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Miss Bates is quite the creation.

There's a part where she went on for over three pages [in the copy I had]... and I imagine in audiobook it would be a bit excruciating. [in regular text, I just skimmed her]
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Mrs. Vash just came home with the new Rivka Galchen book which is a kids book with chapters like Chapter Sqrt(-1).

Also just stared some Bill Bryson, but I just don't care enough about details to ever read another nonfiction book.
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Mrs. Vash just came home with the new Rivka Galchen book which is a kids book with chapters like Chapter Sqrt(-1).
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime has chapters that are just prime numbers in sequence.
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I finished Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine. I didn't like it very much and almost quit along the way. It's yet another of the damaged woman with a drinking problem genre. The cause of the damage is not clear until the end, but you can pretty well guess more or less what happened. The main character is well-educated, but completely lacking in understanding of social norms. There is quite a bit of humor resulting from this in the book, but much of it is kind of like the cringe-y humor of The Office. The book is annoying at the end because she does, in fact, just become completely fine - getting there from rock-bottom after 2 months of therapy.

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Currently listening to The Clockmaker's Daughter by Kate Morton and Master of the Senate, part 1, by Robert Caro.

The fiction: I like the story but it changes perspectives/time periods/locations pretty often and that gets confusing. At the very least there could be a year and location in the chapter heading, but there's nothing, so I sometimes didn't even know that it changed for a few paragraphs. At first I thought one particular voice was from a diary or something but that's not the case. I wonder if the book uses an italicized font or something? It switches from a modern person who appeared at the beginning to be the main character. Several chapters were all about her and it was confusing bc her father is not a clockmaker. Then most of the middle of the book is about the clockmaker's daughter, and then there is a chapter or two featuring the great grandmother of the modern person.

The nonfiction: As usual I am doing this as much to enhance my knowledge of US History as to learn about LBJ. Taking it slow as usual. Not in a rush to get through this. I mean, I know the ending. I have already learned things about the Senate that I didn't learn in school. I'll leave it at that bc it's a little embarrassing to be today years old and not to have understood this. But I have to be careful to not take everything at face value bc this author is super biased and if he can say anything negative about a system or institution he will. Thankfully Mr aj is super into history and government and is always up for a discussion if I need clarification. (And he uses the words, "I don't know," when appropriate.)

Other nonfiction: couple business books and several short books on mental health, relationships, etc., and started one about PTSD. This is primarily to support a family member. It's more of a slog than the Robert Caro.
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Just finished The Goldfinch by Tartt it was a 770 page book with a 500 page story and 270 pages of description. The description aspect was impressive in detail but annoyingly overdone to make it a slow read. Also 3/4 of the way through I was so sick of the main character/narrator that I hoped he would just die and a new character would finish the story.
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