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Book 9, 2024: Split Tooth - Tanya Tagaq
The story of a young girl growing up in Nunavut in the 70s. This incorporates poetry, text, and illustrations. Her writing is beautiful and visceral, incorporating survival from abuse, the Northern Lights, and supernatural children. An amazing novel. @bookstadon

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Fitzcarraldo January sale klaxon!! 📢 25% off all on the site. https://fitzcarraldoeditions.com/shop @bookstodon

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Book 8, 2024: Only Goodness - Jhumpa Lahiri. Reread of a Kindle novella. The story of the turmoil that is wrought in a family because of a son’s alcoholism. Tense, and captivating. @bookstadon

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Book 7, 2024: Dark Lustre, part 2 - Roy Wilkinson. The next part of the story moves to Berlin and Munich, where there are strange goings on. @bookstodon

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Book 6, 2024: Dark Lustre, part 1 - Roy Wilkinson
This is interesting. A six-part novel, each instalment arriving on a monthly basis via post. Wilkinson is the author of amazing British Sea Power biography Do It For Your Mum. This novel takes in a female rock band called The Countess Marie-José de la Barre d’Erquelinnes Hextet, the search for Nazi gold in Devon, Snow White’s coffin, and God knows what else. Recommended. @bookstadon

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Book 5, 2024: Every Man for Himself and God Against All - Werner Herzog. Enjoyable autobiography from the filmmaker and artist. Obviously you read it in his wonderful voice. Full f terrific lines. Takes in his childhood, just-do-it attitude to his work, and travels. @bookstodon

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I really don’t mean to be a snob about indie and self-publishing but professional editing makes an immense difference and I can feel its absence within about three pages. Editors at the big 5 are very good at their jobs. 🫣 @bookstodon

arratoon ,
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@failedLyndonLaRouchite @jillrhudy @bookstodon Copy editor here. We work for money. You wouldn’t expect unemployed plumbers or mechanics to work for free so why would you expect experienced editorial staff to do so? (This probably comes across as combative but it is not meant to be so; merely curious.)

arratoon ,
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@failedLyndonLaRouchite @jillrhudy @bookstodon Understood. I’ll delete my response in case it all starts to kick off 🙄

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Book 4, 2024: The Hero of this Book - Elizabeth McCracken
A memoir/non-memoir in which she goes on a walk in London, and reflects on the life of her late mother, the self-styled “inventor of the Mojito” 😀 @bookstadon

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And in the spirit of Los Angeles, if you have not already, read 'The Library Book' by Susan Orlean. The audio book is also wonderful as it is narrated by the author.

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The L.A. Public Library is getting into book publishing. Why it makes total sense

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/books/story/2024-01-08/the-l-a-public-library-is-getting-into-book-publishing-why-it-makes-total-sense

arratoon ,
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@MagentaRocks @bookstodon I really enjoyed that book. And the time she got roaring drunk and started tweeting!

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Book 3, 2024: Archive by Sofia Coppola. A collection of annotated photos and memorabilia of the creation of the director’s feature films. I’ve been rewatching her output lately, and this has been a welcome extension to that viewing. @bookstodon

Photo of Sofia Coppola, wearing a white shirt, in Paris Hilton’s shoe cupboard. It contains a LOT of shoes.
A thank-you card from Elle Fanning to Coppola. She has very good handwriting.

arratoon , to bookstadon
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Book 1, 2024: A Line in the World - A Year on the North Sea Coast — Dorthe Nors. Lovely non-fiction account of the nature, buildings, history, and people the Danish writer encountered in 12 months spent exploring the western shores of her homeland. A good way to start off a year of reading. @bookstadon

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  • arratoon ,
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    @the_bookwolf @bookstodon @romancelandia Time’s Marrow by Martin Amis
    A History of the World in Ten and Half Chapatis by Julian Barnes
    Here’s Your Hat, What’s your Curry by Elizabeth McCracken (she’d HATE me for that!)
    Cress of the d’Urbevilles…

    bookgaga , to bookstodon
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    For 40 years, I've been recording everything I read in my treasured Book of Books (which was lovingly rebound 5 years ago). Here are the first couple of pages capturing my reading from January to December, 2023. I have more about this precious book and what I read and who I read it with on my blog at https://bookgagabooks.ca/. @bookstodon

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    @bookgaga @bookstodon I’ve read Animal Life, and Run Towards the Danger (weird, was just talking about that book over lunch today). I have not read Diagnosing Minor Illnesses in Children… ;-)

    Schnuckster , to bookstodon
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    I'm not having a great run with books recently. Retreating into a biography from tomorrow. Turn my brain off for a couple of days. @bookstodon

    arratoon ,
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    @Schnuckster @bookstodon I’m not into football at all but have you read Tour de France presenter Gary Imlach’s biography of his father, My Father and other Working-Class Football Heroes? It’s really good.

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    Today I came up with the glorious idea to extend my children's books read list this year. :BlobCat_uwu:

    I'm starting with Calvin and Hobbes, The Moomins, and Frog and Toad. I won't put pressure on myself with certain reading goals, but I think at least two or three of these per month will do my soul good.

    I was raised with classical fairytales and books about myths and local folklore, passed down from neighbourhood kids and my mother's. That's why I've missed on some popular titles and it's only reasonable to finally catch up.

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    arratoon ,
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    @apparentlyrolly @bookstodon Calvin and Hobbes and The Moomins alone will set them up for life. Watch out for Moomins in November though, that is dark

    ferngirl , to bookstodon
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    What's your first book of the new year?

    I've decided to start with Periphylla, and Other Deep Ocean Attractions, by Garrett Ashley. It comes out this May, and if you're into short fiction, you may want to check it out / preorder:
    https://www.press53.com/short-fiction/periphylla-and-other-deep-ocean-attractions

    I'm 50 pages in and I am really, really enjoying this book.

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    arratoon ,
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    @ferngirl @bookstodon I have three on the go: The Road Book 2023 cycling almanack; Antarctica by Claire Keegan; and A Line in the World by Dorthe Nors.

    ninsiana0 , to bookstodon
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    What books are you ending your year on?

    I'm currently reading NIGHT SIDE OF THE RIVER by Jeanette Winterson.

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    arratoon ,
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    @ninsiana0 @bookstodon I’m reading Claire Keegan’s short-story collection, Antarctica, and Dorthe Nora’ A Line in the World, about a year on the North Sea coast of Denmark. Both are very good.

    arratoon ,
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    @Doreen32128 @ninsiana0 @bookstodon Her writing is just breathtaking.

    arratoon , to bookstadon
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    Just read a Claire Keegan short story that was so good that that’s me for the day; I can’t do anything else except wander round the flat puffing my cheeks out, shaking my head, and marvelling at what an incredible writer she is.

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    arratoon , to bookstadon
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    Book 58, 2023: Brian by Jeremy Cooper. A novel about a solitary man whose life is given meaning by films, specifically those watched at the BFI in London. What could have been sad is instead imbued with warmth. This is also a love letter to film. Recommended. @bookstadon

    arratoon OP ,
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    @bookstadon And someone on Letterboxd has created a list of all the films mentioned in the novel.

    arratoon , to bookstadon
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    Book 56, 2023: am Homeless if this is not my Home by Lorrie Moore. I love Lorrie Moore’s work; her short stories especially. But this novella about a man driving across America with the ghost/corpse of his ex-lover just didn’t resonate with me at all. I liked some lines, and the final chapter was good but nope, not for me. And that’s fine. Has anyone else read it, and liked it? @bookstadon

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    📖 Every book lover has a TBR list a mile long. 📚 What's next on your to-be-read list?

    Let's talk about the books that you can't wait to read! 📣

    arratoon ,
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    @miki_lou @bookstodon @claudiac You can borrow Hannah Kent’s Devotion from The Sea Library in Lithuania. I donated my copy to it. She’ll send it to you and you can send it back. https://sea-library.com

    arratoon , to bookstadon
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    Book 55, 2023: A Waiter in Paris by Edward Chisholm. I get why this has been so popular. An open look at the grim underbelly of being a waiter in the French capital. Full of filth, booze, violence, and despair. But it's well written, and cracks along.

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    recommend me a book! i like fantasy, paranormal romance, sci-fi, queer fiction. i need 12 recommendations from other people for a 2024 reading challenge :blobcatblep:

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    arratoon ,
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    @sunflower @bookstodon I suppose Matrix by Lauren Groff falls under queer fiction. Lesbian nuns! This is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. A historical drama that has the spirit of the film Benedetta. It’s a terrific read.

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    Book 54, 2023; As the Eagle Flies by Nolwenn Le Blevennec. Described as a cross between Annie Ernaux and Woody Allen this first-person novella tells the story of a woman having an affair. Written in a wry and dry style, it’s full of frustrations and furies. And it’s very French. Published by the always-reliable Pereine Press, which specialises in translated fiction. @bookstadon

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    Book 53, 2023: Do it for Your Mum. The story of Cumbrian/Brighton rock band British Sea Power. I read this when it came out in 2011 or something, and loved it, and rereading it was enthralled all over again. It’s a love song to doing things your own way, taking in Nick Cave, Violet Szabo, various birds of prey, and Ronnie Corbett along the way. A magnificent biography. @bookstodon

    TarkabarkaHolgy , to bookstodon
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    So here is a question to the @bookstodon community: what is the best book you have read this year?

    arratoon ,
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    @TarkabarkaHolgy @bookstodon Everybody, a book about Freedom by Olivia Laing. Threads the story of RD Laing through writing about Kathy Acker, Kate Bush, health, and mortality. It’s wonderful.

    meshell , to bookstodon
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    I think I need to pick up some 500 pagers to round out the year.

    Any doorstopper suggestions? @bookstodon

    arratoon ,
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    @meshell @bookstodon Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellmann. One sentence, sort of, but one you've got into it you'll be hooked.

    pseudonymsupreme , to bookstodon
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    Huh. It just occurred to me that not everyone reads all the time. Like, there’s a bunch of people without books they’re reading right now. That concept is so bizarre to me. I’ve always got several books going. Ebooks, audiobooks and physical copies of books. If you don’t read anymore, when and why did you stop? No judgement. I’m genuinely curious. @bookstodon

    arratoon ,
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    @pseudonymsupreme @bookstodon A relative has maybe read three or four books in their life. I’ve read 52 so far this year. But that’s OK. People like different things.

    arratoon ,
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    @GelatDeTramussos @pseudonymsupreme @bookstodon Not ‘he’, but I know one was Mandela’s Road to Freedom.

    ssamulczyk , to rower
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    ! The cadence (pedalling speed) reflects my current enthusiasm for life!🤡 I’m doing it, but man… Barely find the mental strength to do so… Mundane OSH (BHP) training did not help… @cycling @rower

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    arratoon ,
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    @ssamulczyk @cycling @rower I pedal at such a slow cadence. I have to put real effort in to spin at about 95rpm. I'm more a Jan Ullrich grinding the gears rider than a Chris Froome whirl the pedals like the chain has come off one.

    Helen50 , to bookstodon
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    when do you abandon a book?
    I'm not very good at it, but I might be about to do it again.
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    arratoon ,
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    @Helen50 @bookstodon Fifty pages is a good stretch for me to tell whether I'm enjoying a book. But I have a high tolerance threshold, or just choose wisely, so rarely abandon them.

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    Boundary Road by Ami Rao is going straight on my TBR list - a book set on a London bus, with all the possible drama that will likely involve and the glimpses of life outside the window - looks like it’ll be a Kindle read for me as it’s from a very small publisher called Everything with Words @bookstodon
    https://www.everythingwithwords.com/books/boundary-road/

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    @sarahmatthews @bookstodon Did you ever read 253, a novel by Geoff Matthews, which, IIRC, started as a blog, telling the stories of all the passengers on a Tube train? One of the entries was for a pigeon that had jumped on the train, I seem to remember.

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    Book 52, 2023: Our Lady of the Highway by Hal Hartley. I loved this novel. Renegade anarchist nuns hole up in a Brooklyn convent! Lola joins them to try to curb her violent mystical powers. They make hallucinogenic beer! The cops try to close them down!There's a pitbull named Desmond!

    If you love Hartley's you'll love this. @bookstodon

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    Book 51, 2023: River by Esther Kinsky. An exploration of London’s rimy River Lea, and the neighbourhood’s characters, combined with stories from time spent near the Rhine, Oder, and other rivers. @bookstadon

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    @bookstodon New and notable book releases in the U.S. for November 14, 2023

    So Late in The Day, Claire Keegan. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ [Three short, but impactful, stories about relationships between men and women, particularly focusing on agency and autonomy. Strong voice and sense of place.]

    The Book of Ayn, Lexi Freiman. [Razor-sharp satire targeting contemporary politics and culture, and the people who think they're above it all.]

    Good Girls Don't Die, Christina Henry. [What if you woke up trapped inside your favorite book genre trope, and your familiarity with that type of story is the only way you'll get out alive?]

    Other Minds and Other Stories, Bennett Sims. [Strange, eerie, weird, sometimes humorous, but also edging toward horror. Clever stories that slip into that liminal space between fear and anxiety.]

    Pritty, Keith F. Miller, Jr. [Family loyalties, gay identity, and an unsolved murder, are all points of tension affecting the relationship between two young Black men in the entrenched culture of Savannah.]

    Kinfolk, Sean Dietrich. [Feelgood story of found family and second chances in the Deep South.]

    The Great Gimmelmans, David Matthew Goldberg. [Hilarious adventure-chase story of a family on the run in an RV. They must face more than the Feds as they tackle greed, family loyalty, religious traditions, and what it takes to create close bonds.]

    A New Race of Men From Heaven, Chaitali Sen. [These short stories feature those who are searching, the wanderers, those who migrate in both a literal and a figurative sense.]

    Blood Orange, Yaffa. [Reflective, sensory, liberation poetry, written by a Trans, Muslim, Palestinian author, a myriad self to excavate and transcend.]

    Leizar, David Gelernter. November 15th. [The harrowing experiences of generations of a Polish Jewish family who survive in spite of pogroms and every kind of antisemitism.]

    Sad Happens: A Celebration of Tears, Brandon Stosuy and Rose Lazar. Graphic Nonfiction. [When we don't try to repress our tears, we find ourselves healthier and, perhaps counterintuitively, happier. Various perspectives on the cleansing power of crying.]

    The Upcycled Self: A Memoir on the Art of Becoming Who We Are, Tariq Trotter. Nonfiction [Beautifully and poetically examination of how we develop not just our art, but also a deep sense of self.]

    Sleep is Now a Foreign Country: Encounters With the Uncanny, Mike Barnes. Nonfiction [Mesmerizing fever dream memoir of madness.]

    arratoon ,
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    @kimlockhartga @bookstodon Just bought the Keegan, from my favourite bookshop, which I have just learned is closing in the spring.

    arratoon ,
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    @kimlockhartga @bookstodon Oh, it’s such a shame. It’s just near Victoria Station in London. I think the rent is probably astronomical.

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    „The kidneys (grilled over a clear fire) lay on top of thick slices of bacon, surrounded by fried potatoes, golden brown and sizzling. The bacon was farm bacon (…) Gilbert fell to and enjoyed his supper; the grill, followed by apple tart, and the apple tart by home-made cheese.“ — I would love to read a novel full of food descriptions like that .Any ?
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    arratoon ,
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    @Tinido @bookstodon All of Donna Leon’s novels, set in Venice, follow a police commissario who loves food. The first is Death at La Fenice.

    arratoon , to bookstadon
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    New arrival. Only recently found out one of my favourite film directors, Hal Hartley, has written a novel. Can’t wait to read it. @bookstadon

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    hey @bookstodon lets try something fun. Give me a quote from the book you're currently reading. Here's mine.
    ""We're going to eat and flirt, and you know what?" "What?" "We're even going to order dessert. Dammit." - Lucky in Lace, By Mellisa Brayden.

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    ssamulczyk , to rower
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    ! Today I joined my club group ride! Only 2 people came, me included…🤡 We decided to take it easy, but of course we started to half-wheel and bait each other into 800W sprints…🤷🏻‍♂️😁 It was still fun, though. Nice to have someone to talk to!🥰 @cycling @rower

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    @ssamulczyk @cycling @rower That's a nice set-up you;ve got there. I have my bike and trainer for Zwift in a dark, cold garage, with an iPad Mini.

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    I'm definitely late to the party on this - and I haven't seen the TV show - but I have just sat and devoured this in pretty much one session after it being recommended by a student. "Lessons in Chemistry" by Bonnie Garmus really is incredible. Amazing characters and such clever, clever writing about the roles and experiences of women in society. I loved every moment and I'm sad it's over. @bookstodon

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    @hlseward @bookstodon I really enjoyed that book, and I can see why so many other people did too.

    kimlockhartga , to bookstodon
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    You know the drill, @bookstodon Whatcha reading this weekend? ❤📚👀

    I finished WE ARE THE CRISIS, the excellent second installment of Cadwell Turnbull's Convergence Saga. NO GODS, NO MONSTERS was the first book.

    I'm currently reading Ed Park's bizarro SAME BED DIFFERENT DREAMS.

    Next up: THE FUTURE, by Naomi Alderman, author of THE POWER.

    arratoon ,
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    @Cheery @kimlockhartga @bookstodon Finishng The Glutton by AK Blakemore. Starting something from the TBR pile by my bed, and catching up on issues of Noble Rot magazine.

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    @kimlockhartga @Cheery @bookstodon It was impressive but I preferred The Manningtree Witches. Her writing is so stunningly precise but I admired The Glutton rather than loved it.

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    Book 48, 2023: Shame by Annie Ernaux. This memoir covers the year when she was 12, and opens with the line: "My father tried to kill my mother one Sunday in June, in the early afternoon."

    It looks at the realisation that she has grown up relatively poor, in a difficult household, and the shame that comes with that. As usual, she opens up everything to scrutiny, her entire life on the pages.

    @bookstadon

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