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Feast Your Eyes
Feast Your Eyes: A Novel | Myla Goldberg
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The first novel in nearly a decade from Myla Goldberg, the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of Bee Seasona compelling and wholly original story about a female photographer grappling with ambition and motherhood, a balancing act familiar to women of every generation. Feast Your Eyes, framed as the catalogue notes from a photography show at the Museum of Modern Art, tells the life story of Lillian Preston: Americas Worst Mother, Americas Bravest Mother, Americas Worst Photographer, or Americas Greatest Photographer, depending on who was talking. After discovering photography as a teenager through her high schools photo club, Lillian rejects her parents expectations of college and marriage and moves to New York City in 1955. When a small gallery exhibits partially nude photographs of Lillian and her daughter Samantha, Lillian is arrested, thrust into the national spotlight, and targeted with an obscenity charge. Mother and daughters sudden notoriety changes the course of both of their lives and especially Lillians career as she continues a life-long quest for artistic legitimacy and recognition. Narrated by Samantha, Feast Your Eyes reads as a collection of Samanthas memories, interviews with Lillians friends and lovers, and excerpts from Lillians journals and lettersa collage of stories and impressions, together amounting to an astounding portrait of a mother and an artist dedicated, above all, to a vision of beauty, truth, and authenticity.
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mcctrish
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After reading this I know I was never cut out to suffer for art. This book is raw, beautiful and eye opening. Women before now put up with a LOT of shit. We need to make sure we keep moving forward and up into the light. Our lives. Our bodies. Our choice. Our right.

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mcctrish
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Driving the first born back to uni. Holidays are officially over 😢

TrishB My daughter goes back in Thursday, already dreading it. 3w
mcctrish It‘s bad enough we have left him @TrishB but our drive home is in a snow storm 😬 3w
Jennifer3 😕 3w
TrishB Hope you got home safely ❤️ 3w
mcctrish We did @TrishB thank you 😘 although we saw a bad accident right before our turn. A horrible end to the holidays for someone ( horrible all around ) 3w
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mcctrish
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I‘m going to miss watching the blue jays have breakfast at the feeder each morning at our ski trip condo

Cathythoughts Beautiful 3w
TrishB Lovely 💜 3w
mcctrish @Cathythoughts it was funny when they left, they just did a death drop ( it seemed) 3w
mcctrish Always another waiting in the trees for their turn @TrishB so no fighting 3w
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Suet624
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I really enjoyed this. I thought the author did a great job writing about mothers/daughters, the pursuit of artistry while being a single mother, the art of photography, abortion, and friendship. All told through letters, journals, and memories of the daughter as part of a retrospective of the mother‘s photographs. Thanks to @Lindy for the review that inspired me to pick it up.

Lindy 😇 6mo
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Suet624
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There I am, returning books to the library on Sunday because then I won‘t be tempted to get more books, & I run across this amazing stained glass house in front of the library and a book sale! The famous church in Stowe, VT can be seen in the bottom right photo. A NYRB book and a memoir for $2. My plan is to read my own books and the Universe finds a twisted way to laugh at me, adding to my pile while I quietly try to stay away from the library.

Librariana It's beautiful! Very Mondrian-esque 😊 6mo
DivineDiana Sounds like it was meant to be and a very good day! ❤️📚❤️ 6mo
Leftcoastzen That‘s wonderful! 6mo
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Suet624 @DivineDiana totally meant to be! 😀😀 6mo
Suet624 @Librariana I hung out inside of it for a while. Felt like a special place. 6mo
Suet624 @Leftcoastzen The Universe is one kooky character. 6mo
Leftcoastzen I should have mentioned the Tender Bar is an amazing book. 6mo
Suet624 @Leftcoastzen Oh! Good to know. I think it didn't get a high rating on Litsy, but I didn't check that out until after I grabbed it. Glad you enjoyed it. We have similar tastes. 6mo
kspenmoll It was meant to be despite your sincere efforts! 🤣 5mo
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Suet624
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“Carrying that baby made her radiate serenity in a way I‘ve only seen in Buddhists and Californians.” It‘s so true! All the Buddhists and Californians that I know have a specific look that I have never been able to experience myself.

kspenmoll 🧘🏼‍♂️☹️🤣😘 6mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Ha! Love that! 6mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 I‘m not sure how serene they are on I5 That road scared the bejesus (or Buddha) out of me. Lol 6mo
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AmyG Ha...not the Californians I know. (edited) 6mo
ValerieAndBooks Lol...as a California native that occasionally goes back to see family still there, I have to agree with @JanuarieTimewalker13 and @AmyG 😝 !! 6mo
Suet624 Well I actually only know the ones in Northern California! Maybe they are different. 😁 @JanuarieTimewalker13 @AmyG @ValerieAndBooks 6mo
AmyG @Suet624 No Cal is very different. The people I know are in LA. 🤣 6mo
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Suet624
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On the Jersey Shore. LBI. Hard to read when the sound of the ocean keeps lulling me to sleep.

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Lindy
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Told in multiple voices—interviews, letters, journal entries—plus a daughter‘s reminiscences, this novel is uniquely presented as a museum catalog for a posthumous photo exhibit. Lillian Preston & her art are based (in composite form) on real photographers & images; I could clearly imagine them. I was enthralled by the characters & the central question, which is how a woman can be both artist & mother.

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Lindy
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I told Lilly there was a difference between a promise and an aspiration. The whole point of an aspiration is to make yourself reach. The only people who achieve everything they aspire to are lazy or cowards.

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Lindy
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After three years of folk songs, hands-on learning, and Quaker meetings, nothing short of electroshock therapy could have prepared me for public junior high.
(Internet photo)

Suet624 Hahaha. 6mo
Lindy @Suet624 Goldberg has lots of great writing in this novel. 😁 6mo
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Lindy
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She knew kids had the built-in cuteness of baby animals but that real childhood was what went on underneath.

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Lindy
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Road trip: that means no weight restriction on my luggage. 😁

BarbaraJean That is one of the BEST things about road trips! 7mo
Lindy @BarbaraJean 😁📚📚📚🚘 7mo
erzascarletbookgasm Yup! As long as the car boot can fit! 🚗 😁 7mo
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Lindy @erzascarletbookgasm The forecast is for rain at our destination, so I plan to be comfy indoors with my pile of books, looking out at the wet weather now and then. 7mo
Cathythoughts Oh yes !! We are fans of the road trip in our house too 👍🏻 7mo
LeahBergen Perfect! 7mo
Tanisha_A Love that! Who need clothes or toiletries! 😁 7mo
Tanisha_A *needs 7mo
Lindy @Tanisha_A Best of both worlds: one half of the suitcase holds my clothes, the other half, books and my pillow. 😊 7mo
Lindy @LeahBergen I will give you a distant wave as we drive past Calgary on our way to Banff. ⛰🚘😊 7mo
Lindy @Cathythoughts It‘s an exciting change for me since I don‘t own a car. We pick up our rental this morning. 7mo
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mrozzz
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This is why I go to events!! Last night I had a fabulous time listening to Myla Goldberg, questioned by Hannah Tinti, discuss her process & inspiration for her latest book. I left feeling so inspired. 💕

Bookcation74 I love Hannah Tinti! 8mo
mrozzz I‘ve never read her though I plan to! @Bookcation74 8mo
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Mitch
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Book haul from shop #1 of the Brooklyn Crawl ! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

Jee_HookedOnBookz I hope to one day visit that bookstore! 9mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz And what a great haul! 💕💕 9mo
Mitch @Jee_HookedOnBookz it‘s been on my bucket list for a while and it didn‘t disappoint! 9mo
Leftcoastzen Nice! 9mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz @Mitch 👍🏼👍🏼 9mo
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monalyisha
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tfw you get a lot of mail from Goodreads & you typically care only the smallest bit but then...BAM! You get one that‘s like a sacred message from the Divine. Guess how much I care that Myla Goldberg has a new book coming out after *ten years* of literary silence? SO. FREAKING. MUCH.

“Bee Season” is one of my fave books. And her new one‘s a mother-daughter story about art & gender. Hallelujah! Praise be to Myla! 🙏🏻😭😍

Mdargusch Oh happy day! 9mo
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Well-ReadNeck
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Goldberg‘s latest novel is formatted as an art gallery catalogue curated and commented upon by the artists daughter and supplemented with the photographer‘s letters and diaries. The format is clever but slows the pace and distracts somewhat from the real and heartbreaking mother/daughter story at its core. Well worth picking up, but slow to start, in spite of the creative format. #netgalley

Leftcoastzen Love the cover. 10mo
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Well-ReadNeck
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#TBRTuesday

Here‘s what I hope to read to finish up my March reads!!