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squirrelbrain
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#readingUSA2019

I really enjoyed this #nfnov memoir of growing up in a logging community in #idaho and the author‘s battle to find her place as a teenager in an increasingly religious family.

#wil I learnt of some really interesting parallels with recently-read ‘My Name is Why‘, although entirely different countries, where both authors were abandoned suddenly by foster families for no reason, and their journeys questioning why.

Librarybelle Sounds interesting! 2d
Clwojick 9 pts. 21h
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BarbaraBB
We Are Called to Rise | Laura McBride
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Las Vegas, city of opposites, where glamour and wealth seem never far away from poverty and harshness.
A refugee boy, a lonely wife, a war veteran with PTSD, another veteran in rehab, and a social worker. I‘d like to read more about each of them.
But this book is about the tragedy that interweaves their storylines. A tragedy that represents the major themes of current times. It is sad with a glimpse of hope. I loved it.

#ReadingUSA2019 #Nevada

Kalalalatja Great review! 👏 3d
JennyM Fantastic review - and sounds totally my type of read. Thanks for sharing #stacked 😘 3d
MicheleinPhilly I just went to stack this and then thought, “This sounds familiar.” On Kindle. 🤦🏻‍♀️ 3d
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Librarybelle Great review! 3d
Cinfhen Beautiful review! So glad it was a pick❣️I‘m always a little worried when I recommend a book. You‘re almost there 🙌🏻 3d
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Most of the time we‘re in sync 💕 3d
Cinfhen True @BarbaraBB 👯‍♀️ 3d
Jee_HookedOnBookz I love this cover! But I think I saw a different one in BN. Great review! ❤️ 2d
BarbaraBB @Jee_HookedOnBookz Thanks! It‘s the UK edition I think. I bought it from BookDepository. 2d
BarbaraBB @MicheleinPhilly I hope you‘ll get to it soon! 2d
Reggie This sounds great. Stacked! 2d
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Hooked_on_books
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From 2000 to 2004, Jesmyn Ward lost 5 important young men in her life and community, including her brother. Here she weaves the stories of their lives and deaths between her own brutal childhood story. It‘s amazing that she survived. This is a tough read from which I had to take a lot of breaks. It‘s filled with heartbreak and tragedy but ultimately proves the author‘s resilience.

@Cinfhen

#ReadingUSA2019 #Mississippi

squirrelbrain Haven‘t heard of this one before - sounds like a good one, if rather tough. Stacked. 6d
Cinfhen Just finished!! I had a different reading experience but agree that JW can write and she‘s a strong, inspiring voice for her generation 6d
NatalieR Great review! 5d
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Librarybelle Great review! 5d
Hooked_on_books @Cinfhen I still haven‘t read her first novel, though I do have it. The essay collection she edited, The Fire This Time, is actually her most important book for me. It made me realize some of my thinking about race was flawed. And it‘s tremendous. 5d
Hooked_on_books @NatalieR @Librarybelle Thanks you guys! ☺️ 5d
Cinfhen I still want to read her essay collection! Thanks for the reminder and the impromptu BuddyRead 5d
Hooked_on_books @Cinfhen Thanks to you, too! We should do it again sometime. Maybe we‘ll eventually find a book we agree on. 😂 5d
Cinfhen 💕💕💕 5d
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Beware of Pity | Stefan Zweig, Trevor Blewitt
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#WeeklyForecast 45/19

A new month means another 50 pages of Proust - like I‘ve been doing since 2017. This is the last book in the series but it‘ll take months to finish it.
I just started the tagged book. Zweig is becoming a favorite author.
Next will be a shorty for the #1001books list, The Glass Bees.
I guess that will be it for this week but just in case, I added the next one for the #ReadingUSA2019 challenge, We are Called to Rise.

Cinfhen I‘m guessing that‘s your Nevada pick 2w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Yes! Weren‘t you the one who suggested it? 2w
Cinfhen I think so 😬🤞🏼🤞🏼 2w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Its premise looks great! I hope I‘ll get to it this wel but that may be a bit too ambitious 😉 2w
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True Grit | Charles Portis
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An old school western, this book. Raving reviews everywhere but I wasn‘t pulled in for one minute. I couldn‘t connect to the plot, the setting or the characters. Well, at least I can tick off #Arkansas for the #ReadingUSA2019 challenge!

Graywacke Think I‘ll pass on this (ok, it wasn‘t on the list anyway...) 2w
ValerieAndBooks I really liked this one! But I know sometimes one doesn‘t always like what “everyone” likes 😉 2w
sprainedbrain I‘m taking this off of my tbr... I‘ve been hesitant to read it for years and you just helped me decide. 😃 2w
jillrhudy I loved it too! 2w
Librarybelle Yes - at least another one ticked off the list! 2w
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squirrelbrain
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Mehso-so

Such an annoying book - very woe-is-me and everyone else is to blame for their problems. The author and her husband owe the IRS a huge debt so they go to live in a shack in the mountains of #northcarolina and raise goats (there ends up being about 10 goats so goodness knows where the title comes from!)

#nfnov #wil #whatIlearned Possums do actually ‘play possum‘. Oh and don‘t be such a whinge-bag when you brought it on yourself!

#ReadingUSA2019

Librarybelle I‘ve heard this one isn‘t that great. Good for you for staying with it...another state down! 2w
Crazeedi I borrowed this but didnt read before I had to return, probably wont be in a hurry to get again. Thanks for review 2w
squirrelbrain I wouldn‘t bother @Crazeedi - very annoying! At least it was free on Libby and a quick read! @Librarybelle 2w
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TrishB 😂 great review 2w
Hooked_on_books Hmm…sounds more like a pan! In good goat news, did you know that the Reagan library used a team of hundreds of goats in the spring to eat back ground cover around the library and this probably saved the library from a recent wildfire? Hooray for goats! 2w
rsteve388 9 pts 3 for TIL, 5 because you finished it and 1 for the post it's self. 2w
squirrelbrain That‘s fab news @Hooked_on_books ! They certainly are good goats! 2w
Crazeedi @Hooked_on_books that is awesome, I've heard of places using goats to clear growth, this is fantastic 2w
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BarbaraBB
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#BookReport week 44/19

The Man who Saw Everything was a quick read and everything I hoped for.
The Princess of Cleves, a kind of 18th century soap, I had to bail on. I used it for the public domain prompt for #Booked2019 though.
The Lowland had been on my shelves since 2014. I finally read it because it is set in Rhode Island, a state I still needed for #ReadingUSA2019. I enjoyed it much more than I anticipated.

So I had a good reading week!

squirrelbrain 😁👍 Great week! 2w
Cinfhen Nice week!!! I had a bail too!!!! 2w
Lcsmcat I‘ve got The Lowland on my shelf. Maybe I should bump it up. 2w
Centique What @Lcsmcat said ☝️exactly the same here. 😊 2w
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The Lowland | Jhumpa Lahiri
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I liked this book more than I expected. It is a family saga set in turbulent Calcutta and quiet Rhode Island. It‘s about brothers and wives, mothers and daughters. Above all it is about people making choices for themselves and the consequences of those choices for others. Lahiri is a thoughtful storyteller with a lot to tell.

#ReadingUSA2019 #RhodeIsland

Librarybelle Awesome! 2w
vivastory I love Lahiri's stories, I need to read this one 2w
Blaire One of my go-to authors! 2w
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squirrelbrain
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I just signed up for #nonfictionnovember #nfnov.....

The first three books are also #doubledipping for #ReadingUSA2019. I only picked 6 so far but I‘ve just been through my (physical) TBR shelf and there‘s at least another 20....

Looking forward to it! Visit @Clwojick or @rsteve388 if you want to join in too.....

RachelO Common Ground is SO good 🦊. 2w
squirrelbrain I know @RachelO - I‘ve been meaning to read it for sooooo long.... and it‘s set less than a mile from my house... 2w
RachelO Oh of course - I hadn‘t made that connection, but that‘s SO close - you‘ll bee off exploring at all hours! I loved it. 2w
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squirrelbrain
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Today‘s book mail. I ordered the book (a used copy) for both #nfnov and #readingUSA2019 - #doubledipping!

The card and horribly cute bookmark are from the lovely @TrishB - hope your trip has gone well 😘

BookNAround I really like Doig‘s fiction but I‘ve never read his non-fiction. I‘ll be curious to see what you think. (edited) 2w
TrishB Glad it arrived 👍🏻 I left them for hubby to post. Fly home tonight 👍🏻 2w
squirrelbrain Have a good trip back @trishb....hope you have a good book for the journey 😘 2w
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TrishB I started this one a couple of nights ago - looking forward to actually reading more than a couple of pages! 2w
Librarybelle Way to double dip! Great idea! 2w
Lcsmcat I haven‘t read this one yet, but I love Doig‘s writing- fiction and nonfiction. 2w
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