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The Dictionary of Lost Words
The Dictionary of Lost Words | Pip Williams
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kspenmoll
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After our loved ones die, shared stories keep them alive. #sharedstories #memories

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mcctrish
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Long Weekend is a go!! Lots of reading and gardening will be happening. And chips and rosé

AmyG Enjoy! 2d
Bookwormjillk Looks perfect! 2d
mcctrish @AmyG @Bookwormjillk I‘m ready for happy hour to start today for a repeat 🤣🤣 2d
kspenmoll I just finished this book & adore it! Happy hour looks perfect! 11h
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KristiAhlers
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If I had one complaint about this one is how the ending seemed harsh in how abrupt it seemed. This is #reesewitherspoon book club pick and I loved it. There was something so romantic and heartbreaking about how the first Oxford Dictionary came to be and How Esme found her place. Have Kleenex handy and settle in. #bookclubread #mayread

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Ddzmini
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Picked up some books in Vegas 🤗📖🤨

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deliasson
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Mehso-so

If I could pick somewhere between a pick and a so-so, that's where this book would be. It's not to say that I didn't find it to be a good read, but I was frustrated by some of the large chunks of time between portions that were left out. Of course they may not have been pertinent to the story but it would have helped to develop the characters more and help to be a le to empathize with them more.

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Ellen_C
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Historical fiction about the creation of the first Oxford English Dictionary, world events, and a young woman who notices what does not get included in the OED. Many real people are characters in this book and Pip Williams does a great job at weaving historical facts into her fictional character‘s riveting story. https://cannonballread.com/2022/05/the-dictionary-of-lost-words-a-novel-elcicco/

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kspenmoll
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Opening this tonight- from my TBR mountains.😀

SilversReviews LOVE this cover….hope it is marvelous. Looks like it will be. 😊 2w
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staci.reads
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I loved this quiet, lovely story about the power of words, both the ones included and the ones left out. The creation of the Oxford English dictionary, women's suffrage, & WWI form the backdrops for this story about a young woman questioning her place in that world. The story, which spans decades, contains love, loss, & beautiful friendships. I was disappointed, though, with the abrupt ending, especially in a book that seemed unhurried until then.

DivineDiana I enjoyed this so much that I recommended it to my IRL Book Club! ❤️ 2w
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JGadz11
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It took me a minute to get into this one; the prologue didn‘t grab me in the midst of other library distractions, and I renewed 5 times. With that said, I finally got into it around my 4th renewal, and I‘ve got 30 pages left. It‘s due today, and I‘m okay with the 10cent library fine. A fascinating (fictional) history of the Oxford English, within the context of the suffrage movement, and WWI. Well-written and worth the wait I imposed on myself😏

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smalldogs_bigbooks2419
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It‘s not an impulse buy if it‘s been on my TBR for a while, right? Hubby needed to “stop by” to pick up a preordered. Unless we‘re in a rush, I don‘t ever just “stop by” any bookstore. I love to take my time even if I‘m almost positive inventory hasn‘t changed much since our last visit.

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Mirazzles
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I just started this one… but I have only a week since my library has shortened the hold!

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Sharpeipup
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Don't you just love a book that comes complete with a map??

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Cazxxx
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A beautifully written historical novel about the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary and specifically about the words that are left out due to sexism and class. I found this fascinating and loved the strong female protagonist
It was so interesting to learn how the words in the dictionary got there before technology and how much work went into it. I want to explore more on this subject. Any recommendations are welcome for further reading!

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Coleen
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I really wanted to love this more than I did. A great title and cover, and a book about words. How could a book lover not love it? I did like it…I think it just moved too slowly for me to really get sucked in the way I had hoped I would. I esp. liked the author‘s note at the end. I sort of wished I‘d read that first. The historical fiction aspect really pulled it together for me after reading that.

Sapphire I had a whole different end in mind for Esme, all worked out in my head! 4mo
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LeslieO
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“Before the lost word, there was another.” #FirstLineFridays

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LeslieO
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For some reason say lexicographers and I‘m in. Plus, what a great cover.

DivineDiana I recommended this to my IRL Book Club, and we met and discussed this week. Of course it was a favorite of mine, as it is rare for me to suggest a book to this critical group. While many liked it, there were those who found fault. 🤷🏼‍♀️ (edited) 4mo
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lynneamch
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Can't say enough about how much I enjoyed this take on the collecting of quotations that informed the definitions in the first Oxford English #Dictionary and words that were left out. If you find the summary in the database intriguing, you won't be disappointed in the book. One of my top ten of 2021. Fun to follow with the movie (also a book) "The Professor and the Madman" which focuses on one of the volunteers who provides potential definitions.

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janeycanuck
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This took a while to get in to - Esme as a child kind of annoyed me. But it clicked sometime through Part 3 and I quite liked the woman Esme grew in to. The final part was a challenge, I was really hoping for a different ending but alas, I was not rewarded for all my finger crossing.

BkClubCare Pitched this to my bookclub but it got voted down. I still want to read it. Someday 4mo
janeycanuck @BkClubCare that‘s too bad… hopefully you enjoy it when you get it to! 4mo
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melissajayne
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My September pick for #12booksof2021. A friend picked it for our September book club meeting and I liked it enough that I got a copy for my mom for Christmas.

Andrew65 Looks good. 5mo
Rehesina I loved loved loved this book! I hope you enjoy it too!! 5mo
melissajayne @Rehesina I did enjoy the book 5mo
Rehesina @melissajayne I‘m so sorry, I think I misread your post! I am glad that you liked it! 5mo
melissajayne @Rehesina no problem 5mo
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rachelsbrittain
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A gorgeous historical fiction novel that made me cry more than once. The daughter of a lexicographer grows up alongside the first edition of the Oxford English Dictionary as well as the women's suffrage movement and WWI. Explores the ways in which sex and class impact the inclusion (or exclusion) of words in the dictionary alongside the story of a remarkable young woman.

Crazeedi One of my favorites of the year 5mo
thewallflower0707 It‘s high up on my wishlist 😍 5mo
DivineDiana I suggested this to my IRL Book Club, and we are reading in 2022! 5mo
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SamHeartCoffee
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Added to #MountTBR! I wonder when I‘ll get to it, but it looks amazing!

LeslieO Same. It‘s on my shelf. 6mo
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Soubhiville
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This was a December bookclub pick. I thought the audio was well done. It‘s a great story, I really enjoy the idea of growing up around the developing dictionary and exposure to that level of attention to words.

I also liked the idea of the women‘s words, it seems like it would be tons of fun collecting those.

tokorowilliamwallace I wish the book club I follow from where I lived last year chose unique little selections like this. Each smaller meeting group within the larger umbrella group rotates picking the next book 3 months out, so there is some variation in interest, though, which is nice. 6mo
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Readswithcoffee
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I liked this book for the most part, but it drug for me in places. I‘m fascinated by the process of creating a dictionary, so I found the premise intriguing. The audiobook narrator was good.

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TorieStorieS
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This is my book club‘s current pick- and I absolutely loved this debut novel! It depicts a human side of the meticulous process involved in the publication of the Oxford English Dictionary. Esme is a charming character from childhood through adulthood and the supporting characters- those based in fact and fiction equally come to life! I really enjoyed this and can‘t wait to hear what the rest of the group thought of it!!

Desha I‘m currently listening to this on audiobook and I love it so far! 📚♥️ 7mo
TorieStorieS @Desha Oh, I bet the performance really adds to it!! I hope you love it as much as I enjoyed reading it!❤️❤️❤️ 7mo
Desha Yes it‘s great on audiobook...love her accent! 😊 7mo
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TorieStorieS @Desha I love, love, love an audiobook with an accent!!! 🥰🥰🥰 7mo
Desha Then you would love this one! 👏🏻😍📚♥️ 7mo
Soubhiville This is my book club‘s pick for December ! I hope you enjoy it. 7mo
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mjtwo
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3-5 Nov 2021 (audiobook)
The compilation of the Oxford English Dictionary told via Esme, who from the age of 3 sat in the Scriptorium with her single father, a lexicographer. Although Esme is fictional, many other characters are not. Williams chooses to focus on the role of women in this Herculean task, the words and meanings necessarily left out due to the bias of the male, middle-class editors and the contemporaneous story of women‘s suffrage.

mjtwo An interesting companion to The Surgeon of Crowthorne (which I loved many years ago). I find the dictionary a fascinating endeavour - and marvel that it could ever really be finished. Language is ever changing, which is perhaps why I find the dictionary so fascinating. (edited) 7mo
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Messiejessie
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A lovely novel about love, loss, grief, representation and the importance and power of words.
Beautifully written with interesting characters. It‘s protagonist, Esme is intelligent, curious and quietly elegant as she finds her voice and a way to make a meaningful contribution in her own way. I really enjoyed this.

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Crazeedi
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What a wonderful book. Told from the POV of the daughter of one of the men who worked on collating the Oxford English dictionary. She was fascinated by the slips the men worked with that had words to be included or not in the dictionary. I never really thought how many years it took to create these volumes and without technology how they collected and decided on words. A book that has sent me looking for more info on the creation of it

squirrelbrain I‘ve heard so many good things about this one! 8mo
Crazeedi @squirrelbrain you will love it! So interesting 8mo
BarbaraBB You are really back to reading and posting! So happy to see 🤍 8mo
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Megabooks 💜💜💜 great review!! 8mo
Crazeedi @BarbaraBB yes! And I missed you all, I'm trying to feel like myself again 🥰❤ 8mo
Crazeedi @Megabooks thank you 💞💞 8mo
mjtwo There is another very interesting book about the process published about 15 years ago, I think - The Surgeon of Crowthorne. Recommended if you want to read further @Crazeedi (edited) 7mo
Crazeedi @mjtwo thank you so much! I will look for it . Also for your information this book is a mc about the creation of the dictionary , I'm currently reading it 7mo
mjtwo I think it is the same book @Crazeedi Maybe it was published under a different title in the US/UK/Aus? I read it a long time ago but was fascinated. 7mo
Crazeedi @mjtwo you might be right? They often change titles 7mo
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melissajayne
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4.5⭐️ It took me a bit to get into the book, but once I did, which was at around the halfway point in the book, I really quite liked it. I liked the overall historical period that the story was placed in and liked the questions that it raises. #2021 #bookclub #fiction #historicalfiction #lexicography #bookspinbingo

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AshRaye
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I started this book and was really interested in it, but then the pacing bounced around too much and I struggled to continue with it, but I pushed through and I am glad I did. It is beautiful and thought-provoking. It is hard to describe my thoughts and feelings about this book. The more I dwell on this book, the more I see hidden between its pages.

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bell7
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Esme grows up at the Scriptorium where her father works defining words for the new Oxford English Dictionary. Starting with grabbing a fallen slip for "bondmaid," she begins collecting words.

You know those books you sink into immediately, knowing they are perfect reads for you? This was one for me. I loved the historical details about the creation of the OED and the meditation on language, especially what gets left out.

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A novel based on actual events of the publishing of the dictionary. A woman‘s life as told through the discovery of words that will not be making it into the Oxford English Dictionary due to them being “women‘s” words or words that are not to be used in polite society. It is a meandering and slow read, something that could be savored on a winter afternoon.

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Samreamer
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Been in a bit of a reading rut lately, and there‘s nothing that I love more than a book about books. This took that even further as a book about words. A feminist work, it goes through the life of a woman who works on the Oxford dictionary and realizes that the views and understanding of words by women is not captured in it, so she takes matters into her own hand. Loved all the strong female characters, and the authors note was great! 8/10

annahenke Sounds great! 9mo
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I'm still figuring out the paperwhite, but I just finished A Wrinkle in Time (5 stars, can't believe I've never read it before now) and I'm about to start The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams. I even read in the bathtub tonight. I'm enjoying the lightweight-ness of it, though it's still a bit large for me to read comfortably one- handedly. I switch between hands.... but I also do that with paperbacks.

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Lynnsoprano
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Having finished this book where words serve almost as characters, I feel that my words are inadequate to describe the beauty of this book. Centering around the creation of the OED, covering history, women‘s suffrage, WWI, love in many forms, it is, in essence a story about the power of words. I am left with two: gobsmacked and recommend.

squirrelbrain I‘ve heard so many good things about this - stacked! 10mo
Lynnsoprano @squirrelbrain You will not be sorry! 10mo
Soubhiville Terrific review! 10mo
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Lynnsoprano @Soubhiville Thank you 😘 10mo
kspenmoll Such a fantastic review…I must read this! 10mo
Lynnsoprano @kspenmoll Thank you. Sometimes a book just grabs your soul, and this was one that got hold of me. 10mo
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DivineDiana
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Have you ever thought about how the dictionary came to be? This is the story of the creation of the Oxford Dictionary, and of a young girl who grows up in the very “room where it happened”. Esme witnesses that certain words are discarded, and so begins her lifelong project to include the words of women, the poor and uneducated. The photo is of the actual staff at Oxford. A tribute to words and what one woman can accomplish.

lynneamch Loved this! Then watched Netflix The Professor and the Madman. Also insightful. 10mo
DivineDiana I also loved The Professor and the Madman. Fascinating! 10mo
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Lynnsoprano
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Amazon knows me only too well. This came in an email of Kindle recommendations, and I couldn‘t resist. The heck with the Mozart book, this is #nextup

Kimzey Yes! Good choice! 🎉 10mo
julesG Good choice. I just read it last week. 10mo
BookishMarginalia Enjoy! 10mo
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Singout This is only tangentially related, if at all, but there‘s a great British kids‘ book out there of poems, images, puzzles, and more of words that were eliminated from the newest children‘s Oxford dictionary. If that sounds at all interesting check it out! 10mo
Lynnsoprano @Singout I absolutely am interested! Do you know the title? I‘m always looking for interesting and unique books for my grandkids. 10mo
Singout Here‘s a link to a review: my niblings loved it! https://www.google.ca/amp/s/www.cbc.ca/amp/1.4889465 10mo
Lynnsoprano @Singout Thanks so much! 10mo
DivineDiana I just finished it. It was eye opening and inspirational! Looking forward to your thoughts! 10mo
Lynnsoprano @DivineDiana Inspirational is a great description. This will stay with me for a long time, I think. 10mo
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Kimzey
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My book club loved The Dictionary of Lost Words!

BookishMarginalia It‘s great, isn‘t it? 10mo
Kimzey @BookishMarginalia Yes, an excellent choice for our return to meeting in person! 10mo
DivineDiana I think there would be so much to discuss. Thinking of recommending to my Book Club. 🤔 10mo
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Kimzey @DivineDiana Yes, we had a wide-ranging discussion - a terrific book club book! 10mo
DivineDiana Thank you! 📚 10mo
BookBabe What an inviting spread! 😍 4mo
Kimzey @BookBabe Thanks, it was! I‘ll pass along your compliments to the host! 4mo
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julesG
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The story of a young woman, who grows up literally under/at the sorting table for the Oxford English Dictionary.

It's the story of the missing words. Words spoken by women, but also words spoken by the lower classes.

A story of loss and grief and love and finding your true self within and outside the pages of the dictionary.

#Audiosewing a pair of trousers - pic shows right shin. 🙄

bookseller_cate I recently read that the most powerful thing in statistics is to choose not to record something. It‘s ironic that when you click to this title, Litsy has no description. 10mo
GingerAntics This sounds really good! 10mo
julesG @bookseller_cate Ironic indeed. 10mo
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Yanya
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That was lovely.

BookishMarginalia Agreed! 10mo
DivineDiana Yes, it was! 10mo
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DivineDiana
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Started a new audiobook.

julesG Just started this, too. What a coincidence. 10mo
DivineDiana @julesG It is! Are you listening to the audio too? 10mo
julesG Yes. Or rather, I'm listening to the audio while reading the eBook 10mo
DivineDiana @julesG That‘s the best way! I borrowed my copy from Libby, and had to wait quite a few weeks. Still, you have given me the idea to see if the ebook is available. 🙂 10mo
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Loved the historical research and creative fictional story of Esme growing up in the scriptorium! No secret here my favorite book when I was young was a dictionary given to me by a teacher in 6th grade. I read it like a novel over and over🤪

tpixie This is one I want to read! I can‘t keep up with you! 8mo
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Curvybookgirl
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Really charming book mixing fact with fiction. A lovely story that takes you on a comforting yet emotional journey

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The story of the Oxford Dictionary and how it influenced and been influenced by women. Told through Esme who is raised there and collects words forgotten and lost -- most of which seem to be about women. She later works there. She marries Gareth who instead of giving her a ring, makes a book of all the words she's collected. After her death, her lost words gets sent to daughter, a lexicographer. Very good until end when we lose Esme‘s voice.

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Twocougs
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What a gem of a story. Historical facts about the making of the Oxford English Dictionaries woven in with a charming protagonist. Couldn‘t put it down.

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BookishMarginalia
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#CurrentlyListening to this novel about a girl who collects words that are ignored by her father and the other OED lexicographers because they‘re too common, too female, too spoken instead of written.

Garabrandtreviews How are you liking it? I got the ebook as an ARC some time ago and loved it, but felt like there were some pacing issues 12mo
BookishMarginalia @Garabrandtreviews I loved it too, but I was annoyed with the compression of the story after 1915. I think Esme deserved better. 12mo
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Loved this until the end. Just too rushed. Esme (protagonist) deserved more.

WanderingBookaneer I hate it when that happens! 12mo
youngreadrshelf @WanderingBookaneer I know. So disappointing. 12mo
DivineDiana Waiting for my reserve to arrive! 12mo
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Eva_B
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I‘ve made this a ‘pick‘ because it is beautifully written. I must admit I liked it but I didn‘t love it. Parts of it were interesting but not enough to keep me enthralled. It came highly recommended and lots of people absolutely love it. Just not me.

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Hooked_on_books
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Esme‘s father is part of the team creating the OED, so her fascination with words starts early. She soon comes to wonder about words the average person might use, especially women, which aren‘t being included, and is determined to collect them. This is an utterly charming historical fiction novel that edges toward twee but manages to steer clear of that. I really enjoyed it.

Librariana I picked this up a couple of weeks back and am eager to start it! Maybe I should go make an edit to my Bookspin list... Lol! 13mo
Hooked_on_books @Librariana 😆 There‘s still time! 13mo
radhikeey This sounds interesting. 13mo
Soubhiville This is my bookclub‘s book for December. I‘m looking forward to it 😊. 13mo
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Lindy
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This historical novel begins in 1886, with the ongoing multi-volume project of the Oxford English Dictionary. Motherless Esme hangs out with her father and the other lexicographers as they work. Her affinity for words, especially those deemed unsuitable for inclusion in the OED, really captured my heart. There was a point where I thought the book might turn a bit sappy for my taste but the strong ending returned me to full admiration. #Ozfiction

Lindy Note: #audiobook is read by Pippa Bennett-Warner 13mo
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Lindy @TrishB @Lynnsoprano And there‘s a women‘s suffrage storyline too. I‘m sure you will both enjoy this book. 13mo
Come-read-with-me Stacked! 13mo
Lindy @Come-read-with-me Definitely in your wheelhouse 😊 13mo
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