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Magic for Beginners
Magic for Beginners | Kelly Link
Link's engaging and funny second collection -- call it kitchen-sink magical realism -- riffs on haunted convenience stores, husbands and wives, rabbits, zombies, weekly apocalyptic poker parties, witches, superheroes, marriage, and cannons -- and includes several new stories.
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Bookworm54
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First episode of Magic for Humans season 2 is a Christmas episode. Win!

#HolidayEpisode #TeamNutcracker #WinterGames
@Clwojick @StayCurious

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mklong
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Pickpick

This was a re-read for book club and it hasn‘t lost any of its magic. Kelly Link somehow manages to create vivid, unexpected worlds yet still leave much to the reader‘s own imagination. I love her so much.

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IndoorDame
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#7days7covers Day 4

Posting covers I love for 7 days with no explanation. @danimgill if you haven‘t been tagged already do you want to join in?

danimgill Ooh I have not been tagged, how fun! I‘ll have to think of some good covers 😊 4mo
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callielafleur
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Pickpick

Kelly Link is not only a gifted short story writer, she is great at putting together collections. There was only one story I didn't really enjoy, and that's probably because it was the closest to fairy tales (not my favorite genre). The rest of the stories were fab, with relatable characters who experienced crazy things (zombies and aliens and all sorts of other sci-fi craziness abounds, but in a very easy-to-swallow way).

#24in48 #MountTBR2019

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callielafleur
Magic for Beginners | Kelly Link

Jeremy prays to all the dark gods that he never receives the gift of knowing what people are thinking. Its a dark road and it ends up with you trapped on late night television in front of an invisible audience of depressed insomniacs wearing hats made out tinfoil and they all want to pay you nine-ninety-nine per minute to hear you describe in minute, terrible detail what their deceased cat is thinking about, right now. What kind of future is that?

callielafleur I know I missed the apostrophe in it's, but I was one character short of being able to include the ending question mark, which I thought was more important to include. Oh, the sacrifices we make. 6mo
CareBear 🤣🤣🤣 6mo
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callielafleur
Magic for Beginners | Kelly Link

Jeremy's mother is an orphan. Jeremy's father claims that she was raised by feral silent-film stars, and it's true, she looks like a heroine out of a Harold Lloyd movie. She has an appealingly disheveled look to her, as if someone has either just tied or untied her from a set of train tracks.

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callielafleur
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Took my book for a walk around the garden. I needed the outside time, but it is Too Hot and Too Humid to be out there for very long. My favorite thing is reading outside.
#24in48

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callielafleur
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My next read for #24in48 and some 24in48 swag. It's going to hit almost 100 today, and I'm super glad this Airbnb has air conditioning! How is everyone else doing so far?

Macker11 Love this shirt ! 6mo
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lkpreader
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So excited to visit this bookstore on a recent stop in Brooklyn! I had the very special chance to hear this author speak and knew I had to track down one of her books. She was so funny and engaging in person!

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Billypar
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#Easy #MayMovieMagic
'Get in Trouble' was my favorite story collection that I read last year. I felt like Link's approach was fresh and imaginative: she could create whole worlds in just a few pages without sacrificing characters or story. I've heard a lot of good things about this collection, and I love the title 🎩🐇
@rohit-sawant @Cinfhen

Cinfhen I tried reading a different book by Kelly Link.... and I just couldn‘t get through it 8mo
Billypar @Cinfhen I suspect she's another love or hate author, given that how unique her style is. 8mo
Cinfhen Yup!! I appreciate when authors have a unique or identifiable “voice” 8mo
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rohit-sawant Yes! 🙌🏼 Love Kelly Link. Get in Trouble was terrific. I've yet to post a review 🙈 8mo
Billypar @rohit-sawant Yeah, I was pretty impressed. I can't wait to try her other collections. 8mo
readordierachel I love Kelly Link so much. Her brain is amazing. 8mo
Billypar @readordierachel Agreed- her brain is on full display in her stories, in all its creative glory. 8mo
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Karionie
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Mehso-so

Not bad, per se... but it was the single weirdest book I‘ve ever read, and I‘m counting William Burroughs‘ Naked Lunch in that. To me it felt like the stories were slices of longer tales, like you were only reading the middle. How to make sense of a story when you missed the beginning and the end?

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pgh.femme
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@Christine You may know that Pittsburgh is having a rough time right now. I cannot tell you how blown away and moved I am by your thoughtfulness & generosity just when I need it most. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE everything. And I now own the best pen ever made!! @monalyisha #WitchPleaseSwap is better than XMAS. Thank you!

Christine Awwww! ❤️ I have been thinking of you all week and feeling so much sadness for Pittsburgh - can‘t imagine what it must be like for all of you who live there. So I‘m even more thrilled to know that this brought some joy to you today! Continuing to send much love and light your way. ❤️ 1y
Christine And OMG, I‘m glad you like the pen!! I was thinking “I hope she doesn‘t think I‘m crazy sending her a punching witch pen...” but I loved it so much and am glad you also appreciate its brilliance!! 😂 1y
monalyisha @Christine & @pgh.femme I sent that pen in my package, too! I had a hard time giving it up but there was only one left at the shop. 😅 It‘s so great! I hope you both had a happy #WitchPleaseSwap! 🖤🔮 I‘m glad it could shed some light & warmth for you. 1y
Christine @monalyisha Haha - great witch minds think alike! 🧙‍♀️👊 1y
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Waynegjr
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Pickpick

Woo! Congrats to Kelly Link on a well deserved MacArthur Fellowship!

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Billypar
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#IPutaSpellonYou #OctoberXFiles
Kelly Link put a spell on me, and now this is high on my list of story collections to read.
Oh, and I put a spell on Screamin Jay Hawkins as you can see here.
@Robothugs @Cinfhen

Robothugs 🤣🤣 1y
Leftcoastzen Nice!😂 1y
Cinfhen Well done 👍🏻 1y
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Skyrimir
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Some water park reading! I‘m enjoying it quite a bit so far. The first story reminded me a lot of Clive Barker‘s Weaveworld where an entire world is contained in an ordinary object.

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MeganAnn
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@Craftylikefox you nailed this #makerswap!!! #hufflepuff themed cowl and mug warmer which will be perfect for cold weather and coffee! 💛🖤 A marauder‘s map book sleeve (which my son is already trying to steal), chocolate, a book I‘ve been wanting since I saw another litten post about it, and yarn with knitting instructions. I tried knitting a few years back and made myself a cowl, but haven‘t gotten back to it since so this is perfect! ⬇️

MeganAnn @Craftylikefox I can‘t wait to try the head wrap which will also be great for winters here! Thank you so so so very much!! Also, fellow #HufflepuffPride and I agree, crafting is definitely its own kind of magic 😉✨💖 2y
Craftylikefox Yay!!! I am so glad you like everything! #hufflepuffpride ☺️ 2y
MeganAnn @Craftylikefox you are awesome!! @LibrarianRyan thanks so much for organizing! I‘d love to do it again sometime when things calm down a bit! 2y
LibrarianRyan Yeahhh. That is awesome. I'm going to do another maker swap in the fall but have have something else planned for mid-late summer. I promise. Great box @Craftylikefox 2y
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monalyisha
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Broke my rule & signed up for another swap. I blame you guys. You were supposed to be watching me! 👀😅

I couldn‘t resist a #shortstoryswap. See @CSeydel ‘s post or visit the following link for more information:

https://goo.gl/forms/HzK3WOXw3sB5fMwK2

Registration open through June 7th.

Great idea, @CSeydel 🙌🏻!

CSeydel Yay! Thanks for signing up and for sharing. I‘m truly pleased to see all the love for short stories out there! 2y
kaysworld1 Just signed up I'm so excited 2y
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Christine
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Went to a branch library that I rarely visit to borrow a *very important* and specific Pirates of the Caribbean book for my son‘s obsession of the moment; left with that plus a bonus stack of treasures from the $1 shelf. 😁

readordierachel Wow, great finds! Kelly Link is amazing. 2y
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Godmotherx5
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Kelly Link is surprisingly creative. Short stories are fun because you do not have to read them in order and you can come back to the book when it suits you. I recommend "The Faery Handbag" and "The Great Divorce". #Itsmagic #it‘smagic
#NewYearReads @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @bookloo

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NovelGirl82
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Waiting on my Wing Stop order to be ready... #alwayshaveabookhandy

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jessicarenee
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Books on Tap Bookclub tonight! 📖🍺#didntfinishthebook

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jessicarenee
Magic for Beginners | Kelly Link
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I have bookclub on Wednesday and I'm only 1.5 stories into this book. Oops! ☕️📖🤷🏻‍♀️

Eyelit I've been there! Good luck 😃 2y
argeorge 😂😂😂 2y
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Waynegjr
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Just looking back over one of my favorite short stories.

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JulAnna
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Heading home, enjoying one of my new purchases 📚😊

Beachesnbooks Loooove this book! 2y
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readordierachel
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Pleased to discover that most of my owned short story collections are by women! I've read stories in each of these but haven't read any cover to cover yet. My favorite so far is Magic for Beginners. I love everything I've read by Kelly Link. #readingwomenmonth #shortstorycollections

@thereadingwomen

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needleminding
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I read Magic for Beginners in a magical realism class in college (one of the best classes ever obviously!) & through the same class was able to meet Kelly Link, who was funny & witty in a quiet sort of way, the kind of person you could watch a Buffy marathon with & have an interesting discussion about "strong women", fandom, & representations of magic mirroring real life dilemmas. #readathonstories @Liberty

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malloryomeara
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Pickpick

The fucking queen, as usual. Stories so packed with weirdness and wisdom and unease that they make me dance a little.

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BriKie
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Bailedbailed

So I have learned that Kelly Link is emphatically not for me. This book is a collection of short stories. The first story - The Faery Handbag - was the strongest, but it ended on an unsatisfactory note. The following stories were just torture for me to get through. They felt absurd, lacking in discernible meaning, and often cruel and disturbing. That combination was too much for me and I gave up at about 53%, right after Catskin.

margaux.andrea That's too bad. The stories in this collection were a hit/miss for me but I absolutely loved "Stone Animals", the title story, and "Lull". I still often think about this book and I read it in July last year. (edited) 3y
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Jenshootsweddings
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Love them!!! @mklong you did such a great job!! I've been wanting WSABF for so long and Kelly Link is new to me and sounds right up my alley! The Terror Squad completely agree. The grumpy one even came out from one of his caves to join in all the excitement! Thank you so much for thinking of me, and thank you @BookishMarginalia so much for organizing this!

mklong So glad you like them!! 3y
Varshitha Aww such cuties😍🐶 3y
Litlady Great bookish gifts and sweet fur babies, too! 🎅🏻🐶🎅🏻📚🐾 3y
LeahBergen 💗💗💗 3y
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LyndseyReads
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I'm reading this slowly and really enjoying it. My favorite so far is "The Faery Handbag."

Divsy Mine too! I love Kelly Link and that story is the most magic of all... 3y
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LyndseyReads
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My holiday to-read pile. We'll if I can escape the relatives long enough...

WordWaller What a great stack! And 😂😂😂 I feel the same way 3y
LeahBergen 👍🏼👍🏼 3y
Christine Wishing you ample escape time! 😂 3y
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kdwinchester I'm reading HILLBILLY ELEGY right now! It's great! I am having the worst time planning my Thanksgiving TBR. I want to add ALL the books. 😹 3y
Megabooks I'd really like to read Magic for Beginners. This one is fantastic and a quick read! 3y
LyndseyReads @kdwinchester Glad to hear it! Yes, traveling has made me actually narrow my choices. 😜 3y
LyndseyReads @ebooksandcooks ooh! Glad to hear good things on the Solnit. I'll report back on the Kelly Link. :) 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage So many great options there - enjoy! 3y
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BramBresseleers
Magic for Beginners | Kelly Link

"She looked like someone had just set her favorite city on fire."

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BramBresseleers
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"Kissing Jake is like kissing Natalie or Natasha, except that it isn't just for fun. It feels like something there isn't a word for in Scrabble."

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GuiltyFeat
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Mehso-so

I bought this after being underwhelmed by her latest collection, Get in Trouble. I wanted to give her a second chance. I think this was stronger but not by much. Maybe I've just read too much Neil Gaiman, but these stories are way derivative and kinda dull. Shame.

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Godmotherx5
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I checked Kelly Link out of the library after a #shortstories challenge hosted by Books on the Nightstand. I loved this book & have been reading short stories ever since. A whopping 3 years. #somethingforsept @RealLifeReading

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Linds
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Stepped off the T today at my stop and was handed this 💎. One of my favorite stories about my favorite city. #boston #bostonbookfestival #thefaeryhandbag #onecityonestory

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elkeo_TheBookDragon
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In pursuit of the perfect #bookrainbow - I think my paperbacks got me the right range of colors finally
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#somethingforsept #septemberphotochallenge #shelvingbycolorisfun

BookFreakOut You nailed it! 👍 3y
PurpleyPumpkin Ooh this is lovely!🌈 3y
Divsy Beautiful! I love it! 3y
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margaux.andrea
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Kelly Link blows my mind in the best possible ways...

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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Pickpick

Litsy friends introduced me to Link, and I'm so glad. The stories are pretty crazy, but the more I read each one the more I came to love the characters. Her writing style is hard to describe. It's deep and silly all at the same time.

BookishFeminist I'm so glad you enjoyed her! I love this collection. 4y
Jess_Read_This Ok.. This sounds too interesting to pass up. I'm going to have to check her out. I haven't heard of this author before. 4y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Jess_Read_This Try it! They are magical, but it sounds like such a cliché to say it. 4y
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Jess_Read_This @BarbaraTheBibliophage Not at all! Those are my favorite kind of stories! Thanks for recommending it! 4y
Gezemice Looks interesting! 4y
Stephanie-Anne Well, heck. Now I have to check this out. TBR pile is going to topple over soon 😜 4y
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AshleyS
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Any time I lay a book down, Otis has to lay on it. fun Friday photo @Liberty

Liberty 💕🤘🏻😂 4y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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Las Vegas: Like someone read too much Dr. Seuss and got ideas. Truth!

shawnmooney Kelly Link has been recommended to me so many times, but that quote makes me realize I need to read her sooner rather than later! 4y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @shawnmooney I hadn't heard of her before Litsy, and I'm so glad to have given her a read! 4y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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The titular story makes even teenagers seem magical!

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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My sons would 100% agree with this wish!

Stephanie-Anne Love this 😀 4y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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Kelly Link smile for the morning.

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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At the beginning of every story, I think I won't love the characters and plot line. At the end, I am enchanted.

Gezemice I love it that we are all learning how to enhance our images in Litsy. Nice job :) 4y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Gezemice Thanks! I have other apps with more complex options, but I like the simplicity of just editing right in @Litsy. 4y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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Being in love, Batu said, like working retail, meant that you had to settle for being hated, at least part of the year.

Trav After spending 13 years in retail, I can totally relate. 4y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Trav I did a few years in retail too. My husband had a 2nd job in retail for many years! 4y
Megabooks Retail 🙄🙄 Early 20s flashback! 4y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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First Kelly Link story, thanks to Litsy friends reviews. Already in love!!

brendanmleonard Yay! Enjoy! 4y
ForestAvenuePress This almost came home from an end cap at Powell's yesterday but I ended up with Luis Alberto Urrea instead... 4y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @ForestAvenuePress I hope you love that too! 4y
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BookishFeminist Enjoy!! I loved this collection--great choice! Excited to see what you think when you're done! 4y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @BookishFeminist I'm traveling this week which means extra reading time. Squeeee! 4y
ForestAvenuePress @BarbaraTheBibliophage I heard Luis talk about Into the Beautiful North a few weeks ago because a local theater group turned it into a play and have been wanting a copy. I tend to read more novels than stories anyway! 4y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @ForestAvenuePress I'm definitely more of a novel reader myself. But I love magical realism and fantasy, so I wanted to try Kelly Link. 4y
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AshleyS
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"I'm a feminist. I subscribe to Bust magazine, and I watch Buffy reruns."

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zugchop
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Been on the stack for a while. Fashionably late to the party, eh? 😬