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Suet624

Suet624

Joined September 2016

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My Heart Will Triumph by Sean Bloomfield, Mirjana Soldo, Miki Musa
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With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
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Like This Afternoon Forever by Jaime Manrique
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Sleepless Nights | Elizabeth Hardwick
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For those of you who read this book for #NYRBbookclub - The New Yorker has an article about Elizabeth Hardwick and Robert Lowell in the December 16th issue.

I took this photo at a bug/art exhibit. While it's beautiful, those bugs could also cause sleepless nights.

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/12/16/marriage-betrayal-and-the-letters-...

merelybookish I'll try to read later. I saw that a.book of their letters was being published. 3h
mklong How interesting! Thanks for sharing. 3h
Suet624 @mklong You're welcome!! 1h
Suet624 @merelybookish Just reading the article makes me understand her book a little bit more, but I'm not sure the timing of it all. Was her husband having an affair while she was writing the book? Had she already separated from him? I'm not sure. 1h
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I was rewarded for cleaning out a drawer filled with random items. I found a bookstore gift certificate from June of 2016 that hadn‘t been used yet! Unimaginable that I had never used it, right? This book was on so many ‘must read‘ lists and still wasn‘t at any of my libraries so the decision on what to buy was super easy. It‘s up next.

Lindy Excellent choice! 23h
merelybookish How fun to discover that! 22h
Suet624 @merelybookish super fun!!! A delightful surprise. 😁 11h
kspenmoll It‘s like finding cash in coat pocket from the prior season! now
Suet624 @kspenmoll Exactly! now
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Between Shades of Gray | Ruta Sepetys
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A book that sat on my shelf for ages! It tells the true story of the Soviet Union‘s dissolution of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia and the deportation of millions to labor camps for 10-15 years. A YA novel that packs a punch.

Penny_LiteraryHoarders It was on my shelf for so long. My daughter ended up bringing it to school to read and said it made her cry. 1d
Suet624 @Penny_LiteraryHoarders the author‘s note at the end really got me. While I know a lot about things that happened in the 1940‘s, this was something I‘d never heard of. She did a great job with the information. 1d
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I have a habit of buying myself presents during this time of year. One book was purchased to read for the #Nyrbbookclub, the second purchased to read before my daily meditation, and the third purchased to rip my heart out.

BarbaraBB As if I am looking at a work of art... gorgeous 😍. And well-deserved if course 😉💕 2d
batsy Ooohhh! 2d
Suet624 @BarbaraBB Aww, thanks Barbara! 2d
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Suet624 @batsy Thanks to you for letting me know about 2d
LeahBergen I buy a lot for myself at this time of year, too. 😆 2d
vivastory I second @BarbaraBB ! 22h
vivastory I'm looking forward to your thoughts on Kabir 22h
kspenmoll It‘s hard to resist treating yourself while treating others! now
Suet624 @kspenmoll I must confess I haven‘t started shopping for anyone else yet. 🤦🏻‍♀️ now
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All This Could Be Yours | Jami Attenberg
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The lives of each family member is explored as the father, a violent, philandering criminal, lies in a coma. The ways in which the patriarch affected each person is deep and painful. I found the sections involving the wife to be quite compelling. The bargains she made with herself and the love/hate she felt for her husband were well portrayed. I appreciated the structure of the storytelling and I find the characters have stayed with me.

gradcat Nice review! I‘ve been considering this book—thanks! 4d
Suet624 @gradcat it seemed to get some mixed reviews. I hope you like it. It‘s a quick read. 4d
gradcat I‘ve noticed the mixed reviews, but I like yours, so I will try it (when I get a minute—sheesh!). ♥️ 4d
Suet624 @gradcat that‘s awfully nice of you to say 💕💕 4d
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Untitled | Unknown
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Gracie's facial expressions when I tell her there is yet another list of books that I need to find and read. So much great reading to be done! My TBR stack is so high that I'm quite sure I won't be able to finish them all before I die, but that's what wills are for, right? Onward! I'm off to find books published in 2019.

(By the way, the hairstyle was Gracie's idea, not mine.)

https://lithub.com/our-50-favorite-books-of-the-year/

Izai.Amorim She's very sweet! 5d
LeahBergen So cute! 😆😆 5d
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Too cute!! 💗💗 5d
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Reggie Lol, so cute! 5d
kspenmoll Her facial expressions are priceless!!! 5d
batsy 😍😍 5d
youneverarrived 😂 so cute. 4d
Jeg What a cutie. Love her expressions. Totally with you about TBR pile. I know I won‘t read all mine but someone might eventually.😊😊. 2d
Suet624 @Jeg Thanks. Yes, someone is going to end up with my carefully chosen selection of books. And they better be happy about it!! 😂😂😂 2d
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Fleishman Is in Trouble: A Novel | Taffy Brodesser-Akner
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I wish I had liked this book more. I think there might have been an enormous amount of brilliance in the story, but I struggled and whined through the majority of the book. Marriage is hard, divorce is hard, women do the majority of the mental & emotional side of parenting, apps make it easy to have sex. There. Those, to me, were the key points. My daughter was quite eloquent though in explaining the nuances that i missed while I was whining.

Alfoster I SO agree! I wanted to like this book so much more! I just felt glad I‘m not having to date in this era of Tinder and other social media sites!😳😁 1w
Suet624 @Alfoster Me too! Or worry about my social status. 1w
BarbaraBB Great review. I am planning to read it later this month and am very curious how I‘ll feel about it. 1w
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Reggie I‘m in the middle of it and appreciate the story and the writing but find it depressing. 1w
Suet624 @Reggie exactly right! I kept reading because of the writing but it was deeeepressing. I actually suggested to my new daughter-in-law that she not read it. I told her I didn‘t want the rosy glow she emanated to fade. 1w
Suet624 @BarbaraBB I‘ll be very interested to see what you think. 1w
minkyb I like your summary! 5d
Suet624 @minkyb thanks! 4d
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Willa Cather | Hermione Lee
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Going through my mother‘s things and I came across a box of old postage stamps. “What the heck am I supposed to do with these? Are any of them worth any money? Can I just chuck them?” Then I came across this stamp, issued by the post office in 1973. I‘m sure my mother kept it because her aunt lived with Cather for almost 40 years. Still not sure what to do with some of the ancient stamps, but this one I‘ll definitely keep.

Theaelizabet Wow! That‘s a great story! 1w
AmyG I had his with my father-in-law. They are still good to use. Just buy the correct stamps to add to equal today‘s postage. And wow....great Willa Cather story. 1w
Tamra Awesome! 1w
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saresmoore Neat! 1w
Nebklvr Some might be worth some money. I‘d do a quick glance on ebay or search before getting rid of them 1w
JamieArc Wow! Cool! 1w
Suet624 @Nebklvr I‘ll try that. Thanks! 1w
batsy Such a great find! 1w
Suet624 @batsy @saresmoore you must roll your eyes every time I mention my aunt and Willa Cather. 😍 I‘ve mentioned it enough times. (edited) 1w
Reggie Wow!!! 1w
readordierachel Incredible! 1w
Tanisha_A 😍 1w
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Lily King, author of Euphoria, has written a powerful book about a daughter dealing with her alcoholic father. From the beginning, as she is let in on the secret that she and her mother are leaving the next day while, at the same time, her father is buying her a puppy and asking her opinion, King pulls you into the emotional trauma of a young child whose family is coming apart. The struggle to love a seriously flawed parent was detailed and true.

kspenmoll This sounds really good. ❤️ 2w
Reggie This sounds rough! 2w
Suet624 @Reggie it definitely had its moments. 2w
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Fleishman Is in Trouble: A Novel | Taffy Brodesser-Akner
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Excuse me? From the back of the book. Sardonically cheerful? It‘s sardonic all right, but I haven‘t found one cheerful note within it.

AmyG Yeah, I didn‘t find this a cheerful book at all. Also....Happy Thanksgiving! (edited) 2w
Suet624 @AmyG Same to you, Amy. Best wishes to you. 2w
tournevis Maybe schadenfreude? 2w
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Suet624 @tournevis Hmmm... maybe. This is just painful. I actually suggested to my brand new daughter-in-law that she might not want to read it. I don't want her to lose her joy in this new marriage. It's just a depressing catalog of marital despair. 2w
Suet624 @tournevis however, it seems as though the majority of folks really like the book, so there‘s that. What‘s funny is I have divorced 3 times, so in theory I should agree with her negative analysis of marriage. After complaining about the book to my older daughter (who had given me the book), she said, “Yes, but isn‘t it affirming for you?” When I thought of it that way, in fact I did find it affirming. I had thought I was just messed up! 😂😂 2w
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Whose Truck? | Toni Buzzeo
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Leander walked throughout the village yesterday reading this book. The chickens, the kids leaving school, the puddles to jump in, nothing distracted him. After 25 minutes of walking and maneuvering the book as he turned the pages he requested we get back home so he could sit on the couch and enjoy his book. 💕💕

batsy I love that 😍 3w
Nute I like everything about this post!💕 3w
BarbaraBB Too cute! ❤️ 3w
Jeg A book worm already ❤️ 2w
kspenmoll What joy he brings you every day! ❤️ 2w
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This is Jake Burton Carpenter, the man who brought snowboarding to the world. He passed away last night at 65 years of age. I worked for him for a number of years & he singlehandedly taught me that you can be a wealthy business owner and also be incredibly generous with your employees. He especially loved to give gifts and $ at Xmas, and would shut down work when a big snowstorm came so employees could snowboard. He was a kind & gentle leader.

Reecaspieces So sorry! 3w
JennyM So sorry to hear this, Sue. X 3w
Suet624 @Reecaspieces @jennym thank you. There is collective sorrow in Vermont and throughout the sports world right now. (edited) 3w
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squirrelbrain Sorry to hear this - he really does sound like a lovely man. 3w
Jas16 I am so sorry! 3w
mom2bugnbee I'm sorry for your loss. Sounds like a wonderful person to work for. 3w
Reggie Sorry to hear this Sue, he sounds like a real nice guy. 3w
wanderinglynn So sorry to hear. He sounds like an amazing person. 3w
saresmoore What a rare and special human! Sorry for your (and the world‘s) loss, friend. 3w
Crazeedi My deepest sympathies in the loss of your friend💔 3w
GripLitGrl So sorry for your loss💔 3w
BarbaraTheBibliophage He sounds like a great guy. So sorry for your loss. And I hope you don‘t mind if I add, F Cancer. ♥️😢 3w
JanuarieTimewalker13 A life well lived. Godspeed! And so sorry for your loss!❤️ 3w
batsy I'm sorry for your loss. 3w
ValerieAndBooks Hugs 💖💖💖 3w
Suet624 @readordierachel @squirrelbrain @jas16 @mom2bugnbee @Reggie @wanderinglynn @saresmoore @Crezeedi @GripLitGrl @BarbaraTheBibliophage @januarytimewalker13 @Batsy @ValerieandBooks Thank you all for your kindness. I'm still trying to articulate to friends just how much this man meant to me and so many others around the world. He was vibrant, fun-loving and a loving family man. Vermonters, in particular, will miss his presence in our world. 3w
Suet624 @readordierachel @squirrelbrain @jas16 @mom2bugnbee @Reggie @wanderinglynn @saresmoore @Crezeedi @GripLitGrl @BarbaraTheBibliophage @januarytimewalker13 @Batsy @ValerieandBooks Thank you all for your kindness. I'm still trying to articulate to friends just how much this man meant to me and so many others around the world. He was vibrant, fun-loving and a loving family man. Vermonters, in particular, will miss his presence in our world. 3w
Cathythoughts He has a kind & gentle face too ❤️ 2w
kspenmoll So sorry for such a personal loss Sue. 💕💕 2w
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I can see why they put such a bright cover on this book: it‘s depressing! The agony and ecstasy of an older single woman just about did me in. Her flights of romantic fancy and her vulnerability got to me. The writing was terrific and had me riveted to her story. While Judith and I have almost no similarities, the author put me squarely in her situation and it wasn‘t a pleasant feeling. #nyrbbookclub
@vivastory @Leftcoastzen

Reggie What a great review!! 3w
BarbaraBB Fab review, thanks! 3w
Suet624 @Reggie @BarbaraBB Thank you! I've jumped from this book to Fleishman is in Trouble. The beginning of the book is all about a newly divorced man who has more offers for sex from random women than he knows what to do with. It's quite the contrast. 3w
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Thoroughly enjoyed this story of a young woman searching for her mother. Following Tropical Storm Irene in Vermont, it appears her mother has been swept away in the flooding. The author touches on many topics: addiction, inhabitants of communes and the extended families that result, a hidden Abenaki heritage, the beauty and destructive power of nature, mother/daughter splits and discoveries, and of generations of women lovingly caring for others.

Reggie How was your pilgrimage?!!!! I‘m glad you made it back, Sue. 3w
Suet624 @Reggie You are so kind to ask, Reggie. I have so much to say but can‘t find the right words to use. It was profound for me and, at least for now, I am filled with peace. There were so many deep moments and loving gifts that I received and my heart is full. My small group of 4 was also able to have a leisurely breakfast with one of the visionaries, Mirjana, and it just added to the bounty. 3w
kspenmoll @Suet624 You are home! Sounds like an experience that no words can truly capture. ❤️❤️ 3w
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kspenmoll I am happy you enjoyed this book❤️ great review. (edited) 3w
Reggie I‘m so happy it went so well for you. 3w
ValerieAndBooks So glad you had a wonderful experience there 💖 3w
Suet624 @kspenmoll I returned on Friday and still having wonky sleeps. 😁 jet lag is new to me! It was a wonderful experience. Sometime we‘ll sit across from each other and I‘ll tell you all about it. 😍 3w
Suet624 @ValerieAndBooks Thank you so much. I feel blessed to have been able to go. 3w
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This wasn‘t quite what I was expecting but I admit I went in cold. What I am leaving with is finally understanding what a prosperity church is all about. I didn‘t realize that‘s what those mega churches are all about. There are a number of problems with their thinking, not the least of which is that if you have cancer it‘s your own fault. She highlights how that affected her throughout her treatment.

Cinfhen Wait??? What???? Cancer is your own fault!!!!! 😡I‘m not ok with that!!!!!! 1mo
Suet624 @Cinfhen You‘re not thinking positively, you‘re not trusting God enough, you have sinned somehow. Ugh. 1mo
readordierachel That is massively screwed up 😠 1mo
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Cinfhen Ugh!!!! That‘s just terrible and in the name of God and religion makes it worse 1mo
Texreader Ugh 1mo
Reggie Boo. 1mo
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Well over a decade ago, this book introduced me to Medjugorje, a holy site where Mary‘s presence is ever-present. At a time when I was looking for the Divine Feminine, Donofrio‘s book gave me just what I needed. Since then, Mother Mary has had a major impact in my life in large and small ways. Finally, after years of wishing I could go to Medjugorje, I leave later this week for a spiritual pilgrimage.

Stacypatrice How amazing!!! Wishing you safe travels and an incredible, life altering journey 💖 1mo
Suet624 @Stacypatrice Thank you so much, Stacy. 1mo
NHLibrarian Have a wonderful time! 1mo
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Suet624 @NHLibrarian thanks, Melissa. I hope you are well. 1mo
Reggie Omg, Sue! So you‘re going to Bosnia-Herzegovina? Be safe and I hope you have the journey you‘re looking for. (edited) 1mo
Suet624 @Reggie Hahaha. Indeed I am. With a hacking cough and an earache, I‘m going to spread my virus all the way to Bosnia. 😳 Thank you for your good wishes. I‘m so very happy to be going. (edited) 1mo
ValerieAndBooks Wow, safe travels and keep us posted on your trip (even if you wait until you get back). I‘m intrigued by the book; stacking it. 1mo
Suet624 @ValerieAndBooks Thank you. Donofrio visits many Marian apparition sites throughout the book, but it was this site in particular that captured me. I‘ll be staying with one of the visionaries who was a child when Mary appeared to her and her friends. 1mo
saresmoore This is wonderful, Sue! I can‘t wait to hear about your pilgrimage! 1mo
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Water Dancer | Ta-Nehisi Coates
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What I appreciated: while the physical brutality of slavery is noted, it‘s the emotional brutality that Coates focuses on. The devastation of having your spouse and children sold, the riches acquired through the work and sale of you and your loved ones. The book had a bit more magical realism to it than I expected but it works. I have also realized that I have an elementary knowledge of Harriet Tubman and want to research her in greater depth.

AmyG Good review. I look forward to reading this. 1mo
Suet624 @AmyG Thanks, Amy. I hope you like it. I liked the characters a lot but actually enjoyed the book more after I had finished and spent some time thinking about it in greater depth. (edited) 1mo
ValerieAndBooks I thought I had stacked this already...but your review made sure I am now. And, agree with you on Harriet Tubman. I should know more about her -- we all should, I'm sure. 1mo
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Suet624 @ValerieAndBooks if you know of a good book on her, I‘d appreciate any suggestion. Thanks! 1mo
kspenmoll Wonderful thoughtful review! ❤️ 1mo
Suet624 @kspenmoll thank you, Katherine. 1mo
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Water Dancer | Ta-Nehisi Coates
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I was looking for pictures of water for this post. Came across a photo of two of my grandkids, cousins, this summer. Well they‘re close to water! 😀 But very far removed from the reality of this book I‘m reading. Holy Toledo. When I‘m not reading I‘m thinking about the characters and just want to get back to it. Coates has me completely wrapped up in the story.

LeahBergen Awww! What a gorgeous photo! 😍😍 2mo
Suet624 @LeahBergen Sam, the 10 year old, made that girl laugh so much for a full week. I‘ve never been around an 18 month old who laughed so hard or a 10 year old who had no qualms about making her his sidekick. 2mo
kspenmoll Adorable!!! 2mo
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batsy This is so cute! Love the photo 💕 2mo
Tanisha_A Just so cute! 😍 2mo
Reggie Omg, sooo cute!!! 2mo
Jeg Beautiful pic. 2mo
britt_brooke Adorable! 1mo
sisilia How adorable! 😍 1mo
youneverarrived Gorgeous photo! 1mo
Mdargusch So cute!!! 💞 1mo
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Because of the long line of library patrons waiting to listen to this I only had enough time to read the first and last third of the book. Missed the entire part about the power of dreams. However, what I heard was interesting and informative enough that I‘ll get back in the queue. Now I know why melatonin never worked for me - it only informs your body that it‘s time to sleep. It doesn‘t actually help you fall asleep.

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Fire Next Time | James Baldwin
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I listened to this for the first time and I can see how this book could have blown the roof off in 1963. I venture to say it still can. I need to listen to this a second time to really catch all the points that Baldwin highlights.

ValerieAndBooks It‘s good. Some points he makes are still valid today. 2mo
Reggie I love him and Tanehisi-Coates for how precise their language is when conveying an exact idea. I had an epiphany back in February when I read this was that‘s why I love poets who write novels. That they spoke my language, the language of a good metaphor when the precise word has always escaped me. And that‘s what Baldwin is sooo good at. 2mo
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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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Need I mention just how much I miss her? How much I miss her partner? We were so fortunate, weren‘t we? I‘m so glad she wrote her memoir, allowing us to know in even greater detail the trajectory of her life. She is a woman of beauty, strength, and grace.

avgeyer I loved this book so much! 2mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Such a great read! 2mo
Jeannineth I read this last month and loved it. She is such an inspiring woman!!!⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 2mo
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AmyG Such an amazing woman...and excellent writer. I miss them every single day. 2mo
Bklover I‘m with you. My heart hurts whenever I see a photo or article about them. I agree with @AmyG - I miss them every single day 💙 2mo
sisilia She‘s a wonderful lady 😍 1mo
Suet624 @Bklover my heart hurts too whenever I see a photo of them. 1mo
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“This country has failed its children, August, failed its own claims about democracy and humanity. The American Dream, in particular, sometimes seems more like a ghost haunting our way of thinking than like a sacred contract worth signing toward some future.” Amen to that.

#Vermont

Sace Just put this on hold at the library! 2mo
Suet624 @Sace I hope you like it. 2mo
BarbaraBB Such an amazing book 💔 2mo
Izai.Amorim So true and so sad. I read the other day that social mobility is higher in Sweden than in the US because everyone in that “socialist” country gets the same chance, free education from preschool to college, child care, etc. In the US your parents‘ class and social status defines yours. Time to elect Bernie! 2mo
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I understand complaints folks had with this book: her frequent conversation with her never-to-be-born child being the most discussed. However, I found this book to be outstanding in outlining class issues, naming them directly and providing historical details. Reagan did a number on the working class and for years people have voted against their own economic salvation. She did a good job telling her family‘s story which couldn‘t have been easy.

Hollie I‘m seeing her speak on Saturday! 2mo
Suet624 @Hollie that‘s awesome! Jealous! 2mo
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Received this ARC through Librarything. Included in the package was this bumper sticker. That‘s getting put on my car pronto. 💕💕

readordierachel Awesome 💕 2mo
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Quotes by Harjo and Berry. (Sorry if the type is too small for some to read.) A great beginning to a book as far as I‘m concerned. A Vermonter writes about a disappearance following Tropical Storm Irene. While this is fiction, the storm and a disappearance definitely happened. The thought was a young man was swept away. He was never found and I often think of him.

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The Nickel Boys: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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(Across the street from my house/those trees are bright red, though they appear to be orange in this photo!) Whitehead does a great job with this story, one that is horrific in detail. It brought to mind stories circulating about a Catholic orphanage in my neck of the woods. It‘s important that these events are placed in front of the public, but it‘s getting harder to take in the information. I really need to know there is good in the world.

LauraBeth Wow Sue - that is gorgeous! 😍 2mo
CrowCAH Sooo pretty 🍁 2mo
Suet624 @LauraBeth @crowcah we are having a spectacular leaf season here. No heavy rains or high winds to knock the leaves off the trees so all the colors are lingering. 2mo
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BarbaraBB It‘s absolutely gorgeous. I so want to visit your indian summer one day 🍁🍁 2mo
JennyM Beautiful 🍁 2mo
ValerieAndBooks It is gorgeous 🍂🍁🍂. And I know what you mean about wanting a balance between being aware of what needs to be changed and looking at what‘s happening that‘s good. 2mo
Suet624 @ValerieAndBooks it‘s just relentless isn‘t it? 2mo
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An easy-peasy (that‘s a technical term, obviously) read. 😀 A widow who feels guilty for not mourning the loss of her husband and a major league pitcher who has the yips (a truly technical term). A gentle romance novel with no big surprises but it was a welcome pause in my reading journey.

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Disappearing Earth | Julia Phillips
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The Litsy synopsis states Anthony Marra fans would like this book and I 💕 Marra. This novel is written in the same style as The Tsar of Love and Techno and has background stories similar to others written by Marra. Phillips weaves and blends stories to bring together a rich chorus of characters. The main theme, the disappearance of two young children and how it affects all involved throughout the course of a year, was a very satisfying read.

Tanisha_A Sounds very good! Great review! 👍 2mo
Suet624 @Tanisha_A thanks so much. 2mo
BarbaraBB Great review. I just finished the book and loved it too. I am intrigued now by the comparison to Marra, whom I don‘t know. Should I read him? And if so, which of his books? (edited) 2w
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Suet624 @BarbaraBB my favorite is Constellation of Vital Phenomena but if you like the way Disappearing Earth is written it might be better to go with Tsar of Love and Techno. Some heavy stuff in both books but his writing is off the charts. 2w
Suet624 @BarbaraBB somehow Constellation mixes a gallows humor in with tragedy in an amazing way. I‘ve never read a book quite like it. 2w
BarbaraBB Thank you so much! I will probably start with Constellation then! 😘 2w
Suet624 @BarbaraBB oh good. I look forward to hearing what you think. Many of your Litsy friends have liked it a lot too. (edited) 2w
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Disappearing Earth | Julia Phillips
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The National Book Award list has arrived. Please, please let Disappearing Earth win. Okay, fine, the only other book I read on the list was Trust Exercise. I have the others in my pile waiting to be read. But still.... please let Disappearing Earth win. https://lithub.com/the-2019-national-book-award-finalists-are/

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BarbaraBB That one is on my wishlist. i really want to read it too! 2mo
Suet624 @BarbaraBB Just to be clear, I've read Disappearing Earth and loved it. :) 2mo
Mdargusch That is how I vote when GR has there going - the books I‘ve read must win! 2mo
Suet624 @Mdargusch Haha! Absolutely. 2mo
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Whiskey When We're Dry | John Larison
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Today I heard Elton John's 'Ballad of a Well-Known Gunman' as I was driving through the brilliant foliage of Vermont on a deserted road. It brought this book immediately to mind. There is a section in the book where a gunman hides in the mountains and this was the Vermont image that I had in my mind as I read it. The book clearly has been dogging me since I finished it. I'm double-thumbs-upping it.

Leftcoastzen That is such a beautiful photo! 2mo
Suet624 @Leftcoastzen Oh! I meant to credit the photographer. The image is a classic. Keith Edmunds Photography. It's an amazing view. 2mo
TheSpineView Stunning! ❤ 2mo
Hooked_on_books Gorgeous photo! 😍 2mo
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Whiskey When We're Dry | John Larison
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4.5 Stars. It‘s rare that I read westerns, but for some reason I chose to read this one. It kept me riveted from start to finish. The story of an orphan, a young woman who must pass as a man as she pursues her brother, a wanted gunman.

kspenmoll 👋🏻 2mo
Leftcoastzen This one is on my TBR. 2mo
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I haven‘t read anything by Holland but I heard her read some short stories last night and they sure were good. Her responses to other writers were thoughtful and encouraging.

#VermontStudioCenter

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The Astrologer | John Cameron
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My abbreviated horoscope for today. Seems like very good advice.

ReadingRachael Yes! Agreed 😊 2mo
kspenmoll Yes! 2mo
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Somehow the number generator that the Book Cougars podcast hosts used picked me!! Love surprises in the mail.

auntie_jenn loved this book. right up there with Pachinko. 2mo
Christine Oh yay! And I love The Book Cougars. 2mo
Centique That‘s so cool! I listen to that podcast, but I‘m behind at the moment - I‘ll hear the winner and for once I‘ll know who it is! 😊 2mo
Suet624 @Centique 👏🏽👏🏽💕💕 2mo
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Dog Beach: A Novel | John Fusco
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John Fusco wrote the screenplays for Crossroads, Young Guns, Young Guns II, Thunderheart, Hidalgo, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron and The Highwaymen, among others. He is also the creator of the Netflix series Marco Polo. He lives 4 miles away from me. He and his 11-piece band played the blues at our tiny Rocktoberfest event. I couldn‘t believe how good they were! He sounds like Randy Newman.

vivastory Fascinating!! 2mo
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I was grumpy going into this book. Quindlen has made a fortune talking about her life and for some reason that fact was bugging me. But she‘s a smart lady and I‘m a grandmother, so, okay, I‘ll check it out. Turns out she taught me a thing or two and did it with humor and a dose of kindness. Any grandmother would appreciate what she has to say. Here is Gracie May who popped a squat to talk about the sun spots on the sidewalk. Grandkids are 💕💕.

AmyG What a cute picture. She matches the leaves! ❤️🍁 2mo
Cortg Love her red hair! Enjoy every minute with her, she's precious!
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ljuliel I agree , her hair is so pretty. 2mo
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Suet624 @AmyG Haha. She does! 2mo
Suet624 @Cortg @ljuliel people actually yell out their car window to me, saying how much they love her hair. Her mom says folks used to do the same thing to her. 2mo
LeahBergen Lovely photo! 💕💕 2mo
Laura317 Precious girl! 2mo
marleed So sweet! 2mo
BarbaraBB Gorgeous pic 😍. And I‘ve loved some Anna Quindlen books decades ago! 2mo
batsy How precious! This photo is beautiful. 2mo
Reggie That‘s a beautiful pic!!! Have you ever read Black and Blue by her? That book is one of the first books to make me feel an empty pit of sadness. 2mo
ValerieAndBooks I love her hair, in case you didn‘t know 😊. My daughter ‘s girlfriend has red hair too, although its darker (almost auburn). 2mo
Smrloomis Look at that hair 😍😍😍 2mo
kspenmoll Gorgeous photo of your sweet Grace! 2mo
Suet624 @Reggie Yes, I read Black and Blue. At the time it seemed like such a different book for her to write. I had been reading her columns and wasn't used to her writing such a devastating book. She used to bring tears to my eyes because she touched a sweet spot in my heart. The tears from reading B&B were from sadness. 2mo
Suet624 @ValerieAndBooks Have I already mentioned that people in cars will yell out the window about how much they love her hair? 2mo
ValerieAndBooks @Suet624 I can totally believe people would do that. Her hair is gorgeous! 2mo
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We Should All Be Feminists | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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Of course everyone - men and women - should read this. I was saddened, though, by the fact that this is the exact same message that those of my generation were proclaiming in the 70‘s and 80‘s. The professional reviewers were so enthusiastic that I thought the essay might carry some hidden key that made all the difference to our struggle. It does not.

TrishB That always saddens me too. My daughter faces the same issues I did, with added internet!! 2mo
Suet624 @TrishB I was surprised by the visceral reaction that I had to the book. And the internet! Gah! 2mo
Hooked_on_books The more things change, the more they stay the same. I feel like the difference now is that there seems to be a broader buy-in, with #MeToo and other feminist issues at the forefront. And all of the women running for President. It feels like it has some more staying power this time, though time will tell. 2mo
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Aimeesue @Hooked_on_books The lens has definitely changed. Same message, and we're still dealing with the same issues, but society at large is SEEING those issues pretty clearly now, and we're calling them out directly en mass. My daughter's generation is not here to put up with anyone's bull. It's good to see. 2mo
Suet624 @Aimeesue @hooked_on_books She speaks a lot about situations in Nigeria. It seems to me that's the audience that would benefit from the book. I agree that we have moved forward in many ways. 2mo
Martyn_J_Pass This has piqued my interest. Going to grab myself a copy. Thanks. 2mo
Suet624 @Martyn_J_Pass thank you. was surprised to find it was a 45 minute audio. Pretty short. 😁 (edited) 2mo
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Another honor for Alison. Merriam Webster recognizes the Bechdel Test.

https://www.sevendaysvt.com/vermont/merriam-webster-adds-bechdel-test-to-its-dic...

Hooked_on_books Fantastic! 2mo
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It‘s my three year anniversary on Litsy. In that time Captain Adorable had grown as well. Here he is now, clairvoyantly wearing a unicorn with wings outfit for the parade which, for some reason, also included unicorns. (Confused yet? I sure was.) Of course the Velocireader shirt from Out of Print and a homemade necklace completed the ensemble. Thank you Litsy friends for three great years.

Birdsong28 Happy Litsyversery 🎉 🎊 📚 📖 3mo
Jas16 Happy Litsyversary 🎉📚🙌🏽 3mo
JennyM Yey...congrats! 3mo
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batsy Happy Litsy anniversary! ❤️ I love that 🦄 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm Happy Litsy-versary! 🎈🎉 3mo
Reggie Happy Lityversary, Sue!!!! Unicorns are big in your town, yes? Weren‘t they dressed up as unicorns for the first day of school? (edited) 3mo
Jeg What a cutie. 3mo
Suet624 @Reggie September was the first month unicorns have invaded our village. 😀 3mo
Suet624 @Birdsong28 @Jas16 @JennyM @batsy @erzascarletbookgasm Thanks to you all for being my pals. 😀 3mo
ValerieAndBooks Happy Litsyversary 🦄 ! He is definitely growing up 💖. And I think I see a glimpse of Gracie May's red hair 😊 2mo
Suet624 @ValerieAndBooks thank you! And yes, what a great eye you have. That‘s the tiniest bit of Gracie‘s hair. 2mo
kspenmoll Sue, you take such lively photos! Happy Litsyversary. Wondering when I found you- ❤️❤️ 2mo
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I really enjoyed this book. Kagge writes about walking, which would seem to be a simple topic, but he has a lot to say. He adds the thoughts of other philosophers to round out the topic. If you need inspiration to get off the couch this book will help. However, I believe he would tell you to leave the earbuds at home.

On a personal note, one of my kids saw this photo and noted he looked like at least one of my past love interests. 😂😂

vivastory Great review, but now I'm curious about the love interest. Were you at one time dating Knausgaard? 3mo
Suet624 @vivastory Hahaha. I tend to go for the scruffy bearded guys with eyes that look like they've seen too much and wear sweaters like that. (edited) 3mo
Reggie As I was scrolling by I thought it was Rick Fox at first. Lol but upon your last comment, do they also live on boats? 3mo
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As a follow up to my last post. “In Whalen, Minnesota (population 62), folks had always wanted to have a parade but couldn‘t figure out a way to do it in a town less than two blocks long. They decided to have a “stand-still parade,” wherein the color guard ... marching bands, floats, horseback riders, and fire trucks (from other towns since Whalen didn‘t have any) stood still when the parade started and the crowd walked around the parade.” 😂😂😂

ValerieAndBooks He mentions this stand-still parade also, in this collection — its a clever idea 😊! 3mo
Suet624 @ValerieAndBooks I checked to see what you wrote about his other book. Might check it out. I absolutely loved the idea of a stand-still parade. I wonder if I could convince my village to try it out one year. 3mo
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Unicorns | Patricia D. Netzley
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The parade in our town is an adventure. Down the Main Street, interruptions galore, antique cars that stall, horses that don‘t want to move forward. Then it turns around and comes back again. All in the space of 15 minutes. 😂😂😂 As I waited for the parade to move forward I began to read my NYRB book. I looked up as I heard the crowd cheering - unicorns! I love this little village. It‘s just too cute for words.

vivastory 😂😂 3mo
Stacypatrice This. Is. Amazing. 3mo
Hooked_on_books Oh. My. God. 😂 3mo
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Suet624 @vivastory @Stacypatrice @Hooked_on_books Seriously a treat. 😂😂😂 3mo
ValerieAndBooks Awesome !! 🦄 🦄 what was the occasion for the parade? 3mo
Suet624 @ValerieAndBooks An annual event with a parade, vendors, book sale, kid games, music and neighbors. It‘s pretty sweet. 3mo
kspenmoll I cannot believe it‘s been 2 weeks since I visited you. That‘s what working does to me. 😟 2mo
Suet624 Did you visit me 2 weeks ago?? @kspenmoll (edited) 2mo
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Sleepless Nights | Elizabeth Hardwick
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I‘ve had many a sleepless night lately in which to read the random thoughts of this woman. I have to say that while it‘s a bit of a chore to read, there are passages that stun me. I see myself so clearly in her descriptions of the malcontent, of the snarky observer, of the person looking for meaning. I‘ve also known so many who are strident in their communist political views, yet end up living their lives like the rest of the “placid” masses.

merelybookish Nice! I also find some of her observations seering! 3mo
BarbaraBB Great review 💜 3mo
Suet624 @BarbaraBB thank you so much. 💕 3mo
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Salt to the Sea | Ruta Sepetys
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On the plus side, I enjoyed the audio. However, I must have been living under a rock because I had no idea it was yet another book about World War II (can we stop now?) and I didn‘t realize it was a young adult novel until I was almost done. That being said, it highlighted an event that I was unaware of. The author‘s note at the end was interesting and informative.

Emilymdxn I agree I find it so hard to read more World War Two novels, even if the individual novel is really good I just don‘t know what there is left to examine about it 3mo
Suet624 @Emilymdxn phew. Thank you for letting me know I‘m not alone in this. 3mo
Christine Same here! I can read one WWII book per year. At most. @emilymdxn 3mo
NHLibrarian Ha! I had this exact thought yesterday while working on my next library book order. It seemed like every book was set during WWII... I actually yelled out “pick another topic!” 😆 3mo
Suet624 @NHLibrarian why is it such a hot topic these days?? 3mo
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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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Michelle‘s description of the date that she & her husband had in New York 4 months into the Presidency was lovely. Then she mentioned how the Republicans went into overdrive saying how costly and extravagant it was to the taxpayers. How hypocritical, considering what we know about how the current occupant of that position spends our tax dollars. Not a peep from the Republicans. Golf anyone? Sorry to interject politics here, but I‘m infuriated.

Lynnsoprano You‘re not the only one 😄 3mo
Suet624 @Lynnsoprano Grrrr... 3mo
AceOnRoam I'm totally with you.... 3mo
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Hooked_on_books Republicans, hypocrites?!? I never noticed! 😑 3mo
Suet624 @AceOnRoam 👍👍💕💕 3mo
Suet624 @Hooked_on_books It just never ends! 3mo
ValerieAndBooks Drives me crazy!! 3mo
Reggie The other day I was trying to explain the Handmaid‘s Tale to someone at work and how her new book was a huge event. And how I felt that the book didn‘t need a sequel but then I thought, maybe the fcking times we‘re living in needed a sequel. Oh, Sue, here‘s hoping for something better next November. 3mo
Suet624 @reggie I think you‘re right about the sequel. Reggie, let‘s hope for something better and that the current occupant actually leaves when he loses. 3mo
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I often turn to Emmanuel‘s two books when I need to remember that every moment of my life I am offered the opportunity to choose between love or fear. “Fear tells you, “I want to make you safe.” Love says, “You ARE safe.”

#inspiration
#selfimprovementsept

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love that!! ❤️ 3mo
OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚❤️😊 3mo
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Not directly related to books, but more related to a passion that many of us share: the gift of music. I spent Friday night with 50,000 people at Fenway Park singing with The Who. Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, Ringo‘s son playing drums, and a huge orchestra behind them. The concert was beyond my wildest dreams. Luckily there are videos on YouTube so I can relive the moment. 😀 If they come your way, I encourage you to experience the magic.

Reggie That‘s awesome!! 3mo
LauraBeth I bet that was amazing! 3mo
LeahBergen How wonderful! 👏🏻👏🏻 3mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 3mo
Suet624 @Reggie @LauraBeth @LeahBergen Unbeknownst to me, Billy Joel played the next night. A friend of mine went to both concerts! I‘m not sure my system could have handled such abundance. 😂😂 3mo
TheBookHippie I saw it their first night-we were their kick off!!!! AND it was AHMAZING!!!! 3mo
Suet624 @TheBookHippie that‘s so cool!!! 3mo
TheBookHippie @Suet624 The orchestra and that violinist!!!! Sooo good! 3mo
batsy That must have been amazing 🙌🏽 3mo
Suet624 @TheBookHippie I‘ve been watching YouTube videos all week of the concert. You‘re right about the orchestra. They really added to the show. 3mo
Suet624 @batsy a week later and I‘m still thinking about it. 💕 3mo
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“Journeys of discovery are not something you start doing, but something you gradually stop doing.” Leander and Gracie exploring with their lawnmowers.

LeahBergen Gorgeous pic! 😍 3mo
Suet624 @LeahBergen thank you! That view is at the end of my street. It‘s stunning in the fall. And of course those kids! 3mo
ValerieAndBooks They're so cute! And that's a good quote -- something to think about. 3mo
kspenmoll They are such gifts for you! Vermont is so beautiful. 3mo
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Bettyville: A Memoir | George Hodgman
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At the end of July, the lovely George Hodgman committed suicide. He had been a well respected editor and wrote a terrific book about returning home to care for his mother. He would occasionally comment on my Facebook posts and for some reason I felt very close to him. He was funny and cared so much about so much. Yesterday I realized I hadn‘t heard from him and in looking him up I learned of his death. I‘m so sad that he needed to leave us.

Suet624 Please consider reading his book. It is a wonderful read. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/22/books/george-hodgman-dead.html (edited) 3mo
michellelav So sorry to hear about the author. I look forward to reading his book ❤ 3mo
Suet624 @michellelav I hope you like it! 3mo
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batsy I'm sorry to hear about this 💔 3mo
Leftcoastzen Oh no! I had no idea! I have not read Bettyville, but I have wanted to .better get to it.😢 3mo
pigeonsandcrows I loved Bettyville and I am so sorry to hear he died, especially in that manner. 3mo
ReadingRachael So sad to learn of his death 😓 3mo
Nute “He cared so much about so much.” I wish that I could have known him for that description alone. He will be missed in this world!💔 3mo
LeahBergen Oh, that‘s so sad. 3mo
Redwritinghood 💔💔 3mo
JennyM That‘s really sad 😔 3mo
GripLitGrl So sorry to hear 3mo
Suet624 @Leftcoastzen Oh, I hope you can find the time to read it. He had so much to say and you will definitely laugh out loud on several occasions. 3mo
Suet624 @pigeonsandcrows I'm so glad you loved it as much as I did. 3mo
Suet624 @Nute He will be missed. A number of months ago he had a manic episode where it looked like he might hurt himself. People went into overdrive on Facebook to find him and get him treatment. Hundreds of comments followed in which people expressed their deep love for him and his work. I'm glad that he saw those and I'm sorry it wasn't enough to keep him here. 3mo
Nute These kind of stories will always be heartbreaking. I have lived through this reality with a friend. It still hurts. It is nice knowing that he saw his messages of love and caring. I‘m sure there was comfort in those kind words. 3mo
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Open Season | Archer Mayor
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I‘ve never read one of his books but I understand he‘s popular. 😀 A Vermonter as well. 💕💕 Anyone want to come to Vermont for the foliage and the book talk?