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Auntie Mame
Auntie Mame: An Irreverent Escapade | Patrick Dennis
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With a wit as sharp as a vodka stinger and a heart as free as her spirit, Auntie Mame burst onto the literary scene in 1955 -- and today remains one of the most unforgettable characters in contemporary fiction. Wildly successful when it was first published in 1955, Patrick Dennis Auntie Mame sold over two million copies and stayed put on the New York Times bestseller list for 112 weeks. It was made into a play, a Broadway as well as a Hollywood musical, and a fabulous movie starring Rosalind Russell. Since then, Mame has taken her rightful place in the pantheon of Great and Important People as the worlds most beloved, madcap, devastatingly sophisticated, and glamorous aunt. She is impossible to resist, and this hilarious story of an orphaned ten-year-old boy sent to live with his aunt is as delicious a read in the twenty-first century as it was in the 1950s. Follow the rollicking adventures of this unflappable flapper as seen through the wide eyes of her young, impressionable nephew and discover anew or for the first time why Mame has made the world a more wonderful place . . . "Outrageous, hilarious, ribald, sophisticated, slapsatiric." The Denver Post From the Paperback edition.
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quietjenn
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I've long loved the movie version of Auntie Mame, but even though I've had the book for years, didn't get around to reading it until now. I think part of me worried that I might not find Mame equally enchanting on the page. But, I need not have been concerned! Super enjoyable and funny. I'm glad I finally took it off the shelf.

Cathythoughts Looks great 👍❤️ 3mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag Did you know Angela Lansbury played Mame in the Broadway show? 3mo
Sapphire I loved that movie as a kid! I haven‘t thought about it in years! 3mo
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quietjenn @thegirlwiththelibrarybag yes! I ❤️ her and that would've been amazing to see. 3mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @quietjenn, wouldn‘t it have been! I was lucky to see her in Driving Miss Daisy when it toured Australia. She‘s amazing. 3mo
quietjenn @thegirlwiththelibrarybag Awesome? Was that with James Earl Jones? I saw them together in The Best Man on Broadway. Also saw her in A little Night Music. Agree that she is amazing 🤩😍 3mo
quietjenn @thegirlwiththelibrarybag Awesome! Not Awesome? Oops. 3mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @quietjenn, it was with James Earl Jones. I booked tickets mostly because I thought it unlikely that I‘d ever have the chance to see her IRL again. Lucky you to have seen her twice ☺️ 3mo
quietjenn @thegirlwiththelibrarybag that was my thinking too, I just got lucked out. And I was living in New York at the time, so it was relatively easy to make it happen. Anyway, I'm happy we both got to see her perform 😃 3mo
rubyslippersreads @thegirlwiththelibrarybag If only they‘d let her play Mame in the movie musical, instead of Lucille Ball. (edited) 2mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @rubyslippersreads sounds like another My Fair Lady situation 😕 2mo
DivineDiana My favorite movie with Rosalind Russell! ❤️ 2mo
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Well_Read_Redhead
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"But darling," she said dramatically, "I'm your Auntie Mame!" She put her arms around me and kissed me, and I knew I was safe.

This fun and quirky book landed itself on my favorites shelf long before I even finished reading it. I also enjoyed learning about Patrick Dennis when I looked him up after the foreword; he is someone I would've liked to have met! I'll be reading his other books if they are half as fun as Auntie Mame is!
LGBTQ friendly!

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KassBrown
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What a hilarious and exciting character! I loved the perspective of Dennis and laughed many times at the lovely dry wit. Written beautifully! I'll not lie, I feel like I may be a little too similar to our ditsy, passionate heroine haha

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mandarchy
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I loved this as much as I thought I would. I didn't expect it to make me homesick for the party life. Before we go into lock down, I think I need to get a few bottles of champagne, some foie gras, and decent caviar... I don't actually know if we are going back into lock down, but the numbers are not looking good.

KrisNelson Yeah, I‘m wondering if we‘re going to have kids in class. I know parents are upset about masking. 10mo
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mandarchy
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I'm too busy digging up my yard to focus on reading. I have about a dozen more books about to become overdue from the library TBR. I'm 2/3 the way through Mame and it's hysterical, and a treat after hard work. #adultingsucks

Gissy Sometimes we have to sacrifice ourselves and do some house chores☺️ 10mo
mandarchy @Gissy in this case is really the shrubs that are sacrificing. I'm pulling out 4 overgrown plants that are too close to the house and rearranging azaleas. 10mo
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mandarchy
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Can you find our frog, Froglecia? She (supposed gender) lives on our front porch and provides loads of froggertunities. Auntie Mame was one of my (two actually) favorite movies. So I had to get the book when I celebrated independent bookstore day. Finally starting it. It takes place in 1929. Women were still powerless and dead brothers could still control spinster sisters ⬇️

mandarchy Communism was a real threat. Children were even more powerless than women. Asians were clever servants that provided additional novelty. The first few chapters have been funny, but cringe worthy. 10mo
Schnoebs We‘ve been getting so much rain here in Michigan recent and out patio has been covered in these baby green frogs. Honesty made my morning the other day when one was on our sliding door and I was able to see the little feets. 10mo
mandarchy @Schnoebs my son would be in heaven. I love amphibians. They have the cutest feet. 10mo
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Wife
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There have to be injustice and unlikable characters in this story to illustrate Mame‘s open mind and accepting nature, but the language and socially accepted behaviors of the 1950‘s made me cringe. I actually stopped listening for awhile. I did push through and really did like the story (based a real person). The reader was very good and did different voices and accents. 3/5🌹s

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Sresendez12
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O my goodness. I had no idea how hard I would fall for this book. It made me laugh so much and I just couldn‘t stop listening to it. This is definitely going to be one of go to listens when I‘m having an off day. Each chapter is basically a separate story about an adventure for a boy and his eccentric aunt.

Sresendez12 Whoops! Completely forgot to tag @TheAromaofBooks since this was my #bookspin! 2y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
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JenlovesJT47
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I found this on Audible Plus and absolutely loved it! If you‘re in the mood to laugh, then I‘d highly recommend reading/listening to this. I want to read it again with my eyeballs within the next year or so because I always feel like I miss little bits and pieces when I listen to the #audiobook because my mind tends to wander. Hopefully it‘s not just me! But anyway, this book is great. Gotta get my hands on the movie now. 5⭐️

coffees I'm the same with certain audiobooks! 2y
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jmtrivera
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Mame's quirkiness combined with Patrick's laissez faire attitude mix to make such ridiculous situations that I couldn't help but be amused as I read. I particularly enjoyed the stories of their later years, where Patrick is older & a more active participant in their various adventures. Despite some things aging a little less well than they might, it was a fun little book.

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La_Cori
Zia Mame | Patrick Dennis, Matteo Codignola
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Saturday night with Zia (Auntie) Mame..

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Ncostell
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This was a delightful read that I enjoyed immensely. Auntie Mame‘s adventures with her nephew were irreverent indeed and I loved reading of their madcap escapades. I remember watching the very beginning of the movie with Rosalind Russell when I was much younger but don‘t think I saw the whole thing. I‘ll have to remedy that now and go watch the movie too.

kspenmoll This was the only Broadway( based on book) play My parents too us three oldest too. I still have the playbill! 3y
Ncostell @kspenmoll That is really cool! What a great memento to hold onto! 3y
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Shel.f
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First line Friday: “It has rained all day.“

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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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"Labor Day. That's sometime in November, isn't it?" It's movie Auntie Mame not book; but Iove it! Anyhoo, I finished expert level of #goodreadssummerreadingchallenge with a couple of days to spare. Time for #fallreading list even if September in Oklahoma doesn't feel any different than August. ? #saugust

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Mamashep
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I‘m certainly not going to reach 24 hours in 48, but I‘m reading as much as I can this weekend! I‘ve read more than 2 hours; just keep restarting my timer so I don‘t lose it! #24in48 #readathon

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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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Always a delight to revisit my role model as a Aunt. I've done well. He takes me to dive bars to drink whiskey. #lifeisabanquet

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ravenlee
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Like Bunny (I think?) says in the movie, “Aren‘t books so wonderfully decorative?” Or something to that effect.

I‘ll keep my books for function and enjoy their form incidentally, thanks.

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bookwrm526
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I know #high and drunk aren‘t exactly the same, but when I saw the prompt for QuotsyJuly18 I immediately thought of Auntie Mame, a book I recently read at the insistence of my brother. In the above quote, she has told her nephew to write down any words he doesn‘t understand, so he can improve his vocabulary. The words on his list illustrate her lifestyle perfectly! @TK-421

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nerdybabereads
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I loved this book!!!! I have seen both film versions and while amazing in their own (Ros Russell and Bea Arthur steal their respective films) the book is truly a different beast as Dennis said it is a singular freak that shouldn‘t work but does!

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MallenNC
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1. Dear Martin
2. I had four great-aunts when I was growing up.
3. I'm from the South. We say "Ain't" for aunt. I've learned to say "ant" in professional company.
4. Grits (I said I'm from the South!)
5. ??new people!
#FriYayIntro @jesshowbooks

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monalyisha Love that! 4y
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mvogt312
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First book club meeting with this book tomorrow.

RaimeyGallant Welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon 4y
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Cetty
Zia Mame | Patrick Dennis, Matteo Codignola
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Avrei presto scoperto che per «mattino» zia Mame intendeva l'una del pomeriggio. Le undici erano «mattino presto», mentre le nove corrispondevano a «notte fonda». #libri #leggere #ziamame #adelphi

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SpecsyBeast
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Nothing sets the mood for reading about a NYC socialite like the great outdoors, right? #OffroadReading

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SpecsyBeast
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#Riotgrams Day 17: #Freebie Here's a book I got for free. I loved the movie so I'm really looking forward to reading the book.

JazzFeathers What an interesting cover 5y
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EvieBee
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I had a hankering for Dear Auntie, so off to the library I went. These holds were available when I checked out. Score! #librarystack #bookstack #bookhaul

Eyelit 💙 mame! 5y
EvieBee @Eyelit Me too! 5y
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thegirlwiththelibrarybag
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'She thought 9am was in the middle of the night'

DivineDiana My role model!!! Adore Mame! 5y
Lynnsoprano Love! Definitely time to reread. 5y
[DELETED] 1409720085 Um...isn't it? Asking for a friend. 5y
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @emilydecato, I'm not overjoyed at being awake at 9.26am... so I'd probably side with Aunt Mame 5y
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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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LisaJo
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My niece's friend tagged her on Facebook. She "blames" my niece for introducing her to too many books. Gosh, I am such a proud aunt. #AllTheFeels

Jenshootsweddings I'm so proud FOR you!!! 👍🙌🏻❤️📚 5y
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Sydsavvy
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Definitely the best kind of "reading" there is! #theatre #plays #musicals #acting

Libby1 I was in this play when I was in high school! 6y
Sydsavvy @Libby1 so fun!!! 6y
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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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"Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death!" @RealLifeReading #booktober #unforgettablewomen #myrolemodel

Hobbinol Excellent choice!!! 6y
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Bibliogeekery
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My beloved Aunt Moe died yesterday. I spent the weekend at her bedside. She was a librarian and she instilled a love of reading in me as a young child and fostered the development of my book nerd self enormously. She was another parent to me. I am gutted by this painful loss.

jpmcwisemorgan I'm sorry for your loss. 6y
PurpleyPumpkin I'm so sorry for your loss. Sounds like you have a lot of wonderful memories of her. I hope they help get you through this difficult time. 💜 6y
StephBengtson I'm so sorry. 6y
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scripturient I'm very sorry! 6y
Graciouswarriorprincess I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your family.😰 6y
britt_brooke ((hugs)) 6y
PenguinInFlight Sending love and hugs your way!! ❤️ 6y
KilgoreTrout So sorry for your loss :( sounds like she was a great aunt! 6y
[DELETED] 2232195534 So sorry for your loss. Hugs and prayers for you and your family. 😔 6y
LectricSheep I'm so sorry. The lovely part about having a relationship with someone who reads is the way you can still connect with them after they're gone by rereading books they loved or books you shared together. It's never the same, but it's a powerful reminder of their life and your love for them. 6y
Biljana Sending hugs x 6y
8little_paws So sorry for your loss. She sounds like a wonderful person. 6y
Qemorio :( 6y
Dragon Sorry to hear of your loss ♥️ 6y
Gayan I am so sorry for your loss. She sounds like a wonderful woman. 6y
Trav I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. She definitely sounds like a wonderful person. Sending love and hugs during this time ❤️ 6y
shawnmooney Sending you a big hug across the pond from Tokyo! 💙💙 6y
megt So sorry for your loss. Sending you love and hugs. 6y
Simona I'm sorry for your loss, my thoughts are with you. 6y
OffTheBeatenShelf.com Sending tons of love and healing wishes your way. ❤️❤️❤️ 6y
Cinfhen Sorry for your loss. May her memories offer you comfort🙏🏻 6y
Laura317 What a sweet testimony to your Aunt. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time. 6y
QueenAnne So sorry for your loss! Sending you strength and prayers! I hope the beautiful memories you have of her will be in your heart 🍀❤️🙌🏼 6y
mllemay I'm very sorry for your loss. Sending you love and hugs 💜 6y
Dolly How wonderful that you can carry on her love for books. She must have had a deep love for you. 📖💞 6y
DeeLew I am so sorry for your loss. 💜 6y
BarbaraTheBibliophage I'm so sorry for your loss. I also have an aunt who is like a mom to me, and I know I'll be devastated when her time comes. May you and your family find peace in this difficult time. 💞💞 6y
Chessa I'm so sorry for your loss. She sounds like a wonderful person. You're in my thoughts. ❤️❤️❤️ 6y
slhbooks So difficult to lose those we love. May your warm memories of your time together comfort you💞 6y
Shemac77 I'm so sorry. Sending hugs to you. 6y
BookishFeminist 💔 I'm so sorry. She sounds like a wonderful person- I hope the memories of her comfort you. Sending love and hugs to you & your family. 💞💕 6y
amywithbooks So sorry for your loss. I hope you find comfort in your memories of her and the love of books she instilled in you! 6y
LauraBrook I'm so sorry. What a great woman. 6y
GinaAnderson I'm so sorry. She sounds like she was a lovely person to have in your life. 6y
Posemn Ah, I'm so sorry. It is so sad to lose someone who gave so much meaning to our lives (I had a special Aunt as well) but how lucky we were to have them! 6y
Annl Sorry for your loss. What a great woman she must have been to install in you, a love of reading. 6y
CherylDeFranceschi So sorry for your loss. 6y
stacybmartin So sorry to hear of your loss. 6y
Merethebookgal I'm so sorry for your loss ❤️ 6y
syasutake I'm sorry you've lost someone who is so special to you. It sounds like she was a wonderful person. 6y
JulieAnn I'm so sorry for your loss. 💙 6y
LauraBeth Oh so sorry to hear - she sounds awesome ❤️ 6y
thegirlwiththelibrarybag She sounded like an amazing lady - I'm so sorry for your loss. 6y
SusanInTiburon I am sorry. Your love for each other burns bright in this beautiful photograph. Wishing you peace. 💙 6y
kylienoele So sorry for your lost, sending love your way💞 6y
Eyelit I'm so sorry for your loss. she sounds amazing and I hope your lovely memories of her help you through this difficult time. ❤️ 6y
DGRachel So sorry for your loss. {hugs} 6y
Suzze {{{hugs}}} Wonderful memories to last forever. 6y
Robothugs I'm so sorry for your loss. ❤️ 6y
DebinHawaii I am so very sorry for your loss. She sounds like a really wonderful woman. ❤️ 6y
Hobbinol Heavy condolences to you. 6y
Bookzombie I am so sorry for your loss. Hugs. ❤️ 6y
moranadatter I am so sorry for your loss. 💗 6y
BibliOphelia So sorry for your loss. I had a similar 'Auntie Mame' that I lost years ago and I still miss her every day, but am now able to do so with a smile in my heart. Hang in there! 6y
[DELETED] 3323341091 so sorry for your loss. 6y
Tanner What a lovely photo, and great that you have it. My condolences to you. 6y
CaitlinSiem My thoughts and prayers are with you and yours. *hugs* 6y
Nonaroo I'm sorry for your loss. 6y
Carol I'm so sorry. 💗💗 6y
MrBook I and @BookBabe are deeply saddened to hear of yours and your family's loss 😔. You have our deepest sympathies through this difficult time. 6y
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KimHM
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When I was a child, the nearest library was in the next town, ten miles away. My mother drove me over once every two weeks or so. While there were sections marked "children's" and "adult," I don't remember anyone ever chasing my eight or ten year old self away from the shelves in the latter. So, weirdly, this is the first book I remember choosing. I expect I had to climb up on one of those little steps to reach it. #FunFridayPhoto @Liberty

MrBook Lol. Half my childhood the library was a couple blocks away, the other half it wound up being 15 miles away. Ugh. 6y
KimHM Not too long after this, the county (or the Carnegies? Or? ) scraped up the money for a Bookmobile and that was heaven! 6y
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KtheBookwyrm
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Goodwill haul today. Always picking up books to add to my daughter's library and I remember enjoying bunnicula as a child.

quirkyreader How much does your GW charge for paperbacks? 6y
KtheBookwyrm @quirkyreader it's 70¢ for paperbacks and children's books and then I'm a college student so I get 10% off :) 6y
quirkyreader Here in Indianapolis it is .99 for paperbacks an $2.49 for hardbacks. 6y
KtheBookwyrm @quirkyreader I'm up in northern Indiana, about halfway between ft Wayne and south bend. I think our goodwill is the cheapest around, others in the area are 99¢ too I think. 6y
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johnnie_cakes
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Essential. Such a fun romp.

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ForestAvenuePress
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A loan from a friend and I love it so far.

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Sweettartlaura
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A true classic. And you'd be hard-pressed to find a funnier book.

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Pesca321
Zia Mame | Patrick Dennis, Matteo Codignola
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Wonderful!! I laugh for every single word.....