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Rodham
Rodham | Curtis Sittenfeld
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What if Hillary Rodham had turned down Bill Clinton's proposal of marriage? In American Wife, Curtis Sittenfeld painted a picture of an ordinary American girl who found herself married to a President - basing it on the life of Laura Bush. In this new novel, she takes another ordinary American girl, Hillary Rodham ('You are awfully opinionated for a girl, Hillary'), and explores how her life might have turned out if she had stayed an independent woman.
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kricheal
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I actually loved this!

Megabooks Me too! 3mo
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paisleyjess
Rodham | Curtis Sittenfeld
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A very interesting premise (what if Hillary didn't marry Bill) and the story was actually a lot of fun to read. It just feels like a richly detailed narrative with fun Easter eggs of reality sprinkled throughout.

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emmaturi
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I really enjoyed this take on Hilary's life if she hadn't married Bill. It doesn't paint Bill in a particularly good way, but with Hilary I thought it was interesting. The mentions of Trump in it were quite funny.

Cathythoughts I‘m really tempted to try this one .. nice review.. you‘re tempting me even more 5mo
emmaturi Well hope you read it then! @Cathythoughts 5mo
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emmaturi
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There was a feeling I got before I spoke in front of an audience and sometimes also before an event that was less public but still important, an event that could have consequences in my life- taking the LASTs, for example, which I'd done in a classroom on the campus of Harvard.

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

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fredthemoose
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Novel proposing a counterfactual life for Hillary Rodham (and the world, really) if she hadn‘t married Bill Clinton. I enjoyed it more than I expected—there are some fun twists and examinations of the (good and bad) consequences of some of her decisions. I also liked being in character Hillary‘s head and getting her “real” reactions to people and situations in addition to public statements. Warning: there are a lot of Bill Clinton sex scenes… 😬

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kricheal
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Starting this next on #cloudlibrary I need an audio to block out the noise of a loud TV while I'm taking care of my Mom after having some minor surgery. I can get caught up on work and read at the same time!

Prairiegirl_reading I hope your mom is ok! 10mo
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OriginalCyn620
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This was my first alternative history read, and I did enjoy it! Reimagining what Hillary‘s life would have been like had she not married Bill was an interesting premise, and I think the author did a nice job weaving fact and fiction. But truthfully, I could‘ve done without the sex scenes. Not because I‘m a prude or anything, but because Bill Clinton. 😂

#bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks It just feels weird to write sex scenes about real people, especially ones that are still alive...!!! 10mo
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Cortg
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I found this book to be cringy. I was really looking forward to it after reading American Wife years ago and I liked that AW was based loosely on the Bush‘s but names were changed. I hated that Hillary & Bill‘s names were not changed and I thought it was unsettling to say the least.

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JillR
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The book imagines what might have happened if Hillary had not married Bill. The first half had me completely confused; I genuinely kept forgetting I wasn‘t reading Hillary Clinton‘s autobiography. I just felt completely muddled. Then halfway through off it swerved and I loved it. Overall a clever if slightly crazy read although I‘m a bit nervous this narrative might now get muddled up in my mind with what is actually real 😆

TrishB It definitely messes with your head (mind you so did the sex scenes!) 10mo
JillR @trishb oh yes, wasn‘t sure whether to mention those in the review or not 🙈. Really could have done without some of those images I have to say haha 10mo
BarbaraBB Hahaha! Bill and his sax 😱 @TrishB 10mo
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TrishB @BarbaraBB now I can‘t get out of my head again! 10mo
BarbaraBB Sorry @TrishB 🤷🏻‍♀️😉 10mo
JillR @trishb @barbarabb noooooooooo 😳 10mo
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Caroline2
Rodham | Curtis Sittenfeld
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Some great Kindle deals on today! 😀 #99ponkindle #kindledailydeals

squirrelbrain Ooh, this one is a definite...trots off to Amazon.... 12mo
Caroline2 @squirrelbrain it‘s does sound intriguing doesn‘t it. 😯 12mo
Caroline2 @squirrelbrain what is with Amazon‘s genre‘s....??? How is this a self-help book?!?!? 😆 🤦‍♀️ 12mo
squirrelbrain Goodness knows! They do come up with some weird ones! 🤷‍♀️ 12mo
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amyrohn
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Overall, this was a frustrating reading experience. The writing style, the characterization, the white feminist undertones, and the disregard of the role of white supremacy and nationalism that played into the 2016 election made Rodham really unpleasant for me. Ultimately, I‘m not sure if this book really needed to exist. Check out my full review: https://amysbookreviews.com/2021/05/15/rodham-by-curtis-sittenfeld-review/

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RenePenn
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Listening to my first Curtis Sittenfeld book. Narration is great. I was intrigued on where this book would lead on the alternate life of Hillary without Bill.

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Verity
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Not the right book tagged because this doesn‘t seem to be in the database. It‘s always nice to visit Sittenfeld‘s literary world, but I came away from this thinking that I missed something somewhere.

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PurpleTulipGirl
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Finished the tagged while doing some knitting that required less attention. Time to get back to my sweater.

Author tackles alternative history: What if Hillary Rodham didn‘t get married? Carries with it questions about double standards and society‘s expectations of women.

Pageturner1 that detail looks pretty. 1y
PurpleTulipGirl Thanks, @Pageturner1 It‘s a bit challenging for me to do shoulder decreases while in pattern. Reminds me why I like seamless top-down sweaters. But it‘s good to get out of my comfort zone on occasion. 1y
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PurpleTulipGirl
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I was surprised to find this available on Libby last night and snagged it right away.

Megabooks Such a good book! 1y
PurpleTulipGirl @Megabooks I‘m enjoying it, but I could do without the sex scenes. I don‘t mind that stuff normally, but something about this being a fictionalized story of real people makes it feel icky. 1y
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Marni
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
I really enjoyed this journey in an alternate universe where Hillary and Bill never got married. It was a bit slow u til the post Bill years. The last portion was by far my favorite part of this book. I did not expect many of the plot points Sittenfeld Gad and enjoyed her weaving reality and fiction throughout. #read2021

Reviewsbylola This wasn‘t as good as American Wife for me but I enjoyed it! 1y
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BarbaraBB
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#BookReport 02/21

Another satisfying reading week. Except for The Topeka School, which I didn‘t get into, they were great reads. So I‘m happy 🤍

TrishB A good week 😁 1y
Cinfhen I didn‘t realize it was SO SLIM...How was 1y
Cinfhen I loved Rodham but bailed on 1y
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BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Heavy. It‘s a true story about an Egyptian woman on death row. She killed her pimp after a life of harassment by men. Very depressing so not for everyone I guess 1y
squirrelbrain I bailed on Topeka School too Barbara (mine was an ARC) - I just couldn‘t get into it. @Cinfhen 1y
Cinfhen Oh wow! Very heavy / 😞 1y
Cinfhen I gave Topeka School about 40% @squirrelbrain but I just wasn‘t getting anything out of it 🤷🏼‍♀️ 1y
EmilyM I finished Topeka but remember virtually nothing about it. I didn't care for it. 1y
BarbaraBB @EmilyM @squirrelbrain @Cinfhen I‘m glad I bailed and didn‘t struggle all the way through. It doesn‘t seem worth the effort 🤍 1y
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TrishB
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Finally got chance to finish, apart from the very toe curling sex scenes in the beginning, I was hooked on this. Some of the commentary about the casual sexism when she was younger hit home.
I do wonder what they would both make of the book? And why Bill still comes out of everything smelling of roses.

TrishB Thanks @Cinfhen 😘😘 1y
MicheleinPhilly I have been avoiding this one for a number of reasons. I have very conflicting feelings about Bill and certainly don‘t need to read any sex scenes between them. 😖 1y
H_SQUARED Ewwww!!! 😝 1y
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CarolynM Did you read Primary Colours? Although he's given a different name it's clearly Bill, and he's pretty shady. 1y
BarbaraBB I kept wondering too what they‘d make of it! And Bill didn‘t smell of roses ( what a fantastic expression, I need to remember that!) any longer after the 2005 meet up, did he? 1y
Cinfhen I thought the sex was a little cringy but I loved the whole reimagining/ glad u enjoyed the book xxx 1y
Megabooks At least Bill didn‘t get to be President and no one wants to picture Bill playing the saxophone naked!!! Hillary didn‘t bother me as much but have you seen pictures of Bill in the 70s?? Just no. 1y
Cathythoughts I‘m starting it today & I‘m excited to hear you were hooked on it ... sounds promising 👏🏻 1y
TrishB @MicheleinPhilly @AmyG said it was liking reading about your parents!! 1y
TrishB @CarolynM no but there seems to be some cheap copies inline so I may just do that! 1y
TrishB @BarbaraBB no he didn‘t after that! But I still felt the author gave him too much respect despite what we were hearing about him. If this had just been a normal book/man we would have all been avoiding him because he was such a sleaze bag. 1y
TrishB @Cinfhen I definitely liked the ending 😁 1y
TrishB @Megabooks 😂😂 very true!! 1y
TrishB @Cathythoughts hope you like it 😁 1y
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TrishB
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Just sitting down to read after logging off finally 😞
Trouble is Numan has dropped a new single (I‘m told that‘s the right vernacular) and I‘m 13 again

https://youtu.be/-RxebQuFgJY
Just in case, it‘s good stuff 😁

LeahBergen Were you dancing around your house by yourself? 😆 1y
squirrelbrain 🤣🤣🤣 1y
Kalalalatja 😂😂 1y
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charl08 Can you dance and read at the same time? 1y
AmyG Ha! Lucky you! 1y
Cinfhen Oh, that was good!!!! Hope you like book xxx 1y
TrishB @LeahBergen @squirrelbrain @Kalalalatja @charl08 @AmyG most exciting thing to happen in current lockdown! 1y
TrishB @Cinfhen apart from a little bit too much imagined info about their sex life!! Really enjoying it 😁 1y
AmyG Hahahaha. The sex stuff made me feel like I was reading about my parents. Just no. 1y
BarbaraBB Maybe you can imagine Bill playing a little sax naked to accompany Numan‘s latest drop?! 🤣 1y
Cinfhen Oh yeah...that was weird @TrishB but it did make me snicker 🤭 1y
TrishB @AmyG exactly 😂 1y
TrishB @BarbaraBB please don‘t 😁 it‘s my best night of lockdown!! 1y
TrishB @Cinfhen me too 😂 but J is asking me whether he should read, ermmmm 1y
BarbaraBB You are right! Just Numan! Enjoy! 💃 1y
Reggie Lol Yay for you TrishB! 1y
Cinfhen Ha😜!! I‘d LOVE to hear J‘s take on this book...and YAY!!!! He׳s home?!??!!!!!! 1y
TrishB @Reggie we have to get our fun where we can! 1y
TrishB @Cinfhen no, sadly not 😞 1y
Cinfhen Ugh....I‘m sorry 😭hugs xxx 1y
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TrishB
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Starting tonight 🐶♥️

JennyM Happy reading, and hi Sansa 😘😘 1y
Catsandbooks Those puppy dog eyes! 🐶❤️ 1y
DGRachel PUPPY! 💖🐶💖 1y
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erzascarletbookgasm Sansa! 👋 why that expression? 1y
Kalalalatja 😍😍😍 1y
TrishB @erzascarletbookgasm that‘s the leave me alone I want to sleep expression 😁❤️ 1y
LeahBergen Sansa! You sweet girl. 😘😘😘 1y
Cathythoughts Gorgeous pic ! Beautiful Sansa 💕. Look forward to your thoughts on the book 👍🏻 1y
batsy Aww! Love that glimpse of Sansa 😍 1y
MicheleinPhilly I see Sansa borrowed Pickles‘ eyeliner! ☺️ 1y
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Vansa
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#WeekendReads @rachelsbrittain
1.Currently reading Rodham, surprisingly good!I didn't think I would be interested but it's compelling and oddly moving.She makes Bill Clinton sound quite irresistible!
2.I think Enid Blytons I read when I was a kid have some nice lessons-girls can do it all,kindness to people not like you,most importantly,never be a snitch!😂
3.Dying to read Black Buck by Mateo Askaripour!
Have a good weekend!

BarbaraBB Agree with 1, I could completely understand why she fell for Bill Clinton! 1y
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BarbaraBB
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In an alternate universe, Hillary doesn‘t marry Bill Clinton but remains Hillary Rodham. Liberated from his ambitions and sexual extremities, she can create her own path and follow her own ambitions.

I kept wondering what was true and what was fiction. Hillary felt so real! The one downside for me was the namedropping (a lot!) of politicians I never heard of.
⬇️⬇️ #bookspin #pop20 A book everyone seems to have read

BarbaraBB ⬆️⬆️
However, for a book about two people I am not that interested in about domestic politics in a country that‘s not mine it really was a very engaging read!
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Megabooks I love every word of your review!! 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻💕 1y
BarbaraBB @Megabooks Thank you so much! I felt unsure writing it and was afraid I was not nuanced enough! 💕 1y
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Kalalalatja Definitely a great review! 1y
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 1y
KarenUK Fab review! I was unsure about this one, but makes me want to read it! 👍 1y
riversong153 I enjoyed this one too. 1y
Cinfhen This made my #Top20of20 list ....I really enjoyed it! And....fabulous review💜you nailed it, perfectly (edited) 1y
Vansa Reading this now too!And that's what struck me as well, I'm really not into American politics in such detail and had to keep asking my husband about some politicians but it was such a compelling read.Quite moving in parts too. 1y
TrishB I just put on my forecast for the week 👍🏻 great review! 1y
Cathythoughts I did love American Wife by this author! I‘ll try a sample this week 👍🏻👍🏻 sounds good 1y
BarbaraBB @TrishB @Cathythoughts For me as non American it sometimes was a bit too American (domestic politics) but Hillary‘s story and character is very well done. I loved Sittenfeld‘s 1y
nocto I quite liked the way I kept looking up the politicians mentioned and they turned out to be real but not as successful as they were in the book. I found the beginning of the book a bit creepy (when she was with Bill) but enjoyed it more as it went on. Interesting portrayal of D***** T**** too (and that‘s not a sentence I‘d write in most contexts!). 1y
BarbaraBB @nocto Yes, DT made a funny appearance and I agree on the first part: I had to stop myself from visualizing Bill and Hillary naked 😂 (edited) 1y
Suet624 Okay, unpopular opinion here, but I‘m kind of done with Hillary being the standard bearer of ... women? Political women? Longest suffering woman? Powerful women? There are so many others I would rather look to. That‘s why I avoided this book like the plague. Your review has finally broken through my hard shell and I think I‘ll check it out. 😀😀 1y
BarbaraBB @Suet624 I totally agree with you about being done with Hillary. And I am not really interested in her as a person either. But the book is good. If you can handle a naked Bill Clinton playing sax you can distance yourself from H and read about a woman fighting her way to the top in what is still a man‘s world. 1y
Suet624 That I can do. Thank you! 💕💕 1y
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mcctrish
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I seriously loved this book! The author wrote it so well I lost track between fact and fiction all the time. Her Trump dialogue was CRAZY accurate. I also want to say the paper used in printing this book is outstanding

KathyWheeler I have this as an ebook but haven‘t read it yet. I loved American Wife, which is a fictional account of Laura Bush‘s early life. 1y
britt_brooke This was such a fun one! 1y
mcctrish @KathyWheeler I need to get American Wife now then 🤣 1y
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mcctrish @britt_brooke it sure was 1y
marleed If I could have judged this books on the parts I loved alone, there would have been many. But I couldn‘t get past the intensely personal sexual discussions - lubricant for example. It just seemed disrespectful. If that didn‘t trump (pun there!) the rest of the book, I would have loved it too. I love reading reviews and I‘m hopeful they‘ll help me get over my issue! 1y
mcctrish @marleed did you read What Happened? She obviously didn‘t talk about lube in that book, but she is quite forthright so while it felt like a bit TMI it also rang true for me 1y
marleed @mcctrish I will have to read it and open my mind :) 1y
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mcctrish
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Honestly my NYE isn‘t really any different cuz it‘s 2020, maybe I should try harder next year 🤷🏻‍♀️I am really enjoying this book but it‘s so intermingled with truth that I forget it‘s fiction

TheKidUpstairs I was thinking the same thing. I don't usually do anything special, just have a nice meal and some bubbles at home, in bed long before midnight! 1y
mcctrish @TheKidUpstairs the biggest difference really was thinking EVERYONE was getting take out so we needed to make smart choices if we wanted something specific 1y
Tamra I love quiet - no expectations. 😊 1y
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TrishB
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Thank you Cindy 😘😘 for my birthday goodies! Opening books anytime is awesome and look at all these 😁
So glad we finally got to meet this year, especially given what‘s happened since! ❤️❤️ xxx

Cinfhen I think these are all books we had talked about xxx Last February feels like another lifetime but I‘m so grateful we had our day ♥️ 1y
Cinfhen American Dirt has still not been returned to me but I‘ll send it once I get it back 1y
Cinfhen Happy VERY BELATED BIRTHDAY 1y
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TrishB We did definitely talk about all these 😁 but still a surprise opening. ♥️♥️ 1y
BarbaraBB What a wonderful gift and all these books seem made for you Trish 🤍 1y
LeahBergen Have you read 84 Charing Cross Road before? 1y
TrishB @BarbaraBB that‘s just what I thought! 1y
TrishB @LeahBergen no- somehow it‘s always passed me by! 1y
LeahBergen I can‘t wait to hear what you think! 1y
TrishB @LeahBergen it seems to be a well loved book ❤️ 1y
Kalalalatja She Said is so good, an impressive work, but the subject is infuriating. Lovely gifts 👌 1y
TrishB @Kalalalatja looking forward to getting to it! 1y
Suet624 All great reads!! (edited) 1y
TrishB @Suet624 cool 👍🏻 1y
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magyklyXdelish
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Uggghhhhh I really wanted to just be completely and totally immersed in this one. Hillary has long been one of my idols and the premise of this book is so intriguing. However I hate how she is written as a flat cardboard character with little to no personality. It‘s annoying enough when this happens in books with fictional characters. But to do this to someone who actually exists? It‘s hard to look past. Maybe someday I‘ll pick this back up again

magyklyXdelish @TheAromaofBooks my #bookspin for December 😭 1y
TheAromaofBooks Always sad to bail on a book you were anticipating, but sometimes it just doesn't work out!! I'm personally always weirded out by fictional books about people who are still alive, but that may just be me 😂 1y
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readerlas
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Day 5. In this alternative history, Sittenfield explores what could have happened if Hilary Rodham turned down Bill Clinton's second marriage proposal. There is a lot of in depth discussion of American politics and systems which my Brit brain found a little confusing. But the character development and prose overshadows that slight niggle. #12Booksof2020

Thanks to @Andrew65 for hosting.

Andrew65 Looks good. 1y
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mcctrish
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New day, new book ( I like how Curtis Sittenfield writes)

Megabooks Parts 2 and 3 were awesome!! 1y
mcctrish @Megabooks I recently read What Happened so I‘m having a hard time believing it‘s fiction 🤣🤣 1y
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magyklyXdelish
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Finally diving in to this beauty!

Let‘s hope I can finish this #BookSpin by the end of the month!!

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AlizaApp
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In this intriguing novel, the author explores what Hillary might have done with her life if she had turned down Bill‘s marriage proposal. The alternative universe Hillary still gets involved in politics, but it‘s the other smaller details that make the story so interesting. Sittenfeld is great, as always, at writing ambitious and complicated women.

sprainedbrain I loved this one. 🥰 1y
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Sharpeipup
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Luckily I had my guard dog with me during this #audiowalk as I was rather distracted by the book. #grateful

robinb Yikes!! 😳😳 2y
Bookwormjillk Good dog! I would have freaked out!! 2y
marleed Oh my gosh! 2y
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Elizabeth2 Eek! 2y
Soubhiville Cool! (I‘m the strange one who actually enjoys seeing snakes.) But I‘m glad your dog alerted you. 🙂 2y
AmyK1 I would have freaked out 😳 2y
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Amiable
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Almost a pick, but fell a bit short. Summary: First 1/3, cringey sex scenes that made me a bit squeamish (seriously, does ANYONE really need a mental image of a naked Bill Clinton playing the saxophone while having sex?); middle part is a bit “meh”; circa page 400 it‘s WHOA, I did not see THAT plot twist coming. I‘d give it 3/5 stars.

CaitlinR Bill Clinton, naked, saxophone, sex ... can an image be an ear worm? I want it out of my head! 🤪 2y
Amiable @CaitlinR LOL! Exactly!! 😄 2y
Megabooks Thank you! I didn‘t need to picture Bill naked. I just adored the last third. It made reading the first ⅔ worth it! 2y
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kspenmoll 😲 2y
8little_paws Omg the saxophone 😂😂😂😂😂😂 2y
Amiable @kspenmoll @8little_paws I took the hit and read that scene so you don‘t have to! 😀 2y
Amiable @Megabooks Right?? The first third of the book was pretty icky with all the naked Bill. 😖 2y
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Amiable
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Imaging how these alternative-reality presidencies might have gone is helping to distract me from the 2020 Election Day-That-Seemingly-Will-Never-End. 😖

Reviewsbylola Oh my, the thought of reading this book during the craziest election ever is both entertaining and terrifying! 2y
Amiable @Reviewsbylola I know—when my library hold on this book came up the day before the election, I thought it was a sign from the universe! Of what, I‘m not totally sure. 😀 2y
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Amiable
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My working-the-polls rebellion read. #vote

LeahBergen 👏🏻👏🏻 2y
Bklover Yessssssss 2y
KatieDid927 Niiice. My mom voted at Niantic Center and said it‘s been mellow. 2y
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readordierachel Right on 👍🏼 2y
Amiable @KatieDid927 I‘m at the high school (District 1). Just had our first lull since 6 am. 😳 Over 2,000 ballots cast so far! Not counting absentee! 2y
The_Penniless_Author @Amiable I'm amazed how many people are out today, given how many early/mail votes were already cast! 2y
Bette Thanks for helping. 👍😊 2y
Amiable @The_Penniless_Author I know!! Our district has 5,600 registered voters. 2,000 voted absentee—and then another nearly 2,700 voted in person today! 2y
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Viji
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I am really enjoying this alternate history of Hillary Rodham Clinton‘s life and career. Can‘t wait to see how it turns out!

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Verity
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Pickpick

Finally put the time in this weekend to finish this. And it is a very clever premise, well executed, but which I appreciate more now it‘s over as I spent a lot of the final section being *very* anxious about how it was going to end and what was going to happen. Now I want to go back and read it again.

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k8makesart
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Pickpick

A fascinating premise well executed.

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Erinreadsthebooks
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Spotted in one of my favorite Indie bookstores 😁

SamAnne Was? 2y
Erinreadsthebooks @SamAnne 😂😂 Good point! 2y
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AileenRR
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Pickpick

A “what might have been” if Hillary didn‘t marry Bill. I liked this fictionalized Hillary, and was super entertained by how Bill‘s life turned out as well.

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Sharpeipup
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This is a #blameitonlitsy read so let the fun begin.

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CourtSmall
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Bailedbailed

Just couldn't get into it at all. I think I'll pick up her autobiography instead

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Branwen
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I've had this book on hold forever and it finally came in today! 💖📚 #librarylove

Christine I ended up loving this book. She was wonderful on MSNBC just now, somehow hearing her voice was comforting in this horrible moment. 2y
Branwen @Christine I can imagine! Gah, I am just so sad and scared right now 💔 2y
sprainedbrain ❤️ 2y
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Verity
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Next from the to-read pile...

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Writeme
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Great timing for fictionalized politics. What if Hillary didn‘t marry Bill, indeed. So far I@ loving it!

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sprainedbrain
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Pickpick

Full disclosure: I love Hillary, always have, and I‘m still with her. Now that‘s out of the way...

I‘m shocked by how much I loved this book. Sittenfeld‘s writing is fantastic. The life of a real person (very much in the public eye) reimagined, and Sittenfeld has perfectly captured the character—if that‘s the word—of Hillary, Bill, and, god help us, Trump, and spun a believable alternate universe. I had allll the feels reading this.

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Coleen I don‘t love, but also don‘t dislike, Hillary. But I do really like Sittenfeld‘s writing, and am looking forward to eventually reading this one. 2y
Kdgordon88 I am a huge Hillary fan and your review has moved this book closer to the top of my TBR. 😁 2y
sprainedbrain @Kdgordon88 I look forward to hearing what you think! It‘s weird because obviously I‘m cool with how her life has been (except for the obvious lol) but it was nice to see one author‘s alternate story! 2y
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sprainedbrain @Coleen I look forward to seeing what you think! 2y
BarbaraBB Fab review! 2y
UwannaPublishme Great review! You have convinced me to put this on my TBR. 2y
marleed I think I need to give this a reread sometime. I was lucky enough to be the fist person on the library hold and was so excited. I wasn‘t prepared and couldn‘t get past the details of Hilary in sexual scenes. It seemed disrespectful to her. But I‘ve read so many positive reviews since my read. I think i just need to get over that and read for all the other very good imaginings. 2y
sprainedbrain @marleed The sexual stuff was weird for me at first, too. I don‘t mind sex in books, but it was odd because they are real people who I‘ve followed for so long. I never thought it was sexy, but I managed to get past it. 😬 2y
sprainedbrain @TheAromaofBooks I‘m marking on my bingo card and just realized I didn‘t mark this... it was my #DoubleSpin for August! 🥳 2y
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 2y
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Jebpix
Rodham | Curtis Sittenfeld
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Pickpick

I can‘t quite decide how I feel about this one. I tore through it and loved reading it but felt a little weird reading this alternate reality version of real people. I kept thinking, “What would Hillary think?” if she read this.

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magyklyXdelish
Rodham | Curtis Sittenfeld
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The hubby not only built me a shelf but bought me this book that‘s been on my radar for a couple months now! I‘m so excited. Gonna tackle this beauty next month 😍

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riversong153
Rodham | Curtis Sittenfeld
Pickpick

I really enjoyed this book. I know the reviews have been pretty mixed on this one. I‘m not exactly sure how I feel about the ethics of let‘s make believe someone‘s major life decision didn‘t happen gets written from someone else‘s point of view while they are still alive but I still liked this book. The narrator sounded like Hillary - she matched her voice and cadence so it was believable. Ymmv but it was a pick in my book!

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peaknit
Rodham | Curtis Sittenfeld
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Reading a factionalized book about one former First Lady and listening to a podcast of another. #goodtimes

Suzze Are you listening to Michelle‘s podcast? How is it? 2y
peaknit @Suzze yes, the first episode was President Obama and second came out yesterday, was a friend of hers. Seems like a nice fireside chat but also a glimpse into the Obama ideals and discussion about current State if the world. Worth a listen. (edited) 2y
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