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Billypar

Joined February 2017

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#WhereIsMyMind #MayMovieMagic

I believe it resides here 😉

@rohit-sawant @Cinfhen

merelybookish Nice!! 1d
rohit-sawant 👏🏼👏🏼 1d
Cinfhen Still need to read her first book, but the follow up sounds just as good!! Nice choice 😊 23h
Cathythoughts Nice one ♥️👍🏻 21h
Billypar @Cinfhen I loved Reading Lolita in Tehran- one of my favorite memoirs. 16h
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The words 'Hollywood memoir' don't evoke a wide range of stories, but I'd rather have more like this one. Nell Scovell isn't a household name, but she is a successful TV writer, and she provided a complete account of the unglamorous ups and downs and hard work involved. The most disturbing part was the rampant misogyny- some of it sleazy or power-focused but other examples more subtle, the extent to which women were absent from the writer's room.

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If #tomorrowneverknows maybe to find the answer you need to go in search of lost time? 🤔
In my head, this is grouped with Ulysses, Don Quixote, and Infinite Jest as 'intimidating books I want to read at some point but never as my next read'. Of course, there's the risk I'll never get to them, but who knows? 🤷
#MayMovieMagic @rohit-sawant @Cinfhen

RealBooks4ever Don Quixote is my all-time favorite book but I've tried reading Swann's Way a few times and just. can't. do. it! 😄💜 2d
LeahBergen I‘ve read the first book in the series and really liked it. Now to get to the rest. 😆 2d
Billypar @RealBooks4ever Ah, good to know: I'm more persuaded to read a classic when I hear it's someone's favorite than general commentary on its brilliance. 2d
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Billypar @LeahBergen I'm the worst at following through with a series. I've completed a grand total of two. Not two this year, two in my life 😄 2d
StephanieMarie I absolutely hated Ulysses lol. But Don Quixote I enjoyed even though it took me awhile to get through, I had it on kindle and just read a chapter a day. 2d
BarbaraBB I‘ve been reading Proust for over two years now but I made it to the sixt part and will hopefully finish next year 🤞. Ulysses was way more difficult. But I can understand if you never read them 😂😅 2d
Cinfhen Nope!!!! Not even gonna think about it 2d
rohit-sawant Still on my TBR. And will likely remain there for a long time 😄 2d
Cathythoughts I think I try dipping Into these books every now & then. Very difficult to do more than a little dip though .... 😳 2d
Billypar @StephanieMarie Ulysses is definitely last on that list: I'm more interested in the others. @BarbaraBB I always forget that Proust is 7 volumes, not 5- maybe when I see your review of the thrilling conclusion it will motivate me to pick up ☺️ 2d
Billypar @Cinfhen We all have a few 'not in a million years' shelves 😂 2d
Billypar @rohit-sawant @Cathythoughts For me, the first step is to acquire them and get to my physical TBR shelf. Then they will likely sit for 2-5 years before I pick up on a whim 😀 2d
Liz_M Overall I am glad I read Ulysses and ISoLT! I really enjoyed the structure and the connections between the different sections of Ulysses, even if some chapters were a slog. The first and last volumes of Proust had stunning writing, but some of the middle was less interesting. 1d
Liz_M I found Don Quixote boring. Not my type of humor at all 1d
Billypar @Liz_M Thanks for those reactions! I find it tough to predict which classics I'll end up enjoying or find boring. For other novels I can look at the plot and read passages, but I feel like those strategies don't work as well for classics. 1d
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Notes of a Crocodile | Qiu Miaojin
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#HookedonaFeeling #MayMovieMagic
Taiwan just became the first Asian country to legalize same-sex marriage, and authors like Miaojin played no small role in changing the culture. She wrote two novels before committing suicide in 1995. I read Last Words from Montmartre, a series of anguished letters, many written during turbulent points in the writer's relationship with one recipient. Looking forward to NoaC, though it sounds equally heartbreaking.

saresmoore I found this to be both heartbreaking and infuriating! I bailed about halfway because I just couldn‘t stomach the melodrama, but I plan to brace myself and pick it up again—would love to do a buddy read to help me get through. 😊 6d
gradcat It sounds like a deeply sobering read—not sure I would be up for it, either @saresmoore 🤔 5d
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Billypar @saresmoore Yeah, Montmartre was like that: not an objective look back at unrequited love and the drama that follows but right in the messy middle of it. I think it would be a great buddy read pick- I'd be down. Lots to analyze but tough to get through! 5d
Billypar @gradcat Yeah- definitely a 'choose the right time' author if you do pick up 😬 But worth it too I think. 5d
gradcat @Billypar Thanks for elaborating further... I appreciate you. ♥️ 5d
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O Caledonia | Elspeth Barker
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Based on the Litsy reviews it sounds like Janet has a #sweetdisposition - though not because she's nice to everyone. When I hear that a character loves animals, rightfully distrusts many people, and has a unique sense of humor, this sounds like someone I'd like to meet.
#MayMovieMadness @rohit-sawant @Cinfhen

LeahBergen Oh, man!!! I ADORED this book!! 1w
saresmoore Oh, you made me think of this book and I was instantly transported to it‘s sticky weirdness! So. Good. 1w
Billypar @LeahBergen @saresmoore I'm excited to try it! I've pushed it to the front of my brain for the next book store trip. 7d
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I really liked this approach to memoir: slices of a life, nonlinear and centered around a common theme. In this case, it's a terrifying one, as O'Farrell relates her various brushes with death, many taking place while traveling, and some due to an illness from early childhood. She writes beautifully, whether about mortal terror or quieter moments. As a person who is fairly risk-averse, I admired her zeal for new experiences, in spite of her luck.

TrishB I liked this one and this author 👍🏻 2w
Billypar @TrishB It was my first of hers- can't wait to read more though: already added a few others to my TBR. 2w
Cathythoughts Great review.. must read this one. I‘ve only read 2w
Billypar @Cathythoughts Just saw your rave review, and those of several others, so I stacked it- sounds pretty interesting! 2w
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#ModernLove #MayMovieMagic
It seems like this memoir must have been a good example of modern love in the author's exploration of how love and music in the 90's figured into events in his life. But now that there are probably a decent amount of people who don't know what a 'mixtape' is, maybe not so much any more? 😋🎶👴🎵
@rohit-sawant @Cinfhen

Cinfhen So I REALLY wanted to love this memoir but I wasn‘t a fan of the author‘s. His storytelling was super flat for me. I ended up bailing 😢 2w
Billypar @Cinfhen Ah, how disappointing: being set in the 90s and about music and love does set expectations up a notch. 2w
Cinfhen EXACTLY!!!!! 2w
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It's weird to finally read a thing after absorbing cultural references since I was a kid. But it was still such a fun world to be immersed in. I liked the wordplay crossed with pure imagination in a landscape where anything can happen, however ludicrous. I read both books, and even though I liked Looking Glass, I didn't enjoy as much the first. The characters weren't quite as memorable and the action was more linear, given the chessboard world.

Tanisha_A And this edition! 😍 2w
JohannaRose Wow that‘s a beautiful book! 😍📚 2w
batsy And it's so lovely 😍 2w
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Liz_M Please tell that is a mug where the Cheshire Cat is visible when empty/cold and he disappears when hot tea/coffee is poured in it! 2w
Billypar @Tanisha_A @JohannaRose @batsy It's one of those Barnes & Noble collectible editions. I'm a fan of the pink with deep blue combo. 2w
Billypar @Liz_M It is indeed ☺️ The Strand sells them. 2w
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Cathythoughts 👍🏻😂😂 2w
Tanisha_A 😂 2w
merelybookish 😂🤣 2w
rohit-sawant 😂😂 2w
Reggie Lol 2w
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How to Be Safe | Tom McAllister
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#gimmeshelter #MayMovieMadness
I think the Stones song was written about Vietnam and violence in general during that era, but the lyrics could apply to school shootings. HTBS occurs in the aftermath of a school shooting: I haven't read any other novels or nonfiction on the subject, so I'm curious to try one. Tough to even consider in a time like this when we've just had another one in the U.S., but maybe that means I should read it sooner.

Cinfhen I‘ve previously stacked this book, but don‘t remember hearing much about it. Thanks for the reminder 2w
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Hope In The Dark | Rebecca Solnit
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Solnit's first children's book Cinderella Liberator released today, but I'm a little late to her party, this one being my first. She put her finger on the problem with casual political discourse among those of us on the left: cynical grumbling without action. I'm 100% guilty of the same, and this challenged that instinct. I'm not someone who easily joins causes but I'd like to change: this is less of a manual for doing so than a helpful spark.

Chrissyreadit I need some hope. I‘m pretty disgusted by the current situations. 2w
Emilymdxn I loved this one too! It made such a difference to me reading it 2w
Billypar @Chrissyreadit This is the book for you then. It was written before the Trump era, but I have a feeling she wouldn't change her perspective now. She writes about hope in a very lucid way, distinguishing it from the 'everything's going to be alright' view. 2w
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Billypar @Emilymdxn Yeah, I think she does a good job of encouraging a fresh look on activism. Speaking of which- do you have any good book recommendations on climate change activism? Not sure if that's too vague but I'm interested in following this with something that gets into more depth on a single issue. Thanks in advance ☺️ 2w
Emilymdxn @Billypar for definite! My favourite climate activism book is This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein - a couple years old now but I think it‘s the best one I‘ve read! The Uninhabitable Earth is great too, and Extreme Cities by Ashley Dawson. I really want to read The Omnivore‘s Dilemma and Losing Earth but struggling to afford copies right now - they‘re next on my list! 2w
Billypar @Emilymdxn Awesome- I will take a look at these: thanks so much! I've been wanting to try Klein- who better to consult in matters of activism, right? 2w
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#RedRightHand #MayMovieMagic
I know, it's a disembodied *left* hand and it's white against a red background, but close enough? The plot does relate: it tells the story of the blood on Agamemnon's hands. With Madeline Miller's popularity, I'm curious what other mythological reimaginings have come out recently: it's time I've tried one.
On the music side- I love this song and Nick Cave. Google the song title and 'Dr. Seuss' for some internet fun 😀

saresmoore I started this on audio, but got bored after the first part ended (read by Juliet Stevenson). I think I will like it in print, though! I‘ve really been enjoying all of the mythology retellings. 2w
Billypar @saresmoore Yeah, I prefer nonfiction on audio. I haven't read any of the mythology retellings, but for no good reason: I think I would like them on balance. 2w
rohit-sawant 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 2w
Cinfhen I‘m curious about this one!! Great choice and I‘ve loved both Miller books and this one as well 2w
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The Sport of Kings | C. E. Morgan
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#DontStopMeNow #MayMovieMagic
Kentucky Derby edition. I don't usually follow horse racing, but happened to be out on Saturday with a friend who had money on Country House, so naturally pretty happy, even though no one stopped Maximum Security besides instant replay.
As for the book- I added it purely on the strength of the recommendations- not sure I would have chosen it otherwise.
Side note: 'Don't Stop Me Now'- pretty good horse name! 🏇

Suet624 I really liked this book. 2w
Cinfhen Lingers on my shelf!! And yay for your friend!!! And great #HorseName 2w
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Reggie I work at a casino, but had Saturday off, but when I came back Sunday, a lot of the regulars who always chat with me were PISSED. A lot of them lost money and there's a lot of conspiracy theory going on. It was kinda funny. 2w
rohit-sawant Awesome pick! 👏🏼👏🏼 2w
Billypar @Suet624 I've heard a lot of very enthusiastic recommendations, so that caught my eye. Not on my shelf yet @Cinfhen but I hope to get to it at some point! 2w
Billypar @Reggie I can imagine! It must sting all the more thinking you've won, only to have it taken away 😬 2w
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The Sea, The Sea | Iris Murdoch
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#HowFarIllGo #MayMovieMadness
When the weekend ends, sometimes I have the odd fantasy of wanting to escape to some vague, lonely city by the sea, and just read for several days without interruption. I might be able to make some progress on my TBR then 🤔
Just placed a hold on the Olivia Laing, which sounds like an interesting reflection on her move to NYC and the loneliness she experienced there, along with an analysis of the same feelings in art.

readordierachel That sounds pretty perfect actually. Curious about the book! I'm reading Crudo right now and really enjoying it. 2w
rohit-sawant Ha, sign me up for reading by vague, lonely city! 2w
Billypar @readordierachel Good to know about Crudo- Laing wasn't on my radar before, but I'm always happy to discover new authors. 2w
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Look at Me: A Novel | Jennifer Egan
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#youngandbeautiful #MayMovieMagic
I'm 2/2 with Jennifer Egan, so looking forward to trying this one. But it does sound like a tough read: the story of a fashion model who is in a car accident and after recovering must come to grips with the change in how people react to her appearance.
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merelybookish What have you read by her? I adored Goon Squad but haven't read anything else by her even though I own a couple. 3w
Billypar @merelybookish I read Goon Squad and The Keep- loved them both, but I think I liked The Keep best- so inventive and it had me hooked all the way through 3w
merelybookish @Billypar Oh cool! I own that one so will bump it up the TBR! 🙂 3w
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Billypar @merelybookish Nice- hope you enjoy it! 3w
batsy I found it quite a difficult read, pretty savage. Egan is pretty uncompromising in depicting how society can be. No warm fuzzies here. 3w
Reggie Have you ever seen that movie Amores Perros? Where there‘s 3 intersecting story lines but ones about a model who is kept by a married man whose wife she used to call at night. Then the model gets in an accident and loses her legs. Then she loses her dog under the floorboards and can always hear it but can‘t get it out. After the married man comes to live with her, now she starts to get phone calls at night. It‘s crazy. 3w
Cinfhen Reminds me of the true life story of the model who had her face slashed ~ Marla Hanson 3w
Billypar @batsy Yeah, I think I'd have to be in the right reading mood. But I'm interested where it could go from the description. 3w
Billypar @Reggie I saw it a long time ago and remember really liking it, but not a lot of the details. What you mentioned sounds vaguely familiar- definite parallels with the Egan novel. I've enjoyed every Inarritu film I've seen- one of my favorite directors. 3w
Billypar @Cinfhen I don't think I heard about that one- how awful. Hearing those kinds of stories on the news makes you shudder, but I value novels that can put you in the mindset of the survivor who has to overcome the trauma a horrific event like that can cause. 3w
batsy Definitely recommend it. I've only read this one and The Keep (which I think we've swooned over before :) and really liked both; she's an intriguing writer. @Reggie Thanks for the reminder of that one! Such a good movie. Want to watch it again. 3w
Reggie @batsy I used to have the hugest crush on Gael Garcia Bernal when I was younger. I had to see everything he was in. (edited) 3w
batsy @Reggie Me too! I still have a crush, but it's under control now 😂 I still haven't watched Mozart in the Jungle and younger me would be shocked about this lol 3w
Billypar @batsy @Reggie Yes, have definitely swooned over The Keep before. I haven't swooned over Gael Garcia Bernal but I get it 😁 3w
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The Seed | Tarjei Vesaas
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#weveonlyjustbegun #MayMovieMagic
Went to my Litsy TBR to find this one, which I think is a @BarbaraBB recommendation. Vesaas is quite high on my list of new authors to try. This isn't one of his more well-known works, but sounds intriguing- a murder on an island leads to an atypical revenge tale rather than a mystery 🏝️💀
@rohit-sawant @Cinfhen

saresmoore I want that. 3w
BarbaraBB I am always promoting Vesaas so that could have been me indeed. I hope you‘ll like his books! 3w
Cinfhen Ohhh, sounds good!! And excellent memory #Youth 3w
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LeahBergen @BarbaraBB made me stack this one, too. 😄 3w
gradcat Stacking...thanks for posting. That is not an author I‘m familiar with—now I‘m excited! 😜 3w
BarbaraBB @Billypar Lol! @saresmoore @gradcat @LeahBergen This one is not his best though. I would really start with this one or the one I tag below! 2w
gradcat @BarbaraBB Thanks! I very much appreciate your input on this. 😘 2w
BarbaraBB @gradcat Let me know if you ever read one, I do hope you‘ll enjoy his books as much as I do! 2w
Billypar @BarbaraBB I would have added those two, but they were already on it ☺️ 2w
gradcat @BarbaraBB You betcha! 😉 2w
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The Driver's Seat | Muriel Spark
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#BehindtheWheel #MayMovieMagic
I had The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie in my hand at the bookstore last weekend, but I put it back, thinking that there was another Muriel Spark novel I wanted to read first. Had I checked my TBR, I would have realized it was this one. Intriguing plot involving a woman trying to escape both her life and general persona, leading to a drama while sitting between two men on an airplane (so, I guess title is a metaphor? 🤔)

Cinfhen I read this one last year. Very impressive and quite enjoyable. Thinking you‘d really like it, Vinnie 3w
BarbaraBB Great choice. I loved this book - and any by her! 3w
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rohit-sawant 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 3w
batsy I can't wait to read this! 3w
Billypar @Cinfhen I do really want to read it too- I should have still gotten it while I was at the shop- I was feeling frustratingly disciplined 😋 3w
Billypar @BarbaraBB I've only read her short stories, which she's not even know for as much, but they still made me want to read everything she's ever written. 3w
Billypar @batsy I would say 'me too', but apparently I've waited two years already 😳 #somanybookssolittletime 3w
Aimeesue Spark! ❤️❤️❤️ She's one of my favorites. I love Memento Mori - the audiobook is excellent. 2w
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Nos4a2 = Nos4a2 | Joe Hill
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#HighwaytoHell #MayMovieMagic
Trying something new this month: I've exhausted much of my physical bookshelf from challenges, so I'm going to do an all-TBR month from both Litsy and Goodreads. I'm notorious for not reading books on my TBR, so this can't hurt 😳
For today, this might be a license plate you see on the highway to hell. Added on 2/5/17 and I still haven't read any Joe Hill...maybe a pick for Halloween 2019? 😈
@rohit-sawant @Cinfhen

4thhouseontheleft It has been a popular pick during the October #screamathon reading challenge! 3w
Cinfhen This should be fun to watch!! I know I have more books on my virtual shelves than books I actually own 3w
rohit-sawant Great pick! 3w
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AlaMich NOS4A2 is a good ‘un!! 3w
Billypar @4thhouseontheleft In general I hear a lot of love for Joe Hill, so I feel I may be missing out! 3w
Billypar @Cinfhen I hope it will reintroduce me to my TBR's: they're not as large as some numbers I hear others mention, but 271 books is still not small (and that doesn't include Litsy's-very little overlap between the two). 3w
gradcat Good luck on your TBR goals! ☘️ 3w
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The Old Gringo: A Novel | Carlos Fuentes
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So conflicted about this one. One second I was marveling at the beautiful writing, then I was bored, then confused, then intrigued--and this cycle continued. Interesting idea: the fictional story of journalist and writer Ambrose Bierce who travels to Mexico apparently to die by joining Pancho Villa's rebellion. The real-life Bierce disappeared and no one knows what happened. This is a dreamy and philosophical explanation: I liked it just barely.

Leftcoastzen It‘s funny , read it years ago and share many of your feelings about it. 3w
Billypar @Leftcoastzen Yeah, it was a weird read- I kept feeling like I was in the verge of embracing or dismissing it. Really unique though- maybe if I read another Fuentes it will help clarify my feelings a bit. 3w
Leftcoastzen I read a Fuentes I really liked , straining my brain to remember.. 3w
Billypar @Leftcoastzen This one seems to be the most popular on Goodreads. 3w
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The Blindfold | Siri Hustvedt
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#bookhaul from Indy Bookstore Appreciation day Saturday.
Freshwater is a complete #blameitonlitsy pick - the reviews I've been seeing have been too intriguing to pass up.
The bookstore: McNally Jackson in NYC. It's a popular one, but only my 2nd time there, and have to say...pretty fabulous! Fiction shelved by world regions, staff recommendations everywhere, two floors, a cafe, bargain book corner: an all-around great experience ☺️

Billypar Funny story about picking out the Hustvedt: I was trying to decide between several, and behind me I hear a woman talking to her friend: "Ugh, Siri Hustvedt- she's so bad. Like, throw it across the room bad." To each her own, but it was awkward- I was right there, clearly interested. I repressed the urge to argue ?? 3w
Leniverse That's funny. I have one Siri Hustvedt on my shelves, "What I Loved". I haven't gotten around to reading it yet, but I bought it because I've never heard anyone dislike her! I've only heard good things. Actually I've only heard superlatives, and expressions like "life changing". Which worries me a bit, because there's no such thing as universal life altering appeal. So I'm glad there's at least one hater out there. ? 3w
Billypar @Leniverse Wow- 'life changing'- talk about setting expectations impossibly high! I did really like What I Loved, but I won't oversell it any more than it has been already 😁 3w
saresmoore When people tell me they hate books, it usually makes me want to read them more. 3w
Billypar @saresmoore Oh yeah, me too: especially when one book gets a mix of raves and pans: it's so interesting to me when you see intense, opposing reactions. 3w
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American Psycho | Bret Easton Ellis
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#Invisibletouch #anglophileapril
I can't think of Genesis, Huey Lewis, or Whitney Houston without one fan coming to mind. In the film, Bateman shares his critical insights on these artists with his soon-to-be victims. But the novel has entire chapters of just his analysis, with no other context. The effect is very different: you get more insight into his psychology and how his 'deep thoughts' on art are entwined with commercial success.

Cinfhen I might have to read this book one day!!!! 3w
Mdargusch This is a good one! 3w
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emilyhaldi This book scared the shit out of me 3w
Billypar @Mdargusch @emilyhaldi I read it over a decade ago, and it remains the most brutal and disturbing thing I've ever read. @Cinfhen be forewarned! 3w
Reviewsbylola Pat Bateman is one of my faves. I will never hear Sussudio without thinking of him. 🙌🏻🙌🏻 3w
Billypar @Reviewsbylola Yup- ditto 'Hip to Be Square' 3w
batsy I'm the same, can't think about their music without thinking about Bateman 😂😭 3w
Billypar @batsy Thankfully it's not every song. In the case of Huey Lewis, 'Power of Love' still belongs to Back to the Future, and several others to long car trips on family vacations growing up (my dad was a big fan 😁) 3w
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I'm going to echo what a lot of reviews have said: absolutely essential reading for anyone who isn't a survivor of rape. There's a haunting similarity in the accounts of how others respond when the authors described sharing their stories. Many reactions are cruel or callous, but others are well-intentioned and it's important to hear why those responses are not the support survivors need.

Leftcoastzen Nice review.An essential read. 1mo
jveezer Reading her Difficult Women right now. Will have to check this one out too. 4w
Billypar @jveezer I haven't read that one yet- or any of her fiction for that matter: I have An Untamed State on my shelf. Looking forward to it based on how great her nonfiction is. 4w
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When I listen to audiobooks that are even a little strange, the strangeness is increased with my daily routine as backdrop- cooking, dishes, cleaning. So listening to the grim baritone of the narrator voicing Shields' thoughts about death during these activities was...strange. Equal parts memoir about conversations with his elderly father, quotes from famous people, & medical textbook describing the aging process, it almost works...but not quite.

Leftcoastzen 😁Love the photo! 1mo
Cathythoughts Crazy pic 🎧😳😁 1mo
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Life After Life: A Novel | Kate Atkinson
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#everybreathyoutake #anglophileapril
Every breath Ursula takes is quickened by the buried memories of her past lives, especially when she has the chance to alter her present life's tragic course. From the beginning, we learn that she may be stalking a prominent quarry, even as death seems to stalk her. The form sounds like the best part (and it is good fun), but the characters made the novel for me- they rank with the best British classics.

Cinfhen Great choice!!! Although this novel drove me bonkers... not in a good way 🙄 1mo
Billypar @Cinfhen There is so much brutality to endure, and the forward momentum (not quite the right phrase for this I know 😉) does slow down in the second half. I wouldn't have liked it half as much if I didn't respond to Atkinson's writing as I did. 1mo
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Cinfhen I felt like I was stuck in some sort of time warp BUT it was pissing me off. 😂😂😂I almost bailed but did manage to finish the book but swore I‘d never read Atkins again. And now I‘m cohosting #BelowZer00s buddy read, with @BarbaraBB featuring a book by Atkins (edited) 1mo
Zelma @Cinfhen I couldn‘t even finish Life After Life but absolutely loved Case Histories. So, so different. 1mo
Cinfhen Thanks @Zelma I‘ve heard this book/series is good 🤞🏼🤞🏼 1mo
Reviewsbylola Pretty sure I either hated this book or bailed on it so I‘m equally excited about the readalong choice. 😆 @Cinfhen 1mo
Billypar Sorry to have to tell you this @Zelma and @Reviewsbylola but I've heard if you bail on this book, it means you're doomed to pick it up in all your future lives until you reach the end 😉🕰️🌨️ (@Cinfhen you're in the clear). 1mo
Reviewsbylola 😆😆😆 1mo
Mdargusch Very funny @billypar! 😁 1mo
Zelma @Billypar 😳😂👏 1mo
CarolynM I loved this too, but I loved the companion novel, A God in Ruins, even more. 1mo
readordierachel That's so good to hear @CarolynM ! I really loved this one and have been wondering about God in Ruins. 1mo
Billypar @CarolynM Glad to hear you say this because I'd like to spend more time with the Todd family. There's always that fear though of whether the 2nd book will live up. 1mo
Suet624 I read this a few years back when I had a lot of brain fog from Lyme. I was so confused while I was reading it! “Wait, who is this again? What is happening??” 😂😂😂 4w
Billypar @Suet624 Yeah, I would not want to read this while dealing with brain fog: this is the kind of novel to read while highly caffeinated 😴 ☕😃 4w
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That line from Casablanca comes to mind: "I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship." I've long been interested in trying something by Mary Roach and this met expectations. Strange but true tales of digestion: Want to hear about chewing your food until it liquifies? See-through stomachs? Escaping from being eaten? The science of rectal transport? Flatulence-proof suits? Roach has it covered, in all its gross, yet scientific glory ?

Aimeesue I love Mary Roach soooooooo much! Gulp and Stiff are my favorites. ❤️ 1mo
Billypar @Aimeesue Stiff is next on my MR list. Part of me cringes at the subject, but I assume that's kind of the point. 1mo
Toniyesss Stiff was super interesting! I read it years ago and things I learned in it still pop in my mind on a regular basis. I think it‘s probably less cringe-y than you expect 1mo
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LauraJ I love her sooooo much! 1mo
Billypar @Toniyesss That's good to know- it's a fascinating topic for a book- something that you can't picture anyone but Roach tackling. 1mo
Billypar @LauraJ I'm looking forward to reading more of hers! 1mo
Aimeesue @Billypar I certainly did a lot of cringing while reading it, but a lot of it was oddly touching as well. 1mo
Liz_M I loved Stiff! The idea of (I'm sure I'm paraphrasing incorrectly, but....) munitions-grade gelatin still cracks me up. 😁 😁 😁 😁 😁 1mo
Billypar @Liz_M Ha- I'm sure there's no shortage of creative metaphors 😀 1mo
Liz_M Oh, it's not a metaphor. That's what makes it so wonderful. 😁 1mo
Billypar @Liz_M Audio hold officially placed! 1mo
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Life After Life: A Novel | Kate Atkinson
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Had a wonderful weekend at Hudson, NY scouting wedding venues and stopped at a bookstore and bar I've been wanting to try for years. It didn't disappoint: great books, beer, coffee hummus...(we went two days in a row 😀).
Got two books: Mr. Fox- Helen Oyeyemi and Swan- Mary Oliver. With the tagged book, I have a strange trilogy of fox references, coincidentally jiving with my favorite song of late: Portions for Foxes by Rilo Kiley. 🦊

merelybookish There is so much packed into this great post! 1mo
Leftcoastzen I love it when I like a place so much I want go back the next day.😃 1mo
LeahBergen That place sounds marvellous! 1mo
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readordierachel Loved this book, and that song! 1mo
Billypar @merelybookish Thanks- that's how I felt about the shop when I was there: so many good things in one place ☺️ 1mo
Billypar @Leftcoastzen @LeahBergen Yeah, I made the most of the back to back visits: I'm 2.5 hours away, so not close enough to frequent, unfortunately. But will definitely return every chance I get! 1mo
Billypar @readordierachel I'm midway through the book, and it's more than living up to the hype so far. The song has taken over my brain lately- the new Jenny Lewis album reminded me that I never listened to Rilo Kiley as much as I should have. 1mo
BarbaraBB Great picture of a happy man 💕 1mo
JennyM Awesome pic! 1mo
vivastory Great picture. I love Jenny Lewis new solo album. 1mo
Cathythoughts Great pic ... do I see wedding venues ??! The move is on then 👍🏻♥️ 1mo
batsy Ooh, this place sounds like a dream! And I'm off to find this song 🦊 1mo
CarolynM I'm another fan of the book and the song🙂 The new album is growing on me. 1mo
Billypar @BarbaraBB Thanks- quite happy indeed: hoping some can carry over into a Monday 😁 1mo
Billypar @JennyM Thanks! ☺️ 1mo
Billypar @vivastory @CarolynM I really like the new album. The sounds aren't as catchy as her last one, but I like that she varies her style as much as she does from album to album. 1mo
Billypar @vivastory @CarolynM Ack- autocorrect: songs* not sounds. 1mo
Billypar @Cathythoughts Yes: we are finally back to actively planning (now engaged four years strong 😁) 1mo
Billypar @batsy It's been in my head for almost two weeks I think. Luckily it's an excellent song so I don't mind at all 🎶☺️🎶 1mo
CarolynM Yes, the 4 solo albums are all very different in style and so was Jenny and Johnny but they all had at least one song that I loved immediately and I haven't found that with the new one. I've never heard the NAF one but I think that's different again. (edited) 1mo
Billypar @CarolynM Yeah- that happens for me too- it's easier to get into a new album if there's at least one song you love right away. I'm still a pretty new fan of hers- I only started when Voyager came out, and still need to listen to her earlier solo stuff. 1mo
Suet624 I love songs that just hang on and won‘t give up their spot in your brain. Love the photo. 1mo
Billypar @Suet624 I agree- as long as it's a good song. Thanks! ☺️ 1mo
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Of Love and Shadows | Isabel Allende
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My first Allende, but not my last I hope. I'd heard that she's fond of character backstories and that was definitely the case for this. It provides a rich background of the families of three main characters, but it was never boring because everyone is so fascinating. And what little forward motion there is excites: political subversion during Pinochet's brutal reign in Chile, with a slow brewing romance, and even a possession for good measure.

Suet624 I‘ve read a number of hers, but not this one. Stacked! 1mo
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A Panorama of American Film Noir (1941-1953) | Paul Hammond, Raymond Borde, Etienne Chaumeton
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#ShesSoCold #AnglophileApril
The author on Barbara Stanwyck's portrayal of Phyllis Dietrichson: "a greedy, exciting woman avid for sexual kicks but almost certainly frigid."
Not sure if I'd use those words- I love film noir but this was not my favorite film book. But Dietrichson and Mary Astor's Ms. Wonderly of Maltese Falcon are two of my favorite femme fatales.
@emilyhaldi @Reviewsbylola @Mdargusch @Cinfhen

Reviewsbylola It‘s been way too long since I‘ve seen The Maltese Falcon! I think maybe I bought the book at some point. 🤔 1mo
Billypar I own it but also unread. The classic hard-boiled noirs might be one of those rare cases where I'd prefer the films. Or at least I haven't been able to work up enough interest to read them yet! 1mo
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Palimpsest I love film noir. 1mo
Theaelizabet “Not sure if I‘d use those words...” Or even that thought. It‘s been quite awhile since I saw the film, but that wouldn‘t be my takeaway. Interesting. (edited) 1mo
Billypar @Theaelizabet Right? I read it a long time ago but I remember it being filled with rambling, lazy analysis- too much just to be chalked up to a poor translation. 1mo
Billypar @Palimpsest I haven't seen any in awhile, but I went through a period where I watched so many: lots of good ones. 1mo
Mdargusch Perfect! 1mo
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Celebrities often focus squarely on their private life in memoirs. Brownstein does discuss her early life and family, but it's nice to hear an artist devote attention to the story behind the art itself. Brownstein describes her passion for Sleater Kinney and why she stuck with them through sexist media coverage, grueling tours, tensions within the group, and health problems. Very inspirational- made me want to cheer like it was one of their songs.

BestDogDad Great take! I enjoyed this one also. 1mo
Suet624 My 5 year old grandson requests and sings SK songs in my daughter‘s car each day. 1mo
Leftcoastzen Glad you liked it ! She has some great insights into art,music, and life. 1mo
Billypar @Suet624 Your grandson sounds awesome- such good taste at 5! 😃 1mo
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Thanks @batsy for recommending this one: I really enjoyed the wild and manic ride down this Tasmanian river. Not quite the adventure story you might expect- the title character is pinned under a rock as the river rushes over him and sees visions of different points of his life and those of his father and ancestors. Questions of identity are key themes, but also how humans relate to nature. 👇

Billypar The contrast between Western and Aboriginal relationships to nature is depicted in a variety of ways. I really liked not being able to guess where things were headed and just enjoy the strange series of stories and variations on themes. I do think some of the storytelling and stylistic aspects were perfected even further in Gould's Book of Fish, which I still preferred, as good as this was. 2mo
Cathythoughts Great review! Sounds amazing 2mo
batsy So glad to hear you liked it! Nice review 👏🏽 I'm definitely looking forward to checking out Book of Fish 🐡 2mo
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#bookmail
A big thanks to @dariazeoli for this giveaway vegan cookbook, bursting with color and deliciousness. I'm really looking forward to trying some of these, and love that it has many low carb recipes. I'm struggling with a new low carb diet due to reflux problems so this is perfect timing. Thanks again! 😃

JamieArc I have a different vegan cookbook by that author that I really like! 2mo
dariazeoli Well, that got there super quickly! Enjoy 😉 2mo
Billypar @JamieArc Good to know! I like how it's organized and it's filled with a lot of information about the food beyond the recipes themselves. 2mo
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vivastory I read it about a year & half ago 2mo
Billypar @vivastory I really like it! I've been dipping in and out since Halloween. I always liked Lovecraft's ideas but not his writing- with Ligotti, both are strong. 2mo
Billypar @vivastory I'm a little bit horror'd out though at the moment, so I'm going to save the final 25% for next October. 2mo
vivastory Good idea. For me, horror is like poetry. A little bit goes a long way. Also, currently if I want to be terrified I'll just watch the news. 2mo
vivastory And he does feel like a contemporary, less overwrought Lovecraft. I will probably reread a few of them at some point. 2mo
Billypar @vivastory Ugh- that's the truth about the news 😨 2mo
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The Waves | Virginia Woolf
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Made good use of my Barnes & Noble giftcard yesterday with these three that have been on my list for awhile. Afterwards I realized that all three are my third book from each author. For the most part, if I'm picking up a third book of an author, it means I'm already sold.

Christine Great selections!! 2mo
Suet624 Oh gosh. Love Medicine was the first of Erdrich‘s books that I read. Blew my socks off. 2mo
Billypar @Suet624 Very good to hear! That's the reaction I had to the other two I read- The Round House and Plague of Doves 2mo
Suet624 Erdrich 💕💕💕 she‘s a treasure. Enjoy. 2mo
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Fight Club: A Novel | Chuck Palahniuk
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The novel's philosophy is shot machine gun style, repeating in bursts, over and over again. This creates the feeling of everything else being muted: the characters are more like sketches and even as the plot advances, there's a sameness to the story, despite the revelations. This may sound critical, and I wasn't always on board, but I think it holds together. The narrator may not have much substance but we feel his insomnia and insanity acutely.

Cinfhen Great photo and fantastic review 😄 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Haha, this pic! Great review, you sum it up accurately! 👏 2mo
BarbaraBB Great review. Spot on. 2mo
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Can I Kick It? | Idris Goodwin
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#90sSpringFling @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB
Playlist 2/2
And this list has the 90s music I would listen to today. Some overlap with the last list (e.g. Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Smashing Pumpkins), but at the time I didn't know much more existed besides what was featured on alt-rock radio. I've really enjoyed rediscovering the 90s in the two decades since!

kalinichta 🤘 2mo
Cinfhen It‘s nice to see how our musical tastes evolve as well 🙌🏻thanks for including Spotify 🙏🏻🎼 2mo
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Billypar @Cinfhen Yeah- I'm thankful for that: too boring otherwise. 2mo
Billypar @BarbaraBB They're the best! Or to use a 90s expression- they're the💣 2mo
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#90sSpringFling @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB
Playlist 1/2
I decided to make to make two 90s playlists- what I was listening to in the 90s and what I listen to now from the 90s. This one has my favorites from middle school to high school (1994--2000). I'm not holding anything back (if you've never heard of a band called 'Creed', I'd skip that track 😳). Most of the rest isn't bad, though not at all diverse in terms of music or the bands themselves! 🤦🎸

merelybookish I was thinking of two lists as well. The music that was around and the music I liked. I know all the lyrics to I Will Always Love You but not because I liked it! 😜 And I remember Creed! 🙄 2mo
Cinfhen Such a good idea @Billypar but I can‘t really remember what I had on repeat back in the 90‘s other than Barney 😂😂😂 @merelybookish 2mo
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GripLitGrl Both great list 🎶😎🎸🎤 2mo
Billypar @merelybookish @Cinfhen I'd like to hear a mashup of 'I Will Always Love You' and Barney's 'I Love You' 😂 2mo
Billypar @GripLitGrl Thanks! I like your list too- the Alanis and Verve songs are true 90s anthems. 2mo
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#90sSpringFling @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB
Playlist 1/2
I decided to make to make two 90s playlists- what I was listening to in the 90s and what I listen to now from the 90s. This one has my favorites from middle school to high school (1994--2000). I'm not holding anything back (if you've never heard of a band called 'Creed', I'd skip that track 😳). Most of the rest isn't bad, though not at all diverse in terms of music or the bands themselves! 🤦🎸

RowReads1 Leave Scott Stapp alone😂 2mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick @RowReads1 Google Scott Stapp Denny's. I found this fan encounter years ago and everytime I hear his name I think of the story. Honestly, Creed was genetic & the radio was over-saturated with their music, but there is far worse music from the 90's. 2mo
Billypar @RowReads1 @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Oh wow- that is quite a humbling night! 😮 2mo
BarbaraBB Black Hole Sun 💜💜 2mo
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Glamorama | Bret Easton Ellis
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#90sSpringFling @BarbaraBB @Cinfhen
Loving all the 90s photos and now I'm regretting not planning ahead and phoning my parents for some. I'll have to settle for some living history: two of the oldest shirts in my wardrobe. How old are they? In continuous operation since high school? Could be...no one really knows. But flannels and baggy wide-leg jeans (about as wide as I was tall) were definitely my thing!

batsy Haha, love the creative interpretation! #flannels4life 2mo
merelybookish I think my husband still has a few shirts from the 90s. That's the beauty of grunge! 🙂 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Lol, flannels are timeless I‘ll say! 2mo
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mcipher Oh, I had those pants on the 90s! You had to get them special so they got in the waist or it was such a difficult belt situation. 😆 2mo
Cinfhen Grunge ruled and I gotta agree with @batsy hashtag #Flannels4Life 2mo
LeahBergen And some fine reading material! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
CarolynM Nicely done😂👏 2mo
Cathythoughts Very nice shirts !! I like your taste 👍🏻♥️ 2mo
BarbaraBB Great post! So nineties! 2mo
Cinfhen Excellent hashtag ❤️ 2mo
Billypar @mcipher Exactly- and the problem for me was that my belts were too big, so I always felt self-conscious if I ever had to tuck in my shirt. 😂 2mo
Billypar @LeahBergen I'm a fan of Glamorama, but it gets a 56% on Litsy, a pretty slim majority! But I guess people are fairly divided over Ellis. (And you can never have too much information about Nirvana). 2mo
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#BecausetheNight #MarchIntothe70s
Because it too starts with 'because'.
Because this is a fantastic story collection.
Because I keep meaning to read more Gaitskill.
Because somehow this had no posts before now.
@Lizpixie @Cinfhen

Cinfhen 🙌🏻Because I‘m in awe 😜 (edited) 2mo
gradcat Because someone had to do it...and I thank you 🙏 😊👍 2mo
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#HungryHeart #MarchIntothe70s
Have been a little stumped on these lately, including today's. And meanwhile, I'm in an audiobook desert where I'm weeks away from my next audio hold. Listening to the last @ReadingEnvy episode solved both problems when @Bianca reminded me I've waited far too long to read a book about one of my favorite bands of all-time. And somehow it was available wait-free on Overdrive- which never happens! @Lizpixie @Cinfhen

Cinfhen Like how this post was a heavily influenced #BlameItOnLitsy collaboration😉 (edited) 2mo
Billypar @Cinfhen Totally: even before this post when a Sleater Kinney song came up on #NoFemmeber and both @Leftcoastzen and @saresmoore gave it strong recommendations. So yeah Litsy- I get it, I'm on it! 😋 2mo
Leftcoastzen Yay ! I hope you love it.She‘s multidimensional and whip smart . 2mo
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ReadingEnvy Overdrive on audio I hope? I loved it so much. 2mo
Billypar @ReadingEnvy Yes- on audio (which is even more surprising that it was available now). Just an hour in and I'm already hooked! 2mo
gradcat @Cinfhen @Leftcoastzen @ReadingEnvy @Billypar Did any of you watch “Portlandia”? I loved her in that show. 2mo
Billypar @gradcat Only a couple episodes. I remember one sketch where Corin Tucker made an appearance with Colin Meloy and James Mercer as members of a band called 'Echo Echo' 😁 2mo
Leftcoastzen @gradcat I have seen a few seasons but not all of Portlandia, I love Portland!Carrie also directed episode 2 of Shrill on Hulu. 2mo
gradcat @Leftcoastzen I don‘t know about “Shrill.” I have Hulu—is it really good? 2mo
ReadingEnvy @gradcat yes! I'm from Oregon so it is a total nostalgia trip for me. And then the woman who was my high school classmate shows up in bit parts from time to time so that's fun too. Cacao! 2mo
gradcat @ReadingEnvy That is so cool! I lived on the West Coast for years and never made it up to Oregon—one of my great regrets, alas. It looks beautiful!! 2mo
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The Gloaming | Melanie Finn
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They don't come much darker than this tale of a woman who escapes to Tanzania in the wake of a horrific accident in which she was implicated. Yet an eerie series of events seem to follow her. I was hooked most of the way through: I couldn't read it fast enough. Finn crafts quite a knot of paranoid connections and dread. The ending was a letdown though. It leaves some interesting interpretations open, but wasn't satisfying.
(TW for a rape scene)

Cathythoughts I love that word “ gloaming “ ♥️👍🏻 2mo
Billypar @Cathythoughts Me too- it has a great sound to it. But I'm not sure I've ever heard it spoken in conversation. 2mo
Cathythoughts My husband has a song - “ we were roaming in the gloaming.. we were busking in the dusk ... she played the Stack Of Barley , I played The Money Musk !! “ so I hear it sung a lot 😀 2mo
Billypar @Cathythoughts Love those lyrics- thanks for sharing! 2mo
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I feel guilty for not liking this more because of the incredible story and important political message. The author recounts her grandmother's experience in Tibet, first as a nun, then raising a family. The family must flee to India following the Chinese invasion and persecution of Tibetans. The story traces their journey up until present day, describing the author's activism for Tibet. Amazing story- I just didn't connect with the telling of it.

JSW Sometimes that‘s how it goes. 2mo
TheBee I know that family personally! 😀. What a coincidence to see their faces here on Litsy 😁. (edited) 2mo
Billypar @TheBee That's so cool! They all seem extraordinarily talented and devoted to standing up for Tibet. 2mo
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TheBee Yes indeed! I used to live with Tashi in Zurich 12 years ago. He is an artist now. 2mo
Billypar @TheBee Artistic skills definitely seem to run in the family! 2mo
Suet624 My Tibetan friend grew up in India and longs to go to Tibet. I love hearing her stories. I wonder if she‘s read this. 2mo
Billypar @Suet624 The author does a great job writing about Tibetan culture, drawing on the remarkable aspects of its spirituality without romanticizing it. Sad though to hear of all the changes that have occurred over the years under Chinese rule. 2mo
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Why Did You Lie? | Yrsa Sigurdardottir
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I love a good mystery, but I think I need to accept that psychological thrillers are not a subgenre for me. I think I might have liked this one better if it were written as a ghost story instead. But as it stands I could feel this building towards a conclusion I wasn't going to like, and I was right about that. I only average 1-2 pans a year though so I have no right to complain!

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What's Bred in the Bone | Robertson Davies
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Brilliant examination of the forces that shape the destiny of a famed art collector who may or may not have forged paintings. It's a story on the scale of Dickens but with the sharp wit of someone like Wilde: there are some great gems of dark comedy sprinkled throughout. I really loved how it considered artistic expertise, and big questions about the significance of art in one's life. I can't wait to read more Davies @CarolynM !

saresmoore Great review! 2mo
CarolynM Glad you enjoyed it. I think it's his best. 2mo
Billypar @saresmoore Thanks! ☺️ 2mo
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Billypar @CarolynM I think I'll try The Rebel Angels next - didn't realize before it was the first of the trilogy. 2mo
batsy Scale of Dickens but the sharp wit of Wilde! Sounds pretty fab. 2mo
LeahBergen I really need to be a better 🇨🇦 and read more Robertson Davies! 😬 2mo
Billypar @batsy I know- two literary heavy-hitters to use as comparisons. Needless to say, I was impressed! 2mo
Billypar @LeahBergen I picked it up when I visited Kingston in a shop that had a wide selection of his works. I would have picked up more if I knew how good he was! 2mo
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Why Did You Lie? | Yrsa Sigurðardóttir
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So...in Iceland is getting margherita pizza a sign that your pizza tastes leave something to be desired? Or is this a common Italian view that citizens in European countries are more aware of (the pizza was ordered by American tourists)? In the U.S. it's a delicacy- we have several pizza chains that serve far worse varieties 😳

LeahBergen Hmm... maybe it‘s supposed to imply that they weren‘t sophisticated because they didn‘t appreciate the pizza and binned it? I‘m not reading the book, though, so 🤷🏻‍♀️. 😆😆 3mo
Billypar @LeahBergen That never even occurred to me- of course that's it 🤦 The phrasing was throwing me off! 3mo
LeahBergen I really only took time to ponder it because I love Margherita pizzas so much! 😂😂 3mo
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Billypar @LeahBergen Agreed! It never occurred to me that someone would order one not knowing what it was, be dissatisfied, and toss it (this isn't actually what happens in the novel but apparently that's what this character is thinking). 3mo
batsy Now I have so many questions too! I too love a good pizza margherita *drools* 3mo
Velvetfur Hmm, here in the UK, myself and most people I know think of a Margherita as 'just that? You're not going to put anything else on it?!' because a Margherita is seen as a base and then you add all the veggies and meat etc! I personally could'nt eat 'just' a Margherita unless there was no other vegetarian option on the menu 😂 3mo
Billypar @batsy Yes- it's one of my favorite pizzas 🤤🍕 3mo
Billypar @Velvetfur Interesting- that's how many people over here feel about regular cheese pizza, but I've never seen anyone put toppings on a margherita- it's considered a specialty option. Sounds delicious though! 3mo
Velvetfur @Billypar Well, all pizza is delicious really isn't it....?! 😂 I want pizza now hehehe 😁 3mo
kspenmoll Now I want this pizza! 2mo
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#Psychokiller #MarchIntothe70s
In the film Adaptation, Donald Kaufman shares an idea with his screenwriter brother for a film about a serial killer that sends demented clues to the police with a twist ending revealing he has multiple personalities. Charlie is not a fan of the idea.
This is a film, but partly adapted from Susan Orlean's novel The Orchid Thief. But screenplays of the real-life Charlie Kaufman should count- they remind me of books.

tournevis Agreed! 3mo
Cinfhen This is the second time this week The Orchard Thief came up...I think it‘s a sign from the #BookGods 🙏🏻 3mo
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Billypar @tournevis I heard he has finished screenplays that he couldn't ever get produced.. which is unacceptable 😤 3mo
Billypar @Cinfhen I still need to read it. It without be fair to compare with the film since it's really only half an adaptation (if that). But it still sounds like a good story in its own right. 3mo
tournevis @Billypar Most good screenwriters so have stacks like that, afaik 3mo
Billypar @tournevis True- all the more frustrating considering what production companies do spend their money making! 💰🗑️ 3mo
Suet624 After reading The Library Book I think I have to read Orchid Thief. She is a great narrator of events. 2mo
Billypar @Suet624 I have The Library Book on hold, but would like to try both from all I've heard. 2mo
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#wontgetfooledagain #MarchIntothe70s
I read this play in college and all I remember was a cowboy guy lassoing bedposts. Doesn't sound like a play I'd rush to see now, but I like everything by Sam Shepard that I do remember, so maybe I should? 🤠
@Lizpixie @Cinfhen

Cinfhen What more do you need to remember?!?!??! 3mo
Lizpixie Sounds like fun! 3mo
Billypar @Cinfhen Ha, that's true: this promo photo does make it look very lively! 3mo
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Theaelizabet Saw this Off-Broadway in...1984? But not with these two. By the time I got there it was Aiden Quinn and Moira Harris, and it was fantastic. 2mo
Billypar @Theaelizabet Sounds like a great performance to catch! I wanted to see True West, which is on Broadway now, but it's closing soon, so I don't think it's in the cards. 2mo
Theaelizabet @Billypar I considered True West, too, but decided to pass. My theater budget only goes so far. 2mo
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We Were the Mulvaneys | Joyce Carol Oates
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#youresovain #MarchIntothe70s
I'm taking @TrishB 's lead and going with wordplay.

They probably thought this book was about them. 😉

@Lizpixie @Cinfhen

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TrishB 😂👍🏻 cool 3mo
merelybookish They're so vain! 😆 3mo
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The Moor's Last Sigh | Salman Rushdie
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Very excited to find this waiting for me in the mail today: thanks again for the giveaway @GatheringBooks ! 😃

GatheringBooks finally! glad it reached you. it is the distributor that sends the books out so it could take awhile. 🤣😂😭📚 3mo
Billypar @GatheringBooks That's the great thing about book mail though- everyone waiting is both in the middle of a book already and likely has many others waiting on the shelves. I'm am excited about this particular one- it's been awhile since my last Rushdie, and it was his memoir, so looking forward to visiting one of his fictional worlds again! 3mo
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The Fire Next Time | James Baldwin
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This probably joins Wiesel's Night in terms of memoirs that pack the most power in so few pages. Baldwin reflects on key moments in his childhood through his time as a successful young writer to highlight Civil Rights-era dynamics that are glossed over in the typical historical summary, and never so eloquently explored. More like a memoir-essay that takes the best of both forms. Excited to read more of his work, including his fiction.

Christine Love your review - I need to get to this one soon! 3mo
Leftcoastzen Love this book! 3mo
Billypar @Christine Thanks- hope you enjoy it when you do! 3mo
Billypar @Leftcoastzen Always nice when you have high expectations going in and even those are exceeded. 3mo
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Trying to reboot a book jar practice I did once awhile ago: taking names of authors I've never read from a Strand bag, picking one and trying a book from them. I enlisted my fiancee's help for this pick (the photo session got a little silly, as all our photo sessions tend to do). Hunter S. Thompson is not someone I'd pick of my own free will, but the jar has spoken, so I'll give him a shot and see what happens!

Leftcoastzen She‘s adorable, I love Hunter, you might be surprised, something about the drugs kicking in around Barstow.... 3mo
Leftcoastzen But I‘m old and wish I could Strand !!! 3mo
batsy Haha, fun! Cute photos. I haven't read him, either, and I think I too might only get around to him if the jar speaks 😆 3mo
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LeahBergen 😆😆 This is great! 3mo
readordierachel Love it! 3mo
Reggie Lol, awesome pics!! 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm 😆 cute pics! 3mo
Cathythoughts Brilliant pics ♥️👍🏻 3mo
Velvetfur Aaww cutest photos ever! 3mo
BarbaraBB I bailed on this one but then I‘m not a fan of books about people doing drugs. 3mo
Billypar @Leftcoastzen @batsy Yeah, I'm going to keep an open mind about HST- I've certainly been surprised before when I've tried a new author out of my comfort zone. 3mo
Billypar @BarbaraBB Yeah, that's one reason why I didn't like the film. I still have to decide if I'm going to read F&L because of its status, or try another one. 3mo
Billypar Soon to be Mrs. Par here - I was quite honored to be apart of this ceremony and for my Litsy debut. Thanks for all the kind compliments!! -- Linda 3mo
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