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The Women of the Copper Country
The Women of the Copper Country | Mary Doria Russell
From the bestselling and award-winning author of The Sparrow comes an inspiring historical novel about Americas Joan of Arc Annie Clementsthe courageous woman who started a rebellion by leading a strike against the largest copper mining company in the world. In July 1913, twenty-five-year-old Annie Clements had seen enough of the world to know that it was unfair. Shes spent her whole life in the copper-mining town of Calumet, Michigan where men risk their lives for meager salariesand had barely enough to put food on the table and clothes on their backs. The women labor in the houses of the elite, and send their husbands and sons deep underground each day, dreading the fateful call of the company man telling them their loved ones arent coming home. When Annie decides to stand up for herself, and the entire town of Calumet, nearly everyone believes she may have taken on more than she is prepared to handle. In Annies hands lie the miners fortunes and their health, her husbands wrath over her growing independence, and her own reputation as she faces the threat of prison and discovers a forbidden love. On her fierce quest for justice, Annie will discover just how much she is willing to sacrifice for her own independence and the families of Calumet. From one of the most versatile writers in contemporary fiction, this novel is an authentic and moving historical portrait of the lives of the men and women of the early 20th century labor movement, and of a turbulent, violent political landscape that may feel startlingly relevant to today.
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Chrissyreadit Yes! It is an insane job too! I look at Greta Thunberg the same way. But I am still sick over how easily swayed people are to believe that the powerful and wealthy are being harmed by the basic human rights of health and safety. 2d
marleed OMG - I spoke to Mary Doria Russell tonight!! She Skyped into my IRL bookclub (11 women). It was awesome! 2d
megnews @marleed details! 😀 1d
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marleed First, last thing she said about the book was to laugh and say like everyone, we did not ask about the Romeo&Juliet referencing each chapter. She knows that tragedy well and as she researched this book, lines from the play kept coming to her. 1d
marleed This book is in its third hardback printing and that was a pleasant surprise to her and her agent. I might note that I was the only one in the group that liked the book. Some were meh. But most were a no. They thought it was too depressing and thought mining was uninteresting. But I asked after the Skype if they liked the book more and all said yes. There‘s more but I need to run about for a bit. 1d
megnews @marleed maybe there‘s something wrong with me but I prefer books with “depressing” challenges like these addressed. It shows how we got here and how far we have to go. And it‘s much more realistic to the human condition. I don‘t really care for romances where everything is tied up with a happily ever after. 4h
marleed I thought about my opinions and realize I was the only one from a small town where one company drives its economy so I‘m sure that made a difference. Also, I read so much that I need to mix up stories. I‘m down for a hm movie type book every now again but I really appreciate, like what you said, a more realistic story. 4h
marleed One woman (who didn‘t like the book at all) asked the author why she ended Anna‘s story as she did when the afterward toward the actual account. Mary explained the entire story is so sad, and tragic, and real that she had to leave it with a bit of hope. 4h
marleed She also explained the last chapter was written following Trump‘s election. She was so shocked and saddened. The end of the book spoke to when you lose and lose again and again. But something hopeful has to be there. 4h
marleed The author also spoke to her next book (2021). She‘s very exited about it. It‘s about the actual political environment surrounding the crucifixion of Christ. 4h
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marleed This book is such an important reminder of that. Sometimes those seeds sprout years after planting. 3d
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Mother Jones is larger than life, isn‘t she?

#CopperCountryRead #OverBookedClub

Chrissyreadit I love Mother Jones with every ounce of my being! 3d
kspenmoll She is marvelous!!!! 3d
marleed Mother Jones is my hero! 3d
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We‘re halfway through January‘s selection. I‘m loving it. How about you? I‘ve already seen quite a few reviews. There‘s been some amazing discussions already. If you haven‘t had a chance yet, check out @marleed ‘s post about her personal connections to Copper Country.
This is a reminder that discussion will be January 31 and to find your copy of The Postmistress for February‘s #OverBookedClub.

#readalongs2020 #CopperCountryRead

Crazeedi I'm on track! 4d
ljuliel Would you guys mind if I join in ? I can‘t promise I‘ll read every book, but if it‘s something I like, can I jump in ? Thank you. 4d
megnews @ljuliel we‘d love to have you join us. We‘re open to everyone and we do have people who join us off and on depending on what they want to read so feel free to join in anytime you‘d like. 4d
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ljuliel Thanks very much 💕 4d
FashionableObserver Oh, I loved the Postmistress!! I read it years ago while on vacation in Mexico. I should revisit it soon (the book, not Mexico. Although I could use a vacation...! 😉) 4d
SaturnDoo So far I am really enjoying this book. I'm anxious to see where the rest of the story is going to take us 4d
rubyslippersreads I couldn‘t control myself and finished the book. I loved it! 4d
marleed @megnews So much fun to bookclub this way! My IRL bookclub meets this Wednesday for this book. It‘s a large group and I‘ll wait for an opportune time to make a single comment on the book so everyone has a chance to provide their input. But fun thing - we get to call the author for a live chat about the book! 4d
megnews @marleed I‘m so enjoying book clubbing on Litsy! I didn‘t realize you were reading it for irl too. Bet you‘ll have a great discussion. You‘ll have to share their insights as well as the author. That‘s so neat you get to chat with her! 4d
Crazeedi I'll look for the next book! I'm halfway through, need to get it finished along with 2 others I have to read!! 4d
kspenmoll I am on target with Copper Country & so enjoying it! 4d
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A well written fictional account of true events. A bitter reminder of how much has not changed, where safety and basic human rights are disregarded in favor of unfettered capitalism. I would not have picked it on my own- glad for the buddy read and hoping to hear others thoughts. It‘s hard for me to separate fiction from the stark reality of how cruel and unjust people can be. #coppercountryread #overbookedclub

marleed It‘s heartbreaking that people work so hard but garner such little respect by those making millions from that grueling effort. 5d
Chrissyreadit @marleed yes and so frustrating! 5d
TheBookHippie So many quotable lines so many parallels to today still is unnerving ..the cruelty of people never ceases to shock me ..so so frustrating the unethical nature of it all. 5d
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Crazeedi I'm finishing it this week, it's a a bit hard on the heart, and I'm having a problem because it hurts, just cant deal right now... 5d
Chrissyreadit @Crazeedi I felt the same way. But I dangled The Raven Boys and The Turn of Midnight in front of my eyes to remind me that I will have lighter topics, like surviving the Black Plague to look forward to. 5d
Chrissyreadit @TheBookHippie unethical is right. I did like the authors note giving additional info though- I felt it helped me with some closure. 5d
Tamra I really enjoy Russell and I‘m amazed at her versatility! 5d
Chrissyreadit @Tamra I did not realize how many books she had written until your comment. 5d
Crazeedi @Chrissyreadit oh boy "light reading"! 4d
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I know this is supposed to be historical fiction... but....
#overbookedclub

Lcsmcat It hits pretty close to home, doesn‘t it? 6d
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A 1913 miner‘s strike in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan may not have been an easy sell to publishers, but man-oh-man it‘s a great read. It‘s a reminder that we stand on the shoulders of determined generations before us whose fight provided them little glory, but whose victories echo in our everyday.

#CopperCountryRead #OverBookedClub
#ReadTheUSA2020 Michigan

Suet624 That last sentence of yours is so true and so important. 1w
marleed @Suet624 This book had a significant impact on me. My own career was not one of union dues but I‘m fully aware how it was made easier by those that fought for unions. I‘m going to continue mining reading by moving this book up my stack: (edited) 1w
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marleed @Suet624 oh my gosh thank you for this link. Work Song is set in my home town as is Fire and Brimstone so now I to read that one, as well. The shirtwaist factory fire is noted in the women of copper country so I‘m curious to read about it as well. 1w
CoverToCoverGirl Lovely review! 1w
megnews @marleed I can‘t say how much your reflections meant to our discussion as we read the book. I truly appreciated your participation! 1w
Daisey I‘ve really appreciated all of your posts about this book. Great review! 1w
marleed @megnews @CoverToCoverGirl @Daisey Ohhh, thank you. It‘s such a beautiful experience when a book gets under your skin and into your bones! 1w
SamAnne @marleed I so wish I'd planned to read this in time to participate in this book discussion. As you know I love Butte and I've loved your comments on this book on the various threads. We had such a great time talking to your sister in her Irish shop. I did not grow up in a mining town, but did grow up in a timber town pretty much owned and controlled by Weyerhaueser and Georgia Pacific. I can relate to many of the themes. (edited) 4d
marleed @SamAnne Oh that was such a fun Litsy moment and my sister loved it! This book does such a great service to the many small communities where its people worked so hard for so little respect. My experience was not Michigan but still I felt it in my bones. I bet the timber industry would give similar vibes. My timber experience is our trips through Missoula when the mill was running - I got carsick every time because of the specific smell. 4d
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This moment brought to me by Litsy (the quiet before work) with tea from @Laughterhp the cup from @cobwebmoth and the buddyread with #overbookedclub

Mitch Looks idyllic. I enjoyed this book. Hope you do to! 1w
Leftcoastzen Beautiful cup! 1w
marleed Such a pretty picture! 1w
Hooked_on_books Your picture is amazing. You even have a reflection of the book title in the tea. 😍 1w
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Butterfinger Off with his head. Stupidity abounds everywhere and in all times. 1w
Lcsmcat She can write a good zinger, can‘t she? 1w
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Leaving work early due to weather means cozy blankets, hot drinks and some books. Also my teens are watching a movie in French without subtitles. I‘m impressed.

robinb Enjoy your weather day to the Max! 😊👍📚 1w
dgingo I‘d be impressed even if they had the subtitles on! Gorgeous snowy weather—enjoy! ❄️ 1w
tracey38 Enjoy your early snowy release day! I love cozy days when it snows. Unfortunately, it doesn't happen here often. 1w
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readordierachel That is impressive! 1w
mabell So jealous!!! 1w
mabell (Of the snow and the French!) 1w
Chrissyreadit @mabell I actually don‘t like little snows- they make roads unsafe - but not enough usually to close work. I want nothing or a blizzard so there is no ambiguity with safety and staying in. 1w
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Until I turned 7 and moved back with my dad, I was raised by my aunt and uncle in that blue house on the bottom-left. At the time I didn‘t realize kids had front yards and - doesn‘t everyone look out their door to a copper mine!? This was the headframe of the Anselmo mine. Those gallows frames were not always honored in this mile high city, but now they are treasured and preserved for history.

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marleed One of the preserved Headframes (The Original) now has a massive stage and a park for hosting outdoor events. It‘s wonderful. 1w
ljuliel So you lived in the exact area the book took place ? I‘ve not read anything about copper mining or how it‘s done, etc. Is it dangerous like coal mining ? Sorry if I‘m asking stupid questions. 1w
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marleed @ljuliel I‘m from Butte Montana - different state but a copper mining, union town. Those frames represent underground mines and how the ore was pulled to the surface. The underground mines closed as open pit mining began. Note the brown under The east ridge (Continental Divide) - that what happens when you strip copper from a mountain. Yes dangerous to both body and lungs. 1w
ljuliel Fascinating. I think some of those western states would be stunning to visit , Montana, North and South Dakota.... I‘ve always wanted to see what it looks like out there. Are you reading the book to see how it compares to what you learned ? 1w
marleed @ljuliel The Berkeley Pit was Butte‘s open pit copper mine. It was a massive pit dig into the earth. Minining is closed there but the green body of water that fills that mountainous hole is literally one of the most toxic bodies of water in the world. https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=18&ved=2ahUKEwiy3N_SqvLmAhUKVs0KHZ... 1w
ljuliel Wow, I guess I‘ve never thought a lot about Copper mining. That definitely looks like a bottomless pit of toxic waste ! 1w
marleed @ljuliel Geese must be scared off by the sound of gunshots from landing in that water because they die if they take a dip. (edited) 1w
ljuliel I‘ll bet you‘re glad the book was written so others know the dangers of copper mining. I hope you‘re liking the book. We hear more about the coal mines in our part of the country. 1w
megnews @marleed Thank you so much for sharing this. I love researching family history and I have a lot of coal miners from West Virginia in my family line but knew nothing about copper mining. I love the connections you‘re making to your home and love when a book does that. 1w
Texreader Thanks again for sharing your history here. 1w
sblbooks Very interesting 1w
marleed @megnews @Texreader @sblbooks It‘s interesting to read a book the triggers so many memories- and not that they are even good or bad - just that they are part of my own story. @megbooks Does this story ring similarly true for your experience with those connected to coal mines? 1w
megnews @marleed yes, a few years ago before she passed my great aunt talked a lot about a strike, violence, the company store and getting paid in company Scrip instead of real money that could only be spent at the company store. 1w
marleed @megnews Oh wow - the company store! I wonder how income tax works when paid in scrip? 1w
marleed @TheBookHippie @ljuliel @megnews @Texreader @sblbooks Here‘s a pasty recipe. It remains a staple food in my hometown made in homes and restaurants. Served hot with gravy and cold with catsup. My hometown does not cater to messing with ingredients and argue when anything other than meat, onion, and potatoes is included! http://thelastbestplates.com/2015/02/19/butte-pasty/ 1w
TheBookHippie I was in Pennsylvania before Michigan -coal mines... my brother went to college in Houghton and I‘ve been all around the places in the book and now I want to go back and look around again ! 1w
Crazeedi @TheBookHippie @ljuliel @megnews @sblbooks @marleed @Texreader I lived in coal mine country for many years, my ex was a deep mine coal miner for several years. We lived in a 'patch' that was originally company houses. The coke ovens are still visible 1w
Texreader @marleed Thanks for sharing! Meat and potatoes are the mainstay of central Texas food, too (where my family ancestors have been for about 200 years now!), although we don‘t have the pasty. I‘d sure eat it! 1w
marleed @TheBookHippie Oh so you may even have steel mining in your history! Mining towns really are a unique experience. My kids grew up in a military town with a whole different set of unique experiences! 1w
marleed @Texreader 200 hundred years - wow. You are truly a Texan. When I was living at the Pearl, a sister came to visit over Thanksgiving. For T-day dinner she brought fresh pasties on the plane with her. My San Antonio mixup was providing whataburger catsup for the occasion! Btw, we ate at the Riverwalk Whataburger for her 60th birthday and they gave her a tour and history lesson - it was great! 1w
TheBookHippie @marleed I was on an army base!!! So both. 1w
Texreader @marleed That‘s brilliant! I love whataburger ketchup. You know it‘s sold in grocery stores now? 1w
kspenmoll I lived this thread; wonderful to hear your unique experiences & connections. I only know of strikes, mining towns etc through history books- you all have life experiences that seem to have enriched your reading. Thanks so much for sharing; this is why I enjoy buddy reads- I learn so much! @TheBookHippie @Texreader @Crazeedi @ljuliel @megnews @sblbooks @marleed ❤️ 1w
ljuliel Marleed , thanks for the pasty recipe. I‘ve heard of them but never tried one. Sorta like meat pie that you can carry around ? We had those at home and were really good ( with the gravy). I‘m a big gravy fan. 😊 (edited) 1w
ljuliel @megnews my dad‘s family all came from WV, so coal mining was the main form of work , although my grandpa ended up coming up here ( Ohio) for factory work. @Crazeedi I had an uncle and cousin who worked in the steel mines @marleed They were clear over on the border of southeastern Ohio and PA. Interesting conversation you got started in here. (edited) 1w
Texreader @ljuliel Huge gravy fan here, too! I agree, too, with you and @kspenmoll. This is a fantastic thread of comments! I‘m loving learning about you all! @Crazeedi (edited) 1w
sblbooks @marleed Thanks for the recipe. It looks So good. We are big on meat and potatoes in Western NC too. @Texreader Like you, I live on property that's been owned by someone in my family for over 200 years as well. 1w
megnews @marleed hmmm I never thought about taxes. Seems impossible to pay. Research time. 1w
Crazeedi @megnews @marleed @Texreader @sblbooks @kspenmoll @ljuliel @TheBookHippie thanks for sharing your experiences and thoughts! The income tax wasn't instituted till the nineteens(191?) So it wasn't an issue when the patch towns and company stores were made 1w
marleed @Texreader we stopped at the Lincoln Heights H-E-B for the ketchup because, of course, she need the local grocery store experience, as well! 1w
marleed @Crazeedi Oh fascinating about when income tax came in. My son has his yearly upgraded iPhone provided for him through work. This time around he chipped in a one time charge of $100 to upgrade to the pro version of iPhone 11 (essentially a camera with phone service!). I reminded him this was a perk with no taxes. He hadn‘t thought of that. 1w
marleed @sblbooks It‘s interesting who one becomes when they grow up in a community driven by (and often run by) a single business. I‘m thinking the newest might be the Silicon Valley or dot.com towns. But I can‘t imagine how different a singular experience would be when it‘s white color or ‘er t-shirts and shorts! 1w
Crazeedi @marleed very true, that's why the perks are important!! 1w
SaturnDoo @megnews @ljuliel Interesting...I'm from WV too and my maternal grandfather was a coal miner. He died from black lung. My mother (age 76)and all her siblings were born and raised in coal camps. I remember my grandparents living in a house owned by the company, but it was a nicer house than those in the camp. Rent was $25/mo We used to go to the company store which was a short walk from my grandparents home. I never used scrip but my mother did. 5d
ljuliel @saturndoo. You‘ve probably read Rocket Boys and The Coalwood Way ? I‘m guessing you have since they were really popular and GOOD BOOKS . They remind me of where you grew up . The coal miners have always impressed me . Hard workers , and if there‘s an accident , they all gather around to help each other in any way they can. Good people. (edited) 5d
SaturnDoo @ljuliel Yikes!!! 😮actually no, I haven't read or heard of them until now. I will definitely be looking into both of them now though. Yes, coal miners are hard workers. It was a hard life for my family, but we were happy(except my grandmother). 😂 she was a hard pill to swallow. 5d
ljuliel @SaturnDoo I think every family has at least one of “those” hard pills to swallow. Although they might‘ve been mean or cantankerous or crabby , as I get older, and so many of my family are gone now, I like thinking about all of them. It‘s a bit like looking through an old jigsaw puzzle and making a picture of everyone. They each had their place , they each added their part to the picture. Some of them were lousy parents but wonderful 👇🏼 5d
ljuliel ☝🏼grandparents. Lousy spouses , but wonderful parents, etc. I think , sometimes the really cranky or odd ones are the ones I remember the clearest. I try to remind myself too that I didn‘t walk in their shoes, so they might have had reason for being like they were. @saturndoo (edited) 5d
marleed @ljuliel @SaturnDoo My dad who was 40 when was born had only one sister but he had 16 aunts/uncles (doubled if I include spouses). He was busy with own 6 kids so I didn‘t spend a pile of time with all those old relatives. Boy, I wish I could‘ve be a fly on their walls now! 5d
ljuliel @marleed Yes, I have gaps in my fathers side of the family. People I never got to meet , but only heard about. My mother‘s family mostly lived a few hours away ( some across the country), but we visited the ones in our state at least a few times a year. I think about all of them a lot. I often wish I would have asked my grandma a lot more about her life , but by the time I thought to do it, she was gone. 5d
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I think everything should be unionized- and that this book will break my heart.
#overbookedclub #coppercountryread

TheBookHippie I agree. 1w
marleed I grew up in a union town and find this book fascinating since my experience was after the unions had the power. 1w
Chrissyreadit @marleed yes- NYC was big Union- and I understood some of the corruption in unions- but living in WV with barely any union support has made me even more Pro Union. 1w
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Littlewolf1 I loved when he said that 2w
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Never thought I would find words such as these chilling, but I do. Been so into this book that I didn‘t even realize that I passed July and am now starting the final chapter of August 1913. #CopperCountryRead #OverBookedClub

megnews I‘m mid-August right now. 2w
megnews I just got chills when I read that in the book. Powerful. 2w
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#CopperCountryRead folks,
I watched a PBS documentary last night about this topic. It was informative, but too short. I've just started the book. If anyone watches it let me know, I'd like to hear your thoughts. @megnews
#OverBookedClub Jan. 2020

megnews I don‘t have prime but I‘ll look around and see if I can find it elsewhere. Thanks for sharing. 2w
TheBookHippie Ill fit it in this weekend thanks! 1w
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Suet624 :) 2w
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“What is the price of copper?” she asked when all this started, and the voices of the women answered: My father. My husband. My son. My brother.

... I read this line and had to scroll back through my photos to post this tribute to the copper miners from my hometown.

#CopperCountryRead #OverBookedClub

megnews Such a powerful quote. Thanks so much for sharing this tribute to your local miners. 2w
Texreader Wow. Speechless. Thanks for sharing 2w
marleed @megnews @Texreader Thank you. As soon as I read that line my visual was this memorial. When there you overlook the remaining headframes of the old underground mines. You really do feel that you stand on hallowed ground. 2w
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Crazeedi @marleed I lived in coal country for 22 years, many tragedies, dangerous work, and the company patches were everywhere in the old times. This book is very good... 2w
marleed @Crazeedi I typically read books straight through but this one I‘m only reading a few chapters a day. Somehow I think those miners should stay in my head longer since it was such a significant Mark on my youth. Does the story ring similar for coal mines? Everything here - the unions, ethnic groups, Catholic vs Protestant, pasties - it‘s my hometown! 2w
marleed @megnews @Texreader @Crazeedi shortly after this post, I decided to post that quote/pic to the FB group you know you are from Butte (in my case) when... Oh my gosh, people are responding by posting the date when their father, grandfather, husband, brother, uncle passed. ...I‘m just crying here, my goodness. 2w
Texreader Oh my goodness. You touched a deep vein of emotion. It must mean a lot to these people that you remembered their loved ones with the post. 2w
megnews @megnews oh wow! I‘d be crying too. What a great tribute to their loved ones. 2w
sblbooks Very moving, thanks again for sharing! 2w
kspenmoll Thank you for your post- and it is part of your history. ❤️ So moving. (edited) 2w
marleed @sblbooks @kspenmoll If I could post a snapshot of those message in this thread I would. One women responded the date of her husband‘s death in 1966. He was 23. Someone else responded that in addition to the accidents were the men who died of terminal illness. Unlike black lung of coal miners, he explained those in copper mines fell to silicosis. Now I need to google that! 2w
sblbooks Wow, how sad! 2w
Suet624 This post is so powerful! Thank you so much. 2w
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Rousing and inspiring.
The author has a way of making you feel you are there and part of the events.

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KathyWheeler I wasn‘t aware of this book at all! I‘m glad you posted about it. I love her. 2w
megnews @KathyWheeler not too late to join our #buddyread this month if you like. I‘m really enjoying the story and it moves quickly. 2w
KathyWheeler @megnews where are you in the buddy read right now? 2w
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megnews @KathyWheeler we are in the first week. I post a schedule but it‘s read at your own pace with discussion at the end of the month. @CopperCountryRead 2w
kspenmoll Wonderful choice for a quote. You could quote this whole book so far. 2w
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kspenmoll Yes.😢 2w
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Love this description.

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This very wealthy James MacNaughton‘s morning rituals never vary. One is in reading several newspapers, ironed of their creases, while eating breakfast.
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megnews I was sort of cringing through the whole description. Seems a bit OCD and very controlling. 2w
Crazeedi I don't like him!! Good book so far!! 2w
kspenmoll @megnews @Crazeedi Agree with you both- He is definitely controlling, OCD ish but seems to see it as a virtue. As I read on, even more disengaged from workers & stands above them as a superior person. 2w
Crazeedi @kspenmoll yes I'm seeing that especially when hes insisting on the national guard 2w
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megnews So true! 2w
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Crazeedi It's a good book so far! I've read several chapters 2w
megnews @crazeedi I‘m in chapter 4 2w
Crazeedi I'm just starting chapter 4!! 2w
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Last call! Reminder: the #CopperCountryRead for #OverBookedClub started yesterday! This week‘s portion is June-July 1913. Read at your own pace. Post quotes, blurbs & reviews and don‘t forget to tag @sblbooks & me. Discussion Jan 31.
I‘ll use both tags for this book since we‘ve already started using the old tag. Beginning next month we‘ll use #OverBookedClub for all our choices.
I‘m diving in now. Looking forward to reading with you all again.

Lcsmcat I just read this in November, so while I won‘t do a full reread, I‘d love to take part in the discussions. 2w
megnews @Lcsmcat we‘d love to have you join the discussion! 2w
TheBookHippie 🤦🏽‍♀️oops I used wrong hashtag and tagged no one ..I‘m quite under the weather with a nasty cold day 7 🤧🤧🤧I‘m trying to get through it ! Blech. 2w
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marleed I‘m loving this book. It‘s one where I‘m reading just a couple chapters a day. I grew up in a mining, union, copper town so I‘m particularly interested in the details. I love the mention of pasties - truly part of the underground mining experience of the early 1900s. 2w
megnews @TheBookHippie feel better! 2w
CoffeeNBooks I started the book yesterday, and it's really interesting so far! 2w
megnews @marleed sorry I forgot to tag you! I‘ve got you added now. I love reading a book I have connections with. 2w
Crazeedi Omg the hashtag is perfect @megnews 2w
megnews @crazeedi @sblbooks had that great idea! 2w
Crazeedi @TheBookHippie awww! Sending a healing hug!! Feel better soon!!😘 2w
Littlewolf1 Just forgot to post, but I‘m reading this one with you all. I‘m am starting chapter 5 now. @Roary47, I hope you join us, so far this book is compelling. (edited) 2w
megnews @Littlewolf1 great to have you join us! I‘ll make sure to tag you. 2w
rubyslippersreads I‘m behind, but I‘m really enjoying this. 2w
SaturnDoo I think I may have forgot to post also, but I am reading along with y'all too. 😊 I am a little behind but hope to be caught up and on track tomorrow. 5d
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Repost for @sblbooks :

Thank you to everyone who as joined our #buddyreads in the past. @megnews & I have decided to go with a new name, #OverBookedClub, starting next year. We will use the same # each month, I hope that will be easier for everyone! @megnews will host the next 2 months. I will host a #middlegrade selection in Mar. Vote for your favorite, I will tag the books below. Please share with anyone who may be interested. #Readalongs2020

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marleed I‘m reading it now too- I have several books going. I love this one. 2w
Andrew65 I‘ve not heard of this one. (edited) 2w
Crazeedi @Andrew65 it's rather new, but so far its excellent 2w
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Crazeedi @marleed I have several to read at one time too! 2w
sblbooks I'm going to start mine today, since I'm off. 2w
sblbooks @marleed You're welcome to join us for the Buddy read at the end of the month. 2w
marleed @sblbooks I would love to join in! 2w
marleed @Crazeedi I post my books 9 at a time in a 3x3 grid. A few days ago, I knew I couldn‘t finish another grid for 2019 nor could I round up my Goodreads stats with 5 more books. So I decided to start books I planned to read in 2020. It‘s been remarkably fun. But today I‘m obsessed with one of those titles so I have to read to completion! 2w
Andrew65 @Crazeedi Her books aren‘t easy to get hold of here. 2w
Crazeedi @Andrew65 really? That's a shame! 2w
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Thank you to everyone who as joined our #buddyreads in the past. @megnews and I have decided to go with a new name, #OverBookedClub, starting next year. We will use the same # each month, I hope that will be easier for everyone! @megnews will host the next two months. I will host a #middlegrade selection in March. Vote for your favorite, I will tag the books below. Please share with anyone who may be interested. @LitsyHappenings #Readalongs2020

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megnews ❤️ this post! My March vote: 1st choice Free Lunch, 2nd - Posted 3w
sblbooks @Roary47 @Littlewolf1 @EH2018 This is what we are reading next, if you want to join us. 2w
Readswithcoffee Great post. I appreciate the heads-up on future reads. Excellent name change. My vote is Free Lunch. 2w
Littlewolf1 Great, thank you @sblbooks 2w
SaturnDoo I'm voting for 2w
Roary47 Thank you it sounds fun! I would also vote for (edited) 2w
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Just a little over a week til #CopperCountryRead begins. Do you have your copy yet?
All are welcome to join. Follow the schedule above or read at your own pace. Post quotes & blurbs as you go and a review. Tag @sblbooks & I in your posts. Discussion January 31.
Tag a friend you think would enjoy this book.

#Readalongs2020 #buddyread

Crazeedi Still have to find a copy, thanks for reminder! 4w
thereadingowlvina Thanks for the reminder! I just got my copy from library yesterday! 😁 4w
TheBookHippie My copy is enroute! 4w
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Chrissyreadit My copy arrived Saturday. 4w
sblbooks Thanks to SantaThing, I have mine. 4w
Crazeedi I just ordered, will be here friday. Then I'll probably pass it on to my library or someone on litsy! 4w
Crazeedi My book arrived so I'm ready!! 3w
rubyslippersreads I‘m going to try and join in on this one. I loved 3w
megnews @rubyslippersreads Great to have you join us! I hadn‘t heard of Doc but it sounds good too. 3w
shellleigh33 Hoping I can get my library book hold in time 🤞 3w
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@imyril My #SantaThing package arrived. Thank you and Merry Christmas!
@megnews I have my book now, I'm ready for next month!

imyril Oooh I do hope you enjoy them :) 4w
megnews I‘m excited for it! I‘m having a great time with our buddy reads! 4w
sblbooks @megnews Me Too! 4w
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My start to holiday vacation reading. I‘m almost done with The Women of the Copper Country and just starting the Collins book.

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Repost for @megnews :
January‘s #buddyread is The Women of Copper Country. Suggested schedule posted but read at your own pace. Post quotes, blurbs, & review as you go using the #CopperCountryRead tag and tag @sblbooks & I. Discussion January 31.
The Postmistress was a close second. We‘ll have to consider it later this year.
All are welcome to join us!

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January‘s #buddyread is The Women of Copper Country. Suggested schedule posted but read at your own pace. Post quotes, blurbs, & review as you go using the #CopperCountryRead tag and tag @sblbooks & I. Discussion January 31.
The Postmistress was a close second. We‘ll have to consider it later this year.
All are welcome to join us!

Kdgordon88 Looking forward to this one! 1mo
thereadingowlvina Great! Looking forward to start this! Thanks for hosting! 😁 1mo
sblbooks @megnews Do you want to host the postmistress next month as the Buddy read? I wanted to host a middle grade book in March. I have several ideas that I think would make for a good discussion. 3w
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sblbooks I was also thinking it would be a good idea to have a name for Buddy Read group. Maybe we could brainstorm some ideas I found some cute names online. 3w
sblbooks A Novel Idea, Overbooked, BookBuzz, and Tattered Page book club are a few examples. That way all of our book selections would be under one hashtag. What do you think? @megnews 3w
megnews @sblbooks I‘ll be super excited to host The Postmistress in February. I keep reading the description and thinking I‘ve got to get to it soon. Also excited about a middle grade pick for March. That‘ll be great. I like the idea of a name for our buddy reads. I like A Novel Idea and Overbooked. Overbooked is probably most accurate for me. 😂 but I‘m open to anything. Looking forward to keep reading with you and the group. 3w
sblbooks Great, so you will host the next two months and then I'll host in March. I'll post the middle-grade March selections for a vote soon. 3w
megnews @sblbooks sounds good. Are you planning to do #middlegrademarch? I loved it last May and I have a long list of middle grade books I want to read. 3w
sblbooks Yes definitely, I would love to tag each other on each of our reviews. Do you like OverbookedClub or OverbookedBunch as our new name? I saw Overbooked Club has been used on other social media sites like FB and GoodReads. Do you think/ know if that would matter? If you think of another variation let me know. 3w
megnews @sblbooks maybe one of us can do a post mid to late February and invite anyone else who wants to join along in #middlegrademarch. Doesn‘t have to be a big thing. Just basically what we did last May but open to others. I tried to google to see if OverBooked Club is trademarked or copyrighted and didn‘t see anything. Either of those choices sounds good to me. 3w
sblbooks Yes the more the merrier. I was planning on inviting everyone to join in middle-grade March when I post the blurb to vote on books. We could use #OverBookedNewsClub in honor of you, Since it was your idea to start the buddy reads. 3w
megnews @sblbooks oh no! We don‘t have to do that! 3w
sblbooks @megnews Well I guess we can use #0verbookedClub then. Is that the final answer? 3w
megnews @sblbooks 👍🏻 sounds good 3w
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Kitty may have fallen asleep, but this book was too good for me to put down to go to bed. This is history we all need to know, told with intelligence, Grace, and understanding. Everyone should read this.

Leftcoastzen 😻kitties are a wreck if they don‘t get their 18 hours of sleep per day.😁 2mo
Soubhiville I‘m looking forward to this one! Glad you liked it. 2mo
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I met Ms. Russell last September and she signed this copy for me. Now I‘m finally going to dive in. #currentlyreading

Tamra Want to read! 2mo
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This novel follows the real life events of a copper mining union strike on the upper peninsula of Michigan in 1913. Annie Clements and the women‘s auxiliary played a pivotal role in the events. This is not a happy book, but it is well-written and engaging. I have yet to read a book by Russell and be disappointed.

Hooked_on_books @Cinfhen The Sparrow was fantastic. I‘ve also read Epitaph, a historical fiction about the OK corral. She‘s not quite genre-defying, but she definitely likes to mix it up. And she does it well. 3mo
Cinfhen I agree; she seems to write all over the place but I‘m curious about both books you mentioned 3mo
Cinfhen Thanks for the recommendations ☺️ 3mo
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Based on the real life labour activist Annie Clemenc, a figure I knew little about - so the historical context, skilfully recreated with a great balance between staying historically accurate, but bringing the characters to life - was fascinating. I got a really good sense of this community - the fragility of life in the mines. A book that not only taught me a lot, but I thorough enjoy as well - a good combination!

Wife #stacked #MittenLitten s may be interested because it takes place in Calumet Michigan. 4mo
intothehallofbooks I want to read this! 4mo
Mitch @Wife I really enjoyed it - it was fascinating... 4mo
Mitch @intothehallofbooks I was great ! 4mo
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Really enjoying this - strong union women shaping their community. George just wants me to turn the light out though so he can sleep!🤣

Clwojick awe, sweet George. 😍 4mo
DGRachel I feel like I owe George an apology. 😂 4mo
wanderinglynn Hello George! ❤️🐱 4mo
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Mitch @DGRachel 🤣🤣🤣 4mo
Mitch @wanderinglynn @Clwojick George joined our family a few years ago - he‘s a feral stray, has lived a long and hard life. But since choosing us as his family he will only sleep on feather duvets! 🤣 4mo
wanderinglynn But of course! As ruler of his kingdom, you can‘t expect him to sleep like a mere peasant! At least that‘s what my TeddyCat tells me. 😹😹😹 4mo
Mitch @wanderinglynn too true! 4mo
Clwojick 😂 😂@DGRachel 😂 😂 He definitely looks a little offended. 4mo
Clwojick @Mitch Awe, no wonder why I am so drawn to him. George has a very similar look to Oscar Meyer. My little Oscar was a feral babe when we caught him at 7 months. He has been with our family for 5 years and he's VERY spoiled, but he still gives me that pouty look when he's not getting his way. 4mo
Mitch @Clwojick George likes to remind us that he spent his first 10 years sleeping rough so he‘s got time to make up! Sounds like he‘s Oscars long lost second cousin! 4mo
SilversReviews Wasn‘t this so good? 4mo
Mitch @SilversReviews I‘m about 100 pages on and loving it 4mo
Leftcoastzen Beautiful kitty! 4mo
JamieArc I‘m glad to hear this is good! I‘m very intrigued, being from Michigan and having spent time in the Upper Peninsula. 4mo
kradebaugh I purchased this book but I have yet had a chance to read it. But I am glad to hear that it is worth reading 4mo
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I‘ve come home today to such an amazingly package - I can‘t thank you enough @DGRachel The books are both AMAZING! Signed, first editions of two great looking books with personalised bookmarks. Can‘t wait to read them both. And on top of that - some fabby flamingo clips and a very very gorgeous letter. Thank you sweet, sweet friend.

DGRachel I‘m so glad you like them! I‘m sorry they were all late but Happy Extended Birthday! 😘 4mo
Lcsmcat I heard Russell speak at a book fair recently (and got her to sign my copy 😀) I can‘t wait to read it! 4mo
Mitch They‘re both brilliant picks ! I‘ve just signed up to Billy Jensen podcast too. I looove new discoveries. Thank you 😘 @DGRachel (edited) 4mo
Mitch @Lcsmcat I‘m diving straight in this weekend x 4mo
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My #bookhaul from the Bookmarks Book Festival. I didn‘t buy as much because my mother (84) and sister were with me. So I couldn‘t buy their Christmas presents like I did last year. 😀 We went to 3 talks, met many authors, and had a blast!

BookNAround I didn't go this year but I keep meaning too since it's less than 2 hours from me. Maybe we should have a NC Litsy meetup there next year? 4mo
Lcsmcat @BookNAround We should! A few of us met up last year, but I went with family this year. 4mo
Butterfinger @Lcsmcat @BookNAround count me in. I came so close to going, but had to stay for my daughter's carwash fundraiser. I wanted to see Renee Watson and others. 4mo
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5 ☆ This book brings to light the plight of miners at the largest copper mining operation in the US, the birth of organized unions, and the role women played in this process. I was given much insight into a part of our history I‘ve never known about. Great story! Highly recommend.

#AtriaBooks #NetGalley

SamAnne So about Butte MT? 5mo
tammysue @SamAnne No Calumet, Michigan (is in the upper peninsula) 5mo
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Historical fiction fans will LOVE this book.

The determination and power of women who literally had none in the 1900's is one of the themes in THE WOMEN OF THE COPPER COUNTRY.

FULL REVIEW: https://tinyurl.com/y2xfodw3

Crazeedi Nice review Elizabeth, I'll have to check out this one! 5mo
Crazeedi And Mary doria Russell! I have another book of hers I havent read yet! 5mo
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I finished this the other night. I downloaded the ARC partly because of the author (who‘s so talented) and because of the upper Michigan location. It‘s a beautiful area that I‘ve visited but never looked into the history. Mary brought the community, the union movement, and especially Annie and the rest of the main characters to life. The author‘s note at the end was particularly enlightening. A heartbreakingly beautiful book.

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I finished this last night past my bedtime. It's not a happy story but it's an important one of the importance of unions. This follows Annie Clemenc (Clements in the book), who was a woman who organized a large miners strike in Minnesota in the 1910s. It shows the brutality of the strikebreakers, the callousness of the men made rich off the backs and lives of the miners, and the determination of the women who led the strike.

Four stars.

wordzie 😎 10mo
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