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The Years by Annie Ernaux
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Flights by Olga Tokarczuk
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And the Land Lay Still by James Robertson
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The Flame | Leonard Cohen
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Compelling, mingling all the different themes with a sense of urgency that lurks just beyond their lightness and somehow self-deprecating humour . . . a work of moving intimacy

https://www.pendoramagazine.com/book-reviews/2018/10/2/book-review-the-flame-by-...

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Argonauts | Maggie Nelson
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What is your pleasure? you asked, then stuck around for an answer.

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Out in three days in UK

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The Years | Annie Ernaux
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Doing everything roughly, whether catching a rabbit by the ears, giving someone a peck on the cheek, or squeezing a child in one‘s arms. On days when tempers flared, banging in and out of the house, slamming chairs around
walking with long strides, swinging one‘s arms, sitting by flopping oneself onto the chair, and when standing again, freeing with a flick of the hand the cloth of the skirt caught between the buttocks.

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In Cold Blood | Truman Capote
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A bit of a true crime craze lately

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I used to do this, the self I was
used to this

the selves I no longer am
nor understand.

Something bright, then holes
is how a girl, newly-sighted, once

described a hand. I reread
your letters, and remember

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The Years | Annie Ernaux
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Best books of 2018 so far: The Years by Annie Ernaux. Still reading this one, but it‘s absolutely magical. It starts as a collective memoir, a sort of oral history of France from the end of the Second World War, and goes to capture the essence of living through all the social changes that followed. Another brilliant work of non-fiction from Fitzcarraldo Editions.

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Swan Song | Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott
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Best books of 2018 so far: SWAN SONG. A personal favourite, this novel revolves around the life of Truman Capote and the socialites he called his swans. With the publication of pieces in Esquire in 1975 in which he exposed their secrets, he was expelled from the elite he spent his life trying to belong to, an event that would haunt him until his death. The swans make up the plural first person narrator of this account of gossip and betrayal.

charl08 Good to hear: waiting for the book to arrive in my library. 2y
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charl08 @Booksy this one didn't work for me, but glad I have it a go. 14mo
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Michelle McNamara‘s stunning true crime book on the Golden State Killer, a work that was cut short by her untimely death in 2016 was finished thanks to her husband‘s, comedian Patton Oswalt, dedication to her legacy, and published in March of this year. She devoted most of her life to investigating this cold case from the 70s and 80s and shortly after its publication, the Golden State Killer was caught.

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The End of Loneliness | Benedict Wells
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First published in German in 2016, it‘s a deeply moving story of how each life connects and changes every life around it. Whether you call The End Of Loneliness a love story, a family drama, or a coming of age novel, you‘re doing a disfavour; it is all of those things at once and more, in a narrative that blends all facets of a life in a genuine and delicately episodic way.

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Spring: (Seasons Quartet 3) | Karl Ove Knausgaard
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Second up on this list of best books of 2018 so far, Karl Ove Knausgaard‘s Spring, the third volume in his seasonal quartet. After the list-like structure of Autumn and Winter, the series takes a narrative form in this book. A detailed snapshot of one day in his family‘s life, Spring is a celebration of beauty in the mundane.

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Fire Sermon | Jamie Quatro
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One of my favourite books of 2018 so far
#sixmonthssixbooks

thebluestocking This series of photos is amazing!! 😍 1y
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Love love love this book ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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My Year of Rest and Relaxation is yet another triumphant achievement by one of the boldest American writers working today. It is sure to engross fans of Eileen and challenge everyone else. Exquisitely off-putting, darkly funny, and always unrelenting, Ottessa Moshfegh‘s latest novel raises the bar of fiction yet again.

https://www.pendoramagazine.com/book-reviews/2018/7/2/book-review-my-year-of-res...

mrozzz Yes! I can‘t wait to read this one. 2y
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Something was getting sorted out. I knew in my heart – this was, perhaps, the only thing my heart knew back then – that when I‘d slept enough, I‘d be okay. I‘d be renewed, reborn. I would be a whole new person. [...] My past life would be but a dream, and I could start over without regrets, bolstered by the bliss and serenity that I would have accumulated in my year of rest and relaxation.

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“There is something reminiscent of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer in the beginning, and then it reads as if Cormac McCarthy picked up the first drafts of Mark Twain and finished them. Which is something very welcome that has been missing in westerns since Charles Portis‘ True Grit.”

https://www.pendoramagazine.com/book-reviews/2018/5/29/book-review-only-killers-...

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Swan Song | Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott
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It was so amazing to go to Kelleigh‘s launch of the book in London 3 weeks ago. She threw a Black and White party, just like Capote, and it was glorious.

“It‘s a novel that is as interested in the literary value of Capote‘s approach to writing and his life as it is in the moral decay of the most privileged. It is our generation‘s The Secret History.”

https://www.pendoramagazine.com/book-reviews/2018/5/22/book-review-swan-song

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Dear Thief: A Novel | Samantha Harvey
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This book is full of music! Here‘s a playlist for you to enjoy it:

https://open.spotify.com/user/pendoramag/playlist/0ItdKFAmEEMWzfq1ZkzWe0?si=hQ7S...

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The first time we see Jane Ashland, she is alone on top of a misty Norwegian mountain with very little equipment and no phone. Instead of trying to survive, she is thinking of the position her frozen body will have taken when the rescuers find her.

https://www.pendoramagazine.com/book-reviews/2018/4/24/book-review-the-gradual-d...

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Dear Thief: A Novel | Samantha Harvey
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Dear Thief is a long letter, from the unnamed narrator to Nina, the thief. Dear Thief pulls you into the intimate world of these two friends and their troubled love triangle, and ends up being perhaps the most evocative, poignant, and effective second-person novel ever written.

https://www.pendoramagazine.com/book-reviews/2018/4/17/book-review-dear-thief-by...

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Dear Thief: A Novel | Samantha Harvey
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Dear Thief: A Novel | Samantha Harvey
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Fire Sermon explored the dynamics of an affair using various narrative modes. In the acknowledgments, Jamie Quatro thanks her friend Samantha Harvey for feedback on early drafts, and it reminded me of this other gem. Samantha Harvey‘s 2014 Dear Thief takes the form of a long letter inspired by Leonard Cohen‘s Famous Blue Raincoat, exploring the same topic as Fire Sermon. A truly outstanding novel that never got the level of praise it deserves.

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Fire Sermon | Jamie Quatro
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One of last month‘s best books, Fire Sermon explored the dynamics of an affair using various narrative modes. In the acknowledgments, Jamie Quatro thanks her friend Samantha Harvey for feedback on early drafts, and it reminded me of this other gem. Samantha Harvey‘s 2014 Dear Thief takes the form of a long letter inspired by Cohen‘s Famous Blue Raincoat, exploring the same topic as Fire Sermon.

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I am so so so so so so so in looooove with this cover!!!
(And also The Great Gatsby is getting its original blue cover back - which I love so much I have it on my favourite tote)

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Swimming Lessons | Claire Fuller
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Swimming Lessons is divided into two narratives: in the present we see Flora, the youngest daughter of Gil Coleman, a once-successful novelist; told through letters tucked away in the books that are overflowing the Coleman household, the second narrative comes from Ingrid, Gil‘s wife who disappeared after writing the last letter.”

https://www.pendoramagazine.com/book-reviews/2018/4/10/book-review-swimming-less...

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Dear Thief: A Novel | Samantha Harvey
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Dear Thief‘s a unique kind of adaptation (I use this word very very lightly here) that doesn‘t merely reference Famous Blue Raincoat, but weaves a world out of some of Cohen‘s most atmospheric songs.

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Fire Sermon | Jamie Quatro
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Saying that Jamie Quatro‘s Fire Sermon is a love story, or the story of an affair would be like saying that Moby Dick is about fishing. Yes, there is an affair at the centre of it, and there is talk about love, but this novel is made of so many layers that it requires multiple readings to unfold them all.

https://www.pendoramagazine.com/book-reviews/2018/3/6/book-review-fire-sermon-by...

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If every piece of self-writing is a form of reflection, then a string of pieces about near-death experiences has a strong claim at being the purest form of this process. Add to the equation a veteran writer who can truly do justice to this form, and you get a masterpiece.

https://www.pendoramagazine.com/book-reviews/2018/3/20/book-review-i-am-i-am-i-a...

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A perfect mix of a fast-paced crime thriller with the literary subtleties that are too often missing from the genre.

https://www.pendoramagazine.com/book-reviews/2018/3/13/book-reivew-you-were-neve...

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Can‘t wait to dive into this one!

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Fire Sermon | Jamie Quatro
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I love books that deal with memory, and how we change our past simply by thinking about it.

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Paper Girls Volume 4 | Brian K Vaughan
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The new issue of Paper Girls is my valentine

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Feel Free: Essays | Zadie Smith

I‘m not on Twitter but quite often I find myself thinking of Justin Bieber. It‘s not a sexual interest – at least, I don‘t think it is. It‘s more of a – bear with me – philosophical interest.

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Feel Free: Essays | Zadie Smith
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As is the case with the best essays, Feel Free doesn‘t presume to give you any answers but understands that you need to explore these questions for yourself – they just provide some potentially useful tools for doing so. It‘s like a catalogues of thoughts and ideas on the world we live in – you can pick it up from your nightstand whenever you pick Zadie Smith‘s brain.

pendoramagazine.com/book-reviews/2018/2/6/book-review-feel-free-by-zadie-smith

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Cities start burning down because of riots by mobs who have to take out their frustration on someone, or something, since the cause of their pain is unknown. This is one of the most remarkable and well-delivered aspects of the novel: how fragile we are that we don‘t need zombies or alien invasions to risk our existence; a simple thing like mass insomnia will destroy us within a few weeks.

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Autumn | Karl Ove Knausgeard
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Autumn is framed as a letter to his unborn daughter, where Knausgaard is preparing to introduce her to this world that she is in, but she hasn‘t yet seen or experienced. What follows each fragment of the letter are stand-alone short pieces ranging from objects like rubber boots, bottles, and buttons, to abstract notions like pain and forgiveness.

https://www.pendoramagazine.com/book-reviews/2017/11/29/book-review-autumn-by-ka...

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Bluets | Maggie Nelson
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At the core of the book is a meditation on Nelson's love for the color, an examination of other people who have been fascinated by it before her, like Wittgenstein, Joni Mitchell, and Leonard Cohen. Nelson has enveloped this core idea in a layer of narrative consisting of a quasi-epistolary reflection on a past relationship.

https://www.pendoramagazine.com/book-reviews/2017/11/6/book-review-bluets-by-mag...

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Brothers Karamazov | Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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Love Dostoyevsky, although haven‘t read him in years. Want to start this one soon

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Even years after reading it, my mind randomly goes to this book for no apparent reason. That's how you know it's a really good one

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I finished it, I adored it, full review coming very soon on pendoramagazine.com. But seriously, how can Ali Smith be this good at creating characters and playing with language? I can't get over her fascinating style!

PS. Can you add covers pics to books here? Cause how does this one not have a cover???!!!?

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Nevernight | Jay Kristoff
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This is my current read, and I haven't been this in love with a fantasy series since A Song of Ice and Fire! If anyone can score me an ARC of Godsgrave, please please? I'll be finishing this in a couple of days at the most, and I need my next dose of Mia Corvere!!!

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This is probably one of the most perfect short summer reads. It'll take you one evening, and it will leave you wanting more from what's apparently a series of books in this vein. Review coming soon on pendoramagazine.com

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Girl Meets Boy | Ali Smith
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If you're going to retell a myth, this is how it's done!

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I love Ali Smith's casual humor

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Such an honest love letter to literature, language, and the vitality of libraries

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Autumn | Ali Smith
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There's no better time than right now to read this beauty

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Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor Archives Omnibus | Tony Lee, Matthew Dow Smith, Joshua Hail Fialkov, Dan McDaid
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Doctor Who for breakfast

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A Feast for Crows | George R. R. Martin
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Still waiting for TWOW #Lannister

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Ulysses | James Joyce
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shall I wear a red yes and how he kissed me under the Moorish wall and I thought well as well him as another and then I asked him with my eyes to ask again yes and then he asked me would I yes to say yes my mountain flower and first I put my arms around him yes and drew him down to me so he could feel my breasts all perfume yes and his heart was going like mad and yes I said yes I will yes @Obviousstate #bannedbooksweek

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