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Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna
Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna | Juliet Grames
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For Stella Fortuna, death has always been a part of life. Stella's childhood is full of strange, life-threatening incidents--moments where ordinary situations like cooking eggplant or feeding the pigs inexplicably take lethal turns. Even Stella's own mother is convinced that her daughter is cursed or haunted.In her rugged Italian village, Stella is considered an oddity--beautiful and smart, insolent and cold. Stella uses her peculiar toughness to protect her slower, plainer baby sister Tina from life's harshest realities. But she also provokes the ire of her father Antonio: a man who demands subservience from women and whose greatest gift to his family is his absence.When the Fortunas emigrate to America on the cusp of World War II, Stella and Tina must come of age side-by-side in a hostile new world with strict expectations for each of them. Soon Stella learns that her survival is worthless without the one thing her family will deny her at any cost: her independence.In present-day Connecticut, one family member tells this heartrending story, determined to understand the persisting rift between the now-elderly Stella and Tina. A richly told debut, The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna is a tale of family transgressions as ancient and twisted as the olive branch that could heal them.
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klu13
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Really good 5/5

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SilversReviews
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A book letter a day.

Have you read this book?

Marvelous, magnificent, original, and impressive are some adjectives to describe this book.

You will not want to put it down…https://tinyurl.com/2s38jedz

@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
#AlphabetGame
#Letter S

@julietgrames
@eccobooks
@HarperCollins

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing 📚 5mo
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janeycanuck
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So much deeper and darker than I expected this to be - it‘s quite troubling in places and will leave you a bit hopeless, but it was a compelling read.

Cathythoughts I really enjoyed this 👍❤️ 12mo
BkClubCare I am not usually one to be swayed by a pretty cover but goodness, this one is pretty. 12mo
janeycanuck @BkClubCare it‘s got the loveliest texture, too! 12mo
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janeycanuck @Cathythoughts it wasn‘t what I expected - and I think I enjoyed it more because of that! 12mo
BkClubCare @janeycanuck - hmmm 🥰 12mo
Nute I had decided not to read this book, but I think that I might reconsider after reading your thoughts. 12mo
janeycanuck @Nute I thought it was going to be light and for some reason, a mystery? But it‘s somewhere closer to a Middlesex in terms of tone & dealing with more complex narratives. It was a sleeper hit for me. 12mo
Nute Got it! Definitely saying ‘Yes‘ now.🙂 How are you, Colleen? 12mo
janeycanuck @Nute I‘m gonna go with surviving, not thriving. But this pandemic has to end sometime… You? 12mo
Nute Doing okay from day to day. Some days require a little more effort to stay positive. If you ever want to exchange cards and/or letters just let me know. I think that it helps us to stay closer to each other in a way suited to introverts.☺️ 12mo
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apoisedquill
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Cheers to Grames for a stunning and well-researchrd debut! This deserves its own perch on my best reads shelf. 👑📗 This book had a hold on me from start to finish. It never loosened its grip. It gave me an avenue to explore my own memories, those that were lost and forgotten due to the enormity and all-consuming exigency of being an adult. As if my childhoold was from another world, one which isn't my own.

#frostbeartstudio #julietgrames

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JGadz11
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Trying to devour Enchanted April and this in a weekend, whilst social engagements are afoot. Think I can do it!🤸🏻‍♀️

Cathythoughts I thoroughly enjoyed this story ❤️ 2y
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Jas16
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Mehso-so

I think we all have people in our family tree we wonder what life was truly like for. I went into this book hoping for a family saga I could sink into for the weekend. Instead I got unrelenting tragedy and abuse that make me wonder what the point was other than despair over how awful life can be. I know many loved it but this book just did not work for me.

LeahBergen Happy Birthday!! ❤️📚❤️📚 2y
Jas16 @LeahBergen thank you so much! 2y
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ELMyerholtz
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Emotionally draining, yet beautiful. Stella‘s story left its mark on my heart.

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bookishnerd
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Now that I don't have a commute, my audio listening has slowed way down. It took me most of the month to listen to this! I just need to find other ways to work audiobooks into my reading.

I liked this story of Stella Fortuna and her early life in Italy and then her life after she came to America. She was a great main character and I felt like I really got to know her and sympathize with her. Life was not always easy for her. Strongly recommend!

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bookishnerd
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1. Tagged book, Sweep in Peace by Ilona Andrews
2. I am sure there is something, but as I use Litsy and then stop using it, I can't remember. lol
3. Coffee. Sometimes wine. 🍷

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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bookishnerd
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#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

1 - The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna (audio), What we See when we Read (NF), and Sweep in Peace.
2 - The House in the Cerulean Sea. It just makes you feel better about the world even if it is a fantasy novel.
3 - All of Angie Thomas books! Looking forward to her third book out next week!

rachelsbrittain Yes! The House in the Cerulean Sea is such a good pick for that. I'm a big believer than any book, regardless of genre, can make you a better person 2y
bookishnerd @rachelsbrittain Glad you agree. I was worried people would be like really, a fantasy book. lol 2y
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AllisonM89
Bailedbailed

Sorry, @Kalalalatja #newyearwhodis! I don't dislike this book at all, but I'm fifty pages in and it's just too depressing to read this year. I need books that are slightly more optimistic. Good writing, interesting plot, but too depressing right now.

#bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks
Square 24 ✔️

Kalalalatja I get that, it is on the depressing side. Hope you‘ll give it a try another time 👍 2y
AllisonM89 @Kalalalatja i plan to! I liked the writing and it seems interesting, but it isn't the right book for right now 2y
TheAromaofBooks Sometimes it just isn't the right time for a book!!! 2y
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AmyG
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@Crazeedi THANK YOU SO MUCH, my friend!!! What a way to usher in 2021. I love all the books...such wonderful choices. What great socks, beautiful angel ornament, lip balm, towel, notebooks and stickers for my Litsy Love letters. I am so using the bath bomb today. Ha! I will eat chocolate in the bath while reading. ❤️ just a lovely swap. 😘😘😘

#Bestof2020 #Bestof2020swap @candority

Soubhiville Nice! 2y
Chrissyreadit 😍😍😍 2y
candority Fantastic! 😍 2y
Crazeedi You're so welcome my friend! Enjoy! Cant wait to hear how you like Stella! 2y
AmyG I am excited to read it! 2y
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Crysboehne
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Pickpick

Not at all what I was expecting, not at all. A breathtaking account of the relationship of a mother and her children spanning over generations and two countries. The research and time taken to bring this story so much color is overwhelming. It was so easy to get lost in the saga, I am in love.

Cathythoughts I really enjoyed this one too 👍🏻❤️ 2y
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Lauren890
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 I saw this author in person the week her book came out and I‘m embarrassed it took me so long to read it! Her writing is so engrossing and the story went in places I didn‘t expect. Some parts were hard to read but overall this was such a good book. This may be my favorite book this year!

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Deblovestoread
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#3books #thatmadememad

Stella: I hung in there, kept reading even as wondered why I was still reading, and then Ms. Grames you went too far. Had I been reading a book instead of an ebook I would have thrown it across the room.
H P & the Order of the Phoenix: I will never forgive this particular death
Just Mercy: I read this a few years ago. The mad it inspired lasts today but it introduced me to The Equal Justice Initiative.

BarbaraBB Stella made me mad too. 2y
OriginalCyn620 📚😤📚 2y
kspenmoll @BarbaraBB yes, Stella was a tough one. I went authors talk when it first was published & learned so much- story based on her grandmother, & she traveled to the area they emigrated from. 2y
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emz711
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My library finally started pick up service so it's on to more books!

Cathythoughts I really enjoyed this one 👍🏻❤️ 3y
emz711 @Cathythoughts finished! But wasn't interested in the plot. I liked the way the story unfolded and how it was structured but I'm not a fan of the rape themes thrown in there. It would have been nice to have some kind of call out in the blurb since it's not really my thing 3y
Cathythoughts @emz711 Oh yes I understand! I‘m sorry you weren‘t warned. 👍🏻❤️ 3y
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Djspens
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I had no idea what I was getting into with this book. I love the story of Stella‘s life! From a small village in Italy to immigrating to the US, this is the 100 year story of Stella‘s family and how she‘s loved, abused, and everything in between. The direction your life takes isn‘t always a choice. In a much milder way, I can relate to Stella.

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Djspens
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My first pool read of the summer. The air is finally warm and it‘s a beautiful day but the water is still cooooold. I‘m really enjoying this story of Stella 😃

Cathythoughts I really enjoyed this book 👍🏻💜 3y
Chelsea.Poole Love Stella ♥️ 3y
Godpants So jealous of the pool right now. 3y
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Djspens
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I think I‘m going to enjoy my next read 😃 enjoying my deck before the rain starts 🌧 ☔️

juliegumdrop This is maybe my absolute favorite book read last year. Enjoy! 3y
Cathythoughts I loved this one 💜 3y
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JSW
Bailedbailed

I don't know if it's me or the book, but I'm not into this. It portrays life so bleakly.

BarbaraBB I felt the same. 3y
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Tamra
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Bailedbailed

I am bailing at about 3/4 mark of this audio. Maybe I‘m just crabby, but I can‘t listen to the repetitive melodramatic victimization anymore. “The vagina is the flesh of trauma” - 🙄 it‘s all too obvious. This one isn‘t for me.

BarbaraBB I bailed on this one too! 3y
Tamra @BarbaraBB glad to know I‘m not alone. 😏 3y
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BarbaraBB
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Bailedbailed

I found myself utterly struggling with this book. I feel like I‘ve read it (or stories like this one) countless times before. It‘s so repetitive and predictable and halfway through I‘ve decided to bail.
I must find a book I really can sink into now, not one that annoys me.
It‘s a shame, and it‘s me. And these times. I know.

#ATY2020 #PromptfromapreviousATYchallenge

TrishB Agree, I‘m not sure I‘ll remember any books I‘ve read from this time. So unsettling. Take care ♥️ 3y
Kalalalatja Sometimes the timing just isn‘t right ❤️ 3y
BarbaraBB @Kalalalatja @TrishB It‘s all about timing, I know. How are you both holding up? ❤️ 3y
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Kalalalatja I‘m okay. It sort of hit me for real this week, so my concentration and mood has been off. I don‘t know, I‘ve been able to make the most of it, and keep my spirits high, but I just couldn‘t keep it up any longer. But I‘m beginning to feel better again, and trying to just stay sane ❤️ 3y
Freespirit I am struggling with my reading at the moment too....so much happening in the world...its such a distraction 😞 3y
TrishB Good and bad days. Had one day where I literally cried every hour! Work is horrendous but at least I still have a paid role so trying to get on with it. Hope you‘re keeping ok ❤️ 3y
Megabooks Sending so many hugs! 💖🤗 I think it‘s been really hard for a lot of us to read. Best to just find the right fit! 3y
squirrelbrain It is so difficult to find the right books to read at the moment isn‘t it? Sending love 😘 3y
BookBelle84 I made it through this one but I struggled as well. I wanted to really like it but I found there were no really likable characters. 3y
BarbaraBB @Kalalalatja I understand the ups and downs. And the uncertainty of when things will get better. I am glad you‘re feeling better now. 👍🏼😘 3y
BarbaraBB @TrishB I had a few of those days too, crying all the time. Fortunately you‘re still working. I am fearing so much for the economic consequences! 3y
TrishB Yes, I‘m very grateful to have a job still being paid! Even more grateful that the uni is paying everyone- even those who can‘t work at home (cleaners etc) as it‘s morally right. But the future is so uncertain. Stay safe 😘 3y
JaclynW It is so difficult to find the right book. We are all struggling ot sounds like. Hang in there! At least the cover of this book is pretty to look at.😊 3y
JennyM {{Hugs to you}} 3y
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Deblovestoread
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Here is my April #bookspin list. I‘ve barely started my March #bonusspin but might get it done by the end of the month. #triplespin will be too ambitious with other challenge reading to be done but I‘m looking forward to what the #booklottery has in store me. Thank you @TheAromaofBooks for continuing this great #clearyourtbr method! If you haven‘t tried it you should come play!

TheAromaofBooks Glad to have you along!! And even if you don't finish your #doublespin until April, feel free to tag me in the review & I will give you credit - just let me know that it was March's book!! 3y
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BarbaraBB
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#WeeklyForecast 14/20

I am still reading Woman no. 17. Halfway through and not sure what to think of it. Based on @Kalalalatja ‘s review I now finally want to read Stella Fortuna. But there‘s also our #NYRBBookclub read (which may be a bit too heavy for me these days) and the only Dutch book nominated for the #InternationalBookerPrize.

TrishB Nice pic 👍🏻 I decided one book ahead was all I could manage! 3y
Cinfhen Quite a lovely photo 💚😍it‘s hard to settle on a book but I‘ve been having some good luck! 3y
Kalalalatja Exciting! Hope you‘ll like Stella 🤞 3y
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BarbaraBB @TrishB I‘ll be glad if I manage to finish one of these too 🤷🏻‍♀️😘 3y
merelybookish You're not along! I should start Iza's Ballad too but it looks like it requires more attention than I have. 3y
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Kalalalatja
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First #QuarantineBook finished! That‘s one good thing about having to stay home - plenty of reading time! And with a book as good as this, reading time is needed! I felt bad every time I had to leave Stella‘s life story, and what a life she lived. It was darker than I had imagined going in, but Stella is the kind of character that you can‘t help but love, no matter how dark it gets. She is flawed, she is strong, and she felt real. 🙌

Cinfhen Are u under quarantine??? 3y
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Kalalalatja @Cinfhen yep. Someone from my bf‘s office tested positive for corona, so my bf had to go into quarantine, and so did I because I couldn‘t stay anywhere else. We aren‘t showing symptoms, and tbh I don‘t think we will, but we are doing our duty to help contain the contamination. But most of Denmark got shut down yesterday, so it isn‘t such a big deal, just annoying 3y
Cinfhen Oh wow!!! That‘s crazzzy. It‘s bound to happen to all of us sooner or later. Stay hydrated/ wash your hands xx enjoy the forced locked in. Stay well 💚💚💚 3y
squirrelbrain Sounds like a good one - hope the rest of the #lockdownbooks continue the same way! 3y
julesG Hope you didn't catch it. Strange how each country handles this. Enjoy the lock down as best you can. 3y
BarbaraBB We are practically shut down now too. All events with more than 100 people are cancelled for the rest of the month. All to keep the ICUs manageable. (edited) 3y
BarbaraBB Good luck to you. Hope you will keep being healthy. 3y
erzascarletbookgasm Hope you‘re able to put a good dent on your tbr books these 2 weeks. Enjoy your ‘rest‘ at home and hope you both keep well. 3y
Kalalalatja @Cinfhen @squirrelbrain @julesG @BarbaraBB @erzascarletbookgasm thanks all! Trying to stay as postive as possible, and symptom free hopefully 🤞I‘m just glad I‘m a reader, I think my bf might end up going a little lock down crazy 😅 but he can work from home, so hopefully that will keep him occupied 3y
Kalalalatja @BarbaraBB same here, all schools and day care facilities are closed, everyone is being urged to try and find a solution to not going to work, like working from home or working different hours, to keep people as far away from each other as possible. 3y
hilded I probably need to steal that hashtag from you the next two weeks 😅😢 Everything is shut down here in Norway as well. 3y
sprainedbrain Glad you are hanging in there and symptom free! ❤️ 3y
Kalalalatja @hilded Yeah, I just saw that! It is pretty crazy, but I‘m really trying to just stay positive, and see it as a way to help my society and fellow humans. And feel free to use the hashtag all you want! 😄 3y
hilded @Kalalalatja I agree, it‘s important that we all do what we can to prevent the virus to spread to fast and protect our elders and the weaker ones. 3y
Librarybelle Good luck! 3y
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Kalalalatja
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Stella and these pretty tulips from my sister in law brings some brightness to a gray and rainy Tuesday in Denmark 📖💐

#currentlyreading #booksandflowers

squirrelbrain Lovely flowers! And I love that book cover too.... 3y
Megabooks Those are gorgeous! Great picture! 3y
LeahBergen So pretty! 3y
Cathythoughts Lovely picture ! Glad you‘re enjoying Stella ... I loved her & all the history 3y
JennyM That‘s a beautiful picture. 🌷 (edited) 3y
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Kalalalatja
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Today I opened my first print book since the middle of February, and I started a new audiobook for the first time in two weeks (Know My Name). I can‘t remember the last time I went this long without reading, but I‘m so happy to be reading again 🙌📖

#currentlyreading

Mitch Absence makes the heart grow fonder! Enjoy! 3y
mollyrotondo Oh welcome back to reading! This is an excellent pick! I hope you enjoy it! 3y
Cathythoughts That‘s great! I loved Stella & this is such a lovely pic ❤️👍🏻 3y
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KarenUK Happy reading! And what a pretty cover 😍💕 3y
Cinfhen I‘m glad you‘re feeling it 💚💚💚💚💚 3y
TrishB That‘s cool ❤️ 3y
JennyM Yey...getting your bookworm back on 😘 3y
BarbaraBB Glad you‘re back on track! I am going to read this one soon too! 3y
erzascarletbookgasm Yay! 👏 Hope you enjoy! 3y
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KarenUK
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#februarywrapup
Not my most prolific month, but lots of good reads..... Dreyer‘s English and Leading Men being my favorites, though I did really enjoy everything I read.....
Also ticked off lots of challenge prompts too 😊👍

SilversReviews LOVED Stella!! 3y
mollyrotondo Also loved Stella! 3y
Chelsea.Poole Me too! Stella ♥️ 3y
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theladygreer
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Love a great family story? So does Lynda Cohen Loigman, which is why she recommends this book for #read99women. Read her review on my blog: http://www.greermacallister.com/blog/2020/2/8/read99women-lynda-cohen-loigman

Cathythoughts I loved tagged book 3y
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KarenUK
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Although it ran a bit longer than it needed, I really enjoyed this sweeping saga that takes us from Calabria in the early 1900‘s to the present day USA. Stella is beautiful, stubborn, brave and infuriating and I loved spending time with her as she grows, emigrates, endures terrible trauma, escapes death (a lot!) and survives. There‘s so much sadness, but also joy and humor. And I liked the ambiguity and touch of magic of how this story concludes.

ValerieAndBooks I have this in my TBR. Maybe should move it up! 3y
Cathythoughts Great review! Love Stella ❤️ 3y
Chelsea.Poole I love Stella!! ♥️ 3y
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KarenUK
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#bookreport

- Although it ran a little long in the end, I loved feisty Stella and this wonderful family saga and immigration story, that takes the reader from the early 1900‘s in an Italian mountain village to present day US... 4⭐️
- Flip-flopping between audio and print for Dreyer‘s English which I‘m loving. It‘s the perfect combo of funny and informative! 🤓
- only just started the Lido, but think I‘m going to love this story of friendship...💕

Cinfhen Agreed... towards the end Stella‘s story started to drag...I told @Cathythoughts 5 deaths would have sufficed 😉 3y
KarenUK @Cinfhen Totally! 😂... it was a shame because the writing and MC were great... 💕 3y
Cathythoughts 😂 hahaha @Cinfhen I still really loved it & loved the history in it too 👍🏻❤️ 3y
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KarenUK
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#weeklyforecast @Cinfhen

Current read is for an IRL bookclub... loving it so far....
Next up, a couple for #Booked2020 , for #liveandlearn 🤓& #covercrush 📚😍

Cinfhen I‘m pretty sure I can decipher between the two 😁😉which is your choice for #LiveAndLearn and which is #CoverCrush 😜 3y
KarenUK @Cinfhen Yep! My grammar is terrible! 😂🤓 3y
Cinfhen So is mine 🤦🏼‍♀️ 3y
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readingjedi
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I really enjoyed this multi generational saga of strong Italian village women & their American immigrant experience. But I was not entirely ... perhaps satisfied with it. It left me not a little melancholy. Neither Stella or the sympathetic reader is given any resolution, any emotional release. While not every story has a happy ending, this one didn't seem to have any hope either. Some of Stella's experiences are deeply traumatic... ⬇️⬇️⬇️

readingjedi From above ... And life took so much from her that I felt she deserved something. It felt like all her struggles and pain came to nothing. I've been thinking about it for days now ... maybe that's the point. 3y
SilversReviews Loved it!! 3y
Chelsea.Poole Love this one! 3y
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KarenUK
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#weeklyforecast @Cinfhen

All three of these are for upcoming bookclubs....
😊📚📚🎧

Crazeedi Stella was my top pick for last year 3y
Cinfhen How many Bookclubs are you in??? 3y
Cinfhen All three books are awesome for discussion 😊👍🏽 3y
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KarenUK @Cinfhen 3! 😂 3y
kspenmoll We had a great discussion at my bookclub with Circe & Stella Fortuna! 3y
AlaMich Isn‘t the audio of Circe wonderful? IMO, it‘s one of those magical combinations of an amazing book and the perfect narrator for that book. ❤️ 3y
TrishB I couldn‘t get through Three Women once!! 😁 3y
Cathythoughts I loved Stella ❤️❤️❤️ 3y
KarenUK @TrishB 😂😂I think it‘s a bit of a marmite book! I‘m running the discussion so I need a reread... I have the memory of a goldfish! 3y
KarenUK @AlaMich it‘s great so far! 👍 3y
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readingjedi
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Starting this one this evening. Love this simple yet effective cover design, especially the font.

With thanks to #netgalley for this book!

Cathythoughts Such a good book ❤️❤️❤️ 3y
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Cathythoughts
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I had thought 5 stars ... but now I‘m finished I‘m thinking 3 ✨..... I really enjoyed this story & insightful look at Stella‘s journey through life ! A great read , although maybe a bit too drawn out in the end. But I‘d still highly recommend 👍🏻❤️

Cinfhen Agreed!!! Great start but book starts to fizzle/ I think I wrote in my review 5 deaths would have been enough 😉 (edited) 3y
Cathythoughts @Cinfhen yes! 5 deaths would have been plenty !!! Good read all the same 👍🏻 3y
batsy @Cinfhen @Cathythoughts Is it wrong to laugh...you're both cracking me up with "5 deaths would have been plenty" ? 3y
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Cathythoughts @batsy @Cinfhen it‘s fine to laugh 😂... I wanted to put a laughing emoji in my comment too ..... it does sound outrageous 🤣 3y
Cinfhen It‘s totally humorous @batsy 😂😂I felt the same way about this book too / 5 near death experiences would have sufficed 3y
batsy @Cinfhen Bahaha! 3y
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Love this one ❤️

TrishB Glad it‘s a good one 👍🏻 3y
Cathythoughts @TrishB It is 👍🏻❤️ 3y
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Cathythoughts
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Good book ❤️

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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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This was so great!! I'm so glad I read this and before the end of the year! Really loved it!

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Crazeedi
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#friyayintro @howjessreads #WinterGames #ReadNosedReindeer @StayCurious @Clwojick #HolidayRecipe
⛄Tagged book was my favorite of the year
⛄cozy reading spot is my sunroom in my comfy chair
⛄7 pumpkin rolls made to give away
⛄ baby Yoda since I don't know the other

BarbaraTheBibliophage We received a homemade pumpkin roll this year. Priceless!! Nom nom nom ... 3y
Crazeedi @BarbaraTheBibliophage I wish I could give you one! I'm not bragging but everyone I've given to always wants me to make them one every year! 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Crazeedi Aww. That‘s so sweet of you. Surprised you aren‘t making dozens! 3y
Crazeedi @BarbaraTheBibliophage I only had 7 creme cheeses in my fridge, lol 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Crazeedi Right, cuz no one wants to grocery shop right now! 🤪🤪 3y
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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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I read more into what this book was about and decided it would be the next one I read.

I opened it up to find a family tree!! An even bigger sign this is the perfect book for me to read next!

ValerieAndBooks I love looking at family trees!! 3y
ValerieAndBooks And I have this in my TBR, so it‘s good to know 😊 3y
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Pickpick

I wish I had someone to discuss it with. It begins with the idea that Stella had a stroke and as a result didn‘t talk to her sister for the last 30+ years of her life. Then we get the book, and then the stroke and how it changes her thinking so that she blames Tina for all her problems.

But did the stroke fix or ruin her reasoning? I wish I had someone to argue with!

Crazeedi Oh this was my favorite book of the year! I think the stroke just let her be able to be truthful about how she felt! 3y
Yossarian @Crazeedi Yes, but was she thinking right? Narcing about saving the money certainly seemed like Tina should have known better, but pinning all the seven or eight deaths on her seemed like a stretch. Maybe one was enough though? 3y
Crazeedi @Yossarian that is a good point, I'm just not sure 3y
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Yossarian
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This book is upsetting me in at least 8 or 9 different ways.

Kappadeemom Haven‘t seen you on here in a while. Welcome back! 3y
cathysaid 😂😂😂 Well done. 👏 3y
Yossarian @Kappadeemom Thank you! 3y
BarbaraBB Happy to see you back here! And I am looking forward to your review of the book! (edited) 3y
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#bookmark
Reading while hubby driving to Amherst MA. So love this bookmark @BookBabe !!!

Scochrane26 I cannot read in the car or even look at my phone. 🤢 3y
charl08 Yes, I am also jealous of folks who can read in the car. 3y
kspenmoll @Scochrane26 @charl08 I am so lucky!!! 3y
Suet624 Your photos are always so lovely. 3y
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#sundaymorningcoffee #coffeeandbooks #lifeisabook #bookclubpick

Immersed in the life of Stella, who was born in Ieovoli, a dirt poor mountain village in Calabria, Italy. The time is pre and post WWI, when many of these desperate & destitute villagers emigrate to the U.S. At some point Stella arrives in CT, where she still resides. Although based on the author‘s grandmother‘s story & well researched, the novel is fiction.

Jee_HookedOnBookz Your mug 😍😍 3y
kspenmoll @Jee_HookedOnBookz Isn‘t it great? From Society6 3y
Jee_HookedOnBookz Tq! 💕 3y
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#olivegroves #bookclubpick
How Stella felt when she worked harvesting olives in a neighbor‘s olive grove. She loved being outdoors.

Suet624 I harvested olives briefly. And I do mean briefly. 3y
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#weeklyforecast #bookreport #teachersoflitsy
Did not meet my predictions for Stella Fortuna (p.180).Was glued to World Series! 🙌🏻Nationals! Read up to page 77

TKAM: met goal. Finished ch. 3. We have a class of readers this year! The discussions generated with any book we read have been stimulating & so enjoyable. These students are not afraid to share their thinking.
A Thousand Roads- did not open!!!
Garden: audiobook. On ch 13.

Cinfhen I too met and “failed” with some of my reading goals... that‘s JUST the #LifeOfAReader 3y
kspenmoll @Cinfhen Sure is! Love your hastag #LifeOfAReader ! (edited) 3y
Cinfhen 😘😘 3y
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#saturdaymorning #coffeeandbooks #perkpetual

Perkpetual: (adj.) time it takes to brew the first pot of coffee in the morning

Stealing some reading time before the day begins.

alisiakae 🙌 🙌 3y
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