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Margaret Atwood

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Margaret Atwood CH CC OOnt CH FRSC is a Canadian poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist, inventor, teacher, and environmental activist.
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How the Language of the Pandemic Defined Our New Cultural Reality
Wayne Grady - 2023-03-07
Margaret Atwood
Three unusual & nifty books for those who love words! Grady +weird Covid vocabulary ⁦⁦@greystonebooks⁩ , Videen +Anglo-Saxon swears ‘n prayers ⁦@ProfileBooks⁩, Bo Seo +effective debate ⁦@penguinpress⁩ . Lotsa fun!      source
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Good Arguments
How Debate Teaches Us to Listen and Be Heard
Bo Seo - 2022-06-07
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"Discover the timeless secrets of effective communication and persuasion in this inspiring book by a two-time world champion debater and former coach of the Harvard debate team. Through his personal journey from immigrant kid to success, the author explains how debating is the perfect activity for finding your voice and excelling socially and academically. Drawing insights from its strategies, structure, and history, the author demonstrates how debating skills can improve communication with friends, family, and colleagues alike. Learn how good arguments are essential to a flourishing democracy, and delve into the thrilling subculture of competitive debate in this must-read for anyone looking to become wiser and make smarter decisions."
Margaret Atwood
Three unusual & nifty books for those who love words! Grady +weird Covid vocabulary ⁦⁦@greystonebooks⁩ , Videen +Anglo-Saxon swears ‘n prayers ⁦@ProfileBooks⁩, Bo Seo +effective debate ⁦@penguinpress⁩ . Lotsa fun!      source
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The Wordhord
Daily Life in Old English
Hana Videen - 2022-05-10
Margaret Atwood
Three unusual & nifty books for those who love words! Grady +weird Covid vocabulary ⁦⁦@greystonebooks⁩ , Videen +Anglo-Saxon swears ‘n prayers ⁦@ProfileBooks⁩, Bo Seo +effective debate ⁦@penguinpress⁩ . Lotsa fun!      source
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Hold the Line
The Insurrection and One Cop's Battle for America's Soul
Michael Fanone, John Shiffman - 2022-10-11
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"Hold the Line" is an urgent warning about the growing threat to democracy in America, written by a twenty-year police veteran and former Trump supporter who barely escaped with his life during the insurrection of January 6th. Michael Fanone recounts his firsthand experience of being pulled into the mob and viciously beaten, alongside his journey from being a redneck Trump supporter to a nuanced advocate for preservation of democracy. This timely call to action explores critical issues such as policing, race, politics, and preserving democracy for future generations.
Margaret Atwood
#Americans need to read this book. I’m reading right now. #january6      source
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A Tobacco Lawyer's Journey
Joshua Knelman - 2022-09-06
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A young lawyer's decade-long global journey in the tobacco industry unfolds in this riveting Mad Men meets Bad Blood narrative. Follow along as he navigates the laws, public policy, and moral ambiguity of the world's most controversial consumer product. This addictive tale will make you question everything you thought you knew about cigarettes and their place in our society. "This is storytelling at its best," declares Joel Bakan, author of The New Corporation.
Margaret Atwood
Just reading ARC of FIREBRAND, by Josh Knelman @PenguinCanada.You’ll inhale this tell-all book about the tobacco industry and never look at a No Smoking sign the same way again!      source
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Run Towards the Danger
Confrontations with a Body of Memory
Sarah Polley - 2022-03-01
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"Run Towards the Danger" by Sarah Polley is a collection of six powerful essays that explore the author's memories and experiences, while delving into the fallibility of memory and the possibility of experiencing the past anew. Polley's storytelling is celebrated for its honesty and complexity as she contemplates stories ranging from stage fright to high-risk childbirth. In a reciprocal-pressure dance between the past and present, Polley finds a way forward: running towards the danger. This is a remarkable book that explores what it means to live in one's body, in a constant state of becoming, learning, and changing.
Margaret Atwood
Sarah Polley’s @realsarahpolley book is brilliant and riveting. Just saying.      source
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Saving Us
A Climate Scientist's Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World
Katharine Hayhoe - 2021-09-21
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Saving Us offers an engaging look at science, faith, and human psychology when it comes to climate change. Through the experiences of climate scientist and United Nations Champion of the Earth, Katharine Hayhoe, readers learn how to navigate the political and social minefield of climate change discourse. Rejecting scare tactics and guilt trips, Katharine offers a refreshing approach to engaging with others on this pressing issue by finding shared values. With warmth and humanity, she demonstrates how we can all play a role in saving our future.
Margaret Atwood
A must-read if we’re serious about enacting positive change from the ground up, in communities, and through human connections & human emotions. ⁦@KHayhoe⁩ Saving Us | Book by Katharine Hayhoe | Simon & Schuster #climatechange      source
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Bill McKibben
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The Real French You Were Never Taught at School (Sexy Slang Series)
Genevieve - 1998-12-09 (first published in 1984)
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Unlock the secrets of everyday French with Merde!, an irreverent and witty guide to the language's slang, dirty words, and essential communication tools that your teachers never taught you. Perfect for anyone who wants to understand French as it's really spoken, this practical resource includes colorful idioms, epithets, come-ons, and put-downs that will help you navigate any conversation in the city of lights. Get ready to add some saucy flair to your French and leave those stuffy English/French dictionaries behind.
Margaret Atwood
@DeeDee02674337 You can learn the body language.. the shrug, the puffed out cheeks, the twiddly motion with the hand that means Loopy... there’s an excellent book called Merde about swears. Get most recent version. :)      source
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Memorial Drive
A Daughter's Memoir
Natasha Trethewey - 2020-07-28
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"Memorial Drive" is a memoir that delves into how the author's teenage years were upended when her former stepfather killed her mother. Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Natasha Trethewey shares her journey through grief and explores how this traumatic event shaped her as an artist. She reflects on her own upbringing as a "child of miscegenation" in Mississippi and her mother's history in the deeply segregated South. This book is an intimate portrayal of pain, loss, and resilience.
Margaret Atwood
How Natasha Trethewey Remembers Her Mother via @NewYorker A heartbreaking book. @equalitynow @ABetterManFilm #domesticabuse      source
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In Defense of Nature's Most Unloved Plants
Richard Mabey - 2010-01-01
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This book explores the fascinating world of weeds- the plants we all know and love to hate. From crabgrass to poison ivy, weeds are familiar, pervasive, and seemingly invincible. Why do we consider them villains? Through historical research and his own travels, Mabey examines how weeds have been portrayed in literature and the media. He argues that we have caused plants to become weeds through our reckless treatment of the earth. Weeds can destroy ecosystems, but they can also restore war zones and derelict cities. Mabey shows how useful these unloved plants can be, from serving as the first crops and medicines to inspiring the invention of Velcro. A provocative defense of the plants we love to hate, Weeds is a profound and sympathetic meditation on the natural world.
Margaret Atwood
Go Botanists! I almost became one & my parents were rather disappointed I didn’t. Recommending Richard Maybe’s book WEEDS. Emptied one compost bin today. :)      source
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