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mdhughes72

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Three Women | Lisa Taddeo
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This burrowed underneath my skin and flayed me. It‘s not, as so many have asserted, about female desire. It is in fact about female invisibility. If it is about desire it‘s not so much sexual desire as the desire to be seen, and believed, and respected, and equal, and empowered. This could never have been written about 3 men, as it‘s still very much a man‘s world. The words go down like butter but come up like bile. A tour de force. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

runswithscissors007 Great review. (I kept reading that it was about desire. I kept thinking “huh. I feel like it‘s more. “ but I only just finished it and couldn‘t put it in to words. ) thank you. 3y
sprainedbrain Excellent review. 3y
mdhughes72 Thanks @runswithscissors007 and @sprainedbrain. Although it may not be a particularly revealing book to female readers, as a male it was definitely eye-opening. 3y
Reggie Great review!! 3y
Suet624 I was just thinking of you. You‘ve been off litsy for a long time! Wondering how you are. 9mo
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This is my top nonfiction pick of the year so far. I‘ve read some very good books but this one is excellent! I can‘t believe this actually happened!! If you believe your relationship with your mother is complicated and fraught, you‘ve got nothing on this author! I don‘t want to spoil it but you don‘t want to miss this one! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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I have no idea how I managed to pick up this book but boy am I glad I did! This isn‘t a difficult read. It‘s chock full of wisdom collected from personal stories, stories shared by friends and clients, and through her copious encounters with books. We are all blessed by older women in our lives. Reading this helped me appreciate that even more. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Fleishman Is in Trouble: A Novel | Taffy Brodesser-Akner
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Y‘all. This book wrecked me. I. Am. Devastated. My insides are all torn up and I know I‘ll be feeling it for weeks to come. It‘s the first novel I‘ve read this year and it may very well be the last — nowhere to go but down from here. This helped me see myself, my marriage, and my spouse in sharp focus. Shimmering brilliance. All the stars for all the feels. Stack it! Read it! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

BarbaraBB Isn‘t it the best when a book has that effect on you? 💕 3y
Megabooks Loved this one too!! 3y
squirrelbrain Great review! 3y
KarenUK Such a great book... 3y
Reagan A great review! Stacked! 3y
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Fleishman Is in Trouble: A Novel | Taffy Brodesser-Akner
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‘That was what I knew for sure, that this was the only way to get someone to listen to a woman — to tell her story through a man; Trojan horse yourself into a man, and people would give a shit about you.‘ This sentence explains the entire book.

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Fleishman Is in Trouble: A Novel | Taffy Brodesser-Akner
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‘Whatever kind of woman you are, even when you‘re a lot of kinds of woman, you‘re still always just a woman, which is to say you‘re always a little bit less than a man.‘

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Fleishman Is in Trouble: A Novel | Taffy Brodesser-Akner
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Can I get a witness?

runswithscissors007 That‘s not how you play it othello...🤣 3y
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Camgirl | Isa Mazzei
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Reads like a female version of Cherry by Nico Walker. I found myself learning a lot about how so many of us try to redeem our brokenness through manic self destruction on the one hand, and the earnest yearning and reaching out for connection on the other. A wild ride — albeit the most unsexy depiction of porn and kink imaginable. Depressing but not without hope. ⭐️⭐️⭐️-1/2

Dolly I‘m distracted by the kitties. Are they sleeping or caught mid-rumble? They are beautiful. 3y
mdhughes72 @Dolly They‘re resting in front of the fire. They do like to tussle and chase each other at breakneck speed when they‘re not busy snuggling with each other. 3y
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Camgirl | Isa Mazzei
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What is wrong with the publishing industry, that a book written by an English major, and presumably edited by one or more English majors, makes such an easy — albeit — common mistake!! It‘s ‘left Lucy and ME,‘ and ‘gave my sister and ME‘! Direct objects people!! Am I the only grammar nazi in the house?!?

Texreader This trend has been driving me batty. And outraged. 😡 It‘s happening everywhere: in books, in the movies, in the news, in interviews. I‘m with you!!!! It sounds like an attempt to be pretentious and comes across as simply uneducated. Thanks for bringing it up. It hits me everyday and I cannot get used to it. I‘m glad I‘m not the only one. 3y
MommyWantsToReadHerBook Good grief. I'd like to give those editors a piece of my mind! 3y
julesG It always reminds me of the Queen's "My husband and I". For anyone still on the grammar fence: http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/radio/specials/1837_aae/page37... 3y
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rachelk 🙌 Yes!!! 3y
ravenlee Drives me absolutely crazy! I see this all the time. Especially “between you and I;” I see that one everywhere. 3y
Reviewsbylola This one does bother me. I can overlook a lot of mistakes but that‘s a bad one. 😬 3y
BookNAround Grammar grump here too. 3y
mdhughes72 @Texreader You AREN‘T the only one! 3y
mdhughes72 @MommyWantsToReadHerBook I‘d do it myself but I don‘t have any mind to spare! 🤣 3y
mdhughes72 @julesG Thanks for the resource!! 3y
mdhughes72 @ravenlee I heard it from the mouth of an English prof yesterday—it was all I could do not to jump down his throat! 3y
mdhughes72 @Reviewsbylola It‘s the worst! 3y
mdhughes72 @BookNAround Welcome to the club! 3y
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In 26 days I‘m running 26 miles for the 26th time — 26 years after being diagnosed with T1 diabetes. I‘ve chosen to make my upcoming race in Jackson a fundraiser for the Diabetes Foundation of MS, which provides a range of services & programs for the nearly 400,000 diabetic Mississippians. Will you consider being 1 of my 100 supporters? I‘m asking for $26.20 but you can donate any amount; nothing is too big or small! Link is below. Thanks!!

mdhughes72 www.justgiving.com/fundraising/runner-martin-hughes 3y
wanderinglynn Congrats! What an awesome achievement. Good luck with no. 26! 👏🏻🏃🏻‍♂️👏🏻🏃🏻‍♂️🎉 3y
mdhughes72 Thanks @wanderinglynn! It's a very special event for me. 3y
BookwormM Go you much respect ✊ 3y
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An important but not always an interesting book. Unless you‘re interested in the behind the scenes work of journalists you may not find all of this compelling reading. However, as a document of the rise of the #MeToo movement and the part the Weinstein investigation played in that, this will be required reading going forward. I did appreciate how gut wrenching the process was for Christine Blasey Ford — helped me understand how that unfolded.

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Like John in exile, this author‘s extended meditation on the cataclysm of climate change reads like an apocalyptic vision of the future. The haunting beauty of his lyrical description belies the horror of what fossil-fueled growth has already put in motion. Relentlessly bleak, the true takeaway is that we can‘t shop or consume our way to a better world; our only hope is through political action. A must-read for all global citizens. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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That part in Batman Begins where Bruce and Rachel survey the ruins of Wayne Manor. He says he will rebuild it just the way it was, brick by brick. Alfred suggests improving the foundations. Meanwhile, from The Uninhabitable Earth: ‘It took New York City 45 years to build 3 new stops on a single subway line; the threat of catastrophic climate change means we need to entirely rebuild the world‘s infrastructure in considerably less time.‘

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Big Numbers | Jack Getze
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Aside from my mortgage, there aren‘t a whole lot of big numbers in my life. Here are 3 I‘m celebrating today as I cross the threshold of 10,000 in both total Litfluence points AND total running miles on my Garmin. As my 16 yo son would say, ‘Let‘s GOOOOO!‘

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🙌🏻🎊🎈 3y
ShelleyBooksie Congrats! 3y
Ruthiella Congratulations! 🤩 3y
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Megabooks Congratulations!! 💜💜📚📚🎉🎉🥳🥳🤩🤩🥂🥂 3y
sudi Congrats 🎉🎉🎉 3y
mdhughes72 Thanks so much @Megabooks and @sudi !! 3y
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‘What that means is that we have not, at all, arrived at a new equilibrium. It is more like we‘ve taken one step out on the plank off a pirate ship....The last few years of climate disasters may look like about as much as the planet can take. In fact, we are only just entering our brave new world, one that collapses below us as soon as we set foot on it.‘

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‘Climate change is a “hyper object” — a conceptual fact so large and complex that it can never be properly comprehended. But time is perhaps the most mind-bending feature, the worst outcomes arriving so long from now that we reflexively discount their reality.‘ It‘s a calamity that we confront such a problem at the very moment in history when our attention spans have never been shorter.

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1 of just 25 books to make NPR, NYT, & WaPo year-end lists, this is an ideal analysis of who DJT is & why he does what he does. Describes the 4+ decades of Trump‘s prodigious relationship with TV. Context about the changing nature of storytelling & industry are also insightful. I hope this will help us think & talk differently about this man instead of always reacting & playing his hateful destructive game. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️-1/2.

skewermann @Singout @mdhughes72 you might also enjoy my prescient, pyromaniacal parody of "Fire and Fury"... "Dire and Puny" ? ? #satire ? #Orwell https://www.amazon.com/dp/B081S5JLTX 1y
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So true!!

Aimeesue Exactly. We have all lost our damn minds. 3y
mdhughes72 @Aimeesue The whole media — anti as much as pro — are riding the Trump Gravy Train. 3y
Aimeesue Yep. All driven by clicks and likes and the attention-span economy. How sad for all of us. 3y
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👆👆👆So much good stuff here! 👆👆👆

Aimeesue YES! Exactly. 3y
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Snowy Day | Ezra Jack Keats
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‘The Caldecott-winning tale of a young boy‘s encounter with snow has been checked out 485,583 times from the NYPL since it was published in 1962.‘ As a child this book was a revelation for me — not just because it‘s about a little black boy, but because it‘s about snow. It snowed exactly once in the town I grew up in, all of .01” After living 25 years in the desert I now live where I can enjoy all 4 seasons, including snow in the winter.

Joanne1 Amazing!! Not the I‘ve ever heard of the book. 3y
mdhughes72 @Joanne1 Do yourself a favor and check it out! 3y
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Trick Mirror | Jia Tolentino
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This essay collection is fresh and sharp, lean and tight, moving deftly from autobiographical material to cultural commentary and back again. The author is smart and self-aware, and yet she doesn‘t take herself too seriously. She accepts herself as the walking talking contradiction that she is. And maybe that‘s the biggest takeaway of all — in today‘s world how can any of us be anything but? ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Trick Mirror | Jia Tolentino
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I had to read and reread this paragraph before I finally realized that Trump is the precise personality that FB depends on to fuel its massive hellish empire. If Trump didn‘t exist in real life, FB would have had to create him.

MariettaSG Have you seen the documentary The Great Hack about Cambridge Analytica? 3y
mdhughes72 No I haven‘t @MariettaSG. Would you recommend it? 3y
MariettaSG Yes, most definitely, it is about how data collected from such sources as Facebook was used to influence “persuadables” in their vote during various elections worldwide. 3y
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mdhughes72 @MariettaSG I‘m astonished by how people let themselves be manipulated. But like the great philosopher Keyser Soze once said, ‘The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn‘t exist.‘ 3y
Suet624 Facebook also shifts attention away from certain candidates. 3y
mdhughes72 Did you have any candidates in mind @Suet624 ? 3y
Suet624 Bernie. 3y
mdhughes72 @Suet624 Don‘t hold back!! 3y
Suet624 I used to work for Bernie when he was Mayor and Congressman. He's a man of his word and has done amazing things. I feel as though Facebook (and a lot of media) treat him like he's a joke. 3y
mdhughes72 @Suet624 I wonder how 2016 would have turned out had Bernie been the nominee. Can he go the distance in 2020? 3y
Suet624 @mdhughes72 In 2016 the Democratic Party superdelegate shenanigans did him in. While they changed the rules slightly several years ago, they can still yank away his nomination now. Established Dems still want Bernie out, despite the passionate support of so many. So I don't have high hopes. People talk about “Bernie Bros“, but my friend was a Bernie delegate in 2016. The vitriole and threats by Clinton folks traumatized her. So we'll see... 3y
mdhughes72 I‘m convinced that the Democrats are truly afraid of success. They‘re their own worst enemies!! @Suet624 (edited) 3y
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Trick Mirror | Jia Tolentino
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‘It‘s very easy, under conditions of artificial but continually escalating obligation, to find yourself organizing your life around practices you find ridiculous and possibly indefensible. Women have known this intimately for a long time .... When you are a woman, the things you like get used against you. Or, alternatively, the things that get used against you have all been prefigured as things you should like.‘

mdhughes72 ‘Sexual availability falls into this category. So does basic kindness, and generosity. Wanting to look good — taking pleasure in trying to look good — does too.‘ 3y
ladym30 What a lovely face! 3y
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Laughterhp Your pup 💚💚💚 3y
emtobiasz This quote is so real. 3y
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Trick Mirror | Jia Tolentino
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FB‘s goal of showing people only what they were interested in seeing resulted within a decade in the end of solidarity. This choice, combined with the company‘s $ incentive to continually trigger heightened emotional responses in its users, ultimately solidified the current norm in newsmedia consumption: today we mostly consume news that corresponds with our ideological alignment, which has been FINE-TUNED TO MAKE US FEEL SELF-RIGHTEOUS & ALSO MAD

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Erudite yet eminently accessible, this book crosses the centuries and circles the globe while still feeling intimate and animate. Packed with fun facts along side of Things We Should Have Learned in School, I found this an engaging read albeit a tad overlong. Still, highly recommended and probably one I‘ll purchase for my permanent collection. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️-1/2

Amiable Cute kitties! 3y
mdhughes72 @amiable Thanks! Looks can be deceiving! 😉 3y
Amiable @mdhughes72 Ha! Got one of those myself. 🐱 3y
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I think of my fellow Littens who live in countries where English is not the first language, and yet they‘re compelled to read books in English, or at least to write about them in English on this Anglo-centric platform. It hardly seems fair. And yet I‘m part of the problem, monolingual that I am.

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Learning so much about the history of the ‘Greater United States‘ from this book! Did you know the Japanese bombed Alaska and conquered several Aleutian Islands during WWII? And that Hawaii was placed under martial law for 3 years? This despite greater than average numbers of war bonds purchased, soldiers enlisted, or medals awarded to service members from these territories. Crazy!!

Cortg Craziness!
There really is a lot of history we are not taught in school. Thank goodness for amazing, and curious historians and writers that gather the info and write the books!
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mdhughes72 @Cortg I consider myself educated, traveled and well read so I‘m embarrassed by all I don‘t know about the history of my own country. It‘s sad how much of official history — not to mention the historical events themselves — is warped by racial bias. (edited) 3y
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I‘m only on page 16 of this book and I‘ve already learned so much, including this little tidbit about the origins of the design of the U.S. dollar. Who knew?

Aimeesue 😳 3y
mdhughes72 @Aimeesue Right?? This book is chock full of fun facts — not to mention inconvenient truths. 3y
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So the author is cut from the same cloth as her subject: meticulous in her research, copious & charitable in her descriptions, & eminently sociable as she goes about putting all the pieces of the puzzle together. Enough has already been said about the book‘s tripartite structure. All I can say is that it was a pleasure to read, I learned a lot about a lot of different things, & it helped me understand what happened to Nelle Harper Lee. 👏⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Asymmetry | Lisa Halliday
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Interesting characters and engaging passages. But this is another one of those books like The Mars Room foisted on the reading public by breathless critics. I don‘t know about anyone else, but story always matters more than pretty or clever words. This added up to a whole lot of nothing. Pass.

BarbaraBB I have this one on my shelves. Now I am not really looking forward to it anymore, since you compare it to the Mars Room, which bored me immensely. 😉 3y
mdhughes72 @BarbaraBB Not the worst books I‘ve ever read, just the biggest letdown from all the hype. 3y
emmaturi I didn't really enjoy it either! 3y
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David takes on Goliath but this time Goliath wins. This Pulitzer winner is well written and compelling, and I kept hoping for vindication but none came. Frustrating as hell!! Prepare to be outraged by corporate greed, governmental incompetence, and citizen powerlessness in this story of the human (and animal) cost of fracking.

Suet624 Ugh. I don‘t think I can read this one. I feel such a weight every day because of the many injustices occurring. 3y
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The Mars Room: A Novel | Rachel Kushner
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A whole lot of What, not as much How, and very little Why. I found the premise interesting and was hoping that the story would actually go somewhere. But no. Just bleak vignettes of life in a California women‘s prison. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Naj This book was unbearable. I couldn't even finish it. 3y
tammysue Thanks for your honesty, will def remove from tbr. 👍🏻😊 3y
britt_brooke I liked this one, but you‘re right, very bleak. 3y
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The Mars Room: A Novel | Rachel Kushner
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‘To work at IHOP, you first go to Walmart or a place like it to get work shoes. Where you see if you didn‘t already know, that most of the adult-size shoes they sell are for working on construction sites, or in hospitals, prisons, restaurants, and schools. And the children‘s shoes are starter versions of the same. Waitress shoes and medical assistant shoes and work boots. Cheap factory knockoffs for people whose choices are to work these crap...‘

mdhughes72 ‘jobs, or crack up and go to a much lower grade of a low grade shoe made by prison industries.‘ 3y
Paula3 Wow 😎 3y
Christine This passage has stuck with me, too! 3y
Suet624 Truth. 3y
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Intercepted | Alexa Martin
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Hackneyed. Cringey. Trashy. And yet, like a terrible car accident, I couldn‘t look (actually listen) away. I guess that‘s what they call ‘hate-reading?‘ I don‘t know. This wasn‘t a quick easy listen for me like some other Littens. It didn‘t feel at all like a story of female empowerment. Same old ‘damsel-in-distress‘ and her handsome prince. Ugh. The disgusting ways that random strangers (men) interacted with her felt very real, though.

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Unsheltered: A Novel | Barbara Kingsolver
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I want to have Barbara Kingsolver‘s baby. All the elements of a BK book are here: science & nature, complex characters & relationships, living & dying, past & future, disappointment & hope. Grown up stories for grown up readers. I mostly enjoyed the ways she wove the two story lines together, focusing on residents of one New Jersey town from two different centuries. Her lilting narration on the audio was a bonus for me. Which BK book to read next?

wanderinglynn KITTENS! 😍 too cute! ❤️🐱 3y
wanderinglynn (Good review, but it‘s hard to focus on the book with that much cuteness around. 😉) 3y
squirrelbrain Exactly @wanderinglynn - it‘s not like a Litten to say ‘who cares about the book?!‘ but...kittens! 😻😻 3y
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JenReadsAlot I want those kittens!!!! 3y
CouronneDhiver 😂😂 Maybe you can have Barbara‘s kitties ... they‘re pretty darn adorable and perfect 3y
Meeko93 So adorable 💜 3y
mdhughes72 You can‘t have them @JenReadsAlot! You‘d have to fight some very fierce people for them! 3y
mdhughes72 Maybe I can, @CouronneDhiver, she‘s my kind of person! 3y
JenReadsAlot I'm sure!! So cute 😻 3y
Suet624 Oh, those sweet faces. 3y
Nute I love everything about this post! Excellent review! 3y
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Meet My Cats | Lesley Anne Ivory
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One week ago we welcomed two new members of the family. Not sure yet how they feel about us but we‘re crazy about them! #catsoflitsy #nationalpetday

Jennick2004 OMG!!!! What are their names?? 💜💜 3y
mdhughes72 @Jennick2004 Mookie and Bennie. My wife is a rabid Red Sox fan. 3y
Naj They're adorable!! 😻😻 and yes, we need the names. 3y
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Naj @mdhughes72 cute names for cute kitties 💜 3y
MicheleinPhilly 😍😍😍 3y
QuietlyLaura Aww! They‘re so cute! 💕😻😻 3y
Stacy_31 Precious babies!! 😻😻 3y
Tamra So sweet! 3y
rretzler Oh, they are so precious! Makes me want some new kittens, too! We added 3 kittens 1.5 years ago to keep our 13 yo cat company (we lost his brother). One of the kittens, Mycroft, would run from everyone, no one could get near him. I took the time to try to befriend him and finally after a long, long time, he became friendly to everyone. 3y
JacqMac Awwww so cute! 3y
Sungirl79 Super cute!!!😻 3y
tammysue Adorable! 💕 3y
JoScho So. Cute! 3y
Chelsea.Poole Precious!! 3y
BridgetteM 💕💕💕 3y
SW-T Congrats! They‘re adorable 🥰 (edited) 3y
CouronneDhiver What are their names? 3y
Meeko93 💜 3y
mdhughes72 @rretzler That‘s a great story with a happy ending. I hope our kittens grow up to be loving and cuddly too! 3y
mdhughes72 @CouronneDhiver Their names are Mookie and Bennie. We have a couple Red Sox fans in our family. 3y
Suet624 Mookie! Benny! As a fellow Red Sox fan I must applaud you for their names. 3y
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My Own Two Feet | Beverly Cleary
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Happy 103rd birthday Beverly Cleary! 🎉 Her books about Henry, Beezus, & of course Ramona helped impart a lifelong love of reading in me & countless other kids, including my three boys! She revolutionized children‘s lit — we don‘t even know just how much we owe her. It was as a children‘s librarian here in Yakima, Washington, that she first became inspired to write for her young patrons. My wife took this pic of the library yesterday while in town

saguarosally I love library pictures! 3y
rretzler I fondly remember reading about Henry, Ruby‘s, Bezus, and Ramona! Both as a young child and to my young children. Thanks for sharing! 3y
Reggie In 3rd grade way back in 1985, our teacher, Mrs.Muncy, the one teacher with a prosthetic leg, because of a turkey hunting accident, read all the Ramonas to us that year after lunch. 3y
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mdhughes72 @saguarosally This one isn‘t much to look at but it has historic significance. 3y
mdhughes72 You‘re welcome @rretzler! Her characters are unforgettable aren‘t they? 3y
mdhughes72 @Reggie that sounds like my kind of teacher! Isn‘t it great that her books have been read year in and year out, across the generations? They‘re so relatable! 3y
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Small Fry | Lisa Brennan-Jobs
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I feel for the author. I really do. Growing up with Steve Jobs as her dad was hard. Of course, so too was growing up with her mom. But there‘s a tinge of ‘poor little rich girl‘ to her account, one she never really acknowledges or explores. She can‘t seem to see her own privilege to be able to check it. This book prompted me to reflect on my relationships with my own parents and kids, which I think ultimately is the value of reading it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Suet624 Good point. 4y
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There There: A novel | Tommy Orange
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I thought I‘d just zip right through this on audio, but the rich tapestry of Native characters and stories insisted that I slow down and digest it slowly. I‘m already ready to work my way back through it again, this time in print. Reminiscent of the scope and intimacy of Dos Passos‘s best works, this one lives up to all the hype. Truly a Great American Novel, one of my top picks of the year so far ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

CouronneDhiver Maybe I‘ll give it a try... I love First Nations storytelling. 😍 4y
RebL I found this book engrossing & like how it came together. I‘ll have to think on the ending a bit, though. 4y
mdhughes72 @CouronneDhiver If you love First Nations storytelling, I think you‘ll really enjoy this. It does take place in Oakland, California, but I don‘t think you need to be familiar with that area to still appreciate the book. 4y
mdhughes72 @RebL Yes the ending was a bit abrupt. My son would call it a Truman Show Ending. 4y
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Your Duck Is My Duck: Stories | Deborah Eisenberg
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I feel as though a great joke has been played on the reading public by the book critics of National Public Radio, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. A cruel hoax. ‘Just words — crack them open and they were empty.‘ And, on the audio, ‘stacking the sounds up like wooden blocks.‘ It was like Lauren Groff‘s Florida all over again. I really don‘t care how beautiful the writing is, none of these stories made any sense. HARD PASS. ⭐️⭐️

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After countless attempts to start this short book, I finally finished it yesterday. I still don‘t know what I think about it. I can‘t say that I loved it; I can‘t even say that it held my attention. But I can say that it is well written and its story and characters are compelling. If moral ambiguity and getting inside the head of a psychopath are your thing then you‘ll probably love it. Alas they are not my thing. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

8little_paws I thought it said a whole lot about gender relations 4y
mdhughes72 @8little_paws I‘d love to have you say more about that. 4y
BkClubCare Do follow the #tob2019 thread to find more analysis 4y
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‘The more he talks, the more I realize that I am a MAGA, a fool, who has been taken advantage of.‘ Coincidence??

vivastory That line also jumped out at me, after I googled it I found it interesting that in Nigerian it means the target of a con artist 4y
mdhughes72 @vivastory So richly perfect! 4y
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So it turns out you can connect Donald J Trump directly to Pat Buchanan and H Ross Perot. Trump, who in 2000 flirted with running for president, had the billionaire persona but not the populist message. It was only when he adopted the Buchanan platform in 2015 that he had the winning combo. He may have run sooner had it not been for the success of The Apprentice. An important and interesting read. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Blaire I love Steve kornacki. I got this book as a gift. Need to move it up the tbr. #politicsnerd 4y
Susanita Ross Perot. Bleh. 4y
mdhughes72 @blaire and @susanita I agree. Good book with interesting characters. 4y
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@britt_brooke you will appreciate this recent entry in the #memoir genre. Author is very honest & transparent about his life, & as he ‘hit the lottery‘ in every other way he never comes across as whiny or a victim. He discusses openly how eating becomes a compensatory compulsion, mentioning Oprah‘s perennial struggle—even billionaires can wrestle with this. Author-narrated audio is powerful; throat cancer left him with a raspy whisper. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

britt_brooke Sounds good - definitely stacking! 4y
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Warlight: A novel | Michael Ondaatje
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Gauzy cloak-and-dagger tale set in the period immediately after WW2, this is reminiscent of his earlier English Patient, with which it compares unfavorably. Also in the same vein as All the Light We Cannot See and Moonglow — two other books that didn‘t live up to the hype (IMO). Though the prose is spare and haunting, I couldn‘t really get into the story or its menagerie of shadowy characters. Thankfully a shorter book. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

MelissaSue81 Yeah this one just didn‘t do it for me. 4y
pdever Thanks for the review. It has been years since I have read anything by this author, but I list him among my favorites. I was thinking about reading this one, but maybe I will pick a different one. 4y
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I try not to be too liberal in my praise of books that I like, so its value is preserved for books I truly love. OMG this is that book! Easily the most important of 2018, one that everyone should read. I found myself thinking differently about anger and its place in public discourse. Men — especially white men — are rewarded for their anger. Women are punished. Author‘s case for the revolutionary power of women‘s anger is a slam dunk ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Emilymdxn I just finished this too and agree completely - it was SO good! 4y
Samplergal Let be it. Stacked. 4y
Christine Though your pic collage is the stuff of nightmares, I love and agree with your review! 😜 4y
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MrBook Nice review!! 4y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great review—this was one of my top 4 picks for 2018. (I can‘t pick just one!) 4y
mdhughes72 @BarbaraTheBibliophage what were your other 3? 4y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Thanks for asking! This was my nonfiction pick. A Little Life was fiction. Becoming was audiobook. And The Great Believers was new to me author pick. Here‘s my post about why: http://thebibliophage.com/best-reading-of-2018/ 4y
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Calypso | David Sedaris
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So it turns out that a 16-mile run is just enough time to listen to this in its entirety. Another solid entry in the Sedaris canon, wryly narrated by the author. I‘ve decided he‘s a ‘sit-down‘ comic: able to make so much out of so little, astute observations and acerbic word play. AND — as bonus — my town name checked! The third book I‘ve read in the past few months to mention the 101st largest US city. Always fun! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Suet624 16 Miles! Puff, pant. 4y
mdhughes72 @Suet624 Not this time. I was feeling too lazy to exert myself too much. 4y
MrBook Another great review! 4y
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This ramble is a pleasant literary counterpart to a Linklater film & a superior companion to Anderson‘s Boom Town. Strikes a perfect balance bw travelogue, memoir, & cultural/political analysis. Author-narrated audio give the stories a warmth & intimacy that I found lacking in his Going Clear. I felt like I really got to know him, & he seems like my kind of guy. His story about living next door to Matthew McConaughey is priceless 😂 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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In terms of storytelling, the 1st 3/4 is a hot mess. Then the author/reporter becomes part of the story & BAM! it turns into a nail-biting cloak-and-dagger. Reminds me of American Prison. The real lessons of stories like these are: 1. we absolutely NEED a free press AND 2. a robust regulatory state to check the truly psychopathological impulses of free-market capitalism. Otherwise people die (no joke). Important topic, messy delivery ⭐️⭐️⭐️

wordzie 😁❤ 4y
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