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Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton | Ron Chernow
In the first full-length biography of Alexander Hamilton in decades, National Book Award winner Ron Chernow tells the riveting story of a man who overcame all odds to shape, inspire, and scandalize the newborn America. According to historian Joseph Ellis, Alexander Hamilton is a robust full-length portrait, in my view the best ever written, of the most brilliant, charismatic and dangerous founder of them all. Few figures in American history have been more hotly debated or more grossly misunderstood than Alexander Hamilton. Chernow's biography gives Hamilton his due and sets the record straight, deftly illustrating that the political and economic greatness of today's America is the result of Hamilton's countless sacrifices to champion ideas that were often wildly disputed during his time. To repudiate his legacy, Chernow writes, is, in many ways, to repudiate the modern world. Chernow here recounts Hamilton's turbulent life: an illegitimate, largely self-taught orphan from the Caribbean, he came out of nowhere to take America by storm, rising to become George Washington's aide-de-camp in the Continental Army, coauthoring The Federalist Papers, founding the Bank of New York, leading the Federalist Party, and becoming the first Treasury Secretary of the United States. Historians have long told the story of America's birth as the triumph of Jefferson's democratic ideals over the aristocratic intentions of Hamilton. Chernow presents an entirely different man, whose legendary ambitions were motivated not merely by self-interest but by passionate patriotism and a stubborn will to build the foundations of American prosperity and power. His is a Hamilton far more human than we've encountered beforefrom his shame about his birth to his fiery aspirations, from his intimate relationships with childhood friends to his titanic feuds with Jefferson, Madison, Adams, Monroe, and Burr, and from his highly public affair with Maria Reynolds to his loving marriage to his loyal wife Eliza. And never before has there been a more vivid account of Hamilton's famous and mysterious death in a duel with Aaron Burr in July of 1804. Chernow's biography is not just a portrait of Hamilton, but the story of America's birth seen through its most central figure. At a critical time to look back to our roots, Alexander Hamilton will remind readers of the purpose of our institutions and our heritage as Americans.
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jenniferw88
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Mehso-so

#NFNov @rsteve388 @Clwojick #morethan400pages FINALLY completed!!!

A low 4 🌟 as it's taken me a whole month to read!

62 +1 participation +5 book completed = 68pts

Clwojick 6pt 2w
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jenniferw88
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Another #TIL #NFNov @Clwojick @rsteve388

5pts +3 for #TIL = 8 +1 participation = 9

rsteve388 Did you finish this? 1mo
jenniferw88 @rsteve388 no, still listening to it! I'm pretty sure my Maths is correct since your update about 5 #TIL's in a day! 🤣🤣🤣 1mo
MatchlessMarie Listened to this chunker last year. You can do it!! 1mo
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jenniferw88
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#NFNov #TIL #TodayILearned the above!

1pt + 1pt participation = 2 + 3pts for #TIL = 5pts overall

@Clwojick @rsteve388

rsteve388 Score thanks for doing the math for me! :) 1mo
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jrepka
Alexander Hamilton | Ron Chernow
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I really wanted to like this but I couldn't!
I listened to most of it (audiobook) and it kept making me sleepy on my commutes. I had to stop listening for fear of making me pass out while I was driving.

I did really want to learn about Hamilton especially with the Broadway show being so popular... But maybe it was the guy's voice but it wasn't for me

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Amiable
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A month later, I am finally done reading this 818-page tome. Even the cat has collapsed in astonishment and relief.

#catsoflitsy

Ruthiella 😂😻 3mo
Tamra Funny! 3mo
LauraJ The mouse looks knocked out too! 3mo
batsy Lol! 3mo
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thewallflower0707
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I saw SIX (AMAZING) on Tuesday and on Wednesday I finally saw after two years of waiting HAMILTON!! It‘s everything a musical should be. I think the dancers and the way the stage moved impressed me the most.

#hamilton #london

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4thhouseontheleft
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It took Maya exactly one week to find the fellow theater kids in 6th grade at her new school and invite them over for some Broadway shenanigans and Hamilton karaoke.

So far, we‘re both loving the transition to middle school. Plus, theater kids are just awesome, and so accepting of each other no matter their differences. 💜

Cortg Yay! I have a theater kid and they are the best! 3mo
4thhouseontheleft @Cortg My daughter sometimes has trouble finding her tribe, since she equally loves drama and science, a unique combination. My 💜 sings when she finds friends who except her nerdy, theater, quirky ways. 3mo
Tamra Awesome - arts kids are the best friends! 3mo
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TrishB That‘s so cool 👍🏻 3mo
Clare-Dragonfly That‘s wonderful! Some of my theater friends from middle/high school age are still my best friends. 3mo
Cortg Our kiddo's sound like 2 peas in a pod! My daughter loves theater and singing/voice and she wants to research in the genetics field when she “grows up.“ She's a Junior this year and is directing the middle school musical this year. Theater is her “fun“ and her “peeps!“ Your daughter is not alone! 3mo
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Amiable
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Yes, I know I‘m probably the last human on the planet to read this 😬... ANYWAY, I was reading during my lunch break and literally laughed out loud at the mental image inspired by this passage. 😄

lynneamch Maybe I'm the last. Guess I'd better stack it. 4mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Naaaahh. I‘m in Club Last! 4mo
Ruthiella Forth to last person! I haven‘t read it either!🤪 4mo
Amiable @lynneamch @BarbaraTheBibliophage @Ruthiella Yay! I‘m so glad I‘m not alone! I‘m often hesitant to post about books that everyone else seems to have read years ago. I‘m always behind the curve and trying to catch up. 😀 4mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Amiable Know what you mean. But backlist posts are good! They remind people of books they loved or didn‘t. It‘s all good! 4mo
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RealBooks4ever
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Pickpick

I'm probably the last person to read this but DAMN it was good!

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MusicallyMorgan
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I finally saw Hamilton last night! It was so amazing and actually made me want to read the book it‘s based on!

readingjedi Oh wow, lucky you! 5mo
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Gina
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So this is happening today with me n the kiddos♡♡♡

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Awk_Word_Smith
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“And I‘m the damn fool who shot him.”

On this date, 215 years ago

melissajayne 😂 5mo
JackOBotts This is great! 🤣 5mo
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janeycanuck
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Indigo order arrived! Nine Perfect Strangers to go with my mother‘s spa gift certificate to celebrate her retirement, Alexander Hamilton biography as the second hint of the Hamilton tickets my sister is getting for her 40th birthday (first hint is a US $10 bill) and a tote for me that accurately represents my mental state in a book store.

DivineDiana Fabulous gifts! She will be thrilled! 5mo
Melissa_J I‘m expecting that tote as part of my July Indigo Book Box. Fingers crossed it arrives tomorrow 🤞🏻 5mo
Bookish_B Cute bag! 5mo
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janeycanuck @Melissa_J I want them to start doing those boxes for adult fiction!! I‘ve only ever seen the YA. 5mo
janeycanuck @Bookish_B yeah, I couldn‘t pass it up ☺️ 5mo
janeycanuck @DivineDiana hope so! Still no date for when tickets will be on sale so I‘m having to resort to fun ways of letting her know what to expect. 5mo
RealLifeReading Great tote! 5mo
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sammisho
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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

BookwormAHN Nice 👏🏻 5mo
LoverofLit 😍😍😍😍😍 All the love for this picture! 5mo
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sammisho
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Finally in the room where it happened!

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britt_brooke
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Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Not only is this a fantastic biography of a remarkable Founding Father, it‘s rich in newborn US history. I was shamefully reminded of how little I know of my own country‘s beginnings. Chernow‘s attention to detail and story telling ability made this such an enjoyable and mesmerizing read. Still hard for me to fathom duels, but some weird stuff went down back then (just as different weird stuff goes on now).

CallMeIshmael His biography of My boy Ulysses Grant is amazing as well 5mo
CoverToCoverGirl Excellent book! The narrator was perfect too. For me it‘s right up there with 5mo
britt_brooke @CallMeIshmael It‘s in my TBR! 5mo
britt_brooke @CoverToCoverGirl I‘m not usually a Scott Brick fan, but he didn‘t annoy me here. 😆 Killer Angels is SO good. I‘m going to need to reread it in a couple of years. 5mo
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britt_brooke
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I missed my Monday spin class because of a cold, but I‘m feeling munch better today. So, I did 30 mins of legs while listening to Hamilton, then switched to music for a 3000m row. Biographies are not great for cardio. 😆

#BFCR2 #TeamFlow

Megabooks Great job!! 6mo
wanderinglynn Great job! 🙌🏻 Glad you‘re feeling better. 6mo
britt_brooke @Megabooks Thanks! 🙌🏻 6mo
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britt_brooke @wanderinglynn Thank you! 🙌🏻 6mo
CoverToCoverGirl Well done! That‘s an amazing audiobook! 6mo
britt_brooke @CoverToCoverGirl It‘s really good, but sooo long! I‘m about halfway. Only 17 hours to go. 🤣 6mo
sammisho Hamilton is so good! It started me on my obsession of reading about the Revolution. Such an interesting time period! 6mo
imabusybee Great job! 👏🏻 6mo
britt_brooke @sammisho It‘s so interesting. I know embarrassingly little about the details of this time period. This has been a phenomenal history lesson so far. Would love more recommendations if you have some! 6mo
britt_brooke @imabusybee Thanks! 🙌🏻 6mo
LibrarianJen Awesome job! Glad you are feeling better 💖 6mo
Moony Great job! 🚴‍♀️ 6mo
julesG Glad you're feeling better! Rowing is great workout! 6mo
Reecaspieces You go!!! Fantastic. 6mo
britt_brooke @Moony Thanks! 🙌🏻 6mo
britt_brooke @julesG Thanks! It really is a great workout. I just added it to my weekly routine a few months ago. 6mo
britt_brooke @Reecaspieces Thanks!! 🙌🏻 6mo
julesG @britt_brooke A decent rowing machine is the only thing that would get me into a gym. I've been dreaming about owning one for ages. 6mo
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RavenLovelyReads
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My two favorite things- books and coffee mugs (filled with coffee, of course). What do you collect?

RvnclawWhovian Books and coffee mugs are two things I have an abundance of lol. I started buying a mug every time I went on vacation somewhere 6mo
ValerieAndBooks I love collecting the Starbucks places mugs (I like the older design though) because one plus is that I can stack the mugs on top of each other within my cupboards 😉 6mo
RavenLovelyReads @ValerieAndBooks yes!! I love those too! I have a bunch from all over- Friends always bring me a cup from their travels 😇 6mo
RavenLovelyReads @RvnclawWhovian books and coffee mugs should be added to that song My Favorite Things! 6mo
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jenniferw88
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June #tbr pile! Middle 2 are carried over from May.

JackOBotts Cool cover on the Chernow! Enjoy. 👍🏼 6mo
Itchyfeetreader You have some great ones on there 6mo
Scochrane26 Underground Railroad is an emotional, hard read but so good. It has stuck with me for a long time. 6mo
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jenniferw88
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One of my #currentreads is not a quick, #easy read! (Highlighted in pink)

#maymoviemagic @Cinfhen @rohit-sawant

Cinfhen Definitely NOT an easy read 😉 6mo
K.Wielechowski I loved it but only made it about a third of the way through. Plan on finishing it... someday 6mo
rohit-sawant Quite a chunkster! 6mo
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MrBook
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I love this city! #NYC, one of my two hometowns!

For you fans of “Hamilton”, this is the dueling grounds. This park is on the Weehawken cliffs overlooking the Hudson River and the City, and it‘s named Hamilton Park—and this street is Hamilton Place—as a result.

A short bus ride from the Time Square area—$3 one way, so if you have to go back into the city if you‘re staying there, it‘s a $6 round-trip. No traffic, the ride is 10 minutes tops.

JanuarieTimewalker13 Love Weehawken...is that Boulevard East? Someone said they changed the name? I lived in Hoboken years ago...another cool town!! Love that part of Jersey, it really is West NY (I know West NY is an actual town too). No, I‘m wrong, I think someone told me that River Road isn‘t River Road anymore. (edited) 7mo
MrBook @JanuarieTimewalker13 Just off of Blvd E! Lived in W NY for a time 👍🏻. Ummm, hmmm, it has changed A LOT over the last 20 years, but I think River Road has maintained its name. 7mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Hmmm, that‘s odd...I could swear that‘s what someone said...I used to drive River Road to the bridge to visit fam on LI. I LOVED that drive!! Admittedly, the Cross Bronx was not fun. Lol oh, that‘s such a great area to live in!! Enjoy!! 7mo
Rachel_nyc Cool shot. I grew up a couple towns over in North Bergen so I know the area well and take the bus from Port Authority to visit my mom. River Road is definitely still River Road and is busier than ever. 7mo
Cathythoughts Great pic👍🏻♥️ 7mo
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Blueberry
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No reading tonight 🤗

Itchyfeetreader Amazing well done ! Enjoy!! 7mo
Theaelizabet Fabulous! 7mo
Blueberry It was wonderful. We had front row seats right in front of the orchestra pit. I first thought "oh bad". But it was amazing. 7mo
CoverToCoverGirl Lucky you! 7mo
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TracyReadsBooks
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So, this was my morning—Hamilton: The Exhibition. CPS students 4th grade & up get to go for free so I helped chaperone our middle school‘s field trip. Our school is actually named for Alexander Hamilton & the kids were extra thrilled to see the exhibit & share their Hamilton pride. If you‘re a fan of the show or American history, I highly recommend checking it out if you‘re in Chicago. It isn‘t cheap but it‘s a great exhibit.

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Plaidsticks
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Pickpick

This has been on my list since, well I‘m sure you can guess since when. I started with a physical copy, but knew that was never going to happen (though I have gotten better at reading physical books) and ended up getting the #audiobook. Good, non-worshippy biography.

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Skeebies05
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I got ONE ticket!!!! Don‘t care, so freakin excited!!!

Ashley_Nicoletto Worth it! I loved this show. 7mo
Traci1 So jealous! ❤ 7mo
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Mitch
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Part 2 of my #bookhaul from Strand. I‘ve been listening to this on audio and really enjoying it. So I‘m going to start reading - it‘s a chunkster! And of course - not only must I coordinate my book and book mark, I really needed the matching socks too!

DGRachel Those are great socks! 7mo
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ReviewsMayVary
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The book is just so looooong.

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Mitch
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A little bit of audio gardening today. I‘m loving this biography.. it‘s just so long though!

Bunk is guarding against predators on the Veg plot and doing a mighty fine job!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love it!!!! 8mo
wanderinglynn He looks so happy! ❤️🐱 8mo
Mitch @wanderinglynn He so loves a roll in the dirt and then falling asleep mid roll! 8mo
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Lcsmcat He‘s warming the soil for the seedlings. 😻 8mo
Weaponxgirl I can guarantee that you won‘t have pigeons whilst he is snoozing 8mo
wanderinglynn That‘s hysterical! 😹 8mo
cariashley 😹 8mo
BookNAround Looks like those cat seeds you planted sprouted wonderfully well! 😂 8mo
Mitch @Lcsmcat haha... that‘s what I thought! 8mo
Mitch @BookNAround surprising what a bit of Miracle-Gro will do! 🤣 8mo
CouronneDhiver Your cat tree is doing great already, I see. 😂👍🏽 8mo
julesG I didn't know courgettes were hatched by cats. How many days does he have to "sit" on the seeds for it to work? ? 8mo
Leftcoastzen Adorable!😻 8mo
rretzler 😻 8mo
Zelma He looks so comfortable. 😆 8mo
LeahBergen 😆😆 8mo
DGRachel 😂😂 He looks very comfy! 8mo
Mitch @DGRachel I think the courgette seedlings under his 5kg bulk are a little less comfy! 8mo
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Mitch
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Spring feels almost here... if can smell it in the air! I seem to have been listening to this book on a few days whilst walking, but I‘ve got 38+ hours still to go! Best up my game!

#LitsyWalkers

Crazeedi I plan to read this !! 9mo
Mitch @Crazeedi I‘m really enjoying it...he has a really interesting narrative style and separates facts from supposition ! It‘s just super long! 9mo
Crazeedi @Mitch I know it's a big one! I'll have to be in the mood!!! 9mo
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Mitch
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Last day of high winds I‘m hoping, not enjoying those unpredictable gusts! However, I am enjoying Hamilton! #LitsyWalkers

JaclynW Awesome picture! 9mo
Kaye ✨✨✨✨Great job. 9mo
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Mitch
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Spring is almost here, but we've got strong gales, so I doubt the blossom will last the day! Loving the style of this audiobook, informative but telling a good story - the best way for me to digest history! #audiowalk #litsywalkers

Cinfhen Love 💗 Cherry Blossoms 🌸 stunning 9mo
julesG Lovely. I'll have to stare at this picture now. It's rainy and grey here. 9mo
4thhouseontheleft I walked past a fully blooming cherry blossom this morning! The dogwood in my backyard is just starting to bloom. 🌷🌷🌷 9mo
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tracey38 They are so pretty. I love when the cherry blossoms and dogwoods bloom! 9mo
Tamra I will have to enjoy spring vicariously. 😻 9mo
Dragon We call it pink snow, when the wind blows the blossoms off our cherry trees 🌸 9mo
DarcysMom That picture! So stunning! 9mo
Cathythoughts Love the cherry trees 9mo
BiblioLitten Brilliant! 😍😍💕😍💕 9mo
Kaye Pretty 🌸 9mo
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melissajayne
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From Becoming. Thought it was appropriate.

Djspens I loved this!! 9mo
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LaurenReads
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Pickpick

Such an in depth biography of Alexander Hamilton. I loved how it humanized the founding fathers and showed such different sides to a great, but flawed man. After loving the musical I‘m so glad I read this book. #nonfiction #biography #audiobook

Amiable I don‘t know if you‘ve already read it, but Chernow‘s biography of George Washington is amazing as well. 9mo
LaurenReads @Amiable It‘s on my TBR - I was very impressed with this book, so I definitely want to read his others! 9mo
Ericalambbrown I just finished his biography of Grant and learned so much! 9mo
Amiable @Ericalambbrown That one is on my bookshelf TBR as well! 9mo
CoverToCoverGirl Excellent book! ... This one is in my TBR Mount Everest pile @Amiable 9mo
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Karkar
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Taking a break to see Hamilton. I am so excited!!!

4thhouseontheleft Enjoy!!! 9mo
JackOBotts 🤗 Enjoy!!! 9mo
Karisa Oh so lucky! 💗 9mo
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