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The Answers
The Answers: A Novel | Catherine Lacey
Huffington Post's 33 Titles To Add To Your Shelf in 2017 Elle's 25 Most Anticipated Books by Women for 2017 Buzzfeed's 32 Most Exciting Books Coming Out in 2017 Chicago Reader's Books We Can't Wait To Read In 2017 An urgent, propulsive novel about a woman learning to negotiate her ailment and its various aftereffects via the simulacrum of a perfect romantic relationship In Catherine Laceys ambitious second novel we are introduced to Mary, a young woman living in New York City and struggling to cope with a body that has betrayed her. All but paralyzed with pain, Mary seeks relief from a New Agey treatment called Pneuma Adaptive Kinesthesia, PAKing for short. And, remarkably, it works. But PAKing is prohibitively expensive and Mary is dead broke. So she scours Craigslist for fast-cash jobs and finds herself applying for the Girlfriend Experiment, the brainchild of an eccentric actor, Kurt Sky, who is determined to find the perfect relationshipeven if that means paying different women to fulfill distinctive roles. Mary is hired as the Emotional Girlfriendcertainly better than the Anger Girlfriend or the Maternal Girlfriendand is pulled into Kurts ego-driven and messy attempt at human connection. Told in her signature spiraling prose, The Answers is full of the singular yet universal insights readers have come to expect from Lacey. It is a gorgeous hybrid of the plot- and the idea-driven novel that will leave you reeling.
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Suet624
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Cat-sitting Dandelion and really enjoying this book. Written by the author of Pew, I was almost put off reading it because of its low rating on Litsy.

Leftcoastzen Serious face cat! 😻 4h
RaeLovesToRead Aww, Dandelion!! 🥰🥰🥰 4h
merelybookish Looks like a good reading buddy! 3h
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Suet624 @Leftcoastzen @RaeLovesToRead @merelybookish He falls asleep just about as often as I do as we both lay on this couch. 😂 3h
Jas16 I keep have put this book on my TBR and then removed it several times now. Guess it should go back on. 3h
AmyG What a sweet cat. 2h
Suet624 @Jas16 I like her writing style.. the kind where she throws in a sentence that makes me stop reading in order to sit with the idea she just threw at you. 2h
Suet624 @AmyG very sweet unless you try to pet him more than four times in a row. 2h
Reggie Dandelion!!!!💕I really liked this book but it made me so angry. 2h
Suet624 @Reggie I‘m not at the angry making part yet but I just read they are making it into a movie 1h
Suet624 @Reggie well actually I take that back. There are many parts in the book that are outrageous and galling. I‘m sure they‘re going to all add up and piss me off. 39m
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Megabooks
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This book was wild! While it‘s #GoodNotGreat, I‘m still pumped it was a library sale find.

Mary is broke and chronically ill. To pay for the very unorthodox healer she‘s found, she takes a job being the Emotional Girlfriend in an experiment being run by a movie star. Other girls do other facets, such as Anger and Maternal. What‘s interesting is that Mary‘s emotions are buried so deep, she‘s a blank slate for the movie star to project onto. 🍌👖

jlhammar Sounds interesting. I thought her most recent novel, Pew, was really good. And I guess she has a new one coming out in March. Have you looked at her website? Kind of cool. https://www.catherinelacey.com/ 4mo
BarbaraBB Interesting. I enjoyed another book by her. And what a gorgeous autumn you‘re having! (edited) 4mo
Reggie Oof. This one pissed me off. It‘s good, but I read it right as #MeToo was happening and the fact that the boyfriend chose all of them based on their victimhood rankled me as well as how selfish he was as well as the disregard for all the womens‘ safety by the scientists who were experimenting on them. Ooof. 4mo
Suet624 Reading this now. I googled PAK because I wanted to spend all my money on it. 😊 9h
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Megabooks
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Library sale haul!! It was so busy, but I managed to find these 8!

The Answers and The Antiques are going on my #BookspinBingo board 👍🏻📚

vlwelser Freshwater!!! 😍 4mo
Megabooks @vlwelser I was so excited to find that!! 4mo
squirrelbrain Great haul! 4mo
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Megabooks @squirrelbrain thanks! It was really fun! 4mo
britt_brooke Nice!! 4mo
Megabooks @britt_brooke it was fun! I was there with the die hard s too! 4mo
britt_brooke @Megabooks Love it!! 4mo
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abookishbutterfly
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“I got used to it, in a way, being this sack of skin full of problems, because having a body doesn‘t give you the right to have one that works correctly.”

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sarahbarnes
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Pickpick

Somewhere between a pick and a so-so. I was mildly annoyed by the first half of the story, but got much more interested in the second half. An interesting take on human relationships and what love is, exactly, or what it is motivated by.

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KVanRead
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Sometimes a book comes to you at just the right time. Started this earlier in the month and while I liked it, I just couldn‘t stick with it. After a tough emotional day yesterday (teenagers!) I decided to try again for the sake of #bookspin. This time I couldn‘t put it down. It all came together for me and in the end I found it brilliant, beautiful, and profound—essentially a 291 page zen koan on letting go of longing and just what I needed.

KVanRead @TheAromaofBooks So thankful for #bookspin ! This was just the book for me and yet it‘s been sitting on my shelf for 3 years! Didn‘t get to my doublespin though, so I think I‘ll make that my December goal rather than doing a new December bookspin list. 2y
vivastory Sorry to hear about the drama! This sounds delightful though. 2y
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Glad it pulled you in!! 2y
KVanRead @vivastory I think you would really like it. It‘s oddly all over the place and super connected at the same time and her writing is scary good. Def want to read more by her. 2y
batsy "291 page zen koan on letting go"... Love that! 2y
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KVanRead
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🦃Reading the tagged plus four others - I might have too many books on the go, lol
🦃Even though I miss them, I‘m grateful my extended family are staying safe and staying put for the holidays and giving each other the gift of good health.
🦃It rained!! I have missed that beautiful sound and smell so much! 🌧☔️💕
Want to play @vivastory @Reggie @Clare-Dragonfly @batsy @Cathythoughts ?
#thoughtfulthursday

KVanRead Thanks for the tag @slategreyskies 2y
batsy Thank you for the tag! I'm so grateful for the rain here too 💙 2y
MoonWitch94 Thanks for playing 💛⭐️🤎 2y
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KVanRead
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
Reggie Oof, The Answers, that book made me so angry! 2y
KVanRead @Reggie Uhoh... in a good way? She asks hopefully... 2y
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Reggie As a guy, the story made me want to apologize on behalf of all men to women. Also, my feelings about what was happening in the book were being amplified because #metoo had just happened a couple of months prior. 2y
Reggie It‘s good and well written, don‘t let me scare you off. 2y
KVanRead @Reggie okay got it👍🏽That all sounds pretty intriguing actually, thanks for clarifying 2y
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Fay_Azalea
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So, I read 4 from this piles already? Any favourite and comments about any of these books? Let me know! #fifireadsfiction

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She did not miss his voice, which, in the end, carried so much abuse, and she did not miss his body, which had a few times been used against her, and she did not miss the history or the rituals they had created together, the mythology all lovers write, but she did miss the comfort of his life drifting besides hers. She missed his nothing. It had felt like something.

LitsyWelcomeWagon Welcome to Litsy! Here are links to #Litsytips: http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: goo.gl/UrCpoU. There‘s lots of fun things to do: book exchanges, buddy reads, photo challenges and more! #litsywelcomewagon 3y
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🥳 3y
Nute Welcome to Litsy! It‘s a warm and friendly community. I know that you will enjoy yourself here. I‘m looking forward to getting to know you!🙂 3y
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EadieB
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#UglyCovers #BoringCovers #PuttingYouOffCovers

How about you? Care to join? Post covers of books that are ugly, boring, or just putting you off from reading the book. Don‘t forget to tag me so I can see your covers!

@Andrew65 @julesG @gradcat @Librarybelle

Librarybelle Huh...it's not the worst cover I've seen, but it's more puzzling to me than anything. Not enough to want to read the book to find “The Answers,“ though! 😂 3y
EadieB @Librarybelle I read some of the reviews. It actually seems to be a very good book. 3y
Librarybelle Good to know! Just goes to show you shouldn‘t judge a book by its cover 3y
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EadieB @Librarybelle Right! But just think how many more people would read it if it had a more attractive cover. 3y
Librarybelle Very true! 3y
Andrew65 There is nothing about this boring cover that would give any indication what this book is about, or even what genre is. You‘d jus walk straight past it! (edited) 3y
EadieB @Andrew65 And why would you put the title upside down? 3y
Andrew65 @EadieB 😡😡😡 Just plain stupid! 3y
EadieB @Andrew65 Check out the other cover (edited) 3y
Andrew65 @EadieB Not much better, has elements of Picasso‘s The Weeping Woman! https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Weeping_Woman 3y
EadieB @Andrew65 That Picasso picture is creepy! 3y
gradcat Strange cover, really...but you‘ve heard it‘s kind of good? Interesting... 3y
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kalinichta
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Mehso-so

Hmm... It is an interesting concept, trying to engineer an ideal relationship, but the Girlfriend Experiment collapses in on itself, not least of all because the egocentric dude who has come up with the idea makes a shambles of it. The MC, Mary, is an interesting study, and it was a readable story (except for the parts where egodude Kurt was the primary focus). But I found the resolution very unsatisfying, seeming to just drift off into vapor.

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kalinichta
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About 45% of the way through The Answers. Kurt is insufferable. Please send help.

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welcomethewater
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Mehso-so

"Maybe it was just my life, my strange and always stranger life, taking all the life out of me."

Loved the beginning of this book. It's was intense, but interesting enough to keep me going. Things started to get weird around the 60% mark and I didn't really care for the ending. Has anyone read this? If so, did you enjoy it?

Reggie I read this book in the midst of the #metoo movement busting out and it just made me angry. The guy who was the focus of the film was so exploitative and manipulative. I think most of the males in this book could be described that way. 4y
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WhatWouldJaneDo
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I loved Lacey's writing, very thought provoking. The novel follows a woman who joins the Girlfriend Experiment, working as the Emotional GF for a celebrity trying a sociological experiment to farm out various aspects of a relationship. I loved the ideas Lacey explored. Like many think-y books, the premise dissolved a bit towards the end and I would've loved more about Ashley, the Anger GF, but this is one where you can't expect a tidy ending.

Reggie Oh man, this one fired me up. Those women were so exploited and then for him to act like a victim. I get heated just thinking about it. I read this just when #metoo broke open. It was a matter of right book right time. 4y
WhatWouldJaneDo @Reggie right?! He was the embodiment of entitlement. They way he whined about needing connection while being totally blind to the way he was manipulating them and providing zero reciprocity... That's why I would've loved to hear more about Ashley at the end, she was such an interesting foil for Mary but she disappeared for most of the last third, other than being kind of a boogey man for Mary to avoid. 4y
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WhatWouldJaneDo
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Princess Polly has been my reading buddy on and off this morning. Flash makes her look kinda mad but she's not.
Still on my first book but close to finishing. Took a break for lunch with the hubs and got an iced coffee to perk me up going into the afternoon.
#deweysreadathon #catsoflitsy

Libby1 😻 4y
Slajaunie 💚🐾 4y
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WhatWouldJaneDo
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Good morning Littens! I'm starting off my #readathon with The Answers, which I'm absolutely loving so far. I want to post a quote from this about every 3 pages. I'm not sure how well I'll meet my goals today; I got a horrible migraine last night that is still holding on a little bit. But I'll spend as much time reading as I can! #deweys24hourreadathon @DeweysReadathon

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WhatWouldJaneDo
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Anybody else planning to participate in #deweys24hourreadathon this weekend? I'm hoping to read Sabrina and the Frankenstein manga, and then these are some of my likely suspects after that (of my physical books anyway). I don't try to stay up for 24 hours cause I love sleeping but I like the readathon since I feel like I can really clear my day and just read as much as I want for the "event."

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Well-ReadNeck
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JennyM I thought this was brilliant 4y
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ChantelMcCray
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“What a danger it is to love, how it warps a person from the inside, changes all the locks and loses all the keys.”

This I am loving.

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Stephkesey
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Mehso-so

I read this in one sitting on a long travel day and desperately wanted to fall into the world of this interesting concept of The Girlfriend Experiment. But I just couldn‘t connect with any characters. I will be thinking about the plot for a while, but the characters left me cold.

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DocBrown
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I‘m afraid to say that this book is poorly titled. There are no Answers here. Provocative questions, but no answers. Ultimately this mashup of Mad Men, The Truman Show, and any second-rate rom-com starts out promising but loses its way. It is, alas, in the book‘s own words, ‘warm bullsh!t.‘ A rare PAN for me. ⭐️⭐️

Reggie I was super pissed after reading this one. There was so much exploitation in here.‼️‼️‼️ 4y
DocBrown @Reggie It could have been so much better!! 4y
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Beachesnbooks
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I ended up really enjoying this deeply weird novel, whose protagonist joins a "Girlfriend Experiment" in which women are assigned roles in a famous actor's life to help him research and obtain the ideal relationship. Our main character is dealing with a mysterious illness and unconfortable upbringing while having her interactions scripted and monitored. Very very strange, and well-written. 4⭐️

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Beachesnbooks
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So far I'm finding it well-written with a healthy dash of weirdness, which is what I'm looking for in a book. Our main character Mary is suffering from a mysterious illness and can only find relief through a strange and extremely expensive form of alternative medicine. To pay for her treatments, she takes on an odd job--participating in an experiment about forming a perfect relationship by acting as part of a set of girlfriends for a famous actor.

akckitty Sounds up my alley! I added it to my never ending TBR ;D 5y
JennyM I really liked this one. Very different and clever 5y
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2BR02B
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Some reading for a slow afternoon at work. I started reading The Answers 3-4 months ago, but had to return it to the library when I was only half finished. Now I remember so little I feel compelled to start again from the beginning. 😑 #booknerdproblems

Reggie This one made me sooooo angry. 5y
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Chiaralovespink
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I used to miss you when you were out of town, but now I get that feeling when I look at you, when you‘re right here.

Chelleo Welcome! Checkout #Litsytips: http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: http://bit.ly/litsyvideos They‘re great and should help you get settled in. Follow @LitsyHappenings to find out about various challenges, buddy reads, meet-ups and swaps taking place. #LitsyWelcomeWagon 5y
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 👋🏻 5y
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BookNerd9906 Hello and welcome! 👋👍🎉📚 5y
Bookladylinda Welcome to Litsy!!!! 5y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Welcome to Litsy!!! 5y
Wife Welcome to Litsy!🌹 5y
asiriusreader Welcome to Litsy!! 5y
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Chiaralovespink
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“She ran past a group of boys her age who whistled and she was angry that they didn‘t know what had happened to her, and she felt vaguely afraid of them and she felt angry that she was afraid of them and sorry for that fear, then angry again.”

DebinHawaii Welcome to Litsy!! 🎉📚👍Hope you enjoy it here! 5y
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Bertha_Mason
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Panpan

So much unchallenged ableism and misogyny from the protagonist. She's actually worse than the actor, because at least the text accurately assesses *him*. It keeps telling us she's so compassionate and kind, when she literally only cares about the feelings of boring white dudes she wants to fuck. She can't go a page without witnessing the suffering of a woman she knows and telling us how much she doesn't care. In return, I stopped caring about her.

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Bertha_Mason
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"These stories were mine, as personal as my spleen."
Today in odd similes.

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Bertha_Mason
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"Love is a compromise for only getting to be one person."

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Bertha_Mason
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"What a danger it is to love; how it warps a person from the inside, changes all the locks and loses all the keys."

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Bertha_Mason
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Fuckin HELL am I sick of listening to the famous actor's thoughts. He's literally every white guy who's ever cornered me at a party to talk at me about new wave films or anarcho-capitalism. 😴😝😷

Bertha_Mason I find myself doing the jack-off motion every time he talks. 5y
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Bertha_Mason
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The performer speaks obnoxiously slow, but at least it does mean I can post quotes when I'm listening and not driving.

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Bertha_Mason
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"Even the light seemed strange, as if part of the sky had gone missing."

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Bertha_Mason
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"The way children stretch time, and the way adults forget that stretch, could be one of the saddest differences in the world."

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Bertha_Mason
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Started this one today on the way back from class. The performer's voice is a little distracting, but I've heard much worse, and I like the story so far.

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ReadingEnvy
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Mehso-so

Strange premise but probably a good read for those interested in what makes relationships tick, from a wacky experiment perspective. I had a lot of unanswered questions at the end, leading to my so-so rating. My full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1869830880

2BR02B I'm halfway through and really digging it so far. 5y
ReadingEnvy @2BR02B yeah it is really different isn't it? 5y
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ElishaLovesBooks
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#audiorunning 🏃🏻‍♀️🎧
So happy to have a chance to run outside, it‘s 38 degrees and the snow is melting!! I‘ve been in a workout slump since the beginning of February since I haven‘t been feeling well. I hope I can get back into it.

Just started this book- so far it‘s depressing with talk over and over about how sick she feels. Might not be the best book for running motivation 🙄😂

Cortg 🙌🏼 5y
ElishaLovesBooks @Cortg Thank you!!! 5y
peaknit Oh my gosh, I could have written your post:) so good to be out, I had the flu and it‘s been so cold. I‘ve been languishing on the dreadmill. But wow! It felt great to just get out there. I went 3.6 miles in 45 minutes, some walking in there as I could not keep my breath with the dang wind. But still. I‘ll take it!!🙌🏻 (edited) 5y
ElishaLovesBooks @peaknit Way to go!!! I had to do some walking too, the wind was bad going in one direction! I love that you call it the dreadmill- I might be stealing that!😂 5y
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Drnkpnkprincess
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1. The Couple Next Door
2. The Tales of Beedle the Bard
3. After You
4. Pachinko
5. Macmillian & @ruthemmielang
6. Heart‘s Invisible Furies
7. Weylyn💕, Morrigan Crow & gang
8. Harry Potter & Sorcerer‘s Stone
9. Nevermoor: Trials of Morrigan Crow
10. Hearts Invisible Furies
11. All the Missing Girls
12. Undone (not final book, last I read from series this year)
13. Mystery/ Thriller
14. The Chalk Man
15. Listed/tagged, Slaughter & Final Girls

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1) tough! ... My Name Lucy Barton
2) tougher! Although only read recently, but I keep thinking about it: The Bedlam Stacks
3) The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*%k
4) that would have to be Natasha Pulley

@GypsyKat #LitsyQuestions

GypsyKat Nice I just got this one on Audible! 5y
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Well-ReadNeck
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Pickpick

Wow. This completely blew me away. So much experimental goodness here. I may have to make this my book club pick the next time my turn rolls around. So much I‘d like to discuss! @Reggie thanks for the push to pick this up!

Well-ReadNeck Early on, I was annoyed by Kurt‘s need to keep Mary waiting. Later, I was thrilled at the complete indifference of the women he watch as they waited for him. 5y
Well-ReadNeck Two observations: I need PUK in my life. I would only have been hired as Angry Girlfriend 😝 5y
Cinfhen I see I already stacked it! Now I need to find this book & move it up the stack 😊 5y
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Reggie @Well-ReadNeck I was pretty angry after reading this. I wondered if this is how men treat women all the time. As if they‘re some object to be used at a man‘s whim. I think the news of all the surfacing sexual harassment was a contributing factor. But the rapes in both the girls‘ pasts, the way Kurt treated them, the way the scientists had no regard for their safety or health or consent. Then to know he still made the movie using Mary‘s footage. 5y
Reggie I would have loved to have been the Mundane Girlfriend so I could just be a presence in the apartment, probably just reading, and not having any interaction with Kurt. 5y
Well-ReadNeck @Reggie Yes, anger. And, I do think this captures a lot of the attitude that makes the sexual harassment that is being exposed possible. But, and you are an example, there are lots of good men out there, too. I‘d love for this to be a movie. I think it would hit a nerve in a similar way to Get Out (which was so fabulous and made me feel all kind of ways). And, YES to be paid to read books all day!!!! 5y
Well-ReadNeck @Reggie another observation: I think it might have been interesting if Kurt had picked Ashley for GX BECAUSE she had a relationship with Jason. I think the element of powerful men exerting dominance over OTHER MEN through women was something that this could have explored too. 5y
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Reggie
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This book was Jurassic Park, but instead of dinosaurs you had emotions. Mary is so sick she needs Pneuma Adaptive Kinesthesia treatments to feng shui the hurt out of her body. To pay for it she applies and gets the job as The Emotional Girlfriend. There are parts of this book that emotionally blindsided me. I felt the need to punch things while reading. I feel like I need to say sorry to all women from all men. A pick, but it doesn‘t settle well.

Lindy Great review. 👍 5y
batsy You're killing it with your reviews. I just wanna drop everything else and read the books you're talking about! 5y
Reggie @Lindy Thanks!!! @batsy I‘d be very interested in what you would have to say about this book if you ever read it. 5y
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Reggie @Lindy thank you for the link. Just by reading some of the quotes you used I can tell she‘s still that great writer. The part you said about that book having no ending happens in here as well. I felt like I could have used a couple of more Answers before she ended the book. 5y
Lindy @Reggie I look forward to reading another one by her. 😊 5y
Jas16 Dang. This is a great review. Stacked. 5y
RealBooks4ever Wow!! Great review! 💜 5y
rohit-sawant Terrific review!! 5y
readinginthedark Wow, that sounds amazing! 5y
Reggie @Jas16 @RealBooks4ever @rohit-sawant @readinginthedark Thanks!!! Part of me wondered if I would have been the same amount of angry if there had not been all the surfacing of sexual misconduct lately. And part of me wonders why I would be less angry back then. Just know this, you‘re inner feminist will rage during this book. Or at least she should. (edited) 5y
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Reggie
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This is quirky so far. The top is the interviewer talking. Italics indicates talking in this book. The first person narrator is a girl rescued from being raised off the grid all grown up. Side note: When did quotations get put on the endangered punctuation mark list? My last five books did not use them. In some cases, there were no indications that a person was talking. You had to work it out. What did quotation marks do, I wonder?

Cinfhen I was just asking if anyone has read this book yet?! I‘ll be waiting to see your review 🙌🏻 5y
SandyW They didn't do anything wrong... they're in hiding because they do not want to be associated with the pervasive incorrect usage of me/I! 5y
Bambolina_81 I've been thinking the same thing. It seems all the cool kids are doing it 🤔 5y
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cariashley
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I haven‘t been reading much literary fiction lately and this quirky, wonderfully written novel is a reminder that I need to change that. It‘s overly ambitious but how could it not be when it‘s dissecting the meaning of love, celebrity, the self and more? Another great pick from my Strand fiction subscription. Thanks to #SullivanCat 🐱 for modeling.

rubyslippersreads 😻😻😻 5y
Carolyn-HHI That Strand subscription looks awesome! Have you liked all the boxes? 5y
cariashley @Carolyn-HHI it is pretty awesome and I have loved all the boxes! Standouts have been Homegoing, Difficult Women by Roxane Gay and Sing Unburied Sing (which I haven‘t read yet). It‘s a nice lit fiction counterpoint to BOTM! 5y
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Carolyn-HHI @cariashley - okay cool. Thanks for the information. Those are great books, all. I want to treat myself to a little yearly reading. I am waffling between Strand and New Vessel Press (supports emerging and international writers - was impressed with “The 6:41 to Paris”). 5y
Reggie Did you feel angry while reading this? I got very upset during some moments of this book. It made my inner feminist rage. It‘s a great book but some things didn‘t settle well with me. 5y
cariashley @Reggie for some reason I totally missed this comment when you posted it, so sorry! And yes, this absolutely stoked my feminist rage as well, especially that one part in the middle. 😡 5y
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Oh man, this writing. It‘s been subtly excellent so far but Lacey is kicking it up a notch toward the halfway mark.

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1. The Martian Chronicles.
2. Lonesome Dove.
3. White Tears.
4. Rat Girl.
5. The Sorrows of Young Werther.
6. The Heart‘s Invisible Furies.

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saresmoore Great list! I love Young Werther. 5y
Marchpane Ooh, the Martian Chronicles is a great pick! 5y
batsy What @saresmoore said. It's lovely to see it pop up as a fave 🙂 5y
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Liberty @batsy @saresmoore I love that emo boy. 😝 5y
Bklover I love Lonesome Dove. It‘s pretty much my all time favorite! 5y
Cinfhen You know I had to save this post for future reference 💚 5y
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Mystery
Couch
Neither 🤢
Autumn
Fiction
Hardback
Paper bookmarks
No!!!
Superheroes in the movies, fairytales in books

@slategreyskies

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