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About bookbii

I'm an ordinary woman living an ordinary life in an ordinary place, and it is quietly wonderful

Notes From No Man’s Land by Eula Biss

“Our willingness to believe the news is, in many cases, not entirely innocent.” In my weaker moments, those moments when I have desired nothing so much as the comforting thud of an enveloped book arriving through my letterbox, I have … Continue reading

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The Wall by Marlen Haushofer (translated by Shaun Whiteside)

“It’s only since I’ve slowed down that the forest around me has come to life.” Yet again I abandoned a book this week, this is becoming a disturbingly regular habit (okay, it’s twice). This time it was Jessica J Lee’s … Continue reading

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A Sand County Almanac and sketches here and there by Aldo Leopold

“It must be a poor life that achieves freedom from fear.” It’s been a difficult reading week, even before the events of Monday. I’ve picked books up and read a while and then put them back again, feeling restless and … Continue reading

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The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison

I hadn’t planned to read this book. I have a friend who sent me a copy and as I’m trying to keep on top of any ‘new’ books I acquire (not adding to the TBR list) and as the gift … Continue reading

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Upstream by Mary Oliver

“And this is what I learned: that the world’s otherness is antidote to confusion, that standing within this otherness – the beauty and the mystery of the world, out in the fields or deep inside books – can re-dignify the … Continue reading

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When The Trees Say Nothing by Thomas Merton

“I am free, free, a wild being, and that is all I can ever really be.” I came across the name Thomas Merton when reading Sara Maitland’s A Book of Silence and it is a name I logged in my … Continue reading

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