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catiewithac

Joined July 2016

RN who loves books, dogs, baking, gut bacteria, and puzzles 📚🐾🍪🔬🤓 www.goodreads.com/catiewithac
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Powell's City of Books (Portland) | Portland, OR (Bookstore)
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I just succumbed to Powell‘s used book sale 📚 I really don‘t need more books, but I can‘t pass up a good sale! The last time I bought used books from Powell‘s they were all in great condition. #booksale

Hooked_on_books Powell‘s 😍 2d
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Kate Mulgrew of Star Trek Voyager and Orange is the New Black fame shares her experiences with her parents‘ deaths in this memoir. Mulgrew is a capable writer; her voice is very authentic. I don‘t think I would have picked this book unless Page 1 had sent it to me. On the one hand, her parents‘ deaths from cancer and Alzheimer‘s are relatable, but most of us aren‘t actresses with bicoastal addresses. I loved Mulgrew‘s Mexican housekeeper Lucy!

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1. Jazz flute!
2. Winter 🥶
3. History
4. Vegan chickpeas, spinach & toasted roasted quinoa
@howjessreads #friYAYintro

TrishB Your lunch sounds very nice 😁 6d
julesG I have to Google Jazz flute. It sounds interesting. 6d
catiewithac @julesG look up Herbie Mann! 6d
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julesG Thanks 6d
j.rye Where do you live that winter is your favorite season?! 6d
catiewithac @j.rye Indiana! I love snow! ⛄️ 5d
mhillis Yes to Jazz Flute!! 🎶 5d
Nessavamusic Love that you chose Jazz flute! 5d
AsYouWish Vegan Chickpeas, that sounds amazing!!!! I love chickpeas and am always looking for ways to fix them. 5d
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Mailed out my #summerswap2019 box today! I know that it‘s not due to be opened until July 5th, but I couldn‘t wait to send it out! @Kayla.Adriena @laurenslibrary

USPS tracking # 9505 5065 7481 9162 1017 42

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A Man Without a Country | Kurt Vonnegut
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I sometimes forget that Vonnegut was alive after 9/11 and during the Bush/Cheney years. He was cynical in his last years but never without hope. Reading this book of late essays made me miss his voice in the present. What would Vonnegut say about Trump, fake news, American Nazism? I hope he could still find hope in our current predicament. 🤞🏼

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The Dinner Guest | Gabriela Ybarra
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I‘m addicted to independent press book subscriptions! This book hails from Transit Books which publishes “enduring works that carry readers across borders and communities.” Translated from Spanish this unconventional *fictional* account of the author‘s grappling with the deaths of her grandfather and mother was on the Man Booker International longlist. It‘s haunting. Ybarra does not flinch at death. To the departed she says, I will remember. 🌲

catiewithac @JamieArc I will send this to you! Are you at the same address still? 2w
JamieArc @catiewithac Yes I am! I actually put a little something in the mail for you last week that I think you‘ll appreciate, but it may take a little while to get to you :-) 1w
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1. The Buried #botm
2. The Raven Tower
3. Super excited for Rainbow Rowell‘s sequel to Carry On, Wayward Son
4. I‘ve read 35 books of my 71 goal
5. @laurenslibrary #thursdaysurvey #latetotheparty

8little_paws The buried was outstanding!! 2w
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On a Sunbeam | Tillie Walden
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I made it 20% into this library book, but I‘m bailing. The characters are hard to differentiate and the story is slow to develop. It‘s just not a book for me. 😕

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A Man Without a Country | Kurt Vonnegut
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Kimberlone I‘ve read Tocqueville! His perspective on young America is very insightful 3w
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Fun little history of the first Shakespeare festival held in the 18th century. It was primarily organized by famous English actor David Garrick and made Stratford-upon-Avon a tourist attraction. The story is less about Shakespeare and more about 18th century theatre culture, but it‘s a fun, quick read. I particularly enjoyed having to look up some words in the dictionary! Recommend for fans of literary and English history! 🎭🎟⛈

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I love a good “vocab” book! Time to look up some words! (I will update the list as I read) 🤓 gallimaufry, patulous, stercoraceous, tessellated, doryphore...

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I honestly couldn‘t put this book down! Don‘t let its size stop you: Jared Diamond is a compelling writer. The bulk of the book consists of 6 national case studies (so it feels like 6 mini books that are each very interesting). The final portion of the book concerns the USA and the world. Reading this must add some intelligence points‼️ #botm

Hooked_on_books He‘s fabulous. I‘ve read a couple of his books and would read anything from him. 1mo
saresmoore Sounds fascinating! 4w
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That time I went nuts ordering used books from Powell‘s, because I don‘t already have a #mountTBR of hundreds of books! 📚🤦🏼‍♀️

rretzler One always use more books! Even if our TBRs will last the rest of our lives - at least that‘s what I keep telling myself!🤣 1mo
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My #botm order arrived today. 2 chunsters!!! The prologue and first chapter of Upheaval were a bit dry, but the later chapters are highly readable! I think this is going to be a very good book 📚🤓

LauraJ Both look fascinating. 1mo
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Exhalation: Stories | Ted Chiang
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Wow! Only one story in and I‘m in love 😍

This story collection ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜

Emilymdxn I did not know this was coming out! Just preordered. I have to wait until July tho 😱 1mo
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Country Dark | Chris Offutt
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Page One books subscription sent me this book. I will admit that I had serious doubts about this novel based on the uninspired cover art. The story was better than I expected, but I‘m not a fan of historical fiction. Think Hunger Games + Tess of the D‘urbervilles + southern gothic style. Offutt has written screenplays for premium TV shows, and his novel reads like a film: quick dialogue with a lot of descriptions of sounds and sights. 🌘

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I actually finished the #audiobook yesterday, but I listened to all the appendices, too, which I didn‘t finish until this morning. Henry IV of England is an enigmatic person. His legacy has been much maligned by subsequent rulers (because he had the audacity to overthrow God‘s ordained monarch). Mortimer is a thorough researcher so be prepared for A LOT of history. One major lesson is that you don‘t have anything without your good health! ⚔️ 👑😷

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I read this because it was referenced in another book I just finished about immigrants crossing the Mexican border. Sontag‘s argument is more specifically about regarding the pain of others in photographs and television. It reminds me of a book I would have been assigned to read in college. (I probably would have but I graduated the year before it was published.) Definitely a thought-provoking read for our media-obsessed culture.

JSW This sounds completely fascinating. I wonder if you think it might be trigger-y at all? Is it hard to read or does she take a more distanced approach? 1mo
catiewithac @JSW It‘s both an intellectual and intimate polemic. She gives graphic descriptions of war violence and images. I‘m somewhat inured to such things since I‘m huge into Medieval English and Nazi histories. I found this easy to read. 1mo
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A German emigre reconciles with her family‘s past in this tender graphic-novel style autobiography. The author confronts her grandparents‘ involvement in WWII. She unflinchingly asks “were my family members Nazis?” This is a bold and beautiful book. Throughout the author creates a pastiche of things German, Nazi, and personal. It‘s a very moving read, and one I highly recommend!

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Empty Words | Mario Levrero
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First 5-⭐️ book of the year for me! A biographical novel that defies all description, this is the first book of Levrero‘s to be translated into English. He is apparently beloved in Uruguay. I recommend this to readers who enjoy digressions, philosophical questions, and interpretations of dreams. Somehow this novel about mundane life becomes completely magical! Not for readers who require a plot. I can‘t wait for future releases in English!

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Mostly Dead Things | Kristen Arnett
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Omg! I‘m super excited that #80 #indiespensable box will be Mostly Dead Things!! The box mails out June 5th and I can‘t wait! 😊🦜📖💀

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The Hunting Party | Lucy Foley
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I‘m sure this is a fun winter mystery, but it‘s not something I want to read now. A group of privileged self-absorbed middle-aged friends meet to celebrate New Year‘s at a remote Scottish castle. Someone dies and one of the friends is likely the killer. Meh. Not bad, but just not for now. It‘s springtime after all! 🥶 🔪 🌸 🏰

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Cantú shares a complicated and compelling story of living among the borderlands. Of Mexican ancestry himself, Cantú opts to work as a border patrol agent for 4 years before he can no longer handle the “moral injury” of such work. He later befriends an immigrant who experiences the horrors of deportation. This is not an easy story. It‘s written in a literary style to impart maximum emotional impact. Cantú humanizes the border, not an easy task.

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If you‘re like me, you will feel an instinctive desire to ignore how bad our situation is with regard to climate change. You think: technology will fix this, or hopefully I‘ll be dead when it‘s really bad. But Bill McKibben isn‘t going to let us off the hook; he gives an unflinching look at the mess we‘re in. This is an important book and required reading for anyone who wants to do their part to save our marvelous planet! 🌎 Face your fears! #botm

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Deadeye Dick: A Novel | Kurt Vonnegut
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Deadeye Dick strikes me as the most “normal” novel I‘ve read by Kurt Vonnegut. There‘s no gimmicky time travel, alien invasion, or ice-9. Instead, there‘s an ordinary kid from a midwestern town who discovers the horrors of firearms. This novel takes a strong stance against guns. Vonnegut favors LIFE over weapons, drugs, and capitalism. It ranks as one of my medium favorite Vonnegut novels! 💣

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Deadeye Dick: A Novel | Kurt Vonnegut
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1️⃣ Science fiction
2️⃣ Kurt Vonnegut
3️⃣ Cat‘s Cradle
4️⃣ Christian fiction
5️⃣ Tagged!
@wanderinglynn #hellothursday

wanderinglynn Thanks for playing! 📚 2mo
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Aurorarama: A Novel | Jean-Christophe Valtat
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Open day! Here‘s the reveal of my #scififantasyswap box from @MaleficentBookDragon 📦 I really appreciate the homemade bookslip, and I‘m excited to try the coffee and chocolate from Fuddy Duddy‘s! ☕️ 🍫 Aurorarama has been on my TBR list for a long time; it will be good to make its acquaintance. The extra book was a nice surprise, too! I 💗 the Kurt Vonnegut buttons!! Thank you! ☮️ Thank you @Avanders for another fun swap! 📚 #SFFS

MaleficentBookDragon I'm so glad you like everything. 2mo
monalyisha Love it! 2mo
madamereadsalot1 @MaleficentBookDragon where did the buttons come from!?! I need those in my life. 2mo
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MaleficentBookDragon @madamereadsalot1 I found them on Amazon. 2mo
Avanders Oooh 🧬🦄♥️♥️👏🏽 2mo
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I cancelled my #botm subscription again because I hope to try out the non-fiction beta version. I chose this as my April book because it was the only memoir option among fiction. Erin Lee Carr does a great job of bringing her relationship with her father to life. Honestly, I prefer his words to hers; he‘s by far the more articulate Carr. The author comes across as whiny, but she doesn‘t paint herself & her struggles with sobriety in a rosy light.

8little_paws Yeah I'm increasingly drawn to the nonfiction version as well 2mo
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Lot: Stories | Bryan Washington
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I‘ve visited Houston but not the places in this story collection. Cultures and races collide and swirl in the city‘s humid air. There‘s one family whose story weaves in the various tales of neighbors and neighborhoods. Think modern James Baldwin with less religion and more Mexican food. Its a solid story collection. #botm

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Huge #bookmail 📦 in today‘s post! #botm and #pageone packages arrived as did my #scififantasyswap #SFFS box!!! 🤓 Super excited about all this book mail in one day!!

@Avanders

Avanders 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽💃🏽♥️ 2mo
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The Polyglot Lovers | Lina Wolff
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This Swedish novel is spectacular! It consists of 3 parts with different narrators with a story connected by a singular manuscript. Beautifully written with surprising thoughts and observations. I loved this novel that contributes an original perspective to the feminist #metoo movement. I‘m excited to read more from this unique writer!! 🌲📜⛲️

Itchyfeetreader This looks v interesting 2mo
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McGlue | Ottessa Moshfegh
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I tried to get into this novella, but it‘s not gonna happen. This is the first book Moshfegh published and the reprinting feels like an attempt to cash in on her recent success. The story reminded me of something an MFA student would write to shock her fellow workshop members. Moshfegh writes a great gross character. McGlue is pretty f-ing gross. But he‘s not that interesting. Read some Melville if you want a real masterful gross tale.

Cinfhen Uh oh, my fellow buddy readers @shawnmooney @LeahBergen I‘m taking bets.... will Shawn bail!???!!??! 2mo
LeahBergen @Cinfhen Hmm... 🤔.... I‘ll guess YEP. 😆😆 2mo
shawnmooney @Cinfhen @LeahBergen Of ye of little faith! 😂😂 1mo
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Ulysses | James Joyce
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I really like Pete, but I‘m not impressed with his favorite book list. I approve of The Little Prince and the Dylan Thomas poem. Why aren‘t American classics on this list?! How can he not love Huckleberry Finn?!

What do you think of Pete‘s favorite books?

https://www.vulture.com/2019/04/pete-buttigieg-books.html

vivastory I'm happy to see a politician who not only reads, but clearly loves literature. Some great titles on there. 2mo
Angeles I really like his list😍 2mo
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This was a #botm extra that I picked last month. I was not familiar with Damon Young or Very Smart Brothas but I enjoy biographical essays. So this was a hit for me! I think Young could edit some of his very long paragraphs, but overall this is a good read. I found Young‘s generalized anxiety relatable. I, too, was scared of white people after the 2016 election (I‘m white but LBGT)! Young is funny, smart, and over-sensitive; it‘s a great combo!

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I rejoined #botm last month because of a special offer, but I didn‘t cancel before I was charged for April. So I used my credit and added on one of the nonfiction extras. I‘m planning to cancel this subscription and rejoin the nonfiction beta club. Just not a popular fiction reader.🤷‍♀️

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One, Two, Buckle My Shoe | Agatha Christie
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Sometimes I reread Christie. There‘s really no substitute equal to her cosy murder mysteries. I had completely forgotten the characters and story line of this novel. It‘s not her greatest, and I don‘t really care for Poirot but I enjoyed it nonetheless. I keep track of all the characters she has named Gladys and this one features a prominent Gladys!!! 💉😬

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The Polyglot Lovers | Lina Wolff
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This new book from & Other Stories is stunning! Beautiful embossed covers and linen orange pages on the inside covers. I‘m so excited to read this Swedish novel in translation!! I may have to start reading it straightaway!

Aimeesue That‘s a gorgeous cover! 3mo
catiewithac @Aimeesue the book is really good so far, too!! 3mo
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Pediatric Advanced Life Support: Instructor Manual | American Academy Of Pediatrics, American Heart Association
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I think I need a nap before I attempt to skim this book. 😴 I need my brain sharp! 🧠

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#scififantasyswap shipped out today!! The package should arrive well before the 4/18 deadline! @Avanders @MaleficentBookDragon #SFFS

Avanders 👏🏽👏🏽💃🏽♥️ 3mo
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The Raven Tower | Ann Leckie
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#JustTheRightBook sent me this. I‘ve loved every single selection #JTRB sent before, but I hated this one with a passion. The writing is average, the pace is slow, the characters one dimensional. Other readers enjoyed the big “reveal” at the VERY end of the book, but it wasn‘t a surprise to me. It is a YA appropriate fantasy novel with zero sex and only one F-💣 My fav part was the lesson that municipal water service is important for sanitation💦

saresmoore Ha! Great review. I just finished this and felt the same about it. 4w
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The Raven Tower | Ann Leckie
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This. Is. The. Slowest. Book. Ever. (Feels like I‘ve been reading forever but still only on page 195. Also nothing has happened.)

Suet624 Well that‘s unfortunate! 3mo
catiewithac @Suet624 Things are a little better by page 273 but not much. 🐢 3mo
ctboeheim Just finished. The Stone on the hillside will tell you that patience is rewarded in unexpected ways. 3mo
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I‘m addicted to English history! Peter Ackroyd provides a survey that alternates chapters of ordinary life with monarchs. I enjoyed the narrator of the audiobook and plan to listen to the remaining 5 volumes in Ackroyd‘s History of England series! 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿

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I heard an interview with Rutger Bregman on an NPR talk show and decided to read his book. This was before the infamous unaired interview with Tucker Carlson. My advice: read it! “If we want to change the world, we need to be unrealistic, unreasonable, and impossible. Remember: those who called for the abolition of slavery, for suffrage for women, and for same-sex marriage were once branded lunatics. Until history proved them right.” ⭐️

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Today‘s education is focused “on competencies, not values.” But that is exactly the wrong way to prepare people for a future that demands creative problem-solving, prioritizing, and imagination. 🏰 🤖 🌱

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A Life of My Own | Claire Tomalin
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#Page1 books subscription sent this to me. Otherwise I would never have read it or likely have heard of Claire Tomalin, a notable biographer and literary critic. Here she shares a memoir of her own life filled with an amazing array of literary figures and personal tragedies. More interesting to me is how the social structures of 20th century Britain and Europe allowed her to flourish. Her “ordinary” life would be unlikely for any Millennial now.📚

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Moby Dick | Herman Melville
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1. I have a TBR bucket list
2. Yes, I could read a book
3. Not really (since reading is my primary hobby)
4. I tagged Moby Dick since I‘ve started it twice and always stop when they set sail 🐳
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wanderinglynn Thanks for playing! 🖋 3mo
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Roar | Matteo Pistono
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Woohoo! I received notice today that I won a Goodreads giveaway! Roar is the biography of a Thai Buddhist activist. This book sounds so interesting!

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I was surprised that Jen Beagin‘s sophomore novel features the same main character as her debut. It makes Beagin seem a little one note, but it‘s a good note. Beagin excels with odd episodes and imagery. She deftly manages to write about sexual violence with a mixture of humor and pathos. It‘s a true talent. Her writing is effortlessly readable. Beagin is the anti-romance hero! 🧹 🧼

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Machine: A Novel | Susan Steinberg
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First fail from the #GWgalleyclub for me. Take The Girls and The Burning Girl and any book by Megan Abbott and mix in the random use of verse and semicolons; now you have Machine. Girls in the summer. Girls from different sides of the shore. It‘s a short, easy read. I‘ll give it points for brevity. But why? Why read this? I have no answer. #ARC

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This history of the 16th and 17th centuries in Europe rescued me from a month-long reading slump. The author investigates how climate change and failed harvests led to changes in European societies. Market economies replaced feudalism, nations established standing navies and colonies, religious fervor gave way to empiricism. Shakespeare, Spinoza, Descartes all lived during this time of change and cold. The author makes a compelling case!