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AmySorensen
nose in a book
My subject is the world.
Interests: running, writing, hiking, contemporary lit, good poetry; my family; gardening
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This month, one of my favorite library coworkers is retiring. I decided I needed to make a quilt for her as a retirement gift. I wanted it to be a sort of memento to represent all of her years at... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The English Geek
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I felt fine. No; I felt like I’d woken up after a long sleep and had a good workout in the fresh air and a really nice stretch and was now contemplating with interest the idea of a hearty lunch.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2022 at The English Geek
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She says it's too easy to call people evil instead of their choices and that lets people justify making evil choices. Because they convince themselves that it's okay because they're still good people overall inside their own heads. And yes,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2022 at The English Geek
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Today marks my last day working as a Reference Librarian. Monday will find me full-time in the library’s Programming department, where I am excited to learn new skills, interact with new coworkers, and have new experiences. But before I leave... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2022 at The English Geek
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I will tell them stories from the life of a master curator: the pilfered Bruegel Ten, the mishandled matchbook, the stolen Bible, the exploited final chapter of a famed novel, the busted typewriter, the poet’s lost note, and the stolen... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2022 at The English Geek
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Suddenly Ellen was angry. She was angry because she had not guessed that it was Otis instead of Austine who untied her sash. She was angry because she had slapped Austine. She was angry because Austine had not explained what... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2022 at The English Geek
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Beyond that, I wonder if this is even my tragedy to understand. The struggle of my own mortality feels selfish in the face of those trying to reconcile their humanity, and I have no right to stake a claim in... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2022 at The English Geek
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I am highly offended by the books of Anita Stansfield, who is an author who writes Mormon fiction. Having read about several of her books, and listened to other readers talk about them, and read one myself, I find her... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2022 at The English Geek
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Not being violent enough could cost me my body. Being too violent could cost me my body. We could not get out. Last week I had the opportunity to lead the book club discussion at the library I work at.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2022 at The English Geek
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I’ve heard it said that the Holocaust has no survivors, that even those who managed to remain technically alive were so irreparably damaged, that their spirit, their soul, the person that they were supposed to be, was gone forever. I’d... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2022 at The English Geek
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In that moment he reminds me of Charm’s parents, or maybe my own: A person whole love is a burdensome thing, a weight dragging always at your ankles. I absolutely loved Alix E. Harrow’s books The Ten Thousand Doors of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2022 at The English Geek
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I had work to do, and as I saw the possibility of doing it recede into the brightening distance, I grew ever more afraid that I would lose myself—not in the way Kid had, but slowly, every day blanking out... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2022 at The English Geek
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She became aware of a presence in her own mind. The touch of the Siren was quite unlike that of the Unspoken Name. This felt like a caress of warm water, rising slowly among smooth stones. Like the Unspoken Name... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2022 at The English Geek
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Happiness is tricky. Sometimes you have to fight for it. Sometimes, though—the best times—it sneaks up behind you, wraps an arm around your waist and pulls you close. One of my favorite movies when I was a teenager was Girls... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2022 at The English Geek
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Perhaps one day she’d get used to the way it made her feel: dislocated and dazed, never quite certain if the other half of her would stay offstage as directed. But tonight she felt as if she were constantly on... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2022 at The English Geek
A kind-of fuzzy, surprisingly clear-in-spots library memory from my childhood: I’m holding a book that is about Black children. I don’t remember the title or what the story was or what happened that lead to this conversation. Just my hand... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2022 at The English Geek
In 2021, I created two different reading challenges for myself, one for the summer and one for the fall. I think that doing them quarterly instead of yearly helped me to stay more focused because I knew I had three... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2022 at The English Geek
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As I’ve looked at various friends’ 2021 reading summaries, favorites list, best-of photo collages…I’ve found myself thinking about what makes a book outstanding for me. For me, my favorite books have a mix of literary quality that resonates, good writing,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2022 at The English Geek
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some of my favorite layouts from 2021 A couple of days ago, I spent some time organizing my piles of scrapbooking layouts. I hadn’t put layouts into albums for a couple of years and had a pretty good stack. In... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2022 at The English Geek
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The girl knows, though, that remembering can be difficult. She always has so much inside her head: songs, stories, things she has to learn, things she wants to forget but that keep coming back. When she needs to remember something,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2022 at The English Geek
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Looking back, it seemed to me I’d been trying to escape not just from the camp, but from Achilles’s story; and I’d failed. Because, make no mistake, this was his story—his anger, his grief, his story. I was angry, I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2022 at The English Geek
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Although some things exist in places out of reach, that doesn’t mean they cannot be. The Restless Girls by Jessie Burton is a retelling of the Twelve Dancing Princesses fairy tale, with gorgeous illustrations by Angela Barrett. In my library... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2022 at The English Geek
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I shouldn't have left, but I did. It's my own fault. We don't talk. None of us. Why don't we ever talk? Silence is a language of its own in this family. A curse of our own making. A novel... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2022 at The English Geek
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This September when I got out my autumn quilt from the top shelf of the linen closet, I got the itch to make a new one. my first autumn quilt I’d been reading quilting books about paper piecing, and a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2021 at The English Geek
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This Thanksgiving I found myself a bit…well, “sad” sounds kind of pathetic, but there you go. I remembered so many past Thanksgivings, when we’d go to one relative’s house or another, and the house would be full of babies and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2021 at The English Geek