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  1. The Feminine Mystique (50th Anniversary Edition) by Betty Friedan
    229

    Betty Friedan
    The Feminine Mystique (50th Anniversary Edition)

    Reached 67%
  2. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
    133

    Charlotte Brontë
    Jane Eyre

    I return to this book now and again and am always charmed in new ways. Jane Eyre is by far my favorite heroine. Her love for the terrifying and torturously sexy Mr. Rochester is often troubling, but always on her own terms. And that is what is masterful about this story - you question the protagonist's judgment but simultaneously trust her to be true to herself and, in the end, respect her for it.
  3. Little Men: Life At Plumfield With Jo's Boys by Louisa May Alcott
    39

    Louisa May Alcott
    Little Men: Life At Plumfield With Jo's Boys

    Old-fashioned and meant for children, but that's how I roll. Quaint, dear little anecdotes that follow the sorrows, joys and scrapes of Jo and Friedrich Bhaer's school of little men. Pedantic at times and full of morals, but so sweet and funny! Read 'Little Women' first.
  4. A Strong Song Tows Us (Excerpt) by Richard Burton
    14

    Richard Burton
    A Strong Song Tows Us (Excerpt)

    Curious now to read and listen to the poetry of Basil Bunting and his contemporaries. Reminds me that I'd do well with more poetry in my life. This intro to his biography includes tasty little musings on regionalism and performance (reading aloud) in his poetry. Left me wanting to learn more.
  5. Songs of Three Islands (Excerpt) by Millicent S. Monks
    3

    Millicent S. Monks
    Songs of Three Islands (Excerpt)

    Finished reading
  6. 5,742 Days (Excerpt) by Anne-Marie Cockburn
    2

    Anne-Marie Cockburn
    5,742 Days (Excerpt)

    Finished reading
  7. My Struggle: Book 1 by Karl Ove Knausgaard
    86

    Karl Ove Knausgaard
    My Struggle: Book 1

    The most painfully honest depiction of a family suffering from #alcoholism that I have ever read. The mixture of roundabout depictions ("the state he was in") versus straight talk ("he was an alcoholic") is symptomatic of the relationship we have with this enigmatic disease. Anyone curious about hyperrealism, relishes descriptions of sensual memory and musings on life&death should read this book.
  8. A Radical Pope’s First Year : The New Yorker by James Carroll

    James Carroll
    A Radical Pope’s First Year : The New Yorker

    Started reading
  9. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
    189

    Louisa May Alcott
    Little Women

    Glorious. I love this book.
  10. The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
    51

    Julian Barnes
    The Sense of an Ending

    While I am usually a sucker for exhaustive musings on memory, time and history, this relatively short book was so boring that it moved very s l o w l y. Still, it had its merits.
  11. Selected Stories by Alice Munro
    96

    Alice Munro
    Selected Stories

    No wonder Munro won the Nobel Prize. The stories she tells describe small lives in small worlds, but these are the stories of everyone on Earth. Beautiful, simple language describes complex and melancholy human truths.
  12. Holy Bible: New International Version by Zondervan
    5

    Zondervan
    Holy Bible: New International Version

    Reached 2%
  13. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

    Lewis Carroll
    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

    Reached 18%
  14. Marginalia: Readers Writing in Books by H. J. Jackson
    2

    H. J. Jackson
    Marginalia: Readers Writing in Books

    Reached 3%
  15. The Shape of Design by Frank Chimero
    2

    Frank Chimero
    The Shape of Design

    Reached 9%
  16. The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing

    Doris Lessing
    The Golden Notebook

    Started reading
  17. Wired Love / A Romance of Dots and Dashes by Ella Cheever Thayer
    84

    Ella Cheever Thayer
    Wired Love / A Romance of Dots and Dashes

    Oh hey! Y'all best read this darling treasure of a book. What happens when a group of young single ladies and gents living in a boarding house discover the power of flirting incognito via the telegraph? Lines are crossed (both literally and figuratively) Bohemian shenanigans are had, and love is (sort of) won. A charming story about a 19th c. precursor to 21st c. sexting. Found via @clive5 - thnx!
  18. The Smartest Guy on Facebook by Aboud Saeed
    20

    Aboud Saeed
    The Smartest Guy on Facebook

    Though skeptical at first (a whole book of Facebook posts?! Come on.) I was proven totally wrong. Saeed's posts read like poetry, and such beautiful poetry! Witty and melancholy, I gobbled them up. It's eerie and sobering to read these everyday accounts of an ongoing war, and I found myself musing over social media/the Internet as public space, and its curious mix of freedoms and limitations.
  19. In Berlin Day and Night in 1929 by Franz Hessel
    19

    Franz Hessel
    In Berlin Day and Night in 1929

    Anecdotal observations about Berlin in the 1920s translated by @amanda_demarco0. Quick read, humorous and irreverent. Great if you know the city, or are at least curious about its buzz in the Weimar years.
  20. Public Thinking (Adapted from Smarter Than You Think) by Clive Thompson
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    Clive Thompson
    Public Thinking (Adapted from Smarter Than You Think)

    Finished reading
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