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StephanieY

StephanieY

Joined September 2016

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You should read this outdoors. Bonus points if you're on the beach. I particularly enjoyed the essays where Oliver meditates on nature's small details.

Pageturner.Cliffhanger I especially enjoyed the essays Swoon and Bird: the spider and seagull adoption essays. Outstanding. 2y
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These essays are 🔥.
A must read.

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More than one shell collector in this household.

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Umami | Laia Jufresa
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The "quietly devastating" description of this book is spot on:
"I should have used her name so much more... I threw away thousands, millions of chances to savor it in my mouth. When I spoke about her I would say 'my wife.' When I called her I said 'love.' When I messaged her I wouldn't even greet her. I wrote pithily, as if we were immortal: 'You home for lunch?'"

valeriegeary 💔 2y
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Umami | Laia Jufresa
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Is there anything better than starting a new book on a 3-day weekend? Got this (translated) beauty from The Booksmith in SF. #translation #booksmith

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Another weekend prepping for #readersworkshop. Love this quote by Francine Prose: "writers are most commonly being told these days: their characters should be likable and sympathetic so the reader can care about them... But masterpieces survive in which all that's expected of us is that we be INTERESTED in the characters, engaged by their fates, intrigued by their complexities, curious about what will happen to them next."

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Northanger Abbey | Jane Austen
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Giving Austen another chance because a bookish friend loves her so and because Francine Prose is such a fan.

SarahSaysRead I love Northanger Abbey! I should re-read it soon, I remember it being really fun. 2y
Rcoco Why oh why are her sentences so long? Tried to read Persuasion but I couldn't get very far. 2y
StephanieY It's very sarcastic. I kind of love it for that @SarahSaysRead. Yes, @Rcoco very long sentences. 2y
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A Guide to Being Born | Ramona Ausubel
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The cover art is ALMOST as magical as the stories in this collection. Ausubel continues to astound me.

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Light Labor Day reading? #readersworkshop prep time.

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"Because being aware of what is happening in our era and choosing to do nothing about it has become unacceptable."

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Wise Blood: A Novel | Flannery O'Connor
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Tfw you realize your Warby Parker try ons are the same frames on the cover of the book you're reading... #bookface

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Asunder | Chloe Aridjis
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Processing my thoughts on this while the pup naps. Dark. Illuminating. Haunting. A study on the destructive qualities of the male gaze. Aridjis packs the book with memorable scenes and details.

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Asunder | Chloe Aridjis
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You had me at the epigraph.

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According to Mark | Penelope Lively
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Reading Penelope Lively is always​ so lovely. 💞

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God of Small Things | Arundhati Roy
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This book is EVEN BETTER THE SECOND TIME. My pick for #readersworkshop is one I shove into everyone's hands. We focused on how Roy uses details and repetition of those details to develop characters and create this magnificent, tragic world. #dogsoflitsy

StephanieY And in the past 4 months since my last post this dude has gotten huge 🐕 and we moved across the country to the Bay Area 🌊. Now I'm ready to settle in and get back to reading more regularly. 📚 3y
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Listened on audio thanks to a recommendation from @kerry. Took me A LONG time to finish, but enjoyed listening when I had time. Grew up in South Louisiana so it was fun to run through the cane fields solving crimes! 😊

kerry Yay! Glad you liked it. 3y
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This was more so-so than pick, but I finished it and enjoyed it. Would have been a terrific New Yorker article...a 250 page book felt a little stretched. Fascinating story and loved learning about Timbuktu's literary heritage.

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With a title like this, how can you NOT read it?

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Lincoln in the Bardo | George Saunders
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Oh, you know. George Saunders just summing up the meaning of living in the shortest 340 pages you'll ever read.

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Lincoln in the Bardo | George Saunders
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Me, starting this book: what the crap is th...
Oh. Oh! OHHH!
#beachreading

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Swing Time | Zadie Smith
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Mehso-so

I felt this was about 200 pages too long, with many side stories and diversions. If it were written a little tighter I think I would have enjoyed it much more. #gnibookclub

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Swing Time | Zadie Smith
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When you want to read but your #dogsoflitsy's bed just looks so comfy. #gnibookclub

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Swing Time | Zadie Smith
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When you're too lazy to swing by the library to pick up your hold so you check out the e-book. Any other #gnibookclub-bers on Litsy??

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Exes | Max Winter
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Weird book. 📚
Good boy. 🐶
#dogsoflitsy

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tl;dr English can throw some serious shade. 😎

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Reading buddy award goes to Floof! #dogsoflitsy (this was before it started raining...)

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"She had only recently realized that one was old for a long time."
#readersworkshop

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Starting this book that writers are all crazy about, apparently. Franzen says it's superior to any novel by her contemporaries Roth, Updike and Bellow. Ok, let's do this. #readersworkshop

lynneamch Looking forward to seeing what you think. I didn't finish, but might try it again to see what I missed. 3y
StephanieY @lynneamch I'll let you know! I HAVE to finish it since it's for the book club I host. 😋 3y
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Station Eleven | Emily St John Mandel
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After slogging through a few challenging books, this is shaping up to be perfectly readable.

rachellayown I loved that one! 3y
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Top post-its are recipes I've tried and will make again (15 so far!). Side are recipes to try. Loving this cookbook. #litsycooks

Weaponxgirl I've cooked a couple from this one too, has been very tasty so far 3y
StephanieY @Weaponxgirl oh awesome! Have a favorite yet?? 3y
Weaponxgirl @StephanieY not yet, but I keep meaning to do a post about the recipes I've cooked so far 3y
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Forsyte Saga | John Sir Galsworthy
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This is Balthasar. He's named after the dog in the Forsyte Saga. He likes to sleep while I read. #dogsoflitsy @lemonlime799

StephanieY He's on Instagram if you'd like a ridiculous amount of photos of him @bouvierbalth 3y
queerbookreader Oh my god he's like a giant ball of fluff thank you so much for tagging me!! 3y
Oryx So cute. He has all the fluff! 3y
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Another Brooklyn: A Novel | Jacqueline Woodson
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Long weekend? Check out my picks of movies and books that are better together. Watch this, read that: http://wp.me/p2LNxS-Rw

lynneamch Very cool. Thanks! 🖒 3y
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Morning commute made possible by coffee, MARC train, and Mr. Whitehead.

kerry THIS BOOK. I finally finished last night. Can't wait to hear what you think. 3y
StephanieY Yes, deal! I picked it up because of you, @kerry! 3y
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Mikhail and Margarita | Julie Lekstrom Himes
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To call this book a love story is like calling Doctor Zhivago a love story - it is much more than that. You can feel the despondency of living in the Stalin era where everyone is listening and informing and no one can be trusted. There are similarities to Solzhenitsyn, but less intense. In fact, this is a good novel for someone who wants to get a taste of Russian literature or who wants a lighter version of it. PUB DATE: March 14

StephanieY Thanks to my #dogsoflitsy for spicing up this ARC cover. 3y
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Mikhail and Margarita | Julie Lekstrom Himes
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It's too real. 😓
Executive orders written by House staffers who had to sign NDAs? 😕

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American Pastoral | Philip Roth
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The content is a challenge, but when you read this for language it is a treat. Like this poetry underlined right here: alliteration, repetition, rhythm. Can't wait to discuss this at #readersworkshop on Thursday!

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Yea, this looks like a wonder! 🙌 #litsycooks

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American Pastoral | Philip Roth
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Oh, yeah. Now I remember. This is a ridiculously challenging book to read. (It's the book I picked for my February #readersworkshop book club) (puppy snores help calm things down) #dogsoflitsy

kerry Uh oh. Challenging subject matter or challenging language? I'm starting it this weekend... 3y
StephanieY @kerry more the subject matter. The language is, once again, a treat. 3y
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Man Booker and Nobel winners = $1 at library book sale! 🙌

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My special order came in today at my indie. Really one pan cooking is the only way to live. 🍳

kerry Oooooh this looks promising! 3y
StephanieY @kerry I will be testing lots of these at future Scribbles!! 3y
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Would be a perfect #weirdathon book. Man loses his wife and a crow (yes, a crow) moves in to help him deal with his grief.

kerry I never quite connected with this one... loved some of the passages, was stumped by others, never really knew what to think of it as a whole. 3y
StephanieY @kerry yea, I can see that. I liked the premise and the crow. Plus it was more of a short story, so I went through it quickly. 3y
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Another Brooklyn: A Novel | Jacqueline Woodson
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Freezing rain survival guide:
1) fingerless mittens
2) a good book

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The Moons of Jupiter | Alice Munro
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If you haven't read Alice Munro, get to that immediately. But read slowly! The beauty is in her plain, spare language. More on that here --> https://t.co/p9VEopSQgF #readersworkshop

jess_mccoy How did the first RW go? 3y
StephanieY @jess_mccoy it went really well! We had 15 people and everyone has great insights and thoughts about how Munro uses language so effectively. 3y
jess_mccoy That's awesome! Yay! 3y
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Excited about my indie's #readbroader challenge for 2017! This could count for two of the 20 categories.

kerry I still haven't read the first one!! 3y
StephanieY I know you haven't, @kerry! I'm waiting!! 3y
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Anyone have tips for discussing a short story collection as a book club? Prepping for #readersworkshop book club where we'll look at Munro's Shaker box simplicity.

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Good Daughter | Alexandra Burt
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I'm listening....

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Homegoing: A novel | Yaa Gyasi
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Saturday night = puppy sleeping, we're reading. #dogsoflitsy

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The Moons of Jupiter | Alice Munro
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Book club prep while pup naps. #readersworkshop Munro is a master short story teller.

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This book has changed my reading life forever. I am now a more thoughtful and critical reader. It's had such an impact that I'm even doing a book club based on it in 2017 - #readersworkshop at Curious Iguana in Frederick, MD. Join me! http://curiousiguana.com/event/readers-workshop/2017-01-12/

StephanieY Also, my pup is growing TOO FAST! #dogsoflitsy 3y
jess_mccoy I definitely want to read this book! And I'm intrigued by the book club! Can you jump in and out or is it expected to commit to all 12 books? (I already have several book clubs and I don't think I could keep up) 3y
StephanieY You should join us when you can @jess_mccoy!! We'll be reading this book chapter by chapter but you could read along at any pace! 3y
jess_mccoy Excellent! I will try and get to the Iguana this week! 3y
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Day 3, book 3. Put this one on your list! Short diary-like read of a woman's experience of three Egyptian revolutions - as a girl, teen and then as an adult. The voice is 💯. #dogsoflitsy

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