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Devonhdunn

Devonhdunn

Joined February 2016

NYC bookseller and unofficial coffee expert.
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Trying to decide my next read...

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Handmaid's Tale | Margaret Atwood
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On Argentina | Jorge Luis Borges
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Time to do a little traveling without leaving the office. ✈️

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Friday night re-reading: featuring all the thrilling action of looking up epigraphs!

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Turn of the Screw | Henry James
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I somehow made it through life without anyone spoiling this classic for me! Definitely creepy, compelling, and naughtier than anticipated. First time reading Henry James and... who told him never to end a sentence with a prepositional phrase? A bit clunky of a prose style for me, but a great gothic tale!

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White is for Witching | Helen Oyeyemi
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Getting my weekend supply. Is it October yet?? 🌜💫🔮🎃🕸

Cody Yes, pizza witch 3y
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Pickpick

This collection is dazzling! A truly amazing group of writers that feels like a real Who's Who of African writers I should know. Essays ranging all across the continent and across a multitude of topics, including an awesome array of essays dealing with LGBTI issues.

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Bailedbailed

I really wanted to love this book. I think it had a lot of promise and some interesting characters but, honestly, I found the writing so hackneyed I just couldn't go on. Lots of characters announcing their emotions rather than feeling. Show, don't tell.

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Hound of the Baskervilles | Arthur Conan Doyle
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Yeah I participated in #24in48 ... If all this paper work counts! Feeling like a clerk in a Gogol story. ☠☠☠

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Excellent Women | Barbara Pym
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Oh, Barbara. You just get me.

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Salt. | Nayyirah Waheed
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These poems are so beautiful and spare and perfect.

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Before the Feast | Sasa Stanisic
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"Nature takes back its own. Or that's what they'd say in other places. We don't say so, because it's nonsense. Nature is not logical. You can't rely on Nature. And if you can't rely on something you'd better not build fine phrases out of it."

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An Academic Question | Barbara Pym
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"I suppose [...] perhaps the best to be expected of 'a distinguished contemporary artist' is the usual number of eyes and other features and some faint likeness to the subject."

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Does this book need more champions in this world? Borges existed on another plane from the rest of us--to read his work is to struggle to reach his level. When you do, even if it's only for a moment, it's sublime.

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The Lost World | Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
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"It was a weird place in itself, but its occupants made it seem like a scene from the Seven Circles of Dante. The place was a rookery of pterodactyls."

Devonhdunn Another treasure of my library: 1st US edition of Lost World by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Happy birthday, old boy! 4y
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"Often I think people ask these questions because they are afraid that there is no drive that, when pushed to its outer limits, does not invite or at least graze its extinction."

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These stories are so gorgeously written, I want to wrap myself up in them. Sensuous, dark, decadent.

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Gravity's Rainbow | Thomas Pynchon
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Great epigraph or greatest epigraph??

todd Is "probably the best" an acceptable answer? If not, I'll go with greatest. 4y
Devonhdunn Can only be read aloud in a bad Nixon impression. 4y
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Brothers Karamazov | Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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"Though I do not believe in the order of things, still the sticky little leaves that come out in spring are dear to me, the blue sky is dear to me, some people are dear to me [...]"

todd I like this a lot! 4y
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Mehso-so

I so wanted to love this combination travelogue/poetry collection but got bogged down by the 45-page intro. A few great passages also super dense. Really highlighted my ignorance of Japanese history...

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Venus | Suzan-Lori Parks
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"Hear ye hear ye hear ye//thuh Venus Hottentot iz dead.//There wont be inny show tuhnite."

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Geek Love | Katherine Dunn
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This book is a wild ride. Not for the faint of heart, but populated with some of the most unique characters. Riveting, shocking, and so, so good.

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Older than Adam | Caroline Snowden Guild
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"I will not tell you yet how the earth came into its present shape; and how its history is cut into tables of stone where anyone wise and patient enough can read."

Devonhdunn This children's book on natural history is from 1860, written by a woman, and unflinchingly talks about evolution and paleontology. One of those treasures I would run back into the burning house to save. 4y
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Finally!

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Through the Magic Door | Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
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"It is a great thing to start life with a small number of really good books which are your very own."

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Language will keep us safe from human onslaught, will express for us our regret at being unable to supply groceries of love or peace.

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Oyeyemi has another slam dunk with this collection of short stories. Like modern fairy tales with as diverse and memorable a cast of characters you could want. (Or at least, I could want).

Cinfhen Keep hearing good things about this one 4y
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