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    I liked Atomic Habits for some important insights. Am considering borrowing Stolen Focus by Johann Hari https://stolenfocusbook.com/
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    Just finished "Running is a kind of Dreaming a memoir" by J.M. Thompson, PhD

    Writer's mind flashes back to his family's struggle with mental illness and his own struggles with depression, suicide attempts, and drug addiction as he runs a 200 mile distance run around Lake Tahoe. I didn't like the book at first, but this journey began to really intrigue me. Spoiler - he over comes his demons and obtains a PhD.

    He said that at one point the thoughts of suicide consumed his every waking thought. Only when he was using drugs did the pain from reality go away. It gave me a fresh prospective on those who suffer from mental illness and why the escape to drugs. I feel I am a better person for reading it and attempting to empathize his experience.
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    Slipped into Barnes & Noble last night with my list - couple were out of stock, but ended up the Atomic Habits. I have seen a couple reviews on YouTube and decided to read it next. Also purchased "Educated" by Tara Westover. Probably the last one to read this one...

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    Loved Educated, even though I'm typically a little put off by "tell-all" family memoirs. Also liked Atomic Habits.
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    I started Braiding Sweetgrass which I believe several of you have mentioned.

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    I have "Braiding Sweetgrass" downloaded, but haven't started it yet. I would like to get to "Educated," too, Greg, so you're not the last one.

    For my book club we are reading, "The Aviator's Wife." Opinions, anyone? My problem with it is that it seems very biographical, but she claims it is historical fiction. I feel like it's a lazy way of writing a bio but not having to do the hard work of research and verification and being able to embellish at will.

    Anne Morrow Lindbergh's sister and her husband lived in my community so I do know a bit about the family.


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    Quote Originally Posted by catherine View Post
    Loved Educated, even though I'm typically a little put off by "tell-all" family memoirs. Also liked Atomic Habits.
    That is exactly why I avoided it so long - but it has gotten so many good reviews I decided to break down and read it. I did really enjoy Hillbilly Elegy, so I am giving it a chance!

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    I am still early on with A Gentleman in Moscow, but I absolutely love it. It isn't fast-moving, at least not yet, but his dry wit and exquisite turn of phrase has me enchanted.

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    Giving up on the Earl Derr Biggers for now as I just can't seem to get into it. Have resumed an old freebie from Kindle Off The Grid by Mark Young.
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    I've been reading too much recently, but I've rediscovered fiction after years away. Here are a few of the books I've read in the past few months:

    Silence by Shusaku Endo
    The Watcher and Other Stories by Italo Calvino
    How to Speak Chicken by Melissa Caughey
    The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
    Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
    Hannah Arendt: The Last Interview
    Chinese Posters: Art from the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution by Lincoln & Tompkins
    Candy Hits by Zasu Pitts
    Books on Woodrow Wilson, Warren Harding, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, FDR and Truman is next (I'm 31 books through "The American Presidents Series")
    The Quarter by Naguib Mahfouz

    And I just started Civilization and Its Discontents by Freud

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