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Frances
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Print junkie. Educator.
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The Heir by Vita Sackville-West was my first book of the year. A charming book where a bland and blank slate of a man, Mr. Chase, inherits his ancestral home when his aunt passes away. His first impulses are practical... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2017 at Nonsuch Book
Mothering Sunday took me by surprise. That walk she took through the house after he left! I kept reading it, astounded at how well conceived and executed that whole section was. Happy reading in the new year, JoAnn!
Toggle Commented Jan 1, 2017 on the year in reading at Nonsuch Book
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I always love when we read together! Hopefully this year offers us more opportunities to do so. And hopefully those Booker choices play out better for you this year! You were such a trooper about marching through a good bit of content you did not enjoy. Wishing you every happiness in the new year!
Toggle Commented Jan 1, 2017 on the year in reading at Nonsuch Book
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All the best to you too, Scott! Wasn't M Train just staggering? I expected to be entertained but not touched so deeply. Happy reading in the new year!
Toggle Commented Jan 1, 2017 on the year in reading at Nonsuch Book
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Wishing the same to you, Audrey! Hoping our reading paths cross often this year, and that we re-remember lots of reading greatness together.
Toggle Commented Jan 1, 2017 on the year in reading at Nonsuch Book
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Although I did not read as many books this year as I usually do (distracted by those pesky real world occupations), I did read a higher than average number of truly exceptional works. Looking through the list of a modest... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2016 at Nonsuch Book
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The lists are appearing. The best books of the year for those that measure this amongst books published in the last twelve months. And the more personal, and more interesting, lists of the best books individuals have read this year... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2016 at Nonsuch Book
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This year's conclusion to our (Wo)Man Booker Shadow Panel fun garnered such interest with our reading group that we almost forgot to pick a winner. Wow. But we did. Pick a winner. As a matter of fact, three of the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2016 at Nonsuch Book
You love those creepy stories! :) I enjoyed Drood some years back. Is that the same Dan Simmons?
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I appreciate your thoughts, Tom. And the bio does make me want to read Morris. I haven't read News From Nowhere or any of his poetry since I was an undergrad so changed eyes on those might be fun. Also curious to read The Wood Beyond the World and The Well at the World's End.
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There have been several opportunities over the years, put forward by you bookish sort, for me to meet Henry Green, and despite the best of intentions, I have gotten lost each time en route to the party. But now, the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2016 at Nonsuch Book
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Lovely ladies. Lovely reading partners. Our (Wo)man Booker Shadow Panel has arrived at a short list together with some of our members not even voting for six books because they could not name six that they found particularly prize-worthy. An... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2016 at Nonsuch Book
But you may be right. :) Honestly, I feel that this jury could pick just about anything, and we just need to ride the wave this year. After Tuesday, it will be fun to dig in a little deeper into the books they shortlist. I do think that watching The Sellout will be fun sport. How will our UK friends react to it as a potential winner if it is shortlisted?
Toggle Commented Sep 11, 2016 on and down to six... at Nonsuch Book
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Thank you for the kind words. I think our strength as a group, and one of the reasons we all enjoy this experience, is that we are all different types of readers with a wide array of tastes. And everyone is respectful of those differences, and realizes how this enriches our conversations. I appreciate you all! I hope you do re-read The Many just because I want you to have that forehead slapping collection of moments that I do on the second read. :)
Toggle Commented Sep 11, 2016 on and down to six... at Nonsuch Book
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The Man Booker shortlist will be released on Tuesday, and given some of the surprises of this year's longlist, it is truly difficult to predict what might appear. But that will not stop the (Wo)Man Booker Shadow Panel from writing... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2016 at Nonsuch Book
I agree with you on the Strout. Making that trauma more explicit would have robbed it of impact, of possibility, and made it more about the details then the assertion of self through that trauma. Also glad to hear you loved the Reeves. I keep putting it off and two of the other ladies have struggled with it. But Eileen? I loved, felt it a huge accomplishment. Are you reading through the whole list?
Toggle Commented Aug 15, 2016 on bookering progress at Nonsuch Book
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It is being published in the US by Little A which is Amazon Publishing. Go to the web page and request a copy in the set form there. Mine came the next day. If that fails, I will mail you mine. :And I will cry for you! But just a little. You will be thrilled to see your new kiddos and we both know it! :)
Toggle Commented Aug 15, 2016 on bookering progress at Nonsuch Book
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My experience of reading through the Man Booker longlist last year was completely different from my progress so far this year. Last year, I had off a good chunk of time from work in August to plow through what I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2016 at Nonsuch Book
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I had these plans for summer reading. The Musil plan. The get ahead on Booker reading plan. I have made some progress on both but nothing like I originally conceived. The state of politics in the world has proven a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2016 at Nonsuch Book
I so, so want these. Have already begun looking around. From a design perspective, I like The Confidential Agent the most but all are lust worthy. As for that Hesse, doesn't it sound amazing. Not sure when I will get to it but hope it is soon.
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Louise, you collect quite a bit! Would love to see some of those. You should share some photos!
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It is hard to decide! And then, if you are like me, you do not completely commit to any one and you wind up with piecemeal collections. But this one is different... I do think that they have some cheery components to the designs but there is a touch of dark or menace in each - pure Greene. What lurks below the surface.
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I am intrigued by your Vonnegut collection! Have you posted on it before? I would love to see and hear about it.
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I definitely think you would appreciate The End of the Affair!
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The 4th of July was a very dark and rainy day here this year, so I spent a good part of yesterday reading lots of different things. Andy Miller, author of the highly entertaining The Year of Reading Dangerously: How... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2016 at Nonsuch Book
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