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WWW Wednesday (70)


The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently ReadingMorocco, Maybe by Alex Wu

Recently Finished ReadingNot Quite Adults by Richard A. Settersten Jr. and Barbara E. Ray and The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult 

Reading Next: Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave

What is your WWW Wednesday?

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Snap Review: Mosquitoland by David Arnold

Title: Mosquitoland

My rating: 5/5


After the sudden collapse of her family, Mim Malone is dragged from her home in northern Ohio to the “wastelands” of Mississippi, where she lives in a medicated milieu with her dad and new stepmom. Before the dust has a chance to settle, she learns her mother is sick back in Cleveland.
So she ditches her new life and hops aboard a northbound Greyhound bus to her real home and her real mother, meeting a quirky cast of fellow travelers along the way. But when her thousand-mile journey takes a few turns she could never see coming, Mim must confront her own demons, redefining her notions of love, loyalty, and what it means to be sane.

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Book Club: All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood

To begin, this was a highly anticipated book club discussion in which all of us were eager to hear what we thought of this brilliantly crafted yet strange ie. uncomfortable love story. The latter bit of that statement was the biggest source of pondering – is this a love story? Meaning, one we can get behind? I found that regardless of how uncomfortable most of us felt with the start of the relationship between 8 year-old Wavy and Kellen, 13 years her senior, the quote that stuck with me was this exchange:

“There’s nothing wrong with me buying her a ring. She’s my girl,” Kellen said.

“Yeah, except for the part where you’re a pedophile.”

“That’s not the only thing love means.” (Greenwood 175)

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Book Review: And Then I am Gone – A Walk with Thoreau by Mathias B. Freese

Title: And Then I am Gone – A Walk with Thoreau

Author: Mathias B. Freese

Published: 2017

Pages: 117

Genre: Memoir

Format: Print copy mailed by author in exchange for an honest review

My rating: 2/5


And Then I Am Gone: A Walk with Thoreau tells the story of a New York City man who becomes an Alabama man. Despite his radical migration to simpler living and a late-life marriage to a saint of sorts, his persistent pet anxieties and unanswerable questions follow him. Mathias Freese wants his retreat from the societal “it” to be a brave safari for the self rather than cowardly avoidance, so who better to guide him but Henry David Thoreau, the self-aware philosopher who retreated to Walden Pond “to live deliberately” and cease “the hurry and waste of life”? In this memoir, Freese wishes to share how and why he came to Harvest, Alabama (both literally and figuratively), to impart his existential impressions and concerns, and to leave his mark before he is gone. 

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