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Joined April 2016

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Looking forward to this next reading stack. 🤓

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Desire: Vintage Minis | Haruki Murakami
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More #Penguin Mini‘s for my library! I just can't get enough it seems. This is the #vintageminis box set!!! I'm also a sucker for #boxsets. 😝🤓

StephTKO Ugh I love these too. 2y
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Dirty Snow | Georges Simenon
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I‘ve been on a Georges Simenon kick ever since I read Dirty Snow last month. Not sure how I never heard of him considering all the books he's written (@ 400?!) plus his celebrity writer status while he was alive. I haven't read any of his Maigret series yet, but I'm getting into his Romans Dur's. Six read and seemingly endless to go.

JazzFeathers Oh, l bought Dirty Snow just last month! 2y
Ms_T I read The Blue Room last year and loved it. 2y
squarepeginroundhole @JazzFeathers curious to hear what you think. Its a strange one, but in a good way. 2y
squarepeginroundhole @Ms_T yes! That is my fave so far! 2y
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Novellas | Vladimir Nabokov
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I've always heard Nabokov wrote his novels on notecards and when I saw this edition, to see and read it in his process, I had to purchase it!

BookBabe Ooh! Love this!!! 😍 2y
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Novellas | Vladimir Nabokov
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Picked this up at The Strand yesterday. 😙🤓

saresmoore ♥️ 2y
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Mehso-so

I chose this Argentinian because I read somewhere he had a 10% chance, i.e. a long shot, of winning the Nobel literature prize this year and he wrote mainly novellas. I love short books so I picked up GHOSTS. I couldn't make heads or tails of it. But they are so short, I decided to try another one. This one because it was rated the highest and Roberto Bolano wrote the intro. I can't say I liked it. Anyone fans here who can recommend a good one?

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Blue Nights | Joan Didion
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I forgot who on Litsy got me onto bookhub but here's a sale I was finally able to partake in. So I thought I'd share it.

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"... the journey it had made, and had still to make, pursued its mysterious and dreadful end; and carried, heavy with weeping and bitterness, the heart along."

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"Men spoke of how the heart broke up but never spoke of how the soul hung speechless in the pause, the void, the terror between the living and the dead... Once there, there was no turning back; once there, the soul remembered, though the heart sometimes forgot. For the world called to the heart, which stammered to reply; life, and love, and revelry, and most falsely, hope, called the forgetful, the human heart. Only the soul, obsessed w/ the...

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"Only recently have I realized the degree to which these books were my religious texts and their unavowed intent was to teach me the secrets of reality, in short to explain the meaning of life."

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"Books can be so utterly powerful to someone quite vulnerable in their teens, the eyes clouded with hormones, and a wistful heart looking for an artistic Eden far from the shovel and hoe, the locker room slugfests, the urge to find a girl other than your sister who actually reads books."

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Angle of Repose | Wallace Stegner
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AmyG I love this book so much. ❤ 2y
squarepeginroundhole @AmyG I'm almost finished and have been enjoying it! 2y
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Angle of Repose | Wallace Stegner

"Salt is added to dried rose petals with the perfume and spices, when we store them away in covered jars, the summers of our past."

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"... he was what made the days worth confronting."

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Giovanni's Room | James Baldwin
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'Somebody', said Jacques, 'your father or mine, should have told us that not many people have ever died of love. But multitudes have perished, and are perishing every hour... for the lack of it.'

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Bel-Ami | Guy de Maupassant
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"And they sat, all three, for almost an hour waiting for dinner, motionless, merely exchanging a word here and there, any word, however pointless or trite, as though it was secretly dangerous to let the stillness continue for too long, to allow the air of this death-haunted room to congeal into silence."

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Jesus' Son: Stories | Denis Johnson
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how sad, I only just discovered his work...
Loved Jesus'' Son.
R.I.P.

kspenmoll Just heard. I only recently discovered him. 3y
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I just love these little mini modern penguin classics. A great FSF short story too!

JazzFeathers I like these editions too. I even own this book, though l haven't read it yet 3y
squarepeginroundhole The title story is great and short! 3y
Faibka Beautiful edition! 3y
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I realized that carelessness can govern our lives, but it does not provide us with any arguments in its defense.

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Abolutely loved this collection of short stories. It was a Litsy discovery thanks to a recommendation from @MimiBKNY during a conversation about Raymond Carver, so mucho thx! I can see the comparisons. She really is as good. If you like him, Lucia Berlin is definitely worth a try. For those who dislike sad or downer stories, this won't be for you.

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Latest #Bookhaul. Started Lucia Berlin, so far so good!

SaraBeagle Good looking stack! I loved the McBride and the Stegner. 💕 3y
squarepeginroundhole @SaraBeagle Thx. I'm looking forward to reading both! 3y
Faibka Nice! I also have that book from Rovelli :) but haven't read it yet :( 3y
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squarepeginroundhole @Faibka I must admit, I was a bit disappointed with it. 3y
Faibka @squarepeginroundhole really? How so? If you don't mind my asking. I just bought another book of his and now I'm thinking maybe I should have read this one first... 3y
squarepeginroundhole @Faibka It really depends on how much you already know. He states right of the bat the book is very introductory. I guess I just knew more than I thought. I was looking for a book a little more in depth on the subject than this. 3y
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The Burning Ground | Adam O'Riordan
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A tad disappointed with this one. A very easy read, some good endings, but utilizes backstory too much to get to the final event.

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"You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I'll rise.
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You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I'll rise."

squarepeginroundhole Looking forward to her documentary on Feb 21st. 3y
whatthelog God this is a brilliant poem. 3y
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The House on Mango Street | Sandra Cisneros
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"At night Nenny and I can hear when Earl comes home from work. First the click and whine of the car door opening, then the scrape of concrete, the excited tinkling of dog tags, followed by the heavy jingling of keys, and finally the moan of the wooden door as it opens and lets loose it's sigh of dampness."

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Sunday afternoon doing some read along with Jeremy Irons on BBC 4.

JoeStalksBeck Now that is awesome. Although I would picture Scar from Lion King 👑 😂😂😂❤❤ 3y
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Train Dreams: A Novella | Denis Johnson
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"By most Januaries, when the snow had deepened, the valley seemed stopped with the perpetual silence, but as a matter of fact it was often filled with the rumble of trains and the choirs of distant wolves and the nearer mad jibbering of coyotes."

Ericmanciniwriter One of my favorite books - haunting 3y
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RIP. 😢😢

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Chronicles | Bob Dylan
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Nobel in Literature? Congrats anyhow and this was a fun read!

katedensen I was so surprised! I'm a huge Dylan fan but this was so unexpected. 3y
squarepeginroundhole @katedfisher At first I was surprised, then elated because I love his work, then later saddened that a pure writer wasn't offered it. Now I'm just happy again. His impact is pretty universal IMO. 3y
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Few Good Men | Aaron Sorkin
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I was in Lower Manhattan this afternoon and thought I would read a bit in Union Square because it was nice out. Instead, I detoured to the Strand. I had told myself to pause on buying books until I clear some of my TBR, but NO, I wouldn't listen. I can never leave there empty handed.
#bookhaul #getindie

MrBook 😂😂😂👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👍🏻👌🏻🙌🏻!!! #KindredSpirits 3y
[DELETED] 3323341091 the Kelley and Colette books are so damn good. 3y
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squarepeginroundhole @fern good to hear. I was on the fence with Colette. 3y
jessberk13 I always go across the street to Max Brenner and get an Italian hot chocolate before I browse there 😍 3y
QueenWing19 I feel you. I managed to walk out of a bookstore on Friday empty handed even though I knew there was a rewards point bonus happening this weekend. #moralvictory #tbrpile #toinfinityandbeyond 3y
squarepeginroundhole @jessica I may have to try that next trip. 3y
squarepeginroundhole @QueenWing19 you have better will power than me. 😀 3y
cariashley I *love* the strand. I live very close and need a lot of self control not to go all the time; NYC apts are small 😞 3y
squarepeginroundhole @cariashley It's my fave. In college, I spent 2 summers at TIsch and spent literally every other day inside that store. The other days I was at record stores. When I moved back to NYC, I looked at an apt a block away. Soooo tiny that I couldn't do it. 3y
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Few Good Men | Aaron Sorkin

I was in Lower Manhattan this afternoon and thought I would read a bit in Union Square because it was nice out. Instead, I detoured to the Strand. I had told myself to pause on buying books until I clear some off my TBR, but NO, I wouldn't listen. I can never leave there empty handed.
#bookhaul #getindie

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Here's another stack of #madeintoamovie
These are some of my favorite lit books made to films. Not all the film adaptions were great, but The Unbearable Lightness of Being was a winner.
#somethingforSept

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The Singing Detective | Dennis Potter
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#madeintoamovie Here's a batch of film noirs / thrillers. You can never go wrong with Chandler or Cain, but I say Dennis Potter's The Singing Detective (more a teleplay) is the best TV show ever made. The BBC one with Michael Gambon and not the horrible film remake with R. Downey Jr. The visuals may be dated now, but the story is unbelievably well told. Wide emotions from funny to dark to brooding to heart-wrenching. Watch it, u won't be sorry.

wonga love the Femmes Fatale editions💕 3y
[DELETED] 3323341091 The Singing Detective is great! The Hustler is well done too. 3y
squarepeginroundhole After my blurb, I was curious to see if I could watch it online. And yes, it's on YouTube. This was so hard to get to back in the day in the US until DVDs came out. Here's a nice intro or review I found too: 3y
Dragon I totally agree about the original version of Singing Detective! 3y
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The Singing Detective | Dennis Potter

#madeintoamovie Here's a batch of film noirs / thrillers. You can never go wrong with Chandler or Cain, but I say Dennis Potter's The Singing Detective (more a teleplay) is the best TV show ever made. The BBC one with Michael Gambon and not the horrible film remake with R. Downey Jr. The visuals may be dated now, but the story is unbelievably well told. Wide emotions from funny to dark to brooding to heart-wrenching. Watch it, u won't be sorry.

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The Namesake | Jhumpa Lahiri
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A delicate, touchingly told story of the immigrant experience in America. Another impressive book by her. Loved her SS, this was my first novel. The Lowland will now move higher own my TBR stack!

OSChamberlain I read this in my Exile in Literature class. Wonderful novel! 3y
aeeklund @OSChamberlain That sounds like a fascinating class! Who else did you read?? 3y
squarepeginroundhole @OSChamberlain sounds like a great class. I would've taken it if I had a chance. Would've loved to seen the syllabus. What other books did it cover? 3y
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OSChamberlain @aeeklund @squarepeginroundhole It was a class that spanned 2 semesters and probably my favorite class of them all. It was taught by a little old man who himself was an exile (though under no circumstances did he ever talk about his own experience) and the books were: 3y
OSChamberlain The namesake 3y
OSChamberlain We got to meet the author of Memory of Silence and pick her brain which was awesome. And he always told us stories of interviewing Phillip Roth. 3y
squarepeginroundhole @OSChamberlain Thank you so much for that list. I haven't read any off them. Sounded like a fun class! 3y
OSChamberlain @squarepeginroundhole no problem! The Prague orgy is a novella which is part of a series but we read it as a standalone. I have to say the Painted Bird and the Samurai's garden. They're complete polar opposites, with the garden being such a tranquil novel and the painted bird being filled with brutality and suffering. All those books are great, though! 3y
aeeklund @OSChamberlain @squarepeginroundhole This is awesome! Thank you for sharing! I'm adding these. I miss literature classes. 3y
Carleneishere This is probably my all-time favorite novel! 3y
Moonpa Her novels are good and her short stories are amazing! 3y
Joyfulmimi One of my favorites! Loved this book. 2y
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The Namesake | Jhumpa Lahiri
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"Remember that you and I made this journey, that we went together to a place where there was nowhere left to go."

KVanRead Such a good book and the movie was good too. 3y
squarepeginroundhole @KVanRead I may have to see the movie once I finish just to compare. 3y
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#tbrtuesday : Stack of photo books to get through. Will likely get mesmerized by the pictures and forget about the text. I don't think any of them were in the Litsy DB. But Volume I of the History of the Photobook is a good start. Or just go to your friendly bookstore and browse at the photo section. That's usually where I visit last before I leave.

[DELETED] 3323341091 Doisneau is grand. 3y
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This is Bradbury's Royal typewriter. I first saw it in a repair shop when I had to get my IBM Selectric fixed. The repairman thought I'd be impressed. I was. I took a photo of it then, but I couldn't find it for this post. I got this online. It was bought by a well-known collector after his death. I had no idea people collected typewriters at the time and it, regretfully😜, started me collecting these heavy machines for a while. Happy Bday R.B.!

JazzFeathers Aren't typewriters impressive object? I own one which used to be long to my granddad, probably as old as the 1950s, and l adore it :) 3y
squarepeginroundhole @JazzFeathers Wow, it's an heirloom now! 3y
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"It would appear, he often used to say to himself, that children never ask themselves any questions. Many years afterwards, we attempt to solve puzzles that were not mysteries at the time and we try to decipher half-obliterated letters from a language that is too old and whose alphabet we don't even know."

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This atmospherically falls in the film noir genre which I'm always a fan & my 2nd Modiano book. Unfortunately when this story reached it's end, it went over my head. Unlike in Missing Person, I enjoyed the unresolved ending. Here, I can't say such. Maybe it was a different translator, but I enjoyed the text less overall, even though it had great mood. I felt there was something in it that was just slightly out of reach. May try a reread 1 day.

Paigey7475 Exactly how I felt! It sort of felt like he just stopped... like he cut the book off in the middle with no resolution whatsoever. 3y
JazzFeathers Never read Modiano. But l love noir stories, so l think l'll try him :) 3y
squarepeginroundhole @JazzFeathers Let me know what you think, especially if you find a good one. 3y
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Light Years | James Salter
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#recommendsday I absolutely loved this book when I read it a few years ago before he died. The writing is beautiful. On a sentence to sentence level, this book is one of the tops. The funny thing is that this is the only book I like of his. I've tried some others and couldn't get into them for some reason or other. Stylistically this seems to be the standout for me.

mauveandrosysky I read A Sport and a Pastime recently and wasn't crazy about it, but I've been meaning to give him another chance. Sounds like this will be the one! 3y
squarepeginroundhole @mauveandrosysky Me too. I have copy of Sport and couldn't even make it quarter way. This one is very different IMO, much more mature writing. 3y
squarepeginroundhole @Skiles I haven't tried that one. I may give it a go. Thx. 3y
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"Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional."

Honestly, I never thought I would read a book about running, let alone finish one, but it was Murakami so I did. It was a quick and enjoyable read. I like the parallels he points out between writing and running which made it interesting for me.

katedensen This is one of three Murakami I haven't read yet...need to get on that! 3y
DiruVamp I am not a runner but I will read just about anything Murakami writes. The memoir style was so interesting to me I really enjoyed it! 3y
JenniferShepard I substituted cycling and swimming for running, and it all rang true. But I also admired Murakami's commitment to writing and his love of jazz/blues. 3y
squarepeginroundhole @jshepard One reason I read him is because I share in his love for jazz and I find it fun to see which tunes he points out in his fiction. 3y
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Milk and Honey | Rupi Kaur
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There were many favorable posts on Litsy for this book. I seldom read poetry and if I do, it's usually in free verse. This fit the bill so I decided to give it a try. It did not disappoint. I can see why everyone on here loves it. I think this was my first official Litsy find!

SoniaC So glad you loved it. I'm still telling anyone who will listen about it! 3y
Carol 🙌🙌🙌🙌 3y
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Milk and Honey | Rupi Kaur
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After reading Patrick Modiano, and thinking whether his book was an existential detective story, I couldn't help think of Paul Auster.  So I pulled out my old copy of the New York Trilogy and gave it a read. I forgot how much I like Auster and am surprised I don't read more of his work than I have., only this and Music of Chance. Clever and enjoyable metafiction. As for the comparison read, PM's Missing Person was not metafiction. His approach is

squarepeginroundhole ... More sparse and objective. Auster more subjective in his approach of the mystery IMO which makes him easier to read and be engaged. 3y
NCNY You should read Mr Vertigo. It's one of my favorite Paul Auster books. 3y
squarepeginroundhole @NCNY thx for recommendation, will check it out. 3y
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ElizabethSensa Love Paul Auster but haven't read this one! 3y
Lakesidemusing Must read Paul Auster! 3y
KimHM Auster's Moon Palace and Leviathan are also great, as is his nonfiction. 3y
squarepeginroundhole @KimHM thx for recommended! 3y
JazzFeathers I've always wonder whether l want to read Auster. His stories sound so different and strange and l don't understand whether l may like him or not. Maybe l should just try ;) 3y
squarepeginroundhole @JazzFeathers This one is an easy one to start. It's three novellas, so if you don't like the first, you can just bail! 3y
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From: The Locked Room.

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Missing Person | Patrick Modiano, Daniel Weissbort
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This is an odd little book. Very quickly I realized this was one of those mysteries that wouldn't be resolved. Surprisingly, when I reached the end, I wasn't annoyed, upset, or disappointed. Somehow, I still rather enjoyed it and not quite sure why. Now, I'm intrigued to read more of Modiano to see if he can do it again. Anyone know his work and have suggestions?

LauraBrook I've seen his books around for quite awhile and always been curious myself. Will be keeping my eyes on this space to see what others say. Glad you liked it! 3y
MrBook Interesting... 3y
mhillis I read Paris Nocturne and Suspended Sentences. Enjoyed them both. I haven't read this one yet though!! 3y
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Slightly Out Of Focus | Robert Capa
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A quick and entertaining read of the legendary war photographer's time in WWII in his own words and photographs. It's told simply and matter-of-factly without much sentimentality or glorification, yet poignant in certain moments. A must for Robert Capa fans.

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Last Evenings on Earth | Roberto Bolao
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Newly acquired TBR and TBRR (reread) stack.

tojuxtapose Salinger for life. 4y
pb47 Re reading Catcher in the Rye right now. 4y
KVanRead ❤️Money 4y
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MrBook Nice stack! 3y
KimHM I'm not a huge fan of short stories, but "A Perfect Day for Bananafish" is one of the all-time greats. 3y
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M Train | Patti Smith
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Unfortunately this disappointed, mostly because I loved Just Kids so much and had high expectations. If you're a Patti Smith fan, still worth a read, but if you're new to her, I recommend starting with Just Kids.

squarepeginroundhole 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 4y
librarymail Good to know! I'm interested in her musical career, does she talk about that much in Just Kids? 4y
squarepeginroundhole @librarymail none in m train really. There's a little in Just Kids of how she started in music as I recall. 4y
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M Train | Patti Smith
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Writer's debris. :))

Abailliekaras Loved just kids, she writes beautifully. Adding this to me TBR - the ever-growing stack 📚📚📚 ! 4y
WanderingBookaneer I loved the experience of listening to this audiobook. There is something so soothing about her voice. 4y
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