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Christine

Joined March 2016

sociologist/mother of boys/book fancier
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This is an impressive journalistic account of a crisis to which I certainly hadn‘t paid enough attention over the years. Sesay situates the story of the 276 Nigerian girls‘ kidnapping within global political and media contexts (and won a Peabody for her CNN reporting on it). And she goes deeper with a few girls‘ stories, which I loved. Great autobiographical content, too - especially the parts about her badass, ahead-of-her-time, feminist mom!

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This is a beautiful book (inside and out - great cover, and my slim paperback has French flaps and deckled edges). It‘s about a brilliant woman who deals with her husband‘s infidelity by returning to her childhood hometown in Minnesota, where her interactions with many female characters (her mom and mom‘s assisted living pals, a neighbor, some young poetry students) bring her comfort and clarity in surprising ways. I loved it.

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Three Women | Lisa Taddeo
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Well, that was gripping. Also at times confounding, rage-inducing, cringeworthy - but never boring. (Women‘s true stories never are!) I do have mixed feelings about some aspects of the book. But I‘m glad it‘s getting big press, since women‘s desire - esp. as a self-defining trait, not as an afterthought - deserves the attention Taddeo gives it. The writing is electric, and the audio narrators (three talented actors + the author) were outstanding.

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Rad bookmail! 📚✊💚 #librarything #earlyreviewers

lele1432 This sounds fantastic! 1w
MrsMalaprop It‘s awesome ❤️. 1w
Christine @lele1432 Doesn‘t it? So looking forward to it. 7d
Christine @MrsMalaprop Oh good! I was so excited to receive it. 7d
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Entertainment-wise, this was a very good read - a twisty mystery, cinematic courtroom scenes, and a great cast of lovable and hateable (often both at once, actually) characters. But WOW, did this pack a punch right into my special-needs-mom gut, in ways that made me feel both reassured and uncomfortable, and most of all seen. That‘s what makes this a book I will long remember.

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Oh, my sweet neighborhood Dollar Tree...a book I very much loved, by one of my favorite chefs, and then at home I notice it‘s signed?! 😍💵🌳💚 #dollartree

Blueberry 💛💙 1w
Zelma I‘ve been saving this for an audio road trip but am eager to read it. 1w
Christine @Blueberry I do love the colors of the cover, too! 1w
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Christine @Zelma The audio is fantastic, hope you enjoy as much as I did! 1w
Zelma @Christine yay, I was hoping it was a good audio! 😁 1w
thebluestocking That‘s amazing!!!! 💙 1w
Christine @thebluestocking It was such a fun surprise! 6d
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Magic for Liars | Sarah Gailey
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I completely enjoyed this. And it has now been firmly established that if Sarah Gailey creates a world, I want to inhabit it. ❤️ I wasn‘t craving a teens at a school of magic story, but...Sarah Gailey. Their writing, characters, and effortless inclusivity are just always a joy. The private eye/murder mystery element of this made it all the more unputdownable. Great narration by Xe Sands, too.

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Book + beer + backyard balcony. ❤️

britt_brooke Perfect! 2w
Christine @britt_brooke It was! 😁 1w
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A fitting book to finish today. 🇺🇸 I loved the authors‘ focus on empathy and open-hearted listening. Good things could happen if more of us (self included!) put some of their tips into practice, such as being more curious, admitting our blindspots and assumptions, and embracing discomfort. Their perspective is Christian but not, IMO, exclusionary (they do get Bible-y, but mostly at the end of sections, so easy enough to skim/skip if desired).

britt_brooke So happy you liked this! I know I‘ve said it a million times, but I‘ve known Sarah since we were kids and it‘s just so fun to watch her success. The religious bits did not appeal to me, but the overall message was good. 2w
Christine @britt_brooke Aww, yes, that must be so special to see her work being so widely appreciated! I had heard good things about their podcast in the past but never tried; now I will definitely check it out. Thanks for giving this book the attention it deserves on Litsy! The religious stuff doesn‘t resonate with me now either, but I did grow up in an evangelical situation, so it was really interesting to hear how they related their beliefs to (cont.) 1w
Christine their differing positions on issues. And is helpful for me in terms of being more empathetic toward my many family and friends who have very different political leanings than I do. So thanks again for increasing the visibility of the book here! ❤️ 1w
britt_brooke @Christine 🥰🥰🥰 1w
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Parable of the Sower | Octavia E. Butler
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Octavia Butler has long been on my list of Favorite Authors I Haven‘t Actually Read Yet. 😜 This, gladly, didn‘t disappoint! It‘s a brutal story, but the terrific writing and characters make the rough reading journey worthwhile. I switched between this paperback and a spellbinding audio version narrated by the phenomenal Lynne Thigpen. ❤️ I‘ll definitely read more of this series, and more Butler beyond.

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This has to be one of the titles that‘s been on my TBR the longest. No more! And hooray for long-anticipated books that meet one‘s high expectations. I always love Fadiman‘s writing, and in this it was especially delicious - so brainy and word-nerdy yet funny and irreverent. (And I love how she suggests reading Steinbeck on Cannery Row as a book nerd triumph - I did that back when I used to live in Monterey! I read Cannery Row, obviously. 🤓🐟)

Theaelizabet I loved this book. I‘ve just reread 84, Charing Cross Road, now I feel like rereading this “book about books”, too! 3w
Christine @Theaelizabet Ooh, that is on my physical TBR shelf, must get to it soon! ❤️ 3w
Zelma I adore this book, especially the essay about combining bookshelves with her husband. 2w
Christine @Zelma Yes!! So great. ❤ 2w
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Parable of the Sower | Octavia E. Butler
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Aging strawberries in the fridge + the latest Smitten Kitchen post = impulse #audiobaking (with a delicious result!). Recipe: http://smittenkitchen.com/2019/06/strawberry-summer-sheet-cake/

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Milkman | Anna Burns
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LOVED this flat-out brilliant book. I don‘t even get how Burns was able to say, in relatively few words, so much about the specific horrors of a uniquely dangerous time and place while also delivering so much Truth. Almost no proper names made her observations about misogyny, sexuality, mental health, identity, family (the list could go on) feel even more universal. And the language, and so much humor! Plus the audio narrator is a virtuoso. ❤️

sarahbarnes LOVED this book!! 3w
Emilymdxn I adored this too! SO glad you loved it as much as me! 3w
andrew61 A brilliant book, i keep meaning to reread. 3w
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Theaelizabet Loved this! Will definitely reread someday. 3w
Christine @sarahbarnes @Emilymdxn Just so good!! ❤️❤️❤️ 3w
Christine @andrew61 @Theaelizabet So worthy of a reread! I need to try it in print for sure. 3w
Heideschrampf This is a perfect summary! I just finished the audio. It's so unique yet so universal! 3w
Christine @Heideschrampf I‘m still marveling over how Burns did that so well! Such a great audiobook experience. ❤️ 3w
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Recursion | Blake Crouch
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I hurtled through this one! Crouch sure is good at coming up with a cool sci-fi concept and then bringing it to life with propulsive writing. This was a pretty-close-to-perfect mix of thrilling, entertaining, and brain-stretching, and I found it nearly unpausable on audio. I have a few feminist quibbles with some of the character development and plot points, but overall I enjoyed the ride.

TheSpineView I know! I loved it! 3w
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This starts with a unique and compelling premise, which I dug, but after that I‘ll admit it took me a minute to get into the story. But get into it I did, and I‘m so glad, because I really wanted to like this book! I‘ve listened to Linda on Pop Culture Happy Hour forEVER. After countless hours of her in my ears, I just want good things for her. 🙂 Overall this was sweet but not treacly, sharp-eyed, and a delightful read…so yay, Linda! 🦞

Christine Out Tuesday! Thanks, #netgalley 🙂 3w
marleed I‘m #12 on 1 copy coming Tuesday to my library. With that many early holds I have a feeling they‘ll purchase more copies and I‘ll get it soon! 3w
Christine @marleed Yes, 🤞!! 3w
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And last but the opposite of least, the books. Jill, you really shouldn‘t have, but thank you!! Bibliophile is a beautiful keepsake, and I can‘t stop paging through it. I‘ve been dreaming of my own copy of So Big ever since I listened to and loved it (and REALLY wanted this cover). And I adore Liz Climo, how did you know? Most treasured of all is the tagged. ❤️❤️❤️ The Handmaid‘s Tale has been my favorite book for decades, ⬇️⬇️⬇️

Christine and I‘ve so enjoyed seeing it portrayed visually in the Hulu series. Thrilled to have the graphic novel now. Thanks again, so much, for everything, @Jilly6183! #summersantagoespostal 4w
Jilly6183 I was excited to pick up all these great books for you. And I didn‘t know you liked Liz Climo, but I do! And I figured it‘s so adorable, who wouldn‘t? So glad you like it! Enjoy! 4w
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This item from my #summersantagoespostal box obviously required its own post. My very own Hand of the Queen/King pin!! 😮😍👑🐉⚔️❄️🔥 So very well done, @Jilly6183 !❤️❤️❤️

Leftcoastzen Cool 😎 4w
marleed Oh that‘s so cool. I hope you go out to dinner this evening and wear it! 4w
Christine @marleed Home with the kiddos tonight, but I really am looking forward to wearing it in public and seeing who recognizes what it is/has the nerve to comment on it! 😁 4w
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Christine @Leftcoastzen I love it! 4w
marleed Oh you must tell us about it when you do! 4w
Soubhiville That‘s so cool! 4w
Jilly6183 I was so excited about this find! It was before the last episode of the show aired, and I know [hope?] that new books are in our future, but I was nervous after that you might not be interested in it anymore lol 4w
Christine @Jilly6183 Haha!! I started as a show fan and have only read the first book so far. And (maybe because I haven‘t read the books?) I was one of those weirdos that mostly liked the final season and didn‘t mind the last episode! 😛 Hopefully no one rips it off of me and throws it Tyrion-style in protest when I wear it out! 😆 4w
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How did I get so lucky?! @Jilly6183, you‘re the most generous and thoughtful swap match, and I‘m so grateful. Multiple posts are therefore required. 😁 First, these top-notch goodies: lovely and sturdy tote, super cute book-themed Jacob‘s ladder, brilliant bullet journal bookmarks, clip bookmarks with all the best bookish phrases, fun summer stickers, a rainbow of pens. 😍😍😍 Plus the most AMAZING-smelling home fragrance oil in BOOKS scent. ⬇️⬇️

Christine And the Bibliophile cards I‘ve long been coveting. Perfection. Thank you for these unique and wonderful things, Jill! ❤️#summersantagoespostal 4w
Jilly6183 So glad you like your goodies!! ☺️ 4w
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Handmaid's Tale | Margaret Atwood
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TFW when Hulu will not load the latest episode of Handmaid's Tale and your immediate reaction is “It's the patriarchy!!! They blocked it! 😡“ rather than assuming it's just a typical technological glitch. 😐

Leftcoastzen I‘m behind a few episodes but ... grrr. 4w
BookwormM We are only on episode 2 on the UK episode 3 on Saturday 4w
Reggie Lolololol one time at work ( I work at a casino) all the ATMS went down and also our check cashing/cc advance went down, and I thought, omg what if the U.S financial system finally finally bit the dust and cash was no longer being given out because it was worthless and no one has any money. It‘s the times we live in, chica. It‘s understandable. 4w
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Susannah It‘s creepy how reasonable it is to assume the Democracy Apocalypse, isn‘t it. 😳 4w
Christine @BookwormM I was wondering how I‘d feel about this season, but I‘m as into it as ever. 4w
Christine @Reggie 🤣🤣🤣 to your story!! You‘re right, we can‘t be blamed for these reactions! 😝 4w
Christine @Susannah So creepy, and the worst. 😣 4w
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The New Me | Halle Butler
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I liked this quite a bit, even though the main character Millie‘s wobbly self-awareness was painful to observe. Butler deftly captures the push-pull between career ambition and apathy/revulsion toward the capitalist rat race that many of us, millennials or not, can experience. Also relatable: Millie‘s mental lists of endless “I should”s that might improve her life (been there a time or two! 🙄).

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Been meaning to read this one forever! Full of science-y info, but not densely so. It also examines the unquantifiable ways in which water relaxes, centers, excites, inspires, heals. Overall the book pleased this landlubber who still appreciates being in/on (sometimes) and around (always) water, and I think my marine scientist/ship captain/surfer/fisherman husband will like it even more. 💦 🌊 🏄🏻 🎣 💙

BookNAround This sounds amazing. I am such a water baby! 1mo
Christine @BookNAround You may really love this, then! Hope you do, if you pick it up. 💙 1mo
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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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LOVED this book. Absolutely loved it. So much that I did not want to put it down after finishing, so I read everything on the jacket, and this bit from the front flap nicely sums up why I loved it: “brilliant psychological acuity and perfectly spare prose.” Yup, that‘s exactly it. 💚💙💚💙💚💙

DivineDiana Love how you staged your book! 💚 1mo
Christine @DivineDiana Aww, thanks - that particular tomato plant has been begging for a photo op lately! 1mo
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The Bliss | Jacqueline Navin
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Reading in the backyard hammock on a sunny 70° day (not pictured: cocktail, and the kids watching a 90+ minute movie). Bliss.

RaimeyGallant All that sky! So pretty. :) 1mo
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I don‘t read as many books about autism as a mom of a kid on the spectrum probably should. But I‘d like to more regularly read books BY people with autism, because - besides being inherently important because #ownvoices - they tend to have the tone and perspectives that I find most valuable. This is a great one - the memoir of a brilliant, successful journalist diagnosed as an adult. Insightful, well-written, and entertaining.

riversong153 Nice cover! 1mo
Christine @riversong153 Agreed! 🙂 1mo
Owlizabeth I‘ve got two boys on the spectrum and I‘m always looking for #ownvoices books - stacked!! 1mo
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I now get why Rachel Held Evans is so loved, and I‘m sorry I didn‘t follow her work while she was alive. In this book (and I presume everywhere else), her writing about faith and doubt was eloquent but down-to-earth, and uniquely honest. I relatedly strongly to her stories of a church-heavy evangelical upbringing and really admire her determination to confront the darker sides of Christianity in practice.

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I adored this book and am happily taking advantage of this deal for rereading and digital highlighting purposes. ❤️

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Everyday Heroes | Beth Johnson
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Not about books but technically involves reading 😛: a few months ago, I contacted my city with a request for them to remove the offensive sticker from a utility box near an intersection I cross multiple times daily with my kids. No response, but I was beyond thrilled to see today that some heroic citizen in my neighborhood took matters into their own hands! (Hard to see, but the masking tape says “RULES.”) 😂🎉❤️

RestlessFickleBookHoarder That's awesome! 1mo
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The River | Peter Heller
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Guess I‘m making good progress toward my informal goal of reading mostly women, because at some point I was shocked to realize that “Whoa, this book is entirely about men. No women with agency. Weird!” 😆 But in spite of that this was a solidly suspenseful, pleasingly character-driven story with beautiful (if a bit flowery, at times) descriptive language, and I enjoyed it. 😀

Susannah I think that‘s Peter Heller‘s MO. I read The Painter with my all-female book club a couple of years ago, and we couldn‘t understand why all the women were little more than eye candy for the main character. Not exactly a satisfying reading experience. 1mo
Christine @Susannah Oh wow, that is very interesting! I just assumed it was because The River takes place in the wilderness, so other humans of any gender were extremely scarce. The Painter has long been sitting on my bookshelf, unread... 1mo
Susannah I think Heller is very interested in man vs man and man vs nature stories. Based on what you said here and what I know of The Painter, women seem secondary at best. 1mo
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Summer Thrills | Kirk Jones
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So excited to receive this package from my still-secret summer Santa! ☀️📦😁

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City of Girls | Elizabeth Gilbert
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I fully enjoyed this. It‘s worthy of all of the adjectives I‘ve either already heard used to describe it or expect to hear soon: fizzy, frothy, sizzling, crackling, sparkling, effervescent, glamorous, sexy, etc. 😁 But it serves up some lovely deep thoughts on the side, too. And though I often have mixed feelings about Gilbert, I always appreciate her way with words.

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Ask Again, Yes: A Novel | Mary Beth Keane
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Started this one semi-reluctantly, because I think I‘m experiencing family saga fatigue or something! I always think I love to read them, but few have excited me lately. That said, I do think this was a good one. I liked the writing, themes, and many of the characters (though some were much more developed than others). So it‘s a pick for being well-done, even if I might need to give family sagas a rest for a bit!

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Theme of today‘s library new release shelf impulse borrows: Super Buzzy Books with Very Mixed Reviews on Litsy. Wondering which one to try first...🎲

Augustdana I really liked normal people, if that helps at all! 😁😁 1mo
Christine @Augustdana Haha, yes, it does help! 1mo
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I thought this was pretty great. Cep tells (at least) three big stories in one book, which meant it didn‘t dig quite as deep into any of them as I would have been happy to go. But I was fine with that, because now I have a bunch of topics I‘d love to read more about, especially the history of the true crime genre (fascinating!). And her storytelling style worked for me - journalistic, but a little pulpy and dramatic, too.

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With the Fire on High | Elizabeth Acevedo
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This was a wonderful, sweet YA story with complex and lovable characters and a lot of emotional depth. The food descriptions were fantastic (plus recipes! 😋). I missed the verse from The Poet X more than I thought I would, but Acevedo has so much to offer with her prose writing, too. I‘ll definitely continue to read anything she puts out into the world.

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Treated myself to a little midday solo Balboa Park jaunt today, visiting the tagged location (though just the museum, not its research library like the tag says - it has a research library?? Who knew?). I was happy to notice that two of the paintings focused on the most glorious subject of all time - a woman reading. 😁📚🖼❤️ (Left: Woman Reading, Eastman Johnson. Right: Female Nude Reading, Robert Delaunay.)

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Going Coastal | Wendy French
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Mailed today, West Coast ➡️➡️➡️ East Coast. ☀️📚📦
#summersantagoespostal
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Stacypatrice Pretty!!! 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Love the wrappers! 👍 2mo
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As an early listener of MFM (less so recently, for various me-not-them reasons), I‘ve long awaited this one, and I liked it a lot. It‘s sharp, sincere, and so funny. Georgia and Karen clearly love their audience, and the book reflects their gratitude for and sense of responsibility to them. Of course this soars on audio, with G & K narrating their own stories and coming together for fun chapter wrap-ups (and Paul Giamatti was pretty good, too 😂).

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I really enjoyed this collection and found all of the pieces good, some of them great (like Leslie Jamison‘s - love her writing, can‘t believe I still haven‘t read The Empathy Exams!). I don‘t read too many essay collections organized by topic, but this makes me want to read more of them, because the way in which the writers‘ experiences are hugely different but still share many common threads is rich food for thought.

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So Big | Edna Ferber
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I LOVED THIS. The language was charmingly of its time, but also unbelievably modern-feeling. Selina Peake is a great character, and her story conveys so much about vocation, identity, beauty, and the meaning of life. And I loved the Midwest setting. I‘m finally reading Ferber after learning that she has roots in the same area of Wisconsin where I grew up. Not sure how I wasn‘t more aware of her back then, but I look forward to making up for that.

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Excellent book that vividly illustrates the risks of nuclear energy and the horrors of post-disaster radiation, and of a government wherein lies and coverups are systematized and dissent is punished (hmmmm…🤔). Brilliant storytelling, and I found it a great companion to the (also excellent) HBO Chernobyl miniseries.

AlaMich I‘m obsessed with the miniseries! HBO is also doing a companion podcast, in which Peter Sagal and Craig Mazin (show creator) discuss one tv episode per podcast episode. A lot of behind the scenes stuff, more history...it‘s really good. 2mo
AlaMich Not surprisingly, it‘s called The Chernobyl Podcast. 2mo
Christine @AlaMich Yes!! I love the podcast at least as much as the show, I think! So good. Like Mazin mentioned on the podcast, this book is really good and just sort of provides more detail and background info. (edited) 2mo
MellieAntoinette @Christine @AlaMich 🙋🏻‍♀️🙋🏻‍♀️🙋🏻‍♀️ me three! 2mo
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Nuclear Physics for Babies | Chris Ferrie, Cara Florance
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I‘m consuming a lot of nuclear physics-related content right now (Chernobyl HBO series and accompanying podcast and a couple of books), but to be honest I still don‘t quite understand how fission and nuclear power work...😬 So you can bet I snapped this right up when it caught my eye on a new children‘s books display at my library. It helped, a little. 😆

AthenaWins I love these books! They're simplified, but it's perfect for early learning. And hey! We adults need things simplified sometimes too! 2mo
Aswenson I have this set of 4 for my one year old, but I don‘t understand much of what I‘m reading to him! 😆 2mo
Christine @AthenaWins They do seem like great books! And yes, simplified is so nice for all ages when you just want an overview...one of my kids is obsessed with the Who Was?/What Was?/Where Is? books, and I always learn so much when we read them together. 2mo
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Christine @Aswenson LOL! Bonus learning opportunity for you. 😄 Wish there had been more books like this when my kiddos were babies 10+ years ago. 2mo
Smrloomis Thanks for posting this. This looks great although I might also need the Nuclear Physics for Dummies Guide - that totally exists, right? 😆 2mo
Christine @Smrloomis - LOL! I also need that book, so please let me know if you find it. I will say that between this book, the HBO show, and the book I just posted about a minute ago, my understanding has at least improved greatly! 2mo
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Flight Behavior | Barbara Kingsolver
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Not sure why I put this one off, because I pretty much always love Kingsolver. I really enjoyed everything about it - characters, setting, and themes like class issues around science and knowledge and climate change denial as part of culture and identity. Plus butterflies - I love butterflies and have been lucky enough to live near several major monarch migration pit stops. 🦋🧡 And, as always, her writing was pure literary comfort food for me.

Bibliogeekery Love the idea of Kingsolver as pure literary comfort food! Beautiful! 2mo
sprainedbrain I loved this one! Totally agree with you about Kingsolver. I‘ve adored everything of hers I have read. 💕 2mo
Christine @Bibliogeekery Aww, thanks! ❤ 2mo
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Christine @sprainedbrain She's just so good! In recent years I've been listening to some of her books instead of reading in print, and I've come to love the sound of her voice, too (as long as I increase the speed a bit ;). 2mo
sprainedbrain @Christine yes! I love her narration. I do speed it up, though. 😂 2mo
Christine @sprainedbrain 😂❤️, a must!! 2mo
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A wonderful memoir. It‘s not just about Patterson‘s role as mom to a transgender child, though of course that story is compelling. I was equally moved by her stories about her life as a black girl/young woman/professional/partner/mother of five - always relatively privileged, but with her own challenges around family, identity, and purpose. And her writing is great enough to make that as much of a reason to read this as the absorbing content.

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Scored a nice $5 haul from one of my neighborhood library branches, which, despite being quite small, invariably has some great books on its for-sale shelves. Found two from my #summersantagoespostal match‘s TBR, three from my own (Danticat, Euphoria, Bluebird), Unsheltered (which I loved), and an extra copy of my beloved Poisonwood to have on hand for emergency sharing needs! 😁

DeeLew Excellent haul! Love Barbara Kingsover and the Poisonwood Bible is one of my all time favorite books. 😊 2mo
Christine @DeeLew Poisonwood is just so good!! I‘m planning to try the audiobook soon. I‘ve only read in print. 2mo
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Handmaid's Tale | Margaret Atwood
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Another news day, another scary step backward. 😔

(Art by Zoë van Dijk, https://www.zoevandijk.com/BLESSED-BE)

MelissaSue81 I am so disheartened. Even if we “make it“ to 2020, I'm not sure the damage can be undone.
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Christine @melissasue81 I know. 😣 2mo
RamsFan1963 @Christine Honestly, when I started reading sci-fi back in the early 70s, this is definitely not what I imagined friggin 2020 to look like. 2mo
Christine @RamsFan1963 Ugh yes, way too true! 😖 2mo
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Bought a very inexpensive used copy of this via eBay after hearing Melinda Gates praise it highly on not one but two podcasts. Fun to see it‘s signed by the authors, with a fantastic bonus signature (on the left) from what Google tells me is the first author‘s mom, age 91 at the time: “It‘s Sunday - I do not think on Sunday - it‘s my day of rest.” 😂❤️

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Notes from a Young Black Chef: A Memoir | Joshua David Stein, Kwame Onwuachi
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I really enjoyed this. My husband and I loved Kwame on Top Chef, but I didn‘t know much about his younger years (complicated and fascinating) or his post-show DC restaurant career (same modifiers apply). I was impressed by his insights about identity and ambition, and even more so by his frankness about racism and discrimination in his industry (and he most definitely named names). I fully recommend the audio.

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VERY happy to receive this bookmail today. (Thanks, #librarything #earlyreviewers !)

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Celebrating Mother's Day: Mom's Memory Box | Sandi Hill, Susan Banta, Joel Kupperstein
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My son‘s classroom hosted a Mother‘s Day luncheon in their school garden today - so sweet and adorable. The kids showered us with homemade gifts, including the cutest (laminated! 🤓❤️) letters, which they read aloud. My little guy made a few educated guesses (I don‘t know that I‘d list 🥩 and 🍓 as faves, though I do like them, and he overestimates my personal love for SpongeBob...😛), but I was pleased to see that my bookishness was noted. 😊❤️

Jennick2004 You love 🍓 and 🥩 because they‘re your favorite color 🤣🤷‍♀️ 2mo
xxjenadanxx Aww that‘s so sweet!! 2mo
SarahHarts_books So cute!! 😍😍 2mo
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Suet624 💗 💕 2mo
Reggie Lol, this is awesome! 2mo
RealLifeReading That's so sweet 2mo
Christine @Jennick2004 That really might have been his rationale! 😂❤️ 2mo
Christine @xxjenadanxx @SarahHarts_books @Suet624 @Reggie @RealLifeReading It was really precious - the kids also acted as servers, taking our orders from menus they made and serving/clearing multiple courses. (Lucked out with an especially great teacher, obviously!) 2mo
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This is an excellent analysis of the systemic problems of prosecutorial power in the U.S. and a very readable, well-written book. The author is clearly passionate about the issue, and I was moved by her deep caring for the two young people whose stories she tells. The facts are infuriating, but her tone is hopeful, because reform is entirely possible (and we can/must vote for it!). Definitely an addition to my list of essential books in the genre.

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