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The Beautiful Ones
The Beautiful Ones | Prince
The brilliant coming-of-age-and-into-superstardom story of one of the greatest artists of all time, in his own wordsfeaturing never-before-seen photos, original scrapbooks and lyric sheets, and the exquisite memoir he began writing before his tragic death Prince was a musical genius, one of the most beloved, accomplished, and acclaimed musicians of our time. He was a startlingly original visionary with an imagination deep enough to whip up whole worlds, from the sexy, gritty funk paradise of Uptown to the mythical landscape of Purple Rain to the psychedelia of Paisley Park. But his most ambitious creative act was turning Prince Rogers Nelson, born in Minnesota, into Prince, one of the greatest pop stars of any era. The Beautiful Ones is the story of how Prince became Princea first-person account of a kid absorbing the world around him and then creating a persona, an artistic vision, and a life, before the hits and fame that would come to define him. The book is told in four parts. The first is the memoir Prince was writing before his tragic death, pages that bring us into his childhood world through his own lyrical prose. The second part takes us through Princes early years as a musician, before his first album was released, via an evocative scrapbook of writing and photos. The third section shows us Princes evolution through candid images that go up to the cusp of his greatest achievement, which we see in the books fourth section: his original handwritten treatment for Purple Rainthe final stage in Princes self-creation, where he retells the autobiography of the first three parts as a heroic journey. The book is framed by editor Dan Piepenbrings riveting and moving introduction about his profound collaboration with Prince in his final monthsa time when Prince was thinking deeply about how to reveal more of himself and his ideas to the world, while retaining the mystery and mystique hed so carefully cultivatedand annotations that provide context to the books images. This work is not just a tribute to an icon, but an original and energizing literary work in its own right, full of Princes ideas and vision, his voice and imagehis undying gift to the world.
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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I found this t shirt at Walmart today and had to get it!! 🎤🎼💜

#BookMoods
#MusicRelated

Leftcoastzen Nice!! 2mo
TheBookHippie 💟 2mo
wisherwishinguponastar I like that you had the perfect book to coordinate. That would actually be really fun to make an outfit to match with a book. It makes me thing of Disney bounding or dressing up as a subtle version of a character at the theme parks! 2mo
Eggs 💜🎶🖤🎼💜 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @booksellerofyourdiscontent it was by chance that I found this shirt today!! 💜💜 2mo
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GatheringBooks
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#WeRemember Day 27: Quite a number of books written about #Prince, apparently. 👑🤴🏾

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💜💜💜 4mo
Eggs Yes I‘ve read several-the one by his wife/dancer Mayte Garcia was good too. 4mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Prince has always been a part of my life! When my parents divorced music and books were all I had… I really miss him 💔💜

This is one of my favorite songs 🎶 He could play 27 instruments! Such a loss 💔 A true musical genius!

https://youtu.be/xSJAeWPEWTw

#WeRemember #Prince

TrishB He definitely was 💔 4mo
Eggs That‘s a great book BTW💜💜 4mo
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JuliaTheBookNerd
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#Prince 💜 #WeRemember 💔🌹

#BookNerd 🤓💙📚

Eggs Well done 👍🏼 4mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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How could I not choose Prince for the #purple prompt 💜💜💜

It‘s been raining for a month now!!

“I never meant to cause you any sorrow
I never meant to cause you any pain
I only wanted one time to see you laughing
I only wanted to see you
Laughing in the purple rain.” 💜😢

#Curiouscovers

Julsmarshall Are you in central Texas by chance? So much rain! 1y
Eggs 💜☔️💜 💦💜 1y
Eggs @Julsmarshall @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks im in central TX and it is monsoon the last few weeks (edited) 1y
Kdgordon88 💜💜💜 1y
kspenmoll Wonderful choice!!! 1y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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https://www.sfgate.com/news/amp/Prince-fans-headed-to-Paisley-Park-five-years-16...

“Just start by creating your day. Then create your life.”

Has it really been 5 years? 😓💜

KathyWheeler Yep. I think about him every year because he died on my birthday. 1y
Cinfhen Wow! I don‘t believe it😔💜 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @KathyWheeler happy belated birthday!! Still so sad 💔 1y
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KathyWheeler @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yes, it is. That was a bad year. 1y
BookingitwithSandra I can‘t believe it either. I am so glad we have his music if we can‘t have his creativity anymore. I had tickets for his last show... i was broken hearted. It was on my bucket list to see him perform live. I heard it was an experience of a life time. 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Lifeisasnap it was on my bucket list too! I hope someone will release all of the music her had locked away in his home... wouldn‘t that be awesome 💜💜💜 (edited) 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Lifeisasnap I grew up listening to him... got me through some rough times 💜 1y
Tera66 My mom and I were just talking about this. I'm still sad about losing him, Bowie and Petty too. The music was such a big part of our lives. 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Tera66 me too! He was such a big part of my adolescence! When I didn‘t have anyone to talk to I always had music and books 💜💜💜 1y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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I love Prince and the feel and look of this #gold cover! He‘s hanging out with all of these beautiful Christmas cards!! Thanks everyone!! I‘m still opening so more to display ❤️🎅💚 Thank you Cindy for this treasure 💜 @Cinfhen

#SleightheShelves
#LitsyLove

Cinfhen I‘m SO HAPPY!!!! YOU needed THAT BOOK 💜💜💜 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Cinfhen I did!!! I LOVE it!! Thank you 💜😘 2y
OriginalCyn620 💜💜💜 2y
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DieAReader
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Mehso-so

#FEASTMODE #ProgressItNovember #CrushTheRush

4⭐️

I would have referred the Introduction narrator or another male as opposed to two different females for this one.

Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick The narrator can make a huge difference! Great job! 2y
DieAReader @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Thanks! Most definitely the narrator is super important! The alternating female voices on this one detracted from the story & at times made things a bit confusing for me tbh. I would suggest the physical book for anyone interested. 2y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Omg!! I‘m elated! This is pure gold in my hands!! I‘ve wanted this one for so long! I know I won‘t be able to read it all at one time. A beautiful tribute to a true legend we lost too soon 💜😓 Thank you Cindy @Cinfhen you are awesome!

Quote from back flap

“U know how u can tell when someone is smiling just by looking in their eyes.”

💜😓💜😓💜😓

Cinfhen Enjoy!!!! Happy Belated Birthday 🎂 it‘s a perfect book to dip in and out of 💜 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Cinfhen you‘re the best!! 2y
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Coleen_Nieto
Mehso-so

I have been a fan of Prince since I was a teenager. His music was the soundtrack to my life. I wanted to love this book, but it really was unfinished. I enjoyed the pictures and notes about them, but other than that, I was disappointed.

#bookspin
@TheAromaofBooks thank you so much! I finished d my #bookspin and started my #doublespin. I don't know when i would have read this book if not for #bookspin

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Sorry you didn't enjoy it more, but it's always good to get one off the backlist!! 2y
Coleen_Nieto Your right! I'm glad I read it, now I can fell ok about lending it to my son. 😀 2y
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Cinfhen
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Pickpick

If you‘re looking for some new startling revelations you won‘t find any but if you are seeking a peek into Prince‘s beautiful life this is a treasure trove. Full of personal photos, notes and artifacts Dan Piepenbring serves up a visual feast. This would be perfect for #Booked2021 #ABookWithPhotos

TrishB I‘ll bear it in mind! Prince was the only other rock star to adorn my bedroom walls ♥️ 2y
Cinfhen It‘s yours then @TrishB I‘ll add it to your belated birthday gift xxx 2y
Ruthiella I play “Let‘s Go Crazy” from time to time to give myself a boost! ❤️ 2y
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TrishB Aww thank you ♥️😊 2y
TrishB @Ruthiella it certainly gets you going! 2y
Cinfhen Agreed @Ruthiella his music is the ultimate heart pumping anthem 2y
Megabooks Little Red Corvette came on my randomizer while I was folding laundry. Such a fantastic artist! 2y
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Cinfhen
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Thinking of you @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💜This should be the perfect inflight reading material ✈️

LiteraryinLawrence Safe travels! 2y
rockpools Have a good journey! 2y
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squirrelbrain Bon voyage! 2y
CarolynM Safe travels💕 2y
LeahBergen Perfect! Safe travels! 😘 2y
erzascarletbookgasm Safe journey 😘 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yes!!! Enjoy and safe travels! I will get it someday! 💜💜💜 2y
Cinfhen I thought you owned this one already @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks !!!! I‘m checking stock on Amazon ....it was just your birthday too...ok, email me your address (edited) 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Cinfhen I have The Most Beautiful 💜 2y
Cinfhen Ahhhh @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks well then YOU MUST have this one💜send me your mailing address xxx 2y
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Coleen_Nieto
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1. Gosh I can't think of one!
2. Yes it does snow here. We had some snow flurries on Sunday.
#two4tuesday @TheSpineView

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 😊 2y
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Julsmarshall
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Bittersweet, the story of an artist who we lost too soon. Filled with fascinating stories and personal photos, this book of memories shows you a side of Prince that he often kept to himself. I had hoped for a little more but this was enough. Book #180 of 2020. #farewellsweetprince

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Julsmarshall
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A little breakfast reading 🥰

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Coleen_Nieto
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My #bookspin and #doublespin November! I'm excited for both!! Thanks @TheAromaofBooks for doing this!!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2y
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Eggs
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Prince‘s book about himself (he didn‘t want to label it a memoir) became an unrealized dream; he passed away before its completion. A memorable phrase from Prince‘s notes: he wanted people to create!! First you create your day! Then you create your life...Prince was the epitome of self-creation/reinvention

DAB I was mad for his music. I am gonna read this. 2y
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I‘m not a huge Prince fan but enjoyed some of his music. The book was pretty good in giving some background of his childhood, some good photos along with some of his own writings when starting the memoir. He died shortly after the book was started so of course it definitely feels like an abrupt ending to the book also. I enjoyed it but not the best autobiography I‘ve read.

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Pickpick

I am a lifelong Prince fan. I really enjoyed this book, Dan's insights into his meetings with Prince and how he found him to be. The absolute highlights of the books were the pages written in Prince's own handwriting and words and seeing some of the photos/mementos he had kept and treasured throughout his life. A good read for any Prince fan it gives insights into the man behind all the fame and a delightful look at his life through his own eyes.

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Pickpick

There‘s a bit of bias here as “Purple Rain” was one of the first records I had as a little kid, but I loved this book. Prince passed away before he could write much of his memoirs, and the co-author did a great job putting everything together. A brilliant use of photographs of Prince, and photographs taken by Prince.

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MEGR
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Waiting room reading 🤓

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sweetpealsd
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1) 2.5 😂 English, Spanish and learning Japanese
2) The Beautiful Ones was a great!
3) Three
4) ❤️😊🙄
5) @rsteve388 @EchoLogical

#Friyayintro @4thhouseontheleft @howjessreads
Thank you @EH2018

EchoLogical It just dawned on me that you tagged Beautiful Ones. I was gonna recommend it to my husband but my boss told me it was awful. 😂 2y
sweetpealsd @EchoLogical Did they say why they thought it was awful? I found it true to what we know about Prince. I think it was good for a book that wasn‘t able to be completed due to his death. A lot of personal mementos. 2y
EchoLogical @sweetpealsd He said that it would've made a better magazine article 2y
sweetpealsd I can understand that point of view but then we wouldn‘t have gotten the personal mementos from Prince. It‘s clearly explained that that wasn‘t the initial purpose of the book and that they still had to fulfill the contract so I was with fine with it. It wouldn‘t have worked as a magazine article. Knowing Prince that stuff would have never been allowed to make it to a magazine article 😂 2y
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Pickpick

Needing to catch up on some reviews today. This book is a little controversial but I thought it was wonderful. I'm not a hardcore fan at all, but I do feel that Prince was a large part of the soundtrack of my adolescence and so remembered fondly. It's not a memoir. Prince had only written a few pages about his childhood before he died. But he was planning to write a memoir and had begun gathering bits and pieces. ⬇️

DrexEdit This book has a long introduction by the writer Prince had hired to help him with the book, explaining what they talked about & what Prince hoped for the book. It also has the few pages he had already written. The rest is a scrapbook of photos, handwritten lyrics, & other ephemera. So, not a memoir, but the best we are ever going to get. It was fun to see his handwritten lyrics for Raspberry Beret & treatment for Purple Rain. I give it 🌟🌟🌟🌟. 3y
Palimpsest Thanks for this review! It‘s on my to read list. 3y
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DrexEdit
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Just one day after posting my #WeeklyForecast I've had to shift plans because this book that I very much want to read will be due at the library at the end of the month. It has so many holds there will be no chance for renewal, so it must be squeezed into February! 💜

Cinfhen Prince 💜 3y
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sweetpealsd
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I really enjoyed this book. I have been a Prince fan since I was a young and I felt like this book really did him justice. I love that Prince‘s co author was able to make such a true to the artist book despite Prince passing before finishing . I enjoyed reading about the author‘s time getting to know Prince as well as Prince‘s own words. Prince was such a private person yet you get to know enough of him to be satisfied yet not invade his privacy.

Kammbia1 My wife is a huge Prince fan. I was not. However, I have listened to a lot of Prince music over the past month. Especially 1999 and Sign O' The Times. I have gained a new appreciation of his music. :) 3y
sweetpealsd @Kammbia1 that‘s awesome and your wife had great taste!😊 3y
Kammbia1 @sweetpealsd Thank you! :)
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cozypunk I miss Prince. I live in Minnesota and it was heartwarming to hear / see Prince's shenanigan's in the local news. Riding his bike around, throwing parties for great causes, snippets of studio news, etc. 2y
sweetpealsd @dandy.punk I envy you that. It‘s sounds heartwarming. I miss him too. ☹️ 2y
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Pickpick

The Beautiful Ones refer to eyes, like his mothers, who Prince seems to look up to, and love deeply. With many insightful passages and quotes from Prince, this is a memoir that will make you feel, somehow, closer to the mystery known as Prince.

I did enjoy this but, maybe because it was never really finished by Prince, it has a disjointed and rushed feel. Essential for fans, a great read for the rest!
Full review goodreads.com/overtheedge

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I want this one!! 💜💜💜 3y
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britt_brooke
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Panpan

⭐️⭐️ This is less a memoir by Prince, more an article written by Dan Piepenbring. The audio is only 3 hours long, so I checked out a physical copy from the library afterward. It‘s loaded with photos and notes and such. If this had been completed prior to Prince‘s untimely death, it could‘ve been brilliant. This is just a bunch of stuff thrown together. Not enough material nor substance.

Prairiegirl_reading Awww that‘s too bad. I really want this to be great. 😢 3y
britt_brooke @Prairiegirl_reading I know, me, too. 😭 3y
Megabooks Too bad! This was on my TBR. Removing it. ☹️ 3y
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Cinfhen How disappointing 😫My daughter picked up a copy for me on Black Friday but it‘s still in NYC. I guess I can wait a little longer😜 3y
AnneCecilie It‘s too sad that the physical copy wasn‘t any better. 3y
BeaG I have The Most Beautiful by Mayte. I hope that it is good. 3y
britt_brooke @Megabooks @Cinfhen @AnneCecilie It‘s really more of a coffee table type book. It shouldn‘t have been marketed as a memoir. Just disappointing. Beautiful cover, though. (edited) 3y
britt_brooke @BeaG I‘m curious about that one! 3y
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AnneCecilie
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Mehso-so

I finished listening to this on audio today, and I find rating this hard because I have some issues. The audio is 3 hrs and ca 55% of the book is an introduction by editor Dan Piepenbring and he is telling about how he got the job as Prince editor. Before Prince died he had written 10p of his memoir/ book and those pages are interesting. Then the book ends with a lot of Prince quotes found in different magazines. For me it was too little Prince.

AnneCecilie I really hope the physical book offers something more than this like pictures. 3y
britt_brooke I listened to this today and 100% agree with your assessment. I placed the physical copy on hold today and should get it soon. Surely, it‘s better? Seems odd to have even made an audio version, IMO. 3y
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derr.liz
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Thank you, Prince. Thanks for being unapologetically you. Thanks for inspiring us to create. Thanks for staying in Minnesota. Thanks for everything you've shared with us. You had so much more to share. We miss you. I hope you're finding peace in purple paradise. ☔☮️💜

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Lisa0223
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Just in time for vacation. I‘ve wanted these for awhile. 🤞🏽

TheBookHippie How was HER??? It‘s been on my list awhile. 3y
Lisa0223 @TheBookHippie I haven‘t started yet. Trying to get my tbr list down some. 3y
TheBookHippie @Lisa0223 I know that feeling 🤦🏽‍♀️ 3y
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Library stop!

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princesspeanutsmommy
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Starting this tonight

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SkeletonKey
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“Try to create, I want to tell people to create. Just start by creating your day. Then create your life.” -Prince

This book hurts my heart! I keep imagining what could have been if Prince hadn‘t died.

#music #prince #creation

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dariazeoli
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Unexpectedly found myself in possession of a Target gift card, so I picked this up today. It‘s gorgeous! Can‘t wait to read it!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💜💜💜 3y
CoffeeK8 That cover is neat! 3y
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Tonton
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Soundtrack to my life.

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Well-ReadNeck
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Pickpick

Minimalist for a memoir but 👍🏼👍🏼 for pictures, scrapbook goodies and early life reminisces.

Suet624 I have been rewatching videos of his. I miss him. 3y
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SkeletonKey
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Lots of snow here right now so I‘m settling in with this one.

#prince

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Well-ReadNeck
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#TBRTuesday

Here‘s what‘s up on my TBR this week! 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼

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BookishBelle
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#LMPBC #Memoirs @Wife @Shadowfat @Hooked_on_books Here are some memoirs I‘m interested in. Let me know which ones you‘re more interested in and which ones you just don‘t want to read.

BookishBelle The Things We Don‘t Talk About is not in the database. 3y
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Wife I vote for The new old me. 3y
Shadowfat I would be fine with any of them except for Almost Everything. Also I'm going to post my options after work today 🙂 3y
Hooked_on_books I‘m most interested in The Things We Don‘t Talk About and The New Old Me. I‘m not interested in the Prince and I‘m worried about how I‘d respond to the themes in The Queen of Everything. 3y
BookishBelle Okay y‘all, I‘ll get a copy of The New Old Me and start reading! So... how much writing are we planning to do in our books? Last round I did an intro at the beginning, a mini review at the end, and a lot of comments in between and no one else did. 🤷🏻‍♀️ @Wife @Shadowfat @Hooked_on_books 3y
Hooked_on_books I do what you are describing. I always like to see people‘s thoughts at the end. 3y
Shadowfat I also do that @Hooked_on_books , I really enjoy the comments throughout the book! 3y
umbrellagirl @BookishBelle Have you mailed back my book from the last round? I still haven‘t received it. 3y
BookishBelle @umbrellagirl I mailed it on Monday. Let me see if I can find the tracking info. 3y
umbrellagirl @BookishBelle just arrived today, thank you! 3y
BookishBelle Oh thank goodness @umbrellagirl ! Yw! 3y
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Coleen_Nieto
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1. Candy!
2. Yes!! And ebooks and print books... all the books!
3. A few things, today is my daughter's 30th birthday, what seen amazing gift she is, a party for no reason tomorrow, Thanksgiving, family.
4. Too many to count
5. Purple
#friyayintro @howjessreads

Jerdencon Happy Birthday to your daughter! 🎉🎉 3y
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violettemeier
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I just got it yesterday! I can't wait to read it!!!!

#prince

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Velvetsun
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This book is absolutely gorgeous in person. It‘s almost too pretty to read. Plus, it has some kind of scent to it as well. 🥰❤️😍

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Djspens
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I forgot that I pre-ordered Prince's book awhile back! It's full of photos, scrapbook and lyrics sheets and the memoir he began writing before his death. We toured Paisley Park last Spring, I'm anxious to see more of Prince's incredible work and life. #bookmail #prince #thebeautifulones #purplerain

GripLitGrl 💜🎸🎤👑💜 3y
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Coleen_Nieto
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Today's the day! Why oh why didn't I take the day off???

Cinfhen Ohhhhhhh!!!!! Thanks for sharing 3y
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LittleMummyMe
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Two days to go!!!
But I have to wait for my copy to arrive via the post man.

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Cinfhen I just saw Prince has a memoir coming soon, super interesting since he‘s been gone a few years 🤷🏼‍♀️ 3y
arlenefinnigan @Cinfhen there's a really interesting New Yorker article by the writer who was working on the book with him https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/09/09/the-book-of-prince 3y
Cinfhen Great article! Thanks for sharing!! Now I‘m really looking forward to reading the memoir 3y
CrowCAH Perfect choice! 👍🏻 3y
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