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O Beautiful
O Beautiful | Jung Yun
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Elinor has her dream assignment: returning to her native North Dakota and writing about the oil boom. But the leering of the roughnecks haunts her with memories of the times she‘s been taken advantage of as a woman. I viscerally felt her fear moving through this land of men. Trauma is a bitch. It also brings up Elinor‘s wounds from being abandoned by her Korean mother. That said, the ending was rushed, however I do recommend this #audiobook!!

Cinfhen I still have the ARC unread 🙈🙊 2w
Megabooks @Cinfhen it‘s worth reading, imo 👍🏻 2w
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I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about this book by the time I was halfway through. The book explores capitalism, racism, and misogyny. But it seemed for a moment there that every guy Elinor came across was a sleaze. It was a lot back to back. However, it all rang true. It was all honest and relatable. That's how it really is, especially in certain towns. So I couldn't not like it, especially with the beautiful writing.

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This story is interesting - Elinor is in her early 40s and back in North Dakota near where she grew up to write a story about the Bakken oil boom. She's been handed preliminary research by her mentor and former lover, but the story feels like it's about something else, especially from her perspective as a Asian-American woman.

ReadingEnvy The story is interesting, but lacks the heightened reality and momentum of Shelter, which was more of an unputdownable book. Still worth a read. 1mo
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O Beautiful | Jung Yun
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It came!

(To be my next read after The Goldfinch.)

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O Beautiful | Jung Yun
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Saw this ad on Instagram and got really excited. I loved Shelter. I'm definitely picking this one up, I'll have to wait a while though.

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Christine
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Glad to have finally read a Jung Yun book, as I've let Shelter sit on my shelf unread for years! I thought this was great - loved the setting and main character, and there were several stopped-me-in-my-tracks sentences. Pretty heavy in terms of the many intersecting inequalities it lays bare, but I loved it for that. This really makes me want to read some nonfiction about the North Dakota oil boom (I‘d love recommendations, if you have them!).

peaknit I also let Shelter sit and loved it. Thanks for sharing this, I need to check it out. 2mo
Lesliereads I read Shelter - which I found very unhappy and quite well-written. 2mo
Christine @peaknit I must get to Shelter soon! 2mo
Christine @Lesliereads She seems to have a knack for both - the unhappiness and the good writing! 2mo
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https://youtu.be/cMWbuBv32tg

A playlist of all episodes in the Bite-sized Book Chat series: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLU-61cZp1pQdBH5V0Zb9q-2ujl4PY8nhf

Chat #1: with Chris of The Book Cougars from Connecticut

O Beautiful by Jung Yun

A Blizzard of Polar Bears (Alex Carter #2) by Alice Henderson

A Solitude of Wolverines (Alex Carter #1) by Alice Henderson

shawnmooney Chat #2: with Melanie Martin, German in the UK

A Small Place by Jamaica Kincaid

Chat #3: with Paul from Denver, Colorado

Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner

Wolf Willow by Wallace Stegner

Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner

Chat #4: with Sisilia from Singapore

Temptation by János Székely, Mark Baczoni (Translator)

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LeafingThroughLife
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Returning to her home state of North Dakota to report on life in a small town overtaken by an oil boom, Elinor Hanson encounters everything that is wrong with the USA. Misogyny, racism, capitalism run amok, environmental destruction, indigenous suffering, sharp division, hate, helplessness - Yun lays it all bare. Lots of pain, little redemption. It gets a pick for being well-written, but reading it felt a little like having a raw nerve poked.

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PNWBookseller85
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READ THIS BOOK!!! Comes out in November. Holy hell. It‘s a great American novel. It‘s a little clumsy at times. Some of the seams show. But what Yun accomplishes with this story overcomes that completely. I recently finished watching Deadwood for the first time, and this book is almost like a contemporary gold rush novel. Only oil instead of gold. It‘s fascinating.

JennyM Great review. Will look out for it later in the year 7mo
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PNWBookseller85
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One of those books I feel like I need to talk about as I‘m reading — fantastic so far. Takes place in a small town in North Dakota that‘s changed significantly because of an oil boom and has become a little condensed America with all of its heartache and horrors on full display. 1/3rd of the way though and can‘t put it down.

Tamra I recall the reporting on the boom towns and the “little America” description is apt. Lots of growing pains. (edited) 7mo
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