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Joined August 2017

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A warm remembrance. A little too light on the details concerning connecting with her husband‘s family and overcoming the racial and cultural divide, but the live shines through.

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Borrowed from a friend, I was glad to have read Comey‘s perspective on troubling events.

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There There: A novel | Tommy Orange
Mehso-so

Each character in and of themselves is compelling, but the story was just too disjointed for me to follow. Maybe this isn‘t a before-bed kind of read, but I almost needed a character map to keep everyone straight. zzzzz.....

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The Invisible Bridge | Julie Orringer
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I am somewhat torn.
Having just gotten back from Budapest I recognized some of the street names, the bridges and pictured the boulevards destroyed by the war.
On the other hand, did I really need 389 pages of Parisian primer before reading about the true conflict of the story?
But did I finish the book? Yes I did. Was I glad I did? Yes I am.

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Mehso-so

A fairly strong book (for a dog) with a weak ending. If only life could be wrapped up so nicely in a big beautiful bone. If you want an unrealistic feel good story this is it. Maybe if I could actually find a dog like Enzo I wouldn‘t be so flip.

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American Street | Ibi Zoboi
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A solid fast read with a few questions remaining. That may be what the author wanted. Trying to empathize with a situation that seemed a bit contrived? Still, a strong statement that is strongly made about our country and its imperfections.

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Station Eleven | Emily St John Mandel

I think I have your Station Eleven book if you still want it :)

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Long Way Down | Jason Reynolds
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Quick read - in just one sitting - of poems-as-a-story. The ending was point on.

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Salvage the Bones | Jesmyn Ward
Panpan

Book Club pick. So hard to read. Do people who live like this really read Greek mythology? Life is so precious, and this book really shows how it just becomes existence to too many.

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I think I was impatient to find out what happened, so I skipped over some of the more eloquent writing and descriptions. This probably means the story was compelling but didn‘t move at pace needed to keep me reading every word?

Lizzybennetgirl I had the same dilemma! When I finally got to the moment where the two stories converged I didn‘t feel invested anymore. I loved the characters but I felt like the poetic style of the story became excessive after a while. 8mo
SLSbooks Glad to hear I wasn‘t the only one to feel this Pulitzer Prize winner wasn‘t quite the right fit. The ending was a bit lackluster as well I‘m afraid..... 8mo
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So my husband gave this to me last year for my birthday and I was turned off by the title (I know, don‘t judge a book by its cover) but I have finally read it - and I love it! What a treasure trove of new books to read with a lovely story about an amazing woman/mother at the end of her life as told by her son. A lasting memoir of a life well lived.

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Lilac Girls: A Novel | Martha Hall Kelly
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A so-so thumbs up. I didn‘t appreciate the three character back-and-forth format, and Caroline was portrayed as a superficial yet charitable socialite that I could not care about. The story is fascinating; the way that it is told is less than it could have been.

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The Mars Room: A Novel | Rachel Kushner
Mehso-so

Insightful woman‘s view of life in CA prison system, but if you are looking for a feel good read this is not it. The choices we make do define us - that is the take away....

Jakaranda this is on my to-read list! 12mo
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Not fluent in Spanish, so spent too much time on the colloquialisms. Kept waiting for something redeeming to happen and it never did. Pulitzer Prize Winner?! For most depressing book ever....

Jakaranda i have heard about it but don‘t know much. 12mo
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Station Eleven | Emily St John Mandel
Mehso-so

I know I started this book at one point and put it down. I managed to finish it this time and wish I could say I was happy with the experience. Unfortunately there were too many characters, many of them just one dimensional. I wanted to get pulled into their life but always felt like I was in the doorway, looking into the scene but not part of it. If you want a dystopian novel go for Handmaid‘s Tale.

Jakaranda I read this book mainly in the tub😆parts of it really stuck with me. makes me want to read it again bit not sure what i did with book😆 12mo
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Mehso-so

John Steinbeck musing on a partly fictitious travelogue of America in the early 1960s. Some thoughts are spot on and others? Not so much. His commentary on this country show that a lot has not changed in the last fifty years, which is the saddest thing of all.

Jakaranda hope you are reading current bookclub read😉 13mo
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Barkskins: A Novel | Annie Proulx
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Decided to take on this tome since I had the summer off. Mistake. I patiently waited for it to grab my attention, but the characters were flat and too numerous to follow (okay, I did have a whopper of a summer cold while reading most of it, so that may have been a part of the problem).
Wish I would have passed on this one.

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Tender is the Night | F Scott Fitzgerald
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This one I will have to read again. Initially confusing, then compelling, then finally revealing. Anyone who is interested in Fitzgerald‘s complicated life will see it on display here. Was going to give it a so-so, but can‘t do it to him.

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Mehso-so

Eye opening story of oppression, though I was hoping to read more about it through the eyes of the ladies in the book club, not the author‘s many lectures (which got a bit boring at times). Enjoyed author‘s thoughts on Gatsby....

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Always wanted to know what became of Fitzgerald‘s daughter, born to fame and misfortune. Her daughter‘s portrait to her complex life answers all that and more...

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To say that Edward Curtis‘ life was epic is an understatement. One man who dedicated his life to uncover and immortalize this country‘s dying Native Americans, while his own life was slowly decaying as well. Powerful, sad, angry, marvelous - the gamut of emotions is felt. Don‘t read it if you don‘t want to feel shame for what happened to an entire race of amazing people, or to be inspired by the power of a single man.

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“I think the world is a series of broken dams and floods, and my cartoons are tiny little lifeboats.”

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Origin | Dan Brown
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Sorry Dan Brown fans. This was a much less enthralling version of Da Vinci Code - same dramatic pauses, same characters caught in the same death traps, etc.

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The Rosie Project | Graeme Stinson
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Fun book that highlights how lovably different we all are and how embracing our differences (and those of others) can be the way to a more fulfilling life!

Lea I‘m finally getting to this one. Glad you enjoyed it. 2y
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Fire in the Blood | Irne Nmirovsky
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Amazing book. So much told in so few pages. Thanks Jakaranda for passing this one on to me. Suite Francaise will be following soon

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Born a Crime | Trevor Noah
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Book club pick. Enjoyable, quick read. Appreciate the author‘s voice.

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Return to Umbria | David P Wagner
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I love Umbria. And Orvieto. So this book has two things going for it. The plot, however, was a bit too quaint. Tied up in a nice clean package at the end of the book. Still, a fun read if you can walk the streets mentioned.

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The Mountain Between Us | Charles Martin
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Okay. Picked it up at the airport because it was the right size for a transatlantic flight. Almost bailed, but skipped BORING parts instead. Just too much survival minutiae for my taste.

Jakaranda let‘s go see the movie. IDRIS ELBA. 2y
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The Sacred Cut | David Hewson
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Mehso-so

Chose to read because it was based in Rome (where I was at the time). Standard murder mystery, nice to wind down with after a busy tourist day.

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SLSbooks "We all grow old, even books. But are you, is anyone, worth less, or less important, because they've been around for longer?" 2y
SLSbooks Ready for book club 2y
Jakaranda Great bookclub meeting with some loving and some hating the book. Made for interesting discussion 2y
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Mehso-so

Love historical fiction, but despite being a fast read I wanted more

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A well written novel about being human during a time of such inhumanity. The characters are people I feel I have met sometime before - flawed but living their realities courageously.

Jakaranda must read this soon and get it back to you! 2y
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Dear story told through the eyes of a seven year old girl, processing life and death and how we all fit into the time in between....

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Wonderful novel of a noble lost in time and what it means to be noble in character and not just in title.

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