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To Bed with Grand Music | Marghanita Laski, Sarah Russell, Juliet Gardiner
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Okay, #PersephoneClub … here are my two choices for April. Vote away!

(Descriptive links in the comments ⬇️).

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Harriet | Elizabeth Jenkins
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repost for @LeahBergen:

It‘s now December so that means it‘s time for one of our #PersephoneClub reads!

@Gissy ‘s pick for us this month is Harriet by Elizabeth Jenkins. This is a casual buddy read; read and comment on each other‘s posts and reviews as you see them. We usually aim to finish by the middle of the month but that‘s not written in stone. 😉 And anyone is welcome to read along with us, of course!

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Hello #PersephoneClub!

Time to choose our books for 2024. Which of these would you most like to read in February? I‘ll link to each in the comments below.

jlhammar Oops, forgot to tag you @Gissy ! Leah, if you wanted to open up voting to others who have been reading with us this past year, please feel free to tag them as well. 1d
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willaful I'm not a voting member but I've enjoyed Gutcheon in the past. 1d
elkeOriginal I vote for Still Missing. Love the blurb in the link. 23h
CarolynM They both sound like good but confronting reads. I think I‘ll I go for Into the Whirlwind. 18h
quietjenn Hm, I'm going to go with Into the Whirlwind. 11h
rubyslippersreads Still Missing. 8h
LeahBergen This is a hard one! Okay, I‘ll vote for 7h
elkeOriginal Both sound depressing - you ok @jlhammar ? 😉 2h
jlhammar @elkeOriginal 😆 Yeah, both on the heavy side for sure. Both supposed to be very good though from what I‘ve read. now
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It‘s now December so that means it‘s time for one of our #PersephoneClub reads!

@Gissy ‘s pick for us this month is Harriet by Elizabeth Jenkins. This is a casual buddy read; read and comment on each other‘s posts and reviews as you see them. We usually aim to finish by the middle of the month but that‘s not written in stone. 😉 And anyone is welcome to read along with us, of course!

LeahBergen And we can start to vote on next year‘s books, if everyone is still interested? February is @jlhammar , April is @LeahBergen , June is @quietjenn , August is @rubyslippersreads , October is @Aimeesue , and December is @andrew61 . 1d
quietjenn I'm game for more #PersephoneClubbing! I'll start to ponder options, but won't post until a) we are sure things will continue and b) our first two months have been posted. 1d
rubyslippersreads I‘m definitely interested in an excuse to add to my Persephone collection. 😉 1d
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jlhammar Can't wait to start Harriet tonight! And so excited to choose our Persephones for next year! I'll post our options for February shortly. 1d
CarolynM I‘m looking forward to reconnecting with the #PersephoneClub for this one - and to seeing next year‘s selections😀 1d
Tamra I have this one Kindle. Sad about that, but looking forward to the read. 😁 1d
elkeOriginal Looking forward to next year‘s reads! Unlike @rubyslippersreads I actually hope we read some I already own! I feel so guilty every time I walk past them and they remain in the TBR… 23h
LeahBergen @quietjenn Perfect 👍 7h
LeahBergen @jlhammar Yay! 👏 7h
LeahBergen @CarolynM Me, too! 7h
LeahBergen @elkeOriginal I have a LOT unread, too. 😆 7h
rubyslippersreads @elkeOriginal I‘m just letting @LeahBergen do her job as enabler. 🤣 7h
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Unforgiving Years | Victor Serge
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4⭐️ My first Victor Serge and I loved it! This is also my first spy thriller. My fav part is when he told the story about Germany‘s side after losing the WWII, which I‘ve never found in the books I‘ve read so far. I guess I need to read #PersephoneClub book (On the Other Side) to understand more.

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I am grateful that this book exists, and that its choice for #PersephoneClub led me to read it, if somewhat belatedly. It's not easy or comforting reading, especially at this particular moment, but I feel like it will stay with me for a long while.

Tamra I keep thinking about it. 2w
jlhammar Agree completely. So glad that Persephone republished this and that we were able to read it. 2w
Aimeesue A tough read, indeed. But an important one, that sticks with you. 2w
LeahBergen Yes, this one was tough. 💔 2w
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Peace, Perfect Peace | Josephine Kamm
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Here are my picks for the vote on our Sept 2024 #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub read. Both are WWII tales described as poignant and humorous/hilarious - I am trying to make up for my dark war choice for the last #PersephoneClub read!
Spam is an autobiography. I posted the back cover summary to help and will tag in comments.

elkeOriginal Tag for: (edited) 2w
CarolynM Yet again I want to read both. Coin-toss and it‘s 2w
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catebutler Coin toss for me too! 2w
Tamra Did you choose “On the Other Side?” If so, I thank you. I wouldn‘t have discovered it otherwise. I‘m still thinking about it and I referenced it in class last week. I really believe it humanizes war and that is so important. ❤️ 2w
Ruthiella I‘m going with this one because I love the title! 2w
Tamra Oh jeeze, this is impossible to choose. Either sound good! I‘m going with Spam Tomorrow only because my state has the Spam museum and a Hormel plant. 😆 @jlhammar (We‘ve always passed by on the interstate, but someday we‘ll stop to visit just to say we have.) 2w
Pogue @Tamra when my son and I drove through we HAD to stop at the spam museum. 2w
elkeOriginal @Tamra I did choose On the Other Side and am so glad you were touched by it and could reference it in class! 2w
jlhammar I haven‘t been to the Spam museum. Someday! 😆 Hmmm, really want to read both, but I‘ll vote for the one I already own 2w
elkeOriginal @Tamra I am not sure I could not stop at the Spam Museum! 2w
rubyslippersreads I own both, but I‘ll vote for Spam (not to eat, just to read. 😂) 2w
elkeOriginal This looks like another close race! 2w
batsy This was going to be one of my choices for January before I went with two other options , so my vote is for 2w
LeahBergen Oh, man! Another difficult choice where I own both books. I‘ll go for 2w
elkeOriginal Well, @LeahBergen - the problem is you own ALL THE BOOKS😉 2w
LeahBergen @elkeOriginal I aspire to it, anyway 😆 2w
Kimzey I‘ll vote for Spam! 2w
quietjenn This is a tough one, but I‘ll go with Spam Tomorrow. 2w
Tamra @Pogue 😜 Was it everything and all that?? 2w
Tamra @elkeOriginal it hasn‘t been enough of a magnet (yet) to get us off the interstate. 😉 2w
Pogue @Tamra from what I remember it had the history of spam, WW II, production, Monty Python, wild variety, and a gift shop. Oh and when we went it was free. 2w
Tamra @Pogue free samples??? The last time I tried Spam it was so salty I couldn‘t eat more than one or two bites - and salt is my thing! 2w
Pogue @Tamra I don‘t remember if there were free samples, the museum was free. That is why we stopped. Oh and I forgot about the cookbooks. Spam cookbooks. 2w
jlhammar Oh, and I loved our last #PersephoneClub read so thank you! 2w
elkeOriginal @jlhammar That is good to hear! 2w
elkeOriginal @julieclair I did not tag you on this post - apologies! Will update the list I use to include you right now! 2w
julieclair Thank you, @elkeOriginal ! Great choices, and I've added both to my TBR, but I'm giving the edge to 2w
kwmg40 Please add me to the tag list too, thanks! I'd like to vote for 2w
elkeOriginal @kwmg40 Gotcha! Hopefully @LeahBergen will give us the full updated tag list when the choices are all final & announced too - I fear I haven‘t noted all the newbies myself 🙁 2w
kwmg40 @elkeOriginal Thank you! 2w
elkeOriginal @kwmg40 and welcome! 2w
LeahBergen @elkeOriginal I‘ll go through our recent posts and (try to) tag everyone. 😆 2w
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I will echo @LeahBergen comments abt how hard this was to read as the depiction of life in wartime seems to suggest that the world has learnt little over 80yrs. This series of letters written to her children by Tilli a woman living in hamburg 39-46, + discovered in the 70s is heart-rending, particularly when her + the city's ⬇️
#Persephoneclub @Cathythoughts @rubyslippersreads @quietjenn @CarolynM @elkeOriginal @jlhammar @Gissy @Aimeesue @Tamra

andrew61 Dislike of the regime and its treatment of Jewish people in the country and her family is clear. The afterword about the blanket bombing policy during the war and complete destruction of city's is disturbing. A remarkable piece of writing which I am glad I read entirely as a result of this group. 1mo
jlhammar Beautiful photo! I agree, remarkable and very glad to have read it. 1mo
batsy Love the photo! 1mo
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Tamra I‘m glad it was chosen too. I wouldn‘t have known about it otherwise. 1mo
Cathythoughts That is a beautiful photo. I still must read the book. 1mo
LeahBergen Great review, Andrew! I‘m so glad we read it, too. 1mo
Aimeesue Great review! I Hope to finish this soon, but I keep needing to step away from it. So much is directly relevant to what‘s going on today, so it gets overwhelming. Great writing, though! 1mo
Anna40 Great review! 1mo
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