12 Things Readers Say to Their Friends: Today in Critical Linking

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So here’s a big shout out to all the friends of book-lovers who put up with us and our obsessions. And here are some of the things that every reader is guilty of saying to their friends.

This list of 12 Things Readers Say to Their Friends is a little too familiar…

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I saw Ray less after the breakup of his marriage, his meeting Tess Gallagher and his battle with cancer. But I am so grateful that his last ten years were good years for him, “gravy” as he called them.

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