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REPollock

REPollock

Joined May 2017

author, milliner, blogger at La Bricoleuse, theatre-maker, demimondaine. Mx.
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Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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A quick read, and an unusualt personality type for a narrator. I can‘t say I‘d be happy working at a store but I found a lot to empathize with in Keiko Furukura. Also the character of Shiraha struck me as the kind of guy who commits a mass shooting in the US.

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The Group: A Novel | Mary McCarthy
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Loved this book, not least for the details about how women in the 1930s used douches for birth control.

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Autonomous | Annalee Newitz
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I loved this book! It‘s on sale so I had to share. Space pirate women! Also a great AI narrative perspective for some sections.

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Bailedbailed

DNF. his prose is so pedestrian & precious that, once he was done working as a milliner, i didn't care what else came of his early career. But, that was maybe the last two chapters?

If you are interested in a memoir of a flamboyant, spendthrift young man who tossed away a scholarship to Harvard to traipse around making truly hideous hats, here you go. The details about mid-century millinery in NYC are interesting, but otherwise, it's a wash.

saresmoore Ha! I love your review and all your posts about this book. 7d
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I loved this quiet, gentle book. A sweet summer read.

Congratulations on 250K, @Megabooks !

#25Etsy #giveaway

Megabooks I loved this book! Short and powerful. Thanks for entering! 1w
Dolly I agree! 1w
erzascarletbookgasm I loved this book too! 1w
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I‘ve read this one before, years ago, and am about to read it again! What a career she had.

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He might have been a legendary fashion critic and photographer but this guy made some straight-up stupid looking hats.

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I‘m interested in his perspective on mid century department stores and millinery production but the man is not a good writer.

Example: I hate when a memoirist writes something like, “I can‘t begin to express how important XYZ was.” Like, hi, you are writing about it already so give it a goddamn try.

SamanthaMarie Hahahahaha that's a fair criticism 😂 love your hat!!!! 2w
Avanders Cute hat!! 2w
Megabooks Fantastic hat! 2w
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Tamra Good one! 2w
Bklover Love the hat! 2w
Eggs Agreed!!! Lovely hat👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2w
Annl Nice hat! 2w
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Untitled | Unknown
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Congrats on 50K! #giveaway50K #50Kcelebration

My favorite childhood memory of summer: we didn‘t have AC—instead we had a HUGE fan in the attic and kept the windows open (with screens). I‘m talking, so big you could lose an arm if it didn‘t have its protective chicken wire “box” over it. I love to remember how my cat Boo would lie on the open windowsill and smell the outdoors, as we both fell asleep to the sound of the big fan and the cicadas.

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Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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1. Indoor. I‘ve actually been told to avoid sunlight by a doctor.
2. Lemongrass tea for summer, spiced chai for winter
3. Tagged book bc I need to pick up coffee creamer and snacks. 🍎🥯🥨🍿🍦
4. Black. It‘s the only color I own.
5. Obv. 😂
#friyayintro @howjessreads

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Just found out that Bill Cunningham‘s memoir is about his prior career as a milliner, before he became a famous style photographer! Yes please!

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Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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Next #audiobook! I‘ve heard so much about this one, I‘m really looking forward to it!

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The End of the Affair | Graham Greene
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Bailedbailed

Well crap. Once it shifted to the woman‘s POV, it was so ridiculously written (how a man thinks women think about love) that I had to just put it down and stop. Just...no.

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Trivia | Logan Pearsall Smith
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1. I submitted a book proposal to my literary agent recently and am trying not to angst about it.

2. I have tattoos older than the current undergraduates at work.

#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView

TheSpineView Good luck on your proposal! As for your coworkers I feel you. I told one person I hired that I knew I was getting old because they are younger than my kids! 2w
Megabooks Good luck!! 🍀 2w
marleed Good luck to you and congrats for the accomplishment! 2w
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The End of the Affair | Graham Greene
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Cider on the porch on a temperate evening, and a new ebook to read.

BarbaraBB Perfect. Cheers! 🥂 3w
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I‘m trying to get into this but the narrator is just such a pretentious bore. 😕

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Bailedbailed

I just can't keep on with this audiobook. The narrator's precious fairytale-storytime delivery is making my teeth ache. Maybe i'll try the paper book at some point.

Megabooks That‘s an awesome eggplant! 3w
Chelsea.Poole Precious little eggplant 🍆 3w
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Next #audiobook! I‘m sucked in because of all the peripheral details about London preparations for the Blitz going on around the characters.

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Mehso-so

Even though I hated everyone in this, I didn‘t hate the book itself. Not one of Lurie‘s best, but even a second-rate Lurie is better than a lot of stuff. I appreciated the dramatization of the struggle with family planning prior to Roe v. Wade. Also, there is a scene that a post-MeToo reader will parse as a rape but the characters treat it like just the typical end of a bad date. 😬

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I hate all the characters in this but I‘m still reading bc schadenfreude is real. 😂

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The Last Book Party | Karen Dukess
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#partylikethereisnobookparty #giveaway ends today!

I would dress as Miss Havisham from Great Expectations, bc I ❤️ a creepy wedding dress! Thank you for this giveaway @Mowen036 !!

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1. If I find this one in a library sale or secondhand store, I always pick it up so I can give it to someone.
2. John Wick 3
3. Green salad from the garden
4. I honestly don‘t know. My dad had five siblings who all had children, but they live states away from us so I never knew them growing up.
5. I never know what this means. Am I supposed to tag people?

#friyayintro @howjessreads

Eggs Or just “like” their friyay posts 🤗 4w
howjessreads Yep. Like, share, comment, however you want to show love! 4w
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Wow, a novel that takes on the practical issue of unwanted pregnancy before Roe v. Wade. Rough stuff but I‘m on board for it.

wanderinglynn Aw, what a cutie! ❤️☺️ 1mo
Crazeedi Beautiful kitty and photo😻❤ 1mo
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Alison Lurie never disappoints. Next ebook! ❤️

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The Silent Patient | Alex Michaelides
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Panpan

Wow, I was so into this book for like 95% of it, but the end of it is such a big pile of shit that I wish I had the hours of my life back I invested in the damn thing. Such a ridiculous, disappointing ending.

Crazeedi Such variations in opinions on this. I have it on loan but dont know if I'm going to get to it, not sure I care now 1mo
Rachel.Rencher I agree! It was awful. 1mo
REPollock @Rachel.Rencher If I hadn‘t been reading a loaned copy, I would have thrown it across the room. Like, I literally saw red fury as I read the reveal. That‘s not a twist, that‘s bad narrative structure by a poor storyteller! 1mo
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BkClubCare Uh. Yikes? I am half way. Questioning every new “turn”. 1mo
REPollock @BkClubCare keep going! I would love to hear what you think at the end! 📚👍 1mo
BkClubCare @REPollock - yea, no. I keep forgetting that it is extremely hard to impress me with these kinds of books. I guessed the twist. 😖 NOT my favorite genre but it was for book club. (Seriously sad that most of the other choices were much better and the club picked this?! - oh well) 4w
REPollock @BkClubCare I think it‘s almost impossible to pull off a “big reveal” of a 1st-person narrator who actively participated in the crime they‘re “investigating.” Also? All set with male characters who destroy a woman‘s life for a gotcha. 4w
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The Silent Patient | Alex Michaelides
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I see why everyone says that you can‘t put this book down. I‘m so stressed for these characters! 😬

Quirkybookworm Love this book!! 1mo
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The Silent Patient | Alex Michaelides
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Next paper book! A gift from my mom, who said she couldn‘t put it down.

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The Gilded Hour | Sara Donati
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I‘m torn about this one. Lots of great details about 19th century family planning and the persecution of women by Comstock. The plot is both too complicated and too simplistic, and the writing is not the best. The sex scenes are particularly tepid, and every sentence could lose 10% of its words and be stronger for it. As a result, I struggled to sustain interest and I likely won‘t read the sequel.

Crazeedi I liked this one,actually I've read several of her books and have enjoyed. But I get what you are saying 1mo
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1. Done
2. Can‘t eat Cheetos anymore
3. Both!
4. Probably donate it to Planned Parenthood or the local halfway house for domestic violence escapees
5. first grade, because I did not yet have adults pressuring me to do a bunch of extracurricular activities like piano lessons, cheerleading, various sports, marching band, scholars bowl...all that crap I didn‘t want to do but had to do so adults can live vicariously.

#friyayintro @howjessreads

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The Gilded Hour | Sara Donati
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As a milliner myself, I always think about the lives and careers of women who worked in hat shops in earlier times. This is just a peripheral character, a patient in the hospital, but I loved reading a little glimpse into her life.

megnews Really liked this book. Can‘t wait to read the sequel that was recently released. 1mo
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The Gilded Hour | Sara Donati
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I am 90% loving this book, but the romantic relationship is expressed with such cheesy language but every time those two characters interact, I have to just skim through it so my eyes don‘t fall out of my head from rolling. But all the stuff about 19th century birth control is fascinating!

julesG 😍 1mo
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The Gilded Hour | Sara Donati
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1870‘s, two pioneering women physicians in New York City battle the oppression of the Comstock years to bring gynecological healthcare to patients of all income levels. I am so on board for this book. ✊💪🤝

Crazeedi It was a great book, and there is a sequel, did you know? 1mo
REPollock @Crazeedi omg no! Yay! 1mo
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This book is full of a lot of hard-core BDSM scenes, which should come as no surprise in a memoir by a professional dominatrix. It‘s interesting to see the author contrast how her own kinky behavior varies depending on whether she‘s working professionally or engaging with her boyfriend. She‘s very open-minded and non-judgmental about most of her clients. She‘s also not the best writer; the prose is fairly workmanlike. I enjoyed it regardless.

Exbrarian I once lived with a professional dominatrix. It was just work like any other for her. Our house mates also included a pornographer, a male prostitute with a day job, and a Diana Ross female impersonator who was never out of character. I still know him only as, "Diana!" 1mo
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I blurbed this book over on Instagram today as part of the #millinerymaker hashtag (a photo challenge that runs the month of July for hatmakers); giving it some love on Litsy too! Indispensable reference book for those making hats for stage plays, film, TV, etc.

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The Gilded Hour | Sara Donati
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Bedtime book! It‘s also on sale rn for like $2 as an ebook, FYI. 📚

julesG That gate! 😍 2mo
REPollock @julesG It‘s for the children‘s garden at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden! 2mo
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Not a five-star read, but I didn‘t hate it like a significant number of readers have. I like a story told by an unreliable narrator, and this narrator is pretty much a douchebag but I am also down for a tale told by a dick. I would call this a literary psychological thriller. It strains credulity in the last 5% but it doesn‘t drop the ball.

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This looks like it‘s going to be the memoir that I hoped Whip Smart would be.

Tamra Gorgeous color! 2mo
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I‘m halfway through, and I‘m really loving this! I know it wasn‘t all that well received but ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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Next ebook. This got such mixed reviews, but I have always enjoyed French‘s writing. Even the books of hers that disappointed me, I enjoyed the experience of reading them. High hopes!

Also, happy 4th, America!

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I think maybe this just wasn‘t the memoir I thought it would be. The part of the story which dealt with her addiction and drug abuse was both too much content and not enough depth maybe? I really didn‘t like that the publisher marketed it as a dominatrix memoir without mentioning the addiction portion in the book description bc it‘s like 1/3 of the content.

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Airline travel sure is great for reading. This is a lovely, sweet book about a relationship between two older people whose spouses have died. It‘s quiet and tender and just what I needed to read while dealing with the stress of flying. Highly recommend.

Crazeedi Oh my goodness, I just NOW took a picture of the same plant I have on my porch! It just started to bloom again and I thought I would post, that is wild! I looked at this and thought maybe I posted in a time warp of something! I love this so beautiful 2mo
REPollock Oh wow @Crazeedi what a coincidence! You don‘t happen to live in Park Slope, do you? Because this was on someone‘s porch on my walk back from dinner last night. 2mo
Crazeedi @REPollock no I do not! But it's a gorgeous flower! My neighbor gave me mine! 2mo
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People of the Book | Geraldine Brooks
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I loved this book!!! It‘s on a digital deal right now, just FYI. 📚😄

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I‘m zooming through this, but I wish it wasn‘t an addiction memoir masquerading as a pro-domme memoir. I didn‘t think that‘s what I signed up for. 😕

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Next ebook! I was at the Tin House summer workshop with her but I hadn‘t read her work before.

Crazeedi ❤❤ this picture!! 2mo
REPollock @Crazeedi we thought the padded trunk was for storing linens and sitting to put on our shoes, but Riley has decided that its most important function is optimum viewing of Cat IMAX. 😸 2mo
Crazeedi I can see that Riley has a "birds eye view "!! ? 2mo
REPollock @Crazeedi LOL! We have rabbits and foxes and deer, too. It‘s like Wild Kingdom around here sometimes. Way more wildlife than I would have thought for a city. 2mo
Crazeedi @REPollock so riley is certainly entertained!!❣ 2mo
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Pickpick

A good solid reference full of many interesting episodes in the history of the London blitz. Sometimes repetitive though, and the author expects the reader to remember the names of random people whose brief stories he related chapters and chapters ago. Somewhat akin to a novel with too many named characters to keep track of.

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Mehso-so

I loved this book and read it at a racing clip. I‘m giving it a So-So though because it suffers from bigtime tokenism and sketchy race issues.

It doesn‘t make it a shitty book, but the author might have avoided those elements if he‘d had honest draft feedback from Black, Japanese, LGBTQ, and disabled beta readers. YMMV.

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Oh, my heart. 💔❤️

This chapter on how pets dealt with the London Blitz is 🥺😢

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1. Can‘t pick just one flower, I love them all! Pictured is a chrysanthemum left for dead by the previous owners of the house we moved into this spring.
2. Tagged
3. Hot Ones! 😂
4. This is as tough as #1 was. Maybe e e cummings? Or Christina Rossetti?

@DebbieGrillo @MinDea #humpdaypost

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A spontaneous fetish club in a London bomb shelter? This book on the Blitz just got even more interesting…

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The Giveaway Box | Michael Dostillio
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Thank you to all who entered my #giveaway500 & helped me celebrate my milestone! 🎉📚🥂

The winners are:

@Meaw_catlady @andytbarnes @gradcat @KatieDid927 and @Dolly — please email me your postal address at ladybee@gmail.com so I can send you your books! Congratulations and I hope you enjoy them!!!

Meaw_catlady Yay!! I‘m so happy ! Thank you so much! I‘ll send you an email 💕 2mo
gradcat Omigod!! I won? I won!! Thank you so very much!! I‘m so excited! Sending an email now!! 🥰 2mo
KatieDid927 Yayay! 💃🏻 Thank yoooou! Sent! 🤗 2mo
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Dolly Thank you, Whoopi !!! 🎉Email sent earlier. 2mo
BarbaraBB Thank you for organizing 💕 2mo
AsYouWish Yay!!! Congrats to all the winners!!! Thank you so much for organizing this!!! 2mo
Dolly I received the book yesterday. Thank you, I look forward to reading it. 2mo
REPollock Yay @Dolly I‘m so glad it arrived safely! I hope you enjoy it, and if not, pass it on. 😄📚 2mo
KatieDid927 Got my book last week, thanks! I just started a new job and things have been kinda hectic so I haven‘t had a chance to post it but wanted to let you know. Thanks again! 🤗 2mo
REPollock Yay @KatieDid927 glad it made it there! I hope you enjoy it!! 2mo
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