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New book from my Secret Santa! Can‘t wait to dig in

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“Do not be concerned for their safety, son of Vader,” he said. “The Lady Vader will not easily be defeated. Not with the Wookie Chewbacca at her side.”

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The desert music, and other poems | William Carlos Williams

“The law? The law gives us nothing / but a corpse, wrapped in a dirty mantle. / the law is based on murder and confinement”

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Death in Venice | Thomas Mann

“for art was a war, an exhausting struggle, it was hard these days to remain fit for it for long”

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“My greatest hope is that, as I am compelled forward, this book will be an integral part of my journey.”

I‘m already struck by this book, and my heart is warm at the thought that this book is only one step towards Flea finding himself, and that by buying a copy I can have my own little part in that.

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I finally have time to start it!! Scar Tissue by Anthony Kiedis was one of my favorites in high school, and I‘m hoping to start a similar love affair with this book.

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Winnie the Pooh | A.A. Milne
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Graduating soon and of course I had to take my senior pictures with all of my favorite books! One of my aunts and biggest inspirations in life is obsessed with Winnie the Pooh, and this obsession resulted in her kindergarten students gifting teddy bears to her for the decades she taught.

marleed I love your photo! Sweet story! 3w
Madelpadel @marleed thank you!! 🐻 3w
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Dark Force Rising | Timothy Zahn
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I have now finished the second of Timothy Zahn‘s Star Wars trilogy and I have to admit I‘m getting sad. The second book was much better than the first, and has me upset that I only have one left. The humor, relationships, and action so far have felt like a page-turning soap opera and I‘m not ready for it to end! (Don‘t read this page if you haven‘t read the book- it‘s the last page!!)

Momma_Jo Absolutely love Zahn. 3w
Madelpadel @Momma_Jo I wasn‘t sure how I felt about him at first. The first book is rather imperfect, but the second was incredible! Now I‘m sad that I‘m on the last of the trilogy because I don‘t want it to end 😢 3w
Momma_Jo This triology by Zahn was my introduction to the Star Wars extended universe. I was so excited when I found out about it. It's been years since I read it. Over a decade actually.... 3w
Momma_Jo @Madlepadle Above comment is for you. Forgot to tag. 3w
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Gardens in the Dunes: A Novel | Leslie Marmon Silko
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I finally finished this book yesterday and I‘m still not sure what to think. I had read Ceremony by Silko, and was hoping this book would be just as great but easier to read. Thankfully that is the case! Silko weaves together multiple intriguing stories as she tells the tale of two Native American sisters on their journeys back to each other. So many cultures, mindsets, and histories are included to complete the story and Silko‘s genius

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I didn‘t like this book at first, but I have come to think that was an intentional move by Kahf. The main character struggles with finding her place within her religion, her family and community, and America, and I think that‘s why it‘s hard for readers to find their place, too. Reading this book you feel a little of what the protagonist feels and you really get insight into a world that‘s not often talked about. Not in this way at least.

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Gardens in the Dunes: A Novel | Leslie Marmon Silko
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“Dying is easy— it‘s living that is painful.”

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No-no Boy | John Okada
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I have to admit I didn‘t think I‘d like this book, but I was very pleasantly surprised! I see some comments on here mention the writing style, but this is literary book- not one meant for entertainment purposes. I believe the writing is meant to be chaotic to match the protagonists mind set after being released from prison. This book made me feel so many emotions while learning so much, and that to me is a job well done.

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Heir to the Empire | Timothy Zahn
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Some light reading during a busy semester🤩

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House on Mango Street | Sandra Cisneros
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Cisneros writes in such a poetic and feel-good way about such a heartbreaking topic: growing up in poverty. This book tells of a year on Mango Street from a young Mexican Americans perspective. Even if you don‘t love the book, it‘s 110 pages and a VERY quick read. Well worth the few hours spent.

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As is the case when I read most poetry, a number of these poems felt too intelligent for me. But even when that was the case, the language, imagery, and metaphors were more than worth the confusion. A mix of cultures, emotions, geographies, history, mythology and more are beautifully combined in this collection of poetry.

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Dune | Frank Herbert
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“‘A world is supported by four things...the learning of the wise, the justice of the great, the prayers of the righteous and the valor of the brave. But all of these are as nothing...without a ruler who knows the art of ruling. Make that the science of your tradition!‘”

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To fully appreciate Ceremony definitely takes some focus, but you‘ll be glad you did. Many stories weaves together to ultimately form the story of Tayo, a biracial Native American, coming to peace with himself after being a prisoner of war. Beautiful Native American imagery, style and flow are constants throughout the novel. Every time I‘ve read this book I discover 100 things I didn‘t notice in past readings. Love it!

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The Beet Queen: A Novel | Louise Erdrich
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Such a great book! I almost like this one better than the first book (Love Medicine) in the series. Erdrich switches point of view every chapter to dig in deep into family, romance, and small town drama. Her stories and plot throughout the book are hilarious, heart warming, and emotional. And this book had one of the best endings I‘ve ever read!

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Love Medicine: A Novel | Louise Erdrich
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I love Erdrich so I was easily convinced to give this book a try. She tackles love and conflict in family, love, politics, history and more. Her style of writing is so unique, and her descriptions always pull me in. I recommend this book and the rest of the series as a fun and intriguing read.

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I feel like I‘m the only one who hasn‘t read this book. I‘m not even halfway through and I‘m obsessed with Charlie‘s heart. How he can hold so much love and consideration for others baffles me.

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On Bear Mountain | Deborah Smith
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I needed a heartwarming page-turner and that‘s what I got when I read On Bear Mountain. So many important themes and big questions raised in this novel, all taking place in a beautiful setting, and of course there‘s a romance. I especially loved the in depth history of the small mountain town and it‘s people.

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Exodus | Leon Uris
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Beautifully and excitingly written to tell the story of the birth of Israel. Readers should be warned it is from the Israeli perspective, but if you can identify bias and fact then the history can be understood objectively while enjoying the captivating tale that Leon Uris tells.

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Although Hollis is fun, relatable, and upbeat, I didn‘t find anything in her book I can‘t find from online inspirational posts. And I found it hard to relate to her chapters on children or her reliance on religion. Unfortunately I think Hollis‘ privilege shows in the pages and her stories, and despite her great advice, I think it‘d have more affect when it isn‘t in response to barely peeing your pants in front of your young sons.

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Winnie the Pooh | A.A. Milne
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