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Last Night at the Telegraph Club
Last Night at the Telegraph Club | Malinda Lo
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HeatherBookNerd
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A good YA historical fiction novel about two teenage girls falling in love in San Francisco in the 1950s during the Red Scare. Complicating things further is that one of the girls is Chinese American and her family is under particularly close scrutiny at this time. I‘ll definitely read the sequel to this.

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ahoffkosik
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November 1 means the start of New Reads November on my book podcast, and we get things rolling with a visit from author Malinda Lo and a conversation about LAST NIGHT AT THE TELEGRAPH CLUB. We cover topics from intersectionality and banned books to safe spaces and the immigrant experience. We also do a whole lot of fangirling! 🌉 Link to listen in my bio.

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Ast_Arslan
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New day, new book.
I'm done with hidden pictures and it really disappointed me 😔
I hope this one would be a pick for me 🤟🏻🤞🏻

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Ast_Arslan
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This is my October TBR.
I'm done with Gone with the wind (400 pages of it read in October) and I'm almost done with Teddy as well.
I don't know if I'm going to read the tagged book next or One day by David Nicholls 😂 Maybe tomorrow I will figure it out

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TheBookHippie
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#SUNDAYBUDDYREAD JUNE 2023 on Sale ♥️

Nutmegnc I was just going to post this!! I‘m glad someone did!! 2mo
kspenmoll Thx! 2mo
DebinHawaii Hah! I was just going to post this too! 🤗 2mo
TheBookHippie @DebinHawaii 🎉great minds ♥️🎉 2mo
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Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick
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The June 2023 book for #sundaybuddyread is on sale for Kindle today here in the States.

@TheBookHippie

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Shievad
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Great book about a 17 year old Chinese-American lesbian girl in 1950s San Francisco. It‘s obvious the author put a lot of work into research and getting details of the time period, Asian-American life, and lesbian culture correct for this novel. The chapters include historical timelines for context.

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slategreyskies
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I have a huge book hangover from this book. Set in San Francisco in the mid 1950s, it tells the story of Lily, a 17 year old Chinese American girl. It‘s a powerful story that kept me on the edge of my seat toward the end of the book. Don‘t skip the afterword/author‘s notes. Highly recommended!!

Book two for this month‘s #TrappedOnAnIsland. So glad this book was chosen as one of my five books! :)

aperfectmjk Well I'm sold. Stacked! 2mo
jenniferw88 There's a sequel coming 2mo
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slategreyskies
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I started this one last night for #TrappedOnAnIsland. I‘m really enjoying it so far! Thanks for choosing it for me, @Littlewolf1 ! :)

slategreyskies @aperfectmjk I‘m really enjoying participating in #trappedonanisland this month. Such a cool challenge idea, and I‘m getting some books read that I‘ve been meaning to read for months. :) 2mo
aperfectmjk I'm so glad you're knocking out your TBR. I think it's fun to go back and visit books that we added to our TBR and consider why we added them to the list in the first place. 2mo
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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August Reading Roundup!
August is Women in Translation month so I stepped up that reading this month with 2 French, 2 Japanese, and 1 Danish translated works.

4.5☀️
The Happening (Annie Ernaux)
Ace

4☀️
Reluctant Immortals
Tar Baby
Convenience Store Woman
A Closed and Common Orbit
Last Night at the Telegraph Club

3.5☀️
The Employees
Bonjour Tristesse
Don Quixote

3☀️
Catherine the Great

2.5☀️
Goodbye Tsugumi

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ChaoticMissAdventures
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I really enjoyed this even though there was no time travel (IYKYK).
I thought the characters could be a bit deeper, but it was interesting to follow Lily on her journey to find her sexuality while also being concerned about Communism.
Mostly the book is about her outings to the club with Kath and her exploration of her feelings, the setting of Chinatown SF was perfect for this book and I would read Malinda Lo again.

Librariana IGIDK 😭😭😭 Lol! Is it a reference to 3mo
Librariana Meaning, do you prefer a time travel-ish element in your reading?? 3mo
ChaoticMissAdventures @Librariana not Last Stop, but I picked this up after confusing it with the Matt Smith movie Last Night in Soho 😂 Totally different vibes. This was great though, just not what I thought it was, and I have heard multiple people made this same mistake! 3mo
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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"A woman alone in a restaurant was unusual. She must have gone through something traumatic, something that had separated her from everyone she loved"

I read while sitting alone drinking wine at a winery ?
Not traumatic, I just told everyone they couldn't come!
At Hearst Ranch Winery

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ChaoticMissAdventures
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Not going to lie, I totally got this book confused with the ads I saw for Last Night in Soho and am a bit bummed there is no time travel. So far though this is a great YA book set in San Francisco, perfect for my few days here!

Caroline2 Yes!!! I made the same mistake too!! 😂 🤦‍♀️ 3mo
ChaoticMissAdventures @Caroline2 oh! I am glad I am not alone 😂😂 did you enjoy this one? 3mo
Librariana This gives me major Parisian vibes 🇫🇷🥰 I'm sad/sorry it was a bit of a mix-up on the book, but glad you're enjoying it. It's on my never-ending TBR stack, of course 😁😊 3mo
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paisleyjess
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Really great intersectional story that has a lot of heart.

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AbstractMonica
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Beautiful yet melancholy account of Lily Hu. A Chinese American teen who is figuring out who she is in an era where both her family is experiencing the fear of deportation, and her identity/sexuality is being rejected by those closest to her. A must read.

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rockpools
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Still on catchup reviews. This may be is one of my favourites of the year.

A coming-of-age/ #ComingOutStory. Chinese-American Lily, growing up in McCarthy-era San Francisco, discovers a world beyond Chinatown. But with her family at risk of deportation if they show signs of non-Americanness, how can she be her true self?

Immaculately researched, with characters you can really feel for. Described as YA, reads as historical fiction. #Booked2022

Cinfhen Stunning photo and gorgeous review!! I‘m definitely going to get to this book as it was on my #NewYearWhoDis list from @MallenNC 3mo
yash_sy Hi,
My name is Yash Patel, a UX designer by profession. I am designing an app for avid readers like you, where you can borrow & lend your books over the internet across the city/state level. For this, I am conducting the survey. I would appreciate it if you spare a few minutes and participate in this survey.
Here is the link: https://forms.gle/FV68nCWMXNx1H1WD6
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jenniferw88
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Not quite a 5 ⭐ read from this year, but this book needs an honorary mention! #letterl #alphabetgame @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🙌🏻📚👌🏻 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm I enjoyed this 3mo
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Sarahreadstoomuch
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Really enjoyed this audio- a YA story of A teen Chinese-American girl growing up in San Fran‘s Chinatown in the 50‘s and exploring her sexuality. This is the time of McCarthyism and anti-vice campaigns. The authors note at the end is not to be missed.

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AbstractMonica
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I‘m gonna take a few days to nurse my book hangover… then I‘ll be starting this one 😬

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peanutnine
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This was soooo good! Such a beautiful historical romance and coming of age story. Lily is figuring out her identity as a Chinese girl in 1950s San Francisco while also questioning her sexuality. It's got everything you could want - secret lesbian nightclubs, talks of space travel, political undertones of Communism and McCarthyism. Just lots of queer history, an Asian immigrant experience, and a vibrant San Francisco setting 🌉

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 4mo
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TrishB
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I really enjoyed this one 😁 loved the way the story is woven into the history, politics and expectations of the time.

BkClubCare I am seeing this title EVERYWHERE 5mo
TrishB @BkClubCare it does seem like that! 5mo
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Chelsea.Poole
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#Booked2022 reads for the second quarter of the year. Truly, where is this year going??

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Cinfhen Woohoo 🙌🏻 congrats 🎉 You have until Midnight July 3 to submit all books read between April 1-June 30th to enter the #SecondQuarterDrawing :

Here's the link for second quarter #Booked2022

https://forms.gle/E9QC2c79pDFcUE5Y8

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Cinfhen Thanks for sharing each book!!! They sound great 😊 5mo
Karons1 The times are saying the paper palace is one of the best books of the year ! Let me know what you think I☺️ 5mo
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Chelsea.Poole
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I couldn‘t get the whole thing, but “Read with PRIDE!” — a display at our library 💖
I‘m behind on reviews, but I read this for pride month, and it was also my #bookspin.
A great read! LGBT+ 🏳️‍🌈 YA Historical fiction with a focus on the Chinese community in San Francisco during the Second Red Scare. I can see why this won so many awards.

Maria514626 Sounds marvelous! Thanks for the recommendation! 5mo
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jenniferw88
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TrishB We‘re going to have to know what didn‘t make it 5 stars next week! Hoping to get to this weekend. 5mo
Cortg Oooh, my daughter‘s reading this. The author graduated from the college she‘s attending 😀 5mo
BarbaraBB So many prompts 👌🏽 5mo
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jenniferw88 @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage just changed the prompt for #booked2022 as I don't think I'm going to get to my China book, and this one is set in China(town)! And I'm sure I'll find another #comingoutstory! 4mo
rockpools You‘ve reminded me I still need to review this one. I really enjoyed it! 4mo
Cinfhen I‘ve heard great things about this one!! 4mo
Cortg I‘m glad you liked it! I‘m waiting for my daughter to finish before I start it. Hopefully she finishes before she heads back to school 🙄 4mo
KarenUK I love the prompt use (Chinatown!) I think I might steal that idea! 4mo
squirrelbrain Great prompt choices! 4mo
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emily_roamswild
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My only complaint about this book is the rushed ending. It‘s a beautiful Bildungsroman about a Chinese America girl growing up in the 50s. It‘s a stunning story of her understanding her sexuality; her immigrant parents & the dangers of the Red Panic at the time. It‘s also a love story—but I would argue it‘s a self-love story, even though Lily and her love are adorable. It‘s not about chosen family but community & seeing yourself in the world.

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rachelsbrittain
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YA historical fiction! I'm planning to do a round-up of must-read middle grade historical fiction later this year too.

https://bookriot.com/must-read-ya-historical-fiction-novels/

Johanna414 Great list! 7mo
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Sharpeipup
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Got locked out at work this week. Luckily, I had a book to keep me company.

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Kitta
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What a great story about lesbians in the 1950s!

Well researched and well written, it‘s the story of Lily who is a Chinese American high school student and is dealing with her family‘s struggles living in Chinatown in San Francisco. It‘s sort of a coming of age and a coming out story, which normally I would be annoyed at (do we really need another?) but in this case, we do. It‘s good!

I can‘t wait to read what happens next.

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Kitta
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Reading on the train to Providence and Newport! Going for a quick weekend break to get out of the city. Anyone been? Any recommendations?

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Addison_Reads
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This was such a great read and a YA book I feel should be in every school library. Malinda Lo uses real historical events in 1950s San Francisco mixed with her story of a young Asian-American girl coming to terms with her sexuality to tell an unforgettable story.

Loved it and I'm so excited there's a sequel coming out. 💚

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Ellen_C
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Award winning YA novel set in 1950s San Francisco, featuring a Chinese American teen who is a lesbian and is interested in rockets and Spence travel. Lo deals with matters of racism, communist hysteria and anti-LGBTQ bigotry (all things we still see today). https://cannonballread.com/2022/04/last-night-at-the-telegraph-club-elcicco/

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Ellen_C
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Award winning YA novel set in the 1950s, featuring a Chinese American teenager who is also a lesbian and dreams of rockets and space travel. Malinda Lo covers a lot of important issues like racism, intolerance of LGBTQ community, and the communist scare.

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rsteve388
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This was an excellent YA Queer Romance novel that explore issues of bigotry, racism and anti Chinese Sentiment. The story was captivating and I loved the narrator Emily Zeller Woo. She really brought the whole story to life. I also loved the historical portion at the end that put the whole story in context.

Addison_Reads I just started this today and I'm really liking it. 8mo
rsteve388 @Addison_Reads Hey! That is exciting! I am glad you like it. 2mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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An engaging coming-of-age story of a queer Asian American girl growing up in 1950s San Francisco. A girl who loves reading about space, dreams of rocket ships. A girl who discovers her sexuality and is fascinated with the lesbian culture she encounters, once she frequents a lesbian bar. The book touches on xenophobia, and anti-LGBTQ+ sentiments during the time, also on the McCarthy‘s Anti-Communist hysteria. I was more interested in the glimpses⬇️

erzascarletbookgasm …. of history than the romance part, but overall interesting and worth the read. 8mo
Cathythoughts Nice review 👍❤️ 8mo
Jebpix Just saw this on sale in kindle format today. 8mo
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batsy Great review. The historical bits sound super interesting. 8mo
squirrelbrain Great review! 8mo
erzascarletbookgasm @Cathythoughts @batsy @squirrelbrain Thanks! I like that it revolves around real history. Well researched by the author 👍 8mo
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Books_and_cwtches
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Torn between "pick" and "so-so". A nice enough book. Some parts were quite endearing, others a bit dull and I found myself inadvertently skimming through. Glad I read it, but not one I will be dwelling on.

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WanderingBookaneer
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😍

MeganAnn 🎉🎉🎉 how exciting! 9mo
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BriannaT
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A friend of mine recommended this book to me so we could talk about it, and it was nice to hear how she related to the main character discovering her queer identity. Even though I can‘t relate to it like she can, it was nice to see her get excited about it while we talk! That aside, this book made me feel all sorts of ups and downs as Lily faces problems lgbtq people face today, even though she‘s in the 1950s.

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actualdisneyprincess
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I love this book. Beautifully-written, with vibrant characters, I cannot stop turning pages. #lastnightatthetelegraphclub #malindalo

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IndoorDame
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Set in the 50s in San Francisco‘s Chinatown, this is the quintessential coming out story. It forces us all to ask ourselves the question, if we were faced with the same choice, would we slip quietly back into the fold of family life, or would we stand up and say this is who I am! Deal with me! #BBRC Adult New Adult #PopSugar2022 #TwoBooksFromTwinTowns #LGBTQBookBingo #Holiday @LibrarianRyan @Kenyazero

LibrarianRyan yeahh 9mo
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EH2018
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Hre's my #bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks
Looking forward to my #bookspin and #doublespin books as well

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Looks great!!! 10mo
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ninergrl6
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I know I‘m biased because San Francisco is close to my heart — literally started reading this book on a street mentioned in ch 2 — but I can‘t recommend it highly enough. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Lovely coming of age story about Lily, a 17 year old STEM-loving Chinese American girl living in San Francisco in the 1950‘s & discovering her sexuality

The extensive author‘s note about her research is fascinating in itself!

#ya #teachersoflitsy #bookclub #lgbtq

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rebbyj
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Interesting. Not what I expected.

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Well-ReadNeck
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Mehso-so

May be an unpopular opinion, but while I loved the story, it was sooooooo drawn out for me.

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kissmehardy
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Another #reread. I just love how richly Lily's world is drawn, and how much she feels for Kath. I fully believe they make it in the long run! #yalit #historicalfiction

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JackOBotts
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Another fantastic #NYWD22 read, c/o @MeganAnn

A beautiful coming-of-age story about first loves. I admire Lily‘s strength and commitment to living her truth as the novel progressed.

monalyisha 😍🎉! 11mo
TheBookHippie This is on my list! Glad to see it‘s a good read! 11mo
MeganAnn Yes! 🎉I‘m so glad you liked it! I loved Lily‘s convictions and strength as well. And the author captures the experience of first love as a teenage girl beautifully. ❤️✨ 11mo
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MicheleinPhilly
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Fierce AF rebel girls seems to be the theme of my reading this week. A wonderful coming of age tale of a queer, Chinese American, math and science whiz, who finds herself and a community in 1950s San Francisco. Malinda Lo went to great lengths to center this around real history and the attendant racism and homophobia that abounded. Kids today are so lucky to have these novels. STOP TRYING TO CENSOR THEM!

TrishB This is one of my book club reads 👍🏻 looking forward to it. 11mo
batsy Great review! I'm keen to read it. (PS: What's Pickles thinking about?) 11mo
MicheleinPhilly @batsy Knowing her it‘s likely food. 11mo
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MicheleinPhilly
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Snowy days call for a ramen and reading lunch.

TrishB Looks perfect ❤️ 11mo
LeahBergen Mmm…. 🍜 11mo
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Nalbuque
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Last book of 2021!
Great read, with elements that reminded me of Pulp (which I also read this year so it‘s here somewhere), and The Girl with Ghost Eyes, in the way that it talked about Chinese culture. Lots on cold war, immigration, quiltbang (spesh lesbian history), family, early days of women in STEM, and first loves.
Lo‘s writing has come a long way, and this is my fave novel by her so far. Authors like her are doing Gods work out there! 🤍

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Branwen
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WHOO HOO! CONGRATS TO MALINDA LO!!! Her queer historical fiction book won the 2021 National Book Award! 🎉🎉🎉👏💕📚

erzascarletbookgasm Nice! Stacking 12mo
MallenNC I really enjoyed this one! I‘m glad it won. 12mo
Clare-Dragonfly Oh wow! I own this and I‘ll have to make a point of reading it soon! 12mo
BillBlume I was thrilled by this news. This is my favorite book of the year. 12mo
Branwen @MallenNC Me too! I'm so glad it won! @Clare-Dragonfly @BillBlume @erzascarletbookgasm It really is an amazing book! 💕📚💕 12mo
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