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Manhattan Beach
Manhattan Beach: A Novel | Jennifer Egan
The long-awaited novel from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Visit from the Goon Squad, Manhattan Beach opens in Brooklyn during the Great Depression. Anna Kerrigan, nearly twelve years old, accompanies her father to the house of a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family. Anna observes the uniformed servants, the lavishing of toys on the children, and some secret pact between her father and Dexter Styles. Years later, her father has disappeared and the country is at war. Anna works at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, where women are allowed to hold jobs that had always belonged to men. She becomes the first female diver, the most dangerous and exclusive of occupations, repairing the ships that will help America win the war. She is the sole provider for her mother, a farm girl who had a brief and glamorous career as a Ziegfield folly, and her lovely, severely disabled sister. At a night club, she chances to meet Styles, the man she visited with her father before he vanished, and she begins to understand the complexity of her father’s life, the reasons he might have been murdered. Mesmerizing, hauntingly beautiful, with the pace and atmosphere of a noir thriller and a wealth of detail about organized crime, the merchant marine and the clash of classes in New York, Egan’s first historical novel is a masterpiece, a deft, startling, intimate exploration of a transformative moment in the lives of women and men, America and the world. Manhattan Beach is a magnificent novel by one of the greatest writers of our time.
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Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick
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Mehso-so

This is a slow-moving story that immerses you in the 1930s & WWII era NYC. If you enjoy a book that takes its time setting the scene then you may like this more than I did. The final 1/4 of the book picks up but if I had read this, I might have DNFed it. I like scene setting but a chunk of it felt tedious or redundant. I liked the MCs well enough, but the book would benefit from a firm direction, editing the useless & expanding other areas.

Samplergal Agreed with improved editing. 3w
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VictoriaB
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Mehso-so

The last 100 pages were the best part, but it was a slog to get there. I thought the diving aspect would be fascinating, but it was a pretty minor part of the book. Some interesting inner conflict with the main character, Anna, and her inability to fit into the expectations of women at the time.

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Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick
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I've been listening to this on my commute to work. I'm 1/4 through and wondering if I should continue. It is unabridged and my mind starts wandering, wondering when we get to the good stuff. So much of this feels pointless to the plot. Also, there are 3 people performing this and none have distinct enough voices for the dialogue they're reading. The female has a weird cadence during the dialogue. Is it worth continuing?

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Lindsay.Butier
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Panpan

This was the most disappointing book I have read in a long time. Easily Egan could have stopped after 100 pages and wrapped it up. Easily forgettable don‘t recommend wasting your time.

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Minervasbutler
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On the surface much more traditional than Goon Squad- an historical novel set in the late 1930s and war years - though she again plays all sorts of games with narrative structure, weaving 3 distinct stories together. It's part "woman's struggle in a man's world" and part "organised crime on the waterfront" and I guess it succeeds or fails depending on whether you buy into the fortunes of Anna and her father Eddie or not. I enjoyed it a lot.

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karajay
Manhattan Beach: A Novel | Jennifer Egan
Mehso-so

⭐⭐ I don't know. I didn't love it. I didn't hate it. 2.5 stars

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karajay
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1. Brunch at a jazz club and now cuddled up on my couch with the tagged book. 🎷🥂
2. Not yet!
3. Yellow 💛
4. Japan
5. My old place flooded and ruined some of my books.
#premondayvibes @pepsicola

JazzFeathers Nooooooo! Losing some books that way must be hard. 3mo
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karajay
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Starting this one with my cute reading buddy

CouronneDhiver Very cute reading buddy! 3mo
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LaLove
Manhattan Beach: A Novel | Jennifer Egan
Panpan

About 2x too long. And not that interesting of a story.

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Tereses
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This was a first read from this writer for me. Loved it, great plot and intriguing characters. My first visit to New York was late last year which deepened my appreciation of the places and references to events from the era such as Tammany Hall, actress Marion Davies, and The Follies. Another interesting snippet for me was the allusion to a real life story fictionalised in The Paris Seamstress. Love how my reading life builds these crossovers.

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My Barnes and Noble finds from yesterday! It was my birthday yesterday so I took myself on a book & coffee date. Found these in the $5 bin! Woo!
Has anyone read these? What did you think?

Reviewsbylola Happy birthday! This is a good one! 4mo
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collegecatlady
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Such a good #bookhaul! Brand new stack from Ollie‘s for $17 👌🏻

JoScho Love Ollie‘s for books! 4mo
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BloominChick
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In a nutshell and a half: Two of my brothers-in-law passed away in November, one at the beginning of the month, the other at the end. December and much of January are a blur. New phone lead to me locking myself out of LITSY (amongst other things). The Marine (hubbs) and I spent most of February sick and now round 3 is upon us. Climbed out of a reading slump. Now another brother in law isn‘t well. It‘s just too much 💔 too soon for one family.

BloominChick Currently reading Manhattan Beach for this month‘s breakfast bookclub! 4mo
saguarosally May things look up soon and your family be safe in this time. 4mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Ohmigosh. Sending you and yours lots of virtual hugs! 4mo
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Samplergal
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Mehso-so

3 🌟. It never clicked with me. I picked this up four different times and this time I plowed ahead. The writing was fine, it just needed some editing. I think it would have been a better book at 100 pages less. #mounttbr

j9brown Same! I wanted to like this one a lot more than I did. Still pretty good, but I was a little bummed! 5mo
Clare-Dragonfly Four times! You are persistent! 5mo
Samplergal @Clare-Dragonfly It was staring at me, right across from my bed. Saw it every night for a year. I‘m a non-DNF kind of gal. 😳 5mo
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Samplergal
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Tagged Book: starting with M #bookishbingo

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BookClubMom
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I loved this book! And I plan to gush about it at my book club tomorrow night! 😀📚😀🧡

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jenniferajanes Welcome to Litsy!🎉📚 5mo
BookClubMom @jenniferajanes thank you! 😀📚 5mo
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Jolynne
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Pickpick

Life and love in tough times.

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AmberWB
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@CoffeeNBooks !!! Thank you so much for the birthday book! I am feeling very spoiled this week. ☺️☺️🥰🥰

CoffeeNBooks Glad it got there! Happy Birthday to my February 9th birthday twin! 🎂 5mo
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Katenessa
Manhattan Beach: A Novel | Jennifer Egan
Pickpick

This book transported me. While dense at first, once the story picked up it pulled me in big time. Beautifully written and a gripping story. Loved the historical aspect as well.

Drocchio03 I took it out from the library this weekend per you high recommendation a while back! 😀 6mo
BookwormAHN Welcome to Litsy 😺 3mo
jpmcwisemorgan Welcome to Litsy!!! 3mo
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Smrloomis Welcome! 🥳 3mo
ProfReader Welcome to Litsy!!! ❤️🧡🧡💛💙 3mo
rretzler Welcome to Litsy! 3mo
TheLibrarian Welcome to Litsy!! 3mo
jenniferajanes Welcome to Litsy! 🎉📚 3mo
PurpleyPumpkin Welcome to Litsy! It‘s a great community and I hope you enjoy it here. 😉👍🏽 3mo
MrBook Great book! Welcome to the #LitsyFamily! 3mo
RaimeyGallant Nice review! And a belated welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. 3mo
Chelleo Welcome! 3mo
DebinHawaii Welcome to Litsy!! 🎉📚🎉Hope you enjoy it here! 3mo
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Cinfhen
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#MoreMehThanYeah Glad I knocked another #BOTM off my TBR ( this one was bought Oct 2017)!!!! Set during WWII, Anna works at the Brooklyn Naval Yard, as a diver repairing ships. Having an affinity to water this job suits her needs. A chance encounter with a mobster awakens another passion in Anna, the quest to learn the disappearance of her father who moonlighted for a crime family years before. This was an ok story but it took forever.

TrishB I have it on tbr but have never been drawn to it. Maybe after the apocalypse.... 6mo
Cinfhen It can marinate for a VERY LONG time @TrishB 😬😔😝 6mo
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Cathythoughts I brought it ( Manhattan Beach) as a physical book on our trip ( as my v expensive Oasis kindle has practically NO battery life 😡) (edited) 6mo
Cathythoughts Sorry text went ... anyway started Tagged book .... not really engaging me at all ... no not feeling it really ... & I‘d heard good enough reports . 6mo
Cinfhen I‘m sorry about your new Kindle, that‘s really frustrating 🥵I thought this book started out pretty good but by the middle I was losing interest. I thought the last 60 pages had a good amount of plot/action to save this sinking ship!!! It wasn‘t really captivating or gripping though. @Cathythoughts 6mo
readordierachel I bailed on this one 🙈. It felt to me like several different stories squished together. 6mo
Cinfhen I get that @readordierachel I‘m not sure Jennifer Egan knows what type of writer she wants to be. Because A Visit From the Goon Squad was soooooo different than this one. 6mo
Reviewsbylola Yup I felt similarly. It was just a little too slow for me. 6mo
Reviewsbylola Apparently I was feeling generous though because I gave it a pick. 😂 6mo
Owlizabeth @readordierachel I bailed too! I wanted a story about a woman diver and this was not that. 6mo
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Cinfhen
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#Booked2019 🗽🏖 🎯🛒🛍📚NYC, the beach, Target, TJ‘s and any bookstore all qualify as my #HappyPlace
I know this book was universally disliked , but at 100 pages in, I‘m enjoying 🤷🏼‍♀️Hoping to find this on #audio so I can take it on the go...need to do some #LitsyWalking #LitsyWalkers 🎧👟🌤🥾

BookBabe Hmmm...I loved it. 🤷🏻‍♀️ (edited) 6mo
Chrissyreadit I‘m curious- look forward to your opinion on it. 6mo
Mitch I enjoyed it! It wasn‘t my favourite book of 2018, but it‘s one that has scenes that I still replay in my head. (edited) 6mo
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Cinfhen Yay @BookBabe I‘m happy to know U loved it🙌🏻💕💕why are you not asleep!!!???!! 6mo
Cinfhen And glad to hear you‘re not a hater either @Mitch I‘ll keep u posted @Chrissyreadit 6mo
LauraBeth I know a lot of folks who really enjoyed this one! 6mo
Cinfhen Oh, good!! I‘ve only seen bails and negative reviews @LauraBeth 6mo
charl08 A fan here too: it was just different to her breakthrough book I think. 6mo
Thousand-Lives I loved this book! Hope it works for you also. 😊 6mo
Tex2Flo For me, this one kept ALMOST GETTING THERE and never quite doing that. I had high hopes after her first, but I‘m not giving up on Egan. Still feel she is a talented writer. 6mo
Cinfhen I can see what you mean @Tex2Flo but so far it‘s holding my attention @Thousand-Lives @charl08 so glad to see it was pick for you guys 🤩 6mo
Gaylagal2 The history and characters are awesome reading 🤓 6mo
BookClubMom This is my book club‘s choice for February - just got my copy at the library! 6mo
emilyhaldi I loved this book!!! It's a slow burn but I couldn't put it down. So beautifully written. 6mo
TrishB Had this on the tbr a while! 6mo
Reviewsbylola This was a bit slower for me but I found it fascinating. 6mo
Cinfhen I‘m soooo happy to see all these likes @Reviewsbylola @emilyhaldi @TrishB @BookClubMom @Gaylagal2 it is a slow read though but I‘m enjoying the setting & time plus I have a thing for NY gangsters 😜 6mo
Cathythoughts Yes I have this one too & will give it a read at some stage 👍🏻♥️ 6mo
Kaye ⭐️ 6mo
BookClubMom I think I‘d better start it soon so I‘m sure to finish it in time! 😀 6mo
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MidnightBookGirl
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So I run 2 book clubs for the bookstore and help with a 3rd. The Midnight Book Club is my personal book club though. I was supposed to read the tag book... but I dropped the ball, and because we are all friends, I knew a bunch of the members hadn't liked it or DNFed it... but at least we'll have a great dinner and lots of laughs tonight!

Tamra Nothing wrong with that! 6mo
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KOTK
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Genuinely surprised at the mixed reviews. A beautiful vignette into life in second world war. Lead is brilliant and you get a feel for the modern woman arising from WW2 in the US. Prose is great and I found myself interested in all the characters. It does feel scrunched together a bit at the end but not in a way that detracts. If rest of 2019 in reading is as good as this I will be very happy

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SitsWithaBook
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Bailedbailed

A book club choice I bailed on. #2018

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Macnjen
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Mehso-so

Audiobook. Pretty good narration, and the story is pretty good as well though there were a few superfluous characters scattered in the story. A few holes in the story made it just OK but still an interesting premise.

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Eggbeater
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Finished my second book for #24B42019 . It was really well written. The descriptions naturally flow and you feel each character's emotions. I couldn't help but want the world for both Lydia and Anna. The details about the naval ships bored me a little because no author can make ships interesting to me (think Moby Dick, snore), but I loved the story and was captivated by this gutsy World War II female diver.
 @TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65

Andrew65 Sounds a great book. Well done. 😊👍 7mo
MrBook Great review! 6mo
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monalyisha
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I‘d never read anything by Jennifer Egan & I‘ve heard from basically everyone that this is her weakest. While it certainly doesn‘t count among my favorites this year, I liked it more than I expected to. As a “Moby Dick” fan, I‘m predisposed to melancholy, contemplative stories of ships & the sea. I didn‘t care about every character & I wasn‘t invested in every sentence or paragraph but I liked Egan‘s writing enough to want to read more by her.

SomedayAlmost I also liked it. My book group did not, alas. 7mo
monalyisha @SomedayAlmost I found it difficult to get into Eddie‘s story, & all of the politics between Dunny, Dexter, Mr. Q, & the Syndicate were not something I cared about. But I liked Anna, & her passionate/caged heart, & quiet ambition. (edited) 7mo
Cinfhen This is my #HappyPlace choice for #Booked2019 I love NYC and the beach 🗽🏖 7mo
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monalyisha @Cinfhen Ha! I love that. It‘s an ironic choice. “Happy” is not a dominant emotion in the book. 😆 (edited) 7mo
Cinfhen Hahahahaha, so I‘ve been told...I‘m actually worried I might bail. I‘ve had this book for over a year and every time I go to read it I lose interest very quickly 7mo
JillR I‘m glad this was a pick for you, I felt similarly, I was pleasantly surprised by it and definitely want to read more of her books given people say this isn‘t her best :) 7mo
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Eggbeater
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Wrapping up Day 2 of the #24B42019 #readathon trying to read with this snuggle bug on my chest. 14 hours down so far! 🙌 I think I can do this.

@TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65

Really enjoying my book club pick, Mannhattan Beach. I really care about what happens to the MC.

#dogsoflitsy #pitbullsoflitsy #petsoflitsty @kaye

Scurvygirl What a face...💚 7mo
DGRachel Your baby has similar markings to mine, only the dark patch is over the opposite eye! 😍😍 7mo
CoffeeNBooks Precious! 7mo
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TheReadingMermaid I know you can do this girl I believe in you!!!👍🏻 7mo
Andrew65 Brilliant. Well done 🙌 You got this. 😊 (edited) 7mo
monalyisha I just finished this, too! I did care about Anna! I cared less about Eddie. (edited) 7mo
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monalyisha
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“Oh hey, Ma. Whatcha readin‘? Can I eat it?”

Someone‘s awoken from her slumber & is ready to cause some general mayhem & destruction. 😈🐰

BookishMarginalia Adorable! 7mo
Gezemice Bunny! 🐰🐰🐰😍😍😍 #bunniesoflitsy 7mo
AnansiGirl She‘s an adorable bun!🐰 7mo
rabbitprincess I literally just said "Aww, hewwo!" out loud to my iPad on seeing this picture ?♥️? What a cutie! 6mo
monalyisha @rabbitprincess It can‘t be helped! She‘s too much to handle quietly! I totally get it. 😅😆 6mo
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monalyisha
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I‘ve got book club tomorrow & I‘m not even halfway done with the book. 🤦‍♀️ Thankfully, I‘ve got lots of time for reading (& bunny-petting) today.

Wish me luck! 🤞🏻

jenniferajanes Good luck! 7mo
Carolyn11215 Ohhh...buns! I love them!!! One of the best pets I ever had was a white bunny! I wear a carved turquoise bunny around my neck almost every day! 7mo
monalyisha @Carolyn11215 They‘re the best! The way you have to earn their trust really creates a pretty deep bond. I love the sound of your necklace! I have quite a bit of lagomorph paraphernalia, as well. 😉 It‘s definitely a challenge to have even one pet rabbit and not start collecting/not instantly become a crazy bunny lady. 😅 (edited) 7mo
Carolyn11215 I jokingly say that sloths are my spirit animal, but really I think rabbits are. I‘ve been drawn to them forever. 7mo
monalyisha @Carolyn11215 I think we might be the same person. 7mo
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Eggbeater
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Completed my first 24 hours of the #24B42019 #readathon. So far I've read for 6 hours and 15 minutes. I would have read more but my husband keeps interrupting me with important questions like "Should we subscribe to Hulu?" He does not get what I am doing. ?
The tagged book is not fast paced so far, but the story really flows. I am enjoying the writing style. I am having a good time.

@TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65

Gissy He was asking you important questions...so funny! ☺️ 7mo
Andrew65 A brilliant first day 🙌👏 7mo
TheReadingMermaid That's awesome hon! Great job! 👍🏻 7mo
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MrsMalaprop
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Set in 1920s and 30s New York with a strong female protagonist, this was a satisfying novel that I found myself thinking about when I wasn‘t reading it.

It was a much more straightforward and traditional style than the only other novel of hers I‘ve read, A Visit From The Goon Squad.

I didn‘t really buy the love/lust story between Anna and X (don‘t want to spoil for those that might be planning to read it), but overall it was an enjoyable read.

Jeg Seems I have read her other book but guess what —- I cant remember it!! 😊🙃😊🙃 7mo
MrsMalaprop @jeg 😂 7mo
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TamAnder
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Congratulations for being one of the most checked out reads in New York Public Library system, helped along by One Book, One New York reading program. This would make for a good book club selection.

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MrsMalaprop
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#Currentlyreading Such mixed reviews on Litsy. I‘m enjoying it so far.

Cathythoughts I have this one .... looking forward to your thoughts 7mo
TheCuriousHousecat Really keen to read this one. 7mo
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monalyisha
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I didn‘t want to read this book for book club (I wanted to do Goon Squad instead), but I have to admit we‘re off to a good start. 👌🏻🐋📖

MrsMalaprop I‘m about half way through this one and enjoying it so far. Very different to The Goon Squad 🤔. 7mo
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Oracle
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So much potential which it did not achieve for me. Disjointed plot and narrative..threads were developed then just dropped - what happened to everyone? Certainly not the full fledged evocative historical piece it was billed to be. LOVED the Lydia story and the Manhatten Beach scene with her - the highlight. That kept me going, hoping there would be more like that. Lover scene was also excellent/hot! Borderline Pan for me. 😯😬

BookishMarginalia This one was meh for me too. 7mo
monalyisha Ugh. This is my book club‘s choice for this month & I haven‘t started it yet/am not looking forward to it. 7mo
Oracle @monalyisha oh! sorry monalyisha...lots of people seems to have liked it. It does have parts that are magic - find those ! 7mo
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monalyisha I ended up liking it just fine. I did notice that certain characters seemed to have very little point. I didn‘t care about Eddie‘s plot lines very much at all, unfortunately. All of the politics between Dunny/the Syndicate were pretty gosh-darn boring. I agree with your assessment of the story‘s strongest scenes! Another reviewer said she didn‘t buy the love/lust storyline but that was one piece I *could* get down with... so to speak. 😏 7mo
Oracle @monalyisha glad you liked it after all!!. Agree with you just did not care about a lot of the threads. 7mo
Oracle @monalyisha and yes absolutely no issue with the lust storyline for me either 😉 7mo
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Oracle
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My puppy is as over how long it is taking me to get through this book as I am...nearly done. review coming !

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Oracle
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?"...he was also thinking : this is the problem of men and woman , what made the professional harmony he envisaged so difficult to achieve. Men ran the world, and they wanted to f@ck the woman. Men said " Girls are weak" when in fact girls made them weak."?

Freespirit I enjoyed this book 8mo
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SMayWrites
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@melmar it arrived! It will be my entertainment for the next few hours as I sit here at the laundromat 😅
@Joy0201 I'm sending A Gentleman in Moscow your way tomorrow!
@suvata #lmpbc

Melmar @SMayWrites that was quick! Enjoy!! 8mo
SMayWrites @Melmar Thanks! It's good so far! 8mo
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Melmar
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Getting ready to send this baby over to @SMayWrites #lmpbc @suvata

SMayWrites Oh yay! I need to get my book down to the post office too! 8mo
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JackOBotts
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Mehso-so

3/3.5 ⭐️ - Finished this tonight in a dimly lit hotel room...kids sleeping on one side of the room, the hubs and I (silently) existing on the other. 🤷🏻‍♀️ - This felt very different to me from her other books (loved Good Squad). I enjoy historical fiction wholeheartedly, there were elements of this novel that felt unnecessary to the overarching story...continued below...👇🏼

JackOBotts For someone with little knowledge of the 1940s experience, I thought this was a decent portrayal of a female experience during WWII. [Bad news: I didn‘t bring a second book with me, and I‘m away from home till Wednesday! 🤦🏻‍♀️ Truly an accident or a subliminal action to enable unnecessary acquisition of more books?! #youbethejudge] 📚📖📚 8mo
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monalyisha
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Did anyone actually like ”Manhattan Beach”? My book club‘s making me read it next month & all I‘ve seen are tepid (at best) reviews. 😣

I tried to get them to switch it to “A Visit from the Goon Squad” since none of us have read it & it won the Pulitzer...but they just looked at me like, “Stop being so opinionated, jerk!” 🙈

Including a recent photo of some of us & a nice, sentimental “I Love Lucy” meme to show that I actually do like them. 😅

Sills I read half of it😢 8mo
monalyisha @Sills Yep. That‘s basically what I keep hearing. Ugh. 8mo
mdhughes72 I can never get very far into it and I‘ve tried so many times. It‘s on my Audible so I feel obligated to finish it. 8mo
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LaurenReads I liked it 🙋🏻‍♀️ 8mo
Billypar I haven't read it, but can vouch for both Good Squad and The Keep- loved them both! 8mo
monalyisha @Billypar I‘ve heard GREAT things about both of those — which is part of what‘s so frustrating, haha. 8mo
monalyisha @LaurenReads Hooray! Hope! 8mo
JillR Check out my review from a month or two ago; I really liked it! Good luck 👍 8mo
Djspens Lol you sound like me in my book club 😂 I have a lot of good suggestions. Do we ever read them? Nope.... But thanks for the suggestion, I'm going to look into it! And then NOT suggest it for book club 🤣 8mo
monalyisha @Djspens There are 6 of us & we each get to choose 2 books per year — but I‘m *definitely* more into the book community & hip to what‘s out & favorably/unfavorably reviewed than many of them. So I *kind-of* try to influence their choices, too. Sometimes. Maybe. And they don‘t appreciate it. 😆 Okay, okay... I might be a little judgmental & controlling, as a person. I try to tamp it down & then just complain later in a neutral forum. 😅 8mo
Djspens 🤣same 8mo
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amyrohn
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Mehso-so

Finished this one for my first ever book club! I thought the most interesting part of the whole book was the parts about diving, but I was disappointed that it didn't have as big a part in the novel as I was led to believe. Some of the characterization, especially in the second half, I didn't really like, but you can tell how much research Egan did and the writing itself was great. 3/5 stars.

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Manhattan Beach: A Novel | Jennifer Egan

Current audio read and it‘s at a 1.5x, which is faster than usual. Hoping to get sucked into the story a bit more as currently feeling a bit detached. Maybe I should‘ve started with “A Visit from the Goon Squad”??

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Manhattan Beach: A Novel | Jennifer Egan

Last line: Here it comes, she said.

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Manhattan Beach: A Novel | Jennifer Egan

Lust made an idiot of everyone it touched.

Texreader Well that‘s an understatement 8mo
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Manhattan Beach: A Novel | Jennifer Egan

Had Anna ever known of an unmarried girl living alone...whom the children believed was a witch.

(haha oh how the times have changed)

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Manhattan Beach: A Novel | Jennifer Egan

A liner. The Queen Mary, is my guess. They covered up all that fancy woodwork...

(The Queen Mary reference, which is a ship docked in my state)

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Manhattan Beach: A Novel | Jennifer Egan

...so that only her eyes were open...they were open but empty-looking, like the windows of a house no one lived in.

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She felt like Alice in Wonderland, fitting herself through smaller and smaller doors with no idea where they might lead.

(Alice in Wonderland reference!)