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The Round House
The Round House | Louise Erdrich
National Book Award WinnerOne Sunday in the spring of 1988, a woman living on a reservation in North Dakota is attacked. The details of the crime are slow to surface as Geraldine Coutts is traumatized and reluctant to relive or reveal what happened, either to the police or to her husband, Bazil, and thirteen-year-old son, Joe. In one day, Joe's life is irrevocably transformed. He tries to heal his mother, but she will not leave her bed and slips into an abyss of solitude. Increasingly alone, Joe finds himself thrust prematurely into an adult world for which he is ill prepared.While his father, who is a tribal judge, endeavors to wrest justice from a situation that defies his efforts, Joe becomes frustrated with the official investigation and sets out with his trusted friends, Cappy, Zack, and Angus, to get some answers of his own. Their quest takes them first to the Round House, a sacred space and place of worship for the Ojibwe. And this is only the beginning.Written with undeniable urgency, and illuminating the harsh realities of contemporary life in a community where Ojibwe and white live uneasily together, The Round House is a brilliant and entertaining novel, a masterpiece of literary fiction. Louise Erdrich embraces tragedy, the comic, a spirit world very much present in the lives of her all-too-human characters, and a tale of injustice that is, unfortunately, an authentic reflection of what happens in our own world today.
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Kboltz
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Mehso-so

Joe‘s mom is brutally attacked on their Indian reservation and the killer is in limbo between the laws of the reservation and the law off of the reservation. Good look at how the laws are slanted when it comes to reservation happenings. Sometimes hard to read. The need for this story is there but the final was not as I expected. I didn‘t feel that the mom was taken to a peaceful feeling of safety once again in her home.

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suzisteffen
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One hell of a novel with one hell of an ending, one I wish I hadn‘t had to read. I knew it was coming, sensed it, just ... did not want. A beautifully written, smart book that touches on the rapes and sexual assaults of Native women (in this case, an Anishnaane/Ojibwe woman) and what remains, tribal law, and so much more. Boys, the dumb things they do, some deeply hilarious scenes, sad scenes, etc. Louise Erdrich puts the world in her books. 5⭐️

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suzisteffen
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“The grass had not been mowed yet, but the area where cars parked was covered with scrubby little plants. Horses had pulled all the good plants up by the roots and now tense little weeds rasped beneath the tires of my bike.”

This book is so beautifully written! Sad, funny (I just burst out laughing at the four boys listening to the older women talking about how they could learn to stay hard for five hours 😂), so smart. I love Erdrich‘s books.

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sprainedbrain
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It‘s been a while since I‘ve devoured an entire book in one day, but I couldn‘t stop listening to this.

My second by Erdrich, and I think it‘s safe to say I‘m a fan. Very well-written, powerful coming-of-age story of a Native American boy trying to deal with the horrible rape of his mom. This story is devastating, but also touching, funny, and beautiful, and it packs a major punch.

My #indigenousauthor book for #Booked2019 ✔️

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BarbaraBB Great review. I have to read this one! 3w
charl08 Great writer: this was the first of hers I read, and it made me want to chase down her others. 3w
Lcsmcat I loved this book! 3w
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Izai.Amorim Great review!👍 3w
DrexEdit Count me as an Erdrich fan also! 😊 👍 3w
Cinfhen Fantastic review ~ you‘ve sold me on Erdrich 3w
Cinfhen Im just about done my first Erdrich...I‘m blown away!!! WOW!! Her writing is RAZOR SHARP 3w
sprainedbrain @Cinfhen that is a spot-on description of her writing! I haven‘t read Shadow Tag yet... sounds like I should! 3w
Cinfhen I‘m really sucked in by the narration. Wonder if I would have liked it as much in print?!? (edited) 3w
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Victoriahoperose
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This was a denser book - a bit of a slow burn, but very well written. It shows the culture of Native American people during a time or strong divide. It centers around an attack and the violence and racism that influence the hatred behind the attack. This was a really deep book with strong characters. #indigenousauthor #booked2019

Cinfhen I‘m having trouble with my indigenous author pick. Every book I‘ve started is “heavy” and I‘m not feeling it yet🤷‍♀️ 1mo
Victoriahoperose @Cinfhen have you read the book I tagged? It‘s good - a little lighter in some ways. 1mo
Cinfhen Yes!!! And it was sooo good, despite all the controversy surrounding him. 1mo
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jmtrivera
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I admit I didn't love this book, but it made me think about #Justice a lot. #StarTrekSummerMay

Megabooks I haven‘t read this, but I didn‘t like her 2017 botm book. Thanks for responding! 🖖🏻 2mo
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suzisteffen
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Another book that‘s been on my TBR pile forever. Gonna finish it before the end of April and give it to the nearest Little Free Library! One chapter in and whew, intense (but, as with all Erdrich books, very good). #tbrpile

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Butterfinger
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Definitely will stay with me for a long time. Incredible writing and characterization. Please read if you are interested in reservation life in the 80s to current time.

#Booked19 11/24 (indigenous author) @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft @Cinfhen

4thhouseontheleft I love her books! 2mo
AmyG I lover her books, too. She is a wonderful writer. 2mo
Cinfhen I might try this one for this prompt!!! 2mo
Butterfinger @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft I would not have known about her without this prompt. Thank you. 2mo
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LibraryCin
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Mehso-so

The beginning of the book started off with a “bang”, so to speak, and it kind of ended that way, as well, but it was pretty slow-going in the middle. Overall, it was ok for me. I liked one of the other characters‘ stories a bit better (but that could also be because it was condensed) – Linda. The author included some sad stats at the end of the book, with regards to native women and rape.

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Samplergal
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What a great book! Even with a horrible cold, I flew through this one.
#booked2019 #indigenouswriter
#readingUSA2019 #NorthDakota
#deweyreadathon

Cinfhen Yay!! Not for the cold but for loving the book 💕 2mo
Librarybelle You‘re making great progress with the states! 2mo
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Samplergal
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Current Book for #deweysreadathon. This will satisfy so many challenges I‘m in as well.

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MariettaSG
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Excellent novel that deals with the long, wide reaching and arduous aftermath that shakes a community when a member is raped. Terrible but well handled truth.

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tricours
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Mehso-so

I‘m sure this is a great story, but the audiobook narrator pretty much ruined it with his staccato and awkward way of telling it. It made it really difficult to get into the story.

CouronneDhiver I wasn‘t a fan either. 😒 3mo
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Bklover
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While this was a good book, I had to stop in the middle and read something else to lighten myself up a bit. Definitely worth reading, but now I need to read something completely different. #Booked2019
#Indigenousauthor

Cinfhen I‘ve heard this book is super intense. Great choice❤️ 4mo
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LWagoner
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This novel tells a powerful coming of age story. 13 year old Joe, his parents, friends & family find themselves coping, healing & moving thru life‘s complexities following the brutal rape of Joe‘s mother on their Indian Reservation. Masterfully written! This story touches the soul in such a heartbreaking way. Trigger warnings for rape, crime against women (Open Canon Book Club- February 2019 ) #opencanonbookclub #wileycash

Lcsmcat Such a great book! 4mo
JazzFeathers I enjoyed all of it bit the end. Yes, l know that's probably the right ending for this book, but l still found it so totally unsatisfying. 4mo
LWagoner @JazzFeathers I agree about the end...very tough...no neat little bow at the end of this story 4mo
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sam.a.nam
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An engrossing coming of age novel that truly exemplifies the chilling change adulthood burdens one with. The narrative was beautiful and all the characters were strangely compelling. The author doesn‘t use quotation marks, which I found odd at first; yet the stylistic choice highlights perhaps the unreliability of first person narrative.

The ending sent shivers down my spine! It‘s a little quick and disorienting, but it finishes the story well.

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jmtrivera
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Erdrich did many things in this book: telling the story of Joe & his family's struggle to cope after his mother is attacked, discussing the impact that trauma has on a woman & family, emphasizing the difficulties faced by Native Americans when working with US government. This lays the foundation for an interesting story and it is well-written. It dragged at times though, and when I put it down I felt no rush to return. But interesting to consider.

mdhughes72 Sounds interesting. But why all the bacon on the cover? 5mo
jmtrivera @mdhughes72 😂 I never noticed it looked like bacon before! 5mo
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EclecticReaders
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On this #EclecticReaders #Podcast episode we announce exciting news about a VE Schwab interview, talk about award-winning books (Do awards matter? Are award winning books reflective of the current culture?) then we discuss The Round House; not just about the terrible event, but how the gov has affected their society and their sense of justice... and also Star Trek. TRIGGER WARNING: Rape, Violence Against Women. eclecticreaders.fireside.fm/53

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lauralovesbooks1
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When 13 year old Joe's mother is brutally beaten and raped, he and his family struggle to come to terms with the incident and the aftermath. There are so many levels to this -- how his mothet, his father and he all deal with it, issues of justice, healing, family, and friendship. Joe s father's role as a tribal judge and the implications of the legal systems between tribal land and off-tribal land also plays a large role in the story.

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nadialovestoread
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(Part 3) Obviously this was a fictitious story but the fact that 1 in 3 Native women will be raped in her lifetime (not counting women who do not report) and 86% of sexual assaults are done by non-Native men is NOT fictitious. ("Maze of Injustice" 2009 report by Amnesty International) I absolutely love a book that educates me on an issue which I have lacking knowledge about. So if you wanna get your socks blown off, read the book. It's worth it.

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nadialovestoread
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(Part 2) We as readers got such a teaser there for how the conflict would resolve and I know personally I couldn't stop chewing my nails worrying, "is THIS is the moment Cappy dies!?" Though I'm still not entirely convinced why Cappy needed to die at all... Next, can we talk about how educational this was on the plight of indigenous people in the US, especially Native women??

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nadialovestoread
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(Part 1) Wow. This book is extremely powerful and difficult to unpack. First off, the narration is excellent. The story is told from the perspective of Joe as an adult reflecting on his childhood, and there are often added tidbits from older Joe that intice the reader and help keep the story exciting. When Cappy was first introduced as "a white cross on the Montana Hi-Line," I was shooketh.

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nadialovestoread
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"Okay, I said, where's the luck? ... I wrenched the head off the doll to dump out the rest of the water, and there was my luck. Right there. The doll was packed with money."

It was a nice surprise when, a few pages after reading this passage, I found a pressed-flat four leaf clover left behind by the last reader. There is a beauty in sharing a book, and I thank the last reader for sharing their luck with me.

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nadialovestoread
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Nothing like reading a good book in a warm coffee shop on a lazy Friday afternoon while trying to ignore the SAT you have to take the next day....

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Merethebookgal
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A powerful book and unfortunately still relevant in today‘s world.

JazzFeathers Read it las year. While l really liked it, l really couldn't take the ending. Still a good book. 9mo
Merethebookgal @JazzFeathers Yeah, the ending was definitely rough. 8mo
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EclecticReaders
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We‘re discussing The Round House on the October podcast episode, which won the National Book Award, so we‘re going to spend a bit of time talking about book awards in general. How do you feel about them? Leave a comment and we may read it during the episode! #EclecticReaders #EclecticQuestion

wanderinglynn Depends on the award. Newberry & Hugo winners, yes. Man Booker, Pulitzer, no. 9mo
julesG Nope! If I'm willing to give a book shelf space (real or virtual), then I'm doing it because I have some interest in the book, not because of the awards that were heaped onto it. Same with films. I couldn't care less how many Oscars a film got. 9mo
Prairiegirl_reading I would be more likely to avoid award winners. Unless I was interested in the book before the award. 9mo
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Kaye An award may draw my attention to the book but it‘d have to sound like something I‘d like before purchasing it. I wouldn‘t buy it ONLY because of the award. 9mo
Simona I‘m more backlist reader and I rarely read new published books (well, with some exceptions). Because of that I‘m very interested in the Man Booker, because the longlisted books supposed to be, as their motto is - ‘finest in the literature‘ (and this year is very debatable what ‘finest‘ means). I expect from Man Booker judges to select from literature fiction the best of the best in the current year, good books which shouldn‘t be overlook. 9mo
LibrarianRyan Depends on the award but usually no. 9mo
VeganCleopatra Award winners make me less inclined to read them as I have a history of not liking award winners in books, movies etc. 9mo
DGRachel I tend to have the opposite reaction to judges, so being a book award winner actually makes me hesitant. I tried reading the Man Booker Long List this year and wow, has that been disappointing! 9mo
HufflepuffGirl90 Having an award doesn‘t matter to me. It does sometimes make me judge a book more, especially if it has an award but I didn‘t enjoy it. 9mo
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jmtrivera
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The chapters in this book are named after Star Trek TNG episodes, and I'm finding myself stopping before each one to look up the episode. #nerd #Trekkie #EclecticReaders

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EclecticReaders
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Hope you‘ll read along with us! #EclecticReaders #Podcast

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Mc_cart_ny
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My most anticipated read of September is The Round House by Louise Erdich. I loved The Master Butcher Singing Club and I've looked forward to reading another book by her, finally getting around to it!

#SeptInBooks18
@bookisglee

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Ashley85
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I don‘t know why I keep checking out books from the library when I have huge stacks of books I own that I haven‘t read 😫 #libraryhaul #iwantallthebooks

Suelizbeth I think we all understand. 11mo
Kaylamburson I loved Lean In!! 11mo
Ashley85 @Suelizbeth I figured that 😜 11mo
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Ashley85 Yeah I found out about it from you! @Kaylamburson 👍🏾 11mo
MicheleinPhilly I haven‘t been to the library in 4 months because I‘m trying to “read my own books.” I‘m starting to get antsy. 😬 11mo
Kaylamburson Oh, I love that so much!! I hope you find it as empowering as I did! @Ashley85 11mo
Ashley85 @MicheleinPhilly haha good for you for holding out 4 months! Have you been able to tackle your own TBR? 11mo
OrangeMooseReads It happens. PS - is that bookcase from Target? 11mo
MicheleinPhilly Sort of...I mean I‘ve only been reading books I own, but I also haven‘t put myself on any sort of book buying diet. So “my own books” have been growing a smidge. 11mo
Ashley85 @OrangeMooseReads Yes it is! 11mo
Ashley85 @micheleinphilly “book buying diet” I like that 😂. I‘ve done better with not purchasing physical copies, but when those dang ebooks go on sale it‘s a diff story 😫 11mo
MicheleinPhilly “Buy with 1-click” should be my next tattoo. 😕 11mo
OrangeMooseReads @Ashley85 thought so, I have the same one lol 😆 11mo
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bernadette
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Beautifully written, heartbreaking coming of age tale set on an Indian reservation. There is a pretty horrifying crime that sets off the chain of events but there are also touches of sweetness and humor. While the rape is the catalyst for the events, this isn't a crime story or mystery - but there are elements of both - as much as it is about Joe leaving childhood behind.

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reluctantangeleno
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Visited #LouiseErdrich's book store while in Minneapolis!

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bernadette
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I'm really enjoying this one. The event at the center of the story is horrifying but Erdrich's writing just sucks me in. I like Oops and his dad and worry about them. Also interesting to read about life on a reservation. I read Love Medicine so many years ago and also recommend that one.

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RachaelusGilkinius
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The Round House is so far one of the best examples of sweet, emotionally strong young male characters I have come across. This is just one example of many.

bernadette I just got to that scene too and loved it too. 13mo
RachaelusGilkinius So many good ones! 13mo
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Chelsea.Poole
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Beautiful and complex. We discussed this at #bookclub on Monday evening and I didn‘t even realize some of the details involved in the storyline. Several of the members read this book for the plot, but I have realized I read more for the feelings and overarching themes that were presented throughout. Namely: injustices suffered by Native Americans, violence towards women, coming of age, innocence, justice and so much more. This book has it all. 🌟

Kaye Sounds very good. Nice review. ♥️ 14mo
Chelsea.Poole @Kaye thank you! 14mo
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MargoCatts
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This was just, so, perfect. Elegant, wise, moral, perceptive...and just ballsy. She pulls off a suspenseful mystery, a family drama, a coming-of-age story, and a deep-dive into justice and revenge. And BONUS: this edition includes an author interview worth studying by itself for the insights on writing. This one climbed in my basket while I was looking for something else. That was a lucky day.

Kaye Good review ! 1y
MargoCatts @Kaye Such a masterful book. It‘s like hearing a great singer—you just relax and enjoy. 1y
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Chelsea.Poole
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Late lunch/early dinner with my current read. I‘m loving The Round House! I‘d like to read all night! My two boys have other plans for me though, I‘m sure! 👶🏻👦🏼 #readandeat

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Chelsea.Poole
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My beautiful breakfast this morning with my new book! Blueberry lemon scone 🍋 and sriracha eggs 🍳 with lemon black tea ☕️ 😋
The Roundhouse is the newest #bookclub read and so far it‘s so so good!! #bookandbreakfast

MamaGina I love this one ... Enjoy!🤓 1y
APLitlife This is a good one! 1y
Chelsea.Poole @managing @APLitlife thanks! I‘m almost halfway already. I don‘t want to stop! Life is definitely in the way though. 🙂 1y
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Twocougs
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As a woman and a mother my heart breaks on so many levels. Beautifully written, heart wrenching story.

JazzFeathers I read it for the last #LitsyPartyOfOne Loved it overall. I just hated the ending. 1y
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JazzFeathers
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#NewYearReads #JanuaryRecap
#JanInBooks18 #JanuaryHaulAnsWrapUp

Although l started the year with a bail, January has actually been a good month. Here are the phisical books l finished.
The non-fiction about the Weimar Republic had been languishing for a long time.
Not shows The Neverending Story, which l hope to finish today

Cathythoughts 🎉🎉🎉well done 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yay!!! Lovely pic!! ❤️ 1y
JazzFeathers @Cathythoughts Well, yes, l'm quite pleased with myself. Before joining Litsy, l only dreamed of reading that many books in one month 😆 1y
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JazzFeathers @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks l love taking pictures of my book. Do you think l have a probkem? 🤔 1y
Cathythoughts I know ! Litsy real is great like that 👍🏻 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @JazzFeathers hmmmm if so we both need the same treatment!!!! 🤣😂🤣😂 1y
JazzFeathers @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 😂😂😂👍👍👍 1y
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MamaGina
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My first ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ of 2018!

This beautiful novel was poignant and perfectly written, layered and full of simple but deep moments. I was emotionally and profoundly moved; Joe and his family will be with me for a long time and I look forward to reading more of Erdrich‘s work.

emilyhaldi Nice review- #stacked!! 1y
EvieBee That‘s awesome. Have been meaning to read this. Just checked this book of hers out from the library... 1y
TheSketchyReader I loved this one too!!! 1y
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MamaGina
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I‘m over halfway through and finding this book compelling and authentic. #recommendsday

CouronneDhiver I‘m wondering if I ought to give this another chance... I bailed on it last year because it was just too heavy at the time. 1y
MamaGina @CouronneDhiver I just finished it and I‘d say yes, give it another go - my first 5-star read this year🤓 1y
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MamaGina
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Starting tonight...love this cover!❤️

BooksForEmpathy Ahhhhhh so incredible. Heartbreaking + vivid. 1y
ScrappyMags Def one i want to read 1y
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MamaGina Convinced! I‘m starting this one tonight after work😥 1y
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shawnmooney
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I want to party with Grandma Ignatia! 😍
#QuoteOfTheDay

LeahBergen Me, too! 😆 1y
MamaGina New life goal - to let loose in my old age! 😆 1y
tournevis Kukom power forever! 1y
Lindy I wish Grandma Ignatius could show up at your door with birthday wishes. Hope you have a great day! 🎂 1y
shawnmooney @Lindy Thank you!😍😍 1y
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shawnmooney
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A very long quote, but it just got all the way inside me. The teenage boy narrator‘s mother is in the early stages of recovering from a brutal rape.

#QuoteOfTheDay

BkClubCare And an excellent “Pie in Literature” quote. 😉🥧 1y
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JazzFeathers
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#TBRBingo #TBR

I'm quite happy with my bingo card. I have hopes to really finish before the end of Winter.
It looks like l'm going around bingos 😆
So l think the next read will be Freulein Else. I've never read an expressionist novel before and l'm a bit nervous, but l really need to.

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TrishB I loved this book ❤️ 1y
CouronneDhiver I had a hard time with the subject matter when I gave this book a try last year... sounds like it might be worth a second look. 1y
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