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LitStephanie
Blix | Frank Norris
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In McTeague, Norris shows us exactly how base human nature can be when people are put under pressure. In Blix, he shows how good life can be when humans live in the moment and let go of trying to be the coolest person in their set. Travis (Blix), at 19, calmly decides she is through with the petty, artificial group she runs with and from now on will do what she likes, experience what she likes, within the bounds of being a good person. She dumps⏬

LitStephanie her boyfriend (the somewhat autobiographical Condy who, like Norris, was raised in Chicago but moved to San Francisco and became a journalist and fiction writer), but they remain chums and both undergo major transformations. So much good stuff here about the animal joy of just being, how you can't really get close to another person within society's prescribed activities, and also gorgeous imagery of a San Francisco that no longer exist. Short read 1mo
LitStephanie Highly recommend. At first I didn't like the Victorian woman ideal of Blix being the good angel on Condy's shoulder, rescuing him from vice, but she is nothing so simple. She is a physically strong woman who hikes as well as Condy, fishes and plays poker better, and is headed off to a womens' medical school to be a doctor. Funny, sweet, romantic novel. 1mo
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LitStephanie
Blix | Frank Norris
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So far, this seems like a very pleasant story about two young people learning who they are and how much better life is when you put aside pretenses and societal expectations and just be yourself. However, because it is Frank Norris, also author of the brilliant but extremely brutal Naturalist novel McTeague, I can't just enjoy the nice stuff because I am waiting for acts of depravity to mess it all up. 🤣 It is a weird dread.

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LitStephanie
Blix | Frank Norris
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Norris had such a great ability to introduce characters briefly but with powerful descriptions. This quote made me choke on my coffee. ? I also love this sentence: "Asked as to his birthplace--for no Californian assumes that his neighbor is born in the State--Condy was wont to reply that he was "brawn 'n' rais" in Chicago; "but," he always added, "I couldn't help that, you know.""

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Magpiegem
Tales of the City (Revised) | Armistead Maupin
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jhod
We Run the Tides | Vendela Vida
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Thanks so much Emma! I think I must have stacked this as a result of your review and then promptly forgot all about it, so a brilliant surprise! @Oryx 😘

squirrelbrain I loved this one! ❤️ 2mo
jhod @squirrelbrain 👏👏🤩 2mo
Oryx I'm glad it finally got to you! 2mo
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Read-y_Picker
Ripper | Isabel Allende
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Clwojick Great job! 2mo
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Blueberry
Tales of the City | Armistead Maupin
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A reread for my irl bookclub. Not everyone liked it as much as I did.

PageShifter How peculiar houses! I love the colors!! 2mo
Blueberry @PageShifter a lot of that in San Francisco. LOL 2mo
PageShifter Wow!!! Really??!! I wish I could see that one day 💜 2mo
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thewallflower0707
Fabulosa Books | San Francisco, CA (Bookstore)
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I didn‘t have time to visit a bookstore in LA, and afterwards I went on our road trip tour to Joshua Tree‘s, Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Death Valley and Yosemite. We hiked through 44 degrees and saw amazing landscapes. In San Francisco, I took the metro to the Castro neighborhood and visited the Fabulosa Bookstore.

#travel #westcoast #sanfrancisco

Chrissyreadit That sounds like an amazing trip!!! How long were you there for? 3mo
thewallflower0707 @Chrissyreadit 14 weeks in the USA total, 9 1/2 weeks in Camp somewhere in the woods in Pennsylvania 3mo
Chrissyreadit How long were you on the West Coast? 3mo
Chrissyreadit Also if you love the outdoors- I highly recommend The Adirondacks in New York. 3mo
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Brooke_H
Michael Tolliver Lives | Armistead Maupin
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I've been avoiding the last few books in this series because I really disliked #5-6. But I enjoyed this one quite a bit. Although I have a hard time relating to Michael himself, I did relate to some of the situations he found himself in. And I must admit, it was nice to catch up with the Barbary Lane crew. It's been a long time.

CarolynM ❤️ 3mo
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Tkgbjenn1
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The pursuit of good and Justice becomes a political movement to dismantle a system. Movements built on new age idealism, anti-capitalistic propaganda, and void of basic common sense. Often through a prejudicial eye, despite claims of finding prejudice abhorrent. The toleration of selective prejudices. The result is a societal breakdown where the majority suffer to appease the outweighed demands of the few. A liberals criticism of progressives.