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The Moor's Account
The Moor's Account: A Novel | Laila Lalami
**Longlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize****Nominated for the 2016 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award**A Pulitzer Prize FinalistA New York Times Notable BookA Wall Street Journal Top 10 Book of the YearAn NPR Great Read of 2014A Kirkus Best Fiction Book of the YearIn this stunning work of historical fiction, Laila Lalami brings us the imagined memoirs of the first black explorer of Americaa Moroccan slave whose testimony was left out of the official record.In 1527, the conquistador Pnfilo de Narvez sailed from the port of Sanlcar de Barrameda with a crew of six hundred men and nearly a hundred horses. His goal was to claim what is now the Gulf Coast of the United States for the Spanish crown and, in the process, become as wealthy and famous as Hernn Corts.But from the moment the Narvez expedition landed in Florida, it faced perilnavigational errors, disease, starvation, as well as resistance from indigenous tribes. Within a year there were only four survivors: the expeditions treasurer, lvar Nez Cabeza de Vaca; a Spanish nobleman named Alonso del Castillo Maldonado; a young explorer named Andrs Dorantes de Carranza; and Dorantess Moroccan slave, Mustafa al-Zamori, whom the three Spaniards called Estebanico. These four survivors would go on to make a journey across America that would transform them from proud conquis-tadores to humble servants, from fearful outcasts to faith healers.The Moors Accountbrilliantly captures Estebanicos voice and vision, giving us an alternate narrative for this famed expedition. As the dramatic chronicle unfolds, we come to understand that, contrary to popular belief, black men played a significant part in New World exploration and Native American men and women were not merely silent witnesses to it. In Laila Lalamis deft hands, Estebanicos memoir illuminates the ways in which stories can transmigrate into history, even as storytelling can offer a chance for redemption and survival.From the Hardcover edition.
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TracyReadsBooks
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An absolutely stunning book. In lyrical, often heartbreaking prose Lalami reimagines the Narváez Expedition & the life of Estebanico, a slave & the first black explorer of America. A fictional account of real events, the depth of Lalami‘s research is evident on every page & so thoroughly does she immerse readers in this world, it‘s likely you too will feel the dirt beneath your toes & the sweat upon your brow. So many thoughts. Excellent.

BookishTrish I lived this book so much and no one else I know read it (and I have no clue where my copy went...) Why wasn‘t it more acclaimed? 2w
TracyReadsBooks @BookishTrish Good question! I actually found my copy on the sale shelves of one of my favorite local shops and it isn‘t that old (published 2015). Maybe our attention spans are too short? I‘ll definitely be recommending it to people now that I‘ve read it. So good! 2w
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“The only thing at once more precious and more fragile than a true story is a free life.”

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❤️

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TracyReadsBooks
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Is early morning reading while the rest of the family is in bed and the house is quiet, the BEST reading? I‘m about to find out. 💛🧡🌞☕️📖☕️🌞🧡💛

bookandbedandtea Yes. Yes, that IS the best reading! I hope you enjoyed. 2w
TracyReadsBooks @bookandbedandtea I loved it! And with luck, I‘ll be able to do it again soon. 2w
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“And, in my moment of greed, I forgot about the cost of my dream to others.”

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Gorgeous cover on my next book!

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twohectobooks
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Mehso-so

I selected this as my book club‘s latest read, and let‘s just say it wasn‘t a hit. I enjoyed it well enough myself, but the more I‘ve talked about it the less keen I‘ve been.
Based on the story of the four survivors of the Narvaez expedition, this is a first person account from the black man who participated but never told his story. The narrative never really comes alive, though, and the central character feels anachronistic.

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twohectobooks
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#tbrbingo

Got my first bingo when I finished The Moor‘s Account!

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#weekendreads
1️⃣ Tagged and The Revolutions by Felix Gilman
2️⃣ Probably Bird Box. The Chalk Man came close though.
3️⃣ The colours and the clothing. Fall is already over in my part of the world unfortunately.

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twohectobooks
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Visiting a friend for a very tiny holiday (ie I took Friday off). Haven‘t had as much time with this book as I‘d like but hopefully can make more progress this weekend.

cthonc i love the cover 3mo
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#bookmail ‼️
Tagged is my selection for my #bookclub, and the other is an all-time favourite that still wasn‘t in my personal collection.

This was my first time ordering from #bookdepository and I‘m pretty pleased.

SpaceCowboyBooks The author read from this book at my store. She's a fantastic writer! 3mo
twohectobooks @SpaceCowboyBooks glad to hear it! I tend to have pretty different taste than the rest of my book club so it‘s always a bit of a toss up whether they‘ll like my picks. Nice to have an endorsement from a neutral party lol 3mo
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What is life of a human being worth? That is the overarching question facing the narrator of this historical fiction— a merchant who first sells slaves and then sells himself to feed his family, ultimately ending up on an expedition to the new world. In the new world he is a first hand observer of the colonizers treatment of and eventual defeat by the indigenous peoples. Well written and well worth reading.

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#FridayDateNight with a book.

CouronneDhiver 👍🏽 5mo
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Smrloomis
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Now on sale for Kindle for 2.99 USD. I still haven‘t read more than 50 pages of this, but so many people have told me it‘s good that I‘m going on that alone. 🥳

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rmaclean4
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Sold some books at McKays today...and picked up these! I would love to hear from folks that have read any of these.

broughtyoubooks Haven't read any of them but Jeanette Winterson is one of my favourite authors. 2y
rmaclean4 @broughtyoubooks I own a couple of her novels. I am excited to read her work. Do you have a favorite novel of hers? 2y
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thelizflynn
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I haven‘t read literary fiction like this in a while. It‘s nice to be back, even though this story is about the horrific cruelty of Spanish colonizers.

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Sace
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I really enjoyed this book but I don't think I gave it the attention it deserved. I shouldn't have taken so long to read it. I shouldn't have read it in short bursts.

One more for the #tbrbingo @WhatDeeReads

DGRachel That cover is stunning! 2y
Sace @DGRachel agreed! I absolutely love it. 2y
WhatDeeReads That‘s on my card too. 2y
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Sace
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@MinDea tagged me for #5forDinner.

I have to go with Mildred Wirt Benson (aka Carolyn Keene), Trevor Noah (want to pick his brain), Laila Lalami (currently reading the tagged book and I want to talk to her about her research), Emilia Pardo Bazan (she's from Galicia and I want to talk to her about my abuelo's birthplace) and Isabel Allende (I'm currently obsessed with Chile.)

I'll tag @peaknit @Avanders @LauraBrook @HannaPolkadots @AlaMich

Cathythoughts Love Allende ❤️💫 2y
OrangeMooseReads Trevor Noah would be interesting and fun 2y
LauraBrook Thanks for the tag! Once I get some coffee in me, I'll get working on this! 2y
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Sace @OrangeMooseReads right? I just want to talk to him about everything. 2y
Sace @LauraBrook okie dokie. Can't wait to see your guest list. 😁 2y
Izai.Amorim So Trevor will have all the ladies? Not fair! 😂 2y
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Sace
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I was tagged by @emily_m_tubb for #fivestarpredictions

I am not a discerning or critical reader at all and I tend to like everything I read. That being said, very few books have actually taken my heart. I predict these books will be better than most though.

PS- I've already started reading Charley and it might end up stealing my heart.

Tagging @MidnightBookGirl @OrangeMooseReads @rabbitprincess @WhatDeeReads @Dragon

Cortg I'm starting Pachinko today! 2y
Reviewsbylola Pachinko and Flower Moon were both five stars for me! 2y
Sace @Cortg I'm hoping to get to it in the near future! 2y
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Sace @Reviewsbylola my five star predictions are based entirely on Litten opinion. 😊 2y
WhatDeeReads I don't know how to make these graphics. 2y
Dragon Thanks for the tag. I'm going to disappear into my massive tbr pile and pull out some gems 💎 2y
aplunk Just finished Flower Moon and it was five stars for me! 2y
Sace @WhatDeeReads I use an app called Photo Grid or Pic Collage. They are pretty user friendly. 2y
rabbitprincess I bet that whatever books I picked for this wouldn't end up being five stars 😜 2y
Sace @Dragon I just saw your gems! 2y
Sace @aplunk yay! I've heard good things from other Littens too. 2y
Sace @rabbitprincess yeah. I'm a little nervous I might be hyping them up and I'll end up disappointed. 2y
Wbabdullah @RestlessFickleBookSlut whoa! The Moor's Account seems to be right up my alley! Besides dystopian reads, I love some history! I just added it to my TBR list--thanks so much for including it in your 5 star predictions! Adding new books to my TBR list almost feels like actually shopping for them...*almost* 2y
Sace @Wbabdullah I know what you mean! Making a list *is* part of shopping. I've been reading it today and I am not disappointed! 2y
Wbabdullah @RestlessFickleBookSlut you are SO right--it is a part of the shopping. I'm so excited!! Can't wait to hear your review! 2y
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thegreentealibrarian
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I wasn't that excited about the present narrative where they are tromping around looking for gold but I did really like when he told stories about his parents and his life before he was a slave.
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I was going to read The Wish Granter next but it turns out that it's a second book in a series. Shadow Queen is the first and I haven't read it so I decided to swap it out for The Moor's Account. I got this one as an extra from Book of the Month Club a few months ago because it sounds interesting.
#BOTM

398.2 Beautiful cover! 2y
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Tuesday mornings are my favourite ❤️

Lacythebookworm Chocolate croissants 🥐 😍 3y
JazzFeathers I bet so 😆 3y
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#bookmail makes my heart go pitter -patter. Thank you so much @ArielElise for The Moor's Account! The writing is gorgeous & it has a very satisfactory conclusion. I'll follow your recommendations any day. The bottom four I'm going to read & then put in my #classroomlibrary

ArielElise I'm so glad you enjoyed it! Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits by Lalami is another great read. It's faster and the prose is less dense. The Moor's Account is still my favorite of hers, though. 3y
JackieSmith Thanks @ArielElise ! I've added it to my TBR list. 3y
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Moor's Account | Laila Lalami

"I know now that these conquerors, like many others before them, and no doubt like others after, gave speeches not to voice the truth, but to create it."

CatLass007 Truth. 3y
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Seshat
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For #julymostanticipated I have to go with one of my ebooks. #jubilantjuly @RealLifeReading

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Ready for #litsypartyofone -- half checking Litsy, half watching National Speech & Debate Awards & wishing I was there with my students. After that will jump back into The Moor's Account, which I'm finding beautiful but slow reading.

RealLifeReading This wasn't the easiest of reads but I really liked it 3y
Nat_Reads I just started this book! 3y
JackieSmith @RealLifeReading @Nat_Reads it looks as if my bookmark is standing still! 3y
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queerbookreader Do you teach debating? 3y
JackieSmith @lemonlime799 Both speech & debate are extracurricular at my school; I'm the head coach. And of course I teach argumentation in class (English). Do you coach/teach debate? 3y
queerbookreader @JackieSmith Oh my GOD no. I'm a college dropout with severe social anxiety--nothing about me makes me qualified to teach debate 😂 I was just wondering because none of my schools ever had debate teams and I think it's a really useful skill to learn 3y
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Nat_Reads
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Honestly, I picked this one for the cover. The story sounds exciting, too! Has anyone out there read it?! Thoughts? I bought it on a whim, so have no idea what to expect.

BookishMarginalia Haven't gotten to it yet 3y
Nat_Reads @BookishMarginalia I will let you know! The first 9 pages are good 🙃 3y
KathyWheeler It sounds interesting. 3y
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Nat_Reads @KathyWheeler I love that this will give such a different person on these events! 3y
JaclynW That cover is great! I'm sold! 3y
vivastory I thoroughly enjoyed this one 3y
BarbaraBB I have it on my tbr shelves so I'll follow your thoughts! 3y
Nute This would be a cover buy for me also!😀 3y
kspenmoll Have not read it, but that cover is beautiful! 3y
Sydsavvy I read and enjoyed it. Having grown up in Texas and been taught some of this history, it was interesting to see this take on the infamous story. 3y
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Audrey
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Fascinating historical fictional account of a Spanish exploration group in the 1500s. Told from the perspective of Mustafa, a slave of one of the Spaniards, he is believed to be the first black man in the "New World." Since not much is known about the expedition, much of it was fictionalized, including the interactions with the Native Americans.

BooksForEmpathy I have this on my shelf! Can't wait to read it! 3y
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ArielElise
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Lalami gives us a complicated, tender protagonist in Mustafa and dense, lyrical prose. You don't need to have read Cabeza de Vaca to appreciate this novel, but if you have, you'll be intrigued even more.

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Believe it or not, this is my cleaned up TBR, and not really my TBR, but my TBRSRTL (to be read sooner rather than later). I was like, 5 stacks heavy last night. Now the left stack is the stuff I will read soon, likely for challenges. The right stack is my unread Agathas, both traditional mysteries and her romances under a pseudonym. Easier just to keep them out till I get them read! #tbr

Sassy_Steph Maybe if the books are staring you in the face, you'll be more likely to read them! Oh look there's some books, I think I'll just pick one up and boom another book moved to the have read pile!! 3y
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Thanks to the #readingwomenmonth challenge for reminding me that I've yet to read this beautiful book, written by an even more beautiful Moroccan-American Muslim woman.

BookishTrish Read it! 3y
ephemeralwaltz That cover is gorgeous😍😍 3y
TrishB Lovely looking book 😀 3y
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saresmoore @BookishTrish I will! Ooh, maybe I'll start tonight! 3y
saresmoore @ephemeralwaltz @TrishB The book sounds fascinating and has received much acclaim. I'm excited to start reading it! 3y
LauraBrook This was my first Book of the Month, and it's still unread! 😳 Maybe I should pick it up soon?!? 3y
TrishB I'll look forward to your review 😀 3y
saresmoore @LauraBrook Do it! 😁 3y
Cinfhen Ooooh, it's been on my TBR for a loooong time...curious to hear your thoughts & it's a gorgeous cover 💓 3y
vivastory I loved this book. Highly recommend. 3y
Moray_Reads @Cinfhen mine too. I even had it out of the library a few months ago and didn't get round to reading it. Can't wait to hear what you think @saresmoore 3y
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thegreentealibrarian
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For June 1st, a shelfie! This bookcase always has slightly disorganized shelves. 😄
#riotgrams

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sumaiyya.books
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Started this beautiful earlier today! About 60 pages in and really loving it. The writing is beautiful ❤️ The Moor's Account is a fictional narrative of the first black explorer of America, who was Muslim, a slave and on an dangerous expedition to Florida with his master. I think it's entirely fictional but the historical aspects are not, especially the cruelty against the Natives. Mustafa's perspective lays the reality bare.

BookishTrish I ❤️ 3y
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Emily92Bibliophile
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My book sleeve from @MyBookZleeves came in this afternoon, and greeted me upon my arrival from work- what a lovely way to end the day!! I know this sleeve will get a lot of use- I have been greatly anticipating the arrival so I can take my book to work! 😍 #BookMail

JacqMac Love that one! 3y
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Sace
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And I'll follow up the audiobook with one of these. I'm sort of obsessed with the De Vaca saga now. I'm leaning towards the fictional account from Estebanico's point of view.

TobeyTheScavengerMonk Had to read De Vaca's account in college. The fictional tale sounds interesting. 3y
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Today's weather is too good to pass up. Reading outside for my break!😎Gosh I love that I work at a historical landmark for this little town of mine 💙📚#librarianperks #bestjob

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This was excellent and shed a lot of light on a topic I didn't know much about (the Spanish invasion of Mexico). Mustafa is a brave, admirable, and humble man who never loses his faith in God despite witnessing and being subjected to numerous atrocities at the hands of the Spanish colonists. I enjoyed how the narrative alternated between their expedition and his childhood in Morocco. The last third or so lagged a bit but overall I enjoyed it.

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#BookMail #BookHaul 🎉😍📚🎉

Reviewsbylola 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 3y
saresmoore I look forward to your review of The Moor's Account! 3y
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Up next! Been looking forward to reading this one prior to my trip to Morocco in THREE WEEKS. Figured this would help me get into Morocco mode. (It's set in America, but the main character is a Moroccan slave who was the first black explorer of America.) Historical fiction isn't really my jam, so this may be a long read, but I can probably squeeze in an extra book or 2 during my many, many flights! 📚 ✈️ 🇲🇦

Reviewsbylola Beautiful cover. 😍 3y
Aswenson I considered adding this one to my #botm box but chose something else, maybe I'll have to do it next time! 3y
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Kristy_K
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A recent purchase that was a definite cover buy. This book wasn't even on my radar until I saw the cover.
#marchintoreading #judgedbyitscover

BeckaroniAndCheese That's gorgeous! 3y
saresmoore Yes! This is one I've had my eyes on. 😍 3y
Cinfhen Have you read it? It's a past BOTM and I sometimes think about adding it! 3y
Kristy_K @Cinfhen Not yet! I'm hoping to get to it this month or next. It looks really good. 3y
Smrloomis It's supposed to be great! 3y
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Errrka24
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Readable and a beautiful cover.

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Karen.reads
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This came in my #bookofthemonth box today. It's so pretty. 😱😍 #botm

LauraJ The description sounds as good as the cover! 3y
Reviewsbylola That's gorgeous. 3y
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BookishMarginalia
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Writer Laila Lalami discusses her experiences as a naturalized citizen of the US, as well as her assessment of President Trump's rhetoric regarding the recent immigration ban on refugees and citizens of 7 Muslim-dominant countries, in this thoughtful New Yorker article: http://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/love-and-betrayal-in-america -- It's short and personal and well worth the read.

gossamerchild Sigh...😢. But thank you for sharing. 3y
lynneamch Thank you for sharing this. From my daughter's window in Brooklyn, I got to see newly naturalized citizens having their pictures taken across the street on the courthouse steps. I was reminded of my immigrant grandparents. I was so proud of my country. And now . . . 💔 3y
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"The women had made witnesses of us, even those of us who had chosen to close our eyes." I'm well past this part in the book but I keep coming back to it.

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vivastory
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Originally posted in November, this is worth a look if you missed it, or if you forgot a few of them. I added a few to my list for tomorrow's library haul
lithub.com/10-contemporary-novels-by-and-about-muslims-you-should-read/?platform=hootsuite#

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misslisha3
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Fighting my way out of a reading rut with this one. I've started three books over the last week.

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SaraBeagle
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This is a great list. Ten books by and about Muslims. http://lithub.com/10-contemporary-novels-by-and-about-muslims-you-should-read/

kspenmoll Thx for this list! 📚 3y
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