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Theaelizabet

Theaelizabet

Joined February 2019

Library trustee. History enthusiast. A lover of theater, too. http://www.librarything.com/profile/
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Cep divides (perhaps wisely) her complicated story into three distinct parts, with the third being the tale of Harper Lee‘s writing life after To Kill A Mockingbird. Cep can write, and there‘s much to recommend this book, but I can‘t help wondering if a more intertwined approach to its telling (especially of parts 2 and 3) would have forced a deeper look at creative desire and thwarted ambition. >>>>

Theaelizabet “Whatever she was writing, Harper Lee wasn‘t publishing any of it, but no “wonder” can be dismissed as “one hit” right away. It takes the passage of time for such language to feel applicable, and even then it is a strange and varied category, especially for writers of fiction.” from Furious Hours
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TheBookStacker As soon as I finish this long stint of 90 hour work weeks I plan to start this book. Can‘t wait! 1w
LeahBergen I‘m looking forward to this one! 👏🏻 1w
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Cassandra at the Wedding | Dorothy Baker
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I look forward to discussing this book later this month for the #nyrbbookclub. It has so many layers and the writing and the characters read so fresh, despite the book‘s 1962 publication date.
@vivastory @BarbaraBB

BarbaraBB Great pic and I agree, the writing feels timeless! 💕 2w
Leftcoastzen Cute kitty !It does have a timeless quality to it. Only about 70 pages in . 2w
youneverarrived Agree, it feels more current. 2w
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Liz_M Beautiful kitty! 2w
Theaelizabet @Liz_M Thanks! He‘s a senior rescue who has claimed our hearts. 2w
vivastory I completely agree, it feels very contemporary. The NYRB site compared her writing to Lahiri & Eugenides. 1w
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My favorite NYRBs. @vivastory #nyrbbookclub

vivastory I have The Summer Book, still unread. The rest of these sound really interesting! 3w
BarbaraBB I loved both The Summer Book and A Month in the Country 3w
Liz_M I've heard so many good things about AMitC! 3w
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The Old Drift | Namwali Serpell
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“Here we all are, he thought, sharing our lives in a former colony, each of us filled with bacterial colonies whose edges are as fixed as the borders of the country—which is to say, not very fixed at all.”

Via three families—indigenous, English, and Italian—Serpell charts the formation of Zambia. The telling is vivid, creative, rambunctious—and overstuffed. At 562 pages, she almost lost me a few times, but good storytelling kept pulling me back.

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In the new film, Wild Nights with Emily, Molly Shannon gives us an Emily Dickinson to root for. So much better than that syrupy Belle of Amherst play or the somber Emily of the movie A Quiet Passion. An accurate portrayal? Who knows? Much of the tale, however, fits with what is known about Dickinson‘s 30+ years relationship and correspondence (found in the book Open Me Carefully) with her sister-in-law, Susan Dickinson. Whimsical and fun. #movie

Fridameetslucy Just saw the film and loved it. It not only normalizes Dickenson it left me with big questions about how academia and popular culture needed her to be “reclusive” and a “spinster” Dickenson was not understood in her lifetime for much the same reasons that she is so narrowly defined in ours. @Theaelizabet (edited) 3w
Theaelizabet I agree. I especially loved the scene between her and T. W. Higginson. It rang so true and explained so much. @Fridameetslucy 3w
Fridameetslucy @Theaelizabet. Right! And then the succession of one mansplaining dullard publisher after the other !!! (edited) 3w
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Ghost Wall | Sarah Moss
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A family of three join a small college class to live as ancient Britons for two weeks in Northern England. Through this short, deceptively simple—and eerie—story, Moss explores the human need for power and identity. A tiny bit The Lottery, a little bit Lord of the Flies? But really, quite original.

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So ends my study of Jefferson via the work of Annette Gordon-Reed (writing here with Onuf). Earlier this year I read (and also heartily rec.) her books, The Hemingses of Monticello and Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy, and can say that I almost “see” Jefferson. Now I want to visit Monticello, though perhaps while there wear a t-shirt that reads “I‘m here for the Hemingses.” #americanhistory

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Winter: A Novel | Ali Smith
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Four novels, published in consecutive years, focused on a particular season, and rooted in our current moment. From a lesser writer this would be no more than a stunt, but with Smith it feels like a funny and thoughtful friend is joining us in discerning a way forward through the morass. I await Spring....

Christinak My book club is reading winter this year... should I read autumn first? 2mo
Theaelizabet @Christinak No, I don‘t believe so. Each book tells a different story with different characters. They‘re linked by themes. My guess is that Summer, when it comes, might need to be read last. Either of these would make for a good discussion. Lucky you! 2mo
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1. The Complete Calvin and Hobbes. Not really my all-time favorite, but the one that is currently helping me deal with the madness of the world right now.
2. How do you choose between Calvin and Hobbes?! Besides, any choice would tell you way too much about me.
3. The teacher, Miss Wormwood.
4. Calvin‘s time machine, of course.
5. @Erinreadsthebooks Thanks @Graywacke

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The Stranger Diaries | Elly Griffiths
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Mehso-so

This had some nice Gothic touches, but the ending fell flat. And why three narrators? There seemed to be no reason for it in terms of the narrative. I‘ll stick with Griffiths‘s Ruth Galloway series. The first couple that I read were acceptable little mysteries.

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Just Kids | Patti Smith
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1. In New Jersey, just outside of NYC.
2. I like it here, but Italy would be a nice change.
3. London, Belgium, or Virginia, depending on which book I pick up.
4. Anything. These days, in the winter, we‘re fond of sundubu, a Korean spicy tofu stew, served with rice.
5. Hey everyone!
@j.rye ;) Sorry I‘m late!

@Maddeline

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White Noise | Suzan-Lori Parks
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Four 30-somethings, college friends, deal with race in a decidedly non-post-racial world. One gets roughed up (Hamilton star Daveed Diggs) by the police and demands that another in the group “buy” him—and protect him—for a period of 40 days. Parks ALWAYS leaves you thinking, though I‘ll admit I thought Act II had a few too many threads to pull. Diggs (and the entire cast) was superb. Worth a read when the script is published. #theatre #theater

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The Heavens | Sandra Newman
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This one is tricky. It has some beautiful writing, a clever premise that asks the big questions (do love and art really have power? What defines a well-lived life?, and so on.) and a wrenching portrayal of 9/11. But...overall it seemed a bit too cerebral and clever for its own good, its characters too removed. Not sorry I read it, just not as wowed as I thought I‘d be.

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Bedtime reading on some nights.
“He swung about when I came in, and looked me over in a trice. I knew what the look meant, from having experienced it once or twice in my former places. Then he turned his back on me and went on talking to his wife; and I knew what that meant, too. I was not the kind of morsel he was after. “The Lady‘s Maid‘s Bell” from 1902.

kspenmoll Welcome to Litsy! A fellow history lover... ! 2mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 📖💖 2mo
j.rye Your name is killing me 😂 2mo
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Theaelizabet @j.rye Oh, no! Yeah, too many vowels, right? 🙄 2mo
j.rye @Theaelizabet no! It‘s SO FUNNY! Unless it‘s not a play on the alphabet. Then ignore me. Hahaha. 2mo
Theaelizabet @j.rye Ohhhhhh. No, but I wish I was that clever! 2mo
j.rye That‘s what it looked like to me. Hahaha “The Aeliza-bet” 😂 2mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🤗 2mo
Theaelizabet @Eggs Thanks! 2mo
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The Harvard classics | Charles William Eliot
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From the 1930s Harvard Classics reading guide: “The woman takes particular pride in having as part of her home this peerless set of books....It gives to her a sense of security that all is well on the intellectual side, as are clothes and food on the material side.” #internationalwomensday

CoffeeNBooks Welcome to Litsy! 📚 2mo
TimSpalding Ha. Good old Harvard Classics. Growing up, every house had the set. Not surprisingly, you can't GIVE them away now :) 2mo
Theaelizabet @TimSpalding I threw out an entire set at our library‘s book sale, but kept the reader‘s guide. It was just too funny. 2mo
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Milkman | Anna Burns
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“The day Somebody McSomebody put a gun to my breast and called me a cat and threatened to shoot me was the same day the milkman died.” And so begins Middle Sister‘s account of navigating political and sexual terrorism, ostensibly in Northern Ireland, but really anywhere a group demands fealty to a community. Riveting...and sometimes really funny.

RaimeyGallant Loving this book. Welcome! 2mo
Graywacke 👋 Nice to see you here. Welcome to Litsy 2mo
Theaelizabet Thanks! 2mo
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I feel like I‘ve just returned from 70s/80s Belfast. Extraordinary storytelling right through to the last paragraph in the “Notes on Sources.” Narrative nonfiction at its best.

Chelleo Welcome to Litsy! Hope these #Litsytips by @RaimeyGallant http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: goo.gl/UrCpoU are helpful. There‘s so many fun things to do: book exchanges, buddy reads, photo challenges and more! #LitsyWelcomeWagon (edited) 2mo
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Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🌸🌺 2mo
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ProfReader Welcome to Litsy!!! ❤️💜♥️💕💚 2mo
SharonGoforth I want to read this! Welcome to Litsy!!💕❤️📚 2mo
Theaelizabet @SharonGoforth Thanks! I‘m still thinking about this book. 2mo
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