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The Saturday Evening Girls Club
The Saturday Evening Girls Club | Jane Healey
33 posts | 23 read | 31 to read
For four young immigrant women living in Bostons North End in the early 1900s, escaping tradition doesnt come easy. But at least they have one another and the Saturday Evening Girls Club, a social pottery-making group offering respite from their hectic home livesand hope for a better future. Ambitious Caprice dreams of opening her own hat shop, which clashes with the expectations of her Sicilian-born parents. Brilliant Ada secretly takes college classes despite the disapproval of her Russian Jewish father. Stunning Maria could marry anyone yet guards her heart to avoid the fate of her Italian Catholic mother, broken down by an alcoholic husband. And shy Thea is torn between asserting herself and embracing an antiquated Jewish tradition. The friends face family clashes and romantic entanglements, career struggles and cultural prejudice. But through their unfailing bond, forged through their weekly gathering, theyll draw strengthand the courage to transform their immigrant stories into the American lives of their dreams.
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Chrissyreadit
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@wanderinglynn my prize arrived! I am so thankful! These are perfect to celebrate BFCR4 and that book sounds like one I would love- 🧡🧡🧡

megnews I read this this year. Very enjoyable. 7d
wanderinglynn Glad it arrived! I saw the book was on your TBR, so I hoped you hadn‘t read it. ☺️ 7d
Chrissyreadit @wanderinglynn I try to keep my TBR up to date! I forget what is on it- so I have not read this. Someday I‘d like to figure out how to manage the TBR better. 7d
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Chrissyreadit @megnews I‘m glad to hear that. I am looking forward to reading it. 7d
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego What a cute pen(cil?) !! 7d
Chrissyreadit @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego it is! The cat is an eraser for the pencil. 7d
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megnews
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If you enjoy historical fiction, this Kindle daily deal is for you. Four immigrant friends in Boston, 2 Jewish, 2 Italian Catholics trying to make their own way in the world as their parents hold fast to old world traditions. I enjoyed this one earlier this year.

Reecaspieces Thanks for the heads up. 1mo
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wanderinglynn
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@Crazeedi these will make awesome #BFC prizes! Thank you! 😘

Crazeedi I'm glad, you do so much for us! 2mo
DrawingSustenance Some books smell too musky. I don't think it's healthy to sniff them. Lol 😅 2mo
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Crazeedi
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3⭐ a light and cozy read. This is the story of 2 Italian and 2 Jewish girls who lived in Boston in 1908. The story tells of these women becoming their own persons, instead of living under the fathers thumb. Nothing deep or philosophical here, just a cute story.

Melissa_J I liked this one, too 😊 4mo
Amor4Libros I loved it! ❤️ 4mo
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Crazeedi
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Next up!

suvata Can‘t wait to see your review. I am debating about whether I want to put it on my TBR or not. 4mo
Crazeedi @suvata I'll be sure to post!! 4mo
Victoriahoperose I really enjoyed this one! 4mo
Crazeedi @Victoriahoperose good to hear!! 4mo
brit91 Sounds like a good read!!😍📚 4mo
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Crazeedi
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Kdgordon88 I‘m in. Sounds good! 5mo
Crazeedi @Kdgordon88 I have 2 more that should be here next week, but I got this today, and thought maybe a good one. Not too long, like many if my books are, and a neat premise... 5mo
megnews I just read this one in March. 5mo
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Crazeedi @megnews we may have a problem since it seems we like reading the same books! Or maybe that's a good thing.... 5mo
megnews @Crazeedi I think it‘s a good thing! It might just be a challenge to find something neither of us have read! 5mo
Crazeedi @megnews lol, I have one coming in mail, I don't think any of you have read, but I'll wait till I get to see if I like. The other 2 I ordered are 400 plus(stupid me didn't ck page count🙄) I have to look at my shelves again too. Like I said I tend to purchase thicker books, lol 5mo
ReadingisMyPassion I enjoyed this book. Her next book THE BEANTOWN GIRLS was even better. 5mo
Crazeedi @ReadingisMyPassion thank you! I must move that one up on my tbr! 5mo
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Listened as an audiobook. I enjoyed this light hearted read a nice break from the “heavier” reads. A story of love and friendship between four female childhood friends making their way in turn of the 20th century Boston. A true glimpse into the working lives of first generation Jewish and Italian immigrant children and how they contributed to their neighborhoods. Overall a nice story. 3.5 out of 5 stars.

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derr.liz
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It was fun to read about Boston while in Boston, but this story did not transport me to 1908 and just felt lacking to me.

#travelread #primereading

saguarosally I‘ve done a bit of reading about Boston in Boston, but only in the dead of winter! 😁 7mo
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megnews
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Added 3 states to my #ReadingUSA2019 map this month:
Massachusetts - tagged book
North Carolina - Ban this Book
Mississippi - Forgiveness Road

Librarybelle Looks great! 8mo
Victoriahoperose Loved this book! 8mo
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Eggs
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Quaint story about 4 best friends in early 1900s Boston who‘ve been part of a girls club since they were 13. Approaching adulthood, they must begin to sort out beaus, jobs, and education amid their parents‘ best but sometimes misguided efforts.

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megnews
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Really enjoyed the friendships of these four #immigrant daughters as they reimagine their lives in the “new American way.”

Book 88/90 3/5/19

Crazeedi This book sounds good, adding 9mo
megnews @Crazeedi it was good. I‘m wondering if (hoping) there‘ll be a sequel. It was wrapped up but I could see more. 9mo
ReadingisMyPassion Her newest one (THE BEANTOWN GIRLS) is even better. 8mo
ReadingisMyPassion My book club read this one. 8mo
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megnews
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Especially meaningful to me today as I read this while holding my first grandbaby who made my oldest a mother yesterday. 💕💓💗💞

Freespirit That‘s very special..congratulations😍 9mo
paigecon Congrats!! 🥰 9mo
Mollyanna Congratulations!!! ❤️❤️❤️ 9mo
megnews @Freespirit @paigecon @Mollyanna thanks! She‘s coming home today! 😍💕 9mo
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1. 1-2 library visits a week
2. 33 currently checked out + 9 Hoopla
3. 25 Print books, 16 ebooks, 1 audiobook; 2 poetry; juvenile, young adult, & adult fiction; graphic novels, comic books, & more
4. 1 book overdue-tagged- 🤫 don‘t tell!
5. 11 items on hold
6. Ban this Book

#LibraryLove

monalyisha Your secret‘s safe with me. 😉 9mo
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megnews
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I don‘t know why but I‘ve always liked this proverb.

Crazeedi ❤️👍 9mo
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megnews
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The most stressful part of reading too many library books at one time. When a book can‘t be renewed. No! I‘m almost done! I promise to return it soon! I‘m sorry library! I‘m sorry person waiting on your hold! Let me get a move on on this one!

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I was flying through The Book Thief and not ready for it to end yet. Started The Saturday Evening Girls Club, about 2 Italian Catholic and 2 Jewish Russian immigrant friends in Boston‘s North End in the early 1900s. Looking forward to the proverbs at the beginning of each chapter.

#immigrantfiction #historicalfiction

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Absolutely loved this story! Four young immigrant women in North End Boston working through the struggles of building a better future for themselves, while navigating love, religious differences, and traditional feminist roles. Highly recommend!

Kaye Welcome 🌸 11mo
Sschweic Thank you! 11mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Welcome to Litsy!! 11mo
Wife Welcome to Litsy!🌹 11mo
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Sschweic
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A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle. - Italian proverb (each chapter begins with one!)

Victoriahoperose I loved this book so much!! 11mo
Sschweic Just finished from start to finish today! Loved it! 11mo
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Sschweic
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Enjoying this day of reading after a fun and busy holiday season!

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brittanythebookdragon
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I really liked this book. It wasn‘t in my usual genres and maybe that‘s why I flew through it. It‘s a great story of friendship, life, love, and heartache...and achieving the American Dream in early 1900s Boston.

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Victoriahoperose
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This was my book club‘s pick this month and I really enjoyed it. It had a lot in it - history, romance, fierce friendship. This was a really great book about friendship and feminism. I really loved the writing and the characters.

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drbethandherkindle
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Some quick 3 word reviews from the 2nd half of the alphabet for #LitsyAtoZ:

Rabbit Cake-all the emotions
SEGC-light and predictable
Uncommon Type-fine, slightly forced
Northanger Abbey-entertaining and diverting

So far I‘ve read 9 of 26 books! How is everyone else doing with this challenge?

Pamwurtzler I‘m at 9️⃣ also! 2y
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Pamwurtzler
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I‘m not sure how I heard about this book, but it was a nice quick read. Daughters of immigrants in Boston‘s North End are trying to find their own way in America. #MountTBRChallenge #8

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WarpedSweetness
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Finished this book last night because I couldn't sleep. It was good. Three and a half to four star read for me. There were things I didn't like about the book, like the ending and some other elements. But in all it was a good book.

I borrowed it through my Kindle Unlimited and it came with the audio version, which I really didn't like. I don't know...the narrator's voice, trying to do the different accents, it just didn't wrong for me.

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BookishMarginalia
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Latest #audiobook after I finished the Oxford Medieval Mysteries

Amor4Libros I loved this book so much! 2y
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WarpedSweetness
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My current audio read while I'm cooking and cleaning.

I'm really enjoying this book, but I am not so sure how I feel about the narrator.

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Melissa_J
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Set in early 20th century Boston, this is a quick-paced, light read that left me feeling happy. While I don't think the author created a strong sense of time, and every issue faced by the main characters was addressed far too easily to be realistic, the story itself was a winner, and I cared about the characters and what happened to them. Definite pick ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

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suzanne.literarylife
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Love the surprises with Once Upon a Book Club.

Velaris_Kat You might want to check their Facebook page, one of the gifts was labeled incorrectly for page number. 2y
suzanne.literarylife Will do. Thank You! 2y
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lovintoread
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Outstanding novel presented with historical facts blended in to lend more expansion of the fictional characters. Author Jane Healey crafted and utterly believable work of historical genius. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟and a standing ovation 👏👏👏👏👏

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MimiLovesToRead
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I. LOVED. THIS. BOOK!!!

I won this in a giveaway on Goodreads. I will be gushing over this book for a very long time.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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MimiLovesToRead
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I just won this in a Goodreads giveaway.
About to start it!