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SqueakyChu

SqueakyChu

Joined March 2018

BookCrosser | Little Free Library steward | Librarything member | DC United fan ... ¡Vamos!
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Leaving Tangier by Tahar Ben Jelloun
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Art Treasures of Japan by Yukio Yashiro
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Leaving Tangier | Tahar Ben Jelloun
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I just started this novel tonight for a challenge on #LibraryThing to read a novel by an author who was born in a North African country. The author of this book was born in #Morocco, and, as far as I‘ve read, our protagonist is still in Morocco trying to figure out how to get to Europe. Back to my book see what happens...! 😃

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Art Treasures of Japan | Yukio Yashiro
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The title of this book is really Bugaku Treasures from the Kasuga Shrine. I don‘t know the author, but the contents were provided by the Kasuga Shrine in Nara, Japan. It was a book I serendipitously found in my #LittleFreeLibrary. I am reading it now with fascination as I‘ve been following my older son‘s trip to Japan in which he visited several shrines (but not this one). This is an oversized softcover with gorgeous photos!

SqueakyChu By the way, how do you list a book that‘s not on the Litsy master list? I picked the closest title. I hope that‘s okay. 2w
bnp Here is a link I found on LT: https://www.litsy.com/web/addbook 2w
bnp Also, this came up when I searched: https://isbnsearch.org/ 2w
SqueakyChu @bnp Thank you. I‘ll save that link for future use. 2w
SqueakyChu @bnp This book had no ISBN. 2w
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Kusamakura | Natsume Soseki
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I‘ve just started this book and hope I like it. Generally I really like #Japanese fiction. Now my older son is visiting Tokyo, and I‘m sitting at home drinking hot tea in a cup he brought me from a previous visit to #Japan. I‘m just trying to get into the mood to enjoy this book! 😊

TEArificbooks I don‘t know if they visit the towns you are looking for but Last year I read and enjoyed 2w
SqueakyChu @TEArificbooks They both sound great. I am adding them to my wishlist on #LibraryThing. Thx for the recommendations! Because my son had traveled to Hiroshima this trip, I also just read (edited) 2w
SqueakyChu I *am* enjoying this book. It won‘t take me long to finish it. 2w
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I just started this book, but I‘m not sure if I like it very much. The beginning is kind of slow. I‘ve read books by Anne Tyler before, and I like that her books are set in #Baltimore, the city in which I grew up. I‘ll keep reading and see if it the action picks up.

vivastory This is the only Anne Tyler I have read. I really liked it, but I wasn't a fan of the abrupt ending. 2w
SqueakyChu @vivastory I decided to bail. It‘s not bad, but I‘m just not interested in finishing this story. It doesn‘t really interest me that much, and I have another friend who is eager to read it. (edited) 2w
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This is an #EarlyReviewer book from #LibraryThing which I am currently reading. After having been given a diagnosis of Alzheimer‘s Disease, Sky Yardley writes with humor how he is dealing with his situation while his wife Jane Dwinell gives helpful advice for any family member living with or caring for a person afflicted with this progressive memory loss and eventually fatal condition.

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Karnak Cafe | Naguib Mahfouz
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I found this book on my bookshelf and chose it to read for the #LibraryThing challenge to read a book by an author born in #NorthAfrica. I‘d read and enjoyed books by this author before, but many years ago. I find this book intriguing. It‘s background is political, referring many times back to the #Egyptian Revolution in 1952. I had to look this up in order to give this read better context. I‘m glad I did.

TEArificbooks FYI I changed my name from mdm139 to TEArificbooks. I am still here. And let me know if there is a zoom meeting 4w
SqueakyChu @TEArificbooks Oh, no! How am I going to remember your new name?! Check out the BC meetings forum before January 21 (the Saturday that the Zoom is scheduled). You‘ll need to get the Zoom link pmed to you from whoever the host will be. (edited) 4w
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I am totally blown away by this book in which the author, a culinary historian and a Jew, talks about the intersection of Black and Jewish cultures. Just fascinating!

SqueakyChu I can‘t wait to try some of the recipes at the end of this book, although this is not a cookbook per se. (edited) 1mo
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This is so true. It‘s often hard to get away from all the information that‘s thrown our way day after day. It‘s overwhelming!!

TEArificbooks Yes there is. That is why those “screen free” days are so popular but so hard to do. They like the concept but we are so used to that peace and quiet makes us uncomfortable after a few hours (like we are missing out on something important). 1mo
SqueakyChu @mdm139 During pandemic, I had to learn how to tune out the news. Under the previous administration, I would read the news online and have actual panic attacks. I started only reading the headlines each morning. I‘m working really hard in trying to keep my anxiety level down. I like this book! I thought it would just be about meditation (which I don‘t like to do!), but it gives practical advice for how to calm oneself. I‘m impressed. 😊 (edited) 1mo
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Someone left this book in my #LittleFreeLibrary. With all the chaos of the holiday season surrounding me, this actually seemed as if it would be a good read so I did start reading it today!

TEArificbooks Happy Hanukkah 1mo
SqueakyChu @mdm139 Thank you so much! Merry Christmas to you and your family! 🎅 🎄 1mo
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The Immortal Bartfuss | Aharon Apelfeld
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In the beginning of reading this book by a noted Israeli author, I thought I wouldn‘t like this story because of the disagreeable main character. He‘s sort of growing on me, though. Maybe because of his grouchiness! 😄

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Solito: A Memoir | Javier Zamora
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Recommended by my husband‘s niece, this #memoir is by a man from #ElSalvador who as a nine-year-old child was sent alone to be smuggled into the United States by a “coyote”. Every #immigrant has his or her own story about their struggles. This one is especially upsetting to me because the story is too familiar. My heart breaks at the thought of such a young child traveling with strangers through unknown territory to an uncertain future.

Cinfhen This was excellent!!! 2mo
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Critical thinking is just as important for adults as for kids so we need to focus on developing this skill in others we teach as early as possible.

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Think you‘re not racist? Think again!

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I know I‘m also trying to read three other books at this time, but I grabbed this book at my local library because I find this author‘s writing about #antiracism so clear, compelling, and necessary to read. I‘m guessing that, of all four books, I‘ll probably finish this one first.

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A most amazing book that brought me to tears. I probably could not have read it when it was first published—in 2018. This book features tweets by former US president Trump on the left pages, followed on the right pages with striking photos of former president Obama by the author, White House photographer Pete Sousa. It provides a stark contrast between the two men, not without snark (or call it shade) from Sousa. Just beautiful in so many ways.

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I admit that I‘m a #pawpaw fanatic so I took this book out of the library with the idea of browsing through it. Nope! I‘m going to read every word of it. It is fascinating! Yes, I do have my own fruiting pawpaw tree. 😃

SamAnne I covet a paw paw 3mo
Aimeesue I had my first taste of paw paw this year! My daughter works at a State park and there are a couple in the park, so she brought a couple home to try. How fortunate to have a tree - I hear they're hard to grow from seed! 3mo
SqueakyChu @Aimeesue My tree took two years to germinate and eight years after that to produce fruit! We‘ve had lots of fun with it. (edited) 3mo
SqueakyChu I bailed because this was a library book which I need to return. I liked this book very much, though. 4w
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Hunger | Knut Hamsun
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This is so cool! My local county public library let me do an interlibrary loan to get this book because they did not have a copy of this book not an ebook. The book arrived…and is a hardcover copyright 1920 and published June, 1924. It is 98 years old! I‘m handling it very gently as I don‘t want it to fall apart while I‘m reading it. This book was a book club selection from my husband‘s great niece‘s online Better than the Movie Book Club. :)

Aimeesue Gorgeous! 3mo
SamAnne Oh wow! 3mo
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I‘m so happy to be reading this book by Pat Conroy, one of my favorite authors. He really was not afraid to put things in his book that were in his mind - even if they would arouse a major reaction.

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I was so excited to receive this book as a donation for my #LittleFreeLibrary. It was one of the books highest on my wishlist because I was and still am a big fan of Pat Conroy‘s works. Most of his writing, including his novels, was based on his life experiences. This book highlights the author‘s rocky relationship with his dad over the years. As always, Conroy‘s writing is a pleasure to read.

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The Agnostic | Curt Finch
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I am so thrilled to be reading this book. This is the third self-published book by this author, a retired pastor and the owner of Emerald Isle Books and Toys in Emerald Isle, #NorthCarolina. Yes, I‘m sitting near the ocean to maximize my pleasure and make this my beach read. All of the books by this author are so sensitive. They touch my heart. I just started this book, but I have no doubt I‘ll like it as much as I did his other two.

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Annihilation | Jeff VanderMeer
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Yikes!! This is such a #creepy book that I can‘t put it down. I have to know what happens (…as only now I note that this story is Part 1 of a trilogy)!

SqueakyChu Finished it. Whoa!!! 😳 4mo
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Annihilation | Jeff VanderMeer
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I needed some books to read for a week at the beach. This book was one I picked because it was small and looked interesting. I just started it today.

SqueakyChu Not only is this story interesting, but the psychological interactions between the characters are fascinating as well. 👍 4mo
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One Generation After | Elie Wiesel
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This small paperback called out to me from a neighborhood #LittleFreeLibrary. Author Elie Wiesel, one of my heroes, recalls in different ways the mysteries of the #Holocaust...which can never be explained.

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Cockpit | Jerzy Kosinski
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What a strange, but fascinating book! Published over 50 years ago, it‘s the story, basically in vignettes, of the weird misadventures of Tarden, a sort of secret agent who escapes from Poland, lives in the United States, but travels the world over. It‘s different! 😃

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In this book, the author takes a hard look at racism against Mexicans in the United States both in the past and in the present. What she tells is both eye-opening and deeply sad.

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Sailor Moon 1 | Naoko Takeuchi
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I have so much affection for this book. It was my daughter‘s first #manga ever. She‘s no longer interested in manga so I‘ve given away her collection of books except for this one which I‘m saving (and actually reading now). I tried to get my nine-year-old grandson to read it, but he prefers to stick to Dragon Ball Z. 😂

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The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter | Carson McCullers
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I selected this book at random from my bookshelf. I know nothing about this book other than it is a well known older novel. I found the first two chapters intriguing and like the restaurant owner Biff‘s approach to handling his more difficult customers. I can‘t wait to see what develops from this point on.

vivastory One of my favorites 💙 5mo
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It's Not Nothing | COURTNEY. DENELLE
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It took me a while to get into this story, a new book just out from #SFWP. The writing is sparse and choppy, but reflective of the way the life of Rosemary is going. She‘s #homeless, in and out of hospitals and shelters, but I‘m hoping her future will be better. 🤞

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This book is so absorbing. It makes me feel as if I really need to pay more attention to the many small things that can affect the life of an individual. I‘m reading this book to learn more about the author who just won the #Democratic primary election for governor of #Maryland, although this biography is actually about two different individuals, both named Wes Moore.

SqueakyChu Yay! Wes Moore is now Maryland‘s governor-elect! 3mo
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As you can see, I got this book from #BookCrossing. I‘d never heard of Wes Moore until he recently ran and won in the #Democratic primary #elections as candidate for #Governor of #Maryland. I want to learn more about him before it‘s time here for the general elections so I was happy to get hold of this book.

SqueakyChu He won! He is now Maryland‘s governor-elect. 👍 (edited) 3mo
SqueakyChu He is now Maryland‘s Governor! 😊 2w
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Ships in the Desert | Jeff Fearnside
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This. Exactly this. 😢 (Should read “let alone formulate” not “let along formulate” - Oops!)

SqueakyChu This was a fabulous book of essays. Highly recommended! 6mo
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Seven Japanese Tales | Jun'ichiro Tanizaki
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This was the first story in this small volume of #ShortStories. It was so beautiful it gave me chills. Looking forward to reading the rest of the stories. Yes, this is a very old book (c. 1973) with yellowing pages. That only added to my appreciation of it. The author died in 1965.

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Seven Japanese Tales | Jun'ichiro Tanizaki
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I decided to jump into the #LibraryThing reading challenge called ASIAN BOOK CHALLENGE - AUGUST 2022 : NIPPON - JAPANESE AUTHORS - with this book saved for me by a fellow BookCrosser. #Japanese fiction is my favorite read of all! ❤️🌸

SqueakyChu @mdm139 No. i‘ll add those to my wishlist now. Thx! I miss you guys!! (edited) 6mo
SqueakyChu The first story had me going to utube because I wanted to learn more about the art of playing the samisen and playing the koto, both traditional Japanese musical instruments. 6mo
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Ships in the Desert | Jeff Fearnside
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This is my chance to not only learn about the devastating results of disregard for caring for the earth, but also an opportunity to learn a bit about the geography of the “Stans” (those countries in the former Soviet Union whose names end in “stan”.) So far the scenario set by author Jeff Fearnside of the once thriving fishing community on the Aral Sea bordering both #Kazakhstan and #Uzbekistan is pretty bleak.

BarbaraBB Such an interesting area, the Stans. 6mo
SqueakyChu @BarbaraBB That‘s one reason I was happy to receive this book. I know next to nothing about those countries. 6mo
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Seriously, what‘s not to love about this book?! 😊❤️ It is chock full of interesting and important information about #sharks, and its author is so funny. This is a wonderful read!

humouress (Not sure why this is under a spoiler alert) I love books like this; I still remember reading one about snakes and one snake that discouraged predators by flipping over and pretending to be dead - and if you put it back the right way up it flips back over again 'No, I'm dead!' 6mo
SqueakyChu @humouress I accidentally pressed the spoiler alert, but I don‘t know how to get rid of it! 🤷‍♀️ 6mo
SqueakyChu @humouress I figured out how to get rid of it! 6mo
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SqueakyChu @humouress Actually the only reason I started reading this book was because a friend of mine requested it from my #LittleFreeLibrary. She went to grad school with the author. The book had already been requested by another friend of mine. I browsed through this book and decided that I had to read it before the other two did. I made it into a #BookCrossing Book Ray! 😃 6mo
SqueakyChu @humouress So much of the delight in reading books about nature such as this one and the book you read about snakes is the author‘s ability to convey their enthusiasm about nature to the reader. Some authors are better than others, but Shiffman is 💯% 👍 6mo
humouress 😃 6mo
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So I‘m about a two-thirds of the way through this book and find it sort of a slog because the characters are either too good or too evil, the good characters are too preachy, and the pidgin English is becoming very annoying!

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I‘m trying to read more books by #blackauthors, but the life of the young #Nigerian woman in this novel is really hard to read about. I‘m about a third of the way through the story and hope things get better for our protagonist.

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The Echo Maker: A Novel | Richard Powers
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I‘m halfway through this book now, and things feel very unsettled. Something tells me I‘m not going to like what is ahead in this book. 😧

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The Echo Maker: A Novel | Richard Powers
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I‘m about a quarter way through this book, and I‘m not sure where it‘s taking me. I‘m going to hang in there to see if it captures my interest more. For now, I‘m just puzzled.

SqueakyChu What is interesting about this book is that it‘s about Capgras Syndrome. That‘s a condition in which an affected person believes that another significant person in the former‘s life is an identical duplicate of that significant person. This is a real thing! I had never before heard of this. (edited) 7mo
BarbaraBB It sounds intriguing 7mo
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The Echo Maker: A Novel | Richard Powers
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After finishing another book by this author, I could not wait to read more works by him. I found this book in my local public library and started reading it immediately. I think this author‘s writing is beautiful. I‘m so happy I found it.

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One clinical episode in this book I found upsetting was about a young infant being brought to the emergency room as a code (i.e. the baby‘s heart and breathing had spontaneously stopped at home). I know the family was not identified, but I find it unkind to have a child‘s traumatizing death be fodder for this book. Even more, to learn that resuscitation efforts at the hospital were for show and to prevent litigation was even worse.

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I found it annoying that in this memoir the author stated, “I won‘t go into my college experience. Much has been written...”. Okay. So the author has already decided that I wouldn‘t be interested in reading about her college experience (which was completely wrong), but why write about what one is not going to write about??

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Something is missing in the beginning of this book. The only things we learn from the opening chapters about the author‘s childhood is that this black woman had a spirit who whispered to her, her father had been physically abusive to her brother and mom, she grew up in the Gold Coast neighborhood of Washington, DC, and she attended The National Cathedral School. A bit more background information about the author would have been appreciated.

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It‘s such fun to finish a good book (Born a Crime by Trevor Noah) and start a new book. The book pictured here was my choice. I just started reading it this evening. It‘s a book that two of my friends have already requested after I finish it. By the demand, I guess it must be a good read. Well, I‘ll soon find out.

TEArificbooks I have heard nothing but good things about this one 7mo
TEArificbooks I have heard nothing but good things 7mo
SqueakyChu @mdm139 Great! I hope it‘s as good as others think! 7mo
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The Swimmers | Julie Otsuka
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This line made me cry, too. This whole beautiful story is making my heart hurt.

BarbaraBB It is so sad 💙 7mo
SqueakyChu @BarbaraBB I cried my eyes out at the end. I was devastated by this story. 7mo
BarbaraBB I do understand. Yet the writing was so lovingly. 7mo
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SqueakyChu @BarbaraBB I agree. The writing was so gorgeous. She was spot on with her descriptions. After reading this book, I went to read an interview with this author about the book. It was based on what happened to her own mother. (edited) 7mo
BarbaraBB She couldn‘t have made it up, I thought so too. I didn‘t know about her mother, thanks! 7mo
SqueakyChu @BarbaraBB I posted the link to the interview above. I just read the transcript. 7mo
BarbaraBB Thanks!! 7mo
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The Swimmers | Julie Otsuka
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This line made me cry. 😭

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The Swimmers | Julie Otsuka
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This book is becoming so sad. 😢

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The Swimmers | Julie Otsuka
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This book is starting out weirdly with the whole population occasionally swimming underground in a large pool. What?! I have no idea what to expect of this story. 😮 Ever onward...!

BarbaraBB It‘ll become a completely different story soon! 7mo
SqueakyChu @BarbaraBB Thanks! I can't wait. So far, this story is very intriguing. I'm thinking about its possibilities. I got this book from the library because I read Otsuka's other two books a long time ago and really liked them. 7mo
BarbaraBB I enjoyed this book a lot, though it‘s sad too. 7mo
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Born a Crime | Trevor Noah
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The hardest part of reading this book has been learning what apartheid was really like in South Africa.

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This speaks for itself.