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ShariEstaLeando

ShariEstaLeando

Joined June 2017

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I am saddened to have discovered this author post mortem, but I did get to enjoy the whole series in one shot. Sad to be left hanging. Sad that there will be no more of this superb historical research and novelization. 😭I really enjoyed this series, which I happened upon in a used book store! The triumphs and the woes of a bibliophile! 📚📚📚

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A Place for Us: A Novel | Fatima Farheen Mirza
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So many inspiring books of late. “A Place for Us” is just perfect.

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Housekeeping: A Novel | Marilynne Robinson
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Read it slowly, for the language and the imagery. 🏚👩‍👧‍👧🧳🧳🌧🚞🔥❤️

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Ugh. What desperate people. What a detestable man. Just all of them! 🛳🍷🍾🥃🥃🥃🥃⛷🐃👩‍👦📚🙄

ShariEstaLeando Goodreads: You just finished reading the Paris Wife. Here are some things you might like to do next? Me: Drink yourself into a stupor? Go on a ski vacation and pretend everything is perfect? Lie silently while your husbands mistress climbs naked into bed with the two of you? Shoot yourself in the head? Seriously, what a detestable bunch of self centered twats. I never want to read anything about any one of them again. 9mo
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There There: A novel | Tommy Orange
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The blurb on the jacket cover says this book “will become required reading in schools and universities across the country.” Yes, I can see that happening. It‘s important. Bravo, Tommy Orange!

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Every single story makes me weep. C‘est tres jolie, Afrique.

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Human Voices | Penelope Fitzgerald
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Inside the BBC early WWII. Sublime.

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Transcription | Kate Atkinson
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WWII espionage and the fallout. A different perspective of WWII and recovery in London.

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Alexander Hamilton | Ron Chernow
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DONE! And, well done.

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Funny. Boring ending. Then my new dog started it eat it! Wha????

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So unbelievably good! 🌊🌊🌊📚🖊🗺🎎

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Witty and amusing.

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Tied up all of the loose ends. Well written and intriguing!

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Sadly read these mostly out of order, and this is the last one I have to read. Discovered “The Dying Detective” first, in a Little Free Library and I was hooked!

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Excellent and very detailed; pretty much a straightforward recording of life in South London during WWII. The more learn, the less I find I know, and the more I want to find out. Another great one from Persephone Books, and the last of this summer‘s acquisitions.

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Etty Hillesum | Etty Hillesum
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An Interrupted Life.So incredibly moving. Thank you, Persephone Books. An incredible look inside Westerbork.

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William, an Englishman | Cicely Mary Hamilton
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No trip to London is complete without a trip to Persephone Books! ❤️🎡📖🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿🏰

CindyE09 So jealous!! 1y
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Please don‘t die! Please don‘t die! Please don‘t die!

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The Trespasser | Tana French
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Found in my Little Free Library! Once I got past the unusual dialect-lower SES Irish cop (set in Dublin)- I really enjoyed the read!

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Behold the Dreamers | Imbolo Mbue
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Ah, so very moving! 💔❤️

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Sequel, but it stands alone. Gripping!

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March: Book One | Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell, John Lewis
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Reading history helps me put things in perspective and gives me context. #resist

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Happiness | Aminatta Forna
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As profound a pair of books as one could ever hope to read. “Happiness” is fiction, and explores the idea of trauma becoming transformational. “The Body Keeps the Score” is Non-fiction, and explores ramifications and methods of healing.

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Meh. As an historian, I was eager to read this because we would consider this a primary source document, but...nothing new here. Sanctimonious, superficial, and an attempt to apologize for the election debacle. Disappointing and unimpressive, and not particularly well written, so here‘s a photo of my shoes, instead.

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I think the best I can say is that while this was readable, I found it mostly problematic. Hmmmm.

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I‘ve been working in education with refugees for my entire adult career, over 30 years and I don‘t plan on stopping. Thank you, Helen Thorpe, for getting it right, for loving our kids & their families, for seeing them, for listening to their stories, for working to understand, for appreciating why we do what we do. Thank you for bringing our beautiful, brilliant, tenacious, courageous students into the public eye. ❤️

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Lincoln in the Bardo | George Saunders
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This one was hard to get into, as the writing style is “experimental”, and I found it hard to understand the context at first. I almost gave up and put it down, but I persevered and I‘m glad I did! Moving and thought-provoking.

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About Grace | Anthony Doerr
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Beautiful writing.

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The Abstinence Teacher | Tom Perrotta
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Quite possibly the worst book I have ever finished. Trite, simplistic, contrived. A pathetic waste of paper. Was it supposed to be satire? It was ridiculous, but far from funny.

BookishTrish I felt like this about 2y
ShariEstaLeando Luckily I picked it up from a Little Free Library, but I think I will recycle it in the recycling bin... 2y
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Waking Lions | Ayelet Gundar-Goshen
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Gripping!

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A Time of Love and Tartan | Alexander McCall Smith
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Always delightful. ❤️☕️

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Interesting, easy read.

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The German Girl: A Novel | Armando Lucas Correa
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Very moving. Well done!

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American War | Omar El Akkad
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Not what I expected, but thought provoking, none the less. Dystopia is not my cup of tea, however.

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See What I Have Done | Sarah Schmidt
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So very horrible! In a good way! 😱🐦🍐👵🏼👴🏻⚰️⚰️

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I certainly learned a lot. This was easy to pick up and put down. It wasn‘t especially a compelling read, but it was interesting. I could have done without the author‘s descriptions of her own first hand experiences with some aspects of the book. It was enough for me to know how some things were done rather than reliving her firsthand experiences as well. I also would have appreciated translations of some of the period writing.

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Commonwealth | Ann Patchett
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I think what Ann Patchett‘s novels have in common is perhaps the complex lives of her characters. Bel Canto is my favorite-where is my copy?-but the stories are all unforgettable, and I never could have imagined the turns each one has taken. I certainly enjoyed this one as well.

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So, so good. 💔

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Lilli de Jong: A Novel | Janet Benton
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Beautifully written and impeccably researched, embedded social commentary with a strong feminist undertone with a tenacious heroine that you want to succeed. Well done!

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The Little Stranger | Sarah Waters
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Another great one! Haunting!

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The Hate U Give | Angie Thomas
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No adequate words to describe how important and just GOOD this book is. Thank you, Angie Thomas. #BlackLives Matter

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I Liked My Life | Abby Fabiaschi
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Well, the story was compelling, and I liked the literary devices, but in the end, I feel like I was played. Everything happens for a reason? Just no. Disappointed.

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Interesting, but jarring. I don‘t think I knew enough about any of the cultural topics or incidents to make this book meaningful for me.

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Disturbing! Eeek!

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I almost didn‘t read this, because the title seemed disrespectful & I‘m not crazy about Whites writing about Native people. It‘s set in 1932, so the voice of the era is good, and I did feel like the book was written respectfully. I enjoyed it.

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The House Girl | Tara Conklin
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I really enjoyed this!

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Sadly, I didn‘t sync early and lost most of my highlighting, but READ THIS BOOK!

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Must read. MUST.
So much to think about

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Red: A History of the Redhead | Jacky Colliss Harvey
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Well. That was fascinating! #GingersUnite

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My West African Bush Dog and I love reading No. 1 Ladies‘ Detective Agency novels. Alexander McCall Smith writes of Africa from his heart. ❤️