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Passing | Nella Larsen
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Generally regarded as Nella Larsen's best work, Passing was first published in 1929 but has received a lot of renewed attention because of its close examination of racial and sexual ambiguities. It has achieved canonical status in many American universities.
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Soubhiville
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There is so much tension in this tiny book! It‘s mainly about two women of color in the 1920‘s. They grew up friends in Chicago. One of them as an adult chose a life of “passing”, marrying a white man and keeping her race secret. The other can‘t fathom that life and the danger her friend put herself in, considering her husband‘s racism.

Thanks @Eyelit for sharing this book with me.

Tamra I too really enjoyed this one! 3d
Joanne1 I can almost feel the tension from here. What a dangerous, precarious life. 3d
Hooked_on_books What a sweet picture of Sietje. 🐶💚 3d
batsy This is such a good book! And your lovely 🐶😍 3d
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breadnroses
Passing | Larson, Nella
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book 4 ✅ i think this novel is the first product from the harlem renaissance with which i‘ve really engaged. it‘s shameful that i don‘t know more about the artists and artwork of the harlem renaissance and i‘d like to explore it more! “passing” is an excellent novel and the sapphic undertones are awesome, especially considering this was published in the 1920s 💯

Currey I found this to be a very thought provoking book. Hope you do too. 2mo
batsy An understated gem of a book. 2mo
BarbaraBB Loved it! 2mo
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TheSpineView
Passing | Larson, Nella
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#AugustABC @Eggs #Jealousy

Jealousy reigns supreme in this story.

Eggs Gorgeous cover!!! 5mo
Crazeedi 💖💖 this cover!! 5mo
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toofondofbooks
Passing | Larson, Nella
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New addition to my #modernlibraryclassics collection

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ontheBL
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Passing by Nella Larsen is one of those books you want to sit with letting the words roll through your mind reveling in the meaning and feeling of it all. It is an amazing book holding up ninety years after it was first published. I absolutely love this little book. It is absolutely enthralling and relatable. I couldn't put it down, and I can't stop thinking about it.

https://onthebl.org/2019/07/10/passing-nella-larsen

BarbaraBB Great review. I listened to it on audio and loved it too. 6mo
ontheBL @BarbaraBB So much good packed into a little book. 6mo
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ontheBL
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“”It‘s easy for a Negro to ‘pass‘ for white. But I don‘t think it would be so simple for a white person to ‘pass‘ for coloured.””

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Emilymdxn
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I can just drink up this wonderful modernism forever 💖💖💖

The prose felt totally effortless but also like 0.0001% of writers could write like this. So few books say this much so well, in so few words.

BarbaraBB I really enjoyed this one ❤️ 8mo
Weaponxgirl Those were my thoughts exactly with this one 😍 8mo
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Emilymdxn
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Lunchtime reading date with Nella Larsen! I‘m not very far through this one but I‘m so glad I‘m reading it so soon after Clarice Lispector - it‘s very different but it‘s fitting into my grand plan to redeem modernism for myself from Hemingway and his Awful Lad Crew. This prose gives me life

Kaye Your pink cover is very pretty. 8mo
saresmoore Yes. This is a worthy mission! 8mo
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Weaponxgirl I loved this book! Hope you love as much as I did! 8mo
Weaponxgirl @Leftcoastzen great suggestion! Loved this book too. 8mo
SW-T I need to reread this one. Such a beautiful book 😊 8mo
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CafeMom
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This was a fascinating look at race. In 1920s, childhood friends Irene and Clare reconnect in Harlem after many years. Clare confides that she hides a dark secret, she is 'passing' as white. Even though this was a short book I felt that I got to know Clare and Irene well. As their past is told it really put perspective to the story. #reading1001 #1001books

hilded I really liked this one as well, a little book with a big punch! 9mo
Liz_M Wow, that is some cover! 9mo
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Centique
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What a fascinating novella and Nella Larsen is a great author to discover. Two women who knew each other as children bump into each other while each is “passing” as white in the 1920s - as well as spotlighting race and bigotry it also packs a punch about marriage, aspirations, economics and social status. This review of the book I‘ve quoted above also made me think - ambiguity is a threat to the social order. That applies to a lot doesn‘t it?! 🤔

Leftcoastzen It‘s on my mountain TBR,looks good! 11mo
megnews Been on my tbr for awhile. I want to read this soon. 11mo
batsy Such an interesting, important book. I'm so glad you liked it ❤️ 11mo
Liz_M @Leftcoastzen Or is very good and short! 11mo
KateFulfordAuthor Great review thanks 10mo
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TelevisionNeighbor
Passing | Larson, Nella
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Very short classic about race. This is the kind of thing that I wish was taught to me in high school. I think every classic novel we read was written by a white person. Plus, this is just over 100 pages long. Perfect for busy high schoolers!

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Librarybelle
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Definitely on my #tbr ...recently re-released as a celebration of the Harlem Renaissance, this classic novel examines two women and the decision to “pass” as white and the decision‘s consequences. #AngelofHarlem #WinterWonderland

erzascarletbookgasm On my TBR too! 14mo
Cinfhen Looks really good❤️ 14mo
TrishB It does look good 👍🏻 14mo
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zsuzsanna_reads Stacked! 14mo
BarbaraBB Such a good little book. The audio in LibriVox (read by Elizabeth Kleth) is very good as well! 14mo
batsy I chose this one, too! Brilliant read 💜 14mo
writerlibrarian I've been listening to the Librivox audio today at work 🙏 @BarbaraBB (edited) 14mo
Librarybelle @BarbaraBB @writerlibrarian I‘ll have to listen to that! I‘ve listened to other books through that service. 14mo
BarbaraBB @Librarybelle @writerlibrarian LibriVox is not always good but this narrator is awesome I think. 14mo
ferskner It is SO. GOOD. 14mo
Librarybelle @BarbaraBB Very good to know! 14mo
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batsy
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A muted, quiet novel on the surface that surprises with its powerful intensity and depth about the intersecting issues of race, class, gender, and culture. It has a Harlem setting, and Nella Larsen is one of the key figures of the Harlem Renaissance literary movement. #AngelofHarlem #WinterWonderland

@TrishB @Cinfhen

TrishB Sounds really interesting! But very short! 14mo
Cinfhen Another fabulous choice for today 14mo
Cathythoughts Sounds good & great cover ♥️👍🏻 14mo
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batsy @TrishB Yes, a novella! Good for me but maybe not so good for someone who likes big books 😁 14mo
batsy @Cinfhen Thanks 😘 Yes @Cathythoughts I love that cover too 💜 but it's an out of print edition I think 14mo
Leftcoastzen Love that cover !It‘s been on my TBR for a long time. 14mo
batsy @Leftcoastzen I think it's a book you'll appreciate :) 14mo
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BeaG
Passing | Larson, Nella
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Mehso-so

It wasn't as great as I thought it would be based on reviews. I may reread it at some point, but right now it was just meh.

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Liberty
Passing | Larson, Nella
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Loving the cover of the @RestlessBooks edition of PASSING! Hard to believe this novel is almost 90 years old. This edition is out 10/2 and has an introduction by Darryl Pinckney!🔥🔥🔥

MoniqueReads305 I am going to order that edition. It's beautiful. 1y
hilded The book is wonderful, such a gem 💙 1y
BarbaraBB Such a good book!! 1y
ReadingEnvy The art inside is great too. ❤️ 1y
Nute Lovely edition for a very good book. Planning to purchase. 1y
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Sweettartlaura
Passing | Larson, Nella
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4.5 ⭐️
This book was SO good!
I got it so long ago that I had no idea what it was about when I started it. So when it came time to learn what the title referred to, I was jolted - I had made assumptions I shouldn‘t have. That alone made this book worth reading.

Like her contemporary Zora Neale Hurston, Larsen is an overlooked & underappreciated gem to come out of the Harlem Renaissance. She‘s going on my list of authors to dive deeper into.

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hilded
Passing | Nella Larsen
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#4NewFavesIn4Days #4NewFavsIn4Days 📚1/4

This was one of my surprise favourites in January, a little book with a big punch!

(I'm a little confused with the hashtag, I think both are being used 😅)

BarbaraBB I discovered this book this year too and loved it! 2y
batsy It's a great underrated book. 2y
hilded Definitely a lovely surprise read that deserves more readers:) @BarbaraBB @batsy 2y
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Cinfhen Hmmm, I‘m really intrigued! And only 91 pages 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
hilded I know @Cinfhen! Love short books ✌🏻 2y
Litsi If any of you found this book interesting, I‘d really like to have your thoughts on my book that explores this same idea but about Jay Gatsby. I promise that it is thoughtful, well- researched and reviewed and fascinating. It will turn your view of TGG upside down, but I think you‘ll see that it looks better that way. Only 80 pages and it ends with a mystery and a quest. LMK & I‘ll send a free one. (edited) 2y
ValerieAndBooks I was wanting to start this one the other day, but I can‘t find it! Need to reorganize my gigantic TBR. 2y
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batsy
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The underside of the Gilded Age of New York, a Harlem Renaissance classic about two women living with the ramifications of the "colour line".

#NewYork #Aprella @Cinfhen @Mdargusch @emilyhaldi @Reviewsbylola

Reviewsbylola I remember this as being a very haunting book. 2y
emilyhaldi Thanks for bringing this one to my attention!! #stacked 👍🏻 2y
Kalalalatja Oh, sounds excellent! #stacked too 👌 2y
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ValerieAndBooks I‘ve had this in my TBR for a while!! #somanybookssolittletime 2y
Mdargusch Sounds very good! 2y
BarbaraBB Wonderful book! Good choice! 2y
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Tamra
Passing | Larson, Nella
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4.5 ⭐️ What a loss Larsen didn‘t publish more! Fascinating glimpse onto race and “passing” in the 1920s, but still relevant today. What does race mean, especially for a mixed race woman? Is it a fixed identity or one that is fluid? Can choices be made and are they necessarily right or wrong? Half star ding on the ending, but is outweighed by the overall insight. Larsen‘s bio leads me to believe the novel is semi-autobiographical.

Jabberwocky Loved reading this in university! 2y
Lcsmcat 😻😻 2y
batsy I loved this book. It is such a loss that we don't have more from her! 2y
BarbaraBB I read this recently too and loved it! 2y
Angitron Love this book!! 2y
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Tamra
Passing | Larson, Nella
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I‘M NOT ACQUIRING A SINGLE BOOK THIS MONTH.

April fools.😜

Maria514626 😂😂😂 2y
erzascarletbookgasm 😝👍 one! 2y
BookishMe Lol 2y
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BookishMe Looking through the swap reveals, that may just be true for some! And few TBRs will be derailed with the book gifts 😅😅 2y
Zelma 😆😂👏👍 2y
AceOnRoam 😂😂😂 2y
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Ruthiella
Passing | Larson, Nella
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Looking forward to reading at least one of these in April! Day 1 of #ReadingResolutions @Jess7 #photochallenge as part of the Back to the Classics Challenge hosted by Karen at https://karensbooksandchocolate.blogspot.com/?m=1😀

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TheBookbabeblog84
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I really need to read this book! #nellalarsen #books #passing

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BarbaraBB
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Clare and Irene are childhood friends who lost touch when Clare's father died and she moved in with two white aunts. She was able to 'pass' as a white woman and married a white bigot. The novel centers on when they meet again years later. Irene despises Clare for passing and also for threatening her secure and safe middle class lifestyle. But if Irene doesn't help Clare, she will feel as if she is betraying her race.

#1001books

hilded Great book! 2y
ValerieAndBooks I have this one in my TBR, even before my #1001Books project! 2y
BarbaraBB @ValerieAndBooks well I can recommend the Librivox audiobook. It is free and with a lovely narrator! 2y
BarbaraBB @ValerieAndBooks Oh, stupid me, you‘ve got the book already... no need for the audio! 2y
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MiyakoBunny
Passing | Nella Larsen
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4🌟🌟🌟🌟 😳Wow! This book seriously exceeded my expectations. It‘s so multi-faceted that it just shines at you from every angle. I am truly floored by this author‘s abilities and this particular piece of work. Books like these are one of the many reasons why I fell in love with Classics♥️

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BarbaraBB
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#Riotgrams day 16: #BlackHistory

For this prompt I think my current read fits perfectly. The title refers to the practice of racial ‘passing‘, in which black people attempt to pass as whites.
I don‘t know yet where the story leads but the subject is an important one, in my opinion.

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Ellen_C
Passing | Larson, Nella
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This novel is 90 years old but timely. Childhood friends Clare and Irene cross paths as adults. Both have married successful men. Both have skin light enough to “pass” as white. Irene‘s husband is a black doctor, Clare‘s is a white bigot who has no idea of her racial background, which will lead to tension between the women. Great for a group. https://cannonballread.com/2018/02/timely-novel-on-race-from-almost-90-years-ago...

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hilded
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One of my pleasant surprise January reads. A little book with a big punch! I very much enjoyed this novel, and found it hard to put down once I started it. Gave me more insight into the race difficulties, and a true view of the 'passing' terminology. 4,5 ⭐️ #1001books #Reading1001

batsy Really good book! 2y
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TheBookWasBetter1983
Passing | Nella Larsen
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Love a good classic 🙌🏼🙌🏼

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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
Passing | Nella Larsen
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Set in the 20‘s when the races began mixing a bit more publicly, Passing follows the lives, social perils, & personal risks faced by those passing as white. It didn‘t end at all the way I anticipated, but the views & overlaps of the various characters were very well done & the views of those living as white, verses those who passed on occasion, & those living their ‘birth race‘ lives were very well defined & the dangers of crossing paths explored.

JanJan I read a book by Nella Larsen in college and always wanted to read more. This is now on my list! 2y
catiewithac This is on my TBR list! 📚 2y
MayJasper Sounds interesting and I like the cover 2y
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa @JanJan I got a bundle of her works on kindle for $1.99, so I‘ll be reading a few more soon too. This was my first by her. 2y
Gezemice This has been on my list and now I want to bump it up. 2y
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Kristelh
Passing | Larson, Nella
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Starting this one for #Reading1001 #JanuaryBOTM, #1001.

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sprainedbrain
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First book finished during #LitsyPartyOfOne 😃

A short little novella that packs a big punch. Definitely about race and fitting in, but also very much about jealousy and personal desire. Once I got started, it was very hard to stop.

Another #1001books selection finished!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Nute I've been wanting to read this for a long time. 2y
Currey I really enjoyed reading this book too. Congrats, you are off to a great 2018 2y
readordierachel I read this is college and remember loving it. Might be time for a reread. 2y
JazzFeathers This has been on my TBR for sometime. It sounds good 😊 2y
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Emu
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A great book about such an interesting and disturbing topic. It is difficult to imagine someone making a choice like that of Claire. #1001books

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BookwormM
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A short book that packs a big punch.

On the surface this is about how one woman‘s decision to deny her racial heritage and pass as white had devestating consequences later in life.

Below the surface this is a story about love, trust, safety, freedom and about the way everyone everyday has to put on an act for other people.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#reading1001

Kristelh Finished today, it was a good read. I am still processing “the big punch”. 2y
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Currey
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Excellent rendering of the conflict between a women‘s core desire for stability and her intellectual reason which knew the world was not under her control. This is overlaid with the horrors of racial relations and the passing of interracial light skinned women as white during the Harlem Renaissance. I very much enjoyed this book and will be looking to read Nella Larsen‘s Quicksand.

batsy I liked this a lot, too! And I read Quicksand last year; not as strong as Passing, but still worth reading. 2y
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Leniverse
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"It was, she cried silently, enough to suffer as a woman, an individual, on one's own account, without having to suffer for the race as well. It was a brutality, and undeserved."

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JenP
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2nd book of 2018 and it fits two challenges: #booked2018 (PoC author) & #litsyreadingchallenge (set in the 1920s).

Only 120 pages, it tells the story of two African American women and covers issues of race and racism. Passing has multiple meanings in this book including the ways in which one of the central characters is “passing” as white & denying her own heritage. Interesting discourse on identity that is ultimately tragic for all. #1001books

Cinfhen Way to go🙌🏻book sounds good too! Have you read this one @BarbaraBB ?!? 2y
Penny_LiteraryHoarders Love the cover and it sounds like a great read! 2y
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BarbaraBB @Cinfhen No but I should! You really know my taste in books! I read another by her that was very good as well 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage This looks like an interesting pick! 🙌🏻 2y
batsy Great review, I really appreciated reading this, too. If you liked Quicksand you should definitely check this out, @BarbaraBB ! 2y
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Suelizbeth
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This book that covers a short span of time and is quickly read is, briefly, a story of what happens when two old friends reconnect after a long time apart. “Passing” takes on a multitude of different meanings, both overt and covert. And, POW, I was not expecting that ending. #1001books #reading1001

MaureenMc Yes, the ending- 😧😳 2y
Suelizbeth @MaureenMc I know! 😱 2y
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Daisey
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My #firstread of 2018 turned out to be this fairly short novel about two women that were friends as children and meet again as adults after their lives have gone in very different directions.

#1001books #Reading1001

mhillis It‘s a great book! This book was partly inspired by Passing. (edited) 2y
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Leftcoastzen
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Hark , I hear the siren song of Penguin Classics! Harlem Renaissance section of ad in New York Review of Books.

batsy Ooooohhhh #want 2y
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bookwrm526
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Wow, this was a wild ride! I️ didn‘t see the ending coming at all, and it was so well written. I️ was sad that I‘d never heard of this author despite a unit on the author‘s of the movement. This pic is of my second ever attempt at focaccia bread...if it tastes as good as it smells then I️ think it‘ll be a success!

cathysaid I just licked my iPad. 2y
Tamra Yum! I love focaccia! 2y
bookwrm526 @cathysaid lol, I‘ll take that as a statement of confidence that it looks like it should :) 2y
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bookwrm526 @Tamra me too! That‘s why I‘m trying to learn how to make it lol; this one has lots of herbs in it 2y
Tamra @bookwrm526 I make it for Xmas and the while house smells WONDERFUL! 2y
Laura317 Is it hard to make? @bookwrm526 2y
brilliantglow I made bread today too haha! Foccacia is one of my favourites. Especially sea salt and roasemary😍 your second attempt looks awesome 2y
bookwrm526 @Laura317 not if you have a stand mixer to help with the kneading - my first attempt I️ did it by hand and didn‘t knead it long enough 2y
bookwrm526 @brilliantglow thanks! This one has garlic salt, basil, thyme and oregano in it, and sea salt sprinkled on top 2y
brilliantglow Ohhh I'm going to have to try that! It sounds wonderful. Wow I just realized how terribly I spelt rosemary in my previous comment 😐 2y
Laura317 This may be sufficient excuse to get one of those stand mixers I‘ve been coveting for years! 😂@bookwrm526 2y
CoffeeK8 That looks amazing! 2y
bookwrm526 @CoffeeK8 thanks 😁 2y
bookwrm526 @Laura317 We inherited ours from my husbands grandmother, but we adore it and use it all the time 2y
Centique Yum! 2y
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karenna
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This novella, written during the Harlem Renaissance, depicts the interaction between two light-skinned, mixed-raced women. While the narrative itself is fluidly written and highly engaging, it also manages to elude easy interpretations. If you enjoy puzzling over what the author endorses, then this is your book. I read the Norton Critical Edition, which includes great biographical, historical, and critical information.

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Iceangel9
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Two great books by authors of color. Great classic works.

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Brie
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A short novel by one of the greats of the Harlem Renaissance, Passing follows two black women, Clare and Irene, who "pass" as white for different reasons. A chance meeting causes them to confront their secrets, lies, and fears in a society just beginning to acknowledge shifting racial barriers. The novel examines race as a social construct while delivering psychologically astute dual character studies of the women.

batsy Great review. Your last sentence captures it really well. 2y
JazzFeathers This has been in my TBR forever. Really neen to get to it 2y
Brie @batsy Thanks! 2y
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Brie @JazzFeathers I recommend it. It's short but it's very thought-provoking. 2y
rohit-sawant Terrific review! 2y
Brie @rohit-sawant Thanks! I really enjoyed the book. 2y
ValerieAndBooks I have this in my TBR! Need to move it up higher than it is already. 2y
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Brie
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There are lots of different kinds of #diversity, but I decided to focus on racially diverse characters and/or authors from my #TBR. And this is only what I managed to fit in the picture! I've loved previous Morrison, Erdrich, and Alexie books so I'd like to get to more of those before the year's out. #anditsaugust

erzascarletbookgasm Lots of great titles there, a few I want to read :) 2y
vivastory Great titles. Fantastic pic! 2y
Brie @vivastory Thanks! 2y
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MrBook
Passing | Larson, Nella
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#TBRtemptation post 6! Published in 1929 to wildly positive acclaim. Irene & husband Brian, a physician, share a comfortable Harlem townhouse with their sons. She organizes charity balls for Harlem's elite. Her childhood friend, Clare, who has passed herself off as white for years successfully enough to even convincing her racist husband, reappears and comes to envy Irene's happiness. #blameLitsy #blameMrBook 😎

Ms_T Great cover! 2y
JazzFeathers I bought it years ago and l should really read it 2y
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Moray_Reads
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For several characters in this short but hard-hitting novel the choice between #blackorwhite can mean a completely different life but passing brings its own struggles and risks. Highly recommended. #90sinjuly @cinfen @Robothugs

SaraBeagle Loved it and this one too 3y
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Anna40
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I'm not sure if I understood this book. I think the main topics are struggling with your identity/your roots, racism/ segregation and its ramifications and friendship. But I couldn't really comprehend why Irene wanted to be friends with Clare...

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MaureenMc
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Interesting story about race and class, centered around the rather toxic friendship between two African-American women - one who chose to "pass" as white, and the other who chose not to. Worth checking out.

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shawnmooney
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Panpan

I read this later the same month I read her Harlem Renaissance contemporary Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God. Hurston's novel was alive and pulsating with fresh language; this one was a fossil of decorous, distancing prose. The characters here were paper-thin and uninteresting; the plot hobbled along dully until the eye-rollingly melodramatic ending. Pass over Passing and go straight to Their Eyes Were Watching God.

TrishB 'Decorous, distancing prose' is definitely the best thing I've read today 😀 3y
cleoh You should try Quicksand by Nella Larsen! I had to read both for a class this year, and liked Quicksand much more 3y
JazzFeathers I read Their Eyes Were Watching God and had a very hard time with the first half of the novel. Loved the second half. I then bought this, the plot sounds so intersting. Such a shame that is sounds like it isn't 3y
JazzFeathers @cleoh ah! Luckily, l have an edition with both novels 😊 3y
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shawnmooney
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Man, am I ever missing Zora Neale Hurston's fresh, lively prose right about now! This Latinate, decorous writing is keeping me way, way outside what little story there is here. ("I will not bail, I will not bail, I will NOT BAIL!")

Cinfhen You're about 4 pages away from a bail.... 3y
saresmoore I think that sentence made me go through the emotions it described... 3y
shawnmooney @Cinfhen 😂Ordinarily, I would. But this is for the book-title-with-a-verb challenge and I am running out of both time and qualifying titles. Another hour of plodding through this one and I'll be done! 😍 3y
Izai.Amorim And how did she feel after the second failure? 3y
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