“Follies and nonsense, whims and inconsistencies do divert me, I own, and I laugh at them whenever I can.” ― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
This is such important news to me that it will probably be the only thing I talk about today.
No thinking man can be certain about anything. Least of all anything complicated.
Justin Go, The Steady Running of the Hour, page 63
It’s funny, how books can smell the same. The pages of The Steady Running of the Hour (Justin Go) smell the same as Walk Two Moons (Sharon Creech). It’s sort of confusing and yet comforting, like when a stranger on the bus brushes by with the same cologne or deodorant smell as an ex boyfriend.
People are funny that way; even the most miserable kind of circumstance can inspire a genuine throb of nostalgia.
Chang Rae-Lee, On Such a Full Sea, page 1
She’d always thought that siblings were pretty much the same people in differently shaped bodies, just shaken up slightly, so that the molecules rearranged themselves, but now she wasn’t sure.
Emma Straub, The Vacationers, page 202
Lawrence tried to imagine having a baby and then watching the baby grow into someone who used tanning oil. It wasn’t as bad as smoking crack, but it did seems to signify major differences in ideology.
Emma Straub, The Vacationers, page 145
The Brontes weren’t afraid to let someone die of consumption, which Sylvia respected.
Emma Straub, The Vacationers, page 60
Maybe that was the key to all good relationships, having oceans of time apart.
Emma Straub, The Vacationers, page 17
Having a daughter whose company he actually enjoyed was one of Jim’s favorite accomplishments. The odds were against you, in all matters of family planning.
Emma Straub, The Vacationers, page 10
Well this is a bit embarrassing
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