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JMEdwards

Joined March 2018

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Circe | Madeline Miller
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What an amazing talk by Madeline Miller at the Loft in Minneapolis! I am inspired🤗

MrBook Niiiice! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
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The Song of Wandering Aengus | William Butler Yeats, Marina Marcolin
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Some books found on my travels thru London and Dublin, now to pack...

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The Second Sleep | ROBERT. HARRIS
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Mehso-so

A cautionary tale with all the subtly of a sledgehammer to the side of the head.

Crazeedi I've enjoyed the books I've read by him, I'll have to look for this one! 2mo
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The Second Sleep | ROBERT. HARRIS
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In between my first and second sleep... just a few more pages...

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Joan of Arc | Mark Twain
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Stopped in to the Second Shelf while in London. A Bookstore focusing on primarily rare books written by women.

esurient Oh, I lust to visit there. 2mo
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Widely diverse stories were used to illustrate theories on why and how we can misread some people so badly. Because the author was constantly interweaving different scenarios, the book felt a bit disjointed at times. Every story he used, was a familiar one where we have asked ourselves, "how could this happen?" The conclusion was a bit weak and could have benefitted from a more lengthy summary, but overall, highly recommended.

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"We have a default to truth: our operating assumption is that the people we are dealing with are honest... We start by believing. And we stop believing only when our doubts and misgivings rise to the point where we can no longer explain them away."

Suet624 Yup. It gets me every time. 3mo
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Thunder Bay: A Novel | William Kent Krueger
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OriginalCyn620 🇨🇦😊 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Cool photo!!!! 5mo
Buechersuechtling Wow. Wonderful picture‼️😍 1mo
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On vacation in Jackson, WY, found this souvenir. Such beautiful illustrations!

LeahBergen How pretty! 5mo
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What a melancholy thought!

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Milk and Honey | Rupi Kaur
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Mehso-so

I love how forthright and honest she is in her work. I found her second book even more compelling. I wonder if she's working on a third?

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julesG That's beautiful! 6mo
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There are some gems in here not to be missed!

charl08 Love this! 7mo
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The Mapmaker's Dream | Bill Meissner
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Highlight of today's Book Festiful was stopping by Bill Meissner's tent. If you gave him a topic, he would type up a poem for you, on the fly, on his old typewriter! Here's mine!

#LoftWordPlay

esurient Awesome! 7mo
SW-T So cool! 7mo
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Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club | Amy Tan, John Henriksen
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Amy Tan Ladies and Gentlemen !!

Henrik_Madsen And Stephen King on guitar?! 🤨 7mo
JMEdwards @Henrik_Madsen yes! And Ridley Pearson on the right. They are members of the Rock Bottom Remainders along with Greg Iles, Mitch Albom, Scott Turow, Alan Zeiebel, Roy Blount Jr., Mary Karr, and Dave and Sam Barry. They were at First Avenue in Minneapolis to open our first ever Word Play Book Festival. 7mo
Soubhiville That‘s so cool! 7mo
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Outsider | Stephen King
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Soubhiville 😮 whoa! 7mo
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Northwood | Maryse Meijer
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This weekend is going to put such a dent in my wallet! Stopped by #theLoft #OpenBook to pick up my wristbands for the #LoftWordplay and found these beauties at #MilkweedBooks.

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What Is the What | Dave Eggers
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"...and it is my right and obligation to send my stories into the world, even if silently, even if utterly powerless. "

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The Collector | John Fowles
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A beautiful day at the #NorthfieldBookFair. Think I have some interesting finds!

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Book Fair Day | Lynn Plourde
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Beautiful day to wait in line for the #NorthfieldBookFair !!

umbrellagirl This looks amazing! 8mo
JMEdwards @umbrellagirl It is, there's something for everyone. The first day is a little scary as the book dealers are out. But I usually can nab a few treasures before they stuff all of them in their carts. 8mo
Tianarose 😍😍😍 this would be amazing! 8mo
Christine Is this Northfield, Minnesota? (I‘m a St. Olaf grad. :) 7mo
JMEdwards Yes! I try to make it every year. It's where I find vintage books at a great price. 7mo
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Notre Dame de Paris | Victor Hugo
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Erofan 😢 8mo
BookwormAHN So tragic 😿 8mo
Lcsmcat 😢 8mo
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Look what came in the mail!

#Litsymademedoit

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Small Book Haul. At least no guilt when you find them at the thrift store🤗

wordzie ❤😍😍 9mo
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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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Who are you BECOMING!?!

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Outsider | Stephen King
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The Monk of Mokha | Dave Eggers
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Hmmmm, here to see what this is all about. Heard the word coffee...

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"Besides, a glimpse of heaven is often held close for fear of losing it, like a butterfly cupped in a child's hands."

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For those of you in Minnesota! #NorthfieldBookFair

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The Handmaid's Tale | Margaret Atwood
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"Having been born in 1939 and come to consciousness during World War II, I knew that established orders could vanish overnight. "

Such an interesting turn of phrase, when did you come to consciousness?

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Song of Achilles | Madeline Miller
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Mehso-so

This didn't capture and enthrall me as much as Circe. But it was an interesting coming of age tale for Patroclus and Achilles.

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Song of Achilles | Madeline Miller
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"But I had escaped him, and glowed with the giddy lightness of solitude."

Ready for the next snow storm!!

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego 💖💖💖💖 9mo
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"But don't wait for something to happen before you begin to write; pay attention to the world around you, right now. That's what poets do."

readinginthedark Wow, talk about finding beauty in every day things! 10mo
JMEdwards @readinginthedark Washing dishes has always been my least favorite chore. What a shocking poem! 🤯 10mo
JMEdwards Also, I like this word "moiling". 10mo
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readinginthedark It's a good word! It's kind of funny: I used to love washing dishes by hand. I would turn on some folk rock and just turn my day or week over in my mind. It gave me space to consider things. Since I got used to using a dishwasher (at age 21), it feels frustrating and tedious to me. I get annoyed even washing one or two things. It's all about perspective, I guess. 10mo
BarbaraJean I love “grey sacrament of the mundane!” I get frustrated with how quickly the dishes pile up around here (no dishwasher, although I‘m used to that). But I‘ve found that audiobooks make dishwashing much more pleasant!! 10mo
JMEdwards @readinginthedark That does sound very zen-like! @BarbaraJean I will have to give that a try! 10mo
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Mehso-so

I couldn't quite buy into all the twists and turns in this one, but it was a fun read that I gobbled up pretty quickly.

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A Man Called Ove: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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So, I knew this book was about an old curmudgeon. Lots of good review, so I thought, let's give it a try...

What do you do when the first sentence turns you off? Really?!?!

starlight97 What's wrong with this sentence? 😃 11mo
JMEdwards I can't believe this character is the way he is because of his age, but rather the trials he has faced in his life. Why make age the central issue? He is far too young for me to believe this is even a remotely believable character. The first chapter is ludicrous. 11mo
ReadingOver50 Agree. I am 54 and don‘t feel that old! Certainly not a curmudgeon! 11mo
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dgingo 59 isn‘t old, but I have a longtime friend who is 44, but he‘s a curmudgeon and has been since I met him in his mid-20s. Then I have my 80 year old great uncle who is more youthful and fun than some who are decades, or half-centuries younger. While curmudgeons are typically old, they don‘t have to be. 11mo
Eggs "Age is not important unless you're cheese." -Helen Hayes. 11mo
llwheeler I did like this book, but it took me a few chapters to get into. I had the same initial "seriously?" reaction at the start. 11mo
JMEdwards @dgingo Yes, my point exactly. So why make his age the first sentence of your book? it's own paragraph? Maybe start with "Ove is an ass." Now that's a character I can get behind! 11mo
dgingo @JMEdwards I have it, but I haven‘t read it yet. I‘ll have to get back to you. 😊 11mo
readinginthedark I never rely much on first sentences, so it was fine with me. I think the problem is not the book as much as people selling it to other readers as being "about an old man." 11mo
JMEdwards @readinginthedark Yes, makes me wonder why this irked me so much. Feeling sensitive about my age perhaps? 11mo
readinginthedark Perhaps! I get really annoyed when there are similar characteristics to me that are emphasized by the author or readers, but the character doesn't represent them well from my perspective. 😆 I think when actually reading this book, it's obvious that Ove is curmudgeonly more because of his background and personality than his age. But giving his age does put some of the job and marriage/friendship issues into context. 11mo
JMEdwards @readinginthedark That's good to hear. Well, have to give it a go now that I've made such a stink about it! 11mo
readinginthedark 😆 Well, you don't have to, but so far I'd recommend it! 11mo
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Misery | Stephen King
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For those of you in Minnesota, check it out!😮🤗🙃

https://loft.org/wordplay/about-wordplay

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Poetry first spoke to me in 7th grade with this poem. Such drama! I remember I did a voice-over recording of the poem using a classroom cassette recorder and spooky music in the background. Several other verses follow. Do a quick google search if you want to find out what happens to the boy.😮

#PoetryMatters @LazyDays #Night

Bookishthoughts Beautiful! Thanks for sharing🖤🖤👏👏 poetry found my heart at 13, very dramatic! 11mo
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Circe | Madeline Miller
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Pickpick

So satisfying I will need to get a hard copy for my keeper shelf.🤗

Nessavamusic Such a good book 11mo
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Circe | Madeline Miller
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"I had a wild thought there, beneath that sky. I will eat these herbs. Then whatever is truly in me, let it be out, at last. I brought them to my mouth. But my courage failed. What was I truly? In the end, I could not bear to know."

I am enjoying this one. The writing is effortless.

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TrishB Lovely 💕 11mo
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Poems of Longfellow (Classic Reprint) | Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Bookishthoughts Wow. So moving! 11mo
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Bookishthoughts Nice. 11mo
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TrishB Great graphic 👍🏻 11mo
JMEdwards @TrishB Thanks, photo taken from Calton Hill in Edinburgh. 11mo
JonathanDunne My favourite place. 11mo
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Bookishthoughts 👏👏💜 11mo
Buechersuechtling Moving. Thank you for sharing. ❤️🙇🏽‍♀️ 1mo
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Saw this on Amazon today. Off to see if there's anything I should get!😁

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A Christmas Carol | Charles Dickens
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CarolynM Merry Christmas to you and yours 🎄 ❤️ 11mo
AnneCecilie Merry Christmas 🎄 11mo
Chrissyreadit Merry Christmas! 11mo
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Daisey Merry Christmas! 🎄 11mo
Redwritinghood Merry Christmas!🎄🎁 11mo
BookwormAHN Merry Christmas 🎄 11mo
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