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Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk
Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk | Kathleen Rooney
Its the last day of 1984, and 85-year-old Lillian Boxfish is about to take a walk. As she traverses a grittier Manhattan, a city anxious after an attack by a still-at-large subway vigilante, she encounters bartenders, bodega clerks, chauffeurs, security guards, bohemians, criminals, children, parents, and parents-to-bein surprising moments of generosity and grace. While she strolls, Lillian recalls a long and eventful life that included a brief reign as the highest-paid advertising woman in Americaa career cut short by marriage, motherhood, divorce, and a breakdown. A love letter to city lifehowever shiny or sleazyLillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney paints a portrait of a remarkable woman across the canvas of a changing America: from the Jazz Age to the onset of the AIDS epidemic; the Great Depression to the birth of hip-hop.
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MommyWantsToReadHerBook
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Mehso-so

It was... Okay. I was interested to read in the acknowledgements that Lillian was based on a real advertising woman, because that was the part of the book that I liked least. Some parts of the book were really charming and others were just so-so. I know all these protofeminist novels are very in right now. I consider myself a feminist so I don't really know what it is I generally don't like about them. Anyway, that's my #unpopularopinion. ⭐⭐⭐

Anna40 Agreed. It was ok for me too. I'm also a feminist but this didnt strike me as feminist lit 3mo
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Lissy1
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Mehso-so

I decided to read this book which I found someone posted about for the curious covers tag, and whilst I loved the idea of the plot, it just didn‘t quite reach the place I expected it to go. I would of preferred hearing more about the stories of the people Lily met through the night. There were some but I wanted more like that. This was in no way a bad read though
I gave this book 3 stars ✨

#book #bookreview #review #books #read #reading

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Lissy1
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Today I finished Lillian Boxfish takes a walk! Here are my stats from this read. I read it in 7 days. Review in the following post!

#bookly #book #books #read #reading #kathleenrooney #lillianboxfish #bookshelf #stats #readingstats #monthlystats #statistics

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Lissy1
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After seeing this post by @MayJasper about a month back as part of the #CuriousCovers tag, I looked it up and it sounded really interesting so I went out and bought it a couple of weeks back and now I‘m gonna start on it. Exciting!

#book #books #bookshelf #bookly #newbook #newbooks #read #reading #kathleenrooney #lillianboxfish

Ruthiella Pretty cover! 😍 6mo
marleed I love this book. I‘d love it if my annual New Years Eve tradition was to give it a reread! 6mo
rjsthumbelina Holy crap, I need this cover! 6mo
kspenmoll I love this book! 6mo
MayJasper I hope you enjoy it x 6mo
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MayJasper
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Not one I've read but I like the cover.
#CuriousCovers Day 23 #Building
@Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Louise This one is an interesting read. 👍 7mo
Lissy1 I just looked this up and it actually sounds really interesting. Adding to my list for sure! 7mo
LeslieO I ❤️ Lillian! And this is a great cover. 7mo
Eggs Love this book❤️❤️ 7mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I love Lillian and this cover is awesome! 7mo
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Susanita
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megnews ❤️ this book 10mo
TheKidUpstairs ❤📚❤📚 10mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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Pickpick

Lillian reminded me so much of my Gram—magical, complicated, rebellious and a poetry lover. They would be about the same age, and both have a tremendous love for New York City. So my whole experience with this book was colored by that connection. I loved it so much, even though it meandered (seemingly) aimlessly across decades, experiences and city blocks.

Full review http://www.TheBibliophage.com
#thebibliophage2021 #irlbookgroup

BarbaraTheBibliophage p.s. Yeah, that‘s me in the stroller. 🤓 11mo
marleed Ohh, so sweet! 11mo
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Lovesbooks87
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Pickpick

I really enjoyed spending this snowy day with Lilian. I had so many laugh out loud moments. Thanks for sharing it with us @samanthagutt @EH2018 I will mail it out to you this weekend!

#ecbc

samanthagutt Yay!!! So glad you liked it! 12mo
Lovesbooks87 @EH2018 I sent out the book this morning and it should be there by Wednesday. 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻 12mo
EH2018 Thank you! 12mo
EH2018 Got it, thanks! 11mo
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Lovesbooks87
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The snow has started here in Maryland. We are supposed to get 8-12 inches over the next 2 days. So I am going to spend some time with Lillian Boxfish! #ecbc

megnews I love this one 12mo
Moonprismpower We have a storm warning here on cape. So I hope to stay in and read also! Of course I may have to restock my junk food cabinet. 12mo
Bookwormjillk I‘m hoping for a good reading storm 12mo
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AmyG Stay safe and enjoy reading. I just saw on the news...about the snowstorm! 12mo
Lovesbooks87 @AmyG I have no plans of leaving the house today and am hoping for a snow day tomorrow. 🤞🏻Hoping to get a lot of extra reading time in! 12mo
Soubhiville A good reading storm 🙂, that‘s a great thing to wish for! 12mo
samanthagutt Yay!! I hope you enjoy! 12mo
Lovesbooks87 @samanthagutt I am about half way through it and am loving Lillian! 12mo
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Lovesbooks87
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Look what showed up today @aroc can‘t wait to read it!

marleed It‘s such a beautiful story. 12mo
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aroc
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Catching up on my #EastCoastBookClub!

Thanks for the pick @samanthagutt !
@EH2018 @Lovesbooks87

Also finished my #doublespin for #BookSpinBingo!
@TheAromaofBooks

samanthagutt Yay!! I‘m setting a reminder now to bring you The Star-Crossed Sisters on Monday 😂 12mo
aroc I still have Erika's to read! 😂😂 12mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 12mo
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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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Pickpick

Perfect end of the year read! Lillian literally walks all over NYC on New Year's Eve 1984, has adventures, & thinks about her life. Full of 80s refences that I got and will make you want to visit the city. 🗽🍾🥂🕛 🎉
#newyearsreads

CogsOfEncouragement Sounds good. 13mo
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aroc
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Just some reading after my first Covid vaccine dose! Feeling good! 💛

Lovesbooks87 How exciting! 🎉🎉🎉🎉 13mo
AmyG I get one tomorrow! It is very exciting, indeed. 13mo
aroc @Lovesbooks87 @AmyG It feels good to have control over it now. My anxiety is thanking me for the break. 😂 13mo
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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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New Years Eve/Day Books aren't as plentiful as Christmas Books. Here are few I've read or plan to read.

Currently listening to Lillian Boxfish takes a Walk. Loving it's 1980s refences.

I've heard good things about The Boy in the Red Dress so I'msaving itfor December31st.
🕛🥂🍾🎉🥳
#whatareyoureadingnewyearseve

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samanthagutt
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Pickpick

So happy with my #EastCoastBookClub choice! I don‘t want to give away too much in my review so I don‘t ruin anything for the other book club members, but I will say that Lillian Boxfish was probably one of my favorite characters I‘ve read in a long time. Hope everyone else enjoys it too! #ECBC

Lovesbooks87 Can‘t wait to read it! 14mo
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CoffeeNBooks
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#WordsOfOctober Lillian Boxfish is #Energetic and spends a lot of time walking around New York.
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

OriginalCyn620 Love Lillian! 1y
CoffeeNBooks @OriginalCyn620 It's such a great book! 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great choice!! 1y
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JenReadsAlot
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OriginalCyn620 Lillian was one of my choices too! 1y
JenReadsAlot @OriginalCyn620 it was so good! 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love Lillian!! 1y
megnews Lillian! ❤️ 1y
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OriginalCyn620
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I‘ve read so many books #setinnewyorkcity and these are just a few. My favorite was the tagged book!
#3Books 🗽❤️

BarbaraBB Great theme, all these walking women! 1y
OriginalCyn620 @BarbaraBB ❤️❤️❤️ 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I love Lillian ❤️ 1y
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slategreyskies
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🌀 #BookSpinBingo update! 3/25
🌀 I‘m not sure I‘ll get a bingo this month, but I‘m having fun trying! :)

Gissy 👍👏👏👏👏 1y
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! I love checking the books off!! 1y
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slategreyskies
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Pickpick

This book was exceptional. I loved Lillian, loved her stories, loved her character. I loved the way the book was written. I‘m really glad I read this. Highly recommended.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Although I haven‘t finished my #bookspin yet, Lillian was my #doublespin, so I‘m making progress toward #BookSpinBingo.

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! (I'm all out of order haha) 1y
marleed I love this book. I have 2 copies and somehow can‘t part with either. I saw a perfect condition paperback while checking out a thrift store yesterday. I almost bought it just to make sure I could get it to the right home. 1y
slategreyskies @marleed I get that! I loved it enough that I‘ll pick up a copy when I come across one someday too. :) 1y
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slategreyskies
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🌀 staying home tonight, I‘ve been #audiopainting with Lillian Boxfish and my watercolors.
🌀I also made Rice Krispie treats, to my boys‘ delight.
🌀 Sitting down now with a mug of Earl Grey Creme tea. It‘s a relaxing Saturday evening. There‘s so much to be thankful for. 💕

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CoffeeNBooks
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#BoundTogetherJune I enjoyed reading about Lillian's #Memories as she walked through New York City on New Year's Eve 1984.
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

OriginalCyn620 I love Lillian! ❤️ 2y
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ravenlee
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Today‘s Dollar Tree #bookhaul starts with #blameitonLitsy - the tagged book isn‘t something I‘d usually pick, but after all the love for it here I figured I could spend $1 to try it out. I‘ve never heard of the others but they look interesting. And, honestly, it‘s the first time I‘ve been in a book-selling-type-place in months - I was going to buy something, right?

Leftcoastzen I loved Lillian! 2y
Christine Fun! But sigh, now I‘m reminded of how much I miss browsing the books at DT! 2y
ravenlee @Christine the bookshelves there today were a horrible mess, all jumbled and thrown around. It was hard to look through it all. (edited) 2y
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OriginalCyn620
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I want to be Lillian when I grow up! ❤️
#walk #bloomingbibliophiles

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Me too!! Pretty pic 💗💗 2y
marleed I love this book so much. I think it should be my NYE read from here on out! 2y
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OriginalCyn620 That‘s a good idea @marleed! 2y
slategreyskies @marleed I love the idea of having a NYE read! 1y
slategreyskies I‘m getting ready to start this book. I‘ve never read it before, but it really does look great! 1y
OriginalCyn620 Hope you enjoy it @slategreyskies! 1y
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EadieB
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Day 29 - #Walk #BloomingBibliophiles
#LillianBoxfishTakesAWalk #KathleenRooney

Read the two years ago and enjoyed it very much!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love Eleanor ❤️ 2y
OriginalCyn620 Love Lillian! This was gonna be my choice too for the prompt! 😊 2y
EadieB @OriginalCyn620 Go for it! 2y
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Patchshank
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Bailedbailed

I gave the standard 100 pages, and a little more. It's just not for me. I'm just bored. There's nothing for me to really care about or really wonder about. Not my sort of thing.

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Kaila-ann
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Bailedbailed

#unpopularopinion time but I just couldn‘t get into/connect with this book. It could very well be me but Lillian just felt kind of whiny to me and the story was very meandering. Maybe I went it to it expecting something that it wasn‘t but at about 150 pages I realized that I didn‘t have any interest in finding out what happened. Maybe I‘ll revisit Lillian down the road but for now her story will be traveling. #bookcrossing #travelingbooks

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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“I was not a believer in things just changing. One had to try to change them.”

#Charming character 💗💗

#MagnificentMarch

OriginalCyn620 Love Lillian! 2y
okthislooksbad Lillian is such a delight ❤️ 2y
Slajaunie I have that same mug! 💙💙 2y
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AvidReader25 I love Lillian! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Slajaunie yay!!! It was from @AmyG 📚❤️ 2y
AmyG Crazy cat lady needed a cat mug! 🤣😘 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @AmyG yes!!! I love it!! 2y
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alisonrose
Pickpick

More books with old lady protagonists, please! I really enjoyed this one. Lillian is delightful in ways that only an old woman could be, and the use of dual timelines made perfect sense here, really helped tell the story so well. You can really see the older Lillian in her younger self, and even vice versa somehow. Does get a bit dark near the end & I wish that section had been given more space, but overall I loved & highly recommend it! 4/5 ⭐️

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great review!! Love Lillian! ❤️ (edited) 2y
alisonrose @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ☺️👵🏻👌🏻 2y
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alisonrose

There in the bathroom, certainly, I felt well past tears, and made a point of not meeting my own eyes in the mirror. The minute you see yourself you‘re forced out of your head and into your body, forced to reckon with yourself as a thing that takes up space in the world, that others can see and react to, that has a story with a beginning, middle, and end that intersects with other people‘s stories. A mirror gives you perspective.

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alisonrose

Among the many unsurprising facts of life that, when taken in aggregate, ultimately spell out the doom of our species is this: People who command respect are never as widely known as people who command attention.

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alisonrose

...one could only sugarcoat the hemlock so much.

[Ooh, that‘s a great twist to that turn of phrase!]

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alisonrose

“All right, all right,” he said, with that gesture I‘d come to hate: two open palms facing me and patting the air, as if pushing me away, pushing me down, pushing any tears I might be preparing to cry back into their ducts.

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alisonrose

I thought at times that poetry might be an elegant way of screaming.

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alisonrose

Everything in fashion these days seems so childlike and bellicose, bright yet aggressive, a cute positivity that recasts every woman as a cross between a majorette and a Sherman tank.

[Ah yes, the good old stylin‘ 80s! 🤣🤣🤣]

kalinichta I need to re-read this book (and this is coming from someone who almost never re-reads). I love Lillian. 2y
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alisonrose
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Felt like reading a book about an old lady, if that tells you anything about my mindset these days... 🙎🏻‍♀️➡️👵🏻 #nowreading

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GypsyKat
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The day I‘ve dreaded is upon me. Our husky puppy has noticed the books on the bookshelves. 😭😭😭

AlaMich Oh dear.....😲 2y
CocoReads 😱 2y
That-Bookish-Hiker Oh no! 🙈 2y
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TheSpineView Oh no! 😳 2y
LeahBergen 😫😫😫 2y
Soubhiville That‘s sad. 2y
Mitch Oh no! Arya what are you doing! 2y
LiteraryinLawrence Nooooooo! 2y
Redwritinghood Oh no! Thankfully, my dog has never taken to chewing on my books. 2y
Victoria_Clyne Oh no. 😮 would a baby proof fence help? 2y
Branwen Oh noooooo! 😣 2y
Prairiegirl_reading Oh jeez!! 😲😲😲 2y
Bette Ouch! 🐶😬 2y
DrexEdit 😨😨😨 2y
Jas16 😱 2y
Megabooks Oh no!! 2y
erzascarletbookgasm Oh no! 😫 Have to keep the books on higher shelves? 2y
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Julsmarshall
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Pickpick

Utterly charming! Loved spending time with Ms Boxfish while meandering around NYC. Thankful for the #Booked20 #winter2 prompt, hat/head covering on cover, to compel me to finally read this after having it for 2+ years. #MountTBR @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

Cinfhen Yay!!! Win/Win 🙌🏻🎉♥️and it really is a great little book 2y
Julsmarshall @Cinfhen it really is! 2y
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Julsmarshall
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#current read This has been on my #TBR forever! It is so charming so far!

JSW This is such a delightful read! 2y
Loretta It‘s so good! The author is lovely too! 2y
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OriginalCyn620
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I want to be Lillian when I grow up! 😁
#setonnewyearseveday #auldlangreads

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Me too!! Love this photo! 2y
NeedsMoreBooks Me, too 🙋🏻‍♀️ 2y
marleed Yep, me too! 2y
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Librarybelle
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Pickpick

My last book for 2019, and what a perfect way to finish out a year! Quiet, reflective, yet full of emotion, this book features Lillian Boxfish as she reminisces about the good and the bad in her life, while walking the streets of NYC on New Years Eve 1984. Quite a remarkable character, full of grit and determination and yet a vulnerability that was almost her undoing.

Final time for #24B42020

Reviewsbylola LOVE this book! 2y
Owlizabeth Happy New Year!! 2y
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Librarybelle @Reviewsbylola It was so good! 2y
Andrew65 A great way to finish the year. 2y
Librarybelle @Andrew65 ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
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PurpleyPumpkin
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Pickpick

Last post for 2019! While the initial chapters of this audiobook didn't really pique my interest, I stuck with it and I'm glad I did. Lillian is a witty, endearing, no-nonsense octogenarian who revisits various events in her life while walking through her beloved New York City on the eve of a new year. She is one of those fictional characters whom I'd love to meet and enjoy a leisurely lunch with while savouring an interesting conversation. 3.5⭐️

Reviewsbylola Lillian is such a great literary heroine. 2y
PurpleyPumpkin @Reviewsbylola She really is!👍🏽 2y
NeedsMoreBooks Enjoyed this one ❤️ 2y
Victoria_Clyne What a great read for new years eve. 2y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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“If one were HAPPY, then one might stay in with a book, say, and not go out hunting for fun.”

Happy #NewYear 🎆🎈🎊

I‘ll be right here tonight with Fiona and a book! 😽📚

Lillian always makes me think of New Year‘s Eve!!

#HollyJollyReading

OriginalCyn620 Love Lillian! 2y
Kalalalatja Happy New year! 2y
CarolynM Happy New Year Misty 2y
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Redwritinghood Happy New Year! 2y
NeedsMoreBooks Happy new year! 🥳 2y
Eggs Yep that‘s where I‘ll be tonight too 💗📚💗. Happy New Year dear girl 🥳 2y
mrp27 Happy New Year! 🎉📚🍾 2y
tracey38 In bed starting a new book! Happy New Year, Misty! 2y
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Felso
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Starting this tonight

marleed Perfect book for NYE!! 2y
Louise Such a good book! 2y
bookandcat Lovely book! 2y
GypsyKat I love this book! ❤️ 2y
charl08 Happy litsyversary! 2y
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Eggs
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#characterwithflair

#deardecember

Lillian is the character who popped into my brain first!

Amandajoy And a perfect book for this time of year! 2y
Leftcoastzen Nice choice, I really enjoyed this book! 2y
marleed I love Lillian. It‘s a great read during a NYE marathon! 2y
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dariazeoli
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Good morning!

CoffeeNBooks I loved Lillian! 2y
dariazeoli @CoffeeNBooks I‘m liking it so far! Perfect time of year to read it, too 🙂 2y
marleed I want to be Lillian at eighty and walk 10 miles each day! 2y
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marleed
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Three Five-stars in my newest grid as i near the end of a year of reading - I wasn‘t expecting that! I‘ll tag Lillian since I kind of want to be her when I grow up!

5* = Loved It, want non-reader IRL friends to read. I do/will own a physical copy. A+
4*= Liked it a lot, would love to discuss. Solid B
3*=Meh, no need to discuss. Average C
2*=Nope D
1*=DNF F

LiteraryinLawrence I like your rating system! 2y
marleed @LiteraryinLititz Thank you. I find it helps me remember books read if I give them a grade and I can do that best with my 5 stars associated to a traditional A-F school grading. When I look at my year, most of what I read got a 4*B followed closely by 4.5*A- Only 2 books got my 2*D rating! 2y
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marleed
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Pickpick

Perhaps it is my age, that I love to walk, that I love big cities. Or that one of my favorite people is an octogenarian who speaks with such eloquence that I stop and listen to anything she has to say.
...I loved this book!

#DearDecember @Eggs I‘m a day late for #AgingCharacters but this current read also matches today‘s #BlackGoldCovers

marleed @TheEllieMo and @AlwaysBeenALoverOfBooks Might I say this book (and I audio‘d some of it while walking) is mellifluous! 2y
Amiable This was one of my favorites from last year! I loved Lillian. 2y
NeedsMoreBooks Enjoyed this book 2y
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8little_paws Oh what a fun cover! 2y
MargaretPinardAuthor I did too, and I‘m 38 and in Portland OR..,I guess I am a city walking girl but don‘t think that had anything to do with appreciating the tender pathos in this book. 💗 2y
marleed @Amiable I‘ve had this on my shelves for a bit. There‘s something about finally grabbing a TBR book and then giving it a 5-star that makes it extra special. 2y
marleed @8little_paws I find myself just staring at the cover. I think it represents the book well. 2y
marleed @MargaretPinardAuthor You are close to the age of the author! I love how the author wrote a woman 50 years her senior! 2y
marleed @NeedsMoreBooks I‘m going to carry Lillian with me for a long time. 2y
Eggs Love everything about this! Beautiful cover 🖤🧡🖤🧡 2y
TheEllieMo @marleed everything about this looks like my kind of book! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love Eleanor 💙 2y
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Librarybelle
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Lillian reminisces her life on New Year‘s Eve in New York City. This is one of those that I should have read last year but did not...perhaps the way to end 2019?? #IllRemember #Movember

Cinfhen It can easily be a one sitting read and a lovely ode to NYC ~ perfect for this time of year 💚 (edited) 2y
squirrelbrain I loved this one! Definitely read it soon.... ❤️ 2y
marleed I hope to read this month. My favorite setting for a book is NYC so there is little excuse for me to have not read this - except that I love looking at the cover and anticipating it! 2y
NeedsMoreBooks I unexpectedly enjoyed this 💕 2y
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IndoorDame
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I kind of want to be Lillian when I grow up. #womenwithclass #namastenovember @Eggs

NeedsMoreBooks Same 🙋🏻‍♀️ 2y
Eggs A great book! 2y
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