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Well, this was somewhat interesting, & depressing. I‘ve lived through the deep diminishment (in all ways) of a paper where I worked & every paper I ever read. I edited a magazine for the one year of its existence, but we certainly didn‘t have any kind of expense accounts ... but the hard work and the depression when it all ends = so real. The chapter about Sept 11 and the mention of the sudden, too-fast death of Jonathan Gold, both were 😭😭.⬇️

suzisteffen People may not be as interested in the inner workings (& non workings) of Condé Nast, or the many chef name drops, or the whining about how they‘d survive after her many years of being very well paid and utterly taken care of at Gourmet. I get that, but it all interested me. Certainly no Tender at the Bone, but that was its own brilliant diamond. 3.5⭐️. I enjoyed listening to Reichl reading it. ? #audiobook #memoir #journalism 7h
Theaelizabet Loved Tender at the Bone. Comfort Me with Apples, less so. I may have to give this one a try, though, for the dishiness, if nothing else. 19m
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It was ... interesting ... to read this book while also reading Skin Folk. I feel the tug of some story ocean undertow (perhaps even the Under Toad), but I don‘t quite know what that story ocean is made of - a grim Euro fairytale well, for the most part. Though it‘s not pretty, I think the author often observes subtleties of human behavior & self-delusion. 4⭐️

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Short stories, including “Cat Person.” Pic from The Guardian review (which I haven‘t read yet): https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/feb/01/you-know-you-want-this-kristen-rou... #shortstories

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Atlas Alone | Emma Newman
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Oh SHIIIIIII ... ZZLE. The end! The entire book! Aahhhhahhaahahahahahahahhhhh it begins six months after the shock end of After Atlas, & now Dee has to deal with her entire life ... and a secretive organization, and a deadly secret entity, on the ship. Not the ending I‘d expected and also clearly, this series is gonna continue. More than a quartet! #sciencefiction

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Atlas Alone | Emma Newman
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Whoops, I tagged the wrong book a minute ago! It‘s this one that is the end of the quartet ... or maybe just the fourth in a series, idk! In any case, looking forward to it. #sciencefiction

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Welp, pulled an all-nighter & finished this one at 5 am. Good thing I don‘t have to drive anywhere today! Good book. Sad at times, depressing at others, intense, and full of unlikely solutions to massive problems, but overall easier to take than book seven, even though SOME old friends don‘t survive this book (yes, I screamed NOOOOO!) at least once, and there‘s one scene definitely meant to evoke tears. I NEED BOOK NINE NOW. And some ☕️.

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I read the first six books in ten days last year, and then I got really sick of them, and I couldn‘t finish Persepolis Rising because of the horrible things happening. So I checked PR out again, but again, I couldn‘t stand reading it. Instead, I read the plot on an Expanse wiki, and now I‘m reading this one so the next person in line on Libby can have it! Fingers crossed that it ends better than I believe it will. Sigh. #Expanse #sciencefiction

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On the Come Up | Angie Thomas
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This book needed a soundtrack! They say that as a writer the best thing you can do is have your character keep making bad decisions, and I will say that protagonist Brianna makes a lot of hasty, bad decisions out of anger. However, she‘s got the right to be angry, and she‘s got reasons to be angry - including the repercussions from the protest-turned-riot in The Hate U Give. Somewhere between 4 & 4.5 ⭐️.

marleed I appreciated the audiobook of this story knowing the wrap I was hearing was ringing differently than if I‘d read. 2d
suzisteffen @marleed O M G why did I not think ... 😳😮😂🎧 2d
marleed Sometimes an audiobook is kind of perfect. I purchased Becoming Michelle but waited to read until my Overdrive audio book arrived. I just wanted to read alongside her voice. 2d
suzisteffen @marleed Yeah, you are so right! I need to do that with Becoming. 2d
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On the Come Up | Angie Thomas
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“Damn, Bri. He talked to you like a human being, now all of a sudden you‘re thirsty for him? What kind of heterosexual bullshit is that?”
L M A O
Good on ya, Angie Thomas. 😂🏳️‍🌈

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Skin Folk | Nalo Hopkinson
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Hey @Weaponxgirl! I think it's my turn, lol. Whew, “Under Glass.“ It was intense. Was it the girl's fault? Maybe, partly. But so was it everyone else's fault ... somehow? For calling in volcanoes and winds that bring tiny pieces of glass to everyone's lungs, eyes, and more. ⬇️

suzisteffen As this says, some of the best worldbuilding - https://www.tor.com/2018/08/13/quiltbag-speculative-classics-nalo-hopkinsons-ski... - that I've read, but also, so sad and hard. If this short story says one thing, it's “Listen to old women,“ which, hell yes. 2d
Weaponxgirl This story felt so current to me. I couldn‘t stop thinking about climate change whilst reading this even though it didn‘t say anything about it directly. 2d
Weaponxgirl I think I got a bit lost in what I was following but I adored like you said the world building in the world of glass winds and really wanted to know more about it. The atmosphere in this was was great. 2d
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suzisteffen @Weaponxgirl yes! I just couldn‘t tell if I was supposed to blame the girl/all of us with cell phones and flying and not concerned enough about global warming, or if something was specific magic within that story - or who the skin folk were/was. 2d
Weaponxgirl Yes! Was it the mum and some kind of inter dimensional thing? 2d
suzisteffen @Weaponxgirl I MIGHT HAVE TO REREAD. 2d
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Look what came in at the library yesterday! I finished one book of #essays today and will start this book, which I think I put on hold like 8 months ago?? or whenever it came out, tomorrow.

suzisteffen OK it only FEELS like 8 months. 😂 pub date 2/5/19. 2d
Weaponxgirl Your library is so good! 2d
suzisteffen @Weaponxgirl it is very good! I think it‘s one of the most used in the US, by population/circulation numbers? I‘ll look it up. I might have something to do with that. 😂 2d
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With the Fire on High | Elizabeth Acevedo
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OMG! The first month of marginsbox is here!!! I gotta find a local teen to give this stuff to, including the tagged book, which is in a cool bag under all of that awesome great stuff. Y‘all with young adults might want to subscribe! https://www.marginsbox.com/

suzisteffen There‘s wax melt - IDK what that is? - macaron lip gloss, a pencil case, pencils, and more - and the book, of course! 2d
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On the Come Up | Angie Thomas
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Finally started this book! Love it so far.

Theaelizabet @suzisteffen You read so much; I can‘t keep up with you...and that‘s saying something! 2d
suzisteffen @Theaelizabet motivated by due dates this month!! 2d
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Big Little Lies | Liane Moriarty
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GatheringBooks hahahha! awesome! hopefully you like the book as much as i did. looking forward to the discussion end of month. 2d
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About to watch the first #WNBA game of the 2019 season & hoping that our UOregon Duck, Maite Cazorla, gets some playing time with the Atlanta Dream! #basketball 🏀⛹️‍♀️

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Superb essays. A contained, rigorous, thoughtful, very occasionally funny, in-depth investigation and presentation of the author‘s life, choices, experiences, and analysis, especially about being Black in a majority white state, adopting twins from Ethiopia, and figuring out where she fits in her family history and in her state - and in herself. 5⭐️. #essays

suzisteffen 📸: University of Vermont, where the author teaches 3d
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#friyayintro by the legend @howjessreads
1. I finished four New Yorkers this week!!! Ahhh! 😃😮🥰
2. Heading into the movie Booksmart right now, probably going to a play tonight and another one tomorrow night, grading a LOT, reading four books (including ragged). Riding my 🚲. Cleaning!! Woo yeah. 😂

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Ooooh I just found out about this book via D‘Souza‘s terrific review of the Whitney Biennial in 4 Columns mag. Every once in a while, I wish I‘d stayed in art history. At least I can read great books about it! Maybe my 2020 nonfiction reading will center on art history theory books ... 🤔 I think yes.

Anyway, link to the review: http://4columns.org/d-souza-aruna/whitney-biennial-2019 Jealous of the NYers who can go!

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Just finished the essay “Her Glory,“ and what an intense mix of gender, race, hair, and parenting choices it is. This book of essays is so thoughtful, and definitely in the spirit of Montaigne's investigations. Bernard takes scenes and examines them, and the issues around them, from different angles, examining and re-examining what her father's sexism, the world's racism, her daughters' hair desires are - & how a celebrity can change it all.

suzisteffen I just realized that, although I've been savoring one essay a day, this library book was due two days ago and I'm going to need to crack on through four or five more essays today so I don't get fined - and so the next person waiting for it can have it. It's worth buying, and after I finish it, I might see if my local store has it as well. 3d
Weaponxgirl Good luck with the speed reading 3d
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House of Broken Angels | Luis Alberto Urrea
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A family saga set on two days, encompassing so much more. Big Angel is dying, but he wants one last, huge birthday party; his mother manages to die just ahead of him, so the book comprises the day of her funeral, and, one day later, his 70th birthday party. Funny, hard, sad, alarming, and filled with great characters and moments. Vivid about La Paz, about San Diego, and so much more. 4.5 ⭐️ ⬇️

suzisteffen Some content warnings: There is a lot of child abuse in this book, including against a kid who is queer, and against a kid who is told to “become a man“ through the abuse. There is an extended, but not explicit, repeated rape/sexual assault of a teenage boy. And the heterocentrism is really, really thick in this one. There are some deaths by, and some more threats of, gun violence. 3d
DivineDiana I was just about to stack and then read your warnings. Thank you so much. 3d
suzisteffen @DivineDiana I have mixed feelings about the affection most characters in the book feel for the main character because of some of this. I do think Urrea intended for us to see an evolution toward better parenting and a better understanding of the harm abuse causes over three generations of fathers, but ... yeah. It was a fantastically written book. But. 3d
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House of Broken Angels | Luis Alberto Urrea
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She stared up at him. “Yo no,” she said, shaking her head. “No more cook!” She waved her hands in front of herself. In Spanish, she said, “I was a cook for everybody for 50 years. I had to. Now I won‘t have to cook for anybody ever again. Oh no, Gabriel. I am a refugee from the apron.”
It had never occurred to Little Angel that cooking masterpieces every day had been a chore. “Get me coffee,” she said. “Sí?”
Off he went.
“I eat hamburrgurrs now!”

suzisteffen ... Perla called. “Subway! Cheerios!” 3d
suzisteffen And with this, Little Angel, who‘s supposedly kinda woke, starts to understand how Mexican feast always came together when he was a kid. #womenswork #isdone 3d
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Skin Folk | Nalo Hopkinson
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Snake: AHHHHHHHHHHHHH!
I don't tend to enjoy stories of men stalking and murdering women or girls, and this was no different; I hated it. Then things changed.

Trying not to spoil this but ... well. I still don't ever want to read it again, but in this case, the skin folk are not evil; the human is.

suzisteffen If anyone wants to join in, we are reading and discussing the short stories in Skin Folk, by Nalo Hopkinson - which appears to be available in the US and UK on Hoopla! - one each day. We've read ... four? No, five. Next up is “Under Glass.“ 4d
Weaponxgirl I‘m with you on that, when I realised what was happening I felt sick but I loved the way she changed this around and played with certain tropes. 3d
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Weaponxgirl Her playing with the snakes POV in that voyeuristic way that I‘ve seen done so many times was brilliant as we actually got to see them scared. With things how they are at the moment I took a great deal of pleasure from their ending I have to say. 3d
Weaponxgirl I also loved the play on a place that has a supernatural entity in it that‘s known about. Often you get a wicker man thing going on and it‘s bad. But it seemed like the residents probably know about them and here they are protecters. Did you have any thoughts on what birds they might be? For some reason I was getting stork vibes off the lady with the sword and kept wondering about the others? They seemed even more godlike to me than in the other 3d
Weaponxgirl Stories. 3d
Weaponxgirl I‘m lost due to time zone differences and my night shifts! I will post my next one in my morning. So sorry for being rubbish at this! I will read at least two stories tonight at work and then I‘ll be back on track! 3d
suzisteffen You‘re not rubbish and there is no rush! Do your thing! Re birds, I think you‘re right about the stork, but perhaps they‘re all pigeons otherwise? Hm. 3d
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Driving back from work, idly listening to this ... and then September 11 happens. Now a LOT has happened since then - a lot of terrible things both in reaction and in reaction to the reaction, then more reaction, and 17 years of war - but hearing Ruth Reichl narrate that date from the POV of the Gourmet offices and all of the chefs who cooked for rescue workers ... it's intense. I had to pause it for a bit. Image is Nov. 2001 cover ⬇️

suzisteffen Image is Nov. 2001 because Reichl talks about having to write the editor's note on Sept. 18, not knowing anything about what was to come. I mean ... obviously we never know what's coming, but that time period was different. (edited) 4d
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#thursdaysurvey @laurenslibrary
1. WORLD CUP, BABY!! #USWNT FTW! Also love me some Matildas & #CanWNT. Here I come, France!
2. No idea! Probably?
3. I‘m a fan of chick pea salad - garbanzos, tomatoes, feta, EVOO, lemon juice, sea salt, pepper.
4. 108 F/42 C (very rare!!)
5. Will do in the comments after I check yo see who‘s done this already!

laurenslibrary Thanks for playing! 💛🧡 4d
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House of Broken Angels | Luis Alberto Urrea
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“Big Angel stood, drifted to the middle of the room, and invited every memory to come to him and clothe him in beauty.”

😳 Dang, this line is so great my eyebrows are still all the way up. 😮😍

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House of Broken Angels | Luis Alberto Urrea
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This book is due at 3:47 pm tomorrow, and I am NOT EVEN HALFWAY through, and I have French class tonight after work, soooo WE SHALL SEE. I'm liking it though!

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“In my 20 years at newspapers, I'd never met a single advertiser. ... I had expected magazines to respect the same strict firewall between advertising and editorial.'

LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL sweet summer child. I have been an arts editor at a weekly, and I have edited a monthly magazine, & while I was mostly able to resist advertiser pressure in both places, it wasn't from advertisers'/publishers' lack of trying.

But really ... Gourmet? Sure, Ruth.

suzisteffen She was really lucky all of that time, no? As a journalist I just ... it's ... that's not how it works anymore, sadly. 4d
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😂😂😂😂😂😂 “a” receipt lololol
oh god
*stares at TBR pile*
TYVM @WanderingBookaneer !!

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#WondrousWednesday @Eggs

1️⃣ For nonfiction, I have a plan for the year, including history, essays, science, and poetry books. For fiction, well, in library book months it‘s whatever I have out and that‘s due soonest (ebook or print book); for months when I‘m working on my own TBR, I try to have a bit of a plan but ... yeah.
2️⃣ Yes, and in the car. Ebook if not driving, 🎧 otherwise.
3️⃣ Tagged 📚 = grading, & 🐱🐱
4️⃣ ☕️🍷🥂🍸🍱🍲🥙🌮
5️⃣ ⬇️⬇️

Eggs Love your reading plan!!! 4d
suzisteffen @Eggs Thank you! It really keeps me motivated to read nonfiction - I plan it out and report on it to my social media buddies! One drawback (?!) is that I get kind of addicted to reading history and end up reading a lot more nonfiction than I‘d planned, at least so far this year. ? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ I mean, I need to read fiction as well! 4d
Eggs I just read the blurb about your tagged abook...I was an adjunct faculty member for several years in addition to a full time job. The pay was small relative to the effort setting up and delivering courses 4d
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“The Crosstown Freeway cut through the heart of Little Manila, and by 1972, only two struggling blocks remained. ... The Crosstown Freeway wiped out two blocks of Little Manila in the 1960s, displacing thousands of Filipino/a residents and destroying dozens of businesses, residential hotels and community institutions.”

Jeebus, “urban planning” sure managed to, you know, accidentally destroy a lot of communities of color. 🤔🙄😡 #history

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I made a vegetable tagine tonight, and that made me think of Morocco, which led me to think about this super book. (This is all of the ingredients waiting for me to put the tagine lid on, and then to cook for ~55 minutes.) One of my favorite things is adding the ras al hanout that I made from a Moroccan recipe on the internet - a beautiful blend of spices, SO GOOD. 😋

julesG Looks good. Hope it tasted even better. 5d
Weaponxgirl That sounds wonderful, how was it? 5d
suzisteffen @julesG @Weaponxgirl So good! And it made enough to feed, like, 10 people. We‘ll be enjoying it for days. Wish you were here, or that I could pop some over to you both. #teleportation 5d
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julesG Wouldn't teleportation be so much more practical? 5d
julesG You could share the recipe, though. 😉 5d
suzisteffen @julesG LOL! I COULD. Here's the recipe, which I only roughly followed (like, I added cauliflower and chick peas [garbanzo beans in USian], only used one sweet potato and one courgette [zucchini in the US], added more ras al hanout and turmeric than it calls for ... and more harissa! mmm): https://nutritionstripped.com/garden-vegetable-tagine/

Ras al hanout recipe in the next comment ...
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Oops, it's ras EL hanout:
2 teasponns nutmeg
2 t (dried) coriander
2 t cumin
2 t ground ginger
2 t turmeric
2 t table salt
2 t cinnamon
1.5 t sugar
1.5 t paprika (not smoked)
1.5 t ground black pepper
1 t cayenne
1 t cardamom
1 t allspice
.5 t cloves

mix well!
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julesG Thanks!!!!! 5d
suzisteffen @julesG You are welcome! I asked my family for a tagine for Xmas a few years ago - I believe this is the one they got me (not sure about sizes but I think this larger size is the right one - it's ... big and heavy). Super useful and very easy to clean. I should cook in it more often!
https://www.emilehenryusa.com/collections/tagines/products/tagine?variant=768652...
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julesG Thanks again. I've been toying with the idea of getting one. 5d
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Will probably listen to this on the way home on the commute. One book each way! If the reader's good, I'll stick with that plan for a while. (Only five more commute days for our spring quarter after today, though, so I might have to alter my plans soon.)

suzisteffen Wow, I am always up for juicy Condé Nast gossip, damn. 6d
Weaponxgirl Ohh hello drama! 5d
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Skin Folk | Nalo Hopkinson
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OK @Weaponxgirl , I just finished “Money Thee” & thought I‘d put a pic of the river up. I know it‘s late where you are but if you‘re awake, feel free to say anything about the second story in Nalo Hopkinson‘s Skin Folk!
I‘m thinking about who parents whom, the ways Canada treats Jamaicans, stories about money, not learning from stories, silkies, and the way dry winter sucks life from skin while water seems to give it back. Oh, and grief. Tag!

Weaponxgirl Hello, I didn‘t manage to get to this story today. So sorry! I run a book club and that took up my time today. I‘ll get on both stories tomorrow if that‘s ok with you? 6d
suzisteffen @Weaponxgirl No worries! Yay book club!! 6d
Weaponxgirl @suzisteffen thankyou! Once I‘ve caught up with Litsy and put my laundry on the first thing I‘m gonna do is read those stories! 5d
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suzisteffen @Weaponxgirl super! I read the third one so I‘d be prepared. 😉 5d
Weaponxgirl Ok, I. Super late now. Night shifts messed me up! 4d
Weaponxgirl I loved this story, I always think of water as being linked to deep emotions and so the dream scene where she finds her brother was so powerful to me. Floods of emotions her mother trying to teach her to swim and her learning to dive deep and confront what most scares her. Yes the silkies comparison is perfect and goes with the title skinfolk. You aren‘t quite what you think you are. 4d
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Queenie | Candice Carty-Williams
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Just started listening to the audiobook on the commute. 1.5x as always. Great reader, amusing book that nonetheless has some very serious undertones - so far, anyway, an hour and a half in. Here's the Observer review: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/apr/16/queenie-candice-carty-williams-rev...

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With the Fire on High | Elizabeth Acevedo
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I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH. 8 zillion stars, IDEK. So great. I liked it more than Poet X, even! (A lot more tbh.) EIGHT. ZILLION. ⭐️

I started it as an audiobook bc the author reads it, but even at 1.25x, that was too slow for me, so tonight I borrowed it from Hoopla Digital. I just finished and like AHHHHH! Thinking of all my single-mom or dad students, my students working as much as they can, etc. Here on out, they‘re all Emoni to me.

Cinfhen Why not 10 zillion????? 😜😜😂 6d
suzisteffen @Cinfhen I could go there. 😂 6d
suzisteffen *just looked at my screenshots again & I was listening at 1.5x, not 1.25. 6d
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Y‘all. Y‘ALL. Just got back from “Wild Nights with Emily.” So many emotions. Holy ... holy ... *damn*. GO SEE IT. 🏳️‍🌈❤️😭❤️

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Where are you from?! I love to see someone else saying “y‘all!” 🤣🤣 6d
suzisteffen @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘m originally from the Midwest, but my momma grew up in Texas, so I‘ve been saying y‘all since I was a kid. 😉 6d
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @suzisteffen awesome!!! I‘m from Mississippi 🤷🏼‍♀️🤣 6d
Theaelizabet Grew up in Texas, most of my family is still there. LOVED Wild Nights! 6d
suzisteffen All of y‘all are welcome to visit the West Coast in the summer for some humidity-less, mosquito-free days. 😂 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Theaelizabet 6d
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With the Fire on High | Elizabeth Acevedo

Still loving this book, halfway through.

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OK, this is a really long quote, but here's the beginning (more in the comments, including why I'm putting it here) #history #AAPIHM
“The most groundbreaking recent works on the urban West have focused on interethnic and interracial relations and the interplay between communities and urban space. These works remind us that peoples of color in the West did not live in a vacuum, hermetically sealed off from one another in segregated communities.

suzisteffen “In fact, the works show how working-class people and people of color struggled to live and get along together, challenged racism and exploitation, created new ethnic cultures and identities, and made the most of their often meager resources in their urban working-class communities. ⬇️ 7d
suzisteffen “Matt Garcia‘s book on Mexican labor and community formation in Los Angeles, Scott Kurashige‘s groundbreaking work on blacks and Japanese in Los Angeles, Mark Wild‘s book on multiethnic communities in Los Angeles, and Allison Varzally‘s study on interracial marriage all attempt to understand how different groups interacted with one another in California, and how these interactions forged new identities and communities.“

YAY?! MORE BOOKS TO READ!
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I cried reading this. So many emotions in this essay, whew.

“We all met up at Queen of Sheba, one of the many Ethiopian restaurants in Washington. When I took Isabella to the bathroom, Giulia agree to stay behind with the waitress, a beautiful young woman in traditional dress, who knelt and held Giulia‘s hands.

“‘Twins?‘ asked the waitress when Isabella and I emerged from the bathroom. I nodded.⬇️

suzisteffen “She asked me what part of Ethiopia they were from.
'Tigray,' I said.
I knelt with Isabella while the waitress began to speak to Giulia in Tigrinya. Giulia alternately nodded and shook her head.“
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Skin Folk | Nalo Hopkinson
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OK @Weaponxgirl ! Shall we begin? On Monday, May 20, we read “Riding the Red”? (It‘s still the 19th for me, but I can wait!)

Weaponxgirl I‘m in! It‘s only just the 20th here for me and I‘m awake stupidly early 1w
Weaponxgirl Just downloaded it and I‘m ready to go! 1w
suzisteffen @Weaponxgirl OK, ugh that you‘re up so early! How about you post and tag me when you‘ve read it & I‘ll jump in? Or shall we do it all on this post? 🤔🤔🤔 1w
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Weaponxgirl Tbf I went to bed stupidly early as I was kinda sleep deprived for the last few days so only myself to blame. I‘m happy with either, dyo wanna take it in turns to post the stories? 1w
suzisteffen @Weaponxgirl sure! You first. 😉 1w
Weaponxgirl @suzisteffen 😆 will do! 1w
Bibliogeekery Loved this book! 7d
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The Bird King | G. Willow Wilson
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Hunh. I thought it was well done, but I‘m not sure I understood anything that happened in the final third of the book. I might need a plot map. All hail Fatima though, dang. And Vikram! And, of course, the mapmaker. 4⭐️ for the beauty of the writing and the glories (and deep sadness) of seeing the other side of the Reconquista.

MoniqueReads305 I just finished and I'm not sure how I feel about the last 1/3. 3d
suzisteffen @MoniqueReads305 Thank you! I ... am still confused! 3d
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The Bird King | G. Willow Wilson
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“Hassan shook his head. ‘I know what it means. It means I can‘t run. The Inquisition and the Castilians–they‘re not just out there, they‘re in my head. Your head, too. They‘re inside the only thing that was ever really ours. Even our stories are not our stories. We tried to tell our own, Fa, and all we did was end up telling theirs.”

Whew, I‘ve come to a sad, scary moment in this book!

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“Most of all, I didn't want to be a consequence of history; I wanted to invent my own story. That was before I understood that the drive to create a new story for oneself is the oldest black story there is.“

This book is incredible - rigorous, sharp, truly a book of essays in a classical sense - but so far, this fourth essay, “Interstates,“ is the best.

Weaponxgirl That quote is amazing! 1w
suzisteffen @Weaponxgirl she is one heck of a thinker! 1w
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It is #AAPIHM, Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and I am pumped to start reading this history of the Filipinx community in Stockton, California. (I know that Filipinx ppl have been in the US since long before it was the US, bc of Spanish colonialism and slavery and sailing ships, but I think this is more recent history.) #History #California #Filipinx

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The House of Broken Angels | Luis Alberto Urrea
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I love following Luis and his wife on Twitter, and I have enjoyed his books, both nonfiction and novels. I was bummed this was not in at the library while the #ToB2019 was going on. 🧐 But cool cool, I can‘t read every book on time, I guess. (FOMO is so real with books tho, which is why I had to institute an alternating-month-owned-book-not-library-books-TBR-pile rule😂.) ANYWAY, here we go!

BarbaraBB It‘s worth the wait and it should have won the ToB! 1w
suzisteffen @BarbaraBB oooooh!!! Do you remember what book it lost to in the tourney? 1w
BarbaraBB Yes, to a book I didn‘t like at all: 1w
suzisteffen @BarbaraBB Oooh I haven‘t read that one yet either, though I‘ve heard a lot about it. So much to catch up on! 1w
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Such a good book about everything that went into this massive crisis. Detailed, but not overwhelmingly so, and extremely well researched and written. You‘ve seen me adding quote after quote, and there are so many more that I could‘ve put up. Just a great book though it‘s certainly depressing that it needed to be written.

suzisteffen 5⭐️ 1w
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“Two national studies ... described how hazardous waste facilities were consistently located in places where people of color tended to live. This fact is so persistent that race is the very best predictor of the presence of pollutants, even when controlled for other factors such as income and property values.” #science #FlintWaterCrisis #environmentalracism

Weaponxgirl It‘s so enraging! 1w
suzisteffen @Weaponxgirl so. very. much. 1w
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#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

1. Current reads are BLACK IS THE BODY; THE BIRD KING; and THE POISONED CITY (I have tagged two of them ... often ... in the past day 😂).
2. Next up is the tagged book, Laila Lalami‘s THE OTHER AMERICANS. Due 5/22!! Ahem.
3. Hunh. I go to a lot of movies? If you don‘t count all of the Marvel movies as book adaptations, then it was “If Beale Street Could Talk” in January. (That movie was ROBBED at the Oscars!)

suzisteffen Also next up on Libby is 1w
suzisteffen & on Hoopla, after I finish Bird King, it‘s 1w
Weaponxgirl When you get to skin folk can you give me a tag and I‘ll try to read it alongside if that‘s cool with you? I have access to this one! 1w
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suzisteffen @Weaponxgirl I will do that!! Cool! 1w
Weaponxgirl @suzisteffen yay! I‘ll try to read as quickly as you do too! 1w
suzisteffen @Weaponxgirl one thing that might help us both is to read one short story per day? I often do that when I‘m reading like 8 books at a time. 😂 1w
Weaponxgirl @suzisteffen yup, I hear ya. I do the same but then I eventually start to miss reading a big ole chunk of book at once. Sometimes it‘s one essay, one poem and one short story a day and I never finish anything for ages! 1w
suzisteffen @Weaponxgirl I deffo get obsessed at the end and storm through the last few stories or essays, usually. 1w
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“Cities around the country now felt unable to take their pipes for granted. Flint‘s story was a wake-up call. A 2016 investigation by the National Resources Defense Council found that fifty-three hundred water systems were in violation of federal lead rules.”

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suzisteffen That‘s 106 water systems PER STATE (not that it averages out like that, but HFS). 1w
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#FlintWaterCrisis #science
“The accolades made the station‘s Steve Carmody uneasy. He was proud of what the news service had done, but he also thought about what might have been different. ‘It just gnaws on me,‘ Carmody said, ‘that when people were saying they can‘t drink this water in May or June of 2014, I was taking “Don‘t worry, it‘s safe,” as an answer from state officials.‘”

suzisteffen As a journalist, especially a former newsweekly journalist, I feel this. So hard to decide what‘s too much, when people are “cranks” and when they have gotten ahold of something real. #science 1w
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