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thevagabondlawyer

thevagabondlawyer

Joined May 2020

Lawyer from the 🇵🇭 I love books and I write too 😊 my Instagram @thevagabondlawyer 🙏 my blog: thevagabondlawyer.wordpress.com
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Young Mungo | Douglas Stuart
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A book I almost gave up but I persevered and it turned to be one of my most memorable reads. When "good" was"guid" and "maybe" was "mibbe", and "woman" was "wummin", I had a rough start because of the challenging Scottish dialect but I got used to it before long. Glad, I did. Shuggie Bain, Douglas Stuart's Booker Prize winner and debut novel was masterful, but ????? ????? - it was so much better, so much depth and ?

thevagabondlawyer utterly magnanimous. A character to remember, Mungo represented those who were repressed and castigated by society because of their preference, their choices, their ways, their identities. But Mungo also fought hard to live his truth, to come away, to love big, to care more than his share. And that was something, that was telling. 👏😊 8mo
Addison_Reads Great review! I did this one audio so the language was a little easier to follow that way. I fell in love with this book though. So good. 💚 8mo
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The Golden Couple: A Novel | Sarah Pekkanen, Greer Hendricks
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Appearances lie. Looks can be deceiving. You will never know what‘s inside the mind of another person. These are the themes of this book, The Golden Couple by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen. Reading it on audio, I find it really good and the narrators (Karissa Vacker and Marin Ireland) are incredible. Their passion and enthusiasm 👇

thevagabondlawyer reflect and solidify on every page. I hope to listen more of them. This novel is categorized as domestic mystery thriller and it did not disappoint. It is just what I needed at this time: twisty, mysterious, smart, tense, and hopeful. 👊 8mo
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Small Things Like These | Claire Keegan
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𝚃𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚗𝚘𝚟𝚎𝚕𝚕𝚊 𝚒𝚜 𝚊 𝚐𝚎𝚖! 𝙰 𝚠𝚘𝚗𝚍𝚎𝚛𝚏𝚞𝚕 𝚠𝚊𝚢 𝚝𝚘 𝚛𝚎𝚖𝚎𝚖𝚋𝚎𝚛 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚜𝚖𝚊𝚕𝚕 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚍𝚊𝚒𝚕𝚢 𝚔𝚒𝚗𝚍𝚗𝚎𝚜𝚜𝚎𝚜, 𝚠𝚑𝚎𝚗 𝚊𝚍𝚍𝚎𝚍 𝚞𝚙, 𝚌𝚊𝚗 𝚐𝚘 𝚊 𝚕𝚘𝚗𝚐 𝚕𝚘𝚗𝚐 𝚠𝚊𝚢. 𝚂𝚎𝚝 𝚒𝚗 𝙸𝚛𝚎𝚕𝚊𝚗𝚍, SMALL THINGS LIKE THESE 𝚋𝚢 CLAIRE KEEGAN 𝚝𝚎𝚕𝚕𝚜 𝚊 𝚑𝚘𝚛𝚛𝚢𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚙𝚊𝚛𝚝 𝚘𝚏 𝙸𝚛𝚒𝚜𝚑 𝚑𝚒𝚜𝚝𝚘𝚛𝚢 𝚝𝚑𝚛𝚘𝚞𝚐𝚑 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚕𝚎𝚗𝚜 𝚘𝚏 𝚊 𝚖𝚊𝚗 𝚠𝚑𝚘 𝚍𝚒𝚜𝚌𝚘𝚟𝚎𝚛𝚜 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 👇

thevagabondlawyer 𝚕𝚒𝚏𝚎 𝚒𝚜 𝚠𝚒𝚝𝚑𝚘𝚞𝚝 𝚖𝚎𝚊𝚗𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚠𝚑𝚎𝚗 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚝𝚞𝚛𝚗 𝚢𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚋𝚊𝚌𝚔 𝚝𝚘 𝚝𝚑𝚘𝚜𝚎 𝚒𝚗 𝚗𝚎𝚎𝚍. 𝙱𝚞𝚝 𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚜 is 𝚗𝚘𝚝 𝚊 𝚍𝚊𝚛𝚔 𝚋𝚘𝚘𝚔. 𝙸𝚝 𝚒𝚜 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚘𝚙𝚙𝚘𝚜𝚒𝚝𝚎. 𝚃𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚒𝚜 𝚘𝚗𝚎 𝚘𝚏 𝚝𝚑𝚘𝚜𝚎 𝚞𝚙𝚕𝚒𝚏𝚝𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚜𝚝𝚘𝚛𝚒𝚎𝚜 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚠𝚊𝚗𝚝 𝚝𝚘 𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚍 𝚠𝚑𝚎𝚗 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚊𝚛𝚎 𝚗𝚘𝚝 𝚜𝚞𝚛𝚎 𝚊𝚋𝚘𝚞𝚝 𝚠𝚑𝚊𝚝'𝚜 𝚐𝚘𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚘𝚗 𝚒𝚗 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚠𝚘𝚛𝚕𝚍 𝚘𝚛 👇 8mo
thevagabondlawyer 𝚒𝚗 𝚢𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚕𝚒𝚏𝚎. 𝙸 𝚠𝚒𝚜𝚑 𝙸 𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚍 𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚘𝚗 𝙲𝚑𝚛𝚒𝚜𝚝𝚖𝚊𝚜 𝚝𝚒𝚖𝚎. 𝚂𝚘 𝚜𝚑𝚘𝚛𝚝, 𝚊𝚛𝚘𝚞𝚗𝚍 110 𝚙𝚊𝚐𝚎𝚜, 𝚋𝚞𝚝 𝙸'𝚕𝚕 𝚐𝚒𝚟𝚎 𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚊 𝚛𝚎𝚜𝚘𝚞𝚗𝚍𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚏𝚒𝚟𝚎 𝚜𝚝𝚊𝚛𝚜. 🙂 8mo
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Heartstopper | Alice Oseman
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I don‘t read graphic novels until today and I guess there‘s no way but to read more. Not only that Heartstopper by Alice Oseman is my first graphic novel experience, it also evokes themes that I am most interested: identity, sexual orientation and expression, desire, belonging, love, being who you want to be and not feeling guilty about it, because in the end, 👇

thevagabondlawyer no one can dictate you how to be you. You get to be your own validation. From book to Netflix very soon, this is going to be fun! 😊👍 9mo
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My Policeman | Bethan Roberts
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Where to even begin? I had no idea what this book was about other than the news that it will be a major motion picture soon starring 𝙷𝚊𝚛𝚛𝚢 𝚂𝚝𝚢𝚕𝚎𝚜. 𝘔𝘺 𝘗𝘰𝘭𝘪𝘤𝘦𝘮𝘢𝘯 𝘣𝘺 𝘉𝘦𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘯 𝘙𝘰𝘣𝘦𝘳𝘵𝘴 is an exceptionally beautiful and yet tragic novel. This is a love letter, an invocation of the power of love in its purest, maddening, intoxicating and satisfying form. Marion, Tom and Patrick are 👇

thevagabondlawyer characters so incandescent, so real, enmeshed in this propulsive force of relationships that either make or break them. A beautiful blend of gorgeous prose and delicate storytelling, Ms. Roberts is an acute grammarian of longing and desire. Her capacity to lay profound and raw feelings without sentimentality is superb. I am excited how this book translates into film. 🙏👊 9mo
TrishB This has been on my kindle a while! You have ignited my interest. 9mo
thevagabondlawyer @TrishB Enjoy reading Trish! 9mo
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A Little Hope: A Novel | Ethan Joella
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This book did not land on my radar until few days ago after hearing it on MomAdvice podcast (Thanks Amy). I thought I‘ll give it a try and glad I did. Hugely readable, A Little Hope by Ethan Joella is so rich in themes, characters are so intimately real, imbued with a fullness of human spirit as well as a celebration of the limitless varieties of human experience: pain, regrets, secrets we keep, unresolved issues, well-meaning hopefulness.👇

thevagabondlawyer Mr. Joella is exceptionally skilled, sharp-sighted, and observant writer. From this debut, there‘s seems to be nothing he can‘t write about remarkably well. This reminds me of Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout but that book did not work for me. A Little Hope, on the other hand, really evokes the power of small but genuine connection of lives in challenging times. 🙂👏 9mo
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👊I read this on audio, through 𝘚𝘊𝘙𝘐𝘉𝘋 app and it was a fascinating experience! Rebecca Lowman‘s narration was on point and compelling and bursting with emotions. I loved her style. 𝚃𝙷𝙴 𝙻𝙰𝚂𝚃 𝚃𝙷𝙸𝙽𝙶 𝙷𝙴 𝚃𝙾𝙻𝙳 𝙼𝙴 𝚋𝚢 𝙻𝚊𝚞𝚛𝚊 𝙳𝚊𝚟𝚎 had been on everyone‘s radar last year. It garnered hundreds of thousands of ratings and won the Goodreads choice for mystery 👇

thevagabondlawyer suspense category. I thought the hype was well-deserved. Not only this book delivered the mystery part, it was beautifully rendered; prose was giving me goosebumps, structure was carefully built to evoke that mystique. Really transporting! I think I am going to have to dive into some great audiobooks on Scribd. 👊😊 9mo
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👊I wish I didn‘t read this book but then I wish this book didn‘t end. I tore through it with a heavy heart but with a sense of comprehension. This was jawdropping and even after reading I still had awe-speechless-moments. What a story of perseverance and bravery Mr. Browder and your team! But what I meant when I said I wish I didn‘t read this book was because it somehow altered my perception of Russia. I traveled to Russia in 2019, both in 👇

thevagabondlawyer Moscow and St Petersburg, and I had the most fascinating experience ever. It was completely different from where I‘m from. I encountered and talked to Russians and they were just living their lives, doing the ordinary and mundane things, just like you and me. They would also fight for any injustice had the circumstances been different for them as few often did even if it meant prison or harm. Had I read this book before the travel, I would 👇
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thevagabondlawyer have been really alarmed. This story of murder, large scale corruption, impunity was immensely sad. This book also led me to understand how the financial world operates, how a communist government transition to becoming a capitalist state, how few people, the oligarchs, brazenly, acquired so much wealth. I had no idea about the 👇 9mo
thevagabondlawyer Magnitsky Act until after reading this book. So much take-aways that I hope many more readers will find this book in their hands. With what was happening right now, this book could not have been more pressing and timely. 👊👏
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AmyG I follow Browder on Twitter so have a bit of an idea about all of this. Unreal. (edited) 9mo
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The Maid | Nita Prose
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Done reading this thriller, THE MAID by Nita Prose, on a rainy holiday friday! I did not love it; I liked it enough, though. Maybe I was expecting too much as this was highly marketed as mystery thriller early this year, and I could see that aspect but I thought there was not much thrill towards the end or I may have lost it along the way. I adored the nuggets of wisdom thrown frequently on the page and 👇

thevagabondlawyer those were for keeps in my journal and most often tweeted. Molly, the protaganist, was quite a character; often sloppy but otherwise convincing and funny. Off to my next read! 👊 9mo
mdm139 I think Molly would not like being called “sloppy” 9mo
thevagabondlawyer @mdm139 oh maybe sloppy is not the right word because she is smart in her own ways. I am finding that right word, though. 9mo
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The Maid | Nita Prose
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Truism 👊

Crazeedi I just borrowed this book 10mo
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My Furbabies 😊 Oreo, Gizmo and Pasha ❤ 🐕

Texreader What cuties! #dogsoflitsy 10mo
wanderinglynn Adorable! ❤️🐶 10mo
TheSpineView Cuteness! ❤🐾 10mo
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Honor | Thrity Umrigar
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An impressive achievement, Honor by Thrity Umrigar is canny in its moral intelligence and lyrical and flowing in prose. Reading Umrigar feels like you are being taken cared of and assured of a well thought of story. She is prolific and I am glad to have discovered her. On almost every page, you can smell and imagine 👇

thevagabondlawyer the heat, the dust, the colors, the humidity, the foods, the culture of India, or at least Mumbai. But this book also offers the most heartfelt love story I have ever read. Ms. Umrigar cunningly creates characters so full of human interest, so full of moral dilemma. She is an astute observer 👇 10mo
thevagabondlawyer of a tradition gone mad. I didn‘t know Love Jihad until reading this book. But perhaps my greatest take away is giving the word HONOR a whole new meaning that transcends religion, culture and tradition, that Honor from the perspective and lens of being human. 📚👌
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Bewilderment | Richard Powers
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After reading Bewilderment by Richard Powers, I thought the book is deep and masterful. My first foray into the works of Powers, I can see why he won so many awards, including the Pulitzer for his opus The Overstory. Bewilderment is ingeniously structured with a hint of literary crossing over to science fiction. I don‘t think it matters but I guess what is remarkable is the astonishing force that Powers delivers his 👇

thevagabondlawyer message to be earthbound, to go back to the earth while not giving up hope to discover life beyond our sphere, to set an example of saving our environment from human-made massive destruction. This novel just checked my literary boxes: compelling and humanizing characters, astronomy and astrobiology, and beautiful prose. 😊👌 10mo
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These Silent Woods: A Novel | Kimi Cunningham Grant
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It has been a long time since I read a book like THESE SILENT WOODS by Kimi Cunningham Grant: startling plot twists, riveting, unexpected, tender and heartrending. Not a word is wasted in this larger-than-life story of a father and a daughter who must do everything in their own terms to live through life against all odds, against a horrible past and a bleak future. Brimming with wisdom about the human condition, Ms. Grant is setting the bar 👇

thevagabondlawyer too high and redefining what storytelling is all about. In the literary heights reminiscent of what I had felt reading The Kite Runner, A Little Life, A Thousand Splendin Suns, These Silent Woods is an astonishing accomplishment. I thought my tears were dried up already reading three amazing memoirs, but what the hell, this book wrecked me and had me in messy tears, in the best possible way. FIVE FREAKIN STARS 🌟 🌟🌟 🌟🌟 10mo
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Crying in H Mart: A Memoir | Michelle Zauner
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Wow! If you are on bookstagram, you know that this book was massively popular last year. You can't miss this book. It's on everyone's radar, for sure, and best books of 2021. I am not really into joining the bandwagon (still haven't read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, The Invisible Life of Addie La Rue, Midnight Library) unless I have some familiarity with the author, but man, what a journey reading this book! I cried 👇

thevagabondlawyer real tears and it is not helping that I have colds these days 😭 Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner is one of the saddest and yet profoundly moving books I have read. Michelle's pain is narrated raw, unadulterated and lacerating that really captures in making sense of what happened to her mom and her relationship with her mom. It is no spoiler that her mom died of an illness. That is given even on the first chapter. But what really strikes me 👇 10mo
thevagabondlawyer Is the honesty of her sharing the experience no matter how devastating and permanent the loss. This book is intimate and heartfelt for me because it talks about the subject I am most vulnerable and afraid of: the fear of losing my Mother. This book is an ode to all the mothers who sacrificed so much 👇 10mo
thevagabondlawyer to give us life, home, and love. If you're a fan of Korean foods (I am) you'll love this book because it has heaps of foodies you may already have enjoyed or want to try out someday. 😉👏 10mo
Leftcoastzen Lovely review! 10mo
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How is it that as early as January I may have read one of the best non-fiction books this year! Outstanding! BETWEEN TWO KINGDOMS by Suleika Jaouad is one of those books that will stay with me for quiet a long time. Poignant, beautifully written, and a searing narrative, Suleika is born a storyteller. She has this unbelievable command of words. Whe she strikes, she meant it, her words and thoughts so propulsive I can't help but be wowed. 👇

thevagabondlawyer At 22, her life turned upside down when she was diagnosed of acute myeloid leukemia. From then on, her journey began in the kingdom of unwell. How she dealt and crossed it to the other side, you have to read this book, now! A superb story about the horrifying truth of illness both physically and emotionally and the triumph of the human body. All is well Suleika and say hi to Oscar! 🙌👊 11mo
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"We're always striving for more: growing a business, getting that promotion, making the big bucks, finishing the project. On this never-ending pursuit of more, when do we ever stop and smell the flowers?" ?? Happy New Year fellow Readers ???

Areader2 Beautiful scenery I love dahlias,and so true less is more ! 11mo
AmyG Happy New Year to you! 11mo
Leftcoastzen Beautiful! Happy New Year!🎊 11mo
wanderinglynn Great photo! 11mo
Reggie Happy New Year! 11mo
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All the Young Men | RUTH COKER. BURKS
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😲 This book is so moving, I am of out of breath, really! What a woman you are, Ruth Coker Burks! You are unbelievable. A heroic story of selflessness, compassion, altruism and unconditional love, All The Young Men breaks my heart but it also gives me hope that people like Ruth is out there, helping people living with AIDS in getting the dignity they deserve while equally grappling how to live the remaining days of their lives. 👇

thevagabondlawyer This book is about the AIDS crisis in the 80s and a look of of how far we have come but also how nothing has quite changed. This book also sends a message that we can become an instrument of hope to people whose only currency left is hope. This book is proof that love wins and that nobody can take that away from both of you, not even AIDS. I cannot ask for a better read to kick-off the year 2022. Thank you Ms Burks for your story. 🙏📚👏 11mo
TrishB It‘s a wonderful read and I agree, she‘s an amazing woman. 11mo
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I read 30 books in 2021. Short of my goal of 50 and way behind of what I accomplished last year (47) but still full of remarkable discoveries: new authors, books I would not have picked on my own, themes I found out I fascinated the most a.k.a. astronomy, and genre I am quite fond of this year - narrative non-fiction. There were so many ups and downs this year that halted my daily readings but I got up and persevered and reminded myself 👇

thevagabondlawyer why I love to read: not only to be transported but to learn, to feel, to live, to commisirate, to laugh, to cry, to love. 👏😊

Here's my 10 best books read this year. These books were fascinating and very diverse. I hope you'll check them out. 🙏

Cheers to more meaningful books and readings in 2022. 🍻
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AmyG Nice to see Crossroads as it‘s on my TBR. 11mo
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Crossroads: A Novel | Jonathan Franzen
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It took me more than a month to finish reading this massive book (580 pages) and Mr. Franzen delivers his story magnanimously. Like his previous novel, The Corrections, which I have loved, Crossroads is an exploration of fractured family dynamics, spiritual and religious tensions, infidelity, jealousy, 👇

thevagabondlawyer addiction and so much more. Franzen is known for his acuity and prolificacy. He is a wordsmith through and through. This novel is quite an immersive journey. Sometimes bumpy, sometimes perplexing, but in the end, a rich and fulfilling reading experience. 👏👊 12mo
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Hello, my name is Oreo. I am a Chihuahua 😊

Leftcoastzen How cute!🐶 13mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awwww hello Oreo 🐶❤️ 13mo
Clwojick So cute! ❤ 13mo
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Areader2 Oh little sweetie! Lost a chi back in may they have such big personality! 13mo
Megabooks Too cute!! 🤩🤩 13mo
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Done reading this massive book, 576 pages long, and I thought The Lincoln Highway is brilliant in every sense of the word. A family affair, a travelogue, a coming-of-age saga, a grand adventure both real and mythological and lastly a really affecting look at the interplay of lives both young and old, the innocent and the guilty, the events we can and 👇

thevagabondlawyer we cannot control and the things that matters most. Amor Towles has created characters to root for with tender humor and incredible wit. His prose is classy, sophisticated and just mesmerizing. The Lincoln Highway brims with surprises, audacity, and empathy - plus it's super fun to read. One of the very best I read this year! 👌🙌 13mo
Aims42 “Mesmerizing” is the perfect adjective for his writing!!! It‘s slightly hypotonizing (in a good way!) 13mo
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Opening salvo is just breathtaking 🙏 🙌

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I am quite struggling what to make of this book. I do not particularly like the writing style where narrations and conversations are lumped into one whole paragraph that readers may not be so keen enough to follow who is speaking what. But I sort of understand where this novel is coming from. This is as much about adulting: how we maintain and nurture friendship, how we draw the line 👇

thevagabondlawyer between staying friends or becoming lovers, how we oftentimes delude ourselves into believing we know too well when we really don't know a thing, how we are so hard with ourselves, and how we adapt to the changing times. Also, this book has its own share of fierceness and wit and rage. This is one of those books that demands to be read more than once to really capture its nuances and depth. 📚👏 1y
Crazeedi An excellent review and sounds very thought provoking. I dont care for paragraphs and conversation constructed like you say either!! 1y
BarbaraBB I recognize what you mean. Great review. 1y
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Wrapping up my August reads with this movingly written book, The Rise and Fall of Osama Bin Laden by Peter Bergen. This is a great follow up to Jean Sasson‘s opus Growing Up Bin Laden. Mr. Bergen has produced a narrative that is both deftly constructed and meticulously researched. With the recent withdrawal of US forces in Afghanistan, the war on terror narrative is 👇

thevagabondlawyer never complete without Osama Bin Laden and any offshoot jihadists movement around the world can well be traced back to him and Al-Qaeda. Here, Mr. Bergen recounts the rise of the man who perpetrated unimaginable damage and his eventual downfall. From Saudi Arabia, to Sudan, to Afghanistan and Pakistan, this book is gut-wrenching but also genuinely riveting. 😊👏 1y
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Guapa | Saleem Haddad
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At once funny, cleverly honest, and achingly sad, this fierce and thought-provoking debut deserves to be read widely, if only to discover an amazing writer brimming with imagination and vision. Guapa by Saleem Haddad illuminates so precisely, so humanely, about being different in a world full of beliefs, judgments and prejudices. I loved this book! The tone reminds me of The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen. That witty, wistful and 👇

thevagabondlawyer brave tone that captures both the head and the heart. We readers deserve to encounter this kind of book in our reading lifetime. I'm a fan Saleem! 👏😊 1y
TrishB I loved this one too 👍🏻 1y
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Breaking my reading slump with this book: Growing Up Bin Laden by Jean Sasson. Gripping and heartbreaking, Ms. Sasson takes us to the domestic world of the infamous Osama Bin Laden through the eyes of his first wife Najwa Bin Laden and their fourth son Omar Bin Laden. What life was like for the first and most important wife of Osama? What kind of father and husband had Osama been? Had he love his wives (5) and children (24)? 👇

thevagabondlawyer How could he perpetrated such reprehensible acts without considering its effects to his innocent children? Questions like these and more are answered in this fascinating story of with a strong sense of family, extremism, religion, and ideology. 👏👊 1y
BarbaraBB Sounds fascinating 1y
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And the Mountains Echoed | Khaled Hosseini
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Glad to have read this book, And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini, that had been on my radar for quite some time after reading his two remarkable and succesful novels, The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns. Although, I loved those two books, And The Mountains Echoed was my least favorite. It was a little disorienting and there was a feeling of inadequacy right towards the end. 👇

thevagabondlawyer The story had not come full circle as I thought it would be. There were plot lines and characters that I thought were not necessary or did not really matter. The concept of this book was really good but the execution was not what I expected or at least what I hoped to be at par with his other acclaimed books. I hope to read Khaled's future novels. Please write again Mr. Hosseini. 😊👏 1y
MsMelissa I completely agree with this. 1y
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Hello, my name is Jokoy 😊 I think I'm cute 😄

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3 hits and 1 miss - my #JuneWrapUp

The whole month of June I had an opportunity to armchair-travel to Nigeria, South Sudan, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, Haiti, Angola and Afghanistan. These books were all over the world yet profoundly brilliant, observant, and an unputdownable tale of survival, belonging, altruism, identity, violence, social and economic injustice across culture and tradition, across all facets of life. 😊👊

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Superb! Narrative and investigative non-fiction of the very highest order. No Good Men Among the Living by Anand Gopal is wholly absorbing. Mr. Gopal's storytelling is imbued with a sense of understanding and moral seriousness of the broad landscape of Afghanistan's war through the lives of ordinary people all trying to survive. His close observations and delicate renderings of the war on terror is sad but true that, ultimately, the war 👇

thevagabondlawyer has become a business for the opportunists, jockeying for patronage, warlords and strongmen perpetuating for power in their own turfs, creating a massive avenue for corruption, thus, regenerating the war. This book offers another perspective on this war, not from the officials or leaders but from the frontliners, brokers, civilians who most profited, suffered and endured. 👊👏 1y
Leftcoastzen Great review! 1y
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Damien Brown, an Australian doctor, suceeds in depicting the day-to-day experience of a doctor working for the MSF (Doctors without borders) in places where poverty, conflict, tragedy are prevalent and a fact of life. He worked in Mavinga in Angola, dubbed as the "edge of the world" and in South Sudan where tribal or clan wars were the norms. He navigated cultural differences both in health care and personal upbringing. ?

thevagabondlawyer He also was caught in local conflict during his stay in South Sudan that experiencing it first hand, his life at stake, was both surreal and frightening. A beautiful, touching but also disturbing and heartbreaking story, Band-Aid for a Broken Leg is not to be missed. 👊👏 1y
Ruthiella Sounds like an intense read! 1y
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Hello, its me 😊 I'm reading on my Onyx Boox Nova 3 Color 😊

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A compelling narrative, Chasing Chaos had me from first page to last. Reading this book is likely to make the would-be aid worker feel both awed and a little frightened. I have always been fascinated by humanitarian workers and I thought: "They have the best job in the world." They get to travel everywhere and help alleviate people's unimaginable suffering. Here, Jessica Alexander recalled ?

thevagabondlawyer her decade in and out in humanitarian aid from war torn countries like Rwanda, Sudan, Sierra Leone to the nature's cruelest disaster in Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Haiti. She had seen the worst but also witness unbelievable resilience and strength. She made perilous decisions vacillating between "chasing chaos" or staying put and build a stable life. But what's really striking was her take ? 1y
thevagabondlawyer on the value or impact of humanitarian aid from the perspective of an insider. She emphasized that it's not a big cuddling, smiling, hugging, let-me-be-your-savior world as other perceived it but like any other industry, it could also be driven with personal interest, cutthroat competition and self-aggrandizement. 👊 1y
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Half of a Yellow Sun | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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Recording the history of her country, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie created a civil war story packed with gory details, intricate characters, unsavory circumstances, malnourised refugees, complicated romance. In short, Half of a Yellow Sun was a portraiture of human emotions as a cost of war. While it started really engaging and promising, I felt detached towards 👇

thevagabondlawyer the middle up to end. I thought this book could have been shorter and less dense. I didn't care enough for the characters. They became tedious and dull to follow through. But I was glad to know that part of history of Nigeria and Biafra, if only to have a better understanding of where these people were coming from with their struggles and actions. 👏📚 1y
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#MayWrapUp Five books I devoured in May! Beautifully written yet also compellingly page-turner, these books remind me why I fell in love with reading. 😊👏📚

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Utterly heartbreaking and impossibly beautiful work of narrative non-fiction, TheLemonTree by SandyTolan is an extraordinary, harrowing account as seen through the eyes of a Jew and an Arab in perhaps the most unstable and fragile place in the world today. To read this book is to understand, if not total but at least quiet enough, Palestine and Israel as they exist today. It stunned me how myriad of events that unfolded from 1948 up to 👇

thevagabondlawyer the present tragedies created deep divide for these people. I had no idea what the root cause of these struggles after struggles until after reading this book. Yet for all the horrors, despair and vengeance, The Lemon Tree always offers the glimmering thread of hope and what truly lies beneath the rubble: an openhearted, generous, gregarious people who aspire for peace and prosperity. If you read only one book this semester, make it this one. 2y
violabrain I read this book several years ago and it‘s always stuck with me. It really helped me understand the history and the conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians. 2y
thevagabondlawyer @violabrain I could not agree more. There are so many layers to it. I am still processing it. It's not easy. 2y
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Texreader Thanks for bringing this to our attention. 2y
thevagabondlawyer @Texreader You're welcome! Happy Reading 👏 2y
SamAnne I read this one a few years ago and it really stayed with me. 2y
thevagabondlawyer @SamAnne so true, one of those books that sticks with you 👏 2y
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This book is deeply unsettling on every level as it is thrumming with suffering, violence, and injustice. But this is a story of resilience and survival, and, ultimately, love. I really admire the unrelenting bravery of this book. Susan Abulhawa writes passionalety and lyrically about the ugly realities of war as well as the beauty of family, friendship and community. 👇

thevagabondlawyer She writes her characters with unwavering hopefulness in a way that is challenging and inspiring. She does not shy way from the horror and brutality, nor does she forget her true function as a storyteller: to give voice to the voiceless, to remember what has been forgotten, even if it means breaking our hearts. Published in 2006, this book resonates so much today with moral urgency and sense of humanity. 🙏👊 2y
Cathythoughts An excellent book ❤️ 2y
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My current reads: Mornings in Jenin by Susan Abulhawa and The Lemon Tree by Sandy Tolan. These could not have been more timely and, yes, heartbreaking! 🙏

SamAnne Loved The Lemon Tree. 2y
thevagabondlawyer @SamAnne I am reading it now,so far so good. I am interested. 😊 2y
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This Is How It Always Is | Laurie Frankel
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My 3rd book this month: This is How it Always Is by Laurie Frankel. Ever heard of Gender Dysphoria? This book is about it and how it plays in the lives of an ordinary family living in an unforgiving, sometimes ignorant, and terrifying world where being different, being non-binary, being queer is not tolerated. Gender Dysphoria, simply put, is that strong desire to be of another gender. You are born a boy 👇

thevagabondlawyer but you feel in your very bones that you are a girl, or vice versa. There is a mismatched between gender identity and the sex assigned at birth. This phenomenon exist. It is real and it is not easy. It is how it always is. I hope parents 👇 2y
thevagabondlawyer going through some distress may find comfort in this book knowing that they are not alone and that they can do better in protecting their children and instilling in them that they can be who they want to be regardless of what's inside their pants, and to me that's what matters the most. 🙏👊 2y
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My 2nd #audiobook this year: #EatPrayLove by #ElizabethGilbert, read by the author herself and it was fantastic! I first read this book on paperback in Bali, in Ubud, circa 2017, and I enjoyed it so much. Rereading this after 4 years, it resonates well from where I was to where I am now. Not that I sufferred what Liz experienced, but that journey of trying to become a person of maturity, evenhandedness, curiosity and 👇

thevagabondlawyer recognizing one's vulnerability. This book is a tell-all tale, very personal, very intimate. Some people find it too good to be true or too selfish, too vulgar. But I find it real, an intimate or sometimes harsh allegory of truth. This is an open declaration, a declamation, a monologue, addressed to no one but the self. 😊🙏 2y
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Before Night Falls | Reinaldo Arenas
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Done reading Before Night Falls by Reinaldo Arenas and I thought it was sad, grisly, unsettling but ultimately moving memoir in the midst of repression and fear. Told in chronological account of his life, Reinaldo Arenas was quite a character; a larger than life persona, who endured dictatorships from Batista to Castro in Cuba. As a gay writer, he was particularly pursued by the government and tagged as counterrevolutionary. 👇

thevagabondlawyer He was silenced and threatened but he persisted and ended in the most grueling of fate almost too difficult to bear. I have not read any of his books before reading this one - the summation of his personal life from cradle to grave. This book started really promising, the prose was simple yet beautiful, with occasional wry humor, but the twists and turns were quite daunting with seemingly flyaway strands that were not easily pulled together. 👊📚 2y
Leftcoastzen Beautiful review! 2y
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The Henna Artist | Alka Joshi
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Finished reading this book tonight and I enjoyed it! A pretty common premise: a woman from a small village who went to the city and endured so much, the highs and lows, the ups and downs, in life. But what fascinated me was the strong Indian culture, tradition, and gastronomy, depicted in this book from henna-making to 👇

thevagabondlawyer the ubiquity of the caste system and to such cravings of rabri (a creamy, rich and wholesome dessert), and batti ball (an authentic Rajastani meal) of the pink city of Jaipur. I would love to visit India someday! 👏 2y
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Wow! This is one of the most profound and impactful books and I read much of it through tears. Filled with remarkable people and reads like a legal thriller, this book is about the application of the law to suit the tides of time so as not to trample the fundamental rights of every person enshrined under the Constitution - the right to marry, that right whom to marry, that right to choose whom to love and have a committed relationship with. 🙏😊

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🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 What a beautiful, remarkable book! The Code Breaker by Walter Isaacson is about fathoming the joyful and inspiring wonders of life through the lens of CRISPR (Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats) which are the hallmark of a bacterial defense system that forms the basis for CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing technology. Scientific in nature, but Isaacson's approach is akin to a detective novel where 👇

thevagabondlawyer tensions and conflicts loom in a race of brilliant scientists to finally discover the secrets of genes and how to edit it for treatment of gene-related diseases. I am not a science person but I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. One thing is certain: great discoveries are not singular but collaborative in nature, across all 👇 2y
thevagabondlawyer fields and personalities. Here, you'll meet so many people who have contributed, one way or another, to the discovery of CRISPR, and how, in this time of pandemic, this gene-editing tool will have a great impact in our lives. I highly recommend this book! 🙏👌
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Twainy I recommended this book while it was in pre-order status to my library. So my wait on the hold list wasn‘t 12 months 😂 I‘m hoping to listen to it this weekend. Looks good! 2y
MsMelissa Nice review. I bought this one last weekend and am looking forward to reading it 😊 2y
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#MarchWrapUp: These are the books I immersed myself with and enjoyed immensely this month. 😊

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Another Astronomy book ticked off from my never-ending reading list. The discovery of Exoplanets (planets outside our solar system) paved the way to debunk or abandon at least some of our old, chauvinistic thinking of the universe, such as Stellar Chauvinism which states that planets, at least capable of supporting life, have to be in orbit around stars, and Surface Chauvinism which provides that in so far as water is necessary for the 👇

thevagabondlawyer development of life, it need be found on the surface of a planet. But the most fascinating take away from this book is the discovery of Rogue Planets - those planets roaming in our galaxy independent of or not orbiting a star. How cool is that! One day, there will be more explorations about these planets to answer those seemingly elusive questions: 👇 2y
thevagabondlawyer Are we alone in the universe? Are there any life forms outside our own physical and chemical understanding? The universe is a lot more complex and diverse than we imagined. 🤗 Happy Sunday 😊 2y
MsMelissa This sounds good! 2y
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Blown-away! I am still soaking with enormous information that I might need to take a moment to process everything. I am delighted that I decided to pick up this book. The Future of Humanity by Michio Kaku is very readable and packed with fascinating information. It is an examination of the possibility of life outside our own world, the possibility of unifying the theory of relativity and quantum mechanics, 👇

thevagabondlawyer the possibility of transhumanism and multiverses. It details science with great analogies and fun, perfect for someone without a strong astronomy or science background. I am having an astrophilia lately and I just can't get enough. If you thought science is dull or too far beyond you, then please meet Michio Kaku. He is brilliant, brilliant and really engaging in a way that will fill you with astonishing wonder and possibility. 😊👌 2y
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I am really glad to have read this book because it unveils heaps of information about the cosmos, the space, time, planets, and galaxies in relation to humanity and the laws of nature. Katie Mack has a way of making daunting concepts accessible and ultimately fascinating. Her style is superb! She provides more questions to extrapolate our understanding, or the lack thereof, of the origins of the universe. I may not have understood everything 👇

thevagabondlawyer from the Big Bang Theory to Black Hole, Dark Energy, Dark Matter, Quantum Mechanics, Heat Death, Big Rip or vacuum day but I gained enough that I am hungry for more. One thing is certain: everything must end, including our own world. When that time comes, I hope we have not only lived the life we wanted but we also have celebrated the wonders of our universe. 😊👊 2y
Twainy I recommended the audio to my library a while ago. I‘m glad it‘s good!! 2y
thevagabondlawyer @Twainy oh would be nice to listen via audiobook. I'll find one. Thanks 👍 2y
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BillBlume Glad to see you loved this book, too. I can‘t wait to see what Katie Mack does next. 2y
thevagabondlawyer @BillBlume Thanks Bill. Any book recommendations on similar theme/topic? 2y
BillBlume @thevagabondlawyer I also enjoyed Astrophysics for People in a Hurry. Not sure if you‘ve already read that. Honestly, I could do with something new in this vein to read, as well. 2y
thevagabondlawyer @BillBlume Great I have it on Kindle. Thanks. Now I am reading The Future of Humanity by Michio Kaku. I am loving it. 2y
BillBlume @thevagabondlawyer thanks! I‘ll check that out. 2y
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I love my new Kindle ♥️ Light, sleek and waterproof. Perfect 🤗