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Great Believers
Great Believers | Rebecca Makkai
A dazzling new novel of friendship and redemption in the face of tragedy and loss set in 1980s Chicago and contemporary Paris, by the acclaimed and award-winning author Rebecca Makkai In 1985, Yale Tishman, the development director for an art gallery in Chicago, is about to pull off an amazing coup, bringing in an extraordinary collection of 1920s paintings as a gift to the gallery. Yet as his career begins to flourish, the carnage of the AIDS epidemic grows around him. One by one, his friends are dying and after his friend Nico's funeral, the virus circles closer and closer to Yale himself. Soon the only person he has left is Fiona, Nico's little sister. Thirty years later, Fiona is in Paris tracking down her estranged daughter who disappeared into a cult. While staying with an old friend, a famous photographer who documented the Chicago crisis, she finds herself finally grappling with the devastating ways AIDS affected her life and her relationship with her daughter. The two intertwining stories take us through the heartbreak of the eighties and the chaos of the modern world, as both Yale and Fiona struggle to find goodness in the midst of disaster.
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MMenefee
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Banjo prefers book Sundays to tv Sundays. My “Read” playlist - consisting primarily of Modern Jazz Quartet - may have something to do with it. She loves vibraphone.

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kspenmoll
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🧡🧡🧡 2w
OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚😊 2w
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ornatelyplain
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“He faced the house, closed his eyes, and he put his hand on the rolled-up cuff of Asher‘s shirt. He wanted to bathe in it for five seconds, the future he might be having if it weren‘t for everything.”

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AtwoodLover
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Pickpick

Really didn‘t know about this book as it didn‘t seem like the multiple plot lines could / would come together. They did! This book left a lasting impression on my heart and soul. It made understand how the horrors of all human tragedy - world war and war on people through inhumane politics - transcend time. It was a long read but I‘m continuing to think about it today. I cried the last 30 pages or so. It really moved me.

TrishB Loved this too 👍🏻 4w
BarbaraTheBibliophage My 2018 favorite fiction read! (edited) 4w
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JenniferP
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My good reads stats - I don‘t track there as carefully as on LibraryThing but it‘s close. I actually read 88 books. I tagged the Great Believers because it was one of my favorites and I think it would have a wide appeal.

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HeatherBookNerd
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My top five books of 2019.

marleed What a pretty stack! 1mo
Christine Great picks!! I‘ve read and loved 4 of your 5 - time to read Hollow Kingdom, for which I now have even higher hopes! 1mo
BarbaraBB Ooh, I need to look up the ones I don‘t know because I loved the ones I read! 1mo
cajunsyd Awesome pics, I have three on my list. I have heard great things about Nickel Boys! 1mo
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stuck.in.the.stacks
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Today on the blog we're recaping our week and sharjng recent book hauls.

Plus a little preview about what's coming up this week! So check it out and let us know about your week!

https://stuckinthestacks.com/2019/12/29/sunday-salon-its-the-end-of-the-year-as-...

#sundaysalon #sundaypost #stackingtheshelves #stockingthestacks #bookblog #bookbloggerhub #bookstagram #alwaysreadingbooks

Cinfhen Hahahahaha 😂🤣😂🤣love this 1mo
stuck.in.the.stacks @Cinfhen I shared it with my husband and he laughed. 1mo
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RenePenn
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Merry Christmas! 🎄 I got two new books for Christmas that were on my TBR list. Thanks to my hubby and stepson @BobbyPenn @LuckiMunki

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MeganLindell
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Panpan

⭐️½ • My review is not about the book topic. The 1980s AIDS crisis was horrifically sad & a huge failure of our government that needs to be talked about more. But, this was a very slow read for me due to poor pacing & extreme amount of rambling. The author outright connects things that should be left up to the reader to connect. The only remotely developed character is Yale. I didn‘t at all enjoy reading this book and do not recommend.

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Cathy_J
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I like to read books that take my mind to a time and/or place that I haven't really considered before. This book is set in Chicago in the 1980s at the height of the AIDS crisis (and modern day Paris). The characters were complex and real. It was an emotional read for me, very well written but heartbreaking. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

TrishB One of my faves last year. 1mo
Thousand-Lives Yes! Loved this one. 1mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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I‘m so spoiled!! Thank you Amy so very much for this awesome Christmas surprise!! I love everything and those cozy socks and chapstick!! I HAVE to have chapstick at all times!! I‘ve been needing some lotion for my purse! Can‘t wait to have time to read these books!! Thank you!! Love you!! 😘❤️

AmyG Merry Christmas. Love you too 😘 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm Lovely 💗 1mo
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Blaire
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Moving depiction of a group of young gay men in 1980s Chicago as they cope with the AIDS epidemic, homophobia, and their own diagnoses. Going back and forth in time between the mid-1980s and 2015, it focuses on the stories of Yale and of Fiona (a sister of the one of the men and a friend and caregiver to many of them). Yale‘s story was particularly compelling and heartbreaking. #familybookclub

Bookzombie I already have this stacked, but great review! 🙂 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love you shoes!! 1mo
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LeslieO
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Recent purchases from my local independent. I don‘t get there often but when I stop I shop! #TalkingLeavesBookStore also pictured my autumn lights from @TheSpineView

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Blaire
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Looking forward to diving into this book over the thanksgiving weekend. It is my family book club‘s pick this month.

ljuliel Your cinnamon buns look tasty. I‘m nosy. What‘s the blue square thing in the picture ? 2mo
Blaire @ljuliel thanks. It is my airpods case - the AirPods are my favorite splurge of the year. (edited) 2mo
ljuliel Oh...I‘ve seen a few people at the gym with them. They look like they‘d be pretty handy. 2mo
Kappadeemom It‘s her dental floss 😛😂 2mo
Blaire @Kappadeemom all about that dental hygiene. 😂😂😂 2mo
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Tonton
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Pile 2!

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xxjenadanxx
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Chronicling the lives of a group of men at the height of the AIDS epidemic in the 80s this book slowly breaks your heart, over and over again. These characters may have been fictional but their story was all too real, and that is what leaves me haunted.

Devastating.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💔💔💔 3mo
AmyG Loved this book. 3mo
overtheedge ♥️♥️ 3mo
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Ange44
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I just got back from my annual trip to Portland and this is what came back with me.

Soubhiville Wow!!! 3mo
Lifeisasnap Woah, that‘s a great haul!! 3mo
Hooked_on_books Wow! 🤩😍 3mo
Megabooks Drooling over your awesomeness!! 3mo
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arubabookwoman
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I narrowed my choice from the first group of books I posted to Outlaws by Javier Cercas. Then I was in a bookstore and started reading The Great Believers by Rebecca Makai, and I think I‘d like to choose that, but it was everywhere last year and I suspect one of you may have already read it. Have any of you read it? Any preferences between these 2? @DarcysMom @Shakespearience @mcipher
Do you all have your choices yet?

DarcysMom I am working on getting my choices up. I haven't read either of the books pictured. 3mo
mcipher I haven‘t read either of these! I like the sound of the tagged book. And I‘m still stuck on my choices but I‘ll figure it out in the nick of time 🙃 (edited) 3mo
Shakespearience I haven‘t read either! 3mo
arubabookwoman Well, I think I will go with The Great Believers as my choice then! @Shakespearience @mcipher @DarcysMom 3mo
DarcysMom Sounds great to me! 3mo
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CoffeeK8
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Spring baseball tryouts already this weekend. 😬 at least it‘s a gorgeous afternoon.

cathysaid I really enjoyed this book! 3mo
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CoffeeK8
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Spring baseball tryouts already this weekend. 😬 at least it‘s a gorgeous afternoon.

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xxjenadanxx
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#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

1. Tagged + Wanderers by Chuck Wendig + The Creeping by Alexandra Sirowy
2.I just turned in 6 so I'm down to 5 with a whole bunch on hold and in transit!
3.Switch genres to something totally outside of what you would normally read to reset your reading brain.

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Bookies
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I feel like this book is as close to perfect storytelling as you can get. The characters were so fleshed-out. The multiple plot lines were woven together seamlessly. There were so many good choices and parts that fed other timelines. Really enjoyed this book. Gut-wrenching and hopeful at the same time.

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Tiltedwhirled
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A perfectly crafted story spanning two time periods and one lifetime. Fiona is the center of the story. She tends to the dying during the AIDS epidemic in the eighties in Chicago and carries through the trauma to her adult life. Riveting and heartbreaking.

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Samplergal
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1.The Great Believers. 2. It‘s an Orioles Shirt, so black and orange. 3. Went to Turks and Caicos 4. Yes. Yes. 5. Whoever sees this and wants to play along late! #friyayintro

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Cinfhen
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Congrats to the sweet and wonderful @Librarybelle on reaching a HUGE Litsy milestone #200KGiveaway

I‘d love a copy of the tagged book. I almost bought it when I was doing a bookstore crawl with another #PhillyGirl @MicheleinPhilly but I put it aside and ever since I‘ve had #FoMo 😜 Thanks for the chance to #FixMyWrong 😂

Librarybelle Thank you! 😊 I‘ve heard so many good things about this book, and I really like the cover of it! 4mo
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perfectlywinged
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Really fell hard for the characters in this book that swings between 1980s Chicago (and the start of a group of friends getting AIDs) and present day where one of those friends is trying to track down her daughter. Definitely a little sad but not overly crushing.

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Kappadeemom
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Such an amazing book. If you liked A Little Life, you would probably like this one. Get your tissues handy. #teamslaughter

@Clwojick

This one will count as over 200 pages and several characters die. #scaryscavengerhunt

Reviewsbylola I‘ve gotta read this one ASAP! 4mo
JacqMac Ooo Stacked! 4mo
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ImperfectCJ
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This novel isn't just about HIV/AIDS, and it isn't just about the gay community in Chicago in the 1980s. Through characters that are real, distinct, and flawed moving through vivid settings, Makkai offers a story of friendship, love, and redemption. There's a sense of eternity, of time folding in on itself that brings a timelessness to this story. This novel is what A Little Life could/should have been.

AmyRebecca Good review 💜 4mo
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ImperfectCJ
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Final #24B4Monday numbers:

Hours read: ~14
Books finished: 2 (and started a third)

Not too shabby for a readathon I started at the last minute and never told my family about (it probably says something that me reading fourteen hours in a weekend doesn't register as noteworthy to them).

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ImperfectCJ
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My cat loves this book. Or this Kindle. Or both. Or neither. Really, I have no idea what he's thinking. Aside, perhaps, from, "Sit down, woman, so I can curl up on your lap. That bathrobe's not going to claw itself."

I also have almost no idea what this book is about. I picked it up because it's a One Book, One San Diego selection. We'll see how it unfolds.

Crazeedi Curious your opinion, I've been wanting to read! 4mo
QuietlyLaura 😻☺️ 4mo
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Samplergal
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One of the best books I‘ve read this year. Push it to the top of your TBR if you haven‘t read it yet.

JenReadsAlot Loved this! 4mo
Sapphire I heard the author speak in Chicago and purchased a copy. Haven't read it yet though. 4mo
Abailliekaras I loved this! We interviewed Rebecca Makkai for Books On The Go podcast and she was delightful. So impressive! 4mo
Samplergal @Abailliekaras I can only imagine. This book was so historically correct. She is obviously an author to watch. So well written. ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 4mo
Samplergal @Sapphire push it towards to top. It‘s so good. 4mo
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janeycanuck
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A hit with my Guelph #GirlyBookClub crowd. This was such a heartbreaking story. It did take a while to get into but once I did, I couldn‘t stop reading.

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Samplergal
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Currently listening to this for October book club.

Suet624 👍🏼 4mo
AmyG So good! 4mo
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CaitlinR
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Man, this was a three hankie novel, but so worth the read. I finished it at 4 AM this morning; could not put it down.

In alternating time lines, moving from 1985 to 2015, Makkai presents us with a powerful accounting of Chicagoans who died or lived through the AIDS crisis, all scarred in virtually unsurvivable ways.

I choose to believe, however, that Fiona finally finds a life in Paris and, for all of us Roman‘s videos are so healing!

💙💙💙

TrishB Loved this one too. 4mo
Scochrane26 This is on my tbr, but I didn‘t actually know what‘s it‘s about. Love the cover & knew other people liked it. I‘ve been wanting to read more about the AIDS crisis. 4mo
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Brozen
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A haunting novel and a must read.

LitsyWelcomeWagon Welcome to Litsy! Here are links to #Litsytips: http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: goo.gl/UrCpoU. There‘s lots of fun things to do: book exchanges, buddy reads, photo challenges and more! @litsywelcomewagon 5mo
BookwormAHN Welcome to Litsy 😺 5mo
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HrJust
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No one wants to die before the end of the story.

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lynneamch
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ALL these folks were great in person: Barbara Kingsolver, Laila Lalami, Richard Powers, Susan Choi, Rebecca Makkai (middle pic) Louis Bayard, Roxanna Robinson. Had to watch RBG on Youtube as line was maxed out an hour ahead. Decided to skip an hour-long wait in line for Jose Andres and just go to lunch at his tapas restaurant Jaleo instead. Fantastic day! #NatBookFest

tpixie What a great and busy day!! I bet the tapas was fun!!! Thanks for sharing!!! 🥳📚🥳 5mo
tpixie Last year we ate at busboys and poets 5mo
lynneamch @tpixie I still want to get to Busboys. Usually try to do Afterwords at Kramerbooks, but short trip this time. We tried to get in Unconventional Diner, but was full. Had no regrets about ending up at Paleo. 5mo
tpixie @lynneamch i‘ll have to try to eat at those places if I get to DC again! 5mo
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Kempfme
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I just couldn‘t get connected with the story.

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theladygreer
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Loving Rebecca Makkai's talk at #natbookfest!

ValerieAndBooks Is that a sign language interpreter on the left? 5mo
theladygreer @valerieandbooks Yep! This interpreter did the first half and then another one switched in for the second. Seems like really hard work with a fast-paced, free-flowing interview like this one! 5mo
ValerieAndBooks Wonderful. Glad to know they provide them — I‘ll look into it for next year (would not have been able to go this year anyway) 😊 5mo
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tpixie @theladygreer awesomeness! Have a blast!! 5mo
Aimeesue @ValerieAndBooks They apparently had ASL interpreters at all author stages this year, plus they are available if you ask at the accessibility desk. Many stages also had closed captioning that went up onto a screen at the side of the stage. The volunteers at the doors are *super* great about getting you to the ADA seats. I'm partially deaf and lipread, so this is the ONE day a year it's an advantage. 😋 They HAVE to save ADA seats, so you're not🔽 5mo
Aimeesue …taking a seat from anyone else - they can't seat anyone else there anyway. 5mo
ValerieAndBooks @Aimeesue that is so awesome. Is this always on Labor Day weekend? I can read lips (and speak) in conversation but when there‘s speakers like this, I depend on ASL or captions ! So good to know all this. 5mo
Aimeesue @ValerieAndBooks Yep, it‘s always the Saturday of Labor Day weekend. It used to be on the Mall, but now it‘s held at the Convention Center, which is much better for those with accessibility concerns. The ASL interpreters are fantastic. Kind of interesting to see all the different styles! 5mo
theladygreer @Aimeesue I wondered who the reserved seats up front were for! Great that they do that. And there were captioning screens at every talk I saw. Great that they're making an effort on accessibility. @ValerieAndBooks 5mo
Aimeesue @theladygreer The seats with the blue bands on the backs were ADA seats. The ones with the yellow bands were "Reserved" seats that they keep for the press, friends/family of the speakers and interpreters. They go kinda heavy on the yellow reserved seats - there were open yellow seats at every event, except for SCJ Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Most had open ADA seats as well. I'm not sure how they calculate those numbers. ??‍♀️ (edited) 5mo
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PedanticPastorMartha
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In the style of Tales of the City, Makkah has written the story of Chicago‘s gay community from the 1970‘s to the present. While I enjoyed it, and I think she writes incredibly well, she left out a big part of the story—the lesbians and bisexual women who cared for so many of those who lived (and died) with HIV/AIDS. She obviously could not cover every story, but I think this is a significant omission. Otherwise, I loved it! Well worthwhile.

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Liz_M
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Titcomb Bookshop, Cape Cod, had to buy the book that I can't get from the library anytime in the near future.

Leftcoastzen Super cool! 5mo
Rachel_nyc Cool shop and I absolutely loved that 📖! 5mo
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Lauren890
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 Gosh this book squeezed my heart but it was so worth it. Am I the only one a little in love with Yale Tishman? The story is so moving and the characters so well fleshed out. The book flipped back and forth between 1980s Yale and 2015 Fiona which created great momentum and I enjoyed both timelines equally. As the book progresses more pieces come together. Beautifully executed.

HeatherBookNerd I loved it. My favorite book so far this year. 5mo
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lynneamch
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I don't usually post twice in one day, but want to share this pic of #Chicago from the helicopter ride our son & daughter-in-law took yesterday to celebrate her birthday. Also an opportunity to recommend the tagged book. Makkai weaves a compelling story of art mysteries & acquisitions amidst the looming personal toll the AIDS crisis will take in 1980s Chicago. #LetsTravelAugust @alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @originalcyn620

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful ❤️❤️ 5mo
BarbaraBB I was so impressed by Chicago this summer. I had never been there before. What a great place! Loved the booo too! 5mo
OriginalCyn620 Awesome! ❤️ 5mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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“Chicago would unfurl its map to him one promising street, one intoxicating space, at a time. It would weave him into its grid, pour beer in his mouth and music in his ears. It would keep him.”

Bought this recently, still tbr, set in #Chicago in the 80s, during the AIDS epidemic.

#LetsTravelAugust

TrishB I loved this book ♥️ 5mo
squirrelbrain On my TBR shelf, still to read.... 5mo
JennyM @TrishB I second Trish. Fantastic book! 5mo
OriginalCyn620 Sounds great! 👌🏻📚 5mo
Kalalalatja Really great book! 5mo
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Chelsea.Poole
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First of all, I do see the greatness of this. It was just so gosh-darn long though! I feel bad thinking this way because it was moving and a subject matter (the AIDS crisis) I've rarely encountered. Pick, but I ended with some questions and was a bit relieved to be finished.

Hooked_on_books Frankly, I think it would have been better as just Yale‘s story. Fiona‘s didn‘t add as much as it should have. (edited) 6mo
cathipink I was a bit ho hum on this one myself (although it was Yale's story I didn't love - or, more accurately, Yale). I felt like I need to think about this one more, and I appreciate what the author was doing, but the way the story was told felt more clinical (in terms of writing and storytelling techniques) than I expected. 6mo
Chelsea.Poole @Hooked_on_books I can totally see that helping with the issues I had with it! 6mo
Chelsea.Poole @cathipink Agreed! I couldn't put my finger on it exactly, but I think that's it-- "clinical" or a feeling of being removed from the action somehow. I did like the story, it's the way it was told as you said that was a problem for me! 6mo
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Chelsea.Poole
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Newest read on #audiobook while I shuck corn for dinner 🍽 🌽
With fresh picked, homegrown tomatoes 🍅 of course!! I love summer food.

Tamra Yum! 6mo
kspenmoll Great photo!!! 6mo
Buechersuechtling Wonderful photo. Enjoy both, meal and read. 6mo
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Chelsea.Poole @Tamra it definitely was! 😋 (edited) 6mo
Chelsea.Poole @kspenmoll thank you 😊 6mo
Chelsea.Poole @Buechersuechtling thank you! We love summer corn 🌽 6mo
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britt_reads
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I picked up the top three earlier today, and the three on the bottom were kindle deals that I just couldn't resist last weekend. My August #tbr is already a bit daunting, but I'd like to fit as many of these in as I can. Where should I begin? 😳

#bookhaul

TrishB The Great Believers 👍🏻 6mo
Suet624 Either The Great Believers or Poisonwood Bible. 6mo
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Suet624
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Yes, tucked amongst the postcards and stacks of books is Rebecca Makkai reading from The Great Believers. If you have the chance to go to a reading of hers, grab the car keys and go. Engaging stories of the research done, the importance of knowing the history of AIDS and activism, and the people she met on her previous tours. I‘m happy to say she‘s a part-time Vermonter. Thanks to Bear Pond Books in Montpelier Vermont for hosting the event.

TrishB Cool 👍🏻 6mo
AmyG Such a great book. 6mo
Rachel_nyc This was one of my favorite books last year! 6mo
saresmoore Neat! 6mo
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BookishTrish
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My husband highly recommended this to me. What do you all think. My life is pretty heavy right now and I‘m finding the TV show Sharp Objects too much. Should I read it or wait?

TrishB It‘s a great read, but not a light read. 7mo
AmyG I loved this book. And agree with @TrishB - not a light read. 7mo
saresmoore Hmm, I agree with what @TrishB said. I became very emotionally invested when I read it. 7mo
Susannah If you tend to react to your books with strong(ish) emotion, you may want to hold off. It‘s very good and very emotional, too. 7mo
Historynerd07 Such a great book but you definitely need to be emotionally prepared! 6mo
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Susannah
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A slightly premature #recommendsday suggestion, this was the most recent read for my book club and one of my favorites of the year so far. It‘s kind of odd: I found the book to have a lot of flaws (mostly stemming from the fact that I think Makkai diluted the Eighties story by including the 2015 thread and that the two threads resulted in weaker character development), but I was totally engaged while I was reading it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️-1/2

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