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Saint Mazie
Saint Mazie: A Novel | Jami Attenberg
Meet Mazie Phillips: big-hearted and bawdy, she's the truth-telling proprietress of The Venice, the famed New York City movie theater. It's the Jazz Age, with romance and booze aplenty--even when Prohibition kicks in--and Mazie never turns down a night on the town. But her high spirits mask a childhood rooted in poverty, and her diary, always close at hand, holds her dearest secrets.When the Great Depression hits, Mazie's life is on the brink of transformation. Addicts and bums roam the Bowery; homelessness is rampant. If Mazie won't help them, then who? When she opens the doors of The Venice to those in need, this ticket taking, fun-time girl becomes the beating heart of the Lower East Side, and in defining one neighborhood helps define the city.Then, more than ninety years after Mazie began her diary, it's discovered by a documentarian in search of a good story. Who was Mazie Phillips, really? A chorus of voices from the past and present fill in some of the mysterious blanks of her adventurous life.Inspired by the life of a woman who was profiled in Joseph Mitchell's classic Up in the Old Hotel, SAINT MAZIE is infused with Jami Attenberg's signature wit, bravery, and heart. Mazie's rise to "sainthood"--and her irrepressible spirit--is unforgettable.
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Mdargusch
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I loved the story of an unlikely hero, Saint Mazie, told through diary excerpts and interviews. She watched life pass her by as she worked in a ticket booth in NYC during the 20‘s and 30‘s. She found love in the most unlikely places but could never quite hold on to it. So she took the bums, the victims of the depression, under her wing and made them her passion.

Reviewsbylola I liked the format of this one! 1mo
emilyhaldi I should have liked this one!! Love a retro NYC setting... unfortunately I listened on audio and it annoyed me 😕 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💙💙💙 1mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Reviewsbylola @emilyhaldi I hope y‘all are doing great 💗💗 (edited) 1mo
Mdargusch That makes me feel a little better @emilyhaldi since I was beginning to think we were polar opposites on books. 4w
emilyhaldi 😹😹😹 we have a lot of overlap!! Especially in the classics genre 🤓 4w
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CareBear
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From last week‘s #CTlitsymeetup ...books bought, received in the gift swap, exchanged for free, and the lovely ladies I spent time with, some of whom I got to know better and others I met for the first time!

mrozzz ☺️♥️♥️♥️ it was fun, as always! 7mo
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vivastory
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I read somewhere recently that "work is the furniture of novels," Attenberg puts the career of her eponymous character in center by focusing a significant amount of the narrative at her job. I thought Mazie was a great character & I loved reading about this era (Jazz Age NY). Thinking about it, I also more than likely had a soft spot for Mazie, because my first job was at a movie theater. Leaving work reeking of popcorn & soda stained shirt. ?

vivastory #HardDaysNight indeed. I have not yet read "Daisy Jones & the Six," but I would imagine this would appeal to fans of Reid's novel. Attenberg utilizes an oral history approach in her book & Mazie is a strong & memorable female character. #AnglophileApril @Mdargusch @Reviewsbylola @emilyhaldi @Cinfhen 8mo
Rachel_nyc I loved Saint Mazie and thought she was a fantastic character. I think this book deserves a lot more attention than it seems to get. It only has about 5000 ratings in GR. (edited) 8mo
megnews I really loved this book 8mo
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vivastory @Rachel_nyc I couldn't agree more, it deserves a lot more attention. I've read only one other Attenberg book, but I loved it as well 8mo
Rachel_nyc @vivastory I haven‘t read anything else by her but that one is on my tbr. 8mo
Mdargusch I‘m stacking! So many good recommendations for this book. Did you ever get sick of eating popcorn? 8mo
vivastory @Mdargusch I did. It was years after I finished before I could have any popcorn. 😂 8mo
Cinfhen I own Maize...need to bump it up my TBR @Rachel_nyc @megnews 8mo
vivastory @Cinfhen That's been on my TBR for awhile now, going to move it up I think 8mo
Cinfhen It‘s super short @vivastory but there was something so recognizable in those pages. Her characters felt all too real. 8mo
emilyhaldi I‘ve loved all of Attenbergs novels except this one 😬 for some reason I found it a bit grating and repetitive and was dying for it to be over by the end!! However I DID love the setting of Jazz age NYC ❤️ 8mo
Reviewsbylola I liked this one but I didn‘t love it. 8mo
Suet624 Attenberg is one of my go to authors. 8mo
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emtobiasz Oh, this cover is great! 11mo
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emilyhaldi
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Mehso-so

Gosh I wanted to love this one!!! I loved All Grown Up and The Middlesteins but this was a total bust. I request that Attenberg stick with modern day family issues bc this retro vibe just didn‘t work.

Susannah Oh, that‘s too bad! I have this one on my shelf, so far unread. 13mo
emilyhaldi @Susannah several people I know loved this book!! So it might be a hit with you 🤗 13mo
Susannah Thanks! I‘ve heard good things. I‘m just sorry that you were disappointed by the way she handled the period setting. It‘s not something every writer can do. 13mo
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Megabooks That‘s disappointing. I have the audiobook but haven‘t read it. I enjoyed her other books too. 13mo
Reviewsbylola This was a pick for me but barely. 13mo
L_auren Oh no!!! I was obsessed with this book 12mo
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moarbookspleaze
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Three years ago I had an awesome day. I saw Jami Attenberg at my Alma Mater on her Saint Maize tour. I got to meet her IRL after following her on Tumblr for years. And after the reading I hung out with her at a bar!

2BR02B I have the same "read or die" shirt! 1y
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MicrobeMom
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S: Saint Mazie
T: The Bear and the Nightingale
A: Alias Grace
C: Carrie
E: Eleanor & Park
Y: Yes Please
@LibrarianRyan

LibrarianRyan 😁🤓👍🏻 1y
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Amandajoy
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Looking for something light & fun this morning. Hoping this does the trick!

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OrangeMooseReads
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Had to be out of my house for a couple hours so they could do some routine preventative spraying. Stopped at the Dollar Tree to waste some time. So much for my book buying ban LOL 😆 the bottom 2 are true crime

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MKbookworm
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My weekend plans...#readinginbed

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vivastory
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Based upon a real woman & utilizing the oral history format, Attenberg's novel chronicles an era through the viewpoint of the witty, jaded, charitable & fiercely independent Mazie. Nothing could be farther from her mind than dreams of being a #PolyesterBride
#fiercefeb day 19
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@Cinfhen

Cinfhen You know what I'm about to say.....another one on my TBR 2y
vivastory @Cinfhen I hope you love it! 2y
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theresidentromantic
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@Christine Thank you so much for my wonderful #cupidgoespostal package!! I loved every bit of it, ESPECIALLY my framed Reylo ❤❤ Thank you for making my first exchange something to remember!

Thank you @BookBabe @Avanders @MrBook for all your hard work in the #VBE!!

Avanders 🌸💖💋 2y
theresidentromantic @Christine I have also never been to an Ikea so I'm extremely excited for those cookies 😍😍 2y
Christine Aww yay, so glad you liked everything!! ❤️ (I have not tried the cookies so I hope they are good, but I love IKEA - the plush heart, frame, wrapping paper are from there too. 😛) And fun that we are in a swap circle with @Lynnsoprano - you gave her such a great package, and she has sent one to me which I can‘t wait to open after I take my kids to school!! 2y
theresidentromantic @Christine That's great! I can't wait to see it! I was so sad that I had to leave everything to go to work, but it'll be waiting for me at home lol Thank you again!! 2y
Lynnsoprano @Christine @theresidentromantic This is so much fun. I haven‘t seen this happen before 😄 2y
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Christine
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Mazie is such a great character: bold, passionate, independent, charitable, vulnerable, resilient, kindhearted, complicated - an early 20th century feminist heroine whose story is still (far too 😕) resonant in our cultural moment. Perfect book to finish on Women‘s March day. 🙂💪✊

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Reviewsbylola
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I read this based on @L_auren ‘s review. I can see why she loved it so much. Mazie is a very relatable character despite, or maybe because of, her flaws. The diary format worked well and I liked the interjections from others that broke it up a bit. The “historian” researching Mazie‘s life was so obscure though, and I couldn‘t tell if she was just a plot device to tell the story or if she meant more. Also thanks to @Mdargusch for the bookmark!

L_auren I‘m honored you took my suggestion and so glad you liked it!!! 2y
emilyhaldi Nice review. Do you think this would have worked well as a book club choice? 2y
Reviewsbylola Yes definitely! @emilyhaldi 2y
Reviewsbylola It was great! Thank you! 😃😃 @L_auren 2y
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DogEaredBooks
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Look at all this swag for #halloweengoespostal from @rustoryhuf ! Thank you thank you! I especially love the bookmarks and the books and the pumpkin. Oh just all of it 😆

emilyhaldi 🖤🎃 2y
rustoryhuf I‘m so glad you liked your goodies! 2y
emtobiasz Saint Mazie is a good one! 2y
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PatienceFortitude
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I was interested in seeing New York evolving through the characters' eyes... that's why I decided to read this. But I didn't enjoy the piecemeal way the story was told in fragments.

ReadingSusan Agree 100% 2y
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Brie
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A compulsively readable historical fiction book based on the life of a real woman, Mazie Gordon-Phillips. I was enthralled with the character of Mazie and the NYC setting from the start. Mazie is tough but kindhearted as she manages a movie theater and the homeless of the depression. I liked how the narrative wasn't straightforward. It includes excerpts from Mazie's diary and a frame story involving interviews in a pseudo-documentary style.

Suzze Loved this! 2y
L_auren One of my favorite reads this year!! 2y
RealBooks4ever Great book! 💜 2y
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Brie
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Seizing the day right: a new read and a cat 📚😺
#carpediem #fallintobooks #catsoflitsy

MinDea What a cute fur face! 2y
imabusybee 😻 2y
vivastory I loved that book 2y
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Brie @vivastory I'm really liking it so far. I love the setting and Mazie as a character. 2y
vivastory She's great. One of my favorite characters I've read in the past few months. 2y
vivastory Plus, I worked in a movie theater for 3 years, so I experienced a lot of nostalgia while reading it 2y
Bookzombie Such a cute face! 💕🐱 2y
RealBooks4ever What a sweetie! The book is good too! 😻😻😻 2y
diovival Boop! 😻 2y
Sace I want to seize that feline cutie! 2y
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Bookish_B
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This story is told through Mazie's diary & interviews of the people who knew her. I'm not normally a fan of that format but in this case it really worked for me. Admittedly, about 200 pages in I was liking the book just fine but that's it. The last 130 pages or so made me love it though. The end left me feeling melancholy but in a good way, if that's possible? I think this one will stick with me for a bit. (I also really love the cover!).

HardcoverHearts I loved this book. I was less compelled by her newest and that made me sad. 2y
charl08 Another fan here. It came highly recommended and I was so glad I listened! 2y
Reggie Yes, the tagged book, I kinda started out okay whatever, and then it got good in the middle and then by the end I felt my soul had become entangled and my heart broke a little and then I felt a longing for it to continue as I reached the last page. They sneak up on you sometimes. 2y
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Bookish_B @HardcoverHearts it's funny, I didn't realize she was the same author of All Grown Up until I was listening to an old All the Books podcast and they were talking about that book and the name just clicked into place. I have seen quite mixed reviews about that one 😳 2y
Bookish_B @charl08 👍🏼😊 2y
Bookish_B @Reggie they really do! 2y
emilyesears This sounds really good! 2y
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vivastory
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Attenberg's titular character is funny, no-nonsense, independent & empathetic. An oral history & character study of a fictional character who feels convincingly real. Mazie's voice is straightforward & unadorned. The book spans thirty years, from being rescued from an abusive father by her older sister to her love affairs, and charity work for the homeless while running a movie theater. There is a strong sense of place. NYC is a character 👇

vivastory Along with the others. I found Mazie's story to be compelling & mesmerizing. I will not be forgetting her anytime soon. 2y
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MPL
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One of our picks for summer reading! Mazie definitely inspires us to #buildabetterworld.

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vivastory
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As do I

DeborahSmall Yep 👍🏼 2y
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Amanda91
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Inspired by a real life woman in New York City, Saint Maizie is a story about triumphing over tough circumstances. Normally I dislike stories told through interviews or diary entries, but Attenberg's deft characterization and pacing went straight to my heart, catching me off guard. What an empowering journey! 5/5 stars.

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vivastory
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With a cover like this, I couldn't resist checking it out. I've heard great things about this one.

MrBook Great cover! 😊👍🏻 2y
saresmoore Such a fun cover! I own this digitally, but haven't read it yet. 2y
RealBooks4ever Yep, enjoyed this one! 💜 2y
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vivastory @saresmoore Have you read any Attenbergh? 2y
vivastory @RealBooks4ever It sounds great! 2y
saresmoore @vivastory There were a few foggy years during pregnancies in which I read a LOT, but of which I remember very little. Long story short: No idea. 2y
Notafraidofwords Love this one 2y
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NerdyRev
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Trying this one after reading All Grown Up. I kind of love Saint Maize so far. Halfway done and am enjoying the contrast between those who travel and find life there vs Maize who is trapped, yet finds life where she is. Really liking the diary style. Bonus points for it being based on a real person. Double bonus points- you can eat at Saint Maize's in Brooklyn.

Reviewsbylola I'm really looking forward to this one. I didn't love All Grown Up but this seems more up my alley. 3y
NerdyRev @Reviewsbylola I wasn't thrilled with All Grown Up either, but am enjoying this a lot more. Maize is a pistol who makes mistakes, but works through them 3y
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rebeccagent
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Waited awhile to read this one after loving The Middlesteins so much. It was worth the wait to meet feisty and fierce Mazie and her ticket booth on the Bowery during the Depression (pictured here with Buster Keaton)

Reviewsbylola Looking forward to this one! 3y
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thebookmagpie
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Who lives?
Who dies?
Who tells your story?

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mswriterlygirl
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"The younger ones still have a chance to change their lives, and I'll lend them a hand if they like. But too many of the older men, they've been on the road so long they wouldn't know what to do with a proper home if they had one. The concrete feels right under their bodies. Their discomfort has become their comfort. "

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thebookmagpie
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This book is killing me with how good it is 💕

Reviewsbylola I want to read this! Ive never seen this cover, I love it! 3y
L_auren One of my favorite books I've read this year!! 3y
thebookmagpie @L_auren it's amazing so far! When Maizie's baby died and Louis was talking about it it feeling anything I was in BITS. 3y
thebookmagpie @Reviewsbylola it's definitely worth checking out! Think this is the "normal" UK cover ? 3y
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Madeline
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My view for reading for the next couple days! It's hard to pay attention to the book....

LauraAndTaraAndBooks 😍😍😍 3y
Merethebookgal Wow! How lovely 😍 3y
LauraBeth Gorgeous 3y
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BookishShelly
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5 ⭐️ read. I love this book.

suvata Was a very good book, I agree. 3y
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Ange44
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I'm enjoying this book so far and I just want to give a shout out to the beautiful cover. It's so pretty!

Suzze I loved it. The characters are so interesting. 3y
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LivingReflections
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Be like Mazie... be yourself and be good to others.

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Ange44
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Getting in some reading time before work starts!

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tysephine
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In honor of #internationalwomensday, this #recommendsday I am recommending Saint Mazie by Jami Attenberg. This was the first Attenberg I read and it pulled my heartstrings so hard I thought I would never recover.

Reviewsbylola I can't wait to try her out. I just got All Grown Up from BOTM. 3y
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I don't have a problem, YOU have a problem. #shopindie #hudsonoh #thelearnedowl

LaurenEH57 Do they have this bag in T-shirt, tote bag or neck tattoo format? 3y
E-book @LaurenEH57 I can hook you up with a good artist for a neck tat 3y
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RealBooks4ever
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Started this audiobook today.

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tracyramone
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Loving this story so much it makes me mad I've scrolled past it on my Kindle for so long!

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melbeautyandbooks You are making a serious dent in this challenge. Nice! 3y
Sweettartlaura @melbeautyandbooks Thanks! This, along with Mount TBR, my birthday challenge, &192019, are my true goals. If I can polish off Read Harder or the Litsy Reading Challenge while I'm at it, great. 3y
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Ange44
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Today's thrift store haul!

Suzze Loved Saint Mazie! 3y
Zelma Great choices! Case Histories is fantastic and I recommend it all the time. 3y
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Sweettartlaura
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#challengecheckin
#litsyatoz

Status as of 1/31, comprised of finished books, books in progress, & books next up.

DebinHawaii Nice! 🎉📚👍 3y
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AshleyS
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Well, I had a slow last week, but a big month for reading! 23 books-12 print, 11 audio. Having the readathon definitely helped, but I also read a lot of shorter YA books. Faves were: Saint Mazie, Still Life with Tornado, City of Thieves, All the Bright Places, and The Call; I had a lot of great books this month!!

Karkar Awesome! 3y
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Bookoisseur
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So delicious. Really makes you think about the history of a place and the people time forgets.

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AshleyS
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Just wonderful! There is so much personality packed in to this book, and I loved it so much!

Suzze I loved this book! I can't praise it enough. 3y
L_auren Just read it this weekend 💚 loved it so much 3y
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Sweettartlaura
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This lovely book was charming. It tells the fictionalized story of a real-life woman who was a fixture in NYC for years, Mazie Philips. She (and her sisters) found a way through childhood abuse, miscarriages, deaths, the Depression, loss... and still found ways to be grateful, to be happy. You learn a ton of history with this one, as well.
PS - this quote is from the person who found her diary. Isn't this how you feel about all great books?❤️

Lacythebookworm Loved this one! ❤ 3y
Reviewsbylola I've seen this one around but you've convinced me I need to read it! 3y
Sweettartlaura @Reviewsbylola You do!😊. I'd heard mixed things, but now I don't know why. It's GREAT! It's so much more than I expected. Enjoy it when you get to it😊📚 3y
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Sweettartlaura
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A book or the kindle, always the glasses, but most important of my #readingequipment is my wedge pillow. It lets me read comfortably, and then drift into sleep💤💤💤

AWahle Nice pillow! That would have come in handy this weekend. 3y
Sweettartlaura @AWahle It's the best! I get a new one every couple years. Can't live without it now. 3y
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