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Vinegar Girl
Vinegar Girl | Anne Tyler
Could the taming of Shakespeare's shrew, Katherina, happen today? Find out in this funny, off-beat version from one of our most beloved novelists."You can't get around Kate Battista as easily as all that."Kate Battista is feeling stuck. How did she end up running house and home for her eccentric scientist father and uppity, pretty younger sister Bunny? Plus, she's always in trouble at work--her preschool charges adore her, but the adults don't always appreciate her unusual opinions and forthright manner. Dr. Battista has other problems. After years out in the academic wilderness, he is on the verge of a breakthrough. His research could help millions. There's only one problem: his brilliant young lab assistant, Pyotr, is about to be deported. And without Pyotr.... When Dr. Battista cooks up an outrageous plan that will enable Pyotr to stay in the country, he's relying--as usual--on Kate to help him. Kate is furious: this time he's really asking too much. But will she be able to resist the two men's touchingly ludicrous campaign to win her round? Anne Tyler's retelling of The Taming of the Shrew asks whether a thoroughly modern, independent woman like Kate would ever sacrifice herself for a man. Its answer is as individual, off-beat, and funny as Kate herself.
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BarbaraJean
Vinegar Girl | Anne Tyler
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Panpan

I was so excited about this one, but it just didn‘t work for me. A contemporary retelling of Taming of the Shrew is difficult, but the scenario seemed workable: father pushes daughter to marry his lab assistant so said assistant can get a green card. But Kate was too passive, there wasn‘t enough snap between her & Pyotr, & the plot made NO sense as to what these characters would actually do. It wrapped up sweetly enough, but I just didn‘t buy it.

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Lcsmcat
Vinegar Girl | Anne Tyler
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Pickpick

It‘s not as good as Hag Seed, but then Shrew is not Tempest. I think Tyler did an excellent job of making this “it couldn‘t happen today” story work as a modern retelling. Brava to her for that.

CarolynM Agreed. 1mo
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Lcsmcat
Vinegar Girl | Anne Tyler
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Sunday evening read. 😀

merelybookish Have you read many of the rewrites? I read one and hated it! 1mo
merelybookish Now that I think about it, maybe we read that one together? 🤔 1mo
Lcsmcat @merelybookish I wasn‘t part of that group, but I did read it. It was OK, but Atwood‘s Hag Seed was better. 1mo
mcctrish I liked Vinegar Girl, but I‘ve always struggled with The Taming of the Shrew in general. A strong willed woman is such a cross for men to bear 🤮 I look forward to reading Hag Seed 1mo
batsy I meant to read Hag Seed after Tempest! I should squeeze it in before I'm done with Lear and get excited about reading retellings of that one 😂 1mo
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DogEaredBooks
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mrsmarch
Vinegar Girl | Anne Tyler

The wounded feeling had spread from her chest to her left shoulder, and she wondered if she were having a heart attack. She would have welcomed it.

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Jeg
Vinegar Girl | Anne Tyler
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Pickpick

Delightful quick, well written read. Very clever modern version Of Taming Of The Shrew. Loved it. Now have to look out the other ones. Wonder if anyone has read any of them. @MrsMalaprop

ImperfectCJ I really like Hogarth Shakespeare! My favorite is Hagseed, Atwood's retelling of The Tempest. In addition to Hagseed and Vinegar Girl, I've read Jo Nesbo's Macbeth and Tracy Chevalier's New Boy (Othello). Gillian Flynn has a Hamlet retelling coming out soon, too, which I'm looking forward to. 4mo
MrsMalaprop Oh now that‘s exciting! I did not know about these. More stack adds 📚📚📚👍. 4mo
CarolynM I liked this one too. Haven't read the others. 4mo
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ManyWordsLater
Vinegar Girl | Anne Tyler
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Poolside reading is great. But what is this book? I don‘t understand the tone. Is this satire? Do I need to brush up on my Shakespeare or avoid Tyler in the future?

Dolly I chose the latter after 3-4 of her books. If this is your first I‘d try another. 4mo
ManyWordsLater @Dolly What should I try next? 4mo
Dolly Can‘t advise you there. I didn‘t like any of her books. 😏 4mo
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Lcsmcat
Vinegar Girl | Anne Tyler
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Two #pink covers from my TBR. #ColorMePretty @Sweetkokoro

BooknerdsLife Awww so pretty! 💖💖 I have Milkman on my never ending TBR too 😅🙈 4mo
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katelucia
Vinegar Girl | Anne Tyler
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i love taming of the shrew so i‘m especially excited for this one 💕

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Deborah42
Vinegar Girl | Anne Tyler
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Pickpick

Cute retelling of The Taming of the Shrew.

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JoyBlue
Vinegar Girl | Anne Tyler
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Mehso-so

This is my neighborhood book club's June pick. I don't think it's an improvement on the original.

[In case you're keeping track, my online book club's June pick is Anne Tyler's Clock Dance. Funny!]

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JoyBlue
Vinegar Girl | Anne Tyler
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The library was *hoppin'* during the Summer Reading kick-off! We entered a raffle for park district experiences, picked up pins & genre rubber ducks (DH let me pick both of ours—I picked mystery & sci-fi), made post-it dispensers, and picked up registration scratch-off cards/coupons (neither won prizes). We got to chat with several staff members—always a treat. Finally, I snagged my neighborhood book club's June pick (tagged) in the book nook!

JoyBlue Of course, also returned materials that were due and picked up my book on hold. 6mo
DebinHawaii Nice! I wish our libraries had such a big summer kick off. Love the 🦆🦆😉 6mo
JoyBlue @DebinHawaii LOL—aren‘t they a hoot?! Our library is so awesome! I‘ve loved it since we moved here 26 years ago, and I love serving as trustee (I‘m halfway through my 4-year term). 6mo
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suzie.reads
Vinegar Girl | Anne Tyler
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Pickpick

I loved this 💗
A very witty and charming retelling of The Taming of the Shrew.
Really enjoying this Hogarth Shakespeare series 😁

#Seriesread @TheSpineView

TheSpineView Good job! 7mo
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arcticxxfabby
Vinegar Girl | Anne Tyler
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Pickpick

Kate was so relatable. I love her sarcastic nature and it seemed like I wasn't the only one. Things don't always go as planned, but sometimes that leads to very interesting surprises.

#bookclubbook

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IndoorDame
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Panpan

I can‘t actually remember the last time I read anything that I hated. This is a modern adaptation of Taming of the Shrew, which I suppose in retrospect I might have known would upset me, but I tend to be interested in retellings, and there‘s no reason one couldn‘t do a feminist take on this story, so every time I wanted to bail some nagging curiosity to see if this might turn in that direction kept me reading.

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MolliesaurusRex
Vinegar Girl | Anne Tyler
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Panpan

I still hate it. There were some promising parts towards the end, but they were all interrupted by the same eye-rolling, awful character development & plot that the rest of the book suffered from. Final verdict: 1.5/5 stars, simply for readability, length, & the fact that those few promising parts were actually good despite how awful the rest was.

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MolliesaurusRex
Vinegar Girl | Anne Tyler
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“You‘re just exactly like him: two peas in a pod.”
“I‘m what? Take that back!” Kate said.

Riveting story, let me tell you guys. I need a drink just to get through it.🙄 #awful #donttakeonshakepeareifyouregonnasuckatit #ihatethisbook #themaincharacterislessmaturethanmyfiveyearoldstepdaughter

CarolynM Welcome to Litsy 🌼 13mo
MolliesaurusRex @CarolynM thank you!😊 13mo
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MolliesaurusRex
Vinegar Girl | Anne Tyler

....I hate this book so far. I had really high hopes for it (despite all of the reviews I read saying it‘s as bad as I now know it to be), but I absolutely hate it. I hate it more than I hated Frankenstein and all of its whiny “woe is me, I‘ve ruined my life and the lives of everyone around me but I refuse to do anything that might fix it.” Which is saying a lot. Hopefully it gets better.😩

Wife Welcome to Litsy!🌹 13mo
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UCLAoso
Vinegar Girl | Anne Tyler
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Retelling of Taming of the Shrew. I‘ve heard mixed reviews but I still want to read it - perhaps when I‘m in the mood for a light read.

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RenePenn
Vinegar Girl | Anne Tyler
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Bargain bin purchases. Has anyone read any of these? #bargains

MommyWantsToReadHerBook Vinegar Girl was sweet, I didn't realise beforehand that it was The Taming of the Shrew. Not the best Anne Tyler ever but an enjoyable light read. 1y
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Nitpickyabouttrains
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Pickpick

I am really into the Hogarth Shakespeare retellings. This was Taming of the Shrew. Not my favorite version, that is still 10 Things I Hate About You. But this one was fun and quick. The characters were witty and I liked the way they interacted.

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Litpixie
Vinegar Girl | Anne Tyler
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August has been a barren month for reading so I'm hoping to get this book read over the next two days.

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Devyn
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Mehso-so

Been a while since I‘ve read a book I‘m this “meh” about. Certainly wasn‘t bad and was well-written and adapted well from the play. Just wasn‘t a huge fan of Taming so this one just missed the mark for me personally. Onward and upward! #reversereadathon

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Devyn
Vinegar Girl | Anne Tyler
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Took a very long break to sleep and take care of the pup but now I‘ve got about an hour and a half of uninterrupted reading time while she‘s at the groomer. It‘s highly likely I planned this grooming trip especially for today for a reason 😉 #reversereadathon

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Devyn
Vinegar Girl | Anne Tyler
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Book 2 of #reversereadathon! A bit over a hundred pages in and not totally loving it (although Shrew isn‘t a favorite play of mine so that could be why). We‘ll see!

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Devyn
Vinegar Girl | Anne Tyler
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Honestly shocked it has taken me this long to pick this one up. Can‘t say no to a Shakespeare adaptation!

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AlizaApp
Vinegar Girl | Anne Tyler
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Pickpick

Modern retelling of Taming of the Shrew. Probably not better than 10 Things I Hate About You, but that‘s a high bar. I liked the framing of visa issues as Kate‘s motivating factor.

RebelGrrrl There are so few things that are better than 10 Things I Hate About You..... :) 1y
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Skyrimir
Vinegar Girl | Anne Tyler
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I love my library‘s book sale! They have two a year and I always find plenty of awesome stuff. I‘m already looking forward to December!

ephemeralwaltz Fantastic haul!! 2y
emilyhaldi 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
ladym30 Great haul!! 2y
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Librarybelle
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I read this last year and thought it was okay...a #retelling of The Taming of the Shrew by Shakespeare. #maylovesclassics

audiobooklover Still one of my favorites 1y
Librarybelle @audiobooklover It was a quick read! 1y
audiobooklover Well I got to tell you I listened to the audio book and that was awesome! 1y
Librarybelle @audiobooklover Sometimes I think listening to the book is much better than reading the book - the narrator can make or break the narrative. I may have to check out the audio of this sometime! 1y
audiobooklover So so true ...enjoy it 1y
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sixminutesforme
Vinegar Girl | Anne Tyler
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Pickpick

This was a really good adaptation of The Taming of the Shrew (admittedly not my favourite of Shakespeare‘s works!), with some interesting commentary on identity and marriage. I found the narration of the audiobook particularly effective at giving the characters depth.

CarolynM I really enjoyed this one. I thought she was clever to set up a believable scenario in which a modern girl of Kate's temperament would be beholden to her father in that way. 2y
sixminutesforme Yes! Very believable! 2y
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Sandsing7
Vinegar Girl | Anne Tyler

“Beware the sweet person for sugar has no nutrition.”

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Purpleness
Vinegar Girl | Anne Tyler
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Yes, a few of them were just barely beginning to fly

GatheringBooks i have this on my TBR stack - received it as a review copy but haven‘t gotten around to reading it yet. 2y
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Pandagirl
Vinegar Girl | Anne Tyler
Pickpick

Loved this retelling of the classic Shakespeare! Modern and not as infuriating of a story line, Kate is a like-able hero and you find yourself rooting for her throughout. Highly recommend.

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Victoria_Clyne
Vinegar Girl | Anne Tyler
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Pickpick

This is the third of the Hogarth Shakespeare novels that I've read. Each one is a retelling of a Shakespeare classic written by a different author. I've been really enjoying them though I wonder whether I would enjoy them more if I had read the original. This one is based on the Taming of the Shrew. I think this might be my first Anne Tyler and I'll be going back for more.

ShookBelf Love that cover 💐💐 2y
Victoria_Clyne I know @ShookBelf the cover is gorgeous. 2y
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MsLeah8417
Vinegar Girl | Anne Tyler

This one looks interesting. Would love to know what others think about it.

BookishMe It's enjoyable as long as you don't compare it to the Shakespeare's play ;)) 2y
MsLeah8417 @BookishMe gotcha! Thanks! 2y
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Victoria_Clyne
Vinegar Girl | Anne Tyler
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Made this Chocolate and Zucchini Brownie while audiobaking. Thanks so much for the giant zucchini @Joanne1. Pity my carnavore of a son wasn't too keen on it.

Mitch Mmm...audiobaking - now that‘s an idea! 2y
Victoria_Clyne @Mitch I also do audiocooking and audiohanging out the washing. 2y
Bklover Looks yummy! 2y
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Victoria_Clyne @Bklover unfortunately it looks better than it tasted. Think it needed more sugar. 2y
Bklover We make black bean brownies. We make sure never to tell anyone that they contain black beans (no one in my family would eat them if they knew). 2y
Victoria_Clyne @Bklover I feel like I'm forever trying to find ways to smuggle vegetables and fruit into food. Neither my husband or son are big on them. 2y
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Maria514626
Vinegar Girl | Anne Tyler
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Pickpick

A fun, charming retelling of the Taming of the Shrew. It did squeal to a halt at the end. As if the author had suddenly run out of time. #tamingoftheshrew

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LaurenReads
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Pickpick

I enjoyed this book. It was quick and funny, but lacked something in the characters‘ development. I wished there was more. It‘s between a pick and a so-so for me.

JamieArc I agree on the character development. I like Anne Tyler‘s other novels so I found this a bit disappointing in comparison. Still - a light, fun read and interesting take on a Shakespeare story. 2y
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Moray_Reads
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Panpan

Is it too early in the year for a pan? Because this is shockingly poor. It bears virtually no resemblance to the original, the plot is a shambles and it is utterly, absolutely unfunny. I'm not sure whether making fun of non-American accents and speech patterns is supposed to be satirical but it comes across as a painfully cheap attempt at humour. The whole thing reads like a last-minute homework assignment and it does not get a passing grade.

readordierachel Never to early for a pan. 2y
Moray_Reads @ReadOrDieRachel I lasted 1 day! 😂 2y
minkyb Oh my! 2y
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vivastory I was considering reading all of the Hogarth Shakespeare retellings this year. I may have to skip this one 2y
Moray_Reads @vivastory being brutally honest the only one that has worked for me has been Margaret Atwood's. Although, while there were problems with Jeanette Winterson's the writing itself was beautiful. 2y
vivastory Have you read 2y
vivastory I've heard great things about it 2y
Moray_Reads @vivastory I haven't. I started one by St Aubyn once and had to bail (doesn't happen often) and I've never picked up another 2y
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DeborahSmall
Vinegar Girl | Anne Tyler
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2/4 Christmas swap with Rachael ❤️ Vinegar Girl, The Widow and Bonfire all signed 😘😘

Grimscythe Bonfire is sooooo good. 2y
TrishB Lovely ❤️ 2y
LeahBergen 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
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TheAliceEvers
Vinegar Girl | Anne Tyler
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A little trip to the book shop today 😄

This is a modern retelling of Shakespeare‘s The Taming of the Shrew, found by @MummaBear

We loved Anne Tyler‘s A Spool of Blue Thread and I think Taming of the Shrew is one of the best stories and extremely relevant today!

Definitely need to give this a read then!

DivineDiana This was such a fun read! 2y
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BookishMe
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Mehso-so

One of the reading challenges, compiled by a FB reading group was to read a book written by author with the name Anne.
Wasn't planning to tick that and it wasn't on my mind when I picked up Bronte for the Book Fairies BOTM or Tyler's retelling.

Enjoying Bronte's poignant prose. I wasn't impressed with Tyler's version, and it's my first time reading her book.
Nonetheless will read another book to discover her authentic style.
Any recommendations?

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PurpleyPumpkin
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Tyler was hampered with the task of creating a modern version of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew. Given the subject matter, I think she did an admirable job. The wacky characters and their story were amusing and charming. I didn't always buy into the plot, but the humorous bits won me over. And it was a fairly quick read, so there's that. And the ending was satisfying, which is always a plus. 3/5⭐️

UwannaPublishme Great review! And I totally agree. I thought Anne did a splendid job with the task at hand. Very enjoyable for me, too. 😊👍🏻 2y
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PurpleyPumpkin
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New week, new book! I read Hag-Seed earlier this year and enjoyed it. So, I‘m looking forward to reading this one, also from the Hogarth Shakespeare series.

Michelle_mck I really enjoyed this one - I know some people didn‘t but it made me laugh and I loved the oddness of them 2y
PurpleyPumpkin @Michelle_mck Good to hear that you enjoyed this one! The book blurb has me intrigued. 🤔 2y
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raihana2005
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Pickpick

a quick easy read. relatable characters made me giggle too

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saresmoore
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I want to finish this book because I like The Taming of the Shrew and I think her treatment of the story is interesting, BUT there is just so much dialogue! Sheesh! At least it‘s a quick read.

BarbaraBB Great shelves in the background 😍! 2y
LauraBrook ❤️ that cover, and your gorgeous shelves in the background! 2y
DivineDiana I did the audio, and it was great! 2y
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saresmoore
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Well, that pretty much sums up my feelings about children, too.

Soubhiville Ditto that!!! 2y
Suet624 Now that I‘m old(er) I‘ve started to like more kids. 2y
rabbitprincess I really only like the kids of people I already know 😬 2y
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saresmoore @Suet624 I think I‘ve had more jobs working with children than any other kind and that was mostly just because I was a responsible “girl”—even now my adult friends assume I must be good with children, but I‘m really not! I don‘t even like my own all that much! 😝 You and I are enough alike, though. I‘m sure I‘ll come around eventually. 2y
saresmoore @rabbitprincess I think sometimes meeting a person‘s kid(s) has actually made me like that person less. 🙃 2y
Suet624 @saresmoore yup. I was the same way. My kids, too, bugged me. But it changes. :) 2y
LeahBergen Yep. I worked in a daycare when I was 19 and I quickly realized that there were a lot of a-hole children out there. Oddly enough, there seemed to be a correlation between a-hole kids and a-hole parents. 🤔😉 2y
saresmoore @LeahBergen Absolutely! I worked at The Breakers Hotel (old money, within a mile of Trump‘s house) in their family entertainment center—I mostly only met nannies, but when I did meet parents, I immediately made the correlation. 🤦‍♀️ 2y
merelybookish I'm better with older kids. I like my kids more the older they get...well most of the time. 😬 2y
batsy @saresmoore @rabbitprincess Same. Anytime I meet bratty children I look at their parents or primary caregivers and I can see how it happened 😬 2y
Debiw781 I work with kids... this made me 😂😂😂 2y
Moray_Reads Hear hear! 2y
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Jess7
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#VinegarGirl by #AnneTyler is a modern-retelling of Shakespeare‘s #TheTamingofTheShrew. Kate feels stuck, running house for her eccentric scientist father and uppity, pretty younger sister. Kate‘s father is on the verge of a breakthrough in his research that will help millions, but all will be lost if his lab assistant, Pyotr, is deported. Kate must decide whether her father‘s plan to save Pyotr is asking too much. #SpookyOctober #Retelling #TBR

Monique Hope you enjoy it :) 2y
UrsulaMonarch @Jess7 thanks for the synopsis! I just finished 2y
UrsulaMonarch & am interested in more of these Hogarth books! 2y
emmaturi I enjoyed this book! 2y
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Beckys_Books
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Mehso-so

Anne Tyler's retelling of The Taming of the Shrew seems incomplete. It's as if Tyler had a deadline and crammed it in between laundry and a trip to the grocery store the weekend before it needed to be printed. Read it or don't, your life won't be much different either way.

LiteraryinLititz That‘s good to know. I felt similarly about New Boy, the retelling of Othello in the Hogarth series. I bailed. 2y
Avidreader25 @LiteraryinLititz So far I‘ve read New Boy, Vinegar Girl and Hagseed, but Hadseed is the only one that rose above a “retelling” for me. 2y
DGRachel Bummer. I really love Taming of the Shrew. I wasn't impressed with Hagseed, either. 😔 2y
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