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Ragged Company
Ragged Company | Richard Wagamese
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Four chronically homeless peopleAmelia One Sky, Timber, Double Dick and Diggerseek refuge in a warm movie theatre when a severe Arctic Front descends on the city. During what is supposed to be a one-time event, this temporary refuge transfixes them. They fall in love with this new world, and once the weather clears, continue their trips to the cinema. On one of these outings they meet Granite, a jaded and lonely journalist who has turned his back on writing the same story over and over again in favour of the escapist qualities of film, and an unlikely friendship is struck. A found cigarette package (contents: some unsmoked cigarettes, three $20 bills, and a lottery ticket) changes the fortune of this struggling set. The ragged company discovers they have won $13.5 million, but none of them can claim the money for lack proper identification. Enlisting the help of Granite, their lives, and fortunes, become forever changed. Ragged Company is a journey into both the future and the past. Richard Wagamese deftly explores the nature of the comforts these friends find in their ideas of home, as he reconnects them to their histories. From the Hardcover edition.
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Tamra
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I‘ve been wanting to read this for a long time and finally broke down and ordered it. 😁 I‘ve liked what I‘ve read by Wagamese.

Cathythoughts Look forward to your thoughts 5mo
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TheKidUpstairs
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Beautiful. This is not a fast paced, page turning, plot driven story. Rather it is about the characters, their pasts, presents, and futures, and the bonds of family they form together. And about the beauty and power of stories in all forms. Wagamese clearly had so much love and respect for these characters he created.

And that wraps up my second quarter for #Booked2019 (Indigenous Author)!
@Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft

BarbaraTheBibliophage Great job—I love all the suggestions I‘m gaining from this prompt. 👊🏻📚✔️ 6mo
CouronneDhiver 🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽 6mo
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TheKidUpstairs
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"I guess some people carry their dreams around in their heads so long it gets so they can't stand it any longer and they make it into a story so others can share that dream. In a way it sets them free to dream other dreams. Bigger ones, maybe. Happier ones, too."

#Movie #QuotsyJune19 @TK-421

CouronneDhiver ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Just saying 6mo
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TheKidUpstairs
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Let's go Raptors!!! Great book to read and a (hopefully) great game to watch. The King in the North is coming for you, GSW!

#booksandballs #WeTheNorth

EchoLogical Also rooting for the Raptors! 6mo
CouronneDhiver Best book ever. Just saying 6mo
TheKidUpstairs @CouronneDhiver it was definitely a #blameitonCouronneDhiver pick! Loving it so far, so beautifully written. 6mo
Theaelizabet Go Raptors! 6mo
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Cinfhen
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I‘m so disappointed in my local US library system...NOT a single book is owned by Richard Wagamese @CouronneDhiver @Melissa_J 😡😩 Maybe Hoopla will have some?!! #IndigenousAuthor

RadicalReader @Cinfhen love the opportunity of other resources having the material you‘re looking to be the next riveting read 12mo
Cinfhen Yes @RadicalReader but it‘s disappointing when those resources don‘t carry the material you are looking for ☹️ 12mo
LauraBeth That‘s surprising they don‘t have any! I really want to read 12mo
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Lindy @Cinfhen Does your library take purchase requests? It‘s worth asking because many do. 12mo
Cinfhen I‘ve put in the request @LauraBeth @Lindy but honestly my branch isn‘t great about purchasing “older” or less popular titles 😬😪 12mo
LauraBeth @Cinfhen you can start your request with, “My friend Laura Beth‘s podunk Library in a Georgia town has most of his titles...” 😂 12mo
TrishB @LauraBeth had to go and look up Podunk...what a fab word. 12mo
BookNAround His books aren‘t pubbed by the big five publishers so it‘s harder for people to hear about them but they definitely should! I read Indian Horse this year and it was fantastic. 12mo
DGRachel @LauraBeth I love you. 🤣🤣 12mo
LauraBeth @TrishB and @DGRachel 😂😂 12mo
DeleteAcct I have a question...will the tagged book work for indigenous author? 12mo
Cinfhen @Rachbb3 I honestly don‘t know. I know he‘s Nigerian but I‘m not sure about the Indigenous part, although he did belong to a certain tribe?! Maybe @BarbaraTheBibliophage or @4thhouseontheleft will know!! 👆🏽 (edited) 12mo
4thhouseontheleft My library seems to have all of his books on Overdrive. 🧐 12mo
Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft did you see the question posted by @Rachbb3 👆🏽 12mo
4thhouseontheleft @Rachbb3 I think so!! According to this article, Achebe was Ogidi, and part of the Igbo nation. https://www.vanguardngr.com/2013/04/chinua-achebe-ogidi-man-first-ogidi-man-last... 12mo
Cinfhen Thanks @4thhouseontheleft I wasn‘t sure!!! There‘s your answer @Rachbb3 🤓 12mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Rachbb3 @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft Typically, indigenous literature is written by authors who are from the First Nations of lands no longer governed by those First Nation people. Like the US, Australia, New Zealand. But the actual definition of is here. https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/indigenous I‘d say if the Igbo or Ogidi are native to Nigeria and not conquerors, you‘re good. 12mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Hey @Cinfhen — my little podunk PA library doesn‘t even let me request books. If it‘s not in their collection, tough shit. Thankfully the Philly Free does have this option. 12mo
Cinfhen Hahahaha that‘s too funny @BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘m sorry, your podunk library sucks!!! 12mo
4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage Lol and here I always thought York was more podunk than Lancaster PA. 😂 12mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft Oh it is! LOL But don‘t tell York ... 😘 12mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen Yeah, I rarely get ebooks from them. They do pretty well with print books, though! 12mo
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JulieB
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For a heartwarming story about friendship it had me crying a lot. There were many tears at the begging and the end especially. But it's a very interesting read about homelessness.
#CanadianLit

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CouronneDhiver
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🍏 “It was about being there. Inhabiting your place in the world. Regardless... just the way you are.” (Ragged Company, Richard Wagamese)

🍏 “I believe in two things: discipline and the Bible. Here you‘ll receive both. Put your trust in the Lord; your a$$ belongs to me. Welcome to Shawshank.” (The Shawshank Redemption, Warden Norton)

🍏 Mischievous

🍏 @drokka @BookishTrish @Clwojick @BiblioLitten

#TuesdayTidbits @JenlovesJT47

JenlovesJT47 💚 love Shawshank! 1y
CouronneDhiver Sooo many good quotes in that movie @JenlovesJT47 1y
Betty Hubby watches Shawshank every time it is on. I enjoy it too 1y
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TheKidUpstairs
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Had a bit of fun this week at two of my favourite local independent bookstores. 😍😍😍 #bookhaul

Louise Oh, Mythos looks interesting! 2y
TheKidUpstairs @Louise I couldn't pass that one up! I'm excited to read Fry's take on the myths. Hoping to see him at the Shaw festival this summer! 2y
Louise Lucky you! I think I'll look for the audiobook of Mythos. I'll bet his delivery is fabulous! 2y
rabbitprincess If you see him at Shaw, enjoy the show for me! I probably won't be able to go ☹️ 2y
TheKidUpstairs @rabbitprincess I looked up the schedule yesterday, he's there this month (I thought it was later) so I don't know if I'll be able to make it down 😔 2y
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Jolynne
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A heartfelt rag to riches and feel good story (at least, most of the time).

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CouronneDhiver
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Y‘all ... This 👏🏽 Book 👏🏽

It was my favourite novel of 2017. I just finished my re-read and it‘s still a work of storytelling magic.

Beautifully unveiled thoughts on the concept of “home” ... Deep characters with distinct voices (multiple POVs)... Love, loss, healing... Excellence.

#IndigenousReads

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

drokka Yes! This is my favourite of 2018. I know it's early days, but I'm sure it will continue to be a contender. It will surely hard to knock off the top. I still think about it almost daily. 2y
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CouronneDhiver
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❤️❤️❤️

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CouronneDhiver
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Sometimes I forget just how sweet a favourite re-read can be... 🖤

Love this book!

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CouronneDhiver
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#CurrentlyReading

➡️ A 5-Star Pick from earlier this year
➡️ A new-to-me science fiction read

I have physical copies of both, but I‘ve borrowed the e-books too ... easier commute!

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Bren912
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Ever have that suspended feeling when you know the book is nearing its end? I'm lingering and holding out for the inevitable.

Reecaspieces See. That's when I start reading faster and faster. Just can't help it. 2y
Bren912 @Reecaspieces yes I get that! And I do in many books do the same. This one is different 2y
Reecaspieces @Bren912 those are the best. Enjoy 2y
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Bren912
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I am 100 pages into this book and it is rich. In characters--One for the Dead, Timber, Double Dick, Digger and lastly Granite--rich in life lessons and rich in hope and worry for a future unfamiliar to the four-pack. I am at 100 pages and can already tell my heart will be fuller at the end of the book, and worried because I know I won't want to be finished.

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Bren912
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"...I need nothing but my balls and brains to see me through. That's what makes me a rounder-- balls and brains in equal measure. ~~Digger

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Bren912
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This just arrived from Amazon as I didn't want to fight my book club for a copy...anyone know why kindle version was more expensive than paperback?? #iboughtthepaperback

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CouronneDhiver
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Brilliant!

I loved the story, his choice of language and the variety of characters. Exploring the concept of "home" is significant based on my personal experiences - past and present.

This First Nations Canadian author has, sadly, passed away, but I'll be discovering more of his work this year.

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shawnmooney
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My mom recommended this novel by an indigenous Canadian writer today.

BookishFeminist Richard Wagamese is really good 👍🏼 3y
ReadingEnvy Which part of Canada? 3y
shawnmooney @readingenvy I didn't know, but can now tell you he was born in northwestern Ontario, grew up in St. Catharines, worked in Calgary, and now lives in Kamloops, British Columbia. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Wagamese 3y
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