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Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit
Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit | Michael Finkel
Many people dream of escaping modern life, but most will never act on it. This is the remarkable true story of a man who lived alone in the woods of Maine for 27 years, making this dream a reality--not out of anger at the world, but simply because he preferred to live on his own. In 1986, a shy and intelligent twenty-year-old named Christopher Knight left his home in Massachusetts, drove to Maine, and disappeared into the forest. He would not have a conversation with another human being until nearly three decades later, when he was arrested for stealing food. Living in a tent even through brutal winters, he had survived by his wits and courage, developing ingenious ways to store edibles and water, and to avoid freezing to death. He broke into nearby cottages for food, clothing, reading material, and other provisions, taking only what he needed but terrifying a community never able to solve the mysterious burglaries. Based on extensive interviews with Knight himself, this is a vividly detailed account of his secluded life--why did he leave? what did he learn?--as well as the challenges he has faced since returning to the world. It is a gripping story of survival that asks fundamental questions about solitude, community, and what makes a good life, and a deeply moving portrait of a man who was determined to live his own way, and succeeded.
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caitlin.reads.books
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I finished this #bookclub book tonight and absolutely loved it! I bought it a few years ago and never got around to reading it until now. I didn‘t want to put it down. This story is fascinating. If you enjoy nature, solitude and/or nonfiction books, I highly recommend it! 💚

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Redjewel_7734
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We all think about & romanticize the idea of the hermit, of wanting to renounce society & its trappings, etc. But what does that really look like? & what would it take to do that? This is the story of someone who did, and it both is & isn‘t as appealing as it sounds. I found much to admire in the hermit of North Pond, Maine, but I wouldn‘t call him likable or someone I‘d want to emulate. He‘s complicated & this telling of his story is fascinating.

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amiekreger
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This is turning out to be a very quick read. So fascinating.

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amiekreger
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This could be next on my list.

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OrangeMooseReads
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I pulled the tagged book off the shelf for my next read. I took a quick picture of it and then headed upstairs to bed. Guess what I forgot to grab the book. I don‘t want to go back downstairs. Instead I‘ll be starting the pictured book tonight. #latenightbrain #upnext #readingbeforebed

Crazeedi I've heard this is very good 1mo
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Eggs
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nelehelen I‘ve had this on my TBR since it came out. I def need to read this!! 2mo
OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚🌳 2mo
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MallenNC
The Stranger in the Woods | Michael Finkel
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This book is about a man who walked away from “civilization” and into the #forest in Maine, where he lived for two decades. Very interesting. #LetsTravelJuly

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Sounds good!! 🌲🌲 2mo
OriginalCyn620 I could never do that but can certainly understand why others would want to. 🌳 (edited) 2mo
Chasingmermaids You‘d honestly be surprised how many people actually live like this here. You always hear from at least one situation like this or in what used to camps in bad repair. 2mo
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Becker
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Hold came in from the library today, just in time for the weekend.🌲

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Aleks1275
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Mehso-so

I didn't got my attention to much...4 stars ...

Suet624 Oh, I loved this book!!! 2mo
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Tex2Flo
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@Cinfhen @KarenUK #lilithjuly #thestory
This was one of the most unexpected stories I had had heard about recent times. That there could be a hermit living in the woods in this technological age was fascinating.

emz711 Tbr! Thanks 3mo
KarenUK Great pick 👍😊🌲🌲🌲 3mo
Cinfhen Sorry I missed this post!! It was such a fascinating read!!! 2mo
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Amandajoy
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I have an hour before my flight to sit and enjoy this. #airportreading #thisiswhyiarriveearly

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Caroline2
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Some would call this guy a #foolonthehill but I‘m looking forward to reading this book #beatlemaynia

Gina I really believe this guy is on the autism spectrum 4mo
Eggs I read this while treadmilling. Quick read and true 4mo
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bookvixen
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Mehso-so

Interesting read would have loved to hear more from Chris but the history of the hermit has me wanting to know more

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kelseynicburke
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Slajaunie I love this. 💙 4mo
Pricel101 💜🙏📚love this too 4mo
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kelseynicburke
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Interesting

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Mdargusch
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This is one of my all time favorite nonfiction #botm selections. One day Christopher Knight drove to the woods in Maine, left his car, and walked into the woods. He stayed there for 27 years without human interaction and surviving on only what he could steal from nearby cottages or forage for in the woods. But why? Fascinating look into the life of a hermit.

#gimmeshelter #maymoviemagic

teainthelibrary Such a great book! 4mo
Cinfhen Fantastic choice!! This was one of my early picks from BOTM 4mo
batsy Nice pick! 4mo
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rather_be_reading i absolutely loved that one! 4mo
rohit-sawant Awesome pick! 👏🏼👏🏼 4mo
Reviewsbylola Same!! And I think it was the only selection of that particular month that I didn‘t buy. Go figure! 4mo
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Gina
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For those who have never heard of the North Pond Hermit this is a fascinating read.

http://honesttopaws.com/north-pond-hermit-htp/?as=6dap23843321753140373&bdk=a6da...

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Olivia306
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This was such an interesting take on the life of a man, who managed to live by himself for 27 years in the woods of Maine. It‘s a fascinating tale about a man‘s desire to simply live alone. I liked the fact that Mr. Finkle doesn‘t shy away from discussing Mr. Knight‘s methods and show multiple sides of the story. But I would‘ve liked to see a more in depth approach to Mr. Knight‘s story, maybe more of the research done. A good read nonetheless. 📚

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BillyH
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Book #94 of my 400 goal. This was a truly amazing story and I enjoyed greatly. Intriguing, interesting, philosophical, and thoughts provoking. I‘d definitely recommend this if it sounds interesting to you. That being said I think there were more questions to be asked and answered about the human psyche. It didn‘t quite touch on everything I think it should have, however what it did encompass was extravagant. Great read.

AmyG 400! Wow. That‘s an amazing goal. 6mo
Naj Wow. Super impressed by your goal and progress. Great going! 6mo
ShyBookOwl Bulldozing through -- good for you!! 6mo
Rissreads I loved this book too! 6mo
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Kerrioke
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My stack of #GreenReads also kinda works for #TurnBackTime. I‘ve read all of these books, save one, and two of my favorite series from the past are represented here!

#LiteraryLuck @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @vkois88

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Pretty photo 💚💚💚 6mo
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bookish_wookish
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#frideas @SailorMoon

1. Fiction 📖
2. I dont read a lot of non-fiction but i really liked The Stanger In The Woods
3. Math ✖️➗➖➕
4. 1920‘s
5. Heyyy 👋🏼 @Gaylagal2 @BookwormAHN @Jee_HookedOnBookz

SailorMoon Thanks for playing!!! 💕🤟🏻🌙 7mo
Gaylagal2 @bookish_wookish 😘 Have a great weekend! 7mo
ProfReader I bookish wookish!!!! 7mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz Hi Amy! How are you? Mine was math too and science! 😅 7mo
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erinreads
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Starting something new on my kindle because a) I stupidly turned it off airplane mode, so I lost my library loan, and b) I have the same book in physical form from the library, but it‘s so noisy, so I don‘t want to disturb my much needed sleepy kitten cuddle time. 😻 #damnfinecooper #catsoflitsy

And for everyone who commented and expressed their love with my post yesterday, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I love this community so much. 💕

8little_paws This book is awesome, hope you like it 7mo
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m.galehuxley
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I‘ve been having a hard time focusing on audiobooks lately. I returned the last few halfway through so that I could buy or borrow a physical copy.

I‘ve been interested in this one since it came out. So let‘s see. 45 minutes in, and I‘m already checking if the library has a copy. 🤷‍♀️

Tamra I also frequently have to sample several in a row before I can settle in. (edited) 8mo
LoverofLit I have had a tough time lately too. I think it's just a new year slump! 8mo
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Lizpixie
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#BookMail Pt1 Our #litmail group had a Xmas swap between members but mine got lost in the mail. So my swap partner, the lovely @SarahK surprised me with three books from Amazon today. Thank you lovely! This is another to add to my #NonFiction2019 list. A man lived alone in the Maine woods for 27yrs, with no one knowing. He just walked into the woods with a tent & minimal supplies & had no human contact for almost 3 decades.

emilyhaldi I loved this one!! 8mo
Lauram I really liked this one. I can‘t believe he survived those winters. 8mo
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heikemarie
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This was just okay. can‘t go wrong reading a book about a hermit who lived in the Maine woods for 27 years though! I thought the tone the author took was obnoxious at times. Full review at ireadthereforeiam.wordpress.com ☺️

mreads 😻 8mo
BookBabe 😻😻 8mo
readordierachel Kitties! 8mo
heikemarie @mreads @BookBabe @ReadOrDie I know right?! They‘re the best. 8mo
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Itchyfeetreader
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"For readers of Jon Krakauer and The Lost City of Z, a remarkable tale of survival and solitude--the true story of a man who lived alone in a tent in the Maine woods, never talking to another person and surviving by stealing supplies from nearby cabins for twenty-seven years.” Not read but seemed like a good for #musicalnewyear #onmyown

Cinfhen Excellent choice and interesting read (edited) 8mo
Suet624 This is a great book. 8mo
DivineDiana Agree with @Cinfhen 8mo
vivastory I definitely recommend this one. It's a quick read. 8mo
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Gregvdvinne

“‘ The idea that there is somewhere we have to go, and something we have to attain, is our basic delusion.‘” Tenzin Palmo

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Gregvdvinne

“‘It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society”‘ Jiddu Krishnamurti

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Nebklvr
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This was a well written and well narrated account of a fascinating encounter in Maine with a hermit. I can understand the man‘s desire to unfetter himself from society but his actions put him beyond the pale. He found contentment in the woods by stealing it from others who at one time felt safe there.

Dragon Great review, stacking! 9mo
Nebklvr @Dragon Will be interested to hear your thoughts on it! 9mo
Dragon Thanks 👍😀🐉 9mo
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seydoggy
Pickpick

A bit short, and not deeply researched but an entertaining read none the less.

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CraftyBookNerd1
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Pickpick

Quite fascinating that one man could go 27 years without any human contact/interaction...in the woods...I know wouldn‘t last 😅
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Julsmarshall
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Pickpick

I liked it! I‘ve read that for others it was a bit of a miss but I found the setting and the stranger fascinating and couldn‘t wait to hear more. I listened in audio and enjoyed the added atmosphere that the narrator‘s gravelly voice brought to the experience. ⭐️⭐️⭐️🌟

callunakeep I loved this book!! 9mo
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Prairiegirl_reading
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Pickpick

I have a dream of running away to the woods. I‘m way too much of a delicate flower to ever actually do it.
So I thought this would be interesting but I liked it a lot more than I expected to!

RaimeyGallant I'm toying with adding this one to my list. 9mo
Prairiegirl_reading @RaimeyGallant the audio moves super quick. Even if you hate it it won‘t take up much time. 9mo
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Julsmarshall
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Needed a new audiobook! Been wanting to get to this one forever! A few minutes in and I‘m happy I picked it up! #truecrime #MountTBR

rather_be_reading i loved this book! 10mo
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LapReader
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I especially can‘t wait to read The Glass Castle. Thankyou @BurghBookAddict

Burghbookaddict 😊😊😊 11mo
Caroline2 The Glass Castle is soooo good! 👍🏻 11mo
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hike.read.repeat
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Pickpick

Super quick read/listen. I definitely sympathized with the hermit even though he stole to get by. I think people are fascinated by these kinds of stories bc there‘s part of us that wishes we could do the same thing.

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hike.read.repeat

He‘s stripped the world to its essentials, and proper names are not essential.

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MStew
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Reading with babe @trioxin_sematary on break brought my book so we could get reading time together and eating my fav chips😂 I never get to eat them so I splurged

I'm enjoying this so far😍😘

#currentlyreading
#buddyread
#couplesoflitsy

MommyWantsToReadHerBook I really want to read this! 12mo
Samplergal I really enjoyed this one! 12mo
trioxin_sematary I'm loving it! 😘 12mo
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Velvetfur Wow, that sounds so good! 12mo
zzz Funyons are excellent! 12mo
Decalino That was a really fascinating book! 12mo
AJones 😋 I 💛 Funyuns too! 12mo
ShelleyBooksie This book left me wanting to know more 12mo
MStew @Jen_is_always_reading 😊they are!! 12mo
MStew @Decalino 😄great 12mo
MStew @Velvetfur its pretty good so far😃😃 12mo
MStew @MommyWantsToReadHerBook you should!!😄 12mo
MStew @Samplergal 😃😃 12mo
MStew @AJones they are tasty!!😎 12mo
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CuriousG
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The inspiration cart keeps growing. I feel like I'll end up transporting many dozens of my books to my classroom...just in time for me to drag them all back home 😂 #thekidsareworthit #booksareeverything

Louise Some good ones there! 📚 12mo
CuriousG @Louise I agree 😊 I've held off with about 15 more because I really don't have space at school, but I might have to rearrange so I can take them anyway. My urge to take my books everywhere I go is almost uncontrollable. Lol 12mo
Louise You are not alone! 😉 12mo
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thelizflynn
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Pickpick

This was a fast listen. What a weird dude. All he wanted was to be left alone 😕

Reviewsbylola Such a weird dude!! I loved this one! 12mo
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Sapphire
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The world is a confusing place, meaningful and meaningless at once.

Stephykitten True dat! Lol 12mo
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BritanyA
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Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️: This book was so interesting. A hermit decides to walk into the woods and doesn‘t come out for 27 years. He doesn‘t quite live off the land and as he steals what he needs, eventually he gets caught and his story is told. #NonFiction

MStew Reading now with the BF😍 12mo
trioxin_sematary Loving it! 💚 12mo
BritanyA @meghan2714 perfect buddy read! Lots to discuss. 😊 12mo
BritanyA @trioxin_sematary YES!! ❤️ 12mo
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IamIamIam
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Pickpick

I was late to the party on this one but I'm glad I showed up! What an intriguing story about a young man with his life in front of him who just checked out to live alone in the unforgiving woods of Maine for almost 30 years!!! He was caught stealing food from a local camp and the rest is history. His ingenuity is unparalleled and almost hard to believe at times. Definitely not to be missed!!!

DivineDiana Definitely a “ truth is stranger than fiction read” ! 12mo
IamIamIam @DivineDiana Absolutely!!! 12mo
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IamIamIam
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What an interesting person Christopher Knight is! This book boggles my mind and is just incredible. He also said he didn't find any point in reading Ulysses either and said that all pseudointellectuals like to just throw Joyce's name around!

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trioxin_sematary
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My hand looks like Danny Devito's in Batman Returns here, but fuck it! 🤣

This is our next read, I'm buzzing for this; other only is it a very interesting story to me in particular but the way it's presented and written.

It's just a beautiful book, I just know I'm going to devour this quickly.

@meghan2714 😙❣

#Book
#PincerPaw

laurenlovesliterature Oswald Cobblepot! Haha!!! 🤣🤣🤣 it doesn't.... But that's fucking hilar!!! 12mo
trioxin_sematary @laurenlovesliterature Oswald Cobblepot, what an absolutely fantastic name! 🤣👌 12mo
MStew Har, har, har, babes got jokes today😋 excited to read this too 12mo
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MStew 😝 12mo
trioxin_sematary @meghan2714 put the kettle on and get ready for chapter one! 😉😙 12mo
Eggs 🤣🤣 12mo
MStew @trioxin_sematary kettles on 😘🔥🔥 12mo
Briget66 😂 12mo
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Samplergal
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📌oh yes! Love much of it. 📌 I‘d say it‘s 40% or more. 📌 Health, memoirs, politics, history social justice. 📌Dark Money by Jane Meyer so well researched. 📌 but I‘m checking my Kindle hourly for the release of Bob Woodward‘s new book, hoping for a pre-release.

wanderinglynn Thanks for playing! 😀 12mo
Lauram I broke down and ordered it yesterday. I intend to start reading it right away. ETA: I‘m referring, of course, to the Woodward book. (edited) 12mo
Lauram I never finished Dark Money. It‘s really frightening. 12mo
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Sapphire
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Visited Bookends, a used bookstore in N Myrtle Beach today. A good little haul.