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Joined September 2016

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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 🥳💙🥳💙🥳 12h
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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. 1d
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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.

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Thndrstd @saresmoore thank you 1d
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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. 2w
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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 1mo
Thndrstd @Tamra This is perfect for you then. Enjoy. 1mo
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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. 2mo
Thndrstd @Reggie it is on all counts. Enjoy 2mo
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Beautifully written stories about Kentucky during various time periods from post-Revolution to present day. The characters are often down on their luck, lost, lonely. A strong collection in the tradition of writers like Ron Rash, Chris Offutt, and Tom Franklin.

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A career-spanning collection of poets by a wonderful poet of the Midwest United States who has also translated the poems of strong Norwegian poets. This collection includes both his originals and his translations with his precision for observation and language. A wonderful introduction to a vastly underappreciated poet.

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An anthology of poems from Laux's first four books, along with new poems. Her poems depict middle class life, the struggles of family with parents facing their own challenges, and the discovery of rock vocalists and other popular culture. A rich voice with raw expression, lyrical but grounded in real life. A magnificent overview of a major American poet. Highly recommended.

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The Moon and the Bonfires | Cesare Pavese, R. W. Flint
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A boy grows up in a small town in Italy, but leaves for America when he grows up and WW2 breaks out. After making his fortune, he returns to the small town to learn the fate of his childhood friends and the town. While outward appearances are only changed mildly, he quickly learns that the war has had a huge impact on the lives of the people he knew. A beautiful, nostalgic, and poignant short novel.

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Inadvertent | Karl Ove Knausgaard
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A book from the "Why I Write" series. A meandering essay that finds the author discussing his formative years and the books he loved and aspired to. Beautiful writing that stirs the brain.

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Trail of Lightning | Rebecca Roanhorse
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A fun action fantasy novel that incorporates native American myth into a post-apocalyptic story. While most of the world has drowned beneath a climate apocalypse, Dinétah (the former Navajo reservation) has been reborn. The gods & heroes of legend walk the land, but so do monsters. Maggie is a monsterhunter reluctantly paired with the charming Kai to find out who is creating a brood of terrifying bloodthirsty monsters. I'm excited for the sequel.

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The Damned | Joris-Karl Huysmans
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Durtal is writing about Gilles de Rais, the child murderer believed to be the source of the legend of Bluebeard. He takes comfort in writing about the past, away from what he perceives as a immoral & decadent present (the novel was published in 1891). He finds himself embroiled in Satanism, witchcraft, & in a scandalous affair with the elusive madame Chantelouve. A strong story with philosophic elements, the novel still has a potent shock.

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The Damned | Joris-Karl Huysmans
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“Surely human nature is self, intolerant and vile. Just look around ourselves! Constant struggle, a society which cynical and cruel, the poor and humble forever fleeced and abused by the bourgeoisie! Everywhere I look I see the triumph of those without ability and without scruples, the apotheosis of crooked politicians and financiers. What progress can possibly be made against such a tide? ...Progress is the hypocrisy in which vice is refined!”

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Tumbling Toward the End | David Budbill
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Completed shortly before his passing in 2016, this final collection finds the poet in decline, contemplating his mortality. As he does, he remarks on the things his body will no longer allow him to do and how his influences, classical Chinese poets, confronted their own ends. Brilliant and beautiful, a must-read for Budbill fans.

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This book is a wonderful amalgamation, a bit of literary theory and history, mixed with the poet's larger experiences, written and steeped in the language of poetry. She analyzes some of her personal favorite poets (Creeley, Williams, et al.) and include a powerful essay about her experience visiting Louisiana prisons and confronting the humanity there. Highly recommended.

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This book is a wonderful amalgamation, a bit of literary theory and history, mixed with the poet's larger experiences, written and steeped in the language of poetry. She analyzes some of her personal favorite poets (Creeley, Williams, et al.) and include a powerful essay about her experience visiting Louisiana prisons and confronting the humanity there. Highly recommended.

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Tumbling Toward the End | David Budbill
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I found this short poem sad, relatable, and powerful

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Jessica Jones: Alias, Volume 1 | Brian Michael Bendis
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Jessica Jones is a former superhero who has traded in her costume for a private investigator badge, digging up the dirt on people, often finding out what people already suspect. While the book does a good job establishing the character and her role in the Marvel universe, it felt like a standard p.i. story. Potential definitely, but not completely fulfilled in this collection.

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Heather B. Armstrong, known for dooce.com, was struggling with a crippling depression. Desperate for help, she agrees to an experimental treatment where she is "killed" - placed into a chemically induced brain death for fifteen minutes - ten times. She recounts the experiment, but also her deep depression, its causes, & its effects on her family. Powerful brave writing.

[I received an e-galley from Netgalley. To be published April 23, 2019.]

Blaire Interesting. I used to read her blog everyday....way back in 2007. Didn‘t know she had a new book out. 3mo
Thndrstd @Blaire well soon. I got an advanced copy 3mo
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Lose Well | Chris Gethard
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A self-help book mixed with some recollections from the career of cult comedian Gethard. He may not be the best known or most successful (by whatever terms you choose), but he has achieved a kind of success and stardom largely on his own terms. His advice, as the title suggests, is unconventional as well, but worthwhile. A pleasantly surprising, entertaining, and motivating read.

Suet624 I love his podcast 3mo
Thndrstd @Suet624 he talks about it in the book but I haven‘t heard it. Need to check it out 3mo
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Three short philosophical essays about how people should live amidst climate catastrophe and the coming extinction. Their answers are steeped in classical philosophy and regard what it means to be a good person (the ultimate question of philosophy) in any age. For those of a philosophical bent, this book has a lot to offer.

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Cicada | Shaun Tan
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A powerful fable of conformity and corporate culture. Tan's artwork, as usual, is stunning and the story will resonate with many readers, especially older ones. Highly recommended.

Jee_HookedOnBookz Love his illustrations! 4mo
Thndrstd @Jee_HookedOnBookz me too ❤️ 4mo
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An important book that applies Buddhist principles to an intuitive eating approach while being practical and compassionate. A strong criticism of diet culture and "magical eating" that many should find valuable. I feel like I will be consulting this book often and highly recommend the book.

[Caveat: My wife has been in therapy with the author and found her helpful.]

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In a Dream You Saw a Way to Survive | Clementine von Radics
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A strong collection of personal poetry about dark moments mostly in relationships. Brave and powerful words by a poet I was unfamiliar with but who I will now seek out.

[I received an advanced e-galley of this book through Netgalley.]

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In this book based on his TED talk, Alan Lightman extols the the virtues of downtime, time devoted to letting the mind wander and be at its most creative. In a culture that practically worships speed and productivity, it's a bit sad that this book is even necessary, but Lightman, a scientist, does his research on both our culture and the virtue of slowing down to think. A short, quick and worthwhile read.

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Woohoo! Look what I found used today. #boopants

BridgetteM I have not heard of this book before but I think I need it in my life! 4mo
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A quick series of parallel pep talks posted by Miranda on Twitter, one in the morning, one in the evening, meant to motivate his followers. The illustrations by Johnny Sun add to the lighthearted, upbeat tone and it reads incredibly quickly.

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Safely Endangered | Chris McCoy
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A collection of the Safely Endangered webcomic which skewers a lot of modern life. Often very sarcastic and very funny.

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

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Oh No | Alex Norris
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A collection of comics from the webcomic, Webcomic Name. The whole setup is a pink blob whose catchphrase (and typically the last frame of the comic) is "oh no!" Still, it manages to be funny, taking on popular topics of contemporary life and even mocking its own format at times.

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

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Bone Parish | | Cullen Bunn
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Gathering the first four issues of the comic, this tells the story of a family that is selling a designer drug made from the ashes of the dead. While the story has a lot of potential and this volume sets up a strong scenario for future issues, the story is primarily a drug story with some horror elements. I look forward to future installments.

GrilledCheeseSamurai I've read the 1st 2 issues and enjoyed it so far! Gonna haveta pick up the rest on comixology! 🤘 4mo
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Shopping | Gavin Kramer
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Crazeedi The strand!!!!❤️❤️❤️ 4mo
Thndrstd @Crazeedi Yes! ❤️❤️❤️ 4mo
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Poet Ross Gay challenged himself to write an essay every day for a year about something he found delight in. From the joys of animal and plant interaction in his garden to his memories of dealing with family and friends to simply something that catches his eye, he finds a lot to delight him, even if it is tempered by consumerism, racism, & other cultural violence. His joy is infectious.

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

BookishMarginalia This seems right up your alley, @WanderingBookaneer 4mo
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A fun collection of single panel cartoons focused on books, authors, and readers. The kind of things you might find in the New Yorker, with work by Roz Chast and S. Gross appearing a lot. Fun.

[I received an advanced e-galley of this book from #Netgalley.]

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The Winds of Winter | George R. R. Martin
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1. My phone says it‘s 17 (but feels like 4). I‘m not going to check.
2. 75 degrees, sunny, with a light breeze
3. I don‘t know. I don‘t have a thermostat in my apartment; I don‘t control the heat. Fortunately it‘s toasty.
4. Well this would be perfect if I didn‘t have to mind my 3-year-old. I‘d be curled up in bed right now.
5. I wish...

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wanderinglynn Thanks for playing! 💜 And stay warm! 🥶 4mo
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Israel Armstrong, Jewish vegetarian librarian, accepts a job in a small Irish town, but he quickly realizes it's not what he expected. The library is closed, they expect him to run a mobile library, and all the books are missing. A fish out of water story with a clash of cultures and expectations, at times very funny and amusing.

Cinfhen Sounds fun 4mo
gradcat This does sound good! ❤️ 4mo
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