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The Mars Room
The Mars Room: A Novel | Rachel Kushner
From twice National Book Awardnominated Rachel Kushner, whose Flamethrowers was called the best, most brazen, most interesting book of the year (Kathryn Schulz, New York magazine), comes a spectacularly compelling, heart-stopping novel about a life gone off the rails in contemporary America. Its 2003 and Romy Hall is at the start of two consecutive life sentences at Stanville Womens Correctional Facility, deep in Californias Central Valley. Outside is the world from which she has been severed: the San Francisco of her youth and her young son, Jackson. Inside is a new reality: thousands of women hustling for the bare essentials needed to survive; the bluffing and pageantry and casual acts of violence by guards and prisoners alike; and the deadpan absurdities of institutional living, which Kushner evokes with great humor and precision. Stunning and unsentimental, The Mars Room demonstrates new levels of mastery and depth in Kushners work. It is audacious and tragic, propulsive and yet beautifully refined. As James Wood said in The New Yorker, her fiction succeeds because it is so full of vibrantly different stories and histories, all of them particular, all of them brilliantly alive. Kushner is going to be one we turn to for our serious pleasures and for the insight and wisdom well be needing in hard times to come. She is a novelist of the very first order. Robert Stone Kushner is a young master. I honestly dont know how she is able to know so much and convey all of this in such a completely entertaining and mesmerizing way. George Saunders
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AnneCecilie
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A novel about Romy Hall. We met her as she is driven out the Stanville Women‘s Correctional Facility, and we get insight into her life in prison and her fellow inmates. We also get the story of how she ended up at Stanville.

The novel offers insight into the life in prison and what the inmates to to pass the time.

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AnneCecilie
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This scene reminds me of “Black Wings has my Angel” and the scene with Virginia.

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AnneCecilie
The Mars Room: A Novel | Rachel Kushner

Did you ever notice that women can seem common while men never do? You won‘t ever hear anyone describe a man‘s appearance as common. The common man means the average man, a typical man, a decent hardworking person of modest dreams and resources. A common woman is a woman who looks cheap. A woman who looks cheap doesn‘t have to be respected, and so she has a certain value, a certain cheap value.

[p. 24/25]

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AnneCecilie
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Next up

I‘m going to an author event on Wednesday where Kushner will be talking about this novel. It‘s probably time to start reading, right?

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IamIamIam
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Finished up that Ruth Ware & grabbed this one to try. I noticed mixed reviews and I'm hoping the author's reading doesn't kill it for me. I know that can be dicey!! I pulled this out of a long list of Debbie Macomber, Jodie Picoult and naked people on covers... LOL, slim pickings if you're just looking for available audiobooks... or I'm a bit of a snob. Either way... 😤

Victoriahoperose I liked this book! I think it‘s a worthwhile one to read. A little different, but interesting. 3w
IamIamIam @Victoriahoperose I might get it in print because this author's voice is killing me!! 😫 It's flat and I feel like I'm in high school again, rolling my eyes through the next paragraph. It's tough going already and I'm only 10 minutes in! 3w
Megabooks I liked it, but I read the print, not audio. 3w
IamIamIam @Megabooks I think that's my new plan. The author was really grating on my nerves! 3w
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Caroline2
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What a heartbreakingly raw read. I can see how this isn‘t for everyone. Romy Hall is serving a life sentence and her story is told in chaotic flashbacks, which can make it an uncomfortable read; but for me it works. Her life is so messed up so the style fits; I was right there in the turmoil with her. This book consumed me; I feel a bit traumatised!!

Zelma This was quite good, though I didn‘t love the scenes toward the end. It just didn‘t quite work for me. 2mo
Caroline2 @Zelma yeah, it seems to be a love it/hate it kinda book. 🤷‍♀️ 2mo
jhod I loved this too xx 1mo
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Caroline2
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I‘ve heard mixed reviews but I‘m looking forward to reading this one next. 👍🏻 #prison #letstravelaugust

OriginalCyn620 This was my choice too! 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Pretty photo!! 2mo
Caroline2 @OriginalCyn620 Great minds! 😉 2mo
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Kimberlone I ended up really liking this book even though it wasn‘t what I expected 2mo
Caroline2 @Kimberlone oh that‘s good to know! 👍🏻 2mo
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OriginalCyn620
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The last book I read that takes place in a #prison. #letstravelaugust
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Megabooks I really liked this book. 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks How was this one?? 2mo
OriginalCyn620 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks It was okay. Something fell flat for me and I‘m not quite sure if I liked the ending. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620 I have it... on the shelf lol 2mo
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JSW
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I could not put this one down. Riveting and heartbreaking and raw. Such tragedy surrounds us in people‘s lives.

readordierachel I just started this one! I definitely see what you mean. 2mo
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GloVerdino
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Apparently I just can‘t help myself at a used book store sale!

AmyG Hahaha. Who CAN? 2mo
GloVerdino @AmyG Very true! 2mo
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Megabooks
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@britt_brooke I did like it! I thought Doc‘s storyline was superfluous but interesting. As someone who used to watched Locked Up and now watches Girls Incarcerated, this was kinda up my alley. I like the voice and perspective jumping. That‘s my thing, too. 4⭐️

#bfc #bfcr2 #goteam Managed to up my walking downtown tonight! Book 27/28

Going to start Rainbirds next, I think. #botmbacklog lol!

britt_brooke So happy you liked it, too. Nice review! 3mo
Charityann 👍🏼😊 3mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 3mo
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TheEllieMo Excellent progress! 3mo
Emilymdxn Your amount of reading is genuinely so inspiring!! 3mo
Megabooks @britt_brooke Thanks! 😊😊 (edited) 3mo
Megabooks @Charityann 😊😁 3mo
Megabooks @wanderinglynn Thank you!! 3mo
Megabooks @TheEllieMo Thanks!! 👍🏻👍🏻 3mo
Megabooks @Emilymdxn You‘re doing pretty well yourself!! And thank you! 😊😊 3mo
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Megabooks
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Reading this #BOTM from last year. At least I have my sushi book mark! I think those two are my favorites. 💜🍣💜

RaimeyGallant Great bookmark. Great book, too! 3mo
Megabooks @RaimeyGallant Thanks! I‘m enjoying it. 👍🏻 3mo
britt_brooke This one is pretty dark and somber, but I really liked it. Far exceeded my expectations. 3mo
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Megabooks @britt_brooke I‘m 50ish pages in and definitely getting that vibe. I like it so far. Good for my mood reading! 3mo
Reviewsbylola I still haven‘t read this one! 3mo
Megabooks @Reviewsbylola I can‘t tell if it‘s going to be a pick or a so-so. We‘ll see! 3mo
Clwojick That bookmark! 😍 3mo
Megabooks @Clwojick Thanks!! 3mo
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ReadUntilYourEyesAreRed
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Mehso-so

I loved this book although the change of perspectives was almost a bit unnecessary, I wish it had followed Romy all the way through in a way as Doc didn‘t add a lot. Overall all a very good read ,comes across as almost non-fiction. P.S. lovely to get back to Litsy for summer hot tub reads after the busy exam season :)

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Readerann
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Even if we don‘t love a book, I think we often feel better for reading it because it takes us to some knowledge and understanding of lives different from our own. #ToB

Suet624 Exactly. 5mo
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jillannjohn
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I started this book while waiting for my mom at the hospital. What I really needed was a light read. I don‘t know what I was thinking, this is a depressing book. Still going though...

CaitlinR As an aging feminist, I really wanted to love this book. Tried it in paper; tried in as audio. Bailed on both. 5mo
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Macnjen
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Audiobook. I'm impressed, this novel sounds like non-fiction. This is a story of a young woman sent to prison and her story. First heard of list from Anne Bogel's “What Should I Read Next“ podcast. Not for the weak of heart in some places. Glad I listened, it's a quick story. The narrator's voice wasn't my favorite but it did remind me the protagonist is a young person, which was good.

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Macnjen
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Next audiobook.

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Cathythoughts
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#MayMovieMagic #SpaceOddity I do have this book at home .. but I‘m not that inclined to pick it up 🤷🏻‍♀️

TrishB Not a fav for me. 5mo
batsy I'm not sure why, but I don't much feel like reading this one either (or any of her previous books 🤷🏽‍♀️) 5mo
Cinfhen It wasn‘t worthy of any of the hype, IMHO #JustSayin 5mo
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Reviewsbylola
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BOTM used to get #allmylove. Along with the #botmchallenge, I also had multiple accounts and constantly raves about the service. Sadly, it‘s gone downhill, and I have canceled my subscription multiple times. This is my current collection, which includes favorite titles and TBR. #anglophileapril

Mdargusch I still love my collection ❤️ 6mo
mdemanatee I got my mom a six month subscription for XMas so she could try new things and I got to see some of her editions when home for Easter and definitely understood your critique of the binding. 6mo
Cinfhen You were Queen of #BOTM 👑sorry they let you down☹️ @bitterbetty 6mo
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Gissy 📚📚📚😍❤️❤️❤️ 6mo
swishandflick I'm so salty that they started this whole "BOTM BFF" loyalty program right after I quit after being a member for two years! 6mo
Reviewsbylola It‘s such bullshit!! I‘ve ordered 38 boxes thru my main account over the last three years but because I canceled recently, it shows that I‘ve only ordered one box on the BFF page. 🙄 @swishandflick 6mo
emilyhaldi Get it together BOTM!!!!!!! 6mo
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youneverarrived
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I wish this had stayed with Romys perspective. It started off really strong but then I didn‘t think the chapters from Doc or Gordon added anything at all. I love that it shows how effed up the prison system in the US is & the themes of choices, crime etc. but there was a disconnect for me in that I felt barely anything for the characters. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ #womensprize

Cathythoughts Interesting review! I have this on my shelf.. it may be There awhile ..... 6mo
youneverarrived @Cathythoughts yeah, I‘d say there‘s better books to be reading. Be interested in what you think when you get to it though. 6mo
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mdhughes72
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Mehso-so

A whole lot of What, not as much How, and very little Why. I found the premise interesting and was hoping that the story would actually go somewhere. But no. Just bleak vignettes of life in a California women‘s prison. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Naj This book was unbearable. I couldn't even finish it. 6mo
tammysue Thanks for your honesty, will def remove from tbr. 👍🏻😊 6mo
britt_brooke I liked this one, but you‘re right, very bleak. 6mo
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mdhughes72
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‘To work at IHOP, you first go to Walmart or a place like it to get work shoes. Where you see if you didn‘t already know, that most of the adult-size shoes they sell are for working on construction sites, or in hospitals, prisons, restaurants, and schools. And the children‘s shoes are starter versions of the same. Waitress shoes and medical assistant shoes and work boots. Cheap factory knockoffs for people whose choices are to work these crap...‘

mdhughes72 ‘jobs, or crack up and go to a much lower grade of a low grade shoe made by prison industries.‘ 6mo
Paula3 Wow 😎 6mo
Christine This passage has stuck with me, too! 6mo
Suet624 Truth. 6mo
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teainthelibrary
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Mehso-so

I‘m not sure how to rate this book - I liked it and thought it was interesting. But it took me weeks to finish and thought it dragged a lot. I appreciated the honest depiction of life in prison and the often brutal nature of it. I felt for so many of the characters, I just wish the writing would have allowed me to enjoy their stories more.

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BramBresseleers
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"Sometimes what other people want is wantable, briefly, before dissolving in the face of your own wants."

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BarbaraBB
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For me it‘s so obvious. I have been wondering why The Mars Room was shortlisted in the first place. But I know it‘s just me and judges have their own way of thinking. Be wise today, judge. The House of Broken Angels has it all 💜 #ToB2019

Suet624 I agree. 7mo
Zelma the Mars Room was fine but not great. Which of course means it will win today (as my predictions keep being wrong). 😆 7mo
Rachel_nyc This one really hurt! The Mars Room was fine but nothing special and provided no insight into the prison system that watching Orange is the New Black didn‘t cover in season 1. Really pulling for MStSK to take it down and win the whole thing. 7mo
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merelybookish Wow! Another upset! I'd be happy if either zombie won. And will feel disappointed if either Warlight or Mars Room wins the Rooster! 7mo
BarbaraBB @Suet624 @Zelma @Rachel_nyc @merelybookish Ouch, this really hurts. Seeing the Angels lose from the book that (thank you Rachel!) added so little to the first season of Orange is the New Black. My votes are going to both zombies now too! (edited) 7mo
Suet624 @Zelma nice work on predicting the winner today. 😂😂 7mo
Megabooks Ugh. The Mars Room. So mediocre, so forgettable. 7mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks My thoughts exactly! 7mo
Zelma @Suet624 snort. I really need to do a bracket based on what I thought was ok. It would probably do well most years. @BarbaraBB I will be really disappointed if MR takes the tournament. I agree with all of the Orange is the New Black assessments. 7mo
BarbaraBB @Zelma @Suet624 And today another bummer. Warlight kicked There There out of the Tournament. Another mwa read in my opinion. 7mo
Zelma @BarbaraBB ugh! No! 7mo
Zelma @BarbaraBB @Suet624 @merelybookish @Rachel_nyc I‘m now predicting a finale of Warlight vs. The Mars Room, with The Mars Room winning. Meh. 7mo
Rachel_nyc @Zelma So bummed about the decisions these last two days. Counting on MStSK more than ever though my expectations are low that it will defy the odds. 7mo
BkClubCare @Zelma - I so hope not! I can‘t believe that I might have to say “I haven‘t read the Final books.” No!! 7mo
BarbaraBB @Zelma You‘ve been right a lot this ToB, haven‘t you? I so hope this prediction is wrong. It can‘t be The Mars Room in this lovely, unconventional Tournament, please! @BkClubCare @Rachel_nyc (edited) 7mo
Zelma @BarbaraBB and I only read 2.5 books this year! Total guesswork in my part. 7mo
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youneverarrived
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I‘m going to try and read all of the #womensprize longlist. These are all from the library and have some of the others reserved. Milkman, Circe & My Sister, the Serial Killer I have on kindle.

Read Freshwater & Normal People last year and loved them both ♥️

merelybookish Excellent stack of books. I'd like to read all these too! 7mo
Cathythoughts Looking good Katie 👍🏻😍enjoy 7mo
Redwritinghood I‘m reading the longlist too. I‘ve read 8 so far, so halfway there! 7mo
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Pricel101 Damn girl! 📚👍 Great list and I look forward to your reviews! 7mo
youneverarrived @merelybookish I‘ve started with Ordinary People. They all sound good don‘t they! 7mo
youneverarrived @Cathythoughts thank you lovely 😘😘 7mo
youneverarrived @Redwritinghood I‘ll be interested in seeing which ones are your favourites 👍 7mo
Suet624 Freshwater 💕💕💕 7mo
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BarbaraBB
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When it comes to originality and authenticity (and I think the ToB2019 does) The Mars Room won‘t stand a chance today against There There. And I definitely hope so!

BkClubCare I am cheering for TT because I just purchased it and decided it must be read (and thus maybe not Mars Room? At least not “soon”) 7mo
Redwritinghood This is tough. I liked both of these. 7mo
merelybookish I'm all in for There, There! 7mo
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Tanisha_A I loved There There! 7mo
BarbaraBB @BkClubCare @Redwritinghood @merelybookish @Tanisha_A I didn‘t appreciate the judge today. I understand why she chose The Mars Room but the reasons she gives are to me a bit childish. Maybe i am prejudiced 🤷🏻‍♀️😉. I am glad however that There There made it to the zombie round! (edited) 7mo
merelybookish @BarbaraBB The only thing that makes that decision okay is There, There is a zombie. And buh-bye Overstory! 7mo
merelybookish All my assumed frontrunners have been knocked out. Is House of Broken Angels the one to beat.nlw? 7mo
merelybookish @BarbaraBB now. (sorry sloppy typing) 7mo
BarbaraBB Oh I thought it meant something! But i do hope the Angels will take the rooster away. 7mo
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BramBresseleers
The Mars Room: A Novel | Rachel Kushner

"A man could say every day that he wanted to change his life, was going to change it, and every day the lament became merely a part of the life he was already living, so that the desire for change was in fact a kind of stasis that allowed the unchanged life to continue, because at least the man knew to disapprove of it, which reassured him not all was lost."

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jouleian
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⭐⭐ This was a DNF for me. It reminded me too much of an inverse version of OITNB and that more or less bothered me. I get that the author's style is suppose to be cold and detached, but bc of that it makes it hard to believe that she genuinely loves her son. This one wasn't for me.

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Dolly
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This was between pick and so-so, quite good but not great. I‘m sure others will like it. Involves jail time. Read by the author.

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BaBaBaBillyAndTheBooks
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The moment we‘re born, anything is possible. Then, the rules begin. Our lives are restricted by the parents we‘re given, the city we live in, the school we go to, the person we partner with, the job we have. In “Mars Room,” the dream is freedom. If you break away and do make it to the woods, you could end up anywhere between Henry David Thoreau and Ted Kaczynski. The joy of life is being given the chance to carve your own path.

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Rachel_nyc
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Mehso-so

This is a difficult one for me to review because it‘s right on the cusp between so-so and a pick. There is a lot I liked about it but I felt very detached from all the characters and as an emotional reader, that takes away from my experience. I expect this was purposeful and the writing is quite good. I also wanted a bit more closure from the side characters but again I think leaving things open was a choice based on the subject matter. #tob2019

Ruthiella I think that Kushner writes with an emotional remove on purpose. It is just her style to have that step away. 🤔 8mo
Rachel_nyc @Ruthiella Ah, thanks for that insight. This is my first time reading her and I wasn‘t sure if that was her style or if it was specifically because of the prison setting. 8mo
BarbaraBB This was a so-so for me too. A bit too predictable imo 8mo
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Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB Yes, I agree. Predictable plot and no real insight into the prison system that I haven‘t already seen in Orange is the New Black! 8mo
BarbaraBB Exactly. Orange is the New Black all over again. 8mo
CoffeeNBooks Welcome to Litsy! 📚 8mo
Eggbeater Great review! Welcome to Litsy! 🐙 8mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🌷 8mo
Rachel_nyc @Eggs Thank you! 8mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Hope you're enjoying Litsy so far 📖💙 8mo
Rachel_nyc @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Loving it, thanks! 😍 8mo
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SimplyShelia
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Mehso-so

Seems like I saw a lot of good reviews for this one but for me it was just meh. Just never sparked my interest, took me awhile to finish because I kept going to the other books I've been reading instead.

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JennyM
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Mehso-so

Being an addict is a constant hustle; it takes so much energy 💔

#Booked2019 #BookAboutAddiction

Freespirit Funny...I looked at this book today at the bookshop but resisted..luckily 8mo
BarbaraBB That‘s about all there is to say about this book indeed! 8mo
Cinfhen SoSo from me too!! Don‘t think I care for this author‘s style/voice. Great review by the way 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 8mo
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TrishB I just gave this a so-so too! 8mo
JennyM @TrishB @BarbaraBB @Cinfhen glad to see I‘m in good company. @Freespirit I just couldn‘t get into it. 8mo
Cathythoughts I won‘t be rushing to read this one 👍🏻 8mo
batsy I'm not sure what it is about Rachel Kushner; I tell myself that I need to read one of her books, but I keep putting it off 😆 8mo
JennyM @batsy I have so many authors that I resist reading, and and no idea why. @Cathythoughts yeah, it‘s not a must read in my opinion. 8mo
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Mindyrecycles
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Finished Mars Room and starting Parking Lot Attendant. #tob2019

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Mindyrecycles
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Not a reason in the world for me to leave the house today, it‘s gray and rainy out, and I‘m reading. Rapture! #litsypartyofone #tob2019

Rachel_nyc I‘m reading this too! 8mo
Mindyrecycles @Rachel_nyc I‘ve now finished and it‘s another good one I think. Let me know how you like it! 8mo
Rachel_nyc @Mindyrecycles Glad to hear you liked it! I‘m a bit underwhelmed so far but I‘m only about 20% in so I‘m hoping it pulls me in more once things start happening. 8mo
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Rachel_nyc
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I‘m not interested in the Super Bowl but will take time out from reading to watch the #puppybowl. Anyone else? #tob2019 #dogsoflitsy

ProfReader I‘m going to watch both. Ari, my miniature poodle, loves the puppy bowl!! 8mo
Rachel_nyc @ProfReader I love miniature poodles! Enjoy! 8mo
ProfReader We will... 8mo
BarbaraBB What do you think of The Mars Room? I didn‘t really like it. Looking forward yo your review! 8mo
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB I‘m only about 20% in but so far I‘m underwhelmed. Trying to keep an open mind since I had really been looking forward to this one! 8mo
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Mindyrecycles
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9 books for January—mostly #tob2019 titles along with a #bookclub and a #Gilmoregirlsreadingchallenge. #Finale #ANewChapter

Cortg How was The House of Broken Angels? I heard the author speak at the Nat‘l Book Festival and there has been a copy on display at work staring me down all week. I haven‘t read any of his work, yet. 9mo
merelybookish I just started Warlight. I like it so far. 9mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🙌🏻🙌🏻 I‘ve got to read 9mo
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Mindyrecycles @Cortg Loved it! His Devil‘s Highway is excellent also. 9mo
Cortg @Mindyrecycles Thanks! It‘s on my TBR and if it‘s still staring at me tomorrow, since I‘m off today, I‘m checking it out! 8mo
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my.books.in.squares
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Decisions decisions #tbr

Emilymdxn That one second to bottom looks beautiful! Never heard of it but I like pretty books! I really enjoyed the mars room xoxo 9mo
RadicalReader Love the spine of Tower of Dawn so beautiful!! 8mo
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RealBooks4ever
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What attracted me to this story was the fact that the main character grows up in San Francisco, but after reading it, I don‘t give a schilling about any of the characters. #ToB #ToB2019

Leftcoastzen I thought her other one was overrated as well. I finished it but I was like “meh” 9mo
BarbaraBB I didn‘t like this one much either. Still need to read the Flamethrowrers because it‘s on the #1001books list 😉 9mo
RealBooks4ever @Leftcoastzen @BarbaraBB Oh well, at least we have it a chance! Here's to our next reads being fabulous! 💜 9mo
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Pruzy
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New (to me) Podcast Alert!

Ever wanted to get the feel of being at a constant literary festival? Look no further than Literary Art‘s The Archive Project whose mandate is to provide high quality recordings of author interviews at literary festivals.

This episode featuring Groff and Kushner on stage at the same time is phenomenal. Both The Mars Room (Kushner) and Florida (Groff) have shot waaaay up on my wish list.

Simona Subscribed ... thanks to you 🙏 9mo
Pruzy @Simona Good new Literary Fiction focused podcasts can be hard to find 9mo
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Denisereads75
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I listened to this on audio and found it immensely interesting. The story is mainly about a character named Romy who, at the beginning of the novel, is about to begin the first of two consecutive life sentences for killing her stalker. In her former life, she was a stripper and a single mother of a 6 year old boy. Overall, it was still a solid novel and will leave you a little sad and definitely provide you with a new perspective.

Reggie Nice 👍🏽 9mo
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The Mars Room: A Novel | Rachel Kushner
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Snowy day means staying in bed to read! 🌨❄️🌨

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kristincatastrophic
The Mars Room: A Novel | Rachel Kushner
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My hand is dyed purple. Last night I decided to celebrate our new apartment having an actual bathtub by finishing up The Mars Room while soaking. This was obviously a mistake. The black hardcover ran all over my wet hands. It still hasn't come off. How do people on tv read in the tub? It's all lies! Or paperbacks maybe.

RadicalReader @kristincatastrophic seriously when I read this I thought oooh festive and awesome artistic abilities to paint a room reminiscent of a magnificent planet 9mo
Reviewsbylola This happens to me occasionally too. 9mo
GingerAntics @RadicalReader I was thinking that, too. lol @kristincatastrophic WHAT ARE THESE PEOPLE ACTUALLY DOING ON TV/IN MOVIES?! Are they even reading?! 9mo
sixgun I do the majority of my reading in the bathtub and hot tub. As odd as it sounds, I keep a hand towel nearby, sometimes I just drape it over my head. 9mo
kristincatastrophic @Reviewsbylola @GingerAntics I'm glad I'm not the only one. 9mo
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jouleian
The Mars Room: A Novel | Rachel Kushner

I can see why a lot of people say this sounds like OITNB...

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The Mars Room: A Novel | Rachel Kushner
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One of the books in my #botm stack that I haven‘t read. And I don‘t seem to be gravitating towards it. Should I be jumping to read it or nah?
#musicalnewyear #cellblocktango

vivastory I want to read it, but @BarbaraBB posted a book that sounds even better 9mo
BarbaraBB I think you‘ve read that one already @Reviewsbylola , but I wouldn‘t jump to read The Mars Room.... 9mo
Redwritinghood I really liked it, but I know there are a few other opinions about this one. 9mo
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Cinfhen I think you can put it off until Florence graduates Middle School 😌😜 9mo
BookwormM I really enjoyed it 9mo
lele1432 I thought it started out good but I ended up disappointed lol. Not one I would recommend rushing to read 9mo
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