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The Patron Saint of Liars
The Patron Saint of Liars: A Novel | Ann Patchett
St. Elizabeth's is a home for unwed mothers in the 1960s. Life there is not unpleasant, and for most, it is temporary. Not so for Rose, a beautiful, mysterious woman who comes to the home pregnant but not unwed. She plans to give up her baby because she knows she cannot be the mother it needs. But St. Elizabeth's is near a healing spring, and when Rose's time draws near, she cannot go through with her plans, not all of them. And she cannot remain forever untouched by what she has left behind . . . and who she has become in the leaving.
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rwmg
Patron Saint of Liars | Ann Patchett
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Disappointing but only because she sets the bar so high with her other books. It felt like we were building to a big reveal which didn't happen. Still a pick but only just

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rwmg
Patron Saint of Liars | Ann Patchett

“That‘s why you can eat cheesecake,” she said, and sighed. “Because you don‘t. That‘s the way it works.”

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rwmg
Patron Saint of Liars | Ann Patchett
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cariashley
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Pickpick

I finished this last weekend but have been too busy to post. Ann Patchett is one of my very favorite writers, but I was a little nervous about reading her first book after seeing mixed reviews. It‘s true that this started out strong and then the plot lost a little steam with some perspective shifts, but I really liked it all the same. Her writing is just so captivating, and Rose was a compelling (albeit infuriating) protagonist.

(+sleepy Percy🐱)

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cariashley
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The weather has been awful all day here but I‘m pretty content settling in with my newest read and a bottle of red blend at my favorite local winery. #vineyardreads

Kaye Excellent book 🌟 5mo
cariashley @kaye great to hear, I‘ve seen mixed reviews! But she‘s one of my very favorite writers so 🤞 5mo
BarbaraBB Great photo! 5mo
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Cathythoughts I havnt heard of this one ( only liked Bel Canto) ... I‘ll look out for your review! I see @kaye says excellent 👍🏻👍🏻 5mo
cariashley @BarbaraBB thank you! ☺️ 5mo
cariashley @Cathythoughts Bel Canto is my favorite of hers, so we‘ll see how this one goes. So far so good! 5mo
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Allietaylor16
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I‘m visiting Asheville for the first time and stopped in Battery Park Book Exchange. There‘s a champagne bar! Perfection.

Tamra Asheville was fun when we visited! Have you hit Malaprop‘s? 6mo
Allietaylor16 @Tamra yes! Loved it!! 6mo
Tamra @Allietaylor16 I recommend making a trip to Brevard nearby. We camped at the park and the town is artsy with great food. 😁 6mo
ScientistSam What a lovely bookstore/bar! 6mo
CouronneDhiver Ooo! 😍😍 6mo
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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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3 ⭐⭐⭐. This is Patchett's debut and her gift for creating believable characters is there. But I did feel this dragged in many parts.

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Rubymontalvo
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Pickpick

I loved the writing from the beginning and recommend the book for its beautiful prose. The characters and setting are well-developed and even if the story left me feeling somewhat dissatisfied it‘s a good read.

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jdiehr
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I really enjoyed this book despite one of the main characters being hard to understand and relate to. The truth usually serves you better than lies.

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jdiehr

"There were so many things I needed to know, how to fix a car, how to lie. My mother taught me how to put on eyeliner without smudging it, but life was going to take more than that."

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MommyWantsToReadHerBook
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Pickpick

I loved it. Ann Patchett's beautiful writing drew me in and I liked the different POVs. The only thing I would have wanted to be different was to understand more about Rose and her motivations. A lovely read.

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MommyWantsToReadHerBook
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I don't recall who posted about the Kindle deal on this a few days ago, but thanks! I'm really liking it so far. Had a really bad day and feel like I'm NEVER going to finish Mr Biswas, but at least I could enjoy reading a bit of this one earlier this evening.

JoScho Look @kaye another book with Liar in the title 😀 13mo
Kaye Yep I read this before. It‘s very good ! 13mo
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Insightsintobooks
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I've never read Ann Patchett, but I figured I'll give her a try since this book is only 2.99 today. 😁😀

Dragon I liked this one. 14mo
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C.Perone
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I think I liked this book, I don‘t know; I read it in another century 😁

#ReadingResolutions Day4 #CoolCover

Cinfhen Sounds good, I‘ve come to love Ann Patchett 1y
C.Perone @Cinfhen It must‘ve been good, otherwise I wouldn‘t have kept it for 23yrs 😄 1y
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Melwilk
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This is an interesting novel. The main character, Rose, was one that caused conflict for me. I could empathize with her despair as a woman trapped in a time period that did not offer many options for women, yet she was infuriating as a wife and a mother. This is quite a good book. #192019 #MountTBR

Tjackson I really ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ this book! 1y
Zelma I haven‘t gotten to any more Patchett, but I‘d really liked this one. 1y
Richryan52 If you like Holmes I hope you‘ll consider backing it 1y
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cariashley
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So, so excited to visit Parnassus in Nashville today; Ann Patchett is one of my faves. It‘s a really special place and the main reason my mom and I are here for the weekend! Although the hot chicken hasn‘t been bad either 😋

Reviewsbylola How fun!! 😍 1y
erinreads Definitely on my bucket list of bookstores to visit! 😍 1y
BookaholicNatty Funnn!!! I love book stores and I hope for my 35th birthday I will be able to take a Little Road trip to some I have wanted to visit! 1y
cariashley @erinreads this one should definitely be on your list! I‘m turning 35 this year too, by the way @BookaholicNatty 😊 (edited) 1y
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vlwelser
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Pickpick

This book was really great. I definitely recommend it. 💖📚

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Jessicareadingwala
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Book 3 in my Pre-road trip through Kentucky reading list! So many books, so little time.

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SheReadsAndWrites
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How does one celebrate book release day? Why, going to the bookstore, of course. 🤓❤️ #bookstorebooty

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Deborah42
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Pickpick

After three years in a disappointing marriage, Rose finds out that she is pregnant. Not wanting to be trapped in her life, she abandons her husband and ends up at St. Elizabeth‘s Home for Unwed Mothers. She intends to give up her baby, but things change and she settles into a new job and family. Even as she makes a place for herself and her daughter, Rose is always fighting the urge to run away.

Lovely writing, but a disappointing ending.

Aseleener Agreed! I really enjoyed the book, but quite disappointed by the ending. 1y
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ATB
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My Dad should be a billionaire by now.

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BookishMarginalia
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Lovely care package from #LitsyPenPals @britt_brooke 💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜 I love everything! The book is from Parnassus Books! And signed by Ann Patchett herself! I've wanted to read it for the longest time 👍🏼The pins are spot on, and the Nashville souvenirs are so fun -- thank you so much, Brittany!

britt_brooke I'm so happy you like the goodies!! 😘 2y
BookishMarginalia @britt_brooke Love them! 💜😘 2y
britt_brooke @BookishMarginalia ☺️☺️☺️ 2y
kamoorephoto I really loved that book! 2y
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MrBook
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Ann Patchett worked at "Seventeen" magazine for nine years! 1 out of every 5 articles she wrote was accepted. She left the magazine after a dispute with an editor, exclaiming, "I'll never darken your door again!" Too bad for "Seventeen", eh? #AuthorPotpourri #TheMoreYouKnow

Joyfulmimi I loved "The Patron Saint of Liars" 2y
britt_brooke I love love love her Nashville book shop!! Of her books, I've only read Bel Canto (not a fan), but I plan to read Commonwealth at some point. 2y
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KVanRead
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Glad I finally read her first novel. It's sad and strange with maybe just a tad too much Catholic mystery for this lapsed Catholic. The writing and characters are very good, and the plot is initially extremely engrossing but gets increasingly uneven through the three sections. The ending was the weakest part for me, but still for every bit that screams rookie, there are bits that cut right through you and sing of all the brilliant books to come.

KVanRead Was interested to discover there was a TV movie with Dana Delaney and Ellen Burstyn. 2y
britt_brooke Great review. 👏🏻 2y
KVanRead @britt_brooke Thanks! It was an interesting read! 2y
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kyraleseberg
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Pickpick

This book is a pick but thinking about it makes me wonder why. We never really get to know the MC, though neither does anyone else in the story. She's full of mystery, her reasoning completely impossible to understand and yet... You want to keep reading to try and draw your own conclusions. The end of the book makes you feel like she's left you, just as she did her family at the beginning of the story.

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KVanRead
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House-in-escrow hoops all jumped through for now, a fantastic gin and tonic, Vince Garibaldi playing in honor of my new #Snoopy Vans (Snoopy's my favorite), and time to finally kick back and read with my catpanion #Zeus. Hello Friday night!

LeahBergen Zeus looks like he wants a G&T, too. 2y
Grrlbrarian Congrats on the house! 🎉🎉🎉 2y
DebinHawaii Yay on the house! 🎉 🐱❤️too! 2y
KVanRead @LeahBergen Ha! I wouldn't put it past him. He loves lattes. 2y
KVanRead @Grrlbrarian @DebinHawaii Thanks! We are still waiting on the appraisal before we can close, but after a loony week of meeting lender requirements things are looking really good. Can't wait for it to be done though- haven't moved in 10 years and forgot how crazy stressful it is! 2y
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kyraleseberg
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This has been on my TBR for 2 years so when it was a Kindle Daily Deal recently, I had to grab it! Starting this evening once the kiddo is in bed.

Dragon I enjoyed this one 👍 2y
kyraleseberg @Dragon I'm about 20% in and really enjoying it, it's tough to put down! 2y
Dragon Glad to hear that @kyraleseberg 😀🐉 2y
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KVanRead
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Sticking with Patchett since I enjoyed Commonwealth so much. I hated coming to the end of it and then I remembered this one has been waiting patiently on #TBRMountain for quite some time. Yay! Really liking it so far. #BirthdayChallenge #1992

Zelma I really liked this book! 👍 2y
KVanRead @Zelma I'm about 100 pages in and I am loving it! 2y
chapter_fifty2017 A great author !! 2y
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KVanRead @chapter_fifty2017 Yes! I love her. Do you have a favorite? 2y
chapter_fifty2017 I really loved 'state of wonder ' and 'truth and beauty ' was a beautifully written true story , i have yet to read patron saint of liars also 'bel-canto has a lot of cred !! 2y
KVanRead @chapter_fifty2017 I loved State of Wonder, and also Run. Bel Canto was my first and probably still my favorite. Truth and Beauty's on the TBR still. 2y
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kyraleseberg
Patron Saint of Liars | Ann Patchett
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Grabbed this Kindle deal today, it has been on my TBR foreverrrr!

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Ubookquitous
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#lies made me think of this novel by Ann Pritchett #maybookflowers

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LisaJo
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#LyricalApril #BitterSweetSymphony This was my first Ann Patchett book. She was coming to speak at a festival where I live, and I wanted to read one of her books before she spoke. Huge fan of hers now. This tugged at all my feelings.

Cinfhen Exactly what a good book is meant to do! I'm hit or miss with Patchett but will check out this title. (edited) 2y
Zelma I really liked this one too! Haven't read any more from her but I definitely plan to. 2y
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erinreads
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Going down to Richmond to visit friends for the weekend and will have zero time to read, but you gotta have options, right? 📚

RestlessFickleBookHoarder Is that a tablet on top? I love that cover. 2y
erinreads @Sace Yeah, it's a Kindle Paperwhite. Thank you. ☺️ 2y
Jinjer By all means!!! Better to have books with u & not have time to read than to be caught in a period of nothing to do without a book handy!😬 2y
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erinreads
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This "cat condo" turned out to be way smaller than I thought when I bought it, but my huge ass cat makes it work every night before going to bed. He will follow it wherever we put it, so now I've selfishly put it on my side of the bed so I could hang out with #KingCyress while I read in bed since he always lounges here before putting himself to bed. #nightlyreadingritual #catsoflitsy

KVanRead King Cyrus is a beauty.😻 3y
rubyslippersreads 😻😻😻 3y
OrangeMooseReads 😻😻 3y
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christineandbooks We have the same cat thingie and our huge cat curls up on top too... We call her a muffin top when she does it. 😸 3y
TheLibrarian 😻 3y
erinreads @christineandbooks Muffin top! 😹 My husband calls it the Tiny Ass Cat Condo (TACCo), so Cyress is basically known as Taco Cat now. We're A+ cat parents! 3y
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erinreads
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"To be truly brave, I believe a person has to be more than a little stupid. If you knew how hard or how dangerous something was going to be at the onset, chances are you'd never do it, so if I went back I would never be able to leave again. Now that I knew what leaving meant."

I'm a book and 74 pages into Ann Patchett and I AM IN LOVE. I'm so sad it's taken me so long to read her. She's a beautiful writer! ??

mcipher She's wonderful isn't she!? This was a really good one, but The Magician's Assistant was my absolute favorite. Read that next! 😜 3y
Megabooks She's fantastic!! 3y
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readingallthetime
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My next audiobook from my library and Overdrive.

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christineandbooks
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Pickpick

This was a really unusual story told in three parts from three different points of view. I found the characters to be interesting and complex but I never felt as though I really understood them. I suppose we weren't supposed to. I liked how the story progressed until the very end and then I was just slightly confused. All in all a good story.

Lacythebookworm Great review! Love your Kindle cover! 😍 3y
christineandbooks @Lacythebookworm Thanks! And the Kindle cover was a gift from my in-laws... I love it too! 3y
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My first Ann Patchett, and it won't be my last. I want to reread the ending to get a bit more clarity because I was barrelin' through at top speed, but I really enjoyed Patchett's debut novel.

christineandbooks Reading this also... At the beginning of the Cecelia section and really enjoying it too. 3y
Sisenegger @christineandbooks Please let me know your thoughts when you finish. 3y
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christineandbooks
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It's 4:13 AM. can't sleep because my back is giving me problems. So of course I am reading to distract myself. This is my current Kindle read - good for reading without turning on a light. I'm over halfway and enjoying this story, much more than Commonwealth, the only other Ann Patchett I have read. But this Kindle cover is terrible so I'm going with the title page instead... 😕

Lindy Hope you feel better soon. 3y
christineandbooks Thank you @Lindy 3y
mom2bugnbee Try her Bel Canto. Breathtaking. 3y
christineandbooks @mom2bugnbee I do plan to read more of Ann Patchett's books. I came late to the party with Commonwealth which I liked okay but didn't love. I will definitely try Bel Canto... Thanks for the recommendation! 3y
Lcsmcat Bel Canto and State of Wonder are my two favorite Patchett novels. 3y
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tricours
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The characters in this book were wonderful, and the writing is great. Not exactly an action filled story, it's quite slow and pretty uneventful, but in a good way. This is great news for me since I bought three of her books in one go.

Suet624 I really liked this book. 3y
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tricours
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Enjoying this mellow, but very good, book at a fancy resort in Orlando while the bf is attending a conference. This is my breakfast and my tab is open 😃

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tricours
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Started this one this morning in South Beach in Miami Beach. I'm enjoying the writing a whole lot so far!

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Jilanna
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Pickpick

Amazing first novel.

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LisaJo
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#augustphotochallenge #feelgoodbook This was the first Ann Patchett book I had read. And oddly enough, it was also her first novel. It was one of those books that took me on highs and lows, but when I close the book after the last page, I felt satisfied.

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Jilanna
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On to the next! Like Mr. Penumbra, purchased at City Lights in SF.

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Chele
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Pickpick

This was my first time reading Ann Patchett and I loved it!

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Haweller
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Mehso-so

Bel Canto is one of my favorites: it hooked me from the start. This one was a slow build with an ending that left me feeling like I missed a vital piece. Maybe I would be more satisfied if I didn't judge all her books against Bel Canto.

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DaphneAdair
Pickpick

I stayed up late too many nights in a row to read this book. Each section breathlessly leads to the next, with just the right amount of foreshadowing and subtext. Beautiful moments and amazing writing. My first Ann Patchett and now I will be reading more.

mamaguru Bel Canto is amazing! Put that on your list. 3y
DaphneAdair @mamaguru - it was the book on my list that lead me to the shelf but so far ... Hasn't turned up yet. I am enjoying the serendipity of finding what's there vs using my hold list - more like when we were kids! 3y
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DaphneAdair
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But the nuns were miserable. (I was at the central library tonight and traded in my civil war book for my first Ann Patchett. "Bel Canto" wasn't available and that may be a good thing.)

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LLindsey

All I want to do is read this book!

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