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A Visit from the Goon Squad
A Visit from the Goon Squad | Jennifer Egan
NATIONAL BESTSELLERNational Book Critics Circle Award WinnerPEN/Faulkner Award FinalistA New York Times Book Review Best BookOne of the Best Books of the Year:Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, The Daily Beast, The Miami Herald, The Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Newsday, NPR's On Point, O, the Oprah Magazine, People, Publishers Weekly, Salon, San Francisco Chronicle, Seattle Times, Slate, Time, The Washington Post, and Village VoiceBennie is an aging former punk rocker and record executive.Sasha isthe passionate, troubled young woman he employs. Here Jennifer Egan brilliantly reveals their pasts, along with the inner lives of a host of other characters whose paths intersect with theirs. With music pulsing on every page, A Visit from the Goon Squad is astartling, exhilarating novel of self-destruction and redemption.From the Trade Paperback edition.
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EmMcKee
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This novel was mind-bending for me, and fascinating in the best way. The self-destructive characters are entirely relatable, and the way the story weaves and bobs amongst them while incorporating the music/pause theme is absolutely artistic. Great book, highly recommend.

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GrahamBarnesy
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Again, really late to the party. I really, really enjoyed this book. I loved the characters, their narratives, and the connections between them.

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nelehelen
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Mehso-so

3/5
I enjoyed the slow unveiling of the MCs‘ complexity through the eyes of the other characters. The narration from different viewpoints were filled with flaws that were so human that at times it made me feel uncomfortable, like I was reading about my own embarrassing and horrible past. While I admired this ability of the author, I felt the varying narratives to be confusing and jarring. I wanted more from and about the MCs, especially Sasha.

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EmMcKee
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"But Bennie knew that what he was bringing into the world was shit.Too clear, too clean. The problem was precision, perfection; the problem was digitization, which sucked the life out of everything that got smeared through its microscopic mesh. Film, photography, music: dead. An aesthetic Holocaust! Bennie knew better than to say this stuff aloud."

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Julsmarshall
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Singularly different! Loved the punk rock vibe and the variety of characters, I can see why so many people rave about this book—it has something for everyone. Listened to this on audio and I may have enjoyed it more in book form. It had many different storylines and only listening in the car on my commute meant that I went long periods between listening and that made it tricky to follow.

LeeRHarry I read this ages ago but remember loving it, glad you liked it 😊 3mo
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Chars
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Mehso-so

Jennifer Egan structures this book similar to a concept album from the 70s where every song, or in the case chapter, has a unique mood. Each chapter is written from the perspective of a different character. The mishmash of personalities, tones, and writing styles creates a collage of a story that spans 50 years. The author has done an interview at Google (available on YouTube) that I recommend listening to prior to reading the book.

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Julsmarshall
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New audiobook!

merelybookish Loved this book! 3mo
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rachaich
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Mehso-so

Undecided!
I found it kept me reading and linking the characters and plot until the last few chapters... specifically the penultimate chapter.

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alexa_d
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Figure I'll stay on my #Pulitzer novel kick 😄 #audiobook #Libby

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rachaich
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I decided to try this one. It has mixed reviews on here so I'm unsure how it'll be.
Three chapters in and I see how the characters intertwine. It's pretty good flowing at the moment.

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JillR
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Numerous stories, all interweaving, although sometimes in a way you don‘t notice until you‘re way into the next story. The book spans New York, San Francisco, Africa, Italy, over various timelines. No one‘s story is fully complete, not even punk turned music industry executive Bennie Salazar, whose story is perhaps most clearly told. Relationships, businesses, people come and go as time passes. A great read, if you can just go with the flow.

TrishB A great review. This has been on my kindle for ages! 5mo
JillR Thank you @trishb 😊. I‘ve wanted to read it for ages too, also enjoyed Manhattan Beach although very different... 5mo
TrishB I have that one too- unread! 5mo
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Palindrome
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This is good stuff... fresh and funky and intricately constructed. We‘ve got pop culture, punk rockers, old men, young women, the reminiscences of punker-turned-recording-industry-executive Bennie Salazar and the inscrutable comportment of Sasha, his kleptomaniac assistant. With willy-nilly chronology and willy-nilly characters, Goon Squad has much to say about time, the human heart, and the importance of... the pause... in music and in life.

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JillR
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Book haul with the gift card that‘s been burning a hole in my pocket since January! It was so nice to spend an hour or so in Waterstones, on my own, to buy whatever I fancied, a real treat 💕

cathysaid I really enjoyed A Female Persuasion 👍 7mo
teainthelibrary Beautiful stack! 😍 7mo
JillR @cathythoughts that‘s good to hear, I‘ve nearly bought this a couple of times but wasn‘t sure for some reason... 7mo
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Cathythoughts @JillR 👋🏻hi how are you !♥️. I think you meant @cathysaid 😘 7mo
JillR Haha @cathythoughts I did 🙈😳! (I‘m fine apart from slightly losing my mind, hope you‘re well!) @cathysaid 🙈😳 7mo
Cathythoughts I am well ! Thankyou Jill X 7mo
cathysaid 🤣🤣🤣 All good. Enjoy those 📚 7mo
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Rissreads
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#LitzyAtoZ letter ‘V‘
Nope, this book just didn‘t do it for me. What a let down. I did like some characters and their stories but not others. This is the second Pulitzer Prize book I‘ve read this year and they have both left me scratching my head. What am I missing?
I have 2 more on my tbr shelf but I am a bit reluctant to pick them up. It‘s strange as I find I generally love the books that win the Man Booker prize.

Lindy I love this book so much that I have read it twice and will surely read it again. It hits lots of notes for me: MPV; memorable characters; novel told via interconnected stories; time & music are themes; stylistic elegance. 7mo
Trashcanman I don't want to... I don't want to go. 7mo
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mrozzz
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Though I don‘t love it, the experimental arcs & formatting demand well-deserved praise for Egan‘s wild mind. The cast is tight though it‘s not obvious until several chapters in when, jumping time & POV at the turn of every chapter, names repeat & stories unfurl to fill out the history or future of any/all of the dozen characters named in the first 50-80 pages. Within a paragraph/page Egan might break the fourth wall or timeline to move w/o rules.

BarbaraBB Not a favorite of mine either. 8mo
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yvil
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what a beautifully human book! feb2019

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TheNerdyProfessor
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1. Yes... It mostly involves visiting bookstores and visiting all of the national parks.
2. Yes! My husband and I are going to Maine for a week in May to visit Acadia National Forest.
3. I'm a pretty simply person, so I don't think my list stretches me too far.
4. I have heard great things about this book but it never feels like the right time to pick it up.

#hellothursday @wanderinglynn

Crazeedi Number 2 Acadia is beautiful 9mo
wanderinglynn The National Parks is a great bucket list! 👍🏻 Thanks for playing! 🖋 9mo
TheNerdyProfessor @Crazeedi I'm so glad to hear that! We are renting a cabin for the week and bringing the puppers with us. I'm looking forward to some time to disconnect from the world and just read 😬 9mo
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Crazeedi @TheNerdyProfessor that sounds amazing, I would love to do that. By the way read this book if you want to do the national parks, it's really good, I laughed 9mo
TheNerdyProfessor @Crazeedi Thank you so much for the recommendation! I'm going to add this to my TBR stack! 9mo
Crazeedi @TheNerdyProfessor I think you'll enjoy, they visit all the parkd 9mo
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Megokline
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LouiseWalters
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My reading habits didn‘t do this book any justice - as I generally read when I get into bed and depending on how tired I am, is how much I get through. Consequently it felt a bit disjointed. However with the current heatwave we‘re experiencing I made a concerted effort to finish it. A good contemporary read with relatable characters that does jump about a bit.

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Tashreads
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2019 TBR: 5 randomly generated books from my #goodreads want-to-read list

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I second what @LeeRHarry said!! 👍 Also, I met Charlie Jane Anders this past summer and she was SUPER cool (have that in my TBR also)! 12mo
LeeRHarry @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I have the Charlie Jane Anders book on my TBR too, although who knows when I‘ll get to it! 😊 12mo
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Suet624
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Finished the tagged book on the flight from Vermont to San Francisco. My adult son and I get a week together! Rejoice, indeed. Surprised this book won a Pulitzer, but what do I know? I finally got it off my TBR. It kept my attention and I enjoyed the flawed characters.

Sweettartlaura This book made me a Jennifer Egan fan for life! Each of her books are great. And none is like any other ❤️ 12mo
Reggie I bought this book like 5 years ago and it just stares at me on the bookcase. Have a great time with your son, Sue!! 12mo
saresmoore So glad you made it safely! 12mo
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Suet624 @Sweettartlaura good to know. I‘ll check out some of her other books. 12mo
Sweettartlaura For something completely different, try 12mo
Suet624 @Reggie thanks so much, Reggie. It‘s guaranteed that Louie and I will have a great time together. 💕💕 he‘s a sweetheart. 12mo
Suet624 @saresmoore thanks Sara! 12mo
TrishB Have a great time 👍🏻 my adult son can‘t make it home until the 27th but then is home for a week 😁 12mo
AmyG Have a wonderful week with your boy. Merry Christmas, Sue. 😘 12mo
Suet624 @TrishB Yippee! Enjoy. 12mo
Suet624 @AmyG thank you, Amy. Hope you‘re enjoying yourself during this holiday season. 12mo
Amiable Enjoy the week with your son! Our time with our adult kids is often fleeting and far apart. Grab the magic while you can. 🙂 12mo
batsy Have a lovely time with your son 💕 12mo
kspenmoll Sue so happy you are away & with your son all to yourself in such a wonderful city(been years since I have visited! My brother is north in Sonoma. 12mo
Suet624 @kspenmoll I lived in Sonoma for a year and still miss the place. 12mo
Suet624 @batsy Thank you. So much fun already! 12mo
Suet624 @Amiable That‘s exactly right. My son‘s girlfriend went home to her parents for the holiday so it‘s just the two of us. That‘s a rare and wonderful occurrence. 12mo
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Tex2Flo
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#mani Monday #letters @JoScho
Book : Visit from the Goon Squad
Author: Val McDermod
Movie: Victor Victoria
Food: Vinegar Cucumbers

JoScho ❤️❤️❤️ 12mo
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PixieDust
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I love this book so much!!!! It‘s all about the passage of time and is quite sad. It‘s told in an unconventional way. Every chapter is like a short story and every character at the center of each chapter is linked in some way. I highly recommend it and I‘m dying to read more from Egan!!

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Agentfalco
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Panpan

Interconnecting stories in a non-chronological timeline each chapter focusing on a different character doesn‘t allow for an emotional connection to be established. Reading the reviews I just wonder were we reading the same novel because I don‘t recognise the one they are describing.

readingjedi I felt the same way. 14mo
RaimeyGallant Good to know. 14mo
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Agentfalco
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Why is it that so many Pulitzer and Booker prize winning novels are so darned weird?

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Agentfalco
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It‘s odd reading a novel about characters you don‘t like but I should reserve judgment as I‘m only 50 pages in. 😯

readingjedi I didn't like this yet everyone else seemed to love it. The format that everyone raved about just annoyed me ☹ 14mo
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TheCuriousHousecat
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Brilliant book. Loved the snippets of writing delving into the future of some of the characters. It‘s a ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ from me.

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MStew
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Picked this up at thrift store..i have only heard great things about this book! And its alot of readers favorites! Has anyone read this?🤓

I'm excited to read this!!!!!

#fiction

MandaChittles Great find! 1y
starlight97 I read it a long time ago but loved it! 1y
marianese yes! it's pretty great! 1y
Dogearedcopy Yes! I loved Egan‘s ability to reflect character and mood through the vernacular. I actually cried during the Power Point part! 1y
j9brown It's very good! 👍 1y
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GatheringBooks
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#QuotsySept18 Day 15: Does your #hat make you sinister or sweet and fuzzy?

merelybookish I loved this book so much when I read it! 1y
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LoveToReadLiveToRead
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I finished this book earlier this month after owning a copy for years. Each chapter is told from the POV of a new character, each of whom is loosely connected to someone else we‘ve met. The chapters differ in style; the one pictured is told in PowerPoint!
I enjoyed this book & it lingered with me for a while. I‘ve seen arguments as to whether this is a novel or a series of short stories but I think they must be read together to feel the effect.

callielafleur One of my all-time favorites. If you ever get a chance, I recommend listening to that section especially in the audiobook. It's very effective. 1y
LoveToReadLiveToRead @callielafleur Oh fab, thanks for the tip! (edited) 1y
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parttimedomestic
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Good morning from Arthur Weasley the Chow Chow, Guardian of the Bookshelf. He is firmly against going outside and getting anything done today, so I‘ve been lingering over my coffee and starting the tagged book.
#dogsoflitsy

BookwormAHN He is so cute 💜 1y
trazo 🐶😍 1y
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erzascarletbookgasm
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A selection of books set in #NewYork , a few I have read, the others on my TBR. Any particular one you enjoyed?
#AugustIsATrip

Bklover Omg yes. I love Harriet the Spy! One of my all time favorites! 1y
MrsMalaprop The only one I‘ve read is the tagged book. Read it a couple of years ago & liked it. It‘s a book I‘d like to read again as I‘d get more from a second reading. 1y
merelybookish Great selection! Love both the middle grade books! 1y
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Kalalalatja I loved The Age of Innocence! (edited) 1y
Tonton Tagged book, and Harriet the Spy! 1y
Tonton Actually read all except for When You Reach Me, all good and all different sides of the city. 1y
LiteraryinLititz Love When You Reach Me! 1y
batsy The Age of Innocence and Harriet the Spy and our buddy read book ❤️ I can't believe I haven't read Breakfast at Tiffany's yet and the Stead book has been on my TBR forever! 1y
ReadingEnvy Harriet is my spirit animal.... when I was a kid I copied many of the things she did. 🤸‍♀️ 1y
ephemeralwaltz A tree Grows in Brooklyn. I recently read this memoir that gave me similar vibes 1y
youneverarrived The Age of Innocence and When You Reach Me are both great reads! 1y
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Emilymdxn
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Officially out of my building in oxford and back in with my parents! Far too many books for these bookshelves, it‘s making me feel physically ill them all being this badly arranged but god only knows when I‘ll have time to make them presentable...

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Billypar
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These stories are fantastic both as standalones and as part of a complete work. Music is a theme throughout and I enjoyed the shifting chronology- it's interesting to see the characters at different points in their lives. I appreciated the drama too- these stories weren't interested in navel gazing: often something serious goes down before they end. Egan skillfully draws big questions from casual circumstances- it was fun to watch these unfold.

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Billypar
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Thanks @vivastory for the tag
1. Arctic Monkeys' new album: Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino
2. Solo (all-time): Tom Waits, Neko Case; Solo (newer): EMA; Band (AT): Sleater Kinney, Portishead; Band (newer): Los Campesinos, Screaming Females; Hip hop: (AT): OutKast, The Roots, (newer): Vince Staples
3. Rock & Hip Hop
4. No- Spotify free & CD's
5. Since this was for last Thursday, anyone who still wants to play! 😁🎵🎶
#HelloThursday @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Some great artists on your list! Thanks for playing! 😀 1y
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Nute
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#ReadingResolutions - Multiple Narrators: Some of these prompts put me in a tailspin because I have a difficult time thinking of a book that fits. I remember that there was a whole bunch of folks telling their story in this book. I remember that it didn‘t fair well on Goodreads, but I liked it. Maybe because it revolves around music and musicians, and redemption after self-destruction.👇🏽

Nute And there was a cool chapter done as PowerPoint slides. What‘s better than that? 2y
merelybookish I loved this book!! 2y
Dragon Sounds interesting, stacking! 👍😀 2y
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Litpixie
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Normally I hate books with multiple narrators. One of the few I liked, until this book, was The Poisonwood Bible. This book was so good. Unlike Egan's other books this takes two main characters, Sasha and Bennie, and spins off with different characters who are in some way tied to Sasha and Bennie. An amazing read. Absolutely loved this.

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CKtheLibrarian
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⭐️⭐️ Not my cup o‘ tea. Everyone else seems to like it though. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

crazyspine I agree with you. Even though it was award winning, I've never actually met anyone in IRL who enjoyed it. 2y
CKtheLibrarian @crazyspine thank goodness. Thought I was the only one who felt this way. 2y
kricheal Agree so much! 2y
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Litpixie
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I've been waiting for a good rainy Saturday to read. Finally, a day with near constant rain. I'm going to enjoy a good book while listening to the rain.

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DarcysMom
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🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
#audiobook
#overdrive

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tammysue Great job 👍🏻 2y
DarcysMom @whatshesreadingnow Thank you! 🤗 2y
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DarcysMom
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mabell Yay more friends! 🐶🐎🐾❤️ 2y
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DarcysMom
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JanJan I loved this book on audio! 2y
DarcysMom @JanJan That is good to hear - I am looking forward to diving into it on my way to work tomorrow. 2y
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Gaylagal2
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1. A Visit From the Goonsquad by Jennifer Egan.
2. Freddy Mercury.
3. Queen at Cow Palace in San Francisco 87'.
4. "Zombie" The Cranberries.
#manicmonday @JoScho

JoScho Zombie 💚 2y
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starlight97
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1. Tagged book 👆 I don't remember much of it, only that I liked it 😁
2. All-time favorite is Guns N'Roses, but I listen to a lot of Arctic Monkeys and Rammstein these days
3. Slash and Myles Kennedy in Budapest ♡ and it was on my birthday!
4. Well it's always something else... Probably Rosenrot by Rammstein these days
#ManicMonday @JoScho

JoScho Thanks for playing ❤️🎶 2y
starlight97 @JoScho thanks for the awesome questions! 2y
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Emu
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Mehso-so

Not a favourite though I do love the entwined fates. #1001books #nyc #pulitzer

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This quote made so much more sense after reading the book. Time is the goon squad.

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QuincyNessig
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Dazzling modern literature.

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Ekkross
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I loved this book so much. The characters feel real and so I experienced their pain and joy right along with them as the story progressed.

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