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Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell
Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell | Robert Dugoni
Wall Street Journal and New York Times bestselling author Robert Dugoni's coming-of-age story is, according to Booklist, "a novel that, if it doesn't cross entirely over into John Irving territory, certainly nestles in close to the border."Sam Hill always saw the world through different eyes. Born with red pupils, he was called "Devil Boy" or Sam "Hell" by his classmates; "God's will" is what his mother called his ocular albinism. Her words were of little comfort, but Sam persevered, buoyed by his mother's devout faith, his father's practical wisdom, and his two other misfit friends.Sam believed it was God who sent Ernie Cantwell, the only African American kid in his class, to be the friend he so desperately needed. And that it was God's idea for Mickie Kennedy to storm into Our Lady of Mercy like a tornado, uprooting every rule Sam had been taught about boys and girls.Forty years later, Sam, a small-town eye doctor, is no longer certain anything was by design--especially not the tragedy that caused him to turn his back on his friends, his hometown, and the life he'd always known. Running from the pain, eyes closed, served little purpose. Now, as he looks back on his life, Sam embarks on a journey that will take him halfway around the world. This time, his eyes are wide open--bringing into clear view what changed him, defined him, and made him so afraid, until he can finally see what truly matters.
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ReadingOver50
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I have read 4 of Dugoni‘s thriller books, and I was surprised to find this one. It came highly recommended. This is a straight fiction book, telling the story of Sam Hill from childhood into his forties. It is a testament to the author‘s skill as a writer that I found this very interesting and flew through it in 2 days.

Kshakal I absolutely adored this book! 4w
SilversReviews LOVED this book. 1w
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Coleen
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Pickpick

A great coming-of-age novel that‘ll make you both laugh and cry. I feel like this one should‘ve gotten more hype than it did.

WorldsOkayestStepMom I almost bought this one on Kindle a couple days ago, and then forgot. Glad to know it's good! 2mo
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dabbe
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#12Booksof2023

May: THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE OF SAM HELL by Robert Dugoni. LOVED Sam as a character, red eyes an all!
“There comes a day in every man's life when he stops looking forward and starts looking back“ (Dugoni).

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Evita
Pickpick

5 out of 5!

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Kshakal
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Pickpick

This is a stunner of a book… I laughed, I cried, sometimes I laughed while I cried… it gave me all of the feels! Rich in character and heart this novel doesn‘t disappoint!

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SonyaBeatty
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“Time is wicked. It comes and goes like a thief in the night, stealing our youth, our beauty, and our bodies.”

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SanjanaGhosh
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Pickpick

This book made me smile and cry simultaneously so many times! It was beautiful to read!

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dabbe
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#2023readingbracket (hard to read, so ...)

Jan: Remarkably Bright Creatures
Feb: The Moonstone
Winner: Remarkably Bright Creatures
Mar: Cannery Row
Apr: Agnes Grey
Winner: Cannery Row
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Overall Winner So Far: Remarkably Bright Creatures
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May: The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell

Pikathulhu It makes my heart so happy to see Cannery Row doing so well; it's always been my favorite of his shorter works! 9mo
dabbe @Pikathulhu Mine now, too! I can't believe I had never read it until #AuthoraMonth. Will definitely reread in the future! 🩵🤍🩵 9mo
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dabbe
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Pickpick

I adored Sam and his parents, and the lifelong friendship between Sam, Ernie, and Mickie is, well, extraordinary. The prejudice Sam faces due to his ocular albinism is excruciatingly painful, and David Freemon is pure evil. One of the main motifs in the book is the questioning of faith. What I found challenging was the ending; it was full of preachy platitudes and a too-quick (I thought) jump on the Catholic bandwagon. Still, a heartwarming read.

dabbe BTW, no offense to Catholics or any religion or non-religion. It's the “too-quick“ that I dinged a little. 💙💚💙 10mo
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Tkimsal
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Wow moment for me earlier today. Putting together the detail record of our book group ratings and I realized this past Saturday marked 280 selections and meetings. We‘re closing in on 300 selections, and this November will be our 25th anniversary. There are no words to properly express what this journey has meant and continues to mean to me. I‘ll save the real gushing until we hit that milestone. #FirstSaturdayReaders

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Tkimsal
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It was so beautiful today, we had book group outside! #FirstSaturdayReaders

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Tkimsal
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Mehso-so

A little preachy, a little predictable, not really the kind of book I‘d normally pick up (it was this month‘s selection for our book group). Not the worst thing I‘ve ever read, but I don‘t get people raving about this book. #FirstSaturdayReaders #BooksWithBeth

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Tkimsal
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Just started this for next book club meeting. Wondering if anyone who has already read this would share their (spoiler free) opinion of it.

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GinaKButler
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Finally getting into this one after a nudge from a book club friend. I love his Tracey Crosswhite series…this is a little different.

#bookspinbingo

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BookMatesbyRhonda
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Chilling at desk, reading with my book dragon, Lilly!! 🥰❤️

Life is good!!
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BookMaven9
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Mehso-so

🌟🌟🌟

A pretty good read in the beginning. Strong character development and easy, flowing writing. However the second half brought my star rating down as it turned into a hallmark, sappy story which I cannot abide.

mandarchy Accurate review. 2y
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Jaimelire
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Pickpick

Book club selection for this month. Loved it. Not something I would have picked out for myself, but that is the magic of book club….you sometimes get wonderful surprises like this gem of a book.

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Veenie
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Pickpick

This was a hard book to put down and I hated to leave the characters behind once the book ended. The author‘s acknowledgment opened with an explanation of the story‘s origin so I‘m glad to have read that as well.

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Allthebookclubs
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What an extraordinary book!! I enjoyed this entire book and can‘t wait to read more by Dugoni. I loved the connected thread throughout the story, faith and that everything really does have a purpose. The friendship of Sam, Micky, and Ernie is breathtaking. I couldn‘t put it down!!! Book #48 in 2021

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GeethuBabu
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Pickpick

Like the title says, a very extraordinary book!! Highly recommend.

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mandarchy
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Mehso-so

Well, I barely met my goals. I liked this book, but became exasperated with it in the end. Forgive me if I offend, but it became too Catholic for me, more Hallmark than I like. I opened it not knowing what to expect. HAPPY SOLSTICE! Today is my last day of school with the kids. I'll have more time to accomplish these #Readathon goals. Thanks @Andrew65 for hosting

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mandarchy
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This #Readathon coincides with my last full week of work with students. Our last day is June 21st. Possibly the longest year. My goals will be:
🌥to finish the tagged book
⛅find the next read to share with my son
🌤and preview a dozen new picture books
☀️start a Follett order for the fall
#JoysofJune @Andrew65

Andrew65 Great, good luck 😊👍 3y
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Lcsmcat
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Pickpick

I‘m sticking with my first impression. This was a good story, but there were no amazing sentences that demanded I stop and reread and savor them. And the ending, well that went off the rails. When characters behave in ways that go against character just to have things neatly tied up, it weakens the whole story for me. So it‘s a low pick. (I had to google ocular albinism - internet photo.) I‘m curious to see what my book club thinks about it.

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Lcsmcat
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My irl book club read for June. I‘m 11 chapters in (short chapters) and so far an interesting story, but no great sentences that made me stop and reread and ponder.

mandarchy I have this on my short TBR list. 3y
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Cathyloves2read
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This book read more like a memoir to me than it did a novel. I‘m not much for memoirs, because they usually don‘t hold my interest. Maybe I am reading the wrong memoirs? I really did like this story though. By the end of the book, I felt I knew the characters personally. I am kind of sad that I‘ve finished it, because I have to tell Sam Hell goodbye. This book was definitely different then any book I‘ve ever read.

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HappyCamper
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Pickpick

Loved it.

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Yahui07
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Pickpick

Finally got the chance to read this book and it doesn‘t disappoint me. A warm and beautiful story. Enjoy this book! 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Blackink_WhitePaper
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Pickpick

A fast paced read which is my #bookspin choice. It‘s a sad but inspiring story of a boy who has red eyes from birth because of medical reasons. Story is crafted beautifully with the touch of emotions, family, friendship, love, loss, & faith. I specially appreciated Sam‘s frnds & family. It‘s all about breaking down and standing stronger as the days pass by. 4🌟

#bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3y
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crazyspine
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@aperfectmjk @candority #Cupidbookswap There's a whole pack of these chocolates but just one in the picture. Thanks so much!

candority Happy Valentine‘s Day! 💕 3y
aperfectmjk Yay! I hope you enjoy! 🥰 3y
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paulareadsallthetime
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Such a wonderful story!! This book follows a boy named Sam Hell who is born with red eyes. We whiteness his birth, his school years,
Including a bully, and all through his adult life. His mother is a strong Catholic believer. She continuously encourages Sam to have faith.

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Hilary427
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Pickpick

Great book! It follows the life of Sam Hill, a boy born with ocular albinism, meaning he has red eyes. Short chapters makes it go by quickly, and I really enjoyed the characters.
⭐️: 4.5/5

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Messiejessie
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Pickpick

With rave reviews, I think my expectations for this book were a little too high.
While I enjoyed it, I‘m not sure why I didn‘t absolutely love it. I think maybe the ending was tied up just a little too neatly for me.
However, the characters were written beautifully. I adored Mickie and Ernie. Sam‘s parents were also wonderfully written.
Faith, unconditional love and firm friendship in the face of discrimination and a journey of self acceptance

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MelKelsey
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Pickpick

Book 145
A book about a boy born with red eyes, whose mom taught him he was destined for an extraordinary life. He found the opposite to be true at Catholic school, but found camaraderie with other kids that didn't fit in. The book oscillates between his childhood and his adult life. The story is not rich, but the characters are well-written and complex.bI expected to love it more after reading others' reviews, but it was good.

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Becker
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Pickpick

If you liked A Prayer for Owen Meany, you might want to pick this book up. I thought it had a similar feel to it and was overall a very good story.🍁

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Blackink_WhitePaper
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This is in my #TBR list.

Any thoughts?

Day 16 : #Wordsofoctober #extraordinary

OriginalCyn620 📚👍🏻📚 3y
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jdiehr
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My sister-in-law told me I needed to move this one up my TBR list and I'm so glad I did!

A boy with a physical disadvantage and the mother who was convinced he would lead an extraordinary life.

This story was heartbreaking, uplifting and all together wonderful. A real gem 🙂

Caroline2 Sounds great. Stacked. 😉 3y
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Reynosa8701
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Pickpick

July WRAPUP! Most of these are audio books but I had a lot of great books this month!

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a.bookish.byrd
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Mehso-so

⭐️⭐️

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Tex2Flo
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For June, I had one extraordinary (Roxane Gay), one close to home (Lilian), one fun political ( Would be president), one that didn‘t stand the test of time ( Savannah blues), and a fake German heiress (Anna). Only one nonfiction (more typical).
Good month, but not spectacular. Lots covered.

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Kboltz
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Sam is born and he is different from other kids. When his dad first looks at him he makes the the statement, “What the Sam Hell?” His name is Sam Hill and as he journeys through Catholic school with the support of his parents and his mom who knows God‘s will make it all ok, you read the story of Sam‘s journey. Loved this book.

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Cathy_J
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Oh I loved this, what a great story. I'm kind of sad I am finished now :-P Should have paced myself! 🙂 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Reynosa8701 Omg my exact thoughts I restarted it today to make sure I know what I‘m talking about when I discuss with my sister! 4y
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Tracyantoon
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My book club pick for this month and it was entertaining. Sam Hill was born with ocular albinism giving him red eyes. The kids at school called him Devil Boy. This is the story of Sam and his extraordinary life.
My Catholic grade school experience was rather different than Sam‘s but I was a local pharmacist at a small independent pharmacy so I can attest that was a very accurate portrayal. I enjoyed this much more than I expected. 4⭐️

TerriGreen Interesting! This one is on my TBR. Hooray for book clubs!!📚 4y
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angel1
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I got a 'new to me' van and it has the perfect spot for my book...yes I carry a book with me anytime I leave the house😃

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tpixie
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I feel this ♥️ ⏰ ♥️

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tpixie
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So far this is a really great read! #FriendsWithBooks

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Sills
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Where do I begin-a novel of unconditional love, struggle, friendship, prejudice, bullying, perseverance, survivors guilt, heroism, and God's will. A quick read because you won't put it down. You will gasp-chuckle-cry-and cheer, and it won't matter because your heart will thank you for all the emotions.

tpixie I‘m enjoying it so far! A little over 1/2 way through! 4y
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