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Liz_M

Liz_M

Joined September 2017

Eliz_M on LT. Somewhat obsessively reading the 1001 books list. When I'm not reading I'm visiting museums or cooking.
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These are the series/big books I need to finish this year. Anniversaries is cut off to about the Jan.1, 1968 entry. 😁

arubabookwoman I absolutely loved the Galeano, though I‘ve only read the first two. 6d
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I Remain in Darkness | Annie Ernaux
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I might have gone overboard at the #Brooklynbookfestival. #Bkbf

Suet624 Nope. I‘m proud of you. 😁 3w
batsy Yes, that's a great haul! 3w
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Great Expectations | Charles Dickens
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#7days7covers No explanations. #covercrush Day 7

tpixie 💝💝💝 4w
Liz_M Thanks again for the tag @Rachel_nyc (and @BarbaraBB). And I am delighted that you have joined in @Graywacke, @sisilia, @Billypar, @mhillis, @hilded, @CareBear, @JenniferP! 😀 4w
hilded Beautiful edition:) Thanks for the tag! 4w
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Rachel_nyc Gorgeous edition! 4w
Liz_M @hilded, @Rachel_nyc It's embossed, even. I don't particularly like the novel, but couldn't resist buying this edition! (edited) 4w
Graywacke Beautiful cover 4w
BookwormM Great cover 4w
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Middlemarch (UK) | George Eliot
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#7days7covers No explanation. #covercrush Day 6

I bet @JenniferP has some lovely book covers. Please join us: post 7 covers you love over 7 days, no explanation needed, try to tag a new litten each day.

JenniferP Fun! I‘ll see what I can come up with! 1mo
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#7days7covers No explanation. #covercrush Day 5

I think @CareBear hasn't posted covers yet. You in? Post 7 covers you love over 7 days, no explanation needed, try to tag a new litten each day.

CareBear I haven‘t! Thanks for the tag 🥰 1mo
BarbaraBB Great cover! I have my doubts about the book nevertheless 😉 4w
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The Left Hand of Darkness | Ursula Le Guin
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#7days7covers No explanation. #covercrush Day 4

@hilded, care to play? Post 7 covers you love over 7 days, no explanation needed, try to tag a new litten each day.

hilded I‘ll play 😊 1mo
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Scarlet Letter | Nathaniel Hawthorne
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#7days7covers No explanation. #covercrush Day 3

@mhillis, you've posed some lovely covers in the past. Post 7 covers you love over 7 days, no explanation needed, tag a litten each day.

Liz_M @WomanRoars, if you're still out there, this one is your fault. 😃 (edited) 1mo
mhillis Thank you! Ok I‘ll start tomorrow💕 1mo
WomanRoars Bahaha they‘re the best! 1mo
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Giovanni's Room | James Baldwin
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#7days7covers No explanation. #covercrush

@Billypar, care to play along? Post 7 covers you love over 7 days, no explanation needed.

LeahBergen I have Bonjour Tristesse waiting on my shelves. 👍🏻 1mo
Tanisha_A Ooh, I have the same edition of Giovanni's Room. 😍 1mo
Liz_M @LeahBergen It is a charming read (if you like devious teenagers). Enjoy! 1mo
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Billypar Oh wow- I completely missed this tag, but a belated thank you! Ended up playing anyway and it was good fun. 3w
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#7days7covers No explanation. #covercrush (Day 2, take 2)

Liz_M I know, I know this is cheating. But I didn't consider the full range of choices before posting!

 @Rachel_nyc, @BarbaraBB, @Graywacke, @sisilia
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BarbaraBB Gorgeous! 4w
Liz_M @BarbaraBB It is the first new book I remember buying purely based on the cover. 😃 4w
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Pere Goriot | Honor de Balzac
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#7Days7Covers Day 2

@sisilia, you may be the only person not playing yet. 7 days, 7 covers you love, no explanation. Try to tag someone new each day.

sisilia 😆 Ok 👍🏻 Thanks, Liz! 1mo
BarbaraBB What a weird cover! It doesn‘t seem to have anything in common with the story itself?! 1mo
BarbaraBB @sisilia Looking forward to some #nyrb covers 😉 1mo
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#7days7covers No explanation. #covercrush

I think all the people I fillow have already been tagged, but I don't think @Graywacke has posted favorite covers yet. 😄

Liz_M Thanks for the tag @Rachel_nyc (and @BarbaraBB). (edited) 1mo
Rachel_nyc Ooh I‘ve never seen this cover of Dorian Gray. I 💗 it! 1mo
Liz_M @Rachel_nyc Penguin Deluxe, designed by Coralie Bickford Smith. Google her. 1mo
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Rachel_nyc @Liz_M I just did and am now following her on IG. What beautiful work she does! 1mo
BarbaraBB 😍😍 1mo
Graywacke Have not. Thinking. And that‘s a beautiful cover. (edited) 1mo
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"Yes, it's a local today, she agrees, smiling..."

This book was written in the late 1960s, yet I hear the above phrase at work at least once a week. I love that people have been having the exact same elevator small talk for decades, probably ever since elevators/subways were invented!

arubabookwoman I'm really liking it, but finding it's not conducive to reading 1 entry at a time. So much is being introduced-characters, family history, places, etc-that I am finding it becomes too choppy. So I'm reading a few days at a time, but not reading it every day. 1mo
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Great Believers | Rebecca Makkai
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Titcomb Bookshop, Cape Cod, had to buy the book that I can't get from the library anytime in the near future.

Leftcoastzen Super cool! 2mo
Rachel_nyc Cool shop and I absolutely loved that 📖! 2mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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I don't have any pictures hung in my teeny tiny apartment. The main decor is a #wallofbooks. @Eggs

SilversReviews Love the shelves!! 2mo
AceOnRoam Pictures are overrated! Love your shelves 🤩 2mo
Billypar Gorgeous! We should be getting a new shelf today, and it will be displacing a picture that I won't miss. #tinyapartmentbiglibrary 2mo
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Liz_M @Billypar 😂 I love your tag. So true! 2mo
Liz_M @AceOnRoam Says the woman with omnipresent real live views of the sea! 2mo
AceOnRoam Hehehe, I know, but if I had all of those books my boat would sink! #lovemye-books 2mo
Liz_M @AceOnRoam 😁 2mo
LeahBergen Walls of books are MUCH better! 2mo
arubabookwoman I love it! In our house of 30+ years that we sold in March, we had a 20+ foot wall of bookshelves (full) in the family room. In our apt I have only about a 3-4 feet wide shelf. The rest of the books (that I kept) are in storage until we move. (edited) 2mo
Amiable I love this so much! 😍 2mo
Eggs 💗👏🏻💗👏🏻💗 2mo
BarbaraBB Who needs pictures when having this view? 😍😍 2mo
BarbaraBB Also - that NYRB collection 😍 2mo
hilded Love it!! 2mo
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Black Wings Has My Angel | Elliott Chaze
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Why oh why didn't I bring the book I had finished a week ago to brunch where I saw the absolute best matching drink??? #NYRBBookClub, @vivastory

vivastory That would make a great pairing! 2mo
BarbaraBB Great drink! What did you think of the book? 2mo
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And so it begins. One year in the life of Gesine Cresspahl in NYC in from August 20, 1967 to August 20, 1968.
#nyrb, #1001books, #reading1001

arubabookwoman Have you read this? I was thinking of reading it over time-one day‘s entry at a time. 2mo
Liz_M @arubabookwoman That is exactly what I am doing this year! You should find a copy quick 😉 2mo
arubabookwoman I have the NYRB set. I‘m going to try to read it day by day too, so I‘ve already read the 1st 2 entries, but I‘m horrible of keeping up with these things. 1967-68 was an important year for me. It was my senior year of HS. After being in Aruba for 16 yrs, we spent a year in NJ, and I went to the Jersey shore where the book begins several times in the summer of 67. I vividly remember the race riots and the Vietnam debacle. I think I‘ll like this. (edited) 2mo
Liz_M @arubabookwoman Amazing! 1967-68 was before my time so the book will have a different impact on me. But I already am fighting the urge to take photos of the specific locations mentioned -- to find the bank in which she works, to see if there is still a news kiosk at 96th and Bway. 2mo
BarbaraBB @arubabookwoman @Liz_M How cool, you both reading this book a day at the time. I love the idea, as well as the photography and your investigation Liz and the fact that you lived there and then Deborah 💜 1mo
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Reservoir 13 | Jon McGregor
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My very first Litsy post was my Brooklyn Book Festival #bookhaul, almost two years ago. I have read three of the four books, but not the book I was the most excited about in the original post -- The Book of Disquiet.

@Lcsmcat

Lcsmcat 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
BarbaraBB I still need to read that one too. I‘ve heard such great things and yet I keep postponing... 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1mo
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Guatemalan Masks: The Pieper Collection | Jeanne Pieper, Jim Pieper
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The Guatemalan restaurant in my neighborhood has many yummy omelets. But they are served with a side of blue corn tortillas which I don't know what to do with...? Wrap the omelet in tortillas and eat like a burrito? Use them for the side salad? Eat them plain? Anyone have any ideas? #BreakfastDilemna

BarbaraBB I have no clue but it all sounds yummy! 2mo
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Ivory Pearl | Jean-Patrick Manchette
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The five books I ordered from the #nyrb sale arrived today. 😔 Ivory Pearl where are you??? 😢

vivastory I have Sunflower. The others sound fantastic!! 3mo
BarbaraBB What kind of Proust is that? Not a part of In Search of Lost Times right? 2mo
Liz_M @BarbaraBB One is Proust's housekeeper's reminiscences about Proust. 2mo
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Liz_M @BarbaraBB The other is a series of lectures the author gave to inmates while a prisoner of war in a Soviet camp 2mo
BarbaraBB Both seem so interesting! (edited) 2mo
Suet624 Wow. Lost Time sounds fascinating. 2mo
Liz_M @jenniferp two more Proust books for your collection? (edited) 2mo
BarbaraBB Do you have a Proust collection, @JenniferP ? I have still not finished our original buddy read, but I AM still reading 1mo
JenniferP @Liz_M @BarbaraBB I own the Albaret book but haven‘t read it yet. I hadn‘t heard of the other but will likely pick it up at some point. Thanks! 1mo
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Chess Story | Stefan Zweig
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I'm bringing my big-boy game to Saturday's discussion. #Nyrbbookclub @vivastory

merelybookish Nice! 3mo
vivastory Impressive! I've always wanted to learn. 3mo
Leftcoastzen 😎 3mo
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10:04: A Novel | Ben Lerner
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A summary of this novel might sound too familiar - a white, male, mildly successful writer living in Brooklyn rambles around the city ruminating on life. But this novelist is a published poet and the work seems unpolished, more of a collage than a coherent story. It is also very meta with the narrator including his novel, a variation on his life that we have already seen. I was distracted by the writerly analysis of real places that I know well.

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Sons and Lovers | D.H. Lawrence
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While packing to move, I went through my files and found my 11th grade AP English recommended reading list, prompting me to take Lawrence off the shelf. Only 6 more novels to go! #ListLover, #1001books

Graywacke How fun... and also, good job! 🙂 2mo
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Nyrb Classics 10th Anniversary Complete Collection | Various, RANDOM HOUSE INC, New York Review Book
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Hey #nyrbbookclub! #nyrb is having its 20th Anniversary sale! The more you buy, the more you save... 😌 😁
https://www.nyrb.com/collections/nyrb-classics-20th-anniversary-sale

batsy 😍 3mo
BarbaraBB Oh no 😍😍. Thanks for sharing! 3mo
Rachel_nyc This is great, thanks for sharing. I‘ve used ebooks through the library for our choices so far but I‘ve been wanting to start an NYRB physical collection and this is the perfect excuse to start! 3mo
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vivastory Thanks for sharing!! 3mo
GatheringBooks i just bought ten!! been on the lookout for this sale for over a month now! 3mo
BarbaraBB I filled up my shopping car and was happy as a baby but then I saw the shipping costs (70$) 😪. I thought it was free shipping but only in the US. Frustrating 😉 3mo
Liz_M @BarbaraBB Oh no! Maybe you could get it shipped to your end-of-trip hotel? 😁 3mo
Liz_M @GatheringBooks I only bought 5 -- many titles I want are at Stand Books for 50% off, so I only got the onrs that the Stand doesn't have cheaper. 3mo
BarbaraBB I don‘t dare, it‘s an AirBnB in DC! 3mo
emilyhaldi I cut myself off at 6 😅 3mo
sisilia @BarbaraBB International shipping is the killer. I can only rely on Book Depository for affordable NYRB Classics 3mo
BarbaraBB @sisilia Me too, and on Bol.com, another cheap one where I live. But I‘m happy they both have them for affordable prices! 3mo
Liz_M @sisilia Or Better World Books if you buy them used! 3mo
sisilia @Liz_M Yes! I found the obscure copies of Simenon there 🎊 3mo
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David Copperfield | Dickens Charles
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Why yes, Keith Richards did name his guitar after a Dickens character. 😁

Info from Met Museum Play It Loud exhibit.

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Pedro Pramo | Juan Rulfo, Margaret Sayers Peden
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And the rest of the splurge has some #1001books

arubabookwoman I loved Pedro Paramo so much I went back to the beginning and read it again immediately after I finished it. I had Locus Solus out of the library enjoying it, but not totally engrossed by it so I had to send it back to the library unfinished. I bought it for Kindle to finish but haven‘t gotten back to it. I read the Patrick White back around the time he won the Nobel, and remember loving it but nothing else. It‘s on my reread list. 3mo
arubabookwoman I also really liked Barabbas. Some good reading ahead. 3mo
Liz_M @arubabookwoman I was really intrigued by Ruflo's short stories and so I had to grab this! And the Barabbas is a replacement for an ugly, falling-apart 1962 paperback. 😀 (edited) 3mo
Graywacke 😳 - those are my eyes trying to expand my reading time and speed, while looking at your NYRB pictures... I actually own and once started Tree of Man. Promise I‘ll try it again, more patiently. 3mo
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Black Wings Has My Angel | Elliott Chaze
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#nyrbbookclub, look what you made me do! 😡
😁 @vivastory

BarbaraBB 😍😍 3mo
vivastory Excellent stack!! I have White Walls & Twenty Thousand Streets. Both still TBR. 3mo
LeahBergen 😆😆 Judith Hearne has been calling my name (I‘ll probably buy it soon!) 3mo
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Liz_M @LeahBergen I am blaming @sisilia and her top six post for that title 😁 3mo
Liz_M @vivastory Isn't the cover for Twenty Thousand gorgeous? I wasn't going to buy it (preferring translated works), but couldn't resist the spine color and the art. (edited) 3mo
sisilia Oohhh, is this Housing Works? 🤤 3mo
Liz_M @sisilia Yes! They had SO MANY nyrb titles. 😁 3mo
sisilia @Liz_M They do! Also, Book Thug Nation at Williamsburg. 3mo
emilyhaldi Is it wrong to buy a NYRB just based on spine color and cover alone?! 😆😄🙃 I‘m about to go buy Twenty Thousand... (edited) 3mo
Liz_M @emilyhaldi Of course not! Sometimes it is the best way to judge a book. 😁 3mo
vivastory @emilyhaldi I completely agree with @Liz_M Plus it's pretty unlikely it'll be a dud. I have yet to be thoroughly disappointed by a NYRB 3mo
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Surprisingly, this hard-to-find #1001books title is available from the Mpls library, so I read it while visiting family in MN.

An engrossing story of a man's adventures in the backlands of Brazil as part of the many roving gangs of bandits fighting to conquer the land. Told in retrospect, it depicts his friendships, his respect for some leaders and disgust with others, and most of all his struggle to keep his humanity in spite of the battles.

Liz_M 3.5 🌟, #Reading1001 3mo
vivastory Did you go to the central location downtown? 3mo
Liz_M @vivastory No. My mum lives in St Paul and since it is road construction season we didn't venture into downtown Mpls at all this vacation. 3mo
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vivastory Completely understandable. I didn't make it to St. Paul very often when I lived in Minneapolis, but I remember there were some interesting bookstores & restaurants there. 3mo
arubabookwoman I‘ve been looking for that one forever! Good find! 3mo
Liz_M @arubabookwoman I debated letting the library know how for how much a used copy is currently listed on amazon. :-o 3mo
BarbaraBB I have a Dutch translation but haven‘t read it yet. Looking forward to your thoughts 2mo
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Story of a New Name | Elena Ferrante
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The second volume is more compelling than the first. The events described are more consequential and more soap opera-ish. However, my complaints remain the same -- there is too much telling, no showing (not a single description to be had) and the characters are still not three dimensional.

BarbaraBB The third instalment is the best I think. I‘d give it a try! 3mo
Graywacke (Don‘t tell @BarbaraBB ☺️but this was my favorite of the quartet. I loved the complicated relationships and the beach and how the tone changed with just a few touches) Hoping you connect with book 3, it is quite a bit different. 3mo
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After Claude | Iris Owens
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Where to begin.....?
#nyrbbookclub

Cathythoughts Indeed.... that‘s the question 4mo
BarbaraBB Lol 😂😂😂 I‘d mix them all up 🤣 4mo
LeahBergen Start with a couple of shots of the hard stuff. 😆 4mo
Liz_M @BarbaraBB, @LeahBergen Are you trying to make a Harriet out of me? 4mo
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#BKBF is coming! Mark your calendars for Sep 22!

BarbaraBB I wish! 4mo
Liz_M @BarbaraBB You are here for a summer road trip? Just extend it by several weeks/months 😁 4mo
BarbaraBB Good idea! I‘m sure my co-workers and my bank account would appreciate that too 🤣 4mo
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The Midnight Examiner | William Kotzwinkle
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Set in NYC's tabloid industry, it starts slow with the eccentric employees of a disreputable paper. But then a caper-plot creeps in--a model needs saving from a mob boss. Which leads to a battle between gangsters and newspaper staff, a voodoo priestess, crazy cab rides, kidnapping, and an assault on a gated mansion. I loved the way the characters framed events with potential tabloid headlines. It may not be great literature, but it was great fun.

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Wives and Daughters | Elizabeth Gaskell
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So, I cheated a little on the last one. 😁

#alphabetbookishquiz
@RealLifeReading

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Asphodel | Hilda Doolittle, Robert E. Spoo
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An autobiographical novel written in the 1920s but not published until after the author's death. It details the experience of a young female expat in France and London. The style is difficult to follow -- mostly stream-of-conscious, only obliquely referencing reality (so maybe it shouldn't have been my end of day with a glass of wine book?). The writing is beautiful but I never had a grasp on the events alluded to or felt any emotion. #1001books

Liz_M #Reading1001, 2.5 🌟 4mo
BarbaraBB That happens a lot to me while #reading1001... having no clue nor any emotion 😂 4mo
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Nyrb Classics 10th Anniversary Complete Collection | Various, RANDOM HOUSE INC, New York Review Book
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I moved this week and, of course, the books are being unpacked first. 😁 In the lower right are the read-owned nyrb books. The rest are TBR. :-o

#nyrbbookclub, @BarbaraBB @Billypar @vivastory

Billypar Gorgeous! Do you find yourself stopping what you're doing and just gazing at them? 5mo
BarbaraBB Unbelievable. I didn‘t even know there were so many! You don‘t need to buy any for the #NYRBBookClub I suppose? And I love the size of your TBR 😍😍 5mo
Theaelizabet Just...wow. 5mo
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Liz_M @Billypar They've been on the shelves for all of 14 hours, but are strategically placed in the view of my reading chair, so there will be much gazing . 😁 5mo
Liz_M @BarbaraBB The nyrb catalog is extensive. This is probably less than 20% of a complete set. I don't, for example, own After Claude. :-S 5mo
Liz_M @Theaelizabet NYC bookstores are dangerously stocked with used editions. 😁 5mo
vivastory This is fantastic! I have had good luck with finding them at Half Price Books. 5mo
LeahBergen OHMYGOD. This is stunning! 😍😍😍 5mo
hilded Fantastic! Hope your move went well 😊 5mo
CafeMom That is one organized and colorful book shelf. 5mo
sisilia 😍 Wonderful! I‘m glad I‘m not the only one with bulging NYRB TBR 😆 5mo
Liz_M @vivastory I expect, with your being the leader of the bookclub and all, for you to catch in soon. 😉 5mo
Liz_M @vivastory I expect, with your being the leader of the bookclub and all, for you to catch in soon. 😉 5mo
Liz_M @hilded Moving isn't easy, so there were some difficulties. But the actual day of the move was perfectly smooth. 😀 5mo
hilded @Liz_M No, I know - it‘s pretty life consuming, especially when selling the old place. But glad the moving day itself went well 😊 5mo
Graywacke Love this bookshelf. Hope you‘re settling in. 5mo
AshleyHoss820 SO pretty!! 😍📚 4mo
AceOnRoam I feel like you just settled after your last move. Gorgeous books 😍 4mo
Liz_M @AceOnRoam Yeah, it's been a quite a year. 🙄 Looking forward to winning the lottery so I can follow in your footsteps (or whatever the appropriate sailing expression should be). 😁 4mo
AceOnRoam @Liz_M if I had waited for the lottery, I would still be working! I ended up moving to work in a country with a low tax rate which helped save lots of money to buy a ⛵ 4mo
Suet624 What a fantastic and stunning collection! 4mo
Liz_M @Suet624 Thanks! 🙂 4mo
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There is a new(ish) #nyrb translation of this #1001books. And a goodreads nyrb-group will be reading this and discussing it with the translator in June:
https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/19632217-max-havelaar-or-the-coffee-auction...

#nyrbbookclub, @vivastory

Liz_M Huh, wow. copy-pasting links into the web app sure looks weird. @litsy 5mo
Theaelizabet @Liz_M I‘m a very lax member of that group, too. I‘ll find you over there. 5mo
BarbaraBB This is an obligatory read for Dutch kids in high school, the reason why most of us hate it 😂 5mo
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Cassandra at the Wedding | Dorothy Baker
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Just started for #nyrbbookclub. Cassandra (Greek) unheard, unbelieved prophet and Judith (Biblical) infiltrator and killer of enemy leader. I assume these names are not coincidental?

(Graruitous breakfast pic, since I don't have the book with me.)

Theaelizabet I think we can assume those names are important. Enjoy breakfast. It looks quite elegant! 5mo
Henrik_Madsen Don‘t know the book, but breakfast looks great! 5mo
Leftcoastzen Love that bagel! 5mo
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Liz_M Thanks @Henrik_Madsen, @Theaelizabet, @Leftcoastzen It was dee-licious! 😋 5mo
vivastory I think you'll love this one & yes, names definitely play a role in it 5mo
BarbaraBB Clever thinking about the names! You‘re right I think. Looking forward to your review! 5mo
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The Tunnel | Dorothy Richardson
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I am moving. Again. I have been in my current rent-stabilized apartment only since Feb 2018, but it turned out to be a sh*thole--persistent pest problems and water damage in the kitchen wall with the paint bubbling and festering for 5 months. The management company only fixed it after I filed a complaint with the city. But, I won a housing lottery and am moving to a rent-stabilized unit in a brand new luxury building next week! #GimmeShelter

Liz_M The tagged book is relevant because I was reading it at the same time I was looking at the new apartment and the novel opens with the main character viewing/moving into a rented room. 5mo
Theaelizabet Congratulations on your new digs! 5mo
BarbaraBB Moving again, That‘s quite a challenge. But the good thing is that you can arrange your books again 😉. Wishing you lots of happy times in the new place 💚🍀 5mo
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RidgewayGirl Good luck with the move, that all will go smoothly. May you enjoy many happy years in your new digs. 5mo
Liz_M @Theaelizabet Thank you! 5mo
Liz_M @RidgewayGirl It could be much worse -- I'm only moving two miles; not between two countries. 😁 5mo
Liz_M @BarbaraBB Yes, moving IN, finding the exact whatsit for the new space, and getting everything arranged will be fun. I do realize I owe you a pic of my nyrb shelves when they are unpacked. 😁 5mo
Liz_M Oh! I forgot to add that this post was brought to you courtesy of the new Web App: www.litsy.com 5mo
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Expendable Man (Revised) | Dorothy B Hughes
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Living in NYC, I have managed to amass 121 #nyrb books, 103 of which are unread. 😁 Pictured are some of my favorites. @vivastory #nyrbbookclub

Billypar Oh wow...I have 2 😂 That must be a gorgeous shelf! 5mo
Billypar Well, *shelves* clearly. Or 'bookcases'. 5mo
Theaelizabet Wow! I have quite a few, but you sure beat me. I loved Troubles and have The Siege of Krishnapur, but have yet to get to it. Same with The Long Ships. (edited) 5mo
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BarbaraBB Unbelievable!! Please share a picture 😍. And I see all of those #1001books published by NYRB. So much more attractive than my editions! 5mo
BarbaraBB And last but not least: an ultimate favorite?! 5mo
vivastory You have made me feel so much better about my unread pile of NYRB! 😄I have The Long Ships, still TBR 😬 Have you read Hughes' In a Lonely Place? I've loved seeing all of the love for Hughes 5mo
arubabookwoman I‘ve only read the 3 on the left, but they‘re among my favorites too. I just bought the 2 volume NYRB edition of Anniversaries, from the 1001 list. I think it was only issued fairly recently by them. 5mo
Liz_M @Billypar It was several shelves, arranged by title so there wasn't too much of one color in one place. At the moment it is 1.5 boxes. I hate moving. 😡 5mo
Liz_M @BarbaraBB I'll have to see if I have a picture of one of the previous arrangements. ☺ 5mo
Liz_M @Theaelizabet 😁 😁 I had to stop visiting Housing Works Used Bookstore because I finally tab out of room for all my nyrb and other books. 5mo
Liz_M @vivastory I haven't read Lonely Place. And glad to help others feel better about their book collections 😁 5mo
Liz_M @arubabookwoman It was released in Oct 2018. I bought an advance copy at the Sept 2018 Brooklyn Book Festival and then cursed myself for lugging around so many heavy books (I also got several volumes of My Struggle) 5mo
batsy What a collection 🙌🏽 5mo
sisilia Wow wow! I‘d, too, keep buying NYRB Classics if I lived in NYC. I own 77 and have read 17 😆 I will be in the city end of this month and will definitely hunt for more 5mo
CafeMom I loved Season of Migration. 5mo
Liz_M @sisilia The Strand will have quite a few nyrb titles for half price,, so bring a list of the ones you most want and try your luck! I actually bought most of mine at Housing Works Used Bookstore & Cafe. The first weekend of every month there is an additional 30% off the already less-than-full-priced books. I would scan the shelves for the distinctive logo on the spin and buy as many as I could! 5mo
Liz_M @batsy I love it. Except now that I am moving (again) and so I curse my collection. 5mo
Liz_M @CafeMom 😀 5mo
sisilia @Liz_M Thanks for the tips!! 5mo
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Mehso-so

An interesting depiction of coming of age in post-WWII Naples (how accurate, I don't know), but overall the writing felt flat. It is relentlessly single point of view with little complexity to the narration -- no omniscient description or narrator observations to reinforce (or contradict) Lenu. Nothing hints at any inner life of other characters. Once the narrator is in high school I was utterly bored with her life and the perfect Lila.

Liz_M 2.5 🌟 #ATY2019 15 Mediterranean setting, #Readingwomen 21 7mo
BarbaraBB So no continuation for you I suppose?! 6mo
Liz_M @BarbaraBB Oh I will, the 4th volume is on the 1001 list after all. I'm just not as enthusiastic as the rest of the world :-) 6mo
BarbaraBB It gets better. I wasn‘t impressed with the first volume either. 2 and 3 are real good though. 6mo
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The Pigeon | Patrick Suskind
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A pair of pigeons have discovered the open windows in my building's staircase. I'm trying to not let it cause an existential crises, even though they startle the bejeezus out of me.

vivastory That would be frightening!😬 7mo
AudreyMorris You do not want them building a nest in there, it will stink! Trust me. 7mo
BarbaraBB Lol, did you read the book? It‘s spot-on 😂😅 7mo
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Liz_M @AudreyMorris Hopefully, between the occasional resident using the stairs and the daily mopping, there will be to much activity for them to nest. 7mo
Liz_M @BarbaraBB Not only did I read the book, the plot was the first thing I thought of when I saw the pigeons. Well, right after my heartbeat slowed down anyways. 😁 7mo
arubabookwoman That book was the first thing I thought of when I saw your post too. I read it last year for 1001 Books. 7mo
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Sing, Unburied, Sing | Jesmyn Ward
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Pickpick

I had an unfortunate experience listening to this book. The story is told from multiple points of view, each chapter/section beginning with a different narrator. And being a modern novel, the events aren't necessarily relayed in chronological order. It wasn't until I was about 3 hours in, that a track started with "Chapter 2..." and I discovered my ipod was stuck in shuffle mode.

I think it would have been a four-star read if I heard it in order.

Lcsmcat 😂 7mo
Leftcoastzen OMG 7mo
BarbaraBB This is so funny 😂 7mo
Liz_M @BarbaraBB 😜 7mo
GhostStories That is so unfortunate and so funny! 7mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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Not bad for a Sunday morning.

Leftcoastzen Yum! 7mo
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The Swimming-Pool Library | Alan Hollinghurst
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The March TBR is almost doable.

BarbaraBB I loved the Erpenbeck. I hope you will too! 7mo
Liz_M @BarbaraBB I'd better -- I suggested it for my bookclub's Match book 😁 7mo
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Mehso-so

Not an easy or enjoyable read. As the unlikeable protagonist makes his way through lower class Berlin, there are glimpses, through the collaged technique, of the instability of society. An interesting depiction of a particular time and place, held loosely together with the narrative downfall of a not so good main character. The writing is disorienting and powerful, but overall it is unpleasant, as probably interned by the author. 3 🌟 #1001books

Liz_M Cover art by George Grosz 7mo
Graywacke Love the image 7mo
Liz_M @Graywacke Is the cover art for the nyrb edition that I read. 7mo
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Backwater | Dorothy Richardson
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I read most of this camped out in the kitchen while painters were at work in the main room of my studio. So not the best circumstances in which to focus.

The novel continues to be charming and I very much identify with Miriam's bouts of insecurity and introversion. Set in a girls school in a London suburb, I felt the author and the narrator found this time in her life less interesting and thus it was less interesting to the reader.

3.5 🌟

AudreyMorris Agree! 7mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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Workman showed up at 8:00 am to continue repairing the cracked plaster on my studio's walls. I can't reach the bureau with my socks, but never fear, I have my books, my earbuds, and a camp chair. I'm set for the next few hours.

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A House in the Uplands | Erskine Caldwell
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I've read 30 pages and yes, this is a book that can and should be judged by its cover. 😡

BarbaraBB Oh no 😳 8mo
Graywacke 😯 8mo
Liz_M #ATY2019 #4 Criminal (scoundrel) character 8mo
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A House in the Uplands | Erskine Caldwell
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February TBR.

I love having an apartment where the heat is paid by the landlord. Outside feels like 23°F, but inside it is almost 80°F. 😁

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Pointed Roofs | Dorothy Richardson
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While probably not representative of a rural German town in the early 20th century, I do love these Brooklyn houses with their pointed roofs.

I read the first book in this volume in small pieces before bed and now need to re-read it to make more sense out of it.

Liz_M #ATY2019 #29 Published before 1950 8mo
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A collection of short stories, each one containing several stories. Coover's writing feels like the literary equivalent of cubism -- attempting to portray all sides of the story, all the different possibilities and outcomes. Many are retelling of fairy tales and even those that aren't are often dark, absurd, gruesome, and occasionally horrific. Often spellbinding, but also an overabundance of the male gaze. 3.5 🌟 #1001books, #reading1001

Liz_M #ATY2019 #42 montrous characters 9mo
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