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squirrelbrain
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It‘s funny as I usually dislike books where there are no answers or conclusions. This book just drifts along and we don‘t get to find out the ‘whys‘ - why someone did what they did, or why someone behaves like they do, but I still enjoyed it all the same...

This book fits for #maryland for #readingUSA2019.

I also have a spare charity shop copy if anyone would like it... but be sure to read other reviews first as many Littens don‘t like it!

BarbaraBB I really liked this one too 💕 2d
LapReader Man booker books are my favs but I live in Australia. 2d
jessinikkip This sounds like a good book, and so far I havent read a Maryland book yet 2d
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squirrelbrain @LapReader, such a shame as I‘ve just checked and it‘s about £ from the UK to Australia - probably cheaper to buy a copy ?. @jessinikkip - I think you‘re US aren‘t you? Again, it‘ll be about Qd so see if you can get a copy cheaper over there.... (edited) 2d
jessinikkip I bet I could find one cheaper. I am in the US, I just didnt know what postage would be. Thanks for the recommendation though, now I know what to read! 2d
squirrelbrain @jessinikkip - it‘s not too bad to send to Europe but US and Aus gets expensive, particularly over 200g in weight. I think the vast majority of Anne Tyler‘s books are Maryland based so any would do.... 2d
Samplergal Yes most of hers are MD books. I haven‘t read this yet(!) But I‘ve had it forever. She‘s a great writer of characters. Baltimore is her loveliest character. Acquired taste. ❤️ 2d
BookwormM I am one who didn‘t like it 🤣🤣perhaps my dislike was made stronger as this was on a Man Booker Longlist can‘t remember if it made the shortlist I hope not 🤣🤣 2d
Kaye I‘ve read some of her older ones. You described them perfectly. The ones I‘ve read are just about ordinary people living their lives. My favorite was 2d
Librarybelle Nice choice! 1d
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Samplergal
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Amazing book. Read my full review of this book @ www.safepassagesandprose.com My itty bitty blog about travel and books. #readingUSA2019 #Utah #FiveStars #MayMadness #NetGalleyReadathon

Librarybelle I‘ve heard good reviews about this one! 3d
Samplergal I loved it. Probably my top three this year. 3d
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Samplergal
This Is Not How It Ends | Rochelle B. Weinstein
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I‘ve been in Mexico without internet for a week, so I‘ll try not to post too much today. I‘ll be posting on my blog later about this book. www.safepassagesandprose.com

A solid four star book. Starts in Kansas but majority is in Florida keys. #readingUsa2019. #MayMadness #NetGalleyReadathon.
I‘m having a ball doing this challenge!

Librarybelle 👍 3d
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megnews
How High the Moon | Karyn Parsons
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Wonderful story. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#MiddleGradeMay
#ReadingUSA2019 South Carolina

Book 178/265 5/18/19

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BarbaraBB
The Elementals | Michael McDowell
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Two families own two houses on a deserted beach in Alabama. There is a third house, almost completely covered by sand. Everyone is scared of that one because it has been haunted for years. Yet both families keep coming back to Beldame.
The horror didn‘t scare me at all, yet in combination with great characters it made for a highly enjoyable read.

Thanks for sending me your copy Cindy, as always so well chosen!💜😘

#ReadingUSA2019 #Alabama

Cinfhen Im glad it worked for your Map challenge!!! I was entertained too! How many states do u have left??? 4d
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen 29! It‘s a hell of a challenge 😉 4d
Cinfhen Oh wow!!! It is a hell of a challenge😂😂are there any states you are missing?? I might have a book or two.... let me know 4d
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BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I can‘t find any book set in Nevada or West-Virginia. I have some ideas but no books for Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Missouri, Montana, N&S Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, Washington & Wyoming. Suggestions are very welcome! 4d
RamsFan1963 @BarbaraBB For West Virginia I'd recommend either Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (wonderful dog story) or The Night of the Hunter by Davis Grubb. 4d
BarbaraBB @RamsFan1963 Thanks!! Since I seem to be into classic horror 😀, the Grubb one sounds perfect! The blurb here on Litsy mentions Ohio but also a journey, maybe that journey leads into West-Virginia? (edited) 4d
RamsFan1963 @BarbaraBB It's been quite awhile since I read it, it was my mom's copy, but I remember at least a portion of the story took place in WV. 4d
BarbaraBB @RamsFan1963 Then it‘ll do! Thank you! #stacked 4d
RamsFan1963 @BarbaraBB If I'm wrong there's another good book by Grubbs you might like called The Watchman, which I am 99% sure was set in a small town in WV. 4d
Cinfhen I will look through and see what I have! Off the top of my head I‘m pretty sure GoldFinch would work for Nevada. But I don‘t own that one anymore 4d
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I‘ve read that one - but not this year! Thanks for the suggestion!! 💕 4d
TrishB I enjoyed this one too 👍🏻 4d
Kaye Good job 👍🏼. I‘m missing some of the same states you are. There just aren‘t as many books set in some states as others. I‘ve read a lot set in Texas , NY, California, so cant count them. 4d
jenniferw88 @BarbaraBB @Kaye for Vermont you could use this book. It starts there but the MC travels across the USA, however Proulx does return to the family home in some chapters. 4d
BarbaraBB @Kaye NY and California are the easy ones indeed. Texas I haven‘t read yet but I do have books set there. It is nice though, looking for some of the less used states! 4d
BarbaraBB @jenniferw88 Thanks Jennifer! “Unfortunately” I‘ve read it already! 4d
Kaye Thanks @jenniferw88 I think I read that a long time back when I read something else by that author. I used to do that a lot. If I‘d find one author I liked, I‘d read more by them, all right in a row. 4d
Kaye Barbara , here are a couple ideas for WV that I‘ve read - Rocket Boys / The Coalwood Way were both excellent. Also, here are a few. https://wvtourism.com/wv-author-books-novels-read/ (edited) 4d
BarbaraBB @Kaye Thanks so much, That helps a lot. I‘ve been enjoying your posts about the various states so much! 💜 4d
Kaye Yes I hit a clog. I need to go back and complete them but the state I stopped on was drawing a blank. Some states have so many to choose from, while others have slim pickings. I‘ll start it up again today and see what I can find. 4d
BarbaraBB @Kaye I didn‘t mean to make you start it up again, I‘vr been happy with the states so far 😀 4d
Kaye No problem...I‘ve been meaning to finish them , so now is a good time. Been awake for hours. Gives me something to do. 4d
Librarybelle So glad you liked this one! 4d
Cinfhen So I think these two might work. For Washington I have 4d
Cinfhen And for Connecticut 4d
Cinfhen Also for Connecticut but I no longer own but HIGHLY recommend 4d
Cinfhen I also read but don‘t own this book set in the Rocky Mountains... I‘m not sure which state anymore but it might be Wyoming 4d
LeahBergen This was such a fun read!! 👍🏻 4d
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Thank you!! I have read Revolutionary Road and Stepford Wives (both I loved, especially RR!) but the others seem just what I like! Great suggestions! ❤️ 4d
Cinfhen Well I‘m super happy to hand deliver Hotel to you when we meet up 🤗🤗 4d
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen That is great! I am already collecting some books for you too for when we meet! 💕 so exciting! 4d
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Pamwurtzler
Finding Dorothy: A Novel | Elizabeth Letts
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Thanks for the recommendation for this book, @Hooked_on_books ! I really liked this based-on-fact novel about Maud Baum. She was one tough cookie! #ReadingUSA2019 #SouthDakota

Librarybelle Great! 5d
Hooked_on_books Glad you enjoyed it! 5d
squirrelbrain Ooh sounds good, and I definitely need a South Dakota! 4d
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Hooked_on_books
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Harry returns home to #Maine after his father dies suddenly in what may or may not have been an accident. An intriguing start and interesting characters unfortunately devolves from there into too many ridiculously damaged and sexually inappropriate people. It veered too far from believable for me.

#ReadingUSA2019

Librarybelle That‘s a shame, but at least Maine is checked off the list! 5d
Kaye You are doing great 👍🏼. Doesn‘t sound like a book for me but at least it‘s another off your list. 5d
Pamwurtzler Sorry you didn‘t have a better Maine book! 5d
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BarbaraBB
Pigs in Heaven: Novel, A | Barbara Kingsolver
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The character building in this book is so good! Although the plot fell a bit flat in the middle, I was captured completely by the story of Taylor and her adopted daughter Turtle, a Cherokee. A Cherokee lawyer fights the adoption and states that Turtle should be raised by her own community. Taylor of course can‘t let her go and fights back in the only way she knows.

#ReadingUSA2019 OK
#ATY2019 book about indigenous people
#SaveMe #MayMovieMagic

Leftcoastzen 👏👍❤️ 1w
Hooked_on_books Oh nice, I have this one! I‘ve liked everything I‘ve read from Kingsolver. 1w
Cinfhen Nice, Barb!! You hit lots of prompts with this one ‼️ 1w
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BarbaraBB @Hooked_on_books It was my first Kingsolver (finally!) but I really want more by her. Fortunately I have this one on my shelves 1w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Lol, I have to! #somanychallengessolittletime 😉😂 (edited) 1w
Cinfhen Love the hashtag 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻and the above tagged Kingsolver is AMAZING 1w
squirrelbrain I haven‘t heard of this one before.... 1w
Hooked_on_books @BarbaraBB Poisonwood is one of my all time faves! 1w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I know it‘s a favorite of yours so I‘m going to read it later this year for one of the challenges!😘 1w
Librarybelle I was not aware of this one by Kingsolver. Great pick! 1w
rohit-sawant Nice one! 1w
LeeRHarry She is in my top 5 fave authors 😊 1w
Pamwurtzler I‘ve never seen that - good pick! 1w
jveezer Love her books, especially the early ones. I think my fave is Animal Dreams. 1w
Suet624 I‘d never heard of this one either 7d
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Pamwurtzler
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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This is a beautifully written story of a family tragedy. It‘s told from various points of and a timeline that jumps around. What really happened? I don‘t know . . .
#ReadingUSA2019 #Idaho

jessinikkip Sounds like a good one :) 1w
squirrelbrain Sounds great! 👍 1w
Librarybelle Great pick! I really need to read this one soon... 1w
NatalieR Thanks for reminding me of this book! It‘s in my out of control Audible library. 😬 1w
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squirrelbrain
A Streetcar Named Desire | Tennessee Williams
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A classic that I should probably have read before but hadn‘t.... I‘ve heard so much about it and, whilst fabulous, it‘s also quite menacing and terrifying. I‘d like to actually see the play now, but I think the actors would have to be just right.

It‘s also the first play that I‘ve read ‘for pleasure‘ (the last was for French A level!😁)

It‘s a very quick read and fits nicely into the #louisiana prompt for #ReadingUSA2019.

TrishB My daughters doing it for her A levels this year so I‘ve heard far too much about it!! 1w
Hooked_on_books Interesting choice! Very cool. 1w
squirrelbrain @TrishB - my niece has been studying it too for A levels. Is your daughter about to do her exams or is that next year? 1w
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TrishB This year- start in 10 days. It‘s all very stressful. 1w
squirrelbrain I bet it is @TrishB - fingers crossed 🤞 1w
TrishB Thank you 😘 1w
Kaye Good job on another book completed I‘ve not read anything by this writer. 1w
Palimpsest I‘ve not read the play, but I liked the film with Vivian Leigh and Marlon Brando. 1w
Librarybelle I‘ve yet to read this...great pick for Louisiana! 1w
Pamwurtzler Good pick! I‘ve not read that either. 1w
CarolynM I love Tennessee Williams ❤️ This is a great play. 1w
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