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A Ghost in the Throat
A Ghost in the Throat | Doireann Ni Ghriofa
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squirrelbrain
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I really wasn‘t sure what to expect from this book; from the blurb I wondered if it might be too ‘literary‘ for me, but it definitely wasn‘t.

This is a very immersive, dark memoir as the author traces the history of a long-gone Irish poet, translating her work, whilst dealing with her own challenges of motherhood.

It‘s very unusual, not like anything I‘ve read before and I really enjoyed it.

Thanks for gifting it to me! @Cathythoughts 😘

Cinfhen Gorgeous photo! Sounds great 😊 4mo
Cathythoughts Your so welcome! I‘m glad you enjoyed it 👍🏻❤️ 4mo
Cathythoughts And yes I agree with @Cinfhen , that‘s a great photo 💫 4mo
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Simona I really liked this book. Unique in the form and touching in the content. First a read it and after that I listened audiobook narrated by Siobhan McSweeny and listening was even deeper experience. Audiobook is available on Scribd, if you are subscriber. 4mo
LeahBergen What a pretty photo! 4mo
squirrelbrain I tried to match the cover to a plant…. I don‘t have a hydrangea (I think that is what is on the cover) but the photinia is flowering and I thought it looked pretty similar! @Cinfhen @Cathythoughts @LeahBergen 4mo
squirrelbrain I am on Scribd @Simona so I‘ll look out for it - thank you! 4mo
youneverarrived Love the cover and great review! Stacking 🤍 4mo
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Zuhkeeyah
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I found this one via a #bookstagram recommendation. I read the blurb but still had no idea what to expect. As an audiobook it was beautiful. It took a moment to find the rhythm of the book and it was hard to parse out poem from memory sometimes, but I enjoyed this read. The poems were beautiful. I never thought about how the voices and lives of women from the past can often only be found within the words of men.

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TheKidUpstairs
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#OnThisDay in 1773 Art Ó Laoghaire was killed after refusing to sell his valuable horse to a local magistrate. Upon his death his wife Eibhlín Dubh Ní Chonaill composed the keening poem Caoineadh Airt Uí Laoghaire. It has been described as the greatest poem written in either Ireland or Britain in the whole of the 18th century. The tagged explores the life of Ní Chonaill, and the passing of womens' words and stories through time #HistoryGetsLIT

TheKidUpstairs (This is the entry for May 4th - I got a bit distracted yesterday by life!) 5mo
vivastory Thanks for doing these! Out of curiosity, do you have a personal favorite that you have posted? 5mo
TheKidUpstairs @vivastory my favourites so far have been Chaucer's reading of the Canterbury Tales at court (April 17), and Marius and Cosette's wedding/Hugo's affair with Drouet (Feb 16). I like learning the tidbits about why authors wrote the things they did, and why they chose to do things a certain way. 5mo
vivastory I was unaware of Chaucer's reading until you posted about it. Really fascinating information in the posts. 5mo
TheKidUpstairs @vivastory thank you! It's been a fun research project. 5mo
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jlhammar
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What a spellbinding and original memoir. I found myself wanting to take my time with this one. Read a couple of chapters each evening over the course of a week. A beautiful tribute to womanhood and how literature (poetry in this case) can connect us across centuries.

Addison_Reads Your review is perfection! I loved this book. 7mo
jlhammar @Addison_Reads Thanks, Cassie! Yours as well. I could really relate to your general aversion to flowery language. But you were so right, given the focus, it just works like magic in this one. Such a talented writer. 7mo
rmaclean4 Just finished this memoir and loved it!! 7mo
jlhammar @rmaclean4 Yes! I think it is one that is really going to stay with me. 7mo
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rmaclean4
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"This is a female text." Poetic memoir of motherhood and scholarship. Beautifully written. Highly recommended. 4 ?

jlhammar I‘m reading this one right now and loving it. 7mo
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jlhammar
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“THIS IS A FEMALE TEXT.”

#FirstLineFridays
@ShyBookOwl

Addison_Reads I loved this book. I hope you do too. 7mo
jlhammar @Addison_Reads That is great to hear. I think I'm going to. Completely captivated so far. 7mo
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Kazzie
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This was part memoir part deep dive into the history of an unknown to me famous Irish poet. As always, there is scant info about women, but the narrtest the author weaves or guesses or imagined is wonderful. Her own story is also told with honesty and love. Great writer!

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Simona
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Beautiful written, as author says, female text in which she is weaving together very intimate thoughts and moments from her life and life of the, lost in history, Irish poet Eibhlín Dubh Ní Chonaill from 18th century. While reconstructing the life of a E.Dubh (through family letters, translating poems, newspaper articles/mentions …) Ghriofa also ponders about her life, which is revolving around motherhood‘s hardships. 5⭐️ without a doubt

BarbaraBB Wow. Stacked. 7mo
Simona @BarbaraBB Absolutely worth to read it. It is/was nominated on nonfiction and fiction prizes lists … 7mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Sounds good….stacking 7mo
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Addison_Reads
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Stunning imagery and prose! I was completely drawn into this book from the first page and it isn't typically something I'd read, our enjoy this much because flowery language often bores me in books. However, it works in this book and the story of a woman who uses an epic poem in order to help her cope with her life was very relatable.

As readers, I think we can all relate to a piece of literature or a character changing our lives.

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ClairesReads
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A Ghost in the Throat opens with the refrain that “This is a female text” and that is what I loved the most about this enigmatic book. Is it a history, a memoir, literary criticism? what I felt this book did so well was illuminate the lives of ordinary women. Gríofa als explores writerly obsession in a way that I found really engaging. She‘s captured here how books can be our lifeboats, the things we cling to in order to stay afloat.

Cathythoughts I haven‘t read this yet , but I love her new poetry book in English 8mo
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TheKidUpstairs
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#12Booksof2021 #September

I didn't read a many books as usual in September, but 3 of the 5 were among my favourites of the year:

📚 A Ghost in the Throat
📚 Blaze Island
📚 The House in the Cerulean Sea

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monalyisha
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I don‘t often get books for Christmas, so I‘m thrilled that my family consulted my wishlist this year! The box set at the end is a series I‘ve long loved. The other three are for a special event that‘s upcoming. I can‘t imagine what it is…🤔😜

#NewYearWhoDis
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TheKidUpstairs Three fabulous choices! 9mo
monalyisha @TheKidUpstairs Thanks! I‘m honestly not sure which titles I‘ll end up reading. My plan is to amass as many as possible & then choose based on my mood. 9mo
squirrelbrain I loved Hamnet, and also really liked Your Mother… I have Ghost in Your Throat on my TBR shelf to read. 9mo
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JamieArc I just picked up 2 books my my #NYWD list, including Hamnet. Super excited to do some planning in the next two days and acquire some more! 9mo
TheKidUpstairs @monalyisha that's my usual strategy, too. Combined with "which library book needs to go back soon?" And "oooh, shiny new hold just came in!" 9mo
monalyisha @TheKidUpstairs Relatable. 👯‍♀️ 9mo
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Mitch
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I dare not click on the link!! 🤣🤣

monalyisha Oh nooo. 🙈😅 I might have to. (edited) 10mo
Chrissyreadit Of course I‘m going to stack!! 10mo
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TheKidUpstairs Between all these end of year lists and everyone's #NewYearWhoDis lists, my TBR is bursting! I can highly recommend the tagged, it was one of my best of the year. 10mo
stevesbookstuf1 read lots of nonfiction, and there's a number here that are new to me! In fact, the only one I've read yet is Osnos's Wildland. Thanks for sharing. 10mo
Mitch @Chrissyreadit me too! 10mo
Mitch @TheKidUpstairs soo many good books! 10mo
Mitch @stevesbookstuf1 my pleasure. Hope you discover something good 10mo
wanderinglynn Same here @TheKidUpstairs 😆Between all the best of lists and everyone posting their #NewYearWhoDis lists, my TBR has expanded exponentially! 10mo
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monalyisha
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I‘m so taken with Megan‘s list!

@TheKidUpstairs , I hope you like my list even half as much as I like yours! The top row is where I‘ll start in January but I hope to read all of the titles pictured (eventually).

I was meant to read Eleanor Oliphant for my IRL Book Club a couple of years ago but skipped out on that month. Time to make it right! The other 2 on top weren‘t even on my radar but I‘m so excited about them now!

#NYWD22 #NewYearWhoDis

Cinfhen This is a fabulous list @TheKidUpstairs enjoy @monalyisha 🙌🏻😄 10mo
monalyisha @TheKidUpstairs We can round out the month with a buddy read, as suggested, or we can wait to do that ‘til February to give us more time with one another‘s lists. I‘m happy to do either! Also, the Rivka Galchen looks SO FREAKING AMAZING…but I won‘t be reading it til later this coming year. My book club has it on our list & I have a feeling it‘s going to get slotted into the October spot. 🔮🖤 10mo
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monalyisha @Cinfhen I think I‘ll almost certainly get to that one in January, too. I commute to work (about 45 minutes each way) & memoirs are one of my preferred audio genres. 💯 Thanks for reinforcing the suggestion! 10mo
TheKidUpstairs I'm so happy that you're excited for them! Can't wait to hear what you think 😁 10mo
TheKidUpstairs @Cinfhen thank you! I had a really great reading year, lots of reads that really left an impression. Narrowing it down to just 20 was the toughest part! 10mo
TheKidUpstairs Eleanor Oliphant is a #Newyearwhodis domino read, I picked it up off of @sprainedbrain 's list last year! 10mo
Cinfhen Hamnet was great too @TheKidUpstairs I know what you mean!! I‘m gonna start keeping a list in January for 2023 🤓 10mo
monalyisha @Cinfhen @TheKidUpstairs Special preview of next year: the requirement's going to be 10-20 books instead of 5-20 (not that either of you will have trouble with that)! The short lists, while impressive & highly cultivated, make it really challenging to create matches. If someone's read even one or two of them, it doesn't leave much room to play! Happy to hear you're already planning to create such healthy lists again! (edited) 10mo
monalyisha @TheKidUpstairs Oh, I like the phrase “domino read!” The gift that keeps on giving. 💖 10mo
vivastory Domino read is a great phrase @TheKidUpstairs One of the books I included in my list (Say Nothing) was on the list that I received from @Mitch 10mo
BarbaraJean @TheKidUpstairs I love “domino read” too! Several that I put on my list this year were from @MeganAnn ‘s list last year, and at least one of those (tagged) I remember her saying she got from her list the year before. Love it! 😁 10mo
Cathythoughts Hamnet ❤️ one of my favorites of this year 10mo
Mitch @vivastory love that cascade across the years! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 10mo
MeganAnn @TheKidUpstairs “domino read” is a fantastic term! Three of mine this year are from @BarbaraJean ‘s list last. And I know I had a few on my list last year that came from @4thhouseontheleft ‘s list the year before including both Far From the Tree and 10mo
MeganAnn @monalyisha I didn‘t seem to love Eleanor Oliphant as much as everyone else, but I liked it well enough to give it 3.5 stars, rounded up to 4 on GR. I‘ve been eyeing this one which I saw was on your book club list too 10mo
monalyisha @MeganAnn I‘m expecting it‘ll be a good palate cleanser; a bit of lightness & levity. We shall see! 10mo
monalyisha @MeganAnn Also, my book club‘s informed me that Everyone Knows…was on our list of potential books but it actually didn‘t make the final list. 🤦‍♀️ The good news is: that means I can read it whenever I want! (edited) 10mo
MeganAnn @monalyisha oh! Well yay for getting to read it whenever?! I scrolled back to find your correct book club list and this is the one I had seen on there that I really wanted to read. Although, they all look great and I‘ll be watching for your reviews 😊 10mo
TheKidUpstairs Hey! I don't know if you read electronically, but I just saw that Interior Chinatown is on sale today for Kindle! 10mo
monalyisha @TheKidUpstairs Thanks for the heads-up! I don‘t usually read electronically. But I appreciate it nonetheless! 10mo
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Tamra
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I loved the writing, naturally because Ghriofa is a poet! She made her quest to discover Eibhlin‘s story intriguing such that it kept me turning pages. I appreciated the “female text” theme throughout and understand how it applies to more than the written word.

The element I didn‘t fully appreciate was Ghriofa‘s personal melodramas - there was just a tad too much. Felt a little self indulgent, though there is much to relate to re: motherhood.

squirrelbrain Great review Tamra - even more intrigued now! 12mo
Tamra @squirrelbrain definitely check it out! 12mo
Cathythoughts Great review! I hear you , I only read the first few pages but her ‘personal melodramas ‘ as you say .. they put me off straight away .. husband read on because he loves the poem / lament this book is based on .. and he says the most moving parts in the book were about her own life ( even though some of that was annoying) a funny book in that way , he says. I‘ve yet to read it .. 12mo
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Tamra
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“Caoineadh”

I‘m falling down a rabbit hole instead of working. I also had to check out several audio pronunciations. 🤓

BkClubCare Love-hate when this happens - so much fun but “I have work to do!” 😁 12mo
Cathythoughts Keening is such a powerful word … it is that sorrow coming from the throat .. that moaning breathy sound .. I must read this one too ❤️ (edited) 12mo
Tamra @Cathythoughts very much so and language is important in this work. I did some cursory Googling and have stickies inside the cover for pronunciations! It led me to wonder about Gaeilge and whether there is any ongoing effort in Ireland to encourage its use and preservation? 12mo
Tamra @BkClubCare ugh, like right now! 😬 12mo
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TheKidUpstairs
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"This is a female text."

I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It is beautiful and moving and thoughtful. Ní Gríofa shares an intimate portrait of her life, and the life of Eibhlín Dubh, and the power of women's stories, and carving a history out of shadows and glimpses.

TW: birth trauma, suicide attempt

Tamra Can‘t wait to read it myself! 12mo
Augustdana Bought this at my favourite book store a few weeks ago! Can‘t wait to get into it!! 12mo
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TheKidUpstairs
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"We cannot know from whose mouths the echoes of our lives will chime. Norrie is the source and the surface from which Eibhlín Dubh's voice reverberates to us. Little starling: she opens her mouth and someone else's words chirp out."

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TheKidUpstairs
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"She is wearing a bright pink cardigan knitted by her grandmother, a female text in which every stitch is a syllable."

tpixie 💕💕💕 13mo
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Tamra
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Book mail! I‘m excited about this one especially since the author is a poet. I‘m expecting beautiful prose.

Cathythoughts I hope you like it .. I havnt read it yet , but my husband loved it , especially because of the old lament / poem it is based on … 13mo
TheKidUpstairs I'm loving this one right now. Her writing is beautiful. 13mo
Tamra @TheKidUpstairs it‘s up next in my stack! I‘m glad to hear it. 😁 13mo
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"This is a female text, which is also a caoineadh: a dirge and a drudge-song, an anthem of praise, a chant and a keen, a lament and an echo, a chorus and a hymn. Join in."

Oh, this is going to be good...

Tamra I expect this to arrive in the mail today! So excited! 😁 13mo
squirrelbrain Look, @Cathythoughts, other Littens are reading the book that you sent me! 😁 13mo
Cathythoughts @squirrelbrain Oh Helen , I‘m so glad , I hope you like it too 👍🏻❤️ 13mo
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