships move thru the turmoil. Very very long chapters made this a slow read for me, but it is brilliantly written.

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Consider participating in The Big Share this weekend. Share a book at a LFL near you. Snap a picture and share on social medial with the hashtag #LFL10. Help us celebrate 10 years of Little Free Libraries!

TheSpineView I plan to do this since I have a LFL in my yard. 1mo
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This book speaks to my spiritual history, present & future. Finished just 9 days after her unexpected passing. Her courage & vulnerability to speak truth regarding the spiritual journey has legacy.
Take aways: It‘s ok to doubt. We don‘t have to have it all together to be in community. To engage we must be vulnerable. Healing (mending- my word) can‘t happen until pain is acknowledged. Release cynicism to heal.
Prayers for her family

Crazeedi I was saddened to hear of her passing 1mo
Lynnsoprano She had so much to say no matter where you are on the religious spectrum. 1mo
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A great collection of short stories! Poignant and driving at the heart of the human condition, the writing was so good! Planning to read more of this author‘s work. Quote from the story “Job”- “...everyday is ground glass in the soul.”

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Mother‘s Day gift from my daughter.

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From the author of “American Housewife: Stories,“ these new essays will make you chuckle and maybe cringe a bit as well. Ellis speaks her mind and shares her stories in the true “Southern Lady Code “ fashion. The audiobook was entertaining- but don‘t listen to this with kids in the car (Southern Lady code for swearing and discussions on mature topics 😉)

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This is a very well written story that opens a window to see in and begin to understand the lives of women and how our specific cultures impact out lives. It‘s a story about how power to have a choice is a daily struggle. Trigger warning for domestic violence #botm

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Lake Diving | Janet Lee Warman
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Beautifully written poems. These poems touch the everyday, the relationships, the beauty and sadness of life.

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This story is uniquely told from 10 different perspectives on one single day. The connection is the local high school. Each is connected but brings out so much individual life, struggles, actions & consequences. It leaves you wanting the rest of the story.

CouronneDhiver Cute cover design 😆 2mo
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Sleep Paralysis | Kathy Goodkin
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Poetry reading today at Scuppernong Books, Greensboro, NC with the authors of these three chapbooks- #excavatinglight #sleepparalysis #lakediving

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Little Faith | Nickolas Butler
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This story “Little Faith” is about just that- Faith. It‘s about how our faith can ebb and flow, become great or sink to the depths. This story took me on an emotional roller coaster right along with the main character, Lyle. The ending will leave one pondering.

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I Miss You When I Blink: Essays | Mary Laura Philpott
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Absolutely loved this book. Caught myself smiling and laughing out loud as I drove down the road listening to this audiobook. Philpott shares her story with grace, light heartedness and transparency. Planning to pick up a hard copy to keep handy.

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4.5 ⭐️. This book is packed with very interesting guidance to find one‘s way by simply looking at what is around us. Nature already has a wonderful roadmap- if only we would be observant and vigilant.

MEGR I was just looking at this book a week ago...so good to know you liked it! ❤️ 2mo
LWagoner @MEGR This not a very quick read. It is packed with so much info. I am looking at lichens in a whole new way though, lol! 2mo
MEGR @LWagoner ohhh! I can‘t wait! 2mo
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A Testament of Devotion | Thomas R. Kelly
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Kelly‘s writings and essays give one much to contemplate regarding the Light within, our response to that Center and the world. Published after his death in 1941, the concepts continue to speak to my condition today.

Crazeedi Looks very interesting 2mo
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Flying South 2018 | Misc Authors
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A wonderful collection of poems, fiction and nonfiction essays. A great showing of the writing talent in the Piedmont Triad area in North Carolina!

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Excavating Light | Diana Ewell Engel
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Each poem has amazing depth and story. This chapbook is the Author‘s story. Engel shares her life and soul with these words. The poems trace the darkness and the light that our lives journey through.

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The Hunters | Claire Messud
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Best novellas I‘ve read in quite a while. The writing is amazing. “A Simple Tale” is more straight forward in style. “The Hunters” leaves the reader guessing. Not much is known about the narrator and the subtle suspense keeps one reading to the end.

Tamra I love novellas! 3mo
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3.5 ⭐️. I always enjoy reading books that center around the Vanderbilt Family and the era during which they lived. This book did well the the historical perspective of Alva Smith Vanderbilt Belmont. This a portrait of a strong woman. #libbyapp

Crazeedi I just had this arrive on my kindle from overdrive! 3mo
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Corrigan doesn‘t mince words or emotions in these 12 stories. She is brutally honest & vulnerable as she shares the hardest moments in her life. It‘s an audiobook I‘d listen to again. Here are some takeaways:
“It happened because it can” “It‘s okay to say I don‘t know “ “Life is a mystery to be lived”
“To be really loved, we need to be willing to be fully known”
“Reality always comes dressed in a point of view...try as we might to lay it bare”

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Space Between Us | Thrity Umrigar
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This is such a beautifully written book. It centers around the life of Bhima, an old grandmother of low class in India. The story provides much insight into the lives of women in India and how class differences shape their world. #opencanonbookclub

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This was a very unique way of approaching a memoir. The author used what she knew best - the animals that have impacted her life. These individual stories focused on a particular important animal and the journey she took in her life finding meaning and love. The cover of this book is amazing!

blamethestardust This sounds really interesting! Thanks for the review! 2mo
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Wow! Just Wow! I love when a book turns the corner in a story and you are caught off guard. Not saying much more to avoid spoilers. Wow, just wow! #botm

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This book is making me take notice of my surroundings...love paying attention to the noticeable and subtle signs of nature.

Karkar That is so cool looking! 4mo
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Rage Becomes Her | Soraya Chemaly
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Excellent job of laying out the case for women‘s anger today. Throughly researched & balanced with personal & others stories, she tells the reader & maybe simply confirms what we as women already know & experience.She speaks to anger in the areas of gender bias & reproductive justice to name a few. We‘re encouraged not judge other women‘s choices & to remember that leveraging our anger means taking a risk, a risk that can lead to positive change.

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Really loved this book. It‘s a hauntingly subtle thriller/mystery placed in a culture of superstition and myth. Loved how the story was told progressively through different voices. Excellent read.

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The Round House | Louise Erdrich
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This novel tells a powerful coming of age story. 13 year old Joe, his parents, friends & family find themselves coping, healing & moving thru life‘s complexities following the brutal rape of Joe‘s mother on their Indian Reservation. Masterfully written! This story touches the soul in such a heartbreaking way. Trigger warnings for rape, crime against women (Open Canon Book Club- February 2019 ) #opencanonbookclub #wileycash

Lcsmcat Such a great book! 4mo
JazzFeathers I enjoyed all of it bit the end. Yes, l know that's probably the right ending for this book, but l still found it so totally unsatisfying. 4mo
LWagoner @JazzFeathers I agree about the end...very tough...no neat little bow at the end of this story 4mo
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Wilderness Essays | John Muir
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Love the writing of John Muir.
P. 118 “...for going to the mountain is like going home.”
P. 199 “Natures peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees”

Lcsmcat Truth! 4mo
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This is a very moving and emotional memoir. The author takes the reader on her journey following results of a DNA test taken on a whim that lead her to search for a biological father. More importantly it is a journey of discovering herself. It raises many questions in regard to the ethics of sperm and egg donation, unknown medical history and what is family

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Happy World Read Aloud Day Everyone!

Jee_HookedOnBookz This pic is way too cute!! 😍😍Happy read aloud day to you too! 5mo
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Asymmetry | Lisa Halliday
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Not sure I understood what the author was trying to do with this novel- seems more like 3 separate sections/ novellas than interconnected stories. The writing as a whole was great....but maybe that‘s the point- the asymmetry of it all.

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Southernmost | Silas House
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4.5⭐️. This is a powerful story about the love between father & son, how our faith & belief can change & expand and about the hard choices we make because of love. Wonderfully written.

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Dream Work | Mary Oliver
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Poems that reach to the depth of one‘s soul.

Tanisha_A Great photograph! All the love for Mary Oliver! 💕 5mo
Emilymdxn Beautiful! Love Mary Oliver so so so much 5mo
Cinfhen Lovely post 5mo
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The Library Book | Susan Orlean
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3.5⭐️s. This is a look at the Los Angles Central Library fire of 1986. Orlean takes an in-depth look at the fire and the continuing mystery around its origin. This book also provides a reminder about the importance of libraries in our communities and how their presence and use is more that just a house for books. Libraries are a vital central location providing support and information for everyone.

Crazeedi Want to read this! I have it on hold but it'll probably take forever 5mo
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A Ladder to the Sky | John Boyne
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The writing in this novel is amazingly good. Boyne has weaved another great story. I loved the section written in Edith‘s voice.

Cinfhen This book as sooooo good!!!! 5mo
Ericalambbrown I‘d never heard of this author until recently and I see him name everywhere now! 5mo
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Every Breath | Nicholas Sparks
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A story of love lost and found that allows us to ponder what are we willing and able to do with love that meets us unexpectedly. I picked up this book due to the setting at Sunset Beach NC and Kindred Spirit-a place very special to me when I turned 50.

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Brilliant writing!! Ng has such a gift of weaving amazing, intricate stories. She gets to the heart and soul of vulnerable lives and histories.

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First reads planned for 2019!

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A fun love story that journeys thru several years. You will be cheering on Laurie and Jack thru the whole story. Great holiday read! #botm

allthingskayla Loved this book. 6mo
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3.5⭐️ A very sweet story about the power of connection and care and what a family truly is.

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The Girls of Usually | Lori Horvitz
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Open Canon Bookclub read for December 2018- a collection of essays developed from the author‘s life. The essay “The Lost Language of Lox”, my favorite, was beautifully written. “Imagine happiness.”

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What Was Mine: A Novel | Helen Klein Ross
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A quick moving story of a baby kidnapped at 4 months of age. The story is told thru cleverly written vignettes by characters essential to the plot. I couldn‘t put this down. P. 329 “When you forgive, the prisoner you set free is yourself.”

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Unsheltered: A Novel | Barbara Kingsolver
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3.5⭐️‘s- This was a more difficult story to get ahold of- for me the 2 alternating story lines were so far apart for most of the book. Regardless of the format, Kingsolver can write! The present day storyline spoke to me the most. Still a very favorite author of mine.