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Tilly and the Crazy Eights
2018
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When Tilly receives an invitation to help drive eight elders on their ultimate bucket-list road trip, she impulsively says yes. Before she knows it, Tilly has said good-bye to her family and is on an adventure that will transform her in ways she could not predict, just as it will for the elders who soon dub themselves "the Crazy Eights."The Crazy Eights each choose a stop--somewhere or something they've always wanted to experience--on the way to their ultimate goal, the Gathering of Nations Pow Wow in Albuquerque. Their plan is to travel to Las Vegas, Sedona, and the Redwood Forests, with each destination the inspiration for secrets and stories to be revealed. The trip proves to be powerful medicine as they laugh, heal, argue, and dream along the way. By the time their bus rolls to a stop in New Mexico, Tilly and the Crazy Eights, with friendships forged and hearts mended, feel ready for anything. But are they?
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During the regular meeting of the Stitch and Bitch sewing circle, Sarah, who has been battling cancer, reveals that it has always been her dream to attend the Gathering of Nations Pow Wow in Albuquerque. This prompts other women in the group to put together a bucket list, and after raising the necessary funds, they set out from British Columbia, accompanied by one husband and one ex as well as Tilly, a young friend who has been recruited ""to help with the driving and also to take care of everyone."" The bucket list determines their itinerary, which includes stops in Vegas to see the pawnshop where Pawn Stars is filmed and in Sedona to spread Mabel's deceased sister's ashes, before they reach their final destination. On the way, they celebrate, repair a few fractured relationships, and, in some cases, try to come to terms with memories of the abuse they endured at the government-sponsored residential school to which they were sent when they were girls. A solid choice to meet the growing demand for Native literature.--Mary Ellen Quinn Copyright 2018 Booklist
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