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Great short story from the tagged collection in which a telephone plays a crucial role.
(Art via https://pin.it/olz4qdwo2xmz4h )

“I have not broken your heart—you have broken it; and in breaking it, you have broken mine.”
(art by Rovina Cai for the Folio Society edition)
@Cinfhen @vivastory

batsy Gah, Folio editions need to stop being so pretty!! 11mo
Cinfhen Yay!! Love when you play catch-up 11mo
vivastory WH is easily one of my favorite books & after loving Strange Weather, I think that 20th Century Ghosts will be my next Joe Hill 11mo
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rohit-sawant @batsy Right?! My bank account shudders every time I come across a picture of one 😆 11mo
rohit-sawant @Cinfhen Thanks! I wish I could be more regular with my posts, but catching up is fun, too! 11mo
rohit-sawant @vivastory I'm so excited for you to read 20th Century Ghosts. I can see it being one of your favorite collections. "Pop Art" from it is the best short story I've read in the last decade. Hope you pick it up soon! 11mo
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Sister Carrie | Theodore Dreiser
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These early 20th-century novels by Theodore Dreiser are what came to mind for #boulevardofbrokendreams. In each, young hopefuls head to the big city in pursuit of the American dream, and things don't quite turn out as planned.
(It's been a while since I read them so the plot points are foggy. 😂)
#musicalnewyear @cinfhen @vivastory

Cinfhen These look good! And for some reason I‘m getting @LeahBergen vibes🤷‍♀️ 11mo
ravenlee An American Tragedy was the first book I didn‘t finish for school - I ran out of time for a summer assignment - and had to bluff my way through. I ended up getting the highest grade in the class on the paper! Due to listening to the discussion and taking lots of notes, and a certain flair for BS. 11mo
vivastory I've been meaning to read Dreiser, especially Sister Carrie 11mo
merelybookish @ravenlee That's funny! Taking good notes in a lit class is always a good strategy! 11mo
merelybookish @vivastory You should! It's gritty realism, if you like that kind of thing. 😉 11mo
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City of Thieves: A Novel | David Benioff
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For some reason today's prompt made me think of this cover/book, which I have yet to read. Two prisoners in Nazi-occupied Russia on a literal egg hunt, tasked to find a dozen eggs for the wedding cake of colonel's daughter, making their way through "the dire lawlessness of Leningrad." Anyone read it?

#boulevardofbrokendreams #musicalnewyear
@Cinfhen @vivastory

vivastory I read it. I thought it was worthwhile. 11mo
Amiable I really liked this one. 11mo
Swe_Eva It was a really good read! 👍 11mo
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Samreamer I love this book! I even got my husband to read it (he usually is only a non-fiction person), and he really liked it. 11mo
cariashley It‘s so so good. Audio is fantastic. 11mo
Cinfhen This book surprised me. It was well done and a different take on WWII which I enjoyed. 11mo
erzascarletbookgasm I‘ve read it and liked it :) 11mo
Reggie This sounds pretty good. Stacked. 11mo
zezeki This is my tbr too. Heard only good things. 11mo
minkyb I remember really liking this! 11mo
readordierachel @BookNerd9906 @reggie @zezeki It sounds interesting, right? 👍🏽😊 11mo
BookNerd9906 @readordierachel Definitely! Lmk what you think. 11mo
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All the Stars in the Heavens | Adriana Trigiani
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#MusicalNewYear #BoulevardofBrokenDreams This is my favorite book by Adriana Trigiani. I love her description about 1930s Hollywood and how she tells the story of Loretta Young. @Cinfhen @vivastory

Cinfhen I‘ve been curious about this title!! Thanks for sharing 11mo
vivastory This sounds wonderful 11mo
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One of the most important nf books I read last year; chronicling the hopeless situations, that too many individuals & families, find themselves trapped in due to evictions. Although he focused on Milwaukee, Desmond makes it clear that the situation is representative of urban poor across America. Rental regulations are overdue & new measures to address the crisis should be discussed & debated with the same attention as other public policy issues.

Reggie Ughhh that whole section about getting evicted for fines incurred for dialing 911. It pissed me off so much. But I did like his proposed solutions to help the situations near the end of the book. 11mo
Cinfhen Oh wow, I never knew that @Reggie I thought dialing 999 was free!!!! 11mo
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Reggie @Cinfhen not in Milwaukee. If your tenants called 911 more than 3 times the landlord got fined in the thousands. The landlord had written a letter back saying she had talked to the tenant who had called because she heard her neighbor getting beat up by her boyfriend. The police said no dice and it wasn‘t until she proved that she evicted them that they dropped the fines. The woman who called was a single mother with 2 kids. WTH?!!!! 11mo
Cinfhen What???? That‘s horrible!! I potentially see how someone who uses 911 as a personal service should be fined but a neighbor calling to report a crime!?!? It goes against everything we‘ve been taught as concerned citizens @reggie 😡 (edited) 11mo
Suet624 One of the things that Bernie Sanders did In Burlington when he was mayor was work on affordable housing. Burlington is now an example of how to provide housing and home ownership to low income residents. 11mo
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Last Woman Standing | Amy Gentry
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Narrator Dana, is a stand up comic returned from LA to TX, trying not to get stuck living on the #BoulevardOfBrokenDreams when she makes a new friend who changes everything... with more than a nod to Strangers on a Train, I kept waiting for this to take a more original turn, but the book splits its focus and loses its pacing as the book struggles to fall under the thriller that it‘s marketed as and being a societal commentary... #MusicalNewYear

Cinfhen Sorry this book didn‘t work for you. I wasn‘t a big fan of her first book 11mo
TorieStorieS @Cinfhen Yeah- I had mixed feelings for her debut too... and when I realized I had overlooked this ARC, I felt bad for not reading it sooner... but in the end, I was just glad I made it to the end! 😬 11mo
Jess7 This one didn‘t really work for me either. 11mo
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vivastory Sorry to hear that this didn't work out for you. 11mo
TorieStorieS @Jess7 Glad to know I‘m not alone!! 11mo
TorieStorieS @vivastory Thanks- it just makes me all the more excited for my next read!!!😊 11mo
vivastory That's true. Sometimes I think an occasional bad book is more worthwhile than a good one, because it is a reminder of everything that is important in fiction. 11mo
Cinfhen I‘m always slightly relieved when I discover a book I can skip!!! 😝 11mo
TorieStorieS @Cinfhen 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 11mo
TorieStorieS @vivastory indeed!!! 11mo
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This fictional portrait of one artist's plight to find inspiration for his work in late-1980's NYC feels fitting for #boulevardofbrokendreams

KarenUK That cover! 😍 11mo
vivastory I credit Jim Carroll with my passion for poetry. I started reading poetry after the adaptation of Basketball Diaries. When I attended the annual New Year's poetry reading at St Mark's Poetry Project in 2004, he read from this one. I'll never forget being there. 11mo
emilyhaldi Wow how cool!! @vivastory I was just googling Jim Carroll bc I admittedly know nothing about him...I will have to check out his poetry 11mo
Cinfhen Now I need to check him out too!! Great cover 11mo
Reviewsbylola Sounds interesting! 11mo
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Marlene: A Novel | C. W. Gortner
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Marlene Dietrich made it in Hollywood, but for so many others it‘s a #BoulevardofBrokenDreams I can‘t say that I‘m much interested in a fictionalized account of Dietrich‘s life, but I love Gortner‘s books and since he brought Coco Chanel to life for me (another person I had little interest in reading about) I‘m pretty sure I‘ll like this anyway.


Cinfhen Yay for our #MademoiselleChanel buddy read 💋I really liked that book!! I bet this book will be really good 11mo
vivastory This sounds really interesting 11mo
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The Bishop's Pawn | Steve Berry
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Given my current read, and that tomorrow is MLK day, #boulevardofbrokendreams immediately brought me here.

I plan on also reading Letter From Birmingham Jail. The kids and I have watched a kids cartoon about MLK to explain to them what he was all about and I have some books to read to them as well.


Cinfhen That‘s perfect timing 11mo
JaclynW Great! What cartoon was it? 11mo
vivastory That's wonderful! 11mo
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vivastory The amount of work that goes into any performance is astonishing, I can't even fathom what it takes to run a Broadway show 11mo
Itchyfeetreader Oh this looks interesting 11mo
Cinfhen This does seem like a fascinating read!! @Itchyfeetreader 11mo
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