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    • DellwoodBarker
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      1 week ago

      10/13/2021

      Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley****Another winner from The Guncle author; his debut! A creative tale of a man, his best friend and the dire sea monster that creates havoc in their life. Humourous, real, deeply moving and with a final 5 pages that moistened the eyes in happiness. I love this author; he feels kindred. i have The Editor and his husband’s A Star Is Bored in hand to excitedly read next, as well.

    • DellwoodBarker
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      2 weeks ago

      10/12/2021

      The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman*****Absolutely Genius! In awe of this author’s incredible talent and eager to dive into his other works (The Italian Teacher is next in line behind another unfinished read). Rachman’s intertwining vignettes of the lives connected to a small newspaper in Rome are dynamically perceptive with characters that practically exist in 3-D before the reader’s eyes and conversing with dialogue that flies along in humor, insight, spontaneity, contrast, and true realism. The short stories culminate into a gut-punch of a finale that would make the spirits of Steinbeck & Welles proud. Highly, highly recommended! I have a blurb in my recent favorite, Less, to thank for putting this on my radar.

    • DellwoodBarker
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      2 weeks ago

      10/7/2021

      Antiquities by Cynthia Ozick****An exceptional little story packing a lot into only 180 pages. I deeply admire writers who can create dense works in minimal form such as Justin Torres’ We The Animals. Here we have a tale of history, lineages, truth, myth told via a gentleman (a little persnickety, prickly, crusty and egoic) working on a memoir which may actually be a legal document which may actually be an institutional relic. At heart it is also a lamenting love story built on less-is-more information and a mystical red-headed character that echoes the characteristics of John Irving’s lengendary Owen Meany. Takes about 50 pages to really get interesting yet this author is an undeniable pro who is new to me. I shall dig deeper into her back catalogue.

    • DellwoodBarker
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      2 weeks ago

      Just a reminder~ it would be cool if this became a RU Community completed reading list 😉💓in the comments…

      10/06/2021

      The Midnight Library by Matt Haig*****Outstanding read! Essential and important! The kind of read that can literally save lives of vulnerable and hurting people. The incorporation of such phenomenal philosophical perspectives from classic figures is really well done. i hope this gets translated into a film with an artist like Olivia Rodrigo, Arlo Parks, Lady Gaga or TSwift. This read really inspires the reader to take stock of life. Found myself making lists and questioning my Core Being. Lots of notes taken with this one. Great poetry and lyrics included, as well. i look forward to reading more by Matt; especially his memoir, Reasons To Stay Alive.

      10/02/2021

      100 Years Of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez****Outstanding and addictive first 100-200 pages covering the earliest lineage of Macondo. Once the story shifted to war and the later lineages in the second 200 pages my interest would wax and wane; sometimes waning to the point where i had to force myself to keep going. Intuitively, i knew that since this novel is a classic that the ending must pay off. Fortunately, it most certainly does! I journaled 13 impactful quotes from this novel. One star is shaved off due to the sluggish second half. After reading i couldn’t help asking myself if Alan Moore is our modern day wizard of Macondo? Watchman is Genius. Jerusalem in is Now Reading. 😉

    • DellwoodBarker
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      1 month ago

      Less by Andrew Sean Greer***** This book! Wow! Loved every moment and am already promising to myself to read it again at 50 year mark and every ten year bday after that. Remarkably funny and the way the author uses words so effortlessly to seamlessly edit visuals of time shifts from present to flashback left me in awe and feeling hypnotized by a vernacular wizard. I completed the final 100 pages poolside at a local spa and was oscillating between laughing out loud and crying; happily. This book is so full of life and perspective that aging readers may especially appreciate. A book I would gift to anyone and everyone as i have done with other favorite reads in the past. Highest praise.

    • DellwoodBarker
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      2 months ago

      08/03/2021

      The Guncle by Steven Rowley **** Highly Recommended Read! I thoroughly enjoyed this read and have not laughed out loud this much whilst reading a book in a while. The first two hundred pages are particularly packed with hilarious dialogue or sitches. By around the 200 page mark the book also starts to generate tears several times due to wonderful simple self-discoveries and keen insight. Heart-felt and tender with a central figure who is loveable and fun to support even while we experience his faults and vulnerabilities along the way. This is an excellent post 2020 read because it deals with the themes of isolation and experiences that pull us out of those periods; new beginnings; never giving up on dreams whilst allowing dreams to evolve in flexible directions. At some point I would love to have this book in a shelf collection where I live for access to elevate any day. Here are a few memorable quotes I jotted down in my diary:

      “Self-love for gay people can be an act of survival. When the whole world is designed to point out you’re different, it can be a way to endure.”

      “We adopt a safe version of ourselves for the public, for protection, and then as adults we excavate our true selves from the parts we’ve invented to protect ourselves. It’s the most important work of queer lives.”

      “Sometimes things come back to life.”

      “Every parent has these days. You’re very good with them. Your breakfast is on us.”

      Looking forward to reading SR’s other 2 books (Lili & The Octopus is in possession; have to track down The Editor) and SR’s husband, Byron Lane’s novel, A Star Is Bored.

    • DellwoodBarker
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      4 months ago

      News of the World by Paulette Jiles ** a little slow for my taste. Decent; if not a memorable read that will stick with me long. Has a noble central character and a good heart at center of story. In this case the film may end up being better; have not yet seen.

    • DellwoodBarker
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      4 months ago

      6/15/2021

      The Oracle Year by Charles Soule***Very Good. Enjoyed, Fascinating, Intelligent, Current Event Relevant Depth, Well-written. Follows a simple guy who is a struggling bass player in NYC until he becomes endowed with predictions of the future that come true. He becomes a saint to some and dangerous to others. Asks questions about what we would do with all the power to see the future. Would we protect others or protect ourselves? Help or harm? Enjoyed this one enough that I am going to read Soule’s Star Wars contribution.

    • DellwoodBarker
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      4 months ago

      Posting this and thinking how cool it would be to create an ongoing stream Here of books/reads held by hands 🙌 that have been completed by RU Readers external from Read-Up.

      Probably a Pipe Dream RU experiment and for transparency sake this is very much inspired by Bill’s ongoing list online.

      Would be a great way to get the word out on books with a little blurb of your rating or reaction in the comments here.

      I will continue editing this post as I finish reads here: www.hummingverbs.wordpress.com and I will just comment here when I finish another read instead of re-import each time.