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jpock
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Hi,

I may take you up on that offer...  Every time I log in it seems to take me forever to get to the discussion board.  Hopefully I'll get better with practice.

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jpock
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I know, it is a little weird to reply to my own post, but I forgot to add that I am from Indiana.  Any other Hoosiers out there??

 

Jessica

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jpock
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Hi, Karen,

I also recently finished The Thirteenth Tale and loved it!

 

Jessica

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jpock
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I got the same "banned from buying more books" message from my husband! :smileyvery-happy:  I had to quickly read a few on my 'to be read' shelf so that I could fill in the gaps.  Ha, ha!

 

Jpock/Jessica

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jpock
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It gets better girls...  I'm a WOW RN (weekend worker) with 3 kids and my youngest is now in first grade.  They grow up quickly, but I remember those days of not knowing whether I was coming or going between work and babies. :smileyhappy:

 

Jessica/jpock

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jpock
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Hi, AthenaLS,

 

I agree.  I don't dog-ear or write in my books either.  I just can't bring myself to do it.  I guess I'll have to use post-its to make notes for this  book club.  I didn't even use highlighters in college.  Too goody-two-shoes, I guess. :smileyhappy: I must have at some point had a teacher threaten me within an inch of my life about writing in books...

 

Jessica/jpock

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emw314
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Hi all!  My name is Ellen and I am very excited to start this book, it looks great!

 

I am the person who chooses our books for our bookclub- so if I love it this might be one of our choices this year!

 

I live on Long Island in New York and I love to read 

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Dances_through_Books
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Happy Holidays everyone!  I am new to the Barnes and Noble First Look book club, and found out about it, while shopping online for Christmas presents. While shopping at barnesandnoble.com I, of course, bought books to feed my own reading addiction.

 

Daria, I agree with your comment on age.  I also belong to the age group of the characters in the book, which will make it fun and interesting to read. This isn't to say that others, in different age groups will not also have valid opinions and points on the material. I can't wait to start! I know this will be an eye opening experience, and will help me to continue to be exposed to other ideas and theories.

 

I'm looking forward to our discussion :womanvery-happy:

 

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I definitely had a teacher threaten me.  My Mother!  She was an English/History/Spanish Teacher until 3 yrs ago.  She's the one who got me into reading, and I do remember her telling me that we do NOT draw or write in books. :smileytongue:
jpock wrote:

Hi, AthenaLS,

 

I agree.  I don't dog-ear or write in my books either.  I just can't bring myself to do it.  I guess I'll have to use post-its to make notes for this  book club.  I didn't even use highlighters in college.  Too goody-two-shoes, I guess. :smileyhappy: I must have at some point had a teacher threaten me within an inch of my life about writing in books...

 

Jessica/jpock


 

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Hi, I'm Marsha - really looking forward to reading Ms. Rakoff's book.  Sounds very interesting.

KxBurns wrote:

Welcome to the next First Look! I'm Karen and I'm delighted to be moderating this discussion of Joanna Smith Rakoff's A Fortunate Age.

 

Please introduce yourselves and get to know each other below.


 

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Chatterbox
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Hi all!

I'm Suzanne, a maniacal bibliomaniac in New York (well, technically, it's Brooklyn).

Looking forward to the discussion -- it will be interesting to see how this happens in cyber-space. (This is my debut in the First Look Book Club.)

Got my ARC around Thanksgiving, but have been saving it to read over the holidays.

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Hello! I am excited to participate in another First Look book discussion! I am beginning a MFA in creative writing program in January and I feel so lucky to be able to participate in these discussions. I am looking forward to reading this book. I am going to read it slowly so that I can participate more in discussions. I usually read a book in a day or two and I can't remember what chapter information was in and it really inhibits my discussions. I hope everyone had a fabulous holiday and I am really excited about the new year and everything that it will bring!!!
What you have to do...is trust your own story. Get the hell out of the way and let it tell itself. - Tim O'Brien; The Things They Carried
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Marking in books...

Hmm...I really try to keep my books looking nice.  I do appreciate inscriptions from bookgivers though.  I love to collect old books...mainly eighteenth and nineteenth century school books...and the best thing is reading some of the comments that some long ago student has jotted down in the margins or the end pages.  It makes me wonder what ever happened to that person. 
~Debs~
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Hi! My name is Karla, and I can't wait to read this book, and be able to actively participate in the discussion this time. I am from Laredo, TX, a History graduate student, 22  years old, and happily married to a 23 year-old biologist currently doing his graduate work in Microbiology. I hope to get to know everyone a little better as the discussion goes along.

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mattzay
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My name is Nancy and I have been really enjoying A Fortunate Age. I heard of the First Look Book Club through browsing through your website. I have tried several times to join and this is the first time I have been successful. I look forward to discussing the book with everyone.

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lamorgan
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Hello, everyone. I've participated in several First Look discussions and I'm definitely looking forward to "A Fortunate Age." I'll be starting to read the book today and I'm anxious for the discussions to begin! I know I'll recognize some of the regular participants and meet some new friends!
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Hi I'm Kathy from Western MA and I'm looking forward to this discussion.
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Hello everyone, My name is Beth and I am 37 yrs old, living in Scottsdale, AZ. This is my second First Look book and I am excited to start discussing "A Fortunate Age." I just finished the book yesterday.
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debook
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Hi!  My name is Dee.  I just finished A Fortunate Age over the holidays and very much enjoyed it.  I have passed the book along to my daughter-in-law who is part of this generation.  I am looking forward to the discussion on Jan. 5. 

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Hi,

I am reading the book now and can't wait to finish so i can pass it on to my daughter.

twj

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