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karen karen said: " FINALLY!!!

this book is now free of its bagged-up-protection-from-bedbugs prison and now i can finally honor my firstreads obligation.

I AM SO SORRY, GODS OF FIRSTREADS!

bonus - no bedbugs!




TWO firstreads wins in one year??? i feel like a princess!!!
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karen karen said: " finally unpacked from bedbug bags!!!

i feel like i may have lost my momentum with this one, though...
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Of Lamb by Matthea Harvey
Of Lamb
by Matthea Harvey (Goodreads Author)
read in July, 2011
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so come with me on a journey through my thought processes regarding this book:

1) (at work, sometime in the past two weeks) "oh shit, matthea harvey has a new book coming out!!" (orders it into the store)

2) "yay, it came in - it is bigger than i thoug
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karen rated a book 3 of 5 stars
The Fox Woman by Kij Johnson
The Fox Woman
by Kij Johnson
read in March, 2011
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so this is a story about a fox who falls in love with a married human man, and in order to get his attention, she uses secret ancient fox magic and she and her family become human, or illusions of humans, and trick the man into falling in love with h
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Texts From Mittens by Angie Bailey
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after an entire week of doing nothing but unpacking and cleaning from bedbug nightmare '15 (yeah the recovery is STILL going on - where's FEMA when you need 'em?!), this isn't going to be the triumphant return to reviewing i had anticipated. i haven' ...more
karen rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Oddballs by William Sleator
Oddballs
by William Sleator
read in November, 2010
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EDIT so alfonso doesn't start crying.

this book is like running with scissors for the teen set, but with less statutory rape and depression. it is a series of autobiographical essays devoted to "look how unconventional my upbringing was!!! look at how
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karen rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Uncle Sam’s Carnival of Copulating Inanimals by Kirk Jones
Uncle Sam’s Carnival of Copulating Inanimals
by Kirk Jones (Goodreads Author)
read in December, 2010
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furniture is dirrrrrrty!


i am such a doofus. by which i mean to say, i lack aptitude for conceptual analysis. this is why i think i am unable to fully jump on board the bizarro train. because, with this book - i loved so much of it, but i am pretty su
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karen rated a book 5 of 5 stars
Sh*t My Kids Ruined by Julie Haas Brophy
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this is the people-version of dog shaming!

birth control for everyone!!!!

this is my new favorite book. science has proven that children are just tiny demons who have transgressed in the underworld and have been sent to earth for punishment. and they r
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The Garbageman by Juan Butler
The Garbageman
by Juan Butler
read in December, 2010
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fans of jan karon are hereby warned: this book is not for you.

stuart ross recommended this book to me and bill thompson plucked it out of canada and sent it my way. so two canadians are to blame for my current dark thoughts.and this song, also from c
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karen rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Life With Mr. Dangerous by Paul Hornschemeier
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another sad book from paul hornschemeier.

not nearly as sad as Mother, Come Home, the book that makes most people cry, but more of the gentle sorrow that just permeates all existence. no?? just me, then? kay.

this one is about a girl in her late twenti
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The World is on Fire by Joni Tevis
" you should probably find a different part of the internet to be an idiot. "
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The Life and Death of Sophie Stark by Anna North
The Life and Death of Sophie Stark
by Anna North (Goodreads Author)
read in December, 2014
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NOW AVAILABLE!!!

"I thought making movies would make me more like other people," said Sophie. "But sometimes I think it just makes me even more like me."

man, i just loved this book. it reminded me of my favorite robert coover novel - John's Wife, or t
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Leonard Cohen
“a kite is a victim you are sure of.
you love it because it pulls.”
Leonard Cohen

George Elliott Clarke
“All books are merely delayed dust.”
George Elliott Clarke

Franklin Pierce
“ouch, an egg!”
Franklin Pierce

Hart Crane
“I wanted you, nameless Woman of the South,
No wraith, but utterly—as still more alone
The Southern Cross takes night
And lifts her girdles from her, one by one—
High, cool,
wide from the slowly smoldering fire
Of lower heavens,—
vaporous scars!

Eve! Magdalene!
or Mary, you?

Whatever call—falls vainly on the wave.
O simian Venus, homeless Eve,
Unwedded, stumbling gardenless to grieve
Windswept guitars on lonely decks forever;
Finally to answer all within one grave!

And this long wake of phosphor,
iridescent
Furrow of all our travel—trailed derision!
Eyes crumble at its kiss. Its long-drawn spell
Incites a yell. Slid on that backward vision
The mind is churned to spittle, whispering hell.

I wanted you . . . The embers of the Cross
Climbed by aslant and huddling aromatically.
It is blood to remember; it is fire
To stammer back . . . It is
God—your namelessness. And the wash—

All night the water combed you with black
Insolence. You crept out simmering, accomplished.
Water rattled that stinging coil, your
Rehearsed hair—docile, alas, from many arms.
Yes, Eve—wraith of my unloved seed!

The Cross, a phantom, buckled—dropped below the dawn.
Light drowned the lithic trillions of your spawn.”
Hart Crane, The Bridge: A Poem

Cormac McCarthy
“reckon.”
Cormac McCarthy

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Description: new year, new adventures
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21 chapters   —   updated May 13, 2015 06:31PM
Description: did you ever wonder what me and greg get up to on sunday afternoons?? wonder no more!!!
adventures in food and fun II (Select)
15 chapters   —   updated Feb 21, 2015 04:39AM
Description: it seems that the first batch of a.i.f.&f. is "too difficult" to scroll through, so here is a new batch for you lazy bitches.
adventures in food and fun XII (Drama)
18 chapters   —   updated Jan 03, 2015 01:05PM
Description: adventures!!! they will be fun! there will be food!
adventures in food and fun XI (Entertainment)
24 chapters   —   updated Sep 06, 2014 11:58AM
Description: this is what we eat! and where we go! again!
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