Thursday, December 20, 2018

Books from the Backlog #39


Books from the Backlog is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf unread.  If you are anything like me, you might be surprised by some of the unread books hiding in your stacks.

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This week's neglected book

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

Publication Date: September 30, 2008
Publisher: Random House Trade
At times stern, at other times patient, at times perceptive, at other times in sad denial, Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher, deplores the changes in her little town of Crosby, Maine, and in the world at large, but she doesn’t always recognize the changes in those around her: a lounge musician haunted by a past romance; a former student who has lost the will to live; Olive’s own adult child, who feels tyrannized by her irrational sensitivities; and her husband, Henry, who finds his loyalty to his marriage both a blessing and a curse.

As the townspeople grapple with their problems, mild and dire, Olive is brought to a deeper understanding of herself and her life–sometimes painfully, but always with ruthless honesty. Olive Kitteridge offers profound insights into the human condition–its conflicts, its tragedies and joys, and the endurance it requires.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12972591-swan-song

Why did I add Olive Kitteridge to my bookshelf?

I am featuring a book that I don't remember buying once again.  I loved Elizabeth Strout's I am Lucy Barton so I am sure that I would have snatched this one up as soon as I saw it at a book fair or discount retailer but I have no memory of the event.  I do think that it sounds really good and hope to pick it up soon now that I know that there is a copy hanging out on my bookshelf.

What are your thoughts? Have you read this book?  Would you recommend it to others?






20 comments:

  1. This sounds wonderful! I added it to Goodreads. 👍✨

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  2. Hope you enjoy it if you decide to read it!

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  3. I haven't read from this author, this book sounds wonderful. Another book to add to my list. I hope you enjoy it when you do read it.

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  4. I liked I am Lucy Barton and the short story collection that followed and have been meaning to read this one. I hope you read it soon so I can see your thoughts on it!

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    1. I am Lucy Barton was a wonderful book so I am looking forward to this one.

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  5. So I don't own this one. Hope you get to make time for it soon.

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  6. If I had a buck for every time I picked up a book from my shelf and couldn't remember how it got there... or a book I added because I loved a different book by the author. :)

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    1. It is amazing how many books I have collected over the years.

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  7. Hmm. I hope you like it. It's classified as literary fiction which I don't read very often. Anne - Books of My Heart

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    1. I don't read a lot of literary fiction but it is nice every once in a while.

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  8. I think I dnfed it...or the movie?

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  9. I have so many books I've bought and then just let languish on my kindle. I should take part in this. Hope you get to this book soon. Sounds like an interesting slice of life. Can't wait to hear what you think, Carole.

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    1. I tend to buy books and then forget about them. I am trying to work on that which is one of the reasons I started doing these posts.

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  10. I know this title but I don't know how I know it because I know nothing about the book xD Maybe I saw it in passing on a blog or something, or an adaption of this book has been done? Sometimes we just completely forget about books and then we have no idea how they ended up on our shelves xD

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    1. It can be such a surprise to really take a close look at your bookshelves.

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