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Joined June 2016

Lit galore. | brooklynreads.tumblr.com | goodreads.com/brooklyn-reads
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It‘s exactly noon now, but one isn‘t aware of the sun in this forest. Anyway, [making] Art is a magic which makes the hours melt away and even days dissolve into seconds, isn‘t that so, dear lady?

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I don‘t typically read graphic novels, but I love Evie Wyld and this work is gorgeous.

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Foe | J. M. Coetzee
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Are not both music and conversation like love? Who would venture to say that what passes between lovers is of substance (I refer to their lovemaking, not their talk), yet is it not true that something is passed between them, back and forth, and they come away refreshed and healed for a while of their loneliness?

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Foe | J. M. Coetzee
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I stretched out my arms and laid my palms on the earth, and, yes, the rocking persisted, the rocking of the island as it sailed through the sea and the night bearing into the future its freight of gulls and sparrows and fleas and apes and castaways, all unconscious now, save me. I fell asleep smiling.

Simona Today I was browsing on the google and this is the third time today that I see this book. Obviously I must add it to my TBR pile 🤔 2y
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Voting before beginning A Good Man Is Hard To Find on my commute this morning. I'm exercising my civil rights AND catching up on a classic, it's been a good Tuesday.

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Inherent Vice | Thomas Pynchon

Questions arose. Like, what in the fuck was going on here, basically.

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Inherent Vice | Thomas Pynchon

"Can I say something out loud? Is anybody listening?"
"Everybody. Nobody. Does it matter?"

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Beloved | Toni Morrison

On nights when the sky was personal, weak with the weight of its own stars, he made himself not love it. Its graveyards and low-lying rivers. Or just a house—solitary under a chinaberry tree; maybe a mule tethered and the light hitting its hide just so. Anything could stir him and he tried hard not to love it.

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The Sibyl | Par Lagerkvist
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Waiting in line in the muggy, sweltering NYC heat to get into a sample sale... I may be dripping sweat but I also get to start this neat little parable so I'm not too annoyed.

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Dance of the Jakaranda | Peter Kimani
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I used Kindle's vocabulary builder a bunch for this book, the flashcards are a seriously cool feature. Here's a snapshot of my kindle dictionary usage!

mjdowens Had no problem idea this existed. Will try to see how to use. I am always looking stuff up on google 3y
Ashley_Nicoletto The dictionary function is my favorite. (edited) 3y
Reggie Um I didn't know you could do this. Thanks so much for putting this out there!!!! 3y
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Passion Play | Jerzy Kosniski
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Morning commute find!

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Reading & waiting for the show to start – Tennis opening for The Shins at Celebrate Brooklyn. It's a gorgeous night.

Spiderfelt Gasp! What a lineup! 3y
alisahar Makes me miss NYC! 😞 3y
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The Leopard: A Novel | Giuseppe Di Lampedusa
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All Sicilian expression, even the most violent, is really wish-fulfillment: our sensuality is a hankering for oblivion, our shooting and knifing a hankering for death; our laziness, our spiced and drugged sherbets, a hankering for voluptuous immobility, that is, for death again; our meditative air is that of a void wanting to scrutinize the enigmas of nirvana.

TheBookStacker I had to read this book for one of my Italian classes and then we watched the movie with Burt Lancaster. Love it still today! 3y
brooklynreads @TheBookStacker I had no clue it was a movie, I'm going to track it down immediately! Thanks for the tip ☺️ 3y
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American War | Omar El Akkad
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It's insane to be reading a novel about the US in the midst of a second civil war thanks to an ecological crisis, when yesterday I watched Trump announce our withdrawal from the Paris Agreement. This book is hitting very close to home, it's frightening.

vivastory The withdrawal won't take effect until 2020. This needs to be a rallying call for democrats & frankly anyone who believes global warming is real & is a threat. If we make Trump a one term president, we could cancel the withdrawal. 3y
Notafraidofwords @vivastory he will probably get re-elected 😐 3y
vivastory @Notafraidofwords It won't help any if democrats are divided. I think Mike Pence will stand a better chance of being re-elected if Trump resigns 3y
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American War | Omar El Akkad
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Hard to know where I should even start. Any strong feelings to help me decide?

ssravp American War was tremendous. 3y
vivastory I really want to read The Leopard. I've heard great things about American War & i can vouch for the Alexie as being terrific 3y
bookwrm526 I haven't read any of them, but I love Alexie's other books 3y
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irre I only read American War. It was great! 3y
Megabooks I loved American War! 3y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I've heard American War was great,but I'd probably start with the one that expires first! ...And then I'd never get to it anyway, LOL 3y
merelybookish I will always vote anything Alexie! 3y
brooklynreads @ssravp @vivastory @bookwrm526 @irre @Booksandcooks @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @merelybookish thanks all! I've read Alexie before and agree, he's wonderful. I'll read Lone Ranger and Tonto soon, but American War is the resounding winner here! (edited) 3y
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Found this little Pushkin Press gem by Medardo Fraile at Brattle Books in #boston plus this fun complaining whiteboard! Mine would be Crime and Punishment.

LeahBergen 😂😂 3y
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Mother Night: A Novel | Kurt Vonnegut
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"You've got to write again," he said. "Just as daisies bloom as daisies and roses bloom as roses——you must bloom as a writer and I must bloom as a painter. Everything else about us is uninteresting."

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Little Sister Death | William Gay
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What a ghastly piece of shit, he thought, possessed with a sardonic sense of amusement, as if someone else had written it. Poor, deformed thing from its mother's womb untimely ripped. #macbethallusions #shakespeare

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So, so much of the same.

nikirtehsuxlol This book was such a chore to get through 3y
brooklynreads @nikirtehsuxlol I know right? Her writing is beautiful, but at the same time it felt like every single story was set neatly within the frame of her own personal experience. Meh. 3y
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Celine: A novel | Peter Heller
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The aspen were already turning on the higher ridges, slashing the shoulders of the mountains with ocher and gold. Glorious. This time of year. It was good to be out of the city now, good to be rolling, traveling, letting her losses in her wake.

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Burnings are the work of men. They have always burned us. Now we are burning ourselves. But we're not going to die; we're going to flaunt our scars.

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Vacation day.

Bookzombie Enjoy your vacation day!! 3y
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"A little grease is what makes this world go round. One hand washes the other. Know what I mean? You scratch my back, I'll scratch yours."
Yossarian knew what he meant.
"That's not what I meant," Doc Daneeka said, as Yossarian began scratching his back. "I'm talking about cooperartion. Favors. You do a favor for me, I'll do one for you. Get it?"
"Do one for me," Yossarian requested.
"Not a chance," Doc Daneeka answered.

vivastory Haha 3y
brooklynreads @vivastory I was LOLing at this on my subway ride in. Lots of weird looks in my direction. 3y
vivastory @brooklynreads if you can't amuse yourself, who will? I really need to read this book 3y
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brooklynreads Also, @Yossarian, back scratches? 3y
Leniverse @brooklynreads @vivastory Catch-22 is one of those books that when I finally read it (last year) I thought, "why did I wait so long to read this!?" (And my partner went, "Right?! I told you, years ago, you should read this!" He's usually right. I just never learn.) 3y
brooklynreads @Leniverse So far all the hype seems to be for good reason! 3y
Blaire An all-time favorite. One of the few books I've reread. 3y
Yossarian @brooklynreads A good back scratch may be worth dying for, but anything worth dying for is certainly worth living for. I call that a Scratch-22. 3y
brooklynreads @Yossarian LMAO yes. I just got to the Catch-22 introduction 3y
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Well, it's finally happening. I think I'm in for a fun ride.

irre It's great! 3y
Leniverse The first half is all fun and games. Then the humour turns daaark. I loved it. 3y
brooklynreads @Leniverse can't wait! 3y
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Lincoln in the Bardo | George Saunders
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How could I have done otherwise? With time flowing in only one direction and myself made just as I was?

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This. 😍😍😍

TieDyeDude Yeah, Philly! Good beer 🙂 3y
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Lincoln in the Bardo | George Saunders
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Taking a break from reading this weekend for some good interpersonal fun in Philly. Cheers, George Saunders!

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Crossing to Safety | Wallace Stegner
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I wanted to like this one, really I did (it came highly recommended by my mom), but reading a story about a group of insulated, privileged white academic elites as told by a privileged white (male) academic elite made me feel icky.

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Lincoln in the Bardo | George Saunders
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We [corpses] were perhaps not so unlovable as we had come to believe.

brariane42 I'm in the middle of this too! Heartbreaking. 3y
mjdowens I am about half way also. I did not know it was going to be this sad. 3y
brooklynreads @mjdowens @brariane42 I know, right? It's as funny as I expected but also, damn is it dark. At the parade of angels scene right now... 3y
mjdowens I just now finished it! This book is going to take some serious recovery time. 3y
RadicalReader @brooklynreads what kind of tablet are you using? 3y
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Then a strange thing happened. I was looking down at my shoes on the brown linoleum floor and I was thinking about how I bet this floor hadn't been washed in a million years and I suddenly felt like I was going to die. But instead of dying, I said: I can teach you how to swim. And we don't need a pool.

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The Evenings | Gerard Reve
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The best kind of present, thank you BPL!

charl08 Hope you like it more than I did! 3y
brooklynreads @charl08 I tabled it so I could read the new George Saunders, but I will let you know! 3y
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The Alchemist | Paulo Coelho

It is we who nourish the Soul of the World, and the world we live in will be either better or worse, depending on whether we become better or worse. And that's where the power of love comes in. Because when we love, we always strive to become better than we are.

💚🌍🌟

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The Alchemist | Paulo Coelho
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Which next? #tbr

CherylDeFranceschi Nutshell was awesome! 3y
brooklynreads @CherylDeFranceschi yay! Happy to hear the endorsement 3y
MamaGina I just read Nutshell too and it was definitely a Pick!🤓 3y
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Anywhere else, he hated being left with himself. But tonight, the last glory of his youth, everything he'd lived so far filled him up: his steaming lost Florida, the ache where his father had been, his mother's fervent belief in him, God who watched, the gorgeous bodies he'd temporarily forgotten himself inside. He let it all wash over him in waves.

(Lotto's reflections, following his final college performance of Hamlet.)

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A Passage to India | E. M. Forster
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Me on the NYC subway this 6th of #readjanuary and I'm definitely dreaming of warmer days. A Passage to India has been in my #tbr pile for ages and today it'd be just the thing. #dreamingofawarmerclimate

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Sweet little Francie Nolan is wearing a dress on the cover of the book I'm currently reading! Day 5 of #readjanuary was a gimme for me. Now back to A Tree Grows In Brooklyn... 💃🏻🗽📚💕 #dressesoncovers

lynneamch Pretty picture! I had this on my tbr for so long. One of my book clubs read it recently, so I finally got around to it. So glad I did. 📚💕 3y
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#readjanuary day 4! Not just an #epistolary novel, but one told in four voices across two centuries. It was enjoyable enough, though I'll admit to not finding anything very interesting about the characters corresponding in the present day. If anything they detracted from the primary late-1800s storyline(s), making for a disjointed read.

MamaGina I always feel that way with books that have past and present elements...this device is getting overused; people who read historical fiction read it because they love history!🤓 3y
brooklynreads @MamaGina it's so true. I will say that Aaron Thier did it quite well in Mr. Eternity, which I read recently. There are narrators from the past, present and future! It was pretty cool. 3y
RadicalReader @brooklynreads what was your all time favorite book you've read? 3y
brooklynreads @RadicalReader probably East of Eden by Steinbeck, you? 3y
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Filth: A Novel | Irvine Welsh
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#readjanuary day 3 (still catching up): how's this for a #bookface 😜👮🏻🐖

readordierachel Yowzah 3y
keithmalek I highly recommend Welsh's "The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins." 2y
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Memoirs of Hecate County | Edmund Wilson
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Catching up here on #readjanuary ! These five are #thismonthstbr and my #bookishresolution for 2017 will be to read 52 challenging books with a focus on classic fiction. Bring it on, 2017.

RealLifeReading Great picks! 3y
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I was supposed to be at a surprise birthday party right now but I'm home sick instead. 🤧Thankfully I have jasmine tea, warm homemade applesauce, and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn as a consolation.

alisahar This is such a good book. 3y
DebinHawaii Hope you feel better soon! 🤒💜 3y
EmiDanielle Currently reading this book and enjoying it so much! Feel better! 3y
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brooklynreads Aw thank you @DebinHawaii & @EmiDanielle I'm sure I will. 3y
LauraBeth Hope you feel better 💕 3y
Pelican71 One of my favorite books ever! 3y
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The Enchanted: A Novel | Rene Denfeld
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The Enchanted caps off an intense year of reading for me, and in that sense #2016 was magical. I'm pretty damn proud to have read 55 books, 3 over my goal of 52, or roughly a book a week. I also read some fluff besides. 😊

Here's to a brand new year, new opportunities and new chances to explore, learn, and grow. Keep on reading what you love, Litsians.

https://www.goodreads.com/user/year_in_books/2016/5097233

HardcoverHearts What a great list of books! 3y
Megabooks 👍🏻👍🏻 3y
Redheadrambles Oooh nice list of books - I think we have quite a bit of overlap there 3y
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Fall On Your Knees | Ann-Marie MacDonald
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Merry Christmas, Litsy! This #bookstack (courtesy of my mom) is coming home with me!

dariazeoli I recently read The Time Traveler's Wife for the first time. It was a great read! (edited) 3y
Bloomingjen Fall on Your Knees and Time Traveler's Wife ars so good! 3y
Megabooks Lovely! 3y
sparingqueen I have both The Time Traveler's Wife and Fall on Your Knees on by #TBR shelves. 😃 3y
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Nostalgia: A Novel | Dennis McFarland
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If he bleeds to death on the pavilion floor, will he truly have died? Or will the web-work of mosquito curtains draw up into the heavens, amid thunderous applause, and his comrades lift him by the arms? Will the sick, lame, and the dying walk again, missing limbs restored? Will the dead enter from the wings to take a bow?

MrBook What are ya askin' me for 😜? 3y
Ericmanciniwriter You have thrown out a string of great prose from books I've never heard of - where/how do you find these? 3y
brooklynreads ☺️☺️☺️ aw thank you, @Eamann that means a lot! I can't even begin to come up with all the sources, I just keep my eyes open I guess? I'm happy to recommend a book any time! 3y
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brooklynreads @MrBook well, I guess you'd understand if you were in a near-death state of delirium 3y
MrBook Aww. I hope things are alright. 3y
brooklynreads Haha @mrbook I am, it's the protagonist who isn't in such good shape! All is well ❤ 3y
MrBook Whew! 😎👌🏻It was meant to be, protagonist, it was meant to be. 3y
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A Collapse of Horses | Brian Evenson
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This is the opening paragraph of the title story, and damn. Evenson sure knows how to grab you from the very first.

Gezemice That's a wham opening. 3y
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Mr. Eternity | Aaron Thier

"Did I ever tell you about New England? The coffee plantations of Pennsylvania. The marshmallow plants of Cape Coral. The aspirin trees of Massachusetts."
"Let's talk about this later," said Edward Halloween.

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Mr. Eternity | Aaron Thier
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My dad and I just finished making and boxing up 14 pounds of Christmas candy for friends and family - hard butter toffee coated on both sides with chocolate and toasted almonds, my papa's recipe and a family tradition. I think I've earned a good reading break, and maybe a beer.

MrBook 😳😱😁!!! I'm a friend, right?! I consider you a friend ☺️! 3y
RealLifeReading Oh wow!! 3y
TheLondonBookworm Holy cow- that's a lot of sweets! 3y
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LeahBergen Oh, that's amazing!! 💗 3y
brooklynreads Wish I could share with everyone! Yeah it's a ton, eight batches! But we've got it down to a science. 3y
DebinHawaii That sounds delicious! 👍 3y
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Mr. Eternity | Aaron Thier
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The alcalde tells me that it isn't kind to interrupt. In reply I begin to open my dress, so he can see what God has given me. I smile as an iguana smiles. He looks away.

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Stories of Breece D'J Pancake | Breece D'J Pancake
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The rain slows, and for a long time I sit watching the blue chicory swaying beside the road. I think of all the people I know who left these hills.

Ericmanciniwriter That quote is enough for me to put it on the stack 3y
RadicalReader @brooklynreads what a beautiful cat on the cover 3y
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The Girls: A Novel | Emma Cline
Mehso-so

The narrator, recounting her story in the current day, is frankly pathetic. Her world was shaken by experiences when she was fourteen, but still in middle age she hasn't grown past them. Instead she lives a life of lonely transience and frankly, it's depressing. I'd have loved the novel had she been able to move on and grow and find fulfillment or love, but she doesn't, and I found myself wondering why I should care about her story at all.

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The desolation of that place was a thing exquisite.

LeahBergen So beautiful 😍 3y
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