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BARCELONA — Sonia: "I moved to Barcelona from Canada two years ago and it’s hard to find English books ...
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BARCELONA — Sonia: "I moved to Barcelona from Canada two years ago and it’s hard to find English books here. So when a coworker gave me this book, I thought I couldn't be too picky. I have this rule that when someone recommends me a book, I jump straight in. I don't do any research. I don't read the ... BARCELONA — Sonia: "I moved to Barcelona from Canada two years ago and it’s hard to find English books here. So when a coworker gave me this book, I thought I couldn't be too picky. I have this rule that when someone recommends me a book, I jump straight in. I don't do any research. I don't read the intro or the back cover. Turns out, this one's not quite the type of book I'd usually read—I prefer non-fiction and biographies—but we’ll see how it goes. Lexi, the main character, is newly married and has just moved into a new home with her husband. The couple is sure that they don't want kids, but seeing Lexi close to reaching her 40s, her mom is quite insistent about grandchildren. I suspect having kids will be a theme throughout the book. The mom putting pressure on Lexi makes me think about the social pressure all women at one point feel about having children: Is it too early, too late? Am I ready? There are so many factors, so many things to consider. Don't get me wrong, I love children! I work at a school, and I naturally gravitate towards children. They have this magical positive energy, bringing out the child in all of us and often the best part of us." @soniacarballude #TheSummerGuest #EmmaHannigan / @verobang for #subwaybookreview #barcelona
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NEW YORK — Maeve: “This book just came out recently. I don’t read a ton of poetry but at the moment my ...
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NEW YORK — Maeve: “This book just came out recently. I don’t read a ton of poetry but at the moment my brain is really jumpy and poetry is really good for that. I’m probably just spending too much time on Instagram and am reading the news a lot. Plus I have anxiety. For some reason these poems I can ... NEW YORK — Maeve: “This book just came out recently. I don’t read a ton of poetry but at the moment my brain is really jumpy and poetry is really good for that. I’m probably just spending too much time on Instagram and am reading the news a lot. Plus I have anxiety. For some reason these poems I can absolutely vanish into. They’re super evocative and you actually learn a lot about partition. I usually read non-fiction about war. I’m really interested in hearing directly from people who have experienced something in person. War is not an unusual thing and books about it help me understand it better—and also how the U.S. is involved in a lot of wars. I work in comedy and as a writer and it’s really good to see other people’s realities.”
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NEW YORK — Charlie: “I’m interested in finishing the entire series and am 3/4 finished with the first ...
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NEW YORK — Charlie: “I’m interested in finishing the entire series and am 3/4 finished with the first book. I like Hermione because I feel that she is a lot like me. We’re both very sassy and have a similar personality. She tries to keep Ron & Harry out of trouble which I would do too. If I could do ... NEW YORK — Charlie: “I’m interested in finishing the entire series and am 3/4 finished with the first book. I like Hermione because I feel that she is a lot like me. We’re both very sassy and have a similar personality. She tries to keep Ron & Harry out of trouble which I would do too. If I could do magic? I’d like to read minds so I could see if people are lying to me or not.”
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MEXICO CITY — Jorge: "I started this book for the first time five years ago but I didn't finish it because ...
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MEXICO CITY — Jorge: "I started this book for the first time five years ago but I didn't finish it because of school and other stuff. I picked it up again because it's been a while since I’ve bought a book and I decided to finish all those I left incomplete. The story is about a guy, Christopher, ... MEXICO CITY — Jorge: "I started this book for the first time five years ago but I didn't finish it because of school and other stuff. I picked it up again because it's been a while since I’ve bought a book and I decided to finish all those I left incomplete. The story is about a guy, Christopher, who always wanted to travel around the world. So the day he graduates, he decides to start traveling around the US, following the steps of another man’s journey, and to finish in Alaska. It’s based on a real story and sometimes it sounds very technical, like a documentary, but that doesn't mean you can't perceive the feelings of the main character. I like the determination of Christopher because no one understands why he wants to travel all over the US and even when some try to convince him to not do this trip, he does it anyway. I am not sure if I identify with him—maybe, yes". @bass1l #IntoTheWild #HaciaRutasSalvajes #JonKrakauer / @kierkecaat_
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SYDNEY — Angela: “This book was a gift from a friend who knows how much I love Joan Didion. It’s a collection ...
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SYDNEY — Angela: “This book was a gift from a friend who knows how much I love Joan Didion. It’s a collection of her notes from a trip through the Southern States in 1970. She never filed the piece she went there to write, she just sort of floated around in this salty mood, with a vague spirit of inquiry. ... SYDNEY — Angela: “This book was a gift from a friend who knows how much I love Joan Didion. It’s a collection of her notes from a trip through the Southern States in 1970. She never filed the piece she went there to write, she just sort of floated around in this salty mood, with a vague spirit of inquiry. What I love most about the book is that the writing is so impressive even though it’s not fully formed. This is what she came up with before she even tried! This was the in-between stuff! As a journalist, it’s what I dream about doing. She does it all in a personal way, is never self-important, and avoids the Hunter S. Thompson thing of glorifying the writer. Also, full disclosure, it’s hard to say how much of my view on Didion is coloured by the fact that I want to be her. I mean, just look at her. She’s so tough.”
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LONDON — Mee-Lai: “I picked up this book at the airport on my way to Southern Spain without realizing ...
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LONDON — Mee-Lai: “I picked up this book at the airport on my way to Southern Spain without realizing it was set in Andalusia. The protagonist is also traveling to Spain from London. She is with her mother to visit doctors about the mother's mysterious illness. She is instantly cut off by dropping ... LONDON — Mee-Lai: “I picked up this book at the airport on my way to Southern Spain without realizing it was set in Andalusia. The protagonist is also traveling to Spain from London. She is with her mother to visit doctors about the mother's mysterious illness. She is instantly cut off by dropping and breaking her laptop in the opening chapter, and there's a feeling of exile and building frustration that she feels throughout. As I was travelling in the area where novel was set, I really felt its slow simmering pace! The book deals with family bonds, mother-daughter relationships and hereditary illnesses, which all rang true to me. I also related to her identity, having parents from different ethnicities—she's always called "Greek girl" because of her looks and her name. I'm always Chinese to people because of my name and looks, even though I also have an English parent and was born in England. It’s all about other people’s perceptions.”
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NEW YORK — Georgia: “On Beauty is about a mixed-race family living in the United States and it takes ...
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NEW YORK — Georgia: “On Beauty is about a mixed-race family living in the United States and it takes a 360 degree look at race, class, beauty, and the tension between conservative and liberal ideals. What I like about Zadie’s writing is that it never feels pretentious. It’s really earthy and ... NEW YORK — Georgia: “On Beauty is about a mixed-race family living in the United States and it takes a 360 degree look at race, class, beauty, and the tension between conservative and liberal ideals. What I like about Zadie’s writing is that it never feels pretentious. It’s really earthy and she has a sense of humor. The characters never feel vicious or cruel. Instead of yelling into a vacuum we have to understand where other people are coming from. There are two families in the book and to see how different the generations are is very telling. I live in New York and my family is in Australia. I think people assume Australia is very liberal because they know it from traveling, but it has a very racist history and is very conservative in the rural parts of the country. People tend to double down to protect themselves and that comes with shutting other people out. Books can be our best teachers.” @georgialouclark #OnBeauty #ZadieSmith / @theubc for #subwaybookreview #newyork 🗽
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NEW YORK — Evan: “I’m doing a documentary on missing and murdered Indigenous women and have been ...
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NEW YORK — Evan: “I’m doing a documentary on missing and murdered Indigenous women and have been spending a lot of time on the Blackfeet Nation in Montana. I’m a journalist and cover indigenous and environmental issues for a television network. I’ve been working on this project for eight ... NEW YORK — Evan: “I’m doing a documentary on missing and murdered Indigenous women and have been spending a lot of time on the Blackfeet Nation in Montana. I’m a journalist and cover indigenous and environmental issues for a television network. I’ve been working on this project for eight months and like going after stories that are purposefully not talked about. The family I’m following have been missing a loved one since June 2017. Her name is Ashley Loring Heavyrunner. One of her direct ancestors, Chief Heavyrunner, was murdered in the Baker massacre which is described in this book. It’s not excellent writing but really great research that helps me understand the generational trauma and resiliency of indigenous families like the Heavyrunners. We aren’t taught nearly enough about Native American history in the U.S. so I'd encourage everyone to read books like this.”
#BloodOnTheMarias #PaulRWylie / @theubc for #subwaybookreview #newyork 🗽
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NEW YORK — Verena: “This book is a treat. It’s about the author’s fortieth year and her decision to ...
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NEW YORK — Verena: “This book is a treat. It’s about the author’s fortieth year and her decision to pursue a life without children or a romantic partner. She realizes that there are no stories that talk about this version of a life. As someone who is not sure if she wants to have kids, it’s so heartwarming ... NEW YORK — Verena: “This book is a treat. It’s about the author’s fortieth year and her decision to pursue a life without children or a romantic partner. She realizes that there are no stories that talk about this version of a life. As someone who is not sure if she wants to have kids, it’s so heartwarming to read this story. I’m 35 and right now I don’t want kids, but any morning I could wake up and change my mind. In some ways I think it’s easier to want children—it’s what everyone does. The last paragraph is truly one that I feel so much. I don’t want to spoil it so I will just say that no matter if you respond to this topic or not, that last paragraph alone is reason enough to pick up this book.”
@vonverena #noonetellsyouthis #glynnismacnicol / @theubc for #subwaybookreview #newyork 🗽
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NEW YORK — Teryn: “Happy Birthday to The Boy Who Lived! I’m a big, big nerd—for Harry Potter fans today ...
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NEW YORK — Teryn: “Happy Birthday to The Boy Who Lived! I’m a big, big nerd—for Harry Potter fans today holds a special place in our hearts because it’s both his and J.K. Rowling’s birthday. Harry’s story connected and touched so many people worldwide because it’s an undiluted message of love, ... NEW YORK — Teryn: “Happy Birthday to The Boy Who Lived! I’m a big, big nerd—for Harry Potter fans today holds a special place in our hearts because it’s both his and J.K. Rowling’s birthday. Harry’s story connected and touched so many people worldwide because it’s an undiluted message of love, unity, and friendship. I think a message that pure is revolutionary in a time when people are really sarcastic and constantly moderate their enthusiasm. If I could send Harry Potter a birthday card, what would it say? Ginny Weasley is the perfect human, congrats on having her as your wife. I wish you a happy life filled with family and some well deserved rest from saving the wizarding world!” ⚡️ @teryngray #harrypotter #deathlyhallows #jkrowling / @theubc #subwaybookreview #newyork 🗽
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LONDON — Yasmin: “This is my first time reading Didion. I started with this book, because it’s about ...
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LONDON — Yasmin: “This is my first time reading Didion. I started with this book, because it’s about the ‘60s and ‘70s, when it was going crazy politically, and I thought: now seems like the right time. So far it’s not giving me that much hope , one book that did was ‘Hope in the Dark’ by Rebecca ... LONDON — Yasmin: “This is my first time reading Didion. I started with this book, because it’s about the ‘60s and ‘70s, when it was going crazy politically, and I thought: now seems like the right time. So far it’s not giving me that much hope , one book that did was ‘Hope in the Dark’ by Rebecca Solnit , but the more I read, the more I like it. I still haven’t reached the famous essay about Didion arriving in New York, and then leaving the city in her late twenties, but I feel like that’s what I need to hear about. It’s difficult to find a book that you can relate to when you’re a female in your twenties. You constantly feel lost, or like you’re not doing enough. Reading about what other women went through can help.” @yasminfalahat #SlouchingTowardsBethlehem #JoanDidion / @marta_bh for #subwaybookreview #london 🇬🇧 #repost
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NEW YORK — Katherine: “This is a person telling ridiculous stories that you can’t even believe are ...
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NEW YORK — Katherine: “This is a person telling ridiculous stories that you can’t even believe are true—but they are. The author is on a quest to find love and it’s not working out. He totally puts his heart on the line and makes himself crazy vulnerable. I think that’s worth it. I’m getting mushy ... NEW YORK — Katherine: “This is a person telling ridiculous stories that you can’t even believe are true—but they are. The author is on a quest to find love and it’s not working out. He totally puts his heart on the line and makes himself crazy vulnerable. I think that’s worth it. I’m getting mushy but I think sharing love is one of the most beautiful parts of life.” @kbass19 #MyHeartIsAnIdiot #DavyRothbart / @theubc for #subwaybookreview #newyork 🗽
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NEW YORK — Lea: “I just met Lolita. She seems innocent so far. I’ve only known her in relation to Humbert ...
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NEW YORK — Lea: “I just met Lolita. She seems innocent so far. I’ve only known her in relation to Humbert Humbert. I want to know her as a character outside of their relationship. The fact that an older man has possession over a much younger girl is scary. A lot of my friends are terrified of that ... NEW YORK — Lea: “I just met Lolita. She seems innocent so far. I’ve only known her in relation to Humbert Humbert. I want to know her as a character outside of their relationship. The fact that an older man has possession over a much younger girl is scary. A lot of my friends are terrified of that kind of relationship. I’ve always wanted to read Lolita and finally picked it up. My parents don’t really want me to read it yet because there are themes in it that are hard to digest as a teenage girl. I believe in exposure. It’s really important for young people. It’s not good to have a limited view of the world. Exposure makes you aware of what it feels like to be in Lolita’s position. It will make you see it and understand it more.”
@lj.elton #Lolita #VladimirNabokov / @theubc for #subwaybookreview #newyork 🗽 #repost
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MILAN — Roberta: “I usually read a lot of books at the same time and pick what I want to read depending ...
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MILAN — Roberta: “I usually read a lot of books at the same time and pick what I want to read depending on how I feel. This morning I started this book because last night a dear friend of mine gave it to me. He read it many years ago and it really stayed with him. From what I’m reading in the introduction, ... MILAN — Roberta: “I usually read a lot of books at the same time and pick what I want to read depending on how I feel. This morning I started this book because last night a dear friend of mine gave it to me. He read it many years ago and it really stayed with him. From what I’m reading in the introduction, the theme in this book is a very current topic: we as a society need to consider what we do and why we do it. I’m retired now but I was a teacher. What if I could teach one more day? I would certainly want to push young people to think that trying to fit in is okay but it’s important to always maintain critical thinking in everything they do. Young people can’t avoid conformity but they can decide with their intelligence what is right and what isn’t.”
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NEW YORK — Christiano: “I really like reading classics but wasn’t into the ones we need to read for ...
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NEW YORK — Christiano: “I really like reading classics but wasn’t into the ones we need to read for school, like Shakespeare. I just finished Native Son by Richard Wright, which was so good, and then got this one. Dante is on the journey through the nine circles of hell. In Limbo, he meets two ... NEW YORK — Christiano: “I really like reading classics but wasn’t into the ones we need to read for school, like Shakespeare. I just finished Native Son by Richard Wright, which was so good, and then got this one. Dante is on the journey through the nine circles of hell. In Limbo, he meets two very famous poets, Virgil and Homer. They become a big inspiration for him. I think it’s interesting that Dante is super religious, and at the time it was terrible not to be, but he still respects these poets and accepts their views. That’s what we really need in the world today. We need to accept that people are different. I’ve been racially profiled by the police when I was just sitting in a park and they wanted to search my bag. I wonder if that would have happen if I looked different. This book is a good way to understand other people’s point of view.”
@christia__no #Inferno #Dante / @theubc for #subwaybookreview #newyork 🗽
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NEW YORK — Abby: “You really grow with the author as you read this book. It starts with the story of ...
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NEW YORK — Abby: “You really grow with the author as you read this book. It starts with the story of how her Mom conceived her and then travels through her life experiences to peak awareness. It’s a memoir but it reads like spoken word. I was very attracted to this title. What is the terrible? I ... NEW YORK — Abby: “You really grow with the author as you read this book. It starts with the story of how her Mom conceived her and then travels through her life experiences to peak awareness. It’s a memoir but it reads like spoken word. I was very attracted to this title. What is the terrible? I think it’s the bad part of your head, or the dark cloud that can own every part of you. I have a lot of things going on. My dark cloud is this nagging feeling that everything is happening only by luck. But you have to do the thing that comes naturally to you. You can’t force things.” @abbyadesanya
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NEW YORK — Faith: “This book is about a woman who is a writer in the Pacific Northwest. She finds the ...
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NEW YORK — Faith: “This book is about a woman who is a writer in the Pacific Northwest. She finds the diary of a Japanese girl on the beach in a Hello Kitty lunchbox. She doesn’t know if it’s debris from the tsunami or what has happened to the girl but she decides to take the girl’s story on. I’m from ... NEW YORK — Faith: “This book is about a woman who is a writer in the Pacific Northwest. She finds the diary of a Japanese girl on the beach in a Hello Kitty lunchbox. She doesn’t know if it’s debris from the tsunami or what has happened to the girl but she decides to take the girl’s story on. I’m from the Pacific Northwest and I’ve definitely sent a message in a bottle when I was a kid. I put a note about myself in it—probably about what I had for lunch. No one replied but it was worthwhile. It’s about wondering what’s out there other than yourself and all of the things that can happen.”
@ohfaife #ATaleForTheTimeBeing #RuthOzeki / @theubc for #subwaybookreview #newyork 🗽
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NEW YORK — Stefanie: “I majored in creative writing so I’m always reading. When I don’t read for a ...
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NEW YORK — Stefanie: “I majored in creative writing so I’m always reading. When I don’t read for a while I get really picky because it’s gotta be something good. In this book, a Black woman who is a nurse ends up taking care of the son of a white supremacist family. I was hesitant to pick it up because ... NEW YORK — Stefanie: “I majored in creative writing so I’m always reading. When I don’t read for a while I get really picky because it’s gotta be something good. In this book, a Black woman who is a nurse ends up taking care of the son of a white supremacist family. I was hesitant to pick it up because the reviewers were saying that they love the author but they were wondering how a White writer was going to — actually, you know what, I wish I hadn’t read that and I don’t want to pass that perspective on. The longer we tell people what they can or cannot do, the longer the divide exists. But when I read certain passages in the book, I’m like, no, being Black is not like that. I’m kinda nervous to keep reading, because I don’t want to start seeing and then somehow believing these things. It’s really complicated.”
@stefaniefsteel #SmallGreatThings #JodiPicoult / @theubc for #subwaybookreview #newyork 🗽
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NEW YORK — Amanda: “Oh dude, it’s really fucking tough to read this to be honest with you. It’s so conversational. ...
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NEW YORK — Amanda: “Oh dude, it’s really fucking tough to read this to be honest with you. It’s so conversational. The way Bourdain writes makes me feel like he’s just standing next to me, smoking a cigarette, shooting the shit. He was portrayed in the public like he was living the dream. The ... NEW YORK — Amanda: “Oh dude, it’s really fucking tough to read this to be honest with you. It’s so conversational. The way Bourdain writes makes me feel like he’s just standing next to me, smoking a cigarette, shooting the shit. He was portrayed in the public like he was living the dream. The way his life ended is heartbreaking. I never get to meet him now, but I feel a little bit closer to him. Living in New York you hope for these sightings. They are a manifestation of New York’s magic. When Bowie died I thought, damn, now I’ll never see him walking in Soho. With every great New Yorker that’s no longer with us, there’s also a little piece of the city that’s gone.” @discoflax #KitchenConfidential #AnthonyBourdain / @theubc for #subwaybookreview #newyork 🗽
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NEW YORK — Kathy: “I love historical fiction. This book is about a Jewish immigrant from Russia who ...
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NEW YORK — Kathy: “I love historical fiction. This book is about a Jewish immigrant from Russia who has to make her own way in New York in 1913. I’m Scottish-Irish and can trace my family history back seven generations in America. Typically the immigrant family dynamic was very male-centered ... NEW YORK — Kathy: “I love historical fiction. This book is about a Jewish immigrant from Russia who has to make her own way in New York in 1913. I’m Scottish-Irish and can trace my family history back seven generations in America. Typically the immigrant family dynamic was very male-centered and the conversation about immigration was very different, too. Our country wasn’t picking and choosing who gets to stay like it is now. What changed? I’m not sure, but the current situation is horrible. I know there has to be some kind of regulation, but you can’t rip families apart. We have a lot here that people don’t have elsewhere. I don’t understand why we can’t share what we have. People with privilege don’t know what it’s like to have it until it’s taken away.” @klshewmaker
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NEW YORK — Shelby: “This is by a first time author who was nominated for the Man Booker Prize. The story ...
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NEW YORK — Shelby: “This is by a first time author who was nominated for the Man Booker Prize. The story is set in a desolate place in the Midwest and is a coming-of-age story. I identify with introvertedness of the main character. She makes up names for herself and feels kind of disassociated ... NEW YORK — Shelby: “This is by a first time author who was nominated for the Man Booker Prize. The story is set in a desolate place in the Midwest and is a coming-of-age story. I identify with introvertedness of the main character. She makes up names for herself and feels kind of disassociated so she plays with her identity. I feel like we all do this to a certain extend. I showed pictures of my younger self to my coworker and he didn’t recognize me at all. He showed me pictures of himself, too. He is gay and as a young boy he’d wear heels and dresses. We talked about it and he told me that around the time he came out, he played with his identity a lot more. He said that now he feels really comfortable in his own skin.”
@shelbyecollins #HistoryOfWolves #EmilyFridlund / @theubc for #subwaybookreview #newyork 🗽
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MEXICO CITY — Gabriela: “This book is about two young writers who are looking for a poet. They want ...
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MEXICO CITY — Gabriela: “This book is about two young writers who are looking for a poet. They want to be part of the literary movement in Mexico, but they are only seventeen. The older writers believe they don’t know anything because they are young. That happens a lot when you're a teenager, ... MEXICO CITY — Gabriela: “This book is about two young writers who are looking for a poet. They want to be part of the literary movement in Mexico, but they are only seventeen. The older writers believe they don’t know anything because they are young. That happens a lot when you're a teenager, you fight for what you believe and you're not afraid. As you grow up, you abandon your ideals because people judge you or you have to adapt to your environment. I don’t know why we are like this. Maybe we become scared? When I was seventeen, I argued that science should be for everyone. Then I became a biologist and I realized that as you go forward, you have to adapt to the academic circle to be published. But I haven’t given up—there must be another way. So far the young writers haven’t given up. They have no money and barely eat, but they keep looking for the poet.”
@gabs_chan #TheSavageDetectives #LosDetectivesSalvajes #RobertoBolaño / @gs_laura for #subwaybookreview #mexicocity 🇲🇽
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NEW YORK — Elle: "This book is about Eileen's adventures in the 60s, 70s, and 80s. She is a poet who ...
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NEW YORK — Elle: "This book is about Eileen's adventures in the 60s, 70s, and 80s. She is a poet who lives in New York City. I am surprised by her style, though I shouldn't be. It's almost like poetry masquerading as prose—very impressionistic and stream of consciousness. I’m trying to read ... NEW YORK — Elle: "This book is about Eileen's adventures in the 60s, 70s, and 80s. She is a poet who lives in New York City. I am surprised by her style, though I shouldn't be. It's almost like poetry masquerading as prose—very impressionistic and stream of consciousness. I’m trying to read more female authors and found her in the queer section at the bookstore. One thing that stands out to me is that she had experiences with men when she was younger. She's not a gold star lesbian. It's reassuring because there's this fear that when you come out later in life you should have known all along. But I think that's not the case for a lot of people. I came out at 27. It's hard to recognize your feelings for what they are sometimes."
#ChelseaGirls #EileenMyles / @theubc for #subwaybookreview #newyork #repost 🗽 #pride
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NEW YORK — Hadji: “I keep thinking about slavery and why white people took human beings as slaves. ...
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NEW YORK — Hadji: “I keep thinking about slavery and why white people took human beings as slaves. Why? I was raised in England and I’ve never experienced slavery. But there aren’t many like me who haven’t. That’s the way it is all over the world.” #TheScrambleForAfrica #ThomasPakenham ... NEW YORK — Hadji: “I keep thinking about slavery and why white people took human beings as slaves. Why? I was raised in England and I’ve never experienced slavery. But there aren’t many like me who haven’t. That’s the way it is all over the world.”
#TheScrambleForAfrica #ThomasPakenham / @theubc for #subwaybookreview #newyork 🗽 #juneteenth
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NEW YORK — John: "I got the ice cream shirt for Father's Day. The Hitchhiker’s Guide has been in my ...
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NEW YORK — John: "I got the ice cream shirt for Father's Day. The Hitchhiker’s Guide has been in my possession for about 15 years and has moved seven times with me. I've had the intention to read it for a long time. I’m starting it now because I’m interested in sci-if and wanted something not too ... NEW YORK — John: "I got the ice cream shirt for Father's Day. The Hitchhiker’s Guide has been in my possession for about 15 years and has moved seven times with me. I've had the intention to read it for a long time. I’m starting it now because I’m interested in sci-if and wanted something not too long or dense. What if I could hitchhike through the galaxy? I absolutely would. Selfishly, I would take my whole family with me if I could only bring one thing."
#HitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy #DouglasAdams / @theubc for #subwaybookreview #newyork 🗽 #repost
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MILAN — Daniela: “I’ve never read anything by Virginia Woolf and I love the very special writing ...
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MILAN — Daniela: “I’ve never read anything by Virginia Woolf and I love the very special writing style she has. This book is about a family and a story of relationships. The first part of the book covers a lot of descriptions of places and I like reading that because I can lose myself in the book. ... MILAN — Daniela: “I’ve never read anything by Virginia Woolf and I love the very special writing style she has. This book is about a family and a story of relationships. The first part of the book covers a lot of descriptions of places and I like reading that because I can lose myself in the book. It lets me escape from the frenetic energy of Milan and its loneliness. The society in the book is different from ours—they make big dinners and invite lots of different people. I used to live in a little city before and it was a lot easier to connect with people, to talk, and to have real relationships. I feel like in Milan this is so difficult.”
@dainwonderland_ #ToTheLighthouse #AlFaro #VirginiaWoolf / @itselis for #subwaybookreview #milan #italy 🇮🇹
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NEW YORK — Emily: "It's a tale for adults about a group of rabbits that has to escape their home warren. ...
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NEW YORK — Emily: "It's a tale for adults about a group of rabbits that has to escape their home warren. Richard Adams did a lot of anthropological research for the book. The rabbits have their own language, hierarchy, and culture. You follow their adventures and meet the other rabbits and ... NEW YORK — Emily: "It's a tale for adults about a group of rabbits that has to escape their home warren. Richard Adams did a lot of anthropological research for the book. The rabbits have their own language, hierarchy, and culture. You follow their adventures and meet the other rabbits and cultures they encounter. They come upon a warren that's being hunted, another one is very militaristic, and one helps to liberate female rabbits. The theme is man's destruction of the environment. You hope that all works out in the end for the rabbits."
#watershipdown #richardadams / @theubc for #subwaybookreview #newyork 🗽 #repost
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MEXICO CITY — Victor: “I was about to cry, reading this story. It follows a group of friends who have ...
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MEXICO CITY — Victor: “I was about to cry, reading this story. It follows a group of friends who have known each other since college. They’re all men, but they are not a boys-don't-cry stereotype. On the contrary, they are very delicate. Their life is difficult, especially for one of them. ... MEXICO CITY — Victor: “I was about to cry, reading this story. It follows a group of friends who have known each other since college. They’re all men, but they are not a boys-don't-cry stereotype. On the contrary, they are very delicate. Their life is difficult, especially for one of them. He has low self-esteem and is afraid of people because of everything he experienced growing up. But his friends help him to feel better and to endure the pain. Their friendship transcends—they are friends until they are old. I think it's hard to make friends as you grow up. I would like to have more camaraderie with my friends, especially my male friends. It's hard for us to say ‘I love you’ because we're afraid of being misunderstood. Unfortunately, there is still that idea that men don't express their emotions. I think it’s important that we don't deny feelings and that we cultivate friendships in general.”
@elbibliotafo #ALittleLife #TanPocaVida #HanyaYanagihara / @gs_laura for #subwaybookreview #mexicocity 🇲🇽
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ZURICH — Isabella: “I like that the title is a question. It translates to ‘and what does that have ...
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ZURICH — Isabella: “I like that the title is a question. It translates to ‘and what does that have to do with me?’ and it feels like an invitation. The author suddenly found out that there was a great mystery in his family. Someone left pictures on his desk at work. They were of his aunt giving a ... ZURICH — Isabella: “I like that the title is a question. It translates to ‘and what does that have to do with me?’ and it feels like an invitation. The author suddenly found out that there was a great mystery in his family. Someone left pictures on his desk at work. They were of his aunt giving a party in her castle. At the end of this party, the guests killed 180 Jewish people. It’s not entirely clear how or if his aunt was involved. He deals with this terrifying revelation about his family in a very interesting way. Instead of ignoring it, he starts to do research and eventually writes this book. Everybody has a family story where someone has witnessed something or someone has died. This book really touched me. There are so many questions we could be asking.”
@isabellagyr #ACrimeInTheFamily #UndWasHatDasMitMirZuTun #SachaBatthyany / @theubc for #subwaybookreview #zurich 🇨🇭
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NEW YORK — Rafael: "I sell books on the subway, that's how I support myself. It's an honest living ...
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NEW YORK — Rafael: "I sell books on the subway, that's how I support myself. It's an honest living and I don't have to feel bad about myself. Me, I love reading Westerns because the bad guy never gets away with it. The bad guys always die, Mami." #MarcialLafuenteEstefania #Western / @theubc ... NEW YORK — Rafael: "I sell books on the subway, that's how I support myself. It's an honest living and I don't have to feel bad about myself. Me, I love reading Westerns because the bad guy never gets away with it. The bad guys always die, Mami."
#MarcialLafuenteEstefania #Western / @theubc for #subwaybookreview #newyork #repost🗽
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MUNICH — Charlotte: “I love this book. It’s all about things going wrong. That’s when things get ...
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MUNICH — Charlotte: “I love this book. It’s all about things going wrong. That’s when things get interesting. Since yesterday, Erik Kessels, the author of this book, is part of my project Standing on the Shoulders of Giants. It’s literally me standing on the shoulders of people who inspire ... MUNICH — Charlotte: “I love this book. It’s all about things going wrong. That’s when things get interesting. Since yesterday, Erik Kessels, the author of this book, is part of my project Standing on the Shoulders of Giants. It’s literally me standing on the shoulders of people who inspire me, captured in a photo. I’m in the creative scene and started as an art director, but now I’m more in love with ideas and creative direction—that’s why I founded my own agency. People in Munich are into design. It’s a very tidy, conservative, and quiet city. It feels like reading crazy books like this one would help them break them out of their shell without really having to make noise. Munich pretends to be a Little Berlin, but we’re not. We’re more like a huge living room.”
@charlottebufler #FailedIt #ErikKessels / @theubc for #subwaybookreview #munich 🍻
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MEXICO CITY — Cynthia: “I discovered this book at the International Book Fair in Guadalajara. It’s ...
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MEXICO CITY — Cynthia: “I discovered this book at the International Book Fair in Guadalajara. It’s the largest book fair in the Spanish-speaking world. I have followed the work of Leila Guerriero for several years, so I was very glad I found this book. It’s about why journalism exists. Every ... MEXICO CITY — Cynthia: “I discovered this book at the International Book Fair in Guadalajara. It’s the largest book fair in the Spanish-speaking world. I have followed the work of Leila Guerriero for several years, so I was very glad I found this book. It’s about why journalism exists. Every sentence she writes is an inspirational quote for me, not only because I'm a journalist as well, but because it’s a life lesson. I think jobs like ours are important today. We must learn how to observe the world and care about the stories of real people—be more empathetic with the person who is telling us their story. That way we'll find the right way to communicate. I always keep that in mind.”
@lunecas #ZonaDeObras #LeilaGuerriero / @gs_laura for #subwaybookreview #mexicocity 🇲🇽
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NEW YORK — Boat: “Yes, my name is Boat, like sailboat. There is no great meaning behind it. My parents ...
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NEW YORK — Boat: “Yes, my name is Boat, like sailboat. There is no great meaning behind it. My parents are eccentric and gave me a fun name. By eccentric I mean that they’re kind, free-thinkers. My dad recommended this book to me because he loved it. The story is about growing up as a girl. Each ... NEW YORK — Boat: “Yes, my name is Boat, like sailboat. There is no great meaning behind it. My parents are eccentric and gave me a fun name. By eccentric I mean that they’re kind, free-thinkers. My dad recommended this book to me because he loved it. The story is about growing up as a girl. Each sentence feels very truthful. The women in the story are objects of admiration and the main character Evie lusts after them and their aura. I’ve had plenty of girl crushes in my life so I relate to her and want to be like the girls in the story. I don’t know what happens to them but I’m drawn in.” @lil.boat #TheGirls #EmmaCline / @theubc for #subwaybookreview #newyork 🗽 #repost
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LONDON — Aina: “This book is about Mary, who seems to be a very fragile character and in pain constantly—physically ...
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LONDON — Aina: “This book is about Mary, who seems to be a very fragile character and in pain constantly—physically and mentally. I get the feeling that Mary is someone who doesn’t ask anything out of life anymore. She has just gotten selected for a mysterious job, which turns out to be a famous ... LONDON — Aina: “This book is about Mary, who seems to be a very fragile character and in pain constantly—physically and mentally. I get the feeling that Mary is someone who doesn’t ask anything out of life anymore. She has just gotten selected for a mysterious job, which turns out to be a famous actor recruiting women to be his girlfriends. The so-called ‘girlfriend project’ dissects the role of the girlfriend into several characters, played by different women: the angry one, the maternal one, the intellectual one. Like much else these days, it’s sold as something innovative but, from a gender perspective, you have ten girls who collectively form a ‘perfect girlfriend’ for a powerful and famous man. The way the author writes about dating is perverse, but at the same time it’s quite funny. Mary has just gotten chosen as his emotional girlfriend, and I’m super intrigued to see where she’ll take the story next.” @aina_pomar #TheAnswers #CatherineLacey / @marta_bh for #subwaybookreview #london 🇬🇧
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NEW YORK — Frank: “I have at least 7 or 8 books in my book bag. I read multiple books at the same time and ...
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NEW YORK — Frank: “I have at least 7 or 8 books in my book bag. I read multiple books at the same time and I really like fantasy and fiction. This one is about a girl named Ottoline and she likes mysteries. I keep a book log, but I don’t like writing as much as I like reading. What’s cool about reading ... NEW YORK — Frank: “I have at least 7 or 8 books in my book bag. I read multiple books at the same time and I really like fantasy and fiction. This one is about a girl named Ottoline and she likes mysteries. I keep a book log, but I don’t like writing as much as I like reading. What’s cool about reading is that you get to enter a new world of creativity and fantasy and you can get stuck in it. I like that.”
#OttolineAndTheYellowCat #ChrisRiddell / @theubc for #subwaybookreview #newyork 🗽
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NEW YORK — Hailey: “This book is about Eve’s experiences in LA and California. She dives deep into ...
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NEW YORK — Hailey: “This book is about Eve’s experiences in LA and California. She dives deep into what makes a place a place and relates it to being in love with a person. Some people don’t understand being in love with a city and find it weird, even though we easily say we love a person, our job, ... NEW YORK — Hailey: “This book is about Eve’s experiences in LA and California. She dives deep into what makes a place a place and relates it to being in love with a person. Some people don’t understand being in love with a city and find it weird, even though we easily say we love a person, our job, or justice. I live in Chicago and would actually say I’m in love with it. I’ve caught myself having phone conversations with someone telling them how much I love my city. I think how welcoming communities are and the collaborations that are happening there—it’s powerful. It has opened me up to myself more.”
@hayhails #SlowDaysFastCompany #EveBabitz / @theubc for #subwaybookreview #newyork 🗽
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MILAN — Iolanda: “I only read thrillers, but I never buy them. I always go to the library next to where ...
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MILAN — Iolanda: “I only read thrillers, but I never buy them. I always go to the library next to where I live and pick the name of a thriller author. Then I start reading every book that author wrote in chronological order. It’s impressive to see how a writer works and what their themes are. This ... MILAN — Iolanda: “I only read thrillers, but I never buy them. I always go to the library next to where I live and pick the name of a thriller author. Then I start reading every book that author wrote in chronological order. It’s impressive to see how a writer works and what their themes are. This one is set in Paris and every book I’ve read by Grangé is set in France. His books are ferocious but he also uses well-researched historical references. What I enjoy most about thrillers is that in the beginning everything is unclear and at the end it isn’t anymore. Reading these types of books makes me believe that bad things that are happening in the world can always be resolved. It gives me hope.” #Miserere #JeanChristopheGrangé / @itselis for #subwaybookreview #milan #italy 🇮🇹
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DELHI — Priyanka: “The title completely threw me off! I thought it would be a motivational or philosophical ...
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DELHI — Priyanka: “The title completely threw me off! I thought it would be a motivational or philosophical book. I picked it up because I loved ‘The God of Small Things’ by the same author. It continues to amaze me. This book travels the fault lines of India through two stories. It offers a critique ... DELHI — Priyanka: “The title completely threw me off! I thought it would be a motivational or philosophical book. I picked it up because I loved ‘The God of Small Things’ by the same author. It continues to amaze me. This book travels the fault lines of India through two stories. It offers a critique of the social norms and the political scenario in the country, as it was a decade ago. One story is about Anjum, a trans woman who lives in Old Delhi and is a Muslim. She's such a strong character. I fell in love with the book because of the way she pushes against prejudices and finds happiness in small things, like wearing a red lipstick or draping a saree. It's really empowering.” @priyanka.sarda3 #TheMinistryOfUtmostHappiness #ArundhatiRoy / @riotgirlwrites for #subwaybookreview #delhi #india 🇮🇳
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NEW YORK — Glory: "This is a memoir and coming-of-age story. The vulnerability in the narrative ...
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NEW YORK — Glory: "This is a memoir and coming-of-age story. The vulnerability in the narrative is beautiful. You really feel like you're getting a glimpse of Tracy K’s life and her relationship with her mom. As you grow up, you learn that your mother is a human who tries and hurts just as much ... NEW YORK — Glory: "This is a memoir and coming-of-age story. The vulnerability in the narrative is beautiful. You really feel like you're getting a glimpse of Tracy K’s life and her relationship with her mom. As you grow up, you learn that your mother is a human who tries and hurts just as much as you do. My mom and I got close after college when the worries she had for me dissipated and we could become friends. She is a rambunctious Nigerian woman who can read you with one look. When I can capture that essence of my mother, I will be a true adult."
@guidetoglo @wellreadblackgirl #OrdinaryLight #TracyKSmith / @theubc for #subwaybookreview #newyork 🗽 #repost #mothersday
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Ange: “I read this book in high school and had to come back to it. It’s written by a man who interviews ...
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Ange: “I read this book in high school and had to come back to it. It’s written by a man who interviews his terminally ill professor 16 years after he graduates. They have weekly meetings and talk about life. This book is a culmination of their meetings. I loved it so much the first time I read it ... Ange: “I read this book in high school and had to come back to it. It’s written by a man who interviews his terminally ill professor 16 years after he graduates. They have weekly meetings and talk about life. This book is a culmination of their meetings. I loved it so much the first time I read it when I was sixteen, and now I have such a different perspective on life and an even greater appreciation for it. I will probably read it again in 10 years.”
@ange_lops #TuesdaysWithMorrie #MitchAlbom / @theubc for #subwaybookreview #newyork 🗽
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Siheun: “This was on a human rights list of books to read. We’re living in the age of Trump where fascism ...
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Siheun: “This was on a human rights list of books to read. We’re living in the age of Trump where fascism and human rights are coming head to head. People think they’re easily on one side, but then there’s a lot of inaction. How do you move from comfort to doing something that requires you to speak ... Siheun: “This was on a human rights list of books to read. We’re living in the age of Trump where fascism and human rights are coming head to head. People think they’re easily on one side, but then there’s a lot of inaction. How do you move from comfort to doing something that requires you to speak up? History can often provide a guide on how to act. This book is about the Gwangju Uprising. It’s painful to read because there’s a lot of death and you’re watching the character watching trauma unfold. The reader is addressed as ‘you’ so there’s a really blurred sense of self. Where does my being end and begin? What are the boundaries of the self? Koreans are known for being demonstrators and we have an underdog mentality. Hundreds of thousands of people went to Seoul for six weeks straight and forced the President to resign. When we come to America we lose that because we become part of the immigrant and church communities. I’m passionate about organizing. I put 50,000 people on buses to the Women’s March on Washington. It was the hardest I’ve ever worked and also the proudest moment of my life. Free assembly is a constitutional right.”
@siheun #HumanActs #HanKang / @theubc for #subwaybookreview #newyork 🗽
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Indy: “My full name is Lucy-Indigo but I go by Indy because it’s too long. My book is about a girl named ...
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Indy: “My full name is Lucy-Indigo but I go by Indy because it’s too long. My book is about a girl named Apple and she is from the Philippines. Her real name is Analyn Pearl. She moves to the US when she’s four and the only thing she knows about her Dad is his name, because it’s written on a tape by the ... Indy: “My full name is Lucy-Indigo but I go by Indy because it’s too long. My book is about a girl named Apple and she is from the Philippines. Her real name is Analyn Pearl. She moves to the US when she’s four and the only thing she knows about her Dad is his name, because it’s written on a tape by the Beatles. Apple gets teased at school a lot because of how she looks and there’s a group of kids who put her on their ugly list and call her names. No one is ugly. We just all look different—there’s no one who is exactly the same. Not even identical twins.”
#BlackbirdFly #ErinEntradaKelly / @theubc for #subwaybookreview #newyork 🗽
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Tahj: “I was making deliveries to apartment buildings on the Upper West Side. There was a box full ...
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Tahj: “I was making deliveries to apartment buildings on the Upper West Side. There was a box full of books in one of the buildings and this one stood out to me. I also took a book called ‘American Amnesia’. It looked as if someone was throwing out their old stuff or maybe they moved out. This book ... Tahj: “I was making deliveries to apartment buildings on the Upper West Side. There was a box full of books in one of the buildings and this one stood out to me. I also took a book called ‘American Amnesia’. It looked as if someone was throwing out their old stuff or maybe they moved out. This book is in pristine condition. The inscription reads: to Sanna, from Mom. The author, Richard Dawkins, is amazing. I like his type of rhetoric and that he has facts to back up his facts. In this book he answers the questions I want answers to, like who was the first man, and why there are so many animals.”
@yoo_tjay #TheMagicOfReality #RichardDawkins / @theubc for #subwaybookreview #newyork 🗽
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Lindsay: “I’m flying to Peru and thought this would be a good book for a long flight. I really like ...
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Lindsay: “I’m flying to Peru and thought this would be a good book for a long flight. I really like true crime stories, like ‘In Cold Blood’. This is a dark story about a British woman who goes to Japan to work and pay off her credit card debt. She works as a hostess in the sex industry and ends up being ... Lindsay: “I’m flying to Peru and thought this would be a good book for a long flight. I really like true crime stories, like ‘In Cold Blood’. This is a dark story about a British woman who goes to Japan to work and pay off her credit card debt. She works as a hostess in the sex industry and ends up being murdered. The story is about the dark side of Japan that we don’t often hear about. The problem is that it’s a white dude writing about a woman’s life—he’s coming at this book with a complete outsider perspective. I always have a bit of an issue with men describing women’s thoughts and lives in their books. It’s almost trite the way some of them try to find reason behind why women do what they do. I’m sure there are plenty of Japanese authors who write about their country but I wouldn’t even know where to find them.”
@lindsayhdsn #PeopleWhoEatDarkness #RichardLloydParry / @theubc for #subwaybookreview #newyork 🗽
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Jessie: “I love the game of poker and used to be really into card tricks. In High School, I watched ...
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Jessie: “I love the game of poker and used to be really into card tricks. In High School, I watched the World Series of Poker obsessively. Three or four months ago, I got more serious about it and started studying the game. This book isn’t about strategy, it’s about controlling your emotions. ... Jessie: “I love the game of poker and used to be really into card tricks. In High School, I watched the World Series of Poker obsessively. Three or four months ago, I got more serious about it and started studying the game. This book isn’t about strategy, it’s about controlling your emotions. It teaches you how to take actual steps and to recognize when you’re starting to tilt—that’s a poker term for being off your game. I’ve lost big before, like $900 in New Orleans, but to me it’s more important to play well. Being process oriented matters more than being results oriented.”
@yesssjessie #TheMentalGameOfPoker #JaredTendler / @theubc for #subwaybookreview #newyork 🗽
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Stephanie: “The piece in the Spring issue of The Sewanee Review that blew my mind was ‘The Autobiography ...
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Stephanie: “The piece in the Spring issue of The Sewanee Review that blew my mind was ‘The Autobiography of My Novel’ by Alexander Chee. I could read his sentences about almost anything. It was part instructional essay about writing, part investigation of what we do when we make fiction out ... Stephanie: “The piece in the Spring issue of The Sewanee Review that blew my mind was ‘The Autobiography of My Novel’ by Alexander Chee. I could read his sentences about almost anything. It was part instructional essay about writing, part investigation of what we do when we make fiction out of our lives, part meditation on trauma, and full of deep wisdom. Mostly, I recognized a writer that I trusted to take me on a journey. Every day, people ask me if Sweetbitter is a memoir or fiction and I never quite know how to answer. Chee makes me feel ok about that. The whole question of: ‘Why didn’t you just write a memoir’, seems to be at the heart of his essay. There’s a quote in the book that’s perfect: ‘The story of your life, described, will not describe how you came to think about your life or yourself, nor describe any of what you learned. This is what fiction can do—I think it is even what fiction is for.’ I love that quote.” @smdanler #Sweetbitter #AlexanderChee #HowToWriteAnAutobiographicalNovel / @theubc for #subwaybookreview #newyork 🗽
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Josefa: “I’ve only been reading women for the last year. First, I’ve explored the Nobel Prize winners ...
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Josefa: “I’ve only been reading women for the last year. First, I’ve explored the Nobel Prize winners like Toni Morrison, Alice Munro, and Doris Lessing. Then, Pulitzer winners like Jennifer Egan and Donna Tartt. Now, I basically just to go to McNally Jackson and check out their lists. I ... Josefa: “I’ve only been reading women for the last year. First, I’ve explored the Nobel Prize winners like Toni Morrison, Alice Munro, and Doris Lessing. Then, Pulitzer winners like Jennifer Egan and Donna Tartt. Now, I basically just to go to McNally Jackson and check out their lists. I saw that Obama read ‘The Power’ so I had to get it. It’s a futuristic sci-fi story about young women who have this electricity within themselves that they can use on people. They are about to take over when they get shunned from society—of course. I have to read 100 pages a day because I get all my books from the New York Public Library and last month I got eight books at once which are all due next week. My boyfriend is appalled because our social life has really decreased. This is my 25th book this year. The non-fictions have been slowing me down.”
@josefacosima #ThePower #NaomiAlderman / @theubc for #subwaybookreview #newyork 🗽
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Speak: “Aside from Gucci Mane being one of my favorite rappers and a cultural tour de force, I find ...
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Speak: “Aside from Gucci Mane being one of my favorite rappers and a cultural tour de force, I find his post-prison self-reinvention very inspiring. He’s the trap Tony Robbins. I mean, this is a guy who went from selling crack, to having mental health issues, to now being sober and healthy. ... Speak: “Aside from Gucci Mane being one of my favorite rappers and a cultural tour de force, I find his post-prison self-reinvention very inspiring. He’s the trap Tony Robbins. I mean, this is a guy who went from selling crack, to having mental health issues, to now being sober and healthy. There’s nothing more American than a story of redemption and forgiveness, but I think he genuinely made these changes because he didn’t want to die. I relate. I was the toast of the town in LA and this underground rapper who was living a life of overindulgence. Maybe if I would have kept living and partying in LA I would have ended up dead in the Hollywood Hills. Moving to Mexico City gave me a new way of life and sparked a whole new wave of creativity.”
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Verónica: “It’s a very experimental book which I like a lot. I like it when writers break sentences ...
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Verónica: “It’s a very experimental book which I like a lot. I like it when writers break sentences and do different things with language. It’s the first time I’m reading a book that could be related to an ecological disaster. It seems that the principle character is intoxicated with something ... Verónica: “It’s a very experimental book which I like a lot. I like it when writers break sentences and do different things with language. It’s the first time I’m reading a book that could be related to an ecological disaster. It seems that the principle character is intoxicated with something in the water which makes me think of industry, pollution, and climate change. It’s important that we talk about these things in literature. The other day I spoke with an anthropologist who wrote fiction about the state of the world through a character who is a Chinese archeologist. I asked him why, after writing so many scientific texts, he needed to write a fictional story. He said that maybe fiction can give us the answers that social sciences can’t. That made me understand how important fiction is for the world.” @ambliopia #FeverDream #SamanthaSchweblin / @theubc for #subwaybookreview #mexicocity 🇲🇽
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Adam: “I’ve always been drawn to books with a strong sense of place. Gwendolyn Brooks is a writer ...
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Adam: “I’ve always been drawn to books with a strong sense of place. Gwendolyn Brooks is a writer and poet who grew up in Bronzeville which is where the Black Renaissance happened in the 1940s in Chicago. She writes about living there, which really was a study in contrast. There were amazing ... Adam: “I’ve always been drawn to books with a strong sense of place. Gwendolyn Brooks is a writer and poet who grew up in Bronzeville which is where the Black Renaissance happened in the 1940s in Chicago. She writes about living there, which really was a study in contrast. There were amazing theaters and music halls, but also a lot of poverty and people living in chopped up kitchenette buildings. This book really opened up the South Side for me and led me to read a dozen of other books about Chicago. I usually have to read ten books about a place before I go visit it. That’s true for my own city, too. It’s weird to me that some people aren’t curious to know about the million things that happened before they got there.” @adamm0rgan #GwendolynBrooks #SelectedPoems / @theubc for #subwaybookreview #chicago 🌬
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