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City of Girls
City of Girls | Elizabeth Gilbert
From the # 1 New York Times bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love and The Signature of All Things, a delicious novel of glamour, sex, and adventure, about a young woman discovering that you don't have to be a good girl to be a good person. "Life is both fleeting and dangerous, and there is no point in denying yourself pleasure, or being anything other than what you are." Beloved author Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction with a unique love story set in the New York City theater world during the 1940s. Told from the perspective of an older woman as she looks back on her youth with both pleasure and regret (but mostly pleasure), City of Girls explores themes of female sexuality and promiscuity, as well as the idiosyncrasies of true love. In 1940, nineteen-year-old Vivian Morris has just been kicked out of Vassar College, owing to her lackluster freshman-year performance. Her affluent parents send her to Manhattan to live with her Aunt Peg, who owns a flamboyant, crumbling midtown theater called the Lily Playhouse. There Vivian is introduced to an entire cosmos of unconventional and charismatic characters, from the fun-chasing showgirls to a sexy male actor, a grand-dame actress, a lady-killer writer, and no-nonsense stage manager. But when Vivian makes a personal mistake that results in professional scandal, it turns her new world upside down in ways that it will take her years to fully understand. Ultimately, though, it leads her to a new understanding of the kind of life she craves - and the kind of freedom it takes to pursue it. It will also lead to the love of her life, a love that stands out from all the rest. Now ninety-five years old and telling her story at last, Vivian recalls how the events of those years altered the course of her life - and the gusto and autonomy with which she approached it. "At some point in a woman's life, she just gets tired of being ashamed all the time," she muses. "After that, she is free to become whoever she truly is." Written with a powerful wisdom about human desire and connection, City of Girls is a love story like no other.
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morgankayj
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BkClubCare
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Enjoyed this very much! I am a fan of Gilbert‘s writing. I enjoyed the fashion, the drama, and the walk through history from a NYC perspective from WW2 on. Should be a great book club discussion. (Wise choice on my part to pitch my #BookSpinBingo spin book 😉) BINGO! 4th row, BINGO! 3rd column.

@TheAromaofBooks

AmyG I just loved this book. 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1mo
thebluestocking I really enjoyed this one as well. Love her writing. And thank you for the card!! I love getting mail. And I really enjoyed Valentine too. 💙 1mo
DaNae.Gr I just finished and I also enjoyed it! 1mo
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BkClubCare
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“Resist change at your own peril. When something ends, let it end.” LOVING this book, so many wonderful characters.

Happy Birthday Pie! 🥳 #CaresPieShow #PecanPie #OldFashionedPecanPie (Quote not really related to birthday festivities, just needed something to justify a pie post!)

Cathythoughts Love the look of this pie 😍 1mo
xicanti This is my very favourite pie. 1mo
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DaNae.Gr
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Now reading!

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BkClubCare
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My next up now starting: City of Girls for bookclub, Chouette is my BookSpinBingo. And, I found my favorite bookmark so I am happy about that, too.

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Holiday bargains. I love my patterns. The stationery is for #Litsylove and #JustBeacause

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smalldogs_bigbooks2419
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“There were other obstacles, as well.
I had all these cigarettes to smoke, for instance.
In short: I was busy.” Absolutely no judgement to any smokers here, but this line made me giggle! I have several smokers in my personal and professional life (I‘m married to a former smoker) and it definitely does seem to be how they spend a lot of their free time.

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A story about morality, privilege, promiscuity, femininity, and the art of human connection and female friendships through the eyes of Vivian Morris, a woman ahead of her time and so pleasantly and unapologetically herself. 4/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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I had not heard much about this book before reading it but loved the story! I liked the pace and how it switched gears which seemed to start a new storyline. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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#DoubleSpin this month was one that's been on my tbr shelf a very long time. The first half was fun to read with lively characters and a Gatsby-esque parade of parties, alcohol, and careless behavior. The second half, though, turned it into a story with depth and heart. I love a book that examines the definition of a life well-lived. @TheAromaofBooks

AmyG What a wonderful book. 6mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 6mo
KristiAhlers I loved this book! 6mo
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This is a sprawling epic of a novel looking at nearly 70 years in the life of one woman as she comes into her own. It feels a bit like two different books in tone and is a bit overly long but still a good read. Full review at https://booknaround.blogspot.com/2021/06/review-city-of-girls-by-elizabeth.html

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We are the way we are--there''s nothing to be done for it.

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Love like that is a deep well, with steep sides. Once you fall in, that''s it...

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The world ain't straight. You grow up thinking things are a certain way. You think there are rules. You think there's a way that things have to be. You try to live straight. But the world doesn't care about your rules, or what you believe. The world ain't straight...Never will be. Our rules, they don't mean a thing. They world just happens to you sometimes, is what i think. And people just gotta keep moving through it, best they can.

TheBookHippie 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 10mo
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After a certain age..time just drizzles down upon your head like rain in the month of March: you\'re always surprised at how much of it can accumulate, and how fast.

[SO TRUE]

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...when women are gathered together with no men around, they don't have to be anything in particular; they can just be.

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Anyway, at some point in a woman's life, she just gets tired of being ashamed all the time. After that, she if free to become whoever she truly is.

TheBookHippie Such a good book. 10mo
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Nothing will uproot your life more violently than true love...

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I like to go there in the late afternoons, after my long days of working, and sit at one of those window-side tables, reading a novel and enjoying a martini.

[so much yes!]

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My heart did a quick rumba at the sight of him.

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I relished the sensation of being one small dot of humanity in a larger ocean of souls.

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Once i got the hang of it, I found that eating alone by the window in a quiet restaurant is one of life's greatest secret pleasures.

[YES! Just add a book and its heaven!]

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But what's the use of being twenty years old, if not to make gross errors?

[i wholeheartedly agree]

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And so I slid toward marriage, like a car sliding off the road on a scree of loose gravel.

mandarchy 🤣😂😆😉 10mo
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But maybe the young are just feral animals in the way that they shift their affections and allegiances so capriciously.

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...but it's best you learn now: most marriages are neither heavenly nor hellish, but vaguely purgatorial.

😂

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Youth is a irreplaceable treasure, and the only respectable thing to do with irreplaceable treasure is to waste it.

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You should only buy gloves so beautiful that to lose one of them would break your heart.

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She gave a decadent yawn....

[I've never heard a yawn described as decadent]

5feet.of.fury Hahaha… I‘m not a thesaurus but I don‘t feel like that was the best word choice 10mo
rather_be_reading @5feet.of.fury right! glad i wasnt the only one 9mo
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First line: I received a letter from his daughter the other day.

[INSTANT INTRIGUE]

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Absolutely LOVED! Def one Im kicking myself for not reading as soon as it came out. It was a chunkster and I def think she couldve broke the book into 2 books but whats the fun in that?! I just adored the story so so much and loved that it was written like a letter\story to Angela. I also really enjoyed the nontypical ending.

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Lunch time w my destoyed pot pie

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One of the downsides of my work office being in my library\craft room, is looking over and seeing this comfy space just calling out to me to come read.

Leftcoastzen That looks perfect! 10mo
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3.5 ⭐
I enjoyed this story, but the plot kind of meandered. It almost felt like the story should have ended 2/3 of the way through, except that there had not yet been a reveal of who the main character was referring to when she spoke about "your father." I thought it was a good character study of a girl growing up and learning what femininity meant for her in the 40s, but wasn't very memorable

rather_be_reading I agree...it did meander a bit 10mo
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Making some headway on this book! Im just getting to the good part

rjsthumbelina I'm currently listening to it on audio while driving for a work training! I'm almost done 😊📚🎧 10mo
jewright I enjoyed all the sewing descriptions in this book. 10mo
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Book 131

JELEIGH Loved this book 10mo
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This was so good! Somehow the Eat, Pray, Love moment passed me by, so I was only vaguely aware of Elizabeth Gilbert & didn't know anything about her as a writer. What a great storyteller!

It's hard not to compare this with Rules of Civility (also great). Towles gets credit for writing a fully dimensional female MC, but Gilbert, wow, Gilbert KNOWS what it is to live as a woman. There were more than a few scenes that took my breath away.

Mogoeg So many moments & situations & lines that have the ring of lived experience - for example this aside: “He and I had been talking about jazz (which is to say that HE had been talking about jazz, and I had been listening, because that is how you talk to a man about jazz)....“ The truth & the SHADE of it all! Who told Ms. Gilbert about my 20s?! 10mo
Leftcoastzen Lovely review! Need to move it up the pile 10mo
esurient Nice! I also passed by Eat, Pray, Love, but I loved her first novel : 10mo
BkClubCare I love her writing (I read Eat Pray Love *BEFORE* everyone started to hate it!) - The Signature of All Things is great, too 10mo
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Loved this one! I can see how a person like Elizabeth Gilbert is able to create a story filled with characters that unapologetically live their lives the way they want to.
I liked Vivian. She starts off as a naive, spoiled, and lost 19 yr old girl. She leaves us as a wise 95 yr old woman who truly lived her life. What a wild and beautiful life.

TheBookHippie I loved this one. 10mo
IuliaC I really liked this one 👍 10mo
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A delightful and important coming of age story.

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This was a fun listen. I truly admire Vivian's zest for life and her ownership of her own agency. It's very rare that we see characters be so unapologetically themselves and it's quite refreshing.

The book is light and breezy in the first half, while briefly serious in the second. But there's nothing too serious ever and that's the point. Vivian's life is anything but serious and you'll never be bored with City of Girls. 🙂

Narration was great.

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smalldogs_bigbooks2419 Yay!! I wasn‘t sure what sort of tea you would like, and I haven‘t been drinking much lately because it‘s getting too hot. I hope you find at least a few to enjoy. I‘m definitely intending to go back to this book eventually. (edited) 11mo
Bookgoil Looks like a good one! ❤️ 11mo
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Once you introduce truth into a room, the room may never be the same.

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@AmyG I LOVE IT ALLL 🥰🌈🦋🥳🤍😘🎂✌🏻🎉

AmyG Happy Birthday! I figured the bag for all ypur kiddos books. And the books I sent are ones I loved. Hugs and 😘😘😘 12mo
Crazeedi So perfect! Loved city of girls, bookbag so cool! Hope you had a special day 12mo
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As far as I‘m concerned, Elizabeth Gilbert can do no wrong. I absolutely love Vivian Morris, she‘s a character we all hope to be like at some point in our lives.

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City of Girls was an absolute pleasure to read - we follow the life of Vivienne Morris as she narrates her life‘s story to a younger woman. Beginning at the age of 19 when she is shipped off to New York City, we see the many adventures she‘s involved in. But when a massive scandal threatens to disrupt her whole world, everything changes. This book is a celebration of women, sex, fashion, laughter, grief, and so much more. This was a great work.

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A grid where everything rates in the 4-star range is a good grid indeed. The tagged was a reread and fun to talk about at my bookclub.

5* = Loved It, want non-reader IRL friends to read. I do/will own a physical copy. A+
4*= I liked it, would love to discuss. Solid B
3*=Meh, no need to discuss. Average C
2*=Nope D
1*=DNF F

Laughterhp I recently read The Dating Plan and really liked it! 13mo
Gissy Good read time! 13mo
marleed @Laughterhp I did too! It was fun to read these two cultures - yet Americans, come together! 13mo
marleed @Gissy I‘m always a bit surprised when I have a grid with everything clearly above a so-so! 13mo
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