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The Lottery and Other Stories
The Lottery and Other Stories | Shirley Jackson
The Lottery, one of the most terrifying stories written in this century, created a sensation when it was first published in The New Yorker. "Power and haunting," and "nights of unrest" were typical reader responses. This collection, the only one to appear during Shirley Jackson's lifetime, unites "The Lottery:" with twenty-four equally unusual stories. Together they demonstrate Jack son's remarkable range--from the hilarious to the truly horrible--and power as a storyteller.
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Addison_Reads
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I didn't start reading Shirley Jackson until a couple years ago, and to be honest, if I had read her before then I probably would not have appreciated the subtle way she creeps into your mind and toys with it a little.

I didn't love every single one in this collection, but majority of them I found phenomenally written. Charlie was my favorite. Something about a young kid being dark and twisty just really freaks me out.

readordierachel That story struck me, too! 3w
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readordierachel
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These stories aren't scary in a traditional sense, nothing much happens to be honest, and certainly nothing overtly supernatural---although who is this James Harris character exactly? And yet. The stories start benignly enough, but there is menace lurking under the surface. People...turn, to varying degrees. Jackson gives you an inkling of what human beings are capable of, and isn't that the real terror?

Tanisha_A I have never read SJ 🤐! This sounds so good. Super review. 1mo
Palimpsest Great review 😊 1mo
CarolynM Excellent review. 1mo
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readordierachel Thanks! It was my first time reading her. I recommend! 1mo
readordierachel @Palimpsest Thanks! 🤗 1mo
readordierachel @CarolynM Thank you 😊 1mo
monalyisha Ugh. I love her so much. I also love your observation that her characters “turn” & how scary that inconstancy & surprise can be. And your comment that “nothing much happens.” 😅 These types of stories tend to be my favorite & also tend to be hard sells unless you find a like-minded word nerd. 😉 Thank God for Litsy, amiright?! 1mo
readordierachel @monalyisha TGFL 😁 This was my first foray into her work. I was familiar with The Lottery (like most) but I had no idea she was gently subversive! 1mo
vivastory James Harris is one of my favorite characters I've met this year, & also one of the most unusual. With his metamorphosis from story to story...He's kind of like the devil on the shoulder, he doesn't seem to make any of the characters do something they're incapable of. I also found it interesting that he's absent from the title story. Almost like Jackson was saying the evil that humans do in the absence of temptation is far worse than with it. 1mo
readordierachel @vivastory That's a great description, the devil on the shoulder. There is a later story about a woman with a toothache riding the bus into NY to see the dentist and Harris rides with her and sort of takes care of her almost? It was almost like he was waiting for her. For what, I don't know. So interesting. I like your interpretation of leaving him out of The Lottery. All the evil seemed to culminate there. His work come to fruition? 1mo
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JacqMac
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The Lottery is the scariest story ever. Human monsters are the worst monsters. But I love it. And I read it every October. Lol
#ScaryScavengerHunt -that scares you
#scarathlon #TeamStoker 11pts
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TheReadingMermaid 🧟‍♀️ 1mo
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Simona
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In short story are the last lines, final execution, crucial for the success of it, and perfect example for this is story Lottery, but I have to say that majority of the stories in this collection aren‘t so effective and most of them have left me hungry, unsatisfied. Collection of very dark and atmospheric stories with interesting themes. I liked them, but I‘m not in love with them.⭐️⭐️⭐️
Few days late, but here is my contribution for #AuthorAmonth

Soubhiville I feel like this cover art is the most fitting I‘ve ever seen for this book. Also, pretty much everyone has expressed the same disappointment with the “other” stories. 3mo
Simona @Soubhiville I also like this cover in Slovenian edition, creepy cover for slightly creepy stories. Yes, I scrolled through reviews and I was quite pleased that I‘m not alone 😁 although I do think that thematically stories are very good and interesting, but unfortunately they are without the last, final punch. 3mo
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Karisa
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#WondrousWednesday @Eggs

🕐 The Luminaries and Illuminae
🕑 Handmaid's Tale & American Gods
🕒 Scary-sized amounts of books
🕓 All Learning is Social and Emotional (Excellent!)
🕔 Tag! You're it. NoTagBacks!

Thanks, @Crazeedi for the tag. 😊

Crazeedi ❤😍 3mo
Eggs Thanks for joining in 🌺🌺 3mo
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sudi
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If there is one word that comes to mind while reading these stories is weird. One common thing is that almost all of them end rather abruptly. I personally didn't get much from the stories. But i thought most of them had a underlying meaning, it's just needs to analysed. I still liked some of them which i mentioned in the picture. But maybe i'm not sophisticated enough to understand these.
#authoramonth @Soubhiville @MinDea

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BookwormAHN
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My pick for #AuthoraMonth - The Lottery has always been disturbing but the others: The Flower Garden, Come Dance With Me In Ireland, Men With Their Big Shoes, Trial By Combat, Pillar of Salt, Like Mother Used To Make and Colloquy were just weird and most of them ended rather abruptly.
I read The Haunting of Hill House years ago and liked it. Hopefully my hold on We Have Always Lived in the Castle will come in soon.
@Soubhiville @MinDea

Blaire We have always lived in the castle is my favorite of hers. 4mo
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sudi
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A very scary and shocking short story. Since it is a story written by Shirley Jackson i did expect it to be scary. But what i didn't expect was how brutal it would be.

#authoramonth @Soubhiville @MinDea
#bfcr3 - 2/4

Soubhiville How were the other stories in the book? The Lottery seems to be the only one anyone talks about. I guess the others must be milder? 4mo
Blaire I remember when I first read this in high school or maybe junior high and being so shocked! 4mo
sudi @Soubhiville i only have the lottery, i didn't get the ebook for the all the short stories together. But i liked this one so much that i'm going to check out the other short stories as well. 4mo
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sudi @Blaire i realised halfway that this was going to end badly, but i did not see that ending coming. 4mo
Soubhiville Ah, ok. I‘ll be interested to see what you think of the others! 4mo
sudi @Soubhiville i just started We Have Always Lived In The Castle, but i have a few other short stories like the witch and the Daemon lover on my list 4mo
Soubhiville I‘m going to read WHALITC too. I‘ve always loved that title! 4mo
sudi @Soubhiville i picked it because of the cover, it reminded me of the addams family 😄 4mo
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Bookzombie
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I went to a different library branch to pick up a print copy of the tagged book and of course, left with four more. #librarylove #bookhaul

Tanisha_A Such cute bookends! 😍 4mo
Bookzombie @Tanisha_A Thanks, but they are actually salt and pepper shakers. I would love llama bookends though! 🦙 4mo
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Hestapleton
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I‘ve read HILL HOUSE, but this is my first collection of Jackson short stories. Weird and almost always unsettling. Some are more creepy than others. Some are witty. Some, like the title story, are chilling. All are well written, atmospheric, and enjoyable. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Book 15/30 for #BFCR2

StayCurious Wow you read so fast! Good job! 5mo
Hestapleton @StayCurious audiobooks and overtime! Lol 5mo
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ButtBarn
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I wish I could hide in my house and read all day!

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Cweeeevs
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I had to take my time with this collection... Shirley Jackson just left me feeling shook and uneasy so frequently! She really is a master of the short story.

Skyrimir I really like the covers of these editions! 8mo
Cweeeevs @Skyrimir me too! 😄 I'd been meaning to buy a copy for so long, and I couldn't resist this one 👌 8mo
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alysonwrites
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What a beautiful spring day! I think I‘ll go to Half Price Books. 😂🌼📚 #bookhaul

alysonwrites TL;DR: I‘ve read “The Lottery” but none of Shirley Jackson‘s other stories, so I was excited to find the tagged book. Haven‘t read much Stephen King at all (because I‘m a scaredy-cat 🙀), but been curious about Under the Dome for a while and there‘s something appealing about a giant book for $9.99. Also appealing is snagging an expensive literary mag for over 60% off—this Granta issue is all about Japan so yay cool! 🎌 8mo
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vivastory
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I have said it before, let me say it again, Shirley Jackson is a national treasure. June 27th (the day of The Lottery) should be a federal holiday celebrating her legacy. This collection is deeply strange & might be one of her greatest achievements. There is a reoccurring character in quite a few of these stories: James Harris. Frequently sinister, occasionally a neutral bystander of the poor behavior in others. It is an easy mistake to classify👇

vivastory Harris as a demon figure, but he is no worse than any of the other characters in this collection. In fact, the most violent behavior in the collection is in the title story. Harris is entirely absent from it. Jackson also displays a great sense of humor. In her introduction, A.M. Homes mentions that Desi Arnaz said she wanted to write a screenplay for Lucille Ball. There's also the great story, "My Life With R.H. Macy." Jackson is having a bit ? 8mo
vivastory of a moment, with the Netflix adaptation of "Haunting of Hill House" & an upcoming biopic. This is long overdue & I couldn't be happier to see her starting to receive the acknowledgement she deserves. She is more than just the author of The Lottery. 8mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick As a teen I saw the film adaptation of The Lottery with Keri Russell & Dan Cortese (so you KNOW it was the 90's) and I think it was the first time I was left disturbed & horrified by a movie. I need to pick up some of her works. It's long overdue. 8mo
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Reagan-reads I read this a few years ago and loved it. Time for a reread! 8mo
sarahbarnes Agreed 💯! 8mo
LeahBergen Yessss!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 8mo
saresmoore Great review, Scott! I‘ve gotta get on reading this! 8mo
vivastory @saresmoore Thanks, friend! 8mo
readordierachel Fantastic review! 8mo
vivastory @readordierachel Thanks! 🤗 8mo
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wordzie ❤😁 8mo
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Cweeeevs
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'Colloquy' was published in the 40s, yet Mrs. Arnold's bewilderment feels all too familiar. What a great 3-page short story by Shirley Jackson.

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razmanda
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I‘m a lot of fun to be married to. 😂😂😂

RealLifeReading 😂😂😂 sounds like my husband when I tried to get him to read the Locke and Key comic series. He kept saying this is so morbid, how can you read this? 10mo
Hestapleton Lol my husband almost decided not to date me because of all the creepy books I read!!! 10mo
JPeterson My boyfriend, after discussing all the creepy books I read: “When are you not reading a book about poison?!” ☠️😂 10mo
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Mindyrecycles
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I love The Lottery so much that I feared every other story in this collection would be a disappointment, but I was very wrong. All were good; most were excellent. My favorites aside from The Lottery were Charlie and Flower Garden. Subtle, clever commentary on cruelty, obsession, loneliness, and more. I listened to it, but halfway through I had to buy a print copy as well. Provoking and wonderful! #gilmoregirlsreadingchallenge #shortstories

KatieanneF I‘m reading Hill House now and really enjoying her style. I‘ll add this to my (always growing) list lol 13mo
Mindyrecycles @KatieanneF Happy to oblige. 😂 13mo
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Mindyrecycles
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Count me in! @Samplergal #13in3

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erzascarletbookgasm
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Dorothy Parker once described Shirley Jackson as an "unparalleled leader in the field of beautifully written, quiet, cumulative shudders". So true.

These stories are bizarre, uncanny, gloomy, uneasy, but everything is subtle, even the humour. There‘re glimpses of loneliness in the hectic of NYC, disillusionment, mental illness, and racism among others. Some more excellent than the others, and their endings stay with you. A strong pick.

batsy Nice review! What an astute description by Parker. 14mo
Shemac77 Fantastic review! 14mo
LeahBergen I loved this collection! Great review. 14mo
rohit-sawant Great review! 14mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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Up next.. some twisty, unusual and nightmarish stories accompanied by late night snacks (mango jam on crackers).

#currentlyreading

Judybskt I remember reading The Lottery in school. 😳 1y
Oryx Like that cover 1y
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Nerdfins
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As I was leaving the hospital, since visiting hours were over, I told my husband I loved him. He then told me five magical words: “Go to Barnes and Noble.” Well, no arguing with that order! 😆 That man knows just what cheers me up.

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BekaReid
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Wow. This is an absolutely fabulous collection of short stories! Shirley Jackson was a talented storyteller of the disquieting and sometimes chilling observations of the domestic and mundane. And love the blurbs on the back - read once I finished the anthology - especially the one with the black background. It was from the back cover of the first edition of "The Lottery."

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BekaReid
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Shirley Jackson party in the Reid household today. My read is tagged book (pictured on left), and the hubster is reading We Have Always Lived in the Castle. @JReid

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IamIamIam
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If you like Shirley Jackson and you're just a little bit twisted, you'll love this story!!! It's super short but deliciously disturbing!!! 🤩🤩🤩🤩

DebBates101 So many Shirley Jackson references lately on Litsy! ☺️❤️ 1y
IamIamIam @DebBates101 Haha, she's worth all of them! Last week, I went through the stacks to see what our library had & grabbed this. 👌 1y
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IamIamIam
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Found this guy at the library & I was really excited to read the other short stories in here! And, I promised @sarah83 a pic of my new Elastigirl mug from Mother's Day!! 😍

Sarah83 Looks great 💖😍 1y
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LeahBergen
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Happy Lottery Day, everyone.

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ElishaLovesBooks Love this story!! 1y
AlaMich I tried to teach this story to adult ESL students of mixed nationalities a long time ago. Most of them could not understand why I would have them read such an awful story. I assume it was a cultural issue; everyone I knew who had read it, loved it. 1y
vivastory Nice! Puts a whole new spin on Litsy's "Pick" ? 1y
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Leftcoastzen 😆😳 1y
Trashcanman 👁️👁️ 1y
emilyhaldi Lol, life this!! 👏🏻👏🏻 1y
ValerieAndBooks When I recently read that story, I thought “ooh, that day is coming up soon 😱”!! 1y
tpixie That had a real impact on me when I read it in high school! 1y
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ValerieAndBooks
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Weirdly awesome! Jackson‘s stories left me with an unsettling feeling. Seemingly ordinary people with ordinary lives, but in each situation, there‘s always an element of something not quite right. The Lottery is a classic for a good reason, and the last story in this collection. Strong pick 🤘!

LeahBergen I love this collection 👍🏻 1y
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AndreaLRogers
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What fun it was to revisit Ms. Jackson. There are a few short, odd stories in here I don‘t remember reading previously. And one that was new to me that struck me as terribly, sadly relevant: The Flower Garden. And the thread of The Daemon Lover in the blue suit throughout...and here it ends...

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AndreaLRogers
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The Tooth has always been one of my favorites. Now that I am following James Harris, reading differently but still love it...

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AndreaLRogers
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I don‘t think I‘ve read Shirley Jackson properly before. And I don‘t remember having read the, to me, oh so devastating “Flower Garden” previously.

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AndreaLRogers
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Gift to myself.

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EvieBee
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I know somewhere along middle and high school I got out of reading this collection of short stories. I‘m so glad I did! I would never have appreciated Jackson‘s wit, humor and insight at that age. A real jewel of a book. So many favorites in this collection; can‘t whittle it down to one. 🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿

#readingmyshelves #ireland #shortstories

Lcsmcat The Lottery terrified me when I read it in school. I can‘t remember what grade - 6th or 7th? - but I loved it, and it certainly stuck with me! 2y
actualdisneyprincess Omg I was in a production of a one-act version of “The Lottery,” and it was HORRIFYING. (But goddamn what a story.) 2y
EvieBee @Lcsmcat @actualdisneyprincess It‘s like the crowning jewel! Saving the best for last of the collection. 😲 2y
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bedandabook The Lottery made me gasp out loud when I read it last year! Great review. 2y
JacqMac The Lottery is so disturbing. It‘s one of those stories that never leaves you. And I love it. Lol (edited) 2y
EvieBee @bedandabook @JacqMac It was pretty shocking! 2y
JaclynW My friend that teaches high school English keeps telling me to read The Lottery. It is the story that he started his class out with this year. I got it from the library, but haven't read it yet. Now I'm even more excited! 2y
Buddys_Momma Hope you‘re having a great time in Ireland 🇮🇪!!! 😁 2y
EvieBee @JaclynW It was longer than I expected but I really enjoyed chipping away at it a story at a time. Perfect travel reading. I haven‘t been much inclined to read here, except these stories. So good! 2y
EvieBee @Buddys_Momma Having the time of my life. 😆♥️🤗 2y
JaclynW @EvieBee That sounds like what I need right now. My life is a little crazy, busy. I'm remodeling my house right now along with regular life with 3 kids. It is a busy time of year. Short stories may be the way to go until things settle down. 2y
EvieBee @JaclynW That sound busy! I completely understand. My mind can only handle little tidbits so I‘ve been dipping into a reference book about books and another one about food. It helps not having to keep characters and plot straight lol! 2y
JaclynW @EvieBee Exactly! Sometimes reading and life don't mix. But. If you can find a way - even if it's not your usual or preferred method - at least SOME reading is taking place! Which always makes for a better day! Right?? 2y
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monalyisha
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OMG. Two of my favorite things have been brought together in one super-strange amalgamation. Shirley Jackson + “Gilmore Girls”, anyone? 😬

I was a little skeptical at first, especially when the Chilton kids were mentioned, but it grew on me. I think having watched the new season makes this a little easier to read (because I like everyone a smidge less 😂).

https://www.newyorker.com/humor/daily-shouts/the-lottery-in-stars-hollow

LikelyLibrarian I teach this story every semester and am rewatching the series as we speak. Worlds colliding 🤯 2y
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UnidragonFrag
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A good chunk of these stories seemed to have no clear ending or meaning, which OK, might be me, but whatever. The title story was great and I liked The Tooth and The Witch, too. Weird stuff, this!

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Gabypen
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Shirley Jackson is the Rod Serling of literature. That is the highest complement I could pay to anything, and this certainly deserves it. My, what disturbing wonder this book is. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

the-flashley One of my favorites! 2y
Gabypen @the-flashley It‘s certainly become one of my favorites too! It‘s so good, definitely deserves much more love. I‘m interested in reading some more by her, like 2y
the-flashley Oh that one looks interesting! I‘m reading The Haunting of Hill House right now and really enjoying it. I also have We Have Always Lived in the Castle sitting on my shelf, just waiting to be picked up. 2y
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MiyakoBunny
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Shirley Jackson has a way of taking the seemingly mundane intricacies of everyday life and showing their seedy under belly and inner workings. It‘s as if she peeked behind America‘s curtains back then and exposed what she observed, & always through the windows of her own soul & experiences. It‘s fiction but it‘s not and that‘s the beauty of her work.

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MiyakoBunny
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😳IDK if it‘s just me or not but every time I read anything by Shirley Jackson this song is seriously on repeat in my head. Any of my fellow Littens share this as well? or I‘m just slowly losing my mind 😅 I don‘t think it‘s that so yeah... 😜

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MiyakoBunny
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Why hello again Mrs. Jackson 👋🏼

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Oftencantdecide
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Subway reading. Something just a bit creepy for Halloween.

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MrBook
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#TBRtemptation post 1! This is the only collection of her short stories to appearing during Jackson's lifetime. Headlining them is ""The Lottery," considered one of horror's greatest stories. 23 others make up the rest, covering a broad range--from the hilarious to the truly horrible and tragic. With an introduction by the renowned A. M. Homes. #blameLitsy #blameMrBook ?

emilyhaldi ❤️ Shirley Jackson! 2y
AshleySimon Ah... I loved The Lottery. 2y
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"Although the villagers had forgotten the ritual and lost the original black box, they still remembered to use stones."
~Shirley Jackson, The Lottery
#bannedbooksweek Continued....
#bannedbooks #bannedbookweek #shirleyjackson #bookish #reads #reads #booklover #bookworm

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jen_hayes7
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Oh, Shirley. She never fails to disappoint me. I adore her ability to portray the horrible sides of humanity with irony and/or humor. She tackles many important issues in her pieces, these have sexism, racism, small mindedness, and more. Some favorites were : The Daemon Lover,The Witch,Charles,Colloquy and The Tooth. I could keep going, they're all great!! I hate this cover though! #lennox #catsoflitsy #readharder2017 #litsyreadingchallenge #lrc11

Sace That blanket 😍 2y
jen_hayes7 @RestlessFickleBookSlut Thank you so very much!! I crocheted it about 8 years ago, and am kind of amazed it's still in good shape and one piece. 😁 2y
Sace Love the yarn! 2y
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monalyisha
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Okay, okay...

I've been putting off reviewing this book in the hopes that I'd be able to find a workable link to give you all so that you could read "Colloquy," my favorite Shirley Jackson story in the collection. It's the shortest short story - 3 pages long - and it rocked my world. But I can't do it. I can't find one. ? Just get this book. And read that story. (Read all of them, if you can). The woman was a genius, & that's all there is to it.

monalyisha Other favorites: "The Renegade", "The Tooth", "Pillar of Salt", "Of Course." I weirdly wasn't bowled over by "The Lottery," which is the one that everyone talks about/all teachers everywhere assign. It was still good -- just not as notable as some of the others. 2y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk I just read her story "Charles" to a bunch of 5th graders! 2y
emilyhaldi Noted!! Will add that to my long list of Shirley Jackson tbr 😄 2y
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diovival This cover reminds me another book I read way back when. 2y
Caterina I'm currently listening to this short story collection (and loving it!!! It's genius!), and having just listened to Colloquy, I'd love to hear some of your thoughts about it! It sounds like you'd have some good insights. 😊 2y
monalyisha @Caterina I have the worst memory ever, so I can‘t cite specific details... but I do remember loving the essence of it. I remember being a kid & hearing adults talk, & thinking, “God, if I ever sound like that, just kill me!” And now that I am one (I guess? Ha!), sometimes I still think, “THIS is what I‘m supposed to care about?! THIS is what‘s “important”?” From what I recall, it‘s about society, & conformity, & the definition of “insanity.” 2y
monalyisha @Caterina I loved that she says so much, so perfectly, in so few words. 2y
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enidkeaner
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Breakfast time!

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jen_hayes7
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Bowie says: Attention first, Shirley Jackson later. #bowie #catsoflitsy #litsyreadingchallenge #lrc11 #readharder2017

Ashley_Nicoletto This cat. ❤️ SO cute. 2y
jen_hayes7 @Ashley_Nicoletto Thank you so much!! 😺 2y
Sace 😻😍😻😍😻 2y
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monalyisha
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Met with my short stories book club tonight (i.e. some of my closest friends from high school). This photo is from our last meeting (in May ?). Tonight, we ate Thai & pie, drank wine, & talked about Shirley Jackson. I heard Leonard Cohen on the way home & belted it out. Now that I'm older, I often dread having plans -- but I'm always so happy to get together with old friends. After seeing these guys, "there's nothing on my tongue but hallelujah."

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monalyisha
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"The people seemed hurled on in a frantic action that made every hour forty-five minutes long, every day nine hours, every year fourteen days."

#thismodernlife

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monalyisha
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"She had a picture of small children in the city just like their parents, following along with a miniature mechanical civilization, toy cash registers in larger and larger sizes that eased them into the real thing, millions of cluttering jerking small imitations that prepared them nicely for taking over the large useless toys their parents lived by."