The Red Address Book

The Red Address Book

Large Print - 2019
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Doris, a 96-year-old woman living alone in her Stockholm apartment, has few visitors, but her weekly Skype calls with her American grandniece Jenny give her great joy and remind her of her own youth. When Doris was a girl she was given an address book by her father, and ever since she has carefully documented everyone she met and loved throughout the years. Looking through the little book now, Doris is struck by the urge to put pen to paper. Writing down the stories of her colorful past, can she help Jenny unlock the secrets of their family and finally look to the future? -- adapted from back cover
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2019
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9781432861506
1432861506
Branch Call Number: FIC LUNDBERG 2019
Characteristics: 431 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
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Additional Contributors: Menzies, Alice

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A 96-year-old Swedish woman reflects on her life, paging through a long-kept address book. A compelling, charming, and ultimately heartwarming read. For fans of "Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk" and "The Japanese Lover." ~ Brenda O’Brien, Woodridge Public Library, Woodridge, IL


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1_Great_Book
Jun 13, 2019

I enjoy stories of older generations sharing with younger ones, and the importance of family. I would have like to have seen more of the relationship between Doris and Jenny rather than the reminiscences being transferred through an address book. Despite that, the fact that Jenny is able to discern what is really important in life and travels thousands of miles to be present at a critical moment in her grandmother's life is an important message of the book.

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mjk236sb
Apr 18, 2019

A pleasant book that looks back at Doris's life and she faces the end of her life. She tells stories about those people that passed through her life and how they affected her and the journey that she made through this world. Filled with love, adventure, hardships, regrets and a lost love. This is a quick read but has wonderful messages on how to live our lives to the fullest.

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1C00lgrannie
Mar 27, 2019

This book was amazing! I loved it! So easy to read, and so thought provoking! Live for the moment and enjoy and love those God places on your journey!!

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Mar 25, 2019

This is an interesting and heartwarming story from a talented debut author, I loved it. I hope she writes more soon.

lauz32 Mar 18, 2019

I really enjoyed this book. It was a short easy read, very heartwarming with an interesting story line. Switching back and forth between the past and the future this book really tugged at the heart strings as it explores the relationship between Doris and the people who she wrote down in her Red Address book.

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reiyos
Mar 13, 2019

A short easy read. It feels as if it was written from the heart and it touched mine.

Katherine_A Feb 21, 2019

The Red Address Book by Sofia Lundberg is phenomenal. This is one of the best books I've read in a while. I love the writing style. The main character Doris is endearing. The premise of the story is unique and I liked how it transitioned between present day and past as Doris told her story. The chapters are surprisingly short and it's easy to pick up and put down in between other tasks. I found it hard to put down at all!

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carolefort
Feb 12, 2019

The Red Address Book by Sofia Lundberg was first published in Sweden in 2017. The book has since been translated to English by Alice Menzies and is available as of January 2019. This novel documents the sentimental journey of Doris, a 96-year-old woman living alone in Stockholm. Her only living relative is Jenny, her grandniece who lives in the US with her young family. The two women skype once a week and have a close and loving relationship. Doris was given a red address book by her father when she was a child. Throughout her long life, she wrote in many names of people who were part of her journey. In her old age, she started to write the story of each person in her book so that Jenny would know the history of Doris and herself. In failing health, Doris cannot forget one man who passed in and out of her life. Whatever happened to him? This small novel is a beautiful story of one woman's life. It is a little gem. Highly recommended.

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Adw555
Feb 08, 2019

A fictional memoir....

Doris has a Red Address Book. In this book, she keeps track of people who have had an impact on her life. Doris is in her nineties, so unfortunately many of the entries have had their names crossed out with the word “dead” added beside them. She becomes lost in the memories of when she was young and beautiful, a sharp contrast to the aches, pains, and weakness she suffers today. She begins to write letters to her great niece Jenny, so that her memories - both good and bad - do not die along with her. As Doris reminisces about her life, we see how the places she lived and people she met affected who she is today.

Across the ocean, Jenny worries about Doris who seems more frail each time they Skype. But with 3 children of her own, it’s not easy to see her in person...until something happens that just may force the issue altogether.

Pros: Nicely descriptive writing and an interesting format with the address book entries...

Cons: Entirely too cliche for my enjoyment...I couldn’t connect with a single person in the book.

Easy reading, but not nearly as touching as I had anticipated.

3 Stars

debwalker Jan 15, 2019

Hygge time! Absorbing read to curl up with this winter.

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