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So Big
So Big | Edna Ferber
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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and widely considered to be Edna Ferber's greatest achievement, So Big is a classic novel of turn-of-the-century Chicago. It is the unforgettable story of Selina Peake DeJong, a gambler's daughter, and her struggles to stay afloat and maintain her dignity and her sanity in the face of marriage, widowhood, and single parenthood. A brilliant literary masterwork from one of the twentieth century's most accomplished and admired writers, the remarkable So Big still resonates with its unflinching view of poverty, sexism, and the drive for success.
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quietjenn
So Big | Edna Ferber
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Oh, Cyd! What a lovely and generous #fallingforfallswap package you sent me. For your first big swap, you really came out swinging and I just love everything! Can't wait to indulge in everything (going to read these books in the best smelling apartment). And tell your son thumbs up on the candy 👍. Thank you so very much! You really made my day.
@CBee @Avanders #fffs

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CBee Oh! Well, it makes my day to know that you love everything ♥️ I‘ve been anxiously waiting 😂😂 Enjoy! That candle is one of my favorites and goodness those wax melts smelled heavenly. I‘m all about the yummy scents. 2w
Liz_M I spy a fabulous book! 2w
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LeahBergen Lovely! 😍 2w
squirrelbrain Lovely gifts! I too really liked Subdivision, as well as Passing *and* The Lamplighters! (edited) 2w
CBee Was the wrapping all intact? I packed and repacked it and added gobs of tissue paper 😂😂 @quietjenn 2w
quietjenn @LizM @squirrelbrain I am very much looking forward to it, as well as all the others! 2w
quietjenn @CBee Yes! Sorry, I always forget to take “intact“ pictures, but it was a lovely presentation 😁 2w
CBee @quietjenn hooray! Okay, first big swap = SUCCESS! 😅😂 2w
quietjenn @CBee most definitely 😁😀😀 2w
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k8makesart
So Big | Edna Ferber
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Life goal: Beauty

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k8makesart
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"The bedroom was cruelly cold. As she threw the bed clothes heroically aside Selina decided that it took an appalling amount of courage-- this life that Simeon Peake had called a great adventure."

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Christine
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I LOVED THIS. The language was charmingly of its time, but also unbelievably modern-feeling. Selina Peake is a great character, and her story conveys so much about vocation, identity, beauty, and the meaning of life. And I loved the Midwest setting. I‘m finally reading Ferber after learning that she has roots in the same area of Wisconsin where I grew up. Not sure how I wasn‘t more aware of her back then, but I look forward to making up for that.

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TracyReadsBooks
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Wow, what a wonderful, unexpected surprise—I love this book. The daughter of a gambler, Selina Peake is forced to make her way in the world after her father‘s death. She becomes a school teacher in a Dutch farming community on the outskirts of Chicago. She marries, has a child, husband dies, & she has to find a way to survive. Selina Peake DeJong is a fantastic character & this is a fabulous story of turn-of-the-century Chicago I highly recommend.

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I‘m really enjoying this book and the descriptions of Chicago. The emergence of the Loop and the North Shore from the perspective of a family of farmers is really fascinating. Obviously, it‘s all much more complicated than that but this book is proving to be an absolutely delightful & surprising discovery. So glad I picked it up.

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“In the midst then, of this fiery furnace of femininity Dirk walked unscorched.”

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“About mistakes it‘s funny. You got to make your own; and not only that, if you try to keep people from making theirs they get mad.”

Everyone‘s asleep so I‘m enjoying an early, quiet morning of reading as snow blankets the city and it is wonderful.❄️☃️❄️

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I know I‘m posting a lot of quotes but I love the writing and the descriptions are just fantastic.

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“...a clothes-line hung with a dado of miscellaneous wash...”

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Love this description of the prairie around Chicago. Certainly doesn‘t look like that today. Corn and soybeans, sure. Cabbages? Not so much.

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TracyReadsBooks
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Yeah, it‘s cold and gray outside but let‘s be honest, that‘s really just another great reason to stay inside reading.
So, that‘s what I‘m going to do. This book won the Pulitzer in 1925 and is a story about turn-of-the-century Chicago. That‘s a fascinating period of time and I‘m looking forward to what should be an interesting read.

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quirkyreader
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Oh my goodness. What a day. I planed on going out and buying new shoes today, my old ones are falling apart, but it turned into something more. As I was turning into the car park I got crashed into. The driver of the other car asked if I was ok and then sped off. Oh yea a hit and run. I called the insurance company and the police to make my report. But there was some serendipity. My friend Matt was near by and stayed with me until the

britt_brooke Happy you're okay!! 6y
quirkyreader Police showed up. Afterwards I got new shoes and went into Half Price Books. I only found three things because the big sale was last week. I then got some much needed Reese's and came home. I am too darn stirred up to nap. So I'll just take an Advil and rest. The three books are a major score though. I have been looking for them for a while. 6y
saresmoore Phew! Glad for books and Reese's! 6y
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quirkyreader And Forever Amber can be included in the #headlesscover 6y
LeahBergen I'm glad you're okay! (and I loved Forever Amber) 6y
James That sucks! Glad you're not hurt. Cool shoes. 6y
ValerieAndBooks What a day! Glad you're ok and hope not too much damage to your car. 6y
DivineDiana Glad you are home safe and sound with your new 📚 6y
LauraBrook That other drive sucks. Glad your okay, and that this day is over so you can relax and Reese's until bed. 💜 6y
DebinHawaii I'm glad you are OK & home with your new goodies. 👍📚 6y
Loreen What a day! I'm so glad you are okay. (And I love that cover of Forever Amber.) 6y
SharonGoforth Glad you are ok! A dose of Half Price Books always helps 😊 6y
Gezemice Glad you are ok! That is a rough day! Hugs 🤗🤗 6y
melbeautyandbooks Happy you're OK. Hope your weekend goes much better! 6y
ApoptyGina69 What a scare. Stupid humans. I like your shoes though! Take it easy. Once that happened to me and two days later I couldn't move my right arm. Injuries can sneak up on you. 6y
Kirstin Wow, scary! Hope you're okay and relaxing with the new books! Take care! 😊 6y
quirkyreader @melbeautyandbooks @ApoptyGina69 @Kristin I was a harrowing day, but I made it through. 6y
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ManyWordsLater
So Big | Edna Ferber
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I found a copy of so big at a used book store in Calgary. It won the Pulitzer? Well deserved. I can't believe I hadn't heard of this book or Edna Ferber before.

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MyBookStrings
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I couldn't resist when I found this second hand today...

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