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Bevita

Bevita

Joined July 2016

Everything I've read starting July 2016📚
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The Great Believers | Rebecca Makkai
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Amazing book about the AIDS crisis and the devastation to the gay community. While Reagan and the homophobic US looked the other way. Unforgettable.

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Funny story, surprisingly soft-core poem stories included! Thoroughly entertaining.

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The Weight of Ink | Rachel Kadish
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I loved this book, hated for it to end. Two parallel stories about a girl who is the scribe for a blind rabbi in London in the 1600s and the researchers who find the writings. So many things I didn‘t know about Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jews, the plague, etc. Just terrific.

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My Accidental Jihad | Krista Bremer
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Terrific story of a California girl living in NC who marries an older guy from Libya. Unsentimental look at a cross-cultural relationship and marriage. Couldn‘t put it down.

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I probably read this at the wrong time and might enjoy it another time. Indian guy comes to New York for grad school. This is the story of his girlfriends. Didn‘t finish.

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Really fun story about people in a small town largely held together by a woman who runs baking classes. Very light read, in fact I read it all in one afternoon. Delightful.

JanuarieTimewalker13 I just finished Arthur Truluv. Is Maddie and Nola in this one too? I‘m so excited bc I didn‘t know there was a companion novel! 2mo
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Lucky Boy | Shanthi Sekaran
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Timely story of a Mexican immigrant whose son (“the Lucky Boy”) is our in foster care when she‘s detained. Couldn‘t put it down. I wish the female characters had been a bit more developed as I wasn‘t that invested in the outcome, but the ending was satisfying. Another reminder how lucky I am.

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Island of Wings | Karin Altenberg
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This book is about a minister and his wife who are stationed in the Outer Hebrides, on the island of Hirta. I didn‘t love the book — felt too much like something I‘ve already read — but did enjoy the geography lesson. Skimmed to the end.

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Joy For Beginners | Erica Bauermeister
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Delightful, sort of a woman who assigns her closest friends something they are reluctant to do. Charming.

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The Neighborhood: A Novel | Mario Vargas Llosa
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Hilarious, boundary-pushing, like always. Peruvian businessman blackmailed over photos of his orgy; meanwhile his wife is having an affair with her best friend.

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Forest Dark: A Novel | Nicole Krauss
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Bought this in the Hong Kong airport. A parallel tale of two people who go to Israel: one a young mom/author, maybe searching for her next book, the other an older retired lawyer, searching for meaning or something. It was ok but had I had anything I liked better, I would have probably ditched. The parallel stories never joined, odd.

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Bailedbailed

I love Latin American fiction but this didn‘t grab me. Probably my fault for being too distracted to ever give it some time. Vow to try again when I‘m in a better space.

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Warlight: A novel | Michael Ondaatje
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Maybe I wasn‘t ready for this but just couldn‘t connect. Weird story of two teenagers left in the care of a guy they call “The Mole.” Left halfway.

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Unsheltered: A Novel | Barbara Kingsolver
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Terrific historical fiction about Mary Treat, Darwinism, contrasted with our current know-nothing environment. A big dose of Charles V Riley thrown in! Loved it.

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This was good. 10% of girls died from foot binding. It seems unthinkable today. I read this as part of my China-trip prep and thank God that I was born when and where I was.

FranklinLibMI My favorite of all times from Lisa See so far 😃 1mo
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Terrific. Amazing reporting about the Osage tribe that was the worlds richest people in the 1920s.

FranklinLibMI It‘s on our big readers‘ list of recommandations. On my reading list, too! 1mo
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An American Marriage | Tayari Jones
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Amazing, unforgettable story of a marriage after the husband is wrongfully incarcerated in Louisiana. Deserves all its accolades. Raced to the end and now so sad it‘s done.

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Woman No. 17 | Edan Lepucki
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This one was kind of random, about the relationship between a mom and her “sitter.” The sitter is kind of nutty, trying to replicate her own mom; the employer has a mute son with his own issues. Enjoyed it though.

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Young Jane Young | Gabrielle Zevin
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Fun story of a Congressional intern who gets outed for having an affair with her boss and takes the fall, while he doesn‘t. She reinvents herself, only to have her daughter find out. Funny, so familiar.

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This book is a keeper, about a guy who returns home after working as a nurse in assorted humanitarian crises. He needs to help with his elderly aunt and parent-less nephew. I enjoyed it all the way to the end.

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Story of two Chinese American sisters, one is mentally ill. I found it a little slow but still enjoyable and absolutely wanted to finish. How to help someone who doesn‘t want to be helped?

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Terrific! A little slow to get started (maybe it was just me) but I ended up racing to the ending. Parallel story of an unhappy girl in Japan and her relationships with her Buddhist nun great-aunt and suicidal father and an author, her husband and cat (Pesto) on an island off Canada. Want to go to Japan.

cajunsyd I enjoyed this one too! Glad you liked it. 9mo
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The Outsider | Stephen King
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Haven‘t read a Stephen King book in years. This one caught my attention, not too scary, more of a mystery-thriller. I was not disappointed; it was fun to read and I blew through it in a few days. Somehow “the outsider” is able to turn himself into another person, so that he can kill and mutilate children while his “twin” takes the blame.

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How Hard Can It Be? | Allison Pearson
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I loved “I Don‘t Know How She Does It” and awaited this eagerly. Alas it did not speak to me and I only made it to page 73. The writing is witty and the problems (teenage sexting, supporting the family while the husband finds himself) are timely for this stage of my life. Whoever thought that 11-point font is a good idea for a middle-aged audience made a big mistake. I could hardly read it by nightlight and I bailed. Maybe another time.

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Charming story of an older man who walks across England to see a dying ex-coworker. Along the way he (and his wife) come to terms with their son‘s death, their relationship and themselves. Lovely and memorable.

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Less: A Novel | Andrew Sean Greer
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Charming story of a writer named Arthur Less who goes on a round-the-world trip so as to miss his boyfriend‘s wedding. By the author of “Story of a Marriage.”

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Such a delightful story of an older man taking a girl to her relatives after being rescued from captivity by the Kiowa Indians. Kep-dun and Joanna are so memorable, I hated for it to end.

Mdargusch I loved this! 💙💙💙 11mo
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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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Unforgettable. Could this be true? Can‘t wait for the sequel in 5 years, when the author has grown up and some of her crazy family has died.

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House of Broken Angels | Luis Alberto Urrea
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I didn‘t like this enough to finish it, though I did jump ahead and read the ending. Story of a Mexican-American family in San Diego, gathering for the grandmother‘s funeral and then a birthday party. Coming off a re-read of The Hummingbird‘s Daughter, this didn‘t compare.

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This is the second time I‘ve read this book, a sort-of historical story of a Mexican girl that has magical healing powers. Terrific.

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I thought this would be like The End of Your Life Book Club and give me lots of new books to read (calling Olive Kittredge). It seemed to be only chapter after chapter of complaining about how Western fiction by white guys gets all the print. No news there. Bailed.

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Great Alone | Kristin Hannah
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Page-turner about a girl and her parents who move to Alaska following the Vietnam War. Interesting depiction of what Alaska must have been like 30 years ago, when it was really the end of the world. Not as good as The Nightingale, but still a great read.

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Exit West: A Novel | Mohsin Hamid
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Terrific! Sort of magical in the style of Underground Railroad, 100% timely story of a Middle Eastern couple who become refugees. Deserves all its accolades.

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Secret Daughter: A Novel | Shilpi Somaya Gowda
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Compelling story of an Indian girl adopted by American mom/Indian dad.

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My Cat Yugoslavia: A Novel | Pajtim Statovci
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So this was pretty weird but I love all things Eastern Europe so I enjoyed it. Intersecting stories of a young gay man who ends up with a snake and a human-like cat, interspersed with what I think is his mother‘s story of getting married to what turns out to be an abusive husband in Kosovo, and ending up as refugees in Finland. I liked it a lot but have a limited group of people I might recommend it to.

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Fascinating story about Inuk culture in Labrador and a secret US weather station there in WW2. Written by the friend of a friend. Introduced me to many things I‘d never thought about: Labrador, Vikings, living somewhere that cold.

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All We Shall Know | Donal Ryan
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Didn‘t finish it. Set in a poor town in Ireland with “Travellers” as some of the characters, who I take to be gypsies(are they Roma if in Ireland?) I did jump to the ending and it is shocking.

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Amazing. Nonfiction yet I couldn‘t put it down.

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Brass | Xhenet Aliu
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Slightly hard to read story about Lithuanian and Albanian immigrant families in Waterbury, CT. Luljeta and Elsie are compelling characters but hard to love. I enjoyed it, though, and picked it up at every opportunity.

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The Black Penguin | Andrew Evans
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Great memoir about taking the bus from DC to Antarctica and growing up gay and Mormon. We saw the author speak at Nat Geo about hiking the Jordan Trail. Fun to read, more like a novel than nonfiction. Memorable.

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Sweetbitter: A novel | Stephanie Danler
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Kind of depressing story about a young woman who moves to New York and becomes enthralled by the restaurant she works in. If that‘s how the high end restaurant business works, I‘d prefer to eat at home. But I read it all.

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Mrs. Fletcher: A Novel | Tom Perrotta
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Not my usual kind of book. This is a story of a divorced mom whose son goes to college and she starts watching porn! Funny at times, but I‘m over the happy ending being that the woman has to end up remarried to find happiness. Fun to read, largely forgettable. 4 out of 5. Maybe 3.5.

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Miller's Valley: A Novel | Anna Quindlen
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Easy read about a family whose home will be flooded by the government. Fun to read but not particularly memorable. 4 out of 5.

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Another spectacular book of short stories by Jhumpa Lahiri. These were grouped into two sections, with each of the stories in the section related to the others. So memorable, I love to have the characters floating around in my head. 5 out of 5.

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Power | Naomi Alderman
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Stunning! So amazing. I find myself feeling smugly powerful , then remember it‘s only a book. This one moves into my all-time Top 10.

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The German Girl: A Novel | Armando Lucas Correa
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How do we not know more about this awful stain on our country? These terrified a Jewish families, stripped of everything, then rejected by Cuba and the US and sent back to Europe to die. Shameful. Painful to read, important, and memorable.

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The Vineyard: A Novel | Maria Duenas
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Another terrific book by this author. Loved the story crossing Mexico-Cuba-Spain. Can‘t wait for her next one!

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Make Your Home Among Strangers | Jennine Capo Crucet
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This was spectacular! Touched me on so many levels...Miami, going away to college, now thinking about the author teaching at UNL. Just loved it and couldn‘t wait to share it with friends.

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A quick read about an immigrant woman who discovers her employer‘s dead mistress in the trunk. Fun to read, def not the beautiful Latin American work of her past, but fun and timely.

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Lilac Girls: A Novel | Martha Hall Kelly
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No more books about horrible Nazi atrocities.