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Frances
DC Metro
Print junkie. Educator.
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I've resorted to Alibris and other helps to get right to that Margery Sharp search. And the university library down the street from work will lend me a hand too. Now I'm just really curious. But Maisie first I think...
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Now you really make me want to get to The Hare With the Amber Eyes sooner rather than later. I've wanted it for a long time and then my father gave it to me for Christmas. And he was wonderful enough to give me the HB, the cover design I prefer. And I just picked up So We Read On because I am a huge Gatsby fan and there were copies signed by the author at my local bookstore. Could not resist! Thanks for stopping by!
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I like the quiet of Maisie Dobbs stories. She makes choices that I never would and I admire that restraint she shows even when it frustrates me temporarily. I also like the way the character has developed across the series. Ditto on The Paying Guests but Dept of Speculation is a real favorite. Such a smart and honest view of a marriage but more importantly an individual within a marriage.
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Lucky you if you have those George Saunders stories in your hands now. I love that book! Had a bit of a tizzy last year when the ToB excluded it from the short list as a matter of fact. As far as ToB reading is concerned, we still have a good stretch of time in front of us. And I'm not sure I would read them all even if I had the time and the stack of 16 in front of me. Some of the most fun I have in the Tournament is complaining about books I have not even read. :)
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The Netgalley screen stared at me with another one of those book choices that I knew I would not be able to resist but may very well not be the best choice for me. Vanessa and Her Sister by Priya... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Nonsuch Book
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No need to mention! :) And I agree about the Pym. I think that a lot of Pym cover design over the years dumbs down her work a little or at the least does not convey the depths she reaches in her characters.
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Thomas has a gift for finding these links between things that are not immediately apparent!
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And yet as campy and horrible to my eyes as some of that cover art is, I find myself unable to look away.
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Yesterday, Thomas shared this post about a shoe store frozen in time, and allowed his imagination to wander to what a bookstore frozen in time might look like. This sent me on an almost an hour long search for the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2015 at Nonsuch Book
You have obviously raised them well.
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The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami was my first read of the new year. The playfulness of the short story pleased me, and the balance between peril and humor worked well in the quick read, equally appealing to both adult... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2015 at Nonsuch Book
As well you should! The long list always has a good number of things I've read but the shortlist is inevitably a disappointment. Hoping for better this year.
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I'm excited too! Even though I know that I am almost always let down by that short list, I still want to see it. I especially love the bracket reveal. Otherwise, I'm in the same boat as you - follow for sure but let's see how many I will read.
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And I'm refreshing this morning waiting! :)
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I've heard from more than a few that were underwhelmed by California. Backstory hype (and a wonderful cover design) may have drawn folks to it. I'm hoping for Wittgenstein, Jr. as a long shot, Dept. of Speculation is my favorite on the list, and Lost for Words was wickedly entertaining.
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And Happy New Year to you as well, Danielle! Aren't the cards wonderfully nostalgic? Story starters for the writers in all of us. I started the Sarah Waters new one before the holidays but became very distracted so am going to try again soon. I was enjoying it but my head was somewhere else at the time.
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Loving the stuff from NYPL. They have some savvy social media folks in their ranks. And as for keeping up with all the books in the ToB, it doesn't seem possible. But given the "loose" environment of the whole endeavor, many feel free to comment on books they have not read. I do it every year. Part of the fun. Good luck with Euphoria!
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And I have not read even one of those! :) All randomly selected. Such fun.
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The New York Public Library has a seriously fantastic Instagram account that I discovered this week via this NPR feature. And each Monday until the cards run out, they will be featuring questions from a recently discovered box of questions... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2015 at Nonsuch Book
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James of James Reads Books is one of the most lovely of bookish men in the blogosphere. And every year, he invites us all to stop acquiring books for the first three months of the year, and to simply read... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2014 at Nonsuch Book
And Happy New Year to you also! I received it as an arc and very skeptically picked it up, and was so surprised. Just brilliant. I have this evolving interest in the way the contemporary novel treats the topic of marriage, and this was so original and insightful. It's a short read too. A small investment of time for such a rich pay off.
Toggle Commented Dec 30, 2014 on the year in reading at Nonsuch Book
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And happy holidays to you as well, creepster! Just kidding. :) Always lovely to hear from you. I have always intended to read The Magic Mountain. Have two copies. But have not. Maybe in 2015. And along that same line, there was a moment a few years back when I think Claire and I both acquired multiple Le Clezio titles. But I never read those either. Also interested in the Fermor title as a few folks have recommended it. Hope we find an opportunity to read together this year. Just not Don Quixote right now. :)
Toggle Commented Dec 30, 2014 on the year in reading at Nonsuch Book
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Commenting for me seems to get trickier and trickier too and I'm not sure why. Adding a comment to a blog should be as easy as the use of most social media but it is not. The Dinner was delightfully repugnant in its morals and as a portrait of a particular type of parenting. But as teachers, I think that you and I might have even more opinions about how these types of family relationships play out. But that is a longer convo. Over wine. Maybe one day.
Toggle Commented Dec 30, 2014 on the year in reading at Nonsuch Book
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I think that you would really enjoy The Teacher Wars. I saw the author when she came through DC this fall, and she was this interesting combination of precision/objective chronicler and very passionate advocate for what she sees as going wrong in education right now. Really smart.
Toggle Commented Dec 30, 2014 on the year in reading at Nonsuch Book
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It was! I would be curious to hear the audio as I think the tone could come off so many different ways.
Toggle Commented Dec 30, 2014 on the year in reading at Nonsuch Book
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