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The Paragon Hotel
The Paragon Hotel | Lyndsay Faye
The new and exciting historial thriller by Lyndsay Faye, author of Edgar-nominated Jane Steele and Gods of Gotham, which follows Alice "Nobody" from Prohibition-era Harlem to Portland's the Paragon Hotel. The year is 1921, and "Nobody" Alice James is on a cross-country train, carrying a bullet wound and fleeing for her life following an illicit drug and liquor deal gone horribly wrong. Desperate to get as far away as possible from New York City and those who want her dead, she has her sights set on Oregon: a distant frontier that seems the end of the line. She befriends Max, a black Pullman porter who reminds her achingly of Harlem, who leads Alice to the Paragon Hotel upon arrival in Portland. Her unlikely sanctuary turns out to be the only all-black hotel in the city, and its lodgers seem unduly terrified of a white woman on the premises. But as she meets the churlish Dr. Pendleton, the stately Mavereen, and the unforgettable club chanteuse Blossom Fontaine, she begins to understand the reason for their dread. The Ku Klux Klan has arrived in Portland in fearful numbers--burning crosses, inciting violence, electing officials, and brutalizing blacks. And only Alice, along with her new "family" of Paragon residents, are willing to search for a missing mulatto child who has mysteriously vanished into the Oregon woods. Why was "Nobody" Alice James forced to escape Harlem? Why do the Paragon's denizens live in fear--and what other sins are they hiding? Where did the orphaned child who went missing from the hotel, Davy Lee, come from in the first place? And, perhaps most important, why does Blossom DuBois seem to be at the very center of this tangled web?
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“Why do I sense that you‘re entirely in earnest?” “Possibly because I‘m half Italian. We‘re the sort who either throw ourselves weeping upon your grave or help you into it.”

mreads ❤❤ 4mo
lynneamch Ha! Just started this one. Hooked already. 4mo
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chaoticgoodhufflepuff
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Mehso-so

A former member of the New York mafia stumbles onto the only black owned and operated hotel in a time when Oregon had laws forbidding from PoC living or working there.

A fascinating story examining racism and transphobia during Prohibition, this does not end wrapped up with a bow. I want to imagine it‘s because a sequel is planned, but the tone says it‘s more like stories like these didn‘t usually end happily or neatly. 🌕🌕🌕🌗🌑

marleed I didn‘t connect with this one either. 5mo
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JenlovesJT47
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Jane Steele is one of my fave books so I had high hope for this and was doubly excited when I found out it was set in the 1920s, my fave time period. It took awhile for me to really get into this, but overall it‘s an interesting story and makes you think how far we‘ve come in the last 100 years. It deals with racism (putting it mildly, lynchings and such), lesbians, a transgender black character, a white gun moll, Italian mobsters, interracial ⬇️

JenlovesJT47 Couples and so much more. There are moments of brilliance in the writing, but the writing style was hard to get used to at first. That said I give this a pick, as the last 30% or so of the book is excellent. Definitely worth reading imo. 4⭐️ 6mo
Itchyfeetreader This looks lovely 6mo
marleed I plowed through this book too fast so I didn‘t enjoy it as much as I would have had I sat with the characters. That was my mistake. The afterward is fascinating- I didn‘t know :( 6mo
JenlovesJT47 @marleed yeah I can see why some people wouldn‘t like it, I didn‘t think I would either until I got to about 40% but was still on the fence for awhile. It‘s definitely a slow burn. 6mo
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megnews
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After finishing Gods of Gotham by Lindsay Faye, I found this one released in January and added it to my tbr. Sounds intriguing.

#GrandHotel #WanderingJune

BarbaraBB The cover by itself is already promising! 6mo
Cinfhen I totally agree @BarbaraBB 🤩🤩🤩 6mo
Crazeedi I liked gods of Gotham, I'll have to check this out 6mo
marleed I read this right after the GOT finale and it kept making me think of Aryia! 6mo
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BlameJennyJane
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New finds tonight at the #HalfPriceBooks 20% off sale! Great way to start the holiday weekend!

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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Mehso-so

This was a freight train that ambled for 150-200 pages, then hit me with 3 or 4 twists just when I thought the end would never arrive. I can‘t give it a pick, but it redeemed itself from the Pan it was headed towards. Readers must be ready with patience in hand. The social issues addressed make it intriguing, but still ... a little 😴 also.

Full review http://www.TheBibliophage.com
#thebibliophage2019
#theparagonhotel #lyndsayfaye
#netgalley

Texreader Great review 6mo
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Jerdencon
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Happy Mother‘s Day to all celebrating today! 💜🌷💐

Celebrating by having Mother‘s Day tea today with the family on a cold, rainy day (feels like March not May) - but first taking some time for me after a difficult week to enjoy the pretty flowers and start this one I‘ve been looking forward to.

robinb Happy Mother‘s Day! Hope this next week is better for you. 7mo
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razmanda
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Written from the point of view of an Italian-Welsh flapper in the 1920‘s, Paragon Hotel is both a mafia-laced mystery and an indictment of systemic racism. Half the story is told in flash-backs in Harlem as the Families begin to take hold, and the other half is after Alice makes a run from the mafia all the way to Portland. There, she plays a bit of the white savior in a hotel for black people, which wasn‘t great but I enjoyed the book overall.

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Maman929
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Fun book. Pretty quick read. Need to keep this author in the rotation.

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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This seems like a light-ish vacation read. I need something for the plane and train time. Still working on getting my #arc pile down to unpublished books. 🤞🏻🤞🏻

JSW It‘s a good read but serious topics. 8mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @JSW Thanks—that‘s what I was guessing based on the description. If it feels too heavy for vacay, I‘ll put it aside. But my other choice is the Mueller Report, so this couldn‘t be heavier than that! 😜 8mo
JSW @BarbaraTheBibliophage 😂😂😂 8mo
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valeriegeary
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Getting cozy by the fire. There's also some sweet jazz music playing in the background. Perfect mood for this book.

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valeriegeary
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I'm having my own mini reading retreat today and tomorrow at Timberline Lodge. My husband is skiing. #luckyday

rubyslippersreads I‘ve never been skiing, but I always thought I‘d excel at sitting by the fire in the ski lodge, drinking hot cocoa and reading. 😊 8mo
valeriegeary @rubyslippersreads I tried skiing once. Just once. That's when I decided to stick to the lodge. 🤣😄☃️ 8mo
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tigerkat81
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Utterly heartbreaking. Utterly amazing. And an unexpected, but perfect, ending.

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SassenachTheBookWizard
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This reminded me a tiny bit of her Timothy Wilde series. This book took on A LOT more representation and topics than I was expecting. I cringed everytime someone used the N word and other slurs, and when the KKK was brought in. I have to also credit the author for tackling the subject of racism and fear of anyone not straight in the early 1900s. She didn't sugar coat it and really researched the time period. Makes me look at Portland differently.

Booksnchill Just grabbed an ARC of this from the lovely @ferskner and am excited to read it! 9mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz I loved this book! 9mo
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CoffeeK8
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A wonderful walk with beautiful birds, so glad it‘s finally feeling like spring!

jpmcwisemorgan OMG there‘s a little book walking along off to the side! 9mo
CoverToCoverGirl Beautiful! 9mo
CoffeeK8 @jpmcwisemorgan that‘s the first sign of spring 😉😂 9mo
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tammysue Lovely! 9mo
Crazeedi What a lovely view! 9mo
UwannaPublishme 😍😍😍 9mo
kspenmoll So peaceful! 9mo
jpmcwisemorgan Perfect! 9mo
DivineDiana So nice! 9mo
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CoffeeK8
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My hold just came in!

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SassenachTheBookWizard
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I have been beyond excited to pick this up since I HEARD about it! Enjoyed Faye's writing and in the mood for a historical fiction so IT IS TIME!

CoffeeK8 I just started this one, too! 9mo
SassenachTheBookWizard @CoffeeK8 ♥️♥️♥️ 9mo
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JSW
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Today‘s book haul! Library and bookstore combined. 😍😍😍 See something you like?

wen4blu I really enjoyed the Cold Magic series. 9mo
JSW @wen4blu good to hear! 😃 9mo
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MrBook
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#TBRtemptation post 4! Recently published. 1921, we find “Nobody” Alice James on a train with a bullet wound. She‘s fled Harlem and is heading to Portland, Oregon. There, she‘ll wind up at the town‘s all-black hotel—making everyone there uncomfortable, being the only white person there. She‘ll make friends though, confront the KKK, and help look for a missing orphan girl. It‘s a town with a very tangled web indeed. #blameLitsy #blameMrBook 😎

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okthislooksbad
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I may or may not have said this 500 times already, but everything Faye does turns out amazing. If you liked Jane Steel, you'll love this. The last 100 pages or so were a /wild/ ride. Worth it.

BooksAtNight I missed this! Thank you for reminding me she has a new book out - putting this on my TBR right now. 9mo
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introvertedbooks
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#currentlyreading stack! What are you reading this weekend?

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lahousewyfe
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I wished this book would never end! This rollicking good time (which continually reminded me of The Miss Fisher murder mystery series) carried me back and forth across the country from New York's criminal underbelly to Portland's racist hidden history. I wish I could read an entire series about Nobody! 5⭐!

minkyb My daughter has my copy. Now I want it back! 9mo
lahousewyfe @minkyb Get it! Such a fun read. 9mo
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lahousewyfe
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"Can't talk music with a stranger and agree on so much and not end up chummy, that's science."

True of books, too! Happy Valentine's Day, my book chums!

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Becker
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The story is driven by witty, sharp dialogue from the most colourful characters. I found this book to be excellent entertainment.

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okthislooksbad
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I am of the firm belief that everything Lyndsay Faye touches turns to gold, and I am /very/ excited about this 😍😍

NovelGirl82 Let me know how this is. I have a hold on it at the library, but I'm way down the line! 10mo
okthislooksbad @NovelGirl82 It will be /so/ worth the wait! Just be patient with the plot 😂 9mo
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vlwelser
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Pickpick

This was excellent. I definitely recommend it. 💖📚

#NetGalley #ARC

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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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Bailedbailed

So yeah, I'm completely shocked I'm bailing on a Lyndsay Faye book. I struggle typically with dialogue heavy books to begin with and rarely have a satisfying experience with them but this one has over killed the flapper speak and it's dialogue heavy too. I tried 3 times but I just can't get into it. 😟

valeriegeary Bummer! I'm super interested in checking this one out. (I still will but am sad it didn't resonate with you) 10mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @valeriegeary I know. 😕 I hope it works better for you! 10mo
Melissa_J Now I‘m not so sure I want to try this. 10mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Melissa_J she is such a beautiful writer! Give it a try. I just have a hard time with books that heavily use dialogue to tell the story. (but my biggest complaint here was also the over done flapper/speakeasy/20s gal speak) too much. Too jarring. 10mo
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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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Time to get back to this one. I'm not that far into it, but have found it easy to put aside to read 2 other books. Hopefully it hooks me soon.

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ReadingEnvy
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Mehso-so

The Paragon Hotel is a fictionalized account of the one hotel in Portland that allowed customers of color through the 1930s, and the surrounding racism of the times.

I enjoyed the part of the novel set in Portland, but the parallel story set in Harlem seemed less realistic and maybe unnecessary, somewhat clogging the storyline. This is a good read for people who like the flapper jazz era but are looking for a spin on the usual.

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a.bookish.byrd
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Do you have a favorite this week?

#quoteoftheweek

gradcat This quote is great 👍 ❤️ 11mo
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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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Up next....

Can also use it as a Netgalley knock off since it's sitting there too. I borrowed it from the library instead.

Reviewsbylola I loved Jane Steele. Can‘t wait to hear how this one is! 11mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Reviewsbylola yes! Me too! That one was fun! I'm hoping for good things with this one! 11mo
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Jee_HookedOnBookz
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Historical thriller set in 1921, during the Prohibition era. This novel is seeped in secrets, shrouded in mystery, with twists and turns in corners you least expect. Stay for that, and sit in for the jazzy tunes in the time of Billie Holiday, played and sung in sultry smoke-filled speakeasies. Loved this! Full review on my blog.

Thank you #Netgalley and #PutnamBooks for a free eARC of #TheParagonHotel in exchange for an honest review!

suvata Added to my TBR 11mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz @suvata Yayyyy! Hope you'll get to read it and enjoy it as much as I did 😊 11mo
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ErinGoBragh1011
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《《2019 releases I am looking forward to reading》》
The year is 1922, and The Ku Klux Klan has arrived in Portland in fearful numbers--burning crosses, inciting violence, electing officials, and brutalizing blacks. And only Alice, along with her new "family" of Paragon residents, are willing to search for a missing mulatto child who has mysteriously vanished into the Oregon woods.
Release date: January 8 , 2019

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Hooked_on_books
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Bailedbailed

I wanted to love this one but just couldn‘t get into it. I felt the attempt at period-correct language was admirable but, ultimately, distracting, as it wasn‘t well done.

jillrhudy Oh, rats. I love all her books and have been waiting for this one. 11mo
Hooked_on_books @jillrhudy Hey, still go for it. Others have loved it, so I may well be an outlier. 11mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders This is where I'm at right now. I'm about to bail. I've picked it up 3 times, have fit 2 other books in between. I just can't get into it. 😮 10mo
Hooked_on_books @Penny_LiteraryHoarders It‘s a bummer, right? Especially since I really loved Jane Steele. Oh well. 🤷🏼‍♀️ 10mo
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ErraticElle
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This book was great! It‘s a very interesting historical piece with a perspective I‘ve never seen before. Highly imaginative. Detailed and rich with a plot that just keeps surprising. My only complaint? She uses the word “quelque” FAR too often. (Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.)

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kyraleseberg
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I've loved every single Lyndsay Faye novel I've read and her upcoming release THE PARAGON HOTEL is no exception!
The novel is scheduled for release on January 8! Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for providing an ARC in exchange for my honest review.
My review is live on Roots & Reads:
https://rootsandreads.wordpress.com/2018/12/07/review-the-paragon-hotel/

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beaconhillbooks
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This book started strong, lagged in the middle for me, and ended on a high. There‘s lots going on with two storylines from the same character; one in NYC dealing with the mafia and one in Portland dealing with racism. Some twisty turns at the end; some I saw coming and some I did not.
Little things irked me about this book like excessive quelques and constant descriptions likening to other things but...still an interesting read.
#netgalley

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Rhondareads
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A new book by the author of Jane Steele😍👏👏👏👏great mail day.

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Li_21
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Woohoo, after finishing N0S4A2 I'm hitting my galleys hard!

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kyraleseberg
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New Lyndsay Faye 😍🎉🎉🎉🎉

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PutnamKatie
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Last one! With the lovely Lyndsay Faye, who signed copies of JANE STEELE and her new book, THE PARAGON HOTEL (out in January) at BookCon! Wish I had taken a photo of the insane signing line....

DivineDiana Is she wearing a glove??? 2y
PutnamKatie @DivineDiana haha no, she fractured two of her fingers — it‘s a cast! 2y
DivineDiana Oh! It‘s very decorative! 😀 2y
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Chrissyreadit I love Gods Of Gotham. I need to read more of her books. 2y
MamaGina I‘ve read everything of hers, she‘s a terrific writer...this is the first I‘m hearing of her newest book and the description sounds like another excellent read!🤓 2y
Mdargusch I‘ve only read Jane Steele @MamaGina - what other book of hers is your favorite? 2y
minkyb @Mdargusch my first read was the Gotham series 3 books which made me a big fan! 2y
MamaGina @Mdargusch @minkyb is right, that trilogy is excellent! 🤓 1y
minkyb @MamaGina Great minds! 1y
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