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The Ramblers
The Ramblers | Aidan Donnelley Rowley
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For fans of J. Courtney Sullivan, Meg Wolitzer, Claire Messud, and Emma Straub, a gorgeous and absorbing novel of a trio of confused souls struggling to find themselves and the way forward in their lives, set against the spectacular backdrop of contemporary New York City.Set in the most magical parts of Manhattanthe Upper West Side, Central Park, Greenwich VillageThe Ramblers explores the lives of three lost souls, bound together by friendship and family. During the course of one fateful Thanksgiving week, a time when emotions run high and being with family can be a mixed blessing, Rowleys sharply defined characters explore the moments when decisions are deliberately made, choices accepted, and pasts reconciled.Clio Marsh, whose bird-watching walks through Central Park are mentioned in New York Magazine, is taking her first tentative steps towards a relationship while also looking back to the secrets of her broken childhood. Her best friend, Smith Anderson, the seemingly-perfect daughter of one of New Yorks wealthiest families, organizes the lives of others as her own has fallen apart. And Tate Pennington has returned to the city, heartbroken but determined to move ahead with his artistic dreams.Rambling through the emotional chaos of their lives, this trio learns to let go of the past, to make room for the future and the uncertainty and promise that it holds. The Ramblers is a love letter to New York Cityan accomplished, sumptuous novel about fate, loss, hope, birds, friendship, love, the wonders of the natural world and the mysteries of the human spirit.
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bookishunicorn
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A night of reading, and binge watching The Office 👍🏼

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Bears. Beets. Battlestar Galactica.

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Courtneyjo_reads
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11.3.18 This book was such a fun, light, and heartfelt read. I felt very invested to the main characters and found myself relating to them as their stories progressed. I had a hard time putting it down and fell in love with it! 5/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Courtneyjo_reads
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11.1.18 And just like that, it‘s November. This year has flown by! Starting the month with a lighter read, The Ramblers, a novel that delves into the lives of three lost souls trying to find their own way in this crazy world. “Rambling through the emotional chaos of their lives, this trio learns to let go of the past, to make room for the future and the uncertainty and promise that it holds”. #bookshark #booksparks

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LauraBeth
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Early morning reading - thanks @MicheleinPhilly 😽 I don‘t know how this book escaped my radar...

Cinfhen Oh, YOU REALLY ARE AWAKE!!! @emilyhaldi just posted about this book the other day!! Sounds juicy 🤗 14mo
LauraBeth @Cinfhen ☕️☕️ I saw @emilyhaldi ‘s post the other day and was like, “Well where has THIS gem been hiding? It‘s right up my alley...” 14mo
JennyM Oh this is a wonderful book. Enjoy xx 14mo
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LeahBergen Bitsy doesn‘t look quite ready to face the day. 😆 14mo
LauraBeth @LeahBergen Bitsy needs to rally because I‘m about to take her running 😂 14mo
LauraBeth @JennyM I‘m glad to hear that you liked it! 😀 14mo
emilyhaldi Excited to hear what you think of this one!!! It‘s nice fluff 😉 14mo
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emilyhaldi
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This book weaves together the stories of 3 thirty-something rich, successful New Yorkers- Clio, Smith, and Tate. The book revolves mostly around Clio, who leads bird-watching tours in Central Park, perhaps spotting an #eagle at times 😜, which is where she meets and falls in love with her older, richer, “Mr. Big” type boyfriend. If you enjoy reading about self-involved rich kids this book is for you!
#abbainaugust

Cinfhen I‘ve already stacked this book even though I‘m pretty sure I never heard of it before 😂😂sounds like something I‘d like to read 14mo
Kalalalatja You had me at Mr. Big type 😄😄 14mo
BarbaraBB @Kalalalatja Haha 😂😂 14mo
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JennyM I love this book so much. 14mo
Cathythoughts Nice one 👍🏻 14mo
LauraBeth You‘re killing me with your book recs! 😂 Stop making me add to my TBR! 😂 14mo
Mdargusch I‘m not sure I can do this one? 🤷🏼‍♀️ maybe if I get through my TBR 😁 14mo
MicheleinPhilly I loved this one! 14mo
Reviewsbylola This sounds like a good summer read! 14mo
Reviewsbylola Is that even possible?!? 😂😂 @Mdargusch 14mo
emilyhaldi Lol @Kalalalatja 😂 and sorry @LauraBeth 😉 @Cinfhen wait til you're in the mood for some #richwhitepeopleproblems 😜 @Mdargusch it's currently sitting in the giveaway to LFL pile so you can snatch it up for yourself if you please 😄 14mo
Mdargusch Definitely not @Reviewsbylola 14mo
Mdargusch Ha! I think I will. Just in case. 14mo
Meredith3 Oooh I‘m interested! 14mo
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JennyM
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Day 5 | #readingresolutions

I don‘t see nearly enough love for this #underratedbook.

MicheleinPhilly I loved this one! 1y
JennyM @MicheleinPhilly oh me, too. One of my fave reads from last year 1y
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emilyhaldi
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Regarding the accumulation of these stacks in my temporary living situation, I 💯 #blameitonlitsy 🤦🏻‍♀️
#readingresolutions

CoverToCoverGirl How lovely!📖 2y
Mdargusch Thank goodness you have so much room for your book piles! 👍🏼 2y
Reviewsbylola You‘ll have a complete wall of books by the time you move out. 📚 📚 📚 2y
ValerieAndBooks I had book piles like that too, in a temp apartment for 9 months when we were in between houses — waiting to sell one in a different state before we could buy again (where we are now). That was 4 years ago and a lot of them are still TBR 😂! 2y
emilyhaldi @ValerieAndBooks oh, I believe it!! 😆 2y
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idrinkandiknowthings
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Liked this #lunchtimeread way more than I thought I would! Almost made me cry during the last few chapters. Highly recommend 😊

JennyM I loved this one. 2y
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hes7
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Bookcation74 I LOVED Russian Winter! 2y
CrowCAH You have quite a few arrr books in your collection; neat!!! 2y
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Soscha
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I have about as much chance looking through my new book sale stack as I do cutting this guy's nails.

Megabooks I cut my dog's nails today too! 2y
Soscha We can at best cut one of Vanderbilt's nails every few days. He screams and fights so much we worry we'll hurt him as much as he thinks we're going to. 2y
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WilliamMorrowBooks
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we're back with our staff pick Sunday! Today's pick is from editorial assistant, Carolyn, who chose THE RAMBLERS

I read this book when I first moved to New York and started working for William Morrow, so it has a special place in my heart! Aidan manages to capture both the loneliness and magic of New York.

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KatyAliceReads
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Up next?

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Dmtlang
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A solid read. I really enjoyed each character, their story, and the way their lives all come together. I loved the timing - everything takes place during the week of Thanksgiving.

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saresmoore
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The Ramblers is, in essence, a Bildungsroman of three New Yorkers...in their mid-thirties. Imagine a foul-mouthed, painful novelization of the TV show, Friends without the humor. I loved the personality of one of the three main narrators, but was so incensed by the immaturity of the other two that I ended up skimming about half of the book. There is astute description throughout, but overall, I didn't love it.

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saresmoore
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I'm loving only parts of this book; I really hate the POV of two out of three main characters. 😕 But hey! I'm reading and crafting and wonderfully alone—the INFJ's paradise! Cheers to evening reading for my fellow U.S. east coasters. 🍸🍸

valeriegeary Pretty colors. What are you making? 3y
saresmoore @valeriegeary It's a prayer shawl. I've just finished it and it looks like phoenix wings! 3y
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saresmoore
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"There will most certainly be a next time, and a next time, and a time after that. This is who she is. This is who she's wired to be. It's not a matter of having a perfectly arranged closet or talking to a life coach...of ingesting copious amounts of Rumi and kale and green tea. She's spent years doing her own research and she's still left with the question that's plagued her since she was a girl, since she knew enough to ask. Am I okay?"

saresmoore Never have I read a more poignant description of living with panic. I'm only 40 pages in and relating to this character so deeply and personally—I can't decide whether to feel uncomfortable or relieved. 3y
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sumaiyya.books
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My current read is The Ramblers, set in New York over a Thanksgiving weekend. It's beautifully written, addictive to read and just magical like most NYC novels. Although I've never been to New York, I find the youthful, fresh and fast-paced life there very alluring. And of course, there's the sense of led happening, depressed or dreamy. Somehow this book is pushing all that to the front, and making it even more gorgeous with its focus on birds.🤓

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Dmtlang
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November book group pick. Thanksgiving is the best.

ReadingOver50 That cover is eye catching 3y
Dmtlang It is. It definitely would have caught my eye on a shelf or table at the book store. 3y
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hes7
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The Ramblers swept me up in the bustle of city life with its genuinely flawed characters and their surprising stories. It‘s a book composed of ordinary moments and choices—of family, friendship, love, loss, jealousy, hope—and speaks beautifully of feeling lost. Well-written, character-driven, reflective, The Ramblers is a good choice for the fan of contemporary fiction. (I received a free copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.)

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WilliamMorrowBooks
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Two fabulous books now available in paperback. My current fave: THE RAMBLERS, an absorbing novel of three friends in NYC struggling to find themselves, years after college. If you like Emma Straub or Cynthia d'aprix Sweeney, you'll love this book! ❤️

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Well-ReadNeck
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Who-hoo! Picked up a fabulous stack of holds today! #LibraryHaul 📚📚📚📚📚📚

valeriegeary Good looking stack. 3y
Suzze Great stack! 3y
GlitteryOtters Dang...! Great stack! How will you decide which to read first?! 3y
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JenniferJR Wow that's a great stack! I'm reading The Mothers now and love it! 3y
Reese_Pearly.Pages It's so beautiful 😭😭 I bought all of those except for the Ramblers. 3y
L_auren Love!! Ramblers was wonderful and now that I'm currently reading Rich and Pretty it reminds me of it 3y
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palmerspageturners
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Starting this one next! Love the cover!

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Fritzybitsyspider
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Enjoyed this book very much. I appreciated that it intro the characters early without making it too complicated. I found myself excited to keep reading to get to the next person. Good quick read.

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KatyAliceReads
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Trying to decide what to read...

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WilliamMorrowBooks
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Pickpick

A perfect New York book for a perfect New York day! The Ramblers is an absorbing novel about three friends struggling to find themselves. There is also some bird watching!

kdwinchester That cover 😍 3y
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BookishMarginalia
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Pickpick

One Thanksgiving week in the life of three thirty-four-year-old Yale grads who live in NYC and grapple with love, loss, and existential angst. Yes, it's white, moneyed privilege, and yes, the dialogue is sometimes clunky, but it's still interesting and worthwhile. I enjoyed the ornithology, the book talk, the little snippets of "texts" from magazines and applications, and the fact the characters actually did seem to mature.

LauraBeth Sounds a bit like "The Emperor's Children" 3y
SharonGoforth Have this on hold at the library 😊 3y
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BookishMarginalia
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Why the Poets House in NYC is not the Poets' House: "some things must never be possessed but shared." ?

Riveted_Reader_Melissa That's wonderful! I love that quote and idea! 3y
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BookishMarginalia
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How can you resist a character whose mom taught her "to revere books"? I just love these lines: the girls "knew how important it was to read everything, to stay flush with exquisite words, to have poetic sentences in the ear at all times" (119). #booklove

WilliamMorrowBooks What a great book! 3y
Hugoreads "To stay flush with exquisite words..."....ahhhh-yes! 3y
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BookishMarginalia
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#currentlyreading and thoroughly enjoying this novel 🤓

MrBook One for you, @BookBabe ! Also I see Radar back there. That's been staring at me on my shelves for awhile now. 3y
BookishMarginalia @MrBook Yep, the Radar pile went home with us! (Hey, we return to work on Wednesday, so a little book retail therapy was in order -- not that we EVER need an excuse!) 3y
MrBook 😂👍🏻 3y
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MrBook Harry August is a favorite of mine 😊. 3y
BookishMarginalia @MrBook 👍🏼 It was highly recommended by the bookstore owner. Her new one looks great too 3y
MrBook Oh yes! I just read Touch. Another great book! 3y
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FoldedPagesDistillery
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4.5/5 ⭐️ There is real charm in these characters and I loved the level-headedness with lots of thoughtful and insightful revelations in life and love and forgiveness. This felt like taking and releasing a deep breath or sitting and talking with good friends about life and love.

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Anna4031
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Good book! It was a solid 4-stars, but the last chapter was so beautiful, I wanted to give it 5-stars for that alone!

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Anna4031
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"You will be a mother one day, and see what it's like to crack open with hope and worry and desire and pain and most of all love. But it's not simple. It's hellos and goodbyes, nevers and forevers, and go away and come back, please come back, forgive me."

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Anna4031
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Reading this based on a recommendation that I've already forgotten who to attribute it to (there are too many book pushers in my life!). Liking it so far, though! Love that New York City is a character in and of itself.

JessKH Ooh let me know what you think of it. As someone irrationally in love with my city I'd be curious to read it if you love it. 3y
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Suetara
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Time to get back to my ginormous library stack. I've heard good things about this one.

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Kd_reads
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Mehso-so

I wanted so badly to absolutely love this book. The beginning was slow, but once the characters were developed, it became a lovely story. The characters are all broken in some way and the book tells their journeys to becoming whole.

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Kd_reads
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Finally getting a chance to start this beautiful book. I adore NYC and books that are set in the city.

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writemeg
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Saturday morning -- coming to the end of this beautiful story. Loved getting to know three distinct people and how their lives intersect during one fall week in New York City!

totesmarisa This is on my shopping list for the weekend!! 4y
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