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Weather: A novel | Jenny Offill
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From the author of the nationwide best seller Dept. of Speculation--one of the New York Times Book Review's Ten Best Books of the Year--a shimmering tour de force about a family, and a nation, in crisis Lizzie Benson slid into her job as a librarian without a traditional degree. But this gives her a vantage point from which to practice her other calling: she is a fake shrink. For years she has tended to her God-haunted mother and her recovering addict brother. They have both stabilized for the moment, but Lizzie has little chance to spend her new free time with husband and son before her old mentor, Sylvia Liller, makes a proposal. She's become famous for her prescient podcast, Hell and High Water, and wants to hire Lizzie to answer the mail she receives: from left-wingers worried about climate change and right-wingers worried about the decline of western civilization. As Lizzie dives into this polarized world, she begins to wonder what it means to keep tending your own garden once you've seen the flames beyond its walls. When her brother becomes a father and Sylvia a recluse, Lizzie is forced to address the limits of her own experience--but still she tries to save everyone, using everything she's learned about empathy and despair, conscience and collusion, from her years of wandering the library stacks . . . And all the while the voices of the city keep floating in--funny, disturbing, and increasingly mad.
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WanderingBookaneer
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jewright Oooooo....scandalous. 6d
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jillrhudy
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If I tried to describe this to someone they would not think it‘s as good as it is. Little vignettes of a librarian‘s life and thoughts. #arc

sthenia it‘s so good! 2w
jillrhudy @sthenia it‘s one of those “what is this author doing to captivate me and how is she doing it” books 2w
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merelybookish
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@Chrissyreadit Congrats on your milestones! And thanks for the #thankyougiveaway. I loved Fleishman is in Trouble and recommend it to everyone. Really looking forward to Jenny Offill's Weather because Dept. Of Speculation was so good.

Cinfhen I really REALLY didn‘t like 1mo
merelybookish @Cinfhen Well, I guess I can understand that. It was such a flimsy book, in a way. But it spoke to me at the time. 1mo
merelybookish @Cinfhen Did you dislike the narrator? 1mo
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cathipink I'm looking forward to this one too!! 1mo
Cinfhen First, expectations were high and the lack of content didn‘t impress me and I could not STAND the narrator/ I had no sympathy towards her. Maybe I read it at the wrong time but that book really niggled me in a bad way 😜 1mo
BarbaraBB I loved Dept of Speculation and just like you, can‘t wait for her next one! 1mo
merelybookish @Cinfhen I remember other people finding the narrator whiny 1mo
merelybookish @BarbaraBB Excellent taste, as usual! 😉 1mo
KarenUK @BarbaraBB @merelybookish I loved Dept. too.... and can‘t wait for the new one! 😊💕👍 1mo
readordierachel I really want to read both of these! I loved Dept. too. 1mo
merelybookish @KarenUK @readordierachel The premise of this new book sounds great! But I'm willing to give any novel by her a chance because I thought Dept was so well done. 1mo
kspenmoll Enjoyed Dept- let us know how this book is. 4w
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Cydster61
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Loved it!

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Cydster61
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Just got another stack of ARCs from my librarian friends, dug into this one first and WOW!

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sthenia
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Moray_Reads
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I just love Jenny Offill's writing. Her narratives are beautifully fragmented without being disjointed and they give a powerful insight into her character by showing the gaps in their thought as well as the connections. The narrator struggles with the pressures of daily life as well as the creeping dread of climate change and rising fascism. These worries gnaw, constantly on the periphery, and capture the worry and uncertainty of our times

Nute Nice review! 3mo
saresmoore Great review, friend! I will take your recommendations any time. 3mo
BarbaraBB I already stacked this one, your review confirms I did right by that. Great review! 3mo
kspenmoll Nice review! 3mo
jillrhudy Just got it from the publisher yesterday! 2w
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Well-ReadNeck
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Yaaaassss! Liked this even more than Dept. of Speculation. It‘s hard to review a book with little plot. But love the writing and style. #edelweiss

BarbaraBB Oh great. I loved Dept of Speculation so will get this one soon! 3mo
readordierachel What @BarbaraBB said! 👆 3mo
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Well-ReadNeck
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Great quote for #WorldMentalHealthDay

“... tips for helping depressive people.

what to say:
I‘m sorry that you‘re in so much pain. I am not going to leave you. I am going to take care of myself, so you don‘t need to worry that your pain might hurt me.

What not to say:

have you tried chamomile tea?”

DuckOfDoom Have you tried yoga? 😂 It is so awful to hear that from people you thought could understand you. And it would be so easy to change. 5 minutes with Google can tell you that. A basic mental health awareness should be more common, the stigma attached would shrink, too 3mo
KimM “You should go to the gym. I always feel great afterwards.“ This statement just infuriates me. First, endorphins may help but they do not cure depression and secondly, telling a person how great you feel and how you are going to the gym when they are having trouble getting out of bed just makes the person feel even more like a human failure. (edited) 3mo
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