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The global fiction sensation—publishing in 32 countries around the world—that follows 96-year-old Doris, who writes down the memories of her eventful life 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 few visitors, but her weekly
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Paperback, 304 pages
Published January 8th 2019 by The Borough Press (first published 2015)
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Gretchen No, this not a book of letters. There are some letters included, but only as a way to further the plot. It is well worth reading.
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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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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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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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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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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
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
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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Maria Roxana
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 steluțe nu neapărat pentru scriitură, ci pentru mesajul acestei povești care mi-a umplut sufletul!

”Dragostea zace sub fiecare piatră de mormânt.
Atât de multă dragoste. Priviri care fac să se clatine o viață întreagă. Mâini care se țin strâns pe o bancă în parc.
Privirea unui părinte spre copilul său nou-născut.
O prietenie atât de puternică, încât nu are nevoie de patimă.
Două trupuri care devin unul la nesfârșit. Dragoste.
E doar un cuvânt, dar spune așa de mult. Până la urmă doar dragostea conte
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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
Nora|KnyguDama
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Užmetus pirmą žvilgsnį į knygą, niekada nebūčiau pasakius, kad perskaičius ją ašarosiu. Ne tai, kad ašarosiu, o verksiu kaip reikalas. Tas Eifelis, svajingas žvilgsnis, raudonos lūpos kažkaip sufleravo lengvą, neįpareigojantį, atostogų romaną. Tai ta nata ir pradėjau skaityti. Viešpatėliau kaip klydau... "Raudona užrašų knygutė" - rimta, skaudi, tačiau labai graži ir jaudinanti istorija apie tikrą meilę, kovą už gyvenimą, draugystę.

Dorė - vieniša senolė gyvenanti Stoholme. Pati savimi nebepasir
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Vilija Jankūnaitė
"Raudona užrašų knygelė" buvo mano paskutinė 2018-ųjų metų knyga, privertusi apmąstyti gyvenime sutinkamus žmones ir jiems skiriamą laiką, nes kažkada bus per vėlu. Su tuo susiduria ir pagrindinė knygos veikėja senutė Dorė - dauguma jos kažkada pažinotų, mylėtų ar nekenčiamų žmonių dabar jau yra mirę ir visa tai ji žymisi savo raudonoje užrašų knygelėje. Dorė paskutinei savo likusiai giminaitei pasakoja savo gyvenimo istoriją, į kurią įsileidžiamas į skaitytojas ir po truputį nuimamas paslapties ...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
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Kathryn
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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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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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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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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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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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Hanna Kirjainten virrassa
Kannen perusteella ajattelin vähän hömpäksi, mutta äänikirja yllätti ja oli todella hyvä teos.
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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Aleksandra
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Predivan roman o potresnim životnim sudbinama, protkan najdubljim emocijama na koje se ne može ostati ravnodušan, prepun životnih mudrosti koje je dobro znati i dok ima vremena primjeniti. Zaista sam uživala čitajući u dahu ovu uzbudljivu i jako lijepo napisanu priču sa likovima koje ću zasigurno dugo pamtiti. Preporuka od srca!
Vivija
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nuostabi knyga apie karą, žmogaus vienatvę ir visa aprėpiančią meilę.
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.
Barbara
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
“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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Kate Vocke
This one was a bit sleepy for me. It's a sweet, sad story, but you kind of know how it's going to end right from the beginning. I also felt like this could have been called, "A few of the people Doris met in her life, who are now probably dead." The address book was a minor character, and didn't really add much for me. But the stories of her life were very entertaining, really interesting, and fairly sad, right up until the end. I think some people will love this, I thought it was just OK.

Doris
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Swedish author, journalist and teacher.
“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.” 5 likes
“I wish you enough,” she whispered in my ear. “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.” 0 likes
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