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Lindy

Lindy

Joined May 2016

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If you‘d like to join me on a virtual road trip, I made a short video of my trip along the Alaska highway to Whitehorse:

https://youtu.be/5IbaYIl5WnI

#roadtrip

DivineDiana Thank you, Lindy! I‘m intrigued! Will take a look. 🙂 (edited) 4d
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“It‘s natural selection. Survival of the fittest. Anyway, they‘re just beasts, not humans.”

“I know. But their faces are the same as ours.” This was my Achilles heel, the reason I hadn‘t been able to become a zoologist, and ended up in the laughable, shameful profession of writer instead.

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The ironclad rule of a newspaper fiction writer: Never leave out the romance.

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The Last Mapmaker | Christina Soontornvat
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A middle grade fantasy inspired by Thai culture and with an adventurous, smart 12-year-old girl protagonist. One of this novel‘s many strengths is that it introduces an ethical dilemma inherent in exploration and mapping: creating a route for unsustainable resource extraction. Consider this propulsive audiobook for your next family car trip.
Author also wrote the award-winning All Thirteen (about the cave rescue of the Thai boys soccer team).

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The Last Mapmaker | Christina Soontornvat
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What I‘ve been reading lately:

Saturday Reads June 25
https://youtu.be/TFDPTmi81cM

#CanLit #audiobooks #humour #LGBTQ #weird

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It‘s a cozy mystery with three butlers… and none of the butlers are responsible for the murder. Helen—a former Buddhist nun and recent graduate of butler school—investigates a murder at a fictional meditation retreat centre which is based on the real Hollyhock of Cortes Island off the coast of British Columbia. Amusing fluff with a really great central character. #ShadowGiller2022 #CanadianAuthor

KathyR Spoiler alert! 😉 5d
Lindy @KathyR 😁 All three butlers were far away at butler school when the death happens in the opening scene. Not a spoiler. But Susan Juby is obviously having fun with murder mystery tropes. 5d
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Helen got up, opened a window, and then sat back down, trying to ignore her watering eyes. Had he taken a bath in his perfume? It had a top note of rotten citrus, a middle note of pressure-treated lumber, and a bottom note of petrochemical slurry.

Prairiegirl_reading I already put this on my wish list after I watched your book tube post. 😄 6d
Soubhiville Eeeewwww! 6d
Lindy @Soubhiville It gets the image —errr, scent— across, doesn‘t it 😂 6d
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Companion Piece | Ali Smith
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I answer questions about my reading in the first half of 2022, including best book so far: Mid-Year Freak Out Tag
https://youtu.be/BWnphz9ju7A

rabbitprincess I‘m really looking forward to the Chelsea Vowel collection! 6d
Lindy @rabbitprincess 😊👍🦬 6d
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In the UK, between 2010 and 2015, the average price of milk sold in supermarkets fell by one third, making a litre of milk cheaper than a bottle of water. Downward pressure on prices led many dairy operators to operate on a larger scale. Today, the largest corporate dairies can house more than 9,000 cows.
(Photo: my sister carries milk from a single cow to her house)

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The red flesh of blood oranges is caused by a genetic mutation. The daily fluctuation in temperature around Etna, from the intense heat of the day to the cool of the night, triggers these oranges to produce anthrocyanin, the compound that makes pomegranates red and blueberries blue.

BiblioLitten Oooh interesting! 1w
TrishB Wow 😯 I did not know that! 1w
Lindy @BiblioLitten @TrishB This is the kind of book that is full of fun facts. 😁🤓 6d
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The mass of the 23 billion chickens alive at any given moment is greater than that of all the other birds on earth combined. We are living in the age of the chicken. One of the geological markers of the Anthropocene is expected to be the amount of chicken bones left behind in the fossil record.

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Scary Monsters | Michelle De Kretser
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Craig was still murmuring about his childhood in Canada. Stray words reached the rest of us: “kayak,” “chokecherry,” “a lethal politeness.”

LeahBergen 😆😆 1w
Lindy @LeahBergen That quote was especially for the Canadian Littens 😉 1w
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Chouette | Claire Oshetsky
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“What if Chouette doesn‘t need a fix? What if she is meant to be exactly who she is?”
This is a bracing, surreal fable about motherhood and accepting diversity. It‘s written in second person: a mother addressing her daughter—who seems to be an owl. Bisexual side plot, too. Funny, horrifying and recommended… if this is the kind of weird that appeals to you. #LGBTQ

Rissreads I like weird, stacked! 2w
batsy Sounds really good! 🦉 2w
Lindy @Rissreads 😊👯 1w
Lindy @batsy I think you would like it 😊 1w
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Chouette | Claire Oshetsky
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And in that moment you decide to open your eyes, and you see your mother for the first time—and as I look back at you, my darling, so full of wild beauty in my arms, I feel my heart fly out of my breast, and I remember how precious life is, and how pointless.
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Suet624 That‘s a beautiful quote. The picture‘s not bad either. 😊 2w
Lindy @Suet624 🦉😊 2w
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Chouette | Claire Oshetsky
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Now and then the other wives try to engage me in conversation. But these other wives speak in concrete word-bricks, whereas I prefer to speak in metaphor: That way, no logic can trap me, and no rule can bind me, and no fact can limit me or decide for me what‘s possible.

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I‘m pleased to see Ruth Ozeki win the Women‘s Prize! 🇨🇦

Prairiegirl_reading I don‘t know why but I‘m surprised by this. 2w
TheKidUpstairs I planned to read the short list before the announcement. I managed to read all but one - and of course this is the one I didn't get to! 🤣🤣🤣 2w
Lindy @TheKidUpstairs Of course! 😂 Hope you have a chance to get to it soon. 2w
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Lindy @Prairiegirl_reading I‘m surprised too… and also very pleased. 2w
Hooked_on_books Oh that‘s great! I loved this book! 2w
Lindy @Hooked_on_books Me too 😊 2w
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My latest booktube video is all about LGBTQ books: Friday Reads (on Tuesday June 14): #PrideMonth2022 #QueerLitRead +
Road trip + natural dyes
https://youtu.be/ImX-AFgaznA

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If your wheelhouse is character-based fiction with prose that makes you stop and reread to savour its beauty—this is for you. A quiet story set in 1970s Tokyo, about a young unwed mother who goes against societal conventions and is determined to live life on her own terms. Translation by Geraldine Harcourt.

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“All drinks are girly drinks.” Mallory O‘Meara has received a James Beard award for this entertaining & fiercely feminist cultural history of women & alcohol. She starts in the palaeolithic, moving through ancient Sumer, medieval times & all the way up to prohibition, tiki bars etc. She writes about women who are leaders in their fields now: brewmasters & bartenders around the world. Audiobook read with enthusiasm by the author.

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This full-cast audiobook is a successful adaptation of a middle grade graphic novel, second in a series. You don‘t need to have read the first one—I didn‘t—yet it probably would have given me a quicker connection to the characters. Although we‘re talking about a recording that‘s only an hour long. It‘s about friendship & first crushes & a girl feeling left out because she hates all that romance stuff. #asexuality #LGBTQIA+

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Highly imaginative speculative fiction told in interconnected short stories; surprisingly upbeat even though it‘s about humanity coping with a deadly plague. Very enjoyable, with the added bonus of much Litsy discussion via #CampLitsy.

Megabooks Great review! 👍🏻 3w
squirrelbrain Great review! Are you joining us at #camplitsy for any of the other books? 3w
Lindy @squirrelbrain I might, because I enjoyed everyone‘s comments even though I didn‘t have much to add. I already had a hold on True Biz and I‘m next in line at the library for that one. 3w
Lindy @Megabooks Thanks, Meg. 😘 3w
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The Third Population | Aurlien Ducoudray, Jeff Pourqui
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Patients & staff live together in a psychiatric institution in rural France called La Chesnaie. Doctors do their thing; everyone else contributes to day-to-day operations, like cooking, cleaning & entertainment. Graphic novelists Ducoudray & Pourquié document what it‘s like hanging out there, not knowing who‘s staff & who‘s a patient without having a conversation. Most patients are well enough to live on their own after a year. A good system!

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“There‘s no such thing as having lived too much.” You said it, Harvey. I loved listening to your distinctive gravelly voice as you reminisced about your life‘s sorrows and accomplishments. #LGBTQ #audiobook

Centique Oh I have loved his acting so much! I‘ll have to look for this 😍 3w
Lindy @Centique Many passages had me thinking about live theatre from a different perspective. I see a lot of performances and sometimes when they fall short I haven‘t been able to articulate why. Now I have a better idea about the alchemy at work. 3w
Centique @Lindy that sounds very useful. I have this reserved at the library now so I will get to it in a few weeks. 3w
Lindy @Centique Looking forward to your thoughts. 😊 3w
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I sum up my latest week of reading, plus give a little tour of my garden:

Friday Reads June 10 - So many journeys through books...
https://youtu.be/eNQdQ8GH_cU

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We humans are no more mysterious to cardiologists than toilets are to plumbers. The cardiologist said that the valve replacement was routine and I believed him. He gave me a choice between pig, cow, and manufactured. How serious could this be if it involved shopping?

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Maybe someday companies shilling skinny drinks will realize that the last thing a woman needs after a long day is to pick up a bottle that is going to body shame her. Instead, they might use their enormous marketing power to sell women a drink that isn‘t infused with self-hatred.

5feet.of.fury Agreeeeeee 3w
ValerieAndBooks Yeah, like Skinnygirl brand wines. Stacking the book! 3w
Lindy @5feet.of.fury @ValerieAndBooks 👍👍 3w
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sarahbarnes I definitely have a visceral negative reaction to any drink marketed as “skinny.” 3w
Lindy @sarahbarnes I hadn‘t even heard of such marketing for alcoholic beverages before reading this book. Next time I‘m in a liquor store—the only places to buy alcohol in my province—I‘m going to look in the sections that have premixed drinks. Just for curiosity‘s sake. 3w
Christine I was so happy to learn that this won a James Beard award today! 3w
Lindy @Christine Yay! Thanks for letting me know. 🏆 3w
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Party punches like jungle juice are a common drink at college parties. It‘s usually a mildly revolting mix of extremely high ABV grain alcohol, cheap vodka, juices & sodas. The problem is that one full plastic red cup of this mix is usually 5 to 7 servings of alcohol, meaning that drinking one whole cup already constitutes binge drinking. Students, however, consider that “one drink.”

The_Penniless_Author It's probably not a good sign that I immediately felt defensive at her describing jungle juice as "mildly revolting" ? 3w
Lindy @The_Penniless_Author Nope. Not a good sign! 😂 3w
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Personal Attention Roleplay | Helen Chau Bradley
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It‘s hard for me to pick a favourite story because every one of them is strong in this debut collection by Helen Chau Bradley, a queer Canadian author who uses they/them pronouns. The two I will probably think about the most are the title story, which is about becoming dependent on a particular ASMR video channel; and the final story, which is about an all-women punk band on tour. #LGBTQ #CanLit #ShadowGiller2022

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Each table was contained inside its own little plastic bubble latticed with fairy lights, a throwback to earlier plague days, the fear that it was airborne. Many public spaces now kept these around for ambiance.

4thhouseontheleft They line brought back some memories of 2020/2021. 4w
Lindy @4thhouseontheleft Have you eaten in a bubble? I haven‘t (yet) but I‘ve seen them and, like you, found that passage brought back 2021 days. 4w
Sparklemn The ones in the pic look appealing. I'd like to eat in one. The ones in my city that sit on the edge of the sidewalk? Not as appealing. I guess I shouldn't knock it until I try it! 4w
Lindy @Sparklemn Yeah, location makes all the difference. 3w
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The Third Population | Aurlien Ducoudray, Jeff Pourqui
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No, we don‘t cure them … but just because they can‘t be cured doesn‘t mean they can‘t have good lives! Getting treatment makes it possible to reduce or suppress their delusions. Then, we have to fill the void left by the absence of symptoms with an activity.

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Run Towards the Danger | Sarah Polley
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My sweetie bought me this because of the final essay, which is also the title of the book. That essay is about Sarah Polley‘s experience with a severe concussion. I wept all the way through, reliving my own sadness and frustration of having a brain injury. All of the essays are brilliant but that last one wrecked me!

TrishB Oh that sounds tough ♥️ 4w
Lindy @TrishB Thanks, Trish. I‘m doing well physically, but I hadn‘t realized how much injury-related emotion I still contain. 4w
TrishB I think unexpected injuries/illnesses leave lasting mental/emotional scars that may take longer to heal. 4w
Lindy @TrishB 🤗 4w
Megabooks 💜💜 4w
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Run Towards the Danger | Sarah Polley
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Sometimes, after a scenario like this one, my left eyelid sinks and covers half my eye as my head throbs in pain.

(Been there, Sarah Polley!)

Smrloomis 💕💕💕 4w
Lindy @Smrloomis I‘m doing much much better than when this photo was taken in February. No more of those headaches, and my vision keeps improving. 4w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I hope you‘re feeling better ❤️ 4w
Lindy @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yes I am, thanks ☺️ 4w
Smrloomis 👆🏽 Very good to hear! Hope it keeps improving. 4w
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Personal Attention Roleplay | Helen Chau Bradley
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What I‘ve read in the past week:

Friday Reads June 3
#PrideMonth2022 #CanLit
https://youtu.be/pH7bwJQ1CpU

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There‘s a lot to think about in this book, which examines Western society through an asexual lens. There‘s the idea that people who don‘t want sex are sick, for example. And that all disabled people are asexual. That “rape is not sex” & “no means no” are binary ways of thinking that require an overhaul. Chen emphasizes developing & normalizing language that lets us talk about emotional intimacy. Fresh perspectives shook me up in a good way. LGBTQ+

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Rejecting one form of social programming makes it easier to start questioning everything else.

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Sorrow and Bliss | Meg Mason
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I almost bailed, but I like the audiobook narrator—Emilia Fox—& I told myself this is shortlisted for the Women‘s Prize so stick with it longer & then I was stung twice by a yellowjacket & so I took a Benadryl & fell asleep listening at about 4 hours in & then my phone battery died while I slept & I decided to proceed with the final 4 hours instead of going back to the 3-hour segment I‘d missed & I loved it! (Feel free to skim the middle third.)

ChaoticMissAdventures This is a rollercoaster of a reading experience! Hope you are feeling okay now. 1mo
MrsMalaprop Oh dear. That sounds harrowing. Glad you liked it in the end. 1mo
Prairiegirl_reading I totally stalled on this one. This inspires to go back and try again!! 1mo
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kspenmoll What a crazy time reading!!! Hope your bee sting is ok! 1mo
Lindy @ChaoticMissAdventures @kspenmoll Thanks for your concern. 🤗 It‘s been about 36 hours and the swelling has subsided considerably and I‘m feeling better. 1mo
Lindy @Prairiegirl_reading Sometimes we just need to break the rules and skip the boring stuff! 1mo
Lindy @MrsMalaprop Yes, a happy outcome. 😁 1mo
sarahbarnes I‘m so sorry for what happened, but this account of events is quite amazing. 😂 1mo
Lindy @sarahbarnes Thanks, Sarah! 1mo
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Sorrow and Bliss | Meg Mason
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She asked me what I did and I told her I created content so that people could consume it.

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The vivid young ginkgo leaves enfolded her in their brightness. She half closed her eyes. She had the feeling that her whole body was taking on the transparent colour of their play of light.

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I‘ve read other books that combine poetry and art but I don‘t remember any that have done it so well as this one. Heartfelt, high impact, and healing words about living through and then moving forward from the first year of the Covid-19 pandemic. All ages.

rockpools This sounds/looks incredible! 1mo
Lindy @rockpools It is indeed. 😁 1mo
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and he‘s trying to keep the corners of his smile from cracking
trying to keep the cough from coming through
like trying to mute the blues trumpet in his throat

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I managed to get about a third of the way through this book before I had to stop because I was weeping too much. Not being able to blow out birthday candles surrounded by friends… it‘s surprising how the small things about the pandemic in 2020 can hold such sadness.
@TheBookHippie

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Mansions of the Moon | Shyam Selvadurai
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This epic historical novel goes way back in time in India, imagining the life of a prince who became the Buddha. He left all worldly goods & responsibilities behind—including his wife & infant son—and spent years meditating & wandering. So what about his wife Yasodhara? The main viewpoint is hers and kept me captivated throughout. She became so real to me & I suffered along with her. A fine audiobook with richly evoked setting & Buddhist ideas.

Lindy #CanLit #ShadowGiller2022 Audiobook read by Ellora Patnaik and Ali Kazmi. 1mo
LeahBergen Great review! I think the only novel of his I‘ve read is Funny Boy. 🤔 1mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders Do you think this is a good Longlist contender? I‘m waiting patiently for my turn to read it. 1mo
Lindy @LeahBergen Thanks, Leah. I‘ve read all of his novels and this one isn‘t at all like the others except in the high quality of prose. 1mo
Lindy @Penny_LiteraryHoarders No, I don‘t think it‘s a longlist contender but I would be happy see it there. 1mo
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Mansions of the Moon | Shyam Selvadurai
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I‘ve now read three very different approaches to recounting the life of the Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama.

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All the Seas of the World | Guy Gavriel Kay
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I love the fierce MC Nadia, who was captured by pirates as a girl, sold into slavery, & then freed herself, which is where this immersive fantasy begins. It‘s a standalone, with ties to Kay‘s earlier novels set in the same alternate history Mediterranean & Middle Eastern world, where 3 religions parallel our 3 western faiths. Geopolitics, war & romance. Just a touch of the fantastical (which mainly serves as a plot device). Audio by Simon Vance.

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All the Seas of the World | Guy Gavriel Kay
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“She read the world in his eyes” is the kind of cheesy romantic writing that makes me roll my eyes, but that‘s me. Fortunately, there‘s a lot more than romance going on in this novel.

TrishB Lol! Me too. 1mo
Suet624 Oh brother. 1mo
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Dark, funny and subversive. This fairytale-like novel set in 19th c Montreal has playful parallels to the French Revolution, transposing male historical figures into female characters. The frenemies around which the plot swirls show how passionate & how cruel girls can be to each other. Women‘s labour rights are another important aspect to the story; combined with the lesbian erotic elements, it brings Tipping the Velvet to mind. #CanLit #LGBTQ

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Today is World Parrot Day, so I made a short video to celebrate:

#WorldParrotDay: books and birds on May 31
https://youtu.be/5JU_I-2yw64

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George was filled with a rage she had never felt before. It sprouted thorny branches out of her heart. She had no idea rage was in the heart. She imagined it would be somewhere in the brain. She had felt many emotions in her stomach before. That was where sadness always seemed to be.

Penny_LiteraryHoarders Isn‘t this a story only O‘Neill could write? I really liked it! 1mo
Lindy @Penny_LiteraryHoarders I agree that nobody except O‘Neill can write this blend of playful darkness. I really liked it too. It‘s on my Giller longlist 😊 1mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Lindy I‘m definitely keen to see if the judges put it there. I would for sure. 1mo
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Lindy @Penny_LiteraryHoarders And speaking of longlist possibilities, tomorrow I will be starting a buddy read of 1mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Lindy I hope you like it! And that I didn‘t hype it too much but I really loved so many of the stories and the writing. 1mo
Lindy @Penny_LiteraryHoarders Bring on the hype! Meanwhile, I‘m really enjoying another Giller-contender short story collection: 1mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Lindy okay off to see if the library is bringing this one in! 1mo
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Her quill moved furiously, like the tail of a fox that was halfway down a rabbit hole murdering a family.

Lindy Image: detail from painting by Sherry Farrell Racette on the cover of 1mo
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Companion Piece | Ali Smith
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I talk about five books plus natural dyes in my latest video: Friday Reads May 27 - Canadian literature; lesbian literature; covid literature; birds; diets
https://youtu.be/Wan4UAoVEBk

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