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The Dutch House
The Dutch House | Ann Patchett
Danny Conroy grows up in the Dutch House, a lavish folly in small-town Pennsylvania taken on by his property developer father. Though his father is distant and his mother is absent, Danny has his beloved sister Maeve: Maeve, with her wall of black hair, her delicacy, her brilliance. Life is comfortable and coherent, played out under the watchful eyes of the house's former owners in the frames of their oil paintings, or under the cover of the draperies around the window seat in Maeve's room. Then one day their father brings Andrea home: Andrea, small and neat, a dark hat no bigger than a saucer pinned over a twist of her fair hair. Though they cannot know it, Andrea's advent to the Dutch House sows the seed of the defining loss of Danny and Maeve's lives. Her arrival will exact a banishment: a banishment whose reverberations will echo for the rest of their lives. For all that the world is open to him, for all that he can accumulate, for all that life is full, Danny and his sister are drawn back time and again to the place they can never enter, knocking in vain on the locked door of the past. For behind the mystery of their own enforced exile is that of their mother's self-imposed one: an absence more powerful than any presence they have known. Told with Ann Patchett's inimitable blend of wit and heartbreak, The Dutch House is a story of family, betrayal, love, responsibility and sacrifice; of the powerful bonds of place and time that magnetize and repel us for our whole lives, and the lives of those who survive us.
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Mynameisacolour
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Loved everything about this one! 💗
🌷🌷🌷🌷

Cortg I love all your plants 😍 Great book, too! 2w
AmyG I love your plants! And I loved this book, too. 2w
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CBee
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This one was tied with my other #July pick. Got two copies as gifts from @AmyG and @Sleepswithbooks 😊♥️
#12booksof2021 @Andrew65

Andrew65 Great choice. 3w
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Mynameisacolour
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Finally getting to The Dutch house, the perfect book for my new book marks maiden....marking and Ollie already knows what being a great reading buddy is all about.🐾 Thanks again for sending this one to me! @sharread 🌷
#dogsoflitsy

Soubhiville I think beagle puppies are just about the cutest thing on earth. ❤️ 3w
Mynameisacolour @Soubhiville I agree! Although, I think the cuteness is to compensate for what little handfuls they can be😅 3w
AmyG What a cutie! 3w
BookNAround Ollie is adorable! 3w
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AmyG
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Andrew65 Great choice. 3w
Mynameisacolour I started this one this morning 📖 3w
AmyG @Mynameisacolour I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. 3w
Graywacke Great book! 3w
Cathythoughts I really enjoyed this 👍❤️ 3w
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Nutmegnc
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A recent death in the family has prompted a necessary and long road trip. Thanks to @BkClubCare Recs, I had already requested some top quality audiobooks including this gem. I also love the story about how she selected (or rather commissioned then selected) the cover art! Tom Hanks doesn‘t disappoint as audio narrator.

Smrloomis I‘m sorry for your loss 😔 Travel safely 3w
BkClubCare Condolences and hugs. Be safe on your journey. 3w
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Librarybelle
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#12BooksOf2021 #February

I had a couple really, really good reads in February, so this one was a rough choice to make. But, Patchett‘s familial tale won (over Wintering by Katherine May).

The Dutch House is spellbinding, in that there are so many feelings and emotions taking place in this book. Greed, hope, love, revenge (to a degree), and never forgetting. Patchett‘s writing made me fully virtualize the situations taking place in my mind.

Andrew65 Need to read this. (edited) 4w
AmyG I chose this one for a later month. I loved it. 4w
Librarybelle @Andrew65 It is well worth the read! 4w
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Librarybelle @AmyG It was so good! Glad you loved it too! 4w
jlhammar Love this one. Tom Hanks did an amazing job with the audiobook. 4w
Librarybelle @jlhammar I heard from others how well Hanks did with the audio. I read the print version of this. I listen to audiobooks while doing house chores, so I may have to check out the audio version of this at some point! 4w
Crazeedi I loved this one too. 4w
Librarybelle @Crazeedi It‘s been fun looking through the past best reads this year! 4w
Graywacke Great book. And @jlhammar completely agree. 4w
Cinfhen Such a good book 3w
Librarybelle @Cinfhen ❤️❤️❤️ 3w
Nutmegnc I‘m almost finished with this. Gorgeous cover, gorgeous audio. Gorgeous writing. 3w
Librarybelle @Nutmegnc I love the cover too! 3w
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fredthemoose
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Finally read this one. If I would have realized it‘s only kind of about the house and only kind of about the girl on the cover, I probably would have read it sooner! I enjoyed the relationships in the book, especially between the siblings at the center.

EvieBee I said the exact same thing when I finished it! 2mo
kbuggle I adored this one on audio! It‘s so much more than the house 2mo
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SanjanaGhosh
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Loved how this book spans an entire lifetime of the bond between a brother and sister!

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booksandbellyrubs
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I know I'm fairly late to this party but I'm happy to have finally arrived nonetheless 😊 I loved this book! Totally lived up to the hype.

I ordered my first e-reader just now after taking my sister's for a testdrive. So excited for it to arrive. My tbr is about to get a whole lot bigger!

#ereader #hypedbook #readyfortheweekend

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melissajayne
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3.75⭐️ I thought it was a really good book, but felt as though it dragged in places and as though it lacked an oomph to it. I realize that it wasn‘t meant to be that sort of book and that it was supposed to be that way, I wish there had been a little bit more oomph in the story. #2021 #fiction #literaryfiction #bookreview #bookstagram

This was my #bookspin selection for July

Alfoster Totally agree! I was waiting for a “gotcha” moment too!😫 5mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 5mo
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sharread
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I never read a book where the cover matches the book so well. Beautifully written with descriptive details about a Dutch House and the people that live there. Character driven at it's best I was invested in the two sisters wholeheartedly. The people that live there aren't Dutch and the house isn't Dutch either. Cute story funny at times too. #BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 6mo
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bookaholic1
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#66
I really enjoyed this book, the storyline and characters kept me interested right from the beginning and Tom Hanks did a magnificent job

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CBee
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The story of a family, the story of two siblings, the story of a grand old house. Beautifully written, and how the story comes full circle at the end was just incredible to me. @Sleepswithbooks and @AmyG thanks to you both for sending this to me ♥️♥️

Sleepswithbooks Great minds with @AmyG 😂 6mo
CBee @Sleepswithbooks absolutely 😂♥️ 6mo
AmyG Ha…Those were my thoughts, too @Sleepswithbooks. 6mo
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AmyG And Happy Birthday, my friend! 😘😘😘 6mo
CBee @AmyG thank you, friend ♥️♥️♥️ 6mo
tracey38 Happy birthday @CBee 🎉🎊🎂🎁 6mo
CBee @tracey38 thank you ♥️♥️ 6mo
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MommyWantsToReadHerBook
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Wonderful Patchett, for the most part. I don't know, somehow the characters' issues were so blatant that I got cross with them for holding on so dearly to their upsets and not getting therapy 😂 maybe I'm just in a weird mood. Still highly recommended ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Cathythoughts Nice review! I think this is my favorite of her books so far 6mo
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MommyWantsToReadHerBook
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So I finally signed up for Scribd and am enjoying The Dutch House so much so far!

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Edecmcl
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Mehso-so

Good writing; fair story; read it quickly

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perfectsinner
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2n5 🌟

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HettyG
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I have had mixed feelings about this author in the past, but I thoroughly enjoyed this. I read it in audio format, a great book to keep you company cleaning house, the characters were finely drawn, I was very pulled in to the story. I loved musing on the theme of home, what makes the Dutch house a home or not one, you know? It was good.

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CBee
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@Sleepswithbooks you‘re the sweetest!! Thank you so much for sending this to me 😊♥️ I‘ve been wanting to read this for so long!
#litsylove

AmyG Hahaha….expect another one of these in the mail. 😂 My daughter was going to mail this for me today. (edited) 7mo
CBee @AmyG oh my goodness 😂😂 I‘ll have to have a giveaway of a giveaway or something 😂 That is so sweet of you ♥️ 7mo
Sleepswithbooks You‘re so welcome @CBee !! 6mo
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Hooked_on_books
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The central story of this book is the arc of the relationship of brother and sister Danny and Maeve, and it‘s fabulous. What I didn‘t like was the house used as a plot device, as for me it wasn‘t fleshed out in a way I found convincing. I think the book would be stronger without it. But otherwise great characters, great exploration of relationships.

Sleepswithbooks What a great photo!! 7mo
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Bianca
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Last night of vacation and I'm trying to get some quality reading in while I can. I was able to read THE RISE OF KYLO REN while waiting for a friend to get ready earlier. Will probably post a review later.

vivastory I hope you had a pleasant vacation! 7mo
Bianca @vivastory Thank you! It was fun. 7mo
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Leftcoastzen
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#authoramonth I rarely read 2 books by the same author back to back.After Commonwealth, I knew I had to dive into this.When Mr Conroy goes from rags to riches in real estate, the idea of a grand house as a gift to his wife seems like the thing to do.It triggers a series of events that will be his family‘s undoing . Mother leaves ,Maeve & Danny ,the kids , bond tightly to each other trying to make a life for themselves & sense of it all. Grt. Read!

AmyG I loved this….so I started Commonwealth. Ha! 7mo
Leftcoastzen @AmyG she‘s good at odd family dynamics, feral children.😁 7mo
AmyG Yes. And I love a good dysfunctional family. 😂 7mo
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Leftcoastzen @AmyG dysfunction junction, what‘s your function?😁 7mo
ValerieAndBooks I liked this one when I read it some time ago but haven‘t been able to get into anything else of hers for this month‘s #authoramonth 😬. Not in the right mood, I guess. 7mo
Leftcoastzen @ValerieAndBooks I am a mood reader too sometimes.I will buy or borrow something I think I want to read right now and then I get distracted by something else almost immediately.😄 7mo
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Melismatic
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Different than I expected — some may find it too slow but if you think of it as a slice of life novel, it really shines. By the end, you feel like you really know these characters, you hurt for them and also want to shake some sense into them. Tom Hanks‘ narration is fabulous. #AuthorAMonth

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Sleepswithbooks
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This is my favorite author so far from #authoramonth this year 🙃📖

@Soubhiville

AmyG Wasn‘t this a great book? I absolutely loved it! All thr characters were wonderful (even if they weren‘t good people). (edited) 7mo
mom2bugnbee If you ever want to revisit this, Tom Hanks reads the audiobook. It's amazing. ☺ 7mo
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staci.reads
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I loved this book! It was beautifully written, the characters and the house, which was really a character in itself. I've read a few other of Patchett's novels, Run, Bel Canto, and State of Wonder - this was my favorite. #AuthorAMonth @Soubhiville

Sleepswithbooks I‘m reading this one now 💛 #authoramonth 7mo
staci.reads @Sleepswithbooks hope you enjoy! 7mo
Graywacke Glad you enjoyed. One of my favorite audiobooks. 7mo
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AmyG
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The story of siblings Maeve and Danny….their family and their home…The Dutch House. I absolutely loved it.

#authoramonth June @Soubhiville

Sleepswithbooks I‘m loving it too! About 3/4 through…. 7mo
AmyG @Sleepswithbooks 👊🏻😘 7mo
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Addison_Reads
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#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks #LittenListen @aperfectmjk #AuthorAMonth2021 @Soubhiville

This is a light pick for me because I didn't enjoy it as much as other books by this author, and I felt some sections were too long. The idea of this massive house that keeps such a hold on people was captivating, almost as if the house was also a character.

Tom Hanks did a great job narrating. However, I kept seeing Woody in my mind reading to me. 😁

Megabooks Lol re:Woody!! 7mo
Bklover 😂 😆 7mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! I've seen a lot of mixed reviews for this one so I'm glad you enjoyed it!! 7mo
aperfectmjk I too felt the house was like a character. I very much enjoyed this one. I kind of hope it makes it to the big screen honestly. There's just something about it. 7mo
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Skygoddess1
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Mehso-so

This was just a meh family saga story for me. I neither liked nor disliked the characters, and there were few parts of the story that I particularly became absorbed in. I listened to the audiobook which is narrated by Tom Hanks and as much as I love him as an actor, the narration fell flat for me. #AuthorAMonth #BookspinBingo #DoubleSpin

TheAromaofBooks I've been seeing some mixed reviews for this one, despite Patchett getting overall good reviews this month. 7mo
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Blackink_WhitePaper
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Beautifully written. Interesting novel where a place plays such an important role by holding the storyline intact. I chose #audiobook as it was performed by Tom Hanks. Narration was too good as expected but still I want to read it in print in the future. My first 5🌟 read of June #bookspinbingo #authoramonth

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 7mo
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vlwelser
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Panpan

Too long. Too boring. And I'm probably the only person ever that just isn't that into Tom Hanks (though he was really funny back in the 1980's).

#audiobook

#AuthorAMonth @Soubhiville

#BookSpinBingo square 20
@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks At least it's off the list!!! 7mo
Cathythoughts I couldn‘t get the audio here ( was dying to hear T Hanks read this ) it‘s my favorite of her books still though. Love the different opinions 👍🏻❤️ 7mo
vlwelser @Cathythoughts I am definitely alone with my opinion on this one. Commonwealth is my fav so far. I probably should not have listened to them back to back. 7mo
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Jadams1776
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Week 1 points for #LittenListen. Tagged is my current listen.

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staci.reads
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#bookmail 😍 I can finally start on June's #AuthorAMonth and #SheSaid challenges! Finishing up Circe and then diving into these 2. @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Soubhiville

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Circe is excellent too! 7mo
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Addison_Reads
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Eggs ❤️🕊❤️ 8mo
aperfectmjk I loved this one. Tom Hanks did such a good job with this... but it's Tom Hanks... so no surprise there. 7mo
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sb3626
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I started this book not really knowing what to expect and it suddenly drew me in. This is about so much more than a house but the brother and sister that grew up in it and their history.

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Aims42
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This was a delightful read. Once I started, I couldn‘t put it down 🥰 I can see why it‘s been a hit with readers 👍🏻

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Aims42
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A little leftover lunchtime reading party happening 🥰🙌🏻 It‘s wonderful not having to deal with coworkers in the lunchroom: “Hi! Oh! Sorry, didn‘t see you reading. What are you reading? Actually, don‘t tell me. I‘ll ask you after your lunch so I don‘t keep disturbing you. (Sounds of rooting in the fridge, microwave beeping, them humming) Okay. I‘ve got everything I need now so it‘ll be quiet again, ha ha ha! Hope you keep liking your book! Bye!”

squirrelbrain 🤣🤣🤣 8mo
Caroline2 😆 👍 8mo
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AmyK1
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I really liked this story about two siblings in a dysfunctional family and the unique house that connects them.

This is my May #bookspin book. @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 8mo
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AmyK1
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 9mo
Scochrane26 Loved The Dutch House. 9mo
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rachelk
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I was completely mesmerized by this family drama told by semi-oblivious protagonist and only son, Danny. The magnificent house is a character in its own right. As always, Patchett‘s writing is fantastic.

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CuriousG
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I'm posting one book per day from the ever growing unread stacks in my personal library. No description or explanation, just books I own and plan to read. #tbr

Day 57 (Audible edition)

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Yoricke_SouthAfrica
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I started this book, not knowing what it was about, having only read great review. I was not disappointed. A very interesting story, with a unique perspective, this book lived up to all the great reviews.
At the centre of the story, a beautiful mansion, surrounded by generations of people that lived their lives, happiness, disappointments, tragedies, love... and the house unites them all.

Scochrane26 Loved this one, too 10mo
TheLudicReader I don‘t think Patchett has ever let me down. 10mo
Yoricke_SouthAfrica This was my first book by this author, but definitely not my last 🌝🤓 10mo
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Yoricke_SouthAfrica
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Very excited to eventually read this book. I've been looking for this book for ages, and when I found it, I had to wait 3 weeks for delivery. Now it's time!

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thegirlwiththelibrarybag
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I can tell when my help isn‘t wanted 🤣

Bookzombie 😂 10mo
Reggie Lol 10mo
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Christinak
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Now that I have my new reading glasses, I am all ready to start this months book club pick. Of course before I started this someone told me Tom Hanks reads the audiobook for this!! Maybe I‘ll read along...
#bookishproblems
The struggle is real folks!

Cathythoughts I read & loved this. Tom Hanks would be amazing I think 10mo
Christinak @Cathythoughts I broke down and started listening. It was a good decision. 10mo
marleed Oh I read and listened to this one simultaneously- and it was awesome! No one can narrate their younger self better than Tom Hanks! 10mo
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umbrellagirl
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Ann Patchett is just. so. good.

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Jeannineth
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I am starting this highly rated historical fiction today. Any thoughts?

Twainy I listened to it as Tom Hanks reads it. Loved the narration! 10mo
rabbitprincess 🐰🐰yay bunny decor! 😊 10mo
Prairiegirl_reading I LOVE Ann Patchett!! I also did the audio which I loved. 10mo
Scochrane26 I really loved it. 10mo
umbrellagirl I‘m starting this today too! Ann Patchett is always good. I‘m sure this one will be up to her usual standards. 10mo
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Librarybelle
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An exploration of family, including the family home, with its somewhat creepy ties to prior owners. The narrator Danny grew up in the house, but still feels a draw to it, even after his abrupt departure. With flashbacks and reminisces, Danny constructs a multilayered telling of events, filled with insights on what it means to be loved and to love, with just a hint of obsession. I loved this book! It‘s one I can see rereading, just to catch ⬇️⬇️⬇️

Librarybelle ...nuances and little hints and clues throughout Danny‘s narrative. Patchett has a gift to bring the characters to life, especially the house, which is a character onto itself. I can see why you really liked this one too, @Cinfhen ! This is also my Letter D for #LitsyAtoZ @BookishMarginalia . 11mo
BookishMarginalia 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 11mo
TheLudicReader Patchett has a gift for bringing the minutiae of every day life to, haha, life. 11mo
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Cinfhen Gorgeous review/ so glad you enjoyed it💚 11mo
Librarybelle @TheLudicReader She truly does! 11mo
Librarybelle Thanks, @Cinfhen ! 11mo
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Coleen
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I loved this book! Tom Hanks on audio is THE BOMB!

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Monyca
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Mehso-so

I listened to the audiobook, read by Tom Hanks. It was lovely to listen to him, there were a few interesting moments of the book, but overall, not much happened and it just wasn't my cup of tea. If I was reading it, I might have given up halfway through but Tom Hanks kept me hanging in there.