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Still Lives
Still Lives | Maria Hummel
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"Still Lives offers its readers that delicious combination of entertainment and brilliance. It's at once profound and suspenseful, and while the plot kept me up nights (the ending had me gasping in surprise!), the book as a whole asks important questions about art and representation and how we, as a culture, objectify and endanger and victimize women. Maria Hummel has written a remarkable, relevant, and necessary novel." --Edan Lepucki, author of Woman No. 17 and the New York Times bestselling California Kim Lord is an avant-garde figure, feminist icon, and agent provocateur in the L.A. art scene. Her groundbreaking new exhibition Still Lives is comprised of self-portraits depicting herself as famous, murdered women--the Black Dahlia, Chandra Levy, Nicole Brown Simpson, among many others--and the works are as compelling as they are disturbing, implicating a culture that is too accustomed to violence against women. As the city's richest art patrons pour into the Rocque Museum's opening night, all the staff, including editor Maggie Richter, hope the event will be enough to save the historic institution's flailing finances. Except Kim Lord never shows up to her own gala. Fear mounts as the hours and days drag on and Lord remains missing. Suspicion falls on the up-and-coming gallerist Greg Shaw Ferguson, who happens to be Maggie's ex. A rogue's gallery of eccentric art world figures could also have motive for the act, and as Maggie gets drawn into her own investigation of Lord's disappearance, she'll come to suspect all of those closest to her. Set against a culture that often fetishizes violence, Still Lives is a page-turning exodus into the art world's hall of mirrors, and one woman's journey into the belly of an industry flooded with money and secrets.
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emmaturi
Still Lives | Maria Hummel
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Day 14 - red cover of #fallisbooked, I bought this last month and still need to read it!
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️📚❤️ 5d
OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚😊 4d
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Librarybelle
Still Lives | Maria Hummel
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#7Books7Covers #CoverCrush Day 7 Round 2

Anyone wish to play? Post 7 book covers that you love over 7 days, with no explanation.

EadieB @Librarybelle I like all the colors together! 4w
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mc916
Still Lives | Maria Hummel
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It was pretty good! Set in LA in 2003 - before iPhones & before social media - before selfies! An artist goes missing on the day of her new gallery show called, Still Lives, where the art is all self portraits of her dressed up as famous murdered women like the black dahlia and Nicole Brown Simpson. It has a smart female protagonist and supporting characters. Would make a great book club read too!

mc916 I SWEAR i wasn‘t drunk when i wrote that ☝🏼 3mo
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marleed
Still Lives | Maria Hummel
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Mehso-so

For kicks, I keep up with the Reese Witherspoon bookclub, and some early picks remain on my TBR. Although this book has less than stellar reviews, I‘m committed to my goal. ...I didn‘t not like it, but didn‘t care about the MC. Also, it‘s weird the author questions the motives of the Still Lives artist - creating art based on IRL murdered LA dead women. Because wait, isn‘t the author doing the very same thing in the writing of this book!?

Frecks-Booklover4life I like the Reese W book club also! I haven‘t read all of them but the handful that I have , I‘ve really enjoyed. This is one that I have not read. 3mo
marleed @Frecks-Booklover4life It‘s an interesting book to consider. I think I may have liked it more had all the names been fiction. I get how readers could be offended which makes me change my rating from a pick to a so-so. 3mo
BooknerdsLife I love how your book matches with the puzzle 😍💚💙 3mo
marleed @BooknerdsLife Ha - Thanks! That‘s a Charley Harper bird puzzle and I can‘t quite put it back in the box. I set the book down on it earlier this week and laughed at the camouflage! 3mo
BooknerdsLife @marleed Haha yes! Your book totally blends in with the puzzle there😂 Aww you have to get it framed! 😍 3mo
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TheTallented
Still Lives | Maria Hummel
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Currently reading Still Lives by Maria Hummel for a book BINGO challenge with my book club and I‘m loving this quote.

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kyraleseberg
Still Lives | Maria Hummel
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Mehso-so

This was a book club selection and it was just okay for me. The summary sounds so compelling and I read it quickly but the execution fell flat with a truly anticlimactic ending. I felt distanced from all the characters and think it would've worked better for me if it had been told from different POVs, but that's only my two cents.
Three stars just because it kept me turning the pages right up to the disappointing ending.

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mc916
Still Lives | Maria Hummel
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Week 2 check in and we‘re back from our 9-day vacation. NYC was amazing! We got to see 2 shows: Burn This with Keri Russell and Adam Driver (swoon), and The Book of Mormon which was HILARIOUS!! The good thing about NYC is all the walking and we got no less than 15K steps a day! Reminder: I‘m in a boot! I hope everyone else had a great week as well!! #bfcround2 📷 the Guggenheim in NYC

jmtrivera That sounds like a blast! 3mo
wanderinglynn What an awesome week! 🙌🏻 and so cool you got to see Adam Driver! ❤️ 3mo
mc916 @wanderinglynn He‘s my crush! Luckily, my husband is a theater geek so he was happy to see the play. What‘s funny is that he commented on all the young people there and how proud he was that they supported the arts. I gave him a look with a “they‘re here to see Adam Driver!” Sure enough, the second he entered the stage, all the girls (myself included) gasped, squealed, and cheered! Hahahahha! 3mo
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mc916 @jmtrivera we did 9 days: Boston, Maine, and NYC! We are exhausted! Just the two of us. No teenage daughter! It was so much fun! 3mo
jmtrivera @mc916 That sounds like a great time! I'm glad you got to enjoy it!!! 3mo
wanderinglynn @mc916 😂😂😂 Well whatever it takes to introduce people to the theatre. 3mo
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kyraleseberg
Still Lives | Maria Hummel
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Finished Brazen yesterday (loooove!), working on Ghostly, The Blinds came highly recommended by a friend, & Still Lives is our next book club selection (uh-oh, low overall rating on Litsy & Goodreads both!)

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mc916
Still Lives | Maria Hummel
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Started a new one on vacation. Book 2/4 for the challenge. We are in Boston for the next 2 days and we love it! It‘s our first time here ❤️ Today we‘re going to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and hoping to get in over 10K steps like yesterday (even with my boot) #teamnewbie #bfc @wanderinglynn @Econaghan @BookBridget @laura311 @WriterAtHeart @jmtrivera @Honeybeegirl @BookishBelle @crazyspine

TheNerdyProfessor If you have time, I would take the Subway to Cambridge and visit the Harvard Bookstore 🥰 4mo
mc916 @TheNerdyProfessor yeah? I‘m down! I love old bookstores too! I was complaining about not seeing any yesterday when we walked around the freedom trial. Are they open on Sundays too? 4mo
TheNerdyProfessor OMGee, you must go! It's adorable and they have new books upstairs and used books downstairs. Plus there are a lot of cute restaurants in Harvard Square. I looked online and it's open from 10am to 10pm on Sundays. Ooooh, I hope you love it!! 4mo
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wanderinglynn Beautiful photo! ❤️ Have an amazing trip! 4mo
Econaghan Enjoy your trip! Great job with your goals! The boot is not holding you back! 4mo
crazyspine What a great pic! 4mo
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elisebarker
Still Lives | Maria Hummel
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Pickpick

I‘m giving this a pick because it was interesting to learn about the inner workings of an art museum. The story was just okay, but overall I enjoyed it.

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OutsmartYourShelf
Still Lives | Maria Hummel
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Mehso-so

The artist behind Still Lives, an exhibition about women from famous murder cases, goes missing. Was it her boyfriend? Or perhaps his ex?

I seem to be hitting a run of just okay reads. This one does say something about the consumption of images of murder victims, especially attractive girls & women. Ultimately though, it‘s not a read that will stay with you. 3⭐️

Rachel.Rencher I agree completely! This is one that I'd actually forgotten about until I cleaned off my shelves. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 5mo
OutsmartYourShelf @Rachel.Rencher Yes, the literary equivalent of fast food. 5mo
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GidgetsTreasures75
Still Lives | Maria Hummel
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3-11-19: My 20th finished book of 2019! A page turner with surprises! 👍🏼📖#️⃣2️⃣0️⃣ #stilllives #mariahummel

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GidgetsTreasures75
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3-9-19: Book delivery from the library!! Starting with Still Lives! #libraryhaul #stilllives #mariahummel

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ericarobynreads
Still Lives | Maria Hummel
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Panpan

Still Lives by Maria Hummel is a slow burning tale about a woman who, even though she is haunted by her history as a reporter's assistant, just can't help but snoop around and put herself at risk in order to try to solve a murder case. Unfortunately this one fell totally flat for me. I pushed through because it was a book club pick... definitely a thumbs down from me.

https://www.ericarobynreads.com/book-review-still-lives/

#mystery

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alisonrose
Still Lives | Maria Hummel
Panpan

What was even the point of this book? For being only 275 pages, it was filled w/pointless tangents & boring personal history of the main character that had fuck all to do w/anything. Took way too long to even get to the “thriller” part, & I use quotes b/c it wasn‘t a thriller at all. Reveal was 100% predictable & trite, w/no further twist to give it any depth. Boring, pretentious, & not at all feminist like it seemed to be striving toward. 1/5 ⭐️

ericarobynreads Agreeeeeeed! 8mo
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alisonrose
Still Lives | Maria Hummel

Uhhhhh the police are investigating the “disappearance” of a grown adult not even two full days after she was last seen, and the very next morning after she texted with someone? That‘s........not realistic.

Redwritinghood This book - not very good. 8mo
alisonrose @Redwritinghood Yeah. If it weren‘t so short and didn‘t have all these “memory lane” sections that I‘m just skimming over, I‘d probably DNF. But I kinda want to see if the ending annoys me as much as it did so many others, lolsob 8mo
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alisonrose
Still Lives | Maria Hummel

(Oh God, the author is doing that thing I hate of referring to a character over and over by their full name. But it‘s only one person she‘s doing it with and I suppose it‘s because she‘s an ~*artiste*~ or something. But uggghhhhhh major pet peeve. I‘ll keep reading but this on its own will probably affect the rating, LOL)

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alisonrose
Still Lives | Maria Hummel
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This has pretty low ratings/reviews on Goodreads and Litsy, but I‘m working on clearing out the books that have been on my TBR shelves the longest, and I want to at least give it a try. #nowreading

gradcat But the description makes it sound sooo good... I have to give it a go, too! 😊 8mo
JamieArc I went into it with low expectations and ended up enjoying it. I‘m a true crime fan, so the fact that real true crime cases were featured in the art interested me. The plot wasn‘t spectacular, but I enjoyed a lot of the commentary. 8mo
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DoonTheGoon
Still Lives | Maria Hummel
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Spent some time yesterday re-organizing my TBR shelves. These are only the books within the rainbow. I have another shelf that's just black/grey/white spines!!! 😱

Erofan So beautiful! 😍 9mo
DoonTheGoon @Erofan Thank you!!! 9mo
Tralfamadorian Nightvale! 9mo
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TheNerdyProfessor
Still Lives | Maria Hummel
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Just finished my second book of 2019. This one counts as a long overdue #BOTM. #LLB19 #LittenLoveBingo
This also counts for the #popsugar #readingchallenge for "a book you meant to read in 2018".

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TheNerdyProfessor
Still Lives | Maria Hummel
Mehso-so

I'm surprised this was recommended by BOTM and Reese's bookclub. This book started out okay but eventually, I lost interest. It's really challenging to write a compelling thriller and this one fell flat for me. ⭐⭐/5

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TheNerdyProfessor
Still Lives | Maria Hummel
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Stumbled across this adorable cafe today. I'm so inspired by the charm and architecture in Vichy. Preparing for a trip to the Louvre next week and this art-themed book is setting a perfect mood for my visit!

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TheNerdyProfessor
Still Lives | Maria Hummel
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I ordered this book from BOTM last year ... I started it and then quit after about 30 pages. I'm back at it now and eager to cross this off my TBR list. The reviews for this one were really mixed - which is surprising since both BOTM and Reese's Book club picked it. I'm hoping I'm not disappointed!

Did anyone else read this one yet?

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Quippe
Still Lives | Maria Hummel
Mehso-so

Maria Hummel‘s literary thriller is a love letter to Los Angeles that‘s strong in its observations of the modern art world and its inhabitants but the mystery element quickly tails off under the weight of Maggie‘s backstory and the final quarter falls apart as she makes leaps of seduction based on a knowledge of the other characters that isn‘t previously shared on the page, concluding with an overblown denouement that made me roll my eyes.

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AshleyC816
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Pickpick

I enjoyed this mystery set in an art museum in LA. On the night of her grand opening, the artist goes missing. Told from the point of view of a museum employee, whose personal history sometimes colors her ideas on what happened. There are also some interesting commentary on being a single career oriented woman.

Velvetfur Love the pretty doggie 😍 9mo
gradcat Oh, I love your dog 🐶 ❤️ 8mo
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nomadreader
Still Lives | Maria Hummel
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Pickpick

I loved this novel: it's a mystery, but it's also a thoughtful examination of the contemporary Los Angeles art world, the role of women in art (as artist and subject), and how we view violence against women. I would gladly read a book about any one of those things, so to have them all in one book thrilled me. Counting for #HelloSunshine, #Booked2019 (new to me author), #PopSugar2019 (2 books, 1 title) and #LitsyAtoZ [full review on my blog!]

4thhouseontheleft Yours is the first review that makes me want to read this! I selected it as a #botm last year but have had zero motivation to pick it up. 9mo
nomadreader @4thhouseontheleft If you're at all into/interested in art, it's well worth it! Just don't go in expecting a straightforward mystery.... 9mo
Cinfhen I was just underwhelmed by the end. It started to drag for me. It‘s available on #Hoopla @4thhouseontheleft 😊 9mo
nomadreader @Cinfhen Agreed. The last 30% was my least favorite. 9mo
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nomadreader
Still Lives | Maria Hummel
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Well, I didn't end up reading as much as I'd hoped, so this will be my first book of 2019 instead of the last of 2018. Cheers to a lazy day celebrating before reality sets back in tomorrow #booksandbooze

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nomadreader
Still Lives | Maria Hummel
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Out to lunch with my favorite kid on this holiday, and he said, "Mommy, let's both read our books now." ??

Louise You‘re doing a good job, Mommy! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 (edited) 10mo
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nomadreader
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Unnecessary errors really bother me sometimes, especially in a book I just finished saying how much I'm loving. Ugh.🙄

CouronneDhiver 🥂🍾 10mo
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nomadreader
Still Lives | Maria Hummel
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The rest of 2018 is for reading books I've been meaning to get to all year

Reviewsbylola Same. I finished my last challenge book earlier this month so I‘ve been grabbing whatever strikes my fancy! 10mo
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LeslieO
Still Lives | Maria Hummel
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This might be the last one I complete this year but I'm gonna try to squeeze another one in. #BOTM #2018books

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wallacereads
Still Lives | Maria Hummel
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I have been on a Reese‘s Book Club pick tear lately. This one was a bit too far fetched for me so I had a hard time engaging. The cover is next level.

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Taylor
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Pickpick

Maria Hummel is highly skilled at suspense writing, and she really knows how to plant one question after another to keep the reader intrigued. But I actually desire more than just a whodunnit, and here there‘s that too—plenty of explorations about our disturbing (and heartbreaking) fascination with violence inflicted on women‘s bodies. It also investigates fame...ambition...and I could keep going. It‘s creepy at times, and Gillian Flynnesque.

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UnabridgedPod
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Pickpick

Strong noir mystery. Hummel builds a surreal world centered in LA and focused on the art world. Maggie, the protagonist, is a perfect balance of insider and outsider, someone who enters the drama without being a part of it. The author's message about violence against women is perhaps the most interesting part of the novel; the way that menace plagues these women and provides a form of entertainment is an indictment the central plot reinforces.

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JoyBlue
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Bailedbailed

I'm either putting a pin in it or bailing at 24% / 2:19:41—not enjoying the subject matter/plot.

Redwritinghood This was a pan for me, so I would say you‘re right to bail on this one. 12mo
JoyBlue @Redwritinghood Thanks for the reassurance! 12mo
ericarobynreads I agree, bailing is good. I pushed myself through this one because it was a book club pick. It fell so flat. 8mo
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catherine2
Still Lives | Maria Hummel
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How can a photograph be “hand-stitched”? What does that mean??

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rather_be_reading
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Mehso-so

I almost DNF this book! Half the content couldve been thrown out. It was dragged out and boring. However, I did not feel it was necessarily "bad" because I still wanted to find out "the who, what and how".

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rather_be_reading
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Where ambition is savaged and changed to devastation...

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rather_be_reading
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Make your life about the things and the people that matter to you.

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rather_be_reading
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...my thoughts derailing like trains.

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rather_be_reading
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But the interesting thing about intuition is how little it tells us about the external world, and how much it tells us about ourselves.

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rather_be_reading
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The only items of value are my books.

😉😂

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rather_be_reading
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The avocados are ripe now, and they hang like jewels in the high branches.

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rather_be_reading
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...the past defines us and to ignore it is like putting down roots in a city that will one day fall into the sea..

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rather_be_reading
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Some of us just want to get sucked into a good novel...

Suzze All of us here. 🤓 13mo
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rather_be_reading
Still Lives | Maria Hummel

Failure: it never interested me before moving to Los Angeles. Yet after... I saw it everywhere, like darm natter, holding the city together.

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rather_be_reading
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...her curiosity, which coats my office like fingerprint dust...

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rather_be_reading
Still Lives | Maria Hummel

Instead, Greg and I had moved to LA, pulled by the siren song of California, its warmth and ease, the limitless possibilities.

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rather_be_reading
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I know she adores Prince and fish tacos, but boyfriends?

😂

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rather_be_reading
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The way they will glide like souls pouring into Hades.