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There There: A novel | Tommy Orange
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Today, Indigenous leaders of the Yakama and Lummi Nations called for the removal of 3 large dams on the Columbia River to restore salmon and traditional fishing grounds. The press conference occurred here, where the great Celilo Falls existed before Dalles Dam was built in 1967. #indigenouspeoplesday

BookNAround My geology professor in college said that dam(n), no matter which sense you used the word in, was always a four letter word. 2d
SamAnne @BookNAround LOL. So true. While they have brought benefits, the consequences have been great. I‘m glad to see them being questioned. 2d
Freespirit Great news...we build dams without thinking of the consequences. We have terrible water problems in my country at the moment. I think water security will be a huge issue in the future. 2d
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Ask Again, Yes: A Novel | Mary Beth Keane
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Two many books already started but have to add another one!

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Circe | Madeline Miller
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Starting this on this October lake day!

Avidreader25 LOVED this one! 3d
nelehelen So gooood 3d
Latrelwhite Adding to my TBR list 3d
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Lost Children Archive | Valeria Luiselli
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I loved the writing and the premise of the story. Part road trip novel, part crumbling marriage story, all with the backdrop of the immigration crisis. Sadly, the ending did not do it for me. Especially the seemingly endless stream of consciousness pages towards the end in the voice of the boy. I think it is difficult to do child narrators well and the last pages of the book did not do it for me.

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In DC for work. Did two year stints working here and always loved this bookstore. Had to buy 3 books which awarded me a 25 dollar gift certificate for books or bar. No more room for books in luggage so spent it at the bar!

Crazeedi Looks like a great book store! 2mo
TheNerdyProfessor I love this bookstore! 2mo
sarahbarnes I loved this bookstore when I visited! 2mo
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The Nickel Boys: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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Once again Colson Whitehead packs a punch. The second book I‘ve read by him. I want to read all his books now. Except maybe not the Zombie book. I am so tired of zombies. Should I read the zombie book too?

KathyWheeler I‘ve heard the zombie book is excellent even for those who don‘t love zombies. I haven‘t read it yet though. 2mo
Dragonfairykats I want to read this! My local library doesn't have a copy, and the libraries in the Pines system for Georgia say it's too new to send. 🙄 I've had a lot of books like that lately 2mo
SamAnne There are no wasted words, images, or scenes in this small book! 2mo
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M Train | Patti Smith
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I love Patti Smith. And I mostly listened to the audio version—read by her. But I‘d only recommend this to Patti Smith fans. More a collection of short vignettes. Some cut-to-the-bone writing about life, loss, mourning, art. Interspersed with the really mundane. She writes about coffee so much I started to laugh. Getting coffee. Making coffee. Drinking coffee. Finding a hard time getting coffee in Japan. Still, it‘s Patti Smith!!

Severnmeadows Love your review. Atmospheric cover- makes me want to buy it 😊 (edited) 2mo
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The Nickel Boys: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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Taking some quiet time before heading after a long work today. Contentment is a book, a beer, burger and my border collie.

Ruthiella Nice alliteration!😀 2mo
SamAnne @Ruthiella oh I‘m a such a single-minded sucker for it. 2mo
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The Chalk Man | C. J. Tudor
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I don‘t read much in the genre. But it felt like a good weekend at the lake read after several dense history and literary fiction reads. I got hooked in, but very disappointed in the ending. So many red herrings and dead-end plot devices. Hashtag I‘d rather reed Tana French.

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Disappearing Earth | Julia Phillips
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4.5 stars out of 5. If time had allowed I would have devoured this book over a week-end. I loved the setting-kamtchatka. I loved the characters, their stories told in overlapping but stand alone chapters. And I finished it this exquisite morning, looking out at Lake Pend Oreille in north Idaho, contemplating a day of friends, good food and drink, swimming and paddling, and no work or chores. And diving right into The Lost Children Archive!

Suet624 Two great books. 2mo
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Disappearing Earth | Julia Phillips
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One of the best novels I‘ve read this year. Only halfway through but beautiful writing and I love the setting—Kamtschatka. A story of fear of change, other peoples, urban vs rural, all told through a story of two missing girls. A great vacation book—each chapter almost stands on its own—each a related but stand alone story focused on one character.

brit91 That's a beautiful view!!😍😍 3mo
TheBookStacker Just starting this today. Can‘t wait! 3mo
FeministBookClub Isn‘t this book beautiful? We had the author on our podcast to chat about it. You should check it outb 3mo
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Disappearing Earth | Julia Phillips
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Stealing a half hour between chores and prepping a Sunday dinner in one of my favorite garden spots. Only 25 pages in but this book has me hooked.

SamAnne And a bald eagle just flew overhead! They live in my area of the world but first one I‘ve seen above my garden!! Sigh. Contented. (edited) 3mo
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This is for you @marleed ! Got myself a Porkchop John‘s porkchop sandwich. Headed to the Main Headframe stage. Will get a nightcap at the Silver Dollar Saloon afterward.

marleed Omg!! I‘m so exited! I know other cities might create a pork chop sandwich but I can‘t even go there. John‘s Porkchop is the GOAT!! ... oh let me know what you think of the Original stage!! 3mo
SamAnne @marleed we love the main stage but seem to spend more time in the dance pavillion every year LOL 3mo
SamAnne @marleed having a great visit with your sister. Buying some earrings and my crop circle obsessed hubby is in quite the conversation with her LOL. 3mo
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marleed @SamAnne oh my god! I am so excited you are there. She is absolutely joy rising. I love her so much! Thank you for visiting!! 3mo
SamAnne @marleed she said the same about you! :-) 3mo
marleed Ahh! 3mo
SamAnne @marleed and she also said your two sisters working the Original stage donation table would not be happy that you didn‘t send me there to say hello first LOL 3mo
marleed @SamAnne Haha. Oh no!!! Go back! Don‘t tell them! There is no statute of limitations on sins inflicted on sister from sister!! I love those two sister too - and there‘s still another sister! 3mo
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Week-end in Butte Montana for their International folk festival. Beautiful old turn of the century buildings, killer old school bars. Amazing architecture. Fascinating history. Today it is a fraction of the size it was in 1900. And has a big mining pit that consimed a huge part of the town. The pit is full of toxic water that kills birds that land in it. Nonetheless, highly recommend a visit to this town!

marleed Butte Montana is my home town! If you go into the Cavanaugh County Celtic store on Park - that‘s my sister! Have fun!! 3mo
marleed You must have a pasty! You must have a Johns Porkchop! There are rules to visiting my hometown! 3mo
SamAnne @marleed i thought there might be a Butte native on Litsy! Love your hometown!!! We are doing a splurge and staying at the Miner‘s Hotel downtown. We will make sure to get one of those pork chops! 3mo
marleed @SamAnne We love our mining town. I‘m so glad you are there. The Folk festival is great. I hope you are enjoying the stage built into the Original Headframe! 3mo
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The Overstory: A Novel | Richard Powers
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“That‘s the trouble with people, their root problem. Life runs alongside them, unseen. Right here, right next. Creating the soil. Cycling water. Trading in nutrients. Making weather. Building atmosphere....A chorus of living wood sings to the woman: If your mind were only a slightly greener thing, we‘d drown you in meaning. The pine she leans against says: Listen. There‘s something you need to hear.” Rereading this fantastic book!

Leftcoastzen It is amazing! 3mo
Freespirit Loved it too...very powerful❤️ 3mo
mcctrish My husband and sister in law are both reading this now. It‘s a glorious book 3mo
SamAnne I loaned out my hard copy and decided to buy a second copy in paperback so I can mark certain passages and sentences. 3mo
Leftcoastzen I love this book! 2mo
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I‘m reading a lot of American history right now. I‘m liking reading Stamped From the Beginning about the origin of racist ideas in America along with a Gordon Wood American history book. And on this particular Independence Day when I can‘t help but dwell on the horrific crimes my country is inflicting on children at the border, American Sonnets makes the perfect trifecta of books for reading and reflection today.

lele1432 Love this lineup! 3mo
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Patsy | Nicole Dennis-Benn
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3,5 out of 5 stars. Dennis-Benn is a great writer and she immersed me in Jamaica and the world of a struggling immigrant woman chasing the American dream. A little too tidy of an ending.

Mynameisacolour Is this a little squash blossom? 3mo
SamAnne @Mynameisacolour LOL it‘s actually a GIANT squash blossom 6 inches across. Was compelled to take a photo while foraging in the garden this morning. 3mo
Lindy Gorgeous squash blossom! 3mo
Mynameisacolour Oh wow! Cool! 3mo
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Barkskins: A Novel | Annie Proulx
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Latest New Yorker. LOL. I finished Barkskins but was pissed off at the end.

Theaelizabet Loved that one! The cartoon, that is. 4mo
SW-T LOLd at the cartoon 😂 3mo
stephothebesto What bothered you about the ending? I found it rushed and anticlimactic - was it the same for you or something else? 3mo
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SamAnne @stephothebesto Exactly. I enjoy long novels that spend a lot of time describing the setting and time period or where the place—in this case the Northern woods—is a character itself. But yes, rushed ending with little point. After 700 plus pages I expect a little more! 3mo
stephothebesto Gotcha! Do you have any recommendations for read-alikes (especially ones with more satisfying ending)? 3mo
SamAnne @stephothebesto hands down The Living by Annie Dillard. Three hundred pages shorter and packs way more of a Wallop. A story of generations making a go of it in the early wilds of far NW Washington State. 3mo
stephothebesto That sounds perfect! I saw this quote in Litsy posts: " She read books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live", so double-sold! Thanks! 3mo
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Patsy | Nicole Dennis-Benn
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Quiet contentment on my front porch. Dog nearby. Cocktail in hand. Hummers at the feeder. First sunflower in bloom. Headed to a party later with hubby later but right now enjoying this novel. Descriptive wonderful immigrant fiction. I‘m hooked on this one.

Becker Sounds and looks idyllic to me. (edited) 4mo
MrBook 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 4mo
Zelma Nice plants! 4mo
BeaG Looks like a great place to read. I'm waiting on my first sunflower to bloom. This was my first year planting them. 3mo
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A poem for Trump. Terrance Hayes is my new fave.

Hooked_on_books Oh that‘s good! 4mo
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“In a second I‘ll tell you how little Writing rescues. My hunch is that Sylvia Plath was not Especially fun company. A drama queen, thin-skinned, And skittery, she thought her poems were ordinary. What do you call a visionary who does not recognize Her vision?”

readingjedi Wow! That's a hell of a quote! 😱 4mo
SamAnne @readingjedi I‘m only 20 pages in. But what a book. I‘m floored by Terrance Hayes. I just posted a photo of his Trump poem. 4mo
Theaelizabet Wow. 4mo
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Book haul today. Two volumes of poetry and a second copy of The Overstory! Lent my out and need to reread!

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Fruit of the Drunken Tree | Ingrid Rojas Contreras
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3.5 stars out of 5. Compelling story set during violent years in Colombia when Pablo Escobar was at his most powerful. A window into the separate worlds of the struggling desperate poor and those who are better off. Violence touched all in Bogota during the 90s.

Reggie I loved that she kept checking to see if the cows were ok. 4mo
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M Train | Patti Smith
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Now here is a memoir I‘m enjoying. More of vignettes from her life, not in chronological order. Her writing is like spoken word. Listening to the audio—narrated by Patti! I could listen to her world weary gravelly voice for hours. Actually, I am! Just requested a hard copy from the library to peruse as I listen.

Theaelizabet Loved the audio. 4mo
Suet624 Oh, I never thought to listen to this! Great idea. 4mo
Samplergal I loved it. I learned so much about her I didn‘t know. 4mo
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Fruit of the Drunken Tree | Ingrid Rojas Contreras
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1. Fruit of the Drunken Tree—enjoying! Patti Smith‘s The M Train. Stamped from the Beginning:the Defining History of Racist Ideas in America. And Patsy. Too many!
2. Does Black Leopard Red Wolf count? 3. Planting my melon patch and having gin & tonics on my front porch. And a wedding but not necessarily a fun one LOL.

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Patsy | Nicole Dennis-Benn

I was first in line at library for this recent release! Excited to dig in this week-end.

Theaelizabet I may have mentioned earlier that I was so-so about her first novel (great subject, melodramatic handling, imho), but she's obviously talented and this one really sounds good. I'll be really interested in reading your thoughts. 4mo
SamAnne @Theaelizabet I picked up her first novel at the library just to take a gander but haven‘t cracked it. 4mo
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Patsy | Nicole Dennis-Benn
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I was first in line at library for this recent release! Excited to dig in this week-end.

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Yes Please | Amy Poehler
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Just not my cup of tea. Kept thinking I could have been listening to one of Patti Smith‘s memoirs instead. Huge fans of both Amy and Tina Fey but didn‘t really like either book. Have been looking for some lighter fare to balance out all the heavy books I read. But this one just bored me for long stretches.

SamAnne And so much name dropping. She comes off self-involved and self-important. And all her whining about how hard writing a book is. Yeah, no shit. But don‘t waste our time going on ad nauseum about it. 4mo
parasolofdoom @SamAnne yes. Even by celeb memoir standards, it was a lot of navel gazing 3mo
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A combination of prose and poetry, an amazing memoir. Best book I‘ve read this year. I live on the Spokane Tribe‘s ancestral lands and work to restore salmon so it particularly hit home. I hope that there is some path towards appropriate reconciliation in the wake of the #metoo allegations and Alexie publishes again.

Christine Thanks for your thoughts on this one. I love reading about native communities, and this was highest on my TBR for years...until the scandal hit and I didn‘t know if I should/could read it. (Also, love your chicken!! We have 5 backyard hens that we love so much.) 4mo
SamAnne @Christine I admit I bought it right before the allegations went public and then set it aside. Glad I decided to read it finally. And it puts an interesting lens on his step out of the spotlight. And glad you like Goldie! Hoping she is a pullet and not a cockeral! 4mo
Christine OMG, yes, 🤞 re: pullet! We had six chicks this time around and had to get rid of one when he started doing some awkward juvenile crowing! 😂😭 Thankfully the feed store where we got them keeps a lot of adult birds and was happy to take him back (as they should have been - he was gorgeous! But forbidden in San Diego city limits). 4mo
SamAnne @Christine I‘ve been taking my book or computer out to the coop to socialize them. Such a relaxing place to read as long as i don‘t get crapped on LOL. Based on the hackle feathers I think I have at least one roo. Just hoping my cutie-patootie polish cresteds are hens. Roos are also banned in Spokane but you only get busted if a neighbor complains. Hoping I have a lazy rise late crow late rooster LOL 4mo
Christine Such a good idea to take a book out to the chickens (despite the ever-present poop risk! 😂)! I should do that. Jealous re: Polish crested! Have you raised those before? And yes, may any rooster you have be a quiet one! (Ours was being super obnoxious before 6 a.m., plus we live on a canyon, so I can only imagine how it was echoing! 😆) 4mo
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Gifted: A Novel | John Daniel
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Do others have a hard time, feel overly critical reading novels set in a place or time that you know/knew intimately? I know the novelist has license to change facts and timelines. But It remained one of my issues with this novel. Parts just not believable, timelines wrong. I didn‘t have to read the author bio to know he might live there now, but he did not grow up in the place like I did. Do others have such reactions to books?

Tonton Most books (fiction)written by non-Japanese writers set in Tokyo! 4mo
SamAnne @Tonton LOL. I bet. I especially bristle about books set in the redneck Oregon coast range and the forest protection activism world. But writers can get it right. Ken Kesey nailed my world with Sometimes a Great Notion. And Richard Powers nailed it mostly with his beautiful The Overstory even though he takes liberty with some history and facts. His novel transcends. (edited) 4mo
SamAnne @Tonton who gets it right? 4mo
Anna40 I read his book Rogue River Journal and enjoyed it. 4mo
SamAnne @Anna40 thanks for the recommend. I loved his descriptive writing which transported me to my childhood country. Look forward to reading his non-fiction. 4mo
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1. You Don‘t Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie. Close on its heels is The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai and Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon.
2. The Unwinding of the Miracle.
3. Ninth Street Women. First 100 pages fantastic but got distracted by “required” book club books. Disappearing Earth. Stamped from the Beginning. Patti Smith‘s Just Kids.
4. Goal 55 books, 26 read!
5. If you want, take part!

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Listening to this heartbreaking memoir as I drive up the Columbia Gorge from Portland to Spokane. I often stop here, at what was Celilo Falls until it was destroyed by Dalles Dam in the 60s. Once one of he most important salmon fishing and gathering places for Northwest Tribes.

Crazeedi Beautiful, just beautiful ❣ 4mo
BookNAround I had a geology professor in college who said all iterations of the word dam should be spelled with 4 letters. 4mo
SamAnne @BookNAround HA! Any chance you went to Whitman College? I work with a professor emeritus there on efforts to remove the 4 lower Snake River dams in southeast WA. Sounds like something Bob Carson would say! 4mo
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SamAnne @Crazeedi the Columbia is a beautiful river for sure, even with the dams. Wish I could have seen Celilo Falls. A good novel that captures the impact of the Dallea dam on Indian communities is 4mo
BookNAround @SamAnne Nope. College of Wooster. Small liberal arts college. 4mo
Hooked_on_books My husband was born in The Dalles and told me about that. What a sad thing. The pre-dam pictures are beautiful. I envy your drive. 4mo
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Bossypants | Tina Fey
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A photo of my bossy crested polish Eleanor. I‘m a big fan of Tina Fey but expected more from her book. Definitely dated and she is very tone deaf on race. She doesn‘t get a pass just because she‘s good friends with Tracey Morgan.

mreads 🐓❤ 5mo
Theaelizabet Interesting review. 5mo
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Gifted: A Novel | John Daniel
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Finally beginning this. Bought novel at last year‘s college reunion weekend—John Daniel is a fellow alumnus. Thought I best read it before this year‘s reunion weekend. Intrigued as I also grew up in the Oregon coast range too. And in my 20s was involved in efforts to halt the logging of the last big trees. And perfect book for visiting Portland OR where I once lived. #oldhaunts #powellsbooks

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Fruit of the Drunken Tree | Ingrid Rojas Contreras
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Starting today at lunch for book club.

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This is will be a good read but a hard one.

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Bossypants | Tina Fey
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After finishing Heavy: an American Memoir and diving in to Uninhabitable: Life On Earth After Warming, this lady needs to commune with plants, put some seeds in the Earth and listen to Bossypants. Love Tina Fey. So sharp. So funny.

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Wow. One of the most powerful memoirs I‘ve read in a long time. Brutally honest and the writing so unexpected. The audio version is fantastic.

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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Fun clever beach read. Nice respite from the heavy nonfiction books I‘ve been reading.

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There are some beautiful and heart rending parts. But they are interspersed among tedious descriptions of doctor visits and potty training a dog. I feel bad saying that knowing the author passed. Get the book from the library. Read the passages on her family and immigration to the U.S., her grandmother urging her parents to kill her as an infant because she was blind. And the epilogue from her husband. Don‘t do the audio! Too hard to skip!

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Alpha sprout. Meet the Boston Marrow Winter squash which will produce 40 pound squash that make the most delicious pie. Biggest sprout ever!

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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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“I used to care when men called me difficult. I really did. Then I stopped. This way is better.”

Andrea4 Sometimes there really is a "right" way...lol 5mo
ilyssa.g Love this book! 5mo
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Downloaded for 5 hours of driving today. This has been on my list for awhile.

shaynarae Enjoy! I absolutely LOVED this book on audio! 5mo
LauraBeth It‘s a good one! 5mo
Megabooks Really good book! 5mo
astro_chica Will have to check out! 5mo
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Kitchen Confidential | Anthony Bourdain
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Finished up the audio book after a long day of planting in my garden. Now enjoying a cocktail—gin, soda, and my rhubarb-ginger shrub. Loved listening to Bourdain‘s kitchen stories. It helps to know he became a strong defender of women and exploring cultures, pointing out inequalities, etc.

cherinium Awesome glass! 🍸🍸🍸 5mo
SamAnne @cherinium Presentation is everything! LOL 5mo
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I‘m really not liking this book. So much I‘m listening on 1.5 speed. Maybe half through. Some parts are great esp. when she‘s reflecting on her immigrant experience, being blind as an infant, and her Vietnamese grandmother trying to force her parents to let her die as an infant. A persevering woman. But so much of the book is bleak medical treatment after hospital stay, etc. I feel reluctant to criticize because she does die in the end.

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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Just started last night. Feels like it will be a good summer read! Well I guess it‘s a spring read....

Cortg I have it borrowed from the library on my kindle. It was due a few days ago so I'm keeping the wi-fi off! I can't wait to start it! 5mo
SamAnne @Cortg Yah, I was on the library lam last week with The Old Drift! 5mo
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What a great read! It combined my love of natural history, conservation, personal story, fly fishing and fly tying. If you don‘t have time for the read (but it‘s pretty quick) listen to the excellent This American Life podcast on the Feather Thief!

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“Your body isn‘t a temple. It‘s an amusement park. Enjoy the ride.” Loving listening to Anthony Bourdain as I garden and cook. And drink gin and tonics. Oh yeah, and reading the Feather Thief which is an engrossing read for this flyfisher.

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I cherish comfort food to face the hard things in this world. This book was comfort food, ballast to all the heavy climate change books in n the queue. A fun read. Now onto Kitchen Confidential by Bourdain.

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The Old Drift | Namwali Serpell
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I‘m 5 days past-due at the library (sorry !) A multi-generational novel. I only read one a year. Great characters and loved learning about Zambia. The impacts of western colonization decolonization efforts interest me. Debut novel that could have been 3 different novels and explored themes more deeply. Wish Serpell had paced herself. But the end was so satisfying—I love any story where a dam comes down & a river is rebirthed. #HeydukeLives!