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02:41 am: reading wednesday
• What are you reading?

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, by Claire North. I find Harry's predicament interesting, but not himself. I probably wouldn't finish if it weren't for SF bookgroup.

• What did you recently finish reading?

The Family Fang, by Kevin Wilson. Says interesting things about performance art.

• What do you think you’ll read next?

Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, by Tom Robbins, for Tawanda bookgroup, this Sunday. I read it decades ago, but I appear not to have a copy, and neither does my library. I suspect I will find that the Sexism Fairy has chewed through this book like a colony of silverfish.

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From:carbonel
Date:June 23rd, 2016 07:13 pm (UTC)
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I read Even Cowgirls Get the Blues in 1979, when I was traveling in Europe. I didn't have room/weight for more than a couple of books, so I traded what I had for whatever other people or youth hostels had available. It's amazing my eyes are still in my head, they rolled so hard when I was reading it.

I guess it was essentially sex-positive, and it had a more-or-less happy ending. But I don't consider it any sort of classic.

Also, I'm wondering about the "Tawanda" thing. Do you know where that came from? I first encountered the word in the movie Fried Green Tomatoes, where a present-day character uses it as some sort of rallying cry for female empowerment. But Wikipedia is silent on the subject.
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From:boxofdelights
Date:June 24th, 2016 04:33 am (UTC)
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I hope you traded it for something good!

We got Tawanda from the Fried Green Tomatoes book, which we read together near the beginning of the book group. We did use it as a rallying cry, to encourage each other to go after what we wanted, not to give up before we were beaten.
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From:carbonel
Date:June 24th, 2016 02:16 pm (UTC)
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I don't remember what I traded that particular book for, but there were some definite bright spots in the books I read. Scruples was totally not my sort of book on the face of it, but I really enjoyed it. And I took a rest day at a youth hostel to finish reading Shogun, because the person whose copy I was reading would be leaving the next day.

The World According to Garp was more on the list of "weird books I never would have read otherwise." Still not sure why it was a bestseller.

Apparently Tawanda only goes back to FGT. In the movie, it makes it sound as if she got it somewhere else, but that's fiction for you.
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From:bookzombie
Date:June 24th, 2016 05:14 pm (UTC)
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I read '...Harry August' late last year. I thought it was ok, but not sure why so many people loved it.

Apart from not being engaged with the main character, there was something that didn't quite work from a logic point of view, but I can remember what it was that bothered me now...
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