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Twocougs

Twocougs

Joined May 2016

Lover of beautiful prose and big, fat books📚
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The Nickel Boys: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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Wow...Colin Whitehead writes quite a story here. Beautifully written, with twists you don‘t see coming. Stunner of a story. I will be surprised if this doesn‘t win literary awards!

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Parable of the Sower | Octavia E. Butler
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Beautifully written, intense, terrifying, relevant. John Green said it pairs well with 1984 and the Handmaid‘s Tale and I agree. Being a West Coaster, this hit home even more. Octavia Butler was a master storyteller.

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The Body Lies | Jo Baker
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I certainly did not see where this story went-holy cow. Terrifying and sobering yet the ending was perfect for this novel. Read it in a day. Jo Baker can certainly write!

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Wow, dark and heartbreaking. A powerfully unique read. I absolutely adore Matt Haig but there is some serious darkness to this one. I feel shattered but so glad I read it.

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If I needed/wanted to run away, Buenos Aires is where I‘d run too. Interesting preface but took a little to long to get to what “it” was, which made it not feel quite as bad as it should have. I liked her time in BA and her skiing history but the rest was too drawn out. I like it but not 5 stars worth.

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The Forgotten Summer | Carol Drinkwater
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Took some turns that I didn‘t expect and by the end it all made sense. I enjoyed Carol Drinkwater‘s Olive Farm quartet of books, so thought I‘d give one of her novels a try. It didn‘t disappoint.

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We‘ve had some race issues come up at school this last year and as a white, female teacher, I wanted to make sure I am dealing with it in a positive way, so that my students of color are supported. This book helped me to not to not only think about race from a different perspective but also has given me ways to help fight against racial oppression. A book all Americans should read.

Hooked_on_books I thought this book was terrific. 2w
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The Salt Path | Raynor Winn
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Such an inspirational story. Loved their courage and adventure. Must admit I had to go online to check on how Moth‘s health is doing currently😀

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The Lost Girl | Carol Drinkwater
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It‘s been a while since I read a novel this size in one day. Interesting stories intertwined from after WW II and during the terrorist attacks in Paris in Nov 2015. I savored this.

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I wanted to love this book but I just couldn‘t get into it. Not sure if it‘s my mood or the book. Not sure how it got nominated for the Women‘s Prize ( which probably means my mood was the problem).

Niso My Sister The Serial Killer and the Silence of the Girls were rather mediocre and still they were nominated for the prize, so maybe it is not your mood 😉 4w
Peddler410 I loved this book when I read it in high school. I‘d like to do a re-read. 4w
Twocougs @Peddler410 This book was published last year. I‘m guessing you‘re thinking of the older book with same name and that one was great. 4w
Peddler410 Ah! I didn‘t pay attention to the author 😬 4w
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Important and terrifying book. Extremely readable but scary as the most horror filled story. Everyone e should be required to read this!

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My new favorite book. Smart, strong, women to inspire and look up to.

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Stunningly beautiful, heartbreaking, a letter from a son to his mother. Vietnam to America on all that this family had to go thru. I greatly hope Ocean Vuong continues to write prose.

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City of Girls | Elizabeth Gilbert
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Just the book I needed. An “interesting” woman, so unlike me. Lovely story, see right before WW II.

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Doing some reading for my LGBTQ+ kids. I want to be set and ready for the beginning of the school year. This one is directed more towards students, and gives some good basic info for them. This will be a nice resource to offer my kids in our GSA. #happypride🌈

Peddler410 I‘d love to hear more about your gas! One of my schools is trying to get one started. I‘m currently taking a course — Safe Spaces: Supporting LGBTQ Youth in Schools 1mo
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Lanny: A Novel | Max Porter
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If I woke tomorrow with one wish I could only use on myself, I would ask to write as beautifully and as uniquely as Max Porter. I ❤️ his books and Lanny is no exception. Perfection in 210 pages.

Emilymdxn I totally agreed! 2mo
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Eileen Gray - A House Under the Sun | Zosia Dzierzawska, Charlotte Malterre-Barthes
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I received this fantastic book in my Year of Reading subscription from #shakespeareandcompany . I had not known the story of Eileen Gray and her stunning E-1027 before and now I‘m dying to go to Côte d-Azur to see it. What an extraordinary woman. Lovely read.

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I hate that I felt the need to own this book, I hate that I felt the need to buy two more, including one for my daughter, I hate that it‘s 2019 and this is a true concern in America. It feels like I‘m living a dystopian future and it makes me incredibly sad.😢

Emilymdxn It‘s so awful 😞 2mo
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We'll Never Have Paris | Andrew Gallix
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Holden speaks the truth about about Paris, “making an art of everyday life”.🍷

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Painful, heartbreaking, maddening, a 9 years old‘s rape. Immensely difficult to read but important and necessary. Adelaide tells her story so honestly, that at times I felt my heart shatter. And then I think of every little girl, teenager and woman has been dealt this same trauma💔. Read this!

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The Gloaming | Melanie Finn
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😳😳😳Didn‘t expect that ending. Beautifully written, heartbreaking . I see why it was long listed for the Booker.

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I‘ve read the book years ago, watched the series, and was curious how well a graphic novel could capture the story- I must say it captured the essence remarkably well. Always upsetting to even think of this ever happening. I have to say that Margaret Atwood is a genius and am looking forward to the next book.

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As a Seattleite, looming back on our fair city and her adventures were fun.

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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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Adored this book except for three pages. There‘s a piece of each character that I deeply understand. I wonder if I had read this when I was younger if it would have had the same impact on me.

Suet624 I agree completely with everything you‘ve said. 2mo
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Codename Villanelle | Luke Jennings
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Was curious after watching Killing Eve what the book was like (love the show). Enjoyed it very much. Hope he keeps writing them.

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Saw Moby speak in Seattle about the book. The books gives an honest and intense telling of what fame and his childhood did to him. He‘s come a very long way from those days. Worth a read.

Soubhiville Thanks for the review, I was wondering how this was! Just saw him on Bill Maher. 2mo
Twocougs @Soubhiville I‘ve been whispering and crumpling paper ever since I saw that episode😂 2mo
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Excellent book for teachers on the concern of students not reading. This is making me think deeply and make some changes.

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Women Talking: A Novel | Miriam Toews
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Beautifully written story. Heartbreaking and brave. A fictional story based on a Mennonite community in Bolivia and brazen sexual attacks of more than 100 women and girls.

Cinfhen Such a powerful read 3mo
Hooked_on_books I‘m interested in this one but have seen many reviewers say it‘s very philosophical. Did you find that to be the case? 3mo
Twocougs 😀 @Hooked_on_books I wouldn't say that it is philosophical, as much as the women talking about their mennonite beliefs and how what they are talking about, impacts that. I'd encourage you to read it. 3mo
Hooked_on_books @Twocougs I think I‘ll give it a try. Thanks! 3mo
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Great book for teachers. Wished it had more middle level examples though

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The Parisian | Isabella Hammad
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Beautifully written,fascinating story.

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I teach an 8th grade Holocaust unit and was looking for some books to add and found this. Heartbreaking yet hopeful. Definitely a book I will add. Using the graphic novel format for the story was an interesting twist.

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Speak: The Graphic Novel | Laurie Halse Anderson
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Nicely done adaption of a heart wrenching story.

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Branded by the Pink Triangle | Ken Setterington
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I teach a Holocaust unit and wanted to have a deeper understanding of what it was like for homosexuals, this book gives a good overview. It‘s a fast read but you certainly get the horror that these men went through with the Nazis.

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Simple truths for a better life says it all!

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Gingerbread: A Novel | Helen Oyeyemi
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I kept trying,it‘s unique and well written but I just could not get into it. Time to let it go.

Megabooks I keep on suspending my hold on this at the library. I‘m kind of unsure about it. 4mo
Twocougs @Megabooks I was very excited about it. I just could not get into it and at 2/3 I just had to stop. (edited) 4mo
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Ghost Wall | Sarah Moss
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Like nothing I‘ve ever read. Intense, yet strangely hopeful. Sarah Moss has written one hell of a story.

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Brutally honest to a fault, heartbreaking yet hopeful. Mind on Fire tells the devastating story of mental illness to recovery many years later. Admire Fanning for the courage to write such a book.

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The River | Peter Heller
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Peter Heller always writes an intense, riveting story. There always moral, good men yet they struggle in some way. Never boring.

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Everything Under | Daisy Johnson
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One of those that when you finish you are speechless, unsure what exactly to say. Daisy Johnson‘s writing is stunning, the story takes a dark Oedipus turn. I will spend the rest of the day pondering it‘s meaning, deep into the night. #Blackwell‘soxford

JazzFeathers Oh, l have a few of those Blackwell bookmarks too. 4mo
Twocougs @JazzFeathers If I can‘t be in Oxford, at least the bookmark makes me happy. 4mo
JazzFeathers @Twocougs 😂 l've never realised this is Oxford. Though they all arrived with my Tolkien's books, so it makes sense 😏 4mo
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The Wave | Todd Strasser
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I‘ve heard about this book and the actual “experiment” for years. I‘m starting a Holocaust unit with my 8th graders later this week, so thought I‘d give this a go. Terrifying how easy it is to just go along. The story itself is interesting but the writing is a little weak.

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Who Killed My Father | Edouard Louis
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If you‘ve never read Edouard Louis, go out and get his books. His writing is powerful and thought provoking. He makes you look straight at people, places that we don‘t always “see” or respect. He should be considered a national treasure in France and he‘s only 26.

BookBabe I adore this cover! 5mo
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The Dreamers: A Novel | Karen Thompson Walker
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The writing was lovely, the plot original, however so many questions remain.

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Important book to read. Always must read each person‘s‘ account of serious issues. Andrew McCabe is the stereotypical FBI agent and I believe in my heart of hearts he did what he believed was in the best interest of the US. Worth reading

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Walden | Henry David Thoreau
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Beautiful edition by @Obviousstate 😍😍😍

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A little light reading😍

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Paris, France | Gertrude Stein
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When reading Gertrude Stein, I am always reminded of her incredibly unique style. She certainly knew “her” Paris.

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These are always a fun,quick read.

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On the Come Up | Angie Thomas
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My students will love it!

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News Junkie | Jason Leopold
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I‘ve been following Jason Leopold on twitter for a while and finally got his book. Appreciate his candor and honesty, not sure that I particularly like him as a person but he‘s a hell of a reporter. His wife is a saint!

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The Orphan of Salt Winds | Elizabeth Brooks
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Lovely story,sucked me in and I read it in one day. Beautifully written. Just what I needed.

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