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Expendable Man (Revised)
Expendable Man (Revised) | Dorothy B Hughes
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"It was surprising what old experiences remembered could do to a presumably educated, civilized man." And Hugh Denismore, a young doctor driving his mother's Cadillac from Los Angeles to Phoenix, is eminently educated and civilized. He is privileged, would seem to have the world at his feet, even. Then why does the sight of a few redneck teenagers disconcert him? Why is he reluctant to pick up a disheveled girl hitchhiking along the desert highway? And why is he the first person the police suspect when she is found dead in Arizona a few days later? Dorothy B. Hughes ranks with Raymond Chandler and Patricia Highsmith as a master of mid-century noir. In books like" In a Lonely Place" and "Ride the Pink Horse" she exposed a seething discontent underneath the veneer of twentieth-century prosperity. With "The Expendable Man," first published in 1963, Hughes upends the conventions of the wrong-man narrative to deliver a story that engages readers even as it implicates them in the greatest of all American crimes.
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Aimeesue
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Tried to get this one read in time for #nyrbbookclub but December was just too busy. Almost done now, though, and I'm enjoying it. I lived in the Mojave Desert for several years (about 2 hrs north of Indio, CA/ Palm Springs) so I completely understand why he picked her up. No choice, really. It's brutal out there.

batsy I would love to visit. The book really conveys that sense of space. 4w
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batsy
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I'm so glad I managed to finish this in Dec for the #NYRBbookclub. As mentioned in other fantastic reviews & responses to the brilliant discussion, this isn't a whodunit but a simmering piece of noir. And it's about waiting. That sounds boring, but it isn't. The pace of the novel, the temporal space we enter, is that of a paranoia brought on by the racial order. It's so subtly done & exquisitely done, a delicate puzzle that involves its reader. ⬇️

batsy I agree with @Billypar that the mystery fell a bit flat, although it's meant to be that way. I love @saresmoore 's description of the "practiced restraint" of the main character, reflected in the writing. My quibble is that Hugh is bland, but I think what we get in him is a character study of class aspiration, education, & "good breeding", which is revealing. A novel like a jewel; it gleams differently from every angle when held up to light. 4w
Cinfhen Wonderful review 4w
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TrishB What a gorgeous review, as always. 4w
Suet624 Beautifully reviewed. 4w
Tanisha_A Super review. Intrigued. ❤️ 4w
Blaire Your reviews always have me #stacking. Beautiful review. 4w
Billypar Great review! True about the waiting- it's a highly realistic version of noir. It creates suspense because of how much is at stake for Hugh, having to fear not just arrest but even a newspaper story that names him and destroys his reputation. 4w
saresmoore Well said, friend! Even now, I‘m seeing different facets of the story. 4w
batsy @Cinfhen @TrishB @Suet624 @Tanisha_A Thank you, lovely people ❤️ 4w
batsy @Billypar @saresmoore Thank you both! I loved reading yours and everyone else's comments in discussion today after I'd finished... This is one of those subtly-layered stories that yields much insight. 4w
BarbaraBB I mostly end up loving our reads even more after the discussion! 😘 4w
Billypar @BarbaraBB I'm still a newbie but that's so true - I've wanted to add another star to my initial rating after each of them. Thanks @Liz_M and @vivastory for facilitating this past month's discussion! 4w
Liz_M @Billypar Thank you for joining the discussion! 4w
batsy @BarbaraBB @Billypar Absolutely 💜 4w
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mklong
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I love the way this is written, especially the unsettling way that Hughes challenges the reader‘s assumptions. She also writes about the ways class and race affect the justice system in a way that is every bit as relevant now as it was when she wrote it more than fifty years ago. I only wish the mystery itself had a little more bite and, well, mystery.

Sorry to be late with this #NYRBBookClub pick but December never goes quite as planned!

BarbaraBB I felt the same but thanks to our hosts I now know noir novels are about the process, not the outcome 😉😘 1mo
mklong @barbarabb I‘ll have to check out the discussion. @saresmoore made an excellent point in her review about the style matching Hugh‘s restraint and that made me appreciate, if not necessarily enjoy, it more 1mo
LeahBergen Great review! And exactly what @BarbaraBB said, too. 👍🏻 1mo
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vivastory I'm glad you enjoyed! Wonderful review! 4w
batsy I just finished! And this is a great review 👍🏽 4w
Suet624 Yes to all of this. 😁 4w
Liz_M I can't seem to copy-paste all the people tagged for the discussion, but please know that I am so glad it was a fun, rolling, all day discussion! I didn't want to interrupt or add a note that seemed conclusive. I am grateful to all that took time during the holiday season to participate! 😘 And many thanks to About for keeping me on task. 4w
Liz_M Sigh. About=Scott. ( @vivastory ) 4w
vivastory @Liz_M Thanks for co-hosting! And I agree, it was a great year end discussion! 4w
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Reviewsbylola
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Here is my #bookreport for this week. Five books finished. Two were for book clubs. I‘m feeling lazy tonight. 🤷🏼‍♀️

Cinfhen Graphics work perfectly for me 😘 1mo
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Reviewsbylola
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I have had a horrible headache since last night, so I‘m taking it easy with our #nyrbbookclub book this morning and taking the chance to cuddle one of our new Guinea pigs , Winter.

We‘re new to gps but loving them!

valeriegeary Winter is adorable! 😍 Boo to the headache, hope it leaves you alone soon! 1mo
Librarybelle Hope you feel better soon! 1mo
Megabooks Awwww!! 1mo
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Bookzombie Hope you feel better soon! Winter is so cute! 1mo
Nute I hate those lingering headaches. Do take it easy! I know that Winter is helping to make things better!💕 1mo
Tamra Super cute new edition! 1mo
LeahBergen Ohhhh, piggies! 1mo
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Liz_M
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Billypar Yes! That's one of the many things I love about noir- at its core its about someone who wants to figure things out no matter what the cost is, and that process is more interesting than the resolution. The suspense created while Hugh is trying to unravel the mystery is why it's compelling. 1mo
Billypar I think one of the things that kept me from enjoying it more is I never felt truly lost in the mystery like other noir: the final explanation isn't very different from the original theory Hugh has. In other novels or films I like seeing how a case changes from what it looks like at the outset. 1mo
Liz_M @Billypar In your review, you mentioned being disappointed by the actual mystery plot. But as implied by the quote, I believe the mystery wasn't the point. What I enjoyed is not whodunit or even whydunit, but the window into a specific society and time -- what are the norms, what are the transgressions, and what constitutes a “good outcome“. 1mo
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Billypar @Liz_M I think it's true that the answer isn't the point, but for me, the mystery plot developments are important. I like how watching something that starts out looking simple but through the plot developments reveals itself to be very complex. Like an invisible side of society brought to the service.. 1mo
Billypar @Liz_M I did enjoy the novel but for different reasons than many mysteries: it seemed more like the struggle against an injustice that characterizes a good, tense drama was what was most interesting. 1mo
saresmoore I do agree with the quote, but I was a bit disappointed in the lack of intrigue in this one. It felt too neat and tidy in the end. I wanted another plot twist or some more dark depth to one of the “good guys.” 1mo
Billypar @saresmoore I kept thinking he was going to be betrayed by someone - Ellen, Sky, Edward (at times I was picturing a conspiracy among all three 😁). 1mo
Leftcoastzen There was a scene I remember where I thought for a moment Skye and Ellen might be caught in a tryst , when Hugh was headed to his house, did I dream that? 😄 1mo
BarbaraBB I agree with the quote and with @saresmoore ; the plot was more noir than the ending. (edited) 1mo
emilyhaldi I agree @saresmoore @Billypar While the book was more about the journey to proving innocence rather than the resolution itself, I did want the crime to involve more of a twist or conspiracy. 1mo
Billypar @Leftcoastzen No you didn't dream it: I thought for sure something was up then because there's a point where Hugh is thinking 'why was Sky at her room?' I thought it was either a tryst or some kind of indicator of a major twist coming. 1mo
vivastory @Billypar I had the same thought too. And, yes, I think this quote is actually a great way to summarize the difference between noir & mystery. A noir seems to be all process, whereas mystery is the solution 1mo
Leftcoastzen @vivastory well put ! 1mo
Reviewsbylola I see the point above about how it wasn‘t really a mystery. But Hugh unraveling the mystery, along with Houston and Ellen still kept me riveted. 1mo
GatheringBooks as i was reading the question, the answer that immediately came to mind was: what, then, is the point? I wonder what Eleanor Gold had in mind. (edited) 1mo
Liz_M @GatheringBooks The point is the journey, not the destination? Excellent question! 1mo
sisilia I‘m with you @emilyhaldi @saresmoore @Billypar When I reached the end, I was like “That‘s all?!” I enjoyed the noir journey, though 🥰 1mo
Suet624 @Billypar @leftcoastzen I totally thought Ellen and Skye were going to go off with each other. I actually wondered why they didn't. Honestly, I'm still not quite sure why Ellen ended up with Hugh. She was gung-ho for him from the very beginning. 1mo
Suet624 @Reviewsbylola I'm with you. But I like this question. I hadn't really considered the difference between noir and mystery. 1mo
Liz_M @BarbaraBB @emilyhaldi @GatheringBooks @LeahBergen @Leftcoastzen @saresmoore @sisilia @vivastory @batsy @Billypar @JenniferP @Reviewsbylola @Suet624

I am so glad this was such a fun, all day discussion! I didn't want to interrupt on the weekend to add a thank you note that seemed conclusive, but I am grateful to all that took time during the holiday season to participate. And, of course, many thanks to Scott for creating this fabulous group!
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Suet624 @Liz_M thank you for hosting and Happy New Year! 4w
Leftcoastzen @Liz_M thanks for hosting and some great questions I LOVE this book club! Thanks @vivastory too! 4w
LeahBergen Thanks for cohosting! I‘m glad I could manage to pop in on the discussion for a bit. Happy New Year! 4w
batsy @Liz_M Thank you for cohosting and for the interesting questions. I'm sorry I couldn't join in because I was in a mad rush to finish the book, but I loved going over the answers yesterday. Happy New Year! Wishing you plenty of bookish joy in 2020 📚📚🎉 4w
batsy Happy New Year @vivastory and thank you for the brilliant idea of the #NYRBbookclub it's been one of my reading highlights! 4w
BarbaraBB Thank you @Liz_M for coming up with these great questions. Here‘s to many more good books in 2020! 4w
emilyhaldi I love these discussions!!! Thank you for being a wonderful December cohost. Joining this bookclub was a 2019 highlight for me 😊 (edited) 4w
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Billypar I guess we have authors like Hammett, Chandler, and Cain to thank for film noir, but I'll bet the films influenced later mystery novels as much or more than the original novels. The images get seared into your brain, and sometimes works like this one are distinguished more by how they deviate from the noir prototype than what they retain. 1mo
saresmoore This is a good question and I don‘t think I‘m informed enough to give it a good answer. But, when I think of noir—both books and films—I think of that pervasive, claustrophobic dread. Even the good, light moments are shrouded in something darker & heavier. 1mo
Liz_M @saresmoore I also don't know much about noir film, but @vivastory and I were both intrigued by Hughes career -- in addition to being a journalist & poet, she also worked in Hollywood, most notably as Hitchcock's assistant on his 1945 film Spellbound. 1mo
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Billypar @Liz_M That's so interesting- you wonder how that may have shaped her writing. Especially since Hitchcock had so many films about protagonists who were wrongly accused. I'm the opposite I've seen a ton of film noir but haven't read many noir novels. 1mo
saresmoore Oh, that‘s fascinating! @Liz_M 1mo
Leftcoastzen I have seen/ read a lot but that is hard to answer,there is definitely cross pollination,film can use light and shadow to create mood instantly,descriptions with words take longer. 1mo
BarbaraBB Wow, you really did you homework @Liz_M and @vivastory I love noir novels live this one but hardly ever watch noir movies. So you think/mean Hitchcock produces noir movies? 1mo
vivastory @Billypar I agree that Hammett, Chandler & Cain kicked off the whole genre. I know a number of the early noir novels were adapted into films (including Hughes other excellent book In a Lonely Place) & at one point the genre went international. I think that for awhile the films became a big influence on the books, but nowdays it feels like they're in constant communication with each other. 1mo
vivastory @BarbaraBB Not all of them, but I'd classify Vertigo, Rear Window & Strangers on a Train as noir 1mo
Reviewsbylola I can‘t really say, as I don‘t like movies and rarely watch them. 1mo
Billypar @vivastory I can't think of any where I've read the book and seen the film but I'd be interested in comparing the two experiences (although I'll still have the actors in my head, so it wouldn't be exactly independent either). 1mo
vivastory @Billypar That's always a risk! Especially when they are nothing like you picture 1mo
vivastory @Reviewsbylola I used to love movies, but I'm starting to watch fewer & fewer. It just cuts into reading time. 1mo
Billypar @vivastory @BarbaraBB Agreed about those Hitchcock's as noir. There are others that feel noirish in spots (e.g. Notorious and North by Northwest) but they also belong in the spy genre. N×NW is one that has the wrongly accused angle so I wonder if she drew inspiration from those themes. 1mo
BarbaraBB @vivastory @Reviewsbylola Me too, I hardly watch any tv or films anymore. I am however interested in more noir books like this one, @Billypar @Liz_M 1mo
Reviewsbylola Definitely check out James Cain, if you haven‘t already. He‘s the best! @BarbaraBB 1mo
Reviewsbylola Exactly!! I usually only watch tv if I‘m doing something sedentary, like folding laundry. For some reason, my attention span is fine with books, but movies, forget it! @vivastory 1mo
BarbaraBB @Reviewsbylola Thanks, I will! I read and liked The Postman Always Rings Twice but I remember your review about another book of his some time ago. I‘ll check it out! 1mo
GatheringBooks i think the cross-pollination, as @Leftcoastzen pointed out is inevitable - esp in contemporary fiction where the narrative reads more & more like netflix episodes per chapter. but what i know (and like) of noir whether film or book is that sense of permeating grey dread that can not be shaken off, and becomes part of one‘s being, biting into one‘s insides - transforming characters into something other than who they are, despite redemption. 1mo
sisilia I need to read more about Hughes and noir films @Liz_M @vivastory 😅 (edited) 1mo
Suet624 I had no idea she worked with Hitchcock. I wonder what this novel would have been like if Hitchcock had made it into a movie. 1mo
JenniferP @Suet624 it would be hard to lose the surprise of not knowing Hugh‘s race if this was made into a movie. But other than that I could really see it working well. 1mo
Suet624 Well now. That‘s a very good point! @JenniferP (edited) 1mo
BarbaraBB I agree with you @GatheringBooks , very well said. 1mo
BarbaraBB @Reviewsbylola Double Indemnity! That was it! Thanks! 1mo
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Billypar Densmore in some ways plays the part of a traditional private eye: he has to figure out when he's being lied to, and sometimes needs to do some play acting to get the truth from people who would be suspicious. But he is also his own client, so it added an urgency to the usual detective work: the stakes always seemed higher. 1mo
Liz_M @Billypar Good point about being his own client!

I always think of hard-boiled detective novels being abut a flawed PI that bends the rules to achieve the right outcome for his client, but in Hugh's case (and to make the author's point about race), he has to be flawless, to do everything right in order to achieve a good outcome.
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saresmoore @Billypar That is a great point! 1mo
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Liz_M I wan to hear more from @LeahBergan about Ellen being “the classic supportive “dame” in the noirish fiction of this era“ 1mo
Leftcoastzen Hammett and Chandler are much more urban , though Jim Thompson did more dusty little town noir.Indio is still a dusty little town .Hughes got the heat and the feel of early 60s Phoenix /Scottsdale perfectly. 1mo
Leftcoastzen One of the points of Hugh being his own PI , the tension in following the trail to people,places, or things you are linked to could highlight that you are guilty rather than find what could exonerate you. 1mo
vivastory @Leftcoastzen That's a fantastic point! This does seem to be a bit of an anomaly as most noir novels do seem to be set in the urban centers. A refreshing change, for sure. 1mo
Reviewsbylola I love noir from this time period, and this one did not disappoint. The crooked cops, Hugh being forced to do the detective work himself, the suspense, all made the story fit together perfectly. 1mo
GatheringBooks am not familiar with usual tropes in crime fiction as i am merely a consumer, & rarely do i critique/analyze in this fashion. But the point raised by @Leftcoastzen about having to be one‘s own PI to exonerate (or dig a much deeper hole for) one‘s self is evident here, + the annoying cops who do not seem inclined to do actual investigative work, & the hero White lawyer who since his Whiteness is explicitly pointed out diminished his Saviour role. 1mo
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JenniferP I thought race was effectively explored but obvious. The other one that I noticed was gender. It was more subtly done, but I was especially troubled by Ellen. Something about the fact that she was intelligent, and beautiful (that was harped on too much for my taste), and successful, but all anyone talked about was who she would marry bothered me. 1mo
JenniferP And then I felt that she was too supportive of Hugh too quickly. Was she actually attracted to him? Had she just seen enough about racial inequality to want to help him? I felt she was a flat character that deserved to be more rounded out on her own. I wasn't sure if that was a commentary on how women were perceived at the time or if it was just because Hughes didn't want her to be a focus at the expense of the “mystery“. 1mo
Billypar @JenniferP I had the same reaction: I was confused why Ellen was so committed to a stranger she was fixed up with at the wedding 1mo
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Billypar @JenniferP Maybe it was meant to be both her instant attraction and the racial inequality aspect that makes her so devoted, but it would have been interesting to see some moments of doubt creep in. 1mo
Liz_M @JenniferP @Billypar From conversations Hugh had with his family, I gathered that Ellen had been primed by the niece/family for days (if not weeks or months) to like Hugh. People can have crushes on fictional characters and movie stars, so this didn't surprise me as much as it should have. 😄 1mo
Billypar As far as class goes, it is interesting to see Hugh's view of Ellen and Houston being more natural together because of their mutual wealth. Yet many of the white characters see Ellen and Hugh through a racist lens and the middle vs upper class distinction is lost on them. 1mo
Leftcoastzen @Billypar Great point! I read the wonderful nonfiction book Warmth of Other Suns. One person is a doctor. It was diabolical how someone who was educated and did “everything right “was dismissed with racism,sometimes with more venom because of his accomplishments. 1mo
LeahBergen @JenniferP @Billypar I read Ellen‘s character as the classic supportive “dame” in the noirish fiction of this era and sort of forgave these faults. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1mo
saresmoore @JenniferP @Billypar @Liz_M I wasn‘t very surprised by Ellen‘s attachment, either. Not just the clear family connection, but being thrown together in a crisis can foster strong feelings. 1mo
Liz_M Clearly race was the main dichotomy explored, but like @Billypar, I was intrigued by the interaction of class-assumptions -- Iris assumes Hugh is rich because he is a doctor driving a white Cadillac; Hugh's discomfort with Houston's wealth and Ellen's ease in Houston's world; the difference it made to Rangle that Hugh was related to Doc Willis. 1mo
saresmoore I thought it was an equally effective commentary on class. Down to the subtleties, like Hugh changing his clothes to visit poor neighborhoods in Scottsdale and his thoughts about folks who‘d never been on a plane before. Hugh‘s hyper-self-awareness was a great vehicle for all that commentary without taking away from the story. 1mo
JenniferP @Liz_M That's true - they were definitely being “fixed up“. I wonder also if that was a commentary on the relatively small circle of African Americans who had broken into the upper and middle classes at that point in American history. Though there were plenty who deserved to be there, it was still a relatively small percentage who had climbed the ladder. 1mo
JenniferP @LeahBergen That's probably one reason I don't read much noir! I like at least one strong female character in every book! 1mo
Billypar @Leftcoastzen That one sounds really good - just stacked it. 1mo
Leftcoastzen Ellen puzzles me too. Though I agree if they develop her character too much , it slows the pace of the mystery ,but I wanted to know more about her.. But it seemed the racial injustice idea was strong, her father being a judge? Ellen was a proponent of getting a good lawyer quickly.Good point @Liz_M at a wedding in that era , parents and Grandparents wonder who might meet up, get married. 1mo
Billypar @LeahBergen @JenniferP That's very true - I love noir, but a lot of times the most interesting female characters are the 'femme fatales'- there's a dearth of good female heroes. Though for this one @saresmoore makes a good point: I can see it being an instant bond brought on by the circumstances. 1mo
Leftcoastzen @Billypar it‘s powerful. Had to put it down sometimes , the determination of people to find a better life and what they went through! 1mo
vivastory I thought that Ellen was an interesting character. Although her family were in the legal profession, she didn't seem to be as naive as Hugh. Hugh seemed to believe, at first anyways, that the truth would exonerate him. Ellen was more realistic about the importance of truth considering race. As others have said she also urged him to get a good lawyer immediately. She refused to let him go to the dr. alone at the end. Granted, Ellen doesn't have as 1mo
vivastory much agency as a character in a contemporary novel, but she also seems to have much more than your typical femme fatale. I think the most effective issue that Hughes tackled was race. And as others have mentioned, class issues, which crime fiction is excellent at addressing. 1mo
Reviewsbylola Gosh, there are so many good points made in the comments above. I agree, Ellen‘s instant attachment to High didn‘t make much sense to me, especially given the circumstances. 1mo
GatheringBooks similar to @Liz_M @LeahBergen I wasn‘t particularly disturbed by Ellen‘s immediate attraction towards Hugh who was described as a bit of a catch, & he seemed elusive & mysterious, unlike all the other men fawning over her. I also felt that she demonstrated a fair bit of agency. In fact, she seemed the more level-headed, practical, with a let‘s fix it attitude that was realistic, unlike Hugh who seemed too anxious to consider his plight rationally. 1mo
GatheringBooks to answer @Liz_M ‘s query, tho, I felt the intersectionality bet race, class, gender are pretty nuanced esp given how the hitchhiker is a poor white girl, Hugh a brilliant Black doctor, add on the white police officers‘ unchecked reflex to pin the blame on Hugh, regardless of what the facts seem to reveal, & the lack of credibility of White witnesses whose testimonies are entertained mainly because they are White and confirm the officers‘ biases. (edited) 1mo
Suet624 @JenniferP @billypar I had issues with Ellen's immediate support of Hugh as well. It didn't make sense to me.
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Billypar Yes--at first I thought I was just being unobservant: I had to flip back to see if I missed anything. 1mo
JenniferP I was definitely surprised! I actually had to stop and reread the sentence that makes it clear. And then I realized why Hugh had been so nervous about picking up the hitchhiker and why the kids chasing him had bothered him so much. I was sort of upset with myself for making assumptions about race. It made me realize that my default is to assume a character is white. That bothered me and I hope it will shift my expectations in the future. 1mo
Billypar It reminded me of Toni Morrison's Paradise - until I read that, I never gave much thought about implicitly assuming a character was white unless told otherwise. And it made me think about how and when writers choose to describe their characters - e.g. how detailed do they need to be, why might they choose to reveal something about the character later in the story? 1mo
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Billypar @JenniferP Yeah the reveal definitely clarified his anxiety since he picked Iris up. You would have just taken it for granted otherwise, but it forces you to consider the situation in a new light. 1mo
Reviewsbylola Shocked! I‘d wondered if I‘d missed something at first, so I‘m glad to see it was intentional. Everything made a lot more sense at that point. 1mo
Liz_M @JenniferP @Billypar Yes, as intended by Hughes, I also was surprised on the first read, and the brilliance of holding that critical bit back, of forcing the readers to consciously question their assumptions is why I loved this book. On a second reading, the skillful writing is still impressive, but it is more disheartening to understand how “the twist“ plays a role in Hugh's uneasiness and the plot to follow. 1mo
Leftcoastzen I was a shocked a bit too.I am a little paranoid by nature but I thought his anxiety was high.It explained a lot.I thought I missed something too. (edited) 1mo
saresmoore It was a slow reveal for me. I was trying to piece it together in my mind from the beginning. Why is he being harassed by teenagers in Indio? Is it a Mexican gang? But then Iris‘ physical appearance was distinctly blonde. I started questioning my (clearly racist) assumptions at the inspection station. Even so, I was still picturing a clean-cut, white, weirdly paranoid doctor until the cops showed up. 1mo
LeahBergen I was totally surprised and, like @JenniferP said, a little disappointed in myself for making assumptions! I was suspicion of his anxiety level, too, @Leftcoastzen and automatically assumed he was running from a murder or some other crime he‘d committed. Geez. 🙄 1mo
BarbaraBB I was so surprised too, suddenly the scene @JenniferP mentions made sense indeed and I felt so naive for not thinking of it myself. I love it when a book has such an effect on me. 1mo
Liz_M @saresmoore Sounds like you were paying more attention to details than I was, and yet Hugh still pulled it off! I was just along for the ride (pun intended). 1mo
Liz_M @BarbaraBB I loved this book for the same reason. 😊 1mo
emilyhaldi The “surprise” stunned me to the point of pausing to reread several times. It‘s so interesting to me how Hughes crafted that reveal and understood that the majority of readers would make certain racial assumptions. I initially assumed that I must have been in the minority due to my own predispositions perhaps, but it‘s interesting that it sounds like most (all?) of us thought the same, and that in fact Hughes knew that we would.. 1mo
Liz_M @emilyhaldi I read a bunch of reviews in order to prepare questions and this seems to be Hughes signature trait -- to write from a perspective very different from her own and to use the unexpected pov to create suspense and surprise plot twists. 1mo
emilyhaldi It's a risky objective isn't it! @Liz_M especially considering the era- I appreciate that Hughes was able to write from other POVs so successfully. 1mo
JenniferP @emilyhaldi And isn‘t it interesting that 50 years after it was written were still making the same racial assumptions? 1mo
vivastory Sorry I'm jumping in late, I had a last minute invite for coffee from my cousin who is rarely in town. 1mo
vivastory @Liz_M I agree, Hughes withholding of the info was brilliant & as others have said in the thread it really challenges readers' assumptions 1mo
vivastory @JenniferP You're right. Same assumptions. Despite certain dated aspects this book feels even more relevant than when it was reissued in 2012 1mo
vivastory To echo other comments, my assumption at the beginning was that he was nervous due to being involved in a crime in the past 1mo
Liz_M @vivastory Perfect timing -- tag, you're it! I'm off to do some household chores. 😅 1mo
BarbaraBB @emilyhaldi Exactly my thought. I was so afraid I was the only one! 1mo
emilyhaldi Yes, it's fascinating!!! @JenniferP 🤯🤯 1mo
GatheringBooks @JenniferP @emilyhaldi more than anything, this was what struck me the most: the fact that the entire narrative, with what is ostensibly called the “big reveal” still seems markedly contemporary. how frightening and disturbing the many assumptions and unchecked stereotypes many readers have, including myself, about race, ethnicity, etc (edited) 1mo
sisilia I encountered the same as @saresmoore 😘 1mo
batsy Yes! Exactly what the rest of you said. I was reading that bit in bed at night and literally sat up! I thought it was so interesting that Hughes immediately implicates the reader in all kinds of maybe subconscious prejudices or biases. And when it was revealed, "Iris Croom's" manner of interacting with him became disturbing. The way in which she assumed he would be ready to what she needed him to do... A strange kind of over-familiarity? 1mo
Suet624 I was stunned when I realized how much of an assumption I had made. It was such an effective slap in the face. And it made the story immediately more interesting. 1mo
BarbaraBB @batsy I didn‘t think of that but you‘re probably right about Iris‘s assumptions. That is quite disturbing. 1mo
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Billypar
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Interesting time capsule of a novel: Hughes writes with gritty realism about taboo subjects of her time: undisguised racism on the cusp of the Civil Rights era and the world of back-alley abortions. It was intense to see the MC forced into the detective role to protect both his freedom and reputation. I only wish I enjoyed the mystery itself, which seemed a little flat. I might have liked the ending more if I wasn't reading it as a mystery novel.

Billypar Looking forward to tomorrow's discussion! #nyrbbookclub @Liz_M @vivastory 1mo
vivastory Great review 👍 1mo
Reviewsbylola This is probably my favorite NYRB book I‘ve read thus far. I‘m really enjoying it, but I can see what you mean about it being a bit flat. 1mo
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Billypar @vivastory Thanks! 1mo
Billypar @Reviewsbylola Glad you found a new favorite! I was definitely hooked for most of it. 1mo
Leftcoastzen @Reviewsbylola @Billypar I like this one but loved the other one by Hughes even more 1mo
Billypar @Leftcoastzen I saw the film probably over a decade ago but remember zero about it, so that's perfect for picking up the novel. 1mo
Reviewsbylola Thanks, just stacked it! @Leftcoastzen 1mo
Suet624 Definitely a time capsule. 4w
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Reviewsbylola
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My #bathandbook tonight is super fun and colorful!

I‘m in the middle of the tagged book right now for #nyrbbookclub. The bad news is I won‘t finish it in time for tomorrow‘s discussion. The good news is it‘s my favorite NYRB title ever (so far).

Megabooks Pretty bath! 1mo
emilyhaldi Ooohhh fav #NYRB ever?! I‘m not sure I could pick!!! 1mo
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emilyhaldi That would probably be my first choice at this point 😁 1mo
Suet624 Favorite ever? That‘s a big statement! I liked this one but I think Cassandra at the Wedding might be my favorite. 4w
Reviewsbylola Cassandra drove me crazy so I just couldn‘t connect with that one. 😆 @Suet624 4w
Suet624 Oh!!! 😂😂😂 4w
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saresmoore
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I thought this was brilliantly done. Written with the same practiced restraint that defined the main character and told with finesse. It‘s a commentary on many things: human perception, bigotry & prejudice, the tension of development vs. progress. But more than that, I think it‘s just a damn good story. #NYRBBookClub

BarbaraBB Great review. I felt the same! 1mo
TrishB Lovely review 👍🏻 1mo
LeahBergen I‘m not reading anyone‘s review until I‘m done. 😆 1mo
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Cathythoughts Great review! Stacking 1mo
batsy @LeahBergen Same, Leah 😂 1mo
saresmoore @BarbaraBB @TrishB Thanks, friends! @Cathythoughts I hope you‘ll enjoy it! 1mo
saresmoore @LeahBergen @batsy I don‘t blame you! 🙈 1mo
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Leftcoastzen
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It‘s Christmas Eve and Crosby‘s in bed ,
With visions of cat toys dancing in his head.
Me ,reading a mystery,my #NYRBbookClub read,
to finish before Saturday,that‘s what I need.
If you celebrate Christmas,I know some of you do,
Eat,drink ,and be merry,and may all your holiday wishes come true.❄️📚☮️🎄🎅

BarbaraBB Have a lovely evening 💕 1mo
Hooked_on_books Excellent poem! 🎄 1mo
CarolynM Merry Christmas 🎄 1mo
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Tamra Very creative! 😉 1mo
batsy It's been so busy with family visiting, my goal is to finish this in time for the discussion and never has reading seemed so impossible 😆 Happy reading and holidays! 💕 1mo
Leftcoastzen @batsy thanks,and good luck! 1mo
Leftcoastzen @Tamra thanks, it‘s kinda David Pogue CBS Sunday morning level poetry!😂 1mo
Suet624 What a lovely post that I‘m just now seeing! Happy New Year! 4w
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saresmoore
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I don‘t know where this is going, but I don‘t like it! #NYRBBookClub

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vivastory
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Join my co-host @Liz_M & I for the final #NYRBBookClub of the year, this Saturday (12/28) at 11 AM EST. I know this is a busy time of year for everyone, but drop in when you're able to & comment your thoughts on this book, or your favorite book that the group has read so far. Happy Holidays!
@BarbaraBB @emilyhaldi @sprainedbrain @mklong @youneverarrived @LeahBergen @Leftcoastzen @merelybookish @MicheleinPhilly @GatheringBooks @saresmoore @sisilia

LeahBergen I‘m looking forward to it! 1mo
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vivastory @LeahBergen Me too! I found out earlier today that Hughes was born & raised in KC! 1mo
GatheringBooks looking forward to it! 1mo
Leftcoastzen I‘ll be there. 1mo
youneverarrived Mine still hasn‘t arrived so probably won‘t be able to join 😔 1mo
vivastory @youneverarrived I'm sorry to hear that!! I'd be interested in your thoughts when you do read it. 1mo
emilyhaldi Woohoo!!! I‘m looking forward to joining in during a lazy Saturday at home 🤗 1mo
Reviewsbylola I will be late to the party as I still have to finish the book. I‘m loving it though! 1mo
batsy I also haven't finished the book 😭 But I hope to go over the discussion once I'm done with it soon! 1mo
Liz_M @Reviewsbylola @batsy If you've made it to chapter three (~page 56), you can answer the first question. 😁 1mo
Suet624 Gah!!! Sewage in the basement! I‘ll be on later! (edited) 1mo
Leftcoastzen @Suet624 OMG, so sorry.😳😬 1mo
vivastory @Suet624 I'm sorry to hear that!! 🙁 1mo
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Suet624
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Sometimes doing a kind thing will get you in some really hot water. Hughes kept me interested after revealing some details, ones that changed the story for me and also reminded me to challenge myself when making assumptions. So much is at stake for the main character as he endeavors to protect himself. The descriptions of time and place held me in the heat of the southern summer and the feeling of being in a small town.
#NYRBbookclub

vivastory Wonderful review Sue! There was definitely a great feeling of time and place with this one, with certain themes that are still very much relevant today. 1mo
Suet624 @vivastory Thanks. It was really quite good and still so relevant. 1mo
LauraBeth This is a great review! 1mo
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Suet624 @LauraBeth Thanks so much! 1mo
saresmoore Great review, Sue! It really is evocative of setting. I‘ve spent some time in that Phoenix heat and I can feel it as I read. 1mo
Suet624 @saresmoore thanks Sara. Have a wonderful day today. 💕💕 1mo
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vivastory
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Things are not as they appear in this gem by Dorothy Hughes that has a great deal to say about class, gender & race. Hughes take on the wrong man trope is one of the better, & clever, I've recently read & her character portraits are given greater nuance by their motivations.
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saresmoore Great review! I think the breadth of your reading over the past year has added to your contributions in the NYRB discussions. I really appreciate your insights! 1mo
vivastory @saresmoore Thanks! I've always been pretty eclectic, but I've definitely been more so over the past year or so. There's just so many different genres I'm interested in I don't want to be tied down 1mo
BarbaraBB I am happy you liked it too. And agreeing with @saresmoore 💕 1mo
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LeahBergen
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I had to force myself off the jolly holiday reads to start this but I‘m now on chapter three and thoroughly engrossed. 👍🏻

#NYRBBookClub
@vivastory @Liz_M

Eyelit Ooh, that‘s a good one! Enjoy 1mo
Leftcoastzen I‘m on chapter 4 ! She was in Phoenix for sure.Street names accurate and some of the places real. 1mo
Cathythoughts Sounds good 👍🏻❤️... I might give it a try 1mo
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TrishB And another lovely picture ❤️ 1mo
saresmoore I‘ll be making the switch today, too. I‘m grumpy about it, but I know I‘ll enjoy it. 🙃 1mo
mklong @saresmoore Same! I have a couple of Christmasy short stories that I‘ll read on breaks from this so I won‘t have to totally give up my festive reads. 1mo
vivastory @Leftcoastzen I've thought of you while reading it. Glad to hear it's accurate. I can just feel the heat. 1mo
vivastory @saresmoore The first 55 pages are a bit tedious, but they are worth it. 1mo
vivastory @mklong I was planning on reading at least one festive book this year & I don't think I'll make it 1mo
emilyhaldi This book was a fun ride!! 1mo
rubyslippersreads I recognize that bookmark. 😊 1mo
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads You are a very good bookmark gifter! 😘 This book starts in Los Angeles so ... 😆😆 1mo
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Billypar
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#nyrbbookclub
I never heard of this phrase, but I like it and may begin using it 😁

Cathythoughts Nice one 👍🏻❤️ 1mo
TrishB Never heard that, but you instantly know what it means! 1mo
vivastory I love incorporating new phrases 😂 How are you liking the book? I'm halfway through & I think it's fantastic so far 1mo
Billypar @TrishB Exactly- no explanation required! 1mo
Billypar @vivastory I'm intrigued, but still a little early (page 46). I'm with family for the holidays, so not too conducive to reading, but hopefully I can find some time to sneak away 🙂 1mo
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merelybookish
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I'm giving up. 🤷 I've been trying to read this for a few weeks now but still only 50 pages in. I find the writing tedious and the plot is making me anxious. Maybe that's the point but it's also probaly why I don't read much crime fiction.
Sorry #nyrbbookclub! This is my Sleepless Nights. @vivastory @Liz_M

Liz_M I am sorry you didn't enjoy this! 🙁 But if you want to hang out and chat about it, I recommend the 2012 New Yorker review for this book / Dorothy Hughes. 1mo
merelybookish @Liz_M Thanks! I will try to do that,! I did enjoy some of the class and regional elements. I appreciate.crime fiction pays attention to those things. But I just don't enjoy being in suspense, I guess. 1mo
BarbaraBB Ah too bad. For me it was a surprising read and I really enjoyed it. 1mo
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merelybookish @BarbaraBB I know. I usually like these choices. And it might be my mood. I don't seem to have patience for it. 1mo
vivastory Maybe just wrong time to read it. I agree that crime is able to tackle class & regional elements very effectively. 1mo
LeahBergen “This is my Sleepless Nights”. 😂😂😂 Bail away, I say! 1mo
vivastory Did you make it to the plot twist? I just reached that part this morning. I think it's around page 56. It definitely puts the first part of the book in a new perspective. 1mo
merelybookish @vivastory No. I made it to page 51. 🤨 So I will go back and read the twist. Give it another try! 1mo
vivastory I think it's worth it. I respect your bail, but I also feel like I should give you a heads up on the twist. Things really take off around page 60. 1mo
saresmoore It is anxiety-inducing, to be sure, but I felt that the tedium of those first 60 pages really embroiled me in the plot & setting with the MC. I‘m sucked in now! 1mo
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JenniferP
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Reading this #nyrb book for the December group read and totally wrapped up in it. I think it will be a quick read. #nyrbbookclub

BarbaraBB Are you enjoying it? I was surprised by the twist, hadn‘t thought of it 😊 1mo
JenniferP Yes, I was surprised! It put a different spin on his reactions and clarified some things. I‘m about half way through now. I think it will be a quick read. @BarbaraBB 1mo
vivastory @BarbaraBB I'm halfway through the book now & the twist completely threw me! But it put everything else in perspective 1mo
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BarbaraBB @vivastory It did! I felt so naive not thinking of it before. 1mo
Suet624 @vivastory @BarbaraBB I literally gasped at the plot twist and was annoyed and surprised that I had made an assumption. I still think about it. (edited) 1mo
JenniferP @Suet624 Agreed! I've finished the book and though I thought the unfolding of events was a little unrealistic and I didn't love the relationship between Ellen and Hugh, the cultural significance was so well-done that I liked the book anyway! 1mo
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Suet624
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#NYRBbookclub I‘m embarrassed to admit that until I neared the end I thought the title of this book was The Expandable Man. I even questioned why Hughes would have titled the book in such a way. I looked at the cover often and still read it incorrectly. My eyes played tricks on me repeatedly and I‘m still feeling a bit spooked by it. 🤦🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️

Aimeesue That's awesome! 😂 1mo
britt_brooke 😆😆 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm 😁 Initially I read as expandable too. 1mo
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youneverarrived I‘ve been thinking this too! 😂 1mo
Suet624 @youneverarrived I‘m so very glad to hear. It kind of freaked me out. 1mo
Johnyx Hey 1mo
Jeg I just did what you did on first look, then I read your comment.😊 1mo
Suet624 @Jeg I think the A underneath the E merges or flips or something. Weird. 😀 1mo
vivastory 😂 I've misread a few titles before 1mo
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Leftcoastzen
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Crosby is ready for bed .Even though it‘s late I need to start my #NYRBBookclub title.📚I read In a Lonely Place about a year ago and loved it.High hopes for this one too!

batsy I need to start soon, too 😅 1mo
Leftcoastzen @batsy I love her writing style , snarky noir! If you are ever in Indio, Ca. get a date shake ! Yummy! (edited) 1mo
LeahBergen And I need to start soon, too. 😬 1mo
Liz_M I hope you enjoy it! 1mo
Suet624 Just starting it and love the feel of it so far. 1mo
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sisilia
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3⭐️ Hugh Densmore was just being helpful. Unfortunately, his kind heart didn‘t receive good things in return. I‘m sure most of us have been in such situation. How annoying, right?! I was rooting for Hugh all the way, and I found it pleasant that such simple story line could jack up my anxiety. The ending is missing that additional oomph, though. I wish it was not that anti-climatic 😑 #nyrbbookclub

vivastory Halfway through now & loving it so far. Great review! 1mo
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sisilia
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Oopsie again

julesG 🙈 2mo
marleed Ooh dang. 2mo
Mdargusch So awful! 2mo
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Meghan1 🤦‍♀️ 2mo
Susanita 😳 2mo
ValerieAndBooks Some people do talk like that though ... 😬 2mo
sisilia @ValerieAndBooks Yeah it‘s pretty common 😄 and nothing‘s wrong with that; but in writing, “wouldn‘t of” has no meaning as it should be “wouldn‘t ‘ve” 2mo
teebe It‘s dialogue? I think it‘s just replicating the way people talk 🤷🏻‍♀️ Sort of like when people indicate accented English by changing the spelling. 2mo
CoverToCoverGirl Yikes! 🙈 2mo
Suet624 I‘m with @teebe on this. It was dialogue and I actually felt that it offered authenticity. 1mo
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emilyhaldi
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Mixing it up with this #NYRBclassic and a #Persephone bookmark- two favs 💞

#NYRBBookclub

vivastory How are you liking it so far? 2mo
merelybookish Im hoping to start this later in the week! 2mo
Reviewsbylola I probably won‘t start this for a few more weeks. 2mo
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Mdargusch I got the same book mark. 💜 2mo
LeahBergen A perfect blend! 😉 2mo
emilyhaldi @vivastory I'm hooked!! I love the noir vibes and writing style 🖤 2mo
BarbaraBB It‘s good isn‘t it? I was blown away by the twist. Hadn‘t seen it coming - call me naive 1mo
emilyhaldi I need to get back to it!! @BarbaraBB only about 50 pages in 😬 but I‘m on edge reading it... something‘s gotta blow up but I don‘t know what! 1mo
BarbaraBB It will, soon! 1mo
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sisilia
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Oops, stationery vs stationary mistake here

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yes!! I know I am guilty of that!! 😫😫 2mo
Leftcoastzen 🤦‍♀️ 2mo
TrishB This one always drives me bonkers! @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks it‘s E for envelope 😁 2mo
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LeahBergen @TrishB That‘s how I learned it, too. 😆 2mo
TrishB @LeahBergen I can still hear my teacher 😁 2mo
sisilia @Trish @LeahBergen @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks That‘s an excellent way to fix the confusion 👍🏻😄 2mo
Reggie @TrishB I had never heard that!! We got two s‘s in dessert stand for sweet strawberries. Not desert which is not sweet at all. Lol 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @TrishB thank you!! I‘ll remember that!! 2mo
sisilia @Reggie Sweet 🍓That‘s wonderful! 😄 2mo
TrishB @Reggie that‘s a good one 👍🏻 2mo
TrishB @sisilia @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks works for me 👍🏻 2mo
Liz_M @Reggie I got it as dessert has more "s-es" because you want more ?????? 2mo
Leftcoastzen That always drives me nuts ! 1mo
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Theaelizabet
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BarbaraBB Maybe it‘s for the best I don‘t live in the US 😂 2mo
batsy @BarbaraBB Hahaha, I was just thinking the same 😆 2mo
LeahBergen Damn! Too bad (or not?) that I live in Canada. 😆 2mo
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vivastory
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Thanks to @Leftcoastzen for co-hosting in November. I want to thank everyone in the group. Yesterday was yet another great discussion, our group had a lot to talk about & I finished with an even deeper appreciation of Moore's novel.
Up next is Dorothy Hughes' "Expendable Man". I'm looking forward to co-hosting with fellow #1001books reader @Liz_M
I can't wait to see what books you nominate @merelybookish
#NYRBBookClub

Suet624 Just ordered my copy yesterday! The discussion yesterday was 👍👍🤓🤓😍😍 2mo
vivastory @Suet624 I'm not going to lie, our discussions are really special. Always respectful, I always come away with new insights & perspectives. They've become one of my favorite bookish moments of the month 2mo
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merelybookish Oooh I'm excited! Will try to have selections ready in the next few days. 2mo
Leftcoastzen Thanks to you for your coordination of the book club , love all the books, love all the discussions! 2mo
GatheringBooks looking forward to the discussion for this one! finished reading it a few weeks back and can‘t wait to read everyone‘s thoughts. 2mo
LeahBergen Yesterday‘s discussion was fantastic (as usual). I‘m really looking forward to this one! 👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
BarbaraBB I really love our discussions and our book choices! I have already read this one but am sure we‘ll have another great discussion about it. 2mo
vivastory @BarbaraBB I don't remember if I asked, but have you read 2mo
vivastory @BarbaraBB I loved it 2mo
BarbaraBB You haven‘t asked and I haven‘t read it but I am stacking immediately! 2mo
vivastory @BarbaraBB I thought it was brilliant feminist noir 2mo
saresmoore Yes, looking forward to this and I also really appreciated the discussion on Judith! 2mo
batsy I love how @Leftcoastzen put it about our discussions, that everyone is empathetic to the human condition ❤️ It's the best. I'm really looking forward to this one; she's been on my list of authors to check out. 2mo
youneverarrived It was a great discussion and what a memorable book. I‘m going to order this one in a bit 😁 2mo
JenniferP When is the discussion for this? I'm new to following along and not sure how it works, but I want to see if I can fit this book in before you all discuss. @Liz_M 1mo
Liz_M @JenniferP Usually the last weekend in the month. Scott and i need to confirm the date/time. 1mo
vivastory @Liz_M I sent you a message on Goodreads about it today. I'm open for either this weekend or the final weekend. 1mo
JenniferP @Liz_M thank you! 1mo
Suet624 I‘m a bit behind on this one with all the holiday hoo-haw and impeachment hearings. I was actually wondering if others were too. The last Saturday would be better for me if possible. 1mo
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sisilia
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The book matches the flask 😂

Starting this for Dec #nyrbbookclub 🥰

Nute I want a yellow Hydro Flask!💛🍋🌼 2mo
vivastory I'm really looking forward to reading this one, I loved 2mo
sisilia @Nute The best color! Impossible to be out of sight 😂 2mo
sisilia This is my first Hughes @vivastory and I‘m curious 😃 2mo
batsy I love the matchy-matchy 😆💛 2mo
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vivastory
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All the votes are in & Hughes' "Expendable Man" barely wins, with 2 more votes than Modiano's "In the Cafe of Lost Youth". I loved "In a Lonely Place" & I'm looking forward to reading this one. Join fellow 1,001 Books enthusiast @Liz_M & myself for the December #NYRBBookClub readalong & monthly discussion.

BarbaraBB I just read this one in the Persephone edition. Such a great book. Just one thing: don‘t google this book! Read nothing about it. Just dive in. That‘ll make it so much better! 3mo
vivastory @BarbaraBB Thanks for the heads-up!! Now that you mention it I see that my edition has an afterword, not a foreword, by Mosley. Usually indicates some sort of twist. 3mo
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Aimeesue @BarbaraBB I'm glad you mentioned the Persephone edition - I'd just checked my NYRBs and didn't have it, but I do have the Persephone! I would have missed it. 😋 (edited) 3mo
LeahBergen Yay!! 👏🏻👏🏻 And thanks for the heads up, @BarbaraBB ! 3mo
Liz_M ~happy dance~ I was hoping his one would win! 🤗 3mo
MicheleinPhilly 🎉 I actually have this one already and haven‘t read it! Need to get my butt back in gear as I‘ve been a delinquent clubber. 3mo
emilyhaldi Yay!!! Excited for this one. And as it‘s not already sitting on my shelf I suppose it‘s time for another book order 🤭😜💸 3mo
lele1432 Eek!! I almost picked this for one of my #LMPBC picks! So excited I'll be reading it for this book club!! 3mo
saresmoore Darn, I don‘t own this one yet... Just kidding, obviously. I‘m looking forward to it! 😃 3mo
GatheringBooks perfect! i just borrowed it on overdrive! looking forward to reading it!!! 3mo
vivastory @Liz_M I'm really looking forward to reading it 3mo
vivastory @MicheleinPhilly It happens! I think we've talked about In a Lonely Place? I'm hoping for a similar experience. 3mo
vivastory @emilyhaldi 😄Glad to enable..help 3mo
vivastory @lele1432 Glad you'll be joining us again! 3mo
vivastory @saresmoore 😂I should count my NYRB collection... 3mo
vivastory @GatheringBooks Same here! I loved In a Lonely Place 👍 3mo
sisilia And i still haven‘t read 🙈 (edited) 3mo
batsy Nice! I've always wanted to read this one, too! 3mo
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BarbaraBB
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I knew nothing about this book except that some of my peers here recommend it (looking at you @Liz_M 😀) and that I can‘t resist Persephone. Diving in unprepared is what made this highly suspenseful noir so powerful. I can‘t say too much. Just read it. And don‘t read reviews on forehand. Dorothy Hughes made me feel how the main character must have felt. Impressive!

#ReadIngUSA2019 #Arizona
(Pic: San Francisco)

MicheleinPhilly Pretty sure I have the NYRB version of this! 7mo
Leftcoastzen I‘d rather be in Alamo square than in Arizona where it‘s going to be be about 50 degrees hotter than SF. (edited) 7mo
BarbaraBB @MicheleinPhilly Yes! There is a NYRB as well as a Persephone edition! 7mo
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BarbaraBB @Leftcoastzen Sharp eye! Temperature here is perfect 😘 7mo
Leftcoastzen I am ex Bay Area person ,Az is too hot.Enjoy your trip! 7mo
Liz_M I am so glad you loved it as much as i do! I thought Hughes wrote a most excellent set up. 😍 7mo
Tamra I just read the first sentence of the blurb and I‘m sold! 7mo
Librarybelle 👍 7mo
BarbaraBB @Tamra I am sure you‘ll love it! 7mo
ValerieAndBooks Can‘t mistake those SF Victorians 💖. Looking forward to following your trip! 6mo
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Liz_M
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Living in NYC, I have managed to amass 121 #nyrb books, 103 of which are unread. 😁 Pictured are some of my favorites. @vivastory #nyrbbookclub

Billypar Oh wow...I have 2 😂 That must be a gorgeous shelf! 9mo
Billypar Well, *shelves* clearly. Or 'bookcases'. 9mo
Theaelizabet Wow! I have quite a few, but you sure beat me. I loved Troubles and have The Siege of Krishnapur, but have yet to get to it. Same with The Long Ships. (edited) 9mo
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BarbaraBB Unbelievable!! Please share a picture 😍. And I see all of those #1001books published by NYRB. So much more attractive than my editions! 9mo
BarbaraBB And last but not least: an ultimate favorite?! 9mo
vivastory You have made me feel so much better about my unread pile of NYRB! 😄I have The Long Ships, still TBR 😬 Have you read Hughes' In a Lonely Place? I've loved seeing all of the love for Hughes 9mo
arubabookwoman I‘ve only read the 3 on the left, but they‘re among my favorites too. I just bought the 2 volume NYRB edition of Anniversaries, from the 1001 list. I think it was only issued fairly recently by them. 9mo
Liz_M @Billypar It was several shelves, arranged by title so there wasn't too much of one color in one place. At the moment it is 1.5 boxes. I hate moving. 😡 9mo
Liz_M @BarbaraBB I'll have to see if I have a picture of one of the previous arrangements. ☺ 9mo
Liz_M @Theaelizabet 😁 😁 I had to stop visiting Housing Works Used Bookstore because I finally tab out of room for all my nyrb and other books. 9mo
Liz_M @vivastory I haven't read Lonely Place. And glad to help others feel better about their book collections 😁 9mo
Liz_M @arubabookwoman It was released in Oct 2018. I bought an advance copy at the Sept 2018 Brooklyn Book Festival and then cursed myself for lugging around so many heavy books (I also got several volumes of My Struggle) 9mo
batsy What a collection 🙌🏽 9mo
sisilia Wow wow! I‘d, too, keep buying NYRB Classics if I lived in NYC. I own 77 and have read 17 😆 I will be in the city end of this month and will definitely hunt for more 9mo
CafeMom I loved Season of Migration. 9mo
Liz_M @sisilia The Strand will have quite a few nyrb titles for half price,, so bring a list of the ones you most want and try your luck! I actually bought most of mine at Housing Works Used Bookstore & Cafe. The first weekend of every month there is an additional 30% off the already less-than-full-priced books. I would scan the shelves for the distinctive logo on the spin and buy as many as I could! 9mo
Liz_M @batsy I love it. Except now that I am moving (again) and so I curse my collection. 9mo
Liz_M @CafeMom 😀 9mo
sisilia @Liz_M Thanks for the tips!! 9mo
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rabbitprincess
The Expendable Man | Dorothy B. Hughes
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The protagonist drives to Phoenix rather than Tucson, Arizona, but that still fits the metre for #GetBack 😉
#HeyJune

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rabbitprincess
The Expendable Man | Dorothy B. Hughes
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My top 20 for 2017. I read history, books about and featuring and written by amazing women, some great audiobooks, and some surprising mysteries.

Liz_M The Expendable Man is a fantastic read! 2y
rabbitprincess @Liz_M It was so good! Couldn't put it down but had to, in order to catch my breath! 2y
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Oftencantdecide
The Expendable Man | Dorothy B. Hughes
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#BookMail- Since I loved 'In A Lonely Place' so much, I had to get the other novel by Hughes that #NYRB has republished.

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rabbitprincess
The Expendable Man | Dorothy B. Hughes
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Endpaper from the Persephone Books edition of The Expendable Man. I agree with @LeahBergen -- Persephone really knows their stuff endpaper-wise!
#readjanuary

LeahBergen They sure do. 😀 3y
Lacythebookworm 🙌😍 3y
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rabbitprincess
The Expendable Man | Dorothy B. Hughes
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This was so good! A book that you can't put down because you need to find out what happens, but one that you need to put down in order to catch your breath. Hughes is an excellent writer of suspense.

Eyelit One of my favorites! 3y
rabbitprincess @Eyelit Very glad that Persephone Books reprinted it, and that my library chose to stock it! 3y
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For some reason I am astounded to find a Persephone Books edition of a novel at my public library. It's so pretty! Had to borrow it despite it not being on my tbr list 😁

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The Expendable Man | Dorothy B. Hughes
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New York Review of Books is having a summer sale and of course I had to partake. I got the One# the Run Thrillers and World War II in Fiction bundles. Completely opposite sides of the spectrum but 2 of my favorite kinds of books. Not my typical book choices but they all seem interesting so why not expand my reading :-)

MrBook What...what is this now? How do you find these great bookish places? Love this stack. 3y
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