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GoGreek: A Greek “Snack Bar” in Pelham

Imagine you’re walking down the street holding a gyro in your hand. What does it look like? Most of us probably have a similar picture in our minds. Well, think again. This gyro is filled with freshly carved pork, tomatoes, onions, tzatziki sauce and even a few french fries. And it fits right in your hand, just like you’ll find in Greece. Welcome to the traditional Greek gyro, at the recently opened GoGreek Snack Bar, right in the heart of Pelham!

After spending many summers in Greece and enjoying the delicious food there, brothers Dan and Chris Krystallis are trying to recreate the culinary experience for Westchester County residents. As the sons of a Greek immigrant, they have firsthand experience of the flavors and ingredients of traditional Greek food. Running several Greek American diners in upstate New York, Chris brings his restaurant knowledge and experience to GoGreek.

However, it is the husband and wife team, Dan and Amber Krystallis who are running GoGreek. They are hoping to bring fast-casual Greek food to the masses and change a few perceptions about the humble gyro while they’re at it. Though GoGreek’s logo may give off vibes of a chain/franchise, this restaurant is a one-of-a-kind family-run, small business.

Centrally located on 5th Avenue in Pelham, GoGreek is a great spot to grab a quick lunch to go. However, with a variety of seating options available, including counter seats, traditional tables and chairs and outdoor seating, guests are welcome to stay and enjoy their meal.

GoGreek’s menu offers a variety of tasty eats. Handhelds include their signature pork gyro (the traditional style in Greece), or a burger, chicken or veggie pita. They have also recently added a Beyond Burger pita with spicy feta.

Now that the weather is cooling off, you may want to try Papu’s Chili,
which was one of my husband’s favorite dishes. It boasts a really complex set of flavors in one bowl.

Or the comforting flavors of home with Yaya’s Chicken Egg Lemon Rice soup.

Of course they also serve falafel, traditional hummus and spinach pie. But they also offer GoGreek Fries or Chips. Available drinks include bottles of Greek sodas (the carbonated orangeade is a great pick) and more common beverages.

If you’re looking to end your meal on a sweet note, they’ve got you covered. They serve traditional baklava and a GoGreek Sweet, fried pita topped with powdered sugar. For those with gluten concerns, everything on the menu is gluten-free, except for the pita, spinach pie and baklava.

When you’re in Pelham, give GoGreek a visit! You’ll enjoy authentic Greek “snacks” at an affordable price.

The Details:
GoGreek Snack Bar
108 5th Avenue
Pelham, NY 10803
(914) 740-3173

Hours: 11:30 AM – 9:00 PM, Monday – Saturday
Closed Sundays

Parking: Metered Street Parking

Price: $ (everything under $10)

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Five on Friday {Hello Fall!}

Fall officially arrived this week and I couldn’t be happier! I love the cooler weather, which brings the fall foliage, apple cider and dare I say, pumpkin spice?! This has been a long, busy week. We had back-to-school night for the kids. But because one night is grades 5th & 6th and the other 7th & 8th, I had to go on both Monday and Tuesday evening. This weekend we have a long, four day weekend for Rosh Hashanah. I will be spending Saturday at Town Day selling fried Oreos with my daughter’s Girl Scout troop. Then we will be spending a few days in the Catskills for a quick, fall getaway. I am so looking forward to a short break from everyone’s busy schedules! Here are five from this week:

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1. Watching – Last weekend we watched Jurassic Park. My kids have seen some of the newer movies in the series. However, my son is learning the theme song from the movie on piano. When his teacher asked if he had seen the movie and he told her he hadn’t, I knew I had to rectify that. Honestly, I fell asleep during the movie. But the rest of the family enjoyed it.

2. Field Hockey Games – This is my daughter’s second year playing on the modified field hockey team. She attended field hockey camp this summer and she’s gotten more confident playing. It’s a lot of fun watching her and her team play. Even though I played one year of modified field hockey myself when I was in middle school, I don’t remember any of the rules. All I know is that the refs blow the whistle what feels like every 30 seconds. Last week they tied in their first game. They played yesterday in the cold and rain and won. And they have another game this afternoon!

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3. Reading – I have just started reading The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris. This book has been on my to read list for awhile. One of my colleagues just read it and gave it to me to borrow. I started reading it at lunch yesterday and already know it’s going to be a good read.

4. Eating – This was a super busy week. We had both the Instant Pot and Slow Cooker in rotation this week. However, one of our favorite dinners of the week were these jerk chicken sandwiches. No recipe – I marinated chicken breasts overnight in a store-bought jerk marinade. Then the next day I cooked them up in a pan and topped them with Dole Sweet Apple Slawsome kit. It was a tasty combo and hardly any cooking was involved. I served the sandwiches with some truffle parm fries. We all devoured this meal!

5. Board Game Fun – We were recently sent some games from MindWare to try out and will be including some in an upcoming post. This week we played Picwits! and had a fun time. There are two decks of cards, one with captions and the other set with photos. A caption card is turned over and each player must choose the picture that they think best fits the caption. The judge decides which picture he/she think fits best. It’s similar to Apples to Apples, but with pictures. We will be playing this game a lot in future family game nights!

ICYMI this week:

Tuesday I wrote about Dover Stone Church.

In this week’s podcast we talked about all things pumkin spice and the Great Jack o’Lantern Blaze. Plus, our weekly quick hits.

Sharing with Friday Favorites! Have a great weekend!

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Episode 10 Show Notes: Pumpkin Spice and the Jack o’Lantern Blaze

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In this podcast episode we talk about:

Pumpkin Spice:
Over 20 Pumpkin Spice-Flavored Foods to Try This Fall (article we refer to)

The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze:
Historic Hudson Valley site
The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze 2017 in pictures (blog post)

Night of 1,000 Jack O’Lanterns (site)

Quick Hits:
1. Westchester Tattoo Convention (site)
2. Watching: Jurassic Park (DVD), Tall Girl (Netflix), 10 Things I Hate About You (DVD)
Movies in the theatre: Downton Abbey, The Goldfinch
3. Reading: Freakonomics, The Power of Habit, Beautiful Ruins, Beartown, Ask Again, Yes

Exploring Dover Stone Church

Fall is the perfect time to go hiking! I highly recommend exploring Dover Stone Church in Dover Plains, NY for a day of outdoor family fun. Back in the spring, my daughter and I enjoyed a nice visit here.

Let me be clear right at the start, Dover Stone Church is not actually a church. It’s actually a cavern, formed over the years, in a silhouette reminiscent of a cathedral’s stained glass window. The property was originally private but was purchased by the Town of Dover in 2002, when it became available for sale. Through grants and donations, the property has been renovated and expanded. In the summer of 2015, three miles of nature trails were opened for visitors to enjoy.

But let’s back up. Before you get to the cavern, you must park across the street in the school parking lot (only when school is not in session). After crossing the street, a sign helps point you in the right direction.

A giant sign welcomes you the Dover Stone Church!

And then you encounter this amazing view! This was taken back when we visited in May. I’m sure the view with the fall foliage is just as spectacular!

You pass another welcome sign and a display that gives a short history of the Dover Stone Church.

It’s a short 0.25 mile hike from the pedestrian path to the trails. On the way you cross a footbridge where underneath, the Stone Church Brook flows.

As you approach the Stone Church will pass a sign directing you to the hiking trails towards the left. Stay to the right to visit the Stone Church.

The path toward the Stone Church is pretty rocky. As you get closer to the Church, the rocks are also wet and slippery.

There are some pretty neat views of the brook.

But, of course, the Stone Church is the main reason for this visit!

The cavern was briefly closed in July of 2019 due to rockfalls in the cave. It has since reopened, but you are warned to use caution and enter at your own risk. If attempting to enter the cave, be cautious and wear appropriate footwear. Some minor rock hopping is needed to get inside. But I highly recommend going inside if you can. How often can you see a waterfall inside of a cave?!!

The Stone Church Cave Trail is only 0.3 miles round trip. After we got our fill of the cave, my daughter and I went off to hike. The red trail and yellow trails are each 1 mile round trip and the blue trail is 1.5 miles round trip. The trails are well marked with colored trail markers. We hiked the red trail which was an easy hike with no notable features.

I’d love to visit the Dover Stone Church again with the whole family, since only my daughter and I made this trip. The four of us can try out the other trails.

The Details:
Dover Stone Church
3128 NY-22
Dover Plains, NY 12522

Parking: Park across the street in the Dover Elementary School parking lot (when school is not in session) and at Frescho 22 Plaza, 3156 NY-22 (when school is in session)

Hours: Open 7 AM to 7 PM, weather permitting

*No swimming is allowed
*There is a carry in, carry out policy
*Pets must be leashed
*Altogether, our visit took a little over an hour including photos at the Stone Church and a one mile hike on the red trail.

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Five on Friday {40 and Fabulous!}

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Happy Friday! It’s the first Friday of my 40’s and this post is all things birthday! While some people have told me how bad 40 is with all the aches and pains, I’m a glass half full optimist. So far, 40 has been nothing but fabulous and I’m hoping it stays that way! I’m always posting on my Instagram stories, so check my feed out if you want to see what NY Foodie Family is up to! There’s lots of stories from this weekend in the Poconos and 914 Eats Highlights! Here are five from this past week:

1. Cranberry Manor Bed & Breakfast – For my husband’s 40th I took him to a bed and breakfast in Warwick, NY. For my birthday, we went to the Cranberry Manor Bed & Breakfast in the Poconos. We enjoy the no children policy, the warm hospitality and the delicious breakfasts that bed & breakfasts offer! And this was no exception. We enjoyed a peaceful, childless weekend celebrating me!

2. Barley Creek Brewing Company – We opted to go casual for dinner in the Poconos. When I chose Barley Creek Brewing Company I didn’t realize how large the restaurant was or how many families would be there. Of course we got seated across from the family with three kids under 5 whose youngest screamed through their entire stay……as a mom, I remember those days. Luckily, the food was okay and the beer flight and cider were delicious!

3. Bushkill Falls – I love hiking and I especially love waterfalls. So we went to the Poconos knowing that I wanted to hike Bushkill Falls. “Hike” might be too strong of a verb, as it’s more steps and wooden walkways, with a few spots of wooded trails. It’s a touristy place that you have to pay to get in ($16.50 an adult!). But, I did get my fill of waterfalls, as the place is known as “The Niagara of Pennsylvania. “

4. Brothers Fish & Chips – My parents watched the kids while we were away. When they asked where I wanted to go for dinner when we got back, I immediately said Brothers Fish & Chips. This is a seafood restaurant where the chef not only cooks amazing food but is artistic with his plating too. The four adults enjoyed a 7+ course tasting menu that was so good! Pictured here is a lobster tostone which I could have eaten a dozen more of!

5. Book Club and Currently Reading – This week I also met up with my book club. It was a potluck and another night of delicious eats. Sadly, my contribution was garlic bread and Italian bread with butter to go with the lasagna and meatballs that the hostess made. There was no way I could make anything in time, between picking my daughter up from field hockey practice and making the 40 minute drive to the hostess’ house. I was the only one who didn’t enjoy the book, Beautiful Ruins, by Jess Walter. But it was on my to read list, so I’m glad I read it. Plus, it was a fun night with fellow book lovers. And I was surprised to discover that out of the 12 of us there, 3 of us share the exact same birthday!

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I’m currently reading Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane. My husband already listened to it on audio and I can’t wait to be able to discuss it with him.

ICYMI: This week on the blog:

Monday I wrote about the NYCWFF Family Ice Cream Fun-dae.

In this week’s podcast we talked about apple picking and the NYCWFF Family Ice Cream Fun-dae, plus our weekly Quick Hits.

Sharing with Friday Favorites. Have a great weekend!

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Episode 9 Podcast Show Notes: Apple Picking and NYCWFF Family Ice Cream Fun-dae

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In this podcast episode we talk about:

Apple Picking:
Fishkill Farms (Hopewell Junction)
Barton Orchards (Poughquag)
Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm (Yorktown Heights)

Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard (North Salem)
Dubois Farm (Highland)
Hurd’s Family Farm (Modena)

NYCWFF: Family Ice Cream Fun-dae
Family Ice Cream Fun-dae Info & Tickets (website)
Family Ice Cream Fun-dae (blog post)

Quick Hits:
1. Westchester Magazine WingFest
2. Jersey Mike’s Hartsdale
3. The Cheese Bar (conveyor belt cheese restaurant)
4. Intoxikatefoodie’s Eating for Orange campaign to support Feeding Westchester

NYCWFF: Family Ice Cream Fun-dae

(NY Foodie Family was given media passes to the NYCWFF Family Ice Cream Fun-dae.  As always, all opinions are our own.)

Does your family love ice cream as much as our does?!  If you want to enjoy a fun-filled afternoon together eating all the frozen treats, check out the New York City Wine and Food Festival’s (NYCWFF) Family Ice Cream Fun-dae.

This year the Ice Cream Fun-dae takes place on Sunday, October 13th at SECOND. event space in Chelsea. The event is hosted by Duff Goldman and features ice cream treats from popular ice cream purveyors in and around the city.

We attended last year’s Family Ice Cream Fun-Dae and got to enjoy some of these tasty treats:

16 Handles served Duff’s Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream with cookie dough bites and pink sprinkles.

Ample Hills Creamery had “No Sleep Till’ Pumpkin” which was coffee ice cream with pieces of housemade pumpkin ooey-gooey butter cake.

Big Gay Ice Cream had Birfdae Cek Ice Cream with Strawberry Whipped Cream. Yes, that’s the correct spelling.

Coolhaus Ice Cream was serving two of their ice cream flavors, Milkshake ‘n Fries (Salted Tahitian Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, Shoestring French Fries and Milk Chocolate Milk Balls) and Buttered French Toast (Buttered Brown Sugar Ice Cream with Pecan Pralines, Cakey Toast Pieces and a Maple Swirl).

Davey’s Ice Cream had Chocolate Mud Sundaes with homemade brownie crumb soil, candy critters, cookies n’ chocolate ice cream with gooey caramel sauce and a cherry.

Gigante’s Restaurant and Bar was serving Rainbow Cookie Ice Cream. Honey-almond nougat was sandwiched between rainbow cookies and rolled in sprinkles.

Odd Fellows served Pumpkin Cheesecake Ice Cream with Hot Fudge and Graham Cracker Soil.

Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory had Mini Green Tea and Cookies & Cream Milkshakes.

This year’s  ice cream line-up includes a couple of favorites from last year, including Big Gay Ice Cream, Davey’s Ice Cream and the Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory. However, this year there are many new ice cream shops participating including Minus10 Ice Cream, Llama Ice Cream, Eggloo, Yum Actually and so many more! Even one of Westchester County’s beloved ice cream shops, Penny Lick Ice Cream Company will be there for the first time!

Be sure to arrive to this event early! Once you enter the space, you are free to eat whatever ice cream treats you want. If you really like something, feel free to have seconds! However, my husband and daughter can tell you, after sampling one of every ice cream treat at last year’s event, they were stuffed!

There are special cocktails for adults as well. Last year, there was a FrappaChata with whipped cream and a RumChata French Toast (RumChata with Maple Whiskey).

Besides getting your fill of ice cream there is other fun to be had.  There are face painters, balloon artists, interactive stations for kids, and a DJ playing music.

Of course, one of the highlights of our visit was getting to meet Duff Goldman! He autographed souvenir bowls and was available for pictures. It was a fun and tasty day out for my husband and daughter and one that they still talk about!

The Details:
NYCWFF Family Ice Cream Fun-dae
SECOND.
849 6th Avenue
New York, NY 1001

Date: Sunday, October 13
Time: 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Tickets: $95/adults, $40/kids

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Five on Friday {Last Weekend Being 39}

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Happy Friday the 13th! No bad vibes here! I am excited for the weekend because my husband and I are going away to celebrate my birthday. Technically, my birthday is on Monday, but who can celebrate their birthday on a Monday?! Plus, it’s a milestone birthday….I’m turning 40. Fortunately, I don’t feel old and my mantra this year is going to be “40 and Fabulous!” Hopefully, we will enjoy a nice, quiet weekend in the Poconos at a bed and breakfast. I will report back next week on the birthday celebrations. Here are five from this week:

1. Supper Club – This weekend we had our monthly supper club. This month’s theme was “Farm-to-Table.” We all visited our local farmer’s markets and made something using seasonal ingredients we found. I made a Mexican Street Corn Salad that was tasty. But my husband made this Skillet Peach Cobbler with the sweetest, juiciest peaches we’ve had.

2. Reading – Guys, I’m in a reading slump! I have book club next week and need to finish reading Beautiful Ruins. This had been on my to read list for awhile, so I was excited to read it. However, it is not holding my attention and I have little interest in reading it. I started reading this on the 2nd of September and have still not finished it! I’m over half-way through though and if it wasn’t a book club read I’d have given up on it a long time ago. But, I will have to read something quick and suspenseful next!

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3. Watching – We had a family movie night recently and watched the 2019 Tim Burton directed version of Dumbo. Dumbo, the elephant, was super cute, but I wasn’t wowed by the movie itself. Although we were all familiar with the story of the flying elephant with the big ears, none of us were sure we’d ever seen the original version!

4. Eating – This week my husband represented NY Foodie Family and attended a tasting event at a new organic market that opened. He was given a reuseable tote bag that had some food items including this Better Almond Butter. This was my first introduction to the nut butter scene. I’m usually a peanut butter eater, if I’m eating nut butter at all. But I tried this one on toast. It has no sweetness, which takes some getting used to. But it’s healthy and I’m REALLY trying, at least during the week, to eat better.

5. Cooking – Yeah for back-to-school! (insert eye roll here!). We are in full swing with activity schedules and my chauffeur hat is really getting a workout. Meal planning is so important for us and I’m continuing to have the kids choose a recipe and help cook dinner one night a week. My daughter chose spaghetti and meatballs, her favorite. Since my son didn’t pick a recipe, he helped me make these Chicken Tikka Masala Flatbreads. These are so quick and easy to make and so tasty, that it has become a “regular” recipe for us (I put regular in quotes since I rarely make the same thing twice and we’ve now had this about 3-4 times since I first discovered it months ago). I’ve been using this sauce that I can easily find at my local Shoprite.

This week on the podcast we talk about Part II of our Weekend in Cooperstown.  Then we end with our Quick Hits of the week!

This week on the blog I posted about the new Mike’s Organic Market that opened in Stamford, CT.

I also shared my August 2019 reads.

Sharing with Friday Favorites!  Have a great weekend!

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Podcast Episode 8: Cooperstown Part II {Show Notes}

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In this podcast episode we talk about:

A Weekend in Cooperstown (blog post)

Fly Creek Cider Mill (website)
288 Goose Street
Fly Creek, NY 13337
A Tasty Time at Fly Creek Cider Mill (blog post)

Cooperstown Beverage Exchange (website)
73 Main Street
Cooperstown, NY 13326

Doubleday Cafe (Website)
93 W. Main Street
Cooperstown, NY 13326

New York Pizzeria (website)
75 Chestnut Street
Cooperstown, NY 13326

Lake ‘N Pines Motel (website)
7102 State Highway 80
Cooperstown, NY 13326

Quick Hits:
Bicycle Sundays
White Plains Jazz Festival (website)
Rivertown Public Market (website)
Cooking Lately:
Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas
One Pot 30 Minute Creamy Tomato Basil Pasta
20 Minute Ramen Carbonara

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August Reads {2019}

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Summer is over. While I enjoyed some great summer reading at the beach, which is my fave, I’m currently lacking motivation to read. I’m not sure if it’s my current book choices, the weather, or being back to a very scheduled routine. However, I am hoping that this passes, sooner than later. One highlight of my summer reading is that I participated in my library’s summer adult reading BINGO game and I actually won a prize! I received a box of 30 handmade greeting cards and a $20 Barnes & Noble gift card. All for just reading! I read a couple of really good books in August and some okay reads. Here are my August reads that I’m sharing with Steph and Jana’s monthly SUYB linkup:

3 Stars:

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The Farm by Joanna Ramos – Golden Oaks, known as “the Farm” is a place where hosts carry babies for super wealthy women, who are either too old to carry a baby or just don’t want to be pregnant. These hosts, many of whom are poor immigrants from other countries, are paid well and live the life of luxury while on the farm. Jane, a young woman from the Philippines becomes a host so she can provide for her own infant daughter. While she is on the Farm, an older cousin is caring for her daughter. This book takes a look at race, privilege and motherhood in the modern world.

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Lock Every Door by Riley Sager – Jules Larsen finds an apartment sitting job at the Bartholemew building in NYC. But she finds that there’s a lot of rules and that some strange things seem to be going on in the building. Then when fellow apartment sitter, Ingrid, goes missing, Jules tries to find out what happened to her. This was my first Riley Sager book and for me was just an okay mystery/thriller.

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The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren – Olive’s sister married Ethan’s brother. But when everyone, except Olive and Ethan get sick at the wedding, the two of them are left taking the honeymoon to Maui that their siblings were supposed to go on. However, they have to pretend that they are married, which creates more problems than they had expected. I’ve become a fan of the Christina Lauren writing duo and have read several of their books now. This was a cute romance book, but wasn’t one of my faves of theirs. I’m feeling like their books are getting formulaic, with a similar story line/theme to all of them.

4 Stars:

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The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein – Told through the eyes of an old dog named Enzo, we reminisce on his life with his human owner, Denny, and all of the ups and downs they’ve been through together. This was a reread for me this month. It’s my work book club’s book pick and since I had first read it so long ago, I decided to do a reread. I enjoyed it as much as the first time and can’t wait to see the movie (but I’m going to wait until it comes to DVD!). I had my 13 year-old daughter read it and she really liked it too.

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Born A Crime by Trevor Noah – This was the only non-fiction book that I read this month. I am vaguely familiar with Trevor Noah because my husband used to watch him on The Daily Show (back when we had cable). I had heard good reviews of this book and figured I’d read it for for the Celebrity Author box for my library BINGO game card. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed reading this. It really gave me insight into what life is like in South Africa.

5 Stars:

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Us Against You by Fredrik Backman – A colleague at work recently read Beartown and it reminded me of how much I had loved that book. I realized that I had still never read the sequel so got right on it. I feel like sequels can be hit or miss. But I just loved Us Against You as much as Beartown. It was nice to see how the story continued. Backman really knows character development. He makes even the unlikable characters, likable. I’m just sad the story is over now. Since I was raving so much about this book, I told my husband I wanted him to read Beartown, which he is currently doing.

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July 2019 Reads

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