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Where the Crawdads Sing Deluxe Edition
Where the Crawdads Sing Deluxe Edition | Delia Owens
#1 New York Times BestsellerA Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick With over three million copies sold, "a painfully beautiful first novel that is at once a murder mystery, a coming-of-age narrative and a celebration of nature" (The New York Times Book Review), now available as a beautiful, deluxe edition that will make the perfect holiday gift--or treat for yourself. "I can't even express how much I love this book! I didn't want this story to end!"--Reese Witherspoon "Perfect for fans of Barbara Kingsolver."--Bustle For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life--until the unthinkable happens. At once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder, Where the Crawdads Sing has touched the hearts of millions of readers around the world, and this beautiful deluxe edition features a full color map and illustrations, gorgeous printed endpapers, an updated jacket, and an all-new letter from the author. Through Kya's story, Owens reminds us that we are forever shaped by the children we once were, and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.
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emmalau-lau
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I knew I would enjoy this book because many people recommended it to me, however it really exceeded all expectations! It is a wonderfully complex story that pulls you in and really makes you feel for the main character, Kya. I highly recommend reading this if you haven‘t already!

Word_Dragon I enjoyed this book too. I really felt that Owens did a great job with the descriptions of the marsh. 2w
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BethHagey
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*****+

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smmeldrum
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Top three favorite books! I was engaged and intrigued throughout the entirety of it.. never wanted to set it down.

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MicheleG
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I really enjoyed this book. I absolutely couldn't put it down until I finished.

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1. It‘s one of the factors that makes me want to read a book or avoid entirely.
2. I‘d rather not know anything. That‘s what the summary is for.
3. I got a hardcover of the tagged book last year for Christmas. Just something about the cover I really like. Still need to finish it though. 😅

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SilversReviews I always look at the cover first, and then I read the inside. 4mo
ozma.of.oz Lovely cover choice! Very gilt looking! Thanks for sharing! 4mo
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Roxanagomez
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Loved!

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lilycarruth
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Kinda predictable but still a fan

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I was late to this book but did enjoy it. There was some weird racial tensions that I thought could have been more fleshed out but I really loved the story.

meenakshi_daga How to read this book via this app ?? 6mo
MegCaldwell @meenakshi_daga I‘m not sure you can read on Litsy. I listened to it through the Libby app which is an awesome app that libraries can use to help people have access to audiobooks. 6mo
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When the shoot the #film of #wherethecrawdadssing down the street from where you work....it‘s time to read the book!!!! #onlyinlouisiana #hollywoodsouth Filming wrapped up yesterday!!! Did I mention #reesewitherspoon is involved in it???? (She‘s not on screen) this was right up my ally to watch the #behindthescenes stuff!!! #moviebuff #movieaddict

Bookwormjillk How cool! 7mo
sharread Piggly Wiggly 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣❤ 7mo
staci.reads Very cool! 7mo
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Boba & Books with Bestie 🤓

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My mother-in-law let me borrow this book. I only read two pages and loving it. #currentreading

LDuffN It's a really good book. I was in tears at the end. 8mo
rachaich It was my book of 2020 😍😍🤗🤗 8mo
coffeewithbooks @LDuffN I can‘t wait probably going cry to because I‘m emotional person 8mo
BookDadGirlDad Fantastic book!!! 5mo
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SistaPip
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Oh my gosh I loved this book so much! Such an original story...

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I‘ve never been a big e-book person, but lately the hospital has been a complete dumpster fire. The few pages I get to steal away during work is the only thing keeping my sanity. Stay safe out there everyone!

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Roary47 I enjoyed the book, but cannot say I loved it. I was shocked in the end, but know others that suspected it for a long time. It is really one of those books that can get very different results from its readers. 1y
megnews @roary47 I agree. I read this quite awhile ago with book club and there were a lot of mixed reviews. 1y
sblbooks @Roary47 @megnews Thanks for joining in the discussion. 1y
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Roary47 Normally, in murder mysteries you look in the view of someone trying to solve the case. This was different in learning the whole life story of the killer. I believe with following how Kya grew up threw me off the case of her being the murderer because I grew to feel sorry for Kya and they way she was treated by everyone. (edited) 1y
megnews It‘s been awhile since I read it but I think it slowed down and sped up throughout which is in part because of the marsh. I think other mysteries are faster paced or more action. This was quite unique. 1y
sblbooks @Roary47 @megnews It's different from other murder mysteries I've read. Usually the story is told from the victim's point of view. In this novel, I had empathy for the murderer. 1y
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Roary47 I was surprised. I had my suspicions, but I never suspected Kya. After Tate‘s discovery I looked back and did see how it was possible and was surprised I didn‘t see it in the first place. 1y
megnews I think I suspected Kya for a fleeting second just because I ran the options through my head. But I really didn‘t think she did and I honestly wasn‘t sure we were going to find out who did. 1y
sblbooks @Roary47 @megnews I suspected Kya early on. It did not surprise me. 1y
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sblbooks @Roary47 @megnews I was extremely surprised by the verdict myself. Based on how Kya was treated in the past. 1y
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Roary47 I think she was hurt and heartbroken. She really thought Chase would marry her and when she didn‘t she remembered the mantis. If she couldn‘t have him no one should so she killed him like the mantis kills her mate. 1y
sblbooks @Roary47 I agree. Do you think she even realized that what she did was wrong? I don't think so. In her mind that's just the way it is in nature. 1y
Roary47 @sblbooks I agree that based on her upbringing in nature she didn‘t know it was wrong. In fact probably under the impression that it was justified by the laws of nature she observed. 1y
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Roary47 Kya relates all life to nature. This is what happens with the mantis so this is how she should act with a mate. Etc. 1y
megnews I think just the wildness of both, not in a bad way but in the way nature and Kya grew the way they want. 1y
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Roary47 I think they are very different. I see Chase as the player who try‘s to get as many women as he can. Tate is the guy that looks out for himself, but try‘s to be fair to a partner. I think it was learned from their experiences with family, friends, and school. 1y
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Roary47 I think he did care for Kya, but she was not everything he needed. He also didn‘t seem to have everything he needed from any of his relationships. 1y
megnews I think he gave into outside pressures but truly did care for her at the beginning and always remembered how special she was. 1y
sblbooks @Roary47 @megnews True! I think Chase just "wanted his cake and to eat it too" as the saying goes. He wanted Kya, but wasn't willing to give up his place in society. 1y
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Roary47 I think Tate always cared for Kya, but like everyone else in Kya‘s life he left to make a better life for himself. I‘m sure he saw Kya as a strong person who could care for herself, but when it came to relationships with others she could be lacking. I think they were good together and Tate was a good guy for her. Like others in Kya‘s life I wish he would have stayed with her or took her with him. 1y
megnews I thought he was and really wished they‘d end up together. 1y
sblbooks @Roary47 @megnews I thought Tate and Kya were good for each other. I was disappointed when Tate didn't come back for her after he went to college. However I'm glad they ended up together. 1y
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Roary47 The other kids were mean to her. So personally I understand why she didn‘t go back. Because she didn‘t get a formal education she learned from the wildlife around her on how to act. 1y
megnews Embarrassment/ humiliation. I feel it was the wrong decision but she was so young and influenced by peers. I‘m sure she‘d be different had she stayed but it‘s hard to say how. 1y
sblbooks @Roary47 @megnews Exactly! If she was treated better and welcomed buy the townspeople, she would have loved school. Her life would have turned out completely different. 1y
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Roary47 They too are outsiders. I think it worked out well in the end, but what type of life would she have had if she was helped? She may have had a better life and been “normal” in the eyes of the rest of the town. (edited) 1y
megnews I think they just see in her someone who needs help. I think somehow they knew it could either be a good or bad situation for her with social services involvement. 1y
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megnews I read lots of Boxcar Children so I probably would have tried some of their tactics! 😂 1y
sblbooks @megnews Would you believe I've never read The Boxcar Children? I would never survive where I grew up, or anywhere on my own at that age. 1y
megnews @sblbooks oh, you‘ve got to read it! I think you‘ll love it. 1y
Roary47 I‘m not sure I would have survived. I learned my survival skills in college. 1y
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megnews I think her mom didn‘t because she was mentally ill. I think each of the kids didn‘t because it was at the point of every man for himself. I also think they thought it might be better with less people, that each could make it out themselves at some point, or that they weren‘t even sure they could take care of themselves let alone someone else. 1y
sblbooks @megnews agreed👍 1y
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megnews I felt angry about this. Options were to stay and be abused or take the kids with you and risk worse poverty and judgement. However I‘m not convinced the second was a true option for her considering the depression. 1y
Roary47 I was also upset as a mother I do not understand how she did not take them with her. I understand the point @megnews made that it was a different time, but even Kyas siblings didn‘t get her out of the abusive situation. Then only her brother came back. 1y
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megnews While I know a marsh is not actually like this, I had the fantasy novel idea of it in my head the whole time. Which is dark like a swamp & a representation of the isolation of Kya & her family. Sadly, I think the isolation made her naive but also unaware of who or how to ask for help. People treated her no differently than any group treats a group seen as outsiders. The effects even more so the more insular or impoverished the community. 1y
Roary47 I think it shaped the novel like @megnews said making her naive about our world. She compensated her isolation by learning about the birds and insects of the marsh which shaped her understanding of how she should act as she grew up. 1y
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You don't have to be tagged to join in. If you've read Where The Crawdads Sing, we'd love to hear your thoughts. Discussion Starts Now! @Roary47 @amber_ldsmom @catebutler @melissajayne @CoffeeNBooks @Chrissyreadit @megnews @Butterfinger @Kdgordon88 @Littlewolf1 #OverbookedClub

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September's #overbookedclub discussion will be Friday, October 2nd at 4 p.m. Everyone welcome! If you've read Where The Crawdads Sing and want to join in, let me know. I'm tagging the ones who have expressed interest already. @Roary47 @amber_ldsmom @catebutler @melissajayne @CoffeeNBooks @Chrissyreadit @megnews @Butterfinger @Kdgordon88 @Littlewolf1

catebutler Looking forward to the discussion, I‘ve had this on my list for ages!! 1y
sblbooks @catebutler me too. I thought it might be overhyped but I was wrong. It should make for a great discussion. 1y
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August 2020

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Kasandra
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Easily one of my top faves

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Phobos_Deimos
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Riveting story of a woman who simultaneously endures a series of traumatic experiences while also retaining a beautiful innocence. Kya struck me as an avatar for the swamp, and maybe nature in general. People are drawn to her untamed beauty, but most sought to only take from her what they wanted - much like how we treat the environment. Great book with an amazing final few pages.

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I wanted to read this so that I would know what all the fuss was about, but I made it three hours in and just had no interest.

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Congratulations @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

1. Tagged, though it was a hard choice. I read so many good books last year.
2. No idea 😂 I don‘t really pay attention to what‘s coming out.

#5N5giveaway

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I loved that book! ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
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Lollai
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I loved this book! It was like reading prose and took me to the outer banks!

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natalieebloom
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Yes, this was a good book, but I think it got a little too over-hyped for me before I read it. The writing was beautiful. Just a warning... the first half is slow, but it picks up. I enjoyed it while I read it, but I can‘t say it‘s one of those books that I‘ll think about for months after finishing. I would still recommend it as a fun mystery-style read, though!

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#AuldLangReads Day 11: This #Debut novel, found in Target, was difficult to resist at 30% off. Who am I to say no to this bestselling book?

Lifeisasnap Enjoy. It was my favorite book in 2018! 2y
vamp Awesome book 📚 2y
OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚😊 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I loved this one!! 2y
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Oh Lordy! My book club chose this one for January. I hear from everyone that it‘s awesome, amazing and an instant classic. Pray do tell... is that fact or fiction?

rather_be_reading so good!! however...it dus lack something... 2y
Simona Good luck ... form me this book is a case of seriously overrated book. 2y
Soubhiville I liked it. 2y
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Hold placed on Sept 2. Came in at the end of Dec with all of Christmas stuff going on so of course this was really much more a rushed "read" in the past couple days before my hold expired. Luckily, the book is captivating, rhythmic, and while about a murder, is so serene like nature it's been the greatest way for me to escape work stress.

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Just finished this #TBRread. This was another one I wasn‘t sure I would like (I sometimes don‘t like the ones everyone else loves) but it was really good. And that ending was...surprising. I‘m at just over 14hours for the #24B42020 16pts #wintergames #merryreaders @Clwojick @StayCurious @Andrew65 @jb72 @TheReadingMermaid

Andrew65 Fantastic 👏👏👏 2y
Clwojick 16 pt 2y
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Meghan1
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What a beautiful, heartbreaking story. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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This is the kind of story you want to read slowly and savor.

ljuliel It‘s a very pretty cover. Can you tell me where the book takes place ? Looking for books to fill my USA Challenge. 2y
Meghan1 @ljuliel it takes place in North Carolina. 😀 2y
ljuliel Ok, thank you. Just missed ! I need SC. I‘ll probably still read it as so many people have loved it. Enjoy ❤️ 2y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks It stays with you 🧡🧡 2y
Scochrane26 The Invention of Wings is a good one for SC. Of course, the first author that I think of for that state is Pat Conroy. @ljuliel 2y
ljuliel Thanks @Scochrane26 . I‘ve already read the Sue Monk Kidd books ( and liked them a lot) , also, most of Pat Conroy‘s that sound good. I may try the one by his wife. I‘ve not been much in the frame of mind to read anything really sad lately , so I‘m steering clear of it for now. I‘ll keep searching. Thanks for the suggestions , though. 😊 2y
Scochrane26 @ljuliel I understand, Pat conroy‘s books are so great yet heartbreaking. SC should have lots of books to choose from. 2y
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Look you guys!! I got a signed copy of Where the Crawdads Sing! This is next up for me!

Scochrane26 It‘s a really good book. I cried through some of it. 2y
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Unpopular opinion alert! I'm going to alienate all my friends now. 😂

This book really didn't do it for me. Owens's strength as a writer comes through in the earlier chapters about little-girl Kya's abandonment and survival in the North Carolina marshes. The nature writing here is beautiful, which is not surprising, seeing as how Owens is a wildlife scientist. After the romance and murder mystery elements came into play, I was rolling my eyes.

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November 2019 - Book 2

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I had forgotten that I preordered this autographed deluxe edition from Books A Million! Yay for #BookMail 🤩🤩🤩

Yoricke_SouthAfrica Wow, how stunning 😍. I absolutely loved this book! 2y
GypsyKat @Yoricke_SouthAfrica Me too! That‘s why I had to get this! ❤️ 2y
BennettBookworm That‘s stunning!! 2y
KarouBlue Does it have extra content or just a new beautiful cover? 2y
GypsyKat @MellieAntoinette I don‘t know if it has extra content, but it definitely has a beautiful cover and end papers, and it‘s autographed. 2y
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Currently reading this while I‘m out of work with a broken ankle and wrist.