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📬A much needed dose of cheer straight from the mailbox. I am shocked how quickly the Slightly Foxed Summer Quarterly made it across the pond.
Anyone read Jane Gardam? A bold group member posted her in an undervalued women writers group and was told she isn‘t undervalued nor does she fit in the time period. I appreciated the post as she‘s new to me and other members recommended this one. I was sure to express my thanks to the OP for sharing her.

Tamra I haven‘t read her yet, but we‘re reading this one for #EuropaCollective in September. 1d
Jess_Read_This @Tamra oh neat! That‘s another of her books that was recommended! Can anyone join that read along? 1d
Ruthiella I love, love, love Jane Gardam. I‘ve not read this title yet, but I‘ve read her Old Filth trilogy and 1d
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Tamra @Jess_Read_This for sure! That would be great. 😃 (edited) 1d
Tamra @Ruthiella I‘ve got Old Filth on my shelf. 😅 1d
Jess_Read_This @Ruthiella Old Filth was also talked about! Gosh, I‘ve really been missing out on Jane Gardam. Every comment I read about her books was truly expressing love for them. 1d
Jess_Read_This @Tamra Thank you! I‘d love to read it with the group 🥰 1d
Tamra @Jess_Read_This 👏🏾 @jlhammar can you loop Jess into the September group read of Gardam? 1d
jlhammar It would be great if you could join us for A Long Way from Verona in September! I‘ll be sure to tag you. I‘ve only read one Gardam so far and really enjoyed it 1d
jlhammar @Tamra Will do, thanks! 1d
Tamra @jlhammar 😁👌🏾 1d
LeahBergen Jane Gardam is so good! And I haven‘t received my Slightly Foxed yet. Soon, I hope!🤞 1d
willaful I've only read Bilgewater but I found it very interesting. 23h
Jess_Read_This @LeahBergen I have really been missing out on Jane Gardam! Going to have to fix that asap from the sounds of it. I was shocked when I opened my mailbox and the SF quarterly was there. Which made my night being able to cozy up with it during a summer storm. 12h
Jess_Read_This @Tamra Thanks for connecting me to the September read group! 🩵 12h
Jess_Read_This @willaful Thank you for the recommendation! Adding Bilgewater to the TBR list. 😂From the sounds of it, I should plan on reading all her books since so many people have different favorites of hers! 12h
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The Road to Dalton | Shannon Bowring
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Quick stop at a coffee shop, for lunch and caffeine, in Massachusetts on the way to Maine ☕️ 📖

Nearly finished with the #EuropaCollective read for June and it‘s a real winner in my book 😉

BarbaraBB That is good to know! Looking forward to it! 4d
Lesliereadsalot I‘m next for the one copy at my library! Can‘t wait. 4d
jlhammar I love that you‘re reading this on the way to Maine. So glad to hear you‘re enjoying it! 4d
RaeLovesToRead Mmmm I've been craving frosting all day 😅 4d
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The Road to Dalton | Shannon Bowring
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#EuropaCollective ✨June 2024✨ REMINDER

Hiya Collective!

Our next read, a debut, takes us to 1990 small-town Maine. One reviewer said that Bowring is “operating in Richard Russo and Anne Tyler territory.” High praise!

Read the book sometime in June, post your review &/or any thoughts along the way and be sure to tag the group.

All are welcome!

Tamra 👏🏾 6d
tpixie Thanks!!! 6d
Chelsea.Poole Currently reading and loving it! 6d
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BarbaraBB I have high expectations - again! 6d
Cathythoughts Thanks for the tag. I must try read this one 👍🏻❤️ 6d
squirrelbrain I just got my copy - looking forward to it! 6d
Lesliereadsalot I‘m going to try to get this one in! 6d
Aimeesue Thanks for the reminder. Just borrowed a copy from the library! 6d
jlhammar @Lesliereadsalot Wonderful! Happy to have you reading with us. 6d
CSeydel Annie of From the Front Porch podcast included this one on her “Unsung Favorites of 2023” episode. I‘m excited to start it! 5d
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The Road to Dalton | Shannon Bowring
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Starting the #europacollective because I have a busy schedule these next few weeks/month/year. 😜
It was a lovely beginning to the day at a sweet little cafe on a beautiful morning.
Loving it already!

BarbaraBB Looking forward to this book! 1w
jlhammar Yay, so excited for this one! 1w
sarahbarnes I loved this one! 7d
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The Road to Dalton | Shannon Bowring
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#StorySettings Day 18: Perhaps a #Train is needed to go on The Road To Dalton? Our #EuropaCollective title for June! Ready for it! 📚📚📚

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Perfect 🚂 2w
jlhammar I‘m so excited! 2w
Eggs Excellent 👌🏼 2w
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Lost on Me | Veronica Raimo
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#StorySettings Day 16: These are the books we are reading as part of my #College book club called GatheringReaders. I just realized I have FIVE summer book clubs: two on Litsy (1) #CampLitsy24 and (2) #EuropaCollective. Then I have three face-to-face ones (3) this #College group with doctoral students and faculty (4) Emirates Lit Foundation book club, and (5) book club of two read-aloud with 22 yo daughter coming home for the summer!

Eggs You‘re ambitious!! Go You ❤️📚💚 2w
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The Postcard | Anne Berest
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Hey, #europacollective Littens - this looks great! And it‘s free!

Hopefully the link below works:


Unfortunately the timing doesn‘t work for me (it‘s way past my bedtime here in the UK!) but hopefully some of you can make it.

BarbaraBB That must be great indeed! Thanks for sharing yet way past my bedtime as well 🥱 2w
CSeydel Oh how exciting - thanks for sharing this! 2w
tpixie @squirrelbrain thanks!!! Some of book passages author interviews are on you tube- hopefully they will tape this one!! I‘ve got it on my calendar just in case Work is slow… 2w
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jlhammar Thanks Helen! I‘m hoping Book Passage &/or Europa Editions will end up adding a video of the conversation to their youtube channel🤞 2w
squirrelbrain Hopefully they will put it on YouTube! @tpixie @jlhammar 2w
squirrelbrain Yes, even further past your bedtime @BarbaraBB as you‘re an hour ahead of us! 😴 2w
Aimeesue Thanks for sharing! I might actually be able to see it! 2w
LeahBergen Thanks for sharing! 2w
Cathythoughts Thanks for the tag Helen ❤️ 2w
tpixie @squirrelbrain yes!!! That is what I was just going to post! ** I registered for the Postcard event with 2 different emails & never received a link. Hopefully it will end up on YouTube, since at least some of their other interviews do. 2w
squirrelbrain Oh no, that‘s a shame @tpixie, that you can‘t get on. 😞 2w
squirrelbrain Thanks @tpixie - I‘ll have a look later. 2w
tpixie @squirrelbrain you‘re welcome! It was interesting- and they used an interpreter who did a great job. 2w
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My #bookspin for May is Ruth Reichl‘s memoir Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table, which has been languishing on my shelf for more than five years. But my #doublespin is the tagged book, which I impulse-purchased a month ago based on how much I loved her book Our Fathers (thanks #europacollective!)

TrishB The tagged one is great too. I really love this author so far! 4w
willaful Oh, I love Reichl's memoirs! I hope you'll be inspired to read them all after this. Comfort Me with Apples is a real heartbreaker. 4w
CSeydel @TrishB @willaful I‘m excited for both of these! 4w
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Enjoy!!! 4w
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The Postcard | Anne Berest
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Eggs Brilliant 💓 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty ❤️ 1mo
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The Postcard | Anne Berest
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Soooo good! Best book I have read this year! What an amazing story! #europacollective

jlhammar Amazing is right! Happy to hear you loved it too. 2mo
mcctrish @jlhammar what‘s next? I am addicted to these Europa books! I need to start buying them, it‘s breaking my bookish heart to give them back to the library 2mo
jlhammar Our next #EuropaCollective pick also sounds wonderful! In June we‘ll be reading 2mo
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mcctrish @jlhammar I‘m going to order a copy now 2mo
tpixie @jlhammar please add me to your list. This book was awesome. ( how often does #Europacollective read books together?) 1mo
mcctrish @tpixie I want to say quarterly - this is my third - we read Our Fathers in October and Novel Bookstore in December ( at least I did ) Postcard was March but I couldn‘t get my hands on it in time. I‘m totally buying them now so I don‘t have to wait 1mo
tpixie @mcctrish thanks!! That sounds doable!! Thanks for the backlist! 1mo
jlhammar @tpixie Great, I‘ll be sure to include on future posts! Yes, it is quarterly. In June we‘re reading The Road to Dalton by Shannon Bowring, in September A Long Way from Verona by Jane Gardam and in December 1mo
tpixie @jlhammar thx!!! ☺️ 1mo
tpixie @jlhammar Belle Greene sounds great! Last year I read about her in Marie Benedict‘s 1mo
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