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The Girls in the Picture
The Girls in the Picture: A Novel | Melanie Benjamin
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a.bookish.byrd
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
“Real life isn‘t always as magical as the movies, yet, sometimes it‘s even more so.”

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DivineDiana
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The beginnings of the Hollywood movie industry told through the lives of real life stars, Mary Pickford and Frances Marion. Girl power! #californication #wanderingjune

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Jaimelire
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Mehso-so

I enjoyed Melanie Benjamin‘s book “Swans of Fifth Avenue”. I had high expectations for this, but was a bit disappointed. The historical basis of the book (Mary Pickford and Frances Marion‘s success in the early, male dominated film industry) was interesting enough but the internal dialogue of both characters sometimes dragged and seemed repetitive. I found myself skipping paragraphs and reading only dialogue in some sections of the book.

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Bookwm85forever
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Life has been a bit stressful but the one constant is my love of books. They give me the escape I need and sometimes a different perspective. #booknerd #bookworm #bookaddict #bookaddiction

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Bookwm85forever
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The Chicago Cubs are playing!! I vow this year not to watch too much baseball. Go Cubs Go!! #booknerd #bookaddict #bookaddiction #bookworm

Bookwormjillk Is there such a thing? 10mo
Bookwm85forever @Bookwormjillk LOL!! My two favorite things. Reading and watching the Cubs. I‘m trying to not get behind on my TBR pile. 🤣🤣 10mo
Heatherfeather GO CUBBIES!!! 😍 10mo
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Bookwm85forever
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My lunch break is the best part of my work day. I hope everyone is having a great day. #booknerd #bookaddict #bookaddiction #bookclub #bookclubselection

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GidgetsTreasures75
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3-26-19: My 24th finished book of 2019! 👍🏼📖#️⃣2️⃣4️⃣ #thegirlsinthepicture #melaniebenjamin

MrBook Wow!!! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 10mo
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intothehallofbooks
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Historical fiction based on the very real Frances Marion and Mary Pickford who both worked in the silent film industry back when movies were an emerging art form. This was a male-dominated industry but these two held their own and were the best at the time, even when it was uncomfortable and came with costs. Fascinating! I knew nothing at all about Mary and Fran before reading this. The story was well-researched, informative, and entertaining.

gradcat Oh, Mary Pickford *swoon* such a goddess! 🧝🏽‍♀️❤️😊 12mo
intothehallofbooks @gradcat I actually was able to watch quite a bit of footage of Mary Pickford online and also look at so many pictures, even pictures of her posing with real people that had cameos in the book (Charlie Chaplin etc). She was so glamorous!! 12mo
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Reecaspieces
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I am hosting a giveaway over on Instagram. This book is fantastic. Go check it out! https://www.instagram.com/p/BsvHs9kHtc4/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=15irj1...

TNbookworm This cover is awesome💕 12mo
Reecaspieces @TNbookworm 👏🏻👏🏻👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼 12mo
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wallacereads
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I went to the library to return a book and came home with two more...

candority It‘s almost impossible not to! 1y
JennyM Story of my life!!! 1y
janeycanuck This is why I return books after hours! 1y
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cdreincarnate
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Panpan

Badly written, badly narrated, white-washed drivel. The concept was interesting enough to keep me from bailing on it, but I was very disappointed in this book I had so been looking forward to reading.

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MKbookworm
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Happy Labor Day weekend! I‘m actually off tonight and tomorrow so making the most of the unofficial end of summer 🍺📖

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JosieG

When you find what you're meant to do, it doesn't seem all that hard.

Eelijah The hard part is finding it! (edited) 2y
JosieG @Eelijah So true! 2y
Eelijah @JosieG smiles... 2y
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DivineDiana
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I love old movies! TCM is my jam. This story of the beginning of the movie industry was fascinating! In this male dominated industry, Mary Pickford and Frances Marion became close friends and fought bravely to have a voice in Hollywood. I cheered for their accomplishments, and applaud their strength and creativity at a time when women had few opportunities.

PenguinInFlight I haven‘t read this one yet, but I‘ve read all her other books and LOVED them! 🤗💜 2y
DivineDiana @PenguinInFlight This won‘t disappoint! ❤️ 2y
PenguinInFlight @DivineDiana I just got on Overdrive to see if I could borrow the ebook and they don‘t have it. 😩 It‘s on my list to get when I make my next library visit! ☺️ 2y
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DivineDiana @PenguinInFlight Too bad! Good luck with Plan B! 😀 2y
TieDyeDude I love TCM! Robert Osborne made a surprise visit to a screening of Casablanca in Philly a few years back. 2y
TieDyeDude Also, Katie Melua did a cute song titled "Mary Pickford" https://youtu.be/gv-57zSLXvw 2y
DivineDiana @GoodForCirculation I would have loved to have been there! Were you? After finishing this book, I found a Mary Pickford film to watch on TCM. Will find the song and give a listen! Thank you! 2y
rubyslippersreads I need to catch up on my ARCs and read this one. I also enjoyed 2y
DivineDiana @rubyslippersreads Thank you! Looks good! 2y
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DivineDiana
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My current read is a novel about the early days of motion pictures. Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks were the King and Queen of Hollywood! Douglas pursued Mary relentlessly. And both of them craved the devotion of the fans! #lovemedo #heyjune

Cathythoughts Such a great old pic 2y
DivineDiana @Cathythoughts Thank you! Now, I am dying to see a Mary Pickford movie! 2y
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Sassy_Steph
Bailedbailed

I didn‘t bail because it was bad, I bailed because it took to long to get from the library

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tammysue
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1. ❤️💗 Reds and pinks
2. CSI Miami, I just love Horatio and his team of CI‘s
3. The Girls in the Picture
4. The works.. cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, bacon, catsup, mustard and mayo
5. Staying home relaxing with a good book and wrapping swap presents to send out on Monday to @Kaye and @LazyDays 💛🤗📦👩🏼‍🍳

#friyayintro

Kaye I‘m excited ✨✨✨✨ 2y
tammysue @Kaye I kept second guessing myself on what I was picking out.. it‘s my first swap so I‘ve been nervous to do a good job with it.🤞🏻 I‘m really anticipating our deliveries from Alicia on Monday, can‘t wait!! 😁 2y
Bookishthoughts @whatshesreadingnow whatever you pick is going to be Amazing!💗😘 I'm excited for you guys to receive mine. I hope you like the recipes! I make every thing I send at least once a month, and then I picked a new one that I want to try! 2y
tammysue @LazyDays It‘s just arrived at the door. Granddaughter is giddy about those cute ladybugs! 🐞 2y
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DivineDiana
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Audio walking through Valley Forge National Park today. Enjoying the combination of history, nature and listening to an interesting book!

PenguinInFlight I love Melanie Benjamin. I haven‘t read this one yet, but I have read all her others. 2y
DivineDiana @PenguinInFlight I had only read The Swans of New York, but I see there are many more to read! 2y
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DivineDiana
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Starting a new Playaway. #audiowalk

SassyBookworm Loved this book! Enjoy! 2y
DivineDiana @Chrysta23 Thank you! Good to know! 🙂 2y
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overtheedge
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Pickpick

Mary Pickford and Frances Marion are captivating in this historical fiction of 1914-1921 Hollywood. It's about the things given up to become a "legend", but mostly a story of the power of friendship..
Vivid...Candid...A Great Book!! 4.5 stars

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ElishaLovesBooks
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This was a case of “it‘s not you, it‘s me.” I think I started reading this when I wasn‘t in the mood for historical fiction and that was a bad idea. After I took a little break and came back to it, I enjoyed it much more. Early Hollywood isn‘t really a time period that catches my interest usually, but I learned a lot. I also didn‘t know how important women were to making movies. Mary Pickford and Frances Marion had a fascinating relationship!

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Nitpickyabouttrains
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Pickpick

I liked this old Hollywood historical fiction. The characters were flawed and nuanced. It was about two women who were both strong in different ways, at a time when strong women were often in the shadows.

Reviewsbylola I have this checked out from library right now so I‘m glad you liked it! 2y
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Birdsong28
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This is definitely going to be #purchased now at that price for a hardcover. 📚📖

ReadingisMyPassion I really e joyed this book. 2y
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Birdsong28
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What a bargain for a hardback!!! Been waiting to read this, it might have 'fallen' into my basket.

UK site.

Jess7 🤣 2y
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MinDea
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Well, I was going to try this one to help me out of my slump. #MelanieBenjamin is one of my favorite authors so I thought I would give it a shot. However, #Chloe has decided to use it as her pillow. Guess I'll read more about Narnia tonight 🤷
#CatsOfLitsy #Caterruptions #TuxedoKittiesOfLitsy @mcipher
#ReadingSlump

MinDea @Texreader @CatLass007 @Andrew65 I took your suggestion and started YOU on audiobook and baked cookies tonight. It helped. Thank you! I am enjoying this book on audio even though I have already read it. I am not much of an audiobook person but listening to a book I enjoyed is helping. Like visiting old friends. Stalker friends...🤔😬😆😆 2y
PenguinInFlight I love Melanie Benjamin! 😍😍 2y
Texreader @MinDea So glad it helped! 2y
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Texreader @MinDea would you tag the book? Im trying to find it... 2y
JazzFeathers 😂😂😻😻😻 2y
ladym30 Sweet kitty! 2y
Andrew65 @MinDea Great to see it helped, audiobooks work well for me with some but singularly fail for others, and been hard to establish some hard and fast rules. Good to revisit a book you loved, I agree it is like visiting old friends. 2y
Texreader @MinDea Thank you!! 2y
mcipher She looks like she has a lot to say about your book! 2y
MinDea @mcipher she was warning me that I was moving around too much and it better not be to disturb her and take the book! 😸😸😸 2y
Jess7 Haha ask Brian to get another book and slowly and quietly switch them out! 😉 2y
MinDea @Jess7 he was already passed out and asleep at that point! 😆 2y
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ElishaLovesBooks
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Now taking a few minutes of lunchtime to read and enjoy my #TeacherAppreciationFlowers 🌷🌸 This week has already been crazy-it‘s May, my school is putting on a music show so the schedule is crazy, and I have a bunch of meetings this week. I‘m enjoying small moments of quiet with air conditioning!! #grateful

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ElishaLovesBooks
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Started reading this one today! Very early on, but it‘s looking good! #CurrentlyReading

Reecaspieces I enjoyed this one! 2y
ElishaLovesBooks @Reecaspieces I‘m enjoying it too! 2y
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CGeorge
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Pickpick

This fit in perfectly with my obsession with the You Must Remember This podcast. Such a good read.

ReadingSusan Love that podcast! Liked this book too! “Join us won‘t you?” (edited) 2y
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JacintaMCarter
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#2018Book30
This is a fictionalized version of how Mary Pickford became the queen of Hollywood, partly due to Frances Marion, one of the most famous early screenwriters. The book follows them from the first silent movies, through World War I, and all the way to "talkies" becoming popular. While the conversations and motivations have been invented by the author, she keeps in enough historical detail to tell how the women's lives really played out.

Reviewsbylola Melanie Benjamin is hit or miss for me but I‘m dying to read this!! 2y
Centique I do love books about early 20th century movie stars so I guess this is my wheelhouse then. Stacked 😍 2y
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JacintaMCarter
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rustoryhuf
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Working on this one today, a nice historical fiction featuring Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks and the golden days of Hollywood.

theresidentromantic I almost bought this today, can't wait to see what you think of it! 2y
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Sharpeipup
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“Men can be in love and it doesn‘t affect anything else they do; it gives them even more cachet. It adds something to them. But for women, love doesn‘t add, it subtracts. Why do I feel as if falling in love means I have to give something up?”

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theladygreer
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Yay, fun new project! All March long, I'm publishing one interview a day with authors inspired by women in history. First up - Melanie Benjamin! Greermacallister.com/blog #womenshistoryreads #womenshistorymonth

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Loreen
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I give it 4 Stars. If you love stories about female friendships and old Hollywood, this book is for you. See my full review on my blog : https://coffeeandcatsblog.wordpress.com/2018/02/21/quickie-book-review-the-girls...
#shamelessplug #goodreadsgiveaway #historicalfiction

Loreen @LiteraryinLititz I haven‘t read that book so I don‘t know? 2y
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TheLibrarian
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Pickpick

This book follows the friendship of two early Hollywood legends, Mary Pickford (actress) and Frances Marion (screenwriter). Overall it was a pretty good read!

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Kleonard
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Pickpick

Enjoyable book though Frances Marion‘s story is far more interesting to learn about than Mary Pickford‘s. #melaniebenjamin #francesmarion #marypickford

Reviewsbylola Looking forward to this! 2y
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tammysue
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Pickpick

WOW. Mary Pickford and Frances Marion. This novel is about Mary‘s life, her one true love Douglas Fairbanks and her successes and losses personally and in pictures, along with Academy Award writer and friend Frances Marion‘s highly successful life. Their friendship is about the sacrifices and compromises they made in order to succeed. A very interesting and powerful story!👏🏻👏🏻 Highly recommend 👍🏻

#historicalfiction

kspenmoll Stacked! Great review! 2y
tammysue @kspenmoll Thank you! ☺️ 2y
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TheLibrarian
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1. Sports aren‘t really my thing
2. 14 Fahrenheit
3. Tagged book and The Wife
4. A warm, tropical place with beautiful beaches (and plenty of books!!)
5. Sure thing!

#friyayintro

GarthRanzz 🖖🏻 2y
Jess7 👋🏼👋🏼👋🏼 2y
IheartYA 2y
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MelAnn 🖐🏻 2y
hes7 🖐🏻 2y
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tammysue
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#humpdaypost @MinDea

1. It‘s about the friendship and powerful partnership between Hollywood‘s earliest superstars in a world dominated by men, America‘s Sweetheart Mary Pickford + writer Frances Marion. Liking it so far!
2. Chuckles, Reese‘s PB cups
3. Gen X ✌🏻
4. Fitbit
5. Attempting *cough* new year goal of minimizing and organizing at home, Pearl to groomer and watching Super Bowl with the family - Go Eagles! 🦅

Bostonmomx2 I realized after I posted my Fitbit is closest, well I guess besides my bra lol 2y
tammysue Lol almost missed it myself 😉 2y
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MinDea
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Happy #HumpDayPost!
1. This historical fiction book tells the lives of Frances Marion and Mary Pickford in old Hollywood; their struggles of being women in a male dominated industry.
2. Starbursts or Snickers
3. Gen X or a Xennial
4. My reading head lamp (Petzl)
5. #PNWLitsyMeetup on Saturday (🙌🙌🙌) and hosting a super bowl party on Sunday. Hopefully not from the couch on a heating pad 🤞🤞🤞stupid kidney stones!

MissAimz_55 Darn so jealous of your litsy Meetup!! I love visiting Seattle (my sister lives up there) and Elliot bay books is always a must visit! Hope you have fun and hope you can host a super bowl party heater pad free! 2y
MinDea Thanks @MissAimz_55 . If you are ever in town visiting her make sure to check if we are doing a meetup! You would be more than welcome to join! 2y
MissAimz_55 @MinDea thank you I will. I am already trying to figure out how I can get in a spring visit!! I want to see all the seasons 2y
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TricksyTails Wish I could go! I want to go to Funko HQ in Everett! Hope you‘re feeling better in time so you can enjoy yourself! 2y
ElishaLovesBooks Oh no! Feel better! I‘ve heard kidney stones can be so painful 😣. 2y
SilversReviews My husband has kidney stones. PAINFUL. 2y
2BR02B Yikes! Sorry about your kidneys. Hope you're getting plenty of fluids. 🤒 2y
jfalkens Oh no! Hope you feel better soon xxx 2y
MinDea @TricksyTails Funko HQ is actually pretty cool. Well worth a trip! 2y
MinDea @SilversReviews yes, they are pretty painful. I have never experienced pain like this before until my first kidney stone. 2y
JenlovesJT47 How are you liking this book so far? I can't wait to read it! 2y
MinDea I haven't started it yet @JenlovesJT47 I hope to read it really soon though! 2y
JenlovesJT47 @MinDea cool! Did you get my pm on slack? 2y
MinDea @JenlovesJT47 I just replied. Sorry. I don't check slack often! 2y
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EllieDottie
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These are a different kind of 🌟 but I wanted to use this book for #sunmoonstars! I‘m halfway through this book and I‘m liking it so far! #newyearreads

tammysue Good to hear, this is up next for me. 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Stacked!!! ⭐️💕⭐️💕 2y
rubyslippersreads I need to read my ARC (now that the book is already out. 😄) 2y
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BlueStockingReviews
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THE GIRLS IN THE PICTURE is an intriguing historical fiction story. What is undoubtably real is the achievements of these two fascinating women, and that alone is enough to make this book enjoyable for anyone who loves read about strong women trailblazers. Here are two indomitable women who were way ahead of their time. https://lharvey250.tumblr.com/post/170319149599/the-girls-in-the-picture-melanie...

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Jerdencon
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Based on everyone's recommendations I started the tagged book and have it cleverly hidden in my planner so I can just cover it up if someone decides to walk into my office! 😂

IheartYA 😂😂 Excellent. My coworker has borrowed my books on helping a parent through the tween and teen years. I told her to take the cover off or put another one on while reading at home. Don't want her kids to see her reading it. 😂 2y
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SassyBookworm
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Wow!!! This book was amazing!!! Wonderful, heart wrenching & just beautifully written!!! Since picking this book up it kept my attention throughout and was a marvelous love story between two best friends. Also, gave a great perspective on early Hollywood. I just loved this book!!!

#SassyBookworm 😏 #LateNightReview #HistoricalFiction #BestFriends

PenguinInFlight I can‘t wait to read this! I‘ve read all her other books and LOVED them. 😍 2y
Jerdencon I am hoping to start this today at work 😉hoping for a quiet day to do so! 2y
ReadingisMyPassion Loved this book! 2y
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SassyBookworm
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Trying to finish up this great book, I had stopped to finish a couple that ended sooner on my #Libby app. It‘s not often that my wild 5 yr old will lay in my lap, but on this gloomy afternoon she‘s enjoying some tv time while I enjoy my book!

#SassyBookworm #snugglebuddy #HistoricalFiction

QueenJen Awwwww! 2y
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Jerdencon
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I have these two ARCs from net galley to start and don't know which one to pick first! Would love to do both but am still working on alias grace, the #annakareninareadalong and trying to read a wrinkle in time with my son... #firstworldbookproblems 😀🤣

MinDea The Girls in the Picture!!!! 2y
Cinfhen I usually love a Melanie Benjamin book 2y
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EllieDottie
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Ok I‘m calling it for the night! I was seriously set back today by a massive headache 🤕 halfway through the day! But I‘m still proud of my reading! I finished 1 book and made a dent in two others! See you all tomorrow! #24in48

VanChocStrawberry I hope you feel much better tomorrow! 2y
tammysue Good for you, tomorrow‘s a new day and hopefully you‘ll feel better! 💜 2y
DGRachel I hope you feel better soon! 2y
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EllieDottie
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I‘m starting my #24in48 with this book!! I‘m in the Pacific time zone so it‘s 8 o‘clock and I am starting right now!!

TommieMarie74 What a gorgeous cover!! 😍 2y
EllieDottie @TommieMarie74 i know isn‘t it wonderful!! (edited) 2y
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Kleonard
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Wonderful so far.

Cinfhen I really like Melanie Benjamin 2y
Cinfhen I‘m hoping this will be a #BOTM choice for Feb 🤞🏼🤞🏼 2y
Kleonard @Cinfhen Yes! It would be perfect! I love the history lesson her books always contain. 2y
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Kristy_K
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Benjamin does a great job at taking a perhaps forgotten woman &bringing her back to life. I had never heard of Frances Marion or Mary Pickford prior to reading this, but now I feel a connection to these two trailblazers of the film industry.

This is a quieter, slower novel than those I normally read, but it delves deep into its characters‘ developments and lives. Their emotions &thoughts are brought to life through Benjamin‘s skilled writing.

EllieDottie I‘m planning on started this book tomorrow for the 24in48!! 2y
Kristy_K @EllieDottie Hope you enjoy it! 2y
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