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The Namesake
The Namesake | Jhumpa Lahiri
Jhumpa Lahiri's Interpreter of Maladies established this young writer as one the most brilliant of her generation. Her stories are one of the very few debut works -- and only a handful of collections -- to have won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Among the many other awards and honors it received were the New Yorker Debut of the Year award, the PEN/Hemingway Award, and the highest critical praise for its grace, acuity, and compassion in detailing lives transported from India to America. InThe Namesake, Lahiri enriches the themes that made her collection an international bestseller: the immigrant experience, the clash of cultures, the conflicts of assimilation, and, most poignantly, the tangled ties between generations. Here again Lahiri displays her deft touch for the perfect detail -- the fleeting moment, the turn of phrase -- that opens whole worlds of emotion.The Namesake takes the Ganguli family from their tradition-bound life in Calcutta through their fraught transformation into Americans. On the heels of their arranged wedding, Ashoke and Ashima Ganguli settle together in Cambridge, Massachusetts. An engineer by training, Ashoke adapts far less warily than his wife, who resists all things American and pines for her family. When their son is born, the task of naming him betrays the vexed results of bringing old ways to the new world. Named for a Russian writer by his Indian parents in memory of a catastrophe years before, Gogol Ganguli knows only that he suffers the burden of his heritage as well as his odd, antic name. Lahiri brings great empathy to Gogol as he stumbles along the first-generation path, strewn with conflicting loyalties, comic detours, and wrenching love affairs. With penetrating insight, she reveals not only the defining power of the names and expectations bestowed upon us by our parents, but also the means by which we slowly, sometimes painfully, come to define ourselves. The New York Times has praised Lahiri as "a writer of uncommon elegance and poise."The Namesake is a fine-tuned, intimate, and deeply felt novel of identity.
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MsRadioSilence
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Hey everyone!! After careful deliberation, I have decided to change my username from i-am-papercrane to MsRadioSilence. It‘s a username I have over multiple platforms and one I think is a lot easier to type in and find than my previous username. I wanted to make an official announcement so as to avoid confusion.

#rebranding #newname

Megabooks 👍🏻👍🏻 I‘ve rebranded twice. Good handle!! 1w
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Hestapleton
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First book of 2020 complete! It‘s a holdover from last year and an amazing read. The characters and interesting and enjoyable to be with. Lahiri ruminates beautifully on what it means to be named and the legacies we carry with us from our families, from our families, from the ways we choose to live. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Hestapleton I used this for Massachusetts for #readtheUSA2020 (edited) 3w
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MsRadioSilence
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Glorious Story-telling, Bumbling Christmas Cookie! My stars that‘s a long name...

#teamfestivus #wintergames #christmasname

wanderinglynn 😂😂😂 3w
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sammisho
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This was wonderful. The way Lahiri writes I felt like I was right there in the room. The characters so rich and multi faceted, it was like they were my own friends and family.
#readingwomen

MeganAnn I loved this one also 😍 2mo
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BlankInk_WhitePaper
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I admire the author for her explicit details. Had a good time reading this book.

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meagankc21
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I loved this book. The writing had a quiet simplicity that made for the beautiful tale of the son of an immigrant and his family. Just a gorgeous book. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ #diversereading

sprainedbrain Me too! So good! ❤️ 4mo
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meagankc21
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"For being a foreigner, Ashima is beginning to realize, is a sort of lifelong pregnancy-- a perpetual wait, a constant burden, a continuous feeling out of sorts." So many good moments and quotes throughout this book! #amreadingfiction #jhumpalahiri

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sprainedbrain
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This sort of book is why I love to read. An absolutely beautiful, quiet story of an immigrant family in America. My first book by Lahiri, but this will definitely not be my last.

Full review: http://sprainedbrain.blog/2019/09/02/1001books-review-the-namesake-by-jhumpa-lah...

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#1001books

Readerann I loved this, too. ❤️ 5mo
Tanisha_A I love love this one, and Lahiri. Check out this 5mo
sisilia I love everything by Lahiri 💞 5mo
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meagankc21 I'm reading this right now! 5mo
sprainedbrain @meagankc21 oh I hope you love it! ❤️ 5mo
Reggie I thought this book was kind of depressing. 5mo
ValerieAndBooks I loved this one when I read it several years ago 💖 5mo
4thhouseontheleft I love her books. 5mo
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IndoorDame
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This lovely little book all begins with a #train journey. #letstravelaugust @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 📚💗🚂 5mo
OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚🚆 5mo
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Where will you travel during the next #24in48 weekend? Be sure to sign up to join us for a weekend of reading, prizes, and the best bookish community on the interwebs this July 20-21! (Sign-ups are at 24in48.com).
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Kathrin
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Interesting family story, following the firstborn son to immigrant parents and how he is navigating the culture differences between his parents and his home country.

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LibLib
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This book moved me more than I thought it would. A winding story following the life of Bengali immigrants and their son Gogol living as a first generation American. Sorry follows where life leads him and how it shapes his name and who he is. It made me wonder and curious about people's names. Anyone have an interesting origin story to their name? #summerread

umbrellagirl My parents went to a Fleetwood Mac concert whilst pregnant with me. My first name may or may not be the same as a band member. 😉 7mo
LibLib @umbrellagirl your parents have good taste so you have an excellent name! 7mo
jenniferw88 I chose my own name! Dad asked if I wanted to be called Charlotte & I cried, but I stopping crying when asked if I wanted to be called Jenny! 7mo
LibLib @jenniferw88 oh my goodness that's such a sweet story! 7mo
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LibLib
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I love reading before I go to bed since it's helps me wind down, but the struggle to actually put the book down and sleep... Well that's a battle I fight EVERY night when reading a good book. The Namesake is much better than I anticipated...darn you night time reading! Better than watching TV but I still stay up late! #cantstopreading #canstopwontstop #juneread #nighttimereading 💤

AileenRR I loved this book ❤️ 7mo
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amok
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Lahiri pulls you into her characters' life and culture like no other!

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rohit-sawant
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“Before it's too late, without thinking too much about it first, pack a pillow and a blanket and see as much of the world as you can. You will not regret it.”
#ImmigrantSong (Featured in Thor: Ragnarok)
#MayMovieMagic
@Cinfhen

Cinfhen Tagged book was really good!! I almost went with this one by Lahiri but it features a HORRIBLE mom (edited) 8mo
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Christinak
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Throughout the #experience, in spite of her growing discomfort, she‘d been astonished by her body‘s ability to make life, exactly as her mother and grandmother and all her great-grandmothers had done. #QuotsyMay19

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Reggie
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The main character‘s namesake all starts when his father purchases a #tickettoride the train in India. #BeatleMaynia

Eggs This photo!! 8mo
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MelissaSue81
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Mehso-so

I don‘t really get it, I guess. I kept reading because I thought something would happen, either good or bad, and it never really did. The son goes from rejecting his family culture and his own history to sort of coming to terms with it, but I would have liked to see a bit more of a plot. #ReadingWomenChallenge #bookbyjhumpalahiri and also book #100 completed in 2019!

Graywacke Yes! Oye...did not care for this either 8mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I tired her Interpreter of Maladies and felt the same way. I figured it just must be my #UnpopularOpinion because both this one and the one you read seem to be rated well. 🤷‍♀️ there are many more authors and books in the sea. 8mo
BarbaraBB Book 100?! Incredible! Congrats 👍🏼🎈 8mo
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Christinak
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Finally listening to this!
#finallyreading

Megabooks It‘s awesome! 9mo
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MonikaShree
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Panpan

I was really excited to read this book. It had a very good rating and a novel made into a movie. But truly the story goes nowhere. What you read in the beginning is at the end. I am truly disappointed with this novel.

Lynnsoprano Welcome to our Litsy family! Be sure to check out @LitsyWelcomeWagon for helpful information and advice. 9mo
BethM Welcome to the fam! @RaimeyGallant and @Chelleo are helpful as well! 9mo
SW-T Welcome to Litsy 😊 9mo
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jpmcwisemorgan Welcome to Litsy!!! 9mo
CrowCAH Welcome to the Litsy family!!! 📚 9mo
RaimeyGallant Nice review! And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. 9mo
Chelleo Welcome! 9mo
Texreader Great review 9mo
tpixie Welcome!!! 🥳📚🥳 9mo
Reggie Welcome to Litsy! I liked this book but it was a real downer. 9mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🤗 9mo
MonikaShree @Texreader thank you.. 9mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 📖💖 9mo
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MelissaSue81
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I very rarely purchase books, but Savers had a 50% off sale today, so I got this #bookhaul for $7. I‘m most excited for The Namesake.

Reviewsbylola Loved the Achebe. 10mo
BiblioLitten I loved Achebe and Lahiri. Good choice! 10mo
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MeganAnn
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Pickpick

Another snowy day here. School was 2 hours late and thankfully I don‘t work so I can take my time clearing out the driveway this afternoon.

This morning was for finishing this lovely book. An intimate portrayal of an immigrant family from India with their 1st generation American born children. Gogol struggles with his parents‘ expectations, his name, his identity as an American vs. Indian. Lahiri‘s writing is beautiful and intimate. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

MeganAnn @TheKidUpstairs I‘m so glad this book was on your #newyearwhodis list! I loved it! ❤️ @monalyisha 12mo
Tanisha_A Love Lahiri's work! 12mo
TheKidUpstairs I'm so glad you loved this one too. It had been sitting on my shelf forever so I picked it for a book club to force myself to read it. I didn't expect to fall in love with it like I did! 12mo
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Tex2Flo
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1. About 70
2. About 70
3. About 70
4. About 70
5. Tagged, The Namesake, current read, but always love a good murder mystery if it‘s cold outside.
@wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Wow! Looks like you live in the perfect place temperature-wise! Thanks for playing! 💜 12mo
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MrBook
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Ohhhhh. Myyyy. Goodness. 🙈🙈🙈 #LitsyHumor

TrishMcCallister 🤣🤣🤣 13mo
GingerAntics 🤣😂🤣 🤦🏼‍♀️ 🤣😂🤣 13mo
Rachel.Rencher Oh that's just bad 😂 13mo
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kgriffith Did someone call #CakeWrecks? 🤔 13mo
Burghbookaddict 😳😳😳 13mo
Amiable Maybe "brithdays" are special events celebrated in coordination with the sea. Don't judge. ?? 13mo
Mdargusch I love cake mistakes! 13mo
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Kaye
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Anyone want to play ?

Name any TITLE with a name in it. First or last.

Such as .............

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Kaye (edited) 13mo
Linear Litterally all the harry potter books lol 13mo
hermyknee I literally finished this last night- why didn‘t I think of it sooner?! 😂 (edited) 13mo
Kaye @hermyknee 😁 13mo
Linear And all the other books in this collection 13mo
CarolynM A favourite from last year 13mo
hermyknee This one is high on my TBR: 13mo
Leftcoastzen @kaye I love memory of old jack! 13mo
Kaye @Leftcoastzen I like all of Wendell Berry‘s like 13mo
Leftcoastzen @Kaye Me too! 13mo
Kaye 13mo
Kaye 13mo
Kaye I‘m turning in for the night. You guys keep on going if you‘d like. Thanks for playing. 13mo
Leftcoastzen @Kaye👍👏 13mo
Nidhi_Ashok A man called Ove, the pilgrimage of Harold fry 13mo
hermyknee This turned out to be an incredible reading list! 😂 13mo
kellyann28 Boy this really took off. I went to bed last night 😂 one more for the road: 13mo
Kaye @hermyknee Definitely a big list if someone is looking for book ideas ! ................. @kellyann28 Yea, I hit the sack and it still went on for awhile. Thanks for another title 😊 13mo
britt_brooke I‘m way late to this party, but here here‘s one: 13mo
Kaye Great job @britt_brooke 👍🏼 13mo
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Demeter2112
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Mini road trip! Reading my 2nd book for the #readingwomenchallenge on the way 📖💗

DebbieGrillo What's in the Starbucks cup? 13mo
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Kalalalatja
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You want to know who‘s a generous Litten? @Cinfhen is! She is giving away these four books, and all you have to do is repost, tag her, and use #TwoSweetGiveaway. Easy! And if you win, remember #sharingiscaring, so send a book to another Litten, so we can continue to #payitforward. 👏

I have a stack of books waiting for a new home, I have just been too forgetful to do anything about it. But this giveaway is a great reminder 😅

Cinfhen Thanks for the repost xx and you are so right!!!!! #SharingisCaring 13mo
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Lea
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I was on here pretty early on (which you can‘t tell by my low Litfluence but 🤷🏼‍♀️) and my first name was available so I grabbed it. It‘s pronounced like Leah instead of Lee.
@kaye

Kaye There was a girl in our school named Leah. I always thought it was such a pretty name. 13mo
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Judybskt
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My name is Judy. Bskt is short for basket. I used to sell Longaberger baskets. I‘ve used this “handle” forever.

@kaye

Crazeedi Love the baskets! 13mo
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nibech
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Day 26: A book that changed your opinion about something

The Namesake. This is probably the first book I've read involving Indian culture. I don't know what it's like to be "Brown". I really liked this book, and the film adaptation. The culture is vibrant and intimate in so many different ways. The meaning of the title is also significant: I didn't know that so much weight could be put into naming a child.

#thenamesake #jhumpalahiri

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heir_of_slytherin
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Books, they make us travel the world without moving an inch😍

RaimeyGallant Yes! And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 13mo
rather_be_reading welcome to litsy 📚🎄📚 13mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 😊😊 13mo
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Chelleo Welcome! 13mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 📖💙 13mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Welcome to Litsy!! 13mo
TheSpineView Welcome to Litsy! The best bookish community around! ❤📘 Hope you love it here! 13mo
CoffeeNBooks Welcome to Litsy! 📚 13mo
BridgetteM Welcome to Litsy! 13mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🤗 13mo
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Melmar
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Rainy day over here, doing lots of audiobooks and crocheting. Getting a start on my holiday gifts #audiobooks #litsydiy

julesG Lovely hat! #FibreFansOfLitsy 1y
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Lcsmcat
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This #family saga was the first Lahiri I ever read, and it hooked me. #fallintoreading @vkois88 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty! ❤️ 1y
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N8ure
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Michigan fall weather is typically gray, cold, and wet. But I can‘t really argue when I get to escape into a new book from the comfort of my indoor hammock next to my fireplace. Life is good.

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JoyBlue
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This has been on my TBR for ages! In September, the library in a neighboring town was kind enough to invite our library trustees (plus one) (plus other community business leaders) to an after-hours reception to see their newly renovated first floor (it was lovely), *and* they sent each of us home with a copy of their Big Read. Nice!

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Peddler410
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The tagged book hold just came in. My library is doing NEA #bigread and I‘m planning to participate. They have options for littles too! See image.

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Michollio
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@LibrarianRyan

M - Magic Bites
I - Incubus Dreams
C - Cry Wolf
H - Heart of Obsidian
E - Embrace the Night
L - Lover Awakened
L - Living Dead in Dallas
E - Ecstasy

All books I've read from my favorite genre, urban fantasy.

LibrarianRyan I have actually read most of those. ⭐️🧐🚂 1y
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tonyahoswalt
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T - Time Traveler's Wife
O - One of Us is Lying
N - Name of the Wind
Y - Year One
A - Atlantia

@LibrarianRyan

LibrarianRyan ⭐️👍🏻🤓 1y
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leslieseidel
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I finished my #LMPBC and got it in the mail on time!! Feeling very accomplished! Next up: my #coffeebeanbookclub read and mailing a Fall Swap box overseas. I can't believe how much I am enjoying marking up a work of fiction as I read it. It really adds a whole new dimension to the reading!

ReadingMeagan What a great view! 1y
Reviewsbylola Beautiful spot. I‘m so jealous! 1y
Captivatedbybooks Hey mama! So because i was rushing to get all my stuff mailed i didn‘t put any coffee in your envie so you have something coming from Amazon 😉 1y
leslieseidel @Captivatedbybooks thanks! I got the book today. 🤗 1y
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leslieseidel
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@VanChocStrawberry This just arrived!! 🤗 Looking forward to starting it and seeing your comments. #lmpbc Group G 🌟 @BridgetteM @Amanda61

VanChocStrawberry Yay!! Pretty pic! 1y
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VanChocStrawberry
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Pickpick

A lovely slow read that wasn‘t overly emotional, but still very effecting.

CouronneDhiver I enjoyed it too 😊 1y
VanChocStrawberry Just corrected my sentence. “Was” should have been “wasn‘t” 1y
BookishTrish I really liked this one too. 13mo
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VanChocStrawberry
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@leslieseidel it‘s finally on the way to you! Also, I‘m almost done with the next book, so I won‘t be so late sending that one! ❤️ #lmpbc

leslieseidel 😂😉 no problem!! Thanks! 1y
VanChocStrawberry It should get to you Wednesday. So sorry to throw off your reading schedule! (The second book is tough subject, but quick read, if that makes sense) 1y
leslieseidel It does. Thanks! 1y
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collegecatlady
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Here‘s mine: 👩🏻 🔥 🏹
Guess in the comments!

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tammysue Yay! 👍🏻 2y
LovesToRead 👔⚡🎆 2y
BooknerdsLife The hunger games! 😆 2y
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CuriousG
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A chance meeting with an artist while I was on vacation resulted in this fabulous peacock traveling home with me. It will soon be guarding my reading shed, and I'm at a total loss for a name. I try to use literary inspired names, but also don't like to choose something too obvious.

Thoughts anyone?
I would love to hear bookish suggestions! #whatsinaname #bookishinspirationneeded

Lizpixie It reminds me of that character in Labyrinth, the old man that had the bird on his head! What about Percival? (edited) 2y
CuriousG @Lizpixie That is one I never would have thought of - a definite contender! 2y
CuriousG So I've been thinking about the peacock symbolism in Song of Solomon (one of my fav novels) - but not sure that Milkman (or Guitar) is a great peacock name. Maybe a re-read of the novel will bring something up. I always need at least 3 or 4 potential names to test out before choosing #yesIoveranalyse #gardenartneedslovetoo 2y
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Parvez
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The book revels facts and fiction of reality of a family that centered around a name. But amazing style of the writer to describe the story around a man coming back from a near death situation which anchors the story and ultimately leads us to introduce with his next generation son.

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Parvez
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Currently readin

Loving it¡!😘😘😘😘👌👌👌

Reggie I thought this book was incredibly sad. 2y
Parvez @Reggie this is my first Jhumpa lahiri book. I know I am late but I thought lets start with the Namesake. I really like the language, got a flow to it. Just half way through. 2y
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codophile
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1. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri.

2. England, to watch a test match at Lords.

#welcometolitsygiveaway @kellyann28

kellyann28 Thank you for entering ❤ 2y
codophile @kellyann28 Thank You! 2y
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