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Brooklyn Was Mine by Valerie Steiker
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Oct 28, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: read-2011, read-2010
Read from October 27, 2010 to February 16, 2011

Saw this at the phenomenal Brooklyn bookseller / publisher powerHouse books, and I couldn't resist. I <3 you, Brooklyn!


Well this is just the fucking worst. I stuck this book in a tote bag to bring to the laundromat, and when I came home and put all my clothes away, book + bag were gone! WTF? I never lose books, and this is even one I paid full fucking price for. And I was really enjoying it! Fuck.

I should have a lot of good book karma by now, can the universe please magic me another copy or something? And my favorite tote bag would be nice to have back too. Fuck!


Ha, I am some kind of Karen fluffer today, but I have to give her props again -- she totally gave me a replacement copy of this book out of the goodness of her booky little heart. Yay! And I finally did finish it, weeks and weeks and weeks later.

I don't have the energy or time for a real review, but this book was pretty great. Of course it's a bit uneven, as all collections of this nature are, but the good essays were great, and the mediocre ones were still above average. Despite the awesome ridiculous cover, this is not a hipster book at all, it's mostly essays of Brooklyn gone by, when it was dirtier or slummier or posher or community-er or more racist. Lots of nostalgia, lots of evocation of scenery, lots of young hopefuls starting new lives as their parents look on aghast. Since, of course, I lost the first copy of this where I'd marked all sorts of shit in the margins to talk about in this review, I don't remember too much about all the different essays, but I know I liked it all a lot.
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message 1: by Nikki (new)

Nikki That sucks! Favorite tote bags are hard to come by.

Oriana Thanks for the sympathy. I'm still irrationally hoping that it'll appear in my apartment, but I know it won't. Grrrrrrr.

karen i can give you my copy when we play together on friday. as incentive, you see.

Oriana NO WAY! That would be SO rad, Karen. You are totally an agent of universe magic! (That's a total joke; I'm not actually a New Ager or anything... I don't want to scare you off, you see.)

karen i bribe you to leave your apartment; like smearing peanut butter and seeds on a pinecone to draw the birdies.

Oriana While books are obvs more compelling, I admit that I would probably come out for peanut butter, too.

karen "well if it's gonna be THAT kinda party, then i'm gonna stick my dick in the mashed potatoes!"

message 8: by [deleted user] (new)

i do not like the story in the review but i like the one in the comments. hence the vote. fyi.

karen oh yay!!

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