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Joined February 2016

books reviewer Marie Claire @stephopitz
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Difficult Women | Roxane Gay
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Easy breakfast with Difficult Women. This collection promises to be 🔥🔥🔥

kdwinchester Can't wait to start this one. 🤘 3y
Jess7 You haven't posted in along time! Hope you come back to #litsy soon! #litsywelcomewagon #smittenbylittens 2y
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Fever Dream | Samanta Schweblin
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This book scared the shit out of me. And I still loved it.

Simona Waiting for January.... 3y
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Blackacre: Poems | Monica Youn
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Wonderful collection using legalese when artfully discussing the very personal.

Defined: "Blackacre, Whiteacre, Greenacre, Brownacre, and variations are the placeholder names used for fictitious estates in land.

The names are used by professors of law in common law jurisdictions, particularly in the area of real property and occasionally in contracts, to discuss the rights of various parties to a piece of land."

UrsulaMonarch I had no idea! So interesting. I just started this collection and really like it so far. 2y
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Moranifesto | Caitlin Moran
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Getting ready to interview Caitlin Moran in a few hours eeek!!! What should I ask her?

Cinfhen Good luck!!! 3y
Linsy I'm so jealous!! She's amazing 3y
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Loved this collection so much by 2015 Rona Jaffe winner Vanessa Hua. Also loved that I happened to match it today!

Michelle_mck Those shoes though!! ❤️👍🏻 3y
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September Marie Claire now on shelves, lots of great titles coming this fall.

Reviewsbylola I'm really looking forward to Commonwealth and The Wonder being released! 3y
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The glamorous life of a book reviewer.

ElizabethSensa Sounds totally glam to me! 3y
AudreyMorris Way more glam than my life. No one wants to see my raking chicken poop out of the yard lol. 3y
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Follow up to my last post: this collection is amazing. Joyce Carol Oates says it best when she says it's, "as if, by a rare sort of magic, Alice Munro and Shirley Jackson had conspired together to imagine a female/feminist voice for the twenty-first century"

brendanmleonard All of those authors are people I love! 3y
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A book with a view.

ForestAvenuePress Ooh! Reminds me of childhood trips to our friends' Maine lake cabin. 3y
Suzze Makes me miss my sister's house. She sold it to move to Florida. Whhhhhhyyyyyy? 3y
scripturient 😍 3y
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How to Party with an Infant | Kaui Hart Hemmings
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I really loved the new Kaui Hart Hemmings. It was charming, funny, and made me want to cook more.

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Another Brooklyn: A Novel | Jacqueline Woodson
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Sorry for crappy photo quality but OMG I got to interview Jackie Woodson about Another Brooklyn and unsurprisingly she and the book are wonderful.

Twocougs I met her in April. What a joy it was! 3y
suzannewhtny That is amazing! She is so wonderful!! 3y
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Saturday plan.

BekahB Ohhhh I heard about this book but I hadn't seen the cover yet! That looks amazing. 3y
rachel_mbc This sounds great and what a cover! I think I might have a copy in my office and I'm tempted to drive in to look for it. Too much to read at home, though. 😀 3y
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16 year old runs away with her 30 year old teacher in the summer of 1969, and that's just this first chapter.

Noonnie Sounds great! I'll put it on my 'want to read' list! 😍 3y
Reviewsbylola I've had my eye on this one. 3y
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"In 10 short stories, Amie Barrodale‘s debut collection, You Are Having a Good Time, initially looks like it‘s about normal people doing normal things. Then the strange or dark or unseemly things seep out..." Read the rest of the interview on Kirkus!

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The Mothers: A Novel | Brit Bennett
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Ready for takeoff!

Reviewsbylola Looking forward to this one! Enjoy your flight. ✈️ 3y
Caryl I love that cover. Happy travels! 3y
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Laughing and learning: two of my favorite things to do while reading.

Matilda Loved this book! 3y
Owlizabeth Can't wait to read this - I'm hooked on 2 Dope Queens. 3y
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The Nest: A Novel | Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
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A friend emailed looking for a book about family drama that's not too heavy. I suggested this. It's funny, relatable if you have siblings, and actually has a great, motivating moral.

Loreen But the were all so unlikable. 3y
BillKathyWms It's on my tbr list!! 3y
stephopitz @Loreen whether a character is unlikable or not doesn't impact my feelings about a good story. In fact, I love when I like a book with unlikable characters, I'm always impressed by how the author pulled it off. 3y
minkyb stephopitz - that is the perfect comment about unlikable characters. I totally agree! 3y
Caryl I loved that many of the unlikable characters, by the end of the book, were able to learn & grow & do better, in believable ways. (Just finished this one!) 3y
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More excited about reading this book than Sophie is about being this photo. Heard Max Porter on the Lit Up podcast and had to go pick it up.

HardcoverHearts I saw him do a reading last week and he is just so interesting. It made me even more excited to read the book. 3y
Chelsey I would love to hear this in the author's voice! 3y
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A Game of Thrones | George R. R. Martin
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Loved this book so much. Haven't had time to read the rest because of work-reading. But love the HBO series and am watching the finale tonight NO SPOILERS PLEASE. Have you read books and watched series? Am I missing so much?

[DELETED] 3558467437 Ugh! I can't believe the season is over! 3y
britt_brooke I did not read the books (husband did) but I'm obsessed with the show. 3y
Gpapp I've read all the books and watched the show. Both are great in their own ways. If you can find time, I'd read the books, it does add something. But the shows are different enough that I think they can stand on their own. And the casting and acting really is perfect, I think. 3y
stargazerblue49 @Currysunshine That was my first thought, too! I can't believe we have a whole 9 more months of waiting already! 3y
Melwilk I love the books and the show. I'm on vacation, so the season finale will have to wait until I get home. 3y
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Sunday's got me like.

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Thirst: Poems | Mary Oliver
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Had lunch with a friend who's going through some tough stuff and told her about this poem that's been a mantra for me in difficult times.

The Uses of Sorrow

Someone I loved once gave me
a box full of darkness.

It took me years to understand
that this, too, was a gift.

BarbaraTheBibliophage Love Mary Oliver! 3y
Makatma She is one of my favorites! 3y
Bibliogeekery 💓💓💓 3y
minkyb She is fabulous! 3y
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Cartwheel: A Novel | Jennifer duBois
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I read this book 2-3 years ago and still remember it very well (which says a lot). While I had little interest in the real Amanda Knox trial, I became obsessed with it because of this book. DuBois gets into her characters' heads (and therefore the readers') in such artful and cunning ways.

Sweettartlaura Check out Abroad by Katie Crouch if you liked this one. It's in the same vein. 3y
Reviewsbylola I am ashamed to say I have never heard of this but you had me at Amanda Knox! 3y
RachelFersh I really loved this one too. I thought it should have won the Next Gone Girl arms race. 3y
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A Little Life: A Novel | Hanya Yanagihara
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This book broke my heart a million times. Worth the hype. Worth the heartbreak. I loved getting to know the characters so well that their joys and sorrows were mine.

Lupita.Reads Completely agree! 3y
Owlizabeth This book broke me!!! After I read it last year, I couldn't read for three weeks. I loved it, but I felt traumatized by the end and I needed to heal. 3y
brennareadsbooks I read this last year and still think about it. 3y
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HardcoverHearts I can honestly say that I am a different person after reading this. I had very firm notions of friendship and boundaries that I don't have anymore because of reading this book. It's not for everyone but it was for me. ❤️💔 3y
KatrinaRose Agreed and beautifully put! 3y
acc5446 oof. this was so heavy, but so very very remarkable. 3y
Dylangrrl Agreed. I listened to this on Audible then bought a copy to read. By the end of the listen I was holding my Bluetooth speaker and sobbing. So satisfying. Not for everyone but definitely worth every word. 3y
LauraReads Oh I just started reading this book last night...keen! 3y
Hazel0303 I'm glad you liked it - I just couldn't do it anymore after 500 pages. 3y
SistaPip My sister told me she didn't think I could survive this book. Maybe someday over the rainbow 3y
BillKathyWms Loved this book! Beautiful writing. Very heavy but worthwhile! 3y
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This book confirmed all my worst fears about the underbelly of highly competitive kids and their families. Total page turner.

Girl_Power Where is the button for, "To read immediately why must I wait until the release date life is not fair I want this book right now?" Come on, Litsy. 3y
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In 2011 on an airplane reading a galley of WHERE'D YOU GO BERNADETTE by Maria Semple, the woman next to me tapped me and told me that, because of my ear plugs, I couldn't tell that I was laughing annoyingly loud. Just met the brilliant, funny author and picked up her latest which is wonderful.

stephopitz This is maybe more of a post about BERNADETTE but TODAY WILL BE DIFFERENT is so good and out in October. Pre order, I say! 3y
Caryl You are so lucky! Can't wait for her newest. 3y
subwayreads Great story. 3y
AlisonCanRead I hope you laughed even louder after that. Just to bother her. 3y
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Astonish Me | Maggie Shipstead
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Russian ballet superstar defects for opportunities in America. But the novel is really about the good, but not great, dancer, Joan, who in her youth aides the defector but now, older and retired, is living a much less astonishing life. Maggie Shipstead Skyped into my book club tonight, it was great!

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Never Let Me Go | Kazuo Ishiguro
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A couple that audiobooks together stays together.

Finally, finally reading this!

MaryAnn1 Love it! 3y
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Land of Enchantment | Leigh Stein
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A death of a too-young ex, launches Leigh‘s heartfelt memoir about first loves, idealism, disappointment, and toxic relationships.

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Here Comes the Sun | Nicole Dennis-Benn
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Every single page is a stunner. The depth and complexities of these characters is really something!

Bethanychaseauthor Glad to hear it; this one looks amazing 4y
TheBookGroup So happy to hear you're a fan! We can't wait for this one to come out. 4y
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The Nightingale | Kristin Hannah
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The hype was a bit overblown for me. I read the whole thing, but a lot of it felt familiar and/or too tidy.

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The Night Circus | Erin Morgenstern
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I finally read The Night Circus. So fun and fantastical! Such a page-turner.

angrylilasian I loved this book so much. I keep checking her blog to see when she's going to publish her next book. 3y
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Turning Japanese | Mari Naomi
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Loved MariNaomi's graphic memoir!

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Man and Wife | Katie Chase
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Love this debut collection, and not just because there's a story about Kyrgyzstan AND a story about Minnesota.

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Siracusa | Delia Ephron
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The more I think about Siracusa, the darker it gets.

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Incredible, educational, will stay with me for years, I'm sure.

alexandria Have you read Citizen yet? 4y
stephopitz @alexandria not yet; I'm glad I started with this. Citizen next! 4y
alexandria I read this first too, it made Citizen perfect. 4y
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Excited to land in LA a smarter person.

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Loved talking to Karan Mahajan about his incredible new book in Kirkus. Man, I hope to live in a world where a book like this stops being timely.

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Homegoing: A novel | Yaa Gyasi
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"The family is like the forest: if you're outside it is dense; if you are inside you see that each tree has its own position" —Akan Proverb/ epigraph

Xoxo Is this good? I might order it. 4y
stephopitz @Xoxo it's incredible. 4y
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The Bed Moved: Stories | Rebecca Schiff
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April Marie Claire spotted at Newark! There are some great books coming out next month!

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It's hard to pick just one quote but here's a few lines from the poem DOWN HERE: It means, if you‘re alone,/ when love is all around,/ We all tip our lonely hats/ in one un-lonely sound.

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Happy 7th Birthday, Slaughterhouse 90210 (where this screenshot is from)! Also, I loved Fates and Furies so much.

Maris ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️📚📺 4y
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Men's Journal features one of my favorite memoirs (outdoors-related or not), about growing up in the Alaskan outback.

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Sweetbitter: A novel | Stephanie Danler
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The story of a new New Yorker and her foray into the restaurant industry. This book was so sexy and sumptuous, can't I recommend enough.

Tyler I loved this!! 4y
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Yasssss. Am I allowed to live quote here? Maybe I will and see what happens.

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The Past: A Novel | Tessa Hadley
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Hadley just won Windham Campbell prize and I'd bet it's the first of many this year. Loved The Past.

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Bark-Skins | Annie Proulx
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Ready for takeoff!

Will I'm reading it, too! What do you think so far? 4y
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The Assistants | Camille Perri
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Don't try this at home, it's totally illegal—but who hasn't had a crappy salary to match an exponentially terrible job? When a personal assistant accidentally gets an opportunity to pay off her student debt with an expense account error, she takes it

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Reading The Girls makes me want to revisit amazing nonfiction book Manson by Jeff Guinn.

stephopitz @case_face no. But I should! 4y
AmiGreko I liked The Girls, but kept thinking, that's not how it really happened!, thanks to Manson. 4y
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F. Scott Fitzgerald statue in downtown St. Paul. Was just reading about his heavy editorial influence in The Sun Also Rises in Blume's new book out this summer.

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Among Strange Victims | Daniel Saldaa Pars
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Excited about these forthcoming Coffee House books. #tbr

Lettters Yeah, I'm psyched for that Paris book. Loved McSweeney's translations of Luiselli's books. 4y
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