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Litsi

Litsi

Joined March 2017

I‘m an odd one. I like the classics and experimental fiction. So, tell a good story or advance the art form and you have me at page 1.
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The Forgotten Door | Alexander Key
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A YA novel before there was YA. I have recorded every book I‘ve read since 1973. This was the first. It has all my themes: social justice, fantasy, parenting and dogs. Not sure why it took me 6 mos to read it.

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Alice in Wonderland | Lewis Carroll

Love this novel AND proud to report that my short story of Alice‘s brief visit to Wonderland has been accepted for publication in Harvardwood Publishing‘s anthology whose theme is reinventing the fairy tale!

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Mildred Pierce | James M. Cain
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A good read. Can see how it became a good film and mini- series. I was not blown away but am glad to now know what kind of author he is. Shout out to LA residents- this book is set amongst streets and locations you know. Fun to drive around the city as it appeared in the 1940s. The take on Glendale will keep you laughing.

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Mildred Pierce | James M. Cain
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Keeping my pledge to read what is on my shelf.

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A Backward Glance | Edith Wharton
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A Yale prof said that we learn much about history through the observations of fiction writers. This book shows that. For ex, what we now consider the quaint remote New England village she saw as a bleak backwood. And when you think about it, that‘s probably right. This feels like she wrote it in a single nostalgic afternoon. A history buff may like it, but if you don‘t care to know that Henry James‘ stroke came on as he dressed, don‘t bother.

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Asymmetry | Lisa Halliday
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Here is the text of the miraculous joint trip on the next page.

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Asymmetry | Lisa Halliday
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Ok. So he has left her to go to an island. Then he calls her to let her hear the sounds. But in the next para she is with him and the text says they brought a camera with them. BUT THEY DIDN‘T GO TOGETHER AND I DIDN‘T EVEN SEE HER TRAVEL AND EVENNIF THAT IS STATES HOW AM I TO KNOW WHEN THIS JOINT TRIP IS HAPPENING? WHAT AM I MISSING? WHY WAS THIS PUBLISHED?

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Asymmetry | Lisa Halliday
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If anyone can make sense of the next 2 pages I post I will keep reading this book. I want to like it but cannot understand even the basics of how the characters are moving from scene to scene. Thanks.

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Casual Vacancy | J.K. Rowling
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This novel has not received the acclaim it should because it was her first book after HP under her name. But if you pick up a glass of milk expecting orange juice you are not going to like it - or even recognize what it is. I think that is what happened with this book: a lot of disappointment about what it is not.

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Does the tone of this novel remind you of Bright Lights, Big City?

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The Folded Clock: A Diary | Heidi Julavits
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Part 1 Part 1 Some books are like pillows. You can not get a sense of their shape and substance no matter how hard you grip them. These are usually very good books. Such is The Folded Clock. It taught me about the Wansee / final solution conference & New England heritage families & Edith Wharton‘s husband & possibly poisonous apricot kernels & giornate & the trap door in the Brooklyn Bridge. (This Heidi has had a great life so far!)

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The Folded Clock: A Diary | Heidi Julavits
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Part 2 The diary showcases a writer‘s mind travelling through her days. She examines our shared secret thoughts like the cracks between the closest of friends & the guilt of keeping a gift you bought for someone & uncomfortable truths - like that women date men to try on new worlds and identities; that they lose their filters as they age in order to be seen. This book appears to have no reason to be. But is, in the most glorious of ways.

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The Forgotten Door | Alexander Key
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So my sofa at work broke. I propped it with books from our library. Which led to my discovery of a book from my earliest years: The Forgotten Door. A first edition. I keep a card for every book I have read since 6th grade. Here is this one. Not so important, I know. It just made me think that I have traveled far from home in life and here a relic magically pops up from the road that seemed behind me.

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Mr. S: My Life with Frank Sinatra | William Stadiem, George Jacobs
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Reading with my ipad & phone so I can look up all the places. Just learned that I work across the street from the cemetery where many huge celebs are buried; that Matteo‘s restaurant near my home was Sinatra hangout. Spaces hold the DNA of what came before and I feel the past‘s presence strongly.
This book is wonderful trip through a city and time. Lots of good gossip too! Book # 1

Litsi And a new thought. The Rat Pack was an ad campaign for the joys of drinking alcohol which of course was controlled by Sam Giancana. “My Kind of Town” takes on a whole new meaning as a pledge of loyalty to the Chicago mob. 6mo
Litsi Sinatra didn‘t “get” Elvis. He would listen obsessively to All Shook Up and Teddy Bear to understand why they were popular. He refused to call it art. Interesting discussion about the transition in music from Sinatra to Elvis and eventually Rock n Roll. 6mo
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French Exit: A Novel | Patrick DeWitt
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New bedroom decor being inspired by this gorgeous book!

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To the Lighthouse | Virginia Woolf
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“ a life different from [mine], in Paris perhaps; a wilder life; not always taking care of some man or other; for there was in all their minds a mute questioning of deference and chivalry, of the Bank of England and the Indian Empire, of ringed fingers and lace...”
The thoughts of the three young daughters in To the Lighthouse. And hopefully the thoughts of mine.

jmofo 💜 7mo
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French Exit: A Novel | Patrick DeWitt
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One day some academic will catch all the threads of DeWitt‘s novels and show us the throughline. Today, he appears to be an appealing yet vexing writer. Here a realistic portrayal of upper class Manahattan life sits side by side with magical events that we‘re supposed to deem real. Wait. I think I figured it out. He‘s a modern magical realist. Will think more on this. Anyway, if you like your narrative straight and clear, this isn‘t for you.

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French Exit: A Novel | Patrick DeWitt
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Hmm. The first chapter was great. The theme that love triggers all manner of extreme behavior be it heroic or horrific was interesting. It lacks connective tissue though. The result is an assorted collection of good ideas and great moments - which of course do not a good novel make.

BookNAround That‘s so disappointing! I loved The Sisters Brothers by deWitt and have his latest, French Exit, on my tbr but it sounds like I should give this one a miss. 8mo
Litsi Yes. I liked Sister Brithers too and I have French Exit. Still will read that because he is a good riter. This one just didn‘t come together. It happens to the best. 8mo
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I am not sure I can look oast the misogynistic orgy. Can‘t understand why the scene is there. After a glorious start, am now dragging myself through the last hour.

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Who Is Michael Ovitz? | Michael Ovitz
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A fascinating and fast read. It‘s all here, the growth of CAA, decline of Lew Wasserman, MGM and MCA, his departure from CAA, the Picasso Eisner had to give Robin Williams, being fired from Disney, David Letterman‘s battle for the Tonight Show, the “gay mafia” and his third act as a wildly successful Silicon Valley investor.

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Who Is Michael Ovitz? | Michael Ovitz
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Part 2. Ovitz is certainly an egotist but there‘s no denying his hard work, vision and success. If you worked in entertainment between 1988 - 2006 no doubt you will get some juicy details on a story you were attached to and enjoy hearing Ovitz‘ POV on the rest. And he names names.
Memoirs are often criticized for not being objective. But that‘s part of the fun of it and also tells you something about the subject that no one else can.

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The Sisters Brothers | Patrick DeWitt
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“The Sisters Brothers”
You can either read this wonderful novel that reads like a film OR you can watch this wonderful film that has the depth of a novel. The only way to lose is to not do either.

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To the Lighthouse | Virginia Woolf
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Yesterday at the half Stanford‘s football team was down 7-24. I said they could win. My husband was dismissive.
Today I realized that we had acted out the famous scenes in this novel where the wife says the weather might be fine enough the next day to go to the lighthouse & the husband says it won‘t.
If a novel is a classic somehow the writer has captured the elements of life. I encourage you to read one. They‘re free.
And Stanford did win.

MyBookSwapClub I listened to audio last week! I agree with your review - great book! 10mo
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Part 2
And just when you think that is quite enough to chew on, Ma also gives you a background immigration story that pairs like a fine wine with an apocalyptic migration story. But, wait, there‘s more! It‘s also a coming to maturity story which works well with the theme of the acceptance of inconvenient truths - known as “adulting”. You will find a lot to like here. I made sure to collect this as a first/first. Let me know what you think.

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PART 1: Post-apocalyptic books work on the premise that all was fine before the bad event. The best thing about this one is that it shows that what came before the big event was itself the apocalypse. It‘s popular with millennials as it suggests that rot results from our routine & meaningless walk through life. It is also right in line with AI thinkers who question whether your daily existence is different than that of a closed loop robot. Is it?

Litsi Look for part 2 of this review! (edited) 11mo
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Mehso-so

As a book about the journey of a man from humble and dangerous beginnings to a normal life, this book works - sort of. ( Educated by Tara Westover, Glass Castle, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and Up From Southy are better. ) As an explanation of Trump supporters it fails. Truly think this would have had half the sales if it had not been released when it was. Not looking forward to a second book of his- he‘s a so-so writer.

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The Claverings | Anthony Trollope
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This novel is about as good as its title.
#litsyclassics

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Peter Pan | J M Barrie
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Mrs. Darling is coquettish, Wendy, Michael and John are almost put up for adoption, the family uses a dog nanny because they couldn't afford a human one and Peter is a manipulative, delusional killer. What? Not the Peter Pan you know? Me either.

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To the Lighthouse | Virginia Woolf
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Next up! Glad that my copy is water-warped. Adds to the sensory experience of it all!

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Golden Hill | Francis Spufford
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Wonderful! The plot is surprising. The characters are refreshing. It's a fast read with many twists & turns. Not one major character ends up being what you expect them to be. Not one. The historical setting is organically shown rather than explained.
Spofford accomplishes - rather breezily - what most authors hope for: an entertaining and educational read that sparkles with near-invisible skill.

Critics are in consensus on this one: read it!

Mdargusch Great review! Stacking! 👍🏼 12mo
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Golden Hill | Francis Spufford
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Completely absorbed after chapter 1. The main character‘s landing in New York City reminds me of Ben Franklin‘s account of his landing in Philadelphia. The imagery, pacing, detail and language make you feel like you are there. I call this 4-corner writing.
Hoping that this continues at this super-high value level, I will be commenting as I go.

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A fun adventure that left me pondering the quest for, and immortality of, beautiful communication. A good book, fizzy ice water, purple paper straws and no work tomorrow. Life is grand.

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Sing, Unburied, Sing | Jesmyn Ward

Some folks are cover focused. I am title focused and I just hate this one. I am working to get over it so I don‘t miss a great book. This one will be title therapy for me.

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Umm - how come no one told me about this gem? 😊So far it is very different than what I thought. 1/4 of the way though and loving it, but already wishing it had a better title.

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My Man Jeeves | P. G. Wodehouse
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*SPOILERS*. A man‘s aunt gives him a large allowance if he lives the glam life in NYC & shares it with her through photos & letters. He hates NYC & hires someone else to do the photos & letters while he stays home.
A man‘s marriage breaks up because he can‘t remember his wife‘s birthday.
Sounds like things George Costanza would do, right? These stories are Seinfeldian vintage 1919 and every bit as enjoyable as the 1990s sitcom.

KateFulfordAuthor Classic works — just as long as readers are aware of the historical context 13mo
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My Man Jeeves | P. G. Wodehouse
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These short stories bear an uncanny similarity to the wackiest Fitzgerald stories. They share references to magazine short story writing, advertising, & other facets of NYC life in the'20s. They both lived in Great Neck & were friendly with Ring Lardner. Though Fitz fashioned himself a critic, he's virtually silent on Wodehouse. What gives? Professional jealousy? Was Fitz's his "low" Irishness offended by Wodehouse's English uppercrust-iness?

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Going for some light reading for a change.

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Northanger Abbey | Austen Jane
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Such a delightful coming of age novel. A young woman searching for love must overcome an aggressive suitor, meddling adults, friends and “friends” and confront her gothic fears about a picturesque ruin. The slim plot makes this book a sort of babbling brook of Austen‘s talent: narrow, clear and cool, it meanders and bubbles its way to its frothy conclusion. See what the Austen fuss is about without reading Pride & Prejudice. #litsyclassics

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Great Expectations | Charles Dickens
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I love Dickens. Am trying to get into this one. Trying hard. But then in chapter 1 I saw a point of view lapse. And it's bugging me - even though I know that is a modern day writer's workshop sort of comment. This is a classic and a book of high skill. I think my writing lesson is: don't let perfect be the enemy of good. Which is a just in time lesson as I prepare my own novel for a year long mini-MFA with The Writer's Hotel.

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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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Please read this memoir. Her parents keep her uneducated and frightened of the modern world. She didn‘t see even an Advil or hear about the Holocaust until she went to college to escape a brutal sibling in a household that was in constant revolt against the government & prep for the end of days. 10 yrs later she graduated from Cambridge with a Ph.D. & managed to keep her faith. Her life shows how education helps you unfold the world

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HOW AMERICA INVENTED ‘YOUNG ADULT‘ FICTION FOR A NEW KIND OF TEENAGER. Read on The Smithsonian website. Here are two books that mattered so much I‘ve kept them since I was a teen.

RaimeyGallant Super interesting. 1y
rather_be_reading ohhh old books!! 😍 14mo
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Orley Farm | Anthony Trollope
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This is an impression of the pumpkin carving my husband made of my beloved Labrador Susie who died the day before Halloween. It sits a top my bookshelf as she was by my side when I read. Orley Farm was the last book I read to her. And it was a good one. #shelfiesunday @Litsy

RaimeyGallant I'm so sorry for your loss, but thank you for sharing it. 1y
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Did you know
That spices are what fueled the economies of Venice, Amsterdam and London?
That a woman invented the first version of monopoly as a criticism of capitalism and that it had two versions of game play- be a capitalist or a socialist?
That the lowly keyboard arguably advanced technology more than the auto?
That the European craze for calico fabric transformed the act of shoping? Me either. Flawed book, but learned a lot.

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Great Expectations | Charles Dickens

Trying to read it. Just can't get into it. And I'm a Dickens super fan.

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Titus Groan | Mervyn Peake
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A fantasy novel with a dash of derring-do adventurism. We‘ve seen castles and fat cooks and powerful owls, but not like this. A pleasing combination of other-worldliness and straight-up modern social politics. Truly original and every fan of fantasy should read it.

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Titus Groan | Mervyn Peake

“Autumn returned to GORMENGHAST like a dark spirit entering its stronghold.”
How does this book NOT have a major fan base?

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Outline: A Novel | Rachel Cusk
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I stumbled across literary-map.com that helps you find authors similar to the one you love ( or want to avoid!) Type in the name as I did for Rachel Cusk and presto!