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Little Women and Werewolves | Louisa May Alcott, Porter Grand
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#7days7covers. Thank you @arubabookwoman and @Lcsmcat for tagging me.

Lcsmcat Pretty! 3d
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"...fights break out between municipal and state police officers over who gets to rob a group of migrants." Heartbreaking

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#nwc #novelwatchingcrew I enjoy a good frenemy story. Reading how the four held hands to keep from sliding down mud touched my Maleficent cold heart.

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For the life of me I can't understand Wolfe's purpose in writing a man's death as he gruesomely did in ch 29. The history of America was weaved through the fabrication of his death. It was very disturbing. #wolferead

Lcsmcat I know he died of Tuberculosis, but this whole book makes me think he struggled with mental illness. Maybe writing about this death the way he did was a way of exorcising his demons? 4d
Butterfinger @Lcsmcat mental illness would explain the different writing styles. He jumps from describing people's personalities by detailing how they wake up in the morning to talking to the reader and explaining in a weird way that is just hard to understand. I think he was so intellectually gifted, I'm left with wondering what it is I'm reading. He is affecting me; I'm not even making sense. 4d
Lcsmcat @Butterfinger 😂 There is some gorgeous writing in there, but sometimes I wish someone had stolen his thesaurus! Why use 1 adjective when 5 or 6 will do. 🤣 4d
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Up to ch 31 #wolferead. Reading the part how Libya Hill was affected by the Depression really shook me. I don't know why. I've always known NC was affected too. I think this week I am going to research Asheville during the Depression. It also reminded me of Its a Wonderful Life - except the Building Trust is run by unscrupulous men and the blind judge (Mr. Potter) may be who saves the town through evil, cruel ways.

Lcsmcat Playing catch-up. I didn‘t have much reading time this past week. Maybe your research will let me catch up to you. 😀 But if not, I‘d still like to hear what you learn. 4d
Butterfinger @Lcsmcat I hope I didn't spoil it too much. 4d
Lcsmcat @Butterfinger I don‘t believe in spoilers, especially with classics. We usually “know” the story before we read it. But the writing we can‘t get from reviews etc. And that‘s what I read for. So no worries. 😀 4d
Lcsmcat I just watched Genius, the 2016 movie about Wolfe and his editor Maxwell Perkins. It‘s worth the hour and 45 minutes, if you‘re interested. 4d
Butterfinger Thanks for letting me know @Lcsmcat 4d
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The Healing Hills | Ruth Kyser
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1. Set in Cade's Cove, Tennessee ♥️
2. Thunderstorms need to leave because it is almost time for our Bigfoot Festival. 50,000 people are expected in our little town.
3. Didn't have one. I had a blind date who took me to the library. On our second, he took me to Barnes and Noble. Been married for 19 years.
4. 2 daughters, 2 cats, 3 dogs, 2 geckos, and a guinea pig.
5. Thank you @AkashaVampie for the tag.

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Thank you so much @CBee. What a lovely surprise in my email. 💜

CBee @Butterfinger I have no idea why I didn‘t see this until now! Glad you received it and I hope you enjoy it ♥️ 1w
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I enjoyed the parts that portrayed how Vanuatu Islanders entwined their belief system with Christianity. Very interesting. I disliked how Montgomery insisted that the beliefs were fictitious. He was insistent that the Islanders prove their black magic worked.

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I feel like I have gotten a go-ahead. First goal - knit like a fury for Christmas. If successful, I'll really start in earnest.

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"For a moment they saw a talking dog...then it switched to a pair of twins who were nothing alike (one was boyish and athletic and the other was sort of a diva, and they both sort of looked like Mal, except with yellow hair..."

I about died. This must mean Disney had already put Dove Cameron in the role before Isle of the Lost was written.

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#wolferead Finished Book 2. When the firemen flooded the basement, did the water kill the 500 people who were on the sub? Did the union start the fire just to kill the 2 elevator men who didn't go to the meeting? What does everyone else think?

Lcsmcat I think the trains were greatly delayed, but no one was killed. It‘s the two elevator operators who died. But we‘ll see, won‘t we. 2w
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I'm not done. Did Wolfe write this way to show the rich deserved to fall? Should we not have pity? And Edith declares she is a Socialist because she is a worker. Surely, Wolfe meant to show how insulting that would be to true workers, right? If this is autobiographical, I don't think he cared about keeping friends. Now, I'm done.

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#wolferead Up to ch 18 - I have so many thoughts about the party. Wolfe was very clever to remind readers that the Crash would happen shortly after the party. As I read about the characters - Amy, Hirsch, Piggy Logan, I get a sick feeling. Who will survive? Even the crazy scene of Piggy - is it meant to show that they didn't care where their money went? Decadence. Is it true that the rich would invite gay as entertainment -how degrading.

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#wolferead Ch 10- I am making a prediction. While reading this chapter how Mr. Jack enjoys his indulgent life, I get the feeling he will fall greatly in the Stock Market Crash that Wolfe very neatly referred.

Lcsmcat I think that is a safe prediction! 2w
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Doa Barbara: A Novel | Rmulo Gallegos, Robert Malloy
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In the mood for a western? How about a western set in the Amazon? Wow! It was so weird having alligators eat roaming bronchos and monkeys overhead. If you watched The Man who Killed Liberty Valance, you would see certain similarities.1-fighting for the right to fence 2-a lawyer who wants to fight with justice, not violence 3-a friend who kills, but lets the lawyer have the fame 4-menacing villain (but a woman) Differ -native superstitious fetishes

Texreader Haven‘t thought about that movie in years and I love the song! Stuck in my head now... 2w
Butterfinger @Texreader I'm a huge Jimmy Stewart fan and I kept going back to how much it was like the movie. It just seemed too similar to be coincidental. I'm going to get out my copy tonight and make my girls watch it with me to see if the book is mentioned in the credits. 2w
Texreader @Butterfinger John Wayne and Jimmy Stewart in a movie together. It was amazing. 2w
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#wolferead Ch 6-7 Aunt Maw's funeral and real estate - I've known so many people like Mrs. Flood. Nosy, knows everything about everyone. I hate how he found about his father wanting his mom buried in his plot and his uncle exhuming her because of a stupid grudge. What is with Appalachia and grudges (Hatfield and McCoy)? How awful would it be to hear such a sordid tale about his mother's exhuming? Nosy people can also be rude.

Lcsmcat What about bringing up “the scandal” during the eulogy! No wonder he wanted to leave! 2w
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#wolferead

Ch 5 I dislike the judge immensely. I'm torn over Wolfe's feelings. He clearly thinks people are being used, but he still uses racist words. It makes me think of my childhood. My parents acted like it was a regular word and then say they weren't racist. I know it's the period and the society, at this time, deemed it okay, but it is not okay. I hope the Judge won't be a major character, but I have a feeling he is.

Lcsmcat Did you see him as a prophetic voice at all? The trope of the blind seer? 2w
Butterfinger @Lcsmcat Maybe, the judge did ask George if he thought he could go home again and then said, "don't forget I tried to warn you." At the time and during his aunt's funeral, George was thinking how Libya Hill's changes might be what the judge was alluding to. It is not just the city who changes, but his family, his friends, even his past. Good question. 2w
Butterfinger @Lcsmcat I had to ask my husband about the trope question. I think the judge is similar to Hauser- they both know how fortunes can change on a dime. I like how the other people on the train we're terrified of the judge as "his blind eyes saw straight through them." 2w
Lcsmcat @Butterfinger That quote is part of why I thought he might be a prophetic voice. 2w
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"Their souls we're like the visages of city streets." Ch 4 #wolferead

I liked how Wolfe described NYC's workers. Delivery drivers.

"Each day they faced the perils of the streets with hearts as calm as if they were alone upon a country road."

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#nwc #novelwatchingcrew @AkashaVampie @asyouwish great challenge questions.

CHALLENGE 4 book or movie?

Right now, movie, but I'm really enjoying the book.

Is this what you mean - do a different question from each of the challenges every week?

AkashaVampie How we did it was part 1 was the first week, part 2 was the second week.... and so on. But this is your first time. It's fine. I like your answers btw. I am sorry if i didn't explain it well. I will make sure next time to do that! haha 3w
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#nwc #novelwatchingcrew @AkashaVampie @AsYouWish I am having a blast with your questions.

CHALLENGE 3 poem

Jocular
Acquisitioner 😋
Youth - Makes me wish I was 15 again.

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#nwc #novelwatchingcrew @AkashaVampie @asyouwish thanks for the questions.

CHALLENGE 2 best hair.

I'm in love with Evie's blue/black locks.

AkashaVampie Evie does have some rockin' hair!!! 3w
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#NovelWatchingCrew #nwc @AkashaVampie @AsYouWish great challenges!

CHALLENGE 1 I'm a huge fan of Cameron Boyce. He was my daughter's first crush and his image and voice instantly came to me when he first talked to Evie. You will be missed. RIP.

AkashaVampie Awww! I have watched him on a few things. I was shocked to hear that he died. I believe he was only 20 yrs old. I watched an interview recently for the 3rd movie about the actors and the director talking about Cameron. They said he was the most kindest young man that would light up the room when he walked into it. 3w
AkashaVampie The director also said that he had to make them do dance moves over and over because every time they did it, he would only be watching Cameron because he was that good and a bright star! So so sad. I love the movies but its hard to watch them now that he has passed away. 3w
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#nwc I had to Google Madam Mim. So ashamed; I should have known that.

AkashaVampie Thats ok sweetie! I didn't remember her either! 3w
LibrarianRyan My FAV character! 2w
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I liked how Wolfe showed a young author's insecurities about meeting a publisher for the first time. The book is like a child, already perfect.

But I don't understand Hauser. Why would he go back and forth - not worth publishing then a work of genius? What made him less inclined to share your honest opinion.

Katamoto was such a delightful character. "Trampling." I wish there was more. What was the purpose of this chapter?

Lcsmcat I felt Hauser‘s saying it wasn‘t publishable was more a judgement on the publishing industry and the type of books they approved of than a jugement on Webber‘s book. 3w
Lcsmcat I wonder too if Katamoto‘s importance will be made clear later, or if he was just a bit of color. 3w
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Piecing Me Together | Rene Watson
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Please read this beautiful book. Renee Watson did such a great job showing how a young girl of color changes from a quiet person, who lets events happen, to a powerful woman who MAKES her own opportunities. Just powerful!!

IvoryLunatic I loved this book so much when I found it. 3w
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Cringe worthy or brilliant? Webber compares his love affair to Esther to Goethe's drunken man on horseback - reeling, but going somewhere. They are clearly not suited and he wants to keep his bachelor pad to himself, but is happy. ??? Is Esther equally happy? I think she is a cougar and he likes pursuing an older, richer woman.

This book will force us to think. #wolferead @Lcsmcat

Lcsmcat Indeed! There‘s a lot in these first 50 pages that wouldn‘t fly today. 3w
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I've been wanting to visit Wolfe's home for awhile now. I think I will after I finish reading. I never knew that he was so well known that he was read by Hemingway and Faulkner. I thought it was funny that in the introduction, Gail Godwin wrote it is natural to go back and forth liking and not liking (my words) and I find it to be true. I find I'm cringing then appreciating. #wolferead @Lcsmcat

Lcsmcat He was very well known, and Look Homeward Angel angered the people of Asheville so much that he “couldn‘t go home again.” 3w
Butterfinger I know that feeling. I think the native people of western NC are still that way. Easily offended and will hold petty grudges. I live one county east of Buncombe and was raised three counties over. 3w
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Lcsmcat @Butterfinger I know! I grew up in Greensboro and they didn‘t teach his work in the schools as late as the 70s. So where do you live now? I‘m in Wake County. 3w
Butterfinger @Lcsmcat McDowell. My plan is to read about 150 pages a week, but post only 1or 2 chapters a day. And there is a lot that takes me to a time of ugly racist memories. 3w
Lcsmcat @Butterfinger That‘s such a pretty part of the state! There is a lot that wouldn‘t fly now, and you have to take him as of his time. But he‘s also an equal opportunity offender. So far he‘s insulted Jews, Greeks, Italians, Irish, Japanese, African Americans, women, and probably others that I‘ve left out! 3w
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Piecing Me Together | Rene Watson

I wonder how a people's culture, a people's history, becomes a mascot.

I have always wondered too.

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#PopSugar2019 49/50 Journey... (Choose your own adventure), Little Men (reread of fave)
#ReadHarder2019 21/24 LumberJanes (comic by LGBTQ creator)
#AroundtheWorld 19/52 Homegoing (Ghana), Passion... (Cuba), People... (Bosnia and Herzegovina).

Not a good month for reading, but a smooth start to a new school year. Knock on wood.

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I have my copy. When and how do we start @Lcsmcat I didn't know it was a chunkster. 😊

Lcsmcat We can start this weekend if you like. I‘m envisioning something casual. No schedule of how many chapters each week or anything. Just post your insights, questions, eye-rolls, quotes, or whatever catches your attention . 😀 3w
Lcsmcat Let‘s use the hashtag #WolfeRead to mark our posts so we can find them. 3w
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I really want to like this book. I have too many grievances against it though. It jumps back and forth between first and third point of view and I don't see the reason why the author would jump between Carmela's perspective and then a narrator's. It is set during a time period that I have not read or studied - how Fidel Castro became the Communist leader and I really, really want to like this book because of that fact alone.

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@BeckyB thank you and your precious T. for making my little girl's day. Those tabs are adorable and she wanted to share with every family member. I'm ashamed to say I coveted them and was happy she offered some to me. LOL! Thank you. #bookmarkswap @LibrarianRyan

BeckyB Did you just get them?! They were supposed to arrive by the 14th. But regardless, we‘re so happy she liked them! 💕 1mo
Butterfinger @BeckyB they arrived today, but we weren't worried. 1mo
BeckyB I‘m so sorry! 🤦‍♀️ 1mo
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Cinfhen What a cutie!!! 1mo
Butterfinger @BeckyB it is fine. Thank you so much. 1mo
Butterfinger @Cinfhen thanks. She is a mess. I was too old to have one so energetic. 1mo
LibrarianRyan Yeahhhh 1mo
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Skipping Christmas | John Grisham
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Just a nice fun romp. Movie is just as good.

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I'm in the middle of library checkouts. I finished my last book and I haven't requested my new haul. Why do I feel this way when I have 1000s of books (most are children's books), almost 200 not read. I think I'll reread John Grisham's Skipping Christmas or Passion According to Carmela on my Kindle. Choices. Choices.

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A Fine Balance | Rohinton Mistry
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I spent several months reading this book. Slowly, because of a goodreads forum and I didn't want to jump ahead of everyone and accidentally leave spoilers.

Dina, Ishvar, Om, and Maneck became close to me. Almost similar to watching your favorite couple on a soap opera. I cried with them (and there was a lot of sadness), I laughed with them, I feared for them. And to have it end the way it did - WWHHYYY?
So much violence for those in poverty.

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@Robothugs @IndoorDame @Sunraven thank you all for my wonderful bookmarks. You went above and beyond my expectations. Thank you @LibrarianRyan for putting this together. I was one who never needed a bookmark till this swap. Another collection for me.

Robothugs Glad you like them!!! 1mo
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IndoorDame Glad you like them!!💕 1mo
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I've always wondered how the international Red Cross overlooked the concentration camps. According to Balson, Theresienstadt was the cover-up whenever a nation wanted to investigate. His books are always so informative and he finds ways to connect obscure facts to today's times.

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The Summer Garden: A Novel | Paullina Simons
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I love, love, love this trilogy. Yes, it is a love story, but neither one is perfect. They fought, they both had stubborn pride, but they loved each other through so much. On the minus - there was a lot of pornography.

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Bud, Not Buddy | Christopher Paul Curtis
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I was nominated on Facebook to do 7 days of my favorite books. On my last day, I posted my favorite to read out loud to my classes. I had several students, who are now in their 20s and 30s reply about how much they loved this book in my class. I start my 20th year tomorrow and I think I needed that validation of doing something right. #teachersoflitsy

Peddler410 Happy 20th year! Tomorrow starts my 20th year as a middle school librarian. Kids come Wednesday. 1mo
Peddler410 And....this book is fantastic! 1mo
Butterfinger @Peddler410 I hope you have a fantastic year. 1mo
LiterRohde Here‘s to twenty years. Mine too. Kids start tomorrow. 1mo
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Participated in my library's reading program and won a gift card. #supprtyourlibrary

Will use for my classroom.

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The Summer Garden: A Novel | Paullina Simons
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Aahh! The finale of the most wonderful heart-stopping trilogy. Leave me alone for the next few days. 1 to read. 1 to reread favorite parts over and over again. And 1 to savor in my dreams (night and day).

TheSpineView Loved the first two. I have the 3rd and just have never gotten around to reading it.📚📚📚 1mo
LapReader I hope they turn it into a movie one day. 1mo
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The Swap | Megan Shull

Received some goodies from @IndoorDame and @Robothugs . Thank you both so much. #bookmarkswap @LibrarianRyan

I cannot wait to open.

LibrarianRyan Yeahhhh 1mo
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IndoorDame Yay! Glad it arrived safely! 1mo
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Butterfinger @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego @Lexeegee @i-am-papercrane I always get so nervous. I mailed your swaps this week. It isn't much. There is a small one in case you have a small child (choking hazard). Happy Reading!! 1mo
i-am-papercrane @Butterfinger I haven‘t been home yet, but I look forward to getting it! Thanks so much! 1mo
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People of the Book | Geraldine Brooks
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Intertwined themes of cultures impacting each other, of the present interpreting he past, of the past dictating the future. A sacred Hebrew book, created by a 15 c Muslim slave, survives the Diaspora, the Inquisition, and wars. Muslims, Christians, and Jews all have cared for this art piece, protecting it with their lives. Brooks has taken minute details such as a wine stain to create the most amazing stories. The 1 negative - I CAN'T SEE THE MAP.

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People of the Book | Geraldine Brooks

"It was here to test us, to see if there were people who could see that what united us was more than what divided us. That to be a human being matters more than to be a Jew or a Muslim, Catholic or Orthodox."

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People of the Book | Geraldine Brooks

"I'm a bookworm; not a diplomat, not a spook. And certainly not some kind of commando Ms. Fix-It for Israel."

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People of the Book | Geraldine Brooks

"For her, my double-honors degrees in chemistry and ancient Near Eastern languages might as well have been a used Kleenex."

I love this book. My daughter wanted to be a paleontologist since 4th grade. Until this year, when she had honors chemistry. I think I finally found a career that I could live precariously through her. Ancient book restoration. How cool!!!!

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Swaps | Sherree DeCovny
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Been mailed. Thanks @LibrarianRyan #bookmarkswap

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People of the Book | Geraldine Brooks
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Can't wait to start. Reminds me of The Weight of Ink which I enjoyed.

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It amazes me how Berendt can choose a city with a mystery and become acquaintances and friends with the most interesting people who are natives to that particular city. Not Savannah, but Venice. Not a murder, but an arson. Not voodoo, but centuries old architecture slowly being drowned by rising water. Both cities have the same mistrust of outsiders and a fantastic personality. Where will you take us next?

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These Old Shades | Georgette Heyer
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I enjoyed the story, but the evident discrimination from the time and age of publication left a bad taste.