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rachel_mbc

rachel_mbc

Joined May 2016

Buyer at Harvard Book Store. Reader of books. Abandoner of books. imaliterarymama.wordpress.com
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I took a hiatus from book social media this year, but I‘m back at it. Here‘s what I‘m reading this month, starting with this new collection from @Graywolfpress

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Manhattan Beach: A Novel | Jennifer Egan
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"Tentatively, Eddie had begun to read, and found that it suited him."

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PSA: This book is gorgeous (and emotional). If you want one before Christmas, for yourself or a gift, GET IT NOW. It's going to be out of stock everywhere.

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Manhattan Beach: A Novel | Jennifer Egan
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I haven't posted in a while and I've been in a weird reading funk, but end-of-year lists always get me excited to dive back into my books. Curling up on the couch with a glass of wine and this beauty tonight.

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❤️

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The shelf in my office where I keep the ARCs I've snagged for myself.

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I already posted about how much I liked this book, but my full review is on my blog today: https://imaliterarymama.wordpress.com/2017/10/25/review-code-girls-by-liza-mundy...

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Best mail day.

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The Red Sox have been pretty terrible this series, so this may be my last Books + Baseball of the season. 📚⚾️

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Feel Free: Essays | Zadie Smith
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I've only read the forward, but I already feel like I'm in the presence of greatness. She's just so f-ing brilliant.

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Sing, Unburied, Sing | Jesmyn Ward
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This book broke me. Crying in a coffee shop broke me. It is among the most physical reading experiences I've had: the heat of the sun, the movement of the wind, the weight of a precious child in my arms, all the while my breath caught in my throat.

daf_fields yes 2y
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Sing, Unburied, Sing | Jesmyn Ward
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I'm having a hard time deciding what to read next, so I'm going to try to finish some of my current reads and decide from there. I'm actively in the middle of four of these, and working myself up to read Hillary's book.

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Dunbar | Edward St. Aubyn
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Spending the morning in a coffee shop reading the paper, and this quote from an Edward St. Aubyn interview jumped out at me: "This is the miracle of reading, it's a collaborative enterprise. The text merges with the imagination and experience of the reader and becomes something slightly different in every mind."

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I only meant to bring a few books home from the trade show this year. #NEIBA17

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Uprooted | Naomi Novik
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God bless @GregoryCass for sending me on a book and sushi date after a long and stressful week. Now I'll actually have a chance to finish Uprooted so I can start one of my other weekend reads.

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Sing, Unburied, Sing | Jesmyn Ward
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Too many choices for weekend reading, including two NBA nominees.

RealBooks4ever In the middle of Eight Years - really good stuff! 👍🏼 2y
rachel_mbc @RealBooks4ever I think I'm going to want to read that slowly, so I'm thinking I'll start that and one other. 2y
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Had so much fun introducing Gretchen Rubin at her book launch event tonight. I highly recommend taking her Four Tendencies quiz. I'm an obliger and knowing that is SO helpful for my everyday life.

BTW, that's Melissa Hartwig in the background because my job is cool.

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Uprooted | Naomi Novik
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Reading this as my fantasy pick for the Read Harder Challenge. There are worse ways to wait for the bus.

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I loved this book and the glimpse it gave of the women who contributed so much to the codebreaking effort in WWII. It's not perfect (there are so many women that it's hard to keep track of individuals and the descriptions of the math are a little muddy), but it's such important history, beautifully and lovingly told.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

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Untitled | Unknown
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Our niece made this for our son yesterday. She sure has our number.

scripturient ❤️ 2y
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Lumberjanes Vol. 2 | Faith Erin Hicks
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RealBooks4ever Great job! 🎉 2y
Louise Wow! You are on a roll! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 2y
rachel_mbc @Louise @RealBooks4ever Thanks! To be fair, last year wasn't a great reading year for me, but it still feels like an accomplishment! 2y
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Red Clocks: A Novel | Leni Zumas
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Just hanging out on vacation with my family, reading a book with a stylized vagina on the cover. Think they'll notice? 😂

LeahBergen I think you should read Tampa next - the cover with the pink "buttonhole". Your family will start to sense a theme. ? 2y
rachel_mbc @LeahBergen There's an old issue of Granta with an open coin purse on the cover. Endless possibilities! 2y
arlenefinnigan Also, for vulva flowers, 2y
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juliamo17 What is this book about? 2y
juliamo17 Also, did anyone comment on the cover? 2y
rachel_mbc @juliamo17 No one commented. The book is about five women in a rural fishing village in a future America where abortion is illegal again. They're framing it as Margaret Atwood-ish. I'm not very far into it, but the language is really interesting and beautiful. 2y
juliamo17 Hmm. I'll be curious to hear your final report 2y
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Just when I thought I couldn't love Lumberjanes more, there's a League of Their Own reference. ❤️⚾️

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Lumberjanes #1 | Grace Ellis, Noelle Stevenson
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I forgot how much I love Lumberjanes.

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Artemis | Andy Weir
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Shameless amazing galley brag. #arc #bestvacationreading

RealBooks4ever WANT!! 😻😻😻 2y
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Saga Volume 1 | Brian K Vaughan
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My August to be read pile is a total lie, because I still can't decide what to bring on vacation next week. I know I'll read Saga (for book club) and I'd really like to read American Eclipse before the eclipse on 8/21. Everything else remains to be seen. #anditsaugust #andimadaylate

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I've never read John LeCarre before, but I'm six pages into his memoir for book club and I'm already in love with his writing.

TopazMagpie It just makes me want to read everything he's written! 3y
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My husband already posted about this, but the sign was the finishing touch, up this evening. The library has been up a week now and people have already taken and exchanged a bunch of stuff. First out were Papi by David Ortiz and Ms Marvel Vol 1. Hooray!

Special thanks to my brother who built the whole thing from scratch and installed it last weekend!

Soubhiville Yay! I can't wait to install one as soon as we buy our house! (Currently house hunting. The market is vicious in Austin, so this might take a while!) 3y
rachel_mbc @Soubhiville Good luck with the house hunt! It's brutal in the Boston area too. We got lucky having an offer accepted relatively early in the process last spring. 3y
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Red Clocks: A Novel | Leni Zumas
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Still finishing up Anne of Green Gables as a palate cleanser, but I'm really looking forward to my options for July.

RealBooks4ever Loved the Matthew Sullivan book! 💜💜💜 3y
RealLifeReading Would love to know what you think of 3y
rachel_mbc @RealBooks4ever Oh good! It sounds so fun, and he's a former bookseller at one of the other indie bookstores in Boston. #booksellersolidarity 3y
rachel_mbc @RealLifeReading I've heard such good things. Plus, it's a nice short one for the Read Harder "book set at least 5000 miles from you" challenge. ? 3y
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Anne of Green Gables | L M Montgomery
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I've been in a mini reading rut, but my old-school copy of Anne of Green Gables is breaking me out. So charming! (Complete with random childhood bookmark.)

Jess7 Speaking of book marks! I usually read books on my kindle paper white but occasionally I get physical books from library (whenever the hold list on overdrive is too long) - anyway - where can I find a cute bookmark these days? I've looked at target and places and can't find any. 3y
Ajbsimpson I vividly remember hiding under the covers with a flashlight reading this way past my bedtime in 7th grade. 3y
rachel_mbc @Ajbsimpson I have that memory with The Hobbit at summer camp. 😀 3y
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rachel_mbc @Jess7 I usually use the free bookmarks we give away at work, or a scrap of paper. Bookstores and stationery/paper stores are probably good places to look! 3y
juliamo17 I just watched the first episode of Anne with an E. I thought it was good! I cried through the entire thing if that's an indication of anything (other than my own derangement) 3y
rachel_mbc @juliamo17 Good to know! I've heard mixed things, but will probably give it a shot. I've at least heard that it's beautiful and well cast. 3y
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Especially good Rachel mail day.

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The Readymade Thief | Augustus Rose
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Excited to start this one tonight. I've been hearing good things, and it sounds fun!

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#bea17 book haul so far. Trying to winnow...

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It Takes a Village | Hillary Rodham Clinton
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I cried when watching Pete Souza's slideshow at breakfast this morning and burst into tears as soon as Hillary took the stage (with Cheryl Strayed!) tonight.

#booksellersoftheresistance

Bookcation74 Pete Souza's Instagram is fantastic - his expertly timed posts make me sad yet giggle at the same time. 3y
MCYmermaid Same same. 3y
rachel_mbc @Bookcation74 Yes! They're a bright spot and a sad reminder, all at the same time. 3y
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Arithmetic | Paul Lockhart
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I'm trying not to come home from Book Expo with too many books, but math galleys are hard to come by. #nerd

Erynecki Cool cover! 3y
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Anne of Green Gables | L. M. Montgomery
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June's to be read pile, posted with the caveat that I leave tomorrow for BookExpo and everything might change. 😀

rachelm So jealous! Have the best time and can't wait to see your collection! 3y
rachel_mbc @rachelm Thanks! I'm going to try not to go that crazy, but I say that every year. #famouslastwords 😄 3y
emilyhaldi ❤ Anne 3y
rachel_mbc @emilyhaldi Have you watched the new Netflix series? I loved the books and the series when I was a kid, so I'm curious about the new one. 3y
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Nothing like a little astronomy on a sunny afternoon in Boston. 🔭

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I'm still processing this strange, beautiful novel of European mathematicians during the war years. Audin is a mathematician and this is her debut novel. It's experimental, written in several styles, but very readable and totally haunting.

CAGirlReading Sounds interesting!😀 3y
rachel_mbc @CAGirlReading It was recommended to me by a math professor and by a lover of translation, so I knew it must be good. 3y
fromthistles I found this book captivating. Thank you for inspiring me to read it. 3y
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Today's Mother's Day was mixed, but I'm finishing it curled up in bed with a cup of tea and French novels, so it's a net win.

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I loved this charming memoir of a life in reading. I haven't been in a reading funk lately, but even still, this reinvigorated the way I think about books and reading.

Pamela Paul is the editor of the New York Times Book Review. I highly recommend their podcast, too. Great interviews with authors and reviewers, plus my favorite: a segment with Paul and other editors on what they're reading themselves.

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Late-night commute reading. I'm loving Pamela Paul's charming, bookish memoir.

SusanInTiburon Ooo, sounds good! 3y
rachel_mbc @SusanInTiburon It's really a lot of fun. I listen to the New York Times Book Review podcast, so I can really hear her voice, too. 3y
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Six months ago, I probably would have had to look up emoluments....

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Handmaid's Tale | Margaret Atwood
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After an okay reading month in April, here's what I'm hoping to tackle in May.

Yeah....I know.

juliamo17 What are you reading first? 3y
rachel_mbc @juliamo17 Starting Les Mis right now, but that's my secondary book. I'm still finishing American War from last month, the probably My Life with Bob for something light. 3y
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I bought something a little crazy this morning. Expect me to be reading this for the next 52 years (give or take). #readbooks

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Sneaking in some reading while staffing a conference. Enjoying this so far! Lots of foreshadowing; I hope it pays off!

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"Unique is not the same as alone."

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Snow | Orhan Pamuk
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I took my #weather photo last night, hoping the snow would disappear by morning. It hasn't. #newenglandweather #aprilbookshowers

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Startup: A Novel | Doree Shafrir
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I got a lot of reading done this month by having a TBR stack and not letting myself get distracted. Excited to start April's stack tonight! #aprilbookshowers #twodaysearly

Buddys_Momma The Twelve Mile Straight sounds interesting! 3y
rachel_mbc @Buddys_Momma I've heard really great things about her first book, so I was excited to get this one! 3y
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A Colony in a Nation | Chris Hayes
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Writing an introduction for an author and book I love is a huge honor, but very stressful. I HIGHLY recommend A Colony in a Nation. It's extremely well written and well argued, and a timely topic as we collectively reconsider our national priorities and our responsibility to our fellow citizens.

LauraBeth Rockstar job 😀 3y
Suet624 💕💕💕 3y
rachel_mbc @LauraBeth I know, right?! Indie bookselling isn't always glamorous, but once in a while it is! 3y
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A Colony in a Nation | Chris Hayes
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It's freezing out, but both my guys are napping, I have an orange cardamom cake in the oven, and free time to read. Perfect last day of vacation.

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