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SamAnne
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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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Pickpick

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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Pickpick

Fun clever beach read. Nice respite from the heavy nonfiction books I‘ve been reading.

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Panpan

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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SamAnne
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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 2w
ilyssa.g Love this book! 2w
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SamAnne
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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! 2w
LauraBeth It‘s a good one! 2w
Megabooks Really good book! 2w
astro_chica Will have to check out! 2w
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SamAnne
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! 🍸🍸🍸 2w
SamAnne @cherinium Presentation is everything! LOL 2w
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SamAnne
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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! 2w
SamAnne @Cortg Yah, I was on the library lam last week with The Old Drift! 2w
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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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SamAnne
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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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Pickpick

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!

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SamAnne

Really enjoying Reichl‘s memoir on audio!! Reading bleak climate change books make me want a little comfort food!

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A bleak read. I was put off by his smugness—he criticizes climate activists from the sidelines. But the author redeems himself in the final chapters with his call to save and rely on what literature and philosophers have taught us as our species makes a life after the climatic collapse ahead.

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The Old Drift | Namwali Serpell
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Only 40 pages in but this book has grabbed me. Set near Victoria Falls, spanning generations with a little magic realism thrown in.

Theaelizabet I‘m on page 183, with not a lot of reading time coming up, unfortunately. (edited) 1mo
SamAnne @Theaelizabet Liking it? 1mo
Theaelizabet @SamAnne Now on page 233, and yes, I‘m enjoying it, though so far there‘s a bit of the “including the kitchen sink” feel to it, if that makes sense. (edited) 1mo
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Mehso-so

Finally finished. I‘m between a so-so and a pan. But I could change my mind. 350 pages in I finally started to care a little bit for the characters. But, ultimately, at the end, not enough to justify such a slog of a book. Some beautiful writing but too much gratuitous violence me. A purposely convoluted and confusing plot meant to be a commentary on truth. I don‘t feel like James pulled it off. Felt like arrogance on the author‘s part.

Theaelizabet Opinions on this one are all over the map, aren‘t they? I began the library‘s audio, but decided I wasn‘t ready for it. I‘m back in the queue; we‘ll see what happens when it comes to me again. I think I may read A Brief History of Seven Killings first. 1mo
SamAnne I suspect my views on this book with seesaw and change. I liked the weaving of African mythology into the story. And at the novel‘s heart is the ways trauma esp. to children shape lives. I get why James made the novel so meandering and confusing. I wonder whether the book would have been better with a strong-willed editor. Or would that have altered the feel and intent? 1mo
SamAnne @Theaelizabet I‘ve heard the audio is really challenging to follow! I can‘t imagine doing it as an audio. 1mo
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sherryvdh I started this yesterday. I'm only about 25 pages in, but I'm definitely feeling so-so about it at this point. 1mo
Theaelizabet @SamAnne I can‘t say that I listened enough to make a solid judgment. The narrator‘s choices were intriguing and evocative, but I‘m willing to believe that this is a book ill-served in that format. 1mo
SamAnne @sherryvdh If anyone asks me, I won‘t recommend this book. And the. i will say if a friend does read it I‘d love to discuss. 1mo
BookwormM I finished yesterday and feel the same. I did like the perspective of a male in a matriarchal society but too much rape and violence for me 1mo
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The Old Drift | Namwali Serpell
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And this is next up after Black Leopard Red Wolf.

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Reading for a book club. While I‘m not much on essays of ranch life unless its something like Owning it All by Bill Kittredge. But I‘m enjoying her writing and her honest and painful recounting of her family history. Doing the audio book.

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SamAnne
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“Just as he wrote I would,so I did. Then the whole brilliance of his ways hit me like sudden wind blowing a flower in my face. Suffer through boredom to get to the bottom of truth. To get to truth at the bottom.” I think this is how Marlon James views his novel. 460 pages in and I still don‘t know if I will give it a thumbs up. Jury is still out although I am finally sucked in. It took 300 pages.

RainyDayReading I gave up after 40 pages. Glad you make it farther than I did! I just wasn‘t meshing with the writing style very well. (edited) 2mo
Geeklet @RainyDayReading Same thing happened to me but I want to give it another shot. I wasn‘t really in the mood for that type of story when it arrived. 2mo
BookwormM I have just read the hyenas section was that really necessary? 2mo
SamAnne @BookwormM Oh so much gratuitous violence. And it gets worse. I just finished an epic battle scene and felt your sentiment exactly. 2mo
RainyDayReading @Geeklet I hope when you give it another shot that it goes well! 1mo
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Insurrecto | Gina Apostol
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Too many novels came in for me at the library! And Black Leopard Red Wolf is taking too much time!

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And now for something completely different!

SamAnne Yeah, jury is out on this book. Only 40 pages in. 2mo
RainyDayReading @SamAnne I wound up giving up on this one about 50 pages in. I hope you have better luck with it! 2mo
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The Great Believers | Rebecca Makkai
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Beautiful novel about friendship, love, art and the wars that shape generations. For people my age who lived through the height of the American AIDS crisis it‘s particularly poignant.

suzisteffen @SamAnne Your last sentence is exactly right. I‘ve often wondered how to explain that to younger generations & ... well, this is a good start. 2mo
SamAnne @suzisteffan I was living in Portland OR working in a restaurant after graduating college. It was just devastating. It shaped a generation in that decade. 2mo
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The Great Believers | Rebecca Makkai
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Sitting under my porch heater reading, watching the snow finally melting on a 50 degree day. We‘ve never had so much snow on the ground this late in March here in Spokane WA. Found the first buttercup this week!

Freespirit Hope those Spring flowers keep coming🌷🌹❤️ 2mo
mdhughes72 Where in Spokane? 2w
SamAnne @mdhughes72 East central 2w
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Pickpick

Set mostly in Delhi, this novel follows the stories of families and young men affected by a bomb going into of in a market—both the victims and the perpetrators.

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Oh dear. Thought I‘d finish the last chapters before book club at a nearby brewery. When I ordered a taste flight I expected somewhat smaller tastes. Let‘s hope I don‘t bombed. :-\

britt_brooke 😆 Good luck! 🍻 3mo
BlameJennyJane They were quite generous! 3mo
SamAnne I came close but did not finish. #restraint 3mo
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5 stars. Part natural history, part plea to bring beavers back to landscapes. Excellent writing. Ben is smart, funny and passionate about beavers! Solastalgia: the emotional distress we feel at witnessing the destruction of beloved homelands: the dissonance of change, the rapidity of loss, the disorientation wrought by environmental grief. Soliphilia: the notion of political commitment to saving loved home environments.

SamAnne This book is like a really great New Yorker article. If you think you aren‘t interested in beavers, river restoration, natural history, it will suck you in. A great book for the lay person as well as folks like me involved in river restoration. 3mo
Hooked_on_books My house backs onto a creek and I‘ve seen a couple of beavers there. I may have to read this one! 3mo
SamAnne #Hooked_on_books Ben just won a PEN award and it was listed in WaPost‘s top ten non-fiction books for 2018. It‘s a great read. I used to have a neighbor beaver too. I love them. 3mo
Lindy Stacked. I‘m a fan of beavers and their water engineering feats too. If you want more along these lines: 2mo
SamAnne #Lindy thanks for the recommend. Will check it out!! 2mo
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The Good Lord Bird | James McBride
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One of my favorite book stores. Eugene, OR. Tsunami Books. I always visit, peruse, and buy a book when I come to town.

Lindy You tagged a wonderful, heartbreaking book. Thank for reminding me about it. 2mo
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SamAnne
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So glad they let me through airport security with this explosive book! LOL.

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Listening and ready this well-written and heart breaking story of the damage fracking has done to two Pennsylvania towns.

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SamAnne
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And now for something completely different. This month‘s book club read.

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And now for something completely different. This month‘s book club read.

EmilyM I'll be interested to see what you think of this. It's been sitting on my Kindle for quite a long time! 3mo
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Mehso-so

I liked the marsh setting but this novel didn‘t do it for me. Parts of the storyline were unbelievable. And personally, I think white writers need to tread carefully writing black dialect. Some of the African-American characters felt like caricatures.

AmberWB I am in the midst of reading this right now and have had the same thoughts. 3mo
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SamAnne
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Ran into Ray Troll‘s band on the street today in Astoria OR where they are playing. A twisted naturalist and artist with a wicked sense of humor. Has an exhibit at the Oakland CA art museum right now.

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SamAnne
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Along the Columbia River heading to Astoria for a celebration of poetry, fishermen and salmon. #fisherpoets

TrishB That looks lovely ❤️ 3mo
PurpleyPumpkin How beautiful!😍 3mo
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Down The River | Edward Abbey
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1. Rural. 2. Desert. 3. Rafting a River. 4. Camping. 5. Down the River!

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Driving across the snowy eastern WA desert headed to Astoria OR for the annual Fisher Poets gathering! And to make a human mural of an orca in support of removing 4 dams in eastern WA on the Snake River to restore salmon to the Columbia River system in order to get more food to our starving WA state orca. Art and fun for a good cause.

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SamAnne
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This novel is not singing to me. Some beautiful writing and some really stilted. Unbelievable scenes too. And I really cringe when modern white writers try to write black dialect. I can‘t help but judge this book by the bar set by Jesmyn Ward.

Gayan I have my first Jesmyn Ward up next, The Men We Reap, it just came today. 3mo
SamAnne #Gayan it is a powerful memoir. 3mo
EmilyM I love Jesmyn Ward💖 3mo
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SamAnne
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Time to put the book down and go brave the bitter cold on a walk. Or so I‘m being told. I‘m loving this history/bio so much I bought the book. Won‘t finish by the time I have to return it and can‘t wait weeks to pick it up again. I gushed about it too much and now friends have put holds on it.

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SamAnne
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Cracking the cover on a Saturday afternoon. Delia Owens is speaking in my town next month.

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Mehso-so

Listening to women‘s stories is important. Some essays in this collection are both powerful stories and phenomenal writing.

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Pickpick

While the harsh truths of progressive philanthropy funded by the wealthy elite are evident to those who work on progressive causes, this book really brings all the threads together. A must-read for anyone involved in political or progressive causes. My full review on goodreads: www.goodreads.com/review/show/25078727

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The Odyssey | Homer
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I want to open a bar. Only bibliophiles as bartenders. There‘s enough light to read a book even with small font. Extra reading lights available. And no one thinks you are weird or pretentious for bring a book to a bar. And cheap whiskey and wine can be found.

CrowCAH Welcome to the Litsy family!!! 📚 4mo
SamAnne Thanks! It‘s been a fun couple of weeks. 4mo
Briget66 I‘m in! 4mo
readinginthedark Yessss, do it! 💗🥃📚 3mo
Crazeedi Great idea!😊 3mo
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Iliad: A New Translation | Caroline Alexander
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A re-read but a new translation!

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“For spiritual values and a creative tradition to continue unbroken we need concrete artifacts, the work of hands, written words to read, images to look at, a dialogue with brave and imaginative women who came before us.” Adrienne Rich

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Opening the cover to my next read. With my black and white distraction.....

Aleida I have a border collie, too. Or is she an Aussie? 4mo
SamAnne He‘s full border collie. Action Jackson. Love him dearly. 4mo
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Phantastes: a faerie romance | George MacDonald
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4 stars if you like somewhat obscure classics. 2 stars for others. MacDonald influenced Tolkien, Lewis, others.

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SamAnne
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My next Audible read (and currently have the library copy). I work on environmental restoration and justice, pushing to get 4 dams off the Snake River in eastern Washington State, to bring salmon back in abundance to thousands of miles of river. Bringing salmon back for Native American tribes, for endangered Puget Sound orca that rely on salmon for food, for fishing dependent small businesses. A necessary read, but not an uplifting one.

Suet624 Thank you for what you do. 4mo
SamAnne Ah thanks. It takes the proverbial village. 4mo
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