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Stones from the River
Stones from the River | Ursula Hegi
From the acclaimed author of Floating in My Mothers Palm and Children and Fire, a stunning story about ordinary people living in extraordinary timesepic, daring, magnificent, the product of a defining and mesmerizing vision (Los Angeles Times). Stones from the River is a daring, dramatic and complex novel of life in Germany. It is set in Burgdorf, a small fictional German town, between 1915 and 1951. Trudi Montag is a Zwerga dwarfshort, undesirable, different, the voice of anyone who has ever tried to fit in. Eventually she learns that being different is a secret that all humans sharefrom her mother who flees into madness, to her friend Georg whose parents pretend hes a girl, to the Jews Trudi harbors in her cellar. Ursula Hegi brings us a timeless and unforgettable story in Trudi and a small town, weaving together a profound tapestry of emotional power, humanity, and truth.
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Amiable
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Tea + pie + book = the holy trifecta. 😍

megzlynn Looks delicious! 2mo
Amiable @megzlynn French Silk Pie—basically chocolate and sugar in a pie tin! So good! 2mo
megzlynn @Amiable Sounds heavenly! 2mo
Reecaspieces Loved this book....pie looks good too 2mo
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Amiable
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This is one of the most powerful and emotionally wrenching paragraphs I‘ve ever read. 😢

Tamra 😟 2mo
Lcsmcat Such a powerful book! 2mo
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Amiable
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Two things that are necessary for my daily commute on the train: A good book and a giant travel mug filled with tea. Let‘s do this. 👊🏼

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Ive been wanting to read this forever- been languishing in the TBR 🤦‍♀️ 2mo
Amiable @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I know! I've had this copy in my bookshelves for at least 10 years. I figured it was finally time to read the dang thing. 🙄 It's good so far, though! I'd recommend it if you want to give it a go. 2mo
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Amiable
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When you‘re quietly minding your own business with your book and you get the feeling that someone is watching you ... 🧐

#catsoflitsy

Addison_Reads 😻 2mo
Lindy 😂 2mo
Scochrane26 😂😂 2mo
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batsy Lol! I would so love to know what goes on in the minds of cats and dogs when they see their humans so engrossed with some square thing that is not food 😂 2mo
rubyslippersreads 😍😍😍 2mo
rubyslippersreads @batsy For my cats, at least, I think it‘s “Put that silly thing down and pet/feed me!” 😹 2mo
ravenlee Every page you turn, I‘ll be watching you... 2mo
Amiable @batsy @rubyslippersreads When I catch her staring at me like that I think she is waiting for me to do something interesting and entertain her! 2mo
Amiable @ravenlee Right? 😀 2mo
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Amiable
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When you get home tired and cranky after an exhausting day of work and a long commute to the couch, a good book and a purring kitty. And suddenly all is right with the world again. 🥰

#catsoflitsy

Lcsmcat Especially with such a good book! ❤️ this one. 2mo
Sace What a sweetie. 2mo
Leftcoastzen Awww ! Time to relax . 2mo
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tracey38 Glad you came home to comfort. 💛 2mo
CoffeeCatsBooks 😻😻 2mo
Amiable @jillrhudy Have you read it yet? How is it? 2mo
jillrhudy @Amiable not as good as “Stones From the River” but hardly anything is! I‘m trying to find words to review it. I liked it. Lots of woman power. Amazing setting. 2mo
Clwojick This is the truest statement. 😍 2mo
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Amiable
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It‘s Friday night, and there‘s nowhere I‘d rather be. 🥰

Areader2 I read Stones from the River years ago, I just recently bought a copy at a library book sale and can‘t wait to re-read it ! 2mo
Lcsmcat I loved Stones from the River! 2mo
Amiable @Areader2 @Lcsmcat I have had the book for years and just never got around to reading it! I‘m so glad to hear that you guys loved it. 2mo
Mynameisacolour Aww this one is good! You'll love Trudi 💗 2mo
Leftcoastzen 👏👏 2mo
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Amiable
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Can‘t read a book about Ebola while you‘re eating. (Seriously. Don‘t. Trust me on this. 😖) Starting this fiction book instead to hold me over for lunch.

#NFNov
@rsteve388 @Clwojick

Clwojick 😖😖😖 3mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Ha ha. Wise words. 3mo
Caroline2 I bet!!! 😬 3mo
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UnidragonFrag 😂😂 3mo
rsteve388 1 pt 2mo
CarolynM 😂 2mo
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Lcsmcat
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Of all the books I‘ve read that are set in #Germany, this is the one I recommend the most often. #letsTravelAugust @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

jillrhudy Me too 🤗 5mo
OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚🇩🇪 5mo
Eyelit Such a good one! 5mo
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Areader2
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These are in the running for @24in48 📖📚 😎☀️
#24in48 🍉🍇🍒planning fruity snacks

AmyG I loved The Orchardist. 6mo
Areader2 @AmyG your the second person who loved it, so that will be a definite thanks! 6mo
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Lcsmcat
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For #U, my well-loved copy of Stones from the River. If you haven‘t read this one, what are you waiting for? A resonant exploration of being “other” in a world not kind to the other. #30JuneBooks @howjessreads

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Ive had this lingering in my TBR for years. Bumped up! 7mo
Lcsmcat @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I hope you love it as much as I do! 7mo
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Lcsmcat
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Such a marvelous book! I love Trudi, and there is so much that still has resonance for today. I‘ve read other Hegg since, but this is my favorite. #adventrecommends @emilyrose_x

Mrsann2000 Loved this book! 13mo
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readtheworld
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Got some good reading in at my car repair place — fortunately they have a quiet room with desks. 🙌

#paperback #historicalfiction #historicalnovel #bulletjournal #bujo

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readtheworld
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Trying to read outside while Tesla tries to distract me...

#goodpupper #dogsoflitsy #readingoutside #summerread

CuriousG Tesla is gorgeous! Reading with a pup distracting you is the best 2y
readtheworld @CuriousG Isn‘t she? 😍 2y
daena Ahhhh. That face 💚 2y
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readtheworld
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Perfect summer day. Hiked through the woods, swam in a mountain stream, and am now reading outside in the evening sun. ☀️

#historicalfiction #summerreading #booksoutside

Aleida Adored this book. Enjoy and treasure. 2y
Mamashep Swam in a mountain stream? Sounds wonderful! 2y
readtheworld @Aleida Thanks! I love it so far. 2y
readtheworld @Mamashep Yup! I live right near the Catskill and Shawangunk mountains so our local swimming holes are all creeks. They‘re beautiful but the water is always freezing 😬 2y
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readtheworld
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Just started Stones from the River this morning. So far I‘m already engrossed in the vibrant descriptions of the characters‘ small village.

#newbook #backlist #currentread #paperback #booksandflowers #readtheworld #historicalfiction

RebelReader I loved this book! 😍❤️ 2y
SilversReviews Such a pretty photo. 2y
readtheworld @RebelReader Glad to hear it! I‘m really liking Hegi‘s style so far. 2y
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Librarybelle
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I read this when I was in college...while most people I‘ve talked to about this one didn‘t like it, I liked it. A moving story. And, #river is in the title! #getmovin

Cinfhen This has been on my TBR for ages...I started it once but couldn‘t get into it...hoping to try again as some of my favorite readers have all recommended this book😊 2y
Lcsmcat I ❤️ this book! It‘s my favorite Hegi, one one I recommend all the time. 2y
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Librarybelle @Lcsmcat I haven‘t had a chance to read any others by Hegi. This one was so good! 2y
knittedgnome I thought this was a really interesting book. Not a quick page turner but a great story. 2y
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MoBee
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...much of what the church calls sin is simply being human.

RaimeyGallant And much of what the church condones, I call sin. :) 2y
MoBee @RaimeyGallant I can agree on that 2y
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Lcsmcat
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Trudi, the protagonist, deals with #prejudice on many fronts - she‘s a dwarf, her mother was mentally ill, and she was friends with Jewish families in 1930‘s Germany. #catchingup #150PnPCoverParty @CrowCAH @LeahBergen

CrowCAH Oh wow that is a lot rolled into one book! 2y
LeahBergen I liked this one. 👏🏻 2y
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knittedgnome
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Pickpick

Gibby volunteered to model with the book for my review. :)

I really liked this story and the perspective of regular small town people. It did seem to drag for me, especially the middle. Trudi was a compelling leading lady and her struggles of being a zwerge (dwarf) made the story even more interesting. It showed how all different types of people were involved in the beginning and end of the Nazi regime. A Holocaust book not set in death camps.

rubyslippersreads 😻😻😻 2y
MrBook 😻😻😻 2y
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knittedgnome
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For some reason this book is taking me a long time to get through. I have ready many Holocaust books but I am needing more breaks from this one. Maybe I just like Trudi too much and am scared to find out what happens.

minkyb That is a true observation. I find myself stalling when I am attached to a character. 2y
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knittedgnome
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A perfect Lazy Sunday! Cats, coffee, and a good book!

#litsycat #coffee #sunday

Christine11 I love your bookmark! 2y
knittedgnome @Christine11 Thank you! I got them off Wish to use as a promotion for the used bookstore I work at! 2y
Christine11 They are lovely! 😊 2y
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knittedgnome
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If all the people who thought like us, if we all got together, maybe we could stop this.

Relevant to current events me thinks.

#currentlyreading

BarbaraJean This is such a good book! Too relevant right now. Welcome to Litsy!! (edited) 2y
knittedgnome @BarbaraJean it really is! I'm about halfway in! Thank you so much! A customer told me about it and I'm so glad to have found it! 2y
JoScho Welcome to Litsy! I have only been here a week but already love it 💕 2y
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readingjedi Welcome to Litsy! Have fun 😃 2y
UwannaPublishme Welcome to Litsy! 👋🏻Oh, your TBRs are about to go wild! 😁 2y
Jenniferlikes2read Welcome ❤️📚❤️ 2y
Libby1 Welcome to Litsy! ❤️📚❤️ 2y
jfalkens @knittedgnome I'm glad 😊 @LitsyHappenings is the hotspot for daily challenges, swaps, read-a-thons, buddy reads, this year's challenges(like the around the world one and #LitsyAtoZ), etc. 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Welcome to Litsy! 📚📚❤️❤️🎉🎉 2y
knittedgnome @UwannaPublishme haha! I can only imagine! 2y
Librarybelle Welcome to Litsy! 2y
DivineDiana Welcome to our reading community! 👏🏻📚👏🏻 2y
SilversReviews WELCOME!! (edited) 2y
knittedgnome @Librarybelle @DivineDiana and @SilversReviews thank you all for the welcome!! 2y
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elkeo_TheBookDragon
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There were a couple of books in the running for the #sharetheshame #24in48 #hour30challenge for the unread book I have owned the longest.
Then I opened this to find proof it was the undisputed winner.
The receipt. Dated June 27, 1996.
Not a typo: 1996
🙀

vlwelser That book is so good. You should read it. 2y
Leftcoastzen I found one with a 2004 receipt but I destroyed the evidence.😺You win anyway! 2y
LeahBergen 😂😂 Oh, I have a few unread for longer, I‘m sure. 2y
elkeo_TheBookDragon @LeahBergen I absolutely love that you are proud of that 😹 2y
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MoBee
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Given a choice, she would rather be the one who was persecuted than the one doing the persecuting-- both had a terrible price to pay, but she would rather endure humiliation and fear than grow numb to what it was to be human.

My favorite book I read in 2017

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Lcsmcat
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Trudi is one of the most #independentwomen imaginable, standing up to Nazis, and living with the double stigma of her mother's mental illness and her dwarfism. #augustgrrrl @Cinfhen

Cinfhen Did I tell you my bookclub read this right before I joined...and they still talk about it! 2y
Lcsmcat @Cinfhen It's such a powerful book, I'm not surprised. I read it with a book group and we had so much to discuss! Did their reaction make you read it? The book I'm currently reading has some of the "off stage" characters in it. 2y
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Suzze
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I read this back when Oprah picked it for her book club. And I loved it so much I went on to read many more books by this author. #rockinmay #theriver

Cinfhen My friend Randy who I totally trust with books, swears by this one! I didn't know it was an Oprah bookclub selection 😗 3y
Suzze @Cinfhen I just looked, her pick for Feb. 1997. Her fifth book club pick. Wow, 20 years ago! 3y
Lcsmcat It is a great discussion book for book club too, if you don't have people who complain about long books.😀 3y
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syasutake My mother gave me this book many years ago and it remains a favorite of mine. About five years ago I gave it to a friend in a book club exchange and she finally read it recently--she loved it, too. 3y
TheWordJar Such a good one! (I also read it when Oprah told me to!) 3y
Cinfhen WOW!!!! 1997 that's crazzzy!!!! Time flies 🕊🕊🕊🕊🕊 3y
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Lcsmcat
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These three all have #theriver (although it's not in the title of the Dorris.) #rockinmay @Cinfhen

Cinfhen My good friend and avid reader has been telling me to read Stones forever! Thanks for reminding me 🦋💙 3y
Lcsmcat It's an amazing book! 3y
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BarbaraJean
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I couldn't pick just one #bodyofwater. River, ocean, sea... I've picked several body of water titles to recommend! The title tagged was a wonderful random library book sale find. It's a beautiful, deeply human story of a small town in Germany during WWII, seen through the eyes of a woman who is a "Zwerg"--German for dwarf. And of course, I couldn't leave out my favorite Gaiman, or Peace Like a River, or L'Engle, or Lindbergh... ?#maybookflowers

RealLifeReading Pretty photo! 3y
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mauveandrosysky
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Mehso-so

This is one of those books that I recognize as being objectively wonderful in spite of feeling personally ambivalent about. It does an excellent job of showing how seemingly decent people become complicit with unimaginable cruelty and Trudi, the main character, is compelling, but there were so many characters and ultimately it was too detailed and drawn out for my liking. I'm glad to be finished with it, though I don't regret reading it.

Zelma This is a book that I keep buying used cheap copies of, not reading it, clearing it off my bookshelf, and then starting the process over. I think I have bought this book at least three times. 😳 3y
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AmandaL
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For #TBRTuesday - my library pile keeps growing taller.

Reecaspieces You don't want to see my TBR list...I will need to be as old as Methuselah to finish it 3y
AmandaL @Reecaspieces 😂I know! This is just my library pile. I'm in the same boat. 3y
readinginthedark I'm really enjoying XO Orpheus! 3y
AmandaL @readinginthedark That's great to hear! I'm hoping to start it this weekend. 3y
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mauveandrosysky
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This sounds way too familiar right now. Ugh.

Notafraidofwords 😳😔 3y
Suet624 Hmmm. I read this years ago. I might have to check it out again. 3y
Lcsmcat Totally agree. And you've been #smittenbylittens. ❤️ @RaimeyGallant 2y
RaimeyGallant @Lcsmcat So smitten. 2y
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Bloomingjen
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Pickpick

This book is especially fitting for the times. The parallels are startling.

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Bloomingjen
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I got this book used. a previous owner made these notes throughout the book. The book is set in Germany during the time just before hitler came to power and continues through ww2. It is quite poignant to consider these 2 very different lives and how events surely shaped both of them.

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Sapphire
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Pickpick

How could this book not have a ton of ratings. this was the first book I knew that EVERYONE had read and weeped over. Is it that everybody read it before social media or has it been lost to the next generation?

EliNeedsMoreShelves I definitely read it before social media, and haven't made it that far back in my book journals to add it. Just remedied that situation! And you are right - what a beautiful book! 3y
minkyb Definitely before social media! 3y
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