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Rabbits for Food
Rabbits for Food | Binnie Kirshenbaum
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Master of razor-edged literary humor Binnie Kirshenbaum returns with her first novel in a decade, a devastating, laugh-out-loud funny story of a writers slide into depression and institutionalization. Its New Years Eve, the holiday of forced fellowship, mandatory fun, and paper hats. While dining out with her husband and their friends, Kirshenbaums protagonistan acerbic, mordantly witty, and clinically depressed writerfully unravels. Her breakdown lands her in the psych ward of a prestigious New York hospital, where she refuses all modes of recommended treatment. Instead, she passes the time chronicling the lives of her fellow lunatics and writing a novel about what brought her there. Her story is a hilarious and harrowing deep dive into the disordered mind of a woman who sees the world all too clearly. Propelled by stand-up comic timing and rife with pinpoint insights, Kirshenbaum examines what it means to be unloved and loved, to succeed and fail, to be at once impervious and raw. Rabbits for Food shows how art can lead us out ofor intothe depths of disconsolate loneliness and piercing grief. A bravura literary performance from one of our most witty and indispensable writers.
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Cinfhen
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A stream of conciseness tale, told through the voice of Bunny, a writer suffering from extreme depression. Witty and insightful, Bunny is a “headache of a person” not “easy to like” but she‘s clever and sharp and spot on with many of her observations. It took me a little bit of time to warm to Bunny but once I did, I found myself compulsively ”turning” the pages.A wry but serious look at mental health. I listened via Hoopla / great narration 🐰

Ruthiella I‘m not sure what it says about me but I usually enjoy disaffected, depressed females narrators! Stacked! 😬 2w
GatheringBooks compulsively reading is the way to go, indeed! 💕📚 2w
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Cinfhen I have a feeling this book will stay with me @Ruthiella @Flaneurette @GatheringBooks which isn‘t always a given 🙄 2w
Ruthiella @Flaneurette Have you read Bunny by Mona Awad? The rabbit connection makes me think of it perhaps but also a disaffected depressed female main character. 😀 2w
Flaneurette @Ruthiella I haven't but I am kind of interested after seeing some good reviews here and on goodreads. 2w
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Cinfhen
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Up next! I have both print copy and audio lined up. #RoofTopReading 🎧☀️🐰

Centique Look at that blue sky! 2w
Cinfhen Gotta love a blue sky day💙 @Centique 2w
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BeckyMerilatt
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Display table at work highlighting some staff favorites. Soooooo many good books.

SharonAlger Dream job! 2mo
SauerPatch What is the one on the bottom right with the seashell? Such a pretty cover. ☺️ 2mo
BeckyMerilatt @SauerPatch The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock. My coworker loved it. I have a copy at home, but haven‘t read it yet. 2mo
Tamra All the possibilities! 2mo
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LauraJ
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I‘m glad that Kirshenbaum ends the novel by reminding us that this is fiction. Otherwise, I might have forgotten because this reflects my experience with depression more closely than anything I‘ve ever read. Except I don‘t have an Albie to prop me up. But I do have a very supportive cat. 🖤 This book IS funny. And I like the way relationships between the institutionalized are portrayed. Amazing stuff.

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LauraJ
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Funny how some books have 6+ mo. waitlists at my library and other new audiobooks are available right this second!

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BeckyMerilatt
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One of my favorite books so far this year. I‘m having the hardest time articulating why. I think it‘s the powerful stream of consciousness writing, the voice of the main character, the deep empathy with which this book approaches mental illness. And it‘s funny. I laughed out loud multiple times. I‘m so sad that it‘s over.

cobwebmoth I totally agree. 3mo
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BeckyMerilatt
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This book is extremely upsetting. I can‘t put it down. Can‘t put my finger on exactly why it is so compelling. I think I love it.

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Cinfhen
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Guess who has 3 more books to pick up?!!?! I forgot how amazing the Interlibrary loan system is. I also forgot they charge a quarter per request🤷🏼‍♀️

Suet624 A small price to pay, considering. 😁 3mo
Cinfhen Yes, I‘ll gladly pay 25 cents @Suet624 ❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️ 3mo
Hooked_on_books Oops! Disappearing Earth is really good. I liked The River, too. 3mo
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MicheleinPhilly This is making me giggle. 3mo
TrishB Splashing out! 3mo
DebinHawaii I need to read my #ARC of Disappearing Earth! I really want to but other books get in the way. 📚📚📚📚📚😬📚📚 3mo
Cinfhen I just got an email @MicheleinPhilly @TrishB @DebinHawaii @Hooked_on_books 2 more books are “en-route “ 🙌🏻😜🎉And 7 more are on hold..... I‘m just racking up those 25 cent charges @Suet624 🤑🤑🤑 3mo
Hooked_on_books @Cinfhen Oooo, big spender! 😂 3mo
Suet624 I'm so proud of you!!! And I'm just about to start Disappearing Earth. Very excited because I've heard great things about it and I've been slogging through my current book. 3mo
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andreax0r
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Binnie Kirshenbaum captures and depression in a way I haven‘t encountered before. Consuming it in fits and starts when my heart can handle it.

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monalyisha
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A patron just casually dropped this off on my desk like it weren‘t no thang. #doyouevenknowwhoiam?! #itkindalooksgoodthough #rabbitsoflitsy

merelybookish I liked this one! 4mo
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cobwebmoth
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"People who are not easy to like, they have feelings just like nice people do."?
I am spent. The writing is incredible. I've never read a work of fiction that was so spot on in its descriptions of depression and suicidal ideation. I need a hug.

Cinfhen Sending hugs and stacking this book 🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗 4mo
Erofan 🤗🤗🤗 4mo
xicanti Many, many hugs. 4mo
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cobwebmoth @Cinfhen Thank you!❤ 4mo
cobwebmoth @Erofan Thanks!❤ 4mo
cobwebmoth @xicanti Thank you!❤ 4mo
Redwritinghood 🤗🤗 4mo
Nute We need reminders of that truthful statement daily. Thank you for the message! 4mo
Avanders Wow 😯And all the hugs!! 🤗🤗🥰 4mo
readordierachel Hugs 💕 4mo
batsy Hugs ❤️ All the comments I've seen about this one has made me want to read it. 4mo
UwannaPublishme 🤗🤗🤗 4mo
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cobwebmoth
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Oof. Too relatable.

Avanders ♥️😘 I have a hard time believing you‘re hard to like.. but I hear ya with the “suffering” bit 🤗 4mo
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merelybookish
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📌Midway: What kind of ending can this book have?
📌3/4 mark: Ending this book is going to be hard.
📌20 pages left: Maybe she can pull off an ending?
📌5 pages left: How is she going to end this?!!
📌Last page:
This book is really good. It's a fearless, raw account of what it's like to suffer from depression and be institutionalized. It's also hilarious. But how do you conclude that kind of story? Maybe by not writing one at all?

britt_brooke Your review has me completely intrigued. #stacked 5mo
merelybookish @britt_brooke Oh good! Yes, read it! (As long as you're okay with black humour.) But would love to get your take! 5mo
britt_brooke @merelybookish I‘m very good with black humor. 🖤 When I read it, I‘ll be sure to tag you. 5mo
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Zelma I liked an earlier book of hers so your review convinced e to stack this one too. 5mo
Reggie Lol, nice review!! 5mo
merelybookish @Zelma What book did you read by her? I really enjoyed her writing. Funny, sharp, vivid. 5mo
merelybookish @Reggie Thanks! Conclusions are so hard!! 5mo
Zelma @merelybookish agreed, she is a great writer. 5mo
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merelybookish
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Oh Bunny! She is a total curmudgeon. And her mental anguish is vivid and raw. Her depression is painful to witnesss. And yet, this book is hilarious!

Cathythoughts I‘m stacking 👍🏻♥️ 5mo
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RedbagReadbooks
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Little bunny foo foo hopping through the forest......

Weaponxgirl Picking up the field mice and bopping them on the head 5mo
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merelybookish
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"Even at my mental-health best, I'm not one for Activities." ?
Just a few pages into this book about a woman's mental breakdown, and I've already laughed a few times.
Also, this is the second book I've read this month blurbed by Deborah Eisenberg, a writer who I'd never heard of but apparently should read. ?

LeahBergen I didn‘t know who she was either! 5mo
merelybookish @LeahBergen I guess she writes really good short stories. She also has good taste in books! 🙂 5mo
batsy I love that quote! #CurmudgeonsAgainstActivities 5mo
saresmoore I, too, resonate deeply with this quote. @batsy #ActivitiesAreForDoers 5mo
merelybookish The main character is SUCH a curmudgeon! I don't hold a candle to her, in spite of my dislike of Activities! @batsy @saresmoore 5mo
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merelybookish
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I just can't resist the new release shelf at the library!

LauraJ You picked up some hot titles! 5mo
readordierachel And why should you! 5mo
marleed I hear you! 5mo
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batsy Nice! I'm interested in Rabbits for Food as well. 5mo
batsy And now I've had to add Loudermilk to the TBR :) 5mo
merelybookish @LauraJ Yes. I had just added these books to my TBR so was excited to see them available! 5mo
merelybookish @readordierachel @marleed Can count on Littens to understand (and enable!) 😉 5mo
merelybookish @batsy I'm intrigued by both! I don't always like satire but couldn't resist one set in a creative writing Dept. 🙂 5mo
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RebeccaH
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I wrote about new releases from small and indie presses at Book Riot, including RABBITS FOR FOOD and more: https://bookriot.com/2019/05/10/may-2019-indie-press-books/

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shutupsmalls
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RebeccaH
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I really liked this! It‘s all about depression and suicidal thoughts, so it‘s not for everyone, but the protagonist was fascinatingly difficult and interesting, and I liked the narratorial voice.

Kelly I LOVED this one so much. 5mo
RebeccaH @kelly nice!! I‘m so glad and I did too. 5mo
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Kelly
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April readings stats! I‘ve got three books in progress, too.

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RebeccaH
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Reading update!

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shutupsmalls
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“You need to listen to me,” Dr. Fitzgerald says. “I‘m trying to help you.” For the duration of an instant, Bunny goes blind. Everything is black, tar-black and deep purple, which is then followed by a ring of light, a crisp and sharply edged light framed by fire, and the glow bores through the darkness. This is how Bunny sees rage. Slow and measured, she says, “No, you need to listen to me.”

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shutupsmalls
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To try to read the look on Bunny‘s face is like trying to figure out what a napkin is thinking.

merelybookish Such a great line! One of many in this book! 5mo
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