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Bewilderment
Bewilderment | Richard Powers
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The astrobiologist Theo Byrne searches for life throughout the cosmos while single-handedly raising his unusual nine-year-old, Robin, following the death of his wife. Robin is a warm, kind boy who spends hours painting elaborate pictures of endangered animals. He's also about to be expelled from third grade for smashing his friend in the face. As his son grows more troubled, Theo hopes to keep him off psychoactive drugs. He learns of an experimental neurofeedback treatment to bolster Robin's emotional control, one that involves training the boy on the recorded patterns of his mother's brain...With its soaring descriptions of the natural world, its tantalizing vision of life beyond, and its account of a father and son's ferocious love, Bewilderment marks Richard Powers's most intimate and moving novel. At its heart lies the question: How can we tell our children the truth about this beautiful, imperiled planet?
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No big deal I'll just be thinking about this book for the rest of my life

jlhammar Oh my gosh, yes! It is definitely one of those kinds of reads. Loved it. 3w
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Lauriezp
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While not an easy read, this book stretched my mind and my emotions. Worth the effort- it will leave you more thoughtful and aware of things you‘ve probably never considered.

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OutAndAbout
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Incredibly written, a troubled boy discovers his passed mother through her brain imprint, and his father struggles with how to work through it. Beautifully written and skillet plotted.

jlhammar One of my favorites from last year. So moving. 1mo
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Bklover
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Received this today in the mail from the wonderful @Lauram Thank you so much- perfect timing! It was lovely to receive a book right at Christmas time! ❤️❤️❤️
Oh, and Max says hey. I just got home from a week at my daughter‘s and he‘s keeping an eye on me to make sure I don‘t leave again!

Catsandbooks Max is so cute! ❤️ 1mo
Gissy Hi Max!🐶💚❤️💚 1mo
Lauram Enjoy! 1mo
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OutAndAbout
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If Aly and I had been in charge, the luckiest thing in my life — the thing that kept me going when all the luck in the world went cold — would never have existed, not even in my wildest models.

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A heartbreaker of a book. The writing is gorgeous, the subject intricate and fascinating, the characters broken and beautiful. What does the impact of climate change and our human reluctance to acknowledge or address it do to our kids? Our future? I‘ll be thinking about this one for a long time. #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks #Roll100 @PuddleJumper

SamAnne I loved this one too. 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 3mo
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SamAnne
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Tagged book was a 4 star for me & my last read for October. The ending didnt land for me & not a perfect novel, but the themes resonated. What does it mean to be mentally healthy? If facing the unraveling of ecosystems sends you into crushing depression or anger is that a healthy response to the world? Or is it more healthy to be able to ignore all of it and just go along? As a professional conservationist I‘ve struggled with thls question.

SamAnne And didn‘t get a bingo but read a good number of books…best reads were tagged, Empire of Wild and The Shadow of the Wind. Didn‘t get a bingo but read my spins! @TheAromaofBooks 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Fantastic month!!! 3mo
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Lauram
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I won a Facebook contest sponsored by my library- 10 signed copies of Power‘s latest novel! I have enough for my book club and will have 2 copies to share with my favorite reading community. For a chance to win (open internationally), suggest a book for my group to read the next time I host. Winners to be selected on Friday (11/4). Good luck!

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Bklover Fun!! I suggest 3mo
Lauram @Bklover @WorldsOkayestStepMom You won! Email your name and address to lmelgun@gmail.com and I‘ll send the books out sometime next week! 3mo
WorldsOkayestStepMom @Lauram thank you! Sent you the email just now. 3mo
Bklover Yay!! Thank you! Will email you right now! I can‘t wait to read this!❤️❤️ (edited) 3mo
WorldsOkayestStepMom Just wondering if you've sent the books out yet as I never received the copy you said I won? Hope all is well! 2mo
Lauram @WorldsOkayestStepMom thanks so much for reaching out. My dad has been very ill and I‘ve been struggling to stay caught up with everything! Fortunately, he‘s now on the road to recovery. I‘m sending out the books this week! 2mo
WorldsOkayestStepMom Oh I hope your dad finds relief soon! I'm so sorry! 2mo
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LadyCait84
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Meteoric and intense, I read this book bracing for impact and annihilation…but my, what a beautiful ride.

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Bewilderment is a great book for a book club discussion. Well-written, it's an almost-realistic, sci-fi/apocalyptic story about autism and medication culture. There aren't easy answers but the book is a great impetus to asking valid questions. Beautiful characters and relationships. Not for everyone, but worth the read.

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mcctrish
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My laundry room needs new flooring ( the paint on the cement thing isn‘t working) and the walls need painting. What I wouldn‘t give for a fancy laundry room 🙏🏻 Today I reorganized, cleaned, purged and finished this book. Now I‘m filthy and tired but the room looks better. This is a fantastic book, heartbreaking and thought provoking. A lot of the science is beyond me so I appreciated that often it was being explained to a 9 yr old

Brooke_H What I wouldn‘t give for any kind of laundry room! 😂 6mo
mcctrish @Brooke_H that is a good perspective for me to remember 6mo
CindyMyLifeIsLit @Brooke_H Oh my gosh, yes!! My laundry room is the walk-through to the garage! There‘s just enough room for the washer and dryer—that‘s it! 6mo
Brooke_H @CindyMyLifeIsLit Mine is IN the garage! So hot here in CA. 🥵 I dream of some kind of lovely basement or laundry room that are common in other parts of the country/world. 6mo
mcctrish @Brooke_H @CindyMyLifeIsLit my husband and I discussed moving the washer dryer into the kitchen ( like many people in Europe ) or to the mudroom ( cut coat and shoe storage down significantly) so we could use the basement room more for storage but I don‘t actually use the dryer a lot so where would I hang everything to dry ?! I‘m in Canada so winter can be a bitch 6mo
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mcctrish
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Driving around to appointments ( highlighter yellow pedicure) and errands is so much more enjoyable with audio books. I look forward to them, invent more errands to do when the book is good

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Cute nail polish 💅 6mo
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SarahBookInterrupted
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Check out Meredith‘s Book Review on Book Interrupted‘s Manuscript Mondays. https://www.bookinterrupted.com/post/manuscript-monday-bewilderment

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Bevita
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Terrific. Lots of space, but in an accessible way much like trees were in the Overstory. Sad ending but what else was going to happen? Loved it.

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SqueakyChu
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I‘m fully engaged in this story of a young widow who is left with an emotionally-disturbed soon-to-be nine-years-old son. I would love to read other works by this author in the future.

SqueakyChu This book blew me away. It was brilliant but deeply depressing. 8mo
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merelybookish
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Mehso-so

This is the second novel by Richard Powers I've read, and probably the last. What he is trying to accomplish with his fiction is noble, to write urgent stories of climate crisis that operate on both the individual and planetary level. What he writes is heartbreaking, horrifying & beautiful. But his tone bugs me. It feels self-important & the characters feel idealized.
I understand why people love this book. Truly a case of just not right for me

merelybookish View from my beach. River slowly going down. 9mo
rockpools Oh interesting! Powers is on my ‘must try‘ list but it‘s good to hear a different opinion. 9mo
merelybookish @rockpools Yes, check him out! For whatever reason, he doesn't work for me, but I'm in the minority. 9mo
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RidgewayGirl That was my take of The Overstory. 9mo
merelybookish @RidgewayGirl Fortunately this one is shorter than Overstory! 9mo
Graywacke He gets such a mixed response. This worked for me, but I can understand some of the different perspectives 8mo
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merelybookish
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I'm about halfway through this and . . . Something about it is bothering me, but I can't quite say what. Something about how the boy is written? Or the tone? I don't know. Anyone else struggle with this one?

EvieBee You‘ve got me thinking. I discontinued it about 10% in and thought maybe I‘d revisit. Figured it was my mood. 9mo
merelybookish @EvieBee Could be my mood too. I didn't like this last book much (The Overstory) so maybe I just don't like his writing style. 9mo
EvieBee @merelybookish Funny! I had the same experience with The Overstory! It may be that I don‘t care for his writing style either. 9mo
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merelybookish @EvieBee I think maybe I just find his writing kind of pompous. 😬 9mo
Ruthiella @merelybookish @EvieBee I read this and The Overstory and I don‘t like his writing style either. It‘s not just you. 😐 (edited) 9mo
EvieBee Okay, good to know! At least we tried, right?! LOL! @merelybookish @Ruthiella 9mo
merelybookish @Ruthiella @EvieBee I'd say we are in good company! 9mo
CSeydel I totally agree. I enjoy poetic, evocative language, but too often he just writes in oblique epigrams that sound “deep” but really don‘t mean anything. “The years between then and now lay like shrapnel in my open hand.” 🙄 2mo
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Graywacke
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Bewilderment is a good word for my general mindset.

Powers latest, on last year‘s Booker longlist, gets mixed responses. Starts out with tropy extremes - overwhelmed single widower father, extra-intelligent difficult son, a questionable new psycho-therapy. But he caught me. My anxiety peaked as I rushed through. We‘re all doomed, our planet is doomed and humanity is pathetically helpless. Now calming my anxiety with denial again.

BarbaraBB I so recognize my attitude towards the state of the world in what you say. 9mo
Currey @Graywacke I also was shaken by this book and by the state of our 🌎 9mo
Graywacke @BarbaraBB @Currey Part of me was very interested in what he was doing and how much it reached me, and whether in might still do that ten years down the road, and how worked up I still am, but the rest if me knows this is really sad. 9mo
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batsy That's how I feel. Doomscrolling, then engulfed in gloom. And then trying to resist doomy pessimism. 9mo
Graywacke @batsy this is a book that will feed your doomscrolling itch. (It also uses the word doomscrolling once, which I kind of liked) 9mo
SqueakyChu @Graywacke OMG! I just finished this book. What a brilliant story, but how deeply depressing it was! I now feel completely emotionally drained. 8mo
Graywacke @SqueakyChu you ok? It took me a few days to recover. It‘s powerful. 8mo
SqueakyChu @Graywacke You really hit the nail on the head. This book was like a gut punch to me. I have a grandson the exact age as Robin. I watch how parents act with their kids, and often am torn apart by kids who are a bit different because they deserve so much more. Add to this, the struggling of Theo, trying to be the best father, while all forces were against him: the loss of his wife, his son‘s troubles at school, the miserable government, … (edited) 8mo
SqueakyChu @Graywacke …climate change, his “friend‘s” possible relationship with his wife, and then that miserable moment when he made that decision about social media which changed the direction of his son‘s life. It all was too much. I didn‘t want to finish the book. I knew it would have a miserable ending, but the writing was so beautiful and compelling. 8mo
SqueakyChu *deep breath* 8mo
SqueakyChu @Graywacke Have you read any other books by this author? This was my first. I was already recommended by others to read The Overstory. 8mo
Graywacke @SqueakyChu this was my first by him. I‘ve noticed he generates a mixed reaction of he‘s-great or he‘s-such-a-know-it-all - and this split is by readers I tend to agree with. But i got into this and got worked up and I hope to read more by him. I own The Echo Maker. 8mo
Graywacke @SqueakyChu I think this book should come with a relaxation/meditation guide - for after you finish the book. 🙂 8mo
SqueakyChu @Graywacke Well, I‘m on the side of those who are eager to read his other works. However, as you said, I need some time first to heal from this novel. I kept telling myself that this was only a story. Yet while I was reading it, it seemed *very* real. That was what I found most frightening. 8mo
SqueakyChu I wholeheartedly agree with your suggestion. 😂 8mo
Graywacke @SqueakyChu He taps into stuff we know we should be worried about. That, for me, is what made it linger. I have these anxieties already, i just suppress them to get through the days. And he pulls them out. And he‘s ruthless here. It‘s a systematic intentional creation of freak out, he‘s using a lot of tools to have this impact. (edited) 8mo
SqueakyChu @Graywacke The worst part of it for me, beside the ending, was the result of the elections. It‘s now 2022, and I know what happened in real life, but that very short part of the story totally freaked me out! 8mo
Graywacke @SqueakyChu so then next you need to read No One Is Talking About This, where the dictator has fully taken over…and then try not to freak out about these upcoming November elections. 8mo
SqueakyChu @Graywacke No way!!!!!! 8mo
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vlwelser
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There's also this work of art which was my April #BookSpinBingo board. I read a lot and didn't get even 1 bingo.

@TheAromaofBooks

BkClubCare A very pretty page! I had the non-bingo thing happen in March even though I read a LOT! 🤷🏻‍♀️ 9mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Great month!!! 9mo
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Caryl
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May already?! Well, I always enjoy making a list of books. 📚 #BookSpinBINGO

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 9mo
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Graywacke
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“… ninety-eight percent by weight of animals left on earth were either Homo sapiens or their industrially harvested food.” - !! Really?

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Graywacke
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And a second book I just started, this time for the 2021 Book Longlist - I‘m still working my way through. No clue what to expect but the first 30 pages went by quick.

Leftcoastzen 😻 9mo
Graywacke @Leftcoastzen The title might be a poor match for him. I‘m sure he has some clear yet discretely wicked thought in mind. 🙂 9mo
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vlwelser
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This book was beautiful but the Flowers for Algernon vibes were a bit overdone. Still gave it 5 🌟

#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 9mo
Graywacke I finished this last night. I‘m thinking about it today. 9mo
vlwelser @Graywacke I think it's brilliant except for the Algernon parallels/foreshadowing. 9mo
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AlizaApp
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The writing is nice and I agree with the environmental message, but honestly mad about the ending so I had to deduct some (metaphorical) points.0

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perfectlywinged
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I enjoyed Powers‘ previous novel The Overstory but that felt very complex. It‘s nice to read a story on a smaller scale with a lot of heart about a dad trying to help his son who appears to be on the spectrum.

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“But we might never find them?”

#firstlinefridays
#currentlyreading

@ShyBookOwl

Bklover What great pillows!!!! 10mo
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HeatherBlue
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Well. That gutted me. Such a beautiful book!!

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kathedron
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I finished this several days ago: it gave me a serious book hangover! While I thought it did tip into sentimentality, RP's fusing of the emotionally involving and intellectually stimulating takes some beating. This is only the second of his novels I've read (the other was The Overstory): now I want to read everything he's written! 😊

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After reading Bewilderment by Richard Powers, I thought the book is deep and masterful. My first foray into the works of Powers, I can see why he won so many awards, including the Pulitzer for his opus The Overstory. Bewilderment is ingeniously structured with a hint of literary crossing over to science fiction. I don‘t think it matters but I guess what is remarkable is the astonishing force that Powers delivers his 👇

thevagabondlawyer message to be earthbound, to go back to the earth while not giving up hope to discover life beyond our sphere, to set an example of saving our environment from human-made massive destruction. This novel just checked my literary boxes: compelling and humanizing characters, astronomy and astrobiology, and beautiful prose. 😊👌 12mo
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kathedron
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📚 Preach! 📚

BiblioLitten The ‘all-you-can-eat buffet‘! I miss the lending histories… libraries don‘t have that these days. Thank you for sharing 💕 12mo
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vivastory
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It's a Venti morning after only a few hours of sleep last night. Stopped by Target for a pillow & figured I might as well grab the tagged book and the Yanagihara. Looking forward to both. Anyone else like the starbucks sweet potato chips?

monalyisha Oof. Having a similar, exhausted morning. Hope the Venti helps! 12mo
RaeLovesToRead Aww man, I really want a Starbucks now, but the nearest one is a 20 minute drive away 😭 12mo
readordierachel Hang in there! I haven‘t tred those particular chips, but sweet potato chips are generally yummy. 12mo
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Leftcoastzen I need to try those chips.I have bad nights too sometimes, caffeine will help you a bit. 12mo
vivastory @monalyisha Thanks! I just hope to make it through this afternoon & then I can go home & take a nap & start the vicious cycle all over again... 12mo
vivastory @RaeLovesToRead Do it 😈 12mo
vivastory @readordierachel I'm such a sucker for sweet potato 12mo
vivastory @Leftcoastzen Next time you're at Starbucks I recommend getting a bag. They're great. I don't drink nearly as much coffee as I used to so when I'm in desperate need it doesn't take as much to wake me up. 12mo
Branwen I love those chips! 👏 Also Bewilderment is sooooo good! 12mo
vivastory @Branwen So delicious! I'm glad to hear that you liked Bewilderment! 12mo
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Writeme
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If Richard Power‘s book “The Overstory” was destined to be an award winning bestseller, this book is more like the perfectly crafted masterpiece that the artist keeps for himself to hang in a place of honor and peek at from time to time. Lovely, slightly strange story of a father and son that explores life, death, astrophysics, autism, climate change, and human connection. Marvelous, sobering, and very personal.

Leftcoastzen Love your review! I need to get to it. 12mo
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Nathan_Opland-Dobs
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Mehso-so

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jlhammar
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#12Booksof2021 Remarkable read from September. A slim novel packed with meaning. Emotional & compelling.

Graywacke Good to see this. l get to it in February. 13mo
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BookwormM
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#12Booksof2021 #August

I would have liked this to win the Booker.

Andrew65 I rarely find the right books win prizes. 13mo
BarbaraBB My favorite too. 13mo
jlhammar Agreed! 13mo
Graywacke Oh good. I‘ll read this soonish 13mo
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FelinesAndFelonies
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"Nobody's perfect. But, man, we all fall short so beautifully." ☄️

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Soubhiville
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Wow this was intense.

I have to say if I could some way experience the emotional mind of a passed loved one, I would probably do it.

This left me with mixed feelings- I loved the interactions between father and son, and watching Robin‘s evolution. I relate so strongly to his wishes to protect endangered species and share his frustrations with most people‘s ignorance and disregard for the trajectory of human impact.

Truly a bittersweet read.

Soubhiville This felt very much like a modern interpretation of Flowers for Algernon. I think the melancholy I feel on finishing this mirrors how I felt reading that. 13mo
Megabooks Truly exceptional review!! 13mo
Hooked_on_books I just loved this one! I‘m glad you enjoyed it, too. 13mo
Soubhiville @Megabooks ☺️ Thanks! 13mo
kplovesbooks This sounds so good! I just placed a hold for it at my library. 13mo
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kathedron
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Belated Christmas #bookhaul !
I hope that all who celebrate had a fabulous Christmas: I woke to a migraine so had to spend much of the morning sleeping it off (and was thus late getting the dinner under way). Mercifully I felt well enough by the afternoon to enjoy my lovely presents!

Bookwomble Pleased to hear you're feeling better 🙂 13mo
Cathythoughts So glad you felt better. I‘ll be interested to hear your take on Bewilderment 📚😍 13mo
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I‘m an unstoppable Waterstones beast. I‘m trying to spend Christmas money on things that‘ll help me be healthy in the new year - so as well as leggings to help me feel a little confident returning to my yoga studio in January I replaced my lost and broken coffee cup and water bottle, got Bewilderment half price which I‘ve desperately wanted since it came out.

Aaand a couple things for @moll ‘s birthday which are secret since she got Litsy 🤐

BkClubCare Beautiful! 13mo
Moll Omg excitiiiiing😂🎁 Also very in support of the rest of this too, gooo Emily go! 13mo
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Cinfhen
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I really loved the relationship between Theo & Robin; father & son. I think any parent can relate to that sometime frustrating feeling when dealing with a sensitive, intelligent child and the need to protect them. That arc of the story felt so intimate, raw & personal. It was the scientific dystopian arc I didn‘t really care for. At times I felt Powers was speaking down to his readers, a little too sanctimonious. Good narration.

Cinfhen I believe this was on both @Hooked_on_books and @jlhammar #Top21of21 lists and I can see why 🤓 13mo
TrishB Great review 👍🏻 I shall probably wait for an offer on this one. 13mo
Cinfhen I‘m happy to mail you the book @TrishB xx 13mo
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KarenUK I‘m not sure this author is for me…. The “sanctimonious” bit of your review, puts me off! 13mo
Smartypants @Cinfhen I felt the same. I could have done without the science fiction portion of the book. It could have stood on its own without it. 13mo
Cinfhen I would say #BorrowNotBuy @KarenUK / there‘s some gorgeous writing but it did feel a bit preachy at times. Totally agree, the book would have stood fine without the science fiction part @Smartypants 💜💜💜 13mo
Ruthiella Great review. I think the sanctimonious part of Powers gets to me too. At least in the two books that I‘ve read so far. 13mo
Cinfhen I definitely felt that same way while reading Overstory @Ruthiella 13mo
TrishB Ah that would be cool ❤️ no rush! Also remind me when/what buddy reads we‘re doing, because I‘ve already forgotten! Thank you 😘 13mo
Cinfhen I probably should have written down all our big plans @TrishB but I know we discussed reading The Girl with the Louding Voice & Mercies. @Librarybelle is hosting Mercies as part of her #LiteraryCrew in March so I‘m going to glob unto that group read. I know @squirrelbrain wanted to read Louding Girl too…there were some others. Need to go back and see. 13mo
Hooked_on_books Glad you enjoyed it! The actually loved the sciencey stuff, which I feel is underutilized in fiction, so I‘m happy when I find it. Thankfully I don‘t find Powers sanctimonious as I see how that would rankle. 13mo
Librarybelle Mercies will be the February read for #LiteraryCrew …so glad you can join us, @Cinfhen ! Join us too, @TrishB ! It‘s a very low key #buddyread . 13mo
Cinfhen Ooopsssie @Librarybelle Glad you corrected me!!! And YAY!!! I‘m looking forward to reading this sooner than later. I hope you‘ll join @TrishB 💕💕💕 13mo
TrishB @Librarybelle thank you 👍🏻 sounds fun. 13mo
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Kalalalatja
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Hi Littens ❤️ celebrating my first day of Christmas vacation/maternity leave with a little relaxation and reading. My belly and baby girl are getting bigger and bigger, but I still have around 10 weeks to go. I‘m feeling great, though, and plan on using the time, until she comes, on reading, relaxing and prepping all the baby-related stuff 😅

Hopefully, I‘ll get better at checking in once in a while in the new year 🤞

Happy holidays friends!

DivineDiana What an exciting time for you! I read to my daughter while she was still in the womb. You might consider including some of your favorite children‘s book! Sending lots of love and wising you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 💖 💕🎁 13mo
squirrelbrain Glad you‘re feeling great! I hope you have a lovely relaxing festive season! 🎄 13mo
CarolynM Enjoy some me-time amongst all the preparation, you may not get a lot of it once the baby arrives. Merry Christmas😘 13mo
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Cathythoughts How lovely! Enjoy 💕 13mo
AnneCecilie Your in for a treat readingwise. Merry Christmas 🎄 13mo
BarbaraBB That belly 🥰. Enjoy the last weeks of me-time ❤️ 13mo
erzascarletbookgasm Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! 😘 13mo
JackOBotts Congratulations! 🤗🤗🤗💜💜💜 13mo
TrishB Happy you time ❤️ enjoy resting, reading and nesting . Happy Christmas 13mo
Itchyfeetreader Congratulations 13mo
batsy ❤️ 13mo
Caroline2 Merry Christmas to you and bump! 😘 13mo
Chrissyreadit So exciting! I hope this is a wonderful season of Joy and Calm 🤍 13mo
MaureenMc 💗💗💗 13mo
LiteraryinLawrence So excited for you! Wishing you all good things in the new year! 13mo
youneverarrived Definitely make the most of the reading/relaxing time 💕 not long to go now, exciting! Glad you‘re doing well. 13mo
julesG 😍😍😍 A bump!!! 😍😍😍 13mo
Reggie Happy Holidays!!! 13mo
LeahBergen Look at that beautiful bump!! 🥰🥰 13mo
BookwormM Congratulations not long now 💕💕 13mo
mrp27 💗💗💗 13mo
Megabooks So happy for you!! 💜💜 13mo
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BookBabe Yay, so happy for you! 😃👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻I have a baby girl too (she‘s 15 months) and she totally changed my life for the better! Baby update when you get a chance please! 💕 12mo
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Kalalalatja @Cinfhen @Avanders Hi! All is very well - our little girl, Hannah, arrived on March 4th, and has turned our lives upside down 😍 I‘m completely in love, and utterly exhausted, and just so happy ❤️ 10mo
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CarolynM Congratulations! I'm so pleased to hear your news. Welcome Hannah💕💕 Exhaustion goes with the territory, I'm afraid😆 Hope everything us still going well for you all.😘 10mo
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BookBosomed1
Bewilderment | Richard Powers
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Pickpick

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ “Holy Crow.” This book broke and mended my heart. I need to sit with my feelings for awhile and process what I just read. If you haven‘t yet read this book, get yourself a copy soon. Wow.

jlhammar Yes, couldn't agree more! 13mo
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BookBosomed1
Bewilderment | Richard Powers
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Everyone in my household is cuddled up & cozified in the living room, lulled to sleep by the wind outside…except for me because this book has me gripped in its pages.

Chrissyreadit Checking in- did you receive your Winter Solstice Swap package? 13mo
BookBosomed1 @Chrissyreadit Yes! Thanks for checking. I retagged you in a comment in the post about receiving it. 13mo
jlhammar Love this book. 13mo
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Readerann
Bewilderment | Richard Powers
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Profoundly disturbing, yet beautiful. Anxiety levels will be up for a while, but I‘m not sorry I read it.
#ToBLonglist

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Addison_Reads
Bewilderment | Richard Powers
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Pickpick

Like The Overstory, I am finding it difficult to review this book. Did I love it? No. But Powers has such a way with language and presents environmental topics that are near and dear to me, so I am giving this a soft pick.

Some of the more emotional moments between Theo and Robin felt out of place to me. The story of love and grief is one I feel many people will relate to, but for me, at times everything just felt a little too precious.

Brimful Thoughtful review! I was not the fan others were 14mo
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Ruthiella
Bewilderment | Richard Powers
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Mehso-so

There is an earnest quality to Powers‘ novels that irritates me. I agree with his message of conservation but have trouble with the medium. Single dad Theo is raising a 9 yr old son who has behavioral problems. Animal rights lawyer wife/mom died 2 years earlier. A cutting-edge neural feedback experiment may promise not only a cure for Robin but also bring his wife back to life (sorta). Meanwhile, 🌏 goes from bad to worse. #ToB22Longlist #20in4

Cinfhen Would this work for #HopePunk ??? 1y
BarbaraBB I liked this one a lot but I felt the same about 1y
Ruthiella @Cinfhen It would be a stretch ... For that category I was going to try this book that was recommended by @Centique (edited) 1y
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Ruthiella @BarbaraBB This one was much shorter than The Overstory, thankfully! I did like the interludes where the dad “discovered” new planets for his son. 1y
squirrelbrain Great review! I enjoyed this while I was listening but then, on reflection, had much the same view as you. (And I hated the ending!) 1y
Cinfhen Damn!! I was hoping it would work!! I‘ll look into the book you and the delightful @Centique recommended 😊 Thanks 1y
Cinfhen It actually sounds great 👍🏽 and sci-fi fantasy is usually not my thing 1y
Megabooks I loved this but I can see what you‘re saying. 1y
Ruthiella @squirrelbrain Thanks! He‘s such a smart writer. I just wanted a little more subtlety. 1y
Ruthiella @Megabooks I think it‘s totally a style thing. Have you read other books from him? I‘d be curious to know what you think of them. 1y
Centique @Cinfhen if a sci fi heist is not your thing, this is sweet and short and definitely #hopepunk 1y
Centique @Ruthiella hope you like it! 1y
Cinfhen Thanks @Centique for both recommendations 😘😘how are you?? How‘s my favorite book reviewer #HisElderliness 1y
Centique @Cinfhen all good - I‘ll go do a post about him 😍 1y
BkClubCare Didn‘t make the shortlist!! (Btw, it‘s out!!) 14mo
Ruthiella @BkClubCare Wot? Thanks for the update!!!! 14mo
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ReadingEnvy
Bewilderment | Richard Powers
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Reading Envy Podcast Episode 233: Get Into Trouble with Ruth @Ruthiella

Jenny starts off the episode by announcing a big project for 2022! Ruth teaches her a new word and we discuss a recent Tournament of Favorites, plus as always, books we've read and liked lately.

Listen and subscribe:
https://tinyurl.com/ReadingEnvy233

Reggie @Ruthiella methinks you did so great!😜And Jenny it was so nice to hear you laugh so much and have so much fun. The Love Hypothesis is high on my radar. And now I can go in with my Star Wars eyes open. Lol 1y
Ruthiella @Reggie Thank you for saying so Reggie. I find the experience fun but also nerve wracking. 😰 1y
ReadingEnvy @Reggie It's a fun read! (Most of the time I edit out most of my laughter haha!) 1y
BeckyRoy @ReadingEnvy I can‘t wait to listen to hear what the big project is. I was surprised at how much I loved The Love Hypothesis, but it was so good. 1y
ReadingEnvy @BeckyRoy it was good! I gave it five stars for sure. 1y
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ChaoticMissAdventures
Bewilderment | Richard Powers
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Panpan

I am not a grieving parent of a troubled child, so I have wrestled with my feelings on this book. But goodness did I mutter "Get that child a therapist" way too many times to enjoy this book. The core of the book is supposed to be this environmental pre-apocolypse idea, but it gets way overshadowed by Robins mental health issues and the father's parenting.
The book itself was overwritten and overall just not for me.

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mjtwo
Bewilderment | Richard Powers
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15 Oct-9 Nov 2021
Booker longlist 7
A novel of its time: infectious disease, a mad president refusing to concede the election, and the increasingly irreversible destruction of the environment.
Theo‘s work is to look for signs of life in the universe and parenting his son, Robbie, after the death of his activist wife. After receiving experimental neurofeedback treatment, Robbie seems to improve but the Flowers for Algernon has forbode a tragic end