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Suet624
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I can see why they put such a bright cover on this book: it‘s depressing! The agony and ecstasy of an older single woman just about did me in. Her flights of romantic fancy and her vulnerability got to me. The writing was terrific and had me riveted to her story. While Judith and I have almost no similarities, the author put me squarely in her situation and it wasn‘t a pleasant feeling. #nyrbbookclub
@vivastory @Leftcoastzen

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Suet624
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Thoroughly enjoyed this story of a young woman searching for her mother. Following Tropical Storm Irene in Vermont, it appears her mother has been swept away in the flooding. The author touches on many topics: addiction, inhabitants of communes and the extended families that result, a hidden Abenaki heritage, the beauty and destructive power of nature, mother/daughter splits and discoveries, and of generations of women lovingly caring for others.

Reggie How was your pilgrimage?!!!! I‘m glad you made it back, Sue. 4d
Suet624 @Reggie You are so kind to ask, Reggie. I have so much to say but can‘t find the right words to use. It was profound for me and, at least for now, I am filled with peace. There were so many deep moments and loving gifts that I received and my heart is full. My small group of 4 was also able to have a leisurely breakfast with one of the visionaries, Mirjana, and it just added to the bounty. 4d
kspenmoll @Suet624 You are home! Sounds like an experience that no words can truly capture. ❤️❤️ 3d
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kspenmoll I am happy you enjoyed this book❤️ great review. (edited) 3d
Reggie I‘m so happy it went so well for you. 3d
ValerieAndBooks So glad you had a wonderful experience there 💖 3d
Suet624 @kspenmoll I returned on Friday and still having wonky sleeps. 😁 jet lag is new to me! It was a wonderful experience. Sometime we‘ll sit across from each other and I‘ll tell you all about it. 😍 3d
Suet624 @ValerieAndBooks Thank you so much. I feel blessed to have been able to go. 3d
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This wasn‘t quite what I was expecting but I admit I went in cold. What I am leaving with is finally understanding what a prosperity church is all about. I didn‘t realize that‘s what those mega churches are all about. There are a number of problems with their thinking, not the least of which is that if you have cancer it‘s your own fault. She highlights how that affected her throughout her treatment.

Cinfhen Wait??? What???? Cancer is your own fault!!!!! 😡I‘m not ok with that!!!!!! 2w
Suet624 @Cinfhen You‘re not thinking positively, you‘re not trusting God enough, you have sinned somehow. Ugh. 2w
readordierachel That is massively screwed up 😠 2w
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Cinfhen Ugh!!!! That‘s just terrible and in the name of God and religion makes it worse 2w
Texreader Ugh 2w
Reggie Boo. 2w
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Well over a decade ago, this book introduced me to Medjugorje, a holy site where Mary‘s presence is ever-present. At a time when I was looking for the Divine Feminine, Donofrio‘s book gave me just what I needed. Since then, Mother Mary has had a major impact in my life in large and small ways. Finally, after years of wishing I could go to Medjugorje, I leave later this week for a spiritual pilgrimage.

Stacypatrice How amazing!!! Wishing you safe travels and an incredible, life altering journey 💖 2w
Suet624 @Stacypatrice Thank you so much, Stacy. 2w
NHLibrarian Have a wonderful time! 2w
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Suet624 @NHLibrarian thanks, Melissa. I hope you are well. 2w
Reggie Omg, Sue! So you‘re going to Bosnia-Herzegovina? Be safe and I hope you have the journey you‘re looking for. (edited) 2w
Suet624 @Reggie Hahaha. Indeed I am. With a hacking cough and an earache, I‘m going to spread my virus all the way to Bosnia. 😳 Thank you for your good wishes. I‘m so very happy to be going. (edited) 2w
ValerieAndBooks Wow, safe travels and keep us posted on your trip (even if you wait until you get back). I‘m intrigued by the book; stacking it. 2w
Suet624 @ValerieAndBooks Thank you. Donofrio visits many Marian apparition sites throughout the book, but it was this site in particular that captured me. I‘ll be staying with one of the visionaries who was a child when Mary appeared to her and her friends. 2w
saresmoore This is wonderful, Sue! I can‘t wait to hear about your pilgrimage! 1w
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Water Dancer | Ta-Nehisi Coates
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What I appreciated: while the physical brutality of slavery is noted, it‘s the emotional brutality that Coates focuses on. The devastation of having your spouse and children sold, the riches acquired through the work and sale of you and your loved ones. The book had a bit more magical realism to it than I expected but it works. I have also realized that I have an elementary knowledge of Harriet Tubman and want to research her in greater depth.

AmyG Good review. I look forward to reading this. 3w
Suet624 @AmyG Thanks, Amy. I hope you like it. I liked the characters a lot but actually enjoyed the book more after I had finished and spent some time thinking about it in greater depth. (edited) 3w
ValerieAndBooks I thought I had stacked this already...but your review made sure I am now. And, agree with you on Harriet Tubman. I should know more about her -- we all should, I'm sure. 3w
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Suet624 @ValerieAndBooks if you know of a good book on her, I‘d appreciate any suggestion. Thanks! 3w
kspenmoll Wonderful thoughtful review! ❤️ 3w
Suet624 @kspenmoll thank you, Katherine. 3w
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Water Dancer | Ta-Nehisi Coates
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I was looking for pictures of water for this post. Came across a photo of two of my grandkids, cousins, this summer. Well they‘re close to water! 😀 But very far removed from the reality of this book I‘m reading. Holy Toledo. When I‘m not reading I‘m thinking about the characters and just want to get back to it. Coates has me completely wrapped up in the story.

LeahBergen Awww! What a gorgeous photo! 😍😍 1mo
Suet624 @LeahBergen Sam, the 10 year old, made that girl laugh so much for a full week. I‘ve never been around an 18 month old who laughed so hard or a 10 year old who had no qualms about making her his sidekick. 1mo
kspenmoll Adorable!!! 1mo
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batsy This is so cute! Love the photo 💕 1mo
Tanisha_A Just so cute! 😍 1mo
Reggie Omg, sooo cute!!! 1mo
Jeg Beautiful pic. 4w
britt_brooke Adorable! 3w
sisilia How adorable! 😍 3w
youneverarrived Gorgeous photo! 3w
Mdargusch So cute!!! 💞 3w
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Suet624
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Because of the long line of library patrons waiting to listen to this I only had enough time to read the first and last third of the book. Missed the entire part about the power of dreams. However, what I heard was interesting and informative enough that I‘ll get back in the queue. Now I know why melatonin never worked for me - it only informs your body that it‘s time to sleep. It doesn‘t actually help you fall asleep.

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Fire Next Time | James Baldwin
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I listened to this for the first time and I can see how this book could have blown the roof off in 1963. I venture to say it still can. I need to listen to this a second time to really catch all the points that Baldwin highlights.

ValerieAndBooks It‘s good. Some points he makes are still valid today. 1mo
Reggie I love him and Tanehisi-Coates for how precise their language is when conveying an exact idea. I had an epiphany back in February when I read this was that‘s why I love poets who write novels. That they spoke my language, the language of a good metaphor when the precise word has always escaped me. And that‘s what Baldwin is sooo good at. 1mo
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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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Need I mention just how much I miss her? How much I miss her partner? We were so fortunate, weren‘t we? I‘m so glad she wrote her memoir, allowing us to know in even greater detail the trajectory of her life. She is a woman of beauty, strength, and grace.

avgeyer I loved this book so much! 1mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Such a great read! 1mo
Jeannineth I read this last month and loved it. She is such an inspiring woman!!!⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1mo
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AmyG Such an amazing woman...and excellent writer. I miss them every single day. 1mo
Bklover I‘m with you. My heart hurts whenever I see a photo or article about them. I agree with @AmyG - I miss them every single day 💙 1mo
sisilia She‘s a wonderful lady 😍 3w
Suet624 @Bklover my heart hurts too whenever I see a photo of them. 3w
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“This country has failed its children, August, failed its own claims about democracy and humanity. The American Dream, in particular, sometimes seems more like a ghost haunting our way of thinking than like a sacred contract worth signing toward some future.” Amen to that.

#Vermont

Sace Just put this on hold at the library! 1mo
Suet624 @Sace I hope you like it. 1mo
BarbaraBB Such an amazing book 💔 1mo
Izai.Amorim So true and so sad. I read the other day that social mobility is higher in Sweden than in the US because everyone in that “socialist” country gets the same chance, free education from preschool to college, child care, etc. In the US your parents‘ class and social status defines yours. Time to elect Bernie! 1mo
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I understand complaints folks had with this book: her frequent conversation with her never-to-be-born child being the most discussed. However, I found this book to be outstanding in outlining class issues, naming them directly and providing historical details. Reagan did a number on the working class and for years people have voted against their own economic salvation. She did a good job telling her family‘s story which couldn‘t have been easy.

Hollie I‘m seeing her speak on Saturday! 1mo
Suet624 @Hollie that‘s awesome! Jealous! 1mo
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Received this ARC through Librarything. Included in the package was this bumper sticker. That‘s getting put on my car pronto. 💕💕

readordierachel Awesome 💕 1mo
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Quotes by Harjo and Berry. (Sorry if the type is too small for some to read.) A great beginning to a book as far as I‘m concerned. A Vermonter writes about a disappearance following Tropical Storm Irene. While this is fiction, the storm and a disappearance definitely happened. The thought was a young man was swept away. He was never found and I often think of him.

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The Nickel Boys: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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(Across the street from my house/those trees are bright red, though they appear to be orange in this photo!) Whitehead does a great job with this story, one that is horrific in detail. It brought to mind stories circulating about a Catholic orphanage in my neck of the woods. It‘s important that these events are placed in front of the public, but it‘s getting harder to take in the information. I really need to know there is good in the world.

LauraBeth Wow Sue - that is gorgeous! 😍 1mo
CrowCAH Sooo pretty 🍁 1mo
Suet624 @LauraBeth @crowcah we are having a spectacular leaf season here. No heavy rains or high winds to knock the leaves off the trees so all the colors are lingering. 1mo
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BarbaraBB It‘s absolutely gorgeous. I so want to visit your indian summer one day 🍁🍁 1mo
JennyM Beautiful 🍁 1mo
ValerieAndBooks It is gorgeous 🍂🍁🍂. And I know what you mean about wanting a balance between being aware of what needs to be changed and looking at what‘s happening that‘s good. 1mo
Suet624 @ValerieAndBooks it‘s just relentless isn‘t it? 1mo
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An easy-peasy (that‘s a technical term, obviously) read. 😀 A widow who feels guilty for not mourning the loss of her husband and a major league pitcher who has the yips (a truly technical term). A gentle romance novel with no big surprises but it was a welcome pause in my reading journey.

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Disappearing Earth | Julia Phillips
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The Litsy synopsis states Anthony Marra fans would like this book and I 💕 Marra. This novel is written in the same style as The Tsar of Love and Techno and has background stories similar to others written by Marra. Phillips weaves and blends stories to bring together a rich chorus of characters. The main theme, the disappearance of two young children and how it affects all involved throughout the course of a year, was a very satisfying read.

Tanisha_A Sounds very good! Great review! 👍 1mo
Suet624 @Tanisha_A thanks so much. 1mo
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Disappearing Earth | Julia Phillips
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The National Book Award list has arrived. Please, please let Disappearing Earth win. Okay, fine, the only other book I read on the list was Trust Exercise. I have the others in my pile waiting to be read. But still.... please let Disappearing Earth win. https://lithub.com/the-2019-national-book-award-finalists-are/

#Vermont Keith Edmunds Photography

BarbaraBB That one is on my wishlist. i really want to read it too! 1mo
Suet624 @BarbaraBB Just to be clear, I've read Disappearing Earth and loved it. :) 1mo
Mdargusch That is how I vote when GR has there going - the books I‘ve read must win! 1mo
Suet624 @Mdargusch Haha! Absolutely. 1mo
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Whiskey When We're Dry | John Larison
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Today I heard Elton John's 'Ballad of a Well-Known Gunman' as I was driving through the brilliant foliage of Vermont on a deserted road. It brought this book immediately to mind. There is a section in the book where a gunman hides in the mountains and this was the Vermont image that I had in my mind as I read it. The book clearly has been dogging me since I finished it. I'm double-thumbs-upping it.

Leftcoastzen That is such a beautiful photo! 1mo
Suet624 @Leftcoastzen Oh! I meant to credit the photographer. The image is a classic. Keith Edmunds Photography. It's an amazing view. 1mo
TheSpineView Stunning! ❤ 1mo
Hooked_on_books Gorgeous photo! 😍 1mo
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Whiskey When We're Dry | John Larison
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4.5 Stars. It‘s rare that I read westerns, but for some reason I chose to read this one. It kept me riveted from start to finish. The story of an orphan, a young woman who must pass as a man as she pursues her brother, a wanted gunman.

kspenmoll 👋🏻 2mo
Leftcoastzen This one is on my TBR. 1mo
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I haven‘t read anything by Holland but I heard her read some short stories last night and they sure were good. Her responses to other writers were thoughtful and encouraging.

#VermontStudioCenter

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The Astrologer | John Cameron
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My abbreviated horoscope for today. Seems like very good advice.

ReadingRachael Yes! Agreed 😊 2mo
kspenmoll Yes! 2mo
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Somehow the number generator that the Book Cougars podcast hosts used picked me!! Love surprises in the mail.

auntie_jenn loved this book. right up there with Pachinko. 2mo
Christine Oh yay! And I love The Book Cougars. 2mo
Centique That‘s so cool! I listen to that podcast, but I‘m behind at the moment - I‘ll hear the winner and for once I‘ll know who it is! 😊 1mo
Suet624 @Centique 👏🏽👏🏽💕💕 1mo
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Dog Beach: A Novel | John Fusco
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John Fusco wrote the screenplays for Crossroads, Young Guns, Young Guns II, Thunderheart, Hidalgo, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron and The Highwaymen, among others. He is also the creator of the Netflix series Marco Polo. He lives 4 miles away from me. He and his 11-piece band played the blues at our tiny Rocktoberfest event. I couldn‘t believe how good they were! He sounds like Randy Newman.

vivastory Fascinating!! 2mo
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I was grumpy going into this book. Quindlen has made a fortune talking about her life and for some reason that fact was bugging me. But she‘s a smart lady and I‘m a grandmother, so, okay, I‘ll check it out. Turns out she taught me a thing or two and did it with humor and a dose of kindness. Any grandmother would appreciate what she has to say. Here is Gracie May who popped a squat to talk about the sun spots on the sidewalk. Grandkids are 💕💕.

AmyG What a cute picture. She matches the leaves! ❤️🍁 2mo
Cortg Love her red hair! Enjoy every minute with her, she's precious!
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ljuliel I agree , her hair is so pretty. 2mo
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Suet624 @AmyG Haha. She does! 2mo
Suet624 @Cortg @ljuliel people actually yell out their car window to me, saying how much they love her hair. Her mom says folks used to do the same thing to her. 2mo
LeahBergen Lovely photo! 💕💕 2mo
Laura317 Precious girl! 2mo
marleed So sweet! 2mo
BarbaraBB Gorgeous pic 😍. And I‘ve loved some Anna Quindlen books decades ago! 2mo
batsy How precious! This photo is beautiful. 2mo
Reggie That‘s a beautiful pic!!! Have you ever read Black and Blue by her? That book is one of the first books to make me feel an empty pit of sadness. 2mo
ValerieAndBooks I love her hair, in case you didn‘t know 😊. My daughter ‘s girlfriend has red hair too, although its darker (almost auburn). 2mo
Smrloomis Look at that hair 😍😍😍 2mo
kspenmoll Gorgeous photo of your sweet Grace! 2mo
Suet624 @Reggie Yes, I read Black and Blue. At the time it seemed like such a different book for her to write. I had been reading her columns and wasn't used to her writing such a devastating book. She used to bring tears to my eyes because she touched a sweet spot in my heart. The tears from reading B&B were from sadness. 1mo
Suet624 @ValerieAndBooks Have I already mentioned that people in cars will yell out the window about how much they love her hair? 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @Suet624 I can totally believe people would do that. Her hair is gorgeous! 1mo
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We Should All Be Feminists | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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Of course everyone - men and women - should read this. I was saddened, though, by the fact that this is the exact same message that those of my generation were proclaiming in the 70‘s and 80‘s. The professional reviewers were so enthusiastic that I thought the essay might carry some hidden key that made all the difference to our struggle. It does not.

TrishB That always saddens me too. My daughter faces the same issues I did, with added internet!! 2mo
Suet624 @TrishB I was surprised by the visceral reaction that I had to the book. And the internet! Gah! 2mo
Hooked_on_books The more things change, the more they stay the same. I feel like the difference now is that there seems to be a broader buy-in, with #MeToo and other feminist issues at the forefront. And all of the women running for President. It feels like it has some more staying power this time, though time will tell. 2mo
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Aimeesue @Hooked_on_books The lens has definitely changed. Same message, and we're still dealing with the same issues, but society at large is SEEING those issues pretty clearly now, and we're calling them out directly en mass. My daughter's generation is not here to put up with anyone's bull. It's good to see. 2mo
Suet624 @Aimeesue @hooked_on_books She speaks a lot about situations in Nigeria. It seems to me that's the audience that would benefit from the book. I agree that we have moved forward in many ways. 2mo
Martyn_J_Pass This has piqued my interest. Going to grab myself a copy. Thanks. 2mo
Suet624 @Martyn_J_Pass thank you. was surprised to find it was a 45 minute audio. Pretty short. 😁 (edited) 2mo
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Another honor for Alison. Merriam Webster recognizes the Bechdel Test.

https://www.sevendaysvt.com/vermont/merriam-webster-adds-bechdel-test-to-its-dic...

Hooked_on_books Fantastic! 2mo
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It‘s my three year anniversary on Litsy. In that time Captain Adorable had grown as well. Here he is now, clairvoyantly wearing a unicorn with wings outfit for the parade which, for some reason, also included unicorns. (Confused yet? I sure was.) Of course the Velocireader shirt from Out of Print and a homemade necklace completed the ensemble. Thank you Litsy friends for three great years.

Birdsong28 Happy Litsyversery 🎉 🎊 📚 📖 2mo
Jas16 Happy Litsyversary 🎉📚🙌🏽 2mo
JennyM Yey...congrats! 2mo
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batsy Happy Litsy anniversary! ❤️ I love that 🦄 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Happy Litsy-versary! 🎈🎉 2mo
Reggie Happy Lityversary, Sue!!!! Unicorns are big in your town, yes? Weren‘t they dressed up as unicorns for the first day of school? (edited) 2mo
Jeg What a cutie. 2mo
Suet624 @Reggie September was the first month unicorns have invaded our village. 😀 2mo
Suet624 @Birdsong28 @Jas16 @JennyM @batsy @erzascarletbookgasm Thanks to you all for being my pals. 😀 2mo
ValerieAndBooks Happy Litsyversary 🦄 ! He is definitely growing up 💖. And I think I see a glimpse of Gracie May's red hair 😊 2mo
Suet624 @ValerieAndBooks thank you! And yes, what a great eye you have. That‘s the tiniest bit of Gracie‘s hair. 2mo
kspenmoll Sue, you take such lively photos! Happy Litsyversary. Wondering when I found you- ❤️❤️ 2mo
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I really enjoyed this book. Kagge writes about walking, which would seem to be a simple topic, but he has a lot to say. He adds the thoughts of other philosophers to round out the topic. If you need inspiration to get off the couch this book will help. However, I believe he would tell you to leave the earbuds at home.

On a personal note, one of my kids saw this photo and noted he looked like at least one of my past love interests. 😂😂

vivastory Great review, but now I'm curious about the love interest. Were you at one time dating Knausgaard? 2mo
Suet624 @vivastory Hahaha. I tend to go for the scruffy bearded guys with eyes that look like they've seen too much and wear sweaters like that. (edited) 2mo
Reggie As I was scrolling by I thought it was Rick Fox at first. Lol but upon your last comment, do they also live on boats? 2mo
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As a follow up to my last post. “In Whalen, Minnesota (population 62), folks had always wanted to have a parade but couldn‘t figure out a way to do it in a town less than two blocks long. They decided to have a “stand-still parade,” wherein the color guard ... marching bands, floats, horseback riders, and fire trucks (from other towns since Whalen didn‘t have any) stood still when the parade started and the crowd walked around the parade.” 😂😂😂

ValerieAndBooks He mentions this stand-still parade also, in this collection — its a clever idea 😊! 2mo
Suet624 @ValerieAndBooks I checked to see what you wrote about his other book. Might check it out. I absolutely loved the idea of a stand-still parade. I wonder if I could convince my village to try it out one year. 2mo
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Unicorns | Patricia D. Netzley
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The parade in our town is an adventure. Down the Main Street, interruptions galore, antique cars that stall, horses that don‘t want to move forward. Then it turns around and comes back again. All in the space of 15 minutes. 😂😂😂 As I waited for the parade to move forward I began to read my NYRB book. I looked up as I heard the crowd cheering - unicorns! I love this little village. It‘s just too cute for words.

vivastory 😂😂 2mo
Stacypatrice This. Is. Amazing. 2mo
Hooked_on_books Oh. My. God. 😂 2mo
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Suet624 @vivastory @Stacypatrice @Hooked_on_books Seriously a treat. 😂😂😂 2mo
ValerieAndBooks Awesome !! 🦄 🦄 what was the occasion for the parade? 2mo
Suet624 @ValerieAndBooks An annual event with a parade, vendors, book sale, kid games, music and neighbors. It‘s pretty sweet. 2mo
kspenmoll I cannot believe it‘s been 2 weeks since I visited you. That‘s what working does to me. 😟 2mo
Suet624 Did you visit me 2 weeks ago?? @kspenmoll (edited) 2mo
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Sleepless Nights | Elizabeth Hardwick
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I‘ve had many a sleepless night lately in which to read the random thoughts of this woman. I have to say that while it‘s a bit of a chore to read, there are passages that stun me. I see myself so clearly in her descriptions of the malcontent, of the snarky observer, of the person looking for meaning. I‘ve also known so many who are strident in their communist political views, yet end up living their lives like the rest of the “placid” masses.

merelybookish Nice! I also find some of her observations seering! 2mo
BarbaraBB Great review 💜 2mo
Suet624 @BarbaraBB thank you so much. 💕 2mo
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Salt to the Sea | Ruta Sepetys
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On the plus side, I enjoyed the audio. However, I must have been living under a rock because I had no idea it was yet another book about World War II (can we stop now?) and I didn‘t realize it was a young adult novel until I was almost done. That being said, it highlighted an event that I was unaware of. The author‘s note at the end was interesting and informative.

Emilymdxn I agree I find it so hard to read more World War Two novels, even if the individual novel is really good I just don‘t know what there is left to examine about it 2mo
Suet624 @Emilymdxn phew. Thank you for letting me know I‘m not alone in this. 2mo
Christine Same here! I can read one WWII book per year. At most. @emilymdxn 2mo
NHLibrarian Ha! I had this exact thought yesterday while working on my next library book order. It seemed like every book was set during WWII... I actually yelled out “pick another topic!” 😆 2mo
Suet624 @NHLibrarian why is it such a hot topic these days?? 2mo
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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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Michelle‘s description of the date that she & her husband had in New York 4 months into the Presidency was lovely. Then she mentioned how the Republicans went into overdrive saying how costly and extravagant it was to the taxpayers. How hypocritical, considering what we know about how the current occupant of that position spends our tax dollars. Not a peep from the Republicans. Golf anyone? Sorry to interject politics here, but I‘m infuriated.

Lynnsoprano You‘re not the only one 😄 2mo
Suet624 @Lynnsoprano Grrrr... 2mo
AceOnRoam I'm totally with you.... 2mo
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Hooked_on_books Republicans, hypocrites?!? I never noticed! 😑 2mo
Suet624 @AceOnRoam 👍👍💕💕 2mo
Suet624 @Hooked_on_books It just never ends! 2mo
ValerieAndBooks Drives me crazy!! 2mo
Reggie The other day I was trying to explain the Handmaid‘s Tale to someone at work and how her new book was a huge event. And how I felt that the book didn‘t need a sequel but then I thought, maybe the fcking times we‘re living in needed a sequel. Oh, Sue, here‘s hoping for something better next November. 2mo
Suet624 @reggie I think you‘re right about the sequel. Reggie, let‘s hope for something better and that the current occupant actually leaves when he loses. 2mo
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I often turn to Emmanuel‘s two books when I need to remember that every moment of my life I am offered the opportunity to choose between love or fear. “Fear tells you, “I want to make you safe.” Love says, “You ARE safe.”

#inspiration
#selfimprovementsept

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love that!! ❤️ 2mo
OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚❤️😊 2mo
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Not directly related to books, but more related to a passion that many of us share: the gift of music. I spent Friday night with 50,000 people at Fenway Park singing with The Who. Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, Ringo‘s son playing drums, and a huge orchestra behind them. The concert was beyond my wildest dreams. Luckily there are videos on YouTube so I can relive the moment. 😀 If they come your way, I encourage you to experience the magic.

Reggie That‘s awesome!! 2mo
LauraBeth I bet that was amazing! 2mo
LeahBergen How wonderful! 👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 2mo
Suet624 @Reggie @LauraBeth @LeahBergen Unbeknownst to me, Billy Joel played the next night. A friend of mine went to both concerts! I‘m not sure my system could have handled such abundance. 😂😂 2mo
TheBookHippie I saw it their first night-we were their kick off!!!! AND it was AHMAZING!!!! 2mo
Suet624 @TheBookHippie that‘s so cool!!! 2mo
TheBookHippie @Suet624 The orchestra and that violinist!!!! Sooo good! 2mo
batsy That must have been amazing 🙌🏽 2mo
Suet624 @TheBookHippie I‘ve been watching YouTube videos all week of the concert. You‘re right about the orchestra. They really added to the show. 2mo
Suet624 @batsy a week later and I‘m still thinking about it. 💕 2mo
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“Journeys of discovery are not something you start doing, but something you gradually stop doing.” Leander and Gracie exploring with their lawnmowers.

LeahBergen Gorgeous pic! 😍 2mo
Suet624 @LeahBergen thank you! That view is at the end of my street. It‘s stunning in the fall. And of course those kids! 2mo
ValerieAndBooks They're so cute! And that's a good quote -- something to think about. 2mo
kspenmoll They are such gifts for you! Vermont is so beautiful. 2mo
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Bettyville: A Memoir | George Hodgman
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At the end of July, the lovely George Hodgman committed suicide. He had been a well respected editor and wrote a terrific book about returning home to care for his mother. He would occasionally comment on my Facebook posts and for some reason I felt very close to him. He was funny and cared so much about so much. Yesterday I realized I hadn‘t heard from him and in looking him up I learned of his death. I‘m so sad that he needed to leave us.

Suet624 Please consider reading his book. It is a wonderful read. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/22/books/george-hodgman-dead.html (edited) 2mo
michellelav So sorry to hear about the author. I look forward to reading his book ❤ 2mo
Suet624 @michellelav I hope you like it! 2mo
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batsy I'm sorry to hear about this 💔 2mo
Leftcoastzen Oh no! I had no idea! I have not read Bettyville, but I have wanted to .better get to it.😢 2mo
pigeonsandcrows I loved Bettyville and I am so sorry to hear he died, especially in that manner. 2mo
ReadingRachael So sad to learn of his death 😓 2mo
Nute “He cared so much about so much.” I wish that I could have known him for that description alone. He will be missed in this world!💔 2mo
LeahBergen Oh, that‘s so sad. 2mo
Redwritinghood 💔💔 2mo
JennyM That‘s really sad 😔 2mo
GripLitGrl So sorry to hear 2mo
Suet624 @Leftcoastzen Oh, I hope you can find the time to read it. He had so much to say and you will definitely laugh out loud on several occasions. 2mo
Suet624 @pigeonsandcrows I'm so glad you loved it as much as I did. 2mo
Suet624 @Nute He will be missed. A number of months ago he had a manic episode where it looked like he might hurt himself. People went into overdrive on Facebook to find him and get him treatment. Hundreds of comments followed in which people expressed their deep love for him and his work. I'm glad that he saw those and I'm sorry it wasn't enough to keep him here. 2mo
Nute These kind of stories will always be heartbreaking. I have lived through this reality with a friend. It still hurts. It is nice knowing that he saw his messages of love and caring. I‘m sure there was comfort in those kind words. 2mo
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Open Season | Archer Mayor
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I‘ve never read one of his books but I understand he‘s popular. 😀 A Vermonter as well. 💕💕 Anyone want to come to Vermont for the foliage and the book talk?

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Long Way Down | Jason Reynolds
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I‘m still thinking about many of Reynolds‘ statements. Fluid, humorous, poetic, honest, painful. He was expected to talk for 35 minutes, do a Q&A for 30 minutes and then sign books. Instead he spoke & answered questions for 2 hours. Signed books for another hour. A wonderful presentation. On the plus side (for me anyway) a student athlete fell asleep and ended up with his head on my shoulder for the last hour. I felt oddly protective. 😍😂

AmyG Ha! The student must have been mortified when he found out. ;) 2mo
Suet624 @AmyG Haha. He wasn‘t! I said, “We just shared some moments together, didn‘t we?” He laughed and thanked me. 2mo
AmyG Ha....what a sweet kid. 2mo
Cinfhen How awesome and I love the connection you made!!! And I haven‘t forgotten about emailing you....my life got a little crazy and I‘m still trying to gain the reigns 2mo
Suet624 @Cinfhen no worries!! 2mo
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Long Way Down | Jason Reynolds
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A bit of a stretch, but my form of #selflove was wrangling a ticket to see Jason tonight at a small local college where this book was the “common read” for all incoming students. I love this guy and was thrilled to get one of the few tickets available. A side note: the mother of the little boy I babysit organized the event, picked up Reynolds at the airport and went to dinner with him. Three hours of his time all to herself. Sigh.

Redwritinghood Jealous! I have a little bit of a crush on him. Would love to see him in person. 2mo
Suet624 @Redwritinghood 💕💕💕 2mo
OriginalCyn620 That‘s awesome! 😊 2mo
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readordierachel So cool. Excellent self-care. 2mo
Bookzombie That‘s awesome. He was at our book festival in 2018. I have a bit of a crush like @Redwritinghood ☺️ 2mo
Suet624 @Bookzombie if you can‘t tell, I have a crush too. 💕😂 2mo
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This is so true! 😂😂

Cinfhen Day 7 with no sugar/ chocolate and I‘m still CRAVING!!!! 2mo
Suet624 @cinfhen i had to give up sugar in order to effectively treat Lyme Disease. It's the hardest thing ever. It's in everything!!! And it was like invasion of the bodysnatchers. I would come home with items that I couldn't eat but my brain had tricked me into buying them!! Activated charcoal helps a lot. Good luck! 2mo
Cinfhen Oh God!! That‘s torture but I‘m so glad it‘s helped your Lyme Disease. And I know what you mean about sugar in EVERYTHING 😫😫😫what‘s activated charcoal??? 2mo
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Suet624 @Cinfhen well it‘s charcoal that‘s activated. 😁 whatever that means. It‘s in capsules. It binds up the yeast that accumulates from detoxing from sugar. I could talk about it more if you‘d like. 2mo
Cinfhen When do u take them?? How often?? Do u buy them at a health store? Pharmacy?? Im intrigued 2mo
julesG @Cinfhen Charcoal is good. But don't get the BBQ variety 😁It's that stuff survivalists use to purify water that you need. You could take it at any time of the day. Unless you take medication, then make sure you take it 2 hours after your meds. You can get them at a pharmacy, or online. Not sure about health food stores. 2mo
Suet624 I‘ll send a link tonight to what I get. I‘m at a wedding 👰woohoo!! @Cinfhen (edited) 2mo
Cinfhen Thanks so much @julesG @Suet624 hope you‘re having fun 💕 2mo
Suet624 @Cinfhen https://www.dailybenefit.com/products/activated-charcoal-by-integrative-therapeu... is the type the naturapath recommended. If you want more info, email me at suet624 at gmail and I can let you know loads of info. 😁 (edited) 2mo
Cinfhen I will definitely be emailing you!!! Thanks 🙏🏼 2mo
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Peaceable Kingdom | Jack Ketchum
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I own a small cabin on a lake that I am currently renting to someone so that I can live close to my daughter's family and babysit my grandchildren. This is an incredibly peaceful lake, no motor boats allowed, where the Canada geese teach their young'uns to fly, where turtles, fish, and a heron are regular visitors. I've been away from it for 5 years and sometimes I really miss it. But it's there waiting for me!
#FavoriteReadingSpot

AmyG Gorgeous ❤️ 2mo
TheSpineView Lovely! 💜 2mo
PurpleyPumpkin Beautiful 😍 2mo
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batsy Wow, that is stunning ❤️ 2mo
OriginalCyn620 Beautiful! 😊 2mo
Zelma That is just beautiful. 2mo
BestDogDad Wow! 2mo
Reggie That sounds like the first paragraph of a book, Sue!!! 2mo
youneverarrived That is lovely. 2mo
LauraBeth Wow - this looks beautiful! 2mo
kspenmoll Gorgeous. You@must miss it but those beautiful grandbabies...! 2mo
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Fall Leaves | Loretta Holland
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@Leftcoastzen from my walk today.

Leftcoastzen Wow, trade you! It‘s going to be 108 here😡 2mo
Suet624 @Leftcoastzen Ouch. Maybe we should meet somewhere in the middle. 2mo
Susannah Beautiful! Summer has apparently just started in southern California. I will never get used to the wonky seasons here. 2mo
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squirrelbrain Lovely! 🍁 2mo
Suet624 @Susannah Southern California has always confused me. 😁 2mo
Christine So pretty! And yes, what @Susannah said (make it stop! 🥵😝). 2mo
saresmoore Beautiful! 2mo
Suet624 @Christine I‘m so sorry. That temperature is just unbearable. 2mo
Suet624 @squirrelbrain @saresmoore it is, isn‘t it? no filter or anything. 😍 2mo
Melissa_J The leaves on the tree on our front lawn are starting to turn. I‘m totally okay with it though. My allergies are horrible this year and I need fall and cooler temperatures to arrive! 2mo
kspenmoll I just found my first on a walk yesterday with my neighbor. Not ready to see them at all- still in summer mode. 2mo
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I am loving this book.

kspenmoll I have seen our US Senator, Chris Murphy, on walks in my neighborhood more than once & we have spoken. I love that he does this- CT is a small manageable walking state! 2mo
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Beauty's Kingdom | A.N. Roquelaure
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I love books. Of course! Additionally, it‘s the beauty of Vermont and the artists who live here and decorate silos that make me happy. I‘m so thankful that I live four houses away from two of my four grandchildren and that I see them every day.

@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks They are beautiful ❤️❤️❤️ 3mo
britt_brooke Cute grandbabies! 3mo
Suet624 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @britt_brooke I‘m waiting for someone to mention Children of the Corn. 3mo
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Leftcoastzen Cute! Are the leaves turning already or is that a photo from last year? 3mo
OriginalCyn620 Adorable! ❤️😊 3mo
Suet624 @Leftcoastzen that photo is from last year but my son is leading bike tours from northern Vermont to Canada and he says the leaves are changing close to the border. 3mo
Reggie All of it, so lovely!😊 3mo
Centique So beautiful 😍 2mo
kspenmoll Gorgeous photos! 2mo
Nute Lovely! 2mo
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Whiskey When We're Dry | John Larison
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I‘ve been so good about not going to the library and, instead, reading my own books from my own shelves. Today I caved and brought home 4 books. I feel excitement and annoyance at the same time. 😂😂😐

kspenmoll I so get it. 😉 3mo
Suet624 @kspenmoll Thank you!! 😁😁 3mo
Leftcoastzen Happens to me all the time! 3mo
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saresmoore Oh, the burden of abundance! I totally understand! 3mo
Suet624 @saresmoore @Leftcoastzen definitely a first world problem. 😁 3mo
Tamra It‘s a pleasurable first world problem. 3mo
Jeg I know that feeling well. 2mo
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The Corner That Held Them | Sylvia Townsend Warner
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The September NYRB Book Club has just arrived. Nuns, a Benedictine convent, the 14th century, and the Black Death. Just my cup of tea.

#SelfImprovementSept
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620
#SomethingNew

batsy Oooh, yes! Want 😍 3mo
ValerieAndBooks Looks intriguing! Stacking. 3mo
LeahBergen I‘ve been eyeing this one! 3mo
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AmyG It DOES sound good! 3mo
SamanthaMarie Ooo definitely stacked!!! 3mo
OriginalCyn620 New books are always a good thing! 3mo
youneverarrived Ohh I think I‘ll have to order this one! 3mo
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Leander feeding Gracie the imaginary strawberries from the book. After a three day weekend these two were so excited to see each other again. They‘ve been reading books together on the couch for 45 minutes. 💕💕

Tanisha_A Oh my! This is adorable! 😭 3mo
Simona 😍😍 3mo
BarbaraBB 😍 3mo
ValerieAndBooks Such a sweet friendship 😍❤️!! 3mo
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sisilia You are in for a treat! 😍 3mo
MicheleinPhilly I really enjoyed this one! 3mo
OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚😊🌸 3mo
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Macnjen Very cool cover art! (edited) 3mo
BarbaraBB Another NYRB 😍 3mo
LeeRHarry One of my all time faves - hope you enjoy! 😊 that is a fab cover! 3mo
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Let me just say that if not for audio, I never would have made it through this. There was too much mind-numbing detail. However, here‘s what I got from it: staff members (Sea Org) would either make very good prisoners or very good prison guards. The forced isolation, ongoing punishments and interrogations, forced labor, snitching, family separation, adherence to policy & rules are unreal. And get this: women in authority are addressed as ‘Mr.‘

Megabooks It kind of felt like accounts of totalitarian states to me. 3mo
Suet624 @Megabooks yes! Exactly! 3mo
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