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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondō
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So, I think I'm coming out of this one ultimately charmed, especially because it's a good read for the new year. But the author does a great job of explaining totally practical techniques in absolutely bonkers terms. "Time in the drawer is your socks ...more
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The North Water by Ian McGuire
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This is a 3.5, rounded up. The story was pretty simplistic (not sure WHAT makes me prefer my whaling books with hefty metaphor), and there was a Queequeg-ish character that fell incredibly flat, BUT the thrill was enough that I didn't want to stop re ...more
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This was an unhappy but beautifully written story. Felt important to explore the human reverberations of the attacks that we hear about so often and give little thought to. The immediate deaths give way to lifetimes of grief, illness, pain, radicaliz ...more
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H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
H is for Hawk
by Helen Macdonald
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SO emotional. It took me a while, because I had to put it down for days at a time (it wasn't jiving with my own emotional state) -- but I was ultimately enthralled and fascinated. A good deal about falconry, and a good deal more about T.H. White and ...more
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Annie Dillard
“Three days a week she helped at the Manor Nursing Home, where people proved their keenness by reciting received analyses of current events. All the Manor residents watched television day and night, informed to the eyeballs like everyone else and rushed for time, toward what end no one asked. Their cupidity and self-love were no worse than anyone else's, but their many experiences' having taught them so little irked Lou. One hated tourists, another southerners; another despised immigrants. Even dying, they still held themselves in highest regard. Lou would have to watch herself. For this way of thinking began to look like human nature--as if each person of two or three billion would spend his last vital drop to sustain his self-importance.”
Annie Dillard, The Maytrees

Ken Kesey
“Hank was walking barefoot up the dock, carrying his sweatshirt over a freckled shoulder and his boots clamped between thumb and finger of that maimed hand. Lee marveled at the scamper of small muscles across the narrow white back, at the swing of the arms and the lift of the neck. Did it take that much muscle just to walk, or was Hank showing off his manly development? Every moment constituted open aggression against the very air through which Hank passed. He doesn't just breathe, Lee decided, listening to Hank's broken-nosed puffing, he gobbles the oxygen. He doesn't just walk; he consumes distance step by carnivorous step. Open aggression is what it is all right, he concluded.

Yet couldn't help but notice the way those shoulders seemed to savor the swing of the arms, or the way those feel relished the feel of the dock. These people...am I one of these people?”
Ken Kesey, Sometimes a Great Notion

Meg Wolitzer
“And didn't it always go like that--body parts not lining up the way you wanted them to, all of it a little bit off, as if the world itself were an animated sequence of longing and envy and self-hatred and grandiosity and failure and success, a strange and endless cartoon loop that you couldn't stop watching, because, despite all you knew by now, it was still so interesting.”
Meg Wolitzer, The Interestings

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