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I'm not wise, but I read a lot of novels-Elena Ferrante
Run Time | Catherine Ryan Howard
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Catherine Ryan Howard's upcoming book. Pub. 8/16/22. I recall Howard speaking about this during a Q & A for 56 Days. Inspired by an anecdote her brother, a professional actor told her about filming on location, it seems like a meta horror-thriller. Clocking in at over 500 pages it might be her biggest one yet. Can't wait!

LeahBergen Ooo! 👀 6h
LeslieO Can‘t wait! 3h
Megabooks So excited! Thanks for the heads up! 3h
Hooked_on_books Oooo, I can‘t wait! I‘m already at the point with her that I don‘t need/want to read the description, just dive in! 3h
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Untitled | Unknown
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This is absolutely heartbreaking news 💔I was lucky enough to be a guest on Reading Envy years ago & always greatly enjoyed talking to Jenny.

Dragon So very sorry to hear this tragic news 💔 23h
kyraleseberg WHAT???! 💔 23h
Leftcoastzen Oh no! This is such awful news! 23h
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LeahBergen I saw this, too. 💔💔 And she was only 43! Just so sad. (edited) 23h
Megabooks This is terrible! 💔💔 23h
merelybookish Oh my gosh! Absolutely shocking! 😞 23h
Sharpeipup Oh my! 23h
MaureenMc 😞 22h
Jas16 What? Omg. This is so incredibly sad. 22h
Laughterhp Wow, so sad 😞 21h
Penny_LiteraryHoarders This was so shocking to see tonight! ☹️ 21h
Karkar Oh no. That is so sad. 21h
sprainedbrain Oh no. 😥 21h
quietjenn Oh wow 😞 20h
JamieArc Oh my gosh! She was one of the first Littens I followed. 😢 20h
Ruthiella What? How? She was so young? 💔 20h
BarbaraBB Oh no, I didn‘t know. How very sad 🥲 18h
squirrelbrain Oh, that‘s such sad news. 17h
batsy Oh my god. I can't believe it. This is so shocking 😞 14h
Amiable What?? So very sad. 🥺 13h
andrew61 Oh no. I can't believe this news. Really Really sad. 11h
jlhammar Noooooo. That is heartbreaking. I am completely shocked. I loved following her here on Litsy and listening to her wonderful podcast. 10h
Tamra So unexpected.😟 I feel for her family. 10h
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian Heartbreaking. She was a voracious reader and an incredible reviewer! She will be very missed in the online bookish community. 6h
vivastory @CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian I saw someone mention that she had posted almost 4k Goodreads reviews 🤯 The last GR review that I read that made me laugh was her review of a Mira Grant book 6h
MicheleinPhilly OMG. Reading this news just took my breath away. 💔 6h
vivastory @MicheleinPhilly Yeah, I was out to dinner with a friend when I saw the news & I was stunned. I was speechless for a bit. Completely unexpected. 💔 4h
youneverarrived Oh that‘s so sad 😢 4h
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Moby-Dick | Herman Melville
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☕ I have to say that despite having a second life as the name of a corporate coffee chain, Starbuck is one of my least favorite characters.

Leftcoastzen He‘s pretty annoying 24h
KathyWheeler I always think of Starbuck on Battlestar Galactica. She was one of my favorite characters, but I agree with you — this Starbuck is not. 23h
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I was looking at reviews of the tagged book when I saw the above on the book page. Sir, this is a Wendy's.

Branwen Omg! 🤣 2d
Hooked_on_books They do things a little differently in Canada. 2d
Megabooks 😆😆😆 22h
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Moby-Dick | Herman Melville
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Well, that took a turn

LeahBergen Is it the Covid? 😆 2d
vivastory @LeahBergen What was frightening is that they did better at maintaining distance than people are now! 2d
BarbaraBB Oh no! There you go again! 2d
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Happy 30th Birthday to one of the greatest 🎉🎂🍾

sarahbarnes 👏👏👏 2d
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My Heart Is a Chainsaw | Stephen Graham Jones
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A big congrats to SGJ for winning the Stoker for best novel!🎉 Also, congrats to Hailey Piper for best first novel for Queen of Teeth🍾

Girl, Woman, Other | Bernardine Evaristo
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Now reading. I have just finished the Yazz section and I have to say that what Evaristo accomplished in those 30 pages is pretty remarkable.

sarahbarnes Yes!! Loved this book! 3d
Leniverse I had this one on audio alongside reading the text. It was awesome. It lends itself so well to being narrated and yet the formatting unusual enough, I felt like I missed out if I only did the audio. 3d
vivastory @sarahbarnes I just finished the first chapter. I have a great feeling about it! 3d
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vivastory @Leniverse That's a good idea. Might do the same later on! 3d
Megabooks I‘ve read this book three times. It‘s a fave for sure. Really brilliant. 3d
vivastory @Megabooks I love how Evaristo portrays the complexity of her characters, despite our ideologies 3d
Hooked_on_books I just read this one this year as well. I loved it! 3d
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Moby-Dick | Herman Melville
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Yes, Moby Dick is a revenge tale. I'd argue it's as much an existential story.

TH3F4LC0N It‘s a whole lot of things actually! 😂 One of the most layered books I think I‘ve read. 3d
vivastory @TH3F4LC0N It is one of the richest books I've read. I'm taking my time with it to try to absorb it more fully. 3d
tphil10283 I started on it awhile back but other books grabbed my attention after. I like the language in an abstract way but it‘s a little tedious for me. 3d
vivastory @tphil10283 I'm reading 75-80 page weekly installments which is working well for me 3d
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The headline of The Guardian review of Mills' novel reads, “This deceptively slim novel about blokes at a pub vinyl night could be read as a disguised retelling of the Russian revolution, or any great human falling out.“ Really? Yes, really! I would add that it is quite funny. FRS, is about two music loving friends who decide to start a weekly “listening society“ in the back of their local pub. The narrator's friend James soon proves himself👇

vivastory to be an intractable authoritarian & splinter record societies pop up due to his difficult behavior. I greatly enjoyed this novel & in the spirit of the attendees of the FRS who bring 3 7 inch singles to their weekly meetings, I have created a Forensic Records Spotify Playlist of my 3 favorite songs released this year. I have not included any from Sharon Van Etten as her latest is my favorite album of the year & to difficult to select from. Arcade 4d
vivastory Fire's Lightning I/Lightning II is 2 tracks on their album but it is played on the radio as 1 track. James would probably take issue with this liberty with the rules & I would be banned from the group, forced to join a breakaway Record Society. Link to my FRS Playlist:
batsy I've never heard of this one and it sounds quite delightful! Thanks for putting it on my radar. 4d
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Vansa This sounds amazing. Will read it immediately,thanks for sharing! 4d
vivastory @batsy It's quite sardonic in parts. I think you'd like it. 3d
vivastory @Vansa This is the first Mills I've read, but I'll definitely be reading more in the future. Look forward to your thoughts! 3d
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When I tell you I cackled 🤣

Branwen 😂🤣 4d
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This occurs during the first meeting. The "latecomer" is only the second person to show up aside from the Forensic Records Society co-founders. ?

sarahbarnes This sounds like a fun read! 4d
vivastory @sarahbarnes It is! It's a funny read that has some interesting commentary on power dynamics 4d
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Now starting. I've heard great things about this one.

Nutmegnc You have a record player??!! 4d
vivastory @Nutmegnc Just Spotify. This is actually the book design. 4d
Nutmegnc @vivastory 🤣🤣🤣 fooled me! 3d
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In colonial New England a woman disappears in the woods after telling her husband & son that she was going to pick berries. Hunt's dark fable/psychological horror story is like mashup of Lolly Willowes & Eggers' 2015 film The VVitch, except a bit wilder. There were a few uncomfortable scenes in this work & I hope to reread it at some point in the next couple of months to gain a better appreciation. Although it seemed to veer off the rails a bit👇

vivastory much at certain points, it was all to a later crazier purpose. (edited) 4d
Tamra I tried this on audio, but it wasn‘t the right time. I‘m going to give it another go. 4d
vivastory @Tamra I could see not getting along with this if I wasn't in the right head space. It's a very strange book for sure & I think it would make a good Halloween read although Hunt isn't a horror writer 4d
Branwen I really want to try this but I don't know if I have the nerve! 😱 Maybe when fall rolls around. 4d
vivastory @Branwen Fall is the perfect time for it. 👏 4d
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The Friend | Sigrid Nunez
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“What we miss-what we lose and what we mourn-isn't it this that makes us who, deep down, we truly are.“
The Friend opens with the suicide of a close friend of the narrator. The friend was a professor, with a long history of inappropriate relationships with his students, & an acclaimed writer. Following the memorial service one of his wives informs the narrator that he had expressed that if anything were to happen he wanted his Harlequin Great👇

vivastory Dane to live with narrator. As a self-proclaimed cat person with a no-dog clause in her apartment lease, the narrator is understandably reluctant but soon relents. The first half of Nunez's work is a gentle satire of the literary world & the pretensions of the culture of awards, magazines & readings. Interestingly at the same time as the efficacy of fiction is being called into question, there is a powerful scene involving victims of 5d
vivastory sex trafficking who begin to come to terms with their trauma through writing therapy exercises. There is a focus in the second half of The Friend on the relationship with the dog, Apollo & with the narrator attempting to come to terms with her friend's decision to end his life. Not only is she grappling with her grief & his decision, but she is also examining his legacy as she engages in arguments about conflicting ideas over the uses of fiction 5d
vivastory in contemporary society. A remarkable work peppered with literary allusions that engages in questions philosophical & fictional, without being dense nor losing an emotional tenor.
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BarbaraBB At the time I wasn‘t as impressed as I am now with your review. Maybe i should reread it. 5d
CarolynM Wow, that sounds really interesting. Stacked. 5d
vivastory @BarbaraBB Have you read anything else by Nunez? This was my first. I'm curious if her others are similar. 5d
BarbaraBB No, I haven‘t. I don‘t even know what more she wrote. 5d
vivastory @CarolynM It's a quick read. It honestly feels like a novella, but it's multilayered so there's a lot to mull over 5d
charl08 I meant to pick up more by Nunez after I read this, but had forgotten. Have just asked for her new one on the library catalogue. Thanks for the nudge with your review.🙌 5d
vivastory @charl08 I also plan on reading her new one soon. I'm curious to see what her older works are like too. 4d
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Hell of a Book | Jason Mott
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The rest of my HPB haul. Harbach's novel of baseball & Melville. Perfect timing! I'd never heard of this McCoy before, but intrigued. I've been meaning to read more Tyler & this is frequently cited as a favorite. And on the clearance shelf, the tagged book for just a couple of dollars. No dust jacket, but irresistible regardless!

MicheleinPhilly I loved The Art of Fielding! 5d
BkClubCare It‘s a Hell of a Book, for sure. I have The Art of Fielding on my yet-to-be read shelf, too. 5d
vivastory @MicheleinPhilly I'm looking forward to it. I started reading it last year & was sidetracked for some reason. I remember enjoying what I read 5d
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vivastory @BkClubCare I've heard great things about Mott's work. Really looking forward to it 📚 5d
BarbaraBB The Art of Fielding is extremely engaging, such a fun read. And He‘ll of a Book is quite unique, it deserves more Litsy love imo 5d
vivastory @BarbaraBB I def plan on reading Art of Fielding once I finish Moby Dick in the next few weeks. Hell of a Book sounds really interesting. I was pleased to find it for such a bargain. 5d
BarbaraBB I‘m in awe that you are reading Moby Dick and I think Art will be a nice change of book after that. It is such a pageturner! 5d
Megabooks I just picked up that Tyler on audio this month. I‘m trying to read more by her. 👍🏻 4d
vivastory @Megabooks I've read only one Tyler. I hated the ending, but really liked the rest & have meant to try more. Looks promising! 4d
Amiable The Art of Fielding is so good! 14h
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An hour to spare between appointments this afternoon led to an impromptu HPB stop. The de Beauvoir, previously unpublished & with an introduction by Atwood, sounds interesting. At 150 pages it's a bit less intimidating than a few other bricks by de Beauvoir that have been lingering on my TBR. I can't wait to return to Strout"s world. Olive Kitteridge is one of my favorite characters of the past few years. I've been thinking about Denis Johnson ?

vivastory the past couple of days after watching a deep dive Book Tube video on the year that a Pulitzer wasn't awarded to a fiction nominee & Train Dreams was a finalist. I've heard Cement Garden is a heartwarming family tale. J/k 🙃 5d
vivastory If interested, here is a link to the BookTube video mentioned:
merelybookish I listened to a podcast that really made me want to read that Du Beauvoir! 5d
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vivastory @merelybookish I was unaware of it until I saw it at HPB. I'm looking forward to it! 5d
vivastory @merelybookish Just followed on Spotify. I was sold as soon as I saw an episode on Dorothy Hughes. Thanks! 5d
merelybookish @vivastory I find it a bit uneven. But I have learned about writers I didn't know about & learned more about some that I already liked. 5d
BarbaraBB I love De Beauvoir but didn‘t know about this one. The McEwan is tough but so good and Strout, of course 💝 5d
vivastory @BarbaraBB I'm glad to hear your endorsement for the McEwan. I almost picked up My Name is Lucy Barton instead, but I figured I'd start the Lucy Barton books after the Kitteridge. 5d
BarbaraBB Both are wonderful characters! 5d
batsy Oof, The Cement Garden. So bleak. But good. 5d
Megabooks The Denis Johnson was excellent. I‘ve read it twice. Some of the stories follow up on characters from (edited) 4d
vivastory @batsy It caught my interest that he was nicknamed Ian Macabre after his first few books were released. 4d
vivastory @Megabooks I was unaware of the Jesus Son connection. That is one of my favorite story collections of all time, but I haven't read it in at least 15 years. I will definitely read it again before Largesse etc When I was in college I was obsessed with the following 4d
Megabooks @vivastory sounds interesting! I was not reading much fiction in 03 so I missed it. Will look for it used. Thanks! 4d
vivastory @Megabooks I can't really vouch for it now because it's been over 20 years since I read it. I'm curious to reread it, but as there are several other works by him I will probably wait until I make my way through his catalog. I have heard Tree of Smoke is brilliant. I think he won the NBA for that. 4d
Megabooks I enjoy reading HF set in my lifetime (post 1980), but when I read that Egan last week (from 2001), I realize there is something to reading books that aren‘t quite classics but are farther on the backlist. And important lesson for me! 4d
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The Friend | Sigrid Nunez
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This passage is after the narrator reads Rilke to Apollo, the Harlequin Great Dane left in her care following her friend's suicide.

Addison_Reads This book broke me. There was so much about the main character I could relate to and the writing was beautiful. 5d
vivastory @Addison_Reads It's one of the best novellas that I've read this year. 5d
Branwen This passage is incredible! 5d
vivastory @Branwen There are worse life mottos 5d
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The Friend | Sigrid Nunez
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DGRachel This is so true! 6d
Lauranahe I feel this way about movies. Some that when I was younger I loved, are just…not great. It‘s such a disappointment! 6d
RaeLovesToRead I don't re-read very often and this is part of the reason 💔 5d
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arubabookwoman That was a quote I highlighted when I read the book. I may even have posted it on Litsy. Great minds...... 5d
vivastory @Lauranahe I very rarely watch movies again & it's even more rare where they are even better the second time. 5d
vivastory @arubabookwoman I will look for your review when I finish. It is an interesting book. Not what I expected. 5d
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The Friend | Sigrid Nunez
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Leniverse Samuel Butler only said that because he's never tried naming a video game character or think up a screen name! 😅 5d
vivastory @Leniverse I'm sure there are interesting articles about the psychological attachments to clever screennames 😅 5d
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Jawbone | Mnica Ojeda
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Bringing some new friends home

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My contribution to #NationalLimerickDay

DGRachel Love it! 6d
vivastory @DGRachel My boss is on vacation this week. I'm tempted to text it to her. She's good natured enough that I think she'd laugh about it. 6d
jdiehr 😄 6d
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sarahbarnes I love this! And do it!! 😁☀️ 6d
vivastory @sarahbarnes It's really hot here for the first time this year and everyone I know is complaining about it when literally 2 weeks ago they were saying they can't wait for summer 🙃 6d
BarbaraBB Haha! Great & I hope you followed up your own advice! 6d
squirrelbrain Love this - very clever! 6d
Leftcoastzen 😁👏👏👏👏 6d
MaureenMc 😄👏👏👏 6d
Branwen It's perfect! 😆👍🏻 6d
Ruthiella 👏👏👏😆 6d
LeahBergen 😂😂 6d
Megabooks Love it!!! 4d
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Pocket Full of Rye | Agatha Christie
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Thoughts on the designs of the Miss Marple reissues? I'm not completely convinced, but they have my interest...(Image taken from IG)

Texreader I think they‘re gorgeous! 7d
Nute I‘m not that crazy about them, but I still want them!🥴 7d
Kimberlone Aesthetically pleasing! 7d
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Tamra Eye catching! 7d
Branwen Omg...the colors... I'M MESMERIZED! 🥴💕 7d
BookBelle84 I love them! I wish they would do something similar with the Poirot collection. 7d
LeahBergen I‘m undecided. 🤔 7d
BarbaraBB I‘m not sure either. They are eye catching but for Agatha Christie 🤔? 7d
Bklover They look like seed packets! Having said that, they are still gorgeous! And having said that, I‘m not sure they accurately reflect Agatha Christie?! 🤨 7d
batsy What @Bklover said 😂 Very pretty seed packets that I still covet, lol, but just really not quite the Marple vibes 🧐 7d
Scochrane26 I think they‘re pretty. Miss Marple does love her gardens, but maybe they‘re not murder-y enough. 7d
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Pretty but too precious to draw me in. 6d
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An epic conclusion to a graphic novel series that I inhaled. The opening pages of each issue incorporates the title in an interesting format, as seen above. Haints, battling witches & more with a gruesome ending that 100% sticks the landing. I haven't read many witch stories, but HC is now firmly a favorite.

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Cinemaps: An Atlas of 35 Great Movies | Andrew DeGraff, A.D. Jameson
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1) I love going to the movies! I only go for ones that I'm really excited about, but it's always one of my most anticipated activities. I also enjoy live music, but haven't been since the pandemic.
2) Just on Litsy. I tend to skip past reviews of my most anticipated until I have read the book. I have thought about buying a subscription to Kirkus as I used to love reading their reviews.
3) My recliner in my living room.
#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

Eggs I miss good movies - it‘s so easy to find something on Netflix. Thanks for playing 💕📖🎥 7d
Megabooks Recliner readers unite! 👍🏻 7d
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The Radiance of the King | Laye Camara, James Kirkup
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Join @Billypar & I in July as we read & discuss Guinean author Camara Laye's sophomore novel. The July selection will mark the last month for our current group & a little over 3 years since #NYRBBookClub first started. After some thought I have decided to not continue as a co-host. The monthly discussions have been a monthly bright spot for me & it prompted me to read several books that I would not have otherwise read that are now favorites.👇

vivastory However, due to life circumstances, I am needing to simplify & recalibrate & am unable to commit to another round with the group. I know that I have thanked the group for the insightful & thoughtful discussion so frequently that it has become my monthly default signature. But I genuinely mean it. The books have been wonderful, but it's been the members that have made the past 3 years of discussions memorable. 1w
merelybookish Thank you Scott! You are the reason this book club has been such a success! And you have put a lot of time and energy into making it run so well. It has been a special experience! And the best book club I've been a part of. (All that was missing was a 🍷 together. 😉) 1w
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Billypar I've enjoyed this book club so much - you've done excellent work coordinating it, Scott, and I've really appreciated the variety of books and authors it's exposed me to and the lively discussions every month. Well done! 👏👏🤓 1w
BarbaraBB I would have loved that 🍷 too but other than that, the #NYRBBookClub has been one of the highlights of Litsy for the past three years. I understand and respect your decision and want to thank you again for all your work and energy! Looking forward to this book 🤍 1w
LeahBergen Thanks so much, Scott, for making this book club one of my favourite corners of Litsy. 😘😘 1w
quietjenn I'm so grateful to have been a part of it. I've truly loved it and thank you so much for making it happen. 1w
sprainedbrain Thank you for all of your work and insight! 1w
batsy Thank you, Scott. You are why this book club even exists and I appreciate all the time and care you've put into coordinating it. It's truly been one of my favourite experiences on Litsy 💜 1w
vivastory @merelybookish Thanks! Your kind words mean a lot. I might have to pick up a special bottle for the final discussion.🍷 7d
vivastory @Billypar Looking forward to co-hosting in July! I also look forward to continue discussing NYRB titles, beyond July 📚📚 7d
vivastory @BarbaraBB Same! 🍷 Thanks for your contributions to the group. Looking forward to the final few selections 👏 7d
vivastory @LeahBergen It's been wonderful! Who knows what buddy reads we'll think of down the road? 📚📚📚 7d
vivastory @quietjenn Thanks for your contributions to the discussions. I've enjoyed getting to know you better 🙂 7d
vivastory @sprainedbrain Thanks, Jenni! I appreciate it 7d
vivastory @batsy Thank you for the kind words. I look forward to co-hosting next month & potential buddy reads down the road 💙 7d
Leftcoastzen End of an era .Thanks for all your work keeping this thing going. We have been so fortunate to have such a great group ! NYRB is a great publisher. 7d
sarahbarnes I was so grateful to be a part of the group this year! You were an amazing host and I‘ve loved so many of the books we read. Thank you for everything you put into this! ❤️ 7d
youneverarrived Thanks Scott for putting this group together and carrying it on for 3 years. It‘s been amazing. Such a brilliant group of people and reads. Definitely been a highlight of Litsy. I‘ve read a lot of books I‘ve loved that I wouldn‘t have read if not for this group ❤️ 7d
arubabookwoman I've thiroughly enjoyed my short time in this group, and am thankful for being directed to books I probably would not otherwise have read. Thank you so much for organizing the group and for such astute comments. I loved participating! 6d
vivastory @Leftcoastzen It really was a magical group & I agree about NYRB. They are one of my favorites working today. Without a doubt. 6d
vivastory @sarahbarnes Thanks for joining in! I really enjoyed getting to know you better over the past year & through the group discussions. 6d
vivastory @youneverarrived Thanks, Katie! I always enjoyed your insights into the discussions. I plan on continuing to read NYRB, but not in such an organized fashion so I hope we can do a buddy read down the road! 6d
vivastory @arubabookwoman Thank you for your comments during the discussions. I know that you had read several of them or other works by the same author. I always enjoyed your posts prior to you joining our group! 6d
DrexEdit Thanks so much @vivastory for organizing this group. This is definitely a highlight of Litsy for me also even if I could never pull it together enough to participate regularly. I appreciate all the hard work you've done! 2d
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The only graphic novel series that I have read this year that I have loved more than Harrow County is Monstress. At the beginning of HC Hester Beck is murdered by the citizens of Harrow County for witchcraft. Years later livestock is mysteriously dying & 17 year old Emmy finds herself accused of witchcraft. HC is not a conventional horror story. Praised by Lemire & Chabon, this is "southern-fried macabre folklore at its finest."

Addison_Reads This is one of my favorite series. And the graphics are excellent. 1w
vivastory @Addison_Reads I love the graphics! I will be diving into the second omnibus tomorrow. 1w
Addison_Reads @vivastory There's an edition of this called the library edition. The whole series is in 4 hardcover volumes and there's lots of extras, like little short stories about the characters. I plan on getting them for my personal library one day. 1w
vivastory @Addison_Reads I just noticed the following which was released a couple of years ago is going to get a library edition treatment this fall 7d
Addison_Reads @vivastory I didn't know that. I'm excited now. I haven't read any of the Tales yet. Sounds like a great Christmas present to myself. 😁 6d
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I was already familiar with much of the information about Marie & Pierre Curie in Radioactive thanks to Sam Kean's excellent The Bastard Brigade. However, there was definitely info new to me & the artwork is incredible. A worthwhile graphic memoir about a remarkable & complex couple & their fascinating scientific circle.

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1) Top 5: Empire of Pain, Hail Mary, Basic Black with Pearls, Moby Dick (I'm at the halfway point) & My Heart is a Chainsaw.
2) No. I always concentrate better with silence.
@TheSpineView #two4tuesday

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 1w
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In a scene wholly original, yet calling to mind E.A. Poe in the best possible way, Vietnamese American teacher Winnie disappears at the beginning of Kupersmith's novel. The novel then proceeds in non-linear chapters filled with disquieting incidents & characters who reappear in later chapters but aren't instantaneously recognizable (they themselves disappear in a sense). The chapters & characters initially appear unconnected, but Kupersmith ties👇

vivastory everything together at the end & it is fantastic, Featuring blurbs by Karen Joy Fowler, Kelly Link & Paul Tremblay, this is a hard novel to classify.. I'm not going to lie: there are several scenes that made me squirm. Kupersmith has a real knack for getting under the reader's skin, but there is not really body horror. This is literary horror along the lines of Victor Lavalle & Catriona Ward that I would recommend to (edited) 1w
vivastory everyone, unless you have a fierce aversion to snakes. A favorite of the year! More disquieting novels not set in America, please. (edited) 1w
TheKidUpstairs Oooh, great review. Sounds intriguing. I already had it stacked, but you've moved it up the list! 1w
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merelybookish Well now I am regretting my decision to not borrow it when my hold came through. (The audiobook is long and I wasnt sold on it.) Will have to request it again. 1w
vivastory @TheKidUpstairs I will be curious to see what you think. It seems disconnected, but I promise it comes together. 1w
vivastory @merelybookish It was a bit long. I read half of it last night, so once I saw where it was heading I couldn't stop. I loved the Saigon setting. 1w
Leftcoastzen Snakes !why‘d it have to be snakes! 1w
jlhammar Great review! I was so impressed by this book. Can't believe it didn't make the Women's Prize shortlist. I definitely want to try her other book. 1w
batsy I'm super intrigued now! I'm not sure why I thought this wasn't for me ... Your excellent review has made me reconsider. 1w
vivastory @jlhammar I agree about the Women's Prize. I'm also really disappointed that it wasn't included in the Tournament of Books. It's a real genre bender, so I think that it is difficult to set expectations with it. I will def be reading more of her work. 1w
vivastory @batsy I think that you will like it. If I recall correctly, you have read Lavalle...it's a bit like Lavalle. In Saigon. 1w
vivastory @merelybookish I'm not sure what you would make of it. I would say give it 50-70 pages & see what you think. I wouldn't worry about it being disjointed, because it does tie in together later on. 1w
Megabooks Stacking!! 1w
batsy Yes, I've only read The Changeling but boy was it a trip! 1w
Addison_Reads Great review. I started this today and I'm loving it. It has the perfect amount of weird for me. 22h
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Star Wars Visions: Ronin | Emma Mieko Candon
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This was more of an experiment than anything. Aside from Ian Doescher's Shakespearean rendition of A New Hope, I have never read a Star Wars novel. Ronin piqued my interest for two reasons: the Asian setting of Candon's world (afterall Kurosawa was the biggest cinematic influence on Lucas) & that the MC is a Sith hunting down other Siths. This book started out strong, but at about the halfway point there began to be filler dialogue & Candon

vivastory used a plot device that made it feel like the stakes weren't quite as high. A decent work, but I think that in the future I will stick with the movies & Doescher's renditions. 1w
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Well, I finally finished a book 📚🤘 I actually focused all day & finished 2 of my 3 current reads today. Will post reviews of them tomorrow. One of them is one of the best that I've read this year. 💙

ElectroEidos Saw that Star Wars book in the shops the other day, the cover caught my attention but I didn‘t buy it. Interested in hearing if it‘s worth getting. 1w
BarbaraBB This sounds so good. 1w
MaureenMc 🙌 1w
sarahbarnes Can‘t wait to hear the review! 1w
Branwen Whoo hoo! 😄 1w
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Littens! I have a question: I am currently in the middle of 3 very different books (a classic, a contemporary fiction and a Sci Fi). I'm enjoying all of them, but I feel pretty frustrated that my weekend is nearly over and I haven't finished a single one. Should I continue juggling my 3 current reads? I read nearly every day, but weekends are my best time for reading. For me it's very rare to not have finished a book once the weekend is over.

vivastory As a side note: I used to be a book monogamist. For some reason the past year I find myself in this situation more often where I am balancing multiple books. Not a fan 😭🤣 1w
DGRachel When I get itchy about not finishing something, I pick one and complete it and then pick up the next where I left off. 1w
vivastory @DGRachel It's frustrating bc I really enjoy everything that I'm reading but I haven't actually finished a book in almost a week 😭😭 Might read a Joe Hill graphic novel 1w
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SW-T Hard call. I used to be a book monogamists also. As I‘m reading multiple books, the one that draws me in most is the one I finish first. Switching helps me over slow spots or research heavy areas but once the magic happens I focus on that and then go back to the others. I notice I‘m finishing more rather than fewer, but I also listen to audiobooks while working so that helps too. I only do one audio at a time though. 1w
SW-T It can also help to switch to a shorter form. Poetry, essays, etc. You feel like you fished something if you finished a poem even though there‘s still half the book left. 1w
MaureenMc When this happens to me, I pick the one I can finish the quickest & only read that one until it‘s finished. 1w
SW-T Hope you find something that works for you! Good luck! 🍀 1w
DGRachel I‘ve also been known to throw something short/quick in the middle just so I can check a “completed” box. 1w
vivastory @SW-T I am able to do nf on audio, but I have a block about not being able to process a story via audio. I do like the idea of reading a shorter format. I read a lot today, but didn't actually finish anything. I might read a graphic novel tomorrow to give me the sense of accomplishment. 1w
vivastory @MaureenMc That's one reason I love the Tor novellas 🤖 1w
LitStephanie Well, @MaureenMc has the sensible answer. What I do because I am weak and not great with weekend time management, is spend all the time finishing the least intellectually demanding book, then guiltily get in a few chapters of the better literary choices before bed. Good luck! 1w
vivastory @LitStephanie To be fair, the classics can have a lot to think about! I probably spent more reading time on a Star Wars & lit fic novel than Moby Dick this weekend, but MD took the most mental energy 1w
vivastory @LitStephanie But I am really enjoying it🐳 1w
Sharpeipup I‘m not there best person to ask as I always read 7 or more books at a time. 1w
JacqMac There used to be a time when I would only read one at a time. Now I try to make sure I have one short one in the pile I‘m reading all at once, so I get closure occasionally. lol. Do what makes you feel good. 1w
Branwen I hate when this happens! And I totally understand the frustration because it definitely sucks! 🙄 I am almost always reading multiple books at a time. BUT! When I find that my brain is starting to get anxious because I haven't finished any in a given period of time, I will switch it up to just one at a time until I power through my current reads. That usually helps me! 📚💕 1w
vivastory @JacqMac I like the idea of having a short one in rotation 👏 1w
vivastory @Branwen I have heard from a lot of readers that they finish more by having multiple books in rotation, but I think I have the opposite experience. I usually aim for one at a time, but sometimes I wind up reading multiple books by accident. 😬📚📚📚 1w
Megabooks This would bother me as well. I often do what @DGRachel recommended and drill down on one. I also have a short one/graphic on the back burner just in case, but I‘m TRYING to relax and realize finishing one a particular day is not a big deal if I‘m enjoying myself. Trying… it‘s hard to give up goals and/or habits. 1w
LeahBergen I seem to alternate between being a book monogamist and being in a bookish plural marriage. 😆 When I start to feel the reading anxiety, I do what @DGRachel or @MaureenMc said … I grab one and plow through and then the next and the next until I can start with a clean slate. 1w
batsy Yeah, I'm with what some suggested—when I'm frazzled and unable to get through multiple books I've started I try to focus on just reading one until I finish. It usually works and I find I get through the remaining ones quite easily. 1w
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I'm only 80 pages in, but I'm really liking this one. So far I agree with Karen Joy Fowler's quote about it being original and disturbing.

Addison_Reads I have this checked out from the library right now. Now I'm even more excited to start it. 1w
vivastory @Addison_Reads I think that you'll like it! 1w
DGRachel I loved this book so much! One of my faves from last year. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts. 1w
vivastory @DGRachel It's full of bizarre & memorable scenes👏 1w
BarbaraBB Looking forward to your review! 1w
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Here are my #summercampsuggestions for #CampTOB22 I used a combo of my mental TBR, fellow Littens' posts & a quick browse of Lit Hub's '22 most anticipated guide, A quick caveat: I did not post any books that I would like to see on the end of the yr TOB. None of the 3 big April releases (Stuart, Mandel, Egan), the recent Batuman or the forthcoming Mosfegh. I wouldn't be upset if the ones I posted made it onto the regular TOB & they're still TBR.

Cinfhen Nice choices!! I‘m just adding more books to my TBR 1w
vivastory @Cinfhen Same here! I noticed the following on multiple lists, including yours. Moving to the top of my TBR 1w
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Ruthiella We have some overlap! I also considered picking Darnielle...but I‘ve not read him yet and kinda want to start with 1w
vivastory @Ruthiella Great minds! I hope to read How High etc in the next couple of weeks. Wolf in White Van is my favorite of the two that I have read. 1w
BarbaraBB Such clever thoughts in putting together this list. I am so interested in the Chaon and I didn‘t know about an new Moshfegh 💝💝💝 1w
vivastory @BarbaraBB Thanks! The new Chaon sounds really interesting, as does the new Moshfegh which will be a bit of a departure as it's set during medieval times. 1w
BarbaraBB Moshfegh in medieval times? That makes me think of Groff - which is not definitely a good thing. 1w
vivastory @BarbaraBB I'm hoping it will be characters similar to her previous books, only in a different setting 🤞 1w
rockpools I‘m interested in the Zambra novel - didn‘t know that existed. I‘ve only read his short stories, but really liked them, so high hopes! 1w
vivastory @rockpools I have high hopes! I loved 1w
rockpools @vivastory Wow. I‘ll try that - it sounds like nothing else! 1w
merelybookish Wow, these are great. I am curious about Chilean Poet and anything close to Matrix and I'm sold! 😀 1w
vivastory @merelybookish I just keep imagining a Moshfegh character in that world 1w
merelybookish @vivastory I've only read My Year of Rest & Relaxation so imagine the nun who just doesn't nothing. The anti-Marie. 1w
vivastory @merelybookish Right?! "Why bother? The world is trash anyways. We're born to suffer & die." ? 1w
sarahbarnes Great list! I‘m adding Chilean Poet to my list. And I really want to read how high we go. And a new Moshfegh - I missed that! Thank you! 1w
Megabooks Great list! I‘d like to see the Darnielle there. 1w
BarbaraBB Multiple Choice sounds great! 1w
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Moby-Dick | Herman Melville
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I just finished the famous, or infamous, Cetology 32 chapter. For years now I have heard people talk about what a slog this chapter was, I was expecting a 40+ page dry scholarly account of the anatomy of whales. Not 13 lively, humorous pages of, "the classification of the constituents of chaos.." I have read more boring world building in a Brandon Sanderson novel. ?

merelybookish 😁 that's awesome you're enjoying it so much! 2w
LeahBergen 😆😆 2w
Graywacke Cool you‘re enjoying. My geology side loved this chapter…but I remember it was slow. 2w
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Ruthiella 😂😂😂 2w
The_Book_Ninja I thought I was alone in being underwhelmed by Sanderson 2w
Ruthiella @The_Book_Ninja You are not alone! 2w
The_Book_Ninja @Ruthiella well I read 60 odd pages of Mistborn and that was enough for me. Even if it‘s supposed to be one of those ill-judged, twee YA novels, it was embarrassingly bad (edited) 2w
Leftcoastzen Well , I used to work at a Maritime museum so I always assumed that I liked it more than most people.😂🐳 2w
vivastory @Leftcoastzen I have always been a bit obsessed with the ocean & marine life, so I think that might be part of my fascination with the book, but there is so much to the book! I am consistently surprised by it so far. (edited) 2w
vivastory @merelybookish I really am! I can tell it is going to be a new favorite 🙌 2w
Megabooks I‘d probably find this interesting too! I loved it when my vet school classes got silly with animals. 😆 2w
RidgewayGirl The cetology part is fantastic! 1w
Addison_Reads Moby Dick is an all-time favorite of mine. I've read it 3 times and each time I fall in love with the writing all over again. 1w
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The Annotated Mrs. Dalloway | Virginia Woolf, Merve Emre
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I've had my eye on the Penguin Vitae Edition of Mrs. Dalloway, but I am a sucker for annotated editions. Plus, Merve Emre 👏 I'm thinking this would appeal to several Littens! (Image taken from Twitter)

Leftcoastzen Have it! It‘s lovely! 2w
vivastory @Leftcoastzen Very tempting! 2w
kspenmoll It‘s beautiful!!‘ 2w
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batsy Aaaah! Gorgeous! 2w
batsy (i.e. Definitely on my want list 😆) 2w
merelybookish 😍 Beautiful! 2w
LeahBergen I‘ve been coveting this! 2w
Branwen I own this edition as well! I couldn't resist! 🤣 Isn't it beautiful?! 🤩📚 2w
Pip2 Very nice! I just bought this today from my local bookstore, not the annotated version but the Chiltern version. You will have to let me know how much you enjoyed it. 2w
vivastory @kspenmoll Agreed! I hope to pick it up soon, 2w
vivastory @batsy It's incredible 🙌 Maybe in the next few weeks... 2w
vivastory @merelybookish I recall you were doing a read through of Woolf's work. Do you have a favorite? 2w
vivastory @LeahBergen I have several of the annotated editions & they are so wonderful 💙 2w
vivastory @Branwen It is! I hope to pick it up soon 👏 2w
vivastory @Pip2 The Chiltern editions are lovely! I was eyeing them in B & N last week & nearly picked up a couple 2w
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Baking With Kafka | Tom Gauld
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RaeLovesToRead RH;PAC 🤣🤣 2w
vivastory @RaeLovesToRead I mean, isn't that 60% of the internet?! 😂 2w
RaeLovesToRead Very true! 😄 2w
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Megabooks 😂😂 2w
LeahBergen Hah! 😆 2w
Moray_Reads Love the last one 🤣 2w
vivastory @Moray_Reads Same here! I hope you are doing well 🙂 2w
Moray_Reads @vivastory I'm well, thanks. Since September I've got married, started a new job, bought a house and got a dog. Life has been busy! How have you been? 1w
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I know that this released just yesterday, but I'm curious if anyone has watched it? When The Staircase was first released in '04, I was riveted. I stayed up all night watching several episodes & as soon as I left work the following day I immediately went to Hollywood Video & rented the remaining few. Definitely one of my favorite true crime documentaries of all time. I never did see the new episodes from a few years ago.

Leftcoastzen I didn‘t watch that series, but you have me all nostalgic about video stores! 2w
Leftcoastzen Ok now I gotta watch the 2004 one , just saw the trailer!😁Way to add to the pile , Scott! 2w
vivastory @Leftcoastzen My education of foreign movies was thanks to the Hollywood Video down the street from my house. I have vivid memories of watching Man Bites Dog, Elevator to the Gallows & Bertolucci's Partner. Blew my mind open! 2w
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vivastory @Leftcoastzen As for adding to the pile, feeling is mutual 👏👏 2w
Leftcoastzen Yes! Often people were wandering in the chain video stores for the latest blockbuster, but there were always gems in those stores if you really looked. 2w
Kimberlone I‘ve seen all of the documentary episodes including the sequel series. Have not yet watched any of the new adaptation but I know I will. I recently started the Under the Banner of Heaven adaptation, which is so far very good 2w
ncsufoxes I haven‘t watched this but I used to live in Durham, NC. I remember the trial. I used to work with a family that lived across the street from the Peterson home. 2w
vivastory @Kimberlone I think I'll watch the sequel series this weekend. Under the Banner of Heaven is also on my radar. I was going to wait until I read the Krakauer book, but I think I'll just go ahead and watch it. Glad to hear that you like it! 2w
vivastory @ncsufoxes That's really interesting. It was a really fascinating case. 2w
Kimberlone @vivastory I definitely think you can watch Under the Banner without having read the book but I definitely recommend the book when you have a chance (one of the best non-fiction I‘ve ever read) to fill in on the Mormon history stuff that the show can‘t delve into as deeply. The show is much more focused on dramatizing the true crime story rather than being a documentary adaptation of the source text. 2w
Kimberlone @vivastory also not sure how deep you‘ve gone on The Staircase after the original documentary came out but you have to look up the owl theory! I think there was an episode of the Criminal podcast that explores that theory. If I remember correctly the sequel series only briefly mentions it (watched it too long ago to remember the details) 2w
ncsufoxes @vivastory, have you ever heard of the Ann Miller case? Ann & Eric Miller were our marriage counselors (part of our process for getting married at my parents Catholic Church). Then a few years later Ann was convicted of murdering Eric through arsenic poisoning. That was a wild story, especially since they were counseling young couples & now knowing that she was having an affair at the same time 2w
vivastory @Kimberlone I will def. plan on reading the Krakauer. The only book I have read by him (Into Thin Air) is one of my fave nf reads of the past few years & I keep meaning to read more. The cast of the series looks fantastic. I picture a forthcoming Staircase deep dive between the podcast you mentioned, the sequel & the new series. Sounds fascinating! 2w
Kimberlone @vivastory Into Thin Air is my other favorite by Krakauer and it has a similar format to Under the Banner in going back and forth between the main event of the book (Everest disaster/Lafferty murder) and providing the backstory (history of exploring and Everest tourism/founding of Mormon church and its more fundamental/extreme branches) 2w
Kimberlone @vivastory Into Thin Air is my other favorite by Krakauer and it has a similar format to Under the Banner in going back and forth between the main event of the book (Everest disaster/Lafferty murder) and providing the backstory (history of exploring and Everest tourism/founding of Mormon church and its more fundamental/extreme branches) 2w
Megabooks I actually knew Peterson during my time at Duke. He was a former editor at The Chronicle (student newspaper) when he was at Duke and had a guest weekly column the year before Kathleen‘s death, after he ran for mayor. I interviewed him during his mayoral run and was pushed over chairs by Todd or Clayton when I approached for a quote after his loss. 🙄 I also covered the initial hearings and for to go through the court documents. ⬇️ (edited) 2w
Megabooks I read several of the letters from well known North Carolinians about why he should be released on bail. I also got to read Kathleen‘s initial autopsy report in full. It was fascinating. (edited) 2w
Megabooks Another interesting story…my ex‘s mom worked as the personal secretary to Duke‘s president when Clayton tried to set off a bomb in the administrative building. They‘re just a weird family. But I will say his bisexuality was an open secret in Durham, so I‘m guessing Kathleen knew about it. Anyway… my 5 sec brush with fame! 2w
Megabooks Needless to say, it‘s on my weekend watch list!! 2w
vivastory @Megabooks That is wild!! 🤯🤯 I really do need to watch the follow up series. I have so many unanswered questions in my mind. I recall the prosecution came off as very strange in the first series. I've heard that there's a lot more answers in the follow up. 2w
vivastory @Megabooks The 2 best true crime stories I have is: I was living in KC during the time that BTK was arrested, which was a bit wild & my doctor was colleagues with Dr. Farrar. The doctor whose partner tried to poison him with ricin & set the house on fire, killing 2 of their children. 2w
Megabooks That‘s crazy!! BTK was so scary to me! Yeah, the DA office in Durham was super crooked. Many of the same people overlapped in his case and the Duke lacrosse case. Peterson was a wannabe social justice warrior who was really more of a local rabble rouser. He did frequently call out the police in the local Durham paper where he also frequently wrote columns. There is definitely reasonable doubt enough for me to have him free, but I‘m not ⬇️ 2w
Megabooks Entirely convinced he didn‘t play some role in her death. But I‘ve gone back and forth on my feelings about him many times. (edited) 2w
vivastory @Megabooks I definitely need to watch the follow up before I form an opinion. I agree with you that he comes across as a rabble rouser than more of a sjw, & the death of his previous wife was suspicious. But not enough to convict IMO. It's a fascinating case, for sure. 2w
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Megabooks 😂😂 Worf approves! 2w
LindaLappin As well as the subject of pop musicals, among other things. I didn't know Rilke had read it. Surely one of the world's masterpieces. Gilgamesh slept for 7 days and wasn't even aware of it -- only the loaves of bread placed by his head day by day signalled the passing of time.... Immortality is unattainable, yet Utapishtim lives on in his island of the blessed.... 2w
merelybookish I used to teach Gilgamesh. It is pretty accessible and they usually liked it. 2w
Branwen YES! 😁👏👏👏 2w
vivastory @merelybookish I really enjoy it! It's been a few years since I have read it. I was just browsing the into of this while I was waiting for a flat tire to be changed. 2w
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This short, but informative, article on book designer Bascove is really interesting. Bonus points for mentioning the tagged book about books & featuring her artwork. I was unaware of it, but have added it to my TBR:

Kammbia1 I have seen some of her book covers over the years. That‘s a really cool story and glad she is getting some attention. 2w
vivastory @Kammbia1 I recognized a few of them, but didn't know who the designer was 2w
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Night Shift | Alex Finlay
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On New Year's Eve '99 the crew on the closing shift at a Blockbuster are murdered, leaving one survivor. The main suspect flees & is not seen again after being released for insufficient evidence. Fifteen years later a similar event happens at an ice cream parlor, leading many to think that the murderer has returned. Having worked at Blockbuster from 97-98, I have a bit of a soft spot for that connection with the novel. Although not as clever or👇

vivastory well-constructed as his previous novel, & I found myself frequently exasperated by some of the teen characters, (although TBF I am sometimes exasperated by teens IRL, too, so kudos for the realism) I still enjoyed this one.. (edited) 2w
Prairiegirl_reading I also worked at blockbuster around that time! 2w
vivastory @Prairiegirl_reading Be Kind & Rewind! 2w
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Prairiegirl_reading @vivastory I used to call it soulsucker! But I met my best friends in the world there so it wasn‘t all bad! 😄 2w
vivastory @Prairiegirl_reading 😂 I have some good memories of my time in retail as well 2w
Branwen I'm glad you enjoyed it! In spite of the frustrating teenagers! 🤣😂 2w
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The Handmaid's Tale | MARGARET. ATWOOD
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I saw it coming, but still...WTF
I've said it before...elections have consequences.

EKonrad Feeling sick about this. And hopeless. 😢 2w
DGRachel I have no words. A lot of rage and sadness but no words. 2w
Karisa Yeah, 😢😭 2w
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Sparklemn Ugh. I don't know what to say, either. 😖 2w
BarbaraBB I think you mean the abortion rights? It made the headlines where I live. It is like going back in time 🤯 2w
vivastory @BarbaraBB Yeah. It's unreal. 2w
TrishB Just been reading about it 💔 as @BarbaraBB says, it‘s going backwards. 2w
Bklover Unbelievable. 2w
Christine 💔 2w
batsy I saw my twitter tl this morning, just full of Americans in anguish 😟 2w
Leftcoastzen Sickening.💔 2w
Branwen I'm just...so upset and terrified over this. 💔 2w
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Night Shift | Alex Finlay
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Finlay's Every Last Fear was one of my favorite thrillers of last year, so I have high hopes for his latest. I know that several Littens have praised it

BarbaraBB I found a cheap copy of Every Last Fear. I have been wanting to read it ever since you did 😀 2w
vivastory @BarbaraBB I hope you like it! 2w
Branwen Yes! I hope you like it! 2w
Megabooks Very interested in your thoughts. I liked ELF more, but this was good too. 2w
vivastory @Megabooks I'm about 85 pages in & I can definitely see that so far 2w
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Moby-Dick | Herman Melville
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Spine design matters. Case in point: the recently redesigned Penguin Black Classic spines. They have done away with the orange lettering for the author name which is now in white. I hate it. The majority of the time spine design is simply repeating the cover design. The 6 pictured books (Penguin Drop Caps, Harper Perennial Olive Editions, Everyman's Library) are deviations from this & I love them. More of this, please. @leahbergen

Karisa So pretty. I love the stripes 😍 2w
vivastory @Karisa Same! I love how Everyman's has a different palette for each edition, too 2w
Gissy 📚 😍❤️❤️❤️ 2w
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DrexEdit I really dislike it when publishers change the design or trim size part-way through a series. 2w
Ruthiella I am also unhappy that Penguin Classics changed it‘s design. It was ICONIC! 😔 2w
LeahBergen Lovely spines! And I‘m with you on the Penguin Blacks. I miss the orange. 😠 2w
BarbaraBB I‘m with you too. And don‘t you find it annoying that the logo on #NYRB books aren‘t similar positioned? 2w
Cathythoughts Lovely 💫 2w
vivastory @Gissy 📚📚💙 2w
vivastory @DrexEdit Definitely a pet peeve! 2w
vivastory @Ruthiella Right?!! 2w
vivastory @LeahBergen We should start a campaign! 🐧 2w
vivastory @BarbaraBB That bugs me, but they've said that they have to do that for their smaller books 🤷 2w
vivastory @Cathythoughts 📚📚💙 2w
BarbaraBB But even in books of a similar size they are all over the place 🤯 2w
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Having just returned from the theaters where I saw The Northman, I thought now is a good time to repost the picture of my signed Sjón book. Author of strange & wonderful novellas & screenwriter of 2 strange & wonderful movies. Also, an early fan of Backlisted!

wanderinglynn What did you think of The Northman? I‘ve seen a lot of ads for it & it looks interesting, but maybe a bit violent? 3w
vivastory @wanderinglynn I will need to sit with it for a bit, but I really appreciate the commitment to the worldview they tried to portray & I think that Eggers & his team succeeded. It is pretty violent, but the violence is never gratuitous. They show you what you need to know on the screen & then cut away. It earns it's R rating but it doesn't wallow in it either, if that makes sense. 3w
persephone1408 Is it Eric before the vampirism??? Lol 2w
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I 💙 this BBC footage of a Puffin's Club from the 70s:

batsy Omg! That's such a delight. I would have loved something like that as a kid 😍 3w
vivastory @batsy Same 📚📚 2w
LeahBergen That was WONDERFUL. And those old Puffin covers bring back my childhood. 🥰🥰 2w
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A School for Fools | Sasha Sokolov
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“A book is the best gift, everything best in me I owe to books, book after book, cherish books-they ennoble and refine one's taste, you look in a book but see gobbledygook, a book is man's best friend, it enhances interiors, exteriors, and fox terriers.“
An epitaph from one of my favorite Poe stories “William Wilson“ keyed me in to the narrative ambiguities that might be at work in Sokolov's novel. As the back cover states, “Here we find not one

vivastory reliable narrator but two unreliable narrators.“ One challenging aspect of the work is the lack of identifying speech indicators & frequent narrative switches. The latter has an interesting effect in terms of our main character, in that it does tend to give him the aspect of a doppelganger when it segues from a first person POV to free indirect speech in the second person. This is jarring, to say the least.
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vivastory of School for Fools that were a bit dismissive, stating that it was a standard unreliable narrator novel, noteworthy only for the fact that it was pub. in the 70s. I disagree. One remarkable aspect of the book is the wordplay (follytics & Department of Crapucation comes to mind) & textual allusions. This is the first novel that #NYRBBookClub has read to have featured extensive footnotes citing the authors mentioned. There were even a couple that 3w
vivastory were not cited, as towards the end where he alludes to the Mayakosky's, “Could you play right to the finish a nocturne on a drainpipe flute?“ The cultural references, the linguistic vibrancy & the nod towards Nabokov in the symbolism of the butterflies made School for Fools a more life affirming novel than one usually gets about a fractured psyche in a repressive state. As always, looking forward to the discussion. @sarahbarnes 3w
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sarahbarnes Love your review! I‘m glad you enjoyed it. 3w
BarbaraBB I‘m in awe Scott of what you took away from it! 3w
batsy Fantastic review! I think the wordplay aspect would have been underrated by most reviewers; it really seems that he was pulling off Joycean fears. It must hit different too for people reading it in Russian. 3w
batsy *feats, not fears 😅 3w
vivastory @sarahbarnes Thanks! I think I told you this, but I had not heard of it before you nominated it 2w
vivastory @BarbaraBB I had a few false starts it. It's a demanding read, for sure but I think worthwhile 2w
vivastory @batsy Thanks! Fears works, too 🤣 I read in a few reviews that this is the second English translation. The first one seems to have failed to capture the neologisms etc. I can only imagine what it'd be like in the original. 2w
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