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Secrets We Kept
Secrets We Kept | Lara Prescott
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A thrilling tale of secretaries turned spies, of love and duty, and of sacrifice--inspired by the true story of the CIA plot to infiltrate the hearts and minds of Soviet Russia, not with propaganda, but with the greatest love story of the twentieth century: Doctor Zhivago. At the height of the Cold War, two secretaries are pulled out of the typing pool at the CIA and given the assignment of a lifetime. Their mission: to smuggle Doctor Zhivago out of the USSR, where no one dare publish it, and help Pasternak's magnum opus make its way into print around the world. Glamorous and sophisticated Sally Forrester is a seasoned spy who has honed her gift for deceit all over the world--using her magnetism and charm to pry secrets out of powerful men. Irina is a complete novice, and under Sally's tutelage quickly learns how to blend in, make drops, and invisibly ferry classified documents. The Secrets We Kept combines a legendary literary love story--the decades-long affair between Pasternak and his mistress and muse, Olga Ivinskaya, who was sent to the Gulag and inspired Zhivago's heroine, Lara--with a narrative about two women empowered to lead lives of extraordinary intrigue and risk. From Pasternak's country estate outside Moscow to the brutalities of the Gulag, from Washington, D.C. to Paris and Milan, The Secrets We Kept captures a watershed moment in the history of literature--told with soaring emotional intensity and captivating historical detail. And at the center of this unforgettable debut is the powerful belief that a piece of art can change the world.
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TamTracy
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I wanted to like this book more than I did. It was a little all over the place for me and I had a hard time keeping up with the flow. I‘m also not a huge history person so it just didn‘t hit home for me. I do like the idea behind the book and love stories about spies but I feel like large portions of the book were boring to me and I had a hard time keeping my attention on what I read.

marleed Haha. I had the same feelings but for opposite reasons. I was fascinated by the history of it but did speed reading though the American spy love story. Isn‘t that a hoot!? 8h
TamTracy @marleed That‘s funny!!! 8h
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Cathythoughts
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#Weeklyforecast I started The Hunting Party last night 👍🏻 good so far. I also hope to read The Secrets We Kept ! That‘s the plan anyway .... 👯‍♀️

Cinfhen Ill be curious to hear your thoughts on both of these books!! @TheEllieMo just read and was meh about 1w
TheEllieMo @Cinfhen I liked the story, but felt like the characters were ones I‘d seen in so many books before. 1w
Cathythoughts @TheEllieMo I‘m hoping to read this afternoon , I‘ll let you know. I really went for it because John Boyne says it‘s “unputdownable “ ..... we‘ll see about that John 🤔🙃 1w
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Cinfhen The blurb sounds really good, Cathy @TheEllieMo 1w
Cathythoughts @Cinfhen yes I agree with @TheEllieMo! The characters were stereotypical... loved the setting & good story ... final result for me - DNF - I‘m moving on 🤷🏼‍♀️ 1w
Cinfhen Oh, interesting!! I‘m definitely skipping this one for now xx thanks for letting me know 💗 1w
TrishB Interesting! I didn‘t start today as fancied something else! 1w
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Pelican71
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Book signing and reading

MicheleinPhilly Love that inscription! 3w
Pelican71 I know @MicheleinPhilly ! This book has been on my TBR. I enjoyed listening to the research that she did for the book. I‘ve never read Doctor Zhivago, maybe it‘ll make the never ending TBR list 🙈 3w
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kspenmoll
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#NamasteNovember #womenwithclass #Day8
Have not read this yet, but the cover fits.

Eggs Lovely! I have this on hold at local library-21 weeks to wait! 1mo
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peaknit
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After a crap day at work came home to a book from a Goodreads giveaway! 🙌🏻

Linsy That‘s the universe taking care of you! ❤️ 1mo
peaknit @Linsy You are SO right! 🥰 1mo
JenReadsAlot I want to read this one! 1mo
peaknit @JenReadsAlot I‘ll trade you for something after I read it?! :) 1mo
JenReadsAlot Deal!! 1mo
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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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Been repotting & rearranging house plants for winter. Great Audiobook. Multiple narrators so it was easy to realize you had switched character viewpoint. Spies with Literary twist. I vaguely remember struggling through Dr Zhivago as a teenager, probably after watching the movie. Didn't know any of its publication history, so I found Cold War drama of that fascinating. And I want the dress on cover. 👗
#listenwhileyouwork
#coverlove #retrostyle

Lynnsoprano I love your plants! I‘ve been in Florida so long I‘ve forgotten about things like repotting in fall. Right now I‘m getting ready to start herbs 🌿 2mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig @Lynnsoprano Here in Oklahoma we always have that one cold snap so you have to bring everything in. Then it warms up again. But it's starting to cool back down. I need to clean out my herb bed for fall. Summer herbs are gone but Rosemary, Sage, and Lavender look good all winter unless we have bitterly cold winter. Then after that time to plant bulbs. Lots of audiobook time! 2mo
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GinaKButler
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Now listening to...🎧

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FeastOfFiction
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2019 Book 43: A definite recommend! I didn‘t know much, if anything, about Boris Pasternak or Dr. Zhivago before reading this. A truly captivating story set from several different people‘s point of view. I still had a few questions when the book was over, but still give it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

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Avidreader25
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Women typists at the CIA, female spies, and the author of Doctor Zhivago, this book weaves a thread between the three. There are a lot of different points of view and except for the collective voice of the typing pool, they do not sound very different. It‘s hard to keep track of who is speaking and they all have about the same tone. I found myself wishing this one would end faster. I would‘ve preferred a book on just one of the three plots.

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Howseldomtheydo
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“During the Soviet times it was a colony of Russian poets, writers and literary critics. It used to be the center of Moscow cultural life. Today Peredelkino attracts people from all over the world who come here to visit the house-museum of Boris Pasternak and see his grave in a local cemetery.” https://bridgetomoscow.com/upcoming-group-tours/boris-pasternak-museum-in-perede... #currentlyreading

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Howseldomtheydo
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I have never read Dr. Zhivago #TBR or seen the movie, but am really enjoying this book so far... #currentlyreading

marleed I just read The Secrets We Kept which now places Dr Zhivago high upon my TBR! 2mo
Howseldomtheydo @marleed 👏👏👏 2mo
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Laughterhp
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Here are the books I read in September! Some were amazing, some were mediocre and some were just ugh.

Favorite Reads: Tagged, The Widow of Pale Harbor & Surgeons‘ Hall

Finished 5 books for #ReadingUSA2019 (without even trying!)
Read 11 books, 2 audio, 1 graphic novel

#SeptemberStats #SeptemberReads

britt_brooke Great looking month! 2mo
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Well-ReadNeck
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Mehso-so

Just ok. Great cast narration on audiobook. But the story had about 6 too many plot lines. And, it didn‘t feel like authentic dialogue - did folks in 1958 use air quotes? Call them that? Entertaining, though.

Avidreader25 You nailed it. I felt exact same way! 2mo
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Currey
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I enjoyed the Pasternak and Ola storyline and the US involvement in the publication of Dr. Zhivago. I was also intrigued by the roles women played in the early intelligence wars, from typist to spy, but I didn‘t think the character development worked very well in that part of the storyline. Nevertheless a bit of a treat for me to read. Picture is just the day‘s harvest to go with the day‘s reading. #hellosunshine

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Kboltz
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Great read, now I feel like I have to read Dr. Zhivago! Loved this story about how the writing of this classic was used to fish out the workings of the USSR, the oppression of writers and others, the spies who watched and worked through lives and loves. Great read! Also loved the hard cover under the soft cover😀

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Well-ReadNeck
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#BookHaul #GalleyBrag

Oooh, got some goodies for my shelves!!!

Ruthiella Score! 😁 3mo
Colleenma Let us know about the secrets we keep 3mo
bookladyreads Nice haul and great picks. I've got The Secrets We Keep on hold at the library, and I definitely want to read The Nickel Boys. 3mo
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Laughterhp
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This was a great historical fiction. I was immediately enthralled and couldn‘t put it down. There is intrigue, spies, great strong women, awful sexist men and 2 great stories that intertwine.

I‘ve never read A Cold War/Russian book before. I was very interested in the history. The timeline confused me a little, but I just took a second and looked through the dates again to confirm.

Now I need more books in this time period!

Scochrane26 I‘ve been more interested in Russian history since A Gentleman in Moscow. Realized I don‘t know much about Russia. 3mo
Laughterhp @Scochrane26 Oh, I‘ll have to add that to my list. Reading this book, I realized I didn‘t know much about Russia either! 3mo
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rustoryhuf
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At first I had issues with the back and forth between the characters, but I‘ve got the hang of it now. Makes me want to reread Dr Zhivago.

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Joanielovesbooks
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Next!

Joanielovesbooks ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ fabulous read! 3mo
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Laughterhp
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Today was such a long day! Did a lot of driving. Had a baptism this morning and the party afterwards. Then had to drop my hubby at the airport 😫. He‘s away for training for the rest of the month, so I‘m trying to read so I don‘t get sad.

Getting started with this book. It‘s pretty good, but I‘m so tired tonight! We‘ll see how far I get.

Lcsmcat We had baptisms (2) this morning too. It must have been the day for it. 3mo
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Lauren.Archer
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I personally started to hear hype on this book months ago and and requested a galley which I was lucky enough to get. Unfortunately life gets in the way and I did not get a chance to read it, until I saw Reese Witherspoon pick this for her Book Club. I decided I would treat myself and buy a copy and I am so glad I did.

For my full review, please visit my blog at: http://obsessedbookaholic.com/2019/09/14/the-secrets-we-kept-book-review/

marleed I really liked the historical fiction of this. I thought the American romance distracted from the HF and found myself quickly reading through that part of the book. 3mo
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Laughterhp
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My latest library haul. I‘ve been in the mood to read historical fiction lately, so I hope this book is good.

Per the librarian I have to read the tagged one first because it‘s a 14 day loan because one person recommended it and now it‘s super popular. #reesesbookclub

And obviously everyone has been talking about Pumpkinheads so had to get it!

Pachinko for #womenreadwomen2019

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Aims42
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This was a fascinating book! I knew nothing about ‘Doctor Zhivago‘ before reading this, but I‘m going to read it now (I actually bought a used copy at the bookstore today). It deserves the recognition it‘s getting 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

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marleed
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I love receiving my Reese Witherspoon reading assignment on the first of each month especially when my awesome library allows me to participate in a timely manner. ... I was captivated by the historical fiction within this book and wanted more. I wanted much less of the American romance so I could stay inside this fascinating history. It was an interesting book to read on the heels of A Gentleman in Moscow.

stephothebesto That sounds good! After reading A Gentleman in Moscow, my brother and I went on a Russian reading spree. My favs were The Revolution of Marina M (sequel is out now!) and The Patriots 3mo
Redwritinghood This is the Harvard Book Store signed debut fiction pick for the fall. I‘m eagerly awaiting my copy. They don‘t send them out until after the author‘s visit to the store. 3mo
marleed @Redwritinghood This would be a great bookclub discussion- I want to come! 3mo
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Aims42
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Vacation Mode: Activated 👍🏻

Soubhiville Enjoy! 3mo
Aims42 @Soubhiville Thank you!! ☺️ 3mo
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Lauren.Archer
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Next up!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Ooohhhh this sounds good!!! Stacked!! 3mo
marleed I just started it! 3mo
rachelk I love the cover! 3mo
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nomadreader
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The narrators, including my favorite, Mozhan Marno, convinced me to listen to this one instead of read #hellosunshine

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MellieAntoinette
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Oooohhhh, I‘m already in love!!! 🥰

rather_be_reading whoa!😍 3mo
marleed Oh pretty! 3mo
MellieAntoinette @marleed @rather_be_reading So far, it‘s excellent reading too!!! 3mo
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Aims42
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IT CAME!! IT CAME!! IT CAME!! 🙌🏻🎉🙌🏻🎉🙌🏻

Reviewsbylola Love the cover! 3mo
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Aims42
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My vacation read is being delivered tomorrow!!! I don‘t expect it tomorrow, but that‘d be great!! I‘m going camping with my parents in a week and this sounds like a great read. Hoping I can resist starting it.....

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JSW
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Compulsively readable and so good. Great book club pick! 📚👥❤️ Alternating between the story of Doctor Zhivago and its controversy, and the story of women working espionage for “the Agency”, this book held me in thrall. Coming soon from Knopf.

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ablachly
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Ugh, SO good.

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ablachly
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This book. Started great, getting even better.

GingerAntics 🤣😂🤣 7mo
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