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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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alexa_d
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I like Olive Kitteridge, but it's not exactly what you'd call a page-turner, so I'm having trouble finishing it. Mostly I just remember that Frances McDormand played her in the miniseries, and she was also in the Good Omens miniseries, and what I'm saying is I'm imagining that Olive Kitteridge is God. #SeptemberTBR #Pulitzer (Fiction, 2009)

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Young4evr
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Christine
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I‘ve been slumping hard for a solid week (unusual for me in the Litsy era!). Started and stopped so many books that would normally hold my attention. And then came Olive. I really loved this. Lucy Barton was so-so for me; Anything Is Possible I liked more. But this is my favorite Strout yet. ❤️

Christine Now I‘ll be impatiently waiting for 1mo
HeatherBookNerd I really loved this one. 1mo
Blaire I love everything strout and this is the one that got me hooked. 1mo
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marleed
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A book of short stories often stacks low upon my TBR, but I enjoyed finding out if and how Olive would weave into a story. ...Although , if my life were a book, it would be a series of distinct short stories rather than a sweeping saga of characters whose entire lives are closely connected. I sure hope that in those stories my impact is kind in both thought and action.

PaperbackPirate That happens to me too. I have read some amazing short stories but for some reason they are on my tbr longest. 1mo
marleed @PaperbackPirate I have Roar by Cecelia Ahern sitting atop my TBR pile right now but I keep grabbing other books. It‘s my problem I know. Perhaps there is a class in which I should enroll for how to retain a short story - lol. 1mo
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whatrebeccasread
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I'm not sure I understand the hype surrounding Elizabeth Strout's "Olive Kitteridge" but I enjoyed it nonetheless. Some stories I loved but some not so much and I'm beginning to feel that I may need to give it a second chance down the line. For now it's 3 stars, but I'm not ruling this one out for a re-read at some point.

My full review is up on my blog now ?

TrishBovell I didn‘t understand the character of Olive until I saw the Miniseries starring Frances McDormand. Now I want to reread the book because seeing it on the screen made it so much richer! 4mo
whatrebeccasread @TrishBovell oh really? That's interesting to hear, I might give it a try myself! 4mo
TrishBovell Give it a try. I felt the same as you do when I first read the book. I didn‘t understand the hype. 4mo
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TrishBovell Now I love Olive and want to know more about her! 4mo
whatrebeccasread @TrishBovell I'm looking forwaed to it, thank you! 4mo
TrishBovell Let me know what you think! 4mo
EH2018 Theres a new Olive K book coming out in October! Just heard about it. So excited!! 4mo
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atla
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“He wanted to put his arms around her, but she has a darkness that seemed to stand beside her like an acquaintance that would not go away.”
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atla One of my favorites of all time. Within the first pages, we get a sense of Olive as a curmudgeon. But this is the outsider‘s perspective. As we get deeper info this magnificent collection, we begin to see Olive for all that she is - tired and beat down from disappointment, vulnerable and afraid, lonely, and we empathize with wanting more along with the fear of dropping old, long-serving defenses. Oh Olive, it‘s okay. I‘m here for you, my friend. 5mo
BarbaraBB Olive is such an interesting character 💜 5mo
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Palindrome
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A pleasure to read 13 linked stories featuring large-boned retired school teacher Olive K. in pivotal, supporting, or cameo roles. Olive is alternately brave, abrasive, maddening, vulnerable. She‘s a foil for machinations of her Maine hometown— and a formidable lens for exploration of the human heart. We don‘t stash stolen shoes in handbags and haven‘t defaced apparel with Sharpie pens... yet. But we do believe there‘s a bit of Olive in all of us.

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Zelma
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Such a quiet and lovely book. I really enjoyed reading this series of linked short stories, savoring one per evening before bed. Some stories definitely works better than others, and I was surprised so many were from Olive‘s perspective; I thought she would always be a peripheral character. I will absolutely be reading more Elizabeth Strout in the future.

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Ash.on.the.line
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Between a pick and a so-so. I finished last night and I have been thinking about it today. I liked and disliked Olive but I got why she was the way she was. The other side character stories just didn‘t grab me though. Henry was a favorite. Overall I liked so it became a pick!

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Ash.on.the.line
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Guess who was able to read outside for a little bit after a long cold winter?! The sun feels so good! Also I‘m close to finishing Olive Kitteridge. So far I like some stories more than others, I like Olive for the most part, some of the side characters just don‘t grab my attention.

Chalk art courtesy of my nephew! 🥰

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Zelma
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Enjoying my morning with coffee, Cadbury mini eggs and this gem of a book.

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Ash.on.the.line
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Starting April with trying to finish Drums of Autumn again. I set it down awhile ago and finally feel like I‘m ready! Olive Kitteridge has been on my shelf for what feels like forever. Hopefully it holds my attention!
March was rough for my reading so let‘s hope April brings better reading material! 🤞🏼😁

WhatWouldJaneDo I loved Olive Kitteridge, it gave me the feels. Hope you like it! 6mo
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Pamwurtzler
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So-so because I can‘t decide how I feel about this one. I liked Olive, and then didn‘t like her, and then liked her again. #LitsyAtoZ #LetterO #ReadingUSA2019 #Maine

BarbaraBB We read it both simultaneously. I feel about the same about it but ended up liking it! 7mo
Librarybelle I remember liking this overall, but yes, there‘s something about Olive that makes you go back and forth about her. 7mo
DivineDiana When I read the book, I also had mixed feelings about Olive. However, I felt differently after watching the incredible Frances McDormand play Olive in the HBO miniseries. Her performance helped me to understand Olive. 7mo
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BarbaraBB
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All stories in this book are more or less centered around Olive Kitteridge, a local teacher, one with character. Tormented by menopause and aging she makes life hard on her son, husband, students and herself. Not in the least because she can‘t show any vulnerability. She seems so hard while we as readers know better. Another impressive book by Strout, although I keep preferring Lucy Barton!

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GidgetsTreasures75
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1-15-19: My 5th finished book of 2019! #olivekitteridge # 👍🏼📖#️⃣5️⃣

GidgetsTreasures75 I hate that the bookstore put so many unpeeledable stickers on this!! 8mo
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mreads
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Set in a fictional town in Maine, a series of short stories where (mostly unlikable) Olive is the main character, a side character or sometimes just passing by. It's also as much about small town life as it is about Olive.

#centuryreadchallenge

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jvaldelv
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Interesting

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mreads
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#bookhaul
Second of two church thrift sales this weekend. 21/$7 😮😁❤

AmyG Some wonderful books in that haul! (edited) 10mo
Bklover Good stuff! Love Devil in the White City! 10mo
Crazeedi Wow! Great haul! 10mo
TheBookBabes Omg!!! 10mo
Flaneurette Really liked Old Filth and Sixpence House. Have the Harufs on my tbr, great haul! 10mo
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violabrain
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Some great lines at the end of this book! 😂😂 (talking about George W. Bush)

rachaich Love all her books :) 10mo
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violabrain
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This book came out in 2008, so she‘s talking about George W. Bush. Who would‘ve thought then that things could reach the point they are now. Please vote (and vote for Dems) on Tuesday!

Lcsmcat 🌊 11mo
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LauraBeth
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Oh heyyyyyy, Elizabeth Strout 🙌😍

mrozzz Whoa!! 11mo
BkClubCare Double that Whoa!! !!!! 11mo
Suet624 Yippee! 11mo
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CarolynM Thanks for passing on the Intel. I'll look forward to it. 11mo
Jinjer Yasssssss 11mo
Blaire Yes!!! Olive Kitteredge is an all time fave. 11mo
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alisonrose
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BOOK: Olive Kitteridge (and the miniseries with Frances McDormand was wonderful too!)
AUTHOR: Julie Otsuka
MOVIE: O Brother, Where Art Thou?
FOOD: Orzo
#manicmonday #letterO

JoScho Orzo is a good one! 11mo
alisonrose @JoScho 👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻 11mo
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CarolynM
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Book - Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
Author - Wilfred Owen
Movie - The Opposite of Sex
Food - Oysters (and champagne)

#ManicMonday #LetterO

JoScho 🧡🧡🧡 11mo
bookcollecter I love Wilfred Owen ! One of the best WWI poets 11mo
bookcollecter Lost my copy in the house fire a few years back 11mo
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LitandLeisure
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Day 20: Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout; collection of stories about the title character, a deeply complex teacher living in small town Maine; excellent discussion for a #bookclub winner of 2009 Pulitzer Prize

#31Books #BooksIrecommend

ow.ly/Njrd30lu1E5

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Insightsintobooks
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Has anyone read this?? What did you think? Should I get it?

#kindledeal #kindledeals #ebooksale

Literary_Siren I‘ve been debating whether or not to get this too. 13mo
Alfoster Haven‘t read it either but for the price it‘s probably worth it. I‘ve liked her others. 13mo
MoniqueReads305 It's been years since I've read it. But I really enjoyed it. 13mo
Briar-Rose I read it years ago and thought it was very good. Slow-moving, perhaps, but I remember that it was very insightful. 13mo
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Libby1
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I chose this photo as I think it‘s the oddest, most ill-fitting cover for this book.

Olive seems odd and ill-fitting, too. She is complicated. She is strong. She is loud. She is surprisingly vulnerable. And I loved her.

This is really a collection of short stories. Sometimes Olive is at the centre. At times she barely appears. The descriptions of character, place, and emotion are perfect.

In fact, I think this book is perfect.

CarolynM It's a good one 🙂 13mo
MrsMalaprop Weird cover alright 🤔. Great book 😊. 13mo
Cathythoughts I did see the tv series. I thought it was good ! Olive is how you describe her , good description 👍🏻 (edited) 13mo
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mauveandrosysky This is one of my favorite books of all time, but yeah...this cover is weird! 13mo
merelybookish There's no way Olive wore that dress!. Terrible cover. 13mo
DivineDiana Agree. Sure doesn‘t look like the Olive I imagine! 😮 13mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled This cover makes absolutely no sense at all. 🤦‍♀️ 13mo
Libby1 @CarolynM , @MrsMalaprop , @Cathythoughts , @mauveandrosysky , @merelybookish , @DivineDiana , @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled - I always pictured her as looking a bit like me. There is nothing tiny or fine boned about her. 13mo
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Magslhalliday
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I liked the structure, with some chapters from Olive's point of view and others where she is mentioned in passing. But I found the tone too dispassionate for me: I didn't care about anyone in this.

Libby1 Oh, I loved this one. I can understand how the stories might seem a bit disjointed, but I liked that. 13mo
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pgh.femme
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Run don‘t walk if you haven‘t read this. A favorite.

pgh.femme Oops. This is for $3. 14mo
CarolynM Such a good book 14mo
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Rcoco
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Not a novel in the conventional sense—these are short stories all with a common character Olive Kitteridge. Many slices of life in this book. I enjoyed her imperfect character immensely. The stories were somewhat depressing, realistic, but always with a shimmer of hope. If you haven‘t tried Elizabeth Strout, try this or MY Name is Lucy Barton. That book shattered me with its spare prose.

Tamra The movie was good too, can‘t beat Francis McDormand! (edited) 1y
Rcoco Movie! Didn‘t know this was a movie. I will have to check it out :) 1y
Suet624 Loved the book so much. And yes, the movie was good too. 😀 1y
Rcoco @Suet624 I watched the first episode and It was spot on! Hope to watch the rest of the series soon. 1y
Suet624 👍🏼👍🏼 1y
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Rcoco
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Truth!

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ephemeralwaltz
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Took a break from schoolwork to browse for my #shortstoryswap match 😍 @CSeydel

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Lola
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Just broke the seal on a brand new tin of book darts and started my second cup of coffee. Hello Saturday. #morningreading #bookandcoffee #saturday

Stephanie-Anne I love book darts! 1y
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Victoriahoperose
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I know that this is a tough book because the main character isn‘t extremely likable in a lot of ways. But, I found it to be truly excellent. I love the way the different stories came together and centered around Olive. I also really loved the central theme of life and death.

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Ubookquitous
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Probably unpopular opinion but found this book to be jumbled and even though a character study I wasn‘t impressed by any of the characters‘ tales. I‘ve like more of Oprah‘s picks than not but this was a let-down I bailed about 3/4 of the way through because I lost interest

BookishTrish I‘m not an Elizabeth Strout fan either. I always feel like I‘m missing something because she has some passionate fans! 1y
Ubookquitous @BookishTrish yes... I‘ve read excellent character studies so that isn‘t the issue - I think the hopping around to different times and characters felt random and disconnected- without purpose. I‘m going to watch the movie - love Francis McDormamd - maybe it will be the rare case where the book isn‘t better LOL 1y
SqueakyChu This is an interesting book because people either love it or hate it. I read it but did not like its crotchety main character. Perhaps I should reread it. My best friend simply loved this book. Maybe I‘ve turned crotchety myself. Who knows?! 😃 (edited) 1y
Ubookquitous @SqueakyChu - I sorta liked her, but she felt one-dimensional and didn‘t like the other POVs. I‘ve always been a bit crotchety LOL 😂 1y
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Krysta
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I really enjoyed this. The snippet-style reminds me of my own writing, but of course way more poignant and beautiful and haunting. I kind of dislike phrases like "the human condition" but this book sure fits it. So well done. Not happy, but honest.

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Lmstraubie
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I guess it just wasn't what I was expecting. I like really getting to know the characters of a story. I liked the parts that helped you get to know Olive, but the rest was okay. #litsyatoz

DivineDiana I read the book, and didn‘t love it. But then I saw the TV show starring the incomparable Frances McDormand. If you get the chance to see it, it will surely change your opinion. This was the one time that I preferred the movie to the book! 1y
Lmstraubie @DivineDiana I will have to check this out. Thank you for the suggestion. 🙂 1y
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Tav
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If I didn‘t have 9 gabillion words to read for work I‘d totally pluck this off the giveaway shelf. Note creeper reflection in window (yours truly).

BarbaraTheBibliophage The reflection IS so creepy! Love it. 1y
BethFishReads I know exactly what you mean about work reading. I‘m editing fall books. Save me 1y
Soubhiville Haha, you look ghostly. 1y
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Tav @BethFishReads 💪🏻you can do it! 1y
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The writing is wonderful and the stories are provoking. I admit when I picked this up I thought it would be a lighter read. I'm curious to see how they did the movie now. I cannot imagine that it scratches the surface. This book makes you appreciate the positive things in your own life, and consider what others may be going through.

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Joanne1
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Thanks for the tag @MommyWantsToReadHerBook

1. Time traveller's Wife
2. Elizabeth Strout (at least that's who I'm recommending at the moment)
3. Anne of Green Gables - taught me the power of friendship, never trust a door to door salesperson and always cover the custard.
4. @Victoria_Clyne @CarolynM

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rachaich
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What a wonderful book. On a similar theme to Ann Tyler in portraying normal people's lives but draws you in to the community and interactions.

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emmaturi
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This was quite an interesting book, each chapter is like a short story with the title character in each one. I have also read My Name is Lucy Barton and liked that more, but this is a good read! #books #bookcovers #bookmad #lovetoread #bookcrazy #goodread

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squirrelbrain
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This was more a collection of short stories than a novel, which I wasn‘t expecting. Still, I really enjoyed it, and found Olive almost likeable in some places, even though she was thoroughly unlikeable most of the time!

Wilkie I love this book! 2y
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I thought this would be a novel about a woman's life. Instead, it is a group of short stories about a town, with the titular woman either being an important part of each story (that I read) or butting her way in. That isn't really the problem; the problem is that I did not care to spend one more moment with this woman.

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broughtyoubooks
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Read for my Read Harder Challenge (protag 60+) and really enjoyed it, despite it not being what I'd usually read. A little too familiar, Olive being a stubborn, unapologetic set-in-her-ways older person, but with moments of genuine compassion. I love how the stories are short, sometimes from the POV of Olive herself, at times from other residents of the town viewing her, sometimes giving a story focused on her, at others with her as an aside.

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Faibka
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I love the colors orange and yellow, they just seem like happy colors and it has been nice to be reading two books with yellowish covers 😆 somehow they brighten my mood. Do you also find certain cover colors more appealing?

Soubhiville I seem to buy mostly red, black, and light blue covers. It‘s not conscious, but that‘s mostly what I have on my TBR bookshelf. 2y
Faibka @Soubhiville interesting! And yes, I‘m finding a lot of orangey yellowish and red covers on my bookshelves so I think I must be doing it subconsciously as well. I love to see pictures of books being arranged by color but I don‘t think I would do it, though. 2y
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Natasha.C.Barnes
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First up in the #NCBgiveaway is Olive Kitteridge! Generally beloved, I'm sure many have read it--but maybe you haven't! Would you like to? Comment below! It's on my TBR, but I have 2 copies, so one goes to you! My mother loved it and we're going to watch the miniseries soon. Who doesn't love Francis McDormand? If you want to win this book, comment below! (U.S. only please 😔) Drawing on Tuesday.

Natasha.C.Barnes P.S. Cover had minor damage as you can see but interior is pristine. 2y
Chelsea.Poole I love the mini series! 2y
Ash.on.the.line I‘ve had this on my TBR forever lol! 2y
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CatLass007 Would love to win at least one of your giveaways! 2y
Melwilk I enjoyed the mini series, and I would like be to read the book! 2y
Natasha.C.Barnes @CatLass007 Then go ahead and comment on them all! 👍😄 2y
Velvetsun Count me in 😍 would love to win this one. 2y
Soubhiville I‘m interested in this one! 2y
MiyakoBunny 💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻 2y
Eggs I would love to read this💕💕 Thank you 😊 2y
DebbieGrillo Will you include me for this one? 🇨🇦 with an 🇺🇸 address. 2y
Natasha.C.Barnes @DebbieGrillo absolutely! It's just a media mail restriction/💵 thing! 2y
DebbieGrillo Thanks 😊 2y
MallenNC I haven‘t read this. I need to though. 2y
Ingerella I'd love to read this one. 2y
Bklover Definitely!! (edited) 2y
ElishaLovesBooks I‘d love to read this! 2y
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OriginalCyn620
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I enjoyed this book and it‘s format. It‘s more like a collection of short stories, so there are lots of characters, but all the stories are in some way connected to Olive Kitteridge. Through these stories, which span many years, we see how Olive and her view of the world changes.

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OriginalCyn620
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Snow day! ❄️❄️❄️
I‘m going to be under my faux fur blanket drinking coffee and reading. My only goal is to read this entire book today for the Modern Mrs. Darcy Challenge.

Blaire That book is wonderful!! I loved it. Hope you do too! 2y
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So glad I made it to this book. Overall I liked the structure, which was almost like a collection of connected short stories, and how the timeframe changed. Sometimes the characters were a little too harsh for me, but that's life! And then every now and then there were quotes like the one pictured that were like wonderful punches to the gut.