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Pickpick

This is an intense, violent, and dark novel; the kind of book with scenes that you‘d like to shield your eyes from even as you read. I will say, though, that the shimmers of hope and warmth shine brighter for it. I loved Tracker and the Leopard.

I‘m surprised by the number of critical reviews. I feel like Marlon James has invented a rich, dense universe with characters who struggle to make sense of brutal, unfeeling universe. Well worth my time.

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This is a great book! I love anything that delves into how the news gets made. Trish Hall delivers a behind-the-scenes peak into the NYT op ed room, while offering insights into writing and persuasion that are informed by decades of reading the writing of others. Teachers and humans of Litsy: I highly recommend this book.

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An Orchestra of Minorities | Chigozie Obioma
Bailedbailed

I don‘t know that this is a fair critique of the book, but I did not love the voice. Enlisting a guardian spirit as a narrator is an idea that I find very cool, but I found that the narrator was too far removed from the decisions that drive plot forward. That said, I think that this book will really work for a lot of readers. I bailed after 50 pages, but I‘d be curious to read reviews from people who make it to the end.

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Panpan

Before I started reading this book I checked and found that most reviews on Litsy were negative... and I though, “I‘ll show you Litsy; I will write the most glowing review EVER!”

And now that I‘ve read it, I‘ve come down off my high horse. This book is not great. I loved Cockroach and De Niro‘s game, which both feature anti-heroes made likeable only to the extent that they are better than the sadists who surround them. This one: swing and a miss.

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The Wise Man's Fear | Patrick Rothfuss
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I‘m closing in on the halfway point of this one and I‘m realizing that I‘m in for a wait before book 3 comes out. I can‘t read GoT because I‘ve already watched the series, and Slow Regard is out because I need to read more Auri like I need a hole in the head. I‘ve really enjoyed reading a fantasy series, though. So, Litsy: What should I read next?

xicanti Robin Hobb is wonderful. Start with ASSASSIN'S APPRENTICE. 2y
tonyahoswalt I take it you don't like Auri? 2y
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TheEscapist @tonyahoswalt I am really not a fan. I just don‘t believe her: the conversation about the lettuce who believes it‘s a lettuce and others like it feel like a romanticized version of trauma. I like so much about these novels, just not that character. 2y
tonyahoswalt I just find that you don't like her interesting, because most people do. I see what you're saying though. I have read all the books so far, am rereading book 2 now. I don't remember much about Auri's book though, but I am hoping it will remind me what happened to her. 2y
Waynegjr 1. There are two more longish stories out there if you can hunt them down, both great, one is in the Rouges anthology and the other in a book called Unfettered, the story in Rouges is a particularly good one about Bast. 2. It‘s still a wait, but there‘s an pretty good Rothfuss like novel called The Ruin Of Kings our in February that I‘m 1/3 of the way through. (edited) 12mo
TheEscapist @Waynegjr Thanks for the recommendation! The blurb of the novel sounds great. I‘ll have to keep an eye out for it in 2019. 12mo
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Saga, Volume 3 | Brian K Vaughan
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Everything few pages there is something incredible to marvel at. I wish we had spotted flying sharks. 🦈 🦈🦈

jpmcwisemorgan Sharknado! 2y
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Saga Volume 1 | Brian K Vaughan
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Creepy! This is such a great read! I am only about 10 minutes in, and this one throws you right into the middle of things. Also: I do not care for this cat thing. It may haunt my dreams. 😱😱😱

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Priestdaddy: A Memoir | Patricia Lockwood
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Pickpick

I read that the final third of this book drags on and can confirm. The writing is so evocative though, the descriptions so insightful and irreverent. I laughed uncontrollably. The majority of this book was a great read. When she seems to run out of things to say about her family, though, it reads like a great voice without a story to tell. Still a definite pick.

tapgurl I'd say the whole book drags. 2y
TheEscapist I‘ll admit that it took a chapter to warm up to her voice: why is she ripping on parents who have taken her in? But the competing pulls of faith and family on her father was an interesting read, as was her insider‘s look on the rituals of the priesthood. What put you off? 2y
KateFulfordAuthor @TheEscapist if it‘s funny you‘re seeking, may I recommend my debut? Check the link in my profile for all the info you need. /Kate 1y
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Richard Nixon: The Life | John A. Farrell
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I really liked this one. It was fascinating to follow the path that led a gloomy, insecure, brilliant young man to one of America‘s most notorious presidencies. I found it easy to feel empathy for his insecurity, revulsion at his key role in prolonging the Vietnam War, and to feel disconcerted by the double standard history has applied to behaviours that were excused for Eisenhower and Kennedy. I listened to this on Audible. Worth your time.

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Dept. of Speculation | Jenny Offill
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An examination of love, parenthood, and marriage. At turns both very funny and very sad. Read this one for the structure alone; it is told through a series of loosely connected thoughts and vignettes. A solid, rewarding read. #firstread2018

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Manhattan Beach: A Novel | Jennifer Egan
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Bring it on 2018! Happy New Year! #bookhaul #onlybooksforchristmas

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New Year's Eve | Lisa Grunwald
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1. Dark Money by Jane Meyer. It was frightening to read about how big money is disrupting American democracy.
2. Always a tough call, but I have to give it to Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders. A definite re-read.
3. Blood at the Root by Patrick Phillips. A compelling and haunting read about small town hatred, racism, and rage.
4. Patrick Rothfuss. Thank you to @LA_Mead @MinDea @TricksyTails and #epicbuddyread

@GypsyKat #litsyquestions

TricksyTails Yay! 👏😁 So happy you're enjoying his writing! Happy New Year! 🎉🎆 2y
GypsyKat I‘m going to have to read this, I keep hearing great things about it! 2y
TheEscapist @GypsyKat It is a really powerful piece of writing. I‘ve heard some unfair criticism of the book where I think that people were impatient with the odd format and structure, but it is a beautiful and moving read. 2y
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Secret Santa | William T. Bix
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This seems like the greatest tradition ever! But @LA_Mead how will we tell the difference between this and every other Tuesday of the year?

LA_Mead Hahah so true! Every night is book night around here! 2y
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Twenty more pages to go for the #epicbuddyread book talk tomorrow! I‘ve been thinking about reading a fantasy book for a while now; it‘s been 15 years since I last read one in high school. So excited!

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Thank you so much for the great #bookhaul @xicanti ! I‘m especially looking forward to Into the Beautiful North :)

xicanti I was so happy when I tracked down a copy of that one. A friend recced it to me a couple years back and I've been urging people to read it ever since. 2y
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Pickpick

This is one of those rich novels that I always regret finishing; turning the last page felt like leaving home. Every detail in this novel becomes significant during its climax. I‘m tempted to turn back to page one to admire the writing as everything comes together again. This is a novel that is definitely worth your time.

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Secret Santa | William T. Bix
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This was on my doorstep when I came home from work today! Thank you @xicanti !!! I can‘t wait for December 21st :) #secretsantagoespostal

xicanti I'm so glad it got there safely! Canada Post's tracking thing said it was delivered at 9:30 this morning, and I had this horrible image of it getting soggy from the weather or someone stealing it while everyone in the household was at work. 2y
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1. I like Michael Chabon, Jennifer Egan and Margaret Atwood. I like my fiction literary, my journalism investigative, and my nonfiction narrative.
2. Favourite author of the year: Ibram X. Kendi.
3. Thrillers. I keep wanting to like them, but I think maybe I just don‘t like the edge of my seat reading experience.
4. I thought I‘d maybe give fantasy another try.
5. Yann Martel, the M. Night Shyamalan of books.
6. @LA_Mead @teebe #Giftswapsurvey

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IQ | Joe Ide
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I really liked the first act of this book: great set up for the detective. I found the later flashbacks to be underwhelming, however, and the mystery in the end seemed unsurprising. It was okay.

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Look at Me: A Novel | Jennifer Egan
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Met Jennifer Egan at a book signing. She is so cool and smart! While she was signing my copy of Manhattan Beach I told her how much I loved this one, and she said that this is her favourite also. And then I stood like a gap-mouthed fool. #starstruck

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Pickpick

Loved this book. It was a clever, insightful peek into the world of politics and the chasm that exists between public persona and the politician.

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Pickpick

Mind blown. The ability of billionaires to anonymously endorse politically extreme candidates is laid out detail by disturbing detail. Really glad Ontario has capped campaign contributions.

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Secret Santa | John Scognamiglio, Sabrina James
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1. Green... and red... also blue, orange, pink. Colours are pretty great. Although some suck: I'm looking at you taupe and fuchsia. I don't even like your names.
2. All things book related.
3. Today: The Blind Assassin.
4. I like contemporary, fiction, investigative journalism, Margaret Atwood.
5. Sentences that span pages. Punctuation is free, jackass.
6. Flannel bed sheets are the fourth greatest experience in life.
7. Am on Litsy.
8. @LA_Mead

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Secret Santa | William T. Bix
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I just signed up for my first book exchange! My wife, @LA_Mead told me how much fun she had at the last one :) Thanks to @MrBook @BookBabe and @Avanders for setting up this year's #SecretSantaGoesPostal !

Avanders 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽♥️🎄 Also, we‘ve updated the second tag to #WinterSolsticeBookExchange ☺️ 2y
BookBabe 🎄🎁❄️😊👏🏻👏🏻 2y
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Martin John | Anakana Schofield
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Imagine a version of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime where the main character is an adult and a serial sex-offender. What makes this book so challenging is that while it examines violence against women through a character with a mental disability, it forces you to generalize Martin John's self-rationalizations onto all men who commit sexual violence. If you liked reading Eileen for its creepiness and insight, then read this next.

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Mehso-so

I was digging this book until Loo's mother started appearing in the back story. As a character, she was a flat note in a story that was really moving along. Like she was intruding on this great father-daughter story. The book was alright.

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Pickpick

This book shines a spotlight on the intersection of racism and organized violence. The descriptions of white men roaming the Forsyth County at night are terrifying. This is an important read because it puts names and narrative to a kind of evil that is difficult to imagine, but that is perpetrated by ordinary people. I read it in two days.

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All Our Wrong Todays | Elan Mastai
Panpan

Some creative, interesting theories of time travel. I felt that the main character was a self-involved asshole, though. His self-awareness and meta-tomfoolery did not make him likeable. They just make him a smug, self-involved asshole.

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This is the first book I have loved in 2017. "Jon" and "The Red Bow" will floor you; "Commcomm" is ferociously compassionate. How can writing be so hilarious and terribly sad and uplifting at the same time? I was nonplussed by Tenth of December a few years ago, but I may need to give it another try. George Saunders is incredible!

mauveandrosysky I just started getting into him recently. Sounds like I need to read this! Great review. 3y
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The Orenda: A novel | Joseph Boyden
Mehso-so

I really wanted to like this book, in part because he is Canadian and also because I don't care for the way that the internet has been scrambling to arbitrate Boyden's identity: that's for him and the people who claim him. The book, however, was not great. I can definitely see where the APTN found the book's politics unsettling. Also: the first person narration gets really flat about a hundred pages in.

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The Orenda: A novel | Joseph Boyden
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I can read all of this before summer, right?

LA_Mead You can do it! 3y
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Pickpick

Overt, segregationist racism is easy to recognize and reject. I was dismayed by how many assimilationist racist ideas I was led to recognize in my own thinking. Several times I had to stop and think: "Shit. That is a racist idea. I can't think that anymore."

I appreciated Ibram Kendi's candour in the introduction: researching this book forced him to recognize his own racist ideas. This prepared me to lower my defences and hear him out.

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Barkskins: A Novel | Annie Proulx
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Today I installed a floating headboard using a French cleat #readinginbed

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Woo-hoo! This is my first litsy-inspired book purchase. It's a collection of essays on what Nick Hornby's been reading and it spans a decade. I read the essay from September 2003 this afternoon... SO GOOD! It's like listening to a friend talk about their book finds, and what they've liked about what they've been reading, and about what they think about reading in general. Thank you Litsy people for an excellent recommendation :)

Hooked_on_books I'm so glad you got it. I love, love, loved it! 😄 3y
SusanInTiburon Reading Hornby's column inspired me not to finish every book I start. I cherish this collection. 3y
TheEscapist @SusanInTiburon Yeah, the essays are pretty wonderful. I'm not for yet, but I've already enjoyed Hornby's defence of my right to buy more books than I could possibly read :) 3y
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SusanInTiburon I forgot that! I'm going to go refresh my memory right now! 😄 3y
SusanInTiburon Okay, I opened it up for the first time in a while and I can't stop laughing. 😂😂😂 3y
Redheadrambles Ah I need to get to this one at some point. That is a great book stack in the background there. 3y
TheEscapist @Redheadrambles Thanks! It's a really good read. I'm using it as a spacer between novels. 3y
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Lost For Words | Edward St Aubyn
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Pickpick

I read this book for the first time two years ago and loved it. It's a send up of literary prizes --the Elysian is a thinly veiled Booker prize--featuring self-interested and incompetent judges. St Aubyn made it to the short list at some point, but the prose seems more amused than bitter. Holds up well to multiple reads. Pairs well with the Man Booker long list. Happy #recommendsday!

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Barkskins: A Novel | Annie Proulx
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Only time for one more big summer book before school starts: it is time!

Spiderfelt I just brought this home from the library on Friday. Despite the fact that I have four other books on the go, I couldn't resist reading it for half an hour. Annie Proulx knows how to draw a reader in right from the beginning. Also, my dining room is the exact same color, same floors and old, wide baseboards. Curious coincidence. 3y
TheEscapist @Spiderfelt I thought there was someone else living in this house! I'm really looking forward to this one, too. 3y
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Do Not Say We Have Nothing | Madeleine Thien

"The rain outside hammered against my thoughts. Down the windowpane, it changed and slipped, and all those rivulets of water, growing large and small, joining and shivering, began to confuse and mesmerize me"

I love these words. They makes me feel like I'm outside looking in on this character, and the image is blurred--and of course it is; this is page 24.

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Do Not Say We Have Nothing | Madeleine Thien
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That moment when you're reading the epigraph of a book that you've been looking forward to and you suddenly have two new books on your TBR list.

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Bailedbailed

I might need to try this one again as an audiobook. I really like listening to Orenstein in interviews, but I'm having a hard time getting into this one.

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Eileen: A Novel | Ottessa Moshfegh
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Pickpick

This novel had a chilling last thirty pages. Moshfegh builds tension in the first couple hundred--lots of creepy atmosphere--and then delivers a staggering punch to the gut. I'm amazed by the way that the 70-year-old narrator ultimately reverses many of my early perceptions of Eileen. An incredible novel.

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Egan vividly imagines the interior lives of the cast of characters in her novel. While the point of view chapters are sometimes inconclusive, Egan hides clues throughout the novel that completes each character's story arc. The shifts backwards and forward in time are just fun: to see how time and circumstance shape identity. The last chapter--set in our future--is disturbingly plausible. A satisfying, thought-provoking and compelling read.

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A great read! So funny and observant: "She was 'clean': no piercings tattoos or scarifications. All the kids were now. And who could blame them, Alex thought, after watching three generations of flaccid tattoos droop like moth-eaten upholstery over poorly stuffed biceps and saggy asses?"

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Eileen: A Novel | Ottessa Moshfegh
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Ransacked the library after checking the Man Booker longlist this morning. There were only two left and they are mine! Mwahahah!

BekahB Eileen sounds so good! I'm there for any book that claims to have an unlikeable female character. For some reason that's one of those "rings my bells" phrases. 3y
Jillreads I did the same thing! The North Water sounds dark, but I will give it a try! 3y
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Mehso-so

I think that I came into this one with the wrong idea. Loved the concept of multiple Londons and got really excited about inter-London smuggling: how does it work? who's getting a cut? how do the fences go about shifting product? Instead, Kell smuggles music boxes... It was okay.

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Summerland | Michael Chabon
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Up next: Summerland. I love this cover. I'm anticipating Moonrise Kingdom, but with werefoxes.

LA_Mead Gorgeous cover! 3y
Spiderfelt This is probably my favorite read aloud book. I think I probably appreciated it more than my son did, but that's because I'm such a fan of Michael Chabon and his voice is so strong here. 3y
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The characters in this novel are fully realized, likeable even when despicable, and constantly surprising. James tells human stories complicated by the drug economy; loved the use of a dozen narrators, each with a distinct voice. Great mystery elements. Wish I could read it for the first time again.

MrBook Nice review! 😊👍🏻 3y
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Reading this because I have a son. Thank you, library!

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Panpan

This novel had flashes of brilliance--loved Rose's narration--but in general the style seemed overwrought. The long-winded speculation of the anthropologists really sunk the pace. Also, why mention inter-dimensional travel and demon hordes AND THEN NOT DELIVER??? Instead we get Stockholm RoboCop.

Chessa SO agree on the lack of inter-dimensional travel! Sooo disappointing. 3y
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Middlesex: A Novel | Jeffrey Eugenides
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This was an excellent read; the narrator is compelling, the characters vivid, and the tragedy blended with humour. A powerful story of self-discovery. And although Cal's view of the 20th century is largely bleak, it is ultimately a narrative filled with hope for the future.

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Middlesex: A Novel | Jeffrey Eugenides
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I cannot believe what an amazing read this became. Cal's journey to accepting himself as an intersex man in heart-rending and beautiful. A call to empathy to a culture that is often preoccupied with gender binaries.