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Alternate Side
Alternate Side: A Novel | Anna Quindlen
A novel about a woman discovering her true self at a dramatic turning point that reveals alternate sides of class, marriage, friendship, set against the vibrant backdrop of New York City. Nora Nolan lives with her family in a brownstone on a quiet block in Manhattan that forms a little neighborhood separate from the bustle of the city. While Nora's life, and those of her neighbors, may seem ideal, divisons begin to form when a violent attack cracks an enviable facade.
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rachaich
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I liked this.
I liked the portrayal of wealthy New Yorkers who were aware of their wealth.
I liked the way in which the book developed.
Not a challenging read but lighter relief after Milkman!
It reminded me in some way of Lillian Boxfish.

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rachaich
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A long car journey today to deliver my eldest at uni.
Bittersweet day as I'm excited for her but missing her dearly.
On the plus side, I got to read 100 pages!

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rachaich
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The blurb sounds like I'd enjoy this... Litsy reviews are mixed.
I recently added Millers Valley to my pile but spotted this at the library so starting this first.

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Eggs
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hdhubbard
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Panpan

2/10 I tried, I really did. The story was banal and irritating in my opinion. Tried to read it three times, only managed to get a quarter of the way through the book in total. Possible that the book improves, just can't be bothered to torture myself any further.

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DivineDiana
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The rumor is that Nora Nolan is going to leave her position as the Director of the Jewelry Museum in Manhattan, and work for her husband‘s powerful boss. Causes lots of friction in the marriage. #rumorhasit #anglophileapril

Reviewsbylola I really enjoyed the two Anna Quindlen books I‘ve read! 7mo
DivineDiana @Reviewsbylola Which ones did you read? 7mo
emilyhaldi Love Anna Quindlen but somehow haven‘t heard of this one!! 7mo
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Cinfhen #unpopularopinion I don‘t care for her books 🙊 7mo
Kalalalatja @Cinfhen I tried one, and couldn‘t get through it 🤭 7mo
Mdargusch I have never read her before but I guess I should 🤷🏼‍♀️ 7mo
Reviewsbylola I read Black and Blue and 7mo
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DivineDiana
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Nora and Charlie Nolan have raised their twins in Manhattan. They are successful and growing apart. An incident in their neighborhood involving a violent dispute between a neighbor and a handyman results in tearing apart the community. Charlie wants to leave the City, but to Nora, it is inconceivable. This book tackles many social problems, but ultimately, it is about Nora‘s love for New York. #booked2019 #myhappyplace

Cinfhen Woohoo!! Another prompt completed ♥️ 7mo
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DivineDiana
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My new car “read”!

wordzie Nice 😎 8mo
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AnnieReads
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A third of the way into this book and I‘m losing hope that it‘s going to pick up. 😒

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Jerdencon
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Mehso-so

This was just ok - to be honest as a New Yorker I had a hard time with her depiction of New Yorkers - she made them all seem awful and miserable and there are some pretty nice people here! I had much higher expectations for this book.

Reggie There‘s this documentary Nickelodeon did almost 20 years ago where the followed a couple of classrooms as they competed in school taught ballroom dance competition. And I remember thinking how normal New Yorkers seemed as we followed those kids and their parents. Lol it‘s not all Sex and the City and every horrible person in a Law and Order episode. Lol. How stupid, huh? 9mo
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Jerdencon
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1. Tagged book plus becoming by Michelle Obama and the Life I live by Rory Feek and making no progress on anything
2. I'm not a hot beverage person but will drink hot chocolate
3. Unsweetened ice tea for lunch
#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain @rachelsbrittain

rachelsbrittain I'm hoping to start Becoming soon! Thanks for joining in ☕😊 9mo
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Jerdencon
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Taking a break from the #newyearwhodis to start a library book. This hasn't gotten great reviews but I'm a sucker for a good NYC story so will give it a shot.

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Amiable
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This made me laugh. 😄 But it's also true. This is the time of year when I physically start to feel like a turtle--my head drops down into my neck, my shoulders go up and tighten there, and my body stays that way until approximately April. 😬

JennyM Lol 🐢 10mo
Eggs Love it 10mo
monalyisha SAME. 10mo
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Amiable
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This is true. I hate February, too. (But then again, I live in New England.) Does anybody anywhere actually love February?

Purrsistently I do, in Florida. 😹 I treasure our less-hot months. It also contained my grandma and partner's birthdays. 😅😅😅 10mo
tjwill No, it always feels longer than it is. 😖 10mo
CouronneDhiver My husband gets miserable every year in February... too cold, too snowy, etc. 10mo
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Amiable @Purrsistently So which month do you hate like we hate February? 10mo
Samplergal I always liked February better than the grayer November and December. More light and more snow equals more sunshine. Cold sunshine. This is coming from someone with seasonal affective disorder. 😂 We moved to Florida to help that! 10mo
Reecaspieces 😂 10mo
AlaMich As a Chicago resident, the only thing I like about February is that it means winter is one month closer to being over!! 🥶 10mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Well, often Mardi Gras falls in February, sooo . . . 💜💚💛 10mo
valeriegeary At least it's short? 🤷🙄😄 10mo
Purrsistently @Amiable AUGUST. Dead sick of summer by that point because we've usually had 90+ degree weather since march. 😹 10mo
Amiable @Purrsistently My son has been stationed at Pensacola Naval Air Base for the past 2 years, and he says the same thing! July and August are his least favorite months there. 😀 10mo
CarolynM In Australia February is the hottest month and it's also when everyone is back at work and school after the summer break. But it's also my birthday month so I've always liked it. I'm starting to be less keen on birthdays though😂😂😂 (edited) 10mo
Amiable @CarolynM As my grandmother always said about celebrating another birthday, "It's better than the alternative!" ? 10mo
CarolynM Very true👍 10mo
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Amiable
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Ain't that the truth 🙄 (says a woman who's been married for 27 years) ...

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Ashley85
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Bailedbailed

I couldn‘t get into this one. The characters were boring and it didn‘t seem to have much of a storyline.

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Ashley85
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It seems like forever since I‘ve finished a book. Dang Netflix is keeping me occupied. Starting this one tonight to get back in the swing of things. Has anyone read it yet?

Eggs Yes I've loved most of Quindlen's fiction 12mo
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SandyW
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Bailedbailed


I didn't even make 100 pages. I was so bored and simply couldn't spend any more time with those characters.

I remember liking Quindlen I the past, but perhaps I am mistaken. This one makes me want to pass on her writing.

On to "Force of Nature."

Samplergal I didn‘t like it either. No one did a damn thing. Bleh. And I like her typically. 13mo
Alfoster Agreed! Was looking forward to it but it didn‘t go anywhere. 13mo
SandyW @Samplergal @Alfoster ... Validation! 😀 13mo
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Lauren.Archer
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Mehso-so

What a boring book about a mundane topic. Unfortunately I think I am done reading Anna Quindlen, she does absolutely nothing for me.

Kaye 👍🏼. I like honest reviews. Good for you. I think I‘ve only read one by her and it was a long time ago in a galaxy far away. I‘ve no clue if I liked it. 1y
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Lauren.Archer
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Next on my reading list.

Hooked_on_books I love this cover 1y
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mgallo1968
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Pickpick

4/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. Good reader. I love how Quindlen captures everyday life and what is universal about people. Not a power read but a thoughtful one. Good one to discuss.

mrozzz Agree! 1y
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booksaremyfavorite
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Mehso-so

The overall story was good. This started out very slow and didn‘t get any more interesting until about half way through. I didn‘t mind it from there but I wouldn‘t read it again. I like the main character Nora.

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Crazeedi
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My next book. I've read a couple of hers, liked and disliked so we'll see!

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mrozzz
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So relatable. 🙌🏻

Nora‘s twins are in their final year of college, she is successfully running a museum, her husband Charlie is excited to have a parking space in the lot on their block— small-town dramas translated to a single block in NYC. At a crossroads Nora‘s wonders: if she‘ll prioritize her marriage & leave the city, take a job offer from Charlie's boss, and if there's an alternate life which she could/should have had. 👇🏻

mrozzz (Cont‘d) I especially loved how, despite First World Problems, Quindlen also touches upon women's issues, class/poverty, infidelity, & mental illness. Despite a few too many then/now flashbacks 👉🏻 present, the writing was so beautiful & contemplative. 1y
Crazeedi I just picked this up at library yesterday!!! Its next up for me! 1y
mrozzz Yay! I so enjoyed it. @Crazeedi Hope you do too! 1y
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mrozzz
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“Don‘t be cynical”, Charlie said.

“I‘m a New Yorker,” said Nora. “Cynicism is my religion.”

“I just Love New York,” said the tour guide, who had an accent so thick the consonants appeared to be chewy nuggets in the butterscotch pudding of her voice. “Is that where you all are from?”

“Nobody‘s really from there... Carolyn.”

Leftcoastzen 😁❤️ 1y
emilyhaldi 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1y
tammysue 😍 1y
Thndrstd It‘s all true 😂 1y
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C.Perone
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Mehso-so

Finished this last night. Still not sure what I think. Nothing ‘really‘ happens except middle-age and empty nesting; and yet, it didn‘t lose my interest. Maybe because I‘m at a similar life stage? Definitely not a book for everyone, but if you feel like a little nostalgic introspection, this might be a read for you.

Alfoster Agreed! I‘ve loved all her others but this one was just so blah...not enough action for me! Not that every book needs action, but I just wanted more or some “bigger” revelation? 1y
C.Perone @Alfoster I know what you mean, it was missing ‘something‘ but couldn‘t tell ya what😕 However, I did absolutely love Phil, the not homeless homeless guy💕 1y
Alfoster Yup! He was a good one!👏 1y
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TheWordJar
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I feel you, Nora!

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C.Perone
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Just realized that I have no idea what has become of all my beach towels. So I present you with this lovely creation of “Book and Dish Towel”

#ReadingResolutions Day3 #BookAndBeachTowel 😁

Reviewsbylola Pretty! 🍎 🍏 1y
rather_be_reading 😂😂 1y
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C.Perone
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Why in Bedford? There‘s nothing there 😁

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C.Perone
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Another familiar place lol

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C.Perone
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When places you know show up in the book you‘re reading 👏

I can‘t possibly be the only one who gets a ridiculous thrill about this . . . right? 😁

hissingpotatoes Lol I get the same feeling when a place I've traveled to shows up in a movie or on TV. 1y
C.Perone @hissingpotatoes Oh good! Glad I‘m not alone in this lol 1y
EH2018 Are you close by there?! I pass it by when i head over to the shopping centers in yonkers... it is really neat to recognize places youve been in books you're reading...kind of exciting! 1y
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C.Perone @EH2018 Used to live not far from it; but that was 40 years ago 1y
Slajaunie I do as well! 1y
iamasuburbanmom I also kno that place! 1y
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C.Perone
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Diggin‘ the end pages 😍

britt_brooke So pretty! 1y
jdiehr Gorgeous! 1y
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C.Perone
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Just sitting down to start this

#CurrentRead

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Mel01
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Plans, decisions, cracks. Oh my!

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Mel01
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Aren‘t we all sometimes x

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MommyWantsToReadHerBook
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Just had my first "chat" with the Read it Forward bot and it was fun - plus I think I really would love this book! Have seen a few posts about it on Litsy I think ? Anyone else message the bot?

JHSiess Loved it. 1y
Suet624 You‘re reminding me of authors I haven‘t read in a while. 1y
RadicalReader @MommyWantsToReadHerBook what‘s Read It Forward? 1y
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @RadicalReader it's a bot on Messenger you can chat with and based on your answers to its questions, it recommends a book to you 1y
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EKonrad
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Panpan

I like Quindlen‘s writing style – it‘s simple and straightforward. However, literally nothing happened in the entirety of this book. I kept waiting for storylines to develop, but they just didn‘t. The biggest piece of action is centered around whether NYC neighbors can use their parking structure or not (literally). Definitely a disappointment. #arc ⭐️⭐️⭐️

emilyhaldi Yikes, sounds horrible 😑 1y
EKonrad @emilyhaldi To me, it was! Although I‘ve seen some people who liked it. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1y
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GirlWellRead
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Mehso-so

I liked the parallel between Charlie and Nora's dead-end marriage with them living on a dead-end street. But, the parking space and a mundane marriage seem to eclipse the rest of story. Or maybe because the first part of the book is so drawn out that the reader is just not as vested in any of the issues. Maybe it's because I live in the burbs, but I couldn't relate to the parking issue and felt that it had too much presence in the story.

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KikiLovesBooks
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4* Not my favorite Quindlen novel, but a goody. Many of her observations about life and having grown kids hit home with me. And in this novel, NYC is as much a character as her children are! A story of conflicts: between neighbors, friends, employers and employees, and husbands and wives. I enjoyed reading this. Nora isn‘t perfect, in fact no one is in this novel, which is partly what makes it so relatable as well.

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Ehbooklover
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Pickpick

What at first seems to be an exploration of a New York City neighbourhood actually morphs into an examination of a disintegrating marriage. I loved the characters, flaws and all. And as always, I really enjoyed Quindlen's writing style.

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Mamashep
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Finally figured out for myself why I couldn‘t download from Netgalley (thanks for zero help, Netgalley) and I can start this one!

Lola I‘m reading this now via NetGalley as well. I try to read NG books before pub date, but I‘m a bit behind 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2y
Mamashep @Lola I‘m the same way on both counts. 2y
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susanw
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BookBabe Oh, that looks delicious! I need that right now 2y
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mrozzz
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😍🙌🏻😍🙌🏻😍🙌🏻😍🙌🏻😍🙌🏻😍🙌🏻😍🙌🏻😍🙌🏻😍

“Readers are the world‘s greatest empaths. A man who says he doesn‘t read is a very small person.”- Anna Quindlen, Today

Needless to say I had a pleasant evening 😄 I got to hear Anna wisely pontificate on current events & provide insight into her process. J. Courtney Sullivan, the moderator & another fave author, gave me a shoutout when discussing a class she taught recently, which I attended.

tammysue Cool! 2y
LiteraryinLititz That‘s so exciting! 2y
Megabooks 👍🏻👍🏻 2y
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jwashreads That's so cool!! 2y
Eggs I'm jelly. ♥️Quindlen. She's had an interesting life 2y
beccaeve Awesome!! 2y
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Samplergal
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Mehso-so

I really wanted to like this book. Nothing happened. The characters just lived and not much else. I just kept waiting. I have loved many of Anna Quindlen‘s books, but this isn‘t one.

EKonrad Totally agree with you! 1y
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readingallthetime
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I started this Tuesday evening. It‘s very good. It‘s my first book by this author.

readingallthetime 4 Stars. If you‘re new to Anna Quindlen read Every Last One too. 2y
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JHSiess
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Pickpick

#AnnaQuindlen has long been one of my favorite authors. Her new book, #AlternateSide, is a thoughtful exploration of a marriage & neighborhood, both of which are unraveling. There is much in this story to contemplate & discuss. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Thanks to #NetGalley for the Advance Reader's Copy of the book.

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BarefootBurk
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Part two of matchy jacket design. Not as obvious as the last one but still eye catching.

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Samplergal
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I have this on the agenda for today.

CaitlinR I‘m one of the few people who has never been able to read Quindlen. Her voice just doesn‘t speak to me. I‘m glad you enjoy her, and wish you joy in the new one. 2y
Samplergal I‘ve like some of hers. The jury is out for this one. 2y
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KikiLovesBooks
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Gosh, this is so true to life. It‘s weird how there are these kind of people (usually men) who do seem to make it a personal project to force you to like them and their most annoying behaviors. Especially when they think the rest of the world thinks they‘re cute and funny...

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WanderingBookaneer
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Spotted at B&N; added to my #TBR !

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