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No Time to Spare
No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters | Ursula K. Le Guin
From acclaimed author Ursula K. Le Guin, and with an introduction by Karen Joy Fowler, a collection of thoughtsalways adroit, often acerbicon aging, belief, the state of literature, and the state of the nation. Ursula K. Le Guin has taken readers to imaginary worlds for decades. Now shes in the last great frontier of life, old age, and exploring new literary territory: the blog, a forum where her voicesharp, witty, as compassionate as it is criticalshines. No Time to Spare collects the best of Ursulas blog, presenting perfectly crystallized dispatches on what matters to her now, her concerns with this world, and her wonder at it. On the absurdity of denying your age, she says, If Im ninety and believe Im forty-five, Im headed for a very bad time trying to get out of the bathtub. On cultural perceptions of fantasy: The direction of escape is toward freedom. So what is escapism an accusation of? On her new cat: He still wont sit on a lapI dont know if he ever will. He just doesnt accept the lap hypothesis. On breakfast: Eating an egg from the shell takes not only practice, but resolution, even courage, possibly willingness to commit crime. And on all that is unknown, all that we discover as we muddle through life: How rich we are in knowledge, and in all that lies around us yet to learn. Billionaires, all of us.
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SW-T
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Love these cartoons 😊📚🥰

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Ahvikas
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New books! 3 from Books Inc. in Mountain View, and one from a friend. Which to start once I finish my current book (the wonderful Memory Called Empire) ? 🤔 #bookhaul

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I have been in such a huge reading slump these past few months. I‘ve tried several books, but nothing seemed to stick and in the slump I stayed. But it seems like the blog entries of Ursula K. Le Guin may be what pulls me out of it! She‘s fantastically wry, and her takes on old age, as well as her cat stories, are a breath of fresh air. So far she‘s been a wonderful reading slump companion.

Leftcoastzen I found it very enjoyable.Sometimes it felt like having coffee with a friend. 8mo
RealLifeReading Oh I didn‘t know about this book. Will have to find it. Thanks for posting! 8mo
TheWordJar @Leftcoastzen That‘s exactly what it feels like! 8mo
TheWordJar @RealLifeReading You‘re welcome! It‘s a delightful little read so far! 8mo
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I‘d only previously read Le Guin‘s fiction so I wasn‘t sure what to make of this book of essays. However, she‘s observant and funny so it‘s a worthy read.

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balletbookworm
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I didn‘t read Le Guin‘s blog when she was actually writing it, so it was with a bit of chagrin that I picked up this volume of posts collected from her site. This is a really good selection of posts ranging from the life of a writer, aging, a little lit theory, and a number of posts about her cat, Pard (as befits the writer of Catwings).

SW-T I didn‘t read her blog either but enjoyed the book. Pard is quite the character 😊🐱 11mo
balletbookworm @SW-T Pard and the beetles cracked me up. 11mo
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UrsulaMonarch
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At times, this collection is less “formal” than some of Le Guin‘s other work, both in subject matter and format (blog posts). However, much of it is on topics just as serious and well thought out as her other work, and feels current and important. I enjoyed reading this in conjunction with May Sarton‘s writing - two brilliant and well-spoken older women, huzzah!

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#FallIntoReading Day 28: This is just a sampler of my #ShelfieNov as I prepare for our upcoming #WomenReadWomen2019 reading theme, arranged across our quarterly reading themes for 2019. All these babies are written by women. This is going to be an exciting and super interesting year.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome stack!!! 13mo
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sandra888
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seems like a timely read...

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I've never read any Ursula K. Le Guin but I've heard good things. Picked this out on Audible and had no idea what to expect. Totally worth it for Chapter 9: Will You Please F***ing Stop! So many creative uses of the F word.

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BookInMyHands
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I loved listening to this one. Le Guin‘s essays range in topic from her cat Pard, to feminism, politics, and so much in between. I felt like I was having tea with an old friend.

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Today my #audio watering was much more pleasant. Yesterday the hose burst and I got soaked 😂. At least I was in my work-out clothes and not ready for work!

I‘m loving this delightful selection of essays by LeGuin. Some are on getting older, some on politics, some on writing. I‘m about 1/3 through and finding it soothing for the soul.

lovelybookshelf I love this book. I got really attached to her cat! 1y
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Drinking some lemon tea - with a Stroopwafel -while finishing this lovely book of essays by Ursula K. LeGuin and doing laundry. I will miss her intelligence and imagination. The Earthsea series was the first fantasy that I read as a child. I have been hooked ever since.

JoScho I love Stroopwafels! 1y
2BR02B I haven't been able to bring myself to read this yet- still pretty sad about her passing. 😔 1y
GripLitGrl Stroopwafels😍😍 1y
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There were also two physics books my husband got, but he‘s off somewhere else with them.

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#friyayintro
1. Sunday is my birthday and something is being planned but I don‘t know what 😬
3. Paris, Prague, Florence
4. Sloths all the way. I‘ve held a baby sloth
5. 88

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Another May birthday! Happy early birthday! 2y
DGRachel Happy early birthday! 2y
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JenP @DGRachel thanks, you too! 2y
Julsmarshall Happy Birthday weekend! 🎉🎊🎉 2y
britt_brooke Oh fun! Happy birthday!! 2y
JenP @Julsmarshall @britt_brooke thank you ladies! 2y
Chili Happy Birthday Jen! 🎉🎊🎂🎁🎈 2y
saresmoore Happy birthday! I hope it‘s wonderful! 2y
mabell Happy early Birthday! 🎉🎂📚🎁 2y
JenP @Chili @saresmoore @mabell thanks everyone!! 2y
Avanders Happy (slightly early) birthday!! 🎉💖🍨 2y
JenP @Avanders thanks! 2y
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Still on the first chapter and loving it ❤️

RaimeyGallant She was so wise. 2y
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This should be enlightening

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Lauredhel
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Written in 2014 *sobs*

jillrhudy Was she prescient or what? 🔮 2y
Kdgordon88 Wow! 2y
Bostonmomx2 Wow. I actually find this insanely offensive. 2y
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CarolynM Not just the US 2y
Lauredhel @Bostonmomx2 which part? 2y
Lauredhel @CarolynM hear hear, though in Australia some things are not as bad . (Don't get me started on our concentration camps or the impending gutting of the NDIS, though.) 2y
CarolynM Indeed. Her point about the misappropriation of anger is a very good one and I think it applies on the other side too where it's used to avoid compromise which is always what's needed to make any progress. This probably isn't the place to continue this discussion🙂 2y
Lauredhel @CarolynM this is just a snippet- she does talk about it, and with nuance, in a range of contexts. 2y
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I am enjoying Ursula LeGuin's writings about her cat.

jillrhudy Beetles in the tower! 2y
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prowlix
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How I love Ursula and hate that there will be no more thoughtful essays

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Branwen
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I have been on such a memoir/essays kick lately! Here are the latest ones I snagged from the library! I never used to read them, and then I stumbled into Wild by Cheryl Strayed last year and now I cant seem to get enough of them! I find them to be comforting and inspiring and oftentimes hilarious! What are some of your favorite memoirs or collections of essays? I still think my favorite thus far is Furiously Happy, by Jenny Lawson! 😀📚💞

LiteraryinLititz I don‘t read a lot in the genre, but I enjoyed Gabourey Sidibe‘s book a few months ago. 2y
LiteraryinLititz Oh, and Alan Cumming‘s. His wasn‘t lighthearted but was SO good! 2y
Kaye Love memoirs. I‘ll stop back in and list some of my favs soon. Just got home. 👍🏼 2y
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Suet624 This book is fantastic. 2y
MicheleinPhilly Any books by Anthony Bourdain. 2y
Kaye Holler if you want more. I read lots of memoirs 2y
Branwen @LiteraryinLititz Thanks! 😃I will check those out! I am pretty sure we have the one by Gadbourey Sidibe in my library! @Suet624 Thank you! That book looks absolutely amazing! Im going to see if I can find it on amazon! 😀 2y
Branwen @MicheleinPhilly Thanks! I had no idea that Kate Mulgrew had written a memoir! I adore her, so I will be hunting this one down asap! 😃 I also love We Are Never Meeting in Real Life! I just recently picked up her newest book, Meaty, but have not gotten to it yet. Im still making my way through library books! 😉 Have you read it yet? If so, what did you think? 2y
Branwen @Kaye Thank you so much! I am super intrigued by all of these, especially the two Zippy books! Which book, out of all of these, would you say is your absolute favorite? Also, yes please! Any and every recomendation is much appreciated! 😀📚 2y
Kaye Hi @Branwen ...wow, all time favorite memoir ? Let me list some more then I‘ll know what to recommend you. Can you tell me if you have any particular interest, such as situation the person is in, area they are from, etc?i don‘t read many by celebrities, as I like books about ordinary people dealing with life just like we do. I‘ll compile a bigger list for you next. (edited) 2y
MicheleinPhilly Kate Mulgrew‘s memoir is FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC. You won‘t be disappointed. I have not read Meaty yet but it‘s definitely on my TBR. 2y
Kaye About a small group of people but very good ! (edited) 2y
Branwen @Kaye Hi! 😀 Same here, I really like memoirs about regular people dealing with life problems...stuff everyone can relate to! Do you know of any about people leaving behind their old lives and syarting over? Or travelogues? I like those alot also! Thanks so much, you are so awesome and knowledgable! 😊 2y
Branwen @MicheleinPhilly Thats fantastic! I can't wait to get it! 😊 2y
Kaye Wow 😮 you like travel narratives too ? So do I. Get ready. You might need a bigger piece of paper. I‘ll drop them in here all evening as I think of more. I love NF books, so have a large list I‘d recommend. 2y
Kaye And...this goes after the other Rick Bragg. 2y
Kaye This was about a famous person, but I read it to see how he dealt wit all the tragedies in his life. Excellent. 2y
Branwen @Kaye This is so exciting! 😃😃😃 2y
Kaye I‘m glad to find someone who loves NF. It‘s probably not as popular as fiction but I like true stories. More to come. 😁 2y
Kaye This is a little graphic but a great book. (edited) 2y
Branwen @Kaye I completely agree! 2y
Kaye This is about a child molester. It doesn‘t get disgustingly gross or I wouldn‘t have read it. It‘s very good because it shows how these guys can gain a parent‘s confidence and how the girl accepts it. Sounds gross but it is good. 2y
Kaye , but good. About alcoholism and how it destroys a family (edited) 2y
Kaye Look up J. Maarten Troost...he‘s written 3 ? Or 4 about getting away from it all. Living in other places. Very good. Funny. 2y
Kaye Gonna take a short break. Have to finish supper. Not done yet. Are you tired of this ? I can quit if you have enough but I‘m not done. Just need a short break. (edited) 2y
Branwen Nope! Not tired at all! 😀 Im copying them all down into a word document so that I can save it! 2y
Kaye Look up author George Mahood. All of his are good a couple travel ones. Funny. 2y
Kaye Look up Tony James Slater. Same as George Mahood. Excellent and funny. 2y
Kaye There‘s a second book with the previous...Further confessions. Both very good. 2y
Kaye There are 2 by Clint Hill. Secret service agent during JFK. Excellent. Not boring. GOOD. 2y
Kaye Taking a break. Will be back in a little bit. Go ahead and start reading. I‘ll be back in time to add to your list. 😁 2y
Branwen @Kaye You are officially my hero! 😀💞 2y
Kaye Thanks , no hero. I‘ve been reading for 55 years. You can read a lot in that amount of time. I love memoirs so you hit on an easy area. If you asked for books about hunting, you‘d be out of luck. 2y
Branwen @Kaye Good thing I don't like hunting! 😁 2y
Kaye Ok @Branwen Back again. 2y
Kaye Not sure if this is a memoir but it reads like one. Very good. (edited) 2y
Kaye Look up Tom Bodett. He wrote several books on living in Alaska and the people up there. Funny and good 2y
Kaye Look up Karl Pilkingtons 2 -idiot- books. Funny travel books. 2y
Kaye Ok. That‘s all I can come up with for now. I‘ve read others but they wouldn‘t make the REALLY GOOD LIST. Which all of these do. They are all excellent. I wish you happy reading. 💖💖💖. @Branwen (edited) 2y
Kaye In fact, looking at these makes me want to read them again. 😁 2y
Branwen @Kaye Thank you, thank you, thank you! 😀 And you totally should! 2y
Kaye I might just type the list out for myself. I just went by memory with most of them since I don‘t keep a list anyplace like on goodreads. 2y
Suet624 I have handed that book that I mentioned above to so many people. It‘s really great. If you can‘t find it let me know. I could loan you my copy. 2y
Branwen @Kaye Thats a really good idea! Do you think you might transfer everything over to a site like goodreads or librarything some day? 2y
Branwen @Suet624 That is so very sweet, I really appreciate it! 😀 I did find it for only $10 on amazon, so I ordered it on there! I cant wait to read it and let you know what I think! 2y
Kaye @Branwen sorry I just now saw your post. Litsy has been messing up all night. To tell you the truth, I‘m not that organized. I used to have it all on GR but just sorta like floating around in here I post reviews when I read, so I have a sorta list here but it‘s not nearly all I‘ve read. I‘d never remember it all. Let me know how you like these when you get to them. Good reading ahead. ♥️ 2y
Branwen @Kaye I absolutely will! Thank you so much! 😃 Have you always liked reading memoirs? 2y
Kaye Well, I actually was more of a true crime buff for many years. I still read them, but have gradually switched over to more memoirs. I find that no matter what the book, or the person, I can use something they learned in life to help me in mine, so it‘s a great situation. I get to read good books and put the info to good use. ♥️ 2y
Branwen @Kaye Thats such a great way to look at it! 😀 2y
Kaye ♥️👍 2y
Suet624 I‘m so happy that you found it. Enjoy! 2y
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suvata
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Anxious to start this one out.

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Branwen
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It's so beautiful out today! Almost 70 degrees and it finally feels like Spring has arrived! Enjoying some tea and Ursula Le Guin on my balcony! 🌞

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Leftcoastzen
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Tacy will read this next! I will miss Ursula Le Guin.Her last book of essays , just stunning.She covers so much ground , travel , literature, politics, belief ,aging, her cat Pard.Part of the joy of reading them was how she still loved to wonder and theorize about the world even over the age of 80.What challenges are ahead as we age are a mystery,I hope I have even a quarter of her vigor if I make it that far.

GatheringBooks i own a copy of this one and can‘t wait to sink my teeth into it. :) 2y
EllanaRose So much floof! 2y
DivineDiana @Leftcoastzen I attended a talk by Madeline Albright last night. She is 80 and brilliant! Travels the world, just released her fifth book, a member of numerous important Committees, teaches at Georgetown and more! An inspiration as was Ursula Le Guin. (edited) 2y
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Leftcoastzen @EllanaRose she‘s a floof queen! my oldest kitty currently guess she‘s about 12 or 13.adopted as an adult. 2y
Leftcoastzen @DivineDiana I admire these women that keep on going. 2y
Suet624 This sounds so good! 2y
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jillrhudy
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No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters is bittersweet, having been published one month before the death of author Ursula Le Guin, one of America's foremost fantasy writers. She writes with depth and brilliance about aging, feminism, technology, beauty, and a special but naughty rescue cat named Pard. With very little time to spare, Le Guin left us this gift. Savor these essays slowly, to get every morsel of wisdom into your head and heart.

RaimeyGallant My hold on The Left Hand of Darkness just came in! 2y
jillrhudy @RaimeyGallant terrific! Make sure to review 2y
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“My fears come down to fear of not being safe (as if anyone is ever safe) and of not being in control (as if I ever was in control). Does the fear of being unsafe and not in control express itself as anger, or does it use anger as a kind of denial of the fear?”

Aimeesue I'm going with denial. 😧➡️😡 2y
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1. Too many, latest add is the tagged book.
2. My case
3. Lunchtime at work and at bed time so I don‘t keep the hubs awake.
#kindlequestions @Lova

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tsutrav
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I‘ve never read Le Guin, but know how prolific she was. I stumbled upon this book & picked it up when I saw the section titled “The Lit Biz”. I may have come for the bookish parts, but it was the essays about her cat Pard & her take on culture & society that make this one memorable. It‘s a collection of her blog posts. I only wish more people wrote blog posts like these. If you like short thoughtful, sometimes sentimental, essays check it out.

RaimeyGallant Sold! 2y
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No Time to Spare: Thinking about What Matters by Ursula K. Le Guin is a collection of blog posts from the author about ideas such as old age, children, and literature. I love the author's writing. It is funny, witty, and makes you think as well. I'm sad that the author has passed away. However, I am glad I discovered her writings. I am going to be reading her other books as well.

tsutrav I‘ve just finished this book as well and thought it was great. I‘ve never had a 3 minute egg, but am now so intrigued I‘m going to have to try one. Her writing here was so good that I‘ve gone to her blog and started reading other posts. 2y
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A very taciturn visitor from Norway, perhaps.

BestDogDad Wonderful 2y
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LoverofLit Love this! ❤ 2y
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readordierachel She's got a point. Although I really enjoy the f word. 2y
vivastory @ReadOrDieRachel flan? or Frankfurter? 😉 2y
readordierachel Oh, definitely flan 😂😂 2y
vivastory @ReadOrDieRachel Flan for the win! 😂 2y
saresmoore This makes me think of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. “Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries!” 2y
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Such an interesting collection of blog posts by Ursula K. Le Guin. She talks about life, literature, family, her beloved cat Pard, fan mail, politics, aging, swearing, the ceremony of a soft boiled egg, and more. Delightful. I haven't really read anything else by her, but she's such a smart and amazing writer, and her passing is indeed a gigantic loss to the literary world. I'll be devouring more of her work soon.

Leftcoastzen I am on a waiting list for it. Thanks for your review, I want it now 😀 2y
SarahSaysRead I read The Lathe of Heaven and The Left Hand of Darkness ages ago and remember really liking them. 2y
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tournevis
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Go home, 2018, you're drunk! #rip #Sad&Angry

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#MarchIntoOz Day 14: There is a sense of urgency in this book that implores people to set aside #DumbThings because we need to think about what matters - There is No Time To Spare indeed.

Cinfhen Such a great book cover💙 2y
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Airplane reading

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catiewithac
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Such lovely, heartfelt thoughts Ursula K. Le Guin shared with us! These blog posts collected into a book of essays resonated with me. I feel as though I‘ve come to know a friend. Someone intelligent and thoughtful, brave and vulnerable.

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Knowing she‘s gone and I didn‘t get to read her work while she was alive is so sad. There‘s so much in this book about growing older and at one point I wanted to cry because she won‘t get to see the birds be free. It‘s touching and I know most of these are on her blog but I enjoyed the look at her daily live with her cat and what she thinks about eating eggs. It‘s sad to see such a prolific author gone. 🖤🖤🖤

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If it weren‘t already for her humor, politics, and spunk in the first two pages, her list of working people made me fall in love. How have I not read her before??

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She wrote this in 2012, but it's true now, and it's probably been true since modern media evolved, or even before. How can we be better?? Again, I LOVE her....

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"The weirdness included being called a liar... because I was rude to amazondotcom, the famous philanthropic organization dedicated to supporting publishers, encouraging writers, and greasing the skids if the American Dream". I love her SO much!

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Started this a few weeks ago, when she was still alive. Now that she's gone, finishing it was a little harder. 😔😔😔

#UrsulaKLeGuin #essays #oldage #fantasy #amazingauthor

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Comprised of various posts from Le Guin‘s blog circa 2010-16, this book includes her musings on nature, writing, her cat, politics, and more. She comes across as thoughtful, intelligent, opinionated, and with a wicked sense of humor. I found this volume delightful and am sad to know she‘s now gone.

#dogsofLitsy: Gunther and Greta

Beckys_Books They are being very patient! 2y
Hooked_on_books @Beckys_Books Yes, it appears that way. In reality, they‘re begging for the roll in my hand. 😂 2y
MicheleinPhilly Gunther and Greta! 😍😘 2y
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RealBooks4ever I feel blessed that I was able to have Ursula and Charles in my bookshop for an event. She was one-of-a-kind. 💔 2y
Hooked_on_books @RealBooks4ever You ARE! She seems that way. At least we‘ll always have her writing to cherish. 2y
Hooked_on_books @MicheleinPhilly They say hi to Pickles! 2y
AlaMich 🐶❤️ 2y
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From an essay on her cat: if I wanted to be the center of the universe i'd have a dog. I simply adore her....

So my #24in48 @24in48 roundup.... nowhere near 24 hours, but I knew that because I worked on Sat, which meant I had to sleep Fri night. The goal was to read more than usual and at about 12 hours, mission accomplished! ❤

UrsulaMonarch Bravo!! 2y
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Library holds I picked up today... just in time for #24in48

2BR02B Great picks! 2y
Megabooks 👍🏻👍🏻 2y
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I‘ve never read Le Guin before but picked up 2 of her books last year and now seems an appropriate time to dive in. Interestingly, of the 5 books I have read portions of for #24in48, 4 have blue covers. Weird.

Greta is representing for #dogsofLitsy

DGRachel Greta is beautiful!😍🐶😍 2y
britt_brooke 😍😍😍 2y
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So sorry that the world has lost Ms. Le Guin but what a wonderful legacy she has left us! #THEWALLSARECLOSINGIN

Heideschrampf Indeed, she'll not be forgotten! A true legend. 2y
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This happened to be what I was reading when I heard Le Guin had died. No Time to Spare is a collection of some of her online blog posts from the last 10 years or so. Beyond wonderful -- her mind, her words, and her soul were a gift to the world.

catiewithac This is on my hold list at the library! I can‘t wait to read it! 2y
UrsulaMonarch Stacked, thanks! 2y
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