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Four Seasons in Rome
Four Seasons in Rome: On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World | Anthony Doerr
From the author of the acclaimed Pulitzer Prize-winning #1 New York Times bestseller All the Light We Cannot See, a "dazzling" (Azar Nafisi, author of Reading Lolita in Tehran) memoir about art and adventures in Rome.Anthony Doerr has received many awardsfrom the New York Public Library, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the American Library Association. Then came the Rome Prize, one of the most prestigious awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and with it a stipend and a writing studio in Rome for a year. Doerr learned of the award the day he and his wife returned from the hospital with newborn twins. Exquisitely observed, Four Seasons in Rome describes Doerr's varied adventures in one of the most enchanting cities in the world. He reads Pliny, Dante, and Keats -- the chroniclers of Rome who came before himand visits the piazzas, temples, and ancient cisterns they describe. He attends the vigil of a dying Pope John Paul II and takes his twins to the Pantheon in December to wait for snow to fall through the oculus. He and his family are embraced by the butchers, grocers, and bakers of the neighborhood, whose clamor of stories and idiosyncratic child-rearing advice is as compelling as the city itself. This intimate and revelatory book is a celebration of Rome, a wondrous look at new parenthood, and a fascinating story of a writer's craftthe process by which he transforms what he sees and experiences into sentences.
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rachaich
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Thoroughly enjoyed this. I liked his style of writing and also the elaborate detail about Pliny and other writers. The descriptions about Rome are great, full of little extra details. I'm super excited to be visiting in March.

BarbaraBB Rome is gorgeous. If you‘re looking for another book featuring the city, I can recommend 1w
rachaich @BarbaraBB thank you do much x 1w
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rachaich
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Absolutely riveted by All the Light so chose this as my pre Rome visit book!
It details the year he spent in Rome whilst writing a novel. The book is split into seasons and he's with his family during the stay.
Hoping for some ideas of places to add to my never-ending list of attractions there. 😊😊😊

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Court7
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Lovely, just lovely.

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kstadt929
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Total #blameitonlitsy find and purchase 🤣 Should be a good read!

Crazeedi I definitely want to read! 11mo
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Suelizbeth
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I just love to read memoirs of people‘s‘ adventures in other countries and this is one of the best that I‘ve ever read. The writing is engaging and accessible and I felt like I was in Rome and I didn‘t want to go home at the end. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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suvata
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Well, I just took an incredible trip to Rome, compliments of a memoir by Anthony Doerr. His vivid voice made me see the sights, smell the food and flora, and experience the feeling of being an American traveler in a foreign land. Doerr wrote this book seven years before All The Light We Cannot See. Favoloso!

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suvata
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Now reading: #MMD Flight Pick for March 2019

kstadt929 Going to Rome on our honeymoon and loved All the Light We Cannot See...I think I will have to check this one out!! 11mo
suvata @kstadt929 This one is non-fiction but it is written very well. So far, it is very interesting. I think you‘ll enjoy it. 11mo
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Lcsmcat
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I enjoyed this exploration of Rome on 2 hours of sleep. 😀 I never had twins, but my kids are very close in age, and I can‘t imagine moving with them to a place where nothing was familiar! Lovely writing, as always with Doerr.

Avidreader25 I loved this one too! 13mo
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Lcsmcat
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I started this yesterday and it does not disappoint. #currentlyreading

Crazeedi Looks good! 13mo
Lcsmcat It is. I‘d read his fiction before and I love memoirs of Americans living abroad, so this is right up my alley. 13mo
MallenNC I liked this one too. I love Italy so I enjoyed reading about his time there. 13mo
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LeslieO I read this awhile ago but I remember loving it! I think he was writing All the Light We Can Not See during the stay in Rome 13mo
Lcsmcat @LeslieO I think so. But it sounds like the novel he ended up writing is not the one he thought he was going to write. 13mo
LeslieO I think I need to reread Rome after having read the novel. 13mo
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TrishB
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#december1963 #winterwonderland
Have to admit I didn‘t realise this author had written anything else but All the Light....

Kalalalatja I think he also wrote this, but haven‘t read it 14mo
Cinfhen And this one which I‘ve heard is very good 14mo
BarbaraBB So he wrote a lot 😉! But I don‘t think I‘ll try, I was a bit underwhelmed by All the lights 14mo
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TrishB @Kalalalatja @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB I may have a little look 😁 I loved All The Light 14mo
LauraBeth Anne Bogel has recommended this title a couple of times - which has sparked my interest...it seems to be one of those low/no plot, quiet books - which I love ❤️ 14mo
Cinfhen @LauraBeth I think it‘s a memoir of sorts which really SPEAKS to me 14mo
TrishB @Cinfhen @LauraBeth definitely a memoir. 14mo
LauraBeth Ahhh - a memoir - even better! @TrishB and @Cinfhen 14mo
Eggs Sounds good! 14mo
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HardcoverHearts
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We are about to go to London in less than two weeks. But I cannot handle the sadness that comes when you return from the trip of a lifetime. So I always plan the trip after the next trip. Care to guess what the next destination will be? To prep, I‘m listening to this audiobook, narrated by the author. I find the author a bit of a bore, and kind of basic, to be honest. Not a recommended listen.

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Nidhi_Ashok
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Second book from Anthony Doerr, that I am reading. First one left me speechless. Wondering where this one will take me. #authorobssessions

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MallenNC
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My September Reading wrap-up: Four books read; two nonfiction, one audiobook, one mystery. This was a little bit of a reading slump for me, but I have multiple books in progress. It was hard to get focused on one long enough to finish it! Four Seasons in Rome was my favorite of the four, but Callings was also great. I loved reading people's stories.

Lcsmcat I‘m glad to hear you liked Four Seasons. It‘s on my TBR and I might have to bump it up. 1y
MallenNC @Lcsmcat I liked it! I love Italy and the idea of getting to live there and work on writing is just so appealing! The parts about his new twins were also good. 1y
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MallenNC
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It almost took me four seasons to read this book. I started it in the spring and set it aside before picking it up again during the recent hurricane. It is almost fall! I enjoyed this look at the author's family life -- with newborn twins -- and his creative life while on a sabbatical in Italy. The book also gives glimpses at history and present of Rome. I love Italy so this was great for me.

Liatrek I‘m going to Rome next week for the first time 😊I‘ll have to this to my reading list. 1y
britt_brooke @Liatrek Ooh, have fun! We went a few years ago. It‘s really beautiful. 💚 1y
britt_brooke @MallenNC I‘m glad you posted this because I‘d forgotten all about wanting to read this! 1y
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MallenNC @Liatrek Have an amazing time in Rome! I love Italy! 🇮🇹 1y
MallenNC @britt_brooke I first heard about it on What Should I Read Next, and had it on the TBR for a while. I hope you like it too. 1y
Dolly My daughter is leaving Rome as we speak. She said it‘s beautiful. Better than the 4 other cities she stayed. 1y
Liatrek @MallenNC @britt_brooke @Dolly Thanks I‘m so excited 😍 we are tying to plan tours and build itinerary to make most of the 3 days. 1y
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MallenNC
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Waiting out Hurricane Florence with a book and a cat. (Second cat busy watching out the window). I hope everyone fairs well through the storm.

Tanzy13 🐱 1y
Lcsmcat Stay safe! How are you liking that book? I picked it up at a book sale recently and am looking forward to it. 1y
AmyG Be safe! 1y
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MallenNC @Lcsmcat Thank you! I am liking the book so far. I love Italy so it is nice to read about being there, instead of here. 1y
MallenNC @AmyG Thank you! 1y
Lcsmcat @MallenNC Did you evacuate? My daughter and her fiancé and their animals left Greenville and are riding it out with us in Holly Springs. 1y
MallenNC @Lcsmcat I'm staying at my mom's house, which is an hour west of Raleigh. So still in line for effects but we're hoping not as bad. Glad your daughter is with you! 1y
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peacegypsy
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Driving across Wyoming but walking through Rome in my mind. How fascinating reading is. ❤️

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peacegypsy
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It really can‘t get much better than this. Wheat beer, reading about Rome for a trip to Italy in eight weeks or so, and doing a little writing. Hummus platter not pictured. 😊😌☺️😀

Joyfulmimi Awesome 2y
peacegypsy @joyfulmimi thank you, friend! 2y
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Kdgordon88
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#LitsyAtoZ. @BookishMarginalia

Updating my LitsyAtoZ: Tagged book is current read. About halfway and it is so-so. Other finishes are B)Behold the Dreamers 👍🏼 👍🏼Q) The Queen‘s Accomplice 👌🏼 R) Concealed in Death - Robb 👍🏼 S) Shadow and Bone 👍🏼 and U) Under the Wide and Starry Sky 👌🏼

6 down 20 to go....

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MallenNC
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I have five or so library books that I should be reading but this one has been calling to me. It‘s short so I should finish it pretty soon, even though my view is obstructed a little thanks to my cat, Kate. #currentlyreading #lazySunday

rubyslippersreads Cute cat Kate! 😻 2y
SandyW I often find myself with the same obstruction. I envy those whose pets opt to be book rests instead! 😸 2y
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Avidreader25
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I love this one! It was such a beautiful picture of exploring early parenthood and a new culture. Of course the authors and beautiful prose helps as well!

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Mel01
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Love this, the not knowing is part of the magic. Much like the journey, not the destination as such.

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Kmmsellers
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I also finally finished this one while painting. This is a relaxing book, one to listen to when you want reflection and beautiful language. Though at times, I felt the writing was too flowery, too descriptive, I also sighed in delight at some of the descriptions of a year in Rome. It definitely makes me want to live in another country for a year, for it seems that's the only way to really experience the life that exists there.

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Jen2
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Just lovely!

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Dolly
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This was a toss up between so-so and a pick. I was a bit disappointed with the content, but can't quite put my finger on what was missing. The author traveled to Rome with his wife and twin baby boys (!) to spend a year writing. The focus, I feel, was on the couples understandably clumsy attempts to function, interspersed with the sights and people of Rome. Audio

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Kmmsellers
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I don't think I've ever caught my litfluence score when it's a perfectly round number like this. I ❤ Litsy! It's my happy place thanks to all of you wonderful people. 😊

MrBook WOOHOO!!! Congratulations 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻! And to many, many more 🙌🏻!!! 3y
TrishB 👍😀🎉 3y
Redwritinghood 🎉🎉🎉🎉 3y
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Eyelit 👏📚🎉👍 3y
JoeStalksBeck 👏👏👏👏👏‼️📚🔥🎊📖💥🎶🎶🎶🎂🎈🎉 3y
stacybmartin Yay - congrats!! 🎉📚🎉👏🏼 3y
GypsyKat Congratulations! 🍾🎉🎈 3y
JessClark78 🎊🎉🎊🎉📚 3y
Wife Wow!🌹 3y
BibliophileMomma Congrats! 🎉💖🙌🏼 3y
kspenmoll Congrats!!!!! 🎉🎉💃🏼💃🏼👏👏 3y
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BottledBlue
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.14/06/2017.
"In the heat of a summer afternoon, churches are the only refuges, dim and cool, spots swarming across floors I want to stay in these churches for hours; I want to take off my shirt and lie on the marble, my chest against the stone, and let the perpetual dusk drift over me"

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readeatretreat
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This would be a lovely book to read at any time, but was especially fitting before my trip to Rome last week. We stayed near to where Doerr and his family lived during their time in the city and explored many of the same places. So fun to combine my reading with 'real life'! Here's the view from the Ponte Sisto at sunset. And if anyone wants a great B&B near the Basilica, A Casa di Nannali is AMAZING 🙌🏼

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LukkiAnn
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I enjoyed a half of it, so it will be a pick??. After "All the lights..." (that I hate) I decided to give the author another chance. And I would say I enjoy this book more and clearly saw writing talent in this. It reminds me "Eat, Pray, Love" ( the "Eat" part) and I could not shake the sense how similar these books are in description of Rome. At the half of it I kind of tired of flat plot and felt relieved when I finished it.

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Caterina
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One year ago today, while I was studying abroad in Rome with this amazing guy, we started dating. In addition to the many perfect things about him and our relationship, he is always willing to talk about books with me, he reads the books I recommend to him, he gives me books for presents, and he cuddles with me endlessly while we read books together. In a world that can be a downer, I wanted to share a bit of #joy with y'all today :)

valeriegeary 🙌🙌🙌 3y
Wife Sweet ❤️ 3y
Bookzombie ❤️ 3y
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Cinfhen 💕💕 3y
Libby1 ❤❤❤ 3y
DGRachel Aww. 💖💖 3y
Abailliekaras You had me at 'studying abroad in Rome'! 💖 3y
Reviewsbylola Happy anniversary! ❤️❤️❤️ 3y
CrowCAH Adorable ❤ 3y
asiriusreader Adorable! Happy Anniversary!! 3y
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sprainedbrain
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Part memoir and part travelog... I love Doerr's writing style. This is a very enjoyable story of a couple and their new babies spending a year living in Rome. Beautiful and engaging. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

LitHousewife I loved that book, too. ❤ 3y
christineandbooks Planning to read this this year... glad to see more good recommendations for it! 3y
LauraBeth I want to read this! 3y
Bookchipmunk My book group loved this book! 3y
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sprainedbrain
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It's go time in my time zone for #24in48. Here's my little stack, plus Anne of Windy Poplars and The Drawing of the Three on my Kindle. I will also be listening to more of Middlemarch on audio when not sitting on my butt reading. 😃😃😃😃

Cconnolly Is News of the World a library book? Or yours? I am thinking that's one I want to read, let me know what ya think 3y
sprainedbrain @Cconnolly It's mine, and you can sure borrow it next! (edited) 3y
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Erynecki
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I spent a summer in Florence and have always wanted to go back. This made me long for the rhythms of Italian day to day life once again. If you read All the Light We Cannot See, you'll enjoy the same mellifluous language in this memoir. You'll also delight at his references to his struggles writing the novel many of us now know so well.

respekt1111 A very #tbrtemptation review👍😁 3y
emilyhaldi Great review! I loved All the Light so definitely adding this to my tbr list 👍🏻 3y
Bookchipmunk My book group loved this one! 3y
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Lola
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I'm reading about winter in Rome while living winter in Chicago. I'd rather be in Rome but curled up in my chair with a cappuccino is not a bad way to spend this chilly morning. ☃️❄️ ❄️❄️❄️❄️☃️☕️

Bookchipmunk My book group just read this book and everyone enjoyed spending virtual time in Rome. 3y
sprainedbrain Ooooooh... is that book perhaps coming to visit me next? 😍 3y
Lola @sprainedbrain Only time (and the postman) will tell....😉 3y
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Laetitia.Michau
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Next up...have tried 3 times before to finish it before expiry date. Not sure why, because it is really short and very entertaining. 😳📚📖

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Lola
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Then there's the iPhone home screen, almost all of which is book related. Although I prefer the dedicated e-readers, I do read quite a bit on my iThings as well. And despite all of the e-reading options, I have a floppity jillian paper books. Because...books. #sorrynotsorry #ereader #seasonsreading2016 @RealLifeReading

BarbaraTheBibliophage Wow! I'll be looking up a few of these apps! ❤️📚 3y
Lindy I'm glad I'm not the only one with podcasts piling up. 😉 3y
Laura317 Checking out your apps, too! 3y
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Lola @Lindy Glad I'm not alone! That's what happens when I do audiobooks. And the Hamilton soundtrack/mixtape. Of course, all of my podcasts are book related. And since an empty podcast queue makes me sad, it's ok for now 🙃 3y
Lindy @Lola I like to slip podcasts in between audiobooks, kind of like a palette cleanser. 3y
Lindy I never knew there was a goodreads app. I have been accessing it through Safari on my iPod. Must rectify that! 3y
Faibka @Lola I would love to see a screen shot of your book related podcasts! When BOTN ended I've been trying to find another to fill the void. Thanks to you I downloaded the serial reader 😆👍 3y
Lola @Lindy I like the palette cleanser analogy 😄The GR app is great but not perfect. It works well for on -the-go updates and checking for discussion comments. 3y
Lola @Faibka I love being a book-enabler 😂Podcast post coming up... 3y
Faibka @Lola awesome! Please tag me on it and keep up the enabling! 😜 3y
Lindy @Lola Thanks for further GR info, and also for your more recent book podcast post. 👍 3y
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Caterina
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My boyfriend and I are going to do buddy reads in 2017, and this is our list so far! I've spent much of my life trying to get people to read books with me, so this is a dream come true!
The Doerr memoir is because we met while studying abroad in Rome, right near where Doerr lived! Vonnegut and Stephenson are authors my boyfriend likes but I haven't read yet, and the Secret History is because we're classics majors! Have y'all read any of these?

valeriegeary The Secret History is a good one! 👍 3y
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annebogel
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All the Light gets all the love, but I might love this slim memoir even more. Great for lovers of good prose, those who enjoy peeks behind the curtain of the writing process, and armchair travelers.

KarenUK Sounds good! I loved 'all the light...' and love Rome, so I'm in! 📚 3y
jessdean This has been on my TBR since I heard u talk about it on WSIRN, but I haven't read it yet!! I need to move it up! 3y
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MPHetzer
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"Rome is a broken mirror, the falling strap of a dress, a puzzle of astonishing complexity. It is an iceberg floating below our terrace. All its ballast hidden beneath the surface" Dreaming of the wonders of my favorite city today. Anthony Doerr, the author of All the Light We Cannot See, paints a beautiful picture.

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SheilaChew
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"...then why does the world bother to be so astonishingly, intricately, breathtakingly beautiful?"

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SheilaChew
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Finished my to-do list - now to finish this book! It makes me want to go to Rome.

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SheilaChew
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"Is this what it means to be a parent - to constantly fail to be in control of anything?"

The second time for me to read this book and I am enjoying it just as much as the first time.

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LitHousewife
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I'm just over half way done with this book. I'm so glad I was given the opportunity to read it.

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EmmaTaliercio
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This was possibly my most FAVORITE book I've read this year. If you enjoy traveling, and especially if you've ever been to Rome you HAVE to read this book!

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lisakoby
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Fantastic and transporting read. #nonfiction #travel #writers #writing #beautiful

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lisakoby
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Excited to start this! #nonfiction

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Cseero
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Enjoyed, but also has trouble getting through.

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AFridayFriend
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This is a lovely, warm, nice read

bermudaonion Are you playing cribbage while you read! 4y
bermudaonion That was supposed to be a question mark, not an exclamation point. 4y
AFridayFriend @bermudaonion if it were up to the Handyman we would always be playing cribbage. (I had just finished it) 4y
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"Having a baby is like bringing a noisy, inarticulate foreigner into your house and trying to guess what he likes to eat." Loving Anthony Doerr's memoir so far. ?

lisa.moussalli Oh, I've been thinking about this one! I loved All the Light so much and just want to see more of the world through his words. 4y
Krissajeldy On my list to read! Glad to hear you're liking it so far! 4y
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