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David Schaafsma is reading A Horse Walks into a Bar: The controversial winner of the Man Booker Prize for fiction of 2018, it's the story of a stand-up comic's dramatic one-night performance in a small dive. A lot of Goodreads readers seems to hate it; it is sometimes crude and offensive, in the way of stand-up, but it is also a kind of memoir of the comic on the edge
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Carol is on page 140 of 232 of Fun Home
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The Potter's Field by Ellis Peters
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"In stillness and quietness whispers are heard clearly, and the rustle of a leaf has meaning." (Loc. 2037-2038).

Some books are like macaroni and cheese, bread pudding, rice pudding, a savory mushroom soup: warm and satisfying, yet comforting. Ellis
The Valedictorian of Being Dead by Heather B. Armstrong
" Nice review! I distrust such a treatment, but if I were so depressed and chronically so, I'd be much more interested in looking at the memoirs, case r ...more "
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Little, Big by John Crowley
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If you know how to read, the World of Books is open to you, after all; and if you like to read, you’ll read. If you don’t, you’ll forget whatever anybody makes you read, anyway. People around here aren’t ignoramuses; just have an idea—or rather a lot of different ideas—about what’s important to know, and very little of it’s taught in school.
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Mark André is on page 260 of 433 of The Book of Disquiet: When ... I consider what my life has apparently been, I imagine it as some brightly colored scrap of litter--a chocolate wrapper or a cigar ring--that the eavesdropping waitress brushes lightly from the soiled tablecloth into the dustpan, among the the crumbs and crusts of reality itself. It stands out from those things whose fate it shares by virtue of a privilege that is also destined for the dustpan.
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Everybody's Son by Thrity Umrigar
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When she came to, she asked repeatedly for her baby boy. Swore that she’d intended to go out only for a hit and return home straight away, but Victor, her drug dealer, had raped her and kept her doped up. She’d locked the apartment door from the outs ...more
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All Happy Families by Jeanne Mcculloch
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But like alcoholism, despair is an equal-opportunity condition, and the daily human struggle to escape its grip knows no boundaries of wealth or class.
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Educated by Tara Westover
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May 2019: The first part of Educated: A memoir is necessary for understanding the last, but to my mind, the latter is more important, maybe more so at this reading. Tara Westover's stories of her family are not internally consistent and are denied or ...more
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“The most baffling mystery about American democracy is why putting such a brilliant idea into practice seems to attract all the wrong people.”
David Gustafson

Fernando Pessoa
“There are dreamed anguishes that are more real
Than the ones life brings us, there are sensations
Felt only by imagining
Which are more ours than our own life is.
There’s so often a thing which, not existing,
Does exist, exists lingeringly
And lingeringly is ours and us…”
Fernando Pessoa, Selected Poems

Meena Kandasamy
“Let me tell you something that goes against popular wisdom. Love is not blind; it just looks in the wrong places.”
Meena Kandasamy, When I Hit You: Or, A Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife

Graeme Rodaughan
“The man who walks in the shadow of vengeance is a different man from the man who walks in the light of justice.”
Graeme Rodaughan, A Subtle Agency

Oksana Zabuzhko
“Taking cruelty for strength is the most common mistake of youth. Youth only knows life by the intensity of its own feelings—a continuous explosive fortissimo with a foot on the pedal. Youth knows nothing of that supreme sensitivity, the true sensitivity of the strong that denies cruelty; youth has no inkling of the force with which a barely audible pianissimo can strike under your heart.”
Oksana Zabuzhko, The Museum of Abandoned Secrets

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