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Hangsaman
Hangsaman | Shirley Jackson
Shirley Jackson's chilling second novel, based on her own experiences and an actual mysterious disappearance Seventeen-year-old Natalie Waite longs to escape home for college. Her father is a domineering and egotistical writer who keeps a tight rein on Natalie and her long-suffering mother. When Natalie finally does get away, however, college life doesn’t bring the happiness she expected. Little by little, Natalie is no longer certain of anything—even where reality ends and her dark imaginings begin. Chilling and suspenseful, Hangsaman is loosely based on the real-life disappearance of a Bennington College sophomore in 1946. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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LeahBergen
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There‘s some “red” on that right hand. Sorry, it was the best I could come up with! 😆

#RedRightHand
#MayMovieMagic

Cinfhen I kind of like what you did here 😍 2w
Reviewsbylola I love this cover!! 2w
batsy Lovely stack 💜 2w
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erzascarletbookgasm Love these Penguin Classics editions 🙂 2w
rohit-sawant Fantastic cover! 💜 2w
LeahBergen @Cinfhen 😘😘 2w
LeahBergen @Reviewsbylola @batsy @erzascarletbookgasm @rohit-sawant I really, REALLY like what Penguin did with all these Jackson covers. 👍🏻 2w
BiblioLitten Great cover and great choice! 😃 2w
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Reviewsbylola
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Shirley Jackson‘s books often have an eerie, creepy quality. The tagged book is based on the real life disappearance of a college coed in the 1940s.

#invisibletouch #anglophileapril

consonantia I want to read this! The only Jackson I‘ve read is We Have Always Lived in the Castle and it was soooo good and a friend said Hangsaman is even better. 4w
Cinfhen This one sounds good!! 3w
vivastory I enjoyed this one. 3w
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emilyhaldi @consonantia agreed!! I love that one!! 3w
Mdargusch I‘ve been wanting to read that one @consonantia @emilyhaldi 3w
BarbaraBB I didn‘t like this one at all - but I did love We have always lived in the castle 3w
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dogra
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Currently reading. Love it.

“The gap between the poetry she wrote and the poetry she contained was, for Natalie, something unsolvable.” — Shirley Jackson, HANGSAMAN

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arubabookwoman
Hangsaman | Shirley Jackson
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Reading this subtly creepy book as the last #yearsofmylife book published in 1951 before moving onto TBRs on my shelf published in 1952.

Weaponxgirl I love that cover 11mo
arubabookwoman @Weaponxgirl It‘s entirely evocative of the nook itself. 11mo
Weaponxgirl @arubabookwoman I love Shirley Jackson but I haven't read this one yet 11mo
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Kelly
Hangsaman | Shirley Jackson
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All about Shirley for today's #riotgrams chills and thrills.

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wanderlustforwords
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Mehso-so

You just never know. I loved the three previous books I read by SJ. This was her first novel, 1951, written after her critically acclaimed short story, The Lottery, 1948. The intention of the plot was blurred, and it didn't contain the psychological intensity or creepiness she's known for and the description of the book in no way matching what I would say it's about. It's a shame!

BarbaraBB I just read it as well and bailed. While I loved The Lottery and We Have Always Lived in the Castle... 2y
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wanderlustforwords
Hangsaman | Shirley Jackson
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Loving Hangsaman by Shirley Jackson! #book #horror #october #litsy

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BarbaraBB
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Bailedbailed

I give up. It‘s my fault, not Shirley Jackson‘s, that I can‘t get into this book. It has all the ingredients but I just can‘t concentrate and am not interested in Natalie, her dysfunctional family or her college life. Maybe I‘ll try again some other time.

(Picture: Monastero di Santa Chiara, Naples, Italy)

emilyhaldi Beautiful picture though! 😍 2y
PirateJenny Would it help to know this is loosely baswd on a true story of a college student who went missing while Jackson's husband was teaching at Bennington? 2y
Ms_T Move on. So many books, so little time. 2y
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Nat_Reads
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Pickpick

What a weird book. I like it, but it's weird. Definitely Bell Jar-esque. The sentences though--beautiful, haunting, and often funny. Men do not come off well in this story, and neither does marriage, nor does growing up. The only thing to come out well, really, is Jackson herself--would be a great addition to any fall reads for those like creepy and twisty. Good thing I had dogs and Husband with me while I read (or did I?? Are any of us here?)

batsy Haha, your last lines! This book must have been something. I'm embarrassed to say I've not read any Jackson and plan to remedy that with the Litsy buddy read of this next month. 2y
Nat_Reads @batsy Oh FUN!! The new edition from Penguin has me thinking I should join in!! I love how her books are quietly creepy 👀 2y
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Nat_Reads
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I spent a couple of hours at the bookstore looking for a creepy literary fiction book and found a Shirley Jackson I have never read! Woo hoo! And the protagonist has my first name, which should up the chill factor! Pizza is on its way, and husband and I are both settled with a book, so I am settled in for a comfy and creepy Friday night!

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Ive never heard of this one! Cool! (edited) 2y
Nat_Reads @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Me neither! As you can tell by my abundance of exclamation points, I'm excited! 2y
vivastory Love Shirley Jackson! Enjoy! 2y
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Nat_Reads @vivastory Oooh me too! What's your favorite? 2y
Tamra Lucky you! 2y
vivastory I'm currently reading through all of her work. So far I've read her first 3 novels (Road Through the Wall, Hangsaman & Bird's Nest as well as Haunting of Hill House) She seems to have improved with each publication. Haunting of Hill House is my favorite. I have the suspicion that will change once I read We Have Always Lived in the Castle 2y
Nat_Reads @vivastory I LOVE Haunting of Hill House!!! Happy reading, friend! 2y
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GraveyardNeko
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parasolofdoom
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Finished my #LitsyAtoZ challenge! Here are G-L @bookishmarginalia

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vivastory
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Pickpick

Natalie Waite eagerly leaves her dysfunctional family for college. She hopes to discover who she is & meet new friends. Instead, she encounters extreme isolation, gender expectations, & unsettling interiority. Jackson is an astonishing stylist & it shines in this, her second novel. Natalie Waite's despair & internal crisis are tempered, albeit briefly, by Jackson's witty observations.

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vivastory
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LeahBergen Burn! 😂 2y
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melanieapril
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First of several Shirley Jackson purchases to arrive.

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MLRio
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Mehso-so

A terrifically strange book. It's refreshing to have a campus novel not written about adolescent boys, especially because Jackson shows that growing up is just as--if not exponentially more--difficult for a girl. It's a dark and twisted tale where the reader, like Natalie, is never quite sure what's real. The ending is supremely inconclusive, provoking me and, by the look of it, many others to take to the Internet, wondering what we missed.

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MLRio
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I can think of few better combinations than Shirley Jackson and "Gallows Pole." #music #ShirleyJackson

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Howardsimmons
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Pickpick

I love Shirley Jackson, and this book was a fun read. But it's obvious why it's one of her lesser known books - it can't compare to The Haunting of Hill House or We Have Always Lived in the Castle. Still worth a read, though!

Amyegia I'm loving this cover! I have to borrow this someday... I'll trade you for something? 2y
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Howardsimmons
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vivastory
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Lacythebookworm Great cover! 2y
RealLifeReading Oh now why haven't I read this Shirley Jackson yet? 2y
vivastory @RealLifeReading I haven't read it yet either, it's the next book for my chronological Shirley Jackson read through 2y
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vivastory @Lacythebookworm All if the covers penguin reissued for the centennial are terrific 2y
ValerieAndBooks Ooh, did not know about this one! 2y
vivastory @ValerieAndBooks it's her second novel. 2y
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m.galehuxley
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The novel itself isn't about a traditionally scary subject like ghosts or vampires. It's a bildungsroman about a girl, Natalie Waite, who leaves home for the first time to attend college. Simply being inside of this girl's head is what makes this short novel so chilling and often disorienting. At the very least, this novel shows how scary entering the world can be for a young woman. #AllHallowsRead @Litsy

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hfpotier
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Since I'm reading her bio, I wanted to get more of her work.

charl08 Love the cover. 3y
hfpotier @charl08 it is really cool 3y
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WordWaller
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I had such a fantastic, busy weekend seeing a friend for the first time in 5 years, a work party, then on Sunday a day trip to the Tiny House Expo (and tours!), wine tasting, antiquing, and of course a picnic and BOOKS (from the antique stores). Found a STEAL--the paperback of Slade House for only $5! I'm pumped! And I love my new edition of Peter Pan 💖🍷🍂🍁🎃🏠💀👻🕷🌕🕸🌾🍃 I'm elated it's finally October (and I can use all the emojis 😝)

Soubhiville Sounds like such an amazing weekend! Good for you! 3y
Librariana YES to using ALL the emojis and what sounds like an absolutely perfect weekend. Hooray for good book deals! 😄 3y
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Megara
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Pickpick

Picked up where I left off in Hangsaman by Shirley Jackson.

Also, first post on Litsy for the win! 🤘

#horror

TheBookDream Woot woot! 3y
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Liberty
Hangsaman | Shirley Jackson
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I made a list of 100 Must-Read Second Novels for @bookriot! http://bookriot.com/2016/06/02/100-must-read-second-novels. Did you know Sula, True Grit, and Fahrenheit 451 are all second novels? As well as this lesser-known creepy Shirley Jackson book! What are your favorite second novels?

Notafraidofwords Loved loved Fahrenheit 451! 3y
wisebravegirl Yes! Hangsaman is great! 3y
brendanmleonard Great list! I need to get on reading The Queen of the Night. The two second novels that spring to mind are The Song is You by Megan Abbott and The Lords of Discipline by Pat Conroy! Love fun thought experiments/brainstorming like these! 3y
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shawnmooney Hands down, my favorite 2nd novel is Michael Cunningham's 'A Home at the End of the World.' Most people think it was his first but that's because he disowned his actual 1st, 'Golden States,' buying up copies to destroy & refusing to sign the book at readings, if the myths are all true... 3y
GuiltyFeat Pride and Prejudice, Middlesex, A Little Life 3y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Lesser-known Shirley Jackson is exciting! Must read! 3y
bandigiu 'The Master and Margherita'! Also 'Three Men on a boat'. 3y
Taylor 10:04 by Ben Lerner. I also love Sula. 3y
UnabridgedTomes Oliver Twist, Eleanor and Park, In Her Shoes, Pride and Prejudice, and All The Light We Cannot See! 3y
BekahB Oooohhh. I haven't read that Shirley Jackson book. I love her work! I'll have to pick that one up. 3y
TheNextBook I know that Fahrenheit 451 was a great novel. I don't care what number it was. A classic! 3y
KateTheBookworm Gilead comes to mind for me. Looks like it's on your list. 😊 And Lila (the third) is my favorite of the trilogy! Marilynne Robinson's novels just get better and better! 3y
MandyJohnson Play It As It Lays! 3y
Bookgirl This is on my to read list! 3y
agirard Didn't know that! Just read True Grit this spring & really enjoyed it. 3y
mllemay One of my favorite second novels is The Way the Crow Flies by Ann-Marie MacDonald. Love True Grit! Didn't know it was a second novel. 3y
Caryl What a great list! I loved Sula, and you can never go wrong with Shirley Jackson. Two other faves I spotted: In the Time of the Butterflies (Alvarez) and The Passion (Winterson). 3y
Dooplum Oh that's so great! Fahrenheit 451 was definitely my jam! 3y
LauraLeah I just read Fahrenheit 451 for the first time and really enjoyed it. Really makes you think. 3y
HeatherBookNerd Oooh, City of Thieves. 3y
moonandpeach omg this book was sooo weird! But, Shirley Jackson is queen. 3y
Donna_sBookMinute Didn't know that about "Sula." Years -- decades-- ago, it was my first Morrison. So I just thought it was her first. ? 3y
Donna_sBookMinute @Notafraidofwords "Fahrenheit 451" was mesmerizing to me. I can hardly look at a big screen (I'm talking an outrageously big one) without thinking about the talking walls. 3y
Notafraidofwords @Donna's Book Minute haha that's funny. The power of a book! 3y
Autumn City of Thieves by Benioff is perhaps in my fave top 5! 3y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @Autumn City of Thieves is on my Favorites of All Time list! Amazing book 3y
TheUnpopularReader Another book to add on my to-read list 3y
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