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I had a wonderful morning walk along the lake today, and I took what has been so far a wonderful book, Jonathan Stroud’s The Outlaws Scarlett & Browne. All in all, I highly recommend starting any day like this.
I loved Laurie Colwin's Happy All the Time, so I'm quickly moving on to A Big Storm Knocked It Over, the novel that was published posthumously in 1993 (Colwin died in October 1992). When it was published, Kirkus Review lamented her death: "Colwin's recent death, at a grievously young age, removed one of the fresher, sunnier, funnier, smarter novelists from the scene; this posthumous and fifth novel, though hardly her best, makes you remember that painfully." I definitely found Happy All the Time sunny, funny, smart, and fresh (even forty years after its publication). I'm very excited to continue my journey through Colwin's work!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
On June 22 New York Review Books is releasing Joshua Cohen's sixth novel, The Netanyahus: An Account of a Minor and Ultimately Even Negligible Episode in the History of a Very Famous Family. This comes with advance praise from some authors I definitely listen to: Nicole Krauss, Cynthia Ozick, and Colm Tóibín. It looks amazing! Here is the book's blurb:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
This showed up just in time for the long weekend! Laurie Colwin's 1978 novel Happy All the Time has just been reissued in the US by Vintage Books. It's wonderful so far! On page three, after we've learned a bit about how well off the two main characters, Guido and Vincent, are, Colwin writes this:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The boys are really digging into the start of summer, so it’s time to see if we can haunt their dreams.
The kids are celebrating the last day of school, and I’m enjoying this lovely volume from Europa Editions Compass. Gideon Defoe’s An Atlas of Extinct Countries is a delightful look at forty-eight countries that no longer exist. “The polite way of writing an obituary is: dwell on the good bits, gloss over the embarrassing stuff. This book refuses to do so, because these dead nations are so full of schemers, racists, and con men that it’s impossible to skip the embarrassing stuff.” Swipe to see how much fun even the first few paragraphs promise.
Today NYRB Classics publishes their lovely edition of Molly Keane's 1981 novel Good Behaviour! Good Behaviour was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, up against such titans as Doris Lessing, Muriel Spark, and Ian McEwan. The winner that year was Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children.

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