Lydia Hirt

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-Louisa May Alcott (1873)
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I downloaded this novel without reading a single blurb or description, based on the recommendation by a trusted friend (PopCultureNerd). Going in with no expectations, it was a wonderful - and very unique - read that took me from NYC to the Yacatan Peninsula in Mexico.
At the end, I almost felt like the entire novel was a dream sequence - from black panthers to illegal flowers (and their effects) - to very pretty, illustrative writing that had me researching all sorts of gorgeous and exotic plants.
Some of my favorite passages:
A moth hops onto a flower under the cover of moonlight, pollinates, or mates with the flower, and leaves. We humans do the exact same thing, except it involves dinner beforehand. So, to make a long story short, dating is when two or more people eat and converse to find out if they can tolerate each other enough to pollinate under cover of moonlight.

I hug her like this every day… Why wait till I miss her?”

"Humans are a very peculiar species. We don’t like to work at love. We only believe love is real if it overtakes us like a sudden illness. Like the flu. When people call in love gradually they always question it. So the gloxinia delivers love at first sight. Just the way that people like it to be."

"Sinsemilla mean ‘without seeds.’ A seedless female is far more potent than a seeded one. Remember that next time you want to accomplish something. Do it before you have sex. Before some male comes along and shoots his seed in you, satisfying you, and making you energetically useless."

This one is for the men out there. Datura inoxis is a plant that behaves exactly like a woman. If she lets you spend time with her, you will begin to feel powerful. But you will also become weak, because you will be at her mercy. But if you treat her well, and handle her with the utmost respect, care, and precision, she will bestow upon you visions of a future beyond your wildest imagination.

I downloaded this novel without reading a single blurb or description, based on the recommendation by a trusted friend (PopCultureNerd). Going in with no expectations, it was a wonderful - and very unique - read that took me from NYC to the Yacatan Peninsula in Mexico.

At the end, I almost felt like the entire novel was a dream sequence - from black panthers to illegal flowers (and their effects) - to very pretty, illustrative writing that had me researching all sorts of gorgeous and exotic plants.

Some of my favorite passages:

A moth hops onto a flower under the cover of moonlight, pollinates, or mates with the flower, and leaves. We humans do the exact same thing, except it involves dinner beforehand. So, to make a long story short, dating is when two or more people eat and converse to find out if they can tolerate each other enough to pollinate under cover of moonlight.

I hug her like this every day… Why wait till I miss her?”

"Humans are a very peculiar species. We don’t like to work at love. We only believe love is real if it overtakes us like a sudden illness. Like the flu. When people call in love gradually they always question it. So the gloxinia delivers love at first sight. Just the way that people like it to be."

"Sinsemilla mean ‘without seeds.’ A seedless female is far more potent than a seeded one. Remember that next time you want to accomplish something. Do it before you have sex. Before some male comes along and shoots his seed in you, satisfying you, and making you energetically useless."

This one is for the men out there. Datura inoxis is a plant that behaves exactly like a woman. If she lets you spend time with her, you will begin to feel powerful. But you will also become weak, because you will be at her mercy. But if you treat her well, and handle her with the utmost respect, care, and precision, she will bestow upon you visions of a future beyond your wildest imagination.


""We haven’t had a letter in at least a month," Hannah answered. That was the excruciating truth. Each day, en route to the Atheneum, she checked their little wooden box at Riddell’s store-an ancient, dilapidated structure right in the center of town, whose sun-bleached wooden shingles, sagging porch and squeaky door belied its importance as the housing for all [Nantucket’s] correspondence. The enormous canvas sacks stuffed with letters hung over the mailboxes like fat men on fallows, each labeled with their destination - Pacific grounds, Cape of Good Hope, North Atlantic. Women and girls flowed in and around them like a school of fish, each hoping for news or trying to deliver their own. The bags were full of words describing deaths and births, grievances and reprieves. Above all, Hannah knew, they contained oaths of everlasting love. She always averted her eyes from the bulging repositories of so many hopes and dreams; staring at the felt like inviting disappointment.”

THE MOVEMENT OF STARS by Amy Brill. Fabulous historical read based on the magical island of Nantucket.  Find is on Goodreads here.

""We haven’t had a letter in at least a month," Hannah answered. That was the excruciating truth. Each day, en route to the Atheneum, she checked their little wooden box at Riddell’s store-an ancient, dilapidated structure right in the center of town, whose sun-bleached wooden shingles, sagging porch and squeaky door belied its importance as the housing for all [Nantucket’s] correspondence. The enormous canvas sacks stuffed with letters hung over the mailboxes like fat men on fallows, each labeled with their destination - Pacific grounds, Cape of Good Hope, North Atlantic. Women and girls flowed in and around them like a school of fish, each hoping for news or trying to deliver their own. The bags were full of words describing deaths and births, grievances and reprieves. Above all, Hannah knew, they contained oaths of everlasting love. She always averted her eyes from the bulging repositories of so many hopes and dreams; staring at the felt like inviting disappointment.

THE MOVEMENT OF STARS by Amy Brill. Fabulous historical read based on the magical island of Nantucket.  Find is on Goodreads here.


"That your friends have these opinions, however, does not mean that they don’t love you or value you as a friend or otherwise think you’re one of the best people they know…
We talk about our friends behind their backs… Our friends are witness to our attributes and flaws, our bad habits and good qualities, our contradictions and our contrivances.”

It’s so hard to pull quotes from a book that is full of gems. Still reading TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS one story at a time.

"That your friends have these opinions, however, does not mean that they don’t love you or value you as a friend or otherwise think you’re one of the best people they know…

We talk about our friends behind their backs… Our friends are witness to our attributes and flaws, our bad habits and good qualities, our contradictions and our contrivances.”

It’s so hard to pull quotes from a book that is full of gems. Still reading TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS one story at a time.

"How’s your career going, friend? Are you finding that your expensive education is paying off for you, or are you having a hard time paying it off? Did you land a job in your field of study, and if you did have you still got it? Times are hard. Have you considered a vocation as a kidnapper? Perhaps you should.”

Hope THE PROFESSIONALS doesn’t *really* inspire any of you to become kidnappers - thought it is a wonderful read!

(via Pro-Am - Barnes & Noble Book Clubs)

THIS IS SO VERY EXCITING!

Five years after the debut of his first novel, “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao,” Junot Díaz, below, is coming out with a new book in September, his publisher is expected to announce on Monday. “This Is How You Lose Her,” a collection of short stories, will be released by Riverhead Books, part of Penguin Group USA. In a statement the publisher called the stories “by turns hilarious and devastating, raucous and tender.”

“The black artist cannot live in a revisionist place,” she added. “The black artist can only tell the truth about humanity, and humanity is messy. People are messy. Caucasian actors know that.” (via Viola Davis on a Mind-Set That She Says Harms Black Actors - NYTimes.com)

LOVE this book. I highlighted so many passages that were by turn insightful, heartbreaking, and smile-inducing.  One of my favorite lines:

"Our story was just  a single line in this vast narrative of hope.  Every family had begun their  journey here before spreading out in waves across the country, on the crest of  their immigrant dreams." -Alex George in A GOOD AMERICAN


Reblog PutnamBooks - below - for your chance to win a copy!
putnambooks:

This one is so wonderful we just have to share…we’re giving away (at random) one finished copy of A GOOD AMERICAN by Alex George! Re-blog this post to have a chance win!
Let’s consider it birthday present for A GOOD AMERICAN’S book birthday!

LOVE this book. I highlighted so many passages that were by turn insightful, heartbreaking, and smile-inducing.  One of my favorite lines:

"Our story was just a single line in this vast narrative of hope.  Every family had begun their journey here before spreading out in waves across the country, on the crest of their immigrant dreams." -Alex George in A GOOD AMERICAN

Reblog PutnamBooks - below - for your chance to win a copy!

putnambooks:

This one is so wonderful we just have to share…we’re giving away (at random) one finished copy of A GOOD AMERICAN by Alex George! Re-blog this post to have a chance win!

Let’s consider it birthday present for A GOOD AMERICAN’S book birthday!