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In the Time of the Butterflies
In the Time of the Butterflies | Julia Alvarez
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Kangaj1
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I abandoned my #doublespin tonight - not for me right now at least. @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Sometimes a book just isn't the right fit!! 4w
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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#manicmonday #letteri @cbee

📚 In The Time of Butterflies
✍️ Kazuo Ishiguro
🍿 IZombie
🎤 Idina Menzel
🎶 I Can't Go On Without You (Kaleo)

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On Saturday I treated myself to some new audiobooks from Libro.fm to support my local indie shop. Tagged is the bottom right one that's hardest to read. See anything you liked?

EvieBee Nice! I‘ve been wanting to read Celestial Bodies. 7mo
Nute Wonderful. I did a lot of follow up history searches after reading In the Time of the Butterflies. 7mo
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BiblioLitten
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This book would be perfect for a buddy-read or a book club. What I love is how seamlessly the author narrates each sister‘s story. Even the minor characters have memorable cameos. Also, I felt that there was a streak of indulgence for the bad guys.
This is one of those books that says so much in just one sentence. An example: Until the nail is hit, it doesn‘t believe in the hammer. 🌟🌟🌟🌟

marleed I read this in early 2021 and it‘s definitely stayed with me. My IRL bookclub allowed each member to submit 3 books for 2022 consideration. This was one my recommendations, but sadly was not chosen. But you and I know the mistake they made! 11mo
BiblioLitten @marleed Oh definitely! What doesn‘t it have… history, politics, relationships, culture. I appreciate the editing because this book could also have dragged on for a bit. Do you have a favourite character? (edited) 11mo
marleed @BiblioLitten Oh I never thought about it, maybe Minerva because there was so much to her story. I can‘t imagine being the first woman to graduate law school in DR only to have the certificate immediately stripped from you for rejecting the advances of an a**hat. 11mo
BiblioLitten @marleed That made me livid too!! And some scenes were heart-wrenching, especially the ones with Patria and Mate. 11mo
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BiblioLitten
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50 pages in, and I got goosebumps. Quite a book to start 2022 with. Happy New Year, lovely people! 💖

#currentlyreading #dominicanrepublic #blameitonlitsy

Reggie She‘s one of my favorite authors!!! 11mo
BiblioLitten @Reggie Thank you for suggesting this book😊 11mo
marleed This was one of my top reads of 2021 after it sat unread on my shelves for several years. It‘s a crazy thrill when I discover a 5 star read was patiently waiting for me on my own shelves! 11mo
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BiblioLitten @marleed I can see why this was a 5 star book for you. I am invested in all the characters till now. 11mo
readordierachel Happy New Year! ❤ 11mo
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Singout

Completed my #Booked2021 third quarter:
#ColourinTitle: Well-Read Black Girl
#Relatedto911: The Day the World Came to Town
#Lessthan100pages: Jesus and the Disinherited
#ContainsPhotos: Nomadland
#LatinxAuthor: In the Time of the Butterflies
#AppalachianNoir: Below the Waterfall

Cinfhen Congrats on completing the third quarter #Booked2021 🥳🥳🥳 14mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great job!! 14mo
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Singout
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Love this book about the Mirabal sisters who resisted dictator Trujillo‘s regime and were eventually executed in 1960 in the Dominican Republic. Written in diverse voices and styles, it paints a vivid picture of the impact of the grinding oppression and strength and courage taken to overthrow it. Especially interesting as I visited the DR women‘s centre in 1992 and got a shirt with the sisters on it that I wore to shreds.
#Booked2021 #Latinx

Cinfhen Woohoo!!! Well done!! Don‘t forget you have until midnight, **Oct 3** to fill out the third quarter form
https://bit.ly/3b7rK1E
1y
Singout Done! 1y
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Singout

Once the goat [dictator Trujillos] was a bad memory in our past, that would be the real revolution we would have to fight: forgiving each other for what we had all let come to pass.

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ChaoticMissAdventures
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#conflictedworlds #siblings
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs

A gorgeous and powerful book about sisters and revolution.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful photo 💛💛 1y
Eggs Lovely bouquet and photo 💐📙🧡 1y
marleed I love this book. To my chagrin, I did not know this history until I read this book this year. I plan to recommend to my IRL bookclub for 2022 reading. 1y
ChaoticMissAdventures @marleed yes!! Recommend it, I try to remember to recommend it often to many people. Such a great history lesson, and beautifully written. 1y
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Erin.Elizabeth10
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What a saga! This book took me forever to read, but not because I didn‘t like it! It was so good, just pretty dense. But I learned so much… I didn‘t know anything about the time and place this book was set! I got this book through a book exchange, and I‘m glad I did.

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marleed
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With all my great reading on this grid I didn‘t even mind that I panned one book. Tagged my favorite!

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Sreckess
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Historical fiction at its best: the kind of book where you finish the last page and open your internet browser to learn more. This novel explores the events surrounding the Mirabal sisters‘ death at the hands of the dictator Trujillo in the 1960s Dominican Republic. Highly recommended.

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marleed
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How did I not know this story. The conversation is fictional but the history and Mirabal family is real. International Day Toward Violence Against Women (Nov 25) was established in the memory of the three siblings assassinated by henchmen for the Dominican Republic dictator, Trujillo. Anger over their death led to Trujillo‘s death and end of regime just 6 months later. ...I‘m so grateful I read books and learn things.

ChaoticMissAdventures Isn't the book amazing? I am so glad it is still circulating and people are learning about the sisters. 2y
NeedsMoreBooks I enjoyed this book and was so surprised to know that so few people knew about the events in this book. 2y
marleed @ChaoticMissAdventures @NeedsMoreBooks As I read this, I was humbled that I didn‘t know anything of these sisters. I‘m so glad I came upon this thrifted book. I was also reading it as I sat beside my own sister as she was fading from this world to bless eternity with her incredible spirit. 2y
NeedsMoreBooks @marleed I am so sorry for your sister. Heartfelt condolences. 2y
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Katherineteale
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One of my favorites.

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Hilary427
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Sadly, I knew nothing of this true story of the Mirabal sisters. Historical fiction is not usually what I read, but this story was well written, and I enjoyed getting to know all of the sisters individually and together.
⭐️: 3.5/5

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Coleen
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I knew nothing about this book or the true life story that it was based upon prior to reading it for book club. But I am always pleasantly surprised when I enjoy something I wouldn‘t normally pick up.

violabrain I knew nothing about this book when I picked it up either. I absolutely loved it! 2y
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Blaire
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This is a #bookintranslation that I read recently and really liked. Based on the story of the Mirabal sisters. #integrateyourshelf @ChasingOm @Emilymdxn

ChasingOm I have one of hers on my shelf TBR (of course 🙃). 2y
Centique I loved this one 😍 2y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Thank you so much for my Valentine surprise Cynthia!! I love the card too! Can‘t wait to read this one!! I hope you have a Happy Valentine‘s Day!! 💗💗💗

#LitsyLove

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OriginalCyn620
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I didn‘t know this was #basedonatruestory. I haven‘t read it but it sounds good!
#auldlangreads

aroc Great movie too! 3y
ljuliel Very good book. 3y
NeedsMoreBooks Excellent book. Didn‘t know there was a movie 💖 3y
la_rose_noire Don't you just love that cover? 💚💙🖤 3y
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Andrea313
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This book, #BasedOnATrueStory, has been on my #TBR for way too long! I need to finally get my hands on a copy. #AuldLangReads
@OriginalCyn620 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

OriginalCyn620 👍🏻😊📚 3y
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TheBookHippie
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Teaching English this morning at the alternative school ...but first we had bread pudding and sausage links ❤️👩🏽‍🍳📖❤️
This book and Before We Were Free are the essays the kids are working at . ..

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IndoorDame
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This is one I #readinhighschool because I overheard a girl I thought was cool talking about it. And then I completely fell in love with it! I must have read it 5 or 6 times in those 4 years. #gratefulreads @OriginalCyn620 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I should read it!! 3y
OriginalCyn620 Haven‘t read this one! 3y
NeedsMoreBooks This is a beautiful book ❤️ 3y
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TheHeartlandBookFairy
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Not my favorite n NEA Big Read book (last year's book was my fav so far) but still an amazing and important story/account. Still processing...

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TheBookHippie
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Our towns NEA BIG READ
Quick reads

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AmyK1
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Borrowing this one from my girl @wideeyedreader I‘m liking it so far.

wideeyedreader I‘m glad you like it! 3y
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Blaire
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Historical fiction depicting the lives of the Mirabal sisters in the Dominican Republic during the reign of Trujillo. Critical to the resistance against the regime. Their story is moving and tragic. It is not surprising that the women‘s bravery continues to inspire and be celebrated. Alvarez gives each woman a full and complex life. Powerful book.

SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime i was assigned this book to read in college & absolutely loved it 4y
Kaye Excellent book 🌟 4y
Reggie If you ever think about reading her again try In the Name of Salome. One of of my favorite books ever!!! 4y
Blaire @SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime @kaye an author recommended it in the nytimes and it bumped it to the top of my tbr. So glad to have read it. 4y
Blaire @Reggie nice. Will check it out! 4y
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👉This Strand X PEN America reading list explores how Latinx, intersectional, and multicultural identity has influenced a range of genres. ☝️Read more here: https://www.strandbooks.com/strand-blog#/entry/entry136-latin...

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Susanita
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I may have used this photo before...
#butterflies #literaryluck

vkois88 Lovely 4y
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SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime
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"A chill goes through her, for she feels it in her bones, the future is now beginning. By the time it is over, it will be the past, and she doesn't want to be the only one left to tell their story."

In the Time of the #Butterflies
#LiteraryLuck #LasMariposas

vkois88 ❤❤❤ 4y
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MallenNC
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I found lots of #butterflies on book covers. I had no idea this was such a common book cover illustration. I haven't read most of these. #literaryluck

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I love butterflies 🦋 4y
vkois88 I read the Disaster series by Jamie McGuire. I really liked it the first time, but looking back on it has kind of changed my mind. I still like the companion series about Travis' brothers though. 4y
MallenNC @vkois88 I feel the same about those (I've only read the two on this collage). I do like the way the covers use the butterfly image though. 4y
vkois88 Yes, I always found them striking! 4y
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alcassoi
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Found this gem of a book while cleaning and reorganizing my bedroom today. I read this one as part of a Sociology of Gender course during my undergraduate career and can remember the wide array of emotions it made me feel. Very good read if you're interested in historical fiction.

CarolynM Welcome to Litsy 🌼 4y
Theshadedbuffalo Hi! Welcome to Litsy!! ⭐️📚 4y
Crazeedi Welcome!👍🎉 4y
Ceratina One of my all time favorite books! 4y
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JessFerg
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I made myself a new reading nook last weekend and someone just discovered it. #catpeopleproblems #readingcompanion

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Mamashep
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Very excited to hear Ms. Alvarez speak!

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alisonrose
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BOOK: In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez
AUTHOR: Eowyn Ivey
MOVIE: It Happened One Night
FOOD: Iced tea (I know it‘s a drink and not technically “food” but the only food I could think of was ice cream and probably everyone is gonna use that! 😜)
#manicmonday #letteri

JoScho 💛💛💛 4y
Mamashep We‘re going to see Alvarez Thursday! 4y
alisonrose @Mamashep Oooh jealous!! 4y
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violabrain
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Fantastic book that should serve as a cautionary yet inspiring tale for Americans living in our current political reality.

Lcsmcat I‘ve read How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, but hadn‘t heard of this one. Stacked! 4y
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Tomigirl44
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This is my #hour30challenge for #24in48
I read this years ago and was overwhelmed by it - the ordinary family, relationships of the siblings and what their lives were like, and the danger they faced. I had known nothing of life in the Dominican Republic and my heart broke for the challenges they faced and the courage they had.

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Centique
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A fictional account of the Mirabals, victims of the Trujillo regime in the Dominican Republic (see authors note) It‘s written from each sister‘s POV, chronicling the journey from daughters to wives & then ‘politicos‘. Alvarez brings the epoch to life through a personal lens - girlhood, faith, marriage & motherhood, the personal interactions of prison time & house arrest, the small details make this a heartfelt read rather than a history. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Centique Note: Alvarez‘ family was forced to flee the Dominican Republic when she was 10 after her father participated in a failed coup. 4y
Reggie She is one of my top 5 authors and one of my top 10 books is her In the Name of Salome. I love How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, Yo!, and also this one but Salome is my favorite of hers. I‘m glad you liked this book. 4y
Centique @Reggie I really liked it! I‘m definitely stacking all of those 😊 A bit of serendipity to read two of your favourites nearly back to back! At the start of the year I picked 12 books from countries I didn‘t think I‘d read from before - kind of a mini challenge - and this was one of those. I‘ve loved all 9 or 10 I‘ve read so far 👍👍 4y
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Captivatedbybooks
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#workbookclub i really need to get my act together and get my book blog going 😒

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lauralovesbooks1
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Beautiful and heartbreaking fictionalized account of the Mirabel sisters, 3 of whom were killed because of their opposition to the Trujillo regime in the Dominican Republic. Alvarez depicts them not just as revolutionaries, but also as sisters, wives, and mothers. Wonderful read.

Reggie Have you read any of her other books? Yo and In the Name of Salome are my favorites. They‘re great. 5y
lauralovesbooks1 @Reggie This was my first read by her -- I will pick those up. Thanks for the recommendation! 5y
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prowlix
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Started this book last night and already the language is beautiful. I don‘t know why I continue to be surprised that such important women are not widely known outside Dominican Republic but I am excited for this read! #feminism #resist

Photo from Rejected Princesses which gives a quick recap to entice you.

Reggie Julia Alvarez is wonderful. This book is great but my favorite of hers is In the Name of Salome. She‘s a poet but as with all poets, when they write novels their prose is just out of this world. I don‘t know if you‘ve ever read How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents but its follow up, Yo, is also pretty good. I just love her. 5y
prowlix @Reggie I have How the García Girls Lost Their Accent but haven‘t read it yet. I may have to track down some of her poetry next too since I‘ve been trying to read more poetry. Thanks for the recommendations! 5y
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SaraBeagle
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Based on a true story- 3 sisters involved in a movement to overthrow a 1960‘s Dominican dictator are murdered by the regime on their way to visit their husbands in prison. The story is made all the more interesting by the author‘s note at the end- her father was also involved in the movement and her family fled to the US in 1960 to escape.

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Kathrin
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In the book we follow the lives of four sisters that are killed by the regime (it's not spoiler, but a premises of the book) in the end. I liked to have the story being told by all sisters and each one of them provided a different perspective through the prism of their own personality and life choices.

It sometimes felt a little frivolous and a little fluffy for my taste, but for the most I enjoyed listening to it.

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4.5 / 5⭐️
I was introduced to this book by the Reading Around the World bookclub on GR‘s. I‘d never heard of the book or author. What a great surprise Alvarez‘s based on a true story novel about three sisters and their fight against dictator Trujillo in the Dominican Republic. It‘s hard for me to describe the feeling I had while reading the winding story, cloaked in beauty despite the difficult circumstances and location!

Kaye Such a good book. 5y
Kathrin I am also reading it for the "Around the World" Book Club... just started today! 5y
wanderlustforwords @Kaye I had never heard of it before I was introduced to it by a GR‘s book group. I absolutely loved it! I want to read more of the authors works! 5y
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wanderlustforwords @Kathrin You are??! That‘s so awesome! We‘ll get to chat here and there! Have you started the book? I haven‘t read any comments from the group for a day or two. 5y
Kathrin @wanderlustforwords I just finished it yesterday. 5y
wanderlustforwords @Kathrin no hints? 😂 I‘ll check out our group feed in the next day or so. Most seemed to feel that she handled a serious subject to lightly. I found it accessible, a great intro to the subject matter. After all, it‘s a Historical Fiction not a nonfiction 5y
Kathrin @wanderlustforwords Sorry, I was rushed. I agree that it was very accessible, but also found it light, especially when some of the sisters were in prison towards the end of the book. Well, not necessarily too light, but for me the narration sometimes focused on stuff that were irrelevant. I agree it‘s historical fiction and there was not enough information out there to write it, so she had to fill about the story somehow. 5y
wanderlustforwords @Kathrin I‘m thinking about your statement that narration was at times unfocused. It feels like I agree but I can‘t specify an example. 🧐 I found the depth and breadth that I look for in a historical fiction except I would have appreciated more cultural content to take it to the next level. Well, we both rated it 4⭐️ ! 5y
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sofiaga
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Today is the International Day for the Elimination of all Forms of Violence Against Women. The date was chosen to commemorate the murdering of the Mirabal Sisters by the regime of Trujillo in the Dominican Republic. Julia Álvarez wrote their story in this book. Many years later Latin America has the highest rates of femicide in the world. Today we march!

BarbaraBB So good! Go girl 😘💪 5y
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AlaMich
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The Mirabal sisters of the Dominican Republic, who fought against the dictator Rafael Trujillo until he had them killed. #resistance #junetunz @Cinfhen

Cinfhen Did not love this book but such an excellent choice!!! It was a little too dry for me...interesting history that I was not aware of 5y
AlaMich @Cinfhen It was definitely an education. I've read more about the history since this book and it's fascinating in an awful sort of way. 5y
Cinfhen I recently read another book about the DR, which covers a lot of history but in a more approachable manner 5y
LauraBrook I read this in the 90s and it sent me reading a whole bunch of historical stuff. Love when books do that! 5y
AlaMich @Cinfhen oooh, yes, Oscar Wao is on my TBR audio list because there is a new version read by Lin-Manuel Miranda. The sample sounded so good!! 5y
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Jolynne
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Thought I'd add some oldie but goodies to my list of books and this certainly fits the bill! #alltimefave. #oldiebutgoodie

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Loreen
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I love the titles of both books! #mexicanamericanwriters #maybookflowers @RealLifeReading oh crap! She's #DominicanAmerican.

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BrainyHeroine
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☆☆ I bought these once as textbooks, when I was learning the history of the country I live in. I live in Nevada, much of my local culture is Hispanic. It's been between 3 and 5 years since I've read these. I think it's time to read them again. ☆☆

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"You're going to fire everyone's fight, aren't you?"
"It's all the same fight, Mama," I tell her.