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On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous | Ocean Vuong
Brilliant, heartbreaking, tender, and highly original poet Ocean Vuong's debut novel is a sweeping and shattering portrait of a family, and a testament to the redemptive power of storytelling On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous is a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read. Written when the speaker, Little Dog, is in his late twenties, the letter unearths a family's history that began before he was born a history whose epicentre is rooted in Vietnam and serves as a doorway into parts of his life his mother has never known, all of it leading to an unforgettable revelation. At once a witness to the fraught yet undeniable love between a single mother and her son, it is also a brutally honest exploration of race, class, and masculinity. Asking questions central to the American moment, immersed as it is in addiction, violence, and trauma, but undergirded by compassion and tenderness, On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous is as much about the power of telling one's own story as it is about the obliterating silence of not being heard. With stunning urgency and grace, Ocean Vuong writes of people caught between disparate worlds, and asks how we heal and rescue one another without forsaking who we are. The question of how to survive, and how to make of it a kind of joy, powers the most important debut novel of many years.
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Chelsea.Poole
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Brilliant & brutal. This one was difficult for me to listen to at times because of the visceral suffering of both people and animals in different forms. The words were lyrical but harsh. Narrated by the author, the #audiobook is most definitely the way to go. The boy, Little Dog, came of age in the same time I did and I felt deeply connected to the story because I could relate to the time, if not the experiences. Gorgeous, gorgeous. Recommended 🌟

Buechersuechtling I really like your review. I am having kind of uneasy day today and your words were a bit heart warming for me. Thank you for that. 🙇🏽‍♀️ 13h
CaitlinR I grew up during the Vietnam War, and felt the same kind of connection to the novel, and a pervasive sense of shame about the generational effects. 10h
BarbaraBB Excellence review! 9h
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AlizaApp
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Lovely and lyrical novel, from a young man to his illiterate mother, talking about his first love and addiction and the struggles of being a first generation American and mixed race. I inhaled in one sitting.

Emilymdxn I felt exactly the same, it was an incredible novel. Lovely picture too - your nails are brilliant! 1d
AlizaApp Thanks @Emilymdxn 💅🏼 and glad you liked it too! 13h
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thebluestocking
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01. On Earth We‘re Briefly Gorgeous, 32 Yolks
02. The Water Dancer
03. Red at the Bone, by Jacqueline Woodson

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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Neptunes.Library
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♥️

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Chelsea.Poole
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Narrated by the author, this #audiobook is amazing. I'm only an hour in but wow, it's so powerful. I've seen it on several of the #bestof2019 (so far) lists and I believe that's right where it belongs.

MelissaSue81 I saw this post and checked the library to put a hold on the audiobook.. and its available now! So I downloaded it.. but I have to finish The Institute first, which may take awhile! Gonna need to spend some audiobook time this weekend so I can get to it! 5d
Erinreadsthebooks Love that bird painting 😍 5d
Tamra I love your wallpaper! 5d
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Cathythoughts I‘m putting this on my audio list... 👍🏻♥️ 5d
Chelsea.Poole @MelissaSue81 I hope you enjoy! That always happens to me -- all the audiobooks come pouring in at once. 😊 5d
Chelsea.Poole @Tamra Thanks! It was already done when we moved in. I happen to love it too 😊 5d
Chelsea.Poole @Cathythoughts it's a tough listen in places. I've seen "brutal" used in reviews and I must agree. But so so beautiful too! 5d
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CaitlinR
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The writing is brilliant and lyrical. The story beautiful, brutal. And the unforgettable, recurring the images: fire, hummingbirds, monarchs, buffaloes, and my g-d, the monkeys.

I can‘t say it any better than Celeste Ng who tells us that the book is about: “whether putting words to one‘s experience can bridge wound that span generations, and whether it‘s ever possible to be truly heard by those we love most.”

I will never forget this book.

Cathythoughts Amazing review ♥️ 6d
CaitlinR @Cathythoughts Thank you. 💫 6d
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Tanisha_A
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Earnest. Honest. Bare. Heartbreaking. Harrowing. Chaotic. Lyrical. Captivating. Statements crafted aesthetically. Story delivered with thought, care and grace – story of struggle and survival, of language, of the world in Vietnam and USA, of facing the truth, of being one's true self.

I had a beautiful time reading this.

batsy Lovely review 💜 7d
LiteraryinLititz Thanks for this wonderful review! 7d
ephemeralwaltz So excited to read this! 7d
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UwannaPublishme Great review! 6d
JennyM So glad you loved it. Lovely review ❤️ 6d
Reggie I had a beautiful time reading this review!! 6d
Tanisha_A @batsy @LiteraryinLititz @ephemeralwaltz @UwannaPublishme @Reggie Thank you ladies and gentleman! From what i have seen about your reading choices, y'all will appreciate this. Enjoy! ❤️ 6d
Tanisha_A @JennyM I thank you lovely, for gifting me this. It added gloriously to my reading. 💛🎈 6d
readordierachel Fab review 🧡 Looking forward to this one 4d
TrishB Great review ♥️ I loved this too. 4d
Tanisha_A @readordierachel @TrishB Thank you lovelies! One of the best reads for me this year! 💛 3d
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BarbaraBB
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What a beautiful, sad book. So many beautiful sentences used to tell the story of the hard way of growing up when you‘re born in Vietnam, your family traumatized, and start a new life in America, where you are yellow and gay, small and with not enough English vocabulary to stand up for yourself. Heartbreaking 💔

#ReadingUSA2019 #Connecticut #Booked2019 #Newin2019

batsy I need to read this! Lovely review. 1w
Librarybelle Great review! 1w
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great review. I really need to get to this one. 1w
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Cinfhen So glad you loved it too 💗and awesome that it worked for Connecticut 1w
rohit-sawant Wonderfully put. 1w
Kalalalatja Great review! 1w
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RobinGustafson
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Saturday reading

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AnneCecilie
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Aimeesue The Gorgeous book is actually gorgeous. 2w
BarbaraBB Just started this one! 2w
AnneCecilie @Aimeesue I know. It‘s amazing how much he manage to talk about in such a small book 1w
AnneCecilie @BarbaraBB I hope you‘re enjoying it 1w
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tholmz
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Just absolutely beautiful. Lovely prose, incredible heartbreak, honest through and through.

Cathythoughts Lovely review 👍🏻♥️ 2w
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Laru79
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Mehso-so

Hmm, not sure about this one. It was poetic and moving and sad and made me feel the feels for this guy who grew up not feeling secure I think, but I feel a bit like I didn‘t fully get it. I‘d be really interested to know if anyone else has read it and what they thought!

TrishB I loved it ♥️ poetic and tough, also read much like a memoir. 2w
Laru79 @TrishB yes I‘m glad I read it but I think because I read two books lately that have a tough emotional theme, I now need to read something happy! 2w
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Tanisha_A
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For the love of quiet first lines.

@JennyM I am reading this now, and savouring every sentence. 🥰

Nute Great first line! 2w
TrishB Loved it ❤️ 2w
JennyM Hope you enjoy. Such a beautifully written lyrical book ❤️ 2w
Centique Ohhh that is a beautiful beginning! 2w
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Laru79
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I picked this purely because of the title!!

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Tonton

Illuminating list of books and commentary from Ocean Vuong: https://lithub.com/ocean-vuong-the-10-books-i-needed-to-write-my-novel/

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ReadingRachael
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Cottage vacation + book + coffee + very sweet dog = Bliss

Suet624 Sounds heavenly. 1d
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Megabooks
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Medical update: two crowns on molars and the endodontist today (hello ice cream!), MRI Thursday 👍🏻

Tagged: amazing!! 4.5⭐️ beautiful, lyrical. Love the UK cover from Book Depository 🤩
TaWfT: 4⭐️ story good, fun, but Therese Plummer‘s narration makes it 10x better! #audiobook
#botm choices! Holla!
I‘m hoping this YA fiction on the opioid crisis, Heroine, will do what the adult fiction hasn‘t. So far, it is better.

Miss reading everything! 😘

Bookwormjillk Enjoy that ice cream! 3w
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cobwebmoth You've been in my thoughts.❤ 3w
ValerieAndBooks Take care through everything 💖 3w
Reviewsbylola Damn, you‘ve had a rough week. 😓 2w
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Aloisi_tribe
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This book. Ocean Vuong picked me up out of very long reading slump, beat the crap out of me with this story, then kissed me gently on the forehead with his words and imagery. There are sentences in this book that are literally breathtaking. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

CaitlinR So, so true. 6d
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Well-ReadNeck
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Smrloomis
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Whoa, Ocean Vuong won a MacArthur “genius” grant! 🥳🥳🥳 https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/sep/25/625000-genius-grants-go-to-ocean-v...

Leftcoastzen That‘s wonderful ! 4w
Lindy That‘s great news! 4w
Smrloomis @Leftcoastzen @Lindy I thought so too! 4w
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purebugbeauty72
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This book: so beautifully written, so many layers, so powerful.

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MrBook
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#TBRtemptations post #4! On the National Book Awards‘s fiction longlist! This is an intimate letter from a son addressed to his single mother. It is a novel of revealing one‘s self, the complicated relationship between mother and son, and understanding one‘s own familial background, in this case to Vietnam. The poet has written a novel that seems to be unanimously loved for its prose by reviewers. #blameLitsy #blameMrBook 😎

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I loved it. It‘s rough reading as far as subject matter, but the language is beautiful. 1mo
Leftcoastzen It was one of my favorites this year 1mo
Branwen I loved this book so much. 1mo
rwmg I saw it in the shops, now based on your descriptions of the book and the author I've wishlisted it. (edited) 1mo
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TrishB
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Poetic, lyrical prose. Could have underlined something on every page. One part of the brain would be admiring the writing and the other part would be 😱 at the story.
I loved this book, difficult content though and not for a happy, light read.

nelehelen Sammmeeeee! I underlined every other word hahaha 1mo
Cinfhen I know EXACTLY what you mean!!! It‘s a gut punch 🥊 and it hurts 😢 1mo
TrishB @nelehelen 👍🏻 wonderful writing. 1mo
TrishB @Cinfhen I agree with you that it felt like a memoir. Curious as to how much is autobiographical. 1mo
Cathythoughts Great review... I already have it stacked 👍🏻♥️ 1mo
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TrishB
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#setyoufree #redroseseptember
Loving this so far ❤️

Cinfhen Good find💜aren‘t his words piercing?!!?! 1mo
TrishB @Cinfhen I‘m in love with his writing. I could mark something on every page. ♥️ 1mo
arlenefinnigan Hearing a lot of people say this is really good #stacked 1mo
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Cathythoughts Great quote 👍🏻♥️stacked too 1mo
megnews Great quote! 1mo
BarbaraBB Everyone is raving about this one. I have to get me a copy too! 1mo
Ruthiella Fantastic quote!😀 1mo
Cinfhen Did you get to the part about the baby calves ~ I forgot to warn you 😢😢😢 1mo
TrishB @Cinfhen read that bit with my eyes shut.....☹️ 1mo
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TrishB
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I have so much I need to do today, but I‘m treating myself to a little read first. With Sansa keeping me company ♥️

Cathythoughts Gorgeous picture! ♥️Sansa 1mo
batsy Sweet sleepy Sansa 💜 1mo
Cathythoughts That‘s a picture for the mantle piece 👍🏻 1mo
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Megabooks 💜💜💜 1mo
Cinfhen Hope you & sweet Sansa have a lovely read/ day 💜 1mo
Cinfhen I think Sansa is missing someone 😢 1mo
Hooked_on_books Sansa is adorable! 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm 👋 Sansa! ❣️ Happy reading! 1mo
TrishB @Cathythoughts doggies always take good pics 🐶💜 1mo
TrishB @Cinfhen she‘s been lying outside C‘s room whining as if telling her to get up! I am banned from talking about her to C at the moment cos she just starts crying! J brought her a jumper with I miss my dog on it - she said she slept in it 😢 both will be fine! Change is hard. 1mo
Mishu94 Please leave a review after you have finished reading this book! 😁 1mo
Slajaunie 💙🐾 1mo
squirrelbrain Poor Sansa, and poor C too... it‘ll get better for both of them (and you!) over time.... 😘 1mo
Cinfhen Echoing @squirrelbrain but it‘s true change is hard but it‘s also exciting when you‘re young and a world of possibilities lie before you. Hugs to all (edited) 1mo
Kalalalatja Great photo! 🐶 1mo
TrishB @Slajaunie @Kalalalatja Sansa thanks you 🐶♥️ 1mo
TrishB @squirrelbrain @Cinfhen thank you ❤️ I‘m sure I‘ll stop worrying soon!! 1mo
Cinfhen Oh no!!!! You NEVER stop worrying 😉😆you just worry about different things 😘😘 1mo
TrishB @Cinfhen so true ❤️ 1mo
DGRachel Sansa! ❤️🐶❤️ 1mo
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nelehelen
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4/5
Finished this beautiful book by the pool in equally stunning Napa. Ocean Vuong is known for his poetry so there‘s no argument that his prose would be just as exquisite. And it is. I highlighted and underlined many lines in this book. The only thing I did miss was more of the story. I wanted to know more of what happened and where it was going. Still, I would highly recommend because his writing is too good not to read.

#Booked2019

Crazeedi Nice review! 1mo
nelehelen @Crazeedi thank you!! 1mo
nelehelen @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft this is for the “New in 2019” prompt! 1mo
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Cinfhen Stunning photo and lovely review!!! I‘m super curious what Ocean Vugon will write next. This book felt VERY personal to his life so I‘m thinking this was less of a story and more of a written history 💔 1mo
nelehelen @Cinfhen i know! I had to stop and tell myself that this was a novel.. NOT a memoir 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Oh, that shot of Napa just makes me want to jump on a plane and be there tomorrow! Great review. I have this book and really must read it soon! 4w
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Cinfhen
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Written with exquisite beauty, Ocean Vugon pens his deepest thoughts and darkest secrets in the form of a letter to his illiterate mother. It‘s his awakening and purgatory. The letter is a tracing and circling of his family‘s history of war, trauma, violence, abuse and fierce loyalty. With the most painful honesty Ocean Vuogn shares what it means to be an “other” in the United States. 👇🏼

Cinfhen A “yellow” person, someone who carries the language, culture,colors and memories from a place unfamiliar to most. My heart is heavy and deeply saddened though this book is marked fiction, it feels and reads like a memoir. 1mo
Cinfhen Can‘t wait to hear your thoughts @TrishB I don‘t want to overhype it for you 🤞🏼🤞🏼 1mo
emilyhaldi Beautiful review!! 💙 I definitely thought of it as more of a memoir too.. Vuong certainly has a way with words!! I would like to pick this back up eventually when I have a bit more patience ☺️ 1mo
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TrishB I‘m looking forward to it ♥️🤞🏻 1mo
Megabooks Great review!! Can‘t wait to get this as my first Book Depository order! 1mo
catebutler So glad you enjoyed this! It really struck me, and will stay with me for quite some time. 1mo
Cinfhen Thanks again @Hooked_on_books This book was MORE than briefly gorgeous 💜 1mo
Leftcoastzen So glad you loved it , so powerful, I couldn‘t stop reading it , the emotional intensity and the beautiful writing blew me away. 1mo
Cinfhen I‘m not sure why critics were a little unkind to this book @Leftcoastzen @catebutler I don‘t think this was “disjointed” at all. 1mo
KarenUK I can‘t wait to read this even more now! Such a lovely review 💕 1mo
Hooked_on_books I‘m so glad you liked it! Plus, it was just long listed for the National Book Award for fiction. Good on Ocean! 1mo
kspenmoll Lovely review.❤️ 1mo
Cinfhen I‘m soooooo glad to hear he‘s been longlisted @Hooked_on_books He deserves to win🥰 This book is SO in your wheelhouse @KarenUK have you read it yet @kspenmoll ???? I‘m just wondering what he‘ll write next. 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm Gorgeous review, so glad you liked it. I love this cover more than the other one, I think it suits the tone of the book more. 1mo
Cinfhen That‘s a good point @erzascarletbookgasm about this book design cover. I agree 😉 1mo
Kalalalatja Now I‘m even more interested in reading this! Great review 🙌 1mo
4thhouseontheleft This one is on the national book award longlist! 1mo
Cinfhen I saw!!! I‘m so excited @4thhouseontheleft and I was pleased to see Marlon James made the long list too! 1mo
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alvingregorio
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I force myself every now and then to read a book outside my usual favorite genres, thinking something will catch. I read 1/3 of it before realizing that there is a reason I have favorite genres.

Jenken1998 Beautiful and poetically written words but i had a hard time staying engaged. 1mo
alvingregorio @Jenken1998 I have to agree. The writing is stunning. I really wanted to like this one. 1mo
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Cinfhen
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Lots of mixed opinions on this book but so far I‘m in the LOVING it camp. Each paragraph is a lyrical delight full of pain, beauty and love. Can‘t wait to see what you think @TrishB

Hooked_on_books Awesome! 1mo
Cinfhen Did you love it too @Hooked__on__books I‘m so thankful you shared this one with me 🙏🏻 1mo
4thhouseontheleft I think this one sounds like a powerful read! 1mo
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TrishB Can‘t wait to start now, especially after @emilyhaldi review! But have to wait until Sunday, good books can always wait! 1mo
Emilymdxn I adored this too! 1mo
Leftcoastzen It‘s an amazing book. 1mo
Kalalalatja This book keeps going higher and higher up my tbr! Hope you keep on loving it 🤞 (edited) 1mo
Cinfhen It‘s AMAZING @Kalalalatja @Leftcoastzen @Emilymdxn @TrishB @4thhouseontheleft Definitely not for those who can‘t handle having their heart shredded with a pen 😭😭😭 1mo
Cinfhen You NEED to put this book back in the pile @emilyhaldi ❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️ 1mo
emilyhaldi You may actually have me convinced to pick it up again!!! Such rave reviews ❤️ 1mo
TrishB Definitely a start tomorrow ♥️ 1mo
4thhouseontheleft Duly noted. I can take some heart shredding on occasion. 😲 1mo
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emilyhaldi
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#unpopularopinion but I just can‘t with this one. Some of the writing was certainly beautiful but I can‘t read a novel‘s worth of meandering poetry 😐

Tera0707 Exactly why I bailed 1mo
Tamra I can‘t recall which bookish podcast, but, reviewers similarly said writing is beautiful but has a disjointed structure. 1mo
batsy Lovely photo, though :) 1mo
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Cathythoughts Yes I agree with @batsy .... lovely picture 1mo
Cinfhen I‘ve just started this book and I‘m loving it!!!! The writing is swoon worthy and while his thoughts are meandering I‘m finding there‘s a theme and purpose. I‘ll be curious to hear what @TrishB thinks!! We‘re doing a mini buddyread 💜 1mo
emilyhaldi Well Ofcourse if I can‘t finish it you would love it!!! Lol @Cinfhen I think that maybe if I read it at a different time it could have clicked, but I don‘t have the patience right now 🙃 1mo
emilyhaldi @Tamra yes, very disjointed! It has a start-stop, jumpy nature that was just driving me crazy 1mo
Reviewsbylola That sounds torturous. 1mo
BarbaraBB Now I‘m doubting again if I shall read it. I am in sync with you most of the time and meandering poetry is definitely not for me but I‘ve heard so many good things about this book 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1mo
Mdargusch Your anemones! 🌸 2w
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Megabooks
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I popped my Book Depository cherry! 🍒🍾📚 I really like the UK cover more, and I was surprised it was less expensive than Amazon.

Cinfhen Good choice 💜💜💜 1mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen 👍🏻👍🏻 1mo
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catebutler
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I must admit this is not an easy read, it‘s disjointed, acutely raw & difficult to say the least. Even if I re-read several times, I‘d still be grasping for comprehension. But, something in me craves this type of literature. It‘s meaty, full of body, stretches me as a reader, takes me out of my comfort zone, & ultimately pushes me towards awareness. This book although not rateable for me at the moment, will be staying with me for quite some time.

Alfoster Well-said! I often feel that way after a book that leaves me unsettled for a couple of days!👏👏👏 1mo
catebutler @Alfoster Thank you, Anne! This book definitely left me unsettled. I like to think it‘s a sign of an important book, and good literature. ☺️ 1mo
Alfoster Yes! So true! So of course I‘m adding it to my TBR list! 1mo
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catebutler @Alfoster Love to see what you make of it. Enjoy! 1mo
AnneCecilie What a great way to describe this book. This is exactly how I felt when I read it. 1mo
Cinfhen Beautiful review 1mo
BarbaraBB Great review. 2w
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Jenken1998
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Stopped by to pick up my 2 holds ..and this happened 🤣🤣🤣

MEGR Every time...😂📚😬🎉 1mo
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Augustdana
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Isn‘t that the saddest thing in the world, ma? A comma forced to be a period? 😭😭😭

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alvingregorio
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Evening reading with my boy. 🥰

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Emilymdxn
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Pickpick

I didn‘t know if this book could survive the anticipation I had for it, but it met even my very high expectations. I‘m not sure when I last read prose this beautiful, every single page could have been a poem in its own right. So soft and tender and sad, I think this was even better than night sky with exit wounds somehow.

BarbaraBB Quite a recommendation! 1mo
Ruthiella It‘s fantastic when a book lives up to the hype! 😀 1mo
Leftcoastzen A stunner!Beautiful and heartbreaking. 1mo
Brozen Wow! After that review, I can‘t wait to read it! 1mo
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JennyM
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#7days7covers #covercrush #day1

Thank you for the tag @KarenUK @CarolynM 😘

I‘ve posted this a few weeks ago, but I love the cover so much, here it is again 🍁 ❣

If you have time and want to join in, I‘d love to see your fave covers over the next 7 days @Tanisha_A @Chelsea.Poole

Megabooks That is a great cover! 1mo
Tanisha_A Ahhh! This is such a nice challenge. Love what you chose today. I will post too. 😘 1mo
Kalalalatja Lovely cover! 1mo
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Cinfhen Ant wait to get to this book and your cover is 👌🏽 1mo
Chelsea.Poole Thanks for the the tag! I have this on hold at the library and it should be coming in soon. Gorgeous cover! 1mo
KarenUK 😍😍😍😍😍 1mo
BarbaraBB Glad you joined! I was going to tag you tomorrow 😀😘 1mo
JennyM @Megabooks @Kalalalatja @KarenUK @Tanisha_A @cinfhen @BarbaraBB @chelsea.poole it‘s such a gorgeous book, and the cover is truly beautiful 1mo
Cinfhen For what it‘s worth, I was going to tag you as well 😘😘and while I‘m at it @TrishB have you been tagged yet???? I‘d love to have you join / I was going to ask for Thursday 1mo
TrishB Cool 👍🏻 I think Jenny W tagged me originally and I haven‘t started whilst away! Will have a think 😘 @Cinfhen (edited) 1mo
JennyM @Cinfhen @trish_b - thanks Cindy, and glad you‘re joining in too, Trish! I‘m enjoying seeing everyone‘s covers 1mo
Cinfhen Ok!!! Great @TrishB so I‘m tagging you on Thursday( my last day) 💕💕and I‘ve been loving all the covers too!!! Of course makes me want to go out and purchase all the books!!! 1mo
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Augustdana
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This book!!! 😭😭😭 I‘ve been reading a bit at a time and trying to just...let it wash over me. But now I‘ve got four days to read it...halfway through. Gotta get it done because Libby tells me 22 people are waiting for THIS ONE COPY.

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Emilymdxn
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#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

1. Tagged book and Quichotte by Salman Rushdie, also annotating Underground Railroad for lmpbc

2. Maple I guess, but i don‘t really drink coffee or hot drinks with lots of syrups etc in so I‘ve never had a psl even though I love autumnal basic things, I only really drink black coffee

3. ‘I hate and love your battered hands‘ from tagged book, it‘s absolutely beautiful and very harrowing

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Heatherleegee
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Branwen
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Pickpick

This book really hit me in the feels! 💕 The protagonist is a young Vietnamese man who is writing to his illiterate mother. This is a story about family, love, loss, sexuality, memory, substance abuse, and heritage. The prose almost reads like poetry, it's just so beautiful and heartbreaking. 💕📚

As you can see, Roxas wasn't impressed! 😁😸 #catsoflitsy #littenkitten

Curiouser_and_curiouser Your cat is gorgeous! Looks like our kitty Ladybug 🐞 2mo
Curiouser_and_curiouser This book sounds very interesting too, it's now added to my stack of tbr's. Thanks for the review! 2mo
LauraBeth This book will make my top 10 for the year. 2mo
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emilyhaldi I'm reading this now... It's certainly obvious that the author is a poet! ❤️ 2mo
DaveGreen7777 In fairness to the book, cats are VERY hard to impress! 😹😹😹 2mo
Branwen @Curiouser_and_curiouser Aww thank you! 😻 I hope I helped to point you in the direction of a book you end up really liking! 🤗💕 @LauraBeth Same here! It's just so good! @emilyhaldi I agree! The writing is so lyrical! @DaveGreen7777 Hahaha! That is so true! 😹 2mo
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Bedtime reading... I couldn‘t resist the hype on this one!

Ps. If anyone has tips on keeping your cats from chewing up every last house plant, please share 😜

Maude I used to sprinkle black pepper on the leaves, after she learned the plants made her sneeze a lot she lost interest. 2mo
emilyhaldi @Maude love this tip!!! Definitely going to give it a try 👌🏻👌🏻 2mo
bookandcat They hate citrus/orange scent. Rub orange peel along the vase and or leave pieces of it near the plant. We do this with Xmas trees lol 2mo
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emilyhaldi Ooohhh definitely trying that! Thank you!! 😺 @bookandcat (edited) 2mo
Mdargusch 😂 😂 😂 1mo
Reviewsbylola Lmao which cat?! I wonder if you can spray it with bitter apple spray. Lori recommended it to keep Gertie from chewing my rug and pillows and not even the slightest nibble since I started using it! 1mo
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Owlizabeth
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More #library holds came in! And here I am stuck reading about research methods in social work.

sprainedbrain Oh I loved both of those books. ❤️ 2mo
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NHLibrarian
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I‘m in Burlington for the next few days for the Association of Rural and Small Libraries conference. I‘ve already hit both bookstores and had dinner with friends 😀. Any other Litsy librarians here?

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 I‘m gonna go try and piece my shattered heart back together after reading this. I‘m not sure the pieces will ever fit the same way again.

plemmdog It was amazing. I just ordered his first poetry collection 2mo
BarbaraBB Wow, beautiful review. I‘ll stack. 2mo
arlenefinnigan Nice photo 🐈 2mo
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LauraBeth @plemmdog I've read Night Sky With Exit Wounds and thought it was great. I'd like to read some of his other poetry. 2mo
LauraBeth @barbarabb I hope you enjoy it - it's some of the best writing I've read all year. 2mo
LauraBeth @arlenefinnigan thanks! 😻 2mo
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Our latest episode of Books On The Go 🎧 is up! Amanda and I discuss ‘On Earth We‘re Briefly Gorgeous‘. Have you read it? We‘d love to hear your thoughts. So much to love, but it‘s not your typical novel. 🤔

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We were exchanging truths, I realized, which is to say, we were cutting one another.

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Heartbreaking autobiographical fiction in the form of a letter by a gay son to his illiterate Vietnamese American mother: “the very impossibility of your reading this at all makes my telling it possible.” It‘s told in tender fragments: “I‘m not telling you a story so much as a shipwreck—the pieces floating, finally legible.” It‘s a yearning for belonging, and a coming to terms with mental illness, queerness & loss. It‘s gorgeous. #LGBTQ

monalyisha I loved that shipwreck quote, too! 💕 2mo
saresmoore Lovely review, Lindy! 2mo
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Lindy @saresmoore Thank you. 😊😘 2mo
Cathythoughts Love your review ♥️it does sound gorgeous 2mo
Lindy @Cathythoughts Thanks ☺️ 2mo
Reggie What a great and beautiful review, Lindy! 2mo
Lindy @Reggie Thank you. 😘 2mo
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Yes, there was a war. Yes, we came from its epicentre. In that war, a woman gifted herself a new name—Lan—in that naming claimed herself beautiful, then made that beauty into something worth keeping. From that, a daughter was born, and from that daughter, a son.

All this time I told myself we were born from war—but I was wrong, Ma. We were born from beauty.

Cathythoughts Beautiful words 2mo
Davor This is a beautiful quote. 2mo
Lindy @Cathythoughts @davor The writing in this book is gorgeous. 2mo
TrishB I have this ready on my tbr, waiting for a quiet day. 2mo
Lindy @TrishB 🎋👍 2mo
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You and I, we were Americans until we opened our eyes.

They will want you to succeed, but never more than them. They will write their names on your leash and call you ‘necessary,‘ call you ‘urgent.‘