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The 2014 winner of the Center for Fiction‘s First Novel Prize, this was a novel that I read mostly during bouts of insomnia. The magical qualities & lack of sleep blended together to make a read that was filled with dreamy sequences in my mind. I‘m not sure I totally understood everything but it left an impression. The story is part family history, part historical (when St. Thomas becomes a US territory), part love story. Bit of a slog but 👏🏼👍

BarbaraBB Beautiful review, sorry about the insomnia 💕 1d
Suet624 @BarbaraBB Aww, thanks. The insomnia comes and goes but whenever I does I know I“m awake for at least 2 hours. So I just grab my book and settle in until I conk out with the lights on. :) 12h
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I‘ve always liked this guy. I just didn‘t like his memoir all that much. A recitation of his many successes and failures, a who‘s who of all the folks he worked with. Grabbed it on Libby on an impulse and consider it an accomplishment that I managed to finish it.

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A terrible photo even though I was 3 rows back. Ozeki was wonderful. Of course she did a reading but she also talked quite a bit about how meditation allowed her to get to her characters, hearing voices, how Tale for the Time Being was a cousin to this book, and how much she disliked the audio version of this book. She hopes to re-record it herself. Her responses to questions were warm and generous, taking the time to have a bit of a conversation.

Penny_LiteraryHoarders She narrated A Tale for the Time Being and it was phenomenal! It truly made that big the big fat awesome one it was because of her narration. 2w
Suet624 @Penny_LiteraryHoarders that‘s how the discussion came about. An audience member commented on how beautiful a Tale for the Time Being audiobook was. Ozeki agreed and said she had had no real authority at the time to request that her latest book (Form) be read by her, but she was now trying to make changes and record all of her books herself. 2w
BarbaraBB So interesting! Great you could meet her! 2w
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Suet624 @BarbaraBB me too! I‘m so glad I did. 2w
jlhammar That does sound wonderful! I love her and she did such a wonderful job narrating A Tale for the Time Being. I was kind of disappointed that she didn't also read her latest so that is very interesting. 2w
Suet624 @jlhammar Right? She became very animated about it. 😀 2w
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There were four women in this panel and they were all great. Sarah Stewart Taylor, Sarah Strohmeyer, Margot Harrison, and Miciah Bay Gault. All mystery writers, all Vermonters. I loved that Strohmeyer is the elected Town Clerk of Middlesex, VT and yet has managed to write 20 novels. They were witty, played two truths and a lie (I was 4 for 4) and talked about the old and current ways of writing a thriller/mystery.

kspenmoll I love Sarah Stewart Taylor‘s mysteries- beautiful writing, atmosphere,layered characters. I will have to check out the others! (edited) 2w
Suet624 @kspenmoll this photo is a bit misleading. They had big smiles and great comments that made us all laugh. 2w
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The Memoirs of Stockholm Sven | Nathaniel Ian Miller
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Another Vermonter, Miller was a finalist for the Vermont Book Award and longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. This book, part historic/part novel, sounded fascinating. Of course they had sold out of his book once I tried to grab a copy. Seated beside him was Vermonter Janice Obuchowski who wrote The Woods (out in November. Anthony Marra, who awarded her a prize for her short fiction, called her book “A genuine work of art.”

jlhammar Wow, seems like an amazing event! I recently listened to the audiobook of Stockholm Sven and really enjoyed it. 2w
Suet624 @jlhammar that‘s so good to hear. He was a very unassuming guy, almost apologetic about being there (for some reason). I really want to read this one. 2w
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Becca Balint, a Vermont Senator running for the U.S. House of Representatives, could quite probably 🙏 be the first woman in VT to be elected to Congress from our state. We have had wonderful representation from our elected officials but they stay in office forever. (Think Patrick Leahy or Bernie Sanders.) Becca used to be an Opinion Writer for her Brattleboro paper years ago and her beautiful essays reflect her love & appreciation of community.

monalyisha What a fabulous event! 2w
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Yesterday the inaugural Green Mountain Book Festival took place in Burlington, Vermont. Be prepared, there will be many posts. There were 38 authors in total. First of all I had no idea that so many of the writers involved live in Vermont. We have an abundance of excellent authors here. Here is Jay Parini, professor at Middlebury College, author of Benjamin‘s Crossing (so good) and The Last Station (about Tolstoy). Brett Ann Stanciu [cont.)..

Suet624 Was a surprise standout. I would not have picked up her book if I hadn‘t heard her speak about it. A librarian in a very small town in Vermont talked about addiction and how she and her town were personally affected by it. She was so eloquent and honest that I know her book will be too. (edited) 2w
BarbaraBB What an evening you must have had! Fantastic! 2w
Suet624 @BarbaraBB it was an all day event so I was home by 6 pm. Today there is more and I should really be there but I need to do laundry,etc. You know how that goes. 2w
Megabooks Sounds like a great time!! 2w
Suet624 @Megabooks it was. I think I wasn‘t expecting it to be as rejuvenating to my soul as it was. I‘m an introvert who often backs out of events. I knew for sure I was going to go to this, but it surpassed my expectations and I feel so grateful to have experienced so much writerly stimulus. 😀 2w
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In West Mills | De'Shawn Charles Winslow
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Unlike the 2020 Center for Fiction First Novel prize winner, this 2019 winner was just what I wanted. An independent woman who seemingly needs no help and a community of friends and neighbors who watch over her. She‘s cranky, an alcoholic, and completely unapologetic. This is a multi-generational story and I loved each of the characters.

batsy This was on my radar when it came out but as usual I'd forgotten. Thanks for the reminder! 2w
Suet624 @batsy sometimes a book comes at the right time for me. I needed this one. 2w
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Luster: A Novel | Raven Leilani
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I was at the library looking at the Center for Fiction‘s First Novel prize winners list. I grabbed 2 of the books off the shelves. This book was the 2020 winner. The blurbs on the back, all from well known authors, were gushing. A young woman struggling to get by, develops a relationship with a married man, goes to live at his house having been invited by the wife. The first 1/4 was funny, the rest preposterous. What did I miss that others loved?

AnneCecilie I wondered that too. I didn‘t get the hype around this either. 3w
CBee This was a DNF for me. Didn‘t enjoy it at all 🤷‍♀️ 3w
Suet624 @AnneCecilie @CBee I‘m so glad you had issues with it too. I don‘t feel so alone in this. 3w
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Megabooks This was a definite so-so for me too. 3w
Suet624 @Megabooks it was a disappointment. 🫤 3w
BarbaraBB I couldn‘t agree more! 3w
Reggie Maybe that women who because of a man are put in opposition of each other can still show each other humanity and offer each other support. I got hooked by the Maury Povich craziness of a guy moving his lover into his house but stayed for the relationship between the MC and the wife. 2w
Suet624 @BarbaraBB I almost decided not to read other books from the Center's list, but I'm really enjoying the 2019 winner. 2w
Suet624 @Reggie I can‘t tell if you read this one. Have you? 2w
Reggie I have and I liked it. The MC and the wife really made this book for me. And the use of that Phil Collins song. Lol 2w
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Much like Trevor Noah, the author‘s journey from childhood to where they are now is astonishing and the sacrifice of a mother to envision a better life is heartbreaking. It‘s an important story, one that informs everyone of the ‘promise‘ of America for those who come here versus the reality once they are here. The writing was so-so but overall it‘s a pick.

TrishB I have this on the pile somewhere 👍🏻 3w
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Booth | Karen Joy Fowler
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#BookerPrize22 Longlist. It‘s the only reason I picked it up. While this is primarily about John Wilkes Booth family members, it offers a glimpse into the U.S. well before and during the Civil War. Some of the incidents that occurred are wild, and remind me of the anger and lawlessness of today, but on steroids. While overly long I learned things from it that I will remember for some time.

vivastory I have heard so many mixed things about this one. Not sure when I'll get to it. Glad you liked it 4w
Suet624 @vivastory I know. I figured ahead of time with so many mixed reviews I might not like it. It‘s not that the writing was so great There were just so many random facts in the book that kept me interested about life during that time. I should really read more about that era. My dad was a history teacher and loved to talk about that time but did I want to listen to him? Nope. (edited) 4w
vivastory You might find the following interesting. It's one of the best nf books I've read this year 4w
Suet624 @vivastory great! I‘ll put it on my list. Thanks. 4w
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(A view last night from the home I lived in for 20+ years before my divorce. I‘m housesitting which is an odd concept but…) I listened to this, read by Keefe, and it was terrific. Long essays written for The New Yorker of some shysters, grifters, and killers. One essay was about a murder that tied back to a story of the killer‘s childhood, all of which took place in the town I grew up in. Keefe is an automatic read for me.

Jas16 Just started this audiobook this morning! 1mo
Leftcoastzen So beautiful! 1mo
Suet624 @Jas16 great! Hope you like it as much as I did. 😊 4w
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BarbaraBB That pic! Book sounds good too but I wonder if it might be too American (read: unknown author/subject/stories) for me 4w
Suet624 @BarbaraBB That's an interesting question. The Goodreads synopsis would give you an idea of some of the topics. Also if you've read Say Nothing or Empire of Pain written by Keefe you'll notice how he weaves technical detail amidst the subject's personal life and makes it very readable. If you've never read anything by Keefe I'd suggest Say Nothing. 4w
Suet624 @Leftcoastzen Isn't it? Every day it's a different look. 4w
Suet624 I also meant to add that I so appreciate The New Yorker for publishing and supporting Ronan Farrow and Patrick Radden Keefe's work. 4w
BarbaraBB Thanks Sue! I‘ll first try that one! 😘 4w
Megabooks What a pretty view and how hard it must‘ve been to have to give it up. Rogues was a great book. 4w
Suet624 @Megabooks You might know how this feels... at the end I couldn't see any of the beauty of the place at all. I was pretty miserable. I have many friends living there still and I get to housesit at a lot of the houses or visit friends so I still have access to the place. And, oddly enough, my ex and I are pretty friendly now so I get invited to dinner often :) Life is weird. 4w
Megabooks I understand what you‘re saying. One place I lived in my 30s was very beautiful, but by the end, I was so frustrated and downtrodden that I was happy to leave. I‘m glad it sounds like you‘re at peace with your situation, though. 💜 4w
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The Colony | Audrey Magee
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But, but…The Colony 😩 Maps of Our Spectacular Bodies 😩

#BookerPrize2022

BookwormM I know I am gutted too 1mo
AnneCecilie I‘m reading The Colony now and really enjoying it, but I haven‘t read anything from the longlist to have an opinion except that I DNFed Maps. 1mo
Suet624 @annececilie You might want to check out The Trees. Another fave of mine. 1mo
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AnneCecilie @Suet624 I heard it was out of print, I haven‘t seen it anywhere yet. But it‘s one I definitely want to read. I‘m also waiting on several of the others from the library. 1mo
Suet624 @AnneCecilie are you in the US? 1mo
AnneCecilie @Suet624 No, I‘m in Europe 1mo
sarahbarnes I really cannot believe The Colony is not on the shortlist. 😞 1mo
BarbaraBB I am so disappointed too about these two not making the shortlist. 1mo
BarbaraBB @AnneCecilie Amazon sells it for 10 euros! 1mo
Suet624 @sarahbarnes @BarbaraBB @annececile thankfully the longlist was quite good this year. Still have a few of the shortlist to read. 1mo
Bookwomble I've only read Treacle Walker from the long list, and I'll be very happy if Garner wins 😊 I understand he's not everyone's cup of tea, but I truly loved that book. 4w
Suet624 @Bookwomble I‘ll have to try to find that one. 4w
Bookwomble @Suet624 The Award night happens to be on Alan Garner's 88th birthday: I don't know if the judges are at all sentimental, but if that swings it his way, I'd be happy. He's shockingly underappreciated. 4w
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Joseph Anton | Salman Rushdie
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Don‘t know if this link will work but it‘s an interesting piece about housing and community for exiled writers. I had no idea… https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/02/opinion/salman-rushdie-free-speech-writers.ht...

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This was a page turner for me. I loved how she structured the physical space of the book and the timing of the story. It‘s a brutal look at a woman dying of cancer and her life story, complimented by the individual experiences her family members are going through. The voice of cancer itself weaves through the story, sneaky and eventually overwhelming. Written by a very young woman whose mother died of cancer, the writing is beautiful and unique.

Lindy I just picked up a copy from the bookstore today. Looking forward to reading this in September. 👍 1mo
Suet624 @Lindy I‘m curious to hear how you feel about it. 1mo
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jlhammar Hoping to finish this one over the weekend before the shortlist is announced. Great review! 1mo
Suet624 @jlhammar thanks! I‘m looking forward to the announcement of the short list. 🙂 1mo
Lindy @Suet624 I will try to remember to tag you 😊 1mo
BarbaraBB Excellent review. Of course I loved this one too 😉 👯‍♀️ 1mo
squirrelbrain Great review! This one is top of my #booker2022 list so I‘m glad you loved it too! 1mo
MicheleinPhilly I have about 25% left in this. I find myself having to take days long breaks in between reading because it so viscerally uncomfortable. 1mo
Suet624 @BarbaraBB but of course. 💕 1mo
Suet624 @squirrelbrain it‘s really something, isn‘t it? 1mo
Suet624 @MicheleinPhilly I understand. In my case I really had to space out my reading so that I could move through parts of it. The last 50 pages or so I just powered through because it was getting a bit confusing/wild. The book is quite an experience. 1mo
charl08 I didn't know the author's personal history, but that makes complete sense. It read as authentic. 1mo
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Fresh Water for Flowers | Valrie Perrin
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There is a particular cemetery in Burlington, edged by Lake Champlain, that I love to walk in. These photos don‘t do justice to the beauty, serenity and peace found there. This morning I suddenly realized how much it reminded me of the home of my favorite character, Violette, from my favorite book, Fresh Water for Flowers. 💕

Kimzey Beautiful cemetery! Great book! 1mo
Suet624 @Kimzey I feel a special kinship with anyone who loves this book. 😊💕 1mo
Kimzey @Suet624 And I feel a special kinship with anyone who also enjoys walking in cemeteries - and who loves the book.💕😊 1mo
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Suet624 @Kimzey how wonderful!!!! 💕💕💕 1mo
BarbaraBB 🤍🤍 1mo
Suet624 @BarbaraBB You know me... any excuse to talk about this book. But really, today I could feel the essence of the book all around me. 1mo
Megabooks Oh wow! Beautiful! 1mo
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I took a personal day and hit the rail trail on my new little pony. Just lying up on a hilltop, reading, napping, and moving on to new spots to recline. I haven‘t done this kind of thing in a long time and it feels lovely. So far this book is my kind of book.

Bookwomble Sounds very decompressing ... And breathe 😌💖 1mo
Suet624 @Bookwomble it is really decompressing. Self-care is not something I do well so I‘m particularly proud of myself today for doing this. 😎 1mo
Bookwomble @Suet624 Go you! 😊👏 We need to do these things for ourselves 💖 1mo
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MicheleinPhilly I started this book today too. It s breaking my heart in the best possible way. 1mo
kspenmoll Sue, so glad you took time for you! Love your bike! (edited) 1mo
squirrelbrain What a lovely thing to do! And the book is wonderful… 1mo
Suet624 @MicheleinPhilly I am always so stunned when an author, let alone one so young, can produce something like this. So meaty. Cleverly paced on the page. It's really something. 1mo
Suet624 @kspenmoll Thank you, Katherine. I'm just about work, work, work and it felt liberating to say bike, rest, read to myself. :) I am so in love with my bike. Thanks for noticing it! 1mo
Suet624 @squirrelbrain, Thanks, Helen. I'm enthralled by the book. Her writing and where she takes us.... wow. 1mo
squirrelbrain I just read a fascinating interview with her in The Times (UK). Unfortunately it‘s behind a paywall otherwise I would have shared it on here. Her Mum died of cancer when she was 14 and said before she died ‘One day you‘ll make a book out of this‘. Amazing that she can write like this at her age. 1mo
JamieArc Good job! Sounds just wonderful! 1mo
Suet624 @squirrelbrain amazing. As I read it I keep shaking my head, astonished at her writing ability. 1mo
MicheleinPhilly @Suet624 @squirrelbrain This is quickly becoming my favorite out of the few I‘ve read. Just amazing. 1mo
Branwen Good for you! ❤ 1mo
Reggie This sounds great. I‘m glad you got this kind of day. 1mo
Suet624 @Reggie thanks Reggie. I sure needed it. 1mo
batsy This sounds wonderful and extremely needed! 💕 1mo
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Nightcrawling: A novel | Leila Mottley
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Audio fiction tends to bore me & I find myself thinking of other things. It‘s a rare book/narrator that can hold my attention. This story succeeded in all ways. As others have mentioned, it‘s written by a teenager but I didn‘t know that going in & never would have guessed. The central drama is based on a true story & sadly I was not surprised by that at all. Teenager Kiera trying to navigate some terrifying situations & my ❤️ was with her 100%.

BarbaraBB I have the same issue with audiobooks. Restless minds! Glad this one worked for you. I enjoyed this one too although “enjoyed” might be not the right word for the book. 1mo
Suet624 @BarbaraBB I‘ve probably mentioned this already, but I enjoy listening to nonfiction. That seems to settle nicely in my brain. I read this book specifically because of your review. ❤️ 1mo
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Booth | Karen Joy Fowler
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Abe knew what he was talking about.

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Small Things Like These | Claire Keegan
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I did it! I read a whole book! Sure, it was only 114 pages but just what I needed. A beautiful portrait of a family man during Christmas in Ireland. He has begun to question his life and its rhythms and purpose. His focus changes when he begins to understand the ways of the convent and the suspected tragedies taking place there. Thanks to Litsy and the #bookerprize2022 for bringing this lyrical, yet to the point, novel to my attention.

batsy Yay! And this one seems to only have good reviews, so you picked a good one it looks like. 2mo
BarbaraBB Great choice. Happy you enjoyed it! 2mo
Suet624 @batsy @BarbaraBB I needed a win. 🤪😊 2mo
charl08 Love this one. Want my own copy. 2mo
Suet624 @charl08 I know. The more I think about it - it‘s simplicity and it‘s message - the more I like it. 2mo
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Just to be clear, this is not a photo of me. I don‘t wear makeup and I have long hair. But it‘s an accurate representation of me. Nowadays I read for 5 minutes and I‘m out like a light. I‘m hoping that less house sitting, dog sitting, cat sitting, babysitting, election work, and government work will change this scenario. I miss having that full reading experience.

kspenmoll Do you sleep at all with all that work going on?! 2mo
JamieArc I‘ve only been reading in 5-10 minute spurts lately too, and I miss spending long periods of time lost in a book. Here‘s for some down time in the future! 2mo
sisilia Ooohh same here 🙌🏻 I‘m just too tired after work &/or class that I have no energy to read ☹️ 2mo
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Suet624 @kspenmoll to be honest, I am often awake from 2-4 am and reading then makes me sleepy but my body won‘t fall asleep during those hours. Grr… 2mo
Suet624 @JamieArc I hope things settle down for you. I‘m happy/sad to know I have a partner in this. 2mo
Suet624 @sisilia it‘s such a bummer! I hope you have some down time soon. 2mo
BarbaraBB I know what you mean between 2 - 4 am 😬 2mo
Suet624 @BarbaraBB oh no! You too?? 2mo
Reggie Maybe there will be a huge snowstorm and you will be stuck at home and you can read until your heart is content. 2mo
Suet624 @Reggie haha. If we have a huge snowstorm in august I‘ll spend my time worrying, not reading. But yes, a day on the couch is what‘s needed. 2mo
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The Colony | Audrey Magee
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(A vacation photo.) A very small group of folks live on a small island in Ireland. A self-absorbed artist & a linguist who has been coming for years, hoping to document the Irish language spoken on the island, arrive at the same time. I read it several weeks ago & the impact of each visitor, the wry humor of the inhabitants, the interweaving of the stories of the murders taking place in Ireland, the lifestyle of the islanders, remains. Terrific.

jlhammar Beautiful photo! I‘m reading this now. Great so far. 2mo
Graywacke I‘ll get here. Nice photo! 2mo
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Suet624 @Graywacke where exactly are you going to get? To the book? To the ocean? To a vacation? Inquiring minds want to know. 2mo
Graywacke @Suet624 😁😊 2mo
Graywacke @Suet624 the book. ☺️ 2mo
Suet624 @Graywacke oh good. I think you‘ll like it. 2mo
BarbaraBB I just bought my copy! Excited to read it. 2mo
Suet624 @BarbaraBB oh good. I hope you like it too. 💕 2mo
charl08 I'm looking forward to reading this one! 2mo
Suet624 @charl08 I hope you like it. I still think about it. 2mo
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Young Mungo | Douglas Stuart
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This is the worst time for me to be reading dysfunctional family dramas. Going in I knew it would a tough read. There are some authors who know how to break your heart into tiny bits. Mungo is a sweet, loving, gay teenager with a drunk unfit mother and a hooligan for a brother. Mungo falls in love and that part is told in the sweetest of ways. But evil lurks all around him with both his mother and his brother sending him off to obvious harm.

Jas16 I bought this book and it has been sitting unread on my shelves because I know it is going to break my heart. Great review. 3mo
Suet624 @Jas16 Thank you. I had to take it slow with this one. I wish life was not so tough on so many. 3mo
jlhammar Great review! This one is also breaking my heart at the moment. Really good though. I'm about halfway through. 3mo
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Suet624 A great character study. Those characters live inside me now, each and every one. 3mo
BarbaraBB You‘re quiet! I hope you‘re doing well 🤍 2mo
Suet624 @BarbaraBB Hi! Yes, I've noticed the same thing! :) I've been housesitting, dog sitting, working full time on the election processing, cleaning an Airbnb, and half the time I forget where I am when I wake up. Just went for a week-long trip to an ocean setting with 17 of my family and that was delightful/exhausting. So the election is in 2 days and my last housesitting gig for a while will be next weekend for 4 days. .... (edited) 2mo
Suet624 @barbarabb ... I've been managing to read, just not able to jump on Litsy because either my phone has died, my computer has run out of gas, or I'm typing School Board minutes. :) I'm now on the Board of Trustees for the Village I live in - 322 people could have voted, only 17 folks voted, and I won unanimously. Sad when only 17 people vote! So I have a full plate. But I hope things will quiet down in a few months. I hope all is well with you. 2mo
BarbaraBB That sounds extremely busy but I hope fulfilling. Congratulations with your election. It is sad when so few people vote but maybe you can change things a little bit now that you‘re on the Board. Also good luck with the election this week. Take care of yourself in the meantime, keep reading 📖 🤍😘 2mo
Suet624 @BarbaraBB Thank you so much. You're very caring and it's greatly appreciated. Of course it's my own fault. The minute I have the tiniest bit of free time I fill it with obligations. :) 2mo
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I had retired from my 2-year temp job helping to run elections. Yippee, summer! 3 weeks later an employee called & asked if I would PLEASE return for the summer primary election & possibly through the November elections. Staff were leaving her to do it alone in the largest city in Vermont. I said yes. 😳 My reading will go downhill. 😩

This is a photo of kids picking cucumbers. In my teen years I laid on one of these for three summers, picking.

Jas16 Oh wow. I am sorry for the change in your plans but really appreciative of your efforts and those of everyone working to help our elections run smoothly. 3mo
Amiable Thank you for stepping up to go back! As @jas16 says, it‘s so important right now to have good, honest people working to ensure smooth elections. 3mo
Suet624 @Amiable @Jas16 Thank you. It‘s true…it‘s so important. I‘m really happy to help in this way. Just had some really fun plans in place that I needed to change. 🤣🤣 3mo
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DivineDiana I too want to thank you for your commitment to help the voting process. It is such a crucial election. And that photo is amazing! What an experience that must have been! 3mo
Reggie Way to be a good citizen/friend Sue. 3mo
Suet624 @Reggie oh my word! Reggie! How wonderful to hear from you. Your comment immediately made me think of a Vermont punk band from the mid-80‘s that sang a song about being a good citizen. If you‘re interested, it‘s pretty fun. https://youtu.be/-nJzmxJejg8 3mo
kspenmoll Sue, I will add my accolades to you for your commitment to the democratic process during a time of discouragement. Wow! I never knew cucumbers were picked that way! 3mo
ValerieAndBooks At first I thought this picture was a crime scene 😳. Glad you‘re helping things go smoothly! 3mo
Suet624 @ValerieAndBooks haha. Yeah, I can see that. 3mo
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Elena Knows | Claudia Pieiro
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So much of this book sneaks up on you. So short and yet so impactful. You start off introduced to Elena, a mother trying to determine who killed her daughter, even though it was clearly a suicide. You then begin to feel you‘re living in Elena‘s body as she navigates the world with Parkinson‘s. The writing puts you squarely in her body. And then … you learn the rest. A five-star read for me.

Jas16 You made me want to read this one even more. Great review. 3mo
Suet624 @Jas16 I don‘t want to oversell it, but after reading some so-so books in a row, this was a meaty and meaningful read. 3mo
batsy Lovely review. How this book sneaks up on you! So elegantly constructed yet devastating. 3mo
BookwormM Brilliant book 3mo
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Straub mentions someone I haven't thought of in years. Marion Ettlinger. Marion was in Burlington, VT at some point years ago. She took pictures of many of my friends - I was told she was experimenting and needed practice. Her photos were some of the most stunning images of my friends that I'd ever seen. Over the years I kept seeing her name on book jackets as authors became her subjects. Check her gallery out: http://www.marionettlinger.com/

TheKidUpstairs That is so neat! What a wonderful connection 3mo
Jas16 That is such an interesting link! How cool. 3mo
Suet624 @TheKidUpstairs @Jas16 so fun, right? And her photos are spectacular. 3mo
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BkClubCare Wow! 3mo
DivineDiana Those photos are stunning! Were your friends given a copy of their photos? 3mo
Suet624 @DivineDiana they were. I was going to see if any of them could send me a photo to share here. Then I forgot. 🙂 3mo
DivineDiana How wonderful! 3mo
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Trust | Hernan Diaz
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The four narratives, told by different individuals, is about a man who has been able to amass a fortune through the stock market. Did he cheat his way into rigging the market? Was he as brilliant as he was made out to be? The story within the story is about his wife. Who is left to tell her side of the story when the woman is no longer around to tell the tale. Does a man's legacy matter more than a woman's?

squirrelbrain Great review! I‘ve requested this on #netgalley…. I don‘t hold out much hope of getting it but you never know. 3mo
Suet624 @squirrelbrain Best wishes and fingers crossed. :) 3mo
Sophronisba I think this is my favorite book of the year so far -- I just loved it and it gives so much to think about once you're done. 3mo
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BarbaraBB Should I read it? 3mo
Suet624 @BarbaraBB I‘m in a bit of a reading funk right now and not very enthusiastic about what i‘m reading in general and don‘t entirely trust my judgement. That being said, I wouldn‘t rush to read it. 3mo
Suet624 @BarbaraBB Did you read Elena Knows? If not, that‘s one I‘d recommend. Currently reading it. 3mo
BarbaraBB Thanks! That‘s very clear. And I LOVED Elena Knows! 3mo
Suet624 @BarbaraBB Well wouldn't you know it? This book ended up on the Booker Longlist. So much for my suggestion you not rush to read it. 2mo
BarbaraBB I was thinking about this too 😀. About how I now probably will read it in the months to come! I am sure I‘ll enjoy it though - like you did! 2mo
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I listened to Love‘s Forever Changes as a teenager and thanks to Spotify I‘ve been listening to it again for the past few years. I never hear anyone talk about this band or this album. It‘s a good one. Many thanks to Straub for mentioning them.

Bookwomble I have that album as a fairly recent acquisition at my brother-in-law's promoting. It's pretty cool 😊 3mo
Suet624 @Bookwomble that‘s fantastic!!! 3mo
Ruthiella I just came across this part also! I‘d never heard of them but immediately went to YouTube to check them out. Awesome! 3mo
Suet624 @Ruthiella how funny that you came across it at the same time. Enjoy the music! 3mo
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The New Yorker | Conde Nast
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Because I love to read books, I often leave my New Yorker's sitting in a pile. I have a serious backlog & can't throw them out. I made a commitment to read at least 2 of them before reaching for a new book. Each time I pick up the magazine I am struck by how much I love the content. I learn so much about subjects I had no idea I could be interested in. Just a heartfelt appreciation that they continue to put in the time to provide amazing content.

paulfrankspencer Inability to keep up is what caused me to unsubscribe twice. 4mo
Lola I could have written this post 😂 Yes, this is me. And @paulfrankspencer I too have unsubscribed- and then a special officer comes and I‘m pulled right back in 🤷🏻‍♀️🙃 4mo
Suet624 @paulfrankspencer @lola I commit to read two articles. I skim the other articles to see how deep I want to go. I have to be a bit ruthless about not bothering with certain things (like articles about architecture and the theatre). I rarely read the short stories. I have unsubscribed but always return. I feel an inordinate amount of responsibility to committing to them. 🤷🏻‍♀️😂 4mo
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Lola That‘s a good strategy. My problem is that I tend to treat them like novellas and attempt to read from cover to cover. Then I get overwhelmed and out it back on the stack and the pile grows and grows 😬🙄 4mo
Leftcoastzen I feel seen.😀Not currently subscribed but feel it coming on ! Great cover! 4mo
Suet624 @Lola I know exactly what you mean. I used to read it the same way, as a novella and then adding it back to the pile because I hadn't read the very last piece. Grrrr... It's not supposed to be a job so I'm kind but firm with myself. Enjoy some and leave the rest and be just a little bit ruthless about it. Granted, this is a new-ish strategy but it's working for me so far. 🌹 4mo
Suet624 @Leftcoastzen Do it! 😂 4mo
kspenmoll I have a smaller pile because I try to get each moth done by its end. Bathroom reading too!!!I admit I do not read everything, but choose articles/stories of interest, poems & of course, cartoons. 3mo
LeahBergen Happy Birthday, my friend! I hope you have a wonderful day! ❤️📚❤️📚 3mo
Suet624 @LeahBergen thank you so much, Leah! It‘s a beautiful day here today and that alone is a wonderful thing. 💕😂 3mo
Suet624 @kspenmoll my hero, keeping that pile low and moving them out of the house. 3mo
BarbaraBB Wishing you a very happy birthday, my special friend ❤️😘 3mo
batsy Happy birthday, Sue! Hope you can have a good one, though I know it's not been the best day over there in the States ❤️ 3mo
Suet624 @BarbaraBB @batsy Thank you so much. Yesterday was both a wonderful day (folks contacting me and wishing me well) and a truly horrible day with the Supreme Court taking away the rights of over half of the US population to have control of their own body. However, they have allowed everyone to own a gun and kill people. It's unimaginable. The Republican Party has lied and cheated their way into taking away so many of our rights. I'm gutted. 3mo
BarbaraBB I totally understand, I have no clue why guns are still supported (dont‘t they ever compare themselves to countries without guns and the amount of killings there?) and the abortus law is beyond me. So sad. 3mo
Suet624 @BarbaraBB Money and power and control. This is just the tip of the iceberg. 3mo
BarbaraBB That‘s true. Money rules the country. All in the name of democracy 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3mo
BarbaraBB But I know too little, I don‘t live there and just read the news. To us even de Democrats are very right-winged. 3mo
Suet624 @BarbaraBB Yes, they've definitely moved more to the right. I think it's to try to get moderate Republicans to join them. I think you have a better sense of what's happening over here than a lot of my fellow Americans do. 3mo
nathandrake1997 Hey Sue.....I miss you 🥺❤️ 3mo
Suet624 @nathandrake1997 how are you doing? 3mo
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Migrations: A Novel | Charlotte McConaghy
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After reading a series of books that left me uninspired, I finally picked this up & could not put it down. The sea, Ireland, and the main character continues to hover in my mind days after reading it. This is a haunting novel of a quest to track the last migration of the Arctic tern, of a woman who cannot stay in one place despite her desire for love and connection, a woman who carries on despite so much grief, and those who stand alongside her. ⬇

Suet624 It's funny that I mention Ireland, because much of this takes place in the ocean but I love her descriptions of Ireland and could imagine the places she spoke of. So many thanks to @BarbaraBB for the gift of this story. 4mo
BarbaraBB I‘ve been a bit anxious that the book would be disappointing after the high expectations I might have created so I am relieved and happy it had the effect on you that you describe above ❤️ 4mo
Rissreads I adored this book too! ♥️ 4mo
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Suet624 @BarbaraBB We are basically twins in our reading pleasures so how could you be wrong??? But I definitely know the feeling... I've experienced it often. 4mo
BarbaraBB We are! Twins 👯‍♀️ I mean! And I‘m proud to be 🤍 4mo
Suet624 @BarbaraBB same. Brings me comfort. 4mo
BiblioLitten My favourite this year💙 3mo
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Watergate: A New History | Garrett M. Graff
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Vermonter Garrett Graff who wrote the impressive ‘The Only Plane in the Sky‘ about 9/11 has written another one that I‘m excited to check out. Thought I‘d share a local newspaper‘s review of the book: https://www.sevendaysvt.com/vermont/book-review-watergate-a-new-history-garrett-...

(Captain Adorable and his sister hoping to catch a ride in that boat.)

merelybookish Lovely pic. Looks like sister has some beautiful red hair! 4mo
Suet624 @merelybookish She sure does! 4mo
LeahBergen ❤️❤️❤️ 4mo
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Graywacke Love the picture 4mo
tpixie Love that photo! Adorable kids, great shot 📸 4mo
Suet624 @tpixie Thanks so much. 🌼 4mo
tpixie @Suet624 🌺 4mo
Jeg Love that beautiful red hair. Great pic of them both . 3mo
Suet624 @Jeg thank you, Joy 3mo
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Migrations: A Novel | Charlotte McConaghy
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It‘s been exactly a year since I received this book from @BarbaraBB as a gift. Today I am finally picking it up to read. I thought it was serendipitous that @TheKidUpstairs posted this today. A book is read when it‘s ready to be read. 😀❤️

BkClubCare I am reading a book right now that I‘ve had on my shelf for a decade plus! Its time has arrived, I guess. (edited) 4mo
AmyG I loved this book so much and hope you do, too. (edited) 4mo
squirrelbrain It‘s worth the wait! 😁 4mo
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BarbaraBB I hope the book is ready for you and you for the book 🙏😘 4mo
Ruthiella A year later isn‘t too bad! I hope you love it! 😊 4mo
Suet624 @BkClubCare Hahaha, yes indeed. 4mo
Suet624 @AmyG @BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain @Ruthiella So far I can't put it down. I needed this book right now. (edited) 4mo
TheKidUpstairs I definitely want to read this one soon!!!! 🤣🤣 4mo
EvieBee Yaaas! 4mo
erzascarletbookgasm I hope the timing is perfect, I loved the book. 4mo
BkClubCare @Suet624 😱”its time”! 🤓 4mo
Sparklemn And when someone lends you a book that they recommend and assumes you'll read it right away...hmmm. I'll read it but it will have to earn its way to the top of the pile! (edited) 4mo
Suet624 @Sparklemn I agree but I did feel badly about how long this one took me to read. I value the rave recommendation of the person who gave it to me and I didn't want to be insulting. I also find myself REALLY wanting to know if someone liked a book that I gave them that was special to me. Can't win. :) 4mo
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Lost & Found: A Memoir | Kathryn Schulz
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There are 3 essays in this book. The 1st is Lost & that is the one I was most struck by. The author writes of her father-his life, his illness & his passing. It is a glorious piece of work, one that I immediately wanted to share with my friend whose sister passed away. Of the last 3 books I read about a parent dying, this one hit all the key points in such an elegant way. I appreciate her effort in expressing the inexpressible.

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Real Life: A Novel | Brandon Taylor
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“…a woman with a tight, mean face, dark hair, green eyes, lots of freckles, skin like an aging banana peel.”

That sentence stumped me. Skin like an aging banana peel? Certainly a creative description but I have no idea what that would look like.

Dilara Lots of liver spots?😒🤔 4mo
Suet624 ohhhh... yeah, I guess that's right. I have liver spots though and now I have to imagine I look like an aging banana peel. Great. :) 4mo
Megabooks This is an odd sentence… 4mo
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Suet624 @Megabooks Thank you for confirming ... I didn't know if it was just me. 🙄 4mo
BarbaraBB It‘s odd indeed. But I loved the book. 4mo
Suet624 @BarbaraBB I‘m still trying to figure out how I feel about the book. I‘m waiting to write my review because I don‘t want to write yet another grumpy review. 4mo
BarbaraBB Haha why not? They‘re often more interesting to read (not yours specifically but in general)! A bit like Tolstoj on happy families 😉❤️ 4mo
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It‘s a pick but primarily because I learned so much about deaf culture.

I was left with so many questions about the characters…is there going to be a sequel? What the heck will their future be? Why did the story end in such an abrupt way? Was the story simply a vehicle to explain all the challenges experienced by those who are deaf or was it supposed to resolve the various situations of the characters, such as housing, schooling, marriages?

Ruthiella I don‘t think everything was going to resolve at the end. I felt that the book was really about Charlie and her exploring Deaf culture and ASL and also her growing up. So by the end, we don‘t know what will happen next, but do know that Charlie is better equipped to handle her future as a Deaf person. 4mo
Suet624 @Ruthiella Thanks for responding. I'll be interested to see what folks think about it when we discuss the book later. I may also just be a grumpy pants and can't see the forest through the trees. 4mo
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BarbaraBB I‘m with you Sue! 4mo
Suet624 @BarbaraBB @cinfhen Barbara, I'm so glad to hear you understood my review. It's always hard to criticize a book, especially one that educates us, but jeepers! Finish the story! 4mo
BarbaraBB I just finished it and was wondering if I would be the only one without a raving review. Should‘ve known better 🤍 4mo
Cinfhen I‘m with both of you @Suet624 @BarbaraBB - it‘s a pick for the content but the plot/ story was #MoreMehThanYeah 🙄 4mo
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I LOVED Freshwater, their 1st book. Their 2nd book sits on my shelf to be read but I went directly to this one for #CampLitsy. I know the goal is to write in many genres & I can appreciate that challenge. But this one just kind of broke my heart. It felt repetitious and full of guilt. I consider their writing to be so unique and this was not. I may grow to appreciate how they write of rising from grief into hope. But mostly I‘m disappointed.

batsy Oof, that's a bit disappointing. I was just telling @Cathythoughts the same about Freshwater. It's one of the most unique things I've read. And the prose is searing. It stays with you. 4mo
Suet624 @batsy Freshwater blew my mind. This one is pedestrian at best. Super disappointing. 4mo
sarahbarnes Really disappointing to hear. This one will be my first book by the author and it sounds like it won‘t be a good one to start on. 4mo
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Suet624 @sarahbarnes As you know, everyone has an opinion. :) Some folks liked it. But it is not indicative of their other books. I will continue to look for their work and am very much looking forward to reading Dear Senthuran (edited) 4mo
Suet624 @batsy @sarahbarnes Also... I had to go back and fix my pronouns. A bit embarrassed about that! 4mo
youneverarrived Freshwater is one of my favourite books. I‘ll go into this one with lowered expectations 👍 4mo
Megabooks Interesting. I‘m curious how people will come down on this next month. Great perspective! 4mo
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I seem to be reading memoirs about dead fathers. This is my second in a row. Carr writes a beautiful testimony to her father, David, who died at 58. I thought I was a good parent but now I feel I have to kick it up a notch. David was a crack addict and alcoholic with twins who kicked it all to become a columnist at The NY Times. His advice to his children. and his (sometimes tough) love was ❤️❤️ 🔥

Burlington - where I finished reading this one.

LeahBergen Gorgeous! 4mo
Cathythoughts ❤️ 4mo
Suet624 @LeahBergen there‘s a 10 day jazz festival going on right now too. It‘s quite the scene. 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 💙 ⛵️ 4mo
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My friend said, “You‘re not reading Kellyanne Conway‘s book, are you???” No. The author is Kelly, the daughter of Tim Conway, who continues to make me laugh when I see his skits. I read it because I needed a light read after my last book. This was not light. Tim was a great dad and it‘s amazing how close he was to his six kids. But there‘s a stepmother who turns into the wicked witch near the end of Tim‘s life and hurts Kelly a great deal.

Graywacke Seriously that was also my first question on seeing the cover - which my brain rechecked several times, trying to process, before it got to your comment. 🙂 4mo
Suet624 @Graywacke 😂 😂 4mo
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What happens when a virus comes wafting through the world after the polar ice begins to melt and all that was buried in ice is unleashed? It can't be good, right? Chapter by chapter this book tells the story of the results. A generational story that is intriguing and depressing. Some chapters were more captivating than others and some were super sad. I actually made it to the end & enjoyed the last chapter - The Scope of Possibility - a lot.

TrishB Yes I enjoyed the last one- just some others in the second half that weren‘t as stellar! 4mo
Suet624 @TrishB definitely. 4mo
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Megabooks It ended perfectly but yes, a very sad book overall. 4mo
squirrelbrain Another great review! I‘m about 3/4 of the way through now…. 4mo
Suet624 @squirrelbrain Interested to hear what you think of it. 4mo
BarbaraBB For me the ending made up for a few dragging stories in the second half! 4mo
Suet624 @BarbaraBB yes, by now I‘ve forgotten those boring stories in the second half. 4mo
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Porch reading.

Addison_Reads What a perfect reading spot. 💚 4mo
Suet624 @Addison_Reads The porch is equally as long to the right of me. I keep getting distracted from my reading by all the bird song. It‘s a lovely afternoon. 💕 4mo
BittersweetBooks I want a porch like this! 😍 4mo
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Suet624 @BittersweetBooks I feel pretty fortunate. I rent a tiny apartment within a larger house. I hope you can find a porch to lounge on too. 4mo
Megabooks Gorgeous porch!! 4mo
BarbaraBB I love your porch 😍 4mo
Cathythoughts Such a lovey spot 💫 4mo
LeahBergen What a beautiful spot! 4mo
batsy Lovely reading spot! 🌞🌳🐦 4mo
MaureenMc 🥰 4mo
Tamra 😍 4mo
Jeg Beautiful porch. 4mo
Suet624 @megabooks @barbarabb @cathythoughts @leahbergen @batsy @maureenmc @tamra @jeg Thanks everyone! Anytime anyone comes to read on the porch with me, you're more than welcome. I'd love it! 😻 4mo
BarbaraBB I‘d love that too 🤍 4mo
Jeg I‘m so wanting to make it back to that part of the world. To catch up with relatives and maybe sit on that porch with my book and you. 4mo
Suet624 @Jeg please! Anytime! Would love it. Seriously. 4mo
Suet624 @BarbaraBB ❤️❤️❤️ 4mo
kspenmoll It looks like such a relaxing place to delve into a book, with a beautiful view. 4mo
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A fantastic read by a woman intimately involved in the work done by The Yippees. Covering the period of 1967 through the mid-1970‘s, Gumbo brings her work alongside Eldridge Cleaver, Bobby Seale, Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin back to life. The FBI notes sprinkled throughout reflect the wiretapping and surveillance done for years on the author. Women claiming their place in the struggle against the war effort while men received the attention. 🔽

Suet624 Gumbo can seem to speak pretty highly of herself, but she deserves to. It‘s also interesting to think about the actions that took place in the late ‘60‘s in relation to the current state of affairs in the U.S. 4mo
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It feels as though I‘ve been waiting for this book for years. My librarian just purchased it and waved it at me as I walked in the door. I‘m hoping Judy Gumbo does a good job of writing the history of the activism that took place in the late ‘60‘s. This is the story I want my kids to know about. With Bobby Seale and Robert Meeropol recommending it I have high hopes.

Leftcoastzen Looks interesting! 4mo
Suet624 @Leftcoastzen It definitely seems like something you'd be interested in. I'm enjoying it so far. 4mo
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Lily and the Octopus | Steven Rowley
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Thought this would be an easy breezy read, like his other book The Guncle. If you have an older dog you may want to skip this one. It brought back all the emotions I felt when my dog Rosie grew old & passed away almost 15 years ago. Believe it or not, I carried Rosie‘s ashes with me when I moved from Vermont to California & back again a year later. She‘s still with me. This story is a journey & one that you know the author personally experienced.

Megabooks When this came out my dog, who has since passed, was 16. I skipped it. I‘m not sure I‘ll go back. 4mo
Suet624 @Megabooks you were smart to do so. And i‘m not sure you need to read it. It‘s okay but not great. 4mo
CBee I have a 14 year old dachshund - don‘t think I could do this one 🥺🙁 4mo
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LiteraryinLawrence My #lmpbc was thinking of this for this round, and I vetoed it because my cat had recently been diagnosed with cancer. No stories with vulnerable pets for me right now! 4mo
CampbellTaraL I went in completely unaware, just started reading without checking reviews or the cover blurb. Three years ago my dog had to be euthanized because of a rapid growing tumor that was causing seizures and paralysis. Many tears while reading this one. Unfortunately, I definitely understood the protagonist's pain. 4mo
Cathythoughts I have a very old dog , Harry ! I think I‘ll pass on this one so. ❤️ 4mo
LeahBergen Oh, look at the Lily of the Valley. ❤️ 4mo
Suet624 @CBee Nope. Don't do it. 4mo
Suet624 @LiteraryinLawrence It's really not a good one for you then. I'm sorry about your kitty. 4mo
Suet624 @CampbellTaraL I'm with you. I went through the same thing. So many similarities between the book and my experience. It brought all those memories back and made for a tough read. 4mo
Suet624 @Cathythoughts Awww, Harry. I'm surprised I never checked to see what the book was about, but now that I think of it, I might have thought I'd be okay with the subject matter. I guess the author did a better job than I expected. 4mo
Suet624 @LeahBergen The lilac and the lily of the valley are my favorite flowers. Both their smell and their announcement of the arrival of spring and the gardening season make me very happy. 4mo
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So Much Blue: A Novel | Percival Everett
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I ask friends if they‘ve ever heard of this author and no one has. How can this brilliant writer, an author of over 30 books, not be more well known? This story covers three important parts of an artist‘s life - a rescue attempt, an affair, and his family life. Secrets color his life and colors are sprinkled throughout the story, highlighting the feelings imbued in the story. An engrossing read with an emotional end. I‘m sure I‘ll reread this one.

Suet624 @BarbaraBB thanks for the recommendation. I had to purchase this one, which I rarely do …I try to get the library to find a copy. This was worth every penny. 5mo
sarahbarnes I agree. And now I need to add this one to my list. 5mo
BarbaraBB I‘ve been wondering as well. The other two books I read by him were just as good! 5mo
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batsy I loved this. But I've yet to read any of his other books and I know I have to fix that because each book sounds bold and brave. I wonder if he's not so heavily marketed because he's not an easy sell? 5mo
Tamra I‘ve yet to read anything by him, but I‘ve had this one marked TBR for some time. Thanks to your review I‘m going to bump it up! 5mo
Suet624 @Tamra Telephone feels like a complicated first read of Everett's. I enjoyed it but mostly because I went in with a positive attitude. The Trees and So Much Blue are currently my two faves of his. So, again, I enjoyed Telephone but don't judge him if you're not completely enamoured with it. 5mo
Tamra @Suet624 thanks for the heads up! I have a hold on the audio of The Trees. 🤞🏾 5mo
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Readings | Sven Birkerts
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Abundance courtesy of the library AND I found a $20 bill stretched out in the walkway to the building.

I‘ve got something to read for #CampLitsy and #CampTOB22 and the recommended Lily and the Octopus. The book on the bottom of the list was written by Tim Conway‘s daughter. Those of you who watched Carol Burnett shows will remember him fondly.

vivastory What are you going to do with the $20?! 5mo
AmyG What a day!!!! 5mo
merelybookish Fun! 5mo
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Cathythoughts I‘m looking forward to How High We Go In the Dark … great books you‘ve got there 👍🏻😃 5mo
Jas16 You deserve a lucky day! 5mo
squirrelbrain A great haul! 😁 5mo
Suet624 @vivastory Funny you should ask. I'm taking the summer off & I had just been telling myself I COULD NOT worry all summer about not making money. That I needed to relax about it. A minute later I look down and there it is, right in front of me on the ground. That $20 will be my talisman - a reminder that I am safe and protected. 5mo
Suet624 @AmyG Agreed. And it's blue skies and warm breezes. Life is good. 5mo
Suet624 @Cathythoughts I seem to remember getting this book from the library once before and ran out of time to even open it. I'm happy to get a second chance at it. 5mo
Suet624 @Jas16 Oh, thank you! I think you might be right. 😻 😍
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Suet624 @squirrelbrain I'm so excited!! 5mo
BarbaraBB Lovely story about the 20$ and some good advice you gave yourself! Last but not least: terrific haul 🤍 5mo
sarahbarnes Love library abundance! ❤️ I just got How High We Go from the library today, too! 5mo
Suet624 @BarbaraBB Thanks so much, Barbara. May I keep my enjoyment high and my worries low this summer. :)
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Suet624 @sarahbarnes Aren't libraries just the best???
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sarahbarnes They truly are!! 5mo
Suet624 @Chelsea.Poole That's really good to know. I picked it up on a whim. 5mo
vivastory How serendipitous that you would find the 20$! Enjoy the books & I hope you have a lovely weekend! 5mo
kspenmoll Love your 20$ talisman! Remember you deserve this summer! 5mo
Megabooks So glad you‘re joining us and how cool to find $20! 💜💜 (edited) 5mo
Nute Wow! This feels like a lucky day! Happy wishes, Sue!💕 4mo
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Three | Valrie Perrin
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I‘m so happy to be the first to post about Perrin‘s second novel to be translated. I just received my copy in the mail. Her debut novel, Fresh Water for Flowers, continues to hold a top spot in my list of much-loved books.

jlhammar Looking forward to this one! 5mo
BarbaraBB Wow! I need this too! (edited) 5mo
AmyG OOOOOOOOOO…I can‘t wait to hear how this one is. I still occasionally stop to think about FWfF. Definitely a favorite book. 5mo
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Suet624 @AmyG it‘s just the best. ❤️❤️❤️ 5mo
Suet624 @BarbaraBB @jlhammar keeping my fingers crossed that it comes close to her debut. 5mo
kspenmoll This summer I plan to finally read FEFF. 5mo
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I imagine it was perfect in the ‘80‘s and it might have had an impact on me then. Now, though, I felt it offered very few specifics on achieving the transformation he writes about. Wanted to bail, but I rarely do that, and in customary fashion, (the reason I don‘t bail) is that the last few chapters finally gives you what you‘ve been waiting for: his grand pronouncements on what matters. I‘ve done inner work for years and this is merely a primer.

Suet624 On the plus side, this has been on my shelf and my #bookspin list for ages. May‘s bookspin accomplished. @TheAromaofBooks 5mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! It's funny how sometimes a book hits at the exact right moment in life - and other times it misses. 5mo
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“There are no ordinary moments.“

I‘m really trying to take that statement to heart. It feels like a different way of saying ‘live in the present moment.‘

RaeLovesToRead Nice clouds! 😊😊💕 5mo
Suet624 @RaeLovesToRead Sometimes I need the reminder to look up. 5mo
Nute Aren‘t clouds an extraordinary thing? 4mo
Suet624 @Nute I spend a lot of time reminding myself to look at the clouds. They are such beautiful pieces of art. 4mo
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This was my front yard for over 20 years until my divorce. My ex-hubby still lives there. I‘m housesitting in the neighborhood right now so this was my reading spot last night. Pretty sweet.

LeahBergen How beautiful! 5mo
Suet624 @LeahBergen it really is. 💕 5mo
batsy Oh, wow. 5mo
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Cinfhen So stunning!! I can understand why you must miss that view 😍 5mo
Amiable Is that Lake Memphremagog? 5mo
fredthemoose Oooh… I left a lake house after ending a long relationship… it was for the best, but man did that sting! Hope you have a fabulous stay back in the neighborhood! 5mo
Suet624 @Amiable Nice guess, but no. Lake Champlain is the furthest body of water. That's the Adirondacks of New York far away. The closer body of water is Shelburne Bay. The land on the right is part of Red Rocks Park in South Burlington and the neighborhood is Queen City Park. (Maybe more than you needed, but just in case you knew of the area...) 5mo
Suet624 @fredthemoose @cinfhen Honestly, by the time I left I was so miserable I couldn't see the beauty of the place anymore. Now my ex and I are friends, we go on family vacations together with the kids, and I visit the front yard quite often. :) Now my view is of mountains and valleys in ski country. Not a bad swap. 5mo
Leftcoastzen Beautiful 5mo
erzascarletbookgasm So lovely! 5mo
BarbaraBB It is beautiful and I am happy you can still enjoy it! 5mo
TheSpineView I love reading by the lake. Looks lovely there!💙📖💙🏞 5mo
Amiable @Suet624 My mother-in-law lived near Jay Peak for 30 years —we‘ve spent a lot of time in those parts! That view looks a bit like the one from my husband‘s stepdad‘s family‘s place in Newport. 5mo
Chelsea.Poole Lovely! 🌅 5mo
Cathythoughts Beautiful 💫 5mo
Megabooks Beautiful! 🤩 5mo
Jeg Beautiful. 5mo
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Pickpick

Very well researched, this is the story of events at Memorial Baptist Hospital in New Orleans during and after Hurricane Katrina. It‘s also about the legal questions and charges filed against a doctor & several nurses who decided to end the lives of some remaining patients. The book is long and quite detailed and left me with so much to think about. I‘m also realizing it left me pretty depressed. I need to find some uplifting books!

jlhammar Such a tough read, but so good. Great review! 5mo
Suet624 @jlhammar thank you! The epilogue was interesting too… so many hospitals and nursing homes still unprepared… 5mo
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