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Fourth of July Creek
Fourth of July Creek | Smith Henderson
After trying to help Benjamin Pearl, an undernourished, nearly feral eleven-year-old boy living in the Montana wilderness, social worker Pete Snow comes face-to-face with the boy's profoundly disturbed father, Jeremiah. With courage and caution, Pete slowly earns a measure of trust from this paranoid survivalist itching for a final conflict that will signal the coming End Times.But as Pete's own family spins out of control, Pearl's activities spark the full-blown interest of the FBI, putting Pete at the center of a massive manhunt from which no one will emerge unscathed.In this shattering and iconic American novel, Smith Henderson explores the complexities of freedom, community, grace, suspicion, and anarchy, brilliantly depicting our nation's disquieting and violent contradictions. Fourth of July Creek is an unforgettable, unflinching debut that marks the arrival of a major literary talent.
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Godmotherx5
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HAPPY 4th of JULY!🎆🎇🎆
I am currently reading the tagged book. Good so far.

Here are some fun facts about our US holiday: http://mentalfloss.com/article/502369/10-things-you-didnt-know-about-fourth-july

Cathythoughts Oh wow 😮 7mo
ValerieAndBooks Cool info! Thanks for sharing. 7mo
Crazeedi Very interesting! 7mo
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Gaylagal2
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@wen4blu These chocolates look soooooo yummmyyy! Thank you again!

#summersantagoespostal2019
@BookishMarginalia

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Gaylagal2
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@wen4blu I can't wait to dive into these amazing books that have been on my list for awhile. Your so sweet and kind with this package and I can't thank you enough. You've made getting well so much easier 😘🤙❤️

Part 2
#summersantagoespostal2019
@BookishMarginalia

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TrishB
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#blackdayinjuly #timbittunes
Been on my kindle 4 years, still not read.

Cinfhen I think I read this one 🤨🤪 11mo
Cinfhen Actually, I think I bailed on this one😂 11mo
TrishB @Cinfhen it‘s not calling me!! 11mo
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MicheleinPhilly I loved it! 11mo
SamAnne I was mixed on this. I grew up in a rural community where this story could have taken place. And lived in north Idaho not far where the stories and incidents he is basing the story on took place. When I know the back story it often give me a more critical eye which is unfair. But if it seems melodramatic, it isn‘t. Sometimes when I tell stories from my childhood community it just sounds over the top. But it was real. 11mo
TrishB @MicheleinPhilly @SamAnne thanks 👍🏻 11mo
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DoonTheGoon
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Starting this chunkster today - I have high hopes for this one... fingers crossed.

Kaye ♥️ 11mo
Craftylikefox Oh wow! Sounds good! 11mo
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Amiable
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The story of a social worker in rural Montana in 1980, and the family of survivalists he finds living in the wilderness. He tries to help--while his own life is falling apart. This book is about paranoia, freedom, institutional limitations, forgiveness and finding the fortitude inside you to go on after you‘ve experienced tragedy. It is not an easy read. But it‘s compelling and breathtaking and the writing is stunning.

Day 22: #adventrecommends

DoonTheGoon This one is on my TBR shelf... I might have to move it up! 13mo
Amiable @DoonTheGoon Warning: Don‘t read this if you need to have happy things happening to happy people, because this is a book where horrible things happen. It's graphic and it's real. But it's so good. 13mo
DoonTheGoon @Amiable Thanks for the heads up! Fortunately I'm not one of those people. I am hoping this book is similar to the book I've tagged here... we will see! 13mo
Amiable @DoonTheGoon Ooh, that one looks good, too! Thanks for the tip. 👍🏼 13mo
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Victoriahoperose
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Pickpick

Super dark story about a social worker who gets wrapped up in the dark paths of some of the people he is trying to help. It shows how his dedication to his job winds up effecting his personal life and the lives around him inadvertently. A little slow in parts, but very hard to put down.

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TorieStorieS
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Mehso-so

I have rather mixed feelings on this one... it‘s beautifully written highlighting the West in the 1980s. But it‘s a bleak storyline- and the feral child reference isn‘t very accurate, though there is plenty of the abuse and hardship you would expect from a DCFS worker as the MC. It drags a bit and doesn‘t end as satisfyingly as I had hoped.... #Montana

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Purrfectpages
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Happy 4th of July, Littens! Hope you get to squeeze in some reading time today! #independence #readingresolutions

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Purrfectpages
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A few more challenges to tackle in July!

Jess7 🤗🤗🤗 #readingresolutions 2y
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Mdargusch
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I found a Dollar General today and went in to check their books. I might‘ve forgotten my book buying ban. 🤦🏼‍♀️ I‘m excited that I found these though.

Bookladylinda Great haul! Silkworm & Coptown!!! 😍 2y
CherylSwafford I love Karin Slaughter. 😀 2y
AmyG Wow you have a great Dollar General! 2y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yay!!!! 👏🏻🙌🏻🎊🎉💕🎈 2y
Mdargusch I was really excited when I saw Silkworm and then I pulled out 3 more! If I had more time I might‘ve unburied other good books. 🤷🏼‍♀️ @Bookladylinda @AmyG @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 2y
Mdargusch I have never read her! @CherylSwaffordAuthor I‘m glad you like her so much. 2y
LeahBergen I love that pink vase! ❤️ 2y
Mdargusch Thanks @LeahBergen - I collect pottery as well as books. 😁 2y
Eggs That vase! ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
emilyhaldi You have a book buying ban?! 👎🏻👎🏻 2y
Lizpixie Oh yes! If you haven‘t read Karin Slaughter before, Cop Town is one of her stand alone books. I highly recommend her Grant County series which starts with Blindsighted then her Will Trent series which starts with Triptych before merging with the characters from Grant County. Have you read Elizabeth George before? This book is, I think, No18 in her Inspector Lynley series. I highly recommend starting from the beginning there as well with (edited) 2y
minkyb You could always plead amnesia! Nice choices. 2y
Mdargusch Oh dear @Lizpixie now you‘ve added so many more books to my TBR. 😂 2y
Reviewsbylola Damn I‘ve been wondering about dollar stores, not just for books but for stuff for the kids too. 2y
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rachelk
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AshleyS
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My book buying ban did not go so well.

stargazerblue49 I‘ve tried a couple of times to ban myself and I can never keep it up. Especially when the Kindle deals are so good! 2y
Mdargusch 😂😂😂 2y
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Cinfhen
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From my TBR #NovemberByTheNumbers who‘s read it?!?! Thoughts?!? #4

Tamra I bailed on it. 😑 2y
Cinfhen I‘m thinking I may have also...I can‘t remember...but according to my GoodReads I have it marked as TBR @Tamra 🤷🏼‍♀️ 2y
Tamra @Cinfhen it‘s one of those unmemorable reads. I had to go back to my review to recall why I bailed. I couldn‘t even remember plot. Too much suspension of disbelief required for me. But the premise was a good one, so I was disappointed. (edited) 2y
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ApoptyGina69 Agree with above. I finished it and see I marked it a pick, but it was really just ok. 2y
[DELETED] 3803335244 I haven‘t read it but love your background 🇺🇸 2y
Cinfhen Thanks @ForeverNerdy I love using pic collage 💕thanks @Tamra @ApoptyGina69 I will not be moving this book up my TBR pile 2y
TrishB Another one on kindle tbr! 2y
Cinfhen How was your flight??? Are you beyond jet lag @TrishB ?!? How many books have you read??? 2y
TrishB Flight fine 💓 Jet lag setting in and only 2 😱 work people making me join in..... 2y
TrishB And wifi very patchy! 2y
Cinfhen Glad flight was fine! Jet lag & shitty wifi not so good!!! How is it getting around? Do you have a driver & translator?!? @TrishB (edited) 2y
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Abailliekaras
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A #blameitonlitsy addition to my TBR. It comes highly recommended (and blurbed)! Could be a good book club read? #novemberbythenumbers day 4

TrishB I have this on my kindle and just haven't got to it! 2y
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Gayan
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Mehso-so

I have been reading this book forever. Life sort of got in the way of my reading time. I think that might be the reason I didn't love it. The descriptions of Montana and the woods were beautifully written but I just kept falling out of the story. This is one I might read again in a few years to give it another chance.

AnnieReads This one took me forever to get through too. 2y
Alfoster Same here! Didn't love it. 2y
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ashsbookmarks
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Day 95: Happy Fourth of July!! We had a blast tonight....you see what I did there 😉🤗🎇🎆🇺🇸
#ashsbookmarks #the100dayproject #bookmark #craft #fireworks #firework #fourthofjuly #merica #america #usa

minkyb 😁 3y
FictionFox Omg 5 days left!!! You've done amazing! So excited to see the last few 👏🏻👏🏻 3y
ashsbookmarks @FictionFox omg!! I know! It's crazy that it's almost over. I'm going to share my thought on my blog tonight! 3y
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JacintaMCarter
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#RedWhiteBlue #RedsWhitesAndBlues #SizzlinSummerBooks #JubilantJuly (Image from Google. I'm not that crafty.)

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I was just about to compliment you on your pretty pic 😉😊 3y
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Yossarian
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Honoring our family's 4th of July tradition. Can you name that movie from one screen shot?

GeekGrl82 Watching it right now myself! 3y
FairyHighRoad 1776 is one of my favorite movies! 👍🏻 3y
JanuarieTimewalker13 Ughhh, the book was given to me about 8-10 years ago and I still haven't read it! 3y
MaureenMc I was listening to the Broadway soundtrack in the car today. 👍 3y
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Gayan
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My granddaughter is here and it's the perfect day to start this book! Happy 4th everyone!

Megabooks 💕💕 3y
Reviewsbylola She's adorable! That book looks perfect for today! 3y
MicheleinPhilly I loved this book! And your granddaughter is precious! 3y
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Gayan Thank you all so much. Taitum is part of my heart. 3y
Smashlee ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 3y
LeahBergen 💕💕 3y
AmyG She is adorable. 3y
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JenFischS
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Happy Independence Day!

Megabooks 🎉🇺🇸 3y
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ElizaTodd
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Hoping this ice cream and a good book will save the day. Home sick for the day with an awful cold 🤧😷

PurpleyPumpkin Hope you feel better soon. 😉 3y
ElizaTodd @PurpleyPumpkin Thank you!! 3y
Reviewsbylola Feel better! 3y
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DivineDiana Sounds like the perfect medicine! 3y
Redjewel_7734 Hope you feel better soon! 3y
CrowCAH You're reading this a little too early! JULY 4 is in 18 days 😂 3y
ElizaTodd @Reviewsbylola @Redjewel_7734 Thank you so much! @DivineDiana The ice cream definitely made my throats feel better! @CrowCAH I know! I thought about that but I needed it today!! 3y
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Tamra
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Bailedbailed

I bailed when the social worker protagonist ran into another SSW he had only met once before in an office at a grocery store and they hooked up for the night. Pointless. I'm good with the irony of a *ucked up SSW trying to help *ucked up kids, but this was plain dumb and I couldn't suspend my disbelief. Really disappointed bc the storyline about the pinecone eating separatist family could have been interesting. Photo w/o jacket bc I'm annoyed.

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Tamra
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Camping reading, nothing better!

Megabooks 👍🏻👍🏻 3y
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GoldenGirl
Fourth of July Creek | Smith Henderson
Bailedbailed

I just can't read anymore of this book. I'm a bit disappointed too because it has a great rating here on Litsy. I don't really like the authors writing style, I'm getting characters confused and at times not really knowing which "he" the author is referring to. Then there's these weird "interviews" with the main character's daughter.....I don't know. I just gotta bail.

PurpleyPumpkin Sometimes, bailing is what ya gotta do! 3y
Cinfhen Hated this book! 3y
GoldenGirl @Cinfhen Glad I'm not the only one! It had a 100% here on Litsy, but I just couldn't get it. I think the story is probably good, but it got so cluttered with Pete's issues. 3y
Cinfhen It was so bleak and dry! I was bored endlessly 3y
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nikirtehsuxlol
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My $7.50 #bookhaul

geodynamical What a deal! 3y
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mauveandrosysky
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Pickpick

A profound, heart-wrenching story about lost souls and broken families, about the kind of folks who fall through the cracks of society—and the individuals who dedicate their lives to helping them. At times I was reminded of the sinister, gritty vibe that I loved about True Detective. It falters a bit in scope, but Henderson's ambition ultimately pays off, allowing him to explore the complexities of poverty, fear, ignorance, freedom, love and hope.

Thekelburrows A truly truly awesome book!! ❤️❤️❤️ 3y
BooksForEmpathy This is sitting on my shelf! Great review! 3y
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Jenshootsweddings
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I came home from a few days away to find my #cupidgoespostal gift waiting for me!! I have it waiting on top of my upstairs priority TBR pile (which is kept in the wooden bassinet I slept in as a baby). Bentley is busy scoping it out - neither one of us is very patient 🙄 is it February yet?!? ❤📚❤📚❤

LeahBergen 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3y
Betty Maybe he smells chocolate? Poisonous for dogs. Put it up higher 3y
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Jenshootsweddings @Betty he's just suuuuuuuuuuuper nosey! He doesn't get into things, unless there's steak or hamburger involved, or unless I'm physically handing it to him. He's a Terror in every way except food. 3y
Betty He sounds like my cat who notices everything new we bring into the house, and he has to investigate 3y
Jenshootsweddings @Betty that's exactly him! Every bag has to be sniffed, every New object inspected, every object moved approved 🙄. Animals crack me up ❤ 3y
cariashley 1, Fourth of July Creek is SO good and 2, Bentley was my family dog's name (he was a yorkie) ❤ 3y
Bookworm83 Bentley is adorable! 😍😍 3y
LauraKath My dog acted the same way! It makes me more anxious! I feel like she can smell what I got and I just want her to tell 😂😂😂 3y
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Godmotherx5
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My newest shelf. I truly hope I read at least ONE in 2017. #FunFridayPhoto @Liberty

LyndseyReads Great selection! Most of these are on my TBR. I've read the Sotomayor. It's great. 3y
Godmotherx5 @LyndseyReads Thanks. My husband gave it to me for Christmas. 3y
Reganw Part way through Before the Fall...loving it... 3y
Godmotherx5 @Reganw Cool beans. I'm behind on my #BOTM collection. 3y
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SharonGoforth
Bailedbailed

I hate to bail on this, because it is really well-written, but it is a brutal read. I'm halfway through it and just can't take another 250 pages of this right now. Time to move on.

Zelma I'm really looking forward to his one due to the writing and good reviews, but I am waiting until I am in the mood for a dark read. Not now. 3y
SharonGoforth @Zelma Yes, I think the timing is a big part of the reason I bailed. If it were up to me, I would have waited to read this, but it was selected by my book club some time ago. The writing is really good, so maybe I'll finish sometime. Just not right now. 3y
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SharonGoforth
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#booknerdproblems #photoadaynov16. Well, that got cut off... don't really want to read this but I will because it's for book club

Well-ReadNeck I really liked this book. But, it's heavy. 3y
Well-ReadNeck In the meantime, I'm trudging through American Heiress for the same reason 😬 3y
8little_paws I loved this book, personally 3y
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Reviewsbylola Ugh I used to hate that. My book club made some really horrendous choices though (50 Shades of Gray and The Shack spring to mind). I love that book clubs give me a reason to read something I wouldn't have otherwise but sometimes they go too far. 😂 3y
SharonGoforth @Well-ReadNeck @8little_paws @Reviewsbylola I stand corrected. I started reading it on my lunch break. This book is really well written and I will definitely be finishing it. I really should just keep my mouth shut most of the time, lol! 🤐 3y
SharonGoforth @Reviewsbylola Mine has picked doozies too, which is what I thought this would be. But in fairness to the book, its author, and my book club, this time I was wrong. 3y
8little_paws @SharonGoforth but isn't that the best when you have to read a book that you aren't really into and you end up being pleasantly surprised! 3y
SharonGoforth @8little_paws Oh, yes, definitely!! 3y
dogwoodflower66 Oh, I liked this one! Much better than that Marco-just-moved-in-next-door-and-Julia-was-amazed-at how-handsome-he-is dribble. 3y
SharonGoforth @dogwoodflower66 I just started, but it's really good! 3y
Zelma @Reviewsbylola those are horrifying book club choices. 😱 nope, I couldn't do it. 3y
Reviewsbylola Haha, I know!!! I didn't read either of them. I just couldn't do it. @zelma 3y
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Hreynolds
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The story of a Montana social worker of questionable character and his attempts to help the son of a anti-government survivalist. Terrific writing but it's a harsh picture of rural America with characters that are often hard to like.

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BillKathyWms
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Fiction. Story of a Social Worker (with major baggage) working in rural Montana in 1980's with a heavy caseload. Raw, gritty, harrowing
& powerful! Not for everyone. Bumpy ride~ but I enjoyed it! 📚💗

Rebeccak Omg I'm always looking for books about social workers thanks for posting!! 3y
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451Degrees
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Celebrating authors of the PNW down at Klindt's Booksellers and Stationers in The Dalles, OR! Klindt's was the first bookshop in the PNW and is a historic landmark☺️ #klindtsbooksellers #getindie

she_barks Jealous!!! 3y
Jenshootsweddings I have that book on my TBR pile! 3y
Texreader What a lovely bookstoee 3y
Texreader Store. Not stoee. 😉 3y
Zelma Beautiful store! 3y
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Gayan
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This is my book mail today. Amazon loves me. Both of these were recommended by Littens. I love it here.

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Aczimprich
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Started reading this book on my dude ranch adventure (not finished with book yet). Both are/were kick-ass experiences!

Bibliogeekery Beautiful! 3y
Aczimprich If anyone needs to get their Cowboy on--try Laramie River Dude Ranch. So beautiful 3y
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cariashley
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Pickpick

#recommendsday pick: this novel blew me away when I read it, a complete surprise. (No kindles were harmed in the making of this photo 😸)

Gezemice Awww kitty :) 3y
MrBook 😻👍🏻 3y
Iamlisa22 I fall asleep reading too! Lol🐱 3y
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Mimi28 Looks just like my Nikie! Love her paws it looks like she has a French manicure 😎 3y
cariashley @Mimi28 Sullivan is actually a he, but he takes the compliment just the same! 😽 3y
Mimi28 lol oooopppsss! Well then they look like white talons then 😀 3y
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Mimi
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Pickpick

Good book. Interesting story that touches on a lot of social issues through the eyes of a social worker.

Alena Loved this novel. Dark, gritty and deeply American. 4y
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Demanda
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Pickpick

I haven't enjoyed a book this much in quite a while. Definitely my favorite read of the year so far!

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Liberty
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In honor of today: This novel is gutting and amazing. Highly recommended.

DaisyBaker I loved that book! Thanks for remind 4y
Ange44 That book is amazing! I loved it. 4y
gracemom Geez, that novel slays. 4y
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Thekelburrows ZOMG that book!!!! 4y
cariashley One of my absolute favorites last year! 4y
BookMusings I loved it too! 4y
jessberk13 I never picked this up last year! I'll have to see if the library has it. 4y
Bookdodger Gutting is the best description I have ever read for this book! 4y
RoscoeBooks Agree! One of the best things I read last year. 4y
SandraD1 Omg!!! I picked that up for today as well! 👯 4y
mauveandrosysky You had me at "gutting." 4y
Alfoster I liked it too, but it was hard for me to get into...not sure why. 4y
she_barks I was just thinking about this one this morning as we drove out of Montana. This may be a sign that it's time for a re-read. 4y
kbuggle Ah! This book.. Loved 4y
Hugoreads Sounds intriguing...on my list! 4y
BibliOphelia In my e-TBRs. Bumping it up the 'pile'! 4y
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Yossarian
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Pickpick

A great story about a screwed up guy with a screwed up family trying to help even more screwed up people while working as a social worker in 1980s Montana.

mhippo Best summary of this book, ever. 4y
Amiable This was a great read--loved the writing. 4y
Ange44 This book was great! 4y
rachelm I forgot how much I wanted to read this one. Thanks for the reminder! 4y
AmyG Yes, a very good book. 4y
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LWagoner
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Reading Fourth of July Creek on July 4th

Well-ReadNeck Great stack. I adored 4th of July Creek!! 4y
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LWagoner
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Had this on my shelf for about a year. Thought I'd give it a try ( it is almost July 4th!). Just a few pages in and I'm hooked. This is going to be good!

BookMusings I loved this one! The opening is really very good. :) 4y
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Demanda
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This book is incredible

Megabooks I've heard amazing things about it! 4y
Well-ReadNeck I absolutely loved it!! 4y
NatalieR LOVED this book! ❤️ 4y
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Dylangrrl
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Pickpick

An awesome book about the complexities of flawed people. There is good in all of us; some things we mess up, some things we get right, most things fall somewhere in the middle. Super quick read, little politics, little religion, little social work, lotta page-turnin. Good one!

Anton I've had this one on my list since it came out, I really need to get to it soon. 4y
Dylangrrl I think you'll like it!! I was pleasantly surprised! 4y
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she_barks
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I need suggestions. What's your favorite book set in the inland Northwest -- Montana/Idaho/eastern Washington? Any time period is fine. If it!s as good as 4th of July Creek, that's a bonus.

[DELETED] 3517561138 East of the Mountains by David Guterson and A River Runs Through It by Norman Maclean are both good ones! I grew up in Western WA and spent summer "east of the mountains" so that one is probably my fave of the 2 just for sentimental reasons. 4y
she_barks A River Runs through it is one of my favorite books. I'll try East of the Mountains. I'm from Seattle too and have lived all over the northwest. In Colorado now, but still spend as much time in the NW as possible. I'm always in the mood for books with western settings. 4y
Owlizabeth I loved this one! 4y
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literati
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I should have read this when it first came out. Feral boys, cults, and nostalgia.

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