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Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius | Dave Eggers
National Bestseller The literary sensation of the year, a book that redefines both family and narrative for the twenty-first century. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius is the moving memoir of a college senior who, in the space of five weeks, loses both of his parents to cancer and inherits his eight-year-old brother. Here is an exhilarating debut that manages to be simultaneously hilarious and wildly inventive as well as a deeply heartfelt story of the love that holds a family together. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius is an instant classic that will be read in paperback for decades to come. The Vintage edition includes a new appendix by the author."
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Readerann
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It bogged down in a couple of places, but mostly lived up to its title. Excellent narration.

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Readerann
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Final #24in48 total : 16:47:00.
Not bad, but was hoping for a bit more. I read 3 complete shortish books, listened to 1 on audio, and read part of 3 others (944 pages). Best of all, I enjoyed everything I read. It was great fun hanging with you all. Can‘t wait to do it again! 🥰

julesG 👏👏👏👏👏 6mo
UwannaPublishme Way to go! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 6mo
Megabooks 👍🏻👍🏻👏🏻👏🏻 6mo
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davidhasalife
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Finally, finally, finally

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ForCuriosity
Pickpick

I loved this book. The way he writes is the same way we think. Sometimes in full sentences or going into fantasies in our heads. I highly recommend this book.

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ForCuriosity
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This is honestly so true sometimes

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ForCuriosity
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Still the acknowledgment section 😂

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ForCuriosity
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I‘m only on the acknowledgements section

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ForCuriosity
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Starting this book for the “Banned” books project at school. Banned book week starts on the 23rd and was made to give credit to books that have been challenged or banned in different school districts or libraries. ( look it up to learn more about it) I‘m excited to give this one a read, I‘ve only read a bit and my friend had to ask me why I was laughing in class. So it‘s already looking good

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UnabridgedPod
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I don‘t know how we‘re EVER going to be able to decide where we‘re going when....there‘s SUCH a@good line up this year! #nationalbookfestival #nationalbookfestival2018

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aimelou26
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Bailedbailed

I haven‘t bailed on many books over the years but I just couldn‘t finish this. In part it was due to how much the characters infuriated me, this is a memoir; their behaviours put me on edge and not in a good way. I also struggled to concentrate, it‘s written colloquially but it‘s all over the place and difficult to digest. The faults I find are purely personal but I know I won‘t be able to pick it back up again and that‘s always a disappointment.

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jdtchicago

You wouldn‘t believe what people will believe once they know our story. They‘re ready for anything, basically—will believe anything, because they‘ve been thrown off-balance, are still wondering if any of this is true, our story in general, but aren‘t sure and are terrified of offending us.

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jdtchicago

You know what I think? I think everyone should be able, just once, to make an inanimate object come to life and be his pal. Like an orange. Or a hammer.

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jdtchicago

Nothing can be preserved. It‘s all on the way out, from the second it appears, and whatever you have always has one eye on the exit, and so screw it. As hideous and uncouth as it is, we have to give it all away, our bodies, our secrets, our money, everything we know: All must be given away, given away every day, because to be human means:

1. To be good
2. To save nothing

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jdtchicago

When my parents passed on, and we read their wills, we discovered something we didn‘t at all expect, especially from our devoutly Catholic mother: they had both left instructions that their bodies be donated to science. We were bewildered and we were pissed. They wanted their cadavers to be used by medical students, they wanted their flesh to be cut into and their cancerous organs examined. We were breathless. They wanted no elaborate funerals...

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jdtchicago

His brain is my laboratory, my depository. Into it I can stuff the books I choose, the television shows, the movies, my opinion about elected officials, historical events, neighbors, passersby. He is my twenty-four-hour classroom, my captive audience, forced to ingest everything I deem worthwhile. He is a lucky, lucky boy! And no one can stop me.

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jdtchicago

We are all feeding from each other, all the time, every day.

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jdtchicago

We share things for the obvious reasons: it makes us feel un-alone, it spreads the weight over a larger area, it holds the possibility of making our share lighter. And it can work either way—not simply as a pain-relief device, but, in the case of not bad news but good, as a share-the-happy-things-I've-seen/lessons-I've-learned vehicle. Or as a tool for simple connectivity for its own sake, a testing of waters, a stab at engagement with strangers.

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jdtchicago

We feel that to reveal embarrassing or private things, we have given someone something, that, like a primitive person fearing that a photographer will steal his soul, we identify our secrets, our past and their blotches, with our identity, that revealing our habits or losses or deeds somehow makes one less of oneself.

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jdtchicago

We have advantages. We have a cushion to fall back on. This is abundance. A luxury of place and time. Something rare and wonderful. It's almost historically unprecedented. We must do extraordinary things. We have to. It would be absurd not to.

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aimelou26
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💎 Introvert
💎 Do more
💎 Movie
💎 Heart says cook, OCD says clean
💎 Go back to a book you love; a book you know by heart and you‘re already invested in. Get yourself back into your reading rhythm & then take on your new adventures.

#bookslumpblues @hermyknee

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BookaholicNatty
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This is the second book by Dave Eggers I have found this week. This one looks good!!! The other one I had found was What is the What. Any Dave Eggers fans? Did you like this book of his?

Lcsmcat I loved What is the What, but this one left me cold. I‘ll be interested to see what you think. 2y
LMJenkins This is the book that put him on the map, semi-autobiographical, I think. Thumbs up from me. 👍🏼 2y
SqueakyChu What is the What is excellent! 2y
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Suet624 👍🏼👍🏼Genius. (edited) 2y
cherinium This was the first book of his I read. I absolutely love it! Definitely one of my favorite books. It's a great study of the power of fierce brotherly love. 2y
shaynarae What is the What was my first Dave Eggers book, and I read that two months ago at the recommendation of a huge fan of his. I‘m not rushing out to get more Dave Eggers books, but I‘m certainly not opposed to him either. 2y
Titania What Is the What is my vote! Moving and I learned so much (and still adore the title). 2y
SleepyDragon I enjoyed both immensely. These are the only two of his that I have read so far. His style is odd, but I like it. I have also read a McSweeney collection he edited, so I like offbeat stuff like that. 2y
BarbaraBB This was the first Eggers I read and I loved it. He is such an original author, all his books are completely different 💜 2y
Kaye I didn‘t like this one at all , but I hope you do. I also didn‘t like The Martian, and cannot get a blooming thing out of the Ove book, so I must just have weird taste in books. 2y
BookaholicNatty @Kaye everyone has there own taste in books and there is nothing wrong with that!!! Your definitely not a weirdo!!! ❤️😍😍😘 2y
Kaye Thank you @BookaholicNatty Have you ever had a book like that, that everyone else thinks is great, but you cannot see the fascination in it yourself ? 2y
BookaholicNatty @kaye I most definitely have!!!!! I‘m just trying to think what book it was 2y
BookaholicNatty I need to look through my list bc I feel like there was one popular one I read lately that I didn‘t like. But I can‘t remember!!!!! #bookloverproblems 2y
BookaholicNatty Oh wait it was annihilation by Jeff vandermeer @kaye have you read that one? 2y
Kaye No I saw it mentioned a lot on here but I haven‘t tried it. 2y
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bookandcat
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This was meant to be a #freakyfriday book - I have owned this book for years and had every intention to read it. However, I don't think I can at this point in my life, because it's explicit about Eggers' parents' deaths from cancer.
My father passed away from cancer a few years ago. I am not able to relive it at this time. The first few pages brought me right back there, in a bad way.
I'm sorry, @zeljka - one day I hope to finish it in your honor.

lynneamch hugs 2y
zezeki I'm really sorry to hear about your dad. I should've put trigger warnings, I forgot that there some scenes that can be quite disturbing. Sorry for putting you in uncomfortable situation. 2y
bookandcat @zeljka it's okay, who would know? I actually listed it as a trigger on my original application but I don't think that got passed on to anybody who would have been able to warn me, haha. I hope to get through the book one day, but it just hit too close to home right now. 2y
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bookandcat @zeljka I have now read every other book on your list though, whether this month or prior to this month! I truly enjoyed :-) 2y
zezeki @bookandcat I should've started reading before April, but I've realized too late that I'm not good with sticking to the plan 😁, so I'll contiune in May. 2y
bookandcat @zeljka my list had so many chunksters on it, too much for one month, especially when other books are calling one's name! 😂 2y
zezeki @bookandcat Yep, I gave my self too many challanges, and I'm not very good at reading several books at the same time. 2y
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bookandcat
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Had anyone ever read the copyright page of this book? (A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius) #freakyfriday

zezeki I forgot about this 😂😂 2y
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Creadnorthey
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Mehso-so

I'm glad I finished this surrounded by palm trees because I couldn't shake the brooding darkness of this book. There are many bits of great writing here but far too much navel gazing for me to care about the main character and Toph et al. Moreover, the seeping nature of the narrative, bits intersecting into other bits gets overbaked by the end, coming across as James Joyce's Ullysse Light. Will read others in the not so near future.

KVanRead Great review. Agree totally. 2y
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Lcsmcat
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I know many people love this book, but I don‘t get it. #🤷🏻‍♀️ To me it was whiny, navel-gazing - not heartbreaking and definitely not genius. #emojinov @RealLifeReading

AmyG I never quite got it either. I did like his book Zeitoun. 2y
Melissa_J I bailed on this one fifty pages from the end! It‘s one of the few books I‘ve read that I absolutely hated. 2y
Natasha.C.Barnes I haven't read it--Eggers is exactly the kind of white dude I'm taking a break from reading these days. 2y
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Kaye I didn‘t like it either. I don‘t care if he‘s a white dude or not. The book would get 1 star from me and lucky to get that. 2y
bitterbear My dad died when I was 7 and my mom when I was 17... This book touched a huge nerve in me.... It was painful and therapeutic. 2y
LeahBergen I wasn't a fan either. 👎🏻 2y
Lcsmcat @bitterbear I‘m sorry about your parents. And it was heartbreaking that his younger brother lost his parents so young; but Eggert was so focused on what a great brother he was that I wasn‘t heartbroken for him. 2y
bitterbear @Lcsmcat ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ we all have different opinions and tastes... This book made me cry and miss my mom 2y
bitterbear I think that's why I loved it so much... I wasn't so impressed with his other books. 2y
batsy Something has always put me off his work. 2y
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MrBook
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Today's author spotlight: Dave Eggers! The 47-year-old native Bostonian lives in San Francisco. He is founder of the literary journal McSweeney's, co-founder of the literary project 826 Valencia, co-founder of the human rights non-profit Voice of Witness, and founder of ScholarMatch, a program that matches up donors with college students in need of tuition money. He appears on Beck's album, "The Information". #AuthorPotpourri #TheMoreYouKnow

Yeah_I_Read Love him! 2y
CoffeeK8 I've never read him before, but now I feel like I have to! What an amazing person. 2y
emilyesears I had no idea he was associated with all those things! Wow! 2y
Creadnorthey Wow I never knew- I love him for this (not so much for his 1st book though...) 2y
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jdtchicago

I like the dark part of the night, after midnight and before four-thirty, when it's hollow, when ceilings are harder and farther away. Then I can breathe, and can think while others are sleeping, in a way can stop time, can have it so – this has always been my dream – so that while everyone else is frozen, I can work busily about them, doing whatever it is that needs to be done, like the elves who make the shoes while children sleep.

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Well-ReadNeck
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#junetunz #thatjokeisntfunnyanymore

This was the first Dave Eggers I picked up and it took me years and lots of cajoling by bookish friends to get me to read anything else by him. (And, I'll admit, I've only read one other book).

pilardib I failed the first time haha 3y
violabrain I really disliked this book, too. 3y
julesG I couldn't finish this book and have yet to try another by him. 3y
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Melissa_J I bailed on this one with 50 pages to go!! 3y
Tamra Have you tried his book about the lost boys of Sudan? Heartbreaking, harrowing, funny, and life affirming all at the same time. It was one of those eye opener reads for me. (edited) 3y
ReadingEnvy I almost always bail on Eggers. I'm not sure what it is! 3y
DragonSadhana I could not get into this book, but years later I read Eggers' Zeitoun. Zeitoun is amazing. It's one man's story in the wake of hurricane Katrina, and the sh$t that goes down because he's a brown guy who decided to stay behind to look over his buildings. It made me angry, but it is also hopeful. Truly good. (edited) 3y
lanac I tried the Circle and while I finished it, it was a choir. 3y
Alena I have loved many Eggers, but this pic says it all. #staggeringmediocrity 3y
Well-ReadNeck @Alena #staggeringmediocrity 😂😂😂 (edited) 3y
Cinfhen Graphics are hilarious 😂😂😂 3y
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Centique
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Dave Eggers anyone? #attractiveauthors #junebookbugs

This shot is a few years old so he may be older and greyer now (as am I - and nothing wrong with that 😂😂😂)

More importantly I love this book with the heat of a thousand suns! It's the sort of book where the sentences make you catch your breath - you put down the book, stare into space and feel stunned for a minute - so original, so intense, so colourful.

merelybookish I met him once. Was a nervous wreck. He was unassuming, kind. 3y
Centique @merelybookish oh wow! I'm so jealous. He seems so smart and has done such a lot of creative work - the journal and press he founded and so on. 🙌🙌 3y
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Yanes
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I heard so much about this book...

And so the story begins 🤓

Sarah83 Worum geht es? Die Beschreibung hier ist so seltsam. 🤔 3y
Yanes @Sarah83 Es geht um die Brüder Dave und Toph deren Eltern kurz nacheinander an Krebs sterben. Die Brüder fahren kurzentschlossen mit dem Auto nach Kalifornien um Abenteuer zu erleben. Das Buch beruht teilweise auf wahren Begebenheiten des Autors und ist laut Kritik kontrovers, tragisch, und absurd witzig. Bisher ist der Weg nunetwas steinig ? auf den ersten Seiten gibt es z. B. "Richtlinien und Empfehlungen zur Steigerung des Lesevergnügens" und ein nicht enden wollendes Vorwort. Trotzdem bin ich gespannt ob der Hype um das Buch stimmt oder nicht... 3y
Sarah83 Ich bin gespannt, was du dazu noch so schreibst. Hatte vorher davon noch nicht gehört. 😉 3y
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cherinium

Recommended to me by a bookstore employee several years ago, I instantly fell in love. Over the years, I've recommended it many times; but I have not read it more than that one time. I'm now revisiting it in the #audiobook format, and I am in love all over again! What a wonderful look at the bonds that make a family. The ferocious love of brothers who are thrust into an unconventional family relationship is as touching as it laugh-inducing. 💔

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Jas16
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San Francisco has many but Dave Eggers is my pick for #localauthor. I am woefully behind on his novels but like what I've read and appreciate his nonprofit work. I still remember recommending this book to my mother over the phone and her telling me later that when she went to the bookstore she ended up asking for "A Really Good Book With An Awesome Story." #aprilbookshowers

TrishB Love your Mums title 😀💝 3y
BeckaroniAndCheese That's awesome 😂 3y
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Lauren.Archer
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What a wonderful book! I had no i idea this was a memoir when I grabbed it. What Dave Eggers went through and he came out the other side was so great. Highly recommend this one.

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Lauren.Archer
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I adore Dave Eggers!!!

HotCocoaReads I've had this on my shelves for years. I really need to get to it! 3y
shutterbug_mama Ohhhh I read that back in 2006 (I think) and I LOVED IT!!! I would like to re-read it sometime! It's a book that I've kept and have moved it from place to place. Hope you enjoy it! 3y
jennw1212 One of my favorite books. 3y
ApoptyGina69 Definitely a favorite! He's the best. 3y
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BarbaraJean
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A few of my favorites for #riotgrams #greatdedication. Starting on the top left: A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius (Dave Eggers), The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain), House of Hades (Rick Riordan), and Tiger Lily (Jodi Lynn Anderson). I read the last one solely based on the dedication. 😊

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marzbars
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Read a debut novel. #readharder2017

Megabooks I read this when it came out. I was in the hospital recovering from surgery, and maybe it wasn't the best choice! 3y
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ApoptyGina69
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#bookishGoods. TOTE-mania! The plain-looking one in the center is a limited, numbered one from Litographs.com featuring the complete text in minuscule print of the above Dave Eggers book. I also have a t-shirt from them with the complete text of Anna Karenina on it. #RiotGram

Bookworm83 I am a collector of bookish tote bags, as well 😍😍😍 3y
Crystalblu I remember when Jon bought you the Eggers one! 3y
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Amandajoy
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I always loved the quirkiness of this book. #publishedin2000s #readjanuary

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Libby1
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Nope. Life is too short. 😩

#ReadJanuary
#DNF
@RealLifeReading

LeahBergen It was a "so-so" for me. I read it in a book club and others loved it. 3y
Marchpane This graphic 😂😂😂 3y
Balibee146 Epic use of stickers - you gave me a much needed laugh :-) 3y
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TrishB Loved the pic 😄😄 3y
julesG Went through it, but only because I listened to the audiobook. Would've bailed otherwise. 3y
LauraBeth When this book first came out I was lured in by all of the hype. And I hated it and bailed. It's been 16 years - I wonder if I should go back to it and try it again 😀 3y
Libby1 Thanks for the encouragement, @LeahBergen , @Marchpane , @Balibee146 , @TrishB , @julesG , @LauraBeth . 😃 3y
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Sharpeipup
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#readjanuary day 10: the books that elude me OR #booksthateveryoneelsehasreasbutme

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RiaWritten
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It has begun! Check us out at https://thewritershippress.com or on Facebook at https://m.facebook.com/thewritershippress :)

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mauveandrosysky
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Mehso-so

I had a lot to say about this one: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/24705380

CherylDeFranceschi Fan-fricking-tastic review!!!! Perfection! ❤ 3y
mauveandrosysky @CherylDeFranceschi thank you! This one seems to be so divisive. I'm glad to know there's someone out there who identifies with my thoughts about it. 3y
Ericmanciniwriter Wow you knocked this out of the park. 3y
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julesG
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Made a twig and leaf for a baby hat. My friend will have to attach it to the hat herself since the baby was gifted the hat this past Saturday already.

And while quickly knitting this up, I finished listening to the audiobook. (Darn! Should have made this a Review!) [no pun intended]

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mauveandrosysky
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Ericmanciniwriter Not sure about the context, but this makes me think of when I take my daughter to events where it's still mostly moms (edited) 3y
mauveandrosysky @Eamann ha, that's pretty much exactly what he was talking about: talking to moms 3y
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mauveandrosysky

Question: as someone who is enamored of David Foster Wallace am I going to love this or hate this?

BookishFeminist I really enjoyed it & consider it one of my favorites and also enjoy DFW. It's been a while since I've read it though. 3y
mauveandrosysky @BookishFeminist awesome! That's good to know. I love McSweeney's but have somehow made it this far without reading any of Eggers' books. AHWOSG has been on my shelf forever though and I have The Circle arriving in the next couple days so I'll be remedying that soon! 3y
Megabooks It really bothered me, but I was in college in the hospital when I read it. I couldn't speak to it as a real adult. 3y
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mauveandrosysky @Ebooksandcooks are you a fan of DFW? 3y
Megabooks I've never read him, but I've intended to. What do you recommend? 3y
mauveandrosysky @Ebooksandcooks oh ok, yeah, I was specifically curious about this in relation to DFW because they are often compared so I got the impression that I might thereby be inevitably disappointed by this given the pedestal I hold DFW on, haha. But I'm going to give it a try I think. As for DFW, I always tell people that his nonfiction essays are the best place to start! If you like those, you'll probably like his (more demanding) fiction. 3y
Ericmanciniwriter It's no DFW but I think you'll like it 3y
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julesG
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Finished this shawl, eventually.
I'm so glad there are audiobooks, otherwise I would never get my knitting done. I have been told there are people who can actually read while knitting. Or knit while reading? Well, I can't. So it's audiobooks for me.

#audiobook #sadbutupliftingstory

EloisaJames Gorgeous! 3y
julesG @EloisaJames Thank you! 3y
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bluegreenmarina
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"Dave Eggers drew this" at @bookshopsc

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julesG
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Listening to this #Audiobook while #knitting. I bought it as part of a Humble Bundle some time ago.
So far it is quite nice to listen to.