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This was between a soft pick and so-so for me. It started slow for me and I almost bailed a few times. I stuck with it, found part‘s interesting and I‘ve enjoyed seeing what others have thought.

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I loved this book! It deals with so many dark, sad topics, but manages to do so with humor. The author injects levity at some of the oddest moments… but it works. What really comes through is the power of women‘s friendships, even when the women are flawed, or oppressed, or sometimes not even very nice. This would make a great movie!
Great choice to kick off #CampLitsy23 . Can‘t wait for part 2 of our discussion.

Megabooks So glad you enjoyed it too! 2h
squirrelbrain So glad you loved it! Looking forward to our discussions this weekend. 2h
LaraReads Yes! It would make a great movie! 🎬 1h
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This is my first outstanding read since January. I *loved* it. The nuance and complexity, the humor in the midst of heavy situations, the fantastic dialogue. As a non-violent Quaker, I feel a little sheepish at adoring a book so full of violence. I also really appreciated the author‘s commentary on things like motherhood, gender, and caste. I‘m not sure I would have read this if not for #CampLitsy23. Looking forward to our next discussion.

JamieArc Photo taken last week preparing to hear Luis Alberto Urrea talk about his new book. 1d
Megabooks So glad you loved it! I have the Urrea checked out from the library. 1d
paper.reveries Always great to read out of our normal zones! Glad it paid off. :) 1d
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dabbe I almost wet my pants reading the main last scene! 🤣😍🤗 1d
JamieArc @Megabooks I haven‘t read it yet but his reading was great (will post about that later). I‘m sure it will be a great great. 1d
JamieArc @dabbe I had some visceral reactions. Lots of snorts, laughs, and Yes! I‘ll put one in the spoiler below for you. 1d
JamieArc @dabbe After reading the first half, I was hoping the Dalit woman (forgetting her name) would end up helping them. When Geeta goes to her home and she does agree to help, I pumped my fist with a big “Yes!” 😂😂 1d
dabbe @JamieArc Me, too! 💙💚💙 The way they talked about their problems after having babies to BB and Ramesh ... that's where I totally lost it. These horrible men couldn't even remotely handle it! 🤣🤣🤣 1d
youneverarrived Great review! I feel the same I don‘t think I would have read it if not for camplitsy. 1d
LaraReads Great review! Agree with everything you wrote! This book just hit all the right notes of everything you said. 1d
sarahbarnes Great review! I really loved this one too! 1d
batsy I enjoyed this, too! It moved along at a great pace. 12h
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Yellowface | R F Kuang
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Despite being one of the few to dislike Babel, I wanted to read this anyway, and I‘m glad I did. This could have been a polemic of the publishing industry and an easy good vs evil narrative, but it‘s much more nuanced than that. (It also takes a nice swipe at Twitter.) There‘s so much to chew on here—I look forward to our #campLitsy23 discussion next month!

Megabooks Fantastic! I‘m looking forward to it too. 2d
BarbaraBB Me too! First I need to read the book though but I‘m looking forward to it 1d
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Parnassus Books | Nashville, TN (Bookstore)
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#RecentAcquisitions I was lucky enough to go to Parnassus yesterday while I was in Nashville for some medical tests. I picked up Southernmost and Pomegranate there. (Neither were on my radar, but they sounded good!)

August and Covenant are from Amazon. How could I not preorder August when both my co-counselors nominated it for #CampLitsy23?! My #botm box showed up, too! The Audrain is up first!

JamieArc If you have to get medical tests, you definitely deserve to at least bring a bookhaul home! I‘m looking forward to August as well. 2d
Cinfhen Excellent haul!!! I‘m SUPER CURIOUS about this one - im not a huge fan of Levy but…. 2d
AmyG I can‘t wait to hear what you think of Audrain‘s book. I loved The Push. 2d
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Crazeedi Hope all went well! 2d
Tamra Wow, nicely done! 2d
sarahbarnes Nice stack! I really want to read August Blue, too! 2d
BarbaraBB I love that edition of August Blue!! 1d
Chelsea.Poole Ooh this stack is beautiful! I‘m with you @AmyG loved The Push so I‘m wondering how her next is! 1d
squirrelbrain August Blue is fabulous, and @BarbaraBB is right; that edition is lovely! 1d
MicheleinPhilly I really enjoyed Southernmost! 1d
Megabooks @JamieArc for sure! Usually the time window is too tight when I‘m in Nashville even though Parnassus is fairly close to Vanderbilt, so I‘m glad it worked out this time. 1d
Megabooks @Cinfhen I can‘t remember whether I‘ve read Levy or not, but this sounded good, and the early reviews from across the pond have been positive, so I just went for it! 1d
Megabooks @AmyG I didn‘t love The Push, but this has had a really promising start. The blurb drew me in as have the first 80 pages! 1d
Megabooks @Crazeedi I won‘t get results until next week, but 🤞🏻 it gives some answers! How have you been? 1d
Megabooks @Tamra thanks! 1d
Megabooks @sarahbarnes thanks! Very curious about it. 😁 1d
Megabooks @BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain it‘s one of the few times I think the US edition is prettier than UK! 🤞🏻 I love it, too, Helen. 1d
Megabooks @Chelsea.Poole thanks! I‘m enjoying it more than The Push so far! 1d
Megabooks @MicheleinPhilly I was really interested in that, especially once I read that it was a Kentucky author! 1d
BarbaraBB It certainly is 1d
Crazeedi @Megabooks too much to go into here, let's just say the last 6 months have been very difficult. I've just not had the mindset or time to be online. I've missed my friends here 15h
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I loved this powerful, ultimately encouraging book. I hope the author will be favoring us with more books in the future. I don‘t think I would have listened to this book if it hadn‘t been chosen for #CampLitsy23 My thanks to @BarbaraBB for hosting the June selections.

BarbaraBB You‘re very welcome! I am glad you were able to get a copy of the book in time 🧡 1d
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Romantic Comedy | Curtis Sittenfeld
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My library hold came in early for this book. And I could not stop listening to this book! I was finding tasks to do just to keep reading. I have it in print too, so I can reference back for #camplitsy23

Great pick. Did not realize how much covid was going to play into this book. Won‘t say much more since we won‘t be discussing until August.

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Couplets: A Love Story | Maggie Millner
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I‘m moonlighting from #camplitsy23, to read some of the books from that imposter, CampToB! 🤣

This is a very short book, only 1.5 hours on audio and is a love story told partly in verse and partly in a series of vignettes. Set in Brooklyn, the MC breaks up with her boyfriend to embark upon her first gay relationship.

It‘s funny in places, sexy in places, and sad in places.

Not sure who else is reading Camp ToB books? @BarbaraBB @Cinfhen

Deblovestoread I am. My library hold just came in on Couplets and waiting on Big Swiss to start. 4d
squirrelbrain Hey @Deblovestoread 👋. I just started on Big Swiss about half an hour ago! I decided to listen to Couplets early as I had a pile of ironing to do today. 🙄 I also had time whilst ironing to start on the audio of Lone Women. 4d
Deblovestoread I‘ll be interested to see your review about Lone Woman. I just gave my copy to my daughter to read first. I‘m a bit of a wimp when it comes to anything classified as “horror” so she is my pre reader. I don‘t mind creepy but can‘t stand gore. 4d
squirrelbrain I‘ll let you know how I get on @Deblovestoread - depends on how much driving I need to do as to how far I get as that‘s how I do most of my audio. 4d
BarbaraBB Thanks for the tag! I have Couplets lined up for this week too. Your review is encouraging! Big Swiss I read some weeks ago. I am looking forward to #CampToB! 4d
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My enjoyment of the first 3/4 was marred by expectations. I‘d hoped for something light like Finlay Donovan. This tackles heavy themes and so much of it is bleak. I didn‘t “get” the black humor early on. Nothing felt funny, just sad. I cared about the characters, so their suffering made me angry and sad. Then, in the midst of a terrible situation, the whole tone changed and I laughed so hard, I had tears running down my face. Well done.

Bklover I felt the same way- about halfway through I was very surprised! 4d
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘ve started it, but set it aside to read some books for bookclub. I‘ll pick it back up soon! Great review 📚 4d
Megabooks Fantastic review!! 4d
BarbaraBB Lovely review! Happy you felt that way 4d
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