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I Bring Arcadia Up; Unpacking the Reawakened

Bring on the Night, by Jeri Smith-Ready
Fluffy fluff about a kick-ass ex-grifter with a vampire DJ / grunge rocker for a boyfriend. Not quite as good as previous entries in the series, but still solid.

I Remember, by Joe Brainard
This is an exceptional, lovely, admirable, and occasionally wicked book. I intend to reread it before I give it back to the library.

Arcadia, by Lauren Groff (ARC)
One of the most beautiful stories I've read all year. Eloquently told and perceptive. I think even those who didn't grow up boyish and surrounded by back-to-the-landers (as I did) might love this book. All of the pieces fit together perfectly; it's fable-like, but grounded.

Why We Broke Up, by Daniel Handler and Maira Kalman
Gorgeous and wry and gripping. It didn't make me miss any buses (as Watch Your Mouth did!), but I had trouble putting it down.
(213/200, 118/100)

Unpacking My Library: Writers and Their Books, by Leah Price
I had no idea whose libraries would be unpacked in this book before I started reading it. Turns out they belonged to: Alison Bechdel, Jonathan Lethem, Lev Grossman and Sophie Gee, Rebecca Goldstein and Steven Pinker, Phillip Pullman, Edmund White, Claire Messud and James Wood, Gary Shteyngart, Junot Díaz, and Stephen Carter. An eclectic and delicious mix. I imagine that if you like perusing bookshelves, you've already wandered off to order this book at this point, or put a library hold on it, and YOU ARE RIGHT. There's another book in this series that looks at the libraries of architects - I'm curious about it, particularly for the "how architects use their own spaces" angle, but not sure I will like it as much, since I don't feel the same pull toward specific architects that I do toward these (and many other) writers.

The Reawakened, by Jeri Smith-Ready
More fluffy fantasy fluff. This one set in a secondary world with an interesting animal-totem-based magic system - the satisfying conclusion to a trilogy I started reading a few years back.

(expect more postings from me later today - I intend to catch up on my 2011 reading!)

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