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Book of Two Ways
Book of Two Ways | Jodi Picoult
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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Small Great Things and A Spark of Light comes a riveting novel about the choices that alter the course of our lives. Everything changes in a single moment for Dawn Edelstein. She's on a plane when the flight attendant makes an announcement: Prepare for a crash landing. She braces herself as thoughts flash through her mind. The shocking thing is, the thoughts are not of her husband but of a man she last saw fifteen years ago: Wyatt Armstrong. Dawn, miraculously, survives the crash, but so do all the doubts that have suddenly been raised. She has led a good life. Back in Boston, there is her husband, Brian, their beloved daughter, and her work as a death doula, in which she helps ease the transition between life and death for her clients. But somewhere in Egypt is Wyatt Armstrong, who works as an archaeologist unearthing ancient burial sites, a career Dawn once studied for but was forced to abandon when life suddenly intervened. And now, when it seems that fate is offering her second chances, she is not as sure of the choice she once made. After the crash landing, the airline ensures that the survivors are seen by a doctor, then offers transportation to wherever they want to go. The obvious option for Dawn is to continue down the path she is on and go home to her family. The other is to return to the archaeological site she left years before, reconnect with Wyatt and their unresolved history, and maybe even complete her research on The Book of Two Ways--the first known map of the afterlife. As the story unfolds, Dawn's two possible futures unspool side by side, as do the secrets and doubts long buried with them. Dawn must confront the questions she's never truly asked: What does a life well lived look like? When we leave this earth, what do we leave behind? Do we make choices . . . or do our choices make us? And who would you be if you hadn't turned out to be the person you are right now?
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DebbieGrillo
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I listened to this over the course of four days while I've been sick. I didn't think I'd finish because the beginning contained a bit more about Egyptology than I had bargained for. So, I continued to listen while I waited for another hold to come in. I'm so glad I didn't bail. Picoult's writing is so well researched and beautiful. Such an important story about life, love, and death.

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💙💙💙 5d
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Mccall0113
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Finished this one in the Nick of time. Stupid head cold got me down.

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DebbieGrillo
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Texreader Excellent quote 1w
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Rybow
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Jodi Picoult does it again. A beautiful and heartbreaking book about our choices in life, and the damage we leave behind. I have never read a book by Jodi that doesn‘t have me in tears lol.

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Sargar114
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I didn‘t expect to like this one as much as I did. Doing the audiobook version helped I think because it does get bogged down in details so I found parts easy to fall into background. Probably could have used a bit more editing. Ultimately though, it was an interestingly told story about life and the multiverse and liked most of the characters and their varying complexities.

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elisebarker
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Mehso-so

This one was just okay. I honestly read it months ago (I‘m catching up on posting 😂)

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Rachel725
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Started off slow, but really picked up towards the middle. Intriguing, heart wrenching. Solid 7/10. Will never be a favorite but very deep and very thought provoking

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perfectsinner
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This was really good. 4 star

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perfectsinner
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Started this last night, about 150 pages in.

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BookedBySunrise
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My Book Club's January Read. I'm seeing some mixed reviews and only read one other book by this author, Plain Truth which I found so-so. I thought about skipping this month but then read the description and it caught my interest, Ancient Egyptian Mythology and Burial sites. So I picked up my copy and going to at least give it a Go.

Bookishlie Oooo never read a book by this author but this sounds i intriguing….. 11mo
Alfoster I love her books but this one had SO many detailed drawings that I was distracted!😳 11mo
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BethHagey
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*****

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Krystle13
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Here I go!

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JillR
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Mehso-so

I fell out of love with Jodi Piccoult‘s writing style a while ago, but at first I thought this one was going to win me over. In some ways it did; the writing felt different, with less moral-condundrum-cliffhangers. The “sliding doors” style love story was initially quite compelling. But then there were large sections that felt lifted from an Egyptology textbook, and in the final third the story lost me completely. A book of two ways for certain!

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smalldogs_bigbooks2419
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1. Finally finding doctors who are listening when I say something is wrong with my hips (long story).
2. When summer ends 😜 3. I‘ve started several books over the last few days. If, by some miracle, I‘m able to finish at least one of them, I‘d like to start The Book of Two Ways. @MoonWitch94

MoonWitch94 What a relief to find a doctor who will listen! I have had that experience & it‘s so frustrating. Glad you will be getting help. Thanks for playing 🌻📖🍁 1y
NikkiM5 🥂 to doctors that listen ❤️ I know your pain 1y
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Maallen
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Jodi is a masterful writer- I‘ve read many of her books and she writes with incredible knowledge of the world she‘s chosen to inhabit. It wasn‘t my favorite plot wise, but I also couldn‘t put it down.

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smalldogs_bigbooks2419
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Thank you so much @Lovesbooks87 . The decision of what to read next just got a little harder! This, and so many other Jodi Picoult books, are so far outside of what I usually read which is exactly why I‘m excited to read it. 😊

kbibliophilific She‘s amazing!!! I love every single book that I‘ve read from her. Added this one! Thank you. 1y
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carlthecattt
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I‘m sorry, but what?!
My heart has been torn in two, and I‘m left unknowing. I went on a journey with multiple people, felt pain, happiness and loss in so many ways- only to be left with a million questions.
This book will have you looking at life in a new way, it explains life and death seamlessly, but it also has you questioning your every move.
I can see how some people may hate it, but for me this is a must read.
5/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Nute Awesome review! 12mo
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Rissa1
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I loved this, although I have always been a Picoult fan. It may also have a bit to do with finding the perfect book at the perfect time. Shockingly enough (knowing myself) I found myself becoming immersed in the Egyptian history.

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Rissa1
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Love isn't a perfect match, but an imperfect one. You are rocks in a tumbler. At first you bump, you scrape, you snag, but each time that happens you smooth each other's edges until you wear each other down, and if you are luck, at the end of all that, you fit."

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MelKelsey
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I listened to The Book of Two Ways.The protagonist, an Egyptology grad student, abruptly leaves her program to raise her younger brother and instead becomes a death doula, helping the dying and their caretakers prepare for death. The research about Egypt is fascinating, and the theme of death preparation was unique and refreshing. That being said, it should have ended a lot sooner! ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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sarahljensen
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I have a real love/hate relationship with Jodi Picoult's books. But this one is squarely in the love camp.

#catsoflitsy #litsycats

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks This one was the hate camp for me and I love her!!! (edited) 1y
sarahljensen @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I wonder if we are opposites. Did you like A Spark of Life? Because that's the one I truly hated. The structure felt too much like a gimmick, and I couldn't get interested in the characters. 1y
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SaraHasClass
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Ancient Egyptians believed in 2 ways to heaven & quantum physicists, a theory of parallel lives. What if you aren't living as you're meant to live? What if obstacles throw you off course? Dawn's life changes with a plane crash & new client's death. Does she stay in the safety of love & comfort with her daughter & husband or seek the path of love & passions she once left behind? Too much Egyptology/Quantum Physics threw me off the path on this one.

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Jgacreations
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Loved this!

DrexEdit I don't think I've ever read any Jodi Picoult but she seems really popular with readers! 2y
Jgacreations @DrexEdit yeah I‘ve read several now….and recently found out she‘s from Long Island (that‘s where i live). 2y
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Bookwormjillk
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Subtitle: woman obsessed with death makes bad decisions. The story was okay, but all of the descriptions of physics and Egyptology just dragged it down. I‘m glad I listened to the audio so I could zone out when I needed to.

Samary Yeah I stopped about halfway through the book. I hesitate to fully DNF but realllllly needed a break from it! 2y
TheBookHippie Oy. I did not like this book 🤣. Bravo for finishing 2y
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Bookwormjillk
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Another great day spent gardening and cooking while I listened to the tagged audiobook. It‘s perfect because I can listen to the story but zone out when she gets too in depth about the ancient Egyptians. #AwesomeApril

Apostcardlife 😂😂😂 2y
Tamra Great day! 2y
Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 2y
rather_be_reading that snack! 😍😍 2y
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Yoricke_SouthAfrica
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J Picoult is one of my favourite authors, but I have to admit that this book is the first book of hers that I did not love.
The book was, of course, written extremely well, and also very well researched.
However, I could not find a connection with any of the characters. I'll go as far as saying that I almost disliked the main character.
It is still a very good book, a very interesting topic and a great story. Just not my absolute favourite.

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Up next!

marleed Love this! 2y
Yoricke_SouthAfrica @marleed I'm a massive Jodi Piccoult fan, and love Egypt. Book made in heaven 💜 2y
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Lovesbooks87
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I wanted to love this book, but I didn‘t. I have loved all of Jodi‘s books that I have read but I felt like this one was missing something. It didn‘t have the spark that all her other books have. I think that if I would have read this book instead of listening to the audiobook I would have bailed on it shortly after starting it.

candc320 I felt the same way! Hopefully her next book will go back to her normal style. 2y
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candc320
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Oh how I wanted to love this book 😩! Jodi Picoult has always been a much loved storyteller but this just didn‘t do it for me. I found the main character wishy-washy and couldn‘t believe the choices she made. I did enjoy learning more about Egypt, archeology, and death doulas, as well as thinking about the possibility of the multiverse and endless possible life outcomes, but it wasn‘t enough to make me love the overall story. 🌟🌟🌟

kspenmoll I felt the same way. 2y
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jb72
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Panpan

#bookspinbingo

What the hell did I just listen to?

candority I felt the same way! 2y
jb72 @candority So did my friend (it was a buddy read). I don‘t think I‘m cut out for her books. It felt too wordy and that ending?!?! (Or lack of) 2y
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candority @jb72 The ending sucked! I normally enjoy her books, but this one was definitely a flop 🤷‍♀️ 2y
kspenmoll This was my first book of hers & I was not charmed. Put me iff her.😃 2y
jb72 @kspenmoll I think I‘ve read one other book of hers. Not a fan. 2y
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jb72
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1. No plans
2. Not read it. Seriously. But since it‘s a buddy read and I‘m 3/4 through it, take out the details and unnecessary parts of the story. Most of the Egypt details are not relevant to the story. Plus the author uses a few stupid “woke” phrases.

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Jnnlb
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A stunning and beautiful story⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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booklover3258
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My review of this book can be found on my Youtube Vlog at:

https://youtu.be/MviAjhMGhfw

Enjoy!

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Mesica25
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Loved this book so much!

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EatSleepRead
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Mehso-so

This book was fascinating. I learned a ton of Egyptian history. As a former hospice nurse it was refreshing to have a more accurate depiction of home hospice and the dying process in a fiction novel. The characters were well rounded, I just had very mixed feelings about the way it wrapped up.

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Monicad
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Read the back synopsis before starting the book... Only realized there were two parallel stories three quarters into the book... Still not sure if I understood it all at the end

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bookish_wookish
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Thank you!!! @ncsufoxes 🤗

I may have squealed when i opened the book!
Im so excited for this one!
And my two favorite chocolates!!
Thank you again!!
#LittleChristmasSwap

Yes my tree is still up! I threw my back out and havent been able to take it down!! 😩

Hestapleton I haven‘t thrown my back out but my tree is still up. NO SHAME! 2y
Crazeedi @bookish_wookish today is Russian Christmas so you are celebrating it too! 2y
bookish_wookish Fun! I remember celebrating Ukrainian Christmas with my friend which i think is around this time too! @Crazeedi (edited) 2y
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CBee
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MISTY!!! Your gifts finally made it to me today and I am just overwhelmed. I‘ve been wanting to read this since I heard it was coming out! Thank you, my friend - it‘s been my pleasure to help with #LitsyLove and lovely to get to know you better this year ♥️♥️ @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Bookgoil She‘s so sweet! ❤️ 2y
CBee @Bookgoil totally ♥️ I didn‘t do any swaps but getting this makes me feel like I did 😂 2y
Bookgoil @CBee I‘m drinking tea she gave me from the mug too currently and thinking so ❤️ yes I did lots of swaps but it was like a fun bonus I had no idea was coming! 2y
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CBee @Bookgoil such a sweet surprise ♥️ Btw I am seriously loving Susan in Giant Days right now 😂😂 2y
Bookgoil @CBee oh yes Susan cracks me up so hard 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks You‘re very welcome!! I hope you enjoy it!! 😘❤️🤗 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Bookgoil ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
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Soubhiville
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I wanted to be an Egyptologist when I was young. I loved learning about the pyramids, the Sphynx, Pharaohs, and hieroglyphics. So I was thrilled to sink back into learning about Egyptian discovery. I also loved learning about death doulas and the bits about quantum sciences.

I didn‘t love Dawn or her handling of her marriage and family life. But her story made me feel lucky that I‘m happy in the life and love I have. I don‘t have regrets.

kspenmoll Perfect review! 2y
cozypunk This book's premise reminds me the movie Sliding Doors starring (pre-goop) Gwyneth Paltrow. I've gotta rewatch it and see it it still holds up from the '98! 2y
AmyG I loved the death doula part. Ha...yes @dandy.punk! 2y
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rachelm
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I wish I liked this one as much as her others, but the death doula stuff totally resonates with me and so did a lot of the Egyptology stuff. The whole plots and framing did a bit less for me. Worth a listen, though.

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KristenDuck
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Is it possible to fall in love twice?

Dawn is married to Brian, with a daughter and career as a death doula (which was new to me!) but once upon a time there was Wyatt, working side by side as archaeologists, and also who she had madly fallen in love with.

Now as life passes in front of her eyes during a literal plane crash, who is the ONE love she is meant to spend the rest of her days with?

Would not recommend to a first time Picoult reader.

Bookishgal71 Same! I‘m in the middle of it and I keep thinking that this is such a departure for her. Doesn‘t feel like a Picoult to me. 2y
KristenDuck @Bookishgal71 I really struggled with getting through the first half. 2y
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shellleigh33
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I absolutely love my #Jolabokaflod gift @jdiehr I have been wanting Jodi Picoult‘s new book since the moment I seen it was coming out (she is one of my favorite authors) and I ❤️❤️❤️ Reece‘s. This was the best Christmas present. Thank you so much 🥰🥰🥰

jdiehr ❤ I am so happy to hear that! Merry Christmas! I want to hear what you think of the book. When I read the jacket while shopping for you, I thought it sounded like a book I would enjoy 2y
shellleigh33 @jdiehr I am about to start it now so I will let you know as soon as I am done 2y
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Cinsarly
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It's been a long time since I stayed up late to finish a book and knew as soon as I finished that I was going to reread it sometime soon. Of course, that's in part because there's a lot going on in this book. Two timelines/locations, two love stories, ancient egyptian religion, quantum physics, and the realities of being a death doula. It worked for me, but I also know it would be too much for many. TBR 16 pts #WinterGames2020 #MerryReaders

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I can‘t think of a Picoult I‘ve read and haven‘t liked, and this one is no exception. Enjoyed all the details about Egyptology and about death doulas. Liked how the dual lives were woven together. And while I don‘t mind an open ending...this time I wanted a resolution! However, it lets the reader imagine what they will. Another solid entry from Picoult!

rachelm I just started this one! 2y
FelinesAndFelonies Oh goodness! I'm glad you liked it. This was a DNF for me. I was surprised because I usually love her books. 2y
SW-T @FelinesAndFelonies It was different. From various reviews I saw after I finished, it wasn‘t one of her more popular titles. 2y
SW-T @rachelm Hope you enjoy! 2y
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