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nelehelen
The Yellow House | Sarah M. Broom
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4/5
It took me a little bit to get into this. There is a lot of detail in the history of her family as well as the city of New Orleans pre and post-Katrina. At times, it was a bit too much information for me to remember and navigate. But, there is beautiful writing in here. A tribute to her family and the city of New Orleans, Broom writes a sincere love story filled with yearning and pain centered around the Yellow House.

#ReadHarder2020

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Floresj
The Yellow House | Sarah M. Broom
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This book was good and I found the pre and post Katrina portion really interesting. Two things would have made this meandering memoir a solid pick for me: 1. A family tree is needed to allow the reader to track the lineage easier. 2. A map of New Orleans East and other important venues. I loved the culture and introspection but I had difficulties following Broom‘s writing in areas. Soft pick.

aartichapati I got this from the library and read about 70 pages but just did not get into the rhythm. I think it may be a timing thing? I just couldn‘t concentrate enough to get into the flow of the writing. 2d
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GatheringBooks
A Confederacy of Dunces | John Kennedy Toole
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#QuotsyJan20 Day 20: #Cheese
I do the same too - whether my brain is tired or not. 😭🤣😂🧚🏼‍♀️

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effani
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Heartbreaking, harrowing, and infuriating, this book is an incredible work of journalism. It's a difficult read, but I highly recommend it if you can handle the subject matter, especially if you're interested in medical ethics or emergency preparedness. I thought the epilogue, describing what has and hasn't changed since 2005, was particularly good.

#ReadHarder2020: a book about a natural disaster #ReadHarder

effani One thing I found interesting was the role of the big, for-profit hospital corporation in the events. I can understand doctors and nurses who made bad choices in a situation that's unimaginably difficult. I cannot understand or forgive the executive who, from his office in Dallas, turned away help that had been requested and offered before the situation got dire. 5d
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effani
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I just learned a new word: mumpsimus.

A traditional custom or idea adhered to although shown to be unreasonable.

Origin: mid 16th century, erroneously for Latin sumpsimus... in allusion to the story of an illiterate priest who, when corrected for reading "quod in ore mumpsimus," replied "I will not change my old mumpsimus for your new sumpsimus." (Oxford Dictionary of English)

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IamIamIam
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You're a doctor in a hospital hit by a hurricane, generators flooding, losing power, rationing medication and water, without running water or sanitary bathrooms. You've lost communication with the outside world and you need to evacuate as many patients as possible. What do you do? Is euthanasia an option? Is it murder? What do you think you would do?
#BBRC #UGH @LibrarianRyan

Cinfhen LOVED this book!!! I wish I would have read this with my bookclub. So much to talk about!!!!!!!! 7d
IamIamIam @Cinfhen I spent so much time being angry it was unbelievable!!! It is great food for thought, however, and I appreciated seeing everyone's reaction to what they had to go through. All I kept thinking about was the food service workers who stayed to help. That really got me. ❤ 7d
Cinfhen There were definitely some real heroes in this terrible unforeseen tragedy 7d
LibrarianRyan intereting 6d
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Schnoebs
The Black God's Drums | P. Djeli Clark
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Life as been so hectic these past few weeks that I still haven‘t read a book yet this year. Scrapped everything I was reading and will come back later but for now, hopefully something short and sweet will help me out.

#exhausted #busy #behind #moving #newjob #newstate #newlife #helpmytbr #short

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effani

I've just realized that I'm going to have to shelve this book on my history shelf on goodreads. It's freaking me out a little - since when are things that happened within my adult life “history“?

BarbaraBB Wise words 👵🏼 1w
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Sharpeipup
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Walking in the footsteps of great writers. #literarytravel
📌Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans

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IamIamIam
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I've found my #UGH book for #BBRC #GrownUp section!! Having worked at a hospital during the 2003 blackout and living in a hurricane prone area, I don't think I've been this frustrated listening to a book in a long time!!! 😡 I'll never forget the helplessness we felt during Katrina and thinking about these poor people left behind is killing me! @LibrarianRyan

mrp27 I remember that 03 blackout very well! I was a scared hot mess stuck at work for hours. 2w
IamIamIam @mrp27 I worked in the basement of an old wing of the hospital doing pre-testing scheduling. Our office was an old nurse's station so we were connected to a generator. It took me about a half hour to figure out what was going on! Lol, they told me I had to stay until relief staff came and I said, "Why? The only people you need are bedboard and I'm not trained on that!" I left and drove 2+ hours home. Crazy!! 2w
IamIamIam @mrp27 Where were you working at that time? 2w
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LibrarianRyan Dang. 2w
IamIamIam @LibrarianRyan This book has brought me to tears 3 times in less than 5 hours of listening. It's gut wrenching and the fact that they had almost no emergency protocols in place for a disaster that was extremely likely to happen is insane. They had protocols in place for a volcanic eruption but only a handful of pages of directives in case of a hurricane and power loss!!! 2w
mrp27 I was working in Westbury and they held us at work until they deemed it safe to let us go. My husband at the time, now ex, is FDNY so I was a nervous wreck when I couldn't get through to him. I was still new to NY at the time so I about had it with the east coast at that point! 2w
mrp27 The book looks great but I'm sure anger inducing. 2w
IamIamIam @mrp27 Oh my gosh!!! I was at Winthrop Hospital in Mineola! Lol, I probably drove past your office on my way home!!! 2w
mrp27 Lol, probably! Driving down Old Country Rd that evening was not fun!! 2w
IamIamIam @mrp27 I expected it to be awful so I drove down Jericho Turnpike which was probably worse. There are way more big intersections on Jericho! I'll never forget that day! This book, however, is infuriating. So much passing the buck on trying to get help, bouncing the hospital around as a priority, the lack of preparation... it's destroying me and I can't believe what everyone went through, patients and staff! 2w
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