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The Fire Next Time
The Fire Next Time | James Baldwin
A national bestseller when it first appeared in 1963, The Fire Next Time galvanized the nation and gave passionate voice to the emerging civil rights movement. At once a powerful evocation of James Baldwin's early life in Harlem and a disturbing examination of the consequences of racial injustice, the book is an intensely personal and provocative document. It consists of two "letters," written on the occasion of the centennial of the Emancipation Proclamation, that exhort Americans, both black and white, to attack the terrible legacy of racism. Described by The New York Times Book Review as "sermon, ultimatum, confession, deposition, testament, and chronicle...all presented in searing, brilliant prose," The Fire Next Time stands as a classic of our literature.
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rmaclean4
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Written the year I was born...and how little we have learned. Happy to have finally read this classic text. #NFNov #nonfictionnovember.

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rmaclean4
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After reading Heavy, I was inspired to listen to The Fire Next Time. #NFNov #nonfictionnobember this is my best Nonfiction November I have ever had!

rsteve388 1 pt this is a great book!! 4w
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rsteve388
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This is vital reading to any white person who wishes to do work in anti racism space. James Baldwin's critique of racism in the US really starts with his own understanding of Christianity and he places the blame for the continued treatment of POC at the feet of American Christianity. He also explores how Islam is seen as a haven't for Black people and what it offers them, a place to question white Christianity.

Scochrane26 I‘m going to recommend this to my pastor. She wants to do some discussions about relevant topics. We read a lot of the same books, & I‘ve been wanting to read something by Baldwin. 1mo
rsteve388 It was a good read. I think he has an insight into white Americans that is important to understand. It is a profound and heavy read. 1mo
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Suet624
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I listened to this for the first time and I can see how this book could have blown the roof off in 1963. I venture to say it still can. I need to listen to this a second time to really catch all the points that Baldwin highlights.

ValerieAndBooks It‘s good. Some points he makes are still valid today. 2mo
Reggie I love him and Tanehisi-Coates for how precise their language is when conveying an exact idea. I had an epiphany back in February when I read this was that‘s why I love poets who write novels. That they spoke my language, the language of a good metaphor when the precise word has always escaped me. And that‘s what Baldwin is sooo good at. 2mo
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Naltez
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One of the best by possibly the greatest thinker of the twentieth century

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DebinHawaii Welcome to Litsy! 🎉📚🎉 Hope you are enjoying it here. 2mo
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Graywacke
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(Pretty cool 1967 paperback. But I was afraid to damage it, and used the collected essays.)

What to say about this? These essay reverberated through the world in 1963, the threat in title hovering over the thoughtful, powerful text. Baldwin at his best, maybe.

Leftcoastzen I read it recently,extraordinary!❤️ 4mo
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Graywacke
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Fears “rose up like a wall between the world and me” - the title tie-in for Ta-Nehisi Coates.

These are fears of something “nameless and impersonal, infinitely harder to please, and bottomlessly cruel”* — which is roughly the destructive consequences/tangible dangers of the nature of American racism.

*this is quoted from previous page and not in the image.

DivineDiana Thank you for this post. I was so moved by Ta-Nehesi Coates book, and I had no idea of the connection between the two books. ❤️ (edited) 4mo
Graywacke ☺️ you‘re welcome. I knew they talked, these books, but it was nice to see it. Quite moving how Coates re-focuses the wall of fear onto police, especially (and also other contemporary problems). 4mo
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Graywacke
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The next book.

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britt_reads
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Sometimes life can feel stagnant, and it can be refreshing to get away for a weekend. Whenever I go somewhere new, I have to check out the local bookstores. Although my boyfriend isn't much of a reader, he couldn't help but pick out something on our little trip as well. The tagged book is his new addition to our shelves (yay!) and I had to grab a couple too because I have #noshelfcontrol

Megabooks I have heart berries checked out right now! 5mo
Suet624 I loved Heart Berries. 3mo
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Weaponxgirl
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James Baldwin obviously had a unique, compassionate and thoughtful way of looking at the world.
There is a reason he is still read today. Unfortunately a lot of what he writes about is still relevant today.

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"The American dream has therefore become something much more closely resembling a nightmare, on the private, domestic, and international levels. Privately, we cannot stand our lives and dare not examine them; domestically, we take no responsibility for (and no pride in) what goes on in our country; and, internationally, for many millions of people, we are an unmitigated disaster."

1963 or 2019? ?

Christine 😣 5mo
scripturient-ink Baldwin is still so relevant, it's amazing (not in a very good way though ...). His *entire* work is currently being retranslated into German, that probably says it all. 5mo
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Aimeesue
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On sale in US ebook stores!

Well-ReadNeck Thanks for the heads-up! Got it!! 7mo
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Valeka
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Took a break from packing to go shopping and ended up in a bookstore. One more thing to pack but books are worth it!

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Billypar
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This probably joins Wiesel's Night in terms of memoirs that pack the most power in so few pages. Baldwin reflects on key moments in his childhood through his time as a successful young writer to highlight Civil Rights-era dynamics that are glossed over in the typical historical summary, and never so eloquently explored. More like a memoir-essay that takes the best of both forms. Excited to read more of his work, including his fiction.

Christine Love your review - I need to get to this one soon! 9mo
Leftcoastzen Love this book! 9mo
Billypar @Christine Thanks- hope you enjoy it when you do! 9mo
Billypar @Leftcoastzen Always nice when you have high expectations going in and even those are exceeded. 9mo
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Emilymdxn
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Just over 11 hours for #24b4monday #blackhistorymonth edition!

I don‘t even know what to say about this book, other than it‘s clearly one of the best non fiction pieces I‘ve ever read. I‘m glad it was so short cause I couldn‘t have kept breathing through a longer version, honestly. I‘ve delayed meeting my boyfriend today to go buy more James Baldwin. That‘s all I can say.

Billypar I just read this too- still need to post my review, but also loved it and immediately requested a hold for another of his ☺️ 10mo
Reggie If you haven‘t read Between the World and Me by Ta Nehisi Coates it‘s pretty similar. Try it out if you haven‘t read it. I just felt it was Baldwin for our times without religion. Nice review. 10mo
Naj Can't wait to read this. I'm reading Go Tell It on the Mountain by him right now and it's sooo beautiful. I'm in love with his writing. 10mo
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Emilymdxn
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This is another one from my owner tbr I‘ve been meaning to read for ages, and what better time than the #24b4monday #blackhistorymonth readathon? I adored the last James Baldwin books I read and once I read this one I can justify buying even more

BarbaraTheBibliophage That‘s such a great picture. I just read this at the beginning of the month. 10mo
Emilymdxn @BarbaraTheBibliophage it‘s incredible! I see myself finishing it in one sitting 10mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Yes, for sure. He‘s such a compelling writer. 10mo
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Andrew65 This looks very interesting. 😊 10mo
Santhoshthomas Very interesting 10mo
lele1432 This was sooo good!! 10mo
Leftcoastzen One of my favorites! 10mo
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Reggie
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I remember the 2008 democratic primaries and Barack and Hillary were running. I remember asking 2 questions. Are we ready for a black president? Are we ready for a woman president? And then I had to look inside and realize the uncomfortable truth of what made me ask those questions. This book is full of uncomfortable truths that need to be known. He was such a genius writer in his ability to write such an exact picture. Very much a pick!!!

BarbaraBB Well said 💜 10mo
Cathythoughts Great review ♥️👍🏻 10mo
TrishB Thoughtful review 👍🏻 10mo
minkyb Insightful. 10mo
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chaoticgoodhufflepuff
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"What it comes to is that if we, who can scarcely be considered a white nation, persist in thinking of ourselves as one, we condemn ourselves, with the truly white nations, to sterility and decay, whereas if we could accept ourselves as we are, we might bring new life to the Western achievements, and transform them."

#blackhistory #riotgrams

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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Is James Baldwin a strange choice for my #litsypartyofone #audiopuzzling? I say no! And I sat here for most of short audio of these essays. #partyofone

4thhouseontheleft I like that puzzle! I‘m thinking about going on a hot air balloon ride for my 40th birthday next month! (edited) 10mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft It‘s been fun. There are so many colors, I can become a little distracted or overwhelmed. But once I get rolling on a section, it goes quickly! 10mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft Oooh! I‘d love to do a hot air balloon ride! 10mo
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jveezer
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Good day to revisit my copy of The Fire Next Time. We need more people like #MLK.

Leftcoastzen My Baldwin Love is fierce! I was googling photos , there is one of Baldwin,King and Sammy Davis I love! 11mo
jveezer I love him too! Have you seen the Beale Street movie? I haven‘t read that one so I‘m hesitant but tempted to see it. 11mo
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Leftcoastzen
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#December1963 #winterwonderland So I dug up The NY Times bestseller list for 12/1/1963 .Tagged book was on that list.A book I love!Other jewels ,The Group :Mary McCarthy ,City of Night:John Rechy,Our Lady of Flowers:Jean Genet,The American Way of Death :Jessica Mitford 😀❤️Lovin‘ 1963. http://www.hawes.com/1963/1963-12-01.pdf

merelybookish Nice work! What a fun list of books. 12mo
Leftcoastzen @merelybookish I went ahead and added link to that list.Thanks! 12mo
BarbaraBB Great research! 12mo
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Leftcoastzen That Hawes online source for old NY Times bestseller lists will use up hours of your life.addictive to browse. 12mo
Cinfhen Oh what a night 🎶🎶🎶or in this case, oh what a year!!!!! 12mo
TrishB Great post 👍🏻 some great books there. 12mo
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DivineDiana
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James Baldwin writes about growing up in Harlem. The dominant word of “The Fire Next Time” is “love.” For Baldwin, America‘s racial turmoil derived from solipsism: “White people, mainly, look away,” preferring barriers, and “if love will not swing wide the gates, no other power will.” #angelofharlem #winterwonderland

*solipcism- extreme egocentricity

Cinfhen Still need to read this one! 12mo
TrishB Me too! 12mo
DivineDiana @Cinfhen @TrishB So many books! I read this because it was a choice for the David Bowie book club! 12mo
TrishB Hubby will likely have on one of his gadgets then as he was following that! 12mo
DivineDiana @TrishB It seems to have faded away! 12mo
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HeatherBookNerd
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Baldwin is just a perfect combination of emotion and intellect. His insights are profound and still so timely and relevant 50 years later.

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Tamra
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Friday Thrifty Finds - FTF seems like it should be a thing.

Leniverse Oh, excellent! I‘d be thrilled to find those three! 1y
Tamra @Leniverse I did feel lucky! In such great condition too, 2 don‘t look like they‘ve been read. 🤷🏾‍♀️ 1y
Billypar Nice! I just picked up On Beauty at my last bookstore visit - looking forward to it. Invisible Man is incredible- one of my favorites 😃 TFNT I still need to check out. 1y
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Leniverse Yeah, the spines look pristine! 1y
Tamra @Billypar I‘m definitely behind in my lit education not having read the Ellison and James yet. 1y
KathyWheeler Loved both On Beauty and The Fire Next Time. I really need to read The Invisible Man. 1y
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Bratsputin
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Beautifully written and as poignant now as it was then. It is a book that will stay with you- it's messages etched into your soul.

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jmofo
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For AOC, I had a tough time deciding which author to choose for #agameoffavorites I‘m offering the astonishing James Baldwin. His ability to tell his truth clearly and uncompromisingly is unparalleled. His books are amazing! (This one is one of my most favorite.) His interviews and speeches are astounding so check him out if you haven‘t. In school he was inspired by Countee Cullen.

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LaRenda
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I believe this is the most relevant quote I have read from a book in a long time:

“To be sensual, I think, is to respect and rejoice in the force of life, of life itself, and to be present in all that one does, from the effort of loving to the breaking of bread. It will be a great day for America, incidentally, when we begin to break bread again, instead of the blasphemous and tasteless foam rubber that we have substituted for it.”

rather_be_reading welcome to litsy!! 📚🎉📚 @LitsyWelcomeWagon 1y
LitsyWelcomeWagon Welcome to Litsy! Hope these #Litsytips by @RaimeyGallant http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: goo.gl/UrCpoU are helpful. There‘s so many fun things to do: book exchanges, buddy reads, photo challenges and more! Check out @LitsyHappenings for details. #LitsyWelcomeWagon
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RealBooks4ever
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First published in 1963, this short book added strength to the civil rights movement. Great for history buffs!

Leftcoastzen 👍❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 1y
readordierachel Fantastic book! 1y
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InLibrisVeritas
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I am not sure there is anything I can say about this that hasn't already been said. It is striking how despite being written many years ago so much of it remains fresh and relevant, which is incredibly disheartening. Its not an easy read, though short, but it is a necessary one.

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craigcraker
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Interesting look into what black people hoped to achieve in the 1960s, and what white people needed to do to come to terms with themselves. Very relevant to today.

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CKtheLibrarian
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“Colour is not a human or a personal reality; it is a political reality.”

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Lesliereads
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My 1977 edition of this classic first published in 1963. Today on the blog: “Black Men Reading: Meet Bookstagrammer Reginald Bailey (Part One),” Reggie tells how this book made him a reader. We discuss much more - link in bio! #BlackMenReading

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Kathrin
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55 years past the original publishing date and this is still very relevant. The essays provide a great sense of his thought process and how he brings personal experiences into a broader context.

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GatheringBooks
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#ReadingResolutions Day 16: Meant to share this quote for the longest time but this is indeed the #Tragedy of our times. Way too many spineless people on earth unwilling to make a stand on life-and-death issues.

WanderingBookaneer I read this a couple of weeks ago and was heartbroken at how relevant it still is. 2y
GatheringBooks @WanderingBookaneer read this one for the #BowieBookClub and you are right, so devastating that it remains relevant even up to now. 2y
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Bookwomble
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It demands great spiritual resilience not to hate the hater whose foot is on your neck, and an even greater miracle of perception and charity not to teach your child to hate.

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The impossible is the least that one can demand.

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DivineDiana
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I had been wanting to read a James Baldwin book for some time. The push that I needed was the David Bowie Book Club started by David‘s son Duncan. It is a short book, divided into two parts. The first part is a letter to his nephew explaining to him what it is like to be a Black Man living in the United States. I thought of the book Ta Nehisi Coates wrote to his son. I wonder if this was the inspiration. Moving and insightful. #davidbowiebookclub

Cinfhen What you gonna read next for the #bowiebookclub 2y
DivineDiana @Cinfhen I haven‘t seen the next one posted yet. Still waiting on the first one from the Library. Mix up and now I‘m 11th in line! 2y
ValerieAndBooks Hawksmoor has been tough for me to get through anyway. The March choice was this tagged book, still waiting for it to arrive from Book Depository 2y
ValerieAndBooks Have not found out yet what April‘s Book is to be @DivineDiana @Cinfhen 2y
DivineDiana Thank you! I did not see a posting for 2y
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GatheringBooks
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#ReadingResolutions Day 22: This was a fairly #QuickRead for the #BowieBookClub (finished it in one evening - a slim volume) but no less staggering and powerful in its portrayal of injustice and glaring inequalities - yet retaining a shred of hopefulness in the narrative, regardless.

BucklingBookshelves Have you read this newer collection? I just recently ordered it myself but think I should read Baldwin‘s book as well. 2y
thebluestocking @GatheringBooks @Bucklingbkshelf I want to read both The Fire Next Time and The First This Time. I recently read We Were Eight Years in Power and Coates talks about Baldwin a lot. 2y
GatheringBooks @Bucklingbkshelf oh i haven‘t yet - stacking it! 2y
GatheringBooks @thebluestocking i‘ve read nehisi coates‘ earlier novel but haven‘t gotten around to reading we were 8 years in power yet. he is a difficult read. 2y
thebluestocking @GatheringBooks Indeed. He is difficult and pessimistic. But I also learn so much. 2y
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Read this if you haven‘t; it‘s packed with power and wisdom, and is shamefully still relevant today.

Full review: https://reneereadsbooks.wordpress.com/2018/02/28/book-review-the-fire-next-time-...

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ValerieAndBooks
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In addition to being a novelist, James Baldwin was also an essayist and activist regarding the civil rights movement. Much of what he says here is still relevant 55 years after this was published, so this is worth a few hours of one‘s time to read and ponder and hopefully to discuss with others.

Duncan Jones‘s February 2018 selection for the #BowieBookClub.

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ValerieAndBooks
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“There are too many things we do not want to know about ourselves. People are not, for example, terribly anxious to be equal (equal, after all, to what and to whom?) but they love the idea of being superior.”

😢 . A lot of Baldwin‘s views are still sad truths today.

#bowiebookclub

kspenmoll Unfortunately true. 😒 2y
Ferihearted It felt current in way too many ways 2y
ValerieAndBooks @kspenmoll A lot still needs to be done still 😔 2y
ValerieAndBooks @Ferihearted I agree! Just finished and pondering it before I put up a review. 2y
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DivineDiana
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Next up, the second book in the David Bowie Book Club organized by his son. Still waiting for my library reserve for the first one! 😉 #davidbowiebookclub blackhistorymonth

bookandcat Just listened to the audiobook of this last night. It was fantastic. 2y
GatheringBooks i just finished reading this one as well. fascinating read. 2y
ValerieAndBooks Reading this now. Very thought-provoking. 2y
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This is the February pick of the #BowieBookClub. Such a poignant and powerful book. Highly recommended. Originally published 1962, his strong “searing” words remain relevant.

Suelizbeth Did you read or listen to the January selection 2y
LittleWonder @Suelizbeth Yes! I picked up a $5 1st edition copy from the UK before the pricing craziness started. Loved it! The BowieBookClub podcast has an episode dedicated to it. 2y
Suelizbeth @LittleWonder I‘m still waiting for my book. I‘ll listen to the podcast, too. Thanks. 2y
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2BR02B This is today's Audible daily deal. $0.99, today only. 2y
LittleWonder @2BRO2B That‘s great! 2y
GatheringBooks yey! super glad to find another litten who is part of the #BowieBookClub - there‘s an FB group that had a pretty decent chat/discussion of Hawksmoor. I also just finished reading this one over the weekend and looking forward to the discussion. 2y
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The Fire Next Time is Audible's Daily Deal and is only .99 cents!
I read The Fire This Time last year and wanted to get to this one as well but hadn't gotten around to getting a copy.

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Lola
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Audible‘s Daily Deal is this awesome book for less than a buck!! Niiiiicccce!!! https://mobile.audible.com/pd/Bios-Memoirs/The-Fire-Next-Time-Audiobook/B002V1J8...

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LauraJ
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Short and eloquent. In a country where everything is so political, The Fire Next Time is a poignant reminder that we‘re all human.

Tamra I just finally watched Not My Negro today. Baldwin‘s words are still so timely. (edited) 2y
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#riotgrams day 15: #hotbooks. (I‘m catching up.) I chose James Baldwin‘s The Fire Next Time: fiery title, fiery ideas inside. Also a hot book this month because Duncan Jones chose it as the book for the David Bowie Book Club, so people all over the world are reading it. 🙂

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