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AlexGeorge

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Joined September 2016

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As excellent and as relevant as you would expect from Solnit. I‘ve read most of her work and this is unquestionably among her strongest books. Highly recommended.

Suet624 Just saw George Hodgman raving about you on his Facebook page. :)
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AlexGeorge @Suet624 George is wonderful! He wrote a fabulous blurb for my new novel. 2w
Suet624 That‘s great! I loved his book so much. I hand it out to friends all the time. 2w
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Oh, this book. The writing is TO DIE FOR. So, so damn good. And I‘m most definitely not a sports fan.

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“This country has room for everybody who believes that there‘s room for everybody.”

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Topeka School | Ben Lerner
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As smart and stimulating as you would expect from Ben Lerner, who is becoming one of the most interesting writers presently working. Artfully conceived, daringly executed. Read this when it comes out in October!

Bklover Sounds a bit frightening as well 1mo
Taylor Can‘t wait for this one. 1mo
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The Last Book Party | Karen Dukess
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An enjoyable read about literary types summering on Cape Cod. Very fun!

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My first dip intro Donna Leon‘s work, and I enjoyed it thoroughly. Clever mystery, engaging characters, and she does a masterful job of making Venice a character in itself.

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Continental Breakfast | Danny Caine
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I love Danny Caine‘s poetry. There is beauty, there is laughter, and there is much to make you think. I will return to this collection many times, that much is clear.

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The Vexations | Caitlin Horrocks
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This was a rich, engrossing, highly accomplished novel based on the life of Erik Satie. I hope it does brilliantly. It deserves to. One of the best books I‘ve read this year.

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Priestdaddy: A Memoir | Patricia Lockwood
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Loving this. So good.

Suet624 This one was so good. 2w
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Asymmetry | Lisa Halliday
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Extraordinary read. I can‘t believe this is her first novel. It‘s so good, so well written, and so damn smart. I‘m in awe (and a bit jealous.)

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Asymmetry | Lisa Halliday
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At the suggestion of Jennifer Haigh, I just started this. And, well, wow. I live it already. So good!

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Iron Lake: A Novel | William Kent Krueger
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Wanted to try a new mystery series to recommend at the shop. This one, set in Northern Minnesota, was excellent - atmospheric, complex, with an engaging principal character. Satisfying plot. I shall definitely be going back for more.

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Oh, this book. #thunderstruck

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French Exit: A Novel | Patrick DeWitt
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Thoroughly enjoyable. DeWitt‘s way with dialog is dazzling, his humor as bone-dry as always. But there‘s an understanding of human foibles that makes this more than just a smart, snarky book. There‘s real warmth here, too. Loved it.

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French Exit: A Novel | Patrick DeWitt
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Began this this morning. Just what I needed.

BookNAround I loved The Sisters Brothers and need to pick this one up. 4mo
AlexGeorge It‘s very different! But still the same bone-dry wit. 4mo
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Editor | Steven Rowley
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Everything I had hoped for. Touching, funny, thought-provoking... all the feels.

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Editor | Steven Rowley
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“If you ever feel lost, just take a right.” Loving this book.

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This is the Cyrano-de-Bergerac-meets-Animal-House novel that we never knew we needed. Lucy Ives skewers the perils and pretensions of MFA Programs everywhere with both exquisite precision and compassion. It‘s hilarious, weirdly touching, and very clever too. I adored it.

saresmoore I really like this cover! 5mo
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Engaging, honest, funny, and heartfelt - runners will love this book, but it contains a few life lessons for those who don‘t feel inclined to torture themselves in this especially masochistic way. Highly recommended.

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Was there ever a more aptly named book?

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Standard Deviation | Katherine Heiny
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Loved this funny, oddly touching book. A quiet treat.

Well-ReadNeck Ditto! 5mo
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Writing Life | Annie Dillard
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“I do not so much write a book a sit up with it, as with a dying friend.”

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Lincoln in the Bardo | George Saunders
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Finally got around to this! What a strange, wonderful novel. Will be thinking about this for a very long time. Can‘t wait for him to come to the Unbound Book Festival this April!

Becker This is a wonderful novel once you figure out what the author is doing. It is one of the most original novels I have ever read. 6mo
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Absolutely loving this. Have laughed out loud a lot.

TheWordJar This is definitely on my TBR. I follow him on Twitter and love his sense of humor. Plus I love books on writing! 6mo
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Game-changer.

Taylor Ha my mom made me watch the first episode of this on Netflix. I didn‘t like it much and it‘s not something I‘d be into in the first place, but I do appreciate that I know what this is when I saw your post. 6mo
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I already know this will be somewhere near the very top of my list for 2019, and it‘s only January. Spell-blindingly good. Lyrical, relevant, magical, thoroughly intoxicating. You know that old cliche about not wanting a book to end? Totally that.

Cinfhen Haven‘t heard about this book!! Your review has peaked my interest 😃 6mo
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Everyone Knows You Go Home | Natalia Sylvester
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So exquisitely lovely and sad and moving and important. I relished every word. So happy that Natalia will be coming to the Unbound Book Festival in April!

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Totally in love with this book.

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Everyone Knows You Go Home | Natalia Sylvester
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Loving this so far. About half-way through.

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Letters to His Neighbor | Marcel Proust
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Read for research for my new novel, but hugely pleasurable, too.

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Essential reading. Harrowing but completely necessary. A brilliant account of how profit comes ahead of humanity in the private prison system. Read it, please!

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“There are so many ways to tell a lie.”

Aimeesue Solnit!❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 6mo
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Have been holding on to this for a while, and am finally getting stuck in. Can‘t wait!

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Sometimes I Lie | Alice Feeney
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Superior psychological thriller, very much in GIRL ON THE TRAIN territory. Lots of gratifying twists and turns. Very enjoyable, quick read.

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Writing Life | Annie Dillard
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“This writing that you do, that so thrills you, that so rocks and exhilarates you, as if you were dancing next to the band, is barely audible to anyone else.”

Suet624 Gah! So good! 7mo
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Post-Christmas treat. I‘ve been saving this one.

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Guessing/hoping my mind may be about to be blown.

saresmoore I like this cover a lot. 7mo
Ddzmini Let me know if it is 😋 7mo
Suet624 Yes, what if? 7mo
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The Last Cruise: A Novel | Kate Christensen
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Kate Christensen is appearing at next year‘s Unbound Book Festival and I‘m reading this ahead of that to work out how she will fit in the program. About half way through. Tension has been slowly, brilliantly ratcheting up... a master at work.

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Just over 50 pages in and completely gripped.

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Quick, entertaining read. Lots of interesting suggestions. I‘ll be curious to know whether any of the advice sticks. Recommended.

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Jennick2004 That quote!! 😱💜💙 7mo
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Up next.

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Leading Men | Christopher Castellani
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Oh, this book! Not coming out until next February, but do yourselves a favor and be sure to pick up a copy as soon as you can. It‘s phenomenally good.

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Couldn‘t put this down. There‘s something elegant and simple and heartbreaking about this story that reeled me in and wouldn‘t let go. Possibly not for everyone but I enjoyed it hugely.

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Kudos: A Novel | Rachel Cusk
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Just as mesmerizing as the first two books in the trilogy. Cusk is a genius. She has achieved the near-impossible, and produced something wholly original. What an accomplishment. I can‘t wait to read all three books again.

readingjedi I love that cover! 8mo
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Kudos: A Novel | Rachel Cusk
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I‘ve been saving this one for ages. Simply adored the first two books in this trilogy. I just started this today but so far it‘s as breathtaking as it‘s predecessors.

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Mehso-so

This was an enjoyable read but ultimately not quite what I had been hoping for. There‘s a quote on the back that says “This is much more than a book about a bike ride,” but actually this is exactly what this is. No great insights or revelations - at least not for me. But still, quite the adventure!

Zelma I snorted at the bike ride comment. 😏 8mo
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Friday Black | NANA KWAME. ADJEI-BRENYAH
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Astonishing. Totally lives up tot the hype. Gripping, terrifying short fiction at its best.

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Brilliant, sobering, essential. The story of 2016‘s election has been told many times already, but never quite like this. Fountain brings his novelist‘s sensibility and smarts to the whole debacle and the results are engrossing. Highly recommended!

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The Third Hotel: A Novel | Laura van den Berg
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“There were three sides to a marriage: public and private and who-fucking-knows, one lived and one performed and one a thundering mystery.”

LauraBeth 🤔😂 10mo
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