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Say Nothing
Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland | Patrick Radden Keefe
"Meticulously reported, exquisitely written, and grippingly told, Say Nothing is a work of revelation." - David Grann, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Killers of the Flower Moon "[This] gripping account of the Troubles is equal parts true-crime, history, and tragedy . . . A must read." - Gillian Flynn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Gone Girl From award-winning New Yorker staff writer Patrick Radden Keefe, a stunning, intricate narrative about a notorious killing in Northern Ireland and its devastating repercussions In December 1972, Jean McConville, a thirty-eight-year-old mother of ten, was dragged from her Belfast home by masked intruders, her children clinging to her legs. They never saw her again. Her abduction was one of the most notorious episodes of the vicious conflict known as The Troubles. Everyone in the neighborhood knew the I.R.A. was responsible. But in a climate of fear and paranoia, no one would speak of it. In 2003, five years after an accord brought an uneasy peace to Northern Ireland, a set of human bones was discovered on a beach. McConville's children knew it was their mother when they were told a blue safety pin was attached to the dress--with so many kids, she had always kept it handy for diapers or ripped clothes. Patrick Radden Keefe's mesmerizing book on the bitter conflict in Northern Ireland and its aftermath uses the McConville case as a starting point for the tale of a society wracked by a violent guerrilla war, a war whose consequences have never been reckoned with. The brutal violence seared not only people like the McConville children, but also I.R.A. members embittered by a peace that fell far short of the goal of a united Ireland, and left them wondering whether the killings they committed were not justified acts of war, but simple murders. From radical and impetuous I.R.A. terrorists such as Dolours Price, who, when she was barely out of her teens, was already planting bombs in London and targeting informers for execution, to the ferocious I.R.A. mastermind known as The Dark, to the spy games and dirty schemes of the British Army, to Gerry Adams, who negotiated the peace but betrayed his hardcore comrades by denying his I.R.A. past--Say Nothing conjures a world of passion, betrayal, vengeance, and anguish.
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Emilymdxn
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Incredibly well researched, well written and accessible book about the Troubles in Northern Ireland, focusing on IRA members and the disappearance of Jean McConville. Such an important topic for people in England particularly to educate ourselves on right now, when we have to be so terrified of what our brexit mess could do to Ireland. I learned so much from this and recommend it to anyone who wants to learn more.

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tholmz
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This was an incredibly well-researched book. I absolutely loved it and knew nothing about Northern Ireland‘s struggles until reading this and now I have a new interest.

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Redheadrambles
Whatever You Say, Say Nothing | Patrick Radden Keefe
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A work of narrative non fiction I wish I had read prior to reading Milkman and For the Good Times. It‘s just a stellar bit of work that manages to convey the complexities of “The Troubles” while not letting the weight of all that history bog it down. By allowing the reader a hook with the story of Jean McConville it is constantly reminding you of the cost of political violence and asking you does the ends justify the means.

Redheadrambles #Readharder2019 Journalism prompt (edited) 1mo
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TelevisionNeighbor
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Sometimes my local library really comes through.

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MallenNC
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The National Book Award long list for nonfiction came out today. This is my favorite award category! I absolutely loved Say Nothing, and I‘m reading Thick now. I hope to get to several of these before the awards are announced.

Leftcoastzen I had The End of the Myth checked out, someone requested it so I couldn‘t renew.Want to try again. 2mo
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the_next_chapter101
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Not the best Nonfiction I have read this year but still recommend (4/5⭐) Listened via Scribd

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Jas16
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I started this book on audio but even with a great narrator I could not focus so I waited for the ebook from the library. When I started that I thought I would end up bailing until suddenly it changed from a book I struggled to read to a book I seriously could not put down. This is nonfiction that I would reread and is definitely going to be one of my favorite books of the year.

Suet624 I absolutely agree. An amazing read. I‘ve thought of it often. 2mo
Jas16 @Suet624 I keep trying to force everyone around me to read it. Glad you also enjoyed it! 2mo
BethM I concur. So amazing. 1mo
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Cinfhen
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Starting my new audio 🎧narration is 👌🏽♥️

Grrlbrarian Agreed! I‘m listening to this as well. Riveting! 2mo
Maria514626 This book! 😱🙌👍 Soooo good! 2mo
Cinfhen It‘s a history lesson and gripping story gorgeously told @Maria514626 @Grrlbrarian I‘m hooked 2mo
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Ruthiella
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While I recall the Chumbawamba song I had to look up the meaning of #tubthumping . Urban dictionary says it is what the Irish did as part of their revolt under English rule...so free association brings me to this nonfiction title about Northern Ireland that I want to read...maybe for Nonfiction November?🤔
#RedroseSeptember

arlenefinnigan Got this lined up on audio. Sounds like it's gonna be a tough, but important, read. 2mo
Ruthiella @arlenefinnigan Yup! I will have to prepare mentally before tackling. 2mo
Cinfhen I was just thinking I‘d like to try this book on audio 2mo
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Ruthiella My library only has the hard copy but that‘s OK! I listen to so many podcasts, I often have trouble squeezing audio books in. 2mo
gradcat @Ruthiella I read this book very recently...it‘s really, really interesting, & a great primer for the “Troubles” In Ireland, if you‘re not up on the history. ♥️ 2mo
Ruthiella @gradcat Good to hear! I am hoping to learn a lot. It feels like it will be a good nonfiction complement to Milkman by Anna Burns. 2mo
gradcat I really think I have to read that one as well.... 2mo
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EadieB
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1972, Jean McConville, 38 yo mother of 10, was dragged from her Belfast home, her children clinging to her legs. Her abduction was one of the most notorious episodes of The Troubles. This book is a searing chronicle of the lengths that people will go to in order to pursue a political ideal, and the ways in which societies mend – or don‘t – in the aftermath of a long and bloody conflict. I found this book most interesting. Highly recommended!

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Ashley_Nicoletto
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This mornings audiobook.

#summersendreadathon

EadieB This book was great! Just finished it yesterday. I'm going to read it again because there's a lot of info that I want to go over again. Hope you enjoy it! 3mo
Ashley_Nicoletto @EadieB It‘s so much information. I restarted the first hour probably 6 times yesterday. I was having trouble following everything. I think I have a better handle now, but this is definitely one the would need a relisten. 3mo
EadieB @Ashley_Nicoletto It is so interesting! 3mo
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cdreincarnate
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This book is so good! It goes into detail about “the troubles” in Northern Ireland by focusing on a few notable participants in the 1970s and ‘80s, but it includes what happened to those who eventually died in later decades and those who were still alive at the time the book was written. I think the author did a great job of remaining impartial.

I loved listening to this audiobook, but be warned that the narrator has a strong Irish accent.

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Patrick Radden Keefe's Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland is a fascinating, horrifying account of The Troubles. While nominally focusing on the Disappearing of widowed mother-of-ten Jean McConville, the book broadens quickly into an investigation of the IRA's top operatives, ranging from the 1970s (and some history of what came before) to modern day. (continued in comments)

UnabridgedPod While I'd watched Michael Collins (about the 1920s IRA) and In the Name of the Father, my knowledge of this time period was minimal, so much of Keefe's book is a revelation. And I definitely wasn't aware of the more recent developments, particularly the publication of transcripts of interviews with members of the IRA that had been held--supposedly iron clad--by Boston College. ⬇️ 3mo
UnabridgedPod This is the best type of historical narrative nonfiction: it's compelling and focused on the people behind the events. Absolutely brilliant. 3mo
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silverwing
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The disappeared. Too much has been lost and sacrificed during the path to the peace.

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MallenNC
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1. I‘m a broken record about the tagged book but it was so good!
2. I loved baked crunchy Cheetos.
3. Sunset. I don‘t see sunrise if I can help it.
4. I‘d book a trip to the first place to come to mind.
5. First grade. I loved my teacher so much.
#FriYayIntro @howjessreads

Molly_the_mezzo Baked Cheetos are the best! 4mo
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Ashley31
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Made it to the Long Room at Trinity College in Ireland...a book lover‘s dream 🇮🇪

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AlizaApp
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Non-fiction about the IRA and the troubles in Belfast, and the effects of a whole community living with PTSD and repressed secrets for decades. Moving and surprising and astoundingly well reported. Predicting now that this will win all the awards.

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Sarahvtompkins
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This non-fiction book was a compelling. Filled with history and real-life drama with just a touch of Hollywood.

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EmMcKee

"For the majority of the human species, and for tens of thousands of years, the idea that humanity includes every human being on the face of the Earth does not exist at all. The designation stops at the border of each tribe, or linguistic group, sometimes even at the edge of a village."

Quoting Claude Levi-Strauss from the book Say Nothing

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Redwritinghood
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Excellent overview of the IRA and ‘the Troubles” including all the ongoing implications of the war. This was very well researched and elegantly written. I had a little trouble at the beginning fitting all of the disparate parts of the complicated narrative together, but things did come together in the third part of the book. 4⭐️

Katerina The Troubles have always fascinated me. I even wrote my diploma thesis about them. This book is going on my TBR.
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KeepCalmWithBooksAndCoffee I also did my final college paper on The Troubles after visiting N. Ireland and finding the conflict interesting and heart wrenching. I've been wanting to read this. Thanks for the reminder! 4mo
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Nitpickyabouttrains
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Non fiction about Ireland, the troubles, and the ira. Super interesting. Very informative.

charl08 Such a good read! 4mo
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EmMcKee
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"If Dolours had a big fault, it was perhaps that she lived out too urgently the ideals to which so many others also purported to be dedicated. She was a liberator but never managed to liberate herself from those ideas. Sometimes, we are imprisoned within ideals."

Eamonn McCann, quoted in Say Nothing

Suet624 Yes. Great quote. I felt badly for Price. 4mo
EmMcKee In military hierarchy, those who give the orders are held the most responsible, and the entire thing hinges greatly on this point; Price and Hughes were left out to dry. No wonder she was bitter and twice-traumatized. 4mo
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Becker
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I remember hearing about the IRA on the news when I was younger but never understood the conflict. This book explains the conflict and some horrifying details that I knew nothing about. A sober but really interesting read.🇮🇪

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MallenNC
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I can‘t believe the year is halfway over already. It‘s been a good reading year for me! Here are my #Top6Reads for Jan-June. I‘ve seen several of my TBR books on other people‘s best lists so I‘m hoping for a great second half of 2019.

Megabooks The Shergill Sisters was really good! 4mo
MallenNC @Cinfhen Say Nothing is my number one best book so far this year. It really hooked me! I highly recommend it. 4mo
MallenNC @Megabooks It was! I like this author. At first I wasn't sure I'd like it as much as Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows, but I did once I was able to keep the three sisters' stories in my mind. 4mo
Cinfhen Ohhhh!!! Good to know!! It‘s high up on my TBR list 4mo
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MallenNC
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Catching up my #Nonfiction2019 list. My favorites so far were Say Nothing, Becoming, Bad Blood, and Furious Hours. Some are in comments after my character count ran out!

Inspirational: I am, I am, I am; History: Say Nothing; Movement: Parkland; Made You Laugh: I Miss You When I Blink; Another POV: There Will Be No Miracles Here; Medicine: What the Eyes Don‘t See; Another Country: Prisoner; Death: Furious Hours;

MallenNC Uplifting: Text Me When You Get Home; Politics: Becoming; Weren‘t Looking For: Save Me the Plums; By a Woman: The Library Book; Survival: Maid; Science: Bad Blood; Travel: Bleaker House 4mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Great reads so far! I‘m glad you are enjoying them. 4mo
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LyndseyReads
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This is my Goodreads review of Say Nothing. I‘m glad I read it. It‘s always difficult to look at these kinds of events and acknowledge the brutality we are capable of, but I think it‘s essential to do so now more than ever.

Suet624 I really, really liked this book. I thought I knew so much about that period of time and I found that I really didn't. 5mo
LyndseyReads @Suet624 Yes, this definitely illustrated to me how thin my knowledge of this time is. Such a good book! 5mo
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Avanders
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Big day!! #bookmail #reallifestufftoo

🦈Received my #LMPBC #groupv Round 6 book — #creaturefeature
🧜🏼‍♀️Received my #reallifebookgroup book
👩🏽‍💻Accepted an offer for a new job ... I may now be in charge of other people... 😳🤓

hermyknee That‘s awesome!!! Congratulations!!!!!!!🎉🎈🎊 5mo
MallenNC Congratulations on your job! I loved Say Nothing. It‘s great. 5mo
cobwebmoth Congrats!😘 5mo
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vkois88 Yay!!! Congrats ❤❤❤ 5mo
Soubhiville Yay! Congratulations! 5mo
Avanders @hermyknee @mallennc @cobwebmoth @vkois88 @soubhiville thanks all!! ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️ Also, I‘ve heard so many good things about the book @mallennc — can‘t wait to get to it! 👏🏽👏🏽 5mo
Kalalalatja Congratulations on the new job! 🙌🙌🙌 5mo
TrishB Congrats 🎉🎉 5mo
Megabooks Awesome! Congratulations!! 🍾🎉 5mo
mabell Congrats on the new job! 🎉🎉 5mo
Laughterhp Congrats! 🎉 5mo
Avanders @Kalalalatja @trishb @megabooks @mabell @laughterhp Thank you!! ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️ 5mo
MaleficentBookDragon Congrats on the new job!🎉🎉🎉 5mo
BookNAround Congrats on the new job!!! 5mo
Avanders @MaleficentBookDragon @BookNAround Thank you!! ♥️♥️♥️ 5mo
Chrissyreadit Congratulations!!!!🎉🎊🎈❤️❤️❤️🎉🎉🎉🥳🥳🥳🙌👏 5mo
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LyndseyReads
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Next audiobook on Libby. Has anyone read this one?

annahenke That cover looks terrifying. 5mo
LyndseyReads @annahenke Right? So haunting. Very reflective of the tragic violence of those times. 5mo
Theaelizabet Loves this one. An amazing story, well-written. 5mo
LyndseyReads @Theaelizabet Great to hear! I‘m riveted so far. What a devastating part of history. 5mo
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charl08
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Brilliant non-fiction: gripping account of 'The Troubles' and the impact on victims and IRA members.

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charl08
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Gripping stuff: history of "The Troubles" in Northern Ireland via the parallel stories of a family where mum was snatched by the IRA and a woman who joined them.

Theaelizabet This is my number one nonfiction read this year and likely to remain so. 5mo
charl08 @Theaelizabet but there's still so much more year to go! 5mo
Theaelizabet I‘d be THRILLED to find something that beats it! 5mo
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Tove_Reads
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Excited to read this one! I‘ve only heard good things 🙂

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Suet624
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I grew up near Boston and watched from afar as the Troubles took place in Northern Ireland. I thought I knew what was going on. It‘s clear now I knew only a small part. Keefe does an exceptional job of reporting on the war that was waged on so many sides and the repercussions for those involved. He provides the long view that we can only now see and tells the story in a way you connect with almost immediately. A brilliant book. Now on to Milkman.

Theaelizabet This book and Milkman are my top nonfiction and fiction reads of the year, so far, and likely to remain so. I look forward to reading your thoughts on Milkman. 5mo
Suet624 That‘s so good to hear. I‘m enjoying Milkman so far. Love Burns‘ style of telling the story. 5mo
Tove_Reads I‘ll start reading it anyway now. 5mo
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crhealey
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Train Reads. An absolutely fascinating reporting of an era in history I knew nothing about. #mdw

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RealBooks4ever
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Keefe‘s extensive research is much appreciated and is of historical value. On top of that, he and the narrator Matthew Blaney make the audiobook interesting and suspenseful. Say Nothing has added to my interest in the Troubles, and I‘ve now included a few more books to my TBR on the subject. Highly recommend this book to history buffs! ☘️🎧

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swishandflick
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I'm so bummed you guys, I think this is a case of "the right book at the wrong time". It's obviously very well written so I know that generally I would enjoy it. But I'm shifting into vacation mode and it's a little heavier on history than what I'm in the mood for. I can't focus and gloss over whole pages without retaining anything.

I'm mostly just dying a little inside thinking about bailing (for now) given how long I've been on the waitlist ?

CouronneDhiver These things happen... better luck next time. 👍🏽 6mo
DivineDiana Do what makes you happy! 6mo
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keithmalek
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This is the best book I've ever read about The Troubles, and I could not put it down!

Readers who enjoyed this book might also enjoy "That's That" by Colin Broderick.

Suet624 I keep having to stop reading it every now and then. It‘s so good but some of it is so hard to bear. The force-feeding of the Price sisters, the abuse done to the McConville kids at the orphanage broke my heart. 6mo
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keithmalek
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This sounds hysterical. I want to read it.

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keithmalek

Prosecutors announced that they intended to summon a voice analyst. Experts in "forensic phonetics" occasionally testify in court, and they compare not just the tone and frequency of voices, but the lexicon, the syntax, and the use of characteristic filler words like "um" and "ah."

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keithmalek
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Suet624 Exactly right. 6mo
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keithmalek
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In this manner, Hughes used a ship named after a British queen to smuggle weapons to the IRA. When the guns arrived, fresh graffiti on the walls of West Belfast heralded a game change: GOD MADE THE CATHOLICS, BUT THE ARMALITE MADE THEM EQUAL.

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MallenNC Say Nothing is so good! 6mo
Crazeedi I just saved this whole list yesterday! Some great looking books! 6mo
Howseldomtheydo @MallenNC looking forward to it! 6mo
nelehelen That list! 😍 6mo
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farre
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I heard about this book when the author was on a podcast. It‘s a sad, fascinating, weird story. Lots of history about the IRA and some key members and some key denials. It took me awhile to get through it, but really good.

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MallenNC
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April was a great reading month despite the fact that I traveled for part of it and it is also the busiest month of the year at my job. I read 3 fiction and 3 nonfiction this month. The tagged book, Say Nothing, is by far my favorite. It may end up being my best read of the year.

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Nice work! 📖💖 6mo
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Elayyouarreeen
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10 out of 10! Radden Keefe describes the genre of this book as non-fiction narrative and it lived up to that description. The text was riveting, intriguing, and respectful to the ambiguous morality of the Troubles. Very highly recommend.

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mklong
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“Where to be saved you only must save face
And whatever you say, you say nothing.”
Seamus Heaney

Oh now this was great! Keefe uses the mystery surrounding the murder of a young widowed mother of ten (yes, ten) to tell a much larger story of the actions of the IRA during the Troubles. It is richly detailed, but the details don‘t slow down the narrative all. This is probably the most page turning non-fiction that I have ever read.

readtheworld I really enjoyed this one as well! It was great on audio. 7mo
Redwritinghood Sounds great! I‘m eagerly awaiting this from my library. 7mo
ohyeahthatgirl Chris Hayes did a great interview with him about the book on his podcast, Why Is This Happening. It definitely made me want to pick up the book. 7mo
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mklong @Redwritinghood I hope you get it soon Jerrie! I think you‘ll really like it. 7mo
mklong @readtheworld Yes! I could have listened to that accent all day. 7mo
mklong @ohyeahthatgirl I‘ll have to check out that podcast. Thanks! 7mo
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BkClubCare
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Holy triple agent complexity batman! Don‘t ask me if after reading this book I might be able to explain The Troubles cuz NO. It be damn complicated. And; as a companion book to Milkman? I cannot wait to reread that via audiobook. Milkman brought it alive that the nonfiction account just didn‘t. Still Say Nothing is riveting...

Suet624 I‘m reading this now and you are spot on. 6mo
BkClubCare @Suet624 - thanks. I recently finished the audio of Milkman. Good stuff 6mo
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Gaylagal2
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I listened to this book going into work, then on my way home. Loved the narrator, Matthew Blaney. Listening to his beautiful Irish accent was the best ending to my days at work!
If you listen to one true, nonfiction audio book this year, please make sure it's this one 🤓
You will not be disappointed. The trouble in Ireland must never be forgotten and Patrick Keefe's writing is outstanding!
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