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Threads for critters, gardening, dinner, movies, etc. Does anyone read any more? What are you reading, do you recommend it, and why or why not?

My most recent read is Natasha Trethewey's "Beyond Katrina," a collection of poems and prose about the Mississippi gulf coast. I fell in love with her the first time I met her and heard her read, several years ago. In this work she confronts racism, urban development, and the way in which natural disasters reveal seams in our society. But she does so through observations about individual persons and their experiences. A very good read.

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KJ, Thanks for pointing out Esther Perel's TED talk. Interesting.

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“Thy Neighbor’s Wife” by Gay Talese (1981) Scandalous at the time of publishing, Gay spent 9 years researching the book. It opened up the changing sexual norms of the US from post World War II through the pre AIDS days of the 70s. It includes a lot of history of 19th century movements of open sex as well as the laws which attempted to stamp down what was obscenity.

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Fire. by Elizabeth Hand. It's a combination of fiction and essays, including examination of writers and writing. Like everything she does, it's brilliant and stripped down and conversational. She does in 10 pages what a lot of other very good writers can't manage in 100.

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@KJ- that sounds like an interesting book. I’ll have to see if the library has is.

Annie

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The State of Affairs: Rethinking Infidelity ~ by Esther Perel

From her TedTalk "monogamy used to be one person for life, today monogamy is one person at a time."

I've heard this book examines affairs from all three sides. Should be an interesting read.

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Dead Lions by Mick Herron, part of his "Slow Horses" series of spy novels.

Unlike most spy novels, this series is about the MI6 spies who are too incompetent, disgraced or unreliable to put on the front lines, but not bad enough to fire outright. So they get sent to Slough House, to do soul-crushingly boring intelligence work until they get the message that they should just quit. Problem is, they're all convinced that if they just find that one piece of serious, important intelligence, it'll be their ticket back to the big time, even if they have to screw over their fellow Horses. The fact that no one has ever done it before doesn't deter them from trying......

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I'm reading "Passing Strange" by Ellen Klages. It's set in San Francisco in 1940 and is filled with magic and wonder and the bad old days of jail time if you were a woman wearing men's clothing. I'm reading it very slowly, because I don't want it to end.

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I started reading Finding Me by Michelle Knight, one of the women (the 1st) kidnapped and held hostage by Ariel Castro in Ohio.

However, I stopped. A few months into her captivity, which isn’t graphically described but alluded to, he gave her a puppy. As I try to remember the news, I don’t recall hearing anything about a dog and I can’t stand reading about an animal hurt.

The writing is in her exact words (or the editing’s terrible) and compelling but I already returned it to the digital library and am going to finish the dystopian YA series I’ve been reading - The Jewel Series by Amy Ewing. Tonight is book #3 The Black Key.

I’ve got to get the dark images from Finding Me out of my head before I sleep which means a long night ahead yet.

Annie

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D Day Through German Eyes, a series of interviews of solders that were on the receiving end of the D Day invasion. A fascinating perspective. I know, not the sexiest literature on the shelf. :)

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Just finished 'White Lilies' (Samantha Christy) about pregnancy surrogacy. It's fiction and totally shredded my heart. Not totally solid writing throughout, but the story felt plausible.

Also still reading 'Rewind' (Terry England)- also fiction, about a group of 17 adults that are abducted by aliens but returned as children, all around the age of 8-9. I'm only about 20% in but how our govt "handles" the situation reads as comically accurate.

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