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lahousewyfe

lahousewyfe

Joined April 2018

"We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect." - Anais Nin http://www.labourgeois.biz
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The Broken Girls | Simone St James
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Looking for a spooky thrill ride? I found this book full of shivers as I followed the dueling stories of a quartet of troubled girls in the fifties and a female journalist in 2014 as she investigates her sister's murder. All of this happens with the continual presence of the ghost of Mary Hand. Don't let her in.

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The House Next Door | Anne Rivers Siddons
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A couple watches a beautiful house bring built next door, not knowing what horrors lie within. The slow burn of this book slipped into my mind and will stay with me for a while. Not scary or spooky, but definitely horror.

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How to Do Nothing | Jenny Odell
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After reading this book - skimming it, really- I feel like I need to delve so much more deeply into it. It's not a quick read. It's dense, and written with an intelligent and curious reader in mind. Learning to pay attention in different ways, to direct your attention with purpose, these activities take time and quiet and determination. I think part of next year will be dedicated to more study of attention placement.

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Stolen Things | R. H. Herron
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This book starts with a 911 dispatcher getting a call from her daughter. "Mama. Help me." And then zooms it's way to the end. I could barely put it down. Thrilling with twists and turns I didn't see coming. Loved it!

Gissy I have it!👏I need to read it as soon as I finish the one I'm reading! 1mo
lahousewyfe @Gissy This book moves so fast, it seriously will only take you a few moments to read. I think I clocked it in about 4 hours. 1mo
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Ah! Such a great book. If you are a coach, pick this up! It's my new go-to for inspiration and guidance as I start my career as a creativity & business coach.

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Louise Penny's latest takes Chief Inspector Ganache back into the eye of the storm. A tale of the legacy of abuse and the toll it takes on everyone involved. Plus, a trip to the most glorious little community of Three Pines - who doesn't want to live there?

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The Broken Kingdoms | N. K. Jemisin
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Another great piece of storytelling by a master. Oree Shoth's story weaves its way through this novel of magic, demons, godlings, gods and humans. We get brief glances of the new goddess Yeine, who stole my heart in the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms. Loved it!

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How to Be an Antiracist | Ibram X. Kendi
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This book. If you are interested in deepening your understanding of racial issues, this book is necessary reading. It is easy to understand though challenging to read as it pushes against all barriers. It changed the way I view myself, my interactions with others, and my world. I now continue my journey to being Antiracist.

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How to Be an Antiracist | Ibram X. Kendi
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Reading "How to Be an Antiracist" by Ibram X. Kendi and found this. THIS is what I mean when I rail against injustice and racism and why I am taking the time to study race in our country. I'm sorry it took me so long to come around. I'm sorry that it took my own self-interest to make it happen.

I forgive myself for taking so long. I rejoice that I am here now. And I know I have a long way to go.❤️

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Caroline, a young and gifted fashion designer, finds herself without a career and with a dear friend's children. She moves back home and rebuilds her life, inspired to help other women affected by domestic abuse. Along the way, she rediscovers her love for home and an old friendship waiting to be rekindled. I couldn't read it fast enough. (Took the book back to the library, so I thought I'd show off a little of my design skills.)

SassyBookworm Love the pumpkin hat!!! 🎃 2mo
lahousewyfe @SassyBookworm Thanks! It's my own pattern. I'm making them for a few children of Craftsmen in the woodshop where I work. 2mo
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Big Sky | Kate Atkinson
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Kate Atkinson's detective Jackson Brodie's latest adventure left me laughing and gasping at the twists and turns. Marvelously entertaining and very satisfying read. (I got this one done just under the wire as it's due back today!)

kspenmoll Great review! 2mo
lahousewyfe @kspenmoll It's a great book! 2mo
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Weekend reading! Balancing the serious with fluff.

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Magic for Liars | Sarah Gailey
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Asiago gives this book a solid five cuddles, and I can't disagree. A fun read that doesn't shy away from hard truths while embracing fantasy and magic. This murder mystery is placed in a high school for mages, and the school recruits a non-magic private eye to investigate. With her sister teaching there, she is forced to confront family drama while trying to solve the murder. I loved it.

rretzler 😻 3mo
BooknerdsLife This book sounds great!!! 👍🏼 putting it on my TBR 🙌🏼📚 3mo
kspenmoll Sounds like fun! 2mo
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A re-read as I'm finally getting to the rest of the series. Fantastic book with such depth. I'm glad I decided to go for it because I would have been lost!

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Art Matters | Neil Gaiman
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This quick read electrified me! I loved this picture book for adults! A manifesto for art and artists and those dream of being artists and everyone with an imagination, by which I mean everyone! I plan on reading it over and over and over again - especially since it only takes a few minutes.

Sorry about all the exclamation points.

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Damn Straight | Elizabeth Sims
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I'm on a bit of a queer crime streak, and this novel fit right in. Quite a quick and fun read with just enough depth to make me feel like I read something a bit more important. Takes place at the Dinah Shore golf tournament, where Lillian Byrd (and her bunny) investigate strange happenings and Lillian enjoys the company of a top golfer. Fun!

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City of Girls | Elizabeth Gilbert
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Elizabeth Gilbert has given a gift to the world in this beautiful ocean of a novel. The gorgeous froth hides an unexpected depth which touched the very center of my being. Thoroughly enjoyable from beginning to end, I will hold this reading experience in my heart for the rest of my life. I am smiling through the tears and can barely bear to finish it. Read this book as quickly as you can get your hands on it.

jillrhudy I‘ve heard good things! 4mo
lahousewyfe @jillrhudy Good things are all you'll hear from me. It's an absolute celebration of women! 4mo
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City of Girls | Elizabeth Gilbert
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This is what happens when you get your hold set at the library as soon as the book publication is announced! I don't think anyone has even read it yet!

This is why it pays to stalk - I mean follow- your favorite authors on social media.

Woohoo! Reading weekend starts now!

StayCurious I‘m about to start this myself 4mo
RaimeyGallant Sweet! 4mo
laurenslibrary I love when this happens! 4mo
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Timeless | Gail Carriger
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Another super fun trek through the universe of Victorian society with werewolves, vampires and other super natural beings. Sorry to be done with this five book series. Thanks to Gail Carriger for a magnificent romp! I look forward to reading more of her writing.

BookaholicNatty I adored these books so much!!! I was sad they came to an end too but there are a few other series she wrote as well I‘m looking forward to reading about Prudence 4mo
lahousewyfe @BookaholicNatty I saw there was a series about Prudence. I'm excited to read that as well. 4mo
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The Best Bad Things: A Novel | Katrina Carrasco
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This book is bonkers in the absolute best way! A badass woman leads you through this thrilling, sexy adventure. She takes no gender except as a character, and holds her own as she travels in each skin. Her sexuality cannot be pinpointed, and her sexual cravings are varied. Very, very violent - fitting for this person who lives for the fight and the plan and the sex. Loved it like crazy!

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The Best Bad Things: A Novel | Katrina Carrasco
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Reading and watching tennis while everyone else sleeps in on this Saturday morning. I think the cats are accepting Mack now. Yay!

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Just had to share my new little book buddy, Mack! We adopted him yesterday and we're already in love! He is still finding his new name, but we're beginning to settle on Prince Mack Nugget Mini-Cappy Bourgeois-Reineke of the Appalachians (per my friend's naming convention).

kadath He's adorable! 😍 5mo
SarahHarts_books He is adorable!!! He looks like he will make a very loveable, cuddly reading buddy! You both are lucky to have found eachother!!! 😍💖 5mo
DivineDiana How sweet! ❤️ 5mo
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rretzler Awww! 5mo
Lindy He does look like a Prince. 💖 5mo
JoScho Adorable and yay for adopt don‘t shop!!! Rescue dogs are the best! 5mo
UwannaPublishme 😍😍😍 5mo
nu-bibliophile I love that face😍😘 5mo
lahousewyfe @UwannaPublishme @nu-bibliophile Thank you!! We love him! 5mo
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Shakespeare's Landlord | Charlaine Harris
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Entertaining and exciting with a kick-ass housecleaner as the heroine. I think I've found a new series!

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I've been using this book to guide us out of debt and so far, it's working! I think the only way it wouldn't is if I just ignored it. Yay! Empowering to find a way out of this financial mess.

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"If you don't have anything nice to say, say something not-so-nice in a nice way." ??? Too true! I giggled my way through this book of essays, occasionally stopping to make my wife listen to me read one. We quickly started a ritual of "the reading of the Southern Lady Code" each evening. Fun!

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Squeeeee! Thanks, Dark Horse Comics, for the giveaway! I haven't read a comic book in forever. Time to get ready for the new movie!

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Heartless | Gail Carriger
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These books reliably send me on a romp through a fun alternate universe! Such great fun all the way through. No spoilers, but watch out for the cutest little puppy ever!

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Woohoo!!!!!!

TheSpineView Congrats! 6mo
BridgetteM Congrats! 🎉 6mo
lahousewyfe @TheSpineView @BridgetteM @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Thank you! I am excited and waiting as patiently as possible. I rarely win things like this. 6mo
UwannaPublishme 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 6mo
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"As Marina Gorbis, executive director of the Institute of the Future, puts it, 'Productivity is for machines.'"

Yes!!!! I'm learning so much in every page of this book, but this sentence most affected me this morning. Human beings are not machines to be used up and thrown out when our bodies can't keep up with demand. Our minds and experiences matter. And why use up and break down our bodies too soon with mindless tasks when a machine can do it?

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The Frozen Thames | Helen Humphreys
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Perfect reading for the beginning of spring! Lyrically soft illustrations accompany Helen Humphreys' gorgeous prose in this book of short meditations on the Thames as it froze over the ages. My soul is filled with inspiration!

TrishB Loved this one too ❤️ 7mo
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The Frozen Thames | Helen Humphreys
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"Perhaps this is the nature of ice, that it is an illusion. Perhaps ice is merely a form of faith. Step onto the water. Believe that it will hold you up, that you may walk safely across it, that it is strong enough to carry you - and it will."

An astounding statement and one that made my bones rattle in the truth of it.

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The Silver Chair | C. S. Lewis
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I'm starting to do "chair" book reviews for our blog at work (I work for a chairmaker). Any recommendations? I'm qualifying any book with "Chair" in the title and books about chairs in significant ways - but they definitely don't have to be nonfiction.

Also, I read the tagged book many times (big CS Lewis fan). Soooooo good.

mreads Only book on my TBR with chair in the title 7mo
lahousewyfe @mreads Just requested it at the library. Thanks!!! 7mo
Kaye Chair on the cover ? 7mo
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lahousewyfe @kaye Nice one! Yes, chair on the cover works. I'm being quite ridiculous about the whole thing. 7mo
Kaye As long as you‘re having fun , read whatever you want ! 7mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Immediately thought of this! It‘s in my TBR 7mo
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The Wordy Shipmates | Sarah Vowell
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I love Sarah Vowell but this one was a bit of a slog - which is why it took me since November to finish it! I'm glad I did though. The ending was worth the slog through Puritan facts.

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The Vanishing Stair | Maureen Johnson
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A second riveting mystery in the Truly Devious series. Another book is on the way, but I can barely wait! This adventure gets better as each book progresses.

Slajaunie Loved it! 7mo
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The Frozen Thames | Helen Humphreys
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"Anyone could have told her that if you stop doing the thing you love, it will kill you."

Feeling this today as I am contemplating my future. What do I do that would kill me if I stopped? Writing, as that joyous work, that hard slog to put piles of words on paper and construct beautiful words from them - that action keeps me filled with joy. It is my service to the world and to myself.

What would kill you if you stopped doing it?

C.Perone Reading. As it is, I tend to get into a funk if I don't have something to read (which should, theoretically be impossible with a TBR shelf of 150 books 🤦‍♀️😂) 7mo
lahousewyfe @C.Perone Absolutely! And I feel you on the TBR shelf. 🤣🤣🤣 7mo
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This book was a true pleasure to read! Simply a pile of wonderful lyricism which transported me into the extraordinary ordinary of our existance. Mary Oliver makes me want to get back out into the woods and become a trancendetalist! She's added Emerson and Whitman to my reading list. Truly an essayist and poet to be savored. Again, I'm sad that no more will be coming from her, but happy my journey within her work has just begun!

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Stopped by the library. My hold came in! Plus, bonus Ty photobomb! #dogsoflitsy

RadicalReader Adorable puppy 7mo
lahousewyfe @RadicalReader Thanks! She's a scamp! 7mo
Tanisha_A Ty is so cute 7mo
lahousewyfe @Tanisha_A Thank you! She's a good buddy. 7mo
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"How could they possibly be strangers?" Too true, Mary Oliver. You are my friend, even though we never met. #poetrymatters

DivineDiana I love this! ❤️ 7mo
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Blameless | Gail Carriger
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@minkyb - I'm afraid I might give you a run for your money on boring! 😂😂

1. Nothing. With luck, I won't even get out of my pjs.
2. Meeting my wife.
3. See above!
4. Harriet Tubman - she's such a badass!
5. @nu-bibliophile #FRIYAYINTRO @TheSpineView

TheSpineView I would love stay in my jammies all day Saturday or Sunday! No going to happen... sigh...😋 7mo
lahousewyfe @TheSpineView I'm realistically hoping for half of Sunday. 😂😂 7mo
minkyb PJ‘s are the best! 7mo
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After a night filled with the wind blowing, this morning delivers the promise of a warm spring day.

I'm reading Upstream, a collection of essays by Mary Oliver. In it she says, "Attention is the beginning of devotion."

Time to attend to this sun. Definitely a walk with Ty today.

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Blameless | Gail Carriger
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Terribly fun romp! I love these little adventures. This one took me to France and Italy, meeting more scientists and even Templars. Wheeeeee!

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Transcription | Kate Atkinson
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I ran through a thick rainstorm for this book, and I'm not sure it was worth it. Could be I'm just not in the mood for a slow-paced spy novel. Maybe I've read too many in a row. I'm glad I finished it. The prose was poetic and alluring but the plot just didn't move well. Plus, a touch of the unreliable narrator and that device is a pet peeve of mine.

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1. Sitting with my mother early in the morning and smelling her coffee. I was reading (duh!). I still love the smell of coffee but never could stand the taste. 2. One younger brother. 3. Joined last year in the spring or summer - Is it wrong that I can't remember? 5. @Amiable @nu-bibliophile

Thanks for asking, @minkyb !

Amiable Thanks for the tag! Is it still okay for me to do this even if I missed Wednesday? 😬 8mo
lahousewyfe @Amiable I think so. I did it on Wednesday. How about a Happy Friday get to know you? 😍 8mo
minkyb I also like the smell of coffee but do not drink it. Yucky. Love tea! 8mo
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The Paragon Hotel | Lyndsay Faye
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I wished this book would never end! This rollicking good time (which continually reminded me of The Miss Fisher murder mystery series) carried me back and forth across the country from New York's criminal underbelly to Portland's racist hidden history. I wish I could read an entire series about Nobody! 5⭐!

minkyb My daughter has my copy. Now I want it back! 8mo
lahousewyfe @minkyb Get it! Such a fun read. 8mo
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One of my favorite authors writing about the heroic women pilots of Russia during WWII. I love learning about these women but the writing style always gets a bit choppy. I think it's because of the language in the translations, but I could be wrong. However, this book was inspiring and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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I definitely felt this way with some of my college texts (I'm looking at you, Physical Anthropolgy!). 🤣🤣🤣

Reviewsbylola Omg I know those feels! 8mo
Jerdencon Sarah's Key, The Book Thief, Me Before You 8mo
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Knitting from the Top | Barbara G. Walker
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Knitted using the recipe in the tagged book, this rainbow cardi will brighten up this rainy, rainy week! I designed this one myself and, with the tendonitis battle, it took me seven months to knit. I'm a little in love. Can you tell?

Stacy_31 Beautiful work!! ❤️❤️ 8mo
Bklover Beautiful!!!! I am so impressed! 8mo
Jas16 I love it! 8mo
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glitterkitty459 👏👏💕 love it!! 8mo
Tanisha_A That's so pretty. I love sleeves like that! ♥️😍 8mo
TheSpineView Pretty!❤ 8mo
CarolynM Beautiful! I wish I could knit as evenly as that! (edited) 8mo
lahousewyfe @CarolynM Thank you! Those even stitches took hours and hours. 8mo
Erofan 👍👌 7mo
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The Paragon Hotel | Lyndsay Faye
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"Can't talk music with a stranger and agree on so much and not end up chummy, that's science."

True of books, too! Happy Valentine's Day, my book chums!

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Pam Jenoff caught me in her web of stories. I'm addicted to these kinds of tales about women taking action in WWII. This story is told through the eyes of three women - one working in France as a spy, one in London leading the spies, and one in New York trying to discover the truth. Fascinating. If you liked this book, check out Elizabeth Wein's WWII novels and The Alice Network.

Reecaspieces Such a fantastic read 8mo
Reecaspieces If you like this book check out Light Over London. It talks about Gunner Girls! (edited) 8mo
lahousewyfe @Reecaspieces Stacked! Excellent! 8mo
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The Frozen Thames | Helen Humphreys
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My sweet wife gifted me with three (!) Books by Helen Humphreys for my birthday. What a fabulous woman!

She just said, "I want to feed your literary soul."

Yep. I chose well.

Now, I just have to be an adult about those books I got from the library.

Lindy Helen Humphreys 💜 8mo
lahousewyfe @Lindy I know! 8mo
RadicalReader @lahousewyfe no better present than beloved beautiful books 8mo
lahousewyfe @RadicalReader Absolutely! 8mo
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