DiS Book Club v1.0: Lucia Berlin - A Manual for Cleaning Women



Let’s do this! Obviously not everybody has a copy lying around—you can pick it up reasonably cheaply here on AbeBooks, or slightly less cheaply at the Guardian bookshop. Otherwise check your local library or DM me if you’ve really tried and can’t find an affordable copy and I’m sure we can work something out.

Let’s start with the first 5 stories—about 40 pages. Makes sense to start light and see if the next chunk should be bigger, I reckon. In my edition, the recent Picador reprint, that’s:

Optional: foreword by Lydia Davis, intro. by Stephen Emerson
Angel’s Laundromat
Dr H. A. Moynihan
Stars and Saints
A Manual for Cleaning Women
My Jockey

Let me know what you reckon, folks

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Apparently I can get it from the library, so I’m in! I’ll pick it up on Saturday, looking forward to getting started.


got my copy :slight_smile:

when will we discuss it?


will try to grab a copy :+1:


Will check if the library does it today!


It’ll probably take a few days for everyone to get a copy, but 40 pages isn’t much so let’s say in a week? So proper discussion to start/take place next Thursday evening—maybe via a group chat hosted elsewhere if people are up for that, or just in this thread.

Feel free to post thoughts/stuff it reminds you of/etc. etc. but please use spoilers where necessary.



Requested it from the library but it’s currently overdue :confused:


Got it for a fiver for kindle. I’m IN


It wasn’t available at a library nearby but I’ve picked up a copy :+1:


Will sort this once home library or Kindle


Ordered it from Wordery


Even though I didn’t get tagged HMPH I’m in, will source a copy.

When are we reconvening on this?


Yeah I’m in :slight_smile: Looking forward to it


All set! Great cover :ok_hand:


I’m sorry my friend I just mentioned the people I saw in the book club group!


Spoiler alert—read a bunch of them this morning and they’re flipping fantastic.


Also—Thursday evening if possible


Ah, nuts.

One available for loan in my borough and two reservations. I need faster feet


Ahem, as posted in the wrong thread:

Mates I’m enjoying this so much so far, only read the intro and first story but can’t wait to talk about it! The writing is right up my street, never heard of her before but her story and the atmosphere she creates is wonderful.
Those signs in the laundromat :heart_eyes: