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Bowlaway: A Novel | Elizabeth McCracken
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ChristyM
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I have such mixed feelings about this book. I added it to my TBR list based on all the positive reviews. The first few chapters confused me - some nice writing, but I couldn‘t figure out where the story was going or who the main characters were even supposed to be. After hearing that many others had bailed, I came close to dropping the book. I‘m glad I stuck with it - halfway through I finally started appreciating the rhythms of each chapter.

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Rachel_nyc
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This seemed like it would be a fun summer read and it being part of #campToB gave me high hopes but it ultimately disappointed. Early on, I enjoyed the whimsical writing and quirky characters but it was a multi-generational novel and the subsequent characters were uninteresting and there wasn‘t much of a story to hold it together. Unrelated image is of the much needed cocktail on this Friday!

BarbaraBB Well, I unstacked it now. Are you reading all six books for #CampToB? 1w
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB I‘m relying on the library so I‘m way behind but I think I‘m going to try to get to all except the James novel. I‘m put off by the violence and from what I‘ve heard it‘s not good enough for me to try to overcome that concern. I‘m going to start Trust Exercise next week. What about you? Have you read any yet? 1w
BarbaraBB I only read Daisy Jones and have a copy of Lost Children Archives. I don‘t know, I‘m not feeling up to most titles this time - especially the James novel. I haven‘t yet seen reviews that made me change my mind. So I think I let it go by. 1w
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB I hear you. They are not particularly inspiring. I‘ll see how it goes. 1w
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Redwritinghood
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This is a pick, but not a strong pick. I loved the breezy, whimsical writing. This book is often touching and funny and wise. Unfortunately, it got bogged down with too many characters and a lot of the book was focused on characters that weren‘t even the most interesting ones. Overall, though, it was charming and she‘s a great writer. 3.5 ⭐️

mreads My 85 yr old mom's opinion was "too much bowling" ? 2w
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thebluestocking
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This is my soon-to-be-read pile and my little dog.

#dogsandbooks #riotgrams @bookriot #dogsoflitsy

Buechersuechtling Aaaaaaawww, he/she is so cute. 3w
TheSpineView Cuteness overload! 3w
BookNAround Your little fur friend is adorable. 3w
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TheLibrarian What a cutie! 3w
Rachel_nyc I just started Bowlaway and am enjoying it so far. Love the dog! 3w
Oryx So cute 3w
Lindy I reached my hold limit at the library so I decided to deprioritize Bowlaway. I‘m already having regrets... 3w
AlaMich Awww!! 3w
thebluestocking @Buechersuechtling @TheSpineView @BookNAround @TheLibrarian @Oryx @AlaMich Thank you so much. She‘s a little beagle named Blue, and she‘s a sweetheart. 3w
thebluestocking @Rachel_nyc I‘m hoping to start Bowlaway tomorrow. I‘m glad you‘re enjoying it. I‘ve heard very mixed things. 3w
thebluestocking @Lindy I know that exact dilemma. I hate having to choose along holds. #bookproblems 3w
Rachel_nyc @thebluestocking Yes I‘ve seen mixed reviews. It‘s too early for me to pass judgment but I‘m enjoying the quirkiness so far and I‘m usually a sucker for a multi-generational novel so I‘m hopeful. 3w
Lindy @thebluestocking Yes. Must read faster. 🤪 3w
Jee_HookedOnBookz Alice! 😊❤️ I'm curious about Blowaway too! Simple because of the beautiful cover! And I love books which have mixed reviews 😅 2w
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JenFowler
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Wasn't for me. It didn't draw me in. I didn't love any of the characters. Maybe you have to be in the right mood to enjoy it?

Ruthiella I found it too nutty. There are other writers who do whimsy and sad (John Irving in particular) in a way that works for me but unfortunately this book didn‘t do it for me.😕 3w
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AlizaApp
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I loved the tone - wry, clever - and writing in this novel about a New England town and candlepin bowling.

MrBook Wonderful! Love the background too! 😎👍🏻👍🏻 3w
AlizaApp @MrBook thanks! 3w
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nomadreader
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Belatedly starting my summer #ToB reading #booksandbooze

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UnabridgedPod
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Bowlaway is my first Elizabeth McCracken novel. I've heard some great things, but ultimately, I was disappointed. I definitely enjoyed some elements of the novel--the quirky narrative reminded me of John Irving's work, and McCracken's writing has moments of great beauty and terrific humor. I also enjoy multi-generational novels, so this fits right in. Ultimately, I just didn't find Bowlaway compelling *enough*, (continued in comments)

UnabridgedPod and just when I would become intrigued by a character and his/her story, the narrative moved on. I would be interested in trying one of McCracken's earlier novels to see if those strengths I identified grabbed my attention more. I read this one for Camp TOB from the Morning News, and I already know I have other books that will come out on top for me. 1mo
Kaye I read this one a long time ago and really liked it. Hopefully it might be a better read for you if you decide to try it. 1mo
UnabridgedPod @Kaye Stacked! 1mo
UnabridgedPod @Kaye Thanks for the recommendation.❤️ 1mo
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MicheleinPhilly
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SUPER SALE ALERT #kindledailydeal #kindledeal

Suet624 Did you read this yet? It‘s next on my pile. 1mo
MicheleinPhilly @Suet624 I have not! I look forward to your review! 1mo
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AudreyMorris
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Mehso-so

Some people will love this, but I am not one of them. Cute, quirky, nice, for the most part. Too quirky for me, it made it feel like the author was trying too hard to create memorable characters. Ostensibly about a candlepin bowling family, it‘s full of characters who reinvent themselves. I felt the over-the-too quirkiness too away from that. #camptob

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mklong
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First up for #CampToB and it‘s an interesting place to start. This is a charming, quirky read with enough darkness to weight it a bit. Enjoyable on these long, hot days, but it‘s so plot driven that I‘m not sure it leaves much to discuss.

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Viji
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Just a couple of chapters in, this reads a little like Alice Hoffman. Perfect for summer.

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mklong
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For any #ToB super fans out there, the #CampToB merch is available and adorable! Subscribers to The Morning News get 50% off: https://teespring.com/shop/camp-tob-

The tagged book is up for discussion first and I‘m about halfway through and am liking it a lot.

Redheadrambles Yeah I love this badge / logo 1mo
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Katja
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irre
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This book arrived today for #LMPBC #round5 #GroupA
Both previous readers stopped at page 79. I hope I like it better.

Erinreadsthebooks I hope you like it better, too! 2mo
irre @Erinreadsthebooks I read another of her books but didn‘t love it so don‘t have high expectations. Maybe I‘ll be surprised. 2mo
LMJenkins 😔 I‘m sorry I picked such a dud! It does make me feel a little bit better that I wasn‘t alone with my lack of enthusiasm. 2mo
irre I sent this out to you today @fandom_hellspawn99 Sorry, but I couldn‘t get through it @LMJenkins @Erinreadsthebooks 1mo
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Nitpickyabouttrains
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I liked this book a lot. The way info was revealed was interesting. It was a little uneven in terms of time passage and how much of the book was spent on which characters.

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Beck9lol
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Huge thanks to my AMAZING #litsypenpal! Wow!! This picture keeps cutting things out so that stinks, but you get the idea of the greatness. I‘m so thankful and super excited! I love it all, but when I saw “Just Mercy” I started jumping around. I‘ve had my eye on that one lately. I ❤️ the Kentucky notebook and I am always using and loving Lush! Thanks so much @Litlady 🤗🎉🐶You‘ve made this birthday gal very happy!

Litlady Oh yay! Glad it made your heart happy and wishing you a most happy birthday, my dear! We need to add ‘Just Mercy‘ to our buddy reads. I created a shelf for us on Goodreads! Hurray bookish birthdays!! 🤘🎉❣️💃😎🐶⚽️🎂🍭🍦🌷📚📚📚📚📚 3mo
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Sapphire
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Mehso-so

I picked this up because I loved the Giants House years ago and the feeling of it stayed with me for decades. This was ok, held my attention, interesting. But not Rock your World like the Giants house. I was younger then, wonder if I would react the same way now. Still good, erudite writer.

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Aloisi_tribe
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I‘m about 25% through this and loving it. I forgot what a wonderful writer McCracken is. This makes me want to read everything else she‘s written even though I‘ve read them before.

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BkClubCare
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OOOOooooo. I think I am going to like this AND be besotted with the author. Quirky! #tob2020 #Oscarassisting #dogsoflitsy #carride #librarybook

BarbaraBB Love that you already tagged it #tob2020 😀👍🏼 2mo
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Chelsea.Poole
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Mehso-so

In theory I should have adored this book. It is "sprawling", historical fiction, "quirky", generational. All of my favorite descriptors of a novel. Didn't work out for me, though. ? I should have cared about the characters way more than I did. Something was missing for me, sadly. I did really enjoy the beginning, but it gradually went downhill until I almost regret reading it. ? #audiobook #libby

kyraleseberg I felt the same way 😔 3mo
Chelsea.Poole @kyraleseberg sorry it didn't work for you either 😣 3mo
Theaelizabet I‘ve considered this book because I liked The Giant‘s House, but...this book sounds a bit too twee, perhaps? Think I‘ll leave this one alone. 3mo
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Chelsea.Poole
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Each of my boys (almost 2 & almost 4) brought me a daffodil from the yard this afternoon when I got home from work. Oh, my heart ♥️ 🌼
My #currentread is an #audiobook from #libby and I'm loving it! So quirky and unexpected. #readandlisten

tammy_sue So precious!! 💛💛💛 3mo
Crazeedi That is so very sweet and beautiful, good sons! 3mo
BooknerdsLife Awwww that‘s so sweet!!! 😱💓💓 3mo
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SarahMillerBooks
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Usually I am more of a book-gobbler than a savorer, but Bowlaway is so delightfully, sweetly bossy that it demands to be savored — and I don't mind a bit.

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Leslie7
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Little Bee is checking out my weekend purchases. I've been waiting and waiting for Bowlaway, but the Iain Reid was an impluse buy.

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sophierayton
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This was my first Elizabeth McCracken novel, and I really enjoyed it. Her style of writing is so unique. For me it had the feel of magical realism without actually being so. The story was fine but it was her writing that blew me away.

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MelissaS
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I grew up in New England, so when I saw that this book involves candlepin bowling, I was intrigued. It‘s only a 7-day loan from the library so I‘m busy this weekend...

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grumpygirlbooks
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Hey #LMPBC round 5 group y !!! Any of these sound interesting or like you‘d want to read? I‘m nervous and want to pick a good book lol! I have really broad tastes so I have lots of others to choose from as well.

DarcysMom They all look interesting. Hmmmm.... 5mo
leslieseidel I would say my top two are Bowlaway and The Mere Wife. Great selections! 5mo
BridgetteM They all look great! I am most interested in The Mere Wife and the Michael Chabon book. Great choices! 👍🏻 5mo
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LMJenkins
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Hoping I get lucky and none of you have read this yet and think it looks interesting. I‘ve heard GREAT things. What say you, #GroupA? #LMPBC @Erinreadsthebooks @irre @fandom_hellspawn99

irre Sounds great! 5mo
fandom_hellspawn99 I'm down 😎 5mo
Erinreadsthebooks Yep, I'm in! Looks good! 5mo
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BookishMarginalia
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As you can see, I LOVED all the books! And all the other goodies! @BlameJennyJane , you spoiled me! Thank you so much!

squirrelbrain You look so thrilled, it‘s really cute and making me 😁! 5mo
kellyann28 You are the cutest 😂 5mo
JoScho ❤️❤️❤️ 5mo
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LeahBergen Aww! This is lovely! ❤️❤️ 5mo
BlameJennyJane I am SO happy you like the stuffs! I tried to adequately stalk you in an effort to get a few things you might enjoy. ❤️ 5mo
BookishMarginalia @BlameJennyJane You did an excellent job of Litsy-stalking! 5mo
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Dorianna
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Books Are Magic seems to be the place all my favorites go to now. Elizabeth McCracken reading from her new book Bowlaway.

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kyraleseberg
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Sunday reading 📖

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BooksForEmpathy
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Pesto pasta + halloumi + tomatoes with a ton of toasted lemony breadcrumbs + basil.

And new #bookmail!! Excited to add this one to my shelf.

catebutler Both your dinner and book sound so good! 😊 5mo
valeriegeary Those tulips! 😍😍😍 5mo
ephemeralwaltz Gorgeous photo! 5mo
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LauraBeth
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Master of my library‘s new release holds list should be somewhere on my resume.

vivastory It's a super power! 5mo
AlaMich That is a highly sought-after skill! 🤣 5mo
LauraBeth @AlaMich it‘s taken years to refine and hone it! 5mo
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LauraBeth @vivastory 😂 truly a superpower that only fellow book people appreciate! 💪 (edited) 5mo
saresmoore 🙌 5mo
AmyG Ha! Good job. 5mo
AlaMich Bowlaway sounds awesome. I‘ve never read McCracken. 5mo
minkyb Well done! 5mo
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Valink
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I didn‘t even remember recommending this! The next email says the loan came in, so I guess I know what I‘m reading next!

GloVerdino The library never buys the books I recommend! 5mo
Valink @GloVerdino they have always purchased every book I recommended! Are you making the request through your local library or the NYC public library? 5mo
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simpledutchgirl
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Enjoyed the history of the family and the small community that surrounded the candle pin bowling alley. Interesting characters full of heart.

RaimeyGallant What a great title! 6mo
RaimeyGallant And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 6mo
simpledutchgirl Thank You! 6mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🌺 6mo
ProfReader Welcome to Litsy!!! 6mo
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Thndrstd
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A beautifully written novel about an American family living through the beginning of the twentieth century and how their lives center around a candlepin bowling alley and the town around it. A deft mixture of humor, sharp storytelling, compelling characters, and sad truths. Highly recommended.

[I received an advanced reading copy of this book from the publisher.]

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Waynegjr
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Well, crap man. I knew I was gonna love this, but I haven‘t hoped it would be this much love. Quirky, beautiful, sad, brilliant.

TiredLibrarian I haven't read anything of hers besides this one. Maybe time to change that? 6mo
AmyG I am so happy to hear this. Can‘t wait to read it. 6mo
Waynegjr @TiredLibrarian you should. She is a brilliant short story writer. Here‘s Your Hat What‘s Your Hurry is being rereleased with this novel. It‘s damn good. 6mo
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TheBookStacker
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Very excited. Part of my New Years resolutions were to take better care of my mind and body. I now go to indoor cycling 3-4 times a week, and I just signed up to attend this event. Taking strides towards a happier me!

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Liberty
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I received a gorgeous finished copy of BOWLAWAY by my idol, Elizabeth McCracken! Oh, and I got kittens. 😝 Littens, meet kittens: This is Zevon and Farrokh. Back to the amazing book: It‘s out February 5th and I can‘t wait for everyone to get it! (Kittens not included.) 🎳❤️📚

Puredragonstar So freaking cute! 😻😻😻 6mo
CouronneDhiver Kitties!!!!!!!! 🥰🥰 6mo
karajay Cutest kitties ever! 6mo
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Cinfhen Sweet 💕 6mo
CatLass007 🐈🐈🐈🐈🐈 6mo
TheLibrarian 😻😻😻 6mo
jenniferw88 Gorgeous kitties! 😻😻😻 6mo
wanderinglynn How adorable! ❤️🐱❤️🐱 (edited) 6mo
TiredLibrarian Hooray! 😻📖😻 6mo
LauraBeth KITTIES 😻😻😻😻😻 so adorable! 6mo
Lcsmcat Awwwww 😻😻 6mo
Bookzombie So cute! 💕🐱🐱 6mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I loved that book - total 5 ⭐️ read - and orange tabbies are my weakness! 🥰 6mo
Mdargusch 🥰🥰🥰 6mo
Jas16 Oh the adorableness! 6mo
TNbookworm 😻😻 6mo
JenReadsAlot Cuteness!!! 6mo
Viji Boys? 6mo
MrBook 😻😻😻😻😻😻😻😻😻😻😻 6mo
Litlady This makes my ❤️ happy! ❣️😸🐾🌻 6mo
MelanieMefford Aw!!! Sweetness!! 6mo
BookishMarginalia Pretty kittens! 6mo
Velvetsun @Liberty Any chance your kitty was named after Freddie Mercury? Either way, they‘re both adorable. 💙 5mo
Liberty @Velvetsun Yes, we also call him Freddie Purrcury. 5mo
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Amyegia
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Great great book. Brilliantly written, with charming characters and a plot that reads like strange history. It‘s definitely epic in terms of span... but subject matter keeps it so grounded at times it‘s practically mundane. That mix is my favorite kind of thing to read, and I just loved it.

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Heatherleegee
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Elizabeth McCraken will be at Porter Square Books in Cambridge in February and I decided I want to read this before her event!

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Thndrstd
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The first book I‘ve started in 2019. (I‘m behind on posting reviews of the last few I finished last year.) I got an advanced readers copy (yay!). I haven‘t read her before but I‘ve heard wonderful things and so far the writing is beautiful.

Happy New Year and happy reading everyone!

Amabear Does this by chance have a blurb about the author? 6mo
Thndrstd @Amabear it does. What would you like to know? 6mo
Amabear @Thndrstd where is she from?? 6mo
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Heatherleegee First book I‘ve started in 2019 too! So far so good 6mo
Thndrstd @Amabear it says she served on the faculty of the Iowa Writers Workshop and is currently at the University of Texas at Austin. 6mo
Thndrstd @Heatherleegee agreed. 👍 6mo
Amabear @Thndrstd thanks!! I have a very distant cousin with the same name as her so I was curious haha! I dont think it‘s her though. 6mo
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InBooksILive
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More #surprisebookmail! I've never read anything by McCracken but this one sounds like it's a light, funny read. It has me interested!

Thanks for the ARC HarperCollins 😊

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BlameJennyJane
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Mehso-so

I love this author for her quirky style and talent for character development. The quirkiness is there and it‘s a creative endeavor. At the same time, the characters stuck around just long enough to get attached to then *poofed* away leaving me disappointed more than once over the course of 369 pages. It was a good read but I think I put a few too many eggs into this McCracken basket this time. #ARC #IowaWritersWorkshop

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BlameJennyJane
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Kitty seems to be as torn as me. Should we read this awesome book or watch this awesome show?

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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled
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PICK! McCracken‘s writing is intelligent, insightful, and gets right to the heart. I loved this book.
It all begins at the turn of the 20th century. Bertha Truitt is found looking dead in the cemetery, but she springs up and tells everyone she invented candlepin bowling, and thus starts generations of crazy characters and their lives at the Alley.
I say it‘s Spoon River Anthology meets Cold Comfort Farm. Delightful and smart.

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BlameJennyJane
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Eeeeek!!! I can‘t believe I got my hands on this #ARC. It was NOT easy but I love McCracken‘s work and had to have it tout suite. I have a special spot in my heart for this author as she got her MFA then later, taught at the #IowaWritersWorkshop when I was a University of Iowa undergrad. I took classes from others in the program but never got luckier than *probably* being in the same building at the same time as EM. 😜

Djspens I see she will be at Prairie Lights in Iowa City! 6mo
BlameJennyJane @Djspens wow! I‘m going to have to go! Awesome! Thanks for the heads up! 6mo
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BookNAround
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Hurricane schmurricane. Fantastic looking book mail still braves the weather. Yay!!!

BlameJennyJane Lucky Duck! 🐥 Love McCracken! 10mo
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Liberty
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Already my favorite cover of 2019. ❤️

Tanisha_A I would love to live in a house like that! 😍 10mo
britt_brooke So pretty! 10mo
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LauraBeth
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Woo hoo! I LOVED The Giant‘s House!

mcipher What a great cover! 12mo
minkyb It really is a fab cover! 12mo
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