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Middlemarch
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"I had to embark on this at some point! Excited. Here we go!" Apr 15, 2014 01:21PM

 
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"This is DENSE... I'm going to cut back on the journal-reading on my commutes since my wrists cannot take the weight! You think I'm kidding..." Mar 21, 2013 06:35AM

 

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Jessica is 2% done with Middlemarch: I had to embark on this at some point! Excited. Here we go!
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Swimming by Joanna Hershon
Swimming
by Joanna Hershon (Goodreads Author)
read in April, 2014
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I received this hardcover book without a sleeve, so I really had no idea what it was about. I just began reading. The writing in the prologue definitely drew me in; I liked Hershon's manner of referring to the future of her characters as they made a...more
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After Henry by Joan Didion
After Henry
by Joan Didion
read in March, 2014
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I grabbed this book as I headed out the door to the airport -- I never travel to California without a Didion in tow. Good thing I own many of her books that I have yet to read; for occasions such as this.

Some of the essays in this collection seem da...more
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The King in Yellow and Other Horror Stories by Robert W. Chambers
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The first few stories of the collection are riveting and eerie; I thoroughly enjoyed the madness, picking this up after hearing about the literary references in True Detective. The fun tapers off and becomes kind of tedious by the end of the book. Th...more
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The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
The Goldfinch
by Donna Tartt
read in December, 2013
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A novel whose plot I knew little about when I began reading; I enjoyed the shock of what happens in the first part and how it triggers everything that happens to the main character, Theo, afterwards. So: I will not disclose what happens in this revie...more
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The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith
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Jessica is on page 58 of 320 of After Henry: Reading about descending into LAX while descending into LAX was pretty cool.
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Songs for the Missing by Stewart O'Nan
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“It used to be that each time you fell in love, the effort of loving released in you the energy to hold everything together a little longer. Then, after several months or years, when things began to crack apart again, you would fall in love with someone else. New energy would be released, and for a time you and your world would be safe once more.

By now, however, you have exhausted that. There seems to be no energy left - if you had discovered alcohol earlier it might have saved a few broken hearts. For you, alcohol is not the problem - it's the solution: dissolving all the separate parts into one. A universal solvent. An ocean.”
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“In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”
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“She smiled and sipped from her glass. There was altogether too much of her sitting there, the broad expanse of thigh cradled in the insubstantial stocking and the garters with the pale flesh pursed and her full breasts and the sootblack piping of her eyelids, a gaudish rake of metaldust in prussian blue where cerulean moths fluttered her awake from some outlandish dream. Suttree gradually going awash in the sheer outrageous sentience of her. Their glasses clicked on the tabletop. Her hot spiced tongue fat in his mouth and her hands all over him like the very witch of fuck.”
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Ford Madox Ford
“There is no man who loves a woman that does not desire to come to her for the renewal of his courage, for the cutting asunder of his difficulties. And that will be the mainspring of his desire for her. We are all so afraid, we are all so alone, we all so need from the outside the assurance of our own worthiness to exist.”
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