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The Sellout
The Sellout: A Novel | Paul Beatty
A finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in FictionNamed one of the best books of 2015 by The New York Times Book Review and the Wall Street JournalA biting satire about a young man's isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court, Paul Beatty's The Sellout showcases a comic genius at the top of his game. It challenges the sacred tenets of the United States Constitution, urban life, the civil rights movement, the father-son relationship, and the holy grail of racial equalitythe black Chinese restaurant.Born in the "agrarian ghetto" of Dickenson the southern outskirts of Los Angelesthe narrator of The Sellout resigns himself to the fate of lower-middle-class Californians: "I'd die in the same bedroom I'd grown up in, looking up at the cracks in the stucco ceiling that've been there since '68 quake." Raised by a single father, a controversial sociologist, he spent his childhood as the subject in racially charged psychological studies. He is led to believe that his father's pioneering work will result in a memoir that will solve his family's financial woes. But when his father is killed in a police shoot-out, he realizes there never was a memoir. All that's left is the bill for a drive-thru funeral.Fuelled by this deceit and the general disrepair of his hometown, the narrator sets out to right another wrong: Dickens has literally been removed from the map to save California from further embarrassment. Enlisting the help of the town's most famous residentthe last surviving Little Rascal, Hominy Jenkinshe initiates the most outrageous action conceivable: reinstating slavery and segregating the local high school, which lands him in the Supreme Court.
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eshchory
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Even though I felt that I was missing a lot of the popular culture references in this book I liked the author's cynical sense of humour and style in which he told the story.

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eshchory
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I find it kind of ironic that the bookmark TBD sent with The Sellout was designed by someone whose favourite book is Gone With The Wind.

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maddieewe
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'The Sellout' is easily one of the sharpest and cleverest books I have ever read; every page is armed to the teeth with quips and satirical wit. Deeply funny and introspective work about race in America's current political climate.

In some ways -- the deeply embedded pop culture references, larger-than-life characters, and narration-- Paul Beatty's writing reminded me in places of Junot Diaz.

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rachaich
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Well I'm trying to read this for my library book club.
I've skipped the prologue as it wasn't making sense.
Now about page 80 and can't say I'm enjoying it although it's odd.

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cachoo
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This paragraph made me burst out laughing on the tube this morning. Perfection.

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Carolyn11215
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@Jas16 you are such a dear!! I came home after having a really rough day to find this lovely book sent to me as a #jb surprise!! I know I owe many people a letter as I‘ve fallen woefully behind. I have a long weekend in terms of work coming up but will work on getting caught up with #jb mail. XOXO to @Jas16 !

Jas16 I am so glad it arrived on a day that you needed a surprise. I hope you enjoy it. 7mo
minkyb ❣️ 7mo
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Libby1
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Bailedbailed

I REALLY tried to get into this but could not. The themes are fascinating to me, but this book was so rambling that I couldn‘t focus. The first paragraph was incredible but the style put me off.

On a side note, when I met them in the early 1990s my sister‘s in-laws had one of those coachmen from the cover in front of their house.

Gross.

Suet624 My in-laws did too. 7mo
Libby1 @Suet624 😱 7mo
Reggie It was almost a chore to get through. I don‘t blame you for bailing. 7mo
Libby1 @Reggie - I‘m so glad you said that. I‘m not a light weight when it comes to reading, but I really wasn‘t enjoying it. I‘m trying to be more brave about bailing! 7mo
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Cem_Ulgen
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A satire that is rather hard to read, due to the numerous cultural references that I, a white Turkish-American born and raised in Turkey, had trouble deciphering... Nonetheless an entertaining and fruitful read...

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MsLeah8417
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MsLeah8417
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If Jean Valjean had me representing him, then Les Misérables would‘ve only been six pages long. Dismissed —Loaf of Bread Pilfery.

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Redheadrambles
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

Catching up on some missing Booker winners this one from 2016, my signed copy languishing unread for far too long on my bookshelf. I had trepidation‘s about this one as I am just not great with satire generally but this one while dense reading was, quite brilliant. It‘s funny and brazen yet philosophical and whip smart, laden with historical and cultural references. It changes the paradigm on how a book about race can be presented.

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avgeyer
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Bailed halfway through. It wasn't grabbing my interest and I think you have to be in the mood to read a book like this in order to fully appreciate it. I'll probably give it another shot at some point but it's a bail for now!

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avgeyer
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Picked this up at a used book sale last year- finally getting around to it!

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Reggie
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This book was a lot of things. Entertaining and biting. We all need a villain to push us to our best. Racism is bad. Ridiculous expectations from people of your own race can suck just as bad. We talk about race too much except for when we don‘t talk about it enough. The MC we only know as Sellout and Bon Bon gets taken before the Supreme Court as a black man who brought back segregation to save his town. Ridiculous and important.

RachelO Nice review! You‘ve made me think I might want to try this one afterall. 9mo
Reggie @RachelO Thanks!! It‘s definitely different. 9mo
TrishB Great review 👍🏻 9mo
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Reggie @TrishB Thanks!! 9mo
erzascarletbookgasm Your review reminds me to get back to this soonish. I started this about two years ago, never past the first chapter, something to do with the language, I can‘t remember..and got distracted 9mo
Reggie @erzascarletbookgasm it feels like there is a bit of rambling to it. It took me a week to finish it. 9mo
Tanisha_A One of the best satires I have read. 9mo
Pedrocamacho I loved this book 😊 9mo
Reggie @Tanisha_A @Pedrocamacho I really loved the character of Hominy. 9mo
wordzie 😎 9mo
BkClubCare I want and need to do the audiobook of this 9mo
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razmanda
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My #readingblackout books for this month! What did you read?

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D__Sandoval
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Just a heads up... read in private. People think I'm crazy with the amount of LOL'ing this book causes.

Ericalambbrown Welcome to Litsy! Hope you have a great experience here. 📚❤️😊 9mo
Melissa_J Welcome to Litsy! 9mo
Reggie Welcome to Litsy!! I might read this next. After Octavia Butler and Marlon James, I need an Lol book. 9mo
rather_be_reading welcome to litsy 📚☕📚 9mo
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Well-ReadNeck
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Great satire on race in America. I tried this in print, but didn‘t quite get the tone or cadence. The audiobook was fabulous!!! Highly recommend. #BlackHistoryMonth

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This is a terrific satire of race in the US. It crackles with wit and had me laughing aloud many times. I think I could read this several times and it would deepen with each read. It‘s an accomplishment of a book and well worth the accolades it has received. I found myself invigorated while reading it.

Reviewsbylola I‘ve had this one on my stacks for years. Some day I will read it! 10mo
Tanisha_A What a book! Loved it too 10mo
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Julsmarshall
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February #TBR Looking forward to celebrating Black History Month with my reading! #ownvoices #WeNeedDiverseBooks

kspenmoll Great book choices! 10mo
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Naj
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"'I don‘t care if you‘re black, white, brown, yellow, red, green, or purple.‘ We‘ve all said it. Posited as proof of our nonprejudicial ways, but if you painted any one of us purple or green, we‘d be mad as hell."

Okay, this is the last one. Sorry for spamming your feed!

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Naj
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“You‘d rather be here than in Africa. The trump card all narrow-minded nativists play. If you put a cupcake to my head, of course, I‘d rather be here than any place in Africa, though I hear Johannesburg ain‘t that bad and the surf on the Cape Verdean beaches is incredible."

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Naj
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“I sit in a thickly padded char that, much like this country, isn't quite as comfortable as it looks.”

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Naj
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“...the face that feigns acknowledgment that the better man got the promotion, even though deep down you and they both know that you really are the better man and that the best man is the woman on the second floor.”

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Naj
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“That‘s the problem with history, we like to think it‘s a book—that we can turn the page and move the fuck on. But history isn‘t the paper it‘s printed on. It‘s memory, and memory is time, emotions, and song. History is the things that stay with you.”

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Naj
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“My father had a theory that poor people are the best drivers because they can‘t afford to carry car insurance and have to drive like they live, defensively.”

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Naj
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“Silence can be either protest or consent, but most times it‘s fear.”

Tamra Truth in that statement! 11mo
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Naj
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What a trip! I could feel myself getting smarter as I kept turning the page; laughing out loud or furiously nodding in agreement; closing the book and thinking about a sentence, some social or pop culture commentary, or just a thought, and wondering how could a piece of writing be so important, thought provoking, hilarious, dark, and hard-hitting, all at the same time. A shining star of satire and most satisfying read in every way.
5/5 🌟

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Naj
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Also add caramel, cinnamon, or whatever other brown food items you prefer to the list. And how can I forget that much abused word - "exotic". As a POC (not black though) this is an automatic turnoff for me in books. Fantasy and romance books in particular are rife with such descriptions.

Libby1 Excellent. 11mo
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Naj
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Only page five and I already have high hopes from this one.

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Yellowpigeon
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I know I've been MIA recently but for very good reason. Wolfgang is now 11 weeks and now I can read for longer than 5 minute spurs. But this was probably the wrong book to read while he was napping on me. My suppressed giggles woke him up. I'm a tax accountant so his onesie is on brand. 😂

TrishB Very cute 💕 1y
Jas16 Congratulations! He is adorable. 1y
CouronneDhiver Congrats and welcome back! 😊 1y
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DarcysMom What a sweet face! Congratulations! 1y
Sace Love that onesie! 1y
Soubhiville He‘s beautiful! Congratulations! 💙 1y
Mdargusch Such a cutie! 💙 1y
Bibliogeekery Congratulations!!! 🎉🎉🎉 1y
erzascarletbookgasm Congratulations! 💙 1y
batsy Look at that precious face! Congratulations 💕 1y
EchoLogical He seriously couldn't get any cuter and the onesie is hilarious! Congrats! 14mo
JenlovesJT47 I‘m super late but congratulations, he‘s adorable!! 🧡 13mo
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daena
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Today‘s Book haul was most excellent. I also scored a first issue of Led Zeppelin‘s 4th album on vinyl. Records are my other favorite things to search for, along with comics. 🎧🤘📚

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Emilymdxn
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Did I understand this book? Not really. But I love that it existed, that it satirised things I don‘t know enough about to satirise. I‘m from a leafy very white English suburb and let‘s be honest my demographic has literally millions of books about us so it was refreshing and such a good thing to read a book that was so powerfully not for or about me. I hope to be as baffled by other books not about me in the future!

pgh.femme This is an amazing perspective and review. 1y
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elisaren23
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Completely unique

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Teawithtameka
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My read for the week. I quite doing monthly #tbr because I can‘t stick to them. Excuse my chipped nail.

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EchoLogical
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Have any of you read this??? I just started and I almost can't even handle it. 🤯🤯🤯

Emilyrjones22 I read it last year and wished I had read it with someone else - so much to process and talk about! 2y
EchoLogical @Emilyrjones22 Aww man. There really is. I think I'm gonna make my husband read it with me. He's used to me bugging him about the books I read. LOL 2y
emilyhaldi Yes I read it and I agree it would have been great to discuss!!! SO MUCH packed into that book 😳 2y
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IamIamIam LOL, I'm glad I was scrolling & found that you guys enjoyed this! It's a deal through BookBub today & I was wondering if I should go through with it. Seems like $2 I won't mind spending, even if I'm always #latetotheparty. 😂 @emilyhaldi @Emilyrjones22 6mo
EchoLogical @IamIamIam I bailed on it. 😂 6mo
IamIamIam @EchoLogical 😂😂 Oh no! Well, for $2, it will be a cheap investment! It seems to be along the lines of A Confederacy of Dunces and I know that's not for everyone. At least you tried, though!!! LOL 6mo
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Bertha_Mason
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The only reason I regret taking this in as an audiobook instead of print is that I can't share any of the passages here. There are so many to share. Just read it.

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Bertha_Mason
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Prentice Onayemi's performance is as stunning as Paul Beatty's writing.

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Article in NYTimes today about American domination the past two years in Britain‘s literary award. A group of authors and critics are fighting to reverse decision made in 2014 to allow any novel written in English eligible for the Man Booker Prize. Thoughts?

readherwriteher I don‘t know how I feel about this. On one hand, I can see why the authors would be upset. But on the other hand, I‘m not a fan of exclusion for any reason. 2y
ManyWordsLater I feel a similar way about #thegreatamericaread. But stories are (and should be) about universals truths. So... 1y
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Brie
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#bookhaul 2/3 📚

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Jess7
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Day 22: #AwardWinner - #ReadingResolutions | #TBR |#ManBooker Prize winners:

📚 2017: #LincolnInTheBardo is a father-son story featuring Abraham Lincoln.

📚 2016: #TheSellout is a “biting satire about a young man's isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the SCOTUS. It challenges the sacred tenets of the US Constitution, urban life, the civil rights movement, the father-son relationship, and the holy grail of racial equality.”

ladyonequestion Both really good reads, especially The Sellout 2y
Book_devourer I enjoyedLincoln in the bardo about as much as I‘d enjoy purgatory. Get me out of here, quick! 2y
britt_brooke @Book_devourer Ha! I felt the same way. I read it in print, but apparently, I need to try the audio, so I might just out of curiosity of that full cast. 2y
Book_devourer @britt_brooke I tried the audiobook and it was confusing. The citations were particularly annoying 2y
britt_brooke @Book_devourer I just listened to the audio. Just not a fan. The cast was fantastic, but the style just doesn‘t work for me. Feels like he tried too hard to make it weird. 2y
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ladyonequestion
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#reread #audiobook

I am very late to the audiobook party and the first time around I read this on ebook. The biting wit and commentary on race and ideas of masculinity is brilliantly done. I really enjoyed the audiobook as the narrator really did it justice and brought the characters to life. It's a sometimes shocking book, funny and definitely made me think about identity and white privilege.

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Thndrstd
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So excited about this giveaway from @mrozzz

#itsallgottago

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britt_brooke
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Check out @mrozzz for her generous #ItsGottaGoGiveaway! Thanks for the chance to win this lovely stack!

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ladyonequestion
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#audiobook at work

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cocomass
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Love love love love love this book. I don‘t even have the words for it and I feel like, given the absolute brilliance of this book, any words I would try to formulate would fall short. 5/5 stars

#readingblackout

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🐎🐎🐎🐎🐎 Ok. I haven't really read much satire in my life so I had to reconfigure my brain for this book. It was a wild ride but I loved every minute of it. Mr. Beatty has such a way with words and in some parts of feels like poetry. He lays down some powerful truths and it's definitely not for the faint hearted.

MrsMalaprop It‘s on my TBR shelf. The lovely @Lizpixie sent it to me in one of our book exchanges 👍📚. 2y
Foxyfictionista Excellent! I'll be interested to see what you think of it. 🙂 2y
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I'm selling some of my old books! If you have twitter, you can see them all here:

https://twitter.com/daydreamin_star/status/961265415346442240 x

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cocomass
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This book is absurdist satire at its finest. Usually I don‘t have much a reason to write in my fiction books (yes! I write in my own books!) but Paul Beatty is such a poet. In fact, apparently he‘s released two books of poetry which I am very interested in exploring.

#readingblackout #blackhistorymonth

emilyhaldi So good!!! This was impressive and unlike any other book I've read!! 2y
cocomass @emilyhaldi it‘s pretty incredible. It has some features of the Sympathizer, which is one of my favorite books of all time. I already love it. 2y
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abbyyy_lynnnn
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“The whip feels good on the back, but the sign feels good in the heart.”

RaimeyGallant Welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you're interested. :) 2y
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callielafleur
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1) Ashamedly, either. Cheetos are such a weakness of mine.
2) can't choose one, my top three are Turtles All the Way Down, Leia; Princess of Alderaan, and The Sellout
3) Books
4) Speak every language, animals deserve their privacy
5) My geology major had a built-in Combined Sciences minor, basically because there were so many pre-reqs.

#FriyayIntro @jesshowbooks

FlowerFairy Love your answer for number four 2y
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