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Not sure how to hashtag listening to the tagged audiobook while preparing herbal concoctions from elecampane roots, but these endeavours began with #audiogardening.

emtobiasz #audiobrewing, perhaps? Sounds seasonally appropriate, anyway 🥘 12h
Lindy @emtobiasz #audiobrewing sounds witchy. I like it. 😘 11h
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Red at the Bone | Jacqueline Woodson
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Woodson creates vivid characters using the sparest of prose. In this polyphonic novel that spans several decades, we come to know five people from three generations of a single Black family in Brooklyn. I especially loved Iris, a prickly unwed mother without much in the way of maternal feelings, who explores her bisexuality at college. #LGBTQ

charl08 Looking forward to reading this one! 16h
Lindy @charl08 👍 16h
Freespirit Great review! 15h
Come-read-with-me @Lindy I just picked this book up and am moving it up on my TBR pile based on your great review. Thanks for sharing. 10h
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Red at the Bone | Jacqueline Woodson
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Something about memory. It takes you back to where you were and lets you just be there for a time.

Photo: my sisters and cousins and me (in plaid, bottom left).

Cathythoughts Lovely picture ♥️ memories ✨✨✨ 18h
Tanisha_A You look stylish! Poser. 😘 18h
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LeahBergen ❤️❤️ 18h
TrishB Love it ❤️ what a great pic. 18h
Suet624 💕💕💕 18h
saresmoore Too cute! 17h
Lindy @Tanisha_A @leahbergen @trishb @suet624 @saresmoore Thanks, friends. When my cousin sent me this photo recently, I realized that I have loved overalls since at least age 3. (edited) 17h
Freespirit How gorgeous 15h
Reggie This is so adorable! 14h
Come-read-with-me @Lindy This is so cute! You rocked those pants! 10h
Lindy @Come-read-with-me Ha! Thanks. 10h
batsy You're rocking the plaid overalls! Love this photo 💕 8h
Lindy @batsy Thanks 😊 Forever plaid… 8h
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Not much time for reading today. I‘m at a Mavericks concert, in the mood for some feel-good country Latino rock ‘n roll music.

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Part memoir, part journalistic investigation into the issue of depression, which “remains undertreated and poorly treated and grossly inequitably treated, in part because of our own squeamishness in confronting it, or our denial of its existence as an illness, and the destruction it wreaks when left to its own devices.” Difficult to read because too many people I love have died by suicide, and I expect others will find it hard also. #audiobook

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The tagged audiobook was in my ears during my day of travel yesterday, when I spotted these toys in the Toronto airport.

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Curling season starts today. The ice looks inviting. 😊

Lindy @Come-read-with-me We aren‘t a particularly strong team, but we won today. Nice to start the season with a win. 😊 2d
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A highly entertaining history & current use commentary on a punctuation mark that isn‘t for “highfalutin snobs,” but for anyone who loves language. “If we can learn to see past rules as the *only* framework with which we can understand and learn to use language, we might be able to see what purposes rules could *really* serve.” From the badassery of Elizabeth Anscombe, to liquor laws & the death penalty, the semicolon has great stories!

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What started as a quest to find local wool to knit started Californian Stephany Wilkes on a life-changing path. She documents the many steps along the way from sheep to clothing, most important being the lack of infrastructure. Transformed, Wilkes ends up quitting her job in the tech industry to become a full time shearer. Informative + personal: I recommend this to #knittersofLitsy & anyone curious about where their clothing comes from.

Cathythoughts Nice one 👍🏻♥️ 3d
Cathythoughts I loved the sheep‘s feet / legs ( boots ) and that they are wild mountain creatures 3d
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Lindy @Cathythoughts Yes, the shepherding of land through judicious management of sheep—animals who serve a function in nature, particularly certain heritage breeds—it‘s all very interesting. 3d
Cathythoughts They are so hardy ... we often see them jumping up the mountains & roaming about ... a beautiful sight 3d
Lindy @Cathythoughts 😊🐑🐑🐑⛰ 3d
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“The only thing better than the last sheep is the first sheep.”
[something sheep shearers say, before starting their backbreaking work]

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“Vendors apologize for not having much (or any) yarn to sell this year, because it smells too strongly of smoke. I want yarn that smells of smoke. Smoke is our terroir this year, the story and taste of our place…”

The part about the devastating fires in California in 2017 has an emotional impact in the epilogue, after readers have come to know the individual farmers and their flocks of sheep who were in the affected counties. #knittersofLitsy

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The tagged novel by a new Nobel laureate is one of my favourite books of 2019. It‘s on this list. I‘ve read 55 out of the 100 and have many of the others on my TBR. Are your favourites here?

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/sep/21/best-books-of-the-21st-century?fbc...

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Frankissstein: A Love Story | Jeanette Winterson
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By the way, I think it‘s sad that Libby didn‘t manage to get a cover image to go with the digital audiobook.

readordierachel That is sad. It's a cool cover, too. 3d
Christine Odd! I‘m listening to this via the (otherwise inferior) service offered by one of my libraries (RBdigital) and it‘s having no problem displaying the cover. 3d
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Testaments | Margaret Atwood
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Congratulations Peg and Bernardine! #booker2019

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Spent some time with the Group of Seven at the Art Gallery of Ontario today. 🎨

Jaimelire Beautiful 4d
Lindy @Jaimelire 😊🌲❄️ 4d
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Frankissstein: A Love Story | Jeanette Winterson
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Smart, witty & feminist. Alternating storylines—early 19th c and science-fictional near future—fit together like puzzle pieces. I love the mirroring of all the characters: author Mary Shelley = trans person Dr Ry Shelley; poet Lord Byron = sexbot magnate Ron Lord; author John Polidori = journalist Polly D, etc. “What is your substance? Whereof are you made?” Literary allusions & philosophical musings anchor the playfulness. A wonderful #audiobook

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The US Supreme Court has ruled that “punctuation is a most fallible standard by which to interpret a writing.” Taking it even further, courts have opined that “punctuation is no part of the English language.”

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Frankissstein: A Love Story | Jeanette Winterson
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“An iPhone is not a human right,” Victor said mildly. “Privacy is.”

Cathythoughts 👍🏻 5d
Bibliogeekery I can't WAIT to read this! Is it good?? 5d
Lindy @Bibliogeekery I am loving it. Only an hour left in the audiobook but I must be social at a family thanksgiving gathering so I won‘t finish today. 5d
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It got worse: 3 years later, the parenthesis had gone from Quasimodo to quasi ghost, [being deemed] “nearly obsolete.” The curved marks that humanist thinker Desiderius Erasmus had romantically called “little moons” (lunulae) had crashed down to earth.

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Frankissstein: A Love Story | Jeanette Winterson
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-Women are not body parts.
-How is a man supposed to give a woman a compliment then? said Ron.
I won‘t get into my politics, said Claire. I will just tell you that you can say the following to a woman:
what intelligent eyes she has
what a beautiful soul she has
what deep understanding she has
what fine dress sense she has.
-Is that all? said Ron.
-Think of it like practicing the piano. Get those right and we can try some other pieces.

readordierachel Ha! I like that. I would love to be complimented on my fine dress sense. 5d
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Uncertainty, after all, is very human, and can call forth our best human virtues.

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Frankissstein: A Love Story | Jeanette Winterson
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Maybe being a bodysnatcher is bad for my joie de vivre.

Aimeesue Winterson!❤️❤️❤️ 6d
Lindy @Aimeesue Her writing is so sharp. I love it too. 😊 6d
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The Carbonels | Charlotte Yonge
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…there were, near the bottom, signs of a mass of daffodils, which filled the sisters with delight, though daffodils were not then the fashion, and were rather despised as yellow and scentless.

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The Carbonels | Charlotte Yonge
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I‘m loving the language in this novel. ❤️

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Frankissstein: A Love Story | Jeanette Winterson
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Humankind cannot bear very much reality. That is why we invent stories.

Ruthiella True that! 7d
Tanisha_A YES. I feel that with sleep too at times. Even though at a point the body received the amount of sleep it needed, you just want to sleep more so the brain could avoid reality time for a bit long. 6d
Lindy @Tanisha_A I can sympathize. I am also wistful at the thought of getting the sleep my body needs, after a night of severe insomnia. 6d
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The Carbonels | Charlotte Yonge
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Starting a buddy-read with @shawnmooney today. An ebook is perfect for travelling. I‘m not just going to Toronto, I‘m also travelling to Georgian England. ✈️

Suet624 Nice! 1w
shawnmooney Are you wearing invisible green? 😍 1w
Lindy @shawnmooney Ha! I would be if I had anything dark green, just so I could use the colour name. Love that kind of trivia. 1w
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Today I chose a one minute story from the short story dispenser at Edmonton International Airport. It‘s a special Halloween edition, “My Friend Henry Banner” by Raphael Marchetti.

diovival That is so cool. Did you enjoy the story? 1w
Lindy @diovival It was okay. I don‘t have high expectations for free stories.😊 (edited) 1w
Tanisha_A A very cool concept, I'd say! 1w
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Water Dancer | Ta-Nehisi Coates
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Sad & difficult to hear, as any tale of slavery must be, this is also a tale of triumph. Elements of magic realism help lift it to higher level. I found the #audiobook slow to get into, but Joe Morton‘s narration carried me until I was completely immersed. The story is like a cross between Edward P Jones‘ The Known World and Colson Whitehead‘s Underground Railroad.

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Spiced Pear Lassy Mogs from the tagged #cookbook. Soft molasses cookies to use up an overripe pear as I empty fresh food from my house before travelling to Ontario tomorrow.

ladym30 Sounds and looks delicious!😍 1w
Lindy @ladym30 Yes, thanks. Very yummy. 1w
Tanisha_A 🤤 1w
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Mdargusch Sound amazing! 1w
Lindy @Mdargusch Yes, they turned out great! 1w
readordierachel Yum! I will have to track down this recipe. Sounds delicious. 1w
Lindy @readordierachel It‘s a recipe from Atlantic Canada, I think, even though the cookbook is from the Okanagan area of British Columbia. 1w
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Water Dancer | Ta-Nehisi Coates
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Twelve napkins dyed indigo yesterday while listening to the tagged audiobook.

Sace 💙💙💙 1w
LibrarianRyan It looks like your table is covered in Denim. 1w
AmyG Lovely! 1w
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Lindy @LibrarianRyan Indigo and denim go together like a reader and a book. 😊 1w
Lindy @AmyG Thanks! 1w
Cinfhen That‘s great!!!! 1w
Lindy @Cinfhen 🤗 1w
arubabookwoman Beautiful! 1w
batsy These are so lovely. 1w
LeahBergen I love them! 😍 1w
Tanisha_A Beautiful! 1w
erzascarletbookgasm Well done! Love them! 💙 1w
AmyRebecca Wow! 1w
Mdargusch Those turned out great! 💙 1w
Come-read-with-me @lindy beautifully done! 1w
Lindy @Come-read-with-me Thank you! 1w
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A review of his 1904 book, The Golden Bowl, appeared under the heading “A Novel for the Select Few.”

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Butterfly Yellow | Thanhha Lai
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Told in alternating POV of Hang and LeeRoy, two 18-year-olds in Texas, Lai‘s artful prose balances the trauma of refugee‘s boat journey from Vietnam with the humour of an always-hungry wannabe cowboy. The print edition uses Vietnamese syllables to portray Hang‘s struggle with English pronunciation; in the #audiobook, narrator Lulu Lam makes it easy to hear what Hang sounds like. #YA for anyone who likes moving stories with remarkable characters.

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Punctuation has to be judged by how it shapes the text in which it‘s situated. The problem, for writers and readers, is how to go about figuring out whether punctuation is any good or not without the security of a book of rules. It‘s a tough thing to do, to learn to let go of getting answers from stylebooks and to replace that practice with asking exploratory questions about our texts.

tournevis English only. 1w
Lindy @tournevis The author mentions that Turkish and Arabic are two other languages with much discussion over the use of semicolons. 1w
tournevis @Lindy Oh, the semi-colon!!! Why is something that should be straight forward gets so complicated! However, my comment was cheekily referring to the fact romance languages have very clear and strict ponctuation rules. 1w
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Butterfly Yellow | Thanhha Lai
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Seen on my #audiowalk to the library yesterday. Frost has killed and flattened the vines, revealing some rather large pumpkins in this front yard.

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Water Dancer | Ta-Nehisi Coates
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Spent today #audiodyeing with a vat of indigo. More photos tomorrow.

Tanisha_A Indigooooo! 🔵 1w
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Cathythoughts Pretty 💙 1w
saresmoore I love this! 1w
Lindy @saresmoore Thanks! Making an indigo vat intimidated me, but I‘m glad I decided to try it because the results are satisfying. I started at 10 am yesterday and wasn‘t finished until 8:30, with only a couple of short breaks to eat. Listened to a big chunk of 1w
saresmoore My goodness, that‘s some dedication! I‘m still tempted to try it for myself. 1w
Lindy @saresmoore I‘m going to heat up the vat again today to do a little more. I already have two handkerchiefs, 12 napkins and a two-metre length of muslin... but the blue is so pretty I want more. 1w
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Social injustice, class & racial stratification, discriminatory treatment of undocumented migrant labourers in Malaysia: these are the weighty topics of this compelling, humane novel. Told in a circular, conversational style, a privileged lesbian journalist interviews an ex-convict about his life. How much choice do the underdogs of society have, when all they want is to live a good life? Devastating & insightful #audiobook read by Jamie Zubairi.

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Sometimes your brain doesn‘t recognise danger or risk until much later — days, weeks, years — and it‘s only then that the event feels scary, because the passing of time has made it seem that you had a choice.
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Kurt Vonnegut was unequivocal in his last book, advising writers, “Do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. All they do is show you‘ve been to college.”

AlaMich Well that seems a bit harsh;;;;;;;; 2w
Come-read-with-me @Lindy Love this!!!!! 2w
Lindy @AlaMich Agreed! I‘m a big fan of this mark. 2w
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Lindy @Come-read-with-me Ha! I‘m going to have to hold myself back from quoting right and left from this delightful book. 2w
Ruthiella But I love semicolons! 😳 2w
Lindy @Ruthiella Me too! 2w
marleed I would consider this; however, I kinda love a well-placed semicolon ;) 2w
Tanisha_A Yes, I love semi-colons too. 2w
Ruthiella @marleed well done 👍😀 2w
Lindy @marleed 👏👏👏 2w
Lindy @Tanisha_A It‘s interesting how much passion—for and against—is inspired by a simple punctuation mark. 2w
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How to Do Nothing | Jenny Odell
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I started this in print format and found it hard to follow Odell's long, philosophical sentences. When I switched to audio format, I adored her style. Her work is a call to activism that stresses the importance of taking time to listen, to pay attention, and to contemplate. Also, it's an invitation to reconsider the idea of what it is to be productive. I‘ve listened to the #audiobook twice. It‘s available on Hoopla & read by Rebecca Gibel.

emtobiasz Thanks for the #Hoopla tip! Definitely checking this one out! 2w
batsy I found this book so refreshing and thought-provoking. 2w
Lindy @emtobiasz 😇👍 2w
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Lindy @batsy Me too. I was thinking about it obsessively for awhile and I‘ve recommended it to a number of friends already. 2w
Cathythoughts Sounds like a good audio ... 👍🏻 2w
Lindy @Cathythoughts Yes, indeed. 😁 2w
Blaire I‘ve been wanting to read this...will try it on audio. 2w
Lindy @Blaire Let me know what you think about it afterwards, ok? 2w
Blaire @Lindy I will. Plan to start it this week. Love seeing people‘s hoopla finds. I love it but it‘s hard to find what books are available on there. 2w
Lindy @Blaire Hoopla doesn‘t have good discoverability. I wish there was a “newly added” search. Popular, Recommended, and Featured aren‘t helpful to me. When I‘m browsing Hoopla, I mark titles that interest me with the ❤️that signifies “favourite” because that‘s the simplest way I know of to find them later. 2w
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Empire of Wild | Cherie Dimaline
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I had previously read Dimaline‘s The Marrow Thieves, so I knew not to expect that her characters will come through their ordeals unscathed, but that didn‘t stop me from rooting for Joan of Arcand in this raunchy werewolf story set in a contemporary Métis community in Ontario. #Audiobook narrated by Michelle St. John. #Indigenous

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Empire of Wild | Cherie Dimaline
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Sundays were for God, though most people prayed out on the lake, casting Hail Marys with their fishing lines into the green water, yelling to the sky when they didn‘t get lucky or when they did.
Parties were held in kitchens. Euchre was a sport. And fiddles made the only sound worth dancing to.

(Illustration by Christie Jedele, Andrea‘s Fiddle)

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Weep Not, Child | Ngugi wa Thiong'o
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Empire of Wild | Cherie Dimaline
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The rogarou smiled. My, what big teeth it had.

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30-year-old Ruth discovers it‘s possible to make something sweet when life hands her lemons—dumped by her fiancé and then called to spend a year with her parents to help cope with her father‘s Alzheimer‘s. Surprisingly buoyant, this novel is told in Ruth‘s diary vignettes, tenderly collecting moments—absurd, mundane or sublime—like: “The moon is doing something beautiful.” The fragments add up to something charming, heartfelt and beautiful.

Ruthiella I loved the diary entries from her father about when she was small. Also the book is set in the part of Southern California where I grew up which was fun to read. 😀 2w
Lindy @Ruthiella Her father‘s records of the cute things she said as a child were my favourite part! 2w
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At the library, I run into Regina, who was homecoming queen our junior year. She had hay-coloured hair to her waist and I envied it. She has children now. They share names with hurricanes—I don‘t know if it is intentional or what.
“This is Katrina and this is Sandy,” she introduces. The children are 4 and 8, and even so young, their expressions look overcast.

Cathythoughts Very good .... 👏🏻 2w
Lindy @Cathythoughts Khong is wonderfully inventive in her turns of phrase. 2w
Reggie Oh I like this!!! 2w
Lindy @Reggie Clever, quirky humour pops up everywhere in this novel. 😊 2w
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Later, at the farmers‘ market, I watch a couple bros sample dates.
“Shit,” says one bro, coughing, “I think I‘m allergic to this giant raisin!”
“That‘s not a raisin, Steve,” says another bro. “That‘s a Medjool date.”
Born humans, I remind myself.

Tanisha_A After seeing your posts, i feel like buying this book right now. 2w
TrishB I was just thinking that @Tanisha_A ! 2w
Lindy @TrishB @Tanisha_A Double score for #blameitonLitsy. 🥇 2w
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I ask if he remembers the time she tried to make Cheetos from scratch. I was 9 or 10 & Cheeto obsessed. She drove us 2+ hours to the Frito-Lay factory in Bakersfield, where we toured the plant in hairnets & shoe covers. At the end of the tour we sampled the freshly manufactured Cheetos, still warm from the industrial process. A few weeks after that trip, she arrived at an actually impressive Cheeto - cheese dusted and craggy.

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I like to collect those almonds with the slight curve, the ones that hold your thumb. And not only the curved nuts, but also the nuts that don't have the standard tear shape, that are shaped more like buttons, with a rounded edge instead of the point. Almond anomalies.
What a ridiculous person I am. I unscrew the jar and tip as many anomalies as will fit into my mouth.

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“Another weird thing is that pigs don‘t get milked,” I said. “Pigs don‘t get milked.”
“Because piglets drink it all?” Bonnie said.
“Because piglets drink it all.”
“There‘s something beautiful about that,” Linus said, “beautiful and perfect.”
We toasted to piglets and didn‘t notice Theo approach.

wanderinglynn ❤️❤️❤️ 2w
ladym30 They are adorable!😍 2w
Lindy @wanderinglynn @ladym30 They are English Blacks on my sister‘s farm. I think their mother is called Princess Pricilla. 2w
Cathythoughts There is something beautiful about that..... 👍🏻♥️ 2w
Lindy @Cathythoughts 😊🐖❤️ 2w
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Ebook loan is due back today and not renewable. Time to step up my reading pace. It‘s not so much that I read more slowly in digital format, but that I prefer print, so reading whatever my current ebook is generally gets relegated to those times that I don‘t have access to either print or audiobook.

LauraBeth I loved this book! 2w
Lindy @LauraBeth I‘m enjoying it, even though I haven‘t found it as funny as others have. 2w
Ruthiella I loved the book too. 😀 2w
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Reviewsbylola I loved this one! Turn your ereader on airplane mode and then it can‘t be returned. 😆 2w
Lindy @Ruthiella 😊👍I just gave it 5 stars on Goodreads. 2w
Lindy @Reviewsbylola Good advice. Fortunately, I have finished it without having to resort to technological subterfuge. 😊 2w
Reviewsbylola 🤣🤣🤣 2w
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