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White Noise
White Noise | Don DeLillo
A brilliant satire of mass culture and the numbing effects of technology, White Noise tells the story of Jack Gladney, a teacher of Hitler studies at a liberal arts college in Middle America. Jack and his fourth wife, Babette, bound by their love, fear of death, and four ultramodern offspring, navigate the rocky passages of family life to the background babble of brand-name consumerism. Then a lethal black chemical cloud, unleashed by an industrial accident, floats over there lives, an "airborne toxic event" that is a more urgent and visible version of the white noise engulfing the Gladneysthe radio transmissions, sirens, microwaves, and TV murmurings that constitute the music of American magic and dread.
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UnabridgedPod
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This is the second of two recommendations from Ashley on the episode of Unabridged when we recommended books for each other. Don DeLillo's White Noise is, somehow, the first novel I've read by the author, and it was *amazing*. I was completely engaged from moment one, as Jack Gladney moves through the routine of his daily life as a father, husband, and professor with a focus on Hitler studies(!). (continued in comments)

UnabridgedPod I hadn't gotten far in the novel when we recorded our update episode, and that was as far as I'd gotten, but I absolutely loved the tone of the book, which revealed the absurdity of daily life, moving through meaningless routines without thought. Jack's kids (he and his fourth [or fifth?] wife Babette are raising a handful of children from previous marriages) offer commentary that occasionally knocks Jack out of his numbed perspective, ⬇️ 3mo
UnabridgedPod as does his friend and colleague Murray, who seems to examine the life of a middle-class family as a scientist more than a human being. (Murray is also a big fan of smelling products in grocery stores. This is that kind of novel.)⠀

And then Section II, "The Airborne Toxic Event," happens, and everything changes. The family is literally on the run from a huge cloud of toxicity that chases them from their home. ⬇️
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UnabridgedPod As they feel this threat, Jack becomes aware that Babette is hiding something from him. The simultaneous disintegration of his family's physical security and of the emotional security he has always felt with Babette leads Jack to a consideration of death, of life, and of meaning that spans the rest of the novel.⠀⬇️ 3mo
UnabridgedPod White Noise is a novel that is both deeply serious and deeply funny--there are moments of recognition that are quite uncomfortable because of their truth. This book made me want to be back in school, rereading and researching to uncover the multiplicity of levels nested within. Absolutely brilliant read. 3mo
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suffisaunce
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Pickpick

I enjoyed the craft here, but the end was frustrating. I'm guessing that other DeLillo books will be like this as well ... :)

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suffisaunce
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Hee.

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Howseldomtheydo
White Noise | Don DeLillo
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Enjoying this so far! Wish I had an orange for my Aperol Spritz #24b4monday

llawela Loved this book. Looking fwd to your review 4mo
Howseldomtheydo @llawela My library holds keep coming in...hope to finish it soon! Loving it so far. 4mo
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Howseldomtheydo
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https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/t-a-moulton-barn “T.A. Moulton‘s barn also served as inspiration for the fictional “most photographed barn in America” in Don DeLillo‘s White Noise. His depiction mocks the spirit of tourism.” Started this after my morning run #bfc #reading #litsywalkers

ephemeralwaltz So so so good! 6mo
lkurgs This book has been sitting on my bookshelf for ages. Need to start reading it ASAP! 6mo
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Natascia.Brondino
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In good company when you are waiting for a train after the one you were waiting for has just been cancelled...

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JenlovesJT47
White Noise | Don DeLillo
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Bailedbailed

I very rarely DNF books but I just can‘t get through this one. I know it‘s a classic and all, but I‘m just truly bored to tears and have so many other books I‘d rather be reading. I‘ve had to restart several chapters multiple times because it was just a rambling mess to me and if anyone had asked me what it was about, I couldn‘t tell them. I know this is an unpopular opinion, but to each their own!

ephemeralwaltz I read this for a class and definitely wouldn't have been able to make it through without the guidance I had! It's really interesting but I understand your experience. 10mo
JenlovesJT47 @ephemeralwaltz I‘m sure it would have been more interesting as a class discussion. I thought about finishing it just because, but there are so many books I want to read and I was just not motivated enough to finish it. ❤️ 10mo
ephemeralwaltz @JenlovesJT47 I more often gravitate towards DNFing than not so I completely understand. Reading should not feel like a waste of time! ❤️ 10mo
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merelybookish
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Hey #1001bookswap buddies! I received this book (and fun scarf!!) from @Chinook yesterday. I think I'm the last one to read it, so no need to hide the cover. 🙂
How is everyone doing? It seems like some of our members are MIA, and I think at least one book is lost along the way. Everybody okay?
@jenp @vivastory @RebelReader

RebelReader @merelybookish I have @vivastory selection yet. Not sure if I‘m going to get to it so I may just send it back to him as I think everyone has read it. Life has gotten crazy for me. 12mo
merelybookish @RebelReader Hi Julie! Thanks for responding. I saw that you've been busy. Hope all is well! 🙂 12mo
vivastory I have @JenP selection. I'm going to read it soon & send it along to her. I haven't seen her on here in awhile, I know she's been really busy. 12mo
merelybookish @vivastory When you send it off, can you ask her to get in touch with Amanda aka @Chinook. She moved and hasn't had any luck contacting Jen with her new address. 12mo
vivastory Sure. Not a problem. 12mo
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HotCocoaReads
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There's an interesting cleverness to the dialogue and the interactions between the family and others that I found so funny. It really is an interesting study on life. The ending truly shocked me. Wow--I really liked it!

BrittanyReads Beautiful picture 1y
HotCocoaReads Thank you! @BBL4nkensh1p ☺️ 1y
Ddzmini Love it 😍 1y
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dariazeoli
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This was published 34 years ago, but you wouldn‘t know it from this quote. Sometimes change is slow to come.

#1001bookswap

RebelReader That is so true! 😩😢 1y
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youneverarrived
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This is one of those books that has sat on my shelves for ages and now I‘ve finally got to is much better than expected. It takes you into the story from the first page and is full of brilliant paragraphs and insights.

Leftcoastzen I remember it being very good and somewhat ahead of its time. 2y
hgrimes I was assigned this for a class in college. I don‘t remember too much about it other than really liking it! 2y
Cathythoughts I ❤️ those chocs 2y
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youneverarrived
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Wednesday morning read 💙 really liking this!

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ephemeralwaltz
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A very interesting look at the preocupations that threaten contemporary American individuality and existence in general, written in a hyperbolic ironic tone.This was published in 1984 but could just as well have been written in 2018. That's the disturbing creepiness of speculative fiction...

⭐⭐⭐⭐

charl08 Oh I hated this book! So good everyone likes differenr things, right?! 2y
ephemeralwaltz @charl08 haha yes! I've been reading it for class so I've understood more than I would've picked up on. It's not my usual thing either.. 2y
theawkwardbooknerd @ephemeralwaltz this is a great book! i read it three years ago, though. classic novel! 💙💙💙 2y
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ephemeralwaltz
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Lovely weather calls for reading! #currentlyreading

Kalalalatja That does look lovely! 2y
GypsyKat I‘m so jealous of your weather. It snowed here in NY today. 😐 (edited) 2y
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ephemeralwaltz
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“Perhaps we are what they dream.”

manifestsanity I love this book so much. It is very special to me. 2y
ephemeralwaltz @manifestsanity happy to hear that! I hope I enjoy it :) I‘ve heard nothing but great things. 2y
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WhovianNerd
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Made it to chapter 12, but I'm just not feeling it. The premise still interests me, but I'm not in the right mood for it. So I shall return it to the library, and probably try it again another time.

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ephemeralwaltz
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My current read for school.

MariettaSG What's it like? Are you reading it for English? Or another subject? 2y
ephemeralwaltz I‘m taking an elective course on contemporary American literature! This is our 3rd read on the syllabus... I‘m not sure yet what to make of it. I‘ll update you when I‘ve read more of it. @MariettaSG 2y
MariettaSG Thanks. 2y
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WhovianNerd
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And the winner is... 🥁 #WhiteNoise by #DonDeLillo

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WhovianNerd
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My latest library haul. Now to figure out what to read first. 📚🤓

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Readage
White Noise | Don DeLillo

“We are quartered in Centenary Hall, a dark brick structure we share with the popular culture department, known officially as American environments.”

Anyone else chuckle at that little quote?

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Readage
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“Maybe there is no death as we know it. Just documents changing hands.”

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Readage
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“There is an expressway beyond the backyard now, well below us, and at night as we settle into our brass bed the sparse traffic washes past, a remote and steady murmur around our sleep, as of dead souls babbling at the edge of a dream.”

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Readage
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• My first adventure with Don DeLillo. From the first page, the writing is thick with lovely description. Writing that makes me a little giddy inside. I mean, everyone knows that students‘ summers are “bloated with criminal pleasures.” •

#currentlyreading #fiction #TBR #MountTBR #newauthor

Sweettartlaura This book was how I wan introduced to - and fell in love with 😍 - Don DeLillo. Enjoy! ❤️ 2y
Readage @Sweettartlaura Awesome 😎 Thank you ☺️ 2y
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Readage
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• Excuse me while I sit here and drool over this beautiful book...🤤 •

#TBR #MountTBR #beautifulbooks #fiction #libraryloot

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🧡🧡🧡 2y
Readage @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🧡🖤🧡🖤 2y
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ephemeralwaltz
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Ah, finally some sunshine to take photos. #NewBook on my shelves! Any opinions? I've never read him.

#MarchInBooks

GatheringBooks i‘ve read fairly good reviews. :) 2y
danimgill I read this for a class once and enjoyed it! Your edition is so cool, love the cover art 2y
ephemeralwaltz @danimgill yay! I'm reading it for a class too. And yes, Picador editions are so pretty - I'm digging the cover! 2y
readordierachel I remember liking it back in college (many years ago...) Awesome edition! 2y
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sydneybollinger
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Hell is when no one believes. There must always be believers. Fools, idiots, those who hear voices, those who speak in tongues. We are your lunatics.

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Leftcoastzen
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#noisenoise #NuYear I have not read it in years ,but when I did , thought it was ahead of its time . Or maybe, I saw some of the disquiet around then , with nobody acknowledging it.Might try again and see how it held up. published in 1985.

Liz_M I loved it on 2012; I think it really captured a certain feeling of uneasiness that persists to today. 2y
Leftcoastzen @Liz_M Then I am remembering correctly.😀 2y
Cinfhen Haven't read this one...I did read another book by the same author but it wasn't for me 😑 2y
Leftcoastzen @Cinfhen didn‘t read Zero K so don‘t know how they compare 2y
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jdtchicago
White Noise | Don DeLillo

He'd once told me that the art of getting ahead in New York was based on learning how to express dissatisfaction in an interesting way. The air was full of rage and complaint. People had no tolerance for your particular hardship unless you knew how to entertain them with it.

Suet624 Hmm. Interesting. That makes total sense to me. 2y
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jdtchicago
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He thinks he's happy but it's just a nerve cell in his brain that's getting too much stimulation or too little stimulation.

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jdtchicago

No sense of the irony of human experience, that we are the highest form of life on earth, and yet ineffably sad because we know what no other animal knows, that we must die.

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jdtchicago
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California deserves whatever it gets. Californians invented the concept of life-style. This alone warrants their doom.

readordierachel Hey now 2y
Drnkpnkprincess Woah woah woah- those are some fightin words 😂😂 2y
mariaku21 Those are definitely fighting words... 2y
Sweettartlaura Thank you for reminding me what I love about DeLillo. Maybe need to re-read this one. 2y
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Kathrin
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PagesOfKate
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DeLillo's searing depiction of the #Static age makes this a novel well worth a #Reread.
#QUOTSYJAN18 @TK-421
#NewYearReads

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Kathrin
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Oh boy... I am not sure if I am going to finish this book.

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AMVP
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I don't know much about this book or Delillo in general, but if it's anything like his other book I've read, Zero K, then there's some stuff in these early chapters you just know is gonna blow up down the road.

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AMVP
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#library aquisition number 3. The first "small" book I've started this year. Will be interesting going from this to Underworld.

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krismlars
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krismlars
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Lunch is over, so I should put down my book and get back to the journal article, but it's been a struggle to focus at work all week. Three weeks left until Christmas shutdown...

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youneverarrived
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I haven‘t read this book yet but it‘s high on the tbr #quotsynov17 #mask

batsy Such a good quote. DeLillo has been on my TBR for some time as well. 2y
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Billi
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Today I really needed a pick-me-up and I was so excited to receive this in the mail. I am so thankful to @MaleficentBookDragon for sending such a thoughtful gift. It really made my day. ❤️ She also included a great bookmark from @BookBabe Litsy is such a wonderful place and I‘m so thankful to meet so many awesome people!

MaleficentBookDragon You‘re welcome. I hope you enjoy the 📚! 2y
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LauraLovesLiterature
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Picked up my first Penguin Orange today at my favorite used bookshop, Mr. K's. This collection is absolutely beautiful & since there are only 12 of them, I'm hoping to collect them all before the end of the semester. What are you currently reading?

monalyisha I love these, too. Now I kind of want to collect them. 😂 What have you done?! 2y
LauraLovesLiterature @monalyisha I'm so sorry lol. I do the same thing when I see pretty book collections on bookstagram lol. That's how I started my Barnes & Noble leatherbound children's classics collection & my collection of Penguin Deluxe Classics. 2y
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monalyisha @LauraLovesLiterature I have the Shirley Jackson one so I guess I'm already on my way? ? I'm not one for collecting, but the artwork's just so cool on these! The only other books I regret not buying when I had the chance are the Penguin Threads collection -- *especially* that edition of "The Secret Garden." #regrets ? 2y
monalyisha Oh, and the Penguin Drop Caps collection is really awesome, too. 🤤 2y
LauraLovesLiterature @monalyisha Some of the Penguin Threads are available on Amazon! And YES I adore the Drop Caps, I'm currently saving up for them! 2y
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Lcsmcat
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Now that I'm back home here's my #shelfieSunday. This bookshelf was supposed to be for cookbooks, but my new acquisitions needed a space. #backtoreading @Tiffy_Reads

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mauveandrosysky
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Booksnchill Ohh love this cover! 2y
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haileybean
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HELP! I can't remember how long ago it was, but they mentioned it in the Book Riot podcast about a website or app that plays music or ambient noise from book worlds. Does anybody know what this is? I can't remember. (I didn't have a picture for this, so here's part of my shelf)

LauraBrook I think it's on YouTube, ambient reading music? And there are ones for each Harry Potter house, different setting, etc. 3y
haileybean @LauraBrook I changed the way I google searched and found it - it's ambientmixer.com 3y
LauraBrook @haileyhugsbooks Cool, thanks! I've been listening to one for awhile and I really like it! 3y
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lidianams
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The Bowie Book Club - Goodreads

April reading: White Noise, by Don DeLillo

Join our current reading and catch up with the previous ones!

Sign up to Goodreads and look for The Bowie Book Club in groups!

Sue There's a Bowie book club? Colour me intrigued! 3y
lidianams Yes, Sue... come join us on Goodreads 😊 3y
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Lylah
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Lylah
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Haven't gotten nearly as much reading done as I wanted to over the holidays...

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reneelyons
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I can't recall the last time that I was deeply affected by a book; shaken to the core, forced to analyze my beliefs, and profoundly changed on the other end of reading it. I just put WN down, and am wondering how I'll be able to read anything else going forward. I haven't had time to process all of my thoughts coherently, and am not sure I ever will, but I know that I didn't want this book to end.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1869002342

mauveandrosysky I'm so thrilled that you loved this as much as I did, and for similar reasons. It makes me so happy! 3y
reneelyons @mauveandrosysky I read your review as well, and it sounds like we definitely benefited similarly from this book. Seriously, what an amazing piece of work! 3y
Ericmanciniwriter One of the best - and that's a great looking edition! 3y
reneelyons Yes and yes!! @Eamann (edited) 3y
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reneelyons
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This. Book.

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bshoumaker
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This book is so bad. So. Bad. Terrible. Jesus it sucks.