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Christine

Joined March 2016

sociologist/mother of boys/book fancier
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Little Gods | Meng Jin
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Really enjoyed this. It was all about the well-drawn, complex characters for me, and I liked the shifting perspectives (though was left wanting more time with every narrator because each was so interesting). Also reminded that Chinese history is a blindspot for me. I‘m inspired to read some nonfiction about it now (recs, anyone?). Pictured with my desktop screensaver, because I couldn‘t stop thinking about how much this cover resembles it. ❤️💖💜

Christine Thanks for the ARC, #librarything #earlyreviewers ! 4h
Megabooks I enjoyed this memoir of the author working for Madame Mao‘s theater company. 4h
Christine @Megabooks Ooh, that sounds amazing - stacked! Thank you! (edited) 3h
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President‘s Day means a four-day weekend to the school districts around here, so this year Valentine‘s Day is a day off, too. We‘re enjoying the lack of schedule, and looking forward to the sweets and celebrations that will come later, but right now I‘m excited to finally be starting this book. (The 🌻 is a gift from one of my kids who grew it himself in the school garden. ❤️)

Tamra Sweet! 6d
Tamra Also a sight for winter sore eyes here. 6d
Christine @Tamra Oh, I bet! Hopefully that super cold snap in the upper Midwest is on its way out soon? 6d
Tamra @Christine this too shall pass. 😉 Enjoy your bloom! 🌻 6d
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“I‘m gonna read widely, ‘cause reading makes me unpredictable.” Advice tonight from Timothy Snyder, of whom I want more and more in the media/national conversation, please! (While YES to reading widely, I also wish every American would read this very short book at least once.)

VioletBramble This is a great book. It will be extremely helpful in the upcoming months. (Oh please, let it be just months, not years) After watching the Rachel Maddow show I‘ve been searching through my bookshelves for my copy. Haven‘t found it yet. 7d
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Fantastic memoir! Sparkling writing, often super funny, and much compelling commentary/analyses about identity, systemic racism, masculinity, and more. The book also has a notably strong sense of place and taught me lots about Pittsburgh. I admire Young‘s honesty about his own missteps and uncertainties. (Loved his audiobook narration, though I bet it would be equally great in print.)

Hooked_on_books It IS great in print! I loved this one. 1w
Christine @Hooked_on_books So good! I hope more readers find their way to it. 1w
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Yay for my local newspaper running this, and especially yay for my local libraries - and yours. ❤️❤️❤️

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Hard to think of a topic more important - to relationships, learning, politics, work, health, social change, and just everyday living - than listening. I appreciated the many perspectives and references to research included in this book. Mostly, I‘m grateful for the reminder of how deeply impactful conscious, engaged listening can be.

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Good Husbandry: A Memoir | Kristin Kimball
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February 1st is a gorgeous 76° day here. Our hammock may need a sign-up sheet. ☀️?

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The Other's Gold | Elizabeth Ames
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Dropped off a book at one of my favorite Little Free Libraries today, only to find this one (which I had read and really enjoyed via library audiobook) for the taking. It's one I‘d reread, for sure. 💙

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Popped into one of our branches at an unexpectedly perfect time! The dancers were great, as was the drummer (who provided my by-far loudest library experience ever - the space is really small, so I felt every beat in my chest!).

Butterfinger Looks fun. 4w
Christine @Butterfinger It was! :) 4w
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Long Bright River | Liz Moore
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This was great. I was really invested in the story of two sisters that is the heart of this novel. Moore does such a good job of using that story to examine the complexity of opioid addiction for the individuals, families, and communities it touches. That‘s a lot on its own, but she also tackles systemic issues within law enforcement, and does all of this inside a twisty mystery. (I loved her book The Unseen World, too.)

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The not-so-little free library in the student center of the community college where I‘ll be teaching. 😍 The sign above it says it‘s a memorial honoring an adjunct English instructor - how lovely. Looking forward to adding some books!

Bookzombie That is lovely. 🙂 1mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Community colleges are such a wonderful resource! 1mo
readordierachel What a delightful little library! 1mo
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Christine @Bookzombie Isn‘t it? ❤️ 1mo
Christine @JanuarieTimewalker13 Yes! I couldn‘t agree more. 1mo
Christine @readordierachel Yes! Plus I was happy to see it wasn‘t ONLY full of discarded textbooks. 😛 1mo
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I really enjoyed this. So interesting to learn the perspective of an (at the time) ambitious twentysomething startup employee who also considered herself a feminist and a sociological thinker and a politically aware, compassionate citizen. Conflict proliferated, as one would imagine. Her decision making can be questioned (as she did, often), but her insider impressions are fascinating, and her writing is great. (Suehyla El-Attar‘s narration = 😍)

Suet624 Enticing review. 1mo
Megabooks Great review!! 1mo
Christine @Suet624 @Megabooks Her writing really put it over the top for me. And it‘s both fascinating and terrifying to think about the influence young tech entrepreneurs have on our culture/habits/interactions. 😳 1mo
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This is a powerful collection featuring a diverse group of authors and perspectives that coalesce beautifully around the theme of race in America. I‘d already encountered many of these pieces elsewhere, but plenty were new to me and prompted additions to my must-read author list. And now I‘m even more eager to read the two Ward titles I haven‘t yet, and to finally read James Baldwin.

lele1432 Baldwin's The Fire Next Time is absolutely excellent. My favorite of his I've read so far. 1mo
CaitlinR Jesmyn Ward is a brilliant writer, and this collection blew me away. Wouldn‘t it be fascinating to read both the Baldwin and Ward‘s collection together in a book club? 1mo
Christine @lele1432 I think I will try to read that this month! ❤️ 1mo
Christine @CaitlinR She really is. And YES, it would be! 1mo
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I think that Dweck's ideas about growth mindset (people can change and develop new strengths/skills/knowledge) vs. fixed mindset (people are the way they are, are naturally gifted/smart/good at things) are so important. I'm grateful to have learned about the theory and research behind them, and I‘ll absolutely use them in many areas of my life. I have some thoughts about the book itself (too many examples, many verging on judgy/insensitive; ⬇️

Christine too few practical tips; too little acknowledgment of structural and cultural factors that make growth mindset challenging to internalize or live by; too much portrayal of achievement/betterment as a measure of worth). But the growth mindset concept? Fantastic. (edited) 1mo
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Excellent collection that I've been meaning to get to for ages (so far 2020 is a backlist bonanza for me 🙂). I liked all of the stories and loved many. Such a wide range of memorable characters and dreamy but grounded settings, always with at least an undercurrent (sometimes more like a huge breaking wave!) of creepy. Transporting and thoroughly enjoyable.

rachelm I love her forthcoming collection (I got an ARC) 1mo
Christine @rachelm I can‘t wait for that! Sounds amazing. 1mo
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Wintering: A novel | Peter Geye
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Loved this. I've been wanting to read it forever and intending to do so since Jokabokaflod 2018, when @guinsgirlreads so thoughtfully gave it to me. Its setting (northernmost Minnesota) is dark and icy cold, and so are the emotional states of many of the characters! 😜 But there‘s warmth, too, in the quiet moments of family and found family. Great wintry nature description, a slowish but suspense-driven narrative, and very fine writing. ❄️ 🛶 ❤️

guinsgirlreads Yay! Glad you liked it!! 1mo
Eggs I lived in dark and icy Minnesota for 29 years 😳🥶 1mo
Christine @guinsgirlreads Yes, it totally met my high expectations. Thanks again! ❤️ 1mo
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Christine @Eggs Haha, glad you lived to tell about it! I lived there for four years during college, and Wisconsin my whole childhood, although not in the northernmost part of either. 1mo
Tamra I enjoyed it too. 😁 1mo
Christine @Tamra So good! I'm looking forward to reading the first and last in the trilogy (I don‘t normally start with a second book, but I‘m really looking forward to getting the backstory from the first now). 1mo
BookNAround That‘s longer than me @Eggs. I was there for four years. 😁 I do love Peter Geye‘s writing. My favorite of his remains his first book. 1mo
Christine @BookNAround On to the TBR it goes! (edited) 1mo
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My first book completed in the new year, in preparation for my new adventure. After a too-long break, I‘m finally returning to professional life and will be teaching college sociology starting later this month. 😁🎉 Just part time for now, but I‘m excited. So I‘m gobbling up teaching advice. This book had some good practical tips and suggestions for further reading. (I‘d love more recs, esp. with a focus on first-year and first-gen students!)

RowReads1 Straight forward expectations, different activities for different types of learners, extra credit is always good. Good luck! 1mo
Tanisha_A Best wishes for your new job! 🌺 1mo
Christine @RowReads1 All good advice - thank you! 1mo
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Christine @Tanisha_A Thanks so much! 1mo
batsy Good luck! 🍀 1mo
Christine @batsy Thank you!! 1mo
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Guess I had a few five star reads in 2019. 😁 Pretty pleased that 29% of the books I read earned the distinction, but I‘ll shoot for an even higher percentage in 2020! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Suet624 So many good ones in this photo. Did a screenshot so I can find some of the ones that I missed this year. 2mo
Reggie You inspire me to read harder. Happy New Year!!! 2mo
Christine @Suet624 I‘ve been doing the same! I could easily populate a 2020 TBR with just picks from others‘ end-of-year favorites! Oh, Litsy. ❤️ 2mo
Christine @Reggie Awww - you do the same for me! (AGAIN I squealed when I heard you on the latest @ReadingEnvy episode - LOVED!) Wishing you all the best things for 2020! ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
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Unfollow | Megan Phelps-Roper
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This was a fitting final read of 2019. Not only was it compelling and beautifully written, but its focus on issues like extremism, black-and-white thinking, and group identity fueled by constant othering feels so relevant to our current moment. Thankfully, so does its overall message of hope for an ever more open, thoughtful, and compassionate world. Here‘s to many more books in 2020 that confront hard truths and present pathways for change.

LauraJ This is my book club‘s January read. Looking forward to it. 2mo
Christine @LauraJ Such a great book club selection! Hope you enjoy. 2mo
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Christmas in Plains: Memories | Jimmy Carter, Amy Carter
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I‘m grateful to have randomly grabbed this from a holiday display at my library before Christmas. It was funny and sweet and has some lovely examples of unselfish public service and caring for others. Just the thing I needed to read this week/year/decade. ❤️

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Gifts from one‘s booknerdy wishlist given by librarian sisters-in-law who actually understand the significance of the items on the wishlist are the best gifts. 🥰📚🎁

PatriciaU That is an *awesome* bag! 2mo
Blaire Love! 2mo
marleed I love this! 2mo
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Christine @PatriciaU @Blaire @marleed The most fun gift! No matter that my attempts to explain why I loved it so much to my husband and kids were mostly unsuccessful. 😄 2mo
Suet624 What a lovely bag! 2mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Haha!! That‘s great! 1mo
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Such a Fun Age | Kiley Reid
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Flew through this over the last day and a half and quite enjoyed it. It‘s an interesting combination of a fun and fizzy relationships drama and a thoughtful examination of racism. Reid did a good job of illustrating how white people tend to personalize racism (“I‘m not racist because...”) to the extent that they lose sight of how we all live in a white supremacist culture, and of how people of color actually feel and want to be treated. ⬇️

Christine Books I‘ve read this year (and the lessons they've taught me) came to mind a lot while reading this, like White Fragility and 2mo
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Christmas in Plains: Memories | Jimmy Carter, Amy Carter
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Ooh, guess there‘s still hope that my kids will grow up to be great humanitarians! 😆🤞❤️

Bklover That is comforting to know! 2mo
Christine @Bklover Isn‘t it? ❤️ 2mo
Suet624 I‘m glad he mentions that. I think it‘s really helpful for parents to know that even our saintly ex-President felt this way. 💖 2mo
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Life among the Savages | Shirley Jackson
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Thank you so much for the very generous and so delightful #jolabokaflodswap package, @bookish_wookish !! I‘m thrilled about the book you selected (a gift perfectly timed, as I‘ll be home with my kids for the remaining two weeks of their winter break 😜). The Poe Lover‘s Christmas card is brilliant. 😂❤️ And all of that lovely chocolate. 😍 Thanks again, Amy (and @MaleficentBookDragon for hosting) - wishing you a wonderful Christmas!

bookish_wookish Yay! Im glad you like it! 2mo
MaleficentBookDragon 🎅 🤶🎁🎄🍫 📚 Happy #Jolakabodflod 2mo
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Well, I‘ll be reading anything Jones writes from now on because I love his voice. He makes such strong connections between identity and systemic issues like white supremacy and economic inequality, weaving them into his narrative so gracefully. Some hard-to-read-about content, but there‘s lightness and humor, too. It‘s all part of his story, and he tells that story exceptionally well. ❤️

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My #jolabokaflodswap box has arrived! 😁 So excited, @bookish_wookish !

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Red at the Bone | Jacqueline Woodson
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Woodson is masterful at writing the ordinary within the extraordinary. The details she crafts about her characters and their lives bring them fully to life, no matter the word count. I thought this book was exceptionally good, and I‘m so glad to have included it in my 2019 reading life. (The audiobook, performed by Woodson herself and a stellar cast, was wonderful.)

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This fella is off on his cross-country journey, to arrive on the 16th. Thanks again for hosting the #jolabokaflodswap, @MaleficentBookDragon ! 🎄📚🍫🎁

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Not exactly cozy holiday reading, but I‘m still excited about my HBO-free-trial-inspired library haul, since Watchmen is some of the best television I‘ve seen in a while.

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I‘ve read so little lately! 😫 For many reasons, including ones annoying, exhausting, productive, hopeful, festive. But finally I‘ve finished my first book in a bit, and it was SUCH a good one. This is a fantastic (National Book Award longlisted) memoir about Midwest childhood, gender, sexuality, addiction, chef life, and more. Regan has a straightforward but artful writing style that I really enjoyed. Highly recommended.

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Thick: And Other Essays | Tressie McMillan Cottom
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Started this ages ago and was loving it, but set it aside because all I had was the e-book and I am sometimes not good at e-books. Finally got to the audio and, as expected, fully adored the entirety of this book. Cottom is an exceptional sociologist, and her writing is as vivid and engaging as it is analytically impressive. Absolutely one I‘ll get in print and return to often.

MidnightBookGirl It's so much easier for me to enjoy nonfiction on audio! 3mo
Christine @MidnightBookGirl Yes, agreed!! And then maybe, if I really love it, a reread of the print book with a highlighter. Will be doing that with this one for sure. 3mo
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Nothing to See Here | Kevin Wilson
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I loved everything about this weird, beautiful, funny novel. A quick and very entertaining read (/listen - I did the audio, and Marin Ireland's narration was a delight) with some insights about friendship, family, and class worked in. I found more than a few moments quite relatable via my experiences as a special needs mom whose kids don‘t literally spontaneously combust but sometimes seem or are treated like they do. 😬

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Gary Janetti is a new-to-me writer/person. Having heard good things about this book, I gave it a go, figuring it might be a good countermeasure to the endless hours of impeachment hearings I‘ve been putting into my ears. 😣 It was. Funny and acerbic but also sweet and reflective. Recommended on its own merits, not only as a distraction from painful civic duties. 😁

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All This Could Be Yours | Jami Attenberg
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I liked this one. Not my favorite Attenberg, but a solid dysfunctional family saga, if that‘s what you‘re craving. (I did the audio but think I might have preferred the print?) I will say that the characters were really great - I felt invested in almost all of them, just wanted more story for more than a few of them.

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A stop at our library‘s bag sale took an unexpected turn...while my obsessive-DVD-collecting kids combed the for-loan video shelves per usual (one the children‘s and nature sections, the other the feature films), I hit the sale room and sneakily filled my bag with gifts for them - a few nice books, and SO MANY DVDs. 🎄✅ (Such as all four Lethal Weapon movies - 🙄, but they‘ll be beloved.) Squeezed a few books into the bag for myself, of course. 😊

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Oh Lindy. You‘re brash and goofy and hilarious and insightful and gutsy and relentless. Please keep writing, forever. 💛🧡❤️

cathipink I'm seeing her next Friday and I can't wait! 3mo
nikirtehsuxlol I just got this in the mail 3mo
Christine @cathipink Ooh, amazing!! Lucky you! 3mo
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Christine @nikirtehsuxlol Hope you love it! 3mo
readordierachel I just started this today and I'm already loving it. She's a national treasure ❤ 3mo
Christine @readordierachel You know it! Hope you continue to love the book. 3mo
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Some of these essays I loved; others didn‘t fully grab me, but really just because of their topics, not because they weren‘t well-written. I always find Jamison‘s writing rich and engaging. It‘s a little pretentious, but somehow in a likable, honest-seeming way (authentically pretentious? 😜). I‘ll continue to follow her work.

ChasingOm Authentically pretentious. 🤣 3mo
Christine @ChasingOm 😝 Makes no sense yet somehow feels right to me. 3mo
Hooked_on_books What @ChasingOm said. 👆🏼😆 I like Jamison, too. This one is sitting on my shelf, waiting patiently, hopefully to be picked up soon. 3mo
Christine @Hooked_on_books Nice! I‘ll be interested in your review, when you get to it. 3mo
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It‘s sad that we need the insights and historical lessons within this book as much as, really more than, we did when it came out 2 1/2 years ago. But this is a hopeful and helpful book, with each chapter discussing a way to support truth and resist tyranny. I listened to it once and then promptly listened again. Highly recommended.

Christine Thanks for putting this back on my radar, @BarbaraTheBibliophage ! 4mo
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This is a nice collection of personal essays by women who have chosen to do freelance work. What I liked most about it is that the women shared, in their own (seemingly only lightly edited) words, a variety of reasons and rationales for working outside the traditional 9-to-5. And the writers are from all over the world, so the big differences in cultural context for women working in much the same online workspaces were highlighted.

Christine Thanks to #librarything #earlyreviewers for the ARC. 🙂 4mo
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Rebecca | Dame Daphne Du Maurier
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Finished my reread of this yesterday and yup, it‘s still great. Dark and suspenseful and also funnier than I remembered. I did the audio this time, but I‘m posting this (non-preferred by me) cover because it is THE cover of Rebecca in my mind because it was the cover of the library paperback I first read way back when. ❤️

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Popped into the thrift shop looking for an item for my kiddo‘s Halloween costume. Failed completely, but found these two gems for $3 total. I‘ve been coveting the tagged since it came out in 2017! 🧀😍 Happy Halloween Eve to me, I guess. 🎃

Mitch Both look great! 4mo
Lynnsoprano Cheese!!! OMG, I need that! 4mo
Christine @Lynnsoprano Yes, you do! I‘ve heard so many rave reviews. 4mo
Christine @Mitch Agreed! I felt like I‘d hit the jackpot. :) 4mo
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The Water Dancer: A Novel | Ta-Nehisi Coates
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Man, can Ta-Nehisi Coates write. So many truly beautiful sentences. And the strength of conviction for which his nonfiction is well-known is definitely also on display in this one. Loved the voice of main character Hiram. And speaking of voices…what a gorgeous, emotional narration by Joe Morton (Papa Pope!). I wouldn‘t mind revisiting this in print, but it‘d be hard to resist doing via audio again knowing how next-level Morton‘s performance was.

lele1432 I have a print copy and now I also want the audio, lol. I had a feeling it would be good! (edited) 4mo
Christine @lele1432 Yes, you MUST have the audio too! 😁 4mo
Gezemice Mine was audio but still on hold for a print version, too. I agree, great book and narration. When he bursts into song! It is amazing! 4mo
Christine @Gezemice Yes! Such a great listening experience. 4mo
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Rebecca | Dame Daphne Du Maurier
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Craving a spooky du Maurier listen for Halloween week. Question is, do I reread the tagged (a favorite) or try My Cousin Rachel for the first time? 🤔 Advice appreciated!

LauraBrook I‘d say try the new one! Though, this is the perfect time of year for Rebecca. 🧐 4mo
Christine @LauraBrook My dilemma exactly! I would just do both, but I also have an embarrassment of Libby riches to get to before they expire... 4mo
Freespirit Wonderful books! 4mo
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Frankissstein: A Love Story | Jeanette Winterson
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This book was a crazy trip, which I mostly enjoyed, though I think I missed some of the historical/literary references! But I did get some of them and was frequently entertained. Jeanette Winterson‘s writing is so great that I will follow her on any journey, no matter how disorienting or how partially equipped I may be to take it. 💞

Reviewsbylola I used to love her books but I haven‘t read any in years! 4mo
Christine @Reviewsbylola I‘ve only started reading her in the Litsy era. Seems like we‘re both lucky to have more of her books ahead of us! :) 4mo
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Excellent memoir of a fiercely smart human rights advocate. Beyond telling her extraordinary life story, it shows how very hard the work and high the stakes are for professional diplomats/foreign policy leaders - especially those who demand that their decisions and actions be truly informed by a constant awareness of the real human lives affected. (Painfully timely!) Many Obama stories, and a good mix of attention to her inner and outer lives.

Hooked_on_books Excellent! I picked this up on audio after hearing her on a podcast so I‘m glad to see your endorsement. 4mo
Christine @Hooked_on_books Oh great! I found it super interesting, and uplifting, too. And I did the audio and loved her narration. 4mo
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I inhaled this one. Such a probing yet compassionate tale of what it might have been like to live in racially divided early 90s LA. I loved how the story was located in the past and present-day struggles and triumphs of two families - one Black, one Korean. Excellent on audio - one narrator per family, and both were wonderful.

Reggie Sounds fantastic!! 4mo
Christine @Reggie Yes! I liked it more than expected, even. 4mo
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I‘ve been in love with this book since I first learned of it years ago, and I‘ve given it as a gift more than once and recommended it widely. Minor detail: I‘d never actually read it! 😆 But now that‘s fixed. Thankfully, it‘s very worthy of my advance love - just an excellent, intelligent, practical approach to home cooking and to making the most of every ingredient. And the writing = 😍! Every bit as brilliant as the content.

emz711 Pomegranate tree?! 4mo
rachelm You grow poms!?? 4mo
Christine @emz711 @rachelm Yes!! We planted our first one a couple of years ago. It‘s small but growing well...should have about a dozen fruits this year. 4mo
emz711 @Christine wow where do they grow? 4mo
Christine @emz711 I‘m not sure about their range, but quite a few are grown in California these days (I live in San Diego). 4mo
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Olive, Again | Elizabeth Strout
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This is a pick for the Olive stories, which, as ever, I really enjoyed. I appreciated the chance to learn what came next for her. Olive is still cranky and often insufferable, but she also still has interesting, complicated flaws, and she still sometimes learns and grows. A couple of the Olive-adjacent stories felt heavy-handed and were just so-so for me, but overall I was happy to be back in Crosby, Maine. 🍂

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Olive, Again | Elizabeth Strout
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This fella brought me some much appreciated joy today. Meet “Alex Jr.” - my kiddo made him at school and excitedly gifted to me. My Alex (Sr.?) wears similar glasses, though they aren‘t bedazzled. 😎 My day has otherwise been dominated by fighting off the cold bug that had my other kid miserable for the past few days, and by way too much insanity in the national news (that letter!! 😳🤪🤬😭). Moments of reading the tagged have helped, too.

4thhouseontheleft I thought that letter was a fake, but every news source I have seen reports it as real. 😳🙅🏻‍♀️😵 4mo
Christine @4thhouseontheleft YES. Same here. 😣 4mo
Readerann Lots of ‘escape‘ reading these days 😩 4mo
Christine @Readerann Sigh, yes!! 4mo
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Oh, how I love taking my car to the (located-two-blocks-from-the-beach) mechanic. 🌊📚☀️

ljuliel Wow. You live in paradise. That‘d be my goal, to live that close to the beach. 4mo
Sace Beautiful! 4mo
Christine @ljuliel @RestlessFickleBookHoarder - It really is beautiful. I rarely give myself permission to just go down to the beach with a book; it takes being stranded without a vehicle to get me to do it! I should change that. 4mo
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