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Leftcoastzen

Joined June 2016

“When the going gets weird,the weird turn pro.” Hunter S. Thompson
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Beyond Reach by Karin Slaughter
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Love this photo of young Wells with a book ! Link to Penguin/Random House rewards https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/rewards

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Penguin Random House has a readers rewards program, buy enough books , upload proof of purchase & you eventually get a free book! This was my pick !

vivastory I had no idea! Thanks for posting. 24h
Leftcoastzen @vivastory of course they are gathering info. about your reading habits but so far I am willing to put up with it ! 😄 23h
TheAromaofBooks Yes! And what's amazing is they don't care how much you paid for the book as long as you bought it new... so books I've gotten for only a few dollars on BookOutlet have counted towards my points. I got an absolutely gorgeous $30 gardening book with my points last year! 21h
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School for Love | Olivia Manning
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So this isn‘t the first #NYRBBookClub title with a naive boy &/or a disingenuous boarding house proprietor!😀I loved the book & look forward to our discussion 12/5 MT.
@vivastory

BarbaraBB It‘s a typical #NYRB book and I love that! 3d
Leftcoastzen @BarbaraBB I agree ! 😄 3d
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#two4tuesday
1.it‘s Phoenix and it‘s been 6 to 11 degrees above normal🙄in the 80s F. despite that , I watched The Holiday, my fave contemporary Christmas movie . A little spirit!
2. I bought the new Franzen , I have a love hate love hate with him so hopefully it will work out.😀I‘m not a big seasonal reader .
Thx for the tag @wanderinglynn
Late to the party anybody can play!

peanutnine I love The Holiday! Definitely one of my favorite movies 3d
wanderinglynn 😀 it‘s warm here too but not quite that warm! And I second The Holiday - also one of my fave movies 💚 3d
TheSpineView Warm here this week also. 70s tomorrow and Friday. Not 80 but getting close. Thanks for playing 3d
BiblioLitten The Holiday! I have watched it so many times and always loved it. 3d
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Beyond Reach | Karin Slaughter
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Another wild #caturday night! 🐈

ju.ca.no 💙💙 6d
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Yes , I went to my local independent bookstore to find gifts on this “Small Business Saturday “ here in the U.S.Found 2 gifts but absolutely had to have this ornament for myself!

merelybookish That is adorable! 7d
mrp27 So cute! 7d
BethM Love it! 7d
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LeahBergen Ohhh! I love it! 6d
Cathythoughts Adorable ❤️ 6d
tokorowilliamwallace Yeah, I went to go thrifting books as usual at my local resale charity shop a few weeks back, and I found a bookshelf for $8 and a neat European-style building as part of one those little Christmas village sets that I got! On this trip it was $8 worth of 2/$1 paperbacks. 2d
Leftcoastzen @tokorowilliamwallace cool ! Thrifting can garner wonderful surprises! 24h
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2 more in my local indie from the Princeton University Press series Ancient Wisdom for Modern Readers

Bookwomble Nice! 😍📖 7d
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#GratefulHarvest #boots This has been on the TBR for years, it‘s migrated to the nightstand so the time to read it must be near.😃

Eggs Nicely done 🥾 👢 6d
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The Silent Speaker | Rex Stout
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#GratefulHarvest #silence I love an old vintage cover , don‘t you?

Eggs I do I do👏🏻🤗❤️ 1w
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I bought 3 of this series now just read the 1st one. Epictetus was a slave but puts forth ideas that we enslave ourselves w/ our ideas.Being troubled by people who have wrong ideas about us , worries about things that might happen.Similar ideas he shares with zen about attachment & desires for their own sake can be a trap for the mind . This series looks to translate great ideas from philosophy in digestible portions.Great glossary & introduction

Bookwomble They look very buyable! 1w
Leftcoastzen Princeton University Press . Small hardcovers.I believe it is a great thought to get philosophy out there in more digestible bits.Some philosophy titles are still textbook like. 1w
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I was really impressed with Boskers deep dive into wine. Not only does she do time as a cellar rat , she befriends wine experts to accelerate her learning curve.She explores the science of smell & taste with experts.The dedication of both the sommeliers & wine obsessives makes for a fun & informative read.🍷

vivastory This has been on my TBR for far too long. It sounds like such a fun read! 1w
Leftcoastzen @vivastory it was very fun ! Her enthusiasm kept my interest up . 1w
vivastory I heard she owns a wine bar in NY. If so I will definitely be stopping next time I'm in NY. 1w
JenReadsAlot Great book! 1w
vivastory I messaged you on GR re: NYRBBOOKCLUB 1w
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#GratefulHarvest Some of the human relationships were as #chilly as weather outside in this novel. It‘s dark ,it stayed in my thoughts for quite awhile .

Eggs Great choice 👏🏻📚👍🏼 1w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Looks very chilly 🥶 1w
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The Annotated Mrs. Dalloway | Virginia Woolf, Merve Emre
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Sometimes you just have to #treatyourself to something for the permanent collection ! Oh ,I‘m so happy! #EarlyXmas @Branwen

merelybookish Indeed! 😍 1w
BkClubCare Annotated?!?!! Yesssssss 1w
LeahBergen I‘ve been eyeballing this one! 😍😍😍 1w
Leftcoastzen @LeahBergen it‘s really nice ! 1w
EvieBee Wow! What a beautiful book! 1w
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Red Harvest | Dashiell Hammett
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#GratefulHarvest #Harvest An icon in the Hard Boiled school of mysteries was first published in 1929 . An all time favorite of mine

vivastory I can't believe I forgot this one for the prompt! I read this a couple of months ago & loved it! Fantastic choice. 1w
Eggs Brilliant ❣️ 1w
Leftcoastzen @vivastory thank you ! I really kinda wanted to make my #NYRBbookclub picks more noir but I refrained! 1w
Leftcoastzen @Eggs thank you! 1w
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Untitled | Unknown
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merelybookish Throw away 100,000 books. 😰 2w
Lcsmcat 😢 2w
Suet624 That‘s so sad. 2w
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BoleyBooks 🥺😱😭 2w
Ruthiella Sad! 😭 1w
vivastory This is terrible. At least they have found a new home 1w
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Wuthering Heights | Emily Bront
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#GratefulHarvest #scarf Not many opportunities to wear these in the desert, but I treasure them . My mom got me the circular Bronte one.The other , was a gift from a friend from years ago. She made it to match my olive green metallic rain coat , that I wore until it basically fell apart, back when I lived in the Bay Area.

LeahBergen I have the Jane Eyre version of that scarf. 😊 2w
Eggs ❤️🧣👏🏻 2w
Leftcoastzen @LeahBergen oh cool! They are fun, I always like bookish accessories. 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 🧣♥️ 2w
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Slaughterhouse-Five | Kurt Vonnegut
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A little bit more Vonnegut! @britt_brooke
I know I uses to have Sirens of Titan & Player Piano in those old Dell editions.Buried in a box or given away? I tended to give out copies to those who hadn‘t read him & expressed an interest.I was drawn to the Deadeye Dick & Welcome to the Monkey House both UK covers that I hadn‘t seen , found them at the same library sale.So it goes.

Ruthiella Excellent collection! 🤩 2w
britt_brooke Love your collection! 🤩 2w
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Thanks to @britt_brooke for posting this book! I‘m a Vonnegut fan,this work digs deep on his most famous book .Reston delves into the effects of war on individuals & on writing, PTSD a big influencer on all writers who experienced war ,even WWI vets before this was an actual diagnosis.Vonnegut had an amazing BS detector, his dark humor & insights have made me laugh & uplifted me for years. He questions about why we can‘t just be better humans.👍👏

britt_brooke I‘m so happy you picked this up and loved it, too! 2w
Leftcoastzen @britt_brooke it was so good , hard to stop reading it. 2w
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The doc is playing on US PBS. I‘m watching it today! Check your local listings.Not only about political issues ,this station was the first to play whole rock albums on FM,became known as progressive rock format.Also , this station was the first to interview Bruce Springsteen live! Book is out Nov.30th. https://www.wbur.org/radio/programs/hereandnow

Ruthiella Sounds fascinating! Radio was a big deal to me as a young person in the ‘70s and ‘80s. (edited) 2w
Leftcoastzen @Ruthiella I grew up in Az. Our rock station that played complete albums was KDKB they were this style a station from about 1971 to 1978. 2w
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School for Love | Olivia Manning
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#NYRBbookclub Hey, there is a sale ! I have my eye on some not for the club . Their shipping isn‘t super fast , so not sure I‘d order December‘s book but maybe January? This sale on till the 22nd https://www.nyrb.com/collections/classics

Liz_M And more nyrb books are on their way to the shelves that cannot fit more books. 😳 2w
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#GratefulHarvest #yellow I can‘t remember when I didn‘t have that copy of Zen Flesh ,Zen Bones !

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💛📚🙌🏻 2w
Suet624 💕💕💕 2w
Eggs Well done 👍🏼 💛👏🏻 2w
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Untitled | Unknown
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#Two4Tuesday
1. I have a goodreads goal , I‘m two behind but I think I‘ll make it . I didn‘t do any challenges this year , maybe next year?
2. I am such a mood reader , no specific title jumps out .
I‘m late to the party today, anybody want to play?

TheSpineView You got that goal under control. Thanks for playing! 2w
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😂👏❤️

britt_brooke 💀😂 3w
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So This Is Jazz | H.o. Osgood
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#GratefulHarvest #Orange vintage edition!😀

Eggs 🧡🖤🧡 3w
Ruthiella Beautiful photo! 🍊 3w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 🧡📚 3w
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LeahBergen Oh, look at those beauties! 😮 3w
Leftcoastzen @LeahBergen thanks, I know you enjoy the oldies! 3w
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The Thursday Murder Club | Richard Osman
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#rightbookrighttime I‘ve been a bit blue, too many worries, this book helped me lighten up! When senior citizens in a charming retirement village team up for their murder club, little did they know they would soon go from cold cases to murder in their own backyard. Funny , witty,& warm.I need to get to the second one!

Bookwomble 💖💙💖 3w
Nute {{{HUGS}}} 3w
LeahBergen I LOVE your little teapot! And sending ❤️❤️ to you! 3w
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DivineDiana ❤️ 🤗❤️ 3w
Leftcoastzen @Nute thank you! 3w
Leftcoastzen @LeahBergen thanks! It‘s an unusual one , found it at a thrift, from Sing Fat &Co . Asian imports business from San Francisco 3w
wanderinglynn That is a beautiful teapot! What a great find. Sending {{{hugs}}} & 💜💜💜. 3w
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#GratefulHarvest #Nature a 15,000 year history of a square mile near Boston.Written in 1984,it is beyond culture,space,& time .Yes,we all gave a crap about resources, climate issues way back then.Most of us aren‘t big oil, or crazed capitalists who sell anything for profit regardless of the human cost.Nature is a major player in this unique history of time, place, & space, it may be too late to turn things around.multidisciplinary in the best way.

Eggs 👏🏻🌳📚 3w
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The Family | Naomi Krupitsky
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#GratefulHarvest This was the #BOTM Nov. pick , I haven‘t started yet! About 2 best friends who share a common bond. Their fathers are in a particular kind of #family

Eggs Let us know if you like it! I skipped November… 3w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs yes, let us know!! I also skipped! 3w
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The Periodic Table | Primo Levi
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#GratefulHarvest #Table Levi was an Italian Jew & a scientist, this is a book of essays, stories, & anecdotes of his reflections of World War II & the Holocaust. I remember it being an exceptionally powerful read.

Trashcanman Goodnight 3w
Leftcoastzen @Trashcanman hey , Hi 👋 I‘m about to hit the pillow myself. 3w
Eggs Brilliant 👍🏼📚🙌🏻 3w
cassiopia I love how each short story in this collection is named after an element on the periodic table. Survival in Auschwitz is really good too. Dark, but good. 3w
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Book Journal | HarperPerennial
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@vivastory my book journals ! I am ready for any impending data apocalypse by keeping it on paper. Never lost one in multiple moves during my life , yes, they could be lost to flood or fire, if that happens, bigger problem! The cool thing about the leather , it has a removable inner book, very standard art store sketch book , a person could buy refill for current use & shelve the others in a neat row.I fell in love with random ones .🤷‍♀️

vivastory For some reason I never received your tag on this post, so I'm seeing this only now! I'm seriously considering of doing something similar & devoting 1 notebook to a new year. I might still also add it on gr, but years ago I used to journal all of my reading & I really miss it. Thanks again! 3w
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Before the Coffee Gets Cold | Toshikazu Kawaguchi
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A bittersweet little book. Time travel in a cafe ? What if you could go back in time ? Say something left unsaid ?Cafe staff lets you know the rules include you can‘t change the future but could it buy you forgiveness?Peace of mind? A quiet , thoughtful, & enjoyable read .

marleed If I find hat cafe, I‘ll m going in with my Yeti coffee mug. The rules didn‘t specify that you couldn‘t transfer my coffee to another mug, and I want it to stay hot as long as possible! 4w
Leftcoastzen @BookwormM I‘m adding it to my enormous TBR . Thx , good to hear. 4w
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A Touch of Jen | Beth Morgan
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Remy & Alicia ,roommates & lovers are both incredibly obsessed w/ Jen, a former co-worker of Remy‘s w/ a carefully crafted Instagram feed.Amazingly, they run into Jen IRL & are surprised when she asked them both to go surfing in the Hamptons.Seems like a fantasy come true ?Very funny writing & sharp social commentary peppered through this novel made me laugh, but then, there‘s a monster & weird roomie with a phone who‘s ring tone is baby crying🤔

Ruthiella I‘m glad you liked it. And the end worked for you? I couldn‘t link it to the rest of the book...it wasn‘t bad but it came out of nowhere for me. Like, I could have accepted that Remy killed every one and hallucinated the monster. But I think the reader was supposed to accept the monster as fact.🤔 1mo
Leftcoastzen @Ruthiella it was a little crazy ! I agree with you that it was out there , if there‘s something I missed about it , I didn‘t want to spend time figuring it out😁I had a thought towards the old saying you kill what you love , or obsessive behavior can consume what you love ? But I enjoyed most of it.🤔😂 1mo
Ruthiella I totally loved the obsession with Jen and the awkwardness of Remy and Alicia and how they over thought EVERYTHING! I also was fascinated at how Alicia‘s life was “better” or more in line with her aspirations at least, when she began to really BE Jen. 1mo
Leftcoastzen I did too ! 1mo
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The Moon is Down | John Steinbeck
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#GratefulHarvest #Moon Still haven‘t read this old Steinbeck I found a couple of years ago. I love when I find older copies of books in decent shape.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Me too!! 🌝📚 1mo
Eggs War vs human nature…sounds intriguing 🤔 🙌🏻👍🏼 1mo
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#GratefulHarvest #beginswithN I have loved his poetry forever.A man in tune with the natural world , he writes about it with intensity and grace.

Eggs I‘m intrigued… 1mo
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It‘s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Starbucks Christmas cups are here ! Thanksgiving blend with 2 add shots….But it‘s gonna be 88 degrees here!🎅🌞

melissajayne Glad that the Christmas drinks are out; will get one this weekend 1mo
Emilymdxn So exciting! I‘ll have to see if they‘re out in England too 1mo
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#GratefulHarvest #Brown Abolitionist John Brown tried to start a slave rebellion in Harpers Ferry , WV. His reaction was often violent, much different from most Abolitionists who put pen to paper or made speeches about the evils of slavery.I visited Harpers Ferry, took a long tour w/ a NPS ranger giving details of what transpired there.I tell you, it was a beautiful place & brought out an emotional response to the place in me I can‘t forget .

Eggs Great review!! 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🤎📚👏🏻 1mo
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Readers take note. Consolidation in publishing is bad for authors, readers, & bookstores.Publishing jobs and diversity in publishing as well. https://www.publishersweekly.com/iowa-edit/by-topic/industry-news/publisher-news...

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#GratefulHarvest #Apples Reichls second book explains how she went from living in a Berkeley commune to becoming a restaurant critic. Her love of good food guided her life in many interesting directions.

Eggs Sounds amazing 1mo
Leftcoastzen @Eggs I have read most but not all of the books , I think I still like her first one the best maybe youth , nostalgia, family connections to food 1mo
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House of Leaves | Mark Z Danielewski
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#GratefulHarvest #Leaves People love this book, hate it , or are just plain confused by it! Still on my TBR , wondering when I will eventually dive in.

vivastory I loved it when I read it. Don't think I'd ever reread it though 😂 1mo
Zoes_Human I loved it, but I'm not sure how much of that was loving it as the story it is or loving that in decades of reading I'd never seen anything like it. 1mo
Eggs Sounds intriguing - it‘s new to me. Great choice🙌🏻 1mo
Read-y_Picker Didn‘t love it. Read it after coworkers raved for ages. It took me several tries. Didn‘t even truly feel satisfied once it was done. I cringe when I see it referenced. Still haunted I guess lol. 1mo
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Monstress Vol. 1 | Marjorie Liu
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A stunner ! The steampunk/ Art Deco style is beautiful! The story intriguing, I want to read more . They had me at talking cats !

Johanna414 I loved this one!! I need to reread it and continue with the series! 1mo
vivastory This series gets better with each volume 1mo
Leftcoastzen @vivastory Good to know ! Thanks! 1mo
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Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book | Better Homes & Gardens, Better Homes and Gardens Books
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After seeing @ValerieAndBooks post , I wanted to post about this 1953 edition.A family heirloom, it belonged to my great aunt, I treasure it!You definitely can trace changing ideas, trends , fashion,& lifestyles in the U.S. through the years of this classic cookbook.Actually, I would rather have that kitchen than my new one!

LeahBergen Love it! 1mo
Jaimelire Love it! 1mo
ValerieAndBooks Wow this is so awesome. I‘m pretty sure my mom had this edition at one time. Thanks for sharing 💖 1mo
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Chapters Bookstore | Dublin 1, Ireland (Bookstore)
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This makes me sad . I really enjoyed shopping this store on my one visit to Ireland. I still have the 2 books I bought there.😔

SamanthaMarie I've never been, but anytime an independent book seller goes out of business is so sad 😭 1mo
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Happy Halloween 👻

sharread ☠💀🎃👻❤ 1mo
Leftcoastzen @FlowerFairy I should add , I pulled this off the internet.It is credited to an unidentified Italian artist . I just pulled the title from the database. 1mo
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The Defector | Daniel Silva
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Gabriel Allon knows something is strange when Grigori Bulganov former Russian Intelligence officer who was loving his life in England,disappears. Grigori saved Gabriel once in Moscow, he owes him.The complications are vast & deep , & threaten everything Gabriel holds dear.Sliva always writes detailed & exciting spy thrillers, already have the next 1 but who knows when I will get to it.This book is number 9 in the series.

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World Series | Jeff Hawkins
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Taken from Twitter. I know that not all Listens are watching the World Series, but for the ones who are ….😄🙄

babyruth2510 I love this! 1mo
Susanita 🤣🤣😀 1mo
Christine OMG this was me (as a big Packer fan) last night...well, I only had one beer, but I did have to step away near the end of the game for this same reason! 😆 (edited) 1mo
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Leftcoastzen @Christine so glad Packers won ! 1mo
BethM I fully relate to this because like @Christine I am a packer fan. 1mo
BethM At least the World Series doesn‘t also have Aikman😂 1mo
Leftcoastzen @BethM indeed! 😁 1mo
Leftcoastzen Only 🍺🍺so far! 7th inning 1mo
Christine Yes re: the Packers win!! 💚💛 Nail-biter! My husband had to call me back in to see the game-ending interception since I had fled to escape both Joe and Troy. 🤣 1mo
Christine @BethM 🤣🤣🤣 So true (see above)!! (Also I‘m kind of in disbelief over the season we‘re having so far! 💚💛💚💛) 1mo
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Scenes from a Marriage | Ingmar Bergman
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This adaptation of Bergmans material is so well acted . It is an emotional ride. HBO Max . Jessica Chastain & Oscar Isaac are wonderful ! It reminds me of how fragile relationships can be , aggravating one moment, worth fighting for the next. This couple seems to run the table of possible emotions & hurtful acts.

AmyG I thought this was well done, too. Great actors. 1mo
sisilia I love Jessica Chastain ! She was so good in The Help 1mo
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Ruthiella Also a crossword staple! That‘s how I first heard of him. 1mo
fredamans First person to host the Grammy's! 1mo
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As bad as I thought it was , this confirmed it was worse . Well written,the real horror show .

AmyG I can‘t even bear to read this. 1mo
Leftcoastzen @AmyG indeed. I questioned my own judgment to go back to this rabbit hole. 1mo
Bookwomble I can't even... 1mo
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Franny and Zooey | J.D. Salinger
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Mixed feelings about the print I found on Etsy. I love it of course ,but if you know who was still among us he would maybe litigate? https://www.etsy.com/listing/714130738/franny-zooey-print-11x14

wanderinglynn I read that book in my teens and loved it. I should reread it. 1mo
Leftcoastzen @wanderinglynn I am not a big rereader , but I do revisit this one often for some reason. 1mo
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The Defector | Daniel Silva
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Just a comment.Why does it take so long to finish a book? The internet is a blessing & a curse ! When I came across Cheyne Walk in Chelsea in the text , I had to look up just how many famous people had lived there! I learned a bit but progress on the book has stalled.