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schmia

Joined September 2016

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“No postcards from the Alhambra.” In Germany and did not expect this shout out to a landmark for the #BackpackEurope challenge!

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Just back from Culebra, off the coast of Puerto Rico. It was hit hard by Maria, but is still a beautiful island that‘s rebuilding, and going there means going off the grid a bit.

But in my mind I was also on the Côte d‘Azur with Sybille Bedford, who was German born and begins the story in Germany. This is the third book I‘ve read by her and the best one so far.

And Culebra has Cigar City beer, which the coolest FL ppl drink. #backpackEurope

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Pedigree | Georges Simenon
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Belgian chocolate chip cookies and a Belgian novel/memoir make for a slightly odd combination for a flight to Puerto Rico, but hey, it‘s vacation, go wild.

And what a great book! It reminded me of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn with a strong but flawed Catholic family and a kid coming of age in the early 20th century — even if I still love A Tree Grows in Brooklyn more. #backpackEurope

hilded Sounds interesting! I love 1y
schmia @hilded It‘s funny, the first time I read it I was 13 and super scandalized. I remember thinking my strict Catholic parents must never know what I had read. Then my mom saw the ‘50s sanitized film on AMC and got all excited wanting to know if I had read the book that inspired “this really nice movie with women talking and holding their babies.” It is a great book, though! (edited) 1y
hilded Lol, funny when parents surprise you 😂 1y
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Transit | Anna Seghers
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“Unfortunately I don‘t have enough money for a regular supper. But how about a glass of rose and a slice of pizza? Come, sit with me.”

This was a great read — and so important now to read, about the day to day life of someone just trying to get by and move on to a new country to escape death and make a better life.

And it made me seriously crave rose and pizza. #backpackEurope

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Transit | Anna Seghers
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“And what if some of these poor souls, still bleeding physically and spiritually, had fled to this house, what harm could it do to a giant nation if a few of these saved souls, worthy, half-worthy, or unworthy, were to join them in their country — how could it possibly harm such a big country?”

Thoughts from 1940 Marseille over cider in 2018 DC. #backpackEurope

danny En route from Paris to Oran? 1y
schmia I might mix it up and just straight up scurry to Lisbon. 1y
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Transit | Anna Seghers
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Been working a lot from the couch, which means I can put on tv, but work needing to be done kind of interferes with being able to watch subtitles. So I put on a wish fulfillment movie set in the south of France instead—“To Catch a Thief.” It probably wouldn‘t make Avignon, but I can dream. #backpackEurope

mabell Such a great movie! 1y
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The Egoist | George Meredith
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Fell ill and lost my passport (phone) this past week, so I stayed in England longer than expected. But I‘ve reached the coast at Brighton, where I took this pic 13 years ago of Brighton Pavilion, built by George IV.

Speaking of egoists and the 19th century, this book isn‘t my first choice for a 19c novel—it meandered and the end was meh. But it had amazing quotes. Wish I could work “It was a naughty Court” into my legal briefs! #backpackEurope

mabell Oh I would love to see Brighton! 1y
mabell PS I hope you feel better this week! (Your phone too!) 1y
schmia @mabell It was fun! I hope you make it. I only went for a day, took a train down from London with some other girls in my study abroad program. We just walked on the beach and had tea at the pavilion. All very proper. I wish I‘d at least * tried * the jellied eels just to say I had! (edited) 1y
mabell I try to be pretty adventurous with food, but the thought of jellied eels ... ooof 1y
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The Egoist | George Meredith
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“[Y]oung women are trained to cowardice. For them to front an evil with plain speech is to be guilty of effrontery and forfeit the waxen polish of purity, and therewith their commanding place in the market. They are trained to please men‘s taste, for which purpose they soon learn to live out of themselves, and look on themselves, almost as little disturbed as he by the undiscovered.”

Meredith=feminist? All I know is I love no-work Sunday reading.

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Lucky You | Erika Carter
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My husband makes us St. Germain‘s with the watermelon we bought from the local truck stand off Rhode Island NE last night. Lucky me, indeed.

mabell Sounds delicious! 1y
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The Egoist | George Meredith
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I have no idea whether Tolkien ever went to the Henley Regatta, but I‘ll drink enough Pimm‘s to pretend he did. #backpackEurope

Cathythoughts Nice pic 👍🏻 1y
JenP And you get the extra 2 point too! 1y
Ante2208 Missimg 1y
Ante2208 Missing Pimms 1y
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The Egoist | George Meredith
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“[L]ove is an affair of two, and is only for two that can be as quick, as constant in intercommunication as are sun and earth, through the cloud or face to face. They take their breath of life from one another in signs of affection, proofs of faithfulness, incentives to admiration.”

Loving this book, and an English ale (the World Cup Special) at the Public Option. If you‘re in DC, please check this bar out. #backpackEurope

danny The Public Option: Good policy. Good bar. 1y
schmia @danny Thank you, partner in my affair of two (and sharer of that ginormous mezze platter). 1y
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The Egoist | George Meredith
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“Strange eclipse, when the hue of truth comes shadowing over our bright ideal planet. It will not seem the planet‘s fault, but truth‘s. Reality is the offender; delusion our treasure that we are robbed of. Then begins with us the term of wilful delusion, and its necessary accompaniment of the disgust of reality; exhausting the heart much more than patient endurance of starvation.”

7/4 in DC=heat+delusion. Good to be in England? #backpackEurope

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The Egoist | George Meredith
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And the best travel companions keep on coming. Anthony Bourdain is here with “The Layover” in London. #backpackEurope

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“Summer in the large American cities is an evil thing. It is negative, relentless and dead . . . . In spirit and in fact, in architecture and habits, the eastern seaboard of the United States remains harshly northern, a cold country scourged by heat.”

Nevertheless, we persisted, and protested.

And then I found air conditioning and read an amazing book about America-Mexico travels, sans walls, by a woman who immigrated here to escape fascism.

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The Egoist | George Meredith
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Catching a redeye from DC, the city with the most and worst egoists, to Heathrow with “The Egoist.” Hectic schedule between work and just getting back from an amazing journey to Mexico with Sybille Bedford. I may run into her again while I‘m in Europe, though. #backpackEurope

And I‘m taking the couch with me. It‘s way more comfortable than coach.

mabell Love the pillows! 1y
Eggs Those pillows!! 1y
schmia @mabell and @Eggs Thanks! They‘re from Redbubble. I‘m not a big home decor person but these were my favorite purchase when we moved in to our house :) 1y
Ante2208 Really nice pillows 🙂 1y
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I own a poster for the Jimmy Stewart film The FBI Story, which gets a shout out in this book. The film‘s mostly FBI propaganda, but anyone who struggled with following this book should watch it. Nothing like a Jimmy Stewart voiceover to help you remember names!

I‘m so glad this book exists. As nonfiction goes, the writing is decent, and it showed me there was so much more tragedy to the story of the Osage murders than what I‘d seen in the film.

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Ambassadors | Henry Jr. James
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Okay, nobody freak out, but this is from a scene where the protagonist is sitting inside Notre Dame. Which means I‘m pretty sure Henry James inspired that song “God Help the Outcasts” in the Disney version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Just like I‘m also pretty sure that spending my Saturday morning posting this is a sign I need to get out more.

Cathythoughts I have The Portrait of A Lady very high up on my TBR ... it will be a reread from years ago .. really looking forward to. Loved The Ambassadors too. ( also need to reread ) 1y
schmia @Cathythoughts I need to read it again, too. Have you seen the Merchant Ivory film adaptation? I need to watch that again. It is so lovely. 1y
Cathythoughts I havnt seen that , but would love to. Sounds fab 👍🏻 1y
schmia Oh definitely watch! Nicole Kidman stars as Isabel. John Malkovich is PERFECT as Gilbert Osmond. Bonus Viggo Mortensen as Caspar Goodwood. 1y
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Taken from a ferry from Europe (Eceabat) to Asia (Canakkale)

mabell Lovely! 😍 2y
hermyknee 😍 wow!!! 2y
schmia @mabell @hermyknee Thank you! It was cold and rainy but worth it. 2y
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A Mind at Peace | Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar
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Wine, halloumi, and a good book on the last (rainy) day in Istanbul.

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Katalin Street | Magda Szabo
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Reading and coffee at Massolit Cafe in Budapest.

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The mask of Dimitrios | Eric Ambler
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“A book is a lovely thing, a garden stocked with beautiful flowers, a magic carpet on which to fly away to unknown climes.”

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The Ambassadors | Henry James
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Henry James was awesome. He wrote The Portrait of a Lady, which is one of my favorite books. He possessed an amazing vocabulary, and fun fact, also dropped out of Harvard Law School. And I didn‘t think I was capable of loving him more until I read this sentence.

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The Ambassadors | Henry James
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Recuperating from the cold from hell with Drake cuddles and 19th century tales of a melancholy middle-aged American dude in Paris. #catsoflitsy

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The Ambassadors | Henry James
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“Oh we‘re not loved. We‘re not even hated. We‘re only just sweetly ignored.”

I get super emo when I‘m sick. I like to think Henry James would approve.

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Another weekend of work. :-/ But for people spending theirs making lists for their reading challenges, all of these look fantastic. Via the amazing ladies at Go Fug Yourself: https://electricliterature.com/46-books-by-women-of-color-to-read-in-2018-70a0bf....

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Ambassadors | Henry Jr. James
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Ever have a day or event where it feels like this describes most conversations you had with people?

"But he didn't, it happened, know the Munsters well enough to give the case much of a lift; so that they were left together as if over the mere laid table of conversation. Her qualification of the mentioned connexion had rather removed than placed a dish, and there seemed nothing else to serve."

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And my last review for 2017: The Wolves of Willoughby Chase was one of my favorite books as a kid. I had no idea this one existed until I found it in a used bookstore. There's even a character from "Wolves" who makes a reappearance! It's cheesy but a fun read. See everyone in 2018. #litsyatoz

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Yes, I KNOW this book is about World War I, even though I have juxtaposed it with a scene from a movie about Nazis. Don't we all go crazy on New Year's Eve? #litsyatoz

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Russian novels are best served when it's 20 degrees and cloudy outside and your cat's keeping you company.

For how much ink Conrad spills in this novel dismissing feminism as an intellectual movement, it's weird that his female characters are at least as interesting as his male protagonist, if not more so. Which I'm not sure is saying much, because Razumov's kind of tiring, but still. #litsyatoz #catsoflitsy

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This is the second Megan Abbott novel I've read after Fever. They're both like watching Lifetime movies, which is to say, they're awesome to read. But question: Is the culprit ALWAYS the teenage girl? Because I'm still down to read her books; they're just going to be awfully predictable. #litsyatoz

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Gringo Champion | Aura Xilonen
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If I couldn't with deliberately mangled English in "Clockwork Orange," there was no way I was going to find it appealing here. But I wanted to read more novels about immigrants...and ok, fine, also to get an "X" for the #litsyatoz challenge. It was December and there was no time to find another one, ok?!

That said, I rolled my eyes at the overwrought prose, but it's a debut novel, and she tackles tough stuff. Want to read more from this author.

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The Queen of the Night | Alexander Chee
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In fairness, trying to read this during a period when I was on work trips from 6am - midnight and working every weekend was not the best timing. But I generally love a good long novel with a large cast of characters, and yet for the life of me I couldn't follow or care about any of the characters. #litsyatoz Maybe I'll reread it one day in a better frame of mind.

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Virgin Soil (Revised) | Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev
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Mason's pick for the year. I didn't love any of the characters, but it was fun to read as a political satire. I'd definitely recommend the NYRB version with the introduction. If you're like me and don't remember what was going on in Russia at the time from high school world history, the intro does a fantastic job of putting it in context and explaining how prescient Turgenev was in writing this. #litsyatoz #catsoflitsy

BookishMarginalia What a gorgeous kitty! 2y
Lcsmcat Beautiful cat! 😻 2y
schmia @BookishMarginalia @Lcsmcat Mason says thank you, she knows. (She's kind of obnoxious that way 🙄🙃☺️) 2y
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The Italian | Ann Radcliffe
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Adventure and horror in scary foreign lands all around! This was gloriously melodramatic. You know the books the March sisters playact and the stories Jo writes in Little Women? This had to have been one of the books Alcott had in mind (I said, with zero authority to back that up). #litsyatoz

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Ship of Fools: A Novel | Katherine Anne Porter
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One of my favorite books that I read all year, and also one of the hardest to read. Reading it's like listening to your Trump voting relatives, except instead the characters are Germans in the 1930s. I would take this novel as a depiction of humanity's capacity to rationalize evil over any dystopian novel I've ever read. #litsyatoz

Lcsmcat Exactly! I felt the same way! 2y
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Miss Marjoribanks | Mrs. Oliphant
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It's no Austen, Eliot, or Gaskell novel, but it's still really funny. Lucilla Marjoribanks is large, bossy, and loves to be the center of attention....much like Mason here. We are both big fans. #litsyatoz #catsoflitsy

queerbookreader VERY CUTE CAT 2y
schmia @queerbookreader Thanks! She has an outsized personality to match. 2y
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This was the perfect read right after The Four Feathers, which included great sentences like "Women were given to a hinting modesty of speech, at all events the best of them." I was surprised that parts of it reminded me of the late Florence King. King was conservative, but her best work heaped scorn on the Right's anti-sex panic and misogyny and was frank about her own active sex life. Drinks with both West and King would be amazing. #litsyatoz

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Snapped in Carpe Librum, an independent bookstore at 17th and L NW that closed last week because a new building is going up. Hoping it can reopen elsewhere in DC!

CarpeLibrumBookstoreArtGallery Wrong Carpe Librum. We're in Baltimore. 2y
schmia @CarpeLibrumBookstoreArtGallery Ah thanks -- I wasn't sure you were the same one, but figured it was worth a shot. I get up to Baltimore for work now and again and have heard tales of reading benches, but none of good bookstores to check out. So it's good to know y'all are there, too. 2y
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The Four Feathers | A. E. W. Mason
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I want to watch the movie because I suspect it works well as a period piece. But as a book I couldn't get into it. Sentences like this didn't help: "Women were given to a hinting modesty of speech, at all events the best of them."

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I'll risk some immodesty, then, and just say: This book alternated between being annoying and downright painful to read. #litsyatoz.

(Read it on my phone, so am just tagging the cats instead! #catsoflitsy)

Lcsmcat Cute cats they are, too. 😻 2y
schmia @Lcsmcat Thank you! The reading nook couch is new and they are clearly big fans. 2y
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The Law and the Lady | Wilkie COLLINS
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The last half of 2017: bench trial, depositions, investigations, hearing prep, first appellate oral argument, not much time for social media. Thankful for an amazing first year at a new firm AND for time in December to finish the #LitsyAtoZ challenge. (And Mason and I are both thankful for a new couch for the reading nook!)

Mdargusch It‘s perfect for a look out spot! 😻 2y
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Loved the prose but am conflicted by the plot. It seems to walk a razor thin line between criticizing sexism and eroticizing a woman's starving herself. I'm surprised Book Riot (where I first heard about this book), which staunchly promotes trigger warnings, didn't give one for people who've suffered from body dysmorphia, an eating disorder, or mental illness generally. And I'm a rube who really needs that ending explained. What in the world?

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Ship of Fools: A Novel | Katherine Anne Porter
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After a busy summer, I was thrilled to get a weekend poolside with a book, at my parents' house in St. Louis, with my 5 siblings. Don't worry -- it only looks like the sibs are drowning.

mabell I'm in STL too! No pool, but at least the temps are cooler lately. 😅 2y
schmia @mabell It was shockingly cool for August! Sunday was even too cold and rainy to go in the pool at all. At least the weather made for some good runs on Grant's Trail. :) 2y
mabell Ooo that sounds relaxing! 2y
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Kim | Rudyard Kipling
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I struggled to finish this one, but glad I finished. There were "yikes, I'm pretty sure that's textbook Orientalism" passages. And other parts where Kipling actually seems to be openly mocking British colonialism more than I'd expected. And still other stretches where I was honestly just falling asleep. It's just the risk you run with some late 19th/early 20th century novels. Not my favorite but glad I stuck it out. #litsyatoz #bookishmarginalia

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Istanbul | Orhan Pamuk
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The books are coming for me and that's awesome. #IstanbulModern

ErinC This is amazing! 2y
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Istanbul | Orhan Pamuk
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Still recovering from jet lag and need coffee. Fortunately, I'm in Istanbul.

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The Fixer: A Novel | Bernard Malamud
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The Fixer: A Novel | Bernard Malamud
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"Jesus cried out help to God but God gave no help. There was a man crying out in anguish in the dark, but God was on the other side of the mountain...What was there to hear that he hadn't heard before?...The fixer wiped his eyes. Afterwards he thought if that's how it happened and it's part of the Christian religion, and they believe it, how can they keep me in prison, knowing I am innocent?"

Tanzy13 🐱 2y
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The Fixer: A Novel | Bernard Malamud
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"There are no wrong books. What's wrong is the fear of them."

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The Hopefuls: A novel | Jennifer Close
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I was 90 percent sure "the United States of Spinning" was never a real thing. But Drake and I did have to Google it, just to be safe.

And the eye rolls continue: "In New York, you could live years without running into someone you knew, but DC was different. It was smaller...Sometimes it didn't feel like a real city at all." The author is just plagiarizing YouTube videos at this point (45 second mark): https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=FuPwy77scvw.