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The Last Neanderthal
The Last Neanderthal: A Novel | Claire Cameron
From the author of The Bear, the enthralling story of two women separated by millennia, but linked by an epic journey that will transform them both 40,000 years in the past, the last family of Neanderthals roams the earth. After a crushingly hard winter, their numbers are low, but Girl, the oldest daughter, is just coming of age and her family is determined to travel to the annual meeting place and find her a mate. But the unforgiving landscape takes its toll, and Girl is left alone to care for Runt, a foundling of unknown origin. As Girl and Runt face the coming winter storms, Girl realizes she has one final chance to save her people, even if it means sacrificing part of herself. In the modern day, archaeologist Rosamund Gale works well into her pregnancy, racing to excavate newly found Neanderthal artifacts before her baby comes. Linked across the ages by the shared experience of early motherhood, both stories examine the often taboo corners of women's lives. Haunting, suspenseful, and profoundly moving, THE LAST NEANDERTHAL asks us to reconsider all we think we know about what it means to be human.
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Can‘t sleep, so I‘m starting a new read. Thank you, modern marvels of technology, by which I can check out an ebook from the library from my bed and read on a backlit screen instead of turning on a light and risk waking my husband up! As for the book, I‘m interested in seeing how this portrays a woman archaeologist and alternates the narrative between pre-history and now.

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GirlWellRead
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Rose and Girl are linked through time by their pregnancies and experiences of what it means to be a woman, a mother, and to survive.

Primal, raw, and unique, this was an interesting read.

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KUBuckeye
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I‘m finishing this gem up now - I love how accurately this portrays what it‘s like to be a woman in the field sciences, juxtaposed beautifully with a both touching and brutal tale of what it might have been like to be a female Neanderthal. #archaeology #womeninscience

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@ReadingRover I cannot get over how amazing this is! I LOVE everything! The books are all ones I have not read and am looking forward to and everything else is just so amazing! The candle smells so good I almost don't want to burn it so I can still take a hit of it. Also the pack of to do lists and flags are right up my alley. Can't thank you enough! Also @Mommamanzi as usual thank you so much for being spectacular and organizing. #dystopianblues

LibrarianRyan While I liked legend. I loved Ink and Bone. 2y
ReadingRover I‘m so happy you liked everything. I tried to get a mix of stuff from your TBR & stuff I‘ve also read & liked. The Wolf Road was dark but so good. I can‘t wait to hear about The Last Neanderthal. If it‘s good I‘ll have to read it. The Wolf & the Bear is a book that I got for review on audio & really liked. It totally fit the swap so I figured I‘d get it for you. Thanks again for the Audible gifts!!!😻 2y
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Mysterytome
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A better read than clan of the cave bear.

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SassenachTheBookWizard
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Mehso-so

Huh....well the writing was fine and the concept was intriguing but...nothing really seemed to happen. the events in one timeline we're almost identical to the other timeline which was kind of interesting at first but not really by the half way mark.

merelybookish This was one of my bails of 2017. I wanted to like it but something just didn't work for me. 2y
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SassenachTheBookWizard
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Listening to the eAudiobook while making some relish!

whatsjennareading I really want to read this one. What do you think? 2y
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Booksnchill
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Mehso-so

This book is written as 2 storylines, that of "Girl" the titular character, and that of Rose, the archeologist who discovers Girl's bones. The Girl story was compelling but Rose was not and I don't know what the reason was for including the 2 story lines. I read this for the Riffle September book club and probably would have bailed if not for that. ⭐️⭐️

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A strong beginning, a strong ending! A little weak on the middle.

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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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Reading this for (Riffle) book club. It's good so far. Okay. Kind of want to finish it though so I can move on to the mountains of other books waiting for me! 😊

Bibliogeekery I'm curious what you think about this one. I heard the author reading from it last weekend and I wasn't sure if I would like it or not. I ended up liking her book "Bear" - though I wasn't really expecting to like it. 2y
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Quickly becoming one of my favourite places. I can supervise Bee while she swims and the place is light-filled. While we haven't moved in yet, we swing by whenever we can and when we need to supervise renos. So far this book hasn't completely pulled me in, but I am hopeful.

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candority
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Mehso-so

Between a so-so and a pan. I liked the premise of this book, but it wasn't as well executed as I expected it to be.

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Lacythebookworm
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Best of July 📚
20 books completed
15 female authors
3 graphic novels
2 books of poetry
1 audiobook

Cinfhen Fabulous 2y
MaureenMc Mooncop! 🙌 2y
Lacythebookworm @MaureenMc I love that little book so much! 2y
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merelybookish
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Started this tonight. Forty pages in and feel decidedly undecided...😑

Lacythebookworm I really liked it, but I can see how it won't be for everyone! I'll look forward to your review! 2y
merelybookish @Lacythebookworm I gave up. 😕 Something about the writing wasn't working for me. 2y
Lacythebookworm That happens! Better to move on and find something more to your taste! 😊 2y
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Jas16
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This one gets filed under liked but did not love. I liked reading about Girl and wish the book had just focused on her journey. I did not enjoy the modern storyline nearly as much. I also found the ending to be really abrupt. Everyone else seems to love this one but it is on the lower end of a pick for me.

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Jas16
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I need quiet time before work with a book and coffee to help prepare me to face the world. #puremorning #90sinjuly

Cinfhen Yup 😇 2y
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KimmyM
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3.5 / 5 stars. I really liked parts of the book but sometimes the modern-day parts of the story were less interesting than Girl's.

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sumaiyya.books
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This was such an interesting read that connected Neanderthals to the modern humans. Girl and Rose are separated by a span of 40,000 years but their shared experience of pregnancy builds a dual narrative that's quite compelling. Full review is on my Wordpress, link in bio!

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Lacythebookworm
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This book checks all my boxes! I loved the alternating storylines of the Neanderthal called Girl and the modern day archeologist Rose. Sciencey, feministy goodness!

Robothugs This looks really good! 2y
Dragon Sounds intriguing! 😀🐉 2y
Lacythebookworm @Robothugs @Dragon Yes! It's an engaging story. Lots of things to think about! 😍👍 2y
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KimmyM
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I started reading this on my lunch hour. Very interesting so far!

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Lacythebookworm
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#morningread It feels like Monday all over again. 😒☕️📚

Beckys_Books So true 2y
NerdyRev I am just starting back from vacation, so that wake up was difficult today. 2y
CrowCAH So true! All my days are discombobulated! 2y
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Moonpa Good book though! 2y
Lacythebookworm @Beckys_Books @NerdyRev @CrowCAH On the bright side, now only 3 days until the weekend! 😊 2y
Lacythebookworm @Moonpa Yes!! I wish I could stay home and finish it! 😍 2y
Librariana It's Monday part 2... but then Wednesday will magically morph into Friday and you'll be like "whoa!" And it'll be awesome and yes! Weekend reading is just around the corner! 2y
Mamashep Oh yes it does! Wish I were reading and not at work! 2y
Lacythebookworm @Librariana I like the way you think! 🙌 2y
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Lacythebookworm
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I'm about a third of the way through my current read and I'm loving it!

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Lindy
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Twin storylines, two women: Girl, a young Neanderthal living 40,000 years ago; and Rose, a contemporary scientist excavating the archeological site where Girl's skeleton has been found buried together with a Homo sapiens. I thought I would prefer the prehistoric timeline, but I felt more emotionally invested in Rose, whose advanced pregnancy threatened her professional career. An intriguing exploration of motherhood and what it means to be human.

JazzFeathers Is this a new novel or an old one? Thd plot rings something for me, but l'm not sure... 2y
Lindy @JazzFeathers It's new: 2017. The Neanderthal storyline reminded me of Jean Auel's series that began with 2y
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BooksForEmpathy
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Sunday brunch! Litsy, you're about to see a lot of pizza 🍕posts because last night we had an epic pizza party and we have leftovers for daysss. Turns out, pizza crust is super easy to make and it was great! These are a spring cream + asparagus slice and a simple Margherita slice.

I can't decide between these two reads, anyone have a suggestion!? Yay! Love starting new books!

Tamra What torture, eating pizza for days.....☺️ 2y
Laalaleighh I can tell your posts by the food at this point. That sounds delicious. 2y
Moonpa Just finished the last neanderthal - loved it ❤️ 2y
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Moonpa
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Loved this book! Two different time periods though mostly set in the pre-historic, I really enjoyed both storylines without any favouritism of one over the other.

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Ehbooklover
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A fascinating book that tells the story of two women from different time periods. I was not a big fan of Rose's character but the parts of the book that focused on Girl more than made up for that. I loved reading about the life of a Neanderthal family and their struggle to survive in a very difficult environment.

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There has been a surge of new bookworms on Litsy in the past couple of days, so I thought I'd introduce myself! I'm Sumaiyya, a bibliophile from Saudi Arabia, and you may know me as @sumaiyya.books on Bookstagram ❤️ I love coffee, my cat Gatsby and books. And I LOVE helping people pick good books, so feel free to send me a message ANY time if you want recs or want to discuss books! Please introduce yourself, I want to follow more Litsians! ❤️

Lostinabookstore Gatsby is the cutest cat name I've ever heard! I am mandi, from California, new here from Bookstagram (same user name there). 🙋🏻🙋🏻 2y
TheBookStacker Welcome! Did you enjoy that book? I can't decide if I should read it 2y
Zelma @TheBookStacker also curious. This was is on my TBR as well. Any good? 2y
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IbtiiReads I got to know about Litsy from your bookstagram and joined just yesterday. It feels good to have a social media platform just for the book lovers 😊 2y
RealLifeReading Been meaning to read this book! 2y
kricheal That coffee looks delicious! 2y
dodolover88 Looks good, I surrender on "early motherhood experience". Now it's on my TBR. So weak ? 2y
ephemeralwaltz I love your Bookstagram! I'm so happy I found out you were on Litsy too ❤ Lovely to meet you, Litten living in Barcelona here. 2y
bookishrose I had to try it out after seeing it everywhere on insta. Nice to find you here :) 2y
readcaffeinated I've been following your bookstagram for over a year now! My name is Carmen and I'm from Canada ☺️ 2y
Gina Hello, I'm Gina from beautiful Wisconsin, USA. Home of the creator of the free little library. A warm welcome! 2y
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thebewitchedbibliomaniac Hello! I'm Maitreyi from Bombay, India and I'm the.bewitched.bibliomaniac on Instagram! 2y
abookishrendezvous Hello! I'm Anuja from Mumbai (formerly known as Bombay) India and my Instagram handle is booksaurbatein! Glad to be introduced to Litsy. Any platform that encourages reading is great 😊 2y
Lini Hi, I am Shalini from Guwahati,India and my instagram handle is liniandherbooks. 2y
Shaheera This is Shaheera from California and i recently read your guest post on Reading Women about Middle Eastern writers. Thanks a lot for that! Got some great recommendations for my book list. 2y
sumaiyya.books @Lostinabookstore thank you! 😍❤️ Welcome to Litsy ❤️ 2y
sumaiyya.books @TheBookStacker I loved The Last Neanderthal! Can't wait to do my full review ❤️ 2y
sumaiyya.books @Zelma it's really good!! 2y
sumaiyya.books @IbtiiReads I'm so glad you've joined Litsy!! ☺️❤️ 2y
sumaiyya.books @RealLifeReading it's really good! 2y
sumaiyya.books @kricheal it was yummy! 😍 2y
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sumaiyya.books @Gina omg! That's so amazing, Gina. I want to start a free library in my area 😍🙊 2y
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Gina @sumaiyya.books oh yes that would be so neat. Please post pics if you do! 2y
sumaiyya.books @Shaheera hi Shaheera! I'm so glad to know that ❤️ Hope you'll enjoy the books ☺️ 2y
thebewitchedbibliomaniac Haha! Thank you!! 😊😊 2y
abookishrendezvous Hey 👋 I'm Anuja from Mumbai, India. I love to read, I write poems occasionally and I am happy discovering the new joys of Origami. My Instagram handle is @Booksaurbatein 2y
abookishrendezvous @sumaiyya.books Thanks Sumaiyya, it is fun here on Litsy ☺️💞 2y
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I love @LittleBrownBooks and I love being their ambassador!!

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JulieAnn
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I enjoyed this book for the most part. I am a big fan of Jean Auel's books and this brought brief flashes of memories to mind. I liked the correlation with modern day and the never ending struggle to find a place in the world as a pregnant woman or mother. It really shows how easily dismissed and vulnerable we can be as women and mothers and how much we should be able to rely on others but sometimes cannot. So we forge on.

JulieAnn Also it was so easy to identify with Rose because I was a pregnant archaeologist although not on her scale! 2y
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I really enjoyed this book. You follow two women, one is a young Neanderthal and the other is an archeologist who discovers remains of a Neanderthal with a modern human. The women are connected through their experiences even though they are thousands of years apart in time.

tpixie This sounds great! 2y
EmilyChristine @tpixie It turned out pretty good! Made me really want to finish Neanderthal trilogy by Robert Sawyer. 2y
tpixie Ooo more TBR And I've never read the clan of the Cave bear series which was really popular Way back when I was a kid 2y
EmilyChristine @tpixie I need to read Clan of the Cave bear. I really liked the first two books in the Sawyer trilogy, I took a break from finishing, needed something other than sci-fi. 2y
tpixie @EmilyChristine yes switching genres is nice 2y
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EmilyChristine
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Giving this one a try. Has anyone read it? Did you like it?

Lacythebookworm I want to read it!! I've got to get to it soon 😊 2y
BooksForEmpathy I just bought this the other day! 2y
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mjdowens
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A story about an archeologist who learns through her excavation just how much our basis of life is shared with Neanderthals. I was entranced enough to read it in one afternoon.

CrowCAH Love the face profiles in the cave opening! 2y
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bookishkris
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I organized my iBooks, because that's seriously the easiest thing in my life to control. My top to-reads from iBooks for the rest of this year, a nice pretty 20 books. I have a secondary "priority" folder for the stuff I want to read as I clear this shelf. Now, to pick something to dive into tonight since it's not even 8 pm and I'm already in bed.

Sweettartlaura I say go with The Last Neanderthal! 2y
mjdowens @Sweetlaura-with that suggestion I just had to check it The Last Neanderthal. I don't think I will getting a lot done today. Great story so far👍 2y
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Audrey
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This was an interesting read. Reminiscent of both Clan of the Cave Bear and Island of the Blue Dolphins, it follows the path of two very different women. One a Neanderthal woman and the other a paleoanthropologist. Both women interact with family and responsibilities in different yet similar ways.

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SMM
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Loving this book! Great narrative interplay between past and present. Looking forward to digging in more later today....

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I'm so excited to get this one started!

Zelma I almost picked this up at the library last week. Curious how you like it! 2y
HotMessJess My people 😍.... (I studied phys anth in uni, my focus was on prehistoric Europe) 2y
SassenachTheBookWizard I've only read the two page prologue and I'm in love with this author's writing 2y
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KimmyM
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Yay!! I love coming home from a trip to find #bookmail waiting for me!
Thank you Simon & Schuster Canada for THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO, and thank you Penguin Random House Canada for THE LAST NEANDERTHAL and ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE.
I don't know which to read first! I've heard such great things about all of them!

Lacythebookworm Eleanor!! 😍😍😍 2y
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anrobe
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Wow! Really enjoyed this one! 4 star read! Very captivating and interesting! The characterization of motherhood, in particular, really wow'd me! So realistic and unflinchingly honest! Definitely recommend this one!

Lacythebookworm I'm so excited for this! 2y
Lissa00 I plan to read this one soon! 2y
anrobe @Lacythebookworm @Lissa00 I really think you'll enjoy it! It's so good! 2y
Jabberwocky This looks really amazong 2y
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Redwritinghood
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Here are the books I'm most looking forward to this month. Three are my BOTM picks and the other three are recent wins. #maymostanticipated #maybookflowers

Reviewsbylola Loved Flower Moon so much! 2y
RealLifeReading I love the cover of The Last Neanderthal! 2y
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anrobe
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Starting this one tonight. Have any of you read it?

AmyG No, but I'd love to hear what you think of it. 2y
bookishkris I've got it on my TBR, interested to hear what you think. It looks interesting. 2y
anrobe @AmyG @bookishkris I will definitely keep you posted. I'm just a few pages in and it's really interesting so far ... 2y
BookMusings I want to read this. 2y
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Entering giveaways has really been paying off for me lately. Just found out today that I won this one - so excited!

Simona Congrats ❣️👏👏👏 2y
Reviewsbylola 🙌🏻🙌🏻🎉🎉 2y
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Suzze Congrats! 📚 2y
JanuarieTimewalker13 Fantastic!!! 2y
Lacythebookworm I can't wait to read this! Congratulations 🎉🎉🎉 2y
batsy Congrats! This one sounds super interesting! 2y
Sarah83 yippie 🤗 2y
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Really compelling dual timeline narrative, I was pleasantly surprised how much I could empathize with a Neanderthal that had a vocabulary of a half dozen words. Very well done! Full review: http://www.bornandreadinchicago.com/2017/04/the-last-neanderthal-by-claire-camer...

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Lacythebookworm
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I'm very much looking forward to Claire Cameron's new novel. Great interview at The Millions. http://www.themillions.com/2017/04/life-long-obsessions-the-millions-interviews-...

Lacythebookworm I highly recommend Cameron's 2y
minkyb Thanks for posting! 2y
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KikiLovesBooks
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Pre-historical fiction! Wonderful examination how we as contemporary people are still connected to our ancient ancestors in very primitive ways. Most memorable for me was the scene where the Girl (Neanderthal) eats the....well that's actually so many scenes! Really enjoyed this very escapist novel. A meditation on living a very simple and mindful life as well.

Megabooks Love the pic! 2y
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Liberty
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Ooooooooo, so excited for this! 🤘🏻💗📚

[DELETED] 3560995899 Oooh, just read the synopsis! 3y
DeeLew This looks amazing!! 3y
Librarianaut Looks very interesting!! 3y
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ultrabookgeek I am sucker for human origin stories!! 3y
mcipher This sounds really fascinating! 3y
Lacythebookworm 😍I loved The Bear! 3y
whatsheread I have been eyeballing this one and have hopes for an e-galley! 3y
Gramworth This reminds me of Clan of the Cave Bear. I loved that book! 3y
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