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Tamra

Tamra

Joined October 2016

I love literary fiction!
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Fascinating passage in this chapter on anabiotic organisms like mosses and waterbears. They can be desiccated for years and reanimated by a bit of water. The wonders of the natural microscopic world!

mandarchy I read this book many years ago and loved it. I was fascinated that a book about moss could be so good. 11h
Karisa Seeing your post, I looked up the name of a beautiful novel I read years ago about a scientist who studies moss. I came across an article saying the author was actually inspired by this book! Go figure! 💗 11h
Karisa “…Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer who wrote a book called Gathering Moss that was kind of a bible for me. She‘s both a passionate moss scientist and a beautiful writer. I went on a pilgrimage to visit her—she was the last expert I spoke to before I started writing. I needed her blessing…” https://gardenrant.com/2013/10/elizabeth-gilberts-novel-of-botanical-exploration... 11h
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Tamra @Karisa yes, I read Signature and enjoyed it! 👍🏾 (edited) 10h
Tamra Have either of you read Earth Moved by Stewart or The Sound of a Snail Eating? @Karisa @mandarchy 10h
Tamra Both are along the same lines - the marvel of small creatures and their worlds. 10h
Karisa @Tamra adding it to by tbr now. Sounds wonderful! 10h
Tamra @Karisa it really was a nonfiction story that has stuck with me. 9h
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Paradise | Abdulrazak Gurnah
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My breakfast companions. ☕️

The tagged book isn‘t a breezy read. It takes a bit to settle into and requires concentration.

jlhammar Gathering Moss is really good. 12h
Tamra @jlhammar yes! 😄 10h
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A bag of books & tea. 😁 👌🏾

thegirlwiththelibrarybag What could be better!? 3d
BethM Best thing ever! 3d
LeahBergen Ooo, lovely!! 3d
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jlhammar Yay! Love Tea Source! 3d
Cathythoughts Lovely 💫 3d
kspenmoll Such a nice display!!! 3d
Tamra @jlhammar 👍🏾 The supply chain issues are impacting them! 2d
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The natural world from afar appears so idyllic. It‘s easy to forget the brutal reality.

Ruthiella Very true! 4d
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Unsettled Ground | Claire Fuller
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5⭐️ This was such an uncomfortable read that I could not stop reading it! I had to know how the story resolved. Contemporary world, but with a set of adult twins who do not live a modern mainstream lifestyle. I cannot say why without spoiling the plot.

Totally compulsive!

Confession - I ordered all of Fuller‘s backlist before I even finished this one. 😆

Tamra Unsettled ground is a good title! 😶 5d
LeahBergen I have Bitter Orange waiting on my shelves. I really enjoyed 5d
Tamra @LeahBergen good to know! 5d
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MicheleinPhilly I too really enjoyed Swimming Lessons. I have all of her other books but haven‘t read them yet. 😬 @LeahBergen 5d
rachaich I've only just realised she write Swimming Lessons... I thought it was very good, as was this one. 4d
LeahBergen @MicheleinPhilly We just can‘t help ourselves, can we? 😉 4d
Cathythoughts Stacked ❤️ 4d
Cathythoughts Unstacked ! Great review, I just ordered it. 4d
Tamra @Cathythoughts 🤞🏾🤞🏾 I hope you like it!! 3d
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Unsettled Ground | Claire Fuller
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I have a sneaking suspicion I‘m going to go on a Claire Fuller buying binge. 🤞🏾🤞🏾I hope so! I‘m halfway through and I love her writing.

thewallflower0707 Just bought this book last week! 5d
slategreyskies Oh, I‘ve never read anything by her. I‘ll have to give her a try. :) 5d
Tamra @slategreyskies neither have I until this novel. It‘s a very discomfiting situation, such that you have to find out what happens to these adult twins. 😐 5d
LeeRHarry This was fab and I need to look up the author‘s backlist 😊 5d
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Zorrie | Laird Hunt
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Every life lived is a story. This one is a quiet reflection of an American midwestern woman‘s life with the attending joys, sorrows, and transitions we all experience.

I can appreciate the comparison to “Stoner”, but it didn‘t resonate as deeply for me. Some of the passages seemed a bit contrived or incongruent.

If you have read any of Ted Kooser‘s poetry 💜 it is reminiscent in that what is ordinary or plain can also be beautiful.

vivastory I've been meaning to read Laird Hunt. Will have to give this a try, especially if it's Stoner lite 6d
Tamra @vivastory this is my first Hunt - apparently a rather prolific writer too! 6d
vivastory Yeah it seems like he published at least a book a year. I've heard that this one is strange, but good 6d
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Tamra @vivastory wow, that sounds interesting! I am going to check it out. 6d
jlhammar Great review! I think I'm going to have to give this one a try. Love Ted Kooser. I remember enjoying Neverhome, but I think that's the only other Hunt I've read. 6d
Tamra @jlhammar it has the midwestern vibe of Kooser. 🙂 6d
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Zorrie | Laird Hunt
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Next up! I heard Russell Gray compare this to Williams‘ “Stoner”, so I have to check it out. I hope I‘m not disappointed. 🤞🏾

jlhammar I love Stoner and I‘ve been wanting to read this one. 1w
Tamra @jlhammar I‘ll let you know! 1w
sherrisilvera I finished recently. It was very good. 1w
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Tamra @sherrisilvera glad to hear it. 😁 1w
Cathythoughts Interesting! I loved Stoner ...look forward to your review 👍 7d
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Omg omg omg just added this to TBR the other day, and if it‘s like Stoner I‘ll need to bump up 👍 6d
Tamra @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled just posted a review. 😄 Worth reading - I wish I could teleport the book to you! 6d
Tamra @jlhammar posted my two cents of a review! 😊 6d
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Cecil | Elizabeth Eliot
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Welp! 😳 That was not the romp I was expecting, much better in fact. The period setting & penetrating examination of character and motivation within upper class circles reminds me of Wharton. 💜

I‘m surprised with the ending!

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Tamra Cecil/Eliot is making good on the promise that we‘ll never really know. 1w
Tamra If I can‘t have him, nobody will. 😨 1w
CarolynM I thought of Wharton when Julie was reported to be "in America acting as a kind of lady-in-waiting and general arbiter of English taste to a rich family from Chicago". Very House of Mirth. 1w
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LeahBergen @Tamra Your review is just how I felt, too! I quite enjoyed the grimness. 😆 1w
LeahBergen @CarolynM Ah, that‘s cool! I love Wharton and House of Mirth is one I still need to read. 1w
batsy I like that you mention Wharton! I did get those vibes in the way that Eliot has a sharp eye for the ways in which Lady Guthrie could manipulate a situation. 7d
Cathythoughts Great review! I‘m really enjoyed this one 👍 7d
Tamra @batsy manipulation - prefect descriptor! Wharton perfected that character type. 6d
Tamra @CarolynM ahh yes! 6d
Tamra @LeahBergen I‘m not sure what that says about us!? 😜 6d
LeahBergen @Tamra 😆😆 6d
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Songbirds | Christy Lefteri
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I‘m giving this a pick for the poetry of the writing and need for awareness about the lives of migrant domestic workers.

My nitpick is how s l o w l y the narrative plods along. Sorry! I feel squeamish typing that because Lefteri has such beautiful writing voice.

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Unsettled Ground | Claire Fuller
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What a first chapter! Amazing writing. Totally sucked in.

LeeRHarry Loved this one 😊 1w
everlocalwest Such a great read!!! 1w
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First recipe made from this tome - Apple Coffee Cake - and it‘s delicious! I made it for my husband‘s birthday tomorrow, though as you can see it‘s making a debut today. 😂

If you make this in a glass pan, bake at 350F, not 375. Also, I didn‘t layer it (why bother?) and I misread the recipe adding WAY more cinnamon, but it‘s so tasty! 😋

slategreyskies Wow, I want this cookbook! :) 1w
Ruthiella I love those happy accidents in baking! 😋 1w
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Katt Loves Dogg | James Patterson, Chris Grabenstein
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Patterson has the formula down! If you are looking for an 8-12ish read, my daughter gives it 👍🏾👍🏾.

She‘s liked a few of his other books too and hopes they become a long lived series.

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Cecil | Elizabeth Eliot
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Ha! So true. Imagine what Eliot would have to say about weddings today! 😅 #FurrowedMiddleBrowClub

CarolynM Just read this passage too🙂 2w
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If I have to go back to work, at least I can have some books to keep me company. 😢

TrishB I went back to work today too ☹️ 2w
Cathythoughts ❤️📚 2w
Tamra @TrishB I feel your pain. 😖 2w
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The Labyrinth | Amanda Lohrey
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Beautiful writing with interesting ideas to ponder! Echoing other reviews, the end is puzzling in that there isn‘t much in the way of tying up loose ends. That‘s okay, if it‘s what Lohrey intended. Otherwise I‘m a bit lost in the labyrinth. 😉 Presumably Erica the MC was restored to herself by it.

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As Bright as Heaven | Susan Meissner
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46% into the audio and bailing. I just can‘t do overwrought sentimentality. It could very well be the narration. Plus, the plot is moving too slowly to keep me hooked. But, if you are looking for a relatable pandemic story, this will be familiar.

Cathythoughts I can‘t do overwrought sentimentality either … I just can‘t. 2w
Tamra @Cathythoughts 😅 I make some exceptions for classics, but they usually have other excellent qualities to compensate. 2w
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Antarctica | Claire Keegan
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Took a chance and ordered these books by Keegan before I read Small Things Like These. 🤞🏾

jlhammar I think I'm going to have to follow your lead and place a Claire Keegan order! I really liked Walk the Blue Fields when I read it several years back and loved Small Things Like These. Enjoy! 2w
Tamra @jlhammar I haven‘t ordered that one yet - it was pricey. Thank you! 2w
DrexEdit I can vouch for Foster. It was a lovely, warm, hopeful story. I too want to work through all of Keegan's works based on Foster, Small Things Like These, and Walk the Blue Fields. Such an amazing writer! 2w
Tamra @DrexEdit yay! I‘m looking forward to them all. 2w
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Happy Xmas gift card cookbooks! The NY Times is a door stop. 😅

Cathythoughts The one pot meal is the way to go 😄 2w
Tamra @Cathythoughts definitely! Also one that makes leftovers. 😅 2w
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I almost bailed halfway through because the brutality is awful, but the climax was worth it. The writing is superb, yet it seemed Howarth didn‘t want the story to end so the final couple of chapters felt like tag alongs.

Reads like an American western of the same period - racism and all. Bigotry wears the same face.

AmyG Yes…this reminded me of an American western, too. I really enjoyed this. 3w
CoverToCoverGirl It was brutal but good. 3w
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Cecil | Elizabeth Eliot
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I love this kind of dry wit! 😏 #furrowedmiddlebrowclub

Cathythoughts Me too ! I‘m ‘ enjoying‘ Lady Guthrie 3w
Tamra @Cathythoughts yes! I think she‘s going to give the story some color. 3w
Suet624 Hahahaha 3w
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Cecil | Elizabeth Eliot
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Thank you for the reminder! @Ruthiella I‘ll kick off the morning with a few minutes of Cecil.

Cathythoughts I just kicked off my afternoon with some Cecil 👍👍 I think it‘s good already! 3w
Ruthiella Beautiful picture! ❤️ 3w
LeahBergen Yay! 👏🏻👏🏻 3w
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Small Things Like These | Claire Keegan
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Excellent start to the reading year! I love novellas because they require such precision.

This is a moving story about making a difference in life, one individual at a time. I appreciated how she captured an unsettling, unidentifiable feeling and propelled the story/character along with it.

Based on descriptions of Keegan‘s writing, I took a chance before reading this one and ordered 3 of her other books! 🤞🏾

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Small Things Like These | Claire Keegan
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Hahaha 😆

Cathythoughts 👍😆 I‘m looking forward to this one 3w
Tamra @Cathythoughts it‘s a novella, my favorite! 💜 I hope you like it too! 3w
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Small Things Like These | Claire Keegan
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Hoping to just sit here for a hot minute!

kspenmoll I hope your hot minute stretches!!!! 3w
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Happy New Year! | Greg Roza
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Can you see the cat & dog? 🥳 This is how we‘re celebrating! Husband and I won‘t make it to midnight.🥱😴

Wishing everyone a healthy, peaceful, and 5⭐️ book filled 2022!

kspenmoll Happy New Year! 3w
TheBee Same here! Happy new year!🎊 3w
Leftcoastzen 🤩Happy New Year!looking about the same at my house! 3w
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GingerAntics Happy New Year! May you start your year with a wonderful and restful night of sleep. 💙💙💙 3w
CarolynM Happy New Year 3w
readordierachel My kind of party 🥳 3w
Ruthiella Happy New Year! 🥳🥂 3w
mrp27 Happy New Year! 3w
Cathythoughts Happy New Year 😘 3w
Simona Happy New Year 🥳 3w
batsy Happy New Year 🎉🐶🐱 3w
Tamra @readordierachel definitely mine too! 😄👏🏾 3w
Tamra @GingerAntics it was wonderful! 😄 Happy New Reading Year to you! 3w
Tamra @Leftcoastzen excellent party vibes! 😆 Happy New Reading year to you! 3w
Tamra @TheBee we are in good company! Happy Reading to you! 3w
Nute Happy New Year, Tamra!💜🥳💜 I had to take an evening nap before things got started last night. Without one, I couldn‘t possibly make it to midnight without being grumpy.😅 3w
Tamra @Nute smart move! We were asleep by 10:30! 😝 3w
Bookzombie Happy New Year!🎆 3w
Suet624 Happy 2022. Let's hope we get to read all the books we want to. 3w
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Sparrow Envy | J. Drew Lanham
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😜 Truth!

The upside of Zoom is not having to travel to meetings.

TrishB Yes but I used to have some great work travelling! I‘m thinking I‘m helping the environment. 3w
Tamra @TrishB definitely 3w
GingerAntics 😂🤣😂💙💙💙 3w
Suet624 That's funny. 3w
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Hatchet (Anniversary) | Gary Paulsen
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Hatchet (Anniversary) | Gary Paulsen
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My reluctant reader was attracted to this 30th anniversary edition of Hatchet - I NEVER say no to books!

He‘d only agree to a pic if I included Family Guy. 🙄

This edition is really neat. Leather like cover and beautiful pencil illustrations!

TrishB Great pic 👍🏻 3w
Cortg My son's not a big reader either and Hatchet is his favorite read of all time. I hope your son reads & enjoys it! 3w
Tamra @Cortg we read the story aloud and both kids liked it. But that was several years ago now so it will be like a new story, which is always fun! 3w
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Tamra @TrishB 💜 3w
BookwormM My hubby loves Family Guy me I don‘t get it 🤣😱 3w
LeahBergen ❤️❤️ 3w
Tamra @BookwormM me neither. 3w
Hooked_on_books Very cool! He has a wonderful smile. ☺️ 3w
Tamra @Hooked_on_books he‘s a charmer for sure. 3w
Cathythoughts You‘re son is lovely ❤️ 3w
Tamra @Cathythoughts yes, sometimes lovier than other times. 😆💜 (edited) 3w
Suet624 I love so many of Paulsen's books, but Winterdance is one of the funniest of his where he learns how to run a dogsled and run in the Iditarod. 3w
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Paradise | Abdulrazak Gurnah
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Happy day! 👏🏾 Found this at my local indie after dropping off that boatload of kids‘ books. They are going toward a school teacher fund/program, so I‘m pleased.

Anyway, anything East African catches my eye. I‘ve never read this author so I‘m eagerly anticipating this short novel.

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The Sentence | Louise Erdrich
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Loved it! Tore through the audio!

I think it will resonate most with Minnesotans first and then Americans, because of the Minneapolis setting and Floyd connection. But, everyone will relate to the recount of the pandemic.

As a contemporary account, I‘m a little surprised there wasn‘t more about the chaos of the presidential election included. Erdrich carefully skirts political commentary.

Reminder of the sh*tshow 2020-21 has been!

Tamra I want to add the characterization is wonderful! Quirky and real. Erdrich is also adept at weaving in Indigenous culture and history. I really liked all the bookshop bits! 3w
Ruthiella Excellent! Really looking forward to this one. 3w
Tamra @Ruthiella I hope you enjoy as well! 3w
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BarbaraBB Fab review! 3w
Megabooks I liked that she tangentially included the election because I‘ve read enough about presidential elections in fiction. I love how she handled the pandemic. Plus those characters!! Amazing!! 3w
Tamra @Megabooks yes! Very tangental. The MC is admittedly not interested in politics. I need to ponder that angle…..something there. 3w
Megabooks It may be that she had believed she would never vote again after her felony conviction?? (edited) 3w
Suet624 In my world I'm not sure that Erdrich can write a bad book. I know folks have issues with some of her books, but I have a very big soft spot for her. 3w
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This is one of those internal squeal of delight books! While I appreciate the beauty of Ottolenghi‘s other cookbooks, many of the ingredients are not easy to find in my town. But this one is intentionally pared down to make use of the pantry, fridge, and freezer. 👏🏾 Thanks to the pandemic.

Any cookbook that makes use of Berbere has my attention. 😄 (Tip: Easy to find online and will last long in the freezer.)

LeahBergen I bought this as a gift for our book club‘s Secret Santa swap. Whyyy didn‘t I buy one for myself? 😆 3w
KatieB I think this might be my favourite Ottolenghi book! 3w
Tamra @LeahBergen you might need to get yourself a little New Years gift. 😉 3w
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Tamra @KatieB I can see why! 3w
LeahBergen @Tamra I think you‘re onto something there…. 3w
Lauram I bought tahini just for this book! 3w
Tamra @Lauram excellent! Tahini is so delicious. 3w
Suet624 Can a person who never cooks actually get something out of this cookbook? I'm a mess in the kitchen. 3w
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All Together Now | Hope Larson
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Mehso-so

11 year old was “meh” on this title.

Hence it‘s in the donate pile. 12 garbage sacks of kids books! Had a nice cull session with both kids yesterday. Feels good! Now I have to bribe them to schlep them into the car. 😏

Suet624 WOw!!! 3w
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The Wintringham Mystery | Anthony Berkeley
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This was a fun satisfying romp of a mystery! Quick listen.

Jess_Read_This Good to know it‘s a pick! I just ordered a copy today. ☺️ 4w
Tamra @Jess_Read_This I hope you like it! 4w
LeahBergen I just received this for Christmas. 😊 4w
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Cathythoughts I just stacked this one yesterday 👍 4w
Tamra @LeahBergen it was probably your post that inspired me to search for it on Libby! 😆👌🏾 4w
Tamra @Cathythoughts I hope you have fun with it too. It makes for a nice diversion. 4w
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The Sentence | Louise Erdrich
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Ack - the “crime” that gets the ball rolling! 😜 Erdrich has a good sense of humor. As always, she has such personable quirky characters.

Cathythoughts I‘ve never read her , stacking 😄 4w
Tamra @Cathythoughts Erdrich narrates the audio and she‘s doing a super job! She has a distinctively soothing voice. It is a compulsive listen. 4w
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Here you go @EvieBee

tpixie Thanks!! 🥳🎁🎄 4w
tpixie And your notes make it perfect! 4w
Tamra @tpixie ha! Well used. 😃 4w
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Crazeedi I made sauce for Christmas! I am a sauce freak, and love my home canned tomatoes 4w
EvieBee Yay!!!! Thank you so much!! 4w
Tamra @EvieBee welcome! 4w
mandarchy 2 things: that is just like my Fanny Farmer with the pencil notes ❤ and I grew up with Jeff Smith's kids. The first time I saw melon balls I was 5 and fascinated. When he showed me the tool he used to make them I was crushed that it was so simple. 4w
Tamra @mandarchy great story! 😃 4w
EvieBee I had to come back to tell that you the sauce was amazing! Love it so much had to share a little of my batch with a friend and she was crazy about it, too! Thank you again! ♥️♥️♥️ 3d
Tamra @EvieBee I‘m so glad! 😋 3d
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Artery clogging deliciousness!!!

Ruthiella What is it? Lasagna? 1mo
Tamra @Ruthiella yes! 😋 1mo
LeahBergen Ooooooo! 1mo
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Crazeedi Yummy looking!! I made spaghetti and meatballs!! Did lasagna last year! 1mo
mariaku21 Ooooh that looks delicious! 4w
Cathythoughts That‘s the best kind of delicious 😋 4w
batsy Yum! 4w
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My family tradition - 4 cheese lasagne for Xmas dinner! Sooooo tasty 😋

I dispatched my other Smith cookbooks because of the controversy surrounding him, but this one I couldn‘t because I use a handful of the recipes for Xmas dinner. 😐

Lcsmcat I did the same thing! But I typed out the recipes I actually used. 1mo
Tamra @Lcsmcat good idea! 1mo
EvieBee I‘d like to know more about this Sicilian sauce that is the basis for the lasagna. Sounds delish! 4w
EvieBee Now that I‘ve got the sauce down, I‘m going to try my hand at this lasagna this weekend. It‘s in the negative digits here and I‘m sick of soup! 🤗🤗 3d
Tamra @EvieBee perfect timing! My one suggestion is to consider adding extra sauce. I don‘t like a really saucy lasagne, but I think it needs a bit more than what‘s directed. You‘ll have to judge for yourself. I also now use oven ready noodles. Before I had kids I made handmade pasta! 😅 Let me know how it turns out! 3d
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Finally starting this one! The intro and first essay are engaging and right up my alley. There is humor and appreciation for the realities of nature, as well as our dreams of it.

The above quote holds true of American prairies as well.

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First leisurely morning in 2 months. Ahhhhhhh ☺️

Picking this up where I left off, a chapter a day.

Soubhiville Ooooo, I want to read this. It‘s on my audio TBR 😊. 1mo
Tamra @Soubhiville I love how she makes connections with nature and our human lives. 1mo
kspenmoll Enjoy!!!! So glad you can relax & read this morning! 1mo
Tamra @kspenmoll I am! Thank you 😊 (edited) 1mo
GingerAntics I loved her other book. I think I‘m going to need this one as well. 1mo
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Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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Mehso-so

I‘m in the minority here. I think my brain is just too taxed right now to appreciate it. Definitely imaginative writing though!

I shouldn‘t be surprised because I thought Jonathan Strange was so-so as well.

Nessavamusic I‘m with you, I actually DNF‘d it 1mo
Tamra @Nessavamusic it took me two months to get thru it because in part I never felt like picking it up. 😏 1mo
BkClubCare I loved this one but was so annoyed with J&S 😂 1mo
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PandaPanda @BkClubCare same! I loved Piranesi so read Jonathan Strange and couldn‘t get through it 1mo
emz711 Go back to it when you're in the mood! It's a short book but an oddly slow burn 🕯️🕯️ 1mo
batsy I read this in mid-January this year when it was very quiet—we were in another lockdown—and it was somehow just perfect in terms of what I needed :) 1mo
Tamra @emz711 I will try again someday! 1mo
Tamra @batsy I can definitely see how it would be the right book for that time! 1mo
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Lincoln Highway | Amor Towles
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Current listen.

Wow, great writing and character devo, but incredibly slow going!

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Not a rave review, but this was an enjoyable enough historical fiction mystery on audio. I wouldn‘t say it‘s subtle writing though - a tad overdrawn in parts. I did like how the story wrapped up, which has to be the most difficult part of a novel to write!

BarbaraBB I love that cover! 1mo
Tamra @BarbaraBB it does entice you right into the book! (edited) 1mo
BarbaraBB I‘d fall for the cover but your review makes me hesitate! 1mo
Tamra @BarbaraBB it is well liked on Goodreads! I‘m stingy with stars. 😏 1mo
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The Marx-Engels Reader | Robert C. Tucker
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Last assigned reading of the session. As important as economic behavior is, it bores me to tears. 😭

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Started this on audio and the tension/mystery is already intriguing in chapter 6. Something isn‘t quite right. 🧐

Cathythoughts Looks interesting! Look forward to your review ❤️👍🏻 1mo
Sharpeipup I enjoyed it! 1mo
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Diary of a Bookseller | Shaun Bythell
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This was a good listen since it was sort of conversational in tone, but I would have been bored with it in print. It would be something to dip in & out of rather than read straight through. I was wishing he had written more about the books he enjoys, but alas he doesn‘t get much time to read. (Sounds familiar.☹️)

I‘d like to visit Wigtown!

rabbitprincess It is a lovely place! 1mo
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I now have an even greater appreciation for the positive impact birth control has on women‘s lives! 😌

Suet624 This made me chuckle. It‘s not the first thing I think of when I think of this book, but you‘re absolutely right. 1mo
Tamra @Suet624 😉 It‘s not the main point, but it is one that stuck out for me! 1mo
Cathythoughts You finished it ! Well done .. so good and so dense 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
Tamra @Cathythoughts it is very dense! 😅 I think listening to the audio version in pieces helps. It‘s quite depressing. 1mo
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The New Family Cookbook | America's Test Kitchen
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It‘s gingerbread time!

AlaMich I love that vintage Betty Crocker “Cooky” Book! 2mo
Tamra @AlaMich it was my moms! 💜 Vintage 1963 and it shows. Do you have one too? 2mo
LeahBergen Yum! 🥰 2mo
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Tamra @LeahBergen it does smell delicious! I didn‘t have the Guinness, but I am hopeful. 2mo
AlaMich No, I just meant that I loved the cover on yours. 😊 I have a few old cookbooks of my mom‘s from the early 60‘s as well, and it‘s so interesting to see what people were cooking. 2mo
SilversReviews LOVE this photo. 2mo
Tamra @SilversReviews thank you! 2mo
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Unsettled Ground | Claire Fuller
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Mrs. Claus has been out shopping for her stocking stuffer. 😉

TheNerdyProfessor This was a great book! 2mo
Tamra @TheNerdyProfessor yay! I‘m looking forward to it. 2mo
Allkat I read her other book Our Endless Numbered Days a few months ago. Want to read another by her. 2mo
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Tamra @Allkat I haven‘t read any of her work yet! 2mo
Cathythoughts Look forward to your review 👍🏻❤️ 2mo
Caryl Love Subtext Books! 💖 2mo
Tamra @Caryl first visit! It‘s a cute shop. 😊 2mo
Tamra @Cathythoughts 🤞🏾🤞🏾 2mo
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Wealth of Nations | Adam Smith
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Multitasking in the car. Not my favorite read. 🧐

There were some interesting tidbits about the colonization of the Americas. One was the native agricultural products were not “esteemed” by the English or Europeans. How ironic given the corn & potato & tomato production and consumption in the modern world. I read elsewhere China is the largest consumer of potatoes, followed by India & US. 😲

tournevis One does not read Adam Smith for fun. 2mo
Tamra @tournevis no, this definitely isn‘t for recreational purposes. 2mo
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