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Black Wings Has My Angel
Black Wings Has My Angel | Elliott Chaze
During the 1950s, Gold Medal Books introduced authors like Jim Thompson, Chester Himes, and David Goodis to a mass readership eager for stories of lowlife and sordid crime. Today many of these writers are admired members of the literary canon, but one of the finest of them of all, Elliott Chaze, remains unjustly obscure. Now, for the first time in half a century, Chazes story of doomed love on the run returns to print in a trade paperback edition. When Tim Sunblade escapes from prison, his sole possession is an infallible plan for the ultimate heist. Trouble is its a two-person job. So when he meets Virginia, a curiously well-spoken ten-dollar tramp, and discovers that the only thing she cares for is drifts of money, lumps of it, he knows hes met his partner. What he doesnt suspect is that this lavender-eyed angel might just prove to be his match. Black Wings Has My Angel careens through a landscape of desperate passion and wild reversals. It is a journey you will never forget.
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sisilia
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4⭐️ This novel is deliciously wicked! Sleek and smooth, like a glass of Hibiki 21 🥃 I used to read a lot of crime fictions; most are thrilling and gruesome, but none has the same quality as this old crime noir. The writing is wonderful, and the humor definitely helps the overall tone of the book.

Thank you for the pick, @mklong @vivastory Now I‘m going to check the discussion posts 😆 #nyrbbookclub #nyrb #nyrbclassics

Cathythoughts Great review 👍🏻 2w
charl08 Sounds fascinating! 2w
batsy Wonderful review! Deliciously wicked sums it up 🖤 2w
erzascarletbookgasm Nice! I notice your pencil matches the title 😉👍 2w
sisilia @erzascarletbookgasm Oooohhhh now I notice it hahaha... that‘s such a nice match 2w
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sisilia
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I totally agree! 😆 Gosh, this book is so good. A few more pages to the end 😭 #nyrbbookclub

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mklong
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And finally, Barry Gifford notes in his introduction that “nobody writes books like Black Wings Has My Angel anymore.“ Do you think that is true? If so, why not?

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merelybookish I was struck by the class and regional aspects of the book. The depictions of harsh work places and differences between life in a small mountain town vs.a small Southern town. I could understand why Tim was suspicious of the status quo and how it doesn't work for a lot of people. I don't know if that's common in crime fiction but it feels absent from a lot of the literary fiction I read. 3w
vivastory @merelybookish That isn't necessarily common in contemporary crime fiction, but it still shows up from time to time. I think that it feels more natural when it's addressed in crime fic than lit fic 3w
Leftcoastzen I consider James Elroy to be similar.❤️ 3w
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vivastory I feel like Chaze certainly has his heirs. Although he passed away several years ago I would point to Elmore Leonard as one. Great dialogue, memorable characters, similar plots. 3w
youneverarrived I don‘t know. I don‘t read a lot of the genre to really say. Maybe contemporary novels would build more of a backstory of the characters into the story? 3w
BarbaraBB I hardly ever read this kind of books. The noir aspect was pretty cliché I think but the dialogues and the relationship was really another league for me. 3w
saresmoore For me, this story was a postage stamp for a particular time, place, & perspective. How much or little was elucidated on given topics was just as telling as the settings and descriptions. I think there are a handful of authors who are doing THAT really well, regardless of genre. Lauren Groff (in short stories), Kent Haruf (though not anymore 😥), Anthony Marra all give me that sparse and propulsive, super self-aware storytelling like Chaze. 3w
mklong That is a great point @saresmoore that the style of storytelling is still very much around, even outside of crime fiction. The issues surrounding dissatisfaction with the status quo and our treatment of veterans certainly haven‘t gone anywhere either. 3w
Reviewsbylola I think there are some recent books that are noir inspired (Tangerine and Sunburn spring to mind) but they‘re just not as successful imo. I personally think today‘s lifestyles and technologies just don‘t lend themselves to true noir. 🤷🏼‍♀️ 3w
vivastory @Reviewsbylola That's something I have thought about. It always catches me off guard a bit when a contemporary novel is described as noir without any sort of modifier. Megan Abbott has been called domestic noir & Gillian Flynn could be called southern noir. Those descriptions make sense to me, to only call them noir really doesn't. 3w
sisilia I don‘t read a lot of crime noir recently, but Chaze is definitely unique in his delivery. Thrilling, funny at times, and not gruesome. The last that I read was Bangkok 8 series by John Burdett. That‘s dark! 2w
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mklong
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Elliott Chaze was a WWII veteran. Why do you think he wrote Tim Sunblade as a fellow WWII veteran? How does it change your feeling or understanding of the character?

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LeahBergen Hmm... well, I was immediately more sympathetic to Sunblade‘s “bad” choices when I discovered he was a POW. 3w
mklong I agree @leahbergen. Not so far of course that it justifies his behavior, but Chaze wrote so well of how it would feel to be free after being locked up, as a POW and then in jail, that it helped understand Tim's motivations 3w
vivastory He says that his motivations for the heist are because he was disillusioned with the life offered to returning veterans. At several points in the book he also seems to try to excuse his actions by the wound he received during the war. I was never completely convinced that his wound had made him more impulsive. I did find it interesting that once he had the money he was deeply dissatisfied. It was almost that it was more about the adventure & not 3w
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vivastory the actual money itself that meant the most to him 3w
mklong I agree @vivastory and I think it's pretty brilliant that Tim doesn't seem to know that it was always about the thrill of the heist and not the money until after the heist is over. 3w
vivastory @mklong Yes. Definitely a brilliant move on Chaze's part! 3w
youneverarrived @LeahBergen agree. I felt the same. 3w
merelybookish @vivastory Yes, I liked that too, how the money becomes a burden to him. Tim seems like someone destined to be a kind of hometown hero, but he rejects it. Maybe because of the war but his Dad seems influential too. 3w
mklong @vivastory @merelybookish What do you both think of Virginia‘s relationship with the money? She didn‘t seem to share Tim‘s dissatisfaction at first, but after the shoot out with the cops, she was overcome by the guilt of the crimes. Of course, that is after they lost most of the money. 3w
saresmoore @merelybookish That‘s such a good point, and I think it‘s a common struggle among vets, even now. I‘ve been studying up on PTSD and the failures of our country to support our veterans, so this book almost read like a fascinating and revealing case study. 3w
merelybookish @mklong I think Virginia is more comfortable with being rich. Although we never learn about her past, there is a sense that she grew with some kind of wealth. 3w
merelybookish @mklong Also she literally bathes in the money! 😂 3w
Rachel_nyc @LeahBergen Exactly how I felt. Not that it justifies his behavior but it does put it into perspective. 3w
Leftcoastzen I am always fascinated with the returning WWII vet theme .Injuries and being a POW can have a major effect .I think many found it difficult or felt permanently broken,yet some seemed to focus on normalcy in the extreme,G.I bill , wife , kids ,beginning that man in the grey flannel suit stereotype image. 3w
vivastory @mklong I don't think she felt as dissatisfied with the money as Tim was. I agree with @merelybookish that she seemed to be more comfortable with it. The bathing in the money scene has to be one of the strangest in all of noir fiction. 😂 3w
Suet624 Oh, Virginia was a happy camper with that money, wasn't she??? :) 3w
sisilia Well, Chaze could be toying about the idea of doing the heist himself 😅 Since he couldn‘t do it in real life, why not brought it alive in a novel? Just a wild thought 2w
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mklong
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Several critics have called this a cinematic novel. Do you agree?

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youneverarrived As I was reading it I actually could imagine it working well on the big screen. It‘s got an old timey cinema feel to it, but I could see a modern version of it working too. Apparently there is a film but it‘s not that good. 3w
Rachel_nyc Absolutely. As I was reading, I could practically see it playing out on screen. 3w
merelybookish @youneverarrived Agree! I could picture the locales and the people. I could picture the security guard with his gum! Too bad about the movie. I was curious once I saw there was one! 3w
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vivastory I agree with @youneverarrived I think both a version true to the time it's set & a contemporary version would work well. After I finished reading it I did some research & in 2012 there were plans for another be version with Tom Hiddleston & Anna Paquin. Barry Gifford wrote the screenplay. It was delayed due to Paquin's pregnancy & there were plans even a couple of years ago to go forward with it. 3w
LeahBergen I totally agree. When I finished the book, I said to my husband, “You‘d like this; it reads just like a movie”. 3w
mklong Did anyone manage to find the French film that Gifford talks about in the introduction? I know he said it's not great, but I'd still love to see it. I honestly can't believe that it isn't already a movie, it seems to lend itself so well to that format. Like @rachel_nyc I was picturing it on screen too, but it was always black and white. 3w
saresmoore @LeahBergen So true! My husband would like it, too. @vivastory Listen, Hollywood, give me Tom Hiddleston as Tim Sunblade RIGHT NOW. 3w
vivastory @saresmoore Have you ever watched the Hollow Crown series that Sam Mendes produced before the London Olympics? Tom Hiddleston as Henry V. 3w
Reviewsbylola It def has a cinematic quality. I think a film adaption would have been amazing decades ago. It still could be good, but I think it would be missing something. 3w
Suet624 The writing was so well done that I definitely felt I was experiencing it visually unlike other novels. I agree with @reviewsbylola that an adaptation today would be missing something. 3w
sisilia Yes, it indeed felt like watching a movie. I cannot picture Tom Hiddleston & Anna Paquin in it, though. Somehow I had Josh Brolin & Elizabeth Olsen in mind 🤔 2w
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While not a humorous book, Chaze uses humor throughout the novel. What do you think about the use of humor? Does it provide needed levity, break the atmosphere, etc..

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youneverarrived The little bits of witty humour were perfect. It was a needed element to the book imo but wasn‘t over the top. 3w
Rachel_nyc I definitely appreciated the humor and believe it did inject some needed levity throughout. 3w
vivastory It definitely provided some necessary relief. I think it also prevented it from turning into a genre stereotype. The humor made it feel contemporary. I was reminded of Elmore Leonard & early Tarantino movies. 3w
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LeahBergen I think a little humour in noir is always needed (at least for me. I love black humour 😆). 3w
mklong @vivastory that's a great point that the humor lifted it above genre stereotypes. I think it also made the relationship between Tim and Virginia more compelling and complex. They weren't simply partners in a heist, the way they laughed together made me see that they had real feelings for each other. 3w
vivastory @LeahBergen Same here 😄 3w
vivastory @mklong That's a great point about their relationship! He really did use the humor as character development! 3w
saresmoore @mklong That‘s a great point. I loved the humor—it made me feel like Chaze wasn‘t taking himself or the story too seriously and actually made the intense parts feel even more uncomfortable. 3w
Leftcoastzen Sorry I wasn‘t active during discussion, stuff happens .I think his use of black humor was terrific.Balances out the intensity. 3w
Reviewsbylola I agree with @leftcoastzen. I found the humor in this book very typical of noir. Thoughtful but dark. 3w
emilyhaldi That humor is partly what help distinguished this book from a purely journalistic true crime read. It certainly increased my empathy for Tim! 3w
Suet624 I wouldn't have liked this book as much as I did without the added humor. It would have been a bit too flat and dry for me. 3w
vivastory @Suet624 The humor definitely added some depth to the story & the characters 3w
vivastory @emilyhaldi I agree about it made him more empathetic 3w
sisilia I loved the added humor. It‘s be pretty dry without it. He balanced everything pretty well 👍🏻 2w
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Hello @vivastory and the rest of our #NYRBBookClub friends! It's time to get our discussion going.

Chaze's style was influenced by Hemingway and James Cain. Cain and Hemingway were also journalists. Do you think this had an impact on the novel?

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youneverarrived It didn‘t have a journalistic style as such but you can definitely see the influence of journalism e.g snappy, to the point sentences. I love writing like that. It works really well for this type of novel. 3w
vivastory @youneverarrived Snappy is a great way to describe it. There were parts I noticed an influence from work as a journalist. The planning of & execution of the heist had a very documentary matter of fact approach that you would see in a work of long-form journalism. 3w
LeahBergen @vivastory Now that you mention it, it DID have a documentary feel in those parts. Almost what we see in recent “true crime”. 3w
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mklong I agree that snappy is a great way to put it @youneverarrived. I could also see the influence of his journalism career in his ability to choose such specific details that would add so much to the scene with only a few words. 3w
youneverarrived That‘s a good point @vivastory I never thought of it like that but it was told and planned out in a very matter of fact way. 3w
merelybookish I also appreciated how the plot was structured. I liked how each chapter/section started with some kind of backward reflection by Tim, and then what happened was filled in. We know he ends up back in jail but the how/why are filled in. 3w
saresmoore I can see the journalistic influence in how the supporting characters were intentionally placed in time & space, giving context to the events. Every scene was described like a crime scene and every character was a potential perp or a witness or both. 3w
BarbaraBB Thanks @mklong @vivastory for the great questions and the lively discussion. It was Saturday night here and we were bbq‘ing with friends and though I could take a peek at the comments sometimes I wasn‘t able to join unfortunately. 3w
Reviewsbylola Omg, I instantly saw the Cain connection! This validates it for me. I absolutely hate Hemingway tho so maybe that‘s why this one didn‘t rise to the level of Cain‘s books for me. 3w
emilyhaldi Sorry I‘m late to the party! But yes, this did read like James Cain and like true crime! @vivastory @LeahBergen no wonder I liked it so much... I don't have patience for modern thrillers that tend to be filled with superfluous details and dialogue. I think it was impressive how Chaze was still able to insert Tim's sentiments in a way that added to the suspense and didnt detract from that "true crime" or journalistic feeling. 3w
Suet624 @vivastory @mklong First, let me just say that I am religious about reading each month's selection and I am also apparently religious about missing these questions. Off on a boat on the Connecticut River this time. Please know how much I appreciate this group and the books I'm reading. My lack of response in no way expresses my intense level of interest.
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Suet624 I've never read James Cain but now I think I should. I loved the hints along the way of upcoming events and, now that you mention it, did have a very journalistic feel.
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vivastory @Suet624 No worries. Things come up! I've only read one James Cain & it was a small book, but definitely a powerful one 3w
Suet624 @vivastory Oh! That's James Cain. Of course! Such classic stories. 3w
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youneverarrived
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Not my usual type of read but I enjoyed it. Great writing, well paced and two memorable characters in Tim and Virginia. #nyrbbookclub ⭐️⭐️⭐️

vivastory Seems to be the general consensus 👍 3w
Cathythoughts Sounds good ! I don‘t know when I‘ll get to it ... but everyone likes it 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3w
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Just finished and I am SHOOK. Tim and Virginia just turned this lazy peaceful Saturday morning on its head... suddenly my blood pressure is sky-high and my heart is thumping out of my chest. Is it too early for a bourbon?! 🥃
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vivastory Not at all! Glad you liked it! 3w
LeahBergen Time for a bourbon and some Heavenly Hash, I‘d say. 😆 3w
BarbaraBB Super review. I was not that interested in the beginning and then suddenly the story is so gripping and asks for bourbon indeed, or something else that‘s strong!! 3w
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batsy Haha, yes! And it's never too early for a bourbon 🙌🏽 3w
Dragon 😻 3w
AlaMich They‘re quite the couple, ain‘t they? 3w
Reviewsbylola I felt the same way. @barbarabb The first 50 pages I was like 🥴😰 but when they moved to the suburbs I got into it! 3w
BarbaraBB @Reviewsbylola I was really impressed by the ending and how it came to that. Really good! 3w
Mdargusch hmmmm i almost want to read it 1w
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Feels odd to say this, but this was super enjoyable crime noir, utterly bleak and dark with glinting black humour. You can see the disaster coming but you're in for the ride because of the vivid immediacy of the writing and the finely-drawn characters. I was rooting for these misfits from the bottom of my cold, dead heart 😆🖤

4 stars (shining out from within the depths of the deep, dark void)

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Cathythoughts Brilliant 😂review... you have a way with the words 👍🏻👍🏻. Looking forward to it now 3w
Leftcoastzen 😂👍Lovely review! 3w
mklong Love this review! 3w
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vivastory Brilliant review! Misfits unite! 3w
TrishB Great review 👍🏻😁 3w
emilyhaldi LOL my cold, dead heart tends to enjoy the same 🖤 (edited) 3w
erzascarletbookgasm Haha! Nice review! 👏😁 I hope to read this soon, on my tbr. 3w
LeahBergen 😆😆 I was rooting for them, too! 3w
batsy @vivastory @emilyhaldi @LeahBergen I'm so glad I'm not alone 😆🖤 3w
batsy @mklong I'm sorry I won't be able to join in on the discussion as it'll be 2am here and I have to head out of town early in the morning. But hope to check in and read the comments when I can 🙂 3w
Leftcoastzen Safe travels! 3w
saresmoore I love your review! 3w
Rachel_nyc Great review! 3w
BarbaraBB Love your review 💜💜 (edited) 3w
britt_brooke 🖤🖤🖤 3w
batsy @Leftcoastzen Thank you! Just going for an overnight trip to the highlands but we picked the wettest day 😂 3w
Hamlet When I see supportive reviews of a book I might like, I find myself hoping you‘ll review it too because you write them so well, expressing candid, witty, & succinct insights. Thanks for all the great writing! 3w
batsy @Hamlet Thank you so much for the kind words ❤️ Thanks for reading; it's wonderful to be able to share thoughts on books here and chat with people who are generous readers and thoughtful writers :) 3w
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Finally back to reading this morning 🙏🏻
I've got quite a bit to go before joining today's discussion but I'll be there eventually 😆
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Cathythoughts Great picture ✨ 3w
mklong Enjoy your morning! 3w
vivastory Enjoy! It flys by. 3w
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Reviewsbylola This reminded me of James Cain! 3w
youneverarrived Once you get going with it it‘s a pretty quick read. 3w
LeahBergen It‘s a speedy read. 👍🏻 3w
emilyhaldi Yes definitely!!! @Reviewsbylola 3w
saresmoore Oh, I just noticed the kitty-baby in this photo! 😻 3w
KathrynElise I love this picture! The reflection of the vase and your cat in the mirror is beautiful 😍 3w
emilyhaldi Thank you!! @KathrynElise anytime I‘m taking a picture she feels the need to insert herself, ESPECIALLY if there are flowers she can eat 😏 3w
Mdargusch lovely fleurs 1w
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I seem to have lost my reading mojo this month 😫 it‘s taking me ages to finish a book and I‘m struggling to really get into any. Saying that, I am liking this one so far. I‘ve got quite a bit of it left to read before our discussion tomorrow so this is my plan for tonight. #nyrbbookclub

MicheleinPhilly I haven‘t even started it. I don‘t know what has happened to my brain this summer. 😔 3w
Cathythoughts This one sounds good ... I have it , but I‘m avoiding it 🤷🏻‍♀️... I hope you finish it soon & love it 3w
erzascarletbookgasm I hope you get back your reading mojo! 🤞💗 I have this one too, @Cathythoughts though not the nyrb edition 😊 3w
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emilyhaldi Glad I'm not the only one! @youneverarrived @MicheleinPhilly I haven't done much reading in the past several weeks.. too much going on AND I can't focus when I do have time 🤪 But I'm about a quarter of the way through this one and determined to finish today!! 3w
MicheleinPhilly @emilyhaldi It‘s weird - I‘ve had days this summer where I‘ve done nothing but read. But I‘ve also had whole weeks (like this one) where I haven‘t read a thing. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3w
youneverarrived @MicheleinPhilly same. I‘ve just really slowed down on reading 😕 3w
youneverarrived @Cathythoughts thanks Cathy 😘 it‘s not what I‘d usually read but I liked it. 3w
youneverarrived @emilyhaldi I‘m the same, just can‘t focus on reading. Hopefully we‘ll get our reading mojos back soon! 3w
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Leftcoastzen
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#NYRBBookclub A pick for me! Barry Gifford writes in the intro. to this nicely crafted Noir that it‘s a shame Chaze has not been remembered as much .He‘s not In the other book pictured here.Books like these feature brassy women & brazen men ,usually with criminal plans & secrets in their past they don‘t want to share.I think the writing is on par or a cut above classics in this field.Great pick @mklong can‘t wait to discuss!

mklong Phew, I‘m so glad so many of us liked this one! Looking forward to discussing further with you on Saturday. 4w
vivastory Definitely another hidden gem. Some of the other noir titles NYRB has published are fantastic as well 4w
Leftcoastzen @vivastory Pretty sure we both read and liked 4w
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vivastory A fantastic book. I have the other Hughes that NYRB published, still unread but looking forward to it! 4w
BarbaraBB @vivastory You mean this one? It is great! Not noir though imo. 4w
LeahBergen I just finished it tonight, too. 👍🏻 4w
vivastory @BarbaraBB Yeah, that's the one. I'm glad to hear you liked it 4w
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mklong
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I really enjoyed this one! Looking forward to discussing this with the #NYRBBookClub on Saturday.

Checking out all of our pictures through the hashtag, I think this might be turning into the #NYRBBookAndWineClub!

vivastory I think you're right 🍷📚🍷📚 4w
BarbaraBB The kind of books we‘ve read so far all needed some alcohol to digest 😀 4w
LeahBergen I‘m down with the new hashtag. 😆😆 4w
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Why oh why didn't I bring the book I had finished a week ago to brunch where I saw the absolute best matching drink??? #NYRBBookClub, @vivastory

vivastory That would make a great pairing! 4w
BarbaraBB Great drink! What did you think of the book? 4w
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😂😂

JulietBooks He kinda saw it coming. 4w
BarbaraBB This was so funny! 4w
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vivastory
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Sometimes you pick the wine & sometimes the book you read makes the decision. 🍷🍷 Going to echo my #NYRBBookClub friends, this is a fantastic selection.

Ruthiella Great photo! 4w
merelybookish 👏👏 4w
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Cathythoughts Almost black wine to match the black wings 👍🏻♥️ (edited) 4w
Moray_Reads Very dark, I love it! 4w
Leftcoastzen Did you get the app so you can see the label talk? 4w
LeahBergen Nice pairing! 👏🏻👏🏻 4w
Liz_M Ooh, I have one as good! Must get to posting. 4w
vivastory @Leftcoastzen I wasn't aware of that! I'll have to look into that 4w
Leftcoastzen Its an app called” Living wine labels” I like 19 crimes so left it on my phone.😀 4w
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Oooo, I‘m LOVING the feel of this month‘s #NYRBBookClub pick, you guys! I‘m at the halfway point and finding it hard to put down. It‘s quite warm out, thus the #heavypour. 😆😆

vivastory I'm also loving it. Great, snappy dialogue. "A gentleman is a doormat with all the scratch gone from it." I just reached the halfway point myself. Cheers! ? 4w
Tamra Lovely view! 4w
batsy I'm about halfway through and really enjoying it, too 👍🏽 4w
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JulietBooks Ooo. Classy gal. 🍷 4w
Cathythoughts I need to start this one .... 4w
LauraBeth Wait - you go outside and leave your fabulous library? I‘m going to need to process this... 4w
LeahBergen @LauraBeth Begrudgingly. My husband says I sizzle like a vampire if any sun ever hits me. 😆😆 4w
mklong I‘m down with any excuse for a heavy pour. It‘s pretty warm here now that I think about it... 4w
BarbaraBB Perfect combination. The book, the booze, the heat, the scenery 🖤 4w
Suet624 @vivastory I don‘t remember that line, but it‘s great! 3w
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This is another one that never would have been on my radar without the #nyrbbookclub and I really enjoyed it. Lots of intrigue and the writing made me feel like I was right there along for the crazy ride. Looking forward to the discussion. #nyrb I‘m not sure if the image shown was original or if it was released as One for the Money subsequently but seems pretty racy for the time!

Cathythoughts I keep thinking I need to get reading this one ... 4w
Rachel_nyc @Cathythoughts You definitely do! It‘s a quick read too. 4w
LeahBergen I thought I was following you already? 🤔 Weird! I‘ve now “re-followed”. 4w
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Rachel_nyc @LeahBergen ha ha that is strange but glad you re-followed! 🤣 4w
BarbaraBB @Cathythoughts you must! You enjoy all NYRB‘s don‘t you? 4w
BarbaraBB Is this the same book with another title? 4w
vivastory I'm glad you enjoyed this one. Looking forward to the discussion. 4w
Rachel_nyc @vivastory Same. I‘m curious to hear what everyone thinks of both main characters. 4w
Liz_M That is quite the cover! 😁 3w
sisilia Omg the scene of Virginia bathing in money!! 🤑😻 2w
Rachel_nyc @sisilia And this is exactly how I pictured it! 2w
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This was another totally distinct selection for the #NYRBBookClub. I really enjoyed this one! The story unwinds on itself in a masterful way and Chaze strikes just the right balance between gory and prudish. The main character is oddly relatable, even endearing, and serves as the perfect vehicle for the bizarre and unpredictable story. The tone is both light-hearted and ominous—it doesn‘t take itself too seriously, but there is some serious depth.

mklong Great review! I‘ve only just started, but I‘m really enjoying it so far 1mo
batsy I've only just started as well and liking it so far. Going from Hurston's rich, detailed prose to Chase's spare, economical style is really interesting and fun. The noir inflections are so enjoyable. Nice review 💜 1mo
saresmoore @mklong Thank you! I‘m not used to the genre, but I really liked it. 1mo
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saresmoore @batsy Thank you! And yes to the noir inflections—perfect way of phrasing it. I can still hear Tim Sunblade in my head, just so. 1mo
merelybookish I really liked this one too! 1mo
vivastory Stellar review, as always! I just started this one today & I'm enjoying it immensely. Looking forward to the discussion. 1mo
LeahBergen I just started it this evening! 👍🏻 1mo
Suet624 I so enjoyed this one. 3w
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AnneCecilie
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BarbaraBB Yay. I just finished it. It‘s something completely different again! 1mo
Cathythoughts I have it on kindle .. I‘m not as anxious to start this one. I‘ll wait for a few reviews ... 1mo
AnneCecilie @BarbaraBB that it is, and I‘m not sure what to make of it jet. 1mo
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AnneCecilie @Cathythoughts it‘s a buddy read this month so I think you‘ll see several reviews in the coming week. The book is discussed this Saturday 1mo
BarbaraBB It gets better, I think. It took some time to get into the story but then it keeps getting better and the ending is... 🤫 1mo
AnneCecilie @BarbaraBB I‘m 130p into the story and really counting on the ending 1mo
BarbaraBB Oh no, now I hope that you won‘t be disappointed. 🤞 1mo
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BarbaraBB
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Tim Sunblade, an escaped convict, has planned a heist that will set him up for life. But the partner who helped him plan didn‘t survive the prison escape, so he has to find someone else. After all, it‘s a two-person job. Then he meets Virginia. Their cat-and-mouse relationship is memorable 💕
The story is noir crime fiction at its best, with great dialogue, a quickly moving plot and a startling ending.

Great choice, Katie! #NYRBBookClub

vivastory Great review! This should make for a fun discussion! 1mo
BarbaraBB @vivastory I think so too. Have you started yet? 1mo
vivastory I'm starting it tomorrow. I'm really looking forward to it. 1mo
mklong I‘m glad you liked it! I‘m starting today too. 1mo
AlaMich I just finished this on audio and it was excellent. The narrator was perfect. 1mo
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mklong
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Hey there #NYRBBookClub! I hope you are all enjoying this month‘s selection and will be able to join @vivastory and me for the discussion on Saturday 8/24, at 2 pm, eastern time.

MicheleinPhilly Thanks for the reminder! 1mo
Leftcoastzen Need to get reading it! love the discussions. 1mo
vivastory 👏👏 1mo
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saresmoore I am so determined to be present for this one! 1mo
sisilia 🙌🏻 1mo
GatheringBooks enjoy the discussion, everyone! 🧚🏼‍♀️😘📚 1mo
Reviewsbylola Guess I better get to this one! 😆 1mo
Rachel_nyc I just finished and really liked it. Looking forward to the discussion! 1mo
BarbaraBB I am almost finished and looking forward to our discussion! 1mo
emilyhaldi Going to start this tomorrow 👍🏻 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm Not in the nyrb club but my copy (a different edition) just arrived. I may read it soon 🙂 1mo
batsy I should get started 😁 1mo
Liz_M It was a slower novel than I expected, but quite enjoyable. Unfortunately, I think I am going to be traveling during the discussion time. 😢 1mo
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Suet624
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I‘m enjoying this so much that I just took advantage of NYRB‘s 50% off sale of crime noir books (happening this weekend) to buy four new reads. Crime noir is not something I usually read, but clearly that‘s about to change.

sisilia Loooovvveee crime noir ❣️ Looking forward to this! 1mo
saresmoore I am loving it! I didn‘t think I would, either, but it‘s a great read. 1mo
Suet624 @saresmoore NYRB books just hit it out of the park. Not a dud in the bunch. 1mo
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Margot0817 I know what film noir is but what exactly is crime noir like in reading? 1mo
Suet624 I have to assume it‘s similar. There‘s a style to it: A perpetrator of a crime, a beautiful woman and a victim or two, does the perpetrator get caught. 😂 but I think of it as more stylized with a bit of humor and mystery. @Margot0817 (edited) 1mo
kspenmoll I just might like this! (edited) 1mo
BarbaraBB You make me so curious! I am starting it now too! 1mo
Liz_M So, what other noir books did you buy? 1mo
Suet624 @kspenmoll I bet you would! 1mo
Suet624 @BarbaraBB liking it? 1mo
BarbaraBB Yes, it was a pick for me. What about you? 1mo
Suet624 @BarbaraBB Definitely! Thoroughly enjoyable. 😻 1mo
Liz_M Oooh, I had my eye on Sand. Didn't realize it was taggedas Crime/Suspense, so now I am even more interested. 😁 1mo
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merelybookish
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I never read crime noir but wow, I'm really liking our August #NYRBbookclub pick! (This is why it's good to read outside your comfort zone.)
And I'm also enjoying that a lot takes place in 1950s Denver. I live here but don't really know much about it.
Great pick @mklong @vivastory

mklong Oh so glad you are enjoying it! I‘m looking forward to it. 1mo
merelybookish @mklong I am! It's really nuanced and there's talk of class and region. And the structure is interesting. Like it a lot so far! (only halfway.) 1mo
vivastory I haven't started it yet, but your comment is making me look forward to it even more. I love noir, although admittedly most of my familiarity is through movies & not books. Hoping to rectify this a little. 1mo
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merelybookish @vivastory I think I've seen one Bogart movie. Some of the generic cliches are in the book but they work. 1mo
BarbaraBB This sounds promising! I am looking forward to it as well! 1mo
merelybookish @BarbaraBB I'm excited for others to start reading it. And to discuss it! 1mo
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Discovered Hoopla has the next #NYRBbookclub pick on audio. Enjoying the snappy noir tone so far! @mklong @vivastory

vivastory Nice! I'm really looking forward to this one. 1mo
mklong Awesome! Does the voice actor have one of those old-timey Bogart sounding voices? 1mo
AlaMich I just started listening to this after reading your post. The narrator is great! 1mo
merelybookish @AlaMich Oh cool! I'm finding the whole book pretty great, somewhat to my surprise! I'll be interested to hear what you think! 1mo
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Leftcoastzen
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#NYRBbookclub Tried to hold the line on book buying but NYRB has a sale!Only problem,Chess Story was so late I had to get it on Kindle, thrilled anyway.The tagged book is our August selection, and so many people have loved Stoner I could not resist!

LauraJ Good choices. 2mo
vivastory Stellar selections! I have all of these, except for the Babitz which is on my TBR 2mo
Leftcoastzen @LauraJ Thanks!📚 2mo
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Leftcoastzen @vivastory Really wanted to try one of Eves‘ books since I loved the book about her 2mo
mklong Nice stack!! It‘s probably a good thing that I didn‘t know about that sale. 2mo
saresmoore Ooh, great picks! 2mo
youneverarrived Great choices! Stoner is brilliant 💙 2mo
Suet624 Nice! Look at all those lovely books. 1mo
BarbaraBB Great choices. And Stoner is great indeed 💕 1mo
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I'm looking forward to co-hosting #NYRBBookClub with @mklong in August. Thanks to everyone for another wonderful discussion yesterday. I came away with a better understanding of the book & I had a blast co-hosting with @sprainedbrain I look forward to your nominations for the September selection @youneverarrived

sprainedbrain You‘re the best! 2mo
Leftcoastzen Sorry I missed the discussion, a truly horrible week that bled into the weekend, I‘m looking forward to the new read , and going to check out the discussion. 2mo
vivastory @Leftcoastzen I'm sorry to hear about your week. I hope that things are settling down for you. 2mo
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Leftcoastzen @vivastory Things are getting done and settling down , thanks! I‘m going to read my troubles away this evening.📚 2mo
mklong I'm sorry to have missed it too. I had some unexpected things come up on Saturday, but I plan to read through all the comments today. Looking forward to cohosting next month! 2mo
Suet624 I was on vacation at the beach and totally spaced. 😒😆 2mo
mklong Hey there, looking ahead to our group discussion of this one. I will be at the Decatur Book Festival all afternoon on 8/31, but I'm free either 8/24 or 9/1. Let me know what works for you. And if you want to chat about it on Goodreads, you can find me here: https://www.goodreads.com/mklong 1mo
vivastory @mklong I sent a friend request to you on Goodreads. Go ahead & message me on there (I'm vivastory on there as well) so we can arrange a date. 8/24 will work better for me. I will be doing birthday things the first weekend of September. 1mo
mklong Great! I didn't see your friend request, but I'm pretty sure I found you through mutual friends and sent you a request. 1mo
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#nyrbbookclub, look what you made me do! 😡
😁 @vivastory

BarbaraBB 😍😍 2mo
vivastory Excellent stack!! I have White Walls & Twenty Thousand Streets. Both still TBR. 2mo
LeahBergen 😆😆 Judith Hearne has been calling my name (I‘ll probably buy it soon!) 2mo
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Liz_M @LeahBergen I am blaming @sisilia and her top six post for that title 😁 2mo
Liz_M @vivastory Isn't the cover for Twenty Thousand gorgeous? I wasn't going to buy it (preferring translated works), but couldn't resist the spine color and the art. (edited) 2mo
sisilia Oohhh, is this Housing Works? 🤤 2mo
Liz_M @sisilia Yes! They had SO MANY nyrb titles. 😁 2mo
sisilia @Liz_M They do! Also, Book Thug Nation at Williamsburg. 2mo
emilyhaldi Is it wrong to buy a NYRB just based on spine color and cover alone?! 😆😄🙃 I‘m about to go buy Twenty Thousand... (edited) 2mo
Liz_M @emilyhaldi Of course not! Sometimes it is the best way to judge a book. 😁 2mo
vivastory @emilyhaldi I completely agree with @Liz_M Plus it's pretty unlikely it'll be a dud. I have yet to be thoroughly disappointed by a NYRB 2mo
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Reviewsbylola
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The #nyrbbookclub August pick has some amazing covers in other editions. I‘m drawn to this one! It has @LeahBergen written all over it!

vivastory That's definitely @LeahBergen ! But, is it #BooksIDidntBuyAtTheBookstore or #Bookhaul 🤔😂 3mo
LeahBergen 😆😆 It does! And yes, @vivastory ... there is always a very fine line between #BooksIDidntBuyAtTheBookstore and #BookHaul 😆😆 3mo
saresmoore 😂 3mo
emilyhaldi Omg!! 🤩 hilarious (edited) 2mo
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vivastory
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Another month where two of the selections nearly received equal votes!! Thanks for nominating three great selections @mklong I'm really looking forward to this noir.
#NYRBBookClub

mklong I‘m looking forward to it too! 3mo
Cathythoughts Sounds good 👍🏻 3mo
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Theaelizabet 👍👍 3mo
emilyhaldi Awesome! Looking forward to this one 🖤 3mo
merelybookish Oh I missed the vote! 3mo
Suet624 @vivastory So far I haven‘t been very prompt with my comments, but I wanted to thank you for corraling us all and introducing us to so many great stories. This has been wonderful. 3mo
BarbaraBB Thanks Scott and @mklong , great choice again! 🖤 3mo
Reviewsbylola So thrilled this one was picked! 3mo
vivastory @Cathythoughts It looks promising! 3mo
vivastory @emilyhaldi I don't believe I own this one. Might have to buy a few to go along with it 😄 3mo
vivastory @merelybookish Which one would you have voted for? How's your trip going? 3mo
vivastory @Suet624 Honestly, our book club has become one of the bookish highlights of my month. I'm looking forward to your impressions of the July selection. 3mo
vivastory @BarbaraBB I think the monthly selections are a great reminder of how varied the NYRB catalog is. We're going from European modernism to American noir. It's wonderful. 3mo
vivastory @Reviewsbylola Me too! It's funny because I actually tend to associate noir with warmer weather. It seems like every year I have a noir marathon in July or August. 3mo
saresmoore So looking forward to this! Sorry I dropped out of the Harriet/Claude/cults discussion. Having some major life crises, of late. 3mo
vivastory @saresmoore I'm so sorry to hear this. I'm always available to listen. Feel free to message me on Goodreads anytime you need to. I'm not sure if we ever traded email addresses, but I'm actually easier to reach on Goodreads rather than my email because I very rarely check my email & it's always flooded with spam. 3mo
LeahBergen I‘m so looking forward to this one. I‘m bummed that I was away and missed the live After Claude discussion. 3mo
emilyhaldi You can always count on me to drop some cash on some new #NYRB 🤣💸 2mo
sisilia Yay🎊🎊🎊 Purchased! 2mo
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Aimeesue
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LeahBergen What a great haul! 👏🏻👏🏻 7mo
Aimeesue @LeahBergen It‘s a used book store where all the books are $3, $5, $7, or $10. And sometimes they have Folios! 7mo
LeahBergen Gahhh! Really?? No wonder you don‘t mind driving duty! 😆😆 7mo
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Lcsmcat And NYRB editions! 7mo
Aimeesue @Lcsmcat I was hunting for NYRBs specifically today! I‘m getting *really* good at spotting them in the wild! 😂 7mo
batsy What a lovely haul 😍 7mo
AlaMich ❤️ #nyrb 7mo
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Mindyrecycles
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1. Share a pic of something making you happy this week. My kids are at Disneyland together. I'm SO happy that they love each other. ❤️
2. Share a joke! Why don't Baptists have sex standing up? It might lead to dancing. **I don't know if that's funny to anybody who wasn't raised Baptist. 😂 #friyay @jesshowbooks (feel better!)

Megabooks My mom was raised Baptist, and I think it‘s funny! 12mo
GrilledCheeseSamurai My dad is a Baptist pastor and I think it's friggen hilarious! 😂 12mo
SleepyDragon I went to a Baptist grade school, so I got the joke without being Baptist. Thanks for the laugh! 12mo
Mindyrecycles @NeesyBeth You managed to not get converted?! 😂 12mo
SleepyDragon @Mindyrecycles Naw ... my mom and I were already going to a fundamentalist church at the time. I had been in a Lutheran school before that.I went to Catholic high school and then a Lutheran college. I got around. Lol 12mo
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Suelizbeth
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A good, old fashioned, crime noir novel, with a befittingly gruesome ending. The writing is stark and the atmosphere dark and the story gripping. No one writes like this anymore.

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Liberty
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Black wings, blue sky. Reading this outside on a lovely day. Thanks to @fern for reminding me I had it in the stacks. ☀️📚🤘🏻

[DELETED] 3323341091 @Liberty right on! i am curious as to how the book strikes you. 3y
Liberty @fern I dug it! It loses points for antiquated language and views, but overall, it's a great hardboiled crime novel. 3y
Godmotherx5 Sounds really good. 3y
BookBabe Added! 3y
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a masterpiece of hard-boiled noir. the writing is simple yet elegant, the dialog snaps while the plot offers a swift and brutally honest ride through the sordid aspects of human character.

Mayread Mic drop. 3y
MrBook I like the hard-boiled noir 😊👍🏻 3y
[DELETED] 3323341091 @MrBook as do i. what are some of your favorite titles & authors of the genre? 3y
MrBook David C. Taylor, Lawrence Block, Ken Bruen, the usual biggies: Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, James Cain, Mickey Spillane. 😊 3y
MrBook If you ever get the chance to visit The Mysterious Bookshop in downtown Manhattan, you should. Your jaw would drop 😆. 3y
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yup.

by the by, this photo is from Melville House's tumblr.

Mayread I'm an inconstant IG user, but the MH feed is always a delight. 3y
Well-ReadNeck 😊😊😊😊😊 3y
MrBook 😂😂😂😂 I love this! 3y
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i am diggin' Chaze's writing.

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work has interfered with my reading time of late, but the next six hours are ALL MINE to read. happy saturday, everyone!

WordWaller OMG I love your tattoos!! 3y
Mayread Ink envy. My work is getting in the way of reading, too. 😕 Enjoy your time off! 3y
Annl Nice tattoo 3y
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BookishMarginalia Nice tats! I planned to read the morning away but ended up napping 😊 3y
OSChamberlain Work always gets in the way of reading 😔 sick leg sleeves! 🤘🏻 3y
Cupofjo I always say I wish reality had a pause button... Love the tats btw! 3y
Sue Nice ink!! :) enjoy your reading time. 3y
[DELETED] 3323341091 @Skiles @OSChamberlain my damn job is groovy but i am borderline whiney due to lack of reading time. 10 more days to go then flop time! 3y
[DELETED] 3323341091 @BookishMarginalia napping is wonderful 😊 3y
[DELETED] 3323341091 @Cupofjo what an idea! 😀 3y
MrBook Awesome! 😊👍🏻👏🏻 3y
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at another airport, where i am drinking a contender for the "worst cup of coffee ever brewed."

MrBook Meh. Nice book though! 😊 3y
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jocelyn_elise
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One of my favorite books of the year, so far. I don't read too much noir, but this grabbed my attention. I initially checked this out from the library as an e-book and loved it so much that I had to buy it. Fantastic character development and a fast paced plot make this an excellent read.