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The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls
The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls | Anissa Gray
The Mothers meets An American Marriage in this dazzling debut novel about mothers and daughters, identity and family, and how the relationships that sustain you can also be the ones that consume you. The Butler family has had their share of trialsas sisters Althea, Viola, and Lillian can attestbut nothing prepared them for the literal trial that will upend their lives. Althea, the eldest sister and substitute matriarch, is a force to be reckoned with and her younger sisters have alternately appreciated and chafed at her strong will. They are as stunned as the rest of the small community when she and her husband Proctor are arrested, and in a heartbeat the family goes from one of the most respected in town to utter disgrace. The worst part is, not even her sisters are sure exactly what happened. As Althea awaits her fate, Lillian and Viola must come together in the house they grew up in to care for their sisters teenage daughters. What unfolds is a stunning portrait of the heart and core of an American family in a story that is as page-turning as it is important.
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UnabridgedPod
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Our October Book Club book is Anissa Gray's The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls, an amazing novel in alternating perspectives. Focusing on three sisters formed in a childhood of tragedy and loss, the book delves into the women's lives, into their relationships, into who they've become and who they decide to be.⠀

Listen to the episode, and then join us throughout October to discuss this amazing book!

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Megabooks
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I want to thank Cindy & Brittany for the wonderful bookmail!

Brittany sent the #dollarscoregiveaway prize plus two bookmarks in the lovely swirl tissue paper. Thank you! 🥰

Cindy sent the ARC, a postcard from Jerusalem, a bookmark, and a bracelet to protect me from the evil eye, which lord knows I need now! 😘

I feel so loved!

My mri is today, and it was a nightmare getting it approved, but I‘m going at 11, & hopefully we can plan the surgery.

Cinfhen Good luck today 😘😘😘 2mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I hope everything goes well 🙏🏻 2mo
Reviewsbylola I hope your MRI went well. What a nice surprise with the packages! 2mo
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MelKelsey
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Mehso-so

I listened to this book and expected to love it, but I never felt invested. It may be my own fault. I don't know, but I found it very meh.

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Nute
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#CoverCrush #7Covers7Days

Would you like to show us some of your favorite book covers @bookladyreads ? No explanation needed. Post a photo of that moving cover art and tag one Litten each day for the week. Can‘t wait to see what you got! Have fun!!💕

Day Six:
The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray
Cover Art by Alice Lindstrom
Cover Design by Emily Osborne

silentrequiem This is such a great cover! 3mo
SW-T 😊😊😊 3mo
DrexEdit Oh! Thanks for the credits! I love knowing the names behind good cover design. 😍 3mo
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UnabridgedPod
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Pickpick

Wow. Re-reading Anissa Gray's The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls highlighted so much for me. Watching this trio of sisters begin to understand both the beauty and the ugliness of their shared childhood was even richer the second time through. I can't wait to talk about this one for our October episode of Unabridged!

MizzGraham I have been wanting to read this one. I wonder if this one is better as a hard copy or on audio? 3mo
UnabridgedPod @MizzGraham I think all three of us read the hard copy, so I can‘t speak to the quality of the audiobook. 🤷‍♀️ 3mo
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Cinfhen
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Mehso-so

I wanted to love this book but I just never got there. I think when you read so many books a character has to grab your attention to really make a lasting impression & unfortunately all the characters just bled into each other. Plus the story felt like a bad Oxygen Channel TV movie. An upstanding community couple is incarcerated after embezzling funds from a local charity they run. The story focuses on the aftermath from different family members.

Cinfhen It‘s heading to you next @Megabooks #SharingIsCaring 3mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen Thank you so much! 🤞🏻🤞🏻 I‘ll like it more. 🙂 3mo
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Cinfhen I think you will @Megabooks given our current track record 😉😁 3mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen Lolololol!! 😘😘 3mo
Hooked_on_books You‘re welcome! I had the same response to it. I think this author has potential but needs to work some things through. 3mo
BarbaraBB Great review though 💕 3mo
LiteraryinLititz I agree! So much potential but just didn‘t do it for me. 3mo
Cinfhen Definitely potential @Hooked_on_books you could see the talent was there @LiteraryinLititz she just needed a bit of fine tuning Thanks @BarbaraBB 3mo
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Cinfhen
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Took my book and appetite with me this morning. Found a new favorite breakfast/coffee spot. If I‘m being honest I enjoyed breakfast more than the book. It‘s ok, but the writing and plot is a little choppy🤷🏼‍♀️

Megabooks That looks like a fantastic breakfast!! 3mo
Cinfhen Everything was homemade, farm fresh, plentiful and delicious 😋 and super reasonable @Megabooks 3mo
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4thhouseontheleft Breakfast looks amazing! 3mo
Kalalalatja Mmmmmmmm 😋 3mo
AmyG Israeli breakfasts are the best! 3mo
Mdargusch wow! 😋 3mo
DivineDiana Looks like you found a gem! 🙂 3mo
Cinfhen Not as wonderful as Terrain @DivineDiana but still a gem 💖It was super hearty including a hot & cold drink and a brownie ( which I passed on) and it‘s set on a deck overlooking orange grooves @Mdargusch @Kalalalatja @4thhouseontheleft @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I couldn‘t agree more @AmyG Israeli breakfasts are spectacular 🥰 3mo
MicheleinPhilly Solomonov just opened his first all day restaurant in Rittenhouse. Saw a feature on it yesterday on FYI Philly. For next time! 3mo
4thhouseontheleft What‘s the name of the restaurant? I‘ll have to put it on my list for my trip next year! 3mo
Cinfhen It‘s in a small town in Pardes Chana about an hour outside of Tel Aviv @4thhouseontheleft I don‘t think you‘ll be out that way but I‘ll make a list of more accessible cafes/ restaurants that are equally fabulous 3mo
Cinfhen I‘m gonna hold you to that @MicheleinPhilly ❤️ 3mo
DivineDiana A deck overlooking orange groves sounds quite spectacular to me! 💗 3mo
KarenUK Wow that looks fabulous 💕 3mo
Blaire That breakfast looks delicious! 3mo
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Cinfhen
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Up next #SundayReads Thanks to @Hooked_on_books for gifting me this gorgeous title and cover ❤️Hope book is as beautiful inside 🤞🏽

Cinfhen #CoverCrush bonus pick 3mo
Megabooks I really want to read this! 3mo
Hooked_on_books 👍🏼 3mo
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Cinfhen I‘ll send you my copy after @Megabooks I‘m happy to keep #PayingItForward 😄💕 3mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen Awesome! Thank you!! 💜💜 I‘m at a new address, so I‘ll email it to you. 3mo
Megabooks Update: just sent you my address, no hurry of course. You have made my morning, dear friend! ❤️❤️ 3mo
Mdargusch pretty! 3mo
Kalalalatja Looking forward to your review! 3mo
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Avidreader25
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Pickpick

Althea & her husband are sent to jail after stealing from a charity. The fallout affects their twin daughters & Althea‘s 2 sisters Viola & Lillian. The result is a tense novel, a study of women‘s strength & the ripple effect of pain & suffering. The writing keeps a quick pace & pulls the reader into the family drama. I would recommend, though it felt like we only skimmed the surface of character motivations, which kept it from becoming a favorite.

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jamicuns
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My August 2019 books read, part 2. The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls was a favorite. I listened to the audiobook and the talent of the narrators didn‘t hurt. Dear Edward is 4.5 stars. It comes out in 2020. Definitely plan to read it.

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RealLifeReading
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It‘s the first day of school and now the house seems is so quiet and peaceful without children. The boys are finally in school at the same time (PM kindergarten schedule last year made things rather tricky!). And I‘m celebrating with drip coffee (from a Singapore brand), almond biscuits from Marks and Spencer, and a great read. Happy first day of school everyone!

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Well-ReadNeck
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The title and cover alone should provoke you to pick up this book. #DBF2019

COUNTDOWN TO THE DECATUR BOOK FESTIVAL!!

https://wellreadneck.wordpress.com/2019/08/23/care-and-feeding-of-ravenously-hun...

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AlizaApp
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Pickpick

When a Michigan couple is sent to jail for stealing from their own charity, their sisters and daughters must try to deal with the fallout. Touches on eating disorders, abuse, and fraught mother-daughter relationships. I liked it but on some level it felt incomplete; I wanted more from almost all the characters.

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Jasxnicole
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July Wrap-up 📚

I did a little better this time around, finally knocking a few off my TBR that had been sitting there for far too long (🙈). I also figured out that I‘m starting to take an interest in more books written in verse, which has been fun finding ones that interest me. Hoping next month will be just as productive!! .

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego A fabulous month! 💕📚💕 4mo
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PassionatelyCurious
Mehso-so

I had high hopes for this book. This story showed the complex relationships within families and also how families come together during difficult times. However, the characters were underdeveloped. Although Lillian seemed to find her voice and her strength as she faced her past, I wanted more from Viola, Kim, and Baby Vi. I think the story may have been stronger written solely from Lillian‘s perspective.

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“I keep wondering how you have compassion for your own self when you go against what‘s good in you.”

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Aswenson
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Pickpick

Wasn‘t wowed by this but it was still a strong story. Family drama, prison, eating disorders... all kinds of interesting story elements.

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LiteraryinLititz
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Mehso-so

Thus ends the last book of #lmpbc with @BennettBookworm @Mem_ugh and @kstadt929 ! The verdict is that we expected to like this book more than we did. I found several of the characters compelling and the author had no shortage of engaging plot threads. Somehow, though, it was less than the sum of its parts. The book felt unfocused and I wish it was more... just more, I guess. Disappointing. Storytelling matters and Gray hasn‘t mastered it yet.

kstadt929 I feel like I may have only gotten 3 of the 4 books...is one still out there @Mem_ugh ??? 5mo
Mem_ugh @kstadt929 it is! I just dropped it in the mail yesterday. I‘m really not doing very well at being on time with things this round 😂 so sorry! 5mo
kstadt929 @Mem_ugh It‘s totally okay! I haven‘t had a lot of time to read lately because we have 2 puppies now. I was just checking to make sure I remembered correctly 😁 I‘ll watch for the book! 5mo
BennettBookworm I hope you like it @kstadt929 !! 5mo
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Plaidsticks
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Pickpick

Awesome read. That sparked a light back into reading enjoyment. I‘ve been fighting through a lull, and this was an awesome read to get me back into the groove of constant reading, which is good since half a dozen holds came in from the library at the same time.

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startwithgivens

I keep wondering how you find compassion for your own self when you go against what‘s good in you.

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Hooked_on_books
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Mehso-so

The reverberations of incarceration are felt throughout a family when a couple is sent to prison. I really wanted to love this book, but it felt a bit forced to me and thus fell somewhat flat. Also, some of the characters felt stock. I did like the focus on the female characters and the multiple perspectives.

#dogsofLitsy #Bindi

Leftcoastzen Such a cutie! 5mo
Cinfhen Too bad it wasn‘t a pick 😣 5mo
LiteraryinLititz I completely agree about the characters sometimes seeming like caricatures rather than nuanced people. 5mo
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Hooked_on_books
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The downside of snacking while reading is some of the distractions that can occur. 😂

#dogsofLitsy #Bindi

LeahBergen 😆😆😆 5mo
Libby1 ❤️ 5mo
Eggbeater 😂🐶 Omg! So cute! 5mo
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Soubhiville 🤣😂🤣 sneaky peeks. 5mo
LiteraryinLititz So sweet! 5mo
CouronneDhiver Awwwww 😍😍 5mo
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razmanda
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Pickpick

Really engaging, really well-written story about three generations of trauma, grief and wanting. The focus is primarily on three sisters, raised by an absent and abusive father, and how each of them has internalized their childhood as adults now responsible collectively for the eldest sister‘s teenage daughters after she is imprisoned. TW for eating disorders and physical abuse.

marleed That‘s Avery good recap! 5mo
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marleed
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Pickpick

You can do bad things when you‘ve had a hard life even if you‘re a good girl... Reading the Butler family‘s lives unfold is an interesting reminder that as siblings we may grow up in the same family but negotiate the bigger world through our own unique experiences, scars, secrets, and even open wounds ...In a weird and unexpected way, I also thought about the families of the current college scandals as I read this.

keepingupwiththepenguins Such gorgeous cover art! 😍 😍 5mo
marleed @keepingupwiththepenguins it almost makes me want to reconsider the paint colors in my house! 5mo
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Jules7
Mehso-so

This one for me was just “meh.” I pushed through it, but didn‘t either love it or hate it.

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staci.reads
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Pickpick

"Sometimes life can pull a lot out of you, Althea. Just squeeze you dry. And if you don't have a way to get back whatever's good and precious to you, it's like losing your soul." 4 siblings, damaged in different ways by the early death of their mom and a volatile, often-absent father, have to learn to find forgiveness and a way forward in this novel about the messy love, loyalty, and resentment coursing through family dynamics. Highly recommend.

keepingupwiththepenguins I'm really looking forward to reading this one! 5mo
JaclynW Great review! 5mo
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nvhXesq
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Pickpick

I can‘t help but compare this to “All Black Girls Must Die Exhausted,” which can‘t compare at all. This book has heart & soul.

suzisteffen Bought that! Thank you! 6mo
nvhXesq @suzisteffen awesome! 6mo
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staci.reads
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😢😢🌩🌧 My beautiful day turned stormy, and I forgot I left my book on my patio 😢 A wet, swollen book is a sad sight.

Eyelit 😥 6mo
Johanna414 Oh no! 6mo
LaurensLibrary 😭😭😭 6mo
wanderinglynn Oh my! 😢 6mo
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staci.reads
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Finally getting started on my Mother's Day gift. It's a beautiful patio-reading day 🌞📚🐞🌻

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Victoriahoperose
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Pickpick

This was a really interesting book. I loved the fact that it had varying perspectives and kept up with each view being from a strong female character in the book. I wish there was more detail given about the crime and the influence and reasoning behind it. Overall, it was a book that made me think and I enjoyed it!

readingjedi I love the title! 6mo
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CaitlinR
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Pickpick

Wow. Just. Wow.

Anissa Gray‘s debut novel is a wonder. I came to love, and care about the Butlers. This story about family and the flaws and history that bind us, is powerful and moving I also want to thank Ms Gray for Mercedes, who loved, taught and rescued. I‘m grateful everyday for the m‘Mercedes-like folk in my life.

Please read this book.

#AnissaGray

SW-T It was so good 😊 Can‘t wait to see what Ms Gray does next! 6mo
CarolynM You've sold me. Stacked. 6mo
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Erinreadsthebooks
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I love anything Bitter Southerner, and I especially love their Summer Reading Lists. https://bittersoutherner.com/bitter-southerner-summer-reading-roundup-2019

Well-ReadNeck This list blew up my TBR!!! 👏🏼 6mo
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Well-ReadNeck
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Pickpick

Great debut novel. If u liked An American Marriage, this novel addresses similar issues. An extended family saga.

MicheleinPhilly And I picked this one up during my LAST indie haul. 😬 6mo
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tholmz
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Pickpick

I thought this story was rich and unique and fascinating and sad and beautiful.

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BennettBookworm
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Mehso-so

This was an okay #lmpbc read! I was interested in the familial relationships and I always like shifting perspectives. However, I feel like the same exact story could have been more compelling had it been written differently...I‘m not sure what, but it was missing something for me. @LiteraryinLititz is next! @kstadt929 @Mem_ugh

LiteraryinLititz Hmm. Not a great slate of books for our group this month! But I‘m still looking forward to reading this one next month! 7mo
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crazyspine
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Pickpick

Took a break from #audiocleaning to read before I join my husband in the garden. #BookFitnessChallenge

I love the cover and the opening chapter. It kind of reminded me of An American Marriage, but I can't really explain why. #BFC @wanderinglynn

BookwormM Who is the little cutie 💕💕 7mo
Emilymdxn I spent the day audio cleaning for the fitness challenge too! Good luck! 7mo
BookwormAHN Cute dog 💚 7mo
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crazyspine @BookwormM @Emilymdxn @bookwormahn thanks that's Hank, my son. He devours books, literally- he eats them. 7mo
hermyknee Awww Hank! He‘s so cute!!! ♥️♥️♥️ 7mo
wanderinglynn Hank is adorable! ❤️🐶 7mo
Caterina Cute dog! 😍 Great job with the audiocleaning! 7mo
dariazeoli Hank is adorable! ❤️ 7mo
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Bookmarkie
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Yaaas! I love it when a Libby audiobook comes in that I‘ve had on my TBR since I first heard about it!

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Emilymdxn
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Pickpick

I wasn‘t sure about this to begin with, but when I gave it a chance the characters really grew on me and I found myself being really affected by this story about an extended family living with the after effects of a mother and father going to prison. It‘s a slow burn but the relationships are everything, and the characters all have so much depth and light and shade. I really recommend for a poignant personal look at the ripple effects of prison

SW-T 😊😊😊 7mo
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kstadt929
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Panpan

Seems like I‘m in the minority with this one...but this was a real rough read for me. I did not enjoy the writing style or connect with the characters. Honestly it would have been a bail if it was not a #lmpbc book. Mailing out tomorrow or Tuesday to you @BennettBookworm ! Hopefully you and @LiteraryinLititz will enjoy it more than me and @Mem_ugh !! 📖

LiteraryinLititz Oh no! I know we all had high hopes for this one! 7mo
LiteraryinLititz Have a great time on your honeymoon!! 7mo
kstadt929 @LiteraryinLititz Thank you!! We are SOOO excited!! 😆 7mo
Mem_ugh I know! I was so bummed out that I didn‘t love it, I really wanted to love it! 7mo
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Jenken1998
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Pickpick

It was ok. I never really connected with any characters. As a mental health practitioner i saw where they were coming from. Maybe that's why this book felt like work to me. My clinical hat was on. Lol. A story about a family in crisis and the repercussions of that crisis across the generations and bonds of the family. It was interesting to see how the crisis affected each family member differently.

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erinjohns
Mehso-so

I enjoyed the family dynamics...there were a few characters that maybe could have been a bit more developed. About the love of family, memories and choices that haunt us...and how to muddle through the best we know how with the baggage and scars we carry.

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kstadt929
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This is not a book that would normally catch my eye, but I‘m excited to read it along with my #lmpbc group!! I do love the cover though 😍 I get to use this amazing funko bookmark from @guinsgirlreads for the first time 😁 I know I‘m starting it late in the month, but I‘m hoping to finish it before we leave on our honeymoon May 8 so I can ship it off to @BennettBookworm 📦

Jee_HookedOnBookz Gorgoeus cover and such a cute 🔖! ❤️☺️ 7mo
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SW-T
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Pickpick

I loved this! So good 💕The characters felt like real three-dimensional people, the dialogue was good, and their problems were believable rather than contrived. I also liked the diversity of the characters, and that the secondary characters were fully fleshed out, not contrived. A riveting read. I hope to read more from Gray.

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Nitpickyabouttrains
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Pickpick

A story about a family. A couple gets into legal trouble and how they were raised, their families, and their kids are all stories told.

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BeaG
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Pickpick

Such a good read! I loved this book. A story about how one family handled a major problem that happened, along with dealing with their own problems.

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ladyonequestion
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Pickpick

#audiobook

This is probably going to be one of my top picks this year. Beautifully narrated by a fantastic cast, this tells the story of a family reeling from the aftermath of one of the sisters and her husband being jailed and publically humiliated. The characters are really warmly and realistically drawn and you feel like you know them and will miss them when the book is finished.

SW-T I‘m reading it now and loving it so far! 8mo
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UnabridgedPod
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Anissa Gray's The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls is gorgeous. Focusing on three sisters (Althea, Viola, and Lillian), the novel contends with the power of the past to affect the present, with notions of loyalty and family, and with our ability to reflect honestly on who we are. While their current circumstances lie at the forefront of the book, (continued in comments)

UnabridgedPod their childhood haunts everything. After the death of their mother, the family never achieved unity, and each woman bears resentment toward the others, their brother, and their absent, abusive father. Despite the heavy content, the book moves quickly, alternating between the three sisters' perspectives--the characters are so real that I was compelled to discover how each would deal with her current and past situations. 8mo
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Ajessgirl
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Pickpick

I loved this book! It reminded me a lot of "An American Marriage," but I enjoyed it much more. I really liked the multiple viewpoints, and seeing the effects of crime/imprisonment on multiple generations and people with vastly different relationships to the couple. This book dealt with a lot of really hard issues, but in a very accessible manner. It left me thinking but not horribly depressed, which is a tough accomplishment.

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kstadt929
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Forgot to post earlier, but snapped a pic of this #lmpbc book when it arrived on Thursday...the same day as a few inches of snow 😫 Can‘t wait to start this one soon...and hopefully see the grass again ASAP 🤣 @Mem_ugh

GatheringBooks this book is in my radar - seems perfect for our #WomenReadWomen2019 reading theme. 8mo
Mem_ugh I‘m glad it made it safely, but sorry about the snow I sent with it. ❄️❄️😆I‘m interested to hear what you thought of it! 8mo
Crazeedi The snow!!!🤨 that sucks! 8mo
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Ashley_Nicoletto
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Pickpick

This one gets a pick from me. 🖤

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