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Fox 8: A Story
Fox 8: A Story | George Saunders
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From the author of the instant New York Times bestseller Tenth of December comes a darkly comic short story, a fable about the all too real impact that we humans have on the environment—now available for the first time as an eBook.   Fox 8 has always been known as the daydreamer in his pack, the one his fellow foxes regarded with a knowing snort and a roll of the eyes. That is, until Fox 8 develops a unique skill: He teaches himself to speak “Yuman” by hiding in the bushes outside a house and listening to children’s bedtime stories. The power of language fuels his abundant curiosity about people—even after “danjer” arrives in the form of a new shopping mall that cuts off his food supply, sending Fox 8 on a harrowing quest to help save his pack. Told with his distinctive blend of humor and pathos, Fox 8 showcases the extraordinary imaginative talents of George Saunders, whom the New York Times called “the writer for our time.”   Praise for George Saunders and Tenth of December   “The best book you’ll read this year . . . more moving and emotionally accessible than anything that has come before.”—The New York Times Magazine   “Saunders is a complete original, unlike anyone else.”—Dave Eggers   “Affecting [and] wincingly funny . . . It’s no exaggeration to say that the short story master George Saunders helped change the trajectory of American fiction.”—The Wall Street Journal   “Subversive, hilarious, and emotionally piercing.”—Jennifer Egan   “Not since Twain has America produced a satirist this funny.”—Zadie Smith   “George Saunders makes the all-but-impossible look effortless. We’re lucky to have him.”—Jonathan Franzen   “Tenth of December isn’t just [Saunders’s] most unexpected work yet; it’s also his best . . . as weird, scary, and devastating as America itself.”—NPR   “An astoundingly tuned voice—graceful, dark, authentic, and funny—telling just the kinds of stories we need to get us through these times.”—Thomas Pynchon   “The best short-story writer in English alive.” —Mary Karr
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Readaholics
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A fox learned to speak human and writes us a letter to let us know what destructive dicks we are.... 🦊 what does the fox say? A lot...❤️

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WanderingBookaneer
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📚: Fox 8 ❤️❤️❤️

🎥: The X-Files (Fox Mulder)

🎶: Rilo Kiley‘s “Portion for Foxes”

#ManicMonday

JoScho 💙🦊💙 1mo
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CoffeeNBooks
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I read this little book today, and although it's short, it definitely packs a punch. I picked it to fulfill a prompt, and I'm definitely glad I did. #BookRiotReadHarderChallenge2019: a book in which an animal or inanimate object is a point-of-view character

MelissaSue81 I loved this!! I made my 10 year old read it too. 2mo
ReadingRover I‘m obsessed with this book! I have it on audiobook and listening to it is so good because of the way he speaks. It‘s a bit intense though! (edited) 2mo
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Danzrlove
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I found this book in my library‘s NEW section. I was looking for a quick read while waiting for me book subscription. The book began comical by the end I was touched and in the end sad. I think it is a great commentary.

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YASS March was a significant improvement on Feb! Found my five star zone twice, stayed on track with #readharder2019 , read some quality work related reads, #indiebuddyreads was back on track after my disagreeable relationship with our Feb picks, and Tournament of Books delivered some lols. Fox 8, and The Arsonist were stars.

Redheadrambles Ah I perfect month for you. I am pleased the IBR is back on track plus you are a ToB Tipping winner !! 3mo
ClairesReads @Redheadrambles honestly it has been a blessed reading month. I am so delighted 3mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Great reads! 📖💖 3mo
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HeatherBookNerd
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Oh George Saunders I love you so. This tiny book packs an emotional punch. He always manages to make me laugh and then surprises me with a somber nugget of truth. This little parable tells of the impact humans have on the environment and reminds us that it matters how we treat our fellow creatures on the planet.
#readharder #animalpointofview

ClairesReads This was such a great wee story 3mo
HeatherBookNerd @ClairesReads I didn‘t realize how tiny it was until I saw it in person. I loved it. 3mo
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“If you want your Storys to end happy, try being niser.”

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shadowspeak17
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One got cut off, but all ten of my reads so far this year have been picks. 😄 I wonder how much longer the streak will last. 🤔

Crazeedi Keep it going!!😉 3mo
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rachelk
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Fox 8 is a modern fable told from the perspective of an endearing fox. Without moralizing, this short story (in a small book) makes us think about our environment, politics, immigration and how we treat each other. Humorous and bittersweet, I recommend ‘Fox 8‘ in book format in order to see the lovely illustrations and more importantly, how the words are spelled. 🦊 ❤️

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ClairesReads
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Fox 8 is truly, a story of our time, and Saunders is at his absolute finest here. Fox 8 is a fable of the cruelty of humankind. In it, we are exceptional, creative, and powerful. But we are also, egotistic, selfish, unthinking, and cruel. It is a timely reminder that we are not all that inhabit this earth. Saunders writes with both humour and tenderness, constructing a story that is as confronting as it is entertaining.

TrishB Lovely review 💕 3mo
ClairesReads @TrishB thank you 🙏🏻 3mo
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ClairesReads
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Well- this is just A+ Saunders 🙏🏻😂

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eedevore
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A book with pictures is about all I have energy for this week. I‘m going to savor this one.

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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Great job! 📚💖 4mo
MallenNC You got a lot more read than I did! 4mo
OriginalCyn620 I find that hard to believe @MallenNC ... I know how fast you read! 😝 4mo
MallenNC @OriginalCyn620 I ended up finishing 6 this month but I just finished the last one at lunch. I wanted to be reading more than I was able to! 4mo
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OriginalCyn620
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This story! It‘s wonderful- funny, happy, sad (I *may* have teared up), and we see from a fox‘s perspective how we humans can be super cool and also how we can be massive tools. The takeaway is simple: be nice! Thank you so much @EmilyM for giving me this lovely short story!

MelissaSue81 In loved this so much!! 4mo
EmilyM @OriginalCyn620 You are so welcome! Glad you enjoyed it! 4mo
ReadingRover I listened to this on audiobook and loved it. 4mo
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I'm not crying, you're crying!

WanderingBookaneer This was so good. I‘m always in awe of authors who can pack so much in so few pages. 4mo
DoonTheGoon @WanderingBookaneer Same - the ability to create such a concise and meaningful story really shows an author's talent! 4mo
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MelissaSue81
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What a perfect little story!! Fox 8 is adorable and hilarious. The story is sad and funny and happy all in 48 pages. Loved this! 🦊 #readharderchallenge #animalaspointofviewcharacter

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MelissaSue81
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Oh em gee. This “book” is adorable and hilarious so far. “At which point he took a paws to lik his but. Wile I polite lee wated.”

saresmoore I thought it was pretty brilliant. 4mo
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MelissaSue81
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Bunch of holds came in so here is today‘s #libraryhaul. Going to read Fox 8 today for #readharderchallenge. And I think start Parkland after that.

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Having lost his home to a mall, Fox 8 writes a heartfelt plea to Yumans. No, that wasn‘t an error. Ever curious Fox 8 learned English by peeking in the window of a Yuman family observing their home life and its similarities to fox life. His world is upturned when he witnesses the horrors of Yuman progress and so begins his cause. Adorable simple line drawings by Cardinal enhance the text. You will cheer for Fox 8.

Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🌺 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Welcome to Litsy!! 4mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 📖💙 4mo
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jhod
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The perfect short story for a commute! Loved this, definitely makes me want to read his other short stories. 5 stars and It's length meant I managed to sneak in book 8 before the end of the month!

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saresmoore
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Wow, this was excellent. Perfectly executed satire with lots of heart. I especially liked the spelling of “Curator” for Creator. Clever, unique, and refreshing.

#24in48

TrishB Colleague in work gave me s copy this week. She‘d ordered two by mistake! 5mo
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saresmoore
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So, I plan to do a bit of reading this weekend...

Hooray for #24in48, the one weekend a year that I have all to myself! Well, ideally. It hasn‘t happened yet...but I still have hope!

I have a nice mix of fiction & non-fiction, engrossing books & short books, and even a play. Yay! 🥳

readordierachel Yay, Fox 8! Enjoy! 5mo
LeahBergen Have you started that Bronte bio yet? 5mo
Moray_Reads Lovely selection. I hope you enjoy the Mere Wife ❤️ 5mo
saresmoore @LeahBergen I have! And oh my gosh, I‘m loving it. She‘s diligent in her cause of correcting the myriad misconceptions that have developed over the years (starting with Elizabeth Gaskell‘s bio of Charlotte) and she takes the whole family into account. 5mo
saresmoore @Moray_Reads I‘m sure I will! I was happy to spot it on the new books shelf at the library yesterday. There‘s a file of your recommendations just to the side in my consciousness, always on the ready for visits to bookshops and libraries. 😂 5mo
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Bookies
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Took a few minutes to finish this one today. A tiny book, really a bound short story. About 40 pages. Some have called it a novella. It is not. Cute and dark, a modern fable. The book is written by Fox 8 himself — a fox who can speak, read, and write “Yooman,” so it‘s almost written in dialect with a lot of phonetic spellings to translate. It was on the indie bestsellers lists for a while. Though part of me wants to stock it in the kids‘ section.

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Sara_Planz
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This little novella popped up in my new books today. Love George Saunders!

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Litlady
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A dark, cute and funny (short) tale about the good side of humans and wretched side as well. Anything with foxes on the cover or in the story line, I‘m sold! The day dreaming Fox 8 and I could be besties for sure! Five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Down side is I am having hip replacement surgery the end of the month but happy news is while I‘m off work due to limited mobility and post op I can read, read, read! Boo hip .. YAY books! 😊

MicheleinPhilly Oh blergh. Best wishes for a speedy recovery! 5mo
Litlady @MicheleinPhilly Thanks‼️ 5mo
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KarenUK
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A sad, funny little tale, yet so hopeful. Told from Fox 8‘s point of view, I quickly embraced his ‘interesting‘ spelling, and loved his innocent voice. The simple illustrations are lovely, and the ending was perfect. Also..... #humanssuck #yumanssuk 🦊💕

RachelO Awww. Stacked! Also paging @laurenbescoby - have you come across this one? 5mo
laurenbescoby @RachelO ah thank you! I haven't, shall be stacking 😊 5mo
MrBook Loved this one! 5mo
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shadowspeak17
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1. Definitely teleport. My friends and family all live far away from me, so teleportation would be super useful.
2. My first completed read of the year. 🦊❤️
3. No
4. I don‘t tend to binge watch anything.
5. 👍🏽

#friyayintro

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MidnightBookGirl
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Sweet, sad, and short. Will totally make you want to set up fox sanctuaries. Or maybe try to pass off a baby fox as a puppy so that the Hubs won't be all "no, you cannot adopt a wild animal just because you read a book about a cute, clever fox who learns how to speak Yuman. That's not how reality works." Sigh.

BookBabe I loved this one! ❤️ 5mo
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PagesByTheWater
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I can‘t believe I dropped $18 on this tiny thing! I love supporting Indie Bookstores but at what cost? Luckily my friend told me of a used bookstore near my house so I‘ll probably be frequenting there for books instead of dropping my whole paycheck at B&N and Indie Bookstores. Although I shouldn‘t be buying new books anyway, I have plenty to read!
#fox8 #indiebookstore #newbookbuy

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UrsulaMonarch
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Quite a delight, and for better or worse I found that its charm outweighed depressing aspects of the story.

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shadowspeak17
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
First book of 2019 done! Sweet, sad, hopeful, humorous at times, and cleverly written. This story was a great one to start the year with.

#booked2019 #newtoyouauthor
#catsoflitsy #Phoenix

Cinfhen Woohoo!!! Everyone is just rocking the challenge already 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 6mo
TiredLibrarian I have this checked out from the library; about to start reading it 😊 6mo
ErinSueGreads I just finished this one too! I loved it so much! 5mo
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jlondon1963
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First completed book for 2019. Mixed thoughts love the fable and concept just not sure of the childlike speak.

Bookies It is riten by a fox. A fox can not be expekted to nowe all the rools of gramer and speling. 5mo
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KathyWheeler
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This is so short that I feel guilty including it as part of my #24B42019 readathon, but it is a separate book, so I did. I liked it but it took me a minute to get past the deliberate misspellings. The story is told by a fox who has learned to speak Yuman (human) but hasn‘t learned to spell. It‘s touching and sad.

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DMC_run8
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Well that was an unexpected cry!

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BookBelle84
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The lesson alone at the end of this book makes it a #mustread for me. Very clever.

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I think my expectations for this book were a little too high and that‘s why it fell short for me. I was really hoping for similar vibes to Everyone‘s a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too. It was definitely cute and I really appreciated the touches the author did to make it more wholesome like the grammar and spelling errors. But in the end, it wasn‘t what I wanted. I did enjoy the comments on human impacts on the environment though!
#mpls #twincities

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britt_brooke
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Saunders‘s clever prose paired with Cardinal‘s elegant illustrations is quite a treat. Fox 8 is an adorably optimistic and naive little soul. He‘s eager to dream and learn even after a shocking experience with the “Yumans” he admired and hoped to mimic. This is a delightful little tale, but also a painful reminder that humans often suck. 🦊

RealBooks4ever 💜💜💜 6mo
LitLogophile Loved this 6mo
MrBook 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 @BookBabe and I loved this little tale as well! We listened to it on audio and read along. 6mo
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britt_brooke @MrBook 💚💚💚 6mo
britt_brooke @LitLogophile 💚💚💚 6mo
JLaurenceCohen Love me some Saunders 6mo
BookBabe 😊❤️ 6mo
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britt_brooke
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I have sacrificed the body half of the #Lush Santa Bath Bomb (thanks again @Booksnchill !!) to the steaming hot bathtub. The bright red is a little disconcerting 🔪😆, but pairs very festively with my obnoxiously green nails. ❤️💚 Super excited to finally read this short story!

AlaMich Yeah, that water is...red alright. 😱 6mo
gradcat Yup, I have to say that though the red & green look festive for the season, there is a rather regrettable overall vision of you being, shall we say, done away with in a most gruesome fashion in your bathtub...just, that water really is RED! 😂😂 (edited) 6mo
britt_brooke @gradcat I know, it‘s kinda creeping me out! 😆😆 6mo
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whatsthEStorey Wow that is red! I had one that turned the water an unappealing yellow. Whose brilliant ideas are these? 🤨😂 6mo
britt_brooke @AlaMich 😵😆 6mo
britt_brooke @whatsthEStorey 😆 Good question! This is a Santa one so at least the color makes sense. Red year round would be awkward; yellow definitely would be, too. Seems like most of the ones I‘ve used have been shades of pinks or blues. 6mo
Tamra 😵 6mo
Booksnchill Very festive🤣🎅🎄❤️ 6mo
britt_brooke @Booksnchill 💚❤️ Have you read this story yet? It‘s so good. 6mo
Aimeesue Fox 8❤️❤️❤️ 6mo
Booksnchill @britt_brooke not yet- on the Christmas list! 6mo
britt_brooke @Aimeesue I loved it! 💚 6mo
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blamethestardust
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@burnTheShopdown and I are taking turns doing some wrapping for that last minute Christmas shopping! All donations go to the local Literacy Action Center.

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Schnoebs
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This is my pick for a read that should only take me a day/evening to get through. I‘ve recently seen this popping up everywhere and can‘t wait to see how I enjoy it.

#magicalreadathon #shortstory #chicago #il

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collegecatlady
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In a mere 48 pages, Saunders makes me feel all the emotions in the world. Poor Fox 7 🦊

ReadingRover Omg so many feels in this book but I did love it. The audiobook was really great! 6mo
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RedbagReadbooks
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4/5🦊. Quick enjoyable read.

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Schnoebs
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Now that finals are over, I can ignore everything about school and read. Today‘s the first day of the Christmas at Hogwarts Magical Readathon. Here‘s my tbr; anyone else going to do it this week? It‘s hosted G at Book Roast on Booktube.

#magicalreadathon #readathon #hogwarts #wizardingworld #harrypotter #imfreeatlast #nomorefinals #mpls #twincities

HOTPock3tt I am re reading Harry Potter right now also!! Just on my own.. I‘m not doing a read a long or anything... but right now I‘m reading ‘the goblet of fire‘ 🤗♥️ @Schnoebs 6mo
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WanderingBookaneer
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“Why did the Curator do it so rong, making the groop with the gratest skils the meenest?”

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mauveandrosysky
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“Why did the Curator do it so rong, making the groop with the gratest skils the meenest?”

Saunders has done it all, this time writing a short story from the perspective (and poor spelling) of a fox.

This brief fable is a funny, sad and ultimately hopeful meditation on humans and their interactions with the natural world.

I was not prepared for how touched I would be by the final pages.

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EH2018
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Wow. So worth the read. Short and heartbreaking.

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BookBabe
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What a wonderful little book! I recommend immersion-reading it so you can get the full effect— 🎧having the author himself read it to you, in perfect character, while following along in the book so you can appreciate the charming illustrations & intentional misspellings (as the book is written by a fox, he doesn‘t have perfect spelling skills. That would be unrealistic.😝) It actually made me laugh out loud with delight. One sad part though. ⭐️x5!

tpixie Sounds great! Love your mug also! Hope you're getting settled in your new home. I'm so sorry for your loss. 6mo
SassyBookworm Ohh I love your mug!!! 6mo
BookBabe @tpixie Thank you, dear friend. ❤️ • @SassyBookworm Thanks, it‘s one of my favorites! 😊 6mo
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The.Intentional.Reader
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Beautiful little book. I laughed at the way the fox thought and wrote. Good commentary on nature and man. Very short read interspersed with cool little drawings.

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britt_brooke
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I was supposed to be shopping for a NYE outfit, but I loathe clothes shopping and ended up with goodies from Lush and Parnassus instead. 🤷🏼‍♀️ #noregrets

Anyone read this Saunders story? Thoughts?

saresmoore I think you made a great choice. I loathe shopping for clothes, too. 6mo
ErinSueGreads I‘m thinking about checking this one out from work!!! 6mo
britt_brooke @saresmoore It‘s the worst. 6mo
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Leftcoastzen Oops!😃 6mo
Aimeesue I LOVED Fox 8. But I‘m a big Saunders fan and love about 95% of his stuff. I recommended it to someone once who said she couldn‘t finish it because she finds talking animal to be “too twee.” I‘m OK with talking animals though, so A+ from me. 🦊 🦊 🦊 6mo
britt_brooke @Aimeesue Great to hear! I‘ve liked his short stories thus far, but was not really a fan of Lincoln in the Bardo. I liked the idea, though. He‘s a unique writer. 6mo
britt_brooke @ErinSueG 👍🏻 I‘m hoping to start and maybe finish it tomorrow. 6mo
WeeziesBooks I love Parnassus! And Lush! 6mo
britt_brooke @WeeziesBooks 💚💚💚 6mo
sprainedbrain I have not, but I love everything about this post! ❤️ 6mo
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