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SaraBeagle

SaraBeagle

Joined April 2016

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Hangsaman by Shirley Jackson
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Kristin Labransdatter by Sigrid Undset
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Born a Crime | Trevor Noah
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I know I‘m late to the game on this one, but wow! So refreshingly insightful- I was genuinely surprised with this one. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

CogsOfEncouragement I listened to the audio book and could not have loved it more. 2mo
RaimeyGallant And how! 2mo
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Circe | Madeline Miller
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I didn‘t plan on reading this- I skipped it when it was a Book of the Month selection and had not interest in it whatsoever. But then it started winning all of those reader‘s choice awards so I picked it up to see what the big deal was. And before I knew it, I was halfway through! What a fun adventure!

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The governor of Nebraska is pretty pissed that our state library commission chose this for our One Book read. Of course, my first reaction was to order a copy. Can‘t wait to read it!
https://mobile.twitter.com/TedGenoways/status/1082290450768322561

Tamra Oh, nothing better for publicity! Now even I know about the book! 👏🏾 8mo
Emilymdxn I‘m gonna buy that book immediately... 8mo
sprainedbrain Love it!! 8mo
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Nebklvr I had to scrounge around for this book as it was sold out in surrounding towns and even on amazon! 8mo
SaraBeagle @Nebklvr It was sold out for a bit in Omaha too. I am about 1/3 of the way through but set it down for a library hold that came in. Enjoying it so far 8mo
Nebklvr @SaraBeagle I am glad the author is getting a boost from it. 8mo
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Milkman | Anna Burns
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If stream-of-consciousness is not your thing, this one is not for you. It's bleak & dark but the writing style gives a strong viewpoint in life in a war zone and to be a young woman in a violent, oppressive society. Burns offers so many opportunities to really connect with the narrator - particularly the book-lover and the habit of burying ones nose in books in order to avoid the terrible political situation. Recommended for fans of Eimer McBride.

Lovesbooks87 I love that bookmark! 9mo
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The House of Broken Angels | Luis Alberto Urrea
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I had to put this down (and most everything else) after losing my grandma to cancer a couple months ago. I finally picked it up and it was just what I needed. A very personal (but fiction) story of mortality, cancer and family. I included a shot of the author‘s note on his inspiration for the novel.

BarbaraTheBibliophage Aww. What a passage. I‘m glad it felt like a good choice to you as you grieve. ♥️ 9mo
batsy I'm sorry for your loss. 9mo
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Rage Becomes Her | Soraya Chemaly
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How objectification works

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Interesting history of medicine, NY and the US as told through the lens of Bellevue Hospital. From the contributions of their doctors to Civil War battlefield medicines, to how the hospital and its staff handled the outbreak of AIDS, 9/11, and Hurricane Sandy.

Nebklvr I love nonfiction related to medicine. Will check it out 11mo
SaraBeagle @Nebklvr He won the Pulitzer for his book on Polio. I have it, but haven‘t read it yet. 11mo
Nebklvr @SaraBeagle I read that one! Didn‘t connect the name. It was very good. Nonfiction made readable! 11mo
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Rage Becomes Her | Soraya Chemaly
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“As girls‘ smiles become less authentic, so, too, does their understanding of themselves”

BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘m anxious to read this one since I recently finished 11mo
SaraBeagle @BarbaraTheBibliophage I just finished that one today. It‘ll be interesting to see the different approaches 11mo
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#BookHaul Where to start?!?!

MelissaSue81 I really want to read Notorious RBG. She is amazing. I watched the documentary a few weeks back and just wow! 11mo
Suelizbeth Notorious RBG is really good. I‘m currently reading the Rebecca Traister and it is awesome. 11mo
SaraBeagle @Suelizbeth I keep going back to the end papers in the Traister! 11mo
Suelizbeth @SaraBeagle They truly enhance the book and keep my hopes up! 11mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Read the Traister — and when you get to Rage Becomes Her, please post quotes!! 11mo
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Morris is a former Marine and war reporter who was injured by an IED in Iraq. Subsequently diagnosed with PTSD, he began researching it. Expecting to write a book about veterans and PTSD, Morris was surprised to find that most cases of PTSD involve civilian women: survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. The result is part memoir, part social history of the disease and who it affects, veterans and civilians alike.

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The Third Hotel: A Novel | Laura van den Berg
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This line.... reading this while trying to avoid the disgusting news coverage

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Dark Tales | Shirley Jackson
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Eerie, creepy, psychological thrillers. When you start a story, you have no idea where she‘s going to take you, but you have to appreciate her sharp, snappy twist endings! Each one could easily be a Twilight Zone episode.

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Well this came through much faster than I expected!! I‘m going in!

Samplergal It‘s worth it. Took me a week to read bc I just couldn‘t do large chunks all at once. 12mo
melissajayne My hold is coming through as well. 😬 12mo
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Papillon | Henri Charriere
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I should be out enjoying this by the fire pit but it‘s grossly hot out. Again. I‘m so ready for fall weather!!

BlameJennyJane I‘m just a couple hours east of you near Des Moines. Looks like come Friday we will be in better shape for the first day of fall! Can‘t wait! 🍁☕️🔥🧣🦊 12mo
SaraBeagle @BlameJennyJane I hope it sticks around this time! It always feels so wrong going to the pumpkin patch in shorts and a T-shirt 🙂 12mo
BlameJennyJane I agree! Same goes for football games! Lol 12mo
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August is always so crazy with prepping for the new semester, I hardly have time to read. But this weekend I made plans to read a book a day. Mission accomplished. ✔️✔️✔️

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Boom. #micdrop

Libby1 Excellent. 13mo
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I love data

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Finishing up the book with some great statistics!

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Lake Success: A Novel | Gary Shteyngart
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This video is a perfect example of Gary Shteyngart‘s humor. If you‘re amused, definitely check out the book! And yeah, that‘s Ben Stiller 😆
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPwrEPvSjm0

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Ice | Anna Kavan
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Birthday #bookhaul arrived today. Which one should I read first?

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The Master: A Novel | Colm Toibin
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I love Colm Toibin, he‘s a fantastic writer. However, I can‘t stand Henry James so a novel about James, written in his style was not for me. If you like James, you may be interested in this novel based on his life, which details the people, places and events that inspired him.

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A biography of the first Native American to receive a medical degree. 30+ years before women could vote and before Native Americans obtained citizenship. After graduating valedictorian, she returned to #Nebraska to open a hospital on the reservation that showcased new, trailblazing treatments. #NebraskaBooks

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A House for Mr. Biswas | V.S. Naipaul
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Sad news. I‘ve only read a few of his books, but absolutely loved the tagged book. Highly recommend checking it out.

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A Ladder to the Sky | John Boyne
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This is a very dark, intense story, but I snorted out loud when I read that line! 😆

Aimeesue Not that I actively wish for anyone's death, but I laughed out loud. And scared the dog. 😂 13mo
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Audio-stitching bibs for an upcoming baby shower

Reggie This is the cutest!!!! Lolol 13mo
SaraBeagle @Reggie thanks! Expecto Vomitus is next 13mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled HA!! Love it! 13mo
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A Ladder to the Sky | John Boyne
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Oh #netgalley, you are my friend. So excited to get this Arc!

AmyG Let us know how this is. Love John Boyne. 13mo
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The trailer for this adaptation was released for Baldwin‘s birthday. It‘s going to be so good! This is my favorite book by him so I have high expectations 😀
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=k2zvPTGiJj4

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This took me a while to get through- I liked it but I would lose interest and put it down. But I zoomed through the last half this week. The final chapter was so good- it brought everything together so I‘ll forgive him for the slow parts. Huge #MtTBR win- I‘ve had this one for years.

DivineDiana A favorite! Agree that at first you‘re thinking what‘s all the fuss about? And then! 14mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage One of my favorites! 14mo
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Finishing up my summer of Hardy. This one was a little slow to get into, but the plot is picking up, as is the drama!

Bklover Heavy stuff for summer! Good for you! 👏👏👏 14mo
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Pride and Prejudice | Jane Austen
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A local dog rescue posted this. Gotta love that name! I want to meet the 7 year old that named him!!

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Fascinating story of the Theranos scandal; the cult of personality and greed. It‘s amazing the caliber of people she was able to dupe. The book is also an excellent example of the importance of investigative journalism- if not for the author, who knows how many more people would have suffered due to false medical reports from Theranos.

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The English Patient | Michael Ondaatje
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Audio baking today! Zucchini bread with this monster from my garden and a German Chocolate cake for my dad‘s birthday 🎂

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From the essay On Self-Respect.

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Another day, another brilliant collection of connected short stories surrounding a common place and theme.

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A collection of short stories surrounding the soldiers and their families stationed at Ft Hood, written by a woman who lived there while her husband was deployed. The stories focus on what life is like for families while their soldiers are deployed and what it‘s like when they return, or don‘t return. Solid collection.

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The Great Believers | Rebecca Makkai
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#JulyTBR, mostly based off library holds that should be coming in
The Great Believers
Winter by Ali Smith
Less
A Prayer for Owen Meaney
Not that Bad
And I‘m working on A People‘s History of the US- hopefully I‘ll be done this month 😁

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Shadows on the Rock | Willa Cather
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The frontier life she describes here is much earlier and much further north than her prairie novels, but the rich descriptions of nature ☝🏼, landscapes and the daily lives of the settlers is very much the same. I really enjoyed this one!

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There There: A novel | Tommy Orange
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Not too far, but so far this book is just as amazing as everyone has said.

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Summer: A Novel | Edith Wharton
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The perfect book to read on a perfect night for camping.

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Lake Success: A Novel | Gary Shteyngart
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His books often feature some sort of doofus in an absurd situation. The doofus is this one is Barry, who has no idea just how racist, sexist and privileged he is. After his marriage ends and his company fails, he takes a road trip via Greyhound to find his college girlfriend. Many awkward encounters ensue. Out in September.

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I was familiar with Ray‘s story from Just Mercy but this still hit me hard. Both he and Bryan Stevenson are heroic and determined. How they fought by his battle for decades, and continue to fight is beyond words. Read this and if you haven‘t already done so, read Just Mercy. Both will make you angry, sad and hopeful.

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Starting my third Hardy of the month!

Saknicole Yesssssss! I know the Hardy addiction too. I liked this one alright. I still need to watch an adaptation! 1y
SaraBeagle @Saknicole I haven‘t watched any. Recommendations??? 13mo
Saknicole @SaraBeagle the 2003 version isn't bad! I watched some of the 70s miniseries but this book didn't really entice me to watch the whole thing. 13mo
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Huge #MtTBR success. This one has been forgotten on my shelves for almost 20 years 😬

mdm139 Love Hardy 1y
SaraBeagle @mdm139 Yes! I love how he tears apart societal expectations and hypocrisies 1y
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Girls Burn Brighter | Shobha Rao
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This book is so brutal. And what‘s bad is that the brutality is not exaggerated or overdramatized - millions of women and girls experience lives just like Savitha and Poorni every damn day. Yet despite the violence, slavery and trafficking the girls are determined to take control of their own lives.

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Tess of D'Ubervilles | Thomas Hardy
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Tess and Angel definitely need to work it out. Don‘t be such a hypocrite, Angel. #wecanworkitout #heyjune

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Tin Man | Sarah Winman
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Another blame it on Litsy- I knew nothing of this book and heard nothing of it outside Litsy. Amazing. So heartbreaking and full of aching and longing. How on earth did she manage such a beautiful, emotional story in just 200 pages?

Reggie Omg, this book😭😭😭 1y
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Beloved | Toni Morrison
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Saw this today at the Smithsonian American Art Museum/National Portrait Gallery. So awesome!

Tanisha_A Lovely! 1y
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We: New Edition | Yevgeny Zamyatin
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A person is a novel; you don‘t know how it will end until the very last page.

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I really enjoyed this one - readable, interesting, and full of information we should all be paying more attention to. It‘s right up there with The Sixth Extinction as a must read. Photo: Lake Michigan at sunset from several years ago.

CouronneDhiver Beautiful! 1y
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Bailedbailed

I give up. This is my third attempt and I put a lot of effort to get a third of the way through. It‘s just too long, unengaging and I just don‘t care about what‘s going to happen. It‘s going to burn me out if I keep at it. On to something I‘m invested in!

Ole Sorry to hear. I really liked this book. 1y
SaraBeagle @Ole I‘ve heard so many great things! I guess it‘s just not for me. 1y
KateFulfordAuthor If you need something lighter, may I recommend my debut? Sassy female protagonist, tightly wound plot and a ton of humour. See my bio for all the links you need. 1y
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