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The Flight Portfolio
The Flight Portfolio: A novel | Julie Orringer
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, Andr 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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JSW
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This book, this epic, tragic, lovely book. How do I begin? As it wrestled with philosophic questions of what life is worth, it maintained a steady quiet tension. I was utterly transfixed. Layers of meaning and history made personal. Gah, I can‘t even describe how good.

JSW I‘m just reduced to staring off into space. It‘s one of THOSE. 1mo
JamieArc Moving this up my TBR 😁 1mo
JSW @JamieArc I hope you like it. It moves at its own measured pace. The characters are wonderful. 1mo
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hjreviews
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To help keep me on track and since I get to read at work, I have developed a system of counting out the number of pages in each chapter and pairing it with a “task” I can do at work.

I‘m not sure how I feel about this book. A little over 100 pages in and I‘m still waiting for the actual plot of the book to start. I haven‘t connected to any of the characters yet either. Sigh

#30daychallenge #day5 Still have a cold, still depress-y, but reading

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One_With_Books
Panpan

It took me a while to get into the book. By chapter 12, it got interesting and then by chapter 20 it just went back to boring. I ended up not finishing the book because I felt like I was dragging my feet trying to finish it.
I thought the context of the story and the setting was good, but the writing itself wasn‘t very good.
I‘ll have to say out of all the books I‘ve read this year, this is the worst one 😔 I‘ll give it 2 stars ⭐️⭐️

Aims42 Good to know, I borrowed it from the library but haven‘t gotten to it yet 👍🏻 2mo
One_With_Books @Aims42 I have read plenty of books based off of the same things and this just wasn‘t adding up to them. I hope you enjoy it more than I did. 2mo
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bookishkris
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I don‘t even have words. This book just reached in and grabbed something in me and won‘t let go. I‘m reminded of what drew me to culture studies in college, of the different ways we all negotiate the world, the pieces we give up, or hide, to make getting by easier. I‘m reminded of my grandfather, for some reason, who was a contemporary of Varian Fry, a scholar of Latin and English. Cont‘d in comments.

bookishkris I just always felt like there was something in his life that my grandfather never settled, and maybe because I listened to the audio, I just “heard” my grandfather‘s voice in Fry‘s. 2mo
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bookishkris
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6+ hours left, and I already want to go back to the beginning and listen again. The surrealists feel like family, and I‘m continually worried that Varian‘s delicate house of cards is going to crash. And I so love Varian and Grant, especially Grant‘s thoughts on hiding your truth.

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One_With_Books

“Oh, it goes something like this: Who‘s most important, the farmer who feeds the cow, the cow who makes the milk, or the girl who milks the cow? None of them. The most important is the boy who carries milk to the market. One wrong step, and the work of all the others is lost in an instant.”

jenniferajanes Welcome to Litsy! 🎉📚 2mo
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One_With_Books
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Yes, my cup is indeed true 😂 one of my favorite gifts from a good friend #reading #books #outdoors #fun #sailor #idontevenownaboat

Dawnrod1970 Love the cup! 2mo
allureofbeauty I almost bought that mug when I saw it but I sadly don‘t have enough cause for more mugs. But same. 2mo
brit91 I love your cup!!😍 2mo
One_With_Books Thank you guys! And @allureofbeauty I use them for everything lol I love that they have a handle 2mo
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bookishkris
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Audiobook knitting. The narrator is excellent, and the story is compelling, which is great because I have 13 days to knit this blanket before Baby M‘s moms have their baby shower. Unfortunately, the audiobook is only 19 hours long!

emz711 I audionook, knit and watch baseball. What's that called? 2mo
bookishkris @emz711 I do that, too. I don‘t know what it‘s called when you add baseball into the mix! 2mo
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One_With_Books
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Enjoying the nice weather! #outdoors #books #reading #summer #shade

Aims42 I was sitting out this afternoon in the shade too, so beautiful 🥰 2mo
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One_With_Books
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I might give up on this book soon. It‘s not grasping my attention nor am I intrigued.
Hopefully a few more chapters it‘ll be a bit better. So far it‘s not 🤷‍♀️#slowread #nobuildup #toomanylanguages

the_next_chapter101 What chapter have you made it to? 3mo
One_With_Books I‘m on 12 right now. Its getting to be ok 3mo
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One_With_Books
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Spending the rest of my day reading in my comfy chair #lazyday #cleaningisdone #books #reading

brit91 Sounds like a good plan!😀😁📚 3mo
Ericalambbrown Lovely spot! Welcome to Litsy! 💕📚 3mo
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One_With_Books
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Who knew I would be reading this book and learning French at the same time 💁‍♀️(also, this is Nala, my parent in laws pup) #reading #french #botm #love #learning #snuggles #readingbuddy

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One_With_Books

Who knew I would be reading this book and learning French at the same time 💁‍♀️(also, this is Nala, my parent in laws pup) #reading #french #botm #love #learning #snuggles #readingbuddy

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One_With_Books

“Vivamus, moriendum est.”
(Let us live, since we must die)

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One_With_Books
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Started this gem today. Already enjoying it ❤️ #france #nazi #artist #julieorringer #energy

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Sensitivemuse
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Panpan

I really tried to get through to this one. I love hist fic set in WWII. But I couldn't with this one. It was a great storyline and lots of detailed characters (that existed in real life) but the pace was immensely slow. Not to mention Varian just was a mooncalf when Grant was around. It's okay to be in love but you got people to save Varian..for crying out loud. This one wasn't for me.

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suzisteffen
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Pickpick

The time to do what‘s right is always now. Always. And in Flight Portfolio, we also see the many people - US State Department officials certainly among them - who make the opposite choice. Let‘s not be those people. Vale, Varian Fry, and Julie Orringer for writing a thinly fictionalized account of his time at the beginning of the war.

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suzisteffen
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Just starting this one, hope it‘s good. #WWII

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cateeoh
Flight Portfolio | Julie Orringer
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Don‘t let the length scare you! After 50 or so pages to get into the characters, I found this to be such a smooth and compelling read. A beautiful fictionalized take on real people. Complex morality, with (seldom told) story emphasis on the LGBTQ experience during the WWII era. Totally recommend.

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kyraleseberg
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Bailedbailed

I was so excited for this book and learning more about the daring risks and harrowing decisions made by Varian Fry in WWII France. What I got instead was a love story.
The audiobook couldn't hold my attention and neither could the book so I finally bailed at about 40%. I wanted to love this but it just wasn't what I expected.

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GerardtheBookworm
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Pickpick

A literary historical fiction based on writer and journalist Varian Fry and his liberation of dozens of avante garde artists from France during World War 2. The book is atmospheric in detailing the time and the immersion of bohemian folly. Really good.

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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 🤣🤣🤣 5mo
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. 5mo
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! 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🤣🤣🤣🤣 4mo
Reggie Lololol 4mo
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Melwilk
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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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10MoreMin
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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. 5mo
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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 5mo
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. 5mo
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!! 5mo
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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!❤️😻 5mo
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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.... 5mo
lauren.lerner I‘m kind of obsessed, @Avanders 5mo
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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! 5mo
SharonGoforth @8little_paws Awesome! I can‘t wait to read it! 5mo
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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 🤓 5mo
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. 5mo
Gaylagal2 @BookwormAHN Thanks for the tip! I have 10 more books to go and I get a tote....yeah! 🤓🥰 5mo
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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!! 5mo
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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! 5mo
JenReadsAlot @BethM thanks!! Hoping for a better Tuesday 🤞 5mo
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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 🙌🏻 5mo
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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. 6mo
lauren.lerner That was my guess, @Jilly6183. Did you pick a book for this month or skip? 6mo
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! 6mo
lauren.lerner I almost picked that as my second book too! (I‘m a sucker for anything Liberty recommends) @Jilly6183 6mo
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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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