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Suet624

Suet624

Joined September 2016

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I often turn to Emmanuel‘s two books when I need to remember that every moment of my life I am offered the opportunity to choose between love or fear. “Fear tells you, “I want to make you safe.” Love says, “You ARE safe.”

#inspiration
#selfimprovementsept

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love that!! ❤️ 1h
OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚❤️😊 46m
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Not directly related to books, but more related to a passion that many of us share: the gift of music. I spent Friday night with 50,000 people at Fenway Park singing with The Who. Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, Ringo‘s son playing drums, and a huge orchestra behind them. The concert was beyond my wildest dreams. Luckily there are videos on YouTube so I can relive the moment. 😀 If they come your way, I encourage you to experience the magic.

Reggie That‘s awesome!! 1d
LauraBeth I bet that was amazing! 1d
LeahBergen How wonderful! 👏🏻👏🏻 1d
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 24h
Suet624 @Reggie @LauraBeth @LeahBergen Unbeknownst to me, Billy Joel played the next night. A friend of mine went to both concerts! I‘m not sure my system could have handled such abundance. 😂😂 21h
TheBookHippie I saw it their first night-we were their kick off!!!! AND it was AHMAZING!!!! 20h
Suet624 @TheBookHippie that‘s so cool!!! 17h
TheBookHippie @Suet624 The orchestra and that violinist!!!! Sooo good! 16h
batsy That must have been amazing 🙌🏽 14h
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“Journeys of discovery are not something you start doing, but something you gradually stop doing.” Leander and Gracie exploring with their lawnmowers.

LeahBergen Gorgeous pic! 😍 2d
Suet624 @LeahBergen thank you! That view is at the end of my street. It‘s stunning in the fall. And of course those kids! 1d
ValerieAndBooks They're so cute! And that's a good quote -- something to think about. 16h
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Bettyville: A Memoir | George Hodgman
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At the end of July, the lovely George Hodgman committed suicide. He had been a well respected editor and wrote a terrific book about returning home to care for his mother. He would occasionally comment on my Facebook posts and for some reason I felt very close to him. He was funny and cared so much about so much. Yesterday I realized I hadn‘t heard from him and in looking him up I learned of his death. I‘m so sad that he needed to leave us.

Suet624 Please consider reading his book. It is a wonderful read. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/22/books/george-hodgman-dead.html (edited) 2d
michellelav So sorry to hear about the author. I look forward to reading his book ❤ 2d
Suet624 @michellelav I hope you like it! 2d
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batsy I'm sorry to hear about this 💔 2d
Leftcoastzen Oh no! I had no idea! I have not read Bettyville, but I have wanted to .better get to it.😢 2d
pigeonsandcrows I loved Bettyville and I am so sorry to hear he died, especially in that manner. 2d
ReadingRachael So sad to learn of his death 😓 2d
Nute “He cared so much about so much.” I wish that I could have known him for that description alone. He will be missed in this world!💔 2d
LeahBergen Oh, that‘s so sad. 2d
Redwritinghood 💔💔 2d
JennyM That‘s really sad 😔 2d
GripLitGrl So sorry to hear 2d
Suet624 @Leftcoastzen Oh, I hope you can find the time to read it. He had so much to say and you will definitely laugh out loud on several occasions. 2d
Suet624 @pigeonsandcrows I'm so glad you loved it as much as I did. 2d
Suet624 @Nute He will be missed. A number of months ago he had a manic episode where it looked like he might hurt himself. People went into overdrive on Facebook to find him and get him treatment. Hundreds of comments followed in which people expressed their deep love for him and his work. I'm glad that he saw those and I'm sorry it wasn't enough to keep him here. 2d
Nute These kind of stories will always be heartbreaking. I have lived through this reality with a friend. It still hurts. It is nice knowing that he saw his messages of love and caring. I‘m sure there was comfort in those kind words. 18h
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Open Season | Archer Mayor
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I‘ve never read one of his books but I understand he‘s popular. 😀 A Vermonter as well. 💕💕 Anyone want to come to Vermont for the foliage and the book talk?

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Long Way Down | Jason Reynolds
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I‘m still thinking about many of Reynolds‘ statements. Fluid, humorous, poetic, honest, painful. He was expected to talk for 35 minutes, do a Q&A for 30 minutes and then sign books. Instead he spoke & answered questions for 2 hours. Signed books for another hour. A wonderful presentation. On the plus side (for me anyway) a student athlete fell asleep and ended up with his head on my shoulder for the last hour. I felt oddly protective. 😍😂

AmyG Ha! The student must have been mortified when he found out. ;) 5d
Suet624 @AmyG Haha. He wasn‘t! I said, “We just shared some moments together, didn‘t we?” He laughed and thanked me. 5d
AmyG Ha....what a sweet kid. 5d
Cinfhen How awesome and I love the connection you made!!! And I haven‘t forgotten about emailing you....my life got a little crazy and I‘m still trying to gain the reigns 5d
Suet624 @Cinfhen no worries!! 4d
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Long Way Down | Jason Reynolds
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A bit of a stretch, but my form of #selflove was wrangling a ticket to see Jason tonight at a small local college where this book was the “common read” for all incoming students. I love this guy and was thrilled to get one of the few tickets available. A side note: the mother of the little boy I babysit organized the event, picked up Reynolds at the airport and went to dinner with him. Three hours of his time all to herself. Sigh.

Redwritinghood Jealous! I have a little bit of a crush on him. Would love to see him in person. 1w
Suet624 @Redwritinghood 💕💕💕 1w
OriginalCyn620 That‘s awesome! 😊 7d
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readordierachel So cool. Excellent self-care. 7d
Bookzombie That‘s awesome. He was at our book festival in 2018. I have a bit of a crush like @Redwritinghood ☺️ 6d
Suet624 @Bookzombie if you can‘t tell, I have a crush too. 💕😂 5d
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This is so true! 😂😂

Cinfhen Day 7 with no sugar/ chocolate and I‘m still CRAVING!!!! 1w
Suet624 @cinfhen i had to give up sugar in order to effectively treat Lyme Disease. It's the hardest thing ever. It's in everything!!! And it was like invasion of the bodysnatchers. I would come home with items that I couldn't eat but my brain had tricked me into buying them!! Activated charcoal helps a lot. Good luck! 1w
Cinfhen Oh God!! That‘s torture but I‘m so glad it‘s helped your Lyme Disease. And I know what you mean about sugar in EVERYTHING 😫😫😫what‘s activated charcoal??? 1w
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Suet624 @Cinfhen well it‘s charcoal that‘s activated. 😁 whatever that means. It‘s in capsules. It binds up the yeast that accumulates from detoxing from sugar. I could talk about it more if you‘d like. 1w
Cinfhen When do u take them?? How often?? Do u buy them at a health store? Pharmacy?? Im intrigued 1w
julesG @Cinfhen Charcoal is good. But don't get the BBQ variety 😁It's that stuff survivalists use to purify water that you need. You could take it at any time of the day. Unless you take medication, then make sure you take it 2 hours after your meds. You can get them at a pharmacy, or online. Not sure about health food stores. 1w
Suet624 I‘ll send a link tonight to what I get. I‘m at a wedding 👰woohoo!! @Cinfhen (edited) 1w
Cinfhen Thanks so much @julesG @Suet624 hope you‘re having fun 💕 1w
Suet624 @Cinfhen https://www.dailybenefit.com/products/activated-charcoal-by-integrative-therapeu... is the type the naturapath recommended. If you want more info, email me at suet624 at gmail and I can let you know loads of info. 😁 (edited) 1w
Cinfhen I will definitely be emailing you!!! Thanks 🙏🏼 1w
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Peaceable Kingdom | Jack Ketchum
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I own a small cabin on a lake that I am currently renting to someone so that I can live close to my daughter's family and babysit my grandchildren. This is an incredibly peaceful lake, no motor boats allowed, where the Canada geese teach their young'uns to fly, where turtles, fish, and a heron are regular visitors. I've been away from it for 5 years and sometimes I really miss it. But it's there waiting for me!
#FavoriteReadingSpot

AmyG Gorgeous ❤️ 1w
TheSpineView Lovely! 💜 1w
PurpleyPumpkin Beautiful 😍 1w
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batsy Wow, that is stunning ❤️ 1w
OriginalCyn620 Beautiful! 😊 1w
Zelma That is just beautiful. 1w
BestDogDad Wow! 1w
Reggie That sounds like the first paragraph of a book, Sue!!! 1w
youneverarrived That is lovely. 1w
LauraBeth Wow - this looks beautiful! 1w
kspenmoll Gorgeous. You@must miss it but those beautiful grandbabies...! 1w
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Fall Leaves | Loretta Holland
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@Leftcoastzen from my walk today.

Leftcoastzen Wow, trade you! It‘s going to be 108 here😡 2w
Suet624 @Leftcoastzen Ouch. Maybe we should meet somewhere in the middle. 2w
Susannah Beautiful! Summer has apparently just started in southern California. I will never get used to the wonky seasons here. 2w
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squirrelbrain Lovely! 🍁 2w
Suet624 @Susannah Southern California has always confused me. 😁 2w
Christine So pretty! And yes, what @Susannah said (make it stop! 🥵😝). 2w
saresmoore Beautiful! 2w
Suet624 @Christine I‘m so sorry. That temperature is just unbearable. 2w
Suet624 @squirrelbrain @saresmoore it is, isn‘t it? no filter or anything. 😍 2w
Melissa_J The leaves on the tree on our front lawn are starting to turn. I‘m totally okay with it though. My allergies are horrible this year and I need fall and cooler temperatures to arrive! 2w
kspenmoll I just found my first on a walk yesterday with my neighbor. Not ready to see them at all- still in summer mode. 1w
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I am loving this book.

kspenmoll I have seen our US Senator, Chris Murphy, on walks in my neighborhood more than once & we have spoken. I love that he does this- CT is a small manageable walking state! 1w
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Beauty's Kingdom | A.N. Roquelaure
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I love books. Of course! Additionally, it‘s the beauty of Vermont and the artists who live here and decorate silos that make me happy. I‘m so thankful that I live four houses away from two of my four grandchildren and that I see them every day.

@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620
#Whatyoulove
#selfImprovementsept

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks They are beautiful ❤️❤️❤️ 2w
britt_brooke Cute grandbabies! 2w
Suet624 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @britt_brooke I‘m waiting for someone to mention Children of the Corn. 2w
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Leftcoastzen Cute! Are the leaves turning already or is that a photo from last year? 2w
OriginalCyn620 Adorable! ❤️😊 2w
Suet624 @Leftcoastzen that photo is from last year but my son is leading bike tours from northern Vermont to Canada and he says the leaves are changing close to the border. 2w
Reggie All of it, so lovely!😊 2w
Centique So beautiful 😍 2w
kspenmoll Gorgeous photos! 1w
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Whiskey When We're Dry | John Larison
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I‘ve been so good about not going to the library and, instead, reading my own books from my own shelves. Today I caved and brought home 4 books. I feel excitement and annoyance at the same time. 😂😂😐

kspenmoll I so get it. 😉 2w
Suet624 @kspenmoll Thank you!! 😁😁 2w
Leftcoastzen Happens to me all the time! 2w
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saresmoore Oh, the burden of abundance! I totally understand! 2w
Suet624 @saresmoore @Leftcoastzen definitely a first world problem. 😁 2w
Tamra It‘s a pleasurable first world problem. 2w
Jeg I know that feeling well. 1w
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The Corner That Held Them | Sylvia Townsend Warner
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The September NYRB Book Club has just arrived. Nuns, a Benedictine convent, the 14th century, and the Black Death. Just my cup of tea.

#SelfImprovementSept
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620
#SomethingNew

batsy Oooh, yes! Want 😍 2w
ValerieAndBooks Looks intriguing! Stacking. 2w
LeahBergen I‘ve been eyeing this one! 2w
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AmyG It DOES sound good! 2w
SamanthaMarie Ooo definitely stacked!!! 2w
OriginalCyn620 New books are always a good thing! 2w
youneverarrived Ohh I think I‘ll have to order this one! 2w
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Leander feeding Gracie the imaginary strawberries from the book. After a three day weekend these two were so excited to see each other again. They‘ve been reading books together on the couch for 45 minutes. 💕💕

Tanisha_A Oh my! This is adorable! 😭 2w
Simona 😍😍 2w
BarbaraBB 😍 2w
ValerieAndBooks Such a sweet friendship 😍❤️!! 2w
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sisilia You are in for a treat! 😍 2w
MicheleinPhilly I really enjoyed this one! 2w
OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚😊🌸 2w
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Macnjen Very cool cover art! (edited) 2w
BarbaraBB Another NYRB 😍 2w
LeeRHarry One of my all time faves - hope you enjoy! 😊 that is a fab cover! 2w
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Let me just say that if not for audio, I never would have made it through this. There was too much mind-numbing detail. However, here‘s what I got from it: staff members (Sea Org) would either make very good prisoners or very good prison guards. The forced isolation, ongoing punishments and interrogations, forced labor, snitching, family separation, adherence to policy & rules are unreal. And get this: women in authority are addressed as ‘Mr.‘

Megabooks It kind of felt like accounts of totalitarian states to me. 2w
Suet624 @Megabooks yes! Exactly! 2w
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Just finished reading the tagged book. I think I liked Here If You Need Me a bit more, but this author always has something important to say. Somehow between writing about her fear as a mother as her son insists on joining the Marines, about her field experiences as a chaplain for the Maine Warden Service, and her thoughts on the Nazis and the Holocaust, she weaves in a discussion of people‘s selection of a sperm donor. Another Dollar Tree find.

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“It was considered an intractable disease that demanded the most aggressive treatment.” Ugh.

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Just a reminder: If you have a choice between buying a book at Amazon and buying a book at an independent bookstore, especially Ann Patchett's store, please make the correct choice. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/26/opinion/parnassus-books-nashville-amazon.html

(This photo is at Lake Willoughby in Vermont. I wish I could credit the photographer. Just can't remember who it is. 😞 )

saresmoore This photo is incredible! 3w
Suet624 @saresmoore it is! I look at this photo a lot. The lake itself is a spiritual spot for me. I journal there on most of my birthdays. It‘s a glacial lake and looks like a fjord. It‘s magnificent. This photo doesn‘t show that, so I thought I‘d add some context to it. (edited) 3w
TheBookStacker I wish we had a local bookstore close to me unfortunately we only have Barnes and noble. 3w
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Suet624 @TheBookStacker my views on BN have changed. Anything is better than Amazon. 😁 3w
Graciouswarriorprincess I just read this article. 3w
ValerieAndBooks My oldest has lived in Nashville for almost a year, and I hope to visit him and Parnassus Books soon! The only time I shop at amazon is if I‘m given a gift card. Most of my books are bought used, but at least it supports the local economy! 3w
Suet624 @Valerieandbooks I lived outside of Nashville years ago. A fun place to visit. I‘m the same with used books and gift cards. Except recently I actually exchanged the gift card for a little less cash with a friend. It‘s really hard to avoid Amazon but I try my best. 😁 (edited) 3w
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My daughter and grandson (Captain Adorable) walking to the neighborhood school, built in 1898, on the first day of kindergarten. Unicorns and rainbows greeted him. (Just in case you were curious what the heck that thing on the left was.) [sniff, sniff]

merelybookish Awww...bittersweet! But I hope he loves it and has a great day! 3w
AmyG Wow! Very exciting. 3w
LauraBeth This is such a sweet picture ❤️ 3w
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Smrloomis Glad you explained what the crossing guard is wearing 😂 Hope he had a good first day! 3w
saresmoore Oh! My heart! Much love to you, Sue. ♥️♥️♥️ 3w
Christine Aww! ❤️ 3w
batsy Sweet pic ❤️ Also, I love that unicorn 😆🦄 3w
Reggie Awwwww😢they grow up so fast. Great pic, my friend. 3w
Suet624 @merelybookish @AmyG thankfully he had a blast on his first and second day. Phew. 3w
Suet624 @LauraBeth @batsy Thanks! And yes, there were 7 unicorns ... the head librarian, the asst. sheriff, the town clerk were just a few of the folks with costumes on. It was a total community event. 3w
Suet624 @saresmoore 💕💕💕 right back at you. 3w
Suet624 @Reggie It‘s been so wonderful to be such a big part of his life and, yes, it‘s been going too fast. 💕 3w
ValerieAndBooks Aww! Kindergarten already 💖🦄!! May he have a wonderful year. 3w
Suet624 @ValerieAndBooks thanks so much. so far so good. 3w
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This Dollar Store book was a delightful surprise. A memoir of a 10 year old Jewish boy and his family leaving the Soviet Union in 1989 under extreme duress. Filled with info that I somehow had been unaware of - the pressure by the US for 40 years to allow Jews to leave the USSR, the work done by so many volunteers to assist in the exodus. The author provides many thought provoking passages and somehow intersperses humor through some of the story.

Suet624 Sure, I could have cleaned up that pile of books and removed that random piece of paper before taking the photo but, hey, this is just an accurate representation of my life. 3w
saresmoore I find I‘m much less likely to post if I have to move clutter first. I‘ve become a creative photo cropper. 😅 3w
Suet624 @saresmoore thank you for your understanding. I have to admit though that I cropped this photo so you wouldn‘t see the toilet paper roll sitting in the table. Snotty noses currently abound. 3w
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AlaMich I‘m Jewish and I had a distant cousin and his family who emigrated from the USSR about 40 years ago. I never understood why the government fought against letting them leave; it was (and is) an extremely anti-Semitic culture. You‘d think they would have been happy to get rid of them. (edited) 3w
batsy Cleaned up? The background is perfect ❤️ My clutter on the other hand ... It's why I just take pics of books flat on a table top 😂 3w
Suet624 @AlaMich I‘ve been thinking about this since I read the book. Others have said the same thing to me. I still can‘t figure it out. I often wonder who was the next in line to be hated. Must there always be a culture or faith that needs to be hated and controlled? 3w
Suet624 @batsy haha. I understand. My apartment is so small and filled with kid toys and books that it‘s downright embarrassing. But who has time to lead a rich life AND clean? 3w
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In an attempt to get through some of my TBR I grabbed this off a pile. Must have gotten it at the Dollar Store because it‘s not my normal purchase. My advice? Don‘t read it. It tells the true story of a man whose wife and daughters are killed in their home and how he “recovers” from the tragedy. Feels very voyeuristic.

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In a Lonely Place | Dorothy B. Hughes
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Arrived today. Pure #NYRB bounty.

LauraBeth 😍😍 1mo
ValerieAndBooks Awesome!! 1mo
batsy Want. All. Of. Them. 😍😍😍 1mo
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kspenmoll 😃 happy for you! 1mo
youneverarrived 😍😍 1mo
BarbaraBB Wow, I don‘t know any of them! 1mo
Suet624 @BarbaraBB their catalog is bonkers. So many interesting books! 1mo
BarbaraBB I just read another NYRB by Hughes, it was great, so I am looking forward to what you think of this one! 1mo
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Feast Your Eyes: A Novel | Myla Goldberg
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I really enjoyed this. I thought the author did a great job writing about mothers/daughters, the pursuit of artistry while being a single mother, the art of photography, abortion, and friendship. All told through letters, journals, and memories of the daughter as part of a retrospective of the mother‘s photographs. Thanks to @Lindy for the review that inspired me to pick it up.

Lindy 😇 1mo
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Black Wings Has My Angel | Elliott Chaze
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I‘m enjoying this so much that I just took advantage of NYRB‘s 50% off sale of crime noir books (happening this weekend) to buy four new reads. Crime noir is not something I usually read, but clearly that‘s about to change.

sisilia Loooovvveee crime noir ❣️ Looking forward to this! 1mo
saresmoore I am loving it! I didn‘t think I would, either, but it‘s a great read. 1mo
Suet624 @saresmoore NYRB books just hit it out of the park. Not a dud in the bunch. 1mo
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Margot0817 I know what film noir is but what exactly is crime noir like in reading? 1mo
Suet624 I have to assume it‘s similar. There‘s a style to it: A perpetrator of a crime, a beautiful woman and a victim or two, does the perpetrator get caught. 😂 but I think of it as more stylized with a bit of humor and mystery. @Margot0817 (edited) 1mo
kspenmoll I just might like this! (edited) 1mo
BarbaraBB You make me so curious! I am starting it now too! 1mo
Liz_M So, what other noir books did you buy? 1mo
Suet624 @kspenmoll I bet you would! 1mo
Suet624 @BarbaraBB liking it? 1mo
BarbaraBB Yes, it was a pick for me. What about you? 1mo
Suet624 @BarbaraBB Definitely! Thoroughly enjoyable. 😻 1mo
Liz_M Oooh, I had my eye on Sand. Didn't realize it was taggedas Crime/Suspense, so now I am even more interested. 😁 1mo
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Vermont has 183 libraries. There are only 251 towns and cities. I could go on and on about Vermont‘s dedication to their libraries, both large and tiny. Additionally, I could talk endlessly about Jessamyn West. She‘s an activist librarian who fought the Patriot Act on behalf of libraries because of privacy issues, a Vermonter, and one who pushes for community engagement with the assistance of the town library.

Leftcoastzen Looks like I belong in Vermont!😀 1mo
Suet624 @Leftcoastzen I wholeheartedly agree. 1mo
charl08 Can I move please? 1mo
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Suet624 @charl08 Absolutely! I love so much about Vermont. You could at least visit! 😁 1mo
NHLibrarian I‘ve met Jessamyn a couple of times and she is awesome! 1mo
Suet624 @NHLibrarian isn‘t she??? 1mo
kspenmoll ❤️Vermont 1mo
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This was a quote from a year or two before the civil war in El Salvador. The statement has echoed throughout my days since reading it. There is always a breaking point. Always.

I‘m having trouble returning this book to the library. I‘ve had a visceral reaction to it - I want to hold and protect it. I want to hold those who lived through those times and protect them. And I want to sit beside those who read it and talk with them about it.

Cathythoughts Sounds amazing ! Stacked 1mo
Suet624 @Cathythoughts be sure to note my previous post. It‘s a brutal read. But being a poet, she adds so much in the telling of the story that it lingers like perfume. (edited) 1mo
Suet624 @Cathythoughts the book I‘m currently read is clearly affecting my writing! (“lingers like perfume” 😂😂 wow) 1mo
Reggie Lololol um I had totally matched on to that “lingers like perfume.” I dig authors who are poets!! 1mo
Reggie Latched not matched. 1mo
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This memoir is dedicated to Leonel Gomez Vides, as it should be. Leonel teaches the author about the history, impending war, and the role of the US in the slaughter of citizens in El Salvador while keeping her out of harm‘s way during her time there. His work in brokering peace, after the brutal deaths of 100,000 citizens, is astonishing. This is an extremely difficult book to read. The brutality of men & the role of the US in it all is 😭🤬🤯.

Suet624 There are amazing reviews with personal experiences reported on Goodreads. Definitely worth a peek. 1mo
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There There: A novel | Tommy Orange
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Wait. What? Tommy Orange is going to be a visiting writer at Vermont Studio Center in October. And doing a reading as well? This means he might actually sit right next to me at the one restaurant in this one horse town! Gah! I‘d been dreading the cold of winter approaching but now I can‘t wait for October to arrive.

Aimeesue A copy of There, There FINALLY came in to the book sale donation box today. I've been waiting SO long to find a copy! (Which I read and then return, so it's kinda like a library with no due date 😁) I'm very jealous you'll get to hear him read! 1mo
Suet624 @Aimeesue I love your no-fines, no due date, concept. I hope you like the book. No spoiler here, but I can't wait to ask him about the ending. 1mo
AmyG Oooooo 🙌🏻 1mo
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Three Summers | Margarita Liberaki
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@vivastory You asked me to let you know what I receive as part of the NYRB monthly book subscription plan. Here‘s my first!

merelybookish I looked at this during a recent flash sale. I was tempted! It sounds good. 1mo
Suet624 @merelybookish I know nothing about it. 😀 I look forward to reading it. 1mo
saresmoore Such a lovely cover! 1mo
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batsy I bought this recently too—during a Book Depository sale! 😍 1mo
batsy I've read a book by her daughter that was so disturbing and weird and bleak and good 1mo
BarbaraBB Oh this looks great! 1mo
Suet624 @batsy just read your review from 2 years ago of the daughter‘s book. The book sounds quite different than this one. 😂😂 1mo
Suet624 @saresmoore NYRB has a way with pretty book covers. 😁 1mo
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A quote that NPR highlights from the book. While this quote is about the state of a nation, with gun deaths constantly on the rise, the oppression of guns, the NRA, the politicians who kowtow to the gun lobby and the angry white man came to mind this morning. Something better is definitely possible.

AmyG Each time I think maybe....this is the turning point. So now, again, I think.....maybe. (edited) 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage This is so relevant. Thanks. 1mo
Reggie Honestly, I don‘t think El Paso would have ever happened if there wasn‘t so much border talk, if we didn‘t have Trump, who said Mexicans were rapists and murderers, I lived 30 minutes away from El Paso for 10 years. I never felt unsafe when I was there. And for the longest time they were in the top 3 for safest cities that have populations of 500k or more. Yesterday broke my heart. 1mo
Suet624 @Reggie I agree with you. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this. I‘m so sorry. 1mo
Suet624 @AmyG Me too. 1mo
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Remind me never to step foot in North Korea. A harrowing account of growing up in prison camps, where people experience the worst of conditions and learn to inform on each other at a very early age. Each human is expendable. The information on the country‘s policies (outside of the camps) was informative and I‘m glad to know more about the country. More needs to be done to address human rights violations in that country.

Crazeedi I've seen this man, what a brave soul , such horrific conditions (edited) 1mo
Suet624 @Crazeedi No way!! You have?? His life and his feelings of guilt were so sad. 1mo
Crazeedi @Suet624 he was interviewed on a station 1mo
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Feast Your Eyes: A Novel | Myla Goldberg
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There I am, returning books to the library on Sunday because then I won‘t be tempted to get more books, & I run across this amazing stained glass house in front of the library and a book sale! The famous church in Stowe, VT can be seen in the bottom right photo. A NYRB book and a memoir for $2. My plan is to read my own books and the Universe finds a twisted way to laugh at me, adding to my pile while I quietly try to stay away from the library.

Librariana It's beautiful! Very Mondrian-esque 😊 1mo
DivineDiana Sounds like it was meant to be and a very good day! ❤️📚❤️ 1mo
Leftcoastzen That‘s wonderful! 1mo
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Suet624 @DivineDiana totally meant to be! 😀😀 1mo
Suet624 @Librariana I hung out inside of it for a while. Felt like a special place. 1mo
Suet624 @Leftcoastzen The Universe is one kooky character. 1mo
Leftcoastzen I should have mentioned the Tender Bar is an amazing book. 1mo
Suet624 @Leftcoastzen Oh! Good to know. I think it didn't get a high rating on Litsy, but I didn't check that out until after I grabbed it. Glad you enjoyed it. We have similar tastes. 1mo
kspenmoll It was meant to be despite your sincere efforts! 🤣 1mo
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Feast Your Eyes: A Novel | Myla Goldberg
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“Carrying that baby made her radiate serenity in a way I‘ve only seen in Buddhists and Californians.” It‘s so true! All the Buddhists and Californians that I know have a specific look that I have never been able to experience myself.

kspenmoll 🧘🏼‍♂️☹️🤣😘 2mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Ha! Love that! 2mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 I‘m not sure how serene they are on I5 That road scared the bejesus (or Buddha) out of me. Lol 2mo
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AmyG Ha...not the Californians I know. (edited) 2mo
ValerieAndBooks Lol...as a California native that occasionally goes back to see family still there, I have to agree with @JanuarieTimewalker13 and @AmyG 😝 !! 2mo
Suet624 Well I actually only know the ones in Northern California! Maybe they are different. 😁 @JanuarieTimewalker13 @AmyG @ValerieAndBooks 2mo
AmyG @Suet624 No Cal is very different. The people I know are in LA. 🤣 2mo
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I loved this book. A completely unprepared 19 year old races in and wins the Mongol Derby. Racing over 1,000 km, it is the world‘s longest endurance horse race. Mountains and vast plains of nothingness, boredom, fatigue and wild horses that are often unmanageable. Prior-Palmer was born on my birthday so her musings about her life experience, while meandering and sometimes self-indulgent, were so familiar to me that I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Feast Your Eyes: A Novel | Myla Goldberg
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On the Jersey Shore. LBI. Hard to read when the sound of the ocean keeps lulling me to sleep.

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This book!!! I can‘t tell you how much I‘m enjoying it. And the author‘s birthday is the same as mine, so there‘s that. We share so many similarities.

Amiable Looks interesting! Stacked 2mo
AmyG How‘s your summer, Sue? 2mo
Suet624 @AmyG off to LBI today! The summer just got better! How about you? (edited) 2mo
AmyG Oh, nice! All is good here. Ail in the summer is glorious. 2mo
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I‘ve finished this novel & I don‘t want to give it a rating. Honestly, spoiler alert, everyone lies in this story. Endlessly. Maybe that‘s the mark of a good mystery but I feel like we are currently being bombarded by presidential lies endlessly & for some reason the two things kept getting mashed up in my mind. And I kept confusing people. Gah! Lyme brain! So in all fairness, it‘s probably me and not the book. The garden is my very own miracle!

DivineDiana And it is beautiful! 🌼 2mo
ladym30 Your garden is lovely!❤️ 2mo
Suet624 @DivineDiana @ladym30 thank you! Now there is a huge amount of red bee balm interspersed amongst the yellow. It‘s so pretty. 2mo
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Chrissyreadit Its beautiful 🥰! 2mo
tammysue So pretty! 🌼💛 2mo
Izai.Amorim Wonderful Garden. 2mo
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Chess Story | Stefan Zweig
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Hmmm... I‘m sorry to say I was a bit underwhelmed. Between a so-so and a pick. It may be because I was blown away by Disappearing Earth which I finished just before reading this one. Hoping the book discussion will help me to see what I‘m missing. #NYRBBookClub

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The library wins again over my boxes and shelves of books. A memoir of a woman riding her horse in the Mongolian Derby, a memoir of witness and resistance in El Salvador, and the thriller Miracle Creek? Yes, please.

Mitch I‘m going to start Miracle Creek tonight too ! 2mo
Schlinkles Rough Magic is amazingly good! I read the ARC in January and haven‘t stopped talking about it since. 2mo
Suet624 @Mitch We'll have to compare notes!! 2mo
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Suet624 @Schlinkles I can't wait!!! 2mo
Mitch @Suet624 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼 2mo
LiteraryinLititz Miracle Creek was sooooo good! @Mitch 2mo
Hooked_on_books I‘m about halfway through Miracle Creek and it‘s so good! 2mo
Suet624 @kspenmoll me too! I‘m liking it a lot so far. 2mo
Jeg Glad that happens to someone else. Huge shelf of TBRs but the library beckons and now have 3 to read from there. 2mo
Suet624 @Jeg I do it ALL the time and complain about it all the time. 😁😁 2mo
RaimeyGallant Loving the perspective in this photo. Totally gonna copy (read:steal) it. :) 2mo
Suet624 @RaimeyGallant Thanks! I'm not usually known for taking creative photos! 😂 2mo
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The Great Believers | Rebecca Makkai
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Yes, tucked amongst the postcards and stacks of books is Rebecca Makkai reading from The Great Believers. If you have the chance to go to a reading of hers, grab the car keys and go. Engaging stories of the research done, the importance of knowing the history of AIDS and activism, and the people she met on her previous tours. I‘m happy to say she‘s a part-time Vermonter. Thanks to Bear Pond Books in Montpelier Vermont for hosting the event.

TrishB Cool 👍🏻 2mo
AmyG Such a great book. 2mo
Rachel_nyc This was one of my favorite books last year! 2mo
saresmoore Neat! 2mo
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Nyrb Classics 10th Anniversary Complete Collection | Various, RANDOM HOUSE INC, New York Review Book
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I just signed up for the NYRB Book Club. A year-long supply of books coming my way from NYRB. I blame @sisilia and @vivastory and Litsy for this delightful extravagance. #NYRBBookClub

kspenmoll 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻❤️📚 2mo
Tamra There is such a thing? Do I dare? My TBR shelves would scream at me but it might be worth it! 2mo
Suet624 @Tamra hahaha. It totally seemed worth it to me at the time. Hopefully I won‘t regret it! 2mo
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sisilia Ooohhh, that‘s wonderful! I‘m sure it‘s totally worth it! I would do the same if I lived in the US ☺️ 2mo
BarbaraBB Echoing @sisilia , I‘d love to sign up if I lived in the US. A surprise book each month, so cool 💜💜 2mo
NHLibrarian I just bought 7 when they had their sale last week 😬🤓 2mo
Suet624 @sisilia I knew I‘d have tour seal of approval. 😁❤️ 2mo
Suet624 @BarbaraBB it was a fairly reasonable price as well! 2mo
NHLibrarian @Suet624 No because I already have it 😁. I did get the others you‘ve been reviewing as part of the book club here though: Cassandra and After Claude. 2mo
vivastory I have been tempted by this many times before. I'd love it if you posted your monthly selections! 2mo
Suet624 @vivastory sure thing! 2mo
GatheringBooks oooh! if only this were available outside of the US. 1mo
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Had to laugh when I read this line. Truth.

tammysue That‘s so true! 2mo
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Lost Children Archive | Valeria Luiselli
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This book has deepened for me the further away I am from having finished it. So many journeys - of an unraveling family, of refugee children, of the son & daughter of the traveling family. The timeliness of this book is astounding. All passages that touch on the lives of those children traveling to the US will stay with me and one passage about children being put on a small plane will have me wondering for a long time where they were being taken.

Suet624 The author adds the journey of Geronimo and his tribe in the midst of the story and that too was extremely powerful. 2mo
Redwritinghood I‘m the same - the more this one percolates in my brain, the more I‘m impressed with it. 2mo
Suet624 @Redwritinghood what‘s interesting to me is how many times I was about to bail on this! 2mo
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charl08 Loved her non-fiction essay too. 2mo
youneverarrived I have to admit looking back on it it‘s better than I probably gave it credit for. Funny how books can do that! 2mo
Suet624 @youneverarrived I chuckled when I read your comment. I waited a long time to post about a review because I really wanted to give it some time. I hoped the result would be that it had been a meaningful read and ultimately it was. The struggle to keep reading it was real though. :) 2mo
Rachel_nyc Really looking forward to this one! Library is showing my ebook will be “available soon”! 2mo
Reggie Jenny from Reading Envy read a passage from this on her show this past week and it was so fascinating. I wanna read it. Thanks, Sue, for those kind words. 😊 2mo
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Love this line. I‘m quite familiar with a few of these types. 😂😂

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Disappearing Earth | Julia Phillips
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I get excited when I see that a book requires a list of principal characters and provides a map. Thrilled to be starting this.

Bookboss I loved it. Enjoy! 2mo
Suet624 @Bookboss that‘s great to hear. 2mo
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I read this as part of the Tournament of Books Summer Camp Program. I can‘t “pan” it outright because Choi‘s attempt was appreciated, but I will say that I never cared at any time for any of the characters, the writing, or the concept. I‘m with @DavidDiamond @TheNerdyProfessor who both made me laugh with their comments on the book. My advice? Don‘t bother.

BarbaraBB Such a pity you didn‘t like it. I was just adding it to my wishlist because of @AlizaApp review. I held you both high when it comes to bookish taste. Now I don‘t know anymore 🤷🏻‍♀️😉! Maybe I must judge for myself! 😘 (edited) 2mo
Suet624 @BarbaraBB everything that @AlizaApp says is true and I appreciated the attempt that was made to tell this story. However, I just didn‘t like any of it. 🤷🏻‍♀️ Check it out. I‘d love to see where you fall in the like/dislike scale. 😀 2mo
AlizaApp @Suet624 I understand why this book is not for everyone, so that‘s fair. But I do like when books and stories genuinely surprise me, which this one did. I also love a vengeful narrator. So this one ended up working for me! @BarbaraBB I guess you will have to read it and let us know! 2mo
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BarbaraBB @AlizaApp I guess I will. Both your reactions make me real curious! 💜 2mo
Megabooks I bailed! 2mo
Rachel_nyc I‘m reading this now and I‘m glad to see I‘m not the only one with mixed feelings about it. I just finished the first part and actively dislike most of the characters. I‘m curious to know where all this is leading though. 2mo
Liz_M I need you all to hash tag your ToB reviews so I can read the books vicariously. 😁 I am resisting getting sucked in until I finish my 1001-books goal. 2mo
Suet624 @Rachel_nyc I‘m curious if you finished this one. Your thoughts? 2mo
Suet624 @Liz_M this summer‘s selection of books so far has been meh. Lost Children Archive is one I wouldn‘t have read if not for the TOB though and I definitely think it‘s one to be read. 2mo
Rachel_nyc @Suet624 I did finish and I thought the change in POV in the second part of the book made it much more interesting and thought provoking. I can‘t say I enjoyed the book but I think the fact that even after finishing, it‘s not clear what really happened makes for an interesting conversation. 2mo
Suet624 @Rachel_nyc I agree that the second half made the story more interesting. I‘m glad you enjoyed it. 💕 2mo
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I love the Vermont Studio Center in the little town of Johnson, Vermont - a 10 minute drive from my house. Writers from all over the world come and some of them even give readings. I‘ll be there with bells on.

vivastory I've seen Ali before. It was a really great reading. 2mo
Suet624 @vivastory that‘s so good to hear. Sometimes the authors are really shy and it‘s almost painful to hear them read. 2mo
Suet624 @vivastory I saw Ali last night. Great poetry, but even better stories and responses to questions from the other writers in the room. A fascinating man with a wealth of information stored inside that cranium. 2mo
vivastory I'm so glad to hear that it was a pleasant evening. I used to read a lot of poetry, so when I saw him it was quite the experience. 2mo
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Lost Children Archive | Valeria Luiselli
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“Imagine the first person who ever milked a cow. What a strange person.”

saresmoore 😅 2mo
julesG The thought spiral that quote just provoked.... 😵 2mo
Suet624 @julesG Totally agree! 2mo
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NHLibrarian Makes me think of Calvin & Hobbes: “I wonder who the first person was that said ‘I think I‘ll drink whatever comes out of these things when I squeeze them?‘” 2mo
Suet624 @NHLibrarian was this notion first written in C & H? 2mo
NHLibrarian @Suet624 No idea if C&H was the very first, but I remember giggling over that line 30 years ago 🐄🤓 2mo
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