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Cathyloves2read
The Lost Daughter | Elena Ferrante
Mehso-so

As I read this book, I asked myself many times “what‘s the point?”. I‘m still it really sure what the point was, other than the fact that there is a movie on Netflix based on this book. After reading it, I‘m not sure that I‘ll watch the movie. The main character was a very self centered person who I didn‘t like at all. I gave this book a 3 out of the kindness of my heart.

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Lizwarnerpdx
The Tuscan Child | Rhys Bowen
Pickpick

After reading The Venice Sketchbook, I wanted to read more by this author. The Tuscan Child is similar as it‘s written in a dual timeline, this time Hugo & Sofia in 1944 and Joanna in 1973. After her father dies, Joanna discovers a letter he wrote to a Sofia in a tiny village in Tuscany and goes to find out why. It‘s not as good as VS, but still entertaining & makes you wish you were in the Tuscan countryside with that good food.

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phyhill
The Lost Daughter | Elena Ferrante
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Pickpick

The blurb on the front calls this a "novel of maternal ambivalence" and I don't agree. That only reinforces the idea that there's only one kind of way to be a good mother, which is absurd.

This is the third book I've read this month published by Europa.

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kathedron
The Lying Life of Adults | Elena Ferrante
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Mehso-so

Well, that was over-wrought! Granted, Giovanna is a teenager navigating a family break-up. And I've never really got the necessity that most women and girls seem to have, to be considered beautiful in the eyes of others. Given that this is the novel's inciting incident, this book and I were unlikely ever to be a good match. EF writes wonderfully, but so much unnecessary emotional drama gives me a headache. It's good, just not my cup of tea.

Tamra Yuck - not a fan of overwrought & emotionally manipulative drama. I‘ve not read any of her novels, so if this is representative I‘m not likely to pick one up. 4d
kathedron @Tamra I don't think she's trying to manipulate the reader (I hate that!). I just found it wearing how her characters consistently made a great big emotional splashy mess about all their interactions with each other. I've only read one other of her books: again, good but not really to my taste. 4d
Tamra @kathedron often why I don‘t care for coming of age novels, though there are the exceptions. 3d
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Leniverse
Tears of Salt: A Doctor's Story | Pietro Bartolo, Lidia Tilotta
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Admitting defeat on #BeginsWith #Salt
I've got nothing.
But when scrolling through Goodreads I did find this, which looks good but also horrific.

@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I don‘t have anything either 🤷‍♀️ 6d
Eggs Sounds like an important book👍🏼 6d
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brushlo
Voices in the Evening | Natalia Ginzburg
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Pickpick

makes you feel you are listening in on an italian family…great characters.

"Happiness,” he said, "always seems nothing. It is like water; one only realizes it when it has run away."

what a true idea…

" she said. She thought for a moment and said,

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LindaLappin
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Extraordinary #cookbook & #memoir of the author's unconventional life in Spain, Greece, Italy, where she lived in a trullo without electricity for years. Her recipes can be made in modern kitchens. Quote “Poverty rather than wealth gives the good things of life their true significance. Home-made bread rubbed with garlic and sprinkled with olive oil, shared - with a flask of wine - between working people, can be more convivial than any feast.“

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kspenmoll
Lizzie and Dante | Mary Bly
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Lizzie Dellford,a Shakespeare scholar with a cancer diagnosis that gives her just months to live,joins her lifelong friend & his movie star lover on Elba island. Against this glorious seaside backdrop she confronts the possibility of love with a soulmate she meets.A world renowned chef,he reels her in with his simple delectable food.His daughter motherless,witty Ella adds to her dilemma.with so little time, is it fair for her to love this family?

kspenmoll Mary Bly writes also under the name of @EloisaJames - sound familiar?! 1w
kspenmoll There is so much more to this novel- what is the meaning of family? Betrayal, friendship, accountability- portrayal of someone living with cancer is authentic. 1w
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Flavius
El Colibr | Sandro Veronesi
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I've started my 7th book of the year and I am loving it so far.

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phyhill
The Lost Daughter | Elena Ferrante
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My Sunday morning: hockey practice and Elena Ferrante.