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The Ice Storm
The Ice Storm: A Novel | Rick Moody
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Two families intimately and dangerously converge in this boldly dark and tempestuous novel A potentially devastating blizzard approaches New Canaan, Connecticut, while internal forces of desire, frustration, and ennui threaten to tear apart two quintessentially affluent, suburban families. Elena Hood rightfully suspects her husband, Benjamin, is having an affair with neighbor Janey Williams, while Benjamin resents Elena and his mounting feelings of ineptitude. As the snow begins to fall, Benjamin and Elena, as well as Janey and her husband, attend a neighborhood key party, where they and other respectable suburbanites agree to go home with whomevers keys they draw from a bowl. Meanwhile, the Hoods and Williamss teenage children are caught up in their own experimentations with sex and drugs as they test the boundaries of their structured upbringing. With author Rick Moodys sharp eye for the nuances of suburban life and allusions to 1970s America from Watergate to the Fantastic Four, the novels landscape is vivid and immersive. The unforgettable voices of multiple narrators ensure that, beyond a social commentary, The Ice Storm remains a compassionate portrayal of multidimensional and flawed characters seeking happiness amid familial and societal constraints. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Rick Moody including rare images from the authors personal collection.
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Leftcoastzen
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#GratefulHarvest Some of the human relationships were as #chilly as weather outside in this novel. It‘s dark ,it stayed in my thoughts for quite awhile .

Eggs Great choice 👏🏻📚👍🏼 4d
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Looks very chilly 🥶 3d
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GidgetsTreasures75
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11-16-21: My 115th finished book of 2021! In a 24 hour period, on the weekend after Thanksgiving in 1973, two families are falling apart. The Hood family and the Williams family. During this 24 hour period much will happen when everyone gets caught in an ice storm all out of natural proportions. Adultery, sexual awakenings, alcoholism and even death will visit these families. Very well written. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 👍🏼📖#️⃣1️⃣1️⃣5️⃣

Leftcoastzen I love this book. 2w
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CampbellTaraL
Ice Storm | Rick Moody
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NBR: We can't have peaceful snowflakes coating everything, it all must be encased in ice!

It's pretty, but so destructive. Two large trees in our complex fell over from the weight of the ice, took up the entire root system too. Fortunately the power lines were spared but there's over 200K people in this area who are not so lucky. ❄️

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Megabooks
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A big ice storm overnight is affecting my favorite tree. 🤞🏻 it doesn‘t lose branches! Note the road too. Not too many people out at 7 AM today!

I have this book on my kindle but have never read it. 🤷🏻‍♀️

TheSpineView Looks pretty but so dangerous. Be safe! 10mo
Megabooks @TheSpineView thanks! Dad has his second Covid vaccine scheduled. I‘m not sure whether it will be canceled or not since it‘s in the afternoon. We‘re not equipped for this in Kentucky. Usually only happens once or twice a year. 10mo
Bookwormjillk 🤞 10mo
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TheSpineView @Megabooks Hope you have a good reading day in store for yourself. 10mo
One_With_Books Definitely stay safe! We‘re getting TONS of snow and ice here in Missouri. Been about 8 years since we‘ve had a snowfall like this 10mo
Megabooks @One_With_Books yikes!! You stay safe as well!! ❤️❤️ 10mo
OrangeMooseReads I hope the tree is ok 🤞🏽 ... it looks like a really good day for the 3 Bs (beverage (hot), blanket, and book). (edited) 10mo
Scochrane26 My tree branches are dipping today, too. It‘s always beautiful, but I‘m glad I don‘t have to drive today. 10mo
Sleepswithbooks It‘s so pretty. 10mo
Cathythoughts Beautiful pic 10mo
Cathythoughts Would there normally be many people out at 7 ? ... We don‘t really get going here till 8 - 8.30 😁 (edited) 10mo
Megabooks @OrangeMooseReads for sure! I even added a nap! 10mo
Megabooks @Scochrane26 very much! We rescheduled dad‘s appointment. Glad you don‘t have to go out either! 10mo
Megabooks @Sleepswithbooks @Cathythoughts thank you! 💜❄️ 10mo
Megabooks @Cathythoughts yes! I‘ve often had to be at work at 7:30 AM. 10mo
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CocoReads
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Using my new mug from @sebrittainclark and the #Bestof2020 swap! I haven‘t tried the tea yet because we lost power last night and I didn‘t want to fumble in the dark for my infuser. We also don‘t have running water when the powers out. Luckily we have a gas stove so we manually lit it and boiled enough water for tea and cocoa. No word when we might be powered back up so I guess I‘ll be huddled under the blankets reading if anyone needs me.

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Texreader
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Leftcoastzen I‘ve always loved The Ice Storm.Dark and the people aren‘t nice.Maybe that‘s why I like it.😀 12mo
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EadieB
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Day 11 - #IfYouLikeThis #AmericanBeauty

#YoullLikeThisBook #TheIceStorm

Description - Ice Storm Book by Rick Moody
The national bestseller and basis for the Ang Lee film is a “powerful” novel of two troubled families during a blizzard in 1970s suburban Connecticut.

Klou After reading the synopsis for this book, it seems you chose pretty perfectly for this movie! Well done!! 1y
EadieB @Klou Thanks! I had other choices but did think this one fit best. 1y
Klou @EadieB wow, more? This one does fit it extremely well!! 1y
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gradcat
Ice Storm | Rick Moody
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#MayMovieMagic

(Day 30 - #IceDance)

*One of my favorite books, is “The Ice Storm,” so naturally, that title immediately occurred to me for today‘s prompt. Above is the author, Rick Moody & ambient themes from the book: Watergate (Barbara Jordan) & the Sexual Revolution (Gloria Steinem). Below is a montage of participants in the film: Ang Lee, Joan Allen, Kevin Kline, Sigourney Weaver, Christina Ricci, Tobey Maguire, Katie Holmes, Elijah Wood.

Cinfhen What a good cast!!!!! I Don‘t remember the film 🤷‍♀️ 3y
rohit-sawant Need to watch this! Echoing Cindy, fantastic cast! 3y
gradcat @Cinfhen & @rohit-sawant It is a REALLY good movie, but it‘s not exactly action-packed. It came out in 1997, and it probably lost money...but you guys are right—great cast + great director = great movie! 2y
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Cinfhen Ahhhh, 1997 ... had a 2 yr old & a 4yr old... have you heard of Barney?? 🎵Barney is a dinosaur from our imagination, And when he's tall
He's what we call a dinosaur sensation🎶 that‘s what I remember from 1997
2y
gradcat @Cinfhen Hmmm...I seem to remember the color purple, and I‘m NOT referring to the novel...😂♥️ 2y
Cinfhen Hahahaha!!! Yup!! That would be the one💜 2y
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CocoReads
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We had freezing rain overnight. The tree outside my window is gorgeous with all the ice but all the broken branches on the ground are not. I have to leave for work soon but I also scheduled my exam to take for my pharm tech license. April 25 is d day. Hopefully I‘ll have my act together by then!

DivineDiana 👍🏻 You will! Stay safe! 3y
CocoReads @DivineDiana thanks! I‘ve been doing the job since August but I‘m a horrible test taker. But I need it to keep my job so I just need to pull it together. My kids and hub all made it to work and said the roads are ok but the parking lots are terrible. I‘m hopeful maintenance has laid down a ton of salt by the time I get to work. 🤞 3y
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peaknit
Ice Storm | Rick Moody
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Icy in WI = burning vacation with the cat. And knitting, reading, baking cookies and playing cards.

CouronneDhiver Perfect! 👌🏽 3y
Kshakal We have yet another snow day... stay safe and warm!! 3y
LauraBeth Sounds cozy! 3y
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umbrellagirl
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The Ice Storm
Frozen
Let it Go
#manicmonday

JoScho 💙💙💙 3y
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Leftcoastzen
Ice Storm | Rick Moody
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Stay safe Littens in the arctic vortex! I have many friends and relatives in the area , I hope everyone hunkers down and all goes well.My dad would be shocked,he delivered mail in the upper Midwest,I can‘t remember him ever saying that mail delivery was canceled due to weather.This is so extreme , it makes sense.I saw a post on Twitter that next week the weather models predicts 60 degree weather in Chicago.😳I‘m in Az.feeling guilty.72 today.

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CocoReads
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Not the funnest drive home from work tonight and I get to do it all again in less than 12 hours. But...I got good steps in. Here‘s hoping the roads will be better in the morning #LitsyWalkers

Dragon I hope the temperature warms up soon! 🐉😀 3y
CocoReads Ah, this is warm. Tomorrow thesame and then we plummet back down. But I‘d rather drive in snow than ice. 3y
CoverToCoverGirl Same weather here! The roads are sooooo icy, my car should have skates instead of tires! 🥶 3y
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CocoReads @CoverToCoverGirl once I chiseled my way into my Jeep, the roads were more slush than ice but I had a scary moment on one of the curves between work and home. 3y
CoverToCoverGirl Chisel, that is a great way to describe how I got into my car this morning too! I strongly dislike driving in these crazy conditions. I love my civic but it‘s not made to combat winter effectively. Hopefully chiseling won‘t be required by either of us again anytime soon! Have a safe drive in tomorrow morning. 3y
CocoReads Thanks! You be safe too! 3y
TheHeartlandBookFairy Up here in Holland Michigan we have the same thing. Lots of scraping on our cars after work. Just came in after a trip outside the dogs and it's snowing but it's a pretty heavy snow! I'd like to call a reading day for tomorrow but alas, work wants me to show up 😆. Stay safe! 3y
Tamra 😬 Stay safe! 3y
CocoReads @TheHeartlandBookFairy yep, I‘ve got to show up too—my hubs turned around halfway to work and came back home but he works in Bridgman. It‘s just raining down here now but I hear later we will be getting snow. And as the temps drop again, snow the rest of the week. Stay safe as well! 3y
Kaye Glad you got your steps done for the day. Be careful. That freezing rain is scary. 3y
CocoReads @Kaye, almost 10k of those steps were inside, plus we have a two block walk from the hospital to employee parking. But freezing anything is the worst, luckily it‘s just raining now but I hear it‘s supposed to drop and switch to all snow later. 3y
Wife 🌹 3y
DarcysMom Yikes! Be safe out there! 3y
CocoReads Today‘s drive was much better. Once I got off my road anyway. But the rains coming down and later it‘s supposed to freeze and change over to snow. 😬 3y
CoverToCoverGirl That‘s our forecast too for today into tomorrow.. holy cr*p .. hurry up spring! These are truly the worst driving conditions I‘ve ever experienced! 3y
CocoReads @CoverToCoverGirl yeah, and now that I work in healthcare-I‘ve gotta be there even when it‘s crappy. Drive home was fine but it‘s started raining again and the temp is dropping so 🤞for tomorrow 3y
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Mrs_Organized_Chaos
Ice Storm | Rick Moody
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What the trees on our property looked like this morning. It doesn‘t seem to be getting any better. Still really cold out and the rain is still coming. Too bad I am working. It would be a perfect day to sit in a comfy chair reading.

Kaye That‘s what it looks like here. Solid ice. 3y
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PixieDust
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Pickpick

A great read and I think the movie did it justice! A great story that‘s really 2 different things. It‘s a coming of age story and it‘s also a story about the rot hiding underneath the veil of an upper class white family. I‘m really into these types of stories and I highly recommend this one!

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AmyG
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#jingleshelves #setinwinter
This book crossed my mind when I saw this prompt. The story takes place during an ice storm, though it's Thanksgiving. Good book, okay movie.
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @bookloo

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks The book is always better! Right?! 😉 4y
rubyslippersreads @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks But the movie has Kevin Kline! 😄💓 4y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @rubyslippersreads I had to google him! Don‘t hate me!! 🤷‍♀️🤦‍♀️ 4y
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AmyG @rubyslippersreads True story...Kevin Kline‘s kids once came trick-or-treating at my house. Seems his wife‘s friend is a friend of someone in my neighborhood. All the mom‘s were beside themselves. ❤️ 4y
rubyslippersreads @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks It's okay. 😊 And he's not very cute in this movie—I'd recommend Pirates of Penzance. 4y
rubyslippersreads @AmyG I bet they were. 😄 4y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @rubyslippersreads thanks!! I‘ll check it out!! 👍🏻 4y
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TrishB
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#icantread #septembowie
@Cinfhen @Marchpane
I Can't Read is a song written by David Bowie and Reeves Gabriels for the 'Tin Machine' album in 1989.
Bowie released his own version of the song as part of the soundtrack for the film The Ice Storm ( based on the 1994 novel by Rick Moody).
Bowie's version was available as a single only in Germany and Scandinavia in 1997 and in Australia in 1998.
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TrishB The film stars such people as Kevin Kline, Elijah Wood and Sigourney Weaver. It opened in USA in 1998 but made an overall loss of 10M dollars. 4y
Cinfhen I'm REALLY gonna miss these #BowieTidbits 🤘🏽 4y
Cinfhen Book sounds good & I vaguely recall the movie🤓 4y
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TrishB @Cinfhen I thought the book sounded good too. No recollection of the film though! 4y
Marchpane I recall the film being quite highly acclaimed, I'm surprised that it did so poorly. Also I think that Bowie changed the lyrics for the movie version and later regretted it 🤓 4y
Eggs I recall seeing previews for the film-icy blizzardy 🌨 frigid episodes bring out the best/worst in humans 4y
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Leftcoastzen
Ice Storm | Rick Moody
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#ice #sizzlinsummerreads Sometimes a book grows more powerful in your memory as time goes by.Ice Storm is one of those for me. Biting and acerbic,it follows 2 Connecticut families in 1973 , as family life shifted again in the early 70s ,the parents lie to themselves and each other. The kids are angry , drugged & disillusioned, not seeing the promise of adulthood .Wreckage behind the well tended lawns.An Ice storm indeed.

Suet624 Great movie too. 4y
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BeckyWithTheGoodBooks
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Mehso-so

Moody's writing is absolutely breathtaking, but I feel like the book's profound message is lost on me. I don't really relate to depressed suburbanites of the 1970s, and I found the damage the parents doing to their children to be sort of horrifying. I will give Moody's other work a try because of his writing, but not sure his subject matter will resonate with me. ⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

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BeckyWithTheGoodBooks
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This morning's surprise snow (for me anyway) is inspiring my next Beat the Backlist pick. #riotgrams #outside #beatthebacklist #snow #butthankgoodnessthereisstillschool 😀

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CocoReads
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This does not look like an auspicious start to my day. Freezing rain advisory. Dog is currently cowering in basement, oldest daughter is going to work from home. I'm thinking about taking a sick day but I'll probably at least attempt to go in. Yuck.

Cinfhen Stay safe💜 5y
DGRachel Be safe if you do decide to brave it! 5y
CocoReads Thanks. Luckily I only have about a 5-10 minute drive, depending on weather. Today may be 10. 5y
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dariazeoli I hate going out in winter weather! Drive safely 5y
christineandbooks Yikes, icky weather...be safe! 5y
Jenken1998 I am so glad I moved to the beach.. I don't miss making those decisions about second guessing the weather and my job. Be safe 5y
Joybishoptx Boo! Be safe! 5y
Suelizbeth All schools are closed in the Grand Rapids, MI area due to the ice, including the university where I work, so I'm home today. 5y
CocoReads @Suelizbeth I think you guys get it worse than we do. Still school today (although South Bend has in the past been notorious for never closing). 5y
CocoReads Thanks all for the kind words--I made it in. My jeep had a light layer of ice but the roads weren't too bad yet. The parking lot here at the church however, is pretty slippery. I may only stay long enough to get the essentials done. 5y
jpmcwisemorgan Stay safe! 5y
Godmotherx5 Take care! 5y
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Andrewboylan
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One of the all time best #thanksgiving books

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tkmadden
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Taking a train directly into the blizzard, just declared a state of emergency. Fantasizing I am Paul Hood in The Ice Storm, stranded and romantic-feeling

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