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AudreyMorris

AudreyMorris

Joined May 2016

Instagram: DreesReads | Goodreads: Dree Morris Literary fiction, memoir, history, 1001 books list
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✨September Wrap-Up✨
I am super late and still haven‘t even posted reviews for all of these! 9 books, 1 nonfiction, 6 novels, 2 short story collections. Three in translation (from Danish, Spanish, Korean), plus authors from Nigeria and Australia, and one modern classic. All were by women! Favorite fiction title is tagged; the Speckled Monster was also an amazing read! #wrapup #septemberwrapup #septemberreads

BarbaraBB The tagged one sounds good indeed. #stacked 5d
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Excellent narrative nonfiction that covers the introduction of inoculation into London and Boston in the 1720s. Carrell follows two people—Lady Mary Worley Montagu in London and Dr Zabdiel Boylston in Boston—both survivors of bad cases of smallpox, both worried parents, both intense record keepers. Those records—letters, notes, case records—as well as official government minutes, newspapers, and the records of others—are fabulous sources.

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This interesting little book is a dystopia. I think. Or maybe a man‘s descent into mental illness? Or maybe it‘s really an allegory that went over my head, as I definitely don‘t know enough about Korean history or current events to pick up on an allegory. But this was interesting and unusual. The main character is not named, and his story makes odd sense—until it doesn‘t. #intranslation #koreanlit #dystopia

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Book Mail! Received this ARC this week, from LibraryThing‘s Early Reviewers August list. At least I think August 🤔 I have one other nonfiction ARC to read first. I love folktales of all kinds, so I expect this will be a good read! #folktales #earlyreviewers #librarything #ARC

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This novel is a mystery, a family saga, and an immigration story all wrapped in one great package. There are multiple viewpoints that go back and forth in time, until they converge. Very well done, with the loose ends all tied up. A page turner! #familysaga #immigration #mystery

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Sing to It | Amy Hempel
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Short stories featuring people who are sad—an animal shelter volunteer, someone missing their deceased dog, a woman who gave a baby up for adoption decades earlier. “Cloudland” is the standout, is half the book, and is one of only two stories not previously published. #shortstories

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The Dinner Guest | Gabriela Ybarra
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Autofiction—not my favorite. In this short and quick read, Ybarra looks at the kidnapping and killing of her grandfather by Basque separatists (6 years before she was born), and her mother‘s decline and death from colorectal cancer 30-odd years later. But this isn‘t a memoir, it‘s a novel. By it doesn‘t read like a novel, it reads like a memoir or essays. What‘s real what‘s not? Why didn‘t she just write a memoir? Longlisted Booker intl 2018.

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Baboon | Naja Marie Aidt
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The short stories in this collection all feature people whose regular day goes awry. It may be minor, it may be major, it may be infuriating and upsetting or easily forgotten. Aidt is a very well-regarded Danish author and this is the first of her books to appear in English. #intranslation #shortstories #womenintranslation

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I was hoping the title would not be a true depiction of the book—but it is. Longlisted for the Booker Prize and a short fast read, but just not my thing. I loved the depiction of Nigeria, did not like the sociopathic family. 🤷🏻‍♀️

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Bunny: A Novel | Mona Awad
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✨August Wrap-Up✨
I read 10 books this month, for 2475 pages. 4 ARC/galleys, 2 short stories, 1 nonfiction, 1 poetry, and 3 in translation (from Spanish, Swedish, Tibetan—but only the Spanish fits #witmonth 😕), and 1 from the Booker longlist. 7 by women. My two favorites are on the left. #augustwrapup #monthlywrapup

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US release date November 5! This novel manages to combine dystopia, current events, and time travel. I loved it! In near-future Sweden a poet/author is invited to meet with a young terrorist who 2 years earlier stopped the terrorist attack she was part of. She now lives in a psychiatric facility. She claims to actually be from Sweden‘s dystopian future—10-15 years away. There are 3 stories/times/places intertwined. Very well done! #intranslation

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Very well researched book looks at the indigenous fight for environmental justice, from an American perspective—examples from other countries are mentioned but are not the focus. Key points: Natives have a fundamentally different world view (not linear, people are a vital part of nature and not the only part with agency), Native land is actually held in trust by the govt and managed to their desires, Natives and environmentalists (cont below)

AudreyMorris Have historically not worked well together due to different world views, the need to learn to work together using different partners‘ skills and abilities, the need to get different worldview recognized in legal ways. 1mo
AudreyMorris Excellent, lots of examples, well researched and cited, a slow read. I learned a lot. 1mo
Tamra Sounds really interesting 1mo
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The standard immigrants‘ children struggle with expectations story, with a crime and a romance thrown in as well. Set in Yucca Valley outside Joshua Tree NP, which is different, and Laramie nails the heat and empty spaces. I was frustrated that several storylines were just dropped and not resolved (I really hate that!), and a mid-identified bird.

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Bunny: A Novel | Mona Awad
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This book is weird. I loved it. Is it fantasy, magical realism, magic, or just about the power of loneliness and the human mind? I don‘t even like those genres, and this was totally not what I expected.

BarbaraBB Great review! 2mo
Book_Fairy_Mary Agreed! At one point I thought about putting it down bc it's not my typical read, so I assumed it'd just go downhill for me. I was hooked, though! 2mo
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Microfictions | Ana Mara Shua
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Flash fiction—these stories range from 4 lines to 3 pages in length. Most take an odd twist or perspective on everyday things. Telling an entire story—giving the reader something to think about—is an art. Stories are grouped by topic. This is a quick read, and though I doubt I‘ll truly remember any of the individual stories, I will certainly remember the odd twists used to flip the narrative. #witmonth #witmonth2019

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Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2019.

This novel has an original structure, as we meet Tequila Leila, Istanbul prostitute, after her death. Her brain continues to function for 10 min 38 sec, and we learn her history from birth to death, how she came to be an Istanbul prostitute, how she met her husband and her 5 best friends. The story then turns into a madcap caper morning of them giving her the sendoff she wanted. #bookerlonglist #booker2019

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The Body Lies | Jo Baker
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This thriller was a random pick from the library New Fiction display—and I don‘t normally read thrillers. This turned out to be great though—fast, not particularly violent and with a low body count, and not horrible suspenseful. No nightmare fuel! A young mother and new professor in a small English town struggles with her graduate students—and how to manage their struggles with each other. Then one‘s submissions get creepy. #thriller #2019release

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The stories in this collection all look at life in modern Tibet—nomads, Buddhism, marriage and kids—with the ever-present reality of Chinese occupation in the background when it‘s not in the foreground. Dondrup is smart, witting, and a bit scathing in some stories. I really enjoyed this book, my favorite stories were A Show to Delight the Masses and Black Fox Valley. #intranslation #shortstories #tibet

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The Years | Annie Ernaux
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My completed #readingenvysummerreading . Tagged book was my favorite, but they were all very different. Short stories, novel, memoir/essay, history. Settings of rural England, Mexico, France, the Netherlands.

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Fen | Daisy Johnson
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The stories in this collection take place in England‘s fens. Most of the stories focus on the boundary between people and animals. They are unsettled, a little creepy, and not quite resolved. #shortstories

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July Wrap-Up🎉🎉🎉. Tagged book was my only 5⭐️ read of the month. 4⭐️ for Dutch Girl, American Spy, and Princess Bari. The rest were 3⭐️. Gotta live a month with no duds! 8 books, 2 nonfiction, 2 in translation (from Korean and Swedish), 3 #camptob, 2 ARC/Galley, 4 by women, 5 diverse reads. #wrapup #monthlywrapup #julywrapup

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So I managed to read this entire thing—all 600+ pages. It was fine. I don‘t love fantasy, and this book is full of witches, shape shifters, trolls, etc. You find out some things, there is lots of violence, and it all sort of circles back around to the beginning. Just not my thing. #camptob #tournamentofbooks #fantasy

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Swede Hollow | Ola Larsmo
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This meticulously researched novel follows a family of 5 from Sweden to NY and then Swede Hollow in St Paul, MN. Swede Hollow was an immigrant community, and the places Larsmo‘s character live, work, and visit were all real. He also includes issues such as railroad unionizing. Originally published in Swedish in 2016. October 1 pub date. #netgalley #intranslation #historicalfiction

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Lost Children Archive | Valeria Luiselli
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#camptob books complete!! June: Bowlaway (2.5⭐️) vs ✔️Daisy Jones & the Six (3⭐️) July: ✔️Lost Children Archive (5⭐️) vs Trust Exercise (4⭐️) August: ✔️American Spy (4⭐️) vs Black Leopard Red Wolf (3⭐️). Overall winner: Lost Children Archive🎉🎉🎉🎉. #tournamentofbooks #summerreadingchallenge

BarbaraBB Wow, you‘ve finished them all. I really must get to Lost Children‘s Archive. 💕 3mo
AudreyMorris @BarbaraBB it is excellent! 3mo
Suet624 Nice! 2mo
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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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A little gimmicky, but this novel is the perfect beach, poolside, or airplane read. It‘s fast, easy, and pulls you forward. This is the story (in interview format) of a fake 70s band based in Los Angeles. #camptob #tournamentofbooks

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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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End of day 1 of #24in48 — not a great showing, but also not unexpected. If I can get another 4 hours in tomorrow I‘ll be thrilled. Also I started the tagged book and am already on page 125. It‘s a fast read!

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Princess Bari | Hwang Sok-Yong
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My first #24in48 finish! This novel is based on the traditional Korean legend of Princess Bari. Hwang Sok-Yong is a well known and well regarded Korean author, and he reimagined Bari‘s tale in the present time. Bari survives the North Korean famine by fleeing to China and eventually makes the harrowing trip to London. She uses her special abilities to read the pain of others as a foot masseuse. #intranslation #earlyreviewers #2019release

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American Spy: A Novel | Lauren Wilkinson
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Another #Camptob novel, this one is a quick read and very good. This is the story if Marie, a good judge of character, who becomes an FBI agent. But as a black woman she has little chance to advance. She accepts a shadowy job in Burkina Faso, possibly with the CIA. The story jumps between her childhood in NY, her US desk job, Burkina Faso, and when she is visiting her mother in Martinique. Lots of twists! #firstnovel

BarbaraBB Great review. This is one of the #CampToB books that I‘d like to read! (edited) 3mo
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This thoroughly researched #biography looks at Audrey Hepburn‘s teenage years in the German-occupied Netherlands. From the beginnings of her career in dance and wartime performances through the hunger winter and 9 months of shelling, he examines how her experiences influenced her career and UNICEF work. A must-read for those interested in Hepburn and how the occupation was for residents. #netgalley #nonfiction #worldwar2 #history #audreyhepburn

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Mr. Potter: A Novel | Jamaica Kincaid
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This unusual short novel (my copy was

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If, Then: A Novel | Kate Hope Day
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This is Day‘s first novel. The story centers around the residents of a cul de sac on the edge of a volcano in an Oregon college town. As the neighbors go about their lives—as a new mother, a recent widower and his adult daughter, a professor trying to get funding and his doctor wife and middle school son—they slowly meet each other amid some odd happenings. This book shows potential, the ideas are great but more chaos would have made it stronger.

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A fun romp and great palate cleanser after the more serious and complex stuff I‘ve been reading lately. If it didn‘t have the Italian slurs it would be a perfect romp. #1001books #1938 #englishlit #tbrtakedown

BarbaraBB Just bought this one. Good to know you liked it! 4mo
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I really struggled with the first half of this one—the second half pulled it all together with the perspective of another character. There were several reveals that felt like they were supposed to be bombshells, but they weren‘t. I think Choi crafted this so carefully that the clues are all there. #camptob

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Lost Children Archive | Valeria Luiselli
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5⭐️. Wow. This book is excellent, with many topics/threads: a marriage, a road trip, new projects for husband wife with topics that seem very different but are really quite similar. Parenting. Does history repeat itself? Can fiction become fact and fact fiction? #camptob

BarbaraBB Is it an easy read? I‘m thinking of taking it with me on vacation but I always have to think then of my husband‘s taste as well... 😀 4mo
AudreyMorris @BarbaraBB I wouldn‘t say it‘s easy. There is a lot to think about and it is definitely literary. But I had no problem finishing it in less than a week. 4mo
BarbaraBB That sounds doable for my husband too (he is more into journalism than into fiction). Thanks!! 4mo
ReadingEnvy I finished it a few days ago and I'm only now starting to be able to let it go. 4mo
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Found on Hoopla searching “California poetry”. There were a couple of poems in here that I liked—“Refinery” and “Sunset over Anaheim” being my favorites. But generally this is a mishmash collection of city poems (good), beach poems, love/relationship poems (meh to ugh). He uses the word “piss” too much for my taste.

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The Wheel on the School | Meindert De Jong
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1955 Newbery winner. In a small town in the Netherlands a school (5 boys, 1 girl) work to bring storks back to town. They make friends with several old people in town, learn how different people have different strengths, and how important teamwork is. A great book and very much still relevant and very much worth reading! I had never heard of this and did not read it as a kid, which makes me kind of sad. #newbery

BarbaraBB I have never heard of this one too, living in the Netherlands. Must check out! 4mo
AudreyMorris It‘s really sweet and perfect for Newbery-aged kids! You‘ll have to tell me how realistic the setting is. 4mo
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Sea Monsters | Chloe Aridjis
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Somewhere between a pick and so-so. A quick read. 17-year-old Luisa runs away from home in Mexico City and heads to an Oaxacan beach with her new friend/boyfriend Tomas. They hang out and drift apart. They eat and drink beer. After 7? 10? Days her father finds her and she very willingly goes home. The end. Started off promising but I felt it went nowhere. Maybe I am too old for coming of age books.

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Bowlaway: A Novel | Elizabeth McCracken
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Some people will love this, but I am not one of them. Cute, quirky, nice, for the most part. Too quirky for me, it made it feel like the author was trying too hard to create memorable characters. Ostensibly about a candlepin bowling family, it‘s full of characters who reinvent themselves. I felt the over-the-too quirkiness too away from that. #camptob

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A Canadian poli sci professor travels to California and writes about it. Which sound interesting. And then I read it. Is this book just sloppy or is it willfully ignorant and full of intentional errors? I explain more in my Goodreads review, but let‘s just start with the fact that his “travels through CA” cover the 70 miles between San Diego and San Juan Capistrano. That‘s it! California has 58 counties. He visited two.

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I liked this much more than I expected! At under 200 pages it‘s a quick read. And it isn‘t nearly as misogynistic as I was expecting from a hard-boiled detective novel 🤣. San Francisco Private detective Sam Spade figures out the various players in the search for/theft of the Maltese Falcon. #1001books #1000books

JazzFeathers I watched the classic film last year and truly enjoyed it. I really have to read the book too. 4mo
AshleyHoss820 I struggled with this one and didn‘t enjoy it as much as I wanted to but I enjoyed The Glass Key! 😊😊😊 3mo
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Drop City | T Coraghessan Boyle, Boyle T C
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Well, I‘m done. This novel follows the members of a c1970 hippie commune in California that moves to interior Alaska. Sex, drugs, a few hard workers and a lot of hangers on. The first half was OK, the Alaska half unbelievable. No roads in, dark for 6 months of the year, -40 temps, a lot of vegetarians. Boyle did not convince me they could survive. #1001books

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The Years | Annie Ernaux
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Amazing “generational memoir”. Ernaux uses her own life (and family, friends) to illustrate the changes in France c1941-the 21st century. From economic changes (a life without indoor plumbing where everything is used through necessity to a consumerist society), to political changes and swings, the waning influence of the Catholic Church and mores, and more. She also discusses the weirdness of aging: it happens when you least expect it lol.

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river woman | Katherena Vermette
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In this poetry collection Vermette focuses on rivers and on being Metis. Rivers are constant yet changing, mixing and growing. The Metis belong and miss what is gone and going. These poems are spare, most lines are fewer than 4 words. But the words are powerful. I heard about this book on the @ReadingEnvy podcast. #nativecanadian #metis

Cinfhen A lot of people are reading this book by the same author and loving it 5mo
Cinfhen They both work for #Booked2019 #IndigenousAuthor 5mo
AudreyMorris @Cinfhen I do want to read her novel, I really am into novels more than poetry, but I was feeling motivated. And poetry is usually quicker and I already have a pile on my nightstand!! Glad to here people are liking it!! 5mo
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This popular science book looks at a variety of current projects intended to bring back extinct species—wooly mammoth, passenger pigeon, aurochs, dinosaurs. She also looks at attempts to engineer the DNA of corals and the functionally extinct American chestnut. Ethics issues are addressed. I found this book to be fascinating and balanced, there is a lot to think about! Also: cloning is not a thing for extinct animals!

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The Shape of the Ruins | Juan Gabriel Vsquez
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5 stars! Vasquez looks at conspiracy theories, focused on 2 assassinations in Colombia. He looks at how historical events continue to affect regular individuals even 100 years later. Long, complicated, intense, and masterfully done. On the Man Booker International shortlist. I need to read more by this author! #intranslation #colombianliterature #mbi2019 #manbookerinternational #5stars

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My first Goodreads giveaway win in years! A history of the Pony Express, which I actually don‘t know a whole lot about—though I did major in history, with a focus on the 19th century American West. I can‘t wait to start this book—and as a bonus, it smells amazing. #nonfiction #history

CafeMom Enjoy and congratulations on the win! 5mo
SewHappyStitchHappy Congrats on winning! And I‘m a total book sniffer, too! 😊 5mo
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Pick with reservations. This nonfiction work examines what the wives of Vietnam POW/MIAs we‘re doing on the homefront. First they behaved as good military wives should—they kept their mouths shut. But as LBJs administration gave them no info, they went their own way. They formed local and then a natl org, travelled, met with leaders, has letter campaigns. Lee did not convince me their efforts helped end the war—but they did sway public opinion.

AudreyMorris #history #nonfiction #NetGalley Full reviews on Goodreads and Instagram 5mo
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I don‘t usually read thrillers, which this is, essentially. But it‘s so fascinating—a character with “a perfect sense of smell” who becomes a perfumer do he can learn to make smells and affect people‘s behavior. Also, murder. #1001books

Tamra Such a strangely fascinating little novel! 5mo
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Family saga featuring an old family orchard, multiple generations, and the Iranian Revolution in 1978. Ghaffari does a great job illustrating how people can become cruel and power-hungry due to their own lifelong disappointments and perceived rejection. We find out what happens to just 4 characters though—what about the rest?! A pet peeve of mine 😕

Lindy Nice backdrop for this cover. 📷👍 6mo
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The Book of Flora | Meg Elison
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This is book 3 in Meg Elison‘s Road to Nowhere trilogy. I did not enjoy this as much as the others. The focus is no longer on survival and community building in the post-apocalyptic era (thus book starts right where The Book of Etta ended). The focus here ison lgbtq, catamites, horsewomen, and other who do not fit the male/female gender dichotomy who are looking for a community where they can be accepted and safe. See comments for more.

AudreyMorris Elison continues her world building as the characters travel to different communities—but she is unable to give any one the justice it deserves. I also thought all the traveling (lots!) creates a continuity problem from book 2, where traveling is difficult and dangerous, especially for women. Still an interesting read, but does not live up to The Book of the Unnamed Midwife (book 1, Philip K Dick award winner). #postapocalyptic (edited) 6mo
Megabooks Excellent review! 6mo
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