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LeftyDv

LeftyDv

Joined December 2018

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Mehso-so

A tough book to read and an even tougher book to discuss, Wiencek challenges his readers to consider Jefferson as a “totem” that guards American memory on the issue of slavery. A damning portrait of America‘s greatest hypocrite.

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Panpan

With the exception of a few lines, this was a total bore. It‘s about two men (who I never cared about) discussing events and experiences (that I had no reason to care about) on a journey (of which I didn‘t care about) riding a motorcycle (that doesn‘t make it) around South America. My local bookstore‘s Books to Movie event led me astray for the first time.

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Mehso-so

I finished! Yes I‘m bragging, for I do not have the humility of Jean Valjean. It truly is an incredible story of liberty, love, and what we go through to have both. I‘m better for reading it… but I can‘t recommend it unless you want to immerse yourself in this study. Time to watch the movie.

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Pickpick

“How can anyone listen to that stuff?” A poignant question that is answered by this book. As a music lover, I appreciate sticking to genres, even in this era of genre-fluidity. What a terrific explanation for why we listen, what we‘re listening for, and why we argue about what we love. Im really glad this will be on my shelf so that I can reference it often.

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Pickpick

A tolerant grandmother, a coach/player relationship that is positive mentorship, the trials and tribulations of friendship, and a boy awakening to the inequities and cruelties of the real world in regards to race and economics. Yeah, exactly the kind of book that should be banned. Why build empathy in our young people? Please read this book and share it. Don‘t let the firemen win.

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Life of Pi | Yann Martel
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Mehso-so

Sometimes I felt like I was reading Castaway without a volleyball. So I‘m really not sure what to think. Maybe that‘s the point?

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Gone Girl | Gillian Flynn
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Mehso-so

For me, this is a book celebrating writing and the way we manipulate our words and storytelling. Two narratives, two interpretations, two utterly disgusting characters. “Catastrophically romantic.” It‘s a fun story until it‘s not anymore. Not quite sure why it was so praised. Time to see the movie.

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Pickpick

Kya consumed me, much like other characters are consumed by her in this novel. I wanted to give up on the book, worried about how it would end, but Owens paints pictures with her adjectives and descriptions and they lured me closer to the Swamp Girl. I hear there‘s a movie on its way… so glad I had the experience of reading the story first.

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Velvet Was the Night | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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At some point, I realized I was really just reading a version of the comics Maite obsessed over, with a historic spin to it in novel form. I found it a fantastic mystery - one that isn‘t for everybody, but was for me. I will be exploring another Moreno-Garcia book soon. Also, the Spotify playlist and beautiful cover design add to its allure.

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Fight Club | Chuck Palahniuk
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The first rule of fight club is you don‘t talk about fight club. I‘ll follow the rules and leave you with this Haiku instead:

Noir novel that
Is unsettling at times
Worth the time to read

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The Outsiders | SE Hinton
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Somehow, I missed this book the first 45 years of my life. I bet thousands of middle schoolers have learned to love reading because of this book. It‘s still gold all these years later.

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Zeitoun | Dave Eggers
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The book is disturbing and really shows the dark side of the Katrina aftermath. It‘s painful to read and causes one to doubt our ability to deal with adversity as a nation. Just a warning: when you read the book, don‘t google to find out how Zeitoun is today. You‘ll be really disappointed.

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A Christmas Carol | Charles Dickens
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I‘d seen plenty of incarnations on film, but had never sat down to read the book itself. It‘s much better than any representation on film or stage. Also, hats off to Dickens for his lovely use of the English language.

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Panpan

I‘m really happy to say I read this, since people judged me when I said I hadn‘t. Outside of that, I have little to say about this gibberish.

DieAReader Thank you! I‘m still muddling through this one (since March🙄). I really figured I had to be alone in all the WTF am I reading moments🤣 I will finish it, eventually, but I will NOT be re-reading this one. So far, I‘ve much preferred the🎬🤷🏻‍♀️ 12mo
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LeftyDv
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Like every bit of comedy ever written by MacDonald in his career, this book is hit or miss. At parts, I laughed out loud and had to share aloud to others. At others, I wanted to skip ahead go get to the next funny joke. But this “memoir” really did leave me thinking about all those forgotten comics who you either hate or hate a little bit less.

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I fell in love with Sheffield‘s love story so hard that I started annotating it with little notes that reminded me of my fiancé and our relationship. I slowed down so I could spend more time with Renae and him. I cried, then I laughed, then I cried some more. It‘s a remarkable memoir and a tribute to his 1990s partner.

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I‘m a Joe Buck fan. Have been for most of my days. This book has been sitting on my shelf for years and I finally picked it up. I read it in two days. Buck‘s writing is much like his banter: witty, straight-forward, and enjoyable. And now I follow him on Twitter because I‘d like to hear more of what he has to offer with the written word.

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Ready Player One | Ernest Cline
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I‘m a pretty big nerd, but clearly not a big enough one to get every reference made (or even half the references made) in this book. A good summer read, but a better summer movie option in my opinion. Spielberg‘s tailored version for the screen is much like Halliday‘s twisting of old games and movies in the novel. But I prefer the movie version.

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Some chapters are truly fascinating… others seem like a stretch. But all tell the tale of how America digests her Shakespeare. I suppose Shapiro‘s goal is to show how Americans continue to interpret Shakespeare‘s works through the current events of the time. I didn‘t need the book to tell me that, but the journey through history was worthwhile nonetheless.

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LeftyDv
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This is a book about so much more than basketball. Equity, female empowerment, coaching/teaching, aging... so many layers to think about. This is fiction rooted in truth about high school funding, athletics, and lifelong learning.

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The Water Dancer: A Novel | Ta-Nehisi Coates
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Wow. The narrative of the main character, the stories within the story... this book was just incredible and I‘ll be recommending it to all of my history teacher friends.

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LeftyDv
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There are a couple boring parts and a section that Holl doles out opinions for his fans as a critic, but otherwise it‘s an entertaining, educational book. I enjoyed drinking the beers he mentioned as I read. I‘m not a beer nerd, but I think I‘ll have better conversations with them after this read.

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Toll | Neal Shusterman
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I found the story to be a solid conclusion to the trilogy. However, Shusterman can‘t top his prior books in this bloated catch-all spanning years and years. The characters are great and the imagery of certain scenes is glorious. But in the end, I wasn‘t moved by this book like I was by Scythe and Thunderhead.

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Thunderhead (Reprint) | Neal Shusterman
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Wow. It‘s as if Shusterman is writing fiction rooted in our current events. One of the rare instances where the sequel is better than the original. If Scythe introduced us to characters we‘d love and hate, Thunderhead introduces us to the decline of civilization embedded in technology and vanity while our heroes reckon with their own role in the decline. I absolutely love this book.

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How to Be an Antiracist | Ibram X. Kendi
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I read this for a book study with my high school teaching colleagues. Some real good, thought-provoking ideas. Who doesn‘t want to be antiracist, right? I‘ll return to chapters throughout the rest of my career, especially those that discuss racist policy and our fight against it.

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Blood and Thunder | Hampton Sides
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Fantastic read. So much of the history of the West reads like a “history” book, but this is entertaining. This narrative seems to tell all stories that come together to help give a more complete picture of Manifest Destiny.

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I went back and forth on this book. Shea repeats stories and stats so frequently, it feels like a grandparent telling the same stories to the grandkids over and over. However, that‘s also the charm of the book. Willie Mays wanted to talk about people other than himself, and did he ever. It‘s hit or miss by chapter, but the hits - just like all of Mays‘ - are memorable indeed.

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Scythe | Neal Shusterman
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Wow. This glimpse into the future is one of the best YR dystopian novels out there. I always loved the political undertones of books like The Hunger Games, but this squares up politics with religion, science and morality as well. I loved it and can‘t wait to read the next one in the trilogy.

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The Beautiful Ones | Prince Prince
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The backstory on how the book came to be, combined with Prince‘s short manuscript are worth reading as a fan. But after that, a picture book starts and it‘s disappointing. You want more of Prince‘s words and less of Prince‘s precious vault.

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LeftyDv
Mehso-so

I wish Stern has written a new book from his new perspective. This recycled interviews book seemed like a cash grab once the intros were over.

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Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band | Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Mick Mars
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Like most of the Mötley albums I grew up with, half of this book is hall of fame material. The other half reads like a Tommy Lee gossip magazine. Read it for the 80s stories, and then stick with it because you‘re a loyal Crüehead, regardless of how bad it gets.

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Mehso-so

Not much that was “new” to read. Simply put, there are better books that chronicle baseball, 1968, and the men referenced. This just puts it all together into one story.

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LeftyDv
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Does where we live impact our happiness? This quick read thinks so, with a few caveats along the way. Highly recommended!

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Mehso-so

A tough read - especially through the early years. It‘s rewarding to finish and definitely has me longing for what could have been.

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Paul Simon: The Life | Robert Hilburn
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This book had me digging through my records to listen to its soundtrack. A fantastic narrative that is well-researched through interviews... although no contributions from Garfunkel, who refused to take part.

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LeftyDv
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In the early going, it‘s difficult to get into. But the narrative style improves drastically in the last one hundred pages.