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SamAnne

SamAnne

Joined January 2019

I seek books that help me understand the world and books that let me escape it. Love rivers, dogs, gardens and the Big Outside.
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It‘s my birthday week-end so various activities happening, but I‘m gonna try for 20 hours! Want to finish Manhattan Transfer, either finish or bail on Vilette. Make a lot of progress on Kingdoms of Savannah and start East of Eden. #24in4 #readathon @Andrew65 thanks for hosting!

Andrew65 Happy Birthday 🎂🎁🎊🥳🎉
Best of luck with that goal, you can do it!
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TheBookgeekFrau Have a wonderful birthday weekend! 🎂🥳🎉 5d
UwannaPublishme Wishing you a Happy Birthday! Happy Reading! 🥳🎂🎉📚 5d
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Ruthiella Happy Birthday! 🥳🥳🥳 5d
sarahbarnes Happy Birthday!! 5d
Reggie Happy Birthday! 🎂 4d
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Next up for my audio book. Also have the E-book to follow along with. I‘m intrigued. Crime mystery delving into the hood, bad and ugly of Savannah and based on real history.

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Don't Fear the Reaper | Stephen Graham Jones
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I was overly amused that these were the two books waiting at the library for me! Heal the trauma! Bring on the trauma? 😂😂😂

5feet.of.fury Hey, it‘s all about balance, right? 🤣 5d
SamAnne @5feet.of.fury it‘s all about a balanced reading life! 5d
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Spending 2 weeks in Ireland in August. Dublin, Cork region mostly. Looking for advice/suggestions on bookish places—Trinity Library!—as well as good history books. Curing up the Tana French and Claire Keegan backlists…have read Say Nothing.

arlenefinnigan Definitely worth reading 7d
arlenefinnigan The Dublin Literary Pub crawl is really good fun https://www.dublinpubcrawl.com/ 7d
CarolynM I agree with @arlenefinnigan - the Barrytown Trilogy is great. I especially love the third book 7d
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SamAnne @arlenefinnegan @CarolynM thank you for the suggestions! The pub crawl is definitely on the list now… 7d
SamAnne @arlenefinnegan @carolynm oh right! The Commitments! Definitely stacking. 7d
Jeg Lucky you. I‘ve always wanted to go where you are going. Like many people my ancestors are from there. Family name Collins. 6d
SamAnne @Jeg spending time in Cork area and Dublin. Figuring out the rest. Doctors said I should get a chemo port. I decided to travel instead or at least first. Life is precious and too damn short!!! 3d
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#UnpopularOpinion. For me, this felt like a bit of a hot mess. I‘m sure it would have been a more fun trip down memory lane if I wasn‘t 15 years older than the protagonist. But if I‘m going to read about privileged New York people I need a more interesting story. Having helped my parents through their final hours, I needed a better story to make it worth reliving. Same on having to face cancer this year. And how old was that cat anyway?

TheLudicReader Haha. I am twenty years older than the narrator and I loved every second of this book. Go figure. Lol. 1w
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Nettle & Bone | T. Kingfisher
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Soft pick. Outside my usual reading spectrum. I don't read much fantasy unless it skews more sci-fi. But an enjoyable fairy tale. While not totally my jam, always glad when Litsy gets me to read outside my usual spectrum. And what‘s not love about a bone dog? Enjoyed the feminist take on princess tales. Might join next month! #whimsicalreads @katereadsYA

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Mehso-so

I wanted to like this more. It is an important topic and author does a great job of laying out the research & statistics on why women have such a higher hill to climb in the professional world. But at my age I‘ve experienced all the crap. I wanted more insight into “what can we do about it.” There was nothing new, though all good ideas. I give it 5 stars for young men/women entering college, the professional world⬇️

SamAnne Or men/women entering managerial/leadership roles. But for me at 55 the read was just a trip down memory lane of the worst lows of my career in progressive activism and a reminder of why I‘m twice as burned out and exhausted as most men my age. And I left my career last year because I was just so done—for a variety of reasons. But the good old boy network certainly played a big part in why I feel so crisped. #shesaid (edited) 1w
Suet624 I hear ya and I‘m sorry. 1w
SamAnne @Suet624 I didn't intend to come off as so bitter! I've let a lot of it go at this point. Obviously the book dredged some crap up for me.... 🤔 😳 😔 🙄 1w
Suet624 I didn‘t see you as being bitter. Just very honest. I‘m older than you and understand completely what you‘re talking about. It‘s been a lot of years of experiencing this crap. 1w
BarbaraTheBibliophage Ugh. So frustrating! 1w
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Mouth to Mouth: A Novel | Antoine Wilson
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Mehso-so

This was so meh for me. Smart writing but the story wanting….

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The Trees: A Novel | Percival Everett
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Wow. This will be one of my best reads of the year. I have a crazy book hangover. All the stars for this fast read. Members of the families responsible for Emmet Till‘s murder start showing up lynched with a black cadaver left at the scene. The story telescopes out from there, an incredible balancing act between violence, America‘s ongoing racist legacyand biting humor and great hard-boiled detective dialogue.

SamAnne Also was struck by my coastal Oregon hometown on the list of towns with lynchings at the end of the book. Not surprised. Oregon was and is a racist state. There was a confederate flag painted on a building in the heart of Portland until the late 90s. The Dixie Mattress Company on SE Division. Big white supremacist movement when I lived there in the 80s and early 90s. (edited) 1w
Hooked_on_books Loved this book! I lived in Grants Pass for a few years and learned it had been the home of the Oregon KKK. It was racist for sure, with very few black people. Whenever I saw a black person, I wanted to ask them if they needed a safe place to be. Sad. 1w
SamAnne @Hooked__on__books I grew up outside of Coos Bay! Allegany….you just might know where that is….up the Millicoma River. 1w
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SamAnne Also, it is my #DoubleSpin @TheAromaofBooks And, I‘m not sure what happened at the end! 1w
Tamra I‘m so glad you liked it! 😃 1w
CBee Loved this one too!! 1w
jlhammar One of my favorite reads from last year. So good! 1w
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 1w
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The Trees: A Novel | Percival Everett
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Oh my. A novel with horror and dark humor about lynching in America. Emmit Till‘s murder is avenged. Heart aches one moment, laughing the next. Some whip smart humor in this very dark novel. Like Jordan Peele taken to 11. Or more like Peele with subtlety removed. Only 60 pages in. Was supposed to return to library today. No print copy in town! Will be a late night/early morning to finish. I will be reading more Percival Everett.

Ruthiella This wasn‘t my first Everett, but otherwise my reaction was similar to yours. Probably the best book I read in 2021. 2w
SamAnne @Ruthiella would love your recommendation on what to read next by him. 2w
Ruthiella The first book I read was So Much Blue and I loved it. I then went on and read Erasure and Telephone. I have Dr. No and I Am Not Sidney Poitier on my shelf to read next. 2w
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BarbaraBB One of my favorites. Like @Ruthiella I loved So Much Blue, Telephone and Erasure too. Oh and Dr No! 2w
Ruthiella @BarbaraBB I thought about tagging you! 🤣 I‘m glad you saw this. @SamAnne We give you two 👍👍 to read So Much Blue next. 2w
BarbaraBB @Ruthiella We‘re his biggest supporters 💃💃 2w
SamAnne @barbaraBB @Ruthiella Now I‘m 150 pages in and realize that I‘ve misconstrued a bit the scope of the themes in the novel. Just brilliant. I‘m flaking on work this morning to finish it since it was due back at the library yesterday and no physical copies are at my bookstore! But I will be buying it. And reading another of his books next month. I will have a major book hangover this afternoon . 2w
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The Poet X | Elizabeth Acevedo
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I rarely read YA but this was so beautiful and unexpected. A coming of age story without the tired tropes. Agree with others that this is one to listen to or in conjunction with print. The author is a poetry slam national winner and this is definitely a spoken word novel! My late read for #FoodAndLit, Dominican Republic.

TheBookHippie All her books are so so good! 3w
KathyWheeler I loved this book so much! 3w
Ann_Reads Nice review! 🙂 I had a similar reaction to Acevedo's prose, which was completely unexpected. 3w
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I‘m doing all the readathons this month! My goals are to make a dent in the tagged group-planning a visit to Ireland this summer. I want to finish my IRL book club reads of Mouth to Mouth by Antoine Wilson and This Time Tomorrow by Emma Straub and start Trust by Herman Diaz. On audio listening to The Authority Gap for #SheSaid. Thanks for hosting @Andrew65 !

Andrew65 Great to have you with us, good luck with all the readathons 😍 3w
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Foster | Claire Keegan
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Beautiful. Spare. Perfectly told. Young girl from an impoverished family goes to live with distant relatives when her mother is pregnant again, relatives with a bit more means to care for and love her.

Ann_Reads I loved this book too! Well written stories can come in small packages. 4w
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I will be reflecting on this memoir for awhile. Smith reflects on the impacts of slavery on people and our country thru the lens of visiting 7 physical sites, including Monticello, Angola Prison, NYC, and Goree Island in Senegal. He writes about this history America likes to ignore and the history that is right in front of us if we choose to look and learn. As an example, I didn‘t know the full history of the Statue of Liberty ⬇️

Tamra I just purchased this one recently. It seems to be an impactful read! 4w
SamAnne Or that the sculptor was abolitionist. Smith writes about the gaps in history and memory and how we find ourselves filling those gaps to make sense of it all. He speaks to his own family‘s history w/ slavery, shares his personal feelings & thoughts while visiting the sites. It is a very vulnerable place to write, and makes this memoir one of the best I‘ve read in a long time. My Feb #bookspin @TheAromaofBooks 4w
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 4w
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Reggie Fantastic review. 4w
Suet624 I think you and I finished the book at the same time. 😁 So much to think about. I was just thinking about the history of Central Park that he outlined. This is a must read book. 4w
MyNamesParadise I bought this book because I know it‘s an important read, but I haven‘t read it yet. Glad to learn more details about it! 4w
Megabooks Wonderful review! 4w
Hooked_on_books I absolutely loved this book. I thought it was fantastic. 4w
TheBookHippie I read the ARC and I finished it in a day. It is so good. Necessary read. 4w
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My #Doublespin and #Bookspin books! I fell off the Villette wagon less than halfway through and am glad for the push to finish. And I‘ve wanted to get to The Trees since October! Thanks @TheAromaofBooks

CBee The Trees 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 4w
Tamra The Trees is a CRAZY ride! Buckle up! 🤪 I loved it. 4w
SamAnne @Tamra Hah! Can‘t wait! 4w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 4w
Suet624 Can‘t wait for you to read Trees. 4w
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Foster | Claire Keegan
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Beginning first new read for March! #MarchMadness Really looking forward to this one.

Tamra I think you‘ll like this one! 💙 (edited) 4w
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Looking forward to March #Bookspin #Doublespin #BookspinBingo. Thanks @TheAromaofBooks

Singout Excellent list! 4w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4w
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Cloud Cuckoo Land | Anthony Doerr
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Hands down the tagged. Best read of the year so far. For March: it‘s my birthday month! It‘s been yet another year where me and my partner wonder what minor deities we‘ve offended. It‘s just been hit after hit. But we are still blessed in this universe and Spring is coming. I plan to read a lot and take part in all the readathon. And hike and camp in eastern WA State‘s beautiful desert, watch sand hill cranes, see the first flowers. ⬇️

SamAnne Read in front of the campfire. And avoid ticks….😂😐. @TheSpineView 1mo
TheSpineView Hope March beings you all good things! Thanks for playing 1mo
kspenmoll Your goals sound wonderful- I hope for a March of peace for you! 1mo
Crazeedi I hope your March is the beginning of a clean slate! And that it brings only good things!! 1mo
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Cloud Cuckoo Land | Anthony Doerr
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Five star read for me. I loved how Doerr wrapped all the story lines together perfectly. Loved the themes of choosing life on earth over “in the clouds” despite the grief and hardship that comes with love and beauty. I loved how the novel reflected the power of words and story and how they have helped people over millennia weather life and make sense of it. The power of handing stories down and the value of libraries! ⬇️

SamAnne Seymour‘s storyline hit me in the gut on many levels. While reading this I watched bulldozers and chainsaws take down acres of forest above my house, forest that I came close to protecting as parkland, but didnt pull it off. The natural area is what has helped me weather all the challenges of living in a low-income neighborhood. A bit broken-hearted. I‘ve lost a few TrustyFriends this month too. 1mo
Bookwomble It must have felt awful to see the devastation of those trees 😔 1mo
Jeg I loved it too. 1mo
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Cloud Cuckoo Land | Anthony Doerr
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I am sucked into this novel!! I love a novel about the power of story and word. Can‘t wait to see where this one goes! A good companion with a glass of wine on a day that has been a rough transition from vacation back to the home world.

ImperfectCJ My spouse and I are planning to listen to this one together on a little road trip we're taking next week! We probably won't finish it (it's not that long if a road trip), but I'm excited to start it with him, at least. 2mo
SamAnne @ImperfectCJ It might be a hard audio. Lots of changing POV and side snippets. Loving the print, maybe others can weigh in on the audio. 2mo
ImperfectCJ @SamAnne Thank you for this insight! I'll make sure we have a backup audiobook in case this one doesn't work out well in that format. 2mo
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Demon Copperhead: A Novel | Barbara Kingsolver
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Hate to say it but soft pick. First half I was swept away by story, writing, characters. I grew up in timber country and so many similarities it made the read uncomfortable. My brother could be Demon but it was meth and not the hopeful ending. But in the 2nd half I felt hit over the head w/ the social/political message. I felt like it took over from the great characters Kingsolver had created.I‘ve already read Empire of Pain and Dopesick. ⬇️

SamAnne Kingsolver really knows her country and just nailed these addicts‘ lives and characters. All that rang true down to the dangerous swimming hole and rope swing (had those!). But the ending did not sit w/ me and I was bummed to see the romantic turn for Angus & Demon. Love platonic M/F relationships. Wish she had kept it that way. Ending felt rushed after such a middle-game slog. 2mo
SamAnne #Copperheads. Still plan to read David Copperfield, one of Dickens‘ I‘ve not yet read! 2mo
tpixie Great review. Hugs re: brother. Drugs suck 🤗 2mo
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AllDebooks Oh your brother, I'm so sorry x 2mo
Tamra You already know I‘m with you on this one. 😏 2mo
Tamra @SamAnne completely agree with your spoiler comments. Way too tidy given the reality of addiction. 2mo
marleed I‘m sorry about the tragic loss of your brother. 2mo
Hooked_on_books I just finished this yesterday and completely agree with you about the ending. It‘s so tired to always have things turn in that direction. 2mo
Hooked_on_books I thought of something today about the ending and turns out I‘m right. I‘ve never read David Copperfield, but the ending here mimics the ending there. So I don‘t think this was really a plot choice of Kingsolver, but a nod to the source material. It makes me feel a little better about it. 1mo
SamAnne @Hooked_on_books hmmm. I haven‘t read Copperfield either but plan to. 🤔 1mo
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The Overstory: A Novel | Richard Powers
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Did not know all details & backstory. Powerful intersection between conservation & environmental justice concerns. The Overstory hit close. From a logging town, I became a forest defender fo both for environmental reasons and social reasons--destroyed my town when they logged everything and left, gave us 26% unemployment, and managed to blame it on the spotted owl. https://www.nytimes.com/2023/02/02/opinion/atlanta-police-center-protests.html

Tamra Ugh 😞 2mo
marleed Oh dang, heartbreaking article. Will we never learn to respect the land an the trees. 2mo
Jeg After I read this book when it first came out it impacted me enough for me to go and join a political party. A green one. 2mo
SamAnne ❤️❤️. @Jeg Yes, has defined my life and purpose. While my work has been focused on building bridges and working across the political spectrum, I still can‘t be polite to somewhat who works for Weyerhaeuser. They fucked my river, my forest my town. I either yell at them. Or I cry. If I‘m behaved I walk away without saying anything. I really try for the latter but I‘m not always successful. (edited) 2mo
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Stolen | Ann-Heln Laestadius
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Great profile of author and thriller novel focused on the indigenous Sami of Sweden, Denmark, Arctic Circle. So intrigued! https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/30/books/stolen-book-sweden-sami.html?action=cli... @Addison_Reads

Addison_Reads Thank you for sharing this. 2mo
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My scribbled #bookspin #doublespin #bookspinbingo list! I forgot to include Cloud Cuckoo Land and Giovanni‘s Room but will use free spaces for them. @TheAromaofBooks

CSeydel Some amazing choices on that list! 😍 2mo
Singout No shortage of classics there! 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
BkClubCare @CSeydel - agreed! 2mo
BkClubCare I have read quite a few of these… I want to read Florida someday. 2mo
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Demons | Fyodor Dostoevsky
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I rarely bail on a book. I want to give it a chance until the last page. But I‘m working to get over that ridiculousness. A major health scare helps! Why spend my precious time on the tagged book when I could be reading something so more fulfilling? Begone Demons!!!! 😂😂😂😂. I will go on to other Russian novelists I enjoy. Maybe I will try Brothers Karamozov one day. But I banish the Demons! #SundayFunday @ozma.of.oz

ozma.of.oz Banish those demons! ❤️ Thank you for sharing! 2mo
Ann_Reads Well said, SamAnne! There is no compelling reason to finish a book you aren't connecting with. Sometimes it is a matter of timing too. I've set aside a book and come back to it 10 years later and loved it. Different age and different circumstances, I suppose. 2mo
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Look what I found walking around Kapaa Kauai! Uh, no I did not purchase a tin of baby eels to nosh on. Product of Spain. I visit lots of fish markets and have never seen these. @AllDebooks #naturalitsy

Pageturner1 🤔not sure what i think about this. those are eels in a can? 2mo
SamAnne @Pageturner1 yes, tiny, little baby eels. In a can. 😳😳😳 2mo
Pageturner1 @SamAnne Hmm! interesting 😳🥴 2mo
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wanderinglynn 😳 hm, think I‘d pass. 😆 2mo
Hooked_on_books That‘s awful to see, considering that the European Eel is critically endangered. 2mo
SamAnne @Hooked_on_books exactly. The book discusses efforts to stop the harvest of these “glass eels.” if they weren‘t endangered I might have bought a tin just to try. 2mo
AllDebooks This makes me so angry and sad 😔 2mo
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Demon Copperhead: A Novel | Barbara Kingsolver
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Getting a little reading done before heading out for a day of exploring on Kauai, HI. No way I‘m asking my sweetie to haul my hardback tome around! Friends letting us stay in their studio for 12 days. A respite for both of us after my month of radiation treatments for breast cancer. I think it is as rough on the partner/family as it is on the patient. So I won‘t make him haul my book on his back! I do have books on my phone. 😂😂😂

SamAnne And really loving this novel so I came close to sneaking it into the backpack! 2mo
Megabooks So glad you‘re getting this break! 2mo
Bookwormjillk What a great break for you both. Enjoy! 2mo
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DivineDiana Wishing you a wonderful respite. ❤️ 2mo
sarahbarnes So glad you‘re getting to do this! 2mo
Poggo Good book ? 2mo
SamAnne @Megabooks @Bookwormjillk @DivineDiana @sarahbarnes Thank you! It‘s been restorative! 2mo
SamAnne @Poggo I‘m only 160 pages in but so far I‘m really enjoying this retelling of David Copperfield. 2mo
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A soft pick. Loved reading it with #Naturalitsy I love Pacific Lamprey, an eel important to NW U.S. Tribes. This book is about a different sort of eels, equally fascinating. I liked what the author tried to do to combine a memoir of his relationship with his father with eels. I felt he overextended the historical importance of eels—👇

SamAnne While it is interesting and a little humorous that Freud studied eels as a young man, I don‘t think they were the genesis of his obsession on phalluses. 2mo
AllDebooks Great review 😊🤣 2mo
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What Have You Lost? | Naomi Shihab Nye
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Sunday I went for my second visit to an amazing exhibit by a local artist named Leila Girvin, who pursued her art beginning in the 50 while raising 4 boys. I loved the exhibit including a small sitting area of mid-century modern furniture and a selection of books chosen by the artist, books that influence her. The tagged is one of them. Stacked. I plan to return and sit with her books and art again before the exhibit closes. Gervin is 93.

marleed I love mid century chairs (I actually think the whole story is a great history class)! If I ever win the lottery my first purchase will be the papa chair and foot rest! 2mo
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I had eclectic reading. I learned to read very early and no book in the house was made off limits. Thank you parents! All the Oz books @ozma.of.oz ! Chronicles of Narnia, Lord of the Rings. Anne Rice books. Judy Blume. James Herriot books. Where the Red Fern Grows. Charlotte‘s Web. #sundayfunday

ozma.of.oz Such a wide and varied selection! Thank you so much for sharing! 2mo
ChasingOm Oooooh, James Herriot! I loved those too. 2mo
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I'm a big PRK fan. LOVED Say Nothing and Empire of Pain. For me this was a so-so read, not because the long-form journalism pieces weren't well-written, but because I'd already read a number of them in the New Yorker. But also, some of them were written as timely pieces at one point in time, and a lot of water has flowed under the bridge. The pieces on Trump and Anthony Bourdain in particular felt very dated.

SamAnne The chapter I found most fascinating was a look at the underbelly of the wine world, focused on a shuckster wine connoisseur passing off fake bottles of wine supposedly once owned by Thomas Jefferson and found in a wall in Paris. 3mo
Scochrane26 I was listening to this one, had to return to the library but got it back quickly. I‘m about halfway, so far, I liked the El Chapo chapter because I knew nothing about him. The wine story was good, too. 3mo
SamAnne @Scochrane26 I liked that one too—I‘d read it before. It was timely since they just captured El Chapo‘s son in Mexico. 3mo
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Wow. While I used to make it to the Tattered Cover occasionally years ago visiting in-laws--and loved it!--I did not know the founder's history and her passionate defense of First Amendment rights. What a fierce book lover! https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/07/books/joyce-meskis-dead.html?action=click&mod...

wanderinglynn 😢 What an amazing bookseller! 3mo
britt_brooke Such an incredible book shop! 3mo
tpixie Thanks for sharing! 3mo
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Cloudsplitter | Russell Banks
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Russell Banks passed away. Cloudsplitter has been sitting on my TBR shelf for years. I'll try to get to it this year, along with the Good Lord Bird, by James McBride. https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/08/books/russell-banks-dead.html

Suet624 Oh no! I loved Cloudsplitter. I loved so many of his books. 2022 made me really sad because so many of my favorite people passed away. It looks as though 2023 isn't going to be any better. 3mo
marleed It‘s on my shelves too. I‘ve spent so much time in Lawrence,KS that I feel a responsibility to read it. 3mo
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Binocular Vision | Edith Pearlman
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I really want to read Edith Pearlman after reading her obit. She had not been on my radar screen. I love this photo of her. She has love and fire in her eyes. https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/01/obituaries/edith-pearlman-dead.html

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My very messy #BookspinBingo board! With all the chunksters (some half finished) I‘m unlikely to get a bingo. I laughed that by #bookspin and #doublespin picks are Demons (I‘ve been trying to finish that one forever) and Demon Copperhead! Thanks @TheAromaofBooks !

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3mo
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Here we go! I have a crappy used copy….and will use Serial while on vacation. Have read Old Mill on the Floss and have wanted to get to this one for a long time! Thanks @BarkingMadRead ! #pemberlittens

BarkingMadRead That‘s a pretty cover though!! (edited) 3mo
dabbe That looks exactly like Dorothea; one of the best protagonists in British literature! ❣️ 3mo
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March: Book Three | Andrew Aydin, John Lewis
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My last book for 2022. All the stars for this graphic novel trilogy of the civil rights movement. Beautiful artwork and such a story. Thanks to Litsy I‘ve delved into graphic novels this year and they have been some of my best reads. Ducks is up next. As a grassroots activist who has worked 30 years on environmental campaigns, the conflicts and hard decisions on political strategies really resonated. Does compromise help or hurt a cause? 🔽

SamAnne Depends on the situation! Difficult decisions to make. I‘ve been on both sides. All young political organizers should read this trilogy. I plan to read Malcom X autobiography and the biography published a few years ago for Black History Month. 3mo
SamAnne And these books have brought me to tears. I‘ve read a lot about the civil rights movement and the violence and the bravery. But reading John Lewis‘ words with the artwork—heart wrenching, hopeful at times—makes for visceral storytelling. 3mo
sarahbellum One of my favorites. What a legend! 3mo
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One of my best reads of the year, an arrow to the heart. I‘m feeling physical effects from finishing this book an hour ago. While my family‘s secrets were different, oh it rings so true. And same era…I‘m the last of 5 kids, born in 1968, oldest brother born in 1949. And two gay brothers. But oh, just the impacts of secrets and two parents together who made big compromises to stay married.

Singout I just finished it too! So powerful and heartbreaking. 3mo
SamAnne @Singout her other books are on my list now! The memoir about her mother has been recommended to me. 3mo
Singout Did you ever see Dykes to Watch Out For? It was great! It stopped running in 2008. 3mo
SamAnne Ages ago! I want to find her collection of those cartoons. 3mo
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I‘m cracking up at my book choices for the holiday period. All of them dark! Escaped the house claiming I had “errands” to run. Just needed a break from the family lounging in all my favorite reading spots. Staring family dysfunction straight on, what do I grab on my way out? LMAO. Really enjoying this one though. Glad to finally read it.

Leftcoastzen I so hear you !😂👏 3mo
SamAnne @Leftcoastzen my sweetie knew what was up….running errands and I‘m carrying 2 books and my I-Pad out the door. 😂😂🙄🙄 (edited) 3mo
Leftcoastzen Also , great read , really stuck with me 3mo
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charl08 Brilliant choice! 3mo
Tamra 😅 I don‘t blame you. 3mo
sarahbellum One of my absolute favorites! 3mo
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A Christmas Carol | Charles Dickens
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Next up! I haven‘t read this in forever!

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Galatea: Short story | Madeline Miller
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Enjoyed this short story of the sculpture come to life, imprisoned by her maker. Miller is a beautiful writer. While Song of Achilles didn‘t do it for me, Circe was tremendous.

Reggie I still think about Circe all these years later. 3mo
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Oof. Should have chosen lighter reading for the holiday. For those who haven‘t read Diaz, choose Post-Colonial Love Poem first. Deserved its Pulitzer and it‘s a collection I return to. This one was good too though. Hit maybe a little close to home. Many poems are inspired by her meth addict brother who died. I have a similar brother. He‘s living and maybe on the streets today in another city despite my efforts to avoid that for him.

AmyG Oh man, that‘s heartbreaking. 3mo
sarahbarnes I‘m sorry. I understand how that feels. ♥️ 3mo
Megabooks 💜💜💜 3mo
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SamAnne @sarahbarnes ah, you hold them tight as long as you can. And then to save yourself you let them go. I did what I could, I do what I can. 💙💙💙 3mo
Bookwomble 💖 3mo
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Perfect Christmas Eve for me tonight. No family obligations this year. Reading Krampus books, watching Krampus, having a cocktail and enjoying the company of my dog and my sweetie. Dirty dishes are sitting in the sink. No tidying needs to happen. No travel necessary in the snow and ice. Merry holidays to all!

BarbaraBB Perfect 🤍 3mo
Ruthiella Happy holidays to you! 3mo
Jeg Wonderful 3mo
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I loved this collection of 19th century postcards from Germany,, Austria etc celebrating Krampus. Creepy, disturbing, some very inappropriate. I loved the postcards depicting female Krampus carting off bad men. Krampus is the antidote I need to survive all the overly cute memes and images that dominate modern Christmas. I wish we could go back to reading ghost stories like they did centures ago! Now on to A Christmas Carol!

Chrissyreadit 🎉🙌🤍 3mo
Leftcoastzen Cool 3mo
Kenyazero This collection must be such a treat! 3mo
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Shutter | Ramona Emerson
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Enjoyed this debut novel. Set in Albuquerque, N.M. And the Navajo reservation. Navajo forensics photographer sees ghosts, from her past and some of the victims she photographs. They help her solve a string of connected murders. Great setting and writing, great characters. I will read future books by Emerson!

bnp Glad you liked this. It's on my list. 3mo
Jolynne This is the next book up for my spouse and I to share on audio. 3mo
SamAnne @Jolynne I think it will work really well as an audiobook. 3mo
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Kindred | Octavia Butler
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Timeless novel written in the 70s. Dana, a Black woman, lives with her white husband. She gets transported back to 1815 Maryland, interacting w/ her ancestors, both black and white. The novel explores how people survive under oppressors, how easy it is to slip into roles & how difficult it can be to escape them, the difficult moral choices people make to survive, & the complicated relationships between oppressors & oppressed.

SamAnne These are themes being explored in many novels and non-fiction in the 2020s. Butler wrote this in the 1970s. Many of the themes Ibram X. Kendi explores in his excellent non-fiction. I will be thinking about this read for a long time and plan to read all of Butler's work. 3mo
SamAnne And really interesting Fresh Air episode this past week with old interviews with Butler: https://www.npr.org/2022/12/12/1142245168/sci-fi-pioneer-octavia-butler 3mo
KathyWheeler I absolutely loved this book. The graphic novel adaptation was not bad either. 3mo
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SamAnne @KathyWheeler I have the graphic from the library and plan to dive in this weekend! 3mo
KCofKaysville @SamAnne. It's on my list! 3mo
KathyWheeler @SamAnne I hope you like it. I thought it did justice to the novel. 3mo
SamAnne @kathywheeler and then I will check out the TV series. 3mo
KathyWheeler @SamAnne I need to watch that. 3mo
Texreader Such a good book. I hope to watch it too 3mo
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Stormy Weather | Carl Hiaasen
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Read my first Hiaasen on first trip to Florida. Perfect combo for me. Published in 1995. Racial, gender stereotypes, some language haven't weathered well (tho true to novel's characters). Otherwise, loved it, novel was constant laughs. Set in aftermath of a hurricane, highlighting the rainbow of lowlifes making money from all the heartbreak & loss.

SamAnne Loved Skink & his hatred for developers & all who got rich over the destruction of Florida's natural wealth and beauty. Was grateful on my trip to see Everglades, Cypress swamps, small protected natural areas that give a sense of what was! 3mo
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Will be a highlight of my Key West trip. On my bucket list was Captain Tony‘s, the original site of Sloppy Joe‘s where Hemingway hung out and where Martha Gellhorn met him (google this bad ass woman). On every stool around the bar is the name of a famous actor or musician. All men. I asked why there wasn‘t one stool with a woman‘s name on it? Why not Martha Gellhorn? Bartender: I don‘t lose sleep over that. Me: that‘s lame. ⬇️

SamAnne I pretended to fart and enjoy it on my stool—Sean Connery‘s. And I was kicked out. On a slow afternoon sober. Hilarious. Am proud of being 86‘d! 86 the patriarchy! 3mo
SamAnne Fart on the Patriarchy! 😂😂😂😂 3mo
Megabooks You 💯💯💯💯 did the right thing!! 3mo
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SamAnne @megabooks 2 hours later and I‘m still busting up about it. 😂😂😂 (edited) 3mo
Lindy Is there a fart emoji? Great story, Sam! 3mo
jlhammar 😂 That is awesome. 3mo
Bookwormjillk Nicely done!! 3mo
Leftcoastzen 👏👏👏👏👏👏 3mo
JackOBotts Love this story! 🤘🏼 3mo
Bookwomble @Lindy 😁🍑💨 3mo
Bookwomble Down with the patriarchy! ✊ 3mo
marleed That‘s hilarious! 3mo
Lindy @Bookwomble Thanks! 3mo
BkClubCare Fart!! 💨💪 3mo
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Visiting Hemingway‘s house in Key West. One of his 6-toed cats! So many cats on the grounds! Tagging the excellent biography of Martha Gellhorn, his bad ass 3rd wife who was the only female reporter to report on D-Day from NotmandyI Beach in WWII she eventually dumped Hemingway‘s drunken ass.

SamAnne There are 58 cats on the property! 3mo
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Devolution | Max Brooks
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Catching up on my book reviews from past 2 months. This was a so-so read but a hoot for sure. A good audio read. Mt. Rainier blows up and makes sasquatch ornery. The bigfoots go after a bunch of rich techies who have created a planned community on the east of Mt. Rainier. What's not to love about that?

marleed Hey, I hope you are feeling okay and are on the other side of treatment! 3mo
SamAnne @marleed thanks for asking. No….lumpectomy went well! Clean margins and nothing in my lymphs. But I have a bad version of cancer cell. They wanted me on intense chemo before surgery and I declined for time being. When I get home from vacay I start 4 weeks of radiation. The chemo they want to give sounds worse than the cancer. My body reacts badly to drugs and chemicals. Have a gut feeling it will not bode well for me. 3mo
SamAnne @marleed instead this year I am traveling instead to Iceland and Spain. A week in Hawaii at a friend‘s house post-radiation. And am launching a business venture with my sweetie. I‘m changing up my already pretty healthy diet (very little sugar) and going to get an physically and emotionally healthy as I can. Likely will take one drug that‘s by pill. I can choose chemo next winter if Indecide. And I‘m reading lots! 3mo
marleed @SamAnne Oh geez, I am so sorry. I think of you so often. I wish I were closer to Spokane than Kansas City (like Butte) where I could physically offer to be of assistance to you. Please know every positive vibe in my being is sent to the universe for your full recovery. 3mo
SamAnne @marleed oh thank you. I have a good support network of friends and a partner. Am working to get into a positive head space. I have never had a medical issue that required constant interaction with the medical industrial complex (I have excellent doctors! I think they are frustrated with me as a patient…😂😂😂). I‘ve never even had surgery before. At 54 that‘s a pretty good run. 3mo
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