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Bride of the Book God

A Visit from the Goon Squad is so good!

Danielle

I really want to read this book this year sometime! I just finished Manhattan Beach and loved it. I heard her speak last month and she said the book she is writing now is in some way revisiting this novel--not sure it is a sequel but she mentioned it in reference to her current writing!

LizF

The Millstone is certainly authentic 60's - I read it in the late 70's and remember thinking it was very much of its period.
I really enjoyed The Girls last year - another take on the Manson case combined with a coming-of-age story and a likeable main character.

Haven't read the Elin Hilderbrand you mention but as you know I am a big fan of her books - I have yet to find one I didn't enjoy. Good luck in making your choice!

iliana

Oh goodness Durable Goods sound so familiar. I wonder if I have read it and just forgot about it. Berg is usually a comfort read for me. Love this prompt of yours and hope you find some great stories set in the 60s. And, glad to hear you'll be picking up a scary book or two :)

Danielle

Now that sounds perfect. I just finished Elizabeth Berg's Durable Goods--have you read her You might like her if you've not picked up any of her books before. It was a very fast read written from the pov of a twelve year old girl. It is one of three books about her and I plan on reading the other two as well. However, it sort of felt of that period, but not quite like the Drabble, I think. I have to pull out The Girls, too. It has been on my 'must read' list since it came out in paperback and it was probably why I even made this prompt!! So glad to hear you like Elin Hilderbrand--do you have a favorite by her. I always look at her books in the bookstore, but now that I have her newest really need to read that one first before picking up yet another one!

Danielle

You may have read it--it is an older book and I read it a very long time ago. So long that rereading was pretty much like reading it for the first time really. I have been looking forward to this theme for a while and my reading stack is very appealing--so many books from it I really want to read right now!

Smithereens

The only one I've read in the list in the Girls and it was very good, although I guess it has a disenchanted feeling that is more 1970s than swinging 1960s, imo. I read my first book by Margaret Drabble recently but not this one. So many titles are tempting!

Danielle

I had a look at The Girls and you're right the setting is a bit later than I was thinking. I do still need to read it--I couldn't wait for it when it first came out. I have not read much (maybe one book?) by Margaret Drabble. I started The Millstone, but I have been trying to catch up on other books, so now I think I will need to go back and reread those first pages....

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