Pleasant Surprises: Books That Exceeded Our Expectations

Descrizione
Our List of the Month this August is devoted to those pleasant surprises that come into our reading lives—books that exceeded our expectations, and ending up providing far more enjoyment than we thought they would. Each participant may vote on ten titles.
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129 utenti hanno contribuito
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1,063 utenti
78 recensioni
4.1
13 membri
kxn11, magneticvoyager, RBeffa, elkiedee, nancjones, ominogue, sturmer, bookmuse56, Vegas_Fiber_Arts, saraLucilleIngram, pacificquest, VioletL, dandalf
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elkiedee: I had no particular expectations of this book but picked it up because it was shortlisted for an award and it was excellent.
bookmuse56: I fell in with the writing, the time period, and the characters - perfect for armchair travelers.
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15,662 utenti
1,161 recensioni
½ 4.3
15 membri
timspalding, raidergirl3, perennialreader, Localhostess, nancjones, nagasravika.bodapati, bookmuse56, CKHarwood, larocco, Vegas_Fiber_Arts, saraLucilleIngram, ErinBraam, VioletL, ConantheLibrarianJr, dandalf
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perennialreader: I don't read much in the way of Science Fiction but read a review and thought I would give it a try.
bookmuse56: I could not put down this book and it felt so real to me and I kept wondering what I would in the various situations.
ConantheLibrarianJr: Great "hard" Science Fiction. The book reminded me that if you are marooned on Mars, humor is your most important survival skill.
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4,230 utenti
320 recensioni
4
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15,661 utenti
800 recensioni
½ 4.3
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4,755 utenti
369 recensioni
4
13 membri
timspalding, anglemark, erinclark, magneticvoyager, PitcherBooks, nagasravika.bodapati, kara.shamy, HeatherMoss, CKHarwood, Vegas_Fiber_Arts, saraLucilleIngram, pacificquest, moc2902
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anglemark: I don't like zombie stories. Color me surprised at how good this book was!
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8,718 utenti
285 recensioni
4.1
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15,290 utenti
417 recensioni
½ 4.3
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23,308 utenti
396 recensioni
½ 4.3
11
40,432 utenti
1,700 recensioni
4
9 membri
pgmcc, knerd.knitter, deldevries, perennialreader, JuliaMaria, nagasravika.bodapati, Dammie, finnleyjames, ConantheLibrarianJr,EMS_24 ,Thelamon1
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EMS_24 : It's all about expectations and what you like in a book
perennialreader: Not my kind of book at all, but I took a chance and have read the whole series, even the ones by David Lagercrantz. Just love the Lisbeth Salander character.
JuliaMaria: Ich habe die Serie erst gelesen als der Hype vorbei war - und war dann traurig, dass ich sie nicht doch früher schon für mich entdeckt hatte.
ConantheLibrarianJr: Powerful. What Solander goes thru is horrific, but she proves she is more than just a heroine. She is a survivor!
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3,054 utenti
92 recensioni
½ 3.6
8 membri
RBeffa, Porua, elkiedee, Smits, kara.shamy, Vegas_Fiber_Arts, Xotomix, RMiller30
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Porua: I rarely read books I know nothing of, from authors I know nothing of. Both were true for this book and yet I not only read and enjoyed it, I actually bought a print copy of it.
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41,459 utenti
983 recensioni
3.9
14
67,123 utenti
1,272 recensioni
½ 3.5
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11,986 utenti
322 recensioni
4.1
16
16,529 utenti
312 recensioni
4.2
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7,423 utenti
461 recensioni
½ 4.4
7 membri
raidergirl3, CDVicarage, LDVoorberg, CarltonC, nagasravika.bodapati, Yarnucopia, steller0707
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LDVoorberg: A long book set in Russia?! I kept expecting tragedy upon tragedy but I got the enjoyable, daily happenings of a gentleman in a hotel!
CarltonC: I didn’t expect that I would find this as unexpected, seemingly short and warm hearted as it is.
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16,513 utenti
886 recensioni
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38,657 utenti
1,018 recensioni
½ 4.3
20
732 utenti
54 recensioni
½ 4.3
21
8,711 utenti
396 recensioni
½ 4.3
6 membri
CarltonC, vwinsloe, kara.shamy, nyowh, Algernon11, dandalf
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CarltonC: Wowed by the imaginative rewriting of the epic from a different perspective and in such readable prose.
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25,715 utenti
735 recensioni
3.9
7 membri
CDVicarage, amanda4242, Vegas_Fiber_Arts, ManWithAnAgenda, Boand, steller0707, RMiller30,Thelamon1
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Boand: Original tales of magic, madness and mystery set in the early C19th. Clarke constructs a fantasy world like no other where customs and fey characters collide. Endless fun and brilliant imaginative twists make this a book to cherish.
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9,118 utenti
191 recensioni
4
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7,397 utenti
636 recensioni
3.8
6 membri
raidergirl3, terran, LDVoorberg, PitcherBooks, kara.shamy, Boand,EMS_24
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LDVoorberg: You must listen to the audiobook: the narrator makes the series amazing.
Boand: Another recommendation of a whodunnit led me to the first of this quirky series and sealed it as one of my all time favourites. What’s not to love about a pesky teenage girl who beats the grownups at their own games, negotiates troublesome sisters and adores her father while they all mourn her mother and saves Britain from evil masterminds.
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6,416 utenti
274 recensioni
4.1
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49,585 utenti
1,267 recensioni
4.2
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2,815 utenti
213 recensioni
3.8
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4,694 utenti
250 recensioni
½ 4.3
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5,277 utenti
253 recensioni
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8,502 utenti
175 recensioni
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hipdeep, RBeffa, elkiedee, saraLucilleIngram
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hipdeep: My only other experience of Hemingway was The Old Man And The Sea, which bored me to tears. But these autobiographical vignettes were captivating.
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729 utenti
59 recensioni
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4 membri
3togetready, bookmuse56, rmarcin, saraLucilleIngram
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bookmuse56: Just a wonderful read that I finished in one sitting!
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18,308 utenti
1,204 recensioni
4.2
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5,550 utenti
103 recensioni
4.1
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13,324 utenti
336 recensioni
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804 utenti
15 recensioni
½ 3.7
4 membri
Localhostess, sturmer, Boand, conhauf
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Boand: As a Londoner born and bred the Thames is part of my heritage and consciousness. Ackroyd weaves a wonderful historical journey covering millennia as well as miles as he follows the river from source to sea. It’s a really fascinating and captivating book which was a joy to read. For those who are interested there is also an accompanying TV series with highlights from the book and wonderful camera work.
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3,153 utenti
190 recensioni
3.9
4 membri
perennialreader, bogopea, sturmer, kara.shamy
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perennialreader: I did not like Eat, Pray, Love but someone recommended this one and I actually like it.
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2,273 utenti
149 recensioni
3.8
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3,164 utenti
204 recensioni
4.2
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47,452 utenti
445 recensioni
½ 4.5
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2,157 utenti
142 recensioni
½ 4.3
3 membri
anglemark, saraLucilleIngram, Tosta
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anglemark: A nice surprise after the boring feelgood The long way to a small, angry planet
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98,710 utenti
932 recensioni
½ 4.4
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2,775 utenti
87 recensioni
½ 4.3
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19,048 utenti
770 recensioni
4.2
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4,882 utenti
139 recensioni
4.2
3 membri
kxn11, dewasus1, CarltonC
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CarltonC: So much more than I expected, funny and perceptive.
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5,091 utenti
304 recensioni
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4 membri
Localhostess, kara.shamy, BornAnalog, steller0707
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BornAnalog: One of the few books that everyone talked up to me, and then it actually delivered. And then some.
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4,492 utenti
59 recensioni
½ 4.3
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4,313 utenti
299 recensioni
4.1
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3,125 utenti
173 recensioni
4.2
3 membri
anglemark, sundancer, conhauf
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anglemark: I didn't like the Temeraire books at all, but this one was great!
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3,917 utenti
233 recensioni
4.1
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360 utenti
17 recensioni
3.9
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1,087 utenti
27 recensioni
4
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8,141 utenti
114 recensioni
3.8
3 membri
sturmer, JalenV, ManWithAnAgenda
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JalenV: I picked it because it was a classic, but the characters and their stories were much more interesting than I expected. BTW The Wheat and the Tares chapter is old name for the parable of the Wheat and the Weeds.
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4,043 utenti
90 recensioni
3.8
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31,681 utenti
573 recensioni
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7,104 utenti
159 recensioni
½ 3.7
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1,015 utenti
63 recensioni
½ 3.5
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38,051 utenti
1,247 recensioni
4.1
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55 recensioni
4.2
2 membri
elorin, rmarcin
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540 utenti
17 recensioni
½ 3.7
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11,641 utenti
171 recensioni
4
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189 utenti
47 recensioni
½ 3.6
2 membri
hipdeep, conhauf
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hipdeep: Took a flyer on this one through Early Reviewers. It blew my mind as an introduction to leisure studies.
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6,879 utenti
283 recensioni
4.2
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12,468 utenti
276 recensioni
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3 membri
Boand, steller0707, conhauf
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Boand: A book that has a split dual timeline and an irresistible story of star crossed lovers. Byatt’s writing intrigues and compels across different centuries and compares how social mores shape our lives bringing joy, heartache and sorrow.
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6,876 utenti
232 recensioni
4.1
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17,435 utenti
377 recensioni
4.1
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234 utenti
19 recensioni
4
2 membri
nancjones, AbigailAdams26
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AbigailAdams26: I had no fixed ideas going into this book, and certainly did not expect it to be one of the best middle-grade novels I have ever read!
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17 utenti
2 recensioni
½ 4.7
2 membri
AbigailAdams26, alderwand
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AbigailAdams26: I expected to enjoy the artwork here, being an admirer of the illustrator (Frances Tyrrell), but I was surprised to find the story itself so beautifully-written and immensely poignant.
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25,041 utenti
486 recensioni
4.2
2 membri
Patricia.Ralston, elahrairah
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elahrairah: My girlfriend said I should read this. It didn't look like the sort of book I would even consider but I did and it was brilliant. It made me realise that there was whole swathes of literature that I was missing out on because of my preconceived notions of what markets were being aimed for by covers, and that I had subconsciously coded whole swathes of literature as aimed at female audiences and ignored it. This was a bit of a shock, because I thought that I was an indiscriminate reader. It is always painful to learn things about yourself that you don't want to be true. I hope that I no longer ignore books that are marketed in a feminine way, and I make an effort to remember this whenever I am considering buying or reading a book. The novel is incredible, by the way.
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3,424 utenti
91 recensioni
4
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17,892 utenti
502 recensioni
4.1
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59 recensioni
½ 3.4
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2,310 utenti
86 recensioni
3.8
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2,651 utenti
40 recensioni
4.1
2 membri
elkiedee, ManWithAnAgenda
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elkiedee: Read by mistake from the library when I was 14 and I think I thought it was something different, but I really loved this.
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8 utenti
5
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5,333 utenti
88 recensioni
3.8
2 membri
Cecrow, alderwand
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702 utenti
20 recensioni
3.8
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76 utenti
2 recensioni
4.1
2 membri
BornAnalog, alderwand
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BornAnalog: Read this argument for an ethics-driven technology sector. . .and then contemplate how far that is from our current reality.
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528 utenti
41 recensioni
4.2
2 membri
Micheller7, Ann_R
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1,125 utenti
75 recensioni
3.8
2 membri
JuliaMaria, nyowh
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JuliaMaria: Geschichten mit Tieren als Hauptprotakonisten interessieren mich normalerweise weniger, deshalb war ich positiv über die philosophische Tiefe des Romans überrascht.
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38,396 utenti
661 recensioni
3.8
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15,739 utenti
147 recensioni
4.1
2 membri
hipdeep, msemmag
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hipdeep: Came for the theology, stayed for the clever use of language.
msemmag: Look, I didn't go into this book expecting C. S. Lewis to be funny. But goddamnit, he is in this. I don't agree with a lot of what he espouses, but fuck this was enjoyable to read.
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981 utenti
3 recensioni
½ 4.3
2 membri
cpg, Yarnucopia
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cpg: Surprisingly successful devotional work.
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4,841 utenti
181 recensioni
4.1
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1,089 utenti
70 recensioni
4.1
2 membri
vwinsloe, Ann_R
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460 utenti
7 recensioni
½ 3.6
2 membri
Cecrow, TechThing
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1,992 utenti
65 recensioni
3.9
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3,201 utenti
180 recensioni
½ 3.7
88
940 utenti
35 recensioni
4.2
2 membri
CarltonC, nyowh
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CarltonC: I didn’t expect to be so engaged by this story, who for all his faults, comes across as very human.
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10,103 utenti
241 recensioni
4
90
9,943 utenti
779 recensioni
4.1
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13,340 utenti
299 recensioni
4.2
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2,298 utenti
126 recensioni
4.1
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1,561 utenti
95 recensioni
½ 4.3
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1,138 utenti
20 recensioni
½ 3.6
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4,735 utenti
135 recensioni
4.1
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9,245 utenti
175 recensioni
4
2 membri
hipdeep, Cecrow
Spiegazioni
hipdeep: I didn't love Steinbeck in high school English class. I wish they'd taught this one.
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3,125 utenti
182 recensioni
4.2
2 membri
Micheller7, sturlington
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sturlington: I thought this was a book about Shakespeare, but it was so much more than that--such a moving depiction of motherhood and grief.
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1,643 utenti
55 recensioni
½ 3.4
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5,234 utenti
170 recensioni
½ 4.3
100
11,087 utenti
570 recensioni
½ 4.4