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Brief History of the Dead
Brief History of the Dead | Kevin Brockmeier
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"Remember me when I'm gone"just took on a whole new meaning. The City is inhabited by the recently departed, who reside there only as long as they remain in the memories of the living. Among the current residents of this afterlife are Luka Sims, who prints the only newspaper in the City, with news from the other side; Coleman Kinzler, a vagrant who speaks the cautionary words of God; and Marion and Phillip Byrd, who find themselves falling in love again after decades of marriage. On Earth, Laura Byrd is trapped by extreme weather in an Antarctic research station. She's alone and unable to contact the outside world: her radio is down and the power is failing. She's running out of supplies as quickly as she's running out of time. Kevin Brockmeier interweaves these two stories in a spellbinding tale of human connections across boundaries of all kinds. "The Brief History of the Dead" is the work of a remarkably gifted writer.
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QuietlyLaura
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Day1 #7Days7Covers #CoverCrush #Day1
Post a cover you love each day for 7 days. No explanation needed. Tag someone new every day.
Thanks to @SW-T for the tag.
Would you like to play @VioletBramble

SW-T Loved the book and its cover! 😊😊 3mo
VioletBramble Thank for the tag @QuietlyLaura. I‘ll have to check my shelves for good covers when I get home. 3mo
Avanders Oh yes, I quite liked this one! 3mo
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This book has been on my TBR radar for years. It is a very interesting original story for sure. I think it is one that will stay with you simply bc it is such a different book. It wasn't amazing or mind blowing, but a nice change of pace I guess.

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I love this puzzle! Famous couples throughout literature. It had unique pieces too so it was a bit of a challenge. #audiopuzzling

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@TheWordJar sorry the post is a day late. Thank you so much for everything! I'm posting another picture of what I couldn't fit in this one soon. Idk how you knew bout my sweet spot for butterflies and journaling but thank you so much! XD
@BookishMarginalia
#summersantagoespostal
P.s. is there anyway to upload more than 1 pic at time on Litsy? I've been trying to figure it out and having no luck.

BookishMarginalia No, there‘s no way to post more than one pic at a time. Multiple posts is it. 6mo
TheWordJar Gals you likes everything! Happy summer! 🦋 6mo
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#RRSciFiMonth Day 11: Lest we forget

Today‘s catch up is all about loss and memory. The dead live in a city of no boundaries. But it‘s shrinking; the people are disappearing. What links them to Laura, isolated in the Antarctic when a global catastrophe occurs?

I loved this book (my bookclub hated me for picking it I think) - lyrical, tragic, but celebrating the unexpected connections we forge in life. A+ apocalypse

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razmanda
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Escaped the city and went to my grandmother‘s farm this afternoon. A little snow and a lot of quiet as I reread this haunting book.

bookwrm526 Don‘t let her teach the munchkin how to kill anything!!!! 2y
razmanda @bookwrm526 we‘re not leaving them alone together. 😂🐓😂 2y
monalyisha So beautiful! 😍 2y
bookwrm526 @razmanda 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👩🏻‍🌾🐔 2y
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Beautiful, magical, but I have so many questions about life in the City.

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When you stumble across an old favorite in your local library and realize that TBR pile be damned, it is time for a reread! 🤓📚📚📚

I will never actually make it through my TBR list, will I?

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#nuyear #day12 #idieyoudie This picture I found online reminded me of this elegant little book about the end of all things and memory. @Cinfhen @TrishB

Cinfhen Great image and book sounds fantastic #stacked (edited) 2y
Cathythoughts It really is a great image ! Echoing @Cinfhen 2y
TrishB Love the pic 💜 2y
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It rained and now it‘s coooooooold outside ❄️ 🤗 I am loving these snuggles 🐶

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love your mug!! 2y
bedandabook Everything matches - your nails, mug, book, blanket and even your dog! Lovely picture. 2y
cathysaid Puppy love 💕🐶❤️ 2y
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I love thinking about luck in this way...

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🙀🙀 I was listening to All The Backlist and @Liberty recommend this book and I thought while 🚗...I swear I bought that book at a sale a long time ago bc the cover and title sounded interesting. I checked immediately upon getting home and I have it!!! Since I‘m sick in bed (*cough* library chair *cough*) how more perfect could this book find be?

brendanmleonard I love that cover! 2y
Soubhiville Yep, that‘s an amazing cover! 2y
TheWordJar Oh man...I read this book years ago and parts of it still float into my consciousness every now and again. I really enjoyed it. (But it took me forever to pick it up initially because that cover super freaked me out, and frankly I didn't want to have to look at it too long!) 2y
kspenmoll Feel better! 2y
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TobeyTheScavengerMonk Is this good? It's been on my radar. 2y
Seshat I really enjoyed it, @TobeyTheScavengerMonk 2y
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This is just such a beautiful lovely story that deserves all the attention it can get. And a movie of this would be PERFECT. The possibilities for the sets of The City, in contrast to Laura's quest for survival in Antartica, just offers up unparalleled cinematic beauty. Somebody need to make this happen, because #thisshouldbeamovie .
#seasonsreadings2016
@RealLifeReading

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"Her sense of time had broken apart into two equal halves and fallen away from her like the shell of a walnut."

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Every once in a while my husband reads a book I recommend and then buys copies for his friends.

UwannaPublishme 😄😄😄 3y
Sweettartlaura I recommend this one a lot 😊 3y
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MorganNotMegan
Mehso-so

Interesting concept, but it does move slower than expected. If you like literature with an interesting underlying premise, you'll love this book. The audiobook was a pretty great listen on my commute, but it is a slower story as it profiles characters and their interactions.

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It's #Recommendsday! What are you recommending? "The City is a place where the dead reside, and as long as there is someone still alive on Earth who remembers them, there they stay - until a deadly virus wipes out the planet's population, except for Laura Byrd, a scientist working alone in the Antarctic. Now the only people left in the City are people Laura remembers. Really cool premise, right?!? I love this book with my whole heart." - @Liberty

MrBook Very cool. Added 😊👍🏻. 3y
Cinfhen Sounds awesome🤓 3y
[DELETED] 2232195534 That cover! Quite something! Adding this one to my list!! 3y
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JanuarieTimewalker13 Sounds intriguing!!! 3y
BekahB I've had this for a couple years and haven't even cracked it open yet. Anne Kingman from Books on the Nightstand raved about it more than once. Time for me to read it! 😀 3y
Laura317 This looks so cool! 3y
Flaneurette I love this book sooo much. It is filled with beautiful sentences and ideas. It is very elegiac and contemplative- highly recommend also! 3y
AmberJoy This sounds interesting and scary cause I don't remember a lot of things/people 3y
Reviewsbylola I read this probably a decade ago. Sad to say I barely remember it. 😞 3y
Sweettartlaura I recommend this book regularly - it's a GREAT read ❤️📚 3y
BibliOphelia I've had this in my TBR case for ages...must bump up! 3y
mjdowens This is one is now on my TBR and just moved to the top! 3y
Marissa1 Sounds intriguing! 3y
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DennisJacobRosenfeld
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My previous copy had a really beautiful cover, but it fell apart after several re-readings. When I ordered a new copy at my local bookstore I forgot to make sure which cover I got. This cover doesn't work for me at all, it does the book a great disservice. For the first time in many years I'm re-reading to see if my past infatuation with the book was warranted

Sweettartlaura And??? Did you like it as much? 3y
DennisJacobRosenfeld @Sweettartlaura I did! It is a beautiful book. 3y
Sweettartlaura It is 😌😍📚. I still recommend it fairly often. Maybe I'll suggest it for a book club pick...🤔 3y
DennisJacobRosenfeld @Sweettartlaura I think it would be a perfect choice 😊His other novels are also worthy of book club talks. 3y
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The book faces a major problem, and it's the same problem that many projects by Damon Lindeloff face: when we as an audience are given a complex and interesting puzzle, we want to find out more about the puzzle, not spend our time getting to know characters. A character-driven novel about a super complex and interesting afterlife concept with a fascinating structure creates a problem.
Maybe get this one on Audible.

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ForestAvenuePress
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I'm away from my bookcases today so this photo will have to do for @Liberty's Fun Friday Photo. A breathtaking ending to a stunning and imaginative novel.

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Mamashep
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Been wanting to read this for more than 6 years. Tag tells me I've owned it for more than four years. Finally starting it today!

MyBookLife Thank you for the tip, it sounds great!! 4y
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Sweettartlaura
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One of my favorite books ever - I just recommended it again yesterday.

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