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RidgewayGirl

RidgewayGirl

Joined July 2017

If you can't be a role model, at least be a cautionary tale.
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I was so well-behaved at the big booksale today. I managed to leave with only eight books, which is a record for me.

Ruthiella Nice haul! I am jealous of that Gardam title! I never see her books used in my area! 😀 4mo
Victoriapl Yes, I'm very proud at how many you left. 4mo
RidgewayGirl @Victoriapl I do have some regret at leaving a few of those fine books behind. 4mo
Victoriapl @RidgewayGirl but you can go back tomorrow and see if you can find them again! 4mo
Crazeedi Very nice!! 4mo
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The weekend his wife, Prue, is giving a talk that is expected to cement her tenure, Ivan is stuck ferrying his Father-in-Law down for the event, as well as caring for his niece. But with his FIL off his meds and Prue‘s lecture landing like a bombshell, Ivan desperately tries to hold his marriage and his life together. This debut novel was slight but well-written and fast paced and reminded me Anne Tyler‘s novels.

JennyM I really loved this book - great for a debut, too. So glad you enjoyed it as well 😊 7mo
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How great was this book, guys? I love how myths are kept alive by the act of reimagination and this retelling of the story of Achilles through the woman given to him as a slave. Lovely counterpoint to The Song of Achilles.

Rachel_nyc I keep hearing good things about this one. Stacking! 8mo
rwmg I'll be reading that next week for my RL book club 8mo
RidgewayGirl @Rachel_nyc It‘s gorgeously told. 8mo
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RidgewayGirl @rwmg That‘s a solid book club pick. I like my book club, but the books keep getting lighter and lighter. 8mo
Crazeedi Have on hold on overdrive 8mo
rwmg @RidgewayGirl We have a nice mixture of serious and light books 8mo
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A Lucky Man: Stories | Jamel Brinkley
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Just a stellar collection of short stories by a new author. Brinkley excels at writing from the point of view of children living in insecure circumstances.

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A highly enthusiastic thumbs up for this excellent noir. Set in 1963, a mobster goes on the run after realizing that his boss is getting rid of anyone connected with that November day in Dallas. A single man is conspicuous and so when he encounters a woman traveling with her two daughters, he hatches a plan. But Charlotte, who has just left her alcoholic husband and her suffocating small town in Oklahoma, is nobody‘s patsy.

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The Water Cure | Sophie Mackintosh
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This is an odd, atmospheric dystopian novel. Lia and her sisters have been raised isolated on an island. Their parents have told them that the world hurts women and that the land itself is toxic. They protect themselves with constant tests and appeasements. Then their father disappears and two men and a boy appear on their shore.

Since the reader knows only what Lia does, much remains unexplained about the world this book is set in.

BarbaraBB Great pic. The premise of this book was very good but then it didn‘t live up to that I think, probably because we had just her point of view indeed. 8mo
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I‘m about halfway through this book and although I should be eating it up, I‘m just finding it fine. I don‘t dislike it, but I‘m not excited to pick it up. I do like the parts set in Paris in the 1930s, where Ivory, the main character, hangs out with artists and has a lover who is just the worst.

BarbaraBB This will be my next ToB book too... 10mo
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Mouthful of Birds: Stories | Samanta Schweblin
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Weird and unsettling, the stories in this collection often set the scene and then leave the reader to fill in the blanks.

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I loved this book. It‘s fast-paced and almost breezy, while also dealing with serious issues, all set in Lagos, Nigeria.

Theaelizabet Loved this one. The seriousness sneaks up on you. 9mo
RidgewayGirl @Theaelizabet Braithwaite put so much just under the surface. 9mo
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Soviet Bus Stops | Christopher Herwig, Damon Murray
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Found this waiting for me on the dining room table this morning. My husband does know me.

arubabookwoman That's been on my WL a while too, but I don't think it's one I would ever buy for myself. 10mo
batsy Amazing 😍 I love looking at Soviet/communist architecture and have my eye on this too 10mo
RidgewayGirl @arubabookwoman It‘s a book that is suited to dipping into over a long stretch and it is very attractive. 10mo
RidgewayGirl @batsy Ooh, adding that to the wishlist! 10mo
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And here are a few more...

Erofan 😍 10mo
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I spent the weekend reorganizing my bookshelves. They are now lovely and arranged alphabetically. Here are a few of the shelves.

Samplergal It‘s so fun to see what‘s on everyone‘s shelves! Thanks for sharing. Great job! 11mo
britt_brooke Nice!! 11mo
BarbaraBB Are all your rows double? That must be hard, to choose the books that go to the back! 11mo
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batsy Nice! @BarbaraBB Most of mine are also double or even triple stacked, which is why it seems easier to buy a new book than pick out an unread one from my own shelves 😂😂 11mo
RidgewayGirl @BarbaraBB They are on these shelves, but every time I tidy them up, different books end up in front. It‘s like a whole new tbr every few months! And if I want a specific book, it‘s easy to find. 11mo
BarbaraBB That‘s a smart solution! 11mo
BarbaraBB @batsy 😂😂 11mo
Liz_M I love the alternating horizontal and vertical! 11mo
RidgewayGirl @Liz_M Thanks, I do, too. And it lets me fit a few more books on each shelf. 10mo
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Speak No Evil | Uzodinma Iweala
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What‘s with these colorful, but unimaginative covers, publishers? They say nothing of the story and don‘t even try to lure the reader in. The tagged book is too good to deserve this treatment. I‘m about to start the other.

Chrissyreadit You are right- I do not like those covers- unless it‘s a children‘s story about colors.... 11mo
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Milkman | Anna Burns
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Starting this one. It sounds right up my alley, so my expectations are high.

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This book is worth rereading. I liked it more the second time and I‘m looking forward to discussing it in my book club tomorrow night.

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Warlight: A novel | Michael Ondaatje
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Nathaniel is piecing together his memories of the time, just after the end of WWII, when his parents left he and sister in the care of a man they called The Moth, and who Nathaniel was sure was a criminal. The truth was much more complicated than that.

This book has a cloudy feel to it and the writing is very fine.

BarbaraBB Any favorites yet on the ToB shortlist? 11mo
RidgewayGirl @BarbaraBB I absolutely adored A Terrible Country by Keith Gessen. There There and House of Broken Angels were excellent. This is a really strong shortlist. 11mo
BarbaraBB Good to know. I haven‘t read A Terrible Country and House of Broken Angels yet. Do you know when the Play-In round will take place? 11mo
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RidgewayGirl @BarbaraBB The Tournament always kicks off on or around March 7th. Plenty of reading time left! 11mo
BarbaraBB 😅 I have eight more to go. And I love that they are so mysterious about dates 😀 11mo
Latrelwhite Just read this book!💕 6mo
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I‘m about fifty pages in and I‘m not sure about this one. Either the author will pull everything together and the book will be brilliant, or it will continue to be people, including the main character, behaving bizarrely.

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Fascinating story about the crime that helped Nabokov write Lolita, or the crime that he was at least aware of and mentions in the novel.

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Enjoying a few minutes reading before the day gets going. Tarzan is always willing to join me. #CatsofLitsy

This novel, about a man who returns to Russia to care for his Grandmother, is wonderful so far.

BarbaraBB I‘m happy you‘re liking it. It has such mixed reviews. And of course I need to read it too for the ToB! 11mo
RidgewayGirl @BarbaraBB It‘s excellent so far. The main character speaks so lovingly about his grandmother. 11mo
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Warlight: A novel | Michael Ondaatje
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Beginning this as my first book of 2019.

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What You Don't Know | Joann Chaney
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This was listed on a Best Crime Novels of the Year list somewhere and It was definitely that — a well-plotted, well-written crime novel with interesting and flawed characters.

Liz_M I will have to find that list! 11mo
RidgewayGirl If I come across it again, I‘ll post it here. 11mo
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Here is my collected #TournamentofBooks reading. The two vertical books are the ones I‘m reading now.

BarbaraBB Oh wow! The tagged one is on my tbr too, looking forward to your review. 13mo
batsy Nice! I look forward to your reviews :) I'm going to attempt to read what I can from the list. Reading this now and loving it 13mo
Lola Just finished The Incendiaries. The style reminded me a bit the Summer ToB winner 13mo
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Fascinating, optimistic and very readable. I learned so much about this troubled and contradictory place I call home, not just the extraordinary food.

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Ohio | Stephen Markley
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This book is the real thing. A debut thats takes a stab at the Great American Novel. Really impressive.

JustJill1963 Looking forward to getting into this in 19! Copy waiting on my shelf. 11mo
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What Luck, This Life | Kathryn Schwille
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This is a collection of short stories set in a small rural town in east Texas where the debris from the space shuttle Columbia came down. While the Columbia isn‘t the centre of the novel, it is present in the background as the members of this struggling community live their lives. The writing is reminiscent of Alice Monroe and Elizabeth Strout.

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Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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Up next, as soon as the kitten wakes up!

BarbaraBB I loved this one! 14mo
RidgewayGirl @BarbaraBB Oh, good. 14mo
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Smart on Crime | Kamala Harris
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So I met this author today.

AmyG 💕 14mo
UrsulaMonarch !!!! 14mo
vivastory Kamala 2020! 14mo
BarbaraBB So cool! Great pic!! 14mo
RaimeyGallant Fun! 14mo
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An American Marriage | Tayari Jones
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Excellent discussion in my bookclub tonight about this book. We discussed how marriages vary, whether Celestial was a sympathetic character and how refreshing it was to read a book where all the characters were black. My book club is the best one because we have wine AND cupcakes.

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Kitten contemplates leaving home to join Jack Reacher on the road. She already has the requires battle scars and she is fearless. #CatsofLitsy

Book is a typical Reacher novel, impossible to not read just one more chapter.

Victoriapl I‘ll bring you that other Reacher that I‘ve been promising you (forever). 1y
Tonton @RidgewayGirl Know what you mean about Reacher books; start one and no stopping til finished. And Kitten looks like she deserves own book! (edited) 1y
Libby1 Does Kitten have only one eye? We have had a couple of one eyed cats over the years. ❤️❤️❤️ 1y
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JoScho Cuteness! 1y
RidgewayGirl @Victoriapl See you tomorrow! 1y
RidgewayGirl @Libby1 Melmoth was tossed from a moving car, but my daughter spotted her. It took some time (and a great vet) but now she‘s just a regular kitten, just with one eye and half an ear less than is usual. 1y
Libby1 @RidgewayGirl - oh, Melmoth, you darling! I‘m sure she‘s landed on her paws now and has someone who dotes on her. Rescue animals and their humans are the best. 💕 1y
laytonwoman3rd What a sweetie! But, Melmoth, I think you've had enough of the road. Stay where you're loved. 14mo
Swe_Eva 💜💜💜 13mo
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Give Me Your Hand | Megan E Abbott
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Megan Abbott is one of my favorite writers and this book does not disappoint.

BarbaraBB Good to know she is a favorite of yours. That‘s quite a recommendation! 1y
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Utterly fantastic! There are Moshfegh‘s usual unpleasant characters doing unpleasant things, but there‘s also a lovely arc to this story of a woman determined to sleep for a year.

batsy I loved it; her writing is just superb in this one! 1y
RidgewayGirl @batsy I‘m still thinking about this book. 1y
Joyfulmimi I might give this another try. Thanks 13mo
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Mehso-so

These stories about genius and disfunction are intelligent and well-written, but they were uneven, with several relying on cleverness rather than heart.

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The Unforgotten | Laura Powell
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A book with great promise that was brought down by odd nouns, lazy plotting and an ending that delivered neither suspense nor answers.

RaimeyGallant I'm enjoying your reviews. 1y
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Beautifully written historical novel about Lorena Hickok and her long relationship with Eleanor Roosevelt.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks On my list!!!! 1y
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Line That Held Us | David Joy
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At M Judson, Booksellers tonight, David Joy discussed his writing process, Southern Gothic, Laura Lippman and his new book. Bonus, there was beer.

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The Great Believers | Rebecca Makkai
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My book haul from the Decatur Book Festival, all signed! #DBF2018

merelybookish Nice! 1y
MStew 😍👌 1y
JennyM I am very jealous! 1y
batsy Oooh 😍 1y
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Paris in the Dark | Robert Olen Butler
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Robert Olen Butler made meticulous research sound fun. And his stories about Paris and Vietnam were fascinating. I bought his book set in Paris (and got it signed) and my friend got his book set in Vietnam. #DBF2018

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Circe | Madeline Miller
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Madeline Miller spoke at the Decatur Book Festival. I almost wish I‘d never read Circe, so I could read it for the first time now. #DecaturBookFestival

BarbaraBB She looks so young. And wise. It must be great to meet her. 1y
RidgewayGirl @BarbaraBB She was both warm and intelligent, but I didn‘t get to meet her since she had a flight to catch right after her session at the festival. I did meet several authors and I‘ll post about the rest of the festival once I‘m home again. 1y
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Pieces of Her | Karin Slaughter
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It was a thrilling evening at the library! Karin Slaughter came to speak and sign books. We got there early for a free copy of her new book and also car ears with a tag saying “Slaughter Squad.” Slaughter is funny, warm and, boy, can she tell a story!

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The Hush | John Hart
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Even if you‘re willing to over-look how women, and especially mothers, are depicted in this novel (I was not), this odd horror/mystery novel was riddled with plot holes and a truly unlikeable protagonist. I spend much of the book wishing the Giant Evil Force would just consume him already.

Best part of the ending was being interrupted by the kitten. #catsoflitsy

charl08 Kitten's looking so well after his awful early start! 1y
RidgewayGirl @charl08 As soon as she recovered from surgery to have the eye removed, she turned into a regular kitten, meaning that no moving object is safe, especially not toes. 1y
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The Great Believers | Rebecca Makkai
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Although my bookshelves are groaning, I‘m very pleased with both my restraint and the quality of the books I found at two recent charity booksales. Books are like dinner guests, aren‘t they? There‘s always room for one more?

merelybookish That's a great stack! Do I spy a Virago? 1y
TrishB Great haul 👍🏻 1y
Nute That‘s amazing. Some of those titles are new releases. I‘m never that lucky.🍀 1y
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batsy Definitely! 👍🏽😍 1y
BarbaraBB Haven‘t you read Home Fire yet?? Glac that you have a copy now! 😘 1y
arubabookwoman Yes- if you haven‘t read it, you need to get to Home Fires soon. I have Second Hand Time and Astrid and Veronica on the TBR shelf too. 1y
Centique What a great score! Three of those are on my TBR list too 😊 1y
RidgewayGirl @merelybookish Yes! I‘m always excited to find another one. 1y
RidgewayGirl @BarbaraBB @arubabookwoman Home Fires has been on my wishlist for some time. I‘m eager to get to it. 1y
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Melmoth | Sarah Perry
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Just excellent. Perry tells a series of stories all concerning people who have encountered Melmoth, in one way or another. Perry writes beautifully, but it‘s the way she paces the book that is so effective. There‘s not a slow or wasted moment in this novel.

Mitch OMG you‘re so lucky - this is one reason I‘m looking forward to the fall! 1y
monalyisha Such a pretty cover! 1y
JenniferP I loved this one too - more than a The Essex Serpent. How did you think they compared? 1y
RidgewayGirl @Mitch I was so excited to have scored a copy! 1y
RidgewayGirl @JenniferP I really liked The Essex Serpent, but I think Melmoth was better. 1y
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Fast-paced and shocking account of a series of infamous murders as well as our terrible treatment of the Osage people.

Liz_M I am making my bookclub read this partly because I loved the tagged mystery novel. 😁 😁 😁 1y
RidgewayGirl @Liz_M Oh, that looks interesting. 1y
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Kudos: A Novel | Rachel Cusk
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Just the perfect book. Cusk examines both the literary publishing world and how the dynamics between parents affect children. I now want to go back and reread Outline.

Flaneurette I may go back and start at the beginning too, really enjoyed these 1y
BarbaraBB This will be the first of the trilogy I‘ll read so I can continue with Outline afterwards! 1y
BarbaraBB For which book did you vote in the Summer ToB, Kay? 1y
RidgewayGirl @BarbaraBB I voted for An American Marriage. Which one were you rooting for? 1y
BarbaraBB Census. But my favorite was Circe. 1y
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Grace | Natashia Deon
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Parts of this story of a mother and daughter, each trying to live free in the South of the 1840s and 1860s, were excellent, but there was so much melodrama and more than a few anachronisms.

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Detective Inspector Huss | Helene Tursten
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The most procedural of police procedurals, this book is slow-paced, with lots of meetings and paperwork. It built up speed as the team got closer to finding the culprit. I liked how Huss is happily married with children and how Tursten doesn‘t shy away from showing how the female detectives are treated by some of their co-workers.

charl08 I'm a fan. It's like the furthest from glamorising policework I can remember reading. 1y
RidgewayGirl @charl08 Yes, and I liked how Huss valued her family life. I‘ll be reading more of this series. 1y
arubabookwoman That one has been on my Kindle a few years. You make it sound very appealing—looks like I need to read it soon!1 1y
Liz_M It was so refreshing to have a cop with a family life and not have the family dragged into the police world! 1y
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A lonely old woman waiting for her son to return from a war that ended twenty years earlier, a secondhand furniture dealer upset at the death of a friend to a car bomb, a young journalist trying to find his footing in a complex and dangerous world, as well as politicians, businessmen and magicians populate this fascinating story of a patchwork corpse reanimated.

I liked this inventive and bleak tale set in Baghdad under American occupation a lot.

BarbaraBB Okay. Stacked. Sounds really intriguing. And I love books set in the Middle East. 1y
luvamystery65 I thought it was wonderfully written. 1y
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Brass | Xhenet Aliu
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I loved this book about a teenage girl hoping for a better life, and then her daughter hoping for the same thing.

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Circe | Madeline Miller
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I loved this retelling of Greek Mythology, centering on the witch, Circe.

BarbaraBB Me too, but I‘m only halfway through 1y
Redheadrambles It‘s really very good I agree ! 1y
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Brass | Xhenet Aliu
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This is why I always, always carry a book around with me. A few minutes waiting for my new glasses were not wasted. And I was happy to read a bit more of Brass, because it‘s amazing.

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