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Frances
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Print junkie. Educator.
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I get that Auster feeling, and I am also waiting on Elmet. Wolves was the biggest wtf for me on the shortlist - nowhere near the novel of Reservoir 13 or Solar Bones in my opinion. I am leaning towards Saunders for the win right now but that also depends on what I think of Elmet.
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I really enjoyed it but I love all her work. May veer off into the philosophical a bit for some. My only reservation about the novel is that her own (fascinating) musings are sometimes fighting for space with the narrative line rather than syncing with it. It might all depend on a reader's level of interest in those spaces she drifts.
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And I'm not picking up the Auster either! Think you will like both Home Fire and Solar Bones. Are you going to read the new Krauss btw?
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And I am glad you are pleased! Teresa is our real leader this year though, reaching deep to review and read nearly all. I am a slacker in comparison. Now like other years about this time, I'm just curious to see what the shortlist looks like. Will they go for the titans or the lesser known? Thinking that they will give equal space as we did, and that perhaps this more predictable list was intended to generate a bit more traditional enthusiasm around the prize this year.
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For a third year in a row, Teresa, Meredith, Rebecca, Nicole and I have spent the last several weeks reading as much of the Booker longlist as we could each manage. I chose not to read the Auster, would have... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2017 at Nonsuch Book
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"If there are infinite worlds and infinite sets of laws, then nothing is essential, and we are relieved from straining past the limits of our immediate reality and comprehension, since not only does what lies beyond not apply to us,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2017 at Nonsuch Book
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The Complete Stories of Leonora Carrington, published by the Dorothy Project some months back, is my favorite read of the year to date. Bending not just social conventions but explicitly rejecting the realities paraded before her, Carrington crafted stories both... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2017 at Nonsuch Book
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Anthony started all of this, prompting the Twitter crowd to define their personal canons. It is voyeuristic fun to take a peek inside people's heads, and their reading tastes certainly define the participants in unexpected ways. I put off the... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2017 at Nonsuch Book
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Even those infamous cork walls could not protect the delicate author from all the disturbing noises of the outside world, especially not from the dentist that lived above him. Lydia Davis translates these letters that he wrote to his neighbor... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2017 at Nonsuch Book
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A Turkish proverb. To gently nudge me back into the confines of my pen. Because of time constraints in my life, I have lived bookishly on Twitter for some time now. But politics gone mad have taken over my timeline,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2017 at Nonsuch Book
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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!
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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!
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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!
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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.
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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?
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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. :)
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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