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AlexGeorge
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Revisiting an old friend. Carver has the best first lines.

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AlexGeorge
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It‘s a book about books, set in Paris. I was hardly going to pass this was by, was I? So far it‘s quite charming.

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Pickpick

Just finished this in one long, breathless rush. Brilliant and fascinating meditations on identity and race in America. Forceful and lyrical. Highly recommended.

Caterina Sounds great, thanks for your post! 😊 This was not on my radar at all before! 3d
AlexGeorge Of course! Hope you enjoy it as much as I did! 3d
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AlexGeorge
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Mehso-so

A quick, entertaining read. The list thing didn‘t really work for me but it was filing enough.

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AlexGeorge
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Just started this. I saw Andre Perry speak in Cleveland at a bookseller event a few months ago, and now I‘m wondering why I waited so long. What a voice!

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AlexGeorge
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100 pages in and utterly hooked. Great writing, but it‘s the human dynamics of the group, the collective energy required to make art together, that is so gripping. It makes me simultaneously relieved and disappointed that I write my books on my own.

JennyM I adored this book. Enjoy! 3w
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Number 11 | Jonathan Coe
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I bought this the second-to-last time I was in England and am finally getting around it. It‘s great - I love Jonathan Coe - but of course it‘s making me a bit homesick, despite the less-than-flattering depiction of the old country.

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Coventry: Essays | Rachel Cusk
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I adore Rachel Cusk‘s writing and will read (and have read) anything and everything she writes. This collection of essays was all that I had hoped for - ridiculously smart, thought-provoking, just the right amount of disarming candor. And, of course, gorgeously written. Warning: the collection of short pieces in the final third of the book will add to your TBR pile.

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Real Life: A Novel | Brandon Taylor
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I thought this was an astonishing debut. The writing is gorgeous, but it‘s the unblinking peeling back of emotion that will stick with me. Taylor navigates the darker troughs of need and desire, the knotty problem of how to exist in this world, with unerring accuracy and grace. Can‘t wait to sell the hell out of this when it comes out next February.

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AlexGeorge
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Yes, I wrote the book. It‘s still a looong way until May 5, when it comes out, but I thought I‘d share a photo of the ARCs, which have just arrived. I love this cover so much, but obviously I‘m a little biased.

MicheleinPhilly Sounds fantastic! Looking forward to it. 1mo
Eggs Wonderful! I love books with a Paris setting! 1mo
Gaylagal2 Looks great! I'd love an advance copy to review🤓 1mo
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Hooked_on_books Congrats! I think it‘s a great cover, too. 1mo
bookaholic1 Congratulations, the cover is great 1mo
JennyM Fantastic! I love your writing, so looking forward to it! Huge congrats 🥳 1mo
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AlexGeorge
A Good Neighborhood | Therese Anne Fowler
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Extremely powerful, dismayingly relevant. This book will be huge next February. Plan to read it, please! It‘s really, really fantastic. Utterly gripping.

jillrhudy Really? Yours is the first glowing review I‘ve seen. I was eyeing it for spring book club. 1mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Stacking!! I just saw a booktuber review this and she loved it!! 3d
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Real Life: A Novel | Brandon Taylor
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So far, so dazzling.

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In the Caf of Lost Youth | Patrick Modiano
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Read this on the train from New York to Boston. A short, mysterious book, more shadow than light. Modiano is a master storyteller, expertly drawing a portrait of a waiflike figure through four different perspectives. Enigmatic and absorbing. Plus, you know, Paris.

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AlexGeorge
Cleanness | Garth Greenwell
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I‘ve been looking forward to this for so long, and it‘s everything I‘d hoped for.

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AlexGeorge
Glass Hotel | Emily St John Mandel
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I have loved all of Emily St John Mandel‘s books. This felt like a return, in some ways, to her early novels, complex and beautiful beasts with unknowable characters and exquisitely crafted storylines. I loved it, and will be fascinated to see what others think when it comes out in March 2020.

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AlexGeorge
The Most Fun We Ever Had | Claire Lombardo
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532 pages of wonder. I adored this book so much - it‘s incredibly smart, brilliantly written, and acutely observed. And funny. And clever. I could go on. It gave me all the feels, and reminded me what great storytelling can do.

DebReads4fun Great review! 2mo
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AlexGeorge
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I will be recommending this to *everyone* who has published, or wants to publish, a book. It‘s a refreshingly honest roadmap, offering frank counsel to a writer through the whole process. It‘s also tremendously warm-hearted and (mostly) celebratory - it can be easy to forget all the good stuff. Caveat: this is not just for newbies. I‘m about to publish my seventh novel and I found a ton of good advice in here. Highly recommended.

Taylor Damn you‘re about to publish your seventh novel?? 2mo
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The Most Fun We Ever Had | Claire Lombardo
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A friend who reads a TON said this was the best book she‘s read so far this year, so of course I picked it up. And it is so damn good. Early days but I‘m loving every page of it.

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The Travelers | Regina Porter
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A thoroughly enjoyable, rich and rewarding read. Regina Porter creates whole worlds with deft strokes, writing with beauty and economy. Highly recommended.

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The Travelers | Regina Porter
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Just begun. Already hooked. Sensational storytelling!

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AlexGeorge
Normal People | Sally Rooney
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This was charming, quick, engaging, illuminating, and a little painful to read at times. The fact that I‘m now 30 years older than the characters in the book probably helped me get through it without too much toe-curling. It felt uncannily acute in its portrayal of (for want of a better expression) young love. Totally justified the hype.

Suet624 Yes. Exactly. 3mo
ValerieAndBooks How odd...I thought I had already stacked this -- have been seeing good things about it! 3mo
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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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Chomping through this one. What an ear Rooney has.

LauraBeth I‘m getting sad to see people turning against her because she‘s become such a media darling or they feel she‘s “over-hyped”. This woman has A+ talent! 3mo
batsy @LauraBeth Preach! 3mo
AlexGeorge I wasn‘t aware of that. That‘s depressing but I can‘t say I‘m surprised. It‘s stunning how young she is! 3mo
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I‘ll read anything that this man writes. I loved this book and of course it sent me scurrying back to all those old Tribe albums. But this is also a perfect portrait of youthful obsession which everyone will identify with. And Abdurraqib writes like an angel.

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Pickpick

If you are interested in reading, or writing, or both, this book is a treasure. Livesey is smart, generous, and a charming companion. Her essays on Flaubert, Austen and James are particularly strong, and the final piece on research is one I‘ll return to many times, I know. Highly recommended.

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AlexGeorge
We the Animals | Justin Torres
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Stunning. Wondering what took me so long to get to this.

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Dead Lions | Mick Herron
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Second in the Slough House series and just as enjoyable as the first. We‘ve been hand selling a lot of these at Skylark Bookshop. Funny, clever, never quite what you expect. Highly recommended.

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Tin Man | Sarah Winman
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I loved this book so much. Read it in a day, by the side of a lake in Maine. It‘s touching, brave, and searingly honest. And beautifully written. It reminded me why we read, and why we write.

KarenUK Love Sarah Winman... she‘s so great 💕 4mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders Couldn't see after reading this beautiful book! 😭😭😭 4mo
TrishB Love this 💕 4mo
Reggie This book....😭😭😭when he gets in the car with his mom after the wedding...😭😭😭. 4mo
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AlexGeorge
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Gripping and appalling in roughly equal measures. Oh yes, terrifying, too. But you all should totally read it.

Aimeesue Well, that sounds thoroughly horrifying. But probably a necessary, important read. 4mo
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AlexGeorge
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“We must work to be influenced, not merely wait.” This is a thoughtful and stimulating collection of essays about writing - stunningly good. Recommended for writers and readers alike.

catiewithac Stacked 📚 4mo
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The Vexations | Caitlin Horrocks
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This is my favorite novel so far this year. THE VEXATIONS by Caitlin Horrocks is a brilliant, beguiling and hugely entertaining telling of Erik Satie‘s life. A profound and generous meditation on family, art, sacrifice and genius, it had me under its spell from the first page. The writing is gorgeous, and Belle Époque Paris is sharply and exquisitely rendered. It‘s a complete triumph.

Liberty IT‘S SO GOOD. ❤️ 4mo
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I love Pod Save America and this book by one the podcast‘s core team was everything I‘d hoped for: funny, thoughtful, occasionally profane, and laced with nostalgia for a better time. But there‘s also good advice about where to go from here. In these times, it feels like nothing could be more important.

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As excellent and as relevant as you would expect from Solnit. I‘ve read most of her work and this is unquestionably among her strongest books. Highly recommended.

Suet624 Just saw George Hodgman raving about you on his Facebook page. :)
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AlexGeorge @Suet624 George is wonderful! He wrote a fabulous blurb for my new novel. 5mo
Suet624 That‘s great! I loved his book so much. I hand it out to friends all the time. 5mo
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AlexGeorge
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Oh, this book. The writing is TO DIE FOR. So, so damn good. And I‘m most definitely not a sports fan.

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AlexGeorge
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“This country has room for everybody who believes that there‘s room for everybody.”

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AlexGeorge
Topeka School | Ben Lerner
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As smart and stimulating as you would expect from Ben Lerner, who is becoming one of the most interesting writers presently working. Artfully conceived, daringly executed. Read this when it comes out in October!

Bklover Sounds a bit frightening as well 6mo
Taylor Can‘t wait for this one. 6mo
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The Last Book Party | Karen Dukess
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An enjoyable read about literary types summering on Cape Cod. Very fun!

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AlexGeorge
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My first dip intro Donna Leon‘s work, and I enjoyed it thoroughly. Clever mystery, engaging characters, and she does a masterful job of making Venice a character in itself.

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Continental Breakfast | Danny Caine
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I love Danny Caine‘s poetry. There is beauty, there is laughter, and there is much to make you think. I will return to this collection many times, that much is clear.

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The Vexations | Caitlin Horrocks
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This was a rich, engrossing, highly accomplished novel based on the life of Erik Satie. I hope it does brilliantly. It deserves to. One of the best books I‘ve read this year.

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Priestdaddy: A Memoir | Patricia Lockwood
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Loving this. So good.

Suet624 This one was so good. 5mo
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Asymmetry | Lisa Halliday
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Extraordinary read. I can‘t believe this is her first novel. It‘s so good, so well written, and so damn smart. I‘m in awe (and a bit jealous.)

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Asymmetry | Lisa Halliday
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At the suggestion of Jennifer Haigh, I just started this. And, well, wow. I live it already. So good!

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Iron Lake: A Novel | William Kent Krueger
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Wanted to try a new mystery series to recommend at the shop. This one, set in Northern Minnesota, was excellent - atmospheric, complex, with an engaging principal character. Satisfying plot. I shall definitely be going back for more.

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AlexGeorge
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Oh, this book. #thunderstruck

Samplergal Perfect, isn‘t it. 3mo
AlexGeorge Pretty much. 3mo
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French Exit: A Novel | Patrick DeWitt
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Thoroughly enjoyable. DeWitt‘s way with dialog is dazzling, his humor as bone-dry as always. But there‘s an understanding of human foibles that makes this more than just a smart, snarky book. There‘s real warmth here, too. Loved it.

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French Exit: A Novel | Patrick DeWitt
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Began this this morning. Just what I needed.

BookNAround I loved The Sisters Brothers and need to pick this one up. 9mo
AlexGeorge It‘s very different! But still the same bone-dry wit. 9mo
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Editor | Steven Rowley
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Everything I had hoped for. Touching, funny, thought-provoking... all the feels.

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Editor | Steven Rowley
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“If you ever feel lost, just take a right.” Loving this book.

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This is the Cyrano-de-Bergerac-meets-Animal-House novel that we never knew we needed. Lucy Ives skewers the perils and pretensions of MFA Programs everywhere with both exquisite precision and compassion. It‘s hilarious, weirdly touching, and very clever too. I adored it.

saresmoore I really like this cover! 9mo
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AlexGeorge
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Engaging, honest, funny, and heartfelt - runners will love this book, but it contains a few life lessons for those who don‘t feel inclined to torture themselves in this especially masochistic way. Highly recommended.