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My Antonia (Original Classics)
My Antonia (Original Classics) | Willa Cather
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My Antonia is a novel published in 1918 by American writer Willa Cather, considered one of her best works. The novel tells the stories of an orphaned boy from Virginia, Jim Burden, and the elder daughter in a family of Bohemian immigrants, Antonia Shimerda, who are each brought to be pioneers in Nebraska towards the end of the 19th century, as children. Both the pioneers who first break the prairie sod for farming, as well as of the harsh but fertile land itself, feature in this American novel. The first year in the very new place leaves strong impressions in both children, affecting them lifelong."
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Scochrane26
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Didn‘t read that many books in June/July so doing these together. My favorite in June was A Thousand Ships & the best in July is My Antonia. #12booksof2021 @Andrew65

Andrew65 These look interesting. 3w
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peacegypsy
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Read this as an undergrad; I‘m feeling the urge to see how I process some literature after some time. ☺️

CarolynM 1mo
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PhyllisH
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A good day to knit and read.

“I prefer to be foolish when I feel like it, and be accountable to nobody.”
― Willa Cather, My Ántonia
#audibleknitters

SolaRaynor I love the color! 2mo
PhyllisH @Sola Raynor Thank you 😊 2mo
SRWCF I loved this book! 4w
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PhyllisH
My Antonia | Willa Cather
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I always enjoy listening to an Audible book while walking 🚶🏻‍♀️🎧📚. #audible #walking #audiblewalking

ReadingEnvy That's a great one for fall! 3mo
CarolynM 3mo
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Billypar
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This is definitely resonating now that the summer weather is on the verge of disappearing.

BkClubCare Such a wonderful story! 3mo
Cathythoughts Great quote! Brilliant book that I must reread 3mo
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jmtrivera
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While I really loved reading about Antonia, the pace of this story ebbed and flowed for me and I wanted more about Antonia herself. I liked where it eventually went, though I don\'t know that I\'d be excited to read more Cather.

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Scochrane26
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Started reading the physical book, but I felt I didn‘t have time, so I switched to audio. I really enjoyed this classic. Set in Nebraska, Cather makes you want to see the beautiful sunsets & fields. Loved the characters, esp the relationship between Ántonia & Jim. Only frustrating thing on audio is the narrator went back & forth for a bit in his pronunciation of Ántonia. A classic worth reading. My #doublespin book for July. @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 6mo
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BClark
My Antonia | Willa Sibert Cather
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A good read. Once I was caught up in it I had to finish. Chores can wait.

CarolynM Such a wonderful book! My favourite Cather. 8mo
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ManyWordsLater
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“‘You‘d better put in out in the rain barrel‘”

Had to stop reading last night because I was too nervous about what would happen to Antonia. She deserves so much!

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K.Wielechowski
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Mehso-so

Growing up in Nebraska means reading My Antonia at least once in school. It‘s been probably 20+ years since then so I thought I‘d give it a listen. I‘m still not a fan of the main character, Jim. He‘s very self-centered and unable to see the world through anybody else‘s eyes until the end when he finally grows up.
That said, it is a beautifully written book and I am proud to be from the state that inspired Willa Cather.

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Maggie_Reads
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Bailedbailed

I know a lot of people love this book but I‘M BORED. I‘ve been working my way through for about a month and I just can‘t do it anymore. The characters are uninteresting and Jim Burden is coming off as a pompous ass now. Nope, I‘m done. Bailing...

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Maggie_Reads
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I‘ve been curious about this book for years. Found it on the bargain shelf at B&N and thought it was time to tackle it. Anyone read this? Opinions?

Ruthiella Love this book! My favorite Cather title so far! 1y
Kdgordon88 Such a great book! 1y
batsy It's a beautiful novel ❤️ 1y
Maggie_Reads @Ruthiella @Kdgordon88 @batsy awesome!! I read the introduction and chapter 1 last night. Enjoying it so far. 1y
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BBowling
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Love to read Willa Cather. Rereading this was like revisiting an old friend and discovering that my friend was so much more than I remembered her to be. Antonia showed strength and resilience surviving and finally, inevitably thriving the harsh measure the newly settled prairie commanded. A powerful story.

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PurpleyPumpkin
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I enjoyed my first reading of this classic book. Can‘t believe it took me this long to read it! While the titular character was romanticized by our protagonist, Jim Burden, this didn‘t distract from the very real trials of settlers in early America. 4/5⭐️

SamAnne This has been on my list for a long time. 1y
PurpleyPumpkin @SamAnne I recommend it! It was an easy read and entertaining. I listened to the audiobook via www.stories.audible.com. It's free right now, if you're interested! 1y
UwannaPublishme How did I miss this one? Sounds so good! 1y
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PurpleyPumpkin @UwannaPublishme It really was engaging. I think you‘d enjoy it!👍🏽 1y
Tanisha_A Oh the lush writing of Cather 1y
UwannaPublishme Sold and stacked! 😊👍🏻 1y
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Mitch
My Antonia | Willa Cather
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I look out for this list each year - this year I think i'll head to Nebraska....

https://www.forbes.com/sites/katherineparkermagyar/2020/06/17/50-books-for-50-st...

AvidReader25 Love this list! I‘ve been trying to read fiction and nonfiction books from every state for a while. Here‘s more options if you need them! 2y
Scochrane26 I‘ve read a few of these, but My Antonia has been on my tbr for awhile. I think the Ky one is a weird choice, maybe because I‘ve never heard of it (I‘m a ky native). 2y
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Mitch @AvidReader25 This looks fabulous - thank you so much xx 2y
KVanRead @Mitch @Scochrane26 I loved My Antonia 2y
KVanRead @mitch this list would make a great reading challenge! 2y
Scochrane26 I‘ve been doing the States challenge but haven‘t searched out books yet for states (I‘ve been focusing on reading books I own). When I do search for them, I‘ll use the list from @AvidReader25 . It looks good. Except I would argue that Hillbilly Elegy shouldn‘t be on Ky‘s list because all of the Appalachian writers hate that book. 2y
AvidReader25 @Scochrane26 that‘s a good point about Hillbilly! He definitely didn‘t show a lot of love for Kentucky in that book. 2y
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Kdgordon88
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My Antonia
Larry McMurtry
Mamma Mia!
Mark Knopfler
Mad World

#ManicMonday #LetterM

JoScho Thanks for playing ♥️ 2y
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CoffeeNBooks
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 📚🌳🍂 2y
PurpleyPumpkin I just started reading the audiobook last week!👍🏽 2y
CarolynM Love this book❤️ 2y
Hooked_on_books I read this very edition last year! 2y
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Blaire
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Jim‘s memories of Antonia‘s family‘s experiences as new immigrants to Nebraska feels particularly relevant today. Antonia has complexity to her story and character as she makes a life in the states. Cather shows both the welcome and the suspicion with which the immigrants could be viewed as well as Antonia‘s family‘s adjustment to a new culture. Found it quite moving and was a hit in my family book club.

Blaire Also got to check one book of my goal of reading 20 books I own already. 2y
squirrelbrain Gorgeous pic! 2y
Cathythoughts Loved this one ... would like to read more of this author 2y
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Tamra I loved it too! I also enjoyed the film version I saw years ago. You should be able to find it if interested. 2y
Suet624 Congrats on moving one off your TBR. I find that so hard to do!!! 2y
LatrelWhite One of my favs! 2y
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cozypunk
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This was my second read, and I fell more in love... mostly. #audiobook #dw2020reads

Pros: The farm life and small town life routines will appeal to Little House fans. Many passages about the plains landscape touch my heart and bring up memories. As I get older, I sympathize with more and more characters.

Con: Part 2, Chapter 7! Slight spoiler as that chapter's all romanticized racism. Feel free to skip it as it doesn't affect anything crucial.

effani That racist chapter really took me by surprise and soured me on the whole book when I reread it recently. Your advice to skip it is wise! 2y
cozypunk Right?! I was shocked that I hadn't remembered it from my first read though. 2y
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PatriciaU
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10 years ago, I was embarking on a year-long reading project to mark the 100th anniversary of my employer, the Rochester (NY) Public Library. I read 100 books - 1 book from each year the library was in operation. I read some amazing books and some duds. The best and most beautiful was My Antonia by Willa Cather. Here is what I wrote about it - https://itsallaboutthebook.org/2011/03/04/100-years-100-books-6-1918/

mabell That‘s a cool idea! 2y
PatriciaU It was a lot of fun @mabell. I was surprised by the number of books that were best-sellers in their day that I had not heard of before. Some of the books stood the test of time, others did not. 2y
CarolynM Such a wonderful book. 2y
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ImperfectCJ
My Antonia (Green) | Willa Cather
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These pretties have been at our local library's ongoing book sale the past few weeks. Every time I go in I feel tempted to bring a few home despite the fact that I don't collect books and try to gift my favorites as quickly as possible so I don't have to pack and unpack them next time we move. But a pretty copy of The Yearling or My Antonia could be happy on my bookshelves, maybe...

Clare-Dragonfly Ooh, those are lovely. It‘s worth having a pretty copy if you think you‘ll read it more than once! 2y
ImperfectCJ @Clare-Dragonfly I like the way you think! 2y
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Tanisha_A
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There was a basic harmony between Ántonia and her mistress. They had strong, independent natures, both of them. They knew what they liked, and were not always trying to imitate other people. They loved children and animals and music, and rough play and digging in the earth. They liked to prepare rich, hearty food and to see people eat it; to make up soft white beds and to see youngsters asleep in them.👇🏽

📷: Bantam classic cover of My Ántonia

Tanisha_A They ridiculed conceited people and were quick to help unfortunate ones. Deep down in each of them there was a kind of hearty joviality, a relish of life, not over-delicate, but very invigorating. 2y
Tanisha_A It's amazing how Cather draws up characters, just so distinct - loving, funny, disliked, complicated. Savouring the last of Prairie trilogy. 2y
Sace I adore Willa Cather. 2y
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batsy Her ability to infuse her characters with so much life 💜 2y
Tanisha_A @Sace Yesss, i love love love her. 2y
Tanisha_A @batsy I will never get enough of her writing. She makes me so happy. ❤️ 2y
readordierachel Lovely image 💙 2y
Tanisha_A @readordierachel It's beautiful! 😍 2y
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Aloisi_tribe
My Antonia (Green) | Willa Cather
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I went to a large book sale today run by a couple nonprofit groups in my area and this was my best find. A Penguin Drop Caps copy of My Antonia! For $2! I have gazed lovingly and longingly at the web page for the Drop Caps books and dreamed of owning the whole collection. This is my first one. I audibly gasped when I recognized the spine. 😍🧡🧡🧡

erzascarletbookgasm That‘s a super great find! 🧡 2y
mabell In that case, it isn‘t dreaming over the website - it‘s research! So you can spot it out in the wild. 😄 2y
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LatrelWhite
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His mind was full of her that day. He made me see her again, feel her presence, revived all my old affection for her.
Started today!

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Graywacke
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I think Cather reminds us to break from this myth of subservient rural wives, and admire the variation of female strength, independence and vitality. She also uses that prose of hers to create something of a childhood Garden of Eden. It‘s not a simple as you might think. (For more, feel free to click on my attempt at a review...links in the comments)

Loved reading with the #catherbuddyread

batsy Beautifully put. I loved reading your long review on GR! (though I think you've mistakenly tagged another buddy read book :) 2y
Graywacke @batsy didn‘t notice that... exposes the state of my poor little confused 🧠 2y
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batsy @Graywacke Haha, I can relate! You can edit it to change the tagged book, though. I'm just concerned that people looking up My Antonia won't see your excellent review :) 2y
Graywacke @batsy I didn‘t know I could do that! Awesome, and thank you! Done. 2y
Currey @Graywacke @Lcsmcat @batsy I have started the new year by finishing My Antonia! Oh how I have missed Catherbuddyread. I loved Cather‘s take on the robust Antonia thriving though “battered”. I found the narrator Jim to be not straining to remember a nostalgic Eden but looking back at key moments of transition: red grass to corn, his dancing shoes to adulthood, the moment when Antonia decides she must be herself at all costs. Happy New Year 2w
Lcsmcat @Currey Happy New Year to you! It‘s hard to compare anyone to Cather. Her prose is so amazing! 2w
batsy Happy 2022! This is such a lovely book to accompany you into the new year ❤️ 2w
Graywacke @Currey i miss her too. It didn‘t occur to me while we were reading how distinct she from other authors. You can‘t just go out and find another author with her literary perspective and feel for place and natural landscapes. She just holds a special literary place. And I really like your observations about transitions. I adore Ántonia. 2w
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Andrea313
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I am trying REALLY hard not to order these today. But look how gorgeous they are! Wouldn't these make one heck of a #bookhaul?! #GodGrantMeStrength

batsy Gorgeous! 2y
wanderinglynn Lovely covers! 2y
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CarolynM
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This was the first Cather I read and I loved it immediately. Her writing is incredibly evocative - she conjures people and places so vividly with small, telling details that make me feel like I know them and remember the times she is writing about. I loved the book just as much on this reread and thoroughly enjoyed the discussion. Thank you @Graywacke and all the buddy readers.

Cathythoughts Great review! Beautiful book. It‘s the only one I‘ve read so far 2y
Ruthiella Loved this one too! 😍 2y
CarolynM @Ruthiella I'll have to comb through your reviews and see what else you've liked recently to see what I should add to my TBR😀 2y
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SamAnne It is on my dresser in the TBR pile. I‘ve wanted to read Cather for awhile. 2y
Ruthiella Ah, I review religiously on Goodreads but not on Litsy. 🙁 2y
CarolynM @Ruthiella I've never worked out Goodreads - it feels vast and impenetrable. I'm much more comfortable here. 2y
Ruthiella I started using Goodreads in 2009 but not as an app - just the website. I can‘t really recommend any other Cather any way. I read The Professor‘s House and only liked the middle of it and it‘s been too long since I read Death Comes to the Archbishop. I want to try maybe O Pioneers next. 😀 2y
CarolynM @Ruthiella I've read O Pioneers twice now and I like it a lot. Apart from the Prairie Trilogy, the only book of hers I've read is A Lost Lady. I like that one too.🙂 2y
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Hooked_on_books
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My Ántonia starts out strong with such great descriptions of pioneer #Nebraska that is becomes appealing and beautiful. (I‘ve been to Nebraska and found it to be neither of those things.) Then it simply becomes vignettes in the life of Jim Burden. The writing style didn‘t work for me, but I‘ve intended to read this book for years, so I‘m glad I finally did.

#ReadingUSA2019 #catherbuddyread

squirrelbrain I did read this book and I‘m really sorry I didn‘t join in any of the #buddyread sessions 😳 I enjoyed it a bit more than you I think Holly - I‘d give it a pick! 2y
Librarybelle I do want to read this someday... 2y
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Hooked_on_books
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Ok, I‘m getting started! My edition is from 1977. My sister read this book in high school (I think) and my mom clearly bought it at my childhood used bookstore (aka the inspiration for my Litsy name). I kept it since I always figured I‘d read it someday. My sister is now 45, so better late than never! 😂

#catherbuddyread

Graywacke Beautiful edition. How special you had a childhood connection with a specific bookstore. Makes this book something like of a relic from a time and place. 3y
staci.reads Great book! Very character and setting driven. Cather is a wonderful author. 3y
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Tanisha_A
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Thanks for the tag @readordierachel. 😀 Here are my #top6reads of the year 2019 so far. Special mention to the Great Plains trilogy by Willa Cather (will be reading My Antonia next).

Thanks @Cinfhen for this idea. It has contributed immensely towards making the TBR grow grow grow. 😆

I tag @ju.ca.no, @sudi, and @ephemeralwaltz. Hello! 🙃

Cathythoughts Loved Normal People & Station Eleven ♥️♥️ 3y
batsy Cather, Woolf, and Rooney 💕 3y
Centique I loved Moon Tiger and that‘s a wonderful cover 😍 3y
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erzascarletbookgasm What a great list! 3y
Sace I came to Cather late in life but I love her. 3y
Megabooks Station Eleven is my favorite book of all time!! 3y
JennyM You have fabulous taste! 👌 3y
KarenUK Love your picks💕 3y
BarbaraBB Great choices 💜 3y
Cinfhen Great picks!!! I almost choose 3y
Cinfhen And Station Eleven is an all time favorite 3y
youneverarrived Ohh good picks!! 3y
LeeRHarry Station Eleven 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3y
readordierachel I love Station Eleven ❤ And all the rest are on my list! Love your picks!! 3y
sudi Great picks, Station Eleven and Normal People have been on TBR for so long 😊👍 and thank you for the tag 💕 3y
UwannaPublishme Great picks! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3y
Tanisha_A @Cathythoughts Yess, I am so excited for the upcoming series on SE. 👏 3y
Tanisha_A @batsy Just realized, all of the ones I loved loved are written by women. Also, I wanted to include Milkman. 😁 3y
Tanisha_A @Centique That cover is gorgeous. Loved the book, so short but so compelling. 3y
Tanisha_A @erzascarletbookgasm @KarenUK @BarbaraBB @youneverarrived @UwannaPublishme Thanks all, i loved yours too. This was such a difficult yet fun activity! 😁 3y
Tanisha_A @JennyM And you too mon amie! ☺️ 3y
Tanisha_A @Megabooks @Cinfhen @readordierachel @sudi The awesome @LeeRHarry gifted Station Eleven to me, and I cannot be thankful enough. ☺️ 3y
Tanisha_A @RestlessFickleBookHoarder Sameee, I am soo glad and happy to have found her. 😊 3y
LeeRHarry @Tanisha_A 💕😊 3y
Suet624 All great reads!!! 3y
Tanisha_A @Suet624 😀 So fun! 3y
ju.ca.no Ah I just noticed that Litsy didn‘t tell me I was tagged here🙈 3y
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Amiable
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Have book, will sit in waiting room at the doctor‘s office past my appointment time.

Ruthiella Excellent plan! 3y
Tanisha_A Soooo excited about this. #catherbuddyread 3y
Graywacke Good use of a doctor. This happens to be our current #catherbuddyread, our first discussion is Sunday. If that kind of thing interests you, free to join in. 3y
Amiable @Graywacke I am traveling this weekend for a family wedding, so I won‘t be able to join in on Sunday. But I will definitely check in later to see what everyone thought of the book! 3y
Graywacke @Amiable 👍 Enjoy the wedding and your weekend. 3y
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Tanisha_A
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I swear to all the amazing books in the world, if @Graywacke hadn't started a buddy read of this trilogy God knows when would I have picked it up, or maybe never?! The first two books have been fantastic reads, and have added richness, happiness, satisfaction to my reading life. You guys, if you want some more beautiful prose and characters in your life, read Cather.

Having said that, happy to be part of My Antonia buddy read. 💓

TrishB More books.....💕 3y
Cathythoughts I loved My Antonia 👍🏻♥️ 3y
batsy "Richness, happiness, satisfaction" to our reading life ... Yes! Love Cather. ? 3y
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Lcsmcat That‘s what makes Litsy so great - we are all exposed to so much more literature! ❤️ 3y
Graywacke Wow, thanks and yeah, this has been terrific. Thank @catebutler too, who got this started. It‘s a terrific group. @Lcsmcat - yes, great literature, people, it‘s just a fun way to take in these books. 3y
Tanisha_A @TrishB Hahahah! Just a tiny reason is enough. 😁 3y
Tanisha_A @Cathythoughts Ooh, can't wait to get started and discuss with y'all here. 🙂 3y
Tanisha_A @batsy I am sooo glad I read these. 🏜️ 3y
Tanisha_A @Lcsmcat You said it. 🙌 3y
Tanisha_A @Graywacke and @catebutler You guys, thank you so so so much. I am in love with these books, something I will re-read. 🎉🥳 3y
erzascarletbookgasm I missed this trilogy read along. I hope to read them someday, haven‘t read any Cather 🤷‍♀️ 3y
Graywacke @erzascarletbookgasm If you want to read My Antonia with us, follow #catherbuddyread First discussion is July 7 (a Sunday). 3y
Tanisha_A @erzascarletbookgasm Hope you get to it sometime! It's sooo good. 🙂 3y
erzascarletbookgasm Thanks @Graywacke but I‘ll sit out on this. It‘s the last book of the prairie trilogy and I didn‘t read the first two books. 3y
Graywacke @erzascarletbookgasm Sure, we‘ll just recommend then. 🙂 So you know, it‘s a thematic trilogy. You can read them out it order. 3y
Tanisha_A @Graywacke And that's what I love the most about this trilogy. There is no order to it. 3y
readordierachel I need to read her 💚 3y
Tanisha_A @readordierachel Oh yay, you have so much fresh writing waiting to be devoured. You will love her! ❤️ 3y
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Lcsmcat
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This is the part of My Ántonia that I remember the most strongly. I didn‘t realize it was so early in the book. #catherbuddyread @Graywacke

Graywacke Curious. I‘ll start closer to the discussion date. 3y
Graywacke Ok, now I understand. 3y
Lcsmcat @Graywacke It‘s not a scene easily forgotten, is it? 3y
Graywacke @Lcsmcat she just kind of leaves us to dwell on all the grisly details she didn‘t tell but obviously happened. Yeah...it‘s not. 3y
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Lcsmcat
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I‘ve got my magnetic bookmarks marking out the sections for the #catherbuddyread of My Antonía. @Graywacke

Graywacke 💜🙂 3y
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SerialReader
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Due to extraordinary luck Serial Reader was noticed by Salon writer Mary Elizabeth Williams, who gave me the opportunity to ramble about the app and why I created it (hint: it revolves around My Antonia and some crying). Check out her excellent article if you're interested: https://www.salon.com/2019/06/02/my-phone-helped-me-fall-in-love-with-books-agai...

And if not, at least be sure to read the excellent My Antonia by Willa Cather!

Caterina Great interview, thanks for sharing! 😊 I've used and loved SerialReader for a few years now, and I've always been impressed with how many works by women and people of color you find in public domain. I love discovering books on your app and reading classics I've always meant to read. ❤️ (PS - I happen to be reading My Antonia right now!!) 3y
SerialReader @Caterina Thanks for the kind words! Hope you enjoy My Antonia 😊 3y
BarbaraBB I am a @SerialReader adept as well. I hope this interview will give you more fame! Great app! 3y
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SerialReader @BarbaraBB Thanks very much! 3y
Tanisha_A Love Serial Reader. Congratulations! 3y
LeahBergen How wonderful! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3y
sprainedbrain Great article! I‘ve read so many great books over the years on your app. Thank you! 3y
zuzia I love your app! It's the highlight of my day! I'm glad you are getting the attention you deserve! 3y
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wen4blu
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Finished my first book using Serial Reader! I opted for a short one, 37 issues.

melrailey I read this one on Serial too. 3y
DivineDiana That was smart! My current selection has 66, and I can‘t keep up! 😩 3y
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EmilieGR
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Depressing

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MiqueMarie
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CAWPILE Rating: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=vcXoB38tSUI

C- 9

A- 10

W- 10

P- 6

I- 9

L- 10

E- 10

Avg= 9.1= ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Full Review: https://miquereads.blogspot.com

#backtotheclassics2019 #backtotheclassics #myantonia #mmdreading #mmdchallenge (a book published before you were born)

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"As I looked about me I felt that the grass was the country, as the water is the sea. The red of the grass made all the great prairie the colour of winestains, or of certain seaweeds when they are first washed up. And there was so much motion in it; the whole country seemed, somehow, to be running."

#backtotheclassics2019

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Blaire
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When I think of wheat, I think of the prairies where I grew up in Winnipeg and in Wichita, which led me to thinking of Willa Cather. I‘ve been wanting to read my Antonia for a long time now. Maybe this will be the year. I‘ve put it off after disliking o‘pioneers in middle school. #readinggrudge #timbittunes #wheatkings

Cinfhen I definitely get the wheat/prairie connection 😉😊 3y
Blaire @Cinfhen now thinking about wheat I‘m wanting to reread the little house on the prairie books. I loved those! 3y
Tanisha_A I want to read this one too! 3y
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Cathythoughts I loved this book. ♥️👍🏻 3y
readinginthedark You read O! Pioneers in middle school? I don't know if I would have liked it at that age. It seems like a book that one can understand so much better as an adult. 🤔 I enjoyed this one when I read it in high school, though! 3y
Blaire @readinginthedark I may have to go back to it. We read it in 7th grade. I just remember being bored by it at the time. 3y
readinginthedark Yeah, I could see that. Cather's books are pretty subtle, I think, all about the land and slowly building character relationships. They'd be hard to read at that age. 3y
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elizabethlk
My Antonia (Green) | Willa Cather
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Mehso-so

SIGH. This had everything I liked about O Pioneers and everything I hated about The Song of the Lark. I really enjoyed the overall story and the depiction of the complexities of country life and of a time gone by. It was difficult to read past the racism and misogyny at times though.

readinginthedark 🤔 Did you feel that Cather or the characters were being racist and misogynistic? I haven't read this in such a long time but only remember period-appropriate feelings in this realm, so I was just curious. 3y
elizabethlk @readinginthedark honestly both. I actually used it as an example in an article recently so I have some relevant quotes. A black pianist's voice is described as having "the docile note of subservience in it." His physical description includes "almost no head at all; nothing behind the ears but folds of neck under close-clipped wool. He would have been repulsive if his face had not been so kindly and happy." 3y
readinginthedark Good point. I guess I need to read this book again. I don't remember how she refers to other characters for comparison. 3y
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elizabethlk @readinginthedark honestly a lot of it made me pretty uncomfortable. Sami are referred to as laplanders, even by someone who is half Sami (it is considered derogatory where the Sami are from but not in the US) and she says she thought the Sami had fat and ugly faces "like the Chinese." There are also moments where she does stuff like describe people as "still like an indian" and such. Honestly I thought Song of the Lark was way worse for it. 3y
elizabethlk It just turned out to be aggressively not for me. Really liked O Pioneers! though. 3y
readinginthedark Understandable. Sometimes certain classics are hard to stomach for this reason--outdated social ideas/language/etc. 😕 It's unfortunate. 3y
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elizabethlk
My Antonia (Green) | Willa Cather
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Trying to blast through the end of this so I can make 2019 a Willa Cather free year.

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Lcsmcat
My Antonia | Willa Sibert Cather
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While this volume contains five of Cather‘s works, it is My Antonìa that has had the most lasting impression on me. The scene with the wolves and the wedding party! If you haven‘t yet, read it. #adventrecommends @emilyrose_x

jhod I just finished which featured a quote from this book and made me really want to read it. Stacked! 3y
Lcsmcat @jhod I‘ll have to check that out. I usually like Kingsolver‘s writing. 3y
Blaire I‘ve owned my Antonia for years. Hope to get to it next year. 3y
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Lcsmcat @Blaire When you read it, let‘s talk about the wolf scene! 3y
CarolynM My Antonia is a wonderful book. I liked Oh Pioneers! a lot too 3y
JLaurenceCohen A sneakily fascinating book 3y
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Creadnorthey
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“... the living mask of green that trembled over everything, they were lies and this is what is underneath. This is the truth.” - Willa Cather on winter

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Creadnorthey
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There are some great moments in this one, and the life of the prairie seeps into the cracks of your mind as you read more and more- best read in larger chunks so this can happen- a univrrsal quality of great books..:

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mreads
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Finished My Antonia and got a little over 4 hours of reading in for #24b4monday #readingchallenge. @TheReadingMermaid

My Antonia was excellent and the writing didn't feel like a 100year old book. I was surprised at the independence of some of the female characters. Read this as part of a #centuryreadchallenge 1 book from each year 1918 - 2019. Attempting to read mostly women authors.

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mreads
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The weekend is coming. What to read next. Started My Antonia, enjoying it and easy reading even though it's 100 years old . Part of my century read challenge.
Sadly the Soup cookbook was a disappointment, was looking forward to some good hot soups now that it's cold here. These recipes are way too fancy for me.

DivineDiana Too bad! Yes, it‘s definitely time for soup! Had some delicious tofu Pho last night! 🍲 (edited) 3y
BookwormAHN Welcome to Litsy 😺 3y
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Centique
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Pickpick

My first Willa Cather! I really enjoyed her writing style and the strong sense of place - as a non-American, it made me think of scenes from Little House on the Prairie - that‘s probably the closest comp I have in my experience. I‘ll read some literary criticism to better understand the themes in it - but for now I‘m just liking Jim‘s sweet nostalgia.

Emilymdxn This is one of my fave books of all time! 3y
Centique @Emilymdxn yay! I can see why. It feels like it would get richer with each reread too 😊 3y
SaraBeagle One of my favorite authors! 3y
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merelybookish This is quintessential Midwest America. Quiet, solid values. 3y
Centique @merelybookish that‘s lovely! Our equivalent would be “heartland New Zealand” - not so much a place as a rural/farming/small town culture 3y
merelybookish @Centique Cool when there are those regional similarities! It's also ksown as flyover country in the US. 3y
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Angitron
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Mehso-so

Cather‘s writing is lovely, but I just couldn‘t bring myself to truly care about any of the characters. It took me a loooong time to get through this one, simply because I keep prioritizing other reads and pushing this one to the back burner. It just didn‘t hold my interest.

Kristy_K I didn‘t care for this one either. I preferred 3y
Angitron @Kristy_K Good to know! Maybe I‘ll try that one. 3y
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