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Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan | Lisa See
Lily is haunted by memories-of who she once was, and of a person, long gone, who defined her existence. She has nothing but time now, as she recounts the tale of Snow Flower, and asks the gods for forgiveness. In nineteenth-century China, when wives and daughters were foot-bound and lived in almost total seclusion, the women in one remote Hunan county developed their own secret code for communication: nu shu ("women's writing"). Some girls were paired with laotongs, "old sames," in emotional matches that lasted throughout their lives. They painted letters on fans, embroidered messages on handkerchiefs, and composed stories, thereby reaching out of their isolation to share their hopes, dreams, and accomplishments. With the arrival of a silk fan on which Snow Flower has composed for Lily a poem of introduction in nu shu, their friendship is sealed and they become "old sames" at the tender age of seven. As the years pass, through famine and rebellion, they reflect upon their arranged marriages, loneliness, and the joys and tragedies of motherhood. The two find solace, developing a bond that keeps their spirits alive. But when a misunderstanding arises, their lifelong friendship suddenly threatens to tear apart. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is a brilliantly realistic journey back to an era of Chinese history that is as deeply moving as it is sorrowful. With the period detail and deep resonance of Memoirs of a Geisha, this lyrical and emotionally charged novel delves into one of the most mysterious of human relationships: female friendship. "From the Hardcover edition."
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DivineDiana
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I am a fan of Lisa See. Read many of her books, and was privileged to attend an in person author event. She signed this book,and I told her about Litsy! This one was another beautifully written story of women in 19th century China. Women were told to “obey, obey”, be it parents,husband or mother in law. The friendship between Snow Flower and Lily was complicated and filled with love. The concept of laotungs (old sames)was new to me. #authoramonth

Soubhiville Lovely photo! 6mo
DivineDiana @Soubhiville Thank you! I am enjoying this challenge! 6mo
Cinfhen Beautiful photo and lovely choice! I loved the book I read this month 6mo
DivineDiana @Cinfhen Thank you! The Tea Girl book is on my shelves! Lisa See was discussing it when I went to see her at Main Point Books. Looking forward to reading it! 😘 6mo
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Zuhkeeyah
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Bailedbailed

I really wanted to like this book. The first third was intriguing and educational. I had never heard of foot binding until I read Iron Widow. This book details the excruciating process along with the risks and potential rewards. I abandoned ship about 2/3 through. The timeline went from a stately march to a sprint and my interest got left behind in the dust. The detailed recounting of big events which pulled me in disappeared.

Zuhkeeyah This month‘s #authoramonth and my March #doublespin @TheAromaofBooks 6mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 6mo
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sprainedbrain
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This was my first book by Lisa See (apparently I live under a rock), and I‘m gutted. Beautifully written but positively heartbreaking all the way through… the story of women in 19th century China and the story of a beautiful relationship between two girls throughout their lives. The hardships that women suffered in that time and place their whole lives are horrifying and foreign, but See‘s characters are so painfully relatable as humans.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

sprainedbrain This was my #AAM #AuthorAMonth book for March @Soubhiville and also my #SetInChina book for #Booked2022. 6mo
KristiAhlers Her books are always emotional reads. I haven‘t read this one though. I‘ll have to stack it. 6mo
julieclair Great review. Spot on. 👍 6mo
Centique I loved this too and still think of it years later 💕 6mo
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Bookwormjillk
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I re-read this for #AuthorAMonth2022 and the friendship lessons hit me even harder than when I first read it in my 20‘s. This is still my favorite Lisa See book.

Soubhiville I really should get to this one. Maybe soon. Glad you loved it again. 6mo
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DivineDiana
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Finally have time to read an #authoramonth #lisasee selection!

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coffeewithbooks
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Next read on my March tbr . I am excited to read this book and loving this author. This book also for #authoramonth @Soubhiville and bingo list for #bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks . I do got the movie form my library & planning on watching after I read the book.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 6mo
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dariazeoli

I‘m reading this one for #AuthorAMonth, and gosh, chapter 2 was difficult. Beautiful writing, which made the painful events that much more visceral.

I think I‘ll put it down for tonight and hope tomorrow‘s chapter is a bit brighter.

KathyWheeler Is that the chapter with the foot binding? That was a difficult one to read. 7mo
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Jolynne
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Tough read for a woman of the 21st century. Excellent writing of history for sure.

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IndoorDame
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I love Lisa See! As usual for one of her books, I learned new things about a corner of women‘s history I was previously unaware of, and I cried. #AuthorAMonth #Booked2022 #SetInChina @Soubhiville @BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft

Soubhiville I loved this movie, but I haven‘t read the book yet. I need to! 7mo
IndoorDame @Soubhiville I‘m excited they made a movie! I‘ll have to see it now 😊 7mo
zezeki I've read this recently, loved it! 7mo
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Cinfhen I just read and loved 7mo
IndoorDame @Cinfhen that one‘s definitely in my TBR. I kind of love that she‘s written so many things I haven‘t read yet and get to look forward to. 7mo
Cinfhen It was such a fascinating story about the hill tribes but it did feel a little too long at some parts 7mo
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coffeewithbooks
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Just might want to share this that there also a movie based on the book for anyone who reading this #authoramonth @Soubhiville @Birdsong28

ErinSueMreads I forgot I was halfway through this! Thanks for the reminder! 7mo
coffeewithbooks @ErinSueMreads your very welcome (: 7mo
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Simona
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Two books from previous #weeklyforecast and two new books. Bolla is book in progress (so far I like it very much), I‘m probably gonna finish reading a collection of short stories of African writers today, and since Thursday my reading life will be devoted to the #InternationalBookerPrize2022 longlist.

Cinfhen Ohhhh, exciting!! Another award season begins 💜 7mo
Simona @Cinfhen Yes, exciting times for books nerds 😘 7mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Pretty 🤍 7mo
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BookwormM I am so not ready this year 7mo
Simona @BookwormM Will be on the blog shadow panel? 7mo
BookwormM Was that an offer to join the shadow panel ? If so yes please @rockpools are you up for Booker international this year 7mo
rockpools @BookwormM Yes please 😁. I mean I‘m reading at the speed of a slug this year, so not sure how far I‘ll get, but Simona‘s had me in training…. (And go on, Simona!!) 7mo
BookwormM @rockpools 🎉🎉 I am expecting my reading to be interrupted by my second eye operation eeek 7mo
Simona @BookwormM I still have the same reasons why not, but I do like reading reviews on your blog. Sorry … 7mo
Simona I believe in you @rockpools 😘😘 7mo
BookwormM It was worth a try LOL 7mo
Simona @BookwormM Oh, I hope that everything will be okay 🤞 7mo
rockpools @BookwormM Oh no! (Or maybe good to get it done?) Do you have a date for it yet? Are you ok to do the IBP thing this year? 7mo
rockpools @Simona You may be misguided🙃And I‘ll just have to pester you here about it then 😆 Also, I wondered if you‘d seen these predictions- they made me laugh! https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=QLP2vVUwhcs 7mo
Simona @rockpools Indeed, that was funny … but seriously - I‘m boycotting Booker Prize if the Jacob doesn‘t win 😘 7mo
BookwormM @rockpools I don‘t have a date yet but I am back at Moorfields 4th April if they are happy with the right eye we will schedule the left. Knowing my luck it will hit in time for the main Booker 🤣🤣 7mo
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Zuhkeeyah
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“I am what they call in our village ‘one who has not died yet‘ - a widow, eighty years old.”

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

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Julsmarshall

Sunday, March 6th: Lisa See free author event! For those of us doing #authoramonth I just came across an event from Paper Lantern Writers. The link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWRDW4dKHvPOYk1-t7Ws_bg or https://www.paperlanternwriters.com/events/lisasee It plays at 5pm EST but the recording will be available afterwards.

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coffeewithbooks Thank you so much for the tag (: 7mo
Andrew65 Thanks for the tag 😊 7mo
BookwormAHN Thanks for the tag 😺 7mo
IndoorDame Exciting! Thanks for the tag! 7mo
Bklover Thanks for the tag!!😊 7mo
MeganAnn How exciting!! Thanks for tagging us @Soubhiville 😊✨ 7mo
AmyG Ha! I forgot which one of her books I have…but I have something. @Soubhiville 7mo
Julsmarshall Completely fine, @Soubhiville I It would be fun to have a bunch of littens watching! 7mo
Lcsmcat Thanks for sharing! 7mo
tdrosebud Thanks for sharing! 7mo
PurpleyPumpkin Sounds really interesting. Thanks for sharing! 7mo
UwannaPublishme Cool! Thanks for the heads up! 7mo
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Simona
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Tagged book is for #Booked2022 and #AuthorAMonth, Dnevnik nezvestobe by Emilios Salomu (I can‘t find English translation, my literal translation is Diary of Infidelity) is for #FoodAndLit , and I‘m still reading collection of short stories for #ReadingAfrica . Lost in The Valley of Death is my current audio companion and book for NonFiction2022
Happy reading week 🤓
#weeklyforecast

Cinfhen Hi!!! You‘ve been on my mind 😊💕Hope all is well xx 7mo
Cinfhen Enjoy your reads 7mo
erzascarletbookgasm Always enjoy looking at your virtual shelf 🙂 7mo
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sprainedbrain I‘m reading that Lisa See book for both challenges as well. 😊 7mo
Simona Thank you @Cinfhen I‘m fine. Hope all is well with you too! 7mo
Simona @erzascarletbookgasm I have fun with decorating them 😘 7mo
Simona @sprainedbrain Lisa See is new author to me, and I can see that she is quite prolific author. 7mo
sprainedbrain This will be my first by her as well… I actually hadn‘t even heard of her! 😬 7mo
Simona @sprainedbrain Same 🤷🏻‍♀️ 7mo
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Jovy
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My pick for #Booked2022 #SetInChina A beautiful, poignant story of friendship and resilience. I thought I knew what foot binding was all about, turns out I knew nothing! Love books that not only entertain, but also educate.

Cinfhen I have this one as a possible contender too!! Glad to hear it‘s a pick 8mo
zezeki I've read this recently, loved it! 8mo
KathyWheeler When this book first came out, a cashier at Barnes & Noble told me I would love it. Years later I read it; he was right — I did love it. The foot binding descriptions were brutal though. 8mo
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zezeki
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Another book that I've read thanks to my book club! This was so beautiful and heartbreaking. A wonderful glimpse into Chinese culture, relationships between parents and kids, but especially mothers and daughters, and female friendship. 📚📚

Lcsmcat This one broke my heart so many times! 9mo
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terryduncan5719
Pickpick

This book was superb. It was thought-provoking. I love sweeping sagas over life spans.. We learn about the Chinese practice of footbinding in excruciating details.

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DivineDiana
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Watched a program with Lisa See last night sponsored by the WildChina Book Club. Although she was discussing a book that I have not yet read, I am currently reading her book “Shanghai Girls”. I have loved every one of her books that I have read. Just wish I had captured a better image of her.

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Soubhiville
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@monalyisha It arrived! Thank you for sending the pretty bookmark as well. I love Lisa See and I look forward to reading this. I have seen the movie and thought it was wonderful. ❤️

HOTPock3tt I liked this one!♥️ 1y
monalyisha Hooray! Glad it finally reached its new home. 😉 1y
SilversReviews Good book!! 1y
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Come-read-with-me
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During this last week I have rediscovered Lisa See. Although I enjoy all of her books. The tagged book is my favourite. The strength and celebration of female friendship is a gift to behold. See is a gifted story teller!

KathyWheeler I‘ve only ever read Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, but I keep meaning to read more of See‘s work as I loved the one I read. 2y
Amor4Libros I buddy read this about a month ago with some friends and we all loved it so much! I have already added more of her books on my TBR :) 2y
Come-read-with-me @KathyWheeler @Amor4Libros I have really enjoyed all of her books. Peony in love reminded me the most of Snowflower and the secret fan, but you can‘t really go wrong with any of her work! Happy reading 📚 2y
LatrelWhite I love all her books!💕 2y
Come-read-with-me @LatrelWhite She is amazing! Her writing is so evocative! 2y
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Eggs
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Gogobooks
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Found on my daughter s dusty bookshelves. Read a few pages before passing it on. . . Then couldn t pass it on. Feudal China cultural backdrop to lifelong female friendship. The invention of Nu Shu writing. #China #backlist #historical fiction #lisasee #nushuwriting

Amor4Libros I just read this one, too. It was excellent! 2y
Gogobooks Fue genial! (edited) 2y
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JackieGreco
Pickpick

I loved this story about two lifelong friends and couldn‘t put it down. I found the focus on Chinese culture to be a refreshing and exciting read.

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Jhullie
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A friend told me about this beautiful book and coerced me into reading it. It is such a poignant story, full of the heartache of loss and the joy of expectation and I am haunted by the pain these girls endured, both in the agonizing practice of foot-binding and the belief they are indoctrinated-with that, as girls, they were worthless. This is an exceptional book and one that I am glad to have read.

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Nute
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#AugustAuthors - Lisa See: A few years ago I read three books back-to-back that set me on a firm endeavor to study many aspects of Chinese culture. This was one of those three books. I think that Lisa See‘s strength as a writer of historical fiction lies in the exorbitant amount of research that she must do to achieve such great detail about particular customs and events.👇🏽

Nute I was speechless about the practice of foot-binding and thoroughly impressed to learn about “Nu Shu” the secret written language of Chinese women for the purpose of keeping in communication with female friends to share their woes, hardships, solitudes and silences.👇🏽
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Nute This is a lovely story of a deep and lasting friendship of two women and how that relationship is what allows the living of these two lives to endure their unkind earthly journey. Recommended!
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Pageturner1 i have this book from a special litten. i look forward to reading it. 2y
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OriginalCyn620 Sounds good! 2y
Leftcoastzen Great review! I read it and really liked it .The issues with foot binding and Nu Shu ,I was amazed. 2y
LatrelWhite One of my favorites of hers!💕 2y
Jee_HookedOnBookz One of my fav books! 💕 2y
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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I have to admit that I am not a fan of Lisa See's. I will say she is an excellent researcher, and she is able to really get into Chinese history like few others can. If you are interested in her here is a link to the PRH site that is all about her work:
https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/the-read-down/lisa-see/?ref=PRHBDD527B1BD&aid...

#AugustAuthors #LisaSee

OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚👍🏻 2y
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Andrew65
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I‘ve not read any Lisa See, but do plan to read the tagged book as a first choice.
#AugustAuthors #LisaSee

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EadieB
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Day 9 - #LisaSee #AugustAuthors #SnowFlowerandtheSecretFan

I‘ve only read and enjoyed Snow Flower and the Secret Fan In 2016.

Birdsong28 Love Lisa See especially Snow Flower and The Secret Fan. ❤️😍📚📖 2y
OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚👍🏻 2y
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silentrequiem
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July was a #bookspin fail for me so let's try this again, shall we?
@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Good luck!! Also, if you read your July books later, just tag me when you do & let me know they are from July and you'll still get credit for the giveaway... so you actually have until the end of December! 😁 2y
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NovelNancyM
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The content of this book is so fascinating. While I didn't find the writing amazing, I was caught up in the story. While these women had so little value in their society, it appears they truly had deep meaningful relationships amongst each other. A strong story of friendship, pain and love.

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smilingshelves
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#cleartheshelf Day 8 - 96 pages read

Geez, the heartbreak in this book! About 20 pages to finish this one up. I'm looking forward to a much lighter read next!

Total - 853/1,692 pages
2/5 books

SaraFair Agree. How could someone ever have happiness with those societal norms and so much death? 2y
smilingshelves @SaraFair Right? The societal norms alone are heartbreaking, let alone everything that results from living by them. 2y
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smilingshelves
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#cleartheshelf Day 7 - 104 pages read

The margins in this book seem strangely narrow to me and the lines are close together, like they were trying to cram as many words as they could on a page. It would have been fine by me to have more pages so that everything could be easier to read! 🤷‍♀️

Total - 757/1,692 pages
2/5 books

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smilingshelves
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#cleartheshelf Day 6 - 71 pages read

I finished My Life in Middlemarch this morning, and now I'm on to this one, whose cover I just love looking at!

Total - 653/1,692 pages
2/5 books

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Eggs
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Tagged-just finished=😁

#talkaboutittuesday @BayouGirl85

BayouGirl85 That sounds interesting. 🤔😁 2y
Book-Raptor ☺️ I have previously read my “current read”. It‘s okay, I just haven‘t been reading a whole lot recently. Video games kinda took center stage, because they help me be social with my long distance friends. But I really do need to read more. 2y
Eggs @Book-Raptor You have to do what makes you “whole”🤷‍♀️ !! 2y
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Eggs
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I‘m in book coma - this book...
As a Chinese female in 18th-19th century, it was near impossible to have a status greater than a dog. 😢

mdm139 The movie is on Starz‘s right now. I love this author‘s stories. She is auto buy. 2y
Birdsong28 This is so good. The best one she has done. 📚📖 2y
Eggs @mdm139 @Birdsong28 I‘m definitely reading more . My first was 2y
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Crazeedi I've read a few of hers, they were good I didnt like Island of Sea Women as much as Shanghai girls and tea girl of hummingbird lane 2y
Eggs Next is Tea Girl for me @Crazeedi 2y
mdm139 @Eggs I have tea girl on my tbr shelf. I read and loved Island of sea women too. I like how she writes about female relationships during historic times of unrest that I knew little or nothing about. 2y
LatrelWhite Loved this book. Tea Girl & Sea Women...the best🙌🏽❤️ 2y
Eggs @LatrelWhite Agreed👏🏻🤗 2y
Eggs @LatrelWhite @mdm139 I have Tea Girl on hold in Libby and loved Sea Women 2y
LatrelWhite Have you read “Memoirs of a Geshia”? Another excellent read! 2y
Eggs @LatrelWhite No. Thanks for the recommendation 🤗 2y
Ncostell I read this quite awhile ago but still think of it from time to time. I need to read more of her books as I really enjoyed this one. 2y
Ncostell Thanks, I will have to check that one out! 2y
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Tineke
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#wondrouswednesday @Eggs
1. Sunny, blue skies. Wearing summer clothes. 22 degrees Celsius.
2. I've got some very pretty tulips here. Tulipa crispa honeymoon, tulipa icecream and tulipa upstar.
3. No titles, just authors: Lisa See, Kate Atkinson, Philippa Gregory, Arnaldur Indridason, Jasper Fforde, Roald Dahl.

Eggs ❤️See, Atkinson, Dahl❤️ 2y
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Texreader
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Scochrane26 I‘ll never forget the footbinding in this book—made me cringe. 3y
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Yoricke_SouthAfrica
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Pickpick

I wish I could rate this book higher than just "Pick". This is an absolute 5 star, 10/10, brilliant book that will stay with me for a very long time. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, as it is wonderfully written. As for the storyline... I have mixed emotions between fascination, sadness, wonder and amazement. What a great book!

cherinium I'm ashamed to say that this is a book which I honestly can't remember if I have read. It has been on my radar for a long time, and it sounds like something I would love. But whenever I read a blurb, I am struck with a feeling of familiarity that makes me think I have already read it, although I can't think of any details besides what is revealed in blurbs. I wish it had occurred to me earlier to keep track of my reads. 3y
Birdsong28 Glad you enjoyed it! ,😘📚📖 3y
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Yoricke_SouthAfrica
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This book was recommended by a fellow Litsy member. It's my second book by this author and I'm quite excited to start reading it.

Thank you @Birdsong28 for the recommendation 💜

Crazeedi I enjoyed a couple of her books, havent read this one 3y
Come-read-with-me @Yoricke_SouthAfrica This is my favourite of all of her books. ❤️ Hope you enjoy it! 3y
Scochrane26 I read this one yrs ago & liked it. I‘ll be forever traumatized by the foot binding in the beginning. 3y
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Yoricke_SouthAfrica @Scochrane26 I'm finding this book fascinating and very sad all at once. The writing is fantastic. 3y
Yoricke_SouthAfrica @Come-read-with-me So far, I'm absolutely loving it 💜 3y
Yoricke_SouthAfrica @Crazeedi This is my second book of her. The first book was The Island of Sea Women. She's a fantastic author. 3y
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Come-read-with-me
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Yikes!!! Only 12 books?!?!? The ones I chose are things that I‘ve read in the past that made a significant impact on me. However, as I look at the list it seems a little “heavy” and I wonder what it says about my choice of reading material. 🤓. #myidealbookclub. Thanks @monalyisha for the great challenge. It was fun trying to choose just 12 and justify why I‘d choose them!

megnews I‘d join your club. You‘ve got some I‘ve read and enjoyed and some on my tbr. 3y
Come-read-with-me @🙌🏻😊🙌🏻 3y
Come-read-with-me @megnews Second try at a reply!!! 🙌🏻😊🙌🏻 I am a little bit technology challenged today 😬 3y
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Lcsmcat Can I join your book club? 😀 3y
Come-read-with-me @Lcsmcat Consider it an open invitation! 🤓 3y
Lcsmcat @Come-read-with-me It would be a bit of a commute from the east coast, but it might be worth it. 😉 3y
Come-read-with-me @Lcsmcat We could always meet in Kansas! 🤣 3y
Lcsmcat @Come-read-with-me You‘re on. 👍🏻 3y
monalyisha I‘ve enjoyed a bunch of these! There‘s one on your list that I‘ve been meaning to read for forever & am a bit embarrassed I haven‘t gotten there yet. 🙈 3y
Daisey It doesn‘t surprise me at all that the list seems heavy. I always want something substantial to discuss in a book club book, so that seems logical to me. 3y
Come-read-with-me @Daisey Thanks 😊 I was worried that I seemed glum. 3y
Come-read-with-me @monalyisha It is an amazing book. It‘s a great one to have on your TBR list because you can look forward to reading it! 3y
Andrew65 Some great choices. 3y
Chrissyreadit I saw it and did not realize! I‘ve read six of these and enjoyed all of them. I remember really liking Alias Grace. 3y
Come-read-with-me @Chrissyreadit I thought Alias Grace was extremely powerful. That darn Atwood has so many great stories in her heart. 3y
Come-read-with-me @Andrew65 Thanks 👍🏻 3y
rather_be_reading some amazing picks! 3y
Come-read-with-me @rather_be_reading When putting the list together I realized that each year should be about 50 months long in order to create a representative reading list! 😲 3y
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Birdsong28
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#covercrush #7covers7days Day 2 📚📖

@DrexEdit Do you want to play?

Cathythoughts Gorgeous cover ♥️ 3y
rockpools Nice! 3y
DrexEdit Ooooo! I think I will. It'll probably be more like 3 or 4 book covers when I can get to it though. Lol! 😄 3y
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LaraS

My Mum told me to read this book when it first came out some 15 years ago. She said it‘s not so much the story, but rather the historical context surrounding it that‘s so interesting.

Just finished reading it and she was spot on. But basically it means I ignored my mother‘s advice for 15 years, and according to this book that doesn‘t bode well for me in the afterlife. 😅

Love you, Ma! Promise to never ignore your advice again!

Nute Mom was absolutely right. I spent a lot of time on the Internet after reading this book wanting to know more about foot-binding and the Nu-shh written language. However, I also loved the story of the friendship. I remember trying to explain to my best friend how we were ‘old-sames‘ fated with a friendship that would stand the test of time!😊 1y
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Jillybeane
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This book is taking me forever. It gets so painful in parts that I have to set it down mid sentence and walk away.

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ReaderLiz
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Wow! I love this book. It is really thought provoking. I knew that women in China bound their daughters feet to make them marriageable, but I hadn‘t really thought about how they went about it. This book is very graphic about what the girls and women went through during their feet binding. The book follows the special Laotong relationship between Snow Flower and Lily. It cleverly depicts how they would have lived and what was expected if them.

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AliD73
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This was my introduction to Lisa See, and this novel sparked my interest in and love of Chinese literature. What a beautiful, joyous, and heartbreaking story of the lifelong friendship between two women! Beautiful, vivid descriptions of eighteenth century China complete this memorable, well written novel. This is one of my favorites. Exceptional. Highly recommended.

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Come-read-with-me
Pickpick

Lisa See writes with a beautiful fluidity about the journeys of women often dismissed by dominant cultural figures. This is an intimate portrait of the friend ship between two women who live in a time females were little more than chattel traded between families as a means of securing political or financial gain. The friendship between the ‘old sames‘ endures over decades despite time, distance, and political strife. Excellent read!

rather_be_reading greay review! 3y
Nute We seem to enjoy many of the same books. I liked this story as well! 3y
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I found this at goodwill for 2 dollars today. I almost bought a copy last week. Glad I held off!

tjwill Great book! 3y
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Reading on the train from Seville to Madrid.

SheilaChew I like her books! 3y
Sapphire I really enjoyed this one and am passing it on to a friend. I think I have read something else by this author but I am not sure what. 3y
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