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quietjenn
The Crowded Street | Winifred Holtby
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Ah excellent novel that vividly portrays the limited and stifling options available to women of a certain class, in the years surrounding the Great War. I was sometimes rather frustrated by Muriel and her passivity, even though it rang very true. It was wonderful to see her come into her own and learn to choose herself, rather than presumed duty and obligation. A terrific #persephonepick to read with the #persephoneclub.

LeahBergen Oh, that passivity of Muriel‘s was infuriating at times! I‘m reminded of her in the main character of the book I‘m currently reading, Taken By the Hand. I think I remember that you‘ve read and liked O. Douglas, too? 2mo
quietjenn @LeahBergen yes! I've read a few of them (although I don't think that one) and have enjoyed them all. Good your having a good time. 2mo
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CarolynM I kind of got the passivity, she was a good girl and wanted to please her mother but she didn't know how to do that except by surrendering her will to her mother. And then she did that with everyone else in her life. It was only when she began to doubt her mother that she started to exert her own will. 2mo
Cathythoughts I agree a terrific read ! I also got the passivity, I agree @CarolynM , she wanted to please her mother and everyone else.. the power of the mother was very strong. If mother called , Muriel felt she had no choice. Until she discovered , that she did have choices in life. (edited) 2mo
andrew61 Great review jenn. A really enjoyable readalong. 2mo
quietjenn @CarolynM @Cathythoughts I for sure got her passivity and saw where it was coming from! That desire to please and submitting to the stronger personalities in our life is very relatable. I think the fact that I both understood it, could relate to it, and was also frustrated by it speaks to how well Holtby portrayed things. 2mo
rubyslippersreads The “power of the mother” was even more tragic for Connie. 2mo
quietjenn @rubyslippersreads no doubt! I really wasn‘t expecting that. 2mo
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Andrea313
Lady Susan | Jane Austen
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I had a complete letdown of a reading month in March, but I plan to use April to claw my way back on track with the #PemberLittens, with my monthly #PersephonePick, and with the #ChunksterChallenge. I'm also REALLY looking forward to the May reads with the #PemberLittens- Lady Susan, here we come!

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Andrea313
Kitchen Essays | Agnes Jekyll
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Looking ahead to a bit of March reading- three for the #PemberLittens and a new #PersephonePick. I've really been looking forward to these; here's hoping I can keep up!

eeclayton I'm glad to see you're doing all three buddy reads too, I love your #pemberlittens posts ☺️ 4mo
Andrea313 @eeclayton Thank you! I love the community that's come together through these reads. Everyone offers great perspective - and lots of good snark, too. 😉 4mo
LeahBergen I‘m in on this month‘s Pemberlittens buddy reads, too, and have probably bitten off more than I can chew. 😆 4mo
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Andrea313 @LeahBergen Glad to know I won't be alone if (when, honestly) I get behind and have to do a bunch of catch-up chapters at once. 😂 4mo
truthinfiction The cover of Kitchen essays is sooo pretty. 💗 4mo
Andrea313 @truthinfiction I agree! I usually love the plain grey Persephone jackets, but this one has me about to change my mind! 4mo
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quietjenn
Greengates | R. C. Sherriff
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A quiet, simple story, told in lovely, evocative language. Very much in the same spirit of Fortnight in September. Looking forward to hearing what the rest of the #persephoneclub thought and chatting about it! #persephonepick for February.

Tamra 😊 Such lovely writing! I wish he had been more prolific. 4mo
quietjenn I know! Looks like there are a few currently only available in the U.K., but I have some ebooks by the publisher, so hopefully they‘ll get the rights to sell them in the U.S. 4mo
LeahBergen I finished today, too, and loved it! 4mo
Cathythoughts Nearly there .. I‘m loving it too 4mo
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Andrea313
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I would have loved this book so much if I'd have read it as a kid! I wish I could gift it to my 9-year-old self. As an adult, Olga was slightly grating, but I still appreciated the irrepressible runaway, even though now I felt more deeply for the slightly romantic but ultimately level-headed Clarice who was tasked with harboring her. The illustrations are lovely, and my favorite part of this #PersephonePick.

LeahBergen Yes, the illustrations in this one are magnificent! 4mo
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Andrea313
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I've got my #PersephonePick for the month! Anyone else joining in? A reminder that this challenge is for everyone, and that you set the parameters for yourself. Choose however many Persephone books you'd like to read this year (I'm doing one a month), and share your choices, thoughts, reviews, etc., using the hashtag. This is all about discovering new authors, new stories, new histories! If you prefer a buddy read, see below for more info! 👇👇👇

Andrea313 @elkeOriginal is leading a buddy read on Mariana, and @LeahBergen @Cathythoughts @CarolynM are starting up a #PersephoneClub. Reading in community is always a wonderful thing! ❤️ 5mo
quietjenn Not surprisingly, this sounds delightful! And such a pretty picture. 5mo
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LeahBergen I really enjoyed this one (and the illustrations are so charming)! Thanks for the plug on our new #PersephoneClub. One can never have too much Persephone content. 😆😆 5mo
Andrea313 @LeahBergen I agree! And I hope I can join you for one of your reads. ❤️ 5mo
LeahBergen @Andrea313 I think our initial little group has chosen our picks until the end of this year (one every two months, starting with February). I‘ll be posting them soon and I really hope some of them align with your own Persephone reading plans! Hop on in whenever you like. 😊 5mo
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Andrea313
The Winds of Heaven | A. S. Byatt, Monica Dickens
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OK, I know that it was probably not the wisest choice to place an order from Persephone...but looking at these gorgeous endpapers, I just can't be sorry! I'm already obsessed with this future #PersephonePick. 😍

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 🤍💗 5mo
Tamra Those are gorgeous! I‘m in the minority probably who doesn‘t care for the gray covers. 😏 5mo
Andrea313 @Tamra I know they're not everyone's cup of tea! You are definitely not alone in that. 5mo
LeahBergen Gah! These endpapers! I just recently placed a Persephone order, too. I told myself I *had* to when I read that their prices are going up. 😆 5mo
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Andrea313
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Just a simple, sweet #PersephonePick to kick off the year. I love this look into domestic life of the past, and I marvel at the knowledge of our foremothers. This book is largely a how-to primer on preserving, bottling, pickling, drying, and cooking, with a nice section on keeping a garden; but it also made me reflect on modern industrialized agriculture and asks me: is my personal convenience worth it? What can I learn- and use- of the info here?

LeahBergen What a pretty photo! 5mo
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quietjenn
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It's not at all difficult to understand why this #persephonepick is such a popular one. What a charming, effervescent tale of a dowdy governess accidentally falling in with a Bohemian crowd and having the most extraordinary, life-changing of days.

LeahBergen Isn‘t it glorious?? 😊 5mo
Ruthiella Except for a little uncomfortable racism at the end, this was a lot of fun. 5mo
BarbaraBB Such a fun book! 5mo
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Andrea313 I think you're the first to complete a #PersephonePick this year, way to go! And you've inspired me to re-read Miss Pettigrew later this year; it really is such a sweet story. ❤️ 5mo
quietjenn @Ruthiella yeah, there were definitely a few very unfortunate lines that I wish hadn‘t been there. 5mo
quietjenn @Andrea313 woohoo! I‘m so looking forward to seeing everyone else‘s books. Hopefully I can maintain some momentum. 5mo
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