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The People in the Trees
The People in the Trees: A Novel | Hanya Yanagihara
146 posts | 91 read | 5 reading | 181 to read
Readers of exciting, challenging and visionary literary fiction—including admirers of Norman Rush's Mating, Ann Patchett's State of Wonder, Barbara Kingsolver's The Poisonwood Bible, and Peter Matthiessen's At Play in the Fields of the Lord—will be drawn to this astonishingly gripping and accomplished first novel. A decade in the writing, this is an anthropological adventure story that combines the visceral allure of a thriller with a profound and tragic vision of what happens when cultures collide. It is a book that instantly catapults Hanya Yanagihara into the company of young novelists who really, really matter.In 1950, a young doctor called Norton Perina signs on with the anthropologist Paul Tallent for an expedition to the remote Micronesian island of Ivu'ivu in search of a rumored lost tribe. They succeed, finding not only that tribe but also a group of forest dwellers they dub "The Dreamers," who turn out to be fantastically long-lived but progressively more senile. Perina suspects the source of their longevity is a hard-to-find turtle; unable to resist the possibility of eternal life, he kills one and smuggles some meat back to the States. He scientifically proves his thesis, earning worldwide fame and the Nobel Prize, but he soon discovers that its miraculous property comes at a terrible price. As things quickly spiral out of his control, his own demons take hold, with devastating personal consequences.
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KMooreSF
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Sunday morning reading in bed and we‘ve got a theme 💁🏼‍♀️

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readordierachel
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Hello, Friday....
Hope everyone is having a good one!

JoScho You too 🖤 4mo
saresmoore Lovely. 4mo
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Redwritinghood 🤗🤗 4mo
BarbaraBB Looking forward to your thoughts on this book! 4mo
Reggie How is this one so far? I don‘t know if I can do another Hanya. 4mo
vivastory What's the drink? I hope you like the book! 4mo
readordierachel @BarbaraBB Have you read it? 4mo
readordierachel @Reggie It's very early yet. So far, the writing is fantastic (of course) but I don't have a bead on the story. I have a feeling it's gonna be more trauma though... 4mo
readordierachel @vivastory Fingere crossed! It was a white sangria. Grown up juice 😆 4mo
vivastory I love Sangria 👌 4mo
readordierachel @vivastory It's so refreshing! 4mo
BarbaraBB No not yet, I have a copy waiting! 4mo
Tanisha_A The cover is beautiful! Enjoy! 😍 4mo
readordierachel @BarbaraBB We'll see how it goes! 4mo
readordierachel @Tanisha_A Thanks! 🤗 4mo
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Scarlett_ohara
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Mehso-so

If you pick this up expecting it to be like A Little Life... Well, it's not. Let's say I get why A Little Life is the book that made Yanagihara famous and not this one. The first 30% of the book seemed to drag forever and then I ended up enjoying it. It does have strong messages and the writing is beautiful.

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MeikeReads
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#Yanagihara is such a brilliant, brilliant writer! Norton, a gifted scientist, discovers a turtle that might hold the secret to eternal life - he wins the Nobel for that, but the consequences for the turtle's habitat in Micronesia are devastating: Companies exploit nature, the indigenous culture dies. Then Norton goes to prison for sexually abusing native children. How could all of that happen? A thought-provoking read, highly recommended.

arubabookwoman Did you know that Norton was based on a real person? (Love the turtle). (edited) 10mo
MeikeReads @arubabookwoman Yes, I read that in the Guardian - I have not checked what exactly Yanagihara invented and what she didn't invent though (Selene syndrome doesn't exist, obviously). Did you dive into that puzzle? 10mo
MeikeReads Thanks re the turtle!!! :-) Curiously, it's from Luxemburg! :-) 10mo
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arubabookwoman @MeikeReads I googled a bit. The real person‘s (forget his name) area of research was prion disease, which is quite interesting, so I wondered why the author invented Selene syndrome. The child abuse was quite real. 10mo
MeikeReads @arubabookwoman Oh God, how terrible! 10mo
Redheadrambles That is so cute !!! I have been totally fascinated by prions since I did a research paper on them way back in the late 90s when “Mad cow disease” was a thing. Anyway this one is on my 2019 reading plans I think 10mo
MeikeReads @Redheadrambles It's such a good book - very dark, but excellent!! Ha, I had to do a presentation on the political repercussions of Mad Cow Disease in the early 2000's! :-) 10mo
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Dogearedcopy
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Pickpick

This is the story of a medical research doctor attached to an anthropological trip to study the people on a small island in the South Pacific...

On so many levels, the theme seems to be that things may look beautiful on the outside but contain ugliness on the inside.

This was a tough book for me to muscle through and I had to keep reminding myself that it‘s fiction; but it‘s a well-crafted story even though the protagonist is unlikable.

OSChamberlain Probably my favorite book I‘ve read all year. 11mo
Dogearedcopy Image: Book staged at the edge of our koi pond: Carnivorous plants to the right, stone turtle below... That‘s about as close to the book‘s exotic setting as I can get! 🐢 11mo
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Conservio
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Brilliant. The first 100 pages were a bit of a drag but once we got to Ivu‘ivu it really picked up. Ms. Yanagihara does a wonderful job with Norton as a character and creating the culture of Ivu‘ivu.

This is a story where the protagonist is unlikable. Norton is full of himself and self centered. He‘s done some apprehensible things. But that makes the story so much better.

There is description of killing mice and sexual abuse

#wow

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Conservio
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Eager to start this #library #science

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erzascarletbookgasm
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This debut from Yanagihara is about an anthropological expedition led by a scientist, Norton Perina, to a remote Micronesian island in search of a lost tribe. Not only was it a success, a ‘secret of eternal youth‘ was also discovered. But things went downhill when the scientist was imprisoned on the charge of abusing some of the fifty-odd children he has adopted from the Micronesian islands!
#tbr #hopintospring #trees

vkois88 That's awful! 13mo
Jabberwocky I loved this book. Creepy as all get out, yes, but so good 13mo
BarbaraBB And did you like the book? 13mo
Kalalalatja What @BarbaraBB said?? ☝️ 13mo
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cherinium
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I'm not one that normally plans out my TBR, but these two are both near the top of my list!

Thanks for the #swishandwin #giveaway opportunity @swishandflick!

suvata Both are on my TBR 14mo
swishandflick I've got both of these on my TBR, great picks! And thanks for entering 😄 (edited) 14mo
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ApoptyGina69
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I can almost feel the humidity and smell the ocean from these 2 tropical reads as I huddle under the blankets on my couch. Moloka‘i has been in a #TBR stack of mine since 2008. I didn‘t realize the tagged book is set in Micronesia until I started it. Of course that is clearly stated on the back cover, but once I know I want to read something, I just grab & go without looking! Keeps things exciting.

lauralovesbooks1 I just picked up People in the Trees at a used bookstore this week. Looking forward to reading it. 1y
RealLifeReading I really liked The People in the Trees! 1y
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JulAnna
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Mehso-so

I don‘t know how I feel after reading this. Definitely a difficult book. Unlikeable, unreliable narrator. Trigger warnings for disturbing content. However, it was memorable. Love the cover pictured here, unfortunately it was not the cover I had. This book was very different than A Little Life by the same author.

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JulAnna
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Quiet time reading. Compelling but difficult so far and I think it is going to get more so.

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TheBookStacker
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Starting my itinerary for my #LitsyPassport and decided to start with the only one I already owned! Micronesia here I come!

Jabberwocky This book was soooo good! I found the first few chapters to be a bit of a slog but hold strong its so totally worth it!! 1y
Mitch Let us know how it goes - I loved A Little Life but wasn‘t sure about this ... 1y
Mitch Encouraged that you liked it @Jaberwocky I love long books that I can really get my teeth into - but they‘re an investment of time so they need to be good! 😀 1y
TheBookStacker @Jaberwocky I loved A Little Life so I‘m hopeful for this! @Mitch so far so good on it! 1y
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CuriousG
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Pickpick

I seriously feel like I may have to work through the stages of grief after reading this book. Wrecked somehow doesn't adequately sum up my feelings. And yet I still love this book. Does that make me a complete masochist? Trigger warnings definitely apply for several things. Blanket statement - just avoid if the worst of human nature is going to trigger in any way. #heavyshit #humanscanbesuchassholes

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CuriousG
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Continuing my journey with the Dreamers ... certainly not an easy read, but I'm a sucker for novels that will wreck me and leave me a sniveling fool for days/weeks after I finish them.

Trigger warnings for this one - if you even read the headline of the preface, you'll know what subject matter is bound to come up later on.

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CuriousG
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Don't know if Hygge works when you're reading disturbing novels, but reading by candlelight certainly is making me feel it right now #hygge #livecozy

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CuriousG
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What to do when temp is to be -30 C overnight? Curl up under a blanket and read about a tropical island/forest. Although my dislike of the narrator is intense, it is somehow still absolutely fascinating to read. And yes, I know it will take a very dark turn, but I'm down for some heavy stuff this week. #bestcoverartever #bringontheuglycrying

Kalalalatja That cover 😍😍 1y
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enidkeaner
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This is supposed to be pretty heavy and I am here for it!

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Quinndm
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"Of all the emotions to describe in retrospect, happiness is perhaps the most dull, but awe is the most difficult."

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swishandflick
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On a scale of one to total annihilation of the heart, where does this one fall? I'm assuming (as the debut novel from the author of A Little Life) it must fall closer to the latter.

E-book currently on sale for $4.99! #ebookdeals

Redwritinghood I haven‘t read ALL, but I did read this one. I don‘t think it‘s as heartbreaking so much as cringeworthy in a few places. 1y
Jabberwocky I LOVED this. It has some cringey moments and the first few chapters are a little difficult but all in all IT IS AMAZING 9/10 1y
LapReader Where would I find that ebook deal? 1y
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swishandflick @LapReader Through Amazon (Kindle) or B&N (Nook) directly! 1y
swishandflick @Redwritinghood Interesting, thanks for the input! I've read A Little Life and it was the biggest gutpunch, so that's good to know going in 1y
swishandflick @Jaberwocky Thats good to hear! I loved her writing style in A Little Life so I'm looking forward to it (edited) 1y
BooksForEmpathy My favorite book of all time. 1y
Cathythoughts That‘s a very good question 👏👏👏 I read A Little Life & loved it , but I‘m afraid for my heart to read another by this author ........ 1y
JulAnna I am currently reading this, not sure how I feel yet, but definitely drawn in. ❤️that cover, though 😊 1y
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tholmz
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Pickpick

Hanya Yanagihara creates the most complex characters and supports them with the most intricately beautiful sentences. I love her work.

This novel. Whew. What a detailed tale of how disastrous and monstrous human beings can be.

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Dogearedcopy
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Half-Way Status Update: I'm 48% of the way through my e-book copy and just getting my sea legs on the prose! There is a tension created by describing the characters, the settings, and ideas with a push-pull duality: Firstly in glowing, nearly idyllic terms; but then secondly with a *dark* limning that gradually increases in its weight to counter the first assessment.

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Dogearedcopy
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#HumpDayPost

🍁Picture of Fall: The leaves are finally turning!
🍁Next book: ‘The People of the Trees‘ (by Hanya Yanagihara)
🍁Milk, Dark or White chocolate?: Dark!
🍁Allergies: Pollen, Dog & Cat dandruff, caffeine, squid/octopus ink
🍁Closest yellow thing: A Radio Shack multimeter (volt meter)

BooksForEmpathy Yay! Is this for my book pick for #lgpog!? I hope you love it!!!! 2y
Dogearedcopy @BooksForEmpathy I‘m still waiting for it to arrive! The last person said she mailed it, so I‘m expecting it any day now! 🙂 (edited) 2y
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Utopiyll
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This beautiful fiction novel I bought awhile ago, but still is one of my favourite covers! 😍

Do many of you buy from book depository? I sometimes do, but this morning I bought a book, put in all my details and when I clicked submit just took me back to the homepage but had taken money out of my account, with no email confirmation. I emailed them (so hopefully they get back to me) but has this ever happened to anyone?!
#fiction #bookdepository

Sophoclessweetheart It's never happened to me and I do use book depo semi-often. It's the site I use as a last resort because shipping takes so long and prices are higher than anywhere else here but the only problem I've ever had with them is them never sending the order and my having to email them to get them to send my stuff. 2y
Utopiyll @Noonlightreader Oh really?! For AUS it is so much cheaper (but that might be because I don't know many others)! But hopefully because they were pretty receptive to your situation they'll get back to me quickly and send it on through!! 😥 It'a just a hassle really! Are there any online book stores you reccomend?! 2y
Sophoclessweetheart I've heard from friends whom live there that books in AUS are really expensive. I know that wordery ship to AUS and they are usually cheaper than book depo. I buy my books mainly from The Works and The Book People online which are really cheap compared to everywhere else but I'm not sure if they're UK only stores or not. I also find buying books from the supermarket is great because they off all books for Qc each or two for Qf. 2y
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Utopiyll @Noonlightreader Oh thankyou!! I will definately look at wordery and those other ones you mentioned!! Gosh I have no idea what that is in aussie dollars but seems cheap as! Pretty much anywhere in store in aus you are paying a shit load, (for some reason) maybe it is because we're an island haha 2y
Sophoclessweetheart Qc is about $6 AUS x 2y
Utopiyll @Noonlightreader oh my that is actually ridiculously cheap! I would only get that price at an op shop I reckon 2y
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BookHermit
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Gorgeous cover, brand new, $6.99, purchased with a bonus coupon so I paid $0, on my TBR = #bookscore 😃

Cinfhen Well done 💖💖💖 2y
ReadingEnvy This book made me so mad but ultimately I decided this was the strength of the author. 2y
BookHermit @ReadingEnvy Good to know! I'm afraid to read A Little Life so I'm trying this one instead. 2y
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Jbakesmcgee3
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Texreader This is on my tbr but I take negative reviews seriously. Why did you dislike it? 2y
Jbakesmcgee3 @Texreader it is extremely well written but the content and explicit nature of child sexual abuse was too much for me. I'm a teacher so it's really hard for me to read books like this. 2y
Texreader @Jbakesmcgee3 ohmg I had no idea. So glad you told me. I can't deal with that either. My ❤️ breaks in a million pieces. Thank you. 2y
Jbakesmcgee3 @Texreader no problem! I feel the same way, I'm generally a pretty tough reader but this one was too much 2y
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Jbakesmcgee3

Oh god. Page 167.... just... 👎🏼

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Jbakesmcgee3
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Starting to pick up now that we're on the island

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Jbakesmcgee3
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First reading adventure out of the house after eye surgery! Complete with a #coffee and new #sunglasses I love #summerbreak

Mommamanzi Love the glasses! 2y
Jbakesmcgee3 Thank you!!! 2y
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Jbakesmcgee3
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Next up for my new book club, I loved "A Little Life" but don't have a great feeling about this one so far... trying to keep an open mind! This cover too!!! ?

BookMusings This book is so so good! 2y
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I-read-and-eat
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My boyfriend suddenly got me two new books, I am not going to complain. I've had both of these on my TBR for a while now. I love book surprises 💙

BooksForEmpathy The People in the Trees is my favorite book. Enjoy!! It's a tough read, but I just found the story to be unlike anything. Endlessly fascinating. 2y
monkeygirlsmama Aww sounds like a keeper. ❤️👏 2y
RanaElizabeth Ohh, I haven't seen that cover of People, looks amazing. 2y
Kalalalatja How sweet of him! 2y
I-read-and-eat @BooksForEmpathy I loved 'A little life' I hope this one is as good. @RanaElizabeth Ne neither, but I love it! @Kalalalatja @monkeygirlsmama You can't go wrong with bookish gifts 😉 2y
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mellisarock
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#coffee means never having to say your sleepy.
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Last night I finished #thepeopleinthetrees & I'm honestly considering burning this book. I, the reliable reader that I am, was taken for the ride that was forewarned & promptly ignored.
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#hanyayanagihara books need a warning label. It should read: you will be utterly devastated & in a fetal position crying your soul out by the end. #hanyayanagiharabooks #alittlelife #bookish #booksandcoffee

Reggie Wow 2y
Cathythoughts Author of A Little Life !! Must have a look 🙏 (edited) 2y
mellisarock @Cathythoughts Same reason I bought it. 2y
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erinreads I had to bail on this one earlier this year. I just couldn't get into it after sticking it out for 100 pages. 😕 2y
ReadingEnvy Phew I know it took me a week to decide if I should give this book a good rating because of my own emotional reaction. I ultimately decided that only a good writer could take me there.... 2y
Cathythoughts Oh no. Sounds difficult. Still I loved ( maybe not the exact word) A Little Life. I'm stacking this one. Fetal position ? Crying ? Oh god, I'm still going to try. I have been warned. 2y
mellisarock @Cathythoughts I gave it 4 stars. See that hesitation to say I loved...same here. I was captivated and spell bound almost the entire time. 2y
mellisarock @erinreads once the story makes it to the Island it's captivating but you may have saved yourself some tears & the stuff of nightmares. 2y
mellisarock @ReadingEnvy same. I felt the same way about All the Ugly and Wonderful Things too. 2y
Cathythoughts Thank you. It's heavy stuff, but brilliant too. It just moved up the stack 👍 2y
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mellisarock
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TrishB Love the bookmark 😀 2y
mellisarock Me too and according to Twitter it's holy freaking appropriate today. @Trishb 2y
TrishB Yep. Another sad day 😔 2y
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mellisarock
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#alittlelife needs a warning label but since I've already been destroyed by it, I'm giving #thepeopleinthetrees a try. #hanyayanagihara #awardwinning #manbooker

Ms_T 😞 2y
AmyG So much love for Hanya Yanagihara. 2y
emilyhaldi People in the trees is on my list too after how much I LOVED A Little Life ❤️❤️😁 2y
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Jas_thebookthief I loved A little life 😭😭 2y
mellisarock @Jas_thebookthief @emilyhaldi @AmyG @Ms_T It's pretty good so far & the prose reminds of A Little Life. Master story teller! ❤️🙌🏻 2y
BeyondtheBookends2 What is a little life about? I've heard great things but am afraid to tackle the 700+ pages.... 2y
mellisarock It's about four people who became family to each other in college and dealing with the junk from childhood and life together. It is a massive book but it is totally worth every page. @BeyondtheBookends2 2y
BeyondtheBookends2 That's awesome. Thank you! Just bought it... 2y
mellisarock @BeyondtheBookends2 I'll be curious what you think. It's needs a warning label. But it was amazing! 2y
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mellisarock
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I tried valiantly but Life intervened! Looking forward to the next one!
17 hours read, 5 books completed & next time I'm going to start with clock to give myself some wiggle room! #24in48 #24in48readathon

TheLibraryMonster I didn't make it either xD I hope we both do next time :D there is still a feeling of accomplishment :3 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage It's about the reading and the fun! Congrats on your time! 👏🏻👏🏻📚📚🎉🎉 2y
GypsyKat Great job! 👏👏👏 2y
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Reviewsbylola Awesome!! 2y
Bookworm83 That's a really good time! 📚🎉📚🎉 2y
Eyelit Well done! 2y
librarygoddess619 Awesome job! 2y
mellisarock @GypsyKat @BarbaraTheBibliophage @TheLibraryMonster @Reviewsbylola @Eyelit @librarygoddess619 @Bookworm83 Thank you all! I'm super proud of myself but def learned what it actually takes to get in 24 hours of reading time! Looking forward to next time! 🙋🏻❤️😘 2y
librarygoddess619 I wouldn't have the mental energy to do it. 2y
TheLibraryMonster @mellisarock Me too ! This time gave me perspective so I know how to do it better next time :) 2y
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Books_Wine_Repeat
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Panpan

This was a big PAN for me.
1. It was incredibly slow.
2. I hated Norton and his friend.
3. It was incredibly slow--this needs repeating.
4. The ending was far too disturbing for me. Wish I would have just bailed on this one.
#sorrynotsorry

erinreads I definitely bailed on this one around 100 pages or so earlier this year. Very disappointing after loving A Little Life so much. 2y
Books_Wine_Repeat @erinreads I have A Little Life sitting on my bedside table right now. This one was just too slow and the ending was messed up. 2y
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sara.the.librarian
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Exhibited an extreme amount of control in the bargain book store and only walked out with two $1 books. Still struggling with the lighting in this motel room. #bookstagram #bookster #bookish #booklover #bookworm #bookporn #thepeopleinthetrees #hanyayanagihara #charlesdickens #dickens #greatexpectations #barginbooks

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KimM
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Weekend reading 🐢🐢🐢 #litsygoespostalog Such an amazing yet completely disturbing book.

RanaElizabeth Love this book so much. I forced two book clubs to read it and I don't know if either has forgiven me yet. 😎 2y
emilyhaldi Sounds good! And that cover 😍 2y
BooksForEmpathy I'm so glad it made it to you!!! Enjoy!! And yes, so good but disturbing!!!!!! (edited) 2y
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BooksForEmpathy
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Thanks @maich for this fun post!! Here are my answers:

1. San Francisco.
2. People in the Trees/Hanya Yanagihara.
3. The Neopolitan Novels/Elena Ferrante.
4. We see 1-2 movies a week and so it feels impossible to choose one.
5. Sopranos, Transparent, Master of None... again so many.
6. The National, Tegan and Sara, Joanna Newsom.
7. Black, plant green, grey.
8. Fiction.
9. Therapist/school counselor.
10. No pets! Just my plant babies.

maich Hy❤😘 2y
merelybookish Just finished S2 of Master of None. Such a good show! 2y
Lindy Plant babies ❤️🌱❤️! 2y
mauveandrosysky Ooooh I love that People in the Trees is your favorite book!! 2y
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caitso
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I need to eliminate one book on this list of suggestions for my adult fiction book group at work. Which should stay and which needs to go?

Ms.Story I wasn't a fan of Behind Her Eyes . . . 2y
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Lacythebookworm
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Pickpick

I knew what was coming, but it was still a challenge. I love science writing and the issues of anthropology that Yanagihara grapples with. Definitely a slower read for me, but I think one that will stick with me for the long term.

Lacythebookworm Really great pick @BooksForEmpathy 😍 2y
BooksForEmpathy @Lacythebookworm Beautiful picture 💕. It's a tough read and so it makes sense it would be slow at parts... I love seeing it make the rounds!! 2y
mostlycatsandcoffee Oh man, this was so so good. 2y
OhNoMersault I like this one more than A Little Life and wish it got more attention 2y
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Lacythebookworm
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What?!? For those of you who've had this refreshing beverage, please tell me what it tastes like! 😊

LauraBeth To me it tasted gross 🤢I first heard about it when I moved to NYC in the early 90s. It's called Cel-Ray and has a cult following. I did know quite a few people who loved it 2y
Leniverse I've never before heard of it, but I can hardly think of a beverage I would less like to try! 😝What sadistic mind came up with such a thing!? 2y
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RestlessFickleBookHoarder 😝 Sounds ghastly. 2y
lynneamch Like @LauraBeth I had it in NYC. Really, wasn't bad with a corned beef and pastrami sandwich. ☺ 2y
Coleen I despise celery. This sounds awful! 😖 2y
arlenefinnigan I bet it goes nice with gin. 2y
Reviewsbylola That sounds nasty af. 😳 2y
minkyb Dr. Brown's cel-ray soda. Yucky. My father loved this stuff. 2y
Linda906 Ewww🤢 2y
Lacythebookworm @LauraBeth @BookishFeminist @Leniverse @Sace @lynneamch @Coleen @arlenefinnigan @minkyb @Linda906 I'm not a fan of celery and this doesn't sound appealing, but I would try it with a corned beef & pastrami sandwich (and gin)! 2y
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LibrarianJen
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Fantastically appropriate book and beer pairing! #booksandbrews

BooksForEmpathy Is this my book!?!? Yay!!!!!!!!!! 2y
LibrarianJen @BooksForEmpathy yes ma'am it is 😊 2y
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erinreads
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Bailedbailed

Officially bailing on this one. It's incredibly slow and after 120 pages, I'm calling it. I'm sure it gets interesting at some point, but I can't waste time reading books that MIGHT get interesting, so. 🤷🏼‍♀️ This was my #LetterP for #LitsyAtoZ so you should all recommend some good options for me to try! 😽

Lcsmcat Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver, The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher, The Princess Bride by William Goldman, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard, or Picnic, Lightning by Billy Collins. Anything there you haven't already read? 2y
BooksForEmpathy Oh no! This is my favorite book ever. It is slower in the beginning, but to me that is pleasurable and I like the slow burns the most. The kind that move you and you never forget. But yes, don't spend time reading something you feel luke warm about. There are so many books out there! (edited) 2y
LiteraryinLititz If you haven't read it, I suggest 2y
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Robothugs I bailed on this one, too. I'm glad it wasn't just me! 2y
erinreads @Lcsmcat I actually haven't read any of those yet, so now I have some options. Thanks! ☺️ 2y
Lcsmcat @erinreads Picnic, Lightning is very accessible poetry, and could be a fast read if you need one. Billy Collins is my favorite living poet. Most of his work is humorous, but it's not doggerel. 2y
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Slowly, excruciatingly, he finally made it to the damn island on page 103. 🙄 I really don't know how I feel about this one yet, but I feel like if I don't make a substantial dent in this book today, I might have to bail.

emtobiasz Hmmm... I have this one and haven't tried it yet. Good to know it's slow. 2y
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Agree or disagree? I get the argument against science he goes on to make, but there are so many layers to language and I think even some secrets, so I'm not buying this. I think one word can be interpreted multiple ways and carry hidden meanings. You can do and learn so much from language.

I'm also really not liking this main character, but I'm pretty sure we're not supposed to, so. 🤷🏼‍♀️

KVanRead Interesting...I'm with you. Language is simply a resource, manmade or not. But the creative act of using that resource can be full of mystery and magic. 2y
Texreader I'm afraid I'd have to bail after reading that. Maybe it has to be read in context? 2y
RestlessFickleBookHoarder I think I'd have to think a little longer to really come up with a meaningful and intelligent answer, but my knee-jerk reaction is that language is full of secrets. We just aren't aware of them until we are with a non-native speaker and they ask us to explain "why." Then we mumble "it's just that way." But a linguist could explain it. So yeah. Secrets. 2y
erinreads @Sace I feel like this was my thought process, too! I initially read it and thought about it, but kept going. Then like a page later, I was like..... wait. So then had to go back and reread it a couple times. 💁🏼 2y
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When part of the story takes place SUPER close to where you live! 😮

silentrequiem Whoa. 2y
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Will this hurt as much as A Little Life? We'll see. Do your worst, Hanya. 😬

Desha 😂😂😂 2y
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I was surprised by the stylistic differences between this novel and A Little Life. I am a huge fan of the former and was expecting a similarly gut wrenching novel. While Yanagihara certainly delivers, I was not left with as much of an impression. Yanagihara's writing forces the reader to rise to her level for the better and the novel crawls forward with intense detail and slow burning dread but the footnotes felt cumbersome and the ending hasty.