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Be Frank With Me
Be Frank With Me: A Novel | Julia Claiborne Johnson
A sparkling talent makes her fiction debut with this infectious novel that combines the charming pluck ofEloise, the poignant psychological quirks ofThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Timeand the page-turning spirit ofWhered You Go, Bernadette.Reclusive literary legend M. M. Mimi Banning has been holed up in her Bel Air mansion for years. But after falling prey to a Bernie Madoff-style ponzi scheme, shes flat broke. Now Mimi must write a new book for the first time in decades, and to ensure the timely delivery of her manuscript, her New York publisher sends an assistant to monitor her progress. The prickly Mimi reluctantly complieswith a few stipulations: No Ivy-Leaguers or English majors. Must drive, cook, tidy. Computer whiz. Good with kids. Quiet, discreet, sane.When Alice Whitley arrives at the Banning mansion, shes put to work right awayas a full-time companion to Frank, the writers eccentric nine-year-old, a boy with the wit of Noel Coward, the wardrobe of a 1930s movie star, and very little in common with his fellow fourth-graders.As she slowly gets to know Frank, Alice becomes consumed with finding out who Franks father is, how his gorgeous piano teacher and itinerant male role model Xander fits into the Banning family equationand whether Mimi will ever finish that book.Full of heart and countless only-in-Hollywood moments,Be Frank with Meis a captivating and unconventional story of an unusual mother and son, and the intrepid young woman who finds herself irresistibly pulled into their unforgettable world.
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Sharpeipup
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“Youth isn't wasted on the young, literature is. “
#audiobook

❓❓❓Is there a book you read as a child that you hated only to love later? ❓❓❓

Bookishthoughts Do you have one? I've been trying to think but can't seem to recall anything. 3mo
Bookishthoughts Good question 3mo
Sharpeipup Anything by Shakespeare or Faulkner. At that age, I couldn‘t appreciate the drama. @LazyDays (edited) 3mo
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Book 1/50 for 2019. 4/5 stars. Quirky character, Frank, stole my heart! Interesting story and unexpected details made this story to come to life for me. Some things left open-ended in the end that I didn‘t love, but that‘s just a personal preference.

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RaimeyGallant Nice review. And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon
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Amiable
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I should be packing boxes because we are moving in less than two months but the couch and the blanket and the book are calling to me ...

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wanderinglynn
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Mehso-so

Somewhere between a pick and meh. I absolutely adored Frank. The rest of it was so-so.

My full review:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2438059769

britt_brooke I‘ve had this on my kindle for ages. This is good to know. Maybe I‘ll get to it one day. (edited) 13mo
Jenny Frank totally made the book for me. 13mo
wanderinglynn @britt_brooke A lot of people really liked it. It just didn‘t quite make it for me. 13mo
wanderinglynn @Jenny Yes! He was adorable. 13mo
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I love this story and I love Frank. He‘s the best child character in a book. He‘s precocious, and funny and smart and just such a great character. I love all the other characters also with their own stories and eccentricities. This was a really great book!

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Mehso-so

I thought this was good, not great. I think something about the writing made me feel detached? The narrator irritated me for the most part. I liked Frank, but I found his mother so interesting and I wish she had been focused on more. I enjoyed the humor in this book - it‘s definitely charming. I think it‘d be a good book for book clubs. 📚

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Okay, great book. This one was recommended to me quite a while back. I bought it and it sat on my kindle UNREAD for 2 years. Mistake! I could have read it several times since then. Unique characters, engaging storyline. Readers who enjoyed #EleanorOliphant might love this one too.

Jenny I loved this one too. 14mo
InnerSavvy I was surprised to enjoy this one to look. 11mo
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LeslieO
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Big July for me. 10 books! Here's a few of them.

DivineDiana Just discussed Eleanor Oliphant at Book Club today. Well liked by all! 1y
LeslieO @DivineDiana ❤️ Eleanor! 1y
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BethFishReads
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🎧 Day 8: #Audiobook recommendation for #JIAM Tavia Gilbert‘s award-winning performance is not to be missed!

Dogearedcopy Is there a social media effort and hashtag for “June is Audiobook Month?” I didn‘t hear anything at APAC and haven‘t seen anything on Twitter or Facebook. Am I just not looking in the right places? (edited) 1y
BethFishReads @Dogearedcopy I‘m going with #JIAM18. I haven‘t seen much for audiobook month except APA‘s giveaway (I‘m one of the blogs) 1y
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The story of Alice becoming the full time “nanny” to the eccentric fourth grade Frank and assistant to the novelist M.M. Banning was a ton of fun. We get to watch Alice fall in love with the quirky little boy and try to earn the respect of the prickly Mimi. There are several bumps and accidents along the way. Very enjoyable. 4 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Soubhiville I loved Frank! 2y
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wanderinglynn
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There‘s still time to enter my #giveaway! You have until 5:00pm EDT on April 5!!!

Make a post indicating the book you‘d like to win. I might also include a bookish goodie! And don‘t forget to tag me!

Open to all (U.S. & international)

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BiblioLitten
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Congratulations on your milestone! Thank you for this cool #giveaway
@wanderinglynn

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alekreads
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Be Frank With Me sounds like such an interesting read, this would be my pick! Thanks so much @wanderinglynn for the opportunity, and good luck to everyone! ☘️ #giveaway

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kricheal
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This would be my pick. It's been on my tbr for awhile. Thanks for doing this awesome #giveaway @wanderinglynn

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hufflepuff-ish
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@wanderinglynn hey!! Congrats on your milestone 🌸🌸. I would love to read Be frank with me. 🌸🌸
#giveaway

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StephanieGeiser
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Congrats on the milestones, @wanderinglynn 🎉🎉🎉 I would love the chance to win Be Frank with Me! Happy Saturday! #giveaway

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NoRoadsStudio
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This is the perfect light sweet read that I need right now.

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Soubhiville
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Thanks for your #giveaway @Cinfhen and congrats on your milestone! Here‘s my #pickpanbailsoso. The one that surprised me was Georgia Peaches. I love 🏳️‍🌈 and usually like YA, but this one felt preachy to me, as the MC is a preacher‘s daughter... I couldn‘t stick with it, got too annoyed.

Cinfhen I'm also surprised about which books end up disappointing me 😞usually the ones I MOST want to read😞thanks for sharing your list ❤️ 2y
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Had a Booze & Book Club meeting last night. We celebrated our four year anniversary back at the place where it all started, Angel City Brewery. It was a great time! As for the book, we liked the voice, we liked Frank, we thought the story was lacking. But still an enjoyable read. Cheers! 🍻

Prairiegirl_reading I loved Frank!! 2y
LiteraryinLititz I remember being underwhelmed when I read this a while ago. It‘s cool that your book club is so solid! 2y
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Reita325
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Mehso-so

Not much of a story but the kid‘s a trip. Frank makes it entertaining.

RaimeyGallant A belated welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon And here's a compilation of Litsy tips that some of us put together:
https://raimeygallant.com/2017/10/31/litsytips/
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Krissajeldy
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Walked around Balboa Park listening to Be Frank with Me earlier today. So beautiful! #readathon

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InnerSavvy
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I enjoyed the book overall. Not one that is a must read, but quaint and enjoable.

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I just finished what I just learned to be an award-winning audiobook. Tavia Gilbert gives a masterful reading, the obvious highlight being Frank's monotone rants. The story is full of heart and humor, while not shying away from examining some seriously messed up people.

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#10questions @LazyOwl

1 Heard about it at Book Riot Live
2 It's always been there
3 Redwall, The Giver, Stellaluna
4 Tears We Cannot Stop
5 Bats, concerts, Funko Pops
6 Crazy Ex Girlfriend
7 Bats of the Republic by Zachary Dodson
8 Working through owned TBR books
9 None while unemployed...
10 Mom always read to us growing up and encouraged reading

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I thoroughly enjoyed this book which revolves around a quirky nine year old boy who loves old Hollywood movies and dressing in 1930s attire. He is the son of a famous reclusive author and builds a heartwarming relationship with the woman from the literary agency who comes to stay with them as his mother finishes her long awaited follow up novel. This could have been sappy or cutesy but was not at all. Very witty and charming.

Centique Great review! (Already on my TBR or I would have stacked it 😊) 2y
Ncostell @Centique Thank you! Hope you enjoy this one. 2y
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Pruzy I'm reading Six Degrees of Freedom by Nicolas Dickner. It is tough to explain the plot, but it is very Canadian. It takes place in Quebec and is partly a coming of age story of a tech-inclined girl and part mystery where an ex-con working for the RCMP is investigating the location of a mysterious shipping container with unknown contents. 2y
TieDyeDude How is this? Sounded great when I heard about it, but haven't gotten around to reading yet... 2y
TieDyeDude I'm working on Stephen King's The Stand 2y
beachbookworm7 @GoodForCirculation I really enjoyed it! It's a very cute read. How is The Stand? I'm currently reading It by Stephen King and it's so overwhelming how large this book is. But it is very good. 2y
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The 24in48 readathon boosted pages read by quite a lot this month. Not to mention giving me the whole weekend to read 📚💙

LibrarianRyan Fried green tomatoes. Loved that book. 2y
Soubhiville @LibrarianRyan I know I saw the movie long ago, but I really don't remember it being very much like the book! I need to rewatch it. But I did enjoy the book very much, especially the ending. 2y
LibrarianRyan @Soubhiville it's only about 50% to the book. The movie left out the sexual relationship between the two. 2y
Soubhiville @LibrarianRyan I thought so, that's too bad. The times I guess. You know, maybe it'll get remade, every other movie under the sun is getting remade !🙄 2y
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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Um livro doce, uma história bonita. Uma prova que as aparências enganam.

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Fans of A Man Called Ove will love this one! The only difference is the quirky, eccentric, totally lovable character is not an old man, but a nine-year-old named Frank. He steals the show - and your heart - as he peppers ever conversation with little known facts. He dresses peculiarly, which totally adds to his charm. Alice, the assistant sent to help with Frank while Frank's mother writes a novel, is also very charming and endearing.

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http://cinlib.org/2oAdA25 loved this audio book the narrator was really good, I am not surprised it is on this list that my library forwarded.

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LizKay
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I inhaled this book. Inhaled it. It's just wonderful. And next week I'll get to see the author at #VaBook2017! I cannot wait!

tpixie Awesomeness! 3y
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If you need a delightful, light read, this is your book. Frank is quite a character. You don't know if you want to hug him or strangle him. 🎩 #audiobook #recommendsday

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Swissmisstwiss
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Just finished listening to this treasure. I loved it!

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LitHousewife
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This #Audies2017 category really excited me. I've already listened to Be Frank With Me and The Little Red Chairs. The rest are really interesting to me - and it doesn't hurt that Another Brooklyn and The Underground Railroad are in both categories I want to judge for Armchair Audies.

www.armchairaudies.com

Penny_LiteraryHoarders Seriously awesome finalists for this category this year!! 3y
jessdean I really enjoyed the narration for Be Frank with Me. But have listened to any of the others. 3y
BethFishReads When I reviewed BE FRANK WITH ME for AudioFile I told them this was going to be an award winner. I stand by that prediction. 😊😊😊 3y
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LitHousewife @BethFishReads You are spot on there! I loved that audiobook, too. 3y
LitHousewife @jessdean Be Frank With Me is going to be hard to beat. 3y
LitHousewife @Penny_LiteraryHoarders I know! I'm so looking forward to judging this category!! 3y
BethFishReads I gave Underground Railroad high marks too, though 3y
DebinHawaii I didn't listen to Be Frank With Me (although sounds like I should) but both The Underground Railroad and Another Brooklyn were brilliant! 👍👍 3y
LitHousewife @BethFishReads @DebinHawaii I read Another Brooklyn in print and loved it. The audio is going to be great. I'm glad to hear that The Underground Railroad is good, too. 3y
BethFishReads I read Brooklyn in print too but may do a reread. It's short. 😊 @DebinHawaii 3y
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This was so good! There's a reclusive writer, a quirky child, the magical sunshine of Southern California, and family secrets. What's not to like?

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"youth isn't wasted on the young. Literature is." This is incredibly true. Many books mean much more to me now than when I read them the first time.

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JoyBlue
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I truly enjoyed this, especially the developing relationship between Alice and Frank. There were many laugh-out-loud moments, which must look funny to other drivers.

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I love everything about this book! The characters are charming (even the reclusive M. M. Banning.) The story moves forward and keeps you riveted. Nothing ends up like you'd hoped, but it's perfect.

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I saw something recently about women's first fave girl characters. Lots said Laura Ingalls Wilder; a few said Meg from A Wrinkle In Time. None said mine. Today, as I was listening, this popped up at the end of ch 5—made me happy. [last line]

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Perfect little heartfelt story. Great on audio. Just what I needed 💙

Megabooks I wish I had gone audio on this one. 3y
jessdean @Ebooksandcooks darn it. Yeah- it was perfect on audio because you didn't have to think too hard;) 3y
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So, I wasn't completely blown away, but I was charmed by this quick little read. The audiobook was worthwhile also. Definitely loved Frank's outfits 🕴🏼🎩 #librarybook #audiobook

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Just started this gem of a book. Can't wait to get to know Frank: a "nine-year-old with the wit of Noel Coward and the wardrobe of a 1930s movie star" whose mother, a reclusive literary legend, is about to write a book for the first time in decades. Added to this mix is Alice, a young publishing assistant sent to live-in and assure that the book is written in a timely manner by doing whatever it takes, including Frank care. Good times ahead! ??

JacqMac I really liked this one. It's fantastic. 3y
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Finished "Dead Wake" and so bought this last night after my event at the always wonderful @TatteredCoverBookStore . It was recommended to me by one of my favorite booksellers and librarians in the world, Lisa Casper. I'm at @Warwicksbooks tonight!

Soubhiville Ooo, sounds like a good book! 3y
jessdean I've heard good things about this book. It's on my TBR. Hope you enjoy it:) 3y
Karen3 I just downloaded it yesterday and can't wait to read it! 3y
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I'm just starting the #audiobook of this. I hope it is somewhat light-hearted compared to several of the others I have been reading. 🎩

LitHousewife Tavia Gilbert does such a good job with this one. I hope you love it as much as I did. 3y
Chelsea.Poole @LitHousewife I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed it. I was hesitant to begin, but so far it's been good 😊 3y
Tillie I read this in one sitting. I miss Frank... 3y
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Juli
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This little novel is clever and heartfelt. I wanted to hug and shake all of the characters at some point and I found myself laughing aloud at others.

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How we do New Year's Day: books and naps

Joybishoptx Awwwww🐶🐶💕💕 3y
OriginalCyn620 So precious! 🐶🐶🐶 3y
DebinHawaii Sweet! 🐶❤️ 3y
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Juli
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Happy New Year's Eve! Off to bed with my book and a glass of bubbly! Here's to a wonderful 2017 filled with kindness, compassion, love and books (and wine)!!!

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"I guess beneath my thick veneer of boring beat a heart primed to fall in love with danger."

I think this is going to be my last book of 2016. So far it's charming my socks off.

B.Reader I adored this book--it was one of my favorites of 2016 for sure! 3y
auntie_jenn charming is the perfect description. loved Frank! 3y
BethFishReads I realllllllly liked this in audio 3y
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EloisaJames I found it slow-going--maybe I should go back to it? 3y
valeriegeary @EloisaJames Maybe. But then there's the argument that if you aren't connecting with a book why waste the time? 😆 I'm halfway through now and agree that the plot is a little slow going, but something about the characters appeals to me. I'm finding them quite entertaining. 3y
EloisaJames @valeriegeary I liked them. But I love plot and it didn't seem to be showing up. I'll try again. 3y
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