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TheBookHippie

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#SUNDAYBUDDYREAD DECEMBER ♥️🎄💚

Pages 1-104 for next week

Another book without proper chapters 😂

Everyone Welcome

Some winter cozy ❄️🧤🧣❄️

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#SUNDAYBUDDYREAD FINAL THOUGHTS?

Mine -
Margot and Miguel‘s relationship is pure joy.
I would have never guessed any of the endings!!!

MINA‘S MOM IS ALIVE?!?!?!?!

What stood out to you?
Did I miss anything ?

Sargar114 I was super surprised by this book! I quite enjoyed it way more than expected. I agree Margot and Miguel are lovely together. I loved the ending with her reaching out to find her family. So much possibility there!!!! Didn‘t love Mina‘s end and the Mr Park ending stuff. So if I were to rate was a 4.5 for me. 2h
Sargar114 Also LA as a character was wonderful. I could visualize being there with all the descriptions. AND THE FOOD!!! 2h
TheBookHippie @Sargar114 I SO AGREE!!! Having been and stayed in Koreatown right before the pandemic it made me miss it sooo much. 2h
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TheBookHippie @Sargar114 I was surprised as well! A solid 4 for me! 2h
AmyG I, too was surprised by this story. I felt the sadness and pain of Mina and Margot. I just wanted to keep reading to learn. of Mina‘s life. I loved the food, too! Iused to work for Samsung America (the trading branch...before they blew up in electronics) and my boss would take me out for lunchand have me try different Korean dishes. I wish I remembered all of that (it was 35 years ago). A good 4-4.5 for me. 1h
TheBookHippie @AmyG THE FOOD!!! Just so yum. 1h
Karisa I liked it too. Definitely different from any other book I‘ve read before. I agree with everyone about the food and LA being important elements. So bittersweet that Margot ends up on the pier with her mom‘s ashes. Margot‘s story does not feel done but I guess that‘s a sign of a good author 1h
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What did you think of Margot‘s transformation? Does Mina live on free through her?

Sargar114 I love how Margot found herself. I think we all knew she‘d move back to LA. And given what we know about her life in Seattle, that seems to be the best thing. I do think her Mother‘s spirit will live on in her. I mean both have uprooted their lives later in life and started over. (edited) 2h
AmyG I think Margot will make sure Mina lives throughher now thatshe has an understanding of her mother. 2h
Karisa Margot does seem to be reliving Mina‘s life… Leaving the stable office job in Seattle for unknowns in LA (not sure if that‘s even financially possible), considering working in the service industry while following artistic dreams, and even the bob haircut! At least Margot has some friends in Miguel and the former officer Choi and maybe her father‘s widow 1h
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Mrs Kim. Fired the driver. What did you think of this all? Unnecessary? How did you like her last conversation with Margot? Think they‘ll be friends?!

Sargar114 I knew it wasn‘t them if only because Calabasas is too far a drive from Koreatown that you‘d have to really be malicious to want to do something bad, and I didn‘t really get that vibe from them. The driver was kind of a white collar criminal but nothing more. I don‘t think they‘ll be friends, but maybe more like an aunt. I‘m sure she‘ll want to know more about her father and that‘s the best connection. 2h
AmyG This part was very odd. Her and Mr Kim‘s relationship, her and the driver. All of it. But, if anything, hopefully Mrs Kim will help Margot understand her father. 2h
Karisa @AmyG Yeah, it was kind of a toss away. I guess the author just put it all about the driver there for a red herring? Driver guy was unnecessary to me. Felt like it would‘ve worked better if it was just the widow who was distant and unsure of someone who was maybe just out for money 1h
Sargar114 @karisa I think it was a red herring. I don‘t think you even consider Mrs Kim as a suspect without the driver, so while ultimately unimportant kinda necessary to make that possibility believable. 21m
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Officer Choi ..Margot seeing him at the grocery ..
Hmmmm
Thoughts?!

Sargar114 I quite enjoyed their interaction. I like that you‘re left with possibility but not given anything concrete about the future of their friendship. I imagine it will go further given he will ultimately be the connection between Margot and finding her family. 2h
AmyG I was happy they rani to each other. I hope they have a relationship...if anything just a friendship. They both seem at a turning point in their lives. 2h
Karisa I was wondering when he‘d be back in the picture. I was surprised that he quit his job though. Feels like there‘s room for a Margot sequel after this book to explore that blossoming friendship and what Margot is learning about her family (or at least grandma) in Korea 1h
Sargar114 You know what @karisa I might read a sequel of Margot going to Korea to learn about her family 19m
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Mr Park
Well.
That ending.
Justice?

Sargar114 Whoops kinda answered this in the last one, but I‘ll say it isn‘t justice. No one knows the monster that he was except his victims and Margot. He‘ll still be remembered for his accomplishments and that‘s annoying. 2h
AmyG I don‘t know if it was justice. He was a predator and if anything, I was happy to read he couldn‘t hurt any more women. I was hoping Margot and Mrs. Baek could have had more of a relationship. 2h
Karisa That was strange too. An animalistic person who preys on others, eaten by predators is both fitting and disturbing. . . I agree with both @AmyG (Mrs. Baek gone again—sigh) and @Sargar114 (not real justice for Mr. Park) 1h
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Mrs Baek
The friendship.
Thoughts ?
Then the end…🤯

Sargar114 It was incredibly heartbreaking and disappointing that after everything they‘ve been through, that this was the cause of Mina‘s death. While I‘m glad Mr Park got his in the end, I‘m still not sure it sits well with me. After everything that happened, this part of the ending was disappointing for me. But at least we know Mrs Baek is a survivor. 2h
AmyG I agree with @Sargar114 that this ending was a bit disappointing. It was a bit out there. 2h
Karisa I didn‘t see that coming. Had to re-read that part because at first I didn‘t even get it. How could she just leave her friend? Was Mina instantly dead? Why not at least call 911? I guess @Sargar114 has the right word for Baek “survivor” 1h
Sargar114 @Karisa I think you touched on why it was so unsettling…after everything they‘ve been through to just leave her seemed odd. 26m
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Mr Kim appears after 26 YEARS?!
It was to meet him in VEGAS. Sigh….
Mina not telling Mr Kim about Margot?!
They spent time, started up again,went to the Grand Canyon.
Thoughts?

Sargar114 I‘m glad they had this final time together. While I hate she never told him or Margot about each other, it‘s very true to her character. She has experienced so much pain and loss she didn‘t want either to feel that with this knowledge especially since Mr Kim was at the end of his life anyway. 2h
AmyG I, too, am glad she got to see him. And yes....very on point for her not o tell him about Margot. 2h
Karisa @Sargar114 The way Mr. Kim kept things from his own mother about his father dying somehow made it ok that Mina didn‘t tell him. I wish she had told Mr. Kim about Margot though. Back when she first had the chance would have been best. Margot‘s life would have been different I think 1h
Sargar114 I agree, it would have been better for Mr Kim and Margot to know about each other @Karisa 27m
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Safety deposit box…interesting the history was there?

It‘s interesting Margot‘s take on Koreans vs Korean American. It‘s differences are stark. Why if we are the land of everyone do we not allow it to be so? Interesting thoughts for what is American this week.
Do you ever ponder it?

Sargar114 This quote feels quite fitting for these times and can see the application in the story. I love that Margot has all this information about her family to move forward with. 2h
AmyG Lincoln is correct. We are at war with ourselves. White supremacy is our #1 probem. I will never understand those people that view others as “alien” or below them. We are all human. No one is more entitled than another. 😔 (edited) 2h
TheBookHippie @AmyG I so agree. 2h
Karisa @AmyG Reminds me of the book Caste and what has been shown by the last presidency. It‘s all about protecting the perception of pecking order and power. So many contradictions in what is accepted when so much really comes down to race in this country. Having to navigate it like Mina on her own would be very difficult. Her story illustrates the “each for themselves” mentality. Mrs. Baek was there but only to a certain point 1h
AmyG @Karisa I have Caste on my TBR. And it‘s always about power. Or money. 1h
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Mina‘s reasoning for not learning English. What did you think?

Sargar114 It made sense given all the rejection she had felt from this country. Plus she was getting by without, so what did it matter to her. 2h
AmyG Yes, what @Sargar114 said. I will add to that....as an adult, learning a foreign language takes alot of time and energy. I wonder if she even had the “strength” to want to learn something new. 2h
Karisa “She didn‘t need a language that wasn‘t big enough for her, that didn‘t want to make room for her.” 😢 For a place that takes and incorporates so many words from other languages into ours, many Americans are not very accepting of those learning. I know I have heard people who mock accents also insist that everyone learn English. It must be so hard for immigrants. It‘s frustrating because there is no official language in the U.S, of course 2h
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TheBookHippie @Karisa Exactly. It‘s all so frustrating. 2h
TheBookHippie @AmyG I cannot imagine. 1h
TheBookHippie @Sargar114 I think the same. When I started nursing in the Alzheimer‘s unit the residents all reverted to their original language NONE of it English. Lots of Dutch German French and Germanic dialects … none of that was frowned upon. It‘s racist at its core. IMO 1h
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“Something about this country makes it easy to forgot we need each other.”

Powerful statement.
True?

Sargar114 I believe it. You have people like Mr Park that use people to be successful that make people like Mina, Mr Kim, and Mrs Baek lose trust in people and separate themselves for protection. These were three lonely people that could have used the support of each other to build a community and have happiness. 2h
AmyG This will be one of the downfalls of society...lack of community. People need the support of others to thrive. 2h
Karisa Maybe. I wonder if that is true of most countries these days though? All of the tech and services we have in place can separate us I guess (not to mention politics and pandemics). I was also struck by the author‘s ideas on America. I highlighted “In this country, it was easier to harm someone else than to stay alive. It was easier to take a life than to have one. Was she finally an American?” (Mina thinking while holding the gun) 2h
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“A monster like her”. Describing Margot‘s birth. Mrs. Baek named Margot. The depression -the refusal of Mina to see the entirety of Margot. …. How does this set these women up for their relationship? Or doesn‘t it matter ?

Sargar114 It seemed like some serious postpartum depression especially knowing she was prone to depression from what we‘ve seen in her history. Both Mina and Margot were so lucky to have Mrs Baek take care of them during this time and they‘ll forever be linked because of it. 2h
AmyG I agree with @Sargar114 that she suffered from postpartum depression. She was alone! Doing all of this. Ho estly, I just can‘t imagine. 2h
Karisa It would be overwhelming and hard to bond when Mina had lost so many that she loved before (husband, daughter, Mr. Kim, her own parents…) Letting in a new little person to love with the possibility of losing her too would be very scary 2h
Sargar114 Good point @Karisa 2h
TheBookHippie @Karisa I agree. Holding her heart a bit distanced to soften the blow if something happens.. so sad. 1h
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Tomorrow we discuss the last sections !!! 🤐

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The Other Side of Midnight | Simone St. James
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#SUNDAYBUDDYREAD 2022

We start with a favorite author Simone St. James 👻

http://bookhippie.com/index.php/2021/08/22/2022-sundays/

Everyone welcome for any or all the months 🤍📚

vlwelser I love St. James. Obviously. But I'm definitely also looking forward to September. 2d
TheBookHippie @vlwelser me too it‘s been on my shelf since it came out!! 2d
vlwelser The author did a podcast interview on Asian Enough where she talks about it briefly. I was only aware of Pachinko before that. 2d
TheBookHippie @vlwelser Oh lovely. I‘m looking forward to reading it. 2d
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Luck of the Titanic | Stacey Lee
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Sargar114 Good find @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick. Thanks for sharing @TheBookHippie it‘s also 2.99 on Apple Books Yay! 3d
TheBookHippie @Sargar114 🎉🎉🎉🎉 3d
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Texreader 🥰 3d
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TheSpineView 🥰😘❤🦃 3d
GingerAntics 💙💙💙 3d
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Cathythoughts Great title! I love it … Poet Warrior ❤️ 3d
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#SUNDAYBUDDYREAD LAST DISCUSSION on this book on Sunday 🤫🤐

Anyone who has read the book welcome to join in with us. Until then 🤫🤐🤐🤐🤐🤐

AmyG Such a lovely book. 4d
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❤️🧡💛💚💙💜🖤🤍🤎🏳️‍🌈⚧🏳️‍⚧️

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LibrarianRyan I loved Home under the stars!!! 5 * read! 5d
TheBookHippie @LibrarianRyan I do so agree!!! 5d
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Mouse Soup | Arnold Lobel
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An old old favorite today 🐭🥣READ A LOUD

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El jardn del abuelo | Lane Smith
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READ A LOUD

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A favorite READ A LOUD also #FOODANDLIT

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The Quiet Place | Sarah Stewart
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READ A LOUD also #FOODANDLIT

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A favorite I read with kids also #FOODANDLIT

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Shanghai Sukkah | Heidi Smith Hyde
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Also Shanghai research

AmyG I need this! This is my family. My mother-in-law fled Germany to live in Shanghai. Now my daughter-in-law is Chinese...from Shanghai. I need this for my grandson. Thanks for posting! 5d
TheBookHippie @AmyG It‘s just beautiful ♥️♥️♥️ 5d
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My Two Border Towns | David Bowles
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Lucia the Luchadora | Cynthia Leonor Garza
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Read A Loud also #FOODANDLIT

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The Nian Monster | Andrea Wang
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Also research for #SUNDAYBUDDYREAD These Violent Delights

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Read A Loud also #FOODANDLIT

I‘m going to flood you with these today 😬😂♥️

DebbieGrillo I love these! Keep the flood coming. 💙💦 5d
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Monday, Monday: A Novel | Elizabeth Crook
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Get home for late lunch look in backseat die laughing
Apparently my grandson did this on the way to school this morning I never noticed 😂😂😂😂😂😳

Happy Monday Litsy

QuietlyLaura So cute! 😊 6d
Cathythoughts I love it 😂 my granddaughter would be funny like that too ! Adorable (edited) 6d
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marleed Oh sweet. Drive safely - beloved stuffed animal on board! 6d
LeahBergen 😆😆 6d
Ruthiella Safety first! 😂 6d
TNbookworm So cute🙂 6d
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#ChildrensClassicRead2021 DECEMBER

This is on kindle unlimited for free or it is 3 bucks. You may also find it at your local library. There are a few renditions of it.

#ChildrensClassicRead2022 http://bookhippie.com/index.php/2021/08/25/childrens-classic-read-2022/

Every morning for the past three years I have taken my coffee and my selected #ChildrensClassicRead for the month and read for ten minutes.
It is an amazing way to start the day.

tpixie Thanks for the link! About 30 minutes ago I had just scrolled through to your January post to look at what December‘s book would be and it was not available on any of my library e-books apps. 7d
tpixie Great books for 2022! 7d
ravenlee Got mine and ready to read it! And it should be interesting with the #YABuddyRead being The Bear and the Nightingale! (edited) 7d
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TheBookHippie @ravenlee I thought the same thing accidental happy! Also I‘m reading Dr Zhivago, so all things Russian. 7d
TheBookHippie @tpixie I‘m excited for 2022 reads! 7d
TheBookHippie @tpixie I was trying to find it as well. At least kindle has it. I‘ll post if I find another! 7d
tpixie @TheBookHippie thanks 😊 7d
PageShifter I think I join in this one :) 6d
UwannaPublishme I found an old library copy on eBay so I‘m ready! And yay! You‘ve put together another great list for 2022. I‘m there! 📚🙌🏻 5d
PurpleyPumpkin Not sure I can snag a copy of this book, but I will try!🤞🏽 The 2022 list looks awesome. Count me in!✅ 5d
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#SUNDAYBUDDYREAD DECEMBER 💚♥️

Everyone welcome. I post discussion questions on Sunday. Readers respond on Sunday and throughout the week as they have opportunity. Two rules: NO SPOILERS. BE KIND.

Next years line up http://bookhippie.com/index.php/2021/08/22/2022-sundays/

PageShifter I would love to join!! But I checked that I would propably get my copy around 17th... Is that still possible to join? 7d
TheBookHippie @PageShifter no problem -happens all the time with library holds! Just read appropriately for the Sunday 💚♥️ 7d
megnews Can‘t wait! 7d
TheBookHippie @megnews I‘m ready for this kind read. 7d
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Aurum: Poems | Santee Frazier
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megnews Thanks for always providing these great resources!! 7d
GingerAntics I went and looked at the fiction section. I was happy to find about half of my indigenous authors shelf on there. I need to look through the history and poetry sections still. I seriously need to get on that shelf. I planned to read a big chunk of it this year, but that didn‘t work out. I got so distracted by all sorts of stupid things this year. I didn‘t finish any of the three of the things plans I had for this year. Whoops. 7d
TheBookHippie @GingerAntics The year went quickly 🤯 7d
GingerAntics @TheBookHippie it really did… I‘m going to just have to continue everything into 2022. 7d
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We get to finish it!!!!!

I am still liking the read, are you?

I have a few questions but overall I am enjoying it.

I‘ve no clue how she died either. 🤷🏻‍♀️

AmyG I love this book. Might just be my favorite of the 2021 books. Ha....as long as it ends “well”....meaning in a satisfying manner. 1w
TheBookHippie @AmyG I have hope for next year 😂🤞🏻 1w
AmyG Ha! Not that this year was bad. This was just my favorite. I love this book. 1w
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Sargar114 @AmyG I agree. I also really loved Silence for the Dead but if this one finishes up well, it‘ll probably be the front runner! 1w
DanaManiac @AmyG This is my favorite Sunday Buddy Read for this year as well! ☺️ 7d
DebinHawaii It‘s still Silence for the Dead for me but if she sticks the landing, 😉 this one will be right up there! 7d
TheBookHippie @DebinHawaii I loved that one as well! 7d
Karisa I am liking it. It has good tension but also really lovable characters. Great pick! 7d
mollyrotondo I really love this book! It was definitely a surprise. I figured I‘d like it because I like mother/daughter stories but this one had this unexpected mystery element that I am really loving. Great pick! My favorites were all of the Simone St James picks just because I love her so much! 🤣 but this comes closely behind those books! 6d
TheBookHippie @mollyrotondo January we are with Simone again!! 6d
mollyrotondo @TheBookHippie I am so excited!! 6d
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Who wants her dead the most?!(MINA)
Clues?!

AmyG My only guess could be Mr Kim‘s wife. She knew ablut Mina etc. i think it all comes down to money. I wonder if there also isn‘t money in that safe deposit box from Mr. Kim for Mina...did he know, with his imminent death, that Mina never would have been taken care of. I think he may have realized how much he loved Mina after all. And I think the push by Mrs Kim‘s doorman (whatever he is) is foreboding. Did he visit Mina and push her??? 1w
Sargar114 See and I think Mr Park. I think he somehow finds out Mina knew what happened with Lupe and doesn‘t want it to come out so is trying to find her. Hence the stalking of Mrs Baek. I think that was also the reason for the sadness/no show in Vegas (edited) 1w
DanaManiac Haha and I‘m torn between Mrs. Kim and Mr. Park. I think there‘s still time to discover something else sinister about Mr. Park. 7d
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Kdgordon88 I think too many years have passed for Mr. Park to worry about what he did to Lupe but it certainly can be in relation to Mrs. Baek and Mina trying to protect her from him. 7d
DebinHawaii I think the Mrs. Kim/chauffeur thing is less likely than it having to do with Mr. Park. I feel like she wouldn‘t have shared her anger at Mr. Kim spending money on getting info for Mina with Margot if they had killed her. But with Mr. Park, like @Kdgordon88 said, it‘s more likely to do with the stalking & possible of Mrs. Baek rather than him trying to silence her about Lupe. I feel like Mina was in the crosshairs, trying to protect Mrs. Baek. 7d
Karisa I do not know, and I love that it could equally be either. Maybe the two are connected somehow? Business partners? Relatives? Maybe Mr. Kim had to marry her for his own safety??? Then he had to keep Mina/Margot far away from them? 7d
mollyrotondo I am going with our theory from last week that Mina just simply fell and these stories from the past didn‘t have anything to do with Mina‘s death. We shall see!!!! 6d
TheBookHippie @mollyrotondo I go back and forth! 6d
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Margot thought she‘d going on living like she has -apart and visit once or twice. Now she is full of regret. Was it naive of her? Was she really just running away from life instead of running to a life grown up?

AmyG I believe Margot was making decisions with the i fo she had at that time. She knew nothing about her mother and her past. In the death of her mother she is forced to basically grow up. 1w
Sargar114 If her mother had lived she definitely would have continued on this way. It‘s a sad thought, but Mina‘s death actually brought her closer to her mom. 1w
DanaManiac I don‘t think she was naïve. I think we don‘t teach young people what we can about the nature of life, getting older, and regret. When you‘re young, you think everything will last forever. The thought of dying and losing everyone eventually is like the thought of seeing unicorns on the moon lol. 7d
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DebinHawaii Regrets are painful. I think Margot just wanted something more and different & was running away from being pulled into the kind of life her mother had. 7d
Karisa @DebinHawaii Yes, I think that too. Both women wanted more for Margot. Margot needed to break away to grow and Mina was so busy with her shop, it seems like she wasn‘t ready for a close connection either. It was sad they didn‘t have time later to connect once Margot had established herself and Mina was on a more solid footing too. I think that regret powers this book 7d
DebinHawaii @Karisa Nicely stated “regret powers this book.” So true! 7d
mollyrotondo @Karisa I agree that both probably thought they had more time to connect once Margot lived apart for a while and Mina focused on her shop. But we must live for today because so much can happen between now and that future day we think we will eventually get to. 6d
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THE BEAR - THE KEY
What‘s in the safety deposit boxes ?

AmyG What I think may be in the box....didn‘t Mr. Kim hire detectives for Mina....gathering info in Korea? Is that in the box? Does Margot learn about all her Korean relatives...essentially finding her family? (edited) 1w
Sargar114 THE KEY!!! I laughed at this given the cliffhanger ending of this section haha. I had thought maybe something about Mr Park but really no idea, I like your idea @AmyG that would be a nice ending 1w
DanaManiac I had no theories about this, but I like yours, @AmyG !! 7d
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TheBookHippie @AmyG I like this ending! 🤞🏻🤞🏻 7d
DebinHawaii @amyg I am hoping it is information on her family. Even information about Mina‘s life, for Margot to have that knowledge, finally, would be a good ending. 7d
Karisa @AmyG ooh! I like that idea. We need some answers as this book wraps up! 7d
mollyrotondo @AmyG definitely hope you are right! 6d
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Margot keeping her people and relationships all separate to prevent pain …is this inadvertently learned from he mom?

📸 this Remind me of Seinfeld and George‘s WORLDS 😂

AmyG Ha! Worlds are colliding. This is no summer of George! Generational trauma.....all not told to Margot affects her in ways she may only just be realizing. I am just really looking forward to the last part of the book. I still think there is so much more to learn. I really like how the author slowly reveals the past. (edited) 1w
Sargar114 This definitely feels like learned behavior. A means to protect oneself. Me and my mom do this too it‘s interesting to read it. While I don‘t have the cultural connection (nor the death and mystery), I do find myself relating to Margot 1w
DanaManiac I agree that is learned behavior. At first, I was hardcore judging Margot but I realize that I do the same thing lol. There are stores with home goods in Brooklyn that are super popular amongst Caribbean immigrants. Once I left for school and had my own money, I never stepped foot inside again- only Target etc. I associate them with being poor and not fitting in… 7d
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DebinHawaii I think the compartmentalizing is a coping defense for sure & likely something she learned watching Mina. (edited) 7d
DebinHawaii And good Seinfeld reference! 😉 7d
Karisa @DanaManiac @Sargar114 I do this too. I don‘t think it‘s intentional just more based on commonalities between the different groups. For example, most people at work and home aren‘t as interested in books as we Littens. If I try to talk books, eyes gloss over unfortunately 😢😂 7d
mollyrotondo Wonderful Seinfeld reference!!! Worlds are colliding! But yes I think we all do this to a certain extent. Sometimes it‘s out of embarrassment and sometimes it‘s just because certain groups of friends or family don‘t mesh well with your other groups. I think it‘s normal as long as our relationships to those things are healthy. 6d
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Mrs Kim- I hope we learn how he married this woman
Is she lying about their open relationship ?
WHAT WAS IN THE TEA?!
And her driver/lover PUSHED Margot?!

AmyG Another huge secret. It‘s all very odd. 1w
Sargar114 This part of the story is so bizarre…I wonder how it‘s all connected. 1w
DanaManiac Yes, I need an explanation for this scene. I hope we get one and it‘s not just brushed aside! 7d
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Kdgordon88 I feel like Mrs. Kim‘s reaction was genuine but the driver might see an end to his cash cow and do something drastic. I‘m hoping Margot finds the PI and we‘re learn more there…but maybe the papers had the answers and Mrs. Kim feigned surprise and they already had a plan in place if Margot showed up….??? (edited) 7d
DebinHawaii I feel like maybe it‘s a red herring for some reason. I don‘t think Mrs.Kim & the driver are good people but I have a hard time connecting them to Mina‘s death in my mind. I wonder if the tea made Margot sick or if she was just sick & understandably suspecting of everyone. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 7d
Karisa Mrs. Kim seemed sincere but there‘s definitely something she‘s leaving out. Maybe a marriage of convenience? Makes me wonder if the officer knows more about the situation than he let on too and wanted Margot to just keep out of it. That driver was extra creepy. Seemed he did put something in her tea—did Mrs. Kim know though??? 7d
mollyrotondo This past was so bizarre and I loved every minute of it lol. I do think something is up with these two. I mean why else would the driver push Margot. Something must have happened involving these two because they were acting way too weirdly. 6d
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Mina is pregnant
Why didn‘t Mr Kim take Mina with?
Do you think they had a meet up planned in Las Vegas ? Wonder why he didn‘t show?

AmyG Something doesn‘t sit right about Mr. Kim leaving so quickly. I felt as if he used Mina as he so easily left. 1w
Sargar114 I disagree @AmyG I think he was genuinely trying to protect Mina. He didn‘t want Mr Park going after her like he did Lupe or have her deported because she knew too much. I wonder why he didn‘t show in Vegas, scared maybe? I hope we find out! 1w
DanaManiac I think he really thought he was doing the best thing by leaving Mina. But why was he gone so long and so out of touch to not know about Margot? How did he end up getting married without looking for Mina first? She never left… 7d
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Kdgordon88 Mr. Kim‘s leaving feels like protecting himself not Mina. Mina still had to go to work and face a predator everyday. As an undocumented immigrant she is no safer in that store than Lupe was especially with Mr Kim gone. I want to like him but this makes it hard. 7d
DebinHawaii @Kdgordon88 I agree. It does seem like he was looking out more for himself & his fear of getting deported than protecting her & leaving her in the store with Mr. Park. I am hoping there is something that explains him better in the next section because I want to like him too. 7d
Karisa @Sargar114 I agree with you. They were trying to convince Mr. Park that Mina was not involved in order to protect her. It sounds like the situation Mr. Kim was heading into wasn‘t safe for her either. He didn‘t know about the pregnancy at that point. No perfect choices for them… 7d
mollyrotondo Oh wow I am surprised some people don‘t like Mr Kim for making this decision. Very interesting. I am still on his side but I understand now why people would see his action as selfish. I didn‘t see that first. I just felt awful that the three characters were put in this situation because it‘s dangerous for them as immigrants. I wasn‘t even thinking of selfishness. But this is why I love book discussion!! 6d
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GoodNESS poor Lupe ..
and Mr Park !
An animal and a predator…
So this is why Mr Kim leaves.

How common do you think this is with undocumented people? They cannot report rape, or they‘ll be deported. How does this fit in our story?

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/mar/13/how-the-most-vulnerable-workers-are...

https://victimlawyer.com/about-sexual-assault/immigrant-sexual-assault/

AmyG I had a bad feeling about Mr. Park from the beginning. How easy it is for men to abuse illegal immigrants....as who would the victim report to? The victim could be shipped out of the country and the abuser knows this. 1w
Sargar114 He was a creep and this proved it! This was awful and I assume this happens way more frequently than we hear. Any way to establish power over someone who doesn‘t have any, seems like a common theme 🤮 1w
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DanaManiac I knew that man was a creep from the time we were introduced to him! Ugh I‘m sure it happens a lot. As we‘ve seen even with orphanages here and abroad, some people choose to work with vulnerable populations because they are easy prey. And it makes cowards out of those who witness it because they are usually vulnerable as well. 7d
DebinHawaii Yes, it was clear he is an evil man. He relishes his “power” over those who can‘t fight back for fear of reprisal & deportation. It is awful how often this happens. 🤬🥵😡 7d
Karisa @DebinHawaii Yes, he‘s so sick with his power over others. The situation though horrible, rang true 7d
mollyrotondo This is yet another way to silence women. Immigrant women should not suffer deportation just because they report a crime that has been inflicted upon them. Of course disgusting people like Mr Park would enact his violent behavior on the immigrants who work for him if he knows the system is rigged against the immigrant therefore letting people like him perpetually committing the heinous crime. Uhhh it makes me so angry! 6d
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“You saved her”
Mrs Baek tells her ..

Mr Kim IS her dad!

What do you think of Mrs Baek now the more information we get ?

AmyG I am very curious to know what else she knows....as there is more to the story. Makes me wonder if she and Margot form a lasting relationship. 1w
Sargar114 I think she‘s actually trying to protect Margot…maybe Mr Park was stalking Mrs Baek to try and get back at Mina and/or Mr Kim for that incident. And now that Mina is dead she may be worried he‘d do something to Margot to cover his tracks as I think he was involved in Mina‘s death 1w
Sargar114 @AmyG I hope they do! 1w
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AmyG @Sargar114 That is a very interesting thought about Mrs Baek and Mr Park. 1w
DanaManiac I agree that Mrs. Baek is acting out of a sense of safety and protection. Even if Mr. Park isn‘t responsible for Mina‘s death, he‘s not someone you‘d want to send an unknowing young woman around. 7d
DebinHawaii I‘m glad it turned out Mr. Kim is Mina‘s father & not Mr. Park. I think Mrs. Baek knows more than she is saying about Mina‘s death & is trying to protect Margot too & it does seem like Mr. Park is involved somehow in the picture whether or not the death was intentional or not. 7d
Kdgordon88 @DebinHawaii I was very afraid Mr. Park was her father. It would have been horrible to learn she was born from violence rather than love. 7d
DebinHawaii @Kdgordon88 Yes, exactly! 7d
Karisa @DanaManiac @Sargar114 Agreed. Mrs. Baek does seem to be afraid for herself and protecting Mina/Margot. I wish she‘d given more info to Margot before leaving, but maybe it wasn‘t safe. So glad Margot had a kind father. The author did a good job of setting up why he‘d need to leave without a trace when he is a good guy 7d
mollyrotondo @Karisa I agree that the author did a good job setting up why Mr Kim had to leave. I like Mrs Baek a lot. She seems to be trying to protect Margot from Mr Park but is being as honest with her as she can be. I like her. I think the only person I don‘t like is Mr Park. 6d
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It was a relief to read about Mina and Mr Kim on the date to the pier- to know she had that
You?
Also I‘m terrified of heights, I think she was very brave. You?

Were they both in love?

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AmyG I think they could have been falling in love. He was very kind to her and she trusted him. 1w
Sargar114 @AmyG I agree, this seemed to be the beginning of something big. The fact despite her fear she was willing to go up on the Ferris wheel with him was a big step 1w
DanaManiac I definitely think they were falling in love. They both seem so shy but willing to be brave. 7d
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DebinHawaii Yes, I think they were starting to fall in love. It was good to see Mina enjoying herself with him. (edited) 7d
Karisa I was happy for them too. They are both such caring people with big struggles. 7d
mollyrotondo Definitely think they were in love and it is wonderful that Mina found that with Mr Kim. It just hurts to know it was taken away from them. 6d
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A Promised Land | Barack Obama
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My notebook arrived !! #ObamaBuddyRead

CBee Beautiful notebook ♥️ 1w
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The Tao of Pooh | Benjamin Hoff, Ernest Howard Shepard
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That sort of Bear & Nowhere and Nothing
Is where I‘m at .. did I do the chapters wrong 😂😂🤷🏻‍♀️

GingerAntics It should have been Bisy Backson and That Sort of Bear. 1w
TheBookHippie @GingerAntics I did Bisy last week 😂😂🤪 1w
GingerAntics How did you get off? 7d
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TheBookHippie @GingerAntics I have zero clues 😂🤷🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️ 7d
GingerAntics Well, then you only have two things to read in the next two weeks. 🤷🏼‍♀️ It all comes out in the wash. 7d
TheBookHippie @GingerAntics I keep detailed chapter notes thankfully. 7d
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Bad Feminist | Roxane Gay
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Chrissyreadit It feels like we are powerless at the moment but it could be events pushing action that must happen. I worry about what that will look like. 1w
TheBookHippie @Chrissyreadit agree. It‘s not new. It is. While people have been killed for speaking up or helping Black and Brown people since the country began. The “justice” system is working how it was set up to work. Protecting white men. It needs no reform but to be rebuilt. That‘s just my opinion. So angry and yes powerless. 1w
GingerAntics All of this. Yes. It‘s so heartbreaking for America, the family, the justice system. Don‘t even get me started on that judge. Bigoted twat. (< that‘s the nicest thing I could say about him) 1w
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AmyG What is so heartbreaking is realizing that we have not moved forward at all as a people. History repeats itself. 1w
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