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BarbaraBB
Out of mind | J. Bernlef
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#WeeklyForecast 03/22

I‘m having an emotional week. My mother in law passed away unexpectedly and we‘re arranging her funeral, to be held on Thursday. For comfort I‘ll reread one of my favorite Dutch books (tagged) and we‘ll be doing our Divers #buddyread, Cindy 💕
Nothing too ambitious except maybe for In the Freud Archives, which I am reading at the moment for the #NYRBBookClub. I‘m reading it slowly and so far am really enjoying it.

Reggie I‘m so sorry to hear about your mother in law. 2d
AmyG I am so very sorry for your loss. 2d
Velvetfur I'm so sorry to hear of your loss Barbara 💔 2d
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Ruthiella You and your family have my condolences Barbara. ❤️ 2d
DrexEdit Sorry for your loss. It's good that books can be a comfort to you. 2d
Jas16 I am so very sorry for your loss 2d
squirrelbrain Sorry for your loss Barbara. Sending love to you and your family. ❤️ 2d
DivineDiana Sending condolences for your loss to you and your family. I hope that your books bring you some solace. ❤️ 2d
Simona So sorry for your loss 💔 2d
TrishB So sorry to hear Barbara. Sending love to you all ❤️ 2d
kspenmoll Barbara so so sorry to hear of your loss. Sending love to you & your family. 2d
vivastory I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. Hope you find comfort in books 💙 2d
LiteraryinLawrence I‘m so sorry to hear that. 💗 2d
Soubhiville I‘m so very sorry. 2d
AnneCecilie I‘m so sorry for your loss 💔 2d
Megabooks Sending love to you my dear sister 💕💕💕 (edited) 2d
RaeLovesToRead Sorry to hear that. Sending well wishes to you and your family 💙 2d
marleed Oh, I‘m so sorry. 2d
Flaneurette So sorry to hear this Barbara, thinking of you and your family 2d
Chelsea.Poole So sorry for your loss. 💔 2d
Anna40 So sorry for your loss. 💕 2d
quietjenn I'm sorry for your loss 💙 2d
Librarybelle So sorry for your loss 2d
staci.reads I'm so very sorry about your mother in law 💔 2d
Kdgordon88 Im so sorry for your loss. Wishing you and your family peace and comfort. 2d
LeahBergen Oh, I‘m so sorry for your loss, Barbara. Sending love. ❤️❤️❤️ 1d
MaureenMc I‘m so sorry for your loss. 💗 1d
Mindyrecycles I‘m terribly sorry, Barbara. I had a very dear MIL and it was awful to lose her. My love to all your family. 1d
Cinfhen Barbara, if you want to push off our reading I‘d totally understand. Here for you and the family. Sending much love 💗 1d
Cathythoughts So sorry for your loss Barbara ❤️ 1d
Vansa Oh, I'm so sorry , a loss of a close family member must be devastating. What a difficult time for you and your family. 1d
batsy I'm so sorry, Barbara ❤️❤️ Take care. 1d
Leftcoastzen I‘m so sorry . Hugs to you and your family. 1d
youneverarrived So sorry Barbara ♥️♥️ sending love to you all 1d
MicheleinPhilly Oh Barbara. I‘m so sorry. Sending light and love to you and your family and will keep you in my thoughts this week. ❤️ 23h
sarahbarnes I‘m so sorry. ❤️ Keeping you in my thoughts. 20h
BookNAround I‘m so sorry Barbara. May your memories bring more love and laughter than tears. 19h
BarbaraBB @Vansa @batsy @Leftcoastzen @youneverarrived @MicheleinPhilly @sarahbarnes @BookNAround Thank you all so much for your kind words and thoughts. It means so much to me 💕 16h
thebluestocking I‘m very sorry, Barbara. 💙 I hope you find some comfort this week. 9h
BarbaraBB @thebluestocking Thanks Jessica 🤍🤍 7h
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vivastory
In the Freud Archives | Janet Malcolm
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vivastory @Liz_M Fixed it. Thanks 👍 1w
BarbaraBB I‘ll be there! 1w
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merelybookish
In the Freud Archives | Janet Malcolm
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Started the #NYRBbookclub pick last night. Took a bit to get oriented but then ended up reading til 1 am. Why is fighting amongst academics and intellectuals so entertaining? Hopefully I'm not the only one who feels this way. 😅
It's reads like a meaty New Yorker article, which is what it was before becoming a book. And it does feel outside of our usual purview so will be interested to see where we land with it. @vivastory

BarbaraBB Sounds very promising! 1w
readordierachel I'm very intrigued! Still tracking down a copy 1w
batsy I enjoy academic drama so really looking forward to this! 1w
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Centique I enjoy that whole college/academic staff setting too. I don‘t know why because I can‘t remember being at all interested in that when I was at University. 😂😂 5d
merelybookish @Centique @batsy @Centique I think how there can be such a gap between their education and the way that they behave! 2d
merelybookish @Centique @batsy @Centique I think how there can be such a gap between their education and the way that they behave! 2d
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vivastory
Turtle Diary | Russell Hoban
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I love the new editions that Penguin UK released last year for 8 Hoban novels featuring Eduardo Paolozzi artwork. Here is a link to Penguin for a better view:
https://www.penguin.co.uk/authors/18236/russell-hoban.html
Also, for those interested, here is a link to the Backlisted episode on Hoban's Riddley Walker:
https://www.backlisted.fm/episodes/9-russell-hoban-riddley-walker
#NYRBBookClub @readordierachel

vivastory (Image credit: PD Smith Twitter) (edited) 1w
LeahBergen Cool! 1w
vivastory @LeahBergen Very tempting!! 📚📚📚 1w
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readordierachel Ooh, those are fabulous! 1w
vivastory @readordierachel I love NYRB designs, but I have to admit these are pretty special 1w
readordierachel That cover makes me even more keen to read the book actually, to be able to pick out all the little details 1w
vivastory @readordierachel Same here! Reminds me a bit of Basquiat, in a good way. 1w
batsy Those editions are fab! Thanks for the Backlisted link, as well, haven't listened to that episode. 1w
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vivastory
Turtle Diary | Russell Hoban
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With the majority of the votes Hoban's Turtle Diary has been selected as the #NYRBBookClub selection for March. Join @readordierachel as we read & discuss. I look forward to reading Hoban, an unclassifiable writer, who wrote novels spanning historical fiction to children's fiction to linguistically innovative post-apocalyptic.

readordierachel Looking forward to it! 1w
vivastory @readordierachel Same here! I have had this one my shelf forever! 1w
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merelybookish Yay! Ive wanted to read this for ages! 1w
LeahBergen Awesome! 1w
vivastory @merelybookish I was looking at the feed for this & noticed that it was one of the 3 that you previously nominated. The other one, we also read last year! You have a good track record. 1w
vivastory @LeahBergen Have you read Hoban before? 1w
LeahBergen I haven‘t! 1w
GatheringBooks Happy to have this early! 💕 1w
quietjenn Ah, very much looking forward to this! 1w
Leftcoastzen Cool ! Loving the club! 1w
vivastory @GatheringBooks It helps with planning 📚📚 1w
vivastory @quietjenn Wonderful! It should be a good discussion! 1w
vivastory @Leftcoastzen It's really special 💙 1w
BarbaraBB Great! Looking forward to it! Thanks Scott and @readordierachel 🤍 1w
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GatheringBooks
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Book that #BeginsWith #Final - because “last” also constitutes final - to a certain degree? Hehe. I try.
Some of my recent potential #NYRBBookClub loot from Half Price Books here in Concord, California. 💕

Eggs ❤️😅📚 2w
Leftcoastzen 👍👏 2w
LeahBergen Ahhh, perfect for our “club”. 😊 2w
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batsy
The Persians | Aeschylus
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Pickpick

I might have bitten off more than I can chew to start off 2022, but on top of Don Quixote, #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub, #ShakespeareReadAlong, #WanderingThroughWutheringHeights, & #NYRBBookClub, I thought why not add a Greek play? I got the idea from here: shorturl.at/aoCHJ

January starts off with The Persians; it is haunting & full of ghosts & mourning. It's my first time reading it & it is very fitting for our troubled times of grief & confusion.

TheAromaofBooks Are you reading Don Quixote as part of an official buddy read, or is just a goal for this year? It's on my list, too, since it's been on my shelf for... my entire life pretty much 😂 2w
Crinoline_Laphroaig January. When I think I can read ALL the Books. 2w
batsy @TheAromaofBooks Just one of the books I had to tick off my list! It's been on my TBR that long, too 😆 2w
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batsy @Crinoline_Laphroaig We love January! 😂 2w
Cathythoughts It‘s great to make a big start to the New Year ❤️ You can do it Suba 👍❤️💫 2w
Schwifty I‘ve also had Don Quixote on my shelf for way too long. Maybe I too will finally read it this year. A friend of mine many years ago told me he believed Don Quixote was one of those books you should read every ten years because of its message. 2w
batsy @Cathythoughts Thank you, sweet Cathy 😘♥️ I'm pretty excited to try 😁 2w
batsy @Schwifty I'm about 200 pages in (the Edith Grossman translation) and can recommend it! It's not what I expected and it definitely feels like the reader is on that long journey with the Don and Sancho. 2w
Graywacke The Persians is a quirky thing. No mythology! 2w
Schwifty Yep, Edith Grossman is the edition I have. I have one of those 100 essential novel scratch off posters from pop-chart. Don Quixote is the first one. And I just keep avoiding it for some reason. 2w
batsy @Graywacke Yes! Very strange, dark, kind of like a scene of a prophetic dream straight out of Julius Caesar. 1w
batsy @Schwifty I avoided it for many years, too. It seemed daunting and like it was not my thing. But it's a whole different beast to what I expected. 1w
Graywacke @batsy i was thinking Jeremiah and lamentations. But those dreams? I might have to check Aeschylus again. 1w
batsy @Graywacke That's interesting... the Old Testament? The Bible is one thing I've not read & I still remember a professor in one of my English courses telling us that it's fundamental reading for anyone interested in Western literature. This might be the year... 😅 1w
Graywacke @batsy i read it not that long ago… well, actually I started ten years ago. Wow. Anyway, it took me several years, initially with a group and our focus was literary. (Most of us were atheist, but some were religious). It‘s a mixture if work and fun reading, but it really rewards in reading everything else. (Mind you, I don‘t think Aeschylus read it.) 1w
Graywacke @batsy of course the difference between OT mourning and this is the audience. In OT it‘s “woe is us” and here it‘s “them” (with maybe an unspoken “nah nah, we beat you” 🙂) 1w
batsy @Graywacke That is really fascinating. And reading it over years seems ideal, really. It's the sort of text one lives with. I have to seriously plan on reading it. (This week's play is Ajax by Sophocles. Have you read that one?) 1w
Graywacke @batsy The year I read Homer I also went through most, but not all, the classic Greek plays. I‘m pretty sure I read Ajax and liked it. 1w
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GatheringBooks
The True Deceiver | Tove Jansson
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Book that #BeginsWith #True - Day 8: one of our #NYRBBookClub reads same time last year (January 2020) and one of my faves.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Perfect 👍🏻 2w
Eggs Great covers📚😉👏🏻 2w
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readordierachel
Turtle Diary | Russell Hoban
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merelybookish That's easy! I've wanted to read this for ages! 2w
merelybookish And so good to have you back Rachel! 🙂 2w
vivastory Thanks for posting these! I am voting for a book that has been on my TBR for awhile 2w
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mklong Yep, me too 2w
GatheringBooks Thank you for having this early! I vote for 2w
Leftcoastzen They all look great but I shall pick 2w
batsy Great choices here ... I'm a bit of a Tove fangirl 😁, so voting for 2w
emilyhaldi Ooohhh all good choices! I will be excited to read any of these!! But I‘ll give my vote to 2w
BarbaraBB Great choices Rachel! I already read two of them so my vote goes to the one I haven‘t read yet and which sounds great: 2w
saresmoore Ooh, I loved Fair Play! I‘ll vote for 2w
BarbaraBB @saresmoore Hi! Good to see you!! 2w
youneverarrived I own Chocky so voting for that 😁 2w
arubabookwoman I have read them all, but read Turtle Diary eons ago, so I will vote for #TurtleDiary. 2w
quietjenn Great options! Similar to others, I'll vote for the one that I've had sitting unread on my bookshelf and tbr pile for ages 2w
LeahBergen And just like some of the others here, I‘ll vote for what I own! 2w
daena Wow. Such a hard one. I want to read all 3. I‘ll vote for 2w
Billypar These all sound intriguing for very different reasons! I'm going to go with 2w
sprainedbrain I vote for 2w
Liz_M I'll vote for the one I haven't read 2w
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quietjenn
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Pickpick

Well, I didn't manage to finish this until tonight, but I'm looking forward to checking out the comments on the #nyrbbookclub discussion. I think I liked it a bit more than many, but my expectations were somewhat tempered. That said, not sure how much of it will really stay with me?