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City of Girls
City of Girls | Elizabeth Gilbert
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From the # 1 New York Times bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love and The Signature of All Things, a delicious novel of glamour, sex, and adventure, about a young woman discovering that you don't have to be a good girl to be a good person. "Life is both fleeting and dangerous, and there is no point in denying yourself pleasure, or being anything other than what you are." Beloved author Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction with a unique love story set in the New York City theater world during the 1940s. Told from the perspective of an older woman as she looks back on her youth with both pleasure and regret (but mostly pleasure), City of Girls explores themes of female sexuality and promiscuity, as well as the idiosyncrasies of true love. In 1940, nineteen-year-old Vivian Morris has just been kicked out of Vassar College, owing to her lackluster freshman-year performance. Her affluent parents send her to Manhattan to live with her Aunt Peg, who owns a flamboyant, crumbling midtown theater called the Lily Playhouse. There Vivian is introduced to an entire cosmos of unconventional and charismatic characters, from the fun-chasing showgirls to a sexy male actor, a grand-dame actress, a lady-killer writer, and no-nonsense stage manager. But when Vivian makes a personal mistake that results in professional scandal, it turns her new world upside down in ways that it will take her years to fully understand. Ultimately, though, it leads her to a new understanding of the kind of life she craves - and the kind of freedom it takes to pursue it. It will also lead to the love of her life, a love that stands out from all the rest. Now ninety-five years old and telling her story at last, Vivian recalls how the events of those years altered the course of her life - and the gusto and autonomy with which she approached it. "At some point in a woman's life, she just gets tired of being ashamed all the time," she muses. "After that, she is free to become whoever she truly is." Written with a powerful wisdom about human desire and connection, City of Girls is a love story like no other.
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erinjohns
City of Girls | Elizabeth Gilbert
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Completely racey...deliciously scandelous...yet innocent and alluring...a unique perspective of war times and the life altered after...about not living up to people's expectations. Giving yourself and others grace and second chances. About growing your own family by welcoming the people around you. Much depth and personal emotions put into the characters...you felt the real life anguish in the fictional characters.

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lahousewyfe
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This is what happens when you get your hold set at the library as soon as the book publication is announced! I don't think anyone has even read it yet!

This is why it pays to stalk - I mean follow- your favorite authors on social media.

Woohoo! Reading weekend starts now!

StayCurious I‘m about to start this myself 24h
RaimeyGallant Sweet! 24h
laurenslibrary I love when this happens! 21h
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jb72
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#giveaway500
@REPollock is having a giveaway. Head on over and take a look around. Let‘s see I‘d say a genre that‘s a hard pass for me is romance. Congrats 🎊🎉🍾🎈 on reaching over 500 followers!

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StayCurious
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@Andrea4 @BookishTrish @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego @FantasyChick I got City of Girls for #LMPBC #teamcanada but I could only find it in hardcover. Is that ok or should I make another selection?

BookishTrish Hardcover works fine for me! 1d
Andrea4 Works for me! 1d
FantasyChick Hardcover is fine. My copy of Dracul is HC as well. 😊 1d
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Branwen
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"At some point in a woman's life, she just gets tired of being ashamed all the time. After that, she is free to become whoever she truly is."

I loved this book! It was a light, fun read and I was completely drawn into the story. A wonderful summer book! ???

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PickingBooks
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Bed time reading! So excited to start this one! Anyone read it yet? Thoughts?

Ruthiella I‘ve heard good things! I liked The Signature of All Things. 😀 2d
PickingBooks @Ruthiella Thanks! I‘ll have to check out The Signature of All Things. 21h
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AmyStewart
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Fabulous event last night with Elizabeth Gilbert, in a packed hall sponsored by @Powells and now I‘m diving into the book. It‘s delightful so far. Who‘s reading it?

BookInMyHands Yay! I was there last night too! I‘ve listened to Big Magic every year for the last 3 years, so I feel Liz and I are good friends now 😆. 2d
amie I'm reading it, too! I started it a couple of days ago and like it. 2d
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originalembot
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"'But he's young"
"Yes, Celia dear. He is young - far younger than me, in fact. One of my greatest achievements, I daresay."

"Don't you get worried? There's got to be a lot of young dishes out there who want to put the moves on him."

"I don't worry about dishes, my dear. Dishes break."

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AceOnRoam
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I have waited so long to see what Elizabeth Gilbert would deliver after the amazing Alma Whittaker.

Fingers crossed for a five star read.

#ReadingOnRoam

Simona 🤞Looking forward to your review! I think that Alma is one of the most comprehensive female characters in literature. 5d
LeahBergen I‘ve missed you on here! 😃 5d
Redwritinghood I preordered it and it was here waiting for me when I got home yesterday. Excited to read it (when I can fit it in!). 5d
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Liz_M Wow, that is some cover. 5d
AceOnRoam @Simona yes! I am loving it so far, its heaps of fun. 5d
AceOnRoam @LeahBergen awww, so sweet, I am struggling with my data budget in these here remote places, but will be back in civilisation soon and you will be sick of my posts!!! 😘 5d
AceOnRoam @Redwritinghood its very easy reading so far so you will finish it in no time at all. 5d
AceOnRoam @Liz_M I know right, I love it. It is on my Overdrive loan edition but I hadn't seen it during the marketing campaign so ...Surprise! 5d
AceOnRoam @Simona I haven't written a review, but I found this to be fresh and vibrant and fun. Vivian Morris is no Alma, but I love her too. Strong and independent and unabashed. There is a lot of NYC here, I wish that I had visited some of these places which are a major part of the book. One day!!! 4d
Simona Stacked! 3d
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Twocougs
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Just the book I needed. An “interesting” woman, so unlike me. Lovely story, see right before WW II.

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MelissaSue81
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Mehso-so

Right on the edge of pick and so so.. the characters were Well developed and interesting.. but there just wasn‘t a whole lot happening in the way of plot. Things happen.. but it didn‘t seem that the events built upon one another. I just felt like something was missing. Most of the meat of the story didn‘t happen until the last 1/4 of the book leaving the earlier parts to feel insignificant.

marleed I heard her interview with Oprah Winfrey this morning and she explained why she wrote this story. It was interesting and will be available on Oprah‘s podcast tomorrow. 7d
MelissaSue81 @marleed - interesting. I will have to look for it. 6d
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MelissaSue81
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MelissaSue81
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It‘s cool Brodie, I didn‘t want to use that kindle #catsoflitsy.

Crazeedi Lol😍😻 1w
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thebluestocking
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I loved the pants off of this book. Vivian moves to New York in 1940 to live in her aunt‘s playhouse. She meets all kinds of people and gets into all kinds of trouble. It‘s told by Vivian as an old woman, and, while I wasn‘t always sure about the frame, I was riveted by the plot. Gilbert‘s writing carried me away as per usual.

Brewychock48 Looks good, I need to read this😍📕 1w
thebluestocking @Brewychock48 I hope you enjoy it!! 💙 1w
Brewychock48 @thebluestocking ,I going to see if my library has it 1w
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MelissaSue81
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It‘s pool season and finally a gorgeous day. I‘m in a bit of a reading slump but trying to get some in today.

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stephothebesto
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Came home to some exciting book mail yesterday!!!

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Christine
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I fully enjoyed this. It‘s worthy of all of the adjectives I‘ve either already heard used to describe it or expect to hear soon: fizzy, frothy, sizzling, crackling, sparkling, effervescent, glamorous, sexy, etc. 😁 But it serves up some lovely deep thoughts on the side, too. And though I often have mixed feelings about Gilbert, I always appreciate her way with words.

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AnnaClark
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What new books are you looking forward to for this summer? Elizabeth Gilbert is one of my favorite authors and I can‘t wait to check out this period novel.

Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🤗 6d
marleed I hope to get this one from overdrive soon! 6d
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Hyggescence
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Have been looking forward to this since last autumn when Elizabeth Gilbert spoke about it at the Brave Magic workshop. At first I wasn‘t sure a novel about showgirls in the 1940s was really my thing, but the more she spoke about it, the more I wanted to read it. A book about women who unapologetically own and explore their sexuality and aren‘t ruined by it? I‘m here for that. #cityofgirls #newrelease

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bookish_wookish
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This is exactly why i shouldnt have days off during the week!! To my denfense, my son is graduating tonight..soooo...this is like a reward...for me??.... 🙃

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Tashreads
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Who is excited?

Freespirit I loved The Signature of all Things...hoping it's as good..not sure about the cover 1w
Tashreads @Freespirit I also loved TSOAT, but was not a fan of Eat, Pray, Love. Personally I love this cover 😊 1w
Crazeedi On my TBR! 1w
marleed And did I spy a hot pink spine behind the UK cover of this book!? 1w
marleed @Tashreads I happened upon EPL at a time in my life when I needed to face the world anew (death of husband). That book spoke to me so much. I‘ve often wondered if it would have had the same effect a year earlier or even later. 1w
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Lisas.Library
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The synopsis of this book is giving me The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo vibes.
A novel of Glamour, Sex, and Adventure, set in the 1940s New York theater world. Vivian now 89 yrs old telling her story at last. How events altered her life and how she was finally able to become who she truly is.

BooknerdsLife Sounds great! Stacked! 🤗 2w
marleed I put a hold on this last night but I wasn‘t fast enough because I have a seven week wait. But I do have a 20% BN coupon. What to do what to do!? 2w
marleed Btw, did you see the UK cover. It‘s gorgeous. As are the spines - I think the UK spine is hot pink! 2w
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Lisas.Library @marleed ~ I did see the UK cover. I was very torn between the two. I‘m a sucker for the UK covers 😂 2w
Lisas.Library @BooknerdsLife ~ yay!! I hope you like it!! 2w
Lisas.Library @marleed ~ yikes...7 weeks 😑 2w
marleed @Lisas.Library I‘m hopeful they monitor the popularity and purchase more copies. They seem to do that often. 2w
Lisas.Library @marleed ~ That would nice!! Fingers crossed 🤞🏻 1w
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gossamerchild
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My June #tbr. Overly ambitious, as usual. 🤦‍♀️

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hes7
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#BookMail

“From the # 1 New York Times bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love and The Signature of All Things, a delicious novel of glamour, sex, and adventure, about a young woman discovering that you don't have to be a good girl to be a good person.”

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xxjenadanxx
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1. Having fun and making memories with my niece Satina.
2. Tagged and also The Beyond (Devils Isle #4) by Chloe Neill
3. Popsicles and fresh produce! Also Cherry Limeade.
4. 106 degrees. No thank you.
5. @AthenaWins @Dragon @Chelleo @Tashaxlynn @Addison_Reads @NatalieR

NatalieR Thanks for the tag! 😊 3w
Dragon Thanks for the tag 👍😀🐉 3w
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bookandcat
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1. BookCon! My first time going, I can't wait!
2. City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert
3. Corn on the cob 🌽
4. 110°F
5. @GinEyre22 @Mdargusch
#thursdaysurvey @laurenslibrary

laurenslibrary So jelly that you're going to bookcon! Share lots of pictures!! 😊 3w
bookandcat @laurenslibrary I plan to! I'm so excited! 3w
Mdargusch Yum! Corn on the cob! 🌽🌽🌽 Thanks for the tag! 3w
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rather_be_reading
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I just took advantage of this deal!! Its only $1 more than on Amazon and its signed!!

bookish_wookish I cant wait for this book!!! 4w
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bookish_wookish
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Ok, so im really really really hoping that one or both of these will be a BOTM choice for May!! 😬 🤞🏼

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swishandflick
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I haven't gotten my hands on this book yet but this quote makes me even more excited to read it! I felt the same way when I moved to NYC five years ago 😄

📸 : @RiverheadBooks on FB

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Lydiamansel
City of Girls | Elizabeth Gilbert
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Fast read, engrossing story

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wintercherry
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Halfway through, loving this ❤️

Redwritinghood I‘m looking forward to this one. I loved The Signature of All Things. 3mo
wintercherry @Redwritinghood I loved Signature too, I wasn‘t expecting to, I read it for work and was so surprised and delighted by it. This is set in 1940s New York theatre world and it‘s funny and wonderful. 3mo
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Liberty
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Hello, pretty. 💜

Gaylagal2 I cant wait to read this 🤓 5mo
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LauraBeth
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Well I missed this announcement from a couple of months ago! 😂 Release date: June 4

https://people.com/books/elizabeth-gilbert-book-cover-reveal-city-of-girls/

Jennick2004 OMG that‘s gorgeous! 💜 7mo
AmyG Thanks for the heads up. 7mo
DivineDiana I had missed this as well! 7mo
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booksbrewsandbooze
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My Elizabeth Gilbert shelf will soon have a new book added to it! Looking forward to City of Girls, coming out on June 4, 2019! 📚 #elizabethgilbert #eatpraylove #cityofgirls #strongwomen #booksbrewsandbooze

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swishandflick
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I'm excited about this one!! ❤️

TheBookAddict Sounds interesting! 8mo
Cinfhen Sounds promising!! 8mo
maggie_azevedo I can't wait to read this one!! 8mo
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bookandcat
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NEW ELIZABETH GILBERT BOOK COMING JUNE 4 2019 - THIS IS NOT A DRILL 💙💙💙💙

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