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The Water Dancer
The Water Dancer: A Novel | Ta-Nehisi Coates
A boldly imagined work of magic and adventure from the National Book Award-winning author of Between the World and Me. Young Hiram Walker was born into bondage--and lost his mother and all memory of her when he was a child--but he is also gifted with a mysterious power. Hiram almost drowns when he crashes a carriage into a river, but is saved from the depths by a force he doesn't understand, a blue light that lifts him up and lands him a mile away. This strange brush with death forces a new urgency on Hiram's private rebellion. Spurred on by his improvised plantation family, Thena, his chosen mother, a woman of few words and many secrets, and Sophia, a young woman fighting her own war even as she and Hiram fall in love, he becomes determined to escape the only home he's ever known. So begins an unexpected journey into the covert war on slavery that takes Hiram from the corrupt grandeur of Virginia's proud plantations to desperate guerrilla cells in the wilderness, from the coffin of the deep South to dangerously utopic movements in the North. Even as he's enlisted in the underground war between slavers and the enslaved, all Hiram wants is to return to the Walker Plantation to free the family he left behind--but to do so, he must first master his magical gift and reconstruct the story of his greatest loss. This is a bracingly original vision of the world of slavery, written with the narrative force of a great adventure. Driven by the author's bold imagination and striking ability to bring readers deep into the interior lives of his brilliantly rendered characters, The Water Dancer is the story of America's oldest struggle--the struggle to tell the truth--from one of our most exciting thinkers and beautiful writers.
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1. 126 📚 not including the picture books I‘ve read. With those...probably about 180
2. 100
3. Tagged book, which somehow didn‘t even make it into my TBR post yesterday! Oops 🤣
4. A slower pace, time to unwind and relax more before gearing up for our crazy spring schedule

#WinterGames #TheFilthyAnimals

StayCurious Wow 180, that's so impressive! 1w
4thhouseontheleft @StayCurious Thanks! Adding audiobooks into the mix helped! I listened to 15 this year, and it‘s a format I used to not like. I still can‘t listen in the car (it‘s hard to focus on a story when I‘m driving anything other than long-distance road trips), but I always have a 🎧 📖 for walks and chores now! 1w
rather_be_reading 26 pts🎄 1w
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Carolyn11215
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Incredibly powerful fiction about The Underground Railroad, with some fantasy thrown in.

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Melwilk
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This was my October #BOTM pick. Overall, I enjoyed it very much. It was different from other stories about the Underground Railroad. I liked the idea of conduction and the ties back to some ancient power. The characters were realistic and their stories believable, even in the face of seemingly unbelievable events.

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marleed
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I‘m so happy with this 3x3 grid! I am 2:1 for #NFNov and even my fiction was historical in genre! I believe this is also my highest rated grid where every book garnered a B+ (4.25) or above. Tagged this gorgeous 5 star!

5* = Loved It, want non-reader IRL friends to read. I do/will own a physical copy. A+
4*= Liked it a lot, would love to discuss. Solid B
3*=Meh, no need to discuss. Average C
2*=Nope D
1*=DNF F

lele1432 Looks like some really good reads! 2w
marleed @lele1432 I love looking at my books in a grid and getting a sense of what I like reading right now. Funny thing I read more fiction than nonfiction. But this is my highest rated grid and I have more nonfiction. Hmmmm. 2w
lele1432 I know what you mean! When it's like "oh, maybe I should read more of these types of books!" Lol 2w
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emilyhaldi
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Typically, any mention of magical realism or supernatural phenomena will make me steer clear of a book. But I took a chance on this one for #booked2019 #POCMCparanormal and I‘m so glad I did! The paranormal #rayoflight is so lightly laced through this story that it almost seems a figment of the characters‘ imagination- part of their hope that must be kept alive in order to get through the horrors of slavery.
#movember
#bookreport

MicheleinPhilly Glad to hear it! I feel the same way about paranormal so have been avoiding this prompt but I‘m looking forward to this. 2w
BarbaraBB I feel that way about paranormal as well as slavery I must admit. That‘s why I have been avoiding it. But your review gives me hope! 2w
EmilyM Loved this book! 2w
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BarbaraTheBibliophage Glad it helped you check off a prompt more painlessly than anticipated! This one‘s inching to the top of my 2019 favorites list. 2w
Cinfhen I couldn‘t get into this book. I think it was wrong timing. Maybe I‘ll try again. Glad it worked for you 2w
emilyhaldi So funny @Cinfhen I really thought this would be a good one for you!! I just can‘t ever predict you 😉 2w
Cinfhen Hahaha!! That‘s funny. My reading tastes are always evolving and changing. I seem to really be gravitating towards nonfiction these days. 2w
Reviewsbylola Still pretty sure I would hate this. 2w
Mdargusch I‘m with you @Reviewsbylola 1w
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Beautifully written book about a tragic time in history. The magical realism that Coates introduces was an unexpected addition, but I personally loved it and the connection it brought to the past.

Honest opinion though, I still love his nonfiction more. 💚

#ReadingUSA2019 @Librarybelle #Virginia
Only 3 states left to finish. 😁

Librarybelle Woo hoo! Three more states! 2w
Scochrane26 I loved this book, but love his NF more. I think because it taught me so much. He‘s a powerful writer. 2w
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PMac
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Great historical fiction. Such a good story and great characters.

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Page 75 of this and I‘m hooked. I have put back reading since I‘ve been writing my own book. This book is amazing and well written. I don‘t really want it to end.

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Ta-Nehisi Coates writes compelling fiction, too. The descriptiveness of his writing is beautiful and painful. My Virginia is so different from the experience of an enslaved person. The agony of families being ripped apart at any moment and having no control over their own destinies. The magical realism added to the book and brought out the unbelievable facts. As a white person, it has also helped me assess my own motives for activism.

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I‘m astounded by this book. Probably one of my favourite novels about slavery in the US now - I loved how it didn‘t pull its punches about the pain and atrocity and added a dimension of mysticism to everything. I loved Hiram as a narrator and every character brought something different to be picture it built up. Coates‘ writing was astonishingly good exactly as expected. I probably still prefer his non fiction but this was an almost perfect novel

Scochrane26 I love the addition of Harriet. I‘ve always been interested in her as a historical person. (edited) 3w
Emilymdxn @Scochrane26 yes I felt just the same that worked so well! 3w
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marleed
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I suspended my library hold until I could give this story my full attention. It is beautifully written and Ta-Nehisi Coates paints the emotional abuse of slavery into a masterpiece that I believe will be read for years to come.

Addison_Reads I'm finishing this one up today. Glad you liked it. 💚 3w
marleed I thought it was so good. I‘m really glad I waited until I could sink in and absorb it. Oprah seldom recommends an easy read for me! 3w
Scochrane26 He doesn‘t write easy books, but they always teach me a lot. 3w
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emilyhaldi
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#weeklyforecast I would really like to finish the tagged book as I‘m about 3/4 of the way. I‘m still plugging along with Ohio but considering bailing at the halfway point... I just don‘t have any desire to pick it up at the moment. Would love to finish the Persephone this week too so that I can get started on this month's #NYRBbookclub pick!!
P.S. I have no idea what happened to my poor Persephine cover 😪 perhaps got dented in my luggage???

BarbaraBB Judith Hearne is really good! I hope you‘ll get to it soon! 3w
quirkyreader Yes, those look like suitcase dents. 😩 3w
Reviewsbylola I guess you need to start stuffing all your Persephones in your carry on again. 😳 3w
Cinfhen I finally got the book Ohio back from my brother. He said it‘s sooooo depressing and I should skip it 3w
Mdargusch So sad! 1w
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emilyhaldi
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Ok so I probably read a maximum of 30 pages this week... But going to try and make up for it now! #bookreport

Soubhiville I really liked this! 3w
Cinfhen Every page counts 😁 3w
Reviewsbylola Go for it!! 🙌🏻 3w
Mdargusch 🖤🖤🖤 1w
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Soubhiville
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Wow, I raced through this book this week. I didn‘t want to stop!

I felt for the characters, and there was a bit of a surprise towards to end I wasn‘t expecting at all. I don‘t want to say too much... but this was a beautifully told story about people I cared about. I would have listened to several more hours of it!

Jee_HookedOnBookz I really enjoyed this too! Glad you did as well! ❤️ 3w
Soubhiville #BBRC for New York Times Bestseller. @LibrarianRyan (edited) 3w
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Scochrane26
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Coates‘ books aren‘t quick reads, & I‘m sure I will think more about this one. I would benefit from having someone to discuss it with. I know some people haven‘t liked the magical realism element, but I did.
“Slavery was the root of all struggle. For it was said that the factories enslaved the hands of children, and that child-bearing enslaved the bodies of women, and that rum enslaved the souls of men.”
At 19 hours for #24b4monday

SamAnne I‘m a few weeks out from reading it but looking forward to this read. I‘ve not been drawn to magic realism in the past, but have been really struck by recent books—Exit West and Underground Railroad come to mind. Looking forward to this one! 1mo
Scochrane26 @SamAnne I don‘t think I like this as much as Underground Railroad, although I‘m not sure I should compare them. You can tell it‘s researched & has a real-life historical figure who has always been a favorite of mine. I‘ll be interested in what you & others think. 1mo
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UnidragonFrag I've heard a lot of mixed things about this one, but I like magical realism. 1mo
MrBook 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
Andrew65 Well done on completing it. 👏👏👏 1mo
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EmilyM
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What a good story! I learned so much from this book. If you have read it, or are reading it, or plan on reading it, there is a great interview with Coates on the Fresh Air podcast from September 24, 2019. I am now going to follow this up with Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad. This book would also pair well with Octavia Butler's Kindred. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

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emilyhaldi
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My #weeklyforecast this week is dedicated to #booked2019 📚 I‘ve made some progress on each of these reads this weekend:

Ohio #bookaboutaddiction
William, an Englishman #soldiersstory
The Water Dancer #PoCMCParanormal (which I am LOVING by the way, can't put it down!)

Thanks to our hosts for the bookish inspiration!! @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft

EmilyM I just finished Water Dancer this afternoon.....loved it! I think I am going to now read Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad to follow it up. 1mo
4thhouseontheleft I really want to read The Water Dancer! I‘m on hold for it at the library. 1mo
Cathythoughts I nearly got the Water Dancer the other day 🤔... maybe I‘ll go back & get it 👍🏻❤️ 1mo
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emilyhaldi @EmilyM its reminding me so much of Underground Railroad!! I'm already loving it as much. Perhaps thats why I keep thinking you would love it, Cindy! @Cinfhen (edited) 4w
BarbaraTheBibliophage I loved Water Dancer. So glad Coates stretched into the world of fiction without losing his social justice focus. 4w
Reviewsbylola Oh really?! I didn‘t even consider reading the Coates because paranormal. 😛 How is Ohio? 4w
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I did actually snack today while reading because I didn‘t want to stop long enough to cook lunch. Cheddar Chex mix & a few chocolate-covered banana chips & malted milk balls. The book took awhile to get into but then had a cliffhanger chapter that sucked me in. #24b4monday #LitsyPartyofOne #mrbook1inamillion @MrBook @Lynnsoprano @Alisnazzy @Rachel.Rencher

MrBook Mmmm, Chex Miiixxx. 🤤 1mo
Megabooks Yum! 1mo
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They knew our names and they knew our parents. But they did not know us, because not knowing was essential to their power. To sell a child right from under his mother, you must know that mother only in the thinnest way possible. To strip a man down, condemn him to be beaten, flayed alive, then anointed with salt water, you cannot feel him the way you feel your own. ~Ta-Nehisi Coates The Water Dancer
#bookclub

ljuliel Is this your book club ? You have a nice sized group ! And which one are you ? I can never see those tiny little photos beside people‘s names in here. 1mo
BeaG @ljuliel Yes, this is the book club I'm in. I'm front row black sweatshirt, face cut off, LOL. We had 10 members and one lady moved to another state. We are a closed group, so we don't accept new members, but we may add one person since someone moved. We want yo stay at 10 always. 1mo
BeaG @ljuliel Front row to the right. 1mo
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ljuliel That sounds like a good number to stick with. If you had too many , everyone might not get a chance to talk. Do you all live in the same neighborhood, or use the same library , or how‘d you all originally meet up ? And how long has your group been together ? Oh....and how do you choose new books ? I hope I‘m not bugging you with all these questions. 1mo
sharread Beautiful picture love all the smiles. 1mo
BeaG @sharread Thanks! We really have a good time at every meeting. 1mo
BeaG @ljuliel You are not bothering me with the questions. We are from the same town. It started with 5 of the ladies in the group, the 2 on the sofa with me and the 3 behind me. I have been in ir for about 4 years now. The other 2 ladies have been in it 2 or 3 years now. We rotate turns from a list that we have and each person host at their home or restaurant of their choice. I will host the next one. We each bring a dish and eat first. 1mo
BeaG @ljuliel The host choose the book. We all have different genes that we favor so that makes it more interesting. 1mo
ljuliel It sounds great . I bet you all have lots of fun. Thanks for answering my questions. 1mo
BeaG @ljuliel You're welcome. We do have fun. 1mo
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Sace
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I received my #BOTM box today. I'm a little nervous about it because BOTM felt the need to mark this as a difficult read. I have read Coates in the past and I do struggle with his style, but this just sounds so interesting to me.

Also, has anyone else noticed this book cover? It has popped on on more than one book I've searched.

Schlinkles Does it mean difficult style or difficult subject matter? It‘s interesting that they feel the need to designate that either way. And yes, many books I‘ve looked up have come up with that cover. 1mo
Sace @Schlinkles difficult style. They deem it a "very challenging read" for "nonlinear and non traditional plot structure" and "difficult and complex writing. 1mo
MelissaSue81 It was a difficult read for me. Both the style and the subject manner. Coates is an excellent writer but i struggled with it. 1mo
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Tamra Oh that is interesting - they mark books by difficulty? 🤔 I need to ponder whether that is a good idea. 1mo
Sace @Tamra right? It surprised me too. I had never seen them mark a book that way before. 1mo
Sace @MelissaSue81 he is a good writer, but his sentence structure can be hard for me to follow. 1mo
Lcsmcat Yes, I have seen that guitar method cover SO MANY TIMES. (It makes me a little crazy.) 1mo
TheBookHippie Yup it‘s on a ton of them... 1mo
Sace @Lcsmcat thank you! That's the kind of thing that drives me crazy too! I want to know why it's happening! I start imagining evil little hackers out for lulz 🤣 1mo
Sace @TheBookHippie ahhhh! 1mo
lele1432 I've seen a lot of BOTM members complain about format, etc. for more experimental-style books over the years, so I think they started doing that to give a heads up in case people like their picks less challenging. I see those designations and are drawn to them lol. 1mo
Sace @lele1432 sometimes I enjoy more challenging reads. I'm wondering if I should save this one for one of my breaks when I have longer periods for uninterrupted reading. 1mo
lele1432 Same! I got this one last month, but haven‘t been in the right headspace to dig into it yet. 1mo
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Scochrane26
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Sorry for this political statement-I try to stay away from it on litsy. I‘m getting ready to go vote for governor of KY but have a sense of doom. Prob because potus invaded my city yesterday. And people went to his rally, which might be the only time the arena where my beloved Wildcats play basketball was filled w/ red instead of blue. So, I might need a happier book tonight.

Scochrane26 The current governor has been trying to cut health care, public ed, & teachers‘ pensions. He‘s made national news for his disrespect of teachers. 1mo
SamAnne In my mid-sized town a well-funded real estate PAC has turned our Mayor's race into a million-dollar campaign. Their candidate doesn't want to invest in any more low-income housing for homeless. And she proposed a ban on homeless people from using city libraries!!! How can struggling people access a computer to look for jobs or affordable housing? Gah! 1mo
Megabooks I absentee voted before Texas/surgery for governor and the other state offices. Bevin is vile and disgusting. 🤞🏻🤞🏻 for a Beshear victory. 1mo
Scochrane26 @SamAnne that is so frustrating! @Megabooks I have seen posts from some republicans saying they‘ll vote for beshear. They‘ve been pointing out that our state houses will still be rep majority. But, a lot of people don‘t like beshear because of his dad. So we will see. I did see our current Lt governor talking to teen girls last week at school & was impressed that she continues to do her best job even when Bevin has treated her horribly. 1mo
SamAnne Holy Moly! Watching tonight what is going down in Kentucky's election!
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Owlizabeth
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This is due on Wednesday and I can‘t renew. I don‘t have high hopes that I‘ll finish, I‘m loving the writing but the story itself seems...slow? It‘s just not something I‘ve been able to really get into.

MelissaSue81 It dragged for me too. 1mo
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rmaclean4
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Painful, beautiful, fantastical, amazing. 4.5 🌟

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It's finally getting cool enough down here to begin reading my #botm outside. An enjoyable read on a pleasant day.

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Addison_Reads
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I won this in a GoodReads giveaway and I'm excited to dive into it this month. #GratefulReads #LookingForwardtoReading

@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

Jee_HookedOnBookz Omg lucky you! It's a great read! I enjoyed it! ❤️ 1mo
Jillylovesbooks You may already know this, but Oprah has discussion threads for the book in her Instagram. 1mo
Addison_Reads @Jillylovesbooks I didn't know that. Thank you for sharing. 1mo
Addison_Reads @Jee_HookedOnBookz Hopefully I'll get to read it this weekend. 💚 1mo
OriginalCyn620 🙌🏻📚❤️ 1mo
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Mimi28
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Yikes!! This is a 🔥🔥🔥 book!! Lol or should I say a 🌊🌊🌊💦💦💦💃🏾💃🏾💃🏾 book, lol I‘ve NEVER been this high in the queue before!! For Trick Mirror I was about the high for Hillary Clinton‘s book, lol. ❤️❤️📚📚

Mimi28 *about that high for Hillary Clinton‘s book 1mo
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Christine
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Man, can Ta-Nehisi Coates write. So many truly beautiful sentences. And the strength of conviction for which his nonfiction is well-known is definitely also on display in this one. Loved the voice of main character Hiram. And speaking of voices…what a gorgeous, emotional narration by Joe Morton (Papa Pope!). I wouldn‘t mind revisiting this in print, but it‘d be hard to resist doing via audio again knowing how next-level Morton‘s performance was.

lele1432 I have a print copy and now I also want the audio, lol. I had a feeling it would be good! (edited) 1mo
Christine @lele1432 Yes, you MUST have the audio too! 😁 1mo
Gezemice Mine was audio but still on hold for a print version, too. I agree, great book and narration. When he bursts into song! It is amazing! 1mo
Christine @Gezemice Yes! Such a great listening experience. 1mo
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BeaG
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Yessssss! I loved it. It started off great and then it kinda got slow before it picked back up. I love fantasy so the parts that incorporated them was a great addition in my opinion. Thought provoking. It took me a few weeks to read, but I loved it.

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wanderinglynn That looks like a pretty healthy plate in the photo. 🤔 Keep going—you got this! One step, one day at a time. 💜 1mo
bookandcat Way to go! 1mo
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Annl
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What I love about this magical story, apart from the beauty of the writing, is the way Coates holds women up. They are one of the main characters and his treatment of them is amazing! 5 ⭐️

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I just finished listening to this - I was spell bound and listened straight through. It is amazing. It is about many things - slavery, freedom, an underground network - but mostly about family. Still mulling over what I should write in my review - but this is definitely one of my top books for the year.

BarbaraTheBibliophage It‘s at the top of my list for this year also. I thought Joe Morton‘s narration was terrific. 1mo
Gezemice @BarbaraTheBibliophage Yes, I thought so, too! I listened to the audio because that was the format that first came through on all of my holds, but I am thinking I might want to read it, too, when the other holds come in... I saw some disparaging reviews but I just thought he was so compassionate, intimate in this story, something that is very difficult with such a topic. 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Gezemice I have the ARC, so I did both audio and ebook. It‘s a book that demands some revisits to sink into more layers of meaning. 1mo
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Gezemice @britt_brooke Enjoy! It is a tough subject but he somehow makes it homey. 1mo
Gezemice @BarbaraTheBibliophage I just felt it was a rare combination of thrilling and intimate. I just finished the Overstory, and that one was brilliant but it also dragged quite often. This one was never boring. 1mo
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Butterflyamore
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Book lovers love to say, “There is no such thing as too many books!” I definitely seem to embrace that belief. But I had to split my book haul video into two parts so I am beginning to question myself! 😂 You can see part one here: https://youtu.be/t3DQJODpT3w

#booktube #bookhaul #octoberbookhaul #bookstack #librarybooksale #bookshopping #bookhoarding

EadieB @Butterflyamore I have a copy of The River King but have not read it yet. I would be interested in reading Saint X, Trace of Evil, Imaginary Friend, Dear Wife, and Mark Edwards books. Also Never Have I Ever sounds good too.
I recently picked up a couple of books at a library sale. I got Pines by Blake Crouch which is part of a series that is now a major TV event on FOX. I was sent a copy of Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman from a friend.
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EadieB @Butterflyamore I was reading Doomsday King by James Rollins with a group and was asked to post info about the author and there was an interview and James Rollins answered that one of the best books he ever read was by Dan Simmons called Song of Kali so, of course, I had to order it. Here are some comments from the back. Think you know True Fear? read the most chilling book? You Can't be Shocked? Good Luck! Most frightening reading experience. 1mo
Butterflyamore @EadieB I will have to look into Song of Kali. That‘s definitely piqued my interest! 1mo
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rmaclean4
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This is what happens when your holds come in at the library!! I am mid way in these 5 books. So different from each other, but loving everyone of them. If only life would let me read full time!

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kate_reads
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Super excited for this 🤩 #botm

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Floresj
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I love Coates as a writer. I loved the beautiful way he can tell horrific events and create more empathy for an entire group of people through his prose. The systematic horror of slavery was well written but I felt as soon as the magical realism entered the story, it was repetitive and I lost interest. Perhaps Coates wanted to showcase the value of the supernatural/magic to slaves, but it didn‘t work for me. Soft pick.

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The story of a man, who starts his life as a slave. The Underground Railroad. Remembering the past. And maybe a little magic.

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ILoveReading28
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October‘s #BOTM so excited to start this one. 😄

rmaclean4 I am loving this so far. 2mo
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Owlizabeth
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It is a cruel thing to do to children...

Every line in this book is a beautiful heartache.

BarbaraTheBibliophage I agree. So heart wrenching. 2mo
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Owlizabeth
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Good lord is this book beautifully written. Which I expected, but it‘s still stunning. #furbeast agrees.

PatriciaU So, so good! 2mo
bernadette Really looking forward to reading this one. 2mo
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Jnnlb
The Water Dancer: A Novel | Ta-Nehisi Coates
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ must read #powerful #moving

Lisa0223 I have downloaded this to start tonight 2mo
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Latrelwhite
The Water Dancer: A Novel | Ta-Nehisi Coates
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I have gotten 2 of the 5 finished! Pray for me that I finish before they return to library!🤣 #marathon for the next three!🙃The Farm, The Last House Guest, Watching You, and Red at the Bone.

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Sresendez12
The Water Dancer: A Novel | Ta-Nehisi Coates
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I am thankful to my new book club for opening me up to a masterpiece. I haven‘t read anything by the author before, but he has such a way of words that it was so hard not to feel like you were in the story. There were some hard parts to read, but I felt the ending fit the book. It also satisfies the last prompt for #booked2019 for me #pocmcparanormal. Hiram has a power that is core to the book, but it‘s not understood until almost the end.

Scochrane26 I haven‘t read this one yet but have read 2 nonfiction books by him. They blew my mind & educated me about race. He also wrote the new black panther comics. 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great pick for this prompt. Congrats on finishing the challenge! I definitely recommend his other books, too. 2mo
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The Water Dancer: A Novel | Ta-Nehisi Coates
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This is a story about a people‘s use of agency during severe oppression, injustice and inequality due to slavery. Water is used as a medium to teleport. Memory is the central theme. Harriet reminds us that “to forget is to truly slave. To forget is to die.” Hiram has great difficulty in recalling his mother. This ties in with another theme of the book, loss. Coates reminds us of all black people have lost as a result of American slavocracy.

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Latrelwhite
The Water Dancer: A Novel | Ta-Nehisi Coates
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Started The Water Dancer today! The audio is great.👍🏽

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
The Water Dancer: A Novel | Ta-Nehisi Coates
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We know Ta-Nehisi Coates for his nonfiction, but his fictional debut, The Water Dancer, is just as stupendous as his previous books. He builds the details of his world drop by drop, layer by layer. By the end, I felt fully immersed, although in some ways I was drowning in sadness. Great narrator and supporting characters. 5 stars from me.

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BarbaraBB Wonderful review. I must definitely read this one! 2mo
TrishB Not out until February here! 2mo
teainthelibrary Can‘t wait for my hold to come in! 2mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage @BarbaraBB Thanks. Hope you like it! 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @TrishB That‘s a big difference in release dates! 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @teainthelibrary Hope you find it worth the wait! 2mo
TrishB It definitely is! 2mo
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