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A Deconstructed Heart
4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 43 ratings — published 2012 — 3 editions
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I was reading the New Yorker and found an article that resonated with me, about the value of boredom vs. distraction (Only Disconnect by Eugeny Morozov).

It was an interesting discussion of the work of different scholars from the early 20th century to the modern-day about the perils of distraction in urban life; a summ...

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Shaheen Ashraf-Ahmed Thanks so much, Luaunna, I'm really pleased you enjoyed them. If you get a chance, I wonder if you could review them briefly on goodreads? I don't want to trouble you, but if at all possible, it would greatly appreciated. I hope you like A Deconstructed Heart: a change of tone here. A Deconstructed... was my first book and is much more whimsical. I'd be curious to see what you think.

All the best,


Luaunna I have finished the kindle editions of both the dust beneath her feet and a change in the weather. I thoroughly enjoyed both and feel they are quite complete even though short reads. I am going to add deconstructed heart. Your stories were the christening reads on my kindle. Thanks. Luaunna

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