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The Bonfire of the Vanities
The Bonfire of the Vanities: A Novel | Tom Wolfe
Vintage Tom Wolfe, the #1 bestseller that will forever define late-twentieth-century New York style. "No one has portrayed New York Society this accurately and devastatingly since Edith Wharton" (The National Review)
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Ange44
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Round 44 #tenatatime TBR

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jenniferw88
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PuddleJumper Ooo nice! 3mo
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jenniferw88
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@PuddleJumper #roll100

Had already read #13, so have picked my #12.

rockpools Enjoy 😊. I‘ve had Every Heart on my TBR for SO many years now… 5mo
BarbaraBB The Wolfe is so so good ❤️ 5mo
PuddleJumper Looks great! 5mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 📚🙌🏻 🔥 1y
Eggs 👏🏻📚👍🏼👌🏼 1y
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TheSpineView
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Eggs Perfect 👌🏼 1y
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Susanita
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This book set in #NewYorkCity has been on my TBR for … a long time. #JulyJourneys

MrsMalaprop This was a favourite years ago when I first read it. 1y
Eggs There‘s nobody like Wolfe! 1y
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TheSpineView
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#Movie2BookRecs @Klou
Prompt: Kaye Winslet

Klou Good job!! 1y
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Leftcoastzen
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Pickpick

When Sherman McCoy keeps calling himself Master of the Universe & with the incredible amount of !!!!!, wasn‘t sure I could take it.It‘s the greed is good 80s & Sherman takes a wrong turn in the Bronx, hits a young man w/ his car.The decisions he makes ,will change his life forever.It is a crafted study of good , bad, & ulterior motives across class,race, & ethnicity .A bit evil & darkly humorous .⬇️ #doublespin

Leftcoastzen Often those who feel they rule the world, have no clue how the world really works. 2y
Ruthiella I loved this book when I first read it in the ‘90s. Good to know it holds up! 2y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
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Leftcoastzen
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Ok , I am going to finish the night reading tagged book , but a baseball break and a cosmopolitan seemed like the right thing to do. 🍸⚾️

MrsMalaprop How I loved this book when I first read it 20-odd years ago. 😍 2y
ValerieAndBooks Read this eons ago — wonder what I‘d think now if I re-read. Your drink looks great 😍 2y
Leftcoastzen @ValerieAndBooks I waited years to read it, I read a lot of Wolfe‘s other books, & found the 80s obnoxious. I think it holds up pretty well. 2y
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Leftcoastzen
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For some reason Nacho doesn‘t want me to read my #doublespin book.😀😹

Soubhiville 😻 Hi Nacho! 2y
TheAromaofBooks Those eyes!!! So gorgeous!! 2y
TheLibrarian So cute! 😻 2y
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Ruthiella Oh Nacho! It‘s a really good book as I recall! Pretty please let your human read it. 😹 2y
Bette Beautiful coloring. ❤️🐱😊 2y
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm Nacho is gorgeous!!! ❤️😍❤️ 2y
Liz_M Nacho is only protecting you from that awful book (not a fan). 2y
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TheEllieMo
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I‘ve used this one before on a photo challenge; let‘s call it recycling!

#Bonfire #Spooktober @Eggs

Eggs Why not?? 🤗👏🏻 3y
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MallenNC
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Going old school for today‘s prompt! Also it is still in the 90s here so there will be no bonfires tonight. #FallisBooked #Bonfire

Reviewsbylola I‘ve had this on my TBR for years! 3y
OriginalCyn620 For sure! Maybe we can have a bonfire in January...😂🔥 3y
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TheEllieMo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🖤🔥🧡 3y
OriginalCyn620 👌🏻🔥🖤 3y
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Ruthiella Loved this book! 3y
OriginalCyn620 I have never read this! Or seen the movie. I think I should read the book! 3y
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ElectricKatyLand
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Hilarious, biting satire that skewers race, class, and society as a whole. Very much a sendup of 1980s New York City, the themes are equally as touchy and poignant in 2019.

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Amoon

I already reviewed this book. Just wanted to list my favorite 10 authors (as of 4/19).
Tom Wolfe, Pat Conroy, Joy Fielding, Lionel Shriver, Daniel Silva, Mariam Keyes, Wally Lamb, Ed McBain aka Evan Hunter, Alexander McCall Smith...honorable mention: Sophie Kinsella

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squirrelbrain
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#moneycitymaniacs
#timbittunes

I haven‘t read this yet, it‘s on my TBR shelf. As the blurb says, it‘s ‘a caustic satire on the money-feverish Eighties‘

And yes we do have the fire on! Despite record-breaking day time temperatures it‘s still freezing overnight...

TrishB We still had the heating on tonight! It‘s all a bit bonkers! 4y
squirrelbrain It is isn‘t it @TrishB ?! My car has been iced up every morning this week 🥶 🥵 4y
Cinfhen I saw the film but haven‘t read the book but it absolutely fits today‘s prompt perfectly!!! Stay warm....spring is almost here 🌷🌻🌹 4y
TheKidUpstairs Perfect fit! 4y
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LMMP
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Great NY book, got caught up in the hubris of it all. A bit too long and rambling at times but that all just added to the chaotic feel. Memorable characters, funny, scathing and honest.

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Sahar
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My book club selected this read...which I started with the best of intentions last night. Since my eyes closed on me, I‘m only 68 pages in, but to be honest, I don‘t know what to make if it yet—which is perfectly fine. So, onward and forward I go, deeper into the vault that contains this story‘s plot...

AmyG I loved this book! 4y
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Pickpick

This was my first Tom Wolfe book. I‘d seen the abysmal movie adaptation in high school and never thought of it again. And then I ran into the book at our Friends of the Library sale. So glad I gave it another go. Really great satire of 80‘s materialism. I‘d love to see someone give this another go as a series.

Mindyrecycles An all time favorite! 4y
Ericalambbrown @Mindyrecycles I‘m so glad I picked it up and gave it a shot! 4y
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vkois88 💜💜💜💜 4y
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Amoon
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This is my favorite novel. I don't know how Tom Wolfe did it, but when you read this book you feel like you're in the car, in the courtroom, hearing the crowds shouting. There even is an expression "A Bonfire of the Vanities experience." I had this experience -it's when you (like the main character) are driving in heavy NY traffic and there are @6 exits ahead. The wrong choice could lead you to a sketchy, deserted neighborhood.

adesr16 One of the best books that I have ever read. 4y
Amoon I think I read it in my 20's, now I'm 63, thinking of reading it again (have never reread a book!) 4y
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“Tom Wolfe, a great artist, got dressed in a suit and tie to write at his typewriter everyday. He wrote as he dressed, with style and precision in equal measure. He was, to use his own phrase, radical chic. Tom Wolfe was 88 years old.” —Brian Williams

RaimeyGallant Nice quote. :) 5y
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Reviewsbylola I‘ve been wanting to read this for years! I finally bought a copy. 5y
BarbaraTheBibliophage And Tom Wolfe passed away today. 😰 5y
Laalaleighh @Reviewsbylola it is really quite Dickensian, if dickens wrote about late 20th century New York instead of 1800‘s London! I‘m enjoying it but had to take a brain break about 300 pages in. Will probably pick it back up tomorrow! (edited) 5y
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Laalaleighh @BarbaraTheBibliophage I know! It‘s so sad! That‘s why I finally took the 700 page plunge! 5y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Laalaleighh How are you liking it so far? It‘s such a time capsule of the 1980s, isn‘t it? 5y
Laalaleighh @BarbaraTheBibliophage I just finished it! I really enjoyed it although I think the ending left me slightly wanting. I know literally nothing about the 80‘s so I can‘t comment on it as a time capsule, but the greater themes at large seemed like it could have been written today with just a few tweaks, I think. 5y
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Samplergal

Rest In Peace. #TomWolfe

Andrew65 Left a great legacy. 😢 5y
Ruthiella Bonfire 🔥 is one of the best books EVER. He was a great talent. 5y
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I never would have read this if it wasn‘t a book club pick, but I ended up loving it! Moral ambiguities abound: power hungry prosecutors, profit driven media, self serving civil rights activists, and entitled aristocrats are all telling versions of the truth about a fatal hit and run in the Bronx, but it is all so, so murky, and therefore compelling. Even with some dated references, it is as relevant today as it was when it was published in 1987.

BibliOphelia An oldie but a goodie! Thanks for the reminder. 😁 5y
Leftcoastzen Love that cover! 5y
Neale I have wanted to read this for ages. 5y
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mklong Go for it @Neale It moves quickly so it really doesn‘t feel like 700 pages. 5y
mklong @Leftcoastzen Me too! It‘s so shiny. 5y
ClairesReads You‘ve inspired me to go for this one 5y
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PagesOfKate
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This isn't exactly a talent of mine but I've given it a go! #spinepoetry
#Riotgrams

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Reviewsbylola
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The rest of my Thrift Books haul arrived today. I‘m much happier with the condition of these, although the sticker ripped the spine of one of my books. 😩 I can get over that though. Now I just have to make room for these on my challenge shelf! #bookhaul

emilyhaldi Omg I did NOT know Bonfire of the Vanities was that long 😱 5y
emilyhaldi Also, not ok with that sticker 😦 5y
BarbaraBB Great haul! Bonfire is so good! It won‘t feel long at all. I also liked Mislaid a lot. 5y
Reviewsbylola I now have to copies of Bonfire, as I didn‘t realize I already owned it. 😂 @emilyhaldi And yeah, pissed off about the sticker but trying to move on. 🤣 5y
Reviewsbylola I‘ve always wanted to read Bonfire. Really looking forward to it! @barbarabb 5y
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Towards the middle, after the accident, I started to get interested and towards the end I can't put the book down. The book is really interesting just started a bit slow for me. If you're going to read it make sure to know or research Wall Street and lawyer terms/words to make reading easy for you.

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xicanti
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I sorted through a ton of papers from my childhood and teenage years today and ditched almost everything. Some of the stuff exists in digital form, some of it's been copied into my current journal, and some of it was too terrible even to recycle. I roasted marshmallows to celebrate letting it all go.

I DID find my first comics script, though, along with a short story that complements it, and I think there may be something to it. So that's good.

readordierachel You wrote a comic script? That's awesome! 5y
xicanti @ReadOrDieRachel it was much better than what I expected from my teenage self, too. 5y
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I read this novel #PublishedInThe1980s for a literature of NYC class during my undergrad. While some of the absurd situations were hilarious, I wasn't the biggest fan of it. I will say this, it felt like The Great Gatsby of the 1980s, perfectly capturing the feel of the decade while it was still going on. #JuneBookBugs

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Loathsome characters, hilarious book! #satire #maybookflowers

MrsMalaprop Loved this book. Read it in my 20s. Wonder whether I'd love it as much now 🤔. 6y
Heidi2 Yeah, same here. Loved it many many moons ago. Wonder if it's worth a re-read... 🤔 6y
ninjypants Tom Wolfe is so great 6y
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Ubookquitous
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#marchintoreading #didntlikeitstillfinishedit at some point I thought, well, maybe the book will be better...NOPE.

zsuzsanna_reads I tried it twice and bailed on it twice. 6y
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Book, cake, tea... and a notebook, that's a good afternoon ! #vendredilecture

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What I'm currently reading.... or rereading for Furiously Happy. #vendredilecture

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BookHermit
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Published at the height of 80s glitz and excess, Bonfire is very much a product of it's time. Still, its scathing and merciless exploration of greed, fame, power, class and race remain as relevant today as during the Regan era. Though certainly not without its blind spots, Bonfire is a highly enjoyable read for mild misanthropes and those who appreciate top notch writing chops. Highly quotable! #LitsyAtoZ #bookclubbing

Oblomov26 Loved Bonfires when I read it years ago 6y
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In this little room full of people he was suffering the pangs of men whose egos lose their virginity--as happens when they overhear for the first time a beautiful woman's undiluted, full-strength opinion of their masculine selves.

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"Cold spots of metal in the small of his back and over his sternum. He had become that loathsome animal the...the...But *loathsome* was only a word, wasn't it? Now that he had actually become that creature, he no longer actually *felt* even a twinge of guilt. Fear had remapped the moral geography very quickly."

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"It was the smile of a boy at his own birthday party, the lad who is both humbled and wondrously elated about the realization that he is in a room full of people who are happy abnormally happy, one might say, to see him alive and in their presence."

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And this was the 80s. I shudder to think what the average teenager on social media deals with on a daily basis.

Hooked_on_books I am so glad I went to high school before social media or cell phones. What a minefield! 6y
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I'm just going to leave this fantastic #literaryhangover here, in case anyone needs to commiserate. 🎉🍺🍸🥂🍾🍷🥃🍶 Hope you all had just the right amount of fun last night. Happy New Year and happy reading in 2017!

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BookHermit
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I think my husband may have been a cat in a past life...#booknerdproblems #tryingtoreadhere

britt_brooke 😂 6y
LeahBergen OMG 😂 6y
Lacythebookworm Hehee 😂 6y
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kgriffith Did he start rubbing against the spine and corners? 😼 6y
BookHermit @GlitterFemme Right after I took this photo 😹 6y
Alfoster Loved this book! 6y
BookHermit @Alfoster I'm quite enjoying it. It's for an IRL book club that manages to meet a whopping once a year 🙄 6y
Alfoster But it must be so interesting now since it's "older" and things have so changed in the financial world! So funny you meet one a year though!? 6y
BookHermit @Alfoster It's fascinating. So much has changed about New York, too. Wolfe'd characters are so terrified of the city, of the Other, of being exposed. Great craft in his descriptions. (edited) 6y
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CherylDeFranceschi
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I loves me some Tom Hanks and I really loves me some Bruce Willis, but this movie totally butchered that book. #ruinedbythemovie #octphotochallenge

LitHousewife They were all babies when they made that film. 6y
she_barks Yes! Oh now I want to read this again. 6y
Kleonard Could not agree more about the film adaptation! 😩 6y
8little_paws I gotta read this book at some point! 6y
CherylDeFranceschi @LitHousewife I know! Look how much hair Bruce has! I used to lurve him so much! 6y
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KirbyH
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Newest acquisition - I can't hardly wait to start in on it.

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MrBook
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A temporary shelf in my library. Can't wait for this room to get done. Priced out the permanent bookshelves and the paint for the walls, and it's a loooot of money to save up *sighs*. I have to read this Wolfe book and give it back to my friend. I've been borrowing it for months 😆.

wanderlustywriter Been on my TBR forever! 6y
Reviewsbylola I love your selection! 6y
LiteraryinLawrence Good luck with the room! Sounds like it'll be awesome when it's done! 6y
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LauraBeth I watched the movie for Bonfire in exchange for reading I Am Charlotte Simmons. That's a Tom Wolfe au lieu de 😀 6y
KimHM The Didion, Delillo, and Faulkner are three of my all-time favorites! 6y
Lizpixie I feel your pain! I was lucky my hubby is a builder and knows lots of suppliers as well, so it only cost us cost price on the wood and paint, my mother-in-law made the curtains and cushions, my neighbour gave me his decades old leather footstool, we got my recliner for 40 bucks on eBay and the rug was 50 bucks on a sales website. Then the whole family pitched in to do the actual building shelves & painting. 6y
TheLondonBookworm I'm so jealous of all your beautiful bookish homes- oh the pain of renting and not being able to put up bookshelves! 😂 6y
Cupofjo I hear you!! I'm feeling the same way, my husbands building my shelves and remodeling the whole room; it's hard to be patient!! 6y
Cupofjo @TheLondonBookworm I've rented for 20years. I'm finally in a home I own and loving the idea of building a library! It was well worth the wait and I'll be so excited when I can unpack all my boxes of books! 6y
TheLondonBookworm @Cupofjo That sounds amazing! I won't give up hope of my own library yet then ;) 6y
MrBook @wanderlustywriter Mine too 😊👍🏻! @Reviewsbylola Thank you! @LiteraryinLititz Thank you, I hope so! @LauraBeth Nice 😃! @KimHM Just wait until I show you all my shelves 😉👍🏻, lol. @Lizpixie Oooooh! I would LOVE to see a pic of your library 😁!!! @TheLondonBookworm I agree with @Cupofjo--kindred patience sufferers, lol--that you should keep the faith! It can definitely happen! 6y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled We IKEA-hacked some built-ins for our living room and saved a lot of $. There are whole web sites devoted to this! (Just don't put a nail through the main pipeline in the house, like we did.) 6y
ImaginativeMom That DeLillo is my fave of his! 6y
Abailliekaras Great book! Good luck with the library. It's so worth it. 6y
LeahBergen I have The Winter Family but haven't got to it yet. Have you read it? 6y
Zelma I can commiserate. I really want shelves in my guest room but no budget for it. Plus I've been borrowing City on Fire from a friend for months and still haven't read it. I really need to just return it. 6y
MrBook @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled.com 😂, and thank you for the recs, much appreciated! @ImaginativeMom Oooh, nice! I'm thinking about making it a future book club selection for one of my groups! @Abailliekaras Thank you! 😊 @LeahBergen Not yet! What do you say you and I set a long-distance appointment to read it simultaneously? 😊 @Zelma You and I have a lot in common 😂😊👍🏻! 6y
flyfarther79 When I finally buy a place & get out of a rental, I'm so buying shelves. 6y
MrBook @flyfarther79 Make sure you put up photos for us! 😊 6y
ImaginativeMom @MrBook I first read it at 16 and enjoyed it. I've reread it every couple years and it just gets better and better with more life experience. 6y
MrBook @ImaginativeMom Wow! Do you like his other books as well? 6y
ImaginativeMom @MrBook I do! I certainly haven't read them all, but of the ones I've read, I think Falling Man and Cosmopolis are my favorites. After White Noise, of course! 6y
LeahBergen A simultaneous reading sounds great! 6y
MrBook @LeahBergen Superb! Now we have to figure out when, lol. Any thoughts? 6y
kspenmoll Noticed your Joan Didion book. Loved The Year of Magical Thinking. 6y
MrBook @kspenmoll 😁👍🏻 6y
LeahBergen Oh, man! With the size of my TBR shelves? I think we should let the other one know whenever one of us spontaneously picks it up to read?! 😂 You think? 6y
MrBook 😂👍🏻 Sounds good to me! 6y
LibrarianJen I'm worried about the cost of my library too, especially since my husband wants to put a pool table in it instead of a formal dining table! Post pics as it comes along so we can see the progress 😊 6y
MrBook Lol, will do @LibrarianJen ! 😊 6y
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DVGessner
Mehso-so

I'm not sure why I was supposed to love this book so much. There weren't enough 80s references to make it nostalgic and so much of the story seemed like needless filler. I did think the ending was great, but that was about it. Glad I read an "iconic" book but wouldn't recommend.

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Pickpick

Great book that everyone should read. Totally 1980s, yet somehow it still seems so relevant to me.

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