Nice one, NYPL 🤣
Hey Litsy! I'm trying to remember the name of a book I read as a kid- maybe one of you can help! It's a middle-grade novel about a boy who starts to turn into a plant. The latest it could have been published was during the mid-90s, but it was probably older.
Anyone know what book this is?
This book was really interesting and filled in lots of gaps in what I knew about the mass suicide/murder at Jonestown, but ultimately left me with lots of questions that just probably can't be answered. For example, were Jones's beliefs sincere or just a way to maintain power over idealistic people?
This book worked really well in audio.
"It cost money to rent the storefront, and the meager offerings Jones collected on Sundays from his impoverished followers weren't enough. Marceline‘s salary from her full-time job barely covered essentials for Jones‘s immediate family. So Jones worked, to selling spider monkeys door-to-door for $29 each. "
I kind of wish I read this before I read 'The Fifth Season' and 'The Obelisk Gate', since this book isn't as strong as the later books by Jemisin that I have read. Still, this is a really enjoyable book with interesting worldbuilding.
Currently listening to this as an audiobook and it's giving me a lot of heavy stuff to think about- this is a book I'll still be processing long after I finish it.
On a lighter note, I had no idea how important salami is to Russian culture.
I'm starting to think I shouldn't be allowed on my library's website at night. Does anyone else ever completely forget about having placed a hold on a book?
This book has an intriguing concept though (18th amendment prohibits magic, rather than alcohol) so I guess I make good choices while half-asleep
I really liked this book. I didn't get really emotionally involved with the characters, but I think this worked in the book's favor, since it kind of puts focus on the plight of Koreans in Japan, rather than on the characters' individual struggles.
(On another note, I kept getting Rhett Butler vibes from Hansu- not sure why. Anyone else see this?)
It's not really book related, but burekas are really tasty.
Sometimes you really notice how an author's gender impacts a book. I can't help but think that a female author would handle a situation like the one here differently.
Still, I'm enjoying this- even though I have a ton of questions and wish there was some more focus on the characters' emotions.
"One of the reasons why the world has not yet gone under is perhaps that even at the most dramatic moments there is always somebody who unconcernedly looks the other way."
I don't agree with this (at least not without a lot of caveats) but it's an interesting idea.
Using a Metrocard as a bookmark is a bad idea if you're going to be taking the subway. Now I've lost my place in this book, but at least I could get to the place I was going.
I'm really enjoying this book so far though. I'm kind of surprised how funny it is- not laugh-out-loud funny, but more of a snicker-quietly-to-yourself funny.
"humorless as a chicken"
Can someone explain this to me?
I always thought of chickens as kind of goofy, funny birds.
Why haven't I read any Willa Cather before?!?
Beautiful descriptions of nature, dramatic plot that's not too over the top, and an underlying romance running through it
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@LitsyFeministBookClub is giving away a copy of Pachinko! See their account for details on how to enter.
Here's my entry:
My favorite book by an Asian author is Naked Earth by Eileen Chang, a Chinese author. I just got another of her books from the library, so I'm looking forward to starting that soon!
#BookMail- My parents got me a subscription to the NYRB Book Club for my birthday and my package came today! Family Lexicon is the book for April and The Unknown Masterpiece by Balzac was a bonus for signing up for 12-months.
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I may want to read it again after reading more Sherlock Holmes stories, since I think there may be some elements of parody here that I'm not totally getting.
I really liked this at first- it was an interesting concept and quite funny. It dragged so much in the middle though, so even a pretty satisfying ending couldn't bring my rating of it higher than a so-so.
#AprilBookShowers - #LocalAuthor- Lots of authors call NYC home, but the most local author I can think of is Gail Collins, who lives in the same apartment building as my parents.
I've been meaning to read her books, since her column in The NY Times is usually pretty good.
What a great book! I learned a lot about a time and place I knew nearly nothing about. It addressed a lot of questions I had, that I didn't expect to be answered. It took on some serious issues in a very human way. Add in some lovely writing and a love triangle I didn't find annoying- this book was wonderful.