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Ghettoside by Jill Leovy
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i grew up in a tiny village located in the smallest state in the u.s. whose residents were mostly elderly transplanted french canadians. it was a very docile environment. from there, i went directly to nyc for college, and despite wha
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Unbecoming by Rebecca Scherm
Unbecoming: A Novel
by Rebecca Scherm (Goodreads Author)
read in October, 2014
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3.5

this book is a little cocktail mix of Gone Girl and The Goldfinch with a little garnish of The Talented Mr. Ripley. but it lacks the sociopathic oomph of gg or ripley and, well, it's not written by donna tartt. but despite the snou
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The Sasquatch Hunter's Almanac by Sharma Shields
The Sasquatch Hunter's Almanac: A Novel
by Sharma Shields (Goodreads Author)
read in December, 2014
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this is a charming, if uneven, little book-ride.

it covers about 60 years of a family's bizarre experiences, beginning when the lonely and unsatisfied mother of a young boy named eli is seduced into the arms of a sasquatch known as "mr
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Church of Marvels by Leslie Parry
Church of Marvels: A Novel
by Leslie Parry
read in January, 2015
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2015 is officially the year of spectacular carnival/sideshow debut novels.

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Bull Mountain by Brian Panowich
Bull Mountain
by Brian Panowich (Goodreads Author)
read in January, 2015
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"What do you do when you can't reach a hornet's nest?"

"You set fire to the tree."


sometimes a hornet's nest is more than a hornet's nest.

and many trees will be sacrificed.

and i hear you, "wait, another literary crime thriller about moonshine and meth
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Authors vs. Goodreads by Zoe Desh
Authors vs. Goodreads
by Zoe Desh
read in January, 2015
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i assume this book was written solely to get a reaction out of people; to prove some sort of point about how naughty goodreaders will gang up and troll-attack a problematic book with "nonreviews" and "abuse," and it certainly has had caused a stir. h ...more
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A Single Shot by Matthew F. Jones
A Single Shot
by Matthew F. Jones
read in September, 2011
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i was fooled.

i opened the book, as you do, and i started reading.

in a time when reliable standards of personal conduct have allegedly eroded and, no longer anchored by religious convictions or cultural cohesion, have diminished to irresolute situati
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Authors vs. Goodreads by Zoe Desh
" wow, it's even LESS exclusive. all you have to do is ADD fifty books - you don't have to rate or review them. jeebus. "
"okay, adventure number two in a single day! and hopefully this one will be more fun. i will make sure it is more fun.

it all began with rain. it may not look like much here, but it was a deluge. dear rain - if you were more ambitious, you would be..." Read more of this chapter »
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The Best Cat Book Ever by Kate Funk
The Best Cat Book Ever: Super-Amazing, 100% Awesome
by Kate Funk (Goodreads Author)
read in December, 2014
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**this review space is going to be filled with my january project. it will be reposted all month as i add pictures, so get used to seeing it on your feed, and it if bugs you, feel free to block me.

this is the best cat book ever because this is the be
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George Elliott Clarke
“All books are merely delayed dust.”
George Elliott Clarke

Leonard Cohen
“a kite is a victim you are sure of.
you love it because it pulls.”
Leonard Cohen

Hart Crane
“I wanted you, nameless Woman of the South,
No wraith, but utterly—as still more alone
The Southern Cross takes night
And lifts her girdles from her, one by one—
High, cool,
wide from the slowly smoldering fire
Of lower heavens,—
vaporous scars!

Eve! Magdalene!
or Mary, you?

Whatever call—falls vainly on the wave.
O simian Venus, homeless Eve,
Unwedded, stumbling gardenless to grieve
Windswept guitars on lonely decks forever;
Finally to answer all within one grave!

And this long wake of phosphor,
iridescent
Furrow of all our travel—trailed derision!
Eyes crumble at its kiss. Its long-drawn spell
Incites a yell. Slid on that backward vision
The mind is churned to spittle, whispering hell.

I wanted you . . . The embers of the Cross
Climbed by aslant and huddling aromatically.
It is blood to remember; it is fire
To stammer back . . . It is
God—your namelessness. And the wash—

All night the water combed you with black
Insolence. You crept out simmering, accomplished.
Water rattled that stinging coil, your
Rehearsed hair—docile, alas, from many arms.
Yes, Eve—wraith of my unloved seed!

The Cross, a phantom, buckled—dropped below the dawn.
Light drowned the lithic trillions of your spawn.”
Hart Crane, The Bridge: A Poem

Franklin Pierce
“ouch, an egg!”
Franklin Pierce

Cormac McCarthy
“reckon.”
Cormac McCarthy

adventures in food and fun XIII (Horror)
3 chapters   —   updated Jan 24, 2015 01:51PM
Description: new year, new adventures
adventures in food and fun XII (Drama)
18 chapters   —   updated Jan 03, 2015 01:05PM
Description: adventures!!! they will be fun! there will be food!
adventures in food and fun II (Select)
15 chapters   —   updated Dec 06, 2014 04:27AM
Description: it seems that the first batch of a.i.f.&f. is "too difficult" to scroll through, so here is a new batch for you lazy bitches.
adventures in food and fun XI (Entertainment)
24 chapters   —   updated Sep 06, 2014 11:58AM
Description: this is what we eat! and where we go! again!
adventures in food and fun X (Cooking, Food & Wine)
24 chapters   —   updated Apr 12, 2014 01:19PM
Description: a new cluster of adventures!
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