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peacegypsy

peacegypsy

Joined May 2016

✌️I have a special affinity for the 60's, hippies, peace, knitting, and travel. And Paris.
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Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt
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The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story by Nikole Hannah-Jones, The New York Times Company
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The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich
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Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
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This is a book for someone going through deep, dark grief. For that, I commend it. For me, I wish I had abandoned it early on and avoided the maddening repetition. If you are grieving, however, this book will be of great help.

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Listening on audio.

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Demon Copperhead: A Novel | Barbara Kingsolver
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An excellent explanation of Appalachia and an important examination of being dopesick. Definitely worth your time.

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The latest BOTM read for me.

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Memphis | Tara M Stringfellow
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A great perspective on family and place.

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Beartown (Media Tie-In) | Fredrik Backman
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Probably one of the best novels I could recommend for a book club because of all of the themes and angles for discussion. A really well-done work.

JanuarieTimewalker13 We read for my book club. Now we‘re on The Winners. He‘s a fantastic author!! 2mo
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Memphis | Tara M Stringfellow
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Finding a lot of good prose in “Read with Jenna” books.

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Beartown (Media Tie-In) | Fredrik Backman
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Excited to start this.

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Dear Edward | Ann Napolitano
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Pickpick

Heartening, enriching, and delightful! The novel adds to the soul, and Jenna‘s picks are proving wonderful choices! Enjoy.

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Remarkably Bright Creatures | Shelby Van Pelt
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A new audiobook.

GinaKButler A surprise favorite of 2022 for me! Enjoy! 2mo
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Dear Edward | Ann Napolitano
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My latest audiobook.

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Mehso-so

Simple and predictable. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Trying this on for size.

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The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story | Nikole Hannah-Jones, The New York Times Company
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Fascinating history thus far.

keithmalek This book is nonsense. It asserts that "one of the primary reasons why the colonists asserted their independence was to protect the institution of slavery." Five leading historians wrote to the Times, requesting that they retract this assertion and similar ones, saying that the project was motivated more by ideology than fact. The Times refused, but quietly walked back some of its claims later. 2w
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The Last House Guest | Megan Miranda
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Some final summer reading. 🌞

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An extremely well-written war novel by an important American writer that pays special tribute to the Marines and race.

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Stones from the River | Ursula Hegi
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A strong book that examines pre-WWII Germany from both the Jewish and non-Jewish perspective. It explores a time frame that I wish more was written about, so I found it a new take on Holocaust literature. Like the war, you have to hang on a little bit to get through the experience, but it‘s worthwhile.

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A Man with a Rake | Ted Kooser
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Ted Kooser is my favorite poet. His poems are beautiful mazes for the mind that celebrate the richness of life. I can‘t wait to review more of them. If you like poetry that is heartening, reminiscent, and praises the mundane, Ted is the poet for you. A true delight.

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A Little Life: A Novel | Hanya Yanagihara
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This compelling read is hard to read and hard to put down, simultaneously. I‘m so glad I read it. It gave me a distinct understanding of what pride I must take in my little life. That is a very optimistic read on this painful look at humanity.

Maria514626 Great review! 🌸 5mo
peacegypsy @Maria514626 Thank you! 5mo
TheLudicReader I am currently reading this. So far, so good. 5mo
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First Born | Will Dean
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Some especially good suspense here! Clever!

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Stones from the River | Ursula Hegi
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Finally getting around to this one!

RebL I remember this being a tough but rewarding read. I hope you like it! 5mo
Redhead_reads This is one of the most memorable books I‘ve ever read! Loved it! 5mo
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First Born | Will Dean
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#botm club reading time!

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I enjoy Tippett a lot on NPR, so we‘ll see what this brings.

JamieArc I‘ve been meaning to read this since it first came out. 6mo
CaitlinR I loved it— hope you will too. 6mo
jlhammar So do I. I‘ve also been meaning to pick this one up. Look forward to your thoughts! 6mo
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A Little Life: A Novel | Hanya Yanagihara
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Finally getting around to this chunkster. 😊

CBee Be prepared, it‘s a tough one but worth the read ♥️💔 6mo
KristiAhlers As ridiculous as it sounds I‘ve been afraid to read this one. 🤷‍♀️ but it gets such good reviews 6mo
emmaturi I read it earlier this year, it was really hard and there are loads of trigger warnings. 6mo
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Pickpick

I just loved this book. I fell in love with the characters, the places, the stories. I‘ve met a whole group of friends with whom I‘m not ready to part. It‘s the book you wish you‘d just heard of so that you can start it all over again.

BookBosomed1 This book is on my TBR shelf. I‘m looking forward to reading it this summer. 6mo
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One chapter in, and it‘s a delight!

Leftcoastzen I need to get to this one! 7mo
Soubhiville I just saw it‘s your 6 year Litsyversary, and that‘s worth celebrating! Congrats 🎉🎈 7mo
peacegypsy @Soubhiville Thank you!!! 😊🌺🌸 7mo
peacegypsy @Leftcoastzen I‘m really enjoying it, and I think you will, too. 😊 7mo
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Pickpick

This book was bittersweet for me. It offered a lot in the way of detailing how the sour in life is necessary. She makes some very good points, and I found her emphasis on music especially interesting.

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My Dark Vanessa | Kate Elizabeth Russell
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Pickpick

This is definitely dark, and Vanessa is a character you won‘t soon forget. She haunts me with her morose tale that has a trigger for almost everything, so be cautious. This was a troubling read; I don‘t think anyone can really “like” this book due to its daunting contents, but it is well-written and unforgettable.

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Curious about Cain‘s perspectives.

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The Paper Palace: A Novel | Miranda Cowley Heller
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I almost DNF this book numerous times, but at 50%, I forged ahead. Reese‘s picks haven‘t been as reliable for me lately. There are some significant triggers in here, and the ending is unresolved. It might just be me, so I always hesitate to not recommend a book, but I do hesitate a little on this one. I struggle with criticizing books, because I wholeheartedly believe every book has something to offer that you didn‘t have before. It is here, too.

TheLudicReader This book seems to really divide people. It was my favourite read last year. Go figure. 😀 7mo
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The Paris Apartment | Lucy Foley
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This novel was a page-turner and solid entertainment. I think I liked _The Guest List_ better, and I think it had a less predictable plot, but anything Parisian gets extra points in my book, and there are definitely a few shockers in this one. Check it out.

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My Dark Vanessa | Kate Elizabeth Russell
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Time for an audiobook.

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The Paper Palace: A Novel | Miranda Cowley Heller
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Back to a Reese recommendation. 😊

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The Illness Lesson | Clare Beams
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A lot to contemplate during and after reading this book, which angered me. It was a good, thought-provoking anger, however, about the role of women in previous times…and if those roles have changed. A unique book that examines many of life‘s roles. It may also make you take a look at your own.

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The Paris Apartment | Lucy Foley
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Eager to finish this one!

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The Tie That Binds | Kent Haruf
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On to the last Haruf I can find, which happens to be his first novel.

mcctrish I really like KH and had a goal to read everything and, surprise, surprise, got distracted 🤣🤣 7mo
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Beyond delightful. Haruf‘s crisp language and exceptional storytelling abilities make his work first-rate. He has a gift with creating dialogue and describing things in such a detailed fashion that you can envision yourself in every room, in every embrace, in every victory, in every loss. I‘m truly thankful for his books.

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Trying something different.

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Benediction | Kent Haruf
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I just finished Eventide; Benediction is the third of the Plainsong trilogy. I‘ve rarely read such quality literature in my life. It‘s simple but profound and some of the most moving prose I‘ve encountered.

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Eventide | Kent Haruf
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In love with Ken Haruf‘s writing right now, and on to the second of the Plainsong trilogy.

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Plainsong | Kent Haruf
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This beautiful book captures the essence of life and the truth in small-town characters. Heartening; just a delightful group of characters that you will know. If you don‘t, meet them here.

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Definitely a pick. This book explores the unseen, whether it‘s life as a woman in the 60s/70s, what it‘s like to work in a plane, what some cities have to offer, or how commercial jets functioned in the Vietnam war. There‘s something for everyone here-you see the world anew, just like when you take to the skies.

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Plainsong | Kent Haruf
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On to this simplistic yet holistic novel.

KellyK One of my favorites! 🤓📚❤️ 8mo
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An interesting view of the way in which life could turn out for us should circumstances have been slightly altered; however, I don‘t know that she can claim an especially remarkable life. This was a quick and fairly engaging little read, so I‘ll give her the benefit of the doubt. Finally, her chapter on miscarriage is painful and deep, so she deserves a few extra points for the accuracy of that one in particular. 😢

StaceGhost Ooo! Cheryl Strayed has a book club?! Cool and this sounds like a great read. 8mo
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The Illness Lesson | Clare Beams
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Have started this one now….

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Mary Jane | Jessica Anya Blau
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This was the singsong version of how I hoped the ‘70s to be—a gentle introduction to new ideas and people that let America‘s youth see the hope in this kind of world. A really lovely book that showcases seeing America through its best sense…happiness, love, and good music. Totally enjoyable.

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This also has some Seventies hype — and I love non-fiction on audio.

TheBookHippie We‘re reading this later this year with #sundaybuddyread so glad to hear it was good! 8mo
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Mary Jane | Jessica Anya Blau
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I‘m on a 1970‘s kick, okay? And I love it! ✌️

EvieBee ✌️🌼 8mo
peacegypsy @EvieBee I love this! Thank you! 8mo
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Crossroads: A Novel | Jonathan Franzen
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This wordy volume presents many interesting ideas for contemplation, but one can‘t help but wonder if it would be more effective as a collection of short stories. This is my first reading of Franzen, and I listened to it via audio instead of reading it, and I‘m always curious how that changes my perception of a book. Even at this length, it did hold my interest; I just think he could have done so as efficiently with fewer words.

Leftcoastzen I like this one better 7mo
peacegypsy @Leftcoastzen Thanks for the recommendation. I‘ll try that soon! 7mo
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Quite curious about this one!

Penny_LiteraryHoarders The audiobook was fantastic 8mo
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