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SamAnne

SamAnne

Joined January 2019

I love books that help me understand the world and books that allow me to escape it. I read history, literary fiction, biographies, politics, environment/natural world, short stories, some science fiction and have been getting more into thrillers and mysteries. Love rivers, dogs, gardens, and the Big Outside.
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Drove through Northeast Oregon desert country and stopped at the Grande Ronde river while finishing this book in the passenger seat. Love the premise of a woman wilderness activist having a conversation with Ed Abbey at his grave. Some of his writing so inspired me in my 20s but he was sexist among other faults. #NFNov @Clwojick @rsteve388

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This chunkster is a good overview of the politics, society and culture of post-Revolution America. Wood focuses quite a bit on all the ways slavery held back the South—in terms of innovation, economy, & growing a middle class, beyond just its moral repugnance. But like many prominent white historians of his generation he still can‘t help himself in making some excuses for Jefferson enslaving people. Time to call out all the “Founding Fathers.”

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4 stars. Two stellar reporters recounting how they exposed the details of Weinstein‘s crimes. Also covers their reporting on Trump and Kavanaigh. She Said and Farrow‘s Catch and Kill make great back-to-back reads. Each focuses on different aspects and characters. Farrow‘s reads like an espionage novel in parts. She Said gives voice to a greater diversity of women and reflects the arduous work great journalism requires. #NFNov @rsteve388 @Clwojick

Theaelizabet This was a terrific read. Hope to get to Farrow‘s soon. 1w
rsteve388 God this was so good. I want to get a group of everyone who has read this and talk in depth about this book. It fucking rocked me. 1w
Clwojick 6 pt. 1w
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SamAnne @rsteve388 Agreed. None of my friends or in-person book club buddies have read it yet. 1w
SamAnne @rsteve388 Agreed. None of my friends or in-person book club buddies have read it yet. 1w
rsteve388 How do we set it up?.slack? FB messenger? Ideas? 1w
SamAnne @rsteve388 Slack would probably work the best although perhaps Litsy folks are more familiar with Messenger? I've begun using Slack for my job and like the platform. 1w
rsteve388 Same for my job! Love slack 1w
SamAnne @rsteve388 I would help organize. Maybe after #NFNov when maybe more folks have read it. Early December? Or January post festive season! 1w
rsteve388 January is perfect! Let's do it in January. Bit overwhelmed right now actually. Lol. 1w
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A gripping must-read book that can‘t provide me with pithy “who knew?” Or “fun fact!” Litsy comments to gain me points for #NFNov. Because it it stellar reporting on the crap nearly every woman has dealt with in life, in school, on jobs. It‘s not new news, just well reported confirmation of what many of us have endured. @rsteve388 @Clwojick

SamAnne And yes, I wanted a glass of wine after a 2 hour listen. I‘m listening to this right after finishing Ronan Farrow‘s Catch and Kill. The books are so complementary. I like that She Said makes the point that as bad as these actresses had it, less privileged women working menial jobs have it much worse. And while many women have been inspired by the #metoo movement, many women are still in no-win situations and have little recourse. (edited) 1w
Hooked_on_books Sounds very validating 1w
SamAnne And gosh, I love middle-age. Now I can grab a beer or cocktail at a bar--with my book!!!. I'm not in my 20s, 30s anymore and I'm not getting hit up. Except by other bibliophiles LOL. AM always up for a conversation about books and literature though! 1w
Clwojick stacked. 1w
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Moved up Pollan‘s book after seeing Fantastic Fungi last night. Film delves into the medical and psychological benefits of psychoactive mushrooms. And fun fact: in the American Civil War nursed would wrap wounds with moldy bread to get the penicillin benefits. The development of high grade penicillin helped the Allies win WWII. #NFNov @Clwojick @rsteve388

Texreader Whoa! That‘s cool! How did the nurses figure it out? 2w
SamAnne @Texreader missed that in the film or they didn't really go into that! But I want to research it.

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Watched the documentary Fantastic Fungi tonight at our local independent theater. A little too much time lapse photography but a decent film on the powers of fungi and the role they play in ecosystems. I learned that trees can actually sense their progeny seedlings nearby and send them chemical protectors and other help via mycelium. And I learned more on how they can break down petrochemicals. #NFNov @Clwojick @rsteve388

Clwojick 1 pt. ( I gave you the 5 for finishing the doc on your last post.) 1w
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Goodbye, Columbus | Philip Roth
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1. Scrabble.
2. Spain!
3. I‘m 6 books behind on my Goodreads goal but I‘ve been reading a lot of chunksters! But really happy with my variety of history, poetry, novels, genres.
4. Phillip Roth! Some writing is dated but he is wicked funny. Goodbye, Columbus. And prescient: The Plot Against America.
5. What children‘s book had the most lasting impact on you?

Scochrane26 I think now that The Best Christmas Pageant Ever has a huge effect on me. The family that is poor & badly behaved are like the kids & families I work with now. 2w
marleed Charlottes Web read by my :3rd grade teacher who was named Charlotte. My mother died when I was two. My teacher was so kind and beautiful- I wanted her to be my mom so badly! 2w
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My haul from the library and Thriftbooks yesterday. Can‘t decide what to pick up next after I finish Ocean Vuong‘s novel and American Marriage.

Scochrane26 I ❤️❤️❤️ song of Achilles. Haven‘t read any of the others. 2w
SamAnne @Scochrane26 Finished Circe a week ago and absolutely loved it.
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Liz_M The Sixth Extinction is excellent. 2w
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Learning about the complicity of women in silencing other women assaulted by Weinstein and other powerful men, and how they stayed silent on what theyknew. Hillary Clinton was informed of Weinstein‘s behavior but continued using him as a Hollywood fundraiser in both her Presidential campaigns. Celebrity attorney Gloria Allred killed proposed legislation that would have put restrictions on NDAs. #NFNov @Clwojick @rsteve388

PerksOfBeingABookworm This is going to be such a hard, necessary read 😭 I haven‘t read it yet, but another book about reporter investigations on Weinstein was just published. 2w
marleed I feel at must read this book to add perspective and voice to Ronan Farrows story. I‘m sickened at how we as a society protect corruption because we want to be close to power. 2w
SamAnne @PerksOfBeingABookwork @marleed I decided to read the two books consecutively. Read Farrow's book last week which reads like an espionage novel in parts. I couldn't put it down. She Said focuses more on the methodical hard work of tracking down sources, getting and honoring their trust, building a story. Very complementary. They all won the Pulitzer together and they deserved it. 2w
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SamAnne I'm sure both Clinton & Allred would argue they were realists making the best of a world controlled by powerful men. Allred argues that at least Non-disclosure agreements with payoffs got women something--if they went public they would not be believed & could lose careers. Clinton would likely argue that taking Weinstein's money to help get a woman into the White House would be a long term win for women. Let's work towards different choices. (edited) 2w
lele1432 This is really good commentary. Stacking! 2w
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Today I learned about Chief Justice Marshall. “He... turned the Court into a “band of brothers” & worked at building consensus thru friendly discussion and more than an occasional glass of wine. He had a rule that they would drink wine only if it were raining...somewhere over their jurisdiction. LOL. Their own version of “It‘s 5 O‘Clock somewhere!” #NFNov @rsteve388 @Clwojick

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Taking a break from participating in American democracy—volunteer phonebanking for a great mayoral candidate for my city who is up against a powerful realtor lobby trying to buy the election via outside PACs and paid canvassers. I learned today the many ways northern towns prospered far more economically because they did not have slavery. #NFNov @rsteve388 @Clwojick

rsteve388 4 pts yay and please use the hashtag! 3w
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I‘m halfway through but counting towards #NFNov because it is a chunkster! Have been reading and rereading a lot of American history this year. What have I been learning? That partisan politics were as crazy, vitriolic, and divisive in the first have of the 19th century as they are today. @rsteve388 @Clwojick

Texreader I remember learning there were physical skirmishes between congressmen. Do I remember correctly? 3w
rsteve388 4 pts very good. 3w
SamAnne @texreader. Yes, duels to the death. Family feuds would begin based on party affiliation. 3w
Amiable @SamAnne I love reading about American history too —I was also surprised by how incredibly partisan the newspapers were back in the early days as well. Talk about fake news! 😳 3w
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Catch and Kill | Ronan Farrow
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I found Farrow‘s story far more riveting than I expected. I listened to the audio version narrated by Farrow. I grew tired of his various accents and voices for the many characters in the book, but his recounting of what it took to break the Weinstein story (and bust Lauer and others) reads like an espionage novel. Hired foreign spies, wiretaps, being tailed, legal threats, celebrities.

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The writing has me hooked in just a few pages. Another one that will be difficult to put down.

Mishu94 I really want to read this book! Please leave a review after you‘re finished reading it! 😁 3w
SamAnne @mishu94 will do! 3w
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Circe | Madeline Miller
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I seem to have lost any Circe-appropriate photos so I will post a photo of my border collie watching over my hen ladies as they enjoy time out of the coop. But wow. What an amazing novel. I‘m on a slow reread of the Greek and Roman classics and Miller‘s novel brings the timeless themes and existential questions to life. Looking forward to reading Achille‘s Heel.

Leftcoastzen Love this photo!lovely hen ladies & pooch. 3w
Mishu94 I‘m really confused about reading this book! There are so many mixed reviews :( 3w
Mishu94 Should I go for it? Is it really good? 3w
SamAnne @mishu94 i I loved it. Discussing it at my book club tonight. I love the greek and roman myths. I should read some of the less glowing reviews to see what others think. 3w
Mishu94 @SamAnne i might end up giving it a try then! 😁 3w
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Catch and Kill | Ronan Farrow
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Listening to the audio book narrates by Ronan. It‘s everything we already know but a good blow by blow of the hard investigative work it took to bring Weinstein down and shed some light on how powerful people protect each other. If only Ronan did not adopt a different voice and multiple accents for each character in his book.

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Ask Again, Yes: A Novel | Mary Beth Keane
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I‘m torn between a pick and so-so. The characters are well-fleshed out and great writing. I can enjoy slow-paced character driven novels but this one felt a little too slow for me. Perhaps more my mood. I just hope it has not out me out the mood for other family drama stories: Ann Patchett‘s new novel Dutch House or An American Marriage which I‘m supposed to read for a book club in a month!

Christine I liked but didn‘t love this one, but I loved the other two you mentioned! Hope the same is true for you. 🙂 1mo
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1. Inland Northwest USA. 2. 51
3. Work for a non-profit working to restore wild salmon and steelhead by removing 4 unnecessary dams on the Snake River.
4.??Going on 10 wonderful years with my sweetheart.
5. She/her. 6. Nickname is Sam. Middle is Anne. Sounds like salmon, which I work to protect.

Cosmos_Moon ❤️New Orleans. 🧡36. 💛borrowing from the library, used book sales and books my mom sends me after she reads. 💚married. 💙she. 💜my kids names & Moonstruck. 1mo
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There There: A novel | Tommy Orange
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Today, Indigenous leaders of the Yakama and Lummi Nations called for the removal of 3 large dams on the Columbia River to restore salmon and traditional fishing grounds. The press conference occurred here, where the great Celilo Falls existed before Dalles Dam was built in 1967. #indigenouspeoplesday

BookNAround My geology professor in college said that dam(n), no matter which sense you used the word in, was always a four letter word. 1mo
SamAnne @BookNAround LOL. So true. While they have brought benefits, the consequences have been great. I‘m glad to see them being questioned. 1mo
Freespirit Great news...we build dams without thinking of the consequences. We have terrible water problems in my country at the moment. I think water security will be a huge issue in the future. 1mo
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Ask Again, Yes: A Novel | Mary Beth Keane
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Two many books already started but have to add another one!

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Circe | Madeline Miller
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Starting this on this October lake day!

Avidreader25 LOVED this one! 1mo
nelehelen So gooood 1mo
Latrelwhite Adding to my TBR list 1mo
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Lost Children Archive | Valeria Luiselli
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I loved the writing and the premise of the story. Part road trip novel, part crumbling marriage story, all with the backdrop of the immigration crisis. Sadly, the ending did not do it for me. Especially the seemingly endless stream of consciousness pages towards the end in the voice of the boy. I think it is difficult to do child narrators well and the last pages of the book did not do it for me.

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In DC for work. Did two year stints working here and always loved this bookstore. Had to buy 3 books which awarded me a 25 dollar gift certificate for books or bar. No more room for books in luggage so spent it at the bar!

Crazeedi Looks like a great book store! 3mo
TheNerdyProfessor I love this bookstore! 3mo
sarahbarnes I loved this bookstore when I visited! 3mo
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The Nickel Boys: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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Once again Colson Whitehead packs a punch. The second book I‘ve read by him. I want to read all his books now. Except maybe not the Zombie book. I am so tired of zombies. Should I read the zombie book too?

KathyWheeler I‘ve heard the zombie book is excellent even for those who don‘t love zombies. I haven‘t read it yet though. 3mo
Dragonfairykats I want to read this! My local library doesn't have a copy, and the libraries in the Pines system for Georgia say it's too new to send. 🙄 I've had a lot of books like that lately 3mo
SamAnne There are no wasted words, images, or scenes in this small book! 3mo
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M Train | Patti Smith
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I love Patti Smith. And I mostly listened to the audio version—read by her. But I‘d only recommend this to Patti Smith fans. More a collection of short vignettes. Some cut-to-the-bone writing about life, loss, mourning, art. Interspersed with the really mundane. She writes about coffee so much I started to laugh. Getting coffee. Making coffee. Drinking coffee. Finding a hard time getting coffee in Japan. Still, it‘s Patti Smith!!

Severnmeadows Love your review. Atmospheric cover- makes me want to buy it 😊 (edited) 3mo
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The Nickel Boys: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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Taking some quiet time before heading after a long work today. Contentment is a book, a beer, burger and my border collie.

Ruthiella Nice alliteration!😀 3mo
SamAnne @Ruthiella oh I‘m a such a single-minded sucker for it. 3mo
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The Chalk Man | C. J. Tudor
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I don‘t read much in the genre. But it felt like a good weekend at the lake read after several dense history and literary fiction reads. I got hooked in, but very disappointed in the ending. So many red herrings and dead-end plot devices. Hashtag I‘d rather reed Tana French.

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Disappearing Earth | Julia Phillips
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4.5 stars out of 5. If time had allowed I would have devoured this book over a week-end. I loved the setting-kamtchatka. I loved the characters, their stories told in overlapping but stand alone chapters. And I finished it this exquisite morning, looking out at Lake Pend Oreille in north Idaho, contemplating a day of friends, good food and drink, swimming and paddling, and no work or chores. And diving right into The Lost Children Archive!

Suet624 Two great books. 3mo
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Disappearing Earth | Julia Phillips
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One of the best novels I‘ve read this year. Only halfway through but beautiful writing and I love the setting—Kamtschatka. A story of fear of change, other peoples, urban vs rural, all told through a story of two missing girls. A great vacation book—each chapter almost stands on its own—each a related but stand alone story focused on one character.

brit91 That's a beautiful view!!😍😍 4mo
TheBookStacker Just starting this today. Can‘t wait! 4mo
FeministBookClub Isn‘t this book beautiful? We had the author on our podcast to chat about it. You should check it outb 4mo
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Disappearing Earth | Julia Phillips
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Stealing a half hour between chores and prepping a Sunday dinner in one of my favorite garden spots. Only 25 pages in but this book has me hooked.

SamAnne And a bald eagle just flew overhead! They live in my area of the world but first one I‘ve seen above my garden!! Sigh. Contented. (edited) 4mo
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This is for you @marleed ! Got myself a Porkchop John‘s porkchop sandwich. Headed to the Main Headframe stage. Will get a nightcap at the Silver Dollar Saloon afterward.

marleed Omg!! I‘m so exited! I know other cities might create a pork chop sandwich but I can‘t even go there. John‘s Porkchop is the GOAT!! ... oh let me know what you think of the Original stage!! 4mo
SamAnne @marleed we love the main stage but seem to spend more time in the dance pavillion every year LOL 4mo
SamAnne @marleed having a great visit with your sister. Buying some earrings and my crop circle obsessed hubby is in quite the conversation with her LOL. 4mo
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marleed @SamAnne oh my god! I am so excited you are there. She is absolutely joy rising. I love her so much! Thank you for visiting!! 4mo
SamAnne @marleed she said the same about you! :-) 4mo
marleed Ahh! 4mo
SamAnne @marleed and she also said your two sisters working the Original stage donation table would not be happy that you didn‘t send me there to say hello first LOL 4mo
marleed @SamAnne Haha. Oh no!!! Go back! Don‘t tell them! There is no statute of limitations on sins inflicted on sister from sister!! I love those two sister too - and there‘s still another sister! 4mo
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Week-end in Butte Montana for their International folk festival. Beautiful old turn of the century buildings, killer old school bars. Amazing architecture. Fascinating history. Today it is a fraction of the size it was in 1900. And has a big mining pit that consimed a huge part of the town. The pit is full of toxic water that kills birds that land in it. Nonetheless, highly recommend a visit to this town!

marleed Butte Montana is my home town! If you go into the Cavanaugh County Celtic store on Park - that‘s my sister! Have fun!! 4mo
marleed You must have a pasty! You must have a Johns Porkchop! There are rules to visiting my hometown! 4mo
SamAnne @marleed i thought there might be a Butte native on Litsy! Love your hometown!!! We are doing a splurge and staying at the Miner‘s Hotel downtown. We will make sure to get one of those pork chops! 4mo
marleed @SamAnne We love our mining town. I‘m so glad you are there. The Folk festival is great. I hope you are enjoying the stage built into the Original Headframe! 4mo
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The Overstory: A Novel | Richard Powers
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“That‘s the trouble with people, their root problem. Life runs alongside them, unseen. Right here, right next. Creating the soil. Cycling water. Trading in nutrients. Making weather. Building atmosphere....A chorus of living wood sings to the woman: If your mind were only a slightly greener thing, we‘d drown you in meaning. The pine she leans against says: Listen. There‘s something you need to hear.” Rereading this fantastic book!

Leftcoastzen It is amazing! 5mo
Freespirit Loved it too...very powerful❤️ 5mo
mcctrish My husband and sister in law are both reading this now. It‘s a glorious book 5mo
SamAnne I loaned out my hard copy and decided to buy a second copy in paperback so I can mark certain passages and sentences. 5mo
Leftcoastzen I love this book! 3mo
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I‘m reading a lot of American history right now. I‘m liking reading Stamped From the Beginning about the origin of racist ideas in America along with a Gordon Wood American history book. And on this particular Independence Day when I can‘t help but dwell on the horrific crimes my country is inflicting on children at the border, American Sonnets makes the perfect trifecta of books for reading and reflection today.

lele1432 Love this lineup! 5mo
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Patsy | Nicole Dennis-Benn
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3,5 out of 5 stars. Dennis-Benn is a great writer and she immersed me in Jamaica and the world of a struggling immigrant woman chasing the American dream. A little too tidy of an ending.

Mynameisacolour Is this a little squash blossom? 5mo
SamAnne @Mynameisacolour LOL it‘s actually a GIANT squash blossom 6 inches across. Was compelled to take a photo while foraging in the garden this morning. 5mo
Lindy Gorgeous squash blossom! 5mo
Mynameisacolour Oh wow! Cool! 5mo
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Barkskins: A Novel | Annie Proulx
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Latest New Yorker. LOL. I finished Barkskins but was pissed off at the end.

Theaelizabet Loved that one! The cartoon, that is. 5mo
SW-T LOLd at the cartoon 😂 5mo
stephothebesto What bothered you about the ending? I found it rushed and anticlimactic - was it the same for you or something else? 5mo
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SamAnne @stephothebesto Exactly. I enjoy long novels that spend a lot of time describing the setting and time period or where the place—in this case the Northern woods—is a character itself. But yes, rushed ending with little point. After 700 plus pages I expect a little more! 5mo
stephothebesto Gotcha! Do you have any recommendations for read-alikes (especially ones with more satisfying ending)? 5mo
SamAnne @stephothebesto hands down The Living by Annie Dillard. Three hundred pages shorter and packs way more of a Wallop. A story of generations making a go of it in the early wilds of far NW Washington State. 4mo
stephothebesto That sounds perfect! I saw this quote in Litsy posts: " She read books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live", so double-sold! Thanks! 4mo
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Patsy | Nicole Dennis-Benn
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Quiet contentment on my front porch. Dog nearby. Cocktail in hand. Hummers at the feeder. First sunflower in bloom. Headed to a party later with hubby later but right now enjoying this novel. Descriptive wonderful immigrant fiction. I‘m hooked on this one.

Becker Sounds and looks idyllic to me. (edited) 5mo
MrBook 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 5mo
Zelma Nice plants! 5mo
BeaG Looks like a great place to read. I'm waiting on my first sunflower to bloom. This was my first year planting them. 5mo
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A poem for Trump. Terrance Hayes is my new fave.

Hooked_on_books Oh that‘s good! 5mo
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“In a second I‘ll tell you how little Writing rescues. My hunch is that Sylvia Plath was not Especially fun company. A drama queen, thin-skinned, And skittery, she thought her poems were ordinary. What do you call a visionary who does not recognize Her vision?”

readingjedi Wow! That's a hell of a quote! 😱 5mo
SamAnne @readingjedi I‘m only 20 pages in. But what a book. I‘m floored by Terrance Hayes. I just posted a photo of his Trump poem. 5mo
Theaelizabet Wow. 5mo
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Book haul today. Two volumes of poetry and a second copy of The Overstory! Lent my out and need to reread!

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Fruit of the Drunken Tree | Ingrid Rojas Contreras
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3.5 stars out of 5. Compelling story set during violent years in Colombia when Pablo Escobar was at his most powerful. A window into the separate worlds of the struggling desperate poor and those who are better off. Violence touched all in Bogota during the 90s.

Reggie I loved that she kept checking to see if the cows were ok. 5mo
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M Train | Patti Smith
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Now here is a memoir I‘m enjoying. More of vignettes from her life, not in chronological order. Her writing is like spoken word. Listening to the audio—narrated by Patti! I could listen to her world weary gravelly voice for hours. Actually, I am! Just requested a hard copy from the library to peruse as I listen.

Theaelizabet Loved the audio. 5mo
Suet624 Oh, I never thought to listen to this! Great idea. 5mo
Samplergal I loved it. I learned so much about her I didn‘t know. 5mo
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Fruit of the Drunken Tree | Ingrid Rojas Contreras
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1. Fruit of the Drunken Tree—enjoying! Patti Smith‘s The M Train. Stamped from the Beginning:the Defining History of Racist Ideas in America. And Patsy. Too many!
2. Does Black Leopard Red Wolf count? 3. Planting my melon patch and having gin & tonics on my front porch. And a wedding but not necessarily a fun one LOL.

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Patsy | Nicole Dennis-Benn

I was first in line at library for this recent release! Excited to dig in this week-end.

Theaelizabet I may have mentioned earlier that I was so-so about her first novel (great subject, melodramatic handling, imho), but she's obviously talented and this one really sounds good. I'll be really interested in reading your thoughts. 5mo
SamAnne @Theaelizabet I picked up her first novel at the library just to take a gander but haven‘t cracked it. 5mo
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Patsy | Nicole Dennis-Benn
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I was first in line at library for this recent release! Excited to dig in this week-end.

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Yes Please | Amy Poehler
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Just not my cup of tea. Kept thinking I could have been listening to one of Patti Smith‘s memoirs instead. Huge fans of both Amy and Tina Fey but didn‘t really like either book. Have been looking for some lighter fare to balance out all the heavy books I read. But this one just bored me for long stretches.

SamAnne And so much name dropping. She comes off self-involved and self-important. And all her whining about how hard writing a book is. Yeah, no shit. But don‘t waste our time going on ad nauseum about it. 5mo
parasolofdoom @SamAnne yes. Even by celeb memoir standards, it was a lot of navel gazing 4mo
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A combination of prose and poetry, an amazing memoir. Best book I‘ve read this year. I live on the Spokane Tribe‘s ancestral lands and work to restore salmon so it particularly hit home. I hope that there is some path towards appropriate reconciliation in the wake of the #metoo allegations and Alexie publishes again.

Christine Thanks for your thoughts on this one. I love reading about native communities, and this was highest on my TBR for years...until the scandal hit and I didn‘t know if I should/could read it. (Also, love your chicken!! We have 5 backyard hens that we love so much.) 5mo
SamAnne @Christine I admit I bought it right before the allegations went public and then set it aside. Glad I decided to read it finally. And it puts an interesting lens on his step out of the spotlight. And glad you like Goldie! Hoping she is a pullet and not a cockeral! 5mo
Christine OMG, yes, 🤞 re: pullet! We had six chicks this time around and had to get rid of one when he started doing some awkward juvenile crowing! 😂😭 Thankfully the feed store where we got them keeps a lot of adult birds and was happy to take him back (as they should have been - he was gorgeous! But forbidden in San Diego city limits). 5mo
SamAnne @Christine I‘ve been taking my book or computer out to the coop to socialize them. Such a relaxing place to read as long as i don‘t get crapped on LOL. Based on the hackle feathers I think I have at least one roo. Just hoping my cutie-patootie polish cresteds are hens. Roos are also banned in Spokane but you only get busted if a neighbor complains. Hoping I have a lazy rise late crow late rooster LOL 5mo
Christine Such a good idea to take a book out to the chickens (despite the ever-present poop risk! 😂)! I should do that. Jealous re: Polish crested! Have you raised those before? And yes, may any rooster you have be a quiet one! (Ours was being super obnoxious before 6 a.m., plus we live on a canyon, so I can only imagine how it was echoing! 😆) 5mo
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Gifted: A Novel | John Daniel
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Do others have a hard time, feel overly critical reading novels set in a place or time that you know/knew intimately? I know the novelist has license to change facts and timelines. But It remained one of my issues with this novel. Parts just not believable, timelines wrong. I didn‘t have to read the author bio to know he might live there now, but he did not grow up in the place like I did. Do others have such reactions to books?

Tonton Most books (fiction)written by non-Japanese writers set in Tokyo! 5mo
SamAnne @Tonton LOL. I bet. I especially bristle about books set in the redneck Oregon coast range and the forest protection activism world. But writers can get it right. Ken Kesey nailed my world with Sometimes a Great Notion. And Richard Powers nailed it mostly with his beautiful The Overstory even though he takes liberty with some history and facts. His novel transcends. (edited) 5mo
SamAnne @Tonton who gets it right? 5mo
Anna40 I read his book Rogue River Journal and enjoyed it. 5mo
SamAnne @Anna40 thanks for the recommend. I loved his descriptive writing which transported me to my childhood country. Look forward to reading his non-fiction. 5mo
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1. You Don‘t Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie. Close on its heels is The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai and Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon.
2. The Unwinding of the Miracle.
3. Ninth Street Women. First 100 pages fantastic but got distracted by “required” book club books. Disappearing Earth. Stamped from the Beginning. Patti Smith‘s Just Kids.
4. Goal 55 books, 26 read!
5. If you want, take part!

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Listening to this heartbreaking memoir as I drive up the Columbia Gorge from Portland to Spokane. I often stop here, at what was Celilo Falls until it was destroyed by Dalles Dam in the 60s. Once one of he most important salmon fishing and gathering places for Northwest Tribes.

Crazeedi Beautiful, just beautiful ❣ 6mo
BookNAround I had a geology professor in college who said all iterations of the word dam should be spelled with 4 letters. 6mo
SamAnne @BookNAround HA! Any chance you went to Whitman College? I work with a professor emeritus there on efforts to remove the 4 lower Snake River dams in southeast WA. Sounds like something Bob Carson would say! 6mo
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SamAnne @Crazeedi the Columbia is a beautiful river for sure, even with the dams. Wish I could have seen Celilo Falls. A good novel that captures the impact of the Dallea dam on Indian communities is 6mo
BookNAround @SamAnne Nope. College of Wooster. Small liberal arts college. 6mo
Hooked_on_books My husband was born in The Dalles and told me about that. What a sad thing. The pre-dam pictures are beautiful. I envy your drive. 6mo
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