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  • We're about to start our fifth year of reading books together. She picks, I pick, usually I pick. She buys, I buy, usually she buys. We discuss, we argue, we agree, we disagree. Usually by phone: we deconstruct, criticize, gush, question, wonder, and very occasionally trade disappointment, and jump ship.

    It started with The Corrections, her idea. Most recently we both loved Swamplandia. One of her favorites, it comes up often, What is the What. The email she sent after Just Kids astonished.

    I keep 'our' books separate from my others, and I'm running out of space. They're shelved horizontally and vertically, kind of/sort of weakly alphabetized, small white "Mom Book Club" labels branding each spine, curling up at the edges on some of those first books. These are the only ones I won't lend.

    We recently stopped talking to each other, for a spell. But then it got better. And book club continues. Suggestions, anyone?
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