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andioop

Joined June 2018

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The Power | Naomi Alderman
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It‘s just an awesome book.
Those who hold power abuse it. They must. So we have to take it and start over. There‘s no other option.
And then, if the transfer is done successfully, things will eventually tip back over and the process repeats again. Violently.
That‘s what I got from this, anyway.

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A lovely and funny read. Done in two days.

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you ever read a book so beautiful you want to throw it across the fuckin room

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A Complicated Kindness | Miriam Toews
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This is a book about loss and how hard it is to be alive, alive as a teenage girl, alive as a teenage Mennonite girl. Yes everything is bad. So we love fiercely and we take care of each other. A masterpiece of feeling.

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A Complicated Kindness | Miriam Toews

“I would ask him if he remembers all that but I don‘t really want to have conversations about the past with anyone but myself. It prevents discrepancies from creeping in.”
The way Nomi talks about her missing sister is painfully similar to how I feel about mine.

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The Hall of Singing Caryatids | Viktor Pelevin, Andrew Bromfield
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Chaotic, beautiful, antifash, insane, reminded me of being high.

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Men Explain Things to Me | Rebecca Solnit
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It is satisfying yet so frustrating to see all the things you know are horrible about being a woman in the world and many you didn‘t know written down on paper. We must get together and do more. We cannot rely on elections to save us.
Massive content warning for sexual/gender/racial violence, specifically rape and abuse.

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Men Explain Things to Me | Rebecca Solnit
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Some women get erased a little at a time, some all at once. Some reappear. Every woman who appears wrestles with the forces that would have her disappear.

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This is nothing shy of a roller coaster. A story Westerners should know.
Another book after which I can only say: all borders are murder, and refusing refugees asylum is a moral atrocity. F-ck fascism. Etc.
There is so much about this world I do not know.
If you don‘t have time to read the book, watch the TED talk, it is well-revered.

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A really cool book. Nostalgia and repetition are stronger forces on us than anything else. Our behaviors do not just define our lives, they are our lives.

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The problem with the modern condition was the dearth of leisure. It took a force of nature to interrupt our routines.

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The Far Field | Madhuri Vijay
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Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. Loss never leaves us. We must try to see the world as it is anyway.
Content warning for suicide and violence. Specifically institutionalized, militarized, religious violence.

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This one is cute. It is the deeply sad story of an adult daughter watching her father‘s mind degrade. Too conscious of its humor at times. A bit like a Lifetime movie gone to print. But still cute, heartwarming.

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Sing, Unburied, Sing | Jesmyn Ward
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Beautiful, heart-breaking, exhilarating. Ward is so brilliant. Each sentence is so intentional and makes you ache. Finished this in just a few days (fast for me).
Huge content warning for drug use/addiction and violence (especially racial violence).

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Big Little Lies | Liane Moriarty
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Caucasian drama at its finest. Everything Desperate Housewives season 8 wishes it could be. Do I feel I was challenged intellectually by this book? No. But I did savor the drama and enjoyed the at-times nonsensical ride. lol

bookladyreads I really enjoyed this book. I've been reading more of her books. I read Truly Madly Guilty, which I hated and DNF'd, and I read Nine Perfect Strangers, which I rather enjoyed. Have you read any of her other books? 4mo
andioop @bookladyreads ohhh interesting! no I havent! my Mom bought The Husbands Secret so i might borrow that though! 4mo
bookladyreads @longisland_mom Yeah. I DNF'd Truly Madly Guilty around page 250 and then I read the last few chapters of the book. Which I only did because that book is being adapted into a limited series. 4mo
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Silent Patient | Alex Michaelides
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I thought this book was interesting, and definitely a quick read. The twist was satisfying. But it was also pretty simple and mostly predictable. Packed with in-your-face allusion and chapter-ending lines that are short and dramatic but don't really need to be. I don't regret reading it but would consider this a classic Mom book.

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A good read for those who want to hear from Arab Americans - their backgrounds and experiences, some harrowing, all rooted deeply in love and community. Surprising to my non-Arab self at times.

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It is hard to put into exact words the magic that this book is, and what it says so beautifully about the oftentimes bleak world we live in today, and what is to come. But I will say: it is the best book I've read this year, imo.

andioop Also, all borders are murder. 5mo
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You leave the sleeping shore deliberately; you shed your dusty clothes, pick your barefoot way over the high, slippery rocks, hold your breath, choose your footing, and step into the waterfall. The hard water pelts your skull, bangs in bits in your shoulders and arms. ... Can you breathe here? Here where the force is greatest and only the strength of your neck holds the river out of your face?

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The chapters in the first half are slow-moving. I didn't need every architectural detail. Still giving a 🤘🏼 because I flew through the ending and learned a lot and thought it was cool. The characters are all immensely interesting, it's nuts (and maybe hard to believe) Larson found so much detail.

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An American Marriage | Tayari Jones
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Love can't fix everything.
Prayer won't eradicate the carceral state. Only organizing can.

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Abdurraqib is so brilliant. There is so much feeling here, there is so much narrative in the music that I have loved all my life without knowing. So much love beyond that, too.
Not sure if it is a coincidence I have plans to see four different live shows in the next few months. 🤙🏼

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Leavers | Lisa Ko
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Kind of insane how this book made me feel both warm and cold at the same time. Love fiercely. Feel everything completely, hold even the hard parts right in front of your face.
Also, borders are murder.

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Heart Berries: A Memoir | Terese Mailhot
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TW on everything.
There was nothing, and it didn't always feel like absence, but a white room to paint.

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Heart Berries: A Memoir | Terese Mailhot
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"I washed my face again and again and considered that, if you knew more about my pain, I might feel less of it."

can't read too much of this book at once because i need cry breaks

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I read 90% of this book in one week, in transit to or from or while resting in the evenings in Havana. I stayed two blocks from the Malecón, which Victor visits. Amazing amazing amazing book

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The Lowland | Jhumpa Lahiri
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Black Marks | Kirsten Dinnall Hoyte
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Incredible nuanced heart wrenching all about trauma all the time

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Medicare for all + give your money to refugees

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In the Name of Salome | Julia Alvarez
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A Dominican man came up to me on the train to tell me how famous and important Salome is to his country and before that I had not realized she was real.

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Troubling Love | Elena Ferrante
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Weird af but engrossing

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Cried on the train a lot

Nute Welcome to Litsy! It‘s a warm and friendly community. I know that you will enjoy yourself here. I‘m looking forward to getting to know you!🙂 2mo
andioop @Nute Thanks!! 2mo
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She keeps it goin!!!!

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Lil judy blume-ish at first but heats up quick

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Misery | Stephen King
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Shits fucked