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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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Mrs. March: A Novel | Virginia Feito
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Qualified pick. Began like gangbusters; like Ottessa Moshfegh was reimagining Mrs. Bridge. It was a fascinating look at a woman‘s unraveling, but the time in which this story was set was weirdly elastic and the characters were oddly opaque. Still, I liked this odd story.

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No One Is Talking about This | Patricia Lockwood
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Despite this being told in short snippets, I liked this novel, one that reflects the Trump years on twitter accurately, but than goes into a more human and heart-breaking family story. A qualified pick.

BarbaraBB On my wishlist! 2y
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Abandoned. Between the present tense, being told in the first person plural and characters pulled from central casting, it felt good to let this one go.

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Ducks, Newburyport | Lucy Ellmann
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Look what I read! It took me months, but it was like nothing I'd read before, immersive, frustrating, amazing and worthwhile. The thoughts of a shy Ohio woman as she cares for her family and bakes pies and cinnamon rolls and lives her life.

Ruthiella Congratulations! I also found it worthwhile and immersive. I read it within a month and during that time, I actually found myself thinking like the protagonist...weird. 2y
Bette Congrats! It looks daunting! 😳🙂 2y
RidgewayGirl @Ruthiella I've caught myself doing that so many times. 2y
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RidgewayGirl @Bette It really does! I was daunted, but once in, I enjoyed it. 2y
Liz_M I am amused by this tweet for this book:
https://twitter.com/bookculture/status/1309846322237902848
(@Graywacke)
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BarbaraBB The pressure is getting unbearable. All my peers are pointing towards this book! 💕 2y
SamAnne As soon as I finish War and Peace. One doorstop at a time. 2y
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I've never encountered a book of short stories where they were ordered from weakest to strongest. Swamy concentrates on moments of discomfort or crisis. An alcoholic artist meets Krishna, a woman watches a forest fire approach her home, a woman works as a laughter artist.

Ruthiella Yup, usually the collection will open with the strongest story, in my experience. 2y
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True Story | Kate Reed Petty
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...a thriller, a horror, a memoir, a noir....

What does it mean when the worst happens and you don't remember it?

Just a wonderful examination of what it means when you don't control the story of your own life. Petty uses elements from different genres and formats to fantastic effect. This reminded me of Dana Spiotta's Innocents and Others. One of the best books I've read this year.

BarbaraBB That is quite a recommendation, coming from you! #stacked 2y
Ruthiella Yeah, I‘ve heard great things about this one too! 2y
batsy Intriguing review! Innocents and Others is also on my list. 2y
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Ducks, Newburyport | Lucy Ellmann
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I keep going back and forth between being utterly immersed in this book, and finding it a slog. A side effect has been that I've been baking a lot more since I started this one.

Theaelizabet Same experience. I‘ll be curious to see your final assessment. 2y
Liz_M You didn't make an apple tatin? 2y
RidgewayGirl @Liz_M That's the only thing I haven't made! There have also been two raspberry tarts, a blueberry tart and lots of banana bread. The baker doesn't even seem to love baking that much, but I have a pavlovian response to baking being mentioned in literature. 2y
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RidgewayGirl @Theaelizabet I'm only halfway through. It's not a portable book. 2y
BarbaraBB I keep thinking about this one and if I should read it. I know @Liz_M and @Megabooks loved it. Your verdict will win me over I guess- or not 😀 2y
Theaelizabet @RidgewayGirl I well remember! 💪 2y
RidgewayGirl @BarbaraBB As long as you're willing to wait a bit -- I started this one in the middle of July!
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BarbaraBB I was thinking of audio... 2y
Megabooks @BarbaraBB audio worked really well for me. The narrator‘s pauses actually made it easier to parse the stream of consciousness than when I originally started as an ebook. (edited) 2y
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The topic is difficult, but Luiselli‘s writing makes this easy to read as she alternates between the stories of the children she listened to as she helped them fill out a questionnaire that will determine whether or not they get legal representation and the complex factors that led them to take on the dangerous journey to the USA. Highly recommended!

Now to reread Lost Children Archive.

Melmoth insisted in being included in the picture.

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In West Mills | De'Shawn Charles Winslow
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My first library book since March!

Ruthiella Yahoo!!! 😃 2y
BarbaraBB You must be so happy! 2y
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So excited to find this in my mailbox!

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Ordinary Girls | Jaquira Diaz
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Jaquira Diáz‘s memoir of growing up in Puerto Rico and in Miami is both gut-wrenching and hopeful. Diáz focuses much more on her friendships and the hopeful moments then on the bleak reality of poverty and severe family disfunction.

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Gorgeous, intricate and confounding. I can‘t believe it took me so long to discover this brilliant novel!

BarbaraBB I absolutely loved this one when I read it in the 90s. I am happy it is still a relevant book today! 3y
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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! 😀 3y
Victoriapl Yes, I'm very proud at how many you left. 3y
RidgewayGirl @Victoriapl I do have some regret at leaving a few of those fine books behind. 3y
Victoriapl @RidgewayGirl but you can go back tomorrow and see if you can find them again! 3y
Crazeedi Very nice!! 3y
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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 😊 4y
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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! 4y
rwmg I'll be reading that next week for my RL book club 4y
RidgewayGirl @Rachel_nyc It‘s gorgeously told. 4y
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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. 4y
Crazeedi Have on hold on overdrive 4y
rwmg @RidgewayGirl We have a nice mixture of serious and light books 4y
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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. 4y
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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... 4y
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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. 4y
RidgewayGirl @Theaelizabet Braithwaite put so much just under the surface. 4y
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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. 4y
batsy Amazing 😍 I love looking at Soviet/communist architecture and have my eye on this too 4y
RidgewayGirl @arubabookwoman It‘s a book that is suited to dipping into over a long stretch and it is very attractive. 4y
RidgewayGirl @batsy Ooh, adding that to the wishlist! 4y
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And here are a few more...

Erofan 😍 4y
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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! 4y
britt_brooke Nice!! 4y
BarbaraBB Are all your rows double? That must be hard, to choose the books that go to the back! 4y
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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 😂😂 4y
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. 4y
BarbaraBB That‘s a smart solution! 4y
BarbaraBB @batsy 😂😂 4y
Liz_M I love the alternating horizontal and vertical! 4y
RidgewayGirl @Liz_M Thanks, I do, too. And it lets me fit a few more books on each shelf. 4y
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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.... 4y
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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? 4y
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. 4y
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? 4y
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RidgewayGirl @BarbaraBB The Tournament always kicks off on or around March 7th. Plenty of reading time left! 4y
BarbaraBB 😅 I have eight more to go. And I love that they are so mysterious about dates 😀 4y
LatrelWhite Just read this book!💕 3y
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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! 4y
RidgewayGirl @BarbaraBB It‘s excellent so far. The main character speaks so lovingly about his grandmother. 4y
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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! 4y
RidgewayGirl If I come across it again, I‘ll post it here. 4y
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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. 4y
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 4y
Lola Just finished The Incendiaries. The style reminded me a bit the Summer ToB winner 4y
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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. 4y
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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! 4y
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Smart on Crime | Kamala Harris
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So I met this author today.

AmyG 💕 4y
vivastory Kamala 2020! 4y
BarbaraBB So cool! Great pic!! 4y
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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). 4y
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) 4y
Libby1 Does Kitten have only one eye? We have had a couple of one eyed cats over the years. ❤️❤️❤️ 4y
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JoScho Cuteness! 4y
RidgewayGirl @Victoriapl See you tomorrow! 4y
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. 4y
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. 💕 4y
laytonwoman3rd What a sweetie! But, Melmoth, I think you've had enough of the road. Stay where you're loved. 4y
Swe_Eva 💜💜💜 4y
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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! 4y
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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! 4y
RidgewayGirl @batsy I‘m still thinking about this book. 4y
Joyfulmimi I might give this another try. Thanks 4y
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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. 4y
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Beautifully written historical novel about Lorena Hickok and her long relationship with Eleanor Roosevelt.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks On my list!!!! 4y
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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! 4y
MStew 😍👌 4y
JennyM I am very jealous! 4y
batsy Oooh 😍 4y
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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. 4y
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. 4y
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