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The World That We Knew | Alice Hoffman
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Had an amazing time with Alice Hoffman last night, who came to speak at Kepler‘s Books in Menlo Park. If you have not read her new book, which launched to NYT Best Seller Status, go read it now!

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Such a Fun Age | Kiley Reid

Such a Fun Age would almost be a comedy of errors if the whole situation wasn‘t so pathetic. Overall, I enjoyed this book--it gives the genre a little meatiness and moves away somewhat from the coziness that the chick lit genre seems to embody--almost like when everyone's favorite sitcom decides to “take a risk“ and tackle a pressing social issue of the day. Read the full review at https://www.therealnani.com/such-fun-age/

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Such a Fun Age | KILEY. REID
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Won a copy of Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid in a giveaway from @HarperCollins Good so far but I have some thoughts...

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Just realized this is due tomorrow!! Yikes!!! Guess I‘ll be binging tonight... I had planned to read this to participate in Rachel Cargle‘s Loveland Hall lecture but didn‘t get the book in time. It wasn‘t in any of the libraries by me and I had to request it from a university library.

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Mehso-so

As I write this, I‘m not sure if this is a Pick or a So-So. I did read it in one sitting because the story went quickly. I guess I just never know how to feel about poor white people making it a point to show that they REALLY don‘t have that much privilege. How much of her ability to climb out of poverty is a result of white privilege is a question that bugged me at the end. The rest of it, I already knew from Nickle and Dimed.

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Guilty as charged... (reviewing this one for Losethecape.com)

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Reading at the elementary school movie night is totally normal, right?

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My library has a Lucky Day shelf, and this is the second time I‘ve gotten lucky!

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The Immortalists | Chloe Benjamin
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#littlefreelibrary score 🙌🏼

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Texts I send my sister. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

cathipink I have tickets to see her in November and I can't wait! Glad to hear it's a good one. 1mo
The_Real_Nani @cathipink that‘s so cool! Enjoy the show! 1mo
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Another day, another park, another book. When my kids were very small, I looked forward to the day I could sit and read my book while they played instead of helping them up stairs and down slides, and making sure they didn‘t throw themselves off the play structure. Comes quicker than you think!

Tamra Totally! 1mo
Centique Ain‘t that the truth! 😬 (wishes for a time travel device) 1mo
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The Memory Sessions | Suzanne Farrell Smith
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A beautiful, beautiful book. Like Suzanne says, a memoir written without memory but she takes up the challenge gracefully and the end result is a moving homage to her family, and to her childhood.

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The Memory Sessions | Suzanne Farrell Smith
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Really glad I was able to convince my kids that the air conditioned library is a better place to hang out than the skate park on this disgustingly hot day. 🥵

The_Real_Nani Update: apparently, I wasn‘t convincing enough. *sigh* At least the skate park has shade. 1mo
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The Memory Sessions | Suzanne Farrell Smith
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Probably going to finish this book tonight, tbh.

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Death Wore White | Shelly Knox
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Murder ✅Romance ✅ Mystery ✅⠀Are you a #bookblogger? Sign up for the Betrayed #booktour! Shoot an email to booktours@cavillones.com to sign up and get your ARC!

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The Memory Sessions | Suzanne Farrell Smith
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So exciting when your friends publish books! Can‘t wait to dive into this one. Suzanne is a beautiful writer!

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Mehso-so

This fell flat for me. The ending seemed like an easy way out, and there was no real grappling with the consequences of Cilla‘s actions. I also found the plot uninspired.

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I don‘t know what it is but lately, it feels like sex in books has become overdescriptive, even in so-called literary fiction. I‘m no prude but I appreciate subtlety and leaving something to the imagination. What do you think?

readingjedi It's one of those things that is so easy to do very badly but so hard to do well. I prefer the subtle, the suggestive, the 'what's NOT said' approach. 2mo
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Death Wore White | Shelly Knox
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Betrayed by Shelly Knox is going on tour! We‘re looking for book bloggers and reviewers to join us. Shoot an email to booktours@cavillones.com to sign up and get your ARC. #murder #romance #mystery #blogtour #ARCs

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Half of a Yellow Sun | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

DNF 😬 A good book but I couldn‘t focus!

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Shadow of Night: A Novel | Deborah Harkness
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2. A cleaning superpower
3. Cancer on the cusp of Leo
4. Soccer tournament (for my 9 year old) and teacher training (for me)
Thanks for the #friyaytag, @MrsMalaprop !

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Rabbit at Rest | John Updike
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I ransacked the Little Free Library on my way home from Back to School night.

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Followers | Megan Angelo
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Yikes! This one hits a little too close to home. Can it be dystopian fiction when you have no problem believing it could happen someday, and in fact, has already happened to some degree? This is a good story—two plot lines that converge in the middle to pitch forward together to the end. If you liked Ready Player One and The Farm, you‘ll like this one. Coming out in January 2020 from Graydon House/ @HarperCollins /Harlequin.

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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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Holy hell. There was so much hype about this book, that I wondered if it would really live up to it. I‘ll say it again. Holy hell. The things that happen in this book are so bizarre, so ridiculous, it‘s a wonder anyone survives. I read this in one go. It‘s compelling, bewildering, just nuts.

Mdargusch It is crazy that all of that really happened. I ended up stalking that family on FB after reading this book. 😂 3mo
The_Real_Nani @Mdargusch 😆I believe it!! Do they have public FB pages?! 3mo
Mdargusch They did at one point. 3mo
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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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Halfway through, and no one has died, surprisingly. I don‘t know a lot about this book but enough that I‘m bracing myself for what the second half will bring.

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The Waiting Room | Leah Kaminsky
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Heartbreaking. Intergenerational trauma is the thread throughout this book, and is so vividly wrought.

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Bone Horses | Lesley Poling-Kempes
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If you like books where places are characters, you‘ll love this. Great story!

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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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I found this on the Lucky Day shelf at the library, and indeed, it does feel like my lucky day! I can take myself off the waitlist I‘ve been on for at least a month.

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Bone Horses | Lesley Poling-Kempes
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I‘m in Santa Fe for the first time, and wandered over to a bookstore near my hotel. I scoped out the local authors/Santa Fe section and decided this book would be my souvenir. Do you ever do that when you go to a new place?

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The Waiting Room | Leah Kaminsky
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Picked this one up from the #littlefreelibrary at my temple. The best part of traveling by plane is long stretches of time to read. Finished one book while I ate breakfast and started this one waiting to board. And of course, I have a third book in my bag, for the flight home. :)

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The human brain is so amazing. I developed a deep appreciation for the brain after my cochlear implant surgery, and I continue to be in awe of how the brain works. Excellent memoir.

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Mehso-so

Aly Coy is a good storyteller, and is able to vividly recreate scenes that happened over a period of five years, compiled from her journals and photos kept during those years, including some sex scenes that leave little to the imagination. Read this book if you want to get lost in a good story, but don‘t expect to come away with any profound new understandings. Full review on my blog! http://therealnani.com

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Kaddish.com | Nathan Englander
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My first experience with Nathan Englander, and a good one. Who among us can‘t understand the anxiety that stems from knowing that a wrong has been done and the relief that comes with being able to right a wrong?

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Between the World and Me | Ta-Nehisi Coates
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Participated in a book discussion today with Rachel Cargle about this book. Everyone should read it, and sign up for the next book discussion, on The Bluest Eye. Check out http://instagram.com/rachel.cargle for more info.

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Between the World and Me | Ta-Nehisi Coates
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“Race is the child of racism, not the father.” Signed up for the Loveland Hall summer reading session with Rachel Cargle. This is the first book assigned.

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Never Let Me Go | Kazuo Ishiguro
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Tremendously proud of myself for remembering to consult my TBR while I was at the #library. It‘s kind of like going to Target and sticking to your shopping list, right? (Um, except that cookbook was not on my TBR 🤦🏽‍♀️)

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World That We Knew | Alice Hoffman
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Review to come but the short of it is, read this book. #ww2 #holocaust #historicalfiction #france

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World That We Knew | Alice Hoffman
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Delighted to discover that Alice Hoffman‘s new book is about a golem! A female golem!

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Mehso-so

Even though I‘m super interested in this time period and the subject matter, it felt tedious after awhile. I didn‘t bother renewing it to finish it.

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Time's Convert | Deborah Harkness
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I need a lot more of these books.

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Motherland | Elissa Altman
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My full review of Motherland is up on the blog! http://therealnani.com #netgalley #memoir

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Adding all these books to my TBR.

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Motherland | Elissa Altman
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Ugh, I love Elissa Altman so much. How does she take the most ordinary objects and turn them into the most important parts of the story? How does she create sympathy for someone who is, by all rights, a terrible person? In this memoir about her relationship with her mother, Elissa so perfectly describes the struggle of honoring the fifth commandment while trying preserving your own sanity. Out from Ballantine, August 2019 #netgalley

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World That We Knew | Alice Hoffman
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Soooo excited!! Thank you, #netgalley!

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Fleishman Is in Trouble: A Novel | Taffy Brodesser-Akner
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If I were reading this book with my book club, we‘d have so many angles to dissect that we‘d probably finish at least two bottles of wine and all the cheese and crackers, and maybe the brownies too. Full review now up on my blog! https://www.therealnani.com/review-fleishman-is-in-trouble/ @penguinrandomhouse

RidgewayGirl I just finished this one. I thought the ending was stronger than the rest of it. 6mo
The_Real_Nani @RidgewayGirl Yes, that third part completely changes the context of the story. 6mo
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Fleishman Is in Trouble: A Novel | Taffy Brodesser-Akner
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At first, I thought this was a book about a guy who was bitter and angry about his divorce, but PLOT TWIST, it‘s not. Or, rather, it‘s more than that. The protagonist is male but the narrator is female, which is not apparent at first but it changed my reading of the book when I realized it. Forthcoming from Random House June 2019 #netgalley

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Motherland | Elissa Altman
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I‘m beyond excited to have gotten these review copies from #NetGalley!!

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The Fixer: A Novel | Bernard Malamud
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“There are no wrong books. What‘s wrong is the fear of them.”

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The Fixer: A Novel | Bernard Malamud
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When you have to go to urgent care at 8:30 at night, you grab the library book that fits in your purse. Let‘s hope this visit is short because I had plans to go to bed early with the other book I‘m reading!

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The Farm: A Novel | Joanne Ramos
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My full review is up at http://therealnani.com/the-farm-by-joanne-ramos I gave it a So-So here on Litsy.