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REPollock

REPollock

Joined May 2017

author, milliner, blogger at La Bricoleuse, theatre-maker, demimondaine. Mx.
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Butts: A Backstory | Heather Radke
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Surprisingly scholarly yet readable, not a novelty book or a joke but still with moments of humor. Recommend to fashion history enthusiasts and those with an interest in the subject of social cultivation of body dysmorphia and beauty “standards.”

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A fun trio of connected short stories about the Book People, a coven of libromancers that also appeared in this author‘s “The Withrow Chronicles” books.

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This is a fascinating piece of ethnographic history. I‘m glad I listened to the audiobook because I get why it is important to write an oral history in the dialect as spoken but I think it would have been difficult to understand. Hearing it was clearer I think.

CW: lots of violence, brutality, murder, and tragedy.

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Weather: A novel | Jenny Offill
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Mehso-so

This is the strangest book I‘ve read in years.

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Mehso-so

An excellent book for adolescents, young adults, and parents who want to shield their children from the effects of diet culture and the body-image obsessions perpetuated by Hollywood and advertising.

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Once There Were Wolves | Charlotte McConaghy
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Mehso-so

I loved this book until it began to strain credulity too far. I‘ll probably try another book by this author in the hopes that she reins in the tendency to jump all the sharks, because the conservationist thriller is a genre hybrid I‘m interested in.

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If you are a woman, this book will confirm that you are not delusional in your perception of the world being phallocentric.

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Yellowface | R F Kuang
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Mehso-so

I read this because it was a #litsylovereads pick, and because I have a morbid interest in writing hoaxers who adopt and fetishize marginalized identities—think JTLeroy or Nasdijj. But it ultimately adds up to a depressing mental illness and this book portrays it well. It‘s just a difficult psychological space to be in for a first person perspective.

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Bailedbailed

This is a brilliant encapsulation of a specific early-1990s community and if I had read it even ten years ago I would have been all in for the whole ride. Now it makes me sad that a community I was so deeply involved in is revealed to be so vapid and self absorbed.

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Bailedbailed

Abandoning—I would have loved this in my 20s. Now, I prefer the author‘s 4000 Weeks.

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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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Bailedbailed

Bailing at 56%. This is the type of memoir that is composed of one traumatic incident after another, relentlessly. I commend this author for surviving her shocking childhood and mentally ill, abusive family. I do not however have the voyeur‘s desire to rubberneck at the details.

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Hello Beautiful | Ann Napolitano
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A good book with an interesting structure. Looking forward to discussing it next month here!

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So engrossing. This read like an adventure novel but is actual history and the author cites his sources, even including an appendix of the pseudonymous articles published in abolitionist papers. Highly recommend.

Tamra Ahhhhh flowers always make me long for warmer seasons. 2mo
REPollock @Tamra me too! A local florist offered a biweekly flower bouquet delivery during the pandemic shutdown and i kept it because they‘re so good for my mental health. I just feel happier. 2mo
Tamra That was smart! 😃 2mo
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This is so thought provoking and inspiring! Highly recommend to all humans.

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Bailedbailed

Probably a great book for Gen Z readers. I‘m middle aged tho.

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Pickpick

This book is full of fascinating information about memory and makes me unafraid to get old, even if I experience memory loss or even Alzheimer‘s.

Crazeedi I have this on my tbr, she wrote another book on Alzheimer's, excellent 2mo
Crazeedi So good, as my sister passed at 60 from early onset and lewy body dementia 2mo
REPollock @Crazeedi she mentioned that book in this one! I will have to add it to my list. Condolences on the passing of your sister. 🙏 2mo
Crazeedi @REPollock thanks🫢 2mo
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Mehso-so

I have collectors' appraisal books of vintage hats and antique accessories (shoes, fans, etc) that are similar to this book, which seems to be basically an overview of a personal collection including price values--a valuable resource, but of most use to those who collect these textiles or are looking to appraise/sell a collection thereof.

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Never Say You Can't Survive | Charlie Jane Anders
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Mehso-so

I expected more about writing as a coping strategy and it‘s largely very basic writing advice

Bklover Ooh, what are you making? 2mo
REPollock @Bklover I found a stack of Dresden Plate patchwork motifs among my deceased aunt‘s sewing and I‘m turning them into a quilt! 2mo
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This title accompanied and exhibit of the same name which ran at the Museum of Texas Tech University in 2019.

Filled with full color photos as well as an appendix of the TTU feed sack swatch collection and an excellent bibliography.

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If you only read one book on feed sacks and their place in the history of American fashion, sustainability, the garment trade vs. domestic sewing, etc., this should be that book.

The volume is printed with full color photography throughout with hundreds of prints, labels/logos, and historical illustrations/photography from periodicals and flyers about reuse of the sacks in various applications. Highly recommend!

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Pickpick

The pacing in this novel is odd and sometimes plodding. The concept and plot are engaging enough that I still read it avidly.

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As an educator who must work with a campus bookstore for course texts, it's exciting that FanPowered Press, an imprint of C&T Publishing, is bringing out such high-quality titles from cosplayers through a traditional publishing avenue! At 240 pages, this is no thin pamphlet either--it's almost exhaustively thorough! Highly recommend.

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A fascinating life of an extraordinary man who clearly loves birds, nature, and storytelling. Glad I listened to the audiobook for the wealth of birdsong punctuating sections.

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Bailedbailed

The information in this is interesting but her devotion to the concept/structure hinders the analyses and messages.

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A fascinating reframe of the American mythos and the Western concept of success, genius, and “self-made” greatness.

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The Future | Naomi Alderman
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This was so good. I need time to process it before I can write anything more coherent than Omggggggg

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Panpan

I kept hoping that the aspects of this that bothered me would be addressed or resolved or it would be clear why the author made the choices she did. But, no. Continually underwhelming.

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The Art of Memoir | Mary Karr
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A good craft manual on a genre I generally eschew.

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The Survivalists | Kashana Cauley
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Bailedbailed

I bailed. The narrator got to be a broken record of uninteresting negativity.

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Honestly this probably would have been 5* if I‘d read the book instead of listening to the audiobook. Ironically I found the narrator (who is not the author) unlikeable.

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Foam-stadium-finger thumbs-up for this title! I'm thrilled it's out in plenty of time to adopt it as the new required text for my next dye class (Spring 2025).

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This book makes me unafraid to die. I mean, not that I'm terminally ill or anything, beyond that every living thing will die at some point. Such a good, fascinating, compassion-filled book.

ETA: The author is a hospice nurse & she does talk about people with religious beliefs but this is not a proselytizing book & some of the people she profiles are atheists and agnostics.

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Pickpick

Basically entertaining fluff of the mystery/sleuth variety but with queer characters and none of the icky vibes of hard boiled noir of the 60s/70s. Recommend if that sounds interesting.

[pic: chili weather here]

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Back to back StoryGraph giveaways! This month, it‘s my parasol textbook! Enter here:

https://app.thestorygraph.com/giveaways/63bf4818-8b6c-4f23-92de-e769c1559b62

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A History of the Theatre Costume Business: Creators of Character | Rachel E. Pollock, Triffin I. Morris, Gregory DL Morris
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My StoryGraph book giveaway ends tomorrow! If you‘re on there, enter to win and also find me as username labricoleuse

https://app.thestorygraph.com/giveaways/57ad17fb-6ab9-4efb-9233-ecc9b9f44379

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Mehso-so

I don‘t regret the time I spent reading this book, but it was not what I expected—far more navel-gazing memoir than I anticipated. I assume the glowing recommendations I received were from people who adore memoir—I do not. I skimmed the last 20% because I realized it wasn‘t transforming into anything different than it had been all along.

Karkar I just am trying to read this review and all I can think of is how yummy those tacos look. 4mo
Tamra Tacossssssss 😋 4mo
REPollock @Karkar @Tamra they were amazing tacos—carnitas with street-corn-queso dip on top. 4mo
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Demon Copperhead: A Novel | Barbara Kingsolver
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Bailedbailed

I just couldn‘t believe the narrative voice. It felt contrived and borderline hillbilly-fetishized, like a JT Leroy novel or AU Dickens fanfic.

Tamra I wasn‘t a fan either. 4mo
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What a great little book. I‘m a fan of both these artists and this exploration of what their lives and careers had in common is fascinating and illuminating. Recommend if you are also a fan of both.

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Searcher | Tana French
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A solid Tana French. I‘ve read all the Dublin Murder Squad books and it seems like this might be a one off or the start of a new series.

julesG Another cute frog! 4mo
REPollock @julesG we live next to a stream that runs into a pond so we have so many frogs! 4mo
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Bailedbailed

I have worked in professional theatre my whole adult life, and as soon as it became clear that this was A Secret History with Shakespeare quoting drama teens, I could not spend more time there. It is too much like work.

[Image: restored antique parasol by my graduate student Jillian Gregory]

julesG Agree with you on the book. I bailed for similar reasons. Gorgeous umbrella. 😍😍 4mo
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Matrix | Lauren Groff
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Bailedbailed

A hard slog I don‘t have the spoons for right now and other people are waiting for it at the library.

Image: parasols my students restored.

julesG Love the "spoons" reference. ? Also love the umbrellas. 4mo
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This was fascinating and engaging and as revelatory as I‘d heard from the people who recommended it. Required reading for everyone in education, public policy, and really maybe everyone, period.

CatLass007 Did you make the quilt? It‘s gorgeous. 4mo
REPollock @CatLass007 it was among the unfinished sewing projects my aunt left behind when she died. I am finishing it! 4mo
CatLass007 I‘m sorry for your loss. She was obviously very talented. I think it‘s wonderful that you are finishing the project she wasn‘t able to finish. A labor of love. 4mo
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I had high hopes for this author‘s second novel and it far exceeded them. Complex characters and a twisting plot that repeatedly surprises. Cannot recommend enough. 👍👍

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A History of the Theatre Costume Business: Creators of Character | Rachel E. Pollock, Triffin I. Morris, Gregory DL Morris
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Excited to beta-test the giveaways on StotyGraph with our book!

https://app.thestorygraph.com/giveaways/57ad17fb-6ab9-4efb-9233-ecc9b9f44379

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The Plot | Jean Hanff Korelitz
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Bailedbailed

Bailing on this. It started out promising and actually hilarious but spiraled into a neurotic narcissist destroying his life with his own paranoia. Not interested. Perhaps someone who loves Woody Allen films would enjoy it.

Image is what AI generated as my author photo based on my social media bio and blog name.

Anna40 I agree. Started out great and then was a bit meh … 5mo
REPollock @Anna40 I actually got mad for a minute, because I loved it at the beginning, probably because I attended a low-residency creative writing MFA and it was such a good parody of those programs. 5mo
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A History of the Theatre Costume Business: Creators of Character | Rachel E. Pollock, Triffin I. Morris, Gregory DL Morris
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Disclosure: I‘m one of the authors of this book.

I‘m asking a favor if you use the Libby app to read library books—see if this title is available from your library and if not, whether you can tag it “Notify Me.” And if so, please do so!

The ebook is available and we‘d like to make it accessible to library patrons in libraries around the world!

Thank you!

Deblovestoread Done 😊 5mo
REPollock @Deblovestoread thank you! 🙏 5mo
BarbaraJean It‘s not available, but I found it and tagged it as Notify Me! 😊 5mo
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REPollock Thank you @BarbaraJean ! 🙏 5mo
RamsFan1963 It was not available, but I tagged it to Notify Me. 5mo
REPollock @RamsFan1963 thank you! 🙏 5mo
MatchlessMarie I tagged it as well. 5mo
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Fascinating! I listened to the audiobook through my library but I bought the print edition because it includes some journaling prompts I‘d like to work on later. But people are waiting for the audiobook so I‘m returning it so they can check it out!

Lauredhel Love this quilt! 5mo
Deblovestoread I love a block sampler quilt! 5mo
REPollock @Deblovestoread @Lauredhel these blocks were stacked in my aunt‘s sewing room when she died years ago. I‘m finally finishing the quilt! 5mo
Lauredhel @REPollock amazing. 5mo
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Anyone using the StoryGraph app? I love Litsy for conversation and community, I‘m interested in the statistical capabilities of StoryGraph, especially as Goodreads becomes more of an Amazon shill than the community it once was.

LibrarianRyan Yep. Same screen name. 5mo
MatchlessMarie I always forget that I have it. I want to use it more for that stats but also because there are some neat challenges on there. 5mo
Deblovestoread Love Storygraph. Same handle there as Litsy. 5mo
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julesG Yes. Using it for the same reasons you are. I have the same username there. 5mo
REPollock @julesG @Deblovestoread found you! Sent friend requests. 5mo
REPollock @LibrarianRyan for some reason I don‘t have the option to send you a friend request on SG but I found you and followed you! 5mo
REPollock @MatchlessMarie I‘m also interested in their giveaways beta, which seems closer to the original spirit of the Goodreads giveaways before they became so corporate. I‘m on there with the same username if you want to connect! 5mo
MatchlessMarie @REPollock I just tried logging in today but wasn‘t able to find you under your Litsy handle. I‘m littlelifewrecker on SG. All my recent reads are from January I think. I need to update it 😱 5mo
REPollock @MatchlessMarie I‘m @labricoleuse on SG—I found you and followed you! 5mo
LibrarianRyan @REPollock New setting for updates. I have them changed. I have been on since beta, and didn't even think about checking setting and things until you mentioned it. 5mo
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The Cartographers | Peng Shepherd
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Bailedbailed

Bailing, there were problems I could overlook but plotwise this just blew my suspension of disbelief out of the water.

julesG Agree about the book. But actually wanted to comment on the cute frog you caught on camera. 5mo
REPollock @julesG a drainage creek runs through the woods by our house and into a pond/culvert so these frogs climb our patio door windows every year about this time! I see them eating the flies and moths drawn to the light inside the house. I don‘t name them but I do think of them as neighbors! 5mo
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Mehso-so

This is one of the current self-help/memoir hybrids that have become hot sellers. Great advice, relatable personal anecdotes, nothing new or earthshaking. Or at least that was my reading, someone who more closely identifies with the specific experiences the author relates (Brazilian-American, mother of a young child, etc) might really love it.