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BarbaraBB
The Other | Thomas Tryon
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Hi #NYRBBookClub! Has anyone started reading this one yet? I am having a hard time concentrating. Such dense prose!

erzascarletbookgasm I‘m not in the club but can I read along? 3d
Aimeesue Still waiting for my copy! 2d
Aimeesue @erzascarletbookgasm I'n not in the club either, but I do. It's more like there are folks who are now voting members (because they committed to read along) and others can jump in if they want to, if that makes sense. Somebody correct me if I'm wrong, but we just had a discussion about this last month because I was worried about stepping on toes uninvited. 😊 2d
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BarbaraBB @erzascarletbookgasm Yes you can! Please do! Like @Aimeesue says, the club are just the ones nominating and voting for now! 2d
erzascarletbookgasm @Aimeesue @BarbaraBB Thanks, that‘s great 👍 2d
BarbaraBB @erzascarletbookgasm there is also a discussion in the last weekend of the month, organized by @vivastory and @LeahBergen. You can join this discussion too of course! 2d
vivastory I read this a couple of years ago & loved it. Will be rereading it closer to our discussion so it's fresh in my mind. I do remember it being very atypical & almost having Shirley Jackson vibes. 2d
LeahBergen No, I haven‘t started it yet but I will be in the next day or two. I hope it starts flowing better for you soon! 🤞🏻😬 2d
LeahBergen @vivastory “Shirley Jackson vibes” bodes well! 👍🏻 2d
emilyhaldi I just finished last night and loved it!! I hear what you're saying about the prose, and the start is a bit slow, but it picks up! (edited) 1d
BarbaraBB @emilyhaldi That is good to know. I am a hundred pages in and still struggling! 24h
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lele1432
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Okay#LMPBC #Round7 #GroupI today was crazy so I'm just now able to post my choices. I'll tag them in the comments as well. 4 contemporary and 2 classics. I'm kind of leaning towards the tagged book, Signs Preceding the End of the World, but let me know what you all prefer!

lele1432 Mexican literature. A young woman must traverse the Mexican-US border to find her brother. (edited) 2w
lele1432 German literature. I was first introduced to Stefan Zweig through another #NYRB title I read for the #NYRBBookClub, Chess Story. I absolutely loved it. My only 5 star read so far this year. So I've been wanting to try another one of his works. 2w
lele1432 Hebrew literature. This one is a mystery concerning a hit-and-run. 2w
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lele1432 Another Spanish translation. We decided not to do The Shape of Ruins due to length, but I actually have a copy of this shorter title by the same author. It's intriguing as it deals with a political cartoonist who could ruin politicians' careers with his art. 2w
lele1432 Classic Indian literature. Described as three stories of forbidden love. Tagore received the Nobel Prize in Literature, the first Asian Nobel Laureate according to Amazon. He was also a poet. 2w
lele1432 I've been interested in this title for a while now, but it borders on Argentinian folklore/gothic horror, so probably not for the faint of heart. 2w
Carolyn11215 I‘d love to read Signs Preceding...but would be happy with any of these! 1w
lele1432 @Carolyn11215 okay great! If @rachelm and @aeeklund don't object, I'll go with that one! (edited) 1w
BarbaraBB I bought The Post Office Girl Too because of the #NYRBBookClub! 2d
lele1432 @BarbaraBB I also want Beware of Pity lol. 😊 He was an excellent author. (edited) 2d
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emilyhaldi
The Other | Thomas Tryon
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Perfect fall weather today 🙌🏻 and perfect time of year to ready this creepy book...
#NYRBbookclub

vivastory I have the feeling this one will be a hit with the group 2w
LeahBergen What a pretty photo 😍 2w
Reviewsbylola I still need to read this. 2w
BarbaraBB I am so looking forward to this one! 2w
Mdargusch Great photo and that cover is very creepy. 1w
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Lcsmcat
Harvest HOme | Thomas Tryon
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“Don‘t finish it when you‘re home alone” my mother said. Being 17, did I listen? No. Scared the 💩 out of me. #harvest #fallisbooked @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled That‘s a good endorsement! 2w
batsy Now just a wee bit nervous about reading Tryon's The Other for #NYRBbookclub this month 😬😅 2w
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BookNAround I haven‘t read another Thomas Tryon book since The Other permanently traumatized me decades ago. 2w
Lcsmcat @BookNAround I confess this is the only Tryon I‘ve read. 2w
Lcsmcat @batsy I‘m a bit of a wimp when it comes to that, so don‘t worry. 2w
OriginalCyn620 😂🖤🍁 2w
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vivastory
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Two people have yet to vote, but with 4 more votes than second place, The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne has been voted as the November selection for #NYRBBookClub I'm looking forward to reading this one with my co-host @Leftcoastzen & discussing!

sisilia Yay! I‘m looking forward to the discussion ❤️ 2w
Suet624 Yippee! By the way, i didn‘t want to read a scary story, especially one that involved twins (seeing as I have twins!) so I‘ll be skipping October‘s read. Looking forward to hearing all about it though. 2w
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batsy Whooo! 🎉 2w
sprainedbrain Oh awesome! 2w
Reviewsbylola 🙌🏻🙌🏻🥳🥳 2w
GatheringBooks enjoy the discussion! will be skipping this one again, my deepest apologies. will be more constant by next year as i can read books by male authors by then. 2w
merelybookish Nice! Turns out I already have a copy of this (the New Canadian Library edition) so I'm set! 👍 And @Suet624 I may also skip the October read...because horror freaks me out. 😬 2w
LeahBergen Yayyyy! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 And @Suet624 and @merelybookish - no worries! I think we‘ll all be skipping a few as our wonderful little club carries on. I won‘t be offended! 😆😆 2w
merelybookish @LeahBergen Thank you! Its a perfect October pick. I'm just a big scardy cat. 2w
youneverarrived Looking forward to it 😁 2w
Cathythoughts I‘d like to read this too. The movie was great. Stacked 2w
sisilia @Cathythoughts I want to see the movie! Maggie Smith as Judith 😍 2w
BarbaraBB Thanks for organizing! Looking forward to it! 2w
saresmoore 🙌 I‘m excited! 2w
emilyhaldi Sorry I‘ve been MIA for a few days 😅 but my vote would have been for this book 😉 can‘t wait!! 2w
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LeahBergen
Dark Tales | Shirley Jackson
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This is more a “pile of choices” for October than a strict TBR. I really want to get to some more Shirley Jackson as I loved both We Have Always Lived in the Castle and The Haunting of Hill House so much.

I will definitely be reading The Other as it‘s my pick for our #NYRBBookClub. 😄

#OctoberTBR #FallIsBooked
#SpookyTBR #ScreamathonPhotoChallenge #Screamathon

OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚🖤 2w
4thhouseontheleft Look at all of those Shirley Jackson's! 😍 😍 2w
JenniferP I loved Hangsaman! 2w
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🧡🖤🧡🖤 2w
sprainedbrain I have a Jackson on my tbr for this month, too! 2w
Ilovemyfreckles I just started The Other! 2w
LeahBergen @Ilovemyfreckles I read the first few pages and I think it‘s going to be good! Let me know how you like it. 😘 2w
Mdargusch I just finished Dark Tales and I highly recommend! 2w
LeahBergen @Mdargusch Good to hear! Are you going to read any other spooky ones this month? 2w
Mdargusch Doubtful but let me know if there‘s one you highly recommend. 2w
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Leftcoastzen
Apartment in Athens | Glenway Wescott
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Happy October! These are my picks for November selection of #NYRBBookClub . Time for the club to vote.🙂
And thanks to @Aimeesue and @Billypar for joining the conversation on the Hardwick, I really enjoyed your insights!Voting open to original members till we get through the first round, right @vivastory ?

LeahBergen Oooo, I love voting day!! These all sound SO GOOD. I‘m going to have to go for the one I‘ve wanted to read for ages now 2w
Aimeesue Oh, I do apologise for busting in uninvited. I didn't realize this was a sort of closed group. I can see why, given the voting, though. A thousand apologies! 2w
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Leftcoastzen @Aimeesue Oh , please stay ! We are a welcoming group, really enjoyed your input. 2w
Aimeesue @Leftcoastzen I will definitely continue to follow along! I just don't want to step on anyone's toes. Lovely discush! 2w
LeahBergen @Aimeesue Oh, not at all! The discussion is open to everyone on Litsy. It‘s only the voting that is restricted to this group of people. I believe @vivastory is going to open the group up to new (voting) members when this first round of picks is finished. Keep reading with us! 😘 2w
saresmoore I just have to vote for Judith Hearne because my husband‘s name is Bryan Moore! 😄 2w
Rachel_nyc Another difficult choice! I‘ve added all to my TBR but I‘ll vote for 2w
Reviewsbylola I‘m mostly voting for the cover. 🤣🤣 2w
mklong They all look good, but this one is just too beautiful to pass up (edited) 2w
batsy So exciting, I too love voting day 😁 They all look amazing but my vote is for the one I've been meaning to read for awhile 2w
Leftcoastzen I apologize to @sisilia because I know she‘s read this but I just loved the description,though I really want to read them all (not voting not sure if I‘m allowed cuz I picked just mentioning) (edited) 2w
sisilia Hahaha no worries @Leftcoastzen 😘 I really loved Judith Hearne; amazing writing and story. And i enjoy the discussions with you guys... not to forget that I have many other NYRB titles in my TBR 🙈 2w
vivastory @Aimeesue I've greatly enjoyed your insights in our discussions. I hope you continue to chime in & once the group opens up after this round I hope you join! 2w
batsy @GatheringBooks That one sounds so good. 2w
vivastory These all sound great! I'm voting for 2w
BarbaraBB Such a great selection, thanks @Leftcoastzen ! My vote is for 2w
merelybookish Happy to read any of them but my vote goes to 2w
youneverarrived Great choices! They all sound interesting. My choice is 2w
MicheleinPhilly 🤔 My vote is for 2w
Aimeesue @vivastory @LeahBergen I‘ll happily continue to read along! I've been in a couple closed groups in the past, and I understand the need -you can't have random everybodies showing up to vote and then vanish - so I wanted to make sure! (edited) 2w
Liz_M Am I too late? If I'm not too late I vote for The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne! 2w
Leftcoastzen Hey @vivastory do I vote or cuz I picked them ,no? 2w
vivastory @Leftcoastzen No, the person who makes the selections should not vote, unless there's a tie 2w
sprainedbrain If I‘m not too late, I vote for 2w
vivastory @sprainedbrain nope! In fact your vote helped determined the winner 😂 2w
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vivastory
The Other | Thomas Tryon
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Thanks to @youneverarrived for co-hosting #NYRBBookClub September's selection. Thanks to everyone in the group for a thorough & lively discussion yesterday! I'm looking forward to co-hosting October with one of the first Littens I ever interacted with @LeahBergen I can't wait to see your choices for November @Leftcoastzen !

MicheleinPhilly I will read this one! I‘ve been slacking BIGLY. 3w
GatheringBooks Thanks for this! Unfortunately, I will have to skip this title again because of our #WomenReadWomen2019 theme, but will still follow closely and watch from afar, until the next title. 3w
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saresmoore @MicheleinPhilly (Me too.) I‘m looking forward to this one, though! 3w
MicheleinPhilly @saresmoore I‘ve actually read this one before. It‘s SOOOO good. 3w
batsy Thank you! Can't wait to read this one! It's been TBR for ever so long 😆 3w
Aimeesue Could you add me to the group to be tagged list, if such a thing exists? I'd like to keep reading with y'all, but I know I'll forget if I don't see the posts. Thanks! 3w
Leftcoastzen The pressures on ! 2w
LeahBergen Yessss! I can‘t wait, my long-time Litsy chum! 😘 2w
sprainedbrain Ughhh... this one is still on hold and I‘m getting nervous! 2w
sisilia I‘m a bit scared to read this. Must I put it in the freezer when things go wild? 😅@vivastory @MicheleinPhilly @saresmoore @batsy @Aimeesue @Leftcoastzen @Liz_M @LeahBergen @sprainedbrain 2w
sprainedbrain @sisilia the freezer is always an option! 😂 2w
Leftcoastzen @sisilia 😂Freezer book! I may have to do that!This book has been on my radar for years , glad I have some reading partners for it. 2w
Leftcoastzen @sprainedbrain if you have a little paperback exchange in your town,the old mass market might be sitting there. 2w
sprainedbrain @Leftcoastzen I‘m thinking pretty seriously about doing the Audible free trial and listening to it. 😬 2w
Leftcoastzen @sprainedbrain understand your frustration, I don‘t have audible cuz I don‘t listen enough to make it pay..free trial tempting when you are in a jam. 2w
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youneverarrived
Sleepless Nights | Elizabeth Hardwick
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#nyrbbookclub Question 5 of 5.

Would you agree that the novel is “a vision of a radical new kind of writing, one suited to a woman‘s body and language and experience outside of the primarily masculine narrative tropes of the past”?

BarbaraBB No I think that‘s a bit exaggerated. It was 1979. It made me think of works by Simone de Beauvoir written much earlier. I do prefer De Beauvoir though. 3w
Suet624 Wow! That feels super-exaggerated. I agree with @BarbaraBB 3w
lele1432 I have no idea lol. I didn‘t really get the feeling it was more “suited to a woman‘s body,” but I did find it unique and refreshing at times. 3w
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Liz_M @lele1432 Right! I like the idea that it is written to escape masculine tropes, but in this era, I don't think tropes are tied to a physical body -- masculinity is cultural, not physical. 3w
Liz_M Also, I don't know how "new" it is either. It doesn't feel more radical or experimental than 3w
Leftcoastzen I agree with @Liz_M and @BarbaraBB Women have been writing their own world view for years forever subverting the masculine cultural gaze. 3w
lele1432 @Liz_M very true! 3w
sisilia What?! Lol 😅 No, I didn‘t even find anything special about it. 3w
merelybookish Wow! I don't even understand that! 😂 It made.me think of Mona Awad's Bunny when people in the MFA program keep talking about how to write the body. And the MC is like WTF? 3w
Liz_M @sisilia Ha! :-)) 3w
batsy I do think it's interesting to consider if the style is kind of radical. Was it kind of new & experimental at the time & place of publication? Coz in other times, languages, & cultures women might have been experimenting for a long time (thinking of Clarice Lispector, or even the Tale of Genji!). Like @merelybookish made a good point in the comments elsewhere that Hardwick was doing autofiction before it became the done thing. 👇🏽 3w
batsy But I agree with others that I don't think it's radically suited to only women's experiences, as such. Or the way women inhabit their bodies. That seems a wee bit hyperbolic :) Is that quote from the NYRB intro to the book? (I read a different edition.) 3w
batsy @sisilia 😅😅 3w
vivastory @batsy I think it might be from the appreciation piece by Groff. I recall reading it while researching Hardwick 3w
batsy @vivastory Thanks! I remember reading that Groff article awhile ago before I read the book; I'll have to give it another close read 🙂 3w
GatheringBooks Again, this is unappreciative me not seeing what the critics are jubilant about. I understand that it may be somewhat diff compared to other contemporary works published at the time - but @BarbaraBB is right about De Beauvoir. I am sure there are also other female novelists not from the US like @batsy referenced Genji who have also written nuanced narrative but with a semblance of structure. I am actually thinking now of Gertrude Stein & Anais Nin 3w
BarbaraBB Thanks @youneverarrived and @vivastory for coming up with these great questions and hosting again! 💕 3w
youneverarrived @BarbaraBB thanks for joining in 😁 3w
Billypar Yes, this was a great discussion, well done @youneverarrived and @vivastory 👏👏 A fun first NYRB club discussion for me- looking forward to future months! 3w
youneverarrived @Billypar I‘m glad you joined in. Great, insightful comments from you and all 😁 3w
DrexEdit Sorry I missed the discussion! It was a terrific one. I don't have anything to add. I can tell I'm going to have to be better prepared with this group. 😁👍📚 2w
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