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The Yellow House | Sarah M. Broom
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In 1961, Sarah M. Brooms mother Ivory Mae bought a shotgun house in the then-promising neighborhood of New Orleans East and built her world inside of it. It was the height of the Space Race and the neighborhood was home to a major NASA plantthe postwar optimism seemed assured. Widowed, Ivory Mae remarried Sarahs father Simon Broom; their combined family would eventually number twelve children. But after Simon died, six months after Sarahs birth, the Yellow House would become Ivory Maes thirteenth and most unruly child. A book of great ambition, Sarah M. Brooms The Yellow House tells a hundred years of her family and their relationship to home in a neglected area of one of Americas most mythologized cities. This is the story of a mothers struggle against a house's entropy, and that of a prodigal daughter who left home only to reckon with the pull that home exerts, even after the Yellow House was wiped off the map after Hurricane Katrina. The Yellow House expands the map of New Orleans to include the stories of its lesser known natives, guided deftly by one of its native daughters, to demonstrate how enduring drives of clan, pride, and familial love resist and defy erasure. Located in the gap between the Big Easy of tourist guides and the New Orleans in which Broom was raised, The Yellow House is a brilliant memoir of place, class, race, the seeping rot of inequality, and the internalized shame that often follows. It is a transformative, deeply moving story from an unparalleled new voice of startling clarity, authority, and power.
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The Yellow House | Sarah M. Broom
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It took me a little bit to get into this. There is a lot of detail in the history of her family as well as the city of New Orleans pre and post-Katrina. At times, it was a bit too much information for me to remember and navigate. But, there is beautiful writing in here. A tribute to her family and the city of New Orleans, Broom writes a sincere love story filled with yearning and pain centered around the Yellow House.


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This book was good and I found the pre and post Katrina portion really interesting. Two things would have made this meandering memoir a solid pick for me: 1. A family tree is needed to allow the reader to track the lineage easier. 2. A map of New Orleans East and other important venues. I loved the culture and introspection but I had difficulties following Broom‘s writing in areas. Soft pick.

aartichapati I got this from the library and read about 70 pages but just did not get into the rhythm. I think it may be a timing thing? I just couldn‘t concentrate enough to get into the flow of the writing. 4d
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Yellow House: A Memoir | Sarah M Broom
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Based on audio-book.

The author reads her own memoir. With an emotional story like this one, I now understand why some authors have others read their intimate words. Sarah Broom‘s voice is lovely and melodic, but of course she pulls back from the rawest of emotions conveyed in some of these pages.

Broom tells her story with aplomb and grace. I am impressed with not only her vulnerability, but that of her entire family.(See goodreads for rest.)

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The Yellow House | Sarah M. Broom
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I am lamenting!😩 There are never any books under the Christmas tree for me. Every year I try to act like I‘m cool with that, but every new occasion of this neglect I am throwing an inward tantrum. The only reader in the family...the reader who has been known to be a reader all of her life and yet again not a single book or even a gift card for a book. Why do I hope? Why do I make room on the bookshelf?👇🏽

Nute Why do I pick up the wrapped package that looks like it could be a book first, getting giddy and excited. Is there even a book type thing - a book mark, a book candle, a mug or a blanket with bookish thoughts? NO! NOTHING! I see how it is around here. And that is precisely why on December 24th when they thought that I was at King Soopers picking up yams and cinnamon and more celery and onions and some collard greens and turkey wings...👇🏽 4w
Nute when they thought I was making one more run to the toy department in Target....Oh, no no no no no...I was at the bookstore making a SECRET purchase. Yeah, that‘s right! And since it was a treat myself gift, I did complete justice to it. Take a look! That‘s what I‘m talking about! Treat a reader bad, and we will rise above all circumstances! The sun is shining BRIGHTLY in my reading spot! And I have another day off to enjoy the warmth. Yay me!
Texreader Ok that makes me so sad! But you go girl! Glad you did a tremendous shopping trip!! 4w
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Tamra That‘s what I do - except it‘s from Mrs. Claus! 👍🏾😆 Be good to yourself! 4w
Curiouser_and_curiouser Oh no. I feel your pain and my heart goes out to you. If it makes you feel any better I didn't receive a single gift for Christmas this year. But that is an invitation to do some shopping anytime after Christmas Day! I personally purchased many, many books all year round, courtesy of my local of a second hand shop so I'm set for the New Year, but I suggest you take the initiative and go out & handpick some delicious books to last you through 2020! 4w
ljuliel Good for you ! Sometimes you have to pick your own gifts. I was the only reader in our house as a kid . My husband has never bought me a book. I even asked him once after I had my knee replaced and couldn‘t drive, would he stop at our library to pick out a random stack of books. Nope. He “doesn‘t know what I‘d like “. I called our library. They filled a bag, drove up and dropped them off for me . Sometimes you have to take the bull by the horns . 4w
Scochrane26 A great stack! Glad you bought some for yourself. 4w
Eggs 😞 4w
Lcsmcat We can buy our own books, but it hurts to think that your family doesn‘t know you. I‘m sorry. Good for you for finding a way to feel better. 4w
Lesliereads It‘s weird! I feel for you, too💕. Strangely, I think your family probably thinks you do a good job taking care of your own bookish needs - not realizing that even a Barnes & Noble gift card would be an acknowledgement that they know what you love! Not being readers, themselves, their minds just don‘t go there, I guess. 4w
BlameJennyJane 😂😂😂 I posted on the same stinkin‘ issue. And here I was thinking I was a badass for buying two new books on Kindle... you bought out a section of a damn store! 🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽 Brilliant! 4w
Deifio That's so sad that your family doesn't think to buy you books. But maybe they really don't know what you'd like and it's hard if reading is not their thing. Good for you that you spoilt yourself with books! Hugs! ❤️ 4w
CoverToCoverGirl It‘s the same for me! 😔 However my Mom is an avid reader so she on a rare occasion will tell me pick out some books and she picks up the tab. I agree with @Lesliereads I just think that because almost all of my family and friends are not readers they just assume I already have enough books, as if that‘s even possible! 🤷‍♀️ That attitude just stinks. We readers always need more books! 📖 (edited) 4w
Reviewsbylola That‘s an amazing haul. I don‘t really get any books for Christmas either, but I made up for it with my own purchases. 😆 4w
IamIamIam Oh no! I'm so sorry!!! We're really the biggest readers and we always get at least 3 books a holiday. That being said, sometimes they're duplicates so I've got a Vincent Price cookbook and a Star Wars box set I can wrap up and send your way!! 🎁🎄😂 4w
Megabooks Good for you!! My family never buys me books or bookish thing either. 🙄🙄🙄 my uncle has been getting me a nice-sized Amazon gift card since 2000, which is nice. My parents added to it this year, but just once, I‘d like a book and not a sweater. I stand with you!!!!! 4w
Megabooks And enjoy those book! You deserve them!!! 4w
cathipink You did yourself right! Lots of good ones in there. Better to receive the books you want (even if from your own pocket book) than books you don't from others (as much as I love books, there are a few that I would definitely send straight to the thrift store unread). 4w
Redwritinghood I never get any either. My family says they don‘t want to feed my addiction. 😂😂 4w
marleed I love your stack! I actually think it‘s really important to gift yourself at gift-giving occasions. My late-husband was great at entertaining and creating things of beauty. He was terrible at going to a store and buying a gift. Ie, for my 40th bd bought a little ceramic frog lawn ornament for me for our water garden - which I forgot to take when I sold that house last year. I figured out in those 27 years how to gift myself! (edited) 4w
erzascarletbookgasm What a great stack, you did well! I only received two books (one‘s a swap, another from a lovely Litten). So I treated myself too! Happy reading! 😘 4w
Amandajoy Next year, wrap them and put them under the tree as to you, from you 🤓 4w
Amandajoy Also, that‘s a good haul. 4w
Centique Well done you! I used to say the same thing but then, after they were prompted, I didn‘t always like the books they bought me 😕ooops sorry family! Now it‘s gift cards and I get a lovely shopping time after Christmas 👍 4w
kaysworld1 I'm the same Hun never got one from my family! But my lovely boss got me a Waterstones gift card so I was happy. 4w
Howseldomtheydo We stopped buying gifts except for the kids. It has made the holidays a lot less stressful and freed up $ to spend on myself. 4w
Nute @Texreader No longer any unhappy feelings. It was as you stated ‘a tremendous shopping trip‘ that I thoroughly enjoyed!😁 4w
Nute @Tamra Mrs. Claus and I are well-acquainted with each other now! She treated a reader right!😆 4w
Tamra @Nute 👌🏾👌🏾 She is reliable and thoughtful! 4w
Nute @Curiouser_and_curiouser Thank you for the solidarity. It seems that you can relate. I do purchase books for myself throughout the year, but I guess that on gift-giving days I have wide-spread expectations that do not come to fruition. But that is all said and done, I know what is required now!😆 4w
Nute @ljuliel Speak the truth! When the bull won‘t come willingly, sometimes you have to take the bull by the horns!💪🏽 That service that your library did for you is an amazing act of kindness!🙌🏽 4w
Nute @Scochrane26 Thank you! It was easier than I thought it would be.☺️ 4w
Nute @Eggs The blues disappeared as soon as I was walking across the parking lot with bag in hand. I might even have been humming a tune to myself. No worries!😉 4w
Nute @Lcsmcat I am the easiest person to buy books for, because I read just about anything. It is an absolute mystery that one of those someones in my family is not saying the words, “We should just get her a book.” OMG! How hard is that? I think I might still be sizzling!😠 I need to talk about something else. How are you today? 4w
ljuliel @Nute , that‘s part of the perks of living in this same little town since birth. ❤️. As for the books, it looks as though several others have experienced the same issue. I honestly think books are such a personal choice, it‘d be hard to pick for another person. If you choose them yourself, you‘re much more likely to find some you‘ll enjoy. I hope you picked some great ones. 😊 4w
Nute @Lesliereads Oh, Leslie, you are my lovely voice of reason. I want to act like a child right now & throw my entire being into this tantrum. Hmm...my mom loves pajamas. She has drawers upon drawers filled with cute pjs. However, every year on her B-Day, I get her a new pajamas. Why? Because she loves them & it‘s what she likes receiving most in the world. I get that! I understand that desire for her. I‘m just looking for the same thing!🤷🏽‍♀️ 4w
Nute @BlameJennyJane Girl, I laughed so much at what you said in response.🤣There is only one thing left to say, ‘We are two badass women!” 4w
Nute @Deifio I guess that I should consider the fact that if a person is not familiar with a particular environment that they might not know the first thing to do if ever they should venture there. However, when my brother took up golfing and my sister became a knitter I was all about the Golf Pro Shop and Amy‘s Yarn Store. I‘m just sayin‘!😉 In any event, I did spoil myself and I had a lot of fun doing so!😁 4w
Nute @CoverToCoverGirl There are a lot of books in my home environment. You might be absolutely correct in thinking that they all assume that I have enough books already, because it does appear so. It‘s close to hoarding.😉 Only my fellow Lovers of Literature can understand...THERE ARE NEVER ENOUGH BOOKS!😳 4w
Nute @Reviewsbylola I am usually way more conservative with single time purchase amounts preferring frequent buying with small totals (somehow that offsets the shock of expense). This purchase was definitely due to tantrum-related angst flowing all over the place!🙄 3w
Nute @IamIamIam Vincent Price has a cookbook? I hope that you post about tried recipes from his book one day! I would probably faint if I was gifted three books at one time!😂 3w
Nute @Megabooks I could be happy with a gift card for the purpose of purchasing books. It is still an acknowledgment that someone gets this hunger for reading and this longing for books. I dig our united front, friend!💕 3w
Nute @cathipink Self-purchasing does greatly increase the odds of self-satisfaction!😉 3w
Nute @Redwritinghood Do I have to admit a small understanding of the feelings of your family and that specific sentiment? I guess that I do, but very reluctantly!🥴 3w
Nute @marleed Thank you! I enjoy getting a post response from you because you share so much of yourself. You are so lovely! I feel that a frog lawn ornament as a birthday gift would quickly motivate me to gift myself as well!😂 We are feelin‘ each other‘s circumstances 💯! 3w
Nute @erzascarletbookgasm Thank you! I have gathered from the response posts prior to yours that I am definitely not alone in this predicament. Utterly amazing that readers are not gifted books! Well, quite a few are, but many are not. It is my fellow Littens who have mellowed my mood. It really does take a reader to understand a reader and the desire of the written word! Happy reading to you as well, Jessie!🙂💕 3w
Nute @Amandajoy Thank you! That is an excellent idea, Amanda! If only there was a way that I could be surprised about them!🙄 3w
Amandajoy One year I ordered the Book Riot year end box, wrapped it, and put it under the tree. I bought myself books & was surprised 😉 3w
Nute @Centique I could be happy with just ONE dedicated gift card for the purpose of purchasing a book from the family and friends who love the READER amongst them!😉 However, my own shopping spree was a fun-time adventure and I am excited about every book that came out of it!😆 3w
IamIamIam @Nute YES! He and his wife were gourmet chefs and they would travel in their RV making gourmet dinner parties while visiting their friends! He's truly an amazing character! 3w
Nute @kaysworld1 It looks like I need to put my Supervisor in contact with your Supervisor for some IRL Trainjng!😅Enjoy your Waterstones Gift Card. 3w
Nute @Howseldomtheydo The gift-giving aspect of any gift-giving moment is the hardest part. I actually went to my family a while back and suggested that gifts are purchased for the children only, but there was never one hundred percent adherence/cooperation which left some folks feeling bad/sad/guilty. There were so many feelings it was more complicated to achieve a stress-free result. Every year we seem to be getting a little bit closer to resolution. 3w
Howseldomtheydo @Nute 🤞 Happy New Year 🥳 3w
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The Yellow House | Sarah M. Broom
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It took me a bit to get into this because Ms. Broom‘s family tree is VOLUMINOUS and I felt slightly lost. But once I settled in I recognized this for what it was - a searing love letter to her family and the city of her birth. At the same time it is an indictment of that city‘s piss poor treatment of citizens following Katrina. It enraged and inspired and enlightened in equal measure. 4⭐️

Cinfhen Another awesome review 2mo
cathipink This book continues to grow on me. Her acceptance speech at the National Book Awards made me cry. 2mo
BarbaraBB Great review! 2mo
arubabookwoman I loved this book, and anyone who loves NO would probably like it. 2mo
Reviewsbylola This sounds phenomenal and I love the cover. 2mo
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The Yellow House | Sarah M. Broom
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Getting a late start on Non-Fiction November, but better late than never!

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The Yellow House | Sarah M. Broom
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1. It‘s been a crazy month and I do have to do some work this week-end, but really hoping to dive into The Yellow House during some quiet time. And finish my audio books: Just Kids, On Earth We Are Briefly Gorgeous, and How to Change Your Mind.
2. Our tradition is throwing a HUGE party Wed night before Thanksgiving featuring enchiladas with mole sauce and other Mexican fare. I sleep in and don‘t cook Thursday!

Laura317 We are going to Pigeon Forge, TN for Thanksgiving. It‘s the first time we‘ve not been home for it. We are taking lots of snacks and games. No shopping though. Ain‘t nobody got the patience for that in PF! 2mo
SamAnne @Laura317 Good luck and have fun!!! 2mo
Laura317 @SamAnne Thanks! Your Wednesday sounds amazing! 2mo
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TheSpineView No cooking on Thursday! Heaven! Happy Thanksgiving! 😍🍗🥧 2mo
SamAnne #TheSpineView yes! No cooking on Thursday. Just cooking enchiladas for 80 tomorrow..... 2mo
Megabooks Yum! I‘m coming to your place Wednesday!! 2mo
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The Yellow House | Sarah M. Broom
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This book was about many things-a memoir, a family history, a story of Hurricane Katrina, and a story of New Orleans. The many strengths of the book were also its weaknesses. It was expansive, but that made it hard to keep track of all the people and places. The writing was elegant, but also a bit too restrained. It was well-researched, but also veered into too much detail that detracted from the central narrative. 👇🏻

Redwritinghood This was evidently written with deep love for her family and birth city, and that is a redeeming factor of the book. 3.5⭐️ 2mo
Megabooks Great review!! 2mo
Redwritinghood @Megabooks Thank you! 2mo
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The Yellow House | Sarah M. Broom
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Finished my 100th book of the year last night 🎉 this book was much different than I expected, but I enjoyed it and it's given me a lot to think about. New Orleans is the city of my heart, and Katrina remains the event of my lifetime that never fails to render me speechless. This memoir is and isn't about the storm, and is and isn't about NOLA. Grateful to have read this story, and pulling for her and Tressie on 11/20 🤞 reading stats below ⬇️

cathipink Out of the 100 books read 📚 21 were from my stacks (the rest, library)🧔 15 male-identifying authors 📘 29 authors of color (better than last year but still need to do better)🎧 40 audiobooks 3mo
merelybookish Good work! I stacked this a while ago and glad to see it's living up the it's hype! 3mo
cathipink @merelybookish it's my most productive reading year by *a lot* - glad to have made it to 100 but aiming for fewer next year. I hope you enjoy The Yellow House when you get to it 🙂 3mo
j9brown Wow, 100 is really impressive! 👏😄 3mo
SamAnne Starting this book today! 2mo
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Just discovered this podcast - any other Littens fans? Loved the format - invite an author ( it was Jami Attenburg) who talks about their new book, whilst sipping a custom made 'inspired by the new book' cocktail. The author then brings along a book they love and they all talk about that too. Jami brought along the Yellow House and there was great discussion around New Orleans set books. Fab podcast - i'll be going back for more!

Balibee146 Sounds great... I always plan to listen to podcasts and never do.... This may break that pattern for me 👍 3mo
Mitch @Balibee146 I have so many stacked up! Really did like this one though 😁 3mo
Scochrane26 I‘m always looking for new podcasts. Thanks for the suggestion. 3mo
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kspenmoll Sounds like fun! 3mo
tjwill I‘ve listened to a few episodes of this one, and I always enjoy them. 3mo
BookNAround I listen to this one, among my many book podcasts. I‘m so behind though I‘m way back in February (almost to March) in my listening. 3mo
Mitch @BookNAround which podcast is your favourite? 3mo
Mitch @tjwill it was a good mix of different styles of conversation 👍🏼 3mo
Mitch @Scochrane26 hope you enjoy! Do you have a favourite? 3mo
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The Yellow House | Sarah M. Broom

I really wanted to like this book. I love New Orleans and wanted to learn more about New Orleans East where the author is from but it was too disjointed to follow. This book rambled all over the place and really needed a good editor.

marleed Oh I hate it when I‘m inside a book and wondering where the editors went. 3mo
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Oh my goodness - end of a decade! Why did I only just realise that ??🤣🤣🤣
I picked up Yellow House recently and can‘t wait to read it - it seems to be on every list imaginable at the moment!


Cinfhen OMG!!! I didn‘t realize either 🙈 3mo
MicheleinPhilly I ❤️ and hate lists in equal measure. They give me inspiration AND anxiety. 🤦🏻‍♀️ @Cinfhen @Mitch 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Jesmyn Ward ❤️❤️ 3mo
Cinfhen I‘m SUCH A LIST GIRL @MicheleinPhilly I LOVE THEM but I didn‘t realize 2020 begins a new decade! That‘s awesome 😎 3mo
SamAnne Love Jesmyn Ward and beginning Yellow House today! 2mo
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Some great ones here - Disappearing Earth was fab, Thick is close to the top of my TBR and The Yellow Room is calling me......👍🏼

Yellow House: A Memoir | Sarah M Broom
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I‘ve been really feeling the non fiction vibe this year and reading so many more than my target of one a month. I‘ve not read a single one of these though - so that will keep me busy for the last part of this year! Most interested in the tagged book I think. Read anything here that I should too?? https://lithub.com/here-is-the-2019-longlist-for-the-national-book-award-for-non...

cathipink Tressie's book was really great - I'm embarrassed that I haven't read any others but I'm on the library list for The Yellow House. 4mo
Mitch @cathipink stacked!👍🏼 4mo
MicheleinPhilly I‘ve not read any of them but I own 4 of them. 😬 4mo
Aimeesue Thick was very good. 4mo
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Love this - food, books, community- perfect. Looking forward to reading this one.


ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Po-boys + books 😁👌 4mo
Mitch @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I know, right?! Perfect! 4mo
eri.reads Simply amazing! 4mo
vivastory @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Couldn't agree more. Also, beignets + books=infinite joy 4mo
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After a long day of school work and cleaning I‘m finally sitting down with a bottle of wine and opening this book. I‘ve been so excited about this book, and I am ready to dive in.

Lcsmcat She was interviewed on NPR last Saturday. Did you catch it? 5mo
TheBookStacker @Lcsmcat oh no but I‘m going to look it up now! Thanks for the heads up! 5mo
Lcsmcat @TheBookStacker Your welcome. It was on Weekend Edition, I think. 5mo
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This book is out tomorrow and I wanted to make sure that everyone is aware of it, because you‘re going to be seeing it all over the place soon. It‘s an incredible work that bends the memoir genre to encompass a century of a place in New Orleans and the people who lived there. Say hello to your new book club pick, because everyone is going to want to read it. 💛📚💛

kgriffith Welp, what can you say to that but “stacked” ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 5mo
marleed Well okay then - stacked! 5mo
TheBookStacker Can‘t wait I preordered it! 5mo
SamanthaMarie Oooooooo. Stacked for sure!!! 5mo
tapgurl Couldn‘t finish it. Was too disjointed. Made me sad because I‘m very interested in the subject matter. 3mo
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So, the original plan for today had been to head to the pool. However, my youngest spawn made some poor life choices last night, so today is a day of atonement. 🙄 (Honestly, it is so gross outside, I am secretly glad to stay in the AC!) Once I finish my coffee and to do list, I am going to start in on one of my ALA finds.

MCYmermaid Your parental phrasing made me laugh. 🤭 7mo
AmberWB @MCYmermaid 😁 I swear, if I wasn‘t laughing at it, I would be drinking heavily. 😉 7mo
Stacy_31 I love that your to-do list is written on the back of an envelope. My kind of person! 😂😂 7mo
AmberWB @Stacy_31 😁 The saddest part about that, is that we have SO MANY notebooks and pads of paper SOMEWHERE. Never available when I need to actually write something. 🙄 7mo
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The Yellow House | Sarah M. Broom
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Evening reading: Excited to dive into this one! I have heard nothing but AMAZING things from trusted sources. (Not the kitten.) 📚🐈❤️

CoffeeNBooks Adorable kitten! 😺 10mo
wanderinglynn What a cutie! ❤️🐱 10mo
TuesdayReviews Kittens are definitely not to be trusted. 10mo
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Graciouswarriorprincess Cute kittie! ❤️ 10mo
CouronneDhiver Interesting that the cover isn‘t yellow 💛 10mo
Shvonne Kitty must not like non-fiction 10mo
MayJasper That's what I was thinking 😊 @CouronneDhiver 10mo
8little_paws @CouronneDhiver that's just the arc cover. But the finished one isn't yellow either. It's a photo collage 10mo
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