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Anyone at #DBW2019 in Nashville? Digital Book World is a conference for publishers. Just curious.

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Ant Colony | Michael DeForge
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I finished this but never reviewed it. I recommend it highly. DeForge is way out there!

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Bad pic, good book. I love reading this series. Not only are they pretty well written, but you feel like you're getting a bit of an insider's tour of Sweden. It is like taking a mini vacation to Scandinavia.

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Ant Colony | Michael DeForge
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Sunday morning weirdness

Lindy Yes, DeForge is pretty weird. This is my favourite by him. 2mo
pdever @Lindy ... I picked this book up over a year ago after reading some of the story line and some of Sticks Angela online. I put it in a TBR pile, which then got moved, etc. Just got back to it this morning. I think DeForge is fantastic. Original. I like it. 2mo
Lindy @pdever 👍 🐜 (edited) 2mo
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Mehso-so

I generally like the comics I've read by this author. This book did not live up to my expectations. It was a quick read. The Chicago Tribune's blurb about it namechecks Chandler, Pahlaniuk, and Burroughs... it's not even in the neighborhood . Meh.

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Airplanes are great for finishing books. This one was cool AND I learned a lot. A broadly journalistic accounting of John Coltrane's "A Love Supreme," which is arguably his most loved and most influential recording. Lots of info about the years and works leading up to the album, the recording session itself (one night!), and what came next. Lots of interviews with a ton of different people, musicians, producers, label executives, fans and family.

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The problem with reading books about music is that I keep stopping to listen to something... I'm really enjoying some sessions from 1959, right now. A Love Supreme didn't come out until January 1965. It's going to take forever to get through this one!

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Mehso-so

My last book of summer vacation. Another fast read. Kept me engaged, and I am happy to have read it, but I won't be running out to read the sequel anytime soon.

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Third Man (Anniversary) | Graham Greene
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Final book of vacation and my first Graham Greene story ever. I blurbed this one as #booktomovie earlier this year, but it turns out it was written as a movie plot and then published later. I remember really liking the movie. The book moved right along and kept my attention.

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Light vacation reading fun. I enjoyed it.

rwmg I love those covers. They were what led me to Charlaine Harris 3mo
pdever @rwmg it is the first time I read anything by her, but I liked it enough to put her on my future list. I found this one at a big book sale ... Lucky pick. 3mo
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"A story of detection" in which the principal mystery goes undetected, but not unsolved. A charming novella. Chabon has been one of my favorites for the past several years.
This short book served asked an excellent counterpoint and complement to my light vacation reading this year.

bookseller_cate Love me some Chabon! I would highly recommend his essay collection, Maps and Legends. Super inspiring! (edited) 3mo
pdever @bookseller_cate thanks for the recommendation. I will add it to my list. My favorite so far has been 3mo
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Drumbeat Marianne | Stephen Marlowe
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A Chester Drum novel by Stephen Marlowe. A private eye with an office in Geneva gets caught up in a hunt for Spanish Gold with geo-political implications, including potential nuclear annihilation. An international spy thrillerwith a pulp cover. I gave it a pick because it's a quick fun read--good for summer vacation.

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Epileptic | David B.
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Dark, dense, intense, intimate. It seems almost commonplace to talk about how well suited graphic novels are to autobiography--this book is one of the best of that genre that I have read. A young boy grows up with an epileptic older brother. The family struggles through round after round of treatment and hopes for cures that never pan out. The stress and psychology of the drama unfolds across years. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

RaimeyGallant Great artwork, too. 3mo
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Epileptic | David B.

First book of summer vacation. It's a 2005 graphic novel I picked up for $5 at a book fair this year. My cousin turned me into it when it came out. I flipped through it then, but never got a copy. It's fantastic ... it's a densely drawn and told story of a boy growing up with a severely epileptic brother. A brutally honest and vulnerable autobiography. #comics

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Patti Smith's Horses | Philip Shaw
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Good series, good book. Makes me wanna listen to Horses over and over and over.

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Finished this fantastic book on a plane tonight. It has been on my list since the movie came out. Can't recommend it highly enough.

rwmg I didn't know there was a film 3mo
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Fifth Elephant | Terry Pratchett
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After reading a lot of bits of books for the last few months I finally finished one... I like this series and this author. Often silly but entirely fun.

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Fates Worse Than Death | Kurt Vonnegut
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I just realized that I happily bounce between books by a deeply committed and highly intellectual calvinist (Marilynne Robinson) and an anti-religious humanist (Kurt Vonnegut). I claim both as favorites.

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Just finished the last interview in this book: Chris Ware and Art Spiegelman talking about comics with Hillary Chute. What a treat! The book is filled with so many great interviews with lots of comics heros ... Charles Burns, Lynda Barry, Joe Sacco, Alison Bechdel, and so many more. Great book.

pdever Reminded me of ... Another great book of interviews. 5mo
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Pig Earth | John Berger
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I am glad I read this old book. It has been on my shelves for years, and I am not even sure when or why I picked it up. I know the author as an art critic from his book Ways of Seeing. This book of stories and poems about post-war peasant life in the French Alps is beautifully written and engaging.

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Third Man (Anniversary) | Graham Greene

The Third Man directed by Carol Reed, 1949. Starting Joseph Cotton, Orson Wells, and Alida Valli. Screen play by the author. Classic. #booktomovie

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I just put this title at the very top of my wish list. How did I not know about this book??? The AACM and Art Ensemble of Chicago (now 50 years old) occupies a hallowed spot in American Music History. Recently they've been occupying a lot of my headspace.

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Pig Earth | John Berger
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A quirky book of stories, essays, and poems. Good reading on a Sunday morning.

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M Train | Patti Smith
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What a beautiful little book. I flipped back and forth about whether I liked it and even went so far as to tell a friend not to bother with it... I almost bailed. In the end, though, I couldn't put it down and I totally fell for it. It's a memoir of loss and grief told through stories of travel, dreams, and nothing, really.

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In the Company of Mushrooms: A Biologist's Tale | Moselio Schaechter, Elio Schaechter
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It's morel season!!!

Crazeedi They grow in our woods 6mo
pdever @Crazeedi the ones pictured came from our woods today. It promises to be a good weekend for morel hunting. We are near St. Louis 6mo
Crazeedi @pdever we are western PA 90 min north of Pittsburgh 6mo
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pdever @crazeedi so you probably have a few weeks before you see any? Ground temperature has to be above 50. We are probably in week 3 of a 5 week season ... 6mo
Crazeedi @pdever that's what I'm thinking 6mo
Crazeedi @pdever theres a friend of my husband's who is the one who knows where they are on our property, and he knows right time to go out 6mo
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Freshwater | Akwaeke Emezi
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Finally finished Freshwater. It's very good. Emezi brings a new (to me, at least) perspective about existence as many. It's a spiritual story of madness, being inhabited by Gods, spirits, and multiple personalities.

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Just finished this weird and wonderful book. It was a necessarily slow read and anything but straight forward. You have to be willing to give yourself over to surrealism and the real work of making sense of collage ... Something like a story slowly emerges from fragments of text and illustration. Art, sex, and the human struggle with both... What more could you want?

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This book continues to amaze me. This page: "his wife; / he took / her extra ticket / to the Ring / her huge carving / of splendid / sound / he emerged from / the Opera / that / huge engine of torture"

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Freshwater | Akwaeke Emezi
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I'm about a quarter of the way into this book and it's great so far. Compelling. It's also the first book I have picked up because of a mention on litsy. (Thanks @sprainedbrain )

sprainedbrain If you‘re like me, it will probably the first of many #blameitonlitsy books. I hope you continue to enjoy it! ☺️ (edited) 7mo
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I'm a sucker for Seth's Palookaville. This story chronicles the search for more information about a little known cartoonist of the 40s and 50s. It's full of introspection, melancholy, love, and dedication. A casual encounter with a single comic strip becomes a mission to learn more. It's a beautifully slow-paced book where each panel brings depth. Even landscape and architecture become characters that frame and deftly move the story along.

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A John Porcellino (King - Cat) collection. So nice! Also a nice view of the evolution of a comic. This collection comprises strips written between 1988-1999 and a few from 2004. #comics

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Sky in Stereo | Sacha Mardou
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Doing the math (it always comes out the same): a business trip to Philadelphia + some free time on a Sunday afternoon = a visit to Fat Jack's Comic Crypt. I like this shop. #comics

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Love this book of interviews with cartoonists. Today I am reading Chute's interview with Charles Burns, a favorite since the eighties when I first started reading comics for real. RAW was a revelation. How can you go wrong when experts start talking in depth about things they love and share? #comics

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The Night Manager | John le Carre
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I'm not much one for the style of writing but the plot was terrific and full of intrigue. A little slow to start perhaps but it picks up and maintains a pretty good intensity as you get into it.

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Night Manager | John le Carre
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Over 80% in and I have no idea how this thriller will end. Lots of balls in the air and conflicting interests all around... Putting off my plan to box up books for donation to the book fair to find out (hence the messy pile in the background).

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The Night Manager | John le Carre
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Waiting for my dealer to service my car.... Seems like appropriate wating room reading.

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Ruth Asawa: Life's Work | Aruna D'Souza
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Just finished reading this catalog from the Ruth Asawa exhibit put on by the Pulitzer Arts Foundation in St. Louis. The exhibition was fantastic and the catalog does a good job of illustrating the depth and breadth of Asawa's work. Three essays and a comprehensive survey of her sculptures as well as a number of her drawings. Highly recommended.

Crazeedi Welcome to Litsy !🎉🎉🎉 8mo
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The Givenness of Things: Essays | Marilynne Robinson
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I finally finished this book of essays. A long and intense read--absolutely worth taking slowly. It presents a compelling ontology founded on humanism and Christian faith. It's profoundly soulful.

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Just started this gorgeous book a friend gave me this summer. It's a "treated novel" .. . Art on top of pages, little traces of the original story showing through, selected to tell a new story.

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Ted McKeever's Mondo | Ted McKeever
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Hard to go wrong with McKeever's bold style. #comics
#graphicnovel

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I returned to this book after watching the movie "Never Look Away" (intense and thought provoking). About Beuys'drawings Walter Schade says, "Drawing and painting watercolors helped him to gain comprehensive awareness of his view of the world and man". Art. A quintessential human endeavor.

Nag1 I want to watch the movie “Never Look Away.” 8mo
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Descender Vol. 2 | Jeff Lemire
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Great watercolors and a good story. I am digging the Descender series. Just finished vol 2.

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A Trace of Smoke | Rebecca Cantrell

Anybody read this one? A local homeless guy recommended it. Looks interesting.

Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🌷 8mo
pdever Thanks @Eggs . It sure seems like a friendly place. 8mo
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Descender Vol. 1 | Jeff Lemire
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Great story by Jeff Lemire, author of Sweet Tooth. Art by Dustin Nguyen. Empathetic boy bot in the middle of interplanetary conflict and struggle ... Can't wait to find out what will happen to poor, sweet, little Tim-21

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Can't believe I wasted a few days reading this book only to find out that I read it back in 2007. Until now I have never reread a book without any glimmer of recognition! Skip this pithy self-help book: "There is a simple solution to email overload: don't become overloaded." Oh. Thanks for the tip.

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Looking for America's Dog | Steven Weissman
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Looking for America's Dog by Steven Weissman. Surreal, irreverant, weird, and great. #comics

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Looking for America's Dog | Steven Weissman
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This index gives you an idea of what is in store for readers of Looking for America's Dog by Steven Weissman. Restoration Hardware? Yes. That catalog turns out to be the issue of Donald Trump's and Martha Stewart. Joe Biden leaves the gate open and Bo escapes. Sasha and Malia chase him through memorable scenarios taken from headlines: the Charlie Hebdo attacks, Boko Haram kidnappings, and Dennis Rodman and Kim Jog Un... Not for the faint of heart.

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This was a good way to read some of Studs Terkel's interviews, and the art brings the people to life... The combination of people's words and drawing pushes the project of oral history to a new (and vital) place. Plus, Harvey Pekar!

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The Givenness of Things: Essays | Marilynne Robinson
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Only a quarter of the way in, but it's already shaping up to be a great read. Fascinating essays by one of my favorite novelists.

RaimeyGallant Interesting. And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 8mo
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