Fenrir judges my present involvement with three books at the same time. They‘re different genres, Fen. Relax. #dogandbooks
Cold weather is only encouraging my indulgence in wonderful reading gifts from wonderful friends and family. #bookishgifts
Giving this one a so-so because there are a few funny lines (like above) despite many of the jokes being the same joke reworded in every chapter. Also because I am somewhat biased since I don't generally like the memoir genre and was compelled to read this for a now disbanded book club. #memoir #bookclub
Vivid descriptions of art (fictional but based upon paintings of the Dutch Golden Age). Interesting peek into art restoration. Loved the beginning and the end. Tension could have been handled better in between. But still a great read (or listen).
The end of each of these stories made me want to pause, journal, and discuss at length. "Mirrorball" and the title story were my favorites. The only one I didn't like was the first. I didn't see how the main character was supposedly strong; everyone in that story seemed spoiled, petty, and uninteresting. Don't stop there though. The rest are complex and rewarding. #shortfiction #dogsoflitsy
"There's the idea that if you have a ghost in the house, you ask the ghost what year it is. It says, 1847. You show it a newspaper and it instantly vanishes. Helpful tip for the audience." George Saunders is my favorite ghostbuster. #authortalk #tbr
You couldn't help but love this terribly flawed, terribly brazen narrator. My favs, which aren't ☠️spoilers but you may not want to know, are when Yunior tells the girlfriend he has cheated on ☠️a) that the documentary evidence is just part of his novel in progress, and b) that she should not blame him but the patriarchy. #booksandbeer
I liked the satiric send up of the Anna Karenina principle. I did not like the lazy and reductive resort to genetic determinism. Sorry wealthy white dudes, you and your children aren't violent assholes because of some ☠️unnamed inheritable mental disorder ☠️ahem Aspergers ☠️ahem, doesn't work like that #translations
Fenrir is not making it to the end of this party. But I made it to the end of this large collection of things dog related published in The New Yorker over an 80-year period. Fiction, nonfiction, poetry, cartoons--all about dogs. I recommend this as a coffee table book you peruse over an extended period of time. #litsypartyofone #dogsoflitsy
So glad I finally got around to this witty and moving graphic memoir of a childhood in Iran in the wake of the Islamic Revolution, experience as an outsider in Western Europe, and return to a homeland sunk deeper into authoritarianism. The courage of so many of those depicted is inspiring. #graphicmemoir #translations #bildungsroman
Although these are short fiction, the writing style requires some patience (yes, the first is a 68-page single sentence). However, once you're acclimated, these unique stories howl to be reread and pondered over. #translations #shortfiction
This book has been on my #tbr since I was born. #highexpectations The introduction delivers: it's amazing. Then the "Bolivian marching powder" wears off, as does one's awe of the writer. What follows is disappointingly ordinary, hollowly naive, and oh so quaint--a print fiction magazine employing a fleet of full-time writers, HA! If you love #NYC it's still a must-read. Just be aware that the most sympathetic character is a ferret.
Despite containing the above vicious libel, Fenrir and I found this graphic memoir most entertaining. Brosh is simply hilarious in her total weirdness and unsparing self-awareness. Fenrir now wants a helper dog. #graphicmemoir #dogsoflitsy #humor