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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, 304 pages
Published January 8th 2019 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (first published 2015)
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Angela M
Jan 03, 2019 rated it liked it
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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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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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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Katie B
Dec 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
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: netgalley, kindle
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
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 wealth
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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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Carole
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley-books
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 ...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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Cindy Burnett
May 19, 2018 rated it liked it
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
Victoria
Oct 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
A nostalgic and tender story with more than a few pearls of wisdom.

So many names pass by us in a lifetime. Have you ever thought about that, Jenny? All the names that come and go. That tip our hearts to pieces and makes 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 a bit about it. So that you, who’ll be the only one who remembers me, will also remember my life. A kind of testament. I’ll
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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
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
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Tiff (fictionaltiff)
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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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Connie G
"So many names pass by us in a lifetime. . . .I leaf through my address book sometimes. It has become something like a map of my life, and I want to tell you a bit about it. . . .I'll give you my memories. They're the most beautiful thing I have."

Doris, a 96-year-old Swedish woman, is finding that most of the important people in her address book have died. She wants to write down the story of her life for her grand-niece, Jenny, who she helped raise. Doris' father died when she was young, and he
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Bookworm
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
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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Susan Meissner
3.5 stars. A mostly enjoyable read. I wanted to like it more than I actually did. I think the reason I didn't says more about me and the kind of book I like. I was unable to emotionally connect with the players; again, probably because of how I am wired to relate to characters in a novel, and how I write my own characters. I liked it. I didn't love it.
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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Laurene
Jan 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Red Address Book by Sofia Lundberg is a novel about a 96 year old woman's,Doris, life story. It is in her red address book, the names of people who are either in her life or dead because she out lived them. Fredrik Backman, A Man Called Ove, wrote "written with love, told with joy, very easy to enjoy".

I finished the novel a couple of days ago and I am still thinking about it. A novel is not just a story -- an author wants her/his reader(s) to think -- have some kind of an emotional reacti
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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.

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Mary
Mar 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Another book I would not have read except that it was a book club read. It was just ok. It had a good premise but fell a bit short. I kept reading (even after our book club was cancelled) to find out what happened to Allan.
Anna
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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, 2018, loves
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 boo
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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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Rhea
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Sentimentality without depth is like a bad pastry. It was sweet of the baker to make it, but it doesn’t satisfy the craving. This book is full of emotional moments that don’t go very deep. It was fine, but not really worth my time.
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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Sofia Lundberg is a journalist and former magazine editor who made her debut with the word-of-mouth sensation The Red Address Book.
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.

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