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A Piece of the World
A Piece of the World | Christina Baker Kline
The breathtaking new novel from the bestselling author of ORPHAN TRAIN. No one can unearth little known moments in history like Christina Baker Kline and illuminate them so perfectly.
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Joreads
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It is with mixed feelings that I rate this book. There were times I hated it and times that I loved it.
The last 15% of the booked saved it for me.

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dgingo
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Day One (12.14.19): Hardcover copy of A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline (author of Orphan Train). #BookmasAdventCalendar #12DaysOfBookClubMas

(Revealing a day late to avoid spoilers for any fellow subscribers.)

Callemarie Hi diane! Just wanted to verify you got your #jolabokafloaswap package! 1mo
dgingo @Callemarie I did—thank you! I didn‘t open it yet because you said you forgot to wrap the gift, but I‘ll post as soon as I do! 🎁🎄Thanks, Diana (edited) 1mo
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dgingo
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I subscribed to my first Bookmas Advent calendar this year and it only arrived today, so I got to open the first two gifts. So excited! 🎉👏🏼📖

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Bookwormjillk
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I really love this book. Recommend for anyone who‘s ever felt invisible. This is the fictionalized story behind Andrew Wyeth‘s painting Christina‘s World.

#elfies #WinterGames

phatsallylee I just got this book as part of an advent calendar! I'm glad to see a good review! 1mo
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Once Upon A Book Club Advent Edition
Day #1
Today was the first day of 12!
The first gift was a book! Im excited to read this one!

For those who arent familiar with Once Upon A Book Club, normally its a book with wrapped gifts that you open at specific pages of the book. For Christmas there are 12 unique stories and gifts for the 12 days of Christmas. This was the story and gift for day 1. Ill be posting each day until Christmaz!

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Aswenson
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Partway through book #100 for the year. (Though I may finish my audiobook first... we shall see.) This has been in my TBR for so long. My eagerness to read it has not waned like it has for some of my other poor TBR reads.

CherylRussell Mine has also languished in (one of) my TBR pile too! 2mo
CherylRussell I should probably do something about that. 🤔🙂 2mo
Aswenson @CherylRussell It‘s definitely a mellow read, but I‘m enjoying it. So when the mellow mood strikes! 😉 (edited) 2mo
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BestDogDad
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This is a beautifully written story of Christina Olson‘s difficult life. She‘s featured in a famous painting named after her. The author did a tremendous amount of research in to the lives of the main character as well as her family, acquaintances, Maine property, and even the life of the artist himself, Andrew Wyeth. She left no stone unturned. While much of the book is fiction, it's framework is based on real people and the Olson homestead.

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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Christina Baker Kline opens the doors and invites us into the farmhouse in Andrew Wyeth‘s iconic painting, Christina‘s World. This fictional work offers readers a chance to understand the world of the rural Maine residents he painted. It‘s not about Wyeth very much, although Kline does imagine the relationship he had with Christina Olson and her family. It‘s a bit depressing, though.

Full review http://www.TheBibliophage.com
#thebibliophage2019

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Librarylady3
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That moment when you can‘t start the car until you read a few more pages.

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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Starting this one today. My dad was a huge Wyeth fan, and we have his collection of prints and books now. Meant to read it a long time ago!

CaitlinR I read the book and loved it — I imagine it will be a GREAT audiobook. 6mo
BibliovoreSarah My library‘s book club is reading this. It inspired me research more after I finished! 6mo
Butterfinger She is one of the few authors who visited near me. It was really cool to listen to her talk about this book. 6mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage @CaitlinR I wish I loved the narrator more. She‘s a bit wooden. 😰 6mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @BibliovoreSarah I‘ve been wanting to do some research as well. Yay Internet! 6mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Butterfinger That‘s the best part of an author talk! 6mo
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Come-read-with-me
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“Some memories are realities and are better than anything that can ever happen again.”

rather_be_reading love this quote! 6mo
Come-read-with-me @rather_be_reading the whole book is beautifully written, but this quote reminds me of my Mum. 6mo
rather_be_reading awww i love that it reminds you of your Mum. Also, I had no idea this was by the author of Orphan Train! 6mo
Come-read-with-me @rather_be_reading Some authors just keep on giving! 6mo
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Lea
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The writing is so easy to read. I found the story to be a little long and not overly interesting. I skimmed a lot. The last few chapters were good. #readwomen #bookclub #librarybook

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kspenmoll
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#StudentBuddyRead #AndrewWyeth #Christina
“...And the skeleton of a house can carry in its bones the marrow of all that came before.” Just love this sentence. Reading this with a student. ❤️📚

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kspenmoll
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#AndrewWyeth #ChristinasWorld #studentbuddyread
So excited! One of my students with whom I have done one #buddyread with this year, has suggested we read this book together. We usually follow with a book talk. We have been reading together since her freshman year. she graduates this June. 😭

litenthusiast I read this earlier this year. I really liked it. Enjoy! 11mo
Librarybelle It‘s a good book! 11mo
Reggie Awwww, that‘s sweet. And I‘m actually excited that I know that painting thanks to this crazy book, N.P. Which is a Japanese in translation book of all things. They make mention of this painting. 11mo
Nute This is very cool. I would have enjoyed having this experience in high school...buddy reading with my literature teacher.🙂 11mo
kspenmoll @Nute It started with summer reading books, then at her suggestion we continued during the year. I learn so much from her perspective & insights! 11mo
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kstadt929
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Thank you so much @mreads !! I was so excited to open up the envelope and find my book wrapped in this AMAZING pineapple paper - how fun!! 🍍🍍🍍 I remember seeing you post about this paper and thinking how much I loved it 😍 I am excited about this book and look forward to reading it. I love books like this! Thank you @TheBookKeepers for hosting a fun #justabookswap

TheBookKeepers Yay!!! Happy it arrived and I agree that paper is too cute!!!! 12mo
mreads Glad it finally arrived, I was getting worried. 😁 12mo
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BilboBookends
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“All were given one chance to step into a happily ever after- or at least it must have seemed that way. But was it the prince who attracted them, or merely the opportunity to escape?”

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vlwelser
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This book was so good. I love historical fiction about art. Especially art I have seen in person. 💖📚🎨

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Librarybelle
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#ICanSeeTheSunInLateDecember seems almost reflective. Identifying the bad, but seeing the good through it. Christina Olson is resilient and one who guards her life‘s events. It‘s not until Andrew Wyeth meets her that her full story is told - Kline writes a beautiful story about Olson‘s life, but Wyeth captures so much in his paintings of her. Amazing historical fiction. #WinterWonderland

Cinfhen Oooh, cover really captures the prompt🤩 13mo
TrishB Been on my tbr a while! 13mo
ferskner I really liked this one! My weird book club hated it. I think it might not be the group for me. 13mo
Librarybelle @ferskner It was my library system‘s One Book selection for 2018...we had comments that it was not as good as Orphan Train, but overall people liked it. Good luck with your book group! 13mo
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ferskner
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I've always loved the Andrew Wyeth painting this book uses as a starting point, and I'm a sucker for an imagined history of a minor historical figure, but I nearly quit listening because it starts sloowwww. I'm so glad I stuck with it, though. It gave me so much to think about - that a quiet life can still be a good life, and the ways we use our tragedies to isolate ourselves because it's the easier path. I identified too much with that.

Booksnchill Christina‘s World is a favorite and a print hangs in my bedroom. I have been to the home and Wyeth gallery on my last trip to Maine and I highly recommend it. There is a great biography of Wyeth I reviewed here and I also recommend it.❤️ 1y
ferskner @Booksnchill that is awesome! I've never been to Maine but I think I'm missing out. 1y
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Librarybelle
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As promised, a picture of Christina Baker Kline talking about A Piece of the World and the reasons behind it. Love it!

heidisreads I wish I could have heard that! Where was this? 😍 1y
Librarybelle @heidifk She spoke at my library system‘s fundraiser event tonight in PA. Amazing presentation! 1y
kspenmoll How wonderful to hear her speak! 1y
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Librarybelle
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I love historical fiction, especially books that capture the facts so well. I‘m highlighting this one today, as tonight I‘m honored to be part of my library‘s biggest fundraiser of the year, where the author is the guest speaker. And, unless something changes, I‘m sitting at the author table at dinner! #FactFiction

This book is also my library‘s One Book selection, so I‘ll be immersed in this world all October! #SeptemberDanes

Cathythoughts Enjoy your night 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1y
Kalalalatja Sounds lovely, enjoy! 💕 1y
Lcsmcat Have fun! (And report back!) 1y
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Cinfhen How awesome!!! Have a wonderful evening 1y
Cinfhen And I hear this book is fantastic ~ I think @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks would like it 1y
DivineDiana How exciting! I saw her on a panel at the main Library in Philadelphia and she seemed to be very kind. On the #TBR! (edited) 1y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Oh wow! How exciting!! 👏👏 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Cinfhen thank you for the tag!!! I‘ll add it 🤗🤗🤗 1y
kspenmoll I have it; maybe your reading it will help me decide to read it in Oct too! Enjoy your night; what a great idea for a fund raiser. (edited) 1y
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Samplergal
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I really enjoyed this book. It‘s a fictionalized version of Andrew Wyeth‘s most famous work. Great character development throughout. Would highly recommend for those of you who liked her Orphan Train. #abookaweek. #3

Eggs Loved this 1y
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Mel01
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I have just finished this little gem. It‘s the story behind the famous painting ‘Christina‘s World‘ by Andrew Wyeth. It made me think of a beautiful old house in Hastings, NZ. I love the idea of the stories behind this house so much that I commissioned a painting of it. The photo here is of my painting not the one in the book. One day someone might write the story behind this one. Might even be me 😊 🏠 📖

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Mel01
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Who are you?

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Mel01
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Oh, the places we go

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Mel01
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This is a comfort. My memories do, at times, sustain me through the harsh reality.

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Mel01
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A family history. Blessing. Or a curse?

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C.Perone
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A quiet story that slowly pulls you in without you're notice

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C.Perone
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This quote really resonates for me with my daughter leaving for basic training in 5 days

tammysue Sending ((Hugs)) ❤️🇺🇸 1y
C.Perone @whatshesreadingnow Thank you 😌 🦅🇺🇸 1y
BookishMe Yes it was too quiet whenever the daughter was away though her younger brothers are noisier lot. First time your daughter will be away for this long? 1y
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bookandbedandtea My daughter is three weeks in to boot camp and I haven't heard from her yet. No news is good news, I know, but it's still hard. Hang in there! ❤🍀🙏💪 #MilitaryMom 1y
C.Perone @BookishMe No; but will be first time with communication only by letter 1y
BookishMe 👍🏽 👍🏽 1y
C.Perone @bookandbedandtea I've been thinking about you; yes, no news is good news! How are you holding up? If you'd like, e-mail me: cookieperone at gmail ❤️🍀🙏💪 1y
bookandbedandtea I got a letter from her today! 💌 I'm so relieved. I meant to email you today but work was crazy. Will do so within the next couple days. Enjoy these last couple days with your daughter. 1y
C.Perone @bookandbedandtea Oh yayyyy!!!!! Glad you heard from her😊 .... Thank you, I will; though it's going to be hard watching her pack 😔 1y
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C.Perone
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I've never read My Antonia. I think my life is just fine without it 😄

#NovelsInBooks

callielafleur Oh I love everything Cather wrote. My Antonia is grand, but Death Comes for the Archbishop is even better. 1y
mdm139 Cather is my favorite American classic female author. And my copy of My Antonia has the famous painting your book is talking about on the cover. 1y
gregspuches Loved that novel. I‘d check it out! 1y
Charysselya I liked it far more than I expected to. A strange feeling. 1y
CarolynM I liked it a lot. That description doesn't do it justice. (edited) 1y
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C.Perone
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Loved Ethan Frome
#NovelsInBooks

mdm139 Just read Ethan Frome and loved it even though it is bleak 1y
gregspuches Same! But Summer is my favorite. 1y
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C.Perone
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Trashcanman Love love love love love love love 1y
C.Perone @Trashcanman I thought you would😊 1y
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C.Perone
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Reminds me of Practical Magic/Rules of Magic

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C.Perone
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Let the storms roll through; I've got a new book to read! 😁

#CurrentRead

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Kat_H
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I genuinely can't rave about this enough. Everything is so sparse and simple but all the more beautiful and powerful for it. Made my heart squeeze. An imagining of the life of Christina Olsen, of Andrew Wyeth's Christina's World.

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Librarybelle
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A little bragging session time...this marks the first year that I am chair of my library system‘s One Book Committee. Today was my big announcement of the One Book title, with programs to take place this fall. The Committee selected this book, and I couldn‘t be happier. We‘ve known since January, so to be able to tell everyone is a wonderful feeling. Now, to finalize the program list for October!

Picture cropped from the library website.

Christine Congrats!! 2y
JamieArc This is one of my favorite events in my city. Awesome that you get to be a part of it! 2y
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batsy Nice! Congrats! 2y
GripLitGrl Awesome congrats! 2y
Librarybelle Thank you, @JamieArc @batsy @GripLitGrl ! ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
minkyb 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
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CaitlinR
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The story of Christina Olson from Wyeth‘s painting “Christina‘s World. An incredibly rich novel, full of well researched history. I wasn‘t wild about Orphan Train, but this is well worth the read. I book that deserves to be handsold. Highly recommended.

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CaitlinR
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“He thought I wouldn‘t like the way he portrayed me: dragging myself across the field ... my legs twisting behind. The arid moonscape of wheatgrass, and timothy. That dilapidated house in the distance, looming up like a secret that won‘t stay hidden .” (Prologue)

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litenthusiast
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A little coffee shop reading this afternoon. This is the first book I have read by Christina Baker Kline, and I have had a difficult time putting this book down.

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Cwade
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Eggs Agreed 2y
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BekaReid
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Andrew Wyeth's painting Christina's World captivated me years ago the first time I saw it, and it has been a favorite ever since. I enjoyed reading Kline's story and appreciated the tone tells it in and the atmosphere she creates in the telling of it.

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BekaReid
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"Do our natures dictate the choices we make, I wonder, or do we choose to live a certain way because of circumstances beyond our control? Perhaps these questions are impossible to tease apart because, like a tangle of seaweed on a rock, they are connected at the root."

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Kodak2057
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I preferred the orphan train but this was a decent read. A bit slow at times. The imagery is beautiful and Kline does do a wonderful job at getting into peoples thoughts.

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theladygreer
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Happy Friday! Don't miss today's #womenshistoryreads interview with Christina Baker Kline -- I'm sure you'll want to know (as I did) what she's writing about next! Greermacallister.com/blog

Talewaggingreads Loved this book! 2y
lynneamch I loved it, too. The next one-Tasmania? Oooh! 2y
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Ms.Nic
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Instantly engaging. I love her rhythm and tone. And I nyway be a little biased on books about home. #maine

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StephanieGeiser
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My grandparents had a reproduction of Andrew Wyeth‘s painting, Christina‘s World, framed above their living room couch. Because of this, it‘s always held a special place in my heart. So when I heard about this book, which is a story about how this painting came to be, I knew I had to read it. This book is as much of the truth as we know with some educated guesses sprinkled in.

#kindlesoflitsy

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SonyaBeatty
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A book quote within a book.

"Some memories are realities and are better than anything that can ever happen to one again."

Sad but true. Oh, to live life again in absolute ignorance of the trials and heartaches that await us...