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My Brilliant Friend
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"Have heard so much about #FerranteFever... and now our book club shall delve in..." Mar 29, 2015 10:14PM

 
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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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Samantha is on page 147 of 635 of The Golden Notebook: I can tell this book will take me a while due to its density, but I'm enjoying it a lot.
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Gutshot by Amelia Gray
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Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
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Jessica is 3% done with My Brilliant Friend: Have heard so much about #FerranteFever... and now our book club shall delve in...
My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
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The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. by Adelle Waldman
The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.: A Novel
by Adelle Waldman (Goodreads Author)
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Reading this book from the viewpoint of the titular Nathaniel P. makes me think the author did some lengthy interviews with men in New York in their 20s--it must have been torture. Because I recognize Nathaniel in many men I've known and met in passi ...more
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Night Film by Marisha Pessl
Night Film
by Marisha Pessl (Goodreads Author)
recommended for: People who liked House of Leaves but less attn span necessary here
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A book that captured my attention from its opening because of its immediate noir atmosphere -- jogging in Central Park at night with a mysterious figure looming in the path lights? -- yep, that'll do it. New York as backdrop was both nostalgia for me ...more
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All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
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Joan Didion
“She hoped that although he could not hear her she could somehow imprint her ordinary love upon his memory through all eternity, hoped he would rise thinking of her, we were each other, we were each other, not that it mattered much in the long run but what else mattered as much.
Joan Didion, Run River

Cristina Henriquez
“It's in you,' my dad assured me once. 'You were born in Panamá. It's in your bones.'

I spent a lot of time trying to find it in me, but usually I couldn’t. I felt more American than anything, but even that was up for debate according to the kids at school who’d taunted me over the years, asking me if I was related to Noriega, telling me to go back through the canal. The truth was that I didn’t know which I was. I wasn’t allowed to claim the thing I felt and I didn’t feel the thing I was supposed to claim.”
Cristina Henriquez, The Book of Unknown Americans

Cristina Henriquez
“English was such a dense, tight language. So many hard letters, like miniature walls. Not open with vowels the way Spanish was. Our throats open, our mouths open, our hearts open. In English, the sounds were closed. They thudded to the floor. And yet, there was something magnificent about it. Profesora Shields explained that in English there was no usted, no tu. There was only one word—you. It applied to all people. No one more distant or more familiar. You. They. Me. I. Us. We. There were no words that changed from feminine to masculine and back again depending on the speaker. A person was from New York. Not a woman from New York, not a man from New York. Simply a person.”
Cristina Henriquez, The Book of Unknown Americans

Joan Didion
“After that he would leave for a while, breaking things as he went, slamming doors to kick them open, picking up decanters to hurl at mirrors, detouring by way of chairs to smash them against the floor. Always when he came back he would sleep in their room, shutting the door against her. Rigid with self-pity she would lie in another room, wishing for the will to leave. Each believed the other a murderer of time, a destroyer of life itself.”
Joan Didion, Play It as It Lays

Joseph Conrad
“But there is an unholy fascination in systematic noise. He did not flee from it incontinently, as one might have expected him to do. He remained, astonished at himself for remaining, since nothing could have been more repulsive to his tastes, more painful to his senses, and, so to speak, more contrary to his genius, than this rude exhibition of vigour. The Zangiacomo band was not making music; it was simply murdering silence with a vulgar, ferocious energy. One felt as if witnessing a deed of violence; and that impression was so strong that it seemed marvelous to see the people sitting so quietly on their chairs, drinking so calmly out of their glasses, and giving no signs of distress, anger, or fear. Heyst averted his gaze from the unnatural spectacle of their indifference.”
Joseph Conrad, Victory

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