It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #SundayPost #SundaySalon

 

Linking to: It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? at BookDate; Sunday Post @ Caffeinated Reviewer; and the Sunday Salon @ ReaderBuzz

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Life…

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After another week of illness -not CoVid but the flu, with all the aches, fever and vertigo courtesy of whatever new strain is floating around. Still I had plans for today to start catching up in earnest. Then while going to pick up my youngest from a friends house early this morning I was rear-ended, and now I’m a bit sore and shaken. Posting this might be all I can manage today.

Let’s hope tomorrow is better.

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What I’ve Read Since I last Posted…

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Dirt Town by Hayley Scrivenor

The Guncle by Steven Rowley

Madwoman by Louisa Treger

Someone Else’s Child by Kylie Orr

Nothing But The Truth by the Secret Barrister

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What I’m Reading This Week…

 

By the acclaimed author of Welcome To Nowhere River comes a heart-warming and uplifting story about a remarkable group of women who discover they are all capable of incredible things – if they’re strong enough, and angry enough, to take up the cause.

Once in a while, everyone needs to be heard.

Freycinet Barnes has built herself the perfect existence. With beautiful children, a successful husband and a well-ordered schedule, it’s a life so full she simply doesn’t fit.

When she steps outside her calendar and is accidentally thrown into the generous bosom of the West Moonah Women’s Choir, she finds music, laughter, friendship and a humming wellspring of rage. With the ready acceptance of the colourful choristers, Frey learns that voices can move mountains, fury can be kind and life can do with a bit of ruining.

Together, Frey and the choir sing their anger, they breathe it in and stitch it up, belt it out and spin it into a fierce, driving beat that will kick the system square in the balls, and possibly demolish them all.

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Two teens. Two diaries. Two social panics. One incredible fraud.

In 1971, Go Ask Alice reinvented the young adult genre with a blistering portrayal of sex, psychosis, and teenage self-destruction. The supposed diary of a middle-class addict, Go Ask Alice terrified adults and cemented LSD’s fearsome reputation, fueling support for the War on Drugs. Five million copies later, Go Ask Alice remains a divisive bestseller, outraging censors and earning new fans, all of them drawn by the book’s mythic premise: A Real Diary, by Anonymous.

But Alice was only the beginning.

In 1979, another diary rattled the culture, setting the stage for a national meltdown. The posthumous memoir of an alleged teenage Satanist, Jay’s Journal merged with a frightening new crisis—adolescent suicide—to create a literal witch hunt, shattering countless lives and poisoning whole communities.

In reality, Go Ask Alice and Jay’s Journal came from the same dark place: Beatrice Sparks, a serial con artist who betrayed a grieving family, stole a dead boy’s memory, and lied her way to the National Book Awards.

Unmask Alice: LSD, Satanic Panic, and the Imposter Behind the World’s Most Notorious Diaries is a true story of contagious deception. It stretches from Hollywood to Quantico, and passes through a tiny patch of Utah nicknamed “the fraud capital of America.” It’s the story of a doomed romance and a vengeful celebrity. Of a lazy press and a public mob. Of two suicidal teenagers, and their exploitation by a literary vampire.

Unmask Alice . . . where truth is stranger than nonfiction.

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Money can’t buy happiness… but it can buy a decent fake.

Ava Wong has always played it safe. As a strait-laced, rule-abiding Chinese American lawyer with a successful surgeon as a husband, a young son, and a beautiful home–she’s built the perfect life. But beneath this façade, Ava’s world is crumbling: her marriage is falling apart, her expensive law degree hasn’t been used in years, and her toddler’s tantrums are pushing her to the breaking point.

Enter Winnie Fang, Ava’s enigmatic college roommate from Mainland China, who abruptly dropped out under mysterious circumstances. Now, twenty years later, Winnie is looking to reconnect with her old friend. But the shy, awkward girl Ava once knew has been replaced with a confident woman of the world, dripping in luxury goods, including a coveted Birkin in classic orange. The secret to her success? Winnie has developed an ingenious counterfeit scheme that involves importing near-exact replicas of luxury handbags and now she needs someone with a U.S. passport to help manage her business–someone who’d never be suspected of wrongdoing, someone like Ava. But when their spectacular success is threatened and Winnie vanishes once again, Ava is left to face the consequences.

Swift, surprising, and sharply comic, Counterfeit is a stylish and feminist caper with a strong point of view and an axe to grind. Peering behind the curtain of the upscale designer storefronts and the Chinese factories where luxury goods are produced, Kirstin Chen interrogates the myth of the model minority through two unforgettable women determined to demand more from life

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Meet Dorcas, a spirited 12-year-old struggling to contain her irrepressible humour and naughty streak in a family of Christadelphians in 1960s Adelaide. She is her mother’s least favourite child and always at the bottom of the order on the family’s string of beads that she and her younger siblings Ruthy and Caleb reorder according to their mother’s ever-changing moods.

Dorcas, an aspiring vet, dreams of having a dog, or failing that, a guinea pig named Thruppence. Ruthy wants to attend writing school, and Caleb wants to play footy with the local team. But Christadelphians aren’t allowed to be ‘of the world’ and when their older brother Daniel is exiled to door knock and spread the good word in New South Wales after being caught making out with Esther Dawlish at youth camp, each try their hardest to suppress their dreams for a bigger life. But for a girl like Dorcas, dreams have a habit of surfacing at the most inopportune moments, and as she strives to be the daughter her mother desires, a chain of mishaps lead to a tragedy no one could have foreseen.

This is a superb coming of age story that explores a fraught mother-daughter dynamic, and the secrets adults keep from their children. It is about resilience, and the loves that sustain us when our most essential bonds are tested, and how to find the way back through hope and forgiveness.

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Thanks for stopping by!

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21 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jennifer
    Jul 04, 2022 @ 14:16:22

    Gentle hugs, Shelleyrae. I hope that your week improves.

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  2. sarasreadingnook
    Jul 04, 2022 @ 15:03:51

    Hoping you feel better soon! Your reads this week sound so good, I’ve recently added Unmask Alice to my TBR and am looking forward to reading it.

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  3. Kathryn
    Jul 04, 2022 @ 16:18:36

    Oh no, that is really too bad, just not what you needed at all. Yes don’t push yourself and take it easy.

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  4. Garrulous Gwendoline
    Jul 04, 2022 @ 16:27:49

    Oh dear. You have been in the wars lately. I hope you will soon be feeling brighter. Virtual hugs.

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  5. noveldeelights
    Jul 04, 2022 @ 16:41:16

    Gentle hugs.

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  6. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Jul 04, 2022 @ 20:55:50

    I’m so sad about your lingering flu and being rear-ended. Sending healing thoughts and prayers.

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  7. Marg
    Jul 04, 2022 @ 21:18:08

    The flu/Covid has been shocking this year. I am feeling the best I have in weeks!
    Sorry to hear about your bingle. Hope you are okay.

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  8. Tina
    Jul 05, 2022 @ 00:13:43

    Oh no, that sucks! I surely hope you are feeling better soon. Sending you good wishes and love.

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  9. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Jul 05, 2022 @ 00:50:05

    Oh, no, I have been rear-ended a couple of times over the years, and it is not fun! Stay safe and find a way to feel better.

    Enjoy your week, if possible. I am curious about Counterfeit. Here are my WEEKLY UPDATES

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  10. Kathy Martin
    Jul 05, 2022 @ 01:48:47

    Oh, dear! What a week! I hope this one is better. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  11. Greg
    Jul 05, 2022 @ 04:00:12

    Oh no I hope you are alright! Take good care of yourself and get lots of rest. Sending you best wishes and positive vibes…

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  12. Barbara Harper
    Jul 05, 2022 @ 04:48:38

    Hope you feel better soon!

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  13. Anne - Books of My Heart
    Jul 05, 2022 @ 07:16:39

    I hope you feel much better soon! Between Covid and cars and shootings, I really like it at home.

    Anne – Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post

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  14. Helen Murdoch
    Jul 05, 2022 @ 07:24:46

    It sounds like you’re having a rough time of it! Flu and a car accident. I hope you start to feel better soon and that there are no lingering effects from being rear-ended.

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  15. 15andmeowing
    Jul 05, 2022 @ 08:32:40

    Hope you feel better soon from the flu and the accident.

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  16. WendyW
    Jul 05, 2022 @ 09:14:05

    I hope you feel much better soon, and stay better.

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  17. Book of Secrets
    Jul 05, 2022 @ 10:36:35

    Oh, no! I hope things get better very soon. I’ve been thinking about you since I hadn’t seen a post in a while.

    Unmask Alice sounds fascinating. I’ve always been super curious about both those books. They seemed scam-y.

    Take care of yourself!

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  18. 1girl2manybooks
    Jul 05, 2022 @ 11:44:38

    Oh no! I hope you are feeling better now x

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  19. Mystica
    Jul 06, 2022 @ 19:28:14

    Hope things improve as the week goes by.

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  20. C. Lee McKenzie
    Jul 07, 2022 @ 01:05:23

    Yuck to the flu in summer. Hope it leaves soon, but in the meantime, there’s always another good book while you recover. Have you read The Plot? It’s quite interesting and has a fascinating mystery plus a touch of King horror.

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  21. Berls
    Jul 07, 2022 @ 22:56:29

    Oh no you poor dear 😦 Sending you hugs and really hoping your week is shaping up a lot better than it started. Counterfit’s cover really grabbed me and the description had me adding it to my TBR! I hope it’s as good as it sounds/looks!

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