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A Dangerous Business | Jane Smiley
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Have loved Jane Smiley since Moo! Pre-Civil War Monterey setting; after her husband is killed in a bar fight Eliza works at a brothel and gains financial independence. Her friend Jean works in a similar establishment catering to housewives. The exploits of a fictional detective inspire the two to try and solve a series of murders of fellow prostitutes. Eliza is an intriguing mix of naïveté and practicality; some things never change.

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Seraphina (Seraphina, #1) | Rachel Hartman
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Now this is good! Dragons can change into human form to interact in an uneasy political and social alliance to prevent war in this excellent YA fantasy.Seraphina is half human, half dragon; keeping as much a low profile as possible in her work as assistant choirmaster. Everything goes to hell of course:kept me engrossed on how Seraphina navigates it all. First of a series - will go on to the next!

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Dangerous Remedy | Kat Dunn
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Wanted a light change of pace so what can go wrong for a YA fantasy set in alternate French Revolutionary times? Just about everything- shallow one note characters, plotting you can see a mile away, and most unforgivable dropping of contemporary cliches (okay, agency, etc.) into what supposedly is world built fantasy vocabulary. Photo; how I feel about this book.

Caroline2 😆 great photo!!! 👍 2w
batsy 🤣 2w
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What happens to two immensely musically gifted biracial brothers and their younger sister, and their parents against the backdrop of 20th century America. Racism, identity, privilege, love, anguish, redemption. Lyrical and beautiful descriptions of what it is like to sing. At the end a twist of time. Last book read December 2022.

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Age of Vice: A Novel | Deepti Kapoor
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Started after dinner and couldn‘t stop til finished! Eyedrops needed. Action, violence, hard-boiled but lyrical thriller set in New Delhi. Epic storyline of corruption, disparity between wealth and poverty via collision of rich playboy with delusions of doing good, a journalist, and the playboy‘s valet. A car crash is the triggering incident. Hindu concept of cyclical eras defines this time as the age of Vice and spiritual loss for all.

Tonton It‘s a big sprawling story of a destructive criminal dynasty that brings The Godfather to mind. I think it‘s already been picked up for production; can‘t wait! 2w
jlhammar Great review! Looking forward to this. 2w
batsy Interesting! I didn't like her other novel but this one sounds completely different. 2w
Tonton @batsy Her other novel looks very different! 2w
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Monkey Business Vol. 7: New Writing from Japan | Ted Goossen, Motoyuki Shibata
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Short stories, poems, art, perfect for dipping into and discovering new writers and accomplished translators!

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Kinokuniya main bookstore Tokyo holding annual new year 20% off sale of foreign books this weekend! My haul a little smaller than usual due to exchange rate but will be going again. Great free shipping service for purchases, too. Big Red Hollywood noir centered around Orson Wells and the incredible Rita Hayworth by Jerome Charyn, tagged book, Our Share of Night by Mariana Enriquez, and the best stress reliever when mad at the world: Jack Reacher.

Tonton Post edited to correct that Big Red is about Rita Hayworth- got to get the Hollywood goddesses right! Apologies for the error. Starting this today. 3w
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The Life & Loves of a She Devil | Fay Weldon, Patricia Hodge
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Aimeesue Oh, what sad news. 4w
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The Fraud | Zadie Smith
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Happy new year, everyone ❣️🌟❣️2023 is the Year of the Rabbit; good fortune 🙃, health, and luck in abundance for all.
Warrior rabbits-vital and strong…ready to kick in the new year😎

AmyG Happy New Year! I will take it-year of the 🐇 1mo
Tonton @AmyG Fearless hopping😎🌟❣️ 1mo
RamsFan1963 Yah!! I was born in the Year of the Rabbit 1963! Happy or Hoppy New Year everyone! 1mo
batsy Happy New Year! I will overcome my irrational fear of rabbits in 2023 😆🐇 1mo
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Pachinko | Min Jin Lee
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Demon Copperhead: A Novel | Barbara Kingsolver
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There are certain books you know you want in hardcover, and this is one of them for me. So imagine my elation when the UK edition finally arrived!🌟The usual cardboard sleeve package was surprisingly and clumsily wrapped in plastic; torrential rains the day before so I thought delivery service here was being thoughtful. Opened to find package damp, book damp😱Not the seller‘s fault. Dry now, will carefully read respecting its resiliency.

erzascarletbookgasm 😥 I can relate to that 1mo
AmyG Halfway through and I am so loving this book. Enjoy! Merry Christmas 🎄 1mo
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All out of order, but bingeing my way through all of the Inspector Gamache series this Christmas break. Merry Christmas, happy holidays, love and light to all!

Soubhiville Cool illustration! Merry Christmas. 1mo
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Fatal Grace | Louise Penny
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Produced by the company who does The Crown, now on Amazon Prime! Here's a link to the Vanity Fair magazine interview with Louise Penny on the show based on her second book in the Three Pines series- Fatal Grace.

https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2022/11/louise-penny-three-pines-show-gamac...

kspenmoll Thanks for the link. I watched the first 2 episodes this morning. 2mo
Tonton @kspenmoll So lucky! It‘s not on yet in Japan. Can‘t wait! 2mo
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Desert Star | Michael Connelly
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By strange coincidence (this is only the second time)I read two books in a row that share the same type of hero and theme; this time the latest Rebus and Bosch. Both grumpy lone wolves, retired, with a private code of honor that doesn‘t fit the world anymore. Both see no way out except that of going over the ultimate line. Brought back a memory of a shocking, indelible, episode of a gritty police series titled Baltimore. Same theme.

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The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2022 | John Joseph Adams, Rebecca Roanhorse
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Rebecca Roanhorse‘s selections are outstanding - all informed by the world on fire now and as the best of SF&F, imagining what the alternatives (or none)would be like. My favorites highlight human resilience and the cracks that might let the light in: The Pizza Boy by Meg Ellison, The Red Mother by Elizabeth Bear, The Cold Calculations by Aimee Ogden; and the opposite: the devastation of hope in The Future Library by Peng Shepherd.

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Our Missing Hearts | Celeste Ng
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Books I‘m starting, part 2.
Looking forward to Our Missing Hearts and Mothers, Fathers, and Others. So glorious to dither over reading order😎❣️

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Venomous Lumpsucker | Ned Beauman
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Books I‘m starting, part 1. Couldn‘t resist a title like Venomous Lumpsucker!

sarahbarnes I‘m really excited to get to Rabbit Hutch! 2mo
BarbaraBB It‘s so good! @sarahbarnes 2mo
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Last Friends | Jane Gardam
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Haven‘t posted; have been reading! Most recent the last 2 volumes (The Man in the Wooden Hat & Last Friends) of the Old Filth trilogy. Rashomon points of view of story for each volume - husband, wife, lover. Working on my pile of TBRs, not helped by adding new purchases! Making a dent, though.

Suet624 Wow! Amazing number of books! 2mo
Tonton @Suet624 I wasn‘t keeping count or anything. Just dived in this year to escape doom-scrolling; to get off Twitter; and a lot less work. Can‘t quite believe it😎❣️ 2mo
Aimeesue Jane Gardam❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
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Japanese by Spring | Ishmael Reed
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Book Depository delivery today🌟So looking forward to this satiric academia parody. Hilarity will ensue!

batsy Chappie Puttbutt 😆 3mo
Tonton @batsy yes! Almost Dickens in funny names 😂 2mo
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Gorgeous selection of short stories, all intriguing, all intelligently crafted. Excellent debut and as for me, will pick up a hardcover copy. It‘s that good.

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The Cloisters | Katy Hays
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Was in the mood for dark academia. Unreliable narrator, can see ending coming a mile away. Saving it were descriptions of NYC, the excitement of a newcomer fresh in the city, and the Cloisters itself as well as a tarot card chart appendix. Meh.

julesG Snap! 3mo
sarahbarnes Great review. 😁 3mo
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Diego Garcia: A Novel | Luke Williams, Natasha Soobramanien
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Woo hoo! Winner of World Fantasy Awards😎 Here‘sthe link to full list of nominees and winners: https://lithub.com/looking-for-a-good-bookish-escape-here-are-this-years-world-f...

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The Sympathizer | Viet Thanh Nguyen
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This will be so good to see!

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/tv/tv-news/sandra-oh-trio-joins-hbo-the-sympat... - Sandra Oh Among Trio Joining HBO‘s ‘The Sympathizer‘

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Picked this up on Halloween; very apt. Digesting each story slowly, halfway through. It‘s brutal horror via what happens to animals, insects, interactions with humans. Not for the squeamish. If you can get past the horror, much to think about connections of all living creatures on this lonely planet spinning in the dark.

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John Rebus and crimelord Gerry Cafferty have been each other‘s nemesis for decades. Both have slipped from their heyday as time and new faces have pushed them away from the center of action. Obstinate, maverick, principled and yet close to criminal Rebus advises Shiobhan Clarke on her cases under the radar as he enters the endgame with Cafferty. Final fight for both aging lions; Rebus steps over irrevocable line. Whew. Photo: Edinburgh street shot

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Have wanted to read this for a while, and absolutely inhaled it today! Ex-time travel police now head of security at the Paradox Hotel-a luxury hotel for rich and privileged time travelers. Add 4 of the richest men vying to bid for the property, ghosts, murder, time slippages, and the heroine who willfully blocks any iota of intimacy, until she breaks. #queerlitsy

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All of us have clicked and 💕photos & videos of funny or cute animals on social media. Have we given a thought to how rare, so miraculously wonderful, and how we are so dangerously close to losing them? Brilliantly written profiles of selected animals, birds, fish, insects which, for me at any rate, were eye opening; making me curious and angry at the damage we have wrought. The author makes a case for what can possibly help: to be attentive

Tonton …to love & sustain. The book “has been an asking for your attention, and for your wonder.Because so much can still be saved. Fear and fury are galvanic, but they will not suffice alone: our competent and attentive love will have to be what fuels us. For what is the finest treasure? Life. It is everything that lives, and the earth upon which they depend: narwhal, spider, pangolin, swift, faulted and shining human.” And the beautiful golden moles (edited) 3mo
Tonton …blind to their own beauty burrowing far below the surface. 3mo
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Shakespeare and Company (Paris) | Paris, France (Bookstore)
Leftcoastzen 👏👏👏 3mo
Simona Very true‼️ 3mo
Tonton @Leftcoastzen 👍🌟 3mo
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A Man Called Ove: A Novel | Fredrik Backman

New book to film adaption of A Man Called Ove but for some reason now Otto: link with trailer https://deadline.com/video/a-man-called-otto-trailer-tom-hanks/

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The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois | Honore Fanonne Jeffers
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Choices, choices for the weekend! I‘ve got a few door stoppers on my TBR, including tagged book, The Books of Jacob, and To Paradise. Help, can‘t decide which to read first!

Leftcoastzen 😻 4mo
batsy That face! ❤️ 4mo
squirrelbrain Puss looks so happy! 😻 4mo
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jlhammar What a sweet kitten! The Jeffers is fantastic. One of my favorite reads of the year. I own and am planning to tackle The Books of Jacob in early 2023 (it will be my first Tokarczuk). I loved A Little Life, but haven't tried Yanagihara's others yet. Hope you have a great reading weekend! 4mo
LeahBergen That little face!! 4mo
MicheleinPhilly OMG! 😻 4mo
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Neo-noir western that upends traditional white POV. A curse that will never be undone, love-in all it‘s forms-that will never quit, and standing in the center of roiling racism, class & ethnic divisions, white privilege, cultural clashes and naked land power grabs is the reluctant hero,Solitario Cisneros,with a samurai heart and pride tasked to solve a series of brutal killings. Prose controlled to just this side of purple. Oh yeah! -Art by Qende

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Running Girl | Simon Mason
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Garvie is a charming genius, the smartest in his school, but snarky and lazy with boredom.Chloe, the most beautiful but self-obsessed girl at school goes missing and is found dead- and Garvie finally has a challenge to solve. DI Singh, methodical and unpopular, is handed his first murder case. The relationship between Garvie and Singh is fraught- intuitive reasoning vs by the book but develops quite nicely. Garvie realizes he can‘t treat ..

Tonton …everything as a game or people as pawns to move about. Intriguing YA worth reading🌟 4mo
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Unlikely Animals | Annie Hartnett
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First encounter with magical realism was with Marquez, Allende, moving on to Toni Morrison, Murakami and Carpentier. Reviews noted magical realism elements in this story of a young woman escaping a small New Hampshire town to go to medical school but who never went to classes and returned home as her professor father was hallucinating animals and palled around wait a ghost. Emma was regarded as a healer but has lost her touch, unable to save her..

Tonton ..father or her brother recovering from opioid and heroin addiction. There‘s a Greek chorus of ghosts in the nearby cemetery, a dog named Moses , and her childhood best friend who has been missing for months. Book is magic realism lite, very cozy, and cute which is not a bad thing, just unexpected. Very funny in parts, and volumes to say on believing in people. Moses the dog does his doggy best, but who I loved most out of all the among the quirky 4mo
Tonton characters is Rasputin, the fox Emma‘s father bought for $18,000 from a fox farm in Russia. Only a few scenes but his thinking and point of view is clear and direct😂🌟💕 (edited) 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great review!! 4mo
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Cosmicomics | Italo Calvino
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“Novelists tell that piece of truth hidden at the bottom of every lie. To a psychoanalyst it is not so important whether you tell the truth or a lie because lies are as interesting, eloquent, and revealing as any claimed truth. I feel suspicious about writers who claim to tell the whole truth about themselves, about life, or about the world. I prefer to stay with the truths I find in writers who present themselves as the most bold-faced liars.”

Tonton Quote: Italo Calvino 4mo
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Why books are important in wartime; excellent article and comments. Link: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/oct/06/hope-matters-ukrainian-and-interna...

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Suspect | Scott Turow
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I read the author‘s memoir on 1st year law school, 1L, and of course Presumed Innocent, his big courtroom bestseller. Have to admit I had sort of consigned him in my mind as traditional legal drama writer, but damn, he is courageous! The world has changed, and he plunges into meeting it with a new heroine. Pinky is a former could have been an Olympic contender until she broke her back, got hooked on opioids and drugs, rehabbed and started work

Tonton …as a PI for a lawyer. She‘s brave, bi, and self aware of her faults and failings. Her grandfather is the hero of Presumed Innocent; advises her from a retirement home. Sex and power politics, murder, manipulating the web.. Turow does a great job, sometimes a bit shaky, but kudos! Can‘t wait for more Pinky💕 She‘s hot and direct in what she wants and how to go about it (solving the crime as well as emotionally.) (edited) 4mo
MicheleinPhilly 1L was the book that convinced me NOT to go to law school. ☺️ 4mo
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Ink Black Heart | Robert Galbraith
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Two minds on this overly long latest in the Cormoran Strike & Robin Ellacott series. They pass on helping a cartoonist beset with social media trolling only for the cartoonist to turn up dead. Much research evident and reflects author‘s own experience on social networks. Most of the clues lie in pages of chat room talk which frustratingly on Kindle is in tiny font size, and difficult to see much less read. Skipped masses of stuff but followed fine

Tonton So could have used a good edit. (Different issue: A little uncomfortable as I don‘t condone trolling in any way but disagree with Rowling‘s opinions on gender and trans issues.) In any event, offline IRL storyline equally frustrating as Cormoran is stuck on stultifying repeat of his feelings for Robin and vice versa. Feels like a holding action all round. Just fall into bed, you two! (edited) 4mo
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Book adaptation news. And here‘s the trailer for the Mayfair Witches: https://youtu.be/8uwIto8dn4U

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Fairy Tale | Stephen King
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1929: Baxter is a sleeping car porter, saving his tips for his dream to become a dentist. Sleep deprived, under pressure to keep his job threatened by privileged spoiled passengers, constant racism, and the absolute fear to keep his queerness undercover has him exhausted and hallucinating. The long trip across Canada is made longer with the train stalling…absolutely brilliant. Exhausted just reading his travails. Photo: 20th Century Liner.

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Years | Annie Ernaux
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Star!🌟🌟🌟
Annie Ernaux has won the Nobel Prize for Literature!

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/oct/06/annie-ernaux-wins-the-2022-nobel-p...

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Rainy Tokyo afternoon just turned fabulous with delivery of this book from the #BookDepository! It‘s the illustrated hardback edition and I‘m so happy; I read it way back when in separate volumes and was just blown away. Looking forward to re-reading. 🌟😎💕

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Well this has to be one of the best beginnings of a book on thermodynamics😂

julesG 🤣🤣🤣 4mo
BarbaraJean Never before have the words “Now it is our turn” felt so ominous. (edited) 4mo
Tonton @BarbaraJean 😂😎 4mo
Tonton “Perhaps it would be wise to approach the subject cautiously…” 4mo
BarbaraJean @Tonton Yes, caution indeed! 😁 4mo
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Even Greater Mistakes: Stories | Charlie Jane Anders
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Great collection of funny, exhilarating and sometimes uneven (a couple of a bit too earnest) SF short stories - visions of hope during dark times. The Bookstore at the End of America and Rock Manning Goes for Broke were particular favorites for me. Best of all was Clover: which the author notes is a quasi-sequel to All the Birds in the Sky, answering the question “What happened to Berkley the cat?” 😂 🌟😂

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The October Country | Ray Bradbury
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Annual ritual every fall on 10/1: read The October Country.

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The author was a producer and this story takes a long hard look on the imbalance of power and at herself and the complicity It took to realize her ambition, sliding step by incremental step. I work freelance in the industry; every woman has experienced this, at some point. Brave and revealing. Photo: black cat casting call for a horror film decades ago.

jlhammar Love that photo!! 4mo
LeahBergen What a great photo! 4mo
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Cathythoughts All the skirts ! I was trying to remember recently if I ever saw my favourite aunt wearing pants , I don‘t think she ever did . 4mo
Tonton @Simona Stage moms 4mo
Tonton @Cathythoughts You needed to brave to wear slacks back then, I think. 4mo
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