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Olive, Again (Oprah's Book Club)
Olive, Again (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel | Elizabeth Strout
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER OPRAHS BOOK CLUB PICK Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout continues the life of her beloved Olive Kitteridge, a character who has captured the imaginations of millions. Strout managed to make me love this strange woman Id never met, who I knew nothing about. What a terrific writer she is.Zadie Smith, The Guardian Just as wonderful as the original . . . Olive, Again poignantly reminds us that empathy, a requirement for love, helps make life not unhappy.NPR NAMED ONE OF FALLS MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS BY People Time Entertainment Weekly Vanity Fair BuzzFeed Vogue USA Today The Seattle Times HuffPost Newsday Vulture Bustle Vox PopSugar Good Housekeeping LitHub Book Riot Prickly, wry, resistant to change yet ruthlessly honest and deeply empathetic, Olive Kitteridge is a compelling life force (San Francisco Chronicle). The New Yorker has said that Elizabeth Strout animates the ordinary with an astonishing force, and she has never done so more clearly than in these pages, where the iconic Olive struggles to understand not only herself and her own life but the lives of those around her in the town of Crosby, Maine. Whether with a teenager coming to terms with the loss of her father, a young woman about to give birth during a hilariously inopportune moment, a nurse who confesses a secret high school crush, or a lawyer who struggles with an inheritance she does not want to accept, the unforgettable Olive will continue to startle us, to move us, and to inspire usin Strouts wordsto bear the burden of the mystery with as much grace as we can. Praise for Olive, Again Olive is a brilliant creation not only because of her eternal cantankerousness but because shes as brutally candid with herself about her shortcomings as she is with others. Her honesty makes people strangely willing to confide in her, and the raw power of Ms. Strouts writing comes from these unvarnished exchanges, in which characters reveal themselves in all of their sadness and badness and confusion. . . . The great, terrible mess of living is spilled out across the pages of this moving book. Ms. Strout may not have any answers for it, but she isnt afraid of it either.The Wall Street Journal
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BittersweetBooks
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It should never be taken lightly, the essential loneliness of people, that the choices they made to keep themselves from that gaping darkness were choices that required respect 🥀

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Olive is one of my favorite characters, because she is so prickly, and disruptive, and honest. Strout is a genius at writing about ordinary people and situations and making them extraordinary. This book is full of melancholy, and hope.

#WinterGames #TeamFestivus #TBRReads
@wanderinglynn @StayCurious @Clwojick

+16 points (Sunday total = 28 points)

wanderinglynn Sound interesting. 👍🏻⛄️ 4d
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Becker
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I‘m enjoying this. If you liked Olive Kittridge you will like this - guaranteed!

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Bookboss
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I enjoyed Olive Kitteridge, but I loved Olive Again. Most contemporary novels with elderly protagonists are too sentimental and cloying. I love Olive and her honesty. Strout does not shy away from Olive‘s faults or from her struggles with an aging body. This is a beautiful book.

Thousand-Lives Completely agree. I loved this too. 2w
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Floresj
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I loved this collection of Olive and others (especially the connection to Amy and Isabelle!) Strout is one of my favorite authors and she doesn‘t disappoint here either! Great quotes and layered characters makes this a solid pick.

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Latrelwhite
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🍁Thankful for a warm home, hot tea and
Olive Again.🍂

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EKonrad
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Such a good time revisiting Olive!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #arc #Netgalley

Full review at https://erinkonrad.com/2019/11/17/olive-again-book-review/

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peacegypsy
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I‘m so glad we get to spend time with Olive again!

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Nute
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#GratefulReads - Book and Beverage: I still make a mad dash to the bookstore to get the books recommended by Oprah‘s Book Club. I think that she started something back in the 90s. She got a lot of non-reading people to read books. I know that many of her initial selections had a sense of gloom and doom. I must have liked that at one time because I read them all. There are many celebrity folks with book clubs now. I‘m into them as well.👇🏽

Nute Beverage = Apple Almond Delight Fruit Tisane Tea 4w
OriginalCyn620 🙌🏻📚❤️😊 4w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I remember she recommended We Were the Mulvaneys way back when and I hated that book!!! 🤣🤣🤣 4w
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Ruthiella Yes Oprah has a penchant for sad sad sad stories! But I feel like with her more recent picks she‘s moving away from that.🤔 4w
Nute @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Good gracious! Some of her book selections were exhausting. I tried to introduce my mother to the fun of reading with the Oprah‘s Book Club selections. My mother was already a reluctant reader, but after attempting The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, she was even less enthused. I guess it‘s good I didn‘t say ‘Well, Mom, try The Mulvaneys instead!😬 @Ruthiella Agreed! I think that she is selecting more optimistic fiction now! 3w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Nute hahaha true!!! 3w
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Anyone else surprised by this choice? Granted, I never read the first one, and I‘m not a devotee of Oprah‘s book club (or any celebrity book club, for that matter.) it just seems odd to me to choose a book that‘s a sequel.

JSW It surprised me, too. I didn‘t love either the first or the sequel. 4w
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valeriegeary This surprised me too. Mostly because I like when celebrity book clubs pick lesser known books, and I think because of this being a sequel and a TV show a lot of people already knew about it. I scratched my head as this one. 😆🤷🏼‍♀️ 4w
Caroline2 Meh, I couldn‘t finish the first book. It was too hard work. 😓 4w
Zelma Bought she was just picking classics now. I am really out of the Oprah loop. 4w
Mdargusch I don‘t trust any of her choices. 3w
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Latrelwhite
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🍁Finally... after a month on hold at the library it finally came! #Oprahbookclubpick 🍂 After watching the series I was hooked on Olive.☺️

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Reecaspieces
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Review is up on my blog. Check it out. Olive...is just Olive https://reecaspieces.com/2019/11/04/olive-again-by-elizabeth-strout-randomhouse-...

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I haven‘t been posting because my app has been acting up, but I wanted to share that my friend and I went to see Elizabeth Strout! She gave a talk and signed books in a town about an hour away. I enjoyed Olive Kitteridge, but I loved Lucy Barton. Elizabeth Strout was absolutely delightful. If you have a chance to see her, you should!

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GirlWellRead
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Strout is a gift. Revisiting Crosby, Maine, she once again draws on the small-town characters and their connections to Olive. Her works speak to the reader with her signature style of subtle nuances juxtaposed against the not-so-subtle, Olive. This book is a character study that is a feast for the reader.

Admittedly I didn't enjoy this book as much as Olive Kitteridge, but it was lovely to revisit the brutally honest, yet empathetic, Olive.

CarolynM I'm looking forward to this one 1mo
GirlWellRead @CarolynM It was really good :) 1mo
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MMenefee
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Olive, Again is as wonderful as Olive Kitteridge.

Jas16 Really looking forward to reading this! 2mo
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Reecaspieces
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I was there that day @SilversReviews used her teachers voice on @MrBook and yes he deserved it!! 😂😂😂

SilversReviews LOL!!!! ❤️ 2mo
MrBook 😳😆😂👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🙈😇 @SilversReviews 🤗☺️ 2mo
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SilversReviews @Reecaspieces 😍😍😍😍 2mo
MrBook @Reecaspieces 😂🙈😎 2mo
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Christine
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This is a pick for the Olive stories, which, as ever, I really enjoyed. I appreciated the chance to learn what came next for her. Olive is still cranky and often insufferable, but she also still has interesting, complicated flaws, and she still sometimes learns and grows. A couple of the Olive-adjacent stories felt heavy-handed and were just so-so for me, but overall I was happy to be back in Crosby, Maine. 🍂

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Christine
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This fella brought me some much appreciated joy today. Meet “Alex Jr.” - my kiddo made him at school and excitedly gifted to me. My Alex (Sr.?) wears similar glasses, though they aren‘t bedazzled. 😎 My day has otherwise been dominated by fighting off the cold bug that had my other kid miserable for the past few days, and by way too much insanity in the national news (that letter!! 😳🤪🤬😭). Moments of reading the tagged have helped, too.

4thhouseontheleft I thought that letter was a fake, but every news source I have seen reports it as real. 😳🙅🏻‍♀️😵 2mo
Christine @4thhouseontheleft YES. Same here. 😣 2mo
Readerann Lots of ‘escape‘ reading these days 😩 2mo
Christine @Readerann Sigh, yes!! 2mo
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Lauren.Archer
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Not a big reading week, but was able to get a few things in.

Check out my blog at: http://obsessedbookaholic.com/2019/10/07/weekly-reading-round-up-october-7-2019/

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Lauren.Archer
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Let me start off by saying that I utterly adored Olive Kitteridge. Strout gave us this wry female heroin that I could not get enough of. Olive is back, she is older and even more crabby than before.

For my full review, please visit my blog at: http://obsessedbookaholic.com/2019/10/03/olive-again-book-review/

Thank you NetGalley and Random House for an Advanced Reader‘s Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

CarolynM Looking forward to this one 🙂 2mo
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Read as an end to the #SummersEndReadathon and forgot to post the review 🤦🏻‍♀️
I haven‘t read the prequel to this book but I enjoyed Olive, Again. This collection of strouds is set in Crosby, Maine and has either as the main or a peripheral/onlooker character, Olive Ketteridge. The stories show regular people caught in their own struggles, daily events, and power dynamics in different relationships. The stories have a sad undercurrent.#Netgalley

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suvata
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Yep, Olive is back ... older, wiser?, larger and definitely crabbier, and honest to a fault. I have very mixed feelings about Elizabeth Strouts‘ books. I‘m not very fond of the two Olive books but I really liked Anything is Possible and My Name is Lucy Barton. I just have a difficult time warming up to Olive.

BarbaraBB I know what you mean, I loved Lucy Barton and Anything is Possible so much. I did like the first Olive as well, though not as much as Lucy. (edited) 3mo
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Pandalibrarian
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I loved hearing from Olive again. And I really connected with the stories this time. I finished it as we were traveling to see my mother in law in the last hours of her life. It reminded me to be grateful for all the connections in my life.

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Well-ReadNeck
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I loved re-entering Crosby, Maine and the world of Olive Kitterridge. I have read the previous volume of books interlocking stories about Olive and the people she meets, but it has been years and I didn‘t really remember too many specifics. I think this could be read alone. #netgalley

BarbaraBB I didn‘t know this one was published already. Looking forward to it. 4mo
Blaire I love Strout so much. Hadn‘t heard about this one yet! 4mo
CarolynM I love Olive. Looking forward to this one. 4mo
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JSW
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Here‘s the thing. If you loved Olive Kitteridge (which I did not), you will love this book (which I did not). Strout writes amazing contemporary realism, but I can‘t stand her characters and the naked emotions of their stories. I find these books depressing, and heartbreaking, and irritating. So i can‘t give a full pick even though the writing is superb. 🤷🏻‍♀️

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JSW
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Fans of Olive Kitteridge, you‘re in luck! She‘s coming back this fall! Working on this ARC for the Winter newsletter and book group recommendations. #bookgroupambassador 📚👥

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LitandLeisure
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Finished the ARC last night & it is so good! Full review coming soon on litandleisure.com.

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