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Suet624
Daisy Jones and The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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It‘s not a knock your socks off book, but definitely an enjoyable read. I especially liked the interview format. Read it for one of the summer selection of books of the Tournament of Books.

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Daisy Jones and The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Someone who expresses their appreciation to their nanny and in-laws in their acknowledgments is okay in my book.

saresmoore That‘s lovely! 2d
kspenmoll 🙌🏻🙌🏻😘 1d
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A lovely story about the life of a small town long-time newspaper columnist & her impact on members of the community. She suffers a stroke and in the reprinting of older columns you are reminded of many historical events. The author brings many characters to life, but it was most poignant to follow the arc of a teenage boy as he learns of family secrets & the value of writing. Sadly, the beginning could have used a better proofreader.

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Cassandra at the Wedding | Dorothy Baker
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This book required highlighters and tags and was accompanied by sighs of delight and appreciation. Many others have already written fantastic reviews that can not be matched. I would only add that I will always admire how Baker wrote of the sometimes difficult and always delicate balancing act of being a twin. Thanks to @BarbaraBB for the recommendation. ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

@vivastory #NYRBbookclub

vivastory Wonderful review! I know several people are still reading this, but there seems to be a general consensus on how terrific this one is. 1w
BarbaraBB Great review and I agree that Baker writes very insightful about being twins. 1w
batsy Beautiful review 💕 1w
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Thanks to LibraryThing for a review copy. “Two Catholic priests fall in love amid deadly conflicts between the Colombian government, insurgent groups, and drug cartels.” Sure, I‘d like that one please. And it has arrived.

Reggie You have to tell me if they die. 2w
RaimeyGallant Terrific concept and what a great cover too. 1w
Suet624 @Reggie I can't tell if you're kidding. 1w
Suet624 @RaimeyGallant I know! I saw the synopsis and it seemed right up my alley. 1w
Reggie Sorry Sue, I was. I just read the synopsis and just thought there‘s no other way. But, I‘m gonna read it so I‘ll find out for sure. 1w
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Cassandra at the Wedding | Dorothy Baker
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I'm halfway through. I have been stunned by the similarities to my life. These are my twin sons. One of them lives in Berkeley, as does Cassandra. The other son just moved across country, as did Judith. One son is getting married in a month to the woman in this photo. Unlike Cassie, both sons adore her. 🙂 So many of Baker's comments on how twins exist, separate and connected, are so accurate that it's spooky. (Continued..). #NYRBBookclub

Suet624 Even the design of her parent‘s house is the same as my in-laws house. 2w
batsy That is so cool and strange! What I appreciated about the book was its insights into individual psychology and twinhood. 2w
BarbaraBB That is weird indeed. What a coincidence. You should get the book for you daughter in law! 😀 2w
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merelybookish That's amazing! 2w
Suet624 @batsy I know! I need to read up on Baker‘s life. I swear she had to be a twin. I remember how one of my sons was so angry in elementary school because kids would ask questions that shook him. “How do you know you‘re the one thinking your thoughts?” (Kind of advanced for a 7 year old!) 2w
Suet624 @BarbaraBB I‘m thinking of it! She‘s pretty savvy about twins and has navigated a very deep relationship with both of them. I‘d be curious to hear her thoughts. 2w
MicheleinPhilly WOW! That‘s almost spooky! 2w
LeahBergen What?? That‘s crazy! 2w
Suet624 @MicheleinPhilly @LeahBergen I know! It‘s a little unsettling to be honest. I keep hearing the Twilight Zone theme song playing in my head each time I bump into another item. 2w
Reggie Yikes, your poor 7 yo. That‘s a crazy question!!! 2w
Suet624 @Reggie ??? 🙃 2w
saresmoore Ooh, I love this! 2w
kspenmoll Love love all these “coincidences” parallel lives thing you have going on with this book. Somehow I missed your boys were twins!!!❤️ (edited) 2w
Suet624 @kspenmoll Yes indeed! Double the love, double the fun. :)
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kspenmoll @Suet624 I had twins born 2 years after me, boy & girl. They are very close in a different way than the rest of us. 2w
Suet624 @kspenmoll It‘s an amazing connection. 2w
vivastory That's really interesting! My cousin has identical twin boys. In fact he was the one who officiated my wedding. 😂 1w
Suet624 @vivastory Twins are so much fun. 1w
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A highly intelligent 10 year old evacuated from London during the war stays with a woman desperately in need of guidance and options. I enjoyed this story a great deal.

Aimeesue Such a good book. Maddie's in Old Baggage, too. 2w
Suet624 @Aimeesue Oooh, I really liked Maddie. I'll check that one out too. This is my first time reading an Evans book. I really enjoyed it. 2w
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My Struggle: Book One | Karl Knausgaard
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Oh dear..the beginning was so good. Then my struggle to be interested in his struggle became too much to bear. I don‘t often give up on a book but this one I must, at least for now. 😀😀

SamAnne LOL. What is it about some male writers who have to take up so much time and space? 2w
Heideschrampf I think in a case like this it's perfectly normal. In depth soul searching just ain't a good beach read 2w
Theaelizabet Good try! I could just never convince myself that I could be interested in his ruminations. 2w
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Suet624 @SamAnne Haha. Some of his ideas were thought provoking and quite interesting. And then something happened. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2w
Suet624 @Heideschrampf Funny you should mention that. I could imagine sitting in a beach chair with this book being my only option and at least I‘d finish it. I have a feeling I‘d get a lot out of it eventually. 2w
Suet624 @Theaelizabet He has teased me from the bookstore shelves for years. 😂😂 2w
MicheleinPhilly @Theaelizabet SAME. I‘ve always been like, “Why do you think I want to read 6 books about you and your life?” 2w
BarbaraBB And yet... 😉 2w
Izai.Amorim Not to mention the bad taste in choosing such a title... 2w
Suet624 @Izai.Amorim So true. 2w
kalinichta Yep, I felt the same way about this book. The beginning was so promising and then... meh... I still haven't picked it back up 2w
Suet624 @kalinichta I have a sneaky suspicion I won't be picking it up again either. 😉
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Leftcoastzen Generally our tastes are similar, I devoured the series,maybe the minutia of everyday life intrigued me more?But , I am bogged down by the last book.the usual reading too many books at once & a section of like things I want to tell you about history and philosophy.Hard to read about Hitler near the holidays. 6d
Suet624 I definitely hit a rough patch of minutia and had way too many other books to read. I had been enjoying it before then. I generally read one book at a time so it was slowing my roll. 😁 I might bring it with me for my week on the beach to at least finish it. 6d
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A Place for Us: A Novel | Fatima Farheen Mirza
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This book is a perfect example of why I finish a book that I'm not thrilled with. The last part of the book, when a new perspective from a family member is introduced, made the novel richer and deeper. Each family member holds a version and vision of their son/brother and the last version, for me, was the most touching and one I could relate to. A very good debut novel.

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Boy's Life | Robert R. McCammon
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This is a murder mystery, a magical coming of age story, an exploration of the changing times of the 60‘s as seen through the father (a milkman who sees his job threatened by a new grocery store filled with plastic bottles of milk! Gasp!).There is a hint of To Kill a Mockingbird in the way bullies and racists are portrayed and a satisfying comeuppance for those folks. Oh and the bike, Rocket, with an eagle eye in the headlight! A worthy companion.

Cinfhen Everytime I go to stack this I start to get #pagecountphobia 3w
Suet624 @Cinfhen Haha. Yes, and my copy had tiny print which made it challenging. 😂😂 3w
Cinfhen Tiny print is the WORST!!!!!!! 3w
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kspenmoll Sounds like a companion to TKAM. Always an appeal for me & good to know regarding teaching. ❤️ 3w
kspenmoll @Cinfhen I used to rule books out that were too fat, until a book club choice 3w
Cinfhen I read that one @kspenmoll so good!!! And in the past 3 weeks I read 2 books that were each over 550 pages and both were sooooooo good!!!! 3w
Suet624 @kspenmoll it‘s funny because it won the Bram Stoker and World Fantasy awards. If I had known that I probably wouldn‘t have read it! 3w
Reggie I am so happy you liked this book!!!! One of my all time faves. 2w
Suet624 @Reggie I can see why it‘s one of your favorites! A great story that still lingers. (edited) 2w
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Boy's Life | Robert R. McCammon
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I spent years doing this. Now I know better.

robinb Bless her heart...this sounds like my mother. 😔 3w
Suet624 @robinb 😕💕 3w
robinb @Suet624 I‘ve always thought that if she worried less, she could add years to her life. 3w
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Leftcoastzen My mom still a worrier, I try not be.It‘s destructive, and usually about the wrong thing anyway. 3w
Suet624 @Leftcoastzen you‘re right. It‘s usually about the wrong thing. 😏 I‘m not sure how I stopped doing it, but it‘s a relief. 3w
peaknit I‘m doing this today 😳 3w
Suet624 @peaknit awww, I‘m sorry. 3w
readordierachel I'm guilty of this. It's a hard habit to break. 3w
Suet624 @readordierachel definitely. I was filled with worry for many years. I‘m older now and can see I was always taken care of, whatever happened was a learning experience, and I never needed to spend all that time worrying. I hope you can eventually feel that way too. 😁 3w
readordierachel @Suet624 Thanks, me too 🤗 3w
Suet624 @readordierachel just so you know, what I said does not apply to sporting events. I worry all through my favorite sports games. 3w
readordierachel Ha! An important distinction. I think that's a totally appropriate time to worry. "Controlled worrying" is probably healthy. 3w
minkyb Love this. So true. I am a recovering worrier! Sometimes older does make you wiser. 2w
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The Farm in the Green Mountains | Alice Herdan-Zuckmayer
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I was a virgin NYRBer until @saresmoore sent me this lovely book. I read it a year ago and was captivated by the memoir of a European woman fleeing the war and arriving in Vermont. Her stories and life events were so interesting. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

vivastory I haven't heard of this one before, it sounds fantastic though! 3w
Mtroiano I loved this one! 3w
LeahBergen This sounds wonderful! 3w
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Suet624 @vivastory @leahbergen I particularly enjoyed it because I knew the area that she was writing about, but there are so many details from that period of time that are fascinating. 3w
Suet624 @Mtroiano I‘m so glad you enjoyed it. 💕 3w
sisilia Adding this to my wishlist 😃 3w
Suet624 @sisilia I‘m surprised you don‘t have this already. 😁 3w
sisilia @Suet624 Hahaha I‘m still the baby in #NYRBClassics world. I own 77 and have read only 17; most that I own are those ‘basic‘ titles 😄 (edited) 3w
Suet624 @sisilia 77? Holy cow!!!!! 3w
sisilia 🙈🙈🙈 3w
batsy This sounds so good! 3w
kspenmoll Sounds lovely, especially as it is set in Vermont. 3w
Suet624 @batsy it‘s a wonderful glimpse into the life of aristocrats learning how to live on their own. 😀 3w
Suet624 @kspenmoll it‘s so good! I gave my copy to someone - I don‘t remember who! Otherwise I‘d send it on to you. 3w
kspenmoll @Suet624 Thanks! Books are for sharing! 3w
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Rambles Through My Library | Raymond M. Smullyan
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A transistor radio still comes in handy. Listening to the Red Sox game while hanging at the library with Gracie May. Three of my favorite things.

saresmoore ♥️♥️♥️ 3w
Leftcoastzen I love baseball on the radio.My Grandma used to sit at her kitchen table, lights low, playing solitaire, listening to baseball. 3w
Suet624 @Leftcoastzen that‘s such a sweet memory. My daughter‘s orthodontist used to listen to the Red Sox games while he was working on her teeth. I always thought it was cute. 😀 3w
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whatshesreadingnow ☺️♥️ 3w
AlaMich There is something about baseball on the radio that is oddly comforting to me. 3w
Reggie Transistor radios, libraries, and baseball games? 😜She‘s a cutie. 3w
Suet624 @AlaMich Yes, exactly. We also just had some new announcers added to the long term announcer and they are having so much fun with each other that it‘s been making me laugh a lot. 3w
Suet624 @Reggie 😂😂😂❤️ 3w
minkyb Perfect shelf height! 2w
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So thankful to Alfred A Knopf and Literary Hub for this gift as part of their Daily Giveaway.

kspenmoll 🙌🏻🙌🏻 3w
Suet624 @kspenmoll I can‘t tell how I feel about the picture of Oliver. Sometimes I think it‘s cute and sometimes I think it‘s sad. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3w
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Memories of the Future | Siri Hustvedt
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Visited three independent bookstores today. I‘ll grab any Hustvedt I can find. The rest were recommended by some of my favorite Litsy folks. All but one were on sale. I‘m feeling very abundant today. 🌹🌹💖💖

readordierachel Wonderful! 4w
Tonton Great stack! 4w
Izai.Amorim Happy readings! 4w
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Reggie I loved A Hundred Thousand Worlds!!! 4w
Suet624 @Reggie I know! Your review on Litsy sold me on the book! 4w
Suet624 @Izai.Amorim Thank you! I‘m hoping to stop grabbing library books so I can actually read my own books. 😂😂 4w
kspenmoll What fun you had!!! 3w
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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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A five star read. With spring bringing Lyme symptoms to the fore and causing my brain to do a stutter step, i feel unable to give this book the full throated bravo that it deserves. These characters, so troubled, are perfectly described. Wandering back and forth for years in a relationship that is both harsh and tender, I wanted to love and honor them in real life.

Bookish_B I loved this one too 😊 4w
bedandabook I loved this as well. Hope your Lyme brain fog eases up very soon 😃 4w
britt_brooke Reading - and loving - this now! 4w
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britt_brooke Hope you feel better soon! 💚 4w
batsy What a beautiful review! That last sentence ❤️ I loved it, too. And I hope you get some respite from your symptoms 🌻 4w
CouronneDhiver Sorry you have to deal with all that... 😕 4w
Tanisha_A Nice review! I loved this one. 😀 4w
Tanisha_A Feel better soon! 4w
Reggie Ughhh, I wanna read this so bad!! Nice review, Sue, and hope you feel better. 4w
Suet624 @bedandabook thanks so much! 4w
Suet624 @britt_brooke I‘m so glad you‘re liking it. It actually hurt to see bad reviews of it. 😕 thanks for the well wishes. 4w
Suet624 @batsy thanks so much! 4w
Suet624 @CouronneDhiver Thank you. I‘m much better than I was 5 years ago, but spring and fall throws me for a loop. 😀 4w
Suet624 @Reggie Thanks so much. I think you would love this book. 4w
Suet624 @Tanisha_A Thank you for your kind words. 4w
rohit-sawant Lovely review! Hope you feel better 💜 3w
kspenmoll I cannot believe I have not checked your Litsy feed in this long- ☹️ wonderful review. You are such an avid reader, despite your constant struggles with Lyme.❤️ 3w
Suet624 @kspenmoll sometimes reading is really the only thing I can do easily. 😀 3w
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Suzanne | Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette
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I see that my two new books have a brown theme to them. Can‘t wait to dive in.

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Wishful Drinking | Carrie Fisher
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A great book to listen to as we search for a hint of a blooming flower. No such luck. But it‘s sunny and the clouds are pretty, so it‘s all good. #audiowalk

AmyG 💕 1mo
Cinfhen Love this picture and so happy to see those two adorable faces 💕💕 1mo
whatshesreadingnow Awww so cute 💗 1mo
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mom2bugnbee Cuties! Carrie Fisher's memoirs are WONDERFUL in audio. 1mo
Severnmeadows Lovely picture.😊 1mo
batsy Beautiful 💕 1mo
kspenmoll You are out in no snow!!! 🙌🏻 we just got small blue flowers & daffodils here- opened after One sunny day on weekend & today. Soon for you! 1mo
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Sh*t My Dad Says | Justin Halpern
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I don‘t sit on waitlists - I just peruse the nonfiction audiobooks available on Libby. This often results in listening to a book I never would have actually read. I had no idea who Halpern or his dad were but ended up having a laugh out loud car ride listening to this. I love his dad. If you are uncomfortable with swearing, don‘t bother listening. You‘d be offended by every second word. 😂😂 A great one to listen to.

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I had a lovely evening listening to four poets read their work. Sisters by trade, the four women have all studied and taught together at different times. It was a reunion for them and a cozy night for me. This older photo of Liz Powell, a local author, was one of the presenters. I was hoping she would read from her recent tagged novel with the great title, but she stuck to poetry. I‘m looking forward to reading it.

readordierachel Sounds great 💕 1mo
kspenmoll Wonderful night! 1mo
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Shout | Laurie Halse Anderson
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I could have quoted something from every page of this book. Written in verse, Anderson tells her life story in the first part of the book. I felt as though I held my breath as I read each page and then muttered “wow!” The second and third sections speak of other stories of rape she has heard as she travels and speaks at high schools, the attempts made to silence her and others.

readordierachel Sounds very powerful. I really liked Speak, will have to read this. 1mo
Lindy Glad you enjoyed it. I‘m looking forward to reading this when I get to the top of the hold queue at the library. 😊 1mo
kspenmoll Great review. Just started this with my student who buddy reads with me. Her choice. 1mo
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Suet624 @kspenmoll wow, really? It‘s intense. 1mo
kspenmoll @Suet624 She read Speak the summer before her freshman year. She graduates in June. Plan to still read with her next year. Will let you know how book goes. She has bailed. 1mo
Suet624 Wow. That was quick! 1mo
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Oliver Onion | Delyth Owen
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Starting the reading while eating routine early. 😂💕

RachelO So cute! 1mo
LeahBergen Aww! 💕💕 1mo
Megabooks 💙💙💙 1mo
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batsy Precious lil bug 😍 1mo
saresmoore I will have those sweet cheeks as MY reading snack, please and thank you! 🥰😍🥰😍🥰😍🥰 1mo
Izai.Amorim The perks of being a grandmother! 1mo
Suet624 @RachelO @LeahBergen @Megabooks @batsy @MicheleinPhilly @saresmoore @izai.amorim This little girl at 14 months is beyond fascinated by books. I spend about 4 hours a day being instructed by her to sit on the floor, a book placed firmly in my hands and a little butt plopped in my lap. 😂😂 1mo
kspenmoll So sweet! 1mo
saresmoore Ooh, that is so wonderful! 1mo
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Picked this up at the library because I liked the title. Turns out it was about the mafia, two retired porn stars, an older widow and her teenage granddaughter, money and murder. Reminded me a lot of an Elmore Leonard novel. Wasn‘t my usual fare but the female characters were terrific and the men in the story got what was coming to them. 😀

Leftcoastzen Love your review!😁 1mo
LeahBergen That‘s the title of one of those little 1970s gift books, isn‘t it? 😆 1mo
Reggie Lol, what a surprise!!! 1mo
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Suet624 @Leftcoastzen Thanks Linda. 😀 1mo
Suet624 @LeahBergen you‘re right. 😁 1mo
Suet624 @Reggie I know! 1mo
rohit-sawant Great review! 1mo
kspenmoll Love your review!! 1mo
Suet624 @rohit-sawant @kspenmoll Thank you both. 😁 1mo
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A Game of Hide and Seek | Elizabeth Taylor
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This is definitely a #blameitonlitsy read. I had no idea who THIS Elizabeth Taylor was before hearing of her here. I believe I may have found the only copy of a book of hers in the entire Vermont library collection. It took a while for me to fully invest in the story and then her descriptions of suburban society and the MC‘s yearning to be with a childhood love became a felt experience. Humorous moments came unexpectedly and were delightful.

vivastory You just can't go wrong with NYRB Classics! 1mo
Reviewsbylola I didn‘t realize any of her books were published thru NYRB! 1mo
Suet624 @Reviewsbylola NYRB has published two of hers. Angel is the other one. 1mo
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Suet624 @vivastory So true. It‘s a daunting catalog to get through though. ☺️ (edited) 1mo
vivastory It's completely worth it. 1mo
Suet624 @vivastory how many or what percentage of them do you think you‘ve read? 1mo
vivastory Maybe 1% 😬🙊We should start a Litsy nyrb book club, where one month we read & discuss one title. 1mo
vivastory *one title each month 1mo
BarbaraBB @vivastory that sounds like a plan! 1mo
LeahBergen Isn‘t she glorious? I have this one waiting on my shelf. 👍🏻 1mo
Suet624 @LeahBergen what others of hers have you read? 1mo
LeahBergen I‘ve read At Mrs Lippincote‘s, Palladian, and A View of the Harbour. I enjoyed them all! 😃 1mo
Suet624 @leahbergen Wow! I‘ve got some catching up to do. 1mo
sisilia I have this NYRB copy, untouched 😅 I‘ve read At Mrs Lippincote‘s, In a Summer Season, and The Soul of Kindness. Love all of them, and look forward to reading more of Elizabeth Taylor 1mo
Suet624 I need to start shopping! Like I said, this was the only one I could find in the entire Vermont library collection. Although I haven‘t checked any of the college libraries. Hmmm...I‘ll have to try that. 1mo
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Finished this a week ago and still feel the effects. Badkhen spends a year traveling with the Fulani and their herd of cattle as they wait for rain. Climate change, war planes overhead, traditions slowly being lost, all dropped into the text while you travel alongside the nomads and the author. The book is lyrical, dense, dusty and plodding. I must find more of her work. This book won‘t be for everyone, but I loved it.

SixteenthStreetBooks Thanks for recommending this Sue. I‘ll look for it. 1mo
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This is a nice breather. Fluff extraordinaire. Great to listen to if you like Lauren Graham, if you like the Gilmore Girls, if you‘re driving, or if you‘re babysitting a little one. Doesn‘t take too much concentration. 😀

saresmoore Overalls! 😍♥️😍 1mo
Suet624 @saresmoore Green velvet overalls. Even better! 1mo
Tanisha_A Yes, and that polka dotted yellow top! So cute 1mo
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batsy That outfit 💛💚 1mo
readordierachel What a great picture! 1mo
Suet624 @readordierachel Thank you! 1mo
BiblioLitten So cute!! 1mo
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Two books up for grabs if anyone is interested.

vumblereads Were you giving these away? 🙂 1mo
Suet624 @vumblereads Yes indeed. If you‘d like one or both contact me at SueT624 at gmail with your name and address and I‘ll send them out. 1mo
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Anyone want one of these books? (I won‘t be offended if no one responds. 🙂)

TheSpineView If no one else does. 1mo
Suet624 @TheSpineView I‘d be happy to send it to you. Just send me your info at SueT624 at gmail. I‘ll get it right out to you. (edited) 1mo
TheSpineView That's awesome! Email sent and thanks! 1mo
Suet624 @TheSpineView you‘re very welcome. 😀 1mo
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I had read too many books in a row that left me feeling run over by a truck. Decided to hunt down this book because she has become my comfort author. The author is a pastry chef in Boston who knows my neck of the Vermont woods very well. She knows about the value that each person contributes to a small town and writes of it in a way that‘s not too syrupy sweet. Both Vermont and kindness are major players in this book. It was a breath of fresh air.

Suet624 If you like the Gilmore Girls I bet you would enjoy this book. 1mo
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I really have to stop reading such grim books. Greed, money, death, more greed, more money, more death. 😀 I think I‘m supposed to be getting the message, as if I didn‘t know already, that people are capable of truly horrendous deeds in order to have more money. The history of what the federal government, townspeople, and even a family member did to the Osage is gut wrenching. Again, important to know, but hard to take.

Theaelizabet Yes, this one was fascinating, but unrelenting, as I remember. 2mo
kspenmoll Great review; this book was wrenching as you say! 💕 2mo
minkyb I need to read this sooner rather than later! 2mo
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Suet624 @minkyb well....maybe not. 😀 2mo
minkyb I don‘t read much non fiction but I need to read this one. Some day. 2mo
mdhughes72 Having a hard time getting through this. 2mo
Suet624 @mdhughes72 because you don‘t like the writing or because it‘s making you feel terrible? 2mo
mdhughes72 @Suet624 I‘m listening to it on audio and have only managed to get through the first 1/3. Just seems dry and tedious. Am I crazy? 2mo
Suet624 Not crazy. The last 1/3 is even more so. I just can‘t quit a book. One of my failings. 😁 2mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 I‘m currently reading this, and I wish I had listened to audiobook. Its a bit treacherous and slow. Yet, I feel obligated to finish it bc as an American I should know this. I was never taught about this. I think the film should be outstanding. 1mo
Suet624 @JanuarieTimewalker13 Yes, I can imagine this would be difficult to get through. I think it could have been edited a bit better to cut it down. I‘m happy he wrote the book because it‘s important to know. It‘s definitely worth getting to the end of the book if you can as some additional information is provided that adds to the story. 1mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Yes, I‘m on page 207 right now. I‘ve already taken a gander at the notes and bibliography...this is the plus to having the physical copy. I‘ve already given the finger to the photo of William Hale..he‘s long dead..but his photo brought it out of me. Ughhh, sickening...Had to be brutal for David Grant to write this book. 1mo
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The Library Book | Susan Orlean
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I might have to find this book.

JennyM Ha! I‘d love to see you review it 😂🤣🤣 2mo
kspenmoll 😂😂😂 2mo
Leftcoastzen That really cracked me up! I‘m reading The Library Book currently. 2mo
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Crinoline_Laphroaig 😂😂😂 2mo
Suet624 @JennyM well now you‘ve challenged me to actually track the book down. 😀 2mo
Suet624 @Leftcoastzen I thought the book was spectacular. I hope you enjoy it. 2mo
silentrequiem I've read it. Unfortunately, it didn't love up to the title, IMO. 2mo
Suet624 @silentrequiem you did??? (edited) 2mo
silentrequiem @Suet624 I'm a knitter and cat lady. The title called to me. 😂 2mo
Suet624 @silentrequiem that‘s awesome! You took one for the team so now I don‘t have to. 2mo
silentrequiem @Suet624 She wrote a follow up book too that I bought at the same time. Home is Where the Wine Is. It got tossed in the donation box unread. 2mo
britt_brooke 😆 2mo
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I‘m on page 32 and I‘ve had to look up almost 20 words. I didn‘t know I had such a limited vocabulary.

Cortg Good for you for looking up the words! I have to do that quite frequently! 2mo
Suet624 @Cortg it‘s funny you mention that. I let the first few slide and then it became apparent I was in for a ride and better crack that dictionary wide open. 😀 2mo
saresmoore I love it when a book makes me do this! I don‘t know how much I retain, but the thrill of possibility makes me happy. 2mo
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Suet624 @saresmoore yes, retention is definitely an issue, but wow, it‘s an eye opener. I wonder if she talks the way she writes. 2mo
Cortg If she talks the way she writes, most of the population probably has no idea what she‘s talking about 🙄 2mo
Suet624 @Cortg Hahaha. 2mo
minkyb 😂 2mo
Suet624 @minkyb it finally mellowed out a bit and I was able to close the dictionary. 😀 2mo
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Sadie | Courtney Summers
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This was a terrific audiobook. I‘m still an audio newbie and I‘ve never listened to an audio that incorporated various narrators, music, ticking clocks, bird noises. I enjoyed that a lot. Sadly, I just don‘t respond emotionally to fiction audiobooks. Non-fiction somehow busts through the brain barrier and I can absorb a tale. I mention this because I ended up feeling fairly ambivalent about the story. A paper copy might have been better for me.

ZeinaHesham But how do you feel about the plot itself? I was so excited to read this book once I read it's review on goodreads 2mo
Suet624 @ZeinaHesham I just don‘t think I can judge the plot fairly. Lots of people like the book. Overall I would say the plot was depressing. 🤦🏻‍♀️ 2mo
ZeinaHesham @Suet624 okay , thank you 💕 2mo
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Four stories of fundamentalism in four areas of Africa and the narrative of those who have survived it (so far) while attempting to change the culture. I think it‘s a very important read but it just broke my heart. Each of the four narratives were powerful, but the last one in which a teenage girl risks her life to play basketball, amid constant death threats, just did me in. I‘m giving it a “pick” but be forewarned. It‘s a tough one.

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Washington Black | Esi Edugyan
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Hmmm....it‘s not great, but it‘s not bad. Not sure why I don‘t feel the love like others do. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 😁😁

Simona You are not alone 😘 2mo
BkClubCare I thought the first part better than the rest of it. 2mo
Suet624 @Simona Phew. Thank you. 2mo
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Suet624 @BkClubCare Now that you say it, yes, I‘d agree with that. I hadn‘t realized that until you said it. 😀 2mo
Zelma I agree with @BkClubCare ; I loved it it at first and then completely changed my mind after the Arctic section. 2mo
Simona @suet624 @BkClubCare @Zelma The second part was, in my opinion - YA adventure story 🤷‍♀️ 2mo
Suet624 @simona @bkclubcare @zelma Yes! Jeez, you‘re all helping me with my confused response to this book. 2mo
AmyG I just loved this book. But then, not every book is for everyone. You don‘t know....unless you try. 2mo
Suet624 @AmyG Absolutely. Timing, too, matters. Maybe I would have liked it more at some other time. 2mo
Hooked_on_books I bailed on it. I couldn‘t get into it at all. 2mo
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And Then It's Spring | Erin E. Stead, Julie Fogliano
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This is just a delightful book for kids and grownups who are waiting for the grass to turn green. The pictures are so soft and there‘s a patience that comes over me as I remember that once the snow melts there‘s still a lot of brown before the grass turns green. All in good time. A turtle, rabbit and dog are the favorites of Gracie and Leander, but I love the patience of the little boy as he keeps planting seeds and checking on their growth.

thebluestocking This looks adorable! I read one she did with her husband that was adapted from Mark Twain‘s notes. 2mo
Suet624 @thebluestocking Really? That‘s awesome. I‘ll have to track it down. 2mo
minkyb Sweet. 2mo
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Thanks to LibraryThing for this fun book. The MC refuses to stand as God Bless America is sung during the 7th inning stretch of a baseball game. His image is captured on a screen at the stadium and it proceeds to become a viral sensation. The response to his action is swift and true to life. The second half of the book goes off the rails a bit, but I enjoyed the humor and the questions the author asks you to consider.

BestDogDad I go to a lot of MLB games and it drives me nuts that fans are asked to stand for God Bless America on Sundays during the 7th inning. It‘s not the National Anthem. Leave the 7th inning stretch to Take Me out to the Ballgame . 2mo
Suet624 @BestDogDad I know! That‘s what was so fun about the beginning of this book. This song isn‘t even the National Anthem and yet there‘s an expectation that it should be treated reverentially and patriotically. I actually like the song and I‘m happy it was written by a woman, but come on! And I prefer Sweet Caroline at my baseball stadium. 😂😂 2mo
Aimeesue Sweet Caroline! Spoken like a true New Englander! 😄 2mo
Suet624 @Aimeesue Yes indeed! I love my Boston sports teams. 😀 2mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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1. Vermont USA
2. Ireland
3. Amsterdam
4. Maple syrup, gourmet coffee, and craft beer are huge here. I live on a brewery highway, with tourists visiting the 3 local breweries that have won national and international awards. (I think I quit drinking just in time.)
5. 💕💕💕 to all.

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SailorMoon Thanks for playing!!! 💕🤟🏻🌙 2mo
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Thanks to LibraryThing for the ARC. It‘s the story of a disappearance & search of a family member. The Netherlands, China & the US are all represented & beautifully described. I enjoyed the varied ways it was told, thru emails, some phone calls, & characters telling their side of the story. The book was interesting enough that I read it non-stop. I enjoyed reading the cultural aspects of the characters and the character development was good. 🔽

Suet624 Unfortunately the mystery itself was a little disappointing. 2mo
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Heart Berries: A Memoir | Terese Mailhot
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I‘m so excited for Mailhot. A well deserved award for this stunning book and $50,000 in prize money. Here‘s hoping she‘s working on her next book. PS: If you decide to read this book (and I hope you do) I hear the audio version is not the way to go.

thebluestocking Interesting. I did read this on audio and did not love it. I wonder if I would have liked it better had I read it in print. 2mo
Suet624 @thebluestocking oh bummer. I heard the narration was awful. This book and Freshwater were my favorites of last year. 2mo
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I‘m all in for a “boomer bible.” I never saw myself growing old, but here I am. I was delighted to see that my small local library owns this and I‘ll patiently wait for the book to be returned to the library by some other older woman. 😂😂

Crazeedi Here's to us "older wiser women" 2mo
Suet624 @Crazeedi 🥰🥰👊🏻👊🏻 2mo
Mdargusch Oh dear, I suppose I need to read this too. 👵🏻 2mo
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Suet624 @Mdargusch ha ha. Apparently the book makes us feel better about getting older. 💪🏼 🤪 2mo
Joyfulmimi Yes! “Older” not “old” @suet624 @Mdargusch (edited) 2mo
Suet624 @Joyfulmimi haha. I spend my weekdays with a 1 and 2 year old. I‘m not sure if it helps me feel older or younger. Some days I feel both. 2mo
Joyfulmimi Awww...I would certainly take care of my grandkids everyday if I won the lottery. I soon will have 4. There‘s a whole chapter titled “Grandmothers” in the book. I am counting the days until my retirement @Suet624 (edited) 2mo
minkyb Funny how the “old” thing sneaks up on you. 2mo
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A well-researched book about a branch of the mafia brought down due to the bravery of 4 women. The clan was particularly violent & expected allegiance & silence. Three women, wishing better lives for their children, at great personal peril, provide information to the state. The prosecutor, again at personal peril, works to bring the mafia to trial. The details on the finances of the mafia was equally fascinating. Their reach is international.

Christine Wow, sounds great! (edited) 2mo
Suet624 @Christine it was a little dry at the beginning but I‘m so glad I powered through that part. It‘s an amazing story. 2mo
kspenmoll I am amazed at the amount of reading you get done, along with taking care of grandkids etc. 😘 2mo
Suet624 @kspenmoll haha. I don‘t have a partner or a job like you do and I‘m kind of a homebody. With Lyme, the couch and a book are sometimes the only thing to do. 😂😂 2mo
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Someone was supposed to be napping. Instead she needed to show me the turtle which I think might be her spirit animal.

RadicalReader Raising readers always inspirational 2mo
saresmoore Oh my goodness gracious. 2mo
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Ericalambbrown Awwww! Look at that little sweetie! 🥰 2mo
merelybookish So cute! 2mo
Crazeedi I love her red hair, its beautiful!! 2mo
Leftcoastzen So cute!❤️❤️ 2mo
Tamra Super cute! 2mo
Tamra I spy Mo too. You cannot beat him for early readers! 2mo
kspenmoll That hair! With her green sweater! Such a cutie! 🐢 2mo
Centique Awww! Turtles are super cool - I agree 👍😍 2mo
Reggie Lol, so cute. 2mo
batsy That magnificent turtle matches her sweater, it was meant to be 😁😍 2mo
Tanisha_A What a cutie! 2mo
Suet624 @batsy that green sweater makes me swoon. 😀 2mo
Suet624 @Crazeedi @kspenmoll Her hair is bordering on over the top. 😂😂 So Red! 2mo
Crazeedi @Suet624 cant be too red! My sister is still red at 61, she was vibrant red like your girl. Awesome 2mo
minkyb Never too red‼️Adorableness. 2mo
Suet624 @minkyb 💕💕💕 2mo
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Charles Dickens: A Life | Claire Tomalin
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Saw this on Facebook. Who knows if Dickens actually said this, but I just returned from a walk and I‘ve got to say he‘s spot on.

Eggs Amen 2mo
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I‘m about to start reading this book and I‘m a little sad there are three options for the book to select on Litsy. Sometimes being able to add books on your own creates this type of issue. Oh well. There are bigger issues to be solved than this. 😁

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This is an amazing book. An innocent man on death row for 30 years. Appeal after appeal, with the State of Alabama refusing to accept all of the evidence that supported his claim of innocence. While this is at times depressing and infuriating, it is also incredibly heartwarming. Hinton chooses love over hate and helps others to do the same. Everyone should read this. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

MicheleinPhilly Couldn‘t agree more. His outlook on life after suffering such a grave injustice is awe-inspiring. I know I personally would be a perpetual rage monster. He is such a remarkable man. 2mo
Suet624 @MicheleinPhilly I‘m 5‘ tall. I‘ve been trying to imagine living in a 5‘ x 7‘ cell for 30 years. How is it even possible? 2mo
Tamra 👏🏾 2mo
Jas16 I just started this audiobook and cannot wait for work to end so I can get back to it 2mo
Suet624 @Jas16 I‘m so glad to hear you‘re reading it. (edited) 2mo
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H is for Hawk | Helen Macdonald
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I‘d always heard this was about a woman grieving the death of her father and her relationship with a goshawk. I had no idea that T.H. White‘s life would be such a large part of the story. That was particularly fascinating to me. Beautifully written and I loved listening to the author tell her story.

Centique I loved the T.H.White moments too, made me put his book on my TBR for when I do a year of classics. 🤞 2mo
Suet624 @Centique I had no idea how sad and difficult his life, particularly childhood, was. 😞 good luck with the classics! 2mo
batsy It sounds lovely 💚 2mo
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An innocent man‘s comments on the trial in which he was sentenced to be executed.

saresmoore That‘s heavy. 2mo
Suet624 @saresmoore It is. I‘m just starting this and am already in love with this man. His love for his mom, his love and forgiveness for others, and his deep faith are heartwarming. 2mo
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Having read Reasons to Stay Alive by Haig I couldn‘t help but think this story about an alien discovering the oddities and pleasures of being human was what Haig experienced in real life. Depression can make the human experience seem very odd. A touching story about discovering and choosing the beauty and pain of living. If you haven‘t read Reasons to Stay Alive, I encourage you to do so. It‘s 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼

Ddzmini Just bought this book hope I have the right one cause I‘m excited to read this 💁🏼‍♀️😋 2mo
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Land of Steady Habits | Ted Thompson
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Thanks @Texreader for the stroll down memory lane. This was my first post 2 1/2 years ago. Had no idea how to post photos. I was so surprised to see who liked my first post. Thanks to @MrBook & @jdtchicago for being encouraging. By the way, I read this well before the movie was made. I liked the book so much I wrote a note to the author and he was very gracious and thankful that I‘d written. Just a reminder to shower an author you like with love.

MrBook You‘re absolutely magnificent, and we‘re so glad you‘re still here and active 🤗🤗🤗. The Littens who don‘t follow you are missing out. 😎👍🏻👍🏻 2mo
Suet624 @MrBook You are too kind. Thank you for your kind words and thank you for all you do to keep Litsy so vibrant. 2mo
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