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plemmdog

plemmdog

Joined January 2018

Favorites include literary fiction, nonfiction, science, history, and medicine. Southerner. Bow tie wearer.
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The Following Story by Cees Nooteboom
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Patrick Melrose: The Novels by Edward St. Aubyn
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Paterson by William Carlos Williams
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We try to preserve life even when we know it has no chance of it enduring its body. We feed it, keep it comfortable, bathe it, medicate it, caress it, even sing to it. We tend to these basic functions not because we are brave or selfless but because, like breath, it is the most fundamental act of our species: to sustain the body until time leaves it behind.

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The writing in this novel nearly broke me, it‘s so beautiful, especially in light of its devastating subject matter. The author sang a song at the end of his reading.

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American Pop: A Novel | Snowden Wright
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“The South...was similar enough to the real world to make a child think, I know this place, yet also different enough for them to go to sleep at night knowing it was only make-believe...Not only a world from a children‘s book but also...his own childhood, the strangeness, darkness, and altogether fucked-up-ness that made him the incredibly well-adjusted person he was today.”

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American Pop: A Novel | Snowden Wright
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I picked this up a month ago—seems appropriate to pop it open for this holiday weekend...Happy Independence Day!

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Queer: A Graphic History | Meg-John Barker
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My #pride purchase for the month of June. All history textbooks should be graphic narratives!

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There are some nonfiction writers you pick up and within minutes, the passion they carry for their subject feels like lightning in a bottle. Less than five pages in, I found myself wondering how come I‘ve never heard of Robert Moor? Inspired by a thru-hike completed in his twenties on the Appalachian Trail, Moor finds himself wondering about the existence and evolution of trails (animal as well as human). LOVED THIS.

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13 Reasons Why | Jay Asher
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Read this again for an essay I‘m contemplating to write. Disliked it more even the second time.

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This was a book club pick, and I‘m glad I read it, but at times it felt like Belli was the Elizabeth Taylor of Nicaragua. Somewhat romanticized view of the Revolution but captivating, nevertheless, and a great perspective on the Reagan years.

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The Sportswriter | Richard Ford
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“I tend To think of human beings as huge, rubbery test tubes...with chemical reactions seething inside.”

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The Friend | Sigrid Nunez
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The Friend | Sigrid Nunez
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What do dogs think when they see someone cry? Bred to be comforters, they comfort us. But how puzzling human unhappiness must be to them. We who can fill our dishes anytime and with as much food as we like, who can go outside whenever we wish, and run free—we who have no master constantly needing to be pleased, or obeyed—WTF?

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Hanging in the hometown of McCarthy this weekend for the Big Ears Music Festival.

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Mehso-so

The first third of this was great. Terrific writing, but the first-person narration eventually felt emotionally ingenuine. I wish the author had stuck to one time period.

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Someone suggested this, and now my college alumni has picked it. Impulse buy. Completely enjoying it so far...

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Edward Abbey, writer and environmentalist, was born on this day in 1927.

"We need wilderness whether or not we ever set foot in it. We need a refuge even though we may never need to go there. We need the possibility of escape as surely as we need hope.

--Desert Solitaire, 1968

RaimeyGallant Lovely. 6mo
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My first Wiley Cash. I‘m a sucker for snake-handling Pentecostal villains, what can I say.

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Dharma Bums | Jack Kerouac
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I love old Sixties paperbacks

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I found some old photos of my dad (who died in 1971) and recognize now I know little to nothing about the Korean Conflict, so I‘m reading outside my usual genres for 2018 and tackling Halberstam‘s 600+ page opus. Terrific so far.

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Rich in Love | Josephine Humphreys
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“On an afternoon two years ago my life veered from its day-in day-out course and became for a short while the kind of life that can be told as a story—that is, one in which events appear to have meaning. Before, there had been nothing worth telling the world.”

Just reread this for the third time. Lucille Odom belongs in the pantheon with McCullers‘ Frankie and Harper Lee‘s Scout. The voice is that good. So glad this exists in the world.

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The Following Story | Cees Nooteboom
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“clocks served two purposes...The first was to tell people the time, and the second to impress upon me that time is an enigma, an intractable measureless phenomenon into which, out of sheer helplessness, we have introduced a semblance of order.”

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Restocking my #littlefreelibrsry for the holidays at #mckaysusedbooks. Season‘s Greetings, everyone!

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A Cruel Wind: Pandemic Flu in America, 1918-1920 | Dorothy Ann Pettit, Janice Bailie
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Geeking out on a used bookstore find. The Halloween-y cover makes me laugh

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Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close | Jonathan Safran Foer
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someone picked this for my book club this month. I never read this when it came out originally. In some ways it‘s what I imagine a novel by Wes Anderson would be like, if he wrote. Did anyone else see shades of Catcher in The Rye?

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So far, an interesting viewpoint, and strong rebuttal to Hillbilly Elegy

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“The food jndustrialists have...persuaded millions of consumers to prefer food that is already prepared. They will grow, deliver, and cook your food for you and (just like your mother) beg you to eat it. That they do not yet offer to insert it, prechewed, into your mouth is only because they have not yet found a profitable way to do so.”

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There There: A novel | Tommy Orange
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Hate to be a Debbie Downer, and not a particularly light read for this holiday week, but...

ManyWordsLater Penguin classics just reissued this book. They are reprinting a bunch of really cool old American novels these days. 8mo
plemmdog @ManyWordsLater thanks for letting me know! Sounds intriguing 8mo
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Kyrie: Poems | Ellen Bryant Voigt
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With all the recent attention paid to the centennial of World War I, the great influenza pandemic of 1918 shouldn‘t be forgotten. It was the inspiration for the sobering sonnets in this collection by Ellen Bryant Voight.

...”Time/ isn‘t a straight line, it‘s a scummy pond/our minds fish in”

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There There: A novel | Tommy Orange
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Terrific so far.

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“...what the commercial coup of Fifty Shades [Of Grey] reveals about us is this: we‘re an infirm, ineffectual tribe still stuck in some sort of larval stage. Do I really expect Americans to sit down with Adam Bede...after all the professional and domestic hurly-burly of their day? ... Pardon me, but yes, I do.”

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Doctor Strange Omnibus, Volume 1 | Stan Lee, Steve Ditko, Dennis O'Neil, Roy Thomas
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Paging Dr. Strange...paging Dr. Strange

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On my nightstand. I was lucky to hear Smarsh speak this past week at a conference.

“It‘s a hell of a thing to feel—to grow the food, serve the drinks, hammer the houses, and assemble the airplanes that bodies with more money eat and drink and occupy and board, while your own body can‘t go to the doctor.”

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Perhaps one of the most famous paragraphs in fiction! Thoroughly enjoying reading this again.

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I chose Frankenstein for my October book club, considering it‘s 200 years old this year. Mary Shelley was 19 when she wrote this and had already lost a baby 2 weeks after birth. This is a gorgeous edition which tells you everything you ever needed or wanted to know...

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Patrick Melrose: The Novels | Edward St. Aubyn
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Finally took the plunge. Finished the first novella. Not quite prepared for how dark this has turned out to be. So far, St Aubyn‘s prose cuts like a razor...

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In Pieces | Sally Field
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I‘m eternally grateful for the town I live in. Nashville‘s public library and its premiere independent bookstore (Parnassus Books, founded by writer Ann Patchett) brings top notch writers and interesting people here all year long. Looking forward to reading this.

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Middle Earth: Poems | Henri Cole
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Poetry book covers can be hit or miss, but this one‘s exquisite

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Paterson | William Carlos Williams
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Happy Birthday, William Carlos Williams!

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The Virgin Suicides | Jeffrey Eugenides
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Demo explained it to us like this: “We Greeks are a moody people. Suicide makes sense to us. Putting up Christmas lights after your own daughter does it—that makes no sense. What my yia yia could never understand about America was why everyone pretended to be happy all the time.”

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Asymmetry | Lisa Halliday
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Alice crawled lynxlike toward him across the snow-white duvet.
“Mary-Alice, sometimes you really do look sixteen.”
“Cradlerobber.”
“Graverobber. Careful of my back.”
Sometimes, it could feel like playing Operation—as if his nose would flash and his circuitry buzz if she failed to extract his Funny Bone cleanly.

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Homegoing: A novel | Yaa Gyasi
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Halfway through this and I have to say the first early parts were a bit of a struggle. Glad I‘ve stuck with it.

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The changeling | Joy Williams
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Beartown: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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This is my first Backman, which was a pick for this month‘s book club. Enjoying it so far. Regarding hockey:
“It‘s only a game. It only resolves tiny, insignificant things. Such as who gets validation. Who gets listened to. It allocates power and draws boundaries and turn some people into stars and others into spectators. That‘s all.”

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Halfway through this and thoroughly enjoying it. “...Wenner survived by being an inveterate cheapskate. He once asked writers to use three-minute egg timers to make long-distance calls.”