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A Long Way Home
A Long Way Home: A Memoir | Saroo Brierley
The miraculous and triumphant story of a young man who rediscovers not only his childhood life and homebut an identity long-since left behind. At only five years old, Saroo Brierley got lost on a train in India. Unable to read or write or recall the name of his hometown or even his own last name, he survived alone for weeks on the rough streets of Calcutta before ultimately being transferred to an agency and adopted by a couple in Australia. Despite his gratitude, Brierley always wondered about his origins. Eventually, with the advent of Google Earth, he had the opportunity to look for the needle in a haystack he once called home, and pore over satellite images for landmarks he might recognize or mathematical equations that might further narrow down the labyrinthine map of India. One day, after years of searching, he miraculously found what he was looking for and set off to find his family. A Long Way Home is a moving, poignant, and inspirational true story of survival and triumph against incredible odds. It celebrates the importance of never letting go of what drives the human spirit: hope. When Saroo Brierley used Google Earth to find his long-lost birthplace half a world away, his story made global headlines. That story is being published in several languages around the world and is currently being adapted into a major feature film. Brierley was born in Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh, India. He currently lives in Hobart, Tasmania.
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Princess-Kingofkings
Lion (Movie Tie-In) | Saroo Brierley
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Rug twining today while watching this movie. I was moved to tears. I highly recommend it.

SW-T Love the colors! 5d
Princess-Kingofkings @SW-T thank you 💜 5d
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Emilymdxn
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I‘ve wanted to read this ever since I saw the film and I really enjoyed it! I was surprised by how closely the film stuck to the book which isn‘t normally the case. Saroo was a wonderful narrator and it‘s an incredible story. I learned a lot about Calcutta, international adoption and Australia - a lot for one book! I was hoping for a bit more on Mantosh and his other family members but still a great book

marleed I loved this as a movie! 3mo
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AnansiGirl
Long Way Home: A Memoir | Saroo Brierley
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📖 Long Way Home

🎥 The Bucket List

🎧 Fly Away ~ Lenny Kravitz

#manicmonday @JoScho

JoScho Thanks for playing 🧳☺️ 3mo
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PaperbackPirate
A Long Way Home: A Memoir | Saroo Brierley
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🚂 This is the true story of a boy from #India. He got on a train & got separated from his family. Since he couldn‘t remember the name of his town or his mom he was adopted to a couple from Australia.
It‘s so good. You should read it too.
Also it was made into the movie Lion. Has anyone seen it?
📸 Taken on the Verde Canyon Railroad in Arizona in 2017
#letstraveljuly
@OriginalCyn620
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

suzisteffen Saw the movie, so emotional! 7mo
PaperbackPirate @suzisteffen I still need to see it!! 7mo
OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚❤️ 7mo
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BookishShelly
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I really liked this book and highly recommend the audio version. (I hate movie version covers but no choice with the audio version. It‘s my only complaint of this audiobook.)

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Cinfhen
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#AnglophileApril #TakeTheLongWayHome First, I LOVE this song and the entire album reminds me of summer sleep-away camp😊 Tagged memoir is the unforgettable story of Saroo Brierley, a 5yr old boy, who becomes separated from his brother while out in India. Not knowing the name of his neighborhood or what area he is from, Saroo is eventually placed in an orphanage and adopted by a couple in Australia. This book is his journey. Movie is amazing 💔

Oryx Watched this film last week. So good. Cried my eyes out. 10mo
Cinfhen Me too!!!!! @Oryx In this case, I think movie was better than the memoir 10mo
Tanisha_A Such a brilliant movie! 10mo
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Cinfhen Agreed!!! @Tanisha_A 10mo
Susanita The movie had me 😭 10mo
4thhouseontheleft @Cinfhen I agree, the rare instance I liked the book more!! Had me and Maya both in tears. 😭😭 I watched it right around the same time I met my birth family for the first time. 10mo
Mdargusch Wow! Sounds heartbreaking! 💔 10mo
Cinfhen Watch the movie @Mdargusch !!!!! It‘s really good!!!!!! The little boy who played Saroo was sooooo cute & Dev Patel is HOT🤩🤩🤩 right @Susanita @4thhouseontheleft and Nicole Kidman was excellent too!!!! 10mo
4thhouseontheleft @Cinfhen Dev Patel 😍😍😍 10mo
Reviewsbylola Wowwwwww this sounds so moving. 10mo
emilyhaldi I think you posted this before maybe, right?? I remember thinking it sounded amazing but also so sad! 😭 10mo
Cinfhen I have posted before @emilyhaldi @Reviewsbylola The story is incredibly moving but the writing was a little unpolished ~ STILL all the feels are definitely felt!!! I think the movie is very accurate to the book and equally as moving. Make a movie night with @Mdargusch & @Meredith3 🍿🎥 10mo
Suet624 Loved the movie. 10mo
Cinfhen Soooooo sad @Suet624 😢😢😢 10mo
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WanderingBookaneer
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📚 Lion by Saroo Brierly (tagged)

🎥 Lion (based on tagged book)

🎶 “Emmylou” by First Aid Kit (from their album The Lion‘s Roar) This is the song that inspired Taylor Jenkins Reid to write Daisy Jones & the Six. I am currently obsessed with that book.

#ManicMonday

TK421 I love First Aid Kit! The Lion's Roar is one of my favorite albums from the last 10 years. Perfect harmonies. 10mo
Nessavamusic ❤️ First Aid Kit! 10mo
JoScho 🦁💛🦁 10mo
BookwormM Love First Aid Kit didn‘t know that about Daisy Jones makes me want to read it even more now. 10mo
LauraBrook Yay First Aid Kit! 10mo
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SitsWithaBook
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I loved loved loved the movie and the book was almost as good. If this were a fiction book you would say it defied belief. Amazing! #2018

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Mariel_hdez
A Long Way Home: A Memoir | Saroo Brierley
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Read this book after I watched Lion on Netflix (the film based on this book). It is so incredibly moving

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heidisreads
Long Way Home: A Memoir | Saroo Brierley
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my current #audiobook thanks to the #Library and #overdrive | #memoir

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Jeanne_S
Lion (Movie Tie-In) | Saroo Brierley
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Interesting.

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4thhouseontheleft
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My ambitious June TBR, especially since I am thinking about rereading The Lunar Chronicles series this summer! Not pictured/ 2 ARCs and 1 library ebook. 📚 😃 #junetbr #tbr #readingresolutions

corycatelyn Words in blue was good 😊 2y
ephemeralwaltz Great stack! 2y
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GypsyKat
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I couldn‘t resist Audible‘s daily deal this morning. 💸 #Audible #BookSale

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daniwithtea
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Right in the feels. What a journey. 10/100 for the years, BRICS pick for #readharder

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daniwithtea
A Long Way Home: A Memoir | Saroo Brierley
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Taking a break from my evening read to get library books ordered for #24in48. May have gone a bit overboard. #icanstopanytime

Readerann Not overboard at all. One needs variety 😉📚! 2y
daniwithtea @Readerann true story! :D 2y
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daniwithtea
A Long Way Home: A Memoir | Saroo Brierley
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I caught the end of this movie and looked up the book, only to find it was already on my TBR list. What an incredible story. My BRICS pick for #readharder.

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kendra
A Long Way Home: A Memoir | Saroo Brierley
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I thoroughly enjoyed both of these memoirs

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Librarylady
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My book club meets on Sunday and I just got my book in the mail. Guess I know what I'll be doing tonight and tomorrow.

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Captivatedbybooks
A Long Way Home: A Memoir | Saroo Brierley
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My #bookhaul from Sunday that i did while we had our #phillylitsymeetup

Jess7 I've heard very good things about this. I wanted to read the book first, but I caved and watched the movie adaption of it (Lion) and it was amazing. I can only imagine the book will be even better (if that's even possible). The movie was a (happy) tear-jerker. Such a wonderful true story! I can't say enough good things about it. 3y
Captivatedbybooks @Jess7 im definitely looking forward to reading it this weekend! Everyone keeps saying such wonderful things about it! 3y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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This is an inspiring story, but I'll be honest about the writing. I thought it was simplistic and not in line with the obvious complexity of feelings and experiences. For a book with a credited ghostwriter, I was surprised at how almost childish the writing was. Criticisms aside, the themes of love, loss, and fitting in are universal and I'm glad I read this. Now I can watch the movie since it's on Netflix. Full review at www.thebibliophage.com

MicheleinPhilly I need to read this so I can watch the darn movie. 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @MicheleinPhilly It's a quick read! If I had a physical copy, I'd bring it for you Sunday. But, alas, I don't. 😁 3y
MicheleinPhilly No worries! I have the ebook, but I appreciate the offer. ☺️ 3y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage @MicheleinPhilly No excuses then! 😎 3y
Cinfhen Couldn't agree more~ I think my copy actually says junior edition 3y
MicheleinPhilly Other than the 250+ other unread books on my Kindle? Nope, none at all. 😜 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen The audio doesn't say that, but maybe it actually was. It's confusing when publishers change titles and content all over the place! 3y
irre The movie was great! 3y
BellaBookNook I have not read it but it reminds me of The Orphan Keeper by Camron Wright which I highly recommend. I loved that book. The main character was actually kidnapped and sold into an agency but the story really brings up so much and stays with you. I, too want to read Lion prior to seeing the movie. Glad to hear it was good. 3y
Megabooks I wonder if this is any different from A Long Way Home. I thought Vikas Adam did a great job with audio, which is how I went. 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @irre My DIL has been telling me how great it is. I plan to watch it soon! 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @BellaBookNook Thanks for the recommendation. That book sounds intense! 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Booksandcooks It's exactly the same. They took the original book and rebranded it to match the movie. I agree that Vikas Adam was a great narrator. 3y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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First hour and first book completed for #24in48readathon. Now I have to go to work! 😰

Reviewsbylola You're on a roll. 👏🏻👏🏻 3y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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Listening to Saroo's story this week. Why do publisher's change the name of a book? It's weird ...

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suvata
Long Way Home: A Memoir | Saroo Brierley
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Confession: I watched the movie first.

merelybookish Sometimes it's better that way. 3y
suvata @merelybookish Both were very good. 3y
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suvata
Lion (Movie Tie-In) | Saroo Brierley
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Three book clubs. Three books. First up: Lion (Movie Tie-In).

Texreader Just saw Lion on the plane home from vacation. Little Saroo is the most adorable little guy ever (next to my own son of course). 3y
suvata @Texreader He is awfully cute. 3y
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suvata
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My current reading pile.

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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Darn that Audible sale! I'm most excited to listen to Lion, based on its great reviews here and raves from my DIL. I've also gotten in the habit of picking up audio versions of longer books so as to make reading them move faster.

#nonfictionchallenge17 #audiobooks

Lindy I choose audio for long books too. 👍 3y
Lindy And Saroo Brierley's memoir is great in audio! 3y
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theshrinkette
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Haven't watched the movie yet, but Vikas Adams is an excellent narrator so why not.

Megabooks He does a great job with this! 3y
MicheleinPhilly I just saw that this movie is coming to Netflix or Amazon this month. I think it's Netflix. Which means I need to read this book ASAP. 3y
Aquedita *add to cart on audible* 3y
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Belle719
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Amazing memoir! I saw the movie Lion before I read the book. The book ties in perfectly. Some things Saroo described were VERY disturbing. Therefore, I would not recommend this book to a child under the age of 13. Saroo's experience could be very inspiring to those searching for birth parents or those who want to adopt a child from another country.

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Matilda
A Long Way Home: A Memoir | Saroo Brierley
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More #saturdaying ... I predict I'm gonna cry.

Heatherine Haven't read the book yet, but the movie was so good!! 3y
Jinjer Oh how funny! Mom & I just watched this exact netflix DVD and I jumped on Litsy to add the book to my stack and the first post I saw was yours . My eyes hurt from crying so much. 3y
Matilda @Jinjer @Heatherine I am a crying mess! It was so good. 3y
Heatherine I cried too!!! Glad you liked it. 😊 3y
Charlhunterxo This was so good! 3y
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Cinfhen
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Simply written and told this is an incredibly moving true story of survival and hope. At the age of 5, with no education and nothing but the clothes he was wearing, Saroo became separated from his family on a railroad platform in India. After surviving on his own,on the crowded streets of Calcutta he was eventually placed in an orphanage & adopted by an Australian couple. This is his unbelievable journey. #TissuesRequired #AsSeenOnTV

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Lovely pic ❤️ 3y
Dragon I loved the movie, adding the book to my tbr. 🐉 3y
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Cinfhen If you saw the movie I'm sure the book is exactly the same...it's written very simply and straightforward...definitely try the library @Dragon I have a feeling the movie may have captured more emotions 3y
Reviewsbylola Wow, that sounds horrific. 😢 3y
tpixie @Reviewsbylola the movie was very uplifting and very well done. But yes there is tragedy. Based on a true story. Watch it and read it!!! 3y
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Cinfhen
Lion (Movie Tie-In) | Saroo Brierley
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#splashintosummerreads Here's my small #TBR because I NEVER stick to a plan...

BibliophileMomma I have that bag! I got it last month on vacation when I went to the Bookloft! 😍 3y
erzascarletbookgasm 🙌🏼😄 3y
Cinfhen @Tiffy_Reads That awesome tote was a gift from the amazing @WanderingBookaneer 💝💝💝 3y
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Cinfhen Just saw your post my fellow mood reader @erzascarletbookgasm 💕💕if you want a fast read go for 3y
Bklover Love your book tote! 3y
erzascarletbookgasm @Cinfhen You have great taste like me (ahem), I just posted that as one of my anticipated reads this month! 3y
Leftcoastzen I never stick to a plan reading wise either 😁 3y
Cinfhen Right @Leftcoastzen reading is fluid and spontaneous...I hated assigned reading when I was in school 😬 3y
LeahBergen I can never stick to a planned TBR either. 🙄 3y
DebinHawaii Commonwealth is in my TBR stack but hasn't made it to my June TBR list yet. I will be watching to see what you think. 👍 3y
Cinfhen I've been reading it since January so don't hold your breath @DebinHawaii 😜 3y
LeahBergen 😂😂 Yes! 3y
WanderingBookaneer Glad you like it! 3y
Megabooks What did you pick for #BOTM? #inquiringmindswanttoknow 3y
Megabooks And I really enjoyed commonwealth! It's the fictionalized story of her family. 😃👍🏻 3y
TrishB @Cinfhen school ruined me too! Can never stick to any list properly! 3y
Cinfhen I ended up choosing Seven Husbands @Booksandcooks I don't know why...it seems cheesy 😉and I froze my second account even though I REALLY wanted that second luggage tag 🤣🤣🤣 3y
Megabooks @Cinfhen Me too! I wanted that luggage tag, but I wanted to wait to renew my account more. This month's selections were really mediocre. 3y
Reviewsbylola I need to read Coomonw with too! 3y
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rjnellie
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"It was a decision that, in fact, changed the destiny of my life."

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MyBelovedLittleBooks
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This was such a great and touching story. The idea that a 5 year old could survive on their own through such poverty is mind blowing. The love of a mother is so beautiful. To think that she waited 24 years for him to return is incredible. This story also raised the issues in the adoption process and the poor state of India and its millions of children. I'm new to non fiction and am so glad I read this.

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LeahBergen
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I've yet to read this memoir (or see "Lion", the movie based on it).
#LongLongWayFromHome
#RockinMay

DivineDiana The movie is splendid! 3y
Cinfhen Great choice!!!! I have the book sitting on my nightstand and I didn't make the connection 🙆🏼🤦🏼‍♀️🤷🏼‍♀️I heard the film is amazing @DivineDiana 3y
Megabooks I did the audiobook, and it was great! 3y
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Hobbinol 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3y
PandaPanda Yes the movie is so amazing, though I'm sure the book has even more details! 3y
shawnmooney I've heard soooo much about this and it's the perfect pick for this category! 😍 3y
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b.olsenboblitt
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Wow! This was an amazing, poignant, and beautifully told story. The audio version was very well-done.

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Night_Reader
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Amazing story!! Now I'm ready for the movie.

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My kind of Sunday.

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howjessreads
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I veeery rarely buy physical books, I'm a library girl! But I do buy audiobooks that my library doesn't have, and I already pre-ordered Maggie Stiefvater's newest book! 💕📚 A big THANK YOU to everyone who played along for #aprilamazingreads. Planning to do one in early May too; stay tuned!

TobeyTheScavengerMonk Fun as always. Looking forward to May. 3y
Dragon Thanks @jess.how it was a lot of fun 👍😀 3y
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Took my daughter and 3 of her friends to the mall today to celebrate her birthday a little early. Pierced her ears, got McDonald's at the food court, played in the play area, and hit the candy store for their "party favors". It was super cute (basically an almost-7yo's perfect morning), but the giggling was a *little* much. ? So I chose to finish my audiobook on the way home. It's SO SO SO good!! Highly recommended!

MyNamesParadise Omg that sounds like so much fun!! McDonalds Coke and French fries will always be a weakness. Lol Am I 7? 🙈😜 3y
howjessreads @MyNamesParadise - welll I got a large fry for us all to share, but the kids were too hyper to eat much, so I ate like 90% of them... 😜 3y
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Brenda
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What an incredible story! I'm glad I chose the book over the movie. 🤓

BittersweetBooks The movie, Lion, was so good! I need to read the book now too. 3y
Brenda @BittersweetBooks I haven't seen the movie yet. After reading the book I think I will wait a while. 3y
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howjessreads
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Oh man this book is GRIPPING. I can't stop listening, and Saroo Brierley definitely counts as an #inspiringauthor. His life story is unbelievable!! #aprilamazingreads

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howjessreads
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I've heard a lot about this one! Just starting it, hope it's as good as the hype. 🙂

raelaschoenherr Lion, the movie about this story, was so good! 3y
Cinfhen Sitting on my TBR, curious to read your review🤓 3y
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stargazerblue49
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Oh my goodness, this book was fantastic! Just the amazing story of Saroo's life and everything that did and could have happened along the way... just breathtaking! Next stop - the movie! As if I wasn't excited enough about seeing Dev Patel with a beard, I found out that David Wenham is in the movie, too! Need to get my hands on it soon! 💛

Leelee08 Dev and David are 🔥🔥🔥!!! 3y
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stargazerblue49
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#bookndinner #movieanddinner
I started this book on audio on my commute to and from clinic today and the story reminded me so much of Slumdog Millionaire that I had to put it on. I am pretty sure it was mostly the song "Trains" by MIA, but that's where I'm at right now. Brierley's story is so incredible so far! Can't wait to dig some more into it! ???

Cinfhen Love SlumDogs and Jai Ho always pumps me up!!! Have you read 3y
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Just the thought of being able to ask for more food with the expectation of receiving it made me happy and built up my excitement to an almost unbearable pitch.

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Endrilkay
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I really enjoyed this story, even knowing the ending because I broke my usual rule and saw the movie first. It seems so incredible that it's true, and the writing feels very personal. Even as Saroo addresses the question of memory and time and how this might be affecting his story, it doesn't affect the emotions clear in this incredible tale. I also like how it brings up questions of home, family, belonging and identity.

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Happy March! ⛅️ in like a Lion, out like a Lamb 📚

DebinHawaii Nicely done! 😆👍📚 3y
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Ksvz
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2017 #40 Memoir Audio made into the movie Lion and based on the author's childhood recollections, shared events, and subsequent life moments ending with his journey home. It is an amazing tale but weirdly I am left with the aftertaste that the author is a total prat. Enjoyed it but I think just so I can revel in how great the movie adaptation will be. Like Q&A, somethings are better dramatized. +