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marleed
Every Note Played | Lisa Genova
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I read this beautiful book yesterday on my friend Dan‘s birthday. He died after a 25 yr war against ALS. Our communication was often email, and It was a great effort for his eyes to create a sentence. I once wrote him reminiscing of our glorious fictional day in NYC, walking through Central Park sharing a coney dog. I had to apologize for years after because even fictional - he decided I owed him a better imaginary meal!

#ReadTheUSA2020 MA

Megabooks Hugs to you! now
TrishB 😘 lovely story. now
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marleed
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Another slow pick for me. Since I‘m committed to my physical TBRs I dove in to this one and then doggy paddled my way through Theo‘s world. I liked it - mostly and I didn‘t know where it would take me. I‘m glad I finally read it, but I understand the mixed reviews. it‘s not a story I didn‘t want to end. I am now curious about the movie - what‘s another two hours :)

#ReadTheUSA2020 Nevada (my favorite part of the story)

rachelm I liked this one of hers better: 20h
marleed @rachelm Oh I‘ll check it out! I think my issue with this one was my problem. I often get weary of a long story because there are so many books I want to get to. 20h
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The Women of the Copper Country | Mary Doria Russell
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An emotional book about the strike in the copper mines of Calumet, MI. I thought this was well researched, I learned so much about a topic that I knew nothing about previously. A #historicalfiction must read.
#OverBookedClub @megnews #ReadTheUSA2020 #Michigan

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Before and Again | Barbara Delinsky
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This is an odd pick for me. I liked the premise of the book and even how it reached its conclusion. I get that when someone is held accountable for the accidental death of their child much introspection is needed. However, MC‘s Maggie‘s thinking was often repetitive and sometimes pointless to her agony (her mom‘s muffins??). I think the story would have been better had fewer pages been spent inside Maggie‘s head.

#ReadTheUSA2020 Vermont

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Megabooks
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This memoir is excellent, but it was a very emotional read b/c it reminded me of my bff‘s life.

The chapters went back and forth between Mira‘s childhood in NM as the daughter of Indian immigrants, her young adulthood in NYC around 9/11, & her interactions with her son, husband, & in-laws before the 2016 election.

The book focuses on racism she‘s encountered in her family, with the public & in her career. I‘ll be thinking about it for awhile.

marleed Oh, I‘ll read this for New Mexico in #ReadtheUSA2020! 3d
aartichapati I loved this book, too! Partly because Mira‘s son Z looks EXACTLY like my friend‘s son‘ 3d
Megabooks @marleed 👍🏻👍🏻 2d
Megabooks @aartichapati I know!! He looks like the bff‘s 4 year old. Same face, same haircut. 2d
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The Look-Alike | Erica Spindler
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While the first few chapters promised a fast paced thriller ride, what I ended up reading was a predictable, unsatisfying mystery, light on thrills. Truthfully, I struggled to finish this book. ⭐️⭐️ #netgalley #ReadTheUSA2020 #Wisconsin

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Jeshara
Blonde: A Novel | Joyce Carol Oates
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I loved this book. Marilyn's story is both beautiful and tragic. I think what I took away most from this is that she was just a woman who wanted to be loved and respected as an intelligent person, not just admired for her looks. I really appreciated how the story captured what it was like to be a woman, especially a woman in Hollywood, during this time period. I wonder if a lot has really changed today?
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BarbaraTheBibliophage Great choice. She is an enigma! 3d
Singout I started it for my Hollywood prompt but then realized it has over 700 pages! (I have the audiobook.) Maybe I'll go back to it, though. 3d
Jeshara @Singout It's worth it! Keep going. I did break it up with a little light reading because it can get intense at points. 2d
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Scochrane26
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This has been in my tbr for several years, & thanks to @CoffeeNBooks for hosting the #atreegrowsinbrooklynbuddyread, I have finally read it. This has been a good reading day—I have finished 2 amazing books. ATGIB started off slow, but by the time I got to the 2nd section, I loved it. The ending was bittersweet, as are most changes/endings in our lives. I‘ll want to visit Francie & her fam again. A New York read for #readtheUSA2020.

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The Dutch House | Ann Patchett
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A few years ago, I read an Ann Patchett book & didn‘t really like it, but I had thought of giving her another chance since Bel Canto & her others are so loved. Reading this for book club gave me an opportunity, & I loved this one. I‘m not sure if it‘s a 5 ⭐️ for me, but it‘s close. I feel like a discussion about it will help me think through the different themes—family, forgiveness, change, moving on from our worst times, etc.

britt_brooke I loved this one, but like you, I‘ve read one of hers that I didn‘t like (Bel Canto). I‘m glad I gave her another go. 6d
Scochrane26 @britt_brooke I read The Magician‘s Assistant. I may try another of hers at some point. 6d
britt_brooke @Scochrane26 Somewhere between the one I hated and the one I loved, I read Commonwealth, which I liked. Her books are all over the place for me. 😬 6d
Scochrane26 @ljuliel This counts as a #readtheUSA2020 book for Pennsylvania. 6d
ljuliel Good job ! 6d
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suzie.reads
Recursion | Blake Crouch
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This was brilliant but not quite a 5 star book because I thought the last part was abit manic, although the ending was great. Such a good idea though and really gets you thinking
#mmdchallenge a book outside your (genre) comfort zone #ReadtheUSA2020 New York (3rd state)

TrishB Couldn‘t make my mind up whether to buy on kindle offer today for 99p and you just persuaded me! Do you have to read his other one first? 6d
suzie.reads @TrishB no, you don't have to read the first one they're different stories 😊 6d
TrishB Cool 👍🏻 although I have that too.... 6d
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emmaturi I enjoyed it too! 6d
suzie.reads @TrishB Dark Matter is definitely worth a read 😊 5d
suzie.reads @emmaturi it was a really good book👍🏼 5d
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