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Billypar

Joined February 2017

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Blue Nights by Joan Didion
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Sleepless Nights by Elizabeth Hardwick
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Daisy Miller: A Study by Henry James
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Friday Black by NANA KWAME. ADJEI-BRENYAH
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The Tenant | Roland Topor, Francis K. Price
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#7covers7days #covercrush Day3
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@Kimberlone feel like playing? Post 7 covers over 7 days, no explanation needed, and tag a new person every day.

Leftcoastzen Pretty cool 16h
batsy Wow, that's a cover! 15h
Cathythoughts Wow 😮👍🏻 14h
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Billypar @Leftcoastzen @batsy @Cathythoughts I think this is the most disturbing cover in my collection. I can't even say exactly why it unnerves me- I guess it speaks for itself 🤷 14h
Cathythoughts If definitely speaks for itself 14h
merelybookish Creepy! 11h
Kimberlone @Billypar thanks for the tag, I was expecting someone would tag me for this before long! I will post when I get home from work tonight :) 5h
Kimberlone Also, great cover! 5h
Billypar @Kimberlone Yeah it's really taken over Litsy 😃 I like it- interesting to see the great variety of favorite covers. 4h
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 2
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I know @Squidapus enjoys a lot of sci-fi and fantasy books with pretty covers- he's tagged if he wants to post one cover per day, no explanations needed and tag someone new each day.

Squidapus Oooo, this is a pretty neat idea. I'll see if he's up for it! It'll give him something to post since Children of Time is a brick 2d
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White is for Witching | Helen Oyeyemi
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#7covers7days Day 1

Thanks @merelybookish for the tag!

@tournevis not sure if you've already been tagged, but if you want to play, it's 7 covers in 7 days, no explanations needed, & tag someone new each day.

Leftcoastzen Pretty! 3d
merelybookish Her books always have beautiful covers! But this one is so striking! 2d
Billypar @merelybookish I have it slated for an October read, and the cover is making me extra excited for it, in spite of the popular advice ☺️ 2d
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The Nest | Jon Klassen, Kenneth Oppel
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After his newborn brother is diagnosed with a life-threatening genetic condition, a boy begins having dreams where an angel appears, saying they can fix his brother. He is relieved until discovering the 'angels' are actually wasps from a new nest in his backyard and the promise may not be all it appears. As creepy and unnerving as the illustrations suggest. And this is a middle grade book, so parents take note with Halloween coming up 🐝🎃🐝

Billypar Full disclaimer: I am not a parent- the book says ages 10 and up, though I could see it causing nightmares in children as young as 10, 11, or um, 37 😨 6d
vivastory 😂😂 6d
saresmoore Ahaha! Love this review! 6d
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Billypar @saresmoore Thanks! I would be interested to hear a parent's perspective if you ever pick it up. 6d
erzascarletbookgasm Haha! We have this book but maybe as a parent I should read it first, before my 11 yr old! 6d
saresmoore I will see if my library has it! @erzascarletbookgasm I think it would scare the pants off of my almost-11-year-old. 🙀 6d
Billypar @erzascarletbookgasm @saresmoore Yeah, a look through beforehand isn't a bad idea. Their level of insect phobia is probably a big factor- i.e. comfort with reading about bees crawling on a character and stringing, not to spoil anything.. 6d
ReadingEnvy I heard about this on a podcast where they said it was the scariest book they had ever read 🧐 3d
Billypar @ReadingEnvy I can definitely see that- it's a pretty frightening concept! 3d
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Tough book to rate. Starts with a bizarre true crime story from 1970s Alabama involving a reverend who killed spouses and family members after taking out life insurance policies in their names. Then...a biography of Harper Lee. Eventually it gets to her work on what would have been her 2nd book, the true story of the murders. But the quick murder mystery start halts too abruptly: I enjoyed learning about Lee's life, but less would have been more.

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The Little Prince | Antoine de Saint-Exupry
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My rule for the Cup of Unread Authors is I can't draw a new name until I've read one work from the previous name drawn. And the latest author could not be more different from the last pick of Hunter S. Thompson.
Never came across the tagged book growing up, but looking forward to it from all the love it gets.

thegirlwiththelibrarybag Love the idea! But personally not a fan of the Little Prince. 1w
Billypar @thegirlwiththelibrarybag It's only my 4th pick, but I haven't had the best luck with my first three. My favorite was Pablo Neruda, and that one was good, not great. 1w
chaoticgoodhufflepuff I like The Little Prince, but I love it more for the memories of my grandfather reading it to me and seeing the opera with my father. 1w
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Tanisha_A Oh, yayyy! You will love it! 1w
Billypar @chaoticgoodhufflepuff That's one of the great things about favorite childhood reads- you remember the experience along with the book. 1w
Billypar @Tanisha_A I'm looking forward to it! 1w
tournevis Little Prince is wonderful, but he's written so many others. I also like : 1w
Billypar @tournevis Thanks for the rec! I'm always torn about whether to start with an author's most famous work. 1w
tournevis @Billypar I think most of his works were translated. I think. 1w
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Panpan

Thompson was 22 when he wrote this but couldn't get it published until he tried again nearly 40 years later in 1998. The sentences aren't bad, but they are put to poor use. The MC gets a job with the only English-language paper in Puerto Rico, and befriends two other talented yet underappreciated young journalists with violent tendencies. They are bonded by their contempt for the paper, Puerto Rico, and other people. Sexist, racist, and angry 👎

saresmoore Eww. 1w
batsy Ugh. On the bright side, I love a great pan like this one 😁 1w
Billypar @batsy Thanks! I won't lie, as I was finishing it, I was looking forward to writing the pan 🙄 1w
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Swamplandia! | Karen Russell
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Swamplandia and The World of Darkness are two Florida theme parks in this novel, both given unflattering, behind the scenes portrayals, and somehow I still wanted to visit both. I think Russell's novel explores why we like places like this- how much our imagination can fill in the gaps of what is obviously phony. It's a coming of age novel focusing on the gator-wrestler children of Swamplandia, often funny but also equal parts disturbing 👇

Billypar The funny parts are very funny and the disturbing parts very disturbing (TW's under the spoiler mask below). This contrast highlights how drastically a child's world of imagination can clash with harsh reality. Russell also has a keen sense of how kids speak to each other and how they think. This book is a true journey- I finished it a week ago and I still feel like I'm in the Florida swamp with Ava. In my top 3 favorites of the year. 2w
Billypar TW: a rape scene 2w
Chrissyreadit Yes- I thought well written, but overall it was too disturbing for me to enjoy. 2w
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Cathythoughts To stack 🤔or not to stack ... not sure 2w
Billypar @Chrissyreadit I definitely get that- a rough read in many spots, but it doesn't seem like that starting out. 2w
Billypar @Cathythoughts Unfortunately, I don't know if this is one you can know ahead of time if it's for you. Opinion is pretty divided and I can see why you can like her writing and even her stories but not this novel. Not to undermine my gushing opinion, but I don't want to mislead either ☺️ 2w
ReadingEnvy I was first introduced to the characters in this via 3d
Billypar @ReadingEnvy I've only read Vampires in the Lemon Grove, but look forward to trying St. Lucy's and the new one. Swamplandia is a great one to discuss and unpack- lots to digest! 3d
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The Waves | Virginia Woolf
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A completely unique reading experience. We meet six friends as children and the perspective wanders between each of them, who think in poetic soliloquies about what they see in nature and how they see their own personalities compared to the others. We follow them into adulthood for select scenes and they do the same sort of thing with adult subjects. The title is well-chosen: Woolf is fascinated by the rhythms of daily life and its repetitions 👇

Billypar It's got some interesting observations about how different individuals respond to social expectations. The more extraverted characters wonder why they only feel like themselves around others, and the more withdrawn are alienated by social experiences- they immerse themselves in their work or imagination. I won't pretend I understood everything- I had to give up on some passages that weren't clicking- but i loved everything I could decipher. 2w
JenniferP I also loved this book. I‘ve read all of Woolf‘s novels and I think it is the one I connected with most. Agree that I didn‘t understand every passage but the overall book still really worked for me. 2w
Billypar @JenniferP This was my third- Orlando is one of my favorite novels, so that will be tough to top, but this was a close second. I hope to read them all eventually- will probably go with Mrs. Dalloway next. 2w
JenniferP I‘d say To the Lighthouse and Mrs. Dalloway are my other favorites. Enjoy! 2w
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Although this technically follows a linear timeline starting with the night her husband dies, Didion writes it in spirals, returning over and over to thoughts and memories she had at the time. In doing so, she captures the mental life of grief in exacting detail--all the guilt, detachment, and fantasies that the death is somehow temporary. That Didion was able to write with such insight and clarity about this experience is pretty incredible.

Cathythoughts Great review! You explain it very well 👍🏻♥️ 2w
Tanisha_A Gosh! This is also super on my list. Love your review! 2w
Leftcoastzen What a wonderful review of an amazing book. 2w
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Swamplandia! | Karen Russell
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Is it possible this is the first time I've seen 'Na-uh' in print?
I have so many questions:
1) I'm not around kids much...do they still say this?
2) If the answer to #1 is yes, is there common advice to writers to avoid kid-slang? Is there even much other kid-slang that isn't just errors in grammar? I was trying to think of examples but I'm drawing a blank.
3) Is the accepted spelling for the common reply, 'Ya-huh'? Or 'Yuh-huh'?

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Swamplandia! | Karen Russell
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#Star #AyUpAugust
Hilola Bigtree was a star alligator wrestler and the biggest draw for the gator island theme park of the title. But her death from cancer left the novel's 14-year-old protagonist Ava without a mother and the family's park in danger of bankruptcy. I'm only 77 pages in, but loving this one so far. A little uneasy about the somewhat low Litsy & Goodreads ratings though- hope it doesn't lose steam as it goes 🤞

Cathythoughts Sounds good. And great pic 👍🏻 3w
saresmoore Love the photo, hated the book. I can‘t remember why, exactly, but it felt sort of contrived and gratuitous to me. Or maybe I was just resentful, being a Floridian. 🙃 3w
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Cinfhen This book is odd, but wonderful all the same! I‘m glad you‘re enjoying 😊great pic 3w
Billypar @Cathythoughts @saresmoore @Cinfhen Thanks- the photo is courtesy of my fiancee/commuting companion/personal paparazzi 📸😎 3w
Billypar @saresmoore Ah, good to know- I think I'm through enough that I know I won't hate it, but it could still turn south, and I get what you mean about how it could be contrived in some ways. I do like a good polarizing book! 3w
squirrelbrain Ooh personal paparazzi makes you sound soooo important! Great pic though! 3w
saresmoore I do, too! Actually, how much you‘re enjoying it makes me want to give it another go. 😂 It‘s been a long time since I read it. 3w
Billypar @squirrelbrain Ha- I know, makes me feel special. 3w
Billypar @saresmoore I reread so rarely that I've never given a book I didn't like a 2nd chance, but I'd like to try that one day. One reading goal among so many though 😬 3w
LeahBergen @saresmoore I didn‘t like it either. 🤫 3w
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Persepolis | Marjane Satrapi
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#womenintranslationmonth gave me the kick I needed to finally read this. I fell in love with the movie, so I wasn't surprised to love the book too. Satrapi vividly imagines her childhood in a series of meaningful episodes that alternate between humor and horror. For all the heartache of seeing revolution and war through a child's eyes, the soul of the book is the love she and her parents exchange through it all. The artwork is creative perfection.

batsy Great review! I love this book ❤️ 3w
Tanisha_A Favourite! Awesome review! 3w
Billypar @batsy @Tanisha_A Thanks! I will definitely be trying the sequel soon. 3w
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Final outcome of weekend project to double our bookshelves. Not pictured in the 'before' shot: additional piles of books that were multiplying around the apartment.
#tinyapartmentbiglibrary

vivastory Nice! Now think of all of the floor space you've cleared up for more! 😄 3w
Billypar @vivastory Ha- truth! I had this crazy idea that I'd have extra shelf space for the collection to grow, but not so much. The floor is clear for now anyway 😀 3w
Liz_M You have enough space to add two more shelves on top of the bookcases! 😁 3w
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Billypar @Liz_M Brilliant! Then I can install one of those sliding ladders - I'll have to see if IKEA has those 😂 3w
Suet624 It always feels good to get the books off the floor. 3w
Billypar @Suet624 Definitely. I try to be artful in those impromptu stacks, but there's only so much you can do. 3w
Suet624 Exactly. 3w
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I enjoyed Laing's approach to this part-memoir, part-mini bios on loneliness. It's difficult to do the topic justice without appearing self-pitying. Instead, her account of moving to NYC after a breakup and dealing with loneliness is frank and insightful. She threads her own experiences with those of artists like Hopper, Warhol, Wojnarowicz, and others. An interesting exploration into why a feeling that is so universal causes so much shame.

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The Collected Stories | Grace Paley
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I didn't have the easiest time with this collection, but I respected Paley's writing, very dense but funny too. The stories are slices of life, often involving reoccurring characters, a group of women from New York who are friends and activists, though the stories are less concerned with politics than their relationships. Despite the realist overtones, conversations often veer into strange philosophical territory that isn't easy to parse.

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A Small Place | Jamaica Kincaid
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"You are not an ugly person all the time; you are not an ugly person ordinarily; you are not an ugly person day to day."
Kincaid opens this extended essay by gently chiding a tourist in Antigua for their ignorance and follows with a description of how Antigua's history with colonialism and slavery led to its present issues with government corruption. The tone is punchy, sarcastic, and light, without making light of an important subject.

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Notes of a Native Son | James Baldwin
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Excellent collection of essays. It's easy to understand the fame of the title essay, in which Baldwin reflects on his recently deceased father's life and their relationship. He is equally good at presenting lengthy, well-reasoned arguments and in providing lyrical descriptions of past events from his life. A lot of essays seem to be better at one or the other, but it's rare to find both working so well together.

Cathythoughts Brilliant photo 4w
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Inquiring Minds (New Paltz, NY) | New Paltz, New York (Bookstore)
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4 of the books pictured are from yesterday's #bookhaul at Inquiring Minds, a very cute bookshop in New Paltz, NY with the kind of rambling shelves that leave you pleasantly disoriented. A nearby record shop had an impressive book selection, so I picked up Hopscotch there.
Photo was taken at our AirBNB, a home that was converted from a train station built in 1902. The sliding panel at the top was the ticket window.

Aimeesue Nice stack! 1mo
LauraBeth Trying to discern whether I‘m more wowed by the book selection or the Airbnb. 🤔 1mo
Billypar @Aimeesue I'm looking forward to them- wouldn't be surprised if one of them jumped my TBR line 😁 1mo
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Billypar @LauraBeth I can't vouch for the books yet, but this AirBNB is perfect for just about anyone on Litsy. It's full of antiques and rustic decor, artwork, and books naturally. The listing is under High Falls, NY. 1mo
Liz_M I'm so intimidated by Hopscotch. I look forward to your convincing me is worth it. 😁 4w
Billypar @Liz_M Ha- we will see if I'm able to oblige 😬 I just finished what had been the most intimidating book on my TBR shelf (tagged) and even though the outcome was good, I'm going to need some less demanding fare for awhile! 4w
Liz_M @Billypar I loved sort of floating along in that book, but I barely understood the plot, let alone any deeper meanings. 4w
Billypar @Liz_M Yeah it reminded me more of poetry than prose, so I didn't feel too bad not understanding everything. Still sorting out my thoughts before I post my review. 4w
Suet624 I read Hopscotch ages ago. I loved that when you‘re done reading it the author suggests reading the chapters in a different order. It makes for 2 stories in one. 3w
Billypar @Suet624 Interesting- did you go back and re-read the 2nd way, and if so, did it change your view of it? I would be curious to try the other way, but will also likely be a little fatigued by the end! 3w
Suet624 From what I remember it just added more nuance to it and was Intriguing because of the effort in put into making it work both ways. 3w
Billypar @Suet624 Good to know: I'm definitely curious! 3w
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The Waves | Virginia Woolf
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To start Day 2 of our mini vacation in the Catskills, this was the lovely wooded backdrop to my morning reading. Woolf has an abundance of quotable poetry that would perfectly complement the scene, but I had to go with this passage of one of the children listening to a sermon in church. "His rough and hairy voice is like an unshaven chin" cracked me up ?

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The White Tiger: A Novel | Aravind Adiga
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#Animal #AyUpAugust
A few of the fierce creatures lurking in my TBR shelf.. 😨🐊🐍🐯
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Cinfhen 🙌🏻💗 1mo
RealBooks4ever 😍💜 1mo
squirrelbrain They are all rather fierce - nothing fluffy and cuddly there! 🤣 1mo
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Beloved | Toni Morrison
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Hauntings are often explained as a spirit returning because of an earthly trauma so intense that the sheer force of it propels the wronged soul back to life. This novel doesn't just reference that lore, it inhabits every part of it: how it feels for both the soul and the haunted. And Morrison also depicts how the living can be said to be haunted by their own past traumas, in this case, those suffered while enslaved.👇

Billypar These are not contained by flashback chapters, but they interrupt the present story in the same way that memories intrude in daily life. The traumas appear in fragments that haunt the characters, who fight to shut them out. The poetry of this novel is so powerful that I constantly found myself rereading passages, and the full meaning would reveal itself slowly, but with a ghostly force in its own right that mirrored the events being described. 1mo
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cherinium I really like the way you describe the memories in this book. I really struggled to get through this book because of these interruptions. Thinking of it as you have described actually helps it to make more sense to me. Thank you! 💕 1mo
Billypar @cherinium Thanks! ☺️ It's tough to do her style justice in a short review, but she's an author I can't read slowly enough or I miss things (and inevitably still do even when going slow). I don't reread books often but I hope I read this one again. 1mo
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Beloved | Toni Morrison
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I'll join the chorus in mourning Toni Morrison's passing, and remembering her incredible career. She is truly one of the all-time greats of literature. I can say that with confidence after just 4.5 books of hers: I can't wait to read them all. I'm about halfway through Beloved and am completely under its spell.

Cathythoughts ♥️♥️💔 1mo
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Beloved | Toni Morrison
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Denver being a bit of a #MardyBum . But it's understandable, after losing ghostly company to her mom's new boyfriend.
#AyUpAugust
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squirrelbrain 👍😁Good one! 2mo
Cinfhen Nice find!! 2mo
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Alice in Wonderland | Lewis Carroll
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#CryMeARiver #AyUpAugust

A bit on the nose, I know. Though it's described as just a pool- maybe she would have had to shed a few more, or have grown even larger to deliver a river? 😧🏊

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squirrelbrain So clever! 😁👍 2mo
KarenUK 👏👏👏👏👏 2mo
Cinfhen 😂♥️ 2mo
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The Savage Detectives | Roberto Bolao
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A long, disorienting novel about members of an obscure group of young poets in Mexico called the 'visceral realists' that is as unique a reading experience as you can hope for in a novel. It's got an odd structure- three parts, 1 and 3 from the diary of a newcomer to the poetry group from 1975-1976, and then part 2 455 pages from countless POV's over two decades (1976-1996), all being interviewed about the 2 young founders of the group.👇

Billypar Some of Part 1 and the first half of Part 2 struck me as dull and a bit pedantic, but the writing consistently made me curious about its direction. Part 2 really picks up steam as it goes- some narrators have stories to tell that are compelling as standalones, and also serve larger explorations of heady territory that is difficult to sum up, but about how an artist's identity is glimpsed by what they say about art and what others say about them.👇 2mo
Billypar And these questions often percolate in long meandering journeys on the road, that figure prominently throughout the novel, culminating in a thrilling third act. Not sold all the time while reading it but I was by the end- still turning it over in my brain. 🏜️🚗🏜️ 2mo
Suet624 That‘s one well-read book. Dogeared and all. 1mo
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Billypar @Suet624 I got it used and it had water damage too. At one point in the book one of the characters talks about reading in the shower and I wondered if that gave the previous owner ideas 😀 1mo
the_real_archimboldi One of those books that comes back to you. The images and ideas appear shaper in your mind after they‘ve had a while to sit and contextualize. Belano is a master of writing unsettling stuff. One of the of scenes my mind always returns to is when Joaquin is describing a person he knew that he thought couldn‘t speak. It turns out the guy could speak but was just pulling some kind of twisted trick all that time on Joaquin. Creepy. 4w
Billypar @the_real_archimboldi It was my first Belano and I'm looking forward to reading more. You're right that he does veer into the unsettling, especially with a character like Joaquim: you're never quite sure how strong his grip on reality is! 4w
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Love Medicine: A Novel | Louise Erdrich
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This felt more like a series of linked short stories than a novel. Although there are many common circumstances between the two families joined by marriages and adoptions, there is no overarching plot binding the different accounts. It doesn't need one: each chapter stands on its own- the writing can be dreamy, comic, or tragic, and it builds to intense places. Erdrich is 3/3 for me, and I can't wait to follow these characters into other novels.

jveezer Sooooooo good‼️📖🤓❤️ 2mo
Suet624 This was the first book of hers that I read many years ago. When I finished it I read it again immediately. I wrote up a family tree along the way. It holds a very special spot in my heart. 1mo
Billypar @Suet624 I didn't read it again, but after I finished I couldn't stop sifting back through it and looking for any connections between the stories I might have missed. I can certainly see why it's a favorite! 1mo
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Closer | Patrick Marber
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#SweetJane #LilithJuly
First thing I thought of for 'Jane': I've only seen the film adaptation, but would love to see a production. Great performances all around in the film, but am I alone in thinking that Alice is the only one of the bunch I'd actually like to meet in real life? The rest bugged me for different reasons, but they were still good characters.
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Cinfhen Need to check out book & film!! 2mo
KarenUK What a great choice...... such a good play/movie.... but yes, interesting but not exactly likable characters! 😂 2mo
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Moonglow | Michael Chabon
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Lots of jokes before page 1, huh Mr. Chabon?
This isn't quite as metafictional as it sounds going in, but it is a phony memoir in the vein of Roth's Operation Shylock. The key difference is, instead of Chabon going on some kind of crazy adventure, he's relaying #thestory of his grandparents, as told to him by his dying grandfather. Like the other Chabon's I've read, I didn't gobble this up, just savored every word. Thanks for the rec @Cinfhen !

KarenUK I love the sound of this.... thanks for sharing. Stacked! 📚 2mo
Cinfhen I kind of got lost in the world of his grandfather ~ this was a strange one but I really liked it. I‘m glad it was a pick for you. 2mo
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Billypar @KarenUK Hope you like it! 2mo
Billypar @Cinfhen There's definitely many strange and memorable moments to get lost in. I also feel like he really nailed the voice of a certain kind of surly male personality of that generation- some parts reminded me of my own grandfather. 2mo
Cinfhen Same!! His grandpa reminded me a bit of Leo G. from 2mo
Suet624 This book sits on my shelf winking at me. It's coming close to the time that I read it. 2mo
Billypar @Suet624 That's an apt metaphor for this one- it winks at you while you read it too! 😉 2mo
Aimeesue 😂😂😂 2mo
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Mr. Fox | Helen Oyeyemi
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#Top6Reads @Cinfhen
My favorites of the year so far- I got bored of the usual stacks so I made a monument of my fiction picks, next to a nonfiction audio tower. I think Mr. Fox is my favorite, followed by Invisible Cities and A Constellation of Vital Phenomenon.
Honorable mentions to Station Eleven and Stiff.

Leftcoastzen Garp!😂👏 3mo
Cinfhen I like your use of honorable mentions 😂😂😂🙌🏻❣️ 3mo
Cinfhen And nice book tower 🥰 3mo
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Cathythoughts Station Eleven ♥️♥️♥️♥️👏🏻 3mo
BarbaraBB 💜💜😂 3mo
Billypar @Cinfhen Yeah, the honorable mentions are kind of a compromise to avoid making hard choices 😀 3mo
keepingupwiththepenguins Both Stiff, and I Am I Am I Am, are high on my TBR - they sound fantastic! 😍 😍 2mo
Billypar @keepingupwiththepenguins They are indeed- hope you enjoy! 2mo
Suet624 No one has mentioned Constellation of Vital Phenomena yet! I simply cannot adequately express my deep and abiding love and appreciation for this book. i am careful who I give the book to because I want them to love it as much as I do. His other works are quite good as well. 2mo
Billypar @Suet624 So true- I loved everything about it, and I read going in with high expectations already. I think I want to try this collection next. 2mo
Suet624 That book is really good too. I would wait just a little bit before reading it though. It's very similar but different than Constellation. You may need a tiny break from the relentless heart-tugging. I can't wait to read whatever his next book is. 2mo
Billypar @Suet624 Ah, good to know. I only read a few story collections a year, so it will probably take some time to get to it. He does do heart-tugging well! 2mo
Suet624 The stories are interconnected so you still feel like you‘re reading a novel. 2mo
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Invisible Cities | Italo Calvino
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#GetOuttheMap #LillithJuly
There are no maps for the cities Marco Polo describes to Kublai Khan in this dreamy, unconventional masterpiece. His tales of city after imaginary city are beautifully written, but also feel like philosophical mysteries to solve. Not sure what Calvino had in mind, but it felt like a struggle to grasp all the dichotomies the world gets split into, and what they share in common.
@KarenUK @Cinfhen

KarenUK What beautiful illustrations! Just gorgeous 😍😍😍 3mo
Cinfhen Strongly agree with my lovely cohost 💜 3mo
Billypar @KarenUK @Cinfhen They're from a box of postcards that we decided to hang on our wall- every now and then they find there way into a Litsy post (as is the case for most of our apartment 🙂). 3mo
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Heart of Darkness | Conrad, Joseph
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#GoodnightSaigon #WanderingJune
I have many humbling moments when it comes to literary stuff. This novella came to mind for today's prompt because of the film adaptation, and I needed Wikipedia to explain that the location was changed in the film...and that Conrad died about four decades before the Vietnam war 😳 (does this also mean the novel lacks a surfing aficionado U.S. army lieutenant who loves the smell of napalm in the morning? 😂).

BarbaraBB Isn‘t that Apocalypse Now? 3mo
Billypar @BarbaraBB Yes- clearly more of an 'inspired by' adaptation. I didn't realize this before, but apparently there was also a 1993 adaptation with the same name and original setting starring Tim Roth and John Malkovich (!) 3mo
Leftcoastzen Charlie Don‘t Surf !Love the Book and Apocalypse Now. 3mo
Billypar @Leftcoastzen Robert Duvall is so gifted at playing the worst kind of American male characters- I'm thinking of both Kilgore and his role in Network as the arrogant and combative (putting it mildly) network executive, Frank Hackett. 3mo
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The Blindfold | Siri Hustvedt
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After being blown away by What I Loved and The Blazing World, my expectations may have been a tad high going in. This has 4 parts that take place while the MC Iris is in grad school, but they aren't chronological and feel more like linked short stories. For me, Pt 1 was the most interesting and it was a little disappointing that nothing from it reemerges later. Lots of intriguing ideas, but some parts dragged and it didn't quite hang together.

Suet624 Oh, that's too bad. I've liked the ones I've read of hers. 2mo
Billypar @Suet624 I'd hasten to add that her 'not so great' is still probably better than many authors' best. 2mo
Suet624 Good point. 2mo
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Midtown Scholar Bookstore | Harrisburg, PA (Bookstore)
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Post 2/2 The basement level boasts large historical, academic, and children's sections. Interspersed with the winding shelves are local art pieces and displays of local artifacts with historical notes. As if all this weren't enough there is a rare book room with all kinds of gorgeous old tomes (including the Daisy Miller pictured). AND an entire shop selling prints of lithograph and woodcut art where we got the top three pictures👇

Billypar And naturally, we got a sizable bookhaul: the top three are my fiancee's and the bottom three are mine. If you're ever even somewhat near Harrisburg, be sure to make the trek. I lived in Pennsylvania the first 24 years of my life and am just discovering this now 😃 3mo
LeahBergen Wow! It sounds like such a great bookshop! 3mo
Cathythoughts Sounds like a great discovery 👍🏻 3mo
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Tanisha_A Oh the thrill! 3mo
batsy Oooh 😍 3mo
Theaelizabet Sounds terrific! 3mo
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Midtown Scholar Bookstore | Harrisburg, PA (Bookstore)
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Post 1/2
It's not uncommon for me to declare a new bookstore a favorite when I travel, but this time it's 100% true...the Midtown Scholar Bookstore in Harrisburg, PA is an incredible place.
You walk in and are greeted by a cafe and tables- pretty normal so far. Then you notice the wrap-around second floor with tables by wrought iron rails- you walk up the stairs and find shelves grouped by prominent authors & many other genre/subject categories👇

Billypar There's also a no screen-zone bench seating area and balcony with outdoor seating. A gorgeous mural depicting local scenes spans one wall. Coming back down the stairs, you notice a lower level (described in next post). 3mo
merelybookish Looks gorgeous! 3mo
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Ficciones | Jorge Luis Borges
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#DontCryforMeArgentina #WanderingJune
Turns out that Borges was not a fan of Evita or Juan Peron- interesting Wikipedia article describing their feud. He might be the only Argentine author I've read, but Cortazar is high on my list of authors to try.
@BarbaraBB @Cinfhen

BarbaraBB Borges is on mine! 3mo
Liz_M Borges is amazing! 3mo
MaGoose He's been on my TBR forever. I guess I need to move him up the list a bit. 🙄 3mo
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gradcat Hmmm, I wonder why Borges wouldn‘t care for the Perons...let me count the ways...🤔 3mo
Billypar @BarbaraBB @Liz_M @MaGoose I only read his shorter collection Ficciones, but I loved just about every story. I want to try Labyrinths next. 3mo
Billypar @gradcat I know- one of those literary mysteries I guess 😉 3mo
Suet624 Cortizar - Hopscotch was a favorite and a possible reread within the year. 2mo
Billypar @Suet624 When I was at a bookshop in Montreal, I picked up Hopscotch, read the plot, flipped through it and kind of fell in book love at first sight. That copy was a little pricey but I plan on picking it up soon. 2mo
Suet624 You noticed that you can read it all the way through and then Cortizar gives you another way of reading the story by reading chapters in a different order? Ingenious. Delicious. 2mo
Billypar @Suet624 I don't think I knew that- love the concept though. 2mo
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Is it weird that I found this oddly comforting? Roach has this deft ability to find the humor in corpses, while never failing to give departed humans and their families the sensitivity and respect they deserve. But the humor was important to me- it helped take a little of the sting out of so much death. She covers wide-ranging territory: science, history, research, and strange but true stories. And the audio narrator, Shelly Frasier, was perfect!

Billypar I'm not going to explain the picture, but if you read it, you too may now have a permanent association with Rice Krispies 🤢 3mo
Trashcanman The popping teeth In the crematorium. If I recall correctly. 3mo
LeahBergen Oh, gross. 😆 I have it waiting on my shelves. 3mo
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Billypar @Trashcanman It's compared to the sound of maggots having a meal. But about what you mentioned, I didn't realize that cremation is bad for the environment because of the mercury in fillings...never would have imagined. 3mo
ruskigurl16 Thank you for the reminder. I ❤️ this book. ☠️ 3mo
Trashcanman @Billypar yea that book was far out. Check out Gulp by her too. You'll learn about concrete enigmas. 3mo
Billypar @LeahBergen Hope you enjoy it as much as I did 😀 3mo
Billypar @ruskigurl16 No problem 😁 It was really strong all the way through. 3mo
Billypar @Trashcanman Gulp was the other one of hers I read: I really liked it too. I think I'm going to try Spook next. 3mo
Reggie I really want to be frozen and then vibrated apart into mulch. 3mo
Reggie Nice review!! 3mo
Billypar @Reggie Thanks! And me too- I can't understand why so many people were opposed to it (except maybe those in the funeral industry). 3mo
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Montreal Stories | Mavis Gallant
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Unfortunately it's not practical to get #LostInFrance when you live in the U.S. and have only a 4-day vacation. But getting lost in Montreal is the next best thing- we greatly enjoyed all the delicious food, beautiful architecture, and rich culture. Didn't get to as many literary attractions as I'd hoped, but La Grande Bibliotheque library was incredible. Thanks again @tournevis @CouronneDhiver @LeahBergen for the recommendations!

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merelybookish J'♥️ Montreal!! 3mo
LeahBergen I‘m so glad you had fun! 👏🏻👏🏻 3mo
BarbaraBB So glad to hear you had a good time. Montréal seems a great place to get lost in ? 3mo
Cinfhen We have plans to be in Montreal this summer...hubs & I are planning a Canadian Road Trip. I might hit you up for some info ❤️ 3mo
Billypar @Cinfhen That sounds like a great idea for a trip- happy to pass on any info/recommendations ☺️ 3mo
Suet624 @Cinfhen Ooooh, if you do go to Montreal and have the inclination to do a meet up, let me know. I'm not far from there. 2mo
Suet624 I visited the Botanical Gardens on July 4th. A great thing to do when you want to leave the U.S. of A. I felt momentarily liberated! 2mo
Billypar @Suet624 Sounds lovely! When our group left we all vowed to return- such an impressive city. 2mo
Cinfhen I‘ll definitely let you know @Suet624 we‘re still just playing around with the idea. It‘s going to be a very spontaneous summer for us 🙃 2mo
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Dune | Frank Herbert
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Just barely a pick- I liked it mostly because of the intriguing world Herbert created. Political intrigue mixes with religious mysticism in unexpected ways, and it's interesting to see heroes with darker sides: you question their motives in the same way you would with politicians. The characters held me back from liking it more- the dialogue and their inner thoughts were a little stilted. But what a world to explore- worth reading just for that.

Ddzmini This is an epic story with hidden meanings. it was a 1980 hit when the movie came out. I loved it then and now 📖😋 3mo
Billypar @Ddzmini I can see why it became such a hit- Herbert was a true visionary. 3mo
jveezer Never seen that cover. Very Cool. I liked the first book when I read it in the ‘70s but then lost interest a few books into the series.... 3mo
Billypar @jveezer I like the cover- the title letters and Paul's distant figure shine like they're catching the desert sun. And the book dimensions are interesting- taller and thinner than normal. 3mo
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Indigo - Place Montréal Trust | Montreal, Quebec, Canada (Bookstore)
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#bookhaul from the bookshop Indigo in Montreal on day 1 of our mini-vacation. Got two creepy ones that were on my TBR. Already loving this city: if anyone has any favorite spots, literary or otherwise, let me know! 🇨🇦

tournevis La grande bibliothèque! Go there, and in the backstreet off it are something like 10 small used and rare multi-language bookstores! Also check out Paragraph near McGill University, the Word, also near McGill, but on the other side of campus, and avenue Mont-Royal has used books and cd stores all over. 3mo
tournevis And! On Sunday afternoons and early evenings, you can go to Tam Tam, on one of the flanks of Mont-Royal, where everyone and their brother go to play drums and make music and dance, just for the fun of it. 3mo
tournevis There is so much to do! 3mo
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Billypar The library was definitely on my list- looks gorgeous 😍 I noticed Paragraph driving by - the place looked huge. The Tam Tam music sounds so fun- will definitely check out. Thanks for the recs! 3mo
tournevis @Billypar 😘If you're looking for other types of recs, tag me. 3mo
CouronneDhiver This might seem silly, but I found the hop-on hop-off bus tour quite enjoyable in Montreal 3mo
Aimeesue My favorite Jackson book!❤️ 3mo
Billypar @tournevis Will do- many thanks! 3mo
Billypar @CouronneDhiver I like bus tours even though I always forget they're an option when I'm traveling: I'll have to take a look! 3mo
Billypar @Aimeesue I always see a ton of Litsy love for it, so I'm looking forward to finally giving it a try! 3mo
batsy I love that Jackson book and that's a cover I haven't seen 😍 Hope you find it a compelling read! 3mo
LeahBergen Gah! I love Montreal! Have you been to Schwartz‘s for a smoked meat sandwich yet? Or to St Viateur for bagels? You can check out Librairie Drawn and Quarterly when you‘re up there. 3mo
LeahBergen I would also heartily recommend Le Bremner restaurant for a lovely, romantic meal. 3mo
Billypar @batsy This edition is part of a classics series: I like the artwork, maybe not quite as much as the traditional cover, but I'm a sucker for pocket- sized paperbacks. I'm looking forward to it- if I can wait until October, it would be good for the Halloween season 🎃 3mo
Billypar @LeahBergen Thanks for the recommendations! Trying to figure out how to pack as much as possible into our 2.5 remaining days- so much to do and see. I love bagels, and even though I'm a vegetarian, I'm with three meat-eaters so will have to tell them about Schwartz's- just a 10 minute walk from where we're staying. 3mo
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The Library Book | Susan Orlean
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Orlean covers a lot of ground in this: although its main focus is the devastating 1986 fire at LA Central Library, there's a deep dive into the library's history, the life of the eccentric man accused of starting the fire, interactions with current library personnel & patrons, great things about libraries in general, and even a decent amount on fires. At times I wondered if so much background on background was needed, but I wasn't ever bored.

Suet624 Another book that I deeply enjoyed. 2mo
Billypar @Suet624 I love nonfiction like this, where it's not just a single thread but history combined with personal narratives and reporting. 2mo
Suet624 Me too!!!! 2mo
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Dune | Frank Herbert
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This is a little random, but do you remember that Fatboy Slim song, 'Weapon of Choice' with the video that has Christopher Walken doing an elaborate solo dance routine in a #grandhotel ? Remember that lyric, 'Walk without rhythm, and you won't attract the worm....'? I'm reading Dune now and I came to this part where the characters are walking without rhythm so as not to attract giant desert worms. Coincidence, or was Fatboy Slim a Dune fan?

DivineDiana Love this observation! 🤔 3mo
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LeahBergen He MUST have been a fan! 😮 3mo
batsy Very cool! I'm with @LeahBergen and going with definitely a fan because I like that idea 😁 Also, I *think* I should read Dune... 🦠😬😩 3mo
rretzler I‘m guessing the entire song is a Dune reference. Isn‘t the Weapon of Choice in the song the voice? Bene Gesserit voice, maybe? 3mo
tournevis Dune ref, not even a question, the whole song is. @rretzler got it. 3mo
BarbaraBB Great discovery! 3mo
readordierachel You mean the best video ever?? So good. I really hope that's the case! 3mo
Billypar @DivineDiana @LeahBergen @batsy @rretzler @tournevis @BarbaraBB @readordierachel Google and Wikipedia seem to agree- looks like a Dune reference. I love this- I need to check out some lists of literary references in pop music- Alice in Wonderland, Lolita, and 1984 come to mind, but I'm sure there's a ton.. 3mo
Billypar @rretzler @tournevis I'm going to have to take another look at the lyrics after I finish it- I'm intrigued that the entire song is about the novel! 3mo
rretzler @Billypar The Cure‘s Killing an Arab - Robert Smith wrote the song about 3mo
rretzler @Billypar A more obvious one - The Police‘s Don‘t Stand So Close to Me references 3mo
Billypar @batsy If the length is a deterrent, I put it on a two week schedule to finish and it's been surprisingly easy to stick to- should finish by Thursday if I meet the remaining targets 🤞 And I'm liking it, so that helps! 3mo
Billypar @readordierachel Ha- agreed: I remember watching it over and over in college. I just read that Spike Jonze directed it, which I didn't know, but it makes sense- I'm a big fan of his work. 3mo
Billypar @rretzler Yeah that's the song for Lolita that came to mind- didn't realize about the Cure song though! That's one I still need to read at some point.. 3mo
Liz_M Thank you! I had no idea C. Walken could get down like that. Day Made. 3mo
BarbaraBB @rretzler Interesting!! I didn‘t know about The Cure and The Police! 3mo
rretzler @billypar @BarbaraBB Another that comes to mind is Led Zeppelin‘s Ramble On and 3mo
Billypar @Liz_M Glad to bring it to your attention! It's impossible to watch it and not feel a little happier afterwards. 3mo
Billypar @BarbaraBB @rretzler I binged a little on internet lists of songs. I never knew Devo's 'Whip It' was inspired by Gravity's Rainbow. And then there are those I feel like I should have guessed like Sympathy for the Devil being inspired by Master & Margarita. 3mo
Centique That Walken dance is the BEST. Now I need to go watch it again. Thank you for reminding me of this! 😍 3mo
tournevis @rretzler @billypar Not only that, but the single Killing an Arab was banned in Canada for a while until their lawyers prevailed upon authorities that the song was a riff on a real book. 3mo
Billypar @Centique Glad to! It's a good one to watch again when you haven't seen in some time. 3mo
Billypar @tournevis Oh wow- what a misunderstanding! That was in their early days too, so they hadn't had much time to establish their band personality. 3mo
tournevis @Billypar Something like 1979-1981 if my idled brain remembers correctly. Also, Canadian Customs Agency had a hair trigger back then. 3mo
Suet624 What a great catch. I read this book when I was a teenager and I was blown away by the worm/riding the worm. 2mo
Suet624 What a great catch. I read this book when I was a teenager and I was blown away by the worm/riding the worm. 2mo
Billypar @Suet624 Yeah- that scene is quite memorable! 2mo
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Jefferson grew up as a fairly typical #smalltownboy in the black community of Bayonne, Louisiana in the 30s and 40s: poor, little education, & hard labor on the farm. At 21, he is wrongly convicted of murder, and his godmother recruits her friend's teacher-nephew to teach him how to be a man before he faces death after a lifetime of injustice. What ensues is powerful and multi-layered: I think I'm still unpacking a lot of its implications.

JennyM That sounds a heavy but important read 3mo
BarbaraBB I loved this tragic book. 3mo
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Billypar @JennyM @BarbaraBB Yes- heavy, important, and tragic are all great descriptions- this is one that will stick with me. 3mo
Cinfhen Sounds like a really powerful read. When was it written?? 3mo
gradcat Such a fantastic book—and author. ♥️ 3mo
Billypar @Cinfhen 1993. It has a timeless feel to it though, like it could have been written in any decade. 3mo
Billypar @gradcat I've heard a lot of praise for this novel, but not much about Gaines himself- I'll have to check out his other work. 3mo
gradcat @Billypar In my opinion, Haines has never written a bad book. But I tend to give Louisiana authors a lot of yardage, because I was born & raised here, and I know the kind of weird hold and, if I‘m honest, magic this state has on its denizens, and particularly on its writers. I love/hate this place, and I lived in loads of other, probably better places, and yet I always return. It‘s like a boomerang, this state.... 3mo
Cinfhen Interesting comments @gradcat certain places have their magnetic fields ~ you can‘t fight it 3mo
Billypar @gradcat I love it when books have the setting play an prominent role where you can tell it left a stamp on the author from living there. Absolutely agree @Cinfhen ! 3mo
gradcat @Cinfhen Agree 100 percent...it‘s not something one can explain, either. @Billypar I like most of the writers from my state...sometimes I think there‘s an otherworldliness about Louisiana geography, so the setting lends itself to the Southern gothic novel. 3mo
Suet624 I read this several years ago when my librarian had it on the Banned Books bookshelf. I had no idea this had been banned. A great novel. 2mo
Billypar @Suet624 Ugh- how terrible. This would be a great addition to a high school or college curriculum. 2mo
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Dune | Frank Herbert
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#ImaginaryPlaces #WanderingJune #currentread #DuneInJune
Just started this behemoth and have arrived at the desert planet Arrakis. Not even 100 pages in, and there is already much political intrigue and religious lore to interpret in the Dune universe. Off to a promising start overall 🏜️ 🐛
@BarbaraBB @Cinfhen

Cinfhen Ooohhh, I‘ve wanted to read this book but #pagecountphobia 4mo
Billypar @Cinfhen It was a birthday gift from my boss- a favorite of hers. I usually don't read 800 page chunksters or sci-fi, but I'm a sucker for just about anything I hear is on someone's all-time favorites list. 4mo
Cinfhen That‘s a really thoughtful gift!! I‘ll watch for your final thoughts 4mo
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rretzler A great book and a good series - that is until I bailed on book 4. I do plan to go back and reread and finish it off one day. 4mo
Billypar @rretzler I didn't even realize it was a series until I started reading it. Such an impressive achievement to imagine a world in this level of depth- seems like much more than the plot developments. 4mo
rretzler That‘s the beauty of it, I think. The entire society and political intrigues that Herbert created is mind-blowing and wonderful. And his son has continued the series. I‘ve read several of those and they are good too (better than book 4 of the series.) I believe Herbert was influenced by Edgar Rice Burroughs‘ Mars series and Isaac Asimov‘s Foundation series, which are also very good, if perhaps a little dated. 4mo
Suet624 Such a good book. I read it soon after it came out - hundreds of years ago! - and I still have scenes popping up in my mind from it. It‘s on my list to read again. 4mo
Billypar @rretzler A woman on the subway today saw me reading Dune, and she was telling me how it was a favorite and changed her life. She also really liked Children of Dune, but said God Emperor was tough to get through, but the end was good. Interesting about the influences- thanks for those! 4mo
Billypar @Suet624 That's pretty neat to be an original fan of something that would become a classic. I'm a little disappointed that I'm about 5 years too old to have had Harry Potter in my childhood when the first book came out. With this one, I'm still early, but enjoying it so far! 4mo
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The Little Prince | Antoine de Saint-Exupry
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#BigInJapan #WanderingJune
I found a Japanese site showing the bestsellers for May of 2019. It wasn't translated, so I could only recognize two. One was Killing Commendatore, which wasn't surprising, but I wouldn't have expected the tagged book. Apparently The Little Prince is so popular there is an entire museum devoted to it (!)
@BarbaraBB @Cinfhen

Billypar In other internet searches, I tried to find if Tom Waits was ever actually popular in Japan. I didn't get an answer, but did find that some creative person adapted the song into a classic Nintendo score: https://uproxx.com/music/the-8-bit-tribute-to-tom-waits-is-big-in-japan-and-ever... 4mo
Tanisha_A Oh wow! This is fascinating. It's one of my favourite favourite books! I would love to visit that museum when I go to Japan! 4mo
Billypar @Tanisha_A I haven't read it, but now I'm intrigued! 4mo
Suet624 I love that you tried a Tom Waits/Japan search. 😂😂💕💕 4mo
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#TheMoonSong #MayMovieMagic
Like so many of the books on my TBR, I forgot about this nonfiction entry about citizens fighting extremism in Africa. Just put a hold on the audio version to remedy that.
Thanks to @rohit-sawant and @Cinfhen for another month of music and book magic...and for getting me more acquainted with my TBR!

rohit-sawant Thanks for joining in! 😊💙 4mo
Cinfhen Loved your “theme” this month!!! I need to visit my TBR!!! 4mo
Suet624 I read this a while back. Will be interested to hear what you think of it. 4mo
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#TheEnd #MayMovieMagic

A few 'ends' from my TBR 💀

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Cinfhen 3 of those are on my TBR list too!!! 4mo
baes It Ends With Us ❤️❤️❤️ 4mo
Reggie @baes 😭😭😭at the end when she asks Ryle the 3 questions. 4mo
Billypar @Cinfhen We were probably stacking from the same, persuasive reviews! 4mo
Billypar @baes @Reggie I'll have to take another look at this one.. 4mo
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Magic for Beginners | Kelly Link
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#Easy #MayMovieMagic
'Get in Trouble' was my favorite story collection that I read last year. I felt like Link's approach was fresh and imaginative: she could create whole worlds in just a few pages without sacrificing characters or story. I've heard a lot of good things about this collection, and I love the title 🎩🐇
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Cinfhen I tried reading a different book by Kelly Link.... and I just couldn‘t get through it 4mo
Billypar @Cinfhen I suspect she's another love or hate author, given that how unique her style is. 4mo
Cinfhen Yup!! I appreciate when authors have a unique or identifiable “voice” 4mo
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rohit-sawant Yes! 🙌🏼 Love Kelly Link. Get in Trouble was terrific. I've yet to post a review 🙈 4mo
Billypar @rohit-sawant Yeah, I was pretty impressed. I can't wait to try her other collections. 4mo
readordierachel I love Kelly Link so much. Her brain is amazing. 4mo
Billypar @readordierachel Agreed- her brain is on full display in her stories, in all its creative glory. 4mo
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Mr. Fox | Helen Oyeyemi
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Introducing my new favorite read of 2019: my first Oyeyemi was storytelling heaven. A perfect blend of novel and short story collection: the title character is a mystery author who is fond of devising death scenes for women in his novels. But his imaginary Muse Mary Foxe is sick of it and challenges him to swap better stories. The results are sometimes whimsical, other times frightening, but I was utterly immersed in each world within a world.

Cathythoughts Great post 👍🏻♥️ 4mo
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White is for Witching | Helen Oyeyemi
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#BewitchedBotheredandBewildered #MayMovieMagic
I'm about to post a gushing review of my first Oyeyemi and after I finished it I immediately added more of hers to my TBR.
You could say I was *bewitched* by her magical style, *bothered* that I don't have more of her books on my shelf, and *bewildered* that I haven't read her before now.
@rohit-sawant @Cinfhen

Aimeesue She‘s one of my faves. Boy, Snow, Bird is my favorite of hers, I think. Or Mister Fox. Or Gingerbread. Scratch that, they‘re all good. 4mo
Billypar @Aimeesue I read Mister Fox: I didn't want it to end. I could have gone back to the beginning and started over- not something I usually feel, even with books I like. 4mo
Cinfhen I wish I could appreciate her uniqueness more but her books just don‘t work well for me. I do have and will try soon 4mo
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Billypar @Cinfhen I don't know how her others compare to Mr. Fox, but I could see how if you weren't on board with the overall style, it would be a little frustrating. 4mo
Aimeesue @Cinfhen @Billypar I love her style, but I can see why some don't. Warning, though: Gingerbread is probably the most Oyeyemi of all there's a loose plot, but you'll probably be lost a lot of the time - not a whole lot of sensible coherence. 4mo
Cinfhen I‘m a little worried @Aimeesue 😬 4mo
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