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Citizen Illegal
Citizen Illegal | Jose Olivarez
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Citizen Illegal is a book composed in the space between Mexico & America. It is a celebration of Chicano joy, a shout against erasure, and a vibrant re-imagining of Mexican American life.
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Lauredhel
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Lauredhel
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Look what came in on Libby! #librarylove

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That-Bookish-Hiker
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I really enjoyed this collection of poetry.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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That-Bookish-Hiker
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A little poetry this rainy Sunday morning.

#currentlyreading

KendallHershey Lmao this is amazing 2y
That-Bookish-Hiker @KendallHershey 😊 a lot of the poems in this book resonate with me but this one made me laugh because it‘s a freaking daily conversation I have with people on whether I‘m mexican or not. Also it something I realized this year about how much of my culture I let fade away trying to assimilate and become invisible. 2y
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lovelybookshelf
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This week's Novellas in November prompt ties in perfectly with Nonfiction November! Here are my recommendations for some short nonfiction reads, ranging from 28 to 160 pages. (Click link in bio for the full post.)

#NovNov #NonficNov #Novellas #Nonfiction #ShortBooks

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WanderingBookaneer
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Leftcoastzen 😂 3y
JulietReads Dude... 3y
mariaku21 Haha love it 3y
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tamaria
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“call it the Broke Heart Diet.
love left you.
then you left you.
now all you have
is this disappearing body.”

🔥 9/31 #thesealeychallenge #poetry

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notreallyelaine
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I haven‘t read a poetry book w structure in a long, long time, and this was the perfect start. I finished in 40 minutes but the words stayed w me. I loved the repetition of the “heaven” poem throughout - it kept the rhythm and nailed some really poignant points.

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veronicaeye
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This was a brilliant way to start the new year.

Olivarez paints a beautifully achy vision of being Mexican & American, especially in the Chicago area. He grew up in a different space & era than I did but it all felt so real. Many times his words broke my heart & filled me with love.

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veronicaeye
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Mexican Heaven

all the Mexican women refuse to cook or clean or raise the kids or pay bills or make the bed or drive your bum ass to work or do anything except watch their novelas, so heaven is gross. the rats are fat as roosters & the men die of starvation.

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sakeriver
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I‘ve loved José Olivarez‘s work for a while and have been very excited to see his debut collection. It didn‘t disappoint. Many of these poems I‘d read before, and I loved them all over again. The new ones are sure to become new faves. I love how this book encompasses both fire and tenderness, poems about race and place, but also about love in many forms. Such a great read.

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sakeriver
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This one really got to me.

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sakeriver
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Let‘s do this.