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jo is 45% done with Some Luck: this is a mammoth book, of which i'm getting to the end, and i have a very strong feeling that i'll discover that i've read it for nothing. and then i'll be really pissed.
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Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel
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All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews
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