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review 2016-11-06 22:07
Britt-Marie Was Here
Britt-Marie Was Here: A Novel - Fredrik Backman
ISBN: 9781501142536
Publisher: Atria 
Publication Date: 5/3/2016 
Format: Other
My Rating:  4.5 Stars 

 

From the extraordinary author and Swedish storyteller, Fredrik Backman, with his award-winning debut, A Man Called Ove, delivers another zany character, BRITT-MARIE WAS HERE — A heartwarming, witty celebration of second chances, unlikely friendships, and the power of one person to make the world a better place. 

Britt-Marie is age 63. Amusingly unconventional and idiosyncratic. Some may say eccentric. She does not like a mess. Her husband Kent said she was aggressive-passive. Known as nag-bag. All she ever wanted was a balcony. She wanted a husband who did not walk on the parquet floors with his golf shoes. If he could only put his shirt in the laundry basket and would say occasionally he liked the food.

She likes an organized cutlery drawer. Clean windows. Newly mopped floors. Her favorite “go to” must have cleaning tool of choice “bicarbonate of soda.” It wipes always all the flaws. Clean and new. Kent said she was “socially incompetent.” They were past their sell by date. She had enough. There were limits. She was leaving.

 



Britt-Marie likes things clean. An obsession. A need for order. Would be nice to be appreciated. Be noticed. She was critical, hard to please, judgmental, excessively particular about details. Easily disgusted. She is flawed, zany, funny, and possesses a great heart. Her compulsive tendencies are explained by her tragic past and history of being neglected and diminished by those around her.

Leaving her husband, she starts a new. She finds herself in Borg, a tiny, economically depressed “community built along a road.” Most of the town has been shut down, most of the residents have left, and the ragtag bunch remaining includes orphaned children, a criminal, a former star of the local football team (now blind), and the proprietor of the only business in town—who's in a wheelchair, and most likely an alcoholic. Plus her relationship with a rat (hilarious).

As a caretaker, her new job is a perfect fit!. She cleans and cleans. The defunct recreational Center in the fictional European town of Borg. With an array of interesting off-beat characters including two young children—Vega and Omar.

But behind the passive-aggressive, socially awkward misfit, is a woman who has more imagination, bigger dreams, and a warmer heart than anyone around her realizes. Love can be found in the most unexpected of places. A place of belonging.

Equally witty and poignant; Hilarious, insightful and moving, an inspiring story about truth, second chances, and rediscovery. Best of all, another important life lesson.

 


On a personal note, Britt-Marie is so much like my dad. At age 85, he is still a cleaning machine. Never get in the way of his cleaning. Heaven forbid you should come to the door after the floors have been freshly vacuumed. You will not be allowed to enter. Never interfere with his schedule.

I listened to the audiobook and Joan Walker's performance was amazing! A perfect entertaining Britt-Marie.

Highly recommend Backman’s latest novella, And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer The small book with a Big powerful important message and loads of heart! Top Novella of 2016.

JDCMustReadBooks

 

 

The Man Behind ‘A Man Called Ove,’ Sweden’s Latest Hit Novel

 

NY Times Oct 29, 2016 

 

 

About the Author

Fredrik Backman is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels A Man Called Ove, My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, and Britt-Marie Was Here, as well as a novella, And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer. His books are being published around the world in more than thirty-five languages. He lives in Stockholm, Sweden, with his wife and two children.

 

Fredrik Backman: Staying Grounded

Q&A with Fredrik Backman, courtesy of Shelf Awareness

You used to drive a forklift. How did that evolve into writing books that are loved around the world?

 

I don't know. It's still a mystery to everyone who knows me. I always viewed writing as a hobby, not a career choice, and, to be honest, I still do. My dad keeps telling my wife she needs to "treat the money as if Fredrik won the lottery, because this probably won't last!" I think he's got a point. I think I'll eventually go back to having a real job, and I don't really think I'll be any less happy than I am now.

 

Read More  

 

 

Source: www.judithdcollinsconsulting.com/single-post/2016/06/17/Britt-Marie-Was-Here
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review 2016-09-15 19:35
Ancient Egypt: Discover the Fascinating World of Ancient Egyptian History, Myths, Pyramids and More: Ancient Egypt, Ancient Egypt Fiction, Ancient Rome, Ancient Greece, Egyptian History, Egypt - SK Angelis

Egypt has time and again proved to be an enigma to the world. Ancient Egyptian history is one of the most intriguing topics of discussion among archaeologists. What makes Ancient Egypt such a fascinating subject?

This e-book has been divided into two main sections, the first dealing with the history of Ancient Egypt and the second with Egyptian mythology.

Are you excited to begin this journey into the history of Ancient Egypt and its many myths?

what did I think of it:
5 stars
Even though its only 40 pages, its still good , because it brakes the information down so you can actual understand it better, its a good book to have if your just starting out to study Ancient Egypt

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text 2016-08-24 01:23
Oakmere Home Advisors: Discover The Oaks, Longtown

The Oaks at Longtown offers a range of one and two bedroom bungalows which represent outstanding value and benefit from the award-winning quality which is the hallmark of Oakmere Homes.

 

Over the last few years The Oaks has developed into an exciting new community of bungalows, perfectly located for shopping, bus routes and the M6 Motorway. The bungalows are economic to run and are attractively laid out in this safe, secure environment.

 

Every property has a dedicated block-paved drive and easy to manage front and rear garden, while inside the thoughtful detailing and careful design includes a smart fitted kitchen and beautifully appointed bathroom.

 

The development is within an easy walk of Longtown’s friendly shops, pubs and cafes, and quiet riverside paths.

 

Longtown Overview

 

Longtown provides the perfect combination of town and country living, sitting alongside the River Esk crossing and astride the picturesque Scottish borders tourist route from Carlisle to Edinburgh.

 

The small town offers the best of both worlds, surrounded by countryside and farmlands and with its own shops, schools and amenities supporting a friendly community. Longtown’s wide, tree-lined streets were carefully planned by local landowners the Grahams of Netherby who established the Graham Arms as a coaching inn to host travellers and the mail service on the road to Edinburgh.

 

Longtown is also perfectly placed for exploring the local countryside, and is within easy reach of bustling Carlisle, Gretna’s busy Gateway retail centre and pretty Brampton, and just a few minutes from access to the motorway and main rail networks.

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review 2016-08-21 00:00
Created to be His Help Meet: Discover How God Can Make Your Marriage Glorious
Created to be His Help Meet: Discover How God Can Make Your Marriage Glorious - Debi Pearl Absolutely ADORE this book and I'm not even finished with it yet. The author takes a look at marriage and family, most specifically between the husband and wife, in a Biblical perspective. Finally, an honest and brassy look at Christian marriage that isn't pushing the fake modern concept of Christianity to appease the compromising and feel-good-don't-need-the-Bible aspect of our believing community. This book doesn't try to tell us to change the men in our life or just 'leave em if you don't like em' attitude: The focus is on how we can change ourselves for the positive to positively influence our home and marriage.
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