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Ruhlman is one of my favorite food writers and I am convinced that every single one of us who buy our food in stores must read this book. It's eye-opening, and not just in an OMG WE'RE ALL GOING TO DIE! way that so many books about the American way of eating are. It's a history of grocery stores, an examination of the part they play in American life, and a look into the future of how we'll shop for our food.

ValerieAndBooks Looks interesting! Stacking. 3mo
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Dread Nation | Justina Ireland
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Wow, I loved this book! I read it in a day, switching from print to audio and back again so I didn‘t have to put it down. I loved the way Ireland wove real history into her zombie uprising story, and subverted some common tropes to make the story richer and more real. Can‘t wait for the sequel.

hermyknee Yes!!! It‘s so good! I adored this book!!! 4mo
tracyrowanreads @hermyknee I gather the sequel is due out in Feb of next year. Can't wait!
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hermyknee Yes! I feel like I‘ve been waiting forever... 4mo
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The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock | Imogen Hermes Gowar
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For much of this long, leisurely novel I felt I was watching a slow-motion train wreck. I was horrified by what I thought was going to happen. And then suddenly I realized that it wasn't a train wreck at all, but a story that made me feel that all was right with the world. Gowar won me over by art and a bit of magic, and I am so very glad I read this. The language is dazzling and the audiobook, narrated by Juliet Stephenson is superb. I loved it!

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Exit West | Mohsin Hamid
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An odd book that reminded me of “The Underground Railroad.“ I was expecting this to be more traditional SF/F I found it slow going at first. And in the end, the fantastic elements proved to be more metaphors for the changes we experience in our lives, and for how often they throw us into situations that change us, make us more ourselves, perhaps. As the author says, “We are all nomads through time.“

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Wild Fermentation just dropped from the library, which is timely because I just started several ferments including these two jars of filmjölk. One is plain, and the other is chocolate-flavored. I used the last of my Midnight Moo on it so I hope the experiment pans out!

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Exit West: A Novel | Mohsin Hamid
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This week I treated myself to a membership from the Brooklyn public library. I got my card in the mail a couple of days ago and it's wonderful! I've already borrowed a dozen books, and am currently listening to Exit West. Membership for anyone outside of the library area is $50 a year, but you can access it through Overdrive, and they have a very large catalog. In truth I'm kind of jealous because it's way better than the Chicago public library.

LibrarianRyan CPL has issues right now. We started eReadIllinois to get one ebook system for the state, but the upper state and lower state are so different and large we couldn‘t do it. We have two ebook platforms, one better than the other for various reasons, and vice versa. Then CPL is not only a PL it‘s it‘s ownLibrary system with its own laws and everything. I‘m throwing out ideas for state wide things but it is a slow go. 4mo
tracyrowanreads I know it's rough going for libraries, and IIRC the CPL has been underfunded for decades. That makes me so sad because it was a place I loved when I was a child. And I do make good use of the ebooks and audiobooks offered on Overdrive and Hoopla. 4mo
tracyrowanreads BTW, I'm not sure if you get told this enough, but thank you for working hard for our library system. 4mo
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"We can become creators of a better world, of better and more sustainable food choices, of greater awareness of resources, and of community based upon sharing. For culture to be strong and resilient, it must be a creative realm in which skills, information, and values are engaged and transmitted; culture cannot thrive as a consumer paradise or a spectator sport. Daily life offers constant opportunities for participatory action. Sieze them."

Daisey This book is full of so much interesting information! 4mo
tracyrowanreads I've read it twice now. It's tremendously inspirational. 4mo
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Doing Justice has given me a deeper understanding of the whole process of justice in our country. Bharara is thoughtful, intelligent, and incredibly well-educated. Listening to this book is a legal education. He also narrates the audiobook so the experience is quite immersive. Nice way to spend a spring afternoon.

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The Summer Book | Tove Jansson, Thomas Teal, Kathryn Davis
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More from my Facebook project: Tove Jansson's The Summer Book might reasonably be called a book in which nothing much happens, but what does is everything. Six year old Sophia and her grandmother spend their summer ambling around an island in the Gulf of Finland, talking about life, the universe, and everything. It's a warm, peaceful, affectionate book about love and life, and I'm so grateful to the friend who gave me a copy many years ago.

RealBooks4ever Sounds wonderful! 💜 7mo
Tamra It‘s beautiful writing! 7mo
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Some friends and I are doing this thing on Facebook where we recommend books we love. I chose this one today because it's one of the best kitchen reference books I've ever seen. If you have an ingredient and you don't know what flavors compliment it, just look it up here. They will give you a list of flavors that compliment and enhance the flavor of your ingredient. I am absolutely evangelical about this one

Tamra I will check it out - sounds like a really good reference. 7mo
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Book haul, which includes a gift for The Housemate which isn't shown here because I don't want to spoil the surprise. The Uncommon Fruits and Vegetables book is an old, old friend.

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Good Omens | Gaiman, Neal
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Taking this opportunity to post about a reread of Good Omens in prep for the series later this month. The audiobook leaves something to be desired, but its goofy good humor still shines through.

Have to say that the ability to post on Litsy from my computer is HUGE. Thanks to everyone who made it happen.

Swe_Eva Can't wait for the series to start!! 😍 7mo
Clwojick What? Litsy on your computer? 7mo
tracyrowanreads @Clwojick Shocked the heck out of me too.
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Today's reading material while I wait for the dinner fajitas to cook.

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The Gilded Wolves | Roshani Chokshi
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So, that book I was willing to move heaven and Earth to read? I'm thinking that I shouldn't have bothered. A little dull, and unevenly written. Not bad enough to quit reading, but I'm thinking not good enough to continue with the series unless things pick up dramatically.

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While reading this book, I find myself doing household tasks and reciting the names of the bugs that maybe lurking within them. Scooping the litter? Toxoplasma gondii. Washing dishes? Biofilm, which is science talk for bacterial gunk.

I wonder if earworms count...

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The Gilded Wolves | Roshani Chokshi
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I do recognize that this is a rhetorical question in this group, but did you ever read the blurb of a book and think, "I will move heaven and Earth to read this as soon as possible."? That's how I felt when I read about this book. Fantasy, secret society, Belle Epoque France, all my candy in one place. I'm going to begin it tonight when I go to bed.

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Discovered an Audible credit I forgot I had, so once I finished the book on physics I was listening to, I picked up this to continue learning about the small things in the world. And specifically, the small things of our smaller worlds.

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My reading has been all over the place lately. I've been reading a lot of graphic novels and a lot of short stories. Most notably: A People's Future History of the United States, edited by Victor LaValle.

But what I enjoyed most is the audiobook of I Contain Multitudes. It sent me out looking for information on bacteria and single-celled creatures and viruses, and mosses and lichens, and other small things. I really recommend it.

Daisey I truly enjoyed this one and want to listen to it again sometime. 9mo
Gezemice This one intrigues me and I want to read it, too! 9mo
tracyrowanreads @Daisey Same here 9mo
tracyrowanreads @Gezemice I found it fascinating. 9mo
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The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock | Imogen Hermes Gowar
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One of my birthday books arrived today!

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The Magic Mountain | Thomas Mann
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I completely forgot in the night ordered this. Happy almost birthday to me.

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Grave Goods | Ariana Franklin
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There is always a thrill to getting books in the mail.

TNbookworm I love Ariana Franklin! 10mo
tracyrowanreads Her work is wonderful. I'm so grateful to the friend who recommended her. 10mo
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While I Kondo'd my kitchen I listened to A Gentleman in Moscow again (third time in 3 years) and loved it even more this time. It has become one of my favorite books.

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Winter of the Witch | Katherine Arden

Devouring this book, the most magical of a most magical trilogy.

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A Christmas gift from my wish list!

Eyelit Lovely! 12mo
tracyrowanreads Truly it's a gorgeous book filled with great ideas. 11mo
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I've been MIA for a while now for a lot of reasons, but I thought I'd share today's book haul. The Betty Crocker was my first cookbook. I'm indulging in some nostalgia.

And thanks to Nick Offerman's Gumption, and The Botany of Desire, I'm on a Michael Pollan kick.

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Until about an hour ago I was completely sold on this book. It was so beautiful that it sometimes brought tears to my eyes. And now suddenly in the middle of it he's giving us a bibliography. I really don't know what's going to happen next. I hope he redeems himself.

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All the Birds in the Sky | Charlie Jane Anders
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@jesshowbooks #friyayintro

1. Dorothy Dunnett's Lymond Chronicle.
2. Parks and Rec.
3. I watched the Cubs win it last year which was the first game I've seen in 50+ years, so not unless something miraculous happens.
4. Fresh asparagus and green pea salad with feta and lemon vinaigrette.
5. He wasn't a big reader, but he liked books about antiques, art and architecture. He bought me my first books before I was born.

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#audible #audiblestats

For someone who didn't "get" audiobooks until recently, I've taken to them pretty vigorously.

britt_brooke Same here! 🙌🏻 2y
tracyrowanreads I'm glad we both got past our initial problems. 2y
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I'm in one of those moods when nothing is working for me, so I chose an old friend.

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Untitled | Unknown
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This month in the Amazon First collection, you can pick up half a dozen short stories in what's called "The Real Thing" series. They're available as e-books and as audiobooks, and if you're a Prime member they're free to borrow.

I've read three of them so far, and have enjoyed them tremendously. They're not conventional romances, but they explore the idea of love in many different forms. I really recommend that you take advantage of Amazon First.

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Falling Angel: A Novel | William Hjortsberg
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https://tracyrowanwrites.wordpress.com

There are three new reviews up today. Not going to flood Litsy with a lot of "Read my reviews!" posts this evening. All worth reading.

Photo from the Devonian fern forest corner of my garden.

tracyrowanreads All the books are worth reading is what I meant. Sheesh. 2y
Suet624 Gorgeous ferns. 1y
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Oh. Em. Gee. I love Nick.

britt_brooke Loved this! 2y
tracyrowanreads @britt_brooke He had me giggling right from the get go. 2y
Suet624 Great book. 1y
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Alice | Christina Henry
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And I thought Lost Boy was dark. I'm really not loving this, though I do want to finish since I'm invested against my will. So strange.

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Alice | Christina Henry
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#humpdaypost @MinDea

1. From the garden
2. No. I tend to be a hermit and don't do meet ups. #Chicago
3. Triscuit with tomatoes, scallions, and melted cheddar
4. Black and white with a picture of Krampus
5. About half.

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#tuesdaytidbits @JenlovesJT47

1. Revisiting books I loved as a child, things like King of the Wind, Early Candlelight Stories, or Richard Scarry's golden books.
2. This is only sometimes a guilty pleasure, but the made for Swedish TV versions of the Lisbeth Salander stories. Guilty because I love just to listen. The sound of Swedish is comforting and often helps me sleep.
3. Ice cream. I have no off switch.
4. New Littens, come and play.

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The Haunting of Hill House | Shirley Jackson
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https://tracyrowanwrites.wordpress.com/2018/06/05/review-the-haunting-of-hill-ho...

I can't believe it took me 55:years to finally read this! Amazing stuff.

emilyhaldi 🖤 Shirley Jackson 2y
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Finished The Haunting and started James Clapper's new book, a different kind of horror story.

Here's Leo and Mama Cardinal giving each other the stink eye. There's a nest just outside that window. Tomorrow Mama gets roasted mealworms as an apology for my cat.

RadicalReader @tracyrowanreads what‘s the book about the different kind of horror story? 2y
tracyrowanreads @RadicalReader It's about the 2016 election. Clapper is the former director of the NIA. 2y
knittedgnome So funny! My kitten is currently running window to window to chirp at the birds! 2y
tracyrowanreads @knittedgnome I love their little hunting chitters! 2y
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Summerland | Michael Chabon
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#manicmonday @JoScho

1. Ice cream 4 ever!
2. Beach, as long as it's not packed with people.
3. Strawberries by a slight edge. Only slight.
4. Home, home, home
5. ALL the books! Format doesn't matter to me.

JoScho 😊❤️🍨 2y
Lynnsoprano With you on the not packed with people part! 2y
tracyrowanreads @Lynnsoprano I'm a hermit at heart. 2y
tracyrowanreads @JoScho 🍦🍧🍨 2y
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The Haunting | Shirley Jackson
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I have loved this movie since I first saw it in 1963, but for some reason I have never gotten around to reading the book. It's been on my wish list forever. But yesterday it went on sale, and I bought it. I'm starting it tonight.

RadicalReader @tracyrowanreads if that‘s not a sign from the book spirits I don‘t know what is 2y
tracyrowanreads @RadicalReader That's what I thought as well. And it's creeping me out already. 2y
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Warlight: A novel | Michael Ondaatje
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DGRachel That‘s disappointing. I think I‘m still #40-something on my library‘s waitlist. 2y
jillannjohn That‘s disappointing... 2y
tracyrowanreads @DGRachel, @jillannjohn I want to reread it when I'm more familiar with his work. I have a sense that there was more there than I got. I didn't dislike it, I was just not as enthusiastic as I hoped to be based on my response to the way he writes. 2y
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The Book of Ralph | Christopher Steinsvold
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RadicalReader @tracyrowanreads what‘s your favorite genre to read? 2y
tracyrowanreads @RadicalReader Fantasy/SF, though I've always read widely since I'm the sort who is curious about everything. 2y
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Pinnacle City: A Superhero Noir | Matt Carter, Fiona J. R. Titchenell
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I'm thinkin' I may have overdone this whole ARC thing.

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https://tracyrowanwrites.wordpress.com/2018/05/29/review-a-bite-sized-history-of...

This is the sort of book that will get you up out of your chair to root around in the refrigerator for something really tasty to eat.

BibliOphelia Your description makes me realize that I read far too many of this type! 😂 2y
tracyrowanreads @BibliOphelia LOL, yeah but they're fun, aren't they? 2y
BibliOphelia Absolutely! 2y
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Norse Mythology | Neil Gaiman
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I borrowed The Housemate‘s hardcover (She adores his work too!) of Norse Mythology, but when I found his audiobook, I knew I had to listen to it. I was not disappointed.

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The Book of Ralph | Christopher Steinsvold
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"Only morons believe in conspiracy theories. We live in a world where two nosy reporters caused President Nixon to resign. This is the same world where President Clinton couldn‘t get a blowjob without the whole world finding out."

Funny first contact story.

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I lurrrve Retta. She makes me laugh. This is a great audiobook.

emilyhaldi Love her!!! 2y
tracyrowanreads @emilyhaldi IKR? She's just a stitch reading her own book too. 2y
TNbookworm I won this through Goodreads! 2y
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