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Catalina
Catalina: A Novel | Liska Jacobs
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A magnetic, provocative debut novel chronicling a young womans downward spiral following the end of an affair Elsa Fisher is headed for rock bottom. At least, thats her plan. She has just been fired from MoMA on the heels of an affair with her married boss, and she retreats to Los Angeles to blow her severance package on whatever it takes to numb the pain. Her abandoned crew of college friends (childhood friend Charlotte and her wayward husband, Jared; and Elsas ex-husband, Robby) receive her with open arms, and, thinking shes on vacation, a plan to celebrate their reunion on a booze-soaked sailing trip to Catalina Island. But Elsa doesnt want to celebrate. She is lost, lonely, and full of rage, and only wants to sink as low as the drugs and alcohol will take her. On Catalina, her determined unraveling and recklessness expose painful memories and dark desires, putting everyone in the group at risk. With the creeping menace of Patricia Highsmith and the bender-chic of Bret Easton Ellis, Liska Jacobs brings you inside the mind of an angry, reckless young woman hell-bent on destructionevery page taut with the knowledge that Elsas path does not lead to a happy place. Catalina is a compulsive, deliciously dark exploration of beauty, love, and friendship, and the sometimes toxic desires that drive us.
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Reggie
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This is Elsa, who‘s come home to Santa Monica to visit her best friend, Charly, both #Californiagurls. #heatinjuly

Cinfhen #TRUTH😜awesome graphics 2y
Reggie It‘s from pic collage probably by way of google @cinfhen. 2y
Crazeedi ❤️😉 2y
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debthmpsn Absolutely a salas. Important to eat (drink) your veggies 2y
BookMaven407 😄 2y
RebelReader I love a place with a good Bloody Mary bar! ❤️👍🏻😍 2y
Bklover 😂😂 2y
CouronneDhiver 🙌🏽🙌🏽 Cheers 2y
ValerieAndBooks I like that logic! 2y
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Reggie
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Elsa here is trying to #getmovin while she is #wasted. Because Elsa cannot handle life she spends most of the book under the influence of pills and/or alcohol. She was a train wreck waiting to happen and I could not look away.

Cinfhen Cheers 🥂🍷🍹🍸 2y
Centique Ooh that reminds me. I‘m coming to Santa Monica this year. We‘re taking the kids to Disneyland and Universal but will hide out in Santa Monica in between. That‘s a good warning about the raccoons. Without you, I would probably have tried to pat one! 😳😳😳 2y
Reggie @Centique Wow!!! I hope you have fun. My brother, was the kid who would laugh at adults when he got spanked. He never cried. He kinda got a bad rap in our family. But when he was 10 my parents took him to Disneyland. They said right before they got to the castle gates they turned around and saw that he was crying. They asked him what was wrong and he just said,”Cause I‘m so happy.” 2y
Centique @Reggie awww that‘s so beautiful 😍 My daughter cries quite easily when she‘s really happy - so it will be great to see her reaction to it. 2y
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LauraBeth
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When you see a book on the library shelf and remember it‘s a @Reggie pick - so you get it. Giant Days is for my daughter but I may read it.

BookaholicNatty Everybody always ❤️❤️❤️❤️ I love Bob Goff😍 2y
LauraBeth @bookaholicnatty me too! I met him at my last job and he may be the most amazing person I‘ve ever met! I want to BE Bob Goff 😂 but fall way short! Have you read this? (edited) 2y
MsLeah8417 I have heard raves about The Astonishing Color of After. I cannot wait to hear your thoughts on it. 2y
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TrishB I‘m with the @Reggie picks too 👍🏻 not failed me yet! 2y
MicheleinPhilly This sounds brilliant! #stacked 2y
Reggie Yayy, @LauraBeth, hope you like it. @TrishB Thanks!! 2y
DivineDiana Stacked! 2y
LauraBeth @MsLeah8417 I can‘t wait to read it! 2y
LauraBeth @MicheleinPhilly I‘m always in for self-destruction 😂 2y
LauraBeth @Reggie I always feel that because of Litsy, I‘m able to make better book choices 😀 2y
Reggie @LauraBeth, it‘s because of Litsy that I even knew Barnes and Nobles was doing a thing yesterday. #blameitonlitsy is a thing. I would never have picked up a graphic novel, or heard about some of the books I‘ve read if it wasn‘t from here. 2y
LauraBeth @Reggie I‘m glad that you went! It sounded like fun. 😀 2y
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reluctantangeleno
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My #bookfest haul! Most excited about the tagged book! (How have I not heard of it before today?! Flawed characters are so my wheelhouse!)

The Julian Barnes was an impulse purchase after hearing him interviewed on NPR this morning.

#latimes #festivalofbooks

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Reggie
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Elsa, just having been canned from her job in NYC will move back home. Struggling with the realization that her affair with who she thought the love of her life was is over, she cannot seem to reach that point in life where one resigns oneself or settles. Instead, while heavily self medicating, she‘ll visit her old friends, including an ex husband back in California for a trip to Catalina. It is a total disaster and I loved every vivid sentence.

Kaye Good review, Reggie. I like how your reviews are always enthusiastic. You should write reviews as a profession for a magazine or newspaper. You‘re good at it. ♥️ 2y
LauraBeth 📚📚 2y
Reggie @Kaye Thanks for the kind words!! 2y
minkyb Sounds like fun was had by all! 2y
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mauveandrosysky
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I don't know what it is about these kinds of books that captivates me so thoroughly, but reading about unlikeable, self-destructive women is such a shamefully guilty pleasure of mine. Elsa, the main character in this one, is horrible. Her friends are horrible. Everyone in this book is horrible, and I couldn't look away. Exploring the apathy and selfishness of the privileged class always seems to elicit both my schadenfreude and my sympathy.

emilyhaldi Is this the same reason I love watching The Real Housewives? 🤔 2y
mauveandrosysky @emilyhaldi lol yep, probably 2y
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shutupsmalls
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My latest staff pick

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Liberty
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Lunch reading. 🌴📚🌴

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shutupsmalls
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This one grabbed me out of the blue and I loved it. The subject's rather bleak but the writing is so gorgeous — I've said it before and I'll say it a million more times: a brilliant writer can make me read anything they want me to read. Check this out when it's released in November.

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