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August | Callan Wink
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A boy coming of age in a part of the country that's being left behind is at the heart of this dazzling novel--the first by an award-winning author of short stories that evoke the American West. "August reads like early Hemingway, retooled for the present."--William Finnegan, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Barbarian Days Callan Wink has been compared to masters like Jim Harrison and Thomas McGuane. His short stories have been published in The New Yorker and have won numerous accolades. Now his enormous talents are showcased in a debut novel that follows a boy growing up in the middle of the country through those difficult years between childhood and adulthood. August is an average twelve-year-old. He likes dogs and fishing and doesn't mind early-morning chores on his family's Michigan dairy farm. But following his parents' messy divorce, his mother decides that she and August need to start over in a new town. There, he tries to be an average teen--playing football and doing homework--but when his role in a shocking act of violence throws him off course once more, he flees to a ranch in rural Montana, where he learns that even the smallest communities have dark secrets. Covering August's adolescence, from age twelve to nineteen, this gorgeously written novel bears witness to the joys and traumas that irrevocably shape us all. Filled with unforgettable characters and stunning natural landscapes, this book is a moving and provocative look at growing up in the American heartland.
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August | Callan Wink
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August #BookSpinBingo card. I realized I accidentally added a book twice on my list so I swapped it out with an #AugustARC I recently got approved for. I think it‘s gonna be a good reading month.

Clwojick I‘ve heard great things about 5d
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Looks great!!! 5d
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Here‘s my living bingo board for August #bookspinbingo! Very interesting where everything landed. 🤔 Each month, I look at the new board and formulate theories of which bingos I‘m most likely to get. I‘m usually wrong. 😆 Does anyone else do that?

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Looks fabulous!! 1w
BarbaraJean I also always do that and am also usually wrong. 😂 1w
lele1432 I just got Last Summer on State Street from Literati! I‘ll probably start it on the plane tomorrow. 🙂 1w
Zoes_Human I can‘t say that I‘m usually wrong, because so far I‘ve never been right and usually implies at least occasional correctness. 😂🤣 1w
Megabooks Yes!! 1w
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August | Callan Wink
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Repost for @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs

How can it already be August?!?! We love seeing your posts! We hope that you will join us for #ArtfulAugust 💛📚🧡

Eggs Thanks 🙏🏻 1w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Mustlovebooks1088 this is our photo challenge 😊 1w
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August | Callan Wink

I like a book that makes you think and there was a lot in here to consider, especially in terms of the impact of violence, divorce, and sexual assault (which is illustrated in more than one way), but the ambiguity of it all was a bit too much work. It almost feels like the whole idea was to create a literary classic that would be added to high school curriculum for dissection, rather than a story that could be deeply felt and enjoyed.

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Here‘s my final #bookspinbingo card for August. Three bingos! 🥳 I‘m happy with how well I did on my card this month. 🎉

DivineDiana 👏🏻📚👏🏻 11mo
wanderinglynn Congrats! 🎉👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 11mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Fabulous month!!! 11mo
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Librariana Hi, my name is Ana and I'm an awful reader and tag keeper-upper. But you're my personal bookworm hero! Yay Holly! 😁😊 Here's to hoping I can wipe the slate clean with September ('tis my birthday month!) and like *actually* participate and like maybe get a Bingo or something? Lol! 😆🤣 11mo
Librariana Also, bravo to your faboo August board! 👏 👏 👏 11mo
Hooked_on_books @Librariana Thanks! But don‘t forget this is supposed to be fun! Don‘t stress yourself out about your bingo card, my friend. Be gentle with yourself! Enjoy your reading and say “oh well!” when it doesn‘t happen. And Happy Birthday month! 🎂🥳🎉🥂 11mo
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August | Callan Wink
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#AugustStats #BookSpinBingo #DoubleSpin
So many good books this month!

The Prettiest Star
Once There Were Wolves

4.5 ⭐️
True Story

Razorblade Tears
The Stone Angel
Free Day
Letters to my Palestinian Neighbor
56 Days

Acts of Desperation
The Hidden Light of Objects

Other People‘s Children
Everyone Knows Your Mother is a Witch
The Garden Where the Brass Band Played

Temporary People

TrishB Great month 👍🏻 11mo
squirrelbrain You‘re right - so many good books there! 11mo
Megabooks Wow! Amazing month. 🤩 11mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Fantastic month!!! 11mo
Cathythoughts Well done 👍🏻 11mo
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August | Callan Wink
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I will be in a race with my #self to read all my TBR for this month. These aren‘t even all the books! #conflictedworlds

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks You can do it!!! 🙌🏻🎉 12mo
Eggs I believe in you!! 12mo
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August | Callan Wink
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I have been in a reading slump the past 7 weeks or so and I‘m hoping that changes this month. On top of these Unprecedented Times™️ I‘ve been dealing with a leak in my apartment for the past 3 months that maintenance seemed to make worse and also realizing that my marriage is ending but probably won‘t be able to do anything about it for a long while due to the pandemic and unemployment/having to homeschool my kid which makes tensions sky high. ⬇️

MatchlessMarie I know Litsy is generally a happy place and this post is a bummer 😅 so please feel free comment with your reading slump recommendations or ways you are coping with the current state of the world. ❤️📚🤗 2y
Libby1 I don‘t have any recommendations right now but I‘m sending you a big virtual hug. 💜 2y
rabbitprincess I‘m so sorry you‘re going through all this. Hugs ❤️❤️ 2y
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wanderinglynn For reading slumps, I usually go back & reread old faves. Sending you {hugs} and prayers. 💚 2y
TrishB Sorry ❤️ so many difficulties at once. 2y
Susanita I‘m sorry you‘re going through all this...stuff. I‘m with @wanderinglynn for rereading old faves to get out of a slump. Sometimes though I‘ll just do something else for a few days and don‘t even try to read, and that “resets” my brain. 2y
Librarybelle ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
Julsmarshall Sending you love and good vibes during this trying time. Give yourself grace, the books will wait for you. I‘ve been listening to audiobooks while cross stitching or doing paint by number to help me get through these difficult times. It has been helping me take my mind of things. ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
LiteraryinLawrence What a lot of things to be dealing with. 💜 Sending love and strength. You will get through this. 2y
Lcsmcat Hugs! We‘re here for you if you need support. ❤️ 2y
ravenlee Sending you lots of love. I‘m sorry. All the worst stuff tends to hit at once. Good luck to you and your kid. 2y
SW-T Sending lots of hugs your way. I‘d suggest poetry, old favorite books, kids books, humor, and maybe The Book of Joy
by Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu or
Bookworm54 Sometimes you need time off. But re-reads are always a good shout. Ones you know you love and will lift your spirits. Good luck with everything ❤️ 2y
Palimpsest It‘s hard enough having one or two things on one‘s shoulders. I‘m sorry you‘re going through so much. I‘ve had insomnia this past week and can‘t concentrate on any books because I‘ve been too tired. Poetry is the only thing I can read. I also recommend short stories for the slump. I hope you have someone who can help give you emotional support. Hugs to you. 2y
erzascarletbookgasm Sending ❤️ and 🙏 2y
Bklover I‘m so sorry for all your troubles. It all sounds overwhelming. Make sure to take care of you, and I agree with others- reread something you loved. And remember that your Litsy family is here for you. Sending love and strength. ❤️ 2y
ChasingOm One of my favorite things about Litsy is that it‘s supportive, whether you‘re having a great day or a horrible, terrible, no good, very bad one. You‘ve got a lot going on, and you can see that you‘ve got a lot of love coming from here. I like to read graphic novels or contemporary romance when I‘m in a rut, but sometimes I just need a few days of listening to music instead. ❤️ 2y
rockpools Hugs 🤗- that‘s rough 🙁. I‘m on children‘s books at the moment - they give me things to post about, but require little or no sustained concentration. 2y
QuietlyLaura I‘m sorry you‘re going through these things. One of the best things about Litsy is how we all genuinely care about each other. Sending some comfort and hugs. 💕💕 2y
RainyDayReading Sending love and hugs ❤️ I agree with what a lot of others have said-rereading old favorites usually helps me when I‘m in a slump. Or reading some of the shortest books on my TBR which makes me feel like I‘m accomplishing something. 2y
sprainedbrain ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
xicanti You‘re in my thoughts. ❤️❤️❤️ For reading slump busters, I also suggest rereads. Audiobooks are helpful too, since you can take in a book while you take care of other demands on your time. 2y
ozma.of.oz I‘m so sorry. All my love and good wishes are with you! When I‘m really in a slump, I sometimes reread the books my dad read to me when I was growing up. ❤️ Hope everything looks better for you soon! 2y
Jas16 Sending ❤️ 2y
Zoes_Human Big hugs for you. The end of a marriage is traumatic and painful regardless of the circumstances. The additional stress of living through and feeling trapped by a pandemic must be tremendous. And homeschooling on top of that? I don't know if you need to hear this or not, but you have a mountain of stress in front of you. It's okay to not be okay in times like this. Mistakes are normal in times like this.

Recommendation tagged.

marleed I hope today you can feel just a bit of Litsy Love sent your way and that it gives you hope. It‘s a crazy time and anything you do to crawl to the other side of the mess of this year is absolutely the right thing to do. 2y
Hooked_on_books Oh man, I‘m so sorry. I‘ve had times where it feels like everything is happening at once and they suck. It‘s hard to see the way out, especially when so much is out of your control. I would suggest something funny and wacky for your reading slump. Any of Tim Dorsey‘s books would do. They‘re usually wild and wacky from the first page. Hang in there. 2y
AnansiGirl Sending hugs to you during this challenging time. ❤️ I personally find trying to read something during a slump makes it worse. I usually spend time to catch up on projects I have waiting around. When I‘m ready to pick up a book my comfort faves are Nerd Do Well, Born a Crime, Good Omens, or Ian Doescher‘s Shakespeare‘s Star Wars series. 2y
CoffeeK8 Sending your virtual hugs. 💕 2y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Sending hugs and virtual support to you. 💞 For general mental health during the pandemic I've been exploring my neighborhood by walking the dog, started some yoga, and avoiding news/ Facebook a lot more. As for slump-busters, I find graphic novels, short stories, or children's books are good. I can get something read and feel accomplished with minimal brain-drain. 2y
CarolynM So sorry to hear this, Amanda. Sending support and virtual hugs💕 2y
emilyhaldi Just seeing this post and am sorry you‘re dealing with so much in an already uncertain time. The past couple of months have been challenging for me as well and I‘ve found some solace starting my mornings with the tagged book. I hope you are able to sneak in some moments of peace, however small! ✨ 2y
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August | Callan Wink
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A difficult one to review. The book follows the life of August between the ages of 12 and 19 as he grows up in the farming life in Michigan and Montana.

Not a lot happens and there are some really distasteful parts (TW for animal cruelty and rape) but I still felt strangely drawn to the book. I think it‘s because it portrays a different way of life to many other books; it felt strangely old-fashioned even though it‘s set in this century. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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