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Spiderfelt

Joined May 2016

Bookpusher, Listmaker, Canadian at heart, Circ staff @ Edmonds Library,
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If on a Winter's Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino, William Weaver
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Smile | Roddy Doyle
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This was a real head scratcher. Certainly not as charming as previous Roddy Doyle books. I'm just not sure what to make of the ending. And even if the ending had made sense, the rest of the book was 🤷‍♀️. If hadn't been a selection for the Tournament of Books longlist, the description alone was not compelling enough to prompt a listen. I should listen to my instincts more when it comes to ToB.

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Surprised to find hipsters mentioned in a book published in 2002. Have they been a subculture for so many years? Zadie Smith portrays them with an astute eye for nuance.

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The Power | Naomi Alderman
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I have mixed feelings about this book. While I was considering selecting it for my next bookclub, as I pass the 3/4 mark, I'm glad I didn't. There's something awful about the worst parts of misogyny being adopted by women. Is that really better than the world we have now?
Blessedly, it appears The Power has the power to put my puppy to sleep.

TrishB That made me feel sad - but I guess that‘s the point - and a good talking point!? 2y
Spiderfelt @TrishB true enough 2y
Kristelh I am reading this too and feel the same. It is my book club read for February 2y
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Spiderfelt @Kristelh I plowed through to the end tonight. Sadly, my feelings about it did not improve. Tag me when your bookclub discusses it. I'd be curious to read about your insights. 2y
Kristelh We discuss on 2/22/18, I will be sure to tag you. I am sorry to hear it did not improve. 2y
Spiderfelt @Kristelh if I had the wherewithal to classify books, I would rate this as 'horror' instead of 'dystopian' or 'speculative fiction'. 2y
Kristelh You have The Power LOL 2y
Kristelh I think horror does fit 2y
Kristelh I finished yesterday. I rated it 3.5. I can see it tagged apocalyptic for sure. 2y
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This is the first book I've read set in the Virgin Islands. In fact, I didn't know anything about them. While not a complete history of the islands, It was interesting to learn about the rivalry between the various islands and with Puerto Rico. I had issues with the characters and with the story, but I finished because I wanted to know more about the people, and the culture.

Kristelh Are those your peonies? 2y
Spiderfelt @Kristelh No, they were in my husband's cousin's garden in NH. She protected them from the rains every night with umbrellas so they would still be beautiful for my visit. They were bigger than my head. 2y
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Five-Carat Soul | James McBride
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Oh how I loved this collection. The voices, the imagination, the delivery were fantastic. I squirreled away to read it over a couple of days. This is the book I will likely cite when people ask me to name one of my favorite reads of 2017. This is the book I hold up as the Gold Standard for short story collections.

For those who have read it, these pups are having some loud 💭 .

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John Green has a knack for drawing characters with compassion. In this novel he brings the readers into the debilitating mind of a teenager suffering with OCD, and lives of the people who love her. I was struck, once again, by Green's intelligence. I started reading his work to better understand my daughter's world, but have continued reading for my own sake. Green is a perfect example of why YA novels should be read by everyone.

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Binocular Vision | Edith Pearlman
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Edith Pearlman's finely crafted stories are rich in detail, filled with characters that saunter off the page. It's been a while since I've felt inspired to share what I'm reading. In an industry filled with male voices and a masculine gaze, I treasure the rare, strong woman who writes about life with a mature perspective.

DivineDiana I‘m intrigued! Stacked! 2y
Spiderfelt I hope you enjoy it @DivineDiana. It seems so many of the books that get a lot of attention concern trivial or vapid characters. Perhaps this is a product of the Snapchat generation, but I find them tedious and silly. This was a much needed change of style. 2y
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Mixed feelings about this book. It's not what I expected, but whose fault is that? When I read about the author's skill at conditioning a sled dog to be a chicken shepherd, I started following her tale on Twitter. I was expecting this to be a book about her life with dogs, but it was actually about her life with men, finding her way past her fear, and making peace with herself. Jumbling the chronology of her stories added a layer of frustration.

Spiderfelt If I'm honest, I read her book because I wanted to know more about Blair and Quince, who maintain a lively exchange on Twitter. Who were they and how did they end up living this life in rural Wisconsin. My curiosity is now satisfied. 2y
MrBook Great review! Love the pup 😻😻😻! 2y
Hooked_on_books On the other hand, that puppy is totally adorable. Yours or internet image? 2y
Spiderfelt @Hooked_on_books @MrBook the pup is officially ours. We fostered this litter for three weeks, and ultimately decided to keep him. He's a ham for the camera. 2y
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As a fan of The author's public radio show Studio 360, I was curious to explore his writing in greater depth. Part way through, I took a break to listen to another book because the scope of the book was wide, but the material only described in brief. Somewhere I read this was a work of 'revisionist' history, which strikes me as an apt description. There are lots of dots connected in ways I had not considered. In the end, I was glad to finish it.

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Manhattan Beach: A Novel | Jennifer Egan
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Egan has clearly researched her subject exhaustively. It was interesting to read a new slant on WWII, a story that seems to be the subject of so many novels. When my bookclub met, we had issues believing the relationships between some of the characters, but it made for good discussion.

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Razor's Edge | W Somerset Maugham
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A classic hero's journey if ever there was one, I enjoyed dipping into another time. There's a difference between reading a book set in another time and reading a book written in another time. Initially, the dated attitudes regarding women set my teeth on edge. However, by the time I finished it, I still found some of the characters frustrating, yet I see they were foils for the larger theme.

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More of a manual than a cookbook, this book offers the tools to become a competent cook without needing to consult a recipe. During Thanksgiving prep, my husband told me to take my coughing back to bed. Just give me the recipe for the relish, stuffing and gravy, he said. But I don't have one, I protested, I just cook it. Meanwhile, McNaughton's sketch-y, free-form illustrations have brought to life concepts difficult to capture any other way.

Tamra About that time I think I‘d send him to the store for jars & cans. 😅 2y
TricksyTails Ooh I want this book so much!! 2y
Spiderfelt @tamra he managed, but it took twice as long. He's actually a good cook, if a little too literal and by-the-book. 2y
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Tamra @Spiderfelt lucky you! 2y
mdhughes72 Hope you‘re feeling better now! 2y
Spiderfelt @mdhughes72 I am! Thank You! It's not pleasant to be constantly coughing and hacking when serving the public. 2y
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Underground Airlines | Ben Winters
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I couldn't put this book down. Started as an audiobook, then downloaded the ebook because I couldn't wait until I was next in the car to continue. The narrator's voice was fantastic. I'm going to recommend this one to everyone who complains of being stuck in a reading slump.

TricksyTails @CatLass007 Thank you for thinking of me! I'll look it up! 😊👍 2y
TrishB I loved this too - read on @Cinfhen recommendation 2y
Spiderfelt @TrishB yes! So many good folks recommended it. Now it's my turn to recommend it to every person I see. 2y
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Time for an attitude shift: this book was uplifting, inspiring and left me eager to bake. Written by a cookbook author, activist and put-your-money-where-your-mouth-is super human, Julia Turshen compiled this book of inspiring essays and recipes by grass roots organizers working around the country to improve lives in their communities. The proceeds from the book go the ACLU. Check out Julia Turshen's Instagram for more inspiration.

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New York 2140 | Kim Stanley Robinson
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The author created an interesting premise, and a couple decent characters, but I could not stand the daytrader/ quant dude who was focused on getting laid. When he started to complain that a detour rescuing some kids and an injured old man had ruined his date's mood, I turned it off. When are men going to stop treating women as objects with a right to feel their own feelings?

mdhughes72 When women finally decide they‘ve had enough of patriarchy. Perhaps that time is now? 2y
Spiderfelt @mdhughes72 we can certainly hope. 2y
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The Complete Don Quixote | Miguel de Cervantes
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In the middle of reading Edith Grossman's DQ translation, the graphic novel came across my desk. It satisfied the itch to know what happens in the story without the endless hyperbole and grandiose speechifying. I may return to the classist some point, but for now, I'm content. After all who is the greater fool, he who tilts at windmills or she who spends months following his delusional adventures?

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Don Quixote Deluxe Edition | Miguel de Cervantes, Edith Grossman
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When I saw there was a #lengthylit readlaong starting for Don Quixote, I thought 'Super! Now I can finally tackle this classic!' I started with Serial Reader, but quickly tired of the tiny sections, and as always tired of reading in a device. This translation was much more satisfying, full of contextual footnotes that made sense of the puns and allusions that only a scholar of European literature would grasp.

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How often did I invoke Anne Lamont while coaching my daughter through the process of writing her college application essay? Every time we sat down. Writing is hard. Writing is work. It doesn't come easy. It gets better with practice. Some of your writing will be garbage and is best thrown away. But it is while writing the garbage that some gems appear you can keep for another day. For the humor, the life lessons and the joy, I recommend this book.

BarbaraTheBibliophage I really must read this one! 2y
Spiderfelt @BarbaraTheBibliophage I read it in small bits, like a snack, over the course of 6 months or more. Kept it on my bedside table, nibbling on it every so often when I need a little dose of wisdom. 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage That sounds the perfect methods for essays like this. 2y
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mdhughes72 Where did she end up? 2y
Spiderfelt @mdhughes72 she won't get all of her responses until March, but so far 2 of 9 colleges have sent letters of acceptance. Ultimately , it will come down to where can she get the greatest tuition reduction. She's hoping to go to Brandeis, Holy Cross, Clark or Allegheny. 2y
mdhughes72 @Spiderfelt Well I‘ll be cheering on the Massachusetts schools. Waltham and Worcester are two of my favorite cities. 2y
Spiderfelt @mdhughes72 Really? That's awesome. We don't know much about the cities. 2y
mdhughes72 Both are 19th century industrial cities that have successfully reinvented themselves, and also have the blessing of good locations. I️ prefer Waltham but for sentimental reasons. 2y
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I started listening to the audiobook, but my wandering hyperactive brain found it difficult to stay tuned into the quiet pace of the story. When I realized I had a rare day with no plans, I picked up the print book to finish reading the last few chapters. The austere beauty of the writing was immediately apparent once I took the time to slow down. Jiles brings into focus the varied towns, colored by the cultures of the immigrant communities.

Spiderfelt The personalities encountered on the road are well-drawn. It was easy to slip into the story, picturing the scenery, the settlements and the folks along the way. 2y
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Abby2 I met her recently and very enjoyed hearing her talk about her writing. 2y
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Spiderfelt @abby2 Really? I'm curious about her background. Do you know anything about how she came across the inspiration for the Captain? In the acknowledgements she references a real individual. 2y
TricksyTails 😍🐶 2y
Abby2 She talked about a previous book, Color of Lightning. In her research for that book she ran across the character. She wanted to tell a story of a captured child and him. She is now working on the story of the fiddler. 2y
Abby2 I saw her at the Texas state library. 2y
Spiderfelt Very cool. Thanks for sharing. 2y
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Forest Dark: A Novel | Nicole Krauss
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I'm jumping ship after listening to 2/3 of this audiobook. These characters do not move me, nor can I tell where the story is going. I loved both the author's previous books, but I do not feel moved by this one.

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Arbitrary Stupid Goal | Tamara Shopsin
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There is something so heartwarming about this quirky memoir describing the author's unconventional childhood in Greenwich Village. Really more of a story about a place, Shopsin describes the characters who were part of her larger than life familyu, owners of an oddball corner grocery turned diner. It's a love letter to a bygone time.

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This punchy little collection of off-beat stories provided an enjoyable escape. It's always fun to read collection set in places I recognize, in this case, the Lower Mainland (Vancouver BC and the surrounding region).

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The Remains of the Day | Kazuo Ishiguro
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What can be said about Ishiguro that hasn't been said, especially since being awarded the 2017 Nobel for Literature? Despite the fact that I've read two other titles, I was not prepared for the way this book swept me up. I listened to 80% of it in one day (got a lot of driving and cleaning done). I loved the way Stevens constantly questioned his own memory and repeated bits of stories, as we do. #notwhatiexpected

mdhughes72 Gorgeous book, haunting movie. 2y
Spiderfelt @mdhughes72 I saw the movie when it came out, but had clearly forgotten (or didn't understand) the story. I was expecting a book set in Victorian England, but this was so much more interesting. This is my first time reading the book, and so glad I finally did. 2y
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Reading this book brought back vivid memories of my first years as a mother. Now that I'm deep in my childrens' teen years, it is soothing to remember the early struggles mixed with the sheer wonder of their existence. Lamont's bracing honesty gives me constant comfort when I wonder whether I'm doing it right. The answer is who knows? Nobody can say because there is no roadmap.

Tamra Sigh, no manual. 😒 2y
Cinfhen Great photo 2y
Bklover What a wonderful picture! 2y
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Spiderfelt @Cinfhen @bklover I flew with my 6 week old son to Toronto for a college friend's wedding. This is my old roommate meeting my son for the first time. They stared at each other for the longest time. 2y
Spiderfelt @tamra the only rule is love them up. I try to remember what it was like to be a teen. 2y
LeahBergen Beautiful photo! 2y
Tamra @Spiderfelt yes, good point! 2y
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When this book came across my desk, I was instantly intrigued. Show me a dog lover who hasn't wondered what their dog is thinking. This book didn't strictly answer that question (blame the publisher for picking a catchy name that doesn't represent the content), but did present some fascinating science. If you're interested in the intersection between neuroscience, animal behavior and language, them this will be an interesting read.

Tanzy13 🐶🐶 2y
Spiderfelt What are these two thinking @Tanzy13 ? 2y
TricksyTails Oh, my heart!! So much cuteness! 🐶♥️🐶♥️ 2y
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Sour Heart: Stories | Jenny Zhang
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The sample story I read grabbed my attention, but as so many have said, the voices were repetitive and ultimately I couldn't get past the story where two pre-teen girls try to incite a boy to rape one of their classmates. While I value reading a variety of voices, dipping my toe in this book was sufficient to understand the enormous challenges faced by this cultural group at this point in this part of NY.

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This was a difficult audiobook to digest because the writing is so dense. It requires complete concentration. When reading his articles in The Atlantic, I have to reread paragraphs to fully understand the meaning. Coates packs so much in here. We have overlooked so much of our history, willfully ignoring the impact of economic policies. This book is a must-read for every person, every citizen, every member of society.

MrBook Great review! 2y
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As it happens, I'm reading two Anne Lamott books at the same time. In the chapter'Plot Treatment', she describes several complete rewrites of one novel. "The book came out the following autumn and has been the most successful of my novels." Does anyone know which of these novels she is describing? I have only read her non-fiction. Who were these characters she worked with over and over again? I want to meet them and walk by their side.

JackieSmith Not sure, but Rosie (character) is in both Rosie & Crooked Little Heart. 2y
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Reading this last night was such a balm to my worried, anxious mothering brain. I spend so much energy blaming myself for not _______ (fill in the blank). Will my struggling child make it to adulthood? Then what? Will they have a successful life? What does that mean? Whose yardstick am I using to measure their life? Where did I go wrong? What can I do better today? I turn to Lamott when I need a little brake on my charging mind.

saresmoore I couldn‘t relate more to this post! And I wholeheartedly agree re: Anne Lamott. 2y
Suet624 I read this book when it first came out years and years ago. I love it so much. 2y
Seattlejulie This is one of my favorite books and was so comforting when I was a new mom!! 2y
Spiderfelt @Seattlejulie my kid is 15 and I still find it comforting. I plan to keep a copy by my bed so I can flip to it randomly when I need comforting or reassurance. This is my kind of devotional. 2y
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I finished, but it left a very sour taste in my mouth. It certainly feels like I'm swimming against the popular tide, but I can't honestly think to whom I would recommend this book. Celeste Ng is a sharp social commentator (follow her on Twitter), but the characters here left me cold. Those that had some redeeming qualities were too much of a stretch to be believable. Right now I'm focusing on feeling grateful for my sane relationship w/ my girl.

Suet624 💕💕💕 you are both radiant!!! 2y
Spiderfelt @suet624 it's memories of days like this that carry me through the darker days. We went to a summer beach wedding together where we didn't know many people and had a great time just being each other's company. 2y
Suet624 That's lovely. 2y
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emilyhaldi Totally agree, the characters were a little too far fetched for me to enjoy the story 😏 2y
RealBooks4ever 💜💜💜 You look happy! I love the time I get to spend with my daughter who lives nearby! Lots of memories! 2y
Spiderfelt @emilyhaldi how does some live all of their young adult and adult years in a car and then in short stays with only their child for company and stay both balanced and sane? With no friends or support or respite during all of the trying parenting moments? And Pearl feels no resentment until they stop in Shaker Heights? It's a bit much to believe. 2y
Spiderfelt @RealBooks4ever you're so lucky to have your daughter close by. Mine is a hs senior and I expect she will move far away next year. I savor the moments I can. 2y
LeahBergen What a beautiful photo. ❤️ 2y
mdhughes72 I trust your literary instincts. And I second the emotion—great pic of you two! 2y
Abailliekaras I felt a bit the same. Lots of heart and soul but the story felt contrived and Mia just too perfect (most of the others unlikeable!). I didn‘t mind it but generally left me a bit cold (contrary to the theme). 😬 2y
Spiderfelt @Abailliekaras there was a point where I was cringing so much I wanted to turn off the book (but I was idling in an endless line at the US/Canada border). When Mrs Richardson was in the clinic office and she realizes her friend has left her computer with all of the patient records, I thought, no how could you? She was such a vampire. 2y
Spiderfelt @mdhughes72 it's tough when you have so much respect for an author. Celeste Ng has so much to say about our society's ills. 2y
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While my bookclub couldn't find much to say about this book, I thought it provided an important history lesson. Considering the prejudice and hostility that threatens the daily lives of so many people, this book continues to be relevant. It was particularly interesting as a Seattle resident, recognizing the places described. Let us never forget the injustice that was perpetrated against our fellow citizens.

AceOnRoam Great review. 2y
Spiderfelt Coincidentally, this podcast about the Fred Korematsu case, where the Supreme Court failed to find fault with the government for the Japanese internment appeared in my feed while I was reading the book: http://www.wnyc.org/story/american-pendulum-fred/. This decision stands today, and could be used to justify similar internment of a persecuted group of citizens. 2y
Spiderfelt @AceOnRoam thank you 2y
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BarbaraBB Great picture as well. 2y
Spiderfelt @BarbaraBB I grabbed a screenshot of the Google street view 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage You can actually go into the tea shop at the Panama and see the basement. They put plexiglass in one part of the floor and you can see what‘s there. It‘s really sad. 2y
Spiderfelt @BarbaraTheBibliophage I definitely need to do that. 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Yes, do! I‘ll tag you in another post. We had the opportunity to visit the basement (not open to the public) three years ago. It was deeply sobering. 2y
Spiderfelt @BarbaraTheBibliophage do you live in Seattle? 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Spiderfelt I wish! We live in Pennsylvania but by MIL was born in Tacoma. We went to see family and some of the sights a few years ago. 2y
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No wonder people complain about Millennials. There were some amusing anecdotes, but I was hoping for more social commentary than self-centered whining. Koul's attitude for most of the book was of a petulant child.

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Sing, Unburied, Sing | Jesmyn Ward
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Weeks after finishing, I still have not formed a solid opinion on this book. The story kept my attention, despite the fact that I found the characters' actions, and their relationships bewildering. I accepted the ghosts as an element of the story, but was ultimately unsatisfied because they didn't add enough to justify their presence. I won't recommend it, but I will continue to read reviews and I look forward to hearing the author speak in person

Reviewsbylola I wholeheartedly agree with your conclusion on the ghosts. 2y
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In an attempt to socialize a pair of feral foster kittens wide-eyed and wild with fear, I've started reading aloud to them. This is the closest they've tolerated my presence since bringing them home on Friday. If touch is too scary, perhaps they will learn to accept my voice.

AceOnRoam That's a great idea. I hope 🐱 likes the book! 2y
tricours We have one of those. We've had her for 7 years or so and she still prefers us when we're lying down. Standing up we're still death threats it seems! She only gets brave at night. 2y
Simona ❤️❤️❤️Very thoughtful and kind idea. I hope, that it works 🤞 2y
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Spiderfelt @tricours 7 years! 😳 I imagine that's how this pair will be. The shelter said I should hold them firmly and pet them with long strokes but they're so rigid with fear, it seems counterproductive. 2y
Spiderfelt @simona I'm a very slow reader out loud. This gives me a new appreciation for audiobook narrators. 2y
tricours Hold them firmly? That sounds like absolute madness. I've only got experience with one such cat (she can't be picked up or held), and she gets so frightened by humans that she actually shat herself once. Standing still, lying down and being very unthreatening is key! She's EXTREMELY cuddly when it's on her own terms though. 2y
Purrfectpages What a sweet idea! 2y
Spiderfelt @triocours you can imagine how challenging the twice daily syringe of bitter medicine is to administer. There's lots of howling, running up walls and hissing. I begged my husband and son to do one dose each today. I can't be the medicine monster AND the one trying to socialize them. 2y
ValerieAndBooks What a challenge! Any progress at all since? 2y
Spiderfelt @ValerieAndBooks no, in the week I had them, they did not relax at all. the shelter found another foster who had previous success socializing shy kittens. 2y
ValerieAndBooks Bless you for trying!! 2y
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Moranifesto | Caitlin Moran
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I ❤️ Caitlin Moran. Full stop.

These essays are funny and clever. When Moran dips into politics, her ideas are bright, refreshing and thought provoking, if often pie-in-the-sky dreamy. I've been walking around with Caitlin in my head (thanks to jean pockets and headphones) for several days straight, and could listen to her for several more.

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I don't know what I was expecting from Nancy Pearl's first book, but it certainly wasn't an opening scene with a character so inebriated she can't stand, who decided to have sex with half the football team as a 'game'. Perhaps trying to be clever, the writing was awkward and clunky when it could have been straightforward.

Centique 😨😨 Youch. I would‘ve bailed too. 2y
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For someone raised in a religious family, and schooled in Christian doctrine, this book visited familiar territory. Despite the fact that adulthood has left me cynical about organized religion, the messages in this book were comforting. Anne Lamott is both self-aware and funny, using her foibles as teaching moments. Her writing is essentially about healing, compassion and forgiveness; messages cherished by all folk.

britt_brooke Nice review! 2y
Cinfhen Echoing @britt_brooke 💕💕 2y
BarbaraBB Great review! 2y
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It's not often that I finish a book with the foremost impression 'Wow, this author is really smart'. Perhaps I haven't read enough literary criticism, or maybe D'Ambrosio really is outstanding. As I edited the audio for the WA Talking Book & Braille Library, the small sections I read made a deep impression, promoting a full read. This has only happened a few times in the 2+ years I've volunteered there. While dense, the essays are moving.

mdhughes72 I envy you that volunteer gig -- any chance of getting in on that action out on the east side? 2y
Spiderfelt @mdhughes72 east side of Lake Washington? Or east side of the country? Where do you live? 2y
mdhughes72 @Spiderfelt East side of Washington. Spokane area. 2y
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mdhughes72 Everyone over here refers to western WA as ‘west side.‘ I guess you don‘t refer to us as ‘east side.‘ 2y
Spiderfelt @mdhughes72 I hear most people say 'Eastern Washington' when referring to anything east of the Cascades. I'm Seattle 'east side' usually means east of Lake Washington (Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond). 2y
Spiderfelt @mdhughes72 sadly, I don't think they have a satellite branch in Spokane. 2y
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All the Dirty Parts | Daniel Handler
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Handler is not exaggerating; this book is all the dirty parts. I need to wash my eyes out with soap after finishing that one. This is the tale of a self centered, smooth talking, callous boy who lacks any empathy for the people he uses. This is not 80s Judy Blume; this is teens living with easy access to porn in their pockets and casual hookups. As a parent of teens, it made me uncomfortable and sad. Sexuality is complex, now more than ever.

Cinfhen GREAT photo 💚 2y
Spiderfelt Sherman Alexie had a conversation onstage with Daniel Handler about this book. They are both the parents of teenage boys. Two of my library coworkers attended the event, and said they were hilarious together, and also realistic about why this book had to be written, and why parents should look this material in the eye. I read it with those words in mind, as my responsibility to this generation. (edited) 2y
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A librarian suggested I read this out of the blue, reinforcing my rule 'always listen to people who read broadly'. The stories captivated me, defied my expectations and left me ultimately both piqued and charmed. It's a perfect little collection.

LeahBergen Great pic! 😆 2y
saresmoore I love the picture and story collections! I will check this out. 2y
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Driving carpool yesterday, I've got four students, one fluent in Italian, another in German and two in French. We're discussing the relative complexity of various languages. One of them says: German is crazy with words that mean whole concepts like 'happy when someone is sad'. That's 'schadenfreude' I chimed in. It's commonly used in literary contexts. Wouldn't you know, it appeared in the audiobook I'm editing today? #coincidence

tpixie Is@t that funny when that happens? And what the word to coincidentally hear! And I would've been loved being a fly on the wall with that conversations, with all those languages! 2y
Spiderfelt @tpixie that's why I love driving carpool. I learn more about what is going on in my kids' lives through overheard conversations. They forget the driver has ears. 2y
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One of the stories caught my attention listening to this interview: http://beta.ttbook.org/interview/mourning-our-lost-and-broken-technology. I was intrigued enough to put everything else aside and begin reading the ebook immediately. The stories presented original, challenging and disturbing ideas. It is not difficult to imagine that we pose the greatest threat to the destruction of our current culture.

Lindy It's not difficult at all to imagine that in the anthropocene era. 😕 2y
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Frog Music: A Novel | Emma Donoghue
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I went to San Francisco this weekend with Frog Music for company. This building is 819 Sacramento, the closest address to Blanche's building. It was a great book to provide some sense of the city as I walked around. While Chinatown appears to be a caricature of itself today, it wasn't difficult to imagine the streets in 1876. Donoghue vividly paints the racial tensions and daily struggle of this time.

Spiderfelt If there any Littens who could use two BART passes, we left the city without using up the money we added to them. I'd love to send them along. 2y
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Life After Life: A Novel | Kate Atkinson
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I was surprised by how immediately this book swept me up. The last several audiobooks I've tried either bored or frustrated me, and I was expecting this one to be the same. Despite revisiting elements of the same story, Atkinson kept uncovering new layers of the story, recreating the characters with unexpected variations. Whenever Teddy's dog Jock was mentioned, this fierce little foster-puppy popped into my mind.

Mdargusch The cutest dog. ❤️ 2y
Jess7 Cutie 💕🤗 2y
merelybookish Atkinson is amazing! 2y
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Spiderfelt @merelybookish I think I'm the last person to arrive at the party. Better late than never. 2y
Spiderfelt @Jess7 @Mdargusch He would be outraged to be called cute. Call me Mighty! But he was awfully cute. Ready to tackle his litter mates who were more than twice as big as he was. 2y
Hooked_on_books Those ears! 2y
MrBook 😻😻😻 2y
Spiderfelt @Hooked_on_books ears bigger than his head, and he hopped around on all fours like a rabbit. 2y
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Memento Mori | Muriel Spark
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I picked this up because I saw two references in one day Muriel Spark and then the next day, coincidentally, it landed on my desk at work. Now that I've finished it, I can't figure out why it sparked my attention. It was a grand soap opera discussed in small fragments of recollections, without the benefit of knowing the characters when the action was happening, concluding with the most anti-climactic ending ever. Help me understand, fans of Spark!

Centique I haven't read any Spark either - but great review! 2y
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Purity | Jonathan Franzen
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I was enjoying this book, engaged in the characters and the story until the German step-father seduction began. I couldn't bear to listen to it. Moving on to other things.

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Behold the Dreamers | Imbolo Mbue
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The book captured my attention right away, but as the story progressed, the characters began acting in surprising ways. While several people have said this is a book about immigration, I think it is also a commentary on marriage and the impact of stress on well-being. Even though I didn't love the book, i would still recommend it, simply because we need to read more stories centered around the struggles of the working poor.

RealBooks4ever I agree! 💜 Nice review! 2y
mdhughes72 The story did have some interesting twists. And not gimmicky literary twists, but 'Life Happens' twists. But you're right, sometimes it's someone else's karma that bites us. 2y
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As a fan of the podcast, I was excited to see a collection of stories edited for print. However, reading the spoken word is not the same as reading carefully crafted writing. I put the book down after the first two stories, read another book and then decided to try it again. The second time I knew what to expect, and embraced the voice in each story. It was the perfect read when time was in short supply.

Spiderfelt If you ever get the chance to see The Moth live, run to get tickets. I've seen two performances in Seattle at a sold out 2500 seat venue. There is so much from a live show that doesn't make it to the radio. The emcee's stories are hilarious, and the musical guest usually tells a story too. Everything about those nights is magical. 2y
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My backyard may be a ruin, it didn't stop me from loving this collection of long form articles collected from the online magazine The Atavist. I was attracted by the cover and title, but stayed for the stories. There wasn't a dud in the bunch. Have you heard of 52 Hertz, the loneliest blue whale? What about the plan to raise hippopotamuses in Louisiana to solve the meat shortage before the advent of factory farms? Me neither, but now I do.

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Nevertheless: A Memoir | Alec Baldwin
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I heard Alec Baldwin speak several months ago while on his book tour. Not expecting much, I was pleasantly surprised by his warmth, intelligence and humor. Sadly, not much of that comes through in the first 2/3 of the book. I've heard enough to move on to something else.

Suet624 He has a pretty interesting podcast called Here's the Thing if you're interested. 2y
Spiderfelt @Suet624 I am! He discussed the podcast at the lecture. It was one of the things that won me over. I wish he showed more of that intellectual curiosity in the book. 2y
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