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There There
There There: A novel | Tommy Orange
Not since Sherman Alexie's The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven and Louise Erdrich's Love Medicine has such a powerful and urgent Native American voice exploded onto the landscape of contemporary fiction. There There introduces a brilliant new author at the start of a major career. Jacquie Red Feather is newly sober and trying to make it back to the family she left behind in shame in Oakland. Dene Oxedrene is pulling his life together after his uncle's death and has come to work the powwow and to honour his uncle's memory. Edwin Frank has come to find his true father. Bobby Big Medicine has come to drum the Grand Entry. Opal Viola Victoria Bear Shield has come to watch her nephew Orvil Red Feather; Orvil has taught himself Indian dance through YouTube videos, and he has come to dance in public for the very first time. Tony Loneman is a young Native American boy whose future seems destined to be as bleak as his past, and he has come to the Big Oakland Powwow with darker intentions. Tommy Orange's first novel is a wondrous and shattering portrait of an America few of us have ever seen. There There is a multi-generational, relentlessly paced story about violence and recovery, hope and loss, identity and power, dislocation and communion, and the beauty and despair woven into the history of a nation and its people. A glorious, unforgettable debut.
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Tamra
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Riveting final chapters and the inner lives of the characters were so compassionately drawn. 👍🏾👍🏾

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Tamra
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Loving this so far! 🤞🏾

Megabooks 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻💜 3d
Tanisha_A Oh this book! ❤️ 3d
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Megabooks
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This book made me realize I know nothing about urban Natives and the particular struggles they face.

I loved each of the characters‘ backstories in parts 1 & 2 and the genesis of the knot they will become at the powwow. That was extremely well done. I loved seeing him move them like chess pieces in part 3.

However, the interactions at and after the powwow were ultimately unsatisfying. I felt like I was left too hanging on major plot points 4.5⭐️

Megabooks #newyearwhodis Great pick, Katie!! 1w
Leftcoastzen I loved this book. 1w
Megabooks @Leftcoastzen Extremely well written! 1w
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NeedsMoreBooks Enjoyed this one 💕 1w
Megabooks @NeedsMoreBooks definitely excellent! I‘m glad Katie finally got me to pick it up. 1w
youneverarrived Glad you liked it 😁 I was wondering what you would make of the ending. 7d
Megabooks @youneverarrived A bit crazy! I mean he totally left you hanging on a lot of stuff! 7d
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Megabooks
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1. The first few days of the year were rough, but things are better. My goal is to finish more challenges and try to read 5 books a week. So far, I‘m doing well! I also want to get my stamina back post-surgery.
2. The tagged for #newyearwhodis, When We Were Vikings, Boys & Sex
Thanks for the tag @Meaw_catlady I‘m going to tag @Crazeedi and @Moonprismpower if they haven‘t participated! 💕💕

#thoughtfulthursday @MoonWitch94

MoonWitch94 Thanks for playing ☺️ 1w
Megabooks @MoonWitch94 good questions!! 1w
MargaretPinardAuthor Awesome hashtag, lol! 1w
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Megabooks @MargaretPinardAuthor 👍🏻👍🏻 1w
Crazeedi Thanks for tag! Just posted!! 1w
Megabooks @Crazeedi 😘😘 1w
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Megabooks
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Got my #bookmail for #newyearwhodis @youneverarrived 🎉🎉📚🥂 It wasn‘t easy to understand this cast of characters in the audiobook, so I think print will work out better.

Unfortunately I have a severe headache. I‘m sitting in the near dark, considering listening to a different audiobook.

But today, my mood is good, and I happy to be alive, surrounded in bed by books! 👏🏻👏🏻💞

Texreader Good to hear things are looking up today, except for that darned headache! 1w
Megabooks @Texreader Thank you! Being in the near-dark is helping. 1w
readordierachel Hope the headache improves 💛 1w
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Megabooks @readordierachel thank you! I hydrated and ate some roasted chicken and I think that helped! 1w
youneverarrived Enjoy 😘 hope your headache eased off. 1w
Megabooks @youneverarrived Thank you! I‘m almost halfway through There There. I‘m so excited to see what goes down at the PowWow! 1w
BarbaraBB That powwow is so interesting, I knew so little about this topic. A great book. 1w
Megabooks @BarbaraBB I‘ve been meaning to read this since it came out so I was really glad to see it on Katie‘s list! 1w
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TracyReadsBooks
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Whenever I get a new book, I have to read everything on the front cover before turning it over & reading everything on the back cover. Once I do that, if it‘s a paperback I‘ll open it & read all the blurbs in the front & if it‘s a hardcover I‘ll read the inside flaps on the dust jacket. Only after I‘ve done that &, perhaps, ruffled the pages will I put the book away until I want to read it. I‘m not the only one with such new book habits, am I?

SW-T LOL! No 😄 1w
marleed No. No, you are not. 1w
lele1432 I do the same thing!! I thought I was weird lol 1w
Tamra No! 👌🏾 1w
Nute OMG! Absolutely too funny! I do the exact same thing! 1w
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erank58
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2020 is off to a great start! I've had this on my shelf since it first came out, and I just now found my self in the mood to give it a try. Tommy Orange offers some heartbreaking, raw commentary--and boy does it pack a punch

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LaLecture
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„That‘s their culture,” Blue says.
“What is?”
“Taking over.”
“I don‘t know. My mum‘s white—“
“You don‘t have to defend all white people you think aren‘t a part of the problem just because I said something negative about white culture,” Blue says.

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LaLecture
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If you were fortunate enough to be born into a family whose ancestors directly benefited from genocide and/or slavery, maybe you think the more you don‘t know, the more innocent you can stay, which is a good incentive to not find out, to not look too deep, to walk carefully around the sleeping tiger.

Buechersuechtling Good quote – but … difficult at the same time. People (me not excluded) tend to judge you by certain stigmas even if it‘s been long before your life. So I partly can understand that attitude. 3w
LaLecture @Buechersuechtling I see where you‘re coming from, but I think this quote is not about judging but about reminding people to be mindful of their people‘s and their country‘s past. We also need to take the context into account. This is a novel written by a Native American about Native Americans, their identity and their history. And from what I gather from this book, white people have made quite an effort to erase Native history ... 3w
LaLecture ... and the part they played in it. This isn‘t about judging all white people and calling them racists or murderers, but I can‘t hold it against the author if he wants them to be aware of the fact that they only live in the place they live in today because their ancestors exploited and murdered the Natives. 3w
Buechersuechtling @LaLecture Oh. Yes, thank you for your explanations. They put everything in context to me … You know, I simply didn‘t look at the database entry, and – shame on me – the idea that it could be meant the way it‘s meant never came to my mind. I only understood and interpreted it “my way”. Which is very sad. 😟 3w
LaLecture @Buechersuechtling No worries 🙂, you couldn‘t have guessed the context just from the quote. From a German perspective, for example, I understand your comment since I hate it when people call all Germans nazis because of our past. But I guess this is also a very different context as (many) Germans tends to be very mindful of this part of their history. I‘m not sure if it‘s the same with white vs. Native history in the US. 2w
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bernadette
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New book. So far, it seems to be about urban Indians in Oakland. I live in the Bay Area and hadn't really thought about the native American population here although there is a powwow at Stanford I've heard of.

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KatieDid927
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Here are my #Top10ofTheDecade #FictionEdition! I stuck with books published this decade. I‘ll probably change my mind a bunch, especially as there are so many great books that are still on my TBR. (I may end up liking Get in Trouble more than Pretty Monsters once I finally read it!) But for now, these are the books that have stuck with me.

Thanks for the fun idea, @Cinfhen !

Emilymdxn So with you on there there! What a phenomenal book 1mo
KatieDid927 @Emilymdxn I even bought my mom a copy for Christmas, because I love it that much! Haha. 1mo
AceOnRoam Hi Katie, did you just comment on my facebook post - Onward Litsy? 😁 1mo
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KatieDid927 @AceOnRoam Which one? 1mo
4thhouseontheleft Great picks! The Night Circus made it on to my list, too 1mo
AceOnRoam @KatieDid927 thanking Tim for Litsy 😍 1mo
KatieDid927 @AceOnRoam Oh, yes! 😊 1mo
AceOnRoam @KatieDid927 nice to meet you 🖐🖐🖐 1mo
KatieDid927 @AceOnRoam Likewise! 1mo
KatieDid927 @4thhouseontheleft Thanks! I like your list too. I read A Darker Shade of Magic for Screamathon but haven‘t gotten to the sequels yet. They‘re both on my December/January tbr. 1mo
Cinfhen Thanks for sharing and tagging me!! I‘ve always wanted to read GoT but the page count scared me away. I need to check out a few titles that I‘m not familiar with. This hashtag isn‘t good for my #TBR 1mo
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Blaire
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Interlocking stories of “urban Indians” living in Oakland. I found each individual story to be fascinating and even though I couldn‘t keep track of all of them as they linked up, it felt like a complete novel leading up to a climactic event and the tension built toward it over the novel. Told a different type of Native American story than others I have heard about/read. Seen this reviewed as #genrebusting so it‘s my pick for #booked2019.

SamAnne Loved it! 1mo
Suet624 A wonderful book. 1mo
NeedsMoreBooks Beautiful book 💕 1mo
Tanisha_A Loved this one! 1mo
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Blaire
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Eating the last of the leftover pie and starting the tagged book which seems an appropriate post-thanksgiving read.

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vumblereads
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Currently on page 108. I‘m thinking about DNF-ing this book. I‘m having a hard time following and it feels so scattered. I‘m reading paragraphs of monologuing that my mind ends up wandering. Does it get better? I feel guilty feeling this way when it supposedly has high ratings

ElizaMarie Not every book is for everyone. I do feel guilty sometimes for DNF-ing as well. But maybe put it aside and try it again later? You might not be in the right frame of mind for it? Or it just doesn't speak to you. 2mo
NeedsMoreBooks I enjoyed it as I got the views of so many characters. However, do not feel guilt about DNF-ing. Life is too short yo read books that you don‘t like 😊 2mo
mom2bugnbee I DNF'd Water for Elephants, The Goldfinch, & The Underground Railroad. Saying that a book isn't right for you doesn't mean it isn't a good book. Don't feel guilty! Your life it too short & your TBR too long! 😁 2mo
vumblereads @ElizaMarie @NeedsMoreBooks @mom2bugnbee thanks! I‘ll give it a couple more pages and then I‘ll decide whether to DNF it or not. 2mo
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vumblereads
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vumblereads
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#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

1️⃣ There There by Tommy Orange, Will Williams (Disorder Collection) by Namwali Serpell
2️⃣ Snow, Glass, Apples by Neil Gaiman
3️⃣ Chris Riddell (illustrator)

#fantasy #graphicnovel #literaryfiction

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vumblereads
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I‘m ready to venture into another genre ⭐️#currentlyreading

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Kenny
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I‘ll be posting My Favorite Books of 2019 soon, but I need a few more weeks to get that ready—so I thought I‘d re-share My Favorite Books of 2018. Here are books 1-6. #KennyCobleBookAwards #BestBooks2018

BarbaraBB Some of my favorites too. Looking forward to your 2019 choices. 2mo
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NeedsMoreBooks
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Break from #NFNov to read this gem. The book follows a large number of Native American characters in Oakland, California. The points of view shift from first to third and follows multiple generations with some connections to each characters. The story focuses on urban Native Americans instead of caricatures on reservations. It provides an intimate look into some history but also how they are surviving and managing.

rsteve388 6 pts 2mo
NeedsMoreBooks @rsteve388 this is fiction. Please remove my points 😊 2mo
rsteve388 Ohhhh I see, will do. 2mo
NeedsMoreBooks @rsteve388 thank you so much ☺️ 2mo
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DyAnne
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At the Olympic Peninsula for the long weekend. Got lots of books (yay🎉) and papers to grade (boo😫).

Leftcoastzen So beautiful! 2mo
BarbaraBB Gorgeous 😍😍 2mo
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DyAnne
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“. . . but nothing is original, everything comes from something that came before, which was once nothing.”

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MsLeah8417
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🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
This book would make a perfect addition to high school required reading lists.

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Sreckess
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Pickpick

A devastating read - the domestic violence and sexual assault themes were challenging for me. The novel interweaves multiple character stories, which could be confusing at times. There were a few characters I wanted to know more about but by having so many narrators you can‘t dive deeper. Regardless I found it to be a compelling book about urban Native Americans and the forces of genocide and assimilation that impact our world today.

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Bookbosomed_jess
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My #candycornstack featuring my most recent read on top and my current read on the bottom! Both a departure from my other October reads but wanted to switch it up a bit...

#currentread #books #mustread #bookrecs

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SamAnne
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Today, Indigenous leaders of the Yakama and Lummi Nations called for the removal of 3 large dams on the Columbia River to restore salmon and traditional fishing grounds. The press conference occurred here, where the great Celilo Falls existed before Dalles Dam was built in 1967. #indigenouspeoplesday

BookNAround My geology professor in college said that dam(n), no matter which sense you used the word in, was always a four letter word. 3mo
SamAnne @BookNAround LOL. So true. While they have brought benefits, the consequences have been great. I‘m glad to see them being questioned. 3mo
Freespirit Great news...we build dams without thinking of the consequences. We have terrible water problems in my country at the moment. I think water security will be a huge issue in the future. 3mo
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Merethebookgal
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I just finished reading There There to hear Tommy Orange talk last night & I‘m feeling lots of feelings. It‘s thought-provoking, insightful, and brutally heartbreaking at times. It really brings to question what does it mean to be a Native American when you don‘t live on a reservation; what does it mean to be an “urban Indian?” I enjoyed all the different points of view, and the story behind the title is interesting (I‘ll put it in the comments)

Merethebookgal The title actually comes from a passage in an autobiography by Gertrude Stein, who grew up in Oakland and talked about how the place had changed so much that the “there” of her childhood, the “there there” was gone. The line is “There is no there there.” 3mo
MicheleinPhilly Oh that‘s really interesting. Thanks for sharing! 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm Interesting info on the title 👍🙂 3mo
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Merethebookgal
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My current read while I metro out to meet some friends for a library day!

K.Wielechowski There There was one of the options for One Book One Lincoln and I really enjoyed it. Have tissues handy 3mo
Merethebookgal @K.Wielechowski Good to know, thanks! 3mo
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MallenNC
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A selection of #orangecover books that I‘ve read or that I mean to read. #FallisBooked

OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚🧡 4mo
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SLSbooks
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Each character in and of themselves is compelling, but the story was just too disjointed for me to follow. Maybe this isn‘t a before-bed kind of read, but I almost needed a character map to keep everyone straight. zzzzz.....

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KadeLexical
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I like it though because when I do get it I get it way down in that place where it hurts but feels better because you feel it something you couldn‘t feel before reading it that makes you feel less alone and like it‘s not going to hurt as much anymore

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Bailedbailed

I'm halfway through this and not invested in any of the characters. Just not interesting to me right now. Plus the way the characters talk about fat people really disgusts me. It's a DNF for me.

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“You figured out that there was a certain amount of alcohol you could drink that could—the next day—produce a certain state of mind, which you over time began to refer to privately as the State. The State was a place you could get to where everything felt exactly, precisely in place, where and when it belonged, you belonged, completely O.K. in it—almost like your dad used to say, “In‘it,” like, “Isn‘t that right? Isn‘t that true?” (There There)

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Sweettartlaura
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If you can, go see Tommy Orange! I can‘t promise what‘ll happen at your event, but if it‘s anything like the #tacomareads program, you are in for a treat.
First, there was storytelling, drumming, & singing from the Puyallup tribe. Then they presented him with lovely gifts, crafted for him & his family. Then there was a lively conversation about the book, his writing, his future plans, & the Native American culture as it stands now 👇🏻

Sweettartlaura But the best part was getting to talk to a Mono Indian woman, Tamara, as we both waited to meet Tommy & get our books signed. I got to learn what this book meant to her, ask questions, share insights... Basically, in that moment, I think this book accomplished its goal & fulfilled its purpose ♥️
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marleed Wonderful! 4mo
AmyG Awesome. I loved this book. 4mo
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Sweettartlaura
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Finished this in time for the #tacomareads author event tomorrow night.
Very reminiscent of Sunil Yapa‘s Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist - read it if you liked this.
I had no idea how muddled the sense of identity is for Native Americans. This shone a spotlight on it. At one point a character at a powwow says they‘re all “Indians dressed like Indians.” It‘s surreal, and you understand the disconnect he feels.
Lots to think about here.

Bookgirl Stacked! You should try Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich 4mo
Sweettartlaura @Bookgirl I need to read ALL the Louise Erdrich 😩. I hear nothing but good things. I just haven‘t gotten to her yet 🙁 4mo
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Sweettartlaura
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I have 3 days to read this before the author event for #TacomaReads ... andddddd go!

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MamaGina
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So far so VERY good 🤓
“The spider‘s web is a home and a trap”🕷

(Bonus Points for a character referencing another favorite author, Louise Erdrich)

Readergrrl I loved this book!! 4mo
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BlueMonday42
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Tommy Orange took his vast experience as an urban Native American and wrote a brilliant novel about what it means to be a Native American living in a major city. This was wonderful.

Cathythoughts It was wonderful 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 4mo
charl08 Great read: hope he's working on the next one. 4mo
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Sheridanb
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“Most addictions aren‘t premeditated.”

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Sweettartlaura
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BIG plans for #SeptemberTBR 😏
But I have some prompts to help.
There There is the Tacoma Reads book, and Tommy Orange is coming to town, so ✅
Tacoma‘s Extreme Reader Challenge is running a readathon AND a silent reading party, so that will help ✅
I must read 13 TBR books to keep on track for #MountTBR - Olympus ✅
Roughneck is a graphic novel - quick read ✅
I‘m half done with the Ahlborn ✅
And I am bound & determined to finish my #botmbacklog

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Shksprsis
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I absolutely loved this book. It gutted me. I was crying and pleading and angry and ever other emotion possible. I enjoyed the structure and all the different stories and how they all eventually intersect. This is an amazing book. #therethere

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BaBaBaBillyAndTheBooks
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In There There, nobody likes mirrors. Tony hates what fetal alcohol syndrome has done to his face. Orvil sees himself in a headdress and feels inauthentic. Searching for identity, to find some There There, 12 characters go to the Great Oakland Powwow. Despite individual burdens, characters feel an urge to live, to tell their story. What results is an interconnected mosaic of experiences — a more honest reflection of what it means to be Indian.

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Aimeesue
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The "Indian head test pattern" that Orange describes in the prologue.

Book_Fairy_Mary I absolutely love this book! 5mo
Tanisha_A @Book_Fairy_Mary Loved it too! Great writing 5mo
Book_Fairy_Mary Yes! I've tried to recommend it to people, but they seem to always turn their nose up at it. Just give it a try, people! 5mo
Aimeesue @Book_Fairy_Mary It's a tough subject, and this book demands some empathy and some relatively deep moral thinking. I find that a lot of people don't enjoy breaking out of their comfort zones while reading. To each their own, I suppose. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 5mo
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gby0822
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Beautiful 🙌🏾🙌🏾

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sammisho
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About a third into this book, I did not think this would be my jam. But by the end, I so invested in the characters and story. Told from different POVs in inter connecting stories, this book was gripping and powerful. It shared an important perspective, of urban native americans, a culture I know little about.
#booked2019 indigenous author
@Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft

BarbaraTheBibliophage Great review. That‘s close to how I felt. Some characters really affected me. 5mo
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Suet624
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Wait. What? Tommy Orange is going to be a visiting writer at Vermont Studio Center in October. And doing a reading as well? This means he might actually sit right next to me at the one restaurant in this one horse town! Gah! I‘d been dreading the cold of winter approaching but now I can‘t wait for October to arrive.

Aimeesue A copy of There, There FINALLY came in to the book sale donation box today. I've been waiting SO long to find a copy! (Which I read and then return, so it's kinda like a library with no due date 😁) I'm very jealous you'll get to hear him read! 5mo
Suet624 @Aimeesue I love your no-fines, no due date, concept. I hope you like the book. No spoiler here, but I can't wait to ask him about the ending. 5mo
AmyG Oooooo 🙌🏻 5mo
Sweettartlaura I‘m gonna see him tomorrow night - I‘m psyched 🙌🏻 4mo
Suet624 @sweettartlaura I‘m so excited for you! Tell me all about it! (edited) 4mo
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masofia
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This is incredibly relevant and timely, and also a lesson in history. The Native American experience in this book is richly detailed and nuanced in a contemporary, city context. There are many flawed people in this story, but American societal harms and intergenerational trauma are the central antagonists. This book brought so many moving parts together so well.

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AnneCecilie
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This is a book I never would have picked up if it wasn‘t for Litsy, and all the positive reviews I‘ve seen here and I‘m so glad I did.

This is a story about family and friends, all meeting for the big powwow competition. This book asks you what makes a family? Who decide your history and culture?

This is my “Indigenous Author” for #Booked2019

Texreader I‘m so familiar with #blameitonlitsy !! 6mo
Cinfhen Glad you picked this one up‼️I‘m looking forward to reading more from this author 😃 6mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Nice review and pick! 6mo
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Zazu
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On a New Mexico road trip! Of course, amidst all the incredible art and beautiful landscapes, I‘ve already found 4 bookstores. The owner of Brodsky Bookshop in Taos regaled me with a special tale of Tommy Orange who used to live here and go in all the time!

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jnichole
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"... That dance is your prayer. So don't rush it, and don't dance how you practice. There's only one way for an Indian man to express himself. It's that dance that comes from all the way back there. All the way over there. You learn to dance to keep it, to use it." ♥️???

Cathythoughts Love this quote. Loved the book too 👍🏻♥️ 6mo
jnichole I've really enjoyed reading this book. It's very well written and thoughtful. I'm looking forward to another book by Tommy Orange. 6mo
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