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suffisaunce

Joined May 2018

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Panpan

I like for suspense to have some higher purpose ;)

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Very interesting read about a region that most Westerners should no doubt learn more about. At its best when discussing legal and balance of power issues in watery terms.

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Bones of Plenty | Lois Phillips Hudson
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Already pretty excited for this one!

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Beautifully written novel from an inimitable stylist, true to DeLillo's stated aim to give readers "refuge" and a solid way of grasping on to the welter of truth around Lee Harvey Oswald. JFK theories are not my go to, but I've also read Charles McCarry's Tears of Autumn, and what strikes me is how DeLillo's work matches that stated aim whereas McCarry's is both more plausible and more necessarily baroque. Time well spent, at any rate.

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I could quibble with Taibbi's paragraphing, with the odd typo, and with the fact that the author makes moves he castigates others for even as he swears that he is atoning for them--and this would still be an important read if you care about the media's downward spiral (and ours). Honestly, someone has to have the guts to broach all of this.

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I haven't watched K-drama, but this would be a great way to introduce younger students to the notion of genre. The protagonist's touching relationship with her dad is something else that strikes me as setting it above the average YA.

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Memorable and original portrayal of grief and family life.

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Deserves its accolades; rich and thought-provoking book. In the translation, at least, I did find that the end was ... somewhat telegraphed, and certainly probing of one's values, particularly of one's sense of compassion (this latter a good thing IMHO). And then, as one who has spent adult life plunked down in places that hunt for job purposes but who has never hunted herself, I found myself pretty responsive to the heroine's line of thought ..

charl08 I got one of her books for xmas, hoping to read soon. 3w
suffisaunce @charl08 I thought that it was definitely worth the time spent! 3w
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Cherry: A novel | Nico Walker
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I don't know how to express what I think about the path to addiction as shown here. This is a relatively close-to-home issue where there's a lot going on, in all kinds of ways, with all kinds of people. Either way, the sections in Iraq will be an instant classic.

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Never Let Me Go | Kazuo Ishiguro
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This was on some other level of thing; it moved me to tears. I've used Remains of the Day for a long time in class--if I ever teach juniors and seniors again, I hope that I can use this--difficulty notwithstanding--as well. I think that it has cast a permanent spell.

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As good an argument for valorizing reading and critical thinking as anything I've seen. This book is intense and beautifully written; I'm sure I'll have more to say once done.

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The Case of the Terrified Typist | Erle Stanley Gardner
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good thing they explain this in every single story ;)

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Nectar in a Sieve | Kamala Markandaya
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This book is a work of art. I understand that people debate the authenticity issues, but the prose here is startlingly perfect, the narrator and her family memorable. If I can muster it, I would love to use this book in my 200-level World Literature class.

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An Absolute Gentleman | R. M. Kinder
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This is a terribly engaging read that left me feeling relatively discouraged about human nature. YMMV. You learn some things at the end that blunt the edge should you be interested in a deviant mind. Kinder knows hackademe, so some may also appreciate that also ;)

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Dated, but ... well ... quite a read. Reisner was some kind of prophet.

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Speaking as a right brained person taking a Stats class over 40 ... this book is going to help a lot 😇

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Flags of Our Fathers: Heroes of Iwo Jima | James Bradley, Ron Powers
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I'm using just a touch of this in class tomorrow, hoping to stimulate a discussion on the reasons people do research ...

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THE NORTHERN LIGHT | A. J. Cronin
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well-drawn, old-fashioned potboiler, with less of the sensitive lad shtick than The Green Years and Keys of the Kingdom struck me as having when I read them as a teen. Tells at times rather than showing--that's how some books used to be. A pick for me because interesting qua artifact but also because some of the themes it touches on, notably the role of the press, are still current, also interesting for its treatment of women's issues ...

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The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking | Edward B. Burger, Michael Starbird
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Great little book: lots to share with my students :)

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One thing about Shaw's Joan--she's a good antidote to the selfishness and apathy I see in my professional life 🤦🏻‍♀️

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Mehso-so

I might be unmoved by Gibbons' easy touch. Then again ... I might be jealous of it ...

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Number the Stars | Lois Lowry
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I grew up on Anastasia, but I didn't know about this precious little book until it came up in courses I've been taking to teach reading. I wonder why it strikes me more positively than my last entry, 22 Britannia Road. It may be that I am the right age to feel a sentimental connection to a war my Grandpa served in. Either way this is very skilful storytelling, and I hope that younger children can read it and connect to this period ❤️

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22 Britannia Road: A Novel | Amanda Hodgkinson
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I have mixed feelings about reworkings of this period, and there is an enchanted haze over the grittiest moments here. With that said ... it weaves its spells.

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White Noise | Don DeLillo
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I enjoyed the craft here, but the end was frustrating. I'm guessing that other DeLillo books will be like this as well ... :)

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Joe Country | Mick Herron
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This is a truly wonderful series. If you like spy stories--or even just great writing and characters who will become your friends--check these out, starting with Slow Horses. This latest entry has intricacies to delight as River, Louisa, and the other Slow Horses face new villains and old demons. Highly recommended!

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Les Rivires pourpres | Jean-Christophe Grang
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This one ... owes a lot to operatic doubling. Top flight suspense & the story is all kinds of (again, operatic) crazy, & the characters? are easy to get attached to (farthest I'll go sans spoilers). I came to this through the Passager miniseries, which is to die for (will read next). Not sure I want to watch the movie having read Karim's not in it, nor can I vouch for translations, but I can certainly rec this one to fans of police thrillers 🔥

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White Noise | Don DeLillo
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Hee.

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Francie | Karen English
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bought this for my niece, who shares a first name with its memorable 13yo protagonist. This is a sharp but tenderly-drawn period piece, tons of subtlety and unobtrusive historical detail. I cannot imagine a younger reader not liking it.

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10+- compelling stories of women who travelled West in the wagon trains by Missoula author. Writing seems clear and engaging enough for it to work for my tween age niece; bibliographies might make this quick, enjoyable read useful even in a college Writing class.

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The Lottery Rose | Irene Hunt
Mehso-so

Well intentioned, with some truly beautiful moments, but disjointed enough that the resultant plot problems might make it difficult to give to a child. An affecting read, either way ...

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Mixed feelings, I guess.

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Lydgate's Fall of Princes | Giovanni Boccaccio, John Lydgate
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Working in the library at U of Regina, on my way north and east ... here's a nice selection!

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I've been dipping in to Gardner's writing since high school, and it honestly never lets me down. Hoping to pass the torch to my newly-teenaged niece!

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From the Acknowledgments. This account of the first year of Trump's presidency benefits by a nice balance of snappy narrative style and measured evaluation--the audiobook is read by the author, to whom I actually came more through his terrific podcast, the Takeout, than through tv which I of course never watch ;)

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Normal People | Sally Rooney
Mehso-so

This raised some ambivalences for me which I think could only be understood once one had made it to the end. Which is not to say that this up and down love story was not a compulsive read.

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Slow Waltz in Cedar Bend | Robert James Waller
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I ... yeah. Someone should really write a critique of this book from the POV of the working professor. Every academic in this book has so much time! To cheat, to fix bikes, to cancel finals and run off to India! With that said, Waller had a craft down, and since this too came from a 5/$1 sale I stumbled on in my own travels, I can't complain overly (Or can I?).

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Point Omega: A Novel | Don DeLillo
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Suspenseful and cohesive. Some significant unanswered questions, but this is something I'd be interested to hear students' reactions to.

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The Darkest Room | Johan Theorin
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Satisfying thriller, somehow a little lighter than Echoes from the Dead.