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Cathleennh

Cathleennh

Joined April 2016

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The Residue Years | Mitchell S. Jackson
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Such a fantastic read, I had to post, after months of no posting due to a lot of family stuff. Still reading, less posting. But this book is truly memorable, powerful story of a family striving to stay together despite the drugs that rip them apart. Just powerful and unusual blending of street slang and gorgeous lyrical writing.

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Bluebird, Bluebird | Attica Locke
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What an incredible read!! I️ devoured this compelling novel with sharply drawn, flawed character who‘s striving to do the right thing in a challenging racially charged environment. Excellent!!!!!!!!

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I just LOVE Eleanor's voice and attitude- a beautiful, engrossing debut that has witty acerbic insights balanced on a powerful history. Gulped this down in one sitting.

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Magpie Murders | Anthony Horowitz
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Loved this book! My first Horowitz, and it was terrific! Fast pacing, interesting book within a book - very much the quintessential English whodunnit

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This is just a question - I am looking for books on sailing for my niece who is 12 -- any ideas of a good novel or non-fiction book ( not scary)? Thanks, Littens!!

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I love the way this LFL matches the house behind it!

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A little late to the LFL discussion but I couldn't resist posting these adorable LFL's in my town – two within a mile of each other!

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Just read this pre-pub galley and what a winner!! Fabulous description of two families that connect over two generations and focusing one primary character struggling to understand his sexuality. Fabulous, funny, poignant and well written!

TrishB Loved this 💟 Big John Boyne fan. 7y
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History of Wolves | Emily Fridlund
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This was a haunting book, compellingly written and atmospheric. I felt cold just reading it. Would love to hear what others thought- I am still trying to connect Linda and Lily's stories with what happened to Paul ... excellent book!

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We Were the Lucky Ones | Georgia Hunter
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Fantastic debut novel based on a true story - the remarkable, harrowing and diverse experiences of an extended Jewish family in WWII. Haunting, well told tale.

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The Hate U Give | Angie Thomas
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Wonderful book !!!Listening while driving a 10 hour excursion.

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Marlena | Julie Buntin
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I just had to show the Littens my new purchase- a book purse!! It is functional and declares my lit love proudly. I read Marlena cringingly -- just had a tough time seeing how those teens were thrust into such a difficult world. It was an accurate depiction of the high school struggle to identify yourself through friend groups, but hard to see her go through the drugs, drinking, etc.

sprainedbrain Love that bag!! 7y
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Lucky Boy | Shanthi Sekaran
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Fantastic debut novel with pitch perfect portraits of two women from radically different backgrounds whose paths cross in the most unanticipated way. A powerful novel and exploration of class, immigration, motherhood and purpose. Brilliant!!!

Joanne1 Stacked. Great review. 7y
Cathleennh Can I just say? It's been a day already and I am still thinking about Lucky Boy. Best debut since Homegoing IMHO 7y
BB1958 Your review caught my interest in a novel I'd otherwise most certainly would not have considered. It's now on my list. Thanks 7y
tholmz Just finished and it's all I can think about. Such a fantastic novel. 7y
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Winter's Bone: A Novel | Daniel Woodrell
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#springcleaning for @Liberty means maybe a book haul for me!?! If you liked the movie, READ THE BOOK!!

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Behind Her Eyes | Sarah Pinborough
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Compulsively readable. Downed this in one ( late) night. I enjoyed the switch between narrators, and, of course, the freaky ending! Kudos to Water Street Bookstore for the hand selling. They are the best in NH!

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All Grown Up | Jami Attenberg
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Maybe this was the case of over hype? Or just that I liked her novels and this was more repetitions on a theme due to the linked stories format. Anyway I didn't love it as much as I expected. Did really like this theme (quote above) though.

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Wow. What a read. I loved this memoir and glimpse into a totally different lifestyle. Less successful toward the end when author tried to sum up and make generalizations, but a powerful personal story.

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Scrappy Little Nobody | Anna Kendrick
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I thought this book was a clever, smart take on Anna's life, attitude and roles. Loved this graph in particular. After reading the book, you want to hang out with her!

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Men Explain Things to Me | Rebecca Solnit
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I love this essay! Don't know why I haven't read it til now but it is terrific, smart, insightful. Can't wait to read the rest of the book.

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Excellent book, even as there were parts very hard to get through, graphic depictions of slave life. Harrowing, but strong, making for an unforgettable tale.

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Pachinko | Min Jin Lee
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Antidote to a bad day.... BOTM arrives with TWO books!!

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Devoured. In one sitting - from 11pm - 3 am. Just a uniquely paced, plot and character driven study of heartbreaking lives. I inhaled this book.

sprainedbrain Same here... could not put it down! 7y
Cathleennh Good to know, sprainedbrain! I will watch your picks too. 7y
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#riotgram #shelfie Actually, this is just the nightstand, but it is my TBR of books. Wanted to live The Good Lieutenant, but found it disjointed and hard to follow compared to some other excellent books on contemporary military conflict.

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The Princess Diarist | Carrie Fisher
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My pup RiRa ( left) the bookish looking one, and her cousin Brandy-Riley are two great reading chums of mine. Sadly, we panned Carrie Fisher's last book due to the fact that it wasn't meaty enough for a book. A few great quips, but not up to her earlier work.

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Mister Monkey: A Novel | Francine Prose
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#Allisnotlost. I totally understand how you feel Liberty! We are living in an alternate universe populated by alternative facts. Aaaargggh! The only solace is taking action and reading books to reset the mind. Thanks for this cool raffle idea!

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I love BOTM!! A little surprise every time! This time, a surprise book!!! Doesn't get much better than this! Three books, one with a book credit. Can't wait to dive in!

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Love this thought from the end of this book, which was not as good as I'd hoped. Book felt too heavy handed going over and over a few plot points. Wish it had followed the girls more after they had left.

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Moonglow | Michael Chabon

"She was always threatening rain; he had been born with an umbrella in his hand. "

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Behold the Dreamers | Imbolo Mbue
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This gets my pick for one of the top debuts of 2016. Very well drawn characters and a dramatic counterpoint of an optimistic immigrant family and a well entrenched Lehman Brothers financier's family. Just engrossing with great insight and language.

RealLifeReading I'm almost done reading it. It's really good! 7y
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Moonglow | Michael Chabon
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Library haul this week!!!! Wow!! Good thing a long plane ride is in my future. Starting w Moonglow, which I have found immediately entrancing.

Texreader Happy travels!! 7y
kspenmoll great, great haul! 7y
Cathleennh Thanks, Texreader! 7y
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The Big Rock Candy Mountain | Wallace Stegner

November Reads;8 books

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Crossing the Horizon | Laurie Notaro
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I just loved this fast- paced, character-rich exploration of women daring to cross the Atlantic in a plane. Wonderful snappy dialogue and excellent character sketches. Loved Laurie 'S earlier work - now I want to see what other books of hers I may have missed!

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A Dog's Purpose | W. Bruce Cameron
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Ok, so I had to wake RiRa from her nap to pose, but this was a wonderful book!! I loved it - just so heart warming. Perfect for dog lovers and for this season!

CherylDeFranceschi ❤️🐶 8y
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The Mothers: A Novel | Brit Bennett
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Love this quote:
Now they were slow and deliberate, the way hurt people loved, stretching carefully just to see how far their damaged muscles could go"

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Nine Women, One Dress | Jane L. Rosen
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This is a Littens question, actually. Am hosting first-ever book club next week. Please share your top "Dos and Donts" with me. Any advice appreciated!

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The Trespasser | Tana French
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Ok, Littens, first of all, I am loving the new Tana French book. But I am in San Francisco on business, and got to experience a Short Story Dispenser at Cafe Zoetrope, FF Coppola's restaurant, right down the street from the one & only City Lights bookstore. The dispenser pull stories from Coppola's literary publication. Super cool!

BookishFeminist 😍😍 this is a beautiful thing! 8y
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Here Comes the Sun | Nicole Dennis-Benn
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Wow. I consumed this book in four gulps. Such a powerful immersion into this family's life, and into a terrible realization of their choices, the norms, and how hard it is to break away. I didn't like all the characters but they were well drawn.

MrBook Great review 😊👍🏻! 8y
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What bookstore would let you don your wedding attire to launch a magazine? My favorite indie bookstore, Water Street Books in Exeter,NH. Over 25 years in business, and they have created a real bookish community. Litsy told me its indie bookstore month, hence the photo -- but Dan, the intrepid bookstore owner, did recommend this fab book ( Immortal Irishman) which I have read, enjoyed, and given 2 as gifts!

MrBook Awesome!!! 8y
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Tonight's library haul! What to read first?

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Ugh! Too many stories of the very wealthy, one after another; Rich and Pretty, We Could have been beautiful, and now this. I could not get through it. Sorry, a poor review, but it reminds me to switch topics, even if your library hold is in!

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Sometimes your book buddy says " enough with the pages, what about me?"

MrBook 😻 8y
CherylDeFranceschi Well, yeah. What about your buddy? C'mon. 8y
britt_brooke Cute pup! 8y
Desha Mine do that too! Such a cute baby! ❤️🐾🐾❤️ 7y
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Larose | Louise Erdrich
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Wonderful, multi-layered family saga incorporating all the big themes of family, meaning, love, life, death, connection. Loved it!

MrBook I'm looking forward to this book. Great pic! 8y
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The Girls: A Novel | Emma Cline
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I found this to be surprisingly absorbing, especially how the author depicted the narrator, an adolescent looking for connection in 1969 California. I was afraid it would be focused on gore, but much was foreshadowed, so the actual violence was a minor element. Powerful work.

MrBook Great review. I concur. 8y
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Wow! Just loved this memoir about mothers and daughters, the changing expectations of life, love and work. Struck close to home, even though I'm not Jewish, nor did my Mom play bridge. Read this to remember your coming of age in the 70s.

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Rich and Pretty | Rumaan Alam
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I was disappointed in this hyped debut. Was hoping for a juicy friends -with-different paths book, but found it too Seinfeldian - about nothing, too surface. Flipping narrators was helpful but it didn't make the high marks I had anticipated, IMHO. I did love the cover, and dressing the book up!

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Marlene: A Novel | C. W. Gortner
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Excuse me while I troll 1920s Berlin with a fearless protagonist, answering only to her own sense of restlessness and destiny. Hard to remember I was actually on a beach in NH. engrossing.

Cathleennh I forgot to #24in48! 8y
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Homegoing: A novel | Yaa Gyasi
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DEE-voured this book following multiple generations of a family, from Ghana through tribal warfare, slavery, assimilation and currency day. Fantastic- can't wait to read more! First book in 24/48

litsybookclub This is our book pick of the month! We would love to see you at our discussions :) 8y
Cathleennh Hi litsybookclub- I am a newbie, but will try to find you so I can join in! I am not in any book clubs, just dipping toes into Litsy. 8y
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" He was not, like the rest of us, constantly looking over his shoulder to reevaluate the past, or trying to bend the future to his will. " wonderful writing and beautiful anthem about a place and an unlikely poet.

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The After Party: A Novel | Anton DiSclafani
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Here we go, Litsy! My first post.... Featuring my current TBR pile. The Letter Writer I devoured in 2 nights, loved Miller's Valley. Looking forward to more posts!