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2996 Perfect!

By the way, if anyone has the opportunity, I highly recommend listening to 13 Reasons Why, absolutely fabulous!
2996 Yes, it keeps getting scarier and more surreal.
2996 I'm about halfway through this week's reading, but I definitely see parallels with today's politics. I feel like this book could have been written last week. Although, I do notice a lot of name and event dropping, and while I recognize a lot of it, some of it I can't tell if the author is referencing real events or events he has made up.

Without the book in front of me, I can't remember all the promises the candidate has made, although I remember some of them sound very much like a "typical" Republican stance while others sound more like a "typical" Democrat's position. I do find it hard to believe that people would be taken in by someone who is promising both sides of things, but maybe it's that people are hearing what they want to hear and ignoring what they don't like. I also get the sense that this guy is charismatic, while his opponent seems weak.
2996 I was able to get my hands on a copy, so I will join in!

I'm not sure what to expect with this book. I haven't read Lewis before. I imagine that we will find scary similarities to our current times. I hope there is a real story here and not just a political platform for the author.
Apr 27, 2017 11:57AM

2996 If you haven't done this before, I highly recommend it! You can get 2 free audiobooks per week through the summer. Once you download them, they're yours to keep, but you have to get them each week or you miss out!

2996 I wish I could join in, but the local libraries have 20 holds already placed on this book! Must be newly re-relevant!
2996 Ooh! I want to nominate Thirteen Reasons Why. I want to reread it before I see the Netflix show.
2996 I avoid the conflict, too! I can't stand it so much that I won't watch video debates or interviews that are clearly political, even when I know my side "wins". I do try, at least once in a while, to read news articles that I might not agree with, but the screaming- ugh!

Oddly enough, though, while many of my coworkers and colleagues are liberal-leaning, there are a surprising number who are not. I know more than a few people who voted for Trump or at least expressed that they agree(d) with him. Working in this field, it can be hard not to get (too) cynical and jaded, all around, actually. On that level, I can understand why people would want a change.

Working in housing people, and being supportive of both the clients and the landlords, I've seen people really destroy properties, or harass landlords. On the other hand, I just today had a client who wants to move into a different apartment *in the same building* and the landlord informs us that the lease said (and it did, I checked) that if a person moves out, half of their security deposit is non-refundable. When I questioned that the client is just switching apartments, I was told that it didn't matter and she (we) needed to come up with half a security deposit again! Unreal! They are generally good landlords, but I will make sure that any future clients moving into one of their properties knows that they will lose half the security deposit- which my agency pays to help people get started. It is business, I get it, but we pay a lot of money to them each month, they could have wiggled a little bit for us.
2996 So far, things seem similar to what I see. I was struck by the trailer park that was being inspected. The owner was willing to take chances on many people, but because it didn't pay (or he didn't care, I don't know which), repairs weren't made and it was set to be condemned. I have a client who doesn't have heat in his living room. When we talk to the landlord, she tells him not to spend time in the living room! We could call code (for that and other things), but then we risk making him homeless. A cold living room and a slum lord are better than the streets...

I also empathized with the older woman who came in and said she threw away a bill, I've got a bunch of clients who do the same thing because they know they can't pay it, so why even look at it?
2996 Excellent, Terri, we'll have to see how our clients' situations compare as we discuss the book!

I'm going to pick up my copy today after work.
2996 Bonus, I can't afford to live there, we bought a house for cheaper monthly payments than we could pay to rent, but it means I have a half hour commute.
2996 I'm curious to see what he has to say. I work in an interesting town, Ithaca, we have a lot of students from 2 colleges and their professors, but then we also have excellent social services, so we do attract a lot of people who need them. It makes for very interesting (and often expensive) housing opportunities.
2996 I just put a hold on it at the library. My job is helping mentally ill adults, most of whom are on Social Security or DSS benefits find housing. It's incredibly hard and frustrating for people who are on limited income to get a chance to make a better life for themselves.
Jan 25, 2017 07:35PM

2996 I'm not quite finished with the first section, Ruth has just been told to stay away from the family. I don't feel any empathy for Turk or Brittany at this point. I don't feel they are fit to be parents and raise a child to hate others. I will see if my opinions change, the author is pretty good at pulling off twists.

As for the time frame, almost all of her books are contemporary to when she writes them, so I'm assuming it's taking place now, but I don't have any proof of that.
Jan 21, 2017 07:47PM

2996 Hope you had a great time, Sheila! I had wanted to go to Seneca Falls ("birthplace" of women's rights!) to march, but I couldn't get myself going today. Still, seeing all the images of the thousands and thousands of marchers all over the country (and the world!) brings a tear to my eye and hope to my heart!
Jan 07, 2017 05:14PM

2996 Thanks Jayme.
2996 I finished over the weekend! I have to say, even though it took me a while to read, I think this was one of the better classics I've read. It flowed well for me, and I didn't ever find my eyes glazing over.
Jan 05, 2017 07:35AM

2996 I'm on hold for this at my library. It's been a while since I've read a book by Picoult, but she's one of my favorites. I will be getting the audio version, are there chapter titles that we're reading to? Otherwise, I'll have to guess page counts. (though, as we all know, I'll probably be behind anyway.... ;)
2996 I'm almost finished! I do not like that Helen went back to her husband, even if it was to care for him as he died.

I also wonder what Anne through of God and religion. Does she believe the things she's making Helen say, or is she mocking those beliefs at all?
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