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North Woods
North Woods | Daniel Mason
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When a pair of young lovers abscond from a Puritan colony, little do they know that their humble cabin in the woods will become the home of an extraordinary succession of human and inhuman characters alike. An English soldier, destined for glory, abandons the battlefields of the New World to devote himself to apples. A pair of spinster twins navigate war and famine, envy and desire. A crime reporter unearths a mass grave - only to discover that the ancient trees refuse to give up their secrets. A lovelorn painter, a sinister conman, a stalking panther, a lusty beetle: as each inhabitant confronts the wonder and mystery around them, they begin to realize that the dark, raucous, beautiful past is very much alive. In his transcendent fourth novel, Pulitzer Prize finalist Daniel Mason delivers a magisterial and highly inventive tale brimming with love and madness, humor and hope. Following the cycles of history, nature and even language, North Woods shows the myriad, magical ways in which we're connected to our environment, to history and to each other. It is not just an unforgettable novel about buried secrets and inevitable fates, but a way of looking at the world.
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jlhammar
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“They are not for cider” and don‘t you forget it! 🍎

What a brilliant book! So unique and layered (not to mention beautifully written).

Discussed with my book club last night. Everyone loved it and we had lots to talk about.

Suet624 So unique and creative!! 1w
Tamra To have the house/property be the central character was a brilliant way to tie the stories together. The end is “haunting.” 1w
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youneverarrived
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I think I‘m in the minority but I didn‘t really love this. I get what the author was aiming for and it sounded like the sort of novel I‘d enjoy but I found it too disjointing - if I got settled into a part of the story I was soon taken out of it again. There were characters I liked reading about like Robert & the twin sisters but overall a very so-so read for me.

Susanita Same! I bailed after the weird apple sisters because I really didn‘t care what happened anymore. 1w
youneverarrived @Susanita that was probably the peak of the book for me, it didn‘t get much better after that so you made a good choice 😆 1w
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bookandbedandtea
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Reading North Woods while enjoying a western wood 😊 #pikenationalforest #happyplace

TheBookgeekFrau 😍😍 2w
Ruthiella Great photo! 👍 2w
dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 2w
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AmyG Such a wonderful book….and you are in the perfect setting. 2w
bookandbedandtea @AmyG It felt very appropriate to start this book while we were in the mountains over the weekend. 2w
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The_Book_Ninja
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White supremacy, puritan hypocrisy: It‘s the rational for colonising & wreaking havoc on an indigenous people & nature. But, as we recklessly devastate the planet over generations, there flickers ephemeral lives. Here, humans can have poignancy & pathos. Lives are brutal/beautiful. They‘re also relentlessly privileged. Yes, survival of the fittest exits in nature, but we add vulnerability & imbalance. This book is a love letter to trees & nature.

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perfectlywinged
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So far very beautiful prose in this story about a little cabin and it‘s inhabitants over the centuries (slight spoiler is that some of the earlier inhabitants come back later as ghosts) 🏡 👻

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Lindy
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I love the storytelling style, which shifts between each chapter, and the sense of vast time—centuries pass—and the vivid sense of place in this novel about the inhabitants of a small piece of land in western Massachusetts. The inhabitants are wild animals, insects, and trees as well as humans; I love this too. It‘s a wonderful, life-affirming novel.

Suet624 A wonderful book! 3w
Lindy @Suet624 👍 3w
Cathythoughts Yes , such lovely storytelling in this one ♥️ 3w
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Lindy @Cathythoughts It deserves all the praise 😊 3w
AvidReader25 This one is high on my TBR list! 2w
Lindy @AvidReader25 I hope you will enjoy it 😊 2w
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Lindy
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With regard to the beetle, the romp began, as sex romps often do, with carpentry. A female beetle, slightly smaller than a rice grain, had found herself, one summer afternoon, wandering about the logs that lay beside the off-ramp. Do not ask me how she got there; she came from another log, as did her mother before her—it is logs and beetles all the way back.

Suet624 This whole section about beetles made me laugh. It was awesome. 3w
Lindy @Suet624 Me too! I smiled through the whole section. 3w
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Lindy
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Final observation. A heron in the treetops — really, do they perch so high? I‘d always imagined them swamp- walkers. But there, above, I have my answer.
(Photo: Great Blue Herons in Beacon Hill Park, Victoria)

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Lindy
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Good books for Good Friday — audiobooks; nature writing; literary awards
https://youtu.be/M8O36AiymKY

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jlhammar
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“They had come to the spot in the freshness of June, chased from the village by its people, following deer path through the forest, the valleys, the fern groves, and the quaking bogs.”

#FirstLineFridays

Librarybelle I hope you enjoy this! I loved it! 3w
Cathythoughts I loved this one. Look forward to your thoughts. Enjoy ♥️ 3w
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Librarybelle
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This beautifully written novel entranced me from page one. Mason writes such a unique novel, focusing on a body of land and its inhabitants over centuries. Telling the story through various mediums - prose, diary, poem, letter, song - really made this so riveting and lyrical. The tie in with everyone too, the little nuggets thrown in over the years, just added perfectly to the story. I am so glad I read this! #52BookClub24 #AtLeastFourDifferentPOV

Hooked_on_books I was put off by the hype for this one and didn‘t immediately read it when it came out. Then I did and I‘m so glad I did! It‘s so good! 4w
Librarybelle @Hooked_on_books I agree about the hype and not necessarily wanting to read something that everyone else is buzzing about - I‘ve yet to read Where the Crawdads Sing! 4w
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Hooked_on_books I have no plans on reading Crawdads at all! 4w
BarbaraBB Such a highly original book! 4w
Suet624 You know that feeling you have after reading a book that feels perfect? That‘s how I felt after reading this one. Sooooo gooood. 4w
Librarybelle @Suet624 Yes! You are exactly right! 4w
AmyG @Suet624 Agree. Definitely a big favorite of this year…loved it. 4w
Tamra It‘s a wonderful reading experience. 💚 4w
Librarybelle @AmyG @Tamra So good! I‘m very glad I read it! 4w
BookWrym Read this a while ago and loved it 4w
Librarybelle @BookWrym It was so good! 4w
LibrarianRyan I always loved the cover of this one. 5d
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Librarybelle
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For this week‘s #hyggehour , I read North Woods. Purely a #blameitonlitsy book. I‘m loving it. So unique & original.

#Vladimir joined me this week in my reading nook & chair, with my Candied Apple Yankee Candle scenting the air. #CatsOfLitsy

It felt good to turn off life for a bit…my mental health has not been strong this past week. This was a good reset moment, & I plan to listen to a session on the Calm app later tonight.

rubyslippersreads Vladimir knows he‘s fiercer than the mountain lion on the cover. 😼 4w
Ruthiella @rubyslippersreads My thoughts exactly! 😹😻 4w
Librarybelle Vladimir is definitely fiercer than a mountain lion! @rubyslippersreads @Ruthiella 😹 4w
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AmyG Ha! Great photo and great book. 4w
Librarybelle Thanks, @AmyG ! I am loving this book! 4w
Chrissyreadit 😻😻😻😻😻 4w
AllDebooks That photo is fab 👌 💚🐾💚🤣 4w
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Pogue
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This was an interesting book. The main character was the land and not people. The writing style is all over the place, however the story takes place over the centuries and the writing fit the century that the story takes place in.

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monalyisha
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North Woods is my favorite kind of story; it floats liminally between ghost story & not.

As a MA native who became a devotee of apples while pursuing her Lit degree in VT, I was predisposed to like this.

It‘s a fully immersive reading experience. Mason flaunts his ability to inhabit different voices - not just gender, age, or sexual identity but era & time, even species & kingdom. Come for the gorgeous prose. Stay for the sexy dragonfly erotica.

monalyisha Adding a critical note (of myself — not the text!): I should have read this much slower than I did. I just couldn‘t seem to stop! 1mo
JamieArc I listened to the audiobook and it was so well done. It‘s one of the few books that I‘ve wanted to reread right away. It will most likely be on my next #ALSpine list 😊 1mo
monalyisha @JamieArc It was so full and rich that it‘d definitely stand-up to and reveal more upon rereading(s). I bet it was great as an audiobook! Were there any musical interludes (fife pieces)? It reminded me a bit of Lincoln in the Bardo, actually (which I listened to). (edited) 1mo
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JamieArc I am bad at remembering what I read, but I have a faint memory that one of the chapters was a song, right? It wasn‘t done in a musical interlude fashion (unless I‘m totally forgetting). But, there were many different narrators, which was part of what made it so excellent. 1mo
monalyisha @JamieArc Yeah! There were a few selections that were “written by a pair of GRAVE sisters”: a Winter‘s Ballad, a December Song, a Spring Song. Charles Osgood begs of Alice “do not forget your fife!” — and she NEVER does. 😉 1mo
AmyG This is a favorite. I loved this as I am a little familiar with the area it‘s set in. I may just reserve the audio since you say it‘s so good @JamieArc 1mo
Chelsea.Poole Yes! LOVE this one. Makes me want to read more from him! 1mo
Clare-Dragonfly Dragonfly erotica?! 🤔 I might have to give this a try! 1mo
monalyisha @Clare-Dragonfly A perfect comment. 😂 1mo
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monalyisha
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1. Catch up on my correspondence & visit the post office; celebrate “Won‘t You Be My Neighbor” Day with kids who visit the library on the 20th! 👔🐯🚂

2. It depends on the day & my work schedule. It can range from 20 (or zero) minutes up to a few hours or even the better part of a day.

3. I think I‘d excel at writing a collection of short essays based upon a common theme. I‘d love to write a picture book but the limited text is a challenge!

Cupcake12 Great answers! Thanks for joining in x 1mo
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Oryx
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Me: ok, so I can only buy one book, because they are very expensive in the US
Also me: ⬆️

squirrelbrain Of course! ❤️ 2mo
Hooked_on_books They‘re both really good, so you chose wisely! 2mo
julesG It's just one small bag of books. 2mo
Oryx @julesG I know. But it's opened the floodgates - you know I'll go back. 2mo
Oryx @Hooked_on_books that's what I needed to hear! 2mo
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KathyWheeler
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The writing in this book is just beautiful. The interconnected stories range from pre-Revolutionary USA history to (possibly) far in the future and all revolve around a house in Massachusetts. I found the stories of the apple farmer and his daughters to be a bit too long. I almost quit here, but I‘m glad I didn‘t. The real power was in the later stories.

Reggie I was shocked at what happens with the daughters! The gay artist and the pulpy crime guy were my favorite parts. Glad you liked it! 2mo
KathyWheeler @Reggie I know! I wasn‘t expecting that at all! The gay artist and the true crime guy were also my favorites. I liked the ending of the metal detector guy‘s story. (edited) 2mo
Reggie @Kathywheeler oh yeah, especially after you read about his wife leaving him and then she gets left and he has the grace to care for her until the end. 🖤 2mo
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Tamra My favorite was the end! I rarely love an ending. 2mo
KathyWheeler @Tamra That was a wonderful ending. The more I think about this book, the more things I find to love about it. 2mo
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AmyG
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Tamra
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🌟I loved every minute I spent with this love letter to a piece of land, a forest. It ticked off all the boxes for me: historical fiction, nature writing, short stories, and a bit of the gothic.

I will not be surprised if it wins the Pulitzer.

Now I‘m off onto the interwebs to find A Registry of My Passage Upon Earth.

Tamra I already feel a book hangover coming on…..😳 2mo
AmyG Sounds about right! 2mo
jlhammar Yay! I‘m so looking forward to this. Strongly suspect I‘ll feel the same. I enjoyed his story collection. I also have this one waiting on my shelves 2mo
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Tamra @jlhammar I think you will like it! 2mo
batsy I wasn't sure if this was for me but your review has convinced me 🙂 2mo
Reggie So much to live in here. Glad you liked it! 2mo
Tamra @batsy this might be a cilantro book. 😜 I happen to love cilantro! I definitely recommend the print because it has photos & drawings. 2mo
Tamra @Reggie 💙 yes! I was pleasantly surprised by the nature writing and I loved the ending! That‘s a difficult task. 2mo
daena I absolutely loved, it really is something special. 2mo
Tamra @daena 😊 2mo
Cathythoughts Lovely review. I‘m nearly finished and agree wholeheartedly ❤️ 2mo
Tamra @Cathythoughts thank you. 😘 It‘s one to be savored slowly, but Saturday morning I gobbled up the final few chapters. Let me know how you liked the ending - I thought it was fitting! (edited) 2mo
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BkClubCare
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Starting because I want to read this and it is in the house.

#EstherBester #EstherFest #DogsofLitsy #whpg

Suet624 Worth it! 2mo
xicanti An excellent reason. And hey, guess what showed up today with a postmark from OVER A MONTH AGO? (Spoiler: it was a lovely postcard from you.) 2mo
dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 2mo
Tamra I am loving it! 2mo
Reggie Hope you like it! 2mo
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Tamra
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I do not want to put this down. I‘m racing through it! 😭

Suet624 Oh, I felt the same way. So good. 2mo
daena Such a fantastic book, enjoy! 2mo
Hooked_on_books I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this one. 2mo
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Reggie Awww yayyyy! 2mo
Cathythoughts I‘m reading it now too .. I really didn‘t know what to expect, But I love it ❤️ 2mo
Tamra @Suet624 @daena @Hooked_on_books @Reggie @Cathythoughts I‘m forcing myself to stop after a chapter or two. 😅 (edited) 2mo
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Hooked_on_books
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I had decided against this one when it first came out but then I figured I‘d try all the NYT‘s top books of 2023, and I‘m glad I did! It‘s really good! (I know, a lot of you know this already.) There were a couple spots that I felt dragged just a bit, but generally speaking it was a really satisfying story.

The_Book_Ninja Another review that really makes me want to give this book a go. Thank you 2mo
Hooked_on_books @The_Book_Ninja You‘re welcome! I‘m so glad I went for it! 2mo
BarbaraBB Glad you decided to pick it up! 2mo
The_Book_Ninja @Hooked_on_books Seems it‘s not out in paperback until August in UK🙄 2mo
HeatherBookNerd I loved it too 2mo
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HeatherBookNerd
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Hard to describe this beautifully crafted, creative novel that tells the stories of the many people who have lived in the same house deep in the Massachusetts woods. The book spans centuries and yet the author finds clever ways to link the lives of the inhabitants together. The land surrounding the house also become a sort of character itself, with stunning descriptions of the woods through the seasons and through the passing decades. Loved it.

Reggie I laughed so hard during the True Crime bit. He really took me through the range of emotions. Great review. 2mo
HeatherBookNerd @Reggie I loved all the different voices and vibes of each section! 2mo
monalyisha @Reggie One word: “bloodcicles.” 1mo
Reggie @monalyisha Lol, yes! 1mo
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Tamra
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Husband went early for a gig in Decorah, IA yesterday and had time to spare. He discovered it has 2 bookstores, lucky for me! ❤️ That is the benefit of having a small lib arts college in a town.

Tamra After leafing through it, I am glad I didn‘t opt for borrowing the audio book. There are photos, illustrations, poems, etc. (edited) 2mo
mcctrish Oooo ❤️❤️ 2mo
BarbaraBB Lucky you! 2mo
Ruthiella Nice! 👍 2mo
Suet624 Enjoy! I loved this one. 2mo
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Leftcoastzen
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When I saw the first couple were runaway puritans, & the language a bit flowery, I was afraid this book might be too twee. Glad I was wrong. The generations that put everything into their little slice of the world are humbled by the fact that nature doesn‘t care. Between owners & tenants nature reclaims the place ,even the house. The writing is beautiful, most of the characters are unique & unforgettable, best book I‘ve read this year.

Readergrrl I loved this book!! 2mo
Crazeedi I need to try this one again 2mo
Kanishkalitsy Need to bring this up on my reading list then! 2mo
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batsy Great review. I was also worried about runaway puritans and the potential for syrupy sentimentalism, but your review and the rest have been so interesting. 2mo
AmyG Great review. I loved that the woods, themselves, were a character. Best book I have read this year, too. 2mo
Leftcoastzen @AmyG Yes! So vital in the story , the woods ! 2mo
Reggie He was so good at giving the different generations of inhabitants and visitors unique voice. I cried with the gay artist who wrote letters to his lover and laughed with the true crime guy. Glad you liked it. 2mo
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Robotswithpersonality
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I can't even nail down what genre this is, let alone how to talk about it. If you'd asked me two thirds of the way through, I'd have said historical gothic, but 'sad, sometimes spooky window into the past' doesn't describe it fully, and the 'Nature as edenic/paradise lost and found=environmental concerns' seems clear only after I finished the book. 1/2

Robotswithpersonality 2/2 The writing is incredible, the shift in modes of storytelling weaving together an ongoing narrative is an impressive technical feat, while the prose itself is at turns beautiful and wistful, incendiary and dark. If you can survive the toxic melodrama of chapter three, I think you'll be richly rewarded. I'll think I'll be considering everything this book is and says for a long time.
⚠️ enslavement, self harm, homophobia, racism, mental health concerns
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😘

Suet624 A great read. 3mo
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AmyG
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2024

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Robotswithpersonality
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To think of all the decades, all the centuries bereft of the clearly defined concept of 'mansplaining'. 🙄 No doubt a sensation felt long before there was a word that could be safely spoken out loud. 😑

Suet624 Yes!! 3mo
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If the gender neutral form doesn't exist yet on a t-shirt, I think the author should market it.

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AmyG
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1. The tagged book. It will be a top favorite of the year. But Starter Villain comes in second as it was so fun.
2. Florida - Lauren Groff for #AuthorAMonth

#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 3mo
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rmaclean4
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After a slow start, I loved this the deeper into it that I read. Great ending! The novel reminded me of The Understory. Recommend. 3.5 🌟

BarbaraBB I enjoyed this one too. 3mo
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Bookboss
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After reading many reviews, I borrowed this book from the library twice and returned it unread. I bought the ebook and tried again. I am so glad I did! This story of a house and its owners through the years surprised me. It was much darker and stranger than I had expected. The reviews praised the excellent writing, so I didn‘t expect much plot. Not only is the writing brilliant, but the plot, characters and setting are fascinating and compelling.

BarbaraBB Great review! 3mo
Bookboss Thank you! 3mo
Reggie I was on my first break at work when I read the part where Mary kills Alice with the axe and I went back to work with my mouth open and just shocked thinking ohhh this happens in here???!!!! lol great review! 3mo
Bookboss Thank you! This book was fabulous! 3mo
Suet624 Yes to all of this. 3mo
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BarbaraBB
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One if the reasons I love reading is the unexpected stories you sometimes discover. This is an example of such a unique and original read. A house in the New England woods is the main character. We see it change in time. We see inhabitants come and go. There are puma‘s and beetles, apples and magic. A delight to read and surely unlike any other book!

#52BookClub24 - Hybrid genre

TheKidUpstairs I've heard such good things about this one. Glad to see you liked it too! 3mo
Librarybelle I really need to read this one! 3mo
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Itchyfeetreader Oh my this sounds like my kind of thing ! 3mo
Hooked_on_books For some reason when this was first coming out, I decided I wasn‘t interested. And now there‘s so many raves I worry it‘s overhyped. I think I‘m going to let a little time go by but will eventually give it a try. 3mo
brittanyreads Ohhh I like your cover so much better than the puma one! 3mo
Crazeedi @Hooked_on_books I started it and put it down, now I need to rethink!! 3mo
squirrelbrain I have this on Kindle and when it first came out, people either loved it or hated it, so I didn‘t read it. Your review makes me think I‘ll be in the ‘love it‘ camp. 3mo
BarbaraBB @brittanyreads I really like the one with the puma on it! 3mo
BarbaraBB @Hooked_on_books @Crazeedi I tried to stay away from the hype and think it‘s just a well crafted story, no all time favorite but very entertaining. 3mo
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain I think so too although “love” is maybe too big a word to describe it - for me. 3mo
brittanyreads 🤣 and that's what makes collecting books so much fun..hunting for different covers! 3mo
BarbaraBB @brittanyreads Absolutely 😀! 3mo
Reggie The pulpy true crime section was one of my favorites. Also the letters from the artist to his writer friend. That was my other favorite. 3mo
Suet624 I enjoyed this one soooo much. 3mo
BarbaraBB @Suet624 I read it because of your review! 3mo
BarbaraBB @Reggie I loved those two parts too! 3mo
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Reggie
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I really liked this. Mason tells the story of a piece of land starting somewhere in the 1600s up to the future end, and a lot of its inhabitants. He‘s great at making each character not only having a distinct voice, but also a style pertaining to the time period. I laughed, I cried, I breathed deeply at the beauty in here. Bonus points for a certain lascivious beetle scene. lol. It reminded me of 3 stories that are near and dear to my heart. 👇🏼

Reggie The Overstory by Richard Powers. The Daylight Gate by Jeanette Winterson. The novella N. by Stephen King. Pick! 3mo
Crazeedi Maybe I need to pick this up again, I read several pages and then put it down. Maybe I just didn't give it enough time! 3mo
intothehallofbooks Oh wow. I have been wanting to read this one (and The Overstory too) and I think your review has moved it up near the top of my to-read pile. Stories in this format work really well for me, with some being among my favorite books. Barkskins by Annie Proulx, The Forest by Edward Rutherfurd, Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick. I‘m going to try to put my hands on this ASAP and I‘m crossing my fingers I‘ll like it as much as you did. 3mo
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sarahbarnes Great review. I‘m on a long list at the library for this one. 3mo
AmyG Yes, much beauty in this book. I absolutely loved it. I still need to read the Overstory. (edited) 3mo
Tamra Can‘t wait! 3mo
BarbaraBB I am reading this one now too and it‘s quite original! 3mo
vivastory Have you read Frankisstein by Winterson? I think you'd dig it. It's transgressive, topical & smart. 3mo
Reggie @Crazeedi I read a review that describes it as a bunch of short stories strung together and I see that but I love short stories so it worked for me. And I was kind of like you where after the first 20 I wondered if I wanted to go through with it but luckily there were some ladies on Litsy who I trust that recommended it. Good luck! 🍀 3mo
Reggie @intothehallofbooks I have read none of the books you have mentioned so there goes my TBR today. But I hope you like it, too!!! 3mo
Reggie @sarahbarnes I hope it comes sooner rather than later. There are so many voices and styles in here. Mason wasn‘t showing off, but he was showing off. lol 3mo
Reggie @Amyg I was absolutely shocked when the sister took an axe to the other sister. I went back to work off of break with my mouth open and my heart hurt for Alice. When I read the letter of the gay artist to his lover talking about their glen, I had tears in my eyes. And the whole part with the pulpy True Crime! guy made me laugh so much. Lots to love in here. 3mo
Reggie @Tamra Hope you like it! I had to talk some of it out with my coworkers and a friend today. 3mo
Reggie @BarbaraBb yayyyy! Glad you‘re liking it. 3mo
Reggie @vivastory I have never read another Winterson. And I need to. Anytime I hear people say give me a good witch book I run to Daylight Gate. Also anytime I see, hear, or read about a place that holds echoes or ghosts of memories of lovers I run back to that book. I‘ll give Frankisstein a try. 3mo
AmyG I think that was what I loved most….a little bit of everything, like in life. And I love to be completely surprised in a book. When that‘s happens I‘m thrilled. So much love, laughter, murder, kindness, evil., apples. Yes, lots to love. 3mo
Crazeedi @Reggie that's probably it, didn't realize the short story style and I think I gave up too quickly. 3mo
BkClubCare I might have to put this on my book spin list for Feb. I own it but so many books yet to read for ToB 😫 3mo
Suet624 So many lives, so many stories, some great writing. I agree.. the storyline of the gay artist brought tears. 3mo
Reggie @Suet624 @Centique I read this because you two and AmyG recommended this. And when I read this, I thought-You Liars!!!! Because you say you don‘t do horror but there is a horrific ax murderer in here. (Poor Alice) There is a seance with actual paranormal activity. There is an old woman holding a door open to blizzard while her dog is barking. There was some really scary stuff in here. 😜 lol thanks for the push to read this. Loved it alot. 3mo
Suet624 @Reggie Lol. You‘re so right! 3mo
Centique @Reggie im so glad you liked it! Yes the supernatural side to it was so cool! I think i probably DO do horror but not jump scares, not body horror, no constant feeling of peril. Can definitely handle your milder ghosties 😂😂 3mo
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Floresj
North Woods | Daniel Mason
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Mehso-so

This is like a bunch of connected short stories that all use the same setting-a house. I think it was creative and some characters/ stories were great, others….meh. This one is mixed for me.

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Kristin_Reads
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Pickpick

This is an unique, unusual, and haunting read. Very well-written and structured. I went into this completely blind and it took me 130 pages to get into it. I was compelled to finish because so many people rave about the ending and it does come together. Overall this is a soft pick for me though I see why people love it.

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Centique
North Woods | Daniel Mason
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Pickpick

As expected after @Megabooks review i totally loved this! The premise and structure of following one location over multiple generations (each chapter moves ahead to a new protagonist) really appealed to me. Mason does some really interesting things with the natural & the supernatural too and i loved the way future chapters were touched by themes and objects/actions from the past. I would like more books to try this & go even deeper & more complex.

Megabooks Yes!! Great review!! Love the NZ cover, too! 3mo
Soubhiville I keep seeing great reviews of this! I can‘t wait to read it. And agree, beautiful cover. 3mo
Tamra I read nothing but great things about this one! 3mo
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BarbaraBB Looking forward to it!! 3mo
Reggie I want to read this but sadly I‘m 13th in line. lol It‘s gonna come in with the other 8 holds right? 3mo
AmyG @Reggie if it come in with other books….read it first. It‘s that good. Love this cover. (edited) 3mo
sarahbarnes Yes, looking forward to this one like @BarbaraBB! 3mo
sarahbarnes @Reggie that is literally always what happens. You are sitting in a better position than I am for this book though - I‘m 244 in line 😆 3mo
Centique @Reggie it sure is! 😂😂 3mo
jlhammar Another book I hope to get to very soon. I have a feeling I‘m going to love it! 3mo
Suet624 @reggie, I agree with @AmyG. 3mo
monalyisha Stellar review! 1mo
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daena
North Woods | Daniel Mason

“Sometimes, overwhelmed she retreats into the forests of the past. She has come to think of them as her private Archive, herself as Archivist, and she has found that the only way to understand the world as something other than a tale of loss is to see it as a tale of change.”

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AmyG
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First finished book of 2024. Loved it!

Kristin_Reads That was fast! 😉 It‘s on my TBR for this month. 4mo
AmyG @kristen_reads Ha….I only had a few pages left. I wanted it to be the first book I finished this year. 4mo
BarbaraBB Just purchased this one! 4mo
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AmyG @BarbaraBB I think you will love it. 4mo
sarahbarnes I‘m definitely interested in this one after @Suet624 giving it a thumbs up. Glad to see you liked it too! 4mo
Suet624 Glad to hear you liked it. 4mo
AmyG @Suet624 I was a bit familiar with that area. I absolutely loved it. 4mo
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HettyG
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Pickpick

This is probably my favorite book of 2023, finished just under the wire!! It has an unconventional structure which I loved but may be challenging at times. At first I thought it was about a house, but having finished I now realize it‘s really about the land, the creatures (including humans) who call it home, and the cold harshness that defines nature in the dark heart of the New England forests.

Suet624 I really liked this book too. 4mo
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AmyG
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This will be my #lastfirst as I am waiting to finish North Woods in 2024…because I already made my top 10 list for ‘23. It will most likely make the list for 2024 as it‘s that good.

@BookNAround

Soubhiville Ooo, I‘m putting it on my “definitely reading in February“ list then, if I can‘t squeeze it into January. 😁 4mo
Jess861 I just received North Woods for my birthday - so glad to hear good things about it! 4mo
AmyG @Soubhiville I‘m even happier now that I got this for you! @Jess861 I hope you love it, too. 4mo
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daena
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North Woods is fantastic and I have purposefully slowed myself down to savor it just a bit more. My other love besides books is knitting. I‘m hoping to finished this ribbing and move on to the sleeves before the year‘s end. #knittersoflitsy #litsycrafters

julesG Lovely yarn 4mo
Tamra That looks luxurious! 4mo
Suet624 That‘s beautiful! 3mo
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HettyG
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I am devouring this book, it is so beautifully written! A theme so far is characters who are willing to let others live in loneliness and rejection for their own comfort, but it‘s written so soulfully that nobody is a villain, just humans, breaking each other‘s hearts as we all do so well. Merry Christmas.

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AmyG
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Thank you so mich @Pigpen_Reads ….I am so thrilled to have gotten North Woods! I am dying to read it. I love Mary Kay Andrews books, perfect. Beautiful tote and the book and pen is going to be for all my book lists…of which I have many. Great swap, thank you and thank you to the organizers….
@wanderinglynn @BookwormAHN

BookwormAHN Cute totebag 🩵🤍🩵 4mo
wanderinglynn Lovely! Happy Yule! ❄️ 4mo
Pigpen_Reads Yay! So glad you like it! 😊 4mo
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fredthemoose
North Woods | Daniel Mason
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Mehso-so

⭐️⭐️⭐️ I‘m sure this was a good book, it just was not a good book for me. There were a lot of half-interesting, partially overlapping stories of the occupants of a house in the Massachusetts woods over several centuries, but without one consistent plot or set of characters to follow, I found myself just not really caring what happened in each new story.🤷‍♀️

fredthemoose I stuck with it because I thought it was part of the #LitsyToB24 but now I see I was mistaken. Womp womp… 🙃 4mo
Anna40 I‘m in chapter 3 and enjoyed it initially but now I‘m really struggling. I love the premise and the writing just not sure where the story is going. 4mo
Susanita I bailed after the chapter with the weird apple twins. 4mo
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fredthemoose @Anna40 it doesn‘t change drastically—the style and the “where is this story going?”ness of it stay through the end. 4mo
fredthemoose @Susanita weird apple twins were weird!! For what it‘s worth, I thought that was the most compelling story of the book. 4mo
Chelsea.Poole lol “weird apple twins” @Susanita they sure are! 4mo
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Chelsea.Poole
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An all-time favorite, this book just felt so “right” while I was embracing all the formats, characters, quirks, landscapes and styles of writing. The story of a house in rural Massachusetts and its inhabitants over centuries but also the story of America itself, and humankind and even spirits, as well as the natural world. Just truly all encompassing and brilliant, while also being hilarious and down to earth. I‘m rambling; it‘s amazing.

Megabooks Agree!! 4mo
monalyisha Yay! My IRL book club is reading this in March! 4mo
fredthemoose I‘ve seen this on some “best if 2023” lists but hadn‘t latched on. You just sold me on it! 4mo
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vivastory After seeing all of the rave reviews on this the past few days after being back on Litsy, I'm going to have to move it up 4mo
AmyG I just need time to read this!!! 4mo
Bluebird Great review! I may need to give this another try. I bailed on it last month…maybe I was in the wrong mood. It seems like my kind of read. 4mo
Chelsea.Poole @Megabooks glad you could even make sense of my review 😆 4mo
Chelsea.Poole @monalyisha oh there will be so much to discuss! 4mo
Chelsea.Poole @fredthemoose yes, it appears on several lists! Certainly worth the hype, in my estimation 👏 4mo
Chelsea.Poole @vivastory @bluebird it really worked for me. I read it slowly, in print. I didn‘t want it to end! 4mo
Chelsea.Poole @AmyG I think you‘ll enjoy it! 4mo
Megabooks If you reread, you should reread it someday on audio. It is one of the best audios I‘ve done this year. Definitely my favorite full cast! 4mo
Chelsea.Poole @Megabooks I had the audio checked out and I did listen to the lobotomy dr.‘s notes section. very well done! I just loved actually reading it and taking my time, ya know? But I agree, a good audio experience too (from the small section I listened to, that is) 😊 4mo
TheKidUpstairs I stacked this one off one of your earlier posts. Sounds so good! 4mo
BkClubCare Hmmm, I just found the hardcover and this post is having me consider a read+listen experience 4mo
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Suet624
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Take a plot of land in Massachusetts & tell stories of inhabitants who lived there, the forests & apple trees (tended so carefully by one of the owners), the ghosts & brokenhearted, and the insects who create change. Include poems, pictures, and numerous sentences that stop you in your tracks & you‘ll get an idea of this book. The funniest chapter on beetle sex I‘ve ever read. And the Catamount, much loved by Vermonters, is mentioned. Loved it.

CBee Beetle sex 😳😂 5mo
ravenlee I mean…have you read many chapters on beetle sex? 😆 5mo
Suet624 @ravenlee hahaha. Nope. But this description of the “erotic coupling” was just so good and so funny I‘ll not soon forget it. 5mo
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Readergrrl I loved this novel! 5mo
RaeLovesToRead Wait... beetle sex?? 😄🧐 5mo
BarbaraBB Have you read many chapters about beetle sex 😊?! 4mo
Suet624 @BarbaraBB Maybe I needed an editor and should rephrase. :) 4mo
BarbaraBB Oh no it wouldn‘t be half as funny 😀 4mo
Megabooks This was just superb! One of my favorites this year! 4mo
Megabooks And you mean it‘s better than your subscription to PlayBeetle? 😂😂 Fantastic review!! 4mo
Suet624 @Megabooks 😂😂😂 4mo
Tamra I‘m anxious to get to this one - great review! 4mo
batsy Nice review! 🪲 4mo
Chelsea.Poole I‘m reading this now and LOVING it! 4mo
Suet624 @Chelsea.Poole I have to return this book to the library and I just stare at it and remember parts of it and wish I could dive into the book again, brand new, being surprised by sentences and story lines. I don't want to give it back. I'm so glad you're enjoying it too. 4mo
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Bluebird
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Bailedbailed

Well I‘m sooo surprised! I know several people who loved this book. However, I just could not get invested in it. Gave up at 32%. I would have bailed sooner if not for the glowing accolades. I think it‘s me, not the book. Anyone else struggle with this one?

#hailthebail