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Meet Doris, a 96-year-old woman living alone in her Stockholm apartment. She has fe ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
My Mom’s book was a light blue leather with two simple gold band ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
"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 ...more
My Mom’s book was a light blue leather with two simple gold band ...more
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 ...more
Her life spans a century and it takes you the reader through World War II, from P ...more
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 ...more
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, ...more
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 ...more
The reader follows Doris through her many, hard years, from the very beginning as a child in Sweden ...more
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 ...more
Pub Date 08 Jan 2019.
Thanks to the author, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and NetGalley for the review copy. Opinions are mine.
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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 ...more
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 ...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 ...more
*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.
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
Her own Aunt Doris who had an address book inspired author S ...more
Lauded by critics for her ability to sweep readers off their feet and take them on journeys through time and space, love and loss, Lundberg is the shining new star of heartwarming – and heart-wrenching – Scandinavian fiction.