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Lost Children Archive | Valeria Luiselli
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From the two-time NBCC Finalist, a fiercely imaginative novel about a family's summer road trip across America--a journey that, with breathtaking imagery, spare lyricism, and profound humanity, probes the nature of justice and equality in America today. A mother and father set out with their kids from New York to Arizona. In their used Volvo--and with their ten-year-old son trying out his new Polaroid camera--the family is heading for the Apacheria: the region the Apaches once called home, and where the ghosts of Geronimo and Cochise might still linger. The father, a sound documentarist, hopes to gather an "inventory of echoes" from this historic, mythic place. The mother, a radio journalist, becomes consumed by the news she hears on the car radio, about the thousands of children trying to reach America but getting stranded at the southern border, held in detention centers, or being sent back to their homelands, to an unknown fate. But as the family drives farther west--through Virginia to Tennessee, across Oklahoma and Texas--we sense they are on the brink of a crisis of their own. A fissure is growing between the parents, one the children can feel beneath their feet. They are led, inexorably, to a grand, unforgettable adventure--both in the harsh desert landscape and within the chambers of their own imaginations. Told through the voices of the mother and her son, as well as through a stunning tapestry of collected texts and images--including prior stories of migration and displacement--Lost Children Archive is a story of how we document our experiences, and how we remember the things that matter to us the most. Blending the personal and the political with astonishing empathy, it is a powerful, wholly original work of fiction: exquisite, provocative, and deeply moving.
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Graywacke
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Perhaps Luiselli was trying to reach the children caught and forgotten within the inhumane US immigration policy, to feel them as real, to personalize their suffering and fragility by using her own fictional loss of a marriage and child. Whatever it was, it felt very personal and I was mesmerized listening and I miss it now. Special novel.

Tamra I concur. 13h
Graywacke @Tamra 👍 13h
Graywacke @merelybookish I might have forgiven the kind of brutal change in narrator... 13h
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BarbaraBB Well said. I feel the same. 12h
Hooked_on_books I may have to check this one out after all. Gorgeous pic. ⛰ 7h
Graywacke @BarbaraBB 👍🙂 4h
Graywacke @Hooked_on_books worth a peak, or an audio sample. 👍 4h
Aimeesue Luiselli was a volunteer translator for children caught up the the US immigration disaster. Her first book was about the 40 questions she was to ask the children. Heartbreaking. 4h
Graywacke @Aimeesue I did not know that! 4h
Aimeesue @Graywacke I heard the interview on NPR. I don't remember if there are spoilers or not, but here it is: https://www.npr.org/transcripts/698590312 3h
Graywacke @Aimeesue thanks! I‘ll check this out 3h
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squirrelbrain
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This book features the US #borderline- I enjoyed reading it earlier this year, although it‘s not an easy one to read - it required a lot of concentration and also covers difficult subjects...

#MOvember

Cinfhen #GreatMinds 🧠and I said the same thing / not a light read ~ requires concentration but worth it 6d
Cathythoughts I have this one .... must get to it one of these days 6d
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Cinfhen
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#MOvember
A disastrous road trip, an imploding marriage, missing children and a crisis looming at the US/ Mexican #borderline make for an unforgettable story. This book was haunting and compelling. Highly recommended in print as there are lots of visuals included in the storytelling.

BarbaraBB Great choice! A favorite this year. 6d
Twocougs I‘ve had this for a while but haven‘t read yet. Guess it goes to the top now 6d
Cinfhen It‘s really good @Twocougs but requires your full attention \ don‘t you think @BarbaraBB ??? 6d
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BarbaraBB Yes it is definitely a story with many layers, some more subtle than others. @Twocougs 6d
TrishB Hoping to get to in December 👍🏻 6d
squirrelbrain Gah! Had this all ready to post then checked to see if anyone else had already done it.... great minds! Posting anyway, as it‘s all I have! 😁 6d
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Lindy
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A deeply moving novel about family dynamics and the way our lives are affected by larger events happening in society—in this case, the migrant children refugee crisis at the southern US border. The #audiobook is a rich experience with four different narrators—including the author—slowly building layers of prose, metafiction, fragments of documents, descriptions of photos. Compassionate and unforgettable.

BarbaraBB Great review. I loved this one too. 6d
kathedron Loved this book: it would have been my winner for the Booker Prize. 6d
Lindy @kathedron Yes, it‘s worthy. I enjoyed The Testaments but this has more going on. Haven‘t yet read Girl Woman Other; it comes out next month in Canada. 6d
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Graywacke
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So, I‘m listening on audio and completely in love with this book and the voice reading (who might be the author?). And I would be highlighting and quoting if I wasn‘t driving. It‘s beautiful and intimate on sound-culture-parenting-marriage-childhood-traveling-landscapes-abuse-of-refugee-children-and-sound. And, a little over halfway through the narrator and reading voice has changed. So just wanted to capture this feeling a little before I go on.

Graywacke @merelybookish - tagging you thinking of your earlier comment on this one. 1w
Lindy Yes, it‘s the author that reads the mother‘s part in the audiobook. Did you get to the part yet where the voices of mother and son fade in and out as the narrative viewpoint shifts back and forth between them? I love how that was done. 7d
Graywacke @Lindy not yet. Adjusting though. Son‘s narration and plot change change the feel of the book dramatically. 6d
merelybookish That shift in narration is what I struggled with! I still think the book is really, REALLY good and I think she is brilliant. But something about the kids narration (although I understood it conceptually) bugged me. 6d
Graywacke @merelybookish it‘s a really really hard change. Not just narrator, but suddenly the wandering narrative has me freaking out. Holding judgment, but i‘ve gone from I-can-listen-to-this-forever to finish-so-I-can-find-out-what-happens... 6d
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Lindy
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…I get asked about my accent & place of birth & I say no, I was not born in this country & when I say where I was born, I don‘t even get a nod in return, just a cold dead silence, as if I‘ve confessed to sin.

Reggie I remember I went through an India phase in my 20‘s, watching Bollywood, reading Indian authors, curious about their mythology, and when someone looked like they came from that part of the world I would ask them where they were from and there would be this fear in their eyes and then I would remember that it was in the years after 9-11, and they could not know my intention even if I asked with the nicest smile I could give. It just made me sad. 1w
Graywacke Listening now and in love with this book. Hope you‘re enjoying too. Oklahoma... 1w
Lindy @Graywacke Oklahoma 😟 1w
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Lindy
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The conversations between the parents and their kids are a wonderful aspect of this novel. Example:
Child: What‘s a midwife?
Father: Someone who delivers babies.
Child: Like the postman?
Father: Yes, like the postman.
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julesG 😁👏 1w
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Lindy
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My husband thinks Kerouac‘s On the Road would be a perfect choice. “Even if the children won‘t get the meaning,” he says, “We can all enjoy the rhythm of it as we drive.”

BarbaraBB I loved this book. And don‘t they listen to this one all the time? 1w
Lindy @BarbaraBB Yes, The Road is the audiobook that kept starting every time they decided to switch from the radio or music to an audiobook. 1w
BarbaraBB I loved that detail! 1w
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Graywacke
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Quite enjoyed the first 30 minutes of this, this afternoon.

merelybookish She can WRITE! I had some issues with this but even a flawed novel by her is pretty amazing. 2w
Graywacke @merelybookish Yes! That! I‘m enjoying the language (and the first narrator who reads with a terrific accent) Not far enough in to think about flaws, or haven‘t noticed yet. 2w
merelybookish @Graywacke We can discuss once you're done...and they might not be issues for you. 🙂 2w
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Tamra I enjoyed this audio. There is much to think about. 2w
Graywacke @merelybookish 👍 I‘ll tag you when I finish, if you don‘t mind. Will take me some time. @tamra yay! I need a good audiobook. 2w
BarbaraBB A favorite of mind this year. Enjoy! 2w
Graywacke @BarbaraBB I‘m all in. had a long drive this am, and got 2 hours in. It‘s brilliant, I think. (But I‘m missing things that fly by in audio format and need to be reread...) 2w
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ephemeralwaltz
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All cozied up to beat this rainy day before going to work ☕

Sace Lovely! 1mo
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squirrelbrain
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Not an easy book to read, both in terms of style and subject matter, but I enjoyed it.

I preferred the section narrated by the boy, as I found the parents rather insufferable and the storyline became even more hard-hitting when seen through more innocent eyes.

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Readerann
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This wasn‘t an “easy” book to read, but I had to give it 5* for the impression it made and the length of time I suspect it will stay with me. #ToB

Cathythoughts That‘s a good 5 🌟 rating ...I like your reasons 1mo
rmaclean4 This book has really stuck with me! Great review. 1mo
Readerann @Cathythoughts @rmaclean4 Thanks. I don‘t give many books 5* ratings, but it‘s usually the ones I keep thinking about. This book was fiction, but we all know what‘s happening. I just want to DO something. 😢 1mo
rmaclean4 @Readerann I have had the same response. I have been looking into so volunteer opportunities because of this book ...and what is happening in our world. 1mo
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A blended family of documentarians sets out from New York to the Southwest, as the narrator considers what it means to live in America, a country that exists because of genocide and where the border is a war zone, and what we owe to the places we are born and live and die.

Sace Stacked! 1mo
Emilymdxn I loved this book so pleased it was a pick for you too 1mo
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booklovingly
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Reading this book was a bit overwhelming it talks about the current immigration crisis by telling the story of a “weird” family.
The relationships are complex and there is a lot of beauty in the language, tone and references however it‘s too MUCH.
This book left me drained there are too many underlying messages making it really hard to follow wouldn‘t appeal to most people I feel like you would have to be some type of humanities aficionado.

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squirrelbrain
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Lovely view from the campervan this morning at Robin Hood‘s Bay.... yesterday we could hardly see the sea! The book is good so far as well.

eraderneely I really love that bit of the coast. Glad the weather‘s looking up and that your book is good. (Most important part really) 1mo
Hooked_on_books Beautiful view! 1mo
RachelO Lovely! 1mo
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BarbaraBB It looks beautiful. So pure! Thanks for posting!! 💕 1mo
Cathythoughts Beautiful Helen 👍🏻♥️ 1mo
Crazeedi Lovely view! Enjoy! 1mo
Soubhiville Oooo, so pretty. 1mo
youneverarrived Lovely! Enjoy Helen 💛 1mo
Caroline2 Beautiful. I hope you have a lovely holiday. 😀 1mo
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SamAnne
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I loved the writing and the premise of the story. Part road trip novel, part crumbling marriage story, all with the backdrop of the immigration crisis. Sadly, the ending did not do it for me. Especially the seemingly endless stream of consciousness pages towards the end in the voice of the boy. I think it is difficult to do child narrators well and the last pages of the book did not do it for me.

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Cinfhen
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Intimate and powerful. Told through many mediums. This book was lyrical, timely, haunting and incredibly sad. I‘m surprised this didn‘t make The Booker shortlist. It‘s the best I‘ve read from the long-list.

BookwormM This should have made the shortlist 1mo
Cathythoughts Nice review.... I have it & must read it 👍🏻 1mo
TrishB Sounds great 😁 1mo
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BarbaraBB I loved this one as well. When it didn‘t make the shortlist, I was so disappointed! 1mo
Kalalalatja I can certainly see why people like it, but I found it a bit boring 🤷‍♀️ 1mo
Cinfhen It‘s definitely slow @Kalalalatja and a little odd too. But there was something very haunting in the pages that sucked me in. 1mo
Reviewsbylola I don‘t think I‘ve read a single book from the long list. 🙊 1mo
TrishB 👍🏻 intriguing. 1mo
Cinfhen You‘re not really missing much @Reviewsbylola 1mo
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bernadette
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Not just about journeys but an exploration of the ways we try to document our experiences. It centers on a family road trip in which the marriage is crumbling, a father intent on capturing the sound echoes of the last steps of Geronimo, a journalist investigating the disappearance of 2 girls detained at the border, a brother capturing an adventure for a sibling likely too young to remember the trip. Poignant, hopeful. I loved the boy's story most.

Tamra It has a unique voice that sticks with you. 1mo
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Cinfhen
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I‘m meant to be on a #BookBuyingBan until December 1 BUT this is a book I started from the library and didn‘t have time to finish PLUS it‘s really a bday gift for a special Litten 🎁💝So if your name starts with a T and ends with an H and you live in Liverpool don‘t buy this book 😜and I hope you‘re cool with me reading the last 150 pages 😘

Cinfhen @TrishB if you ALREADY own this one and someone else buys it for you please let me know 😊There‘s always a chance for that happening 😘 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm I love this cover, different from the one I usually see. True, Cindy 🙃 And I was just thinking whether I should inform @TrishB to STAY AWAY from her TBR wish list till bday is over! 😊 (edited) 2mo
TrishB @erzascarletbookgasm I have also been warned at home! I literally haven‘t brought a book for weeks....picking up my Philip Pullman one later as I had that preordered. But I‘m being good....-and I don‘t have this one either 😁 2mo
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TrishB Read away 😘 2mo
jenniferw88 Adding my warning too @TrishB ! STAY AWAY from your tbr Trish 🤣🤣🤣 Quick q: do food goodies need to be vegan? 2mo
TrishB @jenniferw88 😂 getting excited now! Just vege is fine- doesn‘t have to be vegan. 😘 2mo
Cinfhen I think it might be time to update that TBR @TrishB 🤣 2mo
SamAnne I had to return my library book and ended up buying it! 2mo
Cinfhen This book is SO GOOD @SamAnne totally worth buying ❤️ 2mo
ephemeralwaltz Just bought this today! Gonna start right away. 2mo
Cinfhen I have a feeling you‘re gonna love it @ephemeralwaltz 😉🤞🏼 2mo
Suet624 Such a good story. It keeps growing on you after you finish it. 2mo
Mdargusch 😂🤣 2mo
Reviewsbylola December 1 😱😱 1mo
Cinfhen Yes!!!! December 1. It went into effect September 1 and I‘m having a HARD TIME. Of course my monthly subscriptions don‘t count nor do #KindleDailyDeals or birthday gifts for others 😉 @Reviewsbylola @Mdargusch 1mo
Mdargusch I‘m so proud of myself because I‘m plowing through the books I own! I decided not to do anymore challenges and just read what I want from my shelves and it has helped me cut out my book buying dramatically! But then there‘s those pesky book club books. 🤣 1mo
Cinfhen There is something nice about reading books you own @Mdargusch !!! I‘ve discovered a few gems on my shelf!!!! 1mo
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amma-keep-reading
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Hauntingly beautiful. The audiobook is amazing, highly recommend. I especially enjoyed the literal blending of voices. So brilliant.

Cinfhen WAs wondering if audio would be good because book contains lots of visuals 1mo
amma-keep-reading i thought the descriptions of the visuals were pretty strong but vocal narration was the most poignant when the mother/son story telling. 1mo
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bernadette
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Current read. Enjoying it so far.

SamAnne Loving it. 2mo
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Tonton
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Finished translation job, easy relaxing weekend for a change! Library stack, before manic Monday😎

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Cathythoughts
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RachelO I‘ve just discovered my library has the audio of this - v looking forward to it! 2mo
LeahBergen Lovely photo! 2mo
Cathythoughts @RachelO I havnt read yet .. looking forward to it too 👍🏻 2mo
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Cathythoughts @LeahBergen thanks! I love when the Autumn light shines in. I went to retake that pic but the light had already moved & the shadows were gone. Love light & shadow 2mo
batsy So pretty 💫 2mo
Cathythoughts @batsy thanks friend 👍🏻♥️ 2mo
youneverarrived I really like this one too 💛 2mo
Well-ReadNeck Oooh! I haven‘t seen this version before. 🥰 2mo
Cathythoughts @youneverarrived I havnt read yet ... but looking forward to it 2mo
Cathythoughts @Well-ReadNeck id like to see the other covers ( only seen this one ... 2mo
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sarahbarnes
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This book was so brilliant, beautiful and heartbreaking. The horrific story of children crossing the southern border to come to the U.S. The perception and imagination of the boy and the girl. And the pain of the parents as they grapple with history, current events, and their personal crises. I‘m really sad this one didn‘t make the Booker shortlist. #LitsyAtoZ

merelybookish You finished! 😀 If it's any consolation, it won the summer Tournament of Books so is guaranteed a spot in the official #TOB in March. Not QUITE the Booker but.. 3mo
sarahbarnes @merelybookish Yes, finally! Despite a number of distractions. 😬 And I did see that - very well-deserved! 3mo
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thebluestocking
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ A heartbreaking and beautifully woven tale of a family on a road trip. Their past and their uncertain futures are explored through the parents‘ two projects: one on lost children at the US border and one on the lost Apaches. I loved this so much. The language and writing is so rich and layered. And the way the stories converged was brilliant. #tob2020

thebluestocking I read this on audio, which had its strengths and weaknesses, I think. I would like to reread it in print. 3mo
BarbaraBB @thebluestocking Great review. Its place in the #ToB2020 is well deserved. 3mo
thebluestocking @BarbaraBB Thank you! I agree. 💙💙 (edited) 3mo
Suet624 Great review and I completely agree. 2mo
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I want to read like this more. This book, in fact, forced me to slow down and savor words in a way I do not often do.

UnabridgedPod I love this book SO much!! And I got the chance to see Luiselli on a panel at the National Book Festival. She‘s just brilliant. ❤️ 3mo
thebluestocking @UnabridgedPod Oh man! I‘d love to meet her. This book gives you just a peek into what appears to be a brilliant mind. 3mo
Suet624 Wow. How delicious is this quote! 2mo
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Suet624 Was this a quote from the book? 2mo
thebluestocking @Suet624 It is a lovely quote. And, yep! This is from the book. 💙 1mo
Suet624 I don‘t remember it, but I love it. 1mo
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thebluestocking
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Yes! I‘m so excited that this book won #camptob and has earned a slot on the #tob2020 shortlist!!

Ruthiella I knew it! 3mo
BarbaraBB I just saw it too. So happy about this and to see it back in the #ToB2020! 3mo
thebluestocking @Ruthiella You called it! I‘m impressed. 💙 3mo
thebluestocking @BarbaraBB Yes! I think this will generate some good discussion. 💙 3mo
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Readerann
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I‘m enjoying this book (at least up to page 28), but ‘agglutination‘ and ‘hermeneutist‘ in the same sentence? Seriously? 😐 #ToB

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rmaclean4
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August 2019 reading wrap up:
Human Acts: Han Kang 4 🌟 📖🎧
The Wall: John Lanchester 3.5 🌟🎧
Middlegame: Seanan McGuire 2 🌟 📖
Lost Children Archive: Valeria Luiselli 4..5 🌟📖🎧
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous: Ocean Vuong 4 🌟🎧
Queenie: Candice Carty-Williams 3 🌟🎧
Clock Dance: Anne Tyler 2 🌟📖🎧
The Memory Police: Yoko Ogawa 4 🌟🎧
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms : N. K. Jemisin 3.5 🌟📖
Suite Francaise: Irene Nemirovsky 3 🌟📖🎧

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Tamra
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I really enjoyed the structure of this sad (I think) intimate family portrait and illumination of the plight of migrant children. The archival type structure would have been even more powerful in print. I love the theme of capturing “lost” or “ghost” sounds as remnants of people and events. Makes me realize how much I don‘t consciously register. It is a slow moving narrative, but that only reinforces the intimacy.

Tamra I craved more POV from the husband‘s perspective though. 3mo
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kathedron
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Where do I start with this self-consciously erudite, slow-paced, "thinky" book? I loved it. No, it's not "right" that the telling of the sad break-up of a marriage and young family foregrounds that of the suffering of refugee children. Yet here we are. I liked the structural echoes. I liked the characters' anonymity. I liked the parent/child relationships. Mostly I liked pondering what she was driving at in the pursuit of echoes of lost things.

kathedron #bookerprize So far for me it's between this and Lanny. 3mo
Cathythoughts Beautiful review... 👍🏻♥️ 3mo
jhod I loved this and Lanny too, the actual shortlist have a lot to live up to! 3mo
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Tamra
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Audio baking banana bread. The secret to this recipe is crushed pineapple - keeps it super moist. 😋 You don‘t taste it at all.

So far I‘m liking Luiselli‘s writing voice.

Bookwormjillk Brilliant! 3mo
LauraBeth This looks SO delicious! 3mo
hjreviews Audio baking is the best! And now I‘m craving my mom‘s banana bread… 3mo
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julesG Now I know what I'll be making tomorrow. 3mo
Cortg Yum, I‘ve been hankering for a good dessert in my house but I keep telling myself I‘ll eat all the desserts this holiday weekend! (edited) 3mo
Cathythoughts Looks divine 3mo
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I‘m really disappointed / I was hoping to finish all these books before my flight tomorrow but I only managed to complete 2 ( Stella Fortuna & Handmaid‘s Tale) and I‘m going to have to speed read/skim through the last third of Lost Children 😬 Had a wonderful holiday but my reading time was awful 😖🙁I‘m ready to get back to my regular schedule and ya‘ll know I‘m bringing LOTS of books back with me 😜

KarenUK Wishing you safe travels 😘💕 3mo
BarbaraBB Oh I‘d be so disappointed too! Vacations are for reading, where did you go wrong 😂😉? Safe travels! 😘 3mo
Melissa_J Safe travels! 3mo
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Cinfhen Ha @BarbaraBB this wasn‘t a vacation 🤪This was family obligation time 😉 vacation starts when I get back to my own bed and my complete privacy 😂 (edited) 3mo
Cinfhen Thank you so much @KarenUK @Melissa_J I‘m dreading the flights 😬I hate flying 🥺 3mo
LeeRHarry Safe travels ✈️ 😊 3mo
Cathythoughts I agree family obligation time ( ie extended family) is not Holliday time 3mo
Cathythoughts I hate flying too. It will be fine once you get up there & reading 👍🏻♥️ 3mo
BarbaraBB Something to look forward to! Have a good flight 💜 3mo
MicheleinPhilly Safe travels! 3mo
TrishB Safe journey ♥️ 3mo
Cinfhen Thanks friends 😘saying goodbye is always hard but I‘m feeling ready 😜except I woke up with a migraine, which is the worst especially on an already stressful day 😣 so your wishes are really extra helpful @TrishB @MicheleinPhilly @BarbaraBB @Cathythoughts @LeeRHarry 3mo
Kalalalatja I didn‘t even finish a single book on my vacation (granted, it is a 1150 pages chunkster, but still!) I thought I would have a lot more reading time, but time flew away from me 😅 3mo
Cinfhen Hope you had a fabulous time @Kalalalatja / books will always be waiting for us xx sometimes we need to live in the moment 💕 3mo
CarolynM Safe travels. I hope your head is feeling better. 3mo
Cinfhen Thanks @CarolynM I‘m not a great traveler but first leg was ok. Now in Paris (3 hour layover) 3mo
ElishaLovesBooks ♥️♥️♥️ 3mo
Centique Good luck with your final leg home and then time to rest and recover 💕💕 3mo
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AnneCecilie
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In this novel we follow a family of 4 as they road trip from NYC to Arizona. The father is interested in Apaches and wants to visit historical sights to do a project on the echos and ghosts of Apaches. At the same time the mother is interested in the immigration from the south and the lost children.

This was my third read from the Booker Longlist and even though I enjoyed the book, I‘m not sure I‘ll root for it to make it the shortlist.

KateFulfordAuthor Ah, prize competitions: As an author notes recently “completion has no place in art” https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/books/2019/aug/19/olivia-lain... 3mo
AnneCecilie @KateFulfordAuthor I don‘t see the different prizes as a competition, but as a way for me to discover new authors. Several of my favorite books (History of the Rain by Niall Williams, The Blazing World by Siri Hustvedt and Reservoir 13 by Jon MacGregor) and authors (The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri and The Lonely Heats Hotel by Heather O‘Neill) have been discovered this way and I‘m not sure I would have noticed them otherwise. 3mo
KateFulfordAuthor A fair point albeit sites like Litsy, Goodreads (etc.) are arguably more useful in bringing depth & width to discovery 3mo
AnneCecilie @KateFulfordAuthor I‘m not on Goodreads so can‘t say anything about that, but several Littens are now reading the Booker Longlist. Long lists are also an opportunity for debut authors and under the radar authors to get attention. 3mo
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Cinfhen
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#AyUpAugust Playing catch-up 😉Lots of #TaintedLove in this deeply contemplative story of a family on the brink of implosion. It‘s not an easy read but I‘m taking my time & allowing the authors‘ tone to simmer & boil.

DrJAdMerricksson Love the moose bookmark! 3mo
squirrelbrain Sounds great - stacked... 😘👍😁 3mo
Cinfhen Thanks @DrJAdMerricksson it‘s my Canadian moose bookmark ❤️I‘m loving this book @squirrelbrain but it‘s HEAVY to read 3mo
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AnneCecilie
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Continuing my read for #24B4Monday and #SummersEndReadathon

I‘m about half way into this book and ready to start part 2.

Andrew65 Going well. 👏👏👏 3mo
jb72 Way to go! 🎉 3mo
Clwojick ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️ 3mo
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Simona
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Mehso-so

Good, atmospheric, slow paced story about migrations and marriage falling apart. Usually stories like this, meditation on family relations, mixed with some broader topics works really well for me, but unfortunately, not in this case ... Good, but not for me. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ #BookerPriza2019

Cathythoughts Interesting review 👍🏻... I must try & see what I think. Mixed reviews for this one 3mo
Kalalalatja I felt the same 🤷‍♀️ 3mo
arubabookwoman I just finished this, mostly skimming the last 100 or so pages. I couldn't stand the pretentious pseudo- intellectualism of "Ma." 3mo
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Cinfhen
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A family heading out of NYC heading southwest into an inhospitable landscape. Book is brewing with tension and provocation. Intense/ thoughtful/ haunting observations. Im hooked! Coincidently, I‘m traveling into NYC🚘

TrishB Sounds good 👍🏻 enjoy your weekend 😘 3mo
4thhouseontheleft Enjoy your trip into the city! 3mo
kathedron I'm hoping to pick this one up from the library tomorrow. 3mo
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LeeRHarry Just requested this from my library - sounds good 😊 3mo
BarbaraBB I am happy you are digging it 💜. It is an interesting book to read while travelling in the US. Enjoy your last days! 3mo
Cathythoughts I have this one ... good to hear your thoughts 👍🏻♥️ 3mo
Suet624 This one was sometimes laborious but I was so glad i read it. 3mo
Cinfhen Laborious is a good term @Suet624 but I can tell the payoff will be worth the investment 🤞🏽I know this book has mixed reviews but I am digging it @BarbaraBB @Cathythoughts @TrishB @4thhouseontheleft @kathedron @LeeRHarry although now that I‘m with friends I don‘t think I‘ll be doing much reading this weekend/ at the moment I‘m VERY hung over 🤕🤢🥴 3mo
TrishB Ouch 🤢 hopefully it was worth it!! 3mo
Cinfhen Pounding headache 🤕 @TrishB going to look for a cup of coffee & Tylenol. But absolutely worth it!!!!! 3mo
TrishB As long as it was worth it! Hope you‘re feeling better soon. 3mo
Reviewsbylola Hope you‘re feeling back to 💯! 3mo
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AnneCecilie
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Borrowing picture from @Megabooks

I‘m doing both readathons and starting a little late.

My tbr for the weekend is the tagged book. For the week I hope to start The Wall.

I have plans this weekend and next and working during the week, so not sure about how many hours I‘ll read. But the important thing is to have fun.

#24B4Monday #SummersEndReadathon

TheReadingMermaid That's 100% correct! The important thing to remember is just to have fun with our fellow readers. ❤️🤗❤️ 3mo
Andrew65 Fun, that‘s what any Readathon should be about. 😊 3mo
Clwojick Woohoo! Thanks for joining is 3mo
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AnneCecilie
Lost Children Archive | Valeria Luiselli
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Ready to start my third book from the Booker Longlist

Ali Smith, Max Porter and Tommy Orange, all have blurbs on this book, and that increase my expectations

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kindergartenkat
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#bookerprize This has been my favorite of the Booker books so far. I have been a fan of Luiselli since The Story of my Teeth.

Cathythoughts I‘ve started it a couple of times ... I need to persevere as I really want to read it 3mo
kindergartenkat @Cathythoughts I did the audio which was really good. Luiselli reads the main part herself 3mo
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rmaclean4
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Pickpick

Amazing...I see why it has gotten so much attention. So layered yet I really connected with all the characters. I listened to this on Scrbid and read the physical book. Great to hear the sound recording that are described in the book and get to see the pictures referenced. This is a text I would love to study. 4.5 🌟

Samplergal I just was looking at this and left it in my cart. Going back and buying it. Thanks. #manbooker 3mo
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Kalalalatja
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Panpan

I get why people like it. I even get why it is nominated for The Booker Prize, and I wouldn‘t be surprised if it won. Its themes are great, current and important. It had so many moments of beauty.

But, in spite of all that, I was BORED! I had to stop listening ti this driving home from work, otherwise I was at risk for falling asleep behind the wheel on the highway. 😴

#BookerPrize2019

TrishB Interesting counter opinion 😁 3mo
JennyM Oooo...I love it when one of my fave littens has a different view of a book! Great review - I might just hang fire in reading this x 3mo
Cathythoughts Yes ! Interesting opinion 👍🏻. I‘m looking forward to 3mo
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erzascarletbookgasm I have this stacked! Interesting to see a different opinion from the majority. Now I‘m more curious to read it. 🙂 3mo
Cinfhen Great review!! Must get to this book!! After @BarbaraBB sang it‘s praises I‘ve been curious to see what this book is all about. 3mo
Kalalalatja @TrishB @JennyM @Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm @Cinfhen I‘m definitely in the minority, but that‘s okay. I‘m pretty sure, it‘s me, and not the book 😅 3mo
TrishB I‘ll say this really quietly, I often find booker prize nominations boring, don‘t let anyone else know though. 3mo
BarbaraBB I can understand why it bored you. I found the children‘s elegies and the stories about Apaches boring too sometimes. But while reading I could skim them, listening you couldn‘t of course! @Cinfhen @JennyM @Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm keep that in mind, if you decide to read it. Katja is definitely right! (edited) 3mo
Cathythoughts I agree @TrishB 👍🏻. But I did think Orchestra of Minorities was really good. 3mo
8little_paws Yeah this book tried to do too much imo. And the book within a book drove me crazy here. Dare I say by the end it just felt pretentious. 3mo
TrishB @Cathythoughts I have got that one ready as it was on offer 👍🏻 I usually end up getting the others on offers too. I just don‘t rush to read them. 3mo
Cathythoughts @TrishB I‘ll be interested to hear your thoughts when you get there 3mo
Cinfhen I agree @TrishB MOST of the #BookerBooks are a little pretentious but like @Cathythoughts I really enjoyed 3mo
Cinfhen I just placed a library request @BarbaraBB so I should be able to read this book fairly soon 🤞🏼I‘m thinking I might find myself in Katja‘s camp 😆 3mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I think so too 😂 3mo
JamieArc I often find them boring too! But for some reason, I can‘t stay away. I‘m in the middle of this one, and it feels like the author just finished grad school and is trying to incorporate all her newly-found ideas. (Pretentious). 3mo
youneverarrived I think maybe audio wasn‘t the best way to go for this one as I felt the same, more so the latter half. The more I think about it though the more I appreciate it. I like it more looking back at it if that makes sense. 3mo
Kalalalatja @TrishB @Cathythoughts I find a lot of them boring, too, but there‘s always a few that blow me away, so I can‘t stop reading them 🤷‍♀️ @BarbaraBB @youneverarrived yeah, audio wasn‘t the best choice. I liked the boy‘s narration, but the mom‘s was too boring for my drive 👎 @8little_paws @JamieArc definitely pretentious! @Cinfhen there‘s always room in the #unpopularopinion club 😄 3mo
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sarahbarnes
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No one decides not to go to work and start a hunger strike after listening to the radio in the morning. Everyone continues with their normal lives, no matter the severity of the news they hear, unless the severity concerns weather.

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BarbaraBB
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Pickpick

A truly wonderful book that many many people should read. Beside the incredible well written plot of a marriage falling apart and the children noticing, it describes the reality of our current world, in which our leaders refuse child refugees at our borders, and leave them by themselves in the most inhumanly way. Must read and must win the #Bookerprize

(Pic: Southampton, New York)

RidgewayGirl This was such a surprisingly powerful book. 4mo
Emilymdxn I loved this one too! I‘m waiting to proclaim a fave for the booker til I‘ve read the whole list but this has a solid shot at being my fave on the list 4mo
Rachel_nyc Wow you read quickly! Fantastic review and I love the cover of your copy! Great photo as well! 4mo
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AnneCecilie I have this out from the library and after seeing all the positive reviews I‘m looking forward to this one 4mo
BarbaraBB @Emilymdxn You are right of course, I only read 4 of them. But I‘m sure I wouldn‘t mind if this one wins! 4mo
BarbaraBB @Rachel_nyc I‘ve got very little else to do at the moment 😉 4mo
Cinfhen Looks like you‘re relaxing and enjoying ~ and of course #stacked 4mo
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB 😜🏖🍹 4mo
kindergartenkat LOVED this book! I was just wondering where you are that has that cover? 3mo
BarbaraBB @kindergartenkat I bought it in the Netherlands where I live so I think it is the UK edition! 3mo
kindergartenkat It just fascinates me! The US edition has a different cover 3mo
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Emilymdxn
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#bookerprize2019 longlist 5/13

Adored this one too, the longlist is looking very strong so far. I loved all the relationships and speakers, it wove multiple stories together perfectly. I don‘t often like stories that skip between narrators but this one just did it so well. A crucial book for Europe as well as the US now: the shifting populations and ghosts of past violence in a beautiful landscape were eerie, touching and just very important

Redwritinghood I really liked this one, too. Not only did I enjoy reading it, but I also have a lot of respect for her writing. It‘s wonderful. (edited) 4mo
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Emilymdxn
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Happy weekend! Just so grateful I got here, after being sick in the week and then working in the shop til 9.30 yesterday. I‘m heading out again in a few hours for a couple people‘s birthday thing and theeeen I‘m out tomorrow but rn I have a few hours to read, listen to Clairo‘s new album (which I recommend!) and try not to spill coffee in my bed. Also going to finally have the luxury of properly scrolling Litsy and seeing what everyone‘s up to

Megabooks 🎉🎉🥳🥳 Enjoy your weekend, friend!! 4mo
Emilymdxn @megabooks thanks sweet! How‘s your cold going?? 4mo
Megabooks @Emilymdxn It‘s a bit better. I was up coughing twice in the night, but that‘s an improvement! 4mo
Emilymdxn @megabooks I hate the ones that linger like that the coughing is the worst! Sending healthy vibes 4mo
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Emilymdxn
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Fascinating interview in the guardian with Valeria Luiselli that I recommend to anyone reading the #bookerprize2019 list and also just everyone. What a fascinating woman, she‘s added a lot to my tbr, what a range! Great coincidence that it was published as I read the tagged book, I think it informs the book so well.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/aug/02/valeria-luiselli-books-that-made-m...

DivineDiana Thank you! Also adding to the TBR! 4mo
Cathythoughts Looking forward to this one. Thankyou for the link 4mo
Suet624 I also liked the analysis done by The Tournament of Books on this book. This is the analysis for the second half of the book. https://themorningnews.org/article/camp-tob-2019-week-six-lost-children-archive (edited) 4mo
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Emilymdxn
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I got so sick of feeling ill yesterday that I got a (gasp) salad for lunch today. I think this is the first time in all my 23 years. I thought it would make me feel effortlessly healthful and instagram ready but it‘s more of a warmish mush of leaves, rice and goo... ? I like both leaves and rice but not in this overpriced goo situation ???and I want at least some social media brownie points for buying a Qf salad. So here is my Qf salad.

sudi Hope you feel better 💕💕💕 . And Sorry about the salad situation. 4mo
BookNAround Nothing worse than an overpriced sad desk salad. ☹️ 4mo
Hufflepuffle I hope you feel better, even if the salad didn‘t help! 4mo
Megabooks Oh dear! I‘m so sorry! 4mo
Emilymdxn @sudi @booknaround @hufflepuffle @megabooks thanks lovelies 💖💖 feeling lots better now! 4mo
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Emilymdxn
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Ugh guys. Off work sick with some kinda virus (hoping just a 24hr one as I feel a lil better now), it‘s rubbish and anyone who knows me on here will know I Do Not Like being stuck in my house doing nothing. I watched the end of stranger things 3, napped a decent amount, read a bit but didn‘t really have the appetite to as I felt gross. Tiny bit of reading now then early night and work tomorrow - mainly cause i cannot spend any longer in bed 😬

Tamra Feel better! 4mo
LiteraryinLititz Oh no! Feel better! 4mo
Megabooks Feel better soon! 💕💕💕💕 I‘ve had a cold since yesterday. I am not happy either. (Nor am I meeting my fitness goals!) 4mo
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julesG Feel better soon! 4mo
cobwebmoth Hope you feel better soon! 4mo
Jas16 Hope you feel better soon 4mo
Redwritinghood I hope you‘re feeling better soon. 4mo
marleed Hope you‘re better! 4mo
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