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Traplines: Stories | Eden Robinson
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Bit more than short stories these give a tremendously graphic snapshot of youth, family, poverty, survival and the list goes on. Rich with imagery and tough imaginings that feel sketched from the real world. A must if you‘re a fan like me quickly becoming one!

Lunatic Villas | Marian Engel
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How's that for a dedication. 😂

batsy Why is this also feel like the start of a Shirley Jackson story? 😆 1mo
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A Jest of God | Margaret Laurence
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📚Jest of God*Jane Eyre
🖋️Tove Jansson*Shirley Jackson*NK Jemisin*PD James
🎬 Jackie Brown*Jurassic Park*Jodorowsky's Dune*JoJo Rabbit*Jaws*Jude
🎙️ Joan Jett*Johnny Cash*Joy Division*Jeff Buckley*Jesus & Mary Chain*Japanese Breakfast
🎧 Jolene (D. Parton)*Jesus Don't Want Me for a Sunbeam (Nirvana)*Jackie Down the Line (Fontaines DC)*Ju$t (RTJ)*Jesus etc (Wilco)
#manicmonday #letterj @CBee

CBee I almost picked the Nirvana and Wilco too 🙌🏻 2mo
vivastory @CBee 👏 🤘 2mo
RamsFan1963 I like your taste in music 2mo
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My October | Claire Holden Rothman
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October #Bookspin and #Doublespin ❤️📚 Thanks @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Good luck!! 2mo
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The Stone Angel | Margaret Laurence
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My last title for the Summer edition of #Booked2022 Set in a Canadian Province

Spanning the late 1800s to the middle of the 20th century, this is the story of an uncompromising and bitter woman. The story at times felt almost biblical in how Hagar Currie Shipley is unable to love or appreciate those who love her most. It was frustrating to read at times - Hagar is often her own worst enemy- but it always felt real.

CarolynM I‘d not heard of Margaret Laurence until @LeahBergen kindly sent me this book. I liked it a lot. I‘m going to read more of her books one day…🥴 3mo
Ruthiella I heard about Laurence first from a book blogger a few years ago. But this was my first title. I too would like to read more from her…some day! 3mo
squirrelbrain Great review - I also read this one thanks to @LeahBergen! Cute pupper! 3mo
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Ruthiella @squirrelbrain Thanks! @LeahBergen influence is GLOBAL! 😆 3mo
vivastory I def recommend reading the rest of the Manawaka cycle! I read through them with several other Littens last year & it was one of my fave reading experiences of the year 3mo
LeahBergen @CarolynM @squirrelbrain @Ruthiella 😆😆 Just doing my bit for Can Lit. Wait … I should make that into a t-shirt for myself! 😆 3mo
TrishB @LeahBergen sent it to me too 😁 she‘s on commission! 3mo
LeahBergen @vivastory It was an AMAZING group read with everyone, wasn‘t it? ❤️ 3mo
LeahBergen @TrishB Bahaha! 😆😆 3mo
TrishB @LeahBergen have to also add I loved it ❤️ 3mo
vivastory @LeahBergen It was the best 💙 3mo
batsy I need to read this! I read the other books in the cycle with the Manawakan gang and really love Laurence ❤️ The cute doggo seems to approve of the book, also! 3mo
Cinfhen I recently ordered this book after seeing all the rave reviews- but I‘m worried my expectations will ruin the book 😬and your furry friend is SUPER CUTE♥️ 3mo
Ruthiella @TrishB Good to know you loved it too! I‘m sure any commission @LeahBergen earned was spent on buying MORE BOOKS! 😆 3mo
Ruthiella @vivastory I remember those posts and they definitely contributed to my desire to get to this book sooner rather than later! 3mo
jlhammar I read this one, A Bird in the House and Jest of God several years ago and loved them. Need to get to the other Laurence titles on my shelves (The Diviners and The Fire-Dwellers). Great review! 3mo
Ruthiella @batsy I was surprised to see on goodreads that you hadn‘t yet read it! You have no idea how many pictures I had to take to get one presentable with Penny, the dog! She‘s no model! 3mo
batsy Aww, Penny! A photogenic but reluctant model 😂 3mo
Ruthiella @Cinfhen Thanks, Penny isn‘t photogenic. It took many pictures to get one that was cute enough! Temper your expectations accordingly. This is definitely an older fashioned novel. But the way it is structured kept me engaged. 3mo
Ruthiella @jlhammar Thanks! I‘m definitely going to read the rest in the Manawaka cycle. I‘m woefully under-read in Can-Lit! 3mo
Cinfhen I had a feeling @Ruthiella ☺️ 3mo
PaperbackPirate Cute! 😍🐕💙 3mo
Ruthiella @PaperbackPirate Thanks! 🙏🐶 3mo
WJCintron 😍😍😍 2mo
BiblioLitten 😍😍😍 2mo
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The Fire-Dwellers | Margaret Laurence
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Title That Begins With the Letter F
A bounty of wonderful titles for F! A few candidates: Manguel's compendium of favorite characters-Fabulous Monsters,Pullman's imaginative versions of Fairy Tales from Brothers Grimm, Borges' thought experiments & fables-Ficciones, & Frankentstein. I am selecting Fire-Dwellers. one of my favorite Laurence books. Mid-cycle in the Manawaka sequence, Laurence portrays one of her most extraordinary👇

vivastory characters-Stacey MacAindra, who is trying to keep her head above water while the world seems to be falling apart all around her. Interspersed throughout the novel are snippets from news articles & crime reports, & the book alternates between an interior dialogue & character dialogue making this the most formally experimental of Laurence's work. Stacey is desperately trying to find a balance between caring for her family while making a meaning 4mo
vivastory outside of it for herself. An extraordinary work that was made all the better having read it with the #Manawakans 4mo
batsy Yes!! 💜 4mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing! 4mo
vivastory @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thanks for starting the prompt & posting a new graphic to use!! 4mo
BarbaraBB Ah Yes!! 4mo
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The Glassy Sea | Marian Engel
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Cathythoughts Love the shirt 🌸 4mo
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The Diviners | Margaret Laurence
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Another Canadian classic. Loved it when I read it in university and still loved it when I re-read it last year with fellow #manawakans. Laurence's bildungsroman about becoming an artist is a complex weaving together of the past and the present.
#alphabetgame #letterd @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks On my shelf!! 4mo
LeahBergen 👏👏 4mo
batsy I completely forgot about this. Great choice. 4mo
vivastory Fantastic choice! 4mo
merelybookish @LeahBergen @batsy @vivastory Glad you all agree! 🤗 4mo
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If you are a fan of Jenny Offill or Lucy Ellmann, I think this feminist novel published in 1970 will appeal. I enjoyed the compressed timeline—a single evening—and the stream of consciousness style. Minn is hugely pregnant (an IUD failure); her 3 kids are asleep; her war reporter husband is away; & party guests she doesn‘t know have taken over the crumbling mansion that she & her husband rent in Toronto. Amusing, introspective #CanLit.

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