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Tobacco Road (Revised) | Erskine Caldwell
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Leftcoastzen Wow! 15h
LeahBergen Nice!! 11h
Reviewsbylola A little bit freaky but ok. 10h
emilyhaldi @Reviewsbylola I like freaky 6h
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Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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emilyhaldi Thanks to my book 🧚🏼‍♀️, Cindy 😘😘 @Cinfhen 2d
Cinfhen I‘ve always loved this cover 💛 2d
Crazeedi I was just going to use this one!!! 2d
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BarbaraBB I‘ve always loved this one too. 2d
Megabooks Nice choice! 2d
youneverarrived I love this 2d
Cathythoughts I only got half way & bailed 🤷🏻‍♀️. Could well be timing 1d
Reviewsbylola Loved the cover, hated the book. Imo, @Cathythoughts , it wasn‘t timing. 😆😬 10h
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Sisters | Lily Tuck
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Cathythoughts Nice one 👍🏻♥️ 2d
BiblioLitten 😍 1d
Reviewsbylola Those are some scary looking sisters! 10h
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Good Things | Jane Grigson
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Cathythoughts That‘s a nice one 👍🏻 3d
LeahBergen Ohhh! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3d
valeriegeary 😍 3d
batsy Very nice! 🐔 3d
Reviewsbylola Love! 10h
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Sleepless Nights | Elizabeth Hardwick
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I made it about halfway through this one but Hardwick's writing style just isn't for me 🙃 #toomanyNYRBstoolittletime #NYRBbookclub

BarbaraBB I think a lot of us feel the same about this book. 3d
vivastory So far I haven't heard anything very positive about it from the group 3d
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LeahBergen Well, now I don‘t feel so bad. 😆 3d
Rachel_nyc Oh no! I haven‘t started yet but I will keep expectations low. 3d
Leftcoastzen 😬 3d
Leftcoastzen Waaaaaa 3d
Reviewsbylola What are the chances I might like this one? 10h
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Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaedia | Dant?s?ik Sergeevich Baldaev
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Reviewsbylola That‘s a cool one! 💀 🚬 5d
mcipher We have friends who own book 2, and the tradition is we pull it out at their Xmas party every year. Who knows why. But it makes me think of the holidays now!😆😆 5d
emilyhaldi @mcipher Nothing says "Christmas" like Russian criminal tattoos ??? 5d
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BarbaraBB Where do you get that great covers and books I‘ve never even heard of?! 5d
emilyhaldi @BarbaraBB I owe this one to my graphic artist husband!! He has tons of pages marked for reference ✍🏻... inspiration comes from the unlikeliest of places I guess! (edited) 5d
BarbaraBB That is so cool!!! 5d
britt_brooke Oh, this is cool! Nice choice. 3d
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Pond | Claire-Louise Bennett
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Devyn Holy cow that‘s beautiful 😍 1w
LeahBergen I‘ve always been so attracted to this cover! 1w
Leftcoastzen Lovely! 1w
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TheBookStacker That cover 😻 1w
Kalalalatja 😍😍 1w
Cinfhen Love floral covers 7d
batsy Yesss what @LeahBergen said! So pretty 😍 7d
Nute Beautiful! 7d
youneverarrived Gorgeous 😍 6d
Reviewsbylola Omg I almost used this one the other day! 5d
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The Stepford Wives | Ira Levin
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Day 1: #7covers7days #covercrush

Tagging Lainie to join in if you wish!! @AlaMich 🤗

saresmoore I love it! 1w
BarbaraBB What a great creepy cover! Fits the book perfectly! 1w
LeahBergen That‘s awesome! 1w
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CarolynM That cover is perfect! 1w
batsy Oh yes, this one is so apt 👌🏽 1w
Megabooks Nice!! 1w
Reviewsbylola That‘s kinda creepy. 5d
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Mr. Fortune | Sylvia Townsend Warner
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Today's bookmail...
Between this year's ongoing NYRB sales and the influence of the #NYRBbookclub my collection of classics has increased considerably 😅

Leftcoastzen They are so pretty and addictive!😀 2w
AlaMich Yeah, I keep getting those tempting NYRB emails too. I‘ve bought too many books this year already though, so I‘m adding the titles to my TBR list. 2w
Mdargusch so pretty! i just wish I liked those books more 2w
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LeahBergen Ohhh, you got The Slaves of Solitude! 👏🏻👏🏻 2w
BarbaraBB I wasn‘t able to resist the Slaves of Solitude either 🙈😘 1w
Reviewsbylola Slaves of Solitude looks good. Curious to see what you think of the one on the left. I absolutely hated 5d
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Bedtime reading... I couldn‘t resist the hype on this one!

Ps. If anyone has tips on keeping your cats from chewing up every last house plant, please share 😜

Maude I used to sprinkle black pepper on the leaves, after she learned the plants made her sneeze a lot she lost interest. 2w
emilyhaldi @Maude love this tip!!! Definitely going to give it a try 👌🏻👌🏻 2w
bookandcat They hate citrus/orange scent. Rub orange peel along the vase and or leave pieces of it near the plant. We do this with Xmas trees lol 2w
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emilyhaldi Ooohhh definitely trying that! Thank you!! 😺 @bookandcat (edited) 2w
Mdargusch 😂 😂 😂 2w
Reviewsbylola Lmao which cat?! I wonder if you can spray it with bitter apple spray. Lori recommended it to keep Gertie from chewing my rug and pillows and not even the slightest nibble since I started using it! 5d
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Stoner | John Williams
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Nursing a bit of a book hangover after finishing Stoner last night 🤯 Williams captures the quiet triumphs and tragedies in the ordinary life of University professor so eloquently that it‘s spellbinding ✨ Just brilliant!

Tamra I know - one of my treasured favorites. 💜💜 2w
Leftcoastzen I so need to get to Stoner ! 2w
BarbaraBB A favorite of mine as well. Such a great writer 💔 2w
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catebutler One of my all time favourites. I had to let this one percolate for quite some time. 2w
LeahBergen I‘ve had this on my shelf for ages! 😬 2w
Cathythoughts Loved this too 2w
Mdargusch such high praises! 2w
sisilia I love the creased spine 😍 (edited) 7d
emilyhaldi @sisilia I found this book at a used book sale for $1... It's an old library copy, hence the creases. It also has copious amounts of highlighting and marginalia, which I might not have minded if it were insightful but alas, it is not 😆 I loved the book so much that I'm considering splurging on the 50th anniversary edition!❤️ (edited) 7d
sisilia Go for it!! 👍🏻 7d
Reviewsbylola That‘s quite the commendation. 5d
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When She Was Good | Philip Roth
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Rainy day reading ⛈📚

LeahBergen Lovely! 2w
Mdargusch I know you will hate my book 😢 2w
emilyhaldi @Mdargusch it‘s not my fav so far, but I still hate my book pick even more 😂 1w
Mdargusch That‘s good I guess 🤣 1w
Reviewsbylola And she hates mine even more. 🤣 @mdargusch 5d
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Newest addiction: late night Etsy shopping for vintage books 😍 sometimes purchases take place so late at night that I forget I ordered them and a few weeks later, voila!! A lovely surprise! I highly recommend.

saresmoore Oh la la! This sounds like a fabulously terrible idea! 3w
Palimpsest Shh! Don‘t tell everyone about the awesome vintage books on Etsy! 😉 3w
Crazeedi This sounds truly dangerous 🙄🤨🤔 3w
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Aimeesue That edition of Cranford is lovely! And very… frilly in a way I've never imagined Cranford as being. 😄 3w
mabell Love the Dorothy Parker cover! 😍 3w
Eyelit That Dorothy Parker invokes envy in me. The Gaskell cracks me up 😄 3w
Lcsmcat I have the same Dorothy Parker! ❤️ 3w
Soscha ❤️❤️❤️💃🏼 3w
batsy Lovely! The Cranford cover is very "sensation novel", too funny ? 3w
Megabooks I can see that working for you!!! 💙💙💙 Enjoy!! 3w
Reviewsbylola I was perusing Abe Books for way too long the other night after talking to you. 😆🤦🏼‍♀️ 3w
LeahBergen Oh, that Cranford! 😍😍 3w
Mdargusch i need that Cranford! 2w
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Black Wings Has My Angel | Elliott Chaze
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Just finished and I am SHOOK. Tim and Virginia just turned this lazy peaceful Saturday morning on its head... suddenly my blood pressure is sky-high and my heart is thumping out of my chest. Is it too early for a bourbon?! 🥃

vivastory Not at all! Glad you liked it! 4w
LeahBergen Time for a bourbon and some Heavenly Hash, I‘d say. 😆 4w
BarbaraBB Super review. I was not that interested in the beginning and then suddenly the story is so gripping and asks for bourbon indeed, or something else that‘s strong!! 4w
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batsy Haha, yes! And it's never too early for a bourbon 🙌🏽 4w
Dragon 😻 4w
AlaMich They‘re quite the couple, ain‘t they? 4w
Reviewsbylola I felt the same way. @barbarabb The first 50 pages I was like 🥴😰 but when they moved to the suburbs I got into it! 4w
BarbaraBB @Reviewsbylola I was really impressed by the ending and how it came to that. Really good! 3w
Mdargusch hmmmm i almost want to read it 2w
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Black Wings Has My Angel | Elliott Chaze
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Finally back to reading this morning 🙏🏻
I've got quite a bit to go before joining today's discussion but I'll be there eventually 😆

Cathythoughts Great picture ✨ 4w
mklong Enjoy your morning! 4w
vivastory Enjoy! It flys by. 4w
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Reviewsbylola This reminded me of James Cain! 4w
youneverarrived Once you get going with it it‘s a pretty quick read. 4w
LeahBergen It‘s a speedy read. 👍🏻 4w
emilyhaldi Yes definitely!!! @Reviewsbylola 4w
saresmoore Oh, I just noticed the kitty-baby in this photo! 😻 4w
KathrynElise I love this picture! The reflection of the vase and your cat in the mirror is beautiful 😍 4w
emilyhaldi Thank you!! @KathrynElise anytime I‘m taking a picture she feels the need to insert herself, ESPECIALLY if there are flowers she can eat 😏 3w
Mdargusch lovely fleurs 2w
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Korede sure has a lot of patience ...bc having 3 sisters myself, I sure as hell wouldn‘t stand for the bat-shit-crazy behavior of her serial killer sister 😆 (please note: @Meredith3 @AnnieD @Reviewsbylola ). I loved the gradual reveal of the sisters‘ dark childhood, which ultimately reinforced their special bond... and fostered some unhealthy behaviors 🔪 Entertaining? Yes. #manbooker worthy? Hmm, I suppose there‘s a reason I‘m not a judge 😜

HardcoverHearts I agree that‘s it was fun but I can‘t see it as a Booker Award finalist! 1mo
JennyM Totally with you, Emily. Good read, but list-worthy, I‘m not so sure 1mo
Cathythoughts I bailed on this one. I think I‘m missing something... @JennyM I don‘t understand how it‘s on the list ... I‘m not sure either 1mo
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Kalalalatja Couldn‘t agree more! 1mo
Megabooks So I want to know, which one of you is most likely to be a serial killer?? Who do I need to worry about? I know Steph reads a lot of true crime... @Reviewsbylola @AnnieD @Meredith3 just kidding 🤣🤣 1mo
Megabooks And I‘m totally with you. I enjoyed it, but I don‘t think it will make it to the finals, much less win! 1mo
BarbaraBB It won the Tournament of Books, which I completely understand. But I don‘t think it will take away the Booker. 1mo
Mdargusch I‘ve been wanting to read this! 1mo
Reviewsbylola Which one of us would be the most obvious choice for a serial killer? 🤔 1mo
Reviewsbylola Hahaha great minds! @megabook. You‘ve gotta watch out for @meredith3 too. She did an art show with portraits she pained of Charles Manson. 🤣🤣 1mo
MrBook Great review! 😁 1mo
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The shuttle | Frances Hodgson Burnett
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A charming book about two sisters in the early 20th century- a time in which wealthy American girls were sometimes wedded to destitute British Aristocrats as a trade of mutual benefits. Not a fair trade in the case of timid Rosalie Vanderpoel, who finds herself wedded to the brutish Sir Nigel. As her sister Betty becomes involved to further investigate the situation, the book becomes compulsively readable. A pleasure to read 💕

Aimeesue Persephone! *Sigh* ❤️ 2mo
BarbaraBB Sounds real good again! 2mo
batsy It sounds good and I see that I've already stacked it 😆 2mo
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Mdargusch I think that‘s how I feel about all the Persephone I‘ve read so far “a pleasure to read”. 1mo
Reviewsbylola I bought this one after loving 1mo
LeahBergen I have this one waiting for me! 👍🏻 1mo
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The shuttle | Frances Hodgson Burnett
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Wild little Friday night 🍨


Pruzy Yikes! Tone it down! 2mo
Leftcoastzen 😀🥰 2mo
kspenmoll 🙌🏻🙌🏻😂 2mo
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BarbaraBB I still need to read The North Water. Are you planning to read it any time soon? 2mo
emilyhaldi I keep almost starting it!! @BarbaraBB I could probably get to it in the next week if you want to do a mini buddy read 😄 no pressure 1mo
BarbaraBB I‘d like that if it could be after de 11th since I will be home then (where my copy is)! 1mo
emilyhaldi No rush! @BarbaraBB just let me know when you‘re in the mood to give it a go and I‘ll join you 👍🏻 where are you off to next?? Hope you‘re having an amazing trip!!! (edited) 1mo
Mdargusch Looks perfect. 1mo
Reviewsbylola This is me rn except for I‘m in the bath. 1mo
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The Country Girls | Edna O'Brien
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Sometimes books just fall into my amazon cart and show up at my door 🤭🤷🏻‍♀️

kspenmoll 🤣🤣😉 2mo
TrishB Funny how that happens. 2mo
Cathythoughts One of book club ladies loves this one 👍🏻♥️ 2mo
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Megabooks Same here 🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️ 2mo
Reviewsbylola That happened to me yesterday. 😅 2mo
Mdargusch Ha! Me too. I need those little houses. 💛 1mo
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The Wall | John Lanchester
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This book is as dull and monotonous as the endless concrete wall at its center. The dystopian plot is not well thought out nor clever- climate change has caused water levels to rise, walls are built surrounding Britain to exclude “The Others” from being able to enter, while the world seems to somehow continue otherwise unaffected- no food shortages, a persevering economy, etc. What the plot lacks is not offset by the writing... (cont. 👇🏻)

emilyhaldi Lanchester overexplains every thought or action of the narrator to the point that it could pass for a YA novel. I‘m confounded as to why this book has been chosen for the #manbooker long list. 2mo
Megabooks Blech! 2mo
Cathythoughts Interesting!!! Some of these Booker books ... I don‘t get it 2mo
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TrishB And I had been tempted by this one. I‘ve found I like them less and less each year. (edited) 2mo
Kalalalatja Well, I‘m in no hurry to get to this, then 😅 2mo
Redwritinghood Agree. This is definitely not the strongest of the Booker contenders this year. One thing that bothered me was how he said they produced all their own food, but they kept drinking tea and coffee. I was so distracted thinking “there‘s no way they could grow tea and coffee in England” every time a character drank tea or coffee. It was annoying. (edited) 2mo
batsy I love an entertaining pan like this one 😆 Nice review ! 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm I wasn‘t drawn to this one when I read the synopsis..🤷‍♀️ Nice review 👍 2mo
emilyhaldi Right! @Redwritinghood So many details that didn‘t correspond with the narrative. 2mo
emilyhaldi Glad to be of service 😆 @batsy 2mo
Reviewsbylola You‘re not a dystopian fan tho so why did you read this? 😆 2mo
BarbaraBB I did like this one but I recognize all you say about it. I think I liked the premise and was maybe not very critical. 2mo
emilyhaldi @BarbaraBB and I, on the other hand, tend to hate dystopian plots, so I was hyper-critical 😆 since this made the long list I thought I would give it a try but I need to stop trying to make dystopian fiction happen!!! 🙅🏻‍♀️ 1mo
BarbaraBB Haha. I do like dystopian sometimes. Do you hate them all? 1mo
emilyhaldi @BarbaraBB my hate for them grows with every additional one I read 😆 feels like the same trope to me each time. 1mo
Mdargusch Yuck. I never would‘ve picked this up. #justsaynotodystopian 1mo
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An Orchestra of Minorities | Chigozie Obioma
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I went on a bit of a #manbooker binge at the library. Which to read first??

Clare_Riley I‘m listening to The Wall at the moment and really enjoying it. I‘ve read My Sister and I liked it very much, but I am puzzled as to why it‘s making it on to so many of these book award long lists - I do think that there are other books out there that could be do with the exposure as well. Obioma‘s book is on my tbr list, it looks really interesting! 2mo
Cathythoughts Exciting! Look forward to your thoughts- I only tried Serial Killer & bailed #unpopularopinion for sure 2mo
emilyhaldi @Clare_Riley I ended up starting the Wall yesterday. While it‘s pretty entertaining and a quick read, I do NOT understand why it‘s on the long list... the writing isn‘t impressing me 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2mo
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emilyhaldi @Cathythoughts I‘ve had some reservations about that one which is why I put it off for so long. But seeing it on the long list motivated me to give it a try... we‘ll see! 🤞🏻 2mo
Cathythoughts Just started Orchestra... better than I thought , more readable... early days, we‘ll see. I look forward to your thoughts whenever you get there 👍🏻 2mo
emilyhaldi That's good to hear!! @Cathythoughts I think I'm putting that one off til last bc of its size 😅 but hoping I can get to it soon... 🤞🏻 2mo
Reviewsbylola Serial Killer is good and quick! 2mo
BarbaraBB Echoing @Reviewsbylola , Sister is really good! 2mo
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Chess Story | Stefan Zweig
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Quite a lot to think about packed into this little novella! Looking forward to hearing all of the insights from my fellow #NYRBbookclub members 🧐

Reviewsbylola I enjoyed this one a lot! 2mo
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Three Summers | Margarita Liberaki
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How fun to have forgotten that in the midst of my #nyrb book buying binge I also preordered this pretty new release 🤗

Reviewsbylola So gorgeous! 2mo
Mdargusch 💚💛💚 1mo
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What I Loved: A Novel | Siri Hustvedt
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This book is about the characters, not the plot...at least for the first 2/3. Then it gains momentum and pivots into an anxiety-inducing thriller of sorts. Hustvedt brilliantly captivates the reader with her intricate weaving of relationships and tensions between two families (as well as their internal struggles) so that by the time action ramps up I was emotionally invested enough to experience their anxiety as my own.

MicheleinPhilly Sounds fabulous! 2mo
Cathythoughts Great review! I have this one ... really want to read it now 👍🏻 2mo
Leftcoastzen Love your review, this one really stuck with me ,I was emotionally invested as well. 2mo
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decembersveryown This review 💯 I‘ve seen others but I think yours sold me and I‘ll be looking for it next time I hit The Strand. I love feeling emotionally invested about the characters I‘m reading! 2mo
Bookish.SAM Super accurate review! I loved this book (my first Hustvedt), how the relationship were captured and the tension definitely did ramp up to a point where I was feeling so much for them! 2mo
Kalalalatja Great review! 2mo
BarbaraBB I loved this book so much too. One of my sparce 5 star reads. Great review! ❤️ 2mo
Reviewsbylola Maybe I‘ll try it. 2mo
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This book is laugh out loud funny! And the perfect choice for the #darguschfamilymarkupbookclub 👌🏻 (good job @AnnieD 😉) Kay‘s book includes stories in short diary-entry format from his time as an OBGYN in the NHS. He encountered some strange, hilarious, and gruesome cases. Be forewarned: if you‘re thinking about having a baby anytime soon, maybe save this book until afterwards....🥴😱

Crazeedi This sounds good! 2mo
Reviewsbylola This was my favorite book this round (the only one I haven‘t read yet is your pick and I‘m not holding my breath 😆). 2mo
emilyhaldi Yikes, sorry @Reviewsbylola that‘s a rough note to end on 😂 2mo
Mdargusch Can‘t wait to get started! 2mo
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The Break | Katherena Vermette
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🚨Unpopular opinion alert!
I struggled to get through this melancholy tale of a family and their challenging relationships. While I enjoyed learning about the history of the Canadian Metis people, the rest was a slog. I didn't find the multiple narrators necessary as they all had a similarly sad voice and felt repetitive. Nonetheless, I'm looking forward to discussing in book club tonight! 🤓

ephemeralwaltz Beautiful photo though! 2mo
Cinfhen Oh wow! First so-so review I‘ve seen. Wonder what @Reviewsbylola is going to say tonight 😜 2mo
Cathythoughts Oh dear ! Bookclub will be interesting! I loved it 2mo
Reviewsbylola 😫😫😫 2mo
Reviewsbylola I‘m just praying everyone else liked it. 😆 @Cinfhen 2mo
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East of Eden | John Steinbeck
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This family saga is worthy of it‘s praise. Steinbeck examines right & wrong, good & evil, nature vs nurture, freewill, and “timshel” (my new fav word) from every angle. The character studios are brilliant and I think I will remember them for many years- especially Lee! ❤️
Thanks to @Cinfhen for leading this buddy read and encouraging me to finally read this classic! #EoE

kspenmoll Live your edition! 2mo
Suet624 I guess I‘ll have to read it. I‘ve seen the movie but we all know the book is always better. (edited) 2mo
Cinfhen Great review, I didn‘t realize this was a first read for you as well. 2mo
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Cinfhen It‘s so good @Suet624 2mo
Reviewsbylola I just finished this one too! 2mo
DivineDiana When I read this book, I too loved the word “timshel” so much that I incorporated it into one of my online passwords! 2mo
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Patience | John Coates
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I actually surprised myself with my #top6reads of 2019! Patience comes in at an easy #1 ❤️ but I certainly didn‘t expect that A Mother‘s Reckoning or Mice & Men would be favorites when I first decided to pick them up. Fun idea! @Cinfhen and thanks for the tag 😊 @BarbaraBB

Cinfhen Wowza!!! Nice eclectic selection 3mo
Ashley_Nicoletto I also loved A Ladder to the Sky. 3mo
Kalalalatja Great picks! 🙌 3mo
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Cathythoughts Love Sally Rooney & I see I have the tagged one stacked 👍🏻👏🏻 3mo
BarbaraBB I love four of your choices so I must read the other two. I do own the Buglioso and I have always been obsesses by Columbine since I was in the US at that moment. 3mo
KarenUK I picked the Rooney too.... seems a popular choice.... 💕 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm I loved the Steinbeck too and I have the tagged book stacked. And Maurice! 👍Great list! (edited) 3mo
emilyhaldi @BarbaraBB I couldn‘t put down the Bugliosi!!! I brought it with me to Hawaii and it was the perfect beach read 🏖 and honestly I was blown away by the Columbine book. It‘s a must-read!! 3mo
emilyhaldi @KarenUK @Cathythoughts I just bought Normal People this week!!! Very excited 🤗 (edited) 3mo
batsy Such an interesting list! I'm looking forward to Conversations since I loved Normal People, and the Coates book looks good! 3mo
Bklover A Mother‘s Reckoning was an incredibly moving book. 3mo
Reviewsbylola I‘ve read four of the six and agree that they were wonderful. Will I like Conversations With Friends? 2mo
rubyslippersreads Patience is absolutely adorable! 2mo
emilyhaldi Yes I think you will!! @Reviewsbylola 2mo
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Chess Story | Stefan Zweig
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How many #nyrbclassics are too many? Asking for a friend....

p.s. I blame this entirely on @vivastory and #NYRBbookclub

MicheleinPhilly 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 3mo
Liz_M 562 are too many 😁 3mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego No such thing. 😊 3mo
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vivastory What @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego said, No such thing. I gladly accept the blame! 😄 You bought some real gems! 3mo
batsy 😍😍 3mo
Jari-chan Nice! 😍 3mo
sisilia I own all the NYRBs in this photo 🙈 3mo
Theaelizabet Too many? No such thing. 3mo
LeahBergen I dunno ... maybe six or seven hundred? 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3mo
BarbaraBB This looks so great! Such good ones among them! I am eyeing the Uwe Johnson‘s 💜❤️💕❤️ 3mo
Reviewsbylola Did you order all of those at once?! 3mo
emilyhaldi Maybe 😬😬😬😬😬🤫 @Reviewsbylola 3mo
emilyhaldi There‘s something so appealing to me about a chunkster @BarbaraBB now I just need to find the time to read them... 3mo
Reviewsbylola Impressive! I hope Alex didn‘t see that package arrive! 3mo
Liz_M @emilyhaldi @BarbaraBB I'm starting a year-long read of Anniversaries in August because "The novel has 366 short sections, one for each day of the year, from August 1967 to August 1968" 3mo
BarbaraBB @Liz_M That is real good idea! 3mo
emilyhaldi @Liz_M love that idea!! 👏🏻👏🏻 I may have to join you 2mo
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After Claude | Iris Owens
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QUESTION 5: Think about the ending of the novel. Why do you think Owens chose to end it how and when she did? What do you think will happen to Harriet now? Has she changed in any way and learned anything, or will she simply continue her downward spiral?

vivastory Things are looking grim for Harriet. She is waiting for word from her neighbor in the Chelsea to join his cultish Reichian Therapy. Harriet's background is pretty hazy, making future predictions fairly difficult. Personally I closed the book feeling like there wasn't much hope for her. 3mo
Theaelizabet I think she's never going to hear from the cult again, but as a resilient parasitic being she's going to latch on to someone/something else. There's a nascent women's movement nearby. Here's hoping they find each other. 3mo
Rachel_nyc Agreed it was a sad ending and things are not looking good for Harriet. I think she is desperate for the cult to claim her so she can continue living without any real responsibilities. The optimist in me hopes she meets up with some other eccentric living in The Chelsea that opens her up to other possibilities though I realize that‘s unlikely. 3mo
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youneverarrived I can‘t see her changing. The last line was very fitting for Harriet 😕 I think she will just keep relying on other people and not gain any more self-awareness. 3mo
Liz_M I was kind of hoping the cult would take her in and convince her to be introspective, even if just for an hour. I also can't imagine her putting up with the "everyone pitches in doing chores" for to long. ? 3mo
Leftcoastzen She seems in a pretty bad place , easy prey for a cult, maybe she will meet a powerful woman artist at the Chelsea! 3mo
Leftcoastzen I love the Chelsea! Stayed there twice , met a woman artist who had been living there since the 80s .She showed me her place , her art. 3mo
vivastory @Leftcoastzen After I finished the book I read a few interesting articles about the renovations they've been doing. It's supposed to be reopening this year. 3mo
Leftcoastzen I wonder if she was able to stay when they closed for renovation.Some had right to stay because of NYC rent control laws. 3mo
vivastory @Leftcoastzen The article I read was about a couple that stayed during the renovations. They said that if anything would force them to leave it was that all of the affordable diners were closing. 3mo
Leftcoastzen @vivastory I hear that ! a friend of mine was just there .Airbnb, same hood, he‘s visited many times .The complaint someday only nail salons, banks and coffee places left. 3mo
Theaelizabet @vivastory @Leftcoastzen There are fewer affordable diners and affordable anything, and too many Duane Reades, Starbucks, and billionaires...but maybe that‘s just me. (edited) 3mo
emilyhaldi @Leftcoastzen so cool!! I've always been fascinated by the Chelsea 🤩 3mo
Theaelizabet @Leftcoastzen You stayed there?! Okay. I'm impressed. (edited) 3mo
Leftcoastzen @emilyhaldi @Theaelizabet It was , I bet , like you think it would be .quirky , Boho, arty , worn, interesting, and one of the rooms I stayed in had walls so thick nobody could hear you scream!😂 3mo
merelybookish I found the ending super bleak. I think the story about the girl (Heidi?) Who tried to escape to Montreal was a cautionary tale. Whatever they promise, this cult does not offer freedom. Harriet seems screwed no matter what. 3mo
sisilia I saw no bright future in Harriet. Who could have tolerated her personality?! I imagined her finding another Claude to take her in 3mo
sisilia @Theaelizabet NYC is expensive! I got a big hole in my pocket the last time I was there. 3mo
sisilia @Leftcoastzen I was thinking about staying there but I had no guts. Isn‘t it haunted? 3mo
Theaelizabet @sisilia It‘s crazy, I know. I‘m nearby in New Jersey where it‘s a bit easier to live. Please alert me the next time you‘re around! 3mo
Leftcoastzen @sisilia I‘m not sure , I slept like a baby and was not aware of any ghosts. 3mo
Reviewsbylola There‘s never a way to end a novel like this because Harriet will never stop. 😆 3mo
Reviewsbylola She‘s probably sleeping in a doorway somewhere, waiting to pounce on her next victim! 3mo
batsy I too feel the ending doesn't bode well for Harriet. Either she falls prey to more of these predatory types, ironically because she's so hyper-aware of the dangers to the point of being paranoid in some of her ruminations that she falls into exactly the kind of trap she wants to avoid, or she becomes a reclusive shut-in. I don't see her changing & gaining self-awareness, either. Like Cassandra in our previous read I'm quite worried about Harriet! 3mo
BarbaraBB @Liz_M haha no she definitely wouldn‘t be pitching doing chores 😂 3mo
BarbaraBB For me the ending felt a bit hasty. As if she‘d been with the cult for just a few hours and suddenly her whole future depends on it. 3mo
Suet624 Poor Harriet. She seemed like a lost child by the end. Can you imagine, though, if she ended up living with the cult? She‘d get all snarky again once she was comfortable and they‘d kick her out just like Claude did! 3mo
GatheringBooks @Suet624 had to laugh at your description. poor Harriet. But then again, she may just very well end up heading the cult with her “hyper-awareness” and because she is “super intelligent” as she claims, with a measure of apology. 🧚🏼‍♀️💕🤣😭 (edited) 3mo
Aimeesue @merelybookish (Re Harriet not being able to escape) Well, the patriarchy is EVERYWHERE. The whole Heidi bit reminded me a lot of bounty hunters chasing down enslaved people who had escaped and gone north, tbh. She's their property and they WILL get her back. Ugh. (edited) 3mo
Suet624 @Aimeesue You're right about the bounty hunter. 2mo
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QUESTION 4: Think about gender roles in the novel. What feminist concerns, if any, does the novel raise? Can it righly be considered a "feminist" novel?

mklong It's odd. For someone who certainly recognizes gender inequality, Harriet certainly leaves herself dependent on the men in her life. Even those who she barely knows. What she says often seems feminist, but her actions never bear it out. Even her attempt to “help“ Rhoda was to find her a man. 3mo
emilyhaldi @mklong right?? There are so many juxtaposing ideas... Harriet loves to proclaim independence and yet is completely dependent on men and what they think of her. Shes like a parasite moving from one man to the next! 3mo
Rachel_nyc This is a tricky question to answer. As someone pointed out in the last question, Harriet makes some good points about women hiding their intelligence and also about what women go through to make themselves look attractive compared to men. However, her insecurities and lack of self awareness cause her to say and think so many outlandish things that it makes it difficult (for me) to see her as a feminist. 3mo
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Theaelizabet @mklong I agree with your take and I kept mulling the “feminist“ novel question while I read. At the end, after wanting to strangle/nurture Harriet, I decided that maybe the novel at least allowed Harriet to be completely exasperating, wrong-headed, pitiful and not nice without killing her off. She's just who she is and not really punished by anyone other than herself. Maybe that was “feminist“ for its day? (edited) 3mo
Rachel_nyc @mklong Excellent point! When it was made clear how she “helped” Rhoda Regina, I was blown away! 3mo
mklong @emilyhaldi Exactly! And she also doesn't support the women around her. She is forever talking about how heavy, and therefore unattractive, Rhoda is. Shouldn't she admire that Rhoda refuses to conform to the stereotypically feminine? But I guess that only speaks to her selfishness. 3mo
Leftcoastzen @mklong @emilyhaldi agree ! I had to return my copy, did she ever mention a career or calling? 3mo
Leftcoastzen It‘s weird, I had a real life encounter like this , coworker, young woman , feminist, didn‘t take shit from anyone but not offensive like Harriet.When her boyfriend came to work with us , she was a total doormat , waited on him,praised him and he was NOT the least bit praiseworthy. 3mo
emilyhaldi @Leftcoastzen very interesting. I suppose the definition of feminist isn't entirely black and white... Can you still be a feminist if you also sometimes act subserviently towards men? 3mo
Leftcoastzen @emilyhaldi It was so polar opposites in her case , I was stunned. 3mo
merelybookish Harriet raises questions about feminism. She is critical of both her friends. The one who married the doctor and is a traditional wife and mother. Then there's Rhoda Regina who works to support herself and is an artist, and yet, according to Harriet still wants a man. Are those the only paths for women? Harriet is opting out of something. She doesn't work and she doesnt cook and clean. She's uses sex and feminine wiles which is radical in a way. 3mo
merelybookish So I guess that's my long answer to say yes, I do consider it a feminist novel. 🙂 Because it is challenging readers to think about women's roles. 3mo
Liz_M @merelybookish yes, Harriet is certainly NOT a well-behaved woman. But the message is conflicted, complicated because in some ways Harriet is trying (delusioally thinks she is) to play the woman's role -- to dress up nice and impress Clause and his male friends to be a hostess, etc. 3mo
Theaelizabet @merelybookish “...challenging readers to think about women‘s roles”.... Well put. 3mo
sisilia @merelybookish Nicely put! 3mo
batsy Love your points @merelybookish I agree that it can be seen as a feminist novel for how it breaks open stereotypes about what women should be like. I feel the novel also really highlights the knotty subconscious of feminism & what straight women still struggle with, which is competition between themselves (for that elusive male attention & power 😞). This novel really highlights so many uncomfortable truths that can get lost in feminist rhetoric. 3mo
Reviewsbylola I mean, Harriet‘s not afraid to stand her ground and voice her opinions, as wild as they may be. This is one of those novels that doesn‘t strike me as obviously feminist but now I can see it. 3mo
merelybookish @batsy Harriet is a pretty radical character. 40+ years later and we are still discussing the possibility of creating unlikable female characters. Meanwhile Harriet is the most unapologetically unlikeable female character Ive ever encountered. And you're right, she does compete for male attention but not out of desire but because she wants security. She knows who has the power and competes to get it while offering as little as possible in return. 3mo
GatheringBooks @merelybookish Love the way you have untangled the ‘feminist‘ knots of Harriet here, and how it can be perceived, contextualized, argued with, misunderstood, challenged. The narrative moved from Harriet‘s devil-may-care attitude to an obsequious need to belong, be affirmed, be a part of something - be it because of a need for security, validation, a search for hippie‘s ultimate search for truth and beauty is irrelevant. it just is. 3mo
Aimeesue Harriet's back and forth with independence and belonging was intriguing. On the one hand, be yourself and ostracised and alone, on the other, allow yourself to be patronised, and you're tolerated. I think that's why the last cult-y section exists: that situation is very clear cut - either you're in or you're out, but in either case, you do it to yourself. 3mo
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QUESTION 3: What about After Claude makes it so funny? Are we laughing along with Harriet, or do the things which strike us as funny not register with her as such? Do we feel bad when we find ourselves laughing? What was your favorite funny bit?

Cathythoughts I did laugh at times in the first half - more out of shock - & looking back, I do feel bad because it‘s more sad than anything else. Life isn‘t that much of a joke for Harriet as we find out in part two. Like Cassandra, Harriets voice is her protection / her weapon ... but Harriet is on another level of woundedness than our last read ( Cassandra) 3mo
vivastory Harriet has no filter whatsoever. She has zero fs to give. But this also seems to be a front. She's brutally honest. Her & Claude's arguing over the air conditioner made me laugh. 3mo
Theaelizabet As the book moved on I pitied Harriet so much that my laughter felt a bit hollow. For me the funniest bit was her reaction to the film, and good thing, too, because it put me in her corner early. 3mo
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mklong Oh god, it has to be when she talks about her moisturizer! That made me snort out loud. 3mo
emilyhaldi @mklong yes me too!!! Definitely my loudest LOL🤣🤣🤣 I still laugh when I think about it! 3mo
mklong As horrible as many of her jokes are, through it all, she does make some salient points about how difficult it can be to be a woman who refuses to hide her intelligence to make the men around her more comfortable. 3mo
Rachel_nyc @vivastory So true. I laughed a lot, especially after the film while they were in the cab but I did start feeling bad since it became clear how damaged Harriet really is. 3mo
Theaelizabet @mklong Definitely! 3mo
Leftcoastzen @Theaelizabet Yes !the film ! Anybody else think Claude is a bit patronizing and full of himself? I‘d be mouthing off like Harriet but I‘d want to leave😂 (edited) 3mo
youneverarrived @Cathythoughts @Theaelizabet I agree. The first half had me in stitches but then the latter half was just sad and that changed how I saw Harriet. I was laughing along with her to start of with but then you start to realise how insecure she actually is. 3mo
Leftcoastzen @mklong great point about women submerging their intelligence to placate men.When I was young , I wouldn‘t do it , I always felt men like that were not worth bothering with. 3mo
vivastory @mklong @emilyhaldi There's Something About Mary moment 😂 3mo
vivastory @youneverarrived I completely agree 3mo
vivastory @Leftcoastzen Harriet's comments about how Claude fetishized the indigent. There was some biting commentary in this book. 3mo
youneverarrived When she‘s hungover and says “I woke up feeling so bad that turning my head to read Claude‘s digital-clock radio remains one of my more memorable achievements”. 😂 lines like that that had me genuinely laughing. 3mo
Liz_M For me this and question one go together. I didn't find Harriet funny and I think it had to do with first-person voice. I find humor when you see the absurdity between two points-of-view, so if there had been more displays of other people's reactions to her behavior it would have been funnier. But her abrasive, acerbic wit is too painful to be funny. 3mo
vivastory @Liz_M I definitely found myself having to picture the other characters reactions to her comments 3mo
youneverarrived @Liz_M interesting point. 3mo
Liz_M @vivastory I think I would like this story more as a movie! 3mo
Leftcoastzen @Liz_M funny you should say movie , I was seeing it in my head ! Visualizing other characters expressions! 3mo
merelybookish @Theaelizabet Agreed! I laughed at her film comments.and just how relentless she was. I also laughed, mostly in shock, at what she did to Rhoda Regina. It was just so outrageous! But ultimately, like others have said, the laughter eventually felt hollow. 3mo
sisilia The film moment is a great opening @Theaelizabet 3mo
sisilia @Liz_M Agreed. Somehow I found her more irritating than funny. I got so irritated in her conversation with Maxine that I threw my book 😆 Poor Maxine! 3mo
Reviewsbylola I‘m laughing at her and with her simultaneously. Like she‘s a great literary companion. She‘d drive me nuts in real life. 3mo
batsy I agree with all! I found myself both laughing & cringing, but it slowly becomes clear that despite that relentless stand-up comedy pace of the witticisms we get from Harriet, life isn't a laughing matter for her. The acerbic, bitchy humour is a protective shield. My favourite lines are numerous, but my ultimate fave: "As an American, my war against injustice knows no bounds" As @vivastory says, there's quite a bit of biting social commentary! 3mo
BarbaraBB @vivastory Unfiltered and brutally honest, That‘s exactly it. You feel sorry for her and yet admire her for all she dares saying - things we‘d like to spill too but never would! 3mo
Suet624 I was laughing with her. Not at all. Not at all. My favorite part by far was at the beginning when she was talking about the film that she and Claude had just seen. What a stunning way to start a novel - just shock the bejesus out of the reader! 3mo
GatheringBooks Just like everyone, it was the first part that entertained me most of all, the biting sarcasm, the certitude of her sense of rightness about the film (about everything really). but what amused me most of all was her convo with maxine as @sisilia mentioned. unapologetically in-your-face, strident, and confrontational. 3mo
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QUESTION 2: After Claude is set in 1970s New York City and includes frequent references to particular New York streets and landmarks. How important is New York City for the novel? Could the events be transplanted to, for example, Chicago or Philadelphia? Are Harriet and the novel she narrates in any way distinct products of the city in which they grew up?

vivastory The novel definitely feels like a NY novel, & Owens thanks the Chelsea in the preface, but it's more a result of the people rather than the actual landmarks etc. I could see it easily taking place in any major metropolitan city around the same time. 3mo
Theaelizabet @vivastory I agree. It's very New Yorky, but I think a similar story could be told in Chicago or Philly. Interestingly, I'd have to stop there. Boston? L.A.? Houston? I don't think so. Hmmm. I need to think about why. 3mo
Leftcoastzen I think to an extent it could be in another east coast city but it has a definite New York is going bad feeling.The level of grit and neurosis.Plus I don‘t see French Claude being in just any city. 3mo
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vivastory @Theaelizabet I think any metropolitan city that people can easily get around. It doesn't feel like a book that would work in a more sprawling city. 3mo
youneverarrived I love the fact it was set in NY but I think it could have taken place in another major city. It didn‘t feel like one of those novels where place is a central part. (edited) 3mo
vivastory @Leftcoastzen Good point about Claude 3mo
emilyhaldi @vivastory @Theaelizabet @Leftcoastzen I particularly loved when Maxine came in for a city visit from the suburbs, talking about her Jewish dentist hubby.. reminded me of my time in nyc when we city folks started judging our friends who married and moved off to the burbs 😆 (now I'm one of them) (edited) 3mo
Theaelizabet @Leftcoastzen “Plus I don't see French Claude being in just any city.“ That's it! Nowadays there might be French Claudes everywhere, but in 1973 NYC was our European gateway. 3mo
emilyhaldi @Theaelizabet @Leftcoastzen there certainly don't seem to be many French Claudes here in Columbus Ohio! 3mo
Rachel_nyc I agree with the other comments so far. As a New Yorker, I loved that it was set here and Owens did a good job of portraying NYC in all its gritty splendor of the time, but I could see it set in a select number of big cities. I would maybe add New Orleans and San Francisco to the ones mentioned. 3mo
Theaelizabet @emilyhaldi Me, too! Was Maxine in Long Island? I don't remember. But it definitely had that suburban v. NYC thing going. 3mo
emilyhaldi @Rachel_nyc yes definitely New Orleans!!! A la Confederacy of Dunces 🤗 3mo
emilyhaldi @Theaelizabet I was thinking Long Island too but couldn't remember... She certainly fits the bill! 3mo
Rachel_nyc @emilyhaldi Ha ha yes! I‘m not sure who mentioned it in another thread but a book about Ignatius and Harriet would be insane. 3mo
vivastory @Rachel_nyc Yes!! Harriet reminds me of Ignatius girlfriend that shows up. I remember when I read CoD thinking, "It'd be interesting to read a book with this character in it." I feel like that book is After Claude ? 3mo
Rachel_nyc @vivastory I think you‘re right! 🤣 3mo
emilyhaldi @vivastory Myrna Minkoff!!! 😂😂 3mo
sisilia It could have taken place in modern Singapore hahaha... there are so many French Claudes in my condo! But no, NYC is still the perfect spot for 70s art culture 3mo
Reviewsbylola I‘m not all that familiar with NYC but I do think this story was very indicative of the time and therefore could have taken place anywhere. The cult part at the end took me back to the Manson family and how communes and darker shit were popping up anywhere. 3mo
batsy @sisilia Hahaha, I was going to say present day Kuala Lumpur is also swarming with Claudes 🙄😂 Now you've got me wishing someone would write the Asian Harriet. 3mo
batsy Not been to the US so hard for me to tell, but I did feel the urban ennui and fear that Harriet feels can be displaced onto any other big city. But good point by @Leftcoastzen about what people like Claude would be drawn to. I'm guessing counter cultural 70s NYC was *it* 😁 3mo
Leftcoastzen @batsy Thx ! When NYC faced bankruptcy in the 70s , NY Post headline was something like New York City , drop dead in regards to a bailout .Ford never said it , and lest you think I‘m That old , I was alive ,but incredibly young🤣 3mo
BarbaraBB Great discussion. I wouldn‘t have known there are cities in the US could and couldn‘t have taken place! 3mo
BarbaraBB It could have been in Amsterdam as well I think, especially the parts about judging people moving to the suburbs, lol 😂😉 3mo
Suet624 I find all large cities to be lonely and cold places. 😀 So I think this could have taken place in any large city. 3mo
GatheringBooks @batsy @sisilia I was thinking the exact same thing! could be modern day kl or singapore - that is, the presence of french claude. but harriet and the getting high and the cult - hmm probly not so much. but what do i know, really? me -> nerd, so perhaps a diff crowd in sg/kl may have a similar experience. but agreed that it has a distinct ny feel to it, but the vibe also reminded me of the sense i got reading makkai‘s 3mo
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QUESTION 1: Harriet is a particularly marked voice as a narrarator. Describe this voice and how it colors our understanding and experience of the events of the novel. Can you imagine the novel written in the third person? What would be lost and what would be gained by this?


Theaelizabet The entire book would be lost in the third person. Harriet is everything. We're amazed and appalled at what she does tell us, and extremely curious about what she doesn't. (edited) 3mo
vivastory It's interesting because I think that the greatest strength is the use of a first person narrator, but one of the weaknesses of Owens' novel is that because of her attitude she frequently comes across as one dimensional. I occasionally felt like I was reading an episode of South Park goes to NY in the 70s. 3mo
vivastory @Theaelizabet I think that is really interesting, too. How much of what she says is sincere & how much is covering for an insecurity or is a type of front. 3mo
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Theaelizabet @vivastory That's funny! Now, if I ever reread this, I'm going to have that stuck in my head! I can see what you mean, though. 3mo
vivastory @Theaelizabet There was even a part when she is talking to her friend in the kitchen & her friend actually says, "she's not fat, she's big-boned" ? 3mo
youneverarrived I think if it was written in third person we‘d lose some of the humour; it‘s her lack of self-awareness and bluntness that makes her funny but I think it might seem more sad from a third person perspective. 3mo
youneverarrived @vivastory that‘s true about being a bit one dimensional. I think if it was written in third person we‘d probably gain more insight to make her less so. 3mo
vivastory @youneverarrived Yeah, it's really hard to imagine a third person After Claude that wouldn't feel like a Confederacy of Dunces knockoff 3mo
Theaelizabet I kept wanting to “peak around the corner,“ or see scenes through an independent lens, but not enough to wish for third person. 3mo
vivastory @youneverarrived It would have been interesting if Owens had utilized dual first person narratives. But I'm not sure there is really another character compelling enough in the book to make that work 3mo
vivastory @Theaelizabet Yes. Well said. 3mo
emilyhaldi @youneverarrived so true that third person would be more insightful and therefore more sad... I definitely agree with that. When we can hear the humor from inside the mind of Harriet it's like we can laugh with her. But watching from the outside its a complete train wreck 🤦🏻‍♀️ 3mo
emilyhaldi @Theaelizabet agreed!! The whole nature of the book would be lost 3mo
emilyhaldi @vivastory so true!!! It's both Owens' greatest strength and weakness. I certainly reached a point in the book when I began to tire of hearing Harriet's continuous, exhausting stream of concious. 3mo
mklong Even though we don‘t get another perspective, I think we do get a good idea of what other people think of Harriet by their reactions to her. As exasperating as she is, she hasn‘t managed to alienate everyone in her life. Even Claude takes longer than you would think to reach the end of his rope. They must see the spark of humor and brilliance that makes her somewhat endearing to the reader. 3mo
Rachel_nyc @Theaelizabet Yes exactly! I think Owens did a fair job of that through comments by Maxine and Claude but I wanted to know more about how others see Harriet. Not enough to lose the first person narrative though. 3mo
youneverarrived @vivastory yeah it might have broadened it a bit but like you say there isn‘t another character really that is as interesting. It‘s Harriet‘s voice that makes it so compelling. 3mo
Leftcoastzen I basically agree that it had to be written the way it was,you are kind of along for the ride , to see her from a different lens would lose the power of it . 3mo
vivastory @mklong I was definitely surprised by how long it was before Claude kicked her out (& then she changed the lock) 😂 3mo
Liz_M @Theaelizabet Us, it would be a completely different book if told in third person Now I am trying to think of an example of an awful, manipulative woman character that is third person.... Becky Sharp from Vanity Fair? Dangerous Lessons (movie, the book was epistolary).... 3mo
sisilia I wouldn‘t get as irritated if it was written in third person, I think 😆 3mo
merelybookish @vivastory @mklong I think it helped that Claude traveled a lot... 3mo
Reviewsbylola Harriet is fucking amazing and this story would have been totally unbelievable and not authentic in 3rd person. 3mo
batsy What @Reviewsbylola said 😂 I kind of felt like @Theaelizabet in that I wanted to get a peek of how others see her, but not enough to give up the tour de force of writing that was that 1st person voice. Like @youneverarrived said it would have been a rather sad book had we seen it from the other side. The raw humour & power of this book comes from Harriet's unfiltered thoughts. I don't think I'll ever forget Harriet or struggle to recall this book 3mo
emilyhaldi So funny @batsy I agree!!! I think harriet will have major staying power.. a book I imagine I'll remember for a looooong time. That's the sign of a talented author in my opinion, no matter if I loved the book or not! (But I did in this case 😉) (edited) 3mo
BarbaraBB Great comments above. I‘d like to add that the first person also shows Claude and Maxine from Harriet‘s pov, which makes them so unreal, which I think added so much to the atmosphere of the book. 3mo
GatheringBooks @Theaelizabet like you, i didn‘t really give the first person voice much thought earlier, but agreed that it couldn‘t have been written in a more effective manner. hers is a distinct voice, alright. exasperating, grating, brutally honest. 3mo
Suet624 I loved Harriet and her comments. I am in complete agreement with @reviewsbylola. I know a few folks like Harriet and, while they can be trying, I love them for their bold and fantastic statements. 3mo
Aimeesue Completely agree with @BarbaraBB and @batsy- Harriet's POV is obviously warped, but it's probably the only way the book makes sense. Without it, you'd have no idea why Harriet does the things she does. She does have an internal logic, which isn't really apparent from the outside. (edited) 3mo
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After Claude | Iris Owens
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15 minute countdown until our After Claude discussion!! Feel free to join in anytime- I can't wait to hear your thoughts!!

vivastory 👏👏 3mo
Suet624 Shoot. Traveling to help a friend in need! 3mo
emilyhaldi Good for you!! @Suet624 feel free to add your thoughts later or any time ❤️ 3mo
vivastory @Suet624 I'd love to hear your thoughts when you have a chance! 3mo
Reviewsbylola Sorry, I totally flaked. 🙈 3mo
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The Break | Katherena Vermette
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That feeling when your home is filled with hundreds of unread books and yet more than half of your immediate tbr stack is borrowed 🤔

SharonGoforth Same at my house...📚📚😊 3mo
Lindy My library books always get priority. Sometimes the books I own have to wait years before they get read. 3mo
Christine My natural state. 😁❤️ 3mo
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Kalalalatja This was me the entire Spring 😅 3mo
Cathythoughts The Break is a priority IMO ! So good (edited) 3mo
Reviewsbylola Yeah but I see book club books and other obligations so you cool. 3mo
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My Marriage | Jakob Wassermann
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My first “so-so” #nyrb 😕 A fascinating story being that it‘s based on the author‘s own marriage. The wife, Ganna, seems like a strong case of Bipolar/Schizophrenia based on my experience with a cousin with the same diagnosis (in my own very humble and not certified opinion). Unfortunately the story was a bit tedious and repetitive after a point.
I hope you enjoy this one more than me!! @LeahBergen

LeahBergen Eee! I hope I do, too. 😬 3mo
Reviewsbylola Skipping this one! 3mo
Mdargusch Looks dark, sounds dark. 3mo
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sisilia 🙈 This is my pick for the IRL NYRB Bookclub for Sept hahahaha... Let‘s see 3mo
emilyhaldi The premise is so good, I understand why you picked it!! @sisilia and I enjoyed the writing style very much...But if you think Harriet is crazy just wait until you meet Ganna! 3mo
sisilia Whoaaaa omg @emilyhaldi Harriet, Cathy #EoE , and Ganna 😨 Hahahaha.. How fun! 😆 3mo
emilyhaldi No kidding @sisilia I clearly have a theme at the moment 😜 3mo
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The Old Man and Me | Elaine Dundy
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Another quarter of #booked2019 complete! The tagged book was definitely my fav (#nyrb does it again) and Groff's short story (cli-fi) my least fav. Happy to say I finally read Tender is the Night but wow was it a slog!! And unpopular opinion alert... I thought There, There was just ok 🤷🏻‍♀️
Thanks for hosting, friends 😄

AlaMich Have you read The Dud Avocado? I wonder if this one feels similar to that. 3mo
emilyhaldi Yes!! @AlaMich I loved Dud Avocado as well. They both have very similar voices as well as premise.. young American girl looking for adventure in Europe. I found the storyline of Old Man to be slightly more sinister... 3mo
AlaMich @emilyhaldi I‘ll have to pick it up, since I enjoyed Avocado! 😊 3mo
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Theaelizabet Both of these Dundys are on my TBR and...There There was...ok. Much good stuff, and I‘ll look forward to his next work, but ok sums this one up for me. 3mo
LeahBergen I have both of the Dundys waiting on my shelf. I‘m hesitant to pick up any NYRBs to read lately in case they are picked for our #NYRBBookClub 😆 3mo
Cinfhen Nicely done 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻I thought There There was very uneven ~ but there was enough there to make me want to pick him up again!! 3mo
Ashley_Nicoletto 🙋🏻‍♀️ I also thought there there was just ok. 3mo
Reviewsbylola I gave TitN 4 stars but I don‘t remember a whole lot. I still need to read Elaine Dundy. 🙈 3mo
emilyhaldi Youre smart! @LeahBergen somehow #nyrbbookclub has had the opposite effect on me... They're all I want to read at the moment! 3mo
merelybookish Ditto @Cinfhen on There, There. Flawed book but the writer is talented! 3mo
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East of Eden | John Steinbeck
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Switching it up from the porch swing to the patio today 🌥 #EoE

rohit-sawant Awesome edition! 3mo
BarbaraBB Choices choices 😀😘 3mo
DGRachel That‘s a neat cover. I mean, I personally detest Steinbeck‘s writing, but that‘s a great cover. 😂 3mo
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Reviewsbylola Are you enjoying it as much as part 1? 3mo
emilyhaldi Oh yeah, shits getting real! @Reviewsbylola 3mo
UwannaPublishme Cool cover! 3mo
Mdargusch I love that plant! 🌱 3mo
emilyhaldi It‘s one of the few plants I have kept alive and thriving!! 😅 @Mdargusch snagged it at Paige‘s sale ❤️ 3mo
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After Claude | Iris Owens
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Well that was... something!
I applaud Owens‘ ability to blend Harriet‘s complete and utter self-destructive behavior with such wit and comedy! I laughed, winced, gasped, and cringed myself to exhaustion... and that was within the first 30 pages! Whether you love Harriet or hate her (or both!), you'll surely feel some kinda way. So join @vivastory and me on Saturday 6/29 at 1pm for some lively discussion 🤗

saresmoore Looking forward to it! 3mo
Rachel_nyc Great review and I can‘t wait to discuss! 3mo
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LeahBergen I‘ll be out of town this weekend but I‘ll check and post on the discussion later that evening. I can‘t wait! 👏🏻👏🏻 3mo
Liz_M 1 pm in which time zone? I am on vacation and most likely will be in Mum's backyard lounging, so I have to be sure to set an alarm to remind myself to get online 😁 3mo
emilyhaldi Whoops!! @Liz_M silly me! 1pm EDT (I‘m in Ohio) 😊 where will you be on vacation? Backyard lounging sounds fabulous 🌤 hope you can join! 3mo
Reviewsbylola Diving back in momentarily! 3mo
GatheringBooks hey everyone! will join late probly but will def share my thoughts - singapore time zone at the moment, so my responses will not be synchronous with yours, sadly. 3mo
batsy Same with @GatheringBooks so will join in later! Looking forward to reading it this week 😅 and to the discussion! 3mo
BarbaraBB I‘ll be at a music festival all day and evening but I‘ll make sure to catch up later. Can‘t wait to read your thoughts and discuss this one! 3mo
Liz_M @emilyhaldi I'll be in Minnesota visiting family, which is usually a lazy vacation with a lot of reading in the backyard, several days at the lake, and many meals out. 🙂 3mo
emilyhaldi A lazy vacation is the best kind of vacation!!! @Liz_M enjoy 🤗 3mo
Blueberry @Liz_M I love your vacation. 3mo
vivastory Enjoy your vacation @Liz_M 👏📚📚🌲🍰🍷 3mo
vivastory @BarbaraBB That sounds like a lot of fun. Enjoy! 3mo
vivastory Wonderful review! I'm looking forward to our discussion! 3mo
Mdargusch I hope I remember. I‘m intrigued 3mo
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After Claude | Iris Owens
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Ya'll. Admittedly, I was fond of Harriet while reading this book. And now, several days after finishing it, and now seeing all of your lovely book posts updates, I'm finding myself reminiscing over the time we spent together. That girl is UNHINGED but boy is she a riot!!! Reading back through some gems that I underlined and thinking this very well could be a reread for me someday when I need a laugh... #callmecrazy #NYRBbookclub

Leftcoastzen I loved that little speech,I‘m still reading it. 3mo
LeahBergen I‘m almost done and holy fuh. 😆😆😆😆 3mo
Theaelizabet I‘m almost done. Ohhhh, Harriet! 3mo
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BarbaraBB I agree her speeches are hilarious and I‘m sure I‘ll love then the second time around. She makes Cassandra bleak 😉 3mo
Reviewsbylola Did you like her more than Cassandra? 🤞🏻🤞🏻 3mo
vivastory Can you imagine if Harriet & Ignatius dated? 🤔😂 3mo
vivastory @LeahBergen I nominate #holyfuh as the After Claude hashtag 🙋😄 3mo
LeahBergen @vivastory A Confederacy of Bitches? 😆 3mo
vivastory @LeahBergen 😂😂 I'd read the hell out of that! 3mo
Suet624 I completely agree. She made me laugh out loud many a time and I greatly appreciated it. A reread is definitely warranted during the dark days. 3mo
Mdargusch She‘s so exhausting! 3mo
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East of Eden | John Steinbeck
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Weekend roundup

Riveted_Reader_Melissa 😂I love it! 3mo
cariashley 😻 your kitty has similar coloring to my two fur monsters ☺️ 3mo
LauraJ Hi sweet tabby 😻 3mo
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Theaelizabet ❤️ 3mo
Reviewsbylola Hey little Winky!! 3mo
Mdargusch 😻😻😻 3mo
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East of Eden | John Steinbeck
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Finished Part I and intrigued by the motley crew of characters introduced thus far. Looking forward to next week's discussion! #EoE

Reviewsbylola Just finished Cathy‘s chapter. She‘s something else! 3mo
hermyknee Ooh I read this one back in college and I really loved it. 3mo
Cinfhen Em....I love your flowers and your book cover/edition ~ lots to discuss already!!!! Cathy really is something else @Reviewsbylola 🙄 3mo
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Lcsmcat Interesting cover. 3mo
Aimeesue Great cover! 3mo
annkuch13 Great photo! I love that cover. 3mo
batsy Beautiful pic! 3mo
Cathythoughts As @batsy said... beautiful pic 3mo
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After Claude | Iris Owens
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After a long week of work and no reading, I‘m getting back to my girl Harriet and my porch swing. Perhaps it‘s best to take a week off between Harriet appearances... she is exhausting, after all 😂

BarbaraBB I am racing through my current read to start this one. I guess I shouldn‘t read it in one go?! (edited) 3mo
cathysaid Is this a NYRB? 3mo
Reviewsbylola I am waiting on this one from the library. 3mo
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Theaelizabet First Cassandra and now Harriet? It seems as though #nyrbbookclub is focused on problematical women! 3mo
LeahBergen @Theaelizabet Who‘s up next? We‘ll have to vote on an equally obnoxious character. 😆😆 3mo
BarbaraBB @cathysaid Yes it is! 3mo
emilyhaldi @BarbaraBB I‘m interested to see what you think! On one hand, once Harriet gets going I can‘t put the book down, but she‘s also quite exasperating!!! 3mo
emilyhaldi @LeahBergen no kidding!!! Harriet is like Cassandra on speed! @Theaelizabet 🤪 3mo
vivastory Cassandra on speed? Now I'm even more intrigued. I'm going to read it this week! 3mo
Mdargusch This was an exhausting book! 😅 3mo
Mdargusch I can loan you mine @Reviewsbylola if you don‘t get the library copy by Sunday. 3mo
emilyhaldi LOL @Mdargusch I was thinking about warning you not to read it bc I knew it wouldn‘t be your cup of tea.. hope you didn‘t struggle too much 🙃 3mo
Reviewsbylola Oh ok! Yes, I need a copy! @Mdargusch 3mo
Reviewsbylola I hated Cassandra so I guess I‘ll hate Harriett too? 3mo
Mdargusch Good chance @Reviewsbylola 😂 3mo
Suet624 Cassandra on speed! Perfect description. 3mo
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After Claude | Iris Owens
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I have a lot of love for #nyrb covers, but this early edition of After Claude wins the prize!
I happen to favor Newsweek's praise: "After Claude is like watching a woman depilate with an acetylene torch" ?


sisilia Wow wow wow!!!! That cover is pretty! And I love the praise! 🤣🤣🤣 I‘m looking forward to it 4mo
MicheleinPhilly 😂😂😂 4mo
sprainedbrain That is an incredible cover! 😍 4mo
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Leftcoastzen 😂 4mo
saresmoore Bahaha! Yes to all of this. 4mo
Theaelizabet OMG! That cover!!!! 4mo
Suet624 Is this the paperback? I have a discarded hard cover library edition with a different photo. Love yours. 4mo
mklong That look on her face is everything! 4mo
CarolynM What a quote! 4mo
GatheringBooks i just finished reading the book and excited to discuss with you all. any chance that we could have an idea what the next two books are? book depository takes nearly 3 weeks to deliver books in singapore. 😂😭🤣📚🧚🏼‍♀️ 4mo
batsy Yes @mklong was just thinking the same thing! So good. 4mo
batsy @GatheringBooks I'm in the same boat. Easily 3 weeks to a month for Book Depo to deliver to Malaysia and I have to order NYRBs online because bookstores rarely stock them here and we have no library system to speak of (and they're not extensively stocked either) 😭 4mo
GatheringBooks @batsy right? plus, it‘d be good to plan our reading in advance. hehehhehe. #booknerd problems 🧚🏼‍♀️📚💕 (edited) 4mo
LeahBergen @GatheringBooks @batsy Well, that sucks! Book Depository takes almost a month to Canada now, too. Hmmm... maybe we could bump our picking process back 2 weeks? To give a full month? Or what about telling the next three people to put up their choices to vote early? What do you think, @vivastory ? 4mo
LeahBergen And now I‘m full-on picturing you as the cover woman, @emilyhaldi ! 😆😆 4mo
batsy @LeahBergen @GatheringBooks Yes if it's not too much trouble @vivastory perhaps the choices can be put up early, like at the start of the month instead of the 15th? That gives almost 3-4 weeks for those of us outside the US to get our books for the following month. Maybe from July onward we could do that 🙂 4mo
emilyhaldi LOL @LeahBergen I am quite good with a side-eye 4mo
BarbaraBB Great post! 💜 4mo
vivastory Wonderful post! I love this cover 😂 4mo
vivastory @batsy @GatheringBooks @LeahBergen I will make a separate post to announce this, but starting in July the nominations will be posted on the first to allow enough time for book depository 4mo
Reviewsbylola That‘s an amazing cover! 4mo
GatheringBooks @vivastory yay! thank youuu! :) 4mo
batsy @vivastory Thank you! 😊 @GatheringBooks @LeahBergen I can't believe it's 2019 and we still don't have a portal through which books can be sent anywhere, instantly 😆😭📚 4mo
Susannah That cover is awesome! 3mo
Mdargusch That cover sure makes Harriet look kind of sane. 😂 3mo
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True Confessions: A Novel | John Gregory Dunne
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It wasn‘t until I read the dedications page (for Dorothy Burns Dunne, Joan Didion, Quintana Roo Dunne) that I realized this was Didion‘s husband! But it has motivated me to commit myself to this somewhat complicated read. Dunne‘s writing style is unique and he moves rapidly through dialogue and multiple POV‘s, requiring my full attention 🧐 Hoping I can get into the rhythm and enjoy this one since it‘s my MIL‘s book club pick!

Reviewsbylola Wow, I didn‘t realize that. And also, your blurb has me worried that I‘ll hate this. 4mo
emilyhaldi I‘m almost halfway @Reviewsbylola and so far it‘s 10% about the murder and 90% about the business dealings of the 2 MC brothers- one a priest, the other a cop. Some of the commentary is funny but a lot of the content is 😴 4mo
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Flight Behavior | Barbara Kingsolver
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The good news is my hydrangea bush is getting ready to bloom 😍 the bad news is I‘ve got to find another #clifi option for #booked2019 bc this one is pretty wretched. Barbara really let me down after Poisonwood Bible!!!

So who‘s got some good Cli-Fi recommendations??

MicheleinPhilly I‘m about 125 pages into American War. It‘s not my usual cup of tea but it will do for the prompt. 4mo
CouronneDhiver Pretty! 🌼🌸🌺 4mo
KarenUK I really liked the Lauren Groff story ‘Boca Raton‘ ...... (edited) 4mo
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BarbaraBB I am looking forward to this one 4mo
BarbaraBB It ‘s about a Wall build around the UK to project it from external (climate) influences. At least that‘s what I heard. 4mo
Aimeesue JG Ballard's The Drowned World was good. Omar El Akkad's American War involves a lot of climate stuff, but also a lot of terrorism between the American North and South, so so il-politics is the main driver of the plot. Excellent book, though. 4mo
IamIamIam I immediately thought of I Am Legend and, of course 4mo
IamIamIam Ooh... what about 4mo
IamIamIam Or this? Now I'm just searching for crap to put on my TBR... that was a mean trick, Emily!!! 😂😂😂 4mo
TheKidUpstairs Loving the Broken Earth trilogy, starting with: 4mo
Reviewsbylola Yeah this was rough. Kingsolver can be way too wordy. 4mo
emilyhaldi @MicheleinPhilly good suggestion!! Although I‘ve already read AW (and didn‘t like it much) so I‘ll have to look for another option. 4mo
emilyhaldi Great suggestion!! @KarenUK I hadn‘t heard about this short story collection and was able to download for free from Amazon! 👏🏻👏🏻 and I love a short story these days since my reading time has been reduced 😉 4mo
emilyhaldi Lol @IamIamIam happy to be of service!! 😂 Thanks for your suggestions.. somehow I‘ve never heard of Solar but I‘m definitely adding it to my list!! 4mo
Severnmeadows A bit late, but Mara and Dann by Doris Lessing 😊 4mo
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After Claude | Iris Owens
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And just like that, we‘re halfway through May!...and I'm submitting my 3 nominations for June's #NYRBbookclub just in time! 😅 I decided it might be a good idea to pick from my somewhat extensive NYRB tbr shelf. So here you go, 3 of my most anticipated NYRB choices. Submit your votes now!!!

LeahBergen Damn it! I don‘t own any of these! 😆😆 4mo
saresmoore @LeahBergen Neither do I! Pour yourself a glass and join me in unnecessary book buying. 😁🍷 4mo
LeahBergen @saresmoore I‘m just about to (and I already want the first one I read about). 😆😆 🍷 4mo
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saresmoore @LeahBergen Same here! 😂 We are incorrigible. 4mo
Suet624 I'm leaning toward In the Cafe of Lost Youth 4mo
Suet624 @LeahBergen @saresmoore I don't have any of them either! But now that I have a catalog on its way to me I imagine I'll be accumulating quite a few. :) 4mo
vivastory Fantastic choices, Emily! I think that the 15th is now my favorite day of the month! I haven't read any of these & although my initial reaction is to vote for the Modiano (it's been on my TBR for eons) I am really intrigued by 4mo
vivastory Meaningful Life. All 3 sound really interesting but my vote goes to Meaningful Life 4mo
Leftcoastzen They all look sooooooo good! I have to think about it a while, not a long while. (edited) 4mo
merelybookish I'm voting for artists and drinkers in France! 🍷 4mo
Theaelizabet You can‘t go wrong here, but after reading Dora Bruder, which I loved, I‘d like to try another Modiano. (edited) 4mo
sisilia I have none of these 😱 I vote for A Meaningful Life, and I‘m buying the other two! Definitely with @saresmoore 👋🏻 in unnecessary book buying 🤪 4mo
LeahBergen Gahhhh! I. CAN‘T. DECIDE. I just went and read the first pages of all of them and I want to read them all (which means I‘ll be happy with any of them). My vote is coming very soon.... 4mo
saresmoore Blurg. These choices are too good! I‘m putting in a vote for Claude, but I will also be getting all three. 🤷‍♀️ 4mo
Reviewsbylola A Meaningful Life 4mo
saresmoore @sisilia We are just a pack of mutual enablers, aren‘t we? And isn‘t it glorious? But, wait! You‘re in two NYRB book clubs, right? That seems wholly justifiable, even adjacent to necessary! 😆 4mo
sisilia @saresmoore Hahaha yes to all 4mo
batsy These all sound amazing! I'm torn! After Claude has been on my TBR for awhile but A Meaningful Life sounds really good, as well. I'm going to have to get both, I think 🙈 (will cast my vote in a bit 😆) 4mo
batsy I'm voting for After Claude 🙂 4mo
LeahBergen Okay, argh! My vote is for 4mo
emilyhaldi LOL loving this commentary! @LeahBergen @saresmoore @sisilia @vivastory @Suet624 @Leftcoastzen @batsy I feel slightly guilty in choosing 3 that no one else seems to own 😆 but also happy to encourage more book buying... 😜 (edited) 4mo
emilyhaldi Ps. I‘m going to be looking forward to the 15th from now on too!! @vivastory as well as approximately 5-7 days later as everyone starts to receive their NYRB book hauls in the mail 😂😂 4mo
vivastory I know that I won't be able to stick to only one 😂 4mo
vivastory It's a 3 way tie so far. All 3 selections have an equal number of votes! 4mo
LeahBergen @vivastory It‘s so exciting!! 👏🏻👏🏻 4mo
LeahBergen @emilyhaldi You‘re evil. 😆😆 4mo
saresmoore @vivastory The #NYRBBookClub is bringing so much joy to my life! 😁 4mo
sisilia We shall declare the 15th as NYRB Classics shopping day! 🎉 4mo
vivastory @saresmoore It's so much fun! The anticipation & surprise of the monthly selection & the wonderful discussions with such a great group have really rejuvenated my reading life. 4mo
vivastory @sisilia It's official! 🙌📚📚 4mo
mklong You guys are the worst/best! I will also probably buy all three, but I vote 4mo
Rachel_nyc Ooh great choices! This was a difficult decision but my love of all things Paris pushed this over the top. 4mo
sprainedbrain These all look so good! I‘m voting for After Claude, but adding them all to my tbr. 4mo
BarbaraBB Oh I love your choices and the discussion above. The 15th is such an exciting day from now on! I am glad with each outcome but my vote goes to 4mo
Liz_M I'm voting for the one I own (and want to read!): A Meaningful Life 4mo
MicheleinPhilly I have actually read After Claude so my vote goes to A Meaningful Life. 4mo
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Cassandra at the Wedding | Dorothy Baker
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Finally finished the yard work and finally starting this month‘s #nyrbbookclub pick 🌿🌷🏡

Pricel101 Great photo!📚🍃🌿 4mo
Reviewsbylola Ugh I need to start this. 4mo
vivastory I can't wait to hear your thoughts on it. I just finished it & I loved it! 4mo
vivastory BTW you get to nominate June's book 🙌 Looking forward to your 3 picks! 4mo
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The Old Man and Me | Elaine Dundy
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New fav reading spot is my side porch 🌱

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty!!!! 4mo
TrishB Lovely pic💕 4mo
BarbaraBB Great pic and place to read. How is the book? 4mo
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LeahBergen So pretty!! 4mo
merelybookish Looks great! 4mo
Theaelizabet Lovely! I‘ve had The Dud Avocado on my TBR for so long. 4mo
emilyhaldi The book is great!! @BarbaraBB So different from Dud Avocado... this one has a darker side to it 🖤 4mo
BarbaraBB @emilyhaldi Too bad you won‘t nominate it for next month‘s NYRB Bookclub 😉, I‘d love a reason to buy it! 🤣 4mo
Reviewsbylola Beautiful! You must have inherited the green thumb genes that I didn‘t get. 😫 4mo
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