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mdhughes72

mdhughes72

Joined June 2016

Sociologist, feminist, explorer, runner
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Asymmetry | Lisa Halliday
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Interesting characters and engaging passages. But this is another one of those books like The Mars Room foisted on the reading public by breathless critics. I don‘t know about anyone else, but story always matters more than pretty or clever words. This added up to a whole lot of nothing. Pass.

BarbaraBB I have this one on my shelves. Now I am not really looking forward to it anymore, since you compare it to the Mars Room, which bored me immensely. 😉 7mo
mdhughes72 @BarbaraBB Not the worst books I‘ve ever read, just the biggest letdown from all the hype. 7mo
emmaturi I didn't really enjoy it either! 4mo
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David takes on Goliath but this time Goliath wins. This Pulitzer winner is well written and compelling, and I kept hoping for vindication but none came. Frustrating as hell!! Prepare to be outraged by corporate greed, governmental incompetence, and citizen powerlessness in this story of the human (and animal) cost of fracking.

Suet624 Ugh. I don‘t think I can read this one. I feel such a weight every day because of the many injustices occurring. 6mo
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The Mars Room: A Novel | Rachel Kushner
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Mehso-so

A whole lot of What, not as much How, and very little Why. I found the premise interesting and was hoping that the story would actually go somewhere. But no. Just bleak vignettes of life in a California women‘s prison. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Naj This book was unbearable. I couldn't even finish it. 7mo
tammysue Thanks for your honesty, will def remove from tbr. 👍🏻😊 7mo
britt_brooke I liked this one, but you‘re right, very bleak. 7mo
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The Mars Room: A Novel | Rachel Kushner
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‘To work at IHOP, you first go to Walmart or a place like it to get work shoes. Where you see if you didn‘t already know, that most of the adult-size shoes they sell are for working on construction sites, or in hospitals, prisons, restaurants, and schools. And the children‘s shoes are starter versions of the same. Waitress shoes and medical assistant shoes and work boots. Cheap factory knockoffs for people whose choices are to work these crap...‘

mdhughes72 ‘jobs, or crack up and go to a much lower grade of a low grade shoe made by prison industries.‘ 8mo
Paula3 Wow 😎 8mo
Christine This passage has stuck with me, too! 8mo
Suet624 Truth. 7mo
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Intercepted | Alexa Martin
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Mehso-so

Hackneyed. Cringey. Trashy. And yet, like a terrible car accident, I couldn‘t look (actually listen) away. I guess that‘s what they call ‘hate-reading?‘ I don‘t know. This wasn‘t a quick easy listen for me like some other Littens. It didn‘t feel at all like a story of female empowerment. Same old ‘damsel-in-distress‘ and her handsome prince. Ugh. The disgusting ways that random strangers (men) interacted with her felt very real, though.

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Unsheltered: A Novel | Barbara Kingsolver
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I want to have Barbara Kingsolver‘s baby. All the elements of a BK book are here: science & nature, complex characters & relationships, living & dying, past & future, disappointment & hope. Grown up stories for grown up readers. I mostly enjoyed the ways she wove the two story lines together, focusing on residents of one New Jersey town from two different centuries. Her lilting narration on the audio was a bonus for me. Which BK book to read next?

wanderinglynn KITTENS! 😍 too cute! ❤️🐱 8mo
wanderinglynn (Good review, but it‘s hard to focus on the book with that much cuteness around. 😉) 8mo
squirrelbrain Exactly @wanderinglynn - it‘s not like a Litten to say ‘who cares about the book?!‘ but...kittens! 😻😻 8mo
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JenReadsAlot I want those kittens!!!! 8mo
CouronneDhiver 😂😂 Maybe you can have Barbara‘s kitties ... they‘re pretty darn adorable and perfect 8mo
Meeko93 So adorable 💜 8mo
mdhughes72 You can‘t have them @JenReadsAlot! You‘d have to fight some very fierce people for them! 8mo
mdhughes72 Maybe I can, @CouronneDhiver, she‘s my kind of person! 8mo
JenReadsAlot I'm sure!! So cute 😻 8mo
Suet624 Oh, those sweet faces. 7mo
Nute I love everything about this post! Excellent review! 2mo
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Meet My Cats | Lesley Anne Ivory
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One week ago we welcomed two new members of the family. Not sure yet how they feel about us but we‘re crazy about them! #catsoflitsy #nationalpetday

Jennick2004 OMG!!!! What are their names?? 💜💜 8mo
mdhughes72 @Jennick2004 Mookie and Bennie. My wife is a rabid Red Sox fan. 8mo
Naj They're adorable!! 😻😻 and yes, we need the names. 8mo
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Naj @mdhughes72 cute names for cute kitties 💜 8mo
MicheleinPhilly 😍😍😍 8mo
QuietlyLaura Aww! They‘re so cute! 💕😻😻 8mo
Stacy_31 Precious babies!! 😻😻 8mo
Tamra So sweet! 8mo
rretzler Oh, they are so precious! Makes me want some new kittens, too! We added 3 kittens 1.5 years ago to keep our 13 yo cat company (we lost his brother). One of the kittens, Mycroft, would run from everyone, no one could get near him. I took the time to try to befriend him and finally after a long, long time, he became friendly to everyone. 8mo
JacqMac Awwww so cute! 8mo
Sungirl79 Super cute!!!😻 8mo
tammysue Adorable! 💕 8mo
JoScho So. Cute! 8mo
Chelsea.Poole Precious!! 8mo
BridgetteM 💕💕💕 8mo
SW-T Congrats! They‘re adorable 🥰 (edited) 8mo
CouronneDhiver What are their names? 8mo
Meeko93 💜 8mo
mdhughes72 @rretzler That‘s a great story with a happy ending. I hope our kittens grow up to be loving and cuddly too! 8mo
mdhughes72 @CouronneDhiver Their names are Mookie and Bennie. We have a couple Red Sox fans in our family. 8mo
Suet624 Mookie! Benny! As a fellow Red Sox fan I must applaud you for their names. 7mo
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My Own Two Feet | Beverly Cleary
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Happy 103rd birthday Beverly Cleary! 🎉 Her books about Henry, Beezus, & of course Ramona helped impart a lifelong love of reading in me & countless other kids, including my three boys! She revolutionized children‘s lit — we don‘t even know just how much we owe her. It was as a children‘s librarian here in Yakima, Washington, that she first became inspired to write for her young patrons. My wife took this pic of the library yesterday while in town

saguarosally I love library pictures! 8mo
rretzler I fondly remember reading about Henry, Ruby‘s, Bezus, and Ramona! Both as a young child and to my young children. Thanks for sharing! 8mo
Reggie In 3rd grade way back in 1985, our teacher, Mrs.Muncy, the one teacher with a prosthetic leg, because of a turkey hunting accident, read all the Ramonas to us that year after lunch. 8mo
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mdhughes72 @saguarosally This one isn‘t much to look at but it has historic significance. 8mo
mdhughes72 You‘re welcome @rretzler! Her characters are unforgettable aren‘t they? 8mo
mdhughes72 @Reggie that sounds like my kind of teacher! Isn‘t it great that her books have been read year in and year out, across the generations? They‘re so relatable! 8mo
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Small Fry | Lisa Brennan-Jobs
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I feel for the author. I really do. Growing up with Steve Jobs as her dad was hard. Of course, so too was growing up with her mom. But there‘s a tinge of ‘poor little rich girl‘ to her account, one she never really acknowledges or explores. She can‘t seem to see her own privilege to be able to check it. This book prompted me to reflect on my relationships with my own parents and kids, which I think ultimately is the value of reading it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Suet624 Good point. 8mo
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There There: A novel | Tommy Orange
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I thought I‘d just zip right through this on audio, but the rich tapestry of Native characters and stories insisted that I slow down and digest it slowly. I‘m already ready to work my way back through it again, this time in print. Reminiscent of the scope and intimacy of Dos Passos‘s best works, this one lives up to all the hype. Truly a Great American Novel, one of my top picks of the year so far ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

CouronneDhiver Maybe I‘ll give it a try... I love First Nations storytelling. 😍 8mo
RebL I found this book engrossing & like how it came together. I‘ll have to think on the ending a bit, though. 8mo
mdhughes72 @CouronneDhiver If you love First Nations storytelling, I think you‘ll really enjoy this. It does take place in Oakland, California, but I don‘t think you need to be familiar with that area to still appreciate the book. 8mo
mdhughes72 @RebL Yes the ending was a bit abrupt. My son would call it a Truman Show Ending. 8mo
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Your Duck Is My Duck: Stories | Deborah Eisenberg
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I feel as though a great joke has been played on the reading public by the book critics of National Public Radio, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. A cruel hoax. ‘Just words — crack them open and they were empty.‘ And, on the audio, ‘stacking the sounds up like wooden blocks.‘ It was like Lauren Groff‘s Florida all over again. I really don‘t care how beautiful the writing is, none of these stories made any sense. HARD PASS. ⭐️⭐️

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After countless attempts to start this short book, I finally finished it yesterday. I still don‘t know what I think about it. I can‘t say that I loved it; I can‘t even say that it held my attention. But I can say that it is well written and its story and characters are compelling. If moral ambiguity and getting inside the head of a psychopath are your thing then you‘ll probably love it. Alas they are not my thing. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

8little_paws I thought it said a whole lot about gender relations 8mo
mdhughes72 @8little_paws I‘d love to have you say more about that. 8mo
BkClubCare Do follow the #tob2019 thread to find more analysis 8mo
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‘The more he talks, the more I realize that I am a MAGA, a fool, who has been taken advantage of.‘ Coincidence??

vivastory That line also jumped out at me, after I googled it I found it interesting that in Nigerian it means the target of a con artist 9mo
mdhughes72 @vivastory So richly perfect! 8mo
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So it turns out you can connect Donald J Trump directly to Pat Buchanan and H Ross Perot. Trump, who in 2000 flirted with running for president, had the billionaire persona but not the populist message. It was only when he adopted the Buchanan platform in 2015 that he had the winning combo. He may have run sooner had it not been for the success of The Apprentice. An important and interesting read. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Blaire I love Steve kornacki. I got this book as a gift. Need to move it up the tbr. #politicsnerd 9mo
Susanita Ross Perot. Bleh. 9mo
mdhughes72 @blaire and @susanita I agree. Good book with interesting characters. 9mo
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@britt_brooke you will appreciate this recent entry in the #memoir genre. Author is very honest & transparent about his life, & as he ‘hit the lottery‘ in every other way he never comes across as whiny or a victim. He discusses openly how eating becomes a compensatory compulsion, mentioning Oprah‘s perennial struggle—even billionaires can wrestle with this. Author-narrated audio is powerful; throat cancer left him with a raspy whisper. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

britt_brooke Sounds good - definitely stacking! 9mo
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Warlight: A novel | Michael Ondaatje
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Gauzy cloak-and-dagger tale set in the period immediately after WW2, this is reminiscent of his earlier English Patient, with which it compares unfavorably. Also in the same vein as All the Light We Cannot See and Moonglow — two other books that didn‘t live up to the hype (IMO). Though the prose is spare and haunting, I couldn‘t really get into the story or its menagerie of shadowy characters. Thankfully a shorter book. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

MelissaSue81 Yeah this one just didn‘t do it for me. 9mo
pdever Thanks for the review. It has been years since I have read anything by this author, but I list him among my favorites. I was thinking about reading this one, but maybe I will pick a different one. 9mo
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I try not to be too liberal in my praise of books that I like, so its value is preserved for books I truly love. OMG this is that book! Easily the most important of 2018, one that everyone should read. I found myself thinking differently about anger and its place in public discourse. Men — especially white men — are rewarded for their anger. Women are punished. Author‘s case for the revolutionary power of women‘s anger is a slam dunk ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Emilymdxn I just finished this too and agree completely - it was SO good! 9mo
Samplergal Let be it. Stacked. 9mo
Christine Though your pic collage is the stuff of nightmares, I love and agree with your review! 😜 9mo
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MrBook Nice review!! 9mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great review—this was one of my top 4 picks for 2018. (I can‘t pick just one!) 9mo
mdhughes72 @BarbaraTheBibliophage what were your other 3? 9mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Thanks for asking! This was my nonfiction pick. A Little Life was fiction. Becoming was audiobook. And The Great Believers was new to me author pick. Here‘s my post about why: http://thebibliophage.com/best-reading-of-2018/ 9mo
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Calypso | David Sedaris
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So it turns out that a 16-mile run is just enough time to listen to this in its entirety. Another solid entry in the Sedaris canon, wryly narrated by the author. I‘ve decided he‘s a ‘sit-down‘ comic: able to make so much out of so little, astute observations and acerbic word play. AND — as bonus — my town name checked! The third book I‘ve read in the past few months to mention the 101st largest US city. Always fun! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Suet624 16 Miles! Puff, pant. 9mo
mdhughes72 @Suet624 Not this time. I was feeling too lazy to exert myself too much. 9mo
MrBook Another great review! 9mo
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This ramble is a pleasant literary counterpart to a Linklater film & a superior companion to Anderson‘s Boom Town. Strikes a perfect balance bw travelogue, memoir, & cultural/political analysis. Author-narrated audio give the stories a warmth & intimacy that I found lacking in his Going Clear. I felt like I really got to know him, & he seems like my kind of guy. His story about living next door to Matthew McConaughey is priceless 😂 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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In terms of storytelling, the 1st 3/4 is a hot mess. Then the author/reporter becomes part of the story & BAM! it turns into a nail-biting cloak-and-dagger. Reminds me of American Prison. The real lessons of stories like these are: 1. we absolutely NEED a free press AND 2. a robust regulatory state to check the truly psychopathological impulses of free-market capitalism. Otherwise people die (no joke). Important topic, messy delivery ⭐️⭐️⭐️

wordzie 😁❤ 9mo
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The Poet X | Elizabeth Acevedo
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Okay britt_brooke I‘ve found your next must-read. This was like a hurricane touching down in my heart! Written by a spoken-word poet, it must be listened to to be fully appreciated. Author‘s narration took my breath away! A 15yo Latina must deal with strict religious parents, a gay twin brother, and a precocious body that forces her to come-of-age too soon. Her poems become a haven. This quick powerful read shot to the top of my list. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Sounds excellent!!! Stacked!! 9mo
britt_brooke Ooh, thank you for tagging me!! 🤗 I‘ve heard good things about this one. Nice review! 9mo
TracyReadsBooks This was one of my favorite books last year. I recommended it for my book club and we just discussed it Monday. The response was overwhelmingly positive—a couple people even said the cried in public while reading it. So deserving of all its awards. 9mo
Suet624 I love this book with a passion. 9mo
Andrea4 Funny, I was reading this the other month and then it returned on me before I really got into it. I know I'll go back to it eventually but hopefully I'll get the audio version. 8mo
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Okay, so I don‘t usually gush about authors or books, but Steve is a personal friend & this looks like a truly monumental work that could break out in a big way this year. He‘s a great writer & a great human being, & this is one of those important yet overlooked stories in US history. I‘m requesting a copy for my birthday next month & have already placed a hold on the library copy. I encourage Littens everywhere to check this one out! Stack it!

8little_paws Neat! It's actually already been on my radar 9mo
Chrissyreadit Separate but equal- i studied this in high school 30 years ago and it left a lasting impact. 9mo
Christine Sounds excellent! Thanks for sharing. 9mo
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mdhughes72 @8little_paws That‘s great! You read about it somewhere? 9mo
mdhughes72 @chrissyreadit You‘re better than me — I don‘t remember anything I learned in high school! 🤪 9mo
mdhughes72 You‘re welcome @Christine! 9mo
8little_paws Yes npr 9mo
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I struggled to get through this. I don‘t doubt Woodward‘s chops as a reporter, but his ability to tell a compelling story leaves a lot to be desired. Just an accounting of one damn thing after another. I learned that Trump does have a core — wanting to be strong and not be seen or treated as weak. Nothing else matters to him. Once you get that about him, his actions are comprehensible & predictable. Not sure he‘s evil so much as petty & deluded.

TobeyTheScavengerMonk Heh. Love The Onion. 9mo
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The Pisces: A Novel | Melissa Broder
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I never would have picked this up if not for Litsy. A spot-on description of the anguish that accompanies sex & love addiction, which afflicts both men & women & is often the result of neglect or loss. Doesn‘t matter to the MC —- or to the reader — if the mythical Merman is real or imaginary. Her obsessive quest for him is all-consuming & comes at great personal cost. Very sexual but too much despair for it to be at all sexy. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

britt_brooke Nice review! 9mo
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The Pisces: A Novel | Melissa Broder
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‘No one really wanted satiety. It was the prospect of satiety — the excitement around the notion that we could ever be satisfied — that kept us going. But if you were ever actually satisfied it wouldn‘t be satisfaction. You would just get hungry for something else. The only way to maybe have satisfaction would be to accept the nothingness and not try to put anyone else in it.‘ This.

readordierachel This is an interesting book. Equally insightful and absurd. 9mo
mdhughes72 @readordierachel I tend to lean in the insightful direction. See my review. 9mo
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Here‘s the lineup for my Career Exploration course starting next week. I think the Art of Work brings up some interesting concepts/questions, but it still sounds very much like a 30-something white dude telling his readers to ‘Just Do It!‘ I hope my adult students find it a good-enough jumping-off point for their own exploration.

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This is such a Rorschach test for so many Littens. I‘ve decided that it‘s not a critique of capitalism or millennials. It‘s a story of the vital importance of PLACE. An immigrant child, now pregnant & alone amidst a zombie apocalypse, the MC just wants to find her place in the world. And it ain‘t the suburbs! She can find culture, calling, & community — & genocidal germs — only in the big city. One of my very top reads of the new year ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

CaitlinR Great book. 10mo
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The Three Robbers | Tomi Ungerer
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RIP Tomi Ungerer. Inimitable and indelible.

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‘There was a certain narcissistic beauty to the idea, a certain luminance to the promise that, by learning to speak type, we could learn to compress the gestures of our messy, complicated lives into a coherent life story, one capable of expressing both to ourselves and to others not just who we were, but who we had been all along. What type offered us was a vision of individual identity in its most transcendent and transparent form.‘

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Florida | Lauren Groff
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I don‘t know what it is with me and Lauren Groff but she just does not do it for me. I realize that she writes in English but it all comes out as so much word-mush. All the stories in this collection bleed together because there isn‘t a lot of plot or character. It‘s all atmosphere. So in that sense this book is aptly named. A state with storms and swamps and creepy creatures is the MC here. Very gothic. Yawn.

8little_paws I did not care for this on audio at all but then tried in print and loved it 🤷‍♀️ 10mo
Suet624 I was surprised by how much I liked it. I don‘t normally like short stories. Maybe it‘s just time for you to pass on Goff. 🤷🏻‍♀️😀 10mo
mdhughes72 @8little_paws I‘m not sure I‘m willing to give print a try. I think it‘s just her writing style. I‘m ready @Suet624! 10mo
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Lake Success: A Novel | Gary Shteyngart
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A bit bloated and overripe, but I suppose that‘s in keeping with the MC. Mix The Corrections with The Hearts of Men and The Financial Lives of the Poets and you get this meandering work that has moments of brilliance. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Megabooks Cute dogs! 10mo
mdhughes72 @megabooks Thanks! They‘re both friendly and gentle companions. 10mo
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Lake Success: A Novel | Gary Shteyngart
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‘When things are tough with my family, I like to watch Trump because he just takes my mind off stuff. No matter what happens personally, there‘s this much greater disaster taking place.‘ 🤔

Lauram Thanks for all the likes! 10mo
mdhughes72 @Lauram I love the pics! You have a great eye and lovely surroundings. (edited) 10mo
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How Democracies Die | Steven Levitsky, Daniel Ziblatt
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I devoured this in less than a day. It‘s a great review of recent (as well as more long-standing) trends in the US, in the context of other countries. Very clear eyed analysis of how rules work together with norms to reinforce political institutions that safeguard democracy. Some practical suggestions for how to strengthen the institutional ‘guardrails‘ before democracy fails altogether. An important book. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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The Friend | Sigrid Nunez
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This struck me as not all that different from Feel Free — a series of literary musings, only this time woven loosely together with a plot line. The only reason I finished this one was because it was over at about the same duration that I bailed on the first one. What is it about writers not knowing how to write about anything other than writing and writers? And dogs. Bleh. Moving on.

TrishB Great review 👍🏻 10mo
mdhughes72 Thanks @TrishB! I just try to give my honest feelings. 10mo
8little_paws Totally agree with the hyperfocus on writers. It bores me. 10mo
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This isn‘t the tour de force that Newjack is. Having said that, it‘s still an important read that points out how incarceration in America has always been motivated by profit, & that private prisons are worse than government-operated facilities. These analyses are some of the book‘s strongest contributions. Also fascinating are the author‘s own backstory, & the ways his work as an undercover journalist becomes part of the story. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

mdhughes72 Help! Taking suggestions for a light read after 3 heavy books in a row. What do you recommend as a palate-cleanser?? 10mo
Nebklvr @mdhughes72 David Rosenthal Andy Carpenter mystery. 10mo
Gina This is an interesting fictional murder mystery. 10mo
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JenReadsAlot I really enjoyed this book but it also pissed me off! 10mo
mdhughes72 Thanks @Nebklvr and @Gina for your recommendations. @JenReadsAlot you should check out 10mo
JenReadsAlot Will do! 10mo
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This is making the rounds in my Litsy circle, & for good reason! It‘s the perfect companion to Educated. So much heartache. Author narration sounds like beautiful, tragic free verse poetry. The device of making the memoir a conversation between the author & his single mom really worked for me...until it didn‘t. Not entirely about his struggles with size, but that becomes a frame for all the other struggles he‘s faced along the way. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Megabooks Great review of a great book! 10mo
mdhughes72 @Megabooks Thanks! So you‘ve read it too? 10mo
Megabooks @mdhughes72 Yes! I think it was one of the best books of 2018. Certainly better than the memoir Educated that got much more press. I did both partial audiobook/partial print. Heavy was better with both. Consider reading his backlist. It‘s on hoopla. 10mo
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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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This twisted me up inside. For the longest time I wrestled with, What if it isn‘t true? And then I felt besieged by the endless violence, stupidity, & stubbornness of several family members. Lastly I‘m left pondering, What did the author learn by living this & then writing about it? What did I learn? Questions & more questions. One definite plus is that this got people thinking, & then talking about their thoughts. Isn‘t that what books should do?

Courtneyjo_reads I‘ve been wanting to read this one! 10mo
mdhughes72 @Courtneyjo_reads Beware! It‘s tough stuff throughout. As a companion volume I recommend 10mo
Courtneyjo_reads @mdhughes72 awesome, thank you! 😌 10mo
Suet624 I remember being surprised by the violence in this book. I wasn‘t expecting that. 10mo
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So I haven‘t quite mastered the art of flipping the omelette, but I‘m hoping it tastes okay.

Maude I have the same problem, they usually taste great anyways :) 10mo
Tamra I have my eye on this biography! 10mo
mdhughes72 @Tamra I‘m glad, because I‘m not sharing my food! 10mo
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mdhughes72 @Maude it did taste great. They‘re hard to screw up. 10mo
Suet624 Hahaha. Yup, my eggs look like that too. 10mo
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Not since The First Bad Man have I read something this absurdly comical. It struck me as a book-length Seinfeld episode, replete with the principle of ‘no hugging, no learning.‘ I loved the first 95% but the ending was just meh. Trying my first ever #24in48 challenge and realizing just how hard it is! I guess I picked the wrong weekend to compete in a step challenge.

JacqMac Readathon hint: Audiobooks are great for those gaps when you just have to do something else. I would never hit 24 hours without them. 10mo
RebL It‘s so hard! If it helps, I‘ve never hit 24 hours. 10mo
mdhughes72 @JacqMac @RebL Well I screwed up everything by letting the stopwatch run while I slept. Maybe next time! 10mo
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RebL That‘s one way to get to 24. 😉 10mo
readordierachel Loved The First Bad Man. So weird and good. 10mo
britt_brooke I love her writing! And I agree about the ending. That‘s what kept it from being 5 stars for me. 10mo
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At Home on Furlough | Charles Allen Lawson
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‘Thank goodness for books right now,‘ says Stacie Chapman, a Maryland-based survey statistician at the Census Bureau. ‘They are the only thing keeping me half-sane!‘ www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/furloughed-employees-are-filling-workless-days-with-books--lots-of-them/2019/01/24/eae8d416-1f28-11e9-8e21-59a09ff1e2a1_story.html?utm_term=.b1af813a42cb

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Not *just* about transracial adoption. This is for anyone with children. Or siblings. Or parents. Or family of any kind. Or anyone who‘s wrestling with their own identity because of the ways we‘re pulled in myriad directions by our individualistic culture. I thought of Solomon‘s Far from the Tree and Ko‘s The Leavers as I read. Chung is painfully honest and vulnerable in describing her journey. Isn‘t that all that we ask for in a memoir? ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

UrsulaMonarch Great review! 10mo
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#20thingsaboutme. Hope I did it right! Thanks for the tip @britt_brooke

Lauram What band? 10mo
hermyknee I am also an INFP! 10mo
mdhughes72 @Lauram An amazing 80s band called The Call. Al Gore used their song Let the Day Begin at his campaign rallies. 10mo
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Alfoster You‘re kind of amazing!👍 10mo
Christine So fantastic re: Jeopardy!! I made it all the way through the tryout process in Boston back in the early 2000s but then couldn‘t be on the show bc I was too pregnant! 😆 10mo
mdhughes72 @hermyknee INFP‘s of the world, unite! On second thought, let‘s just stay friendly from a polite distance. 😉 10mo
hermyknee 😂🙌🏽☺️ 10mo
mdhughes72 @Christine Stupid babies — they ruin everything!! Why not try again? Jeopardy that is, not more babies. Oh what the hell, why not try for more babies? 10mo
mdhughes72 @Alfoster Aww, thanks! You‘re kind of a big deal yourself! 10mo
Lauram I don‘t remember them, but when I pulled up Let the Day Begin on iTunes, I was surprised that I knew the lyrics. 10mo
mdhughes72 @Lauram Yeah it‘s kind of a catchy tune. But their good stuff sounds more new wave, less arena rock. They experimented with a few different genres. 10mo
mdhughes72 @Christine Just kidding about the babies stuff. Total respect. 10mo
Christine LOL! No more babies, please, but Jeopardy I would consider! Though I‘m wondering if my brain still has the same level of random trivia at the ready as it did in my early twenties!! Would (could?) you ever go back on? 10mo
mdhughes72 @Christine I would if I could — and I don‘t know if I can‘t! I think my knowledge has expanded in the past 12 years, but recall has definitely slipped. And as you know, you need both! 10mo
Reviewsbylola Totally with you on no. 15! 10mo
Christine You should do it!! But exactly my concern re: recall. Go back on and prove us wrong! 10mo
readordierachel Congrats to you and your wife! 10mo
CouronneDhiver # 10 🥰 always so sweet to hear a guy gush about being into his wife 10mo
Naj Fellow train travel and '70s lover here🙋 Congrats to you and your wife! 10mo
Kaye ♥️ 10mo
mdhughes72 @reviewsbylola What does that say about us? 10mo
mdhughes72 @readordierachel Thanks! Although there‘s still time for her to dump me before then! 😉 10mo
mdhughes72 @CouronneDhiver Yeah I tell her every day I don‘t know how I got so lucky. And despite my being young and stupid I was so smart about choosing her! 10mo
mdhughes72 Thanks @Naj! 10mo
Purrfectpages The MCA Records thing is very cool. Which band? 10mo
mdhughes72 @Purrfectpages see my comments to @Lauram above. 10mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome!!! 10mo
Suet624 I just kept ooohing and ahhhing as I read this. 10mo
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An American Marriage | Tayari Jones
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The further I got into this one, the more it felt like a modern-day retelling of a classic Greek tragedy. And. It. Is. Devastating. Riveting. Like watching a car accident in slow motion. Yes, it‘s a singular tale about the injustice of mass incarceration‘s effects on the innocent and guilty alike, but there‘s also a deeper truth about the fragility of intimacy in the face of a crisis. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Itchyfeetreader This is an amazing review - I‘m stacking fro when I am buying again! 10mo
mdhughes72 @Itchyfeetreader Yeah I don‘t think you‘ll regret it. Even if it‘s disappointing, you can get through it pretty quickly. 10mo
Reggie My dad who is all about war, horror, and gore, in his books shocked me when he picked this one up and said he really liked it. Great review! 10mo
mdhughes72 @Reggie to be fair, there is a bit of violence (and even ‘gore‘). Something for the guys 😉 10mo
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This is the book That Kind of Mother wishes it was. Still very much about privileged white people, but at least things happen to the moms (and others) in these stories. I found them engaging and challenging in all the right ways. The theme seemed to be: how do we live in the present with the long shadow cast by our past? Is there any connection between what we experienced earlier—say, in high school and college—to who we are now? ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

BarbaraBB I loved this book 💜 10mo
mdhughes72 @BarbaraBB Yeah? Anything in particular? 10mo
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Author tells the story of this lesser-known & (debatably) underrated city by weaving together profiles of some of its more notable residents, past & present, using its NBA team as a narrative frame. Land rush, annexation, civil rights, urban renewal, tornadoes, McVeigh — all are covered. Still, it‘s too heavily weighted toward white male voices. Few POC, almost no women, and NO (!!) 1st Nations. Great writing and very informative, but how can....

mdhughes72 ...you tell the story of Oklahoma and NOT mention the dispossession of native peoples?? 11mo
Mdargusch Hmmmm 🤨 11mo
Mamashep How do you not mention native Americans?! 11mo
mdhughes72 @mdargusch @mamashep Right?!? (edited) 11mo
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Feel Free: Essays | Zadie Smith
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I tried, y‘all. I really did. But I just couldn‘t bring myself to care about this one. So much ink spilled on things I cared less than nothing about. And the narrator‘s voice was truly insufferable! I decided that even though I‘d gotten nearly halfway through and could push through to the end, life‘s too short to waste on lousy books! This is my second dud in a row, but good news! My current read is a winner. Be looking for that one soon.

enidkeaner Zadie Smith does come of as kind of insufferable 11mo
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That Kind of Mother | Rumaan Alam
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I‘m so flabbergasted this made both the NPR and WaPo year-end lists. Two-dimensional characters, uninteresting story. Compares poorly with Little Fires Everywhere and Fierce Kingdom. It reads like a very bad Afterschool Special. I just wanted it to be over. And thankfully, now it is!

MicheleinPhilly I read his first one and could not understand the hype at all. It was terrible. 11mo
Bookwormjillk Interesting. I hadn‘t heard of it. I wonder how those year end lists are made. 11mo
LauraJ Sometimes I think it‘s politically correct to like a book, others just have really good pr staffers. 11mo
LauraBeth I agree with you 100%. 11mo
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I‘m always disappointed by books written by journalists — they never seem to find their way back out of the stories they‘re covering. Not a great book but a very good one, & certainly a timely & important one. By turns depressing & infuriating. Too much money to be made by too many stakeholders, while ordinary Americans suffer & die, especially in rural areas. Can‘t say I learned a lot, but I did feel for the hurting addicts & their families.

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Eminently quotable (just scroll through its Litsy feed), ultimately satisfying, asks all the right questions & pushes all the right buttons for me. Kaleidoscopic mashup of The Nix, The Marriage Plot, Home Fire, & anything by Tom Perrotta. A story about how life — particularly careers & human connections — tempers our ideals to make them workable. But of course it‘s also very much about navigating & fighting enduring sexist structures.

LauraBeth Wow - this is a fantastic review! That kaleidoscope mashup makes me want to read it 😀 11mo
8little_paws Ditto to what @LauraBeth said! I wasn't wild about the interestings, in fact the more time away from it the less I liked it, but now i'm considering this 11mo
mdhughes72 @LauraBeth and @8little_paws It starts off feeling a little scattered but then once it gets going it weaves the various characters‘ story lines together in a satisfying way. Highly recommended! It was on all 3 of my lists — NPR, NY Times, and Washington Post. 11mo
Suet624 Your review finally sealed the deal. Stacked. 10mo
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‘People‘s marriages were like two-person religious cults — impossible to understand.‘

readordierachel 😂 11mo
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