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ONH

Joined June 2019

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“. . . It seemed inescapable that fast-growing Texas would remain a crucible of the nation‘s escalating conflicts: over immigration, gun rights, religion, the environment, and other hot button issues.”

I love my state, and it‘s true— we do have a lot of conflict over these issues in today‘s climate. Interesting to learn that this isn‘t unique to Texas of the 21st century🌵🌞🤠

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Mongol | Uuganaa Ramsay
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An interesting foray into Mongolian culture, parenting a child with Down‘s syndrome, and learning to be a citizen of the world. Mongolian culture is spiritual and connected to earth and family in a way I‘ve never experienced— would love to visit someday! 🇲🇳

I initially picked up this book over the summer after I read Rough Magic, by Lara Prior-Palmer (another great read that takes place in Mongolia)

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Cutting for Stone: A Novel | Abraham Verghese
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“What first aid treatment in shock is administered by ear?”

“Words of comfort.”

Absolutely LOVING this book. Might be in my top 5 books of all time! It has some The Cider House Rules vibes— young adults learning medicine from makeshift parental figures— and thus growing up up grappling with difficult medical ethics. Strong themes of spirituality, family, and forgiveness. (And a good history lesson on Ethiopia!) 🇪🇹

violabrain I loved this book so much!! SO good!!! 2w
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Library haul 🥳 slowly moving through my TBR list and it feels good even if I‘m barely making a dent 🥴

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“At the end of our lives, as at the beginning, the images and confusion of the dreamworld linger in our waking hours. Kalman paints and writes like someone who has never lost touch with this other kind of consciousness.” - Ariel Levy, NYT review, 2008

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I know I have a library card for a reason ... and I already own more unread books than I should ... but today I discovered a new bookshop in my neighborhood and I couldn‘t resist “helping a local business” 🤪

Leftcoastzen You are in the right place among your own kind.😀 1mo
Ericalambbrown Excellent choices! 1mo
marleed It‘s the only thing you could do. 1mo
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Frankissstein: A Love Story | Jeanette Winterson
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“I brooded upon the nature of my own mind. Yet when my heart stops, so must my mind. No mind, however fine, outlasts the body.” 🧟‍♂️🧠💜

Back from a weekend on the road and was so excited to return home to Winterson‘s newest release!! She‘s one of my favorite authors, and she keeps getting better!

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The Handmaid's Tale | MARGARET. ATWOOD
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Up next on my reading list after a stop at the library this morning:

Can‘t wait to start The Handmaid‘s Tale. I‘m not sure how I made it this far without having read it?!?!

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“Northerners say, ‘Forget the war, it‘s over.‘ But they don‘t have the family Bibles we do, filled with all these kinfolk who went off to war and died. We‘ve lost so much.” - Chp 2, Cats of the Confederacy🐱

Tony Horwitz explored the southern US in the 90s and wrote this (so-far) excellent book about today‘s southerners who are still living the Civil War. Tensions have obviously heightened between the 90s and now, but this is still relevant.

Leftcoastzen Pretty kitty!😻 2mo
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Been getting more and more into essay collections lately and I can‘t think of a better way to end the weekend than by doing some familial soul searching 💖🌸👩‍👧This one‘s had my eye for a while!!

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Reading on my lunch break 🥪📚👩🏻‍⚕️ This book might not be everyone‘s cup of tea, but I find the subject matter interesting and, being something I have little experience in, is actually written VERY well for the lay-person. I recommend this book for anyone who wants to learn about where we came from (hint: chimpanzees 🐒) and where we might be going.

rwmg I suspect some of the genetics might be outdated now, but as an overview of his other books it's great 2mo
ONH @rwmg agreed!! I‘m only in part two but I‘m already thinking it might need a few updates! 2mo
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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Won a signed copy of my next TBR from Buzzfeed!! 🥳 this is the September Buzzfeed book club pick and I‘ve been meaning to read it for so long so I‘m pumped. Can‘t wait to dive into the rock n roll drama 🎸🤘🏼

tjwill Awesome! Great book! 2mo
marleed So cool! 2mo
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Starting a new book at the end of this long weekend while boo naps 😴😍 Hidden Figures is a well-written account of NACA/NASA‘s early days so far— I‘m really enjoying it and I‘m honestly not sure why some of the other reviewers have found it to be lacking!! Can‘t wait to FINALLY see the movie once I finish. I always love a 📖 vs. 🎥 comparison.

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When your friends are always late to boozy brunch, you learn to bring a book 😂

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My Life on the Road | Gloria Steinem
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“Not even in a movie had I ever seen a wife with a journey of her own. Marriage was always the happy end, not the beginning. It was the 1950s, and I confused growing up with settling down.” 🤱🏻👰🏻🙇🏻‍♀️

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“I been up straight for 9 days, I need a spa day” - Kanye West 🤪🥴 ... AND I always need an exciting collection of love stories to go with. Let‘s see what this is about! 🦓🦓🦓

Q. What are all those horses doing in your poems? I mean, what do they stand for?
A. Horses. They stand for horses. The way I stand for you.
- Vicki Hearne

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A Man Called Ove: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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^reasons why I love my boyfriend‘s family ... a whole new book selection whenever I visit 😂📚

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Hopscotch | Julio Cortzar
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“Thus they went along, Punch and Judy, attracting each other and repelling, as love must do if it is not to end up as calendar art or a pop tune. But love, that word...”

Reading this novel straight through first, and then I will jump chp to chp as Cortázar advises. This is not easy to read— the sentences are long, dense with metaphor and language, and filled with bits of French and allusions to art and music. I‘m enjoying the challenge though!

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The Afterlives: A Novel | Thomas Pierce
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“Still, too much happiness could be dangerous. Because whenever I felt too happy, inevitably I would begin to wonder if the happiness was real. If any of this was real.” 👻🔮🌼

Lovely, well-written intersection between a romance and meditations on death. Is the universe just a “pair of old pants, a bald patch on the knee?” Is there crossover between the material and immaterial? Are we really all here?

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“Prejudice, a dirty word, and faith, a clean one, have something in common: they both begin where reason ends.” 🕊

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👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 This took me an hour or so to read, and it was a pleasure. Can‘t wait to read more of Chimamanda‘s work. Looks like she‘s got several other award-winning pieces.

My new go-to gift for friends, family, soon-to-be-parents, budding feminists, and anyone who can use straightforward tips on how to promote equality in their daily life.

kaysworld1 I've just got Amerikanah from the library I'm excited to read it. 2mo
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Babylon Revisited | F Scott Fitzgerald
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“I spoiled this city for myself. I didn‘t realize it, but the days came along one after another, and then two years were gone, and everything was gone, and I was gone.”

Love FSF but I actually picked this collection of 3 shorts because Betty Draper is pictured reading it during a scene in Mad Men and my curiosity was piqued. The prop team of that show was dead on 👊🏻 I see Mad Men themes mirrored throughout this collection!!

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“. . . I realized that medical training doesn‘t just erode doctors‘ empathy: it brainwashes the common sense right out of us.”

Finding some sections of this book a bit repetitive, but other than that, it‘s a smooth read that expertly mixes patient-physician anecdote with history, culture, language, and perspective, conveying a solid understanding about how geriatrics wound up where it is and where it needs to go.

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I have my first medical school interview next weekend 🙀 In between reviewing my personal statement and reflecting on my interview answers, I‘m going to dive into this thoughtfully innovative book on geriatrics to distract myself 👩🏽‍⚕️🧬💉💊 I listened to an interview with the author on NPR and immediately had to Amazon prime this one ...

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This book is SO GOOD— but I keep having to stop reading it every 15 pages or so because the emotional depth and heartbreak of it is really getting me 😭

One quote I really like so far: “Feeling is the archive upon which we draw, but the archive has doors or perhaps it has drawers, it‘s got storage, an index, the metaphor for the archive of feelings has been lost on Sarah but she gets the idea. You‘re f****d if it isn‘t in order.”

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Me Talk Pretty One Day | David Sedaris
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“You could turn up your nose at the president or Coke or even God, but there were names for boys who didn‘t like sports.”

Ready to jump into this essay collection - looks funny and breezy, but still down-to-earth. I can tell I‘ll like it because the author is already calling out toxic masculinity and I‘m only on pg 5 ... 😂🗣🙇🏻‍♀️

rretzler I love Sedaris! The books are great, but there‘s nothing like the audiobooks read by Sedaris himself! Me Talk Pretty One Day is available on YouTube to listen. 4mo
ONH @rretzler oh wow! I‘ll definitely have to give that a listen, thanks for the rec 😎 4mo
rretzler 😁 4mo
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Chanson douce | Lela Slimani
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« Louise attend. Elle les regard comme on étudie l‘agonie du poisson à peine pêché, les ouïes en sang, le corps secoué de convulsions... Qui n‘a aucune chance de s‘en sortir. »

“Louise waited. She watched [the children] as one studies the agony of a fish that has just been caught, bloody gills, body shaking with convulsions... Who has no chance of escape.”

Happy to have some free time to read/relax. Even if it‘s NOT a relaxing story ??☠️?

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Chanson douce | Lela Slimani
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Myriam finds a nanny for her children, but as the woman she hires becomes closer with the family, something starts to seem weird ... 🙀🔪🆘

French thriller released in 2016 that received high praises in France and around the world. I‘m refreshing on the language by listening to the audio book in French, but the book is available in English (audio and print) as well, under two titles: Lullaby or The Perfect Nanny.

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When Breath Becomes Air | Paul Kalanithi
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“A word meant something only between people, and life‘s meaning, it‘s virtue, had something to do with the depth of the relationships we form . . . Somehow this process existed in brains and bodies, subject to their own physiologic imperatives, prone to breaking and failing.”

40 pages in & I‘m floored. Wish I‘d read this book sooner. As an aspiring physician, he says everything I‘ve wanted to express, and more. What a mind, what a heart he had.

Cathythoughts Beautiful book 4mo
IvoryLunatic This is my favorite read from this year. It blew me away. It is so beautifully written. I must've recommended this book 50 times already since I read it. 4mo
ONH @IvoryLunatic for sure, I rented this from the library but I‘m going to have to get my own copy. I‘m sure it‘s something I‘ll be rereading often!! 4mo
IvoryLunatic @olivianixonhemelt that was my exact though. I had gotten it from the library too but definitely want it in my own library. 4mo
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Read this a while ago but just sent it to my boyfriend‘s grandma to read and was remembering how much I enjoyed it! I had just happened to pick it up in the airport— finished it by the next day 😂

The plot moves quickly and really hooks you, even if there are a few holes. The characters resonated with me and I loved the imagery — has me wanting to go back to OBX! Wish I‘d read it while I was there— good easy beach read.🦐🌴🏖

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“Dude is holding up a book, waiting for me to take a closer look, and I recognize this scene from one of his crazy movies. I want to run from him, and for a long time that‘s what I do. It takes me a while before I notice that Oscar‘s hands are seamless and the book‘s pages are blank.

And that behind the mask his eyes are smiling.

Zafa.”

The kind of compelling story you DEVOUR and want to scour for insight once you‘ve finished it. W O W! 🇩🇴

Leftcoastzen I remember it as pretty amazing! 4mo
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Enjoying this book so far. Junot Díaz‘ writing style reminds me a bit of John Irving‘s— my absolute FAVORITE author. Can‘t wait to see where this goes.

The Dominican influence is interesting too. As someone who isn‘t that familiar with the culture, it‘s interesting to learn about the family dynamic, expectations, superstitions, etc.

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EXCELLENT read. I could not put this book down!!! Fascinating revelations and insights into marketing, the history of processed food, and why we crave it. I can‘t look at anything the same anymore 😱😱

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This book is SO much more readable than I thought it would be. The author is a great historian with a talent for writing about psychology, great minds, advertising, and biochemistry in a compelling and succinct voice. 100% recommend!

(Y‘all can add White Claw to my list of cravings!!! 🤪 Happy long weekend y‘all💥)

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Ethical Issues in Rural Health Care | Craig M. Klugman, Pamela M. Dalinis
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So much insomnia tonight 😫 made myself some tea and decided to pick up some reading instead of just laying here.

“I say, why need so many doctor in same sooperdooper place? Better to spread out, little doctor here, little doctor there. Better the old-fashioned way.”

Modern medicine is thought of in terms of technological advancement, big research centers ... but is this truly where modern medicine needs to be?

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“This is a book about learning, however slowly, to allow myself to be seen and understood.”

Another Texas Saturday by the pool— I have a fun read and a scholarly read to dive into 🏊🏼‍♀️💦 Hunger has been on my reading list for a while, and since I work in health care I‘ve had a long interest in medical ethics. Can‘t wait to start both of these!!

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William Styron is a great author and it was incredibly powerful to read his own account of his struggle with depression. Full of depth and insight — I‘ll be pondering this one for a while.

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Thought it was a fine story— the “frame story” aspect of the flashbacks was a little cheesy for my taste, but I know many people who love that in their books! (Think The Notebook...) fine story, liked some of the characters, was exactly what I thought it would be. Maybe I‘ll watch the movie next!

Loved this tea house/café though! Reminded me of my time in Paris. A must-do if you‘re looking for a cozy and cute place in HTX! (Café Poêtes)

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“Let us love for a little while, for a year or so, you and me. That‘s a form of divine drunkenness that we can all try.”

Haven‘t read a short story since taking English in college several years ago ... gotta say, I kind of missed this format! Quick enough to finish in an afternoon, but still leaves you thinking. F. Scott Fitzgerald is always a 💎

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A Leg to Stand On | Oliver Sacks
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This book is an easy and fascinating read until the end— at which point it‘s probably most enjoyable for students of medicine, medical humanities, or psychology. Anyone trying to recover from a debilitating injury, or simply trying to understand what it is like to be a patient, should read this. I‘m keeping on my bookshelf to reread down the road when I want to come back to Dr. Sacks‘ neuropsychological experiences and theories.

rwmg It's on my virtual TBR shelf. Sounds typical of his books. 5mo
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The Bird King | G. Willow Wilson
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Anyone have any thoughts on what exactly it means to be the Bird King? How does Fatima‘s identity as the Bird King play into the story she and Hassan know?

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Any other gap-year students reading this book and finding inspiration for your life? Theme of listnessness between stages of life- gap years. Longing for adventure or just to do something? Longing for oblivion? This book impresses me with its contemplation of why people do things during the less-structured parts of their life #buzzfeedbookclub

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The Mists of Avalon | Marion Zimmer Bradley

I didn‘t like Gwenhwyfar for most of the book but her final moments were very tear-jerky to me and I‘m trying to think about how her character arc was finally resolved. Was she being selfless, finally? Or was she just tired of running? What parts of her existence had she finally come to terms with? I can‘t stop thinking about her!

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