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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 writer’s slide into depression and institutionalization. It’s New Year’s Eve, the holiday of forced fellowship, mandatory fun, and paper hats. While dining out with her husband and their friends, Kirshenbaum’s protagonist—an acerbic, mordantly witty, and clinically depressed writer—fully 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 of—or into—the depths of disconsolate loneliness and piercing grief. A bravura literary performance from one of our most witty and indispensable writers.
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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 5d
merelybookish @britt_brooke Oh good! Yes, read it! (As long as you're okay with black humour.) But would love to get your take! 5d
britt_brooke @merelybookish I‘m very good with black humor. 🖤 When I read it, I‘ll be sure to tag you. 5d
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Zelma I liked an earlier book of hers so your review convinced e to stack this one too. 5d
Reggie Lol, nice review!! 5d
merelybookish @Zelma What book did you read by her? I really enjoyed her writing. Funny, sharp, vivid. 3d
merelybookish @Reggie Thanks! Conclusions are so hard!! 3d
Zelma @merelybookish agreed, she is a great writer. 2d
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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 👍🏻♥️ 7d
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Aluciddreamer
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Little bunny foo foo hopping through the forest......

Weaponxgirl Picking up the field mice and bopping them on the head 1w
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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! 1w
merelybookish @LeahBergen I guess she writes really good short stories. She also has good taste in books! 🙂 1w
batsy I love that quote! #CurmudgeonsAgainstActivities 1w
saresmoore I, too, resonate deeply with this quote. @batsy #ActivitiesAreForDoers 1w
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 1w
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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! 2w
readordierachel And why should you! 2w
marleed I hear you! 2w
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batsy Nice! I'm interested in Rabbits for Food as well. 2w
batsy And now I've had to add Loudermilk to the TBR :) 2w
merelybookish @LauraJ Yes. I had just added these books to my TBR so was excited to see them available! 2w
merelybookish @readordierachel @marleed Can count on Littens to understand (and enable!) 😉 2w
merelybookish @batsy I'm intrigued by both! I don't always like satire but couldn't resist one set in a creative writing Dept. 🙂 2w
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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. 3w
RebeccaH @kelly nice!! I‘m so glad and I did too. 3w
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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! 5d
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