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Theaelizabet

Theaelizabet

Joined February 2019

Library trustee. History enthusiast. A lover of theater, too. http://www.librarything.com/profile/
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Expendable Man (Revised) | Dorothy B Hughes
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BarbaraBB Maybe it‘s for the best I don‘t live in the US 😂 5d
batsy @BarbaraBB Hahaha, I was just thinking the same 😆 5d
LeahBergen Damn! Too bad (or not?) that I live in Canada. 😆 5d
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Delusions are easy to sustain when they‘re your only refuge. What happens when delusions fall away? Will you rise up? Or double down? And when your society and faith tradition offer little but judgement, do you even have a choice? A bleak, well-told tale. #NYRBbookclub

Leftcoastzen Love your review!❤️ 1w
Theaelizabet @Leftcoastzen Thanks! You ran a great group today. Thanks for that, too! 7d
vivastory Wonderful review!! 6d
Theaelizabet @vivastory Thanks so much! And thanks for overseeing/creating such a great book group! 5d
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LeahBergen I like how many of the #NYRBBookClub picks are shown with wine! 😆😆 2w
BarbaraBB You‘re back! I hope you‘re enjoying your evening! 😘 2w
Theaelizabet @LeahBergen Great minds think alike!😉 1w
Theaelizabet @BarbaraBB Thanks! I did! ☺️ 1w
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Reading about a biographer‘s time with Beckett and de Beauvoir—perfect read for a chilly fall day.

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After Claude | Iris Owens
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Harriet is self-involved, splenetic, pitiful--and funny. Her life “After Claude“ is just plain weird. She is decidedly not a good girl. Or a nice girl. Those smarter than me could probably trace a through line from her to Nadia of Netflix's Russian Doll, or to any other female character who's allowed to be a train wreck. I didn't like her, but I sure kept thinking about her. #nyrbbookclub

BarbaraBB Great review. It seems we‘re all agreeing again on our book this month! 5mo
Theaelizabet @BarbaraBB Thanks! There‘s going to be a lot to chew on! 5mo
vivastory I keep meaning to check out that show. Great review! 5mo
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Theaelizabet @vivastory I disliked the show in the beginning, but hung in to see where they were headed, and ended up really enjoying it. That character had more agency than Harriet, but there were certainly similarities. Thanks. 5mo
BarbaraBB Hi, just checking in. I am missing you in our NYRB book club! Hope all is well 💕 2mo
Theaelizabet @BarbaraBB Thanks so much for thinking of me! Life got away from me (in good ways, not bad) and I just needed to set aside social media for a time. I hope to be back in the groove (and in the NYRB book club, which I so enjoyed) in November, December at the latest. Again, thanks for reaching out! 2mo
BarbaraBB Just happy to hear you‘re well. Enjoy life‘s other things and I hope you‘ll be back in the book club later this year 😘 2mo
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My new nonfiction read. A major shout out and thanks to @Notafraidofwords for graciously sending this book to me!

Graywacke Cool! I‘ve listening to it on my commutes. 6mo
Theaelizabet @Graywacke I‘ve seen some of your posts about it. Can‘t wait to read your review. I‘m on chapter 6, so early days, but loving it, so far. 5mo
Mitch Im so looking forward to reading this - think i might clear the whole of August! 5mo
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Theaelizabet @Mitch I might STILL be reading it during August! 5mo
SamAnne Plan to start this month. 5mo
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Lepore‘s history book isn‘t comprehensive (no Lewis and Clark), but what‘s not there, you won‘t miss. What IS there (a history of polling, for example) will force a long reading list of future follow-ups. Thankfully, it‘s well-annotated. Haven‘t had a history course since college or high school? Boy, are you going to be surprised by what you think you remember and by what you were never taught. Stirringly written. Highly recommended.

Leftcoastzen It looks good to me , I‘m so booked up😂 6mo
Theaelizabet @Leftcoastzen Oh gosh, me, too!🙄 6mo
LyndseyReads I added this to my list after I heard an interview with Lepore. I love her perspective. 6mo
Theaelizabet @LyndseyReads I do, too. I also really liked her Book of Ages, which is about what we do know about colonial women from what we don‘t know about Ben Franklin‘s favorite sister. 6mo
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The Tony Awards are tonight and these are the shows that I‘ve been lucky enough to see. They all have merit, but I‘d like to shout out What the Constitution Means to Me by Heidi Schreck. Nominated for for Best Play and Best Actress, and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, it will go on national tour this fall. Catch it if you can. If you can‘t, the script goes on sale in October. Plays demand embodiment, but this one will still be a powerful read.

teainthelibrary I listened to an interview with her - she sounds so cool! 6mo
Theaelizabet @teainthelibrary She‘s very cool and, in the show, gives a clever, first-rate, civics lesson! 6mo
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RaimeyGallant Sounds fantastic. 6mo
Nute Way cool that you get to go to so many plays. It‘s something that I wish I could do more of. 6mo
Theaelizabet @Nute Yeah, I‘m lucky that I have friends who have access to discount tickets and that I live close to a lot of theaters. 6mo
Suet624 Hadestown was written and performed for years by Vermonters. I saw it in a small theatre within a bar years ago, saw it off Broadway (fabulous) and hope to see it sometime on Broadway. Anais Mitchell, the author, singing Why We Build the Wall always brings chills. (edited) 6mo
Theaelizabet @Suet624 Lucky you! My friends who have seen it, loved it. I hope to see it and Oklahoma. 6mo
sisilia This is the reason why I‘d love to live in NYC 😻 I went to To Kill a Mockingbird, Burn This, and Hamilton. Loved them all! 5mo
Theaelizabet @sisilia I‘m going to miss Burn This! It‘s closing July 14th and I‘m leaving town on the 3rd and just won‘t be able to work it in. I enjoy Adam Driver‘s work. I assume he was as good as I‘ve heard. Yes, NYC theater is terrific! 5mo
sisilia @Theaelizabet Before I went to see Burn This I read a review that says that Adam Driver‘s performance is as strong as John Malkovich‘s in the same play 30 years ago. I was skeptical about it 🤔 I mean, John Malkovich is quite a high bar 😬 But Driver didn‘t disappoint; he‘s rrreeeaallllyy good 👍🏻 5mo
Theaelizabet @sisilia I‘m holding out hope for a last minute extension!😬 5mo
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The Quincunx | Charles Palliser
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Summer.

Catt Ooh. I‘m intrigued by the cover. (Love an old skeleton key!) Do tell us a bit! 6mo
Theaelizabet @Catt I‘m doing a buddy read of it through June, so I‘ll let you know! It‘s a bit of a Dickens pastiche, but I‘m beginning to think it‘s more. Welcome to Litsy! 6mo
Catt I shall look forward to the review! 6mo
rubyslippersreads I‘ve had this on my TBR list for ages. 6mo
Theaelizabet @rubyslippersreads Mine, too! It‘s quite a ride! 6mo
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Montclair Book Center | Montclair, NJ (Bookstore)
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Reading slump? Just buy more books, right? From Montclair Book Center and an NYRB order.
#NYRB #NYRBbookclub #Virago #Viragomodernclassics

DivineDiana Love the beautiful covers! ❤️ 6mo
SharonGoforth Absolutely!! And these books are gorgeous!!📚☺️ 6mo
saresmoore Mmm, just what the doctor ordered! 6mo
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catebutler I love when I see Virago‘s! 😍 6mo
LeahBergen Ahh, the pretty green Viragos! 6mo
vivastory Fantastic covers! BTW I love Lolly Willowes! 6mo
emilyhaldi 🙌🏻 6mo
Fridameetslucy I love that Montclair bookstore !! 6mo
rubyslippersreads Lovely! 6mo
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Montclair Book Center | Montclair, NJ (Bookstore)
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Great place to spend a drizzly day.

Billypar I love this shop! Great selection of used books , nice layout with different levels, and the used vinyls and CD's section is another plus. 7mo
Leftcoastzen Looks great! 7mo
Theaelizabet @Billypar @Leftcoastzen So many indies have closed in northern NJ. Glad this one is still around. 7mo
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Cep divides (perhaps wisely) her complicated story into three distinct parts, with the third being the tale of Harper Lee‘s writing life after To Kill A Mockingbird. Cep can write, and there‘s much to recommend this book, but I can‘t help wondering if a more intertwined approach to its telling (especially of parts 2 and 3) would have forced a deeper look at creative desire and thwarted ambition. >>>>

Theaelizabet “Whatever she was writing, Harper Lee wasn‘t publishing any of it, but no “wonder” can be dismissed as “one hit” right away. It takes the passage of time for such language to feel applicable, and even then it is a strange and varied category, especially for writers of fiction.” from Furious Hours
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TheBookStacker As soon as I finish this long stint of 90 hour work weeks I plan to start this book. Can‘t wait! 7mo
LeahBergen I‘m looking forward to this one! 👏🏻 7mo
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Cassandra at the Wedding | Dorothy Baker
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I look forward to discussing this book later this month for the #nyrbbookclub. It has so many layers and the writing and the characters read so fresh, despite the book‘s 1962 publication date.
@vivastory @BarbaraBB

BarbaraBB Great pic and I agree, the writing feels timeless! 💕 7mo
Leftcoastzen Cute kitty !It does have a timeless quality to it. Only about 70 pages in . 7mo
youneverarrived Agree, it feels more current. 7mo
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Liz_M Beautiful kitty! 7mo
Theaelizabet @Liz_M Thanks! He‘s a senior rescue who has claimed our hearts. 7mo
vivastory I completely agree, it feels very contemporary. The NYRB site compared her writing to Lahiri & Eugenides. 7mo
Nute Adorably cute!🐈💛 6mo
Theaelizabet @Nute Thanks! 6mo
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My favorite NYRBs. @vivastory #nyrbbookclub

vivastory I have The Summer Book, still unread. The rest of these sound really interesting! 7mo
BarbaraBB I loved both The Summer Book and A Month in the Country 7mo
Liz_M I've heard so many good things about AMitC! 7mo
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The Old Drift | Namwali Serpell
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“Here we all are, he thought, sharing our lives in a former colony, each of us filled with bacterial colonies whose edges are as fixed as the borders of the country—which is to say, not very fixed at all.”

Via three families—indigenous, English, and Italian—Serpell charts the formation of Zambia. The telling is vivid, creative, rambunctious—and overstuffed. At 562 pages, she almost lost me a few times, but good storytelling kept pulling me back.

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In the new film, Wild Nights with Emily, Molly Shannon gives us an Emily Dickinson to root for. So much better than that syrupy Belle of Amherst play or the somber Emily of the movie A Quiet Passion. An accurate portrayal? Who knows? Much of the tale, however, fits with what is known about Dickinson‘s 30+ years relationship and correspondence (found in the book Open Me Carefully) with her sister-in-law, Susan Dickinson. Whimsical and fun. #movie

Fridameetslucy Just saw the film and loved it. It not only normalizes Dickenson it left me with big questions about how academia and popular culture needed her to be “reclusive” and a “spinster” Dickenson was not understood in her lifetime for much the same reasons that she is so narrowly defined in ours. @Theaelizabet (edited) 7mo
Theaelizabet I agree. I especially loved the scene between her and T. W. Higginson. It rang so true and explained so much. @Fridameetslucy 7mo
Fridameetslucy @Theaelizabet. Right! And then the succession of one mansplaining dullard publisher after the other !!! (edited) 7mo
Suet624 I saw the film this weekend. Had no idea what it was about - just a random selection and Molly Shannon! So good! 6mo
Theaelizabet @Suet624 It was, wasn‘t it? And fun! 6mo
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Ghost Wall | Sarah Moss
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A family of three join a small college class to live as ancient Britons for two weeks in Northern England. Through this short, deceptively simple—and eerie—story, Moss explores the human need for power and identity. A tiny bit The Lottery, a little bit Lord of the Flies? But really, quite original.

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So ends my study of Jefferson via the work of Annette Gordon-Reed (writing here with Onuf). Earlier this year I read (and also heartily rec.) her books, The Hemingses of Monticello and Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy, and can say that I almost “see” Jefferson. Now I want to visit Monticello, though perhaps while there wear a t-shirt that reads “I‘m here for the Hemingses.” #americanhistory

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Winter: A Novel | Ali Smith
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Four novels, published in consecutive years, focused on a particular season, and rooted in our current moment. From a lesser writer this would be no more than a stunt, but with Smith it feels like a funny and thoughtful friend is joining us in discerning a way forward through the morass. I await Spring....

Christinak My book club is reading winter this year... should I read autumn first? 8mo
Theaelizabet @Christinak No, I don‘t believe so. Each book tells a different story with different characters. They‘re linked by themes. My guess is that Summer, when it comes, might need to be read last. Either of these would make for a good discussion. Lucky you! 8mo
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1. The Complete Calvin and Hobbes. Not really my all-time favorite, but the one that is currently helping me deal with the madness of the world right now.
2. How do you choose between Calvin and Hobbes?! Besides, any choice would tell you way too much about me.
3. The teacher, Miss Wormwood.
4. Calvin‘s time machine, of course.
5. @Erinreadsthebooks Thanks @Graywacke

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The Stranger Diaries | Elly Griffiths
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This had some nice Gothic touches, but the ending fell flat. And why three narrators? There seemed to be no reason for it in terms of the narrative. I‘ll stick with Griffiths‘s Ruth Galloway series. The first couple that I read were acceptable little mysteries.

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Just Kids | Patti Smith
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1. In New Jersey, just outside of NYC.
2. I like it here, but Italy would be a nice change.
3. London, Belgium, or Virginia, depending on which book I pick up.
4. Anything. These days, in the winter, we‘re fond of sundubu, a Korean spicy tofu stew, served with rice.
5. Hey everyone!
@j.rye ;) Sorry I‘m late!

@Maddeline

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White Noise | Suzan-Lori Parks
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Four 30-somethings, college friends, deal with race in a decidedly non-post-racial world. One gets roughed up (Hamilton star Daveed Diggs) by the police and demands that another in the group “buy” him—and protect him—for a period of 40 days. Parks ALWAYS leaves you thinking, though I‘ll admit I thought Act II had a few too many threads to pull. Diggs (and the entire cast) was superb. Worth a read when the script is published. #theatre #theater

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The Heavens | Sandra Newman
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This one is tricky. It has some beautiful writing, a clever premise that asks the big questions (do love and art really have power? What defines a well-lived life?, and so on.) and a wrenching portrayal of 9/11. But...overall it seemed a bit too cerebral and clever for its own good, its characters too removed. Not sorry I read it, just not as wowed as I thought I‘d be.

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Bedtime reading on some nights.
“He swung about when I came in, and looked me over in a trice. I knew what the look meant, from having experienced it once or twice in my former places. Then he turned his back on me and went on talking to his wife; and I knew what that meant, too. I was not the kind of morsel he was after. “The Lady‘s Maid‘s Bell” from 1902.

kspenmoll Welcome to Litsy! A fellow history lover... ! 9mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 📖💖 9mo
j.rye Your name is killing me 😂 9mo
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Theaelizabet @j.rye Oh, no! Yeah, too many vowels, right? 🙄 9mo
j.rye @Theaelizabet no! It‘s SO FUNNY! Unless it‘s not a play on the alphabet. Then ignore me. Hahaha. 9mo
Theaelizabet @j.rye Ohhhhhh. No, but I wish I was that clever! 9mo
j.rye That‘s what it looked like to me. Hahaha “The Aeliza-bet” 😂 9mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🤗 9mo
Theaelizabet @Eggs Thanks! 9mo
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The Harvard classics | Charles William Eliot
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From the 1930s Harvard Classics reading guide: “The woman takes particular pride in having as part of her home this peerless set of books....It gives to her a sense of security that all is well on the intellectual side, as are clothes and food on the material side.” #internationalwomensday

CoffeeNBooks Welcome to Litsy! 📚 9mo
TimSpalding Ha. Good old Harvard Classics. Growing up, every house had the set. Not surprisingly, you can't GIVE them away now :) 9mo
Theaelizabet @TimSpalding I threw out an entire set at our library‘s book sale, but kept the reader‘s guide. It was just too funny. 9mo
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Milkman | Anna Burns
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“The day Somebody McSomebody put a gun to my breast and called me a cat and threatened to shoot me was the same day the milkman died.” And so begins Middle Sister‘s account of navigating political and sexual terrorism, ostensibly in Northern Ireland, but really anywhere a group demands fealty to a community. Riveting...and sometimes really funny.

RaimeyGallant Loving this book. Welcome! 9mo
Graywacke 👋 Nice to see you here. Welcome to Litsy 9mo
Theaelizabet Thanks! 9mo
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I feel like I‘ve just returned from 70s/80s Belfast. Extraordinary storytelling right through to the last paragraph in the “Notes on Sources.” Narrative nonfiction at its best.

Chelleo Welcome to Litsy! Hope these #Litsytips by @RaimeyGallant http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: goo.gl/UrCpoU are helpful. There‘s so many fun things to do: book exchanges, buddy reads, photo challenges and more! #LitsyWelcomeWagon (edited) 9mo
RaimeyGallant Welcome! 9mo
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Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🌸🌺 9mo
Theaelizabet @Eggs Thanks! 9mo
ProfReader Welcome to Litsy!!! ❤️💜♥️💕💚 9mo
SharonGoforth I want to read this! Welcome to Litsy!!💕❤️📚 9mo
Theaelizabet @SharonGoforth Thanks! I‘m still thinking about this book. 9mo
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