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Rebesta

Rebesta

Joined July 2018

So many books. Too little time.
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Being from the Midwest, I‘m always intrigued with its criminal history, especially stories about prohibition and bootleggers. Abbot‘s retelling of The Bootleg King, George Remus, was a well-researched work taken directly from court and legal documents along with news stories of the time. It starts off a little slow and dry but picks up in the middle. All in all, an interesting read.

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I have traveled to many places in my books through the years. I wasn‘t looking forward to going to a swamp but went as I received this book as a gift. Delia Owens expertly describes the prejudices we have towards others and just as expertly unwraps those for us to examine. Read this and you‘ll want to hug someone who is different. It‘s a beautiful book.

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The Secret History | Donna Tartt
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Stunning. Horrible and beautiful at the same time. If you liked The Goldfinch, you‘ll love this as well. Tartt has the ability to see inside the souls of troubled young people like no other author of our time, and her tales are always compelling.

Cathythoughts Great review 👍🏻❤️loved this one 1mo
KarenUK My favorite of all time! I‘m so thrilled to hear you loved it 😊👍💕 1mo
ljuliel Excellent book 1mo
Rebesta Thanks. I'm glad you all agree. 1mo
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Mistress of the Ritz | Melanie Benjamin
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A great story about two notorious characters and a famous one. This novel takes you through the lives of Claude and Blanche Auzello, the manager of the Ritz Hotel in Paris and his Jewish wife, during World War II. Though little is known about their inner/emotional lives, Benjamin does a fine job of reimagining them for us. The novel is rich in history and accurate in events. An excellent and moving read!

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The Gown: A Novel | Jennifer Robson
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This appeared to be all about fashion from the cover, but it‘s much more than that. It‘s a story about women‘s strength in the face of extreme adversity. It‘s about love and friendships that transcend wars and time embroidered on the tapestry of life through the generations. I enjoyed this one.

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At the Water's Edge | Sara Gruen
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I was riveted with this one from the first chapter and read it in a day—something I rarely do. It has a perfect balance of history, intrigue, romance, and transformation. Gruen‘s talent for writing characters and plot kept my eyes trained on the page. Superb!

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I liked this one too! It was our book club pick and mostly all of us really enjoyed it. (The ones who didn‘t are the same ones who never like anything 😆) (edited) 4mo
Rebesta @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled - It was a fun, relaxing read. I loved the ending. 4mo
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I‘m addicted to historical fiction and this one didn‘t disappoint. It‘s a fast, fun read offering a lot of insight into Alice Roosevelt Longworth‘s life as a Washington, D.C. socialite and political force. Thornton did her research and dishes up the dirt on this enigmatic woman who would have held an office of her own if times were different then. I sympathized with her heartbreaks and rejoiced in her victories. All in all—a great read!

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I figured I'd read this before The Irishman comes out. I've always had a fascination with mob movies, but I've never read a mob confessional. I can't fathom, even after reading this, what kind of person could kill a dear friend in cold blood. With Sheeran's confession, Brandt has done an excellent job of illuminating the inner workings of The IBT and the mafia from the 30s to 90s. I couldn't put this one down.

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Pickpick

I'm a fan of historical fiction, so it goes without saying that I loved this book. It's a nice introduction to Jennie Churchill and a few of the other million dollar princesses.

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Mehso-so

An easy, fast read but a bit of a downer at times. There are a few plot twist that make up for it though.

marleed I didn‘t quite get this one. But I love Jojo! 6mo
Rebesta @marleed - She was relatable, but I liked Vivi. 6mo
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A Game of Thrones | George R. R. Martin
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I just finished this book, and I have to say, “WOW!” I picked it up to see what all the hype is about not expecting to like it since it‘s not a genre I usually read. It blew my hair back. I‘m hooked on the series and already dreading what I‘ll read when I‘m done.

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The Witching Hour | Anne Rice
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This is a series I return to from time to time. It‘s based on a powerful family of female witches spanning centuries. Each generation has a matriarch who inherits a dutiful ghost to do her bidding. It has romance, the supernatural, old houses, and New Orleans. It takes the reader on a journey from the West Coast to the South and around the world. A fabulous book series if you‘re looking for something intriguing and fun.

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Does anyone else write notes on Post Its and stick them in their book?

MellieAntoinette 🙋🏻‍♀️🙋🏻‍♀️🙋🏻‍♀️🙋🏻‍♀️🙋🏻‍♀️ 9mo
Rebesta That‘s awesome! @MellieAntoinette 9mo
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The Talisman: A Novel | Stephen King, Peter Straub
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The Talisman is a fun, easy read that I revisit from time to time. I find the plot compelling, the concept interesting, and the characters well crafted. He co-wrote it with Peter Straub, and the two writing styles blend well together. This is by far my favorite King novel.

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I enjoyed learning about Stephen I‘s reign and Empress Matilda‘s quest for the crown. The book is well researched, and the characters bring this medieval period to life. There are a lot of characters which can be difficult to keep track of at times, and many of those characters have the same name, but she does try to differentiate, making it a bit easier. If you‘re interested in historical fiction about England, you‘ll enjoy this book.

TrishB OMG! That cover ❤️ what a gorgeous copy! 11mo
Rebesta @TrishB - The picture makes it look like it‘s leather, but it‘s just a dust jacket. It‘s still pretty though. I also liked the ribbon bookmark built into the binding. I‘m a sucker for those ribbons and think all hardcovers should have them. 11mo
TrishB It‘s still lovely 💕 I can recommend all her books if you haven‘t read any others. 11mo
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Rebesta @TrishB - I just got a stack of her books from https://t.alibris.com/ and When Christ and His Saints slept was one of them. I just started Time and Chance. I‘m wondering when I should read Devil‘s Brood. I‘m trying to read them in historical order. Devil‘s Brood is about Geoffrey of Anjou and Matilda isn‘t it? 11mo
TrishB Yes - in order - Time and Chance, Devil‘s Brood, Lionheart and A Kings Ransom. There‘s also the Welsh Trilogy and The Sunne in Splendour (that‘s a stand alone) 11mo
Rebesta Thanks! I though that was what the order was. 11mo
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Jitterbug Perfume | Tom Robbins
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If you like your philosophy with cotton candy, enjoy stories about immortality, and can‘t live without beets then this book is your ticket to the circus of life. It spans a 1000 years in which a condemned king meets a Greek god and travels the world with his true love. It‘s a story replete with sex, intrigue, and three perfumeries‘ attempts to find the perfect scent. It has a little something for everyone. Join King Alobar. You won‘t regret it.

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It is cold and the first dusting of snow sits on the window sills. I'm wrapped in a blanket, thinking about soup and soft rolls, feeling a little sad at the loss of yet another summer. I grab the book from the table next to me -- A Moveable Feast. I‘ll spend the afternoon in Hemingway's chilly Paris. Later I'll have a little brandy to clear this phlegm from my chest. Then I'll toast all the great writers who've ever driven away my winter blues.

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As an English major, I‘ve never read Shakespeare. What are your literary confessions?

swynn I was an English major, and have never read Gatsby. 1y
Rebesta @swynn - Fitzgerald isn‘t for everyone. I‘ve also never read Tolkien. There‘s so many great books out there. It‘s impossible to get to them all 1y
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Mrs. Hemingway | Naomi Wood
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I got this on sale through Google Play a few weeks back, and so far it hasn‘t disappointed. I enjoy reading about Hemingway‘s life more than I enjoy his books. He was quite a character.

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So who‘s going to work tomorrow with a book hangover, or who‘s still living in their last book?

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Happy weekend, Book Lovers! I hope you‘re all reading something amazing!

RaimeyGallant lololololol 1y
Eggs 😂🤣😂🤣 1y
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1. I loved Mommy Dearest with Faye Dunaway. NO WIRE HANGERS EVER!
2. I don‘t indulge often, but when I do, it‘s onion rings all the way.
3. I‘ve been a bit hooked on the soundtrack to The Greatest Showman. When I‘m not listening to that, I‘m listening to classical or jazz.
4. Love in the Time of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
5. Will do.

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I need a recommendation for a book written from a ghost‘s or spirit‘s point of view. I‘d like for it to be along the lines of true literature. Does such a book exist, or am I dreaming?

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Love in the Time of Cholera | Gabriel Garcia Marquez
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I‘ll be in bed reading this all day today. It‘s awesome so far!

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Oh boy! I just got back from the used book store with a few really great finds. Now I have a serious problem... I don‘t know where to start. Decisions. Decisions.

Cinfhen Best type of problem 1y
Rebesta @Cinfhen - I just started from the top of the pile. I‘m half way through Love in the Time of Cholera. It‘s an interesting read so far. I love the way GGM exaggerates stories and emotions. It‘s entertaining. 1y
Cinfhen Confession: I bailed on the top 3🙄🙈 1y
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Rebesta @Cinfhen - No worries. I bailed on Fahrenheit 451 a long time ago. I read the first few pages in the book store and was interested, so maybe my taste has changed? I don‘t know we‘ll see... 1y
Cinfhen I‘ll be watching for your reviews 🤓 1y
Rebesta @Cinfhen - And I yours! 😊 1y
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The Swans of Fifth Avenue | Melanie Benjamin
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I just started this today. Many moons ago I studied fashion merchandising and design. I began reading Vogue in the 5th grade and had fascination with all things New York as many poor, midwestern girls did. I‘ve also always loved reading and books. Melanie Benjamin seems to have married my loves with The Swans of Fifth Avenue. I did have to do a little research first to gain a better understanding of the Swans/Capote controversy.

Cinfhen I studied Fashion/Merchandising too many many moons ago!! And my daughter did too!!! 1y
Rebesta @Cinfhen - That was by far the best time in my life. I had a showroom in the Chicago Apparel Center for a few years. It was wonderful fun. I imagine it‘s all different now with the internet. 1y
Cinfhen My daughter works with lots of showrooms in Chicago but she‘s currently a road rep for a NY showroom @Rebesta She travels to Michigan & Chicago a lot!! She LOVES Chicago 1y
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Rebesta @Cinfhen - Chicago is a fun city. Tell her not to give up that job for anything. It‘s the best job she‘ll ever have. I regret giving mine up all the time. Well... unless she gets a better offer that is. 😊 1y
Cinfhen She‘s actually looking to get out of “fashion” @Rebesta they pay nothing and trying to get your commissions is a full time job!! She loves her accounts but she‘s feeling exhausted and overworked. Lots of flying & driving. It‘s funny, she was a buyer first and HATED being at a desk - she‘s interested in the health & wellness industry now 1y
Rebesta @Cinfhen - Wow! It‘s really changed a lot then. I used to make really good money doing that. Maybe I won‘t miss it so much knowing how much it has changed. Thanks for the insight. 1y
Cinfhen Ha!! It‘s really awful 😩 1y
Rebesta @Cinfhen - 😆🤣😆 1y
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Pickpick

From the moment I picked this up, I couldn‘t put it down. Theo Decker‘s love for his mother, challenging home life, and ability to drag himself forward in the wake of tragedy is heartbreaking. I wanted to lavish him with the love he lost. From Park Ave to Vegas and Amsterdam, Tartt‘s descriptions through eyes of a young boy are rich, leaving no sense unmentioned. It‘s like reading a series in one sitting. I was sad to leave on the last page.

CarolynM Welcome to Litsy🌼 1y
Wife Welcome to Litsy!🌹 1y
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Bklover Welcome to Litsy!!! 1y
Bronte_Chintz Welcome to Litsy! I hope you love it here! 1y
Andrew65 Welcome to Litsy 😊 1y
Rebesta @Bklover @Bronte_Chintz @Andrew65 @wife - Thank you all for making me feel so welcome. It's a breath of fresh air. I'm excited to see what everyone's reading and to find new books. 1y
Andrew65 @Rebesta I think that sums up Litsy nicely, ‘a breath of fresh air‘! I really must get to (edited) 1y
Rebesta @andrew65 - I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. 😊 1y
Andrew65 @Rebesta Thanks 😊 1y
Bronte_Chintz @Rebesta It really is. Honestly it‘s the best social media community I‘ve ever come across. Everyone is so kind and supportive of each other. 1y
Rebesta @Bronte_Chintz - I needed some kindness after the brutality on Facebook. :-) 1y
Bronte_Chintz @Rebesta it‘s definitely all positive here! 1y
Rebesta 😊 1y
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Mildred Pierce | James M. Cain
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Some movies are so close to the book that you almost don‘t have to read it, but you should! James M. Cain is a wonderful author who knows how to develop a character with some serious flaws. His other works include The Postman Always Rings Twice and Double Indemnity. My favorite by far is Mildred Pierce — I‘m a sucker for a story in which a downtrodden woman rises to the top. Read the book! Watch the series! You won‘t regret either!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great review!! I‘m watching the first episode now 🎥💗 1y
Rebesta Awesome! Let me know what you think. (edited) 1y
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Rebesta @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks - Thanks for the recommendations. You all seem like my kind of people. 😊 1y
Mdargusch I read this book for the first time recently and loved it! Now I need to watch the tv show. 👍🏼 thanks @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 😘 1y
Rebesta @Mdargusch - The movie is as captivating as the book. (I keep hitting send instead of back space. It‘s driving me nuts having to go back and edit. 😄 I just did it again❗️🤣) (edited) 1y
Reviewsbylola I love the book and the movie with Joan Crawford. I haven‘t seen the series yet though! 1y
BookaholicNatty Welcome @Rebesta So happy to have you join us! I hope you love it as much as I do here!! I will definitely be checking this book out! Great review! 1y
Jas16 Welcome to Litsy @Rebesta Thanks for the tag @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks You are the best! 1y
Rebesta Hey @Jas16! It‘s nice to meet you. 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Rebesta you‘re welcome! This is an awesome community ❤️ 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks She‘s beautiful in this and I love her hair ❤️ Thank you for recommending it!! 1y
BookaholicNatty @Rebesta @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘m definitely going to be watching this!!!!! This is my kind of series! ❤️ 1y
Rebesta @BookaholicNatty - I‘m happy to be here and already love it and everyone I‘ve met so far. I‘m a huge fan of Crawford and really enjoyed her in that movie. She definitely deserved the Oscar for her acting. But I felt the script was a bit off the original book. Such is Hollywood! The HBO series is spot on. I think you‘ll like it. 1y
Rebesta @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks, @BookaholicNatty - Wait until you see the house she ends up in! Veda is a trip. So pretentious and one of my favorite characters in the novel/movie. Wait until you see what she does! I want to tell you but I won‘t spoil it. 1y
Kaye Welcome ♥️ 1y
Rebesta Hi @Kaye! Thanks. Glad to be here. 1y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 👍📚 1y
vkois88 Thanks for the tag, @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤ Welcome to our #LitsyFamily, @Rebesta !!! I think you'll love it as much as we do. There's no better place to find fellow book lovers and engage in educational conversations about particular titles. 1y
MrBook Welcome to the #LitsyFamily, @Rebesta ! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1y
Rebesta @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego, @vkois88 - Thanks! It‘s nice to meet both of you. I‘m going to love hanging out here. 1y
Rebesta Hi @MrBook! It‘s nice to meet you! 1y
MrBook @Rebesta Likewise. 🤗 1y
Andrew65 Welcome to Litsy @Rebesta 🤗, thanks for the tag @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 👍 1y
Rebesta @Andrew65 - Thank you. (edited) 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘m really loving this and I love Kate Winslet ❤️ 1y
Rebesta @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks - Kate is pretty fab. I‘m glad you‘re enjoying it as much as I did and still do. 1y
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Cane (New Edition) | Jean Toomer
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His prose reads the way jazz sounds! This awesome novel is a series of stories, revolving around richly drawn characters, experiencing life as an African American. If words blow you away then Toomer‘s Cane will be music to your eyes.

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A Christmas Carol | Charles Dickens
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Christmas in August? Why not? It‘s a great read regardless of the time of year!

"Are there no prisons... Union workhouses?"
"Both very busy, sir..."
"Those who are badly off must go there."
"Many can't go there; and many would rather die."
"If they would rather die," said Scrooge, "they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population."

Charles Dickens - A Christmas Carol

WritethebookAnniemae Hey, welcome to Litsy 👍🏽🎉📚 1y
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West with the Night | Beryl Markham
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Markham weaves an evocative tale of growing up in Africa and learning to fly using beautiful prose. I couldn‘t put it down. I wanted to fly with her forever.

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On the Road | Jack Kerouac
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“I like too many things and get all confused and hung-up running from one falling star to another till i drop. This is the night, what it does to you. I had nothing to offer anybody except my own confusion.” Jack Kerouac

The image is one of the original scrolls used to type the novel.

TheBee I adore this book! 🙏🏻 1y
Rebesta @TheBee - It's good stuff. 1y
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I have studied William Faulkner with a southern Faulkner scholar and was wondering if anyone wanted to start a reading group based on his books, especially The Sound and the Fury and Absalom, Absalom! I could answer questions and possibly guide others through the text as well as offer insights into some of his symbolism and techniques. Leave a comment if interested, and we‘ll figure out how to do it.

rather_be_reading welcome to litsy!! 📚🎉📚 @LitsyWelcomeWagon 1y
Jamesmelvinmitchell Did you start a group? I would be interested sorry I didn‘t see your post. Let me know please. 13mo
Rebesta I‘m sorry I haven‘t responded sooner. I tried to start a group, but you‘re the only one who has shown interest. I guess we can discuss it together if you want. 13mo
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