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3.99  ·  Rating details ·  5,398 ratings  ·  1,144 reviews
For fans of A Man Called Ove and The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared comes a heartwarming debut about 96-year-old Doris, who writes down her memories as she pages through her decades-old address book. But the most profound moment of her life is still to come . . .

Meet Doris, a 96-year-old woman living alone in her Stockholm apartment. She has fe
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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published 2015 by Bullet Point Publishing
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Renee I feel it started out a tad slow but then kept my interest a lot after about 1/3 way through. No, it is not all sad. She has wonderful memories that…moreI feel it started out a tad slow but then kept my interest a lot after about 1/3 way through. No, it is not all sad. She has wonderful memories that she is sharing. The end is sad but thought provoking. It's a quick read... I think you'll be glad you read it.(less)
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Angela M
3.5 stars

Doris is of one of the people that the author dedicates this book to and also the name of the central character. So of course I was curious to know the connection. In a conversation with Sofia Lundberg on the Amazon book description, she talks about her great Aunt Doris, whose address book she found after her beloved aunt died. Most of the names in the book were crossed out with the word dead next to them. That this book is based on that makes the story certainly more meaningful and th
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Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
4 nostalgic stars!

Oh, this book is quite lovely and nostalgic. Doris is 96 years old and lives alone in Stockholm, Sweden. She’s a bit of a recluse but looks forward to her weekly Skype calls with Jenny, her only relative and grandniece who lives in the United States.

Doris has a special address book she was gifted by her father when she was a child. In it, she has documented the names and addresses of everyone she’s known throughout her life. She crosses out the names when people have passed aw
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Jenny
Sep 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let me start with a little backstory. I love Christmas cards. I love sending them and I love receiving them. Some are shared family updates from the past year, pictures or just a simple signature on a beautiful Christmas card. What I also love are the memories of my Mother and Grandmother pulling out their address books from the cabinet, sitting at the table and one by one addressing dozens of cards to family, friends and neighbors.
My Mom’s book was a light blue leather with two simple gold band
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Katie B
3.5 stars

I'm a sucker for these books that feature an elderly character who decides to reflect back on their life. This one had a unique premise as a woman's address book was used to help tell the story. While this book had a bit of charm it also packed an emotional punch in ways I wasn't expecting.

Ninety-six year old Doris doesn't have much contact with the outside world and therefore looks forward to her weekly Skype sessions with her grandniece, Jenny. Doris's father gave her an address book
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Erin
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
Thanks to Netgalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I am not going to lie to any of you- this Goodreads rating is totally influenced by my emotions. Although I like to play my cards close and portray myself as a cynic, Swedish author Sofia Lundberg's Doris squirmed her way into my heart. Just how do the Swedish keep doing this to me?( looking at you, Fredrik Backman)

The greatest comfort in life comes from freely expressing one's opinion and being m
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Cheri
"Where've you been?"
"I've looked for you forever and a day."
"Where've you been?"

"I'm just not myself when you're away."
--Where’ve You Been, Kathy Mattea, Songwriters: Don Henry / Jon Vezner

”So many names pass by us in a lifetime. Have you ever thought about that, Jenny? All the names that come and go. That rip our hearts to pieces and make us shed tears. That become lovers or enemies. I leaf through my address book sometimes. It has become something like a map of my life, and I want to tell you
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Jenny
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let me start with a little backstory. I love Christmas cards. I love sending them and I love receiving them. Some are shared family updates from the past year, pictures or just a simple signature on a beautiful Christmas card. What I also love are the memories of my Mother and Grandmother pulling out their address books from the cabinet, sitting at the table and one by one addressing dozens of cards to family, friends and neighbors.
My Mom’s book was a light blue leather with two simple gold band
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Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
**Everyone needs to know about this book and to read it.**

Doris is 96, lives alone in Stockholm, and only has a niece in the United States that she Skypes with.

Doris has caregivers stopping by during the day and is essentially alone except for her memories and the red address book her father gave to her when she was thirteen. The red address book has kept track of every person she has met over her life time.

At thirteen after her father died, Doris was forced into becoming a servant in a wealthy
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La Tonya  Jordan
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to La Tonya by: The Jubilant JuJuBEEs - The Bee Hive Book Club
Shelves: good-read
A book written about a 96 year old woman in Stockholm who wrote the names of everyone she encountered in a red address book . It was given to her by her father many years ago. When the person died, she would draw a line thru the name and write the word DEAD. As she was coming to the end of our own life, she starts to write down the memories of these people to pass on to her great niece Jenny to keep her life alive.

Her life spans a century and it takes you the reader through World War II, from P
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Cindy Burnett
The Red Address Book is a charming, but very sad tale about Doris, a lonely 96-year-old woman who lives in Stockholm. She reminisces about her life and those individuals she encountered as she pages through an old address book she received from her father when she was young. Few of her friends and acquaintances remain, and Doris leads a solitary life except for her weekly Skype with her American niece Jenny. While I enjoyed some aspects of Doris’s long and eventful life, the story is so sad. I r ...more
Leslie Ray
The premise of this book is wonderful. Doris writes her memiors centered around a red address book that her father gave her as a young girl in Sweden. For each entry, there is a story, in which she marks "Dead" by each name as she concludes each written legacy to her niece, Jenny.
The book just did not resonate with me. It jumps back and forth between 96 year old Doris's painful time in the hospital, to Jenny and her family, and back in time as Doris reminisces on her past, primarily up to and th
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Gina
This book is a treasure!

Doris is a young 96 years of age. Living on her own in an apartment in Stockholm, Doris uses modern technology to Skype with her grandniece, Jenny. Jenny is the last of her living relatives, and Doris greatly enjoys the time she can spend with Jenny. She looks forward to each visit.

Nearly 9 decades earlier, a very young Jenny was given a gift from her father - a little address book. Little could that little girl imagine the impact that address book would have on her life,
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Sherri Thacker
When I first saw this book and read about it I couldn’t wait to get it. Then I was approved from NetGalley to read it, I was that much more excited. It was a slow start for me and I even thought this book wasn’t for me at first. But then I looked at the many many 4-5 star reviews at NetGalley and thought I gotta keep going, I can’t be the only one who didn’t enjoy it. Boy oh boy am I glad I kept going!! This book is highly entertaining and what a life 96 year old Doris lived. All stories told th ...more
KC
This enchanting story chronicles the life of Doris, a feisty 96 yr old who spends her days alone in her Stockholm apartment reflecting on her life choices, her loses and loves. With most of her acquaintances deceased, she has little to look forward to with the exception of her weekly Skype chats with her American grandniece Jenny. This emotionally charged novel tugs at our heartstrings and reminds us of the importance of familial bonds, our first loves and living with no regrets. For fans of Fre ...more
mina
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
↠5-

I usually can wait to get my hands on a book, to be honest by the time it gets to me I forget the synopsis and why I wanted to read it, but this is the rare case where I couldn’t wait to read it. I was so excited when my sister got it for me 😁 I took my time with this book and I absolutely enjoyed it (can’t you see by the rating).

Even though I was excited about this book I went into it pretty much blindly because I was convinced it was by a Serbian author—which it’s not, then I got a bit
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Tiff (fictionaltiff)
The Red Address Book by Sofia Lundberg was everything I wanted from a historical fiction book. Doris is a 96-year-old woman who on the surface is lonely and quiet, no friends or family left to care for her. But as Doris opens her red address book, time unravels, as well as memories of poverty, death, and heartbreak; intertwined within that though is a life full of love and unforgettable adventure.
The reader follows Doris through her many, hard years, from the very beginning as a child in Sweden
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Kathryn in FL
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The Red Address Book propels the reader to examine life and love. We observe a Swedish woman, Doris in the midst of her present life (a challenge to move and take care of basic needs as 96 years old). However, this is not the key vocal point, the focus is a life review beginning at age 14. Her father died in an accident and her mother is struggling to feed Doris and her younger sister Agnes during the worldwide depression of the 1930's, in her desperation the mother finds Doris a
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Literary Soirée
A poignant retelling of a life through the pages of a long-held address book. Incredibly sad, always moving, as 96-year-old Doris recounts her life to her grandniece. From a poverty-stricken childhood, a modeling career in Paris, life in America, and now alone in Sweden, with the names of so many cherished people she’s outlived crossed out in her book. 4/5

Pub Date 08 Jan 2019.

Thanks to the author, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and NetGalley for the review copy. Opinions are mine.

#TheRedAddressBook
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Bookworm
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
96 year old Doris is nearing the end of her life and the reader travels through her life both in the present as her time on earth is ending and in the past through the people she meets and are in her address book of the title name. From being hired as a maid to working as a model, finding and losing love, moving to the United States and back. The concept of keeping an "address book" and writing letters can be quite quaint in this day and age but it seemed like an interesting story.

So we follow D
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Anna
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Doris is 96, living alone in an apartment in Stockholm, Sweden. She relishes her weekly Skype call with Jenny, her grandniece and only living relative. Her only company is the home health aides who stop by daily. On her table are things that are important to her, among them her red address book, given to her by her father when she was a child. It holds the names of those she has encountered throughout her life. So many of the names have been crossed out with "dead" following their entry. As she ...more
Ashley
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, loves, 2018
Reviewed on: Ashes Books & Bobs.

Many thanks to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for granting my Netgalley wish for The Red Address Book.

As soon as I saw the cover for this book and briefly skimmed the blurb, I knew it would be a book I loved. I immediately tracked down the publisher and inquired about an advance review copy, only to be turned down. I don’t think I have ever been so bummed to be denied for a book, but as fate would have it, I ended up with a copy a month or two later. This beautiful
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Jen
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“I wish you enough. Enough sun to light up your days, enough rain that you appreciate the sun. Enough joy to strengthen your soul, enough pain that you can appreciate life’s small moments of happiness. And enough friends that you can manage a farewell now and then.”
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These words from her mother became her guiding light in life and have always given her strength. Now 96, Doris is telling her story to her grandniece Jenny. This sweeping tale about Doris’s life takes the reader from childhood to pr
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Elizabeth
I cried big fat tears while reading this book, especially at the end. It was that good and kept me wanting to read more.

Doris is 96 years old and is dying. Her one family member is Jennifer who lives in San Francisco. Doris lives in Sweden, alone with only home health care individuals to take care of her. She talks to Jennifer via Skype. Throughout her life, she has filled an address book with names of people she meets. Now they are mostly dead. She knows that she soon will be also. But this is
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SnoopyDoo's Book Reviews
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc

*I received a free copy from the publisher and chose to leave a voluntary review. Thank you!*


 


This is one of those books that give you a feel good feeling after reading it, but also make you think a bit.


We meet Doris, who is 96 years old and very lonely except the Skype calls with her (grandniece) , throughout the book we learn long with Jenny Doris’s past and what all she life has dealt her.


All the people she met in her life and what and how big of an impact on her life that had.


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Katrina
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Everyone dies. People try to live for as long as possible, but do you know what? Being the oldest is no fun. There’s no point in living. Not when everyone else is dead."

Ninety six year old Doris approaches death with dignity and fearlessness. I loved reliving her stories as she recorded her extraordinary life in the old red address book. Although fictitious you can certainly connect with her every sad step of the way. This book left me in a puddle of tears and made me miss my grandmother.
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I wish you enough. Enough sun to light up your days, enough rain that you appreciate the sun. Enough joy to strengthen your soul, enough pain that you can appreciate life’s small moments of happiness. And enough friends that you can manage a farewell now and then.

What a gift this book is to us from Sofia Lundberg. Reading The Red Address Book was a journey through emotions as the characters experience heart warmth and heartache. I enjoyed this book so much I didn't want it to end. Doris, our d
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Nancy
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookish
The Red Notebook by Sofia Lundberg is a charmer of a novel that will capture the hearts of readers.

At 96, Doris is frail and bears the marks of her age, the wrinkles and the thinning pure white hair. But Doris knows she still has something to offer--her story--and with the aid of the red address book her father gave her as a child, Doris writers her recollections on her laptop, a gift of love to her grandniece Jenny.

Hearing that Doris is hospitalized, Jenny leaves behind her husband and two chil
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Barbara
“The Red Address Book” is a heartwarming story about a woman named Doris who led a rich and colorful life. When she was 10, her father gave her an address book so that she could scribe her journeys through the people she meets. Sadly, her father dies, leaving her family desolated. At age 13, her mother forced her to be a maid for a wealthy woman, which required Doris to move from Stockholm to Paris. And this begins Doris’s address book.

Her own Aunt Doris who had an address book inspired author S
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Judy
I read this for the 2019 Popsugar Challenge category of "A book set in Scandinavia". It tells the story of a 96 year old woman in Stockholm Sweden who lives alone, but keeps up with her great-niece in the United States through Skype. As she looks through the address book which she has used throughout her life noting all the people she has lost, she decides to write down their stories for her niece. After a fall, she is in the hospital, and it becomes apparent that she will not recover, so her ni ...more
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Sofia Lundberg is a journalist and former magazine editor who made her debut with the word-of-mouth sensation The Red Address Book.
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