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Born on a Tuesday
Born on a Tuesday | Elnathan John
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From two-time Caine Prize finalist Elnathan John, a dynamic young voice from Nigeria, "Born on a Tuesday" is a stirring, starkly rendered first novel about a young boy struggling to find his place in a society that is fracturing along religious and political lines. In far northwestern Nigeria, Dantala lives among a gang of street boys who sleep under a kuka tree. During the election, the boys are paid by the Small Party to cause trouble. When their attempt to burn down the opposition s local headquarters ends in disaster, Dantala must run for his life, leaving his best friend behind. He makes his way to a mosque that provides him with food, shelter, and guidance. With his quick aptitude and modest nature, Dantala becomes a favored apprentice to the mosque s sheikh. Before long, he is faced with a terrible conflict of loyalties, as one of the sheikh s closest advisors begins to raise his own radical movement. When bloodshed erupts in the city around him, Dantala must decide what kind of Muslim and what kind of man he wants to be. Told in Dantala s naive, searching voice, this astonishing debut explores the ways in which young men are seduced by religious fundamentalism and violence."
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Sbk89
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1. If I get really attached to a book, I cry when it ends, because I feel like I was part of the character‘s lives.

2. I‘m working on my own book, but it‘s taking me forever.

#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView

TheSpineView That's awesome that you are writing! Hats off to you!😊😊😊 4mo
Sbk89 @TheSpineView thank you 🙏🏻 4mo
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Alicia
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Amazing #Swapoween package from @Phantasma.Maddie thank you so so so much!!!! I absolutely loved the goodies!!!! Also super looking forward to both of these books! Thank you so so much!!! 😊😁😎🎃☠️📚🖤🖤

Kalalalatja I loved Girl in Pieces 👌 13mo
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BrownGirlReading
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Here's another Cassava Republic published book to check out. We follow this coming of age novel back dropped with the development of Islamic extremism that brews and horribly effects the main character Ahmad and everyone in this northern Nigerian village. Beautifully orchestrated and a must read for an authentic depiction of these troubled times. The author Elnathan John is one to look out for because I'm sure you'll be hearing a lot about him.

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BookishFeminist
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Reading with dinner! This is a much better picture of this book's pretty color. I'm having spaghetti carbonara. Not the best pair with this Nigerian book but it's delicious! 🍝

#SeptPhotoChallenge #SomethingforSept
#biblioweekend

Dragon Pasta goes with everything 😀 3y
Shortstack Super disappointed I didn't find the #1 book I was looking for at the Last Bookstore 3y
BookishFeminist @Shortstack Wish I owned it, or I'd mail it to you! 3y
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BookishFeminist @Dragon It does! 🍝🍝 3y
Shortstack @BookishFeminist I'll keep looking! 3y
BethFishReads My food *never* matches my book! 3y
Sparkpuppypup @BookishFeminist I'm very interested in your bowl..... 3y
BookishFeminist @BethFishReads Me neither, except the rare occasion. You're always cooking something yummy 3y
BookishFeminist @Sparkpuppypup Oh the bowl? That's really old- I think I got it from Bed Bath & Beyond almost 10 years ago! 3y
Sparkpuppypup @BookishFeminist Of course. "This old thing?" Hahaha!!! I have a weird fascination with bowls, I guess. ? 3y
BookishFeminist @Sparkpuppypup Yep! Literally "this old thing" lol. That's not weird at all- we get lots of compliments on them after all these years. They were a great purchase! 3y
BookishFeminist @Sparkpuppypup When I get home I'll look at who makes them if you'd like- they may make something similar 🍵 3y
Sparkpuppypup @BookishFeminist That would be so sweet of you! Thank you so much! ☺️ 3y
BethFishReads Cooking = one of my passions 3y
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BookishFeminist
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My next book for #biblioweekend! The book picture is terrible but this was mostly an excuse to show off the beautiful sunset I'm currently witnessing while reading outside on my balcony. The cover of the book is peachy red so it blends in with the sky. 🌅

Looking forward to this—it's about a Nigerian boy who lives with a street gang who is paid by a local political party to cause trouble & gets wrapped up in religious & political extremism. 🚶🏿

BethFishReads Lovely 3y
Onioons Look forward to hearing what you think of this, it's been in my TBR for ages! 3y
BekahB That sounds really interesting! Beautiful view. 😀 3y
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SusanInTiburon Gorgeous sky. 🌅 3y
BookishFeminist @BethFishReads @SusanInTiburon It is! I love our view here in the summer- the sun sets right between the other apartment buildings 🌅 3y
BookishFeminist @Onioons Will let you know! Great but heavy so far. 👍🏼 3y
BookishFeminist @BekahB It does! I'm always impressed by the Black Cat imprint of @GroveAtlantic so I'm sure it'll be wonderful! I love our summertime view 😊 3y
shawnmooney Must read this! 3y
BookishFeminist @shawnmooney It's great so far! I think you'd enjoy it but I'll let you know my thoughts when I'm done 😀 3y
LA_Mead Great picture! 3y
moranadatter Wow! It would be hard for me to read when there's a sunset like that happening. 3y
BookishFeminist @LA_Mead Thank you! 😊 3y
BookishFeminist @kmdartist Yep! Same here. No reading happened in the taking of this picture. 😂 3y
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BookishFeminist
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Slightly belated #TBRTuesday: Indie Press Edition. Decided to pick up some indie press titles from the library this week. There's a few great looking translated books in here, too. First up is Moods by Yoel Hoffman, an experimental novel/memoir written in 191 different anecdotes. 📚 #WNDB

Mayread Born on a Tuesday is also on my TBR. Did you hear about it through the Guardian? I got hooked after hearing a sample on the books. podcast. 3y
BookishFeminist @Skiles I forget where I hear about it, but it probably wasn't the Guardian since I rarely read that. Probably a website! Really excited to dig into that one, it's got a great premise. 3y
Mayread @BookishFeminist Oh you'd love their books podcast. And yeah, the book looks great. 3y
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BookishFeminist @Skiles I'll have to check out their books podcast. I had no idea they had one before you mentioned it! 3y
RealLifeReading Just did a screen capture so that I can take note of the titles! 3y
BookishFeminist @RealLifeReading Hope you enjoy! Can't wait to see which ones you grab & what you think. 3y
brendanmleonard I love this! Indie press edition is a great idea (and reminds me I'm behind on some indies...) 3y
RealLifeReading Well I definitely keep meaning to read Man Tiger. So prob that one (once I head back to real life) 3y
Notafraidofwords You have the best library. I'm jelly 👀 3y
MrBook Nice stack! 3y
BookishFeminist @brendanmleonard Can't wait to see which ones you post! I love your choices. 😊 3y
BookishFeminist @RealLifeReading Excellent! Can't wait to see what you think of it. 3y
BookishFeminist @Notafraidofwords I wish I could share my library spoils with you! I feel really lucky to have a ton of excellent well-funded ones in the area. 3y
BookishFeminist @MrBook Thank you! 😊 3y
Notafraidofwords @BookishFeminist I just wished my library were more diverse. I often find myself having to buy the books I want to read (especially if they are books in translation or by a minority). My library just continues to buy the new Daniel Steel or Nora Roberts. I think they're great, but doesn't appeal to my life. 3y
BookishFeminist @Notafraidofwords agreed, it's sadly a problem a lot of libraries have. When I lived in jersey I always had issues finding what I wanted from the libraries. I'm sure there are good ones but most felt incredibly underfunded & behind in its collection. I usually resorted to B&N. 3y
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BestOfFates
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The ease of murder in crowds and religious schisms and the funding of beliefs and political corruption and the struggle to grow-up.

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Just read an interview with Elnathan John by Leila Aboulela on Lithub and am really excited to check out this story of a Nigerian boy.

Lindy I've been searching for something with a day of the week in the title for one of my book bingo squares. This looks good! 4y
BestOfFates @Lindy Yay! It's really interesting - and completely different from any other Nigerian novel I've read! 4y
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