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Cinfhen
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Swooning!!! Loving this memoir 🥰Audio is a MUST!! If your an #80sGirl or guy this is a trip down memory lane!! Bonus if you‘re participating in #ReadingAmericas23 this could count towards #Jamaica BTW: War is STILL one of my all time favorite albums 🙌🏻

BarbaraBB Mine too. Great suggestion! Maybe I do have my alternative for Jamaica @Megabooks 😀. Does he read it himself? 3w
BarbaraBB I already see he does 😂 3w
Megabooks @BarbaraBB 👍🏻👍🏻 I initially passed on this at the library due to length, but I may come back to it. 3w
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TrishB October is hubby‘s fave, I think he has about 15 vinyl versions. 3w
Cinfhen He also goes to #ElSalvador @BarbaraBB and #Ethiopia - he reads and sings 🙌🏻❣️and he gives the “story” behind some of the bands most iconic songs, which makes every song now more meaningful @Megabooks - I think you‘d both LOVE the audio. Bono is poetic, a real humanitarian 3w
Cinfhen I think I love Joshua Tree second most @TrishB but I get the sense that Bono is most connected to October 3w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen @TrishB October is one of my faves too, along with Boy and Under a Blood Red Sky. Along the way I liked them less 3w
Hooked_on_books I‘m an Achtung, Baby gal myself. You may have convinced me to listen to this one. I do love the man. 3w
Cinfhen I promise you‘ll probably love him more @Hooked_on_books !!! Like @BarbaraBB I like their earlier stuff but im still a fan of the man, the band and the music 🎶♥️😊 3w
TrishB Hubby followed them round in their very early days and has slept on their hotel room floors way before they were famous. Despite some of the bad press (mainly Bono) gets he still loves them dearly for the early days. I know he is really looking forward to listening to him in a couple of weeks. 3w
Cinfhen VERY COOL!!! I have a feeling #MrB is gonna love this memoir @TrishB (edited) 3w
Kangaj1 I got hubby the print version and he bought himself the audio. He is loving this book, so I may have to read it too. 3w
Cinfhen It‘s an investment of time @Kangaj1 but well worth it 💗 3w
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Centique
The Shadow King | Maaza Mengiste
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Pickpick

What turns a woman into a weapon? Mengiste has written a book inspired by the Ethiopian women soldiers of WW2 who fought against the Italian invasion alongside the men. This is a harrowing look at a side of war I knew nothing about. It‘s so brutal that it has taken me three weeks to read it. But I‘m very glad I did. I‘ve seen from other reviews that readers have struggled with the number of characters.⬇️

Centique I can see the difficulty but I do appreciate how Mengiste has captured the scale of this war and told an epic, multiple POV story. She also uses some unusual literary devices like interludes and photo descriptions to change tone and pace which mostly worked for me. 2mo
Centique Trigger warnings for multiple types of violence on the page 2mo
BarbaraBB I had a hard time with this one. Glad it‘s a pick for you!! 1mo
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Bookwormjillk
The Final Case | David Guterson
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Mehso-so

I had high hopes for this because I loved Snow Falling on Cedars so much. Unfortunately it was very up and down, and didn‘t live up to my expectations.

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Sharpeipup
Yes, Chef: A Memoir | Marcus Samuelsson
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My idea of a perfect date! A coffeeshop so my husband can socialize and I can read.

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Cinfhen
Cutting for Stone: A Novel | Abraham Verghese
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#AlphabetGame Thanks for the tag @robinb Easily an all time favorite book of mine ♥️ Hi, Misty!!!!

robinb 👋 Oh, this sounds so good. Stacked! 4mo
JenReadsAlot That is a good one! 4mo
Cinfhen I almost want to read it again @robinb @JenReadsAlot and I almost NEVER re-read books!! Maybe I‘ll try audio 😊 4mo
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BarbaraBB This was so good indeed. 4mo
Kitta I also picked this for C! 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Hey Cindy!! 💗💗 4mo
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melissajayne
Cutting for Stone: A Novel | Abraham Verghese
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A really engrossing story #alphabetgame #letterc

GinaKButler I think about this book all the time! 4mo
BarbaraBB Wonderful choice 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing! 4mo
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Bookwormjillk
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Pickpick

This was a fascinating woman who lived almost to 100 in Ethiopia. It was written by her granddaughter and at times was confused, but overall an excellent read. #ReadingAfrica2022 #Ethiopia

Librarybelle Hooray!! 4mo
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Itchyfeetreader
The Shadow King | Maaza Mengiste
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I found this incredibly hard going. The story is a powerful one; the untold women at war as Italy invaded Ethiopia in 1935. It‘s incredibly violent and full of fear and hatred and bravery and I can see why it has won awards. The style, lacking in punctuation and with odd interspersed chapters didn‘t quite work for me and it‘s taken me several weeks to slog through it. #readingafrica2022

squirrelbrain I bailed on this when it was a Booker nominee ( and I hardly ever bail on books!). Well done for getting through it. 4mo
LeeRHarry I agree with @squirrelbrain - great effort! I also bailed when it was on the Booker shortlist. 4mo
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Singout
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Pickpick

The story of the author‘s grandmother: powerful and lyrical. She was born at the beginning of the century, married as a preteen to a man 20 years older, and lived as the wife of a relatively powerful husband through centuries of war, conquest, revolution, and drought, resisting oppression and sustaining her family and home. Excellent insights into Ethiopian history and culture.
#ReadingAfrica #Ethiopia
#Nonfiction2022 #Rulebreaker

BarbaraBB Sounds real good 5mo
Librarybelle Sounds wonderful! 5mo
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