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Old 12-17-2019, 10:44 AM
 
Location: Northern California
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I am about half way through "Lilac girls" I am finding it a bit depressing tbh. I am not sure if I will finish it, this time around.
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Old 12-17-2019, 12:27 PM
 
Location: By the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea
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Been reading Linda Ronstadt's autobiography Simple Dreams. Pretty interesting, especially for anyone with an interest in music who grew up during that era.
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Old 12-17-2019, 12:36 PM
 
Location: CA
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I just looked these up. One is from early childhood and the other picks up where that one leaves off - when she leaves her family as a teen, for a modeling career.

They both look interesting but I need to put these off till I catch up on about five books!
And I just finished another bio a little similar, Hippie Woman Wild by Carol Schlanger. Account of real commune living in the early 70's. Quite a tale, wonderfully written. She has a great style.
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Old 12-17-2019, 10:14 PM
 
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Just finished The After Party, by Anton DiSclafani.
It was an odd story about 2 women growing up in Houston in the '50s. One woman pretty much devoted her life to the other woman, who ignored her most of the time. I was frustrated with the woman who lived her life through her friend's life. The ending was sad and strange.
I would not recommend it.

I read this one several months ago. Completely agree - strange and sad. The only redeeming factor was some delicious descriptions of late 1950s fashion and decor. Other than that... nothing worth reading.
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Old 12-18-2019, 07:10 AM
 
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Just finished "Stay with Me" by Ayobami Adebayo https://www.amazon.com/Stay-Me-novel.../dp/0451494601

Excellent book that I finished in 2 days. This was a 4.5 star read for me. This book was 260 pages.
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Old 12-18-2019, 11:56 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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I recently became aware of a sequel to 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff. It's about her trip to London for the release of the Charing Cross book, and is called The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street. I'll start that tonight if I'm not too tired.

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Old 12-19-2019, 11:10 AM
 
Location: NYC
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Starting White Houses by Amy Bloom. It's a historical fiction novel about Eleanor Roosevelt's "relationship" with Lorena Hickok.
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Old 12-20-2019, 11:49 AM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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I read Rodin's Debutante by Ward Just. I'm partial to the succinct style of novels written by journalists. An article in the NYT about the author's life reminded how much I enjoyed the book. I ordered two more from my library.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/20/b...gtype=Homepage
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Old 12-21-2019, 01:49 PM
 
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I am about half way through "Lilac girls" I am finding it a bit depressing tbh. I am not sure if I will finish it, this time around.
I remember liking that book, but it's been a while since I read it.
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Old 12-22-2019, 02:20 AM
 
Location: Pacific Northwest
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Starting White Houses by Amy Bloom. It's a historical fiction novel about Eleanor Roosevelt's "relationship" with Lorena Hickok.
Can you do a follow up on this book, curious to hear feedback.

The Poppy Wife, just became available from the library,will begin the story later this evening.
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