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The Brothers K
The Brothers K | David James Duncan
A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK Once in a great while a writer comes along who can truly capture the drama and passion of the life of a family. David James Duncan, author of the novel The River Why and the collection River Teeth, is just such a writer. And in The Brothers K he tells a story both striking and in its originality and poignant in its universality. This touching, uplifting novel spans decades of loyalty, anger, regret, and love in the lives of the Chance family. A father whose dreams of glory on a baseball field are shattered by a mill accident. A mother who clings obsessively to religion as a ward against the darkest hour of her past. Four brothers who come of age during the seismic upheavals of the sixties and who each choose their own way to deal with what the world has become. By turns uproariously funny and deeply moving, and beautifully written throughout, The Brothers K is one of the finest chronicles of our lives in many years. Praise for The Brothers K The pages of The Brothers K sparkle.The New York Times Book Review Duncan is a wonderfully engaging writer.Los Angeles Times This ambitious book succeeds on almost every level and every page.USA Today Duncans prose is a blend of lyrical rhapsody, sassy hyperbole and all-American vernacular.San Francisco Chronicle The Brothers K affords the . . . deep pleasures of novels that exhaustively create, and alter, complex worlds. . . . One always senses an enthusiastic and abundantly talented and versatile writer at work.The Washington Post Book World Duncan . . . tells the larger story of an entire popular culture struggling to redefine itselfsomething he does with the comic excitement and depth of feeling one expects from Tom Robbins.Chicago TribuneFrom the Trade Paperback edition.
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Amiable
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Day 4 of #adventrecommends ...

Ok, it‘s 736 pages. Don‘t let that deter you. This is about the Chance family as they move through their lives in the 1960s in Washington. I can't even accurately summarize the plot -- it's got baseball, religion, the Vietnam War, draft dodging, India, college campuses, and beautifully written sentences that stopped me in my tracks and enlarged my heart ... basically, it's just a really good book.

CSeydel I loved this one! 2mo
Amiable @CSeydel It‘s so good! 🥰 2mo
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I don't believe that there is one Great American Novel. I believe there are many. The Brothers K is, in my opinion, among them.

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LiterRohde
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“The man on the rock had pitched five outs in the losing game, and had given up two runs on a single. But he‘d inherited loaded bases. The story of his life. The story of all our lives.”

#QuotsyFeb19 | 21: #Strike

📷: Made with Typorama

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This is a novel about a family named Chance as they moved through life in the 1960s in Camas, Washington. I can't even accurately summarize the plot -- it's got baseball, and religion, and the Vietnam War, and draft dodging, and India, and college campuses, and beautifully written sentences that stopped me in my tracks and enlarged my heart ...basically, it's just a really good book and I can't recommend it enough.

Day 2: #adventrecommends

Zelma I have been meaning to read this for years. Adding to my TBR to remind myself (again). 14mo
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Rescued from the FREE bin at 2nd & Charles ❤️

AJBowers I love the free bin!! 1y
LauraBeth @AJBowers I do too! 1y
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LauraBeth Thanks @ValerieAndBooks 😘 Just truckin‘ along - hope all is well with you too! I need to go stalk your feed and see what I‘ve missed! 1y
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LauraBeth @Mimi28 thanks girl - I hope you‘re doing well! 💕 1y
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LauraBeth Thanks @TrishB! 😘 I‘ve missed Litsy! 1y
LauraBeth Thanks @Notafraidofwords! It has been a minute, hasn‘t it? I need to fix that! 1y
SamAnne Fantastic book. His best. 11mo
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Finished one quick vacation (camping) and already prepping for the next adventure (cottage—for a week!). Prepping the book bag is key. Confession: I've started this novel approximately 3 times and somehow never made it beyond page 50 or so. Well no more distractions. This summer I *need* to read this remarkable family saga from start to finish, and a quiet cottage by the lake feels like the right setting. Unless I can't wait a few weeks that is...

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This book stole my heart, and I was not expecting that. It is the story of a family with 6 kids navigating their way through the 1960's-70's in Washington state. The story is shaped around the father's religion (baseball), the mother's religion (devout Christian) and the Vietnam war. The first part of the book goes into the weeds a bit about the game of baseball, but it is very endearing (but I am a baseball fan). Then the book takes off. So good!

ReadingEnvy So good! I was surprised by it for sure. 3y
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BookInMyHands
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The #heartshapedbox I own was a gift from a friend when my grandma died.

My grandma loved baseball more than anyone else I know. Her cousin was Ty Cobb so I think it was in her genes (although she was a lovely person, unlike Cobb). Sometimes I would mischievously call her when I knew the Mariners were playing to see how long I could keep her on the phone.

The Brothers K is a brilliant story of #family and baseball; one she would have loved.

Cinfhen Such a great story and beautiful keepsake 💝thanks for sharing 😍 3y
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#aprilbookshowers Day 17 - #onthenightstand

Here are my stacks that are sitting in my nightstand. These are my TBR stacks - all books I'm planning on getting to soon.

See any favorites? 😁

LeahBergen Yes! Lonesome Dove, Owen Meany, Gatsby and Emma! ❤️ 3y
Reviewsbylola The Plot Against America is SO good! 3y
HannaPolkadots The Hiding Place is excellent!❤😀 3y
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UwannaPublishme I see many favorites! 😍🙌🏻 3y
CocoReads In The Time of the Butterflies, Lonesome Dove, and The Hiding Place are all favorites of mine! 3y
AlaMich In The Time of the Butterflies gets 👍👍 3y
BookishJess @LeahBergen @UwannaPublishme @CocoReads I have a lot of good reads up next then! 3y
BookishJess @Reviewsbylola @AlaMich In the Time of the Butterflies & The Plot Against America were both recommended to me by my boyfriend who read them for classes and loved them. 3y
BookishJess @HannaPolkadots I can't wait to get to it! 3y
BookishJess @BookishTrish Lonesome Dove is on my shelf only because of the love it gets on Litsy! It'll be my first Western. 3y
SamAnne The Brothers K. Love Duncan‘s novels and essays. 11mo
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LornaDH
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Earlyish morning read. And a puzzle from Isla. #litsyatoz #baseballislife This one is chunky and/but it reads fast.

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CBW
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One of those books which will be read over and over. The first paragraph had me.

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Pagesflutter
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Baseball, brothers, pacific NW. This book was amazing, and I can't believe I don't own a copy! Might need to fix that immediately. Sorry for the lame pic @Liberty ! #funfridayphoto

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Amiable
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This 736-page book had been sitting on my bookshelf for 13 years before I finally read it. It's about the lives of the Chance family in the 1960s in Camas, Washington. I can't even accurately summarize the plot -- it's got baseball, and religion, and the Vietnam War, and draft dodging, and India, and college campuses, and beautifully written sentences that stopped me in my tracks and enlarged my heart .. .basically, it's just a really good book.

ReadingEnvy It's so good and impossible to describe to others. (As in - "I promise it's not about baseball!") 3y
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Amiable
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This made me snort out loud on the commuter train.

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Amiable
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This actually stopped me in my tracks like a punch to the stomach.

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Amiable
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Been carting this book around through various moves over the past 15 years. Time to finally dive in.

ReadingEnvy I ended up loving it despite the baseball ;) 4y
Amiable @ReadingEnvy: good to hear! It's such a big book that it would be disappointing to slog through the whole thing and not love it. And actually, I like baseball, so that's s good sign. 😀 4y
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Finally seeing Part 2 of this literary adaptation produced by Book-It Repertory Theater. It is such an epic tale they divide the work into 2 three hour parts. Part 1 left me wanting to reread the book and aching to see how the storylines wrap up.

Spiderfelt She nice I spent my day breakfastin' with my kids & husband, exploring the countryside, bushwacking thru a thistle-filled field and then cooking a special dinner, this has to count as the only reading I get done today. But at 3 hours in length, it's more than I would have done if I was at home. 4y
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