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Dept. of Speculation
Dept. of Speculation | Jenny Offill
Dept. of Speculation is a portrait of a marriage. It is also a beguiling rumination on the mysteries of intimacy, trust, faith, knowledge, and the condition of universal shipwreck that unites us all. Jenny Offills heroine, referred to in these pages as simply the wife, once exchanged love letters with her husband postmarked Dept. of Speculation, their code name for all the uncertainty that inheres in life and in the strangely fluid confines of a long relationship. As they confront an array of common catastrophesa colicky baby, a faltering marriage, stalled ambitionsthe wife analyzes her predicament, invoking everything from Keats and Kafka to the thought experiments of the Stoics to the lessons of doomed Russian cosmonauts. She muses on the consuming, capacious experience of maternal love, and the near total destruction of the self that ensues from it as she confronts the friction between domestic life and the seductions and demands of art. With cool precision, in language that shimmers with rage and wit and fierce longing, Jenny Offill has crafted an exquisitely suspenseful love story that has the velocity of a train hurtling through the night at top speed. Exceptionally lean and compact, Dept. of Speculation is a novel to be devoured in a single sitting, though its bracing emotional insights and piercing meditations on despair and love will linger long after the last page.
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Vandy
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A beautifully written, often very humorous, stream of consciousness about a marriage. I loved this.

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BarbaraBB That‘s cool, the title of her new book. I am looking forward to it. 1mo
sthenia @BarbaraBB yeah I thought it was pretty interesting! and me too! 1mo
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Cweeeevs
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"The reason to have a home is to keep certain people in and everyone else out."

While sparse, this book is at times funny, wise, heart-breaking, sharp, and poignant... which is no mean feat!

It has a strange way of tapping into some wonderfully observed truths about life, and at the same time I feel as though we're only privy to brief glimpses of the characters.

It's a definite pick, and I'd give it a solid 4 stars!

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Cweeeevs
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I'm a sucker for a Donald Barthelme reference! It reminds me that I should delve back into Sixty Stories soon- it's one of my favourite collections and I haven't revisited it for a long time.

As for the tagged book: I love Jenny Offill's distinct style. Insights are gleaned from succinct vignettes that are brief little windows into these characters' lives at various different stages.

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Cweeeevs
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Third page in and I can't stop giggling... I think I'm really going to enjoy this one! 😂👌

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RachelO
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Mehso-so

I‘m so divided over this book. It‘s a beautifully written story of a relationship, but...

Initially it reminded me of that TV licensing advert that rattles thro from first date to dividing up the CD collection, in the course of one meal.

When I settled into the pace and style of it, it‘s almost like the meditation exercise where you watch your thoughts floating through your brain, and send them off again. An entire novel of puffs of thought. 👇

RachelO Inventive, sometimes funny, sometimes relatable, but ultimately I really wanted something solid to hold onto.

Thanks for sending this to me @Cinfhen - it was an interesting read!
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RachelO This is number 4 in my #readinggifts2019 challenge- I really need to step things up a bit - I‘d hoped to reach 20 this year! @velvetfur 6mo
Cinfhen Great photo and review!! I did not care for this book either. Like you said, It lacked substance 6mo
Velvetfur @RachelO I know what you mean, my goal is 20 but I've only read 7 so far! You're getting there though, we're only half way through the year.... 😁👍 6mo
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OhNoMersault
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Bingo

BarbaraBB I loved this book ❤️ 7mo
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OhNoMersault
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11 pages in and I‘m sold.

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Reggie
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I‘m so sorry, Metaphor, I forgot how much you could make me feel. How in a book told through the woman in a marriage how you could be used through proverbs and little stories for readers to glean all the feelings one might feel in the arc of a relationship. From meeting, to falling in love, marriage, becoming parents, infidelity, and survival. The lust, the infatuation, the fear, the loneliness, the sheer out of your fcking mindedness. A pick!!!

BarbaraTheBibliophage Great review!! 9mo
Suet624 A great read. 9mo
merelybookish Awesome! Reunited and it feels so good! 😀♥️🎶 (I really liked this book!) 9mo
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AmyG Very good book. 9mo
Bookzombie I love your review! 9mo
batsy Love this review ❤️ 9mo
Reggie @merelybookish cause there‘s one perfect fit and sugar this one is it... we are both so excited cause we‘re reunited🎶 lol yeah I ended up liking it a lot. 9mo
Reggie @Suet624 @AmyG I was iffy on it in the beginning and then it turned gripping. I really liked it. 9mo
BarbaraBB Great review. Loved the book! 9mo
Tanisha_A Review! 👌👌👌 9mo
Cathythoughts Brilliant review ✨✨✨✨✨ 9mo
Blaire This.book. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 9mo
readordierachel Fantastic review, and book! 9mo
kspenmoll Great review of a book I loved! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 9mo
Reggie @BarbaraBB @Tanisha_A @Cathythoughts @Blaire @readordierachel @kspenmoll Thanks, yesterday some guy at work asked me what I had just read and when I told him about this book it sent all of our dept. into the “what would we do” discussion. I didn‘t know some of my coworkers as well as I thought. 9mo
GatheringBooks i have this book waiting to be read for the longest time! thanks to you, i will most likely move it up my to-read stack. 9mo
chapter_fifty2017 I loved this book too !! No one has reviewed so perfectly cheers Leonie 🥂 8mo
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Reggie
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Last month, Metaphor, I had this epiphany where I realized I loved authors who were poets because what they couldn‘t explicitly say outright they conveyed through you. At first, I thought this was lovely but last month I read Ta-Nehisi Coates, James Baldwin, and Joan Morgan, masters of using exact language to tell intricate hows and whys. Now, I resent you a little and it seems, with the tagged book, to have grown into full blown hatred. 👇🏼

Reggie Goodbye, Metaphor. P.s. please forgive the hypocrisy of using you to visually convey how I feel about you. Lol (edited) 9mo
AmyG Ha! 9mo
merelybookish 😆 Poor metaphor! Maybe eventually you guys can be friends. 9mo
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batsy 😂 9mo
Cathythoughts Ah Metaphor , left on her own ! My husband has this corny joke ( which doesn‘t even make sense) if I say “ it‘s a metaphor” ..... he says “ Yeah 🤷🏻‍♀️ whatcha think I met her for “ ...... maybe everyone says that 🤷🏻‍♀️.... anyway I hope you & Metaphor make it up some day .... Remember in Il Postino & the young postman doesn‘t understand metaphor .. but he is sad & says “ the fishing nets are sad “ ..... it‘s his first metaphor !!! 👇🏻 9mo
Cathythoughts The he says .... “ maybe the whole world is a Metaphor for something else “ ..... I think that‘s what he says ! An amazing thought 9mo
Reggie @Cathythoughts ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 9mo
Cathythoughts Is it like Pablo Neruda says ... “ when you explain poetry it becomes banal. Better than any explanation is the experience of feelings that poetry can reveal to a nature open enough to understand it “ ...... sorry , I‘ll stop now. Getting carried away (edited) 9mo
Reggie @Cathythoughts no, these are awesome. Thank you!!! 9mo
Cathythoughts 👍🏻♥️😘 9mo
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Valink
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When I follow up happy hour with the book store I try to stick to the remnants section! I have officially run out of space on my bookshelf, so I need to read some things quick and pass them on so I have room for these and my #BOTM books that should be coming soon!

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Howseldomtheydo
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1. Love the Merriam word of the day!
2. Added the tagged book to my wishlist
3. 20, adding Colorado this year!!
4. No
5. Someday...
#HumpDayPost #tbr

Tex2Flo Omg! My other made slumgullion all the time! Didn‘t look like this but every area has a different recipe. 💕🦴🥘 11mo
Howseldomtheydo @Tex2Flo Ha! I had never heard this term before. I will have to look up some recipes! 11mo
laytonwoman3rd Slumgullion was one of my dad's favorite words...for a long time we thought he made it up! 11mo
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razmanda
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Pickpick

A darkly comic drama of a marriage and a life and of dreams unfulfilled. It‘s a slim book but one that will pickle in my brain, I think. Offill‘s language is sparse but very specific, charming at turns but also frustrating for its singular point of view. More of an academic read than one for fun but that‘s not a bad thing.

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razmanda
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I mean, where is the lie?! 😂😂😂

CorLie Reason #7436 to stay single... 11mo
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RiaWritten
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I have been in an atrocious reading slump for quite a while. So today I decided to go to the library to get some short and/or easy books. I may have gone a bit overboard... #bookhaul #library

Amandajoy At least you have options! 😉 1y
Clwojick CRANK ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 1y
RiaWritten @Clwojick I know! I felt like there was a huge gap in my YA education not having read it. 1y
Clwojick You‘ll love it! To this day, Ellen Hopkins if the only author that I keep. After reading all my other books I always pass them along, but I ALWAYS keep my Hopkins Hardcovers. 😉 1y
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MEGR
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Pickpick

Great quick read! A story of love and marriage told in short bursts and memories.

Crinoline_Laphroaig Love the cover! 1y
MEGR It‘s a great cover isn‘t it? 1y
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Baawrabookster
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"If you are tired of everything you possess, imagine that you have lost all these things."
- Dept. Of Speculation

#litsywelcomewagon #booklover #flatlay #bookster #booknerd #bibliophile #bookishallure #photooftheday #bookphotography #bookblogger #totalbooknerd #yareader #readinglife #bookaddict #bookfeaturepage

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Oryx
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Pickpick

I'd seen mixed reviews on this so was a little apprehensive that it would be too strange and I wouldn't like it. But it's lovely, beautifully written, the story of a marriage, it feels almost like poetry.

jhod I loved this! 1y
AmyG I liked this book, too. 1y
KarenUK Loved it too 👍💕 1y
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tinaisreading
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Pickpick

As I started this book, I didn't think I was going to like it, but once you get used to the short fragments it packs a huge emotional punch. Offill seems to capture the nature of marriage perfectly. Quick read, highly recommend.

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callielafleur
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Mehso-so

A quirky little book, told from the point of view of a woman who is very introspective and a little off. Some of the prose was beautiful, but overall it was kind of meh. Add it to the list of lit fic written by women in the last few years that's mostly about a cheating spouse. Extra credit for the Brooklyn locale.

Question- has there been a good Brooklyn based book since A Tree Grows in Brooklyn? Are they all just chasing that high?

Redwritinghood A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is hard to beat! I‘m not aware of others that I would recommend. 2y
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SoniaC
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Very interesting read. I found the writing style to be unique and interesting. It worked for me.

Kalalalatja I really liked it too! 2y
EvieBee This one‘s a fav of mine. 2y
SoniaC @EvieBee really enjoyed it. 2y
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Itchyfeetreader
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#quotsyapril18 insult - did not love this book but this quote had me laughing out loud!

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ablachly
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Pickpick

Aching, hopeful, otherworldly, and quotidien.

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bookishdawg
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“There are more stars than anyone could ever need.” #punctuation #riotgrams

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Faibka
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“There is a story about a prisoner at Alcatraz who spent his nights in solitary confinement dropping a button on the floor then trying to find it again in the dark. Each night, in this manner, he passed hours until dawn. I do not have a button. In all other respects, my nights are the same.”

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TheEscapist
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Pickpick

An examination of love, parenthood, and marriage. At turns both very funny and very sad. Read this one for the structure alone; it is told through a series of loosely connected thoughts and vignettes. A solid, rewarding read. #firstread2018

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Julsmarshall
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Oddly formatted but really compelling. As a parent and married person for 23 years, many things resonated with me. So glad I finally read this! Only good thing about being sick is the books. #MountTBRchallenge

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BarbaraBB
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#Novel #QuotsyNov17

Thank you for hosting, @TK-421 !

mjdowens Yeah, I️ get it. My husband says reading hinders my housework duties too😂😂 2y
BarbaraBB @mjdowens Haha! 😂😘 2y
rubyslippersreads Aren't these some of the reasons we read? 😂 2y
BarbaraBB @rubyslippersreads exactly 😉! 2y
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ValerieAndBooks
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Mehso-so

I appreciate the approach the author took with this novel— it‘s minimalist; the characters have no names; felt like vignettes; very observant and quote-worthy. However, that same approach kept me from being engaged with the characters and fully satisfied. Plus, the topic of a marriage falling apart was tough. Overall, it felt like watching a TV episode of a show never saw before, rather than a movie.

Debiw781 I felt the same way about the audio 2y
DebbieGrillo This was a DNF for me. I just couldn't... 2y
ValerieAndBooks @Debiw781 @DebbieGrillo if this hadn‘t been a short read, I am not sure if I could have kept going! 2y
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Camille2
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Cinfhen
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Mehso-so

Finished this book over my hearty brunch - while I found certain passages beautifully written the overall tone of this sparse novel was dark & ugly. So depressing, I didn't much care for this one. Not a pan but 2/5 stars from me. ( sorry @Kalalalatja ...I know you loved this book)

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I must cook this asap. What is it? 2y
Cinfhen Ha! I actually didn't make it, I treated myself to a late breakfast but it was a potato crust ( no wheat)filled with spinach, eggs, onion, mushrooms & soy cheese! Totally vegan/ GF and delicious 😋 @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled 2y
TheJOMOreader At first glance I thought you were rating this amazing-looking dish as so-so, and was shocked. Now that I've recovered, I want to make this immediately. And probably skip the book. 2y
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Oryx Yum 2y
Oryx Totally ignored the book and went straight to the food 2y
Kalalalatja That's completely okay! We can't love the same things all the time. But that dish looks UH-mazing 🤤 2y
emilyhaldi Hmmm looks interesting! 2y
Cinfhen As I got to the bottom the crust was a layer of sweet potatoes & golden potatoes ~soooo tasty and I only ate half....it's so filling @LibrarianAF @Oryx @Kalalalatja 2y
Hollie Nothing depressing about that brunch, though! Yum! 2y
Reviewsbylola I prefer a sweet breakfast over savory but that looks good! 2y
RaimeyGallant I love honest reviews. 2y
RachelO And I'd never come across 'potato crust' pies before. Totally going to try this out 😋 2y
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CharissaWeaksAuthor
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Ordered a few books this morning. Okay, maybe six.

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled The Mezzanine is such a trip. And Charing Cross! ❤️ so good! The Passion is one of my faves. Good stuff! (edited) 2y
Rachellynnwright Yaaaaayyyyy new books!! 👍👏🏻🎉 2y
Mimi28 Me too. Book mail is awesome!!! ❤️❤️❤️📚📚📚👍👍👍😎😎😎 2y
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Sarah83 84 Charing cross is such a great book 😍 2y
rubyslippersreads @Sarah83 I agree! One of my favorites. 😊 2y
TsahaiMakeda Ummmm...what site/service is this? 2y
CharissaWeaksAuthor @TsahaiMakeda This was through Thrift Books! 2y
TsahaiMakeda Thanks a bundle! 😊 Gonna check it out. 2y
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Kalalalatja
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Pickpick

There was a lot of littens, who told me this book was great. They were all right. In about 180 pages Offill tells a story about a woman deadline with life, depression, crisis and parenthood. It felt messy and weird in all the right way, and, to me, it felt very true to how human life can sometimes be.

And I'm still in love with this cover for the Danish translation. 😍😍

UrsulaMonarch I loved this book too - and even more so with that new-to-me cover!! Thanks for posting @Kalalalatja ! 2y
Cinfhen Is this book told in letters??? That would work for my #PopSugarChallenge 2y
Kalalalatja @Cinfhen no, not really. It is more like little vignettes, or reflections/recollections. But if you need a book told in letters, then I would recommend 2y
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Cinfhen Ooooh, always wanted to read that one! Great suggestion 💕what about 2y
Kalalalatja @Cinfhen I haven't read that yet, so I couldn't say. This book is told partly in letters and partly in regular prose, bit I don't know if that counted 2y
Cinfhen Oooh, I read that one & loved it! I'll save letters for last in case I'm in a pinch 2y
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Kalalalatja
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I don't even know what I'm more excited about - my breakfast or starting this beautiful book 😍😍

#louisianalit #bookwormontour

JazzFeathers Good reasons to be excited about both 😆 2y
erzascarletbookgasm I'm excited just looking at this photo. The book cover is a beauty and your meal looks appetising. That heart shaped waffles? 😋 2y
Marchpane Everything about this photo looks incredible 😍 2y
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nabilareads The waffles look amazing and the book is gorgeous! 2y
Simona Your breakfast is winner for me, because right now - I'm really hungry 😋 2y
Elisa Wow, that's cover 😍 2y
julesG Both! 😍😍😍 Wish I could come over for some waffles. 2y
TK421 Those are the most beautiful waffles that I have ever seen. I need more waffles in my life. 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Wow!!! That looks yummy 😋 2y
CoverToCoverGirl Lovely way to start a Saturday! 😁 2y
Suet624 That's looks beautiful AND delicious. 2y
Kalalalatja @JazzFeathers I agree! ?? @erzascarletbookgasm it is! I always thought all waffles had this shape until I got waffles while travelling. Apparantly, this is not the normal waffle "look" ? @Marchpane the food definitely was! Now I just need to read the book to see if it is too ? @nabilareads they were soooo good ?? @Simona my main focus was on the breakfast as well. I didn't want to get nutella all over my book ? 2y
Kalalalatja @Elisa I love it! 😍 @julesG I wish you could have some! They were awesome! 👌 @TK421 don't we all! I'm seriously considering buying a waffle maker after eating these waffles 👌 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks it really was! 😋 @CoverToCoverGirl and when it is followed by book shopping it is an even better Saturday! 😄 @Suet624 it was just as good as it looked 😍😋 2y
BarbaraBB I absolutely loved that book. Mine didn't have that beautiful cover...! 2y
Kalalalatja @BarbaraBB It's the Danish edition, and it's completely gorgeous 😍 2y
Lmstraubie Yum! 2y
elkeo_TheBookDragon That is a ridiculously beautiful cover. And waffle!! 2y
Kalalalatja @elkeo one of the few times, where I chose the Danish translation over the English original. All because of that cover 😍 and Jenny Offill said it was beautiful too 😄 2y
Cinfhen That breakfast 😍 2y
Kalalalatja @Cinfhen it might have been the best I've ever had 😍😍 2y
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Kalalalatja
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I have only been here for 15 minutes and I have already bought my first book 😳 but now I'm so ready to see Jenny Offill!

#Louisianalit #bookwormontour

Aninski That cover! 😍 2y
readordierachel Love Jenny Offill! Have fun! 2y
Robothugs Oh my goodness. That cover is amazing. 2y
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Kalalalatja @Aninski @Robothugs I just had to have it! One of the few times where the Danish edition is better than the English 😍 2y
Kalalalatja @ReadOrDieRachel thanks! She gave a great talk and now I can't wait to read the book 👍 2y
aeeklund Gorgeous!! Have allllll the bookish fun!! 🎉📚🎉📚 2y
Kalalalatja @aeeklund oh I am! 😄😄 2y
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bookandcat
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This book was so lovely. Beautifully beautifully written. It is the story of a marriage that is falling apart, told through vignettes and musings and thoughts and short lines from the wife's point of view. It is haunting when you hear lines from the past echoing later, bringing with them new, harsher meaning. So many fantastic observations about life, love and hurt. I can see why it was in the Top 10 books a few years ago. I savored it.

BooksForYears I just finished listening to this on audio, and it was equally amazing! The author narrates it herself. 2y
bookandcat @BooksForYears wow!! Now I'm wondering if I can find it in the library...listening to it would be a cool experience. In the meantime I want to hunt down her first book and read it. 2y
MrBook Love this review! Added! 2y
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bookandcat @MrBook thanks and enjoy!! It's definitely worth the read! 2y
Suet624 Such a good book... 2y
bookandcat @Suet624 it just got added with 5 stars to my Goodreads fiction I recommend list. SO good. 2y
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Jason_Roland
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I know I'm kind of late to the party on this one, been sitting on my TBR pile for a while. Just started it today. Am halfway through and I love it's weirdness so far. Quirky is the word for this one.

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Alicia
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Read this whole book this AM for #24in48! Definitely not going to get in a lot of hours because life gets in the way but really loved this passage. This book was depressingly wonderful.

8leagueboot Also, the fact of the matter is that yoga pants are crazy comfortable so why not? 2y
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Alicia
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My #24in48 stack!!! I definitley do not have time to do a full 24 hours.... just moved, and there are a lot of things I still need to get done, plus other weekend plans. But I'm gonna try to see how much I can do! Not pictured: my #qgp2 book which I bought on audio. 🤓

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heikemarie
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My book 📚 haul from Amazon and The Dollar 💵 Tree! The middle three books were only a dollar each!

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jhod
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jhod
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This book is fantastic, can't believe I'd never heard of it before

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jhod
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Oh!

Marchpane They say that like it's a bad thing 😂 2y
charissharpe 😂 2y
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kspenmoll
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#tearinupmyheart #90sInJuly
Hard to chose, so narrowed it to a few I read this past year.
@Cinfhen @Robothugs

readordierachel Department of Speculation 💙 2y
Cinfhen I just took a screenshot - such a good selection of titles 💖 2y
kspenmoll @Cinfhen Although each book unique & different, all wonderful reads!!!! ❤️ 2y
kspenmoll @ReadOrDieRachel So loved that book & author's writing style, voice. 👏❤️ 2y
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BarbaraBB
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Pickpick

All those thoughts and beautiful sentences about a marriage falling apart... a book to cherish.

Picture: Flachau, Austria

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blankpagesofmine
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"Memories are microscopic. Tiny particles that swarm together and apart. Little people, Edison called them. Entities."

#reading #bibliophile #bookworm #quotes #deptofspeculation #jennyoffill

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shawnmooney
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Mehso-so

I enjoyed this and found it quite compelling. It reminded me a bit of Renata Adler's Speedboat, except that this one actually made sense.

But ultimately the looseness of the structure and the distancing way she told the story have already made me, less than a week after finishing the book, forget huge chunks of it. It didn't get very far inside me.

At this rate, I'll barely remember having read it by the summer.

Itchyfeetreader You have articulated far better than me how I felt about this one. Thank you! 3y
Suet624 Yeah, I think I felt that way too but I sure did enjoy it in the moment. 3y
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