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Damnation Spring
Damnation Spring | Ash Davidson
An epic, immersive debut, Damnation Spring is the deeply human story of a Pacific Northwest logging town wrenched in two by a mystery that threatens to derail its way of life. For generations, Rich Gundersens family has chopped a livelihood out of the redwood forest along Californias rugged coast. Now Rich and his wife, Colleen, are raising their own young son near Damnation Grove, a swath of ancient redwoods on which Richs employer, Sanderson Timber Co., plans to make a killing. In 1977, with most of the forest cleared or protected, a grove like Damnationand beyond it 24-7 Ridgeis a loggers dream. Its dangerous work. Rich has already lived decades longer than his father, killed on the job. Rich wants better for his son, Chub, so when the opportunity arises to buy 24-7 Ridgecosting them all the savings theyve squirreled away for their growing familyhe grabs it, unbeknownst to Colleen. Because the reality is their family isnt growing; Colleen has lost several pregnancies. And she isnt alone. As a midwife, Colleen has seen it with her own eyes. For decades, the herbicides the logging company uses were considered harmless. But Colleen is no longer so sure. What if these miscarriages arent isolated strokes of bad luck? As mudslides take out clear-cut hillsides and salmon vanish from creeks, her search for answers threatens to unravel not just Richs plans for the 24-7, but their marriage too, dividing a town that lives and dies on timber along the way. Told from the perspectives of Rich, Colleen, and Chub, in prose as clear as a spring-fed creek, this intimate, compassionate portrait of a community clinging to a vanishing way of life amid the perils of environmental degradation makes Damnation Spring an essential novel for our time.
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Rissa1
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Pickpick

This was an incredibly sad read. So much hardship, so much loss. 😫

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Rissa1
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My heart is breaking for the characters in this story. They are fighting for their lives on so many levels. 💔💀🌳🦌

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Yossarian
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I know this book is set in 1978, but I‘m still 100% expecting to read about how Colleen stormed the Capitol.

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GerardtheBookworm
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Pickpick

1970's, a logging family in Northern California struggles as the industry and big business changes the landscape. In addition, environmental factors and legal wrangling force the main characters to reconsider their way of life and an uncertain future in this literary fiction perfect for Book Clubs.

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Chelsea.Poole
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Pickpick

I liked the story but I wasn‘t a huge fan of the execution of it. Also enjoyed the characters and the message of the book which focused on humans‘ impact on the environment. I wish I had a glowing recommendation to post about this 1970s-set novel about a logging community, but sadly it dragged for me. A pick because, as I said, I liked the message and the characters.

Megabooks Yes!! 💯💯💯 agree with your review!! 2mo
Chelsea.Poole @Megabooks I was prepared to be underwhelmed from your review, so I think that really helped going into it. 😊 2mo
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Megabooks
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I won‘t say much as one member of my #LPMBC hasn‘t read it yet.

I was extremely excited for this, but it squeaks by with a very low pass. It‘s overly long, and even though I like dialogue-heavy books, I always felt a beat behind with hers. Maybe my expectations were too high. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Molly playing with a new friend!

QuietlyLaura 🐶🐶❤️ 3mo
ShelleyBooksie Adorable doggos 3mo
UwannaPublishme 🐶❤️🐶 3mo
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Megabooks Whoops @Cinfhen forgot to tag you! 3mo
LeahBergen Hello, Molly! 😘 3mo
BarbaraBB How cute 🥰 3mo
Cinfhen Who‘s Molly‘s new friend?!!! Adorable pups 3mo
squirrelbrain 🐶❤️ 3mo
mrp27 Pups!! 🐶💕 3mo
Leftcoastzen Awww! Cute! I have this on the stack, suspecting it might be slowish. 3mo
Chelsea.Poole Molly is so cute! I‘m about 1/4 into this book and I can definitely relate to what you‘re saying here. My expectations were high also, until I read your ‘meh‘ discussion about it, so now, lower expectations lol. 3mo
Megabooks @Chelsea.Poole thank you! yeah, I think lower expectations will help. I hope you enjoy it more than I did. 😕 3mo
Megabooks @Leftcoastzen it is pretty slow paced. Thank you! 3mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen that‘s Maisy!! 😁😁 3mo
Megabooks @QuietlyLaura @ShelleyBooksie @UwannaPublishme @LeahBergen @BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain @mrp27 thanks y‘all!! Molly and Maisy had a great time playing together!! 😁💜🐶 3mo
Cinfhen I‘m such a dodo / I totally didn‘t recognize Maisy or the fact that it‘s the same adorable photo with the wagging tongues 🤦🏼‍♀️my brain wasn‘t on full last night 🤪 3mo
Cinfhen Also I bailed on this book when it first came out/ now im glad I did 😁 3mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen 💜💜💜 I figured you were tired or writing quickly! Yeah, I really thought I‘d love this but it was just okay to sorta good (and the ending still has me pissed off). You‘re okay to skip. 👍🏻 3mo
Cinfhen I‘ve been off lately/ just not feeling great ☹️hope you get a restful sleep tonight 😘 3mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen I am so sorry friend! I hope you‘re able to get some rest, if you need it, and get to the bottom of it. I noticed you haven‘t been on litsy as much as you usually are. I hoped you were busy with M or irl friends. I‘m so it hasn‘t been for good reasons. 💜💜💜 3mo
Megabooks @thebluestocking I should get this in the mail to you Tuesday. I have had a couple of bad long Covid days this week. I have repaired it the best I can, but I would recommend being gentle. I‘m removing the rubber bands and checking it tomorrow @LMJenkins . I‘m sorry the usps handled it so roughly. I will probably send it priority to minimize handling. @JamieArc looping you in 2mo
JamieArc @Megabooks Hope you are feeling better! I plan on sending Harlem Shuffle to you on Tuesday. 2mo
Suet624 Yeah, I gave this a pick but I understand how you feel about the book. I was especially annoyed at the end. 2mo
Megabooks @Suet624 that ending was no good!! Why did she kill off Rich?? 😩 (edited) 2mo
thebluestocking I totally get the long Covid thing. I‘m so sorry you have it. 💙 No worries if you haven‘t sent the book out yet, but I‘m just letting you know that I have not received it yet. 2mo
Megabooks @thebluestocking thank you for letting me know. It should‘ve gotten there Monday or Tuesday so I will check the tracking next time I get up and let you know where it is! 2mo
Megabooks @thebluestocking just checked the tracking and it said it was delivered yesterday. Could someone else have brought in the package? 2mo
Megabooks @thebluestocking it‘s in a BOTM box (edited) 2mo
thebluestocking @Megabooks I‘ve had a good look around and I don‘t see it. But they usually turn up. I‘ll keep you posted. 2mo
Megabooks @thebluestocking just emailed you tracking info, etc. please lmk if I need to contact USPS 2mo
thebluestocking @Megabooks It appeared safe and sound in the mail today!! Thank you! 💙 2mo
Megabooks @thebluestocking fantastic!! 👍🏻👍🏻 2mo
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rachelsbrittain
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1. The Dark Queens, Between Shades of Gray, and True Biz

2. Damnation Spring by Ash Davidson

3. It's been a while since the weather has been nice enough, but if I had to hazard a guess maybe The Secret Life of Fungi. Looking forward to more now that the weather is nicer.

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Suet624
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I only now saw as I posted this photo that Anthony Marra, an author I love so much, has a quote on the cover. 🤷🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️ A solid story of a bevy of logging families living amongst redwoods in the Northwest. The author incorporates a lot of subjects (environmental concerns, poverty, racism, miscarriage) and the main family of the novel carries the load on their shoulders. Without spoiling anything, I wish she had chosen a different ending.

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LMJenkins
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This is one of those books that leaves you feeling like you've been somewhere. I have been in this town, driven these windy, washed-out roads along the cliffs, sloshed through creeks and looked upon a ridge filled with redwoods. I've mourned their losses and worried along with these people. #LMPBC Round 14, Group B

Having a hard time tagging people: @jamiearc (book on way to you), @megabooks, @thebluestocking, @suvata

Addison_Reads This was one of my favorite reads last year. Great review. 4mo
JamieArc Looking forward to this one! 4mo
thebluestocking I‘m so glad you enjoyed this!! I‘m sorry I‘m late sending out my book. It‘s going in the mail to you today. 💙 4mo
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Megabooks This is probably the one I‘m most excited about. Great review! 4mo
Suet624 Wonderful review. 4mo
JamieArc Just got home from vacation - it has arrived! Thank you! 4mo
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kspenmoll
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Started this tonight.Trying to get thru my backlog of #botm books. I remember when this was going on (DDT spraying) & am interested to see how logging/those issues entangled & deeply affected peoples lives & livelihoods .

Cathythoughts Pretty picture 💕 4mo
kspenmoll @Cathythoughts My indoor ode to spring. 4mo
Suet624 Just finished it. It's quite the story. 4mo
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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Panpan

I am between so-so and pan. But since this completely threw me off my reading goals and almost sent me into a slump going with pan. That isn't to say that technically it isn't good. The writing is good, the core storyline is solid but the pacing was off- incredibly slow slog for the first half. The side characters were hard to keep track of, and damn was it overall sad. TW for miscarriages, still births, pregnancy, and birth defects. 👇

ChaoticMissAdventures I was initially excited to read this as a vegetarian -trer-hugger from a logging family, and much of this atmosphere and characters are spot on and familiar. This is not a culture that is often written about but I am not sure this book does it justice. 5mo
cariashley I hesitated on this one because I was worried it would be exactly how you described it. 5mo
ChaoticMissAdventures @cariashley it is a tough one, people on GR seem to like it though. I normally enjoy a slow book but this one was so mixed with sadness it was not for me. I don't normally read a lot of books on pregnancy (child free by choice and mostly not interested) and this was just heartbreaking on the topic. 4mo
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Suet624
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I‘m housesitting/catsitting for two days. Of course I had to bring all of this reading material. Three books and 3 New Yorkers. Just in case. 🤷🏻‍♀️

kspenmoll But of course! Enjoy your “new home!” 5mo
AmyG How‘s Damnation Spring going? 5mo
Suet624 @AmyG I'm liking it a lot. Thank you for the recommendation. 5mo
AmyG I am glad you are enjoying it! 5mo
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CBee
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@AmyG thank you, sweet friend. This arrived today ♥️😊
I‘ve had a Monday, so this made me feel better! 😘

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💗💗💗 5mo
AmyG Yay! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. 😘 5mo
CBee @AmyG I‘m sure I will 😘 5mo
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AmyG
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The story of a family living and working in a logging town, 1977-8, in the Pacific Northwest. Beautiful story.

Thanks @sharread for this book. I thought of you every time I picked it up read.

Suet624 Can‘t wait to find! 5mo
AmyG @Suet624 It‘s very good. I really enjoyed this one. 5mo
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Kristin_Reads
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📖 3-4-22
Authentic | Heart-Breaking | Compassionate
This is a 5 star read for me even though it broke my heart in so many ways. Growing up near logging communities of the 70‘s in the Pacific Northwest, I can attest that these characters and the challenges they encountered are authentic. The author writes from her lived experience with grace and compassion. Heads up on many TW.

AmyG I am reading this now. It‘s so good. 5mo
Kristin_Reads @AmyG Agreed! The characters are just so real. 5mo
Soubhiville I loved this book too. 5mo
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cjk
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1) Tagged title.
2) Act Like You Got Some Sense by Jamie Foxx.
3) Caste by Isabel Wilkerson.

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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AmyG
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Sharon gave this book to me in a Halloween swap. So it‘s only fitting that I read it today in her memory. #sharreadathon

@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Professional_Book_Dragon

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 6mo
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LMJenkins
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JamieArc I‘ve only read The Mars Room. I‘m happy with any of the others. (edited) 6mo
LMJenkins I have about a dozen more to choose from if these don‘t work. 6mo
thebluestocking I‘ve read The Mars Room too. And am also good with any of the others! 6mo
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Megabooks I‘ve read TMR too. I‘d like to do Damnation Spring if that‘s okay. I don‘t have it and was thinking of getting it. As if I need more backlog!! 😂 @JamieArc @thebluestocking 6mo
JamieArc I‘ve heard really good things about Damnation Spring and have been thinking about getting it too 😂 @Megabooks 6mo
thebluestocking Damnation Spring works for me! 6mo
LMJenkins @thebluestocking @jamiearc @megabooks - Damnation Spring, it is! ✅ 6mo
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sprainedbrain
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Pickpick

This book is beautiful, and up until almost the end, I was sure this was going to be 5⭐️ read for me. A really excellent debut, even with that ending.

My spoilery review is on my blog: http://sprainedbrain.blog/2022/02/09/review-damnation-spring-by-ash-davidson/

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

sprainedbrain Also my #BookSpin for February. 🙌🏼 6mo
AmyG I have this and just need to get to it. 6mo
Kristin_Reads This was a five-star book for me even though it broke my heart. 5mo
Suet624 Just read your review. You‘re so right about that ending. 4mo
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JennyM
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Another week, another #weeklyforecast 😀

I‘m in the middle of Damnation Spring, which I‘m really enjoying despite it taking me a while to settle into.

Then it will be one or two of the others to tick off a few #Booked2022 prompts. I‘m hearing very good things about The Spectacular, and the cover is grabbing me, so that might be the next one. But I think it will all depend on the day - loosey-goosey it is for me 🐦

Happy reading 📚

squirrelbrain Loosey-goosey is the best way to go! Have a good week! 7mo
CarolynM I loved Love and Virtue. Hope you enjoy. 7mo
Cinfhen Hi Jenny!!! Yay you‘re reading, posting, sharing!!! I agree the cover for Zoe Whittall is “spectacular” (no pun intended) 🥰I have NO IDEA what the book is about but I‘m tempted by the cover!!! 7mo
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JennyM @squirrelbrain I‘m definitely mood reading at the moment 😂 Hope you have a lovely week 😘 7mo
JennyM @CarolynM I‘m very much looking forward to it. I think it was on nearly every best-of-list in Aus I read before Xmas! 7mo
JennyM @Cinfhen I am 😀 Easing myself back in with a regular #weeklyforecast. The spectacular is getting some very good reviews - and the beautiful cover definitely tempts even more. Have a lovely week xxx (edited) 7mo
janeycanuck I love Janie Chang - I hope you enjoy this one! 7mo
JennyM @janeycanuck That‘s great to hear. It‘s my first by her. A friend read it over Xmas and highly recommended it. I‘m looking forward to it 7mo
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rachelsbrittain
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Get ready for some heartbreak. The Litsy reviews on this one were definitely right-- it's a beautiful, character driven story about a logging town and a husband and wife on opposite sizes of a feud over whether the defoliants being used are toxic and causing birth defects. It's down home and painful and touching.

TW: miscarriage, stillbirth, infant death, birth defects, dog death, violence, arson, death

Suzze On my TBR. soon, I hope. 7mo
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Traci1
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This isn't the sort of book I normally like. It's not happy or light or action-y or suspenseful. It's more gloomy and slow. But I still really enjoyed it and devoured it in one day.

Book 3/180 off my tbr

Addison_Reads Great review for this book. It just pulls you in when you start reading it. 7mo
Traci1 @Addison_Reads it really did pull me in. I don't even know why but I felt compelled to keep reading from the very beginning. 7mo
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erinreads
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My Christmas #bookhaul. 🎄 Only the tagged book was physically gifted to me, but I got a handful of bookstore gift cards which were all quickly used for the rest of this stack.

Cinfhen 🤩🙌🏻🎉 7mo
CoverToCoverGirl An eye candy photo! 🤩 7mo
elkeOriginal Girl from the Sea is super cute! 7mo
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Addison_Reads
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I loved this book!! 💚

The setting, the characters, and the story are all so brilliantly crafted that this book is easily one of my favorite reads this year.

I don't want to give too much away in a review. Just do yourself a favor and read this one.

vivastory Sold!! Glad to see your posts 📚📚 8mo
Addison_Reads @vivastory Thank you. 😀 I look forward to seeing what you think about it. I didn't expect a book about a family in a dying logging town to astound me like this did. 8mo
Hooked_on_books I LOVED this one! Pretty sure it‘s my favorite fiction of 2021. 8mo
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Addison_Reads @Hooked_on_books I'm really surprised I haven't seen it on "best of" lists because it definitely should be. Such great writing. ? 8mo
rachelsbrittain Stacked! Great review 8mo
Megabooks I need to read this. Great review! 8mo
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FelinesAndFelonies
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This book is definitely in my top 10 favorite #books of 2021! I was absolutely engrossed! The characters were riveting & the story was so masterfully paced.
Loyalties are deep & fierce in this close knit community. As the effects of logging wreak havoc on the community, individuals must decide what sacrifices are too great. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Kristin_Reads I love this book! 5mo
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Soubhiville
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As soon as I opened this book I felt I would like it.

In the late 70‘s the timber industry in Northern California might be grinding to a halt. Environmental science is proving that the herbicides used to keep the underbrush down so loggers can work in the redwoods is causing massive issues to animals, including humans.

I fell in love with the family who has always been in lumber as they come to grips with how their lives have to change. ⬇️

Soubhiville 5⭐️ and going on my best of the year list. Content warnings below in spoiler. 8mo
Soubhiville CW- violence, miscarriage, birth defects, still birth, death of animals including pets, misogyny, among others. 8mo
Soubhiville Pictured here- Igor and (Doctor Peter) Venkman 🐱🐱 8mo
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night_shift 😍 those cats! 8mo
Megabooks I‘m adding this to my TBR. Cute cats!! 😻😻 8mo
LeahBergen Look at those two sweet babies!!!! ❤️❤️ 8mo
Bookzombie I love Igor and Venkman! Great review! 8mo
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Soubhiville
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#Plans.
@AmyG have you started this yet? I‘m 100 or so pages from the end and it‘s cracking my heart to pieces. I have to finish it this morning, everything else is on hold for the day.
@Hooked_on_books I see why you loved it.

AmyG I have not started it yet. It‘s next up after Dec author a month and bookspin. Is it good???? 8mo
Soubhiville @amyg so good! Lots of conflicting emotions. The author really gets you to feel for both sides- timber workers and conservation. 8mo
AmyG Good to hear. This book has gotten so many positive and negative reviews. 8mo
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Hooked_on_books Not only did I love the story, but I love the PNW and she evokes it so well. I felt like I was right there in that forest. Fabulous! 8mo
Soubhiville @Hooked_on_books it‘s funny, I grew up in the North East, and I felt like these were men I knew in my childhood as well. Especially Lark. Maybe Northern outdoorsmen are the same all across the country? I have only been to the PNW twice, but definitely felt an affinity for those forests. 8mo
Hooked_on_books I do think there‘s a certain flavor some people develop based on life experiences that can pervade across cultures and locations, even across the world. We should focus more on that than on our differences—we would all be better off. 8mo
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ReadingEnvy
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This novel took me a long time to read..I first started it while I was reading Barkskins and the subject matter was too similar. And then the emphasis on miscarriage was a lot. I finally pushed through and felt like it was worth it, and overall it has a strong ending.
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It takes place along the Klamath River, a river that ends at the Pacific Ocean, and the forests that were so heavily logged in the 1960s and 1970s on both sides, ↘️

ReadingEnvy so southern Oregon and northern California..the novel looks at the effects of overloading and herbicides before those things were better regulated. The two central characters - Rich and Colleen - have had hard lives, but it's what they know, and they come to it through several generations. 8mo
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AmyG
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@sharread I am speechless. Thank you so very much for ALL the great books…You are so very generous. I can‘t wait to read them all! And all the treats and Halloween goodies. Just an amazing box. I am so very thankful and grateful for your kindness. Happy Halloween!!!! 🎃🎃🎃

@MaleficentBookDragon #AHRS #AllHallowsReadSwap

Soubhiville 😲 wow! That‘s a really special swap box. 💕 9mo
sharread You're so welcome! ❤ 9mo
AmyG @sharread I am trying VERY HARD not to eat all the candy. You sent my favorites. 🤪😂😝 9mo
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MaleficentBookDragon Wow! What a lovely 📦 @sharread ! 9mo
Gaylagal2 @AmyG Cemetery Road is so awesome, hope you like it 🤓 9mo
AmyG @Gaylagal2 I look forward to reading it. He is awonderful. 9mo
squirrelbrain What an amazing box! ❤️ 9mo
Crazeedi What a terrific swap present!! Happy Halloween!!🧡🎃🧡🎃 9mo
Kdgordon88 Look at all the goodies! Happy Halloween! 🎃 9mo
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kstadt929
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I was on the fence about this #BOTM pick, but had to give it a shot. Here‘s to hoping I get lost in this one 🌲

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staci.reads
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#BOTM said "slow build," and they weren't kidding. It took me a while to get into, but it was absolutely worth it! It's the heartbreaking story of logging towns in the Pacific Northwest during the 70s as they come to realize and question the effects of herbicides on their health. Industry & environmentalists clash over the fate of the redwoods, but mostly it's about the hardworking families who just want to make a better life. I was transported.

SamAnne Having grown up in one of those communities in the 70s and 80s I‘m very much looking forward to this read. The experience turned me towards activism and an eventual career in conservation work. 10mo
Leftcoastzen I need to get to this one! 10mo
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LeafingThroughLife
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This book made me cry on an airplane on my first day of vacation. Does anything more need to be said? But seriously, it got off to a slow start, but I ended up loving it. The characters were not always likable but they were sympathetic and the whole community jumps off the page. A really compelling look at a logging community caught in a web of corporate greed and shaken by the effects of herbicides that both enable and threaten their way of life.

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FelinesAndFelonies
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I'm in such a slump right now and I have no idea why. I can't get anything to keep my attention. I started The Shimmering State. Sweet Little Lies. Bath Haus. Station Eleven. Nothing is grabbing me. Starting Damnation Spring and hoping it sticks!

TiredLibrarian Sometimes when I'm in a slump I try something short, like short stories, poetry, or a graphic novel. It's like getting a little boost of dopamine when you finish one 😊 11mo
Leftcoastzen I‘ve been slumpy too! Good luck 11mo
FelinesAndFelonies @TiredLibrarian any recommendations for a short read to snap the slump? 11mo
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FelinesAndFelonies @Leftcoastzen it's such a drag. If you find something out there that sucks you in, please let me know!! 11mo
BarbaraBB I have been having trouble reading too. Nothing holds my attention. I am now reading a quiet old school #persephone and that seems to do the job 🤞🏽 11mo
TiredLibrarian @FelinesAndFelonies These are old favorites & usually work for me. 11mo
Clare-Dragonfly @BarbaraBB I‘ve got to ask, what does that book have to do with Persephone? Clicking on the tag was not illuminating. 🤔 11mo
BarbaraBB @Clare-Dragonfly Oh sorry, that‘s just the publisher. It doesn‘t add much indeed. 11mo
Clare-Dragonfly @BarbaraBB Oh! Thanks for explaining 😆 11mo
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Lissa00
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4.5 stars. This centers around a logging community in the seventies as they desperately try to hold on to their way of life while grappling with environmental destruction, chemical poisoning and small town mindset. The characters in this book are complicated and the plot constantly contains an eerie sense of foreboding. As with any book, there are flaws but overall this was a satisfying reading experience.

SamAnne Good review! I grew up in a tiny Oregon logging community where big timber companies ravaged the forest and rivers and doused us in herbicide spraying. Turned me into a major treehugger and opponent of large scale corporate logging. Really,looking forward to this book. (edited) 11mo
Lissa00 @SamAnne Wow! I think you will find much to identify with this book then. The author does a really good job of describing the setting. 11mo
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Lissa00
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BoleyBooks
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Jen2
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Very engaging story!

SamAnne I grew up in a rural Oregon logging community. The experience turned me into a conservationist. Really looking forward to this read. 11mo
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BoleyBooks
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Tackle the TBR 🤓📚 #boleybooks #damnationspring #ashdavidson #bookbeast #bookjoy #netgalley #bookbuds
What are you reading? 😊

EagleReader Will def check this out!! 11mo
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Eggs Pretty cover!! 11mo
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rather_be_reading
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If your on Netgalley, this one is READ NOW for 2 days!

Sumi Thanks for the alert! 11mo
Lissa00 Thanks for letting us know! I just grabbed it. 11mo
rather_be_reading @Sumi of course 11mo
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britt_brooke
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The solemn study of a livelihood, a family, and a community. Set in the Northern California Redwoods, this 1970s story focuses around Rich and Colleen, who both want a better life for their son, but have differing opinions concerning the current logging situation. This slow burn thoughtfully addresses ethical and environmental consequences. Such an incredible debut!

cw: graphic descriptions of miscarriage and congenital disorders

Cinfhen It‘s a chunkster!!!! Which has me on edge but I really do want to read/listen 11mo
britt_brooke @Cinfhen I listened to it on 2x, so that helped. 😉 11mo
Cinfhen I‘m not sure I can handle that rate 🤪 11mo
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britt_brooke @Cinfhen I usually can‘t, but the narrator was really slow. I usually stick with 1.5x. 11mo
Cinfhen Ohhh, that‘s my normal too! 1.5x so maybe I‘ll give it a try, thanks 💚 11mo
britt_brooke @Cinfhen 🤗😙 11mo
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Just in case anyone else is having the longest week ever, Champ presents his schnoz for smiles and boops. 💚🐾

PS. I‘m very much enjoying and appreciating the tagged book.

#dogsoflitsy

Prairiegirl_reading Great pic!! What a cutie! 11mo
wanderinglynn So cute! ❤️🐶 11mo
Soubhiville Aw, great photo! 11mo
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JenReadsAlot Love this! 11mo
AmyG Adorable! 11mo
DinoMom That is a very boopable nose😍 11mo
ICantImReading How cute!! 😍 11mo
AlaMich What a sweet baby!! 🐶❤️ 11mo
LeahBergen 👉 *boop* 11mo
RainyDayReading Omg so cute!!! 11mo
CBee Oh my goodness…. All the boops and smooches too!! Love this ♥️♥️♥️ 11mo
MallenNC The LONGEST! He‘s very cute, thanks for sharing. 11mo
Hooked_on_books Such a face! And I LOVED this book. 11mo
vivastory *boop* 11mo
Tamra 😘 11mo
Leftcoastzen Boop!🐶 11mo
Megabooks Boops from Molly! 😀 11mo
CoverToCoverGirl Needed that! 💜 11mo
Bookzombie So cute! *boop* 11mo
TrishB 🐶❤️ 11mo
Cathythoughts Hi Champ 👋 11mo
batsy Boop 😍 11mo
Read-y_Picker Boops!! 😍🐶 11mo
MaureenMc 😁 11mo
AnansiGirl Boop! 👆🏻 11mo
MartinaLove We all had the same idea. 🤣 Boops!!! ❤🐶 11mo
britt_brooke @Hooked_on_books So good! I finished it today and it‘ll stay with me for a long time. 11mo
britt_brooke @Megabooks Thank you, Molly! 💚🐾 11mo
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Traci1
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1. My mom came for a visit for a few days. I hadn't seen her since 2019.
2. September 1st, although it's eleventy billion degrees out and doesn't feel anywhere close to autumn.
3. Damnation Spring

#ThoughtfulThursday
@MoonWitch94

MoonWitch94 I‘m so glad you got to see your Mom! How wonderful! It‘s 76 degrees here in NJ but the morning was 58 so I pretended it was fall temperatures all day 😂 Thanks for playing 🌻📖🍁 11mo
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JenniferP
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Impressive debut novel about a 1970s logging community and a dying way of life. The characters are deeply drawn and so memorable. You‘ll be longing for a happy ending and racing to the end to see if you get one (no spoiler on yes or no!). #botm

BarbaraBB It sounds good. By the way, I just finished the new book by the author of Migrations and it‘s just as good. Just saying 😉😘 11mo
JenniferP Noted! It‘s on hold at my library. 11mo
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Hooked_on_books
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Damnation Spring is the story of a marriage and a community at a crossroads, searching for the way forward in a changing world. Davidson evokes the redwood forest so well that I could smell the trees and feel the rain dripping from the branches. It isn‘t fast paced, but the pacing is terrific, slowly building the story. I cannot believe this was a debut. I just loved it. (And that cover! 😍)

squirrelbrain That cover is gorgeous! Book sounds great too…. 12mo
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Kimberlone
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It‘s not you, it‘s me.

I didn‘t *not* like this book, but at 15% in, I still haven‘t gotten hooked by the story, and since my library loan is ending, I‘m accepting it as a DNF.

Too many books, not enough time.

BarkingMadRun I‘m struggling with this one too. I‘m reading 20 pages a day which makes it a little easier to swallow 12mo
Kimberlone @BarkingMadRun yeah, not sure what it is exactly but I never really connected with any of the character which is probably why I had a hard time committing to this book 12mo
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jdiehr
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This one is going to stick with me for a while.

Set in the California redwoods, Damnation Spring is the story of a logging family, a timber company, a marriage, environmentalisn, and dreams not easily given up.

So well-written and readable.

I finished last night and woke up thinking about it this morning.

This is a picture of me in a redwood grove last April. Next time I visit, I'll look at places like this with new appreciation.

SamAnne Looking forward to this one. 12mo
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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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Not bad. Good storytelling and lovely writing. 3.5 stars for me.

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