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Bertha_Mason

Bertha_Mason

Joined March 2017

At least there are books in this attic.
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Long Division by Kiese Laymon
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Long Division | Kiese Laymon

"The women saw me looking at them and they stared at me like I had a smushed little foot growing out of my cheek."

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Long Division | Kiese Laymon

"I don‘t know how to say this without making you hate me, but Shalaya Crump smelled like she‘d just come back from about six recesses right on top of one another. And at every recess, she must have been swimming naked in a sea of cube steak gravy."

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Long Division | Kiese Laymon

"When he opened his mouth, it sounded like big old flat tires rolling over jagged gravel."

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Long Division | Kiese Laymon

"Anyway, LaVander Peeler has way too much space between his eyes and his fade doesn‘t really fade right." ?

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Long Division | Kiese Laymon

"I‘m not white, homeless, or homosexual, but if I‘m going to keep it one hundred, I guess you should also know that LaVander Peeler smells so good that sometimes you can‘t help but wonder if a small beast farted in your mouth when you‘re too close to him."
Today in odd similes.

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Love | Toni Morrison

"I must have been the one who dreamed up this world, she thought. No nice person could have."
Mood.

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Valmiki's Daughter | Shani Mootoo

"Elliot continued to hold her, but she felt as if she were a folded-up shirt he was barely pressing against his chest."

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The Days of Abandonment | Elena Ferrante

This book would make a great giallo movie. I would watch the shit out of it.

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The Days of Abandonment | Elena Ferrante

The straights are not okay.

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SAMANTHA IRBY HAS A NEW BOOK. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.

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Black Apple | Joan Crate

"Night, thirsty, drank up the dregs of the day."

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Black Apple | Joan Crate

"She looked out the window at the sun, yellow as urine seeping into the white sheet of winter."
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Black Apple | Joan Crate

"Each night, the sun trimmed a piece of dark cloth from its hem."

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Black Apple | Joan Crate

"The next day, the sun was just an old yellow scab stuck on the classroom window. Rose Marie wanted to peel it off and find the real sun underneath, bright and warm."

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Birdie | Tracey Lindberg

"Sometimes Bernice thought mean thoughts and didn‘t take them back. Other times she thought good thoughts and let them powder the room–just in case there was a running count on them. Also, it gave the ugly thoughts a soft place to land."

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Birdie | Tracey Lindberg

"Lola was pretty fond of Cher. And Sonny, for Pete‘s sake and what that meant. Liking Sonny told Bernice something about Lola that Bernice couldn‘t quite figure out. It wasn‘t good, though."

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Birdie | Tracey Lindberg

"If she moves too much, she knows, people will start to ignore her."

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Birdie | Tracey Lindberg

"She becomes aware of her physical self because the emotions pain her."
Mood.

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This is the second book I've read this month that characterizes Spanish colonial priest Bartolomé de las Casas as a (misinformed and paternalistically racist but) basically anti-colonial-cruelty, humanitarian-reforming sort. But, like, when he said Spain should stop enslaving Indigenous people in South and Central America, he notoriously said that they should instead enslave Africans, so, like 😞

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Four Souls | Louise Erdrich
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Today in odd analogies.

rubyslippersreads I think I first heard of owl pellets in the book Linnets and Valerians, and for years I pictured something neat and tidy, like a medicine capsule. Quite a surprise when I actually saw a real one. 😄🦉 3w
Bertha_Mason @rubyslippersreads I'm hoping to see one in the wild some day :) 3w
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Four Souls | Louise Erdrich

Mauser's doctor just diagnosed him with blue balls and advanced semen brain. Astounding.

Bertha_Mason The recommended treatment is not to whack off but to put leeches on his temples to suck the jizz out! Astounding. 😝🤢 3w
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Four Souls | Louise Erdrich

"She wrinkled her nose, a gesture that was charming when she was a girl but which now made her look like a moth-eaten rabbit." ?

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"You see my problem. The history I offered to forget, the past I offered to burn, turns out to be our present. It may well be our future."

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"I am in a little alcove of sobriety, the kind of clarity that is a smashed-out window in the long hall I walk as a drunk."

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"Reassured, he grabbed the end of a thought that whipped by and held on. He was a bulldog on the end of a bicycle chain, his teeth hurt with the effort of thinking."

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Sister Leopolda is an awful person, but holy fuck, it's metal as shit that she made a rosary out of barbed wire and used it to strangle the town child rapist (of whom she had been a victim). Respect.

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Bailedbailed

It won't stop gushing about the so-called "Age of Exploration" and which white guy "discovered" (my scare quotes, decidedly not the author's) this or that already-inhabited landmass. "Unknown" this, "uncharted" that. I didn't want this much imperialist propaganda with my silly conspiracy story, fuck you very much.

batsy Oh damn. I was looking forward to this. 1mo
Bertha_Mason @batsy I'm sorry :( 1mo
batsy No, it's OK! I may or may not still read it but it's good to be prepared for the #casualimperialism 1mo
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"The Jazter" is coded as cluster B, which explains why the reviewers hate him so much. I suspected so, and suspected I'd end up sympathizing with him. And I did.

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"A second later I hear another drone, this one more gravelly, as if the engine has sucked in a pigeon it's trying to digest."

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"Once Molly and Taer's story begins to take definitive shape, it quickly fizzles into absurdity, like a map of a world with slightly distorted proportions--almost normal looking at first, but on a second viewing, a terrible deviation, a ghost of a place that never was, a land that couldn't be, a burning and terrible world beneath everything that we know to be real."

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Mouthful of Birds | Samanta Schweblin

"It was fairly violent, the way she stuffed the paper into his fist, like cramming an oversize letter into the mouth of a too-soft mailbox."
-"A Great Effort"

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I'm from Nowhere | Lindsay Lerman
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I bought two ebooks to celebrate having survived these past two months.

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I'm from Nowhere | Lindsay Lerman

"Can you slice me out of me? I don‘t want this body anymore."
Such a mood ??

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I'm from Nowhere | Lindsay Lerman

"Sometimes it‘s the pain itself that finds a lover, and you‘re its small sad conduit."

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"Every time I read [the letters], I felt like Sumire and I were together again, our hearts one. This warmed my heart more than anything else could. Like you‘re riding a train at night across some vast plain, and you catch a glimpse of a tiny light in a window of a farmhouse. In an instant it‘s sucked back into the darkness behind and vanishes. But if you close your eyes, that point of light stays with you, just barely, for a few moments."

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"In the sky above the summit, the coarse-looking moon loomed awfully near. A hard ball of stone, its skin eaten away by the merciless passage of time. Ominous shadows on its surface were blind cancer cells stretching out feelers toward the warmth of life."

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"I woke in an unpleasant sweat, my shirt plastered to my chest. My body was listless, my legs swollen. I felt as if I‘d swallowed an overcast sky whole."

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"Imagine _The Greatest Hits of Bobby Darin_
minus "Mack the Knife." That‘s what my life would be like without you."

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"When I got home I was as exhausted as an old railroad tie."

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"When this pitiful moon is hanging there in a corner of the eastern sky like a used-up kidney."
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"Staying there any longer, she concluded, was a waste of time. I think it was the right move, but if I can be allowed a mediocre generalization, don‘t pointless things have a place, too, in this far-from-perfect world? Remove everything pointless from an imperfect life, and it‘d lose even its imperfection."

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"A car that in another life would have accelerated through the yellow stoplight and killed me did not accelerate and kill me."
-"How I Began to Bleed Again After Six Alarming Months Without"

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"Usually it's a lovely thing to see blinking lights from afar, yet these lights I did not enjoy; they did not blink at a pleasant pace. They should have gone blink---blink---blink, but instead they went blinkblinkblink."
-"How I Began to Bleed Again After Six Alarming Months Without"

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-"Children"

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"The Joined" is painfully cishet, especially since it leaves out the queer part of the myth it riffs on; the hermaphrodites-being-split-by-Zeus myth is literally a just-so story to explain why CISHET people exist, because in ancient Greece you were considered weird if you weren't bi. But you wouldn't know it from this story with its stunted little universe.

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"a bird-studded Friday morning"
-"The Knowers"

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"It never ceases to amaze me that, even as our country forges into the future with ever more bedazzling devices and technologies, the archaic infrastructure rots away beneath our feet, the pavement and the rails, the schools and the DMV."
-"The Knowers"

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Juice | Renee Gladman

"I have never learned moderation in my thinking. I have damaged myself inexcusably."