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Hell of a Book
Hell of a Book | Jason Mott
Meet . . . wait, we don't actually know his name. What we do know about him is he's an author. He moves from airport to bookshop to chain hotel, on tour for his new bestseller HELL OF A BOOK. And, as people keep telling him, it's a hell of a book. Some of these people may or may not be real - because the other thing to know about him is he has, let's say, an overactive imagination... For example, only he can see The Kid: a young black boy, who may or may not be the young black boy on the news recently. The one who was shot by the police. The one who everyone is on the streets protesting about. Or he might be any of the others. He may be all of them, or none of them. That may or may not be important. He may even be our author telling us this story. And all of this may or may not be happening. Every. Single. Day. THIS HELL OF A WORLD NEEDS THIS HELL OF A BOOK
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Minervasbutler
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Succeeds in communicating the endemic racism of the US and the poisonous effect it has on generations of Black children in a way which is moving and subtle. It's also frequently very funny.

kspenmoll Good review. I want to read this. 6d
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BeeMagical
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Book 114🎧 3.5⭐️

The gift of invisibility. A very thought provoking book. It shined a different light on some very current issues and it was refreshing to hear this authors view, and his way of story telling.

I did get a little confused with the stories going back and forth but it started coming all together at the end.

Insightful and heartbreaking 💔

We need to do better.

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Cortg
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I enjoy books that have a unique take and I like what Mott did. He left the book open ended leaving you wondering, but not just about the ending, the whole damn book. It‘s a character driven book, but we don‘t know the character‘s name. It‘s about being a black man in America. It‘s about an introverted author on a book tour. It‘s about life experiences and trying to move on. It‘s about mental health. It‘s about a lot, in a very unique style.

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thereflectiveflaneur
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A quirky book!

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Amiable
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This started with a laugh and I was amused for 100 pages. It bogged down in the middle and I wondered what all the fuss was about. The last 70 pages were a rush and left me in tears by the end. That‘s a roller coaster ride of emotions to pack into only 320 pages.

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SkeletonKey
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Haven‘t been able to read much lately, but I‘m trying to finish this one for bookclub before the end of the month. Really good so far, just can‘t concentrate on anything.

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britt_brooke
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⭐️⭐️⭐️ Is this a thoughtful musing on racial injustice or a heavy-handed, self-indulgent dose of metafiction? Both? I‘m conflicted. Parts are clever and meaningful while others are quite vexatious; the narrator, unreliable. It‘s stylistically busy, though I do appreciate how the stories converge. How this won the #NationalBookAward, idk, though. Should make for an interesting #bookclub discussion, regardless!

Cortg Hmmm. This is my book club‘s read next month. Now I‘m super curious. 3mo
britt_brooke @Cortg I‘d definitely like to hear what you think! 3mo
mrp27 I‘m reading this right now and I‘m feeling the same way. 3mo
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britt_brooke @mrp27 That makes me feel better about not loving it. 😅 3mo
Cinfhen Great review, this book hasn‘t really called to me / I think I‘ll pass😅 3mo
Amiable I‘m struggling to get through it right now as well. 3mo
britt_brooke @Cinfhen Thanks! Yeah, if not for IRL book club, I would‘ve passed. 3mo
britt_brooke @Amiable The style is just not conducive to a very good reading experience. 3 stars was probably generous. Good luck! 3mo
Cinfhen At least your bookclub is pushing you out of your “normal” reading comfort zone!! That‘s the beauty of bookclub 💚 3mo
Tamra I enjoyed the audio version. It‘s not perfect, but it‘s creative. I‘d like to read it in print to compare the experience. 3mo
britt_brooke @Cinfhen So true! 3mo
britt_brooke @Tamra Creative for sure! 3mo
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vivastory
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The rest of my HPB haul. Harbach's novel of baseball & Melville. Perfect timing! I'd never heard of this McCoy before, but intrigued. I've been meaning to read more Tyler & this is frequently cited as a favorite. And on the clearance shelf, the tagged book for just a couple of dollars. No dust jacket, but irresistible regardless!

MicheleinPhilly I loved The Art of Fielding! 3mo
BkClubCare It‘s a Hell of a Book, for sure. I have The Art of Fielding on my yet-to-be read shelf, too. 3mo
vivastory @MicheleinPhilly I'm looking forward to it. I started reading it last year & was sidetracked for some reason. I remember enjoying what I read 3mo
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vivastory @BkClubCare I've heard great things about Mott's work. Really looking forward to it 📚 3mo
BarbaraBB The Art of Fielding is extremely engaging, such a fun read. And He‘ll of a Book is quite unique, it deserves more Litsy love imo 3mo
vivastory @BarbaraBB I def plan on reading Art of Fielding once I finish Moby Dick in the next few weeks. Hell of a Book sounds really interesting. I was pleased to find it for such a bargain. 3mo
BarbaraBB I‘m in awe that you are reading Moby Dick and I think Art will be a nice change of book after that. It is such a pageturner! 3mo
Megabooks I just picked up that Tyler on audio this month. I‘m trying to read more by her. 👍🏻 3mo
vivastory @Megabooks I've read only one Tyler. I hated the ending, but really liked the rest & have meant to try more. Looks promising! 3mo
Amiable The Art of Fielding is so good! 3mo
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BeeMagical 🥹😍gorgeous!!🐶 3mo
britt_brooke @BeeMagical Champ says “thank you!” 💚🐾 3mo
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DavidDiamond
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Love this quote…

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DavidDiamond
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Loss, denial, grief and anger are all examined in this imaginative and creative look at what it means to be black in today‘s America.
Simultaneously laugh out funny and incredibly moving, this National Book Award winner for Fiction (2021) is an eye-opener for all.

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OutAndAbout
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Witty and sarcastic writing, but with a deep and disturbing message. Timely and poignant. Solid recommend.

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Brooke_H
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My haul from Semicolon Bookstore today. I had to buy the tagged book after hearing @annebogel rave about it several times. I‘ve been meaning to read Chloe Brown forever. And I got Miles Morales from the store‘s “free books” shelf! (Bonus bookmark from After-Words, another shop we visited today.)

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LiteraryinLawrence
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Boosted my mood after a long day with a stop to the library. 💗 I probably should have saved this spree for 10 days from now when I have vacation from work! But hey, no time like the present.

Basically all of these are from recent Litsy recommendations. Where should I start?

Addison_Reads Great stack! I loved No One Is Taking About This, The Sentence, and Hell of a Book. 6mo
Augustdana I‘ve read the sentence, seek you and crying in H mart. All were very good !!! Can‘t go wrong with either the sentence or H mart to start!! 6mo
janeycanuck The Sentence is great but be warned there‘s a big chunk of it in COVID and George Floyd times. Hell of a Book is quite good, I‘d probably start there. 6mo
Tonton Awesome stack! The Sentence was good. 5mo
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JGadz11
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I‘m surprised I haven‘t seen this hyped more - it‘s absolutely brilliant. Mott‘s phrasing is unique and wonderful, and the story itself is fresh. Hell of a book is right - Highly recommend!✨✨

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Decalino
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This book kicks off with a jaunty comic tone, but a sense of foreboding soon creeps in. An author on a book tour can't remember what his book is about; the interviews he gives are a blur. He loses himself in alcohol and casual flings, ignoring news of a shooting. He writes off The Kid, a child with strikingly dark skin, as a figment of his very special imagination, but The Kid is more than that: a truth too painful to face, that cannot be ignored.

Tamra It is a Hell of a Book! 6mo
Decalino @Tamra Agreed! 6mo
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angieinwonderland
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This is definitely a Pick for me. Debating between 4 or 5 🌟. His use of the perfect witty words had me chuckling. The whole time reading it, I think I know where it is going but never 100% sure. It was a bit disjointed for me but at the same time so poignant that it literally felt like my heart was cracking in half.

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vlwelser
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I'm never going to be able to explain how awesome this book is. The #audiobook is quite amazing. I'm glad my bonus IRL book club picked this. It doesn't get nearly enough hype.

#DoubleSpin done! @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 6mo
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Honeybeebooks
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The first few sentences left me laughing out loud and ready for an insightful and perhaps hopeful tale of a novelist that wrote a Hell of a Book. Instead, it was a heartbreaking reminder of the injustice and injury suffered by many. I was not always ready to hear the truth and trouble of the author and the boy, but Mott‘s storytelling made me linger, listen and learn a little. It is a pick with 4+⭐️. Be ready when you read.

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ErikasMindfulShelf
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Wow! I don‘t know why this book is not getting more attention. Beautiful, but sad. 4.5 stars.

Tamra It‘s a great one and can be read more than once! 6mo
Cortg This is my pick for bookclub in a couple months. I hope it doens't pick up too much love before that because I don't want a long library hold list 😂
I've heard great things!
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vlwelser I felt the same way about this. Definitely not getting enough attention. 6mo
BarbaraBB I agree with you and @vlwelser 6mo
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Honeybeebooks
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"But happy? No....all you can do is hate your past and, by proxy, hate yourself."

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WellReadCatLady
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A hard book to describe but is a must read.

Cortg I‘m thinking of suggesting this one for book club 🙃 6mo
WellReadCatLady @Cortg this would work really well in a book club setting lots to talk about 6mo
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“Anything worthwhile takes time. Maybe that‘s what time is for: to give meaning to the things we do; to create a context in which we can linger in something until, finally, we have given it…something we can never get back: time. And once we‘ve invested the most precious commodity that we will ever have, it suddenly has meaning and importance. So maybe time is just how we measure meaning. Maybe time is how we best measure love.”

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Tamra
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Powerfully reflects the present in my part of the world this week, which is the whole point. 😔

High marks for creativity!

squirrelbrain This was on 99p Kindle offer in the UK today so, naturally, I purchased it! 6mo
Tamra @squirrelbrain what awesome timing! 6mo
Addison_Reads Loved this one! 6mo
Tamra @Addison_Reads I think it‘s one I‘ll listen to again, because I know I didn‘t pick up on everything. 6mo
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Pedrocamacho
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I really enjoyed Mott's book. Somehow he found the means to write a book that is irreverent, while remaining serious; funny, with an undercurrent of sadness and dread.

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Magpiegem
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🚨Kindle bargain alert 🚨

I check my very long kindle wishlist every few days to see if there are any bargains. There has been nothing for ages and then today 4 99p BARGAINS ON INE DAY!

All of the books in the photo above are currently 99p in case anyone has them on there list too 😊

TrishB Bargain 👍🏻 7mo
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abbyreadz
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Wow…just…wow. I have ever had a book leave me speechless.

swishandflick I enjoyed this one too! Welcome to Litsy 👏🏽 7mo
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Yahui07
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Unpopular review ~~
I get what this book is trying to say and like the message. However, I had trouble getting into the storyline.
This book is between soso and pick to me.

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MelKelsey
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Book 13

Hell of a Book by Jason Mott started off compelling because of its witty point of view-an author on a publicity circuit about his book, Hell of a Book. Both books are ultimately about police brutality and scratch the surface of its emotional weight on children and families. The original novel is short on story and becomes long-winded and discursive but is worth the read.

3.5 stars

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rachelsbrittain
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Books about books! Does it get any better?

bookriot.com/books-about-books-for-bibliophiles

LoverOfLearning Looks like a great and imaginative book! Added! 7mo
LokiDokey More books for my TBR 😆 7mo
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Amiable
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Went to my favorite tea store to replenish my stash. And since it‘s located next door to my favorite bookstore, I stopped in there to pick up two new books. And then I came home and made cookies. Now I‘m on the couch with my favorite fleece blanket, drinking tea and eating cookies and reading. Tea, books, cookies, and couch. I may actually have tears in my eyes from the perfection of this day. 🙌🏼

Julsmarshall The perfect day! 7mo
Megabooks Wonderful day! 7mo
squirrelbrain Perfect! 7mo
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CoverToCoverGirl Perfection 💜 7mo
Soubhiville Sounds lovely. 7mo
Tamra What a day! 👍🏾👍🏾 7mo
ravenlee I‘m so envious! 7mo
Amiable @Julsmarshall @Megabooks @squirrelbrain @CoverToCoverGirl @Soubhiville @Tamra @ravenlee It‘s like a day filled with unicorns and rainbows! I‘m afraid to blink in case it‘s a mirage. 😀 7mo
LeahBergen Perfect!! 7mo
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BarbaraBB
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“But, in the end, as it is with all of us, he could not be protected from the world.”

This is a book about how hard it is to grow up as a black person in the US. It is also satirical and clever. It has different storylines. It‘s a book in a book. It‘s funny and sad. There is even some magical realism. Or is there? It‘s a hell of a book and a good one to finish the year with.

TrishB A good one for the end of the year 👍🏻 8mo
Cathythoughts I like the quote ❤️ 8mo
Suet624 He did an amazing job with this book. 8mo
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Addison_Reads
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Wow! This book has left me feeling drained after reading it, but it was such a creative, emotional read that has me still connecting the dots and thinking about all the various topics presented.

Jason Mott has delivered a book about race that I can say is unlike anything I've ever read. It definitely lived up to its name for me.

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Readerann
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Like many others, I‘m surprised this didn‘t make the Tournament of Books shortlist. Maybe they decided winning the National Book Award was enough! Not sure it‘s one of my top favorites of the year, but it is clever and thought-provoking.

Ruthiella I wonder if thematically it was too close to 8mo
Readerann @Ruthiella Oh, interesting. You could be right. I‘m not sure I‘ll get to Copland Cane as I won‘t be completing the shortlist this time around. 😟 8mo
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ReadingEnvy
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This won the National Book Award and was long but not shortlisted for the @tournamentofbooks for 2022 so I decided to go ahead and read it. Previous books have used satire to discuss the Black experience in America. ↘️

ReadingEnvy This book uses what I'm going to call meta-satire to discuss the experience of how we talk about the Black experience in America, particularly around the BLM movement, even more particularly how the media covers the issue in interviews with Black people.↘️ 8mo
ReadingEnvy The narrator is a Black author in his 30s who has written one "hell of a book," or so everyone keeps telling him. He is on book tour and keeps encountering a young boy with very dark skin, who may or may not actually be there. Other details about the boy but also the author's own experiences are revealed as the book progresses.↘️ 8mo
ReadingEnvy There is the focus of the book and then there is the writing style of the book - the first scene is the author escaping an angry husband - he had been sleeping with that man's wife at a hotel - so it starts with a bang with wry humor and self-observation even while in the middle of an action scene. ↘️ 8mo
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ReadingEnvy He reverts to noir-speak with the ladies and the entire book has a strong narrator presence. I liked it in the beginning. But then the author chooses to repeat himself ad nauseum as it reaches the end. I'm sure it was for a good reason but it made the book, especially the ending, too long. By the time I was finished, I was desperate to be at the end. 8mo
BarbaraBB Oh no! I have been looking forward to this one and have it set apart to read in my week off at Christmas. 8mo
ReadingEnvy @BarbaraBB satire and I typically don't get on well though. How do you feel about it? Obviously enough like the book! 8mo
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triplem80
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My #doublespin read for December! It's hard for me to describe this one, but I guess I'd call it a slightly surreal look at the experience of being black in America (including the issue of police brutality). I thought it was a good read, and I particularly enjoyed the writing. Definitely a pick for me!

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 8mo
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Sara_Planz
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Without a doubt my Book of the Year.

Abailliekaras Ooh I can‘t wait to read it! 8mo
Christine I‘ll stack to that! 8mo
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SarahBookInterrupted
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I didn‘t know much about this book except you never find out the name of the main character and he‘s an author promoting his book. It‘s a brilliant book and unfolds without really noticing it‘s happening, until it does. It makes your mind and heart go in so many directions. It really is a hell of a book and I have already recommended it to friends and fellow book club members. I love the ending as well, it stays with you, at least it did for me.

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BkClubCare
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A lot to admire and appreciate — depth sadness and humor. A pick for sure and yet, conflicting. I think it is part of the point. Not meant to be academic or “impressive” but a recognition of how hard it is to human, flawed. Flawed, good and struggling to be good, struggling to make good. #tob2022 #tob2022longlist #natlbookaward #pieinlit #libraryhardcover #duetomorrow

Ruthiella Great photo! 🤩 9mo
BkClubCare @Ruthiella - aw thanks. I was about to walk right into that tree and was struck how beautiful it was. And thought it would add a pretty fall-feel frame to an Esther pic. 😊 9mo
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Sara_Planz
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The day after the booster shot requires blankets, books and cats.

rabbitprincess Awwww kitty snuggles 😻 9mo
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rmaclean4
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November 2021 Reading
5 🌟
Hell Of A Book: Jason Mott 🎧
4.75 🌟
Cloud Cuckoo Land: Anthony Doerr 🎧
4.5 🌟
The Promise: Damon Galgut 📖 and 🎧
4 🌟
Taste:My Life Through Food: Stanley Tucci 🎧
3.5 🌟
Mrs. March: Virginia Feito 📖
3 🌟
Leave The World Behind: Rumaan Alam 🎧
2.5 🌟
Zorrie: Laird Hunt 📖
Sweetness of Water: Nathan Harris 🎧

Such a good reading month! December is always my lightest reading month with the holidays.

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BkClubCare
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Hell of a Pie and Hell of a Book! #caresbooksandpie #pieinbooks #LitPie #CaresPieShow #RhubarbMeringuePie #TOB2022longlist #NatlBookAwardWinner (book mentions pie in page 7 😄🥧📚 Traveling home from the in-laws. Mother-in-law made the pie; had some for breakfast.

xicanti Pie is the best breakfast. 9mo
Kimzey Yum, pie! I‘ve only had rhubarb/strawberry pie. I need to try the rhubarb meringue sometime. 9mo
Nutmegnc Yum!! 9mo
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rmaclean4
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5 🌟 a must read. Amazing structure and powerful story.

BkClubCare NEXT UP; can‘t wait 9mo
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BkClubCare
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Um, I am overwhelmed. It‘s the start of the holiday season and people want my time and my pies and all I want to do is read. This just came from the library; I have two ebooks from the library and less than 2 weeks to read all! Yikes. Grant me the focus to keep my nose in a book! (Tomorrow is my wedding anniversary and hub wants to run around town and “play”…) #NatlBookWinner #tob #tob2022
Photo is #tob2022longlist analysis & strategy

BkClubCare Bailing on #nonfictionnovember and possibly the #bookspinbingo! 😱 9mo
Ruthiella Happy Anniversary! 🥂❤️🥳 9mo
BkClubCare @Ruthiella - thank you 😊 Letter to you in today‘s mail. 9mo
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Texreader
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Wow, looks like this one must go on my tbr list. Article here about the winners:

https://mail.barnesandnoble.com/H/2/v60000017d310f0358982fc76e96638918/7c975490-...

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Suet624
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Congrats! So funny to have just finished reading this today. Such a good book.

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Suet624
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“ I tell you, those baggy duds were like skin graphs on my old man. Only time I ever saw him in anything other than that was when somebody turned up dead or married,&when those days came around even he didn‘t seem to recognize himself. He‘d walk &sit as rigid as Christ on the cross. Like nobody gave him the instruction manual on how to operate the stranger he saw in the mirror. “ My daughter & I had a good laugh about this. Fits us to a T. #tob22

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Chelsea.Poole
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Listened to the audiobook of this amazing novel. A wonderful reading experience with a perfect narrator. Highly recommend this but will refrain from saying much about the content. I went in blind and glad I did.

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