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rachel is on page 220 of 299 of First Family: Abigail and John Adams
Ellis just referred to the Adams children, John Quincy excepted, as "human debris."
Mar 19, 2017 01:00PM Add a comment
First Family: Abigail and John Adams

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rachel is on page 164 of 464 of The Hate U Give
So far this has potential to be very, very good.
Mar 17, 2017 07:09PM Add a comment
The Hate U Give

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rachel is on page 132 of 299 of First Family: Abigail and John Adams
Abigail Adams was pretty no-nonsense. I'd have been intimidated by her as a fellow woman, let alone a man.
Mar 15, 2017 02:15PM Add a comment
First Family: Abigail and John Adams

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rachel is on page 58 of 299 of First Family: Abigail and John Adams
So, John Adams & Ben Franklin were forced to sleep in the same bed once & fought over whether to leave the window open -- Franklin wanted it open, Adams wanted it shut. Per Ellis, "In his old age, [Adams] liked to point out that Franklin died with a bad cold, because he slept with the window open." I'm wondering if I'll ever get tired of reading about the Founding Fathers sniping at each other like schoolchildren.
Mar 09, 2017 07:56PM Add a comment
First Family: Abigail and John Adams

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"You strike a woman, you strike a rock." Happy international women's day!
Mar 08, 2017 09:54AM Add a comment

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rachel is on page 184 of 274 of Lafayette in the Somewhat United States
NO, WAIT, THIS IS THE BEST QUOTE ON P. 184: "The scene of Washington cussing out Charles Lee was for some reason not included in the series of bronze illustrations of the Battle of Monmouth on the monument at the county courthouse. Even though it was the most New Jersey-like behavior in the battle, if not the entire war."
Mar 06, 2017 07:41PM Add a comment
Lafayette in the Somewhat United States

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rachel is on page 184 of 274 of Lafayette in the Somewhat United States
"Even setting aside the probability of [General Charles] Lee's treason...surely getting kicked out of a struggling army that could not afford to be terribly picky about who was in it was grounds for renaming Fort Lee back in the day." Hahaha.
Mar 06, 2017 07:36PM Add a comment
Lafayette in the Somewhat United States

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rachel is on page 160 of 274 of Lafayette in the Somewhat United States
Feeling bad about my love for Valley Forge now. We in PA tend to focus on it being the place where the Continental Army found new life, obscuring its status as a "hellhole" of bureaucratic failure and suffering, per Sarah Vowell. (But, hey, that's in keeping with the American attitude that uses Memorial Day to kick off the start of summer, no?!)
Mar 06, 2017 09:59AM Add a comment
Lafayette in the Somewhat United States

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rachel is on page 150 of 274 of Lafayette in the Somewhat United States
Personal tidbit: I get a little excited at every mention of Valley Forge in historical context, because I walk the hilly, five mile Joseph Plumb Martin trail there every couple of months and of course, reflect on the Revolution. It is one of my favorite places in PA (despite the fact that the last time I was there, a man pushing his dog in a baby stroller hit on me in front of the Baron Von Steuben statue).
Mar 05, 2017 07:55PM Add a comment
Lafayette in the Somewhat United States

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rachel is on page 658 of 818 of Alexander Hamilton
"Hamilton thought that Republicans appealed to emotion, while Federalists relied too much on reason." Some things never change.
Mar 02, 2017 05:03PM Add a comment
Alexander Hamilton

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rachel is on page 644 of 818 of Alexander Hamilton
Hamilton singing and playing with his kids at their country home is sweet, but lol that he even micromanaged his wife's planting and landscaping.
Mar 01, 2017 09:53AM Add a comment
Alexander Hamilton

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rachel is on page 620 of 818 of Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton is asked to write "a few paragraphs" in opposition to John Adams. Hahahahaha, here comes 100,000 words.
Feb 28, 2017 05:29PM Add a comment
Alexander Hamilton

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rachel is on page 25 of 274 of Lafayette in the Somewhat United States
"And thanks to Lafayette and his cohorts in Washington's army, plus the king of France and his navy, not to mention the founding dreamers who clearly did not think through what happens every time one citizen's pursuit of happiness infuriates his neighbors, getting on each other's nerves is our right." Perfect description of America, IMO.
Feb 27, 2017 04:53PM Add a comment
Lafayette in the Somewhat United States

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rachel is on page 546 of 818 of Alexander Hamilton
This is probably the best biography I've ever read in terms of conveying its subject as a whole complex person. My feelings about Hamilton have ranged from starry-eyed admiration to charmed irritation to sad disappointment...which is why it makes sense to me that Eliza Hamilton suffered her husband's public admission of adultery (in 18th cent. America!) and remained his loyal defender. I might have done the same.
Feb 26, 2017 07:03PM Add a comment
Alexander Hamilton

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rachel is on page 502 of 818 of Alexander Hamilton
'Months after leaving office, [Hamilton] wrote to the Bank of the United States and admitted that he did not know his account balance because he had lost his bank book -- this from the man who had created the bank.' LOL.
Feb 25, 2017 07:01PM Add a comment
Alexander Hamilton

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rachel is on page 56 of 302 of The Monogram Murders
So, Catchpool is a Scotland Yard detective who....hates looking at dead bodies for too long because of how he experienced death as a young child. Seems like he made sort of an odd career choice, all things considered.
Feb 24, 2017 05:26PM Add a comment
The Monogram Murders

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rachel is on page 468 of 818 of Alexander Hamilton
So nice to see that even in the late 18th century, American politics was conducted with high school level civility. Thomas Jefferson: kind of a mean girl.
Feb 23, 2017 07:04PM Add a comment
Alexander Hamilton

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rachel is on page 353 of 818 of Alexander Hamilton
"As always, Hamilton wanted to bury his foes beneath an avalanche of arguments." I love Alexander Hamilton so much I can hardly stand it. Carving our initials in hearts on trees sort of love.
Feb 21, 2017 05:24PM Add a comment
Alexander Hamilton

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rachel added a status update
Really focused on mental and physical self-improvement this year. My attention span for books and Goodreads itself is still spotty at best.
Feb 14, 2017 06:22PM Add a comment

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rachel is on page 345 of 818 of Alexander Hamilton
Still reading in the smallest of chunks -- which is, in a way, pretty enjoyable.
Feb 14, 2017 06:19PM Add a comment
Alexander Hamilton

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rachel is on page 302 of 818 of Alexander Hamilton
The line about a woman spotting Alexander Hamilton and James Madison, two grown-ass bookish men in their 30's, laughing and playing with a monkey in someone's backyard is the best thing I've read so far this year.
Feb 05, 2017 08:16PM Add a comment
Alexander Hamilton

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rachel is on page 221 of 818 of Alexander Hamilton
"Hamilton's besetting fear was that American democracy would be spoiled by demagogues who would mouth populist shibboleths to conceal their despotism." Hamilton, baby, come sit by me. Sorry you're turning in your grave right now, btw.
Feb 01, 2017 05:45PM Add a comment
Alexander Hamilton

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rachel is on page 123 of 368 of Hausfrau: A Novel
'Anna tried to make a list of every mood she'd ever been in...' This is probably a rich statement coming from a person who has had multiple online journals, but I'm fairly certain this would be the human height of self-involvement. Also, I noticed today that this book was blurbed by Sheila Heti, so IT ALL MAKES SENSE NOW.
Jan 18, 2017 03:15PM Add a comment
Hausfrau: A Novel

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rachel is on page 173 of 818 of Alexander Hamilton
I read even the best nonfiction at a deathly slow pace (and so far this certainly qualifies as the best of nonfiction).
Jan 16, 2017 06:47PM Add a comment
Alexander Hamilton

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rachel is on page 107 of 818 of Alexander Hamilton
Reading about Hamilton -- an immigrant, headstrong and whip smart; an abolitionist in the time of slavery; a spiritual man who believed in the essential separation of church and state -- makes me especially sad about the current American political climate. We have had such promise and such reason to hope at various times in our history, thanks to great leaders. And now we have..Donald Trump.
Jan 10, 2017 07:12PM Add a comment
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