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Twocougs

Twocougs

Joined May 2016

Lover of beautiful prose and big, fat books📚
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A Maigret Christmas | Georges Simenon
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Short Christmas stories in Paris with Inspector Maigret (well one of the stories). Enjoyable 🎄

LeahBergen Oh, I‘ve been wanting to read this one! 3d
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The Fell | SARAH. MOSS
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I enjoy every book Sarah Miss writes. This one is intense. You feel the characters fear and pain. And so relevant in our pandemic times.

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So beautiful. This feels like some of Elif‘s pain from not being able to return to Turkey comes alive in this story. Such a 💔 story of humans and the hurt we cause each other. I must admit though my favorite character was the fig tree😊

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Light for the World to See | Kwame Alexander
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I needed some Kwame tonight. He never disappoints.

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Burntcoat: A Novel | Sarah Hall
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Stunning! To be able to write this beautifully! It‘s a story of family, art, love an an unnamed pandemic. Sarah Hall deserves all the accolades she receives.

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What a fascinating story about a father and his son (& then his son) in China. Art really does play an important role in societies. Definitely worth reading!

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Felicity: Poems | Mary Oliver
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Lovely, so lovely.🥰

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Hemingway in Love | A.E. Hotchner
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I‘d like to think Hemingway would have loved that the world knows this story now. How lucky to have known Papa as Hotchner did. I simply adored this memoir🥰

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The Memoirs of Stockholm Sven | Nathaniel Ian Miller
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I can‘t remember where I heard about this book but thank you source! I loved this story because you never knew what would happen next. Fantastic characters and well written. Definitely a winner!!!

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Bewilderment | Richard Powers
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So I got the tears to finally stop. Stunning 😍. Richard Powers is a master storyteller. A father, a son, the universe and a what really matters… omg this was beautiful.

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Matrix | Lauren Groff
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Greatly enjoyed Marie, the strong, passionate, female protagonists. An English abbey during the Middle Ages, what‘s not to like 😉

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The Museum of Rain | Dave Eggers
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What a charming short story about a family reunion🥰

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The Mad Women's Ball | Victoria Mas
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Wonderful gothic story though maddening at the treatment of women in the past. I always enjoy a book in translation, especially French ones.

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Cloud Cuckoo Land | Anthony Doerr
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This is a masterpiece of storytelling. It‘s not for everyone but it‘s worth every beautiful moment I spent reading it. I do wish I could write like Doerr.

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I like Sally Rooney‘s writing and was excited about this one. It started strong, got a little bogged down but recovered beautifully by the end. Definitely worth a read.

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There‘s was lots to like but it felt like a slog getting through it.

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Such a brave woman. This is an important story that both painful yet powerful. It‘s a tough read, reading of not only her rape but the after effects.

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A Separation: A Novel | Katie Kitamura
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An interesting premise, a separated husband goes missing in Greece and his estranged wife goes to find him. Complicated. Well written.

Pruzy Have you read intimacies? 3mo
Twocougs @Pruzy yes. I enjoy her writing style and stories! 3mo
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I‘m a firm believer that often a book finds you when you need it. My stress and anxiety about modern life, drifted away during this so beautifully human story (yes there is a robot but it‘s‘ wonderfully human).

Soubhiville Yes! I loved this little book, it‘s so sweet. 3mo
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The Outrun | Amy Liptrot
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So honest. A story of finding yourself at “home” among nature. Now I want to go to the Orkney Island!

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The Paper Palace: A Novel | Miranda Cowley Heller
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A page turner it definitely is. Great writing! Disturbing in parts. Overall a good read but the ending…

BookBosomed1 I just finished this. The ending…😳🤨 4mo
Desha I just finished it last week...in my review I had to mention...the ending! 🤪🤨 4mo
Tiffiney I just finished this one. I was left confused by the ending... 4mo
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All's Well | Mona Awad
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I wanted to love this but it was just too trippy for me, which makes me sad because I love anything that brings in Shakespeare.

Taylor If possible, please read my book, “Economic Despair,” which brings in Shakespeare. Sorry for dropping an ad in your comments! https://www.amazon.com/Economic-Despair-Taylor-Napolsky/dp/B09FS59236/ref=sr_1_5... 1mo
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Letter from Paris to Aine. Between the hand drawn pictures and the letters I was in love🥰

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Just what I needed, deep and philosophical but open and authentic. Poems, essays and writing by such a stellar human.

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The World of Rosamunde Pilcher | Rosamunde Pilcher
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I have been missing reading her books. Oh how I wish she had written more. She‘s my got to writer when I need something gentle and real. I love the women she wrote. I always feel closer to my mother (she‘s been gone 15years), when I read Rosamunde Pilcher.

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Three O'Clock in the Morning | Gianrico Carofiglio
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Wow wow wow 🤩. The story, the writing 🥰. A father and son find themselves in Marseille for 48hours. With nothing to do they manage to “find each other”. What a beautiful story.

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Not my usually genre but enjoyed very much, even though my heart was breaking all over the place. As a society, how can we not protect our kids better?

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This is the first Oulipo novel I‘ve ever read. The writer used 11 different stylist forms🤯. The translator is a queen! It follows the lives of French mathematicians during the first and second world wars. Emotionally powerful

Kangaj1 One of my favorite books! 4mo
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Assembly | Natasha Brown
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Injustice, colonialism, race, misogyny. Stunning and profound writing. Please, please write more novels!

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Sorrow and Bliss | Meg Mason
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This book.. my 💔 broke and gave me hope. It‘s funny and desperate and made me love Martha as I wanted to yell at her. This is a unique twist and you should read it.

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Northern Light | Kazim Ali
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This book is important and powerful, along with being beautifully written. Kazim is a child of Indian immigrants, born in London but grew up in Canada and the US. When he started school his father worked for Manitoba Power putting in a dam and they lived in a tiny town of Jenpeg (created for the workers and their families). He returns to the unseeded tribal land and sees what has happened to the indigenous people that still live there.

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Intimacies | Katie Kitamura
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Beautifully written book! The characterization was superb, I felt like I was in the protagonist‘s head the entire story. This is a story of power, morality and virtue. Wow!

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Meet Me at the Museum | Anne Youngson
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Such a lovely epistolary story. Gentle and kind. Tina mad Anders story is tender and charming.

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The Birth House | Ami McKay
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Lovely story about women, their struggles and rights in Nova Scotia in the early 20th century. Love these characters.

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Happening | Annie Ernaux
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Profound translation of Annie Ernaux‘s experience of being 23 and having an illegal abortion in 1963, in France. Her fear but determination abounds. Worth a read for sure.

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The Narrowboat Summer | Anne Youngson
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What an utterly charming book! I am ready to quit my job, and move to England to live on a narrowboat.

janeycanuck I felt the same! 5mo
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Madam | Phoebe Wynne
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Girls boarding school in Scotland for the elite of Britain. Preparing young women for their ultimate job, serving their husbands (🤬😡🤬). Upsetting. A pretty good first novel for Phoebe Wynne.

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Finding the Mother Tree | Suzanne Simard
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Such an amazing book. I love the memoir mixed in with her Science.

janeycanuck What a lovely backdrop for reading! 5mo
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The Sunlight Pilgrims | Jenni Fagan
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Beautiful writing! I‘ve had this since came out in 2016 but just got around to it. Interesting premise and characters. The climax Elias a touch disappointing but that‘s only because I liked the characters so much.

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Widowland | C J Carey
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A terrifying alternative history from WWII. Britain is a protectorate of Germany. Reads like a thriller.

DimeryRene Great cover! 6mo
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What a lovely memoir. So honest and brave. I feel like a better person for hearing her story and as I meet someone like Katherine, I understand better, can be kind and understanding.

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Resistance | Val McDermid
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You‘d think I‘d learn, reading a dystopian story, during a global pandemic…this one is good. This time it‘s not a virus though. Worth reading when not already worrying about the health of the earth‘s population.

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I a kind book and decided to reread the Midnight Library🥰

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Interesting take on a memoir. Megan has lead a very different life than your typical Ivy Leaguer. I must say I was especially fascinated by her relationship with her mom. Glad I finally read it.

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A Year Without a Name | Cyrus Grace Dunham
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A bit messy, much like I imagine the experience was for Cyrus. Honest but complicated. Pretty courageous to tell your “becoming” story.

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Dreamland | Rosa Rankin-Gee
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Maybe not the best time for me to be reading dystopian novels, especially this one that is not that far fetched. Climate change, poverty, relocation, violence, drugs. Well written but 💔. Definitely a great read.

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Climate change, have we lost it the battle? What acts, small and large should we do? How else can we think about it. I didn‘t agree with him on everything but it‘s certainly thought provoking.

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What a gem of a story. Historical facts about the making of the Oxford English Dictionaries woven in with a charming protagonist. Couldn‘t put it down.

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The Favour | Laura Vaughan
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Couldn‘t put it down. Intriguing story, well written, with some plot twists you don‘t see coming. Bravo

Cinfhen Intriguing cover 😍 7mo
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Unsettled Ground | Claire Fuller
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Greatly enjoyed another on the Shortlist. Claire Fuller never disappoints. I have to admit, I still have so many questions though.

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