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The Lacuna
The Lacuna | Barbara Kingsolver
In her most accomplished novel, Barbara Kingsolver takes us on an epic journey from the Mexico City of artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo to the America of Pearl Harbor, FDR, and J. Edgar Hoover. The Lacuna is a poignant story of a man pulled between two nations as they invent their modern identities. Born in the United States, reared in a series of provisional households in Mexicofrom a coastal island jungle to 1930s Mexico CityHarrison Shepherd finds precarious shelter but no sense of home on his thrilling odyssey. Life is whatever he learns from housekeepers who put him to work in the kitchen, errands he runs in the streets, and one fateful day, by mixing plaster for famed Mexican muralist Diego Rivera. He discovers a passion for Aztec history and meets the exotic, imperious artist Frida Kahlo, who will become his lifelong friend. When he goes to work for Lev Trotsky, an exiled political leader fighting for his life, Shepherd inadvertently casts his lot with art and revolution, newspaper headlines and howling gossip, and a risk of terrible violence. Meanwhile, to the north, the United States will soon be caught up in the internationalist goodwill of World War II. There in the land of his birth, Shepherd believes he might remake himself in America's hopeful image and claim a voice of his own. He finds support from an unlikely kindred soul, his stenographer, Mrs. Brown, who will be far more valuable to her employer than he could ever know. Through darkening years, political winds continue to toss him between north and south in a plot that turns many times on the unspeakable breachthe lacunabetween truth and public presumption.With deeply compelling characters, a vivid sense of place, and a clear grasp of how history and public opinion can shape a life, Barbara Kingsolver has created an unforgettable portrait of the artistand of art itself. The Lacuna is a rich and daring work of literature, establishing its author as one of the most provocative and important of her time.
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Dolly
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Almost missed this book sale yesterday . Now I hear today and tomorrow all remaining books are free!
It‘s 12 miles away, would you return?

cherinium Probably, if I had seen other books I was interested in. In my worldview, 12 miles is not very far at all. 3mo
Dolly @cherinium I‘ve noticed that when free a 4 star book becomes a 5 star book and so on. 😆 3mo
Hooked_on_books Yes I would! 3mo
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When The Lacuna came out I got to hear Barbara Kingsolver talk about writing it & she signed my book! Reading it sparked my Frida fandom.
🇲🇽 Oops just realized I‘m a day ahead for
#Mexico
#letstraveljuly
@OriginalCyn620
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

TrishB I have quite a bit of Frieda stuff after reading that too!! 4mo
OriginalCyn620 Awesome! ❤️ 4mo
rretzler Just got back from Mexico and there was a surprising amount of Frieda merchandise in gift shops. She was an amazing and interesting woman! 4mo
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squirrelbrain
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Much of this book was set #downinmexico - I loved it!

#wanderingjune

Cinfhen Woohoo!!! Really liked this book too!!!!Was going to be my choice !!!Good thing, I have a backup 💓😘 5mo
starlight97 And I love the cactus! 🤤🌵 5mo
BarbaraBB I just read and loved my first Kingsolver so am interested in more! 5mo
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Hooked_on_books Is that little cactus a candle? It‘s so cute! 5mo
TrishB Thinking cap back on....I think I have another idea, will just have to wait until I get home! Loved this book too 💕 5mo
squirrelbrain Oops sorry @TrishB ! 😘 5mo
squirrelbrain @starlight97 @Hooked_on_books yes, it‘s a candle - I don‘t think it‘ll ever get burnt - it‘s too nice! 😁 5mo
squirrelbrain @BarbaraBB I‘ve only read two books of hers so far but loved them both...! 5mo
BarbaraBB Which was the other one? 5mo
Reviewsbylola What a cool candle! 🌵 5mo
squirrelbrain @barbarabb- it was this one. Not sure which I liked best - very difficult to choose! 5mo
BarbaraBB I‘ll bring that one on my vacation next month! 5mo
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sophierayton
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This is a tricky one to rate and review. For the first 2/3 I was not enjoying it, not really following what was going on and while I could appreciate Kingsolver's beautiful writing, the story just wasn't doing it for me. Then, it all came together and I felt like shouting “Yes!“ during some of the passages. So to round it off I land in the middle. Better to go out with a bang than have a good start and then fall flat. I still love Kingsolver.

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Caroline2
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I loved the first half. His childhood was fascinating, esp in the boys school then Mexico with Frieda and Trotsky! Loved it! Then the second half dragged a bit for me. ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Cinfhen I‘m sorry it dragged for you!! I found the entire book engaging and a really well rounded story. I‘m in awe of Barbara Kingsolver 7mo
squirrelbrain Just the same as me then, @Caroline2 ! 😁👍 7mo
Caroline2 @Cinfhen that‘s ok! I still really enjoyed it. Such beautiful writing! 💖 7mo
Caroline2 @squirrelbrain Yep! I think it would have been a better book with some more editing. 👍🏻 7mo
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squirrelbrain
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I adored the first half of this book, enjoyed the third quarter but grew (a little bit) impatient and bored with the last quarter.

However I‘d still highly recommend this book overall. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

MommyWantsToReadHerBook Loved this one! 7mo
hjreviews I found this one hard to get into, though the beginning was the most interesting 7mo
DivineDiana Loved it! 7mo
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TrishB Glad you liked it 👍🏻 7mo
Caroline2 Yes! I know what you mean!! I‘m really struggling through the last 100 pages now! Could have done with some editing I feel! 👍🏻 7mo
squirrelbrain @Caroline2 - keep going, you can do it! A shame though, it does spoil it a bit... 7mo
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squirrelbrain
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I adored the first half of this book, enjoyed the third quarter but grew (a little bit) impatient and bored with the last quarter.

However I‘d still highly recommend this book overall. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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I‘m nearly halfway through and loving it so far! How are you getting on @Caroline2 ?

TrishB That‘s a lovely pic 😁 we have some Pimms ready too! Enjoy the rest of the book. 7mo
ChasingOm This looks like a little slice of heaven. ❤️ 7mo
Caroline2 Wow, you‘re doing better than me! I‘m on page 206 but yes, loving it so far! 👍🏻 7mo
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Caroline2
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I‘m diving in ladies....! Exciting!! 😯 @TrishB @Cinfhen

TrishB A nice long bath with this book, enjoy 😘 7mo
Cinfhen Hope you enjoy!!! Keep us posted 😊 7mo
squirrelbrain I might go for it soon too...it‘s on my TBR shelf @TrishB @Cinfhen 7mo
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TrishB @squirrelbrain 🤞🏻 hope you enjoy too! 7mo
Caroline2 @TrishB such a good bath! My youngest has tonsillitis so it‘s been a longggg day! 7mo
Caroline2 @Cinfhen 50 pages in and loving it so far! 😀 7mo
Caroline2 @squirrelbrain yay! We could go for a loosey-goosey kinda buddy read!! 😉 Its got me hooked already...! 👍🏻 7mo
squirrelbrain So many books, such little time! I‘ll see if I can start it this week. Sorry to hear about the littlest...😷 7mo
LapReader I‘m halfway through. My first Kingsolver. 7mo
Cinfhen I‘m glad you‘re hooked!!! #GoForIt @squirrelbrain #LooseyGooseyBuddyReads are the best (edited) 7mo
squirrelbrain @Cinfhen - I may just have to substitute one of the books I‘d already chosen for the coming weekend‘s #campervancaper 😁 7mo
Cinfhen Ha!!! Great hashtag @squirrelbrain (edited) 7mo
Caroline2 @squirrelbrain Thanks, he‘s on the mend but why are they always ill on the holidays?! 🙄 Yes!! Too many books and all wanting to be read. No pressure though! 😉 7mo
Caroline2 @LapReader oh which one are you reading? Are you liking it?? 7mo
Caroline2 @squirrelbrain @Cinfhen awesome hashtags! 😎 7mo
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Cinfhen
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This book was EPIC! I am in awe of Barbara Kingsolver. She made the decades of history fly by. So many famous people graced these pages and I was enthralled. “The past is all we know of the future” Using the premise of diary entries and correspondences 500 years of Mexican history is beautifully recorded and shared to create this powerful story of friendship, censorship, art and politics! I LOVED it!!! #politicalIntrigue #Booked2019

Kalalalatja And now I know what I‘m reading for that prompt ☝️ 7mo
JamieArc I see this book get lots of mixed reviews, but I loved and think it‘s one of the special books of hers. 7mo
DivineDiana A favorite!!! ❤️ 7mo
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Leftcoastzen I‘m glad you liked it I did too. 7mo
BibliOphelia I always forget that this is out there and I haven‘t read it - thanks for the reminder! 7mo
Cinfhen I‘m not sure why I let this book sit for so long... I think it was #PageCountPhobia but I really LOVED it @Kalalalatja @JamieArc @DivineDiana @Leftcoastzen @BibliOphelia and now my hubby said he‘d like to read it 😱THAT should be interesting 7mo
Leftcoastzen Wow 😲 7mo
Kalalalatja I would love to read his review of it! 7mo
Cinfhen Yeah, me too @Kalalalatja 🤣😂🤣we‘ve NEVER shared a book before @Leftcoastzen Not so sure this was the one to start with 😜 7mo
TrishB ❤️💕 great review. One of my favs too 7mo
Caroline2 Great review! It‘s sounds fab!! I‘ve just grabbed it off the tbr shelf and on to the bedside table pile! 👍🏻 7mo
Centique You‘re gonna join the #chunkstersquad Cindy! Great review 😍 7mo
Suet624 I remember being so impressed with how much she packed into the story. 7mo
Cinfhen I think I‘m ready to tackle one of your favorites @Centique 7mo
Cinfhen This book was super immersive @Caroline2 @Suet624 such amazing skill to tie so much history into one book 7mo
GatheringBooks oh this is a chunkster i‘ve had on my shelf (unread) for like forever now. 7mo
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500 pages in and I can‘t put this book down! I‘m completely engrossed. The amount of research and historical detail is incredible. What begins as an overview of Mexico‘s glorious early days soon becomes a passionate story of Frida Kahol, Diego Rivera & Lev Trotsky told through the eyes of an unforgettable character, Harrison Shepherd ( a mix between Owen Meany & Cyril Avery) Just as good as Poisonwood Bible. I‘m hooked!!!! Images from Google

Crazeedi Cant wait to get my hands on this! Sounds awesome!! 7mo
Cinfhen I‘m happy to send u my copy but it might be awhile @Crazeedi my hubby WANTS to read this book!!! Im shocked but he said it sounds fascinating. Im not sure he‘s gonna like it but we will see. I still have another 170 pages to go. 7mo
Crazeedi @Cinfhen I'm sure I'll get it eventually! Thank you for the offer! When you're all through let me know, I'll see if I've gotten it. Thank you cindy! 7mo
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Crazeedi @Cinfhen I know my girls are going to want to read too😍 7mo
TrishB Soooo glad!! I loved it ❤️ went straight on a Frida buying binge afterwards! 7mo
Cinfhen I can see how I‘m going to be doing the same @TrishB I‘m also wondering how much is fact and how much is fiction. This book is fantastic!!! So glad it was calling to me yesterday @Crazeedi it‘s been sitting on my shelf for months!!! 7mo
AmyG Wow. This sounds so good. And UGH...it‘s n a box....somewhere....in a packed storage unit. I won‘t find this until The fall, maybe. I am so thrilled to have this book to look forward to. 7mo
Cinfhen Ugh!!!!! Storage boxes 😫😫😫 try your library @AmyG 7mo
Bklover Sounds good! 7mo
Kaye Sounds great , thanks for the tag so I saw your update. I‘ll be bumping it up. 7mo
TrishB I have a proper NF biography of Frida ready - just needed some space from the fiction first. 7mo
squirrelbrain Sounds fab - I have this on my TBR shelf. I may bump it up now... 7mo
BookwormM I loved this one 7mo
Kalalalatja Sounds amazing! 7mo
Cinfhen Just finished...excellent story...5 Stars @squirrelbrain @BookwormM @Kalalalatja @kaye @Bklover (edited) 7mo
Caroline2 Oh this sounds fab!!! It has officially moved bed up my tbr pile! 👍🏻 7mo
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Cinfhen
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Dear Barbara Kingsolver, Please don‘t disappoint me!!! Your 670 page tome is calling to me on this sunny Friday ☀️Taking a break from the dragons and “fair folk” that hang out around the Invisible Library 🐉🧚🏻‍♀️

JennyM Friday flowers 💐 7mo
TrishB 🤞🏻🤞🏻 I loved this ❤️ 7mo
Caroline2 Oh I‘ve had this on my tbr shelf for agesss but I‘ve always found the size intimidating! 😳 be interesting to see what you think of it?? 7mo
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Lcsmcat I don‘t think it will disappoint. I loved it. 7mo
Kaye One of the ladies at our local bookstore recommended it. She said it‘s just as good as Poisonwood Bible. I can find no higher praise than that comment. I purchased it but have yet to read it. 7mo
Cinfhen Today‘s #FridayFlowers are stunning @JennyM extra joyful xx I LOVED Poisonwood Bible so my expectations are pretty high @kaye @Lcsmcat @TrishB @Caroline2 and so far it‘s very good. Descriptive but good! 7mo
AmyG I have this....somewhere. Please let us know what you think. 7mo
mdhughes72 Just now finishing another Kingsolver book! 7mo
Crazeedi This looks like another one to add to my stack. Interested in your final opinion 7mo
Cinfhen I know this might seem strange @AmyG @Crazeedi but I‘m getting lots of Owen Meany vibes from the young protagonist of Lacuna. This book is really full of humor and I‘m quite happy 😃 7mo
Cinfhen Which book of her‘s @mdhughes72 ??? I recently read but didn‘t really like 7mo
mdhughes72 That‘s the one! I wasn‘t sure about it at first but it grew on me. 7mo
Cinfhen I felt like the two timelines didn‘t really morph well and I felt like Kingsolver was trying to touch upon TOO many hot topics @mdhughes72 7mo
AmyG Owen Meany vibes? ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 7mo
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gradcat Great! 👍 8mo
SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime excellent quote 🙌 8mo
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⭐️3/5 I didn‘t love this like I hoped. I found it hard to get into and didn‘t understand what it was about until I was almost finished with it.

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I‘m constantly torn between my strong feminist ideals and wanting to just be a trophy wife so I can sit around and read all day with no responsibilities.

I‘m supposed to be cleaning but not even my audiobook can tear me away from The Lacuna and to my responsibilities today.

Slajaunie I have been a strong woman for years. I ready to settle down and be a trophy wife. I‘m tired. 😁 9mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders This was my one of my few favourites so far this year. Loved the audiobook. 9mo
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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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💕♥️💕♥️💕♥️💕💖💖
Honestly. SO MUCH LOVE for this audiobook!!
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I loved every moment of the 19 hours and 15 minutes spent listening to it.

LauraBeth I haven‘t read this Kingsolver and have been curious about it - glad to see you enjoyed it! 9mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @LauraBeth so much inside. History, sweeping story. Kind of eerily similar to events going on today. I've got 2 other chunky Kingsolver's I plan reading this year too: The Poisonwood Bible (own both hardcover and audio) and The Prodigal Summer. 9mo
LauraBeth The Poisonwood Bible is one of my all-time favorite books! 9mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @LauraBeth I've owned it for YEARS!! Now I can't wait to dive in! 9mo
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Since I‘ve discovered I can only read so much War and Peace in a day, throwing this into the mix to help me survive my double shifts!

DivineDiana I loved this one! ❤️ 9mo
hjreviews Unfortunately today was so slow at work instead of reading the entire staff sat around and talked so I didn‘t get very far but I‘m intrigued 9mo
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I have been enjoying this audiobook immensely! Narrated by the author and with music sprinkled throughout, this has been an excellent and sweeping story!

TrishB I loved this too ❤️ 9mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @TrishB 💗 so much to love inside it! 👍 9mo
TrishB I went away and read loads of back history stuff it was that interesting! 9mo
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Penny_LiteraryHoarders @TrishB yes!! I'm doing the same!! 😁😁 9mo
Kaye One of the ladies at our local bookstore was raving about this one 😊 9mo
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85eliana
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Epic. Explores massive global events through a highly intimate lens.

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Written in 2009. Set in 1946. #timewarp to reading it 2019.
#MusicalNewYear @vivastory @Cinfhen
“When anything happens,the commentator has to speak without a moment‘s pause for gathering wisdom. Falsehood and insanity are preferable to silence... The talkers are rising above the thinkers.”
(Here‘s us, dreaming of a return to sense.)

Cinfhen I have this on my shelf too!! Can‘t wait to pick it up...only thing holding me back is the size!!!! 10mo
vivastory That's such a fantastic quote 10mo
Tex2Flo @Cinfhen It is not a quick read, but I‘m enjoying learning about Mexico before and after WWII. Exactly the way I like my history—with lots of daily life interspersed. 10mo
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Cinfhen I read Poisonwood Bible for the first time last year and was blown away (edited) 10mo
Tex2Flo @Cinfhen Poisonwood is my favorite of hers so far. Didn‘t get as big a bang from the Bean Trees, but it‘s a dear friend‘s favorite. (edited) 10mo
Cinfhen I bought Bean Trees too, haven‘t read it yet but I did bail on 10mo
DivineDiana I loved this! 10mo
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Tex2Flo
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#friyaintro @howjessreads
1. Transport, reading minds is too scary for me.
2. The Lacuna by Kingsolver about Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo
3. To say YES to more social events instead of holding up and reading
4. Flowers with Olivia Colman
5. Got it 👍💕✌🏻

KarenUK If number 3 means I see you more, I‘m all for it! 💕💕💕 10mo
Tex2Flo @KarenUK that is exactly what it means. Working out the border-agoraphobia stuff. 10mo
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The Lacuna
#quotsyjan19 @TK-421 #9process
...pan dulces made with wheat-flour dough. Puffy and soft with a grit of coarse sugar on top, filled with pineapple, sweet and tart from the oven‘s wood smoke. ..pan dulce is no easy trick. The vanilla has to be from Papantla. The flour is ground in a stone metate.

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🎉 I‘m about to see Barbara Kingsolver in Seattle. I fell in love with her back in graduate school. (That was the ‘90s.) 🎉

Reviewsbylola Very cool!! 13mo
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WorldsOkayestStepMom
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Every once in a while, I come across a book that I don't want to see end. Of course I want the well written conclusion, but also I dread the closing of the book. For me, this was one of those. It was beautiful and tragic at the same time, full of the prose that Barbara Kingsolver is known for. "The Lacuna" will stick with me, much like "The Poisonwood Bible" has. ??????

Cinfhen Oooooh!!! I picked this book up recently!! Now I can‘t wait to read it!!!! #HappySunday 💕 14mo
WorldsOkayestStepMom @Cinfhen I can't wait to read your review of it! 14mo
Cinfhen I only recently read Posionwood Bible and it blew me away!!! Can‘t wait to delve into another Kingsolver 14mo
WorldsOkayestStepMom @Cinfhen I loved Poisonwood Bible! 14mo
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"If you're standing in the manure pile, it's somebody's job to mention the stink. Those congressmen are saying we have to call it a meadow of buttercups instead of a cesspool."

Found this rather fitting after the shit show that was America today. #BelieveSurvivors #IBelieveHer

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"A novel! Why do you say this won't liberate anyone? Where does any man go to be free, whether he is poor or rich or even in prison? To Dostoyevsky! To Gogol!"

So much truth in these words! I often read to escape my own thoughts. It distracts me from the chronic pain I have and gives me space to relax again. ?

TrishB So true 💕 14mo
Sace ❤️❤️❤️ 14mo
mabell Books are a wonderful escape. ❤️❤️ 14mo
WorldsOkayestStepMom @mabell without a doubt! 14mo
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I'm about 1/4 the way through this book and I LOVE it so much! Even though it's a novel, Kingsolver has used actual events in history to frame the story around. I had no idea what the Bonus Army during President Hoover's time in office was until I read about it here.

Sace STACKED! 14mo
WorldsOkayestStepMom @RestlessFickleBookHoarder it's such an amazing book! I stayed up until 6 am reading last night/This morning. 14mo
Sace @WorldsOkayestStepMom not only have I stacked it, but Thriftbooks sent a promotional email for 100 points today so I went ahead and bought it. 😊 14mo
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WorldsOkayestStepMom @RestlessFickleBookHoarder yay!!! Those are the best! 14mo
Sace @WorldsOkayestStepMom it was book fate. 14mo
WorldsOkayestStepMom @RestlessFickleBookHoarder it definitely sounds like it! I can't wait to see how you like it! 14mo
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WorldsOkayestStepMom
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Up late tonight with a flare up, so starting tagged book. At least my bookmark is pretty! ☺ Happy Fall, y'all! 🎃🍂🍁

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L-acuna- Barbara Kingsolver
E-vensong - Gail Godwin
I- Capture the Castle - Dodie Smith
J-ulie and Julia - Julie Powell
E-verything I Never Told You - Celeste Ng
T-his Rough Magic - Mary Stuart
T-iny Beautiful Things - Cheryl Strayed
E-xtremely Loud and Incredibly Close - Jonathan Foer

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I read this years ago, for book club, and loved it. #Mexico #AugustisaTrip @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @vkois88

DivineDiana I loved it too! A favorite! 1y
sprainedbrain Oooh, stacking. I‘ve read exactly one Kingsolver and I absolutely loved it. 1y
Blaire I‘ve read and really liked a lot of kingsolver but never heard of this one. #stacked 1y
vkois88 Oh, this sounds good! 1y
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@CoffeeNBooks I got your card today!!!! Thank you! I loved it, yellow is one of my favorite colors. I can‘t believe you have only been on Litsy a few months, it feels like you have been around for a lot longer than that. You said you like book recommendations so here is a stack of some good ones!! I will be writing loads of notes later this week after my final exam!! Thank you again and hope you‘re having a fantastic Tuesday! ❤️❤️😘😘 #JB #Friends

tracey38 Pretty picture. Love the yellow. 1y
Kaye Good tag #JB #friends 1y
BarbaraBB 💛 great pic! 1y
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CoffeeNBooks Yay! Books!! 📚 1y
BiblioLitten Lovely pic💛😊 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I love yellow 💛💛💛💛 1y
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TrishB
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Loved it 😁❤️ Have to admit that I did initially struggle with the beginning, style of writing and deciding whether I liked the MC! Then it just clicked- I went back and read the first few chapters again when I‘d finished and appreciated them so much more.
Wonderful writing, great setting against Mexican, US, Russian and world politics. That anti-communist stuff in the US after the war always has me baffled! 👇

TrishB And Frida Kahlo ❤️ anyone recommend any other good books about her or fiction with her in? 2y
LeeRHarry I must get to this one - it‘s been sitting on my shelf for ages 😊 2y
Laura317 I am stacking this it sounds really good! 2y
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DivineDiana @TrishB You‘re a fast reader! So glad you liked it! I had wanted to warn you that it starts out slow, but you figured it out yourself! 😉👏🏻📚 2y
merelybookish This is a book I didn't really like much and yet, it has stayed with me. Weird how that happens. 2y
TrishB @LeeRHarry I‘ve recently discovered the author! 2y
TrishB @Laura317 it was a good read! 2y
TrishB @DivineDiana hubby says I don‘t read books - I inhale them!! When reading the book I thought when‘s the story starting- but that beginning is more important when you get to the end if that makes sense! 2y
TrishB @merelybookish I have a few like that! 2y
Caroline2 Oh good to know! I‘ve had this massive book on my tbr shelf for ages! I must admit, I‘m easily put off by massive books! 😳 2y
LornaDH This is my favourite of hers! 2y
TrishB @Caroline2 whereas I love them! But like to have a few days off to read them! Not cart them backwards and forwards to work! 2y
TrishB @LornaDH it‘s only my second but really loving the author! 2y
Caroline2 I am so impatient with my reading lately and the big books feel like too much of a commitment! 😆 I‘m hoping once I‘ve finished studying and I can chill in the summer then I can tackle all the awesome looking chunksters I‘ve got in my tbr pile! 👍🏻 2y
TrishB @Caroline2 I like a few days too, when work is bonkers and stressful I can‘t concentrate on big books! 2y
BookwormM I loved this one 2y
TrishB @BookwormM it was a great read 👍🏻 2y
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How true 😔

Vertabrain That‘s powerful juju right there... 2y
TrishB @Vertabrain love your comment 💕 2y
Vertabrain 💕 2y
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TrishB I need to read this very soon....it‘s calling my name! 2y
DivineDiana @TrishB I‘m cheering for you! 👏🏻 2y
TrishB I don‘t even own it as yet! But it‘s only Qd on kindle. The struggle is real- I have about 400 physical books on the tbr and about the same on kindle - yet this seems to be the one shouting for me!! 2y
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DivineDiana @TrishB I feel your pain/love 😉 This was a gift from my husband pre-Litsy. Back when I didn‘t belong to 3 Book Clubs, nor constantly added to my #TBR ! 😂 2y
Cinfhen Oh look @TrishB the universe is calling to us!!!! #goForIt 💸💸💸💸💸💸 2y
Leftcoastzen I remember I enjoyed it.I kindled it when it came out since I was staying far from a bookstore when it released. 2y
DivineDiana @Leftcoastzen The funny thing is I was not happy that this was the “book gift” I received, and ended up loving it! 😀 2y
TrishB @Cinfhen @DivineDiana so, long lunch out with hubby and a few glasses of cava and I seem to have downloaded it!! It‘s to help all the other books really- everything would be meh if I was just concentrating on wanting this one! 2y
DivineDiana 😂 Cava will make you do exciting things! Can‘t wait to hear your thoughts eventually! 👍🏻😀📚 2y
Cinfhen Please let me know how it goes!!! And that‘s why I‘m afraid to purchase my kindle...there will be NO STOPPING ME 2y
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1. Tagged book or The Oryx and Crake series by Margaret Atwood. 2. Alphonse Mucha. 3. The Wave by Hokusai. Not technically a painting. I know. 4. Heidi Museum of Modern Art which I finally got to visit last year. I devour anything about the Heidi circle.

JoScho The Wave totally counts and I probably should have said favorite piece of art instead of painting 🙂 2y
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Here is another treat I grabbed for myself today. I have heard a lot about this one from several different people. Anyone like this book?

SharonGoforth Yes!! 2y
JoanLivingston I haven't read this but I relished The Bean Trees. 2y
jillrhudy I have met her. She lives in the county and I work at the county library. Brilliant woman; talented writer. Deep thinker. 2y
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Lcsmcat My book group read it years ago and it was a favorite. 2y
minkyb Loved this one! 2y
knp4597 Agree with the other Littens - read this almost ten years ago but I remember I really liked it 👍 2y
KathyWheeler This is probably the only book of hers I haven‘t read. I think she‘s brilliant. My favorites are The Poisonwood Bible and Animal Dreams. 2y
KaatjeH Really liked this one! 2y
Ardachy Like several of Barbara Kingsolver‘s books I found it took me a while to get into but as always with her I found it well worth persevering. An excellent read. 2y
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Visiting a friend #bookshelftourism 😍

mrozzz Love the hashtag! 😆 2y
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BarbaraJean
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This is the first cover I thought of for #flowers. It‘s gorgeous, and so different from the US cover. I have the UK edition because I mis-gauged the amount of reading material needed on two long flights... and found myself in Heathrow with nothing to read. 😱 I never buy books in airports, but that time it was absolutely necessary! And this book was the perfect pick for a long flight. I could NOT put it down.
#readingresolutions

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On holidays with my main man Stew in Wanaka New Zealand. Our holiday house has a little library! Score!

Mommamanzi How fun! Are you back home yet or still away? There is a package trying to be delivered but fedex is unable to deliver it without you there. I would hate to see it thrown out! ❤️ 2y
LapReader Ta. I am home now and will give them a call. Litsy mail usually comes through Australia Post so I was a bit confused as I hadn‘t ordered anything. 2y
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For the Hour 30 #24in48 readathon challenge, we are supposed to share the unread book that we have read the longest. In my case that is definitely The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver which my best friend has being trying to convince me to read for almost a decade. From the synopsis, this book has all the elements that interest me so I‘m sure I‘ll love it when I get around to it... just not yet!

DivineDiana The funny thing is that I thought I would not enjoy this and it ended up being one of my favorites! 📚 2y
JamieArc If I remember correctly, since I read it 6 or 7 years ago, parts of it were slow or work to get through, but over all, I was really glad I read it and thought of it as one of those subtle fantastic reads. 2y
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I was tiring of this book and wondering why I‘m still reading it when I came across this BEAUTIFUL description of my latest obsession- Frida Khalo...onward in faith! 💜💜💜

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mgallo1968
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Name a favorite book for each letter of your first name.
This was sooo hard- too many books to choose from! ( and just saw nasty typo... that would be Tim O‘Brien)

HeatherBookNerd I love your list! 2y
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This is my second Kingsolver novel and this novel was epic and had a satisfying ending. The backdrop of this novel is The US and Mexico from 1930s to 1950s. Very well done historical fiction despite the main character Harrison not being fully developed.

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J.Alt
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Wow! I️ struggled a bit to get started with this one. Ended up being a really good book. So glad I️ gave this the time and effort because it was well worth it. Recommend highly! 👍🏻😊👍🏻

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Amazing story set in the Yucatán and small town America about a man who works for Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivieria. There's loads in this book, including an interesting perspective into the rise of communism, Stalin and Trotsky, and the American response. Loved the descriptions (of an area I've just visited!) and the self awareness of Violet at the end. Long, but worth it.