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SqueakyChu

Joined March 2018

BookCrosser | Little Free Library steward | Librarything member | DC United fan ... ¡Vamos!
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Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston, James D. Houston
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Yeah. It would be great for all writers to get publicity before the first word of any book is written. This is a satire about a famous book of which only the title has been written. This book is growing on me. 😃 P.S. This book has already been written as I‘m reading it now. 😂

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I‘m not really sure what to think of this book. I picked it up at a #LittleFreeLibrary. It attracted me because I thought it was about a #Japanese writer. It‘s not! It‘s about a #black #Haitian author who lives in #Montreal! More later...after I decide if I like this book or not. It has a very low star rating on #LibraryThing, but it definitely has some bright spots, especially its sardonic #humor.

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Hana's Suitcase | Karen Levine
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This is the true story, written for school-age children, in which Fumiko Ishioka, the director of the Tokyo Education Resource Center in #Tokyo, #Japan, reached out to museums for artifacts with which to teach #Japanese children about the #Holocaust. After much effort, she had been given a package of items, in which one item, a suitcase which had belonged to the murdered child Hana Brady, was the motivation to teach others about the Holocaust.

Anna40 Wow. That‘s amazing 3d
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Farewell to Manzanar | Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston, James D. Houston
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This is a book I got from a fellow #BookCrosser. The author tells her own story of being a seven-year-old child when she and her #Japanese American family were sent to an internment camp at the onset of World War II. I find this book an upsetting but necessary read.

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Happy New Year, Littens! This is my choice for the #AsianBookChallenge2022 on #LibraryThing. I‘m less than enthralled with it at the moment, although I‘m not sure why. The writing is done beautifully, but yet there is some element that makes me less than eager to keep going in this story. I‘m not sure what that is because this novel by a Turkish author (this month‘s challenge) was on the 2019 Booker Prize shortlist.

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This is *so* true.

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This line was very moving. It reminded me of when my husband and I were younger, and we used to take our children fishing. We haven‘t done so in quite a few years, but now our younger son takes his own children fishing. We are presently that “older generation” of which the author writes, although his dad in this book was very much older than we are now. And yet...those are much beloved memories of special times together.

Anna40 I started taking my son fishing last year! I had never been and the library had organized and event for children. You could borrow a fishing rod. We then learned how to do it and how to release the fish when we visited my sister and her partner in Michigan. He‘s a master fisherman :) so, i can only understand that those are truly wonderful memories :) 3d
SqueakyChu Yes! Fishing memories are the best. My husband used to fish with our younger son who now has taught his own eight-year-old son to be quite the fisherman! 🐟 💕 I love to go fishing, but haven‘t been in quite a while. 3d
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Medical practice has changed over the years, but not always for the better. I told my younger son tonight that my own dad did want want to move out of the city in which he lived because he did not want to leave his physician. That was the doctor-patient relationship of former days. It‘s all but gone now. Our family doctor belonged to us from as far back as I can remember until I received the phone call from him that my dad had just died.

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This is a beautiful book. It‘s like an ode to a beloved person who is living inside a stranger. The author and son, Jonathan Kozol, visits his father, who suffers from Alzheimer‘s disease, in a care facility. The son carefully records his interactions with his dad— noting both the deterioration in his father‘s thinking process, and also the sudden bright spots of memory that deeply endear him to his dad. #LibraryThing #EarlyReviewer

Itchyfeetreader Wow this sounds like a tough and moving read 4w
SqueakyChu @Itchyfeetreader It is. Particularly because friends of mine have been or are now struggling with parents dealing with this same issue. This is actually why I chose this book to read now. It had been a #LibraryThing #EarlyReviewer in 2015, at which time I started it, but never finished it. 4w
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My Year Abroad | Chang-rae Lee
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So far, it‘s been a real chore to read. I‘ve been trying too hard to understand all of the details in each paragraph, not always being successful. *sigh*
I‘m getting disappointed in this story.

SqueakyChu I‘m bailing on page 97. I don‘t like this book. It‘s as simple as that. What a disappointment! That‘s now two of this author‘s books I didn‘t care for. He comes off of my “favorite authors” list as of today. (edited) 1mo
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My Year Abroad | Chang-rae Lee
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I‘m having some difficulty with this novel. This book seems overwritten. There is so much verbiage tucked into every paragraph that I find it hard to concentrate on the more general story. I like the simpler, earlier novels of this author so much better than this one. I‘m going to continue...and see where this story takes me. I hope I‘m not disappointed.

BarbaraBB I felt the same and ended up a bit disappointed 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1mo
SqueakyChu Oh, no! I *loved* this author‘s first two books (Native Speaker, A Gesture Life), but I did not like his apocalyptic novel On Such a Full Sea. I wanted him to go back to the way he wrote earlier. I don‘t like forced “overwriting”. It seems so pretentious. You don‘t need so many words to get an idea across! 1mo
BarbaraBB But @Megabooks loved it, so don‘t mind me ☺️ 1mo
SqueakyChu 😂 1mo
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My Year Abroad | Chang-rae Lee
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So I started this book last night. I totally forgot how much I love this author‘s writing. He squeezes so much into every paragraph. He was writing about a town called Dunbar Village, which to me seemed an exact replica of the town of Princeton, New Jersey, even with its gelato store. I had to look this information up, but, yes, Chang Rae Lee, did once teach at Princeton University. Aha!

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My Year Abroad | Chang-rae Lee
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I found this at the library today. I actually spent some time there, masked, of course. I grabbed this new book because I like this author. I felt sad, though, at how empty the library is these days. :(

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This story is upsetting on so many levels, among them the ease with which an innocent person can be imprisoned for a crime, the lack of careful and correct handling of forensic evidence, and the powerlessness of the wrongly imprisoned.

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A Marylander here—who just discovered this former #Maryland One Book by a local author. I‘ve decided to give it a read.

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Thank you!

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Pickpick

The brain is a fascinating organ, and this book will help you understand the role of different parts of your brain in forming memories as well as losing them. This is an excellent book which I highly recommend.

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Wow! This book is fascinating. I‘ve read the first half of the book so far which is about remembering. I‘m about to start the part about forgetting. This is the first nonfiction book by this author that I‘ve read. The novel of hers that most impressed me in the past was “Still Alice”, a story of a woman with early onset Alzheimer‘s.

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My sympathies go out to anyone who has found themselves in this position, especially those undergoing job interviews now. This quote is from “More Terrible Ways to Make a Living”, the final story in this superb book of intertwined short stories.

TrishB I would love someone to ask me that at the end of an interview! 2mo
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Some things never change. ☹️

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This line from a story entitled “Pivot, Feather” cracks me up. It reminds me of when one of my sons was a little kid, and we were playing “telephone”. “Can you hear me?” I asked him. “No”, he said. 😂

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Indeed. Isn‘t this always the case?

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I‘m liking this book a lot. It was sent as an advance review copy by the publisher #SFWP. There are short stories about different people, but they‘re all connected in some way through an office in which they worked. I‘m eager to move through this maze of a book. I‘m sure I‘ll like the rest of it as I‘ve already read a novel by the author Wendy J. Fox.

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Wise words...when emotional pain strikes an individual. The short story “The Mad Monk‘s Weeping Daughter” is a strange fairy tale about recurring grief.

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Thank you, #SFWP for the advance reviewer copy of this book. It will surely be a fun read. It‘s very strange short stories. The ones l‘ve read so far are like a cross between Hans Christian Anderson and Jonathan Lethem. 😳😃

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I found this book languishing in a neighborhood #LittleFreeLibrary. Day after day, no one picked it out to read. It‘s a small book, one woman‘s memoirs of her time at #Auschwitz. Everyone‘s story deserves to be heard so I brought this book home. I‘m reading it now, concurrently with quite a few other books.

Cinfhen #NeverForget 💜I love that you brought this book home to read 4mo
SqueakyChu @Cinfhen It sort of called out to me. The mother of the author died immediately after arriving at Auschwitz. I was shocked to learn her name was Teresa Katz (my middle name and my maiden surname). I was named after my maternal grandmother Teresa who also perished in Auschwitz. It‘s all very sad and eerie. (edited) 4mo
SqueakyChu This book literally just gave me chills. I‘ve never had that happen to me before. It happened when I read about what happened to the author‘s brother after the war. 4mo
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SqueakyChu I see this book has been recommended by Elie Wiesel, no longer alive, but still a hero of mine. 4mo
Cinfhen I literally got goosebumps after reading your comments!! YOU were 💯 meant to pick up THIS book!!!! Your grandmother was DEFINITELY sending you #LoveFromAbove 4mo
SqueakyChu @Cinfhen I hope so! 4mo
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This book is so good. It is Utopian in outlook, but there is nothing wrong with that in my mind.

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How are the less fortunate being left behind in an economy that is growing? This should not only be examined nationally, but also worldwide.

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Sounds good to me! Let us begin.

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This is what my book is about. I‘m into it.

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I put this donated book into my #LittleFreeLibrary, but no one took it. I pulled it out to donate elsewhere, but became intrigued by simply browsing through it. Yep! I‘m now reading this book about how we need to solve inequity in the world to save everyone‘s future. My heart is into this. It speaks to me.

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Valley of Strength | Philip Simpson, Shulamit Lapid
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I can‘t seem to settle down into a comfortable read. I just bailed on two other books because they were not grabbing my attention the way I like in a current read. I hope this book will do it for me. Shulamit Lapid is a well known #Israeli author so my hopes are high for this novel.

SqueakyChu I‘m so excited! I just discovered that the author is the mother of Yair Lapid, current Minister of Foreign Affairs in #Israel. I like him so much! This is a good sign. 😃 (edited) 4mo
SqueakyChu So I started this book and I‘m enjoying it. It‘s about a young Russian immigrant to Palestine near the end of the nineteenth century. I usually don‘t like historical fiction, but the story seems interesting enough. (edited) 4mo
SqueakyChu The thing about this book is that I once lived in Israel, and reading names of familiar places makes me remember them with deep emotion. 4mo
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That would be your soul mate!

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I‘ve read books by this author before so I feel pretty sure I‘ll enjoy reading this book. I just bailed on another book that was too disjointed for me. If this is merely a linear story, there should be smooth sailing ahead. 😊

PaperbackPirate I just bought this because of a reference Stephen King made to the title. I hope you like it! 4mo
SqueakyChu @PaperbackPirate I always try to read what Stephen King recommends! 😃 We can now read it at the same time. I hope you like it as well. (edited) 4mo
PaperbackPirate Well he didn‘t recommend it - he talked about the mythology where some say it‘s actually a turtle holding the earth up on its back, which is the source of this title. 🐢🌎 4mo
SqueakyChu @PaperbackPirate That‘s interesting! 4mo
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Asymmetry | Lisa Halliday
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This must have been quite a performance! 😳

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Asymmetry | Lisa Halliday
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This line made me sad. I‘m still trying to decide if I like this story or not.

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Asymmetry | Lisa Halliday
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I‘m going in blind on this book so I‘m not sure what to expect. I hope it‘s good.

SamAnne Loved this one. 4mo
SqueakyChu This one was not for me. I bailed on page 110 because this story was so disjointed. I wanted to read a more linear story, one that did not go off into a million tangents. 4mo
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The Other Black Girl | Zakiya Dalila Harris
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Oh no! Not a pun...!

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The Other Black Girl | Zakiya Dalila Harris
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Wise words. People want to be noted as the individuals they are, not the projected ideas of others.

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The Other Black Girl | Zakiya Dalila Harris
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This is definitely a thing.

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The Other Black Girl | Zakiya Dalila Harris
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This is just a novel, but I could see this happening.

SamAnne Just picked this one up from the library. 5mo
SqueakyChu @SamAnne Do let me know what you think of it as you read it. I see it has mixed reviews. 5mo
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The Other Black Girl | Zakiya Dalila Harris
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This line made me laugh.

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The Other Black Girl | Zakiya Dalila Harris
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I found this book through a #BookCrossing journal alert in a neighborhood #LittleFreeLibrary. I‘d heard of this book so I rushed over to grab it. I just started it, but I think I‘ll like this novel.

SqueakyChu This book has been very confusing, but it‘s finally starting to become clearer what is happening. Once I began to understand it more, I began to like the story more. Good luck to other readers of this novel! 4mo
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What Night Brings | Carla Trujillo
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This phrase tugged at my heart strings. My dad...who died many years ago...was once a Fuller Brush Man. That truly was another era. 💕

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What Night Brings | Carla Trujillo
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This is turning out to be a cute story as only a preteen can tell it. At first, I was not sure I‘d like this book, but slowly Marci is worming her way into my heart. 😊

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What Night Brings | Carla Trujillo
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I‘m still deciding if I want to finish reading this book or not. I like that the novel about a young Mexican-American lesbian has many words in Spanish of which I seem to know all of the bad ones. Haha! However, I find it annoying that the story is told in the voice of this very young protagonist. We‘ll see how far I get in this novel.

SqueakyChu I found a word I cannot translate. What is “reponosa”? 5mo
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This is a fascinating story of a man wearing a mask who tells his story from both the point of view of himself without the mask and from that of the mask. It‘s astounding to read this!

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What a great surprise this was! I got this book in the mail from #BookCrosser GoryDetails for releasing the most books for her #BookCrossing 2021 April Showers May Flowers release challenge. This was the first book I ever put on my BookCrossing wishlist. I had to start reading it right away, of course. Never mind the other three books that I am also currently reading! 🤣🤣🤣

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I love works by this author! I‘m so happy to have gotten hold of this book. All of Abe‘s works are very strange, and I do love weird. I‘m at a part in this book where the Narrator is trying to make himself a new face! That‘s all I‘ll tell you now. 😃

vivastory I've read a couple of Abe books & thought they were really interesting 5mo
SqueakyChu @vivastory My fave was The Ark Sakura. What about your favorite? 5mo
vivastory The Ark Sakura has been on my TBR for awhile now. My favorite is 5mo
SqueakyChu @vivastory I should probably go back and reread The Box Man as I remember being confused by it in the end. The Woman in the Dunes by Abe is a great read as well. That was the first book I ever read by this author and the story which got me hooked into searching for more of his works. 5mo
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I‘m working on this. I hope it helps! Not on sleeplessness, but on anxiety. 🤞

SqueakyChu This book really helped me a lot. I‘ve learned to focus on my body‘s reaction to anxiety rather than the cause of the anxiety. I found ways in which I can actually control my anxiety. 5mo
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