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Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna
Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna | Juliet Grames
For Stella Fortuna, death has always been a part of life. Stella's childhood is full of strange, life-threatening incidents--moments where ordinary situations like cooking eggplant or feeding the pigs inexplicably take lethal turns. Even Stella's own mother is convinced that her daughter is cursed or haunted.In her rugged Italian village, Stella is considered an oddity--beautiful and smart, insolent and cold. Stella uses her peculiar toughness to protect her slower, plainer baby sister Tina from life's harshest realities. But she also provokes the ire of her father Antonio: a man who demands subservience from women and whose greatest gift to his family is his absence.When the Fortunas emigrate to America on the cusp of World War II, Stella and Tina must come of age side-by-side in a hostile new world with strict expectations for each of them. Soon Stella learns that her survival is worthless without the one thing her family will deny her at any cost: her independence.In present-day Connecticut, one family member tells this heartrending story, determined to understand the persisting rift between the now-elderly Stella and Tina. A richly told debut, The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna is a tale of family transgressions as ancient and twisted as the olive branch that could heal them.
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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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I read more into what this book was about and decided it would be the next one I read.

I opened it up to find a family tree!! An even bigger sign this is the perfect book for me to read next!

ValerieAndBooks I love looking at family trees!! 1d
ValerieAndBooks And I have this in my TBR, so it‘s good to know 😊 1d
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Yossarian
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I wish I had someone to discuss it with. It begins with the idea that Stella had a stroke and as a result didn‘t talk to her sister for the last 30+ years of her life. Then we get the book, and then the stroke and how it changes her thinking so that she blames Tina for all her problems.

But did the stroke fix or ruin her reasoning? I wish I had someone to argue with!

Crazeedi Oh this was my favorite book of the year! I think the stroke just let her be able to be truthful about how she felt! 5d
Yossarian @Crazeedi Yes, but was she thinking right? Narcing about saving the money certainly seemed like Tina should have known better, but pinning all the seven or eight deaths on her seemed like a stretch. Maybe one was enough though? 4d
Crazeedi @Yossarian that is a good point, I'm just not sure 3d
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Yossarian
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This book is upsetting me in at least 8 or 9 different ways.

Kappadeemom Haven‘t seen you on here in a while. Welcome back! 2w
cathysaid 😂😂😂 Well done. 👏 2w
Yossarian @Kappadeemom Thank you! 2w
BarbaraBB Happy to see you back here! And I am looking forward to your review of the book! (edited) 2w
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kspenmoll
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#bookmark
Reading while hubby driving to Amherst MA. So love this bookmark @BookBabe !!!

Scochrane26 I cannot read in the car or even look at my phone. 🤢 1mo
charl08 Yes, I am also jealous of folks who can read in the car. 1mo
kspenmoll @Scochrane26 @charl08 I am so lucky!!! 1mo
Suet624 Your photos are always so lovely. 4w
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kspenmoll
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#sundaymorningcoffee #coffeeandbooks #lifeisabook #bookclubpick

Immersed in the life of Stella, who was born in Ieovoli, a dirt poor mountain village in Calabria, Italy. The time is pre and post WWI, when many of these desperate & destitute villagers emigrate to the U.S. At some point Stella arrives in CT, where she still resides. Although based on the author‘s grandmother‘s story & well researched, the novel is fiction.

Jee_HookedOnBookz Your mug 😍😍 1mo
kspenmoll @Jee_HookedOnBookz Isn‘t it great? From Society6 1mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz Tq! 💕 1mo
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kspenmoll
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#olivegroves #bookclubpick
How Stella felt when she worked harvesting olives in a neighbor‘s olive grove. She loved being outdoors.

Suet624 I harvested olives briefly. And I do mean briefly. 4w
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kspenmoll
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#weeklyforecast #bookreport #teachersoflitsy
Did not meet my predictions for Stella Fortuna (p.180).Was glued to World Series! 🙌🏻Nationals! Read up to page 77

TKAM: met goal. Finished ch. 3. We have a class of readers this year! The discussions generated with any book we read have been stimulating & so enjoyable. These students are not afraid to share their thinking.
A Thousand Roads- did not open!!!
Garden: audiobook. On ch 13.

Cinfhen I too met and “failed” with some of my reading goals... that‘s JUST the #LifeOfAReader 1mo
kspenmoll @Cinfhen Sure is! Love your hastag #LifeOfAReader ! (edited) 1mo
Cinfhen 😘😘 1mo
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kspenmoll
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#saturdaymorning #coffeeandbooks #perkpetual

Perkpetual: (adj.) time it takes to brew the first pot of coffee in the morning

Stealing some reading time before the day begins.

4thhouseontheleft 🙌 🙌 1mo
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kspenmoll
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“warp and weft” for some reason the sound of these words and feel on my mouth and tongue tickles me- perfect alliteration.😛🙄😂

Crazeedi This is my top pick for 2019!!! 2mo
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kspenmoll
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#coffeeandbooks #MondaynightatStorrs #UConnStarbucks
#weeklyforcast.
Easily read 54 pages tonight so far of this more than engaging read. My son takes commuter bus to UConn from Windsor 2 days a week, but Monday one of us drives him to his night class. So I have the luxury of walking, then reading from 6ish to 9. Heavenly gift.

Crazeedi Great great book 2mo
merelybookish Is this Storrs? I stopped there for a night this summer. So pretty! 2mo
kspenmoll @merelybookish It is Storrs! It‘s lovely in autumn too with all the abundant tree colors ! 2mo
Cinfhen Nice!! Quality time for you and good eye @merelybookish 🤗 2mo
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kspenmoll
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#sundaymorning #coffeeandbooks #bookclubpick #StellaFortuna

Starting my November bookclub pick. Went to hear this author with @CareBear and her talk sold me.

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kspenmoll
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#bookclub #Novemberpick #catsoflitsy

Poe has to be a star. 🌟🌟

DrawingSustenance Wow! Those eyes!!! ❤🧡💛💚💙💜 2mo
Sace Poe deserves to be a star! 2mo
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emmaturi
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I really enjoyed this story, set in southern Italy and then in US. As you can imagine from the title Stella Fortuna has some near death experiences. I liked Stella and she goes through a lot! #bookcovers

Linsy Beautiful cover! 🍃 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Pretty photo 💚💚 2mo
emmaturi Yes it is lovely! @Linsy 2mo
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kspenmoll
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#mapsinbooks #Levoli

Love opening a book & discovering a map..❤️📚

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kspenmoll
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#eveningwithanautbor #SimsburyPublicLibrary #Friends of SimsburyPublicLibrary #bookishnightout
Meeting up with @CareBear for this event Tuesday evening. Excited!

Ncostell Sorry I can‘t make it, hope you guys have a wonderful time! 2mo
Crazeedi Oh lucky you! My favorite book I read this year 2mo
kspenmoll @Ncostell I am sorry too! We will have a “next time”! 2mo
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CareBear
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Reading the tagged book while waiting in line for tickets to see her 😍. I‘m an hour early and there‘s already quite a line.

MsLeah8417 Enjoy! Hope Duffy is packed to see her. 2mo
Amiable Love her books! 2mo
Amandajoy For a minute I got super excited because I thought she had a new book out. 2mo
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CareBear @Amandajoy oh gosh I‘m so sorry to do that to you! That‘s the one question I hope she answers at her talk! 2mo
Scochrane26 I would love to see her! She‘s amazing. 2mo
Amandajoy I‘m eager to hear if she has anything in the works! Please post if she does! 2mo
CareBear @Amandajoy I definitely will!! 2mo
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emmaturi
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I am a bit late with this, but here goes

1. Tagged book
2. The Chestnut Man
3. The Bookish Life of Nina Hill

#weekendreads
@rachelsbrittain

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Tiltedwhirled
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This book was achingly realistic and sad

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Librarybelle
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#7Days7Covers #CoverCrush Day 5 Round 2

Anyone wish to play? Post 7 book covers that you love over 7 days, with no explanation.

EadieB @librarybelle Nice cover and looks like an interesting story too! 3mo
Gaylagal2 I would love that! I'm so in love with book covers and the immense amount of work that goes into making and choosing the right one 🤓 Thanks for this great idea! 3mo
Librarybelle @Gaylagal2 I‘ve loved viewing all of the pretty covers! So many Littens have posted amazing covers. It‘s also bad for the tbr list! 3mo
Librarybelle @EadieB I‘ve heard good things about the book! 3mo
EadieB @Librarybelle Sounds good! I was reading the description. 3mo
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kspenmoll
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#EveningwithanAuthor #TBR #Simsburylibrary
Signed up for this author‘s visit to my local library. Adding this book to this month‘s pile, in hope‘s that I can finish before October 8.📚❤️

Crazeedi This is probably my top book for 2019 3mo
Crazeedi I absolutely loved this book 3mo
Ncostell You have the best library! I would love to go to this and want to read this book but my husband is traveling that week and I have to drive my kids to their activities that night. If his travel schedule changes though I‘d like to go. Thanks for the heads up! 3mo
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CareBear I‘d love to go!! 3mo
kspenmoll @CareBear. @Ncostell Do you want me to reserve seats? No big deal if you can‘t make it; there ate usually enough people waiting. 3mo
kspenmoll You can text me🥰 3mo
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Cinfhen
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It took me way too long to finish this wonderful historical fiction of the fortunate or unfortunate life of Stella Fortuna. Tracing the Fortuna family‘s roots from Italy to America, covering 150 years of drama, hardship, mishaps, marriages, births and deaths this book was absorbing & engaging. Highly recommended. The ending was a bit rushed but I liked that the author wrapped up all the various storylines. #RoadTrippin #BackSeatReader 🤓

Blaire I so wish I could read in the car. #jealois 4mo
JennyM Yey - ❤️ Stella. You look to be having a fantastic summer road trippin x 4mo
Chelsea.Poole Oh my goodness so glad you enjoyed it!! ♥️♥️♥️ I love Stella. I doubt I'll forget her or her story anytime soon. 4mo
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LeeRHarry Another to add to my TBR! 😊 4mo
erzascarletbookgasm I envy those who can read in a moving vehicle! Great to hear you‘re having a wonderful summer holiday/road tripping! ❤️ 4mo
Crazeedi One of my top books of the year! 3mo
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xxjenadanxx
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*Trigger Warning* This book contains physical and sexual assault on females of all ages. Stella Fortuna, whose name literally means lucky star, has always unintentionally tempted fate and has the scars to prove it. The book is a slow winding account of her life and how little control she had over it due to having the misfortune of being born to an abusive father, as well as her immigrant experience turned American nightmare.

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Cinfhen
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Congrats on your awesome milestone @Megabooks 🥳🥳🥳What a lovely way to celebrate both independent artists and give thanks to our bookish community 😘#25Etsy #Giveaway #LittensAreTheBest
Although I‘m still not done this book, I‘m pretty sure it‘s going to be my favorite read this summer☀️🏖

LauraBeth I can‘t wait to read this one - it may be next up! 4mo
Cinfhen Hi 👋 @LauraBeth I‘m pretty sure Stella will be right in your wheelhouse 😉Hope all is well with you and your lovely gaggle of pets and humans xx 4mo
Megabooks I‘ve looked at this book, but I can‘t decide if I‘d like it. What do you think? I have The Whisper Network and Lager Queen showing up tomorrow. Thanks for entering! 😘 4mo
Cinfhen I didn‘t love Whisper ( but I think that was on me NOT being in a good reading mood) and I heard Larger Queen is great!!! But Stella has really captured me and I think you‘d like it too @Megabooks definitely give it a library try!!!!! 4mo
BarbaraBB I am looking forward to this one too! 4mo
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Cinfhen
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#AyUpAugust Only on page 136 and Stella has already survived 3 near death experiences😳 If I‘m Stella, I‘d be looking #OverMyShoulder ~ is Stella cursed or blessed??? Thank you @JennyM for putting this book on my radar ~ I‘m LOVING IT‼️‼️‼️

GatheringBooks ooh! the number seven seems to be in quite a number of book titles lately 4mo
BarbaraBB @JennyM convinced me too to buy it 💕 4mo
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Cinfhen This book might end up being my favorite read of the summer @BarbaraBB 😍🎉🙌🏻it‘s just hitting all the right notes 4mo
Chelsea.Poole I love love love this book. 4mo
JennyM @Cinfhen I‘m so glad you are loving it! I hope you enjoy as much when you get to it @barbarabb. And it was @Chelsea.Poole love of the book that made me pick it up 😘😘😘 4mo
Chelsea.Poole @JennyM I am so happy you enjoyed it and you're spreading the word about this lovely book. 😍 4mo
Reviewsbylola Who‘s the picture? 4mo
Cinfhen My grandma and her twin sister @Reviewsbylola I love that photo XX thanks for noticing 🥰and I‘m still loving this book!!!!! 4mo
Reviewsbylola It‘s a wonderful picture! 4mo
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Nitpickyabouttrains
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I really loved this one. Spanning multiple generations, it told the story of how Stella came to be born, her mother, and her life. Epic and grand, it was still not afraid to focus on the small moments.

Crazeedi My favorite book of the year so far 4mo
Chelsea.Poole @Crazeedi I think it may be mine, too! ♥️ 4mo
Crazeedi @Chelsea.Poole 👍😉❣ 4mo
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juliegumdrop
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I read 4 books this month and they were all 5 ⭐️! Amazing reading month. 2 #scifi and 2 #historicalfiction #julywrapup

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Great reads! 💕📚💕 4mo
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Kaila-ann
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Mehso-so

#Unpopularopinion time but I didn‘t love this book. I wanted to and I kept trying to but it just never happened. The whole story is just brutal and sad as if nothing good ever happened to Stella. Don‘t get me wrong, the writing is amazing, the character building off the charts but to spend 450 pages slogging through someone else‘s misery - not really my thing. It did break my heart to learn that the whole thing was inspired by the authors family.

thereadingowlvina I felt the same. I bailed early though - page 85. The story was too depressed for me 😑 4mo
Kaila-ann @thereadingowlvina I think the writing saved it enough for me to finish, that and I kept hoping for something good to happen for her. 4mo
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razmanda
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Tiber and I very much enjoyed this multigenerational novel centered around the seven (or eight) deaths of Stella Fortuna. I think I cried for the first time maybe 30 pages in? So stay hydrated, friends, if you pick this one up.

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Kaila-ann
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Another booked finished. #24b4Monday #readathon Going to get some of my audiobook in while I straighten up the house.

jb72 You‘re doing great! 5mo
RaimeyGallant Woot! 5mo
Andrew65 Fantastic time. 👏👏👏 5mo
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Kaila-ann
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About half way through this chunkster of a book. It might be a close thing to make my 24 hour goal but I‘m going to give it my best shot. #24b4Monday #readathon

Andrew65 A great time so far, and good luck with whatever time you do get to. 👏👏👏🙌 5mo
jb72 Awesome job! 5mo
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Sassy_Steph
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This story was really good! Another great book pick by the fearless leader of my store‘s book club! The father was a horrific individual!! Read this book!!

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juliegumdrop
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Going to be discussing this at my #library #bookclub this week.

Crazeedi This was a 5⭐ for me this year, 💗💗it 5mo
juliegumdrop @Crazeedi it‘s looking like 5 ⭐️s to me too 5mo
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MelissaSue81
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So I guess I just don‘t get this book. Stella is a fantastic character. And in individual pieces, many parts of the story are interesting: many horribly sad and tragic, some almost comedically horrific, some just funny. But there is no plot development really. It‘s just a bunch of things that happen over the course of Stella‘s lifetime.

Crazeedi I totally loved this book! So funny how we all have different tastes at different times! 5mo
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Redwritinghood
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Mehso-so

This one started out strong, then got tedious, and finally disappointing toward the end. It was long and could have used some focus. #hoopla

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erinjohns
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I only wish I spoke italian to describe how delightful and sad it was. What a delicious depiction of italian life, love, and hardships.

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everlocalwest
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Mehso-so

I wanted to love this one but found it to be a slog in audio. I just didn't want to pick it up and hear more of Stella's misfortune. I think I was hoping for a bit of magical realism and less outright tragedy in those seven or eight deaths. There is much here to enjoy and the writing is solid, just wasn't what I was hoping for.

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Drocchio03
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Rainy afternoon reading.

SilversReviews Ohhhh....wasn‘t this the best read? 6mo
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TheNerdyProfessor
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Today I visited a BAM store for the first time. I loved it because:
1. It's only 1 mile from my new house and
2. They gave me so many COUPONS

These are both hefty books but I can't wait to dive into them.

Dawnrod1970 I love BAM! 6mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Stella Fortuna was so good!! And I LOVE that little blue table!!! 6mo
toofondofbooks BAM has a really good clearance section 6mo
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marleed Oh I‘m jelly of both books added to your personal library! 6mo
TNbookworm I love their bargain books section! 6mo
k.reads.5 Awesome! Both of these are on my TBR. 6mo
Slajaunie I love that table! 6mo
TheNerdyProfessor @Slajaunie Believe it or not, my husband spray painted an old wooden table with this mint color. He used a sanding block to make it look "worn" in spots. A very cheap DIY! 6mo
Slajaunie He did a great job! 6mo
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JanuarieTimewalker13
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Outstanding debut.5⭐️ what an epic family saga!
#Connecticut #Calabria

Cinfhen Another one for the #TBR 😉 6mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 @Cinfhen hahaha...I know that feeling!!! You will LOVE this one!! 6mo
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JennyM
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A sweeping saga about the life and death of Stella Fortuna, an Italian born American immigrant who had much more modern attitudes than the times she lived in. I think most will already know Stella‘s story in some way - my Grandmother‘s is very similar - and so will resonate deeply. However, I think for some it might also be too painful a read (TW in the comments). But this is Stella‘s story, and it will stay with me for a while ♥️

JennyM TW: sexual abuse, domestic violence; miscarriage 6mo
Chelsea.Poole Loved this one! Glad you did too! 6mo
JennyM @Chelsea.Poole I picked it up based on your review and @Crazeedi 😘 It was brilliant - I wish it had been twice as long. ♥️ 6mo
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Chelsea.Poole @JennyM that makes me happy...good to know that you weren't disappointed! I just adore Stella. I have been pushing it on other readers IRL as well ☺️ 6mo
Kalalalatja Great review! 6mo
Cinfhen Excellent review ~ looking forward to reading this book 6mo
Cathythoughts Great review! Stacking ♥️👍🏻 6mo
JennyM @Kalalalatja @cinfhen @cathythoughts I hope you enjoy. It‘s not an easy read in parts but I did love Stella. 6mo
Cathythoughts It sounds good , I‘m heading into town now , I might see if I can find it 👍🏻😘 6mo
Tanisha_A Superb review! Stacked! Also, feel so good to be back on Litsy after a terrible week at work. 6mo
JennyM @Tanisha_A I‘ve missed you lovely. I hope you are ok and it‘s just temporary work blues. 😘😘😘 6mo
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JanuarieTimewalker13
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Turns out, American copy wins. This is why, and this is why I‘ve lost my bookish mind....last night I noticed in the British copy, 2 things were missing: Map end pages of Ievoli, AND the family tree (which I have posted below). I want you to know I didn‘t sleep well last night (hence losing my bookish mind over details). I went to Barnes and Noble today to secure an American copy. I left BN on a bookish high and drove through puddles of sewage👇🏽

JanuarieTimewalker13 There was some kind of major poop dilemma at Houlihan‘s and my car still smells like a sh&tmobile. This too shall pass. The things we do for book love. Lol 6mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 If I hadn‘t had a library copy initially, I would‘ve never known the difference in the 2 editions. #Librariesrock 6mo
marleed I‘m fascinated by the UKvsUS edition of books. I want the UK Daisy Jones! I just saw Cecilia Ahern post the cover for PostScript and I bet that the UK cover! 6mo
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JanuarieTimewalker13 @marleed I like the different covers, but I want the guts to be the same. Lol I have the BOTM of DJATS...love both the American and British ones...loved that book! Will never let go of it, but I want to listen to audiobook next year, bc it‘s supposed to be a great format. 6mo
marleed @JanuarieTimewalker13 DJATS I listened and read simultaneously! And then I immediately relistened (first time ever!) to see if I could pick up on any nuances- having known the end. 6mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 @marleed that‘s so funny bc I wanted to immediately re-read it too, but I got sidetracked with other books 6mo
cookreadsleep I loved the family tree - the book wouldn‘t have been the same without it! 6mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 @cookreadsleep I agree! It was especially helpful in the beginning. Oh my goodness this book is incredible. 6mo
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JanuarieTimewalker13
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For those of you with the British copy of tagged book. Your copy does not have the family tree, so I‘ve taken a photo for you.

RatherTooFondofBooks Thank you so much, I really appreciate you posting this picture. 😊 6mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 @RatherTooFondofBooks you‘re so very welcome. I don‘t want those owning the British copy to miss out📚❤️ 6mo
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JanuarieTimewalker13
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Rainy day, but my British edition came in, thanks #bookdepository for such a timely delivery. Now I can continue this baby. #battleofbookcovers British cover wins again! It‘s absolutely beautiful! If only all battles were this beautiful🦚$15.74

cookreadsleep I love that cover! 6mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 @cookreadsleep it feels so good too! Raised letters and the gold...lol...Crazy book people! 🙃 6mo
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Aims42 I always hunt for the UK versions of my favorite books because they‘re always prettier!! Love this version 😍 6mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 @Aims42 I do too!! Once in a blue moon, the American cover is prettier. I can‘t think of one off the top of my noggin, but it has happened! Maybe Circe? 6mo
Aims42 @JanuarieTimewalker13 LOL, yes once in a blue moon it does.... not that I can of any right now though 😆 6mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 @Aims42 Well, I just discovered my British edition doesn‘t have a family tree in the beginning of the book, like my American library copy had. That‘s a shame-in this case, I would go with American copy for that piece of information....I‘m a bit shocked it‘s missing!! 6mo
Aims42 @JanuarieTimewalker13 totally shocking! Why wouldn‘t that be in all copies?? 6mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 @Aims42 I have no idea, but you kind of need it!! I just asked someone that gave a review and had the British one pictured if her copy had it. It may take awhile for a response. This is disheartening! 6mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 This edition is also missing map. 6mo
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RatherTooFondofBooks
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I started reading The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna by Juliet Grames this afternoon. This is such a beautiful and brilliant novel - I want to savour it and devour it at the same time! This is the second book for my 20 Books of Summer challenge. #amreading #StellaFortuna

JanuarieTimewalker13 I have a quick question-I see you also have British edition...I just received mine, after having to return American edition to library. My British edition does not have a family tree, like the American edition does in the beginning of the book. I‘m so confused as to why-Does yours have it? (edited) 6mo
RatherTooFondofBooks My copy doesn‘t have a family tree in either, which is a shame when the family is quite complicated to keep track of. Are you enjoying the book? I think it‘s a wonderful novel so far. 6mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 The book is amazing, I‘m almost done, but I think it‘s so sad that the British edition has neither the family tree nor the map end pages. I‘m going to post the Inside of the American edition later. I had to purchase an American copy. This is a lesson learned.I‘m not sure how I could decipher the difference online, however, when purchasing it. I‘ll post to alert other people. That‘s prob why the American copy is a bit more expensive. 6mo
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AmyLarge
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The author uses her own family history for this tale. The eponymous Stella is not the first to carry her name, with a sister who died during infancy. From rocky beginnings the Fortuna family face poverty, war, migration, and a host of author traumas along the way. Some of the content makes for very uncomfortable reading, but the story is told with detail and respect for a very complex and interesting past.

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JennyM
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#GypsyRoad - the life and deaths of Stella Fortuna.

I‘ve just cracked open the tagged book and whoa...I‘m hooked. I think I‘m in for an absolute treat. I‘m calling take-out for dinner 😉

#WanderingJune

BarbaraBB I‘m intrigued. Looking forward to your review! 6mo
Cinfhen Ahhhh!!! Serendipity!!!! And what @BarbaraBB said 👆🏼 6mo
Kalalalatja I‘m with @BarbaraBB excited for your review! 6mo
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JennyM @Kalalalatja @BarbaraBB @Cinfhen it‘s very, very good so far! 6mo
Cinfhen Stacked! 6mo
Crazeedi @Cinfhen you will ❤❤❤❤ this book! 6mo
Crazeedi @BarbaraBB @JennyM @Kalalalatja this book was awesome! I bought a copy and sent to my dear Italian best friend! 6mo
Crazeedi @JennyM isn't it just the best! One of my top books of the year 6mo
Cinfhen Oh thanks @Crazeedi I trust your opinion 6mo
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Library goodies 📚❣️🙌

erzascarletbookgasm I really liked Snap! 👍 Look forward to your review of the tagged book. Happy reading! 😘 6mo
JennyM @erzascarletbookgasm I‘ve been wanting to read Snap for ages, but my library has only just got it in. I hear only good things about it. And the tagged book has all the makings of a fave book - excellent so far 😘 6mo
Cathythoughts I loved Snap 6mo
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JennyM @Cathythoughts I know...it was a #blameitonCathy stack 😉 I‘m really looking forward to it 6mo
youneverarrived What a beautiful cover 💚 6mo
Freespirit It looks like a good long weekend of reading ahead!❤️ 6mo
Crazeedi You are going to adore stella fortuna!! One of my 5 star books so far this year. And I dont do too many of those 6mo
BiblioLitten I liked Snap! 6mo
Tanisha_A Happy happy readend! 🥰 6mo
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This story about how a girl narrowly avoids death so many times is not a light one; however, it's an important book about an immigrant from Italy, about strong women, and how they try to fight to protect themselves and each other.

Featured: Healthtea Book Crate May box

marleed I loved this book. And an earlier post from you was how I found out about the health tea bookcrate! 6mo
HotCocoaReads @marleed I just love their boxes—they choose the best books to include!!! 6mo
marleed @HotCocoaReads Thank you for giving them a shout out! 6mo
HotCocoaReads @marleed I‘m so glad you love them too 🥰 6mo
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