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Ducks, Newburyport
Ducks, Newburyport | Lucy Ellmann
Latticing one cherry pie after another, an Ohio housewife tries to bridge the gaps between reality and the torrent of meaningless info that is the United States of America. She worries about her children, her dead parents, African elephants, the bedroom rituals of 'happy couples', Weapons of Mass Destruction, and how to hatch an abandoned wood pigeon egg. Is there some trick to surviving survivalists? School shootings? Medical debts? Franks 'n' beans? A scorching indictment of America's barbarity, past and present, and a lament for the way we are sleepwalking into environmental disaster, Ducks, Newburyport is a heresy, a wonder - and a revolution in the novel.
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jveezer
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The fact that that‘s a lot of creeks...

Samplergal 😂😂😂😂😂 How about shits Creek? 3h
BarbaraBB I travelled through the US this summer and noticed too that every other place is called Creek! 37m
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LauraBeth
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I actually think this has a good shot at winning! 😀

auntie_jenn did you finish? i picked it up at B&N and was a wee bit intimidated 🥺 4d
LauraBeth @auntie_jenn I have about 200 pages to go! You‘ll know within 3-4 pages if you‘ll like it or not. Give it a go! 4d
auntie_jenn wii do...thanks for the suggestion 😉 4d
TheLudicReader My son keeps looking at this one at Indigo. 4d
LauraBeth @theludicreader tell him to get it! 😀 4d
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Allietaylor16
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My husband and I went to Atlanta this weekend, and this is my #bookhaul from three different bookstores!

ephemeralwaltz Love! Lanny is incredible. 3d
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jveezer
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The fact that books go well with tea, and tea goes well with books, and I‘d be content doing this every remaining day of my life, the fact that there are no periods in this post either,

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jveezer
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90 pages in and I still haven‘t run across a period, except in the brief “asides” of the mountain lion sections....900+ pages to go.

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QuintusMarcus
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I adored Ducks, Newburyport. Clearly not for everyone: over a thousand pages of continuous run on sentence, separated only by "...the fact that..." can be a little challenging. I come to this work as a musician, a musicologist (a long time ago) and what strikes me about this work is its profound musicality.

QuintusMarcus 1. Just to take one sample phrase, "...worms, ring-fence, floozies, scarlet, Scarlatti, Scarlett O‘Hara, Tara, O‘Hara, terroir, terror, terrorism, terabyte, tetrabyte, pterodactyl, fractals, fractions, the fact that do they start fractions in second or third grade,...", the way the author is constantly modulating, both on sound and sense, seems completely analogous to the modulation in a highly chromatic musical score. 6d
QuintusMarcus 2. Ellmann's sense of language is sublime, and deeply enjoyable to anyone who is in love with words and language. A true masterpiece, I hope the books wins the Booker and becomes widely known (if not widely read). 6d
batsy Love this review! 5d
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LauraBeth
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#BFCr2 Week 1 Check-In: Didn‘t run as much as I wanted but I did have some quality time in the woods and in the gym! @Kaylamburson @Blaire @MaleficentBookDragon

Cinfhen How‘s Ducks going?? 6d
Kaylamburson Great week @LauraBeth !!! Congrats and keep at it! That's so awesome! 6d
LauraBeth @Cinfhen I‘m liking it but I‘m doing a buddy read with it, so that‘s probably making it more enjoyable. 6d
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌 A great first week! 5d
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mklong
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Obviously, it would be impossible to sum up all 1000+ pages in a short review, so I won‘t try. I will say that it was more than a book to me, it was an experience, an immersive one that took over my thoughts during the months that I spent savoring it. I kind of can‘t believe it‘s over. #BookerPize Longlist 10/13, Shortlist 5/6

Redwritinghood Good job finishing that beast! I‘m putting off until last because I‘m really worried that I‘ll hate it. 6d
Samplergal I have it on my bedside table and I‘m worried I don‘t have the stamina. Glad you liked it. 6d
mklong @Redwritinghood @Samplergal It definitely takes some patience, but I‘m glad I made the time for it. 6d
batsy All of my pre-orders with this one from Book Depository kept getting cancelled 😭 But I finally managed to order a copy. I'm looking forward to it but also kind of nervous. I love your review! 6d
mklong @batsy I have such a love/hate relationship with Book Depository! Right now they are on my good side for shipping the new Phillip Pullman so quickly. I hope you get it soon 🦆🦆❤️❤️ 6d
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squirrelbrain
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Packing for a campervan holiday on the wild and woolly North Yorkshire coast. Got to get my priorities right - books, hot water bottles and Marks and Spencer‘s Creme Brûlée liqueur ? ? ? ?

TheEllieMo Ooh, I think I need me some of that liqueur! 7d
Dolly Love it! Have a great time! 7d
squirrelbrain It‘s delish @TheEllieMo - get yourself to M&S! 6d
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BarbaraBB Sounds amazing. Have a great time and please share some pictures of the coast! 😘 6d
Leftcoastzen Good books and that liqueur looks amazing! 6d
eraderneely Oh! Where are you going? 6d
squirrelbrain We‘re in Robin Hoods Bay @eraderneely - hasn‘t stopped raining all day.... hopefully tomorrow will be better! 5d
eraderneely I hope you have better weather. We were in Robin Hoods Bay a few months ago and loved it! 5d
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jveezer
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Does this book make my thighs look thick? 😜😆 I like big books and I cannot lie.

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theshrinkette
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Okay y'all. I'm doing it.

cdreincarnate Let me know how it goes. It looks interesting, but it‘s such a doorstop I don‘t know when I‘d have time to read it. Going with the ebook seems like a solid choice. 1w
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Susannah
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Zing! I‘m intimidated but intrigued by Ducks, Newburyport, and finding this on the Instagram feed from Text Publishing in Melbourne, Australia, I now think I might owe it to Lucy Ellmann to read her book.

https://www.instagram.com/text_publishing

#manbooker

Librarybelle I might have to read this one now, too! What a great response! 2w
jillrhudy 🎤 ⬇️ 2w
Susannah @Librarybelle and @jillrhudy I know! I would have loved to be in the room when she gave that answer. (edited) 2w
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ClairesReads
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I am convinced that this is a work of genius. Yes, this is a stylistically demanding read; part info-dump, part stream of consciousness narrative. This is overwhelming most of the time, but in my reading that really is the point. Ellmann‘s novel asks big questions of its readers, most significantly how we go on in the face of personal traumas, and national and global crises. All I can really say, is wow. #indiebuddyreads

Graywacke The size itself is a little overwhelming. Encouraging review! Hopefully I‘ll get to this. 2w
ClairesReads @Graywacke i was overwhelmed by it too. It‘s definitely worth it, but I do recommend tackling it when you have a bit of time and headspace 2w
Redheadrambles Wow Claire loving all your selected quotes here 2w
ClairesReads @Redheadrambles thanks friend- that‘s such a compliment! It was hard to select just a few- so much of it was quotable- especially the stuff about Trump, and gun laws/violence. 2w
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😍

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😱😱😱

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ClairesReads
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“There will always be monkeys in the zoo,”

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😬

saresmoore Well that‘s relatable. 2w
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BookwormM
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#UnpopularOpinion

I have finally finished this 1000 pages of absolute drivel. The photo shows you a typical page if you like the rhythm? Which most people seem to you will love this. If like me you just see a page of random 💩 punctuated by a repetitive phrase then don‘t bother reading as this is what you get for 1000! Pages.

Full rant here https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2914062168

Branwen I couldn't get through ten pages if this book! 🤣😂 I returned it to the library the next day! 🙊 2w
wanderinglynn That IS annoying! 😖 I‘d return it too. 2w
Hooked_on_books Bravo to you for finishing it! When I read about this book, I decided it would drive me completely insane and reading your posted page shows that I was right! I‘ve come to understand that the Booker committee and I do not have the same taste. 2w
RachelO I can‘t believe you actually got through it! 2w
Sace That would drive me nuts. That's way too much repitition on one page. 2w
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squirrelbrain
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Picked up this one from the library at lunchtime today.... it‘s going to totally ruin my book count for October, maybe I should switch to page count instead!

kaysworld1 Now that sounds very interesting, enjoy x 2w
TrishB I do page count 😁 2w
Caroline2 Oh I‘ve heard lots of good things about this but yeah, the sheer size of it puts me off! 😮 2w
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ClairesReads
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And this anxiety!

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ClairesReads
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Wow this is astute

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Flaneurette
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I read 200 pages of this and skimmed to the end, it was just waay too long and repetitive. There are some good nuggets in here but I just got way too pissed off about some things like: why does a grown ass woman w kids of her own keep mentioning Mommy and Daddy, why “crazee”, and why tf does the author think she can waste my time like this?? Gratuitous pic of my kids at the library, they found interesting books about mummies 😆

BookwormM I feel you although I have literally just finished the whole book solely because it made the Booker shortlist. You missed nothing. Also a grown woman constantly saying my sit me down upon really?? 2w
Flaneurette @BookwormM yes! that bugged me too! I thought it was mostly very condescending towards midwestern american women who don't work outside the home...which is me (oh me oh my)! grrrr... 2w
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AnneCecilie
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These are some of the books I hope to read in October. In addition are the books that I have borrowed from the library.

I‘m not sure if any of these really qualifies as scary unless starting a 1030 p one sentence book is scary and reading books about the potential consequences of the climate change (Lunde).

#OctoberTBR #FallIsBooked #SpookyTBR #ScreamathonPhoto

OriginalCyn620 👌🏻😊📚 2w
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ClairesReads
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I‘m sure people haven‘t always lived in such a constant state of alarm.

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ClairesReads
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On fire already

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ClairesReads
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It‘s time big old book.

gradcat That‘s a chunkster, for sure! Good luck! 👍🍀 😉 3w
rmaclean4 Excited to hear your thoughts when you finish. 3w
ClairesReads @gradcat it definitely is! 3w
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ClairesReads @rmaclean4 thank you- it might be awhile 😂 3w
Smrloomis That sounds really good! Like @rmaclean4 I‘ll look for your review. Shall we say sometime in 2020 😂? 3w
rmaclean4 @ClairesReads you are braver than I am!! 3w
gradcat @Smrloomis Good prognostication! 😂🤣😂 2w
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tattersalt
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Not far in, but I am finding this fairly interesting so far. There‘s so much high praise plastered all over it that I remain alternately expectant and suspicious...

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Abailliekaras
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It‘s our Booker Shortlist double-header on Books On The Go! 📚🙌🏼🎧

I‘ve read ‘Ducks, Newburyport‘ by Lucy Ellmann - aka the 1,000 page fat cat. 😜 it‘s my new tip to win. 👌🏼
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Amanda read ‘An Orchestra of Minorities‘ by Chigozie Obioma. Set in Nigeria and Cyprus, it features myth, spirits and a chicken farmer on an Odyssey-style quest. 🤔
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Who is your favourite to win the Booker?

BookwormM Girl, Woman, Other but I think Ducks will win 3w
Abailliekaras @bookwormM maybe i should read Girl, Woman, other - I‘ve heard some rave reviews. 😬😉 3w
BookwormM Girl, Woman, Other is great 👍 3w
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merelybookish
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Yikes! Look at this thing! It's huge! I thought I wanted to read it. Not so sure now...
Anyone read it? Is it worth the effort?

HardcoverHearts I‘m reading it and it‘s an experience. It‘s mesmerizing but I can‘t do more than about an hour a day 3w
Paperback.Propensity I would cry 3w
Redwritinghood I have a copy but haven‘t cracked it open yet. It‘s intimidating. 3w
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Cathythoughts I‘ve had a look at the first few pages .... I‘m not sure I want to invest the time 🤔🤷🏻‍♀️ 3w
Erinreadsthebooks I heard there‘s no punctuation, just lines and lines of Stream of Consciousness. In the words of Randy Jackson, “it‘s a no from me, dawg.” 3w
Suet624 @Erinreadsthebooks oh no. That‘s the worst. 3w
merelybookish @HardcoverHearts I look forward to hearing your review! 3w
merelybookish @Redwritinghood @Cathythoughts Initially I was really excited to read it but...my enthusiasm has decidedly waned 3w
merelybookish @Erinreadsthebooks That's part of the reason I wanted to read it. 😀 But the reality of a 1000+ page is scaring me now. 3w
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Cinfhen
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Look who‘s feeling brave!!!! I‘m ready to tackle the #PageCountPhobia 💪🏽It‘s only 1030 pages 😉

Cathythoughts Good luck 👍🏻 look forward to your thoughts ♥️ 3w
erzascarletbookgasm So curious about this one. 🍀👍😘 3w
JennyM Lets us know how it is...that‘s a big book for me!!! 3w
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jenniferw88 I am not going to be surprised if you bail on this one! I'm thinking of hibernating it! 3w
RachelO 👏👏👏👏 Good luck! 3w
CarolynM I'm very tempted by this one but It's a lot longer than I'm comfortable with. 3w
AmyG I‘d be curious to hear what you think. It‘s a big book. 3w
Hestapleton It may be hard with this one, but when I have a chunkster, I use post it‘s to mark off manageable chunks (50 pages or so) to read per day/week whatever. It makes it a bit more feasible. This is my strategy with Lord of the Rings lol 3w
LiteraryinLititz You can do it!! 3w
Booksnchill I am finding it surprisingly readable- I have had to tackle it in 30-40 page chuncks just because of the no punctuation form but it flows once you get into the rhythm! 3w
KarenUK I‘m on hold at the library for this one... hoping a digital copy will ease my #pagecountphobia !!! 😳 3w
IamIamIam The no punctuation thing frightens me more than the page count!!! I'm already getting anxiety knowing that this book exists! 😂😂😂 3w
TrishB @IamIamIam punctuation for me too. I dislike books with no quotation marks enough. 3w
IamIamIam @TrishB YES!!! I can't handle that!!! 3w
Kalalalatja I‘m definitely in the no-punctuation-phobia camp as well @IamIamIam @TrishB 😳 3w
Cinfhen It seems @jenniferw88 was correct!!! I BAILED @Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm @jennym @RachelO @CarolynM @AmyG @Hestapleton @LiteraryinLititz @Booksnchill @KarenUK @IamIamIam @TrishB @Kalalalatja and in case you‘re all still worried there are lots of commas. I just couldn‘t get on board with her musings and random thoughts. I have enough of my own inner dialogue to deal with 😉😁😜 3w
IamIamIam I'm proud of you for even attempting it!!! Put that on your list to read once you're retired! 😂 3w
TrishB 😁😁 you tried - more than me!! 3w
Hestapleton @Cinfhen hahaha yeah stream of consciousness books are NOT my thing lol 3w
jenniferw88 :-) I'm enjoying the randomness of her thoughts but don't have the time to thoroughly commit to it at the moment! 3w
AmyG Ahhhh, this is that stream of consciousness book. I read about this. No wonder you bailed. 3w
Cinfhen Maybe I‘ll try again but for now it‘s being tucked away in a deep shelf/back row @AmyG @jenniferw88 @Hestapleton @TrishB @IamIamIam 3w
Blaire Oh man! I want to read this but very intimidated by the length. Maybe in the summer. 3w
BookwormM I am at 75% the only reason I haven‘t bailed is that it made the Booker Shortlist personally I have no idea how. Kindle tells me the phrase “the fact that” is used over 16,000 times it drives me batty 3w
LeahBergen Brave, indeed! I don‘t mind the high page count; it‘s that one-sentence thing that terrifies me. 😳 3w
LeahBergen Oh, and now I see you bailed! 👏🏻👏🏻😆😆 3w
BarbaraBB @BookwormM That would drive me crazy too! And kudos for trying, @Cinfhen 👊🏼. I am glad we didn‘t do a buddy read! 3w
Cinfhen I‘m still thinking **might** try again BUT it‘s not going to be anytime soon @BarbaraBB @LeahBergen @Blaire and THAT is SUPER annoying @BookwormM ugh!!!! 3w
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Flaneurette
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Sorta making dinner, sorta reading- and not making much headway on this *really* long book. I like it tho, it‘s a really long info dump/ list thing but has not achieved critical mass for me yet...

Leftcoastzen Perfect phrase for it! I am plodding along but enjoying it. (edited) 3w
Taylor This actually looks right up my alley. I‘ve heard people compare this to the Knausgaard series, which I am thinking about rereading.... (edited) 3w
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Abailliekaras
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An exhilarating joy. The prose sings, it made me think (& laugh, often) & works on so many levels. It‘s an immersive portrait of an Ohio housewife / pie entrepreneur riddled with anxiety but full of wit, a re-telling of American history & a state of America today. Using old movies, Laura Ingalls Wilder, The Ohio River & many other references, Ellmann depicts a human life & a whole country. Climate change, gun control & how to caramelise apples.

CarolynM That sounds great. Stacked. 3w
Abailliekaras @carolynm is so good! My new favourite big book. 👌🏼 3w
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tattersalt
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Got the brand new copy first at the library. Excited to read this!

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Faith175
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Love love love love love!! I do not know how Lucy Ellman did this! I hate stream of consciousness books, but I cannot put it down!

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Started reading this 1 month ago and chipped away at it slowly. I certainly don‘t regret the experience but on the other hand it is decidedly not in my reading comfort zone. Long stretches of movie, music and other references that I couldn‘t relate to plus a mind-numbing amount of repetition - despite this it is does have its moments of fun. Maybe it‘s a book I will appreciate fully once we are out of these dark ages ?

AceOnRoam I was worried that you would bail. So glad you hung in there 👏👏 4w
Redheadrambles @AceOnRoam thanks Ace - no I never considered a DNF, for the most part I liked it 4w
ClairesReads Omg I can‘t wait to get into this 3w
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AceOnRoam
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This years Booker Winner? I hope so 💙💙💙💙💙

This is quite an achievement which took years in the making and covers so much, the mind boggles. I am so glad to have taken the plunge and read it. A unique and hopeful story of how vulnerable we are in what has become a f*cking bizarre world to live in. 5 stars

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Flaneurette
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Happy #readanebookday #ebooklove Actually that‘s every day for me

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Leftcoastzen
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Another wild Saturday night! I think I got cork in my wine , I can use the fiber .🍷

JCPaulk That is quite the volume! 1mo
Leftcoastzen Stream of consciousness with no punctuation!😲On the Booker Prize shortlist for 2019 1mo
Cathythoughts 👍🏻♥️enjoy. Look forward to your thoughts...I got it , in a moment of gay abandon on Kindle 🤷🏻‍♀️.... it‘s very long 1mo
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Liberty
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This 1000-page-long novel, that is only eight sentences total and has no paragraphs, is a freaking delight. It‘s narrated by an Ohio housewife, and it is compulsively readable, and way more fun than you would believe. I have not read all of Ducks, Newburyport yet. Instead, I have been slowly making my way through it. It‘s available now - challenge yourself!🦆

charl08 And a matching bag? 1mo
squirrelbrain I wonder about this one... I‘m a speed reader / skimmer anyway and I just worry that the lack of punctuation will mean that I get faster and faster and I forget to breathe! How does it feel reading it? 1mo
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Yes, I bought them all.

AmyG I bought the bottom 3 ebooks. 1mo
TheLibrarian More excellent books you got! 1mo
Cinfhen Awesomeness 😁 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm Looks like a fabulous haul! 1mo
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Dolly
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I‘m thrilled to take this home today! I was a good girl at the dentist and it‘s been YEARS since I bought myself a new book with my own money.
I was amazed that this wasn‘t on the front table today at B & N. There were only 2 copies, no staff had heard of the book, and it was back in the regular fiction shelves. 😟

Leftcoastzen It always annoys me a bit that some B&N staff have so little interest in books. 1mo
Lynnsoprano Not familiar with this, but we stayed in Newburyport years ago, and it was a beautiful place. 1mo
Dolly @Leftcoastzen They need us working there! @Lynnsoprano Yes, and it‘s my home state! All the New England coast is beautiful but you better like cold ocean water. 1mo
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Abailliekaras
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Starting this one! 🦆🤓

Cinfhen Quite the #chunkster!!! You better get “quackin”🦆🦆🦆 1mo
Nebklvr Wow 1mo
Nebklvr @Cinfhen 😂 1mo
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Simona 👍My second favorite book in this year, so far 😁 1mo
rajithr Bravo 👍 1mo
Abailliekaras @Cinfhen yes! And now I want to read The Testaments immediately as well. ;) #bookdilemmas 1mo
Abailliekaras @simona that‘s a big call, but I‘m loving it so far too! I have to ask - what was your top favourite? 1mo
Simona From the longlist - Ducks is my absolute winner, I really liked also Girl, Woman, Other and The Man Who Saw Everything. I‘m currently reading Testaments ... so everything can change 😘 1mo
Abailliekaras @simona me too - trying to juggle both! A nice problem to have 😉 1mo
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Emilymdxn
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Omg I was so busy recently I didn‘t even notice the shortlist came out! How did I miss this??

Overall I‘m happy tho I haven‘t read Rushdie or Atwood yet - started Quichotte this morning and have Testaments on preorder. Ducks Newburyport is my clear absolute fave, tho I also love the other three so there aren‘t any I dislike here. What do you guys think?

Megabooks You‘ve really made me want to read Ducks! 1mo
Ruthiella I‘m curious about Ducks now too! But I will probably only read the winner. 😀 1mo
BookwormM Can you tell me what it is you love about Ducks? I am 41% in and I hate it with a passion only finishing as it made short list 1mo
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Emilymdxn @megabooks @ruthiella I hope you like it! Probably not for everyone as it‘s so long and slow but I‘m a die hard fan. It‘s a great one if you like chunksters and slow meditative prose 1mo
Emilymdxn @bookwormm I guess it‘s a bit of a marmite! I loved the pace, how vivid the main character was, how it handled so many themes and showed them all interrelating and how thoughts appear in someone‘s brain so quickly. I felt like it covered such a broad expanse of stuff but also so much in terms of one person‘s brain and life. I agree it‘s not for everyone tho, j adapted to the style very quickly but I can see why some people wouldn‘t like it 1mo
AkashPhoenix 10 Minutes is an amazing read! Keeps you engrossed! Will surely give a go at Ducks! 1mo
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Booksnchill
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Ok I am diving in- my current audiobook and my new Booker Shortlisted read! The US copy is 988 pages so maybe I‘ll have it read by November? Anyone else taking the Ducks plunge?

Hoopiefoot 🙋‍♀️ Just picked it up last week. I‘m excited and a little scared. 1mo
Suet624 Yikes! That‘s quite the commitment. 1mo
JamieArc I‘m making my way through the other shortlist books. I‘m telling myself that I‘ll read it if it wins 😂 1mo
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Booksnchill @JamieArc my promise was I‘d read it if it made the shortlist! The other books I really wanted to make the shortlist didn‘t so this and maybe the Atwood are probably the only 2 from the shortlist I‘ll read- going back to the longlist! 1mo
Booksnchill @Suet624 yes- I have decided to try only 20 pages a day and if I do more then bonus! 1mo
Booksnchill @Hoopiefoot i feel you😳 (edited) 1mo
Redwritinghood I have a copy and will be plunging in soon. Reading a couple of others from the shortlist right now. 1mo
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Simona
Ducks, Newburyport | Lucy Ellmann
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My shortlist for #BookerPrize2019 🤓

L.Ellmann - Ducks, Newburyport; B.Evaristo - Girl, Woman, Other; D.Levy - The Man Who Saw Everything; S.Rushdie - Quichotte; K.Barry - Night Boat to Tangier; V.Luiselli - Lost Children Archive

Kalalalatja I have only read Lost Children Archive of those six, and I wasn‘t the biggest fan, but I have high hopes for the others! 2mo
Simona @Kalalalatja I‘m not a fan either, but I ‘had to‘ make a choice between Lost Children Archive and An Orchestra of Minorities ... but I think (I hope) that it will be replaced with 2mo
8little_paws I *really* want to read ducks but I have sooooo many other books I should be reading..... 2mo
Simona @8little_paws It‘s surprisingly quick read, when you catch the rhythm and absolutely worth the time. 1mo
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Dolly
Ducks, Newburyport | Lucy Ellmann
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I never buy full priced books but this one has me enchanted.

Have you even gone without something to buy a book?

Simona You have made a good decision👍 2mo
Dolly @Simona I probably will buy it. Other readers seem to be prejudging Ducks as I was until I heard booktube‘s Eric from Lonesome Reader‘s great review. You seem to working your way through the Booker prize nominations. I will be also and will be pleased to consult your posts. Great reviews! (edited) 2mo
Simona Thank you 😊 I‘m done with the longlist, with the exception of Testaments, and for me the winner is without doubt Ducks ... I admit that is a very off putting when you see description ‘one sentence, 1000 pages‘, but at the end you understand why so many pages and why one sentence. Pitch perfect narration for very topical story. 2mo
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gracemom
Ducks, Newburyport | Lucy Ellmann
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This beauty just arrived on my doorstep. 988 pages to kick off the long weekend. 🤓📚🧡

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Owlizabeth
Ducks, Newburyport | Lucy Ellmann
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I‘m a little intimidated by the tagged, but super excited for my #bookhaul from my favorite #indie bookstore, @chopsueybooks !! #rva

batsy What a great haul 😍 All of these are on my TBR 2mo
k.reads My fave bookstore on the planet! Hope you got to give Wonton a pat!😺 2mo
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Samplergal
Ducks, Newburyport | Lucy Ellmann
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New book mail. This one will require some stamina. Also doubles as a weapon #BigBook

Cathythoughts Interesting.... 👍🏻♥️ 2mo
underground_bks My husband @HillsAndHamletsBookshop is included in the blurbs for this book!! ☺️ 2mo
ephemeralwaltz Yes! I so want to read this. 2mo
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