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GAustin

GAustin

Joined June 2017

"Touch a limit of your understanding and it falls away, to reveal mystery upon mystery." -Marilynne Robinson - www.mrheartright.com
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Started two books today. Both holding my attention. #TheSoulofAmerica & #Factfulness. Cheers!

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Very interesting. First chapter sets a paradigm shift in the way we see the world.

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The Great Alone | Kristin Hannah
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1974 and the answer to all her fathers PTSD issues after Vietnam is Alaska! Will it be, finally so? The Family enters their new life with hope and wonder. A story of a dysfunctional families attempt at Normalcy gone wrong. Told from the eyes of the young daughter. Some tough Material in packed in, but I am now a fan of this author after this and The Nightingale.

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I am probably not the audience for this writing. It was a bit of a downer to me. The writing expressed with a mix of saccharin and melodrama. It read more like a memoir and the real challenges she faces and the faith challenges as well. For me it was a bit too much. I know so many love this book. I can‘t say any more than it was just not for me.

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An American Marriage | Tayari Jones
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The jury is still out on this one. Some 30% through. The writing I cannot argue with. The social commentary is real. The uncomfortable feeling I get is the snapshot inside the lives of people that does not feel good for me. It may say more about personal taste than the content.

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This was much better than I had expected. I‘m not sure what I had thought, a typical self help and retail philosophy? It actually is very sound and common sense advice that you can easily comprehend. Much can be easily gleaned from the material. One of the best books on how to have and keep a happy marriage I have had the pleasure to read.

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Grant | Ron Chernow
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While it is quite the massive undertaking, reading this was well worth the investment in time. Like other Chernow writings, it is thorough and intense. There seems to be nothing left to question with regards to Grant. Chernow has written the definitive biography.

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Anne of Ingleside | Lucy Maud Montgomery
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So book 6 - Seems that just like most who become parents, especially those who have 6 kids, Our little Anne has taken a back seat to her children in this one. Still enjoying these as my daughter and I read along together.

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The Sisters Brothers | Patrick DeWitt
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Patrick DeWitt delivers a great western tail. Two brothers The infamous Sisters Brothers take a job to remove a man who their boss The Commodore wants killed and his secret recipe brought to him. Along the way the Brothers intersect with several scenes that have them question the motives and ethics of this job and wrestle with what to do. A wonderful journey. Funny and very readable. Coming to the big Screen.

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Grant | Ron Chernow
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Now having turned the corner on this amazing read, I can say that Chernow delivers once again. It reads very Thorough in detail and a fair and balanced look into the General and President who, in a few years, rises from failure to greatness and captures the public‘s fascinations.

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Grant | Ron Chernow
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I have been diverted to other titles while reading this and picked it back up this weekend. I have to say this is a fascinating read. Chernow does such a great job of informing and entertaining.

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Getting ready for the pre-teens. Having raised four others already - Three wonderful boys and a beautiful young lady. This, My last was a late comer. I Would be an empty nester if not for her. This is Book is giving me some perspective that is very worth while.

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Anne's House of Dreams | Lucy Maud Montgomery
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Book Five of the series reading with my daughter. Love the reading time together, but this was neither of our favorites of the series. Captain Jim was a likable character. Books One-Four much better. On to book 6!

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Made my best of last year. Last book I finished before the end of the year. My Daughter read it and loved it. So I picked it up. Not usually my thing. Magical Realism, but it was quite good. Classic plot line of good and evil mixed with misdirection.

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Song of a Captive Bird | Jasmin Darznik
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An startling look at the life of the Poet Farugh Farrokhzad. A paradigm shift through the writing of Jasmin Darznik. Beautifully tragic. A cultural feast. A tour of Tehran from the 40‘s to 1968. Through the eyes of a poet that become the voice of a generation. A fantastic Historical Fiction hitting stands this month. #mustread #SongofaCaptiveBird #Poet #Farugh

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Song of a Captive Bird | Jasmin Darznik
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This Historical Fiction read about the Iranian Poet Forugh Farrokhzad, by the author of The Good Daughter: A Memoir If my Mother‘s Hidden Life, has started strong. 1940‘s Tehran was no picnic for a young woman.

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The Sisters Brothers | Patrick DeWitt
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Some #booktomovie reads coming in 2018. The Sisters Brothers, Where‘d You Go, Bernadette and James Baldwin‘s If Beale Street Could Talk. Thanks #AnnapurnaPictures.

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#Bookhaul for Christmas. The Three lives of James Madison, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Great War

BookishMarginalia That looks great! Enjoy! 2y
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Song of a Captive Bird | Jasmin Darznik
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Next galley in queue on my Kindle. Sounds good, love the cover.

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Just now starting this one. My eleven year old highly recommended it. ☺️

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Woman in White | Wilkie COLLINS
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#7GoodThings - reposting this end of year list 1. The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins 2. Wilkie Collins 3. Uncle Tom‘s Cabin 😅 4. Anne of Green Gables 5. Becoming Earth 6 & 7. Sing, Unburied, Sing and Reading with Patrick

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Leonardo da Vinci | Walter Isaacson
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Christmas came early! 🎄 📚- Blessed to have a Son and Daughter-in-Law that nailed it this year. So awesome to have this handed to my by the mailman today! 👏🏻📦📪

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I loved the short story “The Get Away Car” heard about this book of essays and so here I landed. However, after reading this I come away with mixed feelings. The writing is great, but as the author states herself, sometimes you should just appreciate the work and separate the author. Some of it just rubs me wrong. Story of her dog. How she came to own it. Well I‘ll enjoy her stories, I‘ll leave it at that.

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Anne of Windy Poplars | L. M. Montgomery
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Reading the series with my daughter. #4 had us both looking at each other trying to take each other temperature on it. The style was different. Letters of correspondence, but it grew on us. Anne growing up. A little less of the magic, compared to the first three, it‘s good, but not as great. On to Anne‘s House of Dreams #5.

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Very Nice. I work as a Film Exhibitor and have been on the Exhibition side since I was young. So this storytelling of the lives of two pioneers of the production side of the business was fascinating. Mary Pickford- the first “America‘s Sweet Heart,” and Frances Marion “scenarist,” writer, producer, Two-Time Academy Award Winner are friends that come together at the inception of the “flickers” and have a complicated and life long friendship.

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I have found that I have a love hate relationship with historical fiction. I love the history, but have to always check myself as it is also fiction. Where do the facts stop and the fiction begin. Enjoying learning about early history of these two women pioneers. I will have to find some non-fiction on them to really appreciate there historical significance. Their story really draws me in. January 18 release.

MinDea Did you get this as an ARC?!?! I absolutely love Melanie Benjamin. I am dying to read this!!! I never win ARCs!! 2y
GAustin @MinDea - I am reading and reviewing through NetGalley. Yes, it‘s an uncorrected Digital copy. I am enjoying it so far. My first by the author. 2y
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Jack: Straight from the Gut | Jack Welch, John A Byrne
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I read this many years ago and it has stayed with me. I return to it it often as it has many great points on leadership. It is also a fantastic memoir in my opinion.

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Just started reading this today. I had read, The Get Away Car before. Even so, I enjoyed it a second time. Along with the first, How to read a Christmas Story. Good stuff. These essays seem to both inform and hold a spot light on her that is very entertaining and personal.

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Four chapters into this Galley Read. Historical Fiction on early film business. Pioneer Women Marion Frances and Mary Pickford friendship is the center so far. Interesting.

Reecaspieces This is on my list. The cover is fabulous 2y
GAustin @Reecaspieces - so far I am enjoying it. 2y
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My local B&N did not have in stock so had to go on-line for this. I‘ve heard good things.

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Russian Revolution | Sheila Fitzpatrick
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Picked up the updated 4th Edition. Looking forward to getting into this. What can I say. I enjoy History and non-fiction.

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About half through this slim read. Recommend by a dear friend. I am finding some of the truths hard. I‘ll admit, I enjoy the Grace much more.

HiddenGemBooks @Tanzy13 the world has a bit more truth than grace... 2y
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The title speaks to the current environment of complex social and political issues. The author delivers a detailed history of the relations between Christian and Muslim existence in the Netherlands as a sketch pointing out the dual arguments of the right and left - High Wall & Open Door policies of both that ultimately fail. In seeking to find the answer this book is heavy. He ultimately delivers a way. A path that will not be quick or easy.

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A pretty slow boil that builds till the last page. My first go with Lehane. Not much of a suspense reader, but I really enjoyed this. He has a way of delving into characters that keeps you interested. Lots of twisty in this one. I would recommend borrowing this from you library. It won‘t disappoint. I could see it as a film.

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When I Was a Child I Read Books | Marilynne Robinson
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Marilynne Robinson is a favorite. Her Fiction is wonderful. Her books of essays are altogether overwhelming to my mind. She weaves around and takes long walks that leave me lost and then suddenly she lands it all in a very thought provoking and eye opening finish. She stretches my understanding every time. Must keep a dictionary by me to keep up with her vast vocabulary.

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Anne of the Island (Special Collector's) | Lucy Maud Montgomery, L M Montgomery
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Book #3 of The series did not disappoint. I am not sure who is enjoying this more, my 11yr old daughter or me. What a rich story. Anne is a wonderful character.

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Love the authors passion for the subject and I did take away some new information, but I felt lost in the words of a subject matter that felt foreign to me. I come away thinking you need some knowledge of the subject matter to follow the story-line.

alanacristin Agreed! I love so many points he makes in sound bites online but found myself way too clueless to appreciate even this basic intro to astrophysics. Maybe i would have done better reading it rather than listening to it. That way i could better remember the new vocabulary. I kept wishing i were taking notes rather than washing dishes 😂 2y
GAustin Yes. A dictionary, encyclopedia, and Thesaurus would have helped too! 2y
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Lots of wonderful information in here. Lots of aha! Moments. I loved reading this authors view of this hidden life of Trees and how the whole circle of influencers they live with.

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I really enjoyed this Biography of one of the most influential men in history. This Bio is very well written, covers a lot of territory and gives an unfiltered view of the life and times of Martin Luther, the father of the reformation. If you enjoy History, Biography, Theology, Politics, or just like to learn of the times - 1483 to 1546 - this is a good one.

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I thoroughly enjoyed this. The language was assessable. I am not the science guy. The author explains everything as if in conversation with me. I have a further appreciation of our ecosystem and the part trees play in our lives.

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Enjoying this very assessable Biography of the man who would change the course of Christianity. Starting with this very down to earth image of him.

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Now this is interesting...

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You will never look at your librarian the same way. Funny, Sarcastic, entertaining letters to books. The author/librarian takes you on a journey of her love-life and break-ups with Books. She does drop a tremendous amount of salty language. However, this was is the only fault I found. And it‘s a personal thing... I loved it otherwise. It has been a while since I laughed so. Great on audio. #bookonbooks #booknerd Worth your cash!

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Books about books? Funny, sarcastic and throughly entertaining on my drive across the state of Florida. Don‘t do audio much, but this one is pretty good so far. Haven‘t laughed out loud this much since Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher. Sheds a new light on librarians as I‘ve imagined them to be.

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When I Was a Child I Read Books | Marilynne Robinson
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If you have to travel for work and be away from family, there are worse places to be than Clearwater Florida, accompanied by good books.

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Grant | Ron Chernow
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...and look what just landed in my post box! The new Chernow Novel- Grant. Love me some History!

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The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant: The Complete Annotated Edition | Ulysses S. Grant, John F. Marszalek, David S. Nolen, Louie P. Gallo
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Very exited to get into this new Edition from Harvard University Press. A complete annotated Edition.

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Multiply: Disciples Making Disciples | Francis Chan, Mark Beuving
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I really liked parts of this. I read over a long period of time with a group. It helped keep me reading it. I would have stopped had it not been for the group read. It has some great information and I learned a great deal. Some of it I felt was too off the track and lost me. At times rather than building me up, it just made me tired. I rated as I did because it has so much good in it. The delivery for me was wanting.

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Exit West: A Novel | Mohsin Hamid
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We all enter doors and exit them to differing experiences. This novel expresses migration and life choices much the same way. There is a lot of talk about this book and how society treats and reacts to migrants today. I found the writing to be okay. The story did not connect for me. It‘s an easy read. However, I am a bit surprised after finishing that this is a possible National Book Award winner.

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This is a memoir - about the authors experience as a teacher with Teach-America in the Delta of Helena Arkansas. In it she touches on many insights to racial, social, criminal and educational injustices and how her bond with a student, Patrick, impacts her as she attempts to impact his life and others she teaches. Hers is a story that holds your attention. I felt inspired as much as I felt disbelief. I highly recommend. Teachers are special people