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This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance!
This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance! | Jonathan Evison
As sweet as it is inventive, profound as it is hilarious, unflinching as it is big-hearted. Maria Semple, author of Whered You Go, Bernadette? Harriet Chance has spent the last seventy-eight years following the rules... Career girl (brief) Wife (fifty-five years) Mother of two Now widowed, Harriet discovers that her late husband had been planning an Alaskan cruise. Ignoring the advice of her children and wanting to make the most of the opportunity, she decides to set sail. There, amid the buffets and lounge singers, between the imagined appearances of Bernard and the very real arrival of her daughter, Harriet is forced to take a long look back, confronting the truth about pivotal events that changed the course of her life. What she will discover is that she has lived the best part of her life under entirely false assumptions. Confronted with the notion that her past could have been different, will she take a second chance at life?
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rsteve388
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What an exciting book so far?! I love the back and forth of the timeline and the narrator and their voice. It's a great story so far.

#24B4Monday
#Fiction

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Jenken1998
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Pickpick

I stumbled across this as an audiobook yesterday. I am glad i did. Starts out humorous in the beginning but definitely gets a little heavier towards the end. An unamed narrator reviews 87 year old Harriet's life in a nonlinear timeline.We follow along and watch her come to terms with her life and learn to forgive others and herself. I enjoyed it. 🛳🛳🛳🛳

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Bookaholicforlife
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My current read. I started the first 36 pages last week whilst on a cruise with my family thinking that this was the perfect book to read on a cruise ship. Unfortunately I wasn‘t able to get that far in it. This is also the first adult book I‘m reading instead of a YA or middle grade novel. I‘m sick in bed today so a perfect time for hot tea and a book.

cobwebmoth Hope you feel better soon! 10mo
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Gabuchi
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Just a few pages in and absolutely loving this book. So whimsical! What an enjoyable read so far.

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Tex2Flo
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I cannot be trusted around a TBR list and a cheap book seller site. Some older items from my list and book club. (sigh) #neverwithoutbooks

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JanuarieTimewalker13
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This was a surprising read for me. I didn‘t expect it to be as good as it was. Follows a 78 yo woman who has recently lost her husband. She takes a cruise to Alaska that her husband had won. The story goes back and forth in time and unfolds her life and how what she went through as a child influenced her decisions in life. Interesting. 4🛳

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mosucho2

"How was it fair that Harriet had given everything she had to loving a man who poured Miracle Grow on her character defects and meanwhile Mildred got some swashbuckling poet, just for the asking."

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throwmeabook
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I love summer mornings! Breakfast and a little reading out on the patio with the birds chirping while the rest of the house sleeps. 💕📚☀️😎 #summerreading #book11 #mounttbr #climbingmountvancouver

Cinfhen I couldn‘t get into this book 🙄 2y
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BookBridget
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I just grabbed this ebook on Kindle for $1.20. It's $1.99 on Nook. Both great deals.

crazyspine It's cute. Very similar to 2y
Cinfhen I bought this from #BookOutlet also under $2.00 2y
BookBridget @crazyspine , I liked Where'd You Go, Bernadette? 2y
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awildreader
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My reading buddy.

JoScho Oh my goodness! How sweet are those eyes ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
Kaye He looks like the Puss in Boots on Shrek. 2y
TheLibrarian How cute!! And he does look like Puss in Books @Kaye 2y
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TommieMarie74 Such a sweet little face!!! ❤️ 2y
Purrfectpages What a unique looking cutie! 2y
Jess7 Cute picture!! Welcome to Litsy! Checkout these #Litsytips: http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: http://bit.ly/litsyvideos #LitsyWelcomeWagon 2y
Samplergal ❤️ 2y
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ReadingEnvy
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Mehso-so

I got this when it was $1.20 for Kindle, because Harriet goes on an Alaskan cruise. It was okay, a quick read, non-linear with each chapter told in a "this is your life" tone. Family secrets, money grubbing children, and one dead but not gone spouse. #canadaalaska2018

AmyG I wasn‘t crazy about this book either. We readnit in book club. 2y
ReadingEnvy @AmyG it has some.similarities to a book my book club read a few years back 2y
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DyAnne
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“Yes, all in all, things could be worse. You could be divorced. You could be a widow. Gallo could stop selling wine by the jug. And where would that leave you, Harriet? Bored *and* sober.”

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Kaye
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$1.20. ? Grab it.

SassyPants617 Good book. I really liked it. 2y
Kaye Me too. I bought it to reread at some point. For that price I couldn‘t resist. @SassyPants617 2y
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Matilda
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Hell of a deal for a novel I really enjoyed. (Ebook Amazon and b&n)

tammysue Grabbing this up, thanks for posting!😊 2y
Pamwurtzler Me too - thanks for sharing! 2y
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LukkiAnn
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This is a book for discussion for sure. The life of a 78 old woman that seems in the beginning like regular turns upside down. You will be amazed how many dark secrets she keeps inside for all her life that damaged her and her family. I highly recommend the audio which done incredibly well and has a hint of a radio show in 60's.

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phyhill
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Pickpick

Harriet's husband has died, but that won't stop him from seeing her through the unfortunate revelations about to come to light as she takes an unexpected Alaskan cruise. Humorous and heartfelt.

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Alytrue
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Listening to this on Overdrive from my library. The narrator is great! Loving the story so far....

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shawnmooney
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Bailedbailed

I gave this one a try to fulfill the "book with an exclamation point In the title" category for the Eclectic Readers podcast reading challenge – however, neither the prose nor the story was holding my interest whatsoever. Bailed less than a fifth of the way in. I guess I have not many more than two choices left: Dr. Seuss or William Faulkner… :-)

LeahBergen I didn't read this one but I gave it to the mother-in-law and she really liked it (she's 85 and has been on lots of cruises 😂). 3y
saresmoore I'll be reading Sir Terry Pratchett for this one—Guards! Guards!—a palate cleanser for me, but I'm having trouble coming up with a book for the weapon category. 3y
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Spiderfelt I finished it, but wish I hadn't. The story and characters frustrated me to no end. 3y
shawnmooney @saresmoore I highly highly recommend 3y
shawnmooney @LeahBergen Maybe I'll try it when I'm 85 :). @BookFreakOut Thanks - @Lindy also recommended that novel but based on what I've heard there's an 87.34% chance I'd hate it. I am going to try my first Faulkner next, 3y
saresmoore @shawnmooney Thank you! That sounds perfect! ❤️ 3y
Lindy @shawnmooney I am positive that you would not bail on this one, if only because it's so short: 3y
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Listener15
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Pickpick

Listened to this all in one day while cleaning my house (I need a longer book next time) and it kept my attention and wondering what would happen next. Enjoyed it immensely. Trigger warning for sex abuse, it is not overly explicit but still there. The narrator, Susan Boyce, was excellent and I will keep an eye out for her again.

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Listener15
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This is my Sunday cleaning audiobook, I've heard good things about this so I'm hoping it will distract me while I do boring chores. If it weren't for audiobooks I'd have an even bigger disaster of a house.

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slhbooks
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Pickpick

This was a good, quick read. It's filled with sweet, sad and funny moments. Some long kept secrets are revealed. I loved getting to know and understand Harriet as her life story was told. If you liked 'A Man Called Ove', you would probably like this.

I interrupted Nellie (the blur) and Teddy (tongue out) bath time with my picture taking😽😽
#catsoflitsy

BekahB They're so cute!! 😻 3y
cariashley Adorable! My two boys have similar coloring 😸 3y
DebinHawaii Sweet! 🐱❤️🐱 3y
CherylDeFranceschi 😻❤😻❤ 3y
kspenmoll Must read! 😺😺💙 3y
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Lemony
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Pickpick

Chosen by my book club, this was the first book I completed in 2017. (I listened to the audiobook). Once I got used to the narration style, it was an audio "page-turner". It was at times poignant, funny, and thought-provoking. My major audio peeve: (what seemed to me to be) a mispronunciation of the cruise ship name "Zuiderdam".

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Dmtlang
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Laughed out loud several times. There were also really touching moments, especially between Harriet and her daughter, and several surprises I didn't anticipate. A great way to start the new reading year off!

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Dmtlang
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Let my 2017 reading begin!

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shawnmooney
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One, can't remember which, of the three book challenges I want to do in 2017 has a category for a book with an exclamation point in the title.

britt_brooke Love that cover! 3y
LeahBergen I gave this to the mother-in-law and she loved it. 3y
Megabooks I enjoyed this book. It's surprisingly complex. 3y
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Ehbooklover
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Mehso-so

I liked this one but I didn't love it. The main reason: I wasn't fond of the game-show type, omniscient narrator. I also didn't care for any of the characters. Finally, one of my pet peeves: the use of "you're" when it should have been "your". Nitpicky? Probably. But that kind of stuff bugs me. Overall, an interesting premise that didn't quite meet my expectations.

tjwill That mistake is so basic that it should never appear in a book! 3y
RealLifeReading That "you're" thing would bug me too! 3y
Bakingbookworm Gah! I hate the 'your/you're' issue. Those mistakes should be caught. 3y
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mcctrish
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Pickpick

I wasn't sold from the beginning, the back and forth in time narrative felt too bouncy and fluffy. Then there is a #wtf moment and from then on the present day becomes more intense and the back in the day is more informative, good story 👍🏻👍🏻

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mcctrish
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That moment when you say " freak, I didn't see that coming"

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mcctrish
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Had to take a picture of this book in the sun, wishing I was reading it by a pool 😩 cuz the cover just says summer to me. Just started and it has a very distinct writing style ( or way of telling the story so far) or maybe just distinctly different from last book ( maybe I have a book hangover 🤔)

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bethsdog
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What does Harriet do when her husband dies after purchasing a surprise cruise? This was a fun book.

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ForestAvenuePress
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I apparently have a ton of blue books... These are from two rows of a bookcase in the living room. #shadesofblue #SeptemberPhotoChallenge

MargaretPinardAuthor Blue-tiful!! :D 3y
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J.Alt
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Listened to this on my ten hour drive to Virginia and loved it. You never know what a family's past may hold. Would highly recommend.

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courtney
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Panpan

Oh dear. This book isnt what I was expecting. I was expecting "older woman discovers huge secret, lives it up& inspires all readers." What I got was "stereotypically old woman discovers whole life is a lie& it is what it is." This book also experiments with a very game-showy "whos that babe on the beach? It's you!" tone for different years of Harriets life which came off as very cruel for the darker (TW galore) parts of the story. So sad to pan!

courtney Commenting to add that there is a TW for molestation. Also fat shaming and subtle racism. 3y
CherylDeFranceschi So sad to hear that. 3y
courtney @CherylDeFranceschi me too! I heard great things and it sounded so charming and I'm usually not one to pan a book for 'depressing characters.' Certain aspects were just not executed properly and I think the marketing/synopses of this book weren't angled appropriately. 3y
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CherylDeFranceschi Ah, well. It's not as if my TBR will be hurting. Thanks for the honest review! 3y
courtney @CherylDeFranceschi haha it is a VERY quick read if you are looking for something to blaze through some day :) I just think things like child molestation shouldn't be handled in a happy-go-lucky/flippant tone 😕 3y
SusanInTiburon I picked up from reviews that it got very dark; the title and cover give a very light-hearted impression. 3y
kgriffith Oh no, I have an ARC I hadn't gotten around to and now I'm not sure I want to 😕 3y
courtney @SusanInTiburon ah, yes, I started reading reviews about halfway through. I usually don't mind dark books, most of it was just how it was handled and the tone that seemed cruel/not right for the terrible moments of her life. 3y
MrBook It has a nice cover though. 3y
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courtney
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This book is not what I thought/wanted it to be, but it's a quick af read. Like sad brain candy.

MrBook Nice pic! 😊 3y
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malloryomeara
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Pickpick

This book was wonderful. Quick, touching, equally sweet and heartbreaking.

RealLifeReading I am envious of your reading spot!! 3y
Juli I loved this one too! 3y
courtney I got this from the library a couple of weeks ago and it sounds so charming! 3y
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jetspins24
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Mehso-so

#24in48 book number 4. Was just ok. I was expecting a funny story from the odd narrative structure, but I kinda found this one just profoundly depressing...? Also, an unexpected addition to my reading theme of "Righteous Female Rage". Maybe I would have liked it better if there had been more rage and rebellion, and less resigned acceptance of the protagonists' mistreatment at the whims of everyone in her entire life?

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jetspins24
Mehso-so

#24in48 book number 4. Was just ok. I was expecting a funny story from the odd narrative structure, but I kinda found this one just profoundly depressing...? Also, an unexpected addition to my reading theme of "Righteous Female Rage". Maybe I would have liked it better if there had been more rage and rebellion, and less resigned acceptance of the protagonists' mistreatment at the whims of everyone in her entire life?

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DrAimz
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Pickpick

Melancholy. Bittersweet. Moments of the irreal. Darkly comic. Plays with linearity.
Pretty much the definition of an enjoyable read for me 😄

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outis
Mehso-so

I think this one just couldn't recover from not being the book I wanted it to be. A little too bleak for what I was hoping would be a slightly more amusing novel. Not the book's fault, but there you go.

Spiderfelt The audiobook was so annoying. I finished it only because it was fulfilling a reading challenge, but I seriously sprained my eyeballs with the eye rolling. 4y
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Dragon
Mehso-so

I was expecting a different book. I was expecting something light hearted and fun loving. Poor Harriet is all I got. Harriet the victim of circumstances that she does nothing to control. Is any person truly that passive? Perhaps this book has too many triggers?

Megabooks I thought it would be funnier, too. It's tragedy masquerading as comedy. 4y
Dragon That's very true @Ebooksandcooks 4y
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niftytiffd
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My reading companion😻

niftytiffd @CherylDeFranceschi I think our cats are long-lost siblings!🙀 4y
CherylDeFranceschi @niftytiffd I was thinking the same thing!!! 4y
niftytiffd @CherylDeFranceschi Is yours part Maine Coon? 4y
CherylDeFranceschi @niftytiffd She is! That's why she's so soft and fluffy. Aren't they the best furries ever? 4y
niftytiffd @CherylDeFranceschi I thought so! Mine is too... and she is super fluffy. They do make the best furries!! 4y
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stephanie_reads
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Not very far, but loving the way in which the story is told!!

MrBook Cool cover! 😂 4y
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KittyWren
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Loved this book, quite different from WEST OF HERE.

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LWagoner
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Loved this sweet book.....it's never to late for forgiveness.
Quote from page 273 "We are the sum of moments and reflections, actions and decisions, triumphs, failures, and yearnings, all of it held together, inexplicably, miraculously, really, by memory and association. "

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AstoriaBookshop
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Pickpick

Bari's pick!

"Reads like an episode of the show - a narrator walks us through the funny, sad, and sometimes shocking moments of Harriet's life. I was unable to take a break from this one and read it in one sitting!"

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jennie1
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"...our lives are not linear, Harriet. We are the sum of moments and reflections, actions and decisions, triumphs, failures, and yearnings, all of it held together, inexplicably, miraculously, really by memory and association. Yes, Harriet, our lives are more sinew than bone."

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Dragon
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Started reading at the airport

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Dragon
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I'm going on a weekend trip and need a travel book. I heard Rebecca's review on All The Books ( podcast) so I think it's this one. Sounds fun and no awkward scenes to read in public

Megabooks Some awkward scenes IMO, but not too many. Great book! 4y
Dragon @Ebooksandcooks thanks for the warning, I see what you mean 4y
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Gittelbooks
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Big disappointment after The Revised Rules of Caregiving.

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mrldg
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Love books set in my geographical location. Read this while waiting in line for films during the local Film Festival (i.e. fast and easy to read even during distractions).