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Dear Senthuran
Dear Senthuran: A Black Spirit Memoir | Akwaeke Emezi
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"[One] of our greatest living writers." --Shondaland A full-throated and provocative memoir in letters from the New York Times-bestselling author, "a dazzling literary talent whose works cut to the quick of the spiritual self." --Esquire In three critically acclaimed novels, Akwaeke Emezi has introduced readers to a landscape marked by familial tensions, Igbo belief systems, and a boundless search for what it means to be free. Now, in this extraordinary memoir, the bestselling author of The Death of Vivek Oji reveals the harrowing yet resolute truths of their own life. Through candid, intimate correspondence with friends, lovers, and family, Emezi traces the unfolding of a self and the unforgettable journey of a creative spirit stepping into power in the human world. Their story weaves through transformative decisions about their gender and body, their precipitous path to success as a writer, and the turmoil of relationships on an emotional, romantic, and spiritual plane, culminating in a book that is as tender as it is brutal. Electrifying and inspiring, animated by the same voracious intelligence that distinguishes their fiction, Dear Senthuran is a revelatory account of storytelling, self, and survival.
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Larkken
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Finished this lovely-written epistolary memoir on audiobook while on vacation. The themes are fairly dark, if ultimately hopeful, and I found myself growing impatient with the author at times. Since the book consists of a series of letters, each is very much a snapshot of the author‘s state of mind at certain points - preping for a book tour, after a breakup, after surgeries, etc - which was nice in that it encapsulated change… but also ⬇️

Larkken …allowed for a certain degree of cringe at times. (No rough edges from triumphs or lows are smoothed out here.) very much worth reading, and I can see how it would be extremely helpful for anyone going through suicidal ideation, particularly from body dysmorphia. I read this for a challenge calling for a memoir by a nonbinary or trans individual. 3d
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MsLeah8417
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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coffees
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This such a powerful read!! I really feel like Akwaeke Emezi is what they claim. They've had many MANY downs, things people don't talk about as negatives to being a well known author, esp being poc and female presenting. But Akwaeke is also so much more, and the way they wield words is just amazing! There's a sensuality in everything they do, a confidence, defiance, and just idk, THEM. It's the first time I've read something like this

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coffees
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So I kind of want to read all of #AkwaekeEmezi s books now 😳 And since I need a memoir for my #lgbtqbingo I thought this would be my chance to get through another of their books! #jubilantjuly #readathon

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Sydneypaige
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A hell of a memoir. I loved this format, telling of their life through letters to others. I will continue to read everything they ever write because I‘m so captivated. I also love that they read their own audio books.

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Kazzie
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This was an interesting book - nothing like anything is read. They are a great writer - beautiful prose. I liked the letter format. At times however, the overall narrative flow didn‘t seem very cohesive. There was a disconnect, for me, with the materialistic capitalistic desires and pursuits that are very normal in life, and the discussion on being a deity or god

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Singout
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This was intriguing and worth reading, but a (good) challenge. Emezi, a trans Nigerian, says “Imagine being gbanje like me,“ a divine spirit born to a human mother. The book isn't a linear narrative but a series of reflective and poetic letters to different people: I found rich and inspiring segments, but also felt lost some of the time. (Print might have been better for me, though Emezi's voice is wonderful.)
#Nonfiction2021 #Transgender

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We‘ve spent too long with the leash of what other people think on us. We mask so well for them. We know how to see through their eyes, how to climb in and lean against their retinas. When I look at myself through them I know to fold this part, turn down the volume here, accentuate there, so I can pass, so they think they see me, And that creates a gentleness there. They can‘t actually see me, but they think they can.

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“Back when I was studying Rumi, I tried reaching for humility, a sort of grace, rising above things, deep wells of compassion and all that shit. I‘m not saying there aren‘t gods like that, I‘m just saying I‘m not one of them. Maybe it‘s also an ogbanje thing. My brothers and sisters are terrible little spirit children, you know? I think they gave me some trickster residue...quick to burn things down.

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sharread
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This was an intense read for me, I could only read it in small amounts per day so it took me awhile to finish. This author at times writes utterly beautiful, opens up about everything brutally honest, I loved it. What a talented writer. 5 big ❤❤❤❤❤ #LMPBC #GroupN #Round12 @Hazel2019 @ncsufoxes @Amiable Thank you so much for sharing these fascinating novels.

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ncsufoxes
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My one book for the month. I have been editing my thesis proposal, which I am getting ready to defend so that has been taking all of my time up. Every time I try & read at night I fall asleep after a page or two, so I haven‘t made much progress. Hoping to squeeze in more free reading time next month.

fredthemoose That‘s so exciting! Can I ask what you‘re studying? 12mo
TheAromaofBooks Sometimes it's a challenge to find reading time at all!!! Great progress!!! 12mo
ncsufoxes @fredthemoose I am doing my Master‘s in Child & Family Development. My thesis is seeing if adverse experiences (ACEs) can be used as a predictor for self-regulating behaviors in preschool aged children. 12mo
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ncsufoxes
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This was between a pick & so-so for me. There were definitely different parts of the book that were difficult to read (depression, trauma, suicide). I have not read any books (that I recall) by a trans author. I have been trying to expand the stories that I read as I continue to commit to JEDI (justice, equality, diversity, inclusion) principles. I feel that stories that come from a different perspective are important to read, even when difficult

ncsufoxes @sharread I put this in the mail the other day, so it‘s on its way to you 12mo
sharread @ncsufoxes okay thank you. 12mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 12mo
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Amiable
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I‘m not sure how to review this one. There were parts I really liked and parts I really didn‘t. The writing is very good, however—the author has a gift for putting words together. I‘m glad this was a choice for #LMPBC, though —it‘s totally different from anything I would have picked up on my own and it pushed me out of my normal reading comfort zone.
#Round12 #GroupN

sharread Great review, can't wait to read it. ❤ 14mo
Amiable @ncsufoxes Jessica, I put this in the mail yesterday. The tracking says it‘s supposed to be to you by next Friday. 13mo
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SkeletonKey
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Just starting this one.

I‘ve read all their fiction books so far, but this is a first memoir.

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Megabooks They did an excellent job with this. Not an easy read though. 14mo
SkeletonKey @Megabooks - I‘d imagine nothing less! 14mo
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Hazel2019
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Another five star read for me! Gorgeously written! This is not a book that you will soon forget. A ‘black spirit memoir‘ that will take you on a journey, will make you think, will make you pause…I did have to take a break half way through reading it and let it all digest before moving on. It is a bit repetitive in the middle but I think in the end it all serves a purpose. A great and impactful work of art.

#LMPBC #Round12 #GroupN

Amiable I always love a book that makes me think! Looking forward to it ! 1y
suvata Sounds great 👍🏻 1y
sharread Can't wait to read it. Great review. 1y
Suet624 As far as I‘m concerned, this author can do no wrong. 1y
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Hazel2019
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A change of pace of my other #LMPBC #Round12 read for #GroupN

Tacking some nonfiction this time..can‘t wait!

sharread 👍❤😁 1y
Amiable Looking forward to it! 1y
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Megabooks
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What to say? I‘m not reviewing this because I can‘t get my feelings straight, but I did finish it. Their writing is beautiful and evocative, as always. Their gender/spirit journey and career insights were fascinating. While their suicidal ideation is 💯 understandable in the context of their life, it was 💯 hard to stomach so often in the book for me. The push and pull between god language/metaphor and straight memoir was not enjoyable. ⬇️

Megabooks ⬆️ Definitely a book where what I did enjoy I loved and what I didn‘t enjoy totally put me off. Hard call. 🤔 (edited) 1y
Cinfhen Fantastic review\ I think I‘m gonna pass 1y
squirrelbrain Wow - amazing review…not sure if I could read though. 1y
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Megabooks @Cinfhen I think that‘s a good choice for you. 1y
TrishB Great review, not convinced to read! 1y
Megabooks @squirrelbrain thank you!! The frequent suicidal ideation was really hard for me to stomach, but it is understandable in the context of their gender dysphoria. It is just a case of really polarized feelings. 1y
Megabooks @TrishB Thanks! I‘m interested to see what other people think as more reviews come in. Well written but just not right for me. 1y
Addison_Reads Thank you for the very honest review it will help me make sure I'm in the right mindset when I read this one. 1y
KatieDid927 This honestly makes me more intrigued. I was very aware that it was genre-busting but didn‘t know the details of it. I definitely get why it‘s not for everyone though. 1y
TiminCalifornia Good review. Thanks for sharing. 1y
Megabooks @Addison_Reads yes, it‘s a very interesting, unique book (as are their others). I hope you enjoy it. 1y
Megabooks @KatieDid927 yes, it‘s not an easy read, but possibly a worthwhile one. I am glad I read it, even if I didn‘t love parts of it. A very complex book. 1y
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Megabooks
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The last of my #PrimeDay haul. I kept waiting for Dear Senthuran to go on discount, and it finally did yesterday, so I scooped it up with TCG on a BOGO 50% deal. I think I‘m set on nonfiction for awhile!

BarbaraBB Worth the wait I think! 1y
Megabooks @BarbaraBB I agree! 😁 1y
Cinfhen Gorgeous photo 🥰 1y
Cinfhen Can‘t wait to hear your thoughts on this one!! 1y
Megabooks @Cinfhen thank you! I always appreciate the #ShelfieLove! I‘m really excited for this memoir. It will probably be up next on print. Just sent you an email, btw! 💜 1y
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TracyReadsBooks
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Went to visit my former co-workers at the store and of course had to come home with some of their recommendations.

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eccburnham
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Mom brought me an advanced readers copy - so excited!! A treat to get to know Emezi better, in awe, need to round up with friends who have also read it. So excited for their future releases!

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akaGingerK
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Everything I‘ve read by Emezi is good, including this memoir in letters. I could have flooded my feed with quotes- the sentences sing. It was also difficult for me, because their way of looking at themself, the world, & their embodiment is so very different from my own experiences & understanding. Which is intentional- “The only map I am making is the one within myself. I am translating less and less, and my writing is better for it.” #ARC

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MsLeah8417
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New Release June 2021!!!!!👀🙋🏾‍♀️
I canNOT WAIT!!

batsy Just added this to my TBR yesterday 🙌🏽 2y
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