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The Dud Avocado
The Dud Avocado | Elaine Dundy
The Dud Avocado follows the romantic and comedic adventures of a young American who heads overseas to conquer Paris in the late 1950s. Edith Wharton and Henry James wrote about the American girl abroad, but it was Elaine Dundys Sally Jay Gorce who told us what she was really thinking. Charming, sexy, and hilarious, The Dud Avocado gained instant cult status when it was first published and it remains a timeless portrait of a woman hell-bent on living. I had to tell someone how much I enjoyed The Dud Avocado. It made me laugh, scream, and guffaw (which, incidentally, is a great name for a law firm). Groucho Marx "[The Dud Avocado] is one of the best novels about growing up fast..." -The Guardian
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Blaire
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#7days7covers #covercrush day 3. Not sure who hasn‘t been tagged yet. @Tamra ?

Ruthiella Great cover! I almost picked the Virago hardcover edition of this title one of my posts! 😀 (edited) 3mo
Tamra Thank you for thinking of me, but my books are in boxes. (Except for TBR) Very evocative cover! 3mo
Blaire @Ruthiella thanks! I still haven‘t read it. Heard of it on book riot and bought it bc of the cover. 3mo
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Ruthiella @Blaire I‘ve not read it either yet! 3mo
Blaire @Ruthiella I really need to get to it! I love the cover and the title so much. 3mo
Suet624 This sounds really interesting. 3mo
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Severnmeadows
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A dream of a book - I read it all in one go. Some of the writing is so beautifully done I stopped and reread twice. I love Sally Jay.

readordierachel Lovely edition 😍 7mo
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TheBookstorePodcast
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Went to see a play my friend was performing in this past weekend, and I got the time wrong, so I showed up a full 45 minutes early. Walked down the street to the closest coffee shop to wait. This is why I always have a book with me!

Tamra Always! Now I can‘t leave without a backup which is crazy. 7mo
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KarenUK
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#nightstandtbr My hubby is moaning that my bedside pile of books is getting out of hand (he‘s a total neat freak!)....
I had to explain that a) this is NOT a big pile, and b) that choices are important and c) Books are not mess! 😇
How is your #nightstandtbr looking?

BarbaraTheBibliophage I think that looks very orderly. I try to keep my #nightstandbooks down to just currently reading plus one. It‘s less stressful somehow. But, believe me, I have other piles. And a clutter-averse husband as well. 🤓 7mo
Lindy That looks like a tidy pile. I‘ve got five on my nightstand right now plus a pile on the floor next to it. Not tidy at all. 7mo
Freespirit I have a TBR bookcase as my bedside pile got too big! 7mo
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erzascarletbookgasm Looks neat to me! Great stack too! 7mo
julesG Your husband would be very happy with my nightstand. It has 850+ books on it, in one slim kindle case. ??? I'm the "my books could get a crease" freak and only take the kindle to bed. I've slept on my kindle at least twice, too. ? 7mo
ShyBookOwl @julesG lol I only keep my kindle beside my bed too 7mo
Tamra Yes, tell him again that isn‘t a “big” pile. 😂 You could make it taller. 7mo
BarbaraBB It looks awesome! 7mo
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AlaMich
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The Dud Avocado has been quite a ride! Looking up from the book and realizing I wasn‘t actually in Paris in 1955 was disorienting. Sally Jay might not be the most sympathetic or likable of characters, but her immaturity and self-absorption are pretty authentic for a 22 year old. And it‘s FUNNY!!
#nyrb

BarbaraBB I have heard so many good things about this one! 7mo
merelybookish This book is a delight! 🥑💚 7mo
AlaMich @BarbaraBB it‘s a great book. There is no plot to speak of, so if that is a bookish pet peeve of yours, steer clear. You are just along for the ride with Sally Jay. 😊 7mo
AlaMich @merelybookish It is! One Amazon review I read complained that Sally Jay doesn‘t do any thing positive or contribute in any way. Really?! 🙄 7mo
merelybookish @AlaMich What a downer! I'd choose hanging out with Sally Jay over that reviewer any day! 7mo
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merelybookish
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I own two books from NYRB. I've read and loved them both!
#nyrbbookclub @vivastory

Cathythoughts Stacked! I did try The Door. But DNF , I liked it , but couldn‘t keep reading. Maybe go back to it some day (edited) 7mo
merelybookish @Cathythoughts Dud Avocado is fun! A boozier, Parisian version of Breakfast at Tiffany's. 7mo
vivastory Dud Avocado is very high on my TBR 🙌 7mo
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KarenUK
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I have no room in my suitcase at all.... but still had to do a little #bookhaul from Waterstones....
I‘m besotted with the Virago Modern Classics, so grabbed the tagged book, I‘d had recommended to me recently.
The Macmillan collectors edition of ‘The Go-Between‘ is for a reading challenge...
And I picked up ‘The Guest Cat‘ from a display table of novellas (described as “careful, elegant and lovely, subtly profound”..... Sold!)

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Palindrome
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Panpan

This precocious book with a provocative cover traces the insipid misadventures of Sally Jay Gorce as she experiences expatriate life in 1950s Paris, i.e. hooking up with married men and beatniks and confirming herself as a silly naïf in social situations. Years later, a bookish friend recalls that she enjoyed this greenish book; however, she can‘t remember why she found it pleasant while the rest of our reading circle found it utterly repellent.

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andrew61
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#booked2019 @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft
I really enjoyed this challenge and it was an exxuse to read bks id always wanted to read (ragtime - happy place NY), fave authors (val mcd - female detective), modern classics ( dundy podcast and mcgahern Ireland) and new autors ( harvey - new author, and six stories - media). Hope spring is as successful and thanks for organising. Ps Carter - fairy tales

Cinfhen Well done 👊🏼glad you‘re enjoying 😁 8mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great job! 👊🏻♥️📚 8mo
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AMVP
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Someone seems to have unloaded a bunch of pristine nyrb editions at Mr. K's recently. The bottom two are proper bricks, and one was free thanks to a sale they had going on.

batsy English, August is brilliant 👍🏽 9mo
Mdargusch Great picks! 9mo
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24in48
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Slow your roll, it's Hour 39! Over at 24in48.com, we're offering some encouragement, pulling more door prize winners, reminding you to get up and move, and gearing up for another reading sprint. Check in with us (and with other readers!): How's it going? What are you reading? Have any great tips or book recs to share? #24in48 #bookstagram #bookworm #bookrecommendations

24in48 [Image description: A reader reads a book in her lap with her feet propped up on a pond railing. the caption reads, "Hour 39: reading check-in at 24in48.com"] 10mo
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andrew61
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im generally not a fan of Americans in paris books but i really liked Sally Jay Gorce, her pink hair and the way life happens to her. In parts i couldn't help laughing and the ending was a relief given that i so liked her, i knew somehow she wouldn't stay a librarian for long. Anyway as per the #booked2019 thread of a bk related to a podcast i really enjoy 'Backlisted' but tend to like to read the bk b4 i listen so next up on my ipod.

emilyhaldi Loved this book!! 11mo
Cinfhen Great review! Not familiar with book or podcast so thanks for sharing!! Tagging my cohosts @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage 11mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Oooh. I‘m a backlist reader, so I‘ll bet I‘d like this podcast. Thanks! 11mo
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jesstcats
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A fun, light read about a young American girl in Paris in the late 1950s. She finds herself jumping from one sticky situation to the next.

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andrew61
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#booked2019 will try this challenge if its ok;
1. The distant echo val mcdermid (1st insp karen pirie)
2. Amongst women john mcgahern (set in ire)
3. Dilemma in photo 13 or dud avocado (2 crime writers and microphone or episode ofbacklisted) maybe both!
4. Ragtime E.l Doctorow ( 2 gr8 hols in NY, we still hope to celebrate our 25th anniversary there soon, was in 2016)
5. The bloody chamber Angela Carter
6. The western wind Samantha Harvey

Cathythoughts 👍🏻👍🏻♥️see you around on this challenge 📖 11mo
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enidkeaner
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This book isn‘t plot heavy - if you read this for a tightly plotted story, you will be incredibly disappointed. It‘s is more a loosely constructed series of scenarios about a young woman living it up in Paris at the end of the 1950s with absolutely no concerns for the future, consequences or anything else. The writing is clever, droll, and sparkling - it doesn‘t even matter at things get a little too crazy to be believed!

#192019 - #1958

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BkClubCare
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Oooooo! Do I want to be a “chick litterateuse”?

#classicsclub50 #classicsclub

Mamashep Well, I just love that word! 1y
Velvetfur I certainly want to be a chick litterateuse! 1y
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GatheringBooks
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Welcome to Singapore, my babies. #NYRB One day book sale - which I had delivered to my in-laws in the US, who have now brought the books here in SG. They look delicious.

kamoorephoto Oh make it a rainbow and get a purple! 1y
Cathythoughts 💜❤️🧡💛💚💙🖤 1y
batsy Be still, my heart 😍 1y
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Smarkies 😍😍😍😍 1y
Emilymdxn These are gorgeous! 1y
NHLibrarian Nice selection! 1y
ephemeralwaltz 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍 1y
LeahBergen 😍😍😍😍 1y
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emilyhaldi
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A day late, but... Sally Jay Gorce is the perfect fun, flirty, and #promiscuous protagonist for this prompt. Dundy has an amazing ability to convey the (hilarious) voice of her main character in this novel- perhaps bc this story is loosely based on her own life.
#heatofjuly

Reviewsbylola I have been meaning to read this for years!! 1y
vivastory Now I want guacamole...& to go shopping for NYRB Classics 1y
ReadingEnvy Love this one. I've gifted another book by her but need to read it myself - 1y
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Cinfhen I love the book title and I totally want guacamole too 💚 1y
tammysue Stacking! 💚 1y
Mdargusch Great photo! 👌🏼 1y
BarbaraBB I love all about this post 🥑💚 1y
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GatheringBooks
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So. All self-imposed book-buying-ban resolutions thrown into the nether because of the NYRB one-day only 50% off. This is part one of what I ordered which I had shipped to family in California since will be seeing them next month. And yes, free shipping within the US. Look at these lovelies, how can I possibly resist? #BookHaul #BookHuntingExpeditions #NYRBSale

emilyhaldi Omg I didn‘t even see this portion of your haul and was already impressed!!! 😆😆 this is amazing! I‘m reading Dud Avocado now and am loving it!! And I have had Talk on my list for a while 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1y
GatheringBooks @emilyhaldi now is the perfect time to get it! and a few more, besides! #ISupport! :) Gogogo!! you only have a few hours left, i think. 😍📚🤗 1y
BarbaraBB Wow this is amazing. Too bad, those shipping costs. 1y
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LeahBergen Awesome haul! I‘m in the same boat as @batsy - the international shipping to Canada makes it nit worth my while. 😭😭 1y
LeahBergen @emilyhaldi You better order this one then... 1y
emilyhaldi It‘s in my basket!!! @LeahBergen now to decide if I should press “purchase” 😬 1y
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emilyhaldi
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"I thought of sex and sin; of my body and all the men in the world who would never sleep with it. I felt a vague, melancholy sensation running through me, not at all unpleasant. If I could only figure out if it was Larry I was in love with, or just love, then I'd be all set."

Sally Jay is a gem! ??‍♀️

Blaire I bought this earlier this year! Have heard good things. 1y
2BR02B That pastry and iced coffee are making my mouth water. 😋 1y
Mdargusch 😋😋😋 1y
Reviewsbylola The obligatory FitS post. 😂😂 1y
L_auren This is on my 2018 list 😁 1y
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CindyE09
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Loved this #nyrb about an American girl named Sally Jay who goes to Paris in the 50s and gets into all sorts of scrapes and adventures. What really made the book for me was Sally Jay. She is funny and witty, and views life and the people she meets through a different lens than most. A laugh out loud funny and thoroughly enjoyable read!

Weaponxgirl Glad you liked, I remember loving this when I read it. 2y
CindyE09 @Weaponxgirl Thanks! I am glad you liked it too. 2y
artkavanagh I read this some time in the 80s or even earlier. I bought it to read on a train journey, expecting something light and amusing — which it totally was. But it was moving and profound too and I reread it several times. 2y
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jenniferw88
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It's obviously a day for me to find things for other Littens today! Just been shopping (#bookhaul coming later) but saw this and immediately thought of Max lol @DebinHawaii (but 'Max lol' came up as predictive text!)

Weaponxgirl That was such a fun book! 2y
DebinHawaii "Dud Avocado" sounds like a horror story to me! ??? 2y
jenniferw88 @DebinHawaii 😂😂😂 yep especially with the disasters you've been having with the spicy aioli recently! 2y
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gregspuches
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Day 12: #foreigncountry 🗺 Chose this over The Old Man and Me by #ElaineDundy which I loved more but both are excellent reads.

#photochallenge #readingresolutions

DivineDiana I have been wanting to read this for some time‘ #tbr 2y
gregspuches @DivineDiana definitely do! Don‘t forget about The Old Man and Me too! 2y
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AlaMich
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Yay!! $3.99 in perfect condition at my local used bookstore, #squeezebox. It‘s a good day! 😊 #NYRB

LeahBergen I have this , too, and it sounds so good. 👏🏻👏🏻 2y
AlaMich @LeahBergen Yes, it‘s been on my TBR list for awhile. And anytime I can find NYRBs for a good deal, I‘m excited 😀 2y
AlaMich @LeahBergen And I have a feeling that when I read it, I will be sad that I was born in the wrong era to go to Paris and smoke Gauloises and hang out in cafes and read poetry and make bad romantic choices. (edited) 2y
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AmyG Good book. 2y
LauraBeth This is one of my favorite book titles ever 😀 2y
AlaMich @LauraBeth I wonder if there is some explanation of the title in the book...🤔 2y
LeahBergen @AlaMich So true! 😆 2y
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daena
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It was a stellar Half Priced Books haul today!

LeahBergen It sure was! 👍🏻 2y
ChasingOm 😱 2y
cathysaid ❤️ NYRB editions! 2y
daena @cathysaid NYRB are everything! 2y
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GerardtheBookworm
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A rare find that was revisited by the New York Review of books. With comparisons to Edith Wharton and Henry James, this is the 50's version of Sex in the City of its time. Scandalous and humorous, the book tells the story of an American girl experiencing a Bohemian lifestyle of debauchery, romance and bourgeois in Paris. Unapologetic, the book shatters all social norms of female conventions.

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sarahbellum
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Lazy Sunday: finishing up a book and administering pets. #cat #catsoflitsy #reading

MrBook 😻😻😻😻😻 2y
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LiteraryLass
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“I had to tell someone (and it might as well be you since you‘re the author) how much I enjoyed The Dud Avocado. It made me laugh, scream, and guffaw (which, incidentally, is a great name for a law firm.)” Groucho Marx in a letter to Elaine Dundy.

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sarahbellum
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Anatomy of a good Saturday morning: homemade muffin still warm from the oven, #tea, and a light read ☕️📗 #nowreading #goodmorning #reading

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sarahbellum
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Just got these gems from the #library! Can't wait to dig in #tbr #bookhaul #librarybooks #bookstack #graphicnovel #libraryhaul

KVanRead Did you know there's a Eugene O'Neill house you can tour in Danville? I took my mom once and it was really cool. 2y
sarahbellum @KVanRead Yes! I'm a national park geek and me picking up A Long Day's Journey is prep for a visit to his house soon! 2y
KVanRead Perfect! 2y
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LauraBrook
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Small book haul! Seems like every time I get a haircut I find myself at Boswell Books. And every time I'm there, I earn a $5 coupon that expires in 3 months, so I end up going after my next haircut, ad infinitum. I was just going to get the tagged book, and then the others jumped into my hands. Plus that cute bookmark I saw someone else post here and I decided I needed it. 🤷🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️ #bookhaul #bookhoarder

LeahBergen I need The Jane Austen Project! 2y
LauraBrook @LeahBergen I can't believe you don't already have it! I was surprised I didn't, and that I'd forgotten about it until I saw it. 2y
saresmoore Such fun choices! 2y
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Graciouswarriorprincess I love that bookmark. The author of the Jane Austen project is here on Litsy. @kathleenaflynn 2y
LauraBrook @saresmoore Thanks! I aspire to read more like you do. 2y
LauraBrook @Graciouswarriorprincess It's so cute! Oooh, will give her a follow - thanks! 2y
saresmoore You are sweet to say that! Lately I've been reading out of desperation to calm my addled, anxious mind. I don't think that's what you mean, though. 🙃 2y
LauraBeth I can relate to this cycle 😀 great selections! 2y
LauraBrook @saresmoore Well, that's why I read, so... 😘 2y
LauraBrook @LauraBeth Glad to have such wonderful company! ❤️ 2y
[DELETED] 3803335244 Oh I can't wait to hear what you think about The Jane Austen Project! It's on my wish list! 2y
readordierachel I really enjoyed How to Build a Girl. Hope you like it! 2y
Graciouswarriorprincess @LauraBrook You're welcome. She is so sweet! 😉 2y
AmyG Hahahahaha...I just bought that bookmark! I love a good pun. 2y
QuietlyLaura I just bought that bookmark last week! I found it especially appealing since I wear glasses but also because I always have something to drink at hand (not alcohol). I'm also a spiller of drinks and splasher in sinks and puddles! ☺️ 2y
LauraBrook @AmyG @ReadsWithTea I'm sure I got the bookmark after seeing it on one of your posts! 2y
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LeahBergen
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#SetInFrance

This comedic novel of a young American's adventures in 1950s Paris is still on my TBR.

#JubilantJuly

AmyG Such a good book! 2y
shawnmooney I heard that one's a dud...avocado. 😂 2y
rubyslippersreads I've been wanting to read this one too (perhaps with some of @DebinHawaii 's 🥑 toast. 😄) 2y
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raeintheworld This is a great book! A good answer to all the "boys living it up in Paris" books that exist. 2y
LeslieO Oh I didn't put that one in my pic! 2y
andrew61 I've added it to my stack despite my real dislike of American young men in paris books. I did like goodnight midnight by Jean rhys however so perhaps its just the male right of passage that bugs me 😂 2y
DebinHawaii @rubyslippersreads Hah! No duds on my 🥑🍞 please! 🤣 2y
ReadingEnvy I liked this one. So much that when my friend who recommended it to me turned 60, I sent him another book by the author, 2y
vivastory This is also on my tbr 2y
ValerieAndBooks This was a recommendation from Book-a-day calendar just the other day and it sounded good to me...now I can stack it here, thanks to you 😊! 2y
LeahBergen @shawnmooney Oh, you! 😂 2y
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads Mmm... now I'm thinking about @DebinHawaii 's avocado toast. 😂 2y
LeahBergen @raeintheworld @LeslieO I need to move it up the stack! 2y
LeahBergen @andrew61 😂 Too much of your own experience? 2y
LeahBergen @ReadingEnvy Damn you. That sounds so good. 😂 2y
LeahBergen @vivastory Buddy read? 😂😂😂 2y
LeahBergen @ValerieAndBooks I have that calendar! I was probably subliminally influenced to post this. 😂 2y
Bookchipmunk This is a fun book! My favorite quote was "The typical American Girl...A hard center with tender meat wrapped up in a shiny casing" and I'm not sure I'll ever see an avocado quite the same way again! BTW the young women in Paris also have a lot of fun ? (edited) 2y
andrew61 @LeahBergen i wish 😂 Anyway I've just ordered a copy 😀 2y
ReadingEnvy @LeahBergen 🥑🥑🥑 (hoping these only mean avocado) 2y
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lean_rosey
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Sometimes you're walking the dog past a Little Free Library and you've just gotta grab that book, so you stick it in your sweatshirt pocket and keep walking. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

LeahBergen That's a nice freebie! 👍🏼 3y
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KVanRead
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This post is NOT AT ALL about a dud avocado, or books actually. It's a 💯#blameitonLitsy post. After a great campus tour at UBC for my daughter today, I spied avocado toast on a campus menu and after all of @DebinHawaii 's posts about the stuff I had to have it!! And it was delish! Thanks Deb! 😋🥑👌❤

DebinHawaii Glad to be an enabler! 😆 That does look delicious! 😋🍴👍 3y
Suet624 Yum! 3y
Bookchipmunk The Dud Avocado is a super fun book! 🤓 3y
KVanRead @Bookchipmunk Oh cool! Lucky pick, then. Good to know. 3y
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KerriNTurner
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#marchintoreading #spinepoetry
"Sex fulfilment in married women? The dud avocado. Gimme a call when it happens to you." - The Hypnotist.
The top book is a rather interesting/sad read because it was written in 1951, and is a real snapshot of the attitudes and lacking knowledge when it came to sex and women. So my attempt at spine poetry reflects that! Don't think I'll be calling myself a poet any time soon though... ?

LeahBergen 😂👏🏻👏🏻 3y
RealLifeReading Awesome!! 3y
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merelybookish
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Screwballs and scrapes galore. Zop zop. This 1950s tale of a young American woman's adventures in Paris is still fresh and fun.

ReadingEnvy SO fun! 3y
Reviewsbylola I've been meaning to read this for years. 3y
merelybookish @Reviewsbylola Me too. So glad I finally did! @ReadingEnvy Indeed!! 3y
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merelybookish
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Finally reading this, and so far, it does not disappoint! Fulfills the "on your TBR for over a year" slot for #lrc2017.

ReadingEnvy I thought this one was a lot of fun. 3y
Weaponxgirl I remember really enjoying this too, hope you enjoy 😀 3y
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LeahBergen
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#RainbowBookStack Oddly enough, a yellow paperback was a tricky one for me. 🌈 #RiotGrams

RealLifeReading Pretty! 3y
saresmoore I want to read The Dud Avocado very much. 3y
BethFishReads Robertson Davies 💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗 3y
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coffeenebula Deptford Trilogy! 😍 3y
Bookchipmunk Dud Avocado was so much fun! And Stoner is brilliant (thank you again @ReadingEnvy for giving me the opportunity to read it last year) Enjoy! (edited) 3y
LeahBergen @saresmoore It sounds really good. 👍🏼 3y
LeahBergen @BethFishReads I've read The Cornish Trilogy but this one is still TBR. 3y
LeahBergen @coffeenebula I need to read it! 3y
LeahBergen @Bookchipmunk I'm so looking forward to both. 😀 3y
MrBook Taste the rainbow. 3y
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Verity
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After the Daphne Du Mauriers got so much love yesterday, here's my other VMCs (minus Elizabeth Taylor's Angel which my mum has borrowed) for #coolspines for today's #riotgrams.

Verity @kdwinchester I hope these aren't too tempting! 3y
Natasha.C.Barnes I don't know what The Dud Avocado is, but it sounds amazing. 3y
kdwinchester I have no choice. I must have them all! 😆😂 3y
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Verity @Natasha.c.barnes Dud Avocado is really good fun with a feisty woman doing what she wants in Paris, sod what people think she ought to be doing! 3y
Verity @kdwinchester sorry not sorry! 3y
Natasha.C.Barnes That is so cool. 3y
Natasha.C.Barnes I didn't even realize that's the book you chose to file the post under until you commented back! 3y
Verity @Natasha.c.barnes 😃 viewed now I guess Sally could be a bit of a cliche, but at the time it was something new/different. 3y
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The Dud Avocado | Elaine Dundy
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#24in48
"The typical American Girl...A hard center with tender meat wrapped up in a shiny casing" I'm not sure I'll ever see an avocado quite the same way again! Two hours down and one book finished #LitsyAtoZ #LetterD

rubyslippersreads The fact that Groucho reviewed this is enough to get me to stack it. 🥑😄 3y
Bookchipmunk @rubyslippersreads It was a super funny romp! Got the recommendation from the Slate XX Podcast. 3y
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Bookchipmunk
The Dud Avocado | Elaine Dundy
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"The party went on" Bring it on 2017! We will be here on the couch reading ?? #bookishhoroscope
-> Open the book next to you on page 117. The second sentence will predict your 2017

Cinfhen 🎉❤️👍🏻 3y
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Redwritinghood
The Dud Avocado | Elaine Dundy
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#redsandgreens Some of my red and green covers here - also included my Kindle since it has a red cover. #seasonsreadings2016

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elle.noel
The Dud Avocado | Elaine Dundy
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Pickpick

I love this book. I love the rambling, aimless way it's written, its deeply human, deeply funny protagonist, the narrative punch and timeless voice, its innate understanding of people and their often contradictory wants and wishes. This book is like falling asleep in a gin-soaked cashmere arlotta and waking up next to someone you love- and still being able to laugh about it.

Also I cry at the end every time so 10/10 would recommend.

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merelybookish
The Dud Avocado | Elaine Dundy
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Some books I picked up from the library sale rack Been wanting to read The Dud Avocado for years.

mklong Oh my gosh I LOVE that book!! It's one I recommend to everyone and can't believe it isn't more well known. 3y
merelybookish @mklong I've had it on my radar for a while but have never seen a copy. You'd think the title alone would draw more readers. 3y
mklong @merelybookish Right?! It's in the "why did I wait so long?!" camp with 3y
merelybookish @mklong As good as I Capture the Castle? Wow. I love that book. 3y
mklong @merelybookish Not quite. I Capture the Castle is in my lifetime top five, but this is also one that I fuss at my English teacher mother for waiting for me to discover. 3y
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Pandalif
The Dud Avocado | Elaine Dundy
Mehso-so

Whilst the style was surprisingly modern in feel the protagonist annoyed me and the occasional French was disruptive, especially as it was at a level beyond my hazy memories of GCSE. Picked up pace when I got to part 2 which made it a bit easier. Not something I'd intend to reread #backtothecharityshop

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leucocrystal
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Was I beginning to have standards and principles, and, oh dear, scruples? What were they, and what would I do with them, and how much were they going to get in my way?

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Britafish
The Dud Avocado | Elaine Dundy
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Pickpick

I love that this book was published in 1958, pre-women's lib and features a young unmarried female protagonist who has casual sex and does not feel bad about it. A Lively and delightful read.

katedensen Agreed! Love this one. 3y
CherylDeFranceschi I loved this book. And I think it's not really that dated. 3y
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Britafish
The Dud Avocado | Elaine Dundy
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"I always expect people to behave much better than I do. When they actually behave worse, I am frankly incredulous."

BeckyMerilatt Loved this book. Love that quote. 3y
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jessicarenee
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MrBook "It is what it is." 3y
rachelm "That's interesting." 3y
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jessicarenee
The Dud Avocado | Elaine Dundy
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Drinking beer and feeling angsty 🍺📖 [also peach dodo is my favorite beer ever]

Shortstack I approve of all of this 3y
RealLifeReading Sounds good 3y
MrBook Like this pairing! Never indulged in this particular beverage, but it's now notated for future tasting. 3y
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