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brennahawleycraig

brennahawleycraig

Joined September 2016

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I haven‘t stayed up this late reading in a while...at least since early in my pregnancy, which at this point was a year ago. I honestly haven‘t had the brain space for this type of book lately, but this one is fabulous. Honestly, I get scared to read books by people I am aware of as something other than authors in case the book sucks (7-year Pop Culture Happy Hour-listener). This book was incredible. I would stay up this late again to read it.

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The Way of All Flesh | Ambrose Parry
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Highly enjoyed this historical murder mystery, especially after reading that of the two authors, one studied medical history and the premise was based on face. In Edinburgh, a “man midwife” studies with a famous doctor and realizes that someone in town is murdering pregnant women, usually prostitutes. I‘m excited for the next book! Otis is too, although you can‘t tell it. #dogsoflitsy

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Julian Is a Mermaid | Jessica Love
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Really excited for this read we got at our local indie bookstore. It‘s not too early to let our boys know they can be themselves, no matter who that is. Also, our bookstore is donating 10% of sales to RAICES this weekend. It was another excellent reason to shop there!

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The Austen Playbook | Lucy Parker
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The books I finished tonight. It‘s always nice finding notes at the beginning of books that remind you they were a gift from your aunt and uncle for your fourth birthday (Berenstain Bears, obviously). I enjoyed this romance more than most books I‘ve ready lately. Give this one a go; my favorite in the series. #romantsy

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The best book mail day!! I‘m so excited for more @EloisaJames and you can‘t go wrong with another historical mystery and book by one of my favorite podcasters Linda Holmes! #catsoflitsy

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Death in Kew Gardens | Jennifer Ashley
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Evening reading looks a little different than it used to. Also, that‘s the face of a dog who stole a piece of cake off the counter (with the help of a cat, we suspect) but knows we don‘t know yet. #dogsoflitsy

Tanisha_A That some solid pairing to pull a cake heist. 😀 2mo
Ericalambbrown So cute! And @Tanisha_A That‘s too funny! 😂😂😂 2mo
brennahawleycraig @Tanisha_A I know! It‘s the only solution we can come up with because it was too much for just the cat to eat. 2mo
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Hollywood Homicide | Kellye Garrett
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This wasn‘t for me. The main character made some pretty ridiculous leaps of logic, and I‘m not into celebrity like these characters are. Too bad; I‘m needing another good mystery. Any suggestions?

DogEaredBooks I really love the tagged book. And it‘s a series (edited) 2mo
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Another series I adore! This is a fun historical murder mystery featuring a lady and her maid, both former spies. I get a kick out of everyone, and this book was no different! I couldn‘t put it down.

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I 💚 this series! Alyssa Cole brings all kind of representation to romance and still keeps it fun. I love revisiting the characters from previous books too! Already ready for the next one! #romantsy

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Lion in the Valley | Elizabeth Peters
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My own Lion in the Valley wasn‘t too keen on sitting still to pose, but I figure this will do. I‘m really enjoying this series as I still seem in the pattern I had during pregnancy of reading historical murder mysteries and romance novels. Twin infants suck up a lot of time! 😹 Been working on this one for a while. Love Peabody, Emerson and Ramses as usual. #catsoflitsy

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Little Miss Scary (UK) | Roger Hargreaves
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I may have twin boys, but I definitely preordered these books once I saw they were a thing. I love me some Spice Girls and the boys will be exposed to some classic ‘90s pop girl power too!

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Making Up | Lucy Parker
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Really enjoying this romance series! My brain is far less inclined to read complex books now that I have two infants but books like this really hit the spot after a long day. Need to track down the next one! #romantsy

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Mehso-so

I did not love this book. YA can be smart and intriguing, and although I did finish, I found this to be neither. I want to go watch the Netflix movie again, which might be one of the only times I‘ve ever said the movie is better than the book!

swishandflick Agreed! I thought the movie was fantastic. 3mo
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Hippopposites | Janik Coat
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The *best* kid book Costco buy! These are incredible.

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The twins have officially heard their first Harry Potter book! Rereading them out loud is a great time, and these illustrated versions are beautiful. We get other audience members occasionally too! 😹 #catsoflitsy

mklong That is so sweet! Love those illustrated versions. 5mo
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The Lost Man | Jane Harper
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Finished the new Jane Harper today with the two little ones nearby. It‘s not in the same series as her other two but is just as intriguing. She makes the Australian Outback come alive. This story was great.

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First order of business being new parents to twins: reading Harry Potter out loud every night!

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The Proposal | Jasmine Guillory
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Mehso-so

This is my first non-ebook of the year, because I gave birth to our twins on December 26 and frankly, my hands are usually full. A lot of my reading time right now is in the middle of the night, when kindle reading on my phone is easier! I will take what I can get. This book was so-so but the kind of fluff I wanted right now.

TrishB Well done on getting any reading in 👍🏻 6mo
Wife Congratulations on the babies! Please post pics when you have a moment. 🌹 6mo
mabell Congratulations! 🎊🎉 6mo
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brennahawleycraig @mabell thank you! 6mo
brennahawleycraig @Wife thank you! We are actually keeping pictures of them off social media but I promise they‘re adorable 😊 6mo
Wife Totally understand. Enjoy them. They grow so fast. 🌹 6mo
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I‘ve been struggling with a lot of the rhetoric around pregnancy and what the expectations are versus how I feel (generally, like a human Petri dish). This book was a great read for facts around the experience but also a commentary on how some of those expectations are just silly. Definitely recommended even if you haven‘t been pregnant in ages or never plan to be.

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A Perilous Undertaking | Deanna Raybourn
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The second book in a historical murder mystery series I‘m really loving! I love the banter between the main character, Veronica, who is quite the abnormal woman for the Victorian era, and her companion Stoker. Admittedly, the huge number of Agatha Christies I‘ve read taught me how to guess whodunit, but I did not enjoy it any less for that! Onto the third!

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This. Book. Was. Awesome. I listened to it on audiobook and will definitely be getting a hard copy. Such a fascinating true crime that delves into such a strange world - fly tying with beautiful (and often illegal) feathers. The only thing I missed by listening was the photos I presume are in the hard copy of the birds. My googling tells me they‘re all beautiful!

LauraBeth I want to read this! 8mo
brennahawleycraig @LauraBeth it‘s been on my list for ages. Soooo worth it!! 8mo
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A Gentleman's Murder | Christopher Huang
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Sally refused to look at the camera for this 😹 Just finished this historical murder mystery and found it highly enjoyable. Somehow most of my books lately have been murders based around WWI, which I know very little about. This one had a really interesting take on shell shock, as it was known then.

Louise Have you read the Maisie Dobbs series by Jacqueline Winspear? The time period spans WWI and WWII, and they are excellent mystery/crime novels! (edited) 8mo
brennahawleycraig @Louise I‘ve read the first two!! The third is waiting on my nightstand. She‘s a lot of fun! 8mo
Louise Yes! I‘d love to meet Maisie for tea and a long walk! 💕 8mo
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I‘d had this on my TBR for a while, and when browsing amazon for kindle deals found it was $2.99. Soooo worth it! It filled my craving for a historical murder mystery, but also was charming and witty. Loved it, ready for the next!!

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Lord of the Rings | J R R Tolkein
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The latest addition to our book-themed nursery is this wonderful decal we found on Etsy. Originally it had Narnia, but I had them sub in the 100 Acre Wood and I love it! We also did some doctoring of the height to make it better fit the space. But I‘m totally in love 😍

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Chilling Adventures of Sabrina | Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
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Been wanting to read this for a while. Seems fitting to start it on a chilly October day with a snuggly black cat.

AmyG I got this for my Hocus Pocus swap! 9mo
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This book is BONKERS. It reads like a thriller and is so uncomfortable at moments that you can only be infinitely grateful that Theranos was finally exposed. The amount of reporting in it is astounding as well. For real, go read this ASAP!

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Green Eggs and Ham | Scholastic Inc.
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Had my first baby shower yesterday at work and these were all part of the haul! I love that people were up for buying me books, and the classics weren‘t even on the registry! They know me so well. These twins already have an awesome library 😍

Lovesbooks87 That's awesome! So many great books! 📚💜📚💜📚💜 (edited) 10mo
mabell What terrific collection! 10mo
BookNAround ❤️❤️ I bought each of my children all the big award winners from the year of their birth (children‘s books as well as adult books) and wrote them each a note to go with their books. I figured it was a way to combine my big lives, my babies and books. 😁 10mo
brennahawleycraig @BookNAround oh my goodness, what a wonderful idea!! I‘m due right around the turn of the year, so I may have to wait to buy, but I definitely want to do this!! I‘m fairly certain I need another bookshelf in there 🙈 10mo
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Berenstain Bears Go to the Doctor | Stan Berenstain, Jan Berenstain
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I‘ve been hitting up our local used bookstore, our local indie and Abebooks.com to stock up on some classics. So excited in particular to add to my own childhood Clifford and Berenstain Bears collections for our kiddos!

SamHeartCoffee The Berenstain Bears! 10mo
tracey38 Oh I loved the Berenstain Bears. 10mo
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Lethal White | Robert Galbraith
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Here I go!

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The Late Show | Michael Connelly
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Mehso-so

My first Michael Connelly. Didn‘t love it, didn‘t hate it. I‘m thick into mysteries right now and this *sort of* scratched the itch.

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We are knee-deep in second trimester house projects while I still have energy. We got some nursery painting done this weekend, but we‘ve moved on to the bookshelves. So many of these are my childhood copies of favorites. I‘m so excited to get to read those with my kids! And also have already figured out additional book storage 😂

Tanisha_A Looks amazing! 😍 10mo
Tanisha_A And, congratulations! 😀 10mo
Bookartbookmarks Looks so great! Congrats that is so wonderful 10mo
mklong What a lucky kid! 10mo
mabell That looks terrific! I love those shelves! 10mo
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Early Riser | Jasper Fforde
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Thank goodness for Book Depository, when Goodreads teases a new book from one of your favorite authors only for you to find that release date was not for the U.S.! I probably won‘t get to it immediately, but it‘s read when I am!

Ericalambbrown I just read The Eyre Affair and loved it! It was my first of his - I can‘t wait to read more! 11mo
brennahawleycraig @Ericalambbrown I‘ve only read that one of that series but am excited to read more! Shades of Grey is weird and amazing, but I started on his fairy tale series and loved it. 11mo
Ericalambbrown @brennahawleycraig I will definitely need to check into those! 11mo
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emtobiasz I was so upset when I realized that release date was UK only... I may have to do the same thing! 11mo
brennahawleycraig @emtobiasz and the US date is sooo far away!! I just couldn‘t wait for that 😂 11mo
smilingshelves I didn't realize it was the UK release date. 🙁 Looks like I'll be placing a Book Depository order tonight! 11mo
brennahawleycraig @smilingshelves yeah, I‘ve seen this happen on goodreads emails with some other book before! They need to fix that because it‘s such a downer when you realize it. 11mo
meltedsquirrel I just received my copy from book depository too. Couldn't wait for it to come out into the US. That's just ludicrous. 11mo
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Read this historical murder mystery in a recommendation from a friend. I loved the banter between the lady and her maid and actually laughed out loud a few times! Excited for the next couple books to arrive.

robinb Just picked this one up...been meaning to, thanks for the reminder. 😊 11mo
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Pinnochio | Carlo Collodi
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Finally got my collection of antique books out at the new house (I had temporarily misplaced them and our current project of organizing the unfinished portion of the basement helped me find them 🙈). Some came from my grandma via her stepdad‘s first wife, circa 1910s. Others we got from my husband‘s relative who died and nobody wanted the books. Obviously I did!!

Mdargusch Beautiful vignette! Glad you found them. 11mo
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Look what came today!!!! I‘m so ready!! Even for people who don‘t read comics, I recommend this series. Think Indiana Jones but female set in 1800s Turkey. She. Is. The. Best. #bookhaul

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Birds of a Feather: A Novel | Jacqueline Winspear
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Jumping into my second Maisie Dobbs book on a break from cleaning the unfinished portion of my basement. My husband is building the shelves and I‘m making sure we need all the stuff! But my back aches from pregnancy, so Cosmo is providing moral support while I rest.

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As usual, adored this book from @EloisaJames about the Wilde family. They‘re so endearing and as usual, the woman is fierce and spunky. These books are always such a lovely escape. #romantsy

EloisaJames Thank you!!! 😘😘 12mo
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Sea Witch | Sarah Henning
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My #bookhaul from Tuesday, complete with blurry cat. I‘m soooo excited to dig into some romances this weekend! And Sea Witch was written by one of my coworkers, so that will be up soon too! #newrelease #catsoflitsy

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Maisie Dobbs: A Novel | Jacqueline Winspear
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My Sunday reading with Otis to keep me company. I haven‘t been reading very much 😣 pregnancy often leaves me too tied. I was jonesing for a historical fiction mystery and this is definitely fitting the bill. I see a series in my future! #dogsoflitsy

RestlessFickleBookHoarder Pregnancy creates a whole new level of tired. Gorgeous blanket and precious pup! 12mo
brennahawleycraig @RestlessFickleBookHoarder it‘s like nothing I‘ve ever experienced! I literally never pick tv over reading but I just can‘t help it sometimes! Otis is very supportive 😂 and my aunt made the blanket. I ❤️ it!! 12mo
BookishMe Your post reminds me to continue with the series ;D 12mo
Briget66 ❤️ that blanket! 12mo
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Feminist Baby | Loryn Brantz
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Just got home from vacation and got to unwrap my Prime Day #bookhaul. A coworker‘s kids love Elephant and Piggy books, so went for that a bit. Excited about them all!

Palimpsest My two year old son loves Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site so it‘s one we read often! 😊 12mo
brennahawleycraig @Palimpsest that‘s awesome!! I hadn‘t heard much about it but it looked fun, so I went for it! 12mo
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Vacation cross stitch progress while watching Charade. This will eventually be Hogwarts for the nursery!

rather_be_reading awwww awesome! 👓⚡ 12mo
Eggs Beautiful 12mo
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Really enjoying this middle grade series so much. Finished on our flights today but this is my reading view for most of this week 😍

tracey38 Absolutely gorgeous view! 12mo
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Twins: A Novel | Marcy Dermansky
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It wouldn‘t feel right without posting my bookish-looking announcement here. My husband and I are adding to our story...we are pregnant with twins!! So what better way than to represent that with some of our favorite stories??

BookishMe WOW! Double Congratulations 🎊 ❣️❣️🎊 12mo
LeahBergen Aaaaahhh!!! Congratulations!! ❤️❤️❤️ 12mo
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rubyslippersreads Congratulations on the new Littens! ❤️ 12mo
umbrellagirl Congratulations on your little readers 💙 12mo
Wife Congratulations!🍼🍼 12mo
BrittanyReads CONGRATS!!! 👶🏼👶🏼 12mo
LiteraryinLititz Congratulations!!! 12mo
megt Congratulations! 12mo
candority Congratulations! 12mo
Tanisha_A Congratulations! 12mo
Eggs Congratulations 🎈🎉👶👶 12mo
KGlibrarian Congratulations!🎉 12mo
Amanda.T Congratulations!! 🎉💕 12mo
smilingshelves Congratulations! And I love your announcement! 12mo
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Fablehaven | Brandon Mull, Brandon Dorman
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Finished this book today. It‘s been a while since I read a new YA/middle grade book (not sure which this is considered?) and enjoyed it so thoroughly. I love me some fairy tale-based stories, so I plan to read the rest of the series!

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Spinning Silver | Naomi Novik
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I‘m. So. Excited. #BOTM

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Scandal Above Stairs | Jennifer Ashley
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Monday night reads with my buddy (who is scared of the booms of the early fireworks). Does it still count as an ARC if I only start it one day before the actual book is released?! 😂🙈 #dogsoflitsy

rubyslippersreads Sometimes I don't start mine till the books have been out for months. The guilt is killing me. 😕 13mo
brennahawleycraig @rubyslippersreads yes!! I really wanted to read this but life got in the way. 13mo
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Undead Girl Gang | Lily Anderson
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Current Friday library read. It‘s a little silly, but describe anything as at all adjacent to Veronica Mars and I‘m in!

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Mehso-so

I didn‘t love this book as much as everyone else. We picked it for my work book club and to me it was just meh. Otis is illustrating this feeling for me. #dogsoflitsy

Aimeesue Doggos do "Meh" so well. ? 13mo
tracey38 He's doing a good job! 13mo
Amanda.T I just finished this one a few days ago. I liked it fine, but it just didn‘t live up to the hype for me. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 13mo
brennahawleycraig @Amanda.T exactly! I don‘t get where the super high Goodreads rating came from. I wonder if it was one of those books that was really popular with book clubs and that shot the rating up. 13mo
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When you take the dust jacket off a hardcover and find this gem.

LauraBeth Wow! Beautiful! 13mo
tracey38 What a great surprise! Love when I find these gems under the covers. 😉 13mo
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I‘m usually fairly skeptical of memoirs, but in the words of @Liberty holy cats this was good! There are two stories going on at once here: Alan‘s abusive father claiming to not be his biological father, and Alan‘s journey to finding out how his grandfather died on Who Do You Think You Are. Fascinating, honest and poignant. I will be buying a hard copy of this right now!

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