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Knstlers in Paradise
Knstlers in Paradise | Cathleen Schine
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There was a time when the family Knstler lived in the fairy-tale city of Vienna. Circumstances transformed that fairy tale into a nightmare, and in 1939 the Knstlers found their way out of Vienna and into a new fairy tale: Los Angeles, California, United States of America. For years Mamie Knstler, ninety-three-years-old, as clever and glamorous as ever, has lived happily in her bungalow in Venice, California with her inscrutable housekeeper and her gigantic St. Bernard dog. Their tranquility is upended when Mamie's grandson, Julian, arrives from New York City. Like many a twenty-something, he has come to seek his fortune in Hollywood. But it is 2020, the global pandemic sweeps in, and Julian's short visit suddenly has no end in sight. Mamie was only eleven when the Knstlers escaped Vienna in 1939. They made their way, stunned and overwhelmed, to sunny, surreal Los Angeles where they joined a colony of distinguished Jewish musicians, writers and intellectuals also escaping Hitler. Now, faced with months of lockdown and a willing listener, Mamie begins to tell Julian the buried stories of her early years in Los Angeles: her escapades with eminent migrs like Arnold Schoenberg, Christopher Isherwood, Thomas Mann. Oh, and Greta Garbo. While the pandemic cuts Julian off from the life he knows, Mamie's tales open up a world of lives that came before him. They reveal to him just how much the past holds of the future. Cathleen Schine's captivating and comedic twelfth novel explores exile, migrs, movie stars, musicians, family bonds and the power of stories--both those we hand down and the ones held secretly in the heart.
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Knstlers in Paradise | Cathleen Schine
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This is a beautiful and extremely well written book about memories and stories. This is not an, “edge of your seat, what‘s going to happen next” type of read, but it‘s also not boring. If you‘re in the mood for a book about stories, memories, family and perseverance this is it 👍

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Knstlers in Paradise | Cathleen Schine
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I recommend you listen to this one. The narrator is amazing!

https://reecaspieces.com/2023/03/24/kunstlers-in-paradise-by-cathleen-schine-boo...

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Knstlers in Paradise | Cathleen Schine
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Diving into my first COVID19-centric book, we‘ll see how it goes ? “Künstlers in Paradise” by Cathleen Schine sounds like an interesting premise; grandson comes for a “short visit” to see his grandmother in California, but it is 2020 and his visit suddenly has no end in sight. 3 years ago (almost to the day I think ?) the world slowed to a halt and I think I‘m mentally ready to revisit that time. I think. Maybe? We‘ll find out ? More to come ?

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Knstlers in Paradise | Cathleen Schine
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Ozzie keeps head butting my book. 😂 Not sure if that‘s the cat seal of approval because he‘s marking it or a sign of complete cat disdain!

RaeLovesToRead Ozzie!!!!! 😍😍😍 2w
dabbe Outgoing Ozzie! ❣️🐾❣️ 2w
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kspenmoll What a cutie! Clever Ozzie! 2w
LeahBergen Happy Birthday!! ❤️📚❤️📚 1w
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Knstlers in Paradise | Cathleen Schine
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New BookPage! Tagged novel (out March 14) sounds good as does the bookseller memoir featured on the cover, Once Upon a Tome. Forager: Field Notes for Surviving a Family Cult by Michelle Dowd was another memoir that caught my eye.

LeahBergen I‘ve been looking forward to Once Upon a Tome for ages. And (oddly for me) I prefer the North American cover! 😮 1mo
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