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Salt Houses
Salt Houses | Hala Alyan
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Kshakal
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I had high hopes for this one but it just didn‘t pan out for me! #thoughtyouwouldlikebutdidnt #gratefulreads @OriginalCyn620 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Pretty cover though 🤷🏼‍♀️ 4w
OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚 4w
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Schlinkles
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Soubhiville Oh my, pretty! 3mo
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sarahjane1077
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Up next! #tbr #amreading

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AlizaApp
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Generations of a Palestinian family as they face the troubled and changing Middle East. Starts in Nablus before the Six Day War and travels from Kuwait and Amman to Paris and Boston in a post-9/11 world.

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Hestapleton
Salt Houses | Hala Alyan
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I liked this more than I thought I would. The first 100 pages are tough—a choppy storyline, new (to me) culture (haven‘t read much Palestinian lit)—but I found a groove eventually and really enjoyed the writing and characters that span generations. Wouldn‘t have discovered it without my book club! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Book 10/30 for #bfcr2

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Hestapleton
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Was hoping to finish the tagged book tonight. And then my very independent kitty decided that he missed me and fell asleep all curled up in my lap. 😭❤️

rubyslippersreads 😻😻😻 5mo
hermyknee Awwww ♥️ How are you liking Salt Houses? That one has been on my radar for quite a while 5mo
Hestapleton @hermyknee I‘m liking it! My book club is reading it. The first 100 pages are slow and the style is a bit tricky to get used to, but I‘m in the swing of it and really enjoying the different perspective and writing. 5mo
Crazeedi Kitty deserves a little lovin! 5mo
rretzler 😻 5mo
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Macnjen
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Book club book for #litsyAtoZ challenge. Nice story of multiple generations of a middle eastern family. A little confusing as it jumps back and forth in time. Nothing major happens, it's just a story of their lives. I'd give it 3 stars as it was a little slow for me but a sweet storyline. @bookishmarginalia

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kindergartenkat
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Gearing up for #bookfitnesschallenge ! Went to CrossFit and finished Salt Houses today. Started listening to On the Come Up too.

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Victoria_Clyne
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Mehso-so

An interesting novel of an Middle Eastern family told by various members of the family at key historical points in time. I liked reading about their everyday lives and the impact of or reaction to the historical events but overall felt that it was too slow for me.

Kshakal Completely agree 8mo
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Macnjen
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Next book club book for the #litsyAtoZ challenge @BookishMarginalia fir the letter A.

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Kshakal
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Mehso-so

I have conflicting feelings about this multi-generational saga... the subject was interesting but it felt seriously disjointed to me. There were giant leaps of time and it made it hard to keep everything straight. Overall, not my favorite.

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Kshakal
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A good book and a hallmark movie... yeah, I know how to party on a Saturday night 🤓

Mollyanna Sounds perfect! Enjoy! 8mo
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Sapphire
Salt Houses | Hala Alyan
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If you enjoy multi generational family sagas, this is a good one. Also very interesting exploration of the impact of the middle east wars from 67 to desert Storm on people's individual life choices.

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JamieArc
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A bibliophile‘s torture: Checking into my hotel for a weekend full of meetings, I see a gift bag with Ta-Nahesi Coates‘ name on it. It turns out he won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for non-fiction and the tagged author for fiction (which I really liked). This bookish thing is happening right where I am and I can‘t go! Torture! I can even see INTO the event from my hotel window! 😫😫😫

Ericalambbrown I‘m so sorry! Ugh. 😢 14mo
Schlinkles Oh painful. Salt Houses was such a beautiful book! 14mo
BookNAround Loved Salt Houses. 13mo
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LinusTheWonderPup
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CouronneDhiver
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This story ❤️ Quiet suspense... just my style!

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CouronneDhiver
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Next up!

I‘m celebrating pretty things today ... Beautiful cover and gorgeous flowers. 😍

How‘s your day going?

#CurrentlyReading

suvata Beautiful 1y
Centique I hope it‘s good because the cover is GORGEOUS 😍 1y
CouronneDhiver I‘m only at 7% so far but the story seems interesting. I feel like I‘m learning a lot about Palestinian geography and culture too. 👍🏽 @Centique 1y
minkyb Pretty! 1y
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RealLifeReading
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Books I found at the Singapore library@orchard
A debut novel about the displacement of a Palestinian family.
First line: “When Salma peers into her daughter‘s coffee cup, she knows instantly she must lie.”

Have you read it?

JulAnna I have not, but it sounds like something I would like! Stacked! 1y
MoniqueReads305 That first line is amazing. 1y
BookNAround Great book! 1y
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JamieArc I really liked this one. 1y
RealLifeReading @JulAnna @MoniqueReads305 I‘m definitely going to borrow it soon! 1y
RealLifeReading @BookNAround @JamieArc good to hear that! Looking forward to reading it 1y
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Lola
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Finally sitting down to read after a loooong day. This one pulled me right in. @RoscoeBooks Fiction Book Club pick for August.

Tamra Love that cover! 1y
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GypsyKat
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I wouldn‘t classify this one as a page turner, but it was lovely. This follows a middle eastern family through several generations, and all over the world. It‘s beauty is in its simplicity. War, loss, hope, religion, and tradition weaving through the stories of this family and their everyday lives. 3 1/2 stars

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GypsyKat
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I‘m starting this audiobook today. I don‘t know much about it so I don‘t really have any expectations. That alone should make it interesting. 👍🎧

Itchyfeetreader I have this in paperback but not read it yet. 1y
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wen4blu
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I love a good book surprise! I picked this one up from the library sale rack and later discovered it is a signed first edition. Woot!

saresmoore Wow! 1y
readordierachel How cool! 1y
DivineDiana How fortuitous! 👏🏻📚👏🏻 1y
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Jolynne
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A beautifully written story about a Palestinian family and home. In this case, family, is your only home.

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KerryLibME
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“How tiny our lives are...swelling to impossible size with love, then shrinking again.”

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Tboyer
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I enjoyed this book. I was interested in this families life in the Middle East. I couldn‘t stop reading. I‘m not very familiar with the cities in this book, but at every new city I was searching to see where it was. Love!!!

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Abailliekaras
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The story of a Palestinian family displaced from their home in Nablus who move to Kuwait & later Beirut and Amman. It covers 3 generations & jumps ahead in years from 1960s to 2014. Realistic & thought-provoking as to the experience of being a migrant in #Kuwait, but I found the domestic conflicts repetitive across the generations & neither the plot nor the characters held my interest. Good on themes of family & displacement. #passportlitsy

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Abailliekaras
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I *may* be a month late, but my February book for #PassportLitsy set in #Kuwait is really good so far!

batsy I'm glad to see the passportlitsy tag! I've completely let it slide and I haven't seen it pop up much on my feed 😬 Need to get back on track... 2y
Abailliekaras @batsy I‘m behind but excited - lots of countries that I‘ve never heard of let alone read books from! I‘m behind in read around the world too, but always love the prompt to get into some translated work. 😊 2y
batsy Yes! Reading more fiction in translation is the best. 2y
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Chrissyreadit I want to read around the world, but it also falls The the side. I wanted to hang a world map and pin every time I read a book from that location. 2y
BookishMe I chose Palestine for this book, based on the writer's ancestry... Loved this gripping tale of family ties! 2y
Abailliekaras @BookishMe yes they move around a bit! I‘m taking a break from it but quite intrigued. 2y
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PandaPanda
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BookishMe
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#quotsyMarch18 birthday wishes by the #moonlight

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BookishMe
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#Booked2018 #LitWorld2018GB - #Palestine (Author's ethnicity) #santhiReads2018

Brilliant writing, thick with emotion, swept me through the family's hopes and tribulations. Their togetherness kept me glued to the heart-tugging story

4thhouseontheleft What an incredible quote. 2y
BookishMe @4thhouseontheleft ;D yes, one of the many from this incredible story. 2y
Cinfhen Is this your #PoCAuthor ?!? 2y
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BookishMe
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... Time, as something terrifying and tremendous.

It was Time, whirling her along, spinning, spinning, until it finally stopped, and she looked around, blinking...

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BookishMe
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Identity... Cataloging of origins is inevitable in current times, methinks.

Elle_Skeldon I think it is wonderful that every person comes equipped with a rich history and culture. I also believe it is important to know your roots but at the same time I think being sorted and categorized by them does everyone a huge disservice. ❤️ this post. Definitely makes you think about the state of things. 2y
BookishMe @Elle_Skeldon true about history. I tend to be curious about backgrounds cos I want to to know a person's story, if they are willing to share. I know some find it rude to be asked where they are from. I have to be utmost respectful and mind the line between sorting and embracing the different origins. And this matter of identity is across borders - we're more same than different. 2y
Elle_Skeldon I feel the same ! 2y
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BookishMe
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Karam and Souad, by contrast, are their own worlds. Cavernous, chaotic, beautiful.

#nowreading #currentread #amreading #eBook #overdrive #currentlyreading

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BookishMe
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The other #eBook to keep me awake
Strong characters + skilful writing kept me tapping the pages
#marchInBooks18 #Booked2018
This will be one of the #DiverseReads for above

I support those who disagree with labels POC/ Minority writers; both are relative terms. (Surely Chinese & Indian authors cannot be minority when they are the populous nations, nor Japanese a person of colour :))
I prefer diversity to indicate various backgrounds of writers.

BookishMe I share this excerpt as I wonder if it isn't better to be far away from the war, instead of returning to the fleeing family 2y
batsy Great point about the terms POC, etc. Very contextual. Even the term diversity has come to be so US-centric. The rest of the world doesn't get "diversity" points when it reads American books ? 2y
BookishMe @batsy I could relate to Adichie sharing how she grew up in the world of gingerbread etc through English man's books, not knowing people like her can be in books. Not sure when or how, I learnt to appreciate books outside North America / England. I am now only too glad to be able to enjoy writing rich with nuances from all over, rather than a dominating region 2y
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batsy Yes. I think even Chinua Achebe has written about this. So glad to have a wealth of fiction in translation available, too. 2y
BookishMe @batsy it's a great time to be avid readers 2y
4thhouseontheleft Excellent point. With the exception of prompts on reading challenges, like #Booked2018, I don‘t label my books as PoC or not. I also don‘t fit diverse authors into one month (such as Black History Month in the US), but read diversely throughout the year. (edited) 2y
BookishMe @4thhouseontheleft I agree with you... They deserve equal attention throughout! 2y
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BookishMe
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Nostalgia is an affliction.
...the longing for what had vanished wasting a person away.

#nowreading #amreading #LitsyPassport

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AbstractMonica
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Starting this one now 🤗💞📚☕️

Tamra I love that cover - eye popping. 2y
emilyhaldi ❤️ this cover 😍 2y
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spanda84
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My favorite books begin with a family tree. Salt Houses traces 4 generations of a displaced Palestinian family. Their daily lives are tempered by war. Sweeping, magnificent, and beautifully written. #7thBookof2018

MsLeah8417 This sounds very interesting. Another book to add to my TBR pile 😊 2y
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GypsyKat
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A couple books I had to get today. I had to! They‘re on sale! 😆 #BookSale

CareBear I bought this today too! 2y
That-Bookish-Hiker Under Rose Tainted skies is a pretty good book. Good choices! 2y
Ingerella They have had sales every day for the last week or so! I'm going to need to take out a loan soon, I've bought so many. I see $1.99 and my thumb hits the "1-click purchase" button before I can stop it! I bought The Leavers today. 2y
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GypsyKat @That-Bookish-Hiker Good to hear! And thanks, I couldn‘t resist! 2y
GypsyKat @CareBear @Ingerella I get emails every day with books on sale. My dwindling funds and growing Kindle library can be blamed on Goodreads and my lack of self control! 😆 2y
mhillis I bought Salt Houses too! 2y
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GinEyre22
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Hey look at that! Thanks Good Reads!

ReadingSusan Oh I loved that book. 2y
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RedbagReadbooks
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Up next 😁👽🤡🥓🌨☄️💥⛅️⚡️🍅🍯🍟🥘🍪🍩🚃

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JamieArc
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I'm not usually drawn to books about the Middle East, but between the reviews and trying to diversify my reading, I knew this was one I should pick up. A beautiful multigenerational story, reminding you that in the midst of war and loss of home, there is still redeeming beauty if you look for it.

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NicoleCeBallos
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I really enjoyed this one. It's the story of one family's life throughout the years. It was heartbreaking at times, but it showed an accurate portrayal of a family and their struggles and joys. 4/5.

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Leelee.reads
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I don't know how to rate this one, even after a few days to think on it. I didn't love it like all the other reviewers. I enjoyed it while reading it, but struggled to want to pick it back up each time I put it down. I think too many of the stories had the same base note: sad (in variations like regretful, ashamed, bitter, unhappy...) But - also interesting perspectives and story lines, and well-written. So I had mixed feelings.

Leelee.reads Also - did I miss something obvious about the title? Why is it called Salt Houses? (My closest guess is because there are so many tears...) I thought maybe because of the ocean motif, but it doesn't really make sense... 2y
BookishMe @Leelee.reads the tears is an interesting, possible interpretation. The title reminded me of the biblical story of the woman who turned into a pillar of salt for turning back. My idea could be far-fetched in that it refers to the homes destroyed and left behind each time they fled 2y
Leelee.reads @BookishMe that‘s an interesting idea - that you can‘t look back at the past and must keep moving forward. I don‘t know why the houses themselves would be salt though... interesting food for thought! 2y
BookishMe @Leelee.reads 😄😄 2y
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Posemn
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I am neither Israeli nor Palestinian by ancestry but if my Mom and Dad and special Aunt and grandparents were here today I would give them all great big hugs after finishing this book. Alyan tells a heartbreaking and beautiful story about family and displacement. I loved this book.

heidisreads I saw this on the shelf at the library the other day and almost picked it up... but I already had so many books in my arms! 😂🤣 2y
Posemn I know that feeling @heidifk! I try not to look at the "New Books" shelves when checking out books I have requested. I always come home with extra books when I look! 2y
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Leelee.reads
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Checked both these out from the library and I do want to read them both, but I'm about half way through Salt Houses and realizing I may not be up to reading them back to back. Might have to grab something a bit lighter between them.

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Librarylady
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I've enjoyed all of these books recently. Now I hope someone else will pick them up from my little free library and give them a good home.

tammysue That's wonderful! 👍🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 2y
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Lauren.Archer
Salt Houses | Hala Alyan
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Beautiful book that spans three generations of a Palestinian family. Being of Jewish Heritage it was a perspective I have never really read before. Multi POVs and I enjoyed each one.

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Cinfhen
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Day 17 #AugustGrrrl The Israel/Palestine issue is extremely #complicated 😔Certainly, not easy to transcribe in fiction~ This book follows one Palestinian family and their experience from 1948 -2014. I found the writing poetic however I was uncomfortable by the author's narrative, as it differs so vastly from my own personal beliefs. I hope readers will recognize the re-telling of history is not so linear and one dimensional. #ReadBeyondBorders ❤️

mdbstar12 Ooh, I think that's the definition of complicated! Sounds like a fascinating read though! 2y
Cinfhen Absolutely @mdbstar12 I encourage everyone to read outside their comfort zone #liveandlearn #thinkreaddiscuss 2y
TrishB Great post 👍 many sides to stories. 2y
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Cinfhen Thanks so much @TrishB I really don't like to share politics on Litsy...that's wayyyyy to #complicated 😉I prefer to stick with books and music and continue to love everybody 😘😘😘 2y
PandaPanda I just bought this on a whim (mostly because I love the cover) now I'm excited to see what its like! 2y
Cinfhen The cover is GORGEOUS @PandaPanda 2y
JaclynW Life is complicated!! There are always differening sides to the same story. Very few things are black and white = complicating. Great post. I was drawn to this book as soon as I saw the cover. Then the subject caught me eye, it's something I want to know more about. It's on my TBR! 2y
Cinfhen Most people have been responding favorably to this book - I'll be curious to read your thoughts! Its important to have new voices in literature ~ I totally respect that💜 @JaclynW So true, life is not black & white 2y
Reviewsbylola I love the cover but something about the book puts me off. 2y
JaclynW @Cinfhen Agreed. (And I just noticed a typo in my message. Oops! I hate that!) 2y
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Lauren.Archer
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Next book, this is different from what I normally read but sounds so good.

Lacythebookworm I loved it! 😍 2y
Texreader Gorgeous cover!! No Litsy blurb. What's it about? 2y
tstan It's very good 2y
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Allietaylor16
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I love it when I'm digging through boxes at work and discover galleys of books that are on my TBR list!