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Whose Story Is This?
Whose Story Is This?: Essays at the Intersection | Rebecca Solnit
29 posts | 13 read | 20 to read
New feminist essays for the #MeToo era from the international best-selling author of Men Explain Things to Me.
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kspenmoll
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#NewYearNewYou #SpinePoetry

Whose Story is This?
An Odyssey
Lights on the Sea
Fates and Furies
Songs from the Deep
The Last True Poets
Of the Sea

Eggs Oh this is awesomeness👏🏻💕 1w
readordierachel Well done! Love this! 1w
Tanisha_A Love it! 7d
maich Perfect👏 7d
kspenmoll @Eggs @readordierachel @Tanisha_A @maich Thank you all for your kind words!!!! 6d
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BekaReid
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I love Rebecca Solnit's writing. In this volume of essays, she tackles hard subjects and questions - Who is the story about? Who matters? Who decides? - and so many issues we face in today's world. (Couple of my favorite quotes pictured)

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BekaReid
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Yup. Looks like good reading weather to me!

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WellReadCatLady
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Pickpick

Love Rebecca Solnit!

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Emilymdxn
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Ticked off my first square for #jennyis30 with my second book of the year for the politics prompt! Some of these will be very easy for me tick off and some I know will be a struggle that I‘ll be doing this December lol. Doing my best to get ahead now! @jenniferw88

Cinfhen Agreed!!!! (edited) 3w
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Emilymdxn
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#newyearwhodis @Caterina @monalyisha

My new favourite Solnit ❤️ the final piece, her open letter to young climate protesters, literally made me cry and I had to make my bf hold me til I felt better and could review this. So powerful, in difficult political times writers like this who make you feel proud of what you do with your life are so so important.

Also my #booked2020 book I finished in a day, I just couldn‘t put it down for a minute

Megabooks I have this downloaded from hoopla and need to read it. Thank you for the push! 3w
Emilymdxn @Megabooks yes yes yes yes yes it‘s so worth it but be ready to Feel Things 3w
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Emilymdxn
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From her open letter to youth climate protesters:

“You are standing up for people not yet born, and those ghostly billions are with you too. Today, you are the force of possibility that runs through the present like a river through the desert.”

First time in a while that a book has made me literally sob with emotion

Megabooks I was reading The Witches Are Coming and was crying about the next generation and climate change too this afternoon. 💞💞 3w
Emilymdxn @Megabooks I haven‘t heard of that one I‘ll put it on my list! 3w
Emilymdxn @Megabooks I haven‘t heard of that one I‘ll put it on my list! 3w
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Emilymdxn
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Back at work today, reading Rebecca Solnit and eating my desk pasta 😊 I‘m so broke at the moment I neeeeeed to be better with money this month, this year and this decade tho I keep saying that with limited success! Being an adult is so expensive. I‘m trying to resist the urge to judge myself too hard every time I spend money, but I‘m also trying to resist spending any money, which is a hard tightrope to walk!

ljuliel I think I read once that money problems are common for most people at times. I try to be thrifty with common sense things , like keeping lights off when not being used , keeping the furnace down at night, etc. I also try grocery shopping for sales or at lower priced stores. We‘re not big spenders on other items . We only buy new clothes when absolutely necessary. Luckily, neither of us care much about clothes anyhow. My problem is Amazon & Audible 3w
ljuliel ☝🏼. Thus, I‘m trying my hardest to use only library this year. 3w
Emilymdxn @ljuliel I like to think I‘m quite sensible with money overall, but I don‘t have a lot of money to start with which means I‘m kinda at the limit of how much I can control by budgeting well :( I have a strict daily budget that I do my best to keep to, pack my lunch for work every day, minimise my bills as much as I can but then I still look at my bank account and make this face 😱😱😱 3w
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TheAromaofBooks I know for us writing a budget and sticking with it has really helped - planning ahead how we are GOING to spend money rather than looking back at how we already spent it!! It can also help to do more of your spending with cash rather than card - it's easier to physically see where the money is going/how much is left! Anyway, good luck with thriftiness - it's a skill that has to be practiced just like any other, but can be learned!! 3w
ljuliel I know it‘s really hard when money is tight. My husband worked for the same company for 38 years , then they decided to unload “ the old guys” , who had lots of vacation and benefits, etc. He finally got hired , but it‘s difficult when you‘re in your late 50s. He now makes half what he used to. I‘ve tried budgeting by putting only a certain amount in an envelope for each day . If I spend it, then I can‘t spend anymore. Wish I had more advice. 3w
ljuliel I make the same face. 😱. I know it‘s a worry. 3w
Itchyfeetreader @ljuliel this is exactly how my mum ran the household budgets when I was a kid. I do it more virtually now but it‘s a way of thinking about money that has stuck with me 3w
Mrs_B Thank you for your honesty about money worries - it‘s so important to talk about it. I believe whatever goals you set yourself you can do it! 3w
ljuliel @Itchyfeetreader I got the idea about 30 years ago. A family member went to a budget counselor and that‘s the advice he gave them, so I tried it and have been doing it for years. When I leave the house, I only take that envelope ,then I can‘t spend anymore. I‘ve also learned to leave the checkbook at home. It‘s just another temptation. Credit cards are awful challenges, thus , the Amazon and Audible problem. That‘s the biggest problem for me. 3w
AmyK1 We do the same as #TheAromaofBooks. It works well for us. 3w
janeycanuck Check out youneedabudget.com. Even if the software isn‘t for you, they have lots of great videos to help you on your money journey. 3w
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Eyelit
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These were my five star (with a few high 4s thrown in cause I didn‘t have enough 5 star reads) for the year. It looks to me like I need to read more nonfiction. 😄

I look forward to more great reads in the new year!

#19in2019

Johanna414 Check Please was such a fun book! 3w
Eyelit @Johanna414 it really was! I can‘t wait for the next book (tho I admit I found my way to the webcomic) 😃 3w
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KathyWheeler
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This collection covers much of the same ground as the Lindy West book I just read, including the #metoo movement. I liked Solnit‘s book a little bit better because I like her writing style more. Immigration issues, sexism, and racism are all addressed in this collection whose overarching theme is simply who gets to tell America‘s story, especially given the changing demographics of the US.

TiredLibrarian This reminds me of Hamilton the musical: Who tells your story? 1mo
KathyWheeler @TiredLibrarian I would love to see Hamilton. 1mo
TiredLibrarian @KathyWheeler Definitely go if you get a chance. I loved it! 1mo
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ManyWordsLater
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Is this awesome or ironic?
#feminism #womanwriter #relax

KathyWheeler I always try to keep up with Rebecca Solnit, but I didn‘t know about this one. Thanks! 1mo
Megabooks Stacking it as well! 1mo
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BekaReid
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Yes! Both of Our Shared Shelf's next selections are on my TBR, and I even picked up a copy of the tagged book in September but haven't gotten to it yet. I guess now would be a good time. 😉

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Eyelit
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Making some progress on my #nonfictionnovember stack this chilly Friday evening. The kittehs are ensuring I both stay warm and don‘t move for a while 😹 #catsoflitsy #fridaynightdoneright 😄

LauraJ Good tabbies! 2mo
Aimeesue Solnit! ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
ChasingOm Good cats! 2mo
Soubhiville They look really cozy. One good thing about chilly weather is extra snuggles! 2mo
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Caterina
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I don't have photographic proof but I met Rebecca Solnit tonight and had a conversation with her during a break in the Sunrise Movement's Hope Amidst Crisis event in San Francisco tonight! Here she is giving the keynote. Last night Naomi Klein and tonight Rebecca Solnit. I am overwhelmed with gratitude. Two heroes who have been so formative for me. So full of fire and hope for climate justice right now. 🥰😍😭🔥❤️🌲🌍

TrishB So lucky 👍🏻 4mo
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ManyWordsLater
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🙌🙌🙌🙌

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Eyelit
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When it‘s been a long week, sometimes only a cupcake and a new book can soothe the soul. And also photobombing cats 😹 #catsoflitsy #treatyoshelf

(And yes, I‘m still on a #bookbuyingban - but this one was a preorder I‘d forgotten about that just came today... so...)😂 #idonthaveaproblem #reallyidont

Aimeesue Solnit! Love her. ❤️❤️❤️ 5mo
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BookAlongBlog
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HAPPY #PUBDAY🎉
5/5🌟Solnit does it again! This essay collection is brilliant and insightful. She tackles political to personal with such grace. In these essays Solnit writes about our current culture, politics, climate change, social and cultural change and more. I found her outlook and optimism on large group movements over individual heroes quite interesting. All in all she is one smart woman and talented writer.Reccomended Reading!#bookreview

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BekaReid
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"We live inside ideas. Some are shelters, some are observatories, some are windowless prisons. We are leaving some behind and entering others."
#TBR Excited for this book after reading: https://lithub.com/rebecca-solnit-progress-is-not-inevitable-it-takes-work/

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AlexGeorge
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As excellent and as relevant as you would expect from Solnit. I‘ve read most of her work and this is unquestionably among her strongest books. Highly recommended.

Suet624 Just saw George Hodgman raving about you on his Facebook page. :)
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AlexGeorge @Suet624 George is wonderful! He wrote a fabulous blurb for my new novel. 6mo
Suet624 That‘s great! I loved his book so much. I hand it out to friends all the time. 6mo
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Beachesnbooks
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June reading wrap-up! I finished 7 books, but a lot of those were shorter books & I felt very reading slump-y overall. Hoping that July will be better! 🤞🏼

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego A successful month nevertheless, hopefully July bring you some more engaging reads. 💖📖💖 7mo
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AlexGeorge
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“This country has room for everybody who believes that there‘s room for everybody.”

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Caterina
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Review https://bookandstitch.wordpress.com/2019/05/28/whose-story-is-this/
Another Rebecca Solnit essay collection that speaks to the current moment with long-sighted wisdom and hope. She writes with contagious optimism about the power of groups rather than individual “heroes” and the unnamed many who work for slow cultural change, leading to watershed moments (like #MeToo). She inspires hope with her patient wisdom and clear writing. Five stars!

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Caterina
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It looks like pleasant weather to sit outside reading, but it's 95°F. I'm not going to make it long out here, but I was just dying to be outside. I'm about to finish the tagged book, it will be 13/12 for my #BookFitnessChallenge #BFC, and I'll put up a review tomorrow. I'm at 10/24 hours for the #24B4Monday, but @DGRachel and I and anyone else who wants to join in are going to shoot for #24B4Tuesday because of the holiday! 😊 @wanderinglynn

DGRachel It‘s crazy hot here, too, so I‘ll be joining you from my air conditioned living room. 😆 8mo
Caterina @DGRachel Thank goodness for air conditioning! 😂 8mo
Emilymdxn It‘s even hot in Britain! Well, by British standards - 70something Fahrenheit and humid in a treacly way. 8mo
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Caterina @Emilymdxn Haha I was tempted to laugh at you considering the 70s hot, but then I remembered that I start freezing around the low 60s so who am I to speak. 😂 Also I had to Google treacle because I couldn't remember what that was. 😂 8mo
Emilymdxn Lol very different places! I had to google the Celsius Fahrenheit conversion - but the temperature at which I start feeling too ill to function is probably around 77 Fahrenheit. I‘m good with cold - I‘ve happily gone on holiday to a place that was round -15 Fahrenheit with a big scarf and an extra jumper, I just didn‘t evolve for heat 😅 8mo
Caterina @Emilymdxn You're definitely suited to your climate! Where I grew up (in South Carolina, now I'm in North Carolina) it was regularly over 100°F in the summers, which is about the point where I really start melting. 🥵 I don't think I could handle -15 F, I barely survived two weeks in New York when it was like 15 F. 😂 8mo
Emilymdxn I go on a lot of cold holidays! My bf studied in Montreal and this year we we went to Poland - I‘m fine with snow! I‘m allergic to almost all brands of suncream and the only type I‘ve found I‘m not allergic to can‘t be sold in the US for some regulatory reason 😞😞 so whenever I visit in the heat I have to arrive with a suitcase full of suncream and hide under huge hats (edited) 8mo
Reviewsbylola If it‘s 95, the only outdoor place I‘m reading from is the pool. 😆 8mo
BookwormAHN Its 92 here. Definitely no reading outside 😸 8mo
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Caterina
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"It's kind of like The Hunger Games, whose author could imagine violently overthrowing an old order...but not creating a new one that's different, or doing anything political with a larger group that's not corrupt and hardly worth the bother. Thus, at the drab end of The Hunger Games, Everdeen goes off and has babies with her man in a horribly rugged-individualist Little House on the Prairie nuclear-family-in-the-nuclear-ruins way." #ARC

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Caterina
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Good morning Litsy and especially my new followers! 🤗❤️ Reading and loving this #ARC (advanced reader copy) from #Edelweiss on the porch with #Pippin. Soon I'll go for an #audiowalk with him for the #BookFitnessChallenge #BFC. I'm at 5 hours out of 24 for the #24B4Monday #readathon. #dogsoflitsy #bostonterriersoflitsy #Haymarket @wanderinglynn @TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65 @RadicalReader @Clwojick

Clwojick Sounds like a lovely Saturday ♥️ 8mo
kspenmoll I just love Rebecca Solnit‘s body of work. Happy Saturday to you & Pippin! (edited) 8mo
BookwormAHN He is so cute 💚 8mo
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Emilymdxn Great day! I LOVE Rebecca solnit 8mo
wanderinglynn Hello Pippin! ❤️🐶 And what a lovely Saturday. Enjoy! 8mo
TheReadingMermaid 5 hours is a wonderful start! 💗 8mo
RadicalReader Good morning!! Absolutely awesome!! Beautiful pup too 8mo
jb72 Great job! 8mo
Andrew65 Good luck with the rest of the Readathon. 8mo
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Caterina
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Kicked off the #24B4Monday #readathon with some reading on the porch after my early morning run/walk! Loving this #ARC from #Edelweiss, it's exactly the nonfiction essay collection I needed in my life right now. #Haymarket @TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65 @Clwojick @RadicalReader

RadicalReader Early morning walks are the best love listening to audiobooks while walking 8mo
Caterina @RadicalReader I love audiowalks too! When I'm run/walking though I find I have to listen to pump-up music to keep myself going. 😂 But afterwards I can rest and drink water and read! 👍 8mo
Clwojick I missed out on my audiobook this morning during my walk to work, but I got to chat with my best friend so that was nice. ♥️ 8mo
Andrew65 Looks a lovely day! 😀 8mo
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Caterina
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Today is the first day since May 10, the day of my gum graft surgery, that I haven't gone for a walk at all. #BookFitnessChallenge has been working - that's a 9 day streak! - but I needed a rest day. I finished two books and made significant progress on two others today, and I cross stitched, and I bought a cute new pair of shoes. Tomorrow I'll be back to it, but today it was so nice to just sit outside and read for a bit. 💕 #BFC @wanderinglynn

Julsmarshall Sounds like a wonderful and we‘ll-deserved day! Glad you‘re on the mend! 8mo
cobwebmoth You've been doing great! You totally deserve a rest day.❤ 8mo
audraelizabeth You deserved a day of rest. Great job on reading and cross stitching. 8mo
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Chrissyreadit 🥰🙏I‘m impressed with all you‘ve done! 8mo
BethM Awesome! Rest is healthy! 8mo
monalyisha Buying shoes is my favorite. 😉 Second only to sitting outside & reading. 😍 8mo
BookwormAHN Fantastic, you deserved a break 👏🏻 8mo
wanderinglynn A rest day is important! Especially considering you‘re healing. 💜 8mo
dariazeoli Rest days are super important- way to take care of you! 8mo
guinsgirlreads Rest days are necessary! Nice job!! 8mo
4thhouseontheleft Rest days are extremely important! I find I usually come back stronger after a rest day. 8mo
Simona Last week I was active for all seven days ... I realized that I need a rest day, so I changed my goals and for now - Friday is the day for being ‘lazy‘. 8mo
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Caterina
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#ARC #Edelweiss #Haymarket "It's easy now to assume that one's perspectives on race, gender, orientation, and the rest are signs of inherent virtue, but a lot of ideas currently in circulation are gifts that arrived recently, through the labors of others. Remembering that people made these ideas, as surely as people made the buildings we live in and the roads we travel on, helps us remember that, first, change is possible, and second...

Caterina ...it's our good luck to live in the wake of this change rather than asserting our superiority to those who came before the new structures, and maybe even to acknowledge that we have not arrived at a state of a perfect enlightenment, because there is more change to come, more that we do not yet recognize that will be revealed." 8mo
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Caterina
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Y'ALL. I seriously teared up a little when I opened this email. I just signed up for Edelweiss+ on a whim a couple days ago and immediately requested this, not feeling very optimistic about getting it, but in the "why I want it" section declaring my love for Haymarket Books (my fav publisher) and Rebecca Solnit, and I GOT ITTTTT. I know what book I'm gonna start reading today! ??❤️ #edelweiss #arc #haymarket

ManyWordsLater Elena Ferrante has an op-ed in the New York Times about women and power and storytelling. Seems like the beginning of an exciting trend 8mo
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