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Happy #ShelfieSunday and Book Review of ‘Daddy: Stories’ by Emma Cline

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Happy Shelfie Sunday & Thank you at @randomhouse for my gifted copy of ‘Daddy: Stories‘ by Emma Cline! (pub 9/1).

This pic features the left half of my window bench bookshelves that my husband built for my bday last yr. Scroll through my feed to see the other side of the room where my big bookshelf is, which he also built last year.

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Girls comes an eagerly anticipated story collection exploring the dark corners of human experience.

An absentee father collects his son from boarding school after a shocking act of violence. A nanny to a celebrity family hides out in Laurel Canyon in the aftermath of a tabloid scandal. A young woman sells her underwear to strangers. A notorious guest arrives at a placid, not-quite rehab in the Southwest.

In ten remarkable stories, Emma Cline portrays moments when the ordinary is disturbed, when daily life buckles, revealing the perversity & violence pulsing under the surface. She explores characters navigating the edge, the limits of themselves & those around them: power dynamics in families, in relationships, the distance between their true & false selves. They want connection, but what they provoke is often closer to self-sabotage.

What are the costs of one’s choices? Of the moments when we act, or fail to act? These complexities are at the heart of ‘Daddy‘, Emma Cline’s sharp-eyed illumination of the contrary impulses that animate our inner lives.

I read Emma Cline’s previous novel, ‘The Girls‘, during the summer of 2016 when it released to very mixed reviews. I was pretty middle ground w/ that book, having not loved it, but also didn’t hate it. In my opinion, ‘Daddy’ is much more intriguing & thought-provoking. I love a well-written book of essays or short stories, preferably non-fiction, & this one had 10 pretty fascinating stories. Each story did leave me wanting more & to know more about the broken people depicted in the short stories.

Some stories were more engaging & provocative than others, but overall ‘Daddy’ is riveting, poignant, glazed in darkness & humor while also making the reader squirm w/ discomfort at times. Oh, & the copy in my pic is an early arc, thus the pale pink color. The actual book is more Mountain Dew yellow. ‘Daddy’ is available now wherever books are sold.

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Emma Cline is an American writer and novelist, originally from California. She published her first novel, “The Girls”, in 2016, to positive reviews. The book was shortlisted for the John Leonard Award from the National Book Critics Circle and the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize.
Her stories have been published in The New Yorker, Tin House, Granta and The Paris Review.
In 2017 Cline was named one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists.

Book Reviews

Book Review: “Wow, No Thank You”, “We are Never Meeting in Real Life” and “Meaty” by Samantha Irby (and Giveaway Reminder!)

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Thank you @vintageanchorbooks for my gifted copies of “We Are Never Meeting In Real Life” & “Meaty” by Samantha Irby! I preordered “Wow, No Thank You“, too!

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🐰A new rip-roaring essay collection from the smart, edgy, hilarious, unabashedly raunchy, & bestselling Samantha Irby about aging, marriage, settling down with step-children in white, small-town America, health food & skincare obsessions, money trouble, the real story of glamorous Hollywood life & more.
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🦔Beloved writer Samantha Irby returns to the printed page for her much-anticipated, sidesplitting third book following “Meaty” and NYT bestselling “We Are Never Meeting in Real Life“.

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🐱Irby is turning forty, & increasingly uncomfortable in her own skin. She has left her job as a receptionist at a veterinary clinic, has published successful books & is courted by Hollywood, left Chicago, & moved into a house with a garden that requires repairs & know-how with her wife & two step-children in a small white, Republican town in Michigan where she now hosts book clubs. This is the bourgeois life of dreams.
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🐰She goes on bad dates with new friends, spends weeks in L.A. taking meetings with “skinny, luminous peoples” while being a “cheese fry-eating slightly damp Midwest person,” “with neck pain & no cartilage in [her] knees,” & hides Entenmann’s cookies under her bed & unopened bills under her pillow.

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🦔The essays in this collection draw on the raw, hilarious particulars of Irby’s new life. “Wow, No Thank You” is Irby at her most unflinching, riotous, & relatable.
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🐱I had never heard of Irby before until my daughter introduced me to her books & I am so glad! Irby is relatable, freaking hilarious, raw, & I felt like I was reading her diary because some of her essays were so personal & unfiltered. I could totally relate to several of her observations & middle-age conundrums. I literally laughed out loud many times!
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📚If you need a good laugh (don’t we all right now?), all 3 of Irby’s books are now available. Please contact your local indie bookstores for availability or ordering. Click on the highlighted book titles above to be taken to BookStoreLink.com which helps you look for the titles you want at independent bookstores whether they are local or in another town (many will ship books to you.) They need us right now as much as the authors do! ❤️

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