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Dolly

Dolly

Joined May 2016

My favorite books teach me, challenge me or make me stop and think
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A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth
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Very good. Well written. Not quite as good as I hoped. I held it high on my list until just now I was reminded about #BadBlood that blew every other book out of the water.

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Excellent food book that isn‘t a typical cookbook in that it teaches you the how and why of these 3 key ingredients and the action of heat so you can fix problem recipes, improve on daily dishes, and become a better cook originating your own recipes.
I would suggest a text copy of this book as it contains charts and lists not available on audio. 🙁

JamieArc I really enjoy the Netflix series. There‘s one episode for each component, and I‘m sure like the book, it‘s really well done. Who knew salt could be so fascinating? 2d
Dolly @JamieArc Excellent choice for videos! For those wishing to cobble together refrigerator contents like me, I love having the knowledge to “wing it” with the appropriate fat, for instance, for a given culture. 2d
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The Giveaway Box | Michael Dostillio
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Congratulations on your milestone!😍👏Thanks for the generous #Giveaway500 @REPollock Thanks for being a part of Litsy 📚

🤔Hard pass genres for me would be: fairytales, fantasy, romance and poetry

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Giveaway: A Novel | Steve Fisher
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Congratulations and thanks for the #49Bdaygiveaway. @Jerdencon ! 👏👏

I‘m also doing a giveaway when I reach 30k litfluence.

Jerdencon Thanks for joining 😀 1w
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✨It‘s been awhile since a book has grabbed me like this one has. ✨

✨Totally enjoying this book and very well could be the best read of this year! ✨

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One of the bargains offered by Early Bird Books today. I think it‘s going on my TBR.

Kimberlone This book is 💯 2w
Dolly @Kimberlone Thanks! ✅ Done 2w
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Although my favorite is Tender At the Bone this is another winner from Reichl. I‘ve read almost all her books.

Surrounding myself with color today. I‘m excited to make BEESWAX WRAPS a reusable substitute for plastic or foil for selling later this summer at an eco conscious event. Wraps can cover 🍎🍪🍲🥙🥑🍞🧀🥯🥪🥙🥪🥛

Can you spot the controversial subject matter in one pattern?

Freespirit I love using beeswax wraps..trying not to use any single-use plastic items anymore. Looks like a cannabis wrap😁?? 2w
PurpleyPumpkin Haha, well done! Spotted on the bottom right hand corner, second one in. Now that it's legal in Canada, it's not as controversial as it used to be for us! Enjoy making your beeswax wraps, such a great idea. 👍🏽 2w
Dolly @Freespirit I don‘t know why it took me so long to find these wraps. You found the pot wrap! I wonder if it would keep a stash fresh? Yes, @PurpleyPumpkin ! It‘s legal in my state and sales are tremendous with long lines etc. and it‘s heavily regulated. Except for news stories people are very quiet about it. 2w
Freespirit Ha ha @Dolly and @PurpleyPumpkin I think it would keep anything fresh😊. Cannabis still illegal here in Aus, but relatively easy to access😁 . Medical marijuana is legal... 2w
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Oy. Four books became available earlier this week and now two more. Thankfully all but two are audio so I can “read” hands and eyes free for the most part. Looking at my holds I see even more creeping up behind me.

Anyone have nightmares about this?

Suet624 Yes, definitely. 2w
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So far at 30% this is worth the hype. I usually avoid courtroom drama as it‘s usually boring. Not this page turner!

This just may be the best read of the year! 🔥

#PageTurner

Eggs Loved this book 2w
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My Sister, the Serial Killer | Oyinkan Braithwaite
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Not quite as good as I imagined it but still a very good listen.

Booksnchill Agreed 3w
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Bailedbailed

OMG, 2 hours of my life I‘ll never get back. In the running for one of the worst books I‘ve ever picked up.

Nessavamusic I have heard this from a number of folks here on Litsy. Not adding this one to my TBR! 3w
britt_brooke Oh no! 😆 I liked this one a lot, but it‘s definitely not for everyone. The trick is not to take it too seriously. But I respect that you were not a fan. 3w
jenniferw88 It's definitely a marmite book! Unlike the condiment, I liked this book. 3w
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Blaire I loved this one...but could see it being a book you either love or hate. @jenniferw88 exactly. 3w
BookishTrish #Marmitebook love that description! 3w
Cinfhen Ha! I didn‘t hate it but I didn‘t think it was anything special. Just read McGlue and I appreciated what she did more with that novella. 3w
Dolly @Nessavamusic @britt_brooke @jenniferw88 @Blaire @BookishTrish @Cinfhen I suspect most of my dislike comes from the numerous references to drug use and celebrity name dropping. Drug abuse is a dealbreaker for me 10 times out of 10. 😧 3w
britt_brooke @Dolly Completely understand. 3w
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It was necessary to start this book twice as I fell asleep and lost my place in the audio. The first time I saw no humor but that changed on the second go round. Odd. Now I wonder how much one‘s frame of mind has to do with enjoyment of a given read. Seems unfair to an author...

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Nicely written by an author who knows her subject matter. The sprinkling of facts of the natural world added interest and sometimes horror or humor.
Just now finished, I‘m starting My Sister the Serial Killer.

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Yes, I want to read all these books. Yes, I‘ve been waiting as long as 4 months for one of them,
but dammit, why do they all come available at the same time!!!!

blamethestardust Oh I know this pain! ❤️ 3w
KristenDuck This has happened to me too! 3w
Well-ReadNeck So true!!!! I loved both Miracle Creek and My Sister ... 3w
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Suet624 Oh no! That‘s a bummer. 3w
Redwritinghood Happens every time! 3w
kspenmoll I hate when that happens! 3w
Cathythoughts Enjoy 😊I loved The Crawdads 3w
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Some books are similar enough that I confuse them with one another, swap characters, or meld plots. This book is different enough to remain singular and memorable enough for me to revisit in my mind from time to time.

Mccall0113 This one has stayed with me for a long time. 💙 3w
Blaire @Mccall0113 same. Read this for book club years ago and it is one I‘ve recommended often. 3w
Mccall0113 I listened on audio. I think that had something to do with it. I just loved going in to this family‘s world 3w
DivineDiana A memorable book for me too! 3w
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Women Talking: A Novel | Miriam Toews
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Good but not great. I guess skipping quotation marks is a thing.

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Me | Katharine Hepburn
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Annual Friends of the Library sale! What‘s not to love? Yippee!

LeahBergen Nice haul! 👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
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1. Some 😂moments
2. When I noticed Smirk (kitty) leaves her toy mice on rugs it gave me the giggles. I don‘t know why she does this🤷🏼‍♀️
3. Indian!
4. +30 - large Catholic families- and that‘s with several families that had 1 or 0 children!
5. 👍. #Friyayintro @howjessreads

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Book sale coming soon in beautiful Western Massachusetts. You know you always wanted to visit 🥰
Home to Webs - America‘s Yarn Store, 5 famous colleges, Northampton, the best restaurants!

#BookSale
Now I see the next town over also has a book sale. Easthampton, Mass.

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Giveaway | Carolyn Finlay
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I‘m preparing for a future #giveaway when I reach 30,000 litfluence! I‘d rather share my books to spread the fun than hoard them.
The sooner I get to 30K the sooner the #giveaway. U S only -sorry
So keep an eye out for the official announcement. Help me get to 30K 😁!

RaimeyGallant So close! 1mo
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Women Talking: A Novel | Miriam Toews
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Starting this today. It‘s raining...AGAIN! I just might stay in bed all day.

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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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Mehso-so

Working at a library I will pick up a book not on my radar just because it‘s up for an award or there have been many great reviews. Conversations With Friends annoyed me until I bailed and this one upon finishing gets a mediocre rating from me. I‘m sure others will enjoy this; maybe those younger or younger at heart than I will give it a thumbs up. If this well represents - is it YA?- I know it‘s just not for me.

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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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This was available at the library so I grabbed it. It‘s holding my interest at the halfway point unlike Conversations With Friends. Apologies for the glare. 😎

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Rules of Magic | Alice Hoffman
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Bailedbailed

I wish I knew how books like this and Conversations With Friends are classified because forgive me I need to avoid them. The emphasis on judgment and need for approval have me bored and annoyed. Is it written for the young who are carving out a place in the world?

Does this annoy anyone else?

BookFrog I have this book. Your review is not encouraging. 😟 2mo
zezeki I've read it and found it boring and quite shallow. It actually put me off reading anything by Alice Hoffman. 2mo
DivineDiana As they say, “to each, his own”! I found this book enchanting! ❤️ @Slajaunie (edited) 1mo
Dolly @DivineDiana @Slajaunie This book is certainly doing wonderfully on many lists so I don‘t want to dissuade anyone from reading it. It‘s just not my cup of tea. 1mo
BookFrog Good to know! @DivineDiana 1mo
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Mehso-so

This held my interest to a certain extent but that was mostly because I was doing work outside, had no other options, and it was fairly short.

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Mehso-so

I always listen to a book while working outside or doing housework so this occupied me somewhat. I was, however, underwhelmed.

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Sight | Jessie Greengrass
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Bailedbailed

This book is beautifully written but delves too deep for me at this time. The description of her mother‘s death leaves me to believe Greengrass must have had real life experience here as her writing was so on point. Still, after reading 50% and going back and forth on bailing I skimmed to the end not able to follow the author on her path of introspection and details.

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French Exit: A Novel | Patrick DeWitt
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I was much entertained as I performed outdoor spring cleaning by the dry humor of this DeWitt novel. Light and pleasantly laugh out loud funny without being (imho) idiotic. A definite recommend for those moments where you need a lift in mood.

BookishMarginalia Agreed! 2mo
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Mehso-so

This was Lee‘s first novel. Unlike Pachinko, I took nothing away from this book. To me it was all about relationships which I try to avoid reading about. I did like the cover.

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Rated between pick and so-so. Good, not great. I skipped one whole story about ideas for a crime show that went on and on and on.

Laughterhp I skipped the same story when I read this book! 2mo
Dolly @Laughterhp after looking at some reviews we aren‘t the only ones. 2mo
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Mehso-so

Entertaining and possibly useful for those wishing to walk or visit the UK. The author‘s use of labeling an exhaustive number of people idiots, interfered with my respect for him as a person and therefore an author. I understand he‘s trying to be funny but that type of humor misses with me. He‘s not on my list of writers I hope to meet.

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Gees Louise! Is this author trying to be funny when he calls people idiots because they follow policy and comments that he hopes an innocent man - who asked honest questions and received snarky comments in return by the author - gets lost? I‘m sensing Bill Bryson has the need for one-upism.

Do his stories come off as mean spirited to anyone else? I noticed this in A Walk in the Woods - he said mean things about those who worked in fast food.

everlocalwest Yeah, I don't get Bryson. I think his snark is too mean spirited and he genuinely does not seem to enjoy travel. I have no idea why he is such a popular travel writer. 3mo
Dolly @everlocalwest I‘ve convinced myself that one can tell lots about another‘s personality by what they find funny. Then I wonder what my sense of humor says about me 😬🚽 3mo
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Sometimes you have to lighten the mood. Laugh out loud funny, just as one would expect from BC and sooo much better than my first attempt at chicken tikka masala.

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Mehso-so

I wasn‘t sure I wanted to read this after hearing the author on a podcast, but it was available and I needed an audio book. Mixing facts and fiction has always annoyed me and I rarely see the point. Being a facts OR fiction reader I like to know where the facts stop and the fiction starts. Made up conversations are particularly irksome. 🌟🌟1/2

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Washington Black | Esi Edugyan
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Finished tagged book today and made my first Pad Thai. Book was very good as expected and the dish was pretty good too -and easier than I expected. #GarnishSchoolDropout

Cathythoughts I‘m looking forward to reading this one soon 👍🏻♥️ 3mo
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A Suitable Boy | Vikram Seth
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1. Western Massachusetts - but 23andMe tells me Poland/Ukraine, France,Germany
2. Let me travel around the world and I‘ll get back to you.
3. Barbados, Nova Scotia, and England- India
4. Ahhh, maple syrup?
5. 💞

Amiable I loved this book—eagerly awaiting the sequel! 3mo
Dolly @Amiable Oh, I recently considered bailing but you have encouraged me to keep going. 3mo
Amiable This was my annual “chunkster” read a few years ago —in 2014, I think. I just did a few chapters a day, if I recall. The chapters are fairly short, right? It took me about 4 months, but I made it through! 3mo
Dolly @Amiable Yes, mercifully short. My problem is the distance between family group chapters. I have to re-familiarize myself with them each time. I‘m thankful for the inclusion of the family trees! 3mo
Amiable Oh, I know —me too! Those family trees are indispensable! 😀 3mo
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1. Bad Blood by John Carryrou- totally fascinating!
2. Not after I learned how much moisture your body gives off at night😖!! Gross. I air it first and sometimes I never get back to the room B4 evening.
3. 42F
4. Can‘t think of one- that would take imagination or food play both of which were frowned upon in early years.
5. 👍

@howjessreads #friyayintro

madamereadsalot1 👋😊 3mo
Beatlefan129 I just watched the HBO documentary The Inventor based on that book—so fascinating! 3mo
Lauram I do the same thing in the morning! 3mo
Dolly @Lauram we both have black kitties! Mine is a female. 3mo
Dolly @Beatlefan129 I don‘t have cable tv but I watched the 20/20 report last week. I enjoyed seeing some of the actual people involved. I have to say I always thought she was kind of creepy. 3mo
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Washington Black | Esi Edugyan
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A bowl of corn chowder and a long awaited book. Great Sunday.

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Untitled | Anonymous
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What fun! Hope I‘m not too late...
Favorite location from a book is a small farm in a rural town in New England. I read the book decades ago and can no longer find it I believe the title was Greener Pastures. It‘s my favorite because this is my ideal life.

@GondorGirl #Gigibookbox

GondorGirl I love that you chose a location that actually exists! I love New England, so I understand your choice completely! 3mo
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The Princess Diarist | Carrie Fisher
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Just what you‘d expect from a self proclaimed over sharer. I needed something as background where I didn‘t have to think too much. It filled the bill.

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The Blind Assassin: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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Bailedbailed

I‘m quickly coming to the conclusion that Margaret Atwood is not for me. I did, however, somewhat enjoy The Handmaid‘s Tale.

BittersweetBooks I haven‘t read anything by her yet 😳 But I have a few of her books on my TBR shelf. Why don‘t you enjoy her? I have a feeling I may feel the same. 3mo
Dolly @BittersweetBooks I read The Heart goes Last, & Handmaid‘s. Both had a couple moments where they lost credibility for me but were good. The Year of the Flood-I didn‘t buy the storyline at all. It was too far fetched. I honestly don‘t remember why I bailed here but I know it didn‘t hold my interest and it had to be returned. I have several more to try. At this point in life I don‘t hesitate to dnf. Give them a try you may like them. 3mo
Cathythoughts I‘m not sure if she is for me either .... but this , your tagged one was my favorite 3mo
BittersweetBooks Thanks for the info! I think I will give her a try and see what I think. I have Handmaid‘s and this book so I‘ll probably start with those. 3mo
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Giveaway | Carolyn Finlay
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Congratulations @TheSpineView on 50k! ✨💫💥
Thanks for doing a #50klovelitsy giveaway!

TheSpineView Good luck! 3mo
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What an imaginative idea for a story! Great book for mature minds as introspection is certain. Not for a reader that seeks high action. It hooked me early on. So simple yet so unexpected. I‘ll certainly read more Haruf.

cathysaid Haruf is one of my top five favorite authors ❤️ Try Plainsong - it‘s simply beautiful. 4mo
Dolly @cathysaid I have that book and I‘m looking forward to reading it! This was such a nice quick read to relax with. My other book has ~1400 pages and it‘s almost impossible to carry with me every day. 4mo
cathysaid @Dolly Wow! Now that‘s ambitious...and arm toning! 4mo
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Cathythoughts I recently read & loved this one too ♥️👍🏻 4mo
Smrloomis I completely agree. I had no idea who he was before I picked this up and I completely loved it. I even liked the movie adaptation (a rare thing for me at least)! 4mo
Dolly @Smrloomis A movie? Well I‘ll certainly check that out. Rare for me too. Thanks! 4mo
Smrloomis @Dolly sure! Although it might only be on Netflix 🤔 I‘m not sure. 4mo
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Wishful Drinking | Carrie Fisher
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I must say Carrie Fisher wasn‘t shy about sharing intimate details of her life. 😯

KristenDuck I loved Carrie Fisher and her honesty 4mo
Dolly @KristenDuck Agreed! 4mo
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What a nice lady. Her voice, her personality, everything...Bits and pieces of her life, love of animals, and snippets of the work she‘s done. Can we clone her?

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Downsizing. What can you live without? How does unloading stuff make one feel? What would you keep? Why would someone choose to reside in 85 sq ft of living space?
Dee builds her own tiny house after suffering life threatening heart problems.

Reviewsbylola Wow, 85 square feet?!? That‘s ambitious! 4mo
Traci1 My husband and daughter were watching a show about people who move into tiny homes, and I overheard them discussing how I could never do that because I wouldn't be able to get rid of my books. 4mo
C.Perone I need 85 sq. ft. just for my books 4mo
Dolly @Reviewsbylola I was checking her out on the web and evidently 85 sq ft was too spacious- she moved into a 50 something sq footer 4mo
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The Mars Room: A Novel | Rachel Kushner
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This was between pick and so-so, quite good but not great. I‘m sure others will like it. Involves jail time. Read by the author.

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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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Incredibly well written. Michelle tells you all you need to know about her early life. Her fabulous parents will touch your heart and her relationship with Barack may burst any bubble you have about them as an ideal couple. Upon finishing I am convinced she will not run for any political office.

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Calypso | David Sedaris
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As usual I come away from David‘s book with mixed feelings. Yes, he‘s funny, twisted, and sometimes disrespectful, and some of the stories I find disturbing. Mental illness is not always humorous and I worry about the sanity of his whole family. Events are exaggerated for a laugh, right? I hope someone steps in to make sure he never owns a live animal.

gradcat You know, I don‘t think I‘ve ever met anyone who doesn‘t like Sedaris...meanwhile, I do not like reading him, and I can‘t really say why. I just never could get into him. Thanks for letting me know that he‘s a bit of a mixed bag—I don‘t feel so guilty anymore for not liking his work. 👍 4mo
Jadams1776 I love Sedaris but I agree with a lot of your review. In each of his books there‘s one or two that make me go 😳🤭 “...did he just? Oh dear, is he ok?” 4mo
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This is the book I feel has the most value for the world and in particular the US. It‘s changed my way of thinking about eating, shopping, cooking and farming forever. IMHO I think it should be required reading.

@Laughterhp Congratulations on the big number and thank you for the #50kbookrecgiveaway !

Laughterhp Thanks for entering! I‘ve seen this book around, but have never thought about picking it up. I‘ll definitely have to add it to my TBR! 😊 4mo
Gezemice I agree! Definitely changed the way I look at food. 3mo
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