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  • Michelle shared from Visiting Hours: A Memoir of Friendship and Murder by Amy Butcher
    how the lies we tell ourselves begin to feel more, in time, like truth.
    Note: So very true.
  • Michelle shared from Visiting Hours: A Memoir of Friendship and Murder by Amy Butcher
    Studies show that a disproportionate amount of memories are stored during early adolescence—ten to thirty years old, in fact—as the memories logged within their period are most crucial to the formation of self-identity. Traumas that occur within this time frame are therefore recalled especially more vividly for precisely the same reason: they shape who we become.
    Note: I have been shaped by my vivid memory of tragic events. I have formed from them not because of them.
  • Michelle shared from Visiting Hours: A Memoir of Friendship and Murder by Amy Butcher
    what we cannot take, more than anything, is to accept a lack of blame.
    Note: To accept the lack of blame. Is that why some things are hard to get past?
  • Michelle shared from Visiting Hours: A Memoir of Friendship and Murder by Amy Butcher
    first the parents of Matthew Shepard, the Wyoming gay youth left to die beside a fence post just outside of Laramie,
    Note: How ironic this detail is in this book about a Gettysburg murder.
  • Michelle shared from Visiting Hours: A Memoir of Friendship and Murder by Amy Butcher
    how I was born because of Gettysburg, raised because of Gettysburg, possible because of Gettysburg—and
    Note: Right on
  • Michelle shared from Visiting Hours: A Memoir of Friendship and Murder by Amy Butcher
    Gettysburg was to be our creative muse,
    Note: It is my muse. :)
  • Michelle shared from Visiting Hours: A Memoir of Friendship and Murder by Amy Butcher
    that’s why he chose to enroll at Gettysburg. He said, “I want to be living in a place that matters.”
    Note: A place that matters. True that.
  • Michelle shared from Visiting Hours: A Memoir of Friendship and Murder by Amy Butcher
    In the rotary, we passed a life-size Lincoln statue, tourists clustered in clumps around him. They stuck their fingers up his nose and put their lips on his small, brass cheek.
    Note: What's that? People put their fingers in my book's nose? Oh hell no
  • Michelle shared from The Girl on the Train: A Novel by Paula Hawkins
    I think about Ted Hughes, moving Assia Wevill into the home he’d shared with Plath, of her wearing Sylvia’s clothes, brushing her hair with the same brush. I want to ring Anna up and remind her that Assia ended up with her head in the oven, just like Sylvia did.
    Note: I love this book talks about my girl
  • Michelle shared from The Devil in the White City: A Saga of Magic and Murder at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson
    The architects (left to right): Daniel Burnham, George Post, M. B. Pickett, Henry Van Brunt, Francis Millet, Maitland Armstrong, Col. Edmund Rice, Augustus St. Gaudens, Henry Sargent Codman, George W. Maynard, Charles McKim, Ernest Graham, Dion Geraldine.
    Note: About to start reading this book. And well what do you know, it's my buddy St Gaudens.
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Michelle Wittle