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The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane
The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane | Lisa See
A thrilling new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa See explores the lives of a Chinese mother and her daughter who has been adopted by an American couple. Li-yan and her family align their lives around the seasons and the farming of tea. There is ritual and routine, and it has been ever thus for generations. Then one day a jeep appears at the village gatethe first automobile any of them have seenand a stranger arrives. In this remote Yunnan village, the stranger finds the rare tea he has been seeking and a reticent Akha people. In her biggest seller, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, See introduced the Yao people to her readers. Here she shares the customs of another Chinese ethnic minority, the Akha, whose world will soon change. Li-yan, one of the few educated girls on her mountain, translates for the stranger and is among the first to reject the rules that have shaped her existence. When she has a baby outside of wedlock, rather than stand by tradition, she wraps her daughter in a blanket, with a tea cake hidden in her swaddling, and abandons her in the nearest city. After mother and daughter have gone their separate ways, Li-yan slowly emerges from the security and insularity of her village to encounter modern life while Haley grows up a privileged and well-loved California girl. Despite Haleys happy home life, she wonders about her origins; and Li-yan longs for her lost daughter. They both search for and find answers in the tea that has shaped their familys destiny for generations. A powerful story about a family, separated by circumstances, culture, and distance, Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane paints an unforgettable portrait of a little known region and its people and celebrates the bond that connects mothers and daughters.
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tdrosebud
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Cinfhen Great match!!! I loved this book!! I learnt so much 🧡 9mo
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Lcsmcat
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A thoroughly enjoyable story, and lots of information on tea! #authoramonth @Soubhiville

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Deblovestoread
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#Booked2022 #Winter

Finished the tagged book to complete the first quarter of this challenge. Didn‘t quite stick to my original plan. Read Wilhelm‘s Mirror Mirror instead of Gregory Maguire‘s novel with the same name. And Snowflake instead of Cloud Cuckoo Land. Things Fall Apart was my least favorite. Loved The Girl with the Louding Voice and The Mercies.

Cinfhen Yay!!! Just in case you missed this: You have until Midnight April 3 to submit all books read between Jan 1-March 31🧭 use link below to enter the #FirstQuarterdrawing:

https://forms.gle/dccxLGKSdpfxVPc26
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Geemom1118
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I have heard any good reviews about this book so I am excited to start it. This is also the first book I have read by this author.

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sarahbellum
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Mehso-so

My first and probably last Lisa See. I was eager to read this for #authoramonth since so many of you have shared how much you loved it, but this ultimately fell pretty flat for me. I‘m grateful for all of the interesting history See incorporated about tea and Chinese culture. The story was far too tidy for my liking though and I‘m not really sure what I was supposed to take away from it: bad things happen, but coincidences will make it all okay?

Megabooks Yes, far too tidy! 11mo
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sarahbellum
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Saturday morning cuddle puddle 🤩 #catsoflitsy #dogsoflitsy

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marleed
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Another solid grid of reading with pre2022 releases edging out new release reading by one book - not sure how long that streak will last! Two older tomes garnered top ratings and the tagged was so good!

5* = Loved It, want to shout out loud about this book! I do/will own/keep a physical copy. A+
4*= I liked it, would love to discuss. Solid B
3*=Meh, no need to discuss. Average C
2*=Nope D
1*=DNF F

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sarahbellum
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Officially on vacation with my latest ambitious #librarystack!

Taking a week off to just breathe for a minute. The beginning of this year has been intense at work, to say the least. I‘ve got lots of lovely books to reset with: #authoramonth, many #bookspinbingo squares, and #roll100. Very glad for the shorter selections since Circle of Friends, at almost 600 pages, is gonna take me a minute to finish

LeahBergen I read Circle of Friends many years ago and remember loving it. 😊 11mo
sarahbellum @LeahBergen oh yay! Starting a long book is always easier when I know others love it 11mo
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Cinfhen
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This book was beyond fascinating!! It‘s what @rockpools calls a #GoogleyBook 🤓SO MANY rabbit holes 🐰In the Yunnan Province of China lives the Akha People, where tradition & tribal customs rule; it‘s also a region where valuable pu‘er tea is harvested & cultivated. This story follows Li-Yan as she grows from a poor child to a successful business woman spanning many decades. At times overwrought & overwritten, I still enjoyed #AAM #SetInChina

squirrelbrain Great review! I have this on hold at the library but may not get to it this month, as I‘m going to read this one first. 11mo
rockpools I agree! Once I‘d got past the #OverwroughtAndOverwritten 🙄 (new one for you!) I enjoyed this a lot. And yes, I did Google. 11mo
Cinfhen I really enjoyed this immersive story @squirrelbrain @rockpools 11mo
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Cinfhen
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I can‘t remember who suggested this book for #AAM but I‘m riveted to the audio 🎧 @Soubhiville #OverDrive

coffeewithbooks I‘m listening to this also (: 11mo
KellyK This was my first Lisa See book… I‘ve read several more since then. I ❤️ her writing! 11mo
Cinfhen It‘s fascinating/ right @coffeewithbooks ?? I‘ve read a few others by See @KellyK but I‘m think this one may be my favorite ( I hope it continues to wow me) 🤞🏽🤞🏽 11mo
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coffeewithbooks @Cinfhen yes it is and so glad I am listening to I‘m almost done with it to. Also a pick for #authoramonth 11mo
KarenUK Sounds good! I loved The Island of Sea Women. Stacked…. 11mo
TrishB I enjoyed this one 👍🏻 11mo
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marleed
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As the grandmother of 16 mo old twins, the beginning of this beautiful book was almost too much to bare. This is not 100 yr old historical fiction - Yan-Yeh/Haley would turn 27 later this calendar year! …I‘m a tea fanatic and loved the story as equally as the history. Again I‘m down a google rabbit hole and of course I stopped reading long enough to order some pu‘er tea. #AuthorAMonth

BiblioLitten Beautiful picture! 11mo
vlwelser My head nearly exploded when I realized that this was basically current rather than ancient history. 11mo
Soubhiville I really loved this story and all of the tea trivia too! 11mo
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Bookwomble Love that tea set 😍🍵 11mo
Prairiegirl_reading The beginning wrecked me and I couldn‘t keep reading. 😭😭😭 11mo
marleed @Prairiegirl_reading Boy, I get that. I felt it so intensely that I had to take breaks and read lighter fare. 11mo
marleed @Bookwomble Oh thank you - a gift from my son when physical Teavana stores were a thing because that place and a bookstore were my kind of shopping! 11mo
marleed @Soubhiville As much tea as I consume, I had never realized puer tea - or given thought to the monetary value of a tea cake! 11mo
marleed @vlwelser That Li-yan was younger than me and her daughter younger than my two kids just somehow added to the harshness of her world. 11mo
marleed @BiblioLitten Thank you - so fun to sneak my teapot into a pic! 11mo
WJCintron 😍 😍 😍 11mo
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coffeewithbooks
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Almost done with this book for #authorofmonth @Soubhiville . I never read or listen to anything like this before but I do enjoyed it.

marleed I‘m reading this, as well! 11mo
coffeewithbooks @marleed how you like it so far? 11mo
TheBookHippie One of my favorites. 11mo
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Beatlefan129
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This book is meticulously researched. I enjoyed learning about the Akha culture, their beliefs and practices involving tea growing and harvesting. I also enjoyed watching Li-yan navigate life in the outside world while trying to remain true to her culture. One criticism is the character of Haley. Since we mainly get her perspective through emails she doesn‘t seem as well fleshed out to me. The ending also seems a little too tidy for my taste.

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kellyann28
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Another great read, this was a really great round of #LMPBC ! I love how every character was meaningful and fleshed out in this one.
Thank you all for being apart of this round ❤ @DanaManiac @TheBookKeepers @Johanna414

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome photo!! 1y
DanaManiac Oh yes! It feels like ages ago when I read this, but it was so good! Also- great pic! 1y
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kellyann28 @DanaManiac I'm also a little late on this one 😂 and thank you! 1y
Johanna414 I still need to send your book back to you! Tomorrow! 1y
kellyann28 @Johanna414 no worries! I know you're good for it 😂 1y
TheBookKeepers I‘m so glad you enjoyed this one! 1y
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Johanna414
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Lisa See is such an amazing storyteller- I really need to read more of her books!! Thanks for such a great pick, @TheBookKeepers
I will get it in the mail this week! @kellyann28 @DanaManiac #lmpbc

kellyann28 💜💜 1y
TheBookKeepers Yay! Yes I want to read more of her too! 1y
Johanna414 @kellyann28 I forgot to let you know when I sent this again… you should have it Thursday or Friday 1y
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Johanna414
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Fewer than 40 pages left, and Nina wakes up with an upset stomach... I JUST WANT TO KNOW HOW IT ENDS!!!

JacqMac Oh no! I hope she‘s ok. And you get to finish. 1y
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Johanna414
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The beginning of the school year is always exhausting so I'm getting through this slower than I would like, but I am loving it!

Daisey I completely get the back to school feeling. I‘ve only finished 2 print books this month, and one was a picture book. 1y
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Johanna414
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So much cleaning I should accomplish this weekend, so many distractions...

BiblioLitten Story of my life! 😅 1y
Ericalambbrown This is such a wonderful book! 1y
Krystle13 I enjoyed this book! Football! Looks like my house. LOL 1y
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Johanna414
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I'm starting this today while the kids nap... I'm like 40 pages in and its already intense! #lmpbc @TheBookKeepers @DanaManiac @kellyann28

TheBookKeepers There‘s a scene with twins early on that‘s hard to read, but it is pivotal to the plot. This one has stayed with me 🖤🖤 1y
Johanna414 @TheBookKeepers that's the scene I just read! 😯😯😯 1y
TheBookKeepers 😂 yes! If you made it through that you‘re good lol! It will be referenced back to a lot but no more scenes of that sort! It‘s a cultural immersion for sure 1y
kellyann28 I'm sooo excited for this one! I love cultural reads 1y
katiekat311 I‘m intrigued. Added to the TBR. 1y
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DanaManiac
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This was a great book! I did have a hard time reading without judgment at times, but I learned so much and was absolutely fascinated! Is on its way to you @Johanna414 ☺️ #lmpbc @kellyann28 @TheBookKeepers

PhyllisH One of my favorites 😄. 1y
Johanna414 Looking forward to this one! 1y
Johanna414 Got this in the mail today- thanks!! 1y
DanaManiac @Johanna414 Happy reading!! 📖 1y
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Lizwarnerpdx
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I found this book fascinating. Entire lives change in a remote mountain village of tea growers when the first motorized vehicle arrives at their gate - and fairly recently…in the 1990‘s. China‘s policies, China‘s ethnic minorities, especially the Ahka, Chinese adoption by American families, the fall & rise of tea, especially pu‘er. My only complaint is it ended too soon & too abruptly.

PhyllisH I loved that book😊. After reading the book I ordered a sample of the pu‘er tea from Harney and Sons. I was curious ☕️🫖. 1y
Lizwarnerpdx Cool! 1y
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KristenDuck
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Li-yan lives in a remote village with her family and is one of the few girls who is educated on the mountain. The story follows her as she slowly begins to find her own way in this life.

With time she has a baby, but because she is not married, she is forced to hand her daughter over to an orphanage.

Li-yan successfully leads her own business while her daughter is raised by loving adoptive parents. Will these two ever be able to cross paths?

Geemom1118 I just picked this one up last weekend. Sounds really good. 1y
KristenDuck @Geemom1118 can‘t wait to see what you think of it! 1y
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DanaManiac
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This arrived today and I can‘t wait to crack it open!! @TheBookKeepers #lmpbc

TheBookKeepers Yay I hope you love it!! I was very much enthralled! 2y
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TheBookKeepers
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Absolutely loved this one!! The research behind it is mind blowing, definitely read the author‘s acknowledgments and the bonus interview in the back.

A trip to China, a glimpse into a remote culture, and an immersive tea education. I‘m planning to buy a tea sampling kit through a site the author recommends in the back!

#lmpbc @kellyann28 @DanaManiac @Johanna414

TrishB I‘ve been to a tea feasting ceremony in China. It was amazing 😁 2y
DivineDiana I attended a Lisa See event at a local bookstore when this was released. Watched an online interview with her last night. She is remarkable, and said the research is her favorite part. 2y
kellyann28 I'm not a tea drinker but maybe I will be after this book 😂 2y
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Johanna414 I can‘t wait for this one! And I‘m already a tea drinker, so I imagine I‘ll be drinking a lot of it while I read this 🤣 2y
TheBookKeepers @TrishB that is so cool!!! 2y
TheBookKeepers @DivineDiana you can tell it‘s very well researched! I absolutely loved it, and that even sounds amazing! I‘m adding her to my list of authors to meet and will be reading her other books as well 2y
TheBookKeepers @Johanna414 I had my chai next to me basically the whole time!! I hope you love it! 2y
TheBookKeepers @kellyann28 😂 i think you‘ll love the history and detail around the tea culture!! 2y
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TheBookKeepers
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Hey friends! These are the 3 books I‘m considering as my pick for the next round of #lmpbc. Have you read any of them? Or any you feel excited to read more than the others? Let me know your thoughts and I‘ll make a final selection soon 😃

@DanaManiac @kellyann28 @Johanna414

Schnoebs I really enjoyed dragon teeth but if you don‘t really enjoy dinosaurs or a bit of a western feel, I would t suggest it. I gave it 5 stars but I definitely know it‘s not for everyone lol 2y
kellyann28 I'd love to read the Lisa See book! A Phoenix First Must Burn sounds good too! 2y
Johanna414 My vote would also be for the Lisa See book, but I'm open to the other two as well! 2y
DanaManiac My picks would be either The Tea Girl off Hummingbird Lane or A Phoenix Must First Burn! Both sound great! 2y
TheBookKeepers I‘ll go with the tea girl of hummingbird lane! @Johanna414 @DanaManiac @kellyann28 2y
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bookaholic1
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#53
Love, love, love this terrific book

marleed I own a copy but it still on my TBR. I consider Lisa See to be a teacher as well as an author! 2y
bookaholic1 @marleed I can see why... 2y
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Krystle13
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What A Book! 😲🥰
The information I have gained from this book is spectacular. Definitely opening my Reading Genres up! Loved it.

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Krystle13
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Alittle behind, but here it is.😘🤗

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bookishbitch
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I have so many great stories on my shelves just waiting to be read. #tbrpile

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Helen19
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Thank you so much Kay @kaysworld1 - I really can‘t wait to read this. Some chocolates were eaten in the making of this photo. #bookcupidswap
@candority

candority Happy Valentine‘s Day! 💘💘💘 2y
Helen19 @candority And to you! Thank you for organising the swap! ❤️ 2y
candority @Helen19 It has been my pleasure! 💕 2y
kaysworld1 I'm glad you liked it because I didn't see it I sent it straight from Amazon it was easier 🥰 HAPPY VALENTINES DAY 2y
Helen19 @kaysworld1 it‘s perfect!! 2y
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Andrew65
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Finished my first book for #FabulousFebruary Readathon.

This was a very enjoyable read about what happened to a baby given away due to the one baby rule. Very well written and engaging. Took me to China for #ReadingAsia2021

Librarybelle Great choice! 2y
Crazeedi I liked this one too! Rock on Andrew! 2y
Andrew65 @Crazeedi Great, now to think of my next country 😊 2y
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Cosmos_Moon
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1. Changing schedules... kids starting school 80 minutes earlier.
2. Being with my mom this week.

#ThankfulThursday

Blackink_WhitePaper Thanks for the tag💐😀 tagged book is a great choice.👍 2y
Cinfhen Thanks @Jennifer3 ♥️ 2y
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batsy Thank you for the tag! 2y
Eggs Thanks for tag🧡! 2y
Catsandbooks Enjoy time with your mom! Thanks for the tag! 💖 2y
Cosmos_Moon @Catsandbooks thank you! Just a few more days before she goes home. Nothing like spending time with mom. 2y
Cosmos_Moon @Blackink_WhitePaper it was such a good book! 2y
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Cortg
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This was a really quick and engaging read for me. I enjoyed reading about the Akha people and the tea culture in China as well as the characters and plots surrounding the story 😍

Soubhiville I love Lisa See! Have you read The Island of Sea Women? 2y
Cortg @Soubhiville I did! I read it last month and liked it better than this one. Island of the Sea Woman was our One Maryland One Book this year and The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane is for book club. 2y
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Cortg
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Can‘t escape the pandemic reminders.

wanderinglynn Is that a quote from the tagged book? 2y
Cortg @wanderinglynn It is! I should‘ve put quotation marks around it. 2y
Hooked_on_books Interesting quote, though wildly inaccurate. It is funny how you see reminders everywhere, eh? 2y
Cortg @Hooked_on_books Yes, I realize it‘s inaccurate and it‘s from a fiction book, I just thought it hit the nail on the head. My husband brought Covid back from a business trip and one of the kids picked it up from him and I read the passage during quarantine. 2y
Hooked_on_books So especially timely for you! I definitely think whatever one‘s situation, there are things we pick up because of that which we otherwise wouldn‘t notice. Just like we‘d be seeing the war references if we were at war. Or after you lose a loved one you notice more things that you associated with them. It‘s like the situation “priming the pump,” or some such thing. Hopefully everyone at your home is on the mend. 2y
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Birdsong28
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KVanRead This sounds so good! Thanks for playing 😊 2y
youneverarrived Thanks for the tag! I‘ll have a think 🤔 2y
esurient No, I wouldn't. 2y
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Reynosa8701
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Omg this book is so emotional!

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Cortg
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My next four book club books! Yay!

Librarianaut Warcross was awesome! 2y
Cinfhen Yay for bookclub!! I love to see what others are reading 😍 2y
Graciouswarriorprincess All good books! 2y
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Prairiegirl_reading
Bailedbailed

Ok 7% in and I‘m bawling. No one warned me and I can‘t!! 😭😭😭

katy4peas Oh gosh! That means I will too! 😭 thanks for the warning! 😉❤️❤️ 2y
Prairiegirl_reading @katy4peas I honestly don‘t even know how it turns out because I just went running to shut it off because I didn‘t want to hear what happens. I am still upset. 2y
katy4peas Oh, I‘m sorry! 😮 sending you hugs! Find a happy book! 📚 2y
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Prairiegirl_reading @katy4peas thanks! I started The Switch and went for a walk and I laughed out loud while walking down the street! That helped even if people think I‘m nuts! 2y
katy4peas 😁🥳🥳 2y
GinaKButler Oh no...the opening scene is brutal. But, this was one of my favorite books last year. 😬 2y
Prairiegirl_reading @GinaKButler I may go back since it‘s a book club book but I‘m not even sure I can! 2y
Prairiegirl_reading @GinaKButler which I suppose is a credit to the author. 2y
GinaKButler @Prairiegirl_reading Your post is so timely...I recently recommended this to someone who likes historical fiction but needed a break from WWII. She stopped me and said I should have warned her...😬 I totally forgot how hard the beginning of that book was. 2y
Prairiegirl_reading @GinaKButler I work with people with disabilities and just the term human reject was a gut punch and then it gets so much worse. I was bawling and I‘m getting teary eyed right now. But my mom just read it and said she liked it, no warning about the beginning. 😭 obviously there is a lot more to the story. 2y
GinaKButler @Prairiegirl_reading It‘s an excellent book, but definitely take care of your heart! 😘 2y
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TheSpineView
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OriginalCyn620 🙌🏻📚😊 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I need loads of tea!!! 2y
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GatheringBooks
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#AugustAuthors Day 9: The only #LisaSee novel that I have read.

OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚👍🏻 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Oh is that the same one in translation? So cool! 2y
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CassieT
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I love Lisa See‘s novels because I learn so much. They feel thoroughly but lovingly researched, and reverently presented. I liked The Island of Sea Women better, but this one was really good too. I wish I knew a little more about the daughter, but I understand that would‘ve made the book intolerably long. This is more the story of a mother trying to find her daughter, and it‘s poignantly written as such. I recommend this book.

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vlwelser
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This author is definitely one of my favorites. That being said, her books take a bit to get into. I loved this. It's stunning and beautiful. She takes the history of an ethnic minority, tea growers, in the mountains of China and turns it into an incredibly interesting, compelling story.

#BookSpinBingo square 4

I just realized that I'm way behind on posting. So if you get annoyed with me, I apologize in advance.

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Cosmos_Moon
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Quotsy 7/1 - Halfway. Pretty sure this quote not in the tagged book, but great book set in China, halfway around the world from me.

#QUOTSYJULY20
@TK-421

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Kboltz
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Story of the tea making generations of the “hill” tribes in China. First part of the book is hard to read with the beliefs they have but once the main character takes over the story begins and her life from village to America is historically wonderful. Nothing is held back about the one child policy or of how China views its citizen groups. You learn a lot about the history of tea, in a good way!

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Cosmos_Moon
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☕️ Trader Joe‘s Columbia Supremo (it also has a beautiful canister)
🎼 my usual Pandora stations of Regina Spector, July Talk & classical music
📖 “A weak man always seeks to hurt those lower than he.” I love this book! The story really touched me and made me want to drink a lot of tea.

@MoonWitch94 #ThoughtfulThursday

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Birdsong28
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Very good. Interesting characters and concept. A real page turner and a atmospheric book. Shows how different cultures operate and what we can learn from them. Also shows how family is important and the way they guide us.

#lockdownlist
#Scribner
#SimonandSchuster

TheBookHippie I read this as an ARC and just loved it. Really interesting. 3y
BarbaraBB Sounds good! 3y
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Blackink_WhitePaper
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This is a compelling story of a mother n her abandoned daughter, & how they tried to find each other. Book explains about the ethnic minorities of China, their beliefs n customs. I frequently made tea while listening to this as there is fine description of tea making.Narration was good.

I felt the title is less appropriate as it hardly describes hummingbird lane n story is less about the girl but more about her mother. 3⭐️

#bookspin

TheAromaofBooks Great review!! 3y
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This should have been a throwaway line except I was reading this book during the COVID19 pandemic: “Every pandemic in the history of the world has come from China“ 353.

Kboltz That caught my eye too....cleanliness... 3y
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NovelNancyM
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Mehso-so

This book is about love and loss - mostly between mothers and daughters - always a complex relationship. Great character development and the story reflects an incredible amount of research the author did to accurately portray characters, customs and events. Anyone interested in Chinese tradition, tea or adoption stories might enjoy this book.