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kbuggle

kbuggle

Joined March 2016

reader, adventurer, explorer, @coverspydc agent, lover of coffee. not necessarily in that order + goodreads.com/kbuggle + ig: @kbuggle + @andabook
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A really comprehensive oral history of the events of September 11, 2001.
I read this in small doses from September through November of this year because the content is obviously heavy; but I thought it important to revisit these stories and histories, especially at this time of year. Woven and collected together, this is an extensive timeline of a really hard day and difficult part of history.

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Yes yes yes, read this. Succinct, smart, I don‘t have to say much more here.

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The Friend | Sigrid Nunez
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Grief and the power of having a pup by your side. I‘d avoided reading this for a while because of all the buzz and awards, but it I should have read it sooner. Not as much about the plot, but the conversation.

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The New Me | Halle Butler
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What a sharp little bite of a read! Read by Butler on audio, and full of sarcasm and wit.

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Fleishman Is in Trouble: A Novel | Taffy Brodesser-Akner
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I heard the author read the first chapter on the NYT Books podcast and knew I would be picking this one up! With a focus on divorce, these are messy characters- different points of view, not everything as it seems.

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I finished this (on audio) a few months ago; and hearing Anthony Bourdain read it himself in his classic way, was exactly what I had hoped it would be. I think I enjoyed this more than ‘Kitchen Confidential‘- a more seasoned Bourdain, wiser. I miss his humor and wit.

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The star of this collection is the first essay about the whale.. because whales are the best. And that‘s that. 🐋
I haven‘t read The Empathy Exams, but I‘m bumping it up on my list.

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All This Could Be Yours | Jami Attenberg
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Book birthday for the new Jami Attenberg is coming up on Tuesday, and it‘s a good one!
Her characters are messy, authentic, and real.

Set in New Orleans, a family convenes while the patriarch, the definition of a very toxic man, is on his deathbed. Reflecting on their lives and intersecting relationships, the family dysfunction of past and present is sorted through with hope that they can move forward on the other side.

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Topeka School | Ben Lerner
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It took me a while to grasp the time shifts and I‘ll admit I was lost in large parts of this one. But that being said, it might have been a me problem- the writing I enjoyed, and I think I just got twisted up the plot and what period of time we were in now. Overall an interesting read, although at times, confusing.

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Red at the Bone | Jacqueline Woodson
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This is going to sit with me for a while- I wasn‘t expecting such a small book to speak so much.
What wonderful writing.

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The River | Peter Heller
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Realizing that I always enjoy Heller‘s writing and will continue to not hesitate picking up the novels he puts out. A solid story and lovely writing-

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The Need | Helen Phillips
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What a bizarre fever dream of a novel. This was certainly interesting, but some elements I wish had been more fleshed out, rather just grazed upon with just enough to keep you thinking it was going to be relevant to the story. I went into this on audio with no expectations, and I think if I had known more, I may have held off on reading this one for a bit longer.

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Trick Mirror | Jia Tolentino
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Believe the hype and get yourself some Jia in your life, stat.

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Listened to this on audio and it was the perfect end of summer read- told from four viewpoints and based at a boarding school, the story follows a teacher new to the school and a secret student competition that comes to light when the female students start to learn how they‘ve been involved without their knowledge.

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It‘s been a busy August and this is the first book I‘ve finished all month 😩
Thankfully, it was a good one!

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Thanks so much to @GalleryBooks & goodreads for this copy of My Friend Anna because I loved it!! I couldn‘t stop reading- it‘s crazy that this girl just kept on keeping on with her games, convincing others to take care of all her needs and expenses, conning not only the author, but hotels, businesses, and friends. If you‘re looking for a juicy true con story for the summer, search no more.

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The Nickel Boys: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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Glad my library pre-ordered so many copies of the new Colson Whitehead novel, and that I was able to swoop in and pick up my hold the day after it hit the world! He really is such a fantastic storyteller.

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Whisper Network: A Novel | Chandler Baker
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I am... conflicted. Unpopular opinion ahead: While I enjoyed a story that is necessary, & based around the much needed conversation on woman speaking up against harassment, and the enough is enough message in Whisper Network, the repeated brand-name dropping didn‘t feel natural or organic.. more so forced. Enough that I noticed. Enough that it bothered me. I felt like I was reading two different stories-

marleed Oh I read this and didn‘t notice - I must have been too caught up in the story. However, I totally get what you mean. Once I start wondering about the post-editing of a book while I‘m still reading the story I become disengaged and it‘s hard for me to fall back in. 4mo
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Finally read the galley copy of Angie Kim‘s debut novel I received from Solid State Books back on #independentbookstoreday in April, and it didn‘t disappoint! What a fantastic study of characters and right vs wrong and the dynamics of protecting ones family.

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How Could She: A Novel | Lauren Mechling
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Super satirical with small hits of meaningful moments strewn in; I‘m left with a strong dislike for all these characters gets- BUT- I think that might be part of the point.

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This one flew under my radar when it came out, but it‘s a good summer/beach read, so I guess my timing worked out. The couple in this book complements each other‘s terrible character flaws, keeping you wondering what they‘ll do next.

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An interesting look at social infrastructure, with a heavy emphasis on public libraries and their impact on communities.

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Visible Empire | Hannah Pittard
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A true-life plane crash that occurred in the sixties is the jump off point for this novel based in Atlanta, following a few different people whose lives somewhat overlap, and how their worlds are impacted because of the event. A good little read for the summer time sun.

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Listening to @andrewrannells read his own book on audio is so entertaining. His story of moving to New York from Omaha and finding his way is witty and thoughtful, honest and charming. It ended and I thought to myself “no! not yet” - looking forward to hearing more from him; acting, writing, singing- all of it!

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The Last Mrs. Parrish | Liv Constantine
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A juicy audiobook full of all the dramaz.

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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Listening to ‘Daisy Jones..‘ as an audiobook is 100% my recommendation on this- the cast narration is fantastic and I could not stop listening to this story. It‘s brilliant- I know others have said it the story sounds eerily real (it‘s not), but the audio narration plays into that so well.
And now I‘m in a Fleetwood Mac phase and can‘t stop playing their hits.

marleed Don‘t stop. Thinking about tomorrow. (I just had to!) 6mo
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I loved American Housewife and I knew that I would love Southern Lady Code. Helen Ellis makes me laugh with her pointed sarcasm and I appreciate her for it.
Ate this right up on a train trip to NYC last weekend where I walked and read and visited bookstores. It was lovely.

BlameJennyJane Love that definition on the cover! It‘s one of my favorite things about the southern women in my life! 6mo
swishandflick I've got to read this! I'm from the South and have a feeling some of these tidbits will remind me off my mom 😂 6mo
kbuggle @BlameJennyJane it is so true! 6mo
kbuggle @swishandflick haha it‘s sharp and smart- I bet it will ;) 6mo
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Enjoyed the philosophy and theories in Digital Minimalism, but didn‘t feel blown away by any of the ideas — but completely agree with the need to step back and evaluate your own digital life at certain points, to make sure you‘re not missing your real life.

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I Miss You When I Blink: Essays | Mary Laura Philpott
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Alright, I love-loved this; if you have been on the fence about whether you should pick it up next, then you should. SHE IS A WISE LADY. Her essays are succinct, and thoughtful, and they just punched all the buttons I needed right now- I love when you pick up the right book at the right time.

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Alright, it‘s good. I get it. Get me a copy of Normal People, I‘m ready for more Rooney.

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The Current: A Novel | Tim Johnston
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Literary mystery writing at its best- I loved Johnston‘s first, ‘Descent‘ and really enjoyed the follow up.

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Notes from a Young Black Chef: A Memoir | Joshua David Stein, Kwame Onwuachi
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I first learned about Kwame on his season of Top Chef, and when I heard he had a book coming, I knew I wanted to hear more about his history, background, and point of view. Kwame narrates his own story on audio, and does a fantastic job.

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Lot: Stories | Bryan Washington
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Sharp stories loosely woven together around the city of Houston. Washington focuses around the everyday lives of everyday people, with a young black man narrating the majority of the collection while coming to terms with his sexuality. Based on his writing, I‘m sort of shocked this is a debut release- looking forward to what Washington does next.

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The two main characters dance around self destruction and a feeling of ‘what‘s next?‘ after they both find themselves out of a job. Very funny, timely, with a healthy dose of dry wit. And this cover- how do you not pick up a book with this cover art?? 😍🦢

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Gingerbread: A Novel | Helen Oyeyemi
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Surreal and abstract, Helen Oyeyami‘s newest novel is full of folk and fairytales. This, I don‘t think, will be everyone- I‘m not even sure it‘s for me. A lot of twisting and turning, many rabbit holes, to the point where I sometimes wasn‘t sure what I was still holding onto at parts- but maybe that was the point? I applaud the wonderful way she weaves sentences, and I think (and hope) she had fun with writing this one.

simpledutchgirl I agree with you...can't say I enjoyed this one. 8mo
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The detailed research and time that went into this account of the troubles period in Ireland is amazing. Reading this only made me curious to learn more. And the audio narration is authentically Irish and fantastic.

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The Idiot | Elif Batuman
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Sly, clever, & sharp. Selin is the type of narrator that is maddeningly frustrating, but I just kept reading.. certainly not for everyone, but I enjoyed this; something about the everyday catalogue of life in the 90s, during the first year of college when you know nothing and everything at the same time.

emilyhaldi Love your review. Makes me want to finally pick this up! 9mo
Hooked_on_books I expected to hate this based on reviews I had read, but I couldn‘t put it down. I feel like she really captured the college experience. I heard a rumor she‘s working on a year 2 book. I hope so. 9mo
kbuggle @emilyhaldi thanks! I hope you enjoy it! 8mo
kbuggle @Hooked_on_books I should have known, with a blurb from Miranda July, that it‘d be whip smart and so dry! I really liked it much more than I expected to, as well. (edited) 8mo
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Listened to this on audio, so had to snap a photo of this beautiful cover while browsing recently, because #coverlove 😍

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What an interesting, short read. The dynamic between these sisters and the fate of the men that fall into their circle was perfect for my beach vacation reading.

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Mouthful of Birds: Stories | Samanta Schweblin
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Dark, clever little stories. I adore Fever Dream, and I loved this latest one from Ms Schweblin.

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The Wife: A Novel | Meg Wolitzer
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Getting some backlist in; looking forward to seeing Glenn Close portray Joan Castleman, now that I‘ve finally caught up and read the book first!

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Finished this late in my (Sun)day and the sun cast some shadows at the perfect moment for me.

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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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I truly did not think this was going to live up to the hype. I‘ve been avoiding reading it; I didn‘t want to be let down. I was not let down: I was blown away. This is such a good book.

Notafraidofwords I agree. I really does live up to it. 10mo
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Bel Canto | Ann Patchett
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Gosh this is written beautifully. It‘s been on my shelf forever, and I finally got around to picking it up, and now can‘t wait to see it translated to the big screen.

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Less: A Novel | Andrew Sean Greer
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I enjoyed this so much more than I anticipated. Simple and sweet.

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Something in the Water: A Novel | Catherine Steadman
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I listened to this one on audio, and I think that was the right choice- I couldn‘t stop listening! Made for tv drama I‘d certainly tune in for (has it been picked up for film?).
After sitting with this for a while post-read, I‘m realizing I really don‘t like either of the main characters. I‘m interested to see how that relationship would play out visually on screen.

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The Silent Patient | Alex Michaelides
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Do you ever get hung up on loose ends and small, skipped details in a mystery/thriller read? I do sometimes, although I try not to let it get in the way of enjoying a book for what it is in that moment. The Silent Patient was my #BOTM choice for January, and it kept me entertained during this past cold, windy weekend.

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Pep talk for a new year.

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So I love an urban planning/city solution read, and this one was interesting- I wish it had been broader reaching, because I thought it‘d be referring to a lot of smaller cities and it seemed to be focused mainly on Oklahoma City (which makes perfect sense, as the author is a former mayor of the city!)

So my initial assumptions of what this read would be were off, but I do want to visit OKC now.. so, a win?

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Belated review, as I read this in December- but it‘s lovely. A Manual For Cleaning Women is still my favorite, but it was nice to read Lucia Berlin‘s words again.

Notafraidofwords Her publishers always pick the best covers. 11mo
kbuggle @Notafraidofwords truly.. they‘re so beautiful and simple (edited) 11mo
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