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California: A Novel | Edan Lepucki
The highly acclaimed, instant New York Times bestseller that "shows the moment-by-moment reality of a painful possible future, the price we may have to pay for our passionate devotion to all of the wrong things." --Sarah Stone, San Francisco Chronicle The world Cal and Frida have always known is gone, and they've left the crumbling city of Los Angeles far behind them. They now live in a shack in the wilderness, working side-by-side to make their days tolerable in the face of hardship and isolation. Mourning a past they can't reclaim, they seek solace in each other. But the tentative existence they've built for themselves is thrown into doubt when Frida finds out she's pregnant. Terrified of the unknown and unsure of their ability to raise a child alone, Cal and Frida set out for the nearest settlement, a guarded and paranoid community with dark secrets. These people can offer them security, but Cal and Frida soon realize this community poses dangers of its own. In this unfamiliar world, where everything and everyone can be perceived as a threat, the couple must quickly decide whom to trust.A gripping and provocative debut novel by a stunning new talent, California imagines a frighteningly realistic near future, in which clashes between mankind's dark nature and deep-seated resilience force us to question how far we will go to protect the ones we love.
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cathysaid
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📚California by Edan Lepucki - Post-apocalyptic novel set in California that examines how such an event affects relationships (and I highly recommend). What I remember most is reading about the characters' survival. Also, that it would take a post-apocalyptic event to make me sleep in a tent.

🎬Friday the 13th

🎵Camp Granada (“Hello Mudder, hello fadder...here I am in...Camp Granada“) https://youtu.be/2gtDhSA6W_E

#manicmonday @joscho

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Clwojick
California: A Novel | Edan Lepucki
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🔸#UglyLocationChallenge : Walmart‘s Garden Section, using a chair cover for a background.

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LivingReflections
California: A Novel | Edan Lepucki
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Panpan

I wanted to like this book, but it's sort of all over the place. I kept reading just to find out what happened, but a lot was left unresolved.

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Amiable
California: A Novel | Edan Lepucki
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Mehso-so

A post-apocalyptic/dystopian novel about life in the not-too-distant future after the world has slowly sunk into decay due to global climate changes, weather catastrophes, economic collapse, etc. The story follows the survivalist existence of a young couple who abandon the collapsed city of Los Angeles and connect with a larger group of survivors in a fortified encampment. I wanted to like this book, but it felt like something was missing.

Megabooks This is in my mount TBR, and I haven‘t been inclined to move it up. Great review!! 7mo
Clare-Dragonfly It doesn‘t have very good Litsy ratings, but it sounds so up my alley I have to check it out! 7mo
TieDyeDude I bought this to support the author because she got the Colbert bump after some B.S. with Amazon. I never did get around to reading it though 7mo
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Mindyrecycles
California: A Novel | Edan Lepucki
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An unimaginative choice for the #California prompt. 😂 This dystopian novel is on my tbr. #NoFemmeber

Billypar Hey, if the shoe fits...🤷 13mo
Cinfhen It‘s meant to be really good! 13mo
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ElishaLovesBooks
California: A Novel | Edan Lepucki
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I haven‘t read this book yet but there‘s bound to be some #californiagurls in it! I know this a dystopian story that takes place in parts of California after they leave LA behind. It‘s gotten good reviews! #heatofjuly #photochallenge

Cinfhen This one sounds good!!! Cute photo☀️ 1y
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Ruthiella
California: A Novel | Edan Lepucki
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Mehso-so

My library has this shelved with fantasy? I would shelve it under sci-fi...it is a dystopia! 🤔I read this a few years ago because of the Hachette vs Amazon battle/hype. I liked it but did not love it. Still, I‘d be interested in trying Lepucki‘s follow up! #ReadingResolutions by @Jess7 #photochallenge

rather_be_reading i loved her book 2y
Ruthiella @rather_be_reading Her follow-up is on my radar! I‘ve heard good things!😀 2y
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RavenclawOwlCat
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Pickpick

Was a good book. I got annoyed with Frida‘s brother and the whole Plank school thing was super odd.

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RuthyBux
California: A Novel | Edan Lepucki
Mehso-so

I rad this recently on kindle. The beginning of the story was promising, but I felt it got a bit predictable and slow towards the end. It's not a bad read, and if you're a fan of dystopia then it might be right up your alley.

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csimmer23
California: A Novel | Edan Lepucki
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Dewey's Reading Challenge today is rainbow 🌈 #30daysofreadathon

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Books_Wine_Repeat
California: A Novel | Edan Lepucki
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Mehso-so

This is exactly how I feel about this book. I didn't love or hate it. I have too many questions. Glad it's over. #next #whelmed

hermyknee This movie is my whole childhood 😻 2y
LeeRHarry Great movie 😊 2y
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readsusieread
California: A Novel | Edan Lepucki
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I'm hoping to finish Undateable today. I need something completely different to read next. These are the contenders. Any thoughts?

I also have Wild Seed by Octavia Butler on audio as an option!

Lacythebookworm Go for the short stories! 😍 2y
readsusieread @Lacythebookworm I'll think about it! 😜💩 2y
Librariana My vote would be for 2y
Librariana I haven't read it yet, but believe you me, it's on the TBR. And I'd say it's probably vastly different from what you're currently working on finishing 😊 2y
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Christyco125
California: A Novel | Edan Lepucki
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Hello fellow Littens. I'm headed to LA on Wednesday and could use some help. Any suggestions for #indie bookstores in the area? We will be passing through Hollywood, Brea, Long Beach, Huntington and Venice for sure. I might even get to go to the presidential library in Yorba Linda. #booknerd.

MLRio You must stop at Book Soup if you're on the Strip at any point. 2y
Christyco125 @MLRio Thanks. I'll look it up. 2y
AKinderman Yes! The Last Bookstore in downtown LA is wonderful and Small World Books is on the Venice boardwalk 😊 2y
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Christyco125 @AKinderman Thanks for the rec on The Last Bookstore. I have been to Small World Books before. I loved it. 🤗 2y
The_Literary_Jedi I don't know if it's still open but The Illiad off/near Lankershim Blvd. in Hollywood. It has oodles of rooms and you may come across movie scripts or random first editions tucked around 2y
AKinderman @Christyco125 It is lovely but the Last Bookstore is so big and fun! 2y
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the_need_to_read
California: A Novel | Edan Lepucki
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Pickpick

If you are into dystopian novels this is a great pic. The story is great and there are a few really good twist and turns.

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emilyhaldi
California: A Novel | Edan Lepucki
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This one might be a little obvious but... if it works it works!
#californialove
#90sinjuly

I got this book on my most recent Book Outlet haul, but after bailing on Gold Fame Citrus, I'm a little burnt out on post-apocalyptic love stories taking place in California 😏 But the cover is pretty!

TheBookStacker I enjoyed this one but Edan is definitely a writer who is difficult to place you either love or hate. 2y
Crystalblu I remember Colbert doing a big push for this book 2y
Reviewsbylola After No. 17 I haven't been able to pull the trigger on this one. 2y
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Cinfhen I started this one but it wasn't clicking for me...it is a brilliant choice for today's prompt though💕🙌🏻 2y
Mdargusch No post apocalyptic books for me. I will skip this one. 2y
Megabooks I picked this up on deep sale. $5 hardback at local bookstore. Very interested. 2y
emilyhaldi @TheBookStacker I really enjoyed Woman No. 17 so hoping this one is 👍🏻 2y
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AAdamson
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Pickpick

This turned out to be an enjoyable summer read.

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emilyhaldi
California: A Novel | Edan Lepucki
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I originally thought #summersantagoespostal would be my prompt for today's #junetunz but then I remembered the sale going on right now at #bookoutlet 😬 so you could say these will soon be my #booksfromboxes 🙌🏻

BarbaraTheBibliophage Shhhh. Don't remind me! 2y
Cinfhen Excellent choices 👍🏻I felt like doing some book retail therapy myself, but then I fell asleep while browsing #Jetlag 2y
LeahBergen Me, too. 😬 2y
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emilyhaldi Lol @BarbaraTheBibliophage I like to get as many other people on board as possible so as to make myself feel better 🤗 2y
emilyhaldi @Cinfhen not to worry, you have until the 23rd!! 😉 2y
emilyhaldi @LeahBergen - @Reviewsbylola and I agreed not to buy more books until after summer santa was over and I think we stuck with it for the most part - and low and behold today the book outlet was having a sale, sooooo.... meant to be!! 2y
kspenmoll Oh no- I just went wild at a bookstore today😂 2y
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EmilyChristine
California: A Novel | Edan Lepucki
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Thank you so much @EmilyM ! I love my books and presents! It made my less than stellar day so much better, especially since I knew this was waiting for me at home. You're awesome! P.s. I have a good friend in Denver. I'll have to show her the bookmark and postcard you got me. 💕📚😁🤓#summersantagoespostal #summersolstice

@BookishMarginalia

EmilyM I'm so glad you liked everything and I hope you enjoy the books! 2y
EmilyChristine @EmilyM I do! And I'm sure I will. I'm already thinking of starting one after I finish my current reads. 😃👍🏻Thank you again! 2y
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Aswenson
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Pickpick

Hmm, this had potential, but the ending was a little dull and abrupt. It feels like it's supposed to have a sequel.
I'd say 4 ⭐️s for the story but 2 for the ending.
(Our kitchen table doubles as a play area as you can see above.)

mdm139 My son loves his counting bears too 3y
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Aswenson
California: A Novel | Edan Lepucki
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Only 70-some pages in, but really liking this so far. Intriguing and a bit eerie.

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mdm139
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Went to B&N for teacher appreciation gifts. I don't know how these books got in the bag.

Suzze It's amazing how they jump off the shelves. 3y
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cathysaid
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Pickpick

This was outside my norm...post-apocalyptic story of survivors, their relationships, and their experiences. Often sinister, occasionally touching, this kept me engaged throughout. Recommend. (Spoiler comment below.) #fiction

cathysaid Did anyone else find the ending get reminiscent of Wayward Pines with a touch of Stepford Wives? I was soooo disappointed by the ending but enjoyed the rest of the book. 🤔 3y
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cathysaid
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Listening to this post-apocalyptic novel and marveling at how authors come up with such bizarre yet intriguing plots and subject matter. How do their brains work? Do you read some material and wonder "how in the hell do they come up with this?"

This is why I am not an author, but will always be a reader.
#audiobooks #wtfamireading

AJBowers It's a storm of thoughts oozing around inside. Then the keyboard comes alive under the pressure of those thoughts as they spill out. #howbooksareborn 3y
cathysaid @AJBowers Now THAT makes sense to me! 3y
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Bookchipmunk
California: A Novel | Edan Lepucki
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Great book haul @bookshopsc today! Too much fun?

Zelma Nice choices! 👍 3y
DebinHawaii Great haul! 📚📚👍 3y
Soubhiville Sweet! 3y
Reviewsbylola 😍😍😍 3y
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Kirstyb
California: A Novel | Edan Lepucki
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Stopped into the bookstore for one book to read on the train. This should cover me for a few commutes.

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NataliePatalie
California: A Novel | Edan Lepucki
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Can't wait! Had so much fun last year with @Blueberry 😊

Blueberry ! ! ! 3y
SuperPunkNinja Squeeee!!!❤📚 3y
saguarosally Enjoy! I'm plotting out Tucson Festival of Books plans for next month! 3y
NataliePatalie @saguarosally Thanks, you too!! 😍😍 3y
Blueberry I thought Bay Area Book Festival would be here on Litsy but I can't find them. 3y
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Oryx
California: A Novel | Edan Lepucki
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Two of several. One day, a library... #riotgrams #shelfie

Gissy Lovely! 👌🏼 3y
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Kimberlone
California: A Novel | Edan Lepucki
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Trying to finish up listening to this book before it expires on #Overdrive. I've found the premise of the book interesting but I think I might have gotten into the story more if I had read a physical copy rather than the audiobook version. #california #edanlepucki

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parasolofdoom
California: A Novel | Edan Lepucki

I'm almost halfway through and getting really irritated with Frida. I won't go into details to avoid spoilers but anyone else that's read this feel this way? #LitsyAtoZ

RivendellMom I did as well. I would have made different choices if I was her. 3y
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RealLifeReading
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#readjanuary day 6: #dreamingofacolderclimate #dreamingofawarmerclimate
Today's NorCal weather is kind of perfect actually (sorry). A second clear sunshiney day and it's currently 10am (7C/44F). We are due for a big storm this weekend but I'm from Southeast Asia where thunderstorms and monsoon rains are regular so we will see! But I'm just happy for any sort of rain!

(Btw I've not read this book. Is it any good?)

TrishTheBibliophile I miss CA! Born and raised there but alas, I guess I am a Floridian now 😬 Only by definition though! 3y
DHill The best I can hope for in IA today is a ridiculous -19. What??? ❄️❄️❄️ 3y
UnidragonFrag Haven't read the book, but it sounds interesting! It's 20° right now in OR, but no snow just crazy wind making it feel even colder :( 3y
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DreeMorris We were up in NorCal all last week visiting parents and in-laws, and the weather was perfect, though my SoCal high schooler thought it was "cold" lol. I love that touch of chill we rarely get in SoCal. Also, 45 degrees and overcast is my favorite running weather. I only get it over winter break! As to the book--very good until it fell apart (for me) at the end. 3y
Serotonin @UnidragonFrag You're in OR? I'm over in Tigard and it's quite cold! When I dropped the kid off at school it was 19°, brr!!! 3y
UnidragonFrag @Serotonin yeah! I'm in the gorge so the wind is just battering us. Weather app says 24° but it feels more and 5° 😂 3y
Handmade_Redhead Being a nor cal girl myself, i wouldn't call it perfect. 12:30 and only 47 degrees. My toes are too cold for my sandals. 😉 3y
RealLifeReading @TrishTheBibliophile nice! Which part of CA? 3y
RealLifeReading @AudreyMorris hee hee. NorCal "cold". Funny enough when I was down in socal over Christmas (we drove down on dec 23) it was so windy and cold! 3y
DHill @RealLifeReading as if the -temps aren't enough we have the added bonus of windchill factor. Yikes! 3y
GlitteryOtters Oh man, I wish I had your weather today! Snow was blowing in my face & the windchill was around 0F/-18C when I had to walk half a mile each way to/from my bus stop for cardiology appointment, plus I had to walk an additional 1.5 miles to do some banking to maximize the $ I spent on my bus fare to the downtown area. Usually I like cold weather, but not today. I am so envious (and slightly missing my old hometown weather!) 3y
TrishTheBibliophile @RealLifeReading no where special. Central Cali - a little city called Madera right outside of Fresno! 3y
Chachic Seems like you're experiencing great weather! 👌 3y
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bitterbear
California: A Novel | Edan Lepucki
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No matter what amount of gift card you give me for Barnes and Nobles I will spend a $100 over... #blingbling #imrichbitch #bookhaul

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AbstractMonica
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Not book related, but I did a 6 hr drive to Mcway Falls in Big Sur today😍 It was beautiful!

LauraBeth Big Sur may be my favorite place on Earth 😀 3y
Eyelit Gorgeous! 3y
Pinkmeghan Beautiful!! 3y
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CoffeeAndABook Oh WOW 💎💛 3y
Linsy Amazing!! 😍 3y
Autumnator Beautiful 2y
AbstractMonica @Autumnator thank you Autumn 💕💕😘 2y
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ingredientx
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Just added this to the book shelf! Anyone read it?

Jenshootsweddings No but I've been wanting to! 3y
valeriegeary I read it a while ago. According to my book notes....I loved the beginning but felt it didn't quite live up to that promise. Give it a shot though. Especially if you like speculative/end of the world kind of fiction! 3y
DreeMorris Started great and sort of petered out. IMO. 3y
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Kluckleesie
California: A Novel | Edan Lepucki
Mehso-so

Not bad. I really didn't like Frida. But as far as end of the world as we know it books go, this was a decent one. The flow was good.

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meltedsquirrel
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day 5 of #booktober I haven't gotten a chance to read this yet but I remember the exact thrift store trip that I bought it on. #debutnovel

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Kluckleesie
California: A Novel | Edan Lepucki

I don't like Frida. I just don't.

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Kluckleesie
California: A Novel | Edan Lepucki

I just stumbled across the BookShout app and downloaded this book for free. Anyone have any experience with the app? Good/bad?

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teainthelibrary
California: A Novel | Edan Lepucki
Mehso-so

While this book kept me entertained, at the end I couldn't help but ask myself - what was the point of all that? I felt like nothing really happened, you didn't find out any information, and the ending fell short. I enjoyed parts of it though. It was definitely intriguing!

Zelma I had a similar reaction. It was fascinating and I couldn't put it down, but then felt something lacking in the end. 3y
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Readasaurus_rex
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Panpan

Why was there so much hype for this book? I thought it was really boring 😐

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teainthelibrary
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Early morning reads in bed 🙌🏼

Zelma Fascinating book. Not perfect but really interesting. 3y
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RosiePosie
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A good book, and a very quick read.

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RavenclawOwlCat
California: A Novel | Edan Lepucki

Picked this up because the title made me think of my friend. Glad I did!

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Marissaleigh
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Late morning reading. I love summer.

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Bianca
California: A Novel | Edan Lepucki
Panpan

The post apocalyptic U.S. is the perfect playground for demagogic sociopaths who fancy themselves terrorists. Misogyny is alive and well, as is racism, even though there is only one POC left and no one who isn't heterosexual. Emma Galvin's a great narrator but try Station Eleven instead.

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Christine89
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"Cal closed his eyes, the dress in his hands. She could tell by the way his face scrunched up that she almost had him, that he'd do exactly what she'd asked. He wanted to tell her. "

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