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Palimpsest

Joined April 2016

I read to expand my mind and my heart.
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The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
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Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
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The Haunting Season: Nine Ghostly Tales for Long Winter Nights by Andrew Michael Hurley, Natasha Pulley, Kiran Millwood Hargrave, Laura Purcell, Jess Kidd, Imogen Hermes Gowar, Elizabeth Macneal, Bridget Collins, Sara Collins
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Aeneid by Virgil
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On Ugliness by Umberto Eco
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I Am a Cat by Natsume Soseki
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Ship of Fools by Sebastian Brant
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Bohemia in London by Arthur Ransome
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The Poetry of Rilke by Rainer Maria Rilke, Edward Snow
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Nightwalking: A Nocturnal History of London by Will Self, Matthew Beaumont
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Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale by William Shakespeare
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Braiding Sweetgrass | Robin Wall Kimmerer
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Hi friends! I haven‘t posted any reviews because I haven‘t been able to read as much lately. I‘ve been struggling with more frequent bouts of migraines and my son keeps getting sick. Anyway, these are the books I‘m currently reading. Braiding Sweetgrass is an audible book which is great. I‘ve just missed sharing with this community, but am still frequently checking out everyone‘s posts and I‘m still stacking more books to read!

Leftcoastzen I hope you feel better soon. And I hope your son improves too . (edited) 3w
Julsmarshall I hope you and your son are on the mend soon. I‘m listening to this book right now too. Really enjoying it! 3w
Reggie I hope your son feels better. 3w
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Megabooks I am so sorry. Sending good health vibes to you and your family! 3w
TrishB Hope things improve soon. 3w
QuietlyLaura I hope you and your son feel better soon. 💕 3w
DaveGreen7777 Hope y‘all feel better soon! 3w
BiblioLitten I hope you both feel better soon💕 3w
BookNAround Migraines are terrible and I hope your son is past all of the illness. Wishing better health to both of you. 2w
Bookwomble I hope things have improved for you both since you posted this 💗 2w
Palimpsest @Leftcoastzen Thank you so much! 6h
Palimpsest @Julsmarshall Thank you! I still have two hours of this audiobook to go! 6h
Palimpsest @Reggie Thank you, Reggie! Doing much better! 6h
Palimpsest @Megabooks Thanks for the good vibes! 6h
Palimpsest @TrishB Thank you, Trish! 6h
Palimpsest @QuietlyLaura Thank you so much! 6h
Palimpsest @DaveGreen7777 Thank you so much! 6h
Palimpsest @BookNAround Thank you so much! 6h
Palimpsest @Bookwomble Thank you so much! Thankfully they have! 6h
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The Book of Magic | Alice Hoffman
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Whew, this book made me feel a bit emotional. I got really attached to Franny and Jet and it‘s a bit sad to see this series come to a close. I‘m glad I recently read The Rules of Magic and Magic Lessons last year as this book wouldn‘t make much sense otherwise. There is just a wonderful homecoming about these books with family, doing no harm, love, and the magic we may not be born to, but that we make for ourselves.

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I loved this anthology of Japanese poetry ranging from the 7th to 13th centuries. The tanka use wordplay and are about nature, seasons, and the time of day. Each poem includes an English translation, original Japanese, pronunciation, and literal translation and notes for each of the 100 poems. It also includes a woodblock print on each page, but there isn‘t any info about the prints which I would have liked too. I really enjoyed this!

Graywacke That cover is gorgeous 2mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz Omg the cover!😍😍😍 2mo
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This was one of my most anticipated books of the year as it was described as being like Crimson Peak, but it was the most disappointing book I‘ve read this year instead. I would have bailed if I hadn‘t bought it. It didn‘t need to be speculative or set in an “other” place IMO. That made no sense to me. I couldn‘t understand the main character‘s motive it wasn‘t strong enough to endure what she had to. The “magic” involved felt more like occult 👇

Palimpsest Practices than magic; involving imbibing partly formed embryonic eggs with chicken feet that was way too dark for me. The MC was alone for nearly the last third of the book which was boring and there were strange asides within the dialogue like saying “something is wrong” in italics to know what Jane was thinking. This was more about medical practice and rationalizing math to be like magic than a manor house and new hubs.This book was not for me. 2mo
kamoorephoto That‘s so sad! I hate it when a book disappoints. 2mo
Palimpsest @kamoorephoto perhaps I had too high expectations. I‘m not a big fan of horror, but I love gothic and the Victorian time periods. I love the movie Crimson Peak so much and I kept reading in Pages magazine, Goodreads, and other professional reviews about how good this was. It seems others like it, like I said it‘s just not for me. I do still think the cover art is amazing. 😊 2mo
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I read this a few weeks ago and am behind with Litsy reviews, so I also don‘t remember exactly what I was going to say about it as it was a library book I‘ve taken back. The sections the author wrote about being in nature and animals resonated with me a bit more than the more memoir ish sections, but I did like confirming that it‘s okay not to be okay all of the time as we all have highs and lows with physical and mental health.

BkClubCare The cover design is exquisite 2mo
Palimpsest @BkClubCare I agree! 2mo
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This is a book I would like to own as the illustrations are gorgeous and it is something I would like to keep as a reference book as a could not remember pairing of flowers for every occasion. The flower arrangements with a more sinister meaning were laid against a black background, which I preferred and would have liked the entire book rather than some arrangements against cream. Lovely book for someone interested in the Victorian period/ flowers

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What Lives in the Woods | Lindsay Currie
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I read books written for all ages because a story can be fantastic whether it‘s a picture book or a classic tome. I usually like MG scary books because adult horror is usually too scary for me, but I think love this one like I did the author‘s other book, Scritch Scratch. Again, a title should set the tone of a poem or book and this really wasn‘t about anything in the woods, but rather what was haunting a mansion built in the 1930s👇

Palimpsest The protagonist, Ginny, go to Michigan on vacation with her brother and parents so her dad can help renovate an old mansion where lightbulbs burst and shadows seem to move. Ginny kept said she would solve it all like Agatha Christie, her idol, but it didn‘t feel like a mystery to me, more like a scary Scooby Doo. I liked the historical aspects and ending. While books should be enjoyed by all this is more kiddish than other “kid” books I‘ve read. 2mo
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The Rules of Magic | Alice Hoffman
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I loved this story about Frances, Jet, and Vincent growing up in N.Y.C. on the cusp of the 1960s and spending time in Massachusetts with an aunt whose presence would help to alter their lives and become who they were really meant to be. This book made me feel a bit melancholic and thoughtful, but in a good way knowing that life is short and how even small decisions can change lives. A really beautiful story that I can tell will linger for awhile.

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The House on Vesper Sands | Paraic O'Donnell
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I adore everything Victorian so this book was great for me set in 1893. The story begins with a seamstress and mysterious death. Gideon Bliss arrives in London at his uncle‘s request only to get involved with acerbic Sgt. Cutter as he investigates missing working class girls. Octavia H. is reporter who is investigating Spiriters. There are fantastical elements. I really enjoyed this mystery, but I did find fault with a few things:the title, as👇

Palimpsest No one arrives at Vesper Sands until nearly the ending, so the title doesn‘t really work for me. One of the characters is talked about considerably, but isn‘t ever actually in the book or has any dialogue which is interesting but a bit odd, and the book doesn‘t quite have that slam bang finish. I still think it‘s a well crafted, entertaining story. I did love the historic details. Fun book as I ease into my Halloween books. 3mo
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Dark Waters | Katherine Arden
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Ollie, Coco, and Brian are on their third adventure trying to escape the smiling man and his schemes. This time they go sailing with Ollie‘s dad and Coco‘s mom as well as another friend where they end up on a maybe? deserted island beyond the mist where they are hunted by a sea creature as well. This was not as riveting as the first two IMO. It was fun, but it just didn‘t have the same gripping elements and so I was a little bit disappointed.

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He Arrived at Dusk | Ruby Ferguson, Mark Valentine, R. C. Ashby
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📕 I stacked this book thanks to @LeahBergen 😊
🍊 Clementines
🤩 The Death of Jane Lawrence
💞I‘m thankful my son recovered quickly from being sick and the lovely walk I got to take with my husband today.
Thank you so much @Eggs for the tag! #wondrouswednesday Would you like to share? @JacqMac
@Blueberry and anyone else who would like to join in.

Eggs Thanks so much for joining in 💗💗💗 3mo
LeahBergen Oh, you did? I hope it‘s a good read! 🤞 3mo
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Sodom and Gomorrah | Marcel Proust
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As always I enjoyed the beautiful descriptions of scenery and the nostalgic feeling of time and memory. The narrator returns to seaside Balbec where he spends time with Albertine and the Verdurins (horrible people) at the house they are renting from the Cambremers, La Raspelière. This volume discusses a lot of homo-erotic relationships, hence the title, but all is not equal when it came to the view of the sapphic. Great, but some problems with ?

Palimpsest situating in my head that it was permissible to be with someone so much younger in this time whether heterosexual or homosexual, as I can‘t entirely tell what age Albertine is compared to the narrator either. Lovely prose and again I love how closely the narrator can tell what another character is about. 3mo
BarbaraBB Good question. I have always assumed Marcel and Albertine are more or less of the same age but I really wouldn‘t know. 3mo
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Which Witch is Which? | Judi Barrett
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I‘m not doing any swaps this year, but I‘ve enjoyed seeing everyone‘s fall aesthetic/ #basicwitch collages. This is just a portion of the types of Halloween aesthetic I like.

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My only child is starting 5K today and I‘m full of emotions. He‘s been home with me all these years as he did 4K from home last year. We recently discovered the Mr. Putter series at the library and we love these books. Fun book about wishing you could go back to school years later with new pencils, erasers, and globes.

Leftcoastzen Awww! 3mo
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It‘s been so fun joining in with the #pemberlittens to read Austen‘s novels over the past year. A special thanks to @sprainedbrain for leading the group and all of you who posted along and added funny quips. This was a re-read for me and I really loved it this time around! At times I wish Ann had stood up for herself more, but I also respect her duty to her family and graceful etiquette for the time this was written. Loved it!

vivastory What book is your favorite Austen? I've read Northanger Abbey & Emma. Undecided where to go next. 4mo
sprainedbrain Thank you for joining in and being such a great part of the group! It has been so fun. ❤️ 4mo
Palimpsest @vivastory I love Pride and Prejudice. I know a lot of people do and it‘s quoted a lot, but for good reason. The 2005 movie is one of my go-tos, but the ‘95 mini series follows the book more closely, both recommended after reading the book. My other favorite is Emma which you‘ve read. Persuasion has moved up on my list as well and Sense & Sensibility. Mansfield Park is my least favorite, but it‘s Austen so still better than a lot of other books! 4mo
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vivastory Thanks for the recommendations! I will add Pride & Prejudice as my next Austen to read. Hopefully sooner, rather than later. 4mo
batsy @vivastory All of her novels have moved up in my estimation since joining the #pemberlittens so imo you can't go wrong with any of the novels :) (All except Mansfield Park, which I struggle with the most like @Palimpsest says.) 4mo
vivastory @batsy It's interesting to hear that about MP. For some reason I was under the impression that Northanger Abbey was the least popular. 4mo
Palimpsest @vivastory Jumping in here. I think Northanger Abbey is not liked as much because it‘s more a parody poking fun of gothic novels and is most dissimilar than her other novels. The majority of characters in MP are unlikeable and I just didn‘t like the treatment Fanny Price receives. I‘d like to add something about the conclusion, but to say much more before you‘ve read it could spoil it, but I just wasn‘t completely satisfied. 4mo
Palimpsest One more thing, most of the action takes place at Mansfield, but unlike Abbey which is full of Catherine searching the place for clues, MP feels a bit repetitive to me, at least this time around. I actually haven‘t finished it this second time because I didn‘t remember it being as irritating the first time. I got behind with the group about halfway through and just thought eh…but that‘s just my opinion. 4mo
batsy @vivastory When I was younger I couldn't really appreciate NA and thought it one of her more frivolous novels. Now I see how the layers work and the cleverness in its construction and it's become one of my faves. 4mo
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Medusa | Bernard Evslin
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I loved Clash if the Titans (Harryhausen) from a small age and have always had admiration and a soft spot for Medusa. I really enjoyed this one!

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All's Well | Mona Awad
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Started off strong and then as I continued to read I really didn‘t care and almost bailed. I wonder if I would have liked it if I had read Shakespeare‘s All‘s Well that Ends Well, if I was missing something because I don‘t know that story, but as much as I love allusion I think a book should stand alone. The main character was manic and I didn‘t care about her. I like books that skew magic with psychology, but this wasn‘t for me “am I right?”

Palimpsest Just wanted to say that I loved her book Bunny. 4mo
Palimpsest One more thought. I thought it was an odd choice to name this MC Miranda, who is the heroine from Shakespeare‘s Tempest (read)when she already using All‘s Well and Macbeth(also read) it just muddied it. I guess it was supposed to be funny that all the drs. and PT were named for the writers of the gospels, but..eh. Also found other scenes problematic, gross, or annoying like the constant use of “am I right?” which made me want to throw this book. 4mo
Megabooks This wasn‘t as good as Bunny, and I noticed that about the various names as well. I haven‘t read Macbeth in years, but I was wondering if you think the three devils in the bar are related to the three witches in Macbeth?? 4mo
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Palimpsest @Megabooks, I do think the three witches relate to the three men in the bar, although it‘s been a few years since I‘ve read Macbeth myself other than I remember they made a prediction about who would be king. I didn‘t mean to be so harsh, but I didn‘t get the baby Ellie dream sequence (although I figured the baths were magic or that she thought that) and I‘m not a prude, but all the sex and speculation about the students and sex, was weird to me. 4mo
Megabooks It‘s definitely fine to be harsh. I didn‘t particularly like the mixed Shakespeare/biblical references either. I think I liked it a bit more than you, but I was hoping she‘d go in a different direction from Bunny, especially since her story collection was so different, but this felt like a watered down, recycled Bunny. I found the fever dreams very similar in style if not in content. I agree this is much more overtly sexual. 4mo
Megabooks All‘s Well is also a fairly obscure play to riff on. I mainly enjoyed how correct she got the experiences of chronic pain. I think that‘s what pushed this into pick territory for me. 4mo
Palimpsest @megabooks I agree she got the pain right as well. I get migraines which a lot of people I know brush off as just a headache when it‘s a full body experience. Also had a terrible experience with a doctor who wouldn‘t listen & my issue still isn‘t diagnosed. And from what I‘ve read it‘s mostly women who get their pain brushed off so I applaud the book for that. I was surprised by the lack of empathy Miranda had after, but guess the spell stop her (edited) 4mo
Megabooks Totally agree re: migraines. I‘ve gotten hormonal ones since starting menopause and have had A LOT of trouble with drs!! I know more about them than they do usually. I also related to that terrible PT person in the book (Mark) as I have had more bad than good related to nerve and spine problems. As far as empathy, I definitely find I relate more to other people with chronic conditions (like this exchange 💜) so I was surprised by that part too. 4mo
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All's Well | Mona Awad
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Ha! I put this book on hold at my library and think I was fourth in line for it. However, I went into my library today and it was on the new release shelf and patrons of their home library get first dibs before they send new books out for holds at other libraries within the system, so I lucked out! I‘m about fifty pages into it and it reminds me of the style of Bunny which I really liked. So far so good! 😁

Ruthiella I should be getting the ebook from my library in about a week. I loved Bunny and am really looking forward to this! 4mo
mhillis Nice! I can‘t wait to read this one too 4mo
Palimpsest @Ruthiella I think you‘ll like it if you liked Bunny. I did wish that I‘d read Shakespeare‘s All‘s Well that Ends Well because I‘m not sure what references I might be missing or important clues. 4mo
Palimpsest @mhillis I somehow missed that this book was coming out until quite recently! It‘s feels a little repetitive, but that may be because I‘ve been reading this exclusively and I usually read a few books at a time. I still can‘t wait to find out where it‘s going! 😊 4mo
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The Minotaur | Bernard Evslin
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Like so many of us I am enamored with myths and the stories of the labyrinth is among my favorites. This is a great recounting of the Greek myths. At 81 pages it spans the rivalry between Ariadne and Phaedra, to the evil of Minos, the genius of Daedalus, to the cunning of Theseus, of course all a spectacle for the gods. I got this to read with my son, but felt its target audience was for older children, so Iread it myself instead!Beautifully told

Leftcoastzen Cool cover! 4mo
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Meet Me at the Museum | Anne Youngson
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My favorite thing about this epistolary novel is Youngson‘s descriptions of what the characters see and how they see. So richly detailed and I appreciate this way of truly looking and seeing the world. Tina writes to an author of a book about the Tollund man and receives a response from the curator, Anders instead. Sometimes it may be easier to get to be ourselves and say what we need to say to find out about ourselves to strangers. Pick

IuliaC Beautiful review! This one's on my list too 4mo
Palimpsest @luliaC Thank you! I hope you enjoy it too! 4mo
Tamra I agree, lovely book. 4mo
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Red: The History of a Color | Michel Pastoureau, Jody Gladding
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I just love these color books by Pastoureau. There is a little bit of overlap in the books, but that is to be expected when comparing one color to another. This book talks about the history of red from being the first color found on cave walls, to the whore of Babylon wearing red, red in Greek pottery, red worn by church fathers, the devil, St. Nicholas, to make-up, and emblems, to the theater. It‘s really cool to see the social aspect of color.

Lindy I‘ve had my eye on this one. Glad to see your review. 😊 4mo
Palimpsest @Lindy I‘ve read Blue and Black and loved them as well. Green is next for me. He writes specifically about how the west has viewed colors and has a note about how that is his branch of knowledge and therefore doesn‘t attempt to write about how the rest of the world views it. Quite historical. I remember you work with textiles and there is info on sumptuary laws about dyeing and where they found dye in plants and animals like shellfish. 4mo
Lindy @Palimpsest Even better! 4mo
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Emma | Jane Austen
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P&P and Emma are my two favorite Austen novels. Sadly, the joy of rereading it with the pemberlittens was eclipsed by negative comments, mostly stating that Emma is an insufferable snob, which I disagree with by doing a close reading of her situation of being motherless and remembering her class. I still love Emma and the 2020 film. It was the last movie I saw in the theater on 3/9/2020 and has a special place in my heart, as does this novel.

BiblioLitten Noooo!! I love Emma💜 6mo
Palimpsest @BiblioLitten 😊I wish more people would understand that this is classified as a Bildungsroman and that the reader is supposed to watch her character change and grow for the better. 6mo
4thhouseontheleft They are my two favorites as well! I wasn‘t able to follow the hashtag as much for the Emma readalong, so didn‘t see much negativity. 😞 6mo
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Lcsmcat I‘m with you. Emma grows so much, and she is more isolated socially than most Austen characters so she does make social mistakes. But she learns from them and becomes more self-aware by the end. 6mo
rubyslippersreads I love Emma too, and this time around I really felt the pain of her changing and growing. 6mo
sprainedbrain Oh my. I‘m sorry the reread was not a good experience. 6mo
Palimpsest @sprainedbrain I didn‘t mean it that way exactly. Everyone has their own favorite novels and opinions and I get that. I just really love it and to see Emma consistently bashed kind of bothered me. I do see Emma‘s faults, but I love how Austen is so wonderful at having the characters read each other‘s nuanced word or action. It was fun to see Frank‘s shenanigans this time around. I‘ll still probably reread Persuasion. 😊 6mo
sprainedbrain I totally get what you‘re saying, and there has been quite a lot of that for the last couple of books. I can say that I definitely loved Emma (the book and the character) more this time through! I do hope you‘ll join for Persuasion. I‘m ridiculously excited about that one. ❤️ 6mo
batsy This reread really made me appreciate the effort that went into characterisation & plot, & how Emma's growth is charted along the way. Also think it's so much more accomplished than what I gave it credit for before ... All of Austen's strengths from previous novels are focused here in one near-perfect book. 6mo
Chrissyreadit I agree that Emma is a perfect example of growth and one of my favorite books. Comparatively I think it was an example of potential for the wealthy class, vs a mocking of them as portrayed in other books. I‘m really enjoying Jane Fairfax now and it is a very satisfying read after Emma. 5mo
Palimpsest @Chrissyreadit I didn‘t join in reading Jane Fairfax, but I want to read it at some point. Glad to hear that it is enjoyable! 5mo
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The Lights of Prague | Nicole Jarvis
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I really enjoyed this historical fiction fantasy set in 1868 Prague. The lamplighters do more than just light the lamps that illuminate the city, but also fight against what lurks in the darkness. Domek must figure out what is so special about the jar that accidentally comes to him and who he can trust with his secrets in a time when it appears that everyone is hungry for power. Loved this original take on one of my favorite monsters.

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I just love these Everyman pocket poems which I can just pick up and leisurely read. Another solid collection of some beautiful, inspiring, and reflective poems that made me feel close to nature.

Tamra I will check it out! 6mo
charl08 Me too, I have a couple (and covet more!) 6mo
batsy Everyman editions are lovely 💚 6mo
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Whispering Trees | J A White
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The 2nd book of this series, this time Kara and her brother Taff escape into the Thickety, but escape is hardly the right word as they come across one terrifying creature after another. The biggest challenge is learning who they can trust… if anyone at all. Once again some pretty dark things described and I‘m not referring to the forest demon, Sordyr, but a fence called the Divide which was very disturbing. Surprised they are kids books.

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Kara Westfall lives in a puritanical village on an island that thinks nothing is worse than magic. Her mother was convicted as a witch when she was five and she was left to care for her baby brother and broken father while the village shunned them. This book is pretty dark to be labeled middle grade with some pretty disturbing and dark magic. It reminded me of the movie The Village in some ways, but a lot scarier including bodily control and death

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Within a Budding Grove | Marcel Proust, Dennis Joseph Enright
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I think I prefer the alternate title, In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower, not only because that appears to be the more literal translation (from my poor French) but the subjects both of observing Gilberte in the first half of the book and later the young women at Balbec feels more accurate. I love that the protagonist always seems to be longing, but if given his wish like going to the theater that his idea of it is more grandiose than 👇

Palimpsest reality. I felt this way when he first saw Balbec as well, he is sort of let down which I feel can often happen if we build something up so much in our minds. His being in love with love follows this path too. Some passages were so beautiful I could swoon and other times I was frustrated with his lack of differentiating the girls as if they were interchangeable. Beautiful novel. I‘m continuing with The Guermantes Way. 7mo
Ruthiella One of these days I‘m going to tackle this series! 💪 7mo
Leftcoastzen Embarrassed to say I have planned to start this series and have always chickened out . No disrespect to chickens .🐓 7mo
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Palimpsest @Leftcoastzen 😆 It‘s length is a bit daunting, but it‘s a leisurely, enjoyable read. I would say that someone would have to enjoy lengthy descriptions of scenery and other situations in order to enjoy it. I read Swann‘s Way last year and just refreshed myself with a synopsis before I took up the second part. I‘m also reading other books at the same time which slows me down a bit, but I like to switch things up sometimes. 7mo
Palimpsest @Ruthiella I recommend it! 7mo
BarbaraBB I agree. He can‘t be not disappointed because he makes so much of a situation or place on forehand. I did enjoy him observing the girls. This instalment felt kind of light compared to some others and I liked that. 7mo
Palimpsest @BarbaraBB I‘m really curious now about the further installments from your comment, as I did love Place Names. It made me want to visit Cabourg which I read Proust based Balbec after. I enjoyed the lightness of just dining, observing, driving about in the carriage, and looking at art. Can‘t wait to find out what‘s next! 7mo
BarbaraBB I loved Place Names too! I‘ll look forward to your continuation of the series. They are unlike any other book I‘ve read. 7mo
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Mother's Day | Ron Vincent
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My son who is five filled out a paper for Mother‘s Day for me with mom‘s favorite things and under favorite book he said All the Books! I think he knows me! Happy Mother‘s Day to all of you mothers and mother figures! 💐📚

Leftcoastzen Awww , what a wonderful photo! Happy Mother‘s Day! 7mo
Palimpsest Thanks! @Leftcoastzen 😊 Hope you have a great day, too! 7mo
Ruthiella He‘s been paying attention. Happy Mother‘s Day! 😃 7mo
Palimpsest @Ruthiella Absolutely and thanks, I hope you had a great day too! 7mo
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The first time I heard of this book I was a kid in the 80s watching the 1984 version of Footloose with my older sister where Ren says it‘s a great book and says it‘s a classic. I agree. It took until this weekend to finally read it. I‘m glad it is non-linear because even though Vonnegut is brilliant at only giving snapshots of the horrors of war and allowing the reader to fill in the blanks I needed to move around in time because it‘s a difficult

Lifeisasnap “In some towns it‘s a classic” people and their weird book banning ideology. Lol 7mo
Palimpsest Subject. Some of the characters are so visceral. Anyhow, it reminded me of my grandpa who was a scout in WWII and fought in the Battle of the Bulge and it made me think of the wars being fought now and just opened up a lot of emotions and questions for me. Seriously good read since it moved me to think about so much, which for me is the joy of reading and having a bit of that shared experience with the characters. It made me think about life. 7mo
Palimpsest “In every town”. Haha @lifeisasnap I‘m so against banning/ burning books, but I now know why the citizens of Bomont got so crazy about it. I don‘t think I‘ve read another book with the word motherfucker in it. 7mo
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Lifeisasnap @Palimpsest true- although, have you read the Devil Wears Prada? The F word is like every other world! Lol Mother F sounds more realistic than an over use of Fuck. Lol 7mo
Trashcanman So it goes 7mo
Palimpsest @Lifeisasnap No, I haven‘t read it, guilty of only having watched the movie. The F word doesn‘t bother me, but in movies and especially writing unless there is a good reason for it it feels trite and loses its impact. I think Vonnegut used it appropriately and then continued to write how that word wasn‘t as effective as it had been in the past, but if it‘s going to be used it should be shocking, not redundant. So I agree. 🙂 7mo
vivastory I LOVE this review! Is this your first Vonnegut? 7mo
Palimpsest @vivastory I somehow only just saw your comment, thank you! I read The Sirens of Titan and Welcome to the Monkey House in high school, but that was over 25 years ago and I honestly only remember that I liked both immensely, but don‘t remember much content of either the short stories or Titan. Any recommendations on which ones are must reads or what I should choose next, please let me know! He‘s a stellar writer. 3mo
vivastory I recommend God Bless You, Mr.Rosewater. That's the last one that I gave 5 stars to. I also love Mother Night & Cat's Cradle, but CC is pretty wild. Deadeye Dick is another favorite. 3mo
Palimpsest @vivastory thank you so much! 3mo
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Emma | Jane Austin
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Happy to be joining the #pemberlittens again for Emma.

rubyslippersreads Lovely bookmark! 7mo
Palimpsest @rubyslippersreads Thank you! I found these on Etsy in a set of four. I gave 3 of the 4 away, but kept Emma for myself. 😄 7mo
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Within a Budding Grove | Marcel Proust, Dennis Joseph Enright
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I‘ve wanted to have blue hair since I was 18. Twenty-six years later and I‘ve finally did it, at least this once. Better late than never! Also, still plugging away at Proust. Some passages are so lovely I just want to be immersed in them. ☺️

Jessieleah You definitely rock it! 🤘🏻 8mo
Palimpsest @Jessieleah aww, thanks so much! 🥰 8mo
Megabooks Looks awesome!! I‘ve wanted turquoise hair since 16, and I‘m 41. I think it‘s time to go for it! 8mo
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Palimpsest @Megabooks You definitely should! What I‘ve learned about aging is even though I‘ve grown as a person I essentially feel the same inside and instead of bowing to norms and because most people probably don‘t care anyway, I decided to do it and it makes me happy. Also, I just don‘t want to regret that I never did things I wanted to while I could. Post a picture if you dye your hair! 8mo
Palimpsest Thank you! 😊 @Trashcanman 8mo
erzascarletbookgasm Looking fabulous! 👍💙 8mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💙💙💙 8mo
LeahBergen It looks great! 8mo
batsy That is so cool! Good on you for going for it 💙 8mo
TheSpineView Looks fantastic! 💙💙💙 8mo
Palimpsest @erzascarletbookgasm Thank you! 😊 8mo
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Reggie This whole post rocks! 8mo
Palimpsest @Reggie Thanks much! 😊 8mo
vivastory This post is fantastic! 7mo
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This is an excellent set of lectures about intolerance in society written in 2007 which unfortunately is all too relevant today. He uses films and stories like The Epic of Gilgamesh to draw parallels between what‘s happening today and stories of the past. I read this awhile ago and have forgotten a lot of what I wanted to talk about, but especially loved ‘The Screen of Hal‘. Manguel is a always a Must Read from me. Five stars.

Bookwomble Got me at "Epic of Gilgamesh" ?? 8mo
Palimpsest @Bookwomble The Tablets of Gilgamesh lecture was one of my favorites in the collection. If you get a chance to read it I‘d love to hear what you think. 😊 8mo
Bookwomble @Palimpsest It may be a short while before I buy it. Bookshops just reopened in my neck of the woods and I've spent my allowance already 💸😄 I'm reading Borges essays at the moment, so perhaps after I've finished that. Thanks for popping the Manguel on my radar 🙂 8mo
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Palimpsest @Bookwomble understandable. I had this book on my shelf and just recently got to it. Alberto Manguel knew Borges as a teen or young man and read to him. I haven‘t read that book yet, but would like to but I have liked everything else I‘ve read by him. (edited) 8mo
Palimpsest @Bookwomble if you‘re interested in the audio instead you can find the lectures on the link I pasted. The one about Gilgamesh is the second lecture! 😊 8mo
Bookwomble @Palimpsest That's fantastic! Thank you for the link 😊 I like listening to podcasts while I'm cooking, so I'll definite give these a listen. 8mo
vivastory I had NO idea that this book existed! Ordering asap! 7mo
Palimpsest @vivastory I‘ve read seven of his books and love them all. Why I haven‘t read everything he‘s written yet I don‘t know because I always love them. 😊 7mo
vivastory I've only read 3 from cover to cover, but each one of them left a significant impact on me. I also ordered Reader's Diary when I ordered this just now. 7mo
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This book feels like a different genre. Sort of a non-fiction/ memoir where the author uses female monsters from Greek mythology as a lens to show how women are treated as monsters (mostly by men) and how women should embrace these monstrosities within us. I mostly found myself nodding in agreement with the author especially as the book moved into subjects such as angry women and domestic details. I only questioned the women getting 👇

Palimpsest Preferential treatment for being thin because I have thought about writing about myself and how badly I was body shamed in the past for being stick thin and small chested, where most people only think heavy people are shamed. I also give men more benefit of the doubt here although some men can be awful, but anyone can be awful regardless of sex. As a liberal feminist this is a pick from me even if it isn‘t the topic I originally thought it was. (edited) 8mo
rsteve388 I am reading this now and it's excellent. 8mo
Palimpsest @rsteve388 I thought it was pretty great too and it was nice to have the author write so candidly about her own experiences but those experiences I think resonate with so many women. 8mo
rsteve388 @Palimpsest Absolutely, hearing her experiences with her own life is hard and is really making me think about my own life and the ways in which I have down played my own needs and wants. She's really good at holding up a mirror for other people to look through. 8mo
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Trilby: A Novel | George du Maurier
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Cover love and my cat, Annabelle. #catsoflitsy #coverlove

zezeki She's a beauty, both the cover and the cat. 😊😊 8mo
Palimpsest @zezeki Thanks! 😊 8mo
Leftcoastzen Awww !😻So cute! 8mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty 😽😽 (edited) 8mo
LeahBergen They‘re both very pretty! 8mo
Ruthiella 😻😻😻 8mo
iread2much Such a cute kitty! 8mo
Palimpsest @Leftcoastzen Thanks! 😊 8mo
Palimpsest @LeahBergen Thanks! I got the book for my birthday last month, but haven‘t read it yet. 😊 8mo
Palimpsest @Ruthiella Thanks! 😊 8mo
Palimpsest @iread2much thank you! 8mo
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How many books have I only discovered, stacked, and read thanks to this wonderful community of book lovers! I can‘t believe I‘ve been a part of Litsy for five years! I‘ve commented on many of your posts and come to recognize a lot of names and favorite genres of individuals even if I‘ve not made any close friendships here. I do appreciate you all so much! I‘m truly grateful for this wonderful group! ☺️🥳

JessClark78 Happy Litsyversary! 🎊📚🎉 8mo
Palimpsest Thank you! 😊 @JessClark78 8mo
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Bridge of Souls | Victoria Schwab
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Schwab‘s Cassidy Blake books are my favorite books by her, well that and The Near Witch, so when I saw this Owl Crate junior box I had to get it and it‘s so cool! All of the contents fit with the story which follows Cassidy, her parents, and her best ghost friend Jacob to New Orleans where she tries to solve who the skeleton man is that is following her and why; all while her parents visit the most haunted places for their paranormal show. 👇

Palimpsest The other fun fact is I visited New Orleans several years ago we stayed at Place d‘Armes and went on a ghost tour that featured some of the places in the book. Great continuation of this series! (edited) 8mo
vivastory I went to New Orleans a few years ago for a couple of days. I've always wanted to return for a longer vacation. 8mo
Palimpsest @vivastory absolutely! I was there for a three day weekend and i would love to return! 8mo
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Prairiegirl_reading When we went to New Orleans a few years ago I wasn‘t sure if the ghost tour would be worth it but now having been there I‘d do it in a second! 8mo
Palimpsest @Prairiegirl_reading I think it‘s worth it just to hear history about the city from a tour guide‘s point of view. I‘m usually a fraidy cat, but it was a lot of fun! 8mo
vivastory Happy Litsyversary 👏🎉📚 8mo
Palimpsest @vivastory Thank you so much! I always enjoy seeing your posts! 8mo
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Sticking with the Everyman‘s Library Pocket Poetry and I loved this one. Some of my favorites were from Baudelaire and Apollinaire. I‘d like it if for poetry in translation that they would include the French text parallel to the English translation.

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I was drawn to this book because of the gorgeous cover art, the title, and Renaissance time frame. It is a fictionalized story of Marlowe getting caught up in a political scheme because of his brilliance while attending Cambridge where he is asked to be a codebreaker and spy on Mary, Queen of Scots. I enjoyed the beginning and tender romance throughout, but it wasn‘t as exciting as I felt it should be. I had this out of the library for three 👇

Palimpsest Weeks and only felt compelled to finish it because it is due back tomorrow. I enjoyed the sections about Marlowe‘s plays more than the espionage. Just a little slow going or perhaps it was just my mood. Overall a solid and mostly entertaining story. Between so-so and pick. I do love the Renaissance poets and playwrights. I just felt a bit removed from the characters. 8mo
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The Wednesdays | Julie Bourbeau
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1. Yes, my spouse does which is great!
2. My mom although we read completely different kinds of books. Trying to get my son to love reading which we do daily.
3. The Odyssey and Don Quixote. Goal is to read Odyssey this year sometime.
@ Eggs #wondrouswednesday

Palimpsest @Buechersuechtling Thank you for the tag! 😊 8mo
Buechersuechtling @Palimpsest you‘re very welcome. To #1: I imagine it to be so comfortable to sit side-by-side in the living room, joyfully reading on one‘s own but now and then reading interesting paragraphs quotes to one another. 📚 8mo
Palimpsest @Buechersuechtling Yes, I love sharing passages or quotes that I get excited about with any like minded people. 😊 8mo
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I got some money for my birthday today and it didn‘t take me very long to spend it. I haven‘t been out much in a year, but made a stop into a shop that carries limited edition small press books. I‘ve had my eye on these from their online store for awhile. Happy vernal equinox, friends! 🌷

Ruthiella Nice choices! Happy Birthday! 🥳🥳🥳 9mo
Palimpsest @Ruthiella Thank you! 😊 9mo
Trashcanman Don't need to live to know I'll be gone 9mo
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Palimpsest @Trashcanman Forgive me, is what you said in regards to my book or should I be concerned about you? If you‘re having a bad day please remember tomorrow is another day. 9mo
Trashcanman @Palimpsest I'm tired 9mo
vivastory These are amazing!! Happy belated Birthday 🎉📚🙌 8mo
Palimpsest @vivastory Thank you! 😊I‘m excited to read them. The store has a really cool selection. Small press and some esoteric. I got M.R. James Collected Ghost Stories and a couple others for Christmas that are still in my tbr pile. 🤦‍♀️ The store is called Within Things located in Sturgeon Bay, WI, but they ship. The nicest thing is none of my books have even been cracked open! I could tell when I started to open them. 8mo
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The Door in the Wall | Marguerite De Angeli
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A sweet children‘s story that takes place in the Middle Ages during the plague. Robin, a ten-year-old, is supposed to train to become a knight when he suddenly loses the use of his legs. Robin spends time with Friar Luke who teaches him many skills, but ultimately that there is more than one path in life for us if we look for it. Quaint with lovely illustrations, it has a good message. I‘m not sure how today‘s kids like it, but think I would have

LibrarianRyan I loved this book when i was growing up. 9mo
LeahBergen Happy Birthday! ❤️📚❤️📚 9mo
Palimpsest @LeahBergen Thank you so much! 😊 9mo
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It turns out I love this book! Yes, I wish the source notes were included, but it turns out they on on his website at least. The beginning was similar about the origin of books and paper as a few other books, but then he talks about everything from St. Gall to the Folger Shakespeare library, ruthless collectors, disasters in libraries, libraries in fiction and even pests like the bookworm. A wealth of information about historical libraries. ❤️

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Frankenstien | Mary Shelley
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So a few weeks ago here on Litsy I was talking about some of my favorite literary t-shirts. I haven‘t been wearing them as much because it‘s been freezing, but I put on my Frankenstein shirt today from Out of Print and thought I‘d share.

STORYBOOK-CAFE Love it! 💚🖤💚 9mo
AmyG 🙌🏻❤️ 9mo
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Aims42 So cool!!! 👍🏻 9mo
vivastory I love those Penguin Horror edition shirts! I have my eye on a couple of them 9mo
Palimpsest @vivastory I like a couple of the others too. I got an e-mail from them today they are having a 25% off sale. Not a bad time to pick one up! 9mo
ladym30 Looks good on you.❤️ 9mo
Eggs Perfect❣️ 9mo
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A Coney Island of the Mind: Poems | Lawrence Ferlinghetti
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I just read that Ferlinghetti has passed away at the age of 101. https://apple.news/AspSgvg-_TIy8U2IJDtdUxw

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A Room of One's Own | Virginia Woolf
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This extended essay is based on two lectures given at Newnham college and Girton college in 1928. Woolf posits that an educated woman needs a place of her own to write and an independent income. She asks, what brilliant women writers might have been passed over throughout history because of women‘s lack of freedom, responsibility to family, and utter lack of opportunity; also in having every door shut to her in pursuit of education as to not 👇

Palimpsest Even being able to access the same books and libraries as men to study. She mentions how indignation and lack of pure, unadulterated work was often written by women and to be brilliant, one, like Shakespeare and Austen, needs to let their work shine, not their grievances. Nearly 100 years later and this fantastic grouping of essays is as relevant as ever. Five stars ⭐️ (edited) 9mo
SamAnne One of the classics that made a mark on me in my 20s. 9mo
Palimpsest @SamAnne I wish I had read this in my twenties, but it still made its mark on me in my forties! 9mo
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Okay, I actually don‘t eat while I read because I don‘t like getting gunk on my books, but I was reading this right before dinner and wanted to share the delicious Sabich sandwich my husband made. Enjoying the book so far, but because I‘ve read The Book by Hudson and The Book on the Bookshelf by Petroski, a lot of info is repeated , but I have learned some new and interesting things. Wish he had included a reference section though. So far so good.

Leftcoastzen Wow , that looks good! 10mo
Tamra Drool worthy! 10mo
Palimpsest @Leftcoasten and @Tamra It has become one of my favorite things to eat! I never would have thought I would like the combo of Mediterranean pickles with boiled egg and the amba sauce, but it‘s really delicious! It could be made vegan just by eliminating the egg as the rest is basically a vegetable mix and eggplant with tahini sauce. I think he got the recipe from the cookbook, Jerusalem, but he‘s tweaked a few things since the first time he made it 10mo
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Come-read-with-me This looks delicious! 😛 10mo
Nute I wish that I wanted to talk about the book that you are reading, but I just can‘t stop looking at the meal. It looks scrumptious!😋 10mo
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Love Poems | Peter Washington, Sheila Kohler
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I read this book of poetry in honor of St. Valentine‘s Day. This wasn‘t my favorite Everyman‘s Pocket Poetry book as a whole, but I always find poems that speak to me, so a pick. I enjoyed Edna St. Vincent Millay & Shakespeare‘s sonnets, (as always) and Donne. Several of the poems are by Pasternak and Akhmatova, a few are ancient by Horace as well as Li Shang-Yin. Dickinson, Roethke, Larkin, and C. Rossetti are an example of the poets throughout.

paulfrankspencer Donne! 10mo
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French Exit: A Novel | Patrick DeWitt
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Not sure how to categorize this novel besides calling it absurd. In fact, 32-year-old Malcolm appears so indifferent that he reminds me of Meursault from Camus‘ The Stranger only with a mama‘s boy touch. His 65-year-old mother Frances is like a fading actress performing her swan song as they lose all of their money and have to move to Paris. I laughed out loud at the dark comedy that reminds me of old school plays like Wilde et al. What a riot!

Aims42 This was definitely a under the radar read, it was so good! Not everyone‘s cup of tea, but I loved it ❤️ 10mo
Palimpsest @Aims42 I really enjoyed it! I often make the mistake of reading Goodreads reviews and just get tired of seeing books or authors labeled as pretentious. Some people are capable of not only writing and executing ideas well, but speaking them. I‘m planning to watch the movie, (I love films, too) but I‘m not sure it will translate as well as print. I could see this as a play. I found this book unique, but yes not everyone‘s cup of tea as you said. 10mo
Aims42 @Palimpsest I had no idea there was a film 🤯 Please me know what you think!! I hear you about the Goodreads reviews, they sometimes need to be taken with a grain of salt LOL 10mo
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Palimpsest @Aims42 yes, I believe the U.S. release date is tomorrow. I‘ll let you know what I think. 10mo
Aims42 @Palimpsest Awesome!!!! 🥳 10mo
Palimpsest @Aims42 I finally saw this film last weekend and I thought it was great. Of course some book content was left out and some things changed, but it worked. I thought Michelle Pfeiffer played Frances really well. The book had more of that dark humor that made it so delightful, but still really enjoyed the film. 6mo
Aims42 @Palimpsest Awesome!!! I will definitely check that out, thank you 🤩 6mo
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The Bear: History of a Fallen King | Michel Pastoureau, George Holoch
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This book spans Paleolithic paintings and veneration of this totemic animal, leading to the church eradicating celebrations to the bear and changed those days into saints days because they saw it as a threat. The bear was replaced by the lion, forced into bear-baiting, debased by jongleurs to do circus tricks, and later forced out existence by deforestation and hunting. Heavy historical content and focus on etymology of ursine words/ ar etc.

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Fresh Water for Flowers | Valrie Perrin
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In short, this book follows Violette, a woman raised in foster care who wants to find where she belong, & ends up as a caretaker at a cemetery, but the heart of this story is do we act on love when we truly find it, what do we do when the ones we love best are wrested away, and ultimately what is hidden in the heart that makes us act the way we do? The characters feel really unique. I wish I had a friend like Sasha. Hauntingly beautiful.

MeganAnn Great review! Stacked 📚 10mo
Palimpsest Thanks, @MeganAnn! I stacked it because of @Suet624 review on Litsy as well. 10mo
Suet624 Oh! You liked it! I'm so glad you read it and enjoyed it. Thank you for following up on my EVERYONE HAS TO READ IT! post. :) 10mo
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