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Sing, Unburied, Sing
Sing, Unburied, Sing | Jesmyn Ward
A searing and profound Southern odyssey by National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward. In Jesmyn Ward s first novel since her National Book Award winning Salvage the Bones, this singular American writer brings the archetypal road novel into rural twenty-first-century America. Drawing on Morrison and Faulkner, The Odyssey and the Old Testament, Ward gives us an epochal story, a journey through Mississippi s past and present that is both an intimate portrait of a family and an epic tale of hope and struggle. Ward is a major American writer, multiply awarded and universally lauded, and in Sing, Unburied, Sing she is at the height of her powers. Jojo and his toddler sister, Kayla, live with their grandparents, Mam and Pop, and the occasional presence of their drug-addicted mother, Leonie, on a farm on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. Leonie is simultaneously tormented and comforted by visions of her dead brother, which only come to her when she s high; Mam is dying of cancer; and quiet, steady Pop tries to run the household and teach Jojo how to be a man. When the white father of Leonie s children is released from prison, she packs her kids and a friend into her car and sets out across the state for Parchman farm, the Mississippi State Penitentiary, on a journey rife with danger and promise. Sing, Unburied, Sing grapples with the ugly truths at the heart of the American story and the power, and limitations, of the bonds of family. Rich with Ward s distinctive, musical language, Sing, Unburied, Sing is a majestic new work and an essential contribution to American literature."
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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“It stays with me, a bruise in the memory that hurts when I touch it.” 💔💔

#PowerfulBook
#IndelibleMoments

Eggs Beautiful 👏🏻💔📚 1mo
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jdiehr
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Two more excellent short stories by well-known authors.

"A Wild Rose" is about a pianist whose fingers start giving her trouble. She takes up residence in a studio apartment above Carnegie Hall. I love how Fiona Davis always introduces readers to hidden spots in well-known places.

"Mother Swamp" is an excellent story about a hidden community built by women escaping slavery. Very powerful.

I have enjoyed this short story collection immensely

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#bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

Overall, a good book. Not an easy read by any means though. Recommended by my high schooler who read it in class. Lots of symbolism, historical context, social commentary, and deeper meanings. I can see why an English teacher would choose it.

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 3mo
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Started a new adventure last night and woke up in the middle of the night with it in my armpit. I love falling asleep with books 📖 🛌

TheLudicReader Such a good book. 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 😂😂😂 3mo
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audreydmcgee
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Where Year of the Reaper failed with the ghosts, this one shines. I listened to it so I‘m sure I didn‘t catch as much as I should have. I would love to actually read it.

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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“Sometimes the world don‘t give you what you need, no matter how hard you look. Sometimes it withholds.”

#Bookyouregiftoften
#BookMoods

Eggs ❤️🌹❤️ 4mo
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Sleepswithbooks
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Misty!!! I feel like the card and bookmark faerie 🧚 came to visit me!!!! What a wonderful surprise!!! Thank you so much! #Litsyloveletters 💌 just waiting for mailboxes 📭I‘m excited to read “Sing Unburied Sing” too. Best Monday Ever 🤗😘💛

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘m happy it made it there safely! The book is used, so good! I hope you enjoy it! Love you 😘 4mo
CinderJo Oooo… what‘s this? #litsyloveletters ? 4mo
Sleepswithbooks @BookGypsy - I was gifted these beautiful blank cards that I can write and send # Litsylove. Litsylove is an international penpal group and @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks started it. If you‘re interested in joining, she can tell you more 💌📬💛 It‘s a fabulous group!! 4mo
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CinderJo @Sleepswithbooks Thank you 😊 it sounds wonderful 💕 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @BookGypsy email me at loverofbooks75@gmail. Com if you‘re interested!! 3mo
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KCofKaysville
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Very different sort of novel. About a black family and a road trip to pick up a father from prison. Has a couple of ghosts as characters and tragedies of the present and past. Poetic writing and kind of a dark story. I'll try to read more by the author.

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KCofKaysville
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I'm going to read this one. It looks interesting and won the National Book Award.

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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“River held out his hands to the dogs like he was a river and they were his church.”

💔⛪️🎼

One of my favorites ❤️🖤

#SavvySettings
#Church

Addison_Reads Great choice. 💚💔 7mo
Eggs Most beautiful and unusual book - one of a kind 😥 7mo
KCofKaysville @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I'm starting this one now! 6mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @KCofKaysville I hope you love it! 6mo
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klu13
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Very spiritual

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Heartbreaking story about drug addiction, grandparents raising grandkids, inter generational trauma, racism, and how the past can still affect so much of your present. Such a well written book especially dealing with such difficult subjects. I definitely need to read more of Ward‘s books. #bookspin book #booked2022 #bookedreadingchallenge title that repeats itself

Cinfhen This book broke my heart. Excellent choice and wonderful review. 8mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 8mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks She is phenomenal ❤️ 8mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage I keep saying I‘ve got to read this one!! 7mo
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JamieArc
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This might be my favorite of my #NYWD list that I‘ve read so far. I see why all the love for it. The characters are so raw and richly created, a beautiful entanglement of beauty and flaws. This book had intimidated me for a while. Not sure why, but I‘m glad I was nudged to read it. I won‘t be surprised if it makes my top list of 2022.
#Booked2022 Title Repeats Itself

JamieArc @TheLudicReader I‘m continuing to read your list. I actually haven‘t yet read the ones I was most looking forward to. I won‘t tag you in my reviews though unless you want me to. 8mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love this one ❤️ 8mo
Cinfhen I LOVE this one too!! Great choice for #Booked2022 8mo
TheLudicReader Please, please tag me. I love hearing your thoughts- positive or negative. 8mo
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JamieArc
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Hoping to finished the tagged book for #NYWD and #Booked22 along with making progress in Dune and Forbidden.

Andrew65 A great book. 8mo
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NikkiM5
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When you know a book is going to break your heart only a few chapters in. 😭 Jesmyn writes people we may know so well. Forgot to add it meets #pop22 10

Thanks for the recommendation @Readergrrl what an excellent book! #NewYearWhoDis

JamieArc I just started this 😳 8mo
monalyisha I should read this again. I listened to the audio & I just loved it so much. I‘d definitely put it on a list of Favorite Books of All Time. Glad you enjoyed it, too! 8mo
NikkiM5 @JamieArc it is so good. Looking forward to your opinion 8mo
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JamieArc I‘m reading it for #NYWD as well. 8mo
Readergrrl I read Sing, Unburied, Sing at the height of the protests in Minnesota after George Floyd‘s murder. The thoughts of the ghosts (theoretical or not) we encounter every day haunted me while I watched the news those weeks. Tonight I listen to the reports of the trial of the three remaining men involved and I can‘t help but think that the wheels of justice are tortuously slow. 8mo
Reggie JoJo, Kayla, and Pops❤️😭 8mo
NikkiM5 @Reggie for real! especially Jojo for me 💔 8mo
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kspenmoll
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#sing #beginswith
Exquisite,lyrical and raw, this novel sings.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks My choice too! Love this one! 8mo
Eggs It‘s a classic ❤️🧡🖤 8mo
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CoffeeNBooks
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Eggs Perfect 😍 8mo
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JuliaTheBookNerd
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This one is still on my never ending TBR 😬

#BeginsWith 🥳📚 #Sing 🎶

#BookNerd 🤓📚💙

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks You should move it up!! 8mo
Eggs Definitely move it up 🔝- it will rock your soul ❤️📚👍🏼 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 8mo
Eggs BTW I love the page flowers 💐 8mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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“The memory is a living thing – it too is in transit. But during its moment, all that is remembered joins, and lives – the old and the young, the past and the present, the living and the dead.”

#Beginswith #Sing

One of my all time favorites ❤️

DannyDan Such a lovely quote!🥰 8mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @DannyDan this book is great! 8mo
Eggs Perfection 💔🎶😔 8mo
DannyDan @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I'll check it out! 8mo
SilversReviews Nice one for today‘s prompt!! 8mo
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NikkiM5
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#NewYearWhoDis

Thank you @Readergrrl this list is magnificent!! So after researching your list, instead of completing school work 😂, I have chose the tagged.

And I have to add, Addie and Circe were not only two of my favorite reads, they are also new favorite main characters.

monalyisha Sing, Unburied, Sing is one of my favorite books! I loved it so much. I also added the tagged to my TBR. 10mo
Reggie Sing Unburied Sing- Jojo, Kayla, and Pops ❤️😭 10mo
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Kazzie
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This was amazing! I read it before, but I think in the wake of 2020 it was even more powerful. Beautiful story about love and disappointment in families

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BiblioLitten
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I hope you all have a happy Saturday 💕😊

#currentlyreading

Ruthiella Likewise! 😊 11mo
merelybookish Same to you! 11mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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#Birdoncover
#FallTreasures

“The memory is a living thing – it too is in transit. But during its moment, all that is remembered joins, and lives – the old and the young, the past and the present, the living and the dead.” -from One Writer‘s Beginnings, by Eudora Welty

One of my all time favorites 🐦❤️📚

Eggs Beautiful 🕊🦜🦅🐦 12mo
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DHill
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“It stays with me, a bruise in the memory that hurts when I touch it.”

SamAnne Loved this novel. 1y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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📚The tagged and Evelyn Hugo 💚💚

📚📚yes!! I know it shouldn‘t be, but it is 🙈🙊

📚📚📚 Where the Crawdads Sing

#ThoughtfulThursday

@MoonWitch94 💜

Andrew65 Thanks for the tag 😍 1y
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Larkken
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A beautiful book about the past, addiction, love, and the affects of trauma (personal and family) on relationships. Obviously, also ghosts. There are multiple narrators and I enjoyed how each had a distinct voice in audio. Thanks to #authoramonth for getting me to pick it up!

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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“The music, all violins and cellos, swells in the room, then recedes, like the water out in the Gulf before a big storm.”

#Bird
#CuriousCovers

Such a moving and phenomenal book… ❤️

Eggs Agreed ♥️🦅♥️ 1y
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Tomigirl44
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Insightful, sad, realistic, enthralling - I look forward to reading more by this author.

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Tomigirl44
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Just starting this one.

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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I mourned after this one with a terrible book hang over...

#Maycharacters #mourns
#Jojoandkayla

💔💔💔

Moonprismpower What do you do to remedy book hangovers? I treat myself to yummy sweets and iced coffee or sing to terrible music way too loud in my car. Sometimes I just sit with it too. 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘m in a terrible rut right now with my back pain 😩 I can‘t seem to concentrate on anything AND I will buy more books 📚🤷‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️ 1y
Eggs ❤️😘💔❤️ 1y
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Helen19
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I didn‘t quite manage to finish this in April for #authoramonth but I‘m so glad I‘ve read it. The relationships in this book are beautiful and heartbreaking. There were many lumps in throat and needing tissue moments. I think I need to re-read the ending though, some of it was lost on me as I pushed through to finish whilst half nodding off!

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Simona
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Story revolves around a dysfunctional family, where a 13-year-old boy takes the role of a parent. This part of the story, the bond between sister and brother, is portrayed very beautiful and at the same time - upsetting (and is my favourite aspect of the novel). Author also touches on several topics - addiction, poverty, racism, injustice, mixed marriage, unanswered questions or unresolved/unfinished past that doesn‘t allow ... 👇

Simona ... a peaceful life in the present. The author illustrates this with elements of magical realism, which I think is a great idea, but in this work I felt it as forced, awkward and exaggerated. Still pick because of the complexity. #AuthorAMonth (edited) 1y
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kimmypete1
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I‘m going to give this a pick, even though parts of this book really drove me nuts. However this is very much a literary book and those are often not my jam. There is much to like, especially the way it is written.

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AnansiGirl
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Tonight‘s litsy upload has been brought to you by the letter A. #AudioKnitting along to April‘s #AuthorAMonth that finally became available on Libby app.

@Soubhiville

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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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Even better than the last one! It touches on so many issues: grandparents raising grandchildren, racism, drug addiction, incarceration, caring for elderly family members, children raising parents, and how the past, thought long buried, can rise up to bite you. It sounds all over the place, but it blends so seamlessly into the craziness that is real life. The universal craziness of family dynamics & how different family members deal with them.

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Mehso-so

So much going on in this book - maybe too much. The opening scene was a bit gory and I almost didn‘t go on. It is a haunting read. I turned the audio off several times to take a break. Child neglect and abuse, death, suffering, cancer, violence, drug addiction, seeing ghosts/spirits, family bonds, racism, hatred... a lot to take in.

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behudd
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Ward is masterful at creating these characters who, heartbreakingly, seem so real. She captures the real mother-rage of one of the main characters and the real brotherly-protection of another that I felt like I knew not only these people but these parts of myself.
I‘ve never seen love portrayed in so many different, beautiful, ugly ways all in one family. It was a stunning book.

behudd @TheAromaofBooks this was my April #bookspin book! 1y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
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behudd
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“I like to think I know what death is.”

#FirstLineFridays
@ShyBookOwl

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#AuthorAMonth2021 @Soubhiville

Having read two other books by her this month, I wanted to reread this one. I think I loved it even more the second time around. 💚💔

Ward is such a profoundly talented author. She brings loss and grief to the forefront in all of her books, and her ability to weave the reader into her stories will leave you breathless.

JoJo will always be a character that stays with me.

SamAnne Beautiful review and so agree. 1y
Reggie Ohhhhh, I loved this book and that part near the end reminds me of Poltergeist. 1y
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mom2bugnbee
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I... um... wow.

I really didn't like this book for the first half. And I still would never say that it was "good", "pleasant" or any other positive adjective. Because this was a HARD book. But, wow, did she bring the end around for me. Salvage the Bones is set in this universe - going to try that one as well.

⭐⭐⭐⭐✨/⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

#Authoramonth @Soubhiville

EmilyM Tagged book is also in the same universe. I love these books! 1y
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alison.ogreid
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A beautiful story of navigating one‘s past. One must confront ghosts (literally), and figure out how to live the life you have, given all the pain your ancestors have been through. What happens to pain when it takes its toll? When can you be free? Can we ever really move on?

I have to say as a parent it was hard to read Jojo‘s struggles with his neglectful mother. But she is depicted with humanity as well. I liked the complexity.

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DHill
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Volleyball tournaments and #AuthorAMonth . What better way to spend the downtime than with this amazing author.

@Soubhiville

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Addison_Reads
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#SpringSentiments Day 9 @Eggs

Our current #AuthorAMonth2021 certainly fits the #Mournful prompt today. Jesmyn Ward evokes emotions in me with her writing that not many authors are capable of doing.

Eggs Her words move through the reader, like haunting music, asking beautiful questions... 1y
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Finally managed an #authoramonth read, @Soubhiville I am so happy to have finally read this lyrical, beautiful, tragic story of 13-year-old JoJo, his little sister, Kayla, his meth addicted parents, and his grandparents in Mississippi. Read it pretty much in one sitting. Loved it.

Melismatic Such a great book! 2y
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Eggs
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A masterpiece! Loved it as an audiobook. Ward is truly one of a kind! Next up: Men We Reaped

#authoramonth2021 @Soubhiville

#bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheLudicReader This is the book I am currently reading. 2y
Eggs Looking forward to your thoughts 💭 @TheLudicReader 2y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
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Addison_Reads Although I've already read this one, I may have to revisit this month. It's such a good read. The Men We Reaped is equally as good too. 2y
SamAnne Loved both! 2y
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CoffeeNBooks
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This was such a sad story, but so beautifully written! I'm so glad that because of #AuthorAMonth, I finally read this book that's been on my bookshelf for a few years!
@Soubhiville

Soubhiville Yay! I read Men We Reaped this week, and her writing is engrossing! I‘m looking forward to reading her others. 2y
AmyG She is a wonderful writer. I am reading Salvage the Bones and I am having trouble because of the dog, bred for dog fighting. It‘s breaking my heart and that is because of her writing. Cruelty to animals and children gets me every time. 2y
TrishB @AmyG I shall probably have to avoid that one 😞 2y
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Megabooks
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A very timely #audiobook deal. #authoramonth #april #chirp I‘m just all over the deals today!

https://www.chirpbooks.com/audiobooks/sing-unburied-sing-by-jesmyn-ward

FYI, Chirp does not require a membership to get the deal!

ElleSkel Thanks for sharing!! 2y
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Andrew65 A great book. 2y
SarahBradley I snagged it! 2y
Megabooks @Andrew65 👍🏻 2y
Megabooks @SarahBradley I hope you enjoy it! 2y
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