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The Cider House Rules
The Cider House Rules | John Irving
First published in 1985 by William Morrow, The Cider House Rules is John Irving's sixth novel. Set in rural Maine in the first half of the twentieth century, it tells the story of Dr. Wilbur Larch—saint and obstetrician, founder and director of the orphanage in the town of St. Cloud's, ether addict and abortionist. It is also the story of Dr. Larch's favorite orphan, Homer Wells, who is never adopted.
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sprainedbrain
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I loved this book from start to finish.

I adore all of these characters, especially Homer and Dr. Larch. I love the story, the message, the writing style; I laughed, smiled, cried, and did not want this book to end.

It also felt very timely, at this scary point in US politics, to be reading about a good doctor delivering babies and delivering mothers. 💔

‘Goodnight you princes of Maine, you kings of New England.‘ 💕

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#1001books

sprainedbrain This was also my #booked2019 pick for ‘food or beverage on the cover.‘ 😃 @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen 1w
Suet624 Oh, you‘re so right. A great book to read now. 1w
BarbaraBB A very relevant read today indeed, as @Suet624 says! And I loved it too! 1w
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FeministBookClub I remember seeing this movie when it came out. May have to revisit it in our current sociopolitical climate. 1w
Cinfhen This is on my TBR!!! I‘ve been meaning to read more Irving since I read and loved 1w
Leftcoastzen I‘m so glad you like it! It‘s one of my all time favorites. 1w
Freespirit I loved A Prayer for Owen Meany. I should read this. Thank you 1w
BookwormM I loved this one 1w
sprainedbrain @Cinfhen I LOVE Owen Meany so much. I‘m not sure which of these books I loved more. 😍 1w
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JoScho
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Leftcoastzen 👏👍 2w
JoScho @Leftcoastzen 🖤😊 1w
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Chelsea.Poole
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Simply amazing. This has easily become one of my favorite books EVER. I'm going to have to read more of Irving's novels. I loved it. Even though the #audiobook was recorded on tape (!) it was still really well done. Love love love. Homer Wells ♥️
I'm rambling, but I urge you, if you haven't yet, read it! #highlyrecommended #favorite 🌳🍎

Lcsmcat I haven‘t read this one yet, but I LOVED 2mo
Kaye Been on my list for years. One of these days. 2mo
Swe_Eva I used to binge on John Irving when I was younger, but it‘s been many years since I read any of his books. Need to fix that. My fave has always been 2mo
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BarbaraBB I loved this one too. May be my favorite! 2mo
EmilyM I think this is my favorite Irving book! 2mo
Zelma This was was such a surprising one for me when I read it. So good and detailed and spanning such a long time. 2mo
Chelsea.Poole @Lcsmcat I want to read that one!! I wish it was on Libby. 2mo
Chelsea.Poole @kaye it was on mine for years too, and finally I decided I would place a hold on the audio through the digital library. When it came in for me, it was my time to finally read it and I am so glad I did! 2mo
Chelsea.Poole @Swe_Eva I have been trying to decide what my next one will be! It's between Garp and Owen Meany! 2mo
Chelsea.Poole @BarbaraBB @EmilyM @Zelma I agree with you all; this book is amazing. Glad you all enjoyed it as well. 2mo
Swe_Eva @Chelsea.Poole I probably stopped reading him around 1987 or so, so I‘ve not read that one. I loved all of his early books, though. I really need to check if I still do. 😂 2mo
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Chelsea.Poole
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#bookandbreakfast is my #audiobook from several months ago that I didn't get finished in time 🙈 I now have it back from the library wait list on #libby and I'm determined to get it done this time around. It's so good! Breakfast was a Mexican hash. #readandeat

jdiehr Great book 2mo
EmilyM One of my favorite John Irving books! 2mo
Chelsea.Poole @jdiehr @EmilyM I am so in love with it! I want to do nothing but read, but life keeps getting in the way. 2mo
BooknerdsLife That looks yummm 2mo
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Leftcoastzen
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CrowCAH Yes, I do! 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks No I don‘t!!! 🤣 2mo
Leftcoastzen @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Well , there you go, photographic evidence.😂 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Leftcoastzen bahaha!! 😂😂😂 2mo
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GypsyKat
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I had to buy today‘s #AudibleDailyDeal it‘s been on my TBR list for years! ❤️

violabrain I love this book!! 3mo
GypsyKat @violabrain I‘ve been meaning to read it forever! 3mo
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Chelsea.Poole
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This was #bookandbreakfast yesterday. 🍓
Today my #libraryhold was automatically returned because I didn't prioritize my #libby checkouts. Shoot. I'm going to place myself back on hold for it and start at the 54% mark when it comes back around for me. I may read the physical book while waiting for the #audiobook 🔊
#eatandread

MelissaSue81 I need to read this. My mom has always raved about it. (edited) 4mo
Cortg I feel your pain. I didn‘t finish my last audiobook in time. Fortunately I had the hard copy checked out as well and I actually only had 4 pages to read before finishing 😂 4mo
BookwormM Love Cider House great book 4mo
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Chelsea.Poole
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A very dear friend loved this book. I have been meaning to read it for years, but sadly will not have the opportunity to share my thoughts with my friend.
So far, I'm a quarter of the way through and I'm getting some The Hearts Invisible Furies vibes. Also, for an older #audiobook it is nice. 🔊🍎

Wife The movie is good too!🌹 5mo
Ruthiella Yes. I‘ve read a lot of Irving and when I read The Heart‘s Invisible Furies I thought for sure Boyle was influenced by John Irving‘s books.😀 5mo
BookwormM Beautiful book 5mo
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Amiable @Ruthiella "The Heart's Invisible Furies" is actually dedicated to John Irving! Boyne was definitely influenced by him. ? 4mo
Blaire @Amiable what a fun fact! I didn‘t notice that dedication. 4mo
Chelsea.Poole @Ruthiella this is my first Irving, so it took my by surprise! Really enjoying it though! 4mo
Chelsea.Poole @Wife I haven't seen the movie but I'll have to watch it after I finish. 4mo
Chelsea.Poole @BookwormM it is!! ♥️ 4mo
Chelsea.Poole @Amiable @BlairBear I had no idea of the connection! I just immediately thought of Furies when I started this one! 4mo
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llwheeler
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I'm about 40% into The Cider House Rules and just passed the part where pretty much every character bails on Little Dorritt 😂

Made me think of my copy which I'm pretty sure I have because both my parents bailed on it too... it's still tbr of course. Is it too masochistic of me to say I kinda want to read it more now? 😂 won't be til the new year though, still trying to finish up 2018 challenges. That cover sure looks cheery though eh?

Lcsmcat I loved Little Dorrit! Don‘t let them ruin it for you. 6mo
llwheeler @Lcsmcat Yay, good to know! I've liked every Dickens I've read so far (Great Expectations, Christmas Carol, and Tale of Two Cities) so I assume I'll like it... or at least not bail! Lol 6mo
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llwheeler
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Just found out about #tometopple readathon happening now til Nov 29. It seems to be mostly on twitter (and IG? I don't have it, so not sure) and is a readathon for 500+ pg books.
So I looked up the page counts for my remaining 12 challenge books for the year... 3 are 500+ ... meep! Guess I'll be reading these next 😅
(This post also an excuse to experiment with photo editing on my new phone... still have a ways to go on the learning curve lol)

Nebklvr I read the Kalevala but broke it up with other books. 6mo
llwheeler @Nebklvr I was doing that, I'm about 100 pages in. I figure it still counts cause I have over 500 pages remaining. But I also think I need to focus on it a bit more cause I haven't picked it up in months now... i'll still break it up with audiobooks prob 6mo
Amiable This is one of my all-time favorite books. I'm a huge John Irving fan. 😍 6mo
llwheeler @Amiable i've never read any John Irving yet, i'm looking forward to this one! 6mo
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Leftcoastzen
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#apple #litsyclassics I love this book and consider it a contemporary classic. 🍎🍏🍎

Amiable One of my all-time favorites, along with "A Prayer for Owen Meany"! ?? 7mo
Leftcoastzen @Amiable I haven‘t read Owen Meany,it‘s on mountain TBR.Which is kinda funny because I have read most of his books. 7mo
BookwormM Love it 😍 7mo
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AshleyHoss820
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And the #TBRBowlOfDestiny is 3 for 3!! This book was glorious! I want to turn around and re-read it! These characters are so real and yet larger-than-life. I truly lost myself in Irving‘s descriptions. I will recommend this often, I just know it. 147/1,001 #1001Books

BookwormM I love this one and have just read Owen Meany which is equally amazing 8mo
Samplergal I adore this book. I have read it so many times. Watch the movie. It‘s good. 8mo
AshleyHoss820 @BookwormM That one is on my list too! 8mo
AshleyHoss820 @Samplergal I watched the movie when it came out and I had NO clue it was a book! Such a great film! I can tell I‘ll be re-reading this book!! 😄😄 8mo
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Wife
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#tarottakeover Homer Wells is an orphan raised to adulthood in an orphanage. Sheltered from society, he nevertheless is taught obstetrical skills by Dr. Larch. Homer has issues with some of the doctor‘s practices and decides to leave the only home he‘s known. He makes his way, falls in love, and ultimately has to sacrifice his values and accept that Dr. Larch wasn‘t all wrong. Great book and movie! 🖤#HangedManCard 🍎🍎🍎

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Blueberry
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vkois88 Some of those sound really good!! 9mo
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walryan5
Cider House Rules | John Irving
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Awesome story. Great prose. This one pulls all of the emotions. Highly recommended.

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kathedron
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I've not had much reading time this weekend because, apparently, I've been in the apple business. Herewith the ancestral Dorset Apple Cake (with a loaf of rye bread)! I also made an apple crumble (gone!) and a batch of apple and apricot chutney. I think I've earned myself a glass or two of Henry Weston's fine work! 😊🍏 Cheers, my dears!

Bookwomble 😋🍏🍞🍰🍻😋 9mo
Oryx Looks amazing. I love cooking with apples. I planted a tree last year, and we have a grand total of 4 apples on it this year. 😄 I think I'll have to give it another couple of years before I get a crumble out of it. 9mo
Cinfhen Yum 😋 9mo
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Daisey It all sounds delicious! 9mo
merelybookish They both look delish! 9mo
batsy That looks so good! 9mo
Reggie Wow!!! Looks sooo good!!! 9mo
Cathythoughts Absolutely yum 😋 9mo
kathedron @Bookwomble @Cinfhen @Daisey @merelybookish @batsy @Reggie @Cathythoughts Thank you, all! 😘 @Oryx Do you know the folk method for ensuring a fruitful apple tree? You're meant to give the first apple picked to a woman with a large family! 😉 Not that I've tried it: our tree was already well established when we got here. 9mo
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CBee
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(The) Cider House Rules
Colleen Hoover
Cloak and Dagger 🗡
Cobbler (preferably apple or peach)
😁 #manicmonday @JoScho 😘

JoScho I think you are the first one to name Colleen Hoover today which is surprising because she is so loved. Thanks for playing 😊💖 10mo
CBee @JoScho that‘s funny, because she was the first author that popped into my head 😊 10mo
KathyWheeler I love The Cider House Rules! I‘ve never read anything by Colleen Hoover. 10mo
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JoScho @KathyWheeler all the feels!!! 10mo
KathyWheeler @JoScho Thanks. I stacked it. 10mo
JoScho @KathyWheeler of course 💜 I hope you like it. It was a five star read for me. 10mo
CBee @JoScho me too! @KathyWheeler I also really loved 10mo
KathyWheeler @CBee I stacked this one too. They both sound good. 10mo
CBee @KathyWheeler 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 10mo
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wlivengood
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This is one of my all time favorites. Seems like Dickens was influential to John Irving. Excellent.

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AshleyHoss820
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I finished The Lover, so I let my middle kid, Dane, pick from the #TBRBowlOfDestiny! The Bowl has spoken!! (And so far, it is 2/2!) #1001Books

Louise What a great idea! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 11mo
Ingerella I need to do this! Great idea! 11mo
AshleyHoss820 @Louise @Ingerella It has made my life SO much easier!! And it‘s kinda fun not knowing!! 😄😄😄 11mo
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Readerann Love it! ❤️ 11mo
AshleyHoss820 @Readerann Thank you! 11mo
Mamashep Love this one! 11mo
AshleyHoss820 @Mamashep Yay! Good to hear! I loved the movie (had no clue it was a book!) so I‘m excited for this one! 11mo
whatshesreadingnow That‘s a fabulous idea!! Wonderful book too! 11mo
AshleyHoss820 @whatshesreadingnow Thank you! I‘m excited to read it!! 😄 11mo
Zelma It is a fantastic book. The book essentially covers three generations whereas the movie covers maybe two summers in one of the character‘s lives. 11mo
AshleyHoss820 @Zelma That is really good news! I love the movie, but now I‘m excited for a richer experience! Thank you! 11mo
Zelma @AshleyHoss820 yay! 👍 It‘s one of my favorite Irving books. 11mo
AshleyHoss820 @Zelma This will be my first Irving! 11mo
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JuliaTheBookNerd
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#Orphan 🍎 #QuotsyMay18 💐

#BookNerd 📚💙

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mdm139
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Enjoying my new backyard. I temporarily put my old lawn furniture in my reading nook. I have been searching for months for good furniture but none have high arm rests for reading comfortably. So I think we may just freshing up my old furniture with new cushions and paint.

SqueakyChu It looks cozy! 💕 13mo
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BookNerd9906
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I finally finished this book. It‘s taken me weeks. In typical John Irving fashion, there were parts that were really slow, but it all came together in the end. From the Dickensian orphan characters, to tackling issues of race, Cider House Rules is beautiful coming of age story that was well worth the read.

Mrs_Organized_Chaos I love John Irving. 13mo
BookNerd9906 @Mrs_Organized_Chaos what is your favorite? 13mo
Mrs_Organized_Chaos @BookNerd9906 Until I Find You or A Prayer for Own Meany 13mo
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BookNerd9906
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Some books are like a vacation, but there‘s nothing better than vacation with a book.

AmyG Agreed. Enjoy! 14mo
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Hunsakermountain
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Awake still at 4:44 am! At least I have #audiobooks.

#1001books #JohnIrving

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BookNerd9906
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whatshesreadingnow 😍😍 14mo
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DebbieVincent
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A must read classic. Themes include abortion and detailed descriptions of foetuses. Probably not for pro-lifers.
#theciderhouserules
#johnirving

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Kikaninchen
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Lesegenuss, kann man nicht mehr weglegen #johnIrving #Irving #gotteswerkundteufsbeitrag #TheCiderHouseRules

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Bry
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1. 35
2. One sister
3. No kids
4. Just started Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
5. The Cider House Rules by John Irving
6. 😬
7. Periphery
8. I don‘t like pizza.
9. Dogs!
10. None - I‘ve never been able to handle hot drinks...so maybe luke-warm chocolate??
11. At Home
12. @Ingerella

#hallowhoareyou

Ingerella I really liked Dark Matter! Enjoy!! 1y
Bry It‘s definitely different from what I normally read so we‘ll see! 1y
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Bry
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Obviously, John Irving has to be part of my readathon. I loved both this book and the movie 😍. Extra EXTRA points for having the book and the movie AND the book about the making of the movie??
Hour 18 challenge of #24in48

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BookwormM
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#reading1001
5 stars

I loved this book about morality, ethics and most importantly family and what constitutes a family.

I enjoyed watching Homer growing and developing as a person and finally reaching the point of understanding that Larch wanted him to have.

I was pleased with the way the ending avoided a cliched happily ever after while leaving the reader with hope for the future for everyone.

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BookwormM
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#reading1001

Loving the emphasis on the power of reading in this book.

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BookwormM
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Happy Thanksgiving those of you who celebrate 🎉

we have been invited to our first thanksgiving dinner tomorrow really looking forward to it.

TricksyTails Happy Thanksgiving! 2y
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CoreySF
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“Mom would outdo herself at momness” (p. 16).

KVanRead Such a fantastic book 💛 2y
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Leftcoastzen
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After all my Irving obsessiveness came out earlier this week how could I not post this?
#apples #riotgrams

sisilia What's your favorite Irving? 2y
mrozzz Perfect!! 2y
Leftcoastzen @sisilia Still Garp, but I have not read them all, including Owen Meany. 2y
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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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🍁BOTH!! 🍁Cozy book 🍁 Hayride 🍁 none of those really 🍁 Pumpkin patch 🍁 Bonfires! 🍁 Football is fine. No football is fine too. 🏈

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Leftcoastzen
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#crush #augustgrrrl Ok ,so one is a writer.

Cinfhen That's a very young looking Harvey Keitel 😜 2y
Leftcoastzen @Cinfhen from 1995 movie "Smoke" 2y
Cinfhen And john Irving too, come to think of it 😉 2y
Leftcoastzen @Cinfhen That's from Cider House ,85'?They are longtime crushes so only fair.😉 2y
Cinfhen 😂😂👍🏻 2y
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Bluzygrl
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I found this in a used bookstore yesterday afternoon. I started rereading it as soon as I got home. Sometimes you need to revisit old friends and first loves.

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jdtchicago
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It´s natural to want someone you love to do what you want, or what you think would be good for them, but you have to let everything happen to them. You can't interfere with people you love any more than you're supposed to interfere with people you don't even know. And that's hard, ..., because you often feel like interfering -you want to be the one who makes the plans.

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jdtchicago
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People only ask questions when they're ready to hear the answers.

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jdtchicago
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What is hardest to accept about the passage of time is that the people who once mattered the most to us wind up in parentheses.

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BookishTrish
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CherylDeFranceschi Awesome! Love the angst-poetry treasures! 2y
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GlitterGirl
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Another one for #Maybookflowers #fruit
This has been lying, unread on my shelf for ages. #add2tbr

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Aseleener
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Listened on audio, 24 hours. Oh my! I think it's the longest audiobook I've done so far. I loved it. The subject matter is not always easy. The graphic detail about abortions is cringe-inducing. Irving is such a great storyteller. I got totally absorbed into the setting. It is full of everyday tedium, which I usually hate, but not from Irving. And the narrator is fantastic. Highly recommended. #historicalfiction ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Zelma This was definitely one of my favorite Irving books. It is fantastic! 2y
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readingallthetime
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"Good night - you Princes of Maine , you Kings of New England. From the chapter Princes of Maine, Kings of New England.

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readingallthetime
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I decided I need back up to my audio copy. This book hasn't been checked out since April 3,2013😳

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readingallthetime
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Free from my library. I watched the movie years ago but never tackled the book.

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