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Olive Kitteridge
Olive Kitteridge | Elizabeth Strout
WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE * THE EMMY AWARD-WINNING HBO MINISERIES STARRING FRANCES MCDORMAND, RICHARD JENKINS, AND BILL MURRAY In a voice more powerful and compassionate than ever before, New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Strout binds together thirteen rich, luminous narratives into a book with the heft of a novel, through the presence of one larger-than-life, unforgettable character: Olive Kitteridge. At the edge of the continent, Crosby, Maine, may seem like nowhere, but seen through this brilliant writer's eyes, it's in essence the whole world, and the lives that are lived there are filled with all of the grand human drama-desire, despair, jealousy, hope, and love. At times stern, at other times patient, at times perceptive, at other times in sad denial, Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher, deplores the changes in her little town and in the world at large, but she doesn't always recognize the changes in those around her: a lounge musician haunted by a past romance: a former student who has lost the will to live: Olive's own adult child, who feels tyrannized by her irrational sensitivities; and Henry, who finds his loyalty to his marriage both a blessing and a curse. As the townspeople grapple with their problems, mild and dire, Olive is brought to a deeper understanding of herself and her life-sometimes painfully, but always with ruthless honesty. Olive Kitteridge offers profound insights into the human condition-its conflicts, its tragedies and joys, and the endurance it requires. NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY People * USA Today * The Atlantic * The Washington Post Book World * Seattle Post-Intelligencer * Entertainment Weekly * The Christian Science Monitor * San Francisco Chronicle * Salon * San Antonio Express-News * Chicago Tribune * The Wall Street Journal "Perceptive, deeply empathetic . . . Olive is the axis around which these thirteen complex, relentlessly human narratives spin themselves into Elizabeth Strout's unforgettable novel in stories."--O: The Oprah Magazine "Fiction lovers, remember this name: Olive Kitteridge. . . . You'll never forget her. . . . [Elizabeth Strout] constructs her stories with rich irony and moments of genuine surprise and intense emotion. . . . Glorious, powerful stuff."--USA Today "Funny, wicked and remorseful, Mrs. Kitteridge is a compelling life force, a red-blooded original. When she's not onstage, we look forward to her return. The book is a page-turner because of her."--San Francisco Chronicle "Olive Kitteridge still lingers in memory like a treasured photograph."--Seattle Post-Intelligencer "Rarely does a story collection pack such a gutsy emotional punch."--Entertainment Weekly "Strout animates the ordinary with astonishing force. . . . [She] makes us experience not only the terrors of change but also the terrifying hope that change can bring: she plunges us into these churning waters and we come up gasping for air."--The New Yorker From the Hardcover edition.
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TheLudicReader
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I actually had a hard time picking my #LetterO book. I almost selected Ordinary People and One Day, but ultimately it had to be the tagged book because Olive is just such an endearing character and I loved the book way more than I thought I would.
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@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

merelybookish I love this book too! Funny that cover doesn't look very "Olive" to me. Maybe because she's Frances McDormand in my head. 22h
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing!! 21h
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fredthemoose
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⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 Lives and loves of several people in a small town in Maine over many years. The writing and characters are really good, but I didn‘t realize going in that this is a series of essays/short stories that are each meant to stand alone, although many of the same characters show up. I was getting frustrated trying to keep track of everyone and finally realized I didn‘t really need to. Enjoyable, but maybe a soft pick.

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Eva_B
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Great read! Loved it.

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bravenewtrav
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A compulsively readable novel in stories tied together by a fascinating, gray complex character in Olive. I loved “A Different Road” and “Criminal” best. Strout is masterful here in the way she examines life‘s small tragedies in agonizingly intimate detail.

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ClairesReads
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Exquisite, sparse, complex, authentic examination of the human condition. Why did I wait so long to read this “flawless masterpiece” (thanks for that phrase Lee 😉)

fredthemoose Oooh—just borrowed from the library! 4w
ClairesReads @fredthemoose hope you enjoy it too 3w
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LibraryCin
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I really shouldn‘t listen to short stories on audio. Short stories don‘t interest me as much, and when I listen to books I sometimes lose focus. When I lose focus while listening to short stories, then return my focus, they‘ve often moved onto a different story, so I‘ve really missed everything. There is really no way to get interested again. That being said, there were a couple of stories at the end that kept my focus more than any of the others.

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Rissreads
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I really enjoyed this and will definitely read the next one ‘Olive again‘. It‘s rare to dislike and love a character at the same time. But humans are complex and messy.
This was taken at our writers festival, such a gorgeous day!

BkClubCare Yay! I love Olive and need reread it. 5mo
BittersweetBooks Absolutely love these books 💕 5mo
marleed Oh, I felt the same way. I actually liked the 2nd book better and I think it was because I already my knew going in my love for Olive wins. 5mo
MrsMalaprop Great book. Great photo. Great legs 😘. 5mo
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Mary_Reads
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Picked these up on a quick Target run. Collecting books and reading books really are two distinct hobbies and I love both.

JenReadsAlot They are! 6mo
Suet624 So true. 6mo
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OutAndAbout
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This is one of those books that‘s festered on my TBR for way too long. So a cold weekend was the perfect time to try the four part miniseries. Amazing story of how hard family can be. Makes me want to read more about it so leaving the book on my TBR to fester a little longer.

Pic is from the last season. Bill Murray showed up at the perfect moment, when it was almost too much to bear.

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CoveredInRust
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Panpan

This book is not it for me. Uninteresting characters, everyone is miserable, bad thing after bad thing (and I LOVED A Little Life, y'all), and worst of all, I just don't care for the writing.

Book club discussion will be interesting.

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CoveredInRust
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Of all the books I'm currently reading, this is the one that makes me tense.

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rachelk
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This book consists of narratives inside the lives of people from the small (fictional) town of Crosby, Maine. There are recurring characters, of which Olive emerges as a compelling central figure. Olive suffers from depression and the overall feeling of the book is melancholic but hopeful. Strout depicts private thoughts and feelings related to love and loss so insightfully that she brings to life characters that are as real as fiction gets.

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AmyK1
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Mehso-so

This was more a collection of short stories than a novel and a few of them only mentioned Olive. All of them were sad or depressing or disturbing. It was well written but I did not really enjoy it.

PaperbackPirate I didn‘t like it for the same reason, even though I really wanted to! 10mo
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AmyK1
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Thanks for the tag @Eggs

🎃 Tagged. Hoping to finish it today.
🎃 Playing D&D with my dad Sunday then passing out candy.
🎃 Chocolate!

#wondrouswednesday

Eggs Sounds like a great weekend 🎃🖤🎃 10mo
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BkClubCare
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Here‘s where this month‘s theme and my favorite kind of books fail to match. Oh well! I will have to cheer on everyone else‘s posts for #Mummy #Scarathlon #PhotoChallenge. I looked at my goodreads lists and found zero references. And so, what I *did* find is something that has me falling in love all over again with Elizabeth Strout! She posted her notes on this tagged book ❤️💖💗💓💞

BkClubCare No mummies in Olive‘s story that I recall! Lol 10mo
BarbaraBB That is really cool!
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Linsy Lol, I love it. I must admit there aren't many mummies in my reading either, just in the kids books I read to my boys at Halloween! 10mo
BkClubCare @Linsy - ah, of course! I do see a lot of that mummy Goosebumps book in posts. 10mo
BkClubCare @BarbaraBB - thanks for saying so. (Wasn‘t sure what I was going to post today! 🤣) 10mo
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JillR
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Small town America and what lurks beneath all those lives, this was gentle yet not at the same time. I hadn‘t realised the book was more a series of short stories. I enjoyed it but to be honest wanted more Olive.

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Ellen_C
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This book, which I think is called a novel but reads more like short stories, has a real “Our Town” vibe to it. Olive, the central character, is a prickly woman who can be rude and judgmental and also kind and compassionate. Strout examines mental illness, relationships, and the beauty in everyday life. https://cannonballread.com/2021/09/olive-kitteridge-elcicco/

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vivastory
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Linked story collections operate in an amorphous, & interesting, space between traditional novels & story collections. When they work, as in the case of Strout's character study, they often feel miraculous. In Strout's case, it's not simply the form that makes it so remarkable, rather it's the psychological astuteness & honesty of the human condition, the wry humor of the characters, the fleeting tender moments between acquaintances & strangers

vivastory that makes it special. Olive is a complex, & memorable character. Stubborn, stoic & as fearful as others. Loved it! (edited) 11mo
BarbaraBB Well said. Strout is so good in doing this. 11mo
vivastory @BarbaraBB I can't wait to read more of her work! 11mo
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BarbaraBB Have you read this one yet? It‘s my favorite 11mo
vivastory @BarbaraBB I'm planning on making that one the next one I read by her. I'm glad to hear you love it! I noticed that she is about to publish a new one with the same characters 11mo
BarbaraBB Yes, as she did in Anything is Possible. It is really great what she‘s doing with both Lucy and Olive! 11mo
Suet624 Just a fantastic writer. 11mo
Magpiegem Miraculous is the word. Well said. 11mo
BkClubCare Yes! A top favorite 11mo
Puig Olive is wonderful 11mo
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vivastory
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When a character in a linked short story collection makes a cameo appearance nearly 200 pages later.

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Suet624 Yup. 11mo
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vivastory
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This book! This story!

DrexEdit Have you seen the mini series with Frances McDormand? 11mo
vivastory @DrexEdit No, but I do remember when she won an Emmy for it. I will be checking it out soon though. She is such a wonderful character! 11mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook This was so amazing. One of the best books I read this year. And what? A miniseries?? 11mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook Oh. It's on HBO. Stupid South Africa. Can't see it. 11mo
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Court7
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Mehso-so

Okay.

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slategreyskies
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Mehso-so

I think this book was very well done, but I‘m giving it a so-so rather than a pick because it made me so sad that I had to keep taking breaks from reading it. The rating is based simply on my enjoyment (or lack thereof) and not on the quality of the book. This was book one for the #AwesomeAugust #readathon.

Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 12mo
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MommyWantsToReadHerBook
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And so I finally read this wonderful book! I have nothing but praise, although it did make me sad. So masterfully written and beautiful. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Cinfhen Loved this book!!! You must read 12mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @Cinfhen I really want to! Not currently available on Scribd... Will keep an eye out 12mo
Cinfhen I hope it becomes available soon….it was such a wonderful sequel ❣️❣️❣️ 12mo
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CindiB
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What an interesting structure—a series of stories that reference the main character, Olive Ketteridge. Sometimes the reference is fleeting and in other stories, she is the focus. And at the end, you have a sense of the complete person: baffled by others, but consistently and unapologetically herself. I really enjoyed both this and Elizabeth Stroud‘s writing. 4/5

BittersweetBooks @CindiB Unapologetically herself 💛 love this book and this character! 13mo
TheLudicReader I loved this one, too. 13mo
CindiB It was great @BittersweetBooks and @TheLudicReader … looking forward to Olive, Again and Oprah‘s interview Interview with author for her second book club, available on Apple+. 13mo
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Acoleman
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This book eloquently demonstrates how you touch people‘s lives without even knowing it and how others touch yours and leave their imprint.

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andrew61
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A bk I have meant to rd for ages + when I did I found it a joy. Through 13 individual stories of a small maine town olive is often centre stage & often merely a passing character but in these glimpses we meet a complicated woman whose life and the numerous tangents it takes create an individual I relished. It is a wonderfully crafted story which I put down wanting to read again having felt every loss and regret that olive experiences. Brilliant 5*

Kristin_Reads I love Olive! 1y
Tanisha_A I loved this book 1y
Centique So glad you enjoyed it as much as I did. Those flowers are beautiful too! 1y
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Bookwormjillk
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I really loved this book about cranky old Olive Kitteridge living in Maine. I was so happy to see my library had the sequel available on Libby so I can start the next one right away.

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Qpri
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I‘m still at the beginning and it‘s slow, but I‘m plowing along. Can anyone tell me if this picks up? 😬😬

Cinfhen Stick with it!!! It all comes together beautifully 2y
Soubhiville It‘s slow paced throughout, but as @Cinfhen said, the wrap up makes the book! 2y
Qpri @Cinfhen and @Soubhiville Thank you so much! I needed to hear that 😬😬 (edited) 2y
Litsi No 2y
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Buechersuechtling
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I think Elisabeth Strout might become an “must-read”-author for me …

I am intrigued by the stories she tells. ? Even though they‘re none with plots in a common sense, they are more like accidental observants. It‘s the same it was with ?? “The Burgess‘s Boys” (?? „Das Leben, natürlich“): I love to watch people living. ?

And I might get into the right age to relate to all the trains of thought concerning getting old and see death coming.

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Buechersuechtling
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I just couldn‘t connect with that previous chapter about Rebecca Brown, so I am glad that‘s over.

I‘m on the home stretch and curious what‘s still to come on the last about 25 to 30 pages.

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Buechersuechtling
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📷 from: https://bit.ly/39PjaT9

Guilty.
I read late yesterday and still didn‘t want to put Olive down. I so badly wanted to finish my book. But I was well aware that I would already repent having stayed so up late without additionally giving in to my longing to continue reading.

Oh dear, how tired I have been this morning. 🥱💤 I mean, I could‘ve started working later … But I didn‘t want to be kept from reading _even_longer_. #BooknerdProblems

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Buechersuechtling
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I took this #Two4Tuesday by @TheSpineView from @Andrea313 ‘s feed before @RamsFan1963 could tag me. 😂

1️⃣ But Andrea is right, I felt the same, Bella marks for me the beginning of a series of female characters I can‘t stand. This kind of character “I am so strong and independent!”, when in reality they are so weak and childish.

2️⃣ To me, both are equally important but I am willing to tolerate a weak plot if the protagonist is interesting.

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 2y
RamsFan1963 😛😛😛 2y
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?? “[…] Bonnie added and dropped the book on the sofa, it was a book by Anne Lindbergh, she had told him about it. Anne Lindbergh takes you away from the everyday world.” (p. 117)

?? „[…] fügte Bonnie hinzu und ließ das Buch aufs Sofa fallen. Es war ein Buch von Anne Lindbergh, sie hatte ihm davon erzählt. Anne Lindbergh entführte einen aus der Alltagswelt.“ (S. 117)

⬆️⬆️⬆️ Immediately researches books by Anne Lindbergh. ?

marleed I read the tagged as a busy young mother and loved it. I read it twenty years later but it didn‘t resonate, as well. It‘s a beautiful little book though. 2y
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Buechersuechtling
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At the moment I am asking myself 2 questions:

🤔1️⃣ Why haven‘t I read that one earlier❓I‘m not in very far but I really like it. I love how it is narrated.

🤔2️⃣ Why is the book‘s original title “Olive Kitteridge”❓ Currently, it‘s being more about Henry. 😁

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Buechersuechtling
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#WeekendReads @rachelsbrittain

1️⃣ 🇩🇪 „Unter Haien“, 🇬🇧 “Olive Kitteridge”

2️⃣ 🇬🇧 “Where the Crawdads sing” / 🇩🇪 „Der Gesang der Flusskrebse“ Is my most recent #BlameItOnLitsy

3️⃣ At the moment: Hot chicory coffee. It‘s an easy book-side drink that keeps me warm without constantly requiring me to get up and get me supplies.

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Buechersuechtling
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Sunday evening coming down.

Finally starting this book. I still recall how excited I was when I discovered this paperback at the bookshop. Must‘ve been last August or maybe even longer ago. I‘m really looking forward to it.
I kind of forgot, that it won a prize.
And, additionally, did you notice that beautiful and really intriguing cover❓😃

Another goal checked off on my list for #JoyousJanuary.

(And yes, that‘s a babycham. 😊)

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Crysboehne
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A collection of stories about the simple day to day lives of those in small town Crosby, Maine. This story was simple, yet so very complicated. Olive was hard, yet easy to love. And the townspeople all had their share of grief, love and loss, death and sorrow. I loved this quiet, trying story and I can‘t wait to move on to Olive, Again. 🧡

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Buechersuechtling
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Another #MotivationalMonday by @Cupcake12 ; thanks for the tag @RamsFan1963 and @julesG ‼️

1️⃣ Not allow my work to cause me having a fit right during the first week wage slavery starts again in 2021. And: Bake that olive bread: https://bit.ly/2XsT2ru.

2️⃣ Cheese.

3️⃣ Weekend: Anytime • Weekdays: In the evening when all/most of the work of day is done.

TrishB Cheese would be fave anytime! 2y
Buechersuechtling @TrishB Yepp. Recently I bring myself to go and try those sorts of cheeses I usually steer clear of out of I don‘t know which reasons exactly. So far, I didn‘t regret. 2y
TrishB Sounds great 👍🏻 2y
Cupcake12 Olive bread sounds lovely, have a great week. Thanks for playing x 2y
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TheLudicReader
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thebluestocking
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December was a decent reading month characterized by three fun romance comfort reads. But Olive Kitteridge was one of my favorite reads of the year.

#decemberreads #decemberwrapup #monthlywrapup

alisonrose Loved Olive Kitteridge! If you can find the miniseries they made a few years ago, it was terrific. 2y
thebluestocking @alisonrose So good, right?! The miniseries is definitely on my list! 💙 2y
alisonrose @thebluestocking Frances McDormand played Olive and it was *chef‘s kiss* 2y
BarbaraBB Olive 🤍 2y
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Michael_Gee
Olive Kitteridge | Elizabeth Strout

I love this book. That‘s why I picked it for the first book to discuss at a virtual book club I started at work (for residents at senior living communities). There‘s so much here: connection, loneliness, depression, hope, aging. We bought 30+ books!

Three people showed up and no one read the book. 😞

Their recommendations were Sue Grafton and John Grisham. #crushed

PatriciaU Ah, that sucks. I have found with some hard-to-reach groups that starting with what they want then introducing some other, more eclectic titles as you gain their trust can work. Book groups take so much patience. Hang in there! 2y
Erinreadsthebooks Such a great book. Keep trying! Stay with Olive and they will come 👏✊ 2y
Michael_Gee @Erinreadsthebooks and @PatriciaU Thank you so much 😭 I need the encouragement right now! 2y
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Reggie I‘m so sorry. You want to buddy read something? You pick and I‘ll read it with you? I went to one of those Barnes and Nobles book clubs and we had such a great time we decided to meet the next month I swear to God on the 7th. I told my dad about it and the man who‘s about war, gore, and horror read an Oprah pick, even though he has a chip on his shoulder about Oprah. We showed up and no one showed. Egg, all over my face!!! Keep at it, man. 2y
twohectobooks Argh, that‘s so disappointing and frustrating! Did everyone have lots of notice about the group? I know for my book club it helps when we have more than a month to read the book (mostly thirty somethings, including moms to young kids, so a bit of a different demographic). 2y
Bookzombie I‘m so sorry that happened, but you are awesome for putting a book club together. I hope maybe you can lure them in with something else and then get them to read this one. Keep at it! 2y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled That is SO frustrating. Such a good effort. Keep trying - maybe you‘ll reach one and it‘ll be worth it 🤞 2y
Michael_Gee @Reggie You‘re so sweet! I would love to buddy read with you, but I would follow your choices! I‘m going to be starting Boy Wonder soon..... 2y
Michael_Gee @twohectobooks & @Bookzombie Thanks y‘all. I think the luring in is a good idea! Haha. I think the notice was a big issue. I was asked to lead a book group but wasn‘t apart of the planning process. Flyers didn‘t go out, books weren‘t ordered for weeks, etc. I definitely have ideas for next try and picked a couple months in advance. Maybe next time? 🤷 2y
Michael_Gee @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Thank you for the support, encouragement, and understanding! 2y
Reggie @GhostStories Happy New Year, Michael! Let me know when you start Boy Wonder and I‘ll read it with you. It‘s been a couple of years since my last reread. 2y
Michael_Gee @Reggie Happy New Year! Awesome! 😁😁😁 2y
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IuliaC
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I finally get to read this, I'm halfway through and I really like how genuine Olive's character feels, as well as the way the novel is structured into short stories snatching emotion-charged glimpses at the lives of the various inhabitants of Crosby, with Olive as an amplifying and connecting link throughout all stories. I've also started to watch the series just to be able to compare with how I seized the events in the book

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CampbellTaraL
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It's crazy how this book captures the lives of small town America so perfectly that I was able to connect them to many of those in the tiny town where I grew up.

Olive is a difficult character and the throughline that connects all the stories. She's also a warning to wake up and take responsibility for your actions before it's too late.

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Buechersuechtling
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Needed to update my goals since I already bailed on my first goal: That terrible ☹️ Marina-Lewycka-book.

It changed place with Elizabeth Strout‘s „🇩🇪 Mit Blick aufs Meer“ / “🇬🇧 Olive Kitteridge”

Andrew65 Great decision! 2y
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Jeg
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Another $2 library discard. I‘ve read the book twice so this was a delight to have it read aloud. Great reading too. I‘ve got a better imagine of Olive in my mind now. #2020joybooks. @MrsMalaprop

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Dostoyes
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Overwhelmingly poignant. And somehow full of hope. The writing was very vivid, it really felt like I was there in Crosby, Maine.

AmyG The next book, Olive Again is also wonderful. 2y
Dostoyes @AmyG I‘m not sure my heart could take it! At least not yet :) 2y
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Minervasbutler
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A novel in stories, dealing mainly with growing old, bereavement, and the pain of parenthood, though the poignancy is shot through with dark humour. I warmed to Olive as I got to know her better, the writing is wondrous and Strout is strong on the pain human beings inflict on each other with a word or a glance. So I can see why this book divides opinion but I ended up being in the pro-Olive camp.

Joanne1 I adore Elizabeth Strout and Olive! The sequel is also excellent. 2y
TheLudicReader I read this a few months ago and loved it. Olive takes a little warming up to, but once you see how wonderfully human she is....such a tremendous book. (edited) 2y
Suet624 I didn‘t know there were people who didn‘t like this book! 2y
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Minervasbutler @Suet624 quite a lot of 1 and 2 star reviews on Goodreads. Some people found it overly depressing I think 2y
CarolynM Such a good book, and Olive Again is excellent too. Elizabeth Strout is a wonderful writer. 2y
Dilara I'm also in the pro-Olive camp! This should be a hashtag 😁 #proolivecamp 2y
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rather_be_reading
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Bailedbailed

I gave this one a solid chance and based on your guys recs, I am bailing on this one. Hate to do it but it reminded me of Backmans 'Ove'

WhatWouldJaneDo That's interesting! I loved this one but absolutely hated Ove. 2y
JeffyRoo Same re this one and Ove. Couldn't get along with either. 2y
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rather_be_reading @JeffyRoo so glad im not alone! 2y
Sparklemn Hated Olive. 2y
Buechersuechtling I had no use for “Ove”, either. 2y
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