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Texreader
Bear: A Novel | Julia Phillips
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Two sisters living on a Canadian island are bound up in dreams of selling their “ancestral” home for a fortune when their mom dies and moving away from their dead-end jobs. But when a bear continually occupies their lives, it becomes obvious all is not what it seems. Both sisters are frustrating in different ways but so real. The book makes you think, what would I do if a wild, dangerous animal stalks your home? I‘d be terrified…because it‘s a ⬇️

Texreader recurring nightmare I‘ve had as long as I can remember. So this one really hit home. But I thought the story was also so well done, slowly revealing the reality of the sisters‘ lives. I‘ve already recommended it to one person here in England (Scottish Sally, another reader) to read it. #camplitsy2024 @squirrelbrain @Megabooks @BarbaraBB 1d
squirrelbrain Sounds like you enjoyed it, despite being frightened! 😬 23h
PurpleyPumpkin I just bought this book! Based on your review, I‘m glad I did. 😉 20h
BarbaraBB Fantastis review! 13h
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BarbaraBB
Bear: A Novel | Julia Phillips
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Again I fell under the spell of Julia Phillips‘ writing. So unique in style and plot.

Sam and Elena live on a small island in the Pacific Northwest. They work and take care of their dying mother. The days are pretty similar until a bear arrives upon the island. That changes all and my heart went out to Sam, the narrator of the story, and her elder sister. A lovely book about loss and hope and life in general. #CampLitsy24

(📸: Takayama, Japan)

squirrelbrain Glad you enjoyed it - looking forward to starting it! 2d
Megabooks I'm looking forward to it! Camp Litsy has brought us a lot of interesting books this year. 2d
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain @Megabooks CampLitsy really did bring us such an eclectic mix of good books. So proud of Litsy ❤️ 2d
sarahbarnes Oh glad you liked it! I‘m starting it soon. Great pic! 1d
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Jas16
Bear: A Novel | Julia Phillips
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After over a week in the hospital (I am on the mend and better every day) this was the first book to hold my attention. Two sisters are barely getting by while taking care of their terminally ill mother when a bear appears in their lives. Each sister reacts differently to the danger in ways that might reveal more than their feelings about nature. I flew through this book but its impact lingers. I think there will be a lot to discuss in #camplitsy.

BarbaraBB What a wonderful review. I am halfway through now and enjoying it too. Wishing you a speedy recovery ❤️‍🩹 3d
kspenmoll I hope you heal soon. Glad you had a good book to get you through. 💛 3d
CBee Omg Jen! I‘m so sorry you‘ve been ill. So glad you‘re on the mend ♥️ 3d
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Bookwormjillk Sorry to hear you‘ve been in the hospital. Hooray for good books! 2d
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘m so sorry 😞 I hope you recover quickly ❤️‍🩹 2d
Anna40 Feel better soon! 2d
Jas16 @BarbaraBB @kspenmoll @CBee @Bookwormjillk @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Anna40 Thank you all so much for the well wishes. Getting stronger every day and finally finding it easier to read! I appreciate you all so much. 1d
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AllDebooks
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#Naturalitsy July #buddyread

Since starting this book, I have been paying more attention to the sky. I've spent many moments cloudspotting, although I remain a novice.

I like the poem by James Russell Lowell (p.89)

"Who knows whither the clouds have fled?
In the unscarred heaven, they leave no wake,
And the eyes forget the tears they have shed,
The heart forgets its sorrow and ache. "

From The Vision of Sir Launfal.

kspenmoll I just saw this review in Marginalian by Maria Popova An Illustrated Field Guide to the Science and Wonder of the Clouds – The Marginalian https://www.themarginalian.org/2024/07/13/cloudspotting-for-beginners/ 4d
AllDebooks @kspenmoll that's a great article, the illustrations are beautiful. Thanks for sharing. 😊 4d
Avanders Ooh this book has been on my list for a while! ☁️🩵 3d
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Meshell1313
Bear: A Novel | Julia Phillips
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Another great #camplitsy24 pick that I would not have read on my own. Two sisters trying to better their lives while feeling stuck on their island and taking care of their sick mother. Then a bear shows up. You can kind of guess where it‘s going but I still was enthralled and entertained. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

BarbaraBB Glad you loved it. I am reading it right now. 4d
AmyG I just started this and am really enjoying it. Happy to read your high praise! 4d
Megabooks Yay! Glad you loved it! 4d
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squirrelbrain Hooray - that sounds promising! 4d
Clare-Dragonfly Sounds like the fairy tale Rose-White and Rose-Red! Are there similarities beyond the sisters and mother struggling and then a bear shows up? 4d
Meshell1313 @Clare-Dragonfly oh that‘s so interesting! I do think that‘s where the similarities end- although if I remember the sisters in the Snow White rose red fairy tale are very different like the ones in this book as well and although it‘s based in reality the author still relates meeting the bear to a magical experience. Curious what the author would say! 1d
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AllDebooks
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It's that day of the week for a little focused rest and relaxation. Are you joining our communal read tonight? #Hyggehour is an hour set aside each week to unwind.

I'll be reading the #NaturaLitsy #buddyread (tagged), hopefully while outside cloudspotting.

What are your plans?

@TheBookHippie @Chrissyreadit @jenniferw88

Bookwormjillk I can‘t wait! 4d
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Graciouswarriorprincess
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This was an insightful and amazing read. I feel that it a book that I will pick up often and still learn something new from it. Book 151 of the year.

kspenmoll In my TBR- 5d
Graciouswarriorprincess @kspenmoll You will enjoy it! 5d
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Texreader
Bear: A Novel | Julia Phillips
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squirrelbrain Love a map! 5d
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Texreader
Bear: A Novel | Julia Phillips
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My next ebook. It arrived early from the library so I‘m starting it tomorrow if my travels allow. #camplitsy24 @squirrelbrain @Megabooks @BarbaraBB

AmyG I started it. Good so far. 5d
squirrelbrain Hooray! ❤️ 5d
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yourfavouritemixtape
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Jumped on the #naturalitsy train again and this was a good one. Very interesting and well narrated (even though at times it felt as if he tried a bit too hard to be funny). I will definitely look at the sky more closely now. Clouds are fascinating. I might also re-read this with a pen and paper and not right before my bedtime as I fear I have already forgotten half of all the interesting facts.

AllDebooks I'm so glad you liked it. I've been taking more notice of the clouds as I'm reading this 💚☁️💚 5d
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