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Really good!

I also enjoyed Veera Hiranandani‘s
The Night Diary which is letters.


sherrisilvera Loved The Night Diary! 3h
Karisimo Both of these are great! Thanks for sharing! 3h
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@IndoorDame What a lovely surprise!!!
A beautiful early birthday present! 💙💙💙

So needed. 😘

Thank you so much. 🥰

IndoorDame Yay! I‘m glad it arrived safely. I haven‘t actually read it yet, but it sounded like just the thing at the moment. I know the last few weeks have been rough so you definitely need all the love and early birthday presents! ♥️♥️♥️ 1d
TheBookHippie @IndoorDame it just came out in March! 💙💙💙💙 I‘m so excited to read it. 1d
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It‘s quiet outdoors,so I‘m taking the cue to take my hour of calm. It‘s been absolutely necessary for me to slow & rest. April is Sexual Assault Awareness/Prevention Month, May is Mental Health awareness month. I generally speak about my experiences with both during these times- which is draining. Combined with news, our recent loss of our dear loved one who took her life due to an assault..I‘m tired. Focusing on light/nature

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StaceGhost I‘m so sorry for your loss how incredibly painful 1d
Read4life You definitely need to take time for you. 💙 1d
Bookwomble I'm sorry to hear of your loss. It's amazing that you share your story so others know they aren't alone. Definitely take time for yourself 💖 1d
dabbe 💙🩵💙 1d
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Oh no.. I‘m so sorry 💔 1d
AnnCrystal 💔❤️‍🩹💝. 1d
Centique Im so sorry to hear how tough these few months have been and the loss of someone close. 💔 I hope you can take some time for yourself to rest and heal xxx 23h
Chrissyreadit I‘m so sorry. I know how draining this is ❤️Sending you love. 16h
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dabbe Just bought it. These $1.99 sales are deadly. Just a click and bam! 🤩😂🤗 1d
TheBookHippie @dabbe I had credits 🤣 I delay all deliveries so I can bank credits for these sales ..🤣🤣👀 1d
dabbe @TheBookHippie I forgot about the credits! I have quite a few and didn't use them! #doh 🤦‍♀️😂🤦‍♀️ 1d
TheBookHippie @dabbe 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 1d
Singout A sad loss.
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Everyone welcome 💚📗

A Scatter of Light | Malinda Lo
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Everyone welcome !!!

AmyG No chapters???? Oy. 1d
TheBookHippie @AmyG I KNOW!!!!! 1d
willaful Won't somebody think of the book clubs?! 1d
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I‘m still enjoying this 😂😅🤣

I do think there is more to Dorothy than her flaws.
I think if someone just showed mine -you‘d miss who I was entirely, and I think that‘s my issue here. We are not the sum of our mistakes.

How are you liking it???

Happy Sunday 🩶🩶🩶🩶🩶🩶
We get to finish now!!

IndoorDame I‘m annoyed with the author, and this isn‘t my vision of Dorothy, but I‘m enjoying the story (I guess I‘m a contradiction 😂) 1d
vlwelser I still like it a lot. Despite my desire to skim the Dottie parts. 1d
Karisa Totally agree. Enjoying it but wishing she‘d have stayed truer to Dorothy. There‘s enough of a story there without tinkering so much. On a way out there sidenote, I‘m hearing that the new Amy Winehouse movie has similar issues. I guess it even keeps emphasizing that she wanted to be a mom. Had me thinking of this book and Parker… Majorly missing the point, people! 🙄 Do many not know how to deal with powerful, talented, complex women? 1d
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TheBookHippie @Karisa YES. Exactly. THEY DO NOT KNOW what to do. Also Amy I‘ve heard same and don‘t intend to watch. 1d
AmyG I also like this. I don‘t know anything about Dottie personally and this story gives me me a bad taste for her. But I will always like her work-she is just so smart and witty. 1d
Read4life I‘m liking it. Thanks to the links you‘ve posted I‘ve learned more about these characters. As a result, I don‘t like the way she‘s portraying Dottie. She‘s missed so many of her achievements and positive points. 1d
mcctrish I am enjoying it, a wild fast read that certainly makes me feel all the feelings. I‘m in the fence about the AW movie, I do love her music 1d
Librarybelle I do like this. I came to this book with only an extremely basic knowledge of Parker and her group. This book does paint people in a certain light that seems awful, and I appreciate the extra links to get to know the people better. It is a very tricky line to balance between historical fiction and respectfulness of the subject - I cannot speak about Paul‘s toeing the line, since I have such limited knowledge, so everyone‘s comments are helpful! 1d
Sargar114 I can‘t get past the flaws of the author. I like reading about these women, but do not like the style in which they‘re portrayed. It‘s disappointing to hear it‘s not true to the women or the time period either. My library hold came up and wasn‘t able to renew so I don‘t know if I‘ll be able to finish anyway, but not terribly upset as it doesn‘t really feel like this story is going anywhere anyway. 1d
julieclair I am enjoying reading about Dorothy Parker and her crowd, of whom I knew very little. I‘m not pleased with the liberties the author is taking, though. I really appreciate the links, which have helped to give me a more realistic picture. 1d
mollyrotondo The author‘s viewpoints about women‘s health are bleeding through way too much so it‘s turning me off of the book more and more. I also can‘t stand how Dottie is portrayed and she keeps getting worse instead of growing. I still like Jane and Winifred‘s storylines so I‘m definitely going to finish to see how their lives turn out in the book. Loving our discussion though!!! 1d
Sargar114 @mollyrotondo AGREED! My hold ended up renewing so I‘ll push through cause the discussion makes it worth it! 1d
mollyrotondo Yayy!! So happy you‘ll be joining us for the ending!!! 1d
Sargar114 Also if I finish I can justifiably give it a bad review 🙈😂 (edited) 1d
TheBookHippie @Sargar114 word 😵‍💫 1d
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Me - the diaphragm is not likely to have been used, especially in this timeline time frame but maybe because it was NYC

The author is playing with the timeline I get it it‘s fiction but it‘s a little too loose for my taste. Or I should stick with not reading historical fiction 🤣


IndoorDame 😂 somehow I was less surprised that a doctor had access to a diaphragm in NY in the 20s than that he could “pick one up” for a girlfriend without a fitting. I‘d never heard of one size fits all diaphragms, but I learned that there‘s even one back on the market now! 1d
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vlwelser Maybe it's not a diaphragm but some earlier version. And the author simplified this. It seems like it would be better if this got left out. 1d
Karisa Historical fiction still should be true to the time and in this case also the people. Too many liberties and it just becomes fiction. If fiction, shouldn‘t use real names as it locks in their lives and the dates too. I wonder if the author needed Parker‘s family or estate‘s permission 1d
TheBookHippie @Karisa NCAAP hold Dorothy‘s estate. She willed it to MLK jr upon his death it went to NCAAP she was a social justice warrior and actually an abortion rights champion . .. she even called out Hemingway for being a hypocrite 👀🤣 (edited) 1d
TheBookHippie @Karisa The 1920s were to be Parker's decade.. She published some 300 poems and free verses in various magazines, and in 1926, her first volume of poetry became a bestseller and garnered positive reviews, despite being dismissed as 'flapper verse' by The New York Times. (edited) 1d
AmyG @TheBookHippie Very Interesting about Dotties estate. I, too, think the author should make an effort to be true to the time period. 1d
Karisa @TheBookHippie Whoa! Gill Paul is selling Dorothy Parker so short! Why base it on such a famous and beloved author only to change so much? Irritating! 1d
TheBookHippie @AmyG Yes. No doubt she was a mess, however she did try to use her mess for good and she reportedly- by several accounts never used her vicious words on innocent ppl in the public, in private could be, but as a whole as a picture of society hindsight sees she was dead accurate. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1d
TheBookHippie @Karisa yup. I think she doesn‘t like her outspokenness and views on abortion. 1d
mcctrish I was kind of surprised with the diaphragm and my thought was “is he fitting her for it? One stop affair/gyno visit?!” 1d
TheBookHippie @mcctrish exactly. So odd. 1d
Librarybelle I had no clue about the history, so thanks for the info! 1d
Sargar114 I was confused about the diaphragm remark as well. @mcctrish that‘s some talent if he can remember her “size”. I also agree it should be true to the character or time period, which adds to the disappointment of this story. 1d
TheBookHippie @Sargar114 RIGHT?! Like what? 1d
mollyrotondo I didn‘t know the history of diaphragms so thank you for that. I thought it was just odd that this guy would just come right out and declare he is going to pick her up a birth control device without her even asking. I feel like men in general don‘t think like that. I get he‘s a doctor but it was just odd to me. Definitely birth control should be used but maybe ask Peggy first about her preference and have a discussion? He‘s pushy. 1d
TheBookHippie @mollyrotondo ALLOFTHIS 😵‍💫 1d
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IndoorDame He doesn‘t seem at all inclined towards marriage, and she doesn‘t seem to care, which is an interesting pivot for her character. 1d
vlwelser I guess he'll do for a starter boyfriend. She can find a better one later. 1d
AmyG I don‘t particularly like him. I hope she ditches him. 1d
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Librarybelle He‘s not the greatest…I think he has a hidden agenda. 1d
Sargar114 It‘s interesting in that it seems to be a pretty modern relationship for how conservative she can be. 1d
mollyrotondo I don‘t like him. Hopefully she moves on from and doesn‘t become heartbroken by him. 1d
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You and I are women who think deeply and uncover profound truths about human nature.

Peggy & Dottie and writing
And supporting each other

Peggy and her book!!! 🎉🎉🎉


IndoorDame I love that Peggy got published! And that she‘s using her time checking in on Dottie for them to support each other‘s writing deadlines! 1d
vlwelser Peggy is a force and I love it. She needs to ditch the bf though. IMO 1d
Karisa I loved that her book was published too. Thanks for the link @TheBookHippie Totally agree with you @vlwelser Alvan is not the greatest. He should have referred Dorothy to someone else. Boundaries being stepped over is a big 🚩 1d
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AmyG I like Peggy alot. I am happy she got published. Not too aure about her BF, though. 1d
mcctrish Is it just me or is Alvan going to marry a nice Jewish girl and leave Peggy? I‘m pretty sure he isn‘t what Dottie needs, it feels like he‘s making a case study out of her not actually caring for her. I think Peggy is amazing, she‘s focused on her work and such a good friend and SMART! 1d
TheBookHippie @mcctrish RIGHT?!?! SAME THOUGHTS. 1d
Librarybelle Love Peggy! And good point, @mcctrish . I really felt kind he was trying to analyze Peggy to further his psychoanalytical experience. 1d
Sargar114 @Karisa 💯 @mcctrish good call, you may be right! I do like how forceful of a friend she is to Dottie as she needs that. I like that she‘s not willing to compromise herself for the sake of a man, but I wonder if that changes depending on what happens with this relationship. I worry her tendency/desire for the traditional May win out. 1d
julieclair @mcctrish Yes! I agree with everything you said. 1d
mollyrotondo At the beginning of the book I really didn‘t like Peggy because she had this traditional goal of finding a man and getting married. But I like her much more now that I see what a good friend she is to Dottie and she fulfilled her big goal of being published. Really exciting to see her grow more. But I agree that Alvan is not my favorite. I hope she doesn‘t become devastated if he leaves her. 1d
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IndoorDame I‘ve only read a few of her poems, but even if she‘s a true genius, there‘s no excuse for the way she acts. You can live for yourself and indulge in debauchery, and flaunt society‘s conventions without being uncaring and careless. 1d
TheBookHippie @IndoorDame Same. She is what the author is portraying Dottie to be and worse. 1d
vlwelser She's the worst. So selfish in every aspect. 1d
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Karisa Elinor is horrible. Hard to tell if she really was like this. Feels like a caricature of a person… 1d
AmyG Ooooo I do NOT like her at all. Hey, Elinor….GFY. 1d
mcctrish She‘s awful. She loves silver and so do I 😬 I do like her poems. I hate how she goaded Dottie into showing her scars. I felt sick to my stomach but Alec and Dottie are not disimilar when they know secrets 1d
Sargar114 She is unbearable 1d
Librarybelle Not a fan of Elinor. She‘s a manipulator, or at least as portrayed in this book. 1d
julieclair If the scar story is true, that‘s all I need to know about Elinor. As sometimes happens with artists/writers, I can appreciate her work while not liking her actions and choices. 1d
mollyrotondo I really don‘t like Elinor and once agajn we see Dottie in a bad light because Dottie is close friends with her. The scar part was despicable 1d
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Men‘s appendages good grief😬

Is writing and has a play that‘s out, but makes no money

Marriage still not right

The authors take on abortion 😵‍💫

I can‘t say this is Dorothy at all.
I don‘t think the author likes her.

ALSO. Abortion is healthcare. Oy.

Miami - sun

A move to the Gonk
-a serviced room-

Psychoanalysis …

She‘s a bit lost

There IRL is way more writing from her in this time..

IndoorDame I don‘t think the author likes her either. But I did wonder if the author was trying to get us (herself?) to like her better (in a super twisted way) by implying that the abortion drove her to the brink of suicide 😵‍💫😵‍💫😵‍💫 Abortion is healthcare!!!! And books with hidden agendas about certain topics, abortion being at the top of that list, make me super angry even when I‘m otherwise enjoying them! 1d
TheBookHippie @IndoorDame Exactly my thoughts. 1d
AmyG Dottie is swlf-absorbed and can be quite rude. Not a fan. We all have problems. 1d
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vlwelser It does seem like the author pulls out her worst traits. 1d
Karisa The author is making Dorothy seem pathetic. She really was writing during that time?! What? Why take that away from Dorothy? Feels central to any book trying to capture her 😡 I feel like the author was trying to cater to the right on abortion. . . Not cool 1d
mcctrish It‘s hard to beloved this a book about Dorthy Parker, more like a roast- I have to say I liked what I knew of DP better before. It seems like the dr saying don‘t drink during analysis sent Dottie over the deep end into alcoholism 1d
Sargar114 It definitely doesn‘t paint her in a flattering light. I picture more as her struggling with mental health making it hard to read, especially because she is seemingly spiraling without the help of her more stable friends. 1d
Librarybelle I thought the same thing, @Sargar114 …she‘s struggling with mental health, feels alone, but has no way to say how she feels without sounding horrid. 1d
Sargar114 @Librarybelle it doesn‘t help that she doesn‘t have a great example of how to react so she just relies on her humor 1d
Librarybelle @Sargar114 Yes! So sad 1d
mollyrotondo I hate the way the author is portraying Dorothy. She‘s the least likable and she‘s supposed to be the focus of the book. It also makes no sense to me that she is going for psychoanalysis but not getting any better with her emotional struggles. Whats the point then of the psychoanalysis? 1d
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Jane bobbed her hair

Finds out about Harold‘s debts😳
Goes for a walk ….

I still think Alec & Harold are something to each other
And I loathe them both

JANE got her backers for THE NEW YORKER 🎉 but gets no credit?

Jane and Dottie fight
Is Dottie right even though it was mean and a vicious verbal attack?

Not sure what to think..

Read4life Alec is terrible. He‘s just awful. A truly ugly spirit. Harold seems so weak and not at all the man I picture for Jane. She‘d be better off with both of them out of her life. 2d
IndoorDame I‘ve come back around to thinking Alec and Harold are actually involved. Also Ive lost all respect for Harold either way. Dottie is clearly the can dish it out but can‘t take it type. I do get why she‘s upset, but at the same time, her calling a dis mean and vicious is a little funny. 2d
Librarybelle I feel terrible for Jane. It seems like she has no support anywhere. The scene with Dottie was harsh - I could see both sides, but still sad. 1d
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AmyG Oh Alec and Harold…didn‘t think of that. (edited) 1d
vlwelser I love Jane. Harold is horrible. 1d
Karisa @Librarybelle Yes! Agreed. Both are hurt and lashing out because they just can‘t give what the other needs at the right time. So sad 1d
mcctrish Alec is clearly in love with Harold whether it‘s reciprocated or not, Alec loves that he comes between Jane and H. I hate Alec, he‘s toxic and Dottie is too. @IndoorDame I‘d feel bad for Dottie if she wasn‘t such a caustic barb thrower, but it has to go both ways and she can‘t take any heat 1d
Sargar114 Dottie and Jane don‘t seem very good friends for each other. Dottie isn‘t in a good place mentally and Jane has too much going on to be the kind of friend Dottie needs. They were both correct but the messages are coming across poorly. Alex is still terrible, Harold has a gambling problem and seemingly no ambition but I don‘t see him in a relationship with Alec more than friendship 1d
Sargar114 Jane is such a bad@SS and should dump the both of them (Alec and Harold) that is 1d
julieclair Jane is amazing. It totally drives me nuts that Harold gets all the credit. 1d
mollyrotondo I feel so bad for Jane. She has a husband with a gambling problem and really only thinks about himself (he pitched his ship magazine to the investor instead of the current magazine idea he was actively working on with his wife? 😵‍💫😡😏) and Dottie is a bad friend to Jane. Dottie is portrayed so cruelly in this book. And Alec just needs to get his comeuppance 1d
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IndoorDame Her character in the book seems very kind. And the historical person seems extremely cool! I‘d love to see more of her! 2d
Librarybelle I‘d love to learn more about her - thanks for the links! 2d
AmyG Women helping women 👊🏻 1d
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vlwelser I also quite love this character. She makes an excellent counter to Elinor who only thinks of herself. 1d
Karisa @vlwelser Good point! Eva and Neysa would‘ve made a good book too. I like that the book is bringing all these cool people back to life for us. Always amazing to see that so many talented people were in the same microcosm. How much did they benefit from each others‘ support and inspiring talents? 1d
mcctrish @vlwelser me too! Elinor is awful and I agree @Karisa so many cool people coming to life for us 1d
Sargar114 This is pretty neat. I also wonder if Winifred might not just end up being a lesbian anyway. She doesn‘t seem to be interested in men anyway (understandably). I agree, I love seeing women helping women! 1d
julieclair What an admirable woman! I had never heard of her. 1d
TheBookHippie @Sargar114 yes. She seems to have no interest in men (outside of the assault reason) she‘s written to not really like men in that way. 1d
Sargar114 @TheBookHippie you made a good point on the other question about this being a trope since the only reason a woman couldn‘t like a man of power is because she‘s a lesbian 🙄 1d
mollyrotondo I really love her! I had never heard of her. I also agree @vlwelser that she is a great counter to Dottie‘s friend Elinor. Elinor is intolerable but Eva is doing a real solid for Winifred even though she definitely thinks Winifred is crazy after she put them both in danger in the alley. I hope Eva doesn‘t run away after that. 1d
vlwelser @mollyrotondo I also hope she doesn't run away. 1d
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George Bernard Shaw https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Joan_(play)
Joan of Arc
Saint Joan
FAME- it‘s a lot.
UGH the gangster 😵‍💫
Peggy and Jane to the rescue ♥️♥️
She just has to be a lesbian..
Which is fine by her

Winifred and her assault.
What a brave woman.


Yay, we get more of Winifred which I rather like. I do like her storyline.

Read4life I‘m enjoying Winifred‘s storyline and I‘m happy we got more of her past even though it was horrible. 2d
IndoorDame Love her! Love her acting storyline and where it seems to be heading! I have reservations about where her assault storyline seems to be heading, but I‘m trying not to judge the author prematurely… 2d
TheBookHippie @IndoorDame SAME 👀😵‍💫😅 2d
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AmyG I figured an assault of aome kind happened to her. I like her character alot. 1d
vlwelser She might be my favorite. She's so fierce. 1d
Karisa @vlwelser Yes! Jane was my favorite at first, but Winifred is my current. She‘s strong, smart, talented, and kind. @Read4life I‘m glad we got more of her backstory too. @IndoorDame Yes, not completely trusting the author with these stories of real people. It‘s a shame because the author should disappear but I keep thinking about Gill Paul in the background instead of Dorothy Parker and her friends. 1d
IndoorDame @Karisa well put 1d
mcctrish I forgot it was Sunday 🤣🤣 #longeeekendvibes there were sweats from me when Winnifred said “first and last time” how brutal but worse is the judgment she is getting when she reacts strongly to men disrespecting her. No means no, back the fuck off! I want a tee shirt or a bracelet or something with WWWD on it ( what would Winnifred do and it would be kick ass) 1d
Sargar114 @IndoorDame I‘m judging the author; she used the phrase “let him rape her” and I really almost threw the phone across the room. Under no circumstance should a victim be portrayed as letting it happen to her. I get she was frozen in fear but that was by no means her fault. This was a brutal scene anyway and that made it 1000 times worse. 1d
IndoorDame @Sargar114 thanks for pointing that out. That‘s one of those really insidious, damaging phrases. And it‘s one women of my generation were trained not to hone in on as much as we should. 1d
julieclair @Sargar114 Absolutely! There is no “letting him” in rape. 1d
TheBookHippie @Sargar114 YUP. And the only way out is to be a lesbian because you were raped is an old troupe as well. @IndoorDame 1d
IndoorDame @TheBookHippie it‘s my least favorite lesbian stereotype! It‘s not one I‘ve had to deal with personally since the 90s, but I‘m guessing it‘s still out there in conservative circles and if the author takes us there in a more concrete way I‘ll be really upset at her for reinforcing that in the world 1d
TheBookHippie @IndoorDame EXACTLY MY FEAR. Shes going on my NO NO author list … 1d
TheBookHippie @Sargar114 honestly if not for us reading I‘d have skimmed & bailed but … here we are, hopefully learning something. Oy. 1d
mollyrotondo @Sargar114 this was yet another moment in the book that I stopped and questioned the intention of the author. No one lets themselves be raped. I was really angry that this author would write such a statement. I could understand it more if Winifred was saying this to herself because she was beating herself up over it but the author used it in the third person narrator so I went 🤯 @TheBookHippie glad you are banning this author. Too many 🚩 1d
TheBookHippie @mollyrotondo it‘s 😵‍💫😵‍💫😵‍💫😵‍💫😵‍💫😵‍💫😵‍💫 she‘s writing a book about what she thinks of these people and their lives. Not the actual people. 1d
mollyrotondo @TheBookHippie yes!!! That‘s exactly what‘s going on. I just haven‘t been able to understand why she‘s portraying Dorothy Parker so badly but yeah she‘s writing about what she thinks of Dorothy and the rest of them. It‘s 😬 1d
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Cupcake12 This looks delicious! 3d
Hooked_on_books I support the thickness of that cheese! 🧀 3d
mabell Wow that is a sandwich! 2d
TheBookHippie @mabell Messy but sooo good! 2d
TheBookHippie @Hooked_on_books 😂💛💛💛 2d
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My Bubbe Grandma in the years we are reading about ♥️


tpixie Adorable 🥰 3d
slategreyskies I love this pic! 🥰 3d
IndoorDame Gorgeous photo!!! 3d
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RowReads1 She‘s lovely! 3d
LeahBergen She‘s so pretty! 3d
Avanders Wow! So cool! 🤩 3d
dabbe Cowabunga! Those eyes are mesmerizing! 💙🩵💙 3d
TheBookHippie @dabbe We all have them. 💙💙 3d
vlwelser Did you see this? If only it was Danielle Steel. 3d
dabbe @TheBookHippie 💙💙💙 3d
TheBookHippie @vlwelser I DID 👀 I actually had the same thoughts 🤣🤣🤣 3d
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1. Calla lilies
2. Journaling
3. Bonfires
4. Fun garden store adventures
5. Dutch Baby pancakes https://www.onceuponachef.com/recipes/dutch-baby.html

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💜💜💜 3d
DebinHawaii A lovely list of joys! 💛💛💛 Dutch babies are delicious & bring joy! 😋 Thanks for sharing your list & spreading joy! 🤗 2d
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Summertime Cooking | Better Homes and Gardens Editors, Better Homes and Gardens
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dabbe Got it! Thanks! 😘 4d
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KadaGul I can't 🙃wait to start working on these summer-themed cards😎! I'm brainstorming🤔 creative ways to incorporate movie 🎬quotes into this swap. It's going to be so much fun🤩! #SUMMERCARDSWAP (edited) 4d
S3V3N I didn‘t get an email. I checked spam. 4d
TheBookHippie @S3V3N oh dear. I‘ll resend! 4d
S3V3N @TheBookHippie Ok, thanks. 4d
TheBookHippie @S3V3N I resent it. If it does not arrive email me social@bookhippie.com 4d
S3V3N @TheBookHippie I got it. Thank you! 4d
TheBookHippie @S3V3N 💛💛💛 4d
quietjenn I got it! Thanks! 4d
AllDebooks Thank you x 4d
DestinyMorna Thanks!! 4d
julieclair Yay! Sunny fun ahead! 🌞 3d
jenniferw88 Got it... thanks! 3d
DebinHawaii I am so bummed! In my travels I spaced & forgot to sign up! 😣 Enjoy! I‘ll be watching with envy this round! 😍 2d
TheBookHippie @DebinHawaii OH NO! I‘m sure we can add ya. Do you want me to ? 2d
DebinHawaii @TheBookHippie I figured it was much too late but if you don‘t mind, I‘d love it! 2d
DebinHawaii @TheBookHippie But if it‘s too late, I totally get it! 2d
TheBookHippie @DebinHawaii I sent your address on and sent you the original list so we should be good!! 💟 2d
DebinHawaii @TheBookHippie Thank you! I am excited & very grateful to you for sneaking me in! 🤗 2d
TheBookHippie @DebinHawaii no problem☀️💛 2d
BookwormAHN 😺 2d
Texreader Received!! 2d
Sace Got it! I could have sworn I had already responded. Sorry about that! 2d
MaGoose Got it. 🙂 2d
julieclair Yay! I‘m glad @DebinHawaii was able to join the fun! ☀️ 2d
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Salt the Water | Candice Iloh
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Excellent !!!! #LGBTQBookBingo2024

Pink on the cover ✔️

Kenyazero Wow! This sounds really good and also stressful! 🤩 3d
Roary47 The cover is so vibrant and beautiful. 😍 3d
TheBookHippie @Kenyazero It was both!! 3d
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5 star read for me 💜

I‘m lacking in 5 star reads this year
🤷🏻‍♀️ only have a few.

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#TLT 🎵🎶🎤✌🏼☮️🎹
1. Janis Joplin's Greatest Hits
2. The Best of the Grateful Dead (Live)
3. Chopin: Sonata No. 2, Concerto No. 2 Khatia Buniatishvili

dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 Thanks for sharing. 4d
AmyG Hooray! ⚡️🌹❤️ 4d
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👩🏻‍🍳 https://www.wildjunket.com/authentic-spanish-recipes/

#FOODANDLIT SPAIN 🇪🇸♥️🇪🇸👩🏻‍🍳🇪🇸

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My FOOD & LITERATURE country for May. I have studied Spain in school extensively during my four years of language and history Spanish classes.
That being said, I decided to get guides, an art book, a cookbook and a memoir.

I love memoirs ♥️🇪🇸

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IndoorDame YES 🙋🏻‍♀️ 5d
vlwelser Me 💯 5d
CBee Yep yep yep 🤪🤪 5d
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IndoorDame Fascinating! Thanks! 6d
plemmdog i am always amazed and impressed she left het entire state to MLK. 6d
TheBookHippie @plemmdog Yes. NCAAP gets her royalties to this day. 6d
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Wind in the Willows | Kenneth Grahame
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IndoorDame Good 🧺 📖 choice! 6d
lil1inblue Now I want cold fried chicken.... 😂 6d
TheSpineView So with on the chicken! Thanks for playing! 6d
TheBookHippie @TheSpineView NOW I want to plan a picnic. 6d
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@Billypar such sad news. What a gift to have a long life. Thank you so much for introducing her to me! I‘ve read out all the books the library had of hers. ♥️

IndoorDame She left this world such a gift ♥️ 6d
SamAnne RIP. Time to reread some of her stories. 6d
LeahBergen 😢 6d
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Billypar She will certainly be missed - for someone with her profile, a career of almost exclusively story collections is pretty much unheard of. I've only read two so far, but I look forward to digging into more. 6d
TheBookHippie @IndoorDame I‘ve not read her only novel. Tempting to put it in our 2025 lineup 👀🤣👀 6d
TheBookHippie @Billypar I agree. I‘m wanting to read more yet. 6d
IndoorDame @TheBookHippie I haven‘t read it either, but I‘ve also heard that one described as linked short stories which is one of my favorite niche genres, so I won‘t be complaining if I see it in the 2025 lineup 😆😁 6d
TheBookHippie @IndoorDame 😝🤣♥️ 6d
TheKidUpstairs When my oldest was first born, all the baby advice books and sites said to talk to newborns all throughout the day. I felt kind of silly doing that and never knew what to say. So instead I just read aloud whatever book I happened to be reading. As a result, one of the first books he ever heard was Lives of Girls and Women. 6d
Gissy ☹️ 6d
willaful @TheKidUpstairs I never had a problem with that. In fact, I loved having a baby because I no longer worried about being caught talking to myself. 😂 6d
kspenmoll I was so sad to hear this - I have fond memories of reading & sharing her books with my sisters. 5d
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A Scatter of Light | Malinda Lo
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Scheduled reading sections
I have the hardcover
June 30 OFF

No chapters 😵‍💫😵‍💫😵‍💫😵‍💫
Hopefully this works out 😝🤷🏻‍♀️🤞🏻

IndoorDame We‘ll manage 💜 6d
vlwelser We will manage. It's fine. How many total pages is your copy. I 🖤❤ math. 6d
TheBookHippie @vlwelser 335 numbered 338 total 👀 6d
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vlwelser Ok. We have 23.37%, 47.93%, 67.46% and 100%. Estimated. 6d
TheBookHippie @vlwelser 🏆 also this proves I suck at math 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤷🏻‍♀️😝👀 6d
vlwelser Meh. We all have skills. I wouldn't be able to organize all of this stuff and post detailed questions (often with additional material) every week 6d
willaful @TheBookHippie It's close enough! 6d
TheBookHippie @AmyG see above @vlwelser has it figured percentage wise. 1d
vlwelser Is it nutty that I just requested the hard cover? I may not even need all that lovely math myself. 1d
TheBookHippie @vlwelser 🤣🤣🤣🤣😅🤷🏻‍♀️ 1d
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Me, my OJ and my Kleenex and these ARCs -
How I am spending time..

Is it pollen or a cold 🤷🏻‍♀️😵‍💫🤧😝

Nonfiction reading ♥️

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Love, Janis | Laura Joplin
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☮️💜what I‘ve been listing to lately 💜☮️


Bookwomble I love Janis ❤️ I was listening to Pearl at the weekend - such an amazing album. 7d
Deblovestoread Janis was a force! 7d
batsy Janis ❤️ 7d
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IndoorDame Love! ❤️ 7d
lil1inblue Oh, that voice! Janis was a one-of-a-kind! 😍 7d
TieDyeDude Nice! Thanks for sharing. 6d
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"Thong Song", Sisqó (2000) LOATHE


Just NO

GingerAntics That was a REALLY bad song. That song was SO BIG when I was in high school. No one else seemed to notice he was “singing” about PANTIES!!! 7d
GingerAntics Damn it. Now I have that song in my head. 7d
Ruthiella Another one hit wonder of the ‘90s. 😂 7d
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Bookwormjillk Ha! One of my few celebrity encounters. I was once in a Southwest flight from Baltimore to Kansas City with that group. 7d
TheBookHippie @Bookwormjillk 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 7d
TheBookHippie @willaful 😵‍💫😵‍💫😵‍💫 7d
TheBookHippie @GingerAntics 🤣😵‍💫 7d
Hooked_on_books That‘s a good choice! 7d
RaeLovesToRead 🤣🤣🤣 7d
RaeLovesToRead Also, idk what the tagged book is, but it looks like a contender for worst BOOK ever reading the synopsis 🤣🤣🤣 7d
batsy Lost in the description of the tagged book 🤣🤣 7d
Kerrbearlib Yeah, that song is pretty bad 😂 7d
Susanita I just pretend he‘s singing about sandals…🩴 7d
IndoorDame 🤣🤣🤣🤣 7d
GingerAntics @Ruthiella that was actually 2000 7d
TheBookHippie @batsy 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣😵‍💫😵‍💫😵‍💫😵‍💫 7d
TheBookHippie @RaeLovesToRead made me 😵‍💫🤣😵‍💫 7d
Ruthiella @GingerAntics I stand corrected! 😄👍 6d
Megabooks lol! 6d
TieDyeDude Definitely catchy, but anyone who thinks it's good is drowning in nostalgia (and not even good nostalgia, the song's just nasty).

“Thanks“ for playing 😉
GingerAntics @Ruthiella not like it really helps… it was just a drop on the bucket of crazy music from that year. There was some good stuff, but there was also some REALLY bed stuff. The fashion was questionable too, with everyone‘s bloody g-strings hanging out the top of their jeans. 🤢 6d
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The Moon by Night | Madeleine L'Engle
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dabbe 💙🩵💙 #amen 😂 1w
GingerAntics 💯 7d
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Murder Road | Simone St. James
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JULY and our SIMONE! YAY!!
We do so love our reads with her!!

Librarybelle I‘m so excited for this! 1w
FlowerFairy Really enjoyed this one! 1w
mollyrotondo I can‘t wait! My copy‘s been waiting since I got it from BOTM!! 4d
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A Scatter of Light | Malinda Lo
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Schedule coming soon

slategreyskies Oh, I‘m looking forward to this one! I‘ve already got my copy! 1w
willaful I'd like to join! 1w
AmyG Yay! 1w
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Read4life I‘ve got my copy and have been (im)patiently waiting 🤓 1w
Catsandbooks Gonna jump in on this one! Got my copy! 7d
peanutnine Planning to join this month! I loved the last one! 5d
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Winifred and me out by the fire for #HYGGEHOURREADATHON

Such a pretty night 🤍🐾

KadaGul I know exactly how you are feeling. I am soaking up all the nice Chicago weather. It's been a bit unpredictable, though, with three 3️⃣ days of nice 😎☀️ weather followed by two ✌️ cold 🥶days, but now it's sunny 😎🌞 again.#CHICAGOWEATHERBRR 1w
dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 1w
AnnCrystal 💕🐕🍃😍💝. 1w
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Pretty sure my people will put this on my gravestone… 👩🏻‍🍳 DID•YOU•EAT 👀

GingerAntics And no one will see it, because all of your students, all of your former students, will pile rocks all around it. They better take a picture when they place it. lol 1w
TheBookHippie @GingerAntics 🤣♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️ 1w
vlwelser That is so cute. And so accurate. 1w
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slategreyskies This is me too. It must be part of my love languages or something. I‘ve always been that way. I rarely actually tell anyone I love them, but I ask them every day if they‘ve eaten. ♥️ 1w
TheBookHippie @slategreyskies ♥️♥️♥️ my grandson comes in either with his order - which he sometimes calls me with 🤣- or says Yes Nana I ate before I ask 🤭🙃🤣He‘s 10. Most ppl walk in take the plate I hand them 🤣🤣🤣🤭👩🏻‍🍳♥️ 1w
GingerAntics @TheBookHippie that‘s just the mental image I have. It doesn‘t matter how pretty they make your headstone. It‘s ultimately going to be the base upon which the rocks build upon. lol 1w
rwmg Taken one step further in Japan: What Did You Eat Yesterday? https://www.netflix.com/id-en/title/81199260
TheBookHippie @rwmg oh I love this! And it‘s a book too! 1w
rwmg Yes, I believe the TV series was based on a manga but I don't know if it's been translated into English 1w
julesG Not Jewish, but definitely one of my daily questions. 1w
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I‘m so glad this is a part of my week!

All welcome!

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Sace I never realized how old the “which is better the book or the movie” debate was! 1w
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I personally know too much of Dorothy to not see the timeline changes, people left out of the story, I‘m not sure this is her- rolling with it. And I‘m enjoying it. I cannot imagine being a woman in the 1920s and I hope we don‘t go all the way back there.

Happy Sunday All!

*If this day is awful for you I‘m sending so much love and a big hug. If you love this day I hope you enjoy it. If it‘s complicated I get it (I hate it.)

Librarybelle My knowledge is limited to Dorothy Parker and her group, so thank you for sharing there are gaps and people missing! I like that historical fiction can introduce you to a topic or a person and then act as a springboard to research more information. 1w
IndoorDame This isn‘t really my image of Dorothy Parker either, but I know less about her than you so it‘s easy to roll with the book, and I‘m totally enjoying the story for what it is. Turning all the way back to the 20s is a terrifying thought! Thanks for that image 🤣 and I‘m sorry you hate this day, sending love ♥️ 1w
Sargar114 I‘m surprised there wasn‘t a discussion about the suicide scene. It felt incredibly irresponsible for the author to be as graphic as she was. I know nothing about Dorothy Parker so this was surprising, but more so just because of the level of detail. I‘m taking this with a grain of salt. It doesn‘t seem like the author paints her in a very flattering light though compared to her friends. 1w
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IndoorDame @Sargar114 I totally agree that so far the author isn‘t painting Dottie in a particular flattering light compared to the others, which I was really surprised by, and I‘m extremely curious to see if that changes by the end of the book. But I actually didn‘t find the scene with her suicide attempt at all graphic, so maybe it just depends on your background and perspective. 1w
TheBookHippie @Sargar114 I thought it was highly irresponsible as I posted earlier in the week. As I‘m grieving someone who just took their life I just didn‘t have the energy for it today. It is problematic to write of it the way she did. 1w
IndoorDame @TheBookHippie 🤍🤍🤍🤍 1w
Sargar114 @TheBookHippie I‘m so sorry to hear that. Hugs lady ❤️❤️❤️ 1w
vlwelser I hope you have a lovely and relaxing day. Try not to think about this book too hard today if it's not bringing you joy. 1w
AmyG @TheBookHippie I am so very sorry for your loss. 1w
AmyG As for Dottie….I know nothing about her life so like @IndoorDame it‘s easy for me to go with the flow. Again, I think (according to the book) she is an alcoholic and has some mental health issues (obviously) that pushed her to attempted suicide. She needs real help which I am not sure she will get being it‘s the 1920‘s. 1w
AmyG I am also….really enjoying this book alot more than I thought. 1w
mcctrish I feel like this book travels at light speed, it reads so fast for me. The subject matter is very heavy and while I know some of DP‘s famous lines I thought her life was much easier than this besides the usual woman in a man‘s world shit. I‘m not not liking the ease of this read but it‘s a disservice to the heaviness of the topics. 1w
mcctrish Christine I am so sorry for your loss 1w
TheBookHippie @mcctrish it does read quickly. I keep reminding myself if someone followed me 7-28 I wouldn‘t read much differently -although I abhor drinking to this access and was more fiercely independent than Dottie. I have quite a bit of compassion for all of them. Trauma is just hard. I‘m with @AmyG in 1920s not much help for any type of mental health, outside of institution. 😵‍💫 1w
IndoorDame @TheBookHippie it‘s odd how much of a NY upper class/Intelligencia thing that kind of drinking is. I naturally gave it up when I left NY because it‘s essentially social drinking, but if I go back for a weekend I definitely drink more 1w
TheBookHippie @IndoorDame I agree. It‘s definitely a thing. 1w
slategreyskies Just a quick note to say that I‘m still following along, but I didn‘t really have much I wanted to say about today‘s reading. Mother‘s Day is a tough day for me, and I didn‘t want to touch the topic of suicide with a ten foot pole, so I‘m just gonna coast on past it and hope to contribute more in next week‘s discussion. 🤍 1w
TheBookHippie @slategreyskies I hear you. I hate this day. I just try to get through it. And I‘m coasting this week. Fair warning IRL Dorothy attempts twice. Shouldn‘t be in this timeline but the author isn‘t really following one closely. 1w
mollyrotondo I don‘t like that this focuses so much on Dottie‘s weaknesses. I love Jane‘s storyline with her work as a reporter and I love Winifred‘s storyline with her acting career and the monster stalking her. I wish Dottie‘s story focused more on her writing. Peggy feels like she has no story. 1w
TheBookHippie @mollyrotondo I agree! I don‘t think she likes her😵‍💫😵‍💫😵‍💫. 1w
mollyrotondo @TheBookHippie I am so sorry to for the loss of your loved one❤️ 1w
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Peggy should she have called Dotties husband?👀

Also Poor Dottie
Get it together girl
Ask for HELP


“I wish I could have met her, just once, held her hand and whispered, “I understand.”

IndoorDame I felt super weird about Peggy calling her husband! It seems like overstepping in a major way. Also he was awful! And opening that door again is almost guaranteed to backfire. 1w
Librarybelle Totally agree, @IndoorDame ! I was not a fan of her calling Dottie‘s husband. I think that was overstepping. 1w
Sargar114 This was so weird!!! This is where Peggy took a step down in my opinion. A terrible husband is NOT better than no husband. Dottie needs to learn how to live on her own. 1w
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vlwelser I think Peggy was desperate and didn't have any better ideas about keeping her friend safe. She may have just thought he would send more money. 1w
AmyG I felt Peggy overstepped a bit but I also felt SHE felt she was helping. Dottie is one hot mess. She is lucky she has such devoted friends. 1w
mcctrish Dottie couldn‘t be left alone. Neysa was away so the easiest of quick check ins was off the table, moving to Jane‘s house should have been insisted on - not only the animals. But Dottie refused, so what‘s left ? There are 2 men responsible for Dotties mental duress and one of them needs to stand up. Just take care of her for a month or 2 (edited) 1w
mcctrish @Sargar114 she does need to learn to live on her own 1w
Sargar114 @AmyG agree that Dottie does have wonderful friends. She is incredibly lucky and I like seeing them all step up for her in different ways (even if I don‘t agree with how). I also like that they step up regardless of their personal beliefs, but because a friend needs them. Love women helping women! 1w
Sargar114 Especially cause the men in this particular subgroup are terrible 1w
TheBookHippie @Sargar114 So terrible. 😵‍💫 1w
AmyG @Sargar114 I agree, the men are awful. Reminds me of the men in The Golden Notebook. 🤣 1w
TheBookHippie @AmyG 🤣😵‍💫🤣 1w
kspenmoll @Sargar114 I so agree- Dottie seems like a dependent child. I keep thinking was she really like this ?! (edited) 1w
Karisa @mcctrish That‘s what I think it came down to too. Peggy just realized that Dottie was not safe and needed help. I didn‘t think he would come back either @IndoorDame I thought at the most he‘d just send more money. It was like he was just waiting for that call (probably thought it would come from Dottie though) 1w
mollyrotondo I thought Peggy was overstepping but I also understand that she wanted to help her friend and Neysa wasn‘t going to be around. Just feel like calling in the men isn‘t necessarily the best idea 1w
BarkingMadRead This shocked me. He left her. Why would calling him fix anything? This has to be temporary, I can‘t imagine him sticking around for long! 1w
julieclair @BarkingMadRead Agreed. And I was also shocked by his reaction. He started sobbing? What? After all he had done to her? 1w
Read4life @BarkingMadRead & @julieclair I agree. It definitely wasn‘t the reaction I expected. 1w
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Librarybelle Sounded like a huge celebration, but wasn‘t it also the food that Alec wanted to see??? 1w
IndoorDame @Librarybelle I think it was all the food he wanted. At some point she‘s gonna figure out that pandering to him doesn‘t work and save her energy for something more fun, right? 1w
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vlwelser Chinese food would have been amazing. I hate that Alec makes all the choices but makes no contributions. 1w
AmyG Alec is a bossy, arrogant known-it-all. Iam surprised Jane puts up with him. 1w
mcctrish Jane is trying to kill Alec with kindness but he just thinks it‘s his due. He can buy his own house and plan all his own fucking parties. @vlwelser I thought Chinese food sounded amazing too !! Alec doesn‘t have to do any work ever, he makes my blood boil 1w
IndoorDame @TheBookHippie that‘s awesome! Thanks! We definitely grew up with that attitude towards Chinese food and kashrut in NY, and we always went out for Chinese on Christmas (plus like basically once a week 🤣) but I never knew there was any explanation to the Christmas tradition beyond nothing else was open. 1w
mcctrish @TheBookHippie I absolutely thought when I read about the Chinese women cooking up the food “this is the beginning of it all!” 1w
TheBookHippie @IndoorDame I love that the Chinese Diner here does the same thing it‘s all us “misfits”. Such a lovely history. 1w
kspenmoll It was totally ridiculous that Jane catered to Alex‘s demands that the Chinese chiefs cook traditional ( in his white male mindset) dishes he wanted to eat. Thanks for the article about Chinese food/Jews. (edited) 1w
Karisa It reminded me of the Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas documentary on PBS https://pbs.org/video/dreaming-of-a-jewish-christmas-vk2hD9?source=social 1w
mollyrotondo Alec is awful and I don‘t know why Jane still thinks she can pander to him and that will keep him happy. So far nothing keeps him from being an ass 1w
julieclair Great links! I was delighted to see Helen Hayes appear in the book… all I could think was that one day she‘d have a theater named after her. And the Jewish tradition of Chinese food on Christmas - like @IndoorDame , I always thought it was just because those were the only open restaurants. 1w
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Peggy takes Dottie home.
Oy the phone call
Peggy is very kind about being a fool in love…

IndoorDame Sometime around this phone call she‘s starting to veer off towards too naive for me to find believable. For a while that kind of infatuation really is all consuming. But it‘s been months, and all her friends have told her what she should expect, and she got pregnant and he didn‘t care… someone doesn‘t need to actually tell you they‘re never leaving their partner, and/or they‘re never going to stay with you for you to know that. 1w
Librarybelle The phone call made me shudder. I like your point about Dottie seeming to be a bit naive at this point, @IndoorDame . 1w
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Sargar114 It‘s hard to see things you don‘t want to see. The phone call was so cringe 😵‍💫 1w
vlwelser Dottie is coming across as a fool. But we all do stupid things sometimes 1w
AmyG Dottie is a self-posessed fool. Honestly, I don‘t like her at all. She is desperate and just makes bad, bad choices. I also think she may be an alcoholic. 1w
mcctrish @AmyG I am with you on this. While I totally understand her broken family life has made her crave a family/love for her own AND that the heart wants what the heart wants, she is living in NYC a semi non-traditional lifestyle for a woman of that age/era. She needs to pick a lane. They also ( the 4 women - 5 if we include Neysa) need to talk more amongst themselves. Dottie is a train wreck and you don‘t fix that yourself 1w
TheBookHippie @mcctrish Right?! They need to talk TOEACHOTHER 😵‍💫 1w
kspenmoll Dottie is a “train wreck”, seems totally self absorbed, drinks too much, etc. 1w
Karisa Yeah, I was so glad her friends were stepping in to help care for Dottie, but she just couldn‘t seem to leave it alone. Neysa spelled it out for her early on but Dottie could not hear it. As the book mentions, Parker was full of contradictions but @vlwelser says maybe it just makes her depiction more true to life in this part. 1w
mollyrotondo @IndoorDame agree with you completely. I mean we all act foolishly sometimes but this was just so self destructive. To call him? When he left you to be with his WIFE on Christmas? Such major reasons to let him go. I also find it interesting how much marriage seemed to be a loose committed amongst so many. It just seems like a lot of people in this group found it normal to be married and to have other relationships instead of labeling it cheating 1w
TheBookHippie @mollyrotondo As divorce wasn‘t really an option or legal really and many marriages still “arranged” affairs were “normal” in this time frame …Reports in the 1920s indicated that 28% of American men and 24% of women were adulterous at some point after wedding. I‘m thinking it was higher. 😵‍💫👀 1w
BarkingMadRead Ugh how can someone so smart make such poor choices!! 1w
julieclair Dottie is totally consumed by insecurity. It‘s so hard to watch the poor choices she makes as a result. She is a train wreck for sure. 1w
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I rather like her
She takes good care of Dottie too
I love her street smarts
But the gangster… yikes

I hope we get more of her story…
Although IRL I‘ve not found much on her.

IndoorDame I really like her too! The explanation for why she knew where to go for a therapeutic abortion was unbearably sad. I also thought it was interesting that the author made a point of including details to show us that there really had been a friend before, and she wasn‘t talking about herself euphemistically. Like as readers we couldn‘t handle thinking of her being used in that way, even though we already know there‘s some unnamed abuse in her past. 1w
TheBookHippie @IndoorDame Yes the underlying subtle not subtle feelings of the author are pushing through or the author is incredibly sheltered or ignorant or religious? 😵‍💫🤣🤷🏻‍♀️ or all three😱 (edited) 1w
Librarybelle I‘m curious how the storyline with Winifred and the monster will progress. I feel something is going to happen - you cannot keep saying no to a monster without some sort of repercussions. 1w
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Sargar114 @IndoorDame that‘s an interesting point, I didn‘t even think that it could have been Winifred. Probably me being oblivious, but can totally see that. I do wonder what will happen with her and the mobster. Did he find out about her because of Jane? 1w
vlwelser She's fierce and a good friend. I'm concerned about the gangster business 1w
AmyG Yes, I wonder where the gangster “stuff” plays into the story with Jane and Winifred. I like her but it seems she had some sort of abuse (?) in her past…maybe we find out. 1w
mcctrish @Librarybelle I‘m quite apprehensive about that story line. I really like Winnifred, she‘s got good clear boundaries now which she put up obviously thx to something awful happening. I think the 4 girls need to talk/share and learn from each other 1w
Librarybelle @mcctrish Yes…I agree. 1w
kspenmoll I like her too, her compassion,boundaries. 1w
Karisa The gangster with the flowers every show and not taking no for an answer is so creepy. It reminds me of a biography I read about Hedy Lamarr‘s that included the story of her Nazi munitions business husband. He also kept flooding her with flowers and stalking. Controlling and frightening 1w
mollyrotondo @Karisa I read the fictional book about Hedy Lamarr and was very shocked that was her backstory. So happy she was able to get away and come to the U.S. 1w
mollyrotondo I also like Winifred a lot. I also find her storyline really intriguing. I hope nothing terrible happens to her with this gangster. It‘s interesting because actresses are still targets of stalkers today. It‘s not safe always being in the spotlight. And issue that I don‘t think gets seriously addressed. 1w
TheBookHippie @Karisa YES!! Exactly. Scary controlling. 1w
BarkingMadRead Love Winifred, super stressed about the gangster, they don‘t like the word no! 1w
julieclair I give Winifred so much credit for turning the mobster down as many times as she has. But she can‘t keep doing that forever. And the mobster obviously won‘t take “no” for an answer. Very worrisome. 1w
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Jane interviewing the mob
I love it
She‘s very brave
And her case MYSTERIOUSLY disappears…

Not sure what to think of her marriage.
But I like her attitude. 🙃

IndoorDame I was so impressed! It takes something special to charm a mob boss, but it takes something really special to charm one of those guys when 20 minutes ago you were scared to walk into a room and talk to them. And I know her character says she doesn‘t want to owe anything to him, but the woman she‘s based on becomes a player in the NY world, and in those days that didn‘t really happen without at least the mob‘s blessing if not their support. 1w
TheBookHippie @IndoorDame I had the same thoughts about the mob. No way you‘re running a paper either. 1w
Librarybelle I think this shows Jane‘s bravery. Good thoughts on the mob and the paper, @IndoorDame @TheBookHippie ! I would not be surprised… 1w
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Sargar114 Agreed she‘s incredibly tough. This was a no win scenario and she made the best of it. She‘s a bit naive to think she can get out of it without the mobs help but maybe that‘s our ability to have all the information. Her marriage with Harold is interesting. Unsure if it‘s based on love or mutual respect or just an image to uphold. 1w
mcctrish I love Jane. 1w
vlwelser She's my fav 1w
AmyG She is an awesome woman…strong, brave, modern. She seems to have a good marriage.i keep waiting for a fight or so ething but they seem solid. 1w
kspenmoll She is fabulous!!!! 1w
Karisa I like Jane too. She‘s talented, brave, giving, and hardworking. I‘m waiting for her to kick Alec out! 1w
mollyrotondo I love Jane! And I love her storyline! It‘s so interesting and she‘s such a strong person! I know in real life she divorces Harold and I can understand if the marriage doesn‘t last in the book either. He‘s not great. He‘s sort of all about himself. I don‘t love him. I think Jane could do without him. 1w
TheBookHippie @mollyrotondo I have the exact same knowledge and thoughts! 1w
BarkingMadRead Not a huge fan of Harold, I‘m not sure why Jane even married him! 1w
julieclair I admire Jane. I think Harold is not in her league. And it really bothers me that Harold doesn‘t stand up for her against Alec. 1w
Read4life I keep wondering if Harold doesn‘t support Jane when it comes to Alec because he‘s just doesn‘t care or because Alec has something on him. 1w
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I assumed he hated women
So he apparently wanted Jane
And now wants Neysa
I don‘t see it
I do think he‘s evil.
I would not let him live in my house.
And telling Dotties business at Christmas in a crowd.
He‘s just mean.
I would kick him out so fast.
He makes me uncomfortable
Then he irritates Jane talking about her marriage
Trying to start trouble
Then telling Dottie‘s abortion to her husband
⬇️ Interesting

IndoorDame He‘s so awful! I hate that she‘s living with him! I was totally on board with the theory that he was in love with Harold and lashing out and causing trouble because of that, (still hated him, but also felt somewhat sympathetic)… until he outed Dottie‘s abortion, which I can‘t come up with any personal motive for except he‘s just an unhappy, unpleasant, awful person 1w
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Librarybelle Was he this awful in real life? I‘m not as well versed on Alec. Thanks for sharing this link! 1w
TheBookHippie @Librarybelle Anything I‘ve read alludes to a bitter man. Most gossips say he was closeted and miserable. 1w
Sargar114 He would have been out of the house the second he outed her abortion!!! I suppose Jane wasn‘t privy to that info at that time, but as soon as it was confirmed how can you continue to associate with someone willing to do something like that!!! He is a terrible human being!!!! 1w
Librarybelle Good to know, @TheBookHippie ! 1w
mcctrish @Sargar114 he‘d have been out of the house as soon as he threw Jane to the prohibition police! And then out of the Gonk too! Harold is on the wrong side of this ( truthfully I wondered if he wasn‘t gay too and it‘s all a front for them and Jane is collateral ) 1w
TheBookHippie @mcctrish BRILLIANT this is perfect sense!!! 1w
AmyG My thoughts were he is gay. And what a horrid, angry, jealous man. @TheBookHippie YES…a bitter, closeted, miserable gay man. If he was unhappy…he was going to make everyone else unhappy, too. (edited) 1w
Sargar114 @mcctrish ahhhh good point!!! 1w
vlwelser He seems closeted and bitter about it. I don't understand why they keep him around. I suppose this is a setback to writing about real people. You can't just ditch them out of the story when they annoy you. 1w
IndoorDame @vlwelser 😂😂😂😂😂😂 1w
IndoorDame @mcctrish that never occurred to me! But it makes the whole setup start to make way more sense!!!! 1w
TheBookHippie @vlwelser can we make this a thing… “I‘m sorry I‘ve written you out of the story” so using this IRL 🤣🤣🤣🤣 1w
kspenmoll @IndoorDame Totally yes to all that! Despicable, mean, bitter- & letting Jane take the rap for the raid on her house- just yuk. I too thought he was closeted & Jane was right in her thinking he loved Harold & hated that they were married. 1w
Karisa To have him in the house would be the worst. It‘s one thing to have a person you can‘t always avoid when out and about or at work, quite another to have them live with you. Even dictating the holiday menu! Petty! He stores up sensitive info like ammunition. How does he still have so many friends??? 1w
mollyrotondo I had also thought that he was in love with Harold lol it makes more sense to me because he always seems to try to hurt Jane. He never tries to hurt Harold or put ideas in Harold‘s head. I do hate this character but he makes for a great antagonist in a book lol but I agree with @Karisa he stores up people‘s personal info as ammunition to use later when he gets mad at them 1w
Karisa @mollyrotondo Just imagine what he would‘ve done with social media! 😱 1w
mollyrotondo @Karisa oh my gosh he would be the type to ruin people through social media. See times don‘t change, just the technology 🤦🏻‍♀️ 1w
TheBookHippie @Karisa OH MY WORD. He would have been one of those types that leak everyone‘s secrets!!! 1w
BarkingMadRead Alec is a nightmare, I don‘t understand why they keep him around! 1w
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Everyone trying to warn her
Neysa especially
Love starved open wound
Think this is an accurate portrayal of Dorothy
Winifred to the rescue
Lenox Hospital
Peggy tells Charlie off
And makes him visit Dottie
Then he comes back again
With an ugly scarf
What a tool

🤍I do not think the descriptions needed to be that vivid. It felt like an agenda. Abortion is personal, it has also saved my life, twice.

IndoorDame So agree about the abortion portal!!! I know too many women who genuinely believe you cannot have an abortion without it being a fraught decision that haunts you for the rest of your life, and portrayals like this really contribute to that perception. 1w
TheBookHippie @IndoorDame I agree. Made me so mad. 😵‍💫 1w
Librarybelle Good riddance to Charlie. This was an emotionally charged passage, and I was surprised by the details shared by the author, especially during the procedure. 1w
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Sargar114 I appreciated having Dotties‘s perspective during this scene. Having never been through this experience, I‘ve always presumed it wasn‘t pleasant or easy. I didn‘t think of it as problematic, but maybe that‘s because I‘m a woman and realize the complexity in a decision like that or have had the “what would I do in that situation?” thought. Definitely gives me something to think about. 1w
Sargar114 @Librarybelle I was surprised as well and it seemed excessive, but I guess we‘re discussing it so maybe that was the point. 🤷🏼‍♀️ 1w
Librarybelle Maybe, @Sargar114 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1w
TheBookHippie @Librarybelle I‘ve been through the procedure twice -once though I was put under for a long time as I was bleeding to death from a ruptured ectopic pregnancy. But the other time I was further along than this (the baby had already passed and wouldn‘t let go) and the procedure was quick and I recovered in a few days. Bleeding a few weeks normal, 2007 different than 1920 but not by much. @Sargar114 🤷🏻‍♀️ I always think of this ⬇️ 1w
TheBookHippie ⬆️ Doctors considered midwives, who attended births and performed abortions as part of their regular practice, a threat to their own economic and social power. The medical establishment actively took up the antiabortion cause in the second half of the 19th century as part of its effort to eliminate midwives. 1w
mcctrish @TheBookHippie both of your experiences sound so scary and heartbreaking 1w
Librarybelle @TheBookHippie ❤️❤️❤️ 1w
mcctrish This part reminded me of the book “Looking For Jane” but that is set several decades closer to our time now. I‘m still amazed the hospital did the abortion- only in New York City I‘d bet 💔 but still the doctor is male and somehow it‘s always the woman‘s fault #ittakestwototango 1w
TheBookHippie @mcctrish I think abortion is healthcare -no matter how you use it. If I lived in any of the states here in the US that ban it I‘d be dead. It‘s infuriating. But yes, it was scary. Broke my heart, but it‘s mended. Grateful to the nurses who saved me. Who were actually nurses who shadowed me at my job when I was nursing, so they listened. The doctor in ER did not. My doctor was called in to save me. ER doc didn‘t believe in abortion. 😵‍💫 1w
IndoorDame @TheBookHippie I‘m so glad you were able to get safe skillful abortions, since those don‘t sound like easy, routine procedures. I hope access to that continues for women 🙏 1w
TheBookHippie @mcctrish A lot of abortions were scheduled as DNC and performed at so many city hospitals but even here an hour away they did -but get this in the basement of the hospital!!! We learned this during nurses training. Blew my mind. 1w
TheBookHippie @IndoorDame Me too. Scary times. 1w
AmyG I found this part fascinating…that you could walk into a hospital and complain about the “stress” of it all….and be offered an abortion. But I also think…only in NY. There was alot of money there and alot of men who got women “in trouble” so I wasn‘t surprised. As for having it be a difficult decision? There are all kinds of people, with all kind of mental states…it doesn‘t surprise me that there are people who just want it over with. (edited) 1w
AmyG Dottie seems very self-possessed. I had no clue about her at all. And @TheBookHippie I am sorry you had to go through with those. Abortion IS health care. In the Jewish religion the life of the mother is most important. Oh please, don‘t get me started. 1w
vlwelser I didn't like how nonchalant they seemed about the whole thing. And then the doctor scolds her about lying. And the whole thing is about lying to even get one. This seemed a little crazy to me. 1w
vlwelser I am glad you are safe and healthy. 1w
Sargar114 @vlwelser the lying part AND the scolding felt the most realistic. I imagine that still has to happen today sadly. Agree that abortion is healthcare and it‘s terrible that women and girls don‘t have access to that. I swear if he made viagra illegal cities would burn! 1w
vlwelser @Sargar114 sadly the old white men are still in charge. So Viagra stays. 1w
TheBookHippie @vlwelser the whole lying thing is demeaning to the women and I think on purpose. Last I checked men can make women pregnant every time they ejaculate. 👀🤣🤷🏻‍♀️🤭 They shoulder none of it. 🤬 1w
mcctrish Abortion is absolutely health care! 1w
AmyG @TheBookHippie To shoulder any of it would mean loss of control, power. 1w
TheBookHippie @AmyG Exactly why they ban it. It‘s a war on women. And the degree these men hate women.. whew. Unreal. 1w
kspenmoll This is so relevant today, sadly to say. I am so naive; I never thought I‘d see the day when basic healthcare rights would be taken away after Roe v. Wade. I got pregnant when I was 17 & for various reasons did not want to have the baby. As my friend said “you found yourself a nice Jewish doctor to set it up in NYC” where it was legal, unlike CT. I was lucky- I was working part time so I had $, my boyfriend was responsible- contributing to the🔽 1w
kspenmoll 🔼 cost, going on the train to The City with me, & the clinic, etc. when I went for my annual Gyn appt 6 months later when i turned 18, my doctor told me how concerned he had bern due to my being underage. At the time He had tried to talk me into telling my dad, a fellow physician whom he knew, but both my parents were devout Catholics- so No! I am forever grateful to my then Gyn. 1w
TheBookHippie @kspenmoll ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️ 1w
julieclair I know nothing about this author, but I do feel the level of detail was unnecessary and designed to provoke. Abortion is a totally personal decision, and different for every woman, based on their circumstances, their faith, family situation, their health, etc. @TheBookHippie I‘m thankful you were not denied a medical procedure that saved your life twice. And @kspenmoll I‘m so glad you were able to choose the healthcare that was right for you. 💙 1w
julieclair This portrait is so revealing. Dottie looks sad, vulnerable, fragile and a bit lost. 1w
Karisa This was a tough section to read with so much judgement heaped on Dottie. It felt like even some of her friends were blaming her for Charlie being such a jerk and having to go through it all. What a tough decision! I also found myself wondering how true to Parker‘s experience it actually was. 1w
Karisa @kspenmoll @TheBookHippie Glad you both had access to the care you needed. Can‘t believe that abortion access is being questioned by so many today. 1w
mollyrotondo Abortion is HEALTH CARE!!! 1w
mollyrotondo @TheBookHippie so happy you were saved by responsible doctors. @kspenmoll so glad you were able to make your own healthcare decision and had a doctor you could trust. Thank you both for sharing your personal experiences ❤️ 1w
mollyrotondo I was also getting a little twitchy about how this author was handling Dottie‘s situation. I wasn‘t sure if I was reading too much into the comments about the regret and the guilt Winifred was feeling bringing Dottie and “pushing” her and the more horror movie descriptions of the procedure. But if others here also felt like the author was portraying it in a conservative leaning way then it makes me a little leery of this author 😬 1w
mollyrotondo I hated that Peggy insisted Charlie come see Dottie. I actually thought it was the worst thing for Dottie. He‘s a complete jerk and I don‘t think Dottie‘s friend should be trying to convince a guy that is bad to her to try to work things out with her. It bothered me. I love the love of the friends in this book but this was a friend misstep in my opinion. 1w
TheBookHippie @mollyrotondo I know!!! I‘m LEARY!! 😵‍💫😵‍💫😵‍💫😵‍💫😵‍💫 1w
TheBookHippie @mollyrotondo I think the women should have cared for her. Taken shifts. Not the idiot married dude. 1w
TheBookHippie @Karisa People have thrown their own feelings into it when writing about it. However anytime Dorothy spoke it was just the multilayered thing that it is. After this event is when she really became political, outspoken, pushing for social justice. Could it be because she was treated horrifically, shamed and victimised by a doctor and the fact that it was all illegal? She did not want to be shamed and silenced so she spoke up and out. 1w
Karisa @TheBookHippie She was such an amazing person. I hope that the book shows that side of her as well. So far Dottie is not the strongest character in the book. I feel like I need to read more of her essays—Jane‘s too. 1w
Karisa @mollyrotondo Agreed! The author seems to be interjecting a bit too much. At the least trying to placate any right-leaning readers. 😕 Also, I agree that Charlie should have just exited the building if he wasn‘t going to really be there. It was false hope. Peggy (if she did all this) is such a product of those times running to the men to “fix” Dottie instead of helping her feel more empowered. 🥴 1w
mollyrotondo @Karisa 💯💯💯💯 you put it perfectly! Peggy is a big product of her time. I hope she grows too by the end of this book. And Charlie was done with Dottie and he should have stayed gone. 1w
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