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Parents and Children | Ivy Compton-Burnett
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Starting the tagged book, my second Ivy Compton-Burnett, supposedly less savage than most of her fiction.
She does fascinate me!

batsy Me too! Look forward to your thoughts. The only one I've read so far is the one for #nyrbbookclub 1w
AnneCecilie This book just came up in a book I‘m reading by Maggie Nelson with a very interesting analysis 1w
merelybookish @batsy It has the same structure. And same bite. 😉 1w
merelybookish @AnneCecilie Oh how funny! Would you recommend that book? 1w
AnneCecilie Absolutely, even if it‘s hard to read sometimes when she describes some of the visual art. 6d
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“Archives”was 1 of my favorite reads of the assortment we read for the #NYRBbookclub.Malcom tried to write a regular autobiography, then abandoned it.Here,she uses photographs from her past to generate wonderful autobiographical essays,about her family leaving Europe & becoming New Yorkers, her formative years ,even the lawsuit connected to the Archives book.A wonderful read , I love her attention to detail and the way she saw the world.Brilliant!

sarahbarnes I loved Archives, too! 1w
shawnmooney This sounds incredible! Might I coax you to come onto Zoom sometime for 10-15 minutes to talk about this book for Bite-sized Book Chats, the series I run on BookTube? The playlist is here if you're not familiar with it: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLU-61cZp1pQdBH5V0Zb9q-2ujl4PY8nhf. It would be awesome to have you on as a guest! 1w
Leftcoastzen @shawnmooney my mom‘s health issues are a full time job right now , I would love to be on the book chat when things calm down a bit. 7d
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Cassandra at the Wedding | Dorothy Baker
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I co-hosted the monthly #NYRBBookClub which was active on Litsy from May 2019-July 2022. We read through almost 40 selections & it was a great experience filled with thoughtful & respectful monthly discussions! The tagged book was our first selection & Radiance of the King was the last one we read.
#sundayfunday @ozma.of.oz

sarahbarnes Such a great experience! I bought a copy of Cassandra because I wasn‘t part of the book club yet then and I‘m excited to read it someday. 2w
Leftcoastzen It was a great ride ! Thanks again! 2w
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vivastory @sarahbarnes It really did set a wonderful time for the group and the following reads. At the time I knew nothing about it & it remains in my top 10 that we read. I think you'll love it. 2w
vivastory *tone for the group 2w
ozma.of.oz Wow! That is so cool! Thank you for answering! 2w
batsy What a book club ❤️ 2w
BarbaraBB Our book club was the best ❤️ and please @sarahbarnes don‘t wait too long with Cassandra, it is so good! 2w
LeahBergen I loved our book club! ❤️❤️ 2w
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Turtle Diary | Russell Hoban
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I had several standout reads in March, I mean in the first week I read The Sentence & Subdivision back-to-back. Both 5 star reads. Yet, it is this slim book that is only superficially about the environment that has stuck with me all year. A #nyrbbookclub selection that really packed a punch & the discussion at the end of the month was fantastic.

Andrew65 Sounds very interesting. 1mo
Leftcoastzen I almost picked it for that month . Great read . 1mo
vivastory @Leftcoastzen I've been tempted a few times to tackle Riddley Walker. I've heard that the best way to get into that is to read the first few pages out loud until the language makes more sense. 1mo
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Leftcoastzen I haven‘t tried it .if you do send clues . 1mo
batsy Fantastic choice. I was surprised by how much this moved me. 1mo
vivastory @batsy Same here! I think it has one of my favorite endings of the year. 1mo
Chelsea.Poole I‘m reading this now. So impactful, yet casual. 1mo
BarbaraBB One of my favorites too! 1mo
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In the Freud Archives | Janet Malcolm
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January favorite! #12Booksof2022 academic infighting in the extreme in this well written nonfiction about the Freud Archive.This was a #NYRBBookclub
read and it has stuck with me.Ego,ambition, & lack of self-awareness rule the day.The discussion on this one was so great !

Andrew65 Sounds very interesting. 1mo
vivastory Such a wonderful book. I nearly picked it for 12booksof2022 1mo
batsy I was looking through my books read this year and this was definitely a January favourite, as well! So good. 1mo
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The Slaves of Solitude | Patrick Hamilton
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One of the best character driven novels I‘ve read in a while. I love the way Hamilton depicts Miss Roach & her thought process, so transparent & relatable in some ways - you could call her naive but I also think a lot of people have had a Vicki in their lives; someone who makes you question if it‘s you reading the person wrong of if they are just not nice! I was just willing Miss Roach to stand up for herself. Five star read for me.

youneverarrived Would have made a great #nyrbbookclub discussion 🤍 2mo
LeahBergen Ah, yes! I proposed this one when it was my turn to offer up picks (and I still need to read it 🙄). 2mo
youneverarrived It would have been a good one to read as a group. I think you‘d enjoy it @LeahBergen 2mo
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That Awful Mess on the Via Merulana | William Weaver, Carlo Emilio Gadda
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#nyrbbookclub members I'm struggling with my first NYRB selection since the monthly picks. I like a challenge every now and then, but to give you an idea of what this one is like, this single sentence (which is too long to fit in its entirety) contains the phrases: "post-traumatic cicatrization", "passionate peroration", and "an extracting maieutics" ?‍? I'm torn about continuing - not exactly the murder mystery I was hoping for!

Leftcoastzen 🤯 2mo
AlaMich No one should have to work that hard to read a book! 2mo
LeahBergen Oh my … that‘s quite the sentence. 😬 2mo
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BarbaraBB That is not very encouraging! I am reading a NYRB at the moment too and it feels different without the group behind me! However it‘s very readable and interesting! 2mo
batsy Oh dear. That's a tough one to parse 😳 2mo
Billypar @Leftcoastzen @AlaMich @LeahBergen @batsy It's not all as bad as this example, but there are so many confusing digressions. Kind of like reading Nabokov but with all the good parts removed. 2mo
Billypar @BarbaraBB I've seen that one before and it did sound like a really interesting story - I'll look out for your review. I have another one by Di Benedetto on my to read shelf that I'm looking forward to picking up in the new year. 2mo
vivastory This one is on my shelves. There's been a few times I've thought of picking it up. 2mo
Billypar @vivastory If you do pick it up, I hope you have better luck with it than I did. I decided to bail at a little past the halfway point, which I almost never do, but after two weeks, my brain couldn't take anymore! 2mo
vivastory I think I will set it aside for when I feel like a challenge! Maybe in the new year. 2mo
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Grown Ups | Marie Aubert
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#WeeklyForecast 48/22

It might be a bit ambitious to think that I‘ll be able to read these four books along with watching the World Cup ⚽️ but I have so many books I want to read!!
So here are two books from the #TOB longlist, the new Percival Everett (why isn‘t it on that longlist 🤔), and a still unread book from the #NYRBBookClub. Let‘s do this!

Cinfhen Covers look so great together!! I‘ve been watching some footie with M! Hope you manage to squeeze in some time for reading 🤞🏽😜 2mo
Cinfhen I read M t M - it‘s a quick read! 2mo
CSeydel I love Percival Everett! 2mo
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BarbaraBB @Cinfhen The footie is so addictive- and cozy in a way, to watch it together! I am almost finished with M&M. Its structure reminds me of the tagged one. Did you hate it?! 2mo
BarbaraBB @CSeydel Me too! So I have high hopes 🤞🏽 2mo
Cinfhen I bailed very early on with the Hamid but I did enjoy M2M 2mo
Q84 It's great to have big aspirations. Even if you don't hit the target, you will likely achieve more than if you set low goals. 😉 You got this! 2mo
BarbaraBB @Q84 Thank you, you are right ❤️ 2mo
squirrelbrain Perfectly matching books! 💙💛 2mo
Megabooks So interested in what you‘ll think of Dr. No! 2mo
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Omer Pasha Latas | Ivo Andrc
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It's the yearly NYRB book sale!I need your help,intelligent folks of #NYRBbookclub,what books would you recommend I get?I usually never buy anything because shipping is too expensive,but will have some relatives visiting in a few months who can carry...up to 4 books,I'm hoping?Please give me your recommendations!

Billypar Sorry to have missed this post originally! I have my top 5 recommendations below in case you didn't get enough during that sale and want to take advantage of the 30% off sale this weekend: 1) The True Deceiver by Tove Jansson, 2) The Door by Magda Szabo, 3) The Invention of Morel by Adolfo Bioy Casares, 4) Basic Black with Pearls by Helen Weinzweig, and 5) Lolly Willowes by Sylvia Townsend Warner 2mo
Vansa @Billypar thanks for the recommendations! Already bought 5 though😀 2mo
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