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Interpreter of Maladies
Interpreter of Maladies | Jhumpa Lahiri
Navigating between the Indian traditions they've inherited and the baffling new world, the characters in Jhumpa Lahiri's elegant, touching stories seek love beyond the barriers of culture and generations. In "A Temporary Matter," published in The New Yorker, a young Indian-American couple faces the heartbreak of a stillborn birth while their Boston neighborhood copes with a nightly blackout. In the title story, an interpreter guides an American family through the India of their ancestors and hears an astonishing confession. Lahiri writes with deft cultural insight reminiscent of Anita Desai and a nuanced depth that recalls Mavis Gallant. She is an important and powerful new voice.
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ellarebee
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All the books I finished (+ one started) during #24in48. Read for a total of 11 hours and 3 minutes. Considering I only read for about three hours during the last ‘thon, I‘d say this is an improvement. My goal for next January will be 16+ hours. Can‘t wait! If anyone knows of any other readathons or challenges (aside from 24in48 and Dewey‘s), please let me know. These are a blast!

Megabooks Congratulations!! I read Heart Berries, too. 8h
ellarebee @Megabooks I saw on one of your previous comments - apologies for not responding. What a gut punch of a book. I had to break for a bit to absorb everything. 8h
thecurlybookworm Woohoo! Congrats! 7h
ellarebee @thecurlybookworm Thank you!! 😊 7h
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ellarebee
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Winding down - not going to get near 24 hours but I am thrilled with how much I‘ve read this weekend. A dear friend gifted this to me a while ago and I am FINALLY going to read it. I feel a bit ashamed for taking this long to read it because I love Lahiri. #24in48

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shawnmooney
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After doing a deep dive on Google, I‘m pretty sure this is called a “boti”: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boti

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Deborah42
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It‘s not at all surprising that Lahiri won a Pulitzer for this marvelous collection. The stories tackle a variety of ordinary life experiences for Indian immigrants as they assimilate (or choose not to) in their new countries. Absolutely gorgeous prose.

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annaperuses
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The prose is beautiful and romantic, but for most of the stories, their plot feels rather flat. The narrative starts off as interesting, and picks up until the climax, but regrettably, the endings fall short. A few stories were achingly poignant, yet the rest were forgettable. I find it frustrating that the author used Indian and American stereotypes repeatedly, and that each story follows the same pattern. It was okay, but not notably good.

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Monpetitoiseau
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So in love with this book. Had been sitting on the shelf waiting patiently for me for years. Left me wanting more Jhumpa, stat. Read this one in Dec, so technically can‘t count toward my 2019 tally 🤗

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glitterkitty459
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#novemberwrapup #novemberstats #monthlystats
Part 1/2

Some of my November reads! Best of these was the tagged book 😊 Also Bingo Love is a big recommend 👍😍 Tagging more #comics in comments -couldn't fit in collage ⬇️

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glitterkitty459
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Really enjoyed this collection of stories. Loved the introspective, melancholy feelings that connected most of them.
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What are you reading today? 😊 📚

mreads I really enjoyed this collection too 8mo
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Naj Listening to 8mo
alysonwrites I read this recently and enjoyed it too! I also love the melancholy—it‘s almost palpable in her stories. (edited) 8mo
glitterkitty459 @mreads ooh I've heard good things about that one! 8mo
glitterkitty459 @Naj I keep meaning to read that! 😂😊 8mo
Naj @glitterkitty459 I wasn't really interested in it at the beginning but EVERYONE loves it. I have finally given in to all the hype! 8mo
Tessy Love love reading Jhumpa Lahiri. 8mo
SassyBrit The Cruel Prince 🤴 x 8mo
SnGilmoreGirl I've read this collection and listened to the audiobook. I can't get enough of these stories! 8mo
meadowschloe I‘ve read this! 8mo
DivineDiana I ❤️ this book! 8mo
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BornReadChicago
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Meghagrawal
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Book- Interpreter of Maladies, Inheritance of Loss
Author- yet to read an author whose first or last initial is I
Movie- Inception
Food- Idli
#manicmonday #letterI @JoScho

JoScho Thanks for playing 💛 10mo
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CarolynM
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Book - Interpreter of Maladies
Author - Christopher Isherwood
Movie - It Happened One Night
Food - Iberian Ham

#ManicMonday #LetterI

JoScho 💛💛💛 10mo
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CaroPi
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I like it this book. The stories are nice and the narrative is engaging. Nevertheless I can't say is a book to remember. After listening all the hype for so many years I was expecting more. I guess that is why I prefer to read books with lower expectations. I don't think I will recommend this book. But I can't say is bad. That someone else got the same feeling? #bookly #pulitzer

annaperuses Aye! 6mo
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mania
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"Whether set in Boston or Bengal, these sublimely understated stories, spiced with humour and subtle detail, speak with eloquence to anyone who has ever felt the yearnings of exile or the emotional confusion of the outsider." Spot on about this extraordinary book. Highly recommended!

emyung Thank you. 7mo
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jillannjohn
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@JulietteGF Thank you so much for this wonderful #shortstoryswap package. I love everything! I‘ve never had a book sleeve before & I‘m so excited to use it! The tagged book is one I‘ve always wanted to read and the others sound great too. And the bookmarks! 💚 Thank you for fueling my coffee addiction!
@CSeydel thanks for organizing this. I don‘t normally read short stories & didn‘t realize there‘s so many good ones. Adding to Mount TBR!

JulietteGF @jillannjohn You're welcome! I'm so glad you like everything ;) Wish you a wonderful day. 12mo
erzascarletbookgasm Book sleeves are great. 👍 12mo
CSeydel Nice!! Hope you enjoy the stories! 12mo
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MsLeah8417
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Kalyn_Denae
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Captivating and soulful.

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JulietteGF
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I lately received soooo much work (very busy bee for the moment...) that I totally forgot to review this gem. This book of short stories is very well written. Jhumpa Lahiri manages to create a whole atmosphere in few pages. This book talks about loss, grief, the hardships of immigration... A great book for a book club ;)

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mauveandrosysky
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Lahiri writes beautifully about human nature, focusing on characters with Indian backgrounds navigating life in America. Many of the stories rely on third-person limited narration, which is such a compelling choice: we experience the characters as they see each other, emphasizing the inherent limits of our empathy and the messiness of human relationships.

A solid collection.

Lcsmcat I loved this one too! 1y
BooksForEmpathy I remember loving this one. Especially that one about the couple in the dark. Anyway, have you heard of this one!? I‘m starting it now. 1y
mauveandrosysky @BooksForEmpathy whoaaaaa this is my first time hearing about it and I‘m ordering it immediately! (The one with the couple in the dark was my favorite, too.) 1y
Eamann Have you ever been to the globe thingy in the Christian Science center in Boston? She used it really well in ‘Sexy‘ 1y
mauveandrosysky @Eamann I haven‘t! But this had me intrigued for sure. 1y
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Book_Gnome
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“The notice informed them that it was a temporary matter: for five days their electricity would be cut off for one hour, beginning at 8 pm.”
#4of365 #openingline #bookcover #piratesockmonkey

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Anna40
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Beautiful writing style! I am sad that I finished it... what a wonderful storyteller!

BookishMe I first read her translated memoir and since, I have been charmed by her writing 1y
Anna40 @BookishMe Thank you so much! This sounds great! I stacked it! 1y
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Anna40
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Husband and son at the pool. I hope I can stay here for a while :)

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Anna40
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@JulietteGF This is part of the flyer I made and will ask if I can put out in Literarity tomorrow! I don't know why it only shows half of the flyer...

JulietteGF Great! Have you put the meeting place, date and time too on it? 1y
Anna40 @JulietteGF Yes :) that's the part that is cut off :) 1y
JulietteGF @Anna40 Great ;) Hope people will show up. 1y
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Faibka Hope I can rejoin at some point! :) 1y
Anna40 @Faibka That would be wonderful! 1y
Anna40 @JulietteGF the flyer is in Literarity on the central table where everyone can see it :)!!! 1y
JulietteGF @Anna40 Great! Thanks for stepping up. 1y
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Anna40
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@JulietteGF
Juliette, I just saw that Ishmael stepped down as organizer. I think I will take over. I have to organize the next meeting in May. Have you read this book? I would like the next book club book to be written by a woman and focus more on female writers.

JulietteGF @Anna40 I haven't read this book. But I have it on my shelves ;) It would be a great choice! I can definitely help you with the book club, and help you pay for the page. I'm coming back May, 9th. 1y
Anna40 @JulietteGF Ok! Great! Thanks! I will post it in the following days. We can talk about the book club when you are back! :) 1y
Anna40 @Faibka I'm the book club organizer now. We are reading this one in May, the meeting is scheduled for May 21 and reading Trouble with Lichen by Wyndham June, 26. Would a Friday evening for the meetings be generally better for you or is West Side simply too far? 1y
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Anna40 @JulietteGF I read the first story. It is beautiful, probably some of the best writing and storytelling I have read in a long time. 1y
JulietteGF @Anna40 I'm looking forward to reading it ;) 1y
Anna40 @JulietteGF Thanks for Rsvpeing :) and for your comment in the book club discussion! There has been zero response from any of the book club members so far :( but I put a flyer up in the library and I hope that we will at least have a group of 7 to 8 people ;)! If the interest remains low I will ask if I can put another flyer out in Literarity... Thanks for your support! Safe and happy travels and see you soonish! 1y
JulietteGF @Anna40 You're welcome. I hope that people will come from the library and from Literarity. It would be also great to offer the members the opportunity to exchange books that they've read at the end of the Meetup. A little bit like a book swap. What do you think? 1y
Anna40 @JulietteGF I love the idea! Sounds good! 😁👍 1y
Anna40 @JulietteGF Juliette, I changed your role to co-organizer. I hope that's ok. It will give you access to the same tools that I have and you can schedule your July meeting, make changes if you need to etc. There are no obligations attached to this role! 1y
Faibka @Anna40 for some reason I wasn‘t alerted of your comment and just saw it. I will do my best to attend, Friday evening would be better but whatever works best for you :) Thanks for keeping the book club going! Looks like very interesting reads 1y
Anna40 @Faibka thanks! I hope people will show up and hope you can make it! 1y
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Crazeedi
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I started reading ebook at dr.office today. I don't usually get into short stories. So far I like this book. Not sure if I'll finish or not we'll see!

ReadZenRites Part of what I liked best about that book was discovering in the end how all the stories were all connected 1y
Crazeedi @ReadZenRites thanks, I will be sure to finish! 1y
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alisonrose
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I'm not a big short story reader, but I really enjoyed this collection because the writing was beautiful and sharp, and did two things that matter to me with short stories: they were almost all roughly the same length, and each story felt complete. I hate when a collection is like 8 pages, 42 pages, 3 pages, then a damn novella. Or when there seems to be no point or fullness to the separate stories. So this lovely book was great for me! 4/5 ⭐️

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alisonrose
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Zoe keeping me company while I read. I'm so glad she loves this hammock! 😻 #catsoflitsy

Bookzombie 💕🐱 1y
DebinHawaii Sweet! 🐱❤️ 1y
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alisonrose
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I love this cover and this title. #nowreading

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kristilabrie
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Haven‘t had much time to read the last two months, and I‘m getting withdrawals. Started this last week & loved the first story! Looking forward to finishing.

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ElectricKatyLand
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Beautiful. Most of the stories revolve around marriage and children and families, and I had to proceed tenderly as a new mom when reading, but it was worth it

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Tanisha_A
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Above - A beautiful portrait of Ms. Jhumpa Lahiri at the back of the book.
Below - A review from Amy Tan, that's all the review one needs to read this short story collection.

A must read!

BookishMe Daughter and I were just talking about this book. Can't recall if I have read this yet (gotta check GR) is this the book she won the Pulitzer? 1y
Tanisha_A @BookishMe Yep, Pulitzer for Fiction in 2000. 1y
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Suelizbeth
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This is such a lovely book of short stories. The writing is gentle and elegant and poignant. I especially liked the last story. I believe I will read The Clothing of Books next. I really like Jhumpa Lahiri‘s writing style. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #MMDBookClub

Zelma Her novel The Namesake is very good and worth reading, if you haven‘t already. 1y
Suelizbeth @Zelma I haven‘t read it. Thanks. I‘ll add it to my stack. 1y
rmaclean4 I loved the Namesake. I read you short stories and enjoyed them but they have not stayed with me over time. 1y
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jamielaine
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Love

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Tanisha_A
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"Somehow, without saying anything, it had turned into this. Into an exchange of #confessions — the little ways they'd hurt or disappointed each other, and themselves." - Jhumpa Lahiri, Interpreter of Maladies

Just started with this short story book. This excerpt is from the 1st story, A Temporary Matter. Loving it already! Love the way she styles the prose.

#confessions #QuotsyFeb18 @TK-421

BookishMe She's an incredible writer! 1y
minkyb Love her writing. 1y
Tanisha_A @BookishMe @minkyb I feel like re-reading The Namesake! 1y
BookishMe @Tanisha_A that's on my TBR 1y
Tanisha_A @BookishMe Nice! It's a beautiful, heart-warming read. 1y
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suvata
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This collection of short stories is nothing short of spectacular. Usually, I am dissatisfied with shorts. The endings seem incomplete. Not true here. These tales are about people who are living away from their homeland, India. In many ways, they are also about loneliness and belonging. I especially loved the story titled “Mrs. Sen‘s” — Remarkable.

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suvata
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Up next!

LeeRHarry Loved this 😊 1y
Dulcinella Enjoy! Great book. 1y
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DivineDiana
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A favorite. Found in the street by my husband while he was out for a run. A gift. #shortstories #riotgrams

CarolynM A favourite of mine too. She makes the most mundane things interesting. 1y
Dulcinella I enjoyed it a lot! 1y
DivineDiana @CarolynM @Dulcinella Such a talented writer! 1y
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ReviewsandReadathons
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Day 6 of #riotgrams: #shortstory. Reposted from Instagram.

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Grise
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I really liked this short story collection and am looking forward to reading Lahiri‘s other works.

Tanisha_A You have to read The Namesake by her! 1y
Grise @Tanisha_A I definitely will! 1y
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Grise
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In a week full of headaches, I did not get much reading done. Started an audiobook, though. I‘m enjoying it so far.

BarbaraTheBibliophage I understand headaches. Hope you get some relief soon! 1y
Andrea4 Oof! That sucks! I hope you can do something to relieve that! 1y
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Lauren.Archer
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There were two stellar stories in this collection and the rest were just ok. I think that I needed more and they were just a little to short.

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Lauren.Archer
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Next read for #MMDBookClub. I loved The Namesake so I pretty sure this going to be great.

minkyb Wonderful stories. 1y
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Godmotherx5
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Yesterday, I this was free on Amazon Prime Reading. I‘ve heard so much about it & love that it was cost nothing. (Except the price of a Prime membership 😏)
#NewBookSelfie #NewYearReads @bookloo @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Wow!!!! That‘s awesome!! 👏🏻👏🏻 2y
bedandabook This is my all-time favourite collection of short stories. Amazing! 2y
erzascarletbookgasm I liked this collection of short stories. 2y
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Godmotherx5 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @bedandabook @erzascarletbookgasm Thanks for the encouragement. Sorry about my typos. 2y
BookMaven407 Thanks for the tip! 2y
Dulcinella I thought this was a great collection! 2y
CarolynM Loved these stories so much. She writes so beautifully 2y
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Blaire
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This is one of my all-time favorite books. The writing is stunning. I read it while living in Cambridge, MA so the places were also familiar. If you haven‘t read Lahiri or think you don‘t like short stories this is a good collection to try. It‘s a go-to recommendation. #readthis #seasonsreadings2017 (and it works as an additional #candles post #decdays)

Megabooks Agreed! I also loved The Namesake and The Lowlands. 2y
DebinHawaii Great pick! One of my favorites.📚👍 2y
mrp27 One of my favorite authors! 2y
Blaire @Booksandcooks @DebinHawaii @mrp27 she‘s a wonderful writer! 2y
Tkekacs LOVE this book 📚❤️ 2y
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Krisjericho
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1. Homework. Finals week. Ugh.
2. One of my daughter‘s headbands
3. The Office. One of my favorite shows ever.
4. I‘m a heathen in a very religious state (Utah), so my favorite is a shot glass with the Mormon temple on it. Only for certain audiences, though. 😂
5. Interpreter of Maladies #humpdaypost @MinDea

Pamwurtzler HAHAHAHA I love the shot glass. 😂😂 2y
LibrarianJen 😂😂😂 That‘s even better than my shot glass with an outhouse that I got in West Virginia! 2y
Godmotherx5 My sister collects shot glasses. I bet that‘s one she doesn‘t have. 😆 2y
JaclynW Haha! That's a great gift. You Heathen! Best of luck with finals! 2y
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Krisjericho
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I haven‘t even written my review of this book yet, as I am currently writing a paper on it, and I want to let it digest a bit before I review it, but this is a #beautifullywrittenbook . It is s collection of short stories, and every word is a crafted work of art. #allthebooksof2017

bedandabook This is my all time favourite collection of short stories. Superbly written and beautiful to read. 2y
Jinjer I loved that book. Read it years ago so could probably read it again. 2y
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Krisjericho
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Some of my #newtoyoufavoriteauthors are Brian K. Vaughn, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Jhumpa Lahiri. I recommend all of them. #allthebooksof2017

HannaPolkadots Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is so amazing!😍👍💚 2y
bedandabook I adore Adichie and Lahiri! Interpreter of Maladies is a stunning short story collection. All this makes me want to check out your third author... 2y
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KathyWheeler
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Some of the stories in this collection are brilliant (This Blessed House & The Third and Final Continent), while others left little impression on me (A Temporary Matter.) Overall, though, this book is a strong pick.

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KathyWheeler
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First book up for consideration for my university‘s 2018-2019 Common Read program. I have four more to read.

Notafraidofwords The Lowland by her is amazing ! 2y
KathyWheeler @Notafraidofwords I have that book but haven‘t read it yet. The only thing I‘ve read by her is The Namesake. It was good. 2y
sisilia I loved all her books. She‘s an amazing writer! 2y
KathyWheeler @sisilia I‘m really looking forward to reading more by her. 2y
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