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SaraGarland

SaraGarland

Joined July 2019

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I bought this in a book sale at the local library last month. Time to give it a try!

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I went to a highly entertaining talk and signing this evening at Arkansas State University featuring Harry Thomason. He was a producer on two of my favorite shows, “Designing Women” and “Evening Shade.” He‘s also a proud native Arkansan. 🙂 I can‘t wait to get started on this one!

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Cold, rainy fall days call for good reading. Very much looking forward to reading this one after seeing her interview on CBS Sunday Morning.

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The Guardians | John Grisham
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This is an example of John Grisham on top of his game. While the resolution was somewhat expected and a bit “happily ever after,” the story, while complex, was interesting to follow and captivating. I‘d recommend it!

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I can think of very few things more terrifying than being unable to communicate while being completely aware of everything. The author‘s memoir articulates that fear and desperation, but also brings to light the small victories that sustain him as he begins to progress beyond the greatest depths of the illness that robbed him of so much.

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The Guardians | John Grisham
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I just received my copy in the mail. I live in the town where John Grisham was born, and I never miss one of his new releases. Looking forward to reading it!

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Malcolm Gladwell did a great job of connecting the dots with this one. Intriguing, eye-opening, and, as always, interesting.

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I‘ve enjoyed all of his books. Time to give this one a try!

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The Outsider | Stephen King
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In all honesty, I haven‘t read a ton of Stephen King. I‘ve read some of the big ones, and I‘ve seen several movie adaptations. I couldn‘t put this one down—that‘s for sure. His storytelling is still as superb as ever. I just wasn‘t particularly crazy about the material, which is my only reason for the “so-so” rating. He tells it well, though.

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Living in a university town means that you have access to free events and lectures. I am very glad I had the opportunity tonight to go to Joy Harjo‘s reading. It‘s not every day that you get to meet the Poet Laureate of the United States.

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The Outsider | Stephen King
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Do I need to worry when my mother loans me Stephen King books? 😜 Interested to start reading this one. I‘ll tell you what I think because, hey, that‘s what you do on Litsy. 🙂

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Small Sacrifices | Ann Rule
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I truly wish this was fiction and I have a terrible time believing that such evil exists in the world, but this is, indeed, a true story. The writing is very complete and thorough. Chilling.

ljuliel I‘ve read all of this author‘s books, and this one was her best, in my opinion. I liked it mainly because it told a more complete story, where lots of others of hers are books of shorter stories. The lady was definitely pretty sick. All for a man..... 🤨. She must‘ve not been very smart either. Who would ever believe the story she told so she could still have her freedom and live with her boyfriend ? 3mo
SaraGarland She did tell a very complete story. And I agree on your assessment of Diane. Very sick indeed. 3mo
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Small Sacrifices | Ann Rule
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I don‘t typically read a lot of true crime, but I watched the TV movie years ago and decided to give it a try. Difficult story to read, but Ann Rule‘s writing style is compelling.

Cathythoughts I see I have this one stacked! I agree , only read The Stranger Beside Me, but good writing style & 😱😱😱 3mo
SaraGarland It‘s a tough read, but hard to put down. 3mo
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Very thorough and offered background information that I never knew about some of the early space missions. If you‘ve ever seen “The Right Stuff” or are a space nerd in general, you‘ll enjoy this one. Excellent book!

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Friends of the Library | Susan Cushman
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I had a wonderful time today at Novel Memphis for Susan Cushman‘s book reading and signing. I‘m looking forward to reading this one!

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So far, so good! Very informative and engaging.

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Really looking forward to getting into this one. I love the history of the space program.

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One Year After: A Novel | William R. Forstchen
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Frankly, this was a laborious read for me. I‘m all for a good dystopian story—pleasant as they may be—and the idea here is good. However, for each painstaking description of John‘s G.I. Joe adventures, you get several extra paragraphs explaining how things used to be. But, wait—there‘s more! John is a MacGyver-style Renaissance man with the answers to everything. In other words, no really visible character flaws. (Everyone has those, right? 😜)

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One Year After: A Novel | William R. Forstchen
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I‘m hoping that it doesn‘t take me one year after I purchased this copy to finish it. 🤪 The first book in the series had a very interesting premise with a solid storyline, but needed some improvement to make it a “must-read” on my list. I never give up on a book, though!

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The Hart Women | Ellen Morris Prewitt
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Beautifully patient in cadence, this story took me into the family and their home.

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It‘s a classic for a reason. Somehow, though, I managed to get through high school and two degrees without reading it. So, I picked it up last summer. I couldn‘t put it down until I finished. I still can‘t put it down (as evidenced in the photo).

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The Hart Women | Ellen Morris Prewitt
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I went to a lovely event this evening at Novel Memphis in which Ellen Morris Prewitt, author, and Marisa Whitsett Baker, book binder, spoke about this book. I‘m looking forward to reading it. Each book is uniquely hand-bound. Very talented ladies indeed!

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Mehso-so

It took a little grit for me to finish this one. I think it could have been trimmed back a bit and retained its message. Also, the author stumbles into a bit more humble-bragging territory than necessary. Still, there are some very good, strong points that have been researched, and I‘d venture to say that you can use the information to work on your self-motivation.

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I read this one long before I knew Litsy existed! If you are a David Sedaris fan, this is like looking into the machinery that fuels the crazy little hamster wheel in his brain. If you are expecting to laugh out loud page after page per usual Sedaris, this is different, often delving into his more serious side. New Sedaris readers should start with his earlier books before tackling this one. Super fans, you‘ll love this!

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This quote is why I (and many others) believe in the importance of continuous learning and reflection. “As a colleague of mine likes to joke: some people get twenty years of experience, while others get one year of experience...twenty times in a row.”

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As you can probably tell from my expression, it took me longer than expected to finish this one. (Pun intended.) The material didn‘t hold my interest like I had anticipated that it would.

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If you have not read any of Harrison Scott Key‘s work, you should. Those of us from the South can particularly relate to the stories, but the humor is universal. He‘s a gifted storyteller and humorist. I‘d recommend starting with “The World‘s Largest Man” to understand his style and background.

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Once again, Oliver Sacks did not disappoint. The case studies themselves are quite fascinating, but his ability to write about complex medical issues without sounding too technical or too simplistic is what keeps me reading his books.