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Marisa Atkinson (totesmarisa) | 244 comments Mod
Friday, Friday!

It's going to be a busy weekend, but I hope to finish up the amazing Between Here and April by Deborah Copaken Kogan, and start on The Rehearsal by Eleanor Catton, which I've been waiting for for months and just came out this week.

What are you reading?

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Lori (tnbbc) I am trying to finish up The Second Coming by David H Burton. It is a bit strange... and seems to read very slowly though I feel like I am reading alot. Does that make sense?

Once I finish that, I hope to dive into Dear Everybody by Michael Kimball. I first found out about him at Baltimore's Citylit Fest last month, and emailed him for a copy of this. It looks so interesting.

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Amy (blacksheepdances) | 34 comments Hello all!
I'm reading The Twin by Bakker (from Archipelago Books), I love it because it reminds me of Per Petterson, one of my two favorite authors. Same sort of quiet feel, with detail and nuance, and a slowly building tension.
I'm also hoping to complete The Lovers by Vendela Vida (an arc).

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Katie (foxyhedgehog) | 6 comments I really liked The Twin- and I love Archipelago Books. I'm reading Blue Has No South by Alex Epstein, from Clockroot Books, for review on And also trying to finish Your Money or Your Life, as my financial life needs a little help!

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Patrick Brown | 21 comments I'm reading Vanishing Point: Not a Memoir. Incredibly fascinating, and full of the kind of literary experimentation I love. I haven't been using the site very much. I sort of wish the daggers that lead to the site could be in an iPhone app or something. I'm rarely reading next to my computer (which is probably a sad commentary on how much time I waste on Boston Red Sox forums and the like).

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Lori (tnbbc) Just started THEM: poems 1999-2002 by Omar Shalpi. It's a collection of poems written between 1999 and 2002.

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Amy (blacksheepdances) | 34 comments Hi all!
I didn't read The Lovers, the finished The Twin (LOVED it), and started Purge by Sofi Akanson (not about eating disorders, by the way). It's very good so far...

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Marisa Atkinson (totesmarisa) | 244 comments Mod
Patrick - I'm glad to hear you're still impressed with Vanishing Point . A VP iPhone app would be awesome! I wonder how one goes about creating an app...sounds like something you might need a developer for. Though I bet the GR team could give us some tips, what with the very cool GR app and all...

Amy - I did hear The Lovers: A Novel was really good; the author will be in Minneapolis soon, too, I believe. I keep picking up Purge at the bookstore. I'd love to know what you think of it. Interestingly enough, a very good friend of mine, Nicole Johns, published a fantastic memoir about her eating disorder last year entitled Purge: Rehab Diaries. It really is a remarkable book. And it's published by Seal Press, another fellow indie.

Amy/Katie - I haven't heard of The Twin . What's it about?

Lori - You read books faster and in a larger quantity than anyone I know! Did you knock off three books this weekend? Color me v. impressed!

I myself didn't do so hot this weekend. I did finish Between Here and April (which was FANTASTIC!), but I had very little reading time this weekend and I felt really unfocused. So I did a handful of pages each of The Rehearsal by Eleanor Catton, An Education by Lynn Barber, and And the Heart Says Whatever by Emily Gould (still slugging through this one).

I have to say I'm very excited to run to the bookstore after work and pick up my much-anticipated copy of Anthropology of an American Girl by Hilary Thayer Hamann. I've been waiting for this book for months and months and the last few weeks it's been everywhere, taunting me. It's 600+ pages so I'll probably be with this one for awhile.

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Katie (foxyhedgehog) | 6 comments here's the link about The Twin! I'd describe it in my own words,but after a day of escorting an author, I'm all out of thinking.

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Amy (blacksheepdances) | 34 comments Marisa,

Katie gave you the link and my review is at my blog ( It's very subtle, and as you read it you develop so many questions about what is going on that I found myself holding my breath with suspense, and it wasn't even that kind of genre. The Twin is great.

Purge was fabulous. It is probably going into my top 5 of all time book loves. It is not what you think when you start reading it. It begins with an introduction into kidnapped Estonian girls forced into prostitution in Germany (and I thought that it was going to continue like that) but then it did a complete switch and went back to WWII in Estonia. The way the plot unfolds is completely unique, and you have to read it. I don't want to give away any spoilers...Let's just say it's very complicated and fascinating.


message 11: by Lori (new)

Lori (tnbbc) Hey Marisa,
I knock em out when I have the time, I guess. Sometimes I struggle with one for a week or two, and then the next couple seem to be effortless.

To prove the point, I havent touched THEM since I posted about it. Sigh. Just havent had the time :)

message 12: by Marisa, Moderator (new)

Marisa Atkinson (totesmarisa) | 244 comments Mod
I think the Weekend Reads thread is bad for if I don't have enough on my to-reads shelf, you guys are always reading the most interesting books!

I'm about to embark on the 600-page Anthropology of an American Girl. And while I've been eagerly anticipating its release and can't wait to crack it, I'm worried I won't have the time and focus to devote to it, as I've been flitting around so much lately. I'll probably have to keep reading a few other books in the meantime.

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