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This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
"This book of a family of grown children sitting shiva after their father's death is one of the most entertaining books I've read in ages.

The dialogue is wickedly funny - the way this family functions (albeit dysfunctionally) is utterly believable...." Read more of this review »
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" I've had Fates and Furies on my list for a while. Will have to look into the other two for 2018 - thanks for the insight! "
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"2017 has been a fantastic year for fiction and nonfiction alike. I decided to put together a very short list of my favorite books of 2017.  I settled on three books but could have easily included many more. The books I chose have a common theme — ..." Read more of this blog post »
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Andrew  Boyd
“We’re all seeking that special person who is right for us. But if you’ve been through enough relationships, you begin to suspect there’s no right person, just different flavors of wrong. Why is this? Because you yourself are wrong in some way, and you seek out partners who are wrong in some complementary way. But it takes a lot of living to grow fully into your own wrongness. And it isn’t until you finally run up against your deepest demons, your unsolvable problems—the ones that make you truly who you are—that we’re ready to find a lifelong mate. Only then do you finally know what you’re looking for. You’re looking for the wrong person. But not just any wrong person: it's got to be the right wrong person—someone you lovingly gaze upon and think, “This is the problem I want to have.”

I will find that special person who is wrong for me in just the right way.”
Andrew Boyd, Daily Afflictions: The Agony of Being Connected to Everything in the Universe

Cheryl Strayed
“The story of human intimacy is one of constantly allowing ourselves to see those we love most deeply in a new, more fractured light. Look hard. Risk that.”
Cheryl Strayed, Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar

Cheryl Strayed
“Be about ten times more magnanimous than you believe yourself capable of. Your life will be a hundred times better for it.”
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“You will learn a lot about yourself if you stretch in the direction of goodness, of bigness, of kindness, of forgiveness, of emotional bravery. Be a warrior for love.”
Cheryl Strayed, Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar

Cheryl Strayed
“It is not so incomprehensible as you pretend, sweet pea. Love is the feeling we have for those we care deeply about and hold in high regard. It can be light as the hug we give a friend or heavy as the sacrifices we make for our children. It can be romantic, platonic, familial, fleeting, everlasting, conditional, unconditional, imbued with sorrow, stoked by sex, sullied by abuse, amplified by kindness, twisted by betrayal, deepened by time, darkened by difficulty, leavened by generosity, nourished by humor and “loaded with promises and commitments” that we may or may not want or keep.

The best thing you can possibly do with your life is to tackle the motherfucking shit out of it.”
Cheryl Strayed, Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar

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