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This House of Sky: Landscapes of a Western Mind | Ivan Doig
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A haunting, magnificently written memoir by Ivan Doig about growing up in the American West Ivan Doig grew up in the rugged wilderness of western Montana among the sheepherders and denizens of small-town saloons and valley ranches. What he deciphers from his past with piercing clarity is not only a raw sense of land and how it shapes us but also of the ties to our mothers and fathers, to those who love us, and our inextricable connection to those who shaped our values in our search for intimacy, independence, love, and family. A powerfully told story, This House of Sky is at once especially American and universal in its ability to awaken a longing for an explicable past.
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Finished This House of Sky for #montana, which I loved. More than halfway through Garp for #newhampshire, which I‘m liking, not loving. #unpopularopinion

Working my way slowly through The Romanovs - at around 55% now, but it‘s a bit of a chunkster.

Read Topics of Conversation as an ARC from #netgalley - really didn‘t like that and hated Fear and Loathing!

All in all, a bit of a mixed week!

Cinfhen Still LOADS of progress and NO BAILS 2w
squirrelbrain I don‘t often bail @Cinfhen - I need to learn how to make myself, for my own sanity sometimes! 2w
Cinfhen I love the concept of bail!! Life is too short 😛 2w
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Caroline2 I‘m only at 41% 🙄 it‘s beginning to feel like the longest book everrrr!!!! 😆 2w
squirrelbrain We can do it @Caroline2 ! 🤞😁 2w
BarbaraBB Ooh, interesting opinion on Garp. I am curious to see where it‘ll lead! 2w
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This is a beautifully written book about relationships, both human relationships and those with the land and the world around us.

Doig draws us into his hardscrabble life, growing up in #montana with his Father and Grandma and, even though you feel the hardship, his descriptive writing makes you want to experience that way of life.

#readingUSA2019 (Only one more state to go! 😁)

BarbaraBB Great review. Almost there!! 3w
JennyM Beautiful review. And cosy fire 🔥 (edited) 3w
Samplergal Which state is left for you? 3w
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squirrelbrain Just New Hampshire @samplergal, for which I‘m reading 3w
Hooked_on_books You‘re cranking these out! Nice job. I‘m stalled at 5 left. I have the books picked out and staring at me in my library but I keep finding reasons to read other stuff instead. 3w
squirrelbrain What can I say @Hooked_on_books - I like a list but more than that I love ticking things off a list! 5 is not far to go though - you‘ll easily do that before the end of the year... 3w
EliNeedsMoreShelves I really enjoy Ivan Doig's work. 3w
Librarybelle That‘s so amazing! One more left! 3w
Samplergal @squirrelbrain Loved that book! Great way to end it! 3w
NatalieR Great review! Congrats on your challenge!! 🎉 3w
rsteve388 6 pts 3w
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Loving this book so far, for both #nfnov and for #montana #readingUSA2019....

This image made me smile - how cute is this?! Little kids trying to hide flat on the ground behind their lunchboxes...

BarbaraBB I‘m hoping to start Montana this week too. My choice is 3w
squirrelbrain Oooh that one sounds good @BarbaraBB ! 3w
BarbaraBB It will be heavy I think but I do like the author. 3w
BookNAround I love Ivan Doig. 3w
rsteve388 1 pt 3w
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I just signed up for #nonfictionnovember #nfnov.....

The first three books are also #doubledipping for #ReadingUSA2019. I only picked 6 so far but I‘ve just been through my (physical) TBR shelf and there‘s at least another 20....

Looking forward to it! Visit @Clwojick or @rsteve388 if you want to join in too.....

RachelO Common Ground is SO good 🦊. 1mo
squirrelbrain I know @RachelO - I‘ve been meaning to read it for sooooo long.... and it‘s set less than a mile from my house... 1mo
RachelO Oh of course - I hadn‘t made that connection, but that‘s SO close - you‘ll bee off exploring at all hours! I loved it. 1mo
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Today‘s book mail. I ordered the book (a used copy) for both #nfnov and #readingUSA2019 - #doubledipping!

The card and horribly cute bookmark are from the lovely @TrishB - hope your trip has gone well 😘

BookNAround I really like Doig‘s fiction but I‘ve never read his non-fiction. I‘ll be curious to see what you think. (edited) 1mo
TrishB Glad it arrived 👍🏻 I left them for hubby to post. Fly home tonight 👍🏻 1mo
squirrelbrain Have a good trip back @trishb....hope you have a good book for the journey 😘 1mo
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TrishB I started this one a couple of nights ago - looking forward to actually reading more than a couple of pages! 1mo
Librarybelle Way to double dip! Great idea! 1mo
Lcsmcat I haven‘t read this one yet, but I love Doig‘s writing- fiction and nonfiction. 1mo
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Doig‘s memoir speaks to the formative power of family: a father, a mother, a grandmother— people who loved him and nurtured him before sending him into the wider world. It‘s also a memoir of Western Montana‘s rugged wildness and how land shaped the life story. One could polish this off in an afternoon—but more satisfactorily, one may linger between the lines, savoring prose and poetry, the clear-eyed honesty and haunting nostalgia of Doig‘s voice.

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Lcsmcat I love Doug‘s writing! 10mo
BookNAround Doig is fabulous! 10mo
Kaye Me too, @Lcsmcat . @BookNAround I have yet to read this. I think my favorites so far have been The Bartender‘s Tale. and The Whistling Season. (edited) 10mo
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Emilymdxn One of my favourite books! 10mo
Kaye @Emilymdxn I guess I‘ll have to give this a try . Isn‘t this the one that was sort of a memoir ? 10mo
Emilymdxn Yeah! but it‘s the only book I‘ve read by him so don‘t know how similar it is to other books 10mo
Kaye From the ones I‘ve read , I tend to think he may have used a lot of his childhood experiences of living out in that area as background to the books. They‘re all descriptive of the locations , but much more centered on people‘s lives. I‘m trying to think what other to compare him to.... maybe Steinbeck a little bit , like in East of Eden. How he describes the nature and scenery , along with the people ? Although Doig‘s books don‘t have 👇🏼 10mo
Kaye 👆🏼the “ sense of dread “ type of feeling....not the right words. Melancholy ? Doig‘s books are a bit like Haruf, but more humorous and descriptive of personalities. @Emilymdxn 10mo
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An American frontier classic, apparently. The early Montana ranch scene setting was moderately interesting to a point, then it fizzled out for me and I realized my energy was maybe best directed elsewhere.

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Beginning this for Book Club - my first Doig title.

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This beautiful book makes me long for a simpler time under the wide open sky!! It is a love story about a boy and his father. The writing is poetic and lyrical. I will be reading many more of his books!