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The Flight Portfolio
The Flight Portfolio: A novel | Julie Orringer
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The long-awaited new work from the best-selling author of The Invisible Bridge takes us back to occupied Europe in this gripping historical novel based on the true story of Varian Fry's extraordinary attempt to save the work, and the lives, of Jewish artists fleeing the Holocaust In 1940, Varian Fry--a Harvard educated American journalist--traveled to Marseille carrying three thousand dollars and a list of imperiled artists and writers he hoped to rescue within a few weeks. Instead, he ended up staying in France for thirteen months, working under the veil of a legitimate relief organization to procure false documents, amass emergency funds, and set up an underground railroad that led over the Pyrenees, into Spain, and finally to Lisbon, where the refugees embarked for safer ports. Among his many clients were Hannah Arendt, Franz Werfel, André Breton, Max Ernst, Marcel Duchamp, and Marc Chagall. The Flight Portfolio opens at the Chagalls' ancient stone house in Gordes, France, as the novel's hero desperately tries to persuade them of the barbarism and tragedy descending on Europe. Masterfully crafted, exquisitely written, impossible to put down, this is historical fiction of the very first order, and resounding confirmation of Orringer's gifts as a novelist.
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kyraleseberg
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I struggle with audiobooks, I either relax too much and fall asleep or if I try another task while listening my mind wanders and I lose track 🙈
That said, I'm giving this a try because it's the only format available through my library currently.

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DannyOlda
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Finally getting to last month's #botm. In the background is one sculpture from Sheryl Oring's installation, Writer's Block, created in reference to the Bebalplatz book burning on May 10, 1933. Spending a lot of time with this art, deinstalling it this week, and The Flight Portfolio has meant a lot of time thinking about war, art, and censorship.

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Hollie
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While #theboysofsummer are waiting on their next game, I‘m reading the lovely tagged book. I‘m peopled out for the weekend. I swear the old man next to me at the last game asked me everything but my blood type. I‘m feeling stabby. #songsofsummer

OriginalCyn620 🤣🤣🤣 2w
Leftcoastzen 😂You would think holding a book is s sign you don‘t want conversation.I swear I can bury my face in my book on a plane and folks will still talk. 2w
Hollie @Leftcoastzen I didn‘t have the book during her first game but I‘m hoping it will ward off conversation the rest of the day! 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🤣🤣🤣🤣 2w
Reggie Lololol 2w
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Pickpick

I just finished my #BOTM pick from May. This was so good! It is historical fiction that takes place at the beginnings of WWII in France, prior to the US entering the war. It is different from other WWII books I have read. It is about an American organization trying to get refugee artists out of France. The book deals with issues of class, sexuality, and race. There is a lot to think about while reading this book.

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Bailedbailed

Just not the right book for me right now.

Victoriahoperose I wasn‘t a huge fan either of this one. It was very slow. 3w
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Victoriahoperose
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Panpan

So sad. This BOTM pick was not for me. So slow and just hard to get into. The story just didn‘t hold my attention. They can‘t all be awesome!

BookishTrish I‘m nervous to read this one because I loved her last book so much 1mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders Oh no! I had this one out from the library but just felt it wasn't the right book for me right now, so I returned it. Guess I had a good feeling about it then?! Too bad it didn't work out for you. It was one I was looking forward to - but looks like it can be pushed down the TBR. 1mo
Victoriahoperose @BookishTrish I‘m going to have to try that book and see if I like it better! @Penny_LiteraryHoarders maybe you will like it more than me, I just couldn‘t get into it!! 1mo
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Hollie
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My reading buddy for the afternoon is all sacked out. 😻#catsoflitsy #Sophie

Leftcoastzen She is so beautiful!❤️😻 1mo
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Victoriahoperose
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Anyone else reading this from BOTM? I‘m getting my hair done and brought it with me and I am finding it a bit slow/dry. Has anyone read it and can tell me if it gets better?

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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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This is my next library book. Am I in the mood for it though? It's 560 pages of densely typed pages. I want to read it. But do I want to read it Now?

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Hollie
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A couple of gorgeous quotes, a few pages apart in my current read. I‘m loving it so far.

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10MoreMin

Starting off a bit slow

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lauren.lerner
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I‘m pleased to report that the book pocket on BOTM‘s new tote is large enough to hold the longest BOTM I‘ve ever selected at 562 pages. Can‘t wait to put this bag to good use!

📦📗
#bookmail #BOTM #BOTMbff

Avanders 😩neeeeeeeed.... 1mo
lauren.lerner I‘m kind of obsessed, @Avanders 1mo
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SharonGoforth
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Today was an awesome book mail day! My #BOTM box arrived, plus a Harold Bloom on reading the Romantic poets and a biography of poet Edward Thomas!📚😊💕 #nosuchthingastoomanybooks

8little_paws I started the buried and it's SO GOOD! 1mo
SharonGoforth @8little_paws Awesome! I can‘t wait to read it! 1mo
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BookwormAHN
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My #BOTM box came in today. I love the new tote bag 💙

Gaylagal2 I skipped this month but I love the tote bag! I'm going to have to buy one as I'm a bit of a collecter 🤓 1mo
BookwormAHN @Gaylagal2 If you sign up for their BFF program after you order so many books (either 10 or 12) they will send you one free. 1mo
Gaylagal2 @BookwormAHN Thanks for the tip! I have 10 more books to go and I get a tote....yeah! 🤓🥰 1mo
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eanderson
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The mailman just dropped off my #botm box!!! I‘m looking forward to getting back into reading. My focus has been complete 💩. Excited for these books!

rather_be_reading im so excited for this month's box!! 1mo
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JenReadsAlot
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I had a pretty crappy day at work so it was nice to come home to this! #bookmail #botm

BethM Hugs! 1mo
JenReadsAlot @BethM thanks!! Hoping for a better Tuesday 🤞 1mo
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kstadt929
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It‘s here ! 😁 #botm

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bookishkris
Flight Portfolio | Julie Orringer
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Book of the Month arrived today! I think that‘s a record, since shipping included the weekend.

ALSO: less than five minutes using the web platform and I think I‘m a convert! I LOVE the ease of moving around in it, and especially nice are links to assorted bookstores; I think this will help get my stacks organized!

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TheLibrarian
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#BOTM arrived Friday. That was pretty speedy for BOTM and USPS.

kspenmoll 🙌🏻 1mo
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Erinreadsthebooks
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If it‘s free, it‘s for me. (I know, I really paid my monthly fee so one isn‘t free, but the other one is 🙌🎉)

I was going to skip this month, but my add-on was free as a birthday gift from #botm so they suckered me in once again. Checked the wayyy back months and found The Line that Held Us. Definitely not a book that was on my radar; in fact, both of these are odd choices for me. Who am I today?!? 🤷‍♀️🤓

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nosferatoos
Flight Portfolio | Julie Orringer
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Apparently the only time I log in now is to post my #botm pics 👀 I was only going to get How Not to Die Alone but I saw that Flight Portfolio was gay and was morally obligated to get the gay book.

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lauren.lerner
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My #BOTM #TBR is OOC but this one piqued my interest so it‘s my May selection.

(Plus I want that new BOtM BFF tote 👀)

Anyone else not get an email from BOTM today? No usual message in my inbox, so I went straight to the website anyway since it‘s the first of the month.

Jilly6183 I actually did get one today but I don't usually get one. They're email system seems to be a bit wonky. 2mo
lauren.lerner That was my guess, @Jilly6183. Did you pick a book for this month or skip? 2mo
Jilly6183 @lauren.lerner I got The Flight Portfolio, too, and How Not to Die Alone, which sounds kind of weird but I need a light funny book for a change! 2mo
lauren.lerner I almost picked that as my second book too! (I‘m a sucker for anything Liberty recommends) @Jilly6183 1mo
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Laughterhp
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Woo #BOTM picks!

I picked the tagged book because the Judge‘s blurb/synopsis was great and really made me want to read it!

And since I recently read The Hate U Give, I obviously had to pick up Angie Thomas‘s next book for an add on!

💚💚💚

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kstadt929
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Well, this was an easy pick for me since the others all sounded pretty awful, but I always enjoy a good WWII book, especially when they are based on a true story. Excited this was part of the #botm selections this month and can‘t wait to get it!

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Aswenson
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Had a hard time choosing, especially between the light-hearted, quirky How Not to Die Alone vying with a 500+ page chunker. Excited anyway, as I skipped last month! #botm

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lesliemarie
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#botm
I love WWII fiction.
I also added on The Great Alone and I'm getting the tote for being a #botm bff

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Yeah_I_Read
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Thanks to the amazing people who get the BOTM spoilers! #notallheroeswearcapes
I‘m sooo excited about this book!! Her previous novel The Invisible Bridge is one of my top 10 of all time.
#maybotm

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eanderson
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I shouldn‘t be adding more books to my enormous TBR but after reading the description of this book it has me interested! #botm

rather_be_reading finally they posted May books!! brb!! 2mo
Ashley_Nicoletto I chose this one too! I had preordered The Bride Test on audio. I listened to The KIss Quotient that way and adored it. This was the other one that really snagged my attention. Especially that comparison to The Hearts Invisible Furies. 2mo
JamieArc I don‘t love war stories, but I chose this one too! 2mo
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erank58
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Hmmm not sure how I feel about this month's picks--I didn't read The Kiss Quotient but I'm sure alot of readers will be thrilled with The Bride Test! Thinking about either skipping, or getting the historical or non fiction if I do pick one #botm

Ashley_Nicoletto I preordered The Bride Test on audio so I choose the historical fiction! 2mo
erank58 @Ashley_Nicoletto if I get one, I think it'll be that! It looks it got some incredible reviews 2mo
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Well-ReadNeck
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Pickpick

Now I see what the fuss is all about. Enjoyed this book based on the true story of Varian Fry, an American who secreted artists to the US during WWII

I will absolutely be adding The Invisible Bridge to my TBR

Booknerd2 I loved The Invisible Bridge and can‘t wait to read this one!!! 💜💜💜 1mo
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