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Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row
Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row | Anthony Ray Hinton, Lara Love Hardin
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A powerful, revealing story of hope, love, justice, and the power of reading by a man who spent thirty years on death row for a crime he didn't commit."An amazing and heartwarming story, it restores our faith in the inherent goodness of humanity."- Archbishop Desmond TutuIn 1985, Anthony Ray Hinton was arrested and charged with two counts of capital murder in Alabama. Stunned, confused, and only twenty-nine years old, Hinton knew that it was a case of mistaken identity and believed that the truth would prove his innocence and ultimately set him free. But with no money and a different system of justice for a poor black man in the South, Hinton was sentenced to death by electrocution. He spent his first three years on Death Row at Holman State Prison in agonizing silence--full of despair and anger toward all those who had sent an innocent man to his death. But as Hinton realized and accepted his fate, he resolved not only to survive, but find a way to live on Death Row. For the next twenty-seven years he was a beacon--transforming not only his own spirit, but those of his fellow inmates, fifty-four of whom were executed mere feet from his cell. With the help of civil rights attorney and bestselling author of Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson, Hinton won his release in 2015. With a foreword by Stevenson, The Sun Does Shine is an extraordinary testament to the power of hope sustained through the darkest times. Destined to be a classic memoir of wrongful imprisonment and freedom won, Hinton's memoir tells his dramatic thirty-year journey and shows how you can take away a man's freedom, but you can't take away his imagination, humor, or joy.
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Jasxnicole
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These were great reads. I learned a lot about capital murder cases and the death penalty, which really made me stop and think about my own feelings and if I‘ve changed my mind on my position. It definitely put things into perspective that not all cases are black and white, especially when there may be some foul play behind the scenes, so I‘m glad that I got accounts from both sides.

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Jasxnicole
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Spoken into existence 🙌🏾

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Zoes_Human
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The narration is great and the topic interesting, but the book is not either.

First, most of chapter one was a sermon. Now that may be your thing and that's fine, but it's not mine. I live in the South. If I wanna go to church, I can find one. Second, and more importantly, it's just not written well and keeps repeating certain phrases like a cute orphan's catchphrase on a dying sitcom. Mr. Hinton's story deserves better writing.

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Zoes_Human
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“He was a poor man in a criminal justice system that treats you better if you are rich and guilty than if you are poor and innocent.”

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Jee_HookedOnBookz
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Sorry kinda late 😅
1. The cold temps brrrr ❄️🧥 👢 🧣
2. Tagged.
3. Sales! 😅
4. I'm a little late... But you're tagged if you haven't been tagged and wanna play!

Thank you @AmyG for the tag! ❤️
@Eggs #WondrousWednesday

AmyG Thanks for playing. 😘 1mo
Eggs Late is never an issue for me ta-da!! Thanks for joining in 👏🏻❤️👏🏻 1mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz @AmyG 😘thank you for thinking of me! ❤️ 1mo
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Jee_HookedOnBookz @Eggs you're welcome! And thank you so much for creating #WondrousWednesday! ❤️ 1mo
Eggs @Jee_HookedOnBookz My pleasure 🥰🥳 1mo
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Addison_Reads
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Real life is often scarier than any supernatural, spooky fiction story. Anthony Ray Hinton went through something truly horrific. Sitting locked in a cell knowing you're an innocent man is the stuff nightmares are made of.

This book though has so much heart and hope against the terrible truth of our often flawed justice system.

Powerful read that will leave you with a lot to ponder.

#screamathon @4thhouseontheleft

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Butterflyamore
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Do you have a lot of orange books?

I thought it would be fun to create a pumpkin with my books but upon seeking out books for this, I realized that I am extremely limited in the orange book color category! I‘m consistently amazed by things like this because I own such a ridiculous amount of books! Anyway, here‘s my best attempt with what I could find. 😂

marleed I don‘t own many orange hardbacks but I do to have a tall stack of orange paperbacks. I find book spine colors entertaining. I follow books by the foot on insta because it‘s interesting to see how they price a foot of random hardbacks (black spines the cheapest since the most common) 4mo
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Reviewsbylola
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1 out of 10 people on death row is innocent.

I‘ll let that figure sink in and just say that Hinton is one of the most inspirational people I have ever read about. How Death Row didn‘t completely break him and transform him into a bitter and hateful person, I‘ll never know. Imagine almost 30 years on Death Row because you were born a black male. This type of injustice is intolerable and we should be furious about it.

Mdargusch that statistic is crazy! 4mo
Hooked_on_books This book is incredible. He‘s a remarkable person. 4mo
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LeahBergen Oh, man. That stat! 😮 4mo
Megabooks Wow! 😢 4mo
MicheleinPhilly This book shattered me. 4mo
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Reviewsbylola
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Audio baking today! A blueberry lemon bundt cake in the instant pot and whole wheat chocolate chip cookies the “old fashioned” way. After a bit, I‘m going to do Dijon and pork rind encrusted chicken breaks in the air fryer and some homemade creamed spinach. 🙌🏻

BarbaraBB Looking good 🤪 5mo
JacqMac Yum! 😋 5mo
Emilymdxn You‘re making me so hungry! These look amazing 5mo
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Leftcoastzen Yummy!🤤 5mo
Daisey All of that sounds delicious! 5mo
valeriegeary Oh my gosh. I'll be right over! 🤤 5mo
AlaMich Okay, seriously, how did the lemon blueberry cake turn out? Because that is my favorite flavor combination and I have an instant pot. I tried making a cake in a regular slow cooker and the results were, shall we say, less than delicious. 5mo
Tamra Yum yum yum! 5mo
Mdargusch Thats a lot of cooking!
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saresmoore I‘m with @AlaMich here—it‘s my favorite flavor combo and I have an Instant Pot—is it as delicious as it looks? 5mo
Reviewsbylola It turned out really well! It was the first time I baked in the instant pot. I‘m not sure I‘ll make a habit of it because I didn‘t find it any easier than just using the oven. @saresmoore @AlaMich 5mo
AlaMich @Reviewsbylola I‘ve found that to be the case with a lot of the foods that were supposedly going to be “faster and easier” in the instant pot. Not so much. 5mo
LeahBergen Yum! I baked some streusel-topped lemon blueberry muffins this week that were so good! 5mo
Simona Looks amazingly delicious 😋 🤤 5mo
Reviewsbylola Yeah, I‘ve always been perplexed about using it to bake. Same with baking in a slow cooker. It just doesn‘t make sense to me. But I figured I‘d try it to see if it was anything special. 😆 @AlaMich 5mo
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marslujan
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“There‘s no way to know the exact second your life changes forever.” “I forgive because not to forgive would only hurt me.”

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Stephjotsdown
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A story filled with challenges, injustice, prejudices and arrogance but these are wrapped by strength from God, perseverance, a sound mind and above all love. An exceptional story which has a lesson or two for everyone. Superb testimony.

Crazeedi I've heard this book is inspiring, and really powerful 6mo
Karkar This book was so good!! 6mo
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mrozzz
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I am MOVING and oh boy packing up books is a nightmare and a half, but getting to reorganize on brand new shelves is always a joy. Wish me luck 😉📚📚📚📚📚

Reviewsbylola Packing up and moving books is the worst!! Good luck! 6mo
Leftcoastzen It was the best of times , it was the worst of times... good luck 🍀 6mo
Readage Good luck and have fun!! 6mo
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brit91 I never really realize how many books I have until I have to move! But I'm with you on reorganizing them and putting them back on the shelf is always fun to me!!🤣📚 just packing up is a pain lol 6mo
brit91 @Leftcoastzen that pretty much somes up how I feel when I have to pack up my books lol 6mo
Kalalalatja Good luck! 6mo
mrozzz Absolutely!! Trying to have fun with the reorganizing! @Reviewsbylola thank you! 6mo
mrozzz @Leftcoastzen LOL exactly. Thank you!! 💕 6mo
mrozzz Thank you I will! @Readage ☺️ 6mo
mrozzz @brit91 I am at least trying to save myself a headache by not putting them in boxes, casually making several trips in a dozen+ tote bags and unpacking meticulously 😄 6mo
mrozzz Thank you I need it!! 💜 @Kalalalatja 6mo
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Mugginsbooks
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A must read for ALL HUMANS.

I will not even begin to review this book. This isn‘t my story, it‘s Anthony Ray Hinton‘s story and it‘s one every reader and non reader needs to read or listen. Just do it. “We have to make every ending be a happy ending.”
~ Anthony Ray Hinton

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sailu112
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This is a must read for anyone who has a slight interest in judigicia system. This book shows the struggles, life and the corrupt system and at the same time also praises the good people and brings hope.

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a.bookish.byrd
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❤️❤️❤️
This was on my TBR list right after I read “Just Mercy”. Just got around to it now.
Truly incredible!! This will probably be one of my all time favorite books.

Suet624 I agree. This was an amazing story. 7mo
MallenNC Great book. It was hard to read but his positivity after such injustice was inspiring. 7mo
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Eggs
Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row | Anthony Ray Hinton, Lara Love Hardin
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It's not having what you want
It's wanting what you've got
I‘m gonna soak up the sun🎶

#soakupthesun #songsofsummer @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

OriginalCyn620 😎🐶❤️ 8mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🌞🌞🌞 8mo
BethM 💕 8mo
ladym30 Such a sweet face!❤️ 8mo
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Cinfhen
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#MayMovieMagic From my #TBR and an Oprah Bookclub Choice. After 30 years of waiting on Death Row Anthony Hinton was finally #vindicated and set free. The tagged book is his heart searing memoir. You‘d think #TheVengeanceFactor would have tainted Anthony Ray‘s soul but he found a way to make peace with his situation and offer comfort to others. #StarTrekSummerMay

Megabooks I want to read this as well. It would also fill a spot for the ST episode “Redemption” if I had chosen that! 8mo
Cathythoughts Great quote ! I love it 👍🏻♥️ 8mo
TrishB I see I have stacked before 🤷‍♀️ 8mo
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DivineDiana @TrishB I see that I have too! 😉 8mo
rohit-sawant Fantastic quote! 🖤 8mo
CouronneDhiver It‘s a good one!!! 😎 8mo
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Redwritinghood
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I find this one really hard to rate. On the one hand, it is an important story highlighting racial injustices in the US. It also touches on arguments against the death penalty and on how it disproportionately impacts POC and the mentally ill and disabled. As a book, however, it is ok. This is only the author‘s account of his personal experiences, which were horrible, and not a broader discussion of the issues noted above. Writing was also so-so.

thebluestocking Have you read Just Mercy? I DNFed this, because I had previously read Just Mercy, which is the lawyer‘s account of this story and others. It‘s amazing. 💙 4mo
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kindergartenkat
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A great recommendation from a book friend! Thanks @AnneFindsJoy #nonfiction2019

jb72 I need to update my bingo card. 8mo
AnneFindsJoy So happy it was a great read for you too ❤️🤗 📚 Your bingo card is filling up, awesome progress! 8mo
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kindergartenkat
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Wow. So many emotions this book made me feel. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
#bookfitnesschallenge #BFC #nonfiction2019

Bookwormjillk That looks interesting but intense 8mo
kindergartenkat It is! The situation is maddening, but Hinton is an inspiring person. 8mo
Clwojick This one looks good! Stacked! 💗 8mo
Caterina Looks interesting! Stacked as well! 8mo
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Butterflyamore
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I bought my husband a new mug today. I just want him to know that he is special to me, despite how things may seem in the morning. 😂

Are you a coffee drinker?

EH2018 This is a great mug 8mo
CarolynM I completely understand that sentiment! 8mo
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Eggs
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Mr. Hinton lived almost 30 years on death row as an innocent man. Not easy to read about, but true

paulfrankspencer He spoke at my church a few months back. Crazy story. 9mo
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AnneFindsJoy
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#nonfiction2019 #POC A deeply poignant and powerful memoir of a black man in Alabama convicted of murders he didn‘t commit, spending 30 years on death row before being exonerated and released. He is a remarkable person full of compassion, forgiveness, and humor. So many emotions from sadness to frustration, but it leaves you with immense inspiration and appreciation for a beautiful soul! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Megabooks What a great review! Thanks for tagging me. 🤗 I should move this up my TBR. 9mo
jb72 Sounds good. There is a similar case many years ago where three young men were convicted and I believed sentenced to death in Arizona. I cannot remember the name of the book. Great review! 9mo
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Cinfhen Beautiful review!!! I own this book but loaned it to a friend who hasn‘t returned it yet.... now I want it back. Immediately!! 9mo
AnneFindsJoy @jb72 the book gives the stats of 1 in 10 on death row have been wrongly convicted. :( 9mo
Erin7 I will definitely have to check this one out. I'm fascinated by how flawed our judicial system is. Thanks for the tag. 9mo
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Jessrumely
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21 // THE SUN DOES SHINE // “I was afraid every single day on death row. And I also found a way to find joy every single day. I learned that fear and joy are both a choice.” ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #thesundoesshine #jessicareads2019

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Jas16
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Considering how much I loved Just Mercy I cannot believe it took me so long to read this memoir by a man who spent 30 years on death row for crimes he did not commit. Hinton‘s story is infuriating but Hinton himself is an inspiration. He managed to remain a loving and forgiving man under unimaginable circumstances.

Suet624 An amazing story and a 👍🏼 review. 9mo
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Suet624
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This is an amazing book. An innocent man on death row for 30 years. Appeal after appeal, with the State of Alabama refusing to accept all of the evidence that supported his claim of innocence. While this is at times depressing and infuriating, it is also incredibly heartwarming. Hinton chooses love over hate and helps others to do the same. Everyone should read this. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

MicheleinPhilly Couldn‘t agree more. His outlook on life after suffering such a grave injustice is awe-inspiring. I know I personally would be a perpetual rage monster. He is such a remarkable man. 10mo
Suet624 @MicheleinPhilly I‘m 5‘ tall. I‘ve been trying to imagine living in a 5‘ x 7‘ cell for 30 years. How is it even possible? 10mo
Tamra 👏🏾 10mo
Jas16 I just started this audiobook and cannot wait for work to end so I can get back to it 10mo
Suet624 @Jas16 I‘m so glad to hear you‘re reading it. (edited) 10mo
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Suet624
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An innocent man‘s comments on the trial in which he was sentenced to be executed.

saresmoore That‘s heavy. 10mo
Suet624 @saresmoore It is. I‘m just starting this and am already in love with this man. His love for his mom, his love and forgiveness for others, and his deep faith are heartwarming. 10mo
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Floresj
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Great companion to Just Mercy. It‘s is the first book about prison that I‘ve read that was uplifting and treated each inmate as a human being instead of focusing on the rapes, assaults, and overall violence in our prison system. And makes you question our whole judicial system is completely flawed.
What is capital punishment?
It‘s when a man who doesn‘t have capital will get punished.

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Cinfhen
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The unveiling of my #BookOutlet haul❣️❣️❣️11 books $38.90 😁#HappyDance and I‘d say 100% #BlameItOnLitsy purchases

Crazeedi You did good!!😊 10mo
Kalalalatja 😍😍😍 10mo
LeahBergen Nice! I see a Miriam Toews! 👍🏻 10mo
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Hooked_on_books The tagged book is incredible 10mo
JennyM You lucky duck - GREAT haul!!! 😊 10mo
Reviewsbylola 😍😍😍 10mo
TrishB Cool 👍🏻 10mo
Cathythoughts Excellent stuff 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 10mo
Cathythoughts I see the M Toews too ! I liked her book All My Puny Sorrows a LOT ♥️👍🏻 10mo
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🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Samplergal I just downloaded this one. I‘d never heard about this before. 11mo
MsLeah8417 @Samplergal : Have you read Bryan Stevenson‘s Just Mercy? 10mo
Samplergal @MsLeah8417 I have. It was read by my book club. 😭 10mo
MsLeah8417 @Samplergal OK. I always recommend reading Just Mercy first since Anthony Ray Hinton was his client. 10mo
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Jee_HookedOnBookz
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Anthony Ray Hinton was convicted and spent 30 long years on death row in Alabama for something he didn't do. But he spent those 30 yrs filling the row with laughter instead of cries, hope instead of fear; he chose forgiveness and compassion, he chose to be the 'Ray' his mom had always taught him to be.

Heartbreaking yet inspiring. A must-read!

Full review on blog.

#BlackHistoryMonth

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MsLeah8417
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Now that I was sentenced to die, I would be guaranteed an appeal and guaranteed some representation by an attorney. If I had been sentenced to life, I would have had to hire an attorney to appeal.

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Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row | Anthony Ray Hinton, Lara Love Hardin
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...but I don‘t think he or the judge realized that by sentencing me to death, they were giving me the only shot I had at proving my innocence.

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MsLeah8417
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Somehow the state of Alabama was able to consolidate the cases, relate them to a third, and put the death penalty on the table. This was the real capital offense.

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Jee_HookedOnBookz
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What a great #kindledeal!!!!

#kindledeals

lele1432 @Jee_HookedOnBookz I got this too!! 🙌🏽 11mo
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ecummings
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5 stars! The injustice is horrific but the resilience is inspiring.

rather_be_reading welcome to litsy 📚☕📚 @LitsyWelcomeWagon 11mo
Kimzey Welcome to Litsy!! We have a great community of readers. Enjoy! 11mo
ecummings @rather_be_reading @Kimzey thank you!! I'm very excited 😊😊 11mo
PurpleyPumpkin Welcome to Litsy! Hope you enjoy this fun community. 😉 11mo
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sophierayton
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I think this is probably the hardest book I've ever read. I had to take a long break half way through because I just couldn't handle it. How is it that within the same human race people can differ so much?! Some choose hate, some choose love. Ray chose love and may God bless him for doing so. I hope this book finds its way into the hands of every person working in any capacity within the legal system of all countries.

Cinfhen Beautiful review 11mo
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KerriArista
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A perfect book. A tragic story. An incredible man. Who somehow, still has so much love in his heart. I, for one, am banging on the bars.

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Jee_HookedOnBookz
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So I know I said I was going to read 'The Sympathizer', but being the mood reader that I am, I've decided to read this book instead, especially after realizing Feb is #BlackHistoryMonth, and I can only read one book at a time 😅

#redreads #literarylove
@vkois88 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 12mo
vkois88 Sounds like a good plan to me! 12mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz @vkois88 thank you, Tori! 12mo
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TJReads
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I did a giveaway on my Instagram page, last week. You should definitely follow, I‘ll be doing another one soon!

IG: T.Frostt

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TJReads
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This story was tough to read, but required. Hinton‘s story is a reality of so many men and women who have been wrongfully convicted of crimes they did not commit. Our justice system is not perfect and this book sheds light on so many of those flaws. A must read.

BellaBookNook Stacked 📚!!! 12mo
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Tamra
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For US Littens who haven‘t read this yet, DO! It‘s powerful.

Kindle Deal today.

rjsthumbelina Well, I bought that! I couldn't get it to pull up on the Kindle store, but it pulled up on the nook store at the same price 😉 #blameitonlitsy 12mo
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violabrain
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Definitely one if the best books of the year or maybe ever! I am going to steal what @MicheleinPhilly said about this book because she said it so perfectly:
If you are pro-death penalty, please read this book.
If you are anti-death penalty, read this book.
If you have read Just Mercy, read this book.
If you haven‘t read Just Mercy, read this book (and read that one, too!)
If you want to be inspired, read this amazing book!!

MicheleinPhilly I‘m flattered! Thank you! And I reiterate my plea for folks to read this book. It is one of the most affecting things I have EVER read. 13mo
violabrain @MicheleinPhilly Yes, I agree! I think everyone should read this book and 13mo
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MicheleinPhilly
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If you believe in the death penalty, read this book.
If you are anti-death penalty, read this book.
If you have read Just Mercy, read this book.
If you haven‘t read Just Mercy, read this book.
If you want to be enraged, read this book.
If you want to be inspired, read this book.
Read this book.

Cinfhen Beautiful review 💙 13mo
TrishB I might have to read this book ❤️ 13mo
LeeRHarry This was referenced in the tagged book so I picked it up and will have to get to it soon! 13mo
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Centique Just reading the blurb and I want to cry already 😢 13mo
Megabooks High praise! #stacked 13mo
Reviewsbylola I need to read this and Just Mercy too. Which one should I read first? 13mo
MicheleinPhilly @Reviewsbylola I would read Just Mercy first because it introduces Bryan Stevenson and acquaints you with his work/mission. 13mo
Reviewsbylola Ok, perfect! That‘s the one I already own. 13mo
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MicheleinPhilly
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BINGO!

readordierachel Wow! 13mo
Redwritinghood Sadly true. 13mo
CouronneDhiver Ouch 13mo
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InnerSavvy
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Excellent book about an innocent man on dearh row for 30 years.