Self-explanatory in every way except what the book is about. No one ever said this post had to be helpful …


What Strange Creatures by Emily Arsenault — Dan

Quote: “No I am not a crazy cat lady. Nor do I intend to be one in the future, I reassured myself as I walked Boober that evening.”

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The Walled City by Ryan Graudin — Meredith

Quote: “The survivor kicks in. She twists my hips midstep, Lights blur. Gravel hisses under my feet. Lunge, lunge, stretch. I’m running before I can even see where the street will take me.”

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Augustus by John Williams — Kevin

Quote: “Weak as we were, with our legions scattered against the various troubles on our borders and in our nation, we marched towards Brindisi, fearful that Antonius had landed and was leading his soldiers to meet us.”

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Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy — Rachel (still)

Quote: “The universe is no narrow thing and the order within it is not constrained by any latitude in its conception to repeat what exists in one part in any other part. Even in this world more things exist without our knowledge than with it and the order in creation which you see is that which you have put there, like a string in a maze, so that you shall not lose your way.”

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Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell — Paul

Quote: “You discover, for instance, the secrecy attaching to poverty. At a sudden stroke you have been reduced to an income of six francs a day. But of course you dare not admit it you have got to pretend that you are living quite as usual. From the start it tangles you in a net of lies, and even with the lies you can hardly manage it. You stop sending your clothes to the laundry, and the laundress catches you in the street and asks you why; you mumble something, and she, thinking you are sending the clothes elsewhere, is your enemy for life.”

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Time’s Arrow by Martin Amis— Rudy

Quote: “I mustn’t become a bore on the subject, but I have to say that in physical terms Tod and I are now feeling absolutely terrific. Corporeal life is not without its minor indignities. We still take it in the ass every morning, along with everybody else—but the whole thing’s over in a trice these days. Tod, I salute you: what bowl know-how, what can ca-do. I was more or less resigned to a lifetime of the tearful half hour. But not we’re out of there after a tearful twenty minutes.”