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The Half Life of Valery K | Natasha Pulley
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Private Eye July! Love a new BookPage. Seems to have gotten a bit crumpled before it made it to my mailbox, but still readable. Very interested in the tagged thriller included in the “Book in Advance” feature (out 7/26).

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Instructions for a Heatwave | Maggie O'Farrell
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“4) (i)…the only permitted use of water will be for:
(a) Drinking, and or;
(b) The washing of clothes or of the body, and or;
(c) Both public and private toilets.”

#FirstLineFridays

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What Is Home, Mum? | Sabba Khan
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Khan is asking some very difficult yet important questions in search of identity, independence and belonging. Vulnerable and thoughtful, this graphic memoir is definitely worth a read.

Originally published in the UK as The Roles We Play.

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Hummingbird Heart | Travis Dandro
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Moving graphic memoir about Dandro‘s tumultuous senior year of high school. Having only recently lost his father to suicide, he moves in with his grandmother, Nana, to be her caretaker following a cancer diagnosis. Amidst all that, he is trying to live a normal teenage boy life.

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Japanese gardens always give me a sense of peace and calm. Took this photo several years back at the Charlotte Partridge Ordway Japanese Garden at Como Park in St. Paul, MN.

Thanks for the tag @MoonWitch94 #ThoughtfulThursday

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If I‘m being honest, I‘d almost always rather be at home. I loved this book. So fun and interesting. Bryson explores history through the lens of his home, a Victorian parsonage.

#SetInAPlaceYouLove #BookMoods
@Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Eggs I too love my home - a cozy nest 🪺 22h
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I enjoyed this one quite a bit. I liked the time travel element (especially since I, too, was 16 and a high school junior in 1996), but what I liked most was the father-daughter relationship between Leonard and Alice. It felt very personal and honest. Looking forward to our #CampLitsy discussions next month!

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🪸 I do make TBR stacks each month based on several factors (book club, season/themes, library due dates, book award lists, etc.), but I have no problem deviating based on mood. That‘s why I love having so many unread books in my home library. Lots of options!
🐠 5 ⭐️ Wow, loved, possible reread 4 ⭐️ Really liked 3 ⭐️ Liked it 2 ⭐️ It was okay 1 ⭐️ Didn‘t like
🐢 A free afternoon ahead of me to finish tagged book!

#WondrousWednesday
@Eggs

Eggs Thanks for playing 📖💞👍🏼 2d
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Dual timelines - one modern day with the archaeologist working to excavate newly found Neanderthal artifacts and the other 40,000 years in the past with a Neanderthal family. Really good read.

#SetInAnotherCentury #BookMoods
@Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Eggs Sounds intriguing 🤔 2d
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Seven Aunts | Staci Lola Drouillard
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Birchbark haul! Had such a fun afternoon browsing. It was tough to limit myself to just four.

kwmg40 Great selections! Five Little Indians was one of my favourite reads from last year, and the Wagamese is terrific too. 3d
Prairiegirl_reading Awesome haul!! Love the Wagamese. I have moon of the crusted snow on my shelf and my mom read five little Indians for Canada reads and said everyone should read it. Enjoy!! 💜 3d
jlhammar @kwmg40 @Prairiegirl_reading Thanks again for the Wagamese recommendation! I had to add it to the mix after both of you mentioned it the other day on my Indian Horse post. And great to hear about the others. Can't wait to read them all! 3d
Prairiegirl_reading @jlhammar now I‘ll have to check out seven aunts! I‘ve never heard of it. This is what is great about litsy. 😄 3d
kwmg40 @jhammar I've gotten so many great recommendations from Litsy that it's nice to be able to return the favour! 2d
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The Sentence | Louise Erdrich
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Finally made the trek across the river today to visit Louise Erdrich‘s bookshop! Such a cool little place. Has an old confessional inside as well as a beautiful canoe hanging from the ceiling. I would have taken more pics, but it was surprisingly busy for a Tuesday afternoon. Book haul post to follow.

merelybookish Reading her last novel The Sentence really made me want to go here! 3d
jlhammar @merelybookish It was very cool to see the setting inspiration for The Sentence. They even had some shelf talkers that referenced it like “Tookie's Pandemic Reading.“ And wow, just the most amazing selection of books by Indigenous authors. 3d
Megabooks Awesome!! 3d
BarbaraBB It sounds so cool! I‘ve been intrigued ever since reading The Sentence too. 3d
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Devolution | Max Brooks
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Watch for the Squatch! This was such a fun and entertaining page-turner. The story unfolds via diary entries, interviews and news reports. I raced through it in one afternoon a couple summers back.

#Bizarre! #BookMoods
@Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

JamieArc This was an excellent audiobook! 3d
Eggs Sounds intriguing 🤔 🙌🏻 3d
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Adventures-of-a-French-Reader Seems interesting, thanks for the recommendation ;) 4d
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Perfect 👍🏻 📚 4d
KathyWheeler This is an excellent book and more than mildly infuriating. I read parts of it out loud to my husband, and he was infuriated too. 4d
Eggs Great choice 4d
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Indian Horse | Richard Wagamese
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Heartbreaking, but so good. Definitely had me in tears.

#MadeYouCry #BookMoods
@Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Prairiegirl_reading I haven‘t read this but I have loved all of the Richard Wagamese books I have read. And I have cried so much over them. He was brilliant. (edited) 5d
Eggs Sounds powerful 👏🏻💔🙏🏻 5d
jlhammar @Prairiegirl_reading This is the only Wagamese I‘ve read so far. I have Medicine Walk so look forward to trying that next. 5d
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Prairiegirl_reading @jlhammar ragged company is AMAZING!!! 5d
jlhammar @Prairiegirl_reading Good to know! I‘m definitely adding that to my to-buy list. 5d
kwmg40 I love Wagamese's books. I definitely recommend Ragged Company, and Medicine Walk as well. 5d
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The Lies I Tell | Julie Clark
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Fun thriller. Perfect for beach or poolside reading. Meg Williams is a con artist with a conscience who lives according to the “girl code.” It was very satisfying to see these slimy men get their comeuppance. #BOTM

Bec_lectic My coworker just recommended this book 😊 Sounds good! 6d
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I adored this graphic novel set in late 1960s Chicago. Amazing art and 10-year old Karen Reyes is such a wonderful character.

#Setin1960s #BookMoods
@Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Perfect 👍🏻 📚 6d
NicoleCeBallos It's my favorite graphic novel of all time!! 6d
Eggs Great cover! 6d
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The Seed Keeper | Diane Wilson
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I absolutely loved this rich novel spanning generations of one Dakhóta family. And what a cover!

Inspired by a story Wilson heard about when the Dakhóta people were forcibly removed from Minnesota in 1863. With little time to prepare, the women sewed seeds into the hems of their skirts so they would be able to plant and feed their families wherever they were being sent.

“Love the seeds as you love your children, and the people will survive.”

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“One thing they don‘t tell you about mammies is that when they die you get new trousers.”

#FirstLineFridays

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Excellent biography of Queen Victoria. Not at all dry. Baird really brings history alive.

#Royalty #BookMoods
@Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Eggs Perfect 😍 1w
BiblioLitten Stacked! I have been looking for a royal related book. This is a chunkster! 1w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🫅 👑❤️ 1w
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#libraryhaul! Was very excited to have these ready for pick-up today. A couple of graphic memoirs and especially looking forward to tagged. It is gorgeous and sounds so fascinating.

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I read this memoir many years ago and it has really stayed with me. Helen is an adult when she learns that she is Jewish (she was raised Roman Catholic) and that her parents are Holocaust survivors. I also enjoyed her more recent memoir, The Escape Artist.

#Silence #BookMoods
@Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Eggs Great choice 👏🏻👏🏻 1w
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Safe from the Sea | Peter Geye
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🏺 Maurice Swift in A Ladder to the Sky
🏺 🏺 Tagged is a quiet and moving father-son story that I loved. Olaf‘s death definitely hit me.
🏺 🏺 🏺 Twin Cities (Minneapolis-St. Paul), Minnesota—F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Kent Krueger, Louise Erdrich.

@EadieB Thanks for the tag!
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BiblioLitten Maurice Swift for sure! The ending was a hoot 😅 1w
EadieB You‘re welcome! Thanks for playing! 1w
Eggs Thanks for the great responses 🥳 1w
CBee Maurice!! Absolutely agree!! 1d
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Today‘s mail brought this lovely nonfiction trio. They all sound so good! It will be hard to decide which to read first. #bookmail

Chelsea.Poole Oh these look great! I‘ve read Gatewood…she‘s amazing! The other two are on my tbr 🌳 🦅 1w
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Rock Crystal | Adalbert Stifter
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Two children set off on foot from their home in an Alpine village on Christmas Eve to visit their grandparents. On the way back they are caught in an unexpected snowstorm. This novella was first published in 1845. A great little Christmastime read.

#InTheMountains #BookMoods
@Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Sophronisba I have a friend who reads this every year at Christmastime. 1w
Eggs 💙❄️💙 1w
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I bought this several years ago, but haven‘t gotten around to reading it yet. Sounds interesting and I‘ve heard good things about Laing‘s writing.

#AboutAddiction #BookMoods
@Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

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The Idiot | Elif Batuman
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So glad #CampLitsy prompted me to finally read this! Really liked it. Very much my kind of humor. Look forward to spending more time with Selin in Either/Or.

Megabooks I‘m looking forward to Either/Or too! 2w
merelybookish If you liked this one you'll probably enjoy Either/Or 2w
BarbaraBB Happy you‘ll be there in August to discuss the book! 2w
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Anya Von Bremzen, food writer and award-winning cookbook author, was born in the USSR in 1963 and emigrated to the US with her mother in 1974. Great memoir—Soviet history, family history and food!

#FoodOnTheCover #BookMoods
@Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Eggs Love this! 2w
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The Children on the Hill | Jennifer McMahon
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Entertaining, twisty page-turner. Just what I was in the mood for this weekend. I love Shelley‘s Frankenstein and the 1930s films it inspired (Frankenstein and The Bride of Frankenstein) so that element really added to my enjoyment.

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A powerful and thought-provoking mix of essays, images and poetry. Rankine‘s previous book, Citizen: An American Lyric, is also a must read.

#ToldInVerse #BookMoods
@Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Eggs 🤎🤍💙 2w
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New issue of bookmarks in my mailbox today! The “What‘s New in Asia” feature includes the tagged book. Sounds really good. Such an interesting premise. I guess it won the Dazai Osamu Prize in Japan. The English translation is expected to be published August 9 (US) and I can‘t wait!

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Meet Me at the Museum | Anne Youngson
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This short and moving epistolary novel is a real gem. A farmer‘s wife in England writes to the curator of a Danish museum inquiring about the Tollund Man. A correspondence ensues and a friendship grows. And bonus, it sent me down a rabbit hole researching bog bodies which I find fascinating.

#Epistolary #BookMoods
@Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Eggs I loved this one💚🧡💚 2w
Jess_Read_This This one sounds really good! I love epistolary novels. 2w
Suet624 Sounds great! And bog bodies! (edited) 2w
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Horse: A Novel | Geraldine Brooks
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It‘s here! One of my most anticipated new releases. #bookmail

DrexEdit I read a preview excerpt of this one. It looks really good! 2w
lauraisntwilder I have soooo many books in my TBR pile, but this looks so good! She's great. 2w
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The Seed Keeper | Diane Wilson
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“I opened the door that morning and the world seemed to right itself, as if all those years had meant nothing but waiting for that one moment.”

#FirstLineFridays

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Canadian pianist Glenn Gould was a brilliant musician and one interesting character. I enjoyed learning more about his life in this graphic biography. Also recommend the 2009 documentary “Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould.”

#MusicRelated #BookMoods
@Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Eggs 👏🏻🎶🤗 2w
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I‘m not really one for selfies, but this is actually a photo of me circa 1994. In high school I volunteered to be Durwood the Dinosaur for the elementary school library “Readasaurus Night.” My sweet grandma clipped this from the local newspaper for me. It was very hot inside that costume!

Started the tagged book last night. Interesting so far.

#CurrentReadAndSelfie #BookMoods
@Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

KateReadsYA This is so cute!!!!! 2w
Eggs 💙 🦖 💚 2w
Dragon 💚 🦕 📚 🐉 2w
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Prairiegirl_reading My grandma was a sweetheart too. When she passed away and we cleaned out her apartment we found so many clippings of the sweetest things. Little sayings written out. The things she kept …..💜 2w
Smrloomis Awww that‘s adorable! And so sweet that your grandmother kept the clipping for you 😍 2w
Smrloomis @Prairiegirl_reading awww, lovely 💗 2w
LeahBergen 😆😆 I love this!! 2w
Graywacke How fun! 🦖 2w
Ruthiella Before there was Barney...🦕🦖 2w
The_Book_Ninja @Ruthiella looks like an emaciated Barney 2w
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I‘m really hoping one of these is crowned winner later today! Loved them both. #womensprize

squirrelbrain Sorrow and Bliss is my fave, but also wouldn‘t mind The Sentence or Bread… 2w
jlhammar @squirrelbrain I am a huge Louise Erdrich fan and thought The Bread was very good so wouldn't be too sad if either of those won instead. There was a lot to love (for me) about the Ozeki too. Great Circle is the only shortlisted title that didn't really do it for me. Not bad by any means, but I'll be a little disappointed if that wins over the others. 2w
squirrelbrain I didn‘t love the Ozeki but can see that it could win. I liked Great Circle when I read it, but now find it a bit bland compared to the others. 2w
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jlhammar @squirrelbrain Wow, I am kind of shocked that Ozeki won! I really liked that book, but didn't think it really had a chance. You just never know! 2w
squirrelbrain I know, it surprised me too! 2w
sarahbarnes I‘m a little surprised by the outcome today! 2w
jlhammar @sarahbarnes Right? I didn‘t see that coming. Good for Ruth though. A Tale for the Time Being is my favorite of hers. 2w
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Elena Knows | Claudia Pieiro
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🌿 Harvard (The Idiot by Elif Batuman)
🌿🌿 Tagged. So good and a perfect book club choice. Mine met last night and we had such a great discussion.
🌿🌿🌿 Upgrade by Blake Crouch

#wondrouswednesday
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Eggs Thanks for joining in 🤗📚 2w
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As you can probably tell from the state of the cover, this cookbook gets heavy use. We received it as a wedding gift (nineteen years ago!) and it quickly became a favorite. We have given copies to others many times. Tagged is the more recent/updated edition.

#BookYouRegiftOften #BookMoods
@Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Eggs Perfect 🤩 2w
fredthemoose I have this book but haven‘t used it in awhile. Do you have any favorite recipes? 2w
jlhammar @fredthemoose Spaghetti with Zucchini and Basil is one of our favorite summer recipes. Spanish Potato and Onion Frittata is another go-to. 2w
fredthemoose @jlhammar awesome! Thank you! 2w
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Read and enjoyed this one a couple of years ago. Historical fiction set in 1927 Paris by writer, bookseller (owns Skylark Bookshop in Columbia, MO) and litten, @AlexGeorge .

#WrittenByALitten #BookMoods
@Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

EvieBee I feel like a huge dork. I live here and have talked books with him numerous times at the shop, and yet hadn‘t made that connection. 🫣 2w
Eggs Awesomeness and great cover 💚 2w
jlhammar @EvieBee Wow, lucky you! That bookshop looks wonderful. The book festival he directs looks pretty cool too. https://www.unboundbookfestival.com/ 2w
Teresereading This tag has been useful,I didn‘t know any litten authors. Love this cover. 2w
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My dear friend gave me this collection last Christmas. It is one of his favorites and wow, I can see why. Definitely interested in reading more of her poetry.

#AFriendsFavorite #BookMoods
@Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome 🖤 3w
Eggs Sounds wonderful 🖤🤍🖤 3w
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The Bread the Devil Knead | Lisa Allen-Agostini
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My last from the #womensprize shortlist and it was a good one. As many have warned, this is a difficult and distressing read. Alethea is a great character - endearing and so resilient. Thank goodness Allen-Agostini gives us a little hope at the end.

The judges have a very difficult task this year in selecting the winner (announced June 15). Can‘t wait to see where they land!

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King of the Wind | Marguerite Henry
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A sampling of the many horse books that have been on my shelves seemingly forever. They first belonged to my uncle in his boyhood and he later passed them on to me. I went through a major horse phase as a girl and so loved these stories.

#BeenOnShelf4Ever #BookMoods
@Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

EvieBee Oh nice!! Vintage books are always so fun to look at. 3w
Eggs ❤️🐴 🖤 3w
LeahBergen Love this! 3w
Leftcoastzen Yay ! 3w
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Happy-Go-Lucky | David Sedaris
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I am always here for a new David Sedaris essay collection. As others have mentioned, this one is a bit darker, more reflective than his previous and brutally honest. Still great. Life can be dark and you have to laugh about it (or at least I do). I‘m sad to have finished. Now I‘ll just have to wait patiently for his next!

EvieBee Awww, great review. Was curious if this had reflections on COVID. 3w
jlhammar @EvieBee Thank you! Yes, the pandemic definitely plays a role in many of these essays. 3w
Megabooks 💯 agree with your review! 3w
EvieBee Nice, I‘m thinking about reading his books in order which will include many rereads, just to see his progression. I love him! 3w
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Elena Knows | Claudia Pieiro
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Phenomenal. Incredibly poignant. A powerful examination of women‘s autonomy and one of the most effective portraits of living with a debilitating disease (Parkinson‘s in this case) that I‘ve ever read.

I‘ll be discussing this one with my IRL book club this week. Our first meeting since the pandemic! Should be a good one. Lots to unpack.

BookwormM I loved this one so powerful 3w
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Just a DNF for now. Made it to page 100 a few years back and set it aside for some reason. I fully intend to get back to it eventually.

#DNF #BookMoods
@Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Eggs Love the cover🖤🤍🖤 3w
rabbitprincess I also DNF‘d but would like to read this eventually. I found the Penguin edition hard to read physically, maybe because of the line spacing. I hope to find this in another edition. 3w
Leftcoastzen On my list but I know I have to be in the right mind set . Lucky that I found a hardcover. 3w
CarolynM I hope you will pick it up again because it really is worth the effort 💔 @rabbitprincess @Leftcoastzen 3w
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Cult Classic: A Novel | Sloane Crosley
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#bookmail I‘ve really enjoyed Crosley‘s essay collections. Look forward to trying her fiction!

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The Idiot | Elif Batuman
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“I didn‘t know what email was until I got to college.”

#FirstLineFridays

Graywacke Well, I relate to that 1st line 100% 3w
jlhammar @Graywacke Ha, me too! I'm pretty sure I got my first email account when I started college Fall 1997, and even then hardly used it. I was definitely still sending and receiving letters via snail mail regularly my freshman and sophomore years. 3w
Graywacke @jlhammar we used had some kind of telnet thing - around 1994/5 - the year I graduated - of course, on a desk top and only on university computers - which were actually connected to something. 🙂 3w
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This book is lovely and a fun one to dip in and out of throughout the year. Includes beautiful photographs, recipes and seasonal reading recommendations.

#IncludesRecipes #BookMoods
@Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Perfect 😋 3w
Eggs How fun! 3w
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The Blind Assassin: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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Atwood is one of my favorite authors and this, for me, is one of her best.

#ByYourFavoriteAuthor #BookMoods
@Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Addison_Reads I love Atwood. I have yet to read this book though, so perhaps it's time to bump it up on my TBR. 3w
IuliaC A very good one! 3w
JackOBotts Yes! This is a favorite of mine, as well. 3w
LeahBergen That‘s one of my favourites, too. 3w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Excellent choice 📚❤️ 3w
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Blue box day! I‘ve been wanting to try Jennifer Ryan for a while so this seemed like a good opportunity. I liked Julie Clark‘s last thriller, The Last Flight, well enough so thought I‘d add her newest. And I‘ve heard lots of good things about Fajardo-Anstine‘s story collection, Sabrina & Cora, so took a chance on her novel. #BOTM

KristiAhlers My box arrived as well! I love Book Happiness Day! 3w
SilversReviews Loved THE WEDDING DRESS SEWING CIRCLE and THE LIES I TELL. ENJOY!! 3w
jlhammar @SilversReviews Yay! That is great to hear! 3w
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