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The House of Broken Angels
The House of Broken Angels | Luis Alberto Urrea
The definitive Mexican-American immigrant story, a sprawling and deeply felt portrait of a Mexican-American family occasioned by the impending loss of its patriarch, from one of the country's most beloved authors. Prizewinning and bestselling writer Luis Urrea has written his Mexican coming-to-America story and his masterpiece. Destined to sit alongside other classic immigrant novels, THE HOUSE OF BROKEN ANGELS is a sprawling and epic family saga helmed by patriarch Big Angel. The novel gathers together the entire De La Cruz clan, as they meet for the final birthday party Big Angel is throwing for himself, at home in San Diego, as he nears the end of his struggle with cancer and reflects on his long and full life. But when Big Angel's mother, Mama America, approaching one hundred, dies herself as the party nears, he must plan her funeral as well. There will be two family affairs in one weekend: a farewell double-header. Among the attendants is his half-brother and namesake, Little Angel, who comes face to face with the siblings with whom he shared a father but not, as the weekend proceeds to remind him, a life. This story of the De La Cruzes is the story of what it means to be a Mexican in America, to have lived two lives across one border. It is a tale of the ravaging power of death to shore up the bits of life you have forgotten, whether by choice or not. Above all, this finely wrought portrait of a deeply complex family and the America they have come to call home is Urrea at his purest and best. Teeming with brilliance and humor, authentic at every turn, THE HOUSE OF BROKEN ANGELS cements his reputation as a storyteller of the first rank.
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llawela
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"if only the dominant culture could see these small moments, they would see their own human lives reflected in the other.”

BarbaraBB Great quote. One of my favorite books this year. 2mo
llawela Urrea is interviewed by Kristen Tippett on her onbeing podcast. He's hilarious, and intelligent and charming. 2mo
llawela @BarbaraBB I have so much of this book underlined :) thx 2mo
JamieArc @llawela I love Krista Tippett and Urrea, so that sounds amazing. I‘ll have to check it out. 2mo
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cathysaid
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Several 5⭐️ or almost 5⭐️ reads this month! Unusual for me as I‘m usually a star-grinch. Pictured are the top three that I highly recommend.

The pic of the smiling gnome in sunglasses is of my mother-in-law at a graduation party in WI and it makes me laugh every time I see it so thought I‘d share 🤣

#JuneWrapUp

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sarahbarnes
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Such a fantastic story of life. The good and bad, the messiness of it. And how in the end, it comes down to the relationships we have with one another, in all their imperfection. Great summer read. #LitsyAtoZ

BarbaraBB Loved this one! 3mo
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Andrea313
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I had a #SneakySuspicion we'd wind up at City Lights bookstore at least one more time this trip; it's definitely a #happy place for us. Here's the #U section, for your entertainment! #30JuneBooks #SongsOfSummer #JazzyJune #citylights
@howjessreads @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620 @Eggs

Eggs Well played 3mo
OriginalCyn620 Impressive! ❤️ 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🙌🏻🙌🏻 3mo
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cathysaid
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This book 💔 *insert dramatic sigh*

Word origami. I don‘t know how else to describe how effortlessly Urrea creates his characters, sets the tone, constructs the plot and draws you in to the world of this Mexican American family. Initially I was skeptical as to how the author would make such a culture relatable in my eyes. Not only do I find this family relatable...but I will be expecting them for Thanksgiving.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Cinfhen Great review 3mo
AlaMich I recommend another book of his to you. I just loved 3mo
cathysaid @Cinfhen Thanks! @AlaMich I‘ll go look that up! 3mo
ferskner I just finished this one too. It was so good! I loved that the author read the audiobook. 3mo
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cathysaid
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🤣🤣🤣 I found this far too funny 🤣🤣🤣

rohit-sawant 🤣🤣 4mo
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cathysaid
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I gotta say, there‘s some wisdom in this attitude! 🤔

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Suet624 Loved House of Broken Angels. I hope you do too. 4mo
cathysaid @Suet624 Just started it but I'm already enjoying the family interaction, despite the circumstances.
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BarbaraBB I loved this book. Looking forward to your review! 4mo
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suzisteffen
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A family saga set on two days, encompassing so much more. Big Angel is dying, but he wants one last, huge birthday party; his mother manages to die just ahead of him, so the book comprises the day of her funeral, and, one day later, his 70th birthday party. Funny, hard, sad, alarming, and filled with great characters and moments. Vivid about La Paz, about San Diego, and so much more. 4.5 ⭐️ ⬇️

suzisteffen Some content warnings: There is a lot of child abuse in this book, including against a kid who is queer, and against a kid who is told to “become a man“ through the abuse. There is an extended, but not explicit, repeated rape/sexual assault of a teenage boy. And the heterocentrism is really, really thick in this one. There are some deaths by, and some more threats of, gun violence. 4mo
DivineDiana I was just about to stack and then read your warnings. Thank you so much. 4mo
suzisteffen @DivineDiana I have mixed feelings about the affection most characters in the book feel for the main character because of some of this. I do think Urrea intended for us to see an evolution toward better parenting and a better understanding of the harm abuse causes over three generations of fathers, but ... yeah. It was a fantastically written book. But. 4mo
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suzisteffen
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She stared up at him. “Yo no,” she said, shaking her head. “No more cook!” She waved her hands in front of herself. In Spanish, she said, “I was a cook for everybody for 50 years. I had to. Now I won‘t have to cook for anybody ever again. Oh no, Gabriel. I am a refugee from the apron.”
It had never occurred to Little Angel that cooking masterpieces every day had been a chore. “Get me coffee,” she said. “Sí?”
Off he went.
“I eat hamburrgurrs now!”

suzisteffen ... Perla called. “Subway! Cheerios!” 4mo
suzisteffen And with this, Little Angel, who‘s supposedly kinda woke, starts to understand how Mexican feast always came together when he was a kid. #womenswork #isdone 4mo
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suzisteffen
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“Big Angel stood, drifted to the middle of the room, and invited every memory to come to him and clothe him in beauty.”

😳 Dang, this line is so great my eyebrows are still all the way up. 😮😍

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suzisteffen
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This book is due at 3:47 pm tomorrow, and I am NOT EVEN HALFWAY through, and I have French class tonight after work, soooo WE SHALL SEE. I'm liking it though!

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suzisteffen
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I love following Luis and his wife on Twitter, and I have enjoyed his books, both nonfiction and novels. I was bummed this was not in at the library while the #ToB2019 was going on. 🧐 But cool cool, I can‘t read every book on time, I guess. (FOMO is so real with books tho, which is why I had to institute an alternating-month-owned-book-not-library-books-TBR-pile rule😂.) ANYWAY, here we go!

BarbaraBB It‘s worth the wait and it should have won the ToB! 4mo
suzisteffen @BarbaraBB oooooh!!! Do you remember what book it lost to in the tourney? 4mo
BarbaraBB Yes, to a book I didn‘t like at all: 4mo
suzisteffen @BarbaraBB Oooh I haven‘t read that one yet either, though I‘ve heard a lot about it. So much to catch up on! 4mo
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BooksForEmpathy
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Book club + birthday celebration tonight with some of my favorite girlfriends. I am so lucky to be able to share a love of books and reading with such fantastic women.

This book was highly rated by all of us. It‘s about love & family, being Mexican, borders & how we create distance/closeness w/ people different than us. And death (a favorite topic of mine). It‘s poetic. It‘s reflective. It‘s funny and sad. Urrea has a glaring gift for writing.

BarbaraBB What a great picture 😍 5mo
minkyb I truly loved this book. 5mo
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Kalalalatja
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I‘m so glad I found this after reading @BarbaraBB ‘s glowing review of it. I think I would have liked it better in print, so it would be easier to keep track of all the characters, but Urrea was a great audio narrator. It gave me “This is Where I Leave You”-vibes, with its focus on family relationships, the uncovering of secrets and its humour. This was darker, though, but definitely a great book!

BarbaraBB I‘m happy you liked it! 😘 5mo
minkyb Really loved this one! 5mo
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howjessreads
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I normally don‘t read much literary fiction (I‘m a plot-driven novel type of person). But I heard Urrea speak about this book at TFOB this year. His story of how his brother‘s final birthday party just before his death inspired him (Urrea) to write it, and how it truly was the only time in his life he ever kissed his brother was so touching that I cried during the panel. #howjessreadsin2019

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Readerann
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Excellent storytelling, although I did have a little trouble keeping track of the characters. I recommend the audiobook, read by the author. #ToB #audiobook

Suet624 Such a lovely book. 5mo
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Readerann
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My stack for Dewey‘s Readathon tomorrow! (Hey, a girl has to have options for every mood.) 😁 I already started the two on the right, which I may or may not try to finish tomorrow. Looking forward to seeing everyone‘s stacks/updates! 📚📚📚🤓😍 #readathon @DeweysReadathon

BarbaraBB Great stack! 5mo
Readerann @BarbaraBB Thanks! I‘m going to go back and read all your ToB posts once I‘ve read the whole shortlist. I‘m so far behind. 😩 5mo
BarbaraBB Never mind! Just read The House of Broken Angels 😀😘 5mo
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crhealey
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A brightly colored book for a grey, rainy Sunday under the covers! #weekendreads

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BarbaraBB
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My favorite versus my least favorite in the #ToB2019 today. Come on, Angels!

merelybookish 😀 I haven't read House of Broken Angels but I'm NOT for The Overstory. 6mo
BkClubCare @merelybookish - ditto? I am curious abt today. 6mo
mklong I liked both of these, but I‘m picking Angels today 🤞🏼 6mo
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JamieArc I loved The Overstory (I love trees), and I haven‘t read Broken Angels, but I am a huge Urrea fan (books and he himself) so I would go for Angels too. 6mo
Redwritinghood This is an interesting match-up. I have only read The Overstory, but loved it. (edited) 6mo
BkClubCare Woo hoo! I am really excited to read Broken Angels now! 6mo
Rachel_nyc I liked The Overstory more than you but HoBA is my favorite of the ToB so I‘m thrilled it is moving forward. Also glad MStSK is still in the running for zombie. 6mo
merelybookish A good judgement, imo. Although I could still see Overstory winning it all. Now I just hope There, There moves on tomorrow! 6mo
BarbaraBB @merelybookish We‘re not done with Overstory, I think so too. And tomorrow There There 🤞 6mo
BarbaraBB @Rachel_nyc I‘m thrilled too, for both books! 💕 6mo
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Elma
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My next #bookclub book came in yesterday. I have to have it read by Thursday, which should be doable.🤞I've seen good things about this one on Litsy, so I'm excited to dive in.
#bookmail

Zelma If you‘re into audiobooks , this is supposed to be a good one. 6mo
Maude I'm listening to the audio now and enjoying it very much :) 6mo
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thebluestocking
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I liked this boisterous and sad book about a large Mexican-American family and their dying patriarch. While it was sometimes hard to keep the characters and their relationships to each other straight due to the jumping narrative, it added up to be greater than the sum of its parts. The audio, read by Urrea, was excellent.

suzisteffen Looking forward to this one! 6mo
thebluestocking @suzisteffen I hope you enjoy it! 6mo
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BooksForEmpathy
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Last night a few of us from Book Club went to see Luis Alberto Urrea speak. I had never heard of this author before picking up this title, and I was BLOWN AWAY. Damn is he a storyteller. The kind you could sit dumbstruck in front of for hours as your heart expands and you realize just how much love and sorrow this world can hold.

He reads the audiobook and I will definitely be picking that up.

P.S. He‘s smiling for the camera!

minkyb Great experience. I would love to hear him speak. I really loved this book. 5mo
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Mindyrecycles
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I was at Antigone Books today and had to have the paperback edition of HoBA that includes the family tree. ❤️ #tob2019

thebluestocking I NEED that family tree! I‘m slowly listening to this one on audio, and it‘s hard to keep it straight. 6mo
Mindyrecycles @thebluestocking Oh gosh I would have been hopeless with audio. I was confused enough with Kindle sans tree. I can send you a better view of it if you‘d like, just let me know. 6mo
thebluestocking @Mindyrecycles That would be amazing!! I tried to find no online and had no luck. My gmail is jessicaesq. Thank you! 6mo
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Mindyrecycles @thebluestocking Done! Let me know if you didn‘t receive it. Mighta sent me to spam. 6mo
thebluestocking I got it! Thank you so much. It‘s so nice of you to offer and do. ❤️ (edited) 6mo
Rachel_nyc So jealous! I love the cover and the family tree. I definitely plan to add this to the bookshelf! 6mo
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thebluestocking
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I‘m enjoying this, but I‘m struggling to keep up with the many characters from many generations. Does anyone have a hard copy? Does it have a family tree chart in it?

Jenna2 Currently reading the ebook version - I haven‘t seen a family chart 7mo
thebluestocking @Jenna2 Thanks for reporting! I think seeing page breaks would help with the shifting points of view. I may need to switch to either ebook or print. 7mo
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Abby2
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One of my all time favs. Amazingly clear portraits of people‘s lives in two days. He a magician with dialogue. I could picture every scene. Love.

Texreader Lovely short review! 6mo
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UnabridgedPod
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I really enjoyed this book. Urrea focuses on end of the life of Big Angel as he buries his mother and prepares for his own imminent death. The story encompasses both his entire family--broadening to include his parents, his siblings, his wife and her siblings, his children and grandchildren--and his past. (continued in comments)

UnabridgedPod The realism of the characters was my favorite element of the novel: their lives are flawed and alternately joyful and full of sadness; some characters struggle with navigating their love for their Mexican culture and their lives in America, and, for others, there seems to be no conflict. While there are big moments, none of those moments feels too big or too outlandish. Well-told, moving novel. 7mo
Elma We're reading this next month for one of my IRL book clubs. Can't wait. 7mo
UnabridgedPod @Elma I think it would be great for discussion! 7mo
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Valeka
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A great audiobook for my little road trip to San Antonio.

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Emilymdxn
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#tob2019

I adored how this combines warmth and humour with seriously poignant stuff. The narration (both by the writer and the performer) was so natural, precise and witty. Never read any Urrea before but I definitely will, I hope all his prose is this good.

Even tho I loved it, I felt it didn‘t completely live up to the hype I‘d seen. I know it‘s some people‘s best tob book by a long way but it didn‘t touch There There or the Overstory for me

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Emilymdxn
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Next book for #tob2019 - I loved the way this was described on goodreads and I‘m hoping it lives up to it! There have been so many good books recently about immigrant families in the US, I hope this is another good one. I hope more British ones come out soon too!

lynneamch Hope you like it. I think I enjoyed this other one of his even more 7mo
AlaMich I second @lynneamch on Into The Beautiful North!! (edited) 7mo
BarbaraBB @lynneamch @AlaMich I‘vr stacked that one, i hope it‘ll be as good as The House, it is my favorite on the ToB shortlist do far - I think 😉 7mo
BarbaraBB Correction: I just ordered a copy of Into the Beautiful North 😬😂 7mo
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crazyspine
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I only read 5 books this month. The first two were really good; the rest were okay. Hopefully, February is more productive. #januarywrapup

bookseller_cate I only read 5, too. Here‘s to more reading time in February! 8mo
crazyspine @bookseller_cate February is shorter, but sometimes a time crunch gives me motivation to read. 8mo
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Rachel_nyc
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Here are my January reads. Twelve total books, most were for #tob2019 and I managed to fit in 8 for #aty2019. No complete duds but a few just meh. Standouts were the tagged The House of Broken Angels and also There There, The Italian Teacher and My Sister, the Serial Killer.

merelybookish Wow! Good work! Do you have any #tob books left to read? 8mo
Rachel_nyc @merelybookish Thanks! 5 to go after I finish Warlight. The Mars Room, Milkman, Dictionary of Animal Languages, Washington Black and The Golden State. How about you? 8mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Looks like you had a great month of reading! 📚💕 8mo
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Rachel_nyc @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Thanks! Def a strong start, hoping to keep it going in February. 8mo
merelybookish Ive read 5. (Milkman; There, There; Dictionary; So Lucky; Census) I bailed on 2 (Golden State, A Terrible Country) and am currently reading Warlight, which I like more than I expected. I don't really plan to read them all but hope to tackle Overstory. Milkman is my fave for sure! 8mo
Rachel_nyc @merelybookish Very much looking forward to Milkman. I‘m also enjoying Warlight more than I thought after a slow start. 8mo
BarbaraBB Great month! I need to read 7 more for the ToB. Did you like Evelyn Hardcastle? I have a copy but not read it yet. 8mo
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB I liked it a lot. I don‘t read a ton of mysteries but I found it a unique and interesting premise. I hope you like it! 8mo
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Rachel_nyc
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I‘m two-thirds of the way through the #ToB2019 shortlist and The House of Broken Angels is the one to beat. Urrea‘s writing is beautiful and everything about this family feels so real. #ATY2019 #pop19

bookandcat Working on the list too, am starting this one soon! Welcome to Litsy! 8mo
Rachel_nyc @bookandcat Thanks! I hope you like the book! 8mo
BarbaraBB My favorite too so far, with 7 more to go! 8mo
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Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB Same. I‘m going to start My Sister, the Serial Killer tonight. 8mo
BarbaraBB That one gets mixed reviews but I really enjoyed it. Another favorite of mine 💜 8mo
Ruthiella I liked this title a lot! 8mo
Rachel_nyc @Ruthiella It‘s so good. I hope it goes far in the tournament! 8mo
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BarbaraBB
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This may be my new favorite on the #ToB2019 shortlist. What a storyteller Urrea is. All these stories come together during the last birthday of Big Angel, who is dying of cancer. Surrounded by his family and neighbours, all with their own Mexican roots and their lives in the US. It is a cacophony of voices, sad and hilarious but full of love.

#ToB2019 11/18

Cinfhen Great photo & fabulous review!! Would this work for bookclub??? 8mo
Kalalalatja Lovely photo! 😍 8mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Yes I think so. There is so much to talk about. And you could use it for #pop19, it‘s about a family and it‘s sort of a retelling of a classic, as the author says himself in the afterword. 8mo
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Cinfhen Good to know!! Thanks ❤️ 8mo
Tanisha_A Sounds very interesting. Nice review! 💕 8mo
TrishB Lovely review ❤️ 8mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I LOVE that shelf in the background 💕 8mo
AceOnRoam Ohh, I have this coming up very soon, glad to see it was a winner for you! 8mo
thebluestocking I‘m glad to hear this is a winner for you. I‘ve been waiting on hood for this one for months! 8mo
BarbaraBB @AceOnRoam @thebluestocking I hope you‘ll get to it soon. I like to know what you think! 8mo
Ruthiella I quite liked this one. It has a lot of heart. 😀 8mo
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mklong
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This story is about a large Mexican-American family who is losing their patriarch, sooner than most of them realize. The family is large, sprawling, and cacophonous as is the narrative structure where they exist. While that choice served the characters and the feel of the novel well, it left me, as a reader, feeling on the outside. Despite this, there are moments of true warmth, love, and laughter that make it well worth reading. #TOB2019

thebluestocking I‘m so glad you liked this one. Ive been on the hold list for this one the library for months! 8mo
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Suelizbeth
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I think this may end up being my favorite book for this year. Other books will have to go far to beat it. My first encounter with Luis Alberto Urrea was in his short story in the 2018 Short Story Advent Calendar. This book takes place, basically, over the course of 2 days, but it encompasses lifetimes of the most wonderful family I have ever read about. Oh, that last sentence before the Coda! It made me weep! This book is perfect!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

LiterRohde Love Willow Tree. & the book sounds good too. 8mo
Suelizbeth @LiterRohde 👼 ❤️ 8mo
BarbaraBB Great review, I‘ll bump it up my TBR! 8mo
Suelizbeth @BarbaraBB Thanks! 📚❤️ 8mo
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Zbayardo
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This was a beautifully written story of a Mexican-American family. Nothing extraordinary, just family. found myself thinking of my own family and it‘s many characters both here in the US and in Mexico and how the miles may separate us but our love for each other keeps us close. Urrea is amazing storytelling and I both love and am jealous of his creative abilities.

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crazyspine
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Excuse my super zoomed in photo; it was taken after I finished reading on a crowded plane.

A lot of characters to keep track of, and I'm sure I mixed them up at some point, but overall the plot flowed well. Another read with beautiful quotes for me to copy in my bujo.

Miss_Kim Just finished this today and loved it! 8mo
crazyspine @miss_kim oh good, I'm glad you liked it 8mo
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Mindyrecycles
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1. Goodreads goal of 75 books. I went for 90 this year and I made it but felt too stretched which is no fun.
2. Do the Around the Year in 52 Books challenge.
3. Read the 18 “Tournament of Books” titles before the tournament in March.
4. Read at least 10 titles from the #Gilmoregirlsreadingchallenge.

Hoping to do LOTS of double-dipping!

#sundayfunday #tob2019

sebrittain ❤🎉❤🎉❤ 9mo
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Kempfme
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This story is set in two days, one during a funeral and the other during the last birthday of Big Angel, who is losing the battle with cancer.

The writing was great. I think I did not have any connection with cultural references and lifestyles of the characters. The story does reference some of the issues that Mexican immigrants face that have been in the media recently.

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SaraBeagle
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I had to put this down (and most everything else) after losing my grandma to cancer a couple months ago. I finally picked it up and it was just what I needed. A very personal (but fiction) story of mortality, cancer and family. I included a shot of the author‘s note on his inspiration for the novel.

BarbaraTheBibliophage Aww. What a passage. I‘m glad it felt like a good choice to you as you grieve. ♥️ 9mo
batsy I'm sorry for your loss. 9mo
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TNbooklover66
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Really enjoyed this audiobook read by the author. #tob #tournamentofbooks

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Lola
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The TOB longlist is here and one of my faves of the year made the list! I‘ve read 8 of the 76 books on the list. Do you follow along? https://themorningnews.org/ #tob #tob2019 #tournamentofbooks

BarbaraBB I read 19 and have now added another bunch to my TBR! 10mo
Lola @BarbaraBB Wow! That‘s a nice dent! 10mo
thebluestocking I‘ve read just 5 on the list. (But one is Census, which already has a spot.) I‘m reading Unsheltered right now, and I‘d love to get to this one too! 10mo
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AceOnRoam I thought this day would never come. Love this longlist. I have 13 read from the Longlist @BarbaraBB you're doing very well! 10mo
Lola @thebluestocking Unsheltered is one of my BOTM picks. If you do audio, the author reads Angels and is outstanding. 10mo
Lola @AceOnRoam Me, too! Between this and the US National Book Awards on Wednesday, it‘s a great week to be a reader! 13 read is very impressive! 10mo
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Karen
House of Broken Angels | Luis Alberto Urrea
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lynneamch
The House of Broken Angels | Luis Alberto Urrea
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This man is genius! Don't let the title (which sounds depressing) scare you off. #sfb2018 #nashville

lynneamch This was my first Urrea. I want to read them all now. 11mo
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irre
House of Broken Angels | Luis Alberto Urrea
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This took me forever to read. The author will be at Hachette Book Club Brunch. Looking forward to meeting him.

Lola I adored this book-and he is a real treat in person. Enjoy! 11mo
JamieArc Yes - he is pretty great in person. Enjoy! 11mo
irre Good to know. @Lola @JamieArc Can‘t wait! 11mo
AlaMich That‘s great! I haven‘t read this yet but I loved 11mo
Suet624 Loved this book. 11mo
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Aimeesue
House of Broken Angels | Luis Alberto Urrea
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Urrea is such a great speaker. Fabulous storyteller.

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Melmar
The House of Broken Angels | Luis Alberto Urrea
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Listening to this book is giving lots of mixed feelings. It captures Hispanic families so well, that it makes me miss mine, but it also reflects a lot of issues like toxic masculinity, violence, racism, which get me sad.

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RobinGustafson
House of Broken Angels | Luis Alberto Urrea
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Not bad for a Saturday book haul from the Friends of the Library book sale at Mary L. Stephens Davis Branch, Yolo County Library 📚📚📚#bookhaul #ilovebooks

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Whodunit85
The House of Broken Angels | Luis Alberto Urrea
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July stats:
9 finished - 5 paper/4 audio, 6 Fiction/3 Non
9 authors - 3 female, 1 POC
~3,151 pages, ~932,245 words
The tagged book was hands down my favorite.

This is my first time ever doing stats, and I'm simply in awe of how much more reading most of you accomplish than me. And that's with a whole week's vacation spent reading this month!

Aimeesue Urrea's going to be at the National Book Festival this year. Can't wait! 14mo
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