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Part autobiography, part fiction, Orwell writes movingly but without sentiment about homelessness as he meets assorted down-and-out characters as he moves through Paris and Lond0n. Orwell's writing is always insightful and keenly observed, but not without humor.

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If you've seen Ali Wong's stand-up, you know she can be raunchy and brutally honest. That holds true of this memoir, too. She writes letters to her two young daughters, explaining herself, her past, and her work, her struggles in the male-dominated comedy world. Always interesting and often laugh-out-loud funny.

[I received an advanced e-galley from Netgalley.]

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Institute | Stephen King
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An entertaining, well-paced tale about children locked up by a mysterious institute that exploits their latent supernatural abilities. There are many throwbacks to earlier King (Firestarter being the most obvious), but this story is original and the characters, particularly the children, are well realised.

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A haunting book of poetry comprised of forty-nine poems, each poem representing a single day during which the spirit roams after death before it enters the cycle of reincarnation. The poet was inspired by a 2014 ferry that capsized in South Korea and drowned 250 high school students. The poet examines what life and death mean and what it must be like on the other side. While not for everyone, this is strange powerful poetry.

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Nouns & Verbs | Campbell McGrath
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McGrath's poetry is full of images of the American landscape - Florida coastline, august Western mountains long stretches of highway, gas stations, convenience stores, diners at midnight and even the most mundane detritus (e.g., a crushed beer can, a dead fly). But his poetry also considers what it all means, not just how it looks, from our obsession with money and capitalism to the place of poetry in it all. A stirring, vibrant collection.

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The Need | Helen Phillips
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An intense novel about the fears that come with becoming a mother. When Molly is home alone with her two young children, an intruder enters the house and the intruder knows more about Molly and the kids than can be possible. Creepy and terrifying, this is a sharp, tightly written novel about a mother's worst fears for herself and her children.

Megabooks Great review! I loved it too. 1mo
Thndrstd @Megabooks thanks 1mo
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Thoreau's Microscope | Michael Blumlein
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A short collection of short pieces by a medical doctor and science fiction author. The title piece is definitely the strongest, an essay in which the author discusses Thoreau's philosophy of science while contemplating his own mortality and battle with lung cancer. The stories focus on the idea of what it means to be alive and what defines that. The book concludes with an interview by fellow science fiction author Terry Bisson.

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Fen | Daisy Johnson
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A collection of short stories about women in rural areas dealing with life, love, men, sex, and parenthood. Living a bit removed from civilization, these women often interact with animals in strange, almost magical ways. Beautifully written.

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Serious readers will recognize a lot of what Bogel discusses in this brief book of short essays about reading. For a while, Bogel lived next door to a public library and, while she was already a reader, this experience shaped her profoundly. She discusses bonding over books, the joys and lessons of keeping a reader journal, and the powerful role books play in people's lives.

LapReader I‘d love to live next to a library. 2mo
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I picked this up on a whim and it merges two of the Internet era‘s favorite things: introversion and cats. Silly poems that purport to be by cats showing their introvert ways. I laughed a lot more than I expected to.

[I received an advanced e-galley through Edelweiss. The book is due to be published October 15, 2019.]

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100 Poems | Seamus Heaney
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Seamus Heaney wanted to publish a collection of 100 poems that would represent his vast body of poetry, but he did not complete it in his lifetime. His family took over the project which has become this book, a beautiful collection of poems to celebrate a life dedicated to the craft. It can serve as an introduction to this great beloved poet.

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Lindy West follows up her excellent book and TV show Shrill, with an equally strong collection that examines and excoriates the current political and social climate. She writes powerfully about the need to truly face our challenges, not merely hide behind the lies of those who want to exploit us. Highly recommended.

[I received an advanced e-galley of this book through Netgalley. It is due to be published November 5, 2019.]

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Escape Room | Megan Goldin
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Four Wall Street workers are summoned to an "escape room," an elevator in an incomplete office building. There, they are faced with clues about some reprehensible things from the past. The storytelling gave away the suspense and the action drags. The characters are all greedy one-percenters and not interesting. The premise was enough for me to finish but it‘s tedious and disappointing.
{I received an advanced copy from the publisher.]

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A short simple book in which a Zen monk gives 100 pieces of advice for bringing more Zen calm and joy into your life. Each tip takes up a single short page paired with a simple line drawing. I was pleased by how many of the tips were practical, not just focused on mindset, but on simple things you can do to make life a little better. A useful, worthwhile book.

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A collection of short stories in which animals and their interactions with people in cities play a vital role, each story punctuated by a piece of Tan's gorgeous surreal art. The stories challenge our perceptions of reality and our place in the natural order. Beautiful and brilliant. Highly recommended

Bradleygirl I loved this too- it was so much more than I'd imagine it would be. Tan's art is a great gift 3mo
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Boyd Varty is a life coach who also works as a lion tracker, tracking big game on a nature preserve so tourists can see them on safari. In this book, he merges the two careers, describing a particular tracking while extrapolating life lessons about purpose, confidence, and knowledge. An entertaining adventure story about what being alive means.
[I received an advanced e-galley through Netgalley. The book is due to be released November 22, 2019.]

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A reread. Like the ancient Chinese poets who influenced him, Budbill retreated to the isolation of the mountains to be with nature and poetry. The simplicity and beauty of his poems speak to me and I find solace in them.

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Oval | Elvia Wilk
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In the future, the economy of Berlin focuses on sustainability, and Anja and Louis take a house on the Berg, a new eco-friendly development, but the house is becoming less habitable. Meanwhile, Louis has an idea for Oval, a drug that makes people more generous; he's convinced it is the solution to growing income inequality. A smart, brilliant novel that feels eerily like real life. It is the best book I've read this year. Highest recommendation.

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Zen Happiness | Jon J Muth
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Found this lovely book browsing the library with my daughter

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Who Fears Death | Nnedi Okorafor
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Yesterday was my birthday. A couple of friends gave me these gifts. Both were already on my TBR list but they didn‘t know that.
#Yay!

Lauram Happy Birthday! 🎂 3mo
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Vegetables Unleashed: A Cookbook | Matt Goulding, Jose Andres
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Had a shopping accident. So excited for this book

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Batman faces a new enemy that appears as an amalgam of his most feared villains. The simple story is entertaining and further flushes out the character of Bruce Wayne.

[I received an advanced e-galley of this book through Netgalley. It is due to be released September 10, 2019.]

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A simple book, each page devoted to a quote and a few words about something beautiful and inspiring. There's not much here, but it's a nice reminder about the important things to observe.

[I received an advanced e-galley of this book through Netgalley. It is due to be released September 10, 2019.]

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PCs For Dummies | Dan Gookin
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1. Got my computer apart for a friend to fix
2. A remote cabin in the mountains (it doesn‘t matter which)
3. This is too hard. 😂
4. Meh. Last weekend was great for me so this weekend is going to have a hard time competing.

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Crazeedi Number 2, absolutely!!😍 3mo
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Storm of Locusts | Rebecca Roanhorse
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The second book in the Sixth World series picks up just four weeks after the climax of Trail of Lightning and finds Kai missing, apparently under the sway of the White Locust, who is stockpiling explosives. Like the first book, this one is well-paced with good action and adds to the world-building of the world after the Big Water. Even though this just came out, I can't wait for the next one. Recommended.

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NEW YORK CITY MONSTERS | Anne Paradis
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1. Well it‘s NYC. Which I don‘t really like but I love not having a car
2. Sunshine!
3. I love picnic & BBQ foods. Huzzah to eating outside
4. Both but I do prefer print.
5. 👏

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readingjedi My dream is to visit NYC. The flight from the UK is longer than my nerves can take though ... ☹ 4mo
Thndrstd @readingjedi it is definitely a wonderful place to visit. I hate flying too so I feel ya 4mo
Thndrstd @readingjedi and I want to get to the UK too 4mo
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A career-spanning collection by a lesser known poetry who writes stunningly about whatever he focuses on. The poems are lyrical and full of beautiful natural imagery, often from his home in the Midwest. A wonderful introduction to an underappreciated poet.

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Compass Rose | Arthur Sze
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A jarring, often unsettling work of poetry in which the poems often incorporate various perspectives, landscapes, and ideas. In many ways, the poems embody the fullness of life in all its varieties. Highly recommended.

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Exciting news: Joy Harjo Becomes The First Native American U.S. Poet Laureate https://www.npr.org/2019/06/19/733727917/joy-harjo-becomes-the-first-native-amer...

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If you haven‘t read her, you should.

SamAnne Good news! 4mo
batsy That's great! 4mo
Suet624 I was just about to post this news! She is sooo good. 4mo
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Grant Morrison's latest take on Green Lantern is full of his trademark creativity, but the final result falls flat. The tone changes from epic reboot to campy melodrama (moments reminded me of Flash Gordon and not in the good way) to generic law and order story. Weird with some good moments, but disappointing.

[I received an advanced e-galley through #Netgalley. The book is due to be released July 16, 2019.]

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Ten Thousand Thunders | Brian Trent
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Woohoo!

Thanks to everyone who helped me reach this goal (sorry I didn‘t catch the exact 10000).

I promise to not use my litfluence for evil. 😂

JoScho 🥳💙🥳💙🥳 4mo
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Fridays | Andrew Johns
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1. No guilt here. I grew up in the 80‘s and listen to that decade‘s music a lot.
2. Fall
3. Horror unless nonfiction is a genre#
4. Breakfast for lunch but not brunch. Bagel, scrambled eggs, and veggie sausage
5. Working on it ....

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BarbaraTheBibliophage I said nonfiction too, even though it is SUCH a broad category. 4mo
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Soft Science | Franny Choi
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Choi's poetry exists at the intersection of politics, sexuality, and identity, particularly through the lens of the "cyborg" Turing testing itself and asking questions which relate to its and human senses of self. Often the poems are jarring, sometimes brimming with violence or sex or the potential for either. This is ambitious, challenging poetry on the edge of contemporary culture. Recommended.

saresmoore Great review! 4mo
Thndrstd @saresmoore thank you 4mo
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Salvaged | Madeleine Roux
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Rosalyn works as a salvager, a space janitor cleaning up ships that have run into problems. She's taken the job as an escape from several bad situations. The Brigantine reports life signs when the salvage crew arrives. A horrifying fate has taken the crew and, if it escapes, the whole of humankind. A well-paced horror adventure story in space.

[I received an advanced e-galley through Netgalley. The book is due to be published August 15, 2019.]

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Reading Quirks | Javier Garcia del Moral, Andres de la Casa Huertas
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A fun collection of comics that will appeal to people who prefer reading to most other activities, created by bookstore The Wild Detectives. Ben Fountain writes a fun, brief introduction.

[I received an advanced e-galley of this book through Edelweiss. It is due to be published October 8, 2019.]

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The Norwegian explorer who walked to the South Pole alone writes about one of the most basic human activities. A beautiful little philosophical book, mixed with personal anecdotes and reflections.

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The setup of the former pres and veep as bromantic detectives is obviously one ripe for a good story and the best moments of this book are the repartee between the characters. The mystery itself is not very good or interesting with way too many coincidences and contrivances. I did enjoy it despite myself because of the characters and hope the next story is stronger.

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WHEREAS: Poems | Layli Long Soldier
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Soldier's poems often focus on language, whether the words of her Oglala Lakota tribal language or the language of the law, particularly the treaties between Congress and the American Indian tribes (this is where the title of the collection comes from). In analyzing the words we use she challenges her own perceptions and what it means to be both a citizen of the United States as well as a citizen of her tribe.

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Wade in the Water: Poems | Tracy K. Smith
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The current U.S. Poet Laureate's most recent collection sits at the intersection of the personal and the history of the United States. Particularly strong are her erasure poems about black civil war soldiers seeking compensation from the government. While not as strong as her previous collection, this work shows a strong poet who in her position as laureate continues to question what it means to be American.

readordierachel Great review. I love her work. 5mo
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Late in this book, the author describes this as "a book about intense fearmongering and creative swearing." Brockway discusses the multiple ways the apocalypse could happen from bio- or nanotechnology to natural disasters, along with a couple of overlooked historical moments when it could have already happened. The book is well-researched, but some of its references are a bit dated and sometimes the humor is a little off target. Still fun.

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Hollow Kingdom | Kira Jane Buxton
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When the human apocalypse takes hold, S.T., a crow taught in the ways of (particularly foul-mouthed) humans, must go out on his own with Dennis, a bloodhound, on a quest to survive. All the characters in this novel are animals. Some funny, some poignant, some dark moments but there were parts that dragged and some that seemed repetitive.

[I received an advanced reader's copy from the publisher. The book will be published August 6, 2019.]

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Abbey himself culled through his journals and published works to find this aphoristic collection of quotable passages. More than ever, Abbey's words resonate deeply and this work can serve as an introduction to his ideas.

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Roderick MacIver uses his watercolor paintings of birds and landscapes amidst a collection of Henry David Thoreau's quotes from his published works and journals. An art book that synthesizes and elucidates Thoreau's philosophy.

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Lao Tzu: Tao Te Ching (Revised) | Lao-Tzu, Ursula K Le Guin, Laozi
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Late science fiction master presents her take on Lao Tzu's classic work. She calls it a "rendition," as she does not translate Chinese, but uses other translations and interpretations to create one uniquely her own and well suited to modern readers. It's a classic because it speaks to timeless problems and paradoxes of human existence.

[I received an advanced copy of this reissue from #Netgalley. The book is due to be published May 14, 2019.]

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A beautiful career spanning collection of poetry from a Midwestern poet much like Ted Kooser (who wrote the forward). Wanek's best poems often focus on tiny moments and the things we see everyday but do not focus on (e.g., a bulb of garlic, a game of Scrabble). Highly recommended.

Tamra Oh, thank you for posting! Anything like Kooser sparks my interest. I love a closer look at the ordinary of life 6mo
Thndrstd @Tamra This is perfect for you then. Enjoy. 6mo
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The fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm inspire a series of sculptures by the talented artist-author. It's an art book and his take on familiar tales are beautiful.

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A collection of the classic poetry form including major figures like Basho, Issa, and Buson as well as more contemporary writers. The translator (wisely, in my opinion) chose to translate the poems more for expression, not trying to stick to the syllable pattern. The original Japanese is included as well. The poems are divided up into sections based on the seasons and there is biographical information about the poets included. A strong anthology.

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A powerful collection of poetry by a Palestinian-American poet as she reflects on a year in her life. The poems highlight the theme of displacement, not just of being of Palestinian descent, but being a woman, being a lover and a wife, being American. Highly recommended.

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Ask the Dust | John Fante
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Arturo Bandini is a writer in Los Angeles struggling to make ends meet during the Depression. He falls in love with a young Mexican woman who does not love him. She instead loves another man who does not love her. The novel is beautifully written and realized and the characters are young, full of annoying faults, but also very real. Bukowski, appropriately, writes a spirited introduction to this classic California novel.

Reggie This sounds great, sad, but great!! Stacked. 6mo
Thndrstd @Reggie it is on all counts. Enjoy 6mo
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