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cateeoh

Joined July 2019

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Three Women by Lisa Taddeo
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The Gunners: A Novel | Rebecca Kauffman
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I found this story so moving. Six friends finding their way. Desperately sad and hopeful at the same time, this is the kind of book that seems to breathe love, which is just the best kind. Reminded me a little of The Immortalists, which I also loved, but maybe even liked this one more. Rich, round characters and great dialogue.

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Unsheltered: A Novel | Barbara Kingsolver
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Totally get that folks found this one tedious. It‘s painfully pedantic at times & the protagonist frankly drove me nuts. But there‘s a whole feminist scientist theme going on that was fab, plus I‘ve gotta “pick” it just for the Jersey locale!

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My Ex-Life | Stephen McCauley
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Just closed the last page but wishing there were a few more. An enjoyable read- laugh-out-loud lines plus characters who get more complex as the story unfolds. At first I wasn‘t sure McCauley could write women, and I‘m still not a total fan of the generalized mother-whore tendencies, but the protagonist is interesting and the plot makes for a good summer book. Language that‘s a bit too quippy at the start makes way for insights later.

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A Ladder to the Sky | John Boyne
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Loved this book! A twisty turny tangled delight.

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Our Animal Friends at Maple Hill Farm | Alice Provensen, Martin Provensen
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Haven‘t seen many kids‘ books reviews ‘round these parts, but this book still makes me both weep and laugh out loud- now reading to the kiddos. Gotta love a Gooseberry.

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State of Wonder | Ann Patchett
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Can‘t hold a candle to Bel Canto (not much can) but a darn good read.

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I would quote the entirety of these pages if I could. Extraordinary. My hands-down favorite book of the last few years.

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In the lifetime top 10.

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Lincoln in the Bardo | George Saunders
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This book is wild. While it took a good half of it to actually get what was going on, by the time it struck me - I hit the rhythm; got walloped by the characters - I was shaken. I went back to the beginning and reread a huge chunk, then read slower and slower to the end. Incredible.

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Manhattan Beach: A Novel | Jennifer Egan
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My favorite book last year. I‘m waiting until I forget enough so I can read it again. The writing is so rich with detail of the period, and the protagonist is so, so endearing. Illicit trade, scuba diving, feminism, love... What‘s not to love?! (OK maybe just a tad long...but still worth every word)

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Ask Again, Yes: A Novel | Mary Beth Keane
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Trigger warnings. From alcoholism to guns to abuse to mental illness, this book is deep and dark. Still, the love that runs through it makes it well worth the trip.

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There There: A novel | Tommy Orange
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My god, what a devastating and yet gorgeous book. First of all, Tommy Orange: you‘re brilliant. Second, this should be required reading.

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Flight Portfolio | Julie Orringer
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Don‘t let the length scare you! After 50 or so pages to get into the characters, I found this to be such a smooth and compelling read. A beautiful fictionalized take on real people. Complex morality, with (seldom told) story emphasis on the LGBTQ experience during the WWII era. Totally recommend.

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Picked this book up after walking by the cover many times in a train station, thinking the cover seemed too silly. Ended up buying it and reading cover to cover in one night! What a beautiful book with marvelous characters. The second half was extraordinary. Then, my favorite kind of ending- the kind you read more and more slowly so that last page won‘t yet come.