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The Downstairs Girl
The Downstairs Girl | Stacey Lee
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"1890, Atlanta. By day, seventeen-year-old Jo Kuan works as a lady's maid for the cruel Caroline Payne, the daughter of one of the wealthiest men in Atlanta. But by night, Jo moonlights as the pseudonymous author of a newspaper advice column for 'the genteel Southern lady'"--
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marleed
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My favorite post of the month is showing you my Nov wrap-up through my indexed card bullet journaled format. I‘ll finish up Timepiece today and that will mean the month was 50% fiction to nonfiction. ...Tagging The Downstairs Girl because those letters were so fun to create - even after erroneously writing girls in plural and deciding oh well.

#NovemberWrapUp #NovemberStats #NamasteNovember. #bujo

wanderinglynn Awesome month! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🎉 2w
RachelO Love seeing your wrap-up posts! 2w
marleed @RachelO @wanderinglynn Thank you! I‘m not sure which is more fun - creating the card - or having a touchy feely way to look at all I‘ve read in 2019. 2w
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Eggs Beautiful collection!! Thanks for posting this ❤️ @marleed 2w
Copwithabook Beautiful art work! 2w
readordierachel What a fabulous way to show everything! 1w
Bookishlie I love seeing this! What a wonderful idea:) 1w
marleed @Copwithabook @readordierachel @Bookishlie @eggs Thank you. I never would have thought of doing this without Litsy inspiration! 1w
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Lovesbooks87
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This was a historical fiction about a Chinese teen who is trying to fight prejudice in her community. What drew me to this book was that Jo the main character starts a advice column called “Dear Miss Sweetie.” I love reading Dear Abby every morning and seeing what advice she gives out!

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marleed
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I‘m hard on HF particularly when it‘s YA. I want an interesting, well-researched stetting, characters fitting seamlessly in the history and not encumbered with events too many to realistically endure. I want characters created with the mindset and mores of the day vice the book‘s publishing date. ...I took issue with a couple things here, but overall it‘s a pick.

IndoorDame Great review! 1mo
marleed @IndoorDame Thanks. The main character is of half Chinese, half European descent. Initially, I thought the author missed the mark on that distinction. But in the 1890s if you had any distinguishable ancestry that was not of European descent, you were that and only that. (edited) 1mo
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Book_ish
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Finishing up all reading tonight so that I can be ready for when my copy of The Starless Sea arrives tomorrow. #notsopatientlywaiting

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Nitpickyabouttrains
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Historical fiction about a girl who tries to make her way in the world, fighting prejudice and a lack of choices for a Chinese girl.

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DamYank
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A slow build up, but ends wonderfully!!

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alysonwrites
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In 1890s segregated Atlanta, Chinese-American Jo Kuan works as a lady‘s maid by day and pens an anonymous newspaper advice column by night. But when secrets of her family background begin to unravel, Jo realizes she will have to make herself seen if she wants justice. I love how Jo and her columnist alter ego gradually merge into one really brave, outspoken young woman who refuses to accept inferiority as part of being Asian and female. 👊💜

alysonwrites P.S. I love every Stacey Lee book I have read, but this is my new favorite and I think it might be her best yet! 💜💜💜 (edited) 2mo
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xxjenadanxx
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Book 6 for #24b4monday

I love a good historic fiction, and this is a good historic fiction so I loved it. Taking place in 1890s Atlanta, The Downstairs Girl is the story of 17 year old Jo. As a Chinese female in the South she is considered neither white nor colored and as such is caught in the middle and largely ignored. This is a story about how she finds her voice and finds her place.

AutumnRLS Sounds good! 2mo
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mdemanatee
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I have been at one of my regular bar and grills for two hours, so I can drop this by the library on the way home. 😂

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SassenachTheBookWizard
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This had so many good elements to it! I don't think we have enough books who talk about the original suffragettes movement AND how racist it was. Jo isn't necessarily the strongest or most vocal of characters (that's pretty accurate for the time period being a woman & Chinese) but she is quite likeable and you can't help but feel empathetic for her. She smart, talented and ambitious but pushed aside by men and white women. Slower paced but loved

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SassenachTheBookWizard
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I have high hopes for this and after reading Bringing Down the Duke and The Women's War, I'm craving the suffragettes/women rebel things happening

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SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime
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The main character's quick wit and sharp tongue had me laughing out loud multiple times. This book was a great foray into YA historical fiction, and made me realize how much more of this genre is needed. Touching on multiple pertinent societal norms from a time when life was difficult for anyone who wasn't a white male, this story takes place at the end of the nineteenth century but it still has a lot of relevance today.

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ninergrl6
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This GORGEOUS cover caught my eye online months ago. Bought it Saturday, started it Sunday, finished it Monday. Once I reached the halfway point, I couldn‘t stop! I generally enjoy historical fiction, and this offered a perspective that I hadn‘t read before. Good twists, semi-predictable but absolutely engaging

“The lengths the haves will go to in order to deprive the have-nots boggles the mind.”

#ya #historicalfiction #weneeddiversebooks

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This book is SO GOOD!

xxjenadanxx I can't wait to read it! I'm second in queue for it at my library! 4mo
bg_reads @xxjenadanxx I hope you enjoy it as much as I am! I just love historical fiction and even though it's not entirely true (it's a work of fiction after all), Chinese people in the US were victims of racial injustice as well. It's so good! 4mo
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Well, folks, I started BOTM this month and this was my pick! I also made a goal for myself that when I get books through #botm I have to read at least one of those books that month (you can add-on books and buy multiple a month, though I'm sure most of you know that). This month I got 2 and this is one of them! Starting it today. 👒

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silentrequiem
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#BOTM arrived! My eyes were bigger than my (book) stomach! Bonus Aral. #catsoflitsy

erinreads I almost added Well Met! Read that soon and tell me if I need to read it! 4mo
silentrequiem @erinreads It's likely going with me to Vegas! 4mo
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The_Heeler_Booklife
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Riot is back to show you another #yabotm #unboxing! He felt a little more invested in licking and sniffing the box, but didn‘t touch the book. Anyway, I‘m about 40 pages in and I love the narration so far and find it good so far, but at the same time it is too early to tell. #botm

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