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ke1lbe1l

ke1lbe1l

Joined October 2018

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Circe by Madeline Miller
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Lean In for Graduates by Sheryl Sandberg
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Dune | Frank Herbert
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Absolutely love the cover art of this version. I bought it while my mom was in the hospital in and out of ICU for 100 days. It was one of my dad‘s favorite but as a child, I always was intimidated by it. Now that I‘ve finished it, I wish I would‘ve read it much sooner. But it‘s nice to have little moments to discover someone after they‘re gone. And I needed some of his wisdom to help me get through the last few months. This book gave that to me.

Liatrek This is book is amazing it‘s on my to read again list 😊 I‘m really hoping the new movie will do a better job with the source material. 5mo
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Late post of a Sunday evening picture. Reading on the balcony before all the storms of this week rolled in. Enjoying the quirkiness of Eleanor so far.

Crazeedi Great book! 5mo
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Listening to my audiobook from my Amtrak bedroom. I‘ve been doing this trek from the east coast to the Midwest so many times this year - on plane, train, and automobile - with my mom‘s unexpected & serious illness that I decided now that she‘s stabilized back home, I‘d treat myself on the way back East this last train ride (hopefully) for a while.

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Lab Girl | Hope Jahren
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Bailedbailed

I wanted to love this book and connect with the author but her voice for the audiobook made me bail. She sounds sad and weak throughout, when I don‘t think she actually is, and she overdramatizes any lines that I think I‘d actually enjoy just reading to myself (anywhere she uses hyperbole or personification or any other literary device). I‘d like to try this again in the future but I definitely do not recommend the audiobook.

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego That's too bad, I really enjoyed the written version. But I can understand why you were put off. 6mo
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Listened to the audiobook and although it‘s one of the longer ones (18+ hours), it went by quickly. I enjoyed the subtle ways the political and cultural context was interwoven with character development. None of it felt forced, and all of it felt essential to gaining a depth of understanding and emotion for multiple generations of this family — who still seems to be searching for where they belong.

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I appreciate her concern for the cost of her hospital care, especially at her young age. I was crying through her explanation of what happened but when she mentioned a medical helicopter all I could think of was speaking with a nurse when my mom was in the hospital (and could see the helipad from her room) about how much it costs to fly the patient, let alone family members... and it is a very large bill. But very worth it.

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Her father‘s friend has a very poignant explanation of what the Taliban actually is: “The Taliban is not an organized force as we imagined ... its a mentality. And this mentality is everywhere in Pakistan. Someone who is against America, against the Pakistan establishment, against English law - he has been infected by the Taliban.”

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Pew Economic Mobility Study found there‘s no group more pessimistic than working class whites, based on a comparison of this group to other races in the same class or to college-educated individuals of the same race. The questions centered on whether their children would likely be better off, or whether they themselves were better off than their parents. Less of this group agreed those statements are/would be true.

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In speaking of someone he met in his hometown, who quit his job and then lamented on social media about the Obama economy, the author reflects “I don‘t doubt that the Obama economy has affected many, but this man is assuredly not among them. His status in life is directly attributable to the choices he‘s made. And his life will improve only through better decisions.” He notes a trend in white culture to blame society/gov‘t for “being a loser.”

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Lessons from the author‘s grandpa:
“He taught me that lack of knowledge and lack of intelligence were not the same. The former could be remedied with a little patience and a lot of hard work. And the latter - well - I guess you‘re up shit creek without a paddle.”
“The measure of a man is how he treats the women in his family.”

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Some tips from the author‘s grandma on how to fight include standing sideways to be a smaller target and to punch with your whole body (“very few people appreciate how unimportant your fist is when it comes to hitting someone”) ... 💪 I‘m a fan of this woman

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“So to Papaw and Mamaw, not all rich people were bad. But all bad people were rich.”

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Bailedbailed

Though I found the core questions the authors raised worth investigating and the evidence presented relevant, I bailed halfway through. I wasn‘t learning significantly new material after the first few chapters and by then, the authors made their central point clear. It was a very interesting book to read around the same time as some of the studies on race. Reminds me of my college years of studying both the medium AND the message in communicating

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Dune | Frank Herbert
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Between the World and Me | Ta-Nehisi Coates

My job, in the little time we have left together, is to match that intelligence with wisdom. Part of that wisdom is understanding what you were given. A city where gay bars are unremarkable, a soccer team in which half the players speak some other language. What I‘m saying is that doesn‘t all belong to you. That the beauty in you is not strictly yours...

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Between the World and Me | Ta-Nehisi Coates

Perhaps struggle is all we have because the god of history is an atheist and nothing of his world is meant to be. So you must wake up very morning knowing that no promise is unbreakable, least of all the promise of waking up at all. This is not despair. These are the preferences of the universe itself.

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Yes Please | Amy Poehler
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It probably wasn‘t fair to Amy to read this book immediately after Becoming by Michelle Obama. However, I needed a light read and this fit the bill. I recommend the audio book, since her personality shines more than I think it would on the page. The content isn‘t anything overly inspirational or revelatory, and at times struck me as a mish mosh of diary entries and unpolished lists written because she had to write something.

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Becoming | Michelle Obama

When I was a girl, I had vague ideas about how my life could be better ... I thought it would mean something if my family could afford a nicer car. I couldn‘t help but notice who among my friends had more bracelets or Barbies than I did ... As a kid, you learn to measure long before you understand the size or value of anything. Eventually, if you‘re lucky, you learn that you‘ve been measuring all wrong.

ProfReader Welcome to Litsy!!! :) 9mo
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