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Read With Us: Up Next!


It's always an exciting day when Bonny and Carole and I announce the next Read With Us title . . . and today's the day!

Without further ado . . . 
our next Read With Us selection is  . . .
(drumroll please!)
Sorrow and Bliss by Meg Mason.


I have just started reading this one, having just picked up a copy from my library before heading up north for the week. I noticed that one of the "blurbs" on the back of the book has this to say . . . 

"Meg Mason pulls off an extraordinary feat -- this is a novel that is darkly funny and unsparing of its targets but also gentle and humane . . . Once you open it, cancel your plans. You won't be putting it down."
    --- Jacqueline Maley, Sydney Morning Herald

And at this early stage, I can say that . . .  Ms. Maley is right. Once you dig in, it's hard to put down!

We'll be talking more about the book and providing additional background information throughout July. Then . . . mark your calendars for our blog book discussions/Zoom discussion on Tuesday, September 13 (7:00 pm Eastern time). 

We hope you'll be as excited as we are to read what The Guardian calls "an incredibly funny and devastating debut."

C'mon along!
Read With Us this summer!


Previous Read With Us book selections:

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

Fever by Mary Beth Keane

I'm Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez

Wild Game by Adrienne Brodeur

The Women of Brewster Place by Gloria Naylor

Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam

Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart

Unsettled Ground by Claire Fuller

Matrix by Lauren Groff

Agatha of Little Neon by Claire Luchette

Young Mungo by Douglas Stuart




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I'm looking forward to this one! I almost requested it the other week from my library, but decided to wait until closer to the time we will discuss it.


I am currently reading it! (although, I am thinking I started reading it too early... September seems so far off!)


I enjoyed it the first time I read it, and am very much looking forward to re-reading and discussing it! (Also, I can hardly believe that this is our 12th RWU book!)


I just finished The Sentence by Louise Erdrich. I read it because you said it was good and there is that North Dakota connection, with her having grown up here. I've read several of her books and enjoyed them. Sometimes they are hard to follow but a challenge is always good. The Sentence might have been too soon for me after all that went on during the pandemic and George Floyd but overall it was a good book that had a good ending. Are you going to read any of the books from the huge list at the back of the book? Sorry that I'm off topic from your post today!


I could use something unputdownable, so I might pick this up and join you in September! I'm taking the summer off from any 'commitment reading' (heck, I'm hardly reading at all--to be honest). But a distraction is appealing right about now. Enjoy Up North!

Kim in Oregon

This looks like a good one!


Another great selection! and one I've already read (still haven't made it to Young Mungo) so I'm looking forward to the discussion on your blogs :-)


I am really looking forward to a reread of this one and the discussion after. I can't believe how many books we've read together!


I loved this book and thought it had a chance to win the Prize, but any one of the books could have won. Looking forward to the discussion!

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