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Last Summer in the City: A Novel | Gianfranco Calligarich
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I‘m pretty excited about this little library haul courtesy of #ToB2022!

ReadingEnvy I'd go immediately to the shortest one, that's how I roll. Where will you start? 7d
sarahbarnes @ReadingEnvy not a bad strategy! I think I‘m going to start with the tagged one because it really intrigued me! 7d
ReadingEnvy @sarahbarnes I had heard that one discussed on the New York Times Book Review Podcast and I was interested! 7d
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merelybookish Ooh I'm jealous! 😍 Of the stack and the library system. 7d
merelybookish I've only read 2 books on the long list. I think my worst showing ...ever? 7d
sarahbarnes @merelybookish it does feel nice to have some perks to living here in exchange for how terrible traffic has gotten in the last year. 😂 I‘ve read 6 I think? Mostly because of the Booker. 7d
vivastory I'm curious about the Lennon. I've read, & enjoyed, two by him 7d
BarbaraBB Lucky you! 7d
sarahbarnes @vivastory great to know that! I‘m really curious about this one, too. 7d
sarahbarnes @BarbaraBB ❤️❤️ 7d
batsy Ooh yes, I'm super envious of that library system. Great stack 😍 6d
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Pew | Catherine Lacey
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This book uses a character who refuses to conform to rules and expectations to tell a story about how well evil can be cloaked in “goodness.” It made me feel a little Flannery O‘Connor and a little Shirley Jackson and I really liked it. I think it‘s also loosely based on the story “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas.”

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I just really love Sally Rooney. She does what she does so well, and I feel like here she‘s continuing to hone her craft. She has such an uncanny ability to capture the messiness of humans and human relationships, and I am here for it every time.

Cathythoughts Great review 👍🏻I‘m looking forward to this one 3w
sarahbarnes @Cathythoughts looking forward to hearing your thoughts when you get to it! 3w
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Sea Wife: A novel | Amity Gaige
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What a great story. It completely drew me in and kept me hooked until the end. It felt both foreign (I‘ve never even been on a boat on the ocean let alone sail one) and familiar - the experiences of womanhood, motherhood, and marriage. Thanks @BarbaraBB for a great recommendation!

BarbaraBB I am happy you loved it too. The book deserves more recognition than it has been getting imo! 1mo
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Bewilderment | Richard Powers
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This book is devastating. Beautiful. Heartbreaking. Futuristic, but just barely. A story of love - for family, all living creatures, the Earth. Definitely a strong pick for the Booker shortlist.

BarbaraBB Wonderful review 🤍 2mo
Cathythoughts Beautiful review 👍🏻❤️ 2mo
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The Slynx | Tatyana Tolstaya
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What a WEIRD book. Looking forward to discussing it! I‘m not sure what to say about it, to be honest.

vivastory I think it's the strangest book our group has read. Which is saying something after the Carrington 2mo
sarahbarnes @vivastory Seriously! 😂 2mo
merelybookish I love the mice on the cover. 😁 2mo
youneverarrived @vivastory 😂 I didn‘t think I‘d read another book as strange as that one, but here we are 😂 2mo
sarahbarnes @merelybookish honestly I can‘t get the mice part of the story out of my head. 😬 2mo
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The Promise | Damon Galgut
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Wow, what a book. An amazing story of family, self, identity and race in South Africa. And the narrative style is so so good. Reminds me a bit of Ali Smith, which is always a good thing. Happy this one made the Booker shortlist.

merelybookish Have you read the entire short list? 2mo
sarahbarnes @merelybookish I‘ve read 4/6. I got one more from the library this week, but I don‘t know if I‘ll read The Fortune Men because I don‘t think it‘s out here yet. 2mo
merelybookish @sarahbarnes Well done! Any faves? Or prediction? 2mo
sarahbarnes @merelybookish I‘m terrible at predicting. I did really love The Great Circle, but not sure it would win. And this one was very good, too. Good thing I‘m not a judge. 😂 2mo
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Great Circle | Maggie Shipstead
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This book! ❤️❤️ I loved it from start to finish. A great story, beautiful writing, and a page turner for all 589 pages!

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Free Day | Ins Cagnati
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I‘m so sorry to have missed the discussion this month! This little book broke my heart. 💔 I think the author very effectively portrayed the effects of trauma through Galla‘s character and voice. So beautiful and so sad. @mklong @vivastory

vivastory No worries. I hope you had a good birthday! I agree, this one was really devastating. One of the bleakest books I've read published by NYRB 3mo
merelybookish I forgot your birthday! 🙁 And I knew you're a Virgo! 3mo
BarbaraBB I felt the same. Sad but so good. 3mo
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Great Circle | Maggie Shipstead
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Not a bad Saturday morning. Love this book so far!

Cathythoughts … and More love for this book 👍🏻😁 3mo
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Light Perpetual: A Novel | Francis Spufford
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My favorite of the Booker long list I‘ve read so far, I think. Such exquisite writing about life, which is made even more powerful by the premise of the book.

Cathythoughts Nice review.. I havnt been drawn to this one .. but you have changed my mind 👍🏻 3mo
sarahbarnes @Cathythoughts I actually wasn‘t either! It was the last one I read in the pile from the library. And then I loved it. 3mo
vivastory I see that my library has this. I will be swinging by tomorrow to grab it. Looking forward to it! 3mo
sarahbarnes @vivastory I‘ll be interested to hear what you think of it! 3mo
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A Passage North: A Novel | Anuk Arudpragasam
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Making my way through the Booker nominees. Of these three, I loved No One is Talking About This for its humor and sharp insights, and A Passage North for its absolutely profound beauty.

Cathythoughts Interesting… I can‘t get past the fist half of No Is Talking … 3mo
Cathythoughts I‘m loving The Sweetness of Water … must have a look at Passage North 👍🏻 it‘s fun trying to get through a few 3mo
AnneCecilie What are you‘re thoughts on China Room? 3mo
sarahbarnes @Cathythoughts it‘s a quirky book for sure. I just really like her writing style. And great to know you‘re loving Sweetness of Water - hoping to get to that one soon! Idk why it‘s not at my library. 3mo
sarahbarnes @AnneCecilie I liked it! It‘s a good story and kept me intrigued until the end. For some reason I didn‘t enjoy it as much as the other two; I‘m not sure why. 3mo
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The Very Nice Box | Eve Gleichman, Laura Blackett
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Very meh. At times I was pulled in by the events in the story, but the writing was too heavy-handed and I ultimately found the plot too hard to believe.

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The Go-Between | L.P. Hartley
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I really enjoyed this book! Looking forward to the discussion @sprainedbrain and @vivastory ! 😃

vivastory I'm really looking forward to your thoughts during the discussion! 4mo
Brimful A book I read a long time ago when I was 13 or so. It was the book that taught me that there was more to fiction than the story! Wonderful book! 2mo
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The Hole | Hiroko Oyamada
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I loved this bizarre story, which had so many of the elements I enjoy about Japanese fiction: quiet plot and straightforward narrative style, paired with strange occurrences and a touch of creepy.

vivastory This has been on my TBR, but you sold me on this! Esp since I'm in a touch of creepy (best kind of creepy) mood with the volume of Shirley Jackson letters that was just published! 4mo
sarahbarnes @vivastory I‘ll be interested to hear what you think of it! I‘ll say it‘s not as creepy as Shirley Jackson, but a good kind of creepy nonetheless. 4mo
batsy Sounds really interesting. And I love the photo! 4mo
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BarbaraBB I love Japanese fiction for the same reasons. 4mo
Liz_M I still have to review this book - I read it in June - but I keep waiting to find the perfect patch of grass for the photo. 🙄 4mo
sarahbarnes @batsy thank you! ❤️ 4mo
sarahbarnes @BarbaraBB 👯‍♂️ 😍 4mo
sarahbarnes @Liz_M 😂😂 I love it! I hope you find it! 4mo
erzascarletbookgasm I‘ve been wanting to read this after liking his other book 4mo
sarahbarnes @erzascarletbookgasm I now definitely want to read The Factory after reading this one! 4mo
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Hamnet | Maggie O'Farrell
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Wow, this book really blew me away. I had heard it was good, but boy, it was really good. 😍 Such a beautiful imagining of literary history and powerful portrayal of grief. And such clever use of a few Shakespearean themes as well.

Cathythoughts Nice review! This book ❤️ 5mo
youneverarrived I love this edition 😍 5mo
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I Am Sovereign | Nicola Barker
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This book was a riot. Bizarre in the best way from start to finish, from the characters to the plot, including an appearance from the author herself. Brilliantly entertaining.

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Summerwater | Sarah Moss
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I really enjoyed this little book. A picture of human nature - its flaws and quirks and insecurities, and also ability to come together - illustrated in a vacation community at a lake.

TrishB I loved this one ♥️ 5mo
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Writers & Lovers | Lily King
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I ❤️ this book. It sucked me right in like a great summer read should, and I couldn‘t put it down. A couple of moments where it felt like things worked out a bit too neatly perhaps, but I thoroughly enjoyed it nonetheless.

vivastory I really need to check this one out 5mo
sarahbarnes @vivastory it was really lovely. I‘ll be interested to hear what you think if you read it! 5mo
BarbaraBB I loved this one too 🤍 5mo
Cathythoughts Lovely cover ! I have this on kindle .. must get to it 👍🏻 5mo
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Summerwater | Sarah Moss
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Three pretty great books to have read so far on this vacation! 😀

Cathythoughts Gorgeous picture 5mo
vivastory I hope you are having a great vacation! 5mo
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Bina: A Novel in Warnings | Anakana Schofield
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I really enjoyed this book and developed deep affection and respect for the narrator. It deals with an interesting combination of topics through a narrative style that reflects the way our minds circle around things that are hard for us to face or that cause stress or grief. A great read.

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Heading out for the first camping trip of the season! 🏕 📚

BarbaraBB Looking good! Enjoy 🤍 6mo
Cathythoughts Exciting ! 6mo
vivastory I hope you had a great time! 6mo
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In Memory of Memory | Maria Stepanova
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I finally made it to the end of this heavy, demanding read. More of a long essay than fiction, reflecting on her family‘s past, the history of anti-Semitism, art, and the end of life. It was dark and often difficult to read, but I appreciated it.

BookwormM Cool cover mine was the plain white one 6mo
sarahbarnes @BookwormM the cover definitely made me want to buy it! 6mo
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Telephone | Percival Everett
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So glad I‘m finally reading this book! 😊 ☀️

BarbaraBB Hope you‘ll enjoy it 🤍 8mo
sarahbarnes @BarbaraBB I really love it! 8mo
Cathythoughts I‘m looking forward to this one too ❤️👍🏻 8mo
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vivastory Hope that you're doing well! 8mo
sarahbarnes Thank you @vivastory! I definitely feel like I‘ve hit a wall lately. But spring is here and I finally got a vax appointment. So things are looking up. 😃 Hope you‘re doing well! 8mo
vivastory Happy to hear about the vaccine appointment! 👏👏I understand about hitting a wall. I hear you about spring. It seems like the weather here can't make up it's mind. 8mo
sarahbarnes @vivastory so true about the weather! We‘ve had some nice days but next week more snow. It‘s par for the course this time of year here, too. 8mo
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Migrations: A Novel | Charlotte McConaghy
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What a beautiful book. A great read for this snowy weekend. And I cried several times while reading it, so I guess it also served as a free therapy session. ❤️

BarbaraBB Sounds very good 8mo
Cathythoughts Sounds lovely 8mo
readordierachel Love this 💕 (I have this sitting on my shelf and now am very excited to read it) 8mo
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sarahbarnes @readordierachel I will be excited to hear what you think. I really hope you enjoy it! ❤️ 8mo
vivastory I just saw the news about the shooting. Hope that you & your loved ones are safe! 8mo
sarahbarnes @vivastory thank you. This really has to stop. 💔 8mo
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Migrations: A Novel | Charlotte McConaghy
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Looking forward to digging into these as my next reads! 💃🏽

AmyG I hope you like Migrations as it‘s just fabulous. 9mo
sarahbarnes @AmyG Thank you! My partner bought it and really liked it, so I‘m giving it a whirl! 9mo
sarahbarnes @AmyG you‘re right - it was so good!! 9mo
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merelybookish I really liked Atocha Station when I read it! 8mo
sarahbarnes @merelybookish that‘s great to hear and really makes me look forward to reading it! 😃 8mo
merelybookish @sarahbarnes It may spark some wanderlust for Spain. 8mo
sarahbarnes @merelybookish I‘m down for a virtual trip to Spain right now! 8mo
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Mehso-so

There is no doubt James is a brilliant writer. This is an epic story and definitely sucked me in at points throughout the book. But I wasn‘t cut out to handle all the violent death scenes. 😂

SamAnne My feelings exactly. Such admiration from him as a writer, but won‘t be reading future books in the trilogy. 9mo
sarahbarnes @SamAnne Glad you agree! Yes, I‘m not sure I‘ll be able to read the future books, either. 9mo
SamAnne @sarahbarnes it was perhaps one of the most traumatic reading experiences I‘ve had! Which speaks to his power as a writer. But don‘t think I can read the next one. (edited) 9mo
sarahbarnes @SamAnne I agree! I was glad when it was over! 😳 9mo
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Such an incredible interview with Colson Whitehead tonight on 60 Minutes!! ❤️❤️

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Priestdaddy: A Memoir | Patricia Lockwood
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As late as I am to the party on reading Patricia Lockwood, I will say that this book was very much what I needed right now. I will now proceed to read everything else she has written.

BarbaraBB Wow that is quite a recommendation! I haven‘t read this one either. 9mo
sarahbarnes @BarbaraBB it was laugh out loud funny and then deep and serious the next minute. Such phenomenal writing! 9mo
readordierachel This has been on my radar but you just tipped the scales. Stacked! 9mo
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vivastory I've been meaning to read her, I've heard such interesting things about her new novel. 9mo
sarahbarnes @readordierachel I hope you enjoy it! ❤️ 9mo
sarahbarnes @vivastory I have, too. That was part of the reason I read this, and now I definitely want to read her novel. 9mo
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What a lovely read this was! Funny and warm, with a twinge of sadness here and there. It was nice to spend some time in summer during this weather. ❄️ Looking forward to discussing this one! #nyrbbookclub

vivastory Glad that you enjoyed this one! Looking forward to the discussion. 9mo
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“Aren‘t you supposed to be great supporters of nose-to-the grindstone? Yet here you are, in a public place, recommending malingering.”

😂 Loving this book so far!

vivastory I am a big supporter of malingering 😂 9mo
Sparklemn As am I! 🙃 9mo
sarahbarnes @vivastory @Sparklemn @batsy so glad to hear that as a malingerer I‘m in good company. 😂 9mo
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I really enjoyed this book! It takes on a terrifying dystopian world (that feels not all that far off as per usual these days) with a great sense of dry humor and unfailing heart and perseverance. Maybe showing that there is hope for some of us to do the right thing, even when so much is wrong.

emilyhaldi Oof, I was going to read this but didn‘t realize it was dystopian. Not sure I can handle another dystopian novel at the moment, especially considering real world events 😅 9mo
BarbaraBB I‘m going to read it if it wins the play-in! 9mo
sarahbarnes @emilyhaldi yes, I definitely hear you! I would say it offered me more hope than some other dystopian novels I‘ve read. But still, I hear you. 9mo
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sarahbarnes @BarbaraBB I haven‘t read the other two it is up against, but I‘d selfishly love for this one to make it in! 😂 9mo
BarbaraBB You‘re right. My vote goes to Red Pill because I enjoyed White Tears.. not a very good reason but I haven‘t read any of the play-ins. I will read the ‘winner‘ though! 9mo
sarahbarnes @BarbaraBB I‘m interested in Red Pill too - sounds like a good one. I have White Tears but haven‘t read it. 9mo
vivastory Great review! I hope to finish this one today 9mo
vivastory @emilyhaldi The dystopianism in this one feels very light in some ways. If that makes sense..Still a bit depressing at points 9mo
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Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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This book is beautiful. I really hesitate to say much about it at all for fear of ruining the reading experience. I loved just diving into the book and living in its world. It was unlike anything I‘ve read in a very long time. I didn‘t want it to end. ❤️

BarbaraBB Lovely review. I felt the same. 10mo
sarahbarnes @BarbaraBB ❤️❤️ 10mo
vivastory Agreed. This was such a wonderful surprise for me. 9mo
sarahbarnes @vivastory Same! Not the type of book I would normally pick up, and it was a lovely experience! 9mo
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This book is a pick as it is really well-written and the story well-constructed - I like the way the narrator shifts between the emotions of her past and family and the technical descriptions of her work. I can‘t say I loved the book because the story had some triggers for me, but that‘s just due to personal context.

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Satantango | Lszl Krasznahorkai, George Szirtes
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I‘ve wanted to watch this film adaptation of Satantango since I found out about it a few years ago. It is indeed mesmerizing. I‘ll see if I can get through the full 7.5 hours before my rental expires. 😬

vivastory Is it directed by Bela Tarr? 10mo
sarahbarnes @vivastory yes it is! I haven‘t seen any of his other work I don‘t think, but this was phenomenal. 10mo
vivastory The only Tarr I have watched is Werckmeister Harmonies. I saw it years ago but it always stuck with me. It's an adaptation of 10mo
sarahbarnes @vivastory What?!! I didn‘t know that existed! But I also loved Melancholy of Resistance and now I am going to have to watch this one, too. Thanks for the tip! (edited) 10mo
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Swimming Home: A Novel | Deborah Levy
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This book is quirky, with moments of hilarity in the events and the writing. It is also devastating in its depiction of human frailty and flaws. I love the way it‘s written in short sections from different perspectives. When reading the beginning I randomly thought of Robert Coover‘s story The Babysitter. I liked this one more than Hot Milk even, and want to read more of Levy‘s fiction now.

Lindy I liked this one better than Hot Milk too, yet all of her books are brilliant. Well, a couple of her novellas went over my head: 10mo
sarahbarnes @Lindy I haven‘t heard of that one! Thanks for the tip - I‘m looking forward to exploring more of her work. 10mo
squirrelbrain Oh, I loved Hot Milk - definitely need to try this one! 10mo
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sarahbarnes @squirrelbrain I did too! I do think you would like this one! 10mo
BarbaraBB Great review. I like this one too but not as much as 10mo
sarahbarnes @BarbaraBB I hear you. It‘s a close one for sure. 😊 10mo
vivastory Keep meaning to read Levy 😬 10mo
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Wow, this book! Definitely one of my favorites on the TOB list so far. Yu uses the screenplay narrative form brilliantly to convey the way that Asian Americans are subjected to racism and reduced to stereotypes not only in media/entertainment, but also in real life. Such a phenomenal read.

Lindy I was wowed by this novel too. It‘s brilliant! 10mo
BarbaraBB One of my favorites on the shortlist too! (edited) 10mo
Megabooks Same!! 10mo
sarahbarnes @Lindy @BarbaraBB @Megabooks I‘m glad you loved this one too! ❤️ 10mo
vivastory Great review 👍 Still one of my favorites on the shortlist 10mo
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The True Deceiver | Tove Jansson
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I absolutely loved this #nyrbbookclub pick. So quietly unsettling. This was my first Jansson read and I am a huge fan. Looking forward to discussing! @vivastory @BarbaraBB

BarbaraBB I loved it too! Looking forward to the discussion too 🤍 10mo
vivastory I'm glad you loved it. The feedback on this one has been overwhelmingly positive. I'm really looking forward to the discussion next weekend! (edited) 10mo
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The Gathering | Anne Enright
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I‘ve wanted to read Anne Enright forever and can‘t believe I waited so long. This book was dark and sad and beautiful. A perfect slow spiral of a story. And her writing is impeccable - dry and wry and measured.

Joyfulmimi Agree 4mo
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There were things I really liked about this book: what I learned about the exploitation of native Hawaiian land and people, poignant passages about the relationships between grown children and parents. But overall the story felt a bit disjointed and I reached the end left a little wanting.

BarbaraBB I know what you mean. It couldn‘t live up to the promise it built up in the first chapters. 10mo
sarahbarnes @BarbaraBB I agree - I was so drawn in by the beginning! 10mo
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The Gathering | Anne Enright
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I disconnected at a yurt in the middle of nowhere for the long weekend and it was glorious. 🛖 ❤️

BarbaraBB Wow that looks incredible 🤍 10mo
readordierachel Sounds heavenly! 10mo
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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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Well, this is exciting news. New Rooney book out this fall! 🎉

vivastory This is FANTASTIC news! 🎉👏🎊📚 10mo
batsy 🙌🏽 10mo
BarbaraBB Super excited for this! 10mo
readordierachel 🎉😃 10mo
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The changeling | Joy Williams
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I can‘t say I enjoyed this book, but I appreciated it. A deeply unsettling story of time, aging, childhood and motherhood. And the intro from Karen Russell is really good. The book was originally published in 1978 and I imagine it would‘ve been viewed as controversial or fringe-y then.

vivastory That cover! 11mo
Liz_M I agree, beautiful cover! 11mo
readordierachel Adding to the cover love 😍 11mo
Cathythoughts The cover ✨ 11mo
sarahbarnes @vivastory @Liz_M @readordierachel @Cathythoughts I know! 😍 The cover was definitely one of the main reasons it caught my eye, knowing nothing about the book when I bought it. 11mo
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A great story combined with beautiful writing. I couldn‘t put it down. I wasn‘t sure it could live up to the hype, but I think it does. A tightly woven story of racism, identity, and family.

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Breasts and Eggs | Mieko Kawakami
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A fascinating book. Kawakami‘s writing style is so unique, almost harsh sometimes, but it works really well here. She takes the decisions women make in the story head on and doesn‘t romanticize any of it. It did feel a bit long in some spots, but overall it‘s definitely a pick.

BarbaraBB Thanks for this review, it is encouraging 🤍 11mo
batsy Love the soft pink of this cover! 11mo
Tanisha_A @batsy Same! 11mo
sarahbarnes @batsy @Tanisha_A I do love the way it looks on my shelf! 😍 11mo
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Hotel World | Ali Smith
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I really don‘t have the words to describe how much I love Ali Smith. ❤️ Every one of her books is such a perfect gem and this one is no exception. I think it‘s one of the most beautiful books I‘ve ever read. The section written from the perspective of the sister was my favorite, but I loved it all so much.

emtobiasz Love this one! 11mo
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This was a great set of short stories. I didn‘t love all of the individual pieces, but I loved the interconnectedness of them. My favorites were Welcome to the Museum of Torture, The Man Who Sold Braces, and Tomatoes and the Full Moon.

Thank you again @readordierachel for sending this my way! I really enjoyed it! ❤️

readordierachel Tomatoes and the Full Moon was one my favorites too. Glad you enjoyed it! 11mo
vivastory I need to read this one again. I liked it when I first read it a few years ago, but it's really stuck with me 11mo
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The Harpy | Megan Hunter
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A woman can be judged for so many things - her mothering, her husband‘s behavior, her public response to that behavior. Lucy tries to control her rage toward all of this, to meet the impossible expectations of others and herself. She pays a heavy price for that decision, in a world where expectations of women don‘t include rage or revenge.

merelybookish Great review! I have this one stacked. (I do love me some mother rage. 😂) 11mo
Cathythoughts I have this stacked too ... nice review! Looking forward to it 11mo
vivastory Looking forward to this one & what a cover! 11mo
sarahbarnes @merelybookish @Cathythoughts @vivastory looking forward to hearing your thoughts! And yes, @merelybookish I really do, too! 😂 11mo
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The Icarus Girl | Helen Oyeyemi
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I can‘t believe it took me this long to read Helen Oyeyemi. In this book she captures what the world looks like when you‘re a child and how powerless you can feel, and combines this with a spine-tingling fairy tale. Loved it and can‘t wait to read more of her work.

Cathythoughts Great title & cover 12mo
vivastory I loved White is For Witching & What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours 12mo
sarahbarnes Thanks for the recs @vivastory! That helps me decide one of hers to read next! 12mo
readordierachel I need to read this one. I loved White is for Witching and am reading Gingerbread now and it's great. 11mo
sarahbarnes @readordierachel I‘ll be interested to hear what you think of Gingerbread. I‘ve wondered about it, and now after reading this one I‘m definitely adding it to my list. 11mo
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Tyll | Daniel Kehlmann
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Thank you so much @vivastory for the copy of Tyll and the beautiful Tolstoy card! What a great way to end the day today. I‘m really excited to read this one!

vivastory I'm glad it reached you safely. Looking forward to your thoughts. It's an interesting book. 12mo
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