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Samplergal

Samplergal

Joined December 2017

Retired pediatric speech language pathologist. Love kiddie lit and reading. Knitter, quilter and stitcher. Https://safepassagesandprose.com/
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Women Talking: A Novel by Miriam Toews
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Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellmann
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Wunderland: A Novel by Jennifer Cody Epstein
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This book was so vivid and well written. It took me a while to get into it, probably, just because of the genre, but I‘m glad I stuck with it. The view from our campsite in New Mexico. Off to cold Sante Fe Tuesday for a week and a half!

BarbaraBB Just checking in. I was Wondering about your roadtrip. I hope you are doing well in these crazy times. 💕 (edited) 2y
Writeme On my list! Glad to hear you liked it. 2y
BiblioLitten Hello! Just checking in. Hope you are doing well. 💙 2y
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#readingEurope2020 #Finland. I felt like I was reading part fever dream, part fairy tale and part child‘s book. I‘m not certain I liked it. I‘m not certain I didn‘t.

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Impeach: The Case Against Donald Trump | Neal Katyal, Sam Koppelman
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Impeach: something about a president. Education of an Idealist: something about Refugees #Bosnia #readingEurope2020
#nonfiction2020

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Sounds great, and timely! 3y
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Pickpick

There are not enough stars to describe this book. Smart and very insightful. This book should be read by all. #nonfiction2020

Cinfhen I‘ve heard this is brilliant! Thanks for reminding me 3y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I will add that one to my TBR list!!! 3y
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150 Best Tiny Home Ideas | Manel Gutirrez Couto
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Something about housing. #nonfiction2020

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Great pick! 👍 3y
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150 Best Tiny Home Ideas | Manel Gutirrez Couto
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Pickpick

A lovely book with awe inspiring little houses in special places. #nonFiction

Soubhiville I love the look of this one. 3y
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Our view today from our campsite. #newMexico Reading, hiking and knitting. Not too shabby.

BarbaraBB Fantastic 😍. Enjoy!! 3y
Joanne1 Wow, that‘s so beautiful. 3y
TrishB Lovely ❤️ 3y
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squirrelbrain Gorgeous! ❤️ 3y
ljuliel These pictures make me think Gus is going to come riding by. ❤️ 3y
Gissy 😍❤️❤️❤️ 3y
Chrissyreadit Beautiful ❤️ 3y
Anna40 Where in NM? We spent several holidays in Santa Fe, Taos and Albuquerque. Love NM 3y
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Something about economics. #nonfiction2020

Suet624 I liked this book. 3y
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Just in off my library hold. Has anyone read this yet? I‘m looking forward to this one.

Nute I am really interested in this book. I almost purchased the other day with my B&N coupon, but some other book came out on top. Can‘t wait to read your final thoughts. 3y
Jas16 I really liked it. 3y
Samplergal @Nute all the stars. ALL. 3y
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Lilac Girls: A Novel | Martha Hall Kelly
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#germany I liked this book, but I didn‘t enjoy it as much as the reviews suggested. Still a good book. #readingEurope2020

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A nice relaxing easy read. Rather reminds me of Notting Hill except for it‘s a knitting shop. 3.5 stars because it‘s written by a knitter. #UK #readingEurope2020

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A nice relaxing easy read. Rather reminds me of Notting Hill except for it‘s a knitting shop. 3.5 stars because it‘s written by a knitter.

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I was terribly late to the game with this one. When it was published it didn‘t grab my attention at all, but this time around I enjoyed it. 4 stars. I don‘t even know what the hashtag is for the #readingAroundEurope but if someone would correct me, I will give a virtual hug! #sweden

Deblovestoread I‘ll take that hug. 😊 #readingeurope2020 3y
Samplergal @Kdgordon88 Thanks ! We‘ve been in the boonies so long without internet, I‘m out of the loop! 3y
Scochrane26 I loved this one after I got through the first bit of it, but then I flew through the next 2. They were so good. 3y
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Spotty internet ( that‘s kind) but I‘d like to share a beautiful place with you this Thursday. I‘m reading and knitting lots, just unable to post. ❤️

Suet624 ❤️❤️❤️ 3y
ljuliel Oh. Cowboy country ! 3y
Crazeedi I love the southwest!! 3y
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ljuliel I had a question about your book reading along the way. Did you bring books with you , or an ereader , or listening to audio, and if you‘re doing the second 2, are you able to log in online to your library account and check books out that way , or dud you just have enough purchased to do you for your trip ? 3y
Samplergal @ljuliel All of the above. I have a bin of books that when read, will be donated to the campground libraries. I do like audiobooks for the ride and knitting. I have about 500 ebooks so I shouldn‘t run out. I am reading less because we are out exploring more. Not bad, but my reading goals may not be met this year. 3y
Samplergal Oh and I can check books and audiobooks via my local library. I also paid for a membership to Brooklyn library for the year to get a chance at other books. Florida libraries don‘t always have some books I want to read. 3y
ljuliel It sounds like you are well stocked then. I hope you have a wonderful trip. 3y
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First book finish of 2020! Of course it‘s non fiction! Really an insightful look at being working poor. #2020

Addison_Reads I just downloaded the audiobook of this. I've been wanting to read it for months and my hold finally came through. ☺ 3y
BarbaraBB This was such a good read. And a hard one. 3y
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In New Orleans, waiting for some beignets. Not book related except we are off to a bookstore and yarn store after.

xxjenadanxx Whoa I've never seen the line that long! 3y
xxjenadanxx Oh and are you going to the yarn store on Chartres? It's to die for!! 3y
Soubhiville That is quite a line! Must be lots of folks there for the holidays, I‘ve never seen it that long either. It‘s worth the wait though! You‘ve given me a craving... lol. 3y
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Fridameetslucy The beignets are worth it as is the frozen coffee and if you are going to the Quarter Stitch you are going to happy yarn land!! I‘m envious NOLA is my happy place :) 3y
Samplergal @xxjenadanxx Yes mam! I bought some Blue Heron Rayon Metallic for a shawl. Beautiful store! 3y
Samplergal @Soubhiville Sugar Bowl plus the usual holiday tourists. Too many people but the weather is gorgeous. The beignets were delish. 3y
Samplergal @Fridameetslucy I love NOLA too. I could live there if I was twenty. It‘s such a lovely culture and beautiful people. ❤️❤️❤️ 3y
Prairiegirl_reading I LOVE Nola!!! Beignets from Cafe du Monde are worth the wait. I must say I‘m jealous!!! 3y
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All the way from chilly Pensacola Florida! Hope everyone is enjoying your Wednesday, Christmas, Chanukah . I‘ve been enjoying a low key day and our shrimp and scallops meal is ready to go!

Laura317 Love Pensacola! 3y
KarenUK Wishing you a lovely holiday, my friend 😘😍💕 3y
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Next up. Looking forward to this one. Translated from Finnish.

Tove_Reads I still wonder why he‘s one of the most popular authors from my country 🤷🏼‍♀️ 3y
BarbaraBB It is really good I thought. 3y
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And we are off. #RoadTrip We will be headed to Pensacola where we will spend Christmas and then off to New Orleans for the New Year. Follow my blog for books, travel and knitting. Safepassagesandprose.com.

Soubhiville Yay! Have a great time! 3y
Samplergal @Soubhiville Thank you. A year is a long time. Let‘s hope we don‘t kill one another. 😂 3y
kspenmoll Enjoy!!! 3y
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Soubhiville My mom and stepdad started a year long RV adventure in September and they‘re enjoying it a lot. They are wintering in Coolidge AZ, with warm weather and big cacti 🌵😊 3y
ravenlee Best of luck on your adventure! 3y
JenReadsAlot Sounds amazing! Enjoy!! 3y
Cathythoughts Wow !! !!! Have a great time ✨👍🏻❤️ 3y
ShelleyBooksie Enjoy! 3y
Kappadeemom Have fun! I work in Pensacola some - have you been there before? 3y
Suet624 So exciting! Have a wonderful time. 3y
squirrelbrain Have a wonderful trip! That‘s some RV, makes my little campervan look tiny! 3y
erzascarletbookgasm Have a great trip! 3y
Nute Wow! That‘s the way to do it! Have the BEST time! 3y
britt_brooke Fun!! Safe travels. 3y
BarbaraBB Finally! Have a great time and keep us posted! I‘ll be looking out for your updates! 3y
Samplergal @Kappadeemom we have. We ended up there during Irma. Joe patty‘s! We will be at Big Lagoon for five days. Then off to The Big Easy for a week. 3y
mrp27 Awesome, safe travels! 3y
Kappadeemom @Samplergal yep! I was going to tell you to take a cooler to Joe Patty‘s 😂 I also think the Key Lime pie at the Fish House is the best I‘ve ever had ❤️ 3y
KarenUK Have a wonderful trip Karen! Can‘t wait to follow your travels on your amazing adventure... 💕😘 3y
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Women Talking: A Novel | Miriam Toews
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Totally cheated. Subbed out two books that I haven‘t gotten to as I can only do audiobooks at the moment due to packing and moving. So....I left one Women Talking that still needs to be read and I will make this goal. #20Booksby2020. #cheated #read200Plusin2019. Oh well. 😂

Cinfhen 20 books read by 2020 is still #20By2020 WELL DONE 😉 3y
Samplergal @Cinfhen Yes it is. But I still have to finish Women Talking. Not there yet! 3y
Cinfhen Women talking is SO SO GOOD!!! You‘re ending on a HIGH note!!!!! 3y
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Five stars. It‘s easy listened to and quite short. Read it because of the topic about the US refugee policy. Count it toward your reading goals. Beautifully written, it will make you remember the children.

Cinfhen WhT a beautiful photo 🥰 3y
NeedsMoreBooks Read this for non-fiction November, very powerful and timely 3y
Samplergal @NeedsMoreBooks Agree! I had it on hold for November. 3y
Samplergal @Cinfhen Not mine. Pic Collage‘s when searching for refugee children. (edited) 3y
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Next up. Not exactly an uplifting book, but certainly a necessary one.

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Washington Black | Esi Edugyan
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It was so worth two holds and waiting. A solid 4.5 stars. Watch this writer.

Cathythoughts I have on the shelf... I must read ❤️👍🏻 3y
Readergrrl I loved this book!!! I listened on Audible and am sharing my hard cover with anyone I can convince to borrow it from me!! 3y
ozma.of.oz I have this on hold! Happy to see it‘ll be worth the wait! 3y
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Washington Black | Esi Edugyan
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I started this a few months ago, but was unable to finish it before it needed to go back to the library. The holds list just sent it back and I find it so enjoyable.

Deifio I hate it when I can't finish a book before it has to be returned! Good for you that you can now return to it! 😍 3y
Samplergal @Deifio I really try to get those popular books back ASAP, but it happens sometimes. I just put another hold and hope I don‘t have to start from square one! 3y
Deifio Do you have to pay for a hold? At my library I have to. And I don't like carrying small change around, so I hardly put in a hold (it's 50cents I believe) 3y
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Samplergal @Deifio Oh no! There is no charge for an e hold. I rarely do real books and don‘t know if they charge for real book holds. ( I don‘t think so). I wouldn‘t like that at all. Where are you? I‘m in south Florida in US 3y
Deifio I'm in Germany. Don't know about ebook holds here. But my kindle doesn't work with the ebook library anyway which is a whole different problem 😅 3y
Samplergal Well that‘s just wrong that they don‘t have e books that are compatible! Germany...on my bucket list. My favorite yarn is made there and I want to visit their store! 😂. That in addition to the history and beer! 😂 3y
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The Way I Heard It | Mike Rowe
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A enjoyable listen by Mike Rowe. He‘s a hometown hero, so I was curious to listen while I pack up our home. It was a tribute to Paul Harvey in many ways, of which Mike was a big fan. Easy listening and funny.

Crazeedi Love Mike Rowe 3y
LauraJ Happy Birthday!🎈🎂 3y
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Next up. DNA a and paternity. Similar to a book my cousin‘s wife wrote. Exposed by DNA. By Katie Hopkins. This is likely happening often now.

Crazeedi Great book 3y
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Three more to go. I just finished Family Trust so the next will be going back to reading Good And Mad. #20Booksby2020

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So glad this was better than I was expecting. Someone said it was a mix up of Crazy Rich Asians and someone Celeste Ng would write. Thank goodness it was closer to Celeste Ng! Entertaining and I will rate it 3.75. #20BooksBy2020

Megabooks I feel the same. 👍🏻👍🏻 3y
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Only four more to achieve my #20Booksby2020.

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The Far Field | Madhuri Vijay
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Loved it. Such lush language and complex characters. I recommend it. #20Booksby2020

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Not book related exactly, but #audioknitting can be productive. Latest finish.

Nebklvr Gorgeous! 3y
MidnightBookGirl I love doing stuff while I listen to audiobooks!
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erzascarletbookgasm Lovely colour! 3y
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Laura317 And it looks so pretty! 3y
Chili Absolutely gorgeous!!! 3y
Deifio Cool! I sometimes get too distracted by counting that I can't keep following the story and then have rewind 😅 3y
Suet624 Beautiful! 3y
AmandaL Lovely! 3y
Samplergal Thank you all. I was on a knitting hiatus since my dad died. Just lost my mojo. I think I‘m back. 3y
Gissy Beautiful!👌 3y
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Truth.

tournevis Yup 3y
Chili Absolutely true, I‘m always in search of coffee. 😁 3y
Sharpeipup That's my husband. 3y
Gissy Me in the morning!👆 3y
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The Far Field | Madhuri Vijay
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Next up. Looking forward to this one. #20booksby2020

Theaelizabet I loved this book. I‘ll look forward to your thoughts on it. 3y
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A great audiobook! The immigrant experience and family are explored in this book. Watch out for this author. She is going places.

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Reckless Oath We Made | Bryn Greenwood
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This book will be polarizing. You will love it, as I did, or you will throw it in the DNF pile. Either way, you‘ll admit, this author can write about gritty topics that will reside in your head for a while. ❤️

TheLudicReader You had me at polarizing. 3y
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Wow! What a great resource for knitters that are garment knitters. Discussing how to knit sweaters etc that actually fit. The author actually gives great photos of it all. I‘m not that advanced in knitting and much was lost on me. If you are in this league of knitter, this is a great resource. #nfNovember ( forgot to push post last night) 🤪

Godmotherx5 Knitting a sweater is on my bucket list. Good book suggestion. #audioknitting 3y
Scochrane26 My friend is an amazing knitter. I‘m not sure if she has this book, but I‘ll tell her about it. 3y
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I recommend this book to all who want to know more about Patty Hearst. Again, the justice system shows us two tiered justice. One for the poor. One for the rich. #NFNovember

ljuliel Sad, this stuff happens every day . Money talks. 3y
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Very much enjoying this audiobook. I remember the whole Patty Hearst kidnapping, but this is the definitive history. #NFNovember

Zelma I really liked this one. I read Jonestown right before or after, and it was an interesting experience. There is a reference to Patti Hearst in Jonestown that placed everything in historical context for me. 3y
Samplergal And there is a reference to Jim Jones wanting his congregation to do the food drive as the SLA had ordered the elder Hearst to do! 3y
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The Dutch House | Ann Patchett
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Such a great book! Written in the character driven style of John Irving, Anne Tyler and now Ann Patchett, this is certainly my cup of tea. About families and forgiveness, in the end. I enjoyed it enough to give it all the stars.

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Non-Fiction | Chuck Palahniuk
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Two new books to add: A Warning by Anonymous- True Crime. Hold Still: made me smile. #nFNovember

Clwojick ❤️❤️❤️ 1pt 3y
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This was recommended to me and I‘m glad it was. Quite enjoyable as I pack boxes. #NFNovember

Clwojick 1 pt 3y
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Thanksgiving | Ellen Cooney

Books for Dealing with your Dysfunctional Family! Stuff one on your carry on!

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/25/books/great-thanksgiving-reads.html?te=1&nl=b...

Sace 😂 Very relevant post! 3y
Bookwormjillk Ha! 😂😂😂 3y
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A Warning | Anonymous,
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This is different from the others that came before it. Cultism is discussed as well as silent abetters. I wonder if we will know who the author is. Proceeds are going to a journalist cause. #nfNovember

AlaMich I think psychologists and sociologists will be dining out on DJT for decades to come. 3y
Samplergal @AlaMich I know my shrink is busy! Lol. 3y
AlaMich @Samplergal And also analyzing him and the myriad of psychological conditions/illnesses he suffers from. 3y
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A Warning | Anonymous,
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“The President‘s skirting around the truth is undermining our constitution. “#nfNovember

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A Warning | Anonymous,
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It just came in from my library. I‘m through the first chapter. Nothing new yet. Everything we know about this unfit con man. Anyone else reading it? #nfNovember

SexyCajun Hadn‘t heard of this one yet 3y
SamAnne I haven‘t put it on my TBR as of yet because I wonder how much will be new news. Will watch for your review. 3y
Samplergal @SamAnne It‘s very different, imho, and as must as I hate to say, worth the money and time. I hate the anonymous thing more than anything, but most of proceeds are going to a journalist organization, to encourage our free press. If I weren‘t moving, I would have purchased it. 3y
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Wow! A memoir of a dysfunctional upbringing and recovery. Reminiscent of The Glass Castle, this audiobook is just great. #nfNovember. #24b4Monday. #2

Andrew65 Sounds like something I need to read. 3y
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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Two book completed. #nfNovember. #24b4Monday I‘ve read about 15 hours so far.

Tonton Great selection!😎🌟 3y
Andrew65 That‘s great 👏👏👏😊 3y
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Next up for #nfNovember. #24b4Monday.

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Venice: A New History | Thomas F. Madden
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I just finished this article and I‘m so depressed. So many people don‘t believe climate change and here we are. I know it‘s not a book but important. #nfNovember

nelehelen SO important 3y
Palimpsest 😢 3y
BarbaraBB I can‘t believe many people DON‘T believe it. That seems so naive. 3y
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Megabooks @BarbaraBB exactly 😫 3y
Scochrane26 I get very frustrated & depressed, too. Especially when I read books or essays from 20-40 years ago that say the same thing as writers today. 3y
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Catch and Kill | Ronan Farrow
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More than 400 pages. Catch and Kill. #nfNovember

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