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The Awakening | Kate Chopin
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You get into the confusion Edna feels about her life and the people in it from the jump. Chopin perfectly captures the stifling atmosphere of Louisiana which reflects Edna‘s state of mind too. I feel like that‘s a Thing with Southern writers: they‘re heady & atmospheric. My version included a few of her short stories & I forgot she wrote Désirée‘s Baby. Incredibly aspirational from a short story writer‘s standpoint.

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Lady Sings the Blues | Billie Holiday
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The Short Novels of John Steinbeck | John Steinbeck, Joseph Henry Jackson
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Doctor Who: Shada | Douglas Adams, Gareth Roberts
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Momofuku Milk Bar | Christina Tosi
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Kindred | Octavia Butler
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Day 21: clinch covers. I don‘t read romance so you get a poem instead: what calls the heart
To read a book
Is it to be taught a lesson?
To while away the hours?
To learn?
To me
Reading is an escape
From the rat race of life
To hide away in
someone else‘s thoughts
To see if they mirror your own
And if they don‘t
Find something constructive to say
Even if there‘s nothing to say at all. #riotgrams #latepost

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Skeleton Crew | Stephen King
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Harry Potter: The Complete Collection | J.K. Rowling , Olly Moss
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The Awakening | Kate Chopin
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The Forever War | Joe Haldeman
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Battleborn: Stories | Claire Vaye Watkins
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The Classical Tradition | Salvatore Settis, Anthony Grafton, Glenn W Most
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The Portable Jack Kerouac | Jack Kerouac, Ann Charters
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The Red Tent | Anita Diamant
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Poems 1962-2012 | Louise Gluck
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Did ya miss me? Haha. I gave up social media in November... and then I never came back! “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” I enjoyed this amalgamation of Shirley Jackson‘s writings a lot. See my full review on Raconteuse. Link in bio!

Libby1 Hello! Good to see you here again! ❤️📚❤️ 5mo
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Lily‘s writing voice is refreshing and doesn‘t talk down to the reader. Although I‘m not the target audience, she does a fine job of presenting her story. Incredibly fast read. Took me all of 2 hours or so. She‘s passionate about what she does and you can tell. Can‘t wait to see what she does next professionally.

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Loved this book. If you‘re unfamiliar with the short story form, or you shy away from it, check this one out. For one, it‘s Agatha Christie. Two, it‘s the smoothest, palatable delivery of the form that I will now recommend to anyone who is looking to dive into it. Three, each story is fun from start to finish.

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Carina has a way with words, reinforcing opinions I have about the feminine ideal through a media lens. I enjoyed her outlook on what it means to be a woman in the public eye, examining in depth the fictional characters we know & love such as Alice, Maleficent, and Elsa. And y‘all know me, I like my Disney princesses.

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The girl writer and her relationship to the marketplace are complex. Which identity is hot now, which hallway should you choose? The fixation on crazy-girl artists makes me uncomfortable, too. It is such a cliche, after all, so gooey and indulgent, so irritatingly girly. When have feminine genius and madness NOT been linked?

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Emotional read on the brutal history of the California missions from start to finish. As a born and raised Californian/cradle Catholic and history buff, I‘m well-aware of the horrors perpetrated against the First Nations. This is the most succinct presentation I‘ve read so far. Keep in mind that Castillo is a trained journalist, so his presentation skews towards eliciting highly charged reactions.

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This was a solid read. Lowery was in on the ground floor, which is why it may be hard to follow at times. It‘s almost too personal. But that‘s what this topic means to him. For us. It should be personal. Living history can be a difficult topic to undertake, & consume. I wonder what scholarship will be written in 25, 50 years‘ time. This is a good place to start.

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I enjoyed the conversational tone. It felt like we were having coffee and the enthusiasm was real. It reads fast. I feel a lot of business nonfiction is all dry facts and figures, heavy on the jargon, interspersed with dry platitudes we've heard before. Not so with this book. The case studies are timely and relevant. The advice was truly usable by anyone who wants to develop a side hustle.

BarbaraTheBibliophage Belated welcome to Litsy! Give @RaimeyGallant a follow for some wonderful #litsytips. She's doing a great series right now called #smittenbylittens about how to have more fun on Litsy and connect with people. 💕📚💕📚 2y
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Red Dancer | Richard Skinner
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If I don't like a book I make it a point to find something I like: character, plot, etc. Not this time. The constantly shifting, numerous narrators were unnecessary & confusing. Skinner interspersed historical articles - like the history of absinthe - which threw me off. Though a work of fiction based on a real person/historical event, I was left unsatisfied.

MrBook Nice review! 2y
aboutgilly Thank you! 2y
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Loved this book. LOVED IT. Bradbury is my spirit animal. His tone was playful & encouraging, rather than judgmental, which I've found in other "writers writing about writing" type books. My first review at Writeropolis will be a longer version of this one. ?

RaimeyGallant Hmmm...Maybe I should read this one. 2y
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Remember Me | Mary Higgins Clark
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I have thought of this book off and on since I first read it in 1995 at 12 years old. After this reread... I think it could have used some fine-tuning. No rose-colored glasses. I knew what was going to happen, yet I kept turning the page. Which makes me wonder how well suspense works as a genre. What makes us keep our eyes peeled for clues, read between the lines when a character says something, and so on. That was my takeaway.

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I LOVED this book. Shetterly has a personal connection to the people involved and you could tell the care and affection she put into her research. It read conversationally. It makes you wonder what other "hidden figures" exist right under our nose. We have to find them. We owe it to ourselves to question the history books.

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Jazz Moon | Joe Okonkwo
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I finished it a few days ago and resisted posting, so I could chew on it. I feel like the things happening to Ben happened because the story needed to move forward. It was lovingly written though because I could feel the affection Okonkwo had for the material. I feel like I was there experiencing these things with him. But something was missing. Still not sure what it was.

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One thing in my defense, not that it matters: I know something Carter never knew, or Helene, or maybe you. I know what “nothing” means, and keep on playing. Why, BZ would say. Why not, I say.

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I want so badly to be James Baldwin when I grow up. There isn't anything I've read, seen, or heard of him that doesn't throw me into a tailspin. I want to use his words like a blanket and lie in its warmth until I'm not me anymore. Brilliant doesn't begin to cover it.

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Quick read. Took about 3 hours or so. Enjoyed Axelrod's tongue-in-cheek reporting on the "untold" connection between famous historical luminaries and common items like pantyhose, beach balls, & coffee. Read everything with a grain of salt. And then eat your handful of Fig Newtons with a smile.

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This is a thing. Who knew? The bottle is so gorgeous. I would add it to my top shelf, solely for display.

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Unsure how Marriott was gonna pull off telling the history of the world in a thin volume but she pulled it off. Enough info in blurbs to whet your appetite & keep studying individual events solo. Book reminded me why I love history so much: when we are dead, the only thing worth remembering is our deeds and names. Sometimes we won't remember your name but your deeds will survive. I want to be remembered for both. #mementomori