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EricaCurtis11

EricaCurtis11

Joined December 2016

Bibliophile, Francophile, art and tiki cocktail lover, avid knitter. I'm also on Instagram @ericacurtis11.
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Braiding Sweetgrass | Robin Wall Kimmerer
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For those of you who love nature, the outdoors, environmental science or ecology, Robin Wall Kimmerer writes beautiful essays about her relationship and the relationship of indigenous peoples with the land. #justfinished

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It's gonna be a rough last week of August! #paris #nonfiction #beachread

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#backpackEurope I didn't do backpacking in my most recent trip to Europe but I did do some book shopping.

Linsy Looks fantastic! 2y
SandyW That bookstore looks so inviting! 2y
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Beartown: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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I've been inactive for awhile, too much work and stress. I've made some changes and have reprioritized. Today was about knitting and reading.

cathysaid Sounds perfect. Will that be a sweater? Love the colors. #knittersoflitsy 2y
EricaCurtis11 @cathysaid yes, it's the beginning of a sweater. 2y
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See What I Have Done | Sarah Schmidt
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I flew through this one but I'm a sucker for a historical fiction true crime combo. It's a retelling of the Borden murders from four different perspectives.

EvieBee Lovely photo and so glad you loved it. I‘ve been patiently waiting for a copy from my library. I‘m next! Can‘t wait. 2y
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The Year of the Flood | Margaret Atwood
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Library book sale haul... $2 a bag. #bookhaul #librarybooksale

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Great historical fiction novel on the patent lawsuits between George Westinghouse and Thomas Edison and the War of Currents between Tesla and Edison. This may seem dull to some; I assure it's quite the contrary. The audiobook narrator was fantastic. #justfinished #historicalfiction #bookrecommendation #botm #july

Bradleygirl OMG absolute win for the pic. 😂😙 I got introduced to the transcendence of Tesla via a StuffYouShouldKnow podcast years ago. Flabbergasting. 3y
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Loved the book, loved the city even more. #titlewithgood #aprilbookshowers

britt_brooke I want to read this! My Overdrive hold should come through pretty soon. 👍🏻 3y
Reecaspieces This is one of my favorite cities! And Tybee is just a hop away (edited) 3y
erzascarletbookgasm Ah, this book is still on my TBR! 3y
Zelma Hate the movie, absolutely adore the book! And one of my favorite cities to visit! ❤️ 3y
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The Invisible Bridge | Julie Orringer
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One of my favorite WWII historical fiction novels. #underthebridge #lyricalapril

Cinfhen Loved loved loved this story ❤️❤️❤️ 3y
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Slay, diva. I browsed through this once when I worked at B &N. Stunning photography and plenty of anecdotes from Liz. #diamonds #lyricalapril

Texreader My moms fam is from Marfa Texas and mom has fun stories when they were filming the Giant there when she was a little girl. My grandpas claim to fame was changing Liz's flat tire while she waited in the car. Teehee. 3y
EricaCurtis11 @Texreader That's a great family story! 3y
Cinfhen The original Queen! Good choice 💕💎💕 3y
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So Long a Letter | Mariama B
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This is an epistolary novel as the title suggests. The protagonist takes the opportunity to write about her husband's death to a long time friend and gives the reader a look into the life of women in post-colonial Senegal. #womenintranslation #aprilbookshowers

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This has always been my favorite cover artwork for We Have Always Lived in the Castle. #publishedinthe1960s #aprilbookshowers

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In the Woods | Tana French
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"What I warn you to remember is that I am a detective." #firstlineofcurrentread #aprilbookshowers

mrsthilkey Just finished this one!! 3y
EricaCurtis11 @mrsthilkey I'm only about 150 pages in and am enjoying it. 3y
SonjaYoerg Finished last night. So very good. 3y
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The Mist | Stephen King
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I used to work near a really spooky school that was surrounded by mist each morning. I always thought about Stephen King's novella The Mist when I drove through it each day. #weather #aprilbookshowers

Bklover I just reread The Mist last week. One of my favorites of his. 3y
LauraBeth This looks like where I went to college 💕 3y
MaleficentBookDragon I ❤️ The Mist. It is one of my favs. The movie was pretty true to it too. 3y
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In the Woods | Tana French
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#apriltbr and apparently to be drunk #aprilbookshowers

Reviewsbylola I loved In the Woods and Behold the Dreamers. 3y
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The Lighthouse Mystery | Gertrude C. Warner
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I loved the Boxcar Children series as a kid and loved the idea of renting a lighthouse for the summer, especially one where mysterious happenings occur on a nightly basis and a mystery needs to be solved. Still haven't fulfilled that goal yet but it's always in the back of my mind. In the meantime, a visit to Cape Hatteras lighthouse every few years will have to suffice. #lighthouses #marchintoreading

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Children of the Corn | Stephen King
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Technically a short story originally published in Penthouse, this is the Stephen King story that still makes me uneasy. I also found a French movie poster for the movie calling the story Horror Kid!?! #scaredyou #stephenking17

Zelma Yup, this one is terrifying! 😱🌽 (edited) 3y
LindsayReads Whoa! I totally missed that Children of the Corn is by Stephen King! 3y
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The problem is that I've read too many historical fiction novels based around the creation of a masterpiece of art. I'm not sure if I thought the book was boring or whether I'm bored with this genre in general. #didntlikeitstillfinished #marchintoreading

LindsayReads This picture! 😂😂😂😂 3y
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I'm recently addicted to a number of true crime podcasts... Crimetown, Stranglers, Someone Knows Something...I can't recommend these enough so I decided to read something from the true crime genre and flew through the first hundred or so pages in a single sitting. #recentnonfiction #marchintoreading #recentnonfictionread

Leigh0906 I loved Serial but I've never thought about looking for similar podcasts- I'll definitely have to check these out! 3y
EricaCurtis11 @Leigh0906 I loved the first season of Serial too. Someone knows something is the most similar as it try's to unravel the disappearance of a 5 year old boy. Crimetown covers Providence, RI and has a lot of interesting episodes about the relationship between the mob and city and state government. Stranglers explores the theory of multiple Boston stranglers versus one person and the botched investigation for the perpetrator(s) throughout the 60s. 3y
Reviewsbylola This is a great book! 3y
manifestsanity RIP Buddy Cianci. Rhode Island is famous for you. 3y
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Miss Pym Disposes | Josephine Tey
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I'm judging from this cover that this book is ridiculously awesome. I have to stock the Little Free Library for the university I work at and this was a donation. Maybe I should keep it for myself? #judgedbythecover #marchintoreading #judgedbyitscover

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The Mists of Avalon | Marion Zimmer Bradley
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This one is going to take me awhile to get through this monster and if it is the only book I am able to read this month, I'll be happy with that! #marchtbr #day1 #marchintoreading

JoeStalksBeck Love this book! 3y
LindsayReads We had that same map hung up in our house when I was growing up! Nostalgia! 3y
EricaCurtis11 @LindsayReads How funny! I'm thinking of framing it and hanging it up. 3y
LindsayReads Do it! 3y
JazzFeathers I read this book as a teenager and absolutely loved it. Though l have a feeling l wouldn't love it quite as much today. 3y
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My husband and I rented a cottage in Nags Head before we were married. Legends of the Outer Banks was one of the books left in the cottage. I took it out to the beach with me and became engrossed in tales about pirates, the Lost Colony, and Hatteras Jack, a dolphin that apparently helped ships navigate through the inlet. I bought my own copy of this book when we returned for our one year wedding anniversary. #boughtonvacation #feistyfeb

Hobbinol ❤ the Outer Banks❗ 3y
EricaCurtis11 @ Hobbinol Love to go to OBX as often as we can. We went in the off season in April once and that was probably my favorite trip. (edited) 3y
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Nam June Paik: Global Visionary | John G Hanhardt, Ken Hakuta
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Electronic Superhighway is my #somethingpretty for today and the works of art I saw today by Nam June Paik inspire me to read about his life #riotgrams

Alfoster 😍😍😍👏👏👏! 3y
Hobbinol I did not know about this book. Stacked! 3y
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The Lady and the Unicorn | Tracy Chevalier
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#palatecleanser I read this book after finishing the Nix which weighed in at 655 pages. I needed something quick and easy before starting into Underground Airlines. My husband @manifestsanity may have also overheard me mumbling under my breath, "Now that's a f*#%ing tapestry" as I studied the picture above in great detail while reading the book. #feistyfeb

Lindy It's over 10 years since I read this, but I still remember my irritation about characters' inexplicable behaviour. Most of all, why a certain woman would even want to marry Nicolas. 🤔 3y
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Commonwealth | Ann Patchett
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I tend to use postcards of paintings or places I love as my #bookmarks. And I always use multiple bookmarks at the same time. Here is what I am currently using. #riotgrams #bookmark

DebinHawaii I use multiple bookmarks at a time too--to mark my reading goals. 😀👍 3y
StacksNShelves Same! When I go to museums I always buy a few postcards. 3y
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To Sir, With Love | E. R. Braithwaite
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#lovetitles #feistyfeb The movie is more sentimental than the book and doesn't delve as deeply into issues of race and class. It's also set in the swinging sixties rather than post-war London. The film has far overshadowed the book, but it's worth a read.

erzascarletbookgasm I love the film! Love Poitier! 3y
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Never Let Me Go | Kazuo Ishiguro
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There was much debate about the genre of this book – science fiction, horror, dystopian coming of age? I enjoyed this book because as a reader, I had to unravel the mystery of what exactly these students were being prepared for at their pastoral boarding school and it takes most of the novel to figure out what is going on. In any case Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy have a complicated relationship. #lovetriangle #feistyfeb #lovetriangles

DebinHawaii Great pick! I love this book! 💜💜💜 3y
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Weekend | Christopher Pike
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I read a lot of Nancy Drew, Babysitters Club, and the Little House series that I loved. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe also was a favorite but I always wanted to go to bed early when I got my hands on a new Christopher Pike book so I could spend some quality creepy reading time. #favoritechildrensbook #riotgrams

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"Four legs good two legs bad." #anthropomorphiccharacters #feistyfeb

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Underground Airlines | Ben Winters
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#currentlyreading #riotgram or is it #riotgrams. Here are my February reads.

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#favoritevillain Seduction, revenge, malice. La Marquise de Merteuil is the ultimate game player, and in the end everyone knows it as she falls into ruin. #riotgrams

Ubookquitous Yes! Wonderfully conniving and a woman who turns the very weapons used against women into her own base of power. 3y
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Wuthering Heights | Emily Bront
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At first I was turned off by these awful, selfish people, but their desperate, deranged actions and bad choices grew on me. By the end I was ready to pack my bags and move to the Yorkshire moors. Sidenote: you should also definitely watch the Masterpiece movie version staring Tom Hardy. This ain't your grandmother's Wuthering Heights for sure! #changedmymindabout #feistyFeb #day4

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This is technically non-fiction but is based largely on speculation due to the non-existence of historical records about Barbe-Nicole Cliquot Ponsardin's life. You will read so many sentences that begin with "it's likely,", "she must have", and "perhaps", so I'm counting it as #foodiefiction. I learned a lot about the champagne making process though! ??? #readJanuary

ReadingEnvy Yes the research is a bit... thin!! 3y
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Hawaii: A Novel | James A. Michener
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Tiki time with a musical soundtrack "curated" by James Michener ?and mai tais concocted by me. #potentpotable

manifestsanity Aloha! Mahalo! Cowabunga! Waikikipedia! 3y
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I live in Baltimore, but my husband stole my choice for today's #readJanuary. I'm not from Baltimore so I'm not that offended. Instead, I choose to represent the city I know better than any other, the one I called home for 3 years, and keep coming back to time and time again. "If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast." #setinmycity

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Girl with a Pearl Earring | Tracy Chevalier
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#girlinthetitle I read this a few weeks ago and was frustrated over how little historical information was present about Vermeer. I started doing my own research on the Dutch Golden Age and it turns out there is next to nothing we know about him, who he studied under, the fact that he didn't seem to have anyone he mentored, etc. His work was all but forgotten, even attributed to other artists at times until the mid-19th century. #readJanuary

Hobbinol ❤her selfie ❗️😆 3y
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Wolf Hall | Hilary Mantel
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#DNF #Januaryreads Sadly, as a history major and teacher, I did not finish Wolf Hall. I think it was more about my packed schedule at the time rather than the book. I may come back to it one day or perhaps watch the TV series instead.

Reviewsbylola I am fascinated by Henry VIII but I hated Wolf Hall. I bailed after 120 pages. 3y
Loreen Yeah, it's one of my #DNF s too. I'm gonna give it one more try one of these days. 😬😁😬 3y
EricaCurtis11 @Loreen @Reviewsbylola Have you read anything else by Hillary Mantel? 3y
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Loreen @EricaCurtis11 I haven't. 3y
Reviewsbylola I haven't. Honestly I have never had the inclination to touch another one of her books, that's how badly I felt about this one. 😂 3y
Texreader I hated her writing style (using pronouns rather than names so you never know whose who paragraph to paragraph). I finished this one but never again. 3y
ValerieAndBooks This was a DNF for me too! 3y
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1984 | George Orwell
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I know, I know. How have I not read this? It's on my TBR list for this year. #januaryreads #bookseveryonebutyouhasread

MrBook You'll love it 😎👌🏻! 3y
sprainedbrain I didn't read it until last year, so I get it. Great book though! 3y
ErinC I haven't read it either! 3y
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The Girls: A Novel | Emma Cline
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I know some people liked this one, but I quickly wished I had chosen to read Helter Skelter. I know it's a coming of age story and it is loosely based on the Manson family but I don't think Emma Cline was able to show the magnetism that attracted people to her cult leader "Russell". I give it a so-so rating instead of panning it because I did discuss the book a lot with my husband and I was compelled to do my own research on actual events.

BookishMarginalia I just disliked the writing and the fact that in 40 years the protagonist didn't really mature. 3y
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The Nix | Nathan Hill
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I'm excited I was able to check this book out of the library but even better was the little post-it note left inside by the previous reader.

Reviewsbylola Such a cool idea! I need to try this! 3y
EricaCurtis11 @Reviewsbylola Yeah, I thought I'd add my own post-it after I've finished. 3y
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This is the first book completed in 2017 and the first audiobook that I have listened to and enjoyed immensely. Some have complained that not much happens in the book but I liked the rambling thoughts and conversations of the protagonist as she stayed in the hospital and reflected on her life.

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Pregame for New Years... cocktail ✅ bubble bath✅ sheet mask ✅ Tulipomania✅. #HappyNewYear

britt_brooke Perfect! 🥂 3y
Reviewsbylola Perfect way to ring in the new year. I am jealous! 3y
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I didn't quite make my goal but I spent most of the year working 60 hours a week so I am happy with what I was able to read. #seasonsreadings2016 #topreadsof2016 #bestreads2016

Reviewsbylola Great job! 🎉🎉 3y
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Wanderlust setting in again...2 of the last 5 books stacked are about Scandinavian culture. #seasonsreadings2016 #lastbookstacked #tbr #lastbookyoustacked

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If you love tiki bars and rum based cocktails, I can't recommend this book enough. It's more than just recipes but also a history of tiki culture and the history of rum. This blustery day can only be improved with a Mai Tai. #bookswithpictures #seasonsreadings2016

ApoptyGina69 I've been there! Fun, but a little pricey. I will definitely check out the make-at-home options. 🍹 3y
manifestsanity Cowabunga! 3y
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Paroles (Revised) | Jacques Prevert
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#poetry #seasonsreadings2016 I don't read a lot of poetry anymore, but I bought this from the bouquinistes along the Seine so it comes down off the shelf every once in awhile when I feel nostalgic for my years in France.

Lindy Only Prévert I've read is the wonderful picture book format 3y
EricaCurtis11 @Lindy That book looks lovely. 3y
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Bridget Jones's Diary | Helen Fielding
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Favorite film adaptation- hands down the 1995 BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice staring Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle and I'm not ashamed to admit that Bridget Jones's Diary is my favorite book adaptation. #favoritejaneaustenadaptation #seasonsreadings2016

LauraBeth Who even read Mad About The Boy? 🙋 3y
EricaCurtis11 @LauraBeth I haven't read that one but I thought about it when it came out. I quit after The Edge of Reason. 3y
cathysaid 😍🔥😍🔥 3y
Zelma I love the Bridget Jones movie. 💕 3y
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#thisshouldbeamovie ...more like a mini-series. Although, I heard the books are being made into a television series in Italy. #seasonsreadings2016

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Tulip Fever | Deborah Moggach
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I read Tulip Fever this year because of my interest with Tulipomania and Dutch and Flemish art. It's really more of a soap opera love story than anything else, but I thoroughly enjoyed it for what it is; I read it in two days. I'm interested in seeing how it translates to film. #artrelatedbooks #seasonsreadings2016

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Here Comes the Sun | Nicole Dennis-Benn
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My husband brought me this book home from the library one evening and I knew nothing at all about the plot when I started it. Nicole Dennis-Benn's writing and use of Jamaican dialect did not disappoint. It's a sad story of exploitation in post-colonial Jamaica. A quote by the main character, Margot, says it all, "This is no paradise, at least not for us." #setonanisland #seasonsreadins2016

HardcoverHearts I just finished it and found it to be superb. I like how it unfolded. And the characters were great and dynamic. 3y
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