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trueisa4letterword

trueisa4letterword

Joined July 2017

Native New Englander and fan of non-fiction. LA w/ MLS in a sleepy, beachy, peachy library
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Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson
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Over Easy | Mimi Pond
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Had wanted to read this for awhile and checked it out so I could read it while in Maine. I finished it before I got there and it is not a thin book: I just couldn't stop reading it. Never worked in food service myself but it was still entertaining.

#graphicmemoir #late1970s #california

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Poppies of Iraq | Lewis Trondheim, Brigitte Findakly
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Another jury duty read. I had to go return my books and check more out while on my lunch break. This was one I picked up! Quick read and I enjoyed the facts about Iraqi culture sprinkled into this #graphicmemoir.

#nonfiction #iraq #memoir

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Jury duty a few weeks ago got me out of my reading slump. This is rather dense, but informative and worthwhile. Whereas #RollingBlackouts left me wanting, this journalistic graphic account was vivid despite the total lack of color.

#graphicnonfiction #oralhistories #gazastrip

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Mirror Mirrored: A Contemporary Artists' Edition of 25 Grimms' Tales | Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm, Corwin Levi, Michelle Aldredge
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Sadly, today was so busy that I didn't get to tell anyone we now had self-checkout.

#aprilfools #libraryhumor

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Hostage | Guy Delisle
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Very quick read: brought it as a T read and inhaled most of it on the D to Government Center. Read the rest on the second half of my lunch break. I definitely wanted to know how his time as a hostage ended! The military history bits really bored me more than anything, but I suppose other people would find this a very tedious book. I DIDN'T.

#nonfiction #graphicmemoir #translation

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Camel | Robert Irwin
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This book is mostly so formal and sometimes so, so not.

#camels #nonfiction #animals

mrsmarch 🐪🐫🐪🐫🐪🐫 5mo
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This book was a trip and I LOVED IT. Author was a self-desribed "collector of adjectives," but I enjoyed his humor.

#nonfiction #memoir

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Love is Blind | Lynsay Sands
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#BlindDateWithABook starts tomorrow. Our twist this year is "Love at first line."

#LitsyLovesLibraries #LoveYourLibraryMonth

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#ReadInAruba I'm still reading this but I made lots of progress on vacation. I often have to stop reading because Eric will hear me laugh and I'll read the ridiculous part out loud to him. It's another in the number of books where a white dude tries to do something weird for a period of time (usually a year) and his wife judges him.

#nonfiction (technically a) #memoir #nature #animals

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#ReadInAruba I was finally able to finish this book as well. This is an IN-DEPTH(!!) look at a very specific time in history. The author goes over what seems like every single factor, though I especially enjoyed his descriptions of the Mojave. There is so much exposition in this book that there are over 200 pages before we even get to the charge! Yet the wait is worth it.

#nonfiction #history #americansouthwest #19thcentury #militaryhistory

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#ReadInAruba Over a month ago now I went to Aruba for my birthday and planned to do lots of reading. I finished this book, which I really enjoyed reading, although the ending disappointed me. In an earlier post, I mentioned I started this on "guard duty" and read almost 100 pages in one sitting. And I don't usually do fiction!

#fiction #dystopian #millennials

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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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The Large Print edition had no holds on it so yesterday it came home with me

#autobiography #nonfiction

Tomigirl44 I‘m listening to the audiobook, which I usually have a hard time listening to without my mind wandering, but I think autobiographies read by the author always captivate me (I also loved Trevor Noah‘s bio). 🥂Happy reading! 8mo
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Picked up this to read on guard duty and I'm already 94 pages in.

#alyssatriesfiction

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I just finished this ebook and our physical copy came in the bins! I thought its argument was strong and it made me want to finally move to Sweden, tack så mycket.

Another one down for #LitsyAtoZ!

#N

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The owl is in the left is Duolingo reminding me I need to keep up on my Swedish. I KNOW DUO I KNOW

#nonfiction #nordic #LitsyAtoZ #N

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After sharing my despair with @mrsmarch at not finding any ebooks on my planned list for #LitsyAtoZ, she recommended this one for #F that I started on my lunch break. Good so far, but I realize it's very similar to something I finished relatively recently: straight white male writer does something for a year and his wife is putting up with it.

#nonfiction #memoir #yearlongexperiments

mrsmarch This is true, but it‘s about BREAD and you can follow it up with the nonfiction history of PEANUT BUTTER. Now all we need is a biography of the Smuckers family and we‘re in business. (edited) 12mo
trueisa4letterword @mrsmarch Funny you should say that because the book I alluded to has a part where the author goes to meet some Amish people and they're related to the Smuckers family (who are no longer Amish, obv) 12mo
mrsmarch @trueisa4letterword There comes a point where I swear, a person can have read enough that you can play 6 Degrees with literature. 12mo
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I've been reading a lot more since my laptop won't boot up anymore, but I inhaled this book. The beginning made me want to me want to bail because Caitlin was such a yawnfest. Then I read about Martin. Wholesome and touching.

#ya #nonfiction #LitsyAtoZ #I

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Finished another for my #LitsyAtoZ! I enjoyed the earlier years more than the later ones (warning: 2000-2002 make up almost 100 pages of the book) but I enjoyed it overall. Very funny and fascinating.

#T #nonfiction #humor

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Only half of my bag this time #moodreaderproblems #bothnonfictionthough

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I lost this book for a while (and racked up a chunk of change in fines) but I was committed to finishing it. And not just because I'm a completionist (because I AM) but because this book was incredible. The artwork was stunning. The little bits of humor were thrilling. And I got to learn about a FANTASTIC GROUP OF WOMEN. Recommended this to my coworker & I heard the barcode scanner go off 15 seconds after I gave it to him.

#YA #graphic #biography

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#9 is by far my favorite reason.

#nonfiction #lists #diaries

Moony I love diaries and lists 😍 11mo
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Trying this instead...

#nonfiction #N #LitsyAtoZ

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Negroland: A Memoir | Margo Jefferson
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I tried but I just can't. This was on my TBR on Goodreads almost since the start of my account. I like memoirs, especially about society. BUT...I don't know what this is but it's barely a memoir. Disjointed, disorienting, and way too hesitant. The author explained her reasoning for her writing style, but I couldn't accept it. Checking out another book for #N on #LitsyAtoZ.

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Negroland: A Memoir | Margo Jefferson
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Following up Never Caught with a book on my #LitsyAtoZ. Author babbled a bit in the beginning but I enjoy the dark humor there.

#nonfiction #memoir #N

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Another ebook checkout success! The author really explains what the enslaved people would think and react. I feel like I would hate that if my mood was the slightest bit different.

Fascinating and a quarter of the ebook is notes! I will check those out in print though.

#nonfiction

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Hmmm...reminds me of what happened to my father when he sailed to South Africa when he was in Greek Merchant Marines during the 1970s...

#blacksailors

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The Last Black Unicorn | Tiffany Haddish
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Read this in less than a day. Hilarious and honest.

#nonfiction #memoir #humor

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Last Black Unicorn | Tiffany Haddish
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Looked for an ebook on Libby to read on the train and found this. Now I can't stop reading it.

#nonfiction #memoir #humor

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Man I was in such a slump and it feels good to check off another book on #LitzyAtoZ!

This was a funny and fascinating book. There were parts I skimmed. There were also parts that I enjoyed, read aloud to my boyfriend, and/or bookmarked for later.

#nonfiction #memoir #humor

As an intentionally ignorant atheist, I didn't expect anything. But the author did a fine job of making sure someone as unaware as me could still follow along.

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Chuckled at this one...

#nonfiction #memoir #LitsyAtoZ #Y

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Underground Railroad | Colson Whitehead
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Started this book when I couldn't sleep and finished it when I couldn't sleep again. Such a beautiful story and so, so painful. And (even though I'm way behind schedule) I finished the first book in my book challenge!

#alyssatriesfiction #LitsyAtoZ #U

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Underground Railroad | Colson Whitehead
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This was in a box of donations and I had just started reading the ebook. Yay for not another James Patterson in the Friends' bookstore!

#coincidences #LitsyLovesLibraries

britt_brooke Nice!! I loved this one. 1y
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American Widow | Alissa R. Torres
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This was my T read today. I've been skeptical about having separate writers and artists for the graphic memoirs I read lately but this definitely worked out. Torres is a great writer whose Modern Love column sucked me in. Choi's art used the medium well. Slow start then gripping.

#memoir #graphicmemoir

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Born a Crime | Trevor Noah
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So good! Trevor Noah had an interesting upbringing.

I don't usually place holds on ebooks, but I'm glad I did for this one. I was also going to hold out for the audiobook though I may get it on Audible if I decide to bother.

#memoir

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*snickers*

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Quick read, though I only buckled down and finished it this morning so I could return it to the library. The stories I could recognize the source were really good, but some of the others I was like, What. Ortberg lists the sources in the back, though I feel I would've enjoyed it more had I been familiar with every story already.

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Black #1 | Kwanza Osajyefo, Tim Smith III (Translator), Jamal Igle (Illustrator), Robin Riggs (Illustrator), Sarah Stern (Illustrator), Khary Randolph (Illustrator), Dave Sharpe (Illustrator), ed. Sarah Litt
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This was just not a good fit for me. I was *really* intrigued by the concept (modern day black people secretly have extraordinary abilities) but it wasn't enough to make me like what is still basically a superhero comic. Kind of hated the art style as well. This was extra disappointing following the disappointment that was #BingoLove

#comicbooks #superoherocomics

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I Hate the Internet | Jarett Kobek
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Display by the elevator about the current exhibition on subscription campaigns

(Eric and I picked up and looked at the books before putting them back in this artful arrangement.)

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Watching the Livestream of Zuckerberg's testimony and he was hedging so much I called him a hedgehog. Enjoy some of my not-best work.

#facebook

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Friday's Harbor: A Novel | Diane Hammond
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1. Questions about my origins and disbelief over my answers
2. Pie for breakfast
3. Golderella
4. Fiction
5. 😘
#friyayintro
@jesshowbooks

Megara I am angry on your behalf for people questioning your origins. I could rant about this, but all I‘ll say is you are valid and don‘t let them bring you down. They can all take a hike (I would use more colorful language, but trying to keep my anger G-rated here 😂). 1y
trueisa4letterword @Megara Thanks! I almost put "slow walkers" but I decided to be true to myself. 1y
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Heart Berries: A Memoir | Terese Marie Mailhot
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Snow day read! Intro Monday night. Story on Tuesday. Finished the Q&A this morning.

This was the most literary memoir I've read in awhile, if not ever. Reviews here call this memoir "raw" but Mailhot says not to fall for that: "Because I'm an Indian woman someone might call my work raw and disregard the craft of making myself appear raw."

That said, I was prepared for this memoir. Thinking of it as "poetry" as Alexie calls it helps.

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Heart Berries: A Memoir | Terese Marie Mailhot
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This was not in Sherman Alexie's list of out of context quotes in the introduction, but it will be on my list.

#nonfiction #memoir

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Went to a wonderful, cathartic, and productive student conference this weekend at Simmons: #DERAIL2018

Any #librarystudents or interested parties should check out the hashtag on Twitter. The tagged book is from an author quoted in my favorite presentation. Not a student anymore so this is my last eligible year to attend in-person, but alumni like me are encouraged to promote the conference.

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The Photographer: Into War-torn Afghanistan with Doctors Without Borders | Emmanuel Guibert, Didier Lefèvre, Frédéric Lemercier
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It's a shame this book is too big to carry with me everywhere, but I love the conversations about Afghan culture.

#nonfiction #graphicmemoir

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Panpan

I was excited for this book. And then I was SO DISAPPOINTED.

It explains separate concepts well enough, but doesn't tie them together. Eric loves and understands physics and he wasn't a fan of this either.

UrsulaMonarch I totally agree!! Too bad since it's a nice idea! 1y
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Fail | Rick Skwiot
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WTF, Worldcat.

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My #LitsyAvatar is a photo of me from my first full day in London on a week's trip there with my boyfriend after I graduated from library school in May. My mom paid for my manicure for graduation and I got lemon yellow nails to match my hood. Eric had never been to London whereas I spent a semester abroad, so we spent that first day just "Londoning."

@Chelleo

Chelleo Congratulations and welcome to the profession! Great pic!! 2y
RaimeyGallant Congrats! 2y
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Still working on my first book for #LitsyAtoZ because it asks for too much focus to read on the T. I do read chunks of it aloud to my boyfriend, who is too advanced for this book but enjoys the humor and trivia.

#A #nonfiction

abbsinwonderland I love this, especially the humor. 😆 2y
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Ethel & Ernest | Raymond Briggs
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Read this today and then immediately read it again. Embarrassingly, I did notice this story was all dialogue until the second reading! Loved their relationship, their political fights, and discussion of British current (from 1928-1971) events.

#nonfiction #graphicbio