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Joined January 2021

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Reproductive Justice: An Introduction by Loretta Ross, Rickie Solinger
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So glad I finally decided to tackle some of the classics penned by this sci-fi master. I can definitely see, now, how so many elements in current science fiction was built upon his short stories and novels. I‘m curious about PKD‘s life as well: if anyone knows a good biography, let me know. It‘d be interesting to know more of the man behind this golden age of sci-fi. For now, I guess I‘ll finally let myself be convinced to watch “Blade Runner.”

vivastory I've read Do Androids Dream & Ubik. Loved both of them & have been meaning to read the other 2 novels collected in this vol. I see that an hr long documentary on Dick that was released a few yrs ago is available for free on YouTube:
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vivastory Ah, I see now that you asked for biography, not documentary recommendations. I haven't read the following bio. but it's blurbed by Art Spiegelman & Jonathan Lethem (a massive fan of PKD) 3d
cant_i'm_booked @vivastory Hey, I'm totally down for a solid doc too, thank you so much for this and the Spiegelman/Lethem rec. :) Lols, as for fandom, I figured that out too: in this Library of American edition, Lethem was credited for selecting the stories and adding all the footnotes. 3d
OutsmartYourShelf I really liked the Amazon tv show of TMitHC but heard that the book version wasn‘t as good. 3d
cant_i'm_booked @OutsmartYourShelf TMitHC was fun to read, but it was probably my least favorite of the four novels included here. It did make me want to watch the Amazon TV version, so thank you for the reminder. :) 2d
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A People's Guide to the San Francisco Bay Area | Rachel Brahinsky, Alexander Tarr
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As an SF resident, this sent me into a flurry of note-taking. The authors take pains to steer your attention to the un-touristy, long-forgotten corners of the Bay which make up an unbelievably fascinating human geography and complicated cultural stratigraphy. Must read for anyone wanting to know their city better (psst it‘s a whole series too; I want the NOLA one next). Background jazz record: “San Francisco Scene” by the George Shearing Quintet.

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Adele | Lela Slimani
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Adele, the titular character of this erotically-tinged little novel, is a wealthy, married Parisian mother trying for years to hide the empty compulsions that have her seeking violent and passionless sex with strange men. Not inquiring as to the “why” behind her character‘s affairs, Slimani simply keeps empathetic tabs on Adele‘s highs and heartbreaks, saying, “[literature] is maybe one of the only experiences where you can stop judging people.”

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The Little Stranger | Sarah Waters
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Through the eyes of a country doctor, this post-WWII story details the collapse of a beautiful manse due to time, a changing economic landscape (down with the landed gentry!) and most insidiously, a ghostly blight. Despite a long, untethered plot, the “ghost” stood out: sometimes the most malicious things out there are nothing but incarnations of our darkest, most possessive wishes. Background record: “Once Upon a Dream” by The Rascals.

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And Then There Were None | Agatha Christie
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The most fun I've had with an audiobook yet; it's narrated by Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey fans, heads up). I've stayed away from any movies based on Agatha Christie books just because I want to pick my way slowly through all her novels, in full suspense. This was well worth the wait: ten strangers are invited to an island by a mysterious owner only to realize it's a trap. One of them is not who they say they are and is intent on killing the rest.

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Fun book to read: a broad look-through of witch history and witch symbolism (though mind, it keeps mainly to the European-North American sphere). The author discusses the early persecution of “witches,” witch depictions within various visual arts, and adoption of the witch as a fierce feminist brand (a beloved symbol for Wiccans, pagans, or ppl who plain don‘t want to be part of the mainstream) battling commodification and a patriarchal system.

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Breasts and Eggs | Mieko Kawakami
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Picked this book because I loved the title and the book cover (and it got a good word from Murakami). But it‘s a great piece of body lit, with all its female protagonists and their inconsistencies/hesitancies about their desires and goals, which I found true to life and refreshingly genuine. It is about messy women trying to navigate messy lives with messy bodies: it all leads to some incredibly poignant moments. Backdrop LP: Sun Ra‘s Disco 3000.

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I hope I‘m not too alone in this but reading a textbook for fun can make a cool informative experience…especially if it‘s all about deciphering bones and their context to figure out who died where and how! Forensic anthropologists are called in to identify a body/answer a legal question when there‘s not enough remaining soft tissue for a medical examiner to come to any satisfying conclusions. Thought it matched well with my bedroom poster. :)

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This was fascinating, and also wretched, to hear the personal account of one of the last remaining survivors of the last slave ship to the States, as told by himself in 1920s Alabama to one of my favorite authors, Zora Neale Hurston. Cudjoe Lewis recalls vivid memories as a child back in his native home in West Africa, before being kidnapped, as well as of the family he established and tragically lost, as a freed man on American soil.

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I‘m not a fan of neat and tidy endings (with many Sherlock Holmes books, you‘ll get the who, what, where, when, why and how for all aspects of a case, no matter how mysterious its beginnings….it IS a detective story after all); I still like the eeriness of the unexplainable. This book definitely kept up the eeriness for its first 200 pages. What atmosphere! Murder and old folklore all blurred together upon a bleak but beautiful Devonshire moor.

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“She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain.” – Louisa May Alcott in “Work: A Story of Experience”
Check out this haul, only $17 for all 33 books. Used book sales are my dirty habit. :)

vivastory I see a few favorites in there 📚📚 Nice haul! 3mo
ManyWordsLater So many good ones! 3mo
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Middlesex: A Novel | Jeffrey Eugenides
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An engrossing read about a young girl who becomes a young man. Calliope Stephanides is born into a Greek Orthodox family in 1960s Detroit. Her immigrant grandparents, fleeing their Anatolian village after Ataturk's rise to power, and hiding a secret, are the start of an epic story that Calliope (now Cal) narrates, musing over the numerous factors (is it nature? is it environment?) that has shaped a very misunderstood aspect of human heredity.

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I knew Alain de Botton‘s School of Life series on YouTube, so when I saw this at the library, I grabbed it. It‘s an enlightening, sometimes somber, witty therapy-as-book tackling how one can gain perspective, understanding and (some!) control on the chaos that is our emotional lives: emotions regarding oneself, others, your relationships, at work and finally, within culture (my favorite chapter). Hint: art, in all its forms, really helps.

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A Passage to India | E. M. Forster
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Beautifully written portrait of a country that is really a multitude of countries: a riotous, colorful body of landscapes, cultures, and religions. Forster‘s novel departs from Kipling‘s “The White Man‘s Burden,” its plot depicting a pivotal time when the 1920s Indian independence movement is beginning to shake off the pestilence that is the British Raj. This in turn starts to shape events for two friends: one Indian and one British.

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The Hole: A Novel | Hye-young Pyun
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A paralyzed man recuperates after surviving a car crash that has killed his wife and left him in the care of a grieving mother-in-law who may not be too keen on his recovering. A quiet and very dark book (familial love and duty twisted into themes of isolation, shame and psychological torture), but I feel I can‘t grasp the nuances behind many of the Korean characters‘ thoughts possibly due to the imprecision of an English language translation.

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The Secret History | Donna Tartt
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Richard Papen enters a prestigious liberal arts university in Vermont and befriends an insular group of classical scholars. But all of their Dionysus-worshipping, ancient Greek-speaking, Iliad-studying activity soon leads Richard struggling to keep one of their grisly secrets: a midnight bacchanalia-in-the-woods gone horribly wrong. Entertaining, but a little exhausting to keep up with what feels like a never-ending deluge of raunchy campus drama.

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Paperbacks from Hell | Grady Hendrix
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I borrowed this on a lark, thinking the cover art inside would be worth a 15-minute scan. Five days later 😵‍💫…..I finished reading the last page, with a long list of ‘70s and ‘80s horror paperbacks now penciled into my TBR list. Im hooked. Another contributing factor to my feverish TBR adds is Will Errickson‘s TooMuchHorrorFiction.blogspot.com. Check it out, it‘s fantastic.

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Was looking forward to gleaning some good long-term traveling tips here, but Potts is too vague for my taste. I get the sense of reading the whole book and not really learning anything besides one practical packing tip or two. If you just want a book chock-full of inspirational “get-out-there-and-do it!” quotes, this is the guide for you. Or read it for the lists of Google-able online travel resources provided at the end of each chapter.

danx Yeah I whipped through this and promptly got rid of it. Agree in its vagueness and generally not being very useful. I‘d have liked some practical things like tax tips for vagabonds, travel ‘hacks‘ etc. 4mo
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Sometimes you wonder: if you‘d read a certain book earlier/at a certain point in your life, would it have sent you on an entirely different path (career, relationship, country of residence)? If I‘d read this book in college, I‘d have switched majors and become a geologist. Its an astounding five-volume exploration, along US I-80, of the geological forces that have formed (and are forming) our planet. The best natural science book I‘ve come across.

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Capping my Women‘s History Month 2022 with a literary history of the women writers who helped shape my favorite genre. 😈 A fairly good reference book that includes the founding mothers of Gothic fiction, the ladies of the pulp, 80‘s paperback authors, women of the occult and science fiction, and the diverse spread of modern day authors who are reinventing the serial killer, weird fiction, cosmic horror, the haunted house, you name it.

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The House on Mango Street | Sandra Cisneros
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I‘ve spent years trying to get into poetry; perhaps this book will finally give me that push. It‘s a moving amalgam of real women‘s stories intersecting on a fictional Chicago city block named Mango Street, riddled with poetic prose like: “…me and Nenny, we are more alike than you would know. Our laughter for example. Not the shy ice cream bells‘ giggle of Rachel and Lucy‘s family, but all of a sudden and surprised like a pile of dishes breaking.”

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I LOVED this. Finally, a “self-help” philosophy read I find instantly applicable to the everyday, and for everyone. It‘s a more appealing and realistic exploration of the cliche, “be here now.” As you read, you feel your mental desktop of anxious “must-do”s getting swept clear. Note: author is former productivity columnist for the Guardian, this is his turning point in realizing “productivity” should become a passe word. More on that in the book.

danx This looks great, I‘ve just bought a copy! 5mo
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Clarke‘s writing is dense, whimsical, enchanting…all muddled together, lending the book a fuzzy, ethereal feel. I enjoyed the fantasy of a northern England where medieval magic runs rampant, invisible and untapped — awaiting the return of a mysterious king. Alongside the magic, you also get a dose of early 1800s English history (Napoleonic Wars, Lord Byron); the two coincide so seamlessly, it‘s sometimes hard to render fact from fiction.

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Found the author‘s style pretty dry (it is an academic book) and he clubs you over the head repeatedly with his conclusions (again, academia) but the material was interesting. I was looking for more info about the Mardi Gras Indians but was given a broad historical sweep of performative culture in the African diaspora, syncretism of Iberian plays/marches with African drumming and the roots of folk Catholicism that make up Voudou, Candomble, etc.

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The House of the Seven Gables | Hawthorne Nathaniel
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Hello from sunny Golden Gate Park! I think Hawthorne would approve of the location, reading this book has confirmed for me his being a writer with an impeccable eye for beauty in everyday nature, as well as humanity. “House” is Gothic to its core, an introspective, delicate study of a cursed house and its inhabitants. It‘s lighthearted (even humorous) for 3/4 of the plot before descending into some deliciously atmospheric creepiness.

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A gorgeous book of photos/ interviews with one tribe of the famous New Orleans‘ Mardi Gras Indians. If years of fascinating NOLA neighborhood history, the many influences of an Afro-Atlantic cultural diaspora and a powerful close-knit community determined to struggle through every tragedy, personal and city-wide (Katrina), does not draw you in, then the performative dance, traditional songs and jaw-dropping, ornate beaded work of “masking” will.

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The Round House | Louise Erdrich
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I like Gary Farmer (he was great in Dead Man, Reservation Dogs) so him narrating this audiobook was a real treat. This was a sad book, examining how rape can sow deep aftereffects of distance, grief, and resentment between family members. Not to mention the slowness of retributive justice, exacerbated by snarls of red tape and confusing land jurisdiction policy: all trials of living on a modern US Native American reservation.

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The Remains of the Day | Kazuo Ishiguro
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An elegant book with a plot simple enough (an English butler, on a road trip, reminiscing on his past thirty years of “dignified” service to a controversial lord and “gentleman”) but which disguises a deeper undertow of meaning: an interrogation of the idea of one‘s allegiance to something that may not deserve such. It is the butler‘s roundabout attempts to hide these truths from himself, even up to the last page, which makes this story so sad.

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The Fire Next Time | James Baldwin
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Eloquent, concise and cutting; like they said: the truth hurts. Giovanni‘s Room is still close to my heart (love and subsequent abandonment at its thorniest and most dire) but Baldwin‘s essays on race relations are important, timeless reading: they slice right to one‘s moral core. The first essay, being Baldwin‘s letter to his nephew, led me to an inspired Ta-Nehisi Coates‘ 2015 article “Letter to My Son” in The Atlantic. Check it out!

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I was afraid this would be too specific of a book topic, but the author is fantastic in tying McDonalds (and fast food franchising in general) into the big picture of civil rights, inner city development, emergence of black capitalism/empowerment, and Big Advertising‘s evolving attempts to appeal to Black appetites and wallets. Lesson: if you want to lift a community out of poverty, saturating it with fast food joints is not a long-term solution.

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The Master and Margarita | Mikhail Bulgakov
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I am voting this one of my favorite classics of all time, and only after the first read, at that! Bulgakov‘s novel, published posthumously and written completely in nail-biting secrecy under Stalin‘s regime, is Russian tragicomedy at its finest with a massive helping of magical realism. Plot: Satan and his diabolical retinue pay a visit to 1930s Moscow…to read the ensuing events therein is one tremendous literary treat.

vivastory This is one of my favorites of all time. I think I'm due for a reread. 7mo
Blueberry I looked it up on Goodreads. Sounds fascinating. 7mo
BookwormM Loved this 7mo
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“There will be no mass-based feminist movement as long as feminist ideas are understood only by a well-educated few.“

Rest in peace, bell hooks. You indeed were, and will always be, a mentor and inspiration to the many, rather than the few.

Leftcoastzen 😭 8mo
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Beneath The Underdog | Charles Mingus
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Took me months to read. Probably because it was a shared project where I‘d read the book aloud to my partner (who has everything Mingus) whenever we had a minute. Cerebral, philosophical and perhaps NOT meant to be read aloud (the sex scenes are the most entertainingly lurid I‘ve ever come across in lit), it still didn‘t give me a satisfactory look into Mingus‘s early jazz-making. Oh well, it‘s his autobiography! He can write however he pleases.

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A morning hike up to a great view, with a book in tow (and a sandwich) checks off all my boxes under “life satisfaction.” Looking east from a peak in Pinnacles National Park, California.
Fun fact: the “pinnacles” are the western half of an extinct volcano that has moved 200 miles north from its origin. Geology is way cool.

ozma.of.oz Oh wow! 🤩🤩 8mo
BkClubCare Cheers for Geology 🪨 8mo
Suet624 Wonderful! 8mo
BarbaraBB That is fantastic 😍😍 8mo
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Ring Shout | P Djeli Clark
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I really, really liked the concept of the book (c‘mon, three women fighting the Ku Klux Klan, who are actually pointy headed demons attracted to human hate). I enjoyed, as well, the incorporation of Gullah-Geechee culture, Night Doctors, root magic, the Birth of a Nation film, ex-slave narratives… but the actual synthesizing of all these different things into one story, the timeline of which is just over one week, felt too clunky.

LibrarianRyan I had to listen to this book like 4 times to keep track of everything. So unique, but so confusing. I would probably have been better to read it instead of listening to it. 8mo
cant_i'm_booked @LibrarianRyan I hear you. When Nana Jean was speaking Gullah, I was happy that the author was keeping true to the creole, but I had a hard enough time keeping up/understanding, even if I was able to go back and reread the same sentence over and over.... 8mo
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Annihilation | Jeff VanderMeer
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Very different from the movie but still creepily enjoyable despite all the unanswered questions I have concerning why a mysterious Area X has arisen within a piece of Floridian coast in the first place. I love biology-horror (Swamp Thing!) and this book is a fine example of the genre. Forces you to consider the astounding array of “alien” life that habits just your local park: how it seems so familiar but so foreign at the same time.

tenar Great review! You put into words how it made me feel, too. 8mo
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Sobering book (right after the holiday especially), but a necessary read. It delves into the devastation imperialism wrought upon most of the non-European world, arguing that instead of just “resource extraction” and “religious conversion,” European powers intended on native “extermination,” paving the ideological way for the Holocaust. Read this after watching the HBO series it inspired (same title, dir. Raoul Peck). Highly recommend both!

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The Left Hand of Darkness | Ursula K. LeGuin
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The plot felt a little plodding to me at first (being very new to sci-fi, I guess I was expecting star-ship races and lasers going “pew-pew”). But then it snowballed into something different, a rich story that seemed to incorporate a lot of Le Guin‘s anthropological background: how a man encounters an alien world where gender does not exist. The book (always gently) prods you to shuck off any notion that “mankind” appears as one fixed thing.

tenar Lovely review! I had the same sluggish experience with the opening, and by the finish it ended up being one of my favorite books. 8mo
ozma.of.oz LeGuin tends to do that. ❤️❤️ I always love seeing people meet this book for the first time. It is one of my favorites! 8mo
danx I have many of her books but have not yet read this one despite it being one of her more revered works, looking forward to the day I do! 8mo
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cant_i'm_booked @danx I'm definitely now a fan and looking for more. If you have a personal fave from your own Le Guin collection to recommend, I'm all ears! 8mo
cant_i'm_booked @tenar Thank you so much! It's a really nice intro/portal to all things Le Guin. I'm hooked. 8mo
danx @cant_i'm_booked sorry only just noticed the conversations tab. The Dispossessed is a favourite of mine, I quite liked the Legend of Earthsea series also although more you g adult in style. 7mo
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Suttree | Cormac McCarthy
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Proud of myself for finally getting another bookshelf and shelving (by genre? alphabetical order? In the end, it was a mix) the piles of books sitting around my apartment. Look at all that floor space now! Had some fun doing it too: spent an entire afternoon and evening revisiting some books I completely forgot I had (e.g. next stop, digging into some Cormac McCarthy).

BarbaraBB 😍😍 9mo
BookDadGirlDad Beware!!! You will begin to look at your shelves and think "Ya know, if I rearrange a little, I can fit more books on those shelves." ??? 9mo
ozma.of.oz Looks amazing! 🤩 9mo
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cant_i'm_booked @BookDadGirlDad oh for sure! im already fighting the urge to book-buy-binge just because ive created a little shelf space. 9mo
BookDadGirlDad I don't fight the urge. Which is why I am CONSTANTLY rearranging, moving, etc... 9mo
cant_i'm_booked @ozma.of.oz Thank you! Always a work in progress. 8mo
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The Dominion of the Dead | Robert Pogue Harrison
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A fascinating philosophical inquiry into death and all the cultural baggage that accompanies it. Harrison really breaks apart and thinks about what it means to bury (“human” is related to “humus”), to commemorate ancestors, to lament/mourn, to regard our own impending deaths (is it even possible to conceive of our own “not-being”?)….all within an immense time-scale of historical, geological, and even cosmic proportions.

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Sandcastle | Pierre Oscar Levy, Frederik Peeters (Illustrator)
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Started this graphic novel after watching the Shyamalan movie. A short and profound read, in my opinion, better than the movie. A group of vacationers converge upon a hidden cove to soon discover they are trapped in a place where they age at a rate of two years per hour. What would you do if you and your loved ones had to face, suddenly, a lifetime in a day?

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My first Flannery O‘Connor. Each short story packs a heavy wallop; seems like the pattern here is the consequences (often terrible) of a particular character clinging to their old set of values and beliefs despite a changing South. This stubbornness soon figuratively hobbles them (or just plain kills them). As with all good books, there is much more to be gleaned, but that will have to take a second reading.

vivastory I've been meaning to read more of her short stories 10mo
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Underland: A Deep Time Journey | Robert Macfarlane
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“A story of journeys into darkness, and of descents made in search of knowledge…from the dark matter formed at the universe‘s birth to the nuclear futures.” A master nonfiction writer of landscapes, Macfarlane turns his eye below: to the meltwater shafts of glaciers, the underground rivers rushing meters below, the catacombs undergirding Paris, the deep “tombs” trusted with burying nuclear waste for eons to come. For anyone entranced by the deep.

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1Q84 | Haruki Murakami
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Completely absorbing, the best novel I‘ve stumbled across as of late. A young woman in 1984 Tokyo hops an expressway barrier, to inadvertently enter a dangerous new world. A modern love story, but then, its wrapped up within so many interlocking elements of sci-fi, literary history, philosophy, Western noir and Japanese mythology, maybe a simple label like “love story” rings false. Do not let the length deter you!

Mandoul Totally agree! This is one on my favourites. 10mo
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Panther | Brecht Evens
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This book (graphic novel? fairy tale? art exhibit?) is mesmerizingly beautiful. A little girl loses her beloved pet cat and thus begins to retreat into an imaginary (are we sure about that?) world led by a charismatic panther, but her dreams soon take a dark turn. If you‘re not into the story, then pick up the book just to gaze at Brecht Evens‘ gorgeous watercolor illustrations.

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Gilead | Marilynne Robinson
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Beautiful, meditative read. An elderly pastor, dying in the small town of Gilead, Iowa, 1956, begins to write letters to his 7-year old son, who he hopes someday will read them. The letters discuss his background and beliefs, the turbulent history of his preacher grandfather, and his doubts about a troubled neighbor man who moves back to town. Great theme: appreciate existence in all forms, for existence, in itself, is a sheer wonder.

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Incredible book. Should be required reading in every U.S. high school. It not only guts the origin story and subsequent myths supporting ideas of American “exceptionalism” and “manifest destiny” but offers a future vision where we can return to a land and governance aligned behind American Indigenous values: ones respecting the land, fellow humans and all generations-to-come over our absurd and arbitrary worship of money and private property.

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The Nightingale | Kristin Hannah
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Not my thing, at all. A WWII historical fiction/romance set in Nazi-occupied France...I wish I tallied up how many times I've read the passage “he grabbed her by the arm and slammed her against the wall.“ Why are the book's heroines treated like this, by the male side-characters, Allied or German? Why does every page laud the French heroine's Aryan “beauty“ to a nauseating degree while her Jewish neighbors get herded into cattle cars?

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A really interesting account of the ten or so drugs that have changed humanity, for better or for worse. Also a good summary of the “medicalization” of health: science‘s answer to heighten public health/quality of life and minimize pain/disease or a lucrative way for drug companies to design a pill for every “quirk” or “mood swing” an individual experiences?

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Nothing to See Here | Kevin Wilson
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Interesting, humorous concept for a plot: middle-aged woman stuck in her mom's attic is invited to spend the summer watching after an ultra-wealthy couple's twin children, who spontaneously combust into flame whenever they are unhappy or excited. However, the book, to me, didn't live up to the concept: the novel seemed to explore a lot of tired old tropes instead. Will have to give this a pan.