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Fantasyland
Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History | Kurt Andersen
A razor-sharp thinker offers a new understanding of our post-truth world and explains the American instinct to believe in make-believe, from the Pilgrims to P. T. Barnum to Disneyland to zealots of every stripe . . . to Donald Trump. In this sweeping, eloquent history of America, Kurt Andersen demonstrates that whats happening in our country todaythis strange, post-factual, fake news moment were all living throughis not something entirely new, but rather the ultimate expression of our national character and path. America was founded by wishful dreamers, magical thinkers, and true believers, by impresarios and their audiences, by hucksters and their suckers. Believe-whatever-you-want fantasy is deeply embedded in our DNA. Over the course of five centuriesfrom the Salem witch trials to Scientology to the Satanic Panic of the 1980s, from P. T. Barnum to Hollywood and the anything-goes, wild-and-crazy sixties, from conspiracy theories to our fetish for guns and obsession with extraterrestrialsour peculiar love of the fantastic has made America exceptional in a way that we've never fully acknowledged. With the gleeful erudition and tell-it-like-it-is ferocity of a Christopher Hitchens, Andersen explores whether the great American experiment in liberty has gone off the rails. From the start, our ultra-individualism was attached to epic dreams and epic fantasiesevery citizen was free to believe absolutely anything, or to pretend to be absolutely anybody. Little by little, and then more quickly in the last several decades, the American invent-your-own-reality legacy of the Enlightenment superseded its more sober, rational, and empirical parts. We gave ourselves over to all manner of crackpot ideas and make-believe lifestyles designed to console or thrill or terrify us. In Fantasyland, Andersen brilliantly connects the dots that define this condition, portrays its scale and scope, and offers a fresh, bracing explanation of how our American journey has deposited us here. Fantasyland could not appear at a more perfect moment. If you want to understand the politics and culture of twenty-first-century America, if you want to know how the lines between reality and illusion have become dangerously blurred, you must read this book. This is an important bookthe indispensable bookfor understanding America in the age of Trump. Its an eye-opening history filled with brilliant insights, a saga of how we were always susceptible to fantasy, from the Puritan fanatics to the talk-radio and Internet wackos who mix show business, hucksterism, and conspiracy theories.Walter Isaacson
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TheSpineView
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#GratefulReads @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

#PreferredGenre

Fantasy is my preferred genre because you are not bound by the limitations of science. You can be anyone or anything.

wordslinger42 I love the picture in the top left!! Do you mind me asking where you found that picture? 1mo
TheSpineView @wordslinger42 I use an app called OGQ backgrounds. 1mo
OriginalCyn620 🙌🏻📚❤️ 1mo
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tracey38 Love the pictures! 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 💫✨ 1mo
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LauraJ
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Pickpick

I made the mistake of reading and listening to this too quickly and frequently felt frustrated by all the things that have led to a lack of basic scientific literacy. It‘s easy to get overwhelmed with Andersen‘s compilation of facts that got us to the “fake news” era where lies are accepted as truth. It was a book club read and led to a great discussion. We all agreed it was worth reading.
#teamstoker

TheReadingMermaid 🧟‍♀️ 2mo
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LauraJ
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There is no way I‘m going to finish this in time for my book club tomorrow night. But I‘ll put aside the #scarathlon books for the night and try.
#teamstoker

TheReadingMermaid 🧟‍♀️ 2mo
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hermyknee

Trying so hard to stay awake 30 more minutes when it‘ll be midnight on the east coast and when I will be tearing into my #SFFS #SciFiFantasySwap Package 🖤🖤🖤 @Chrissyreadit @Avanders

Chrissyreadit Me toooo!!! 8mo
Avanders 😴😴😴😁 8mo
hermyknee Yes that was me 😳🤣😂 so close! @Avanders 8mo
Avanders 😂😂 8mo
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Carolyn11215
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Forgot to take a picture before it was all packed up. @Nessavamusic and @Avanders package is in the mail. It‘s 2 day priority so should be there before opening day! #sffs

Nessavamusic Yay! 8mo
Avanders 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽💃🏽♥️ 8mo
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TheEmpress
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I‘m a couple days late buttttt it‘ll be there by Monday!!!! @Shadowfat @Avanders #scififantasyswap

Avanders 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽💃🏽♥️ 8mo
Shadowfat Thanks for letting me know! I'll be sending it out right away Monday priority. I worked late all last week and had my Grandma's memorial service today. 8mo
TheEmpress @Shadowfat I‘m so sorry for your loss 😭 today was exhausting for you I‘m sure. 8mo
Shadowfat Thank you @TheEmpress I appreciate it, it was a long day. I just sent your package out, should be to you by Weds. @Avanders 8mo
Avanders @Shadowfat so sorry about your grandma 😢😢 (& thanks for the update!) ♥️ 8mo
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BookwormAHN
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@whippoorwill815 It's here! Thank you, I can't waite to open it 🐉#SciFiFantasySwap #SFFS @Avanders

whippoorwill815 Yay!!! Now we both get to hide them until the 18th to reduce temptation 😜!! 8mo
BookwormAHN @whippoorwill815 Exactly 😸 8mo
Avanders 💃🏽💃🏽💃🏽♥️ 8mo
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Andrea313
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The Land of Bones and Stars. Sure, I'd give it a try! What's yours? #fantasybooktitle

Linsy Fun! I‘m The Queen of Rose and Snow 👑🌹❄️ (edited) 9mo
Louise The Queen of Smoke and Wind. 9mo
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BookwormAHN
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⚔ Fantasy
⚔ Earth bound
⚔ Both
⚔ Both
⚔ Both
⚔ Both
⚔ Urban fantasy
⚔ Animal sidekick
⚔ Neither
⚔ Either
⚔ Ya
#ThisOrThat @hermyknee
#SFFS #ScienceFictionFantasySwap @Avanders

hermyknee 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 10mo
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Chelsibno
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1. Fantasy
2. Hard cover
3. Library
4. BOTH!!!!
5. Romeo and Juliet
6. Physical copy

@MJSanty @Lmstraubie
#thisorthat

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kellyann28
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Well, I told @TheBookKeepers I was not going to sign up for this swap simply because I thought I needed a break from swaps.

But I have no self control, so here we are. Head to @Avanders page for sign up for this Sci-Fi/Fantasy Swap!

TheBookKeepers Hahahahaha same! I mean I CANNOT pass up on a fantasy themed swap lol! I like that she offers different “commitment” levels! 10mo
kellyann28 @TheBookKeepers Yes! All the choices on books ultimately pulled me in. I'm not TOO big on Sci-Fi but I loooove some fantasy! 10mo
Avanders Yay!! 🧬🦠🔮🦄🌌 And thanks for the repost! 😘 10mo
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Nessavamusic
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Yay a new swap and I‘m all signed up. Head over to @Avanders page for info!

Avanders Yay!! 🧬🦠🔮🦄🌌 And thanks for the repost! 😘 10mo
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thebookishtype15
Untitled Nonfiction | Kurt Andersen
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Excited to be participating in #nonfiction2019. Here's the blank one. I'll be posting my current one separately.

What a great way to encourage more nonfiction reading!

Amiable @xxjenadanxx Here‘s the blank bingo card for you to use! 9mo
xxjenadanxx @Amiable yay! Thank you so much 😊 9mo
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MirrorMask
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1. Fantasy
2. Heights
3. Teacher, then writer, then doctor. I didn't settle on chemist until highschool.
4. 35 degrees Fahrenheit with a Winter Storm warning
5. Hey #Littens

#FriyayIntro @howjessreads

KatieCarpenter 👋 11mo
readordierachel Heights freak me out too. No fun! 11mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
Untitled Nonfiction | Kurt Andersen
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Admittedly, I‘m a nonfiction fan. The funny thing is, I used to say “oh I don‘t read nonfiction.” But now I do. Never say never, people. Here‘s where I am with the #nonfiction2019 bingo board. Thanks @Riveted_Reader_Melissa for keeping this one going for another year. I love having squares to fill!

Kaye You‘re doing great. I love NF and always have, although fiction is good too. I always feel like I‘m learning more by reading NF books. Not sure it‘s true, as you can learn something from ANY book you read. 11mo
OrangeMooseReads I loved ‘Feeding the Dragon‘ it was interesting. 11mo
britt_brooke You‘re killing it! 👏🏻 I‘m doing this challenge, too. I don‘t know why I didn‘t do it last year. I read a ton of nonfiction, too (as you know). 11mo
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Cinfhen Great!!! I‘m also digging my NF right now!!!! 11mo
mreads Love the way you're filling the squares looks cool and easy to reference. 11mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @kaye @britt_brooke @Cinfhen Check out this Bookriot article by a reader committing to just NF for 2019. Don‘t think I could do that, but i admire his goal. https://bookriot.com/2019/01/16/only-reading-nonfiction 11mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Good for you! You are moving right along...I‘m just getting ready to start Sapiens, but it looks like I have a nice long snowed in weekend to read coming up soon though. Do you know what you are leaning towards for February yet? 11mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘ve thought about trying that, but I don‘t think I could do it...I need a NF break occasionally, plus now with Litsy I‘d have to turn down every great buddy read that wasn‘t NF, that would be very hard....maybe in a few years after I finish some of the longer ones like Pratchett and Tolkien? 🤔 11mo
Cinfhen Thanks for sharing the article 11mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Thanks! I hope you like Sapiens. I‘m kinda mixed about it. Was hoping it would be more captivating. But, you may feel differently. I think we talked about Unmentionable for Feb as a follow up to The Beauty Myth. But I‘m open. Have you been thinking of something in particular? (edited) 11mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I‘d miss fiction too much!! @Cinfhen You‘re welcome! 11mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @mreads Thanks! I use PicCollage to do that. 11mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I knew you had one you needed for your Booked but I wasn‘t sure which one? But yes I‘m open 11mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I don‘t need it for a few months. So I‘m open! 11mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I‘m leaning towards either Unmentionable or Thanks, Obama 11mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I have both, and would be happy with either! 11mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @BarbaraTheBibliophage I know you have both, they are both on our master list! 👍. Let‘s do Thanks, Obama. 11mo
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BethM
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My favorite bookseller in the world, Annette, was at the store today. She‘s been giving me recommendations since 2005. We hugged and cried. She gave me this pin off her lanyard to remember her. It seems silly but it means a lot to me. Does anyone have a cool way to display your pins? I‘ve tried putting them on my purse but I inevitably lose at least one.

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Kaye
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B-3

Something with law or or medicine :
Bitter Medicine byCarlton Smith.
This has law and medicine both in the story.

#nonfiction2019

Amiable Nice start! 👍🏼 11mo
Kaye Thank you @Amiable 😊 11mo
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sophierayton
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Panpan

I found this quite painful. The tone is quite cynical and not very balanced. It is right to challenge incorrect ways of thinking, but I'd prefer to see it done with more compassion.

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Valeka
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Fascinating book and a good look at the path the country has taken to end up in this place.

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Verity
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Mehso-so

I thought this had a good premise, but it was a very white-Eurocentric thesis and never really acknowledged that, which annoyed me a lot.

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I have some issues with this book, but this bit I found interesting.

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This jumped out at me this morning in the current climate of “fake news”...

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Early on the book is looking at religion in America and the religions that sprung up in the US.

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Verity
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A bit more American culture reading for me. So far this is a dense and extremely sceptical look at America and American beliefs...

jillrhudy We‘ve always been haywire. 1y
Verity @jillrhudy that‘s definitely the sense that I‘m getting! 1y
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LibrarianRyan
Untitled Nonfiction | Kurt Andersen
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1. Rarely unless it‘s kids u less you count the multiple news papers a day
2.fiction 9o% unless above counts then it‘s 60-40 split
3. Craft books and cook books
4.i do t tho k I have one

#hellothursday

SilversReviews I do not read non-fiction. 1y
wanderinglynn Thanks for playing! 😀 1y
LibrarianRyan @SilversReviews me neither. I have to read various newspapers for work daily and it kids of burns me out. 1y
tammysue Cookbooks 👍🏻 1y
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kitabi_keeda
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When you finish a great book 📖💚🌎👍

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JessFerg
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When you have to stop short after picking up your library books. #passengerside #atleastnoonegothurt

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Rudis
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1) sort of? I most share with my Dad & my best friend, but there are some books I won‘t let out of the apartment.
2) Yes, but not often, and it‘s usually sub genres that I haven‘t tried before.
3) I have a bunch of mostly bookish related Knick-knacks on there.
Thanks for the fun, @SilversReviews !

SilversReviews Thanks for playing....it is fun to see what others say. Sharing is tricky, but I do it. 😊 1y
Rudis @SilversReviews There‘s a reason I mostly share with family - I know where they live! 1y
SilversReviews @Rudis LOL!! Thanks for stopping back. 😊 1y
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beachbookworm7
Untitled Nonfiction | Kurt Andersen
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Checkout my unboxing of the Ink and Wonder Crate, Miles to Go on my blog (link in bio). I loved all the goodies in this box and highly recommend you check out there shop!

#lovereading #bookish #booklove #readstagram #vscocam #totalbooknerd #yabooks #yalit #bookishthings #reader #bookstagramfeature #bookblogger #blogger #bookish #readmore #bookishfeatures #bookphotography #bookstagram #bookworm #bookaholic

julesG I recommend tagging unboxing posts as spoilers, so as not to spoil the surprise for other Littens. 1y
beachbookworm7 @julesG great idea! I actually waited for the all clear from the seller though that everyone should have received there boxes now since they were shipped at the beginning of June. 1y
julesG Just saying. We've had post with unboxings before everyone had their box and some people were pretty disappointed. Like when the last season of Game of Thrones wrapped up and people posted memes that actually spoiled the last episode(s) for those who hadn't seen it yet. Anyway, just saying. I tend to use this book, so people get an idea of what is hiding under the tag 1y
beachbookworm7 @julesG ok thanks. 1y
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jpmcwisemorgan

I thought I signed up for a fantasy book club but all the details are a little fuzzy in my head. Usually I take a screenshot of dates and download the book but apparently I didn‘t do that this time??!! Does anyone know what fantasy book club might be going on Litsy?

MeganAnn @InLibrisVeritas is hosting the #bbbbc #scififantasybookclub. Could that be it? We are reading Six of Crows right now with discussion the end of July. If you check out her feed for those posts you can see if the graphic is familiar. 1y
jpmcwisemorgan @MeganAnn Yes! That‘s it! It just wouldn‘t come out of my brain. Whew. 1y
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Hooked_on_books
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I have such mixed feelings about this book. On one hand, it‘s a great exploration of fantastical thinking and how we‘ve grown to have so much of it in the US over time. On the other hand, it‘s marred to near ruin by snark and hyperbole. This is a shame because there is much here which is valuable. If you can see past the unfortunate tone, have at it.

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RaimeyGallant
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I'm having a hard time with this book, and I'm only in the first chapter. He's contradicted himself already, and I have concerns about the data he's using, because the data is flawed, and I'm concerned about his bias toward presenting this type of data as the ultimate truth we all need to open our eyes to. I'm going to keep listening for now, because his bias leans liberal, but I can't help feeling he's the wrong person to have written this book.

RaimeyGallant Giving up in chapter 3. I think the author is on to an intelligent overarching theory, but there is not enough care taken with his sub theories, and I find it disheartening that this lack of care with facts is so prevalent in a book intending to prove how America has strayed from a culture of truth. Give me a revised edition after heavy fact-checking, and I would pick this up again. 2y
tsutrav Glad to see I‘m not the only one struggling here. I want to read this one, but it has sat untouched since January & I‘m still on Chapter 2. I keep hoping he‘ll try and objectively present a viewpoint, even with the obvious bias, but I‘m beginning to think the author is beyond bias and just has an ax to grind. 2y
KimHM Rats. I was hoping to get to this. Can you give an example or two of his factual errors? 2y
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RaimeyGallant @KimHM For example, and I'm not going to re-listen, so I can't be sure, but I think he credited the person who coined the term cosplay with actually having invented the trend. But please read or listen for yourself. It's not one or two things. It was a lot of things, and I was only three chapters in. Because he wasn't accurately representing facts that I knew something about, I didn't feel I could trust him in areas I knew nothing about. (edited) 2y
Graywacke Appreciate the critical reading. 2y
KimHM That‘s disappointing, isn‘t it? 2y
RaimeyGallant @KimHM It is. I think we're all starving for this book and others like it. We want it so bad, the publisher perhaps rushed it to print without due diligence. 2y
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CareBear
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I‘m going to visit my mom this weekend and she found this bookstore for us to check out! Looks like it has shelves and shelves of fantasy books (and cats!). I‘m suspending my book buying ban for this. What should I look for...tag your favorite fantasy novel(s)!

CareBear Love that one, too, @AmyG ! Maybe I‘ll splurge on the gorgeous 10th anniversary edition if they have it..☺️ 2y
JulAnna Oh, I love the cover of the 10th anniversary edition! 2y
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jfalkens The 10th anniversary edition is so beautiful! I got it and it was well worth it! As for another fantasy series to check out, have you read The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan(and last 3 books co-authored with Brandon Sanderson)? The first one(there is a prequel but I guess it makes more sense if you read some of the series first) in the series is 2y
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Panpan

There are so many things wrong with this book. The whole premise is a forced hypothesis bc he cherry picked examples throughout history to say that many Americans live in a fantasyland (not based in fact or science). The book was hastily written and it could have been good if he had stuck to examples based in fact.

The biggest problem with this book is that it whitewashes history and erases any experience for someone who isn‘t straight or white.

RaimeyGallant I'm in the first chapter, and I don't think I can go on. 2y
Audrey @RaimeyGallant it‘s sloppy and a shame bc it could have been good. It‘s a forced hypothesis. 2y
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Yeah_I_Read Great list! 2y
SpeculativeFemale Awesome list! I'm saving it to check out a few unfamiliar titles 😁 2y
Gezemice I missed this. But no Discworld? 2y
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AmyG Wow. I just took a picture so I have this. Thanks! 2y
Lisaw13 Thanks for posting this! 2y
TrishB Some great picks there 👍🏻 2y
LazyOwl @Yeah_I_Read @SpeculativeFemale @AmyG @TrishB I know right! It's a very varied list, I'm keeping quite a few in mind to read myself 2y
LazyOwl @Gezemice nope, no one entered this title, maybe because it was an obvious choice 🤔 2y
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As a fan of The author's public radio show Studio 360, I was curious to explore his writing in greater depth. Part way through, I took a break to listen to another book because the scope of the book was wide, but the material only described in brief. Somewhere I read this was a work of 'revisionist' history, which strikes me as an apt description. There are lots of dots connected in ways I had not considered. In the end, I was glad to finish it.

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What the fuck?

Victoria_C I think you and I must be the only ones reading this book! 2y
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shutupsmalls
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The #TBR pile grows and grows and grows!

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diovival 😳 2y
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shutupsmalls

American Jews' great exception to assimilation, bless them, has been the national weakness for the supernatural... An overwhelming majority of Protestants are fundamentalist, evangelical, or charismatic; maybe a sixth of Jews are Orthodox, ultra-Orthodox, or associated with the little New Age-y branch called Renewalist. American Judaism has not gone nuts.

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shutupsmalls

Wallowing in nostalgia for a lost Golden Age ruined by meddling liberal outsiders from Washington and New York, previously a white Southern habit, became more and more of a white America habit. And so the Republicans' Southern Strategy could be nationalized as well.

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It's been a very long time since a book grabbed me out of the blue like this

Booklover2 It's amazing 2y
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