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Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk
Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk | Kathleen Rooney
Its the last day of 1984, and 85-year-old Lillian Boxfish is about to take a walk. As she traverses a grittier Manhattan, a city anxious after an attack by a still-at-large subway vigilante, she encounters bartenders, bodega clerks, chauffeurs, security guards, bohemians, criminals, children, parents, and parents-to-bein surprising moments of generosity and grace. While she strolls, Lillian recalls a long and eventful life that included a brief reign as the highest-paid advertising woman in Americaa career cut short by marriage, motherhood, divorce, and a breakdown. A love letter to city lifehowever shiny or sleazyLillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney paints a portrait of a remarkable woman across the canvas of a changing America: from the Jazz Age to the onset of the AIDS epidemic; the Great Depression to the birth of hip-hop.
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CaitZ
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I read this a few years ago and think it's about time for a re-read. #ArtfulAugust #TitleWithPersonsName @Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Eggs Oh that‘s a great book 🧡🧡 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Oh how I love Lillian 💛 5mo
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Mccall0113
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I received my #LMPBC today! Can‘t wait to dive in and escape my real life responsibilities. Thank you @shellleigh33 for the goodies. Do I keep the notebook or send it along? Very generous. 😘 picture of Finn for attention.

tpixie Fun! What‘s the # mean? Is this another mailing book club? 🥳 6mo
Leftcoastzen Finn!cutie! 6mo
shellleigh33 Those are your goodies 😊 6mo
shellleigh33 Also, I love the picture of Finn. What a cutie!!! 6mo
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slategreyskies
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It has to be this one!! Five stars!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#LetterL #AlphabetGame

DivineDiana Loved this one! ❤️ 6mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I love Eleanor ❤️ 6mo
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CoffeeNBooks
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love Lillian ❤️ 7mo
CoffeeNBooks @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks This is one of those stories that just stays with you! 7mo
Clwojick Loved this one! 7mo
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Andrew65
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#BookMoods #Positivity

Love Lillian Boxfish as a character and shows great positivity and belief throughout the book.

@eggs @AlwaysBeenALoverOfBooks

TracyReadsBooks Love, love, love this book and Kathleen Rooney herself is fantastic. I‘ve spoken with her several times and she is always gracious and willing to share book recommendations. 8mo
Andrew65 @TracyReadsBooks Glad to see that I‘m not alone in loving this; in fact a rare book I‘ve read twice. 8mo
Tove_Reads Never heard of the book 8mo
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Andrew65 @Tove_Reads it‘s a very good read. 8mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I love Lillian ❤️ 8mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I've never seen this cover before. I like it! 8mo
Eggs I want to reread after having visited NYC 8mo
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Cathyloves2read
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I absolutely love the character, Lillian Boxfish! What a perfectly quaint little old lady she is! For this reason, I also really liked this book. Lillian was so bold, energetic and unapologetic! She had a great philosophy on life that really got me thinking. I hope I age to be just like her in my golden years. I recommend this book.

CoffeeNBooks I loved this book! 9mo
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kera_11
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Lillian is in her 80s and has lived in New York for 60 years. she was once the highest paid female advertising writer, until marriage, motherhood and a mental breakdown ended her career early. on New Year‘s Eve, she walks 10 miles through the city, interacting with people from all walks of life, thinking about her past and the present. a bit slow and didn‘t go where I was hoping it would but ultimately, it‘s a love letter to big city life.

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lynneamch
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Loved reminiscing with Lillian Boxfish walking past places I've visited. Pic of the New York skyline from the Brooklyn side. Lucky to be headed back there next week.#Skyscraper #SavvySettings @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs

jlhammar Great pick! Really enjoyed this book. 11mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Excellent choice!! 11mo
marleed I loved this book. I have two copies and can‘t quite donate either one because I love the cover art as much as the story! 11mo
lynneamch @marleed Totally understandable! 11mo
Eggs Loved this book too❤️❤️ 11mo
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MommyWantsToReadHerBook
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Mehso-so

It was... Okay. I was interested to read in the acknowledgements that Lillian was based on a real advertising woman, because that was the part of the book that I liked least. Some parts of the book were really charming and others were just so-so. I know all these protofeminist novels are very in right now. I consider myself a feminist so I don't really know what it is I generally don't like about them. Anyway, that's my #unpopularopinion. ⭐⭐⭐

Anna40 Agreed. It was ok for me too. I'm also a feminist but this didnt strike me as feminist lit 1y
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Lissy1
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Mehso-so

I decided to read this book which I found someone posted about for the curious covers tag, and whilst I loved the idea of the plot, it just didn‘t quite reach the place I expected it to go. I would of preferred hearing more about the stories of the people Lily met through the night. There were some but I wanted more like that. This was in no way a bad read though
I gave this book 3 stars ✨

#book #bookreview #review #books #read #reading

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Lissy1
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Today I finished Lillian Boxfish takes a walk! Here are my stats from this read. I read it in 7 days. Review in the following post!

#bookly #book #books #read #reading #kathleenrooney #lillianboxfish #bookshelf #stats #readingstats #monthlystats #statistics

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Lissy1
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After seeing this post by @MayJasper about a month back as part of the #CuriousCovers tag, I looked it up and it sounded really interesting so I went out and bought it a couple of weeks back and now I‘m gonna start on it. Exciting!

#book #books #bookshelf #bookly #newbook #newbooks #read #reading #kathleenrooney #lillianboxfish

Ruthiella Pretty cover! 😍 2y
marleed I love this book. I‘d love it if my annual New Years Eve tradition was to give it a reread! 2y
rjsthumbelina Holy crap, I need this cover! 2y
kspenmoll I love this book! 2y
MayJasper I hope you enjoy it x 2y
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MayJasper
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Not one I've read but I like the cover.
#CuriousCovers Day 23 #Building
@Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Louise This one is an interesting read. 👍 2y
Lissy1 I just looked this up and it actually sounds really interesting. Adding to my list for sure! 2y
LeslieO I ❤️ Lillian! And this is a great cover. 2y
Eggs Love this book❤️❤️ 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I love Lillian and this cover is awesome! 2y
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Susanita
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megnews ❤️ this book 2y
TheKidUpstairs ❤📚❤📚 2y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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Lillian reminded me so much of my Gram—magical, complicated, rebellious and a poetry lover. They would be about the same age, and both have a tremendous love for New York City. So my whole experience with this book was colored by that connection. I loved it so much, even though it meandered (seemingly) aimlessly across decades, experiences and city blocks.

Full review http://www.TheBibliophage.com
#thebibliophage2021 #irlbookgroup

BarbaraTheBibliophage p.s. Yeah, that‘s me in the stroller. 🤓 2y
marleed Ohh, so sweet! 2y
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Lovesbooks87
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I really enjoyed spending this snowy day with Lilian. I had so many laugh out loud moments. Thanks for sharing it with us @samanthagutt @EH2018 I will mail it out to you this weekend!

#ecbc

samantharoberts Yay!!! So glad you liked it! 2y
Lovesbooks87 @EH2018 I sent out the book this morning and it should be there by Wednesday. 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻 2y
EH2018 Thank you! 2y
EH2018 Got it, thanks! 2y
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Lovesbooks87
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The snow has started here in Maryland. We are supposed to get 8-12 inches over the next 2 days. So I am going to spend some time with Lillian Boxfish! #ecbc

megnews I love this one 2y
Moonprismpower We have a storm warning here on cape. So I hope to stay in and read also! Of course I may have to restock my junk food cabinet. 2y
Bookwormjillk I‘m hoping for a good reading storm 2y
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AmyG Stay safe and enjoy reading. I just saw on the news...about the snowstorm! 2y
Lovesbooks87 @AmyG I have no plans of leaving the house today and am hoping for a snow day tomorrow. 🤞🏻Hoping to get a lot of extra reading time in! 2y
Soubhiville A good reading storm 🙂, that‘s a great thing to wish for! 2y
samantharoberts Yay!! I hope you enjoy! 2y
Lovesbooks87 @samanthagutt I am about half way through it and am loving Lillian! 2y
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Lovesbooks87
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Look what showed up today @aroc can‘t wait to read it!

marleed It‘s such a beautiful story. 2y
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aroc
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Catching up on my #EastCoastBookClub!

Thanks for the pick @samanthagutt !
@EH2018 @Lovesbooks87

Also finished my #doublespin for #BookSpinBingo!
@TheAromaofBooks

samantharoberts Yay!! I‘m setting a reminder now to bring you The Star-Crossed Sisters on Monday 😂 2y
aroc I still have Erika's to read! 😂😂 2y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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Perfect end of the year read! Lillian literally walks all over NYC on New Year's Eve 1984, has adventures, & thinks about her life. Full of 80s refences that I got and will make you want to visit the city. 🗽🍾🥂🕛 🎉
#newyearsreads

CogsOfEncouragement Sounds good. 2y
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aroc
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Just some reading after my first Covid vaccine dose! Feeling good! 💛

Lovesbooks87 How exciting! 🎉🎉🎉🎉 2y
AmyG I get one tomorrow! It is very exciting, indeed. 2y
aroc @Lovesbooks87 @AmyG It feels good to have control over it now. My anxiety is thanking me for the break. 😂 2y
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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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New Years Eve/Day Books aren't as plentiful as Christmas Books. Here are few I've read or plan to read.

Currently listening to Lillian Boxfish takes a Walk. Loving it's 1980s refences.

I've heard good things about The Boy in the Red Dress so I'msaving itfor December31st.
🕛🥂🍾🎉🥳
#whatareyoureadingnewyearseve

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samantharoberts
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Pickpick

So happy with my #EastCoastBookClub choice! I don‘t want to give away too much in my review so I don‘t ruin anything for the other book club members, but I will say that Lillian Boxfish was probably one of my favorite characters I‘ve read in a long time. Hope everyone else enjoys it too! #ECBC

Lovesbooks87 Can‘t wait to read it! 2y
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CoffeeNBooks
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#WordsOfOctober Lillian Boxfish is #Energetic and spends a lot of time walking around New York.
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

OriginalCyn620 Love Lillian! 2y
CoffeeNBooks @OriginalCyn620 It's such a great book! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great choice!! 2y
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JenReadsAlot
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OriginalCyn620 Lillian was one of my choices too! 2y
JenReadsAlot @OriginalCyn620 it was so good! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love Lillian!! 2y
megnews Lillian! ❤️ 2y
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OriginalCyn620
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I‘ve read so many books #setinnewyorkcity and these are just a few. My favorite was the tagged book!
#3Books 🗽❤️

BarbaraBB Great theme, all these walking women! 2y
OriginalCyn620 @BarbaraBB ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I love Lillian ❤️ 2y
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slategreyskies
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🌀 #BookSpinBingo update! 3/25
🌀 I‘m not sure I‘ll get a bingo this month, but I‘m having fun trying! :)

Gissy 👍👏👏👏👏 2y
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! I love checking the books off!! 2y
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slategreyskies
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Pickpick

This book was exceptional. I loved Lillian, loved her stories, loved her character. I loved the way the book was written. I‘m really glad I read this. Highly recommended.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Although I haven‘t finished my #bookspin yet, Lillian was my #doublespin, so I‘m making progress toward #BookSpinBingo.

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! (I'm all out of order haha) 2y
marleed I love this book. I have 2 copies and somehow can‘t part with either. I saw a perfect condition paperback while checking out a thrift store yesterday. I almost bought it just to make sure I could get it to the right home. 2y
slategreyskies @marleed I get that! I loved it enough that I‘ll pick up a copy when I come across one someday too. :) 2y
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slategreyskies
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🌀 staying home tonight, I‘ve been #audiopainting with Lillian Boxfish and my watercolors.
🌀I also made Rice Krispie treats, to my boys‘ delight.
🌀 Sitting down now with a mug of Earl Grey Creme tea. It‘s a relaxing Saturday evening. There‘s so much to be thankful for. 💕

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CoffeeNBooks
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#BoundTogetherJune I enjoyed reading about Lillian's #Memories as she walked through New York City on New Year's Eve 1984.
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

OriginalCyn620 I love Lillian! ❤️ 3y
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ravenlee
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Today‘s Dollar Tree #bookhaul starts with #blameitonLitsy - the tagged book isn‘t something I‘d usually pick, but after all the love for it here I figured I could spend $1 to try it out. I‘ve never heard of the others but they look interesting. And, honestly, it‘s the first time I‘ve been in a book-selling-type-place in months - I was going to buy something, right?

Leftcoastzen I loved Lillian! 3y
Christine Fun! But sigh, now I‘m reminded of how much I miss browsing the books at DT! 3y
ravenlee @Christine the bookshelves there today were a horrible mess, all jumbled and thrown around. It was hard to look through it all. (edited) 3y
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OriginalCyn620
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I want to be Lillian when I grow up! ❤️
#walk #bloomingbibliophiles

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Me too!! Pretty pic 💗💗 3y
marleed I love this book so much. I think it should be my NYE read from here on out! 3y
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OriginalCyn620 That‘s a good idea @marleed! 3y
slategreyskies @marleed I love the idea of having a NYE read! 3y
slategreyskies I‘m getting ready to start this book. I‘ve never read it before, but it really does look great! 3y
OriginalCyn620 Hope you enjoy it @slategreyskies! 3y
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EadieB
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Day 29 - #Walk #BloomingBibliophiles
#LillianBoxfishTakesAWalk #KathleenRooney

Read the two years ago and enjoyed it very much!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love Eleanor ❤️ 3y
OriginalCyn620 Love Lillian! This was gonna be my choice too for the prompt! 😊 3y
EadieB @OriginalCyn620 Go for it! 3y
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Patchshank
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Bailedbailed

I gave the standard 100 pages, and a little more. It's just not for me. I'm just bored. There's nothing for me to really care about or really wonder about. Not my sort of thing.

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Kaila-ann
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Bailedbailed

#unpopularopinion time but I just couldn‘t get into/connect with this book. It could very well be me but Lillian just felt kind of whiny to me and the story was very meandering. Maybe I went it to it expecting something that it wasn‘t but at about 150 pages I realized that I didn‘t have any interest in finding out what happened. Maybe I‘ll revisit Lillian down the road but for now her story will be traveling. #bookcrossing #travelingbooks

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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“I was not a believer in things just changing. One had to try to change them.”

#Charming character 💗💗

#MagnificentMarch

OriginalCyn620 Love Lillian! 3y
okthislooksbad Lillian is such a delight ❤️ 3y
Slajaunie I have that same mug! 💙💙 3y
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AvidReader25 I love Lillian! 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Slajaunie yay!!! It was from @AmyG 📚❤️ 3y
AmyG Crazy cat lady needed a cat mug! 🤣😘 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @AmyG yes!!! I love it!! 3y
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alisonrose
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More books with old lady protagonists, please! I really enjoyed this one. Lillian is delightful in ways that only an old woman could be, and the use of dual timelines made perfect sense here, really helped tell the story so well. You can really see the older Lillian in her younger self, and even vice versa somehow. Does get a bit dark near the end & I wish that section had been given more space, but overall I loved & highly recommend it! 4/5 ⭐️

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great review!! Love Lillian! ❤️ (edited) 3y
alisonrose @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ☺️👵🏻👌🏻 3y
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alisonrose

There in the bathroom, certainly, I felt well past tears, and made a point of not meeting my own eyes in the mirror. The minute you see yourself you‘re forced out of your head and into your body, forced to reckon with yourself as a thing that takes up space in the world, that others can see and react to, that has a story with a beginning, middle, and end that intersects with other people‘s stories. A mirror gives you perspective.

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alisonrose

Among the many unsurprising facts of life that, when taken in aggregate, ultimately spell out the doom of our species is this: People who command respect are never as widely known as people who command attention.

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alisonrose

...one could only sugarcoat the hemlock so much.

[Ooh, that‘s a great twist to that turn of phrase!]

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alisonrose

“All right, all right,” he said, with that gesture I‘d come to hate: two open palms facing me and patting the air, as if pushing me away, pushing me down, pushing any tears I might be preparing to cry back into their ducts.

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alisonrose

I thought at times that poetry might be an elegant way of screaming.

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alisonrose

Everything in fashion these days seems so childlike and bellicose, bright yet aggressive, a cute positivity that recasts every woman as a cross between a majorette and a Sherman tank.

[Ah yes, the good old stylin‘ 80s! 🤣🤣🤣]

kalinichta I need to re-read this book (and this is coming from someone who almost never re-reads). I love Lillian. 3y
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alisonrose
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Felt like reading a book about an old lady, if that tells you anything about my mindset these days... 🙎🏻‍♀️➡️👵🏻 #nowreading

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GypsyKat
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The day I‘ve dreaded is upon me. Our husky puppy has noticed the books on the bookshelves. 😭😭😭

AlaMich Oh dear.....😲 3y
CocoReads 😱 3y
That-Bookish-Hiker Oh no! 🙈 3y
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TheSpineView Oh no! 😳 3y
LeahBergen 😫😫😫 3y
Soubhiville That‘s sad. 3y
Mitch Oh no! Arya what are you doing! 3y
LiteraryinLawrence Nooooooo! 3y
Redwritinghood Oh no! Thankfully, my dog has never taken to chewing on my books. 3y
Victoria_Clyne Oh no. 😮 would a baby proof fence help? 3y
Branwen Oh noooooo! 😣 3y
Prairiegirl_reading Oh jeez!! 😲😲😲 3y
Bette Ouch! 🐶😬 3y
DrexEdit 😨😨😨 3y
Jas16 😱 3y
Megabooks Oh no!! 3y
erzascarletbookgasm Oh no! 😫 Have to keep the books on higher shelves? 3y
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Julsmarshall
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Utterly charming! Loved spending time with Ms Boxfish while meandering around NYC. Thankful for the #Booked20 #winter2 prompt, hat/head covering on cover, to compel me to finally read this after having it for 2+ years. #MountTBR @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

Cinfhen Yay!!! Win/Win 🙌🏻🎉♥️and it really is a great little book 3y
Julsmarshall @Cinfhen it really is! 3y
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Julsmarshall
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#current read This has been on my #TBR forever! It is so charming so far!

JSW This is such a delightful read! 3y
Loretta It‘s so good! The author is lovely too! 3y
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OriginalCyn620
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I want to be Lillian when I grow up! 😁
#setonnewyearseveday #auldlangreads

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Me too!! Love this photo! 3y
NeedsMoreBooks Me, too 🙋🏻‍♀️ 3y
marleed Yep, me too! 3y
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Librarybelle
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My last book for 2019, and what a perfect way to finish out a year! Quiet, reflective, yet full of emotion, this book features Lillian Boxfish as she reminisces about the good and the bad in her life, while walking the streets of NYC on New Years Eve 1984. Quite a remarkable character, full of grit and determination and yet a vulnerability that was almost her undoing.

Final time for #24B42020

Reviewsbylola LOVE this book! 3y
Owlizabeth Happy New Year!! 3y
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Librarybelle @Reviewsbylola It was so good! 3y
Andrew65 A great way to finish the year. 3y
Librarybelle @Andrew65 ❤️❤️❤️ 3y
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