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PatriciaU

Joined July 2016

Reader.Parent.Partner.Librarian in Rochester NY http://itsallaboutthebook.org
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Ducks, Newburyport | Lucy Ellmann
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It‘s books like this one that drive me to my e-reader. My old hands can‘t hold this monster and it is just uncomfortable to read. The story, however, is magnificent!

RachelO Yep. Safe to say, I‘d NEVER get through it in print. Not sure I will in ebook either, but I plan to give it a go sometime. 2w
Tamra Agreed, it‘s so uncomfortable to read chunksters on paper. 2w
Sace The photo alone makes my wrists hurt! 2w
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Lindy I have trouble with my wrists, so I have a strategy for chunksters: they live on my table during reading and all I need to do is turn the pages. No curling up on the couch or reading in bed with The Crimson Petal and the White or 2w
robinb 😳😳😳 2w
8little_paws My library has an ebook version through hoopla. I'm definitely reading it during my maternity leave this winter!! 2w
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Christmas Memories with Recipes | Julia Child, Evan Jones, Dr Bertrand Piccard
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Re-reading this wonderful book from 1988 full of stories and recipes.

mabell I‘ve never heard of this! Julia Child and Christmas?! Sounds perfect! 2w
PatriciaU @mabell, Julia's chapter tells the story of her disastrous Show Number 251 where her attempts to create a Buche de Noel were foiled by too-thick frosting and a rolled-up Boston Globe replacing the cake in a last-ditch effort to have a finished Buche for display. Hilarious! 2w
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What makes Halloween even better? This awesome #BasicWitchSwap box from @J9brown, that‘s what! Thank you Jeanine for the wonderful books, the sweet candle, keychain, and especially for the GORGEOUS scarf with the moons & stars! And thank you, too, @SprainedBrain and @Meaw_Catlady for organizing the swap!

Meaw_catlady Lovely! That journal ! 🖤 3w
j9brown Yay, glad you like it 😄 This was a really fun swap! 3w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🖤🖤🖤 3w
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monalyisha I love Kelly Link! And is that a journal in the back? Too cool! 3w
PatriciaU Yes, that‘s a journal!!! 3w
sprainedbrain Lovely! Happy Halloween! 🎃 3w
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The Guinevere Deception | Kiersten White
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White writes of a Camelot carved from a mountain, bereft of magic, but enjoying the peace and prosperity of Arthur‘s reign. Into that bucolic kingdom comes Queen Guinevere, but not the Queen they all expected. This Guinevere is a changeling, a child of Merlin substituted for a dead princess from the south, sent to Camelot to protect Arthur from unknown dark magic.

Read this book, out Nov 5! Http://itsallaboutthebook.org

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Got home from a totally hellacious day to find this beauty waiting for me. Can‘t wait to open!

Thank you in advance, @j9brown!

@sprainedbrain @meaw_catlady

#BasicWitchSwap

j9brown Hooray! Glad it made it! Hope you enjoy 🎃 1mo
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Single Thread | Tracy Chevalier
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Reading this tonight and desperately wanting to learn how to embroider!

LiteraryinLititz Oooh, how beautiful! Good luck! 1mo
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Cosmology of Monsters | Shaun Hamill
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This book is pure imagination. It takes the horror of Lovecraft and the psychological terror of Stephen King and blends them into this gorgeous, creepy, frightening slurry of human (and non-human) emotion. All the elements of a good story are here, beginning with the hero with a quest - and Shaun Hamill steps confidently into the circle of horror masters.

chaoticgoodhufflepuff This sounds kind of amazing! 1mo
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Family Upstairs | Lisa Jewell
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Get ready for it, libraries & book stores. This is going to be big.

Lisa Jewell has delivered a taut, nail-biting story of love, obsession, betrayal, and murder in a way that keeps you reading long after bedtime. Jewell‘s psycho-gothic story joins similar edge-of-your-seat stories from Ruth Ware, AJ Finn and Gillian Flynn. Recommended.

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Arsenic and Old Books | Miranda James
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Found this set in the lower stacks at my library. Booklist was recommending books way back in 1905! #LibrariansOfLitsy #Booklist #Old Books

Leftcoastzen Wow I would love to browse those. 2mo
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From NPR Books. My chemist daughter claims this is a very simplified explanation and that many different compounds, combined with environmental factors, will affect how an old book smells. I just really like the vanilla smell!

julesG Your chemist daughter is right, though. 😜 2mo
Ddzmini This is what I‘m talking about the book store smell is addictive... books anonymous 🤣🤣🤣🙌🏽📖😋 2mo
PatriciaU @julesG - She usually is! 😂 2mo
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These old USA Today newspaper stands have been repurposed into googly-eyed little free libraries! They are part of a new Playwalk in Rochester NY!

LibrarianRyan love it
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Laura317 How fun! 2mo
AmyRebecca Fantastic! 2mo
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Red at the Bone | Jacqueline Woodson
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Woodson exposes family history with a scalpel - lifting up a flap of skin to reveal the bloody but strong sinew underneath which tethers a family together. She does not shy away from hard things like racism, violence, sex, and lost opportunities but uses those common experiences across generations to demonstrate how goddamn hard it is to keep your children from repeating your own stories.

MrBook Great review! 2mo
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Once Upon a Spine | Kate Carlisle
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Just got to opening my #cozyswap! The last couple days have been crazy but, oh @Dragonfairykats you made my whole week! Everything is perfect! Thank you for your generosity and thank you @Avanders for organizing this swap!

Dragonfairykats I'm so glad you liked it!!! 💗 2mo
Chrissyreadit I love the this book belongs to stamp! 2mo
PatriciaU This is such a bad picture. That black & gray thing at the bottom is a set of adorable black cat slippers! 2mo
Avanders Ooh what a cozy package! ❤🍁🎃☕️📖🔪 ❤ 2mo
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Inland | Ta Obreht
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Obreht‘s storytelling is at its finest in this magical and gritty tale of two unlikely heroes who inhabit entirely different worlds. Obreht moves back and forth between Nora, a frontierswoman trying to keep herself & young son alive during a drought and Lurie, an orphan, outlaw, and cameleer trying to stay a step ahead of the law.
This stands tall along with recent American West stories News of the World and Whiskey When We‘re Dry. Recommended.

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Water Dancer | Ta-Nehisi Coates
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A challenging book but well worth the effort. One of the best this year. Review at https://itsallaboutthebook.org/2019/09/19/water-dancer-by-ta-nehisi-coates/

Becker Glad to hear your thoughts. I‘m reading it now. The opening chapter is challenging but it seems to be settling down now so I‘m hopeful that I will be able to enjoy it. 2mo
PatriciaU I finished this a couple weeks ago, but this week I was in a 2-day conference on race where I listened to Dr. Ken Hardy talk about the 3 things people of color have to do - stop taking care of white people, find their voice, and manage rage. As I listened to Dr. Hardy, I realized Coates used all of this in Water Dancer. If you ever get a chance to hear Dr. Hardy, do it. 2mo
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Just a little Reader Wisdom to start your weekend.

Eyelit Yes! 💙 2mo
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The Deer Leap | Martha Grimes
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Reading an old friend tonight..,

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My #cozyswap has arrived! Can‘t wait to open on Sept 23. @Avanders

Avanders 🎃☕️📖🔪🎃 2mo
Dragonfairykats Glad it got there!!!! I was worried 😊 And I also realized that I don't think I put my Litsy name on the package!! 🙄 2mo
PatriciaU @dragonfairykats, you didn't! So glad you commented here! Looking forward to tomorrow! Will try to open before I go to work, but may not be posting anything until tomorrow night. Thank you!
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The mayor in my city wants to start a book club and has asked me for a list of suggested titles for adults that are “inspirational, self-help, and/or stories of personal triumph.“ So, Litsy Collective - can you share your favorites? Using this pic of this outstanding cat to get your juices flowing!

TheNerdyProfessor I read Maybe You Should Talk to Someone this summer and loved it. A good book for self-reflection, though it is also emotional. 2mo
MicheleinPhilly Love the Morris Animal Refuge! 🤗 2mo
TheSpineView That is the biggest cat I have ever seen!😻 2mo
8little_paws OMG I am dying over you using this picture for this post. This might be too political but An American Family is certainly an inspirational story. 2mo
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Things in Jars | Jess Kidd
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My current read and my current mood. #Quiet #GoAwayI‘mReading

Grrlbrarian Amen! 🙌 2mo
LauraJ Hell, yeah! 2mo
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Favorite Color - any of the “royals” or jewel tones - blue, purple, deep red, green
Favorite Tarot Card - Queen of Wands
Favorite Crystal - moonstone or amethyst
Favorite Book - right now, The World that We Knew by Alice Hoffman
Favorite Flower - Lilac; Favorite Herb - Basil
Favorite Candy - peanut clusters (no caramel, though!)
Favorite Essential Oil - civet

@Sprainedbrain @meaw_catlady
#Basicwitchswap

Meaw_catlady Moonstone 🌙💕🌙 3mo
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Just spent about 90 minutes watching The Bookshop movie with Emily Mortimer, Bill Nighy, and Patricia Clarkson. So, so disappointed in the ending! I can handle sad endings, but Patricia Clarkson‘s character *needed* her comeuppance! Still mad about it!

Blueberry Agree with everything you said. 3mo
Zelma I was really disappointed with the book. It just felt kind of sad and despondent. 3mo
Cortg I have a library copy waiting to be viewed on my coffee table. Hmmmm 🤔 3mo
Princess-Kingofkings I loved the book and movie! Sometimes life doesn't work the way we want. 😔 3mo
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Lethal White | Robert Galbraith
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Holy Mother of God, is there an editor anywhere with balls enough to do their job and actually *edit* J.K. Rowling? I listened to this for 10 hours then checked to see how much remained. 13 hours, people! The print edition is 700 pages! For a mystery! Best thing about the audio was the narrator, who makes Strike sound like Hagrid.

sprainedbrain They just keep getting longer, so I‘m going to say no. 😂😂😂 3mo
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Getting ready to send out my #cozyswap tomorrow! Having so much fun with this! @Avanders

Avanders Yay!! 👏🏽👏🏽🧡❤️ 3mo
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Well looky what came in the mail today! I know what I‘m doing with my long weekend. Thanks @dreadamara #bookmail

dreadamara I just logged on to send you a msg to ask if you got it! Great. I hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend. 3mo
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Both, but I like my coffee hot and my tea iced!
Fiction, but some NF never hurts.
Dark
Dogs. Although I'd love a cat or a bun, I am, alas, highly allergic to both.
Tarot - the artistry in the card design always attracts me
Story
Crystals
North

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Mrs. Everything | Jennifer Weiner
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I started reading this book several times and stopped because I could not connect with the characters. As I pushed through the book, I began to feel a sense of unreality, as if the author were deliberately including every single horrible thing that could have possibly happened to these sisters. But, this is where I had the pleasure of reading today, so it‘s all good!

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Harp of Kings | Juliet Marillier
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I thought there would never be another author to equal Douglas Nicholas' Something Red series, but I found it in this haunting and lovely tale by Juliet Marillier. There's a little bit of everything here but mostly a quest featuring a feisty young female warrior, a prickly male counterpart, an otherworldly bard, an island of warriors, a pain-in-the-ass king-to-be, lots of faery folk, and druids. It's out in Sept - make your first Fall read!

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This was the last audiobook I listened to - finished it last night and it was Good! For the #24in48 #audiobookchallenge, my favorite place to listen to audiobooks is while sitting on my front porch. Here is my typical view when I‘m there, although that beautiful Japanese Maple tree is now gone. 😢

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The first book I‘m reading for #24in48 isn‘t in the database yet - Mayhem, Murder & the PTA by Dave Cravens. It‘s in the pic. FIL just went to hospital, so will be getting lots of reading done there today. Can you see the beagle watching me in the background?

mabell I hope everything goes well at the hospital, and your father in law is doing better soon! ❤️ 4mo
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The Long Call | Ann Cleeves
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I discovered Ann Cleeves a couple years ago and binged through all her Vera Stanhope and Jimmy Perez books. Now she‘s introduced a new detective, Matthew Venn, who struggles with his past while he builds a future with husband Jonathan. Fabulous story, great characters. Grab this one when it‘s published in September. #Netgalley

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There is SO much going on here that I was reminded of the 1930‘s era madcap mystery movies where there are lots of characters, lots of motives & lots of movement. Ferreri does an excellent job of managing all the different strands and bringing some resolution to the two separate stories of the Crivelli paintings and the forged will. Full review at http://itsallaboutthebook.org

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This gorgeous book joins my Best of 2019 list, pretty darn close to the top. This is storytelling at its best, with characters who twine themselves around your heart and pull tight until you think you‘ll explode. The blend of Greek myth with a wholly original story about muses, memory, art, and love creates a narrative that leaves you emotionally spent. Image of Mnemosyne, Mother of Muses, from Wikipedia Commons.

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A friend recently raved about Abbi Waxman so I picked up this ARC from #Netglley. The writing is chatty and witty, so I get the appeal. The story is a cute modern fairy tale where shy girl born to outgoing single Mom discovers family she never knew she had at the same time her trivia team loses, her bookstore is bought out, she finds love and, you guys! IT'S ALL TOO MUCH FOR HER! Snark aside, this is a fun, quick read. Out July 9.

Peddler410 This sounds adorable 😊 5mo
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Love Story | Erich Segal
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I love these custom posters my library‘s Outreach Department is doing with their in-home clients! What were YOU reading in 1969?

LibrarianJen What a fun idea! I should ask my aunt, she would have been 11. 6mo
CarolynM Little Golden Books😂 6mo
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Why Read? | Mark Edmundson
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Why do YOU read, Littens?

JulietteGF Great question! Personally, learning & discovering things relax me, that's why I love reading, it's such a fun way to expand my knowledge, to experience things through other people's perspectives, and thus to question my own experiences. 6mo
CouronneDhiver For relaxation. For imagination. For stimulation ... because my mind goes miles a minute if it‘s not well occupied 6mo
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The Scent Keeper | Erica Bauermeister
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This book is a gift that I did not expect. The story is one of the most unusual and imaginative I‘ve read in years, and the characters by turns fascinating and exasperating. I first became interested in the properties of scent, particularly of how scent can trigger memories, when caring for an elderly relative in her last days. Scent was a trigger for her and she shared the loveliest memories with her family during those difficult days.

robinb Loved this one too! ❤️ 4mo
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World That We Knew | Alice Hoffman
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I have started to write this post about 10 times and simply cannot express the blend of tragedy and joy you will find in this book. Hoffman has taken the horrifying historical context of the Holocaust and distilled it into the stories of four women. It‘s about survival, disbelief, love, courage, and humanity. The best of the year for me. Image is a painting by Anthony Forster & what I imagine as one of the settings.

TrishB I can‘t wait for this one 👍🏻 6mo
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She was a thief and a murderess, but she paid her debts and she knew how to love someone.

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I was recently reminded of this brief and scarce little series from a favorite author and managed to get my hands on all three. Imogen Quy (rhymes with Why) is a character made for a Masterpiece series, and I cannot imagine a better job than the Wyndham Librarian! On to book 2, A Piece of Justice....

CarolynM Sounds great. Stacked. 6mo
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This book touched a nerve with me. I married into a family like Stella‘s, with a capo very like the men depicted here - autocratic, vulgar, and sly. As I read, I could feel my skin prickle and my heart pound as I raced through passages describing the utter hopelessness Stella felt in the face of the patriarchal familia in which she was caught. Needing to know how Stella‘s life turned out kept me going through the book, and I was not disappointed.

Djspens This sounds good! 6mo
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Monroe County Central Library | Rochester, NY (Library)
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My day time home! Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County (NY)

Kristy_K That‘s an awesome looking library! 6mo
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Littens, my TBR list has just exploded. Kroger and Anderson have written a *readable* and engaging piece of non-fiction that delves into all the kick-ass women who wrote sci-fi, paranormal, and speculative fiction from the 17th c. on. Many of them wrote using male pseudonyms, but others started their own goddamned publishing houses just for women! I‘m thinking about putting together a reading challenge around this. Stay tuned.

saresmoore This all sounds flippin‘ fantastic! 6mo
LA_Mead OMG I NEED TO BUY THAT RIGHT NOW!!! 6mo
PatriciaU @LA_Mead it‘s out in September, but available on #NetGalley right now. So, so good. It had me combing through my collection of English & Victorian ghost story, Weird Fiction and Strand Magazine books to see if any of the lesser known authors were represented. Huzzah, many of them are in the collections! 6mo
Eyelit Very cool! I‘d be interested in your reading challenge 6mo
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My main criticism of this book - it is definitely written from a place of privilege. There's little to no understanding by the author that many Americans live in food deserts, where they can't easily access fresh food & certainly can't afford to pay for some of the ingredients used here. That said, this will find an audience with the semi-affluent to affluent Moms who are trying to get their families to eat healthy. Image from prouditaliancook.com

MayJasper Interesting. I have never heard that term before - 'food desert' 6mo
Tamra Good observation. There are many pockets of food deserts - for example college students (especially my population) experience hunger and resort to food that is not nutritious. 😑 6mo
PatriciaU @Tamra, yes! College students are an often-overlooked population that struggles with food access. The community college in my city has been deliberately working on that by providing food pantries and free produce distribution on campus. 6mo
Tamra @PatriciaU ours just started one too! 6mo
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People who love books, reading & authors will love this book. It‘s like a compilation of People magazine stories, but focusing solely on authors. There is information galore on famous feuds, who drank what & when, how & where certain authors liked to write, muses & obsessions, and just plain gossip. However, buried under the 21st century short attention span sections is some real, solid information about authors, writing, and reading. Out in June.

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The Book Supremacy | Kate Carlisle
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I have a soft spot for this bookish series from Kate Carlisle, mostly because I enjoy the occupation of main character Brooklyn, who is a book restorer. Set in San Francisco, the series follows Brooklyn & her ex-spy husband as they solve murder mysteries. In this entry, Brooklyn and Derek are caught up in some loose ends of an old spy escapade that involved some of Derek's oldest friends and a valuable first edition Ian Fleming book. Out in June.

Eyelit Ooh, I started this series forever ago and then got frustrated that there were only 3 available at the time... I should make my way back. I loved how the character talked a lot about her book restoration projects! 6mo
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Bewitched and Betrothed | Juliet Blackwell
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One of the things I have enjoyed about this series is how the characters have grown. Each book has brought them farther along; eg - Conrad has gone from the stoned “gutter punk“ to a guy trying to get sober. Lily has grown from a suspicious, solitary witch to someone who values friendship and love, which is a theme that appears often in this book & which she ultimately embraces in the thrilling climax where she does, indeed, save San Francisco.

PatriciaU Out in June! 7mo
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True crime fans will be fascinated by this fresh look into one of America‘s most notorious crimes. Here is a story that was very nearly lost to a shredder in Oklahoma when Harold Nye‘s wife emptied their home after his death. Nye was one of the lead agents who investigated the Clutter murders and who was befriended and interviewed by Truman Capote. Review at https://itsallaboutthebook.org/2019/04/14/and-every-word-is-true-by-gary-mcavoy/

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The Book Charmer | Karen Hawkins
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The concept of a town librarian hearing books talk and giving the right book to the right person at the right time is the stuff of magic for people who love books. Pair that with a small town full of down to earth people who love each other despite their differences, and a set of main characters so appealing that it‘s impossible not to like this book. Review at https://itsallaboutthebook.org/2019/04/10/the-book-charmer-by-karen-hawkins/

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