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BooksForEmpathy

Joined March 2016

Reading to connect & empathize with the world. School MFT. I ❤️ SF, movies, food, travel, asking all the questions + reading all the books.
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The Ghost Bride | Yangsze Choo
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Beautiful day in San Francisco. We are having bagels and morning reading time 🥯☀️!

ferskner Hope everything is okay with you. I'm miss your posts! 1mo
BarbaraBB Me too. Just checking in. Hope all is well 😘 1mo
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Puzzleheaded Girl | Christina Stead
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My newest puzzle! Usually I think these kinds of photos/art of stacked books are not diverse enough or relevant enough, but I was so happy with this stack! So many amazing books here. Can‘t wait to dive into this one over the weekend.

saresmoore I love this! 3mo
fleeting Oh wow I've been meaning to find a 1000pc puzzle to keep my mind off things and help me calm down. I wish we had that here! 3mo
auntie_jenn galison makes great puzzles 🧩 3mo
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Supper Club | Lara Williams
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One of my favorite covers of all time.

Coming hot off Three Women by Lisa Taddeo, I was HERE FOR THIS. I loved the premise: a supper club full of women who unapologetically eat and drink and indulge and take up space and gain weight and dance wildly. It got even deeper as we learn about these women, their traumas, and the sacred way women have of healing other women. I long for more of this open rebellion against being smaller in my own life.

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Whiskey When We're Dry | John Larison
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Savoring my time reading and buying flowers and daydreaming and organizing for next year before heading back to work in a couple of weeks. I‘m moving through this book slowly and deliberately, and it‘s really gotten into my bones. I don‘t read westerns nearly enough. They are always so soul-satisfying.

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I just read the last page of this book and I can only say that it rocked me to my core. The second half of this novel is heavy. Heavy with the weight of love: the disappointments and transformations and fragilities.

It reminded me of “Idaho,” another quiet book about the intimacy of a marriage and how a devastating turn of events can deliver a tragic blow as well as expose the greatest strengths between two people. This one broke my heart.

JennyM I got this yesterday- will get the tissues ready x 3mo
saresmoore I‘m thinking I might hold off on this and Idaho for a while. 🙃 Sounds beautiful, though. 3mo
mauveandrosysky I just logged on in the first time in forever and OF COURSE your last several books are books that I fucking loved. (This one, The River, Supper Club, Fleischman, and I just started Three Women.) Thinking of coming back to this space now that the fog of PPD has lifted. Miss you and am comforted to find that we are still so aligned on so much. (edited) 2mo
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Angie Kim‘s novel is a must-read courtroom drama w/fascinating characters, a need-to-solve mystery, and explorations of race + culture + gender + motherhood + mental disabilities.

I love books about motherhood and this story soars above the rest. Motherhood when your child is healthy is one thing, but very different when your child has a mental or physical disability. The toll it takes to take care of someone, with no end in sight, is mighty.

cathysaid Just started this one last night (an promptly fell asleep). Looking forward to it. 3mo
Suet624 Just started and already sucked in. Can't wait for the grandbaby to take her nap so I can keep reading! 3mo
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The River | Peter Heller
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I read this on my flight back from Amsterdam. I still think about it. I studied art history in college and one of my favorite themes was the “sublime” as it relates to nature. Nature is ambivalent to us; it has the remarkable power to move us to both feelings of awe or terror depending on the moment. Heller‘s book is tense, and shows us our fragility in the face of nature. Heller‘s book also has an emotional depth I resonated with. Bravo!

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Three Women | Lisa Taddeo
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The most enthralling book of 2019 so far for me. It was heart-pumping and intense, familiar and wholly new. This book is hard to describe. Or maybe it‘s simple: an exclusive peek into the sex lives of three ordinary women. All of them impacted by the men and women around them in subtle, unknowable, and also devastating ways. Like us all. True humanity exists in these pages. We are all so much more complex than we give ourselves credit for.

Megabooks Great review and I 100% agree halfway in! 3mo
saresmoore Love this review! 3mo
Megabooks I started to hate it and ended up giving it a bad review. I‘m glad you liked it though! 3mo
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Chicken noodle soup and this read. I would highly recommend this book so far... loving the quiet writing.

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Disappearing Earth | Julia Phillips
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I‘m home! Dinner was saag feta again from the Indian-ish cookbook. I had some incredible Indian food in Amsterdam and I was excited to make this again when we got back!

This book and author seem fascinating to me. I think I want to wait to read it for Book Club though?

BarbaraBB Which restaurant are you referring to? Just curious! 4mo
BooksForEmpathy @BarbaraBB Oh! I went to one called Sherpa (I think) and it was one of those “exactly what I wanted at exactly the right time” meals and I had a Kingfisher and the sun warmed my face and the saag paneer was transcendent. Also, it has Nepalese food, and so that means MOMOs!! (edited) 4mo
BarbaraBB Oh I know where it it but haven‘t been there because it is so turisty in that neighbourhood but your food sounds great! Next week I‘m flying to SF to follow up on some of your foody suggestions! 💜 4mo
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BooksForEmpathy @BarbaraBB Yes we were trying to get out of the touristy parts (really unbearable!!) between the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh museum and this place was just far enough away down the street. You have to go!! 4mo
NHLibrarian I was in Amsterdam in November with my mom and sister and that Sherpa restaurant was our first dinner 👍 4mo
kspenmoll Yum! 3mo
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I think the podcasts and interviews with the author I have sought out after finishing this novel have been even more engaging than the book itself. I finished it quickly, and believe it is one of those “very important” books to read. It is a story we (hopefully) have read before, yet the cycles of abuse and oppressiveness between men and women AND women and other women are striking all the same.

Also, the food scenes made me so hungry 😋.

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The Idiot | Elif Batuman
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50 local Netherlands beers on tap might give me the motivation to get through this book. I have not been pulled to it the way I was hoping for. I‘m going to keep trying...

Dolly I bailed on this one. Don‘t remember why or what it was about. It‘s gone...gone...gone. 4mo
MellieAntoinette Beautiful pic! 4mo
Lindy I listened to the audio edition, narrated by the author. I'm not sure how she managed to keep me enthralled with all the mundane conversations but it worked for me. I chuckled often. 4mo
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Fleishman Is in Trouble: A Novel | Taffy Brodesser-Akner
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I devoured this book. It is SO smart + on point with the social circles and constructs I am finding myself at the edge of right now. Firmly in my early 30s, I am at the cusp of having to come to terms with what having a child and a career will look like. The pressures of being a woman have never seemed so daunting.

This book is about marriage and ambition and divorce and mental health and gender and it is so OF THE MOMENT it took my breath away.

8little_paws I've heard a lot of great stuff about it! I'm in my late 30s, I hear ya. 4mo
8little_paws I will say now in my late 30s, I got so burned out on work I no longer care what my career looks like. It's a source of income, that's it. I do what's asked of me and I don't go above and beyond any more. It's not worth it. 4mo
Ashley_Nicoletto Great review! I must pick this up. 4mo
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saresmoore I just got this from the library—can‘t wait to read it now! 4mo
TrishB Stacked, great review 👍🏻 I‘m in my early 50s and saddened to hear that the choice is still so difficult ☹️ 4mo
AmyG I just picked this up for my ibooks. I will have to bump it to the top. 4mo
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The River | Peter Heller
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It‘s our last day of vacation in Amsterdam! And I was seriously craving a big salad to eat 😂. It‘s time to detox and get back to working out and having a routine and consistent WiFi. Next up for me is The River. Hopefully I finish on the plane tomorrow!

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Amsterdam | Ian McEwan
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Our Airbnb in Amsterdam is so thoughtfully arranged and designed and provides so many delightful reading spots. Last leg of our trip!

LeeRHarry I am at Amsterdam airport! 👋🏻👋🏻👋🏻👋🏻 4mo
Libby1 Wonderful! Have fun! I adore Amsterdam. 4mo
JacqMac Lovely! Enjoy! 4mo
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Leftcoastzen It‘s beautiful. 4mo
Megabooks Great place to read!! 4mo
Crazeedi ❤❤❤ 4mo
Lindy Beautiful! I have wondered what it would be like to stay on a houseboat in Amsterdam. 4mo
youneverarrived Looks amazing. Enjoy 😊 4mo
MaleficentBookDragon Beautiful! 4mo
BooknerdsLife That looks amazing!!! 😍💖Have a wonderful trip! (edited) 4mo
Kalalalatja Gorgeous! 4mo
Gissy 😍❤️❤️❤️ 4mo
Toniyesss Houseboat!! 4mo
saresmoore This is a bit out of the blue, but I‘ve been thinking of you lately and thought you might have some helpful insight. I‘ve been going through some pretty shitty life & marriage things and was wondering if you could recommend some books on healthy marriage and/or raising tweens. Also maybe a book I could recommend TO my tween to help her make sense of life? Any thoughts & ideas are welcome! ♥️ I hope you had an amazing trip! 4mo
BooksForEmpathy @saresmoore Hi! I am so happy you reached out. I think about you too when I‘m on this platform and just thinking about life and would love to help and connect ❤️. I do have some great recommendations and would be open to discussing further through email? Email me, so I have yours and can pass along what has/does help me, and also whatever you have that you can share too! gcdrocco@gmail.com 4mo
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Claude Monet | Claude Monet, Sean Connolly
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Visited Monet‘s gardens in Giverny today. Really breath-taking and idyllic. We missed our train coming back (very difficult to find a taxi from Giverny to the train station!) so I am trying to stay calm and peaceful with my photos from earlier. It does give me some extra reading time though...

stacybmartin So jealous - this is so gorgeous! 😍 4mo
mreads Wow 😍 4mo
Toniyesss Oh man Giverny is definitely on my bucket list!! So beautiful! 4mo
BookishTrish So incredibly glad seeing this photo. I‘ve never been but am happy you got to go 4mo
saresmoore Oh, oh, oh! Incredible! 4mo
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The Idiot | Elif Batuman
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An absolutely perfect afternoon spent reading in the Jardin des Tuileries 🌳☀️🌸🌷. I am loving The Idiot so far, although I‘m sure I‘m missing more than a few references...

BarbaraTheBibliophage Looks lovely! 4mo
youneverarrived I‘m jealous. Enjoy 💚 4mo
sparrowssavvy So jealous! This looks amazing! 4mo
sprainedbrain Wonderful photo! ❤️ 4mo
LeahBergen Beautiful photo! 4mo
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Bookshelf Design | SendPoints
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We have made it to Paris! Our first stop last night was to see my aunt and cousins who live in the 6th. This is a picture of their covetous wall of bookshelves and books. So dreamy 🥰.

erzascarletbookgasm 😍 whoa! 4mo
Susannah Oh my goodness. How wonderful! 4mo
BethM 😍 4mo
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Sarah83 Gorgeous 😍 4mo
Eggbeater Wow! 💓 4mo
saresmoore Incredible! 4mo
MicheleinPhilly I‘d be moving in ASAP. 😍 4mo
youneverarrived Amazing! Have a great time in Paris. 4mo
LeahBergen How marvellous! 4mo
Gissy I can stay there a looooooong time🙌 4mo
ferskner 😮😲🤯 4mo
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Everyone! I did something SO cool this morning. I got to witness a TRUFFLE HUNT 🍄!! This was our sweet guide and three of his eight dogs 🐕 (each worth 6,000 euros!) and we followed them throughout this protected forest as they found 4 kilos of truffles in about 2 hours! Incredible. Truffles are shaved onto most dishes here in Umbria, and it has been delicious. I have downloaded the tagged book to learn even more now that I have some context!

Crazeedi So you have to read this one too! It's part of a series, but all about truffles!!! 4mo
cariashley So awesome, I would LOVE to do this!! 4mo
BarbaraBB I looove my truffles, but they are not affordable most of the time. Enjoy your vacation ❤️ 4mo
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BooksForEmpathy @BarbaraBB Oh I knowww 😤. It is so frustrating (but understandable now that I know more) that here in Umbria a huge truffle is very affordable at around 20 euros only. It is a way of life here, but back in SF, the same size truffle would go for hundreds of dollars. 4mo
LeahBergen Very cool! (edited) 4mo
readordierachel Neat! 4mo
BellaBookNook Thanks for sharing. That‘s so cool. 4mo
ferskner WOW!!! That is so cool! How did you get hooked up with him? 4mo
BooksForEmpathy @ferskner It was very cool! The Airbnb we are staying in is actually part of a hotel here (we didn‘t know this!) and they have a list of fun activities to do that we could sign up for. Truffle hunting was our first choice! 4mo
ferskner It would be mine too! It sounds like the experience of lifetime. 4mo
BookishTrish Wowza 😍 4mo
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Umbria: A Cultural Guide | Ian Campbell Ross
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Happy Monday and happy reading 📖 💕!

erzascarletbookgasm Gorgeous! Happy reading! 4mo
Crazeedi Beautiful!! 4mo
BarbaraBB Incredible! 4mo
Gissy 😍❤️❤️❤️❤️ 4mo
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East of Eden | John Steinbeck
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So EXCITED for this buddy read of #EoE! My second time reading it, and it was pretty life-changing the first time through.

Cinfhen 🧡 4mo
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Into the Jungle | Erica Ferencik
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I have a thing for books about jungles. I think it‘s the risk and the heaviness and the sounds and the tricks it can play on you. Like it‘s alive.

Thank you Erica Ferencik for bringing me this novel that is magical and real and full of pain and sorrow and also hope. For this novel that took me into the jungle, to feel the humidity, the fear, the thrill, the curiosity, and the ever present astonishment you are nowhere you have been before.

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Ask Again, Yes: A Novel | Mary Beth Keane
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This novel washed over me. It felt familiar; gently holding up a mirror to parts of my own life and buried history. My childhood was wonderful in many ways, and it was also strained (and later broken) by mental illness and its effects. For a long time this was shameful. I tried to act perfect, showing no one my pain. I resonated with how one isolated incident is never really isolated and it ripples for generations.

“Love is only half the story.”

squirrelbrain What a wonderful, honest review. ❤️ 4mo
BarbaraBB 💜 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 4mo
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Eyelit 💙 4mo
Toniyesss I love you!! ❤️❤️❤️ 4mo
Cathythoughts I can‘t wait for this book to come out here 👍🏻 4mo
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Ask Again, Yes: A Novel | Mary Beth Keane
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Sometimes after an all-day food tour in Perugia, you just have to wear your favorite bookish shirt (can anyone guess!?), pour yourself some Sagrantino 🍷, and finish your newest read. All from the comfort of your bed.

Cathythoughts Can‘t wait for this book to be out here in August 4mo
Reviewsbylola Heaven! 4mo
youneverarrived Perfect 👍 4mo
BarbaraBB A Little Life! I recognize the font! 4mo
BooksForEmpathy @BarbaraBB You got it!! Yay! 4mo
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Ask Again, Yes: A Novel | Mary Beth Keane
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This book is SO good. I hope to just read all day right here and finish it 💕.

marleed I felt the same way! 4mo
Cinfhen I enjoyed this one more than I initially thought I would 4mo
Crazeedi What a beautiful place to read!💕 4mo
Bklover 💙💙🌞lovely! 4mo
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Home for the next 6 nights. I feel like I‘m channeling my inner Elio from CMBYN. Italian country house and lazy days by the pool reading.

I don‘t see any 🍑 though... just a bunch of olive trees 🌳!

Bklover Enjoy! 4mo
DivineDiana So beautiful! ❤️ 4mo
Christine Totally re: CMBYN vibes!! 😍 4mo
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Crazeedi Oh my aren't you just in heaven! 4mo
BarbaraBB Great place! 4mo
Toniyesss OMG YASSSSSSS 😍😍😍 4mo
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A little taste of what we‘ve been mostly doing in Rome 🍝.

britt_brooke Totally envious!! 4mo
LibrarianJen Mmmm pasta 😋 4mo
Leftcoastzen I want that!! 4mo
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Kimberlone 🤤 4mo
CouronneDhiver The best 👌🏽 4mo
MellieAntoinette Super jealous ... and hungry! 4mo
Bklover Yum!!!!! 4mo
readordierachel You are doing it right 👍🏼 4mo
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Ask Again, Yes: A Novel | Mary Beth Keane
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We are off to Europe for 3 weeks! I‘m only bringing a kindle, but these are the first books on my list to read on our flight to Italy! I love both covers so very much. Happy summer ☀️ 🇮🇹 📚!!!

TheLibrarian Enjoy Italy!! It‘s gorgeous! What part(s) are you going to? 4mo
Crazeedi Bon voyage! And have a wonderful time! 4mo
Megabooks Enjoy your trip! 4mo
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BooksForEmpathy @TheLibrarian First stop is Rome and then some more time driving and eating through Umbria!! Time to re-charge! 4mo
Leftcoastzen Enjoy! 4mo
Simona Enjoy❣️ 4mo
ferskner I covet your travel schedule! 4mo
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What a cover, right? Well, the book is even better. The tone is reflective and haunting, and I felt on edge while tearing through this collection of essays about T Kira Madden‘s childhood, her parents, her friendships, and her relationship with herself. There‘s a lot of brutal moments, and I wanted to reach through the pages and hold her in my arms. There‘s also a lot of strength and truth, and real tender moments of love. Highly recommend!

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It‘s here!!! As a true 4, I cannot wait to dive into this one and be alone with my feelings and learn more about why I do the things I do. Who has taken the Enneagram test!? What‘s your number!? I would be so curious!

Caterina Ohhh I love the Enneagram!! My brother is a 4(w5). 💕 I'm a 1(w2). Honestly the Enneagram has been such a healing experience for me and my entire family (mom's a 9w1 and dad's a 6w5). ❤️ 4mo
Caterina Have you listened to Sleeping at Last's Enneagram songs? 4mo
EKonrad I‘m a 6. Just started following enneagram stuff on Instagram. It‘s so fun! 😀 4mo
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BooksForEmpathy @Caterina WOW. So many thoughts! Yes. I am a 4w3, and I need to embrace more of my 1 tendencies to move toward health. I love knowing about your family‘s experience with the enneagram. I‘m glad it was healing for all of you. What‘s your experience being a 1w2? What do you identify with? And then! This album! I had never heard of it before, and I just listened to the Four song. Beautiful and sad and melancholic. I need to listen to more songs! 4mo
BooksForEmpathy @EKonrad Yes! I have a high score of 6 tendencies as well. This book is really fun, and the author has a podcast that discusses the enneagram in a really relatable and accessible way. Enjoy your exploration!! 4mo
merelybookish I love the Enneagram! 🙌I'm a 5. It's been helpful for me to understand my solitary ways. (I have this book from the library! 👍) 4mo
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Into the Jungle | Erica Ferencik
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Super in love with everything in this picture! We made chickpea flour pancakes topped with baby kale + chicken sausage + halloumi. Plus PEONIES! And, saving the best for last means this new #bookmail. I am dropping everything and reading this one. Right. Now.

Drocchio03 Hard yes to it all. Beautiful picture! 5mo
mhillis Peonies 💕 4mo
saresmoore So lovely! 4mo
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Lost and Wanted: A Novel | Nell Freudenberger
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The more I sit with this novel, the more I come to appreciate this slow-burning story. Love and death is examined here, within the context of science. I can get behind love and death; science has always dragged for me. Still, I pushed through and found myself surprised along the way by Freudenberger‘s ideas. Like, one person dying is not just losing one person, but actually ALL the people that person was to all the people who knew that person 🤯!

minkyb Wow. That is a lot to contemplate. I can't decide if that is comforting or disturbing! 5mo
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Ahhh! Did anyone else know about this!? How did I not!?

One of my all-time favorites coming to the big screen in September. I cannot wait!

glitterkitty459 I'm excited!! 😁 5mo
Zelma Interesting cast! 5mo
Kalalalatja I‘m beyond excited! 5mo
QuintusMarcus It better be good, it was a fantastic novel. Being released in September is a bad sign - that month is usually a dump for movies that the studio didn't think quite worked. 5mo
readordierachel I guess it's time to pull this one off the shelf! 5mo
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Birthday: A Novel | Meredith Russo
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Beautifully and powerfully done, Meredith Russo. I loved her first book, and I loved this one even more. Definitely listen to it - there‘s an interview between the narrator and the author at the end!

Recently, a student I work with came out as transgender to me. It was emotional for me, and also for him, especially when he said that he liked telling me because I had a positive reaction. Like it wasn‘t guaranteed 💔. WE NEED TO DO BETTER.

MicheleinPhilly Oof. That‘s a punch to the gut. 😢 5mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig 💔 is right. 5mo
readordierachel Yes we do 5mo
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My Education | Susan Choi
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Where I‘m at this Sunday afternoon 💕. Wine tasting + hiking + swimming + cooking + chatting + books + cheese shops. Loveeeee.

Also, liking this book so far. Immediately after Trust Exercise I bought this one from the same author.

erzascarletbookgasm Sounds wonderful! Enjoy! 5mo
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I‘ve been in a bit of a reading rut and Susan Choi‘s novel was everything I wanted and didn‘t even know I needed.

I loved the structure and the story (with A+ themes of memory, first love, artistic endeavors, power and abuse, relationships between mentors and students) and most importantly, how Choi forced me to take an active role in what I was doing + reading + believing. Reading is a “trust exercise” itself, and this realization was thrilling.

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We made saag paneer style spinach + feta from a new favorite cookbook: Indian-ish. BLEW MY MIND.

And. My therapist recommended this book to me because I do reflect (and ruminate if I‘m being honest) on death and my death and other people‘s deaths. I didn‘t know that there is a tradition of zen monks writing haikus the days, or hours, before their own deaths. They‘re beautiful, and touch on the meaninglessness and meaningfulness of our lives.

readordierachel Can I ask which cookbook? That looks amazing. 5mo
readordierachel Ohhh, gotcha. I thought that was just a descriptor, lol. Thanks! 5mo
ferskner Ooooo I have a galley of that cookbook! I'll move it up my list to test. 5mo
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Yesterday was really nice 💕.

I have about 50 pages left in this book and I think it‘s exquisite. It‘s subtle and can be dense, yet I was all in from the first “trust exercise” the characters take part in. I loved participating in drama therapy exercises in grad school and this reminds me of how immersive, terrifying, and deeply cathartic they can be.

saresmoore ♥️♥️♥️ 5mo
BarbaraBB That picture 😍 5mo
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Lori Gottlieb, a therapist unknown to me, has written my favorite book of the year so far. I am a therapist, so this is definitely a personal pick. This is about all the things I care about: human connection, how we share and re-work our stories, the discomfort of being able to help others while not seeing our own lives clearly all the time, humility, change, resilience, and the magic that can happen in the therapy room.

Also, summer is coming!

Tamra Yum for summer eats! 5mo
JSW I couldn‘t put this one down. 5mo
Gezemice Great review! I enjoyed it, too, and I am not a therapist. @jsw I could not put it down, either! 4mo
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Troubling Love | Elena Ferrante
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Huge platter of heirloom tomatoes + burrata. Steak on the way. Birthday book from Santa Cruz Book Shop on the horizon! Happy Tuesday 😍.

sparrowssavvy That looks so delicious!!! 6mo
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House of Broken Angels | Luis Alberto Urrea
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Book club + birthday celebration tonight with some of my favorite girlfriends. I am so lucky to be able to share a love of books and reading with such fantastic women.

This book was highly rated by all of us. It‘s about love & family, being Mexican, borders & how we create distance/closeness w/ people different than us. And death (a favorite topic of mine). It‘s poetic. It‘s reflective. It‘s funny and sad. Urrea has a glaring gift for writing.

BarbaraBB What a great picture 😍 6mo
minkyb I truly loved this book. 6mo
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New book has me daydreaming about CAKE. I‘m thinking of making one tonight as a treat during GOT.

Odette Williams has only a few cakes in this book, but there are many variations and she also includes recipes for frosting and glazes and decorations and helps find the perfect cake for any occasion. My heart warms looking through it 😍.

JSW I love cake! 6mo
Leftcoastzen cake!!!!🎂🎂🎂🎂 6mo
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Farewell, Shanghai. You have been beyond my wildest expectations and you fired me up even more to continue traveling to the biggest cities throughout Asia (by plane ✈️ and by book 📚!). Xoxo.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 💗❤️ 6mo
TrishB It‘s an amazing place! 6mo
BarbaraBB Gorgeous picture! 6mo
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The Red Word | Sarah Henstra
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Close up of our favorite earl grey crepe cake 🍰! It‘s our last day in Shanghai and we are doing a “tour of favorites” as we say goodbye to this city. We are starting off at our favorite cafe for tea and cake and espresso (called Drops!) and some reading before heading off to sesame noodles for breakfast/brunch!

Soubhiville Oh wow, that looks amazing! 6mo
mcipher That cake looks awesome! Have a great last day - sounds like a fabulous trip. 😊 6mo
Texreader I love that idea! The tour of favorites! Have a ball! 6mo
Kalalalatja Omg that cake looks sooooo goooood 🤤🤤🤤🤤 6mo
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Ian snuck out for this picture and I‘m glad he did! A wonderful spot by the open window this afternoon for reading and matcha mint tea ☀️🍵. It‘s warm today and we have plans to go visit the Shanghai Tower later (second tallest building in the world!).

The tagged book is so good! College and Greek mythology and women and feminism and Greek life. I wish I had read it before I rushed a sorority in college - I deactivated two years in.

Cinfhen Great photo!!! So vibrant!!!!! 6mo
Heideschrampf 😍 6mo
saresmoore Lovely! 6mo
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We took a long walk tonight through a beautiful garden (Shanghai is full of them) and I wanted to share it with all of you. It was a bit drizzly and grey and really just perfect. We were relaxed and the conversation flowed and we just kept walking. There are many more cityscapes we have photographed and I‘ll share some soon. Happy reading 📖 💕!

Crazeedi What a beautiful photo! 6mo
Lindy Lovely. 6mo
ferskner AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH I love this so much!!!!! It looks exactly how I experienced it. I'm loving all your pictures! 6mo
398.2 Beautiful 6mo
sprainedbrain So gorgeous! ❤️ 6mo
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Cafe this morning. Reading + tea + earl grey crepe cake 🍰. Also, do you see these flowers!? I wish I could be forever doing exactly this!

candority This is a lovely photo 😍 7mo
Sarah83 Great picture 7mo
Gissy Yes, nostalgic reader photo! It can be in a magazine!👌 7mo
JSW This looks absolutely perfect! 7mo
silentrequiem Crepe cake? That sounds amazing! 7mo
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At Shanghai Disney, the Alice in Wonderland attraction is a walkthrough maze that is so beautifully chilling and immersive; complete with the most ominous music while you make your way through the rabbit hole into Wonderland. We met the creepy, stone-faced Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, the elusive Cheshire Cat, felt swallowed up by the flowers, and had tremendous fun at the bizarre Mad Hatter‘s tea party. Here I am about to see the Red Queen 🌹♥️.

Crazeedi Just awesome!! 7mo
readordierachel Very cool! 6mo
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We had a xiaolongbao (soup dumplings!) making class this morning and we made pork and mushroom dumplings! We were the only two in the class. It was so fun 🥟 and we ate all of these 😋 while chatting with CiCi, our wonderful teacher, about Shanghai, motherhood, education, academic pressures, chopsticks, marriage, independence, and travel. Most dumplings were steamed but some got fried up and topped with sesame seeds + green onions. YUM.

kgriffith Delicious! 7mo
batsy Oooh, yum!! 7mo
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saresmoore So lovely—all of it! 7mo
Tamra Lucky you! 7mo
MicheleinPhilly Sounds marvelous! 7mo
JacqMac That sounds wonderful! And yummy! 7mo
LeahBergen I adore XLBs!!! ❤️❤️ 7mo
Toniyesss You‘re going to crush our next dumpling night!! 7mo
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Lonely Planet Shanghai | Lonely Planet
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Scene at a coffee shop while I‘m waiting for my Chinese white tea ☕️. Lovely 😊.

BookNAround How charming! 7mo
Gissy Lovely! 7mo
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