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The Largesse of the Sea Maiden
The Largesse of the Sea Maiden: Stories | Denis Johnson
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Twenty-five years after Jesus Son, a haunting new collection of short stories on aging, mortality, and transcendence, from National Book Award winner and two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Denis Johnson The Largesse of the Sea Maiden is the long-awaited new story collection from Denis Johnson. It follows the groundbreaking, highly acclaimed Jesus Son. Written in the same luminous prose, this collection finds Johnson in new territory, contemplating old age, mortality, the ghosts of the past, and the elusive and unexpected ways the mysteries of the universe assert themselves. Finished shortly before Johnsons death in May 2017, this collection is the last word from a writer whose work will live on for many years to come. Praise for Denis Johnson Denis Johnson was the best American writer of the past twenty-five years.New Republic He was the kind of writer who comes along once in a generation, if that often: a true original, in the same league as Melville and Whitman.n+1 A true American artist . . . a revelator for this still new century.The New York Times The God I want to believe in has a voice and a sense of humor like Denis Johnsons.Jonathan Franzen Nobody wrote with more brutality and mercy, more hilarity and grace. What a genius he was.Elizabeth McCracken Our most poetic American short-story writer since Hemingway.George Saunders Prose of amazing power and stylishness.Philip Roth When Denis Johnson is justly praised for his voice, I always think, just the one? He has an eerie symphony at his command.Karen Russell His prose tiptoes a tightrope between peace and calamity.Anthony Doerr His lonely spaces and stunned lives have a hair-trigger fascination that is American to the core.Don DeLillo Denis Johnson was and is, without question, significant and great.Michael Cunningham
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Chris
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Picked this back up. Not sure why I put it down.

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RiaWritten
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Mehso-so

I loved a lot of the language in this but I couldn't identify with much of any of it. I did enjoy it though.

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razmanda
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Backyard bliss.

KristenDuck Love the hammock! 7mo
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Pricel101
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More short stories today! ☀️📖 the first sunny day in weeks and Tucker is saying “when is our walk time!?” 🐾

#litsywalkers #dogsoflitsy #shortstories

Freespirit Gorgeous doggy😊 8mo
Pricel101 Thank you @Freespirit ☺️ he‘s my favorite reading buddy! 8mo
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Liberty
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I have read and loved this book, but I had to get this edition as well because the cover is 🔥🔥🔥. And it‘s on the inside covers too! (I once asked the editor of a famous magazine that published Johnson‘s stories what it was like to edit his work, and she said, “Oh, honey. No one *edits* Denis Johnson.”)📚❤️📚

quietjenn I couldn't live this post more 💜💜💜 9mo
saresmoore I am so glad I read a library copy first because THIS is the cover I want to own. 9mo
LauraJ Good story. 9mo
ampersunder Such a great cover, and an excellent book!! (edited) 9mo
MusicallyMorgan Fantastic book, but the cover of the version I read wasn‘t nearly as fantastic as this one! 9mo
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Sweettartlaura
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Panpan

Definitely not for me.
Didn‘t like the first story at all.
Had hope for the second, but it spun out quickly.
And nothing really worked after that.

#marchmadness @JenP

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mklong
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Mehso-so

This is my first Denis Johnson and I‘m guessing this may not be the best place to start. There is some undeniably gorgeous writing here, but I had a hard time caring about any of it. Somehow it felt as though there was a wall between these characters and me.

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TheLibrarian
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Panpan

Unpopular opinion: The writing was good but I just found myself bored and not connecting with/caring for the characters.

Another attempt at reading short stories, which apparently isn‘t for me.

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I think short stories aren‘t my jam either (unless it‘s Ray Bradbury 😁). I keep trying and keep having the same opinion. 12mo
TheLibrarian @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Glad I‘m not the only one! 12mo
janeycanuck @TheLibrarian @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled They aren‘t for me, either. I‘ve given up entirely now. 12mo
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cobwebmoth
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I enjoyed this collection more than I thought I would. There were things that I appreciated about each of the stories. Triumph Over the Grave completely wrecked me. But Doppelganger, Poltergeist was my favorite.

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cobwebmoth
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Isn't that the truth?

TK421 Sure is. 13mo
vivastory Yes indeed. 13mo
Trashcanman How are you, truly? 10mo
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cobwebmoth @Trashcanman I'm tired. Physically and emotionally. I try to be strong, but I'm so broken. 10mo
Trashcanman @cobwebmoth It's hard putting on that mask every day. It wears one out. It grinds one down. 10mo
cobwebmoth @Trashcanman Yes, it does. 10mo
Trashcanman @cobwebmoth I don't mean to bother you, or make you uncomfortable. I respect you. I hope you have a kind day tomorrow 10mo
cobwebmoth @Trashcanman You're not bothering me, or making me uncomfortable. It's nice to be honest with someone. I just hope I'm not too much of a downer. 10mo
Trashcanman @cobwebmoth no, not at all. I can't remember the last time I looked down I'm in a hole 10mo
Trashcanman I've been looking up for years. 10mo
cobwebmoth @Trashcanman 💔 I understand. I hope I haven't been too stalkery lately on your posts. I just don't want you to feel alone or forgotten. I know what that feels like. 10mo
Trashcanman @cobwebmoth no, I haven't thought that at all. Not for a second. I appreciate that. Truly. I just don't know what to do. The future is frightening. 10mo
cobwebmoth @Trashcanman I can't think much past the week I'm in or I get too overwhelmed. It's hard not to just shut down. Thank you so much for asking how I'm really doing. It means more than you know. 10mo
Trashcanman @cobwebmoth How's life in Ohio? 10mo
Trashcanman And don't mention it 10mo
cobwebmoth @Trashcanman it's finally starting to warm up, so life in Ohio is a little more bearable. It's fairly boring here, though. Lots of farmland, not a whole lot to see and do. 10mo
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Waynegjr
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Top 10 of 2018

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I‘m gonna miss Denis Johnson so. damn. much.

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ClairesReads
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The Largesse of the Sea Maiden is a collection of meditative stories. Each is an examination of mortality and fate, that questions what we do with our lives, and how does our use of this time matter, how do our connections with others change ourselves, and can we escape our circumstantial fate? Was this collection perfectly balanced? No. Was it a wonderful reading experience? Of course. Strangler Bob was a real stand out.

readordierachel That one stood out to me too 👍🏽 1y
ClairesReads @readordierachel it was great wasn‘t it! 1y
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ClairesReads
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Great writing in this collection

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ClairesReads
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TOO MUCH DENIS 😭😫

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ClairesReads
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Stunning writing- so sad this is the last Johnson

Redheadrambles I like that quote ! 1y
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ClairesReads
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Back on the #readharder2018 buzz with this for ‘a book published posthumously‘ so good to be back!

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AMVP
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Feel I prefer this collection to that other of Johnson's I've read. Some really fantastic writing, not a dud story in the bunch, and each of them easily managed in a single sitting. Will look to pick up a copy to own when I next get the chance.

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AMVP
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One of 3 books I'm right on the cusp of finishing, so I won't post anything too specific. Just that this full passage was so nicely composed as to be worth sharing.

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mariaku21
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Nick Offerman, Michael Shannon, Dermot Mulroney, Will Patton, and Liev Schreiber bring a fantastic addition of depth and emotion to these 5 short stories

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Avidreader25
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Mehso-so

This short story collection felt incredibly masculine to me. It reminded me of Richard Russo's work, though I prefer his style. Pieces of each story, an amputee's leg, an Elvis conspiracy theorist, & a phone conversation with an ex-wife, all stuck with me, but the details of the stories blend together.

“I note that I've lived longer in the past now, than I can expect to live in the future. I have more to remember than I have to look forward to.”

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Redheadrambles
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⭐️⭐️1/2

Objectively, I can see this is quite "literary" and original writing. There are great lines of dialog, a thoughtful contemplation of mortality. But it was like a literary version of jazz, all weird dissonances and long improvised rifts taking us miles from the original path. I might have enjoyed that eclectic style if I could have rustled up some bond with just one of Johnson's characters but curiously I felt quite removed from them all.

Redheadrambles #readharder2018 Published posthumously 2y
ClairesReads Oh dear I‘m a bit nervous about this too 2y
Redheadrambles @ClairesReads I don‘t know .... I feel you might be more generous and that it might be better approached as read in a few sittings knowing it‘s going to be sort of eclectic. I thought it was going to be different somehow... 2y
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Redwritinghood @Redheadrambles @ClairesReads I really liked it. Johnson‘s writing style can feel a bit rapid-fire, but there is a lot of emotion underneath. 2y
Redheadrambles @Redwritinghood yes absolutely it was quite an emotional read in terms of his contemplation of mortality. 2y
ClairesReads @Redwritinghood I feel somewhat reassured thanks! 🙏🏻 2y
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Bookmarkie
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Bus commute audiobook. This is some lineup of narrators on this one.

Bookmarkie Oh and Liev Schreiber 2y
sprainedbrain What an awesome narrator lineup! 2y
mariaku21 I'm going have to find this just for that cast 2y
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Hooked_on_books
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#unpopularopinion time. These stories were fine but nothing special. I finished the collection yesterday and don‘t remember much today. I‘ve never read Johnson before and don‘t feel any urge to do so again. Oh well, it was worth a shot.

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Ashley_Nicoletto
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#25infive update. I'm 9.5 hours in and it's only 3 pm on Saturday here - so lots of progress could be made. I finished the tagged on audio while cleaning and showering post gym. I've also made about 100 pages of progress on my #horrorpost book today. Hoping to finish it next!

Three audiobooks finished so far. Lots of progress on print.

Andrew65 You‘re going well 😊 2y
Kappadeemom I need to get back on my #horrorpost today. Struggling a little bit with it :( 2y
Ashley_Nicoletto @Kappadeemom Ohhh no. 😬 Makes me nervous about what's coming next. 2y
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Ashley_Nicoletto
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Meal prep + audiobook happening.

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actualdisneyprincess
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I have an hour to myself in Children‘s while I cover the in-between of shifts, so I‘m hoping to make some progress on this! I‘m really enjoying it so far; the first story was really lovely. #thelargesseoftheseamaiden #denisjohnson

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actualdisneyprincess
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I‘ve never read anything by Denis Johnson, but I saw this on the new releases shelf and thought it sounded interesting. We‘ll see! #thelargesseoftheseamaiden #denisjohnson

Cinfhen It‘s meant to be very good❣️ 2y
actualdisneyprincess @Cinfhen I just finished the first story, and it was lovely! 2y
Cinfhen Good to know...thanks 😊 2y
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UnabridgedPod
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Does coffee count as a snack?

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Megabooks
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Mehso-so

Unlike his previous collection, Jesus‘ Son, this set of stories didn‘t demand to be read. In fact, I fell asleep reading three of them. Strangler Bob and The Starlight on Idaho were winners, though. I hate to ding a man of his talent‘s posthumous collection, but here we are. 3⭐️ #shortstories #yearofshortstories

minkyb 😟Too bad but your photo is really cool. 2y
plemmdog Oh well. As much as I cherish Jesus‘ Son, I started Tree of Smoke three times and just couldn‘t stick with it, either. 2y
Megabooks @minkyb Thanks! It‘s the audiobook cover, which I think is way better than the physical book one! 2y
Megabooks @plemmdog 🤔🤔 yeah, Jesus‘ is so good, it‘s kind of hard to top. 2y
Tereses It‘s a great cover 2y
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shaynarae
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Everybody wants in on this party 📚🍷🐱 #catsoflitsy

Leftcoastzen So cute!😻❤️ 2y
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librarypoweruser
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I failed to take a #riotgrams pic before work today, so I'm finally getting to share one of my favorite quotes from Denis Johnson's stunning collection, "The Largesse of the Sea Maiden." Finished this week and already missing it.

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librarypoweruser
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Denis Johnson and I are off to work on Valentine's Day (aka day 14 of #riotgrams with @bookriot which is "hearts"). I've been stretching this book out for as long as I can. ?

GypsyKat I love this picture! 💗 2y
swishandflick I'm with @GypsyKat - love your pic! 2y
rachelsbrittain This is a gorgeous picture!! 😍 2y
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vicgreentoriafield Cute picture! 2y
Lacythebookworm Cute bag! What brand is it? 😊 2y
SilversReviews Love the purple!! 2y
librarypoweruser Thank you friends! @Lacythebookworm it‘s a Herschel bag! (edited) 2y
Lacythebookworm I should have known! Love the color 😍 2y
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Redwritinghood
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This is a great collection of short stories. I love the way Johnson was able to take stories of ordinary people who have fallen on hard times and make something strangely beautiful out of them.

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saresmoore
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I find it much easier to review books that I don‘t love, but I‘ll give this a shot because it‘s worthy of praise. This is an exceptional story collection. I felt like I was unraveling some ancient mystery as I read this, but now that I‘m done, I realize I only uncovered more of the unexplained. Superb writing, some of the best dialogue I‘ve ever read, bizarrely engrossing storytelling, totally unpredictable. In short: so, so stinking good!

vivastory Great review! 2y
saresmoore @vivastory Thanks! I think this is one you‘d really enjoy. 2y
vivastory I loved his other books, I requested this one from the library 2y
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kspenmoll Your review is making me want to read!!! 2y
batsy Fantastic review. Love the line about unravelling an ancient mystery; those are the kind of reading experiences that stick with you. 2y
Suet624 Ooohhhh, you make it sound so enticing. 2y
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ReadingEnvy
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Contents: "The Largesse of the Sea Maiden," read by Nick Offerman "The Starlight on Idaho," read by Michael Shannon "Strangler Bob," read by Dermot Mulroney "Triumph Over the Grave," read by Will Patton "Doppelgänger, Poltergeist" read by Liev Schreiber

My favorites were 2 & 4, and I feel Triumph Over the Grave should have been the final story in the collection. Manly man stories but enhanced even more with these readers.

saresmoore I like that different readers did each of the stories. Your review makes me want to revisit this via audio! I agree about the final story—it would have made for an incredibly poignant ending. 2y
ReadingEnvy @saresmoore there is a clip online with part of the first story, read by Nick... 2y
saresmoore Oh, I‘ll be finding that. I ♥️♥️♥️ Nick Offerman. 2y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk Whooooooa! Jesus‘ Son was one of my sacred texts in college. I love the movie too. Was going to read this but that that is an enticing crew of narrators. 2y
ReadingEnvy @TobeyTheScavengerMonk isn't Jesus' Son also short stories? Is the movie based on just one? 2y
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ReadingEnvy
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saresmoore I just finished “Strangler Bob” today and WHOA. 2y
ReadingEnvy Are you doing audio or print? 2y
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saresmoore
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I have to spend two hours every single night in this room at this desk considering these hooks in my heart and writing down my life history, which we each go up at the two-week point and read to them, read to all the others, sit there in a chair, read your history of the downfall of your pitiful self to a circle of ghosts.

batsy That's a beautiful sentence that takes its time. Is this your first by him? I really should read him. 2y
saresmoore @batsy Oh, well put! This is my first, but I won‘t be stopping after this. It‘s obvious that his talent is far-reaching and this book, all about mortality and history and redemption, is bizarre but gorgeous & so poignant. 2y
mrozzz Wow! 2y
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LeahBergen I haven‘t read anything of his but this has me so intrigued. 2y
saresmoore @mrozzz The man really could write a helluva sentence. 2y
saresmoore @LeahBergen It‘s in turns funny, powerful/insightful, and just plain weird so far. I think it‘s about to get even weirder. @batsy It reminds me a bit of Adam Johnson, but perhaps with more maturity and less structure. 2y
batsy I haven't read any Adam Johnson! I think I should. 2y
LauraBeth I loved this book so much ❤️ 2y
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saresmoore
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Poured myself a cup of lavender chamomile tea and I‘m ready to really dive into this book. Denis Johnson makes me nervous. He pulls me in and I don‘t know where he‘s taking me. But I like it.

shawnmooney Woo hoo! I just finished it a week or so ago – you‘re in for quite a wild ride! :-) 2y
saresmoore @shawnmooney That‘s what I like to hear! The first story was a knockout, especially considering the context of when it was written. 2y
Bianca That tea sounds delicious. I love lavender. 2y
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saresmoore @Bianca I‘m addicted at this point, which is a bit ironic, considering my current read. One cup with a teensy bit of honey every night and I sleep like a teenager (not a baby, babies are terrible at sleep). The brand is Traditional Medicinals—get you some! 2y
emilyhaldi You sold me on the book and the tea! 🍵 2y
Bianca @saresmoore I will! I've been sleeping like I imagine a parent of a newborn would. 2y
Suet624 Sara, I‘ve been drinking Aloha Sleep Tea. Check out the ingredients online. It‘s pretty potent. Puts me right to sleep. Most of the time I can sleep through the night with this tea. 2y
saresmoore @Suet624 I will! Thank you. ♥️ 2y
rohit-sawant Wonderful picture! 2y
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Redwritinghood
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Finally getting around to starting this one! Being able to get to this was part of my motivation to finish The Luminaries yesterday.

Zelma Very pretty cover! 2y
ClairesReads So excited to read this! I hope my copy arrives soon! 2y
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irre
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My stack for #24in48 plus some ebooks and audio. My kids have 4 birthday parties to go to this weekend so I don‘t think I‘ll get lots of reading in but I‘ll try.

missevievelyn 4 birthday parties!! Good luck with your reading! 2y
L_auren Nice selections!! 2y
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shawnmooney
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#QuoteOfTheDay

You can read the story this quote is from online, here: http://theharvardadvocate.com/article/164/the-starlight-on-idaho/

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AshleyKorinE
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A short story anthology about people living in messes some just happened and some they‘ve made but striving anyways. I enjoyed these stories because they all show life goes on in a way. The last story was probably my favorite mainly because I‘m a girl out of time myself with my deep abiding love of Elvis. The author passed away before this was published and it‘s my first of his works but I really loved it and plan on picking up his other books.

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Eggs Fits me to a T 2y
ClairesReads Omg I need this book 2y
LauraBeth I love this book so much 2y
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tracyrowanreads
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Just started and loving it. Of course with Nick Offerman narrating the title story, there's no bad. It makes me a little sad to be discovering Denis Johnson after his death.

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Dorianna
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I loved this so much. Johnson‘s new collection of short stories are strange, darkly humorous, and beautifully unsettling. The theme of death and mortality that connects these stories makes them incredibly heartbreaking considering his death less than eight months ago. The only disappointing thing is that there won‘t be anymore. The audiobook is a full cast recording, and the narrator matches each story perfectly.

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Denis Johnson is easily one of my favorite writers for his ability to show beauty in imperfection. His characters aren‘t shiny, edited and perfect. They are real, tragic, deeply flawed, human and fleeing personal demons. If you want honest, brilliant writing that is 100% real - do yourself a favor and read this. These are the last words we‘ll ever have from him, and for that I‘m truly sad.

MicheleinPhilly OK toots. I‘ve never read him. Where do I start? 2y
MicheleinPhilly 👍🏼 2y
CouronneDhiver Stacked! 2y
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Waynegjr
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Nearly Perfect way to end your career.

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