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California Dreamin
California Dreamin | Pnlope Bagieu
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Before she became the legendary Mama Cass one quarter of the mega-huge folk group The Mamas and the Papas Cass Eliot was a girl from Baltimore trying to make it in the big city. After losing parts to stars like Barbra Streisand on the Broadway circuit, Cass found her place in the music world with an unlikely group of cohorts.The Mamas and the Papas released five studio albums in their three years of existence. It was at once one of the most productive (and profitable) three years any band has ever had, and also one of the most bizarre and dysfunctional groups of people to ever come together to make music. Through it all, Cass struggled to keep sight of her dreams and her very identity."
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CaliforniaCay
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Another pleasant surprise in the mail today from a fellow Californian. Thanks @UwannaPublishme for the lovely note. I shall be sending my response soon!

UwannaPublishme 🤗💕💕💕 What a cool image! Is that a Bitmoji? 7mo
CaliforniaCay @UwannaPublishme it sure is! Such a fun app to play with 😁 7mo
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Samplergal
California Dreamin | Pnlope Bagieu
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#AnglophileApril
#dreams

The Mamas and the Papas were one of my favorite groups growing up and Cass Elliott had one hell of a voice. #DreamALittleDreamofMe

wanderinglynn Love Cass Elliot. 👍🏻 They had so many good songs. 7mo
SW-T Loved them! 💕 7mo
Reviewsbylola ♥️ The M&P 7mo
Mdargusch Perfect! 7mo
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TheBookHippie
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Leaving tomorrow, home April 7. Time to unplug and reboot!!! I‘ll catch up all my #litsylove as soon as I get home. I sent a bunch out today!! I‘ll pop in on occasion but don‘t be alarmed if it takes a bit!!! #BOTMBUDDYREAD : I will post Sunday.
Zen here I come.

hermyknee 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 8mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Have fun my friend 😘❤️ 8mo
Leftcoastzen say hi to the Pacific for me! 8mo
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kspenmoll Have a wonderful break!!❤️ 8mo
BookwormAHN Have fun 💚 8mo
mcipher Enjoy!! 8mo
ScientistSam Have a great vacation! 8mo
JaclynW Enjoy!! 8mo
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kyraleseberg
California Dreamin | Pnlope Bagieu
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My little one was sick this weekend and I ended up catching her cold. Thankfully it seems we're on the mend today so she's working on Valentine's while I read this graphic novel about Cass Elliot (a book I found out about thanks to Litsy!)

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Karisa
California Dreamin | Pnlope Bagieu
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Hanging library, anyone?

Hubby found this image on Facebook... How awesome would this be?! 😍

mreads Fabulous but I'd have to move the sofas from underneath 😁 10mo
BookishTrish This scares me a bit. What if a book fell? What if the whole shelf came crashing down? It looks really pretty though. 10mo
Karisa @BookishTrish @mreads Would need to be well-constructed for sure! More of my husband's dream to have room for all the books without books on every surface (end tables, counter, floor) than reality though. . . He even bought a Kindle for me when they very first came out in with the same hope. I use it, but real books still find us. Now with bookish kids, it's "worse" than ever (books everywhere). ? 10mo
mreads @Karisa I've always wanted a secret room with all the books and a great reading chair inside. 10mo
Karisa @mreads Yes! Like a bookcase that opens to reveal a room of built in bookcases with the most comfy chair ever. 10mo
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Johanna414
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Mehso-so

Mama Cass is one of my all time favorites, but I didn‘t necessarily love this graphic novel biography... it was quick and entertaining but I wanted more

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Jen_Reads
California Dreamin | Pnlope Bagieu
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Ridiculously tired, but I made it. I made the mistake of watching Love, Simon. It was a great movie and I loved it, but bawling my eyes out wasn‘t what I had planned. Thankfully I had the row to myself so no one noticed.

thewallflower0707 Gorgeous view! And Love Simon is a beautiful movie. I cried when his mum, Jennifer Garner, told him to take a breath 😫 1y
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teebe
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Mehso-so

I‘m somewhere between so-so and a pan on this book. I have mostly positive opinions about the art. I was certainly engrossed in the story and I think it could have been great. Could have been.

Here‘s the thing: IMO, a biography is only useful if it‘s factual, and a biography that isn‘t factual needs to own up to that. Bagieu claims this book is complete and meticulous (it isn‘t) and it‘s the result of a long investigation. Cont‘d ⬇️

teebe If it is the result of a long investigation I don‘t know but she only cites 4 sources and relies heavily on only one of those sources... even when it contradicts the band‘s own description of events.
I also find it odd that she chooses to end the story where she did and I have some complicated opinions on that.
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teebe I will say that despite the liberties taken with HOW things happened, she does seem to accurately portray the dynamics of the group (as described by pretty much every journalist, music historian, friend, etc.) If you want an interesting graphic bio of a singer you may or may not be familiar with, read this. If you know a lot about music history or the Mamas and the Papas, this may frustrate you. If you want 100% factual, this isn‘t for you. (edited) 1y
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Bookgoil
California Dreamin | Pnlope Bagieu
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Sleepy dogs means there‘s reading getting done. Loving this graphic novel so far! #24in48 #dogsoflitsy

DGRachel 😍🐶😍 1y
ladym30 Sweet sleepy pup! 1y
Lmstraubie Awww 1y
Eyelit I‘ve been meaning to pick up that book - it looks good! 1y
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charl08
California Dreamin | Pnlope Bagieu
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I loved her latest one, so excited about this #bookmail

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Shadowfat
California Dreamin | Pnlope Bagieu
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I thought this was an interesting take on Cass Elliot's road to stardom in comic form. Cass aka Ellen always wanted to be a star, and she persevered through the years until she found the right group. At first I didn't like the drawing style but I found it captured the spirit of the story well.

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TheBookbabeblog84
California Dreamin | Pnlope Bagieu
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I have an upcoming vacation and other than Parable of Sower by Octavia Butler I don‘t know what other book to take! Or even how many to take!!! Ugh....#howmanybooks #vacation #howmanyistomany

BiblioTori I take 4-5. I need a variety to choose from. 2y
Readergrrl I am such a nerd. I took 3 of my own and bought 5 more while on vacation!!! 2y
CouronneDhiver 2 per week that I‘ll be away. I‘m always busy sightseeing on holiday 2y
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CogsOfEncouragement The Libby app was a great help to me when I ended up having more time to read on my last vacation than I anticipated. 2y
Bklover Lots. I even take an extra book when I‘m going to read in another room! 2y
CoffeeAndABook I usually take too many (4-5) & my e-reader has helped immensely in reducing weight. If my vacation takes place near great bookshops I usually take fewer books though 😉 2y
TheBookbabeblog84 @CogsOfEncouragement i will have to check out that app 2y
JoScho I take my kindle and it already has a few hundred books but then I always try to get any library books I want and load them too. 😊 2y
TheBookbabeblog84 @JoScho I use an IPad....I have the Scribd app 2y
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TheBookWasBetter1983
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I‘m obsessed with graphic novels right now! I‘m about half way through this one and living it!

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TheBookWasBetter1983
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Technically this is my work 🙌🏼🙌🏼 Reading during planning period. Trying to read all I can to get different texts in front of my reluctant readers!

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EclecticBookLover
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Inspired to post this thanks to @WanderingBookaneer. This is one of my favorite author interaction s. I loved meeting Penelope and hearing her talk about comics. I loved this book. It was beautifully written and illustrated.

GondorGirl So cool! 😍 2y
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MisterWhitaker
California Dreamin | Pnlope Bagieu
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Book number seven knocked off my all #comics and #graphicnovel #LRC "Book that is also a song title" as suggested by @StrayCat13

What a beautiful book. I had to immediately listen to some The Mamas and The Papas after finishing it. I love the way the chapters are laid out, and the structure of the story. Def recommend.

JenlovesJT47 I got this for Christmas, I really loved it! They had a very unique sound and I had their songs stuck in my head for days after reading this! 2y
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MisterWhitaker
California Dreamin | Pnlope Bagieu
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I'm ready for #LetsGetGraphicWeeklongMarathon! Just got my last book today, which is the tagged book. I'm also going to be adding these to my #LRC Bingo and #LitsyAtoZ tally too! #LetMeSeeYourStack

TricksyTails 🙌😍 Woohoo!!! 2y
Librariana This is fabulous and phenomenal! I need to get my stack together! 2y
Clwojick Woot woot!!!!! 😍😍😍😍😍 2y
Clwojick I LOVED Exquisite Corpse, and I just picked up The Golden Compass today. 👏👏 All the other ones are new to me, so I can't wait to see what you think of them! (edited) 2y
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lowellette
California Dreamin | Pnlope Bagieu
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The story of The Mamas and the Papas with gorgeous Sixties era illustrations. Lots of fun but some of the facts are altered for storytelling purposes.

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JenlovesJT47
California Dreamin | Pnlope Bagieu
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Sigh. This book was heartbreakingly sad. Cass was such an interesting person, so incredibly talented yet so insecure. This tells the story of her life up to age 24, when California Dreamin became a hit. Very fascinating, I definitely want to look into some biographies about the group now. They had such a unique sound and their harmonies are right up there with the Beatles. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️#graphicnovel

JenlovesJT47 @TricksyTails thank you again!!! 🤗 2y
TricksyTails I hope you enjoyed it! 😘♥️ 2y
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JenlovesJT47
California Dreamin | Pnlope Bagieu
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Super excited to be diving into my next book from the #geekygraphicnovelswap - been wanting to read this ever since I saw it on NetGalley (was so sad when they turned me down!😭). Thank you again my lovely friend! @TricksyTails 🤗❤️🤗❤️🤗#graphicnovel

TricksyTails Can't wait to see what you think! 🤗♥️ 2y
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JenlovesJT47
California Dreamin | Pnlope Bagieu
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Part 1 of my #geekygraphicnovelswap haul - I've been wanting to read this gn about Mama Cass for awhile now, definitely was number 1 on my wish list! And she did some sleuthing and got me the only Bob's Burgers comic I haven't read yet. 🍔🤓🍔She chose Saga because it's one of her favorites and I can't wait to read it, it looks awesome! The Daryl pen - SIGH 😍 - and my very first funko pop of my favorite superhero She-Hulk. I love everything! ❤️🤗

TK421 Saga! You are going to love this one! 2y
JenlovesJT47 @TK421 I read the blurb last night and it looks really good! Can't wait to read it! 2y
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TricksyTails AND! AND! The Daryl pen projects his image on the wall! 😂😂😂 Have you tried it yet? You are going to love Saga!!! Then you can geek out about it with me! 😆♥️ 2y
JenlovesJT47 @TricksyTails lol I noticed that this morning! 😂😍I didn't have a chance to open it before my hubby rushed me out the door, will take a pic and demonstrate for you when I get home 😅 2y
TricksyTails Yes please!! 2y
ReadingRover Saga is fantastic!!! 2y
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Megnogged
California Dreamin | Pnlope Bagieu
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#BorrowAThon Pick for featured in a #libraryhaul. Plus some wine and pancetta penne for dinner!📖❤️🍝🍴🍷#bookanddinner #bookandwine #HelloFresh

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Nafiza
California Dreamin | Pnlope Bagieu
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Pickpick

This was lovely. Cass Elliot is a riot.

#graphicnovel

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Suet624
California Dreamin | Pnlope Bagieu
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I lived in Sonoma, CA for a year and spent time exploring the beautiful towns and vineyards. I'm too sad about the devastation to look through all my photos to find the best one. This is from the front yard of the home I stayed in during that year. Many of the vineyards that I spent time in are now gone. I loved sitting in the lavender fields and groves of grapes. I can't imagine what this loss means for those who have lived there for years.

Cinfhen 😢😢 2y
Bklover So very sad. 😞 2y
KellyK Very sad and frightening situation. 2y
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DivineDiana 💔 2y
Leftcoastzen I lived in Petaluma, the back roads of Sonoma , Napa and Mendocino counties mean so much to me , my heart breaking for everyone there,not sure what's going on with some of my friends. 2y
Suet624 @Leftcoastzen I love Petaluma. Those towns are so beautiful and rich with history. You know. 😞😩 2y
ReadingEnvy I have friends who had to evacuate, so frightening! 2y
Blueberry That's a beautiful view. I hope it's still there. :( 2y
Suet624 @ReadingEnvy what was especially frightening was it just blew up in the middle of the night so folks were unaware of what was happening. I hope your friends stay safe. 2y
Suet624 @Blueberry thanks so much. I hear that view is still there but the fires are still going (to the right of the view and just down the road.) 2y
Cortg Absolutely devastating! 😥 2y
ValerieAndBooks As I‘m a Northern California native, this is so sad 😢. 2y
Suet624 My heart goes out to you. It's so sad. 2y
kspenmoll My brother lives in Pennegrove (Sonoma County) near Petaluma. Soot & ash in house forced evacuation. Terrible 24+ hours of waiting. His family lost their house & everything in it in a 2009 wildfire. Inconceivable that it would burn again; so sad for all who faced such a devastating loss, but so so grateful his family did not have to face that again. Horrific, no words. ❤️❤️ @ValerieAndBooks @ReadingEnvy @Leftcoastzen sending ❤️ to yr CA friends (edited) 2y
kspenmoll Your picture & view is gorgeous. Do you know how that winery fared? Is everything burnt? 😢 (edited) 2y
Suet624 @kspenmoll I'm so sorry for your brother's experience. Fire is so frightening to me. I'm waiting to hear about the vineyards that were close by. 2y
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EvieBee
California Dreamin | Pnlope Bagieu
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Ellen Cohen (aka Cass Elliot) seemed to be a ray of light wherever she went. Funny, confident and self-deprecating. Talented to boot! But she was so insecure! I remember watching VH1‘s Behind the Music on The Mamas and the Papas. Drama. Now I need to find a biography to pick up where this one left off. I did follow the author‘s advice and listened to Midnight Voyage. Wow! 🎶🎶🎶 #GraphicNovel

Buddys_Momma I ?the Mamas & the Papas— wesome music and harmonies ? 2y
JanuarieTimewalker13 I have their greatest hits CD. Always loved title song. 2y
EvieBee @Buddys_Momma Definitely! I‘ve been listening to their Gold album since I started this book. So many good songs that never made it to the radio that were awesome! 2y
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EvieBee @JanuarieTimewalker13 The Gold one?! I‘ve been listening to that for a couple of days now! So good! Her version of Do You Wanna Dance is swoony. 2y
JanuarieTimewalker13 I'm not sure if it's gold, it's packed away in a ziploc flexible tote since my bathroom renovation (I was concerned about dust), and, embarrassingly, I've never unpacked 2 bags...lol...just sitting in my living room and I gave away my CD rack bc it was old. Now I'm at this weird junction of "do I keep or sell them" and go digital, or just sell a few. I think I have about 200 CDs... (edited) 2y
EvieBee I have about that many CDs also! They‘re at my mom‘s and I‘ve steadily brought a few over but am wondering if I should start a digital collection as well. Everything I‘ve ever owned is available! I just like to hold tangible objects. 2y
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EvieBee
California Dreamin | Pnlope Bagieu
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New graphic novel from a recent library haul! #CurrentlyReading #GraphicNovel

Kimbono Great cover! 2y
MamaGina Her voice was perfection!🎵 2y
JanuarieTimewalker13 Oh wow! That looks like fun! 2y
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EvieBee @Kimbono It drew me in too! 2y
EvieBee @MamaGina It really was! I remember a Behind The Music episode on the group but she really was the talent! 2y
EvieBee @JanuarieTimewalker13 It was lots! I‘ll be posting a review shortly. 2y
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cmeissrun
California Dreamin | Pnlope Bagieu
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Pickpick

I really really liked this book.

EvieBee I'm on the library list for a copy of this book! 2y
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cmeissrun
California Dreamin | Pnlope Bagieu
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I absolutely loved the artwork and they way the story was laid out. It was a fresh and interesting look at a very talented person.

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bookloaner
California Dreamin | Pnlope Bagieu
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Happy Friday! I'm using my day off to drink all the coffee and read all the library books.

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ashsbookmarks
California Dreamin | Pnlope Bagieu
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I bought a shirt because......I had to!! And it's for a great cause 😁 I can't wait to get it 😍😍😍😊
#happyreading
Go check out the podcast All the Books 📚 I loves those girls!!! 👯

AJBowers Love it!! 3y
LeeRHarry I listen to them on my way to work on Weds morning - due to time difference - now that's a great start to the day! 😊 3y
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Lindy
California Dreamin | Pnlope Bagieu
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An amazing biography of Cass Elliot, from childhood up to the tumultuous foundation of the Mamas & Papas, in comics format. The narrative unfolds via multiple viewpoints of people who knew her. Bagieu's sensitive pencil art captures the many moods of this fabulous woman who was determined to be a star. I read a French edition, but I know it's also been translated into English.

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Lindy
California Dreamin | Pnlope Bagieu
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Bob Dylan has a surprise cameo in this biography, auditioning to join the early band Mama Cass was in. (The guy who believes Dylan has no talent is voted out of the band in the very next panel.)

thegirlwiththelibrarybag The Mamas and the Papas? My Mum used to play their music all the time... saw the stage show a few years ago (flower children) and it was brilliant! 3y
Lindy @thegirlwiththelibrarybag Yes, this panel refers to a band that predates the Mamas and the Papas. 3y
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Lindy
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Some parts of this biography of Mama Cass are heartbreaking, even though comics artist Bagieu is subtle about it. The scene where teenaged Cass tells her friend she was popular and a cheerleader in her old school ends with raucous singing, but the final image in that chapter is a doctored photo of herself.

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TaylorMay
California Dreamin | Pnlope Bagieu
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Road trip in this beautiful #California weather. Means lots of reading! #ILoveBeingThePassenger

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LindsayReads
California Dreamin | Pnlope Bagieu
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I went into this with a lot of interest but without high expectations and was FLOORED by how much I loved it! The drama surrounding The Mamas & the Papas is just as juicy as you'd expect, but getting Cass's story is THE BEST. She was so talented and passionate and fought so hard against the haters in the best way she knew how. At first I wasn't thrilled with the art, but by the time I was about halfway through, I even loved that.

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LindsayReads
California Dreamin | Pnlope Bagieu
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Oh what the heck. I've already got three books going right now. Let's just add a fourth!

Reviewsbylola That sounds interesting! 3y
LindsayReads @Reviewsbylola It is just fantastic so far! 3y
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Sace
California Dreamin | Pnlope Bagieu
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Can't wait to read this! Best part of #BookRiot- news and info about the best graphic novels.

AlaMich Great cover!! 3y
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Kelly
California Dreamin | Pnlope Bagieu
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DNF'd my last read so mixing up my formats. I adored Bagieu's last graphic novel so looking forward to this biography.

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BethFishReads
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Love that I got a copy of this graphic biography of Mama Cass. Am I dating myself to say I was a fan? Just what I needed on a difficult day.

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WanderingBookaneer
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Like Mama Cass's life, this book is over too soon.

Thanks, NetGalley for the ARC!

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BookishFeminist Love this! 3y
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WanderingBookaneer
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Excited about this ARC from NetGalley!

Merethebookgal 🎤 On such a Winter's daaay 🎤 😄 Looks like an interesting read! 3y
Reviewsbylola I will have to check this out! 3y
BookishMarginalia I have it too! Woohoo! 3y
LitHousewife Want!!! 3y
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