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The Sentence
The Sentence | Louise Erdrich
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Kempfme
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This is a great ghost story about Native American culture, quarantine, and books.

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Ruthiella
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A very timely novel which deals in part with George Floyd‘s murder and its aftermath and the early days of the COVID19 pandemic. But more than that, this is Tookie‘s story, just told in a nonlinear fashion. Why is she being haunted by a recently deceased patron of the bookstore where she works? Why can Tookie not relax and accept the love and support offered by those who surround her? That is the mystery at the heart of this novel. #TOB #ToB2022

Tamra I‘m glad you liked it! I listened to the audio (Erdrich narrates), but I think I‘m going to pick up a paper copy. I keep thinking about it, which means it was a great read. 😊 4d
sarahbarnes Excited for this one to come in at the library. 4d
Cinfhen I enjoyed some parts of this book more than other parts but all in all it made for a good read. BTW, your book title is off 😘 (edited) 4d
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Suet624 You are right, it is so much more than the Floyd/pandemic story line. I keep thinking of the lineages and ceremonies and spirits in the novel. 4d
thebluestocking I‘m glad you enjoyed this one. It‘s definitely one I‘ve been thinking about since. That prologue in particular was taut. 💙 4d
BkClubCare And includes a fabulous reading list of titles mentioned! 4d
squirrelbrain Great review Ruth. I‘m torn as to whether to wait for the library copy to come in (I‘m 4th on the list so could be ages)or to try the audio, which I recall someone hated…. I keep checking to see if there is a Kindle deal as it was only just published in the UK. 4d
Ruthiella @Tamra Absolutely! Books that really stick with us are great things. I sometimes even change my mind about a book when I allow it to settle in my mind. 4d
Ruthiella @sarahbarnes Hope it shows up soon! I need to return mine ASAP in case someone else is waiting on it! 😅 4d
Ruthiella @Cinfhen Thanks for the tip! I fixed it. I did find the style a little choppy for my tastes, but overall all it was a pick. 4d
Ruthiella @Suet624 This book reminded me of the Ozeki title in that way; how there is an underlying thread or baseline which is layered into the larger events. 4d
Ruthiella @thebluestocking I really want to go back and read Erdrich‘s backlist. I even have a few on my shelf that I‘ve had for decades unread! 4d
Ruthiella @BkClubCare I really enjoyed all the book titles and recommendations that were peppered throughout and the list at the end is fantastic. 4d
Ruthiella @squirrelbrain I understand your dilemma! I hope your library hold comes in soon! I had to buy In Concrete and When We Cease to Understand is still in hold purgatory, but otherwise I was quite lucky in being able to access the rest through my various library systems. 4d
4thhouseontheleft I can‘t wait for my library hold to come in! I don‘t think I have ever read an Erdrich book I didn‘t like. 4d
Megabooks Tookie was such a compelling character! 4d
Megabooks @squirrelbrain it was me who didn‘t like the audiobook. Erdrich reads it herself and doesn‘t vary her voice for each character, which I am not a fan of in fiction. If you don‘t mind the whole book sounding like an in-person author reading, go for it because she has a lovely voice. It‘s just not for me. 4d
Ruthiella @4thhouseontheleft I can‘t say how this compares to her earlier work since this is only the 3rd book from her I‘ve read and all three are fairly recent, but I think you‘ll probably like it. 4d
Ruthiella @Megabooks She was. Erdrich did a good job of making her actions understandable to the reader even if the reader may not condone them. 4d
squirrelbrain Thanks Meg @Megabooks - I‘ll listen to a sample and see what I think…. 4d
Chelsea.Poole This is another on the list I was reluctant to try. I read The Round House several years ago and it was very good but I just haven‘t felt compelled to read others from her. I‘m going to place the hold on this (audiobook - though I‘ve been warned @Megabooks ) because of all of the positive postings here from trusted readers 😊 (edited) 3d
Ruthiella @Chelsea.Poole The Round House is very heavy thematically and it was also the first Erdrich I read. I also was reluctant to read more from her. But this one, while also grappling with heavy topics, has a sense of lightness and humor which I really appreciated. 3d
Chelsea.Poole @Ruthiella very very good to know. Thank you 😊 3d
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Suet624
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There were sections of this story in which I found I was holding my breath for far too long, sections where I actually gasped at the beauty of a sentence or a paragraph. The main characters were ones I rooted for and felt deep affection for. A ghost in a bookstore, love that is tender and quiet, brief sections on the pandemic that cut deep, and the aftermath of the George Floyd murder that were visceral. Erdrich is a master. #TOB22

kspenmoll Love your review! Must read! 5d
LeahBergen Great review! 5d
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Tamra All yes! 😃 5d
Suzze Her writing is so gorgeous. I have this on my TBR. 5d
Jas16 I have this on hold at the library and am now even more eager to get my hands on it. 5d
Suet624 @Jas16 There is so much that I haven't even mentioned about this book! :) I hope you enjoy it! 5d
sarahbarnes Beautiful review. Can‘t wait for this one to come in from the library. 5d
BarbaraBB Lovely review. It‘s a book I keep thinking about 5d
Megabooks One of the best tob book reviews I‘ve read 💜 5d
thebluestocking You captured the vibe well! I loved this too. 💙 I really hope it gets a shot at the #tob. I don‘t think a play-in book has ever won. 5d
Ruthiella I just finished it today also! @thebluestocking I think you are right that a play in book has never yet won! 🤔 5d
Cinfhen Great review!! This book definitely needs to make the play-in!!! (edited) 4d
thewallflower0707 I ordered this book and it‘s on the way to me 😍 4d
Suet624 @Suzze I can't wait for you to read it. I want to hear what you have to say about it. (edited) 4d
Suet624 @sarahbarnes It's well worth the wait. :) 4d
Suet624 @BarbaraBB I can imagine I'm going to have sections of this run through my mind for quite some time. This section, ““Sometimes late at night the hospital emitted thin streams of mist from the cracks along its windows and between the bricks. They took the shapes of spirits freed from bodies. The world was filling with ghosts. We were a haunted country in a haunted world,“ stopped me in my tracks. So vivid.

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Suet624 @Megabooks Ummmm, that's very high praise. Thank you! 4d
Suet624 @Cinfhen @ruthiella @thebluestocking I don't mind if it doesn't win the whole shebang, but it just has to make the play-in. 4d
Suet624 @thewallflower0707 I hope you like it as much as I did. 4d
BarbaraBB That is a wonderful quote. And it feels true. 3d
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Nebklvr
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A beautiful ode to a wretched year. All of the intensity of 2020 was perfectly encapsulated in the lives of these characters. I read it slowly because I knew I would miss them once I had finished.

Tamra Me too! 6d
Nebklvr @Tamra I got the “good book tingles” when I started this book. I haven‘t read anything so immersive in a while 6d
Suet624 I got the tingles too! I love these character. 💕💕 5d
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Suet624
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“While in prison, I received a dictionary.“

And so I begin the latest by Erdrich. I'm delighted this is on the list of #TOB22 books to read.

#FirstLineFridays

thebluestocking Such a good first line. I really loved that prologue in particular. 💙 1w
Suet624 @thebluestocking That prologue was really something! So good. (edited) 5d
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thebluestocking
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I wasn‘t sure if I was ready to read a book about the pandemic. But I was in good hands with Erdrich. This book pulses with life, with the love of books and words and people and traditions, and with the violence that permeates American history. It‘s told from the point of view of Tookie, an Ojibwe woman who spent a decade in jail. It weaves in and out of fiction and reality with a light touch. And, at the end, I felt a little less haunted.

LiteraryinLawrence Lovely review! 1w
Tamra I really appreciated the bits of levity she included. 1w
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BarbaraBB The pandemic played just a side role and I liked that a lot. 1w
Ruthiella Great review. I‘m reading it now, about 25% done. 1w
Suet624 Lovely review. 5d
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Pinta
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Books & bookstores, power of a sentence, booksellers as essential workers, indigenous language. End=reading list. Tookie bursts from first few pages like a whisky- & adrenaline-fueled rocket. A bookish ghost wants in. Louise herself pops up in a bookseller cameo. Yes, lags & sags in parts, but a lack of focus & some disoriented haunting fits a pandemic year novel. A warmth to these characters even as they wander. The door is open. Go. 2021

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kwmg40
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Wonderful characters! Also, the novel captured very well the emotions that many of us went through in 2020. #tob2022

First book finished for the #JoyousJanuary readathon! @Andrew65

#BookSpinBingo @AromaofBooks

Ruthiella I‘m reading this now and really enjoying it! 1w
Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 1w
kwmg40 @Ruthiella Glad to hear that. Despite the heavy subjects, it really is an enjoyable read.

@Andrew65 Thanks!
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kbuggle
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I really enjoyed Erdrich‘s take on a ghost story.. it involves a bookstore. Also, this is the first story I‘ve read that has involved pandemic times, that I haven‘t felt absolutely exhausted by.. she addressed the last 2+years in just the right way(s)

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Addison_Reads
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Before this book I had only read one other Erdrich book. Now I want to read them all. 💚

Tookie was such a fun character. I loved her view on things, her no nonsense attitude, and her general love of literature. I feel like years from now people will read this because of its commentary on the pandemic, George Floyd's murder, and even the election, although she does avoid too much political talk.

vivastory Great review. I'm looking forward to reading this one. I think it's impossible for a MN author to write a book set in their homestate during '20 and not in some way address Floyd's murder. Minneapolis is filled with so many amazing bookstores that somehow despite living there for 4 years I never made it to Birchbark Books! 2w
Addison_Reads @vivastory I think you'll really enjoy this one. The way she used herself and her store in the story was one of my favorite parts. 2w
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cariashley
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Book haul from my local indie store today! I went in intending to buy whatever #TOB22 books they had in stock, but they‘re tiny and only had the Erdrich. I ordered the Kitamura and these other two just happened to fall into my bag 😅

Megabooks 😂😂 sometimes the best things do! 2w
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thebluestocking
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01. The Sentence; The Confession of Copeland Cane
02. Cold but sunny
03. Hot cup of tea and a blanket

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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Addison_Reads
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Update: Go to HarperCollins.com/audio/thesentence for a complete list of books mentioned.

I'm listening to the tagged book and playing Stardew Valley. I've decided I need to get my hands on a physical copy of this book because I tried writing down all the books mentioned, but I got tired of starting and stopping my listening. 😀

Am I the only one who keeps a list of books mentioned in other books?

rachelsbrittain I loved this one! 2w
Addison_Reads @rachelsbrittain I'm about 60% finished and loving it. 2w
RaeLovesToRead I don't keep that sort of list, but it's a fab idea... 2w
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vivastory I heard there's a list of all of the books mentioned at the end of the print book. I don't know if there's a similar feature in the audio version & I definitely track books mentioned in books 📚📚 2w
ImperfectCJ If it weren't for my son, who's been making a case for getting Stardew Valley, I would have no idea what the game was. I am big on keeping lists of books mentioned in other books. Part of why my TBR is out of control. :-) 2w
Addison_Reads @vivastory that's great to know. There isn't any supplemental files with the audiobook I have so I'll definitely check out a print version. 2w
Addison_Reads @ImperfectCJ Well I definitely recommend Stardew. It's such a fun, relaxing game. And I'm glad I'm not the only one who has a massive TBR because of books mentioned in other books. 😀 2w
Leftcoastzen Oh yes , I write down things to look up later , other books , other authors.. 2w
LiteraryinLawrence I do that too! 2w
Tamra Loved this! I didn‘t write them down because I was listening to the audio and didn‘t want to pause. 😊 2w
Suet624 Thank you for the update with the list. 5d
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BkClubCare
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I really enjoyed and appreciated this one. And tbh? I blew right by the author as a character in this EVEN THO I do know that she owns a books store in Minneapolis. I am really starting to think my brain is not firing on all cylinders. Anyway. My #tob2022 🧟‍♀️

thebluestocking I‘m excited to read this one (even if it‘s a play-in)! 2w
BkClubCare @thebluestocking - I kind of wish I audiobooked this one. There are a ton on book references! So ebook is a good call. Maybe a reread should be audio 🤔 2w
Nebklvr You ain‘t the only one 6d
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LeslieO
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Started book #2. How fun that Louise Erdrich is a character in her own book!

ChaoticMissAdventures This is on my list! I have a friend reading it, we used to work at the same bookstore together, and she keeps sending me bookseller lines from the book. So much fun! 2w
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brushlo
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i loved her when i first read the roundhouse…i loved night watchmen and the sentence is very enjoyable. maybe not at the same level as those other two…but still.

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BkClubCare
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LOL! This would be my reaction, too. “My god, has it come to this?” 🤣

BkClubCare I have little motivation to read all of Proust, at the moment. #justsayin 3w
Suet624 😳 😳 😂 😂 3w
BarbaraBB Proust is so much more difficult than the Russians. Really 😀 (wow do I sound snobbish? Didn‘t mean to!) 3w
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BkClubCare
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This will be the 3rd Erdrich book for me. She‘s good.

(Confession: I voted this for my 🧟‍♀️ Zombie! #TOB2022! 😩 I really feel guilty? Dishonest? Voting for something I haven‘t yet read...)

Ruthiella I voted for The Trees even though I‘d not yet read it. I don‘t think it‘s a big deal to vote for a title you‘ve not read. 3w
BkClubCare @Ruthiella - it‘s personal? Like, I don‘t judge others but it feels wrong “TO ME”? I actually hate the whole zombie stuff except for the suspense. I am so weird. But I have never read enough to make a proper choice! 3w
Ruthiella I get you. I normally have read my zombie pick. But after reading The Trees, I‘m happy with my choice. Plus, I‘d read and enjoyed Everett before. 3w
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Readerann @bkclubcare I‘m really looking forward to this. It will also be my 3rd Erdrich. 3w
BkClubCare @Readerann - here it is mid-day Sunday and I seem to be avoiding it! It better grab me hard! 😧 3w
BkClubCare Just an updt to myself: at 50%, I am loving this and am happy I voted it to 🧟‍♀️ 3w
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peacegypsy
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I listened to the audio of The Sentence, and this is a PDF of THE READING LIST IN THE BACK OF THE BOOK! You guys, I thought the novel was superlative, and then to have a list of Erdrich‘s favorite books in addition? Don‘t miss this beautiful work of art that also addresses current social topics. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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BarbaraBB
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#BookReport 01/22

The first week of the year was a good one. I enjoyed all three of these. Nice progress on the #ToB22 and #readingAfrica2022

Cinfhen Woohoo 🥳 3w
Cinfhen Everyone still feeling well?? 3w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Yes! The three of us are still negative, T still positive. But he is sipping a gin tonic right now so That shows he‘s feeling fine! 3w
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Cinfhen Hahaha 🤣 T‘s the boss🙌🏻🎉 3w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Lying in his bed in the guest room like some kind of king 🤴 😂 3w
TrishB You all got lucky 👍🏻 hubby and daughter both positive now here! 3w
thebluestocking Glad to hear you and your family doing well, considering! Nice reading week too. I‘m eager for both of these #tob books based on your recommendations. 💙 3w
BarbaraBB @TrishB Really? I‘m sorry to hear that. How are you all doing? 3w
TrishB They have no symptoms so far. I still have a cough and really tired, nothing major! 3w
BarbaraBB @TrishB Nothing major but it‘s been a week now I think? Poor you! Are you still in quarantaine or allowed to go out? 3w
TrishB I‘m negative now and allowed out 😁 still coughing badly though and as the others are positive I‘m not going anywhere anyway! 3w
BarbaraBB @TrishB Ah of course not, silly me. My son is negative now too but stays in until Wednesday. I‘ll be going to work tomorrow again. 3w
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BarbaraBB
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A lot is happening in this book. It‘s a book about books, about ghosts, about Native Americans, the pandemic and George Floyd. Erdrich is very good in bringing her characters to life. I loved Tookie, Pollux and Hetta and their interactions, I enjoyed many storylines, and I learned a lot. With a 100 pages less it would have been perfect!

#pop22 #BookAboutTheAfterlife #ToB22 #19822022 #2021 #52books #FeaturingABookstore

(Pic: Gengenbach, Germany)

SRWCF Love the background picture! 3w
Megabooks Gorgeous pic as always! This one definitely made me think. 3w
RaeLovesToRead I've been meaning to read this 😊 Lovely picture! 3w
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Cortg Awesome picture! I‘ve never read Erdrich before, for whatever reason. I may have to give it a go! 3w
Librarybelle Gorgeous pic! Her books bring out so many timely topics. 3w
Ruthiella Yay! I think I will like this one too! 3w
BookBosomed1 This is on my TBR! 3w
thebluestocking Lovely pic and review. I‘m looking forward to this one, but I‘m often reluctant to read the play-in books. 3w
Cinfhen Stunning photo!!! Awesome review!! Agreed, 100 pages less would have made the book perfect!!! Nice call on the #Pop22 connection #Afterlife 🙌🏻🤓 3w
squirrelbrain Lovely pic and great review! I‘m waiting for this one at the library, once it is published over here. 3w
youneverarrived Gorgeous photo. Love Germany ♥️ 3w
Centique Great review and the photo is so beautiful! 3w
BkClubCare Yes, lovely pic. I am starting this very soon. 3w
BiblioLitten Such a beautiful picture! 3w
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Jolynne
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I forgot to add this to my 2021 books. Great story, in fact is one of my faves for the year.

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Mitch
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I think I need a whole new hashtag - #blameitonlibertyhardy !

Aims42 LOL! Love the new hashtag 👍 1mo
AmyG Ha! I have read some great books based on her recs. 1mo
Mitch @AmyG me to! And even if it‘s a book I don‘t think is for me - after 10 minutes of her gushing I‘m sold! 1mo
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Mitch @Aims42 🤣🤣🤣 1mo
JamieArc I don‘t see her much on Litsy anymore. Where do you follow her recs? 1mo
CuriousG @JamieArc if you listen to podcasts, try All The Books (a Book Riot podcast) as she is a host. 1mo
JamieArc @CuriousG Awesome - thanks! 1mo
Mitch @CuriousG @JamieArc That‘s the place to go ! 👍🏼 1mo
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Tamra
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Loved it! Tore through the audio!

I think it will resonate most with Minnesotans first and then Americans, because of the Minneapolis setting and Floyd connection. But, everyone will relate to the recount of the pandemic.

As a contemporary account, I‘m a little surprised there wasn‘t more about the chaos of the presidential election included. Erdrich carefully skirts political commentary.

Reminder of the sh*tshow 2020-21 has been!

Tamra I want to add the characterization is wonderful! Quirky and real. Erdrich is also adept at weaving in Indigenous culture and history. I really liked all the bookshop bits! 1mo
Ruthiella Excellent! Really looking forward to this one. 1mo
Tamra @Ruthiella I hope you enjoy as well! 1mo
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BarbaraBB Fab review! 1mo
Megabooks I liked that she tangentially included the election because I‘ve read enough about presidential elections in fiction. I love how she handled the pandemic. Plus those characters!! Amazing!! 1mo
Tamra @Megabooks yes! Very tangental. The MC is admittedly not interested in politics. I need to ponder that angle…..something there. 1mo
Megabooks It may be that she had believed she would never vote again after her felony conviction?? (edited) 1mo
Suet624 In my world I'm not sure that Erdrich can write a bad book. I know folks have issues with some of her books, but I have a very big soft spot for her. 4w
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Megabooks
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Tookie was locked away for a crime she didn‘t commit, and in prison she developed a love of reading. A friend gets her a job a Louise‘s fictionalized bookstore when she gets out. A regular customer dies and begins haunting the store. The pandemic hits, and life at the bookstore changes. I LOVED the characters in the book but some plot points didn‘t make sense to me, which got me lost in the middle. I can see why Louise is so beloved. #ToBplayin ⬇️

Megabooks ⬆️ I strongly disliked Future Home when I read it for the BOTM challenge, so I had been reluctant to read her again, but I‘m really glad the ToB pushed me to read this. (edited) 1mo
Ruthiella The first book I read from her was The Roundhouse, which was good but bleak. I‘m glad I went on to read more because I loved 1mo
squirrelbrain Looking forward to this one, but it‘s not published yet over here. @Ruthiella - I have The Night Watchman on Kindle but heard mixed reviews…I‘m sure I‘ll get to it soon! 1mo
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Tamra 👍🏾👏🏾I am loving the characterizations! Audio is great with Erdrich narrating. 1mo
Megabooks @Ruthiella I have TNW on my radar now that I enjoyed this! 1mo
Megabooks @squirrelbrain I‘m excited to read your thoughts once you‘re able to read it! 1mo
Megabooks @Tamra I am not a fan of her narration. I tried and bailed earlier this month, but I‘m glad I went back and read it in print. 👍🏻👍🏻 1mo
Tamra @Megabooks I‘m glad you tried again! Sometimes the format makes all the difference. 1mo
charl08 Waiting for this one from the library: it is only just coming out here! 1mo
Megabooks @charl08 enjoy!! 1mo
Chelsea.Poole @Ruthiella I‘m with you, the first one I read was The Roundhouse and haven‘t been eager to read another. But maybe I‘ll try the one you mentioned. Thanks! 1mo
BarbaraBB This review convinces me to read it! 1mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB I think it will be a pick for you…the question is how strong?? 🤔 1mo
Suet624 Have you ever read this one? It was my first and I read it years ago. I had a book hangover for a very long time. 1mo
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Tamra
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Ack - the “crime” that gets the ball rolling! 😜 Erdrich has a good sense of humor. As always, she has such personable quirky characters.

Cathythoughts I‘ve never read her , stacking 😄 1mo
Tamra @Cathythoughts Erdrich narrates the audio and she‘s doing a super job! She has a distinctively soothing voice. It is a compulsive listen. 1mo
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Kangaj1
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Today's haul from the Barnes and Noble sale (bottom 4) plus my favorite used bookstore (top 5)!

Nute Definitely making a trip to B&N Bookstore a part of tomorrow‘s agenda.🙂 1mo
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There were four of us in the house this year. These are the books we all gave each other. Expand and look carefully! Merry Christmas, my friends, and Happy Reading. I sure hope I see lots and lots of you in May when THE LIONESS roars. I miss you all. To 2022!

Suet624 Fantastic!! 1mo
AmyG Merry Christmas 🎄 1mo
vivastory Two copies of Tucci's Taste 😂 Love it! 1mo
Graciouswarriorprincess Merry Christmas! Great selection! 1mo
marleed Wow - very cool! Merry Christmas! 1mo
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Megabooks
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🎶 I‘m stuck in the middle OF you! 🎶 took some license! 😉

Oh other #ToBshortlist friends, I have hit a snag in the middle of both of these and neither is what I want to be reading Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. Other books I‘d DNF and come back in a few months, but that would put me in March. Maybe I‘ll pick up a fast book and come back to both after the holiday. Thoughts?

squirrelbrain I had to bail on the Meruane due to the subject matter, so that‘s a definite DNF for me. I‘d give it a short break and try again in January. 1mo
vivastory I would def set them aside for a few days. Pick up something else that you're in the mood for & will enjoy in the meantime. Merry Christmas, Meg 1mo
Suet624 Oh dear. Sad to hear that Erdrich is bumming you out. I haven‘t read either but I trust you need a break. 😍 1mo
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Graywacke I‘ve hit that a lot over the last two weeks and hate it. Wish you a happy mind/mood/book blend, maybe with a new book, or whatever calls. 🙂 1mo
BarbaraBB I was in the middle of repeating exact what @vivastory said so I‘ll leave it at that! Merry Christmas dear Meg 🤍 1mo
Megabooks @squirrelbrain Nervous is a weird read for me. Going through a two-year spinal diagnosis in my teens and stabbing in the dark at a gi illness for the past four months, I find it relatable, but I can see how some might find it triggering. I don‘t care for the obliqueness of the prose. Unsure if that is intentional or a weird translation. 🤔 1mo
Megabooks @vivastory merry Christmas, Scott! Very much looking forward to what I have lined up in January. 👍🏻 1mo
Megabooks @squirrelbrain @vivastory @Suet624 @Graywacke @BarbaraBB thanks for the input! 💚 I‘m going to put the whole tob thing aside tonight and tomorrow. I picked up a fast thriller from the library on audio and am rereading this funny Christmas book. Happy holidays to those who celebrate!! 🎄 1mo
Cinfhen Definitely put them aside…if you never go back, so be it. I will say, I did some skimming myself while reading The Sentence. I think it‘s ok to gloss over a bit. Happy Holidays xxx 1mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen I think you‘re right. I was trying to read The Sentence too closely I‘ll just skim what doesn‘t interest me. 1mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen and thank you!! I‘ll write you back soon. 💚💚 1mo
Chelsea.Poole I also get fickle around Christmas with my reading! I paused Libertie to read 1mo
sarahbarnes I agree with all the wise words here - put them aside and see if they call to you again later. Merry Christmas! ❤️ 1mo
Megabooks @Chelsea.Poole same! I just want to unwind. There‘s enough cooking and such to do. I was just listening to 60s hits with my mom while we cooked. 😁 1mo
Megabooks @Chelsea.Poole merry Christmas to you!! 🎄 1mo
Megabooks @sarahbarnes thanks! I enjoyed some Christmas reading and am now an oven jockey. 😂 Merry Christmas!! 🎄 1mo
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CuriousG
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Rearranging my bookshelves based on my recent acquisitions. Louise Erdrich shelf is shaping up nicely! #louiseerdrich

BkClubCare Nifty bookshelf 1mo
CuriousG @BkClubCare Thanks! Had some family members build it for me since I was short on space. It's a round, rotating shelf. 🙂 1mo
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Cinfhen
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I was able to borrow this one via my library, but if it ever becomes available as a kindle deal i will purchase simply for the lists of books Erdrich recommends. This is a hybrid of a novel & although it‘s quirky & timely there are some elements of humor and earnestness. I really enjoyed the beginning but when the author introduced the tragedy of George Floyd into the narrative the book became a twee didactic. Still like to see this book advance.

Ruthiella I do love a book about other books! I‘m intrigued. 1mo
BarbaraBB Beautiful flowers and an encouraging review! 1mo
Cinfhen I‘ll be curious to see/hear your thoughts @BarbaraBB @Ruthiella 1mo
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Cinfhen It‘s not really a book about books though, @Ruthiella it‘s set in a bookstore, the one that author Louise Erdrich owns and she‘s a character in the novel so it‘s meta-fiction but it‘s about one of her employee, an indigenous women who‘s being haunted by ghost ( a former customer) Got all that !?!!? 1mo
squirrelbrain Great review - looking forward to this even more now! 1mo
Megabooks This arrives in the mail today! 👍🏻 1mo
Megabooks The purple is so pretty. 😍 1mo
Cinfhen Thanks @Megabooks you can‘t really tell but they are a gorgeous shade of lilac with this buttery yellow inside💜💜💜 1mo
Ruthiella Got it! 😂 1mo
Centique Your flower photos always make me sigh (in a good way!) 😍😍😍 I am definitely going to read this book! 1mo
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Cinfhen
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A book about books, sure…check out this list; but it‘s also about ghosts, family, community and oh, the pandemic 😷 “These are the books that knock you sideways in around 200 pages. Between the covers there exists a complete world. Reading one of these books takes only an hour or two but leaves a lifetime imprint.” #ToBPlayIn

RaeLovesToRead 👀 Screenshotted... also going to check out the tagged book! 😊 1mo
BarbaraBB So you are loving it? 1mo
Cinfhen I‘m enjoying it and I‘d be happy if this book makes its way into the final spot @barbarabb 1mo
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BarbaraBB Happy to hear that. Most books so far have mixed reviews 1mo
TrishB Sounds really interesting 👍🏻 1mo
Megabooks This arrives today! 👍🏻👍🏻 1mo
Cinfhen I think it‘s going to work well for you in print @Megabooks 🙏🏼 1mo
Cinfhen This was a library borrow and that worked well for me, if it becomes a kindle deal I‘d definitely recommend picking it up @TrishB there is a 5 page list at the end of book recommendations from the author which is pretty awesome 🤩 1mo
Cinfhen The list this year has a lot of similarities @BarbaraBB this had some elements from The Trees / the discussions should be very interesting 1mo
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peacegypsy
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I haven‘t read any Erdrich for some time, so I‘m eager to begin this on audio.

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Cinfhen
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#LibraryHold came in this morning 🙌🏻Perfect timing - I know my book bestie wasn‘t able to get into this one, but I‘ve read 15% and I‘m totally feeling it! #ToBPlayIn

slategreyskies Those flowers are so lovely!! 🥰 1mo
Cinfhen Thank you @slategreyskies they make HAPPY 😊 1mo
julesG 😍😍😍 Gorgeous flowers. 1mo
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BarbaraBB This will be my first book by this author. Looking forward to it! 1mo
sarahbarnes The hold line I‘m in at the library for this one is SO LONG. 1mo
Cinfhen I‘m SO surprised how quickly I came off the holds list @sarahbarnes and I‘m REALLY liking it!!! 1mo
Cinfhen I think you DID read a book by her @BarbaraBB 1mo
Cinfhen Thanks @julesG apparently they are indigenous to this region and they only bloom once a year. They come in a variety of colors❤️🧡💛💜 1mo
BarbaraBB I didn‘t realize she wrote that, but you are right!! I enjoyed that one a lot. And your memory is amazing 😻 1mo
Megabooks I need to read this in print. I just hated the narration. I‘m loving 1mo
Cinfhen It‘s SO WEIRD what I remember @BarbaraBB I‘m glad you‘re loving Trees @Megabooks I thought it went a little too slapstick (I don‘t love satire) towards the middle but it definitely leaves an impression. He‘s an author to watch. And the Jeffers is excellent but it takes concentration and I needed the print in the beginning to help guide me. I liked the narration once I was able to follow the story threads. 1mo
Cinfhen Oh I‘m commenting on the wrong book… 😛 @Megabooks YESSS!! Try this in print!!! I think you‘d like it better that way. 🤓 1mo
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Bookboss
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I am glad that Louise Erdrich has a large back catalogue, because I am looking forward to reading more of her work. The Sentence is being marketed as a book about bookstores and books, and while that is true, it is also about how human beings survive in the world. It explores love and loss, spirits and cold reality. The writing is clear and beautiful, and the characters are fully formed people. I hope to visit Erdrich‘s bookstore someday.

Tamra Can‘t wait to read over my winter break! 2mo
FelinesAndFelonies I love this review! I am working on it now! 1mo
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rachelsbrittain
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A haunted bookstore, a former convict, and the Covid pandemic collide in this fascinating and well-crafted story from Louise Erdrich. When a bookshop regular dies suddenly, Tookie finds herself stalked by the ghost of a wannabe Native woman (as in, she wanted to be Native but was not). At the same time, Covid-19 and the murder of George Floyd completely change the landscape of Minneapolis. In many ways, an exploration of how history haunts us.

Pjwagner I‘m a few hours in to the audiobook. Loving it so far. 2mo
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Hooked_on_books
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I FINALLY got power back after 5 days and had enough juice in my phone for audiobooks! 🥳 This was a good one to get back in the groove. It follows Tookie, a sometime criminal who is now working in Birchbark Books and believes a recently deceased customer is haunting the store. It is also very current, taking place during the pandemic and murder of George Floyd. It balances humor and sorrow, lightness and depth beautifully.

squirrelbrain Hope the clean-up is going OK, Holly. 2mo
Soubhiville I‘m glad your power is back. I‘ve been wondering how your repairs are going too. 2mo
vivastory 5 days with no power? That sounds terrible 😬 Hopefully everything is ok 2mo
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Hooked_on_books @squirrelbrain @Soubhiville @vivastory Thanks, friends. The repairs are slow but steady. I‘m taking the positive view that once we have everything done, the place will be in better shape than before the storm. Always a goal, but this pushed us to move faster. So, there‘s that. The worst part of no power is that it runs out water pump, so no showers! We have catchment buckets everywhere for the flowers, so I washed out of those. It was cold! 🥶 2mo
squirrelbrain Bbbrr! I wouldn‘t fancy that! 🥶 2mo
Hooked_on_books @squirrelbrain People romanticize outdoor bathing, but it‘s not all that! At least I can say I‘ve done it. 😂 2mo
Megabooks So glad your power is back! 2mo
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JackieGreco
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I adored this book. It was a story about a Native American woman and her experience working at a local book store during the pandemic. This experience brought up a lot from her last and it was an incredible story of resilience and self realization.

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rachelsbrittain
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New audiobook for knitting and working on @sebrittainclark 's nursery (one crib and one rocker down, one wall mural still to go!)

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Lindy
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Me, last night, waiting for a ride home from the hospital after breaking my wrist earlier in the day. My glasses broke too, so audiobooks are a godsend.

MaureenMc Oh no! Hope you‘re on the mend soon! 💗 2mo
Smrloomis Oh dear, so sorry to hear that! 😢 Hope you heal quickly! 2mo
llwheeler Wishing you a quick recovery! 2mo
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IndoorDame I hope that heals well! 2mo
DrexEdit Sending you speedy healing vibes! 💜 2mo
Lindy @MaureenMc @Smrloomis @llwheeler @IndoorDame @DrexEdit Thanks! Feeling better today. Getting used to doing things with one hand. 😊 2mo
Amiable Oh no! Sending healing thoughts! And wishes for large fonts in your reading materials. 🙂 2mo
Ruthiella Oh dear! I hope you recover and get new glasses soon! ❤️ 2mo
julesG Oh no! Hope you heal quickly. Enjoy the audiobooks. 2mo
Kimberlone Oh my goodness! Wishing you a speedy recovery! I have broken my right arm twice, and am currently recovering from a broken leg (my friends joke that I have Avian bone syndrome!), so I can really empathize. I hope it wasn‘t your writing arm! 2mo
melissajayne Oh no; you‘re the second person I know who has broken their wrist this year (my mom broke hers in August). Hope you have a quick recovery. 2mo
LeahBergen Oh no, Lindy!! Was it on ice?? I hope you heal up quickly and buy some pretty new glasses. ❤️❤️ 2mo
squirrelbrain Oh no! Hope it heals quickly - sending positive vibes! ❤️ 2mo
ravenlee Goodness! I‘m so sorry, and I wish you a speedy recovery filled with lots of audiobook delights! 2mo
Graywacke That stinks Lindy. Wish you a good recovery and new glasses. 2mo
candority Oh no! I hope it heals well 💕 2mo
Flaneurette sorry to hear that! that really sucks! hope it heals quickly 2mo
Cathythoughts Oh Lindy , mind yourself.. I hope your wrist heals up soon. X 2mo
TrishB Oh I hope you‘re soon on the mend ♥️ 2mo
emtobiasz That‘s no fun! Well wishes for a quick recovery! 2mo
Lcsmcat Oh dear! I hope it‘s not too painful and heals soon! 2mo
arubabookwoman Ouch! So sorry to hear this. Hope you heal soon! 2mo
sprainedbrain Oh no! Get well soon. ❤️ 2mo
TheLudicReader Oh no! Feel better. 2mo
CarolynM Oh no! Hope you're not in pain and the wrist heals well.? Is it your dominant hand? Life's hard with only one hand, but super hard with only your "wrong" hand. 2mo
Reggie Oh no, Lindy, I‘m so sorry. I hope you feel better soon. 2mo
Ddzmini Awe hope it doesn‘t hurt much sending get better soon hugs 2mo
batsy Oh no, Lindy! I'm sorry to hear that. Sending you lots of healing vibes. Hope your glasses can be fixed soonish and you recover well 🌻💛 2mo
Kimberlone @Lindy glad to hear it‘s your non-dominant hand at least! Love the purple cast…I also had a purple cast for broken arm round 2! I hope it‘s a quick recovery :) 2mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders Lindy! I‘m just seeing this now! I hope you are okay!!! Sending all the best wishes for a speedy recovery your way! 2mo
Lindy @Kimberlone I was informed that purple is the most popular colour choice for casts. 😁 2mo
Lindy @Penny_LiteraryHoarders Thanks, Penny 🤗 2mo
Suet624 Lindy! I missed this post until just now. I‘m so very sorry. Having done this a number of times to my wrists and ankles I can sympathize. (A healer once told me those were my soft spots from being shackled in a past life.) I hope you heal quickly. 1mo
Suet624 Ps…I don‘t know how I missed so MANY of your previous posts! 1mo
Lindy @Suet624 I‘m not too concerned about my wrist even though it is awkward. It‘s my head that is giving me grief. Even short messages like this take a long time to compose. 😕 1mo
FelinesAndFelonies Hope you're recovering well! ❤️‍🩹 1mo
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Flaneurette
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#tob2022 My homegirl Louse Erdrich got put in the play-in round for tob so I think this is going to have to be my zombie pick although The Trees by Everett is amazing so far. I wasn‘t sure about the tone she struck at first with the silly crime caper and the irritating ghost but I think it was the right choice. There is some really heavy shit addressed: covid,BLM protests, and cultural appropriation. Nobody wants to relive that,we‘re still in it⬇️

Flaneurette Tookie is an engaging character and the bookishness helped keep this from being a total downer. I still don‘t think this compares to her early stuff (Tracks &Love Medicine) but it‘s a worthwhile read. As soon as our Covid numbers decrease here in Mn I‘m going to Birchbark bookstore and see the haunted confessional in person 2mo
Ruthiella I really need to explore her backlist! I‘ve only read The Roundhouse and The Night Watchman because of the ToB. 2mo
Suet624 @Ruthiella my favorite Erdrich book is the first one I read many years ago. Brilliant. 1mo
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Lindy
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You know how other books come to mind & enrich your current read? I‘m only 20 minutes into Louise Erdrich‘s latest & already I‘ve got Les Murray‘s boys stealing a corpse, Caitlin Doughty‘s description of natural burials & Amy Leblanc‘s protagonist with her surreptitious ring of keys crowding around my brain.
I‘m enjoying the experience so much more than my previous audiobook (Dial A for Aunties). Erdrich herself narrates in a calm, sure voice.

sarahbarnes That‘s so cool that Erdrich narrates it! 2mo
Lindy @sarahbarnes Yes! Some listeners dislike hearing authors read their own work, but I don‘t remember this ever being a reason for a negative audiobook experience. 2mo
Suet624 I‘m so in love with Louise. Have been for years. 1mo
Lindy @Suet624 Louise herself is a minor character in this novel. I loved everything about this book. 1mo
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Right under halfway through and I‘m putting it down. Will I be back to this one? I hope so because I was REALLY excited about it. Preordered it excited. I need more bookstore ghost and less protagonist‘s inner turmoil, Erdrich.

Tamra Shoot, because I‘m excited too. 😕 The premise is so promising. 2mo
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Nalbuque
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This got pulled back to the library before I could finish it! I was SO CLOSE! And now it‘ll be abt 10 weeks until I get it again…. sigh! It was going well tho! Bumpy start but it quickly picked up to a great story.

charl08 Oh no! 😫 2mo
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BookBosomed1
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Looking forward to reading while I enjoy some breakfast in the 🚂 dining room car.

FelinesAndFelonies This is such a lovely picture! 1mo
BookBosomed1 @FelinesAndFelonies Thank you! The train ride was so much fun. 1mo
FelinesAndFelonies I'm in Illinois so it sounds like you traveled right through our lovely flat state. 1mo
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BookBosomed1
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New experiences! I‘m returning home from visiting my mom via train. So, I‘m reading in my roomette as the train takes me from Arkansas to Wisconsin.

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Megabooks
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I was really struggling with this #audiobook. It takes more attention than I am able to give it right now. Partially because ⬇️

I hate most authors narrating their own novels. Unless you have the prowess of a VO artist to do characters, then I don‘t want you narrating it! I was hopeful because Erdrich does seem to do this in the first chapter but stops in later chapters. Maybe some would like her gravely sameness but not me. #ToBLonglist

Megabooks @squirrelbrain forgot to tag you. Sorry! 2mo
AUDIOBOOKINGWITHLEAH I feel the same way about authors narrating their own books. They shouldn't do it. Memoirs, of course, are the exception. 2mo
squirrelbrain I think I can cross this one off my potential Audible reads then! 2mo
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Cinfhen Hmmmm, she narrated The Night Watchman and I remember not liking her narration so I switched to print and still ended up not liking the book. However all the ladies from bookclub loved it 🤷🏼‍♀️if I do try this one it‘ll be print 2mo
Ruthiella I will definitely do the print. Unless you are David Sedaris, leave the narration to the professionals, I think. I want to read more Erdrich, but want to try her back catalogue first. 2mo
Megabooks @AUDIOBOOKINGWITHLEAH agreed. Some journalists do well reading their books, but I definitely appreciate a good VO artist! 2mo
Megabooks @squirrelbrain for sure. Not worth a credit. 2mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen I didn‘t like this tagged one during the BOTM challenge. I feel like I should like her books but they just don‘t work for me. 2mo
Megabooks @Ruthiella like I said to cindy ⬆️ she ticks a lot of the boxes of an author I think I‘d like but it just doesn‘t materialize. I‘m unsure whether I‘ll return to this in print. Only if it makes the shortlist for sure. 2mo
Centique @Ruthiella I haven‘t read her latest novels yet but I love her early ones so much. The ones that are set in the same community (love medicine, tracks etc) seem a little confusing at first as there‘s so many characters, but as you read further of the novels I think you get a profound sense of the whole community. 😍 2mo
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Erinreadsthebooks
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Look at this little addition at the bottom. Month and year of publication. Love that! 🤓

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Erinreadsthebooks
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Coffee, bed, and a new book…and quiet. It‘s so quiet. Better enjoy that while it lasts. 🤓☕️📖. Looking forward to seeing my long lost @Allyneedsbooks today 🤗

Tamra Can‘t wait to read this one! 2mo
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"So who was doing the beating? The uniforms or those inside them? How was it that protests against police violence showed how violent police really were?"

Every once in a while you read a sentence that just stops you in your tracks and takes your breath away. ? This book is incredible!

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