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badnorthern

badnorthern

Joined May 2016

To quote Margaret Atwood: "Any reader is a friend of mine."
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Commonwealth | Ann Patchett
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WHY DID NO ONE TELL ME THAT ANN PATCHETT IS AMAZING?

Oh, right, pretty much everyone did. My bad. Almost finished the audio of Commonwealth. Patchett fans: What's her best book?

MrBook 😂👏🏻 3y
Louise I loved Bel Canto. The deeper message of that book has stayed with me. 3y
badnorthern @louise @ApoptyGina69 Thanks - I will add those to my stack. 3y
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Moonglow | Michael Chabon
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✨☄️?

"Nobody wanted to hear that America's ascent to the Moon had been made with a ladder of bones."

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Enjoyed this. I love Chabon's writing.

Reviewsbylola I just bought this at Costco! 3y
badnorthern @Reviewsbylola hope you like it! Also rockets - there are a lot of rockets. 3y
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City on Fire | Garth Risk Hallberg
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NO JOKE: sustained a hand injury from reading this huge book. Mixed feelings - the story dragged here and there - but overall I was impressed.

AThousandLives87 Hope your hand is alright!!! 3y
badnorthern @AThousandLives87 I'm fine! Just a whiner 😛 3y
LauraBeth Are your biceps at least bigger from it? 3y
badnorthern @LauraBeth Maybe the left one? That's my load-bearing arm ;) 3y
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Dear Life: Stories | Alice Munro
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"We say of some things that they can't be forgiven, or that we will never forgive ourselves. But we do - we do it all the time." - From Dear Life by Alice Munro

Sigh. This is such a fantastic last line for a book. Who else loves Alice Munro?

LeahBergen 👍🏼👍🏼 3y
Lindy I do. ❤️❤️❤️ 3y
badnorthern @lindy @LeahBergen of course you do! She's amazing! 😀 3y
shawnmooney Let me join the Alice Munro parade! ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 3y
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Collected Stories | William Trevor
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Sad to learn that William Trevor died. He was one of my favorite writers and wrote one of my favorite short stories, "A Day".

rachellayown Oh no. I've never heard of him. I'll have to check out this book. 3y
badnorthern @rachellayown I hadn't heard of him either until about two years ago. So many excellent stories in this book 3y
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For my #FunFridayPhoto:

No One Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July. These short stories are weird, unforgettable and moving. Also: the title is just a great thing I need to remind myself of sometimes. On the left is a self portrait drawn by my six-year-old.

britt_brooke Love the drawing! 💙 3y
LeahBergen ❤️❤️ 3y
badnorthern Thanks ladies!😊 @britt_brooke and @LeahBergen 3y
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Younger | Pamela Redmond Satran
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Is anyone watching Younger on TVLand? I am loving this show, even if it does require some suspension of disbelief. A romantic comedy set at publishing house? I'm in!

#bookishtv

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Donna_sBookMinute If I'm in a hurry I just carry it in my hand. 3y
LectricSheep What is Joy Williams like? After 5 minutes of research, it seems like she's the best writer I've never heard of. 3y
badnorthern @Donna_sBookMinute I do the same thing :) But I do love a roomy purse with a nice long strap 3y
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badnorthern @LectricSheep she is weird and funny and bleak. Like 98 per cent of the time I don't understand her stories but I still love them 3y
Donna_sBookMinute @badnorthern -- Yes, I love the first few days with a roomy purse. Then I start adding things and it starts getting fuller and heavier -- for me. 3y
LectricSheep Sounds like a cool reading experience! 3y
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Born With A Tooth | Joseph Boyden
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#canlit - medicine for my homesickness! 🇨🇦

Anyone read? Five stars from my sister in the Yukon.

Got this copy on Amazon - a library discard that I cleaned with many Lysol wipes until it was white again.

shawnmooney Love Boyden, but have only read his Three Day Road so far and didn't know about this collection. Thanks! 3y
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A dream-like book about family, destiny and home. In The Mortifications the family is the Encarnacions and home is Cuba 🇨🇺 and Hartford, Connecticut.

I'm always drawn to stories and characters that show the complexity of belonging - or not - to a place and how that shapes our identity.

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Dear friend, I have searched all night
through each burnt paper,
but I fear I will never find
the formula to let you die.

From "Pagans"

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Bluets | Maggie Nelson
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A blue day calls for some Maggie Nelson 💦

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Let's see if this will distract me from my raging anxiety!

BookishMarginalia I'm so anxious too! 3y
badnorthern @BookishMarginalia 😬 it's in the air 3y
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Sula | Toni Morrison
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All hail the queen 👑🙌

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2 A.M. at The Cat's Pajamas | Marie-Helene Bertino
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Started this last night - anyone read it?

TrishB I have. A fun quirky book. 3y
rachellayown I have too. I liked it! 3y
badnorthern @TrishB @rachellayown so far I'm feeling it. It's a fun weekend read. I've been enjoying light stuff lately... 3y
rachellayown 👍 3y
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The Red Car | Marcy Dermansky
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About to tie one on, folks! 🎉🎉🎉

That is, I am about to read this book and maybe make homemade pizza later.

RanaElizabeth That sounds like my kind of bender, a boom and pizza. 😎 3y
rachellayown Nice. I just got this one from the library. 3y
badnorthern @RanaElizabeth Introverts of the world unite! 👊 3y
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badnorthern @rachellayown so far I'm digging it 3y
rachellayown 👍 3y
RanaElizabeth @badnorthern Unite in separate rooms! 3y
RealLifeReading Homemade pizza is the best! 3y
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One of my fall traditions is picking up the new Best American Short Stories and The O. Henry Prize stories. I read a couple every day and really savor them. Junot Diaz edited this edition of The Best American Short Stories and so far it is excellent with plenty of diverse voices.

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This is definitely the prettiest corner of my bookshelves 🌸 #shelfie

Yossarian Except that you're a couple of years behind on the Paris Review! 3y
badnorthern @Yossarian ...sorry? 3y
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Pickpick

My favorite kind of book - makes you laugh and smacks you around a little.

DimeryRene That's a good review! I jus started this. :) 3y
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Battleborn: Stories | Claire Vaye Watkins
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It's Nevada Day! Today I honor my crazy state and a fantastic writer and native Nevadan, Claire Vaye Watkins.

rachellayown I loved Gold Fame Citrus! 3y
badnorthern @rachellayown me too! And Battleborn is one of my favorite story collections. A must read. 3y
ApoptyGina69 I'll check it out. I just read GFC last month. 3y
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The Fire Cat | Esther Averill
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I guess the barrel was the only thing that sparked joy for Pickles...

Wilkie That and his brick collection. 3y
BeththeBookDragon @Wilkie Ha! That made me laugh out loud 3y
LauraBeth 😹😹😹 3y
badnorthern @Wilkie those are some sweet bricks 3y
Wilkie I wish I could be more like Pickles. Happy hanging out in my barrel, with my bricks.... 3y
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A beautiful book about love and writing. One of my favorites. #rereads #booktober

MrBook Nice pic! 😊👍🏻 3y
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The Witching Hour | Anne Rice
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A spooky and sexy read. 🔮

#booktober #ilikebigbooks

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The Door | Magda Szabo
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Pickpick

If you were a fan of Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan novels I think you'll like this. The story of a complex relationship between two women. Moving.

Posemn @badnorthern I just accidentally clicked on your profile from a post on the home page (?), followed your posts, and saw this recommendation. I loved Ferrante's books so just stacked this one. Lucky accident on my part. Thanks! 3y
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A classic! Love this book.

#dinnerandabook

ReadingOver50 Maurice Sendak is great! 3y
badnorthern @ReadingOver50 yes! I might enjoy his books more than my kids 😊 3y
MrBook I like this pairing 😋. 3y
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What Is the What | Dave Eggers
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Immigrant stories for #booktober:

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
The Russian Debutante's Handbook by Gary Shteyngart
The Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
What is the What by Dave Eggers
Native Speaker by Chang-Rae Lee
Zeitoun by Dave Eggers.

Some of my fave writers and books here!

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The Door | Magda Szabo
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#booktober Snacks! Mini popcorn and mini Tootsie rolls - everything must be mini! 🍿🍬

Has any read The Door? Digging in for a big Friday read.

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I Wish That I Had Duck Feet | Dr Seuss, Theo LeSieg, Theodore Lesieg
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I've pinpointed the dark night of the soul in I Wish that I Had Duck Feet...

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'Tis the season! 🎃 🍁🍂🔮🕸🕷👀

misswendyd I've had BABY JANE on my list to read for ages! EILEEN is nasty and riveting. 3y
badnorthern @misswendyd Baby Jane holds up. Very creepy! 3y
badnorthern @MrBook thanks dude! 3y
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The essay "Cassandra Among the Creeps" feels especially relevant right now...

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Pickpick

Maria Semple for life! 🙌 This book is funny. She had me at the internal banjo getaway music following school drop off.

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"A woman reading is a grave temptation." From Fialta in Bobcat and Other Stories by Rebecca Lee. Love this book!

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"A woman reading is a grave temptation." From Fialta in Bobcat and Other Stories by Rebecca Lee. Love this book!

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"Once upon a time, Vanessa felt that she, too, had a good heart. This was (she now knew) an estimable lie. Her love for her husband, her love for Ginger had nothing to do with goodness. Loving was about need and fear and commitment and survival."

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The Nix | Nathan Hill
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It's no secret that the great American pastime is no longer baseball. Now it's sanctimony.

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The Quick and the Dead | Joy Williams
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"...I want you to get me out of here and drive me away, out in the desert into the sun-steeped scene of a bigger, darker world."

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"It is against my entire code, but then, I have never begun to use my code, although I judge everything by it." - Jane Bowles, Two Serious Ladies