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Hannah Coulter
Hannah Coulter: A Novel | Wendell Berry
In the latest installment in Wendell Berry's long story about the citizens of Port William, Hannah Coulter remembers. Her first husband, Virgil, was declared "missing in action" shortly after the Battle of the Bulge, and after she married Nathan Coulter about all he could tell Hannah about the Battle of Okinawa was "Ignorant boys, killing each other." The community was stunned and diminished by the war, with some of its sons lost forever and others returning home determined to carry on. Now, in her late seventies, twice-widowed and alone, Hannah sorts through her memories: of her childhood, of young love and loss, of raising children and the changing seasons. She turns her plain gaze to a community facing its long deterioration, where, she says, "We feel the old fabric torn, pulling apart, and we know how much we have loved each other." Hannah offers her summation: her stories and her gratitude, for the membership in Port William, and for her whole life, a part of the great continuum of love and memory, grief and strength.
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jlhammar
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Thank you, Wendell Berry. Spending time with the folks of Port William, KY this past year has been a gift. Hannah Coulter was my first and favorite, but they are all worth a read. Not pictured: Jayber Crow

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Beccacraft
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This book is written through the perspective of a widow in her late seventies, reflecting on her life, memories, family, war, and the work of her farm. While I thought the overall sentiment was endearing, I did not ever fully engage with the characters or the plot. I found myself zoning out on a frequent basis (while listening to the audiobook) because it was slow and somewhat boring.

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Samplergal
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Thanks to those that recommended Wendell Berry as an author writing about Kentucky. This was available through my library and was fairly entertaining. It made me think of my grandparents farm, which was a good thing. Now still looking for something interesting for #Arkansas. #ReadingUSA2019 #Kentucky

Librarybelle Glad you enjoyed this one! 3y
Bookwormjillk You‘re so close! 3y
lahousewyfe What about Winter's Bone? Or The Summer of My German Soldier? Both are placed in Arkansas. 3y
BarbaraBB You are almost there! 💪 3y
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saresmoore One of my favorite passages. 3y
shawnmooney @saresmoore Loving this! My mom is reading it too and we‘re going to make a discussion video! 3y
saresmoore Ooh, can‘t wait! ♥️♥️♥️ 3y
LeahBergen This is lovely! 3y
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saresmoore Nice to read this as I‘m warming my back by the fire. 3y
shawnmooney @saresmoore And did you remember that you sent me this book as a gift? 🥰🥰 3y
saresmoore I did remember! It‘s okay if you bail, though. I‘ll still love you. 😘 3y
shawnmooney @saresmoore I would be shocked if, after emotionally engaging me so deeply in the first few pages, things would go that far south. :-) 3y
LauraBeth I read Wendell Berry in Wendell Berry‘s voice 3y
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Pam.Kokomo
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The previous two times I read this book, I listened to it. I read it in print this time (along with #closereads podcast) because I wanted to take it in at a slower pace, with pen and commonplace book in hand. ❤️

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reciprokate
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Notes: book club read
Pairs well with: front/sleeping porch, a pitcher of something cold and homemade, a hard or restless season of life

Slow and steady, healing stuff. A reflection and meditation on farming life, marriage, and community in a small town. Brought my own life and troubles into perspective. I'm planning to collect the rest in the series, although this book stands alone.

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GinEyre22
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My TBR and Read planner bookshelf for March

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shawnmooney
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I don't even remember liking one of Sara's recent posts about this book, but I have wanted to try Berry's stuff for a long, long time. My taste in fiction is so attuned to hers that I just know I'm going to love this! Thank you soooo much, @saresmoore !! 😘😘😘😘

saresmoore I went out on a limb with this one. I found it quite beautiful when I read it a few years ago. It's a bit dangerous now I know how easy it is to send books to Tokyo! 😉 5y
rubyslippersreads @saresmoore @shawnmooney I've never read any Wendell Berry, but this sounds intriguing. (edited) 5y
ReadingEnvy One of my repeat podcast guests looooooooves Berry. He's hit or miss for me but when I love him I really love him. 5y
tpixie @saresmoore @shawnmooney i‘m starting this today for my book club! 5y
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saresmoore
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I didn't hesitate for a second in deciding who I would feature for @Liberty 's #KostovaGiveaway prompt.

Wendell Berry's life, stories, essays—his tender words that stem from an enduring strength & compassion—mean the world to me. He's a human I'd love to spend time with, even if we were just silently tending a garden together.

kyraleseberg Wendell Berry, yessssss! 5y
LauraBeth 💕💕 5y
Hobbinol ❤️I'd like to sit in the cool shade while y'all tended the garden... 5y
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saresmoore @Hobbinol I'll make iced tea! 5y
ReadingEnvy Yes and he's not going to be around much longer I suspect. 5y
saresmoore @ReadingEnvy I know. 💔 I supported a Kickstarter to make a documentary film about him: Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry. I have the feeling it's going to be pretty amazing. They're still in the festival & pre-screening phase. (edited) 5y
shawnmooney Another writer I've yet to read and shall probably adore! ❤️ 5y
Liberty You are one of the #KostovaGiveaway winners! Please email your name and address to Liberty at Book Riot dot com and I'll send you the book. 🎉🎉🎉 5y
tpixie @saresmoore awesome! I just started this book for book club and one of our book club members showed us a trailer of the movie! 5y
saresmoore @tpixie Very cool! 5y
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Cals90
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Finally the right time to start my first Wendell Berry today. I'm chapter 2 and I'm already really loving it. It feels immersive and so thoughtful.

Kirby loved this book - a favorite! enjoy. 5y
Cals90 @Kirby So glad to hear that!! And yes, I am enjoying it. Have you read any other Wendell Berry? 5y
Kirby just seeing this @Cals90 ! I'm in the middle of Fidelity (short stories) & have read his poetry, but no other novels. Jayber Crow is in the TBR pile! :) but you know how that goes... 5y
kiminreverse I adored this one! I've been meaning to pick up something else by him. 5y
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LindsayReads
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I forgot to post this bittersweet photo. The Morris Book Shop, my favorite booktopia outside St. Louis, is closing its doors at the end of the month. If you happen to get to the Lexington area before then, please show them some love. 💔

Marchpane 💔💔💔 5y
Cinfhen Awww😢hate when favorite bookstores close 5y
LindsayReads @Cinfhen It is such a bummer... 😢 I hope another pops up in its place at least. 5y
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Suet624 That sign.....❤️❤️❤️ 5y
LauraBrook Oh, this is devastating! I'm tempted to take a day trip and drive there myself! I'm sorry you're losing a wonderful place. 😪 5y
LindsayReads @LauraBrook It's worth it, and if it's any consolation, the sale is only going to increase... 5y
Loretta Aww, I hate to see an indie close. 😢 5y
Christine 😔 5y
saresmoore Oh no! And this is one of my all-time, very favorite books quoted. 😔 5y
ReadingSusan So sad 😢 my local bookstore closed five years ago and I miss it so much. (edited) 5y
LindsayReads @ReadingSusan I am so sorry for your loss! 5y
Desha Noooo....I hate that....one of my favorite indie stores in San Diego called Upstart Crow just closed at the end of 2016. 😥 So many happy memories there! I'm so sorry! 💔❤️📚 5y
LindsayReads @Desha I'm so sorry! And what a fantastic name, too! 5y
Desha I know...it was the cutest place...on the water at Seaport Village, pane windows, a cozy upstairs section with bookish stairs and lots of comfy seats (and coffee!). There is a picture of it in my Litsy feed...I just posted about it a few days ago 💔💔 5y
rachellayown So sad! How far from St Louis is it? 5y
LindsayReads @rachellayown Lexington is 5-6 hours away... 5y
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kiminreverse
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I just want to hug this book. Wendell Berry is a treasure.

..how's that for a review?

christineandbooks This is high up on my list to read soon... now looking forward to it even more... 5y
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kiminreverse
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"I'll build you a house," he said.

Hannah Coulter is a quiet novel, but so lovely.

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saresmoore
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My house is overflowing with #inspiring books, but this happy group can always be found in a prominent shelf placement (when I'm not re-reading them, of course). It's hard to choose a favorite. Lucy and Great Aunt Maddie are my lifelong companions, but Wendell Berry never ceases to challenge, inspire, and fill my soul. #photoadaynov16

Reviewsbylola That edition of Anne of Green Gables is gorgeous. 6y
Meg11726 @Reviewsbylola I agree. That is a gorgeous copy! The island though where it's based is equally beautiful if not more :) my favorite summer vacation destination! 6y
saresmoore @Meg11726 PEI is one on a very short bucket list of travel destinations for me! My only fear is that I wouldn't be able to leave. 6y
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saresmoore @Reviewsbylola Rifle Paper Co. (by whom the cover is designed) is based out of my hometown, Orlando, FL! I love the editions designed by her. There is also Heidi, Alice's Adventures, A Little Princess, and Little Women in the same style. I'm working on collecting them all. :) 6y
quirkyreader That's the edition I first had of Mann. It was replaced with a newer translation. 6y
saresmoore @quirkyreader Oh, good to know! (I want that.) 6y
Meg11726 @saresmoore make sure you go in summer or September. The winter is cold and a lot of the best places close for the winter. The summer is the best as you can then just drive and see all the fields look like quilts. It's so beautiful. 6y
saresmoore @Meg11726 That's a great tip! Thank you! 6y
tpixie @saresmoore all great books! ( Heidi, etc) 5y
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jveezer
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Hmmmm... Sounds like Wendell read the Bhagavad Gita. Very Yoga.

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jveezer
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Berry's writing of the love of place and community are lovely...

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jveezer
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So many great passages in this book. (Un?)Luckily Litsy's character limit keeps me from posting son of my favorites...

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