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Zorrie | Laird Hunt
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Zorrie is a beautiful example of quiet kindness and continuing to move forward, despite tragedy, sadness, loneliness and disappointment. Written in lovely prose, this novel is reflective and thought-provoking. Meant to be savored - a quick read would not do it justice. A wonderful selection for #SundayBuddyRead, @TheBookHippie . You really manage to find the gems! 👍💙
#Pantone2024 #ReadTheUSA2024 @aperfectmjk

Zorrie | Laird Hunt
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Top left-9 yo granddaughter at award ceremony
Top middle-this wonderful book
Top rt-Little Bear playing dolls with big sister
Bottom left-another good HF
Bottom right-started putting quilt together

#5JoysFriday @DebinHawaii

Deblovestoread Your quilt will be beautiful! 4w
Eggs @Deblovestoread Thank you 🙏🏻 it needs a lot of work 4w
dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 4w
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💛💛💛 4w
Eggs @dabbe 🥰🩷🤗 4w
DebinHawaii Love your list of joys! 💛💛💛 The quilt is looking beautiful. Zorrie was amazing & I have The Phoenix Crown in my TBR. Thanks you for sharing & spreading joy! 🤗 4w
Eggs @DebinHawaii Thank you Deb🙏🏻🙏🏻 4w
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1) cleaning & setting up my porch( plants, furniture, etc.)
2) Zorrie
3) My family is flying to CA for my niece‘s wedding & a family reunion 5/16-5/23. I can‘t wait!

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Zorrie 💙

Favorite read of April. Thank you to @TheBookHippie for picking this for #SUNDAYBUDDYREAD & @Catsandbooks for this bracket.

TheBookHippie 💜 1mo
Catsandbooks Fantastic! 4w
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Little Bear almost 9 months old!
My Belinda‘s Dream rose after rain ☔️ 🌹
Flower within a flower!


@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Read4life @TieDyeDude

Leftcoastzen Thanks for the tag! 1mo
Read4life Awesome! 💙💙💙 1mo
AnnCrystal 😍💝👶💝🌞! 1mo
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dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 1mo
Eggs @Leftcoastzen You‘re welcome 😉 1mo
Eggs @Read4life 💛💛💛 1mo
Eggs @AnnCrystal 🤗🎉🥳 1mo
Eggs @Yuki_Onna 🩵💙🩵 1mo
Eggs @dabbe 🥰🩵🤗 1mo
julieclair What a cutie pie! 1mo
Eggs @julieclair Thanks Julie 🩷🩷 1mo
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#WondrousWednesday @Eggs

1. ⚾️
2. Zorrie
3. Celebrating my parents‘ 69th wedding anniversary 🎉🎉💙💙

Want to play @kelli7990 @KadaGul @Deblovestoread

Deblovestoread Thanks for the tag! And congrats to your parents, that‘s a wonderful milestone 🎉 1mo
Read4life @Deblovestoread You‘re welcome! And thank you. 💙💙 1mo
KadaGul @Read4life Big Congratulations 🍾 on your parent's anniversary. 1mo
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kspenmoll 69 years is amazing!!! 1mo
Read4life Thank you, @KadaGul 💙💙 1mo
Read4life @kspenmoll I agree! They‘re so cute, too. 🥰 1mo
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Thank you @TheSpineView for the #Two4Tuesday tag! 🤗

1️⃣ Although I had lots of books I really enjoyed this month, I have to go with Zorrie 🩵🩵🩵

2️⃣ I have 2 books to finish up tonight & I can start Just for the Summer tomorrow. 🎉 Or realistically Thursday since I‘ll be in Hilo facilitating ALL DAY tomorrow. 😬

Anyone want to play along who hasn‘t yet? 🤗

TheSpineView I enjoyed Just for the Summer. Hope you do too. 1mo
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I just can‘t put together a meaningful summary of this gem of a book-the most beautiful poetic prose I‘ve read in a long time. Hard to find language to describe how I feel after reading it. It will stay with me for a long time. What more could one ask for in literature? It has the tone of Wharton, the power of nature component of E. H. Kirkland (Love is a Wild Assault), and the magic of R. Serle and perhaps K. Center. So much to love about Zorrie~

Eggs #LitsyLove #ReadAway2024 #AwesomeApril Readathon Does anyone else feel this way about the book? #Doublespin book for May @TheAromaofBooks (edited) 1mo
DieAReader 🥳Great!! 1mo
Eggs @DieAReader 🥰🤗 1mo
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Read4life Absolutely! I read it with the #SUNDAYBUDDYREAD group and savored every page. My favorite read of April and sure to be in my top 10 for the year. 1mo
GatheringBooks Stacked! 💕💕 beautiful review! 1mo
Eggs @Read4life I think I need to read it once a year! 1mo
Eggs @GatheringBooks Thanks Myra🥰 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3w
Eggs @TheAromaofBooks 👏🏻💕🙏🏻 3w
Andrew65 Sounds a must read, well done 👏👏👏 3w
Eggs @Andrew65 Not sure if it‘s your cup of tea, but I hope you get to read it 🤗 3w
Andrew65 @Eggs I‘m trying to read from a wider range of genres, and this seems to fit the bill. 3w
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TheSpineView Great job! 1mo
CBee Awesome! 1mo
Librarybelle Impressive!!! 1mo
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1. ZORRIE ♥️
So so good.

2. Coming Home by Brittney Griner


TheSpineView Thanks for playing! Happy Tuesday!💜📖 1mo
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I have to go with Zorrie for my #FavBkOfMarch 📚Read for #SundayBuddyRead it was an unexpected delight. 🩵 As I mentioned in my review, it will be a definite 2024 favorite for me.

TheBookHippie ♥️♥️♥️♥️ 1mo
AmyG Same. 1mo
Eggs Stacked! 1mo
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Tagged book was my favorote of the week and the month of April.
@Read4life #WeeklyFavorites

TheBookHippie ♥️♥️♥️♥️ 1mo
Read4life Mine, too. 💙💙💙 1mo
CBee So glad you loved Zorrie ♥️ 1mo
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I know I have until the 30th for my next #WeeklyFavorites , but none of my current reads are going to displace Zorrie. Such a beautiful story.

TheBookHippie ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️ 1mo
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#ReadAway2024 #AwesomeApril #readathon

Finished last night for #SundayBuddyRead this book was a surprise for me. A quietly beautiful telling of the simple life of a resilient woman. Short in pages & it deserves a slowly savored read. Thanks to @TheBookHippie for choosing it & hosting it so well. It will be one of my favorites for 2024. Lovely.

TheBookHippie ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️ 1mo
DieAReader 🥳Awesome!! 1mo
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This was the book I needed to read 🧡📙🧡
I‘m so grateful you all went on this beautiful journey with me. I‘m so very glad we read it slowly and took it all in!

A lovely breath of fresh air after last month!

Bring on MAY 🤞🏻

Happy SUNDAY ♥️

Librarybelle This was a wonderful choice. I would not have picked this one up on my own, so thank you! I‘ve already recommended this to other readers. ❤️ 1mo
IndoorDame Exactly the book I needed too! And I never would‘ve come by it or my own, or savored it like it needed, thank you for bringing me to it! 1mo
vlwelser Thank goodness for this book. If we had 2 doozies in a row it would have been a lot. 1mo
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mcctrish This was such a joy to read 1mo
kspenmoll This book was your best choice Christine- it‘s quiet brilliance will stay with me. So far my best read of 2024. Thank you!!! 1mo
TheBookHippie @kspenmoll Top for me as well. ♥️ 1mo
AmyG Traveling day for me so will answer later. Loved this little gem. 1mo
Read4life Such a beautiful read. 1mo
DebinHawaii It will definitely be on my best of 2024 list. A great pick. Thank you. 💙 1mo
TheBookHippie @DebinHawaii I only have two on my top list so far for the year this is definitely one of them. 1mo
TheBookHippie @AmyG ♥️♥️♥️♥️ 1mo
Sargar114 @kspenmoll quiet brilliance is the perfect description. Thank you for the pleasant read and all you do @TheBookHippie I ❤️Sundays! 1mo
TheBookHippie @Sargar114 ♥️♥️♥️ 1mo
CoffeeNBooks This was such a beautifully written story! Great choice for us- thank you @TheBookHippie! 1mo
TheBookHippie @CoffeeNBooks So beautiful. The prose, just zen. 1mo
Deblovestoread Quiet, beautifully written and a joy to read. 💜 1mo
TheBookHippie @Deblovestoread Such a joy to read I agree. 1mo
mollyrotondo Really loved this one!! 1mo
TheBookHippie @mollyrotondo it was a gift! 1mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Final thought - I cried with the mention that Oates had been gone some years already. 2w
TheBookHippie @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I know!!!!! What a gift he was. 🐾♥️🐾 2w
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Life slowing down
Zorrie resting more and seeing friends who passed before

Interesting way to end the book?

♥️a link to crabapple blooming from Sarah @Sargar114 ♥️


Librarybelle This whole book has been beautiful. We saw Zorrie‘s beginning, and I think it‘s a fitting way to end the book with her quiet final days. 1mo
IndoorDame I thought the ending had a beautiful symmetry. I glanced back at the opening scene and was reminded that it opened with her in the daybed, needing to slow down, but the beginning is dreamless and alone and at the beginning she says she doesn‘t like dreaming. In the end her visions are filled with all the people she‘s learned to care about along the way. 1mo
vlwelser This is a very slow and satisfying book. It's beautifully written. It's just a normal life with nothing truly overly dramatic. Or maybe she's the one that's not overly dramatic. 1mo
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TheBookHippie @IndoorDame it was a beautiful circle. 1mo
TheBookHippie @vlwelser I was pondering that myself. It‘s her I think. 1mo
vlwelser It's her. When you think about it, there is actually a lot going on here. But she pulls you into her nbd attitude. And the author is sort of brilliant for presenting it this way. 1mo
mcctrish @vlwelser it is all those things. It‘s comforting too, a beautiful life doesn‘t have to have drama 1mo
mcctrish @Librarybelle I loved the circling back within the book, circle of lifing, confirming/re-emphasizing points again 1mo
kspenmoll Wonderful life, full circle. @vlwelser a brilliant book,yes. A life of an every day woman. @IndoorDame thanks for reminding me of how the book opened, and how she ended up in the end. The aloneness in the beginning, the love she gathered from connecting with others, no longer alone , along her lifetime. 1mo
Karisa @IndoorDame @TheBookHippie Yes! Beautiful in its symmetry, simple, and elegant. It works so well, a true testament to the writer‘s talent. 1mo
DebinHawaii It is a quietly beautiful book about life and resilience. 💙 I‘m really glad we read it. 1mo
Sargar114 Agree with everyone, such a beautiful book and definitely can see the symmetry. I‘m just astounded how our said so much with so little. 1mo
mollyrotondo I love that it ended with a little spiritual touch. I feel like that was showing she was getting ready to die and meet those souls beyond. Really beautiful. 1mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick We are all the main character of our own lives. Not everyone makes a grand entrance or exit, nor do most people do things that will make their names known the world over for generations. However, we can do things for our friends and lived ones that seem small, but truly are grand. That's what Zorrie's life story felt like. 2w
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The fair

Seeing the place her husband died…


Librarybelle I think it‘s a form of closure for her. She needed this. I was a little surprised she went, but was glad for her that she did. 1mo
IndoorDame I was impressed with her hopping a spontaneous international flight! Closure is so elusive, but maybe after all those years it was a form of renewal? 1mo
vlwelser I loved this part. After her younger self never even made it to Chicago. 1mo
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mcctrish This part just exemplified how Zorrie continues to grow and evolve and take risks. To quote Ted Lasso badly “she‘s curious, not judgemental “ she‘s always looking at things from other angles whereas Noah wears blinders 1mo
kspenmoll This journey took me by surprise but it was such a wonderful experience to watch her expand her world, grow & change. Agree with @IndoorDame , it felt like a renewal, a yes to life 1mo
Karisa @mcctrish Love Lasso! Going to miss having new episodes so much. 1mo
Karisa @Librarybelle I was surprised too but loved this twist! 1mo
DebinHawaii I was surprised & happy she went. Closure with Harold in a sense but also a chance to escape a bit & see more of the world. 1mo
Sargar114 So shocking, but loved it. Agree with everyone it did seem like a bit of closure. 1mo
mollyrotondo I was so happy she made this trip. She needed to explore the world a little bit outside that farm town, get some closure and peace, and she made a nice friend in that young woman from the plane. So lovely for Zorrie. 1mo
TheBookHippie @mollyrotondo I loved the new friend! 1mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick The trip was an unexpected but pleasant surprise. I like that she made a friend and got a refreshing change of pace. I think there was some closure, but I think the trip was more than that. A bit of a last hurrah while she still could. 2w
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Sheriff asks Zorrie to watch over Noah
Which she does with so much food
The descriptions!!! Yum.

Rejects Zorrie
“My heart is the same as an upside down flame.”
He loves Opal, still.
He makes her a glass bird


Librarybelle I think this shows the strength of Zorrie. We know she has feelings for Noah in the subtle phrasing of passages throughout the book, but she‘s willing to help Noah and keep him safe, however she can. 1mo
IndoorDame Food as love is so universal. It works well here where no one speaks. 1mo
TheBookHippie @IndoorDame my mantra FOOD IS LOVE. 1mo
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vlwelser All that food! You must have been in your happy place with this. 1mo
mcctrish I LOVE how this story circles back and confirms your feelings. We knew she loved him. And Noah can‘t stop loving Opal, or is he afraid to because hope of her getting better is how he‘s survived for so long he can‘t quit now or be the reason she relapses 1mo
kspenmoll She was pouring so much love and hope into her cooking for Noah. It was so sad when Noah could not return her feelings. 1mo
Karisa I kept thinking it was too bad she couldn‘t have returned Hank‘s feelings. Zorrie and Hank would have been so well suited. He would‘ve taken care of her as much as she does for others. Noah was not really there—stuck in the past and losing his parents seemed to send him over the edge. So sad all of it 1mo
DebinHawaii I said in the previous question that I don‘t think Noah is capable of more of a relationship than he has with Opal so he would never have let Zorrie in. 1mo
DebinHawaii And yes, food is love when & when you don‘t have the words. The food descriptions were excellent. I felt so sorry for Zorrie here. 1mo
Sargar114 This too was very sad. She cares for Noah in a way he could never return and she knows that but kudos for trying. I agree @Karisa Hank seemed like a good fit. 1mo
CoffeeNBooks @Karisa I agree that Zorrie and Hank probably would have been a good match. 1mo
mollyrotondo Noah was rude to Zorrie I felt. She was bringing him all this food and eating with him and he would just sit there or he would get angry over things and yell over whatever. There is no way Zorrie would have been happy even if Noah accepted her advances. 1mo
TheBookHippie @mollyrotondo Yes. Brooding and rude. She is a saint. 1mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick To me, it felt like the bird was a token from Noah to Zorrie, as if saying this little piece of him is all that can live with her. Early on, they seemed a promising match, but she was too hung on on Noah to move on. Even as an older woman, once having kids was out of the picture, she could've married for companionship. 2w
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A fire
Noah‘s trying to get to Opal..
Is he a little off or desperate?
Opals real story we get at last …
Interesting ?

Librarybelle I think Noah was desperate. I cannot imagine being cut off from a loved one, without the ability to see them, though knowing that they are alive. Poor Opal. 1mo
IndoorDame Opal‘s actual story is desperately sad. I can see the weight of that getting to her partner eventually and just overwhelming Noah. 1mo
vlwelser I think he's a little off but too calculated to be truly crazy. The fact that he never lets this go is a bit crazy all on its own. 1mo
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mcctrish In the beginning I thought Noah increased Opal‘s crazy so that‘s why he wasn‘t allowed to see her but she was good and crazy before hand. I get that Noah ( and his family) weren‘t enough to keep her from being a danger to herself and others and that‘s why Virgil called for help. Did her family want to punish Noah for that ? Or was a pen pal all Opal could handle ( which is heartbreaking for Noah) 1mo
kspenmoll @mcctrish Such a good assessment of Opal, Noah, etc. this whole scenario is heartbreaking. I was happy to learn more about them. 1mo
mcctrish @kspenmoll Noah is such a contrast to Zorrie‘s life and such a subtle life lesson for the reader 1mo
TheBookHippie @mcctrish such a good life lesson. 1mo
TheBookHippie @vlwelser it‘s a very short time to give your entire life too. To not allow yourself joy. He could have kept in contact with her and had a life … 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1mo
Karisa I was so surprised by the fire—not where I thought the story was going. Noah and Opal are both so sad but in different ways. He seems to be more choosing to be stuck and what he wants from Opal is unrealistic. I guess the same could be said for Zorrie though. Noah was not capable of giving what she needed either. Bleakest love triangle ever… 1mo
TheBookHippie @Karisa it‘s definitely CHOICE. 1mo
mcctrish @Karisa bang on about Noah 1mo
DebinHawaii @Karisa “Bleakest love triangle ever…” so true! I feel like Noah doesn‘t have the capacity for a real relationship. Did/does anyone truly know him? He seems incapable of letting anyone in. Opal story is tragic & I feel for her the most in this. 1mo
TheBookHippie @DebinHawaii Opal haunted me for sure. Noah was an EH for me. 1mo
Sargar114 @Karisa well put! It‘s logical in a kinda crazy way considering Opal got sent away after the fire she caused; but it seems the town knows Noah too we‘ll and even the fact that he was that logical supports how sane he can be. While he clearly struggles from mental health issues, not in the same way Opal did. It‘s quite sad. 1mo
CoffeeNBooks I was glad to finally know Opal's story- it definitely helps to make sense of why Noah can't bring her home. I think Noah burned down the barn out of desperation, not knowing what else to do to get a handle on his emotions. 1mo
Deblovestoread @Karisa Nailed it. Noah closed himself off but choice. Opal didn‘t have one. 1mo
mollyrotondo I felt like something was definitely off with Noah. I can understand why Opal‘s parents didn‘t want him seeing Opal. He‘s unstable himself. The whole thing is desperately sad for Opal but Noah needed help too. He just doesn‘t seem mentally all there. And I‘m glad Zorrie was rebuffed by him because she really didn‘t need his weight on her. He wanted to continue to carry that weight. 1mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I can't imagine being so hung up on a rather short-term relationship that you'd want to show your craziness to get admitted alongside them. Or to never really move on. This was a sad situation all around. 2w
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I love this book! The cover is great too. It‘s a quiet, beautiful story about a life lived fully with grace and goodness ❤️❤️❤️

TheBookHippie ♥️ 1mo
Sargar114 Well said! ❤️ 1mo
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This is beautifully written. I would never have found / read this on my own.

#SundayBuddyRead @TheBookHippie

#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheBookHippie ♥️🙃♥️ 1mo
Read4life I agree. I wouldn‘t have found it on my own either. Thank Litsy we have @TheBookHippie to hook us up. 🤓 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1mo
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A bittersweet story of the triumphs and sorrows of life, and how we try to pick the pieces up after the sorrows; the friendships we make along the way that dampen the sorrows and amplify the triumphs.

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This is exactly why I love letting other people pick some of my reads! You could seriously never have described this in a sentence or two in a way that would‘ve made me think I wanted to spend a month savoring this novella, but I would have been wrong. This was exactly what I didn‘t know I needed, wanted, was looking for right now… #sundaybuddyread

TheBookHippie ♥️♥️😘♥️♥️ 1mo
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This was so good. The #SUNDAYBUDDYREAD group has our final discussion Sunday so I won‘t say much here.
It is beautifully written. Short but had a big impact. Thank you for picking this one, @TheBookHippie
#BookSpinBingo #readyourebooks #Roll100 #SUNDAYBUDDYREAD

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty 😍 1mo
CBee ♥️♥️♥️ 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1mo
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The beauty of this book is in its simplicity. From its beautiful cover to our titular character. A short read that follows the life of Zorrie. It is beautifully written and is incredibly efficient. I highly recommend! Delightful read for #sundaybuddyread and overlaps as my #doublespin!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1mo
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I had really spotty coverage Friday through this morning so I‘ll be catching up on posts, #SUNDAYBUDDYREAD discussion from yesterday, #FreebieFriday spin winner, etc.
I have a ton of posts over the past 3-4 days to read through from this lovely community.

#BakerStreetIrregulars #SUNDAYBUDDYREAD #SeasonalCozies #LitsyLove

TheBookHippie 🙃 1mo
julieclair I need to get started on 1mo
Read4life @julieclair I‘m listening to it free on Audible and it‘s going by quickly. Enjoyable so far. 1mo
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This quiet, unassuming novel is beautifully written and tells the story of Zorrie. Zorrie sees tragedy, heartbreak, but also joy and love. Her community is one of acceptance and caring, and Hunt‘s writing makes their quirks come to life. The narrative may be short in length, but the pages pack a punch. #SundayBuddyRead

#52BookClub24 #LowercaseLettersOnTheSpine

TheBookHippie ♥️ 1mo
Read4life Wonderful review! I‘m loving this one. 1mo
Kristy_K Great review! 1mo
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Now we finish it 🧡

I‘m glad for the slow pace to really take this in. It‘s quite beautiful.

I thank you for joining me in Sundays 🧡

Any clue how this ends?!

Librarybelle This is so beautiful. I‘m glad we‘re reading this! 1mo
AmyG No clue. I love this story. So simple and beautiful. 1mo
TheBookHippie @Librarybelle Me too. It‘s zen. 1mo
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TheBookHippie @AmyG what a reward after last month!!! 1mo
vlwelser It's soothing. Especially after that last slog. 1mo
IndoorDame The slow pace seems so essential for this, and I‘m sure I would have rushed through it on my own! 1mo
TheBookHippie @IndoorDame I think it‘s so essential. We for sure are getting the best experience. 🧡 1mo
TheBookHippie @vlwelser 😬👀♥️ 1mo
BarkingMadRead Lived this, it was so beautiful! 1mo
mcctrish Again I agree with you @IndoorDame this really needs to be savoured and I don‘t think I‘d be doing that on my own 1mo
kspenmoll Like everyone else, I feel this story, its telling & its writing is gorgeous. 1mo
TheBookHippie @kspenmoll It is definitely a feels book. It‘s so beautiful. 1mo
TheBookHippie @BarkingMadRead It‘s just so lovely. 1mo
DebinHawaii It has a stark beauty to it & I have no idea what will happen, but I am enjoying the slow journey with it. 💚 1mo
TheBookHippie @DebinHawaii I do love the pace of it all. 1mo
Sargar114 The writing is lovely. It‘s not one I would have picked up normally, but I‘m sure glad I have. I feel like I‘m still missing a lot but couldn‘t imagine how much I would be missing without the discussions and stopping! 1mo
julieclair I wonder if this book actually will have an "ending", or if it will just kind of fade off, in a "life goes on" manner. 1mo
TheBookHippie @julieclair I am wondering the same thing....... it's okay with me if it just fades out but I prefer that as opposed to neat and tidy. 1mo
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Ruby dies…

Caves …

The aunts affect on Zorries life..

And NOW WHAT ???!

Librarybelle Looking forward to seeing how the rest goes! 1mo
vlwelser Looking forward to seeing where this goes. 1mo
mcctrish I found the cave thing strange, what would you say Opal is suffering from? Autism came to mind with the caves because she needed to shut out stimuli 1mo
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TheBookHippie @mcctrish I‘m not sure. People anywhere on the spectrum were institutionalized. I remember nursing clinical we had so many PKU patients. I wonder if it‘s something I‘m not thinking of. Women were institutionalized quicker so 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1mo
mcctrish @TheBookHippie women sure were 1mo
AmyG @mcctrish I am curious what Opal is sufferring from, too. I am also wondering if maybe she doesn‘t have schizophrenia too. Who knows? 1mo
mcctrish @AmyG I don‘t know about mental illness 1mo
DebinHawaii I feel like I want to know more of Opal‘s story too. It will be interesting to see how it all ends up. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1mo
Sargar114 Wasn‘t there a mention of a house fire or a suicide attempt early on and that‘s why they put her in an institution? 1mo
TheBookHippie @Sargar114 House fire. 1mo
Sargar114 @TheBookHippie and she set it right? I guess the question was intent and that may be hard to know 1mo
TheBookHippie @Sargar114 So they say but 🤷🏻‍♀️ it wasn‘t clear why. 1mo
julieclair Ruby's death.... 💔 It feels like both Zorrie and Noah are lost orphans now. 1mo
TheBookHippie @julieclair And so alone!! 1mo
maich @julieclair it is so sad😢 1mo
mollyrotondo @julieclair I think all of the younger people in this farm town are lost orphans. Opal included. She was abandoned by her whole family. It‘s like only so many generations can withstand the weight and struggle of the farm life. Zorrie is trying but she‘s still a very emotionally isolated person. 1mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Another loved one passed. As we age, those around us age, too. I know Zorrie has Oats and the farm, but I don't know that it feels like home to Zorrie. I hope she finds home in this final section. 1mo
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Librarybelle Part of me was surprised she visited Opal, but then a part of me was not. She‘s been curious about Opal for years, and knowing her is a way to know Noah. 1mo
AmyG I found her visit to Opal surprising and quite fascinating….wondering where this leads. 1mo
vlwelser I thought this was a bit creepy tbh. It seems out of character for her to be nosy like this. But I get that Noah intrigues her. 1mo
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IndoorDame I can‘t decide if she just needed to satisfy her curiosity so she can move forward with Noah, or if she actually plans to go back and keep Opal as a figure in her life in some fashion 1mo
BarkingMadRead This was so odd to me, I guess he was doing something nice for Noah by being nice to Opal? Still. Really weird 1mo
mcctrish @Librarybelle I feel this way too and that her whole chosen family has passed away, she adding another circle to hers. Maybe to make sure Opal is happy there? I wouldn‘t doubt Zorrie would bring her home and take care of her if she wasn‘t (edited) 1mo
mcctrish @vlwelser I was expecting the home to be a nightmare possibly because of Noah being banned from visiting 1mo
Librarybelle @mcctrish I could see Zorrie doing that! 1mo
Karisa Wow! That building is impressive and looks also oppressive. The Opal part was just so sad and knowing that Noah has only visited once! 😢 I felt like hitting him—even if he‘d been told that once you‘d think after so long he‘d say forget it! Go to see her monthly at least… Feels like he‘s just using it to justify his avoidance. I‘m sure I‘m not being fair but jeez… 1mo
TheBookHippie @Karisa I felt the SAME WAY!!! 1mo
DebinHawaii I wonder at her motives for visiting Opal. Does Zorrie even know what they are? I do like that she was nice to Opal. And yes, Noah not visiting in all that time is strange but it does seem like he hides from things & doesn‘t deal with them or talk about them. 1mo
TheBookHippie @DebinHawaii I agree, he just shrinks. 1mo
Sargar114 @DebinHawaii I wonder if some of her visit was because she cares for Noah and his family and this is someone he cares for and since his family is passing not sure who else will take care of Opal. I got the impression that Noah struggled with mental health issues, so agree @TheBookHippie shrinking is an apt description. His mom always took care of the emergencies so he doesn‘t know what to do. 1mo
julieclair I was totally surprised when she visited Opal. I wonder if she will continue going to visit her? 1mo
maich @Sargar114 I hought the same. She care about Noah and that is the reason she visited Opal. 1mo
mollyrotondo @IndoorDame I think this as well. I can see Zorrie trying to connect with Opal because she knows Noah doesn't and for Zorrie to know about a woman that has just been left by her family would probably break her heart no matter what Opal may have done. I can't see Zorrie ignoring the Opal issue like everyone else seems to have done. 1mo
TheBookHippie @mollyrotondo I‘m glad she went, maybe both women needed it. 1mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Since Noah won't/can't visit Opal, I wonder if Zorrie thought she was doing a good thing by paying her a visit, a way of checking on her for Noah. She brought things that may brighten Opal's day, so maybe there is an odd friendship that brews. Maybe Zorrie cares for those she can in the absence of having children. 1mo
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Hello ghost girl
Janie dies
The cemetery all the other girls
Still glowing
So she knows
And wonders the affects on her
She keeps the box
Doesn‘t bury it

Librarybelle I almost yelled at her for not disposing of the box! 1mo
AmyG I wondered if that comes into play with Zorrie. Was she there long enough? Did she take enough radium? (edited) 1mo
TheBookHippie @AmyG I wonder that as well. 1mo
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vlwelser This part was so sad. All I can think of during the radium parts is Marie Curie. 1mo
IndoorDame When she asked Marie about the miscarriages I kept wondering if Marie was trying to make her feel better, if she really hadn‘t been there long enough for it to effect her, if that‘s what they thought at the time…? I mean today they tell you not to eat raw fish and unpasteurized cheese and a thousand other things, they would definitely frown on Luna powder 1mo
TheBookHippie @vlwelser Oh I do as well. It‘s on my mind during these parts. I read her daughter‘s book on her it‘s very good … 1mo
TheBookHippie @IndoorDame I am wondering as well. 1mo
BarkingMadRead I would have buried the box! I don‘t know if she was there long enough, but taking some with her and using it while pregnant couldn‘t possibly help 1mo
mcctrish Would putting the radium in the ground on a farm actually be a good idea? I think Marie was being kind but honestly does she know? I have to think ingesting radium ended her pregnancy, did it cause all the other miscarriages 🤷🏻‍♀️ I have to say the jaw cancer absolutely horrifies me, the description of it just disintegrating 😲 (edited) 1mo
TheBookHippie @mcctrish 🤷🏻‍♀️ I‘ve no idea. Has to be sealed and all kinds of things correct? The sounds of the affects on all of them, so so heartbreaking. 1mo
Karisa It feels horrible that the box of radium is still lurking. @mcctrish 😱 You‘re right! Burying it doesn‘t seem good either 1mo
mcctrish @Karisa should have been left at the watch factory, it was almost funny how much work place theft happened #karma 😬 1mo
kspenmoll Oops I resounded to this in the previous post. So heartbreaking. 1mo
DebinHawaii It definitely brought all the feelings of The Radium Girls back. 😳🥺😫😭😡 I agree, I want to to get rid of the box but I have no idea how she could do that safely @mcctrish I agree burying it on the farm doesn‘t seem good. I am hoping she wasn‘t there long enough for more health issues than the miscarriages for Zorrie but it‘s hard to know with the ingesting of it. Truly heartbreaking @kspenmoll 😢 1mo
Karisa @mcctrish Except for us teachers, we take things from home to bring to school🙃😂 1mo
Sargar114 Such a heartbreaking moment. I‘m glad she got to touch base with Marie though. 💔 1mo
julieclair I couldn't figure out why she wanted to keep the box. It just made no sense to me. 1mo
maich Poor girls. Why she wanted to kerp the box. She probably doesn't know how danger is radium. The most stable radium isotope has a half-life of 1600 years. Decays on Radon gas isotopes, which are also radioactive and produce radioluminescence (fluorescent glowing hues). 1mo
TheBookHippie @maich It is so very sad. 1mo
maich @TheBookHippie It is very sad. Poor young girls that died because of it. I shared some links about radium if someone wants to read more. 1mo
TheBookHippie @maich oh thank you so much!!! 1mo
maich @TheBookHippie you're welcome 1mo
mollyrotondo @mcctrish I thought the same thing. Not sure burying the box would help if the box isn't properly secured so radon doesn't leak out. When I read Radium Girls, the descriptions of their jaws disintegrating was so horrifying and I couldn't imagine anyone denying the correlation between the radium factory and their illnesses. So terribly sad and frustrating. 1mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I don't know that burying the box would be safe, but I doubt leaving it on your shelf is safe either. I am behind y'all, but I'm left wondering if she swallows the powder before death so that she'll glow. Janie's fate sounds horrific. None of those girls deserve that end. I did buy Radium Girls on audio thanks to this book, so I will hopefully get to it sooner rather than later. 1mo
TheBookHippie @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick it‘s so incredibly sad. 4w
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Crops trees birds butterflies
Four leaf clovers
Canned ham and green beans
Canned dill pickles
And a gentlemen caller..
Who sees all 👀

So, thoughts ????

Librarybelle The gentleman caller section was fun to read. I knew it wouldn‘t work out, but it was nice to see Zorrie having a new experience. The Ghost Girl parts stood out the most for me - the repercussions of the radium… 1mo
AmyG We knew the radium part was coming. 😢 And the gentleman caller was sweet. I just think Zorrie is more comfortable alone. 1mo
TheBookHippie @AmyG OR in love with Noah…. 1mo
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vlwelser She's very self sufficient but also cares for others. This was all very sweet. 1mo
BarkingMadRead I wish it had worked out with him, he was so sweet. I knew the radium part would come and it still sucked 1mo
mcctrish @BarkingMadRead he was sweet but I do wonder about Noah ( nothing better happen to him, I‘m not up for much more loss) I am so glad the radium girls reached out - they were Zorrie‘s first family after her wicked aunt 1mo
BarkingMadRead @mcctrish I‘ve wondered about Noah for awhile as well, since she mentioned him at the picnic or bonfire or whatever it was 🤣 1mo
TheBookHippie @BarkingMadRead @mcctrish I think she‘s been in love with him since she first laid eyes on him. She‘s just not consciously admitting it… 1mo
mcctrish @TheBookHippie I thought it was love at first sight too 1mo
AmyG @TheBookHippie Yes….I am wondering about Noah. Torn between good friends and something happening there. 1mo
Karisa @mcctrish Yes, it keeps coming back to Noah. Interesting when she went to visit his wife. I was surprised that his wife was so nearby, and he hasn‘t been visiting. That whole dynamic is so sad 1mo
TheBookHippie @Karisa He wasn‘t allowed. That was common too back then. 😵‍💫 1mo
mcctrish @Karisa Noah wasn‘t even the one who committed her. He‘s just waiting to be invited back 😢 and yet they correspond 1mo
kspenmoll This section was such fun to read- a gentleman caller! I also knew the repercussions of the radium would assert itself. She could not cope with the thought it may have been why she could not carry a baby to term- I am glad she & her clock painting friends are reconnecting- the whole part about glowing under their graves- so sad. & Zorrie checking on her radium box but leaving it on the shelf. 💔 1mo
DebinHawaii I feel like I was peeking through my fingers waiting for the radium effects in her friends who stayed to come. 🫣🥺 Being perennially unattached/single myself, I am okay for Zorrie to be & I think she is too, but if not, I hope she & Noah can find some happiness & contentment as friends or more. 1mo
DebinHawaii And homemade pickles 🥒 😋 1mo
TheBookHippie @DebinHawaii I‘m okay with her just staying single but I hope she sees Chicago at least once! 1mo
TheBookHippie @DebinHawaii I feel it‘s pickle season 🙃😂 1mo
Karisa @TheBookHippie @mcctrish So strange! Feels like as a husband he‘d have the right to see her. I just wish he would fight a bit more for that 1mo
DebinHawaii @TheBookHippie Yes, if I were voting for a relationship or seeing Chicago, I vote Chicago! 😉😆😂 1mo
TheBookHippie @Karisa most of the time it was a no to even parents of children, it blows my mind how people just accepted things as how it was/is. However…. I see it in today‘s world as well. 1mo
TheBookHippie @DebinHawaii The answer is always CHICAGO. 1mo
mcctrish @DebinHawaii @TheBookHippie travel is first choice for me 1mo
Sargar114 @DebinHawaii I read the radium part the same way; good description. I also wonder if she is just going to have a friendship with Noah. She seems content moving about life and he seems to still be in love with his wife. 1mo
julieclair I agree with others who have said that Zorrie has been in love with Noah from the start. But she recognizes and respects that he still loves his wife, and she has figured out a way to accept that. 1mo
maich @julieclair I thought that too. Maybe she feels something more than just friendship and she wants to be around him. 1mo
julieclair @maich How hard it must be to always be around someone who can‘t return your love. 1mo
maich @julieclair it is hard. Especially if you see that person with someone else. 1mo
mollyrotondo I felt bad for Zorrie when the gentleman caller was courting her. She was not interested in having a relationship with him but still felt like she couldn't say no to the dates. Whenever her real feelings are for Noah or she's content being single, Zorrie should never have felt like she couldn't say no to dating. I also like all of the seasonal imagery like the crops growing and the four leaf clovers. Its a beautifully written book. 1mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick It was a little bittersweet that Janie was already gone by the time she reconnected with her ghost girls. Adding a gentleman called was interesting. By his third visit, she did seem at least a little interested in him, but ultimately, he heart wasn't in it. Perhaps she's destined for Noah or perhaps to be single the rest of her life, but no doubt she's doing what she can to make it a good life. I hope she gets to Chicago. 1mo
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Virgil Alzheimer‘s ..dementia..
Noah his caretaker

A puppy!
Puppy antics
Reading aloud
Suppers with Ruby Virgil Noah
Oats & Virgil
Then Virgil dies
Zorrie inherits the book..

Montaigne https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/montaigne/

Librarybelle The Oats and Virgil part almost made me cry! So beautiful 1mo
AmyG I loved the part with the Oats. And Virgil was such a kind man. The dog and Virgil also touched my heart. 1mo
IndoorDame Oats and Virgil together were so wonderful! But introducing Oats in general seemed so bittersweet, that these puppy antics were the height of levity and love in her life… 1mo
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vlwelser I thought this was all very sweet and fun. Even though the Virgil bit was a little sad. 1mo
TheBookHippie @IndoorDame I was so happy it wasn‘t a cat 😂😂😂😂🤷🏻‍♀️ 1mo
IndoorDame @TheBookHippie 😂😂😂😂😂 1mo
BarkingMadRead This was so sad, Oats is adorable, and the way she clings to Virgil is so sweet, and so like a dog! 1mo
mcctrish I agree with everyone re:Oats and Virgil and then when Oats knew 💔💔💔 1mo
Karisa The parts with Virgil reminded me of my grandfather‘s last years. Always known for his sharp mind and strength… Then they were taken by Alzheimer‘s and bone cancer. I love that Virgil had Oats there by his side in those last days. Dogs are so awesome 1mo
TheBookHippie @Karisa I‘m so glad Virgil had the dog. Alzheimer‘s is such a horrific thief. 1mo
kspenmoll Agree with you all- Oats & Virgil was so like a dog- to feel out who needs you. This part was so loving as were the dinners together & nights of reading. 1mo
kspenmoll I love my cats & they are empathetic & seem attune to our feelings but not all cats are like that. I agree @TheBookHippie that a cat would not have the demonstrative love the author was conveying. Had to be Oats! 1mo
DebinHawaii If anyone needed the loyalty & goofiness of a puppy, it was Zorrie. And that Oats could be there for Virgil was so touching. I enjoyed this part, sad as it was. 1mo
TheBookHippie @DebinHawaii It was such a gift, Oats was. 1mo
Karisa @kspenmoll I love my cats too. Of the 3, one would definitely be there for me. The others… probably just if they were looking for someone to feed them or to play attack my feet 😂 1mo
Sargar114 Oats was delightful. So sad about Virgil and his passing. It‘s so hard reading about her losing her found family. 1mo
TheBookHippie @Sargar114 It‘s so so sad. 1mo
julieclair Oats was such a huge ray of sunshine amidst the sadness. What a difference a dog can make... 1mo
TheBookHippie @julieclair I agree, I liked Oats being added to the story. 1mo
mollyrotondo Love oats! It was so beautiful how Oats was just drawn to Virgil who needed the dog the most. And regarding Montaigne, what is the significance of his work being discussed in this novel? The struggles of marriage without children? Montaigne's belief that living life brings upon knowledge instead of institutionalized learning? 1mo
TheBookHippie @mollyrotondo it‘s intriguing as to why this particular philosopher. And is the author saying it with this story. It‘s odd. 1mo
maich Oats & Virgil are the favourite part in this book. Their friendships is amazing. I love dogs and was also happy it wasn't a cat😂 1mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Oats & Virgil warmed my heart. I'm not religious but I swear that dogs are angels on earth, looking out for humans. 1mo
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Zorrie seems to maintain ways to keep it alive, whether she knows it or not. Think it‘s innate or is she just surviving ?

To try to go to Chicago and land in Michigan at the lake.
Oy. I can commiserate…😬😂😵‍💫🤷🏻‍♀️

Librarybelle It might be a little bit of both. She‘s had to survive, and yet she also knows there‘s something to reach for beyond survival. 1mo
IndoorDame She seems like a true survivor. I think cultivating hope is a part of that. 1mo
AmyG I agree…Zorrie is just a true survivor. It‘s all she seems to know. 1mo
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vlwelser She seems a little lost here. In both senses. But she makes the best of things. 1mo
TheBookHippie @vlwelser but middle age approaching too, I wondered that as well. 1mo
mcctrish @vlwelser literally and figuratively for sure, it was extra heartbreaking that she tried to treat herself and it failed. @TheBookHippie middle age hits hard #throwsallthepunches 1mo
Karisa @IndoorDame 👆Yes! This exactly! 1mo
Karisa I kept thinking about you @TheBookHippie during that part. You much know those places so well and it‘d be interesting to think about how they‘ve changed since the book‘s era. I love getting glimpses of places I know well from an author‘s eyes. (edited) 1mo
TheBookHippie @Karisa As far as farming the life and women, food, community- it‘s exactly the same as 1920/30. Exactly …. As for my love Chicago - It has had massive change even during my lifetime. It‘s quite mind-blowing. The places and things I did as a child are no longer there. The L is different as well. Some things remain hundreds of years still. I was screaming when she didn‘t make it to the city I was heartbroken … but like her, I just carry on. 1mo
kspenmoll Yes- I love her relationship to land, her crops, the sand, even the lake she never quite found - she definitely is a survivor but I think she strives for more- maybe not consciously? Maybe she will make it to the city one day? 1mo
DebinHawaii She is a survivor for sure. Although her expectations for happiness are low, she keeps reaching out for it in small ways. 1mo
Karisa @TheBookHippie Yes! I wanted her to go ride the L for her friend‘s sake and to have that city of experience at least once. Only been once, but Chicago is amazing! 1mo
TheBookHippie @Karisa Before COVID I was any chance I can get I was there, my whole life I've been there at least a week a month. HA. It has slowed down but we still talk of living there when the last kiddo is launched into the world after college-so 5 years. When I hear the L, and the city noises and all the languages and the smells of all the food, my whole body calms. ZEN. Although I felt that in SAN FRANCISCO too! HA. I LOVED working with LarkinYouth. 1mo
Sargar114 I wonder if some of her resilience and ability to maintain hope is because she had to work hard at it growing up under her aunt. So now as an adult she is more practiced in her ability to maintain hope. 1mo
TheBookHippie @Sargar114 I was told this was true of me by a therapist if that helps 🙃 it was in me as an act of defiance ✊🏼 1mo
Sargar114 @TheBookHippie ✊I‘m being told the same thing about my son who is struggling with school. They say it‘s better to struggle early so they have the skills to learn how to overcome later in life. Or they say this to make me feel better haha 🤷🏼‍♀️ 1mo
Sargar114 I keep going back to the scene of her reminiscing being under the Christmas tree looking up at the ornaments and her aunt joining her and actually having a moment of compassion. I‘m sure there were a few moments like that growing up allowing her to maintain hope and resilience. 1mo
TheBookHippie @Sargar114 SOLIDARITY!!! 1mo
julieclair I was so sad she didn't actually get to see the lake. Water is so calming and soothing. But the scene on the dunes was beautiful. 1mo
mollyrotondo When Zorrie got lost, I was like yup that's me 😂 but sometimes getting a little lost helps us see the beauty in something we didn't know we'd find. @Sargar114 I was shocked that the aunt actually sat under the tree with Zorrie and acknowledged the peaceful of the moment. There was compassion inside her aunt but no one forced her to power through her bitterness. 1mo
maich @Librarybelle I agree that she had to survive. Lives go on. It is hard but you need to do sometning to feel better otherwise you fall into depression or some other mental illness or condition. 'You have to find something that keeps you alive.' I never been outside of Europe. Only knew USA cities from movies and books🙃 1mo
TheBookHippie @maich 🙃🙃🙃🙃 1mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Traveling without GPS was hard! I am so glad for that invention allowing me to take my adventures, even if it is just the long way back to the hotel on a work trip. Despite her aunt squashing it, I think Zorrie knew hope and held it close, even if Auntie didn't approve. Sometimes, you can break your own heart, but it's good to hope for happy things, too. 1mo
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Bessie & Gus die
New fields

Interesting the form her grief takes?

Librarybelle Zorrie did not have much nurturing growing up, and it‘s almost like she‘s learning how to grieve at this point. Her thoughts on hope and her aunt‘s negativity towards thinking of hope were so sad to read. 1mo
IndoorDame Land seems like everything here. When her aunt died and she didn‘t get the house she turned into a sort of tumbleweed for a while, but it didn‘t suit her. Now that she‘s lost everyone again it goes the other way and she starts building herself up, maybe even more resolutely than when she was married. 1mo
AmyG She is alone again. I agree with @IndoorDame about the land. She seems to be working her land, working her way through grief. 1mo
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vlwelser I sort of appreciate that she just sort of does her thing. On her own. Without needing anyone in her space really. 1mo
TheBookHippie @vlwelser I absolutely love her for it. 1mo
BarkingMadRead Poor Zorrie is always alone! 1mo
mcctrish Do we even know who her aunt left the house to ? Although I think her tumbleweed self ( love it @IndoorDame ) led her to her people ❤️❤️ she is losing them all one by one 💔 1mo
Karisa @IndoorDame She does feel rooted to that land. I was glad that she went to reach out to old friends but so sad when she found out many of them were gone. @Librarybelle Her aunt does haunt her. Just heard RuPaul speak yesterday and he spent a long time talking about taking care of our inner child as key to growth as an adult. 1mo
Librarybelle That‘s lovely, @Karisa ! 1mo
kspenmoll She has somehow, maybe because of her relationships- Bess, Gus, her husband, her clock friends moved beyond her horrid Aunt & somehow recaptured hope, despite her grief. She is independent but does seek others when her aloneness overwhelms her. 1mo
DebinHawaii @kspenmoll Beautifully put! Resilience is the first word that comes to mind when I think of her. She bends but doesn‘t break & keeps going. 1mo
kspenmoll @DebinHawaii Resilience, yes! 1mo
CoffeeNBooks @Librarybelle Her aunt's attitude toward hope is what stood out to me the most about this section- so sad to think that Zorrie was taught that hope is a bad thing to have. I don't understand the aunt at all. @DebinHawaii Resilient is a great way to describe Zorrie! 1mo
TheBookHippie @CoffeeNBooks It‘s so hard to read in print. I‘ve known people this bitter, but to read it, it‘s so unnecessary and cruel. 1mo
TheBookHippie @mcctrish the bank seized the home I think ? 1mo
TheBookHippie @Karisa I agree with RuPaul and having a safe home and food. This story focuses on that in the peripheral. 1mo
julieclair It is so sad to think of how the aunt tried to steal all of Zorrie's joy, including her hope. Zorrie is such a strong person to be able to keep her hope alive in the face of that. I do wonder what the aunt's backstory is. She must have lived through something very tragic in her life to be so bitter. 1mo
mollyrotondo @CoffeeNBooks @Librarybelle I found this the most upsetting. Her aunt constantly squashing any ideas of hope. But it is amazing that Zorrie understands that her aunt is wrong and is now trying to overcome those negative feelings toward hope. 1mo
TheBookHippie @mollyrotondo So so bitter, just so sad for Zorrie. 1mo
maich @julieclair @mollyrotondo I agree with you two. Her aunt was mean to her. Poor Zorrie with all that grief. It is so sad. But she's doing good and she's a strong woman. 1mo
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The language in this book. ❤️

TheBookHippie It‘s so beautiful. 1mo
julieclair So beautifully written. 1mo
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This book. Every sentence is lyrical. #sundaybuddyread

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Zorrie was a lovely read. Highly recommend.


Read4life I agree! I haven‘t finished it yet but it‘s been so enjoyable to read. 1mo
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Zorrie loses her parents at a young age and so begins the story of her life. I couldn‘t stop reading after finishing this week‘s section. #SundayBuddyRead I loved this short novel. 5 🌟


AmyG This is so lovely. We needed this one! 1mo
Read4life I‘m loving this one. 1mo
CBee @AmyG @Deblovestoread @Read4life I‘m so glad y‘all are reading this one. I read it last year and loved it so much ♥️ 1mo
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Places in the Heart is on Netflix 🙃
I‘ve not seen it since the 80s
Apparently my reading and visual life is farming 😂😅

See you Sunday … 🤫🤐🤫

AmyG I didn‘t know this was based on Zorrie. Thanks for the heads up. 1mo
TheBookHippie @AmyG it‘s not -but the visuals of farming were helpful to see what she came from . I think it‘s a 1935 setting. (edited) 1mo
AmyG Ahhhhhhh 1mo
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This was beautiful! I can‘t wait to discuss with everyone!
📚 A to Z= Z
📚 #sundaybuddyread2024
📚 POP= set 24 years before I was born

tpixie Gorgeous cover! 1mo
Texreader Marking this one for #litsyatoz #letterZ so I can it again!! 😃 1mo
AmyG Agree. This is a lovely little gem. 1mo
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1. I am off to Denver for a week with my daughter who has big plans for us….cleaning out the garage. 🤣
2. The mountains
3. I am in Colorado in the Rocky Mountains and it‘s getting ready for anow tonight. 😝

@Cupcake12 #MotivationalMonday

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#MotivationalMonday @Cupcake12

1. Dr appointments, physical therapy, visiting my daughter
2. My backyard, patio, fire pit, Sherlock exploring 🐶
3. North Carolina. 86 degrees and sunny 😎
4. One of three current reads

Thanks for the tag @Eggs

Want to play @Gissy @AmandaBlaze @kelli7990

Eggs 🥰😍 1mo
Cupcake12 Great answers. Good luck for your appointment. Thanks for joining in xx 1mo
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The prose is beautiful …… sigh

Happy Sunday ! I love the slow pace of this month. I also love the slow read of this to soak it in and contemplate it. I think it‘s the better experience for this book.

I thank you for joining me ♥️

On we read 🙃

Sargar114 I‘m pretty dense when it comes to prose and writing styles, but I am enjoying it a lot more than I would expect so maybe that‘s why. I agree the slow read is beneficial; I think I am catching more than I would if we went straight through. 2mo
AmyG Thank you for this one. You have redeemed yourself after The Notebook! 🤣 2mo
TheBookHippie @AmyG omg we were bamboozled by that one … now when I see it mentioned in other books I truly believe the author hasn‘t read it. 😵‍💫🤣👀🤭🙄 2mo
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TheBookHippie @Sargar114 I think we would miss too much of the story. 2mo
AmyG @TheBookHippie Ha, I wouldn‘t be surprised….they want to seem like they read it because it‘s a “literary work of art”. 🤣🤢 2mo
kspenmoll I just love this read so far! 2mo
TheBookHippie @kspenmoll Oh me too, it‘s just lovely. Heartbreaking -but I think very necessary. 2mo
Librarybelle Great start! It‘s such a quiet novel that packs a punch with its poetic writing style. 2mo
Karisa Beautiful book! Definitely one to slow down and savor with. Perfect for SBR. It wasn‘t on my radar—thank you! 2mo
TheBookHippie @Karisa ♥️😊♥️ 2mo
vonnie862 I am enjoying the short read. I am still in shock that people use to add radium to their food and drink. 2mo
Read4life This pace is perfect. My post op meds make me very sleepy so I‘m in and out. Small, beautiful daily reads have been wonderful. 2mo
TheBookHippie @vonnie862 it blows my mind…. 2mo
TheBookHippie @Read4life Sending love & some good healing vibes! This is a lovely read and pace… 2mo
Read4life I couldn‘t find The Golden Notebook to borrow on ebook & the physical book was too bulky for me to navigate one handed. I followed the discussions and I‘m ok with missing that one. This one is so beautiful so I‘m glad I bought the ebook when it was on sale. 💙 2mo
Read4life Thank you, Christine 💙💙 I‘m really enjoying it and savoring each page. 2mo
vlwelser It's so nice to just read a few pages for the week after that last nightmare. 2mo
TheBookHippie @vlwelser 😵‍💫 thankfully I‘m a good planner… whew. I stillll feel betrayed. 😝 ughhh. 2mo
TheBookHippie @Read4life I am actually glad I read it but… what an ordeal AND it wasn‘t what people say it is, not even a little bit. 😵‍💫😵‍💫😵‍💫 2mo
willaful @TheBookHippie I wish I'd noticed, I would've warned you! 😂 2mo
mcctrish This book is an actual gift, thank you Christine for picking it and extra thanks for your impeccable timing ( @AmyG I laughed out loud at your comment ) 1mo
mcctrish @Read4life you dodged a bullet with the notebook 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
TheBookHippie @mcctrish ♥️📙😊♥️ 1mo
TheBookHippie @mcctrish Now when ppl say they‘ve read it I QUIZ THEM. 👀 1mo
mcctrish ABSOLUTELY!!!! Anyone who gushes is lying 1mo
Sargar114 Y‘all are making me real glad I skipped last month…I mean with everything that happened can‘t imagine I wouldn‘t have bailed but still… 1mo
TheBookHippie @Sargar114 only a few of us actually finished the really strong willed stubborn ones apparently gluttons for punishment 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🙄🤭🤷🏻‍♀️ it is SO NOT what it is billed as AND the author doesn‘t want it to be so 😵‍💫 it all just astounds me. It‘s been referenced in countless books we‘ve read together. 🤯 such a betrayal 🤭😝 1mo
DebinHawaii I gotta say that after have a bit of guilt about abandoning TGN after 130-ish pages, I am happy I escaped it after seeing all the posts & comments each week! Whew! 😅😆 This is a lovely book & as you said, perfect for a slow read & discussion. Looking forward to more.💛 1mo
TheBookHippie @DebinHawaii I want a medal for finishing and I found pictures and questions for all of it 🤣😵‍💫😝🤷🏻‍♀️🤭🤯🙄😳 I still can‘t believe we did it. What a mess. 1mo
TheBookHippie @DebinHawaii this current read is just zen. 1mo
DebinHawaii @TheBookHippie You deserve a medal🏅actually you deserve 🏅🏅🏅🏅🏅one for each notebook & a trophy 🏆 for the whole darn thing! 😂 1mo
julieclair I am in awe of those of you who actually finished TGN. I took one look at the page count and wimped out. But I do wonder… as much as I am enjoying this quiet read, would I be enjoying it even more if I was reading it after having slogged my way through TGN? 🤔 1mo
maich Zorrie is outside my comfort zone and I wouldn't have chosen it myself. It is meaningful story and we can learn a lot from it. It is that kind of book that I have google open on my phone and looking for more informations about the stuff I read in book. And I agree with all you that this is a slow read. 1mo
mollyrotondo I am loving this book! It‘s beautifully written. So glad this was the pick after The Golden Notebook. I agree @TheBookHippie that I think if anyone is glowingly referencing it in a novel they definitely have not read it 🙄 1mo
TheBookHippie @mollyrotondo RIGHT?!?! Surely not. 1mo
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Farming life

Multiple miscarriages ( This blame the woman then and now makes my blood boil)


Kipling https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/57409/epitaphs-of-the-war

Harold dies

So visceral it all is…

Sargar114 Amazing how much information we got. I wasn‘t aware there were multiple miscarriages (I didn‘t catch that) but not surprised. So sad about Harold, but again not surprising. Is she gonna have to take care of his parents now? Didn‘t seem like they were doing all that great and can‘t imagine how this will affect them. 2mo
IndoorDame Harold blaming her for the miscarriage 😵‍💫. But the doctor and everyone else keeping her inside for so long actually shocked me! She‘s right, she‘s not exactly the first person this happened to… 2mo
AmyG Oh, the times she lived in. I am fascinated by Noah. Does he come into the story more? 2mo
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kspenmoll So much happened to Zorrie in so few pages- so much loss. @Sargar114 I missed the multiple miscarriages too. @AmyG Me too. Keep wondering if something will happen with Noah & Zorrie despite his marriage. Not sure why he cannot visit his wife 2mo
AmyG @kspenmoll Right? What would make his wife set their house on fire? I hope we learn more about her. 2mo
TheBookHippie @AmyG oh I hope we see Noah and more of the story. 2mo
Librarybelle Zorrie‘s life - just wow. It is frustrating to read how miscarriage thoughts always blamed the woman. 2mo
Karisa @kspenmoll @AmyG Noah does feel important somehow. It‘s like all the other characters at this point are too perfect, in a dream world. 2mo
Karisa All these big events are covered thoughtfully but also quickly, not in small detail. I‘m wondering if the pace will slow down as we get to her main story. Laird Hunt‘s writing is reminding me a bit of Claire Keegan‘s novellas. 2mo
vonnie862 My heart broke for her. With just a few words, Zorrie's heartaches were fully demonstrated. Laird Hunt was a talented writer. 2mo
vlwelser This is all so very heartbreaking. But she just keeps doing her thing. 2mo
vlwelser I want to know more about the neighbor and his wife that's locked away. But I guess we're getting Zorrie's perspective so she probably doesn't know. 2mo
TheBookHippie @vlwelser I assume that as well, so I wonder as she or if she gets to know him more will we ? Or will it just remain background? 2mo
mcctrish @IndoorDame I was surprised too that they had her take it easy for so long. I wasn‘t surprised she lost the baby taking spoonfuls of radium but I was surprised it meant she lost more ( unless it was understood she kept taking the ‘tonic‘ shudder) @Karisa it‘s a combo of Claire Keegan and Kent Haruf for me; spare, quiet and powerful writing ❤️❤️ 1mo
Sargar114 @kspenmoll @TheBookHippie @vlwelser I wonder more about Noah and what will happen with them as well! 1mo
DebinHawaii The keeping her inside & resting & the blame seem so Indicative of the times. So many things happening in the first two chapters & not that many pages should be depressing, but the writing style & pace make it hard to dwell on the tragic—it has a resilience to it like Zorrie herself. (edited) 1mo
TheBookHippie @DebinHawaii That is it exactly! 1mo
julieclair I feel that Noah will become an important figure in Zorrie‘s life. 1mo
maich So many happens in these pages. And that miscarriages. My mum was pregnant during Chernobyl accident and she had a miscarriage. She told me that there were so many miscarriages and genetic mutation in Europe because of the Chernobyl. So definitely Zorrie lost her baby because of the radium. 1mo
TheBookHippie @maich oh how awful. It‘s so so sad. 1mo
maich @TheBookHippie there are so many sad stories from the history that are still untold... 1mo
mollyrotondo @DebinHawaii I agree. It‘s terribly sad but it‘s written in a way that makes you continue to feel the fight in Zorrie so you feel worried and angry and sad but not utterly depressed because Zorrie‘s fight keeps you keeping on. Harold wasn‘t my favorite 🙄 1mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Harold felt like Zorrie settled to finally try to have the happiness of her own family. I didn't hate him, but he wasn't someone to root for either. I am also intrigued by Noah. I wonder if something happens there. A woman in those times was probably "better off with a husband". The multiple miscarriages was sad. I also hope she isn't permanently saddled with Harold's parents, though they seem like good people. 1mo
TheBookHippie @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick it does seem she would thrive in family. 1mo
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We meet Zorrie and get her back story. What do you think of her childhood? Her Aunt 😵‍💫

Is this writing lovely or what ???

kspenmoll This writing is beautiful! So much related to us in “sparse” writing. “ Eerily lit, at times, by a radium glow, this is a luminous book.” Erica Wagner ( from back cover of the book) 2mo
kspenmoll Her aunt was a horror. Nasty. 2mo
IndoorDame The writing is so lovely!!! 2mo
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Sargar114 So dark and then just leaves her nothin!!!! It‘s amazing she made it out as lovey and sociable as she is. 2mo
AmyG I am amazed how positive she stayed after living with her nasty Aunt. Agree with @Sargar114. And yes, the writing is wonderful….I am loving this story. 2mo
Librarybelle The aunt is a terror. But, how she picks herself up and carries on is inspiring. I‘m liking the writing of this and really wanted to keep reading. I made myself stop after section 2! 2mo
Karisa Love the writing! The part in which Noah and Zorrie talking about whirlwinds… breathtaking! Zorrie herself is almost too good to be true at this point—makes her feel not quite fleshed out. Aunt was 🤮! 2mo
vonnie862 I love Zorrie. With everything she went through, she kept going on. She tried to find work to better support herself. People back then we're more resilient. 2mo
Read4life @Karisa I think breathtaking is a perfect descriptor. 2mo
vlwelser The writing is so lovely. I'm glad you found this. I would never have picked this on my own. 2mo
mcctrish Zorrie is a wonder. I was so sad when she wasn‘t more forthcoming with her teacher but then she finds a full family and community so ❤️ her aunt was a shit (edited) 1mo
DebinHawaii Her aunt was awful! I am enjoying Zorrie as a character & want to learn more. The writing is lovely. I agree with @vlwelser I‘m glad you picked this book because I hadn‘t heard of it & likely would not have picked it. 🤗 1mo
BarkingMadRead That aunt is the worst, I was so glad she found real family on her own 1mo
CoffeeNBooks Zorrie is so hopeful that everything will work out, despite everything she's been through. 1mo
julieclair I am so impressed by her calm strength, despite all the tragedy that has happened to her. She just keeps quietly persevering. 1mo
TheBookHippie @julieclair she seems to have inner fortitude that‘s for sure! 1mo
TheBookHippie @CoffeeNBooks I kinda love that. She is quite remarkable. 1mo
TheBookHippie @BarkingMadRead Right?! Our relatives in books are 😵‍💫😵‍💫😵‍💫 lately!!! 🤣🤣🤣 1mo
maich @CoffeeNBooks I agree with you. And that's why I like Zorrie. Her aunt is nasty. In Slovenia, we have the term 'Relatives are a scattered sheet' for all mean relatives. 1mo
TheBookHippie @maich I love that saying!!! 1mo
mollyrotondo Zorrie definitely had a rough youth. Her parents died and then she was raised by a woman who did not encourage her education. She basically just used Zorrie to keep her farm going. I felt bad though for the aunt because she was in so much debt that she was basically at risk of loosing her farm. It was just terrible that there wasn‘t anything left for Zorrie to inherit in order to keep a roof over her head. 1mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Zorrie is definitely resilient. I admire that she wanted to keep moving forward and to make a life for herself as best she can. She didn't let her aunt's crotchety nature hinder her long term. Tolerated her while she had to, then said adios when she could. 1mo
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kspenmoll This was heartbreaking to read about with the knowledge we have now. How the girls used it for beauty, etc. ingesting it… Zorrie‘s loss of her baby & infertility caused by the radium - she thought she was haloing her baby. How sad. I wonder how many women suffered this way? 2mo
TheBookHippie @kspenmoll I wonder as well since I‘m sure there‘s so much more not reported about the affect of radium on these women. 2mo
IndoorDame I found it especially hard to read these sections with everyone being so young and carefree. I kept looking for any kind of foreshadowing in the writing itself, but it was only in my mind which was a really strange sensation. 2mo
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Sargar114 I cringed reading that part and every time she used it as a “tonic” especially when she was pregnant. I was so happy when she got out of there! 2mo
TheBookHippie @IndoorDame I know- it was in us the reader!!! So visceral!!! 2mo
TheBookHippie @Sargar114 me THROW THAT BOX AWAY!!!! 😵‍💫 2mo
AmyG I read Radium Girls and when I read what Zorrie was doing I thought….oh no. I would guess, too, her miscarriage and infertility is caused by that. 2mo
Sargar114 @TheBookHippie right?!!! 🤢😵‍💫 2mo
Sargar114 @AmyG I have that on my tbr! 2mo
kspenmoll Thanks for all these articles-here‘s one concerning CT where I live - had no idea of this history. https://connecticuthistory.org/waterburys-radium-girls/ 2mo
kspenmoll @IndoorDame I wanted to shout at Zorrie to stop using it! Yes, @TheBookHippie “ THROW THAT BOX AWAY!!!!!!” 2mo
AmyG @Sargar114 It‘s a heartbreaking book…but very good. 2mo
TheBookHippie @kspenmoll oh my goodness …I was thinking while reading without Radium Girls being such a big hit would people even know about any of this? It should be taught in history class. Fascinating article you found. 2mo
Librarybelle @AmyG Exactly. I too have read Radium Girls, and I think I actually said “oh no” out loud when we got to the first section. I groaned when she took radium during her pregnancy. It‘s so hard to see how people lived with this and interacted with this knowing what we know now. Same thing with opium and laudanum - I want to scream “don‘t touch that!” 2mo
Karisa When they instructed her to put the brush in her mouth ((shudder)). I can see how the glow would seem like magic though. I didn‘t realize some people even thought it was healthy to use! 😢Makes you wonder what everyday things today will be found to be toxic… 2mo
TheBookHippie @Karisa I had those same thoughts. Look at all the things women have taken in pregnancy that turned out to be deadly Thalidomide and Diethylstilboestrol (DES) just two examples. Nonstick pans etc etc 😵‍💫 2mo
Karisa @TheBookHippie Oooh, yes. Exactly 😢 2mo
vonnie862 I need to read Radium Girls. I shouldn't be shocked that radium was used for everything but I can't imagine all the health issues and deaths it caused. It broke my heart that Zorrie lost her baby and could not get pregnant again because of the radium. 2mo
Read4life I, too, need to read Radium Girls. Like others have said, it was heartbreaking reading this section, seeing the joy the ladies felt using the powder for fun with the younger kids, etc and knowing the devastating effects it would bring. 2mo
vlwelser I was horrified by this. Those poor girls. But how were they supposed to know? And then Zorrie loses the baby. So awful. 2mo
mcctrish @Karisa as I was reading the part of her training I hit that part about putting the brush in her mouth and my brain corrected to “before” dipping and I kept going and then the real words caught up to me and I said “oh no, not after WTF” and then I thought do I know what radium actually is? Is it bad? Please don‘t be bad 🤦🏻‍♀️ 1mo
mcctrish This was bloody heartbreaking 1mo
TheBookHippie @mcctrish I was holding my breath while reading and then DREAD… but, how would they know? 1mo
Karisa @mcctrish 😭 Horrible 1mo
DebinHawaii I echo everyone. Having read Radium Girls as well, my heart just sank with the training, the brush in the mouth & taking her in the bathroom to see the glow & how much they used it. Then with the baby. So tragic. 😭 1mo
TheBookHippie @DebinHawaii I imagine it was fun and new how could they know, but reading it we all just sucked in our breath, so worried for them all! 1mo
BarkingMadRead I haven‘t read Radium Girls, the parts with the baby were heartbreaking, I hope she never knows 1mo
TheBookHippie @BarkingMadRead I had that same thought. 1mo
CoffeeNBooks I read Radium Girls, too, so I worried as soon as I read this part. 1mo
julieclair So so sad with the radium. And she purposely took it while pregnant because she thought it was healthy. 😢 1mo
maich I was worried for her. She will probably die soon. I remembered of Marie Curie (my favourite scientist). She gave her life to radioactivity and died as a result. Her diaries still emit radiation today. 1mo
mollyrotondo I learned so much from Radium Girls that as soon as she started working in this factory I thought oh no. And I loved how the author did not explain anything but just left everything for us to figure out. It‘s a sad story but incredibly beautifully written. 1mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I haven't read Radium Girls but I know enough to have cringed for Zorrie and the girls not knowing what they were getting into. My first thought was she wasn't in the factory long, maybe she'll be spared serious issues but then she kept using it! Oh no! Terrible... 1mo
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kspenmoll Enjoyed reading about the L‘s transit history. 2mo
Sargar114 So unique! Love Chicago! 2mo
AmyG What a wonderful city! 2mo
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Librarybelle Thanks for the links! 2mo
Karisa More cities need this type of system today! The reference in the book helped to show the time period so well. Lots of progress happening 2mo
vonnie862 @Karisa I agree. It saddens me that we don't have a better public transportation here in Southern California. 2mo
Karisa @vonnie862 Such a missed opportunity! 2mo
vlwelser I think it's cute that this is what the girls aspire to. 2mo
mcctrish I was happy to remember being in Chicago and my ride on the L during this chat and @vlwelser I thought it was cute too that this was their dream 2mo
DebinHawaii This was a fun part to read about. It‘s such a great system & city! Great links. 🤗 1mo
TheBookHippie @DebinHawaii I was like SEEE this is my love!! 😊🤣💙🏙️ 1mo
TheBookHippie @vlwelser I absolutely love it. 1mo
maich Thanks for the links. I'm learning American history slowly. 1mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I've never been to Chicago, so this gives me a good idea of the landscape. Thanks for these! 1mo
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