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State of Terror: A Novel | Louise Penny, Hillary Rodham Clinton, To Be To Be Confirmed Simon & Schuster
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An entertaining high-stakes political thriller about a new Secretary of State who works for a president she actively campaigned against and must quickly uncover an international conspiracy that could kill thousands of people. A well-paced, entertaining thriller, with strong characters, insider details, and some nods to Louise Penny's Gamache series.

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Snowy Day | Ezra Jack Keats
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1. F@#$ no.
2. Sitting in my warm house, with a hot cup of coffee, reading a good book, occasionally looking out the window and being glad to not be out in the snow.

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Tagging anyone who wants to do it

TheLibrarian Your answers 100% reflect what mine would be 🤣 2w
TheSpineView Thanks for playing and happy Tuesday! 2w
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Crazeedi My thoughts exactly!! 2w
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Oceanic | Aimee Nezhukumatathil
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This was my last book finished in 2021.

Nezhukumatathil's poetry finds metaphor and meaning in nature, particularly the aquatic, to accentuate her personal poems about love, being a mother, and life in general with its joys and sorrows. There are poems that speak to the destructiveness of climate change, sensuous poems that liken ourselves to like fish or other animals, poems full of wonder, deep admiration, & awe for the natural world.

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Happy New Year! | Greg Roza
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Happy 2022!

Nute Happy New Year, James!💜🥳💜 2w
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An incredible anthology of Chinese poets from 1500 BCE to 1200 CE translated into English including biographical and historical sketches, discussion of the difficulties and challenges of translation, the role of women in the tradition, and the relationship between these poets. This is an essential book for anyone interested in the classic period of Chinese poetry. Highly recommended.

Dilara This sounds fantastic! 3w
Thndrstd @Dilara it is 👍 3w
SRWCF Sounds amazing! 2w
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Today‘s gentle reminder

Suet624 They forgot ”and read” 3w
Thndrstd @Suet624 True. ❤️ 3w
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Orwell's Roses | Rebecca Solnit
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The term Orwellian has became pervasive in our lives, reflecting one writer's fears and warnings about fascism and power. In this extremely well-researched, timely, & smart book, she looks for what George Orwell loved, what drove him to write so powerfully, and ultimately his optimism. In the midst of horror, Orwell always sought beauty & hope. A great examination one of the greatest writers in the English language. Highly recommended.

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1. Just some peace & quiet & reading time. It‘s been too hectic.
2. No. We‘re driving to our holiday destination and snow would make it an enormous hassle. It can snow when we get back.

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How Do You Live? | Genzaburo Yoshino
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Copper is fifteen and coming into his own as a young man whose uncle guides him through some of the bigger philosophical questions of his life. This book has shaped many Japanese lives, most notably the filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki who has come out of retirement to put this on screen. It would have made a deeper impression on me when I was younger, but this is the first time the book has been available in English and is an engaging, thoughtful read.

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Her first new collection in twelve years, Rita Dove's latest book shows why she is a Pulitzer winner and one of our best living poets. She explores the joys and pains of living and history in her unique poetic voice that goes from anger to elation with breathtaking beauty. Highly recommended.

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With all our family obligations, we‘re doing an early Christmas unwrapping of gifts from immediate family and I‘m excited about this gift.

Happy holidays, everyone!

SRWCF He's so great! An awesome actor, too. 2w
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Been buying a lot of books lately. This one arrived today and I‘m excited. #bookmail is the best mail.

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Patricia Campbell's workaholic husband, ungrateful kids, and suburban life makes her long for excitement. Her only outlet is her book club, where her friends read true crime stories. When a charming mysterious man moves in next door, she gets more than she bargained for as he may be a vicious killer, perhaps even supernatural. A fun take on the vampire genre with a truly terrifying creature and a send-up of suburbia.

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Mira left Kipsen years ago with no intention of returning. When her childhood friend invites her to Celine's wedding, she goes despite misgivings. The wedding is to be held at the recently restored & renovated Woodsman Plantation, now a tourist attraction with antebellum reenactments & mostly black staff. The plantation is also rumored to be haunted by the slaves who were tortured and killed there. A good mix of horror & reckoning with the past.

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An Irish teenager with Asperger's and a deep love of the natural world becomes an inspiration for many along the way as he shares his love and advocates on behalf of the environment. It's a beautifully written book of a young man learning about himself, teaching its readers about the struggles of those on the spectrum, and to appreciate the natural world around them.

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Coffin Honey | Todd F. Davis
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A selection of poems about the violence people do to one another as well as to the natural history. Trigger warnings abound, and so much heartbreak and hardship can be difficult to read, but Davis is a strong poet and makes the reader question why we continue in this way.

[I received an advanced e-galley of this book through NetGalley. It is due to be published February 1, 2022.]

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In a very small village in Iceland, events lead its inhabitants to ponder the bigger questions of life, existence, happiness, and love. More of a series of connected stories than a novel, this beautifully written short book was written with love and playfulness.

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The Sleeping Beauty | Hayden Carruth
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A beautiful book-length poem in which the poet explores love through the various voices and narratives of myth and contemporary life. A powerful piece that demands reading and rereading.

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Gnarled Hollow | Charlotte Greene
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A fun list from Book Riot of some overlooked recent titles https://bookriot.com/the-best-books-youve-never-heard-of-fall-2021/

wanderinglynn Some interesting books on this list! 👍🏻 3mo
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You Better Be Lightning | Andrea Gibson
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Andrea Gibson mines her own traumas and challenges as a queer woman in a heteronormative and misogynistic culture to find deep heartfelt beauty. This new collection further solidifies her growing reputation as a poet and performer who brings authenticity and enlightenment to the world.

[I received an advanced e-galley of this book through Netgalley. The book will be released November 9.]

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In this delightful essay collection, Bill Holm brings his poetic eye for detail and his love of language to examining life in his small-town in the Midwest (Minneota, Minnesota). Beautiful written and thoughtful essays about his extended family, their transitions from Iceland to Minnesota, the joys and resurrected griefs of old family movies, the love of food and its own traditions. Highly recommended.

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White Magic | Elissa Washuta
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Pretty much every trigger warning possible. A strong collection of essays about being Native American, cultural appropriation, love, sex, colonization, and being in the contemporary world. Often difficult to read for its subject matter and challenging. Washuta is a brave writer who tears at her own wounds to find the truth within them.

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October, October | Katya Balen
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Happy October, everyone!

Gissy Beautiful!🙌🍁🍂 4mo
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The Chill: A Novel | Scott Carson
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Many years ago, the town of Galesburg in the Catskills was flooded to provide water downstream to New York City. But the river and its inhabitants have a long memory and a desire for vengeance. This is a compelling ghost story with strong characters. Full of genuine creepiness and very entertaining.

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Monkey Wrench Gang | Edward Abbey
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This was a long overdue reread for me. I read it in my early 20‘s, almost 30 years ago. I loved it then and I still do tho now I see more of its problems, i.e. its sexism, its lack of real plot, it being v much of the 70‘s when it was written. Still, it‘s well-written, v funny at times, and I still cheer on the gang and their anarchic ways.

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Been on a book-buying kick lately. Especially older books of poetry

#bookmail is the best mail
#readtheoldstuff

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Songs of Unreason | Jim Harrison
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I am a huge fan of Jim Harrison‘s poetry. Over the last couple of days, I‘ve reread this one and I‘d forgotten how good it is but I could say that about any of them. I own most of his poetry and I revisit it often.

Tamra Have you read this one? 💜 4mo
Thndrstd @Tamra yes, several times ❤️ 4mo
Tamra @Thndrstd I also love Kooser‘s postcards to Harrison! 4mo
Thndrstd @Tamra I love that one too and I‘m due to reread it soon 4mo
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Korean concert pianist writes a conversational self-help book/memoir that displays the wisdom she has gathered while becoming successful in a demanding discipline. She talks about her love of classical music and her wanting to share and spread that love. She includes insights on some of her favorite pieces. A lovely self-help book that will help anyone, not just those in the arts.

[I received an advanced copy from the publisher.]

BookwormM Love that cover 4mo
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Elle bravely shares her own trials and triumphs as she implores her readers to find their way with courage and self-love. While it has a self-help feel, it reads more like memoir and, in a gentle way, a case study of how to live a lovely if not perfect life.

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A strange & provocative work of non-fiction. It starts with the author searching for a hidden manuscript of the composer Bela Bartok, which lead to his involvement making a horror movie in the Arctic. Ruminations and meditations abound & the writing is sharp and sometimes jarring. Not for everyone, but there are pleasures to be found in this writer's struggle with art, family, & alcohol.

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Comfort Book | Matt Haig
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As with two of his previous books, Reasons to Stay Alive dealing with depression and Notes on a Nervous Planet dealing with anxiety, this book of very short essays serves to provide the reader with comfort and consolation in the midst of the stress and anxiety of the modern world. Having read the earlier books, I felt this was a bit repetitive, though it does provide insight and comfort & is a gentle reminder to our better selves on how to live.

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Hayden Carruth lived and breathed poetry and his vast oeuvre is represented in this too brief book, a selection of poems chosen by his editor Sam Hamill. What is here is great, beautiful, and truly representative. But there is so much to Carruth that feels missing here. This might be a "portable" Carruth and a strong introduction, but one hopes it leads readers to find the full books and explore the poet's full range.

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Harrow the Ninth | Tamsyn Muir
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The sequel to Gideon the Ninth is very different from the earlier book, a purposefully disjointed challenging narrative that follows Harrowhark as she and a band of characters as they prepare to fight a threat to all existence. A distinct and smart blend of mystery, horror, science fiction, and existential rumination, this book is even better than its predecessor and I look forward to book 3 in this series and anything else this author writes.

VioletBramble I was so confused at the beginning of the book. Then I figured there must be a reason why things are so different from the end of the first book. I ended up loving it. This reminds me to check on the release date for Alecto the Ninth. 6mo
Thndrstd @VioletBramble I‘m with you. It‘s really confusing at first but like you said there had to be a reason. Alecto will be out sometime in 2022. 6mo
VioletBramble Interesting. I'm always happy with more books. Thanks for tagging me on this update.
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Cabins of Minnesota | Bill Holm, Doug Ohman
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A coffee table book of photographs by Doug Ohman of cabins tucked away in Minnesota, most near one of the state's many gorgeous lakes. The highlight for me is the text by the poet Bill Holm who ruminates on the importance of having a place to get away from it all and how this idea is deeply ingrained in American (think Thoreau) as well as Scandinavian culture. A lovely little book.

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While Carver is best known for his fiction, he wrote a great deal of poetry in his lifetime and this book gathers all the poems, including several not included in his published collections. Like his stories, his poems concern the domestic life, relationships, alcohol, and rivers. The collection charts his growth as a poet, particularly near the end of his life as he found love and happiness while also battling the cancer that killed him.

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Rosenbloom is a rare book & medical librarian who seeks out anthropodermic bibliopegy, i.e., books bound in human skin. There are many reported accounts of books in libraries & private collections. Her team investigates using scientific testing. Most turn out to be false. But there are some that are true (she identifies 17). The book is interesting with many asides about the history, ethics, and science of using human skin to bind books.

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Low, Low Woods (Hill House Comics) | Carmen Maria Machado
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Best friends El and Vee wake up in a movie theater with no memory of the film at all. They live in the small town of Shudder-to-think Pennsylvania where illness, memory loss, and strange creatures and occurrences are not uncommon. El and Vee work to unravel what happened to them and, in doing so, uncover the horrible mysteries and history of their town. Some unsettling images highlight the story.

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An interesting, informative book about the biology and history of the Brood X periodical cicada that are making their appearance in 2021. The observations of settlers and early studiers of the often-misnamed "locust" are really interesting. A good introductory text about this unique insect.

Karkar Oh man their eyes are soooo red in person. It makes them so freaky. They have really died off here. 7mo
Thndrstd @Karkar yeah, they‘re dying off here too 😢 7mo
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A disturbing story of a woman who, haunted by dreams and dark images, refuses to eat meat and becomes insane in the eyes of her society, particularly men. But her "madness" is a result of a domineering, violent, patriarchal culture. This short compelling novel is sometimes difficult to read, but beautifully written and realized.

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After an escaped group of criminals breaks into the house that June and Liam are watching, Liam is taken by them. June grabs a strange Viking axe & flees. When she uses the axe to defend herself, she decapitates the man but his head lives and talks. Soon she will learn a lot of secrets about the residents of Brody Island as she carries an increasingly full basket of talking heads and her axe. A fun, gruesome, macabre story full of twists & humor.

peaknit Sounds crazy, I love it! 7mo
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The Book of Coffee and Tea | Joel Schapira, Karl Schapira, David Schapira
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I think this everyday.

Good night, everyone.

Crazeedi So perfect 7mo
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Growing up, eager to be an artist and suddenly surrounded by teenagers obsessed with sex, Burgess struggles with her asexuality. The book provides not only the story of the author's struggles, but important information about asexuality as it continues to be understood and accepted.

Megabooks I love this graphic memoir! 💜🖤🤍 7mo
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Gideon the Ninth | Tamsyn Muir
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When the Emperor summons necromancers, Harrow the Ninth recruits Gideon to serve as her cavalier. This fun novel is a Gothic mystery, full of unexpected twists, swordplay, sorcery with skeletons, and snarky characters.

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Goldenrod: Poems | Maggie Smith
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Motherhood and the struggles of raising kids in a complex, unforgiving dangerous world figure prominently in this collection of poems which searches for love, hope, and kindness. Her poems find beauty in the everyday, in flowers, in the human, and even in foibles like autocorrect.

[I received an advanced e-galley from #Netgalley. The book is due to be published July 21, 2021.]

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In this short book, the authors want us to focus on 12 key areas of our lives to find more fulfillment and growth: space, work, spirituality, food, style, nature, communication, home, sensuality, creativity, learning, and community. While it emphasizes these, it provides a lot of practical guidance, questions to ask oneself, and ways to incorporate these ideas into our hectic lives.

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Kim Addonizio's poetry comes across at times as gruff, but beneath it beats a soft tender heart searching for love and kindness in an often-cruel world. For me, the standout poem of this collection is "Knowledge" (available online at https://verse.press/poem/knowledge-2400056953145417876). A strong collection.

Nute Stacking immediately! I‘ll be shopping for it this weekend!🙂 7mo
Thndrstd @Nute enjoy! 😀 7mo
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If you read Agatha Christie or cozy mysteries of many sorts or watch Midsomer Murders, you know that rural England is probably more dangerous than the worst areas of London. With wonderful Edward Gorey-esque art by Jay Cooper, this book gives you advice if you must go to a quaint English village to avoid being murdered, although complete avoidance is best.

[I received an advanced e-galley through #Netgalley. The book is due September 14, 2021.]

DrexEdit Love this! I have been working my way through Midsomer Murders. It's amazing how many people are murdered there! 😂😂 7mo
johncadams I live in a quaint English village and I can tell you, not getting murdered is practically a full-time job. 7mo
Thndrstd @johncadams 😂 😂 😂 7mo
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Collecting the finest from his earlier books as well as a separate book's worth of uncollected material written before the poet's death, this book is an excellent introduction to this underknown writer. His poems focus on his passions - life, the piano & classical music, his love of Iceland which he visited for long periods, his search for humanity and dignity in the contemporary world. I'm so glad I discovered him. Highly recommended.

DivineDiana This sounds wonderful! Stacked! 8mo
Thndrstd @DivineDiana it is wonderful. Enjoy. 8mo
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Blue Pastures | Mary Oliver
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A short book of essays by the renowned poet, discussing her usual themes - nature, poetry, her creative process. She brings a poet's sensibility and love of language to her essays.

DivineDiana Love her poetry and your deck! ❤️ 8mo
Thndrstd @DivineDiana thank you ❤️ 8mo
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Everybody | Olivia Laing
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A thoughtful, thought-provoking, expertly researched book about what it means to inhabit a body written in a time when so many bodies and the related freedoms and rights are under assault. Laing uses the difficult life of psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich, who studied under Freud but had a falling out, to explore gay rights, civil rights, feminism, and racism. Well-written, powerful, and insightful.