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Next up on my list is Educateda memoir by Tara Westover. It’s about the author’s journey from growing up with a religious, survivalist father who didn’t believe in education to graduating from Cambridge University, and it’s supposed to be amazing. You?

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    c.w.
    4 Jun 2018
    3:44pm

    I am nearing the end of The Overstory by Richard Powers (fiction)

    Up next is God Save Texas by Lawrence Wright (non-fiction)

    Then The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish (fiction)

    Followed by The Art of Misdiagnosis by Gayle Brandeis (memoir)

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    Christine
    4 Jun 2018
    4:03pm

    “Loulou and Yves” by Christopher Petkanas, an oral biography of Loulou de la Falaise, my favorite fashion icon.

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      Stephanie
      5 Jun 2018
      5:59am

      I finished it last weekend. It was amazing!! Such a great read &hard to put down.

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    Rae
    4 Jun 2018
    4:39pm

    Next up for me is The Largesse of the Sea Maiden by Denis Johnson (published posthumously)
    I am looking forward to reading Educated as well. The cover art is phenomenal – I do judge books by their covers.

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      Caroline
      4 Jun 2018
      6:16pm

      Yes, both of those are my list!
      Also want to re read Goodbye Columbus. Rip Phillip Roth
      I would read “The plot against America” but I’m not sure I have the stomach for it…
      Am in the middle of “exit west” by mohsin hamid. It’s pretty swell so far.

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        Ellen
        4 Jun 2018
        8:44pm

        The Plot Against America is fantastic – and terrifying…Read it!

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        Y.k.
        5 Jun 2018
        12:10am

        I loved Exit West.

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          Bethany
          5 Jun 2018
          8:54am

          He has become one of my favorite writers.

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        Christine
        5 Jun 2018
        11:00am

        I’ve avoided “The Plot Against America” as “American Pastoral” was a major slog for me, but I loved “Indignation.” — the movie of that is great, too and “The Human Stain” is my favorite post WW II American novel.

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    DeDe
    4 Jun 2018
    4:52pm

    Educated is on my list, too. I find those sorts of books fascinating, probably because I had ideological parents as well (though their particular ideology was very different).

    I just finished Natural Causes by Barbara Ehrenreich, which wasn’t as good as I’d hoped it would be, and I’ve been slogging my way though Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now by Jaron Lanier, which just flat-out sucks (he actually thinks Trump would be a better, nicer person if he only quit Twitter. Yes, seriously.). After that I dunno what the hell I’m reading. I have a bunch of books laying around waiting for me to pick them up, so I guess I’ll just spin in a circle and read whichever one I end up pointing at.

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    Lorange
    4 Jun 2018
    6:03pm

    Ahhh Educated was pretty amazing. So well-plotted as a memoir–I didn’t want to put it down.

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    Jan
    4 Jun 2018
    6:12pm

    The Female Persuasion, by Meg Wolitzer, and Mrs. Fletcher: A Novel, by Tom Perrotta — two consistently satisfying writers.

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      Caroline
      4 Jun 2018
      6:18pm

      Yup. Want to read these too..

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    Suju
    4 Jun 2018
    6:53pm

    I really enjoyed Educated. A page turner of a memoir. About to start “Heart Berries” by Terese Marie Mailhot, a memoir of working through childhood abuse.

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    Dana D
    4 Jun 2018
    7:15pm

    Can’t say enough about Heart Berries.

    Kristin Hannah’s The Great Alone is the perfect summer read. Also recommend What We Lose.

    Just finished Morgan Jerkins’ This Will be My Undoing and think it is important, necessary reading.

    Educated and The Female Persuasion are high on my list. Also, Roxanne Gay’s newest and the Zora Neale Hurston title.

    Love the other suggestions here, thanks for this post, Kim!

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    Caitlin
    4 Jun 2018
    7:33pm

    I loved Educated, read it in two days! I just finished Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan. It was a great story, unusually good on the sex scenes:) Also a good NY novel, all about the ports in the 40’s. Strong characters and good, engrossing plot.

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    AnneL
    4 Jun 2018
    7:36pm

    This thread is very dangerous for me. I have promised myself that I am not buying any new books until the end of August (I have enough on my Kindle to last me for two years). So, They Widows of Malabar by Sujata Massey, Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk, and Celeste Ng’s Little Fires Everywhere.

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      Susan
      5 Jun 2018
      5:58am

      Treat yourself to a library card – all the pleasure, none of the pain.

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      Eloise
      5 Jun 2018
      10:11am

      Lillian Boxfish was a fun read!

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      Nancy
      6 Jun 2018
      2:32am

      LOVED Little Fires Everywhere. So good.

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    Ellen
    4 Jun 2018
    8:43pm

    I work in a bookstore. Educated and The Heart’s invisible Furies are the two best books I have read this year About to start the new Barbara Kingsolver novel which comes out in October – advance copies are one of my job’s big perks!

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    Sara
    4 Jun 2018
    8:46pm

    I just read Rules of Civility by Amor Towles – loved it very much. Currently reading The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy. I want to read Educated too.

    Love the suggestions here, always love a good what are people reading post!

    Thank you!

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      Gaby
      4 Jun 2018
      9:18pm

      I loved Rules of Civility! I had a much harder time getting into A Gentleman in Moscow and let it expire on Overdrive. I’m currently reading the Female Persuasion and liking it so far. Next on my TBR is The Fair Fight by Anna Freeman.

      I can’t wait to see what everyone else is reading so I can start making my summer reading list!

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        sara
        5 Jun 2018
        9:46am

        A Gentleman in Moscow didn’t really look to appealing to me either!

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      Eloise
      5 Jun 2018
      10:08am

      I really (really!) enjoyed The Rules Do Not Apply!

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    Carrie
    4 Jun 2018
    9:24pm

    I’m reading book three — Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay– of the Neopolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante… I’m really enjoying the series. Also reading The Fall by Noah Hawley and The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy. The latter makes for a fabulous summer read!

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      Nicole
      5 Jun 2018
      10:49am

      I loved The Dud Avocado!

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    Vesna
    4 Jun 2018
    10:09pm

    How to change your mind by Michael Polan about new research on psychedelics is fantastic. Re-reading Jonathan Strange and Mister Norel and wishing that Susannah Clarke comes up with the promised sequel soon.

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    y.k.
    5 Jun 2018
    12:09am

    The Idiot by Elif Batuman.
    my son highly recommends it so i feel obliged to read it.

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    Kathy
    5 Jun 2018
    3:16am

    I recently finished The Presidency in Black and White by April Ryan–loved it. I’m currently reading The List by Amy Siskind. It is an amazing week-by-week documentation of all the not-normal actions and behaviors of the current occupant, his supporters, and the majority party since the 2016 election. It will be a great roadmap for finding our way back to democracy and civility. I have Laura Lippman’s Sunburn in the on-deck circle. I’m really looking forward to it! I’d like to read Madeleine Albright’s recent book, too.

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      c.w.
      5 Jun 2018
      8:53am

      Everyone should have a copy of The List. Seriously. What Amy Siskind is doing for us is so important. She also keeps The List on her web site and I’ve heard she’s in the process of making a podcast.

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        Kathy
        6 Jun 2018
        3:04am

        Agreed! I’ve followed Amy on Twitter since about week 9, so I basically read the whole book by the time it was published. My sister and I got to hear her speak at a book festival–and get our books signed! She is documenting history pretty much as it happens. The combination of Amy’s tweets and a new list each week is helping me keep my sanity, as well as hope that we’ll be able to find our way back to normal once we evict the orange trashball squatter in the White House.

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    Susan
    5 Jun 2018
    5:56am

    Just finished Calypso, by David Sedaris. So good, highly recommend – genius at weaving heartbreak and humor.

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    Stephanie
    5 Jun 2018
    6:04am

    I just finished The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. Its a YA book which I usually don’t really like but this was so, so good!

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      Kim
      6 Jun 2018
      11:13am

      Loved this book! A tough read but really good and an important topic. Lots of good YA books out there right now that tackle tough topics in a thoughtful and well written way.

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    Becky
    5 Jun 2018
    7:29am

    One of the best books I have ever read is “A Gentleman in Moscow” – what a lovely, lovely read. I am currently reading “The Ensemble” and so far, pretty good!

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      dena
      18 Jun 2018
      2:08pm

      very enjoyable read, even if I initially couldn’t stand the protagonist.

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    Candy
    5 Jun 2018
    7:34am

    Just started Sing,Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward.
    Just finished An Unrestored Woman by Shobha Rao, a collection of 12 related short stories about women whose lives were upended during the 1947 partition of India and Pakistan. Beautiful writing, so absorbing I missed my stop on the metro while reading it.

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    The Luxe Strategist
    5 Jun 2018
    7:56am

    My book-snob husband has been bugging me to read that for MONTHS. I read the first couple pages and put it aside. But now that I’ve been seeing it everywhere, I feel like I should give it another go.

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    Maggie
    5 Jun 2018
    8:35am

    Books about the California music scene in the 60’s & 70’s are my comfort reads, and I just finished Joel Selvin’s “Altamont,” in which he makes The Rolling Stones seem pretty cheesy and places the blame for the festival’s failures on them.

    So now I’m curious to read Saul Austerlitz’s “Just a Shot Away,” which comes out in July, because it sounds like he places all the blame on the Grateful Dead and goes way more into the details of Meredith Hunter’s life.

    Educated was good. I didn’t love it as much as The Glass Castle, but it was highly readable. It was kind of mind boggling how many opportunities she was given and is a good illustration of white privilege.

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    c.w.
    5 Jun 2018
    8:54am

    I LOVE these lists! Love reading about what people are reading. Always get a really good suggestion or three.

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    Cynthia
    5 Jun 2018
    9:09am

    The Rachel Cusk trilogy of novels, starting with Outline, then Transit (both absolutely amazing), and soon to read her newest, Kudos.

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    Lisa Carter
    5 Jun 2018
    9:21am

    I’m finishing Ron Chernow’s Grant biography. It’s a great read but at 950 pages it’s been slow going. I love how fond Chernow is of his subjects … he brings them alive.

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    eliza
    5 Jun 2018
    9:54am

    I just finished Dietland (loved), and now am on The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah. After that I want to tackle Pachinko and then Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.

    love this thread!!!!

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      Liz
      5 Jun 2018
      1:29pm

      And I just started watching Dietland.

      Planning to read Manhattan Beach.

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    Pamb
    5 Jun 2018
    9:55am

    On my bedside table, courtesy of the library which of course had them come in all at once (balancing my holds is a part time job, and I took my eye off the ball):

    Jackie, Janet and Lee by J. Randy Taraborelli
    Wallis in Love by Andrew Morton
    Emergency Contact by Mary HK Choi
    Other People’s Houses by Abbi Waxman
    Heather, the Totality by Matthew Weiner
    We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby (I went to a reading at my local library and she was a delight! She has a book club on FB called bitches gotta read. Come join us!)

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    Achariya
    5 Jun 2018
    10:00am

    I need to go through every post and add them to my Goodreads “to-read” shelf.

    I’m currently about two chapters in to Emily Wilson’s translation of the Odyssey, notable for being the first woman to publish a translation of it. So far I really dig the wry tone, especially when discussing men and their journeying ways.

    I’m almost done with The Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things, which was incredibly soothing for me during a rough two weeks of life. Nothing like a well-written biography for illuminating history from a woman’s perspective.

    Next up is Kelly Sue DeConnick’s Captain Marvel, in preparation for the movie, because I feel like Marvel’s direction is going to be a huge indicator for where our American culture is heading next.

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    Alexa
    5 Jun 2018
    10:07am

    I’m on thé library waitlist for “Educated” now, and came home with The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner. I’ve been off novels recently, but word of mouth and a Nan Goldin photo on the cover sold me.

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    Anne
    5 Jun 2018
    11:24am

    A friend just handed me “Lilac Girls” by Martha Hall Kelly which I am saving for vacation in a couple of weeks (we all plowed through “The Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah and “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr last summer). Am going to come back to this post for my library list – have committed to renewing my card this summer to keep the book buying under control now that I’ve worked through my Kindle backlog.

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      Carrie
      5 Jun 2018
      5:11pm

      I loved All the Light We Cannot See… hoping they bring it to the big screen!

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    joannawnyc
    5 Jun 2018
    11:35am

    I am working my way through “Seeing Like A State.”

    I got 3/4 through “The Female Persuasion” & not sure I will finish it. Meg Wolitzer is always just a BIT too slick for me. But it’s a good read if you don’t stop to think.

    I have 3 older memoirs on deck: The Color of Water, Lit and Pete Hamill’s A Drinking Life.

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      Cory
      6 Jun 2018
      3:27pm

      Oh Lit and A Drinking Life are so wonderful, thank you for the reminder. (And if you want to add another to your list for an alcoholic-writer-memoir trifecta I highly recommend Drinking: A Love Story by Caroline Knapp.)

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    Carolyn
    5 Jun 2018
    12:42pm

    Love and Ruin: A Novel by Paula McLain.
    Historical fiction about Martha Gellhorn (war reporter and Hemingway’s 3rd wife)

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    Samantha T.
    5 Jun 2018
    11:17pm

    I’m excited to read Spencer Wise’s The Emperor of Shoes (fiction) about a Jewish family’s shoe factory in China and Lauren Groff’s Florida!

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    Kim
    6 Jun 2018
    6:59pm

    Favorites I’ve read lately are Sing Unburied Sing, Can We Talk About Something More Pleasant, and You Can’t Touch My Hair. Currently reading Etched in Bone, Daughters of the winter Queen, and Girls Burn Brighter. Up next are The Girl Who Never Read Noam Chomsky, Children of Blood and Bone, and Four Queens: the Provençal Sisters Who Ruled the World. And now have a whole mor lot to add to my list. Love this post!

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    Michelle
    8 Jun 2018
    3:57pm

    I just finished reading Ronan Farrow’s War on Peace, and now I want to read about Lawrence of Arabia. I’m now very interested in diplomacy (as it used to be) and espionage. I’m also reading the Dr Siri Palboun murder mystery series (written by Colin Cotterill) which are HILARIOUS and wonderful.

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    deenie
    18 Jun 2018
    2:10pm

    I’m currently listening to and enjoying “The Happiness Curve” – why life gets better after 50.
    Instead of being a pithy self-help book, it’s more of an erudite intellectual discussion of the 40s suck for most people. It provides some practical insights as well.

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