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I‘m so excited to participate in this year‘s #JolabokaflodSwap! Thanks for organizing it, @MaleficentBookDragon 🥰 Heading to the post office shortly!

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Wrecking Ball | Jeff Kinney
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Today The Kid had the opportunity to see #JeffKinney do a live show about his new book, was able to chat with him (briefly), take a pic, and have his copy of Wrecking Ball personalized. Jeff Kinney is an absolute sweetheart who deserves all of the good things that have come to him. It was wonderful to see so many kids in one place, celebrating their love of reading. I do hope Kinney knows the part he plays in that magic. Well done, sir. #WimpyKid

Princess-Kingofkings The look of awe on his face is priceless! 💵💴💶💷 3w
FashionableObserver @Princess-Kingofkings He was still on Cloud 9 when he (finally 🙄) went to bed! So magical! 3w
sprainedbrain That‘s awesome! 🥰 3w
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“Andy Card: one of the president‘s first thoughts, from Sarasota to Barksdale...was Vladimir Putin.

Air Fleischer: Putin was fantastic that day. He was a different Vladimir Putin in 2001. America would have no better ally on September 11th than Russia and Putin.” 👀

Well, color me shocked! I honestly had no idea Putin had it in him to be truly helpful to the US (then or now).

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This book explains so much. The deck was stacked. I don‘t say this to imply that the deck wasn‘t stacked against others—this is America, after all. I say it to say: if you look at our history as a nation—REALLY look at it—you will better understand how we got to where we are today. It‘s all cyclical and, if we don‘t really take good look and learn from what we see, we will continue to make the same mistakes (if we even survive this cycle).

ValerieAndBooks Looks like an important and thought provoking read. Stacking! 1mo
FashionableObserver @ValerieAndBooks You won‘t be disappointed! That section was from one of the first few pages! You might be able to get the book now on #NetGalley, if you don‘t want to wait. I‘d love to discuss it with someone 🤓 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @FashionableObserver I may look into Net Galley, have not tried it yet — I worry about the pressure 😊. But definitely still interested in reading. 1mo
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“Lisa Jefferson: Todd turned to someone else and he said, “Are you ready?” I could hear them; they responded. He said, “Okay. Let‘s roll.” That was the last thing I heard.” Just in case you couldn‘t tell: I‘m taking this one slowly. It‘s a tough read.

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“I said, “Mr. Atta, if you don‘t go now, you will miss your plane.””

Crazeedi I thought, how does one live with knowing you told the terrorist who flew a plane into a building to hurry or you wont catch the plane. 💔💔💔 1mo
FashionableObserver @Crazeedi I know!! One of the gate agents was on either RadioLab or This American Life (or one of those NPR shows) in 2016 and he was still so devastated about the role he felt he played. It ruined him. So heartbreaking. 1mo
Crazeedi @FashionableObserver I mean how would anyone know, but just carrying that with you , you'd have to have a big faith in God and give your pain and heartbreak to him or else youd just want to die! So very very tragic 1mo
FashionableObserver @Crazeedi You are so right! Faith is the only way to get through that. My God—I can‘t imagine. One of the heartening things was the number of messages sent to him after the broadcast telling him it wasn‘t his fault, giving him support and love. That made me cry, too! 1mo
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“Every orbit, we kept trying to see more of what was happening. One of the most startling effects was that within about two orbits, all of the contrails normally crisscrossing the [US] had disappeared because they had grounded all the airplanes and there was nobody else flying in US airspace except for one airplane that was leaving a contrail from central US toward Washington. That was Air Force One heading back to DC with President Bush.

Crazeedi 😪😪 1mo
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I heard the author on a podcast over a month ago and have been chomping at the bit to read this book! The first section is told from the perspective of Commander Frank Culbertson, who was on the Int‘l Space Station, and was “the only American off the planet” on 9/11. It‘s the little details like that that—I believe—will make this book one of the most impactful I‘ll read this year. Imagine being in space as the world as you know it falls apart.

Crazeedi Thins book is so well done, I heard the author on a show. And bought the book immediately. Everyone needs to read 1mo
FashionableObserver @Crazeedi I heard the author on a pod, too! I am reading my library‘s copy, but I plan to purchase a copy for my home library. I want my son to read it when he‘s older. I agree with you: this is a side of the story that everyone should know. Not just the number of casualties, and the logistics of the attacks. We need to make sure the PEOPLE are remembered. Those who died and those who survived. 1mo
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“The principle of justice is fundamental and must be exercised if the peoples of this country are to rise to the highest and best...for there can be neither freedom, peace, true democracy or real development without justice.” You guys, I am in for one hell of a history lesson. I‘ve highlighted SO MANY passages so far. I don‘t know how I am going to be able to review this book properly. I wonder if “wow” would suffice... #ARC #NetGalley #History

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I just received an #ARC for this and I am SO EXCITED to get started!

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I started this book on my flight to Scotland and, in the midst of making friends with my seat mates, catching up on my New Yorker mags and my podcasts, and falling in love with Glasgow, I have managed to get about 75% of the way through. This is SO GOOD! It would make a fabulous movie! In honor of the book‘s title, I present a selfie of my sister and me in one of her favorite Glasgow wine shops! 💜🍷

AmyG 💕 Hopefully neither of you are disposing of bodies. 2mo
KathyWheeler What a great picture! And you‘re right — that book would make a good movie. 2mo
FashionableObserver @AmyG It‘s still early...🤣 2mo
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BarbaraBB Great pic 😍 2mo
Reggie This is such a wonderful pic!! Have a good time!! 2mo
FashionableObserver @Reggie Thank you! I may never come home...! 2mo
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At the Water's Edge | Sara Gruen
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A friend of mine surprised me with this book so that I‘d have something Scotland-related to read during my journey across the pond to Glasgow. I can‘t wait to dive into this book! (I‘m also in love with the fact that it matches my office supplies 🤓)

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The Mothers: A Novel | Brit Bennett

“He stood in the doorway while she folded his sweaters across her chest, her arms holding his arms and crossing them into her heart.”

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The Mothers: A Novel | Brit Bennett

“ ...at lunch, she ate alone on the playground while the other girls Double-Dutched to a rhyme they‘d made up about her: 🎶Latrice, the beast. She‘ll make you her feast. Got two odd eyes and two big feet🎶”
Kids can be such a**holes, can‘t they?! Jeeze!

Libby1 They really, really can. But they can be amazing as well. My son is autistic and is in a mainstream school where he has two friends who look out for him. They melt my heart. 2mo
FashionableObserver @Libby1 That makes me so happy! 💜 There‘s hope...! 2mo
Libby1 😊 2mo
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“This is, make no mistake, a harrowing read. We are being shown the wound.” I‘ve procrastinated long enough. I know this will be a painful read. But it is also a necessary read. Tonight is the night I woman up, and dive into this book.

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The Book of Joe | Jonathan Tropper

”Everyone always wants to know how you can tell when it's true love, and the answer is this: when the pain doesn't fade and the scars don't heal, and it's too damned late.”

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This has been on my list for months! My husband‘s aunt‘s (by marriage) dad sent this to me in the mail as a surprise! It just goes to show: family is family—regardless of how the ties are tied—and bibliophiles will ALWAYS find a way to connect! Now...what to send him as a thank you...🤓❤️

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Everything Changes | Jonathan Tropper
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My siblings and I are VERY close. Though separated by many miles (and, in one case, an ocean), we have an unshakeable bond. My brother David and I are two peas in a pod. A few years ago, I introduced him to Tropper via This is Where I Leave you. He‘s been OBSESSED with Tropper‘s work ever since—he‘s read every one of his books. I‘m finally catching up, and it has been heaven chatting about every single thing that happens to these characters.

Cinfhen Great photo and my favorite Tropper 5mo
FashionableObserver @Cinfhen Thank you! I don‘t think anything can ever top This is Where I Leave You. So. Good!!!! 5mo
Cinfhen I know!! It‘s the funniest book I‘ve ever read!! 5mo
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Everything Changes | Jonathan Tropper
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Just a little reading while I wait for the USATF Regional Championships to start. The Kid does long jump in about 30 minutes!!! I am, of course, on tenterhooks. Tropper‘s humor should calm me down...I hope. #FingersCrossed #TrackMommy #KeepABookHandy

FashionableObserver Update: HE WON!!!! We are heading to nationals in at least one event. Best of all: he said “I‘m exhausted. Let‘s get food and go to the hotel to read for a while”. #RaisingHimRight #SnacksAndStacks 5mo
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Crazy Rich Asians | Kevin Kwan
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FFS! 🙄 Finally...a moment to SIT DOWN, relax, and read more than just a couple of pages at a time! #AdultingIsHard #BibliophilesAlwaysFindAWay

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Currently listening to Jim DeRogatis on Fresh Air. As someone who was approached by Kelly and members of his “crew” on more than one occasion while growing up in Chicago, I am incredibly interested in this case. It‘s such a sad story. One that could have had fewer chapters if people weren‘t so intoxicated by Celebrity and a good beat.

ONH I just listened to that interview too! I think I‘m gonna check out his book on R. Kelly 5mo
FashionableObserver @olivianixonhemelt It on my summer list for sure. That story is nuts! People knew what was happening. It was one of those rumors. When I encountered him on a video set (I was in the orchestra for the I Believe I Can Fly video) he was so gross toward me. And I was the youngest member of the orchestra. Like...obviously the youngest. I told folks who brushed it off and told me that I just wanted to say a celebrity hit on me. At 14! Now, here we are👀 5mo
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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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I am so happy to finally be able to catch up on my mags and tuck into this lovely little book. This short vacation is shaping up to be exactly what my little family needed! #Phoenix #Warmth #Relaxation #Family 🙌🏾📚🍸❤️

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I devoured all three volumes a few years ago. Foote has his faults, but this collection is a must for any person interested in the Civil War. The time put into this collection—the research...it‘s such a great resource.

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Now, this is sexy: good books and fabulous totes. When literature meets fashion, my spirit sings!

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The Mueller Report | The Washington Post
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I‘m reading the report on the DOJ website. The subtitle should be “Harm to Ongoing Matter”. 🙄

Samplergal We are so fucked. We really need to take to the streets. 8mo
FashionableObserver @Samplergal I keep a pair of nikes in my trunk for moments such as this. I‘m ALWAYS ready to march! (They also come in handy in the event of the apocalypse. A gal can only run in heels for so long! 🤣😅😬😫) (edited) 8mo
Samplergal @FashionableObserver I‘m in. Guess we better make some calls to area code 202 today. 8mo
FashionableObserver @samplergal Yes: phone calls are a great start! (Keep those Nikes ready, though. I have a feeling we may be using them soon...) 8mo
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Then She Was Gone | Lisa Jewell
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This is what I call a rocking Friday night: The Kid and me*, getting our read on! (I‘ve finally found a moment in the madness to just stop, breathe, snuggle and read.) *not pictured: The Husband and his newspaper, and my yummy local IPA

britt_brooke I love everything about this. Perfect Friday night to me! 8mo
jenniferajanes Looks the way Friday nights should! 😉📚📚📚 8mo
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Then She Was Gone | Lisa Jewell
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Waiting for the school board meeting to start, wishing I‘d brought my book along...😫 #BookLoverFail

jesseastin Ah, but the shoes are fabulous... 8mo
Victoriahoperose Those shoes ❤️❤️❤️💯💯💯 8mo
FashionableObserver Thanks, y‘all! They are so comfy and *cheap*! A great buy for a trendy shoe! Here‘s a link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07K6R1QQH/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_vE.QCbTMFWD19 @jesseastin @Victoriahoperose PS: the meeting is still going! 😅 8mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Dang it, I hate it when I'm waiting but forgot to bring a book along. 8mo
FashionableObserver @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego It‘s so crazy! I usually have a magazine or something. That wait was brutal (aside from the people-watching, of course)! 8mo
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Then She Was Gone | Lisa Jewell
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“She‘d made her beans on toast, sat and watched her eat it. Hanna. Her middle child. The difficult one. The tiring one. The one she wouldn‘t want to be stranded on a desert island with. And a terrible thought shot through her, so fast she barely registered it. *It should be you missing and Ellie eating beans on toast.* She touched Hanna‘s cheek, gently, with the palm of her hand and then left the room.”
Well, damn, Laurel. Yikes!

mvegabec Hi!! Are you finished with this one? What do you think about it? It is on my TBR shelf😁👍 8mo
FashionableObserver @mvegabec I really enjoyed it! I think the end was slightly rushed but it was good! Let me know what you think when you read it! 8mo
mvegabec I will for sure!😁👍 8mo
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Steelheart | Brandon Sanderson
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This book was my first Sanderson. His father gave me a signed copy when it first came out and, at first, I was skeptical. I admit that I started reading it just to be polite (this isn‘t really my genre normally). I was instantly pulled in. I have read it twice since then—most recently earlier this week. Brandon is a master of his craft. Loved this book!

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Witch of Edmonton | William Rowley, John Ford, Thomas Dekker

My sister is starring in the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland‘s production of this play next month. I figured I should brush up on it before curtain! 🎭

readordierachel How cool! 10mo
FashionableObserver @readordierachel Thanks! We are so proud of her! 10mo
Crazeedi Welcome to litsy! 🎉🎉 9mo
FashionableObserver @Crazeedi Thanks! I‘ve been on for a while but I‘m often terrible about posting! 😬🤣 (I do love Litsy though!) 9mo
Crazeedi @FashionableObserver I know what you mean, I joined and didnt share much for like a year or more. But I've gotten to live this and rarely even go to other social media 9mo
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Do I seriously have to wait a year to read this?! 😫

Birdsong28 I have it pre-ordered on #Waterstones as you get pre-orders a week early most times! 📚📖 11mo
FashionableObserver @Birdsong28 Thanks! I‘ll give that a try! After reading #OneDayinDecember, I‘m obsessed with Josie Silver! 11mo
Birdsong28 @FashionableObserver Me too!!! Are you on #Netgalley ? as I originally got One Day from there as an ARC on my Kindle a couple months before it came out so maybe you could try that 😀📚📖 11mo
FashionableObserver @Birdsong28 I‘m not but this is the second time someone has mentioned it to me this week so I‘m going to check it out! 11mo
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Every year at this time, I make it a point to read Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris, and one fun love story. This year‘s love story is One Day in December and I have a feeling I‘m going to devour it! I‘m absolutely SWAMPED at work but, after reading a sample, I‘m going to make time for this!

Birdsong28 You must, I can't put it down!!! ❤️📚📖 12mo
IndyHannaJones I love Holidays on Ice!!!! 12mo
FashionableObserver @Birdsong28 I‘m planning to tuck into it tonight. I can‘t wait! 12mo
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FashionableObserver @IndyHannaJones It‘s an annual must-read. David Sedaris is the best! 🤣 12mo
FashionableObserver UPDATE: I adored this book! I didn‘t want it to end. Laurie is sticking with me like Elenor Oliphant did... I will definitely re-read this at some point. Now, someone needs to purchase the rights and make this movie! 😍 11mo
stephothebesto I loved it too and would definitely watch the movie! 10mo
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You guys...HOLY CRAP! “In the anarchy and disorder of the White House, and Trump‘s mind, the President never noticed the missing letter” 👀 Also, apparently the letter landed on his desk “through an unknown channel”. HOW DOES SOMETHING END UP ON THE RESOLUTE DESK VIA UNKNOWN CHANNELS?!!

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Oh boy...here we go. The ladies of the Boozy Bookclub and I are going to have a field day with this one. (By “field day” I clearly mean that by the end we will likely be cowering in a corner, wishing we‘d built a fallout shelter) 🤷🏾‍♀️

Smrloomis 😂 I‘ve only started this one and I feel the same way. 10mo
FashionableObserver @Smrloomis Hold onto your hat. That book is insane. 10mo
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An American Marriage | Tayari Jones
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I‘m so excited to dive into this book! I‘m also looking forward to getting together with my girlfriends to discuss it at our next Boozy Bookclub meeting! 🤓📚🍸

Jakaranda what did you think? had such conflicted feelings at the end. sad and a bit empty feeling. his life was safe after everything he suffered and lost. but... 10mo
FashionableObserver @Jakaranda I really struggled with this book. It was a difficult read. It was very painful—almost too real. The writing was beautiful and the characters were well-developed, flawed people in an impossible situation. There was no true, satisfying resolution which, if we are honest, is kind of how life goes. I just...I don‘t know. “Conflicted” is the perfect description. 10mo
mvegabec This is one of my favorite reads of this year!😁👍 8mo
amok Impressive read! 6mo
FashionableObserver @amok Thanks! 🤓 6mo
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Here at the New Yorker | Brendan Gill
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The boys are gone for the weekend. I‘ve got some catching up to do!

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Baby Teeth | Zoje Stage
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Is it bad that, at this point, I REALLY want to either punch Hannah in the throat or run away screaming?! How does a little kid know how to gaslight someone so effectively?!! Also, Alex is kind of useless. And by “kind of” I mean “completely”.

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Baby Teeth | Zoje Stage
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Oh my...I‘m going to need a beverage to accompany this book tonight.

RadicalReader @FashionableObserver cannot imagine a more perfect picture your photo skills are forever phenomenal 1y
FashionableObserver @RadicalReader Thank you! It‘s all thanks to the filters on my phone! 🤓 1y
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Baby Teeth | Zoje Stage
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My copy of #BabyTeeth is finally here! I am so ready to dive into this nightmare! I can‘t wait to meet up and discuss it with my books-and-booze club! 🤓🍸🍻

gibblr This is on my to buy AND to read list 1y
FashionableObserver @gibblr I think you‘ll devour this one! 1y
gibblr I'm hoping so!!! 1y
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The Kiss Quotient | Helen Hoang
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There was something novel and wonderful about being in a crowd and not feeling alone.

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The Almost Sisters: A Novel | Joshilyn Jackson

The past several days have been so busy that I haven‘t had time to *really* read. I‘m looking forward to tucking into this book and a cocktail this evening! 🍸📚

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Calypso | David Sedaris
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Oh boy, David. What delights does this section hold...? 👀🤣

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Calypso | David Sedaris
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A lot of our outlawed terms were invented by black people and then picked up by whites, who held on to them way past their expiration date. “My bad,” for example, and “I‘ve got your back,” and “You go, girlfriend.” They‘re the verbal equivalents of sitcom grandmothers high-fiving one another, and on hearing them, I wince and feel ashamed of my entire race. 🤣 (Bookmark courtesy of @BarbaraTheBibliophage )

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Calypso | David Sedaris
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I have had Calypso since the day it was released, and had to use major willpower not to crack it open before my mini-vaycay. It was well worth the wait. My love affair with David Sedaris continues.

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It‘s strange: I actually savored this book. I fell in love with Garfield and didn‘t want his final moment to come. When it did, I was utterly devastated. I sat at my dining room table and cried. He would have been an amazing president. After the death of Lincoln, Garfield was truly our second chance to get things right. What could he have accomplished? What would America be right now, had Guiteau failed or had Bliss, et.al WASHED THEIR HANDS?!

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Ramona Forever | Beverly Cleary

Today is Beverly Cleary‘s birthday and every year, for the past 20 years or so, I read this book on her birthday to celebrate her and the amazing gifts she has given all of us. This is one of my childhood faves (and I still have my copy from 2nd grade!) #RamonaForever #BeverlyCleary 🤓📚

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The Blacker the Berry | Wallace Thurman

I read this years ago in one of my African American lit courses and remember struggling with the subject matter. Colorism is alive and well and, as a brown-skinned, African American girl who used to struggle a bit with her skin tone, it was just too close for comfort. I‘m an adult now and am loving the skin I‘m in, but revisiting this book is uncomfortable. I may have to bail...

FashionableObserver I bailed. ☹️ 2y
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“It was almost as though, early in life, she had contracted a peculiarly royal form of Tourette‘s Syndrome, causing the sufferer to be seized by the unstoppable urge to say the wrong thing.” 🤣Oh, Meg!🤣🤦🏾‍♀️

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“She does not want to hire a North African to look after the children...She has always been wary of what she calls immigrant solidarity.” 👀 Come on, Myriam. I want to like you, but thoughts like this are making it so hard! 🙄

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We Were the Lucky Ones | Georgia Hunter
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This book is exquisite; it took my breath away. I finished a few minutes ago and I still have tears in my eyes. This is one of those novels that pulls you in and refuses to let you go. When you finish it and close the book, you realize that you‘d completely shut out the world around you while you were reading it. It‘s like emerging from under water...I can‘t explain it. Just read this. You won‘t regret it. #StillCrying