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charl08

Joined October 2016

"Then practice losing farther, losing faster..." Lost without a book. ❤ penguins both ??
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The Essential June Jordan by June Jordan, The June Jordan Literary Estate Trust
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Should we admit to being idiots?

[A subheading in my current read. But possibly more widely applicable]

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Fallen the forest that one time...

Hallgrímur poetry extract in this novel.

BarbaraBB I love this author 1d
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Days of Old | Maylis Besserie
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Not the right book, but the same author.

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Zorrie | Laird Hunt
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A lovely gentle book, following one woman's life from the Depression to old age.

Dragon Beautiful passiflora 🌸 💚🐉 3d
BkClubCare What a cool plant! 3d
Sparklemn That flower is gorgeous! 3d
charl08 @Dragon @BkClubCare @Sparklemn it surprises me again every year. 2d
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Joan Is Okay | Weike Wang

Much of any culture can be linked back to eating and food, food and care, eating and language. To eat one's feelings, to eat dust, words... to eat someone else alive.... Chinese isn't any different from English in this way... To eat punishment or get the worst of it, chi kui. And, most important, to eat hardship, suffering, and pain, chi ki, a defining Chinese quality, to be able to bear a great deal without showing a crack.

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Joan Is Okay | Weike Wang
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JANUARY WAS WELLNESS MONTH at the hospital, and HR sent us daily reminders to take time for lunch. ... On a scale of one to ten, what is your level of well? I found the last question confusing. Was ten the well of one? Because for patients there was a similar scale: in every exam room a series of cartoon faces morphed from happy to sad, from one to ten for pain and well on that scale was a one, while ten was exceedingly not.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks If it‘s anything like where I work your level of well is 👎🏻 At least they asked!! That‘s more than we get! 🤦🏻‍♀️ 6d
LiteraryinLawrence I really like her writing, from the 2 books I‘ve read by her. 5d
charl08 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks kind of the opposite: they ask, but the methods to "help" don't address the wider issues in the sector. 4d
charl08 @LiteraryinLawrence this was my first, but I hope not the last. 4d
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Joan Is Okay | Weike Wang
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I told them that the last time I saw my father was in spring. He had been in New York for business.... He bought me a cup of coffee and I was almost done with it when he had to leave and catch his flight. But to China, I rarely went, nor did I consider myself too Chinese.

The moment those words left my mouth, I wondered why I had said them. What was wrong with being too Chinese? Yet it'd always seemed that something was.

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More dangerous reading....

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Cathythoughts Sounds good 👍🏻❤️stacking 7d
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More tempting reviews, more attempts at resistance (to getting my online shop on).

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https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/05/books/review/metaphysical-animals-clare-mac-c...

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Of course, words in computers tend to disappear, become nothing, become locked up in old programs, be erased when the computer crashes and our thoughts and actions turn to air; in a hundred years, let alone a thousand, no-one will know that we existed.
.... one day we come across old letters and something strange stirs inside us, we sense a thread that reaches from us back into the dimness of the past

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The Essential June Jordan | June Jordan, The June Jordan Literary Estate Trust
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Another one I didn't buy (it was in my library collection). Reading Jordan as she is newly included in an exam board list, and one of many I'd not read (and would like to).

https://www.ocr.org.uk/news/ocr-adds-diverse-voices-to-poetry-for-gcse-english-l...

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The Essential June Jordan | June Jordan, The June Jordan Literary Estate Trust
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From "It's Hard to Keep a Clean Shirt Clean"

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The Essential June Jordan | June Jordan, The June Jordan Literary Estate Trust
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Poetry means taking control of the language of your life...

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I began reading even more than I normally did, with no censor to guard Baba Jan's library now, until Hakiman Bua, who had fed and nursed me, changed from her admiring, "My little bookworm finds no time for mischief" to remonstrating, "Your books will eat you. They will dim the light of your lovely eyes, my moon princess, and then who will marry you, owl-eyed, peering through glasses...

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The Island of Second Sight | Albert Vigoleis Thelen
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Another book read and recommended by a friend on LT.
It is not new, so normally I'd have a look on biblio.com to see if there are any cheap copies available.
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How to Gut a Fish | Sheila Armstrong
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Some of the longlist for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize.

Not buying. Yet.
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rockpools Oh no! 1. I didn‘t know this prize existed. Now I do. 2. I hadn‘t heard of any of these. Now I have. 🙀🙀. I do like the hashtag 😂 1w
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Then I step out into the garden,

where the gardener, who is said to be a simple man, is tending his children, the roses.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 🌹 2w
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Witches | Brenda Lozano
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My mother is the opposite. Words come easily to her, and she has a tendency to start up long conversations with people on the street, in a queue for coffee, or wherever. One time, a woman called our house by mistake and they ended up chatting for over an hour. When she hung up, my mother had said, "Oh, that was Raquel. She dialled the wrong number but we really hit it off."

AmyG Ha, your mother reminds me of my husband. He always talks to people and asks them so many questions about themselves. Me? I say HI and call it a day. 2w
charl08 @AmyG it's a great quote isn't it. It made me laugh. 2w
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Sorry for Your Troubles | Padraig O Tuama
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Some of the books I didn't buy this week.

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Graywacke Evil post. 🙂 2w
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In a bookshop (trying to get fathers' day present). Temptation.

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Powerful read.

"To translate is never simple. To translate is to betray at the borders, it's to cheat, it's to trade one sentence for an other. To translate is one of the only human activities in which one is required to lie about the details to convey the truth at large. "

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Goodbye, Ramona | Montserrat Roig; Megan Berkobien; Mara

Five, six times I've read this letter. What am I to do, oh Lord? I feel like I did on Palm Sunday, when as a child I'd eat up all the jams-palm-fruit, citron, orange, prune, and pear jams—and madre Adelina would tell me I was going to hell for having such a sweet tooth.

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Always a sucker for a book advert.
And I've never read Ulysses.

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Tamra I haven‘t either, but that‘s an amazing cover! 2w
charl08 @Tamra the price is rather offputting though. Sadly. 2w
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Fight Night | Miriam Toews
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Book reviews are dangerous places...

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jlhammar I love Fight Night! So good. 2w
charl08 @jlhammar I've had a mixed experience with her novels (I think I've read two or three only though). Hoping to get this from the library. 2w
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Another LT review that makes me want to grab a copy...

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The False Inspector Dew | Peter Lovesey
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Someone on Librarything reviewed this (not brand new) book.
My library does not have a copy.
Normally this would send me straight to biblio.com

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jessjess That sounds likely it would be great! 2w
charl08 @jessjess I'm likely to get it (after July 1st) 2w
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Because kindle books don't count?
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Very sweet.

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Kalmann | Joachim B. Schmidt
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My grandmother died when I was in my mother's stomach and living with her in Keflavík, she died in front of the TV, in the middle of an evening programme. She just stayed sitting there, even though she was no longer watching. It took a while for Grandfather to realize, because when someone's sitting in front of the TV, it's kind of hard to say whether they're alive or dead.

Vansa What a concluding sentence 😂😂😂 So true when I see my parents watching news on Indian TV, one would have to be brain dead to consume it,truly! 2w
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Kalmann | Joachim B. Schmidt
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"So you're Kalmann the shark catcher, right?"

Suddenly feeling self-conscious, I nodded and looked down at the floor. I like it when people call me a shark catcher. People usually call me something else. I looked around surreptitiously, but there was no one who could have heard, here in the school where I'd been called so many names. No witnesses. It was a shame.

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Temporary madness, in war, is bravery's sister.

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Category Unknown | Koushik Banerjea
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And then I visited my local bookshop (or one of them) to try and find their events listing page.
Found this instead

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Ice Bear | Jackie Morris
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I can't buy this (they're for bookshop day in October). But ooh I wish I could 😍😍

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Readergrrl That‘s a lovely book and watercolor design. You say they will be for sale in October? Would you mind sharing where? That would make a wonderful gift for a friend who loves foxes and books! 3w
charl08 @Readergrrl I think they'll be just available in the indy bookshops participating in "books are my bag". I wanted to order online but there didn't seem to be any option to do that (I guess as they're trying to get people to go into the bookshops?) 3w
Readergrrl @charl08 Darn! I‘ll check in the next Indie store I make it too. Thanks for letting me know! 2w
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Mama would ask me if I wanted to get him something too. No, ma'am. That's just what I told her. No, ma'am.

So Tasheta and me, we fell in line somewhere in the space between Kimba and Renee. Like a daughter purgatory where you don't expect him to get you anything for your birthday or Christmas, ever, but it still hurts like hell every time he doesn't.

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Another book I want.
This time from the NY books newsletter.
(Jhumpa Lahiri is an autobuy for me)

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Each chapter takes a broad theme (the final one is monsters) and brings in contemporary attitudes to women along with wide ranging examples of artists and their work. McCormack argues powerfully against simplistic acceptance of women's position in art from the past, but also against losing this art altogether.
I'm no expert on art: the accessibility and range of this book was a real plus for me.

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... a feminist fantasy banquet for 39 historical and mythological women...

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Medusa's knotted mythography tells us that for millennia she was the epitome of female power - a mother goddess of healing, birth, immortality and knowledge, who was possibly connected with reproductive care for women and the education of female doctors, and who was a symbolic ruler of matriarchal societies. How was something so strong denigrated into a terrifying menstruating demon, whose power was weaponised against her....?

charl08 Image of artist's impression of Amazon carved on Parthenon, from Parthenon website. 3w
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Sorry for Your Troubles | Padraig O Tuama
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Wanting a book mentioned by someone else on Litsy...

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Kristin_Reads It‘s excellent! 3w
Liz_M I love his poetry podcast! 3w
charl08 @Kristin_Reads @Liz_M I am so tempted! 3w
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Still Life | Sarah Winman
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It's what we've always done. Left a mark on a cave, or on a page. Showing who we are, sharing our view of the world, the life we're made to bear. Our turmoil is revealed in those painted faces -- some times tenderly, sometimes grotesquely, but art becomes a mirror. All the symbolism and the paradox, ours to interpret. That's how it becomes part of us. And as counterpoint to our suffering, we have beauty.

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Chinatown | Thuan
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Publisher websites are always tempting places.
This sounds brilliant.

"The Métro shudders to a halt: an unattended bag has been found. For the narrator, a Vietnamese woman... a fantastical interior monologue begins, looking back to her childhood in early ‘80s Hanoi, university studies in Leningrad, and life in France...."

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Graywacke I like the hashtag. The description and that cover together are really appealing. 3w
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The Devils' Dance | Hamid Ismailov
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Great read. Order from the publisher and support a brilliant small press bringing out translated fiction.

https://www.tiltedaxispress.com/the-devils-dance

shawnmooney I‘m intrigued! Might I invite you to meet up with me on Zoom for 10 or so minutes for a chat about this book for the Bite-sized Book Chat series on my BookTube channel? The playlist is here: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLU-61cZp1pQdBH5V0Zb9q-2ujl4PY8nhf. Would love to have you on as a guest! 3w
Graywacke Same website! I see your problem… 3w
charl08 @shawnmooney that's really flattering and kind but that would be my definition of stressful! Thank you for asking though. And I definitely recommend this book. 3w
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The Devils' Dance | Hamid Ismailov

The lure of a lost manuscript is one of humanity's eternal temptations. Our ancestor Adam's first poem; the Mushaf of Fatima, daughter of the Prophet; Ibn-Sina's Eastern Logic; Yassawi's secret aphorisms... and these were just the Islamic works. If you included the lost books of other cultures, the list would number thousands, from St Margaret's gospel to the history of Genghis Khan.

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Untitled | Untitled
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More books I want but am trying to resist. This is a new chapbook collection of Swiss fiction in translation.

(Strangers Press)

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Given that my TBR has overflowed the space available, and in a bid to avoid being squashed by a falling tower of books, posting pictures of books I want for a month on here. July 10th, I review. And possibly get out the cc.

This book was written about by an academic, Prof Gurminder K Bhambra, as a book they return to, on the politics of remembrance (around the revolution in Haiti). Want.

(This is the plan, at least)
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The Devils' Dance | Hamid Ismailov
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Uzbeks have a custom of never calling a scorpion a scorpion: instead, they call it 'the thing with no name'. Was that why they could talk freely about Emirs Nasrullo, Umar and Madali, Shah Dost Muhammad and even Queen Victoria, but wouldn't dare mention his name? The interrogators ... never once let their mouths utter his name. Yet he was the heart and soul, the beginning and the end, of all the things taking place around him.

Vansa This book sounds fascinating. Thanks for sharing, will try to get it! 3w
charl08 @Vansa I think I should have saved it for a holiday, as I am finding it better when I get/make time to read big chunks. But you're right, it's fascinating. 3w
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American Marriage | Tayari Jones
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Check out my fancy new pen mug at work...

#WomensPrize

TrishB That‘s amazing 👍🏻 3w
squirrelbrain 💕💕💕 3w
charl08 Almost as good as a book! @squirrelbrain @trishb 3w
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Wilder Winds | Bel Olid; Laura McGloughlin
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Impressive short fiction collection: I hope more of their work is translated soon!

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Wilder Winds | Bel Olid; Laura McGloughlin

Without seeking them, slogans were emerging.
STOP TELLING WOMEN TO SMILE. I'M NOT WALKING DOWN THE STREET FOR YOUR PLEASURE. CRITICISM OF MY BODY IS NOT APPRECIATED...I DON'T OWE YOU A SECOND.
I put a phrase under each portrait and printed them on enormous posters. Walking through Brooklyn, the first time I came across one I wasn't expecting, it affected me deeply...

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Wilder Winds | Bel Olid; Laura McGloughlin

Aunt Claire came to get her one Wednesday at the end of summer, and during the car journey she told her that a group from Syria had arrived a couple of weeks before and that people had sent food, clothes and toys. Those fleeing war are always better received than those trying to escape poverty, especially if the poverty is in a black skin, as if poverty isn't a bomb that will end up killing you.