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With echos of Woolf‘s Mrs. Dalloway, this short novel focuses mostly on a single day, with musings of the past. As Liselle preps for a dinner party on the evening that her husband‘s political ambitions have been dashed and an FBI investigation are underway, she looks back at a significant affair with Selena, a woman from her past. Steeped in sharp observations on race, sexuality and politics, it‘s a well written story, let down by its abrupt end.

Cinfhen Excellent review! Book sounds perfect until that abrupt end. #petpeeve I hate that!!! (I feel cheated) 2w
KarenUK And it‘s only 200 pages or so! It could easily have been longer! 😂 @cinfhen 2w
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Do you remember inflating the word count in your high school essays by the saying the same thing twice but phrasing it differently? Imagine a whole book of that. She would say the same thing twice yet in different ways. 😏

While taken as a whole arc the story of Vitale‘s addiction and sobriety is interesting, the actual writing is atrocious! I can‘t recommend this #AudiblePlus title. 👎🏻

llcoolnate hahah I got the joke 👌🏻👌🏻😝 2mo
Megabooks @llcoolnate 😂😂👍🏻 2mo
Cinfhen #PetPeeve #HardPass Thanks for the honest review!!! 2mo
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Megabooks @Cinfhen good idea! 2mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen I think Molly has a UTI. ☹️ the soonest I could get her in with my vet is tomorrow. She definitely doesn‘t feel good. 💜 I feel so bad for her. 2mo
Cinfhen How‘s Molly????? Poor pup 2mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen she did have a uti at the vet today. ☹️☹️ she got an antibiotic injection, and she seems to be feeling better. (There‘s an antibiotic injection for skin infections and uti‘s in dogs that last 2 weeks and is soooo much better than doing pills!!) I ordered a bunch of stuff for her from chewy. New treats, 3 different toys, 2 kinds of bone…no, she‘s not spoiled!! 😂😂 2mo
Cinfhen Hahaha 🤣 I‘m now familiar with Chewy!!! I keep asking Niki to tell me which is Herzy‘s favorite bone treat - apparently it‘s only available on Chewy. I wanted to send one to Molly after her surgery 🐾🐶♥️ I‘m so glad to hear there is a quick shot antibiotic for her!! Glad she‘s on the mend ❤️‍🩹 2mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen awwww!! Thank you for thinking of us! Chewy is fantastic because you get the convenience of online without the worry of counterfeit like on Amazon. A friend got counterfeit food on Amazon and I got counterfeit toys. Ridiculous!! So glad chewy is there. 2mo
Cinfhen I didn‘t know that was a “thing” on Amazon 😣I HATE dishonest people!!! Im going to ask Niki about that bone, again. It‘s like a brain toy/ bone treat 2mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen that sounds really cool!! She likes bones and loves food. 😁😁 Molly had mostly hand me down toys, so I think she‘ll appreciate her own. And yes, counterfeiting sucks!!! The only other new toy besides Hairy is a counterfeit crocodile that I had to resew myself after she destroyed it in 10 minutes!! It was supposed to be the same brand/type as Hairy, and it wasn‘t even close. Fortunately I know a really secure stitch. Thanks vet school! 2mo
Cinfhen 🙌🏻 - Herzy can chew through a toy in seconds too!!! Unfortunately for Niki & Adam it ends up in the garbage 🗑 😜 2mo
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A #PetPeeve for me: authors not giving citations or a bibliography in nonfiction work! Especially in something like this book, which introduces socialism. I would love some endnotes and a bibliography + further reading/learning list! 😤

ChasingOm Why would an author try to avoid citations?! 🤯 5mo
Megabooks Citations should be there for people who want them. Easy to ignore if it doesn‘t matter to you! 😡 5mo
TrishB I couldn‘t take that seriously. My current NF has 150 pages of references, notes, citations etc 5mo
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Telephone | Percival Everett
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F@CK!!! That ending 😡😩!!!Total #PetPeeve I can‘t stand #UnfinishedBusiness Damn!!! Not sure what to say/ loved this book until the author pulled that crap 😭 #ToB21 Its a pick with reservations

Caroline2 Arghhhhhhh!!!! I HATE that!!! 😠 9mo
Cinfhen Me too!! Im still pissed @Caroline2 3 hours later 😆 9mo
BarbaraBB You‘re so right! The ending didn‘t live up to the rest of the book. I was pissed too. 9mo
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Cinfhen Im JUST NOW remembering this book was written with three different endings!!! If you‘ve read the book please share your ending below 👇🏽 9mo
Cinfhen Which ending did u get @BarbaraBB 9mo
Megabooks Yeah my ending dropped it to a so-so. 9mo
Cinfhen Did your book end with Zach showing up at an urgent care clinic @Megabooks @BarbaraBB before getting to Mexico?? (edited) 9mo
Ruthiella I think the ending is the same in all three versions. The differences are more subtle and are in various places in the book. (edited) 9mo
Cinfhen Hmmm @Ruthiella it‘s a cool idea but a little frustrating/ have u read this one?? 9mo
Ruthiella Yeah. I read the same version as you, judging by the cover you showed. Barbara has a different version, I remember. I loved So Much Blue by Everett but was a little nonplussed by Telephone. 9mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks @Ruthiella @Cinfhen I have a different edition but as far as I remember the ending is the same. I read some articles about it. I enjoyed this book a lot but you are right Ruthiella about 9mo
Cinfhen The difference in the cover @Ruthiella @BarbaraBB is which direction the top compass is pointing/ it‘s very subtle and I had to really stare at each cover intently to see the difference. So perhaps the differences are just as subtle within the story. I‘ll have to read the book you both mentioned 9mo
cariashley I read the same version and also didn‘t like the ending - I kept flipping back and forth from that page to the acknowledgments saying what?!!? That‘s it?? I‘ve seen rave reviews about one of the other versions 😒 9mo
Cinfhen I feel jipped @cariashley I‘m dying to know the other versions 9mo
BkClubCare Oh dear 9mo
Cinfhen I need to check out a bookstore @BkClubCare and see if I can find the other endings 😉 9mo
BkClubCare @Cinfhen - yes! I will try to remember to do this when my next book order arrives. 🤩 9mo
BkClubCare @Cinfhen - just finished! I ... need to know how yours ended. ❓ 🧐 9mo
Cinfhen @BkClubCare he gets the women into the bus but before he can cross the boarder the one who‘s been shot is in terrible shape so he stops at an urgent care and walks her in. 9mo
BkClubCare @Cinfhen - testing, is the poisonous ☠️ invoke spoiler mode? 9mo
BkClubCare @Cinfhen - yay! It does. So cool. OK. Whoa!!! I can see why that would be a exasperating. In mine, he makes it across the bridge and waves at the Mexican cop. I thought it a fine ending. I released a breathe I hadn‘t realized I was holding. The last page was odd. Titled “Rain”, the scene is looking out the window of their house, at their CA mountain scenery. But it‘s not raining. Approximately one paragraph. I assumed (?!) he made it home. 9mo
Cinfhen Whoa! That‘s sooooooo cool....you had a different ending @BkClubCare I‘m tagging the others, who shared my ending.... by the way, what does that mean??? Rain, but it‘s not raining?! You‘re ending is so much more satisfying 😀 @cariashley @Ruthiella @BarbaraBB @Megabooks check out the above spoiler tag from @BkClubCare 9mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen I‘m pretty sure I had @BkClubCare ‘s ending, but I will have to double check when I get home! (edited) 9mo
BarbaraBB @BkClubCare @cariashley @Ruthiella @Megabooks In mine he sees the Mexican cop at last, who talks to the border police and waves the women into their country. He stays behind, watching them and he remembers having seen a bear (last sentence)! (edited) 9mo
Ruthiella @BkClubCare @BarbaraBB @cariashley @Megabooks @Cinfhen SO THERE ARE DIFFERENT ENDINGS? I like the other two better than mine and Cindy‘s. I would love to see the other version of the books, but don‘t want to buy them. But my library has no copy (yet at least). 9mo
Cinfhen That is SO CRAZZZY @BarbaraBB @Ruthiella @BkClubCare @cariashley @Megabooks I wonder what the bear signifies??? And the rain???? What was the author trying to tell us!?!??? 9mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB @BkClubCare @cariashley @Ruthiella Mine is the one where she makes it across the bridge to the cop and they nod at each other. Then the last chapter is called Rain. It is raining AND they are looking for bears. @Cinfhen can you go into more detail about yours?? (edited) 9mo
Cinfhen My book has him rescuing the girls @Megabooks but one gets shot while they are trying to flee, as he‘s driving the bus towards Mexico the women is getting weaker. He calls the cop to say he‘s going to be later than he hoped then he pulls up to an urgent care and enters with the women. That‘s literally how it ends. Am I right @Ruthiella The nurse at urgent care asks women‘s occupation and he states slave. I think that‘s the last line 9mo
Cinfhen Actually the last line is “I looked across the parking lot. It was raining again.” @Megabooks 9mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen fuck! That‘s terrible!!! I‘d be so pissed if I had that ending!! Your anger is justified!!! I much prefer bears and rain. Didn‘t know how good I had it. 😂 9mo
Megabooks What is his hard on for rain? 🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️ 9mo
Ruthiella @Megabooks @Cinfhen Yes. But also interesting to note, it‘s raining too! Last line, “The clerk stared at me. I looked away, out the window, at the parking lot, at the moving cars. It was raining again.” 9mo
Cinfhen I‘m not sure I get the rain reference at all??? Do you @Ruthiella @Megabooks @BkClubCare @BarbaraBB (edited) 9mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen @Megabooks @BkClubCare @Ruthiella I don‘t have the rain reference. Just the bear which I don‘t get at all. But I am happy with the bear in relation to your ending Cindy. That really sucks. 9mo
Ruthiella @BarbaraBB @Cinfhen @BkClubCare @Megabooks Well, it could symbolize tears/sadness. Or maybe rejuvenation. But also sometimes a pipe is just a pipe. 🤔 9mo
BkClubCare @Megabooks - right? I really enjoyed this but what really is the point of different endings? (And if it is to have a small group of dedicated readers have THIS discussion - I am good with that 🤣) 9mo
BkClubCare Bears signify a challenge that you must deal with (in dreams) and rain can symbolize sadness. 9mo
BkClubCare When Zach sees the bear at the care facility but his daughter cannot see/process the bear and share in the experience of seeing the bear, Zach realizes (or wants) it just to be over. It is a challenge to keep “living”. 9mo
BkClubCare Rain: the Rain title but no rain in the scene (but looking for rain AND BEARS?) means that “Life” is learning to deal with and realizing that life will always have rain and bears. Maybe? 9mo
BarbaraBB @BkClubCare I think you‘re on to something with these explanations, they are quite plausible. Like you I‘m not sure what Everett wanted to accomplish with these different endings, but I like this discussion! One more question: why the title Telephone?? @Megabooks @Ruthiella @Cinfhen (edited) 9mo
Cinfhen I think the title Telephone signifies that children‘s game where you whisper a secret in someone‘s ear and it‘s then passed down a line each person whispering what they thought they heard until the last person repeats the “secret” out loud. The object is to see if words get changed in the process. So perhaps the point of the novel and the multiple endings is to see how/where things can get muddled or become lost @BarbaraBB @BkClubCare @Ruthiella 9mo
Cinfhen See above @Megabooks ♥️ 9mo
Cinfhen I love your ideas @BkClubCare @Ruthiella about bears and rain ~ I had forgotten his daughter‘s inability to see the bear @Megabooks @BarbaraBB 9mo
Cinfhen When Zach leaves to rescue the women it seems to indicate his daughter is still alive but she doesn‘t recognize her parents any longer / right?? See, im forgetting already!!@BkClubCare @Megabooks @Ruthiella @BarbaraBB 9mo
Megabooks First, y‘all remember a lot more than I do! This is 60 books ago to me. 😂 Second I think both @BkClubCare and @Cinfhen are on to something with the symbolism and title!! I had not though about that with the title, Cindy!! 👍🏻 @BarbaraBB @Ruthiella 9mo
Cinfhen I‘d love a sit down with the author @Megabooks @Ruthiella @BkClubCare @BarbaraBB there‘s a lot going on in this slim little book 9mo
BarbaraBB Very good thought Cindy and it explains the different endings ☎️ I‘d love that sir down too! 9mo
BkClubCare @Cinfhen - oh yea. I forgot to wonder about the book title. ☎️📞 9mo
kwmg40 I just finished Telephone and thought I‘d come here to read about the other endings. My copy had the ending that most readers seemed to hate, but I loved the book all the same! 8mo
Cinfhen The different endings definitely makes for interesting discussions @kwmg40 I wish Telephone would‘ve gone further in the #ToB21 8mo
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Longer than it needed to be and very much a meandering journey with a fair amount of navel gazing, this book nonetheless held my interest throughout, though I admit when I got to the end, I sighed and asked “This is it?”

Also: why is it that audiobooks seldom include the acknowledgements? #petpeeve

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Attachments: A Novel | Rainbow Rowell
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Rebecca Lowman re-recorded the #audiobook for Rainbow‘s debut earlier this year, and it is so wonderful. Sometimes a narrator and an author just WORK.

You can‘t help but root for Lincoln and Beth. The number one adjective that comes to mind with her characters is charming. She makes genres I don‘t normally like from romance (this book) to YA and fantasy (other titles) things I love.

#aam book 3 #bookspinbingo no 4 (posting card tmrw) night all!

Texreader Well said. I normally wouldn‘t read this types of books but this one was so good!! 12mo
Soubhiville I‘m glad you enjoyed this 🙂 12mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay! This is probably my favorite book of hers. I love how she manages to make Lincoln endearing instead of a creeper haha I also think that her romance works so well because her characters grow as individuals instead of having people who “fix“ each other. 12mo
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Megabooks @Texreader thank you!! 12mo
Megabooks @Soubhiville me too! She‘s one of my favorite authors, so I‘m glad to be rereading her books. 12mo
Megabooks @TheAromaofBooks definitely agree about Lincoln. And I hate when people fix each other. #petpeeve Lincoln made friends and moved out on his own. Beth got out of her crappy relationship on her own too. Then they met on the same page. It is such an endearing story. 12mo
TheAromaofBooks Exactly!! 12mo
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#PetPeeve. Why do so many authors go with received knowledge rather than do basic medical research? With a mild to moderate concussion the brain needs rest so it can heal. Waking someone up and pestering them with questions every few hours is not conducive to rest!

MayJasper Frustrating. Sort of puts you off the book. 1y
Leniverse @MayJasper Yes, but I'm glad I kept reading. This one issue aside it's a pretty good series and getting better by the book. I'm about to start book 5 already! 😅 1y
MayJasper Wow! You're going for it! 1y
Leniverse @MayJasper I feel like I should add that they are short books. 160-180 pages each. ☺️ 1y
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This. This really burns my biscuit. For the love of all things, why would you put a tag on a readable page!!!! (I get it, you put it where people won't want to just rip it out because it will ruin the book, but ugh, come on!!!!) #petpeeve

CBee That is seriously uncool!!! And it looks like one of those super thick ones that could tear the page too 😳🙄 2y
megnews 😮 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage The secret to stickers on the outside is heating it with a hair dryer. Wonder if it would work inside ...? 2y
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Crazeedi This is ridiculous! Never saw this before. Btw-good book 2y
LibrarianRyan I had that recently too in a library graphic novel. I get the need but come on people. 2y
AprilMae @BarbaraTheBibliophage I got it off, just had to go slow. I've tried the hairdryer method on the outside, not the in... might have to try it next time! 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @AprilMae Whatever works! Glad you got most of it off! 2y
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Cibola Burn | James S.A. Corey
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My #PetPeeve: when publishers change the spine design in the middle of a book series.

Cutting for Stone (Large Print) | Abraham Verghese, A Verghese
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I dunno, I was excited to read this but it feels wordy and wandering...and prurient if that is the right word? A weird #POV...
The #chocolate is helping...

MargaretPinardAuthor Agh! I just noticed that there are no even numbered pages—it‘s title on upper left, page on upper right, with nothing on first page of the chapter—-gah! #petpeeve #whatpageamion 2y
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