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Future Home of the Living God
Future Home of the Living God | Louise Erdrich
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Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick
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Mehso-so

I hate to compare books that have one or two similarities, but I feel the need to do it here. The Handmaid's Tale does it better. The Handmaid's Tale made me angry and hopeful. FHOTLG just bored me.

For my first Erdrich book, this may not have been the best place to start. We enter the story as pregnant Cedar is going to meet her biological Ojibwe mother. The story is told in journal entries to us, her unborn child. Throughout the story,⬇️

Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I felt that the dystopian aspect, the devolving of society, wasn't fully fleshed out. We only know what Cedar knows or is told, but it really wasn't enough to make me care for the danger she's in. Fewer women are having natural babies, babies close to how we are presently, and many are stillborn. We don't know much about the greater world, much about what is affecting men, if there is anything there, and we don't know how the
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Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick theocratic government "Mother" came into power. The premise sounded great, but this felt like a few too many tangents - Cedar connecting with her Ojibwe roots, Cedar coming to terms with her pregnancy, the ideas of found family and then dealing with the devolution of society - and none of these ideas ever felt fully realized.
April #Doublespin #bookspinbingo @thearomaofbooks and #pop21 #WrittenByAnIndiginousAuthor
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TheAromaofBooks I'm always frustrated when an author tries to go too many different directions. 1y
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reema
Mehso-so

It was an interesting retelling of The Handmaid‘s Tale but I was left wanting more. I felt very unfulfilled by the ending.

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vivastory
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These are the 5 H P Olive Editions that I own. I believe that there are 3 or 4 others in the set. I'm not compelled to compelled to collect all of them, the only other one that I might pick up at some point is Anthony Horowitz's "Magpie Murders."

LeahBergen Ooo, pretty! 2y
vivastory @LeahBergen They really brighten my mood ☺️ 2y
BarbaraBB I don‘t know what H.P. means here but those editions are beautiful 2y
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vivastory @BarbaraBB They release a different set each year with new designs. 2y
BarbaraBB I shouldn‘t know about this... titles are tempting too... 🤦🏻‍♀️ 2y
erinreads I love the Olive Editions! I have around 12 or so and I love the spines all together. 2y
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Julsmarshall
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I didn‘t get a #Bingo but did both the #Bookspin and #Doublespin and read 8 total. Other stats: read 22 books, 7 on #audio , 9 BIPOC, 6 LGBTQ+, and 5 from #MountTBR. #Januaryreads #Jan2021

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Julsmarshall
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Oof! What an amazing, upsetting, startling book! Ms. Erdrich delivers another lyrical gut punch of a novel that you can‘t put down. Cedar Hawk Songmaker is trying to keep herself and her unborn baby safe in this dystopian world where women and babies are commodities. With Handmaid‘s Tale vibes, this story is filled with strength, poetry and perseverance. My #Bookspin book, got this one in just under the wire! @TheAromaofBooks #20in4 @Andrew65

Andrew65 Sounds great 😊 2y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
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Julsmarshall
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Did well today, most of my reading was on audio but started my #Bookspin book tonight. #20in4 @Andrew65 @TheAromaofBooks

Andrew65 That‘s a brilliant start. 👏👏👏 2y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
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sebrittainclark
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It's time for #NewYearWhoDis, my favorite litsy "swap" of the year where @monalyisha pairs up 2 people to swap reading lists and read at least one book off the new list in January.

This is so fun and I've been introduced to great books I might not have checked out otherwise (like @sprainedbrain introducing me to Future Home of the Living God this year)

It's already more than half full, so sign up if you're interested!

monalyisha Thanks for sharing — & for the kind words! 🥰📚 2y
rachelsbrittain You convinced me! Just signed up 2y
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jen_hayes7
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Why do I keep picking up dystopian novels this year?!? 😂 This isn‘t my favorite book of Louise Erdich‘s, but her writing is so beautiful and descriptive that I was captivated by it. Maybe it wouldn‘t have been as nerve wracking if I had read it in 2017. Oh well. #lennox #catsoflitsy

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jen_hayes7
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After being here for almost a year and a half...Huey is cuddling with us on the couch. 🎉 He would sit by me occasionally, but if my other half or Lennox was around he left. Suddenly over the last week, he loves the couch and I‘m here for it. Could it be the recently added electric blanket? Perhaps, but I prefer to hope that this anxious little guy is finally getting comfortable here. ♥️ #lennox #huey #catsoflitsy

rubyslippersreads 😻😻😻 2y
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BeckyHart
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Yet another dystopian pick. Devoured this one.

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Sounds vaguely familiar 😑

BookwormM Completely I have given up watching news as it all seems to be speculation at the moment 2y
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ImperfectCJ
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Mehso-so

Cedar's internal life, her struggles with isolation, and her gradual adjustment to the New Normal feel truthful, and I like the way Erdrich handles race in this novel, but the nature of the dystopia seems a little forced. It requires there to have been a level of coordination that existed beforehand that I find difficult in our current situation to accept.

SamAnne Completely agree with your review. My least favorite book of hers. 2y
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ImperfectCJ
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Audiocooking with the tagged book, but this rose on my back patio is more photogenic than the stir fry I made (stir fry is almost certainly yummier, although perhaps not as high in vitamin C).

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jmofo
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Welp, I think I might enjoy this but now is not the time. I need reading to be an escape since everything at work is so anxious-making. I loved Last Confessions so much, she‘s such an enigmatic writer but hiding in a house with the world going sideways in a terrifying way isn‘t feeling like escape right now.
Also, the Overdrive app annoys me because I can‘t tell how long I have been listening and how much I have left...so bye-bail for now!

Megabooks I bailed on this as well. It just wasn‘t right for me. 2y
jmofo @Megabooks It took me a long time to be okay with bailing...then GoodReads came along and I regressed because of their dang blamed challenge that isn‘t measured in hours but books finished. But I‘m back to thinking a book tried is still reading and while I think I could love this, I need something a little less on the nose atm. Thanks for sharing! 2y
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ImperfectCJ
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Biting my leg is my cat's way of saying, "Stop wandering around listening to your apocalyptic audiobook and get me some food."

Clare-Dragonfly Good advice, but perhaps not the most compassionate delivery method. 2y
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ImperfectCJ
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"When I tell you that my white name is Cedar Hawk Songmaker and that I am the adopted child of Minneapolis liberals, and that when I went looking for my Ojibwe parents and found that I was born Mary Potts I hid the knowledge, maybe you'll understand. Or not."

Side note: What is up with me picking up all of the end-of-humanity books on my TBR? I don't even mean to and yet, here I am.

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

ShyBookOwl Haha I was avoiding them but now I'm wondering if they'd be cathartic 2y
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starlight97
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Mehso-so

Interesting premise, but it wasn't a big hit for me.
⭐⭐⭐☆☆

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kathedron
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Mehso-so

This book made me cross, and not for the "right" reasons (or not only). Nor is it on account of the paucity of world-building (if a story is set at the start of an apocalypse it could really do with more than the odd huge dragonfly or iguana-chicken): I enjoy having to do some of the work myself. But I am hecking annoyed that I was invested in Cedar's story only for the closing 30 pages to hand me a rehash of The Handmaid's Tale. I feel cheated.

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sebrittainclark
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4/5

I'm very glad @sprainedbrain had this as a #newyearwhodis read because I don't think I would have picked it up otherwise.

It's an apocalyptic tale where evolution starts happening in reverse and society crumbles as a result. It's all told through the journal Cedar keeps for her unborn child. It's both hopeful and bleak at different points. There are comparisons to Handmaid's Tale, but I think this novel stands on its own.

@monalyisha

Bielzebubby Love a good, unique apocalypse! 3y
sprainedbrain I am so glad you enjoyed it! 3y
Singout What is #newyearwhodis? I keep seeing references to it... 3y
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sebrittainclark @Singout it's a digital book swap @monalyisha organizes. You share a list of your favorite reads of the past year with another person, and then in January you read books off the other person's list. It's a fun way to find out about some great books. 3y
Meaw_catlady I‘ve been wanting to read this! Glad to know you and @sprainedbrain enjoyed it! 3y
Singout @monalyisha: if there isn't a heavy expectation to read things, I'd be interested! 3y
Singout Also, I haven't read as much of Louise Erdrich as I would like but think she's pretty amazing! 3y
monalyisha @SingOut The sign-up portion is done & the matches have already been made...but it‘s an annual thing. Next year? 😉 I appreciate your interest! 3y
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shadowspeak17
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⭐️1/2
Yeah... So I thought this was kind of a mess... The story felt all over the place to me, like it didn‘t know what it wanted to be. Things were set up that ended up going nowhere. Cedar got on my last nerve. The world building was practically nonexistent and left me with more questions than answers the latter of which I wouldn‘t necessarily mind except some things just seemed so out of left field and/or so implausible given the zero ⬇️

shadowspeak17 explanation they got that it took me completely out of the story. Part 2 was mildly entertaining at least, but most of the book was a slog, and by the time Part 3 rolled around I was just ready for it to end. I‘ve heard good things about Erdrich, so maybe this wasn‘t the best book of hers to start with. 🤷🏽‍♀️

#booked2019 #IndigenousAuthor #catsoflitsy #Ember
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Cinfhen I read a different book by her and loved it but it was bleak as hell 3y
Cinfhen I think this particular book was universally panned 3y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage Good on you for slogging through. May the next read be 💯 better! 3y
shadowspeak17 @Cinfhen Maybe I‘ll try that one next. I would like to give Erdrich another shot. 3y
Cinfhen Not many people liked Shadow Tag either so maybe try a different book of hers / I think this one is meant to be good 3y
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shadowspeak17
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1. Future Home of the Living God (Erdrich), The Birds and Other Stories (du Maurier)
2. “You‘re so very alive.”
3. Water
#weekendreads

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Avanders
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I can‘t, in good conscience, rate a book anything other than 1 star when my first 3 thoughts upon finishing were “wtaf” “are you f‘ing kidding me” and “f you” (but in my head, I didn‘t use letters... 😬). So yeah. Most definitely NOT for me. Other 1-star reviews will probably well-enough explain my reasons, but I‘m going to go and *not* think about this book anymore.....

#unpopularopinion #sorryifthisisyourfavoritebook

bromeliad I had THIS EXACT REACTION to Convenience Store Woman a month or two ago. I feel you! 3y
monalyisha That sucks! What a cover! 3y
Avanders @bromeliad 👊🏽😘 @monalyisha in all fairness, lots of people *do* quite like the book. 🤷🏽‍♀️ I just expected something verrry different all the way up to the last page... 😤 3y
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Prairiegirl_reading 😲😲😲 oh no!!! 3y
Crazeedi This author does nothing for me 3y
emilyhaldi I despised this book!!!! 👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻 3y
BethM Great review! 3y
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Avanders
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Excited for my September #reallifebookgroup picks! The tagged one in particular, but having heard such good things about Educated, I look forward to that too! 👏🏽👏🏽

Also — received a lovely surprise from @AmyG yesterday! Thank you so much!! ♥️🥰🥰🥰 #CozySwap

AmyG 😘😘😘 3y
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bibliobard
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TMW you finish three books in one weekend. This was the last of my summer break starters...so I imagine my pace will slow down some.

And don‘t think I haven‘t noticed my @Litsy score going up. I can‘t wait til I break 1000!

SamanthaMarie Ooo so exciting!! Keep up the reading AND the Litfluence ♡♡ 3y
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Creadnorthey
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This is the love-child of Atwood‘s Oryx and Crake with Handmaid‘s Tale, yet is certainly strong enough to stand on it‘s own two feet. Great read talking about, as the inside flap states, female agency, love, self determination, biology, and natural rights.

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sprainedbrain
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My love affair with Louise Erdrich‘s writing continues.

Dystopian tale of a near future where evolution starts to reverse, women are forced to conceive, and pregnant women are imprisoned. Cedar is a woman fighting for her life and the life of her unborn baby, telling her story in a journal written for the baby. Very original (this is not The Handmaid‘s Tale at all, despite the comparisons I‘ve seen), beautiful, scary, and haunting.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Lady_Tigana_20 I have only ever read her THE ROUND HOUSE. I liked that well enough to recommend it to my book club. Good discussion. 3y
sprainedbrain @Lady_Tigana_20 I loved that one, too! And 3y
Christine I loved this one, too! 3y
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ladyneverwhere
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@Jerdencon @Shakespearience @RavenLovelyReads I think I'm going to go with future home of the living god for #lmpbc unless anyone has any objections. Getting started on it tonight as long as you all approve 😊

bibliobard Never heard of it so I approve 3y
RavenLovelyReads I‘ll read anything- never heard of it, you got my stamp of approval! 🤓 3y
Jerdencon I‘ve never heard of it either so sounds good. I have 2 choices at hone but don‘t remember what they are and I‘m currently in Ireland so I will post them by the weekend when I‘m home. 3y
ladyneverwhere Ok great, thanks everyone! And have fun in Ireland @Jerdencon ! 3y
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Hestapleton
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My first Erdrich and certainly not my last. The beginning took a bit to get into, but the plot moves faster in Part II. Some strong similarities to THE HANDMAIDS TALE, but it stands strong on its own and I might like it better. 😬 A haunting tale about women‘s bodies and the power given to and taken from them. An important reminder today. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #booked2019 #indigenousauthor

Suet624 Erdrich is 👍🏼👍🏼💕💕 3y
Cinfhen I recently read my first Erdrich and I was blown away!! I will definitely be reading more of her books. I did the audio & it was excellent 3y
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I am waiting for my copy which I ordered immediately after your review! 3y
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Cinfhen Oh no @BarbaraBB Pressure 🙈 3y
Exbrarian Is that a weighted blanket? I think I have the exact same one. 3y
Hestapleton @Exbrarian yes it is and it‘s my favorite reading companion! It makes me feel all cozy and snuggled up and I adore it. 3y
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Megabooks
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This book was originally part of #botmchallenge 2017, and ever since then, I didn‘t feel like I gave it a proper shot. So now I‘m going to try it or #indigenousauthor for #booked2019. I‘m feeling a little dystopian. 🤞🏻🤞🏻 I like this cover more than the creepy sonogram!

Reviewsbylola God speed my friend. 😆 I bailed. I really wanted to like it. I thought the synopsis was cool and Erdrich is a good writer. But I think she needs to stay away from dystopian. 3y
Megabooks @Reviewsbylola I bailed too, but somehow I remember it being a BS reason, like a book I was waiting for came in at the library? Idk. I‘m going to give it another try! 🤔 3y
4thhouseontheleft I really like Louise Erdrich, but I‘ve never heard of this one! (edited) 3y
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emilyhaldi Curious to see if you like this better now that you're not drowing in the #botmchallenge 😅 3y
Megabooks @4thhouseontheleft it came out in 2017. I just don‘t remember it well, but it seems like a big departure from what she usually writes about. 3y
Megabooks @emilyhaldi I look back on that year, I don‘t know how I read so much. I was reading 20 books a month. I don‘t think I ever turned on the TV! 3y
L_auren LOVED THIS ONE 3y
Megabooks @L_auren Awesome! Maybe I will, too! 3y
Cinfhen I think I want to try this one again. I bailed the first time 3y
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Purplerosiepage
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I read a whole bunch of books in May. I also started 5 that I hope to finish in June!

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DivineDiana
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Set in an indeterminate future, the characters are expecting a crisis. Cedar Hawke Songmaker was adopted and raised by a hippie couple.She knows that her heritage is Ojibwe.Now that she is pregnant, she travels to visit her birth mother to find out if she needs to worry about inherited medical conditions. Meanwhile, pregnant women are being rounded up by the government, and that begins Cedar‘s flight to save her baby. #indigenousauthor #booked2019

DivineDiana Artist: Louisa Rivera 3y
Cinfhen I‘ve seen such mixed reviews but your synopsis and the above art makes me want to read this book!!! 3y
ephemeralwaltz I've had this on the TBR for some time! It might be time to pick it up. 3y
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DivineDiana @Cinfhen The artwork was used to illustrate a book review for O magazine. I listened to the audio which was well done. Frightening and interesting with some loose ends. I read that the author was asked to cut quite a bit, so the publisher could release it ASAP. 3y
Reggie Nice review, I‘ve been on the fence. 3y
DivineDiana @Reggie Thank you. On the fence about whether you liked it or reading it? 🤔 (edited) 3y
Reggie About reading it. 3y
DivineDiana @Reggie Got it! I‘m thinking you might like it. 😀 3y
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amyf0x
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In a world that‘s turning back evolution at an alarming rate, Cedar and her family must escape great and dangerous odds to protect the mysterious fetus that‘s growing inside of her.

Read April 11-14
Book 21/55

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DivineDiana
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Passed this statue that reminded me of Aslan on today‘s #audiowalk . #litsywalkers

kspenmoll Stately and beautiful! 3y
Lcsmcat Oh no! The White Witch has been here! 😀 3y
Tanisha_A Ooh! Nice! 3y
batsy Love it! 🦁 3y
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DivineDiana
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I passed this beautiful tree in bloom while doing my #audiowalk. Also admired the lovely swing under the tree.
Just started this “play away” for #booked2019 #indigenousauthor

TheWordJar 😍😍😍 Gorgeous! 3y
Redwritinghood Beautiful tree! 3y
4thhouseontheleft How lovely! 3y
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Tanisha_A Ooh 😍 3y
Cinfhen I miss the neighborhood 😢😢Spring & Fall are my favorite season there. The trees are all so beautiful 3y
Cathythoughts Gorgeous 💕💕💕 3y
DivineDiana @Cinfhen The trees are beautiful! But you have a different kind of beauty surrounding you! 💗 (edited) 3y
Cinfhen True, but I can‘t deny the majestic beauty 🌳🌲🌳 3y
Izai.Amorim Awesome picture! 3y
DivineDiana @Izai.Amorim ❤️ 3y
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lauren.lerner
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#tbt to when I saw the paperback edition of the tagged book (which I read as a #BOTM in 2017) at the local bookstore in Pam Beach last week. This cover makes me want to #reread this book (just as soon as I‘m ready to jump into rereads again!)

It was a lovely shop & I was reminded that I need to make a better effort to #shopindie. Looking forward to warmer weather on this #springsolstice & to upcoming #audiowalk adventures with my Little Dude!

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Addison_Reads
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Mehso-so

From the description I felt like this would be a book I would love. However, it fell short for me. The writing is beautiful, the idea behind the book is intriguing, but there were too many unexplained things to make this a pick. I don't mind some speculation on behalf of the reader to fill in the story, but I needed a bit more detail to help with that.

This did fulfill my #Minnesota requirement for #ReadingUSA2019. @Librarybelle

Librarybelle I read another book by Erdrich years ago, and I thought it was just okay. She‘s not a favorite author of mine, though I know many enjoy her books. Glad you gave this one a try! 4y
readordierachel Hm. I've been very curious about this one, but it gets mixed reviews. I think you're not alone in your experience. 4y
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Jolynne
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I‘m back and forth trying to decide if I liked this novel. The ending certainly pushed it up a notch (although that is a much different take from what others thought). All the unanswered questions too! But, I suppose if we were living in a world that was ending there would be many unanswered questions.

Oh heck,👍🏾because Erdrich can spin a story.

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Jenken1998
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Eh..Been here read this. Pretty much a retelling of The Handmaid's Tale. A little more scifi than i normally read. I kept pushing through bc i wanted to understand "the apocalypse " never was really explained in depth. I'd maybe give it 3 stars.

CouronneDhiver I‘m not a fan of her writing... tried a few, but no luck. 4y
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morgan_lionheart
Mehso-so

The only reason I stuck this one out is Erdrich's beautiful writing. It takes place during an apocalypse, but the apocalypse is never explained so the story makes no sense and ultimately doesn't go anywhere.

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CatsCoffeeAndBooks
Mehso-so

Another quick read. Took me awhile to get into but it did pick up speed over time. I still have a lot of questions and maybe that was the point but the ending was not satisfying for me. The author lost me in multiple places throughout the book.

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CatsCoffeeAndBooks
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Up next for me! Has anyone else read this? Thoughts?

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ClairesReads
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This novel has met a lot of criticism but ultimately I think this novel does what it sets out to. It is an exploration of human society in crisis, an examination of what makes us who we are as a species and as individuals, it‘s a novel of family, faith and human connection. It was generally well-paced, if a little uneven at times. Erdrich once again captured my imagination and my concern with this compelling read.

LitLogophile Beautiful photo! 4y
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ClairesReads
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A sci-fi novel with a female protagonist by a female author #readharder2018

KateFulfordAuthor How are you liking the read so far? 4y
ClairesReads @KateFulfordAuthor I enjoyed this. It‘s by no means Erdrich‘s best, but I think some of the criticism that it has received has been misplaced/ based on misplaced expectations. It was very compelling and thought-provoking. 4y
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slategreyskies
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This book was incredibly intense. It was well written, and the plot and characters kept my attention, but now I need something lighthearted to pull me out of this pit! 4/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I listened to the audiobook read by Louise Erdrich herself and liked it.

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OK, this book is really starting to frustrate me. Between Cedar‘s refusal to comprehend what‘s going on in the world and her coy refusal to say what‘s actually happening that people are explaining as “evolution going backward,” I have no idea what the disaster is, and I feel that I should by this point in the book. Also, is Phil a literal angel or not?! Don‘t tell me that he‘s an angel and then drop it to talk about his Midwest roots!

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Clare-Dragonfly
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How come vegans in books are always health nuts and/or environmentalist freaks and/or wildly over-the-top performing virtue? How come even the “nice” ones like Sera conform to the joke (How do you know when someone is a vegan? Don‘t worry, they‘ll tell you)? Where are the vegan characters who are just normal people who choose not to use animal products?

ravenlee Probably because normal vegans aren‘t the ones writing books. And too many other people only have the stereotype to go by, unfortunately. I have been vegetarian for over twenty years, and was vegan after my daughter‘s birth (she reacted to dairy and eggs in my diet while nursing), and people felt it necessary to tell me I was endangering my child with my “choices.” People suck. 4y
Clare-Dragonfly @ravenlee People do suck 😡 I‘m sorry they were so rude and judgmental to you. 4y
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I‘m enjoying this one so far.

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