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I‘ve never read Mantel before, so when news of her death arrived, I snapped this up to remedy my failing. I didn‘t give these stories the attention they deserved, as I was distracted while listening, but those I focused on were quite good. I look forward to eventually getting to Wolf Hall (which has been on my Nook for a while).

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The Boys | Katie Hafner
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The first half of this book reads like the fairly flat telling of an arc of a relationship, especially focusing on how it devolves. But then something is revealed about halfway through that forces you to change your perspective. Part of me dug it (after the reveal), but it was still a bit stilted, so I can‘t fully endorse it. But it was definitely interesting.

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Seismologist Jones looks at the current risks (to California in particular) while going back to past BIG natural disasters and how their impact on people were shaped by each society and their responses to the disaster. This is a completely fascinating and wholly satisfying read. I could not put it down!

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Cara is from the DR, living in NYC for decades, and the factory she worked in for over 20 years has closed to move offshore for cheaper labor. She‘s at loose ends and struggling to find work. Set up as a series of sessions with a social worker, this book looks past the surface and shows how complicated things can be. It‘s a great exploration of nuance about an issue (immigration) that so many want to oversimplify.

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Stay Awake: A Novel | Megan Goldin
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Liv wakes in the back of a cab with no memory of how she got there. Things get worse when she gets to her apartment and finds strangers living there. Each time she falls asleep, she loses her memory again. Then, she‘s implicated in a murder. This was a fun thriller that kept my attention. I guessed some parts but not others. Great premise!

Mirazzles I have this on hold at the library! I‘m excited!! 3d
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On the Rooftop | Margaret Wilkerson Sexton
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Stage mom Vivian wants her daughters to fulfill her music dreams by becoming a girl group. I‘ve read and liked MWS before, but this one didn‘t hit for me. I liked the premise, but I feel like she tried to do too much and didn‘t do justice to many of the plot lines. There‘s one plot point in particular that is dropped in and should reverberate but doesn‘t, and that bothered me.

Megabooks I have this out from the library now. I won‘t go in with high expectations. 3d
MyNamesParadise Oh dang. I bought this one bc it‘s a Reese‘s book club pick but I‘m not expecting it to be one of my favorites. 1d
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When PI Kai Cooke is contacted by a local Honolulu celebrity, he assumes the man wants him to find his missing wife. Instead, he‘s hired to find his dog, Kula. This is an enjoyable mystery with good local color, but be aware it has some difficult descriptions of animal abuse.

ShelleyBooksie Your dog is adorable 4d
Hooked_on_books @ShelleyBooksie Thank you! I sure think so. 🥰 4d
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Blood Like Fate | Liselle Sambury
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In the follow up to Blood Like Magic, Voya has to move forward in an important role to try to protect her family from those who fear and hate magic and those who wield it. I really loved this duology, particularly the mixing of magic with a near-future world that includes implanted tech. I thought it was a great blend. They definitely need to be read in order. I look forward to more from Sambury.

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I‘m 2014, McGrath met Dicky Conant, a man who was traveling by canoe from Canada to Florida and had previously done many other long distance paddles. A few months later, Conant‘s canoe was found capsized in NC. This book details his life to the point of his disappearance and is fascinating (though the book loses its way a bit in some of the chapters near the end). The writing is really lovely.

Suet624 I‘ve read so many articles about this man. I had no idea there was a book now. 4d
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Bronze Drum | Phong Nguyen
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Starting in 40 CE, two Viet noble sisters rebel, each in her own way, against their society‘s strictures and the ever tightening rule of the Han Chinese. They eventually lead their people in open rebellion. While I would love if this was based on a true story, this fully fictional historical fiction is still a Hell Yeah! feminist book.

shanaqui Ooh. that sounds very intriguing. 5d
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Richard Carroll spent years in #CentralAfricanRepublic, first in the Peace Core then as a wildlife biologist and conservationist. This book is mainly his musings when first arriving there, which read as the moony drivel of an idealistic 20-something, but the surrounding material from current day Richard about the country, it‘s history and the poaching problem, are worthwhile.

#ReadingAfrica2022

BarbaraBB Interesting. Too bad it‘s just a so-so read. 6d
Librarybelle It looks like Littens‘ consensus of this book is it is just a so-so read. 6d
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This wide-reaching and thoroughly researched book tells the story of George Perry Floyd, from life through death and beyond, as well as that of his family within the context of the world around them. It‘s superb. It‘s also quite frank, explicitly detailing his murder. It may be too soon for some, but it‘s an excellent piece of reportage for now and for posterity.

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Gastro Obscura: A Food Adventurer's Guide | Cecily Wong, Dylan Thuras, Atlas Obscura
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I read this fascinating food book very slowly and thoroughly enjoyed it! It takes you around the world of food, from mouth-watering to nauseating to “why would anyone eat that?!?” in short entries full of fun facts. I loved it!

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Black Foam: A Novel | Haji Jabir
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An Eritrean man flees violence in his country, finding himself first in Ethiopia, then as a refuge in Israel. This book is largely an exploration of identity: how we see ourselves, how we are seen by others, and how those change with perceived changes in ourselves. I thought this was terrific.

#ReadingAfrica2022 #Eritrea

Librarybelle Stacking this one! I‘m going to see if I can snag an arc of this… 1w
BarbaraBB Stacking too! 1w
Hooked_on_books @Librarybelle NetGalley has it! 1w
Librarybelle I scored a copy! 😁 1w
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The Soulmate: A Novel | Sally Hepworth
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After a significant rough patch, Pippa and Gabe have moved to a gorgeous spot in a little cottage at the ocean. But then they discover it‘s a known suicide spot, and Gabe starts talking people off the ledge. Until one day a woman goes over, then the plot thickens. Hepworth builds the story well, adding layer by layer of depth. I really enjoyed this, though the message it ultimately leaves about mental health is not so good.

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We Went to the Woods | Caite Dolan-Leach
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Five privileged white kids go to the property of one of their parents and playact at homesteading (this is acknowledged in the book), but then some side projects start to shake thinks up. While I enjoyed this while I was listening to it, I kind of now wonder what the point was. A low pick.

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Shutter | Ramona Emerson
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Well, if this book is representative of the quality on the NBA fiction longlist, I just got much more excited about it! Rita is a crime scene photographer who has been able to see ghosts since childhood. We see scenes of growing up on the rez alongside the current events, making this a bit of a blend of thriller and character study while also showing a bit of Navajo culture. I thought it was superb.

Librariana Yay!! So glad you enjoyed it! I haven't gotten to it myself, but hope to soon! 😊 Just started 1w
Hooked_on_books @Librariana You have great taste for picking this one up—it‘s so good! I‘m excited for you to read it. And I really enjoyed Lost Words, hope you do, too! 1w
jlhammar Definitely need to get this one ASAP! Sounds so good. 1w
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Addison_Reads I'm so glad you liked this one. I randomly picked it up from the library and thought it was great. 1w
MyNamesParadise I just got this yesterday for my sister as a Christmas present because she loves New Mexico! 1w
vivastory This wasn't on my radar whatsoever, but it sounds great! 1w
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While in his orthodox school, Hoodie spots a gorgeous girl out the window one day. Problem is, she‘s not Jewish. He starts talking to her anyway and is then shunned by his community. The basic failure of different groups of people to talk to and try to understand one another eventually devolves into a violent episode. This is so well done, with a great story, great humor woven through, a terrific message, and a bit of an education for the reader.

Cinfhen Interesting!! 2w
Librariana Sounds intriguing! 2w
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A white man wakes up one morning to discover he is now brown. We then follow his efforts to adjust to this when, eventually, reports emerge of the same thing happening to other people. I really enjoyed most of this exploration of identity and assumptions, but I thought the end was a bit weak and I felt like there were some routes he could have taken to explore further that he didn‘t. Low pick for me.

ChaoticMissAdventures I felt the same. I wanted a bit more from it then what flushed out. 2w
SamAnne Reading right now. Suspect I will feel the same. 2w
FlowerFairy Your Afghan is lovely! 2w
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And the grand paboo of this lists is up, fiction! I‘m mystified, as I haven‘t even heard of most of these! Not sure if I love that or if it drives me crazy. I do own one of these, and I‘m certainly looking forward to researching the rest!

Librariana It was one of my birthday purchases! 2w
jlhammar I really want to read Shutter! 2w
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BarbaraBB I don‘t know any of them, but I can‘t wait to check them out! 2w
Hooked_on_books @Librariana I‘ve finally been able to sit down and start researching these books, and that one sounds fascinating! 2w
Megabooks Same! I‘ve only read one and haven‘t heard of half of them. That isn‘t usually the case for me. 2w
Hooked_on_books @Megabooks I have now researched them all and many of them sound fascinating, so I‘m excited to start digging in. Eight of them are debuts! 2w
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Aya | Marguerite Abouet, Clment Oubrerie
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I‘m not a GN reader, but I thought it‘d be fun to shake up my #ReadingAfrica2022 challenge by adding one in, and it was! I didn‘t enjoy how the story jumped quickly between the different characters, but I really enjoyed the art of the #CotedIvoire street scenes, and the pages at the end with a glossary, recipe, and other Ivorian info was fun.

Librarybelle That is gorgeous artwork! 2w
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The Luminaries | Eleanor Catton
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I finished the beast! Most of this book is great, with Catton layering on the story in a way that is fascinating and gives it depth without feeling bloated. But I found much of the final 50-100 pages unnecessary, wherein she fills in all the blanks in the story, many of which the reader could have already done for themselves. I enjoyed it overall (but the cover is super boring).

Amiable I‘ve had this one in my pile for ages —I should pull it out and finally read it . 2w
squirrelbrain Me too @Amiable …me too! 🤣 Great review Holly! 2w
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Ruthiella I loved this book! ❤️ 2w
Megabooks This is next year‘s chunkster for me! 2w
Hooked_on_books @Amiable @squirrelbrain @TrishB @MicheleinPhilly I was the same way—I had this book for years. A little while back, I placed it on my shelves facing out, so that it would stare at me while I was reading, and hopefully remind me I really needed to get to it. It worked! 😉 2w
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A housekeeper (really more a caregiver) is assigned a difficult client: a mathematician with a brain injury, leaving him with a short term memory of only 80 minutes. But they learn to speak to each other using math. This is a quiet, lovely book about people connecting and learning how to communicate despite barriers.

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Fire | Sebastian Junger
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The cover and title of this book would lead you to believe it‘s about fire, but it turns out that‘s just the first piece. After I got over my disappointment about that (seriously, boo for false advertising!), I enjoyed this collection of Junger‘s writing. It‘s quite good and all the topics are interesting.

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The nonfiction list is out! This is the one I was most excited for and frankly…I‘m a bit underwhelmed. I‘ve read South to America, and it was good, but I‘m frustrated to see a book on here about Ted Kennedy when I‘ve read two absolutely amazing nonfiction books recently, An Immense World and Eating to Extinction, that are not here. What gives, NBA committee?

squirrelbrain Well, if you‘re disappointed it must be bad. 😞 I don‘t think I‘ve even heard of any of these… 🤷‍♀️ 2w
SamAnne Hmmmm. 2w
Megabooks The Invisible Kingdom was very good! 2w
Megabooks But yeah, not very excited about the Kennedy bio. 👎🏻 2w
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I know many of you follow the Booker closely, but I‘ve found the NBA lists usually hew closer to my taste. I get super excited to see the lists every year, especially for fiction, nonfiction, and translated lit. The list reveals started today, with TL up first! I tried the Tokarczuk a few months ago and it wasn‘t for me, and I have The Employees and Scattered. Of the others, I‘m most excited for Jawbone. I can‘t wait for NF tomorrow!

ChaoticMissAdventures I have only read one and I enjoyed it,.but don't think I understood it - 2w
vivastory I have heard very interesting things about Jawbone. I think it'd be a wonderful book for the fall season 2w
Ruthiella I didn‘t even know about this prize! I have Employees on my library holds list! 2w
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Cinfhen Thanks for sharing ♥️I bailed on this one….it was wayyyy too daunting 2w
squirrelbrain Don‘t show me more lists! Actually, do…. 😁 I haven‘t read any of these and Books of Jacob is HUGE! 2w
Hooked_on_books @squirrelbrain Ha ha, I‘ll be posting the nonfiction and fiction lists when they pop up! Get your TBR ready! 😈 2w
Hooked_on_books @Ruthiella They added translated lit a couple years ago. I‘m so glad they did—I‘ve read some great books because of it. 2w
charl08 Yay a booklist! Thanks for posting. 2w
jlhammar Oh, fun! I hadn't noticed that the NBA 2022 longlist announcements started. Thanks for the heads-up! I own Books of Jacob, but haven't tackled it yet. I've heard good things about the Fosse Septology and am intrigued by the Tawada. 2w
BarbaraBB Thanks for posting. I just bought the Tswana because @vivastory wrote so lovingly about it! 2w
vivastory @BarbaraBB I'm looking forward to your thoughts on it! 2w
Megabooks Riverhead is sending me this and I am so excited!! 2w
Hooked_on_books @Megabooks I read her first book (or the first translated one, anyway) and wasn‘t a fan. I‘ve been hesitant to try her again since. But I‘ve read the three categories I posted for the last 2 prize years and was planning to do the same again, so I better get willing to try her again! 2w
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I knew nothing about Ali before reading this. He‘s had a fascinating life so far and has a very engaging writing style. Based on the subtitle, I expecting a bit more humor, which is how the book starts, but even as it gets more serious my interest didn‘t wane. A great exploration of the impacts of being POC in America.

DisneyFan Yes - I really liked this one too. Happy to see it reviewed here. 2w
TheBookHippie The dog is how I feel in a picture!!! 2w
GingerAntics Your dog seriously stole the show on this one. It certainly doesn‘t hurt that it looks like the Statue of Liberty is pointing to him. It‘s like she‘s saying “look what these America first, white nationalists have led me to!” 😂🤣😂 2w
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Hooked_on_books @GingerAntics I didn‘t even notice the Statue pointing at her! That‘s really funny! 😂 Yeah, she really looks like she‘s making a statement when she sacks out on the couch. She‘s a funny dog. 2w
GingerAntics @Hooked_on_books she is so precious! She looks like a real sweetheart! 2w
Hooked_on_books @GingerAntics She‘s a great dog. She‘s super happy and joyful, constantly playing. I don‘t think she knows how to be mad (it‘s so cute when she tries). She always makes me smile. 2w
GingerAntics @Hooked_on_books I can see that! She‘s making me smile the way she‘s absolutely melted onto the couch in this picture! 2w
GingerAntics @Hooked_on_books big dogs are seriously more chill than little dogs. I could see myself having a bigger dog. 2w
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The Musubi Murder | Frankie Bow
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The first book in the series finds Molly possibly meeting a new man at the same time that a controversial local wealthy man goes missing, then his skull turns up. This is the second book I‘ve read in the series and I‘m loving it. This author does a great job sprinkling humor through as well as having the characters tied into the mystery just enough.

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The Weight of Blood | Tiffany D. Jackson
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Maddy‘s horrific, abusive, racist white father lives in fear of people learning she‘s half black, so when her hair gets wet one day and her secret comes out, home life becomes more of a horror and the bullying at school ratchets up. This Carrie-style story is fantastic and brutal (though, honestly, I was cheering some of the deaths after how awful people were). This is a super creative look at bullying and entrenched racism.

TrishB Definitely stacked 👍🏻 great review. 2w
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The Shore: A Novel | Katie Runde
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The Shore follows two teen daughters and the wife of a man with terminal brain cancer, as his personality and behavior changes and they have to adjust to these changes along with his inevitable death. Great premise, but the distance between the characters ends up translating to a distance with the reader as well. Plus, I think the cover is beautiful but doesn‘t fit the book at all.

Megabooks 💯 agree 2w
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Raff looks at the historic ideas of the origins of indigenous peoples of the Americas and refutes some entrenched ideas with current genetic research. There‘s a lot of good stuff in this book, but overall it‘s poorly done. She mixes in supposition with science, which weakens the latter, and spends too much time at the start establishing her own opinions, making it seem that she may have looked for the data to support her opinions.

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Prairiegirl_reading 🤣🤣🤣 3w
Soubhiville Ha! That‘s great. 🤣 3w
kplovesbooks 🤣🤣🤣 3w
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Suet624 Oh yeah, I totally get this. 3w
MilesnMelodies Spoiler: They don't. 3w
Ruthiella 😂😂😂 3w
GingerAntics 😂🤣😂 3w
batsy Bahaha! 3w
Megabooks 🤣🤣🤣 3w
LeahBergen 🤣 3w
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The Lies I Tell | Julie Clark
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I loved The Last Flight, so I was super excited for this, but it was a disappointment. The writing is good and I like the story, but there are just too many holes. The two main characters blend together and one major plot point is just left dangling. What a bummer.

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Saba is a young woman in a refugee camp in #Sudan, but the location doesn‘t prevent her from being repressed by the people around her. She longs for an education and to become a doctor, but, of course, any way she asserts herself brands her a whore. I actually thought the beginning of this book was a mess, but I loved the second half.

#ReadingAfrica2022

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I wasn‘t planning to read this, but then I heard Tucci on a podcast and decided to check it out. I‘m so glad I did, because this book is completely delightful! The focus here truly is food and he‘s really funny! The audio, read by the author, is excellent.

TheBookHippie I read the ARC and loved it! 3w
peaknit This was so good. His CNN series Finding Italy was also fantastic and a good complement to this book. 3w
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Eileen: A Novel | Ottessa Moshfegh
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This is my second try with Moshfegh, and she‘s definitely not for me. I actually liked the plot, but I strongly dislike her writing. Her deliberate provocations come across as performative to me. I won‘t be reading her again.

#bookspin

BarbaraBB I don‘t mean to push you but have you read this one? My favorite Moshfegh! 3w
Hooked_on_books @BarbaraBB I haven‘t and I won‘t! I‘m all done with her. I really dislike her writing style. I know lots of people love her, and that‘s great. There should be someone for every taste! 3w
BarbaraBB You‘re right to! 3w
TheAromaofBooks Sometimes I'm glad when I don't get on with an author... there's a whole pile of books of the TBR with minimal effort! 😂 3w
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We Are Satellites | Sarah Pinsker
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When a brain implant that allows for more effective multi-tasking, it divides a family and a society, as eventually those without it are discriminated against. This is a great way to look to prejudice and how frankly stupid it is. I really liked this book, my second read from Pinsker, and I look forward to reading more of her books.

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Babakar is an OB in Mali who meets a woman from Haiti who captivates him. When she dies in childbirth, he takes the child in as his own, traveling to Haiti with her pet her mother‘s wishes. Along the way, and while still in Mali, we learn the stories of the people around him and the events occurring in those countries. I feel like it‘s not really sticking with me, but it was interesting while I was reading.

LeeRHarry This one ultimately didn‘t stick with me either. 3w
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Quite recently, our world‘s food supply has gone to vast monocultures at high risk for disease, and crowding out historically eaten foods, threatening their extinction. Saladino examines some of those foods, and why it is important to save them. This book is absolutely fascinating and is a great mix of food science, anthropology, and history. It‘ll be on my best of the year list for sure.

Amandajoy This looks right up my alley! 3w
shanaqui Oooh, this sounds fascinating. 3w
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Jamie had a bit of an accidental crime happen but instead of jail, she landed a house arrest at a macaque reserve in Florida. The people there are a little kooky and she‘s pretty sure more is going on than she‘s being told. This has a lot of potential and could have been fun, but for me the humor missed the mark and it just ending up being a little weird and silly.

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Eileen: A Novel | Ottessa Moshfegh
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Here‘s my living bingo card for September #bookspinbingo! 🥳 The tagged is my #bookspin and #doublespin is Fabric. Let‘s do this!

Littlewolf1 That‘s cool 4w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Looks amazing!! 4w
DivineDiana Clever! 4w
KristiAhlers How fun! 4w
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Bingo! | Rosemary Wells
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Here my completed #bookspinbingo board for August! I think I did great on my board this month! I did less well on #ReadingAfrica2022, adding only Namibia 🇳🇦 and Rwanda 🇷🇼, but overall I‘m in good shape on that challenge.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Fantastic month!! 4w
Soubhiville Great month! 4w
Librariana You are phenomenal, my dear! Good job! 4w
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Lucky Breaks | Yevgenia Belorusets
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This book has an interesting style of intermixing short stories about ordinary women living in war in Ukraine (not the current one, but related to it) interspersed with photos of real Ukrainians in the wild. Despite being a very slim book, this took me a while to read, but I think that was me, not the book.

Hooked_on_books Whoops, forgot to mention this is my August #doublespin @TheAromaofBooks 4w
Anna40 Which war? 4w
Hooked_on_books @Anna40 This is inspired by the fighting in 2014. Also with Russia. Not sure if it‘s considered separate from the current invasion or not. I just didn‘t want people to think it was about 2022. 4w
Anna40 Ok. I was wondering if it was during WW2. Do you know any Ukrainian authors writing in that time period? 4w
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The Blame Game | Sandie Jones
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The worst therapist in the world (who would rather be her clients‘ friend) with NO CONCEPT of professional boundaries sees a patient go missing after (surprise) she rented out an apartment to him without telling her husband. In addition to that, it seemed really obvious to me from the start what was going on. Part of me wants to pan it, but I was entertained listening to it, so it gets bumped up a rating.

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Told deftly from the first person plural POV, this book shows the breadth of experiences of Japanese picture brides and the apathy of white Americans toward Japanese-American internment in WWII. I‘m usually skeptical of this style of POV, but there‘s a richness of experience shown here. This is really good.

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It‘s extraordinary that we have this story of a man violently stolen from his home and forced into slavery, to then be freed some 5 years later and unable to return home. It is a difficult book, both emotionally and because it‘s written in dialect, true to the man who spoke the words. We owe him and millions more the time it takes us to listen.

Texreader We are so fortunate this book exists 4w
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September | Rosamunde Pilcher
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I *think* I finally have my stacks together for September #bookspinbingo. Who knows, I may swap out before the numbers are drawn, but we‘ll see. In addition to the above, #20 is Fabric by Victoria Finlay. It‘s not arriving until next week, so it misses the photo op.

TrishB Some good ones 👍🏻 4w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4w
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California: A Novel | Edan Lepucki
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In this near future story, society has been steadily breaking down and now has a semi-post-apocalyptic situation going on. Amidst that, married couple Frida and Cal are working to survive on their own. As things start to change for them, their pasts are stirred up. This made me think of The Walking Dead (the show) without the zombies, like a study of human psychology in survival situations. A slow burn, but I liked it.

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Jakob and his father disappeared in a strange event from a camping trip, with Dad reappearing not long thereafter clutching…something. After 15 years, Jakob reappears. Sister Evie believes he was abducted by aliens but sister Kass is having none of it. This is a really lovely exploration of family, in particular adult siblings working to see each other as adults, set in a fun sci-fi storyline.

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The Front | Patricia Cornwell
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I used to really like Cornwell, but the last couple books of hers I read were a mess, so I figured I‘d give her one more shot and, frankly, she made it easy for me. Thin plot with lots of holes, forgettable characters and a nonsensical ending. Sorry, Ms Cornwell, but we‘re all done. I‘ve already unshelved the two others of hers I haven‘t read yet and they‘re in the donation box.

TrishB I gave up a while ago! How did she go so down hill 🤷‍♀️ 4w
Hooked_on_books @TrishB My mom gave up on her years ago. You too saw the light way before me. I often wonder if some writers get enough fame that either their editors stop paying as much attention or maybe the writers refuse the edits and their work goes downhill. Regardless, it‘s sad to enjoy someone‘s work and then find the quality just isn‘t there anymore. 4w
Centique @TrishB I know what you both mean. I was such a massive fan in the early years 😢 4w
TrishB @Centique me too, loved Scarpetta! 3w
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