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url 2021-01-22 06:28
Healthy Life & Strong Mind: Sadness Management Tips
Are you feeling dejected? Then you are at the right place. Make life easier with one of the sadness management tips.
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review 2019-06-10 23:00
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake ★★★★☆
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake - Aimee Bender

I first heard about this book while listening to the now-defunct Books on the Nightstand podcast. It was Ann Kingman's recommendation, and I've found her recs to be hit/miss for me, but she was so enthusiastic about it that I put it on my TBR, then promptly put off reading it for almost a decade. I wish now that I hadn't, because this was a wonderfully immersive read. It's full of despair and sadness, though, unrelieved by

an ending that offers no hope or happiness, just a resigned sort of learning to manage whatever life deals you,

(spoiler show)

 so I wouldn't recommend this for anyone looking for a fluffy read. 

Still, it's been a while since I read anything that pulled me in and jerked my emotions so well, and it seems to have broken me out of a reading slump. I'll be looking out for other works by this author. 

Audiobook, borrowed from my public library. It's read by the author, who is clearly not a professional voice actor, but she does a fine job and provides authenticity to the narration. 

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quote 2018-11-29 07:38
"Sure," Jimmy said, still trying to shake the feeling he'd had since four o' clock yesterday that his true self hovered above his body, treading air with slightly frantic strokes, trying to figure a way back in through his own skin before he got tired from all that flapping and sank like a stone to the black core of the earth.

- Dennis LeHane, Mystic River

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quote 2018-11-29 07:35
"A fading hope hung in both her eyes like matching flaws, a neediness that Sean knew rarely attracted any other kind of man but the predatory kind."

- Dennis LeHane, Mystic River

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quote 2018-11-29 07:08
"...Jimmy felt sadness take root in him, nestle up against his insides as if finding a warm home, and he didn't even try to wish it back out again, because some part of him understood that there was no point."

- Dennis LeHane, Mystic River

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