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Darktown
Darktown: A Novel | Thomas Mullen
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In the tradition of our most acclaimed suspense writers, the author of The Last Town on Earth delivers a riveting and elegant police procedural set in Atlanta, a ripped-from-the-headlines depiction of a world on the cusp of great change involving race relations, city politics, and police corruption. Responding from pressure on high, the Atlanta police department is forced to hire its first black officers in 1948. The newly minted policemen are met with deep hostility by their white peers and their authority is limited: They cant arrest white suspects; they cant drive a squad car; they cant even use the police headquarters and must instead operate out of the basement of a gym. When a black woman who was last seen in a car driven by a white man turns up fatally beaten, no one seems to care except for Boggs and Smith, two black cops from vastly different backgrounds. Pressured from all sides, they will risk their jobs, the trust the community has put in them, and even their own safety to investigate her death. Their efforts bring them up against an old-school cop, Dunlow, who has long run the neighborhood like his own, and Dunlows young partner, Rakestraw, a young progressive who may or may not be willing to make allies across color lines. Set in the post-war, pre-civil rights South, and evoking the socially resonant and morally complex crime novels of Dennis Lehane, and Walter Mosley, Darktown is a vivid, smart, intricately plotted crime saga that explores the timely issues of race, law enforcement, and the uneven scales of justice.
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AmberWB
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This was a really interesting read. Set in 1950s Atlanta, it focuses on the first 8 African American police officers hired by the city, and the reality they find themselves in. I didn‘t realize it was part of a series, so I am anxious to check out the next one.

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NatalieR
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Very well told story about the first African American police officers in Atlanta, pre Civil Rights. Full of characters that broke my heart, surprised me in a good way, and several I wanted to punch in the throat. Since moonshine repeatedly made appearances in the story, I thought I‘d include some in my picture. 😂 #MountTBR

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Sensitivemuse
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Definitely recommend this read despite the awful things some characters do in the book. It‘s eye opening and gripping read. It will elicit powerful emotions but it‘s accurate and detailed. No sugar coating here but the truth. Worth the read.

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Andrew65
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Another excellent book on offer in the U.K. at the moment. This is quite a dark read, and hard to read because of the inherent racism presented but you feel duty bound to read it so we never go back to such dark times. It is set in Atlanta in 1948. It is an excellent story. @TrishB you may need to turn away now. 😳 🤣

TrishB I‘ve read this one 🎉🎉 woohoo!! 8mo
Andrew65 @TrishB Yey! 👏🤣😊 8mo
Ms_T Sounds really interesting 👍🏻 8mo
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EadieB @TrishB @Andrew65 I own his other book too but haven‘t read it yet 8mo
Andrew65 @EadieB Me either and I need to! @TrishB 8mo
EadieB @Andrew65 Story of our lives! 8mo
Andrew65 @EadieB It is! Far too many books, far too little reading time, especially with a very demanding job! 8mo
EadieB @Andrew65 I have to babysit all day tomorrow as my daughter‘s father-in-law is the other babysitter and they went to Arizona so I‘m losing another day of reading besides being wiped out by time I get home. 8mo
Andrew65 @EadieB 😫😔 8mo
Cathythoughts It‘s World Book Day in Ireland today , so I just got Dark Town 👍🏻👍🏻great deal 8mo
Andrew65 @Cathythoughts Yey! 👏👏👏 8mo
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JamieArc
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I needed to get out of the house to feel the 40 degree weather so where else would I go but Barnes and Noble? And how could I resist when the bottom 3 books are all at the top of my TBR and we‘re found in the discount section? I tell myself I‘m just building up my collection to read for #MountTBR next year 😂😂 #bookhaul

Cathythoughts I‘d like to read Idaho too 👍🏻♥️... they all look good 9mo
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Reviewsbylola
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I pretty much bought this book for the endpapers, but it turned out to be really good. 😂

The Atlanta Police Department has just added their first black police officers to the force, but segregation is still rampant, even within the force, and police corruption is a problem.

#musicalnewyear #copsong

Cinfhen I keep almost buying this from #BookOutlet but it‘s still on the #highend...anything over $5 on that website is too expensive 🤑😜😂 10mo
DGRachel I loved this book. I bought the sequel, but it‘s still TBR. 😳 10mo
Reviewsbylola 😂😂😂 I‘m the same way. @Cinfhen 10mo
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Reviewsbylola I plan on buying the sequel someday. @DGRachel 10mo
Christine11 I thought this one was great too - need to get around to reading the sequel! 😊 10mo
TrishB Enjoyed this one 👍🏻 10mo
vivastory Those are great end papers! I keep meaning to read this one. 10mo
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Amie
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It took me 2 months to read this. I had a hard time reading any more than just a small chunk at one time, mostly due to the subject matter. But it is worth reading.

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Melissa_J
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This is an excellent book, but I found it very hard to read in anything but snippets given how angry the actions and views of certain characters made me. I did love the novel‘s principal characters, especially Boggs, and will definitely be reading the next book. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

TrishB Exactly 👍🏻 1y
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Melissa_J
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DGRachel I hope you love this as much as I did! 1y
vivastory I still need to read this one! 1y
Reviewsbylola Oh yay!! I hope you love it! 🚓🚓 1y
lisakoby I loved this book. So good! 1y
TrishB Be prepared! Hope you enjoy it . 1y
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TrishB
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Dark and nasty. A great, gritty read that will make you feel angry and sick and uncomfortable all at the same time.
Thanks @Reviewsbylola for bringing it to my attention- maybe I should show all my kindle books and you can all tell me the gems I should read!

Melissa_J I have this one on my TBR, and I remember @Reviewsbylola raving about it. Guess I‘ll move it to the top of my TBR 👌🏻 1y
vivastory What @Melissa_J said! 1y
TrishB @Melissa_J @vivastory it‘s not a fun read! But it‘s a good one. 1y
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Reviewsbylola 😂😂😂 I always get worried when people start a book and tag me that it‘s because of my review. Lots of pressure—I was afraid you would hate it!! 1y
TrishB I wouldn‘t worry - sometime there is no rhyme or reason to liking a book! What scared me about this book is that some people still feel like this 😢 @Reviewsbylola (edited) 1y
DGRachel It was one of my favorite books of 2016. Not an easy read, but soooo good. I‘m glad you enjoyed it! 1y
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TrishB
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#currentlyreading #auginbooks18
#dogs #readingresolutions
Reading this one after @Reviewsbylola post the other day. Sansa‘s not really interested and everyone else is still in bed, hopefully for a bit longer!!

Cathythoughts So comforting to have our pets as reading companions I think ❤️ 1y
batsy Hi Sansa 💜 1y
TrishB @Cathythoughts they interrupt a lot less!! 1y
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TrishB @batsy hi 🐶 1y
LauraBeth 😍😍 1y
MicheleinPhilly This was a good one although it made my blood boil. You must have an epic case of the Sunday sads. 1y
TrishB @MicheleinPhilly 😔😔 baaaad.....I made the mistake of looking at my emails as I wanted to check what was in my calendar tomorrow and I have over 800 emails 😱😱😱. I am trying to console myself with I have 2 4 day weeks. 1y
MicheleinPhilly Oh that is horrible. The 4 day weeks will definitely help. Lots of other folks on vacation now so the adjustment this week wasn‘t too terrible. It was relatively quiet so I was able to just focus on my projects. Already planning next vacation though. 😉 1y
TrishB @MicheleinPhilly I have a pretty quiet week meetings wise so I‘m hoping that helps too! Thinking about next holiday may work too 😁 1y
Reviewsbylola I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!! 1y
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Reviewsbylola
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It‘s 1948 in the Jim Crow south and racism is rampant. Atlanta has finally given in and hired eight black cops, but they are not allowed to drive cruisers or enter the police station. It becomes clear that the unethical white cops will do anything for #moneymoneymoney, and no one on the force is a fan of changing the status quo. Mixed in is the death of a young black woman. This book was AMAZING and will make you feel sick. #abbainaugust

Andrew65 Sums it up perfectly, an amazing book and will make you feel sick at the same time! 1y
emilyhaldi Stacking!! 1y
Kalalalatja Stackstackstackstack 📚📚📚 1y
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lele1432 I'm gonna have to add this one to the top of my tbr! Love a good southern crime novel 1y
DGRachel One of my favorite reads of 2016! 1y
arubabookwoman The second in the series is out now, and I‘m hoping to get to it soon. I usually prefer stand alone, but I really liked this one. 1y
Meredith3 Very intriguing! Stacked 👍🏻 1y
TrishB I think I have this on my kindle and you just made me want to read it!! 1y
Cinfhen Sounds amazing!!! 1y
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Hazel0303
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I really, really loved this book. It was so engrossing and timely and taught me a lot. I think that‘s all one can ask from a book, right? For my full review, which I put a lot of time into writing because of how important I felt this book was - check out my goodreads profile: www.goodreads.com/MLipchick Always looking for more friends!!

Reviewsbylola I‘m glad you liked this one so much! I just started it earlier today. 1y
Reviewsbylola Also, I just added you on GR! 1y
Hazel0303 Awesome @Reviewsbylola ! I just friended you back! I think you‘ll really love Darktown. I was so excited to learn it‘s a series! 1y
Hazel0303 @reviewsbylola also the writing was wonderful 1y
Reviewsbylola I‘m not too far into it but so far I‘m really impressed. 1y
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Hazel0303
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Currently reading and this is fantastic! Also, I had no idea this was a series??? I just learned this week from my last podcast obsession #inthedark that governmentally mandated black police officers had no ability to arrest white people, couldn‘t drive squad cars, couldn‘t go to the precinct and couldn‘t wear their uniform to and from their shift. Wtf white people?? Thoroughly enjoying what I‘m learning and the mystery.

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Reviewsbylola
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#supertroupers automatically makes my mind think 👮, and this one is on my August TBR thanks to #makemereadit. It‘s the story of the first black police officers hired by the Atlanta PD. They may be police officers, but their race precludes them from arresting white suspects, drive squad cars, or even enter the police headquarters. #abbainaugust

Andrew65 I loved this this but beware it opens with a punch, and not always easy reading due to the theme. But did love the book overall. 1y
DGRachel I LOVED this book!! 1y
Meredith3 sounds great and action packed! 1y
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emilyhaldi Sounds good!! 1y
Cinfhen Wow!! Shocking ~ sounds really good. 1y
Mdargusch Fascinating. 1y
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Reviewsbylola
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I finally put together a stack for #makemereadit. The idea is to have littens vote on which books you should read in the month of August. Feel free to vote even if you‘re not participating in the challenge and vote multiple times if you‘d like! My goal is to read the three titles with the most votes. 🙌🏻🙌🏻

LeafingThroughLife I haven‘t read any of these but I‘ll go with the one I most want to read! 1y
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ValerieAndBooks I haven‘t read any (yet) but I vote for The Wives of Los Alamos, as my sister lives in that town! Also voting for Americanah. 1y
MoniqueReads305 I struggled to decided which to vote for but decided to pick up 1y
DGRachel Darktown definitely Darktown. 1y
Reviewsbylola I wouldn‘t even own that one if it weren‘t for you!! @LeahBergen 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Americanah!! And tell me how it is!! 1y
ferskner Darktown! 1y
Melissa_J Darktown because I‘ve had it forever and need to know if I should move it up my TBR pile 😊 1y
emilyhaldi 1. Funny Girl 2. Lives like Loaded Guns... Both votes are bc I need to know if I should read those sooner or later 😁 1y
Kalalalatja 👏👏👏 1y
saresmoore I really enjoyed Americanah, but I think this is a better summer read: 1y
Mdargusch Because I‘m curious if I want to read this one 1y
Andrew65 @Melissa_J You should move it up Melissa, it is not a comfortable read due to the subject material but was an excellent read. We did as a Group Read earlier this year! 1y
Andrew65 Has to be 👆 1y
Jess7 The Thief of Time by John Boyne 1y
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SiriuslyWeasley
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Happy Sunday friends! I hope you're able do something you love today. I was fortunate to spend the morning in my happy place. I bought the tagged book, how could I resist?! I wish every day could begin this way! #goals 😊📚☕
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#gramercybooksbexley #kittiesbexley

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Andrew65
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This was often a difficult read due to the inherent and rampant racism it portrayed in Atlanta in the 1940s but I have to say the author did a great job of this book and eliciting strong emotions about what was going on. At the same time it was a great story and mystery he pulled together whilst telling the story of the first eight black police officers. Quite a complex mystery that was put together and I enjoyed his writing style. Onto book 2!

Melissa_J I didn‘t realize this was going to be the first in a series. I have this one on my TBR so I‘m glad you enjoyed it. 2y
Andrew65 @Melissa_J At the moment only two books which in the UK have been published in Sept 2016 and September 2017. 2y
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Andrew65
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Starting reading Darktown about 1948‘s Atlanta when they employed their first 8 Black Police Officers. I am doing this for a Group Read. Having just finished the first section (20% in) it is very tough read due to its central racism theme but it does seem very well written.

Trashcanman Keep us posted if it's a good read, please. 2y
Andrew65 @Trashcanman Will do. 😊 2y
DGRachel I loved this one - definitely tough with the era it portrays, but so well done. Enjoy!! 2y
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Andrew65 @DGRachel That was my thinking reading the early chapters, annoying and upsetting me so much with what is happening in the book, certainly already elicited strong emotions. 2y
DGRachel I remember getting a terrible migraine when I was about 75% done, but wanting so desperately to finish it, I bought the audiobook through Audible so I could listen to it in the dark with ice packs on my head. I wish they‘d gotten the same narrator for the sequel. 😔 2y
Andrew65 @DGRachel It is strange when they change narrators. 2y
Christine11 I thought this was really good - it is a tough read though! 2y
Reviewsbylola I‘ve been meaning to read this for awhile now. 2y
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slhbooks
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1. One of my favorite coffee mugs.
2. I‘m just starting Season 2 of Gilmore Girls.
3. Darktown. Only about 40 pages in, but I think it will be a ‘pick‘.
4. Currently 12F, heading for 27F. Looking like it will be mostly sunny. That 6” of fresh snow is keeping us a little colder than average. As long as it‘s sunny, I‘m good😎 and Teddy Cat agrees. He‘s waiting for his birdies to show up.
5. Just your standard pierced ears.
#HumpDayPost

MinDea 😻😻So cute! Does he cat call at them? 2y
slhbooks @MinDea Yes, he makes a cute kind of chattering call. The birdies keep him entertained 😺 2y
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Well-ReadNeck
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You guys!!!! Tom Mullen joined my book club tonight to talk about Darktown. He was amazeballs!!!

Especially loved hearing about the inside scoop on optioning a book. This one has been picked up by Jamie Foxx and is in development for an Amazon/Sony Series.

JennyBookworm Awesome! 2y
AshHisson That‘s awesome! 2y
sprainedbrain Love this! 2y
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AmyG The author joined your book club? That‘s really awesome. 2y
Well-ReadNeck @AmyG He put himself up for auction for a fundraiser for the DeKalb Library Foundation. A few of us went in together and bid for the book club treat. 2y
LeahBergen Cool! 2y
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Well-ReadNeck
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Distributing books for an upcoming book club with the author!!! 🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗

WanderingBookaneer I‘m looking forward to the sequel! 2y
melrailey That‘s a great book! 2y
Well-ReadNeck @WanderingBookaneer It‘s good, too. Skips ahead to 1950. The third book is in the works. It‘ll be set in 1952. 2y
TNbookworm I'm looking forward to reading this, got it during Book Outlet's scratch and dent sale☺ 2y
DivineDiana How exciting! 2y
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Christine11
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Congratulations on your amazing milestone @DGRachel !! And it‘s so sweet of you to do a giveaway. I love crime/thrillers and I read this one quite recently and thought it was fantastic so I would definitely recommend! Such an interesting setting and full of complex characters 😊
#sharethelitsylove 💕💖💕💖

DGRachel Ooh yes! I loved this. It was one of my top reads in 2016! 2y
Christine11 @DGRachel I‘m glad you loved it too ! It was such a great read - I need to get on and read the next one soon ! 😊💕 2y
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Viji
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Police procedural set in the 50‘s in Atlanta when the first black police officers were hired.

DGRachel So, so good. One of my favorites of 2016. 2y
Christine11 It‘s so great - hope you enjoy ! 2y
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CocoReads
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PurpleyPumpkin Nice!👍🏽🎄😉 2y
Christine11 Darktown is really good! Enjoy! 😊 2y
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WanderingBookaneer
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I started reading this #KindleDailyDeal during #HurricaneMaria . I was loving the story, but the pacing was too slow for me during those early days where we were fearful of exiting our house. Once life resumed its routine, I finished it quickly and was very satisfied by this novel about Atlanta‘s first African American cops investigating the murder of an African American woman who may have been killed by a bigoted former policeman.

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Christine11
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This was a fantastically tense and riveting book. The subject matter was not a pleasant read at times but that is unavoidable. The plot moved along fast and the characters were well developed and easy to root for in some cases and hate in others. I will definitely read the next book in this series very soon! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Christine11
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Really great book so far but the racism portrayed is pretty difficult to read.

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Bookboss
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In 1948, Atlanta added 8 African American officers to its police force. They were segregated from the white officers and made to work out of the basement of the YMCA. They were not allowed to drive squad cars or arrest white people. This novel imagines what it must have been like for them. While the story was engrossing and the narrator was talented, the horror of the racism depicted made this a difficult, but necessary listen.

DGRachel I was really sad that Andre Holland didn‘t narrate the sequel. I switched to audio on Darktown last year during a blinding migraine and loved it. 2y
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mklong
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Murder mystery set in Jim Crow era Atlanta. A good bit of the history of the first eight Black members of the Atlanta Police Department is mixed in here to great effect. In fact, I think I would be more interested in reading a memoir from those brave men than I was in this story. The mystery is fine and twisty enough, but I found myself far more interested in the police officers themselves.

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Reviewsbylola
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Some of my #black spines for #rocktober! I‘ve only read 11/23/63 and Fingersmith.

Cinfhen Can‘t wait to hear your thoughts about 2y
MicheleinPhilly The Night Watch, The Dry, and Darktown are all fabulous. 2y
emilyhaldi Surprised you haven't read the Dry yet. Curious about that one after all the hype! 2y
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BarbaraBB 🖤🖤 2y
DGRachel I loved Darktown and In the Heart of the Sea 2y
JazzFeathers 😍😍😍 2y
Mdargusch Noice photo! 🖤 2y
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WanderingBookaneer
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(Republicans were the party of Lincoln, emancipator of the slaves, and therefore were considered by white Southerners to be barely better than Negroes, Jews, and Communists).

This sounds so weird.

Cinfhen How are you? How's @BookishMarginalia ~ thinking of u guys & of course sending love 💕 2y
tournevis How things change.... 2y
KellyK Oh my... 2y
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WanderingBookaneer
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#TrickyCat just curled up next to me as #BonBonCat naps across from him. 😻! #CatsOfLitsy

GondorGirl How many cats do you have anyway? I'm counting at least four? 😺 2y
emilyhaldi Cuties 😻 2y
WanderingBookaneer @GondorGirl : We have 8! 😊 2y
GondorGirl @WanderingBookaneer 😻😻😻😻😻😻😻😻 2y
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WanderingBookaneer
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#BonBonCat sleeps next to my latest read. #CatsOfLitsy

charl08 Great book! Can't wait for the sequel. 2y
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WanderingBookaneer
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#BonBonCat sleeps next to my latest read. #CatsOfLitsy

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bookishkris
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This was a random library checkout; diving in to see if it's any good.

DGRachel One of the best books I read last year! The sequel comes out tomorrow! 2y
bookishkris @DGRachel I actually put a hold on the sequel first and then realized it was the second book! I'm liking this so far, it's really different from a "traditional" cop book. 2y
MicheleinPhilly It's VERY good but it will induce fits of rage. 2y
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Reviewsbylola
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Ok, I'm doing it. I'm joining #tbrbingo. I decided to number my selections in case I decide to do a random number generator sometimes. I think that makes it a little more fun. My goal is to cross off two squares per month at least. I'm sure that sounds minimal but I have a problem reading books from my shelves. 😂😂

Cinfhen Nice card 💗I like the number idea! 2y
emilyhaldi Oooohh so fun! A few thoughts- very excited that we both have The Butcher's Hook on our board, can't believe you haven't read All the Light 😱 SO GOOD, and very interested in hearing about Gilbert Grape. Adding that to my tbr ☝🏻 2y
AmyG Some very good books you have on there! 2y
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Megabooks Station Eleven 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻👍🏻👍🏻 2y
irre Station Eleven is great!! 2y
JazzFeathers Yes, ler's do it! I realy like your lineup 😊 2y
L_auren Station Eleven 💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙 okay I also haven't read All the Light and idk how the book police haven't come for me. Let me know if you want to buddy read that one eventually 🤓 2y
Mdargusch There are some good ones on there 2y
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DGRachel
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This book has some of my favorite #endpages. Such a good book - one of my favorites from last year.

#booksacrossoceans

LeahBergen Nice! 👍🏻 2y
Cinfhen Did you ever read this @Reviewsbylola 2y
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Cinfhen I think this book deserves a box on your #TBRbingo @Reviewsbylola 😜 2y
melrailey I just listened to this and loved it. Have you read the sequel yet? 2y
Reviewsbylola Yes for sure!! I hope I remember to add it. Or remember to make the bingo in the first place. 😂😂 @Cinfhen 2y
DGRachel @melrailey I didn't know there was a sequel! 2y
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Liberty
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Evening reading. 📚🖤☠️

DGRachel Sooooooooooo good. Enjoy! 2y
Well-ReadNeck Ooooh! So good. 2y
FountainBookstore Great choice! Nice guy too. 2y
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Yvonnel
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I have to say this book didn't quite do it for me. The storyline of black cops being hired to an all white police force in Atlanta in the 1940's sounded like it would be really interesting and yet it fell flat for me.

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Reviewsbylola
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I celebrated the lifting of my book ban today with a #bookoutlet order. 🎉🎉🎉 I even added a book for my husband and some for my kids as well. #bookhaul #booksfromboxes #junetunz

erinreads Wayside School is Falling Down! YES. 👍🏻👍🏻 (edited) 2y
Reviewsbylola Also, @Cinfhen , you are fully to blame for two books on there!! 2y
Reviewsbylola Definitely had to throw that in for my kids! @erinreads 2y
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emilyhaldi That ban really worked up a need to go for it today!!! 👊🏻 2y
Hooked_on_books Nice! I'm finding myself "shopping" your order. ? 2y
Reviewsbylola I do that all the time!! @Hooked_on_books (edited) 2y
Kris10 That purchase just brought back some nostalgia from my childhood!! 2y
LauraBrook 🤘🏼🤘🏼🤘🏼💸💸💸 2y
Cinfhen I'm hoping the blames are North Water 🙌🏻and our new buddy read (edited) 2y
Cinfhen Oh I missed Alive & 2y
Cinfhen Yay!!!! I love those two!!!!Awesome cart!!! (edited) 2y
Megabooks You certainly beat my 11! Great choices! 2y
Reviewsbylola Only 12 are for me. So it's not as bad as it looks. 😂 @Booksandcooks 2y
Reviewsbylola North Water and Alive were the two you posted that I added to my TBR. You may be to blame for All Involved too, I just can't remember. And I couldn't pass up Lonesome Dove when I saw it. Definitely a buddy read contender! @Cinfhen 2y
Cinfhen Definitely buying Lonesome Dove...but these buddy readalongs are going to kill me @Reviewsbylola I'm wayyyyy behind with #GWTWreadalong this week😞 2y
Reviewsbylola Yeah, I'm not sure I'll do two at the same time again. And I also think I will need a break after these two. 😂 @Cinfhen 2y
Mdargusch I guess I better buy Lonesome Dove. 👍🏼 2y
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Ehbooklover
Darktown: A Novel | Thomas Mullen
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This book was pretty hard to read at times, so much so that I thought about giving up at the beginning. However, thanks to a trusted friend's review of the book, I decided to keep going. I'm not going to lie: this is an emotionally exhausting book that made me very uncomfortable at times but I am so glad that I stuck with it. A taut, unputdownable mystery that does not pull any punches with a very difficult topic. I'm still catching my breath...

Reviewsbylola I've had this on my TBR list for too long. I need to buy a copy. 2y
Pelican71 Me too @Reviewsbylola I think it will be released in paperback soon. 2y
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Ehbooklover
Darktown: A Novel | Thomas Mullen
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Loving this book, but man is it INTENSE. So I'm taking a break from it and watching the Blue Jays game instead.

Marla Sometimes you just need to take a break when they are intense. 2y
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DGRachel
Darktown: A Novel | Thomas Mullen
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One of my favorite reads from last year. #blackandwhitecovers #maybookflowers

Reviewsbylola I've been meaning to buy this! 3y
Suzze Such a good book! 3y
Zelma This is sitting on my library wish list but I'm waiting for the right mood as I know it will be a tough read. I love Thomas Mullen though! 3y
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crhealey
Darktown: A Novel | Thomas Mullen
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I curled up w/ this moody noir mystery on this dreary, rainy night.

Not just an open & shut mystery, Darktown is about the murder of a black woman in Atlanta, just after the integration of the Atlanta PD post WWII. Progress in the story is not just solving the crime, but also progress (or lack thereof) in racial attitudes which was deftly handled, complex & empathetic to all.

Also, Mullen's description of settings is 👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻

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Bookishlie
Darktown: A Novel | Thomas Mullen
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#TBR This book sounds amazing and compelling. Adding to my stack!

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Coleen_Nieto
Darktown: A Novel | Thomas Mullen

Hello Litsians! Happy Friday!!!

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DHill
Darktown: A Novel | Thomas Mullen
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Next off the TBR pile. Starting this one now.

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lisakoby
Darktown: A Novel | Thomas Mullen
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My very lazy way of doing a February 2017 tally for reading with my two favourites circled. #monthlystats #bestoffebruary #fiestyfeb

RealLifeReading Or maybe just a more efficient way of doing it! 👍 3y
RadicalReader @lisakoby how do you do the circles? 3y
lisakoby @RadicalReader It's under the sticker part in the Litsy app. 😊 3y
RadicalReader @lisakoby thank you so much for all of your assistance 3y
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